Danny Duffy gets Franmil Reyes to pop out to retire his 9th consecutive batter in his 2020 debut
Greatness recognized greatness at the 1988 NBA 3-point shooting contest. We've all seen the video of Larry Bird defeating Dale Ellis in the finals that year for his third straight crown, his crooked right index finger held aloft as he sinks the money ball for the walkoff victory. What you might have missed is the reaction of the biggest star in NBA history from beneath Chicago Stadium during Bird's tour-de-force 23-point semifinals round.
After watching Mookie Betts sign a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox brass isn't budging on the belief they made the right move with the former MVP. Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Dodgers earlier this week, causing Sox fans to lament and Dodgers fans to celebrate the February trade all over again. On Friday though, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner issued a reminder to those in L.A. celebrating Betts' mega-deal.
Former track star and United States congressman Jim Ryun was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday, making him just the second track and field athlete to have received the award. Ryun was the first high schooler to break four minutes in the mile, and set a national prep record in 1965 with a time of 3:55.3, according to USA Track and Field — a record that stood until 2001. Ryun appeared in three Olympic games for the United States, first at the 1964 games in Tokyo.
The Toronto Raptors continue to use their platform to advocate for Black Lives Matter and ending systemic racism as the NBA inches closer towards the resumption of the 2019-20 season. Toronto entered the NBA's bubble in Orlando on July 9 with three busses reading Black Lives Matter in a large font, and the rest of the basketball world certainly took notice. The Raptors continue to do the work and are intent on keeping the focus on Black lives with their season slated to resume on Aug. 1, and part of that work entails clearing up misconceptions when it comes to Black people and systemic racism in Canada.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady will never be mistaken for a basketball player, but Friday evening he absolutely slammed Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill on Twitter. Hill recently went on ESPN's First Take to talk about his pursuit of a dynasty in Kansas City as they are the defending champs and all. "Why not go seven rings?"
James and Anthony Davis played in the first half. James finished with 12 points, five assists and three rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Davis also scored 12 points, with two steals, one assist and one rebound in his 15 minutes of playing time.
Washington quarterback Alex Smith suffered one of the more horrific football injuries in recent history in 2018, one that almost cost him his life. Now, nearly two years later, Smith's goal of returning to the NFL is almost a reality. Smith was cleared by his surgical team to return to full football activity on Friday, according to ESPN's Stephania Bell.
The Knicks coaching search has turned messy, with Jason Kidd emerging as a frontrunner after contract negotiations with Tom Thibodeau stalled, a plugged-in NBA source told the Daily News. Kidd, an unquestioned Hall of Fame player, is viewed by the Knicks as a conduit to attracting free agents, but there are also people in the organization who are skeptical of his coaching ability following underwhelming stints in Brooklyn and Milwaukee. As a result, the Kidd hire would come with the caveat of the front office picking at least some of his assistant coaches.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence to play as a member of the league for the 2020 season that has been thrown into question by the coronavirus pandemic. Two people involved in the ACC's discussions about scheduling for the upcoming season told The Associated Press on Friday the ACC is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games and start Sept. 12. Under the 10-plus-one plan, Notre Dame would play a full ACC schedule, the people told AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks are still ongoing and details have not been disclosed.
The Atlanta Braves, hours before their opening day game against the New York Mets, are giving us an example of how playing baseball during a pandemic can quickly turn chaotic. Both Braves catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud, won't be available to play Friday after showing coronavirus symptoms. Mark Bowman of MLB.com says both players tested negative but are back in Atlanta.
President Donald Trump tossed baseballs with Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera on Thursday to mark the opening of the pro baseball season, which was delayed by the coronavirus. "You had a pitch that broke a lot of bats," Trump told the retired New York Yankees relief pitcher after they had thrown several balls while a number of Little League youth baseball players observed and played catch. Trump awarded Rivera the presidential medal of freedom last year.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes did not go on a spending spree after signing his new contract. Mahomes said the contract that could pay him $500 million through the 2031 season hasn't changed him at all, and in fact he hasn't spent any money since signing it. Mahomes did buy a house this offseason, but that was before signing the contract, and he said his primary priority wasn't luxury but finding a house with a good workout room so he can stay in shape when he's not at the Chiefs' facility.
In the midst of the announcement that Washington will be referred to as the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season, plenty weighed in with how they felt about the name. That included NBA star, and Dallas Cowboys fan, LeBron James, who was not feeling the new label. That dig at Washington caught the attention of another NBA star who happens to be a supporter of the franchise: Kevin Durant.
The European Tour's medical team are supporting Andrew “Beef” Johnston after the Englishman withdrew from the British Masters after just nine holes due to fears concerning his mental health. Johnston, the fan favourite, revealed this time last year that he had struggled so much with the pressures of life on Tour that he had gone back to hotel rooms and cried following competitive rounds. The 31-year-old was advised by sports psychiatrists to take time away together with fiancee Jodie and baby daughter Harley, and made notable strides on the road to recovery, returning to post two top fives in Rolex Series events in the back half of 2019.
If the COVID-19 pandemic pushes the college football season into the spring of 2021, Urban Meyer would advise players who are expecting to get drafted to skip it. Meyer, who won national championships at both Florida and Ohio State, said he doesn't think it's in a player's best interests to ask him to play a season of college football from January through April and then be ready for an NFL minicamp in May. “It'd be hard for me not to advise them and tell them to play,” Meyer told Yahoo Sports.
Swing coach Boyd Summerhays is learning the hard way this week as the fill-in caddie for Tony Finau at the 3M Open. “I started calling him 'strawberries and cream,' because he was white, red, white, like a strawberry parfait,” Finau said after the round. Summerhays is looping this week after Finau decided to part ways with longtime caddie Greg Bodine, who has been on his bag since his rookie season in 2014-15.
Shane Bieber is only 25, and that hardly seems fair. ''When I say he makes the glass look half-full, that would be the biggest understatement,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said. Bieber struck out 14 over six scoreless innings as the Indians, making a statement for minorities by wearing their road jerseys with ''Cleveland'' on the front, took off on a 60-game season sprint by beating the Kansas City Royals 2-0 in their delayed home opener on Friday night.
Yoenis Cespedes is back in the New York Mets lineup and he's already making history. Still time to join or create a fantasy baseball league for the short season] Playing in his first game since July 20, 2018, Cespedes became the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball history to hit a home run in a regular season game between two National League teams. Cespedes' homer — a solo blast against Chris Martin — stood up as the only run in the Mets season-opening victory against the Atlanta Braves.
New footage has emerged of Frank Lampard's altercation with Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool on Wednesday, with the Chelsea boss telling the German to "f*** off" and "sit down" as part of a first-half row. The two sides met on Anfield on Wednesday to precede Liverpool's long-awaited trophy celebration, having secured the club's first-ever Premier League title this season. While the Reds' campaign is little more than a victory parade at this point, Lampard's Chelsea remain in a tight race for a top-four place and, more importantly, the Champions League spot that comes with it.
John Blake, who won two Super Bowl rings as the Cowboys' defensive line coach and is best remembered for his stint as head coach at Oklahoma, has died at the age of 59. Barry Switzer, who coached with Blake both at Oklahoma and with the Cowboys, told Dean Blevins of KWTV that Blake had a heart attack while out for a walk today. I recruited him out of Sand Springs.