Ty France pushes a soft ground ball through the in-field to score Kyle Seager from second base, for his first RBI as a Mariner
At one point during training camp, Raiders coach Jon Gruden called backup quarterback Marcus Mariota a “dazzling playmaker. His immediate future suddenly quite isn't so bright. Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com explains that Mariota hasn't become the potential alternative to Derek Carr that the one-year, $7.5 million investment would suggest.
With Adrian Peterson now open to join other teams after his release in Washington on Friday morning, reports are coming out that there are three teams who have inquired about picking him up for the 2020 season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. We posited earlier on Friday that there were a number of teams who might be interested in bringing in Peterson, who is a veteran back that still has a lot to give to the game, it seems. Before the surprise release for Washington, AP was expected to be the starting RB for the 2020 season, leading a backfield of Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, Bryce Love, and Peyton Barber.
The Miami Dolphins are reportedly moving on from quarterback Josh Rosen. The former top 10 pick is among the Dolphins' training camp cuts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Per Schefter, the Dolphins had attempted to trade Rosen over the last week, but couldn't find a taker for the third-year quarterback.
The team signed free agent Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, fresh off a season with the Chicago Bears, to a one-year deal with a fair amount of guaranteed money. Hopefully the team had some offset language involved, because on Thursday, two days before roster cuts had to be submitted to the league office, Clinton-Dix was the first defensive player released this week. It had been reported that Clinton-Dix was not performing well in practice and that he had been passed on the depth chart by journeyman safety Darian Thompson.
Mikal Smith, the son of Illinois coach and former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, was arrested in Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday on multiple charges related to sex trafficking and a prostitution ring, according to multiple reports. Smith, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich tweeted out, is facing conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, money laundering, pandering, prostitution, sex trafficking and threatening or intimidating charges. He was arrested Thursday morning and booked into the Gilbert Chandler Jail, according to NBC 12.
If you are among the many silent Zero RB-curious fantasy managers wondering which running backs one ends up with when one embraces the theory behind the draft strategy, I've written up five of my favorite RB picks in the second half of your drafts, taking their bitcoin lunch money. There is indeed a process to drafting Zero RB candidates: ideally, we want a guy with standalone fantasy value, and if we can't get that, we want a back who would inherit most or all of a backfield's opportunity if the starter misses time. Now that you know what we're seeking in a Zero RB running back, let's get into the guys who could stumble into an early-down or every-down role, starting alongside your cast of dominant wide receivers.
The past eight months should have been hellish for Bill Belichick. A few months later, Brady awkwardly departed in free agency under a cloud of ambiguity, then convinced tight end in Rob Gronkowski to join him in Tampa Bay. By training camp, three of Belichick's starting linebackers had vanished, with Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins signing with the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions respectively, and Dont'a Hightower taking a COVID-19 opt-out.
Alongside all the changes seemingly in-store for the Dallas Cowboys this season, a long-term project along the defensive line is also set to potentially bloom. After years of searching for any semblance of a pass rush after the release of longtime franchise icon DeMarcus Ware, perhaps Dallas has finally collected enough pieces to field a unit capable of continuously affecting games. The Cowboys defensive line rebuild began during 2014 offseason, when Ware, the team's all-time sack leader was released after a nine-year run.
The UFC Vegas 9: Overeem vs. Sakai athletes weighed in at the Apex in Las Vegas on Friday. Watch as Alistair Overeem, Augusto Sakai, and the rest of the UFC Vegas 9 fight card square off for the cameras following the weigh-in. Things got physical between welterweights when Zelim Imadaev slapped Michel Pereira during their face-off.
The Los Angeles Rams aren't waiting for Saturday's 1 p.m. PT deadline to start trimming their roster. They waived 17 players on Friday afternoon, bringing their roster down to 63 players.
Joel Kiviranta capped his hat trick by scoring the overtime winner as the Dallas Stars punched their ticket to the NHL Western Conference finals Friday with a 5-4 win in game seven over the Colorado Avalanche. Kiviranta got open in front of the Colorado net and took a pass from Andrej Sekera then beat Avs goaltender Michael Hutchinson with a one-timer 7:24 into the overtime. It was the first career hat trick for the 24-year-old Finn, who also scored in the second period to tie the game 2-2 and in the third to tie it 4-4 which set the stage for his overtime heroics in the NHL's quarantine hub in Edmonton, Alberta.
People seem to have forgotten just how good he was prior to a back injury which ended his season in Week 9. From Week 1 to 9, he was QB6 in fantasy points. Of qualified passers in 2019, Stafford finished with 8.3 average completed air yards (1st), 10.7 average intended air yards (1st), 23% aggressiveness percentage (1st) and a +3.4 completion percentage above expectation (5th).
Just five days after Johnson canned a 47-foot snaking birdie putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Rahm at the BMW Championship only to have Rahm make an even more miraculous 66-foot birdie putt to win in sudden death, these two heavyweights put on an encore performance. Every time Rahm delivered a right cross, Johnson responding with an uppercut as they traded birdies on the same hole five times. Tour Championship: Leaderboard | Tee times | Best photos “The only birdie we didn't share was mine on 16,” Rahm said.
The Big 12 answered that question for its conference today. The conference announced its football game cancellation thresholds, with 53 available players required to play a game. TCU announced earlier Friday it has postponed its only non-conference game scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11 against SMU after a spike in COVID-19 numbers.
The oversized black mask covering Jaylen Brown's face did little to shield his frustration. Brown plopped down in front of the Zoom camera after the Toronto Raptors stunned the Boston Celtics on OG Anunoby's improbable buzzer-beating 3-pointer and twice dubbed the final sequence a “f—cking disgrace.” It's Brown you'll see on the highlight reel scrambling to contest Anunoby's quick-release shot.
Families are joining NBA players in the bubble. Nuggets coach Michael Malone sounds fed up. Denver coach Mike Malone points out that it's Day 60 in the bubble and he thinks it's “criminal in nature” for the NBA not to let coaches bring in families.
The match between No. 5 Alexander Zverev and No. 32 Adrian Mannarino finally started at Arthur Ashe Stadium more than three hours after it was scheduled. While the reason for the delay was not immediately clear, the USTA released a statement after the match began that confirmed what many were thinking: It involved a health concern around a player in the "bubble within a bubble" at the Grand Slam. It is not clear if the health concern involves COVID-19.
A quick look at the U.S. Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY Serena Williams will face Sloane Stephens in an All-American showdown between past champions at the U.S. Open. The match has the high-wattage anticipation of a late-stage contest at a Grand Slam tournament but instead will happen in the third round on Saturday afternoon at Flushing Meadows. This is the seventh match between the two players.
The 2020 NBA draft is still likely more than two months away, as the league continues to pin down the remainder of its offseason calendar in the wake of a pandemic that has upended nearly everything. Regardless, we know enough to take a stab at predicting the top of the lottery, and who the Pistons might select. Minnesota is in an interesting position, and not just because they won the lottery.
The Las Vegas Raiders continue to trim their roster down to 53 players as the Saturday deadline approaches. One player that will be on the roster is quarterback Nathan Peterman. According to ESPN's Field Yates, Peterman has agreed to a pay cut, saving the team over $1 million.