The Detroit Lions hired Dave Fipp has their new special teams coordinator. The Lions announced the move Tuesday night. Fipp held the same position with the Philadelphia Eagles for the past eight seasons, which included the team's first Super Bowl title.
Posted: January 27, 2021, 1:10 am
Schilling says he doesn't want baseball writers to judge him anymore.
Posted: January 27, 2021, 1:00 am
Doc Rivers and the Philadelphia 76ers are now turning their attention to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Posted: January 27, 2021, 12:30 am
TORONTO (AP) -- Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Posted: January 27, 2021, 12:12 am
The Pelicans (5-10, 14th in the Western Conference) are not nearly as good as they hoped to be.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 11:30 pm
Curt Schilling was close. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, less so. The result? For the third time in 25 years, no player was voted into the Hall of Fame.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 11:21 pm
Tom Thibodeau coached Rose in Chicago and signed him in Minnesota. So Thibodeau would probably be in favor of the Knicksâ€™ pursuit.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 10:06 pm
The Los Angeles Rams are openly contemplating the possibility of a near future without quarterback Jared Goff. General manager Les Snead on Tuesday echoed coach Sean McVay's pointed uncertainty last week about the prospects of Goff, the fifth-year starter who led the Rams to the Super Bowl two seasons ago. The former No. 1 overall draft pick's four-year, $134 million contract starts next season, but Goff is coming off a second straight underwhelming campaign at the center of the Rams' offense, which has declined sharply overall since its Super Bowl season.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 10:01 pm
When a football player continues to play football beyond the age of 40, he eventually will be playing with men young enough to be his sons. And so they will begin to defer to him in the same way a son defers to a father. â€œItâ€™s so funny because, you know, heâ€™s 43 years old, [more]
Posted: January 26, 2021, 9:49 pm
The Denver Nuggets made it to the 2020 Western Conference Finals, though the emergence of Michael Porter Jr. raises their ceiling even more.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 9:20 pm
In the offseason, the Knicks did their homework on the point guard situation in New Orleans. But the homework they did at that point wasnâ€™t about Lonzo Ball.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 9:12 pm
We asked around to see what it would take to get Stafford to Indy.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 8:45 pm
The Mets are interested in signing free agent center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Here's the latest...
Posted: January 26, 2021, 8:38 pm
UFC president Dana White thought Alessio Di Chirico was mad after he beat Joaquin Buckley, but that wasn't the case.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 8:00 pm
The Chiefs are 3.5-point favorites over the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at BetMGM.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 7:13 pm
Longtime teammates Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski shared a moment of pure joy after punching their ticket to another Super Bowl.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 7:10 pm
See who ESPN's Mel Kiper sends to the New York Jets at No. 2 overall in his latest 2021 NFL mock draft
Posted: January 26, 2021, 7:06 pm
Mecole Hardman trudged to the sideline as the Bills trotted onto the field, then slumped onto the bench and tossed a huge Kansas City Chiefs coat over his head like a shroud as Buffalo took advantage of his fumbled punt for an easy touchdown. It was an enormous mistake in the opening minutes of the AFC championship game on Sunday, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid could have easily given his young wide receiver the cold shoulder. Reid could have sent someone else back to field punts the rest of the game, or directed plays designed with Hardman in mind to his plethora of other playmakers.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 7:04 pm
John Kavanagh breaks down how Dustin Poirier's leg kicks proved decisive in stopping Conor McGregor.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 7:00 pm
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers raised a few eyebrows after Sunday's loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game when he, unprompted, pondered what his future might hold.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 6:03 pm
Kevin Lamb, a Connecticut resident who vacations in Naples, Florida, made two holes-in-one in the same round.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 5:48 pm
The New York Mets are willing to make free agent pitcher Trevor Bauer one of baseball's highest-paid players, USA Today reported. The annual average salary in the team's offer to the National League Cy Young winner in 2020 would be near what the New York Yankees pay right-hander Gerrit Cole, but the deal would be shorter in length, the report said. The Yankees signed Cole to a nine-year, $324 million deal in free agency on Dec. 11, 2019.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 5:27 pm
James Wiseman took his move to the bench like a professional, and Steph Curry was proud of how the rookie handled Steve Kerr's decision.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 5:10 pm
Andersen, who was fired by Utah State back in November, reportedly refused to be paid the $2.7 million remaining on his deal.Â
Posted: January 26, 2021, 5:05 pm
Nebraska quarterback Luke McCaffrey has officially entered the NCAA transfer portal. The redshirt freshman from Colorado entered the portal on Tuesday, one day after spring semester classes began at UNL. McCaffrey will remain on full scholarship and stipend this semester since the academic term has already begun.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:59 pm
The New England Patriots haven't drafted a quarterback in the first round since Drew Bledsoe went No. 1 overall in 1993, and one veteran expert is projecting that drought to end this year.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:44 pm
Reason for optimism?
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:29 pm
The Colts almost traded for Jimmy G.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:17 pm
Scotty Pippen Jr. gets a personalized critique after each game from people who know him and basketball very well. Yes, Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse and his assistants detail the sophomore guard's performance. Then there's the postgame calls from dad, six-time NBA champ Scottie Pippen who was voted one of the league's 50 greatest players.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:09 pm
Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden claims T.J. Watt skipped his exit interview with the Steelers.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:05 pm
The Detroit Lions have the seventh overall pick. And, over the weekend, their 2021 NFL draft needs seemingly increased at one important position.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 3:36 pm
The Premier League have issued new offside guidance which would have ruled out Manchester Cityâ€™s hugely controversial goal against Aston Villa last week. Villa were furious when midfielder Rodri tracked back from an offside position to tackle Villa defender Tyrone Mings and then set up Bernardo Silva for the crucial opening goal in their eventual 2-0 win. Dean Smith, the Villa manager, was sent to the stands for his angry complaints over what he called a â€œfarcicalâ€� decision while Mings himself took to Twitter and branded the ruling a â€œnonsenseâ€�. He said that he had â€œnever even heard of that ruleâ€�, adding, â€œjust let players stand offside and then run back and tackle you?â€� Urgent talks were held and, while the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL), subsequently defended the original decision, new guidance has been agreed with both the International Football Association Board (Ifab) and Uefa.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 3:20 pm
Adam Ottavino was the headliner of Monday's Red Sox-Yankees trade, but don't sleep on pitching prospect Frank German, writes John Tomase.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 2:32 pm
Tampa Bay's victory in the NFC championship was one for the aged. Outdueling Aaron Rodgers set up the ageless Tom Brady (OK, he's 43) to become the oldest player ever to play in a Super Bowl. Bruce Arians, 68, earned a shot at becoming the oldest head coach ever to win a Super Bowl after he outcoached 40-year-old Matt LaFleur in the Bucs' 31-26 victory at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 2:22 pm
Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios continues to call out Novak Djokovic for what he considers to be behaviour unbecoming of a world No1. In an interview with CNN, Kyrgios drew an unfavourable comparison between Djokovic and the leading exponent of his own favourite sport: basketball. When CNN host Patrick Snell asked Kyrgios how important it was to hold other players â€“ including Djokovic â€“ to account, Kyrgios replied â€œI think it's very important, especially one of the leaders of our sport. He's technically our LeBron James. "He has to set an example for all tennis players out there and set an example for tennis. I think when he was doing some of the things that he was doing during the global pandemic, it just wasn't the right time. "I know everyone makes mistakes. Even some of us go off track sometimes but I think we need to hold each other accountable. I'm not doing any of this stuff for media attention, these are the morals that I've grown up with. I was just trying to do my part." Last year, Kyrgios was highly critical of Djokovicâ€™s involvement with the Adria Tour, which led to the infection of at least four players with Covid. He called it a â€œboneheaded decisionâ€� to stage the event with little regard for social distancing. More recently, Djokovic drew fire from all over Australia last week with a letter to Australian Open organisers asking for the 72 players serving a hard quarantine in Melbourne to be granted improved conditions. Kyrgios led the attack by simply calling him a â€œtoolâ€�. In response to the criticism, Djokovic put out a statement saying he had been â€œmisconstruedâ€� and adding â€œNone of us ever questioned 14 days of quarantine despite what is being said by media outlets.â€� Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal also gave an interview from his base in Adelaide, where he and a handful of other top players will participate in an exhibition on Friday. Those in Adelaide have been granted preferential training conditions and larger entourages than those in Melbourne, sparking much grumbling from the rank and file. But Nadal drew attention to one of lifeâ€™s iron laws: whoever you are, there is always someone both better and worse off. "There has been talk that Adelaide people have better conditions,â€� Nadal told ESPN. â€œbut I have not heard from any Melbourne player that some have much better rooms than others.â€� Nadal also delivered what could be interpreted as a coded dig at Djokovic. "Some need to make public all these things they do for others,â€� he said. â€œSome of us do it in a more private way without having to publicise everything. "The calls we make to help the most disadvantaged players, some of us don't need or want to advertise it."
Posted: January 26, 2021, 1:25 pm
The Super Bowl-bound Chiefs quarterback performed like a leader off the field, boosting Mecole Hardman's spirits after a mistake.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 12:18 pm
Winners Christian Pulisic A teenage Pulisic was promoted to the Borussia Dortmund first team during Thomas Tuchelâ€™s spell as head coach of the German side. The American has struggled to find his best form this season, scoring only two goals and not registering a single assist so far. He will be familiar with Tuchelâ€™s methods. Timo Werner Wernerâ€™s struggles in front of goal have been well-publicised. His collapse in form coincided with Chelseaâ€™s decline this season and Tuchel will be expected to instantly reinvigorate his compatriot. Tuchelâ€™s energetic, high-pressing style should suit Werner, who was used to a similar system at RB Leipzig.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 11:38 am
Tyreek Hill didnâ€™t score any of the Chiefsâ€™ five touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game, but he did have the longest gain of the contest. Hill caught a short pass from Patrick Mahomes in the third quarter and found himself starting to get hemmed in along the right sideline. He cut back across the field, [more]
Posted: January 26, 2021, 11:35 am
At the two-minute warning of Sundayâ€™s NFC Championship Game, the Buccaneers had the lead and the ball, with second-and-1. The Packers made a smart decision: They intentionally jumped offside, figuring itâ€™s easier to stop a team from picking up a first down and running the clock on first-and-10 than on second-and-1. Because it was a [more]
Posted: January 26, 2021, 9:58 am
The brutal reality of Barcelonaâ€™s finances were finally laid bare on Monday with the admission by the club that it has crippling total debts of â‚¬1.173 billion (Â£1.04bn) â€“ suggesting the only way out could be a restructuring of its 122-year-old ownership set-up. As for Lionel Messi, there is no prospect of a new â‚¬100 million-a-year contract (Â£89m) â€“ the salary that the worldâ€™s most celebrated footballer is accustomed to earning at the Nou Camp. Unless the disgruntled Argentine star is prepared to take an enormous pay cut he will inevitably be leaving this summer when his current deal expires. The clubâ€™s financial results, long overdue, were a picture of the situation as of June 30 last year and the reality is that the situation has significantly deteriorated since then. Telegraph Sport has long highlighted the reliance of the two Spanish powers, Barcelona and their rivals Real Madrid, on debt and long-term borrowing and a precarious financial approach to club-building has laid the ground for a catastrophic collapse in the Covid-19 era. Madridâ€™s debt, which includes the â‚¬575 million (Â£511m) bonds to rebuild the Bernabeu Stadium, is also over â‚¬1 billion (Â£890m) and may be much more. The two clubsâ€™ days as predators circling the Premier Leagueâ€™s best players are over and the haste with which they have pursued European super league proposals, led by Real president Florentino PÃ©rez, demonstrates the desperation to show creditors increased future revenue streams. If proposed European super league is such a great idea why are its advocates so secretive? Barcelonaâ€™s situation is so grave that it looks impossible to resolve without some kind of capital injection from a third party. The club is owned by its 150,000 plus members â€“ or socios â€“ which would make this operation problematic. The assets of the club â€“ the Nou Camp, the training ground, the player contracts â€“ belong to the members and any takeover would require them to be bought out. The prevailing wisdom is that these clubs, cultural behemoths in Spain, are too important to be allowed to fail, but the conditions under Covid-19 are unprecedented. The re-signing of Messi, already gravely disillusioned, would now be too great a burden for the club to bear even in spite of the 33-year-oldâ€™s achievements over the last 15 years. His friend and former team-mate Luis Suarez was released last summer simply to take pressure off the wage bill. The Liga salary cap, calculated according to future revenue shows that Barcelonaâ€™s wage paying capability has fallen from â‚¬671.4 million (Â£596.4m) to â‚¬382.7 million (Â£340m). Currently Barcelona have a negative working capital â€“ debts exceeding short term assets â€“ of â‚¬600 million (Â£533m). They owe around â‚¬320 million (Â£284m) to other clubs in transfer fees; bank borrowing of â‚¬280 million (Â£249m); bonds of â‚¬200 million (Â£178m); unpaid wages of â‚¬200 million; suppliers are owed â‚¬84 million (Â£75m); and public administrators â‚¬55 million (Â£49m). Barca have a â‚¬146-million (Â£130m) state-backed credit line which seems to have been used to pay last summerâ€™s wages â€“ the club pay salaries twice yearly in six month tranches. The clubâ€™s problems were severe before the pandemic, with four separate bond issues in 2018 and 2019 to raise funds â€“ all of it borrowed against New York and Hong Kong subsidiary companies and their merchandising company set up to handle their Nike merchandise. The sacking of manager Ernesto Valverde last season, which precipitated a significant public rift between the players, led by Messi, and the then president Josep Maria Bartomeu, cost the club â‚¬10 million (Â£9m) in compensation to their former coach. Barca have already dismissed his successor Quique SetiÃ©n and are refusing to pay his compensation, effectively arguing in a tribunal that he was incapable of doing his job. The club claim to have spent around â‚¬100 million (Â£89m) on the Espai Barca project, the rebuilding of the Nou Camp, although its long-term future looks in considerable doubt given the scope of their debts. There will be presidential elections in March to choose the successor to Bartomeu with former president Joan Laporta the favourite over the other key candidate, Victor Font. The winner will be faced with some testing decisions in order to save the club. Barcelona and Real have always rejected the notion of a rich owner, and are one of only four clubs in Spain, with Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna, to be owned by their members. However, years of financial mismanagement have made them extremely vulnerable to the tumbling revenues of the Covid-19 crisis and there is no benefactor in a position to bail the clubs out. The boards of the four membership-based clubs have successfully lobbied Government to have the law that makes them personal liable for club losses to be struck out. With PÃ©rez at Real and a succession of Barcelona presidents, money has been spent and debt accumulated with a carelessness that would not have been the case had it been their own resources at risk. The Uefa Financial Fair Play regulations that were brought in to curb the billionaire owners of clubs in the Premier League and elsewhere have not, it seemed, been comprehensive enough to save the membership-owned clubs whose model was long held up as the best way of ensuring a stable future.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 9:38 am
â€œIt sucks, but it doesnâ€™t even matter at this point. We lost.â€�
Posted: January 26, 2021, 5:51 am
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sending a message to the team with his post-game comments after Sundayâ€™s loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship. The message likely had multiple tentacles. Hereâ€™s one. Per a league source, Rodgers wants a new contract. Rodgers should want a new contract. He makes $33.5 million per year. Heâ€™s [more]
Posted: January 26, 2021, 4:28 am
Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has already started making some of the tough decisions he believes can help Baltimore negotiate the leap from playoff qualifier to Super Bowl champion. After releasing running back Mark Ingram and quarterback Robert Griffin III last week, DeCosta announced Monday that the Ravens won't re-sign All-Pro long snapper Morgan Cox. The 34-year-old Cox was the initial component of a highly successful placekicking unit that includes holder Sam Koch and second-team All-Pro Justin Tucker, the most accurate field-goal kicker in NFL history.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 9:28 pm
A look at the final rankings.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 8:38 pm
The student wrote about the experience for his paper.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 7:37 pm
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs stayed on the field to watch Chiefs' championship ceremony until his coach pulled him off
The superstar wide receiver looked on from across the field after his Buffalo Bills missed out on their opportunity to go to the Super Bowl.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 7:01 pm
Looks like the Brooklyn Nets want to conduct further business with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 5:34 pm
Just before halftime of Sundayâ€™s AFC Championship Game, Bills quarterback Josh Allen took the snap, rolled to his right, and threw the ball away an instant before stepping out of bounds at the 9-yard line. The officials mistakenly ruled him out of bounds. And then the NFL officiating department made a much bigger mistake. The [more]
Posted: January 25, 2021, 5:13 pm
The greatest football player of all time was actually having a nice, quiet, likeable season in Tampa. But now heâ€™s back in the Super Bowl for the 10th time.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 4:52 pm
There's no love lost for the GOAT.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 3:43 pm
It would make sense in so many ways.
Posted: January 25, 2021, 2:58 pm