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Serena Williams says she is “disappointed” by remarks made by Ilie Nastase speculating on the skin color of her unborn child. In a statement published on Instagram Monday evening, Williams reacted to the Romanian former tennis professional turned coach, who was suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for his behavior during the Fed Cup competition in Constanta Saturday. In addition to swearing at British team captain Anne Keothavong and team member Johanna Konta, leaving Konta in tears, Nastase, 70, was overheard in a question-and-answer session saying about Williams’ unborn child: “Let’s see what color it has.
The supply of running backs in the NFL is overwhelming. And the demand for their talents has been driven down by passing-focused offenses. So Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are adding running backs in droves. If free agent backs will agree to a deal of $3.5 million or less per year and they can help Tom Brady score touchdowns, then they’re on the team. Sign ’em up. That said, if they’re new to New England, they don’t get much job security — if any. Belichick doesn’t want his running backs hungry — he wants them ravenous. The Patriots added Rex Burkhead on a one-year deal worth $3.15 million. It screamed: Prove it. The back has shown the ability to excel on all four downs, though
A little bit of wedded bliss was all it took for Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia to bury the hatchet. The former Ryder Cup teammates have had a somewhat rocky relationship, dating back to Harrington topping Garcia at both The Open in 2007 and the PGA Championship in 2008. Days after Garcia won his first major earlier this month at the Masters, Harrington went on Irish radio and called the Spaniard a "sore loser" after their two notable battles. "He continued to be a very sore loser," Harrington said. "But look, we say hello to each other every day we meet, but it's through gritted teeth, there's no doubt about it." Harrington and Garcia were both guests at Rory McIlroy's wedding over the
While we’re still waiting to see what Marshawn Lynch decides to do, it appears we’ve reached some degree of finality to the Richard Sherman trade talk. Seahawks General Manager John Schneider told reporters today that cornerback Richard Sherman was on hand at the team’s facility for offseason workouts, and that any previous trade talks seem to be over. “Right now we’ve kind of moved past it,” Schneider said, via Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com. “If someone calls and goes crazy with something, we’ll discuss it.” The Seahawks were upfront about their willingness to part ways with the cornerback throughout, and Schneider left himself some wiggle room. But given the drama of their relationship over
Jinder Mahal? That’s probably what you were thinking when Mahal won a Six-Pack Challenge on Smackdown Live last week to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE championship. That’s the same Jinder Mahal who lost to Finn Balor in minutes on RAW three weeks ago; and the same Jinder Mahal who was embarrassed again by the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski during Mahal’s Smackdown debut two weeks ago. Oh, and the same Jinder Mahal who was brought back to WWE last summer to seemingly help fill out the roster after the brand extension. Mahal is expected to face Randy Orton at Blacklash on May 13 for the championship. “I know how hard I’ve worked and I know what I’m capable of,” Mahal said on Talking
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.
In pictures: Sport moments of the week Michael Caruso drives the #23 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima during the Phillip Island 500 in Phillip Island, Australia.
Dustin Pedroia has some explaining to do. Maybe he can clarify everything. Maybe he called Matt Barnes on Monday to explain what he meant when he told Manny Machado on the field for all the cameras to capture, “It’s not me, it’s them.” But the most prominent voice in the Red Sox clubhouse in a post-David Ortiz world definitely has some explaining to do. Let’s remember Pedroia’s words in 2012 during a radio interview with WEEI. The second baseman revisited famous comments he made about Bobby Valentine that season, when Pedroia spoke up in defense of Kevin Youkilis after Valentine was critical of Youk. “I’m proud to a point where, you know, to be a team leader, you need to have your teammates’
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is retiring from NASCAR at the end of 2017. Hendrick Motorsports announced Junior’s decision Tuesday morning and said the driver would have a press conference Tuesday afternoon to explain the reasoning behind the decision. Junior, 43, missed the second half of the 2016 season after suffering a midseason concussion and said he was going to wait a few races into the 2017 season to begin talks on a contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports.
Roberta Vinci is the latest player to voice her disapproval over wildcards gifted to Maria Sharapova as she prepares to face the former world number one in her long-awaited comeback. All eyes will be on Sharapova when the five-time grand slam champion returns to competitive action at the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday after serving a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test. Several of Sharapova's rivals have expressed their disappointment that the Russian has been given a place in the tournament in Germany this week, as well as WTA Premier events in Madrid and Rome next month.
Golf's governing bodies on Tuesday announced sweeping rule changes to the use of video evidence in the wake of the furore that erupted after Lexi Thompson was deprived of an almost-certain victory at the ANA Inspiration earlier this month. Thompson was hit with a four-stroke penalty with six holes left to play in the final round of the season's first major after a television viewer reported a rules infringement relating to an incident in the third round a day earlier. The decision to penalise Thompson for a rules violation that occurred a day earlier was greeted with disbelief across the golfing world, with professionals such as Tiger Woods criticising the decision.
27 That’s how many plays Brandon Wimbush has participated in for Notre Dame. Out of those 27 plays (not counting a couple of penalty plays) Wimbush created 2 touchdowns. It was one for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and one for its opponent that day, the Pittsburgh Panthers. In those limited number of plays, it would be hard for one to justify the oncoming greatness that will fall onto the shoulders of Brandon Wimbush. But, that is exactly what will happen- unlike any quarterback we have seen suit up in recent Notre Dame history. Insane? Maybe, yet let me make my case on why this statement will hold true and Brandon Wimbush will win the Heisman trophy in 2017. I’m not high and I haven’t had a
Bumgarner has been riding dirt bikes his whole life without incident, but a crash last week has left him facing a season of uncertainty. Bumgarner addressed the media Monday, four days after an accident in the hills near Denver. The Giants have ordered more tests and expect to have a more concrete schedule by Tuesday or Wednesday.
On the NBA’s nightly “Last Two Minute Report,” the league discovered a pair of incorrect calls in the final 120 seconds of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 106-102 victory against the Indiana Pacers that capped a first-round sweep on Sunday. One of those calls is sure to have Pacers fans adding the officiating crew of Mike Callahan, Leon Wood and David Guthrie to the list of referees who have it out for their team.
Let’s make an outrageous assumption (it’s basically fact at this point) that Chelsea and Tottenham will finish in the top two places in the Premier League and that Everton, who have played up to three more games than their nearest contenders, are out of this battle for the top four. Without Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, this ridiculously easy run-in is looking arduous.
From Adrian Peterson’s perspective, signing with the Saints doesn’t make a lot of sense. From the team’s perspecitve, adding a future Hall of Famer makes a lot of sense — if he has gas in the tank and a chip on his shoulder. But how much will adding Peterson
After UFC Fight Night concluded on Saturday night, the focus wasn’t on Cub Swanson’s statement victory over Artem Lobov – a win that may have cemented him as the next challenger to the featherweight title. It was his fifth consecutive win and it ran his UFC record to 8-2. On Monday afternoon, Iaquinta made an appearance on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani.
APRIL 24: Los Angeles Kings Head Coach John Stevens addresses the media during a press conference naming him head coach of the team at STAPLES Center on April 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings didn’t want to abandon their defensive foundation, but also believed they needed a head coach that could get their players in better scoring positions.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger apologized for a rift between him and his hometown Findlay, Ohio according to The Courier. Roethlisberger returned home for his induction into the Hancock County's sports hall of fame. Roethlisberger was never charged but was suspended four games by the NFL in 2010.
The Browns had a late change of heart about Johnny Manziel in 2014. Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports The Cleveland Browns are reportedly split on whether they should take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft or go with the seemingly safer pick in Myles Garrett, and history could tell us something about which path they will take. Last week, a report surfaced claiming Browns ownership wants to draft Mitch Trubisky while the coaching staff likes Garrett. If owner Jimmy Haslam is the one who wants Trubisky, the former North Carolina star could hear his name called first. A story former Browns CEO Joe Banner told this week helps explain why. In a podcast appearance with Albert Breer
OAKLAND — The Raiders are likely to play at the Coliseum for the next two seasons at least, but the A’s are daydreaming about the time they can finally call the venue their own. One idea they’re considering is moving their home clubhouse into the space that currently serves as the Raiders locker room, which would more than double the current space they have. Beyond that, imagine the possibility of the A’s current clubhouse being transformed into a “club” type area for fans to schmooze and enjoy some beverages. Team president Dave Kaval says both ideas are on the table for after the Raiders move to Las Vegas, which they’re planning to do for the 2020 NFL season. The No. 1 long-term goal for the
Anyone watching the past two seasons of New York Giants football will see that left tackle Ereck Flowers hasn’t lived up to the hype of being the No. 9 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Fixing his technique is a goal but former Giant Geoff Schwartz believes that will be difficult. In a piece for SB Nation, writing about what makes a good offensive lineman, Schwartz broke down some of Flowers’ film. After dissecting several plays, Schwartz finished that section saying that the issues Flowers deals with won’t be easy to fix. There is plenty of good on Flowers’ film. When he is in good body position, no one can beat him on the edge. However, for being a lineman picked near the top of the draft,
Stephon Marbury is one of China’s biggest celebrities. Stephon Marbury and the Chinese Basketball Association team that made him a legend abroad are headed for a temporary separation after the two sides failed to come to terms on his playing future and the former NBA All-Star turned down an offer to coach the team, according to multiple reports. Marbury would still like to play at least one more season in the CBA, but the Beijing Ducks — the team with which he won three championships in six seasons — is reportedly entering a rebuilding phase and unwilling to use one of its two foreign-born player spots on the 40-year-old, beloved as he is.
Sports Illustrated for Kids reporter, Max Bonnstetter stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to interview the legendary Kobe Bryant and in 13-year-old fashion, he asked him about cartoons. When offered either Beauty and the Beast or Moana, Bryan launched into song singing "I've been staring at the edge of the water." Although it seemed that Bryant was clearly a Moana fan, he went old school with Beauty and the Beast just before Bonnstetter offered him golf or basketball. The clear choice for Bryant was basketball, but Bonnstetter made a considerable argument for golf saying, "But golf is a sport you play for life." As Kobe considered his future golfing career, Bonnstetter asked him about who he sees in his nightmares and Bryant said that he sees Shaquille O'Neal lip sync battling Fallon. And in the end, Bryant's answer to Bonnstetter's final question showed that for him, there's no 'I' in team, choosing a team championship over winning MVP.