Game highlights from Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.
ESPN is set to lay off about 100 staffers, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports, including recognizable reporters and analysts. Veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder is among those being let go, effective immediately, he announced. Werder had been with ESPN for 17 years.
In the moments before explaining his retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a quick stroll through his 18-year career. Wearing a suit and a striped tie, Earnhardt had to walk by four large portraits depicting high points of Cup career. The first two represented his eight full seasons with Dale Earnhardt Inc., the second pair his 10 seasons with Hendrick Motorsports.
While Texas and new coach Tom Herman have been cleaning up on the recruiting trail lately, Oklahoma has struggled in April after closing out a strong 2017 class. The Sooners' woes began with Southmoore (Okla.) QB Casey Thompson -- a four-star prospect and brother of former OU QB Kendall Thompson -- who picked the Longhorns after long being considered an Oklahoma lean. Thompson's commitment seemed to be of little consequence at the time, as OU and OC Lincoln Riley already had a 2018 QB committed in Cameron Rising, a four-star prospect from Newbury Park, Calif., who had been pledged to the Sooners for more than eight months. However, Rising flipped his commitment to Herman and the Longhorns just
When Fortune magazine unveiled its annual ranking of the world’s greatest leaders last month, there was a surprise at the top of the list: Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs. “Some people never heard of him,” Fortune’s Geoff Colvin said in a video introducing Epstein. (Pope Francis, a previous holder of the top spot, was third). But, Colvin added, “Baseball fans really know him well because he has done the impossible.” Indeed. In 2004, Epstein, then the 30-year-old general manager of the Boston Red Sox general manager, presided over the team’s first championship in 86 years. Seven years—and two more titles—later, he decamped to Chicago, where he engineered
When the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins met in the second round of the playoffs last year, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were held to only four combined points. This year, Washington expects things to be different. The Caps will feature other new faces as well including Brett Connolly and Kevin Shattenkirk, but Connolly was a low-risk, high reward gamble and Shattenkirk was a deadline acquisition.
One American is through to the German Cup final. Another could join him today. For the third time in five tournament matches Tuesday, Eintracht Frankfurt advanced on penalty kicks, outlasting Moenchengladbach, 7-6, after a 1-1 away draw. U.S. right back Timmy Chandler played all 120 minutes. Injured compatriot Fabian Johnson remained sidelined for Moenchengladbach. In the May 27 final in Berlin, Frankfurt will face the winner of today’s semifinal between Bayern Munich and visiting Borussia Dortmund. American Christian Pulisic scored in the previous cup match, a 3-0 victory at third-tier Sportfreunde Lotte. Coverage begins at 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, ESPN3.com and fuboTV.
A rained-out Tuesday was pretty action packed, and a little head-scratching. The Boston Red Sox circled the wagons well on Tuesday, arriving at a unified message delivered to the public about the Dustin Pedroia and Manny Machado situation: this is behind us and we’re all good. But it was a weird string of events that got the Red Sox to that bottom line. Happy Hanley Ramirez decided Tuesday he was going to be Matt Barnes’ public relations representative, running bubbly interference when reporters approached Barnes in the clubhouse. Ramirez then said there was no team meeting to discuss in the fallout from that pitch Barnes threw too close to Machado’s head. Interesting. Sox manager John Farrell
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.
Serena Williams is swinging back at shocking comments from hall of fame tennis player Ilie Nastase that she says were “racist comments” made about her unborn baby. The Romanian tennis hero was asked about Williams’ pregnancy announcement at a news conference in her country Saturday and said: “Let's see what color it has.
ESPN has launched it’s long-expected layoffs, with the biggest news so far being that long-time NFL reporter Ed Werder has been let go. While the moves will presumably affect all aspects of the network and the sports it covers, the timing is odd. Roughly 100 employees are being laid off only one day before the draft, which is one of the biggest annual events for ESPN. The three-day affair will result in millions consuming ESPN television, radio, and online content. And it’s all happening one day after what will be the biggest one-day exodus of talent in the history of the network. Regardless of the reasons for the departures (and in any business where revenue is dramatically shrinking, costs
The Clippers are feeling a lot of pressure these playoffs, and they have suffered a couple tough losses at home now. The Clippers had just dropped Game 5 at home and are staring a 3-2 deficit series deficit in the face, and they have to win those two games without the injured Blake Griffin. This was not a rookie reporter, it was a guy who gets sound for local radio stations and has been a regular at Staples Center games for years.
Dalvin Cook sets down the PlayStation controller and takes a seat on the couch in his new apartment in Boca Raton, a temporary home before the NFL draft. Cook’s new pearly white Mercedes sits in the condominium parking lot outside. There’s a glass bowl on the coffee table, mounted upon a trophy base filled with fake oranges commemorating Cook’s final game as a collegian, when he willed one football powerhouse over another.
LeBron James has been a magnet for corporate sponsors since he entered the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the top overall draft pick in 2003. James entered the league with almost impossible expectations, but he has exceeded those lofty projections both on and off the court with four MVP trophies on his shelf and a business portfolio that is the envy of every other athlete. James delves into the business of being LeBron in the latest episode of “Kneading Dough,” a series in conjunction with banking giant Chase on Uninterrupted, the digital media company founded by James and his business partner Maverick Carter. The Golden State Warriors Draymond Green was the first guest and James is the second.
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.
This always happens to me, I get to the local watering hole, look for my wallet, and realize I left my damn liability waiver on the kitchen counter. That’s why I can never get punched in the face by my favorite mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters. Though I’m sure most of them would love to do it, regardless of the legal ramifications. Fortunately for Joey McCrotchrot, he was prepared for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight Carla Esparza, who showed the adoring crowd some of her moves, though admittedly, the former 115-pound champ was forced to dial it back to a “2 out of 10.” Lucky for him! Esparza (11-4) was last seen dropping a split decision to Randa Markos at the UFC Fight Night
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.
BRIGHTON, Mass – At 40 years old and entering the final year of his contract with the Bruins, one might expect that Zdeno Chara was hoping to finish things up strong next season and ride off into the Boston sunset as a future Hall of Fame shutdown defenseman. One would be totally wrong, however. Chara finished off a very strong season for the Bruins as their de facto No. 1 defenseman and averaged a whopping 28:46 of ice time during Boston’s six games of playoff hockey. It wasn’t by design, obviously, as Chara was pushed into some games where he went over 30 minutes of ice time due to the blue line injuries and overtimes, and it wasn’t always perfect as evidenced by Chara’s minus-3 rating in
Trea Turner, Cristian Guzman and Brad Wilkerson are now the only three Nationals (2005-present) to hit for the cycle after he accomplished the feat last night in Colorados Coors Field. Trea Turner joined the short list of Washington Nationals who have hit for the cycle last night when he hit a base-clearing triple in the seventh inning of the Washington Nationals 15-12 win over the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field to complete the fourth step.
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
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.
When last we heard from Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders about the quarterback competition in Denver, he was saying all the right things about both of the candidates. He still is, but with more detail. “I was just watching Trevor [Siemian] walk around and he’s walking around with that same confidence,” Sanders told reporters on Wednesday after a minicamp practice. “You put him in the shotgun, and he can sling it around. You see Paxton [Lynch] and you see an opportunity at hand being a young guy last year. “Paxton was like that deer in the headlights, walking around big-eyed. Now, he’s more relaxed. It’s going to be interesting to see how Paxton takes his second year. Hopefully he gets that Memphis
Dion Waiters owns the moment. Despite a remarkable run to finish the 2016-17 NBA season, the Miami Heat fell one win shy of the playoffs. It was an unfortunate ending to one of the better stories in the league this year — the Heat bouncing back from a brutal, injury-plagued 11-30 start to what felt like a lost season by transforming into the East’s stingiest defense and No. 3 offense after mid-January — and it left Miami coach Erik Spoelstra feeling short-changed and disappointed.
Canadian tennis player Genie Bouchard had some harsh words for Maria Sharapova, calling her a "cheater" who shouldn't be allowed back in the sport after failing a doping test.
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
World champion and Olympic pole vaulter Shawn Barber has shown there is more than one way to come out as gay. Barber, who holds both U.S. and Canadian citizenship, announced on Facebook Monday morning in a brief post that he was “gay and proud.” And that’s been it. Since his announcement, Barber has made no other comments. He did not acknowledge any of the 248 comments on the Facebook post and has not posted anything else there or on Twitter or Instagram. He has also not given an interview to any media outlet. When we first saw the post, Cyd and I waited a bit before publishing something since the 54 words he wrote were the extent of it and we wanted confirmation. Cyd got the Canadian Olympic