Minty Bets is joined by Kevin Iole to preview the main event of UFC 253 between Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa on Sat. September 26.
Montrezl Harrell called Luka Doncic a “b****-a** white boy” during the Clippers' Game 3 win over the Mavericks. That became a Thing. Harrell and Doncic then tried to quash the noise.
The current situation between the Baltimore Ravens and safety Earl Thomas is not a good one. After getting into a skirmish with teammate Chuck Clark on Friday, Thomas was sent home and did not report back for practice on Saturday. Now, Baltimore has decided to either trade or release him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Dustin Johnson had played his way to a nine-shot lead at TPC Boston with two holes to go, but just needed enough daylight – and enough of a break in the stormclouds – to be able to cap off his victory in the first FedEx Cup Playoff event of the year. p Johnson got the opportunity to do it, finishing off a final-round 63 with a birdie at the 18th hole.
In a move that is absolutely peak Bill Belichick, the coach signed Navy defensive end Paul Quessenberry. In perhaps an interesting twist, they do not plan to keep them at the tight end position. That name comes from the archives, as Quessenberry has been out of the NFL for five years after pursuing a career as a Marine.
The first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs is in the books and Dustin Johnson is the new points leader after his walk-in-the-park victory on Sunday at the Northern Trust at TPC Boston. Johnson won by 11 shots, the largest margin of victory this season on the PGA Tour. He jumped from 15th to 1st on the FedEx Cup standings and now holds a 92-point lead over Justin Thomas.
After canceling their season because of COVID-19, the CFL is allowing players to opt out of their contracts, and one of their top quarterbacks is doing so. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Toronto quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson is opting out. Bethel-Thompson threw for 4,024 yards, with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Argonauts last season.
The big man has a big new deal. Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille has inked a multiyear contract renewal with Turner Sports to continue on its NBA coverage. The 15-time All-Star who won three titles with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers and another with the Miami Heat is expending his role to include TNT's Tuesday night Inside the NBA and NBA on TNT coverage.
NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury has stepped down from his role with the company for the duration of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after making a sexist remark about women during an August 20 game between the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. Milbury and analyst Brian Boucher were discussing the competitive advantages that the bubble presented, which provoked the comment. "If you think about it, it's a terrific environment with regard to -- if you enjoy playing and enjoy being with your teammates for long periods of time, it's a perfect place," Boucher said toward the end of Game 5, with the Islanders' series-clinching victory essentially secured.
After Friday's practice, when the Patriots were without Jarrett Stidham during team drills, there was a chance the second-year quarterback would get right back on the horse Sunday after a day off. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels thought Stidham would be "ready to roll." Stidham did not roll on Sunday, though.
It seemed appropriate on a day when two fellow competitors at the Northern Trust shot scores uncomfortably close to his age that Phil Mickelson announced his plan to debut on the PGA Tour Champions. Scottie Scheffler's Friday-morning 59 briefly appeared like it wouldn't even be low round of the day until Dustin Johnson flatlined his way to a 60 in the afternoon. Like Roger Bannister's 4-minute-mile, the '60' barrier seems to fall now with the frequency of a one-legged drunk on an ice rink, and those low rounds by Scheffler and Johnson might have reminded Mickelson that the days when he can hang with that kind of firepower are fewer and farther between.
Clippers forward Paul George says his confidence is not shaken after making 10 of his 47 shots in his last three games but to break out of his slump he must walk a fine line of staying aggressive while not siphoning shots away from teammates should his struggles continue. One proposed solution for Game 5, he said, is being aggressive in shooting closer to the basket to start before launching from three-point range, where he has made four of his 25 shots in his last three games. It's not a foolproof fix, however.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is nothing if not stealthy, which means we can assume that many of his trade deadline targets are players whose identities we will not guess. But if we're trying to hone in on where the Yanks could go for a big, sexy, moonshot trade -- well, we should train our gaze on the city of Cleveland. With a week to go before the trade deadline, Cashman is looking for pitching, according to league sources (and per his usual M.O. in recent years).
The Fiend Bray Wyatt regained the Universal Championship at Summerslam – but was quickly slain by the returning Roman Reigns. Wyatt, whose Fiend character is almost impervious to pain, made short work of the incumbent to start his second reign with the title. He made relatively short work of Strowman, absorbing all he could throw at him before delivering two Sister Abigails on an exposed ring to pick up the victory.
That was odd because Flutie had been retired for about eight years, and Luck was coming off a brilliant second NFL season. When Luck was getting on an elevator at the stadium, he saw me and quietly mouthed “sorry” as the doors closed, because he knew I had asked to speak to him. How do you possibly get irritated at that?
Mookie Betts made history in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 11-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies in MLB action on Sunday. Betts – the 2018 American League (AL) MVP and World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox – became the first Dodger to hit two home runs and steal two bases in the same game. The Dodgers, who own the MLB's best record at 22-8, hit seven home runs as they completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies in Los Angeles.
Mike Milbury will no longer grace your television screen for the remainder of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, with the controversial NBC analyst deciding to “step away” from his role and head home following another offensive on-air moment. Of course, seeing the NHL move to condemn the derogatory remarks of a figure representing their product is a positive development. The swiftness of both the league and NBC's response to Friday's incident was admirable, as well, with a statement being released almost within the hour labelling Milbury's words as “insensitive and insulting.”
Few people had faith in UFC flyweight Shana Dobson heading into her Saturday night fight against rising star Mariya Agapova. The 31-year-old Dobson held a career record of just 3-4, and had lost her last three fights. Her most recent fight lasted only 40 seconds before a knockout loss against Priscila Cachoeira.
Michael Andretti had the perfect setup heading into Sunday's Indianapolis 500. His cars were fast from the moment they hit the historic 2.5-mile oval, his drivers took half of the top 10 starting spots including the pole and with two former winners and pole-winner in Andretti's six-car stable, the team was the clear favorite. Then on the most unique race day in event history, the old struggles came roaring back, leaving the Andrettis empty-handed one more time.
Kansas City Chiefs TE Nick Keizer spoke to the media following training camp practice on Sunday. Keizer, who was on the Chiefs' practice squad in 2019, has emerged as a legitimate candidate to become the No. 2 tight end in Kansas City this season. Today, Keizer fielded a question about catching passes from Mahomes and shared perhaps the best quote of the entirety of training camp.
After Bayern Munich defeated Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final, now the attention turns to the transfer market, with developments set to ramp up, including Lionel Messi, with Paris Saint-Germain openly revealing that he would “welcome” the player, even though he expects the Argentine to stay at the Nou Camp. The surprise news on Sunday was that Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Thiago Alcantara, who was sublime in the Lisbon final, with Hansi Flick admitting he does not know where his future lies. Jadon Sancho remains at Borussia Dortmund too, with Manchester United close to walking away from talks.