When New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was sidelined with a thumb injury in Week 2, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith — like always — had a take. The Saints are done without Drew Brees. Period,” Smith said at the time on ESPN's “First Take.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 3:15 am
The last time we saw Pete Carroll and Earl Thomas on the same football field, Thomas flipped Carroll the bird. Thomas was being carted off the field last season with a broken leg and delivered the not-so-subtle message to his then-head coach with the Seattle Seahawks that he wasn't pleased with the lack of progress on contract extension talks in light of his season-ending injury. Now with the Baltimore, Thomas made his first appearance in Seattle since changing teams when the Ravens visited the Seahawks on Sunday.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 2:09 am
Malik Beasley is still seeking a bigger contract with the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile, Beasley recently made headlines for something off the court but not having to do with his contract. In a video released by TMZ this week, Beasley was seen on CCTV fighting with NFL free agent safety Su'a Cravens in the lobby of an apartment building.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 2:08 am
While the team was on its bye, Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo was arrested this weekend. Chickillo was charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment in an incident involving his girlfriend, according to WTAE. That the incident involves his girlfriend makes it possible the NFL will put Chickillo on the commissioner's exempt list, as is often the case for players involved in domestic violence cases.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 2:04 am
POLL POINTS Preseason No. teams commonly relinquish the top spot without losing, but the extent of Clemson's fall is unusual. The last preseason No.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 1:46 am
Saturday night's wild ALCS finale will live in the mind of Astros and Yankees fans for a long, long time, but the Astros only have two days to bask in it because they have other business to attend to: the Washington Nationals, who they will host Tuesday evening in Game 1 of the World Series. For the Astros, this year's World Series presents the chance to forge a dynasty. To carry on a journey in which they've risen from a three-time 100-loss club to a three-years-straight 100-win club with not just one, but two World Series titles in the space of those three seasons.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 1:31 am
Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen has likely dealt with comments about his height his entire playing career. With the Bears down by 26 late in the fourth quarter, Cohen caught a short pass from Mitchell Trubisky, and took a huge hit from a defender. After the play, Cohen pounded his chest and appeared to say something to the Saints defenders.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 12:47 am
Eric Cooper, the Major League Baseball umpire who worked the AL Division Series two weeks ago, has died. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday. Cooper died after having a blood clot.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 12:40 am
Nick Young has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and he's not about to change anytime soon. In speaking to Adam Caparell of Complex, Young offered some thoughts on the upcoming NBA season, and as you'd expect, he didn't shy away from hot takes. One of those takes, in particular, concerned the Warriors.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 12:06 am
In prior seasons, the New Orleans Pelicans have tried to do everything they can to surround Anthony Davis with the means to succeed. Particularly when it came to shooting, New Orleans always failed. Ironically enough — and not just because of the assets gained in return from L.A. — the Pelicans have a much better roster these days than the Lakers.
Posted: October 21, 2019, 12:00 am
Three signature fourth-and-1 plays Saturday night led to three different outcomes. Also, Pat Forde gives his four playoff teams at this point in the season
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:55 pm
Last season, Matt Nagy was NFL Coach of the Year and Mitchell Trubisky was in the Pro Bowl. While Trubisky is the one getting booed by Bears fans for every throw he misses and every sack he takes — and on Sunday, there were many chances to boo — nobody in the Bears offense looks good.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:54 pm
The AFC playoff picture was shook up Sunday despite the New England Patriots not playing their Week 7 game until Monday night. The Baltimore Ravens earned an impressive road win over the 5-1 Seattle Seahawks to move up to the No. 3 seed in the conference. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson ran for 116 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:48 pm
Roger Federer will check off another landmark on Monday when he starts his bid for a 10th Basel title by playing the 1,500th match of his career. The 38-year-old begins his bid for his 103rd title against German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. "My preparation had to be a little faster than usual since I have to start Monday," said Federer ahead of the Swiss Indoors tournament, which he first attended as a ballboy.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:46 pm
Keselowski got bottled up on the final restart and fell three positions in the final two laps, effectively going from being in the next round points-wise to being eliminated when he crossed the finish line. I got sandwiched … and just all bad, didn't do a good enough job,” Keselowski said. It is what it is.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:41 pm
The New England Patriots will host the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium in Week 8 as double-digit betting favorites. The Patriots have a 19-game home win streak (including the playoffs), and oddsmakers like the defending Super Bowl champions' chances of extending that impressive run. The early spread for this matchup has the Patriots favored by 10 points.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:31 pm
Dion Waiters' suspension can serve as a message for the Heat, and captain Udonis Haslem hopes the younger players on their team are paying attention. The Miami Heat appear to be tightening the ship, and team captain Udonis Haslem is firmly on board. Haslem, in the wake of Dion Waiters' one-game suspension on Saturday, said the organization is focused on getting Miami's young locker room together and back into a championship mentality ahead of its season opener on Wednesday.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:23 pm
With two practices remaining before opening night on Thursday, the Warriors have yet to identify their regular starting center. "Loon scrimmaged," Kerr said after practice. Asked if Looney, the only big man on the roster with experience as a Warrior, might be the starter Thursday against the Clippers, Kerr did not dismiss the possibility.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:00 pm
The Minnesota Vikings were so confident in Kirk Cousins they called for a deep pass, instead of a more conservative run, to seal a victory against the Detroit Lions. Cousins connected with Stefon Diggs on a 66-yard pass from deep in his territory with two-plus minutes left after matching a career high with four touchdown passes, leading the surging Vikings to a 42-30 win over the slumping Lions. ''That's a play we knew had a chance,'' Cousins said.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 11:00 pm
The Rams were reeling before Jalen Ramsey arrived this week. Now last year's NFC champs have a new swagger, judging by Sunday's rout of the Falcons.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 10:48 pm
This is why Fox hired Rob Gronkowski. The former New England Patriots tight end and current network analyst is known for his lack of filter, and he didn't hold back during Sunday's pregame show when asked about who or what he would compare Bill Belichick to. The Grinch — always trying to take away the fun,” Gronkowski said, referring to the notoriously grumpy Dr. Seuss character.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 10:47 pm
The drama is over and the Kings' roster is now set at 15, along with a pair of two-way players. According to the team, both Tyler Ulis and Hollis Thompson have been waived, bring the team's roster down to the league maximum before the Oct. 21 2 p.m. PST deadline. After a promising start to his career with the Phoenix Suns, Ulis struggled with hip injuries last season and then spent most of training camp on the sidelines with a groin injury.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 10:34 pm
With draft do-over, would Sam Darnold go before Baker Mayfield? Jets face Patriots on Yahoo Sports app
Let's reset the 2018 NFL draft. A couple months ago nobody was asking this question, but it seems relevant today: If the draft was redone, does Baker Mayfield still go before Sam Darnold? Mayfield was the No. 1 pick to the Cleveland Browns.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 10:10 pm
Russell Wilson started the NFL season with six straight games without an interception. Marcus Peters put an emphatic end to the streak on Sunday. Facing third-and-six at the Baltimore 34-yard line late in the second quarter, Wilson floated a ball to wide receiver Jaron Brown down the right sideline in an effort to gain a first down.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 9:57 pm
Whether you're sitting pretty in your Week 7 matchup or trying to overcome a deficit, Liz Loza and Matt Harmon have you covered with some waiver wire suggestions who could strengthen your team going forward. With Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, Parker is sure to be a focal point in the passing game. Fantasy gamers had to suffer through Kerryon Johnson leaving the game vs. the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 9:45 pm
It's clear that 49ers tight end George Kittle really enjoys messing with Jimmy Garoppolo. Whether he's commenting on the quarterback's handsomeness (in a Canadian accent, no less) or explaining why Garoppolo struggled in a training-camp practice against the 49ers' defense, Kittle doesn't take interactions with the signal-caller too seriously. The latest example came Sunday after the 49ers' sloppy 9-0 win over Washington when Kittle video-bombed Garoppolo's on-field interview.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 9:36 pm
Lane Kiffin's displeasure with Conference USA officiating is going to cost him some money. C-USA announced Sunday that Kiffin, in his third season as the head coach at Florida Atlantic, has been fined $5,000 and issued a formal reprimand for violating the conference's sportsmanship policy. Kiffin's violation was this tweet: Yeah, that'll do it.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 9:27 pm
Kyle Shanahan is one of the NFL's premier offensive innovators. But his San Francisco 49ers didn't need a touchdown on Sunday to secure their best start since Joe Montana played quarterback. The 49ers shut down the Redskins in Washington on a wet, muddy field for a 9-0 victory to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 9:15 pm
For all the talk about endless replays, shaky officiating and countless commercial breaks making the NFL an unwatchable product, we just had one of the quickest games in recent league history in Week 7. The San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins didn't extend the misery on a cool, wet day that ended with the Niners running their record to a perfect 6-0 in the 9-0 victory. You can understand why for a game between the surprising 49ers, who traveled three time zones, and the hapless Redskins in their first game after registering their first victory of the season.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 8:56 pm
Antonio Brown was released by two teams in a span of 14 days. While the four-time All-Pro currently remains unsigned, "numerous teams are keeping an eye" on Brown, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday, citing league sources. Per La Canfora, Brown's name has come up in a number of personnel meetings with contending teams needing an upgrade of wide receiver, and Brown could return to the league after the Oct. 29 trade deadline.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 7:27 pm
With the Golden State dynasty a thing of the past now (we think) and with the newly-crowned NBA champion Toronto Raptors already poised to look like the Raptors of old (we know), there's a lot of fluidity and uncertainty about this upcoming NBA season. Predictions about who will be the league's MVP or Most Improved or Coach of the Year, run the gamut right now. But in reality, it's the prop bet-like predictions that we wanna talk about and hear about, right?
Posted: October 20, 2019, 6:27 pm
The New York Knicks will be heading into the next summer looking for superstars. This is much in the vein of the summer of 2019, when New York struck out on several big-name free agents after clearly angling for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving by trading Kristaps Porzingis in January. Of course, both Durant and Irving chose the Brooklyn Nets, and so the Knicks will have to watch their crosstown rivals climb up the ranks in the Eastern Conference.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 6:00 pm
Following a rollercoaster performance on Saturday, the Astros clinched the American League Championship Series with a decisive 6-4 walk-off win against the Yankees, claiming their second AL pennant and earning a well-deserved entrance to the World Series. Both clubs decided to preserve possible Game 7 starters Luis Severino and Gerrit Cole, electing to have a “bullpen day” for a pivotal Game 6. Chad Green took the mound for the Yankees, tossing one inning before handing the ball off to a long line of relievers, while Brad Peacock's rare playoff start was capped at 1 2/3 innings.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 5:58 pm
Curry wore a yellow pair of cheetah-print Curry 7s designed by his oldest daughter, Riley, during Golden State's preseason finale. Steph didn't disappoint in the special shoes, either, scoring 32 points in the Warriors' 124-103 win over the Lakers. The two-time MVP averaged 26.8 points over 24.5 minutes per game while shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 5:29 pm
When the Los Angeles Rams traded for Jalen Ramsey on Tuesday, the star cornerback got to keep his customary No. 20 jersey. Up until the deal, that number had been worn by fellow cornerback Troy Hill, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday that Hill had given it up for $20,000. When asked about giving the number to Ramsey after Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, Hill gave a coy response.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 4:31 pm
Shumpert shot 34.8 percent last season, played in eight of the Rockets' playoff games, and continues to be a respectable role player. The Grizzlies and Bulls are reportedly interested in Shumpert. Jamal Crawford Crawford may be 39 but he can still get some buckets off the bench.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 4:00 pm
After the Browns lost last week to the Seahawks, Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens opted not to discuss officiating. “I got a memo the other day,” Kitchen said. On October 11 (two days before the Seahawks-Browns game), all coaches, General Managers, team presidents, and chiefs executive received a memo from the league.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 3:53 pm
The 49ers have gotten off to a perfect 5-0 start, but they know they have work to do, both on the field and with the roster. As the Oct. 29 NFL trade deadline approaches, San Francisco reportedly has identified wide receiver as an area of need and aggressively is pursuing multiple options, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday, citing league sources. The 49ers' undefeated start, which has come with impressive wins over the Browns and Rams, has been put together on the back of a vaunted defensive line and an efficient run game.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:57 pm
Washington, with that loss, fell to 2-3 in conference play with losses to California and, yes, Stanford. The Cardinal, also 2-3, lost at USC and at home to a pitiful UCLA team. Oregon State had a big win for its program at California and is all alone in second place at 2-2 behind the Ducks, but had a narrow loss to Stanford at home and was blown out 52-7 by Utah.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:47 pm
Mere hours after clinching their second pennant in three years, the Houston Astros were conferred the best World Series odds in over a decade. Westgate deemed the Astros as -220 favorites with Caesars Sportsbook opening at -235. Even at the lower figure, that's largest odds for a favorite since the 2007 Boston Red Sox were -240 favorites over the Colorado Rockies.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:19 pm
Last season, Nick Young was signed by the Nuggets in early December, played just four games for them, and was cut by Denver before the calendar turned to 2019. Young had a couple workouts but also did not find a team willing to sign him this season, either. Is he done as an NBA player?
Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:00 pm
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Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:00 pm
Well, it looks like it may have just gotten harder for the New England Patriots to add a potential impact player at the wide receiver position ahead of the 2019 NFL trade deadline. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cincinnati Bengals aren't expecting wide receiver A.J. Green to return to the field until after the league's Oct. 29 trade deadline. There had been speculation that Green could draw interest from receiver-needy teams across the league. And that would include the Patriots, who were rumored to be interested in him in recent weeks.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 1:48 pm
Luke Rockhold once stood at the pinnacle of mixed martial arts as the UFC middleweight champion. He now says there is the distinct possibility that he might never fight again. Nearly four months removed from his last bout, Rockhold recently told ESPN, "I have no interest in fighting right now," adding the chances of him never fighting again are very good.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 1:28 pm
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt was furious with quarterback Jarrett Guarantano after Guarantano's fourth quarter sneak attempt against Alabama. Trailing 28-13 with less than eight minutes to go in regulation, Tennessee made the decision to go for a touchdown near the Alabama goal line on fourth down. Guarantano took the snap and tried to go up and over the line of scrimmage.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 4:35 am
There are some divisions that look pretty straightforward. Others, like the SEC West, are clearly up for grabs.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 4:00 am
Washington's Chico McClatcher was penalized in the first half vs. Oregon. A trick play that No. 25 Washington ran in the first half against No. 12 Oregon was apparently too tricky. After Oregon took a 7-0 lead, Washington used a bit of deception to return the ensuing kickoff out to midfield.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 9:04 pm
And the Gamecocks fans in attendance were not at all happy about the way the game was officiated. There were some questionable calls in the first half, but the play that really got the fans riled up came early in the third quarter. South Carolina opened the half by taking a 17-10 lead, but Florida promptly responded with a 75-yard touchdown run by Dameon Pierce.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 7:40 pm
Urban Meyer is not one of those coaches. Appearing Friday on Colin Cowherd's radio show, Meyer made it clear that he's interested in the Cowboys job. “That's New York Yankees, that's the Dallas Cowboys,” Meyer initially said regarding the question of whether Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley would or should want the job, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 6:21 pm
The Warriors' regular-season roster is beginning to take shape. Golden State announced on Saturday morning that they waived Andrew Harrison, Kavion Pippen, and Juan Toscano-Anderson. The NBA preseason came to a close Friday night for the Warriors at Chase Center, as they beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 124-103.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 4:40 pm
NBA players and teams have left China, but the back-and-forth between the two sides has not stopped. On Saturday, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV issued a warning to commissioner Adam Silver. According to the South China Morning Post, in a commentary, CCTV said Silver could face “retribution” for defaming China and supporting Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets general manager who tweeted support for the Hong Kong protests and set off an international controversy between the NBA and China.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 2:46 pm