Mike Trout belts his 300th career home run, plus Eugenio Suárez goes yard three times to lead the Reds on this edition of FastCast
Making sense of it: Teams will often release a veteran and keep the developmental player for now, and a few days later, they do the switcheroo. They do this often. They did it with Kyle Wilber and Josh Mauro last season, signing both back a few days after the waiver period and placing Isaiah Johnson and Nathan Peterman on IR with designation to return.
Serena Williams battled into the US Open last 16 Saturday as the tournament endured fresh controversy after New York health officials ordered the women's top doubles pairing be withdrawn over coronavirus restrictions. Williams, chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, came from a set down to oust 2017 champion Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, in what she called an "intense" encounter on Arthur Ashe Stadium. With spectators barred from this year's Flushing Meadows event due to the pandemic, second and fourth seeds Sofia Kenin and Naomi Osaka took advantage of suites they have been assigned to check out the competition.
When a team puts as much stock in the future as the Orioles have, it's asking a lot of fans to believe that all the losing in the interim is worth the wait. The Orioles posted a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees with well-regarded pitching prospect Keegan Akin carrying a shutout into the sixth inning and the team's young bats finally breaking the game open against ace starter Gerrit Cole. The Orioles waited weeks to add Akin to their starting rotation, breaking him in slowly as a reliever before unleashing him as a starter this week.
The theory that NFL teams would go with three quarterbacks to start the pandemic-impacted season took a hit Saturday. Perhaps most noteworthy was Miami releasing Josh Rosen, a first-round selection by Arizona in 2018 who was dealt to the Dolphins last year after the Cardinals took Kyler Murray with the top overall selection. Rosen was behind veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and first-rounder Tua Tagovailoa on the depth chart.
At one point during training camp, Raiders coach Jon Gruden called backup quarterback Marcus Mariota a “dazzling playmaker. His immediate future suddenly quite isn't so bright. Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com explains that Mariota hasn't become the potential alternative to Derek Carr that the one-year, $7.5 million investment would suggest.
The UFC Vegas 9: Overeem vs. Sakai athletes weighed in at the Apex in Las Vegas on Friday. Watch as Alistair Overeem, Augusto Sakai, and the rest of the UFC Vegas 9 fight card square off for the cameras following the weigh-in. Things got physical between welterweights when Zelim Imadaev slapped Michel Pereira during their face-off.
The Lakers trailed the Houston Rockets by only six points at the start of the fourth quarter when they tried a lineup that had never played together in a game. Kyle Kuzma, Rajon Rondo, LeBron James, Markieff Morris and Dwight Howard took the court together. Against that lineup, the Rockets quickly increased their lead to 12 before the Lakers made substitutions.
If you are among the many silent Zero RB-curious fantasy managers wondering which running backs one ends up with when one embraces the theory behind the draft strategy, I've written up five of my favorite RB picks in the second half of your drafts, taking their bitcoin lunch money. There is indeed a process to drafting Zero RB candidates: ideally, we want a guy with standalone fantasy value, and if we can't get that, we want a back who would inherit most or all of a backfield's opportunity if the starter misses time. Now that you know what we're seeking in a Zero RB running back, let's get into the guys who could stumble into an early-down or every-down role, starting alongside your cast of dominant wide receivers.
Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper was ejected for arguing with first base umpire Roberto Ortiz over a fair-foul call Saturday night in a game against the New York Mets. Phillies second baseman Neil Walker tried to restrain Harper, and Ortiz warned Philadelphia's $330 million slugger multiple times to stop before signaling his ejection. Walker and first base coach Paco Figueroa tried to hold Harper back, and manager Joe Girardi also came out to help usher Harper off the field.
With Adrian Peterson now open to join other teams after his release in Washington on Friday morning, reports are coming out that there are three teams who have inquired about picking him up for the 2020 season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. We posited earlier on Friday that there were a number of teams who might be interested in bringing in Peterson, who is a veteran back that still has a lot to give to the game, it seems. Before the surprise release for Washington, AP was expected to be the starting RB for the 2020 season, leading a backfield of Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, Bryce Love, and Peyton Barber.
It's not every day that amateur golfers like you or me can relate to the professionals on the PGA Tour. Today was one of those days thanks to Rory McIlroy, who hit what might be the most relatable shot the game of golf has to offer. On Saturday during the second round of the Tour Championship, the world No. 4 and defending champion was in the thick rough after bombing a 370-yard drive on the par-5 18th hole.
After an underwhelming competition in training camp, the Chicago Bears have finally chosen their starting quarterback. Fourth-year signal caller Mitchell Trubisky will get the nod over veteran Nick Foles in what was a hotly-contested battle that spanned three weeks in training camp. Especially after neither Trubisky or Foles managed to pull away in this competition.
Our goal is to give you the tools to help you bring home the hardware, so we're sharing some final looks at our 2020 Rotoworld Fantasy Football Draft Guide from the Rotoworld Premium EDGE+ Roto package. Complete with content aimed at providing the knowledge you need to make the perfect draft decisions in a variety of league formats — from projections, rankings, a start/sit tool and trade analyzer to exclusive expert columns — this year's edition is the finest we've ever produced. Tiers are a crucial part in understanding value in a draft, so we're offering a look at the running backs you should target if you find yourself outside the Top-5 picks.
Teams as good as the Milwaukee Bucks never get swept in the NBA playoffs. That may change Sunday. Milwaukee is on the brink of elimination, trailing the Miami Heat 3-0 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The biggest news for the 49ers was getting wide receiver Deebo Samuel back, and there were few surprises among their moves to the 53-man roster limit. After activating Samuel from the active/non-football injury list, they still had to put three players on reserve/physically unable to perform — defensive lineman Ronald Blair III, center Weston Richburg, and defensive lineman Jullian Taylor. They also waived-injured offensive lineman Ross Reynolds, and released defensive lineman Alex Barrett, wide receiver River Cracraft, safety Johnathan Cyprien, defensive lineman Darrion Daniels, linebacker Evan Foster, offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu, tight end MarQueis Gray, tight end Chase Harrell, corner...
While a great many of these players will still find themselves on an NFL roster or in a spot on the practice squad, it is still an emotional day for them, their families, their coaches, and even the fans. The Seahawks have trimmed their roster down to 53 and they had to make tough choices as well. Here are the top roster cut snubs from Seattle.
The relationship between Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants was a fruitful one. Over 11 seasons, the battle-tested left-hander won 119 games, earned four All-Star selections and helped lead the Giants to three World Series championships. During the offseason, Bumgarner signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Miami Heat due to a right ankle sprain. The top-seeded Bucks trail 3-0 and are facing a stunning series sweep at the hands of the Heat in the NBA playoffs heading into Sunday's crucial clash at Walt Disney World Resort. Antetokounmpo rolled his ankle in the first half of Milwaukee's 115-100 Game 3 loss to Miami in Orlando, Florida on Friday.
Like every other NFL team, the Steelers were forced to trim their rosters from 80 to 53 on Saturday. It's worth noting this roster is fluid. Since teams have until noon Sunday to submit a claim for players placed on waivers or sign free agents, the 53-man roster could potentially change.
The Seattle Seahawks are placing one of their most popular players on waivers, parting ways with defensive end/linebacker, Shaquem Griffin. Seattle selected Griffin in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of the University of Central Florida, where he played with his twin brother, cornerback, Shaquill Griffin. Shaquill was drafted by the Seahawks in the third round just the year before.