Condensed Game: Nine Padres pitchers combined to shut out the Cardinals in a 4-0 win, setting up an NLDS showdown with the Dodgers
Perkins goes off on Irving: 'He's a bonafide hater' originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Kyrie Irving's latest questionable comments have set the NBA world on fire, and no one is more fired up about them than Kendrick Perkins. In case you missed it, Irving joined the debut episode of Brooklyn Nets teammate Kevin Durant's "The ETCs" podcast and was asked who would take the last shot between him and KD. "I felt like I was the best option on every team I've played for down the stretch.
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio refused to shake hands with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after their game on Thursday night. In the final seconds of the game, Jets defenders swarmed Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien and sent him to the ground with a needless late hit despite the outcome of the game already being decided. When the final whistle blew, Fangio signaled his players to immediately clear the field.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster holds tremendous loyalty to USC and his former teammates. So much so, Smith-Schuster didn't hold back when he endorsed New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold joining the Steelers. Smith-Schuster gave a ringing endorsement for Darnold joining the Steelers even though he has Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger right now.
Why Barkley says 'pressure' on Simmons, Embiid with Rivers hire originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia Sixers fans seem cautiously optimistic about new head coach Doc Rivers' ability to help nudge Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid towards much-needed improvement after a frustrating 2019-20 season. But one former Sixer thinks the team's two cornerstones can't just think things will magically improve with a new head coach. It's on them, too.
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.
With the last leg of the COVID-19-revamped Triple Crown series on Saturday, it's time to take a deeper dive into the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes. No. 9 Authentic (9-5): Despite technically being the “second choice” on paper in the Kentucky Derby, he was a very distant second choice at 8-1, compared to favorite Tiz The Law at 4-5. This was chiefly due to the concerns of whether Authentic could handle the distance.
Midway through the third quarter of Game 2, with the Heat seeming to deflate against the size and relentless attack of the Lakers, veteran and Heat Icon Udonis Haslem tried to light a fire under his team. During a timeout, he got in their faces with the kind of rant we can't repeat in front of children. Play harder…” was Jimmy Butler's answer to what Haslem said that could be repeated.
Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Allen Lazard's core injury provides an opportunity for other wide receivers to step forward - an indication the Packers may be without their top two wideouts when they face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. Although the Packers haven't declared which players on the injury list are probable, doubtful or out for Monday night, Lazard's coaches and teammates talked about the likelihood of playing without him. Green Bay's top receiver, Davante Adams, has practiced on a limited basis each of the last two days after missing Sunday night's 37-30 victory at New Orleans with a hamstring injury.
These Jets have found unimaginably creative ways to torture their loyal followers and themselves during this train-wreck season. The latest installment of this Gang Green dumpster fire featured a masked man coaching scared, an awful “revamped” offensive line, an undisciplined defense that committed one annoying, ill-timed penalty after another and a general feeling of ineptitude surrounding the NFL's undisputed laughingstock. Somehow, some way, Adam Gase's team lost to an undrafted quarterback making his first start — on the road in a short week.
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.
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.
Three “Jeopardy!” contestants on Thursday didn't exactly hit a Yankee Stadium category out of the park. After returning champion Mason Maggio gave the correct response to a clue about perhaps the most famous Yankee player, they struck out the rest of the way. “We didn't expect this category about the Bronx Bombers to bomb so hard,” the quiz show wrote after the episode aired.
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.
CC Sabathia still has some ill-will toward the Houston Astros from their sign-stealing scandal in 2017. After sweeping the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card Series, Astros' infielder Carlos Correa taunted Astros' haters - otherwise known as baseball fans - saying that "people are mad" and "don't want to see us here." The former Yankee ace and his cohost, Ryan Ruocco, ripped Correa on their podcast, R2C2, for his recent comments testing Astros' haters upon sweeping the Minnesota Twins.
The Chiefs woke up in the second half of Week 2 and didn't go back to sleep against the Ravens. That was a dismantling the likes of which you basically never see at the top level of NFL competition. Patrick Mahomes has eight scores over his past three starts against the Patriots' still tough but opt-out weakened defense.
The Cleveland Browns are embracing the “brown” in the team's name in Week 4. It's the first time this season the Browns are wearing the brown-based uniforms with the orange lettering, numbering and trim. It is the only uniform style that carried over from last year after the team underwent a much-publicized and well-received uniform redesign in the offseason.
Watch as UFC on ESPN 16 headliners Holly Holm and Irene Aldana and the rest of the fighters on the card, square off for the final time ahead of Saturday's bouts on Fight Island. UFC on ESPN 16: Holm vs. Aldana weigh-ins
Frank Lampard warned Tammy Abraham to respect the "rules" after the Chelsea striker argued with Cesar Azpilicueta over who should take a penalty in Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace. With Chelsea leading 3-0 in the second half, Abraham wanted to take the Blues' second penalty of the match instead of Jorginho, who is the team's spot-kick expert and had already scored one just minutes earlier. Abraham and Timo Werner discussed who should have it before Chelsea captain Azpilicueta intervened in a briefly heated debate.
In this week's edition, Scottie Scheffler returns to the PGA Tour from quarantine, the circuit plans for the long-awaited return of fans and Bryson DeChambeau's swing coach explains how to Bryson-proof a golf course. When Branden Grace tested positive for COVID-19 at the Barracuda Championship it cost him a shot at the title - he was tied for second place through two rounds when he was forced to withdraw - and a start at the PGA Championship. There was similar competitive damage when Scottie Scheffler was forced to withdraw from last month's U.S. Open after testing positive.
While the Miami Dolphins have been closely monitoring the progress of standout cornerback Byron Jones this week as the team braces to host the Seattle Seahawks passing attack, Seattle has been battling some injuries of their own this week after a slugfest against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3. And while Seattle emerged from that contest with a win, they did not leave unscathed — because the Dolphins will be hosting Seattle tomorrow with three key starters missing for the Seahawks.