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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.
Ohio State lost a four-star recruit on Wednesday when in-state Class of 2018 wing Darius Bazley opted to open up his recruitment. As a rising senior who is just finishing his junior season of high school, Bazley’s decommitment isn’t going to immediately hurt the Buckeyes next season. In a story with Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch, Bazley opened up about why he decommitted from Ohio State.
Mitchell Trubisky went before Solomon Thomas. At some point, Solomon Thomas and Mitchell Trubisky will probably line up against each other on an NFL field. Following a trade with the Bears, the #49ers selected Stanford DL Solomon Thomas with the 3rd overall pick.
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
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.
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.
Felix Hernandez lasted all of two innings on Tuesday night as the Detroit Tigers clobbered the Seattle Mariners, 19-9 at Comerica Park. It took Hernandez 48 pitches to get six outs and he gave up six hits, four runs and two walks in the process. Seattle’s ace struck out just two.
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
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,
Declaring for the NBA draft is like declaring bankruptcy: You can’t just bellow it and expect it to take effect. Am told USC's Elijah Stewart intended to declare for the draft, as we reported, but he unfortunately forgot to submit the paperwork to NBA.
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.
What a fairy tale this could be: Marshawn Lynch, the great running back and a legend in his hometown of Oakland, coming out of retirement to help the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl before they move to Las Vegas. Lynch is officially a Raider, finally. Lynch’s return was held up for a few weeks, but Lynch and the Raiders agreed to a contract and the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks worked out a trade so Lynch could play in his hometown, according to NFL.com. The Raiders made it official on Wednesday afternoon.
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
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.
The Orioles snatched the rubber game away from the Rays, scoring two in the 11th, capped by a Seth Smith walk-off walk. If you havent taken to calling 2017 Oriole, Seth Smith, Dad yet, you should try it on.
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
LSU announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Adrian Magee had been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. According to The Advocate, Magee is facing a charge of simple burglary, a felony, for an alleged April 1 incident. A police report accuses Magee of stealing a video game console, video games, cash and other items.
Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia have had a contentious relationship over the years. Despite being European Ryder Cup teammates, tensions have flared between the two on the course, and in interview rooms, most notably at the 2007 British Open and 2008 PGA Championship, where Harrington defeated Garcia. “I would say to you that right now at this very moment, my relationship with Sergio is the best it has ever been," Harrington told Keogh.
After losing three straight to the Boston Celtics in their playoff series, the Chicago Bulls are in hot water. Bulls guard Dwyane Wade informed his teammates they didn't have hot water in their locker room at TD Garden, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson. Former Celtics coach Red Auerbach got accused of cutting off the hot water in visitors' locker room at the old Boston Garden in the 1980s.
Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico. Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first
The hottest Raiders take I’ve read in a long time came from-of all people-Tom Hanks. Hanks, a Northern California native, is apparently a big Raiders fan. “When the Raiders leave, I am going on an NFL moratorium for two years,” Hanks said.
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.
In an interview with Russian journalist Pavel Lysenkov for Sovetsky Sport, Nikita Kucherov offers a blunt analysis of why he had such a good season despite what he feels are failures by the Tampa Bay Lightning coaches and his teammates. Sergey Demidova, NHL.com reporter for the Russian language version of the site, translated some of the biggest points of contention Kucherov spoke of during the interview.
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.