Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver and Jason Cole provide their upset picks for the week.
While everyone was rightfully raving about the move by the Houston Rockets to trade for Chris Paul — you have to love a team not cowering from the Warriors but willing to take them on Game of Thrones style — there was one little catch. The trade, as first announced, didn’t pencil out. Because the Rockets were over the cap, this trade needs to be a salary match.
When the Chicago Cubs made their second visit to the White House after winning the 2016 World Series — an “informal get together” with President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon — they were joined, as everyone anticipated, by Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. It says here that Dan Gilbert, who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers, an NBA team, and not the Chicago Cubs, a Major League Baseball club, was not expected to be part of the Cubs’ visit to the White House on Wednesday.
Dmitry Kulikov had a bad season in Buffalo. Not only did the defenseman struggle statistically, finishing minus-26 with just two goals and three assists, he also had trouble staying healthy, appearing in just 47 games for the Sabres. It’s why the Sabres were so happy to get him.
Jimmie Johnson typically does only a few things on Twitter: He talks about NASCAR, shares photos of his family and brilliantly shuts down trolls. But with one simple picture and caption, Johnson posted his thoughts – albeit a little late – on the so-called bathroom debate sparked by North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law, which was repealed in March. Johnson – a North Carolina resident who doesn’t usually get political – tweeted a photo of a bathroom sign that read “ALL GENDER RESTROOM” and said, “What a crazy concept.” As expected, this lit Johnson’s Twitter mentions on fire as people praised and chastised him, adding their own opinions to the mix.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Much of Pat Summitt's life's work as a basketball legend was centered at Thompson-Boling Arena. The court is named after her, and the many great moments she shared with her Lady Vols and Tennessee fans still seem to linger in the air here, such was Summitt's aura. But a whole other part of her legacy is in a brick building 2.6 miles away at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The Pat Summitt Clinic, which opened in January, is a state-of-the-art facility to provide care for Alzheimer's patients. To visit here or donate is akin to joining what will be, in fact, the biggest of all of Pat's teams: Those who fight this disease themselves, those who care for them, and those
The Bruins should not sign Kevin Shattenkirk. They really shouldn’t. Yet they might. Pierre McGuire said on TSN Radio Tuesday that his guess is that Shattenkirk, arguably the best free agent defenseman on the market, will end up in Boston. It is remarkable how universally against a Shattenkirk megadeal B’s fans have seemingly been. A Twitter poll with over 3,600 votes this month had Bruins fans preferring Boston sign 40-year-old Zdeno Chara to a two-year, $8 million extension than the 28-year-old Shattenkirk to a seven-year, $45.5 million deal. That is obviously the correct conclusion, but considering how hard the false “Chara is old and bad” garbage is pushed in this town, it’s telling that
When Taco Charlton got drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, it seemed likely that a Mexican restaurant was going to make a deal with the former University of Michigan defensive end. "We had meetings with a bunch of restaurants that sell tacos and we were looking for a long-term relationship," Charlton's agent, Joel Segal, said. The winner of the sweepstakes to land Charlton was revealed Tuesday, and Taco Bueno prevailed. The 3,000-employee company has more than 180 stores in seven states, but roughly half of those restaurants are within the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. "I actually fell asleep towards the back end of the first round of the draft," Taco Bueno CEO Mike Roper said. "But when I woke up
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A wine industry businessman and financial manager was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday for defrauding millions of dollars from former National Basketball Association star Tim Duncan. Charles Banks, 49, had faced up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in April to one count of wire fraud regarding an investment he urged Duncan to make in a firm called Gameday Entertainment, which Banks headed. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery also ordered Banks pay $7.5 million to Duncan in restitution.
Clinton Portis was a fun guy to be around during his days as a star NFL running back. He had several luxury homes and was always quick to pick up the tab for an expensive meal. And those hilarious costumes he wore and crazy personae he assumed during postgame interviews were classic. But just a year or so after his 2012 retirement, that same guy found himself in his parked car with a loaded gun for several late nights and early mornings in a row, waiting to commit murder. “It wasn’t no ’beat up,’” Portis, 35, said of his malevolent intentions in a Sports Illustrated feature published Wednesday. “It was ‘kill.’” Portis lived a lavish lifestyle during his NFL days, but the former Denver Broncos
For the first time in ages, the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs. Look, one or even a couple of potential free agent signings won’t disqualify the Red Wings from going younger. Daley was mentioned by The Athletic’s Craig Custance, MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, and the Detroit Free-Press’ Helene St. James. Khan and Custance both mention Hainsey and Girardi, too.
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Lexi Thompson comes into the year’s second major with a heavy burden as her mother, Judy, undergoes treatment for uterine cancer. “It has been devastating news to the whole Thompson family,” said agent Bobby Kreusler, who also represents Lexi’s brothers, Curtis and Nicholas. Thompson comes into the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship June 29-July 3 as a heavy favorite, having notched a record-breaking victory at the Kingsmill Championship and a pair of runner-up finishes since that devastating loss at the ANA Inspiration. Last week Thompson was home in Coral Springs, Fla., to hold her mother’s hand as she underwent radiation therapy. It marked the first time she’d been home since
Yesterday, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported 12 teams were in contact with San Jose’s Joe Thorton who, on Saturday, will become an unrestricted free agent. Now, it’s been revealed that one of those teams is also one of San Jose’s biggest rivals — the Los Angeles Kings. Per LA Kings Insider, the Kings have “been in contact” with Thornton, who just wrapped the last of a three-year, $20.25 million deal with a $6.75M average annual cap hit.
(@trailblazers/Twitter) Chris Paul’s trade to the Houston Rockets may have shaken up social media, but the day’s best Twitter reaction had nothing to do with Paul at all. After Portland traded shooting guard Tim Quarterman to the Rockets for cash considerations
BOSTON It doesnt really matter whats holding Hanley Ramirez back: his health, his desire to play through injuries, neither, both. The Red Sox need him to hit better as the designated hitter, or give someone else a chance in his place. From May 27 on, Ramirez is hitting .202 with a .216 on-base percentage and .369 slugging percentage.
Vince Young remains one of the great what-ifs in recent NFL history. Blessed with physical gifts unlike any quarterback in the league, he nonetheless found trouble at every turn in the NFL. • The Titans had a choice of Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler.
The Celtics' two main targets in free agency are expected to be Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. But what if neither signs here . . . or what if the C's have other plans? This week, we'll look at some of 'The Other Guys' who might interest the Celtics: TODAY: Dallas' Nerlens Noel. BOSTON -- When the Celtics had trade talks with Philadelphia last season, it was no secret they had their eyes set on Nerlens Noel. The 23-year-old has shown tremendous potential as an elite, rim-protecting big man. THE OTHER GUYS: POTENTIAL CELTIC FREE-AGENT TARGETS Denver's Danilo Gallinari
Just days after Lonzo Ball went to the Lakers with the No. 2 pick and LaVar Ball proclaimed himself a prophet, the family put itself under the bright lights once again as part of WWE’s ‘RAW.’ And while LaVar’s antics were predictably a mix of outlandish, hilarious and nauseating, it is what his youngest son, LaMelo, said that has created a nightmare for the WWE and put the family in some hot water.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Portugal’s third-place match at the 2017 Confederations Cup this Sunday. Ronaldo, 32, was released from Portugal’s squad late Wednesday after their defeat on penalty kicks to Chile in the Confed Cup semifinals in Russia. The Real Madrid and Portugal superstar will now travel to visit his new twin sons, who were born via a surrogate earlier this month, with Ronaldo set to meet them for the first time after captaining Portugal in Russia over the past few weeks. According to reports from Portuguese TV channel SIC, the surrogate mother was based on the west coast of the U.S. (I can already hear you guys asking ‘does that mean they’re eligible to play for the USMNT?’).
Battle of the Network Stars is back, with MMA champion Ronda Rousey and Super Bowl winner DeMarcus Ware coaching competing teams of celebrities in various athletic events.
A bunch of retired guys played flag football in San Jose last night, in hopes of creating a product someone will watch on television. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Brees is launching a co-ed youth flag football enterprise called the Football ‘N’ America League with an eye toward the future of the game. “I think that this has the opportunity to really save the game of football, honestly,” Brees said. “I think we’re filling a void that is much-needed.
Freddie Freeman tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he’s hoping to be activated from the disabled list on July 9 for the beginning of a series versus the Nationals. At the time he was expected to miss ten weeks, which would’ve put his return date around July 27 or later. Freeman will take live batting practice Wednesday and if that goes well will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
Jonathan Bernier Age: 28 Height: 6-0 Weight: 184 Last team: Anaheim Ducks 2016-17 cap hit: $4.15 million Scouting report After being drafted 11th overall in 2006, Bernier was a highly-touted goaltender coming up in the Los Angeles Kings system and performed well in a backup role for five seasons in L.A. But with Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, Bernier was blocked from getting a viable opportunity to be a No. 1 with the Kings. In June 2013, they shipped him to Toronto. Bernier did not capitalize on his opportunity with the Maple Leafs, however. He never established himself as a high-end starting goalie in three seasons despite a strong first year. In 2013-14, Bernier was 26-19-7 with a 2.68 goals-against
A look at what's happening all around the majors Thursday: KERSHAW DAY The Los Angeles Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound for the finale of their four-game Freeway Series against the rival Angels. Kershaw is 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last 10 starts. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner is 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA in nine career starts against the Angels. He will be opposed by JC Ramirez, who pitched six effective innings in a win at Boston in his previous start on Saturday. SLIDING ROCKIES The Colorado Rockies get a sorely needed day off before beginning a weekend series at surging Arizona. Colorado has dropped a season-high eight in a row, falling off the pace in the loaded NL West. The
USA Gymnastics needs to undergo a “complete culture change” throughout the entire organization to more effectively protect young athletes from sexual predators, according to a damning report released Tuesday. The 144-page report by former federal prosecutor Deborah Daniels suggests that a cultural shift throughout USA Gymnastics is needed following a series of civil lawsuits against the organization and the subsequent arrest of a former doctor who allegedly sexually abused teen gymnasts during their time on the team. Daniels later said the number of sex-abuse victims, already in the hundreds, in fact has been under-reported. “In order to protect the young athletes in its charge, USA Gymnastics needs to undergo a complete cultural change, permeating the entire organization and communicated to the field in all its actions,” the report reads.