A look at the Toronto Blue Jays as they prepare for the 2013 baseball season.
Tammy R: She is the most beautiful FLOTUS we've had in over 8 years. So classy in her style of dress. I don't care what her past was like, I just care about her present and future. We all have things in our past we'd like to forget. So I choose to forget hers and focus on what she is doing for our country now.
"Bye, Felicia" is just a tremendous dismissal of anyone for any reason, basically. The actress paying Felicia* in that scene is Angela Means Kaaya, mother of former four-star Miami Hurricanes starting quarterback Brad Kaaya, of West Hills, Calif. College football fans who know how frequently these bio tidbits get mentioned by announcers during games can prepare to hear her name a few times this season. "I feel blessed," Means Kaaya said with both hands on her heart.
The Patriots selected Arkansas defensive end Deatrich Wise with the 131st pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Wise is a rangy, versatile player that Bill Belichick would love to move around the defensive line. Wise was also a teammate of current Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers, a Super Bowl LI hero. Here our some reactions from analysts and fans: The reactions have been positive thus far, as the Patriots add depth along the defensive line. After adding Derek Rivers in the third round, it’s clear the Patriots are looking to add talent and depth along the defensive line.
OAKLAND — The Warriors will have five full practices and two off-days between playoff games. In the meantime, they’re getting healthier. Kevin Durant, who said he was on a 20-minute limit in Game 4 of the Blazers series, said he’s a full go for Game 1 of Round 2 on Tuesday in Oracle and has been practicing all week. Matt Barnes, who is fighting his way back from a foot sprain, and Shaun Livingston, battling a hand contusion, have also been practicing. Barnes missed the final two games of the regular season and the entire first round, but has been officially upgraded to probable for Game 1 of the second round. Livingston remains questionable. He hurt his hand diving for a loose ball in Game 1
Turns out the months-long melodrama of Ian Poulter’s unsuccessful attempt to hang onto his PGA Tour card was all for naught: Poulter is now fully exempt for the remainder of the season, all thanks to Brian Gay’s balky thumb and a rare bit of common sense by Tour bureaucrats. Gay gave the Knockdown an exclusive peek at how the story played out over the last two days. Gay is a four-time Tour winner who in recent years has suffered a run of bad health.
If you’ve been watching football for a while, as I’d presume if you’re reading this, you have had, you’ve no doubt seen many free kicks taken, and a few even scored from. You might recall perfect left-footed curlers from Marcos Alonso. You might recall perfect right-footed curlers from Willian. You might recall knuckle-ballers from the likes of David Luiz or Didier Drogba or Cristiano Ronaldo. You might even recall other famous free kicks and free kick-takers from down the years. Whenever I’m asked about free kicks, for example, I invariably end up talking at least briefly about Thomas Häßler, who was famously tiny and had even tinier feet, which as my anecdote goes, allowed him to put the most
With the No. 126 pick overall in the fourth round, the Cleveland Browns drafted a top-level corner back from Houston in Howard Wilson. The Browns felt this cover guy was so talented they had to trade up for him and I agree that Wilson is a steal. Wilson stands at 6-1 and weighs 184 pounds and has the potential to be a very good starter in the NFL for a long time. He has the desired length to match up with larger receivers and effectively shed blockers when moving towards the ball. He also has the requisite agility and speed to hang with receivers and outstanding explosiveness, which allows him to break on the ball more successfully than not. The biggest knock on Wilson’s game is that he has a
UCLA guard Lonzo Ball (right) shakes hands with his father, LaVar Ball, after a March 4, 2017, game between UCLA and Washington State. (AP) After a standout freshman season at UCLA, Lonzo Ball is widely expected to be one of the first players selected
The Chicago Bears came under fire during the first round of the NFL Draft for giving up three extra draft picks just to move up one spot to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Using those values, the four picks given up by the Bears were worth nearly 2,000 points. The No. 2 pick they received in return was worth just under 1,000, meaning they paid a net price of almost 700 points worth of draft picks.
Former UFC flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov performed well last night (Fri., April 28, 2017) at Fight Nights Global 64 in Moscow, Russia, in his first MMA appearance since leaving UFC earlier this year. Unfortunately for Bagautinov, he was unable to put a cherry on top of his rather dominating outing as WSOF veteran Tyson Nam slammed the Russian with a brutal head kick with one second left on the clock. Bagautinov was out on his feet before he hit the canvas and Nam walked away like he was Mark Hunt. The full fight can be seen above courtesy of Fight Nights TV, while the scintillating finish can be seen below: Bagautinov, 31, has now four out of his last five. While the hard-hitting
Not even a late-April tournament date could spare the Pac-12 Championship from some typical Colorado weather. The second round of Pac-12s at Boulder Country Club was suspended Saturday because of, yep, snow. There was a 30-minute snow delay on Friday before most teams were able to finish their second rounds. Scores reflected the difficult conditions, as players wrapped up Friday in 25-degree temperatures with a snow/sleet mix. Only two players are under par – Oregon’s Wyndham Clark and Washington’s Carl Yuan, with two holes to play in their second round – and the defending champion Ducks lead the way at 16 over par. Top-ranked USC is 31 over after two rounds of the play-six, count-five format.
Wait, what about me? The NFL draft can be a cruel taste of reality for veterans around the league as they realize their teams are loading up at positions their incumbent players thought were already filled. Former Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge learned the hard way how futures can change in one pick, as he went from an encouraging mentor to an unemployed 31-year-old after David Njoku was drafted in the first round. Here are 10 other veterans who were left shaking their heads as they watched their job security slip away during the 2017 NFL Draft. Mark Ingram, Saints Ingram played the good soldier after the Saints gave him direct competition by signing Adrian Peterson, but he must be
OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence. This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages. Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has called on his former club to find a solution regarding David de Gea's future or risk encountering a "big problem" with him in the summer transfer window. De Gea has long been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Neville, who won countless honours during his time at Old Trafford, does not think the 26-year-old will be easy to replace. De Gea was not stringently tested during his side's 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Thursday evening (27 April) but managed to maintain his composure and quash any attempts to breach his goal.
He could have walked back his words, laughed off an offseason tweet as a fanciful lark and echoed the keeping-my-head-down generics that so many have refined. But Tyler Wade, a top Yankees prospect with aspirations much higher than that billing, doesn’t regret a word. Four months ago, the Yankees’ ostensible Triple-A shortstop declared that a World Series ring is the goal for this season — “Big things on my mind for 2017” he wrote with a picture of a ring, not the wedding variety. This week Wade expressed the same kind of confidence, saying the target hasn’t changed for 2017. “Absolutely,” Wade said over the phone. “That’s always the goal, getting that ring. That was kind of an excitement thing,
FOXBORO -- The Patriots needed depth on the edge. It was maybe their only immediate need in this year's draft. And with two of their first three picks, they've created some. They grabbed Youngstown State pass-rusher Derek Rivers in the third, and with their first fourth-rounder they grabbed Arkansas defensive end Deatrich Wise. If the Patriots are looking for length on the edge, there are few longer than this 6-foot-5, 274 pounder. His height, weight, arms (almost 36 inches) and hands (10.5 inches) all actually stack up pretty well with Chandler Jones (6-5, 266, 35.5-inch arms, 9.75-inch hands) when Jones was coming out of Syracuse in 2012. Wise isn't quite the same athlete (4.92-second 40-yard
Bob Baffert is sitting out the Kentucky Derby, and not by choice. Having the four-time Derby-winning trainer without at least one horse in the race for just the second time in 11 years indicates what an unpredictable winter it's been leading to the start of the Triple Crown. Baffert's best horse, Mastery, got hurt after crossing the finish line first in the San Felipe Stakes. None of his other 3-year-olds developed into Derby material. Instead, he'll aim for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks for fillies on Derby eve. This year's road to the 143rd Derby derailed other contenders because of injuries, including now-retired Not This Time, Klimt and Syndergaard. "The amazing thing of getting a horse to
The rumor mill headed into draft weekend had Buffalo GM Doug Whaley likely to be fired in the coming days. Whoever ended up calling the shots (coach Sean McDermott ran point, no doubt) made things happen. The Bills traded down from 10 to 27 in Round 1
Kristina Mladenovic recovered from a set and a break down to halt Maria Sharapova's comeback on the WTA Tour in the Stuttgart Open semi-finals. Mladenovic remained unbowed, however, and fought back admirably to level before both women appeared beset by nerves towards the end of the decider. The Frenchwoman was broken when serving for the match at 5-3, but hit back immediately to end Sharapova's return and leave the Russian relying on another wildcard if she is to compete at the French Open next month.
Two nicknames define what will one day be remembered as the glory days of the Seattle Seahawks: Beast Mode, and Legion of Boom. The monikers themselves conjure up vivid images: Power. Intimidation. Quirkiness. Fun. Lombardi Trophy. Last Wednesday, the Seahawks formally severed ties with Beast Mode when they traded Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders for a slightly better draft position next year. In reality, they’ve been struggling to replace Lynch’s productivity – not to mention his aura – since his retirement after the 2015 season. And now, with their actions in the NFL draft that ended Saturday, you can see the Seahawks preparing for life after Boom. It’s not something that will likely manifest
Honda Formula 1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa has defended the decision to redesign its power unit layout for 2017 despite suffering a number of reliability and performance issues at the start of the season. Entering its third year since returning to F1 as an engine supplier, Honda looked to make gains by revising the layout of its power unit to mirror that of pace-setter Mercedes. The decision appeared to backfire, though, with a lack of both performance and reliability leaving customer team McLaren frustrated and without a single point after three races.
As per FIFA’s last Big Count, around 24 million Americans were playing football in 2006 and 30 percent of American households contained someone playing the game. There are somewhere around 4.2 million players registered with US Soccer, compared to 2014’s tally of just 3 million. And during recent times, soccer has arguably become the second most popular participation sport in the States, behind baseball, even though its cultural imprint remains significantly smaller than the National Basketball Association (NBA) or the National Football League (NFL). While the numbers suggest that the spike in popularity is genuine, there is still great scope for improvement – and specifically so in respect of
Yadier Molina held the ball for several seconds as Cincinnati runners made their way to each base following a two-out walk in the sixth inning Friday night. Pitcher Lance Lynn wandered toward home plate, waiting for a throw that never came. Scooter Gennett headed for the batter's box for a critical at-bat that didn't materialize. And, most important, Eugenio Suarez rounded third base and drifted dangerously away from the bag as his mind seemed to lose track of what was transpiring. In that instant, third baseman Jedd Gyorko slipped behind Suarez, Molina delivered a throw and the tag was applied before Suarez even reacted. Just like that, a bases-loaded scenario for the Reds had been defused in
Any questions about how Ryan Lochte would be received in his return to competition were answered by the mob scene around the Lane 4 starting block shortly before 10:30 a.m. Friday. There somewhere in the crowd lining the pool two, three, four deep in some places right up to the water’s edge at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals, there somewhere in the midst of the guy hoisting his kid, the swimmers, the grandma standing on her tiptoes to get a peak at him, was Lochte. The six-time Olympic champion, the bad boy of American swimming, the national embarrassment who upstaged last summer’s Olympic Games, was now forgiven, the crowd’s positive energy washing over him like a wave of warm water. “We’re so close to Coachella Valley now that there’s a lot of good vibrations,” cracked former U.S. Olympic coach Jon Urbanchek.