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It hasn’t been a good few years to be a San Francisco 49er fan. The 49ers held the No. 2 pick, but swapped it to Chicago for the No. 3 pick, plus the third- and fourth-round picks this year, plus a third-round pick next year. The Bears used that pick to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and the 49ers used the next pick to grab Stanford’s Solomon Thomas.
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. It was also inevitable, given Smith’s personality, that he would use one of his platforms to fire back. On his ESPN radio show Thursday, Smith took issue with one
To quote SportsCenter host Michael Smith, “‘Don’t hit women’ isn’t politics.” Yesterday was a horrible day at ESPN, and for sports journalism as a whole. The company reportedly laid off 100 of its reporters and analysts, and while names are still trickling out, the casualties of this cut include ESPN giants like NFL reporter Ed Werder; NFL analyst Trent Difler; espnW and NFL reporter Jane McManus; college basketball expert Andy Katz; and analyst and radio host Danny Kannell. The list goes on and on. ESPN tried to dress up the cuts with corporate buzzwords, but ultimately, this was about the bottom line. ESPN’s business model is dependent upon people purchasing cable subscriptions, and thanks
Patrick, in her fifth full-time season in the Cup Series, is 30th in the points standings. A DNF last Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway was her third of the year. “Like I probably told you at the beginning of the year, every year I come into it with hope,” Patrick said Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
This is the next chapter in the “cupcake” saga between the two former Thunder teammates. It was a phrase known by his teammates — so Westbrook absolutely knew what he was doing when he posted a photo of cupcakes on his Instagram account shortly after Durant announced he would be joining the Warriors.
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.
Richard Sherman reportedly has his sights setting on playing for one specific team. Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports The Seattle Seahawks have not yet closed the door on the possibility of trading Richard Sherman, and one reporter claims the All-Pro cornerback has made it clear that he wants to be traded to one team — the New England Patriots. While discussing the situation on Wednesday night, Tom E. Curran of CSSNE.com said he has heard playing for Bill Belichick is at the top of Sherman’s wish list. “My understanding is he wants to be a New England Patriot,” Curran said emphatically. “He wants to leave Seattle. He has made that clear and that’s why (Seahawks GM John) Schneider can speak so
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 series wins keep piling up, and the Orioles stay ranked as one of the best five teams in baseball. We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? Again
New San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster had an interesting beginning to his NFL career, as he explained during his introductory press conference on Friday. According to Foster, by the time the 31st pick rolled around, the New Orleans Saints had called him, essentially welcoming him to the team because they were going to take him with the 32nd overall pick, the last of the first round. Foster explained that while the Saints were talking to his girlfriend on the phone, he got another call.
Rather than make a pick late Thursday night, general manager Ted Thompson has the Packers positioned to get the second day of the NFL Draft started Friday night. Thompson traded out of the first round for only the second time in his 13 years of leading the Green Bay draft room, orchestrating a swap with the Cleveland Browns that came with little drop-off and an additional pick. "The board held up pretty strong, so, yeah, we felt pretty good about it," Thompson said. The Packers moved out of the No. 29 spot, four picks from the bottom of the opening round, to allow the Browns to jump back up and take a third player on the night. Green Bay merely had to move back to No. 33, which will be the first
The all-fantasy cast will delve deeper into the fantasy outlook for all the drafted and yet-to-be drafted 2017 NFL Draft prospects. Using our signature Fantasy Football Live style, we’ll project numbers of the incoming rookies as well as project where draftees still on the board could find their perfect fit. They’ll stay in touch with the fans throughout the broadcast via Facebook Live to find out what’s on the viewers minds about their favorite teams. We’ll have ears on the ground in Philadelphia for any breaking news as well as possible interviews with the drafted prospects.
8,018 days (otherwise known as 22.9 years) have passed since Tottenham Hotspur last finished above Arsenal in the Premier League. Secondly, the time to reset that clock is nearly upon us, as Tottenham take a 14-point lead into Sunday’s North London derby (Watch live, 11:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com) — perhaps the final one to be played at White Hart Lane. With Arsenal having only five games left to play after Sunday, a 17-point deficit would be mathematically impossible to overcome, and would guarantee Spurs’ first PL finish above Arsenal since the spring of 1995.
It doesn’t matter if you’re sick of hearing about Tim Tebow, this is getting important. It’s been a while since we checked in on Tebow’s baseball career, but recently he’s started to put it all together and now he’s tearing it up for the Columbia Fireflies. On Wednesday night Tebow went 3-for-4 against the Asheville Tourists, including his first career triple.
Terry Collins has been around long enough to know when his team is nearing a crossroads. With Thursday’s loss, the Mets have dropped six straight games and 10 out of their last 11 overall. When you combine them with the team’s previous injuries and new injury concerns for Noah Synergaard and Yoenis Cespedes, that’s when resignation, panic and even a reliance on excuses might begin.
Note: Welcome to Round 2 coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we flip the format and get right to the point with eight keys to each series. If the Washington Capitals are going to win the Stanley Cup, as so many pundits have predicted this postseason, then it has to happen like this, right? It has to go through Pittsburgh.
Trea Turner has been a catalyst for the Washington Nationals since his call up last season, but Wil Myers and Steven Souza havent been too bad themselves. The San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals are each at very different points in their contention windows. San Diego is just beginning its flurry of offseason moves orchestrated by newly hired general manager A.J. Preller, in an effort to push the Padres into the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King put a disrespectful Twitter user in his place early Friday morning, and in this case, the troll’s place is the dentist office. King congratulated former USC cornerback Adoree Jackson via Twitter after he was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He also told Jackson that he hopes to see him as the Titans’ punt returner in Week 1 to give him a proper welcome to the NFL. Jackson replied to the tweet admirably, as he respectfully asked King to not “kick the ball too good.” However, the same couldn’t be said for another Twitter user, as DJ Renteria trolled King by mentioning Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Tyreek Hill when
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely aware that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been in detailed contract talks with legend Floyd Mayweather to compete in a boxing match. Despite not having everything nailed down yet, the two men continue to taunt each other in interviews and through the wonderful world of social media. McGregor’s latest attempt at hype is an Instagram video of him in the ring with longtime head striking coach Owen Roddy, running down the idea of fighters only understanding one discipline of unarmed striking. He goes as far as to say that single-discipline fighters (ie. boxers) would be “dismantled and killed” in a real fight: A post shared by Conor
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman is preparing for a busy second day of the NFL draft after staying quiet in the first round. More Vikings NFL Draft coverage Vikings prepare for busy second day of NFL Draft Final mock roundup for Vikings in 2017 NFL Draft StaTuesday: Best Vikings draft picks ever 3-year analysis: Grading the 2014 Vikings draft class Worst Vikings draft picks since 2000 Best Vikings draft picks in each round since 2000 Vikings mock draft roundup: Three weeks to go, a myriad of possibilities Vikings post-combine, free agency mock draft roundup Vikings post-Super Bowl mock draft roundup The Vikings did not have a first-round choice on Thursday night after
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
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — The first team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years has produced the first penalty for slow play since 1995. PGA Tour officials say Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell were penalized one shot on the 14th hole of the opening round at the Zurich Classic for their second bad time. They opened with a 74 in foursomes. They were on the clock when Carballo went over his allotted time on the 12th hole. Then, Campbell had a bad time on the 14th hole. Typically, a player receives a warning after the first bad time and a one-shot penalty after his second. Because they were a team in foursomes, however, rules specify that a "player" includes his partners. Until Thursday, the last time
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.