Christian Vázquez launches a two-run home run to left-center, giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning
Ryan Clark on why fans booed when players linked arms before the Texans vs Chiefs game: "Because you're doing stuff for Black people." On Thursday night the NFL kicked off the 2020 season with a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. The exact circumstances and reasons vary depends on who you believe but according to former Pittsburgh Steelers safety, Ryan Clark, there's only one reason.
Houston was listless and seemingly disinterested for more than three quarters of Game 4 against the Lakers Thursday, only making things respectable with a too-little-too-late fourth-quarter run. After that stinker of a game, there was yelling in the Houston locker room, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic. “There was audible shouting in the postgame locker room…I'm told Rockets players were holding each other accountable to bring better body language, bring better effort on the floor.”
William Rondo, who is the brother of Lakers guard Rajon Rondo and is in the NBA bubble coordinating barbershop services, caught Russell Westbrook's attention. It's too early to tell, but the Houston Rockets' unorthodox approach could be on that list. The Rockets' offseason is full of as many big decisions as any in the NBA, as the organization wrestles with personnel, coaching and philosophical questions that need answers.
Editor's note: This letter to the editor was written by Jeff Shaw, West Chatham, for the Cape Cod Times, which is part of the USA Today Network. It brings up an interesting and worthy topic. What's right?
Tom Brady has revealed that his pre-game ritual does not include having sex with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback shared the detail about the couple's relationship on Thursday during an episode of Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert. "I'm going to ask a single Howard Stern-esque question," Shepard began.
Brady will break this NFL record on first snap with Bucs originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Tom Brady broke NFL records on an almost weekly basis with the New England Patriots, and he'll continue that trend in Tampa Bay. Brady's Buccaneers debut Sunday against the New Orleans Saints will be the quarterback's 327th NFL game (including postseason). When Brady takes his first snap, he'll officially have played in more games than any QB in league history, surpassing Hall of Famer Brett Favre.
Unfortunately, it's against a Steelers Defense that allowed by far the fewest quarterback fantasy points in 2019. That was due in large part to teams not having to pass against a noncompetitive Steelers Offense, but that elite D did not get worse over the offseason. Jimmy Garoppolo was the QB22 by average points last season.
The New England Patriots engaged in trade talks involving cornerback Stephon Gilmore during the 2020 offseason, according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. Gilmore received a $5 million raise on Friday, according to multiple reports. He also took an excused absence for three days during training camp, which the cornerback chalked up to “personal reasons.
In its nearly three decades of existence, the Big 12 conference has seen its share of dark times. It's gone 15 seasons without a national title, endured a messy realignment breakup over a failed television network and has seemingly purchased real estate in the College Football Playoff woodshed in three of its four appearances. In other words, the Big 12 has endured enough dark days in recent decades that it would be hyperbolic to say that Saturday marked the worst day in conference history.
The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres will play a doubleheader Sunday after it was determined that a Giants player received a false positive on a coronavirus test, Major League Baseball announced. Games on Friday and Saturday were postponed following the positive test, the first postponements due to COVID-19 for both teams. There have been 45 major league games postponed this season because of coronavirus concerns.
The Danuel House situation is believed not to be an isolated incident. The female coronavirus tester who allegedly entered his hotel room reportedly said she had contact with Tyson Chandler and another Rockets player but not House. The league has information that one of its contracted COVID-19 testing employees entered the Rockets' Grand Floridian Hotel late night on Monday and has based its investigation of House on “door data” which showed House's hotel room door opened sometime in those hours.
Phil Mickelson has a chance to do something Sunday that he hasn't done in 16 years. After carding his second straight bogey-free round, a 2-under 70 Saturday at the Safeway Open, Mickelson has now gone 42 consecutive holes without making a bogey or worse. According to the PGA Tour, Mickelson's career-best bogey-free streak during the ShotLink era is 49 holes, which came at the 2004 Open Championship.
Brad Keselowski won Saturday night's Cup playoff race at Richmond to score his first win of the playoffs and his fourth of the year. It is Keselowski's second career Cup win at Richmond. Denny Hamlin, who finished 12th, is locked into the second round of the playoffs on points, joining Kevin Harvick and Keselowski.
Dominic Thiem says he'll face a tough task in the U.S. Open final against Alexander Zverev. And perhaps he will Sunday, when both try to become a first-time Grand Slam champion, something men's tennis hasn't seen in six years, thanks largely to the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. What's certain is that Zverev, as talented as he is, does not present the same kind of hurdle Thiem faced in his three previous title matches at major tournaments -- a pair of losses to 12-time French Open champion Nadal in Paris, and one to eight-time Australian Open champion Djokovic in Melbourne.
The Tour de France boiled down to a battle between its two star Slovenian riders Sunday as last year's winner Egan Bernal dropped out of realistic contention. Tadej Pogacar beat yellow jersey-holder Primoz Roglic in a dramatic mountaintop finish to Stage 15, though Roglic retains a 40-second advantage in the yellow jersey and formidable support from teammates who shepherded him up the Grand Colombier climb. Bernal plummeted down the standings, all but ensuring the end of a five-year streak of Tour victories by his Ineos Grenadiers team, formerly known as Team Sky.
Football season officially began on Thursday night, here are the 2020 NFL week 1 games, times, TV channels, scores and how to watch. The Kansas City Chiefs opened up the season with a 34-20 win over the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium. We already knew that Kansas City had one of the best quarterbacks in the league with Patrick Mahomes–the youngest QB to be named Super Bowl MVP.
Follow all the action as Tottenham Hotspur host Everton on the Premier League's opening weekend. Jose Mourinho's side snatched a Europa League place on the final day of last season and will hope to continue an impressive upturn in form that saw them win four of their last six league games.
Tadej Pogacar won stage 15 of the Tour de France to close the gap on race leader Primoz Roglic as Egan Bernal's defence of his title was ended on the unforgiving slopes of the Grand Colombier. Pogacar took victory and bonus seconds on the line ahead of fellow Slovenian Roglic, cutting his deficit to 40 seconds as the general classification received another shake up at the end of the 174.5km stage from Lyon. Bernal began the day third, 59 seconds down, but cracked early on the 17km climb to the summit finish and slipped entirely out of contention.
It seems like most Knicks fans are over the Kevin Durant-to-New York story – but something about Durant's comments on JJ Redick's podcast this week are relevant to the current team. When New York traded Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas to create enough cap space for two max players, there were people in the organization who felt confident that they were going to sign both Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Knicks obviously had a bad read on the situation, given Durant said that he decided in February or March that he was going to the Nets.
Over the course of three days, NASCAR ran a 250-lap Truck race, a pair of 250-lap Xfinity Series races and a 400-lap Cup race. In other words, no rubber wore off the tires and on to the surface. Saturday night's Cup race had just three cautions – two for the end of stages and a planned NASCAR competition caution early in the race.