The Chicago Blackhawks ended the series against the Boston Bruins 4-2 to take the Stanley Cup Finals. Congrats to the Blackhawks!
The Chicago Blackhawks ended the series against the Boston Bruins 4-2 to take the Stanley Cup Finals. Congrats to the Blackhawks!
Of all the shirts East Carolina receiver Zay Jones could have picked out for Day Two of the NFL draft, he picked one with a picture of the infamous O.J. Simpson car chase of 1994 but with a twist: a bunch of white Ford Broncos chasing a single cop car. The same Bills franchise in which Simpson spent his most successful NFL seasons. The Bills chose Jones, who was remarkably productive in college, with the fifth pick of the second round, 37th overall.
Charles Barkley joined a long line of TV personalities in and outside of ESPN to share well wishes to the reportedly approximately 100 staffers who were laid off from the network this week. He paused talking about the NBA playoffs during his show on Wednesday night to say this: “A lot of people at ESPN got laid off today. I just want to wish all the guys and girls nothing but the best. This is a tough business at times. And we see these people all the time on television. And then you see them during events. I just wanted to let them know I’m thinking about them. I know a lot of them are household names. ESPN is not our competition. We’re in this thing together.”
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.
In the wake of ESPN’s mass firings, news of which continued into Thursday, some joked that it might be easier to list network employees who weren’t fired. Others took the next step by pointing out certain ESPN figures who they would have preferred to see laid off. Given that Stephen A. Smith is arguably ESPN’s best-known personality and, less arguably, its most polarizing, it was inevitable that his would be a prominent name pointed out by those arguing that, if the network had to let some people go, he should have been among them. On his ESPN radio show Thursday, Smith took issue with one source of criticism in particular: Jeff Pearlman, an author and former writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
8,018 days (otherwise known as 22.9 years) have passed since Tottenham Hotspur last finished above Arsenal in the Premier League. Secondly, the time to reset that clock is nearly upon us, as Tottenham take a 14-point lead into Sunday’s North London derby (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com) — perhaps the final one to be played at White Hart Lane. With Arsenal having only five games left to play after Sunday, a 17-point deficit would be mathematically impossible to overcome, and would guarantee Spurs’ first PL finish above Arsenal since the spring of 1995.
Chris Stroud knew something was going on with his ball when he lined up a birdie putt from just off the green at No. 8 Thursday at the Zurich Classic. The ball was on a downslope and appeared to be moving ever so slightly, then it magically rolled onto the green. Stroud made the birdie putt from the new position, and he teamed with Brian Stuard for a 4-under 68.
PHILADELPHIA — The Giants filled a need created by the free-agent loss of Johnathan Hankins by selecting Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. Tomlinson could emerge as an opening day starter, given his college pedigree, size and ability. Three-fourths of the defensive line is set, with Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon as the starting ends and Damon Harrison anchored at one tackle spot. After Hankins signed with the Colts, the Giants were left with Jay Bromley and Robert Thomas in reserve. With the selection of Tomlinson, the competition takes a big step forward. At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, Tomlinson is a super-sized interior lineman, and he is more than
Patrick, in her fifth full-time season in the Cup Series, is 30th in the points standings. A DNF last Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway was her third of the year. “Like I probably told you at the beginning of the year, every year I come into it with hope,” Patrick said Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
With all the off-days in the season's opening month, it's given the Cubs an opportunity to tinker with their rotation. They're shaking things up with the order again ahead of the three-game set against the Red Sox in Boston. The Cubs will roll with Jake Arrieta Friday on CSN, John Lackey Saturday and Kyle Hendricks Sunday. Hendricks just threw Tuesday night in the second game of the Pirates series in Pittsburgh. He enjoyed the best start of his 2017 season, allowing six baserunners in six shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 4.50 and WHIP to 1.27. Despite the strong start, the 2016 MLB ERA leader wasn't willing to say he's "back." "It's just one start," he told reporters Tuesday night. "It's
A few weeks ago, CSNNE’s Tom Curran reported that the New England Patriots were no longer interested in trading for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. And yet Tuesday, Curran reiterated the face that Sherman indeed still wants to be a Patriot. “He wants to be a New England Patriot,” CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran said Wednesday on “Boston Sports Tonight.” “My understanding is he wants to be a New England Patriot.” Whether a deal gets done this weekend remains to be seen. Nothing else on the matter has been reported. The Patriots are without a first or second-round pick as of now, thanks to trades for wide receiver Brandin Cooks and defensive end Kony Ealy. However, the Patriots can gain a first-round
Women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her title on the line for the fifth time at UFC 211 on May 13 against Jessica Andrade at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Polish born queen of the 115-pound division joined American Top Team in 2016 and is taking advantage of the Florida weather. On Friday, Joanna Champion posted poolside photos of herself via Twitter looking tan, shredded, and in fight condition. TRENDING Follow MMAWeekly.com on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
The Bears finished 313 last season, ranking in the bottom third of the NFL in total offense and points allowed. Last year was sixth straight season that Chicago has missed the playoffs. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft?
The Houston Rockets have the inside track on the latest Chinese import. Zhou Qi, a 7-foot-2 center, is currently in Houston training with the team. The 43rd selection of the 2016 draft played in China this season, but will discuss a potential contract with the Rockets while he is here. "We will be training with the Rockets," Zhou's agent Tony Leng told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. "We are looking forward to sitting down and talking and seeing what might happen in the future. His dream is to one day play in the NBA. Right now, we are focused on training." Zhou profiles as a stretch five and is China's second-best player behind Yi Jianlian. He pairs a 7-foot-8 wingspan with the ability
The Nashville Predators never really got rolling during their 82-game schedule. The Preds swept the Blackhawks, and now they’re up 1-0 on the Blues in the second round. A quick glance at Nashville’s roster and it’s not hard to understand the preseason hype.
Ben Crane’s name was put in the streets this week at the Zurich Classic. One PGA Tour pro blasts another for not paying up and reminds us how much we wish we had more public golf beef. The enormous purses at each and every event on the modern PGA Tour (thanks Tiger!) guarantee the winner at least $1 million.
Brazilian bantamweight, Felipe Arantes, still feels like he has unfinished business with current champion Cody Garbrandt after a scuffle in a hotel lobby back in 2015 when his teammate, Thomas Almeida, was preparing to take on Garbrandt at UFC 198. As Arantes shared with Combate, the dispute felt personal to him and he hopes he can settle it in the Octagon. "I know he's the current champion, but I want a chance to fight him, for sure. Now it's really personal. I just can't let go of what happened at the hotel. He was acting extremely arrogantly, teasing us on social networks, but when we met at the lobby, he started staring at us. He started talking shit in English and when I approached him,
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona would struggle to replicate their La Liga dominance in the Premier League. Atletico Madrid were successful in breaking the dominance of the two teams when they won the league in 2013/14 season. In the Premier League, Manchester United were the last club to win the league on consecutive occasions in 2009.
Don’t cringe or shake your head or stop reading this story. Not just yet. Give the man a chance. That’s all Ryan Lochte wants as he ambles across the pool deck on a bright Southern California day, looking tanned and relaxed, if a bit weary from his morning workout. “This is definitely a new chapter in my life,” he says. The last chapter didn’t end so well. Not with a disastrous trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he swam poorly, then triggered a scandal of global proportions with a night of drinking and alleged vandalism, followed by accusations that he lied to Brazilian police. The four-time Olympian known for brash talk and brightly colored hair made headlines for all
FOXBORO -- It took long enough for them to make their first selection of the draft Friday night, but the Patriots didn’t wait long before striking again. After selecting pass-rusher Derek Rivers at No. 83 following a trade with the Titans, the Pats traded up from No. 96 to No. 85 in order to select Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia. A projected second-round pick, Garcia is viewed as being very athletic for an offensive lineman, though there are questions about the 6-foot-6 tackle’s frame. His NFL.com scouting report refers to him as “stringy” and notes that he has regularly played at under 300 pounds. The Pats traded a fourth-round pick (No. 124, which they had just acquired from the Titans)
Offense is the early focus of the 2017 NFL Draft for Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears, who added Ashland tight end Adam Shaheen after trading down in the second round, one day after trading up in the first round to take North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Shaheen is a big-bodied, Division-II tight end at 6-foot-6, 278 pounds. He moves very well for a man his size, with great strength and hands to make difficult catches against tight coverage. He’s still raw as a route-runner and needs to clean up his blocking, but he’s a small-school prospect loaded with potential. The Bears signed Dion Sims in free agency this offseason, but Pace saw a need to add even more at the position with Shaheen.
Sore foot, sore knee, and possibly torn ligaments in his left hand, and there was Butler, once again punching the clock for Game 6 in the first-round playoff series with Boston. Finally someone in the Bulls organization is ready to listen to him. According to a front office source, besides the normal exit interviews that each player goes through at the end of the season, the Bulls have already reached out to Butler to have a separate sit-down with him to not only discuss their plans moving forward, but also to let Butler know that they are 100 percent committed to him. The source indicated that VP of basketball operations John Paxson would attend, but was unclear if general manager Gar Forman would also be there.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Kings promoted Mike Futa to assistant general manager. Because it’s now being reported, via a Kings spokesman, that the Sabres have been granted permission to speak with Futa about their GM vacancy. Futa was once thought to be heir apparent to Dean Lombardi in Los Angeles.
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
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely aware that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been in detailed contract talks with legend Floyd Mayweather to compete in a boxing match. Despite not having everything nailed down yet, the two men continue to taunt each other in interviews and through the wonderful world of social media. McGregor’s latest attempt at hype is an Instagram video of him in the ring with longtime head striking coach Owen Roddy, running down the idea of fighters only understanding one discipline of unarmed striking. He goes as far as to say that single-discipline fighters (ie. boxers) would be “dismantled and killed” in a real fight: A post shared by Conor