Buckeye defense takes a big step back
ORANGE, Calif. — Coach LaVar Ball took it on the chin Saturday. Ball’s AAU basketball team — the Big Ballers, which feature his son LaMelo, a high school star from Chino Hills — lost 109-57 to the Compton Magic. And the Compton Magic did something almost unthinkable — they silenced Ball. Not for long, mind you, but for all to see inside a boisterous Orange Lutheran High School at the Magic Memorial Day Festival in Southern California. When one of the Magic’s players scored on a thunderous dunk to put Compton ahead by 50 points the crowd erupted, and Ball, who’d been talking almost non-stop since tipoff, could only grin. A few minutes later, Ball opened his mouth again and told one of his players,
If Rob Gronkowski looks as good as the reports suggest — and we’re not talking music videos or crashing Sean Spicer’s White House media briefing anymore — then the rest of the league might be in serious trouble. The New England Patriots might be better next season than the one that just won the Super Bowl. “He looks like Gronk,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said, via The Boston Herald, of the tight end’s performance at OTAs.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Walking up the 11th fairway it had already been an eventful day for Jordan Spieth, but even he was surprised by what happened next at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. “He [caddie Michael Greller] didn't tell me at all until we were walking down the 11th and he said, ‘Hey, this is my last hole.’ I was kind of surprised,” Spieth said of his caddie’s decision to seek medical attention for heat exhaustion. Greller was replaced on the bag by Spieth’s physical trainer, Damon Goddard, who joined the group on the eighth tee. Spieth said Greller had told Goddard that he might not be able to caddie the entire round with the heat index soaring to 108 degrees on Saturday. Goddard has caddied
Tomas Rogic celebrates scoring Celtic’s second goal against Aberdeen to go on to win the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland; graduates of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., toss their hats into the air at the conclusion
This year’s NBA playoffs have been horribly lopsided and they lacked drama because we all knew where it was headed: Golden State vs. Cleveland. Not surprisingly, Stephen Curry isn’t a fan of the lack of competition argument, saying it disrespects the Warriors and the Cavaliers. Stephen Curry called people's complaints about parity in the NBA "almost disrespectful" to the teams that made the Finals.
For Bernhard Langer, winning the Senior PGA Championship after several close calls would cap off a decade of dominance on the over-50 circuit. Vijay Singh is playing the event for the first time in his fifth year of eligibility and still wants to compete on the PGA Tour. Singh used his power to move ahead of Langer on Saturday at rain-softened Trump National, but Langer used his guile to stay close, setting up a duel for the title between the Hall of Famers. The 54-year-old Singh made three more birdies on par 5s to shoot a 4-under 67 at President Donald Trump's course on the shores of the Potomac River. He had a 15-under 201 total, playing the par 5s in 10 under. "He played phenomenal," Langer
Errol Spence stopped Kell Brook Saturday in the 11th round to win the IBF welterweight championship. Errol Spence Jr. wasn’t particularly impressed with his performance on Saturday in Sheffield, England, in the biggest match of his career when he challenged Kell Brook for the IBF welterweight championship. The DeSoto, Texas, native, was sensational from start to finish, going to Brook’s hometown of Sheffield, England to take his welterweight title from him with an 11th round knockout before 27,000 fans at Bramall Lane Football Grounds.
Chase Headley’s ineffectiveness at the plate has finally landed him on the bench. Joe Girardi said he intended to sit the third baseman Saturday and Sunday in hopes it would allow him to clear his head and get him to relax. “I just feel like [Headley] is in that situation where he’s frustrated and trying too hard,” Girardi said before the Yankees faced the A’s in The Bronx on Saturday. “So I’ll give him a day or two to work on some things and get back on track.” The move is understandable considering Headley’s lengthy slump. Dating back to his 0-for-7 game against the Cubs on May 7, Headley is 6-for-57 with 21 strikeouts, no walks and just three extra-base hits. In Friday’s loss to Oakland, he
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman took issue with Seth Wickersham’s ESPN The Magazine article regarding the dysfunction in Seattle. “I don’t blame him for having that reaction,” Wickersham said during a Friday visit to PFT Live regarding Bennett. If anything, Wickersham is surprised by the idea that anyone would dispute the idea that there have been problems with the Seahawks.
A fan at Fenway Park escaped injury despite taking a scary fall after failing to corral a foul ball during the Red Sox 3-0 win against Mariners on Friday night. During the third inning, Seattle’s Jean Segura cracked a foul ball deep down the left field line that sailed into the upper deck.
A comment by Kevin Durant should give the Orlando Magic extra motivation when they play the Golden State Warriors next season. Durant invoked the Magic when he explained why his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Warriors last summer should not be blamed for the league’s diminished parity. “Like I'm the reason why [expletive] Orlando couldn't make the playoffs for five, six years in a row?” Durant told USA Today Sports in an article published Friday. “Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they're not that good? I can't play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It's one more team that you probably would've
For one fine trade deadline, it seemed like the Vancouver Canucks and GM Jim Benning saw the light. The Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma reports that Benning threw the word “competitive” around when describing why he wants to re-sign 37-year-old Ryan Miller and why he isn’t looking to trade valued defenseman Chris Tanev and declining blueliner Alex Edler. A competitive team would want him, and if Benning is convinced the Canucks are close to being just that, then it makes sense.
The road back to professional golf will be a long one for Tiger Woods, but he will not be short on support. One of Woods' pals on Tour, Davis Love III, had a similar fusion surgery to repair a disc in his neck years ago, and Love believes Woods can come back from his successfully, according to reporting from Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard. "He's asked about the fusion surgery for years and I told him to talk to Peyton Manning.
Nashville Predators players celebrate after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Monday, May 22, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 6-3 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. It should, perhaps, come as no surprise that the team which has only played 16 games in this postseason as it rumbled to its first-ever Stanley Cup Final should be seen as a favorite. You look at the basic numbers and you say, “Oh yes, this is a dominant team.” Four losses, only three in regulation, out of 16 games is a really good number.
BOSTON -- Prior to this year, the Celtics hadn't been to the Eastern Conference finals since 2012. That trip served as a curtain call of sorts for the last great C's dynasty. But this one, which ended with Cleveland's emphatic 135-102 Game 5 victory Thursday at TD Garden, is very different. MORE CELTICS Stevens: "This pain is part of the path" Bradley the lone bright spot Tommy Heinsohn: Playoffs were a learning process Horford: Not where we need to be but proud of our guys Rather than closing another chapter in the Celtics' longstanding legacy of greatness, it could serve as the beginning of a new narrative in the franchise's steady growth. "For us to be in the Eastern Conference finals
When he learned last November that elite talent Luis Robert could be available by June 15, Marco Paddy didn’t hold back: It was time for the White Sox make their move. Much like with Yoan Moncada before, the team’s international scouting director had an extensive history scouting Robert, who on Saturday signed with the White Sox after he received a $26 million signing bonus. After watching him for five years, Paddy believed in Robert enough to recommend the White Sox pay several severe penalties to sign a player the franchise thinks could be an everyday center fielder with power. By signing Robert, 19, the White Sox must not only pay a luxury tax of almost equal value to the bonus, but they’re also unable to sign any international prospect for more than $300,000 in each of the next two classes.
The Mets have promoted RHP Tyler Pill to the big-league roster and sent RHP Rafael Montero back to Triple-A to Las Vegas, the team announced prior to Friday's game. To make room on the 40-man roster for Pill, who wear No. 56 and be available for Friday's game, RHP Seth Lugo was moved to the 60-Day Disabled List. Pill, who turns 27 on Monday, was 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA in nine combined starts between Triple-A and Double-A this season. He allowed 51 hits, issued 15 walks and struck out 26 batters.RHP Tyler Pill during Mets spring training 2015 (Photo: Adam Rubin, Twitter) Pill, who turns 27 on Monday, is in his fourth consecutive season appearing at the Triple-A level for the Mets. He had a 7.00 ERA
The two-time former NFL coach with a pair of buyouts will be getting paid by a network in 2017. ESPN announced Friday that Kelly has joined the operation as a studio analyst. “I spoke with a lot of people this offseason about different situations for me — in coaching and TV,” Kelly said in a statement, via the Associated Press.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza has not only staked his claim to the most awkward outfield dive in baseball this week, he absolutely owns it. What he lacked in style points, he made up for with a good result. As for Souza, his attempt during Friday’s game against the Twins lacked style points, awareness and ultimately the baseball, as his dive was approximately 20 feet off the mark. But what Souza lacked in those areas, he made up for in humility, which helped him win over everyone at Target Field.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists it was ridiculous to believe that his future depended on the FA Cup final result.
When a young driver makes a big jump to one of IndyCar’s most successful teams, it’s like putting on a new glove. The young Tennessee native has fit into the glove known as Team Penske and made the transition in one of the quickest times ever in the organization’s history. After just five races, Newgarden has already won a race for his new team, is third in the point standings – just two spots behind teammate, series leader and defending 2016 IndyCar champ Simon Pagenaud (one now after Scott Dixon has unofficially taken the points lead with qualifying points) – and has made a very seamless transition to the most successful organization in IndyCar racing.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have dominated the Grand Slams since 2005. The 20-year-old Alexander Zverev beat Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open last Sunday, while the 23-year-old Dominic Thiem also impressed in the tournament, defeating Nadal. ''I think that Rafa is the big favorite,'' Thiem said on Friday.
Kelvin Benjamin is getting the Eddie Lacy treatment. When a football player is overweight, or just seems to be overweight, it usually is met with a freakout on social media. And jokes. Many jokes. It happened to Lacy. Now it’s happening to Benjamin, the