Scott Van Pelt seems like an intelligent guy. And he also has a way with words. So it wasn’t surprising that he signed off Wednesday night’s episode of “SportsCenter” with an incredible goodbye to the ESPN employees who lost their jobs earlier in the day. ESPN shook the sports media world Wednesday by laying off an abundance of employees, including several high-profile on-air personalities. It was a difficult day for the network, which has long been considered the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” and SVP addressed the situation perfectly by leaving his former co-workers with an uplifting and inspiring note while acknowledging their departures. Van Pelt’s heartfelt goodbye came on the heels of Bob
Nearly two weeks ago, the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in a memorabilia fraud lawsuit against the Giants produced an email that arguably contains smoking-gun evidence of quarterback Eli Manning’s involvement in the scheme, with Eli asking the team’s equipment manager for two helmets that can “pass as game used.” On Wednesday, the lawyers representing the Giants and Manning released emails aimed at showing Eli was not involved. But the article from ESPN.com, which quotes an email reflecting a 2012 effort by Manning to get equipment manager Jeff Skiba to secure Manning’s primary helmet and his backup helmet, contains no emails or other specific factual information that would explain why
The Clippers are feeling a lot of pressure these playoffs, and they have suffered a couple tough losses at home now. The Clippers had just dropped Game 5 at home and are staring a 3-2 deficit series deficit in the face, and they have to win those two games without the injured Blake Griffin. This was not a rookie reporter, it was a guy who gets sound for local radio stations and has been a regular at Staples Center games for years.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is one of the more puzzling players to project in the upcoming NFL draft. While Cook is a consensus first round talent-some have gone so far as to compare him to a young Marshall Faulk-serious concerns about Cook’s character could drop him into the second round. While Cook’s encounters with the law are his own doing, Cook also appears to be the victim of a so-called “saboteur,” a person who has intentionally spread false rumors about Cook to members of the football community.
There could be some bad news coming for the New York Mets, and for anyone who loves powerful, dominant pitching. Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ long-haired towheaded ace, is dealing with a possible injury to his pitching arm. He’s been scratched from his
Alexis DeJoria will miss this weekend’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, with her Kalitta Motorsports team confirming DeJoria will need to tend to a family matter. Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports Director of Safety, will step into the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry this weekend. No timetable was given for DeJoria’s return; after Charlotte this weekend, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues for its third consecutive race weekend next week in Atlanta. This isn’t the first race DeJoria has had to miss recently, as she also was diagnosed with a concussion and missed the 2016 NHRA season finale in Pomona.
Colin Cowherd claims he saw this ESPN doomsday coming years ago. The longtime ESPN voice, who now spouts his opinions on Fox Sports, said he was not surprised by ESPN’s decision to lay off about 100 employees Wednesday after he witnessed the Worldwide Leader jump at billion-dollar TV deals at a time when the TV business was on the decline. Cowherd retroactively pointed to the nine-year, $24 billion contract ESPN inked with the NBA in 2014, when Cowherd still resided in Bristol, as an example of the financially alarming trend in his eyes. “I told my producers, ‘Fellas, it’ll never be the same here,’” he said Wednesday on CBS’ “Bull & Fox” show. “You cannot pay four times for the house [more] than
A few days before UFC 87 on Aug. 9, 2008, the UFC held a news conference in the rotunda at the Mall of America. When it ended, UFC president Dana White met with the media. Two hours later, White was in the same spot, still signing, still throwing his arm around the guy with the Vikings’ shirt, still preaching the UFC gospel.
The world of sports journalism was shaken Wednesday, as ESPN fired around 100 employees, including several dozen reporters and on-air personalities. The seemingly endless roll call of those laid off by the network produced laments about the situation from the likes of Charles Barkley, speaking on TNT, and “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt, who survived the purge. During TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoffs, Barkley took a moment to address the turmoil at a rival sports network and express a message of solidarity. “ESPN is not our competition,” he said. “We’re in this thing together.” “I’ve been in the business a long time, we know all the people in the sports business,” Barkley said, while sitting
For many, Tom Brady surpassed Joe Montana as the greatest quarterback ever when Brady led a furious comeback to beat the Falcons in the last Super Bowl. Pundits note that Brady has won five Super Bowls while appearing in two others. Montana, meanwhile, won four with the 49ers and his career wasn’t nearly as long. But what does Montana think? I asked him that question Sunday at City Hall in San Francisco after he was honored by having a street named after him in the new Candlestick Park housing development. “I have said for years now, it’s hard to compare guys (from different eras). Go watch Sammy Baugh and Otto Graham,” Montana said. If championships and era dominance are the marks of the greatest
In response to the ESPN report that the Vikings likely won’t pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline, NFL Media reported that it won’t matter, if Bridgewater spends the full season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that’s currently a very, very big if. Bridgewater is currently not expected to spend the entire season on the PUP list. Which means that his contract would definitely expire after the 2017 season, if the Vikings don’t pick up the option. Even if Bridgewater doesn’t exit the PUP list in 2017, it’s still not entirely clear that Bridgewater’s four-year contract automatically would extend
Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico. Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first
LeBron James catches his breath. (AP) LeBron James led the NBA in minutes per game this year. He did this despite having played between 85 and 100 combined regular- and postseason games in each of the last 11 years, having playing in six straight NBA
SAN FRANCISCO — This spring, Hunter Pence briefly tried to cut back on his coffee intake. The experiment did not last long for a player who is pure caffeine on and off the field, but even Pence is occasionally in need of more than a large cold brew. Pence tried to stay upbeat throughout a sluggish start to the season, but around him was a clubhouse in need of energy. Christian Arroyo walked through the door on Monday. Two days later, Michael Morse arrived. “That’s quite an energy jolt,” Pence said of Arroyo. “Morse, it’s been an energy jolt as well.” The two recent River Cats sent a pair of jolts through a stadium that was sold out for the 499th consecutive time. Arroyo hit a two-run homer in
Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala will miss the rest of the playoffs after fracturing his left femur during Wednesday night's playoff game, the team announced. Fiala hit the boards awkwardly against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their Western Conference Playoff series. "During last night's game, Kevin Fiala sustained a fracture of his left femur.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently did a photoshoot and Q&A session, and he showed off a changed physical appearance ahead of his fight with reigning UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping. Fans were quick to comment on the state of St-Pierre’s stomach, and as you might expect, Bisping also got in on the act on the latest episode of his Believe You Me podcast. “I don’t know what’s going on, to be quite frank,” Bisping said. “But he looks like he’s been impregnated by an alien. He’s in his typical GSP little spandex tighty shorts, but they’re black, not white. He’s got his shin pads and his MMA gloves on and a gigantic belly sticking out! His belly is sticking out and
Big names descend on the Big Easy for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but with a twist for 2017. The tournament now plays as a team event, with each player of the winning team taking home just over $1 million, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour,
In 2011, Garcia and Harrington buried the hatchet to hold a panda together. Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington hadn’t gotten along for nearly a decade, dating back to Harrington souring on the Spaniard when he pipped him for two of his three major titles in a 13-month span back in 2007 and ’08. Harrington didn’t like Garcia’s attitude toward losing — a somewhat bitter, some melancholy mixture that was frankly unappealing.
LSU announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Adrian Magee had been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. According to The Advocate, Magee is facing a charge of simple burglary, a felony, for an alleged April 1 incident. A police report accuses Magee of stealing a video game console, video games, cash and other items.
A year ago, the Steelers signed Ladarius Green to a four-year, $20 million contract, thinking that meant they had found Heath Miller’s replacement at tight end. It hasn’t worked out that way. Green missed 10 games in the regular season and all three games in the postseason, and now the Steelers aren’t sure he’ll ever be ready to go. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the Steelers’ coaches may not have any hopes for Green, and the Steelers are likely to draft a tight end. There were reports shortly after Green arrived in Pittsburgh that the Steelers found out only after he signed that a lingering ankle issue and a history of concussions were worse than the team thought. The
Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has launched some of the most impressive home runs we’ve seen during his two-year stint in Major League Baseball. One thing we haven’t seen yet though is Bryant flipping his bat to punctuate one of his epic blasts, and based on his comments this week we never will. Bryant explained his reasoning during an appearance on 670 The Score in Chicago.
FWIW: A column on culture from someone who spent – no exaggeration — zero seconds in Blazers locker room or practices this season. Look at Steve, guys, how they were treated when they were here relative to maybe some other experiences they had had in the league.
Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Capitals' Alex Ovechkin are keys to their respective teams winning, but Ovechkin must step up his game in this series.
Yes, that’s right: Tim Tebow is starting to get better at the game of baseball. In fact, he’s gotten so much better at it that he might be facing — gasp! — a promotion. After hitting a putrid .156 to start his minor league career, he’s gone 9-for-20 at the dish, raising his batting average to a respectable (for a guy who hasn’t played baseball since high school) .246. Look! Here he is legging out a triple. Here’s what Jose Leger the manager of the Columbia Fireflies, had to say about Tebow to The State: “There are some guys who do really good who get taken away from me halfway through the year. Then there are guys that get taken away really early,” Leger said. “It is hard to predict when it happens.