Everything we think we know about Manny Machado's free agency and the Chicago White Sox pursuit of him just blew up. Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, released a scathing statement Wednesday calling out two national MLB writers by name for spreading what he calls â€œinaccurate and recklessâ€� rumors about Machado's market and the White Sox's level of interest in him. The rumors in question are that the White Sox have an offer of $175 million over seven years on the table for Machado, who is believed to be chasing something more in the neighborhood of $300 million.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 10:27 pm
Well, it sure looks like the Bryce Harper-to-the-Cubs ship has sailed once and for all originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com It sure seems like we can pronounce the Cubs' courtship of Bryce Harper DOA. Though there was never much doubt left after manager Joe Maddon bluntly said it wasn't going to happen, news of the Cubs' disinterest in Harper continues to trickle in: Take every single tweet ever with a grain of salt -- because that's all any of them are worth -- but this seems mighty cut and dry.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 8:43 pm
Josh Reynolds isn't as big of a name as some of his Rams teammates, but he'll have a chance to impact the NFC championship game.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 8:08 pm
On the heels of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi'sÂ epic floor routine at the Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, California, over the weekend, comedian Ali Wong brought her own rendition of the performance to Instagram. The â€œHard Knock Wifeâ€� star shared a hilarious video of herself wearing a long-sleeved shirt and underwear, doing some, uh, gymnastics moves. Wong, a graduate of UCLA herself, explains in the caption that her video is a â€œtributeâ€� to Ohashi.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 7:20 pm
As Tom Brady proved Sunday, the New England Patriots don't live in a bubble. On Wednesday, Kyle Van Noy took a stand against one of Brady's most ardent critics. During an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand," Van Noy commended co-host Scott Zolak for firing back at ESPN's Max Kellerman, who actually said Brady was the worst quarterback left in the playoffs after the AFC Wild Card Round.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 6:18 pm
One of the easiest connections to make is Foles to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have a lot of talent but nothing at quarterback. Then on Wednesday the Jaguars agreed to hire John DeFilippo to be their new offensive coordinator, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Before failing with the Minnesota Vikings last season, DeFilippo became a hot name coaching the Eagles quarterbacks, including Foles, two seasons ago.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:29 pm
With golf's double hit rule changing this year, see if the likes of Dustin Johnson and Tommy Fleetwood can exploit the change.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 2:34 pm
The Sixers beat Minnesota, 149-107, in a historic beatdown. Of course, Butler left the Timberwovles under inauspicious circumstances in late 2018, and the narrative has long been that the 29-year-old star has thought Minnesota's young stars were soft. That included Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, who appear to be doing a sight better now that both Butler and Tom Thibodeau is out of Minneapolis.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 5:30 am
The Golden State Warriors might be dealing with injuries, infighting and way more losses than we're used to this season, but at the end of the day, they're still the Warriors. The Warriors took first place in the Western Conference on Tuesday with a 142-111 show of force against the Denver Nuggets that included a 51-point first quarter, an NBA record in the shot clock era. After falling behind 51-38 through 12 minutes of play, the Nuggets proceeded to (relatively) put the clamps on the Warriors by holding them to 28, 33 and 30 points in the remaining three quarters.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 4:12 am
New Broncos coach Vic Fangio isn't just bringing his defensive philosophies from Chicago. He plucked outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley off the Bears' staff for a similar role in Denver, and then brought secondary coach Ed Donatell over to serve as his defensive coordinator. Donatell has spent the last four seasons as the Bears' defensive backs coach, coinciding with Fangio's stint as Chicago's defensive coordinator before his hiring in Denver last week.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 3:37 am
Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic Has been a professional basketballer since he was 16 years old, first appearing with the top-tier Real Madrid squad in the ACB in 2015. Doncic has been a resident of Spain since he was 13, and as such he has needed to complete specific schooling as required by Spanish law. Nobody told Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant that.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 3:30 am
Cam Newton's season ended with the Carolina Panthers quarterback on the bench with a shoulder injury after a miserable stretch of games. Now, the Panthers' owner seems to think the 29-year-old could use much, much more time off. Principal owner David Tepper spoke with reporters Tuesday about the possibility of Newton resting or undergoing a second shoulder surgery.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 3:19 am
The Los Angeles Lakers are not a good basketball team without LeBron James. This is fairly obvious, and we knew the ultimate test heading into this season would be if James suffered an injury that kept him out for a significant period of time. Of course we have been able to test this theory firsthand this season as LeBron has not played since a 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 2:30 am
Bruce Arians seems to be feeling pretty good lately. He's got a new job coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, being hailed as one of the stronger hires of this year's coaching carousel and he, literally, seems to be feeling good, at least according to his physical. The new Bucs coach revealed that last bit of info during an interview Tuesday on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 12:44 am
Sunday's AFC championship game will showcase a special matchup that features the NFL's past and future: the greatest of all time against the kid. Patriots veteran Tom Brady will head to Kansas City for New England's eighth straight conference title game appearance as the Chiefs host their first AFC championship game with second-year gunslinger Patrick Mahomes leading the way. Brady, 41, and Mahomes, 23, are separated by the largest age gap between two starting quarterbacks in postseason history, but they share common ground in the NFL record books.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 12:04 am
Similar to the AFC, Sunday's NFC championship game will pit a young gun against a savvy veteran under center. Los Angeles Rams third-year quarterback Jared Goff takes his squad to New Orleans with the hope of defeating Saints QB Drew Brees after the 40-year-old helped his team secure the top seed in the NFL playoffs and best odds to win the Super Bowl. Brees and the 24-year-old Goff have an age gap of nearly 16 years, which is the third largest between two quarterbacks in postseason history.
Posted: January 16, 2019, 12:03 am
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss wants to preach patience with her team. Though the Lakers have struggled without LeBron James, Buss could be the reason Luke Walton sticks around to see things through, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. If Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka wanted to get rid of Walton due to the team's recent struggles, Stein says Buss would prevent that from happening: â€œIt is also an open secret in Lakerland that Walton has the strongest possible backing from the owner Jeanie Buss.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 11:54 pm
MLB rumors: Phillies "have visions" of Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel moves originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be big spenders over the MLB offseason with several marquee players hitting the free-agent market. So far, however, the Phillies have not made a major splash, but a couple huge moves could be on the horizon. USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale provided some insight Tuesday with a tweet on the Phillies' current situation.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 11:31 pm
The "NFL Power Rankings" crew debate which teams are likely to compete for the Super Bowl next season in 2019.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 11:12 pm
Check out the Puma shoes DeMarcus Cousins will wear in Warriors debut originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Just before the 2018-19 season started, DeMarcus Cousins left his shoe deal with Nike for a "lucrative multi-year" contract with Puma. But because the Warriors center has yet to play this season, he hasn't had a chance to wear his new kicks in game action. That's set to change on Friday when Cousins is expected to make his long-anticipated Warriors debut against the Clippers in Los Angeles.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 10:06 pm
Oddsmakers post odds for Nick Foles and Antonio Brown's next teams originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com Doug Pederson made it abundantly clear on Tuesday that Carson Wentz would be the quarterback of the Eagles moving forward (see story). Additionally, Nick Foles made it abundantly clear that he wants to be a No. QB going forward (see story).
Posted: January 15, 2019, 9:31 pm
Get ready to hear that phrase you hear every so often whenever the Patriots play one of the best offenses in the league. Never has that phrase been more pertinent than this week as the Patriots prepare to take on the Chiefs, Andy Reid's West Coast system, and likely league MVP Patrick Mahomes. The marriage of Reid and Mahomes, who can take the coach's tried-and-true system and elevate it to new heights with his unique physical gifts and his willingness to create, is a particularly vexing combination.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 8:54 pm
Tom Brady told teammates Chargers "can't stop us" as Patriots dominated originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Los Angeles Chargers had no answers for the New England Patriots offense in the first half of Sunday's AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium, and quarterback Tom Brady was quick to remind his teammates. The Patriots tweeted a behind-the-scenes video Tuesday of players and coaches interacting during Sunday's win, and Brady was seen on the sidelines firing up his teammates to keep attacking. "They can't stop us," Brady said.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 8:14 pm
U-M Opponents in Power Rankings: Michigan State at No. Maryland at No. Villanova at No.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 8:00 pm
Asked why he agreed to a one-year deal with Milwaukee rather than multiyear offers from other teams, catcher Yasmani Grandal gave two simple reasons: the chance to win and family. ''My wife told me: 'You get to have spring training here and be with your kids a little more,''' Grandal said Tuesday, a day after his $18.25 million deal was announced. Grandal's deal includes a $16 million salary this year and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout due Dec. 31.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 7:57 pm
It looks like Gregg Williams will coach with the Jets after all originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com After an interesting 24 hours of speculation, it looks like the Jets will finalize terms with Gregg Williams to be their next defensive coordinator. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the finished contract is near completion and that New York wanted Williams to run their defense all along, regardless of who took the job as head coach. Reports of Williams going to the Jets began as early as last week, but in the last two days, it seemed the contract got held up.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 7:50 pm
Munchak told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the chance to get closer to his daughter's family was the reason he left the Steelers after five years. As my career shows, when I get somewhere, I stay there,'' Munchak said. When this opportunity came up to work in a city with my daughter, her husband, my granddaughter and my other daughter not far away in L.A., that's what we wanted.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 7:27 pm
Bucks owner reveals why Steph Curry-for-Andrew Bogut trade was killed originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Programming note: Watch the Warriors take on the Nuggets tonight at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app. It sounds like Warriors fans should thank the former Milwaukee Bucks medical staff every day.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 6:55 pm
NFL legend wants Patriots-Rams Super Bowl rematch because Pats "cheated us" in 2001 originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI for one of the greatest upsets in NFL championship history, and one legendary Rams player is hoping for a rematch in February. Former Los Angeles Rams running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson was on FOX Sports 1's "Undisputed" on Monday and made his wish for a Super Bowl rematch known. The reason he wants to see this matchup, though, is sure to rile up Patriots fans.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 6:35 pm
When the Bears first congregated at Halas Hall last April 3, nobody really knew what to expect from Nagy's offense - literally. Nagy brought a scheme and language foreign to everyone but backup quarterback Chase Daniel and, to a lesser extent, tight end Trey Burton. "We were just trying to figure out the formations and where to get lined up and who was going to be where," wide receiver Allen Robinson said.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 6:30 pm
Philip Rivers was looking for flags "every other play," says Dont'a Hightower originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers wasn't the main reason why his team got trounced by the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium, but his lackluster performance in the 41-28 loss certainly was a factor. Rivers was ineffective most of the game, especially in the first half when the Pats jumped out to a 35-7 halftime lead. It wasn't until garbage time in the fourth quarter did Rivers and the Chargers passing attack find any sort of consistency.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 6:19 pm
Bears make Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team for 2018 originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com The NFL season honors are starting to roll in for 2018, and the Bears are well represented. They already had five players voted as Pro Bowl starters, and four of those same Bears were recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America on their All-NFL team. Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen marked the most players from any franchise to make this year's team.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 6:09 pm
New Philadelphia Flyers generalÂ manager Chuck Fletcher has some big decisions toÂ make in the coming weeks andÂ months as he tries to get the team out of its current predicament at the bottom of the NHL standings. Before he gets to theÂ major decisions (what to do with Wayne Simmonds? After dealing Jordan Weal to the Arizona Coyotes this past week, Fletcher announced on Tuesday that the team has placed veteran forward Dale Weise on waivers.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 5:45 pm
The former quarterback and current general manager of the Denver Broncos didn't hesitate to admit he was wrong in hiring Vance Joseph as head coach two years ago. Elway spoke to ProFootballTalk's Peter King, who published Elway's comments in his Football Morning in America column, about hiring the recently fired Broncos coach. I talked to [Vance Joseph] before the process a couple of years ago, and knew him, and going in, I had an idea that he was kind of our guy.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 5:43 pm
Chiefs make notable roster move ahead of AFC title game vs. Patriots originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Kansas City Chiefs just cut a guy who played 87.2 percent of their defensive snaps this season. There's context here, of course. CURRAN: Five things to know for Patriots vs. Chiefs The Chiefs announced Tuesday they have waived safety Ron Parker while activating offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 5:27 pm
Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease both rank in top five of MLB Pipeline's list of top right-handed pitching prospects
Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease both rank in top five of MLB Pipeline's list of top right-handed pitching prospects originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com It's that time of year again, when MLB Pipeline goes position-by-position leading up to the unveiling of their preseason top-100 prospects list at the end of the month. Well, once again the White Sox are going to be well represented on the list, landing two guys in the top five of the first position: right-handed pitchers. Michael Kopech is the game's No.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 5:18 pm
NFL Rumors: Colts firing ex-Patriots coach, former Josh McDaniels hire originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Frank Reich's desire for a fresh start has caused him to part ways with one of the Indianapolis Colts' top assistants. The Colts are firing offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday. As Garafolo points out, DeGuglielmo actually was hired by Josh McDaniels, who accepted the Colts' head coach job last February and hired three assistants -- DeGuglielmo, defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and defensive line coach Matt Phair -- before surprisingly backing out to keep his job as the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 4:46 pm
Doug Pederson got emotional giving postgame speech about Eagles family originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com The Eagles' season ended on Sunday down in New Orleans as the team came up short in their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions. But in the face of the season-ending loss, neither the city of Philadelphia nor the players and coaches on the Eagles held their heads down. The 2018 Eagles were a team who always fought hard and supported each other.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 4:28 pm
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems to be intent on giving coach Jason Garrett another contract, and Jones seems to be doing his best to persuade himself and others that a significant demand would exist for Garrett's services. Appearing on 105.3 The Fan, Jones claimed that, if Garrett currently were available, he wouldn't be available for long. â€œIf Jason Garrett had been out onÂ the market twoÂ weeks ago, he would've had fiveÂ offers for head coaching,â€� Jones said.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 4:09 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers still have a chance to hold on to Antonio Brown â€“ at least, according to one oddsmaker. Team president Art Rooney II has made it clear that the team has no intentions of releasing the wide receiver, though a trade (that Brown reportedly requested) is still on the table. Despite this, Bookmaker gives Pittsburgh +600 odds of keeping the superstar athlete on its roster.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 3:45 pm
Last year the Patriots lost a Super Bowl when Tom Brady threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, thanks to the defense failing to stop the Eagles' offense. This season has been different: Tom Brady's stats declined in 2018, but the defense was better. New England improved in defensive DVOA from 31st last season to 16th this season.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 2:30 pm
Serena Williams shuns US Open final talk after first-round win at Australian Open wearing 'Serena-tard'
Serena Williams won her first competitive match since the US Open final â€“ that infamous night in New York when she suffered three code violations â€“ and then made it clear that any discussion of the biggest tennis story of 2018 was completely off the table. In the immediate aftermath of Williams's extraordinary loss to Naomi Osaka, she insisted that she saw her row with chair umpire Carlos Ramos in gender terms. Coming less than a year after the launch of the Me Too movement, Williams's comments sparked a huge, ongoing debate about sexism in tennis.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 2:07 pm
Japan's Naomi Osaka clubbed her way into the Australian Open second round by beating Poland's Magda Linette 6-4 6-2 late on Tuesday. It was Osaka's first Grand Slam match since her breakthrough U.S. Open triumph last year, which was partly overshadowed by a row between her final opponent Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos. Osaka's heavy ball striking makes it very difficult for opponents to trade blows with her.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 1:18 pm
The Bears moved quickly to replace Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator after Fangio left to become the Broncos' head coach last week and they landed an experienced hand in Chuck Pagano. General Manager Ryan Pace said on Monday that Pagano â€œchecks all the boxesâ€� for what the team was looking for in its top defensive coach, although head coach Matt Nagy said that there will be a feeling out process as everyone gets comfortable with the new arrangement. â€œWe're going to start building our relationship day-by-day just like Vic and I did,â€� Nagy said, via the Chicago Sun-Times.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 12:27 pm
Dennis Smith Jr. just does not fit next to Luka Doncic. Dallas' most used and regular starting lineup most of the season â€” Smith, Doncic, Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, and DeAndre Jordan â€” struggle to get buckets, scoring less than a point per possession. Smith showed flashes as a rookie last season with the ball in his hands, and he's still on his rookie contract, which means he has trade value.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 12:20 pm
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sought to clarify Giuseppe Rossi's standing at Manchester United, with a former striker having been welcomed back to Old Trafford. A product of the Red Devils' famed academy system has got tongues wagging since returning to the club which provided him with a professional springboard. Now 31 years of age, and having endured a wretched run of injury problems in recent years, the American-born Italy international finds himself in familiar surroundings.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 12:05 pm
For her first round match at the Australian Open, Serena Williams decided to kick things off at Melbourne Park in style. I'm mainly referring to the fact that she won the match against Germany's Tatjana Maria with a straight set win in 49 minutes, but the fact that Williams debuted yet another statement look for the game was also an extra bonus. Having brought back her signature tutu for a practice session last week (paired with pink sneakers, because of course), the tennis star unveiled a new secret weapon in her sports wardrobe last night-this time ditching the pretty skirt silhouette in favor of a bright turquoise, sleeveless bodysuit, with striped detail down the torso and around the wai...
Posted: January 15, 2019, 11:59 am
Jamie Carragher says those doubting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United impact are talking "absolute nonsense" after Paul Ince suggested "anyone" could have turned the club around. Former United midfielder Ince tempered some of the enthusiasm surrounding the Norwegian's winning as start as Old Trafford interim manager by saying things "couldn't have got any worse" after Jose Mourinho. He claimed he or former United team-mate Steve Bruce would have had similar success following on from the sacked Portuguese.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 11:39 am
On court at the Australian open
Posted: January 15, 2019, 10:06 am
Eugenie Bouchard will make her return to the biggest stage with a second-round date against Serena Williams at the Australian Open. The Canadian, who soared into the top 10 in 2014, dropped as low as 193 in the rankings last season but has worked her way back into double figures and a 6-2 6-1 victory over Peng Shuai earned her a shot at the title favourite. Williams played her first competitive match since her tumultuous defeat by Naomi Osaka in the US Open final in September and was in devastating form, beating neighbour and fellow mother Tatjana Maria 6-0 6-2 in just 49 minutes.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 9:29 am
Australian Open 2019: Serena Williams trying to move on from coaching controversy as she starts in style
The seven-time Australian Open champion was eight weeks pregnant when she won the last of her 23 Grand Slam titles at Melbourne Park and returned to tennis last year after the birth of her daughter in September, 2017. She has kept a low profile in Melbourne and did not appear before the media before the start of the tournament but was enthusiastic to talk about topics more softer, like how her daughter's black doll was named Qai Qai. "Spending a lot of time with my daughter.
Posted: January 15, 2019, 8:35 am