Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors) with a deep 3 vs the Boston Celtics, 09/11/2020
RG3 has a question for Chiefs fans who booed moment of silence originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Prior to the start of the NFL season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans on Thursday, both teams took to midfield at Arrowhead Stadium to lock arms with one another for a moment silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in America. A moment meant to bring everyone together, some fans in the capacity-limited crowd in Kansas City showed they apparently weren't fans of unity. A smattering of boos could be heard during the silence.
Fox Sports host Skip Bayless tried Friday to tamp down pushback to comments he made the day before criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for remarks he made about grappling with depression – just hours after his employer appeared to reprimand him for the comments. I have great compassion for anyone suffering clinical depression, which is very real. If you are suffering from any form of depression, please seek help,” Bayless said during Friday's broadcast of his Fox Sports 1 program, “Undisputed.
The NFL's practice squad rules, like everything else in 2020, is much different than it's been in the past. Practice squads can hold 16 players, instead of the traditional 10 that coaches and general managers are used to. Two players can be promoted to the active roster each week, but they can only get promoted twice in a season.
Longtime NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for a violation of the sanctioning body's behavioral rules. NASCAR did not specify what led to the penalty as is customary. According to Fox Sports, Wallace was suspended for a social media post.
Instead of staying in Wine Country for two more rounds, Spieth knew he had to decide whether to head home to Texas for a couple days of rest or head to New York for some extra prep time at Winged Foot ahead of next week's U.S. Open. Looking for mini-victories as he tries to emerge from a slump lasting more than two years, Spieth was on the cutline and on the ninth hole of the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa when his travel itinerary changed as quickly as his second shot on the par-5 banged off a tree limb and headed straight into a hazard. Thinking he needed to make birdie to feel comfortable about making the cut, Spieth had to take a drop and made double-bogey 7 and packed his bags.
As a weary Serena Williams packed her bags and left Flushing Meadows in the early hours of Friday morning, her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title snuffed out in the semi-finals of the US Open, one question was left hanging in the balmy night air: if not now, when? For nearly four years, Williams has been trading groundstrokes with Father Time as she attempts to add one more Grand Slam title to her collection, cementing her claim to be the greatest women's tennis player ever seen. Certainly, throughout her career, be it returning from serious illness to dominate her sport, or from continuing to compete at the highest level at an age when most of her contemporaries have long since retired, Williams has repeatedly demonstrated that writing her off is a mug's game.
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.
Forsberg: Smart's game-saving block turns up the Heat originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Watching Norm Powell race his way, Marcus Smart's mind flashed back to the end of Game 6. In the final minute of the second overtime on Wednesday, Powell sprinted in alone after a Jayson Tatum turnover with only Smart back to defend. Smart tried to strip the ball free but instead got whistled for a foul as Powell completed a three-point play that essentially sealed Toronto's win and forced Friday's Game 7.
Austria's Dominic Thiem hopes fourth time's the charm after seizing on yet another chance to win his first-ever Grand Slam title, this time at Flushing Meadows. The 27-year-old, who has reached a Grand Slam final three times - only to lose on each occasion - faces German Alexander Zverev in the U.S. Open men's championship match on Sunday, well aware of the heartbreak that could be in store should he once again be denied. "It's the biggest goal and also the biggest dream I have in my tennis career since a few years," the world number three told reporters when asked what it would mean to hoist a trophy at the U.S. Open.
Relative unknown James Robinson has a chance to make NFL history Sunday. If Robinson starts for Jacksonville against Indianapolis, as expected, he would become the fourth undrafted rookie running back to do so in a season opener since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 and the first in the last 30 years. If he runs for 45 yards, he would break the record for the most by an undrafted rookie in Week 1.
LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY When tennis resumed last month from a five-month hiatus prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, it was impossible to know exactly what to expect. Turns out Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka have been far and away the two best women in the sport, which is why they will face each other Saturday in the U.S. Open final. Both used to be ranked No.
The New England Patriots announced their team captains ahead of Week 1 and Julian Edelman didn't make that list. He's the most experienced wide receiver, and the most experienced player on the offensive side of the ball in New England. Edelman, 34, is heading into his 11th season and he's never earned the prestigious title.
Tiger Woods brings his sore back and struggling game into the 120th US Open hoping to catch fire at a major where he hasn't managed a top-10 finish since 2010. The 44-year-old reigning Masters champion comes into Winged Foot off a share of 51st two weeks ago in the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields on a set-up that played like a US Open with hard, fast greens and dense rough. "The golf course was basically a US Open, with the rough being as high as it is and fairways a little bit narrow," Woods said.
Tom Brady made the shocking move of leaving the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason and he revealed in a recent interview his family is still adjusting. Brady appeared on the latest episode of Dax Shepard's podcast “Armchair Expert.” The 43-year-old opened up about life in Tampa and the struggle of moving to a completely new city with his wife Gisele Bundchen and their children. Brady said another issue his daughter had was the Tampa heat, something which the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback said he loved and that he was never going back to the cold.
That's pretty much all they were saying, how I didn't put in the work but I caught it. He smiled as he shared the anecdote, which was all in good fun. It was one example of how the veteran Lakers were getting to know their 19-year-old teammate who spent most of the pre-pandemic season with their G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers.
“Hopefully, we can build a culture in Milwaukee for many years that we can come out here and compete every single year for a championship.” The Bucks will offer Antetokounmpo a supermax contract this offseason, and if he doesn't sign it then things get interesting. Whether he signs the extension or not, Milwaukee has work to do to make this work (and maybe keep him).
What Redick's wife said to him after Warriors won 2015 title originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea JJ Redick's teams reached the NBA playoffs every year over the first 13 seasons of his career. But the streak was snapped in August when the New Orleans Pelicans failed to punch their ticket to the postseason. The 36-year-old appeared in the 2009 NBA Finals as a member of the Orlando Magic, but he has not been back to basketball's biggest stage since.
The Lakers dominated for almost 48 minutes and the “almost” almost cost the Lakers late in Game 4. The Lakers are adding dimensions, and by doing it now, it'll make them even better. The fact that LeBron James trusted Caruso in the right corner with the Lakers on the ropes late – you can sense that he's earned the right to close games.
NBA Twitter explodes with reaction to Marcus Smart's epic Game 7 block originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston The Boston Celtics are headed to the Eastern Conference finals after an exciting Game 7 win over the Toronto Raptors, and Marcus Smart unsurprisingly played a pivotal role in the victory. Smart made a nice impact offensively with 16 points and six assists, but it was his elite defense that really made the difference for Boston. The Celtics led 89-87 with a minute left in the fourth quarter when Raptors guard Norman Powell raced down the court with a chance to tie the score.
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.