3:35 p.m. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to hold off the Detroit Lions without one of their top players. Chris Godwin, who went over 1,300 yards receiving for the season Sunday, left the game with a hamstring injury. Godwin had five catches for 121 yards against the Lions before exiting.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 8:50 pm
Travis Kelce made NFL history in Week 15 as he reached 1,000 receiving yards for the fourth straight season. The Kansas City Chiefs tight end made it toÂ the milestone thanks toÂ an 11-yard passÂ from quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the first half of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. A third-round pick by the Chiefs in 2013, Kelce is the first player at his position to achieve four successive 1,000-yard campaigns.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 8:02 pm
This could have been Eli Manning's last game at MetLife Stadium as a member of the New York Giants. If it was, he and Golden Tate left fans with at least one last moment of memorable magic. Down 7-0 in the second quarter of New York's game against the Miami Dolphins, the Giants had first down from their own 49.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 7:05 pm
George Kittle, entering the final season of his four-year rookie contract, is in line for a big payday when he eventually signs a contract extension with the 49ers. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning that "[multiple] sources around the [NFL]" think Kittle, Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (a pending free agent) and Philadelphia Eagles star Zach Ertz (one year, $6.4 million left on his contract) are set to "redefine the value"Â with big paydays this summer. Kittle set the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end last year, and he leads the 49ers with 60 receptions for 754 yards.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 6:12 pm
Only three quarterbacks are averaging more weekly points. Ryan Tannehill, fantasy semifinals QB1: This Is Happening. The ex-Dolphins bust continues to produce big roto days on limited volume.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 4:55 pm
Nick Caserio has served as director of player personnel for the New England Patriots since 2008, but he might have a new title and a new team next season. Caserio's contract expires after the 2019 campaign, and if he's not re-signed by the Patriots, multiple teams reportedly are expected to show interest. NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Sunday morning an update on the contract talks between Caserio and the Patriots.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 4:16 pm
The Cleveland Browns head into Sunday's road game against the Arizona Cardinals with a 6-7 record but trending in the right direction, having won four of five. Despite the disappointment and several avoidable incidents (a certain t-shirt comes to mind), there's a Sunday report that Cleveland brass will stick with rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens for 2020. Kitchens had only eight games' worth of experience as an interim offensive coordinator last season and had never been a head coach at any level before the Browns named him head coach earlier this year.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 4:06 pm
Even in the seasons when the Los Angeles Lakers were struggling, their fans came out in droves when the team visited Atlanta. Often there were enough gold and purple hats and shirts in the crowd to make it seem like a Lakers' home game. Another similar scene could be on display Sunday when the Lakers make their only appearance of the season at Atlanta's State Farm Arena.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 3:55 pm
Peyton Manning set an important record five years and two months ago, when touchdown pass No. 510 put him beyond Brett Favre. Manning retired with 539, and he has not one but two quarterbacks about to pass him by. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has 536; with four today at Cincinnati, the record will be his.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 3:50 pm
div Week 15 is here and with it comes the fantasy football semifinals and a whole lot of tough lineup choices. But don't worry, our â€œFantasy Football Liveâ€� crew has you covered with all the expert advice you'll need to crush your matchup, like whether Patrick Mahomes â€” who has been a monster all fantasy season â€” can deliver in the playoff semifinals. Which other fantasy stars from this season could let folks down when they're needed most?
Posted: December 15, 2019, 3:38 pm
After three straight losses, Dallas desperately needs a win to stay atop the NFC East. Meanwhile, L.A. has surged lately to get back in the wild-card hunt.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 2:20 pm
The Zags (11-1) fought through a tense first half and shut down Arizona during two second-half runs to go up 80-65 with 2:12 left. Arizona (10-2) then went on a 15-2 run. Jemarl Baker scored on a driving layup to pull Arizona within 82-80, but Ryan Woolridge shut out the crowd noise and sealed it by hitting two free throws with 1.7 seconds left.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 2:17 pm
The Trail Blazers have struggled through the early season and a segment of the fan base is always looking to blame someone. What I'm hearing a lot is the idea that the team should have held on to Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu. Kanter and Curry were free agents last summer and it wasn't a matter of the team "letting them go." The Trail Blazers knew they would be priced out of the market for Curry, who had a very good season with Portland.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 1:46 pm
It's the first day that most players who signed this summer are eligible to be traded. NBC Sports Philadelphia's Paul Hudrick and Noah Levick look at six players who might make sense for the Sixers to target. The trade deadline is Feb. 6.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 1:33 pm
After blowing several late leads to lose games, the Chicago Bulls were able to flip the script Saturday night. Zach LaVine scored 31 points and converted a decisive three-point play in the Bulls' 109-106 victory over the short-handed and weary Los Angeles Clippers. Chicago trailed by five points with less than two minutes to go.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 12:55 pm
Terence Crawford started slow Saturday night in his WBO welterweight title fight against heavy underdog Egidijus Kavaliauskas at Madison Square Garden in New York, but he came on strong and scored a ninth-round knockout to keep his 147-pound title. Crawford (36-0, 27 KOs) knocked Kavaliauskas down twice in the ninth. Referee Ricky Gonzalez ended the fight at 44 seconds after Crawford landed a right hook to the head, sending Kavaliauskas to one knee on the heels of a right uppercut and straight right that did the same only seconds earlier.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 8:21 am
The Blessed Era may not have come to an end, but it's at least on pause, as Alexander Volkanovski upset long-reigning featherweight champ Max Holloway at UFC 245Â on Saturday in Las Vegas. Holloway had won 14 consecutive featherweight fights after his loss long ago to Conor McGregor. The only other blip on his radar was a defeat at the hands of Dustin Poirier in a battle for the interim UFC lightweight championship.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 6:28 am
Akiem Hicks has a sack on the first series of the game The Packers have the best pass-blocking unit in football, and Aaron Rodgers is averaging something like three seconds per dropback to throw. Still, there are going to be far more one-on-one matchups on the line because of his return, but I imagine the Packers are still focused on stopping Khalil Mack first and foremost. With so much attention to both edges â€“ because you'll remember Leonard Floyd is basically Khalil Mack against the Packers â€“ Hicks is going to get some single-man looks.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:56 am
The Blackhawks needed something to feel good about going into a Central Division showdown against the reigning Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Well, both the Blackhawks' confidence and belief are starting to run thin after hitting a new low in Saturday's 4-3 loss. For the second time in 10 days, the Blackhawks squandered a three-goal lead in the third period by giving up four unanswered goals in a span of 13:16 to a Blues team that, quite frankly, dominated the entire game.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:51 am
And when the Cleveland Cavaliers made it close in the second quarter, Antetokounmpo streaked down the court, received a feed from Donte DiVincenzo and threw down a one-handed dunk as the Bucks began to pull away. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks went on to beat Cleveland 125-108 Saturday night, their 18th consecutive win. You can try to game plan for Giannis and you can try to game plan for a team like that, but they're very long, they can shoot the ball and they can play inside out,'' Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:32 am
Marlon Moraes maintained his stranglehold as the No. 1 contender in the bantamweight division, taking a split nod over former featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo at UFC 245 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Moraes opened the fight with his blistering speed, immediately going after Aldo with lightning quick punches and kicks. True to form, Aldo never backed down, eventually rocking Moraes late in the round.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:07 am
Jimmy Garoppolo balled out in the 49ers' thrilling 48-46 win over the Saints last Sunday. For the third time this season, Garoppolo threw four touchdown passes in a game. In guiding the 49ers to an NFC-best 11-2 record, Garoppolo has completed 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,245 yards.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 4:33 am
Peter Yan said prior to UFC 245 that he would be happy to send Urijah Faber back into retirement. Faber returned to the Octagon with an impressive win over bantamweight upstart Ricky Simon earlier this year, but it was a much taller order to face the No. 4 ranked Yan. Faber was never out of the fight, but Yan was in control early, getting the better of the â€œCalifornia Kidâ€� on the feet and fighting tough in the clinch, putting his strength and heavy elbows on display.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 4:16 am
As Jusuf Nurkic continues to rehabÂ his left leg, this week, fans have been treated to videos of Nurk working out. Saturday, Nurkic spoke with the media for the first time this season since Blazers Media Day at the end of September. "I'm right where I want to be... Pain-free," Nurkic told reporters.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 4:15 am
The Browns are willing to let linebacker Joe Schobert leave in free agency, having made little effort to extend his contract, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports. Schobert, who made the Pro Bowl in 2017, saw only cursory interest from the Browns about an extension months ago. It was evident then that the Browns weren't interested in re-signing Schobert, per Cabot.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 3:42 am
Even when she's on the road, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu draws a crowd of admirers. Ionescu had 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and No. 3 Oregon rolled past Long Beach State 81-45 on Saturday. Ionescu scored 15 points in the first quarter, going 6 of 7 from the field and 3 of 3 from 3-point range, as the Ducks (8-1) jumped out to a 31-12 lead.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 3:37 am
â€œIt was pretty awesome to play for the greatest player ever,â€� said Matt Kuchar, who earned the final half-point the U.S. needed to win. Tony Finau played well last year in a losing Ryder Cup effort. Matsuyama birdied the ninth hole and was 4 up.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 2:59 am
As Tiger Woods became engulfed in bro-hugs a few yards away in the 17th fairway, Ernie Els sat frozen behind the driver's wheel of his jet-black golf cart. After two decades of beatdowns and blowouts, this was finally an opportunity for the International team to get its fingerprints back on the trophy. This was the long-awaited chance for Els to right the wrongs of his predecessors, capitalize on a true home-course advantage and put years of heartache to bed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 2:22 am
Injuries to Scott Laughton, Tyler Pitlick, a lopsided fight for Joel Farabee and Flyers lose to Wild
With a 4-1 defeat to the Wild, the Flyers have two straight losses and they lost two more players in the process. Alain Vigneault's team stomached a discouraging night Saturday at Xcel Energy Center, suffering consecutive losses in regulation for the first time since Oct. 27-29. The Flyers (17-10-5) have scored just one goal in three of their last four games, resulting in three regulation losses.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 2:02 am
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic, who has jumped into MVP candidacy after winning Rookie of the Year last season, exited early in Saturday's game with an ankle injury. Doncic appeared to turn his ankle on the foot of Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn while driving into the lane. The Mavericks soonÂ announcedÂ that Doncic as questionable to return with a right ankle injury, then laterÂ ruled him outÂ and called the injury an ankle sprain.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 1:57 am
So too have the Arizona Coyotes, who could be a favorite in the sweepstakes. But as far as Boston is concerned, Matt Kalman of WEEI says to pump the brakes: "However, that doesn't mean the Bruins should jump to the front of the line to get him. There are going to be several serious bidders, most in more desperate need of his services than the Bruins, and it is going to cost a mint -- think the haul Ottawa got from Vegas for Mark Stone last season -- to acquire Hall.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 1:04 am
Critical of Akinjo's overall approach to the game, Boeheim attributed his removal from the team to Georgetown's three-game winning streak. "They got rid of a guy that wouldn't pass the ball to anybody and just shot every time. That's why they're good now," Boeheim said referring to Akinjo after his team's loss to Hoyas.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 12:33 am
The 49ers (11-2) say they aren't taking the Atlanta Falcons (4-9) lightly this week, but Las Vegas might be. San Francisco is a massive favorite ahead of Sunday's game at Levi's Stadium, favored by as many as 11 points. It marks the fourth time the 49ers have been double-digit favorites in a game this season, but the NFC West leaders have not covered the spread in any of those prior contests.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 12:14 am
Report: Terrell Suggs pushes for Ravens reunion by threatening to not report if another team claims him
When news broke that the Arizona CardinalsÂ were releasing outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, the speculation was inevitable. Could Suggs reunite with the Baltimore Ravens,Â the best team in the NFLÂ and the home of the first 16 years of his career? It seemed like a match made in heaven, especially considering one of the Ravens' few remaining weaknesses is a pass rush that requires heavy blitzing to regularly get to quarterbacks.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 11:57 pm
To celebrate a game-winning pass break-up against the Buffalo Bills last week, Marcus Peters jumped into the crowd of friendly fans in enemy territory and crushed a beer. The NFL decided it just couldn't let that fun moment happen without a little discipline, and Bud Light recognized the perfect opportunity once Peters was fined $14,037 for â€œunsportsmanlike conduct,â€� according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. #Ravens CB Marcus Peters was fined $14,037 for unsportsmanlike conduct â€” drinking a beer with fans to celebrate his win-sealing pass breakup against the #Bills.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 10:33 pm
With Anthony Rendon officially joining the Angels, the Nationals have a vacancy at third base. Washington hasÂ options to replace Rendon;Â Josh Donaldson is still available in free agency, and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant could potentially be had via trade. The Nationals have reportedly inquired with the Cubs about Bryant, and while they "love" the 27-year-old, their focus is on Donaldson, according toÂ MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 10:17 pm
What are the New York Knicks going to do at the trade deadline? Will the Knicks trade veterans looking for picks and young players to be part of the future? On top of that, the Knicks are starting to get healthy and have won two in a row.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 10:00 pm
The 49ers have established good depth this season and managed to keep rolling despite 15 players going on injured reserve since training camp. The defensive line has been an area of great depth since the additions of Dee Ford in a trade and Nick Bosa in the draft during the offseason,Â but that unit has taken some recent hits. The 49ers have seen their depth at edge rusher diminished with season-ending injuries to Ronald Blair and his replacement, Damontre Moore.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 9:48 pm
The facemask penalty on 49ers tight end George Kittle was costly but perhaps necessary. New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams was one of three players from the game to get fined by the NFL. San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and New Orleans safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson were also fined.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 8:57 pm
D'Angelo Russell is rapidly approaching a date some NBA observers have circled since the Warriors acquired him this summer. Golden State can trade Russell as soon as Sunday, Dec. 15, and the 23-year-old has been the source of trade speculation during his time in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported Wednesday, citing sources that the Minnesota Timberwolves "remain interested in Russell" and that the guard "seems to be realistic in understanding that he may not be long for the Warriors once Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return to full health."
Posted: December 14, 2019, 8:44 pm
NFL free agentÂ Antonio Brown had a rocky 2019, getting sacked by the New England Patriots after accusations of sexual misconduct and later apologizing to fans for "inexcusable" behavior. Earlier this month, the All-Pro wide receiverÂ askedÂ teamsÂ for a chance to continue playing in the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations. The apology didn't include any admission of wrongdoing in allegations from two women who have accused Brown of misconduct, triggering an NFL investigation that has yet to conclude.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 7:54 pm
1. Don't let Aaron Rodgers beat you. There's some truth to the counter-argument, I guess: Rodgers hasn't thrown for more than 243 yards since mid-October, and over the last 2-3 years, his QBR has leveled out well below where it was when he was tearing the souls from every other NFL team's body. It helps when you have Aaron Jones and the 4th-ranked (DVOA) rushing attack, but I just find it hard to believe any Bears fan can look at this game and think they have a better chance to win if they let Rodgers throw the ball 40+ times.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 4:31 pm
A myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd and much more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Observations!
Another myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd, an observation about Duce Staley and lots more in this weekend's edition of Roob's Random Eagles Observations! 1. Dwayne Haskins may develop into a big-time NFL quarterback. This is a quarterback the Eagles need to dominate.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 3:53 pm
Before the Giants released cornerback Janoris Jenkins, he was unapologetic to the point of defiant regarding the use of an offensive term when interacting with a Twitter critic. Now that Jenkins needs one of the other 31 teams to claim his contract on waivers, he's singing a different tune. Appearing on the TMZ Sports TV show, Jenkins tried to erase the perception/reality that he had no qualms about using the word, and that he'd do so again.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 3:17 pm
Boston College made it official on Saturday as it hired Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley as its next football coach. Hafley, 40, revived Ohio State's defense in his first season in Columbus, as the Buckeyes finished No. 2 nationally in total defense a year after they finished No. 72. Hafley was a finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation's top assistant coach this season.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 2:49 pm
PGA Tour should consider handing Patrick Reed 'proper' punishment over rules breach, says Sir Nick Faldo
Sir Nick Faldo believes the PGA Tour should consider issuing Patrick Reed with a â€œproper" punishment for his recent rules breach as the controversial American was caught up in a new row with his caddie banned for an altercation with a spectactor. Following his infraction at the Hero World Challenge - where he was seen improving his lie in a bunker with two practice swings - Reed had attracted the ire of the home crowd at the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, where he has been playing for the US against the Internationals. Reed was being driven in a cart with Kessler Karain, when the bagman, who is also his brother-in-law, jumped off to confront a fan.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 2:38 pm
The war between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball escalated significantly last night, with Minor League Baseball releasing a memo accusing Major League Baseball of â€œrepeatedly and inaccuratelyâ€� describing the former's stance in negotiations and Major League Baseball responding by threatening to cut ties with Minor League Baseball entirely. As you're no doubt aware, negotiations of the next 10-year Professional Baseball Agreement, which governs the relationship between the big leagues and the minors â€” and which is set to expire following the 2020 season â€” have turned acrimonious. Whereas past negotiations have been quick and uncontroversial, this time Major League Baseball presented Minor League Baseball with a plan to essentially contract 42 minor league baseball teams by eliminating their major league affiliation.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 1:26 pm
Doc Rivers says every play was for Paul George and Kawhi Leonard and feelsÂ the star duo "came up big" to makeÂ Los Angeles Clippers history against the Minnesota Timberwolves. George had 46 points and Leonard added 42 as they became the first Clippers team-mates to score over 40 in the same game, helping the team to a 124-117 win in Minneapolis. The Clippers' run of four straight road victories has arrivedÂ at a key time, having previously been 3-6 away from Staples Center.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 12:58 pm
If you think you've ever tanked a job interview, just listen to what Bill Belichick had to say about Rob Gronkowski's first impression with the New England Patriots. The now-retired Patriots great was named to the NFL's 100th anniversary all-time team on Friday, and his coach of nine years was on hand to share memories of one the greatest tight ends to ever play the game. In between the praise for Gronkowski's dominance on the field and his well-known hijinks off it, there was this interesting little story: Belichick's exchange with Rich Eisen: What was everything going on with Gronk from the beginning?
Posted: December 14, 2019, 4:54 am
Carmelo Anthony wants his jersey retired with the Denver Nuggets: â€˜This is where it all startedâ€™
When it's all said and done, Carmelo Anthony knows where he wants his jersey to be retired. â€œThis is where it should be retired, to be honest with you,â€� Anthony said Thursday night after the Portland Trail Blazers 114-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Anthony spent more than seven seasons with the Nuggets at the start of his career, the longest stint of his with any team in the NBA.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 10:54 pm
It's becoming more and more clear that the Cowboys will be looking for a new coach. On Friday, owner and G.M. Jerry Jones dropped a hint regarding the universe of candidates. â€œCollege coaches coming directly into [NFL] head coach have the lowest percentage rate of success as opposed to coming from coordinators,â€� Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 10:19 pm