A look at the Toronto Blue Jays as they prepare for the 2013 baseball season.
Werewolfking: Nothing but fake news. A Ticanderoga-class guided-missile cruiser, which is escorting the carrier, is equipped with the Aegis anti-missile defense system. In addition, the carrier's combat air patrol is equipped with missiles and can chase down any ICBM that N Korea launches as the aircraft are supersonic. Only the diesel subs are any threat to the carrier but that's why we have destroyers escorting it.
Charles Barkley said he had worked closely with ESPN journalists down the years. After a tumultuous day at ESPN, in which the broadcaster laid off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, tributes were paid to those who lost their jobs. Perhaps the most striking came from the Golden State Warriors.
Yes, that's right: Tim Tebow is starting to get better at the game of baseball. In fact, he's gotten so much better at it that he might be facing - gasp! - a promotion. After hitting a putrid .156 to start his minor league career, he's gone 9-for-20 at the dish, raising his batting average to a respectable (for a guy who hasn't played baseball since high school) .246. Look! Here he is legging out a triple. Here's what Jose Leger the manager of the Columbia Fireflies, had to say about Tebow to The State: "There are some guys who do really good who get taken away from me halfway through the year. Then there are guys that get taken away really early," Leger said. "It is hard to predict when it happens.
Nearly two weeks ago, the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in a memorabilia fraud lawsuit against the Giants produced an email that arguably contains smoking-gun evidence of quarterback Eli Manning’s involvement in the scheme, with Eli asking the team’s equipment manager for two helmets that can “pass as game used.” On Wednesday, the lawyers representing the Giants and Manning released emails aimed at showing Eli was not involved. But the article from ESPN.com, which quotes an email reflecting a 2012 effort by Manning to get equipment manager Jeff Skiba to secure Manning’s primary helmet and his backup helmet, contains no emails or other specific factual information that would explain why
IRVING, Texas – Lexi Thompson cried Wednesday recounting what the last three and a half weeks have been like since a four-shot penalty in the final round of the ANA Inspiration cost her a chance to win her second major championship. “It was kind of a nightmare,” Thompson said in a news conference at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, her first meeting with media since the controversial penalty was handed down. “It’s been an interesting three weeks,” Thompson said. “It’s been really hard on me, especially the first week back. A little less sleep than usual, but I’ve just been spending a lot of time with my family and friends and working out a bunch, and just taking time for myself just
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Sidney Crosby is standing in Alex Ovechkin‘s way again. Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins extinguished two of the Washington Capitals’ best Stanley Cup hopes in 2009 and 2016, going on to win the championship each time. Now as Ovechkin and the Capitals face a summer of change, it’s only fitting that perhaps their best chance to win it all means going through defending champion Pittsburgh in the second round.
Bat flips have become a hot topic in Major League Baseball the past few years. Cubs slugger Kris Bryant, who hit 39 home runs last season, does not partake in the bat flip and his reason is downright epic.
The feared day is here for many in Bristol. ESPN president John Skipper sent out a memo to employees Wednesday morning alerting them that 100 employees will be laid off. Around half of those receiving pink slips are well known, according to James Miller, author of the ESPN behind-the-scenes book “These Guys Have All the Fun.” The layoffs were expected for months, but according to Miller, some are still in shock as they are notified they are among the ones being let go. Ed Werder, a prominent on-camera NFL reporter, shared on Twitter that he was fired. ESPN Radio host Danny Kanell soon joined the grim tally. Fellow former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer wasn’t far behind. Longtime respected baseball
Bobby Ryan opened his eyes and was instantly frozen by fear. The front door to his home was broken down. The 12-year-old was surrounded by men with several large guns, holding him down on the living-room couch on that dark February morning in Southern California. He knew this day could be coming. It wasn’t uncommon for him to look through the back window of his mother’s car and write down license-plate numbers, wondering if undercover police were following them. His father was a fugitive. His life was a lie. The end was always near. He’d known it since he became Bobby Ryan. “I think I knew this wasn’t gonna last forever,” Ryan told Sportsnet in 2013. “That was kind of the toughest time when [my
OAKLAND -- For the first time since he joined the coaching staff last summer, Mike Brown on Wednesday morning arrived at the Warriors facility a man in charge. As acting head coach, he would decide when practice started and when it ended, and conduct proceedings in between. The general activity was not much different for anyone else, though, as it continues to become evident that everything the Warriors do for the foreseeable future will be a Brown-Kerr, or Kerr-Brown, production. “Steve is going to be a part of this process the whole time,” Brown said after practice. “Almost before I do anything, I’m going to consult with him. The only time I won’t consult with him is probably during a game.”
Manny Machado’s slide is lingering Dustin Pedroia would have been in the lineup on Tuesday had the Red Sox played a game that was rained out, manager John Farrell said. Despite more rain Wednesday, the Red Sox were poised to get the game in. But Pedroia was not in the lineup, his left ankle and knee still bothersome. Farrell said he hoped to avoid Pedroia entirely Wednesday, and that the rainy conditions at Fenway Park contributed to the decision. “After some work he did yesterday here before the game, or the would-be game, felt like there was still some lingering symptoms there,” Farrell said. “With the wet grounds tonight, I wasn't going to take any further risk for potential mis-footing to
In response to the ESPN report that the Vikings likely won’t pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline, NFL Media reported that it won’t matter, if Bridgewater spends the full season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that’s currently a very, very big if. Bridgewater is currently not expected to spend the entire season on the PUP list. Which means that his contract would definitely expire after the 2017 season, if the Vikings don’t pick up the option. Even if Bridgewater doesn’t exit the PUP list in 2017, it’s still not entirely clear that Bridgewater’s four-year contract automatically would extend
Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia have had a contentious relationship over the years. Despite being European Ryder Cup teammates, tensions have flared between the two on the course, and in interview rooms, most notably at the 2007 British Open and 2008 PGA Championship, where Harrington defeated Garcia. “I would say to you that right now at this very moment, my relationship with Sergio is the best it has ever been," Harrington told Keogh.
Mike Mayock has released his annual single mock draft of the offseason on the eve of the 2017 NFL Draft. It doesn’t exactly break new ground when it comes to your Houston Texans, as Mayock has Houston going in a direction many have opined shall come to pass tomorrow night. 25. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson—QB School: Clemson. Bill O'Brien goes all in on Watson, who plays his best football when the lights are brightest. Mayock’s got a few trades going down in his mock of the first round, often centered around a team acquiring a quarterback. Interestingly, Mayock has the Texans taking Watson with Mitchell Trubisky the only QB off the board at that point. By way of comparison, last year Mayock
Each week host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Game Changers. Also, make sure to check out an exclusive deleted scene from the episode above, read our full episode recap, and follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve been around Cirie for four seasons now. Give us on your on-the-scene take about what went down when she was struggling to get on the platform in the reward challenge, and then what happened after the challenge was over and her tribe’s reaction in helping her to finish up her leg anyway. JEFF PROBST: Survivor continues to surprise me with its cultural relevance and its ability to inspire. That moment with
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is one of the more puzzling players to project in the upcoming NFL draft. While Cook is a consensus first round talent-some have gone so far as to compare him to a young Marshall Faulk-serious concerns about Cook’s character could drop him into the second round. While Cook’s encounters with the law are his own doing, Cook also appears to be the victim of a so-called “saboteur,” a person who has intentionally spread false rumors about Cook to members of the football community.
Since he wasnt eligible to return to the AHL and join the playoff run for the Providence Bruins, 19-year-old Charlie McAvoy will instead don the Red, White and Blue and play for Team USA in next months World Championships in Germany and France. Joe Haggerty: Looking into Bruins' crystal ball: Who stays?
Matias Dituro is the goalkeeper of Bolivian club Bolivar. His duty is to protect the goal, try and get cleansheets and lead his team at the back. But he can also score. The Argentine goalkeeper scored for his club in a win over San Jose earlier in the week by punting the ball from his own box into the open goal across the field. Take a look: The opposing goalkeeper was up trying to help his team attack off a corner kick when Bolivar's goalkeeper took notice and went for glory. And he nailed it, producing one of the most amazing goals of the season. But how? Is he really that powerful? It was a nice kick, but the altitude of La Paz played a big role in it carrying all the way into the back of
Rajon Rondo has averaged 11.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds in two games this postseason. Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo could play through a significant injury once again. Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical.
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that starter Clay Buchholz is at Citizens Bank Park for Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins. The timetable for his recovery is three to five months, but most are expecting him to miss the rest of the season since the Phillies aren’t legitimate contenders. According to Zolecki, Buchholz apologized to GM Matt Klentak “and others” — presumably other front office staff and/or his teammates — for getting injured.
There was a report early this week that many of the teams drafting at the top of the first round are open to trading down and that feeling apparently extends to the later sections of the round as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Buccaneers have spoken to “at least three teams” about trading back from the No. 19 overall pick. Schefter adds that the Buccaneers could trade out of the first round altogether, which suggests that at least one of those teams is looking to trade back into the first round or doesn’t currently have a first-round selection. The Rams, Vikings and Patriots are currently without a first-round pick and the Patriots are without a second-round pick as well. One team
• Previously worked in rugby union and British Superbikes • History graduate from Reading University • Joined ESPNF1 in February 2014 SOCHI, Russia -- Haas has confirmed it will run Carbon Industrie at the start of the Russian Grand Prix weekend before making a decision whether to keep them on both its cars. Brakes have been a long-standing issue for Haas, with problems emerging towards the end of its rookie season in 2016. Those problems revolved around an inconsistency with its Brembo supply and prompted tests of Carbon Industrie brakes during practice in Brazil last year. However, F1's radical rule change for the new season complicated matters further and meant Haas started the season with
The Green Bay Packers have added some insurance at T.J. Lang’s old right guard position. With Don Barclay penciled in as a likely starter and the draft looking more and more unlikely to produce a plug-and-play option, the Packers went to the free agent market and signed veteran guard Jahri Evans on Wednesday. The move doesn’t absolve the Packers from their need to find a long-term starting option at guard in this week’s draft, but Evans does give general manager Ted Thompson some added flexibility and coach Mike McCarthy extra time to develop a younger player. Evans, 33, played in all 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last season. He’s made 169 career starts over 11 NFL seasons, with six Pro
Maria Sharapova won her first-round match at the Porsche Grand Prix. Maria Sharapova made her return to the tennis court on Wednesday following a 15-month doping suspension, and one of the game’s most prominent players has already blasted her comeback. Sharapova won her first match since her reinstatement, beating Roberta Vinci, 7-5, 6-3, at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.
LSU announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Adrian Magee had been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. According to The Advocate, Magee is facing a charge of simple burglary, a felony, for an alleged April 1 incident. A police report accuses Magee of stealing a video game console, video games, cash and other items.