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.
The Cleveland Browns are trying the second round quarterback after several miserable experiences in the first round. Cleveland selected Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Many prominent NFL Draft analysts love the pick… Former NFL GM Greg Gabriel is a fan, too: Browns fans generally approve: Although the last Notre Dame QB didn’t fare too well in Cleveland… And now for an analytical cold shower… On a personal note, I called this shot!
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.
CLEVELAND (AP) — For nearly two months, Deron Williams appeared lost with his new teammates — an outsider among the Cavaliers. Well, he found the perfect time to fit in. The former All-Star guard came up big for Cleveland during its first-round sweep of Indiana, providing scoring and another option for LeBron James on the Cavs' second unit. Williams averaged 8.3 points, made of 10 of 13 field goals — 7 of 9 on 3-pointers — and did not commit a turnover during 63 minutes on the floor. It took longer than expected, but Williams, who arrived with plenty of accolades and postseason experience but without an NBA championship ring, finally played the way the Cavaliers envisioned when they signed him
The feverous rush to grade Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft is underway with plenty of analysis of what each of the picks could mean for NFL teams’ futures. While much of that is impossible to accurately assess until the players spend a few seasons with their new pro teams, we can much more precisely break down which college programs won the draft.
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
Mauricio Pochettino is a focused boss, one many of us wouldn’t mind as our manager. “I really don’t think about which position Arsenal are in. My view and focus is to try to win every game and try to win the Premier League.
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.
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
The Chicago Bears must have really, really been sweating the rumors of Mitchell Trubisky going first overall to the Cleveland Browns. The Bears pulled off the first big surprise of the NFL draft, trading with the San Francisco 49ers to move up one spot to No 2. The Bears gave up a third- and fourth-round pick this year and a third-round pick in 2018 to move up one spot.
Confusion reigned supreme in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. The Braves had a reliever named Jason Motte warming up in the bullpen, but the guy they showed on camera bore no resemblance to the lumberjack-bearded pitcher we all know. Beardless Jason Motte warms up for the Atlanta Braves.
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
Avery Bradley scored 23 points, and the hot-shooting Boston Celtics pounded the Chicago Bulls 105-83 to win their first-round series 4-2 on Friday night. The top-seeded Celtics simply torched Chicago to finish off a tougher-than-anticipated series and advance in the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Boston regrouped after dropping the first two games at home and will meet Washington in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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
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.
Two days after Ben Crane was publicly accused of not paying up on a golf bet by former PGA Tour pro Tom Gillis, it appears the bizarre incident has been resolved. It all started when Gillis called out Crane on Twitter Tuesday, claiming Crane owed $6,000 to Gillis's friend -- another unnamed Tour pro -- after losing a putting contest at the Phoenix Open earlier this year.
Jorge Masvidal has revealed there would be no problem if he had to face welterweight champion and teammate Tyron Woodley for his title. Masvidal (32-11 record in MMA) is set to take on submission specialist Demian Maia at UFC 211, with the winner of the bout expected to challenge "The Chosen One" for his belt. Masvidal reiterated that he would have no issues taking on American Top Team (ATT) teammate Woodley, having previously stated the two are buddies but when it comes to the title, things are different.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson traded out of the first round last night, landing the No. 33 pick in a deal with the Browns and then let the football world he was open to trading back again to kick off the second round. According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, that’s not the only option the Packers are considering. Rapoport reports that Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is in play to be picked by Green Bay when the draft resumes on Friday night. There would seem to be a link between that report and Thompson’s comments. If you were trying to build a trade market for a pick, there are worse ways to do it than trying to get people to believe that you’re going to take one of
The Ravens have selected Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick in the NFL Draft, but from what the team has said in the press conference, Humphrey looks to have been a back up plan. Humphrey didnt even come to Baltimore in a pre-draft visit, but according to head coach John Harbaugh, Humphrey was by far the best player left on their board. Per Zrebiec, Newsome did not say who the target was, but it can be assumed it was for either Derek Barnett or Haason Reddick.
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.
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.
BOSTON - Court records show the estate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez currently has a dollar value of zero. The former New England Patriots tight end took his own life last week in prison. Hernandez’s fiancee and her lawyer said in an affidavit filed Wednesday in probate court that Hernandez’s estate is currently worth “$0.00” with “no monies available and no identifiable personal assets.” The Boston Herald first reported on the affidavit. But there is an offer to buy Hernandez’s house — worth nearly $1.3 million. The mother of a man Hernandez was convicted of killing in 2013 has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit seeking any proceeds from the sale. Odin Lloyd was a semi-professional football
It took all of 21 games for the Mets to go back to being ... well, the Mets. Already shorthanded to start the year-the team is down starters Steven Matz and Seth Lugo as well as third baseman David Wright-New York was hit with a wave of ailments ahead of its first series against NL East rivals Washington last Friday. Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Travis d’Arnaud, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes were all laid up with one problem or another, but despite knowing they would be without all five for at least the series opener and likely all weekend, the Mets opted to put only Duda (hyperextended left elbow) and Flores (infection) on the disabled list.
Manchester City control their own destiny in the Premier League’s race to finish inside the top-four this season. With five games to go, Man City sit fourth in the league table — just a point back of third-place Liverpool (with a game in hand), and a point ahead of fifth-place Manchester United after the two sides drew 0-0 on Thursday — and that fact has had an unbelievable calming effect on first-year City boss Pep Guardiola. Speaking in his post-game television interview, Guardiola seemed much happier and looser than you might expect a manager to be when he’s only just left the field of a heated rivalry game, against his personal nemesis, and failed to convert in one of 19 shots (6 on target) into the game’s decisive goal.