Highlights of C.J. McCollum from Lehigh University.
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.
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. On his ESPN radio show Thursday, Smith took issue with one source of criticism in particular: Jeff Pearlman, an author and former writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
Evan Engram might turn out to have a fine career in the NFL, and if he lives up to his draft status, he will be a Giant for a long time. But don’t look for the first-round draft choice from Ole Miss to make much of an impact this season. There aren’t enough footballs to go around. The Giants think they’ve got a “matchup nightmare” with the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Engram, the 23rd pick Thursday on the opening day of the NFL draft. He is a wide receiver with a tight-end build, who ran 4.42 seconds in the 40. General manager Jerry Reese talked about Engram’s versatility and potential to stretch a defense. “He can line up anywhere,” Reese said. “We can use him in the offense in a lot of different ways.”
For Danica Patrick, her NASCAR career is all “about having fun.” But eight races into the 2017 season, there’s not a lot to be had with Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 team. Patrick, in her fifth full-time season in the Cup Series, is 30th in the points standings. That puts her behind Michael McDowell and Cole Whitt. A DNF last Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway was her third of the year. She hasn’t finished better than 17th (Atlanta). Her struggles come as Stewart-Haas Racing is deep in a legal battle with Patrick’s former sponsor, Nature’s Bakery. But it’s all taken a toll on any optimism Patrick had at the beginning of the year. “Like I probably told you at the beginning of the year, every year
It isn't easy being LeBron James. Oh, what am I saying? I'm sure it's hugely entertaining. When it comes to money, however, James had to learn from a very young age. There he was, straight out of high school, suddenly being offered millions overnight. Now, though, he understands business. And one thing he wants out of it is to be part of projects that he can call his own. In an illuminating interview with his business partner Maverick Carter -- as part of the "Kneading Dough" series via James' and Carter's Uninterrupted digital media company -- James explained why he'd walked away from a lucrative endorsement deal from McDonald's. He realized, after a few years of earning perhaps $4 million a
Nearly two weeks ago, the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in a memorabilia fraud lawsuit against the Giants produced an email that arguably contains smoking-gun evidence of quarterback Eli Manning’s involvement in the scheme, with Eli asking the team’s equipment manager for two helmets that can “pass as game used.” On Wednesday, the lawyers representing the Giants and Manning released emails aimed at showing Eli was not involved. But the article from ESPN.com, which quotes an email reflecting a 2012 effort by Manning to get equipment manager Jeff Skiba to secure Manning’s primary helmet and his backup helmet, contains no emails or other specific factual information that would explain why
Scott Van Pelt seems like an intelligent guy. And he also has a way with words. So it wasn’t surprising that he signed off Wednesday night’s episode of “SportsCenter” with an incredible goodbye to the ESPN employees who lost their jobs earlier in the day. ESPN shook the sports media world Wednesday by laying off an abundance of employees, including several high-profile on-air personalities. It was a difficult day for the network, which has long been considered the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” and SVP addressed the situation perfectly by leaving his former co-workers with an uplifting and inspiring note while acknowledging their departures. Van Pelt’s heartfelt goodbye came on the heels of Bob
A high-school senior and student athlete who spends plenty of time in the zone both on the field and in her school's study center, scored the surprise of a lifetime on Tuesday when she received a full-tuition scholarship to Regis College.
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.
Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is one of the more puzzling players to project in the upcoming NFL draft. While Cook is a consensus first round talent-some have gone so far as to compare him to a young Marshall Faulk-serious concerns about Cook’s character could drop him into the second round. While Cook’s encounters with the law are his own doing, Cook also appears to be the victim of a so-called “saboteur,” a person who has intentionally spread false rumors about Cook to members of the football community.
The Celtics look ready to break out. Boston beat Chicago 108-97 in Game 5 Wednesday, winning its third straight to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. The Celtics pulled away with a 13-0 fourth-quarter run, which was boosted by two Bulls technical fouls – the second on Robin Lopez, who was rightfully aggrieved by an uncalled Jae Crowder leg-lock.
Rumors swirled early and often on Thursday, with Derek Barnett’s name eclipsing the previously-whispered Charles Harris as the man to watch. Plenty of folks (me included) welcomed this development; while Harris offered very little to get excited about, Barnett, with his takedown of Reggie White’s sack record and all-around terribly impressive tape, was a player we could get behind at pick No. 14. Then a crazy draft happened. And then, through it all, the Eagles still selected Derek Barnett, DE out of Tennessee in the first round. About a dozen minutes after the selection, Howie Roseman emerged from the rubble, flanked by Joe Douglas and Doug Pederson, to explain the decision. “We were really
In the moments before explaining his retirement from the NASCAR Cup Series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took a quick stroll through his 18-year career. Wearing a suit and a striped tie, Earnhardt had to walk by four large portraits depicting high points of Cup career. The first two represented his eight full seasons with Dale Earnhardt Inc., the second pair his 10 seasons with Hendrick Motorsports.
In an interview with Russian journalist Pavel Lysenkov for Sovetsky Sport, Nikita Kucherov offers a blunt analysis of why he had such a good season despite what he feels are failures by the Tampa Bay Lightning coaches and his teammates. Sergey Demidova, NHL.com reporter for the Russian language version of the site, translated some of the biggest points of contention Kucherov spoke of during the interview.
In response to the ESPN report that the Vikings likely won’t pick up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s fifth-year option before the May 3 deadline, NFL Media reported that it won’t matter, if Bridgewater spends the full season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that’s currently a very, very big if. Bridgewater is currently not expected to spend the entire season on the PUP list. Which means that his contract would definitely expire after the 2017 season, if the Vikings don’t pick up the option. Even if Bridgewater doesn’t exit the PUP list in 2017, it’s still not entirely clear that Bridgewater’s four-year contract automatically would extend
There could be some bad news coming for the New York Mets, and for anyone who loves powerful, dominant pitching. Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ long-haired towheaded ace, is dealing with a possible injury to his pitching arm. He’s been scratched from his
A few days before UFC 87 on Aug. 9, 2008, the UFC held a news conference in the rotunda at the Mall of America. When it ended, UFC president Dana White met with the media. Two hours later, White was in the same spot, still signing, still throwing his arm around the guy with the Vikings’ shirt, still preaching the UFC gospel.
Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia have had a contentious relationship over the years. Despite being European Ryder Cup teammates, tensions have flared between the two on the course, and in interview rooms, most notably at the 2007 British Open and 2008 PGA Championship, where Harrington defeated Garcia. “I would say to you that right now at this very moment, my relationship with Sergio is the best it has ever been," Harrington told Keogh.
Colin Cowherd claims he saw this ESPN doomsday coming years ago. The longtime ESPN voice, who now spouts his opinions on Fox Sports, said he was not surprised by ESPN’s decision to lay off about 100 employees Wednesday after he witnessed the Worldwide Leader jump at billion-dollar TV deals at a time when the TV business was on the decline. Cowherd retroactively pointed to the nine-year, $24 billion contract ESPN inked with the NBA in 2014, when Cowherd still resided in Bristol, as an example of the financially alarming trend in his eyes. “I told my producers, ‘Fellas, it’ll never be the same here,’” he said Wednesday on CBS’ “Bull & Fox” show. “You cannot pay four times for the house [more] than
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.
The Redskins have the 17th pick in tonight’s first round. Things get underway when the Browns go on the clock at about 8 p.m. There are 10 minutes allotted between picks. If each team takes the maximum time the Redskins will pick sometime after 11 p.m. However, picks are usually in with a few minutes to spare so Washington will go on the clock sometime between 10 and 10:30. So, what is there to watch for until then? In what everything thinks will be one of the wildest and most unpredictable first rounds in recent memory, here are five places where the decisions made could have ripple effects back to pick No. 17. No. 1, Browns—The steaming hot rumor that has popped up in the last 24 hours is that
Penguins' Sidney Crosby and Capitals' Alex Ovechkin are keys to their respective teams winning, but Ovechkin must step up his game in this series.
Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala was taken off the ice on a stretcher at Scottrade Center in St. Louis after vicious collision with the end boards in Game 1 against the Blues on Wednesday night. Fiala was skating with the puck deep in the Blues defensive zone. St. Louis defenseman Robert Bortuzzo put a body on him, attempting to prevent him from skating behind the net.
There was a report early this week that many of the teams drafting at the top of the first round are open to trading down and that feeling apparently extends to the later sections of the round as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Buccaneers have spoken to “at least three teams” about trading back from the No. 19 overall pick. Schefter adds that the Buccaneers could trade out of the first round altogether, which suggests that at least one of those teams is looking to trade back into the first round or doesn’t currently have a first-round selection. The Rams, Vikings and Patriots are currently without a first-round pick and the Patriots are without a second-round pick as well. One team
The Orioles snatched the rubber game away from the Rays, scoring two in the 11th, capped by a Seth Smith walk-off walk. If you havent taken to calling 2017 Oriole, Seth Smith, Dad yet, you should try it on.