Scott Van Pelt seems like an intelligent guy. And he also has a way with words. So it wasn’t surprising that he signed off Wednesday night’s episode of “SportsCenter” with an incredible goodbye to the ESPN employees who lost their jobs earlier in the day. ESPN shook the sports media world Wednesday by laying off an abundance of employees, including several high-profile on-air personalities. It was a difficult day for the network, which has long been considered the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” and SVP addressed the situation perfectly by leaving his former co-workers with an uplifting and inspiring note while acknowledging their departures. Van Pelt’s heartfelt goodbye came on the heels of Bob
The Celtics look ready to break out. Boston beat Chicago 108-97 in Game 5 Wednesday, winning its third straight to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. The Celtics pulled away with a 13-0 fourth-quarter run, which was boosted by two Bulls technical fouls – the second on Robin Lopez, who was rightfully aggrieved by an uncalled Jae Crowder leg-lock.
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
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.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre recently did a photoshoot and Q&A session, and he showed off a changed physical appearance ahead of his fight with reigning UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping. Fans were quick to comment on the state of St-Pierre’s stomach, and as you might expect, Bisping also got in on the act on the latest episode of his Believe You Me podcast. “I don’t know what’s going on, to be quite frank,” Bisping said. “But he looks like he’s been impregnated by an alien. He’s in his typical GSP little spandex tighty shorts, but they’re black, not white. He’s got his shin pads and his MMA gloves on and a gigantic belly sticking out! His belly is sticking out and
Colin Cowherd claims he saw this ESPN doomsday coming years ago. The longtime ESPN voice, who now spouts his opinions on Fox Sports, said he was not surprised by ESPN’s decision to lay off about 100 employees Wednesday after he witnessed the Worldwide Leader jump at billion-dollar TV deals at a time when the TV business was on the decline. Cowherd retroactively pointed to the nine-year, $24 billion contract ESPN inked with the NBA in 2014, when Cowherd still resided in Bristol, as an example of the financially alarming trend in his eyes. “I told my producers, ‘Fellas, it’ll never be the same here,’” he said Wednesday on CBS’ “Bull & Fox” show. “You cannot pay four times for the house [more] than
A high-school senior and student athlete who spends plenty of time in the zone both on the field and in her school's study center, scored the surprise of a lifetime on Tuesday when she received a full-tuition scholarship to Regis College.
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
On Tuesday, he became just the 13th prep athlete to make the cover of Sports Illustrated, joining the likes of LeBron James, Bryce Harper and Kevin Garnett as youngsters with enough high-school hype for a cover spot. Making the cover of Sports Illustrated doesn’t guarantee prolonged professional success — just ask basketball player Sebastian Telfair or Jon Peters, a Texas hurler who made the cover in 1989 and was the only high-school pitcher to do so until Greene did. Peters never even played pro baseball after arm injuries derailed him in college.
When Byron Scott became head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014, everyone knew it would be a massive rebuilding project, and thus, he was promised several years to turn the franchise around. Instead, he was fired after two seasons with a 38-126 record (.232). “I think Jeanie (Buss) had nothing to do with it,” Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s Reiter Than You. “I think this was strictly Mitch (Kupchak) and Jim (Buss), and they decided to make that change despite what we had talked about. That’s their prerogative. They were in a position to do that. That’s what they decided to do. But I don’t think Jeanie had anything to do with it.” Jeanie, however, exerted herself in other areas, firing Kupchak
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins arrive at their latest showdown looking very much like they did a year ago. The Capitals added center Lars Eller and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk as a direct response to losing their second-round series last season, hoping the depth will help against the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Penguins have a different goaltender with Marc-Andre Fleury replacing injured Matt Murray and are without injured defenseman Kris Letang.
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
The prospect pool is deep but difficult to get a bead on-boards figure to vary wildly from team to team. This is also the first draft in which compensatory picks can be dealt, giving teams even more wiggle room in trade talks. Add it all up, and Round 1 stands to be wild on Thursday night.
A rematch has seemingly eluded both Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the two men have failed to face each other a couple of times already in 2016 alone. In July, “Bones” year-long suspension from a failed drug test at UFC 200 will officially lapse, and he will be reinstated back into the active roster. The promotion has then marked UFC 214 on July 29th as the date for their much-awaited second meeting, but has not been made final since Jones has yet to accept the offer. Per Dana White’s stipulation, top contender Jimi Manuwa would be facing “DC” if Jones will be unavailable for the said date. But for the current champion, his rematch with Jones should be the next
A few days before UFC 87 on Aug. 9, 2008, the UFC held a news conference in the rotunda at the Mall of America. When it ended, UFC president Dana White met with the media. Two hours later, White was in the same spot, still signing, still throwing his arm around the guy with the Vikings’ shirt, still preaching the UFC gospel.
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
In 2011, Garcia and Harrington buried the hatchet to hold a panda together. Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington hadn’t gotten along for nearly a decade, dating back to Harrington souring on the Spaniard when he pipped him for two of his three major titles in a 13-month span back in 2007 and ’08. Harrington didn’t like Garcia’s attitude toward losing — a somewhat bitter, some melancholy mixture that was frankly unappealing.
Marshawn Lynch has a lot of fun. It's probably the key to his playing style and his lifestyle. Today he joined the Raiders and in this video the team put out, you can see the moment the childhood Raiders fan in him comes out as if to say "I can't believe it's finally happening." There’s been a lot of lead up to this, but all along both sides wanted to get something done. The Raiders captured Lynch literally running into the complex to get the deal done. Afterward, Lynch shook hands with Reggie McKenzie and Jack Del Rio. He then went into the equipment room to get fitted for a helmet. That’s when you can really see it hit him that he’s going to be a Raider. He liked wearing the helmet so much
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.
“Benjamin Button,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue called him, referring to the fictional character who ages backward. Following a regular season in which he averaged more minutes per game (37.8) than any player, James logged 43.7 per game during Cleveland’s tougher-than-it-looked sweep over the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. Lue spent much of the season defending his use of James, who in all honesty is really the one in control of when he sits or doesn’t.
A year ago, the Steelers signed Ladarius Green to a four-year, $20 million contract, thinking that meant they had found Heath Miller’s replacement at tight end. It hasn’t worked out that way. Green missed 10 games in the regular season and all three games in the postseason, and now the Steelers aren’t sure he’ll ever be ready to go. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the Steelers’ coaches may not have any hopes for Green, and the Steelers are likely to draft a tight end. There were reports shortly after Green arrived in Pittsburgh that the Steelers found out only after he signed that a lingering ankle issue and a history of concussions were worse than the team thought. The
Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant has launched some of the most impressive home runs we’ve seen during his two-year stint in Major League Baseball. One thing we haven’t seen yet though is Bryant flipping his bat to punctuate one of his epic blasts, and based on his comments this week we never will. Bryant explained his reasoning during an appearance on 670 The Score in Chicago.
Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala will miss the rest of the playoffs after fracturing his left femur during Wednesday night's playoff game, the team announced. Fiala hit the boards awkwardly against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their Western Conference Playoff series. "During last night's game, Kevin Fiala sustained a fracture of his left femur.
At a time when plenty of teams in the first round would like to trade down, there’s not an overabundance looking to trade up. One franchise exploring it, according to Adam “Stella Liebeck” Schefter of ESPN is the Broncos. Denver currently sits at No. 20. If they’re looking to move up, it’s not because they generally want a higher position; it’s because they have a specific player or two in mind. One could be local product Christian McCaffrey, the son of former Broncos receiver Ed. Earlier this week, Broncos G.M. John Elway laughed off the team’s pre-draft meeting with McCaffrey. “He was close and it was free,” Elway said, laughing. “And we wanted to meet with him. He’s a great kid. We like Christian
Big names descend on the Big Easy for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but with a twist for 2017. The tournament now plays as a team event, with each player of the winning team taking home just over $1 million, a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour,