Diana Taurasi (27 PTS) tallies a career-high 8 threes in Mercury's playoff-clinching win (September 3, 2020).
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.
LeBron James' name came up on Thursday in a convoluted NBA social media discussion about Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar did not appreciate it. James, who rarely responds to criticism or comparisons, snapped back at ESPN analyst and short-lived former NBA player Jay Williams after a Scottie Pippen comparison.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes proposed to his longtime girlfriend Brittany Matthews on Tuesday night after receiving his Super Bowl ring at Arrowhead Stadium. Matthews, known for her live tweets of games and loud support for the Kansas City team, shared a photo of the diamond ring on her Instagram story after he proposed at the stadium. And while Mahomes is a star quarterback and an NFL Super Bowl winner, Matthews has paved her own way in the sports industry by playing soccer professionally and launching her own fitness company.
Novak Djokovic has earned more than $140 million in prize money over his accomplished career, plus plenty of other millions in endorsement deals, so there wasn't much of a question in his mind when the possibility was offered to rent a private home during the U.S. Open. Anyone that wanted to spend money and stay in the house, he or she could have done that,'' Djokovic said. Serena Williams and Milos Raonic were among the eight players who, like Djokovic, opted for one of the Long Island homes the USTA made available instead.
Just think of all the things you could do in a LaFerrari Aperta. You could use it to scream across a racing tarmac at more than 200 mph, rip around hairpin turns with ease or just gaze in awe at the monument to Italian automotive excellence. Golfer Ian Poulter, on the other hand, uses his $2.2 million speedster for something else: trick shot videos.
With the way things are shaping up for the Tennessee Titans at EDGE, the team needs to get something done with free-agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney now more than ever. However, it apparently hasn't been an easy process to move forward with the player who is the biggest fish left on the free-agent market. According to Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, who was a guest on ESPN 102.5 The Game in Nashville, the Titans have been frustrated by the “lack of engagement” with Clowney, who the team wants to bring in for a physical.
Steve Smith is who he is. The latest to taste the wrath of No. 89 is former Carolina wideout Kelvin Benjamin. Speaking in an interview on WFNZ, Smith ripped some fans for claiming Benjamin would replace him, saying he is parking cars right now.
Clayton Kershaw reached two career strikeout milestones and held Arizona hitless into the sixth inning Thursday night, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Diamondbacks 5-1 for their fifth straight victory. While racking up eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings, Kershaw (5-1) became the 39th pitcher in major league history with 2,500 strikeouts when he fanned Nick Ahmed in the second. The left-hander then caught and passed Christy Mathewson (2,502) for 38th place on baseball's career list by getting Carson Kelly and Tim Locastro in the third.
With less than two weeks until the Chicago Bears open the regular season against the Detroit Lions, there are some roster cuts that need to be made. The Bears need to trim the roster from 80 to 53 players by Sept. and they've already started making roster moves.
Just when you thought you knew what the Miami Dolphins' quarterback room was going to look like, the team may be winding up and getting ready to toss another curveball. The Dolphins have been operating with a strong quarterback room this summer with Ryan Fitzpatrick and two former top-10 overall selections in Josh Rosen and Tua Tagovailoa in the mix as Miami has held an open competition for the starting quarterback job. Fitzpatrick is expected to hold the starting gig to open the season, leaving Rosen and Tagovailoa as young, talented hopefuls to play down the road.
I actually think that teams that play a Game 7 in the next series, going against a team that has been off, I think has the advantage,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. Because your senses are sharper, you're playing in that environment where every possession matters. And I actually think that's a better way to prepare for a series than a week of practices.
Monday's news that the Jaguars had released running back Leonard Fournette surprised plenty of people. Jaguars running back Chris Thompson, appearing Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, explained that the running backs learned about the move when Fournette entered the position group's meeting room and told them he'd just been cut. “We all thought it was a joke at first,” Thompson said, before learning from coach Doug Marrone during a full team meeting that Fournette had been released.
The only thing that gets me flustered is really me, like, because I always feel like I'm not winning every point. I mean, like, that doesn't make sense,'' said Williams, who has won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at Flushing Meadows and was the runner-up the past two years. I just think with the pressure and everything that I felt like I just needed to be perfect.
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers pushed aside one of the NBA's best backcourts in the first round. James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets are the opponent when the top-seeded Lakers open the Western Conference semifinals Friday night. The Rockets' debut of their small-ball style was a big success when they beat the Lakers 121-111 in Los Angeles on Feb. 6 behind 41 points from Westbrook.
The Cleveland Browns made a big move on Thursday afternoon. GM Andrew Berry executed a trade to fill a big hole, acquiring starting safety Ronnie Harrison from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick. Harrison, 23, was a third-round pick out of Alabama by the Jaguars in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Thatcher Demko stopped 48 shots, Quinn Hughes set an NHL record with a goal and an assist, and the Vancouver Canucks staved off elimination for the second straight game with a 4-0 win over the Vegas Golden Knights Thursday night. J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist, Jake Virtanen also scored and Bo Horvat added an empty-net goal with 4 1/2 minutes left. Hughes has 16 points this postseason, one more than the record for rookie defenseman aColorado's Cale Makar set Wednesday night.
Ivan Provorov scored at 15:03 of the second overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Thursday night to force a deciding Game 7. Kevin Hayes, James van Riemsdyk, Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton also scored for Philadelphia, and Carter Hart made a career-high 49 saves. The Flyers won a third overtime game in a postseason series for the first time.
Ivan Provorov scored at 15:03 of the second overtime and the Flyers beat the New York Islanders 5-4 on Thursday night to force a deciding Game 7. All season he's been (an inspiration), not just tonight,'' goalie Carter Hart said of Lindblom. Him coming in the lineup and playing definitely gives our team a huge boost of energy.
Far too young to remember Tom Seaver's glory days, Pete Alonso and the New York Mets found a perfect way to pay tribute to the greatest player in franchise history. Starting pitcher Robert Gsellman, his right knee already dirtied, led the Mets from the dugout onto the diamond at Citi Field on Thursday to face the Yankees. What better symbol to honor Seaver, the Mets icon and Hall of Famer whose classic, drop-and-drive power pitcher delivery was imitated by thousands of Little Leaguers in the 1960s and 1970s?
Kansas City Chiefs: Mecole Hardman There isn't a backup wide receiver with more upside, but it's going to take injuries for Hardman to be fantasy relevant, and maybe even two of them (Demarcus Robinson remains around as well). Hardman is fast and posted some incredible efficiency stats as a rookie, but he enters 2020 quite low on his team's depth chart for someone with a top-50 WR ADP. Las Vegas Raiders: Darren Waller Waller is a great story, but don't count on him repeating as among the league-leaders in target share at his position (which still resulted in just three scores thanks to a lack of red-zone work).