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OAKLAND — The Warriors will have five full practices and two off-days between playoff games. In the meantime, they’re getting healthier. Kevin Durant, who said he was on a 20-minute limit in Game 4 of the Blazers series, said he’s a full go for Game 1 of Round 2 on Tuesday in Oracle and has been practicing all week. Matt Barnes, who is fighting his way back from a foot sprain, and Shaun Livingston, battling a hand contusion, have also been practicing. Barnes missed the final two games of the regular season and the entire first round, but has been officially upgraded to probable for Game 1 of the second round. Livingston remains questionable. He hurt his hand diving for a loose ball in Game 1
In the process, the Seahawks had to agree to terms with the Raiders to actually fulfill that process. Lynch had so many great years in Seattle, filled with memories like bruising Beastquake runs, and even a couple of Super Bowl appearances — one victory, and one that ended when it should have been in his hands. In Sunday’s edition of the Seattle Times, Lynch took out a full page ad to thank Seahawks owner Paul Allen and the fans.
Sebastian Vettel was quick to heap praise on the Ferrari Formula 1 team after taking his second pole position for the Italian marque in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday. Vettel edged teammate Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.059 seconds in the final stage of qualifying to grab his first pole position since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix, heading up a Ferrari one-two, the first since France 2008. The result saw Ferrari end Mercedes’ 18-race streak of pole positions and continue its impressive start to the season that has seen Vettel win two of the first three races.
JOE WILLIAMS Position: Running back College: Utah Height: 5-11 Weight: 210 Selection: Fourth round, No. 121 overall SANTA CLARA – The 49ers traded up in the fourth round to select Utah running back Joe Williams. The 49ers traded up to No. 121 overall in general manager John Lynch’s sixth trade of the draft. Just minutes earlier, the 49ers acquired Kapri Bibbs in a trade with the Denver Broncos. The 49ers traded up in the fourth round with Indianapolis to select Williams. The 49ers dealt No. 143 in the fourth round and No. 161 of the fifth round to the Colts to complete the trade. Williams, who ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, rushed for 1,407 yards and 10 touchdowns on 210 rushing attempts in
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
UCLA guard Lonzo Ball (right) shakes hands with his father, LaVar Ball, after a March 4, 2017, game between UCLA and Washington State. (AP) After a standout freshman season at UCLA, Lonzo Ball is widely expected to be one of the first players selected
Not even a late-April tournament date could spare the Pac-12 Championship from some typical Colorado weather. The second round of Pac-12s at Boulder Country Club was suspended Saturday because of, yep, snow. There was a 30-minute snow delay on Friday before most teams were able to finish their second rounds. Scores reflected the difficult conditions, as players wrapped up Friday in 25-degree temperatures with a snow/sleet mix. Only two players are under par – Oregon’s Wyndham Clark and Washington’s Carl Yuan, with two holes to play in their second round – and the defending champion Ducks lead the way at 16 over par. Top-ranked USC is 31 over after two rounds of the play-six, count-five format.
Kristina Mladenovic recovered from a set and a break down to halt Maria Sharapova's comeback on the WTA Tour in the Stuttgart Open semi-finals. Mladenovic remained unbowed, however, and fought back admirably to level before both women appeared beset by nerves towards the end of the decider. The Frenchwoman was broken when serving for the match at 5-3, but hit back immediately to end Sharapova's return and leave the Russian relying on another wildcard if she is to compete at the French Open next month.
The Celtics closed out the Bulls with 3-point shooting and balanced offense. Many NBA playoff series end as they begin. Just nine days after the Bulls jetted back home up 2-0, nine days after the Celtics looked thoroughly inferior in a Game 2 defeat, and nine days after talk of an 8-over-1 upset crescendoed, the series between the Celtics and Bulls instead ended with a whimper.
Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft is over and there were some nice things from the San Francisco 49ers. John Lynch made some good moves, and the team picked up some draft capital for 2018. Personally, I like the selection of Ahkello Witherspoon a lot. I think he’s a starting-ready cornerback with great press coverage skills. I don’t know how I feel about the selection of C.J. Beathard. Everything I’ve seen makes him look like a late-round guy, but I have watched limited tape on him. Unfortunately, most people seem to agree that it was a bad pick, especially in the third round. Once again, we’re going to take a look at some grades from the third round from around the Internet. We’ll start with SB Nation’s
If you’ve been watching football for a while, as I’d presume if you’re reading this, you have had, you’ve no doubt seen many free kicks taken, and a few even scored from. You might recall perfect left-footed curlers from Marcos Alonso. You might recall perfect right-footed curlers from Willian. You might recall knuckle-ballers from the likes of David Luiz or Didier Drogba or Cristiano Ronaldo. You might even recall other famous free kicks and free kick-takers from down the years. Whenever I’m asked about free kicks, for example, I invariably end up talking at least briefly about Thomas Häßler, who was famously tiny and had even tinier feet, which as my anecdote goes, allowed him to put the most
Nominally, the New England Patriots took two players at the same position by selecting Arkansas defensive end Deatrich Wise and Youngstown State defensive end Derek Rivers. But the two players couldn’t be more different. With the two picks, the Patriots have created depth and versatility at a position which was lacking both. At 6-foot-7, 275 pounds, Wise outsizes the Rivers, who is 6-foot-5, 235 pounds. Wise is a power rusher. He’s versatile as a defensive end, but also potentially as defensive tackle on passing downs. Rivers, on the other hand, is a speed rusher, who uses his athleticism to get to the passer. He’s versatile as a defensive end and potentially as a linebacker. While Wise is not totally
NBC analyst Mike Milbury called P.K. Subban a clown for dancing during warmups. NBC analyst Mike Milbury used the word “clown” on multiple occasions in his predictable criticism of Subban’s dancing and general contentment in warmups prior to Game 2 between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues on Friday night.
In the weeks leading up to the draft, there was a lot of chatter about the Chargers drafting a quarterback and perhaps even taking one in the first round as they looked ahead to a time without Philip Rivers leading their offense. Rivers said that any rookie quarterback the team adds would have to be prepared to sit for a while, but he made it clear on Friday that he’s happier about the route the Chargers actually took on Thursday night. They drafted wide receiver Mike Williams, who provides Rivers with another target for his passes and sends a message that they are focused on the here and now more than what might happen a few years from now. “I’m glad we made a move that I think helps us right
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
The PGA Tour handed out its first pace of play penalty in 22 years during the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans Thursday. The team of Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell were each given a bad time for taking too long to execute their shots (under the current rules of golf, players have 40 seconds). A penalty of one stroke is only given out following two bad times (the first receives a warning), but since the team is playing as one player, both Carballo and Campbell's bad times were combined, resulting in an extra stroke being assessed.
AVONDALE, Arix. — Perhaps A.J. Foyt’s greatest title isn’t as the first four-time Indianapolis 500 winner. Maybe it’s survivor. Foyt, whose list of injuries is almost as long as that of his legendary racing achievements, had right foot toe surgery Wednesday — just days after stem cell therapy in Mexico. So the winner of Phoenix Raceway’s debut event in 1964 won’t be at Saturday night’s Phoenix Grand Prix. Pain in a smashed smaller toe — remnant of a devastating 1990 crash through a dirt embankment at Wisconsin’s Road America course when his brakes failed — was so severe Foyt considered amputation. Foyt, 82, admits he “probably waited too long” to try the stem cell therapy, which isn’t approved
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.
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
Luis Suarez scored two predatory second-half goals to pull Barcelona back level with Real Madrid in a La Liga title race that is looking surer and surer to come down to the wire. After a frustrating first half that bore no fruit, Suarez pounced on a calamitous Espanyol back pass to give Barcelona a 1-0 derby lead, and eventually a 3-0 derby victory, over its Catalan rivals. Suarez’s anticipation and deadly outside-of-the-foot flick equaled Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Valencia earlier on Saturday, and lifted Barcelona back into first place.
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
Is Broncos General Manager John Elway conducting his last draft in Denver? Elway, whose contract expires after the upcoming season, declined to answer when asked following the first round of the draft what his own contract status is. “We’re not going to talk about that now. We’re in the middle of this. We’re trying to get better as a football team. We’ll talk about that later. We’re going to be fine. I’m not worried about that,” Elway said. Elway took no further questions after that. According to USA Today, the Broncos originally left that portion of the press conference off the video and transcript that the team posted online, although it was later added. From all indications the 56-year-old
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,