The New York Knicks have reportedly found their next coach. Former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is finalizing a five-year deal with the team, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Seniesa Estrada wasted no time on Friday night, and added another knockout to her resume in the process. Estrada dominated Miranda Adkins at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, securing the knockout victory just seven seconds into the fight — one of the fastest knockouts in boxing history. Estrada, the interim WBA flyweight champion and WBC silver junior flyweight champion was initially slated to take on Jacky Calvo on Friday night, though Calvo withdrew due to a knee injury.
When you think about Craig Kimbrel, one of the first things that come to mind is his trademark long red beard. The former Boston Red Sox closer decided it was time for a change. Now with the Chicago Cubs, Kimbrel showed off a clean-shaven look Friday night.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady will never be mistaken for a basketball player, but Friday evening he absolutely slammed Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill on Twitter. Hill recently went on ESPN's First Take to talk about his pursuit of a dynasty in Kansas City as they are the defending champs and all. "Why not go seven rings?"
In yesterday's scrimmage, Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas got the last laugh. Valanciunas caught the ball wide open behind the arc. In the paint, Embiid just waved off Valanciunas – an improved outside shooter – rather than closing out.
After watching Mookie Betts sign a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox brass isn't budging on the belief they made the right move with the former MVP. Betts signed a 12-year, $365 million extension with the Dodgers earlier this week, causing Sox fans to lament and Dodgers fans to celebrate the February trade all over again. On Friday though, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner issued a reminder to those in L.A. celebrating Betts' mega-deal.
The Toronto Raptors continue to use their platform to advocate for Black Lives Matter and ending systemic racism as the NBA inches closer towards the resumption of the 2019-20 season. Toronto entered the NBA's bubble in Orlando on July 9 with three busses reading Black Lives Matter in a large font, and the rest of the basketball world certainly took notice. The Raptors continue to do the work and are intent on keeping the focus on Black lives with their season slated to resume on Aug. 1, and part of that work entails clearing up misconceptions when it comes to Black people and systemic racism in Canada.
The NFL salary cap usually grows each year. Friday's agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association guarantees that the salary cap won't drop any lower than $175 million, but even that represents a significant drop from this year's $198.2 million cap. Until a few months ago, most teams were expecting the 2021 cap to grow to somewhere in the neighborhood of $215 million, which means teams have $40 million less to spend next year than they were planning for when they were negotiating many of their players' long-term contracts.
Opening Night for the Orioles did not go well. Though expectations are not too high entering the season, a 13-2 blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox showed that the 60-game season will consist of some rather tough showings. For a broadcaster, games like Friday night can be hard to call. Former MLB pitcher and current Red Sox color analyst Dennis Eckersley, who was probably having a better time on Friday, made a joke about the situation on the NESN broadcast.
Washington quarterback Alex Smith suffered one of the more horrific football injuries in recent history in 2018, one that almost cost him his life. Now, nearly two years later, Smith's goal of returning to the NFL is almost a reality. Smith was cleared by his surgical team to return to full football activity on Friday, according to ESPN's Stephania Bell.
Swing coach Boyd Summerhays is learning the hard way this week as the fill-in caddie for Tony Finau at the 3M Open. “I started calling him 'strawberries and cream,' because he was white, red, white, like a strawberry parfait,” Finau said after the round. Summerhays is looping this week after Finau decided to part ways with longtime caddie Greg Bodine, who has been on his bag since his rookie season in 2014-15.
James and Anthony Davis played in the first half. James finished with 12 points, five assists and three rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Davis also scored 12 points, with two steals, one assist and one rebound in his 15 minutes of playing time.
The 2020 baseball season opened in disorienting fashion at Fenway Park, where the normal 45-minute rush hour commute from north of Boston took 18 minutes, parking was plentiful and cheap right outside Gate D, and not a single fan entered the park, though a handful milled about outside it. The Red Sox eschewed their usual pomp and circumstance for low-key pregame ceremonies that focused rightly on the considerable toll of the pandemic, as well as honoring the Black Lives Matter movement with a black ribbon extending from the Orioles on one baseline to the Red Sox on the other in a show of our interconnectedness. The game began with Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi firing 100 mph fastballs and Orioles leadoff hitter Austin Hays lining sharply to deep right field, where Kevin Pillar, manning the ground once owned by Mookie Betts, made a nice twisting grab in front of the bullpen as the fake fans belatedly roared.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod refused to kneel in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the team's season opener Friday, saying he would feel “like a hypocrite” because of his Christian faith and personal beliefs. Every player and staff member from the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers joined together to kneel and hold a black ribbon for the moment honoring Black Lives Matter, as did the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals in their game earlier on Friday.
Dusty Baker has managed thousands of games in his big league career, and none were quite like his debut with the scandal-ridden Houston Astros. The 71-year-old manager posted a win in his first game as Houston's manager and the Astros, playing for the first time since their sign-stealing scam rocked baseball, opened the season by beating the Seattle Mariners 8-2 Friday night. Hoping to put a turbulent offseason behind them, the Astros started out with a victory at empty Minute Maid Park, the same place that was pulsating last October before Washington rallied late to win Game 7 of the World Series.
An ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo is putting together an offer to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves, two people with knowledge of the bid said. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who bought the club in 1994 to keep it from moving to New Orleans, has put the franchise up for sale on the condition it remain in Minnesota. Taylor has hired a merchant bank, The Raine Group, to broker talks.
In the midst of the announcement that Washington will be referred to as the Washington Football Team for the 2020 season, plenty weighed in with how they felt about the name. That included NBA star, and Dallas Cowboys fan, LeBron James, who was not feeling the new label. That dig at Washington caught the attention of another NBA star who happens to be a supporter of the franchise: Kevin Durant.
Max Muncy homered twice and doubled, Ross Stripling pitched seven neat innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-1 on Friday night. A day after beating the Giants 8-1 on opening day, the NL West champion Dodgers scored in every inning except the third and outhit the Giants 13-4. NL MVP Cody Bellinger raised his arms as if encouraging the fake crowd cheers when the game ended.
Not long after the nomadic Toronto Blue Jays announced the Triple-A city as their temporary home Friday, Michael Billoni began to wonder who could be the club's Roy Hobbs. ''Hopefully, it's (Vladimir) Guerrero Jr. who will knock the ball on to Oak Street and win the World Series for the Jays in Buffalo,'' said Billoni, the former general manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. It took the Blue Jays nearly a week - and several coronavirus health-related rejections - to finally settle on their minor league affiliate's park as a temporary home for this season on Friday.
The European Tour's medical team are supporting Andrew “Beef” Johnston after the Englishman withdrew from the British Masters after just nine holes due to fears concerning his mental health. Johnston, the fan favourite, revealed this time last year that he had struggled so much with the pressures of life on Tour that he had gone back to hotel rooms and cried following competitive rounds. The 31-year-old was advised by sports psychiatrists to take time away together with fiancee Jodie and baby daughter Harley, and made notable strides on the road to recovery, returning to post two top fives in Rolex Series events in the back half of 2019.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence to play as a member of the league for the 2020 season that has been thrown into question by the coronavirus pandemic. Two people involved in the ACC's discussions about scheduling for the upcoming season told The Associated Press on Friday the ACC is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games and start Sept. 12. Under the 10-plus-one plan, Notre Dame would play a full ACC schedule, the people told AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks are still ongoing and details have not been disclosed.