Selection Sunday at Crisler Arena
SOUTHPORT, England — Mark O’Meara, the 1998 British Open winner at Birkdale, struck the first shot of the tournament with his 6:35 a.m. tee time Thursday. And then he proceeded to take 80 more shots from there, finishing with an 11-over-par 81. His nightmarish day began with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole, where he blocked his tee shot out of bounds in the driving rain and howling winds. “My day was toast and most people still hadn’t had their breakfast,” O’Meara said. “I wouldn’t say I was overly nervous. I thought I’d be more nervous. But I was not pleased when I hit that shot. I don’t think anybody would be. “My name is on my golf bag, I’ve won the Open, I’ve won the Masters, I’m in
LeBron James’ future with Cleveland has been thrown further into doubt after the NBA star’s agent reportedly entered talks with the Lakers. James will be able to opt out of his contract with the Cavaliers next summer, and speculation over whether he will choose to exercise that right has grown this summer. He has been linked to the Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and the Lakers, who James’ agent, Rich Paul, reportedly has been speaking with with. Serena Winters, reporter for LakersNation.com, tweeted that Paul had spoken with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka. She wrote : “Rob Pelinka says agent Rich Paul contacted him, noticing how patient the Lakers have been with their cap space: ‘Let’s talk.’”
With some college hockey players, there is going to be a shred of uncertainty with their draft teams about whether or not that player will end up in their organization. Whether it’s Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes or Blake Wheeler, there are more than a handful of examples of prominent college players that ended up eschewing the team that drafted them for free agency once their NCAA careers had finished. It’s a part of the CBA and it will always be a legit worry for players that outperform their draft status while in college, and that’s the way it will continue to be even as most players end up signing with their draft teams as Notre Dame winger Anders Bjork did with the B’s a couple of months ago.
The Cowboys star running back has had a string of off-field incidents in his first year in the NFL. Tony Dorsett, a running back for the Cowboys from 1977-87, advises Elliott to just say no. “It’s like an avalanche,” Dorsett told Newy Scruggs of DFW’s NBC5.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's left-handed catch of a foul ball at a Mets game last night didn't earn him much admiration from the crowd. The Mets were in a 4-0 hole playing the Cardinals on Tuesday when Christie caught the foul ball. It was a pretty solid catch, but that didn't stop Fox Sports announcer Dan McLaughlin, who was calling the game, to poke a little fun at Christie's beach shutdown controversy from earlier this month.
Mike Trout could have been a free agent this winter. Three years ago, he signed a $144.5 million contract extension that will keep him with the Los Angeles Angels through the 2020 season and ensure future generations of Trouts drive only the loveliest flying cars. In doing so, he kept baseball from the frenzy of all free agent frenzies.
Ecstatic to be headed to the New York Yankees, Todd Frazier had an idea something was in the works the minute he learned he was scratched from Tuesday’s game. Frazier stayed in the White Sox dugout for almost the entire 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers save for several trips to the clubhouse. The third baseman said he learned more and more with each trip back. Frazier had heard all of the rumors about where else he might be headed but it wasn’t until shortly after Tuesday’s game concluded that he, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle learned they would be headed to the New York Yankees in a deal that netted the White Sox four players, including highly touted prospect Blake Rutherford and veteran
In his inaugural edition of his new podcast, Redick said that Houston came hard at him and offered more total money in a longer deal. J.J. Redick said on his new podcast that the #rockets offered him more total money than #sixers. Said role in Houston wasn't what he wanted.
Australian surfer Mick Fanning narrowly avoided a shark attack for the second time in three years in South Africa on Wednesday. Fanning, 36, was competing in the quarterfinals of the J-Bay Open in Jeffreys Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape against Brazilian Gabriel Medina when both athletes had to be pulled out of the water. Australian television footage showed the reported 8-10 foot Great White swimming around 600 meters from where Fanning and Medina were surfing.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is slated to retire later this year, but he’s said on multiple occasions that he’ll be back on the track, both for Xfinity races and perhaps for the occasional Daytona 500. Earnhardt is eligible, based on winning the pole at Daytona a few weeks back, but apparently won’t be participating.
BOSTON – Aron Baynes doesn’t have to say a single word when he walks into a room. Standing 6-foot-10, 260-pounds, his mere presence says a lot about his focus when he's on the floor which is to be a physical, tough guy. And Boston’s other addition from Detroit, Marcus Morris? He’s cut from the same cloth which is a good thing for the Celtics who could use a few more bangers in the frontcourt. Baynes is confident that he and Morris will provide Boston with the kind of physical play it needs to build upon the success the team enjoyed last season. “He’s got a great work ethic and I love the way he plays,” said Baynes, referring to Morris. “You know he brings a bit of toughness to it and yeah, I’ve
Creating a list of the greatest hockey players of all-time is an arduous task. When myself, Dave Lozo and Sean McIndoe wrote “The 100 Greatest Players In NHL History (And Other Stuff)” – which is great vacation reading, by the way – establishing the criteria
As much as some fans hoped for a pleasant surprise between the Redskins and Kirk Cousins, for weeks it had become obvious that the quarterback would not be signing a long-term deal with the organization before Monday's deadline. Part of that may have
Riley Curry, the daughter of two-time NBA champ Steph Curry and star of one of the most famous kid postgame press conferences, turned 5 years old on Wednesday. Her mom, Ayesha, shared how they're celebrating on Instagram. There's a beautiful unicorn cake and birthday balloons (that look similar to the ones the Warriors used for their Supper Villains party last year - gold letter balloons for the win). There's also a unicorn bounce house and a tea party area that I'm assuming is unicorn-themed. Plus, there are unicorn horns and unicorn drinks. Additionally, Steph wrote a touching message on Instagram to wish his daughter a Happy Birthday, and it includes the hashtags "unicorn" and "podium game."
Giancarlo Stanton is not a happy camper. The star outfielder vented his frustrations over the Miami Marlins recent play following a 10-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, which dropped them to 1-5 following the All-Star break and 11 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East. To Stanton’s credit he did everything he could to help Miami right the ship.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants had their press conference room closely guarded Wednesday, and for good reason. Inside, a replica throne was waiting for Thursday’s “Game of Thrones” night, and it was waiting for a victorious manager. That set up a potentially awkward situation. Bruce Bochy has done so many morose press conferences this season, but Buster Posey made sure his manager didn’t have to sit on a throne and discuss another loss. Posey’s two-run pinch-hit double with two outs in the eighth gave the Giants a 5-4 win and allowed Bochy to soak in his “Game of Thrones” moment. “Duane Kuiper is the one who got me watching it,” Bochy said, looking comfortable. “The only thing about sitting in this
For completed deals, check our transfers page. Transfer news Chelsea are holding out for £44m for Atletico Madrid target Diego Costa, 28, after agreeing a deal to sign his fellow striker Alvaro Morata, 24, from Real Madrid. (Independent) Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has played down talk of an imminent move for Spain international Costa. (Mirror) Liverpool are ready to bid £70m for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, having had a £66m offer rejected for the 22-year-old Guinea international. (Mirror) West Ham are set to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 29, from Bayer Leverkusen. (Sky Sports) Manchester United are being linked with Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti,
The Allen County (Indiana) Coroner's Office on Thursday identified the body of a man found in the Maumee River on Wednesday as former Buffalo Bills receiver James Hardy. Hardy's cause of death has not yet been determined. He was 31 years old. His body was found lodged in a dam in the river, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department. According to multiple reports, Hardy's mother reported her son was missing on May 30. Hardy, who was from Fort Wayne, played two seasons for the Bills (2008 and '09). The Bills selected Hardy in the second round (41st overall) of the 2008 draft after the receiver compiled 191 receptions for 2,740 yards and 36 touchdowns at Indiana University. The Bills sent their
Oakland Raiders defensive star Khalil Mack is one of the best players in the league, but nationally he gets little to no attention. In a match straight out of Marketing 101, Mack has signed a promotional deal with Mack Trucks. Natural fit: Oakland’s Khalil Mack has a new endorsement deal with Mack Trucks.
With most of the major offseason moves already made in the NBA, it's probably a good time to take stock of whether any team has closed the gap on the rising dynasty in the Bay Area. Golden State is young and talented with most of its core players locked up for the next several years. The Warriors re-signed two-time MVP Steph Curry to a designated player extension worth over $200 million and also brought back NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant on a two-year deal that was about #9 million less than what he was entitled to under the league's collective bargaining agreement. Durant's willingness to give the Warriors a "hometown discount" allowed general manager Bob Myers to also bring back productive vets
VOORHEES, N.J. At the junior level, scoring was second nature to Nicolas Aube-Kubel, like riding a bike after you figure out the balance aspect. Goals came in bunches and points piled up that was his game and it came effortlessly at times, especially over his final two seasons with the QMJHL's Val-d'Or Foreurs, posting back-to-back campaigns of 38 markers and 80-plus assists. "Usually in junior, scoring was always coming naturally to me, having points and goals," he said last week at Flyers development camp.
Each stage of the Tour de France sees four riders awarded a special jersey. Every night, from the back of his van, Fabrice Pierrot prints the right size and color jerseys for the leaders and delivers them before the start of the next race. Photo: George Downs/The Wall Street Journal
BOSTON – There’s little doubt that the summer league star for the Celtics was Jayson Tatum, whose play was good enough to earn him a spot on the NBA Summer League second team. But in watching him in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Tatum showed several facets of his game that have the potential to be on display against what will surely be more talented, stiffer NBA competition. Here are four takeaways from what was a pretty awesome first summer as a professional for Jayson Tatum.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues to make strides in his lengthy recovery from a devastating knee injury sustained during training camp last August. “He’s unbelievable,” Rudolph said from his youth camp, via Tim Yotter of Viking Update. With the way that he works each and every day, I don’t think people realize what it’s like when the end is not near,” Rudolph said Monday. “When you have an injury as devastating and severe as his, you know there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but you know it’s way down the road.