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It happens at every NFL draft and happened again this year. This year’s draft had 95 players with “special eligibility” and eight more who left their college teams early after graduating, and now the Associated Press’s Ralph Russo has the count at 27 undrafted underclassmen.
Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko was a fight regarded as the jumpstart heavyweight boxing has needed for years, since even AJ’s professional debut. And in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, they delivered on the hype. What unfolded was perhaps
Ian Poulter has retained his PGA Tour card after a change in rules regarding medical exemptions. Former Ryder Cup star Poulter has battled back from a foot injury this year, but the time spent away from golf left him short of the required FedEx Cup points or prize money to keep his place on the Tour.
There are several reasons a general manager fires an assistant coach the way Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman whacked Mike Kitchen this week, and almost none of the fallout is good. One reason is to threaten the head coach with his job if a particular assistant isn’t canned after a bad event, such as a top seed getting swept by the last team in the playoffs, even if that head coach is a three-time Stanley Cup-winner and sure-fire Hall-of-Famer. Another reason is to prompt the head coach to resign after his usual control of assistant coaches is usurped. Another is that it was a necessary move that the head coach was too close to properly evaluate. Yet another reason is for the GM to cover his backside
TMZ reported that Randy Gregory has failed another NFL drug test. When teams ignored off-field concerns and drafted a troubled player in this week’s NFL draft, they were gambling. The Dallas Cowboys gambled on defensive end Randy Gregory with a second round pick in 2015, and it appears they’ll get almost nothing out of it.
After seeing his season end in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum set about starting his offseason. As he waited at the airport, the smooth scorer and playmaker — who averaged a career-high 23 points per game and led the NBA in free-throw percentage this season — decided to kill some time by chopping it up with his followers on social media.
AVONDALE, Ariz. — The Phoenix Grand Prix didn’t make it 30 seconds before a race-changing wreck in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ first race on an oval this season. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Mikhail Aleshin lost control of his car in Turn 1 on Saturday and created a five-car pileup that included points leader Sebastien Bourdais, Marco Andretti, Max Chilton and Graham Rahal. All five are Honda drivers. All emerged from the wreck OK and were cleared at the infield care center, but none were able to continue the race. “Rear of the car went, and I just couldn’t do anything,” Aleshin said on the NBC Sports Net TV broadcast. “I’m sorry for all of the guys who hit me as well.” Bourdais took
Will Ronda Rousey return, won't she return? Has been question widely discussed since the California native's brutal knockout at the hands of Amanda Nunes at Las Vegas in December last year. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight title fight against Nunes was Rousey's second consecutive loss with the previous one coming 13-months before when she surrendered the same title to Holly Holm.
The Patriots dropped 33 spots in the draft order to pick up tight end James O’Shaughnessy from the Chiefs. Minutes before the third day of the 2017 NFL draft was set to begin, the New England Patriots traded with the Kansas City Chiefs and acquired tight end James O’Shaughnessy for a grand total of 33 spots in the draft order. The Patriots sent the No. 183 pick — the second-to-last pick in the fifth round — to the Chiefs for O’Shaughnessy and the No. 216 pick — the third-to-last selection in the sixth round.
LOS ANGELES — For eight innings, it was a wonderful night for the Phillies. Brock Stassi, the storybook kid, belted a three-run home run. Rookie Andrew Knapp had three hits, including his first big-league home run to give the Phils a three-run lead in the eighth inning, much to the delight of his family and friends whose cheers could be heard rising from deep within the sellout crowd of 53,110. Zach Eflin pitched superbly over seven-walk free innings and even the boys in the dugout had a little fun goofing on Tommy Joseph as he watched the game oblivious to the fact that he had a perfectly formed bubblegum sphere stuck to the top of his cap. For the Phillies, there were plenty of reasons to be
Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell made odd history on Thursday. The PGA Tour did something historic on Thursday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, issuing its first pace-of-play penalty in 22 years. The team of Miguel Angel Carballo and Brian Campbell were penalized one stroke as a team on the 14th hole of the first round of the revamped two-man team event.
The Pearsons got the perfect gift from their favorite football team. This Is Us stars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia made a special appearance at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, to help announce the team’s day three NFL draft picks. Since the Steelers are the Pearsons’ team and have been getting all this free promotion on the NBC hit series, the team gifted the actors custom-made jerseys with their character names printed on the back.
Jean-Gabriel Pegeau put the Ottawa Senators on his back, and led them to a 6-5 double overtime victory over the New York Rangers with a four score performance in Game 2.
Many believe T.J. Watt was the best pass rusher available when the Cowboys were on the clock Thursday night. They decided Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton was a better fit than the outside linebacker from Wisconsin. Why? "I would not bet against T.J. Watt," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday morning on 105.3 The Fan's G-Bag Nation show [KRLD-FM]. "Everything about him is plus, plus, plus. The toughest thing for him with us is just there are some risks there because you don't see it on tape as much of him putting his hand in the ground. "Whenever we're grading players, if there's a projection, there's a discount there if you don't see it. It doesn't mean that they're
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.
Wide receiver Mitch Mathews hasn’t been a member of the Minnesota Vikings for very long, but it appears that the team’s wide receiver corps has already made him feel right at home. During last night’s draft, Mathews shared a text message he received from fellow wide receiver Stefon Diggs after being on the team for just a few days. This speaks to the sort of person and leader that Stefon Diggs is for this football team. He’s going into his third year in the league, but he’s realized that he’s already one of this team’s top offensive players, and is doing what he can to make the newer players feel as though they’re a part of the team and that they’re not missing anything. It’s great to see stuff
The 2017 NFL draft is complete, and the San Francisco 49ers have selected a ten person class. They have also added up to 13 undrafted free agents in the two hours since the draft ended. It’s been a slightly busy three days. Most of the rookies have not even traveled to Santa Clara yet, let alone gotten on the field to begin competing for opportunities. Now that the draft is finished, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the draft class, and see who on the roster would qualify as a winner or loser. Some players are already going to be challenged for their job, and some are all but assured of being out of a job. For now though, here are some of the winners and losers after the 2017 NFL draft.
If there’s one thing that’s been in short order for the Bulls over the last year or so, clarity would be first on the list. The Bulls’ front office signed players like Wade and Rajon Rondo last summer for the “now”, and then traded dependable veteran Taj Gibson for the “future”, along with management’s repeated flirtations with the prospect of trading Jimmy Butler for the last two years. The only thing consistent about the Bulls’ front office strategy has been the inconsistency and their desire to have flexibility in the future. For the now, they’ve positioned themselves to have flexibility to go in one direction or the other, to be contenders or hit the button on a rebuild that could take years to recover from.
Stephen Strasburg went seven innings for the fifth time in five starts after an extended layoff between outings. Strasburg took time off on the paternity list, missing what would have been a start in Coors Field in Colorado, and returned today to take on the New York Mets in Nationals Park. Dusty Baker told reporters before Strasburg took the mound against the Mets, that he had no concerns whatsoever about the time between starts or Strasburg being ready.
Former UFC flyweight title challenger Ali Bagautinov performed well last night (Fri., April 28, 2017) at Fight Nights Global 64 in Moscow, Russia, in his first MMA appearance since leaving UFC earlier this year. Unfortunately for Bagautinov, he was unable to put a cherry on top of his rather dominating outing as WSOF veteran Tyson Nam slammed the Russian with a brutal head kick with one second left on the clock. Bagautinov was out on his feet before he hit the canvas and Nam walked away like he was Mark Hunt. The full fight can be seen above courtesy of Fight Nights TV, while the scintillating finish can be seen below: Bagautinov, 31, has now four out of his last five. While the hard-hitting
Well, Formula 1 might be doing its own version on Sunday in Russia. With Ferrari and Mercedes over one second per lap clear of the rest of the pack, the top four positions seem settled, leaving Williams and Red Bull to battle for P5. Red Bull has been the third-quickest team for much of the season so far, yet Williams looks more competitive in Russia, with Felipe Massa charging to sixth place in qualifying to split Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
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.
Reigning champion Rafael Nadal will take on Dominic Thiem in the final of the Barcelona Open on Sunday (30 April). Live coverage is on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD as well as Tennis TV. After becoming the first player to win a single tournament 10 times following his win in Monte-Carlo, reigning champion Nadal will be hoping to repeat the feat in Barcelona.