Colin Cowherd makes his five best pro football picks for this week's action in the NFL.
Colin Cowherd makes his five best pro football picks for this week's action in the NFL.
Freshman running back Demarkcus Bowman is transferring away from Clemson. Per multiple reports, including Rivals' TigerIllustrated.com, Bowman has put his name in the transfer portal after just two games with the Tigers. Bowman was the No. 2 running back in the class of 2020 and the No. 3 recruit in the state of Florida when he signed with the Tigers.
Why Iguodala didn't plan to sit out, re-sign with Warriors originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea It was a strange season for Andre Iguodala, but one that has him finishing it right where he has each of the last six seasons: The NBA Finals. Iguodala opened the season on the Memphis Grizzlies roster but was sitting out while waiting for a contender to acquire him for the stretch run. Some expected the 2015 NBA Finals MVP to sit out the entire season and then re-sign with the Warriors in the offseason.
Scott Harrington pulled off a rare feat at the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on Thursday when he holed his second shot on the par-5 14th. Sadly, there's no video evidence to share of the moment. It's the first albatross (or is it called a double eagle?) at the Sanderson Farms since 2010 and just the second one on the PGA Tour this season (Harry Higgs, second round, ninth hole at Silverado's North Course at the Safeway Open).
Trevor Bauer trolls Braves, Astros fans ahead of free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Trevor Bauer will be the top pitcher available in free agency this offseason, with any team in need of help atop its rotation expected to be interested in one of the top candidates for this year's NL Cy young award. Two teams he doesn't expect to pursue him? The Braves and Astros.
The recent deaths of baseball greats Lou Brock, Tom Seaver and Al Kaline got Johnny Bench thinking about the future and the prospect of unloading memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career. Bench checked out items from Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully's recent online auction. ''You wonder, what is the best thing to do?'' Bench said by phone Thursday.
Not long into the third quarter, it was clear the Lakers were going to win Game 1 of the NBA Finals in a rout. The Lakers overwhelmed the Heat, Anthony Davis was dominant inside, then throw in a couple of Miami injuries and it was over in any way that mattered. Lakers' bench players were having fun with it but LeBron James snapped at them to get them focused, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
The Yankees might have finished the regular season on a low note, but make no mistake, they asserted their dominance in the Wild Card Round against the Cleveland Indians. The offense managed to put 22 runs on the scoreboard in two games, using the long ball and very clutch hitting – especially in that epic Game 2 winner – to do so. Gerrit Cole was dominant, though Masahiro Tanaka and the bullpen left something to be desired.
The similarly undefeated Chicago Bears had to make a mid-game quarterback switch to steal a win against the Falcons last weekend. The 0-3 Jets are terrible, but the 0-3 Texans might actually be good, and simply victims to a schedule that saw them face three of the best teams in football to start the season. With so much unknown about the league, it makes picking games against the spread that much more difficult and much more fun.
The Green Bay Packers are suddenly razor-thin at the wide receiver position. While Davante Adams is close to a return from a hamstring injury, the Packers are losing ascending young receiver Allen Lazard, who – according to Adam Schefter of ESPN – had surgery on a core muscle injury and is out indefinitely. Lazard has been terrific as a secondary weapon to start 2020, catching 13 passes for a team-high 254 yards through the first three games.
Sure, there have been two ARCA races on the midwestern dirt miles for decades and a Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway for the past seven years, but the Cup Series is a completely different commitment. So why Bristol, why dirt, and why now? Bristol Motor Speedway has a capacity of 162,000, so even 38,000 seats sold has a way of looking awfully sparse, a topic that has increasingly come up over the past several years during the annual spring race.
Newton shares his perspective on Belichick-McDaniels dynamic originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Who better than offer a window into one of the most interesting relationships in the NFL than Cam Newton? After signing with the Patriots in July, Newton has experienced head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels at a level only Tom Brady (and 2008 Matt Cassel) have before as New England's full-time starting quarterback. During his press conference Thursday, Newton shared his initial observations of McDaniels and Belichick after three months and used an interesting analogy to describe their dynamic.
This NBA Finals is a series in which the Lakers appear to have the superior depth, and they aren't afraid to throw body after body at the Miami Heat. The Lakers used nine players during the apex of their victory in Game 1 on Wednesday night, and more of the same can be expected in Game 2 on Friday night at AdvertHealth Arena on the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Perhaps, the feeling is, the Lakers can wear down the Heat, which mostly goes seven deep and has three injured players, two who might not play tonight — center Bam Adebayo has a strained neck and point guard Goran Dragic tore the planta fascia in his left foot.
Stew warns Correa about celebrating Astros' success too soon originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea The Houston Astros upset the Minnesota Twins in the AL Wild Card Series this week, and star shortstop Carlos Correa got a bit cocky. After the Astros swept the Twins, Correa had a message for the large group of baseball fans that despise the team that cheated on their way to the 2017 World Series title. People are mad,” Correa told reporters Wednesday.
Rivera, offensive coaches met with Haskins this week to clear the air, per source originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera met with Dwayne Haskins this week to make clear the young quarterback understands he must show growth on the football field after a poor performance last week in Cleveland. Sources told NBC Sports Washington that during the meeting Rivera explained that while Haskins has a lot of talent and showed significant growth this offseason learning the playbook and in training camp, his play through three games has been lacking.
After the first start of Clayton Kershaw's resurgent 2020 campaign, a scoreless 5 2/3-inning outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks that launched his best regular season in years, manager Dave Roberts made an observation. Instead, he knew it would be the repeatability of Kershaw's command — to locate the ball and shape his pitches exactly how he wanted — that would matter most to the left-hander's success. Never was that clearer than in Kershaw's scoreless eight-inning spectacle Thursday, when the former most valuable player set a postseason career high with 13 strikeouts to help the Dodgers complete a two-game wild-card series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers in a 3-0 win.
Frank Thomas on White Sox' elimination: 'It was a disaster' originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago And this season is OVAH. The White Sox were eliminated by the A's in a winner-take-all Game 3, and bullpen management seems to be the reason everyone is point to early. Manager Ricky Renteria pulled Dane Dunning after 15 pitches, going to his bullpen and the squad was stretched thin after some injuries to Garrett Crochet and Jimmy Cordero.
Another week brings more injuries at MetLife Stadium. New York Jets wide receiver Lawrence Cager went down with a hamstring injury in the first half of their 37-28 loss to the Denver Broncos on “Thursday Night Football,” and fans couldn't help but blame the field once again — something that's been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert, who sprained his MCL on the field just weeks earlier, even called for the league to take action with defensive end Solomon Thomas agreeing.
Because of what he experienced during his first visit to the NBA Finals as a member of the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James made clear there would be no mercy rule in these NBA Finals against the Heat. In the 2011 Finals, coming off a convincing Game 1 victory in that best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks, James and the Heat began to celebrate during Game 2 after extending their lead to 15 points midway through the fourth quarter, with teammate Dwyane Wade after one shot in front of the Mavericks bench signaling to Dallas that the game was over. It wasn't.
Now that the NBA Draft withdrawal deadline has come and gone and collegiate rosters are set, we finally have a clear understanding of what each Big Ten club will look like heading into the 2020-21 season. Below is our best guess at what the final conference standings will look like, ranking each Big Ten program from 1-14. It will be a massive rebuilding job for head coach Fred Hoiberg once again in Lincoln, with the Cornhuskers returning just three contributors from last season (senior guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson and sophomore forwards Yvan Ouedraogo and Akol Arop).