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When Le'Veon Bell signed his four-year contract with the Jets prior to the 2019 season, the deal was worth $52 million with $27 million guaranteed. Bell's contract with his newest team, the Kansas City Chiefs, is much more modest. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Bell's new deal has a base value of $1 million, but that money is prorated to $690,000 for the remainder of the season.
Ozuna left early on what would have been a sacrifice fly with his team leading in the third inning, and the game soon turned in Los Angeles' favor as the Dodgers stayed alive in the NL Championship Series with a 7-3 victory in Game 5 on Friday night. The Braves still have a 3-2 series lead after a bullpen game that started well but went awry, with their top two starters lined up for the final two games. Left-hander Max Fried pitches for the NL East champions on Saturday.
Veteran ESPN NFL reporter Vaughn McClure has been found dead at his apartment in Atlanta at the age of 48. No cause of death has yet been announced for McClure, who covered the Atlanta Falcons for ESPN's NFL Nation section. The broadcaster, who was born in Chicago, was a regular contributor to ESPN's coverage of the Falcons on TV and radio, and covered the team's Super Bowl LI run in 2017, where they lost to the New England Patriots.
The Lakers never found a third star around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Which means the Lakers have plenty of moveable pieces if a star becomes available. “Chris Paul would love to come back to L.A. I know it would be a dream come true for Chris,” an Eastern Conference executive said.
Mike Weber was a Kansas City Chiefs running back for a minute in their Super Bowl season. The former Ohio State star is putting his Super Bowl ring up for auction not long after he and his teammates received it. Manufactured by Jostens, this exquisite 10 karat gold ring was presented to running back Mike Weber, who was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad in January of 2020 after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Willie Allen's nomadic college career has featured many twists and turns. The latest came Thursday, when the offensive tackle made a surprising revelation and announced his commitment to Michigan nine days before the Wolverines play their first game. On Friday, a source inside the Michigan football program said Allen, who left Louisiana Tech and entered the NCAA transfer portal Monday, won't suit up this fall after he already declared his intention to skip the season.
The Los Angeles Clippers came into the bubble at Walt Disney World as an immensely talented squad, albeit one with strong personalities. That seemingly caused tension within the ranks, an issue that came further to the light with reports of the hiring of Tyronn Lue as the team's next head coach. According to The Athletic's Jovan Buha and Joe Vardon, some players on the team “bristled” at what can be viewed as preferential treatment given to star free-agent signing Kawhi Leonard.
The Kansas City Chiefs activated Le'Veon Bell on Saturday and gave the running back the No. 26 Damien Williams had been wearing for the previous two seasons before opting-out of 2020 to help his mom who is battling cancer. The Chiefs had announced they totally supported Williams when he made his decision in July. Williams wore No. 26 for both his seasons as a Chief.
Watch: West Virginia's Leddie Brown breaks 87-yard TD run originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington West Virginia's Leddie Brown was already having himself a game Saturday afternoon. The only thing missing from his stat line was a rushing touchdown. The junior running back added that score in emphatic fashion, busting through a gaping hole on third-and-1 for an 87-yard touchdown to give the Mountaineers a two-score lead over Kansas in the third quarter.
Last winter, the team viewed Gregorius as a winning player who had simply lost too much of his first-step quickness. Given the extent to which some Yankee fans appear to be clamoring for Gregorius to return, this seems worth teasing out a bit and explaining. Gregorius was always a subject of some debate between the analytics folks in the organization, who liked him less than the scouting wing (that's a reductive framing, because most people on both “sides” of this “divide” are multi-dimensional thinkers, but works for this summary discussion of the dynamic).
Blake Bortles is no longer a Bronco. The Broncos are releasing Bortles, in another indication that they expect starting quarterback Drew Lock to be healthy and ready to go on Sunday against the Patriots. The Broncos brought in Bortles for depth behind Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel after Lock got hurt.
The Boston Celtics' roster ain't broke, but it still may need some fixing. The Celtics rode a talented core to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown made the leap to stardom, while Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis gave Boston a top six that rivaled few in the league.
Ron Rivera responds to latest Washington Post report originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Three months after The Washington Post's initial reporting on the allegations of systemic mistreatment of the Washington Football Team's cheerleaders and general harassment of female employees, the paper is reporting additional details on the investigation. Head coach Ron Rivera, who is in his first year with the organization and was not present at the time the alleged mistreatment, was asked to shed light on the updated reporting. I know it's the same subject, and we take those allegations very seriously," Rivera told reporters on Friday.
Ever since Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins was benched a little over a week ago, a bunch of rumors have been swirling, including the idea that the team has been desperately trying to trade away the former first-round pick, and that the second-year QB asked for a trade. While none of those rumors have been confirmed, that doesn't stop an of us from speculating on what might happen and trying to drum up some of our favorite trade scenarios. Earlier this week, we pondered his teams in the NFL would give Haskins the brightest future, allowing him to develop and grow in a structured environment with a veteran quarterback ahead of him.
Report: Three more Pats headed to COVID-19/reserve list originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston And then there were ... eight. The New England Patriots are placing three more players -- running back Sony Michel, offensive guard Shaq Mason and defensive end Derek Rivers -- on their COVID-19/reserve list, ESPN's Field Yates reported Saturday.
There are a lot of questions about the search for the next Houston Rockets head coach, but we also know a few things. We know now that Rafael Stone is running the search now that Daryl Morey has stepped away from the franchise. We also know that the three finalists for the Houston head coach job are Jeff Van Gundy, John Lucas, Stephen Silas, as reported by Mark Berman of Fox News 26 in Houston.
Is this picture of Simmons training fool's gold for Sixers fans? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia If a picture says a 1,000 words, I'm not sure what Sixers fans will make of Klutch Sports latest Instagram post with Ben Simmons. In a slideshow of pro ballers signed to the sports agency all working out playing some half court hoops, there's a snapshot of Simmons shooting a three pointer over the outstretched arm of Suns rookie Jalen Lecque.
The Baltimore Ravens remain one of the best teams in the NFL, at least according to their 4-1 record. However, TV networks aren't giving them much love as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6. Though the Ravens are still electric on both sides of the ball, the Eagles are pretty far from that which shows in their 1-3-1 record.
Defensive lineman Zach Sieler is in his second year playing for the Miami Dolphins. While the 25-year-old, who played college ball at Ferris State, makes $44,118 per week on his NFL contract, he isn't living in some fancy, South Beach digs. I actually stay in an RV during the season.
• Melvin Gordon (illness) didn't travel with the Broncos to New England; Phillip Lindsay (toe) will be needed substantially in his first game back. Royce Freeman is the secondary option. Tight end Noah Fant (ankle) is also ruled out, but QB Drew Lock (shoulder) is expected to return.