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Saturday wasn’t just about Tom Brady’s preseason debut, or Jimmy Garoppolo’s turnovers, or an encouraging drive from Rex Burkhead with which we’ll likely get carried away, or Cyrus Jones’ punt returns. It was about Rob Gronkowski playing in a preseason game. Although Gronkowski turned heads in a memorable 2010 preseason debut, he hasn’t exactly been a safe bet to be seen by exhibition attendees. As he has battled injuries and the Patriots have managed him over the years, Gronkowski went four straight preseasons without taking the field once. That changed Saturday, when the veteran tight end played in 13 snaps over two series. He didn’t get a single target, but he also left the game unscathed
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Back in 2008, Paul Azinger led the weakest U.S. Ryder Cup team in recent history into battle. His back against the wall, and with the U.S. team without a victory since 1999, he drew inspiration from he Navy SEALS. That idea led to what Azinger later called the "Pod System," and the concept is pretty simple: Professional golfers aren't used to having partners, or being on a team, but as Azinger saw it, the European Team boasted an inherent advantage in making that transition because the team featured players from a variety of different countries. That may not sound like an advantage, but in a roundabout way, it kind of is. To make things simple, let's say pretend a European
Kirk Cousins recently said he wants to never change teams. In an interview televised during Saturday’s broadcast of preseason action against Green Bay, Cousins made it clear that he wants to be in Washington for his full career. “So I want to be a Washington Redskin, yes,” Cousins said.
How dare the solar eclipse infringe upon preparations for Florida State. In an incredibly unsurprising revelation, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he is not enamored with Monday’s solar eclipse. He was asked about preparations the team would be making
BOSTON — CC Sabathia didn’t like the Red Sox game plan in the first inning of Saturday night’s 4-3 Yankees win at Fenway Park. So, when he fielded Andrew Benintendi’s bunt toward the third base line and fired a hard strike to first base for the final out, the veteran lefty waved his pitching hand at the Red Sox dugout in a dismissive way. “To come out and that’s your strategy, that got me going a little bit,’’ Sabathia told The Post at his locker Sunday morning. “Literally, two of the hottest hitters in baseball bunting. If that was their strategy, I [handled] it.’’ Before Benintendi bunted, Sabathia watched leadoff hitter Eduardo Nunez foul off a 1-1 pitch trying to bunt his way on base. Benintendi
Taylor Hall deserves credit for that great “lottery ball specialist” tweet when the New Jersey Devils landed the top pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, but you could picture the star winger making such a joke while gritting his teeth. You see, as much as Hall seems to be a luck rabbit’s foot for a team when it comes to landing the top pick of a draft – just consider his Edmonton Oilers days on top of this last bit – but that good fortune hasn’t always come from an individual standpoint. In hopes that we may some day see Hall in, say, a playoff game, let’s recount some of his unluckiest moments.
The possibility of impermissible contact between Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the crux of an NBA probe into tampering, league sources tell ESPN. The Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement Sunday saying that an investigation is underway. The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by the Pacers, insisting that there is no evidence of tampering, and they expect to be cleared in the matter, a team source told ESPN. "As the NBA's statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation," the Lakers said in a statement.
Six-time Olympic medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman has strong words for USA Gymnastics after the organization failed to prevent Larry Nassar from sexually abusing dozens of young girls. Nassar has been accused of sexually abusing more than 100 top tier athletes ― most of whom are gymnasts ― while he was treating them as USA Gymnastics’ team doctor and throughout his career as a gymnastics physician. The first allegation came out in September 2016 and Nassar was subsequently fired from USA Gymnastics and his faculty position at Michigan State University.
The Eagles are talking about getting defensive end Derek Barnett more work with their first team, but he’ll need to get healthy before he can run with the first string. At the moment, Barnett is not healthy enough to practice. Per multiple reports, Barnett did not work out with the team on Sunday and coach Doug Pederson took a page from the NHL by describing the reason for his absence as a lower body injury.
The 49ers could get their presumptive starting free safety back on the field this week. Jimmie Ward, who has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since sustaining a hamstring injury during a conditioning test on the eve of training camp, will go through strenuous workouts Monday and Tuesday. Ward could be cleared to return to practice as early as Wednesday, when the club is scheduled to hold its next practice. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday in a conference call with reporters that defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will will pace him through a football-related workout on Monday and Tuesday. "Hopefully, we'll get him ready to go by Wednesday," Shanahan said. The 49ers envision Ward, a
First there was the earth-shattering transfer. Then the groundswell of unrest, and the crescendo of supporters’ displeasure. It was only natural. To some extent, perhaps even healthy. But three weeks after Neymar’s stunning move to PSG, there isn’t much
(CNN)Should Chris Froome become the first Briton the win both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana, he may be congratulated on the podium at the finish line in Madrid by a man as well as a woman. It's a change organizers of the three-week race, which started August 19, have made after much discussion in Spain about all-female podiums in sports including cycling and motor racing, which is increasingly seen as old-fashioned and sexist. "We couldn't stay out of the debate because we are using all girls on the podium," Vuelta race director Javier Guillen told CNN by phone. Although Guillen stressed the move was a "small change," the Vuelta is in fact the first of the so-called Grand Tours of cycling to end the decade-long tradition.
BOSTON — A year ago, Cleveland is where the best offense in the majors went to die. The Red Sox’ first visit back is a chance to hold a seance. The 2016 team had the most threatening lineup anywhere. No one was better. But the Sox missed out on home field advantage. Once the Division Series began in Cleveland, they lost their way at the plate too. It’s true that Rick Porcello’s poor postseason outing — anomalous compared to his 2016 Cy Young campaign — could not have come at a worse time. David Price didn’t get the job done either. But the Sox offense ghosted everyone. The engine of a 93-win team collapsed. “Given how we performed as an offensive team throughout the year, and it's not to take
Ryan Hunter-Reay woke up this morning not 100 percent sure he would be driving today at Pocono Raceway after suffering a brutal crash in qualifying, registered at 138Gs. Starting from 21st, Hunter-Reay was immediately on the move and a lightning fast pit stop from the No. 28 DHL Honda team put him in sixth, following a lap 21 caution for debris off of Esteban Gutierrez’s car. Hunter-Reay eventually salvaged eighth.
SEATTLE -- Michael Bennett once again sat during the national anthem before the Seattle Seahawks preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. But this time, he had company, with Justin Britt standing next to him. Britt put his arm on Bennett's left shoulder during the anthem. Afterward, the teammates embraced. "I want to support him," Britt said after the Seahawks' 20-13 win. "I want to support what he stands for and his beliefs. I'm not foolish. I'm from Missouri. I get that things are different in that area than they are in some other areas. I'm not against what the flag means and veterans. My dad was in the Army. So I'm not putting any disrespect to them. I'm just trying to understand
Simone Biles is back in the gym. The Olympic gymnastics champion is in no hurry to declare whether this is the start of a comeback following a year off after her historic performance at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Dysfunctional organizations tend to be dysfunctional in multiple respects. And, yes, this one is about the New York Jets. After quarterback Josh McCown took fewer reps in the preseason game against the Lions than coach Todd Bowles previously had indicated
For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with. While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer. In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts. “I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at
On Monday, the moon did something that probably made Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan very proud: it blocked the sun. In honor of the momentous event, let's take a look at the five most intimidating players who the 2017 Redskins will be forced to block in the upcoming season. Hunter's name isn't as recognizable as the rest of the names on this list, but if he has another year like he did in 2016, it soon will be.
Hamburg’s Nicolai Muller could not have asked for a better start to his Bundesliga season when a cross from a teammate sailed over everyone to the far side of the box, where the German winger was patiently waiting. Muller snuck his shot in at the near post, and immediately flung his arms up in the air in celebration. Muller went into a spinning, flailing, twisting routine as he ran toward the corner flag.
Terence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his third-round knockout victory of Julius Indongo Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., that made him the undisputed super lightweight champion. Six months after blowing out an Olympic gold medalist like he was a journeyman, Crawford was at it again on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., in a battle for the undisputed super lightweight bout. Crawford outclassed Julius Indongo, who brought the IBF and WBA belts with him, and scored a vicious knockout at the 1:38 mark of the third round to become boxing’s first undisputed champion since Jermain Taylor in 2005.
Go ahead. Be honest. Did you really see Ian Happ coming this fast? Obviously you knew he’d be here one day, another one of Theo Epstein’s much-ballyhooed first-round draft picks, a position player destined to fit snugly into the Cubs’ long-term lineup. But Happ was drafted mere months before the Cubs made their breakout run to the 2015 National League Championship Series. He spent his first full season as a professional while the big league team marched to that curse-smashing World Series championship. Though like Kris Bryant and Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras before him, Happ has landed in the big leagues and become a fixture in the North Side batting order. He’s an
LONG POND, Pa. – Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay has been taken to a local hospital following a heavy crash in qualifying. Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 DHL Honda broke loose exiting Turn 3, and though he tried to correct it, the back end swapped around
For the Florida State quarterback position heading into the 2017 season, there is good news as well as bad. The good news is that the Seminoles return their starter from a season ago, redshirt sophomore Deondre Francois, who excelled in some aspects as a freshman and has plenty of room for growth heading into his second year as the starter. The bad news is that FSU no longer can fall back on its journeyman backup Sean Maguire, who graduated after the 2016 season. Instead, the prospects of a Francois-less FSU are a smidge more grim entering this season. The Starter Francois, as briefly mentioned above, showed some promise as a freshman. His accuracy on long throws was impressive, his poise and