NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Chicago bears have named quarterback Mitch Trubisky their starting QB for Week 1. This game is streaming live on the Yahoo Sports mobile app, or on NFL Network
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.
Joel Kiviranta completed a hat track 7:24 into overtime to give Dallas a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday in Game 7, sending the Stars to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2008. Kiviranta scored on a quick shot after a pass from Andrej Sekera from behind the net. Kiviranta was playing only his third postseason game, on the ice for the series finale with Andrew Cogliano unfit to play, after scoring once in 11 regular-season games.
Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years - but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other. None of the cheering - or cursing after losing wagers - from 150,000 fans will be heard this year at Churchill Downs, where America's longest continuously held sports event will go on Saturday, four months later than usual. ''Quietude can't hurt,'' said Barclay Tagg, trainer of 3-5 favorite Tiz the Law.
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.
Mikal Smith, the son of Illinois coach and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, was arrested in Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday on multiple charges related to sex trafficking and a prostitution ring, according to multiple reports. Smith, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich tweeted out, is facing conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, money laundering, pandering, prostitution, sex trafficking and threatening or intimidating charges. He was arrested Thursday morning and booked into the Gilbert Chandler Jail, according to NBC 12.
Alongside all the changes seemingly in-store for the Dallas Cowboys this season, a long-term project along the defensive line is also set to potentially bloom. After years of searching for any semblance of a pass rush after the release of longtime franchise icon DeMarcus Ware, perhaps Dallas has finally collected enough pieces to field a unit capable of continuously affecting games. The Cowboys defensive line rebuild began during 2014 offseason, when Ware, the team's all-time sack leader was released after a nine-year run.
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.
The past eight months should have been hellish for Bill Belichick. A few months later, Brady awkwardly departed in free agency under a cloud of ambiguity, then convinced tight end in Rob Gronkowski to join him in Tampa Bay. By training camp, three of Belichick's starting linebackers had vanished, with Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins signing with the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions respectively, and Dont'a Hightower taking a COVID-19 opt-out.
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 Los Angeles Rams aren't waiting for Saturday's 1 p.m. PT deadline to start trimming their roster. They waived 17 players on Friday afternoon, bringing their roster down to 63 players.
The match between No. 5 Alexander Zverev and No. 32 Adrian Mannarino finally started at Arthur Ashe Stadium more than three hours after it was scheduled. While the reason for the delay was not immediately clear, the USTA released a statement after the match began that confirmed what many were thinking: It involved a health concern around a player in the "bubble within a bubble" at the Grand Slam. It is not clear if the health concern involves COVID-19.
Families are joining NBA players in the bubble. Nuggets coach Michael Malone sounds fed up. Denver coach Mike Malone points out that it's Day 60 in the bubble and he thinks it's “criminal in nature” for the NBA not to let coaches bring in families.
People seem to have forgotten just how good he was prior to a back injury which ended his season in Week 9. From Week 1 to 9, he was QB6 in fantasy points. Of qualified passers in 2019, Stafford finished with 8.3 average completed air yards (1st), 10.7 average intended air yards (1st), 23% aggressiveness percentage (1st) and a +3.4 completion percentage above expectation (5th).
The oversized black mask covering Jaylen Brown's face did little to shield his frustration. Brown plopped down in front of the Zoom camera after the Toronto Raptors stunned the Boston Celtics on OG Anunoby's improbable buzzer-beating 3-pointer and twice dubbed the final sequence a “f—cking disgrace.” It's Brown you'll see on the highlight reel scrambling to contest Anunoby's quick-release shot.
The Green Bay Packers must make 27 cuts – going from 80 players to an initial 53-man roster – before Saturday's 3:00 p.m. CT deadline. GM Brian Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur will have hard decisions to make, but it's not all bad news: Practice squads have been increased from 10 players to 16 this year, so although the team will cut 27 players between now and Saturday, there's a good chance the Packers will retain a big chunk of their current roster ahead of Week 1's trip to Minnesota to play the Vikings.
Houston is going to bank on the math: Take 20 more threes a game than the Lakers, hit enough of them, and Houston can outscore the Lakers. Los Angeles is a big team that lives in the paint — 52.8 points a game this season, second-best in the league — and can be expected to attack the rim hard against an undersized Houston defense. The Rockets are just willing to trade threes for twos.
The 2020 NBA draft is still likely more than two months away, as the league continues to pin down the remainder of its offseason calendar in the wake of a pandemic that has upended nearly everything. Regardless, we know enough to take a stab at predicting the top of the lottery, and who the Pistons might select. Minnesota is in an interesting position, and not just because they won the lottery.
The Las Vegas Raiders continue to trim their roster down to 53 players as the Saturday deadline approaches. One player that will be on the roster is quarterback Nathan Peterman. According to ESPN's Field Yates, Peterman has agreed to a pay cut, saving the team over $1 million.
Tomase: Seaver had priceless message to Roenicke after first HR originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Ron Roenicke only hit 17 home runs in an eight-year career, so he was always going to remember his first no matter what. But the message he received from the Hall of Famer he victimized made it truly unforgettable. The news that 300-game winner Tom Seaver died on Wednesday brought Roenicke back to 1982, his second year with the Dodgers.
The clock is ticking on everything the Milwaukee Bucks have built the last few years, title contenders facing adversity they have yet to prove they can conquer. The officiating gaffes only seemed to prolong the inevitable, the basketball gods ensuring a just result was the conclusion as the Miami Heat took an improbable 2-0 lead Wednesday night on the team with the NBA's best record. As certain and as clear as the Bucks speak on matters off the court, ready to forfeit a game in the name of social justice causes that matter, they seem as skittish and unsure about playoff basketball.