The Patriots dropped 33 spots in the draft order to pick up tight end James O’Shaughnessy from the Chiefs. Minutes before the third day of the 2017 NFL draft was set to begin, the New England Patriots traded with the Kansas City Chiefs and acquired tight end James O’Shaughnessy for a grand total of 33 spots in the draft order. The Patriots sent the No. 183 pick — the second-to-last pick in the fifth round — to the Chiefs for O’Shaughnessy and the No. 216 pick — the third-to-last selection in the sixth round.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge crushed the hardest-hit home run of the Statcast era during Friday’s 1411 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Judge's home run off of O’s starter Kevin Gausman came off the bat at 119.4 mph, breaking Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s record of 119.2 mph (Statcast information was first available in all 30 MLB ballparks in 2015). Baltimore built a 91 lead after touching up New York starter CC Sabathia for seven earned runs and getting a grand slam by Mark Trumbo, but the Yankees rallied in the late innings to tie the game 1111 on a ninth-inning home run by Starlin Castro.
Kevin Shattenkirk is new to the Capitals-Penguins rivalry. As a trade deadline acquisition, he has only been with the Caps for about two months. He has not built up a lifetime of hatred for Pittsburgh as have most Caps fans, he does not have painful memories of the series in 2009 or 2016, he has not even had a regular season to accept that fact that he now must hate the Penguins instead of the Chicago Blackhawks like he did in St. Louis. Instead, Shattenkirk brings his own rivalry to this second-round matchup, a personal one between himself and Penguins forward Nick Bonino. “We've battled for years in many different ways,” Shattenkirk said. “In practices, on the golf course, there's plenty of
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.
New 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was so close to becoming new Saints linebacker Reuben Foster that he was on the phone with Saints officials making plans to go to New Orleans when he got the call informing him he was heading to San Francisco. “I clicked over for the San Francisco 49ers and I think I said, ‘Hello?’ while the New Orleans Saints were still on the line. But I wanted to be a 49er so bad,” Foster said today. Foster said that while the Seahawks were on the clock with the 31st pick, the Saints informed him that they were taking him 32nd. When 49ers General Manager John Lynch called, Foster initially thought Lynch was calling to tell him that the 49ers would take him in the second round,
Those who thought Ryan Bader’s signing with Bellator might fish Tito Ortiz out of retirement shouldn’t hold out hope. The 42-year old Ortiz is scheduled to have his fourth neck surgery on May 12, and three months after his story-book ending against Chael Sonnen he’s now getting his competitive fix through his sons. Ortiz was in Las Vegas this week for a wrestling tournament that his eight-year old twins and his 14-year son, Jacob, were competing in. And he talks like a man who is enjoying life after fighting. He’s even in the process of repairing old relationships that were compromised through his long career in MMA. “I’m very thankful to Bellator,” Ortiz told MMA Fighting, an hour before his
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
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.
Dennis Schroder is averaging 24.4 points and 7.2 assists this postseason. Dennis Schroder was back home in Germany, riding around in his car last summer when his cellphone started ringing incessantly and the text messages flooded in at such an alarming rate that he had to pull over. Schroder checked his Instagram account and immediately understood the hysteria: The Atlanta Hawks were dealing Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers, meaning that the starting point-guard spot that Schoder so desired, and shamelessly declared should be his, was suddenly going to belong to him.
The Raiders made the playoffs last year for the first time since the 2002 season, but Derek Carr’s injury and a first-round exit at the hands of the Texans left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? Here's the full list of picks the Raiders hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Maria Sharapova arrives on court for her first match since being suspended for 15 months. Maria Sharapova made her return to tennis after a 15-month drug suspension this week at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, where the former world no. 1, now unranked, was given a wildcard entry into a tournament that a) is sponsored by one of her sponsors b) actually started before her ban was lifted and c) conveniently scheduled her first match just hours after she became eligible again. Not surprisingly, this didn’t sit well with some of her peers, who already carry a not-so-high opinion of Sharapova who, during the the 2016 Australian Open, tested positive for meldonium, a drug — commonly used by athletes in Russia — that had landed on the WTA’s banned substances list weeks before.
The Pittsburgh Penguins seized the early series lead with a 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Thursday. Here are three key observations from the game. 1. Sidney Crosby is already having a better series than last year Despite losing to the Penguins in last year’s series, the Caps actually played Crosby very tough, allowing him only two assists and no goal in six games. After Game 1, he already has two goals. That’s a bad sign. While limiting Pittsburgh’s secondary scoring will be key, Washington also cannot allow Pittsburgh’s top player to run wild on them. He will make them pay for every mistake they make. 2. Braden Holtby is still not at his best After a shaky start to the Toronto series, Holtby rebounded
Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez has weighed in on the developing hostilities between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, and not surprisingly he’s taking sides with his former team. Speaking to the Boston Herald this week, Martinez admitted he would have thrown at Baltimore’s Manny Machado just as Boston reliever Matt Barnes did last Sunday. Instead, he says he would have aimed for Machado’s ribs.
I think ... I think he lifts. Former Oklahoma Sooners running back and new Washington NFL draft pick Samaje Perine showed out at the NFL Combine this spring. The man benched 225 pounds ... 30 times. The next closest running back contestant
Angel Hernandez is one of those umpires who gets a lot of flack — and I may suggest even deservedly so — but in the interest of giving credit where credit is due, he made a great call on a very tough play during Thursday afternoon’s game between the Phillies and Marlins. With a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Phillies leading 2-1, first baseman Brock Stassi laced an Edison Volquez pitch down the first base line. Hernandez ruled Stassi safe with no hesitation because he was in a great position to get a look at the play.
AVONDALE, La. – The PGA Tour handed out its first slow-play penalty since 1995 on Thursday during the first round of alternate shot at the Zurich Classic. Rookie Brian Campbell and partner Miguel Angel Carballo each received a bad time and were assessed a one-shot penalty as a team, dropping their score to 2-over 74. “I kinda felt like it was a little unfair,” Campbell told GolfChannel.com in the locker room before his second round, “but nothing we could do about it.” As alternates, Campbell and Carballo were paired together at TPC Louisiana. They were the final group off on Thursday morning, along with PGA section pros Kyle Ramey and Phil Schmitt. “I hate to say it,” Campbell said, “but they
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
Mitchell Trubisky can take heart in this trip down memory lane: Philadelphia Eagles fans once booed the draft pick of Donovan McNabb. Chicago Bears fans haven’t exactly embraced Trubisky, the North Carolina quarterback.
Back in L.A., the Chargers are trying to make a good first impression and climb out of the AFC West cellar. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: The Chargers always looked like a potential sleeper landing spot for a wide receiver-Keenan Allen has had a hard time staying healthy, and they relied on players outperforming expectations last year. Williams gives QB Philip Rivers a big, physical receiver, something with which Rivers always has had great success.
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,
Terry Collins has been around long enough to know when his team is nearing a crossroads. With Thursday’s loss, the Mets have dropped six straight games and 10 out of their last 11 overall. When you combine them with the team’s previous injuries and new injury concerns for Noah Synergaard and Yoenis Cespedes, that’s when resignation, panic and even a reliance on excuses might begin.
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.
What did the New York Giants see that led them to select defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday night. Let’s let them explain. General manager Jerry Reese “Big guy that we think can come in and compete for a starting job for us. Create a lot of competition at that position. He’s a two-gap type player. He can hold the point of attack, has that NFL toughness that we like and the profile that we like. We thought he was a terrific pick right here right now at this point in the draft.” On whether need at defensive tackle increased when Johnathan Hankins left via free agency ... “We’re just trying to pick good players. Obviously Hank left, so that created
Yesterday, I wrote a piece about how it’s dumb to criticize players for entering the NBA Draft without costing themselves their collegiate eligibility when the NCAA’s new NBA Draft rules are specifically designed for said players to be able to do that. In that column, I mentioned that D-League salaries are on the rise and that the NBA’s new CBA instituted something called “two-way contracts,” and I wanted a chance to elaborate and clarify a couple of the points that I made. Let’s start with the “two-way contracts,” which NBA teams each get two of.