Yahoo Sports' Zach Schwartz breaks down which betting picks he'd make from the NBA matchups on August 2.
Tom Brady received plenty of well wishes on his 43rd birthday, but the best birthday message of all may have come from one of his former opponents. New York Giants legend Michael Strahan wished Brady a happy birthday on Twitter and perfectly trolled the ex-New England Patriots quarterback in the process. Strahan couldn't help but remind Brady of the time the Giants ended the Patriots' run for a perfect 19-0 season in Super Bowl XLII.
When Yoenis Cespedes ghosted the Mets on Sunday as part of his abrupt decision to opt out of the 2020 season, there were two different stories floating around the Mets clubhouse. The first story, according to Brandon Nimmo, details that Cespedes or his agent let the Mets know Sunday morning that he was opting out. The second story mimics that of Mets management; general manager Brodie Van Wagenen did not find out until the eighth inning of Sunday's 4-0 loss to the Braves.
The Boston Red Sox just got swept by their nemesis, but hey, at least they were part of history. The Red Sox fell 9-7 to the Yankees on Sunday night after New York slugger Aaron Judge belted a go-ahead, two run home run off Matt Barnes in the eighth inning. The blast actually was Judge's second of the game and fourth in the three-game Red Sox-Yankees series alone.
The New England Patriots shared 2020 player headshots on Monday, which means we finally got to see what Cam Newton looks like in Pats colors. After nine years of watching Newton in Carolina, that sight will take some getting used to. Newton has been active on social media posting hype videos as well as photos and videos of workouts with his new Pats teammates.
Major League Baseball made it through the first full week of the season. For now, MLB marches on, with players being told to more strictly stick to the health and safety protocols and the commissioner threatening to shut this all down if he doesn't see improvement. Here's where they stand after a strange week and a half ...
San Antonio guard Marco Belinelli didn't play in the Spurs' 108-106 win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon while dealing with a left foot sprain — an injury update coach Gregg Popovich announced before tip-off. Popovich, however, took a long time to make that announcement. Instead of getting straight to the point when asked about Belinelli on Sunday morning, Popovich opted to deliver a powerful statement on racial injustice in the United States — something that has been at the forefront of the NBA restart at Walt Disney World.
The 2020 British Open was canceled altogether, making the 2020 PGA Championship the first major test in a year unlike any other. Brooks Kopeka arrives looking to make history by becoming the first player to win three straight PGA Championships since Walter Hagen won four straight from 1924-27. Newly crowned world No. 1 Justin Thomas, fresh off a victory at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, will try to join Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the only players to win a WGC and PGA Championship in back-to-back weeks.
This was not what Gerrit Cole had in mind for his debut in pinstripes, and yet it was. Cole extended his regular-season streak of victories to 19, leading New York over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 on Monday night for the Yankees' seventh win in a row. With the Yankee Stadium seats empty due to the novel coronavirus, wife Amy watched from home as Cole pitched his home debut for New York.
Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, Heat big Meyers Leonard and Spurs coaches Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon drew plenty of attention for standing during the national anthem while nearly all NBA players, coaches and referees kneeled. Referee Brent Barnaky also stood.
Brooks Koepka attempted to chase down Justin Thomas in the final two holes of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday. After an astounding birdie on No. 17, Koepka lined up an aggressive tee shot on the final hole of the tournament hoping to force a playoff. Koepka wound up finding the water and went on to double-bogey the hole.
TCU's chancellor said football coach Gary Patterson apologized Monday for repeating a racial slur when telling a player to stop using the slur in team meetings. Linebacker Dylan Jordan accused Patterson on Twitter of using the slur during a confrontation at practice. Center Kellton Hollins said on Twitter the team's leadership council discussed the issue with Patterson and told him use of the word wasn't acceptable in any context.
For as much as Bears fans despise Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, it's fair to say he's a smart guy both on and off the field. And when his team traded up to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, he knew the end of his run in Green Bay is coming sooner than maybe anyone would've expected. "You know, based on just the circumstances around everything when you just look at the facts," Rodgers said on the '10 questions with Kyle Brandt' podcast.
Major League Baseball has reportedly canceled next week's “Field of Dreams” game — for which the league built a field in Iowa — according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox were set to play in the first-ever MLB game there Aug. 13. Cardinals-White Sox game at Field of Dreams next Thursday in Dyersville, Iowa cancelled, sources tell The Athletic.
Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead homer, Nick Castellanos also connected and the Cincinnati Reds beat Cleveland 3-2 Monday night as the Indians played again without ill manager Terry Francona. Sonny Gray shook off a tough start to the game to complete six strong innings, and Cincinnati ended a six-game home losing streak against their in-state rival. Votto snapped an 0-for-11 skid when he followed Shogo Akiyama's leadoff single in the sixth with a no-doubt shot off Zach Plesac (0-1).
Two Italian girls whose rooftop tennis video went viral have received a surprise visit from Roger Federer. The video of Vittoria Oliveri and Carola Pessina playing on the rooftops of neighbouring buildings in Finale Ligure during the COVID-19 lockdown garnered over 10 million views. The girls thought they were preparing for another media interview when they were asked about their favourite players.
Remember when the cash-strapped New England Patriots entered the 2020 NFL Draft with a paltry $1.07 million in cap space? It's safe to say they're no longer cash-strapped. Teams are set to gain additional cap space after the NFL management council informed them that signing bonus prorations for players who opted out of the 2020 NFL season will be removed from the team's payroll and toll to 2021 instead, per NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.
It may seem like Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen is the odd man out once again. With Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to be the Dolphins starter and rookie Tua Tagovailoa waiting in the wings, Rosen finds himself in a bit of an odd situation as training camp gets underway. Rosen, the 10th pick in the 2018 draft, was brought to Miami in the 2019 offseason to compete with Fitzpatrick.
He went 1-of-5 Monday, finishing with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. Use him for the defensive stats (rebounds, steals and blocks), and just be grateful whenever he provides double-digit points. Marc Gasol (6/6/1/1 with one 3-pointer) played 22 minutes to Ibaka's 26 at the center position, with Norman Powell played 29 minutes and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 11.
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is jacked—as if that's news to anyone—and he's been rocking a crop top and short shorts at practice to prove it yet again. In a new series of Instagram photos, Edelman gave a peek at his pre-season training for the Patriots, which included a close-up look at his shredded abs, defined quads, and bulging arms for good measure. In his latest photo, Edelman sports a gray crop top, seafoam-hued shorts and white Nikes in the photo series, which shows him grinding hard through his practice workout.
The Minnesota Vikings acquired defensive tackle P.J. Hall from the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2021, fetching a reinforcement for the interior on Monday after the opt out by expected starter Michael Pierce. Hall was a second-round pick in coach Jon Gruden's first draft back with the Raiders in 2018, selected 57th overall out of Sam Houston State. The 6-foot, 305-pound Hall played mostly as a reserve as a rookie and then started 12 games last season but failed to make much of an impact.