After looking tired for most of the game and down 2-0, the US soccer team roared back only to fall short of advancing to the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
It hasn’t been a good few years to be a San Francisco 49er fan. The 49ers held the No. 2 pick, but swapped it to Chicago for the No. 3 pick, plus the third- and fourth-round picks this year, plus a third-round pick next year. The Bears used that pick to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and the 49ers used the next pick to grab Stanford’s Solomon Thomas.
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.
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.
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
It's awfully early to be talking about regression. I assume most of you know that Eric Thames isn't going to hit 80 home runs this year and Eric Hosmer isn't going to hit below the Mendoza Line. Still, it can be tough to handle a slow April when it's bordering on carrying into May. Most of the time it makes sense to under-react to April, but that can be tough without a little nudge in that direction. Here's a nudge on five guys you shouldn't sell low, despite how terrible their slash lines are. Franco's breakout may have started on Wednesday night when he racked up three hits, a home run and four RBI. I wish he'd waited until this article had come out. Franco has shown better plate discipline,
All good things must come to an end. For the Anaheim Ducks, their 5-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers sees their four game playoff win streak come to a halt, and hands the team their first loss in regulation since March 10.
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
Terry Collins has been around long enough to know when his team is nearing a crossroads. With Thursday’s loss, the Mets have dropped six straight games and 10 out of their last 11 overall. When you combine them with the team’s previous injuries and new injury concerns for Noah Synergaard and Yoenis Cespedes, that’s when resignation, panic and even a reliance on excuses might begin.
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.
The Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL Draft Day 1 has concluded with the team selecting Wisconsin LB T.J. Watt with the No. 30 overall pick in the selection process. The selection didn’t take long to sink into the heart of Steelers Nation, and that includes the players Watt will now call teammates. Check out what current, and former, players had to say about the selection, as well as welcoming him into the fold as the newest member of the black and gold! (Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as more players take to social media.)
Patrick, in her fifth full-time season in the Cup Series, is 30th in the points standings. A DNF last Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway was her third of the year. “Like I probably told you at the beginning of the year, every year I come into it with hope,” Patrick said Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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.
With the No. 25 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select safety Jabrill Peppers from Michigan. Round 1 "I don't like this pick at all. Where does he play?" Prisco added on our live draft show that this is an "awful, awful, awful, awful, awful, awful pick with a capital A, which is why I give them an F." Our friends at the Orange and Brown Report have every angle covered for Cleveland's draft. Plus, you can get a free month of insider access when you buy a one month membership today. Just use the promo code BROWNSDRAFT when you sign up to take advantage of this draft special. The Browns are going to get some publicity for their first round in this draft, because they added Myles
SAN FRANCISCO — The momentum generated by Christian Arroyo and Michael Morse late Wednesday night lasted just a few hours. By the end of this four-game series, the Giants were left with a harsh reality: Even with two injections of new blood, they are not hitting. Arroyo drove in another run Thursday, but that was it for a lineup that couldn’t support Matt Moore’s effort. The bullpen, which had kept Bruce Bochy’s guys in close games all series, finally broke in the 10th. The Dodgers walked away with a 5-1 win and a split of a series that was rather uninspiring for both sides. After scoring 10 runs on the last road trip, the Giants scored just eight during the four games against the Dodgers.
Note: Welcome to Round 2 coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where we flip the format and get right to the point with eight keys to each series. If the Washington Capitals are going to win the Stanley Cup, as so many pundits have predicted this postseason, then it has to happen like this, right? It has to go through Pittsburgh.
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
Don’t cringe or shake your head or stop reading this story. Not just yet. Give the man a chance. That’s all Ryan Lochte wants as he ambles across the pool deck on a bright Southern California day, looking tanned and relaxed, if a bit weary from his morning workout. “This is definitely a new chapter in my life,” he says. The last chapter didn’t end so well. Not with a disastrous trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where he swam poorly, then triggered a scandal of global proportions with a night of drinking and alleged vandalism, followed by accusations that he lied to Brazilian police. The four-time Olympian known for brash talk and brightly colored hair made headlines for all
Chris Stroud knew something was going on with his ball when he lined up a birdie putt from just off the green at No. 8 Thursday at the Zurich Classic. The ball was on a downslope and appeared to be moving ever so slightly, then it magically rolled onto the green. Stroud made the birdie putt from the new position, and he teamed with Brian Stuard for a 4-under 68.
The fact is that no matter who the Pittsburgh Steelers picked in the first round on Thursday night, they weren’t going to please everyone. So when Wisconsin EDGE T.J. Watt had his name called you can bet that there were mixed reactions. And where is the best place to find those reactions? Why Twitter of course. First, we had T.J. himself sharing his excitement. Then there was big brother J.J. Watt reminding him that the Steelers and Houston Texans will square off on Christmas Day. Some Steelers’ players reached out to welcome the rookie to the team. And finally, we move to the fans. For the most part, they are optimistic and looking at this choice in a positive light. Here are some examples.
LSU announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Adrian Magee had been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. According to The Advocate, Magee is facing a charge of simple burglary, a felony, for an alleged April 1 incident. A police report accuses Magee of stealing a video game console, video games, cash and other items.
Josh Sargent scored a pretty goal as the United States Soccer program had another banner day against Mexico. Nearly two months to the day after the U.S. U-20 side beat Mexico for the first time in 31 years, the U.S. U-17 topped El Tri for the first
Jonathan Allen was the perfect pick for the Redskins, filling a need with a player who clearly was the best on the board. Allen’s slide from a top-five prospect to the middle of the first round is believed to be because of issues with both of his shoulders. During his time at Alabama he suffered labral tears in both of his shoulders that were surgically repaired and he also suffers from mild arthritis in both of them. That apparently scared some teams off but not the Redskins. “We didn't have any concerns,” said coach Jay Gruden. “We talked to Dr. [James] Andrews, he gave thumbs up on him. We feel very good about the injuries.” Then why did a top talent slide all the way back to the Redskins’
Aaron Judge is a baseball-destroying, franchise-altering, giant of a human being. Now it turns out the New York Yankees’ outfielder does a pretty good Derek Jeter impersonation as well. In the third inning of Judge’s first trip to Fenway Park, the rookie somehow tracked down a Xander Bogaerts foul ball, diving into the stands for a truly ridiculous catch.
The St. Louis Blues did their best to make the Internet a better place Wednesday night. P.K. Subban scored the Nashville Predators’ second goal en route to a 4-3 win over St. Louis in Game 1 of the teams’ second-round NHL playoff series, prompting a harmless tweet from the Blues’ Twitter account relaying the information. One Blues fan wasn’t too happy with the situation and voiced his pleasure with an inappropriate response in which referred to Subban as “the f—— black guy.” The Blues could have turned a blind eye, chalking it up to some random idiot spewing racism from behind his keyboard. But instead, the team took a stand and called out the Internet tough guy, much to the delight of other
FWIW: A column on culture from someone who spent – no exaggeration — zero seconds in Blazers locker room or practices this season. Look at Steve, guys, how they were treated when they were here relative to maybe some other experiences they had had in the league.