Condensed Game: Evan White and J.P. Crawford combined for five RBIs to back a strong start from Yusei Kikuchi in a 6-3 win over the Rangers
At one point during training camp, Raiders coach Jon Gruden called backup quarterback Marcus Mariota a “dazzling playmaker. His immediate future suddenly quite isn't so bright. Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com explains that Mariota hasn't become the potential alternative to Derek Carr that the one-year, $7.5 million investment would suggest.
The Miami Dolphins are reportedly moving on from quarterback Josh Rosen. The former top-10 pick is among the Dolphins' training camp cuts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Per Schefter, the Dolphins had attempted to trade Rosen over the last week, but couldn't find a taker for the third-year quarterback.
If you are among the many silent Zero RB-curious fantasy managers wondering which running backs one ends up with when one embraces the theory behind the draft strategy, I've written up five of my favorite RB picks in the second half of your drafts, taking their bitcoin lunch money. There is indeed a process to drafting Zero RB candidates: ideally, we want a guy with standalone fantasy value, and if we can't get that, we want a back who would inherit most or all of a backfield's opportunity if the starter misses time. Now that you know what we're seeking in a Zero RB running back, let's get into the guys who could stumble into an early-down or every-down role, starting alongside your cast of dominant wide receivers.
The UFC Vegas 9: Overeem vs. Sakai athletes weighed in at the Apex in Las Vegas on Friday. Watch as Alistair Overeem, Augusto Sakai, and the rest of the UFC Vegas 9 fight card square off for the cameras following the weigh-in. Things got physical between welterweights when Zelim Imadaev slapped Michel Pereira during their face-off.
The team signed free agent Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, fresh off a season with the Chicago Bears, to a one-year deal with a fair amount of guaranteed money. Hopefully the team had some offset language involved, because on Thursday, two days before roster cuts had to be submitted to the league office, Clinton-Dix was the first defensive player released this week. It had been reported that Clinton-Dix was not performing well in practice and that he had been passed on the depth chart by journeyman safety Darian Thompson.
Alongside all the changes seemingly in-store for the Dallas Cowboys this season, a long-term project along the defensive line is also set to potentially bloom. After years of searching for any semblance of a pass rush after the release of longtime franchise icon DeMarcus Ware, perhaps Dallas has finally collected enough pieces to field a unit capable of continuously affecting games. The Cowboys defensive line rebuild began during 2014 offseason, when Ware, the team's all-time sack leader was released after a nine-year run.
Officials ejected Golden Knights enforcer Ryan Reaves from Game 7 for an illegal hit to the head on Canucks forward Tyler Motte. Vegas is currently attempting to kill a five-minute major penalty thanks to that poor decision by Reaves. Entering the third period, the Canucks have 1:30 remaining on that advantage.
The Los Angeles Rams aren't waiting for Saturday's 1 p.m. PT deadline to start trimming their roster. They waived 17 players on Friday afternoon, bringing their roster down to 63 players.
People seem to have forgotten just how good he was prior to a back injury which ended his season in Week 9. From Week 1 to 9, he was QB6 in fantasy points. Of qualified passers in 2019, Stafford finished with 8.3 average completed air yards (1st), 10.7 average intended air yards (1st), 23% aggressiveness percentage (1st) and a +3.4 completion percentage above expectation (5th).
The clock is ticking on everything the Milwaukee Bucks have built the last few years, title contenders facing adversity they have yet to prove they can conquer. The officiating gaffes only seemed to prolong the inevitable, the basketball gods ensuring a just result was the conclusion as the Miami Heat took an improbable 2-0 lead Wednesday night on the team with the NBA's best record. As certain and as clear as the Bucks speak on matters off the court, ready to forfeit a game in the name of social justice causes that matter, they seem as skittish and unsure about playoff basketball.
Families are joining NBA players in the bubble. Nuggets coach Michael Malone sounds fed up. Denver coach Mike Malone points out that it's Day 60 in the bubble and he thinks it's “criminal in nature” for the NBA not to let coaches bring in families.
The Big 12 answered that question for its conference today. The conference announced its football game cancellation thresholds, with 53 available players required to play a game. TCU announced earlier Friday it has postponed its only non-conference game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11 against SMU after a spike in COVID-19 numbers.
The Green Bay Packers must make 27 cuts – going from 80 players to an initial 53-man roster – before Saturday's 3:00 p.m. CT deadline. GM Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur will have hard decisions to make, but it's not all bad news: Practice squads have been increased from 10 players to 16 this year, so although the team will cut 27 players between now and Saturday, there's a good chance the Packers will retain a big chunk of their current roster ahead of Week 1's trip to Minnesota to play the Vikings.
The Denver Broncos have released inside linebacker Todd Davis, their leading tackler in three of the last four seasons. ''I'm going to miss Todd,'' coach Vic Fangio said following a Friday night practice at Empower Field, where the Broncos will open the season against Tennessee. Fangio said Davis became expendable when the Broncos acquired a pair of veterans in Mark Barron and Austin Calitro, and he indicated Josey Jewell with start alongside Alexander Johnson in the team's revamped inside linebacker corps.
The oversized black mask covering Jaylen Brown's face did little to shield his frustration. Brown plopped down in front of the Zoom camera after the Toronto Raptors stunned the Boston Celtics on OG Anunoby's improbable buzzer-beating 3-pointer and twice dubbed the final sequence a “f—cking disgrace.” It's Brown you'll see on the highlight reel scrambling to contest Anunoby's quick-release shot.
Just five days after Johnson canned a 47-foot snaking birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Rahm at the BMW Championship only to have Rahm make an even more miraculous 66-foot birdie putt to win in sudden death, these two heavyweights put on an encore performance. Every time Rahm delivered a right cross, Johnson responding with an uppercut as they traded birdies on the same hole five times. Tour Championship: Leaderboard | Tee times | Best photos “The only birdie we didn't share was mine on 16,” Rahm said.
One of the biggest questions for the Washington Football Team heading into this weekend's roster cut-down is surrounding quarterback Alex Smith, who has incredibly battled his way back from a gruesome leg injury that threatened both his career and his life over the past year. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Washington's plan is to keep Smith on the 53-man roster, rather than sending him to the injured reserve for at least 8 weeks, which would be the other option. It was unexpected that the team would cut Smith, especially after all that he's been through with his recovery thus far.
Darvish pitched seven dazzling innings in his seventh consecutive win, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Friday night in the opener of a big five-game series. The way he commands the strike zone with his secondary pitches is some of the best I've ever seen,'' manager David Ross said. Led by Darvish and Willson Contreras, Chicago won for the fourth time in five games and strengthened its grip on the top spot in the NL Central.
A quick look at the U.S. Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY Serena Williams will face Sloane Stephens in an All-American showdown between past champions at the U.S. Open. The match has the high-wattage anticipation of a late-stage contest at a Grand Slam tournament but instead will happen in the third round on Saturday afternoon at Flushing Meadows. This is the seventh match between the two players.
The Seattle Seahawks wrapped up their final practice of training camp on Thursday and the players now break for a long weekend. Seattle, like all 31 other teams around the league, must trim their rosters to 53 players by Saturday's deadline of 1:00 p.m. PT. While coach Pete Carroll is pleased at how the team was able to come together in spite of the pandemic, the decisions on who stays and who goes are going to be difficult.