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Sekou Smith, beloved NBA analyst and reporter, dead at 48
Beloved NBA reporter and television analyst Sekou Smith died Tuesday, the league announced. He joined Turner Sports in 2009, working as a reporter and an analyst for NBA.com and NBA TV. SPORTS WORLD REMEMBERS KOBE BRYANT ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH"We are all heartbroken over Sekou’s tragic passing," Turner Sports said in a statement. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Sekou has been part of the NBA family for a long time...Just another awful day and we're all so saddened."
Bob Huggins on WVU Mountaineers' celebratory photo: 'These are MY kind of guys!'
Huggins - in his 14th season as WVU's head coach - ranks eighth in wins among coaches at Div. The Bearcats reached the Elite Eight three times under Huggins in the 1990s and the Final Four once (1991-92). Huggins' WVU roster includes three players from Greater Cincinnati: McBride, Silver Grove's Spencer Macke, and Cooper's Sean McNeil. Huggins said in October that McBride has drawn "calls and interest from people at the next level." In November, Huggins thanked former Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman for visiting Morgantown to address Huggins' basketball team.
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton embraces teammates pushing him to play better
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton embraces teammates pushing him to play betterSuns center Deandre Ayton talks about how teammates push him to improve as Phoenix faces Oklahoma City in the first of a back-to-back Wednesday.
Wings' Vladislav Namestnikov: "Stepped up big time"
Wings' Vladislav Namestnikov: "Stepped up big time"Red Wings forward Vlad Namestnikov scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's 2-1 OT loss in Dallas.
Flames visit the Canadiens after Gaudreau's 2-goal game
Calgary Flames (2-2-1, sixth in the North Division) vs. Montreal Canadiens (4-0-2, second in the North Division)Montreal; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Calgary visits the Montreal Canadiens after Johnny Gaudreau scored two goals in the Flames' 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs. Montreal finished 9-13-2 in division play and 14-17-6 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Canadiens scored 208 total goals last season, 33 on power plays and six shorthanded.
Vegas hosts St. Louis after Pacioretty's 3-goal game
St. Louis Blues (4-2-1, second in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-1, first in the West Division)Paradise, Nevada; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Vegas hosts the St. Louis Blues after Max Pacioretty scored three goals in the Golden Knights' 5-4 shootout loss to the Blues. Vegas went 15-6-2 in division action and 22-11-4 at home in the 2019-20 season. The Golden Knights averaged 3.2 goals on 34.5 shots per game last season.
Red Wings take on the Stars on 3-game skid
Red Wings take on the Stars on 3-game skidDetroit Red Wings (2-4-1, seventh in the Central Division) vs. Dallas Stars (3-0-0, second in the Central Division)Dallas; Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Detroit heads into the matchup with Dallas after losing three in a row. Dallas went 37-24-8 overall and 12-9-3 in division action in the 2019-20 season. The Stars averaged 2.6 goals on 30.6 shots per game last season.
Carolina plays Tampa Bay in division battle
Carolina went 38-25-5 overall and 8-12-1 in division play during the 2019-20 season. The Hurricanes scored 217 total goals last season while collecting 380 assists. BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay visits Carolina in a matchup of Central Division teams. Tampa Bay Lightning (3-1-0, fourth in the Central Division) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (2-1-0, eighth in the Central Division)Tampa Bay finished 18-5-1 in division action and 21-11-4 on the road a season ago. The Lightning recorded 414 assists on 243 total goals last season.
Philadelphia visits New Jersey after van Riemsdyk's 2-goal game
Philadelphia Flyers (4-2-1, third in the East Division) vs. New Jersey Devils (3-2-1, fifth in the East Division)Newark, New Jersey; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: The New Jersey Devils host Philadelphia after James van Riemsdyk scored two goals in the Flyers' 5-3 victory over the Devils. New Jersey finished 9-10-2 in division games and 13-11-10 at home during the 2019-20 season. The Devils averaged 2.7 goals on 30.7 shots per game last season.
New York takes on Buffalo on 4-game skid
New York takes on Buffalo on 4-game skidNew York Rangers (1-4-1, eighth in the East Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (3-3-1, sixth in the East Division)Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New York aims to stop its four-game skid when the Rangers take on Buffalo. Buffalo finished 30-31-8 overall and 10-12-2 in division action a season ago. Goalies for the Sabres allowed 2.9 goals on 30.9 shots per game last season.
Toronto puts road win streak on the line against Edmonton
Toronto puts road win streak on the line against EdmontonToronto Maple Leafs (6-2-0, first in the North Division) vs. Edmonton Oilers (3-5-0, fourth in the North Division)Edmonton, Alberta; Thursday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Toronto visits Edmonton trying to extend its three-game road winning streak. Edmonton went 37-25-9 overall and 11-9-4 in division play a season ago. The Oilers were called for 238 penalties last season averaging 3.4 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes per game.
Boston faces Pittsburgh on 3-game win streak
Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1, fourth in the East Division) vs. Boston Bruins (4-1-1, second in the East Division)Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Boston heads into a matchup with Pittsburgh as winners of three games in a row. Boston finished 14-6-3 in division play and 22-4-9 at home in the 2019-20 season. Goalies for the Bruins compiled a .921 save percentage while allowing 2.3 goals on 29.9 shots per game last season.
Minnesota hosts Los Angeles in division battle
Minnesota went 35-27-7 overall and 8-10-1 in division play in the 2019-20 season. The Wild scored 218 total goals last season, 46 on power plays and three shorthanded. Los Angeles Kings (3-2-2, fourth in the West Division) vs. Minnesota Wild (4-3-0, sixth in the West Division)Los Angeles finished 29-35-6 overall and 10-13-1 in division games during the 2019-20 season. The Kings were called for 215 penalties last season averaging 3.1 penalties and 6.8 penalty minutes per game. INJURIES: Wild: Alex Stalock: out (health protocols), Cam Talbot: day to day (lower body).
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
Sloppy could be a synonym for undisciplined, and referees are getting plenty of practice blowing their whistles and putting an arm in the air. Games are averaging more than seven penalties apiece so far, which contributes to New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz's theory that special teams “seem to be the difference-makers every night now.”Some goaltenders are proving to be difference-makers, like the Islanders' Semyon Varlamov, who stopped 81 of the first 82 shots he faced. All divisional play figured to help skaters who only needed to study the 12 to 15 goalies they'd face, but he's benefiting from years of experience in the NHL. “Every time you play the game, the forwards always try to surprise you with a different movement and everybody’s going to try to do different things on the ice,” Varlamov said. San Jose coach Bob Boughner has already noticed a difference
Forget the fancy stuff: How Eddie Jones' advice helped Ben Earl to knuckle down on the basics
The problem for Earl is that Eddie Jones, currently self isolating, is automatically suspicious of anything that goes viral in this day and age. This was the message that Jones bluntly conveyed to Earl in their first meeting before the 2018 tour to South Africa. That’s the way the game is, but at professional level every job is as important as the rest. “Even though it was a long time ago, it is still very vivid in my mind,” Earl said. He didn’t see enough of me doing the hard basics which is required of a Premiership back row never mind an international back row.
Alistair Brownlee aims to go 'Sub-7' in 'Ironman' triathlon
“You’re never going to swim much faster than 45mins whatever you do unless you hold it down a torrent of a river. And then if you do, say, three and a half hours on a bike, that’s basically averaging 51.5kph… Not many grand tour TTTs are that fast. To maintain that pace you are going to need pretty much world class time triallists to do it. Instead he says he is looking for places which are “really really flat” and have the right climate. It’s a fantastic way to talk about triathlon and try to be inspirational and to encourage activity and all those educational bits I mentioned.
Is Burnley vs Aston Villa on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Burnley welcome Aston Villa to Turf Moor in the Premier League this evening as the Clarets look to continue their remarkable uplift in form. The game will come too early for Morgan Sanson, who joins Villa for £15.5m from Marseille. The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning from 5.30pm. Charlie Taylor picked up an injury against Liverpool and is expected to miss out for Burnley. John McGinn is available for Villa after returning from suspension, although Kortney Hause is a doubt.
Is Everton vs Leicester on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Leicester City are looking to cement their position among the Premier League title favourites when they travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton this evening. Here is everything you need to know:When is it and what time is kick-off? The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning at 8pm. Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are in contention to return from injury although Allan, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain absent. Predicted line-upsEverton: Pickford; Holgate, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Gomes; Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison; Calvert-LewinLeicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; PerezOddsEverton - 9/5Draw - 23/10
Everton vs Leicester live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Everton welcome Leicester City to Goodison Park in the Premier League this evening. Meanwhile, Leicester certainly are in contention for another title, with three wins in succession making them one of the favourites. The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning at 8pm. Lucas Digne and Alex Iwobi are in contention to return from injury although Allan, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin remain absent. Predicted line-upsEverton: Pickford; Holgate, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Doucoure, Gomes; Iwobi, Rodriguez, Richarlison; Calvert-LewinLeicester: Schmeichel; Castagne, Fofana, Evans, Justin; Albrighton, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes; PerezOddsEverton - 9/5Draw - 23/10
Burnley vs Aston Villa live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Burnley host Aston Villa in the Premier League this evening as Dean Smith’s side look to maintain their hopes of a European place this season. The game will come too early for Morgan Sanson, who joins Villa for £15.5m from Marseille. Meanwhile, Burnley have enjoyed a brilliant revival of their own, with Sean Dyche once again working wonders despite a limited budget. The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and the BT Sport App, with coverage beginning from 5.30pm. John McGinn is available for Villa after returning from suspension, although Kortney Hause is a doubt.
Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford this evening as the hosts look to regain top spot in the Premier League. Man United enter the fixture with four victories and one draw in their last five outings in the league and buoyed by a fourth-round FA Cup win against rivals Liverpool in their most recent game. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
Is Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Manchester United host Sheffield United this evening as the 20-time English champions set out to go top of the Premier League once again. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?
Manchester United host Sheffield United tonight as the Red Devils seek to go top of the Premier League once again. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
Manchester United vs Sheffield Utd predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture tonight
Manchester United host Sheffield United tonight as the home side look to reclaim top spot in the Premier League. The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Marcus Rashford picked up a knock to his knee against Liverpool last weekend but has been cleared to feature this evening. Predicted line-upsMan United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial; CavaniSheffield United: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, SharpOddsMan United: 1/4Draw: 5/1Sheffield United: 10/1Prediction
Brighton record loss of £67m as coronavirus pandemic hits finances
Brighton have reported a loss of £67.2m for the 2019-20 season, which chairman Tony Bloom described as "one of the most challenging in the club's history". The figure compares to a loss of £21.2m during the previous campaign, while turnover was down to £132.9m from £148m. In a statement, the club said the coronavirus pandemic had affected every aspect of their financial operations. "The budgeted losses were significantly increased by the unexpected drop in turnover, due to the coronavirus pandemic." Bloom paid tribute to the work of club staff in mitigating the impact of the pandemic, and acknowledged it put the financial results into perspective.
Manchester United’s fringe players could depart before January transfer window deadline
Asked about the situation with Williams and Lingard, Solskjaer said: "They're still part of the club, part of the squad, training well. No deal has been struck for any of the players yet going out - still a little period left, of course. "There's been many clubs interested in our players, so let's see what happens. He's just come in, he's going through a good training regime and training programme and he's doing well. It won't be too long, I feel, before I can bring him into the squad."
IOC urges athletes to get vaccinated before Tokyo Games
The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday recommended athletes and officials receive coronavirus vaccinations before traveling for the postponed Tokyo Games, emphasizing the need to protect the health and safety of people in Japan. In a teleconference with national Olympic committees, IOC President Thomas Bach reiterated that vaccinations are part of a “toolbox” of coronavirus countermeasures being devised by the IOC and organizers of both the Tokyo Games and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. While priority should be given to “vulnerable groups, nurses, medical doctors and everyone who is keeping our societies safe,” Olympic participants should seek vaccination once it becomes available to the general public, Bach said. But it also pointed to a recent U.N. resolution stating the importance of Olympic and Paralympic teams in promoting sport as a contributor to health and wellbeing in communities around the world. The IOC has asked all 206 NOCs to determine the vaccination situation in their respective countries and regions, in consultation with local authorities, and report back in early February.
Giants to set up coronavirus testing center in Okinawa
The Yomiuri Giants will set up a coronavirus testing clinic for pro baseball and J. League soccer teams holding preseason camps in Okinawa Prefecture, the Central League club said Wednesday. The Giants are scheduled to open their camp in Okinawa on Monday. Harumi Hoshi, a senior club official, outlined the operations of the clinic in a press conference at the Okinawa prefectural government office. “We will screen athletes and staff for infection and carry out the camp safely,” Hoshi said.
Ilkay Gundogan finds form of his life to turn into Man City’s unlikely talisman
But after half an hour at the Hawthorns, Gundogan was City’s leading marksman in the Premier League. Gundogan has starred in City’s recent run (EPA)He has always had the technical ability and the ball-striking prowess. A player who has suffered from injuries has rediscovered a sharpness, an unselfish team man has revealed a ruthlessness. Gundogan has developed into a talismanic figure, a catalyst in a way he has not been before. Gundogan was in fine form in the second half of the 2018-19 season, but in a team with an aura of invincibility.
What Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo thinks about this Super Bowl
Many in the sports world — media and fans alike — are looking forward to the Super Bowl 2021 matchup between the Buccaneers and the Chiefs which takes place on Feb, 7 in Tampa Bay. “I did not want a Tampa Bay-Kansas City Super Bowl,” Chris “Mad Dog” Russo said on his Sirius XM radio program in a clip taken by @backaftathis. It’s not a knock on Brady because I know how great he is. I know all the great things about him as a performer, as a player, as a competitor. He’s wonderful, he’s great.
‘Sloppy’ hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. The San Jose Sharks have been the NHL’s nomads since they opened training camp in Arizona because of a ban on contact sports by Santa Clara County, California. “We’re staying in 5-star hotels, get to play hockey, so I can’t complain,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said.
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFC championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001.
Could more Hall of Fame shutouts be on the horizon?
The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)It could be a while before the Baseball Writers’ Association of America votes anyone new into the Hall of Fame. Schilling wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year’s ballot. LAST CHANCEBonds and Clemens have one more year on the writers’ ballot, and Schilling does, too, unless the Hall abides by his request for removal.
Trae Young honors Kobe Bryant in win vs. Clippers on anniversary of his death
Plenty around the sports world paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Tuesday, exactly one year after they were killed in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles. Trae Young, even though he had a game to focus on, made sure to honor the former Lakers great, too. Young, late in their 108-99 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, threw up Bryant’s number near half court after sealing the win. Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles that killed Kobe, Gianna and seven others — something that sent shockwaves through the sports world. Trae Young joined countless others in the sports world who honored Kobe and Gianna Bryant on Tuesday.
Report: Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell both expected to play in Super Bowl after missing championship games
Either Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown will secure a Super Bowl ring next Sunday. It marks a height neither managed to reach as members of one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses in Pittsburgh. Le'Veon Bell got his payday and is playing in the Super Bowl -- even if his star is diminished. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)How they got hereThey’ve each taken circuitous paths to reach this point after forcing their Pittsburgh exits. He’s since played a limited role in Kansas City’s loaded offense, tallying 353 yards from scrimmage in nine regular-season games.
Loved by students, scholars and writers for 450 years, Oxford pub succumbs to COVID
By Gerhard Mey and Eddie KeoghOXFORD, England (Reuters) - A historic pub in the centre of Oxford that has served students, scholars and literary greats for over 450 years is to shut down, a cultural casualty of the COVID pandemic. The Lamb and Flag, once frequented by the likes of "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. It is owned by St John's College, one of 45 colleges and private halls that make up the University of Oxford. Since 1997, St John's College has used profits generated by the pub to fund scholarships for graduate students. (Reporting by Gerhard Mey and Eddie Keogh in Oxford, Estelle Shirbon in London; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
Report: New Orleans Pelicans receiving calls on Lonzo Ball, open to trade
After a slow start to the season, the New Orleans Pelicans have been receiving trade calls on Lonzo Ball and appear open to a trade, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports. Along with Ball, JJ Redick appears to also be a possible trade candidate. A team that is expected to be prominent in the trade market picture, rival teams expect: The New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to the season, the Pelicans and Ball did not come to an agreement on an extension, leaving Ball set for restricted free agency in the upcoming off-season. Any team trading for Ball would be set to offer Ball a likely pay raise in the coming months.
Five trades the New Orleans Pelicans can make with Lonzo Ball
On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly listening to offers on guard Lonzo Ball. Set for restricted free agency this off-season after not agreeing to an extension before this season, Ball has struggled early on in the year. Here’s a look at five trades the Pelicans could make with Ball before the trade deadline. Nailing down what is considered fair value for Ball is going to be difficult because it depends on how both the Pelicans and the other team in the trade value Ball. If the Pelicans believe that is real, he could provide actual value to a Pelicans team lacking consistent outside shooting.
Miss Universe winner: We should be teaching young girls to ‘take up space’
Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa capped off her win at the annual Miss Universe competition with a passionate defense of women and girls, who should be taught that their leadership is valuable, she said. The pageant, hosted by Steve Harvey, ended with a final word from the top-3 finalists. He asked the women what the world should teach and say to girls. The finalists from Mexico and Puerto Rico gave answers about the danger of social media, and the value women and girls should place on their individuality, prompting vigorous applause from the audience at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.
Access Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson working with second team
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team during training camp, though coach Mike Zimmer has noticed improvement from the 2013 first-round pick. Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has worked with the second team during training camp, though coach Mike Zimmer has noticed improvement from the 2013 first-round pick.
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. “It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,” Bowness said. Teams are shuffling their lineups more, losing the kind of chemistry that usually builds up through training camp and into the season. “We're staying in 5-star hotels, get to play hockey, so I can't complain,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. ___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay's Tom Brady and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001. The first Super Bowl matchup of former league MVPs came in the 1976 season when Oakland's Ken Stabler (1974 winner) beat Minnesota's Fran Tarkenton (1975 winner). Every title since then was clinched on the road or in a neutral site at the Super Bowl or in a coronavirus bubble.
Reactions: Free-agent shortstops Marcus Semien, Andrelton Simmons sign Tuesday
Will the Cincinnati Reds sign one of the top free-agent shortstops of this offseason? Marcus Semien and Andrelton Simmons are no longer available after Semien signed Tuesday with the Toronto Blue Jays and Simmons signed with the Minnesota Twins. Didi Gregorius, who made his big-league debut with the Reds in 2012, remains unsigned. Gregorius, who turns 31 next month, hit .284 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs with an OPS of .827 last season for the Phillies after spending the previous five seasons with the New York Yankees. Social media reactions to Tuesday's free-agent shortstop activity:Freddy Galvis, who hit .220 with seven homers and 16 RBIs with an OPS of .712 in 2020 for the Reds, signed with the Baltimore Orioles.
Oregon State at USC tops the week in Pac-12 hoops
Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball:GAME OF THE WEEK: Oregon State at Southern California, Thursday. What would have been the marquee game of the week, Oregon at No. The Trojans, coming off an eight-point win over Stanford, are 1.5 games behind UCLA for the Pac-12 lead at 6-2. LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona State, one of the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12, is looking to get back on track this week against Stanford and Cal. ... Washington and Washington State have struggled in conference play, but the Apple Cup rivalry usually has some fun games.
Could more Hall of Fame shutouts be on the horizon?
Could more Hall of Fame shutouts be on the horizon? It could be a while before the Baseball Writers' Association of America votes anyone new into the Hall of Fame. Curt Schilling received the most support, but the former pitcher was selected on 71.1% of the ballots, falling 16 votes short of the 75% needed for induction. But there are signs that the 2021 shutout could be repeated next year — and perhaps the year after that as well. He's turned off voters with his behavior in recent years, including social media posts about Muslim extremists, transgender people and journalists.
Brady charting new course with Indianapolis offense in flux
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marcus Brady takes over an Indianapolis Colts offense in flux. Quarterback Philip Rivers and longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo have retired. Instead of fretting, Brady is digging deep, working hard and adapting to the new reality. “Obviously, quarterback is a very important position, left tackle is a very important position so we have to address those issues. (Coach) Frank (Reich) and I will put our heads together as an entire group and staff and put the best roster out there.”
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL seasonWith an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. “It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,” Bowness said. “And that’s to be expected.”Sloppy is the term being used all over the league to describe play in the first two weeks of the season. After no exhibition games — and no action at all for seven teams in the past 10 months — there have been plenty of odd-man rushes and mistakes, with six goals a game being scored on average. Only strong goaltending has kept it from looking like the high-scoring, wide-open 1980s.
Morning roundup: Phillies, Realmuto agree on new deal
The former Carl Albert High School star gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. He gets $23,875,000 in each of the final four years. His average annual salary of $23.1 million will become the highest for a catcher, topping the $23 million Joe Mauer averaged in a $184 million, eight-year deal with the Minnesota Twins that covered 2011-18. Realmuto made his second NL All-Star team with the Phillies in 2019 and earned a Gold Glove. He had career-highs in homers (25), RBIs (83) and slugging percentage (.493) that season.
NBA notebook: LeVert undergoes surgery to treat cancerous growth on kidney
Pacers' LeVert undergoes surgery to treat cancerous growth on kidneyIndiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney. Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said the 26-year-old LeVert is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said no additional treatment is needed. Doctors found the small mass during a routine, post-trade physical and immediately conducted additional tests. LeVert was part of the blockbuster deal that sent James Harden from Houston to Brooklyn then was dealt by the Rockets to Indiana for Victor Oladipo.
Super matchup between QBs Mahomes, Brady for NFL title
There has never been a Super Bowl matchup of accomplished quarterbacks quite like the one coming up next week between Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes. This will be the sixth Super Bowl matchup between former AP NFL MVPs, the second between former Super Bowl MVP winning quarterbacks and the first between players who had previously won both awards. Brady has won a record six Super Bowl titles, four Super MVPs and three league MVP awards since becoming starter in New England in 2001. Mahomes is just getting started in his career and already has one league MVP and one Super Bowl MVP to his credit and is back in the title game for the second time.
The making of Thomas Tuchel: How injury, study and unorthodox methods forged Chelsea's new coach
It is a memory that still provokes a smile from Thomas Tuchel’s teacher at the Simpert-Kraemer high school in his home town of Krumbach. Tuchel was studying for the German equivalent of his A-Level in physical education but the rest of the class had decided to head for the pub. It was Tuchel and he wanted to know if Komm could instead get some footballs out for him to practice with. “Every other student was drinking a beer at the pub – and he was running around the pitch with a ball,” says Komm. He wanted to go down his own path.”Such drive made him an invaluable part of the school football, handball and volleyball teams.
Mesut Ozil: Good but never an Arsenal great and the wrong man at a career-defining moment for Wenger
Yet after almost a decade without a trophy, and the traumatic departures of Cesc Fabregas and then Robin van Persie, what Arsenal actually most needed was as much psychological as technical. You could sense all this even from the distance of a media mixed zone. Yes, Arsenal had some impressive characters in the squad - people like Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott were model pros - but who was really guiding the dressing-room? The team needed a new engine who could galvanise and inspire what were some decent exterior parts. And so, yes, Ozil leaves some wonderful moments and a decent highlights reel but also the memory of that ludicrously bumper £350,000 weekly contract that would peter out so embarrassingly.
How Leicester turned the Premier League's 'big six' into a 'big seven'
As a result of such high-quality signings, Leicester’s recruitment, and the analysis and preparation behind it, is the envy of clubs across Europe. Ben Chilwell was pursued over two seasons by Chelsea and Manchester City, so Leicester acted by bringing in Justin and Castagne. There was also a pivotal moment in Leicester’s future on Christmas Eve, when the club moved into their stunning £100m training ground near Seagrave. Leicester are a club making 100 per cent use of their resources, and there is excitement over what the future holds. It may never become the ‘big seven’, but as we all discovered five years ago, it is always foolish to write Leicester off.
Outdoor chess and fewer trips home: Inside England's Six Nations bubble
Blankets, firepits and an outdoor chessboard may not be the first things that come to mind for an England squad preparing for the Guinness Six Nations Championship, but then these are extraordinary times. The biosecure bubble awaiting the England players when they meet up at St George’s Park on Wednesday will be an even stricter regime than they faced during the Autumn Nations Cup. While the safety of the players and families are paramount, the Six Nations Championship is also on the line. The implications for the 28 players who are arriving in camp at midday on Wednesday will become immediately apparent. This might not be such an issue in early autumn, but the current freezing conditions are throwing up unique challenges.
No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in U.S.
Curt Schilling was shut out on Tuesday, falling 16 votes shy of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Schilling fell 20 votes shy of induction in 2020, when he received 70% of the vote. Schilling wasn’t alone, as no players earned induction for first time since 2013 and the ninth time overall. Schilling was a six-time All-Star who was 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA, 3,116 strikeouts, 83 complete games and 20 shutouts in 20 seasons. Schilling won over 20 games in each of those three seasons, including a career-best 23 for the Diamondbacks in 2002.
NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies at 48 due to COVID-19
Sekou Smith, a longtime NBA reporter and television analyst, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," Silver said in a statement. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith, and I am just devastated," Kerr said. Man today just got a little heavier... my condolences to Sekou's wife, family, friends, and extended NBA family. ??? — Chris Paul (@CP3) January 27, 2021I've never had anything but positive interactions and conversations with Sekou Smith.
Celebrate Your Booty Gains With Leggings That Highlight Your Assets . . . Er, Hard Work
Today more than ever, women are owning their space in the gym and celebrating all the curves on their bodies (and not just with leggings). Booty gains are the name of the game as of late, and we couldn't be prouder of the shift in mindset. No matter what's going on with the weather, we're never abandoning the trusted piece of workout gear. Think seamless pairs, strategic colorblocking, and compression fabric you're actually going to want to wear. Whether you are an indoor cycling queen or prefer to flow it out, there's a pair made to move with you.
ICC introduces new 'Player of the Month' awards to recognise best performances all year
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced the ICC Player of the Month awards, to recognize best performances of cricket players, both male and female, across all forms of international cricket throughout the year. Both these entities will vote for the ICC Men's Player of the Month and ICC Women's Player of the Month. ICC announces ‘Player of the Month’ awards ?Fans can have their say, alongside an expert panel! ICC said that three players will be selected for each of the categories by the ICC Awards Nominations Committee based on their on-field performances and overall achievements during the period of that month. These players will then receive voting from the independent ICC Voting Academy and fans around the world.
Biden Plans To Purchase 200 Million More Vaccine Doses To Be Delivered Over The Summer
The president also announced a plan to give states at least 10 million doses of vaccines a week, up from 8.6 million, for the next three weeks. Purchase of the additional doses — 100 million from Pfizer and 100 million from Moderna — will bring total assured purchases of authorized doses to 600 million. If authorized by the FDA in February, its one-dose vaccine would also significantly increase the supply in the US, with the company projecting 100 million doses available by June. "100 million shots in 100 days is not the end point — it’s just the start," Biden said on Tuesday. The way we do that is to get more people vaccinated, which means we have to be ready after we hit the goal of 100 million shots in 100 days."
John Wall propels Rockets past Wizards, his former team
HOUSTON — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston’s John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night’s game against his former team. Wall scored 24 points to help Houston to a 107-88 victory over Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards. John Wall goes up for a layup during the Rockets’ 107-88 victory over the Wizards. He added that he’s tired of talking about his former team and doesn’t want to discuss the Wizards again until that game on Feb. 15. Westbrook, who spent one season in Houston, had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
We’re about to learn a little more about these Knicks
The Knicks have already survived one slippery slope. Then the Knicks went into Boston and stunned the Celtics. In reality it is the inevitable rhythm of a season in which so little was expected, so little anticipated. We learn something new about the Knicks, it seems, with every game, with every homestand, with every road trip, with every winning streak, with every losing skid. In many ways, they represent something of a blueprint for the Knicks, a team that has steadily grown into a Western Conference power by utilizing a basketball plan as old as the pick-and-roll: smart drafting, smart dealing, smart signings, smart coaching.
Report: Pelicans and Warriors have discussed potential trade involving Kelly Oubre Jr.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans have discussed a potential deal that involves Kelly Oubre Jr. In November, Oubre Jr. was traded to the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder for a pair of 2021 draft picks. Prior to landing in the Bay Area, Oubre Jr. spent the 2019-20 season with the Phoenix Suns. Oubre Jr. was included in a trade package to the Thunder for veteran point guard Chris Paul. Via @anthonyVslater on Twitter:"The Warriors and Pelicans discussed a potential deal involving Kelly Oubre Jr., sources said.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have one more chance after falling short of Hall of Fame again
The most interesting question on the Hall of Fame the past nine years has been the same: Will Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens get in? Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens now have one more chance to get voted into Cooperstown. (Getty Images)What’s next for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens? They were the toughest cases yet as Hall of Fame voters tried to figure out what to do about the steroid era. In a way, the stars of the steroid era need Bonds and Clemens to break through for their Hall of Fame hopes to ever be realized.
If Michael Porter Jr. keeps playing like this, the NBA is in trouble
The Denver Nuggets made it to the 2020 Western Conference Finals, yet the emergence of Michael Porter Jr. raises their ceiling even more. Even though it is still a limited sample size, Porter has averaged 1.32 points per possession so far this season. Story continuesMichael Porter Jr. drills a dagger corner 3. He connected on 0.7 corner three-pointers per 36 minutes last season, shooting 43.6 percent from that area of the floor. Michael Porter Jr. is back.
Rams assistant Shane Waldron leaving to join Seahawks as offensive coordinator
Shane Waldron, a Rams assistant for the last four seasons, will leave to join the Seattle Seahawks as offensive coordinator, people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday. Waldron was the Rams’ pass game coordinator the last three seasons. Inside linebackers coach Joe Barry joined Staley’s staff as linebackers coach and defensive pass game coordinator. Cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant joined the Detroit Lions staff as defensive backs coach and defensive pass game coordinator. Liam Coen, assistant quarterbacks coach, was hired by the University of Kentucky as offensive coordinator.
Defenseman Mark Pysyk shows off hybrid skill set, shifts to forward in Stars’ win over Red Wings
Defenseman Mark Pysyk moved to forward against the Red Wings when Roope Hintz was ruled out with a lower-body injury. “He did the job that we needed him to do.”Pysyk played right wing on a line with left wing Nick Caamano and center Rhett Gardner and earned 8:33 of ice time. Pysyk said he found out when he arrived at the American Airlines Center on Tuesday night that he would be playing forward instead of defense. “They’ve been playing forward,” Pysyk laughed, “for a lot longer than me. So Hanley entered the lineup instead of Harley, and Pysyk shifted to forward instead of another forward.
Jason Dickinson’s game-winner set up by John Klingberg’s nasty toe drag was a thing of beauty for the Stars
The Stars’ overtime game-winner was a beauty from Jason Dickinson and John Klingberg. Klingberg executed a nasty toe drag before losing possession momentarily, and then finding Dickinson open in the slot. I’m lucky I have guys out there that are protecting my back.”It was Dickinson’s third overtime goal of his career. Dallas has 12 goals: nine on the power play, one shorthanded, one in overtime and one at 5 on 5. — Only Joe Pavelski (20:20) played more among Stars forwards than Ty Dellandrea’s 18:53 on Tuesday, yet another sign of the trust he’s gained among Stars coaches.
Kelly McCrimmon gets different view of game with Golden Knights
Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat for the Golden Knights and assumed head coaching duties in a 5-4 shootout loss to St. Louis on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoSilver Knights head coach Manny Viveiros, center left, and Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon look on from the Golden Knights bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat and assumed head coaching duties in a game the Knights would drop 5-4 in a shootout. I can’t be certain, but I wouldn’t put it past much of anything that few Golden Knights players knew much about them before Tuesday. Different views“It’s different watching from the bench,” McCrimmon said.
Knicks find fatigue at end of long road trip
The Knicks made the last stop on their seven-day, four-city trip Tuesday with a 108-94 loss in Utah and before they even took the court, Austin Rivers acknowledged that they were tired. "Oh, we’re definitely tired," said Rivers, who shot 10-for-10 in the first half Tuesday but was scoreless (0-for-4) in the second half, when the Knicks were outscored 62-35. I don’t know how a schedule could be tougher than what we’ve played. "Just got to go out and compete and figure out how to win games every night. We’ve lost two in a row but at the same time, we won our first game on this road trip."
Red Wings lose 2-1 in overtime to Stars in Dallas
After two ugly losses in Chicago over the weekend this felt much better for the Red Wings. Dallas forward Jason Dickinson scored 1 minute 32 seconds into overtime, giving the Stars a hard-fought, grinding 2-1 victory over the Red Wings. The Red Wings were significantly better defensively, limiting Dallas to 22 shots (the Wings only had 21 in the grinding game) and not giving the Stars much space to skate. Klingberg tied the game 1-1 in the second period with Dallas’ mind-boggling ninth power play goal in three games (in 16 power play chances). "We knew their power play was hot and we took a few too many penalties and it cost us," Glendening said.
Christopher Oats, Kentucky Wildcats linebacker, shows progress in recovery
The Kentucky Wildcats played the 2020 football season in honor of Oats. UK announced a different player each week would wear Oats' No. 22, and showed support for Oats' family as well as a GoFundMe page to assist with medical bills. In addition, the Wildcats wore #22OATSSTRONG wristbands, and concluded each team practice with "22!" In May, UK announced that Oats was hospitalized with an undisclosed medical issue not related to COVID-19.
Patrick, Farabee score in third, Flyers beat Devils 5-3
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Nolan Patrick, Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov scored third-period goals, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 Tuesday night for their first road win. James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Flyers came back to win after blowing an early two-goal lead. Provorov, who had an empty-net goal, and Claude Giroux each had two assists as the Flyers bounced back from two losses (0-1-1) in Boston. Scott Wedgewood, filling in with Mackenzie Blackwood in the COVID-19 protocol, made 26 saves for New Jersey. Pavel Zacha closed out the scoring with 1:08 to play.
Tuesday's college basketball: No. 24 Oklahoma edges short-handed No. 5 Texas
The Detroit NewsAustin, Texas — Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference as No. Reaves’ free throws gave the Sooners a three-point lead before Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later to get Texas within one. Hill missed his first free throw, then intentionally missed his second but failed to hit the rim, giving Texas the ball. The Sooners (10-4, 6-3) then intercepted a long pass to end the game, sending Texas (11-3, 5-2) to its second Big 12 home loss. Saint Louis was playing its first game since Dec. 23 as the program suspended team activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak just before the team’s first scheduled conference game Dec. 30.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
TOKYO (AP) — Remember the word: Playbook. This is the rule book that the IOC and Tokyo organizers are set to roll out next week to explain how 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and tens of thousands of others will try to safely enter Japan when the Olympics open in just under six months. Organizers and the International Olympic Committee are finally going public with their planning, hoping to push back against reports the Olympics will be canceled with Tokyo and much of Japan still under a state of emergency with COVID-19 cases rising. The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5.
Budweiser joins Coke, Pepsi brands in sitting out Super Bowl, shifting money to vaccine awareness
These big-brand absences are just one more way Super Bowl LV will look very different from previous years. And Super Bowl parties will be more likely to be smaller affairs with pods or families. "I think the advertisers are correctly picking up on this being a riskier year for the Super Bowl," said Charles Taylor, marketing professor at Villanova University. ... At the same time, there's risk associated with doing anything too somber." The pandemic has cut sharply into sales for many Super Bowl advertisers.
HB101 calls for massive gambling expansion at tracks
HB 101 insists that the massive gambling expansion would not interfere with the state/tribal gambling compacts. All this is secondary to the social trauma that would be caused by a massive gambling expansion. The main damage would be done by legalizing online gambling in the form of sports betting. Online gambling at home or on the move via mobile devices, tablets, laptop and desktop computers has been shown to be the most addictive form of gambling by several university and governmental studies. This gambling expansion would result in more broken homes, more homelessness, more child and spouse abuse, more teen gambling, more bankruptcy, more drug and alcohol addiction, more criminal activity and more suicide.
Make good on NM lotto scholarships
For that reason, I have introduced HB 101, which would create a new revenue stream so the Lottery Scholarship can cover the full cost of tuition. HB 101 would allow the New Mexico Lottery to operate live table games and sports betting at the five New Mexico race tracks. HB 101 would permit the race tracks to rent space to the state-sponsored lottery to operate these new games. It is estimated HB 101 will generate $15 million that will go directly to the Lottery Scholarship Fund. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to pass HB 101.
Thomas Tuchel: Meet the high-maintenance 'mad genius' Chelsea have turned to
When Paris Saint-Germain sacked Thomas Tuchel on Christmas Eve he intended to take the rest of the season off. In fact there is an element of regret from Tuchel that he did not take the opportunity to become Chelsea’s head coach sooner. Before he joined PSG in 2018, and before Chelsea chose Maurizio Sarri, Tuchel was strongly under consideration and is understood to have even held talks with key director Marina Granovskaia who runs Chelsea on behalf of Roman Abramovich. The meeting went well and, clearly, Tuchel made a good impression on Granovskaia even if he eventually joined PSG and it was Sarri who got the job at Stamford Bridge. Sources are coy as to why Tuchel was not employed back then but he has jumped at the chance now.
Work rate, rollockings and a food obsession: What Edinson Cavani has brought to Manchester United
It was not Edinson Cavani’s error for Liverpool’s second goal on Sunday that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer focused on during his post-match analysis, but the Uruguayan’s reaction to it. “He makes a mistake but he was the one who was closest to winning it back inside our own 18-yard box,” the Manchester United manager said. How long have we got?” Solskjaer said ahead of the visit of Sheffield United to Old Trafford on Wednesday night. His work rate, his habits and his threat in the box - the humility of coming in every single day doing your best - we could go on and on. Cavani does not speak English like Ibrahimovic or have his playful wit - they are different players and characters - but he is just as demanding of team-mates and equally meticulous in his approach.
England have blundered by not picking strongest team against best side in the world
England will arrive in India to play the best team in the world with Rory Burns, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer having not played any cricket recently. This England team have learned to respect the demands of Test cricket and Chris Silverwood deserves a huge amount of credit because he has taught this team the way it should be played. Both coach and captain wake up in the morning thinking first about Test cricket. Silverwood is installing in this team the belief that they can win even when conceding first innings runs. I think 18 months ago if England had conceded a 41 run deficit, like they did in the second Test in Galle, they would have lost.
Wales lockdown rules: What are the latest level 4 restrictions?
First doses have been administered to 270,833 people in Wales, as of January 24, according to the Government. However, the First Minister told Sky News on Jan 18 that Wales will be "getting more supplies of vaccine this week, particularly the Oxford vaccine." Can I travel to Wales after lockdown? England is currently in a national lockdown, meaning incoming and outgoing travel to other countries is banned until mid-February. Mr Drakeford said: “Coronavirus doesn’t respect borders – we all have a part to play in keeping Wales and the UK safe.
Top footballers back duty of care laws to combat online abuse on social media
Top footballers subjected to abuse on social media have backed duty of care laws to combat online harms. Mr Mings, Aston Villa and England, revealed how he was regularly called “n*****” on social media and was bombarded with abuse online after one on-field incident was criticised by commentator Gary Nevill. It’s far too easy to target people on social media,” he said. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “To hear players talk about the level of abuse they have faced was humbling. Their input today has strengthened my resolve to bring in new laws to ensure there is much greater accountability from the social media platforms for dealing with such problems.
Player clashes, ruthless appraisals and contract details: The inside story of Frank Lampard's Chelsea sacking
That is not to say Lampard was never backed or supported because he was. Chelsea spent £220m on new players last summer, including £50m on left-back Ben Chilwell whose signing was very much pushed by the head coach. Instead, Abramovich and the Chelsea board were more worried by the fact the club had finished last season 33 points behind leaders Liverpool and 15 back of second-placed Manchester City. Lampard’s side were beating the teams below them, but not those they were meant to be fighting closer to the top of the table. Rudiger is understood to have clashed with Cesar Azpilicueta on more than one occasion, as Chelsea’s captain attempted to ease tensions between players at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
Dwayne Johnson opens up about exploring the 'complicated' relationship with his father
Fans of Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will now get an 'origin story,' so to speak, to his meteoric rise in the new NBC series Young Rock, with the actor opening up about his 'complicated' relationship with his father, wrestling legend Rocky Johnson. The elder Johnson passed away suddenly last year at age 75, with his famous son now opening up to People about his father. Those complications were born from his father's unconventional upbringing, with Rocky's father kicking him out of the house at 13. While the series will showcase Young Rock's childhood, with Johnson narrating, Johnson will also play himself as he prepares to run for President of the United States in the year 2032. Young Rock premieres on NBC February 16.
Cricket Australia confirms Indian players racially abused
Advertising Read moreSydney (AFP)A Cricket Australia probe Wednesday concluded Indian players were racially abused during the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but cleared six people who were kicked out of the stadium. "CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse," the governing body's integrity chief Sean Carroll said in a statement. "It's definitely not acceptable in this day and age... we must make sure it doesn't happen again," he said. Cricket Australia issued an apology to India at the time and said anyone found guilty of abuse would face consequences, including bans, other sanctions and referral to police. The findings have been forwarded to the International Cricket Council, while NSW Police's investigation is continuing.
Florida offers to host Summer Olympics if Tokyo pulls out
SPORTSA woman in a face mask walks past a display showing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games logo in Tokyo on March 24, 2020. When most states shut down their sporting events, the city of Jacksonville hosted the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the UFC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) setup the ‘bubble’ to hold games in Orlando,” Patronis said.Patronis also posted an article from The Japan Times on his Twitter account, referring to a survey result that 70 percent of Japanese want Tokyo Games to be canceled or delayed.Tokyo, with a population of about 38 million, has seen some 95,000 confirmed cases, according the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 information website. Florida, which has a population of around 21 million, has registered over 1.6 million cases, according to the state government’s tally.White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday if the idea of Florida hosting the Olympics this summer would be supported by the Biden administration.“I don’t know the entire process of the Olympics, but I would certainly send you to the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympics Committee first on what their assessment of that offer is and certainly, of course, what their assessment is of Japan’s preparedness for the Olympics,” she said.The IOC has not made an official comment on Florida’s proposal. Instead, the IOC said Tuesday that President Thomas Bach talked with the National Olympic Committees over the phone on Friday “as the Olympic Movement enters the final stretch in the preparations for the postponed Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.”Mentioning that the IOC and its partners have been developing a toolbox of COVID-19 countermeasures, the Olympic body said it is continuing to consult with the World Health Organization to make every effort towards staging safe and secure Games.The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled to take place during the summer of 2020, was pushed back a year because of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping e
France's Dalin holds slender lead in Vendée Globe sailing race as finish nears
French sailor Charlie Dalin retained a slim lead as exhausted skippers entered the final hours of the Vendée Globe, locked in the tightest battle in the solo round-the-world race's history. German skipper Boris Herrmann in Seaexplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco was just 82.02nm behind Dalin at 1700 GMT. While Dalin and Herrmann had taken a more easterly route, the next three boats were all further north and further west and moving faster. Dalin had travelled just under 42nm in that time while Bestaven, taking a longer route, had gone almost 80nm. I'm so used to being here on Apivia that I find it impossible to believe the finish is close," said Dalin.
Rangers keeping Adam Fox on first power-play unit
Tony DeAngelo ran the first power-play unit a year ago when the Rangers placed seventh in the NHL with the man-advantage at a 22.9 percent clip. 77 was on the right point through this year’s opening night 4-0 defeat to the Islanders in which the Blueshirts went 0-for-2 on the power play. “When you have Fox and DeAngelo, you have two pretty premier power-play guys, and as you’ve watched, Fox is off to a fabulous start,” the coach said before the match. “I just love everything he’s been doing on that power play so far.”Adam Fox battles for position as Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark defends during the Rangers’ 3-2 loss. His second game shutout of the Islanders represents the only game in which the starting Rangers goaltender posted higher than an .879 save percentage.
Beijing Olympics: The US has accused China of Xinjiang genocide. Will it now boycott the 2022 Games?
She said for now they were advocating for a political boycott, rather than a total boycott, for the sake of the athletes. Individual athletes could still boycott the 2022 Games, although this would mean compromising years of training and lucrative sponsorships. 'The power of sport'An Olympics can still be heavily political even if there's no boycotts, and the 2022 Beijing Games are likely to be no exception. Human Rights Watch is currently not calling for any boycott of the 2022 Games. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named Munich as the host city of the 1936 Olympic Games.
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootout
CORRECTS TO SHOOTOUT, INSTEAD OF OVERTIME - St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) scores on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) in the shootout of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)CORRECTS TO SHOOTOUT, INSTEAD OF OVERTIME - St. Louis Blues center Brayden Schenn (10) scores on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) in the shootout of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night. Max Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were missing their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)The Olympic rings are seen at the empty Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The Tokyo Games, postponed in the midst of a pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23. The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5. The World Health Organization said earlier this week that Olympic athletes should not be a priority ahead of health care workers, the elderly and the vulnerable.
NFL draft: Who are the best Senior Bowl prospects? We drafted them, fantasy football-style
The other rules were simple: Construct the best 22-man roster with the players on the Senior Bowl roster and assign them to each of the 11 starting positions on both sides of the ball. But before you answer, let me lay out what I was thinking ...Pre-Senior Bowl draft strategyMy initial thinking at quarterback was: Mac or bust. Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond was the second quarterback selected in our mock Senior Bowl draft. The Senior Bowl will be lean on quality centers with experience at the position this week, which made Humphrey an easy call, even if it wasn’t a sexy pick. Let us know what you think: Who put together the best 22-man Senior Bowl roster?
College basketball: No. 24 Oklahoma edges short-handed No. 5 Texas
Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference as No. Reaves’ free throws gave the Sooners a three-point lead before Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later to get Texas within one. Hill missed his first free throw, then intentionally missed his second but failed to hit the rim, giving Texas the ball. The Sooners (10-4, 6-3) then intercepted a long pass to end the game, sending Texas (11-3, 5-2) to its second Big 12 home loss. 18 Tennessee 56, Mississippi State 53Yves Pons scored 13 points and Tennessee overcame a miserable shooting night to beat Mississippi State.
NBA: John Wall scores 24 as Rockets beat Russell Westbrook, Wizards
John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Westbrook, who spent just one season in Houston, had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. AdvertisementJazz 108, Knicks 94Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Jazz earned their ninth consecutive win. Mike Conley had 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Julius Randle had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Barrett scored 17 in the Knicks’ third straight loss.
Jake DeBrusk injury could create a roster shuffle for Bruins
Among the options, said coach Bruce Cassidy, would be to bump No. 3 center Charlie Coyle up to the first line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. But Cassidy made clear he is willing to juggle things even more if necessary. “We have [Greg] McKegg and [Par] Lindholm on the taxi squad,” mused Cassidy. “Both are left shots, so they wouldn’t go into the right side.
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, postgame 1-26-21
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, postgame 1-26-21Arizona Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, after a 1-0 loss to Anaheim, on the team's power play.
Arizona women's basketball games at USC, UCLA postponed due to Wildcats' COVID-19 issues
Arizona Daily StarThe 10th-ranked Arizona women's basketball team won't play USC or UCLA in Los Angeles this week as the Wildcats continue to deal with the fallout of COVID-19 issues within their own program. The Wildcats were supposed to play the Trojans on Friday and the Bruins on Sunday. The UA announced the postponements at 9 p.m. Tuesday while also cancelling coach Adia Barnes' weekly scheduled media availability. Whatever issues the UA is facing came about Saturday morning, hours after the Wildcats topped Utah in McKale Center. The Cardinal is scheduled to play at Washington and Washington State this week.
Golden Knights lose with coaches out after positive COVID test
About two hours before the opening faceoff, the Golden Knights announced that their coaching staff would miss the game because of COVID protocols and begin self-isolating. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe St. Louis Blues celebrate after scoring against the Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe Golden Knights take to the ice before playing the St. Louis Blues in an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoAlex Pietrangelo looked like he swallowed a bug when he talked about facing his former club this week, so the Golden Knights defenseman probably didn’t mind the spotlight being elsewhere Tuesday. McCrimmon said the Knights will close City National Arena on Wednesday, and the finale of the two-game series remains scheduled for Thursday at T-Mobile Arena.
After hot start, Knicks get cooled off by Jazz
For much of the night as the Knicks took on the Utah Jazz, they were beating the odds. Facing one of the best-shooting teams in the NBA, the Knicks watched as shot after shot clanked. But the Knicks looked far more energetic than the Jazz for the opening half, building a 13-point advantage at the break. But he missed all four of his attempts in the second half and that proved a fitting hint of what was happening. But that had nothing to do with me in the second half not being able to score.
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootout
LAS VEGAS - (AP) -- David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night. Max Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were missing their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis. Four Golden Knights tested positive in November, and all recovered in time for the opener. Vegas and St. Louis close their two-game series at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday.
IOC, Tokyo Olympics to unveil rule book for beating pandemic
The rollout at Olympic headquarters in Switzerland is planned for Feb. 4, with Tokyo likely to present on Feb. 5. This will be followed by tests at the airport, tests arriving in Japan, and frequent testing for those staying in the Athletes Village alongside Tokyo Bay. The World Health Organization said earlier this week that Olympic athletes should not be a priority ahead of health care workers, the elderly and the vulnerable. IOC member Sebastian Coe was on Japanese television on Wednesday, and IOC member Dick Pound suggested last week the “most realistic way of going ahead” was prioritizing athletes. The president of the Japan Medical Association sounded a warning last week when asked about the Olympics and possible patients from abroad.
Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88
HOUSTON (AP) — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston's John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night's game against his former team. When he finally checked in, it didn't take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid performance by the Rockets. Wall scored 24 points to help Houston to a 107-88 victory over Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards. Wall had 15 points and four assists by halftime, including a left-handed layup that came after a nifty behind the back move and put Houston up 53-45 in the second quarter. He cooled off in the third, but got going again in the fourth to secure the win in his second game back after missing five with a sore left knee.
Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank
Paul NewberryAssociated PressAtlanta – Brian Snitker choked back tears as he remembered Hank Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent on the baseball field. During his post-playing career running the Atlanta Braves farm system, the Hammer had a penchant for looking beyond the can’t-miss prospects. Noting the 10 Baseball of Famers who have died in the past year, Manfred said Aaron “belongs on our sport’s Mount Rushmore. “The reason I’m here today is because of Hank Aaron,” Snitker said, pausing to maintain his composure. He often criticized the lack of Black managers and general managers in Major League Baseball.
Winnipeg rallies from 2-goal deficit, beats Edmonton 6-4
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and three assists and the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 on Tuesday night. Andrew Copp added two goals, including one into an empty net, and had two assists. Adam Lowry scored and set up two others for Winnipeg (5-2-0). Paul Stastny, with a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Perreault completed the scoring for the Jets, who got 22 saves from Connor Hellebuyck. Winnipeg trailed by a goal entering the final period, took the lead but was beaten on a last-second goal by Edmonton.
Gibson stops 31 shots in Ducks' 1-0 win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — John Gibson stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in four starts, Danton Heinen scored and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 1-0 on Tuesday night. Heinen scored his first goal of the season in the opening period and Gibson was sharp all night for his 21st career shutout. Gibson stopped 34 shots in a shutout against Minnesota on Jan. 18. "He's obviously a very good goaltender," Ducks defenseman Ben Hutton said. “He makes some big saves and is very vocal back there.”Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves in his 100th game with Arizona, but the Coyotes missed on numerous good chances and lost 1-0 for the second straight game.
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootout
Missing all coaches, Vegas loses to Blues 5-4 in shootoutLAS VEGAS (AP) — David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on Tuesday night. Max Pacioretty got his seventh career hat trick for the Golden Knights, who were missing their entire coaching staff because of COVID-19 concerns. General manager Kelly McCrimmon took over head coaching duties and was assisted by staff from the team’s minor league affiliate in the AHL, the Henderson Silver Knights. Perron scored twice in regulation, and Jaden Schwartz and Jordan Kyrou also had goals for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington was brilliant in net for the Blues, making 42 saves.
Cooper lifts Auburn to 88-82 win over No. 12 Missouri
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Sharife Cooper had 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Auburn to an 88-82 win over No. Cooper, a freshman point guard who missed Auburn’s first 11 contests this season, had his fourth 20-point outing in six career games. Bruce Pearl’s young Tigers, which also got 23 combined points from freshmen forwards JT Thor and Chris Moore, are now 4-2 since Cooper was ruled eligible by the NCAA. “(Missouri is) one of the top teams in the country,” Cooper said. We feel like we can compete with anybody.”Auburn (10-7, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) raced out to a 14-point lead early, thanks in large part to some tenacious defense and rebounding.
Gibson stops 31 shots in Ducks' 1-0 win over Coyotes
College basketball's odd couple will be in Phoenix and San Diego on Thursday night. Like so many other things about COVID-19 era, what else can anyone do?
Video: Gunman Michael Stone storms Stormont in Belfast
Video: Loyalist murderer Michael Stone who killed three in gun and grenade attack at funeral then stormed Stormont in bid to assassinate Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness 14 years ago is FREED on paroleMichael Stone being stopped by security guards when trying to enter the Northern Ireland assembly building and media leaving the building.
Florida offers to host Summer Olympics if Tokyo pulls out
Amid speculation that Tokyo may pass on the Summer Olympics due to a recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Florida has proposed relocating the Games from Japan to the Sunshine State.Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday, offering the state as a replacement host.In his letter to the IOC, Patronis cited “recent media reports” about leaders in Japan privately having concluded that they are too concerned about the pandemic for the 2021 Olympics to take place.Patronis added that there is still time to deploy a site selection team to Florida to meet with statewide and local officials on holding the Olympics in the Sunshine State.“The State of Florida has successfully allowed sports to take place during the pandemic. When most states shut down their sporting events, the city of Jacksonville hosted the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the UFC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) setup the ‘bubble’ to hold games in Orlando,” Patronis said.Patronis also posted an article from The Japan Times on his Twitter account, referring to a survey result that 70 percent of Japanese want Tokyo Games to be canceled or delayed.Tokyo, with a population of about 38 million, has seen some 95,000 confirmed cases, according the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s COVID-19 information website. Florida, which has a population of around 21 million, has registered over 1.6 million cases, according to the state government’s tally.White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday if the idea of Florida hosting the Olympics this summer would be supported by the Biden administration.“I don’t know the entire process of the Olympics, but I would certainly send you to the US Olympic Committee and the International Olympics Committee first on what their assessment of that offer is and certainly, of course, what their assessment is of Japan’s preparedness for the Olympics,” she said.The IOC has no
Australia confirms India players subjected to racial abuse
Australia's cricket board on Wednesday confirmed India's players were subjected to racial abuse during the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground but cleared six spectators who were taken from their seats and questioned by police at the ground. Cricket Australia (CA) launched an investigation with New South Wales Police after India fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj complained of hearing racist slurs while fielding near the boundary rope. "CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse," CA integrity chief Sean Carroll said in a statement. The allegations of racism overshadowed the last two matches of the test series, which India won 2-1. India spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin said during the third test that the team had been insulted by Sydney spectators in the past but the racial abuse had crossed a line.
NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies at 48 due to COVID-19
Sekou Smith, a longtime NBA reporter and television analyst, died Tuesday after a battle with COVID-19. "The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family," Silver said in a statement. "I just heard the news about Sekou Smith, and I am just devastated," Kerr said. Man today just got a little heavier... my condolences to Sekou's wife, family, friends, and extended NBA family. ??? — Chris Paul (@CP3) January 27, 2021I've never had anything but positive interactions and conversations with Sekou Smith.
The NCAA’s “Compromises” on Paying Athletes Are Bullshit ? Current Affairs
Within the next year, it seems likely that most, if not all, college athletes will be legally entitled to earn money from playing sports. * The difference between these two approaches, between allowing college athletes to make money and actually paying college athletes, is profound. Before the issue arrived at a statehouse near you, the fight over compensating college athletes raged in the courts. The NCAA has accepted, in principle, the idea that college athletes will get compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness. Booker’s bill recognizes what the Florida and Colorado laws deny: college athletes’ free labor is being exploited for profit.
Three Years Ago Today…
On this day in 2018 Consortium News lost its founder and editor Robert Parry, who succumbed to cancer at 68. We look back on his life in this video of his memorial service held on April 14, 2018. Bob’s wife, Diane Duston, introduced friends and colleagues to recount their memories of Bob, whose work impacted the nation. We present here a video of the entire memorial for the many admirers of Bob and his groundbreaking journalism. Please click on “Watch on YouTube.” The National Football League has blocked the video from playing directly on Consortium News because it contains a very short clip of an NFL game.
Far-right extremist Jim Jordan won't close the door on a potential Senate bid in Ohio
Several more of Jordan’s current or former House colleagues are also talking about seeking the GOP nod for Senate. Tiberi, though, retains a $5 million war chest that he could use on another bid for federal office. Troy Balderson and Youngstown State President Jim Tressel. Whaley didn’t indicate which office she’d prefer but seemed especially motivated to stop Jordan from representing Ohio in the Senate, saying, “If Jim Jordan decides to run [for Senate], it is highly likely he will win that primary. We recognize that the soul of our state is at stake, and that’s a motivation to all of us.”
Shorthanded Texas men's basketball team upset by rival Oklahoma
The Oklahoma men’s basketball team opened up a three-game gauntlet against top-10 teams with a huge win. Austin Reaves made two crucial free shots with 18.3 seconds remaining. Reaves’ big nightReaves appeared to be running out of real estate as he dribbled to the baseline against Texas’ Andrew Jones. He hit two big free shots with 18.3 seconds remaining. *OU’s Umoja Gibson made a jumper and free shot.
Houston Rockets win in John Wall's first game against Washington Wizards
Associated PressHOUSTON – John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Houston was leading by six when Wall re-entered the game with about seven minutes left. He scored five quick points before finding Victor Oladipo in the corner near the Washington bench for a 3-pointer to make it 93-79. Oladipo and Eric Gordon added 20 points apiece to help the Rockets to their third straight win. Westbrook, who spent just one season in Houston, had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Alex Rodriguez adds even more chaos to 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame vote
Just as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — and perhaps the Baseball Hall of Fame — is nearly done with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, there’s an even more complicated figure about to arrive: Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez said two years ago he was rooting for Bonds and Clemens to get to Cooperstown. “Of course I want them to get in, because that would mean that I have an opportunity to get in one day,” Rodriguez said on ESPN. Alex Rodriguez Getty ImagesEven before his 2016 retirement, Rodriguez began working on rehabbing his image and he’s been successful enough that he’s still as much a face of baseball as anyone. “Look, I pray every day I get a chance to get in,’’ Rodriguez said in 2019.
Knicks fade late in loss to Jazz to end road trip with dud
And the Knicks were thumping the Jazz like they did in earlier this month when Rivers scored the game’s final 14 points. Immanuel Quickley looks to make a pass between two Jazz defenders during the Knicks’ 108-94 loss. Rivers just missed tying a Knicks record of going 11 of 11 to start a game. I don’t know how a schedule could be tougher than what we’ve played.’’That’s how the Knicks played for the second half. The Jazz doubled Rivers at times in the second half.
Barry Bonds falls short of Hall of Fame nod, again
Barry Bonds, MLB's all-time home run king, failed to make it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame again on Tuesday. Bonds was named on 61.8% of the ballots, which was shy of the 75% threshold needed to make it into the Hall of Fame. CURT SHILLING BLASTS BASEBALL HALL OF FAME AFTER FALLING SHORT, REQUESTS OFF 2020 BALLOTBonds has yet to be inducted due to his alleged ties to performance-enhancing drugs, which he has denied using over the years. He was in his ninth year of eligibility on the ballot, leaving him one more chance at making it into the Hall of Fame. Bonds, the sport’s home run king (762), earned the title after surpassing Hank Aaron, who died last Friday.
Josi gives Predators 3-2 win over Blackhawks in OT
Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) scores the winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban (30) in overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Josi, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, scored at 2:57 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. In overtime, Josi took a pass from Granlund, carried the puck on the right side, cut to the slot and then slipped a shot under goalie Malcolm Subban. In 1990-91, the Blackhawks scored 17 power-play goals in the team’s first 11 games. WHAT’S NEXTThe Predators and Blackhawks play again Wednesday night in Nashville to complete the second half of the back-to-back series for the longtime Central Division rivals.
Stars keep hot start going with 2-1 OT win over Red Wings
Dallas Stars' Jason Dickinson (18) and Denis Gurianov (34) celebrate an overtime goal scored by Dickinson that gave the team a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS (AP) — Jason Dickinson scored 1:32 into overtime and the Dallas Stars won a third straight home game to start their delayed season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Red Wings controlled the puck for the first minute-plus of the 3-on-3 period before the Stars gained control and moved into the offensive zone. The Red Wings are winless in four of their past five games this season. Guys had to step up at key times.”STILL MISSINGThe Red Wings remain without forwards Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner and Filip Zadina and defenseman Jon Merrill because of COVID-19 protocols.
Gobert shines as Utah Jazz rally past New York Knicks 108-94
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, lays the ball up as New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel (3) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, lays the ball up as New York Knicks center Nerlens Noel (3) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive win. Royce O’Neale scored 20 points, helping Utah overcome a quiet night for Donovan Mitchell. Julius Randle had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Barrett scored 17 in the Knicks’ third straight loss.
GoFundMe campaign for hockey player paralyzed in snowboarding accident raises more than $134 K
Patrick played on a line with Giroux in his second season, and he likes being back with him when he gets the chance. Since taking over the captaincy in January of 2013, he has played in 610 of 614 regular season games. Clarke had two stints as the Flyers’ captain. ZAJAC COUNTDOWN Zajac played in his 997th regular-season game. UP NEXT Flyers: Play the Devils again at the Prudential Center on Thursday night.
Sons of former NFL players Kurt Warner and Ed McCaffrey among latest to transfer from Nebraska
McCaffrey saw significant playing time during the 2020 season and Warner, a former walk-on, was a team captain this past season as Nebraska went 3-5. He made two starts and saw playing time in seven of Nebraska’s eight games. Warner and McCaffrey join former wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson among the Nebraska players who have left the team in the offseason. Robinson was the team’s most dynamic offensive player and had 701 total yards in 2020. Farniok appeared in four games total over the past two seasons.
John Gibson stops 31 shots in Ducks’ win over Coyotes
John Gibson stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in four starts, Danton Heinen scored and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 1-0 on Tuesday night. Heinen scored his first goal of the season in the opening period and Gibson was sharp all night for his 21st career shutout. Gibson stopped 34 shots in a shutout against Minnesota on Jan. 18. Gibson stopped Tyler Pitlick’s shot from between the circles after another turnover two minutes later. The Ducks killed off a penalty early in the third period after Jacob Larsson ran Garland into the boards and Gibson stopped Nick Schmaltz from just outside the crease.
Boston Pride hurting after 2-1 loss to expansion Toronto Six
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Pride, widely considered the favorite to win the Isobel Cup, are leaving little room for error. The expansion Toronto Six earned their first win, beating Boston, 2-1, in the NWHL bubble Tuesday night. AdvertisementMaking the loss worse for Boston: with 3:55 left, captain Jillian Dempsey fell on her left shoulder/arm after being tripped by Toronto captain Shiann Darkangelo. In the first two minutes of the third, Boston had Fratkin and Lauren Kelly in the box and Toronto had 1:09 of a 5 on 3. AdvertisementToronto took the lead moments later as Mikyla Grant-Mentis followed her shot off the rush and beat Selander.
Morning forecast: Gray, chilly and snowy, of course
A motorist fatally struck one person and hit other people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, Monday before he fled on foot and was arrested, police said.
Defensive lapses doom Sharks in lopsided loss to Avalanche
Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Val Nichushkin gave the Avalanche a 4-1 lead with a shorthanded goal just 92 seconds into the second period. Related Articles From UMass to the NHL: Three ex-college teammates to share special nightSan Jose Sharks discuss keys to slowing Nathan MacKinnon, AvalancheSan Jose Sharks can return to SAP Center, but how soon might they move back? Takeaways: Brent Burns provides San Jose Sharks with much-needed boostBrent Burns’ dazzling goal lifts San Jose Sharks past Minnesota WildSaad finished with two goals and Makar, skating against former UMass-Amherst teammates Leonard and Mario Ferraro, had three assists. Noah Gregor also scored for San Jose, his second goal in as many games.
Coyotes go scoreless in second straight game, fall to Ducks in Kuemper's 100th game
Darcy Kuemper stopped 23 shots, but the Arizona Coyotes were held scoreless for the second straight game in a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes (2-4-1) lost their fourth game in the past five despite outshooting the Ducks 31-24. The Coyotes haven't scored in six straight periods after back-to-back 1-0 losses, to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday and the Ducks Tuesday. Up NextThe Coyotes play their sixth home game of the season, once again facing the Ducks. Game time is 7 p.m. on Thursday at Gila River Arena, with the Coyotes scheduled to wear the black Kachina jerseys.
Basketball replay: Second-half surge sends South Grand Prairie girls past Arlington Martin
The two teams played their District 8-6A girls varsity basketball game at Arlington Martin High School in Arlington on January 26, 2021. The two teams played their District 8-6A girls varsity basketball game at Arlington Martin High School in Arlington on January 26, 2021. The two teams played their District 8-6A girls varsity basketball game at Arlington Martin High School in Arlington on January 26, 2021. The two teams played their District 8-6A girls varsity basketball game at Arlington Martin High School in Arlington on January 26, 2021. The two teams played their District 8-6A girls varsity basketball game at Arlington Martin High School in Arlington on January 26, 2021.
Avalanche pounds Sharks 7-3 behind depth scoring
On Tuesday, Colorado pounded the San Jose Sharks 7-3 — with all four lines contributing a goal. “But let’s keep that going.”The Avs’ struggling second line got two goals from left winger Brandon Saad. Third-line winger Valeri Nichushkin also scored on a short-handed breakaway, and Devon Toews represented the Avs defensemen in the scoring column. But the line otherwise gladly took a back seat for a team looking for depth scoring after a 3-3 start. He extended his career-high goals streak to six games — the longest Avalanche goals streak since MacKinnon in 2018 and the longest active streak in the NHL.
Jason Dickinson hits game-winning goal in OT to lead undermanned Stars past Red Wings
“Every game is not going to be a Picasso,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. It was his first goal of the season after he posted four assists in the first two games. The problem was that the Red Wings’ first shot — from Vladislav Namestnikov — resulted in their first goal. In the opening weekend, Khudobin’s first-period play allowed the Stars to find their footing, but not Tuesday night. “When you’re going to play this many games in a condensed schedule and all the injuries that are going to happen, find a way.
Golden Knights’ shootout loss overshadowed by Pete DeBoer’s absence
Max Pacioretty notched a hat trick, but the Golden Knights lost 5-4 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in a game that was overshadowed by the absence of coach Pete DeBoer. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe St. Louis Blues celebrate after scoring against the Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe Golden Knights take to the ice before playing the St. Louis Blues in an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoMax Pacioretty notched a hat trick, but the Golden Knights lost 5-4 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday in a game that was overshadowed by the absence of coach Pete DeBoer. Alex Tuch opened the scoring for the Knights at 3:17 of the first period before Perron responded with two goals for St. Louis, which led 3-1 after the first period.
Stars keep hot start going with 2-1 OT win over Red Wings
DALLAS - (AP) -- Jason Dickinson scored 1:32 into overtime and the Dallas Stars won a third straight home game to start their delayed season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Red Wings controlled the puck for the first minute-plus of the 3-on-3 period before the Stars gained control and moved into the offensive zone. “I saw he probably thought that I was going to shoot it so I was going to take him out,” Klingberg said. The Red Wings are winless in four of their past five games this season. Guys had to step up at key times.”STILL MISSINGThe Red Wings remain without forwards Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Sam Gagner and Filip Zadina and defenseman Jon Merrill because of COVID-19 protocols.
Josi gives Predators 3-2 win over Blackhawks in OT
Josi, the reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, scored at 2:57 of overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Dylan Strome and Mattias Janmark scored for the Blackhawks, who won their previous two games. CONSISTENT POWER PLAYWith Strome's power-play goal, the Blackhawks have scored at least one on the man-advantage in each of their seven games this season. In 1990-91, the Blackhawks scored 17 power-play goals in the team's first 11 games. WHAT'S NEXTThe Predators and Blackhawks play again Wednesday night in Nashville to complete the second half of the back-to-back series for the longtime Central Division rivals.
Winnipeg rallies from 2-goal deficit, beats Edmonton 6-4
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - (AP) -- Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and three assists and the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-4 on Tuesday night. Adam Lowry scored and set up two others for Winnipeg (5-2-0). Paul Stastny, with a goal and an assist, and Mathieu Perreault completed the scoring for the Jets, who got 22 saves from Connor Hellebuyck. NOTES: The Oilers were playing the finale of a four-game road trip through Toronto and Winnipeg. ... Winnipeg was playing its sixth game in nine nights.
Marner's goal in 3rd period lifts Maple Leafs over Flames
CALGARY, Alberta - (AP) -- Mitch Marner's goal midway through the third period was the winner, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Tuesday night. With his assist on an Auston Matthews' goal, Marner has two goals and four assists in his last four games. Matthews also had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (6-2-0). Maple Leafs backup goaltender Jack Campbell was replaced in the lineup by Michael Hutchinson. The Maple Leafs wore No.
Oregon State looks like a women’s basketball team with an NCAA tourney future after demolishing Washington 98-68
It was a win, and a darned good one for Oregon State, in Tuesday afternoon’s 98-68 romp over Washington at Gill Coliseum. For the first time this season, the Beavers had the appearance of an NCAA tournament team, one that could win postseason games. Oregon State (4-5, 2-5 Pac-12) hasn’t missed the NCAA tournament since 2013. It feels like Oregon State arrived this week, starting with Sunday’s double-overtime loss to Washington State. Oregon State has played three games during the past 38 games.
Saad scores twice, Avalanche rout Sharks 7-3
DENVER - (AP) -- Brandon Saad scored twice, one in a three-goal flurry at the end of the first period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 7-3 on Tuesday night. Mikko Rantanen scored a goal for the sixth straight game to tie an Avalanche record, and Valeri Nichushkin added a short-handed goal and an assist in the rout. Joonas Donskoi tied it at 16:15, and 46 seconds later Saad gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead. Noah Gregor got one back for San Jose, but Devon Toews and Saad scored 1:31 apart late in the second to give the Avalanche a 7-2 lead. UP NEXTThe teams play the second of two games in Denver on Thursday night.
Gibson stops 31 shots in Ducks' 1-0 win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. - (AP) -- John Gibson stopped 31 shots for his second shutout in four starts, Danton Heinen scored and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 1-0 on Tuesday night. Heinen scored his first goal of the season in the opening period and Gibson was sharp all night for his 21st career shutout. Gibson stopped 34 shots in a shutout against Minnesota on Jan. 18. Gibson stopped Tyler Pitlick's shot from between the circles after another turnover two minutes later. UP NEXTThe Ducks and Coyotes close out the two-game set on Thursday.
John Tortorella press conference: Panthers 4 – Blue Jackets 3
Columbus DispatchColumbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella speaks to the media following the 4-3 loss against the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday January 26, 2021. More:Photos: Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 4 (SO)>> LISTEN: John Tortorella press conference: Panthers 4 – Blue Jackets 3
Red Wings lose 2-1 in overtime to Stars in Dallas
After two ugly losses in Chicago over the weekend this felt much better for the Red Wings. But Jason Dickinson scored 1 minute 32 seconds into overtime, giving the Dallas Stars a hard-fought, grinding 2-1 victory over the Red Wings. Stars defenseman John Klingberg made a nifty move with the puck, and found Dickinson in the slot, who one-timed a shot past goalie Thomas Greiss. The Wings (2-4-1) are winless over the last three games and face Dallas on Thursday to cap the two-game series. Klingberg tied the game 1-1 in the second period with Dallas’ mind-boggling ninth power play goal in three games (in 16 power play chances).
McCray carries Portland St. over St. Martin's 69-60
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Amari McCray had a career-high 22 points as Portland State defeated St. Martin’s 69-60 on Tuesday night. Paris Dawson had 12 points for Portland State (4-8). James Scott added 10 points. Tyler Velasquez had 12 points and six assists for the Saints. Tyke Thompson had six rebounds.
Heartbreaker: Patric Hornqvist's heroics lift the Panthers over Blue Jackets in a shootout
They were slow to the puck, not on the same page, got outplayed and the Blue Jackets finally paid the price for it Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena. That’s how close the Blue Jackets were to escaping with a victory against a team that iced three of their former teammates. And learn from it.”Cam Atkinson, Kevin Stenlund and Alexandre Texier scored the goals for the Blue Jackets, who got 28 saves from goalie Joonas Korpisalo. Carter Verhaeghe, Aleksander Barkov and Hornqvist scored in regulation for the Panthers (3-0-0), who started former Blue Jackets’ star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (19 saves). Barkov and Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand each scored in the third round.
Saad scores twice, Avalanche rout Sharks 7-3
DENVER (AP) — Brandon Saad scored twice, one in a three-goal flurry at the end of the first period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks 7-3 on Tuesday night. Mikko Rantanen scored a goal for the sixth straight game to tie an Avalanche record, and Valeri Nichushkin added a short-handed goal and an assist in the rout. Ryan Donato and Logan Couture had a goal and an assist each for the Sharks. San Jose took a 1-0 lead on Donato’s third goal of the season at 10:39 of the first before Colorado came storming back. Joonas Donskoi tied it at 16:15, and 46 seconds later Saad gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead.
Gobert shines as Utah Jazz rally past New York Knicks 108-94
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 18 points, 19 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-94 on Tuesday night for their ninth consecutive win. Royce O’Neale scored 20 points, helping Utah overcome a quiet night for Donovan Mitchell. Mike Conley had 19 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Austin Rivers scored 25 points for New York — all in the first half. Julius Randle had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Barrett scored 17 in the Knicks' third straight loss.
Schultz scores in last minute, Capitals edge Islanders 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Schultz scored the go-ahead goal with 26.4 seconds left, Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night despite another injury to a key player. Schultz’s goal allowed the Capitals to narrowly avoid a fifth consecutive overtime game, which has never happened in franchise history. Capitals defenseman John Carlson had a power-play goal, and Daniel Sprong scored his first with Washington. Noah Dobson and Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders, who got 33 saves from leading NHL goalie Semyon Varlamov in his first loss of the season after starting 3-0.
Sears scores 21 to lead Ohio past Western Michigan 81-58
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Mark Sears had a season-high 21 points as Ohio romped past Western Michigan 81-58 on Tuesday night. Dwight Wilson III had 19 points and eight rebounds for Ohio (9-6, 5-4 Mid-American Conference). Jason Preston had six points and 10 rebounds. Greg Lee had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos (2-10, 1-6), who have now lost six consecutive games. B. Artis White, the Broncos’ leading scorer coming into the matchup at 15 points per game, shot only 20 percent (1 of 5).
Marner's goal in 3rd period lifts Maple Leafs over Flames
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mitch Marner's goal midway through the third period was the winner, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Tuesday night. Marner scored Toronto’s fourth goal at 12:14 of the third period. With his assist on an Auston Matthews' goal, Marner has two goals and four assists in his last four games. Matthews also had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (6-2-0). Wayne Simmonds and Travis Boyd also scored for Toronto.
Stars keep hot start going with 2-1 OT win over Red Wings
DALLAS (AP) — Jason Dickinson scored 1:32 into overtime and the Dallas Stars won a third straight home game to start their delayed season, beating the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Red Wings controlled the puck for the first minute-plus of the 3-on-3 period before the Stars gained control and moved into the offensive zone. John Klingberg, who scored the other Dallas goal, passed up a couple of opportunities to shoot and sent the puck to Dickinson, who beat Thomas Greiss from the high slot. Detroit dropped a fifth straight game in Dallas but gained a point for the first time that stretch. The Red Wings are winless in four of their past five games this season.
Wall scores 24 as Rockets beat Westbrook, Wizards 107-88
HOUSTON (AP) — John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft and spent his entire career with the Wizards before he was traded to Houston in December for Russell Westbrook and a future first-round pick. Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon added 20 points apiece to help the Rockets to their third straight win. Washington’s Bradley Beal scored 33 points to give him at least 25 in each of his 12 games this season, extending a franchise record. Westbrook, who spent just one season in Houston, had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
LSU pulls away on 18-0 run to beat Texas A&M 78-60
LSU pulls away on 18-0 run to beat Texas A&M 78-60COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Cameron Thomas scored 28 points and LSU ended the game on a 18-0-run to beat Texas A&M 78-60 on Tuesday night. Texas A&M led 66-60 with 8:50 remaining and then missed its last 15 field goals plus a free throw. Quenton Jackson’s 3-pointer gave the Aggies their first lead of the game, 58-57 with 13:08 remaining. Thomas was 8 of 21 from the field, made three 3-pointers and all nine of his free-throw attempts. Thomas scored a season-best 32 points in a 77-54 victory over the Aggies in the conference opener on Dec. 29.
Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88
HOUSTON (AP) — John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. He cooled off in the third, but got going again in the fourth to put the game away in his second game back after missing five with a sore left knee. Houston was leading by six when Wall re-entered the game with about seven minutes left. The Wizards called a timeout after that, and Wall yelled and jumped as he looked at the opposing bench before bounding back to the Houston side. Wall and Westbrook were both given technical fouls soon after that when they jawed at each other as Westbrook prepared to shoot free throws after being fouled by DeMarcus Cousins.
Schultz scores in final minute, Capitals beat Islanders 3-2
What he did have was a sense of relief from ending this before overtime. “The regulation wins keep teams in your division from getting points,” Laviolette said. Coming off a shutout loss to New Jersey, the Islanders thought they'd built enough momentum from killing off Komarov's five-minute major penalty for boarding and were stunned by the result. “A minute, two minutes (left), as much as we’re trying to win the game, we’re trying to get into overtime because every point’s big,” said Mathew Barzal, who scored along with Noah Dobson. Schultz got the primary assist on Carlson's goal, and Vitek Vanecek was solid again with 32 saves in a fourth consecutive start in Samsonov's absence.
IOC's Dick Pound wants to examine reasons for public apathy toward staging Tokyo Olympics
Senior International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound says he wants to examine the reasons behind the Japanese public’s concerns about hosting the 2020 Games this summer after recent polls showed around 80% were opposed to the event going ahead in July. “I know there are those in Japan who question holding the event,” Pound told the Asahi Shimbun in comments published Wednesday in Japanese. “Together I would like to scrutinize the reasons and respond. He said the decision on whether the games go ahead this summer must be made by May at the latest and stressed that another delay was not possible. “Personally, I think it’s possible to hold the games this summer,” Pound said.
New Zealand Olympic Committee head believes some athletes could skip Tokyo Games
Some New Zealand athletes may choose to skip the Tokyo Games this year due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radio New Zealand quoted Kereyn Smith, the head of the country’s Olympic committee (NZOC), as saying on Wednesday. Smith said the NZOC was planning for the Games to go ahead but that everyone in its delegation, expected to be around 450 people including more than 200 athletes, would have to decide whether they wanted to travel to Tokyo. “There’s a lot of people who have to consider their position,” Smith said. Are their family comfortable that they should be doing that?… It’s a big, big commitment.”The NZOC did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment. The NZOC last week said it would work with the government in its vaccine roll out plans and encourage its Olympic team members to get vaccinated before travelling for the games.
Tokyo 2020 artistic swimming qualifier to be postponed because of travel bans
The final artistic swimming qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to be held in the Japanese capital in March, will be postponed in light of travel restrictions under the current state of emergency aimed at combating the coronavirus, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The March 4-7 meet at the Tokyo Aquatics Center was to be the first Olympic test event with coronavirus countermeasures in place, but the International Swimming Federation and Japan Swimming Federation determined the restrictions on entry by foreign nationals would make preparations too difficult. The state of emergency, declared for Tokyo and 10 other prefectures following a surge in coronavirus cases, is in effect until Feb. 7. The swimming federations are considering several alternative dates, including between April and May, the sources said. Japan, which has already qualified for both categories as host nation, was not scheduled to take part.
Tokyo Olympics test event to be postponed: reports
The artistic swimming test event was scheduled to be held at the Tokyo Aquatics Center from March 4-7, but could now be held in April or May, reports saidAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)The first Tokyo Olympics test event of 2021 will be postponed due to travel restrictions under Japan's coronavirus state of emergency, media reported Wednesday. The artistic swimming test event -- which will double as the sport's final qualifier for the Games, and is set to feature around 10 countries -- was scheduled to be held at the Tokyo Aquatics Center from March 4-7. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) and Japan Swimming Federation (JASF) have determined travel restrictions on foreign nationals coming into Japan would make the event too difficult to organise, the reports said. FINA, JASF and Tokyo 2020 did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The artistic swimming event was set to be the first test event to be held with anti-virus measures in place.
Sekou Smith, who covered the NBA since 2001, dies of COVID-19
Longtime NBA writer Sekou Smith, known for his basketball insight and friendly demeanor, died Tuesday of COVID-19. Turner Sports hired him in 2009, and he wrote about the league for NBA.com and provided analysis on NBA TV. “The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said a in statement. “Sekou was one of the most affable and dedicated reporters in the NBA and a terrific friend to so many across the league. “His impact will be felt forever because of the way he was a man,” Turner Sports colleague and friend Steve Smith, a former NBA player, said during an on-air tribute.
Devils give up three goals in third in loss to Flyers
Nolan Patrick, Joel Farabee and Ivan Provorov scored third-period goals, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-3 Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark for their first road win. James van Riemsdyk scored two power-play goals and Brian Elliott made 23 saves as the Flyers came back to win after blowing an early two-goal lead. Provorov, who had an empty-net goal, and Claude Giroux each had two assists as the Flyers bounced back from two losses (0-1-1) in Boston. Nolan Patrick scores a goal on Scott Wedgewood in the third period of the Devils’ 5-3 loss to the Flyers. Van Riemsdyk staked the Flyers to a 2-0 lead, tipping a pair of point shots by Provorov past Wedgewood, the second 59 seconds into the second period.
Islanders fall to Capitals in closing seconds
WASHINGTON — After killing off a five-minute penalty in the third period against an opponent that had gone to overtime the last four games, the New York Islanders thought they’d also get there against the Washington Capitals and pick up at least a point. But then Justin Schultz scored with 26.4 seconds left to give the Capitals an emotional 3-2 victory Tuesday night after losing two more key players to injury. They were coming.”Justin Schultz celebrates with former Ranger Carl Hagelin after scoring the game-winning goal in the Islanders’ 3-2 loss to the Capitals. NHLI via Getty ImagesSchultz’s goal avoided what would have been a franchise-first fifth overtime game, which could have been especially costly missing Eller and Backstrom. This is playoff mentality right now and I’m not quite sure we’re in a playoff mentality right now, which is really (ticking) me off.”
Rangers blow early lead in loss to Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo captain Jack Eichel’s first goal of the season gave him some relief and provided a lift for the Sabres. Eichel, Dylan Cozens and Tobias Rieder scored for Buffalo, which rallied for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Eichel’s power-play goal snapped a 2-all tie and gave Buffalo the lead at 7:31 of the second period. Kreider gave New York a 1-0 lead 6:48 into the game with a shot past Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark off a pass from Pavel Buchnevich. Jack Eichel (not pictured) scores the game-winning goal on Alexandar Georgiev during the Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Sabres.
Michael Jordan's 'Catch 23' wins sailfish tournament title in Florida
NBA icon Michael Jordan won six championships while starring for the Chicago Bulls over his illustrious career. Jordan, who has a fishing boat called "Catch 23" which is named after his jersey number, won the team's first sailfish tournament at the 58th Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament in Palm Beach, Florida. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMLed by captain Stetson Turney, "Catch 23" caught and released seven sailfish, two of which were caught by the legend himself. For each sailfish caught, the tournament awards the boat 200 points for using live bait and 300 for using dead-bait. Back in December of 2019, Jordan and "Catch 23" entered in the Stuart Sailfish Club’s Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament.
Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88
Houston Rockets' John Wall reacts during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)Houston Rockets' John Wall reacts during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. He cooled off in the third, but got going again in the fourth to put the game away in his second game back after missing five with a sore left knee. Rockets: Host Portland on Thursday night before embarking on a four-game trip beginning Saturday night in New Orleans.
Reaves’ 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79
Texas forward Greg Brown (4) and Oklahoma forward Kur Kuath, center, chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Texas got back within one when Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later. “We’ll have to work on missing free throws, I guess,” Kruger said. Before his late free throws, Reaves had a key three-point play with a drive and layup that drew a fifth foul on Texas forward Greg Brown. So I guess it was a good shot,” Reaves said.
Hornqvist’s shootout goal lifts Panthers over Blue Jackets
Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas, left, of the Czech Republic, collides with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and had the game winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday night. I liked our pace; I liked their purpose.”The Blue Jackets weren’t sharp offensively in the first two periods, but scored on their first two shots on goal. NO POWER PLAYThe Blue Jackets were 0 for 6 on the power play, and Foligno was tired of talking about the team’s inability to capitalize on the man-advantage. The Blue Jackets play five of the next seven games at home.
NFL championship Sunday betting recap: Tom Brady-led Bucs' upset of Packers 'best result in 12 months' for BetMGM
Despite his unprecedented level of postseason success, bettors did not hesitate to go against Tom Brady in the NFC championship game. Super Bowl odds: Big bets already in on ChiefsAs soon as the Bucs vs. Chiefs matchup was set, BetMGM had betting odds ready for the Super Bowl. Stoneback expects the line to hold fairly steady as we inch closer to the big game on Feb. 7. Kansas City has been a favorite of the public all year, and the presence of Brady always attracts action on both sides. “Obviously, Kansas City is a public team but everybody loves Brady or hates Brady.
Florida official writes to IOC in effort to move Tokyo Olympics to his state amid cancelation rumors
A top Florida official is actually lobbying the International Olympic Committee into moving the upcoming Games to his state should they be canceled in Tokyo. “It simply means that Tokyo actually cares about whether they want a mass superspreader event in their city while Florida doesn’t.”Is the IOC even looking to move the Tokyo Olympics? The IOC is moving forward with the Olympics in Tokyo. “We have at this moment no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on the 23rd of July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo,” IOC president Thomas Bach told the Kyodo News last week. People wearing a face mask walk by the Olympic rings outside Japan Olympic Museum near National Stadium, where opening ceremony and many other events are planned for postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Tokyo.
Calvin Peterson makes 32 saves, Kings hold on to beat Wild
Carl Grundstrom and Kurtis MacDermid scored, and Calvin Peterson made 32 saves as the L.A. Kings held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night. For the third time in three games between the teams, Los Angeles squandered a third-period lead. But this time, the Kings bounced back and earned the win after two losses at home to start the season. AdvertisementThe teams opened the season with a two-game series in Los Angeles where the Kings had 3-1, third-period leads in both games. Making his third start of the season, Peterson stood tall as the Wild outshot Los Angeles 27-9 over the final two periods.
Vegas Golden Knights coaching staff quarantining because of COVID-19 issues
General manager Kelly McCrimmon was behind the bench at the start of the game, along with members of the AHL’s Henderson Silver Knights’ staff. The entire coaching staff for the Vegas Golden Knights wasn’t available for Tuesday’s game against St. Louis, isolated “out of an abundance of caution,” the team said in a statement Tuesday. Four players tested positive prior to the start of the season in November, but all four recovered without incident. This marks the first time all season a Knights’ player or coach will miss a game because of the coronavirus. Vegas has won five of its first six games to open the season.
Mansfield boys’ basketball puts the sting on rival Franklin with big second-half comeback
Down 15 points to archrival Franklin in Tuesday’s Hockomock League tilt, the Mansfield boys’ basketball team manufactured energy in its otherwise quiet gym. But the Hornets (6-0) chipped away with hard-nosed plays on both ends of the floor by new starters Matt Hyland (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Jack Colby (12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals). Gloucester 56, Winthrop 45 — Behind 21 points and 12 rebounds from Gavyn Hillier, the host Fishermen (3-3) posted the Northeastern Conference win. Hamilton-Wenham 69, Amesbury 46 — A trio of double-doubles from Ryan Hutchinson (22 points, 12 rebounds), Ryan Monahan (20 points, 15 rebounds) and Markus Nordin (13 points, 12 rebounds) propelled the host Generals (4-1) to victory in the Cape Ann League. Franklin 62, Mansfield 43 — Juniors Olivia Quinn (16 points) and Brigid Earley (12 points) were the catalysts in the Hockomock win for the host Panthers (7-0).
Hey, carpool cheat, the toll lane has your number: Roadshow
Q: You asked if any readers had something positive to say about the Interstate 880 toll lanes. The conversion of carpool or HOV lanes to toll lanes has the very positive effect of drastically reducing the number of HOV lane cheaters. Sure, you can jump into a toll lane without FasTrak, but then you get charged as a single driver via license plate recognition. A: Toll lane officials across the nation have observed the same thing. You have to drive a long way in heavy traffic before you can move into the express lane.
‘Pokemon Go’: Love Cup and Kanto Cup highlight Go Battle League for February
Master League, its Premiere Cup and Master League Classic (Pokemon under level 40) runs from 1 p.m. Feb. 8 to 1 p.m. Feb. 15. All three leagues and Ultra League Premiere Cup runs from 1 p.m. Feb. 15 to 1 p.m. Feb. 22. Here’s a quick overview of both:The Love Cup runs from 1 p.m. Feb. 8 to 1 p.m. Feb. 14. It comes right after the flagship event for the season — Pokemon Go Tour: Kanto. For collectors, those who reach rank 20 will get a guaranteed encounter for Frillish, the floating Pokemon makes its debut there.
Sixers’ Seth Curry is probable for Wednesday’s game vs. Lakers with sore right ankle
The game in Detroit was his third game back after being sidelined for 15 days. Curry was sidelined during the Sixers’ Jan. 7 road game against the Brooklyn Nets because of a sore left ankle. As he sat on the bench, the Sixers were notified during that game that he received a positive COVID-19 test. And a result, Curry was rushed from the bench and into isolation.
James van Riemsdyk is showing he might yet be the scorer the Flyers hoped they were signing | Mike Sielski
But at the moment, and when he’s at his best, van Riemsdyk is about as close as they’re going to get to that kind of forward. He’s not going to win much praise for dogged backchecking in the defensive zone, but he can make up for the one-dimensional nature of his play with increased offensive production. He has five seasons with at least 27 goals in his career, and the relative ease with which he deflected those Provorov shots past Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood demonstrated how skilled he is, at age 31.
Blackhawks’ succumb to constant pressure, lose to Predators in OT
Nashville dominated puck possession for much of the game, finishing with a comical edges in shot attempts (72-37), shots on goal (39-20) and scoring chances (40-16). They eventually tied the score with a Mikael Granlund one-timer with just under nine minutes to play and then won the game without ever leading on Josi’s goal. Janmark, seizing an offensive opportunity he’d come to the Hawks in search of, had previously given the Hawks a lead it seemed like they might cling to. The goal extended the 28-year-old Swedish forward’s goal streak to three consecutive games. Outside of the always-reliable fourth line, however, most of the Hawks’ forward lines struggled Tuesday to win puck battles and stay aggressive on the forecheck.
Chicago Blackhawks can’t hold on to 3rd-period lead and lose 3-2 in overtime to Nashville Predators
The Hawks had taken the lead in the first period by taking advantage of the Predators’ 30th-ranked penalty kill, with Dylan Strome flipping in the puck after Andrew Shaw redirected the rebound of a Dominik Kubalik shot. It was Strome’s second goal of the season and extended the Hawks’ power-play scoring streak to seven games.
Peterson makes 32 saves, Kings hold on to beat Wild 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. - (AP) -- Carl Grundstrom and Kurtis MacDermid scored, and Calvin Peterson made 32 saves as the Los Angeles Kings held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night. For the third time in three games between the teams, Los Angeles squandered a third-period lead. Los Angeles has won three of four after starting the season 0-2-1. The teams opened the season with a two-game series in Los Angeles where the Kings had 3-1, third-period leads in both games. Making his third start of the season, Peterson stood tall as the Wild outshot Los Angeles 27-9 over the final two periods.
Bruins beat Pens 3-2 on Smith OT goal with 11 seconds left
BOSTON - (AP) -- Craig Smith scored with 11 seconds left in overtime, and the Boston Bruins recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night. Brad Marchand had a short-handed goal and assisted on Nick Ritchie's goal to help the Bruins earn their third straight victory. Boston has gone to overtime or a shootout in four of its first six games, winning three. SHORTIESMarchand's short-handed goal was the 28th of his career -- the most in Bruins history. Ritchie made it 2-0 on a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period, redirecting a crossing pass from Marchand into the net.
Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88
HOUSTON - (AP) -- John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team, leading the Houston Rockets to a 107-88 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Houston was leading by six when Wall re-entered the game with about seven minutes left. The Wizards called a timeout after that, and Wall yelled and jumped as he looked at the opposing bench before bounding back to the Houston side. Beal scored 33 points to give him at least 25 in each of his 12 games this season, extending a franchise record. Rockets: Host Portland on Thursday night before embarking on a four-game trip beginning Saturday night in New Orleans.
Young's 38 points lead Hawks past depleted Clippers, 108-99
ATLANTA - (AP) -- Trae Young scored 38 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 108-99 on Tuesday night, ending the Clippers' seven-game winning streak. Clint Capela collected 13 points and 19 rebounds. Los Angeles made only two of its first 11 3-point shots and 8 of 26 overall. Jackson made his second start and Luke Kennard had 13 points. STRONG FINISHHuerter gave the Hawks a fourth-quarter push by scoring each of his 13 points in the final period.
Hornqvist's shootout goal lifts Panthers over Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio - (AP) -- Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and had the game winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Panthers won for just the second time in their last 11 games against Columbus. I liked our pace; I liked their purpose.”The Blue Jackets weren't sharp offensively in the first two periods, but scored on their first two shots on goal. NO POWER PLAYThe Blue Jackets were 0 for 6 on the power play, and Foligno was tired of talking about the team's inability to capitalize on the man-advantage. The Blue Jackets play five of the next seven games at home.
Has Portland Trail Blazers’ Anfernee Simons arrived, or has his recent play been a big tease?
This is the Anfernee Simons his Portland Trail Blazers teammates have been raving about. That Simons has made appearances in Blazers games before, but he appears to have reached another level over the team’s past two games. Monday against the Thunder, Simons scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting, made 6 of 10 threes and had one vicious baseline-driving, left-handed dunk that displayed his high-riser abilities. On one hand, it could be argued that Simons’ play hadn’t warranted more playing time. Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons, right, rises to dunk over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.
John Shipley: In a tight season, Wild need more urgency
In a typical Wild season, the narrative at the end of January would be about whether the team can play well enough to jump the few teams ahead of them for a playoff spot. The problem, of course, is there is little, if any, room for a swoon at any point of the NHL’s second coronavirus season. When the puck dropped Tuesday, the Wild commenced to playing their worst period of the young season. It was Jan. 15, 2015, that Devan Dubnyk joined an 18-19-5 Wild team and started a 27-9-2 streak (1.78. “So, there’s a desperation on both sides of the puck.”The Wild need to start playing like it from the get-go.
Wild fall flat once again in frustrating 2-1 loss to Kings
That cost them once again in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center. It was a sloppy start for the Wild as they struggled to do much of anything in the first period. Luckily for the Wild, the Kings were equally as bad, unable to capitalize on countless scoring chances in front of goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen. Even better for the Wild, the Kings challenged the call on the ice, lobbying for goaltender interference. They lost the challenge and the Wild ended up on the power play where fittingly they failed to take advantage.
Bill Batewell, beloved Sachem baseball coach, dies at 79
Longtime Sachem High School baseball coach Bill Batewell wanted his players to play hard, smart, and with a demeanor worthy of the field they graced. Baseball, Batewell thought, was meant to be a bridge to success, not a burden that hampered it. Batewell, who lived in Bellport for over 60 years, spent the majority of his coaching career at Sachem High School in Lake Ronkonkoma. He coached varsity baseball there for 30 years, winning 452 games, five league titles, and Suffolk County championships in 1979 and 1987, according to Newsday records. Subscribe to Newsday's high school sports newsletter By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.
Tyrese Martin, UConn men smother Butler, 63-51
Tyrese Martin scored 20 points, going 7-for-9 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the line with six rebounds to lead the Huskies (8-3, 5-3 in the conference), as UConn coupled sharp perimeter shooting in the first half with more physical finishing around the rim in the second. Searching for ways to score with James Bouknight out, the Huskies got production from Adama Sanogo (eight points, six rebounds), Isaiah Whaley (six points, seven blocks), Tyler Polley (eight points) and point guards R.J. Cole (12 points) and Jalen Gaffney, who combined for 17 points and eight assists. Josh Carlton chipped in with six rebounds off the bench.
Turpin's tenacious defense locks down Anderson, keeps them unbeaten in ECC
"We're a smaller team this year, completely different than last year," Turpin coach Josh Slonim said. Turpin won last year's ECC title with Cantrella being the focal point as he has this year. Turpin's pesty defense forced several turnovers and the Spartans held Anderson to just one Josh Overbeek putback. Liberal substitution was the theme of the final frame with Turpin playing hard, but minus any threat. It was Anderson coach Frank Brandy's first return to the rivalry since coming back as head coach.
Tigers nearing $2 million deal with veteran catcher Wilson Ramos
Detroit – The Tigers Tuesday night were closing in on a deal with veteran catcher Wilson Ramos. Ramos, 33, has a .274/.321/.434 slash-line over his 11-year career, with 128 home runs and 514 RBIs. Though he bats right-handed, he’s been a productive hitter against right-handed pitching over his career (.264/.310/.417 with a .729 OPS). The Tigers have hit right-handed pitching worse than any team in the American League the last two seasons. The Mets declined a $10 million option for 2021 and paid him a $1.5 million buyout, making him a free agent.
Martin scores 20 to lift UConn past Butler 63-51
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Tyrese Martin score 20 points and UConn defeated Butler 63-51 on Tuesday night. R.J. Cole scored 11 points for the Huskies (8-3, 5-3 Big East Conference) and Isaiah Whaley rejected seven shots on the defensive end. Bryce Golden scored 19 points for the Bulldogs (5-8, 4-6) and Bryce Nze snagged nine rebounds.
Bruins beat Pens 3-2 on Smith OT goal with 11 seconds left
BOSTON (AP) — Craig Smith scored with 11 seconds left in overtime, and the Boston Bruins recovered after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night. Brad Marchand had a short-handed goal and assisted on Nick Ritchie's goal to help the Bruins earn their third straight victory. Boston has gone to overtime or a shootout in four of its first six games, winning three. People have stepped up in his absence and we’ll take it right now.”Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, giving up the first Pittsburgh goal when he injured himself dropping into a spread midway through the third period. Jason Zucker took advantage of the disarmed goalie to make it 2-1, then Kasperi Kapanen tied it with 3:16 to go.
No. 22 Saint Louis falls to Dayton 76-71 in first game back
22 Saint Louis falls to Dayton 76-71 in first game backST. LOUIS (AP) — Jalen Crutcher scored 27 points and Ibi Watson added 18 to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 76-71 win over No. 22 Saint Louis Tuesday night. Saint Louis was playing its first game since Dec. 23 as the program suspended team activities due to a COVID-19 outbreak just before the team’s first scheduled conference game Dec. 30. Javonte Perkins led the Billikens with 20 points and Hasahn French added 16 points. Saint Louis (7-2, 0-1 Atlantic-10) hit just three of 13 shots from 3-point range despite converting 51% of its field goal attempts.
Curtis leads SIU-Edwardsville past Eastern Illinois 87-74
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Carlos Curtis had 18 points to lead five Southern Illinois-Edwardsville players in double figures as the Cougars defeated Eastern Illinois 87-74 on Tuesday night. Mike Adewunmi added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars. Sidney Wilson and Cam Williams scored 13 points apiece and Shamar Wright had 12. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (5-5, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 52 second-half points, a season high for the team. Deang Deang had 11 points.
Peterson makes 32 saves, Kings hold on to beat Wild 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Carl Grundstrom and Kurtis MacDermid scored, and Calvin Peterson made 32 saves as the Los Angeles Kings held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night. For the third time in three games between the teams, Los Angeles squandered a third-period lead. Los Angeles has won three of four after starting the season 0-2-1. Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season just 1:09 into the third to tie the game. Kahkonen made 19 saves for Minnesota, which has lost two in a row.
Young's 38 points lead Hawks past depleted Clippers, 108-99
ATLANTA (AP) — Trae Young scored 38 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the depleted Los Angeles Clippers 108-99 on Tuesday night, ending the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak. Leading scorers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were ruled out due to health and safety protocols. It’s just how this year is going to go,” said Los Angeles center Ivica Zubac, who noted the Clippers had not been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic before this week. “We were lucky to have everyone so far, but it is what it is," Zubac said. It’s going to be this type of season for everyone and we’re not the exception.”
Hornqvist's shootout goal lifts Panthers over Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Patric Hornqvist scored the tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and had the game winner in a shootout as the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Tuesday night. Hornqvist beat Joonas Korpisalo in the fifth round of the shootout to end it after Columbus' Mikhail Grigorenko's try went into the pads of Panthers' stopper Sergei Bobrovsky. Hornqvist, the 14-year NHL veteran who joined the Panthers after six seasons with Pittsburgh, had tapped in the tiebreaker from the doorstep late during a 6-on-5 scramble after the Panthers had played from behind for most of the third period. The Panthers stayed unbeaten in their third game of the season after having two series canceled because of COVID-19 issues with the other teams.
AP source: Twins, SS Andrelton Simmons agree to $10.5M deal
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins and slick-fielding shortstop Andrelton Simmons agreed Tuesday night to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a physical exam. His fielding ability has been so superb that he received MVP award votes in 2013, 2017 and 2018 despite essentially average production at the plate. The arrival of Simmons will likely move Jorge Polanco to second base and Luis Arráez into a multi-positional backup role. With Miguel Sanó at first base, the Twins are on track to send out a $46 million infield for the 2021 opener.
Oklahoma high school girls basketball: Surber, Periman step up big as Tuttle's win streak grows to 13
TUTTLE — Hadley Periman didn’t waver as Blanchard’s best player drove down the lane towards her. Instead, Periman used her 6-foot-3 frame to send the shot back. Looking up the court, Periman fired the ball to Madi Surber on the other end. Tuttle’s duo of Periman and Surber was pivotal in its 54-48 win over Blanchard at the Tuttle gymnasium on Tuesday night. The rivalry game victory gives Tuttle 13 consecutive wins this season.
Oklahoma high school boys basketball: Whit Carpenter leads Blanchard's big fourth-quarter charge to beat Tuttle
TUTTLE – With time winding down, Whit Carpenter dribbled to the left-wing. The shot fell just before the third-quarter buzzer and the Blanchard bench ran to cheer with the senior guard. Carpenter’s 3-pointer not only tied the game, but it also was the start of Blanchard’s late run to pull away from Tuttle on Tuesday night. With a big fourth quarter, Blanchard earned a rivalry-game win over Tuttle 58-50 at Tuttle gymnasium. “I thought that was kind of the difference for us was to keep them out of their rhythm.”
A door cracks open for return to prep sports in NM
It has been 10 1/2 months – March 14 – since the last high school sporting event in New Mexico. In the interim, athletes and coaches have been agonizing throughout, searching for any sign of a return. The PED provided the other, with a pertinent nugget on its website revealed even earlier in the day that spoke specifically about high school athletics. To that end, the challenges for the larger districts, especially Albuquerque Public Schools, which has 13 high schools, are going to be considerably more complex than they will be for cities or towns with just one or two public high schools. The NMAA plans to contest all its sports in a largely truncated calendar that runs through the end of June.
Aggie volleyball completes two-match sweep of Dixie State
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Burton lifts Richmond over Saint Joseph's 79-56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyler Burton scored a career-high 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting and Richmond routed Saint Joseph’s 79-56 on Tuesday night. Blake Francis had 18 points for Richmond (10-4, 4-2 Atlantic 10 Conference), which earned its fourth straight win on the road. Nathan Cayo scored 11 points with five assists and Matt Grace scored 10. Saint Joseph’s scored a season-low 25 points in the second half. ———For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP—Top25———This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
DeSales basketball stuns St. X
DeSales basketball stuns St. XDeSales' Devin Perry breaks down his big 26-point performance and coach Damien Anderson talks about how big a win like this was for his team.
'Our best performance of the year:' Perry, Kalle lead DeSales past St. Xavier
Led by senior stars Devin Perry and Sekou Kalle, the Colts shot 62.5% and routed visiting St. Xavier 81-58 on Tuesday. When Perry wasn’t driving past the St. X defense or nailing a 3-pointer, he was assisting several Kalle dunks. “Perry just gets to his spots really, really, really, really well,” Tigers coach Kevin Klein said. A 22-12 run pulled St. X within 57-43 at the end of the third quarter, but that’s as close as it got. Cole Sherman hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points to lead St. X. Ben Varga added 10 points and three steals.
Basketball fans in LA remember Kobe Bryant one year after deadly crash
Jan 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Caesar Mendoza takes a snapshot of a mural of Kobe Bryant in an alley near Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Bryant and his daughter Gianna and seven other persons died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. Basketball fans gathered across Los Angeles on Tuesday to remember Kobe Bryant, one year to the day after the former NBA superstar perished in a helicopter crash with daughter Gianna and seven others. Advertising Read moreFans laid flowers and Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia at a makeshift memorial outside the Staples Center, the arena where Bryant became a city icon during a two-decade playing career. Street-art memorialsSince his death, dozens of large-scale murals have appeared on walls throughout Los Angeles.
The 2022 M5 CS Sedan is BMW’s quickest production car ever
BMW has revealed the 2022 M5 CS bound for the North American markets, and it is a looker and a cooker. In fact, it’s the quickest and most powerful production vehicle ever made by the German auto company. The new M5 CS sedan carries the same twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 as the other current M5 models, turning out the same 553 lb-ft of torque but tuned for 627 horsepower, up from 617 in the M5 Competition. Visual changes to the CS include plenty of M5 CS badging, obviously, along with a reworked hood with vents, and a new roof, front splitter, mirror caps, rear diffuser and rear spoiler, all fashioned from the lightweight CRFP. The price of the 2022 M5 CS has been set at US$142,000, plus another US$995 for delivery, which is a full US$30,900 more than the one-step-down M5 Competition.
Reports: Minnesota Twins, free agent SS Andrelton Simmons strike one-year deal
The Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with free agent shortstop Andrelton Simmons, according to multiple reports. He'll take over as the Twins' starting shortstop, with Jorge Polanco most likely sliding over to second base. The signing also gives the Twins two premium defenders up the middle with Simmons joining center fielder Byron Buxton. Simmons becomes the second free-agent shortstop to find a new home on Tuesday, coming on the heels of Marcus Semien's one-year agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays. Earlier, the Philadelphia Phillies made the biggest splash of the day by striking a deal to re-sign free agent catcher J.T.
Senior Bowl is first big showcase for 2021 NFL draft prospects such as Alabama's Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harris
Gavino Borquez and Luke EasterlingDraft WireThe NFL draft starts in Mobile, they say. Running backStar: Najee Harris, Alabama — After totaling 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2020, Harris established himself as one of the top running backs in this year’s class. His versatility as a runner and a receiver out of the backfield makes him an immediate weapon in the NFL. Wide receiverStar: DeVonta Smith, Alabama — Arguably the top skill player in this year’s draft, Smith heads to Mobile with very little to prove. He’s a playmaker with a nose for the ball, logging 25 pass breakups and 10 interceptions, even without the benefit of a 2020 season.
Utah lawmakers defend Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, condemn Shaquille O'Neal in lighthearted resolution
O'Neal, now a studio analyst on TNT, upset Jazz fans when he said at halftime of a game last week that the 24-year-old Mitchell didn't have what it takes to be a superstar. That led to an awkward postgame exchange between O'Neal and Mitchell, who had just scored 36 points to lead the Jazz to a win over the Pelicans. “In Utah, we support our players when they face awkward abuse during post-game interviews disguised as pep talks,” the resolution said. O'Neal's take that Mitchell “doesn’t have what it takes to get to the next level is even less accurate than his 50.4% playoff free-throw percentage," the resolution said. Utah Republican state Rep. Kera Birkeland introduced the resolution wearing a referee jersey and House Speaker Brad Wilson wore a Mitchell jersey while he read a resolution that suggested making “Spida” Mitchell the official state arachnid.
Josh Roberts’ work pays off for St. John’s after obstacle-filled year
In less than a calendar year, Josh Roberts went from a starter to a rarely used reserve and a starter again. “It’s been a crazy year,” the St. John’s junior forward told The Post in a phone interview. St. John’s (9-7, 3-6) won, limiting the Bulldogs to 57 points. St. John’s enters Wednesday’s trip to DePaul playing its best basketball, winning three of its last four games. When he really got down he leaned on teammates Marcellus Earlington and Greg Williams Jr., the juniors with whom he arrived at St. John’s.
Former NL star Scott Rolen makes big move in Hall of Fame voting
While the very top of the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame writers’ ballot barely moved, the good times rolled in the middle class. On a day when no players gained the required 75 percent of votes, the most encouraging days came from a quintet of players who placed fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. Third baseman Scott Rolen, the fourth-place guy, registered the largest increase, 17.6 percentage points, going to 52.9 percent in his fourth year. The top-three finishers — Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — each climbed less than 2 percent, and the nuclear trio gets just one more year on the writers’ ballot, unless the Hall accedes to Schilling’s wish to be removed from the writers’ ballot immediately. Shortstop Omar Vizquel (fourth year), meanwhile, fell from 52.6 percent to 49.1 upon revelations of domestic-violence allegations, a telling message from the voters.
Steve Nash ‘admired’ Kobe Bryant’s life off the court
Steve Nash’s final two seasons playing in the NBA came with Kobe Bryant as his teammate. But beyond Bryant’s prowess on the court, Nash wanted to remember the late Lakers legend for his journey off it. Steve Nash (l) and Kobe Bryant Getty Images“Landry’s struggled a little bit to shoot the ball, but otherwise he’s done well,” Nash said. It’s just hard to find the minutes for everyone, especially when the second unit has been struggling a little bit. But at the same time, we are where we are right now with a little bit of a depth or a second-unit synchronicity [issue].
Giants honor frontline COVID-19 workers with Super Bowl 2021 trip
Most of the 7,500 will come from hospitals and health care systems in the Tampa and central Florida area. Among them will be specific health care workers invited by the 32 teams around the league. Mannarano is the only one of the four health care workers who’s been to a Super Bowl before. “I can’t believe I’m going to the Super Bowl, and for my first game to be a Super Bowl is nuts,’’ Bermudez said. If only it was safe for the league to fill the entire stadium with health care workers.
Curt Schilling rips voters, asks to be left off ballot next year after latest Hall of Fame denial
“I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” Schilling wrote. In modern times responding to such drivel somehow validates the claim.”At other points in his letter, Schilling brought up chemotherapy treatments his wife is undergoing to fight cancer. Despite the length of and anger in his letter, Schilling claimed to be “at peace” with the likelihood of Hall of Fame exclusion. My desire to do the right thing and be a good person has driven most of my life choices,” he wrote. “I stood at my locker 400+ times after my starts and took every question and answered honestly.
Metro safety culture still needs work, board says
Safety Commission Chief Operating Officer Sharmila Samarasinghe said Tuesday the commission has approved 20 of 21 corrective action plans Metro was required to submit after the audit. ADOn Aug. 11, a train rolled backward and inadvertently attached to another train while workers were performing tests, safety commission inspector Manuel Lopez said. The team had requested a stoppage, but the ROCC told it to stand by. ADMembers of the team told safety investigators they weren’t watching for train traffic because they assumed the ROCC was watching out for them. At least one electrician told investigators “they were scared to raise a good-faith challenge due to fear of retaliation,” Walker said.
After Trump Bedminster was removed as host, 2022 PGA Championship to be played at Oklahoma course
The 2022 PGA Championship was set to be held at Trump Bedminster, but the PGA of America canceled that arrangement several days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol this month. “As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. In 2017, the year Trump took office, the PGA of America held the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., and the USGA staged the U.S. Women’s Open at Bedminster. It was scheduled to host the PGA Championship again in 2030, but that arrangement was moved up eight years. “Many of us were there in 2007 [when Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship].
Seahawks player arrested after allegedly choking out girlfriend until she was unconscious: report
Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was arrested last Friday night after he allegedly got into a "physical fight" with his girlfriend, according to a police report obtained by The Seattle Times. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMWheeler’s girlfriend reportedly told the police that she suffered a dislocated arm and she was bleeding. That’s when he allegedly grabbed her, threw her on the bed, and choked her until she was unconscious, police stated. After she regained consciousness, Wheeler reportedly said, "Wow you're alive?" Police said that he was uncooperative after he allegedly beat his girlfriend, who was listed at 5-foot-9, 145 pounds in the report.
Rob Gronkowski's 'super celebration' following the NFC Championship game
“So we celebrated in the locker room already, and now I just ate my burrito,” Gronkowski said. “Let me tell you, that was my super celebration. “The first Super Bowl I went to, I kind of celebrated really hard after the AFC championship game when I still had a game left, you know, practice and everything,” Gronkowski said. This will be the first time in NFL history that a team has played in a Super Bowl in its home stadium. “And then that’s when the big celebration comes in two more weeks.”The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:35 a.m. on CBS.
Report: Pelicans discussing Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick trades
Especially around impending free agents Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick. Shams Charania of The Athletic:New Orleans has been receiving calls about the availability of Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick and has shown an openness to discussing trades around both with interested teams, sources tell The Athletic. I wouldn’t read too much into New Orleans’ willingness to discuss Ball and Redick trades. But it could make sense for New Orleans to trade Ball and Redick. More on the PelicansMonday’s Spurs at Pelicans game postponed as both teams short players NBA Power Rankings: Brooklyn climbs fast after Harden trade, big wins Three things to know: Zion Williamson, Pelicans making strides, have long...Report: Pelicans discussing Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick trades originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Why Lonzo Ball would be good Warriors fit in Kelly Oubre Pelicans trade
Why Lonzo would be good Warriors fit in potential Oubre trade originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaCould the Kelly Oubre Era really already be coming to an end for the Warriors? If the two sides do further talk on an Oubre trade, who might the Warriors seek in return? The Pelicans are listening to offers on Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick, Charania reported, and the oldest of the three Ball brothers could be an intriguing fit for the Warriors. The Warriors could match any offer for Ball, giving them a head start on bringing back a young player instead of losing Oubre for nothing. Adding Ball and subtracting Oubre could then turn Damion Lee into the Warriors' starting shooting guard, giving Golden State another 3-point option with Steph Curry.
Clippers without starters fall to Hawks
AdvertisementThey ran over the top of screens, forcing the Hawks’ most capable three-point shooters to eschew deep shots for floaters in the lane. Atlanta’s second-to-none ability to score second-chance points was blunted by holding the Hawks to only 10 offensive rebounds. AdvertisementWithout George, Leonard and Beverley, who had made 44.7% of their combined three-pointers this season, the Clippers suffered from a predictable shooting deficit. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points and his backup center, Ivica Zubac, scored 13 points with 10 rebounds despite playing with foul trouble. Atlanta’s Trae Young scored 38 points to lead the Hawks (9-8).
Kobe Bryant fans keep his memory alive one year after his death
I basically use his model for my work and personal life.”A Los Angeles native, Martinez was in awe of Bryant at an early age. Josie Alavarez does the sign of the cross before releasing balloons on the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday. They walk beside us every day.”https://twitter.com/KNXBaird/status/1354123089718599680AdvertisementTributes extended outside of Los Angeles, showing the basketball star’s far-reaching influence. She will stream weekly from Tuesday to Aug. 24, Kobe Bryant Day, encouraging viewers to donate through her Charity GoFundMe page or directly through the foundation’s website. “It still doesn’t feel real.”A woman cries in front of a Kobe Bryant mural outside Staples Center on Tuesday.
Report: Giants nearing deal with Tommy La Stella, giving the team a chance to get creative
When the Giants hit their lowest point during the 2020 season, it was former Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella who delivered the crushing blow. According to a report from NBC Sports Bay Area, the Giants are nearing a deal with the free agent infielder. The club also signed former Cubs and Padres prospect Jason Vosler, a left-handed hitter who can play third base and second base, earlier in the offseason, giving the team a surplus of infielders on its 40-man roster. La Stella, who has only struck out in 40 of his last 549 plate appearances, boasts elite contact skills that are reminiscent of former Giants second baseman Joe Panik when he was at his best. Panik was a better defender in the prime of his career, but La Stella has consistently posted higher on-base and slugging percentages, making him more of a threat at the plate.
Bruins win despite two-goal squander, Craig Smith potting OT winner vs. Pittsburgh
Kasperi Kapanen forced the overtime with only 3:16 remaining in regulation, connecting off a rush that began deep in the Pittsburgh end. AdvertisementThe hard charger drove around Charlie McAvoy on the right side, rushed in alone on the Boston net, and finished off on Rask’s front porch. Despite a constant parade of Bruins to the penalty box, resulting in six Pittsburgh power-play opportunities, the Bruins built a 2-0 lead in the second period and held on for their third straight win. The Pens, yet to win on the road this season, are back at the Garden on Thursday night for the rematch. He took a solid smack along the boards by Brandon Tanev, likely the blow that finished him for the night.
Analysis: Why the A’s losing Marcus Semien to Toronto is a terrible sign
This year is no exception because all Major League Baseball teams are taking substantial financial hits because of the pandemicBut Oakland’s inability to sign shortstop Marcus Semien to a one-year deal is an alarming sign that the A’s are truly in a bad financial spot. The A’s could have extended qualifying offers worth $18.9 million to closer Liam Hendriks and Semien. Instead, Semien fled Tuesday to Toronto on a one-year, $18 million deal to play second base for a young, talented Blue Jays team spending on pieces to bolster a budding contender. Related Articles Marcus Semien leaves Oakland for Toronto — what’s next for the A’s at shortstop? Four of them — Semien, Hendriks, Robbie Grossman and Mike Minor — have walked.
Red Sox sign pitcher Matt Carasiti to minor league deal
The Red Sox signed righthander Matt Carasiti to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, a league source confirmed to the Globe Tuesday. Matt Carasiti signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants in January of 2020. Carasiti, 29, missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was a sixth-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2012 out of St. John’s University and made his big league debut in 2016 with the club. He signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants in January of 2020.
EMass boys’ hockey: Newburyport’s Jon Groth headlines Players of the Week
Jon Groth, Newburyport — The junior alternate captain had a hand in all of the Clippers’ scoring in back-to-back wins, notching a hat trick and assist in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Pentucket and assisting on Friday’s lone goal to beat Lynnfield, 1-0. Groth also had two assists last Wednesday in a 6-0 win over Hamilton-Wenham. Sean Ennis, Norwell — The Clippers senior goalie allowed only one goal in a pair of South Shore League victories, 3-1 over Norwell and 4-0 over Cohasset. Colby Jewell, Gloucester — Jewell’s hat trick and assist sparked Saturday’s 8-3 victory over Beverly in the Northeastern Conference, and the freshman forward also had a goal in last Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Winthrop. Jake Mastrangelo, Marshfield — The senior left wing had a hat trick and two assists in Monday’s 7-2 victory over Whitman-Hanson, after also posting an assist in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over the Panthers.
Former Cedar Hill, Baylor QB Garret McGuire hired as coaching assistant with Carolina Panthers
McGuire, the son of former Cedar Hill head coach and current Baylor assistant head coach Joey McGuire, was hired as a coaching assistant with the Carolina Panthers, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates on Monday night. McGuire, 21, recently finished his fourth season as a quarterback with the Baylor football team. On Sept. 2, 2016, McGuire was put into the Cedar Hill starting lineup after an injury to starting quarterback Avery Davis, who just finished his fourth season at Notre Dame. McGuire and Cedar Hill faced a 21-point fourth quarter deficit against Mansfield, but mounted a comeback. Marquise Forman with the one-yard TD to tie the game between Cedar Hill and Mansfield at 41.
James van Riemsdyk, Nolan Patrick, Ivan Provorov lead Flyers past New Jersey Devils, 5-3
As has been the case most of the season, the Flyers got off to a slow start and had little offensive-zone time early in the game, getting just one of the game’s first seven shots in the first seven minutes. Elliott kept the game scoreless by stopping Pavel Zacha, who went in alone, with 15:43 to go in the first.
Colonels no more: South Garland High School drops Confederate mascot, adopts new campus symbol
South Garland High School will trade its Colonel mascot for a Titan next school year amid a debate about the legacy of Confederate symbols in schools. After the school board voted last November to find a new mascot, Garland ISD assembled a subcommittee to suggest a replacement. Last year Tyler trustees changed the names of Tyler Lee and Tyler John Tyler high schools to Tyler Legacy and Tyler High, respectively. Garland officials considered a mascot change after the local NAACP chapter requested the campus alter its mascot and name. It denotes the geographic location and a North Garland High School also exists within the district, GISD officials said.
Twins agree to one-year deal with shortstop Andrelton Simmons
The Twins shored up their middle infield on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with defensive whiz Andrelton Simmons on a one-year, $10.5 million deal, a source confirmed. Signing Simmons affords the Twins some flexibility in the infield. Polanco has not played second base in a major league game since 2016, though he did appear there more frequently while in the minors. Arraez only appeared at second base last season, though saw time at second, third, short and even in the outfield as a rookie in 2019. As the market continues to heat up, the Twins still have multiple needs left to fill.
Torii Hunter stays on HOF ballot; two drop off
Former Twins LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer’s first year on the Hall of Fame ballot wound up being their last. Hawkins received two votes and Cuddyer received one, putting both of them well below the five percent threshold necessary to remain on the ballot. Their former teammate, Torii Hunter, will however remain on the ballot. Hunter, also on the ballot for the first time, received 38 votes — or 9.5 percent — garnering enough support for another vote. He received the second-most votes among players on the ballot for the first time, behind just Mark Buehrle.
Big Ten announces schedule changes for Michigan State basketball
The Nebraska game moves to the day Michigan State was scheduled to play at Michigan. However, the Wolverines’ athletic program is in a two-week shutdown, forcing the postponement of all games against Michigan. The changes leave Michigan State with three games still to reschedule. In addition to the Michigan game, Michigan State lost home games with Indiana and Illinois. Since the school year began, 13 of Michigan State’s 15 players have tested positive with as many as six staffers also testing positive.
Oklahoma high school boys basketball: Sean Pedulla paces Edmond Memorial to big second half to knock off Edmond North
EDMOND – Sean Pedulla took two dribbles to his right before pulling up while falling out of bounds. The shot was heading toward the basket but looked to be a little long. 2 Edmond North. It came after Memorial forced a North turnover. Instead of North shrinking its deficit to single digits heading to the fourth quarter, Pedulla made it a 13-point lead for the home team.
Louisville edges Miami and Baylor routs TCU
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dana Evans scored 20 points, including Louisville’s final 12 capped by two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining, helping the top-ranked Cardinals survive Miami (Florida) 79-76 on Tuesday. Louisville (15-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led throughout in winning their third consecutive game as the No. 1 women’s team, but had to hold off a furious late rally by the Hurricanes. Evans took over for the final nine minutes, making all eight free throws around a couple of baskets to give the Cardinals just enough space. Marshall scored 19 points and Naomi Mbandu 17 for the Hurricanes (7-6, 4-6), who fell to 0-8 against the No.
Pons leads No. 18 Tennessee past Mississippi State
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Yves Pons scored 13 points and No. 18 Tennessee overcame a miserable shooting night to beat Mississippi State 56-53 Tuesday night. Pons was a critical force in the first half for the Vols. Mississippi State was led by Iverson Molinar with 16 points and D.J. Abdul Ado had 12 rebounds and Quinten Post pulled down 10 as the Bulldogs dominated the boards, 42-30.
Eichel's 2nd period goal lifts Sabres over Rangers 3-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo captain Jack Eichel’s first goal of the season gave him some relief and provided a lift for the Sabres. Eichel, Dylan Cozens and Tobias Rieder scored for Buffalo, which rallied for a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Eichel's power-play goal snapped a 2-all tie and gave Buffalo the lead at 7:31 of the second period. He buried a shot from the slot off a pass from below the goal line by Victor Olofsson. The goal was his first since March 9, 2020, Buffalo’s final game of the 2019-2020 season.
Lomax scores 14 to lead Memphis past SMU 76-72
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Alex Lomax came off the bench to score 14 points and lead Memphis to a 76-72 win over SMU on Tuesday night. Jeffries had 12 points for Memphis (9-5, 5-2 American Athletic Conference). Landers Nolley II added 12 points. Emmanuel Bandoumel added 13 points. Kendric Davis, whose 19 points per game heading into the matchup led the Mustangs, had eight points on 4-of-14 shooting.
No. 9 Alabama wins 10th straight, beats Kentucky 70-59
9 Alabama beat Kentucky 70-59 on Tuesday night and complete its first regular season two-game sweep over the Wildcats since 1989. After a back-and-forth second half, Davion Mintz's 3-pointer put Kentucky up 54-52 with 4:52 remaining in the game. The Alabama defense then made stops on five straight possessions which led to a 10-0 Crimson Tide run that essentially put the game away. The Crimson Tide (14-3, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) extends their winning streak to 10 games. The Crimson Tide didn’t hit their first 3-pointer of the second half till Shackelford made one with 9:48 to put Alabama up 47-43.
Schultz scores in final minute, Capitals beat Islanders 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Schultz scored the go-ahead goal with 26.4 seconds left, Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Tuesday night despite another injury to a key player. Schultz's goal allowed the Capitals to narrowly avoid a fifth consecutive overtime game, which has never happened in franchise history. Washington lost center Lars Eller midway through the third period when he was hit into the glass from behind by Leo Komarov, who was assessed a major penalty for boarding. Capitals defenseman John Carlson had a power-play goal playing in Ovechkin's spot, and Daniel Sprong scored his first with Washington. Schultz got the primary assist on Carlson's goal, and Vanecek was solid again in a fourth consecutive start in Samsonov's absence.
No. 9 Baylor women 82-49 over TCU for another season sweep
WACO, Texas (AP) — NaLyssa Smith had 18 points with a career-high 16 rebounds, Moon Ursin scored 21 points and No. 9 Baylor beat TCU 82-49 on Tuesday night, completing another regular-season series sweep against the instate rival Horned Frogs. The Lady Bears (11-2, 6-1 Big 12) have now handily won their two home games since a 75-71 loss to Iowa State on Jan. 16. Baylor freshman Sarah Andrews scored 18 points, all in the fourth quarter when the Lady Bears scored 22. Big 12 assists leader DiDi Richards had six more in 17 minutes for the Lady Bears.
Reaves' 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin Reaves scored 23 points and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left that proved to be the difference as No. Reaves' free throws gave the Sooners a three-point lead before Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later to get Texas within one. The Longhorns nearly forced a turnover on the inbounds pass before fouling Oklahoma's Jalen Hill with 2.3 seconds to play. Hill missed his first free throw, then intentionally missed his second but failed to hit the rim, giving Texas the ball. The Sooners (10-4, 6-3) then intercepted a long pass to end the game, sending Texas (11-3, 5-2) to its second Big 12 home loss.
Shumate's career-high 33 sends Toledo past Miami (Ohio)
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — JT Shumate scored a career-high 33 points making all 11 of his shot attempts and Toledo beat Miami (Ohio) 90-81 on Tuesday night. Shumate's only blemish was at the foul line where he missed just one of seven attempts. Ryan Rollins had 13 points and six assists for Toledo (14-4, 9-1 Mid-American Conference) which now has won 11 of its last 12. Mattia Acunzo scored 13 points and Setric Millner Jr. 11 for the Rockets. Dae Dae Grant scored 14 points and Dalonte Brown 12 with seven rebounds.
OU basketball: 3 takeaways from Sooners' upset of Texas
OU basketball: 3 takeaways from Sooners' upset of TexasOklahoma’s men’s basketball team opened up a three-game gauntlet against top-10 teams with a huge win. The 24th-ranked Sooners survived a furious comeback by short-handed No. 5 Texas on Tuesday night in Austin for a wild 80-79 upset. OU is now 9-4 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 play entering Saturday’s game against No. Here are three takeaways from the game:
Bruins survive in OT
In the OT, Evgeni Malkin hit the crossbar on a breakaway and the Pens could not convert on a 3-on-0. Rask got up slowly and appeared to be injured, but he shook it off and stayed in the game. It was Clifton who took the first penalty of the game when he crosschecked Evgeni Malkin in front the Bruins’ net. Sidney Crosby’s pass through the neutral zone went off Jared McCann’s stick and went right to Charlie McAvoy, who one-timed it back up the ice to Brad Marchand for one of the Bruin’s patented shorthanded rushes on his off-wing. It was the B’s second shorty of the young season and it put Marchand’s franchise record at 28 man-down goals for his career.
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Though the award-winning University of Arizona marching band has resumed practices, it won't be in the stadium when the Wildcats start their football season on Nov. 6. This will be the first time since 1922 that the Pride has not performed at UA football games.
Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy
“I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” Schilling wrote. “I don’t think I’m a hall of famer as I’ve often stated but if former players think I am then I’ll accept that with honor. McCready later told “Inside Edition” she met Clemens when she was 16 and that the relationship didn’t turn sexual until several years later. The BBWAA recently voted overwhelmingly to remove the name and imprint of former Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis from MVP plaques. Landis became commissioner in 1920, and there were no Black players in the majors during his more than two decades in charge.
UPDATED: Richmond school officials, community members at odds over extension of superintendent's contract
“As an RPS parent and a policy maker, I am simultaneously one of RPS’ biggest critics and fiercest advocates — and maybe that’s what it means to be an RPS parent in this moment as we find ourselves reaching and wanting for a dream of what could be, when the reality just is not here yet,” she said. The Richmond Crusade for Voters on Tuesday released a statement supporting a two-year contract. Rizzi is a member of the organization but does not serve on the organization’s nine-member board, which took the vote. “Richmond Public Schools still ranks at the bottom, when compared to all Virginia public schools, for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020,” according to a statement from the organization. “The Richmond School Board should make public its past and future evaluations regarding what Superintendent Kamras has accomplished as well as his shortcomings since he has been serving in his position.”The Richmond NAACP on Thursday voted unanimously to support two more years.
Liz Dixon steps up in reserve role for Louisville women's basketball when they need it most
This is a player who knows her place and her limitations and scrupulously plays to her strengths near the basket. Dixon made six of her seven field-goal attempts and scored a game-high 21 points in the Cardinals’ 79-76 victory over Miami. “I’m pretty fortunate that these young women understand that we have bigger goals than to just start,” Walz said. They won’t let you start six or seven.”Liz Dixon has started just once this season, but she has averaged 17.4 minutes per game. “I take 3s in practice, so I’m capable of taking them, but I’m not the best at it, so I’m still working on it.
Kentucky basketball wastes strong defensive effort in loss to Alabama
Kentucky managed to follow half the blueprint in a matchup with first-place Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Alabama entered the game ranked third nationally in made 3s per game (11.2) but made just 6 of 20 3s against Kentucky. Despite Alabama's unusual off shooting night, Kentucky was unable to take a lead until the 12:48 mark in the second half due to its own offensive struggles. With the win, Alabama remained undefeated in SEC play (9-0). Kentucky fell to 4-4 in SEC play and 5-10 on the season.
Tammy Abraham leaps to defence of 'big bro' Chelsea teammate Antonio Rudiger after Frank Lampard axe
Tammy Abraham has played down reports of Chelsea stars causing rifts in the Blues camp which have left many supporters fuming following the sacking of Frank Lampard. Following Lampard's sacking, reports emerged of Rudiger being a prominent source of disruption within the Chelsea ranks, 'causing issues' and allegedly 'clashing' with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. His sentiments were soon echoed by Chelsea striking legend Didier Drogba who backed Abraham's stance after quote tweeting the England international. Critics hurts but when you are together it makes tou (sic) stronger and better,' the Chelsea legend later added. On Tuesday night, Chelsea confirmed Lampard's replacement by bringing in former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel who was sacked by the French side in December.
West Ham set to convert Said Benrahma loan into permanent deal to free up space for Jesse Lingard
West Ham are converting Said Benrahma’s loan from Brentford into a permanent move to pave the way for Jesse Lingard's arrival from Manchester United. Once Benrahma’s deal is made permanent, West Ham will free up a domestic loan space for Lingard, who is keen to join David Moyes' in-form side. West Ham are set to convert Said Benrahma's loan from Brentford into a permanent transferBoth domestic loan slots are currently taken, with Watford defender Craig Dawson and Benrahma currently blocking a temporary move for Lingard. The Red Devils have told Lingard - who only has three appearances this season in all competitions and none in the Premier League - that he can leave. Moyes, who knows the 24-cap England midfielder from his time at Old Trafford, clearly believes he can rejuvenate the 28-year-old's form.
Romelu Lukaku tells Zlatan Ibrahimovic 'f*** you and your wife' during Milan derby
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku clashed heads and exchanged heated words as tempers flared between the two during the Milan derby Coppa Italia quarter-final on Tuesday night - which Inter won 2-1 over bitter rivals AC. Lukaku and Ibrahimovic were involved in a verbal joust before they bumped heads having not seen eye-to-eye, which resulted in both being booked by referee Paolo Valeri. The 27-year-old could be heard telling the AC Milan striker 'f*** you and your wife, you little b****' and 'you want to speak about my mother!?' Lukaku slotted home a penalty to draw Antonio Conte's side level at the San Siro'The issue with Romelu was not financial. Christian Eriksen celebrates his last-gasp winner for Inter Milan with team-mate Ashley Young
Mikel Arteta refuses to discuss Arsenal's top-four chances
Mikel Arteta is still refusing to put a target on a season which has shown a massive upturn since a Boxing Day victory over Chelsea. 'I want to look at ourselves, how we can get better, the reason we are playing better and winning football matches. The Arsenal boss dedicated their comeback win at St Mary's to captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - who is absent due to personal reasons. Asked about Aubameyang's situation, Arteta replied: 'I loved how they support each other and how they protect each other. 'The effort was good in the first half, the quality wasn't good enough today to be competitive against this team.'
West Brom 0-5 Manchester City: Blues go top of the league with help of another 'offside' goal
AdvertisementWhen they are like this, you can never be quite sure how many players are actually out there in Manchester City blue. Pep Guardiola appeared to have three false nines on the pitch, and West Bromwich were a spinning top waiting to collapse. West Brom stopped, City did not. West Brom, already one goal down by this point, were finished. He spent some time of the second half as a central striker, then sprinting back when West Brom threatened to break.
No new players are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 60 years
Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. On Twitter, admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a 'disgrace' to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, meanwhile, has sought to clarify the role of its plaque gallery and its museum. So it remains up to the voters to decide how they'll weigh off-field issues when evaluating Hall of Fame candidates. If too many of the top players are left out — particularly if it's for non-baseball reasons — could the Hall lose credibility as a baseball shrine?
Shaquille O'Neal sells his massive Florida mansion for $16.5 million
AdvertisementShaquille O'Neal has parted ways with his mega-mansion in Orlando, Florida, for a stunning $16.5 million. The 48-year-old NBA legend was able to sell off the gigantic home after lowering its original 2018 asking price from $28 million, according to Mansion Global. Moving on: Shaquille O'Neal, 48, sold his Orlando, Florida, mega-mansion for $16.5 million after relisting it four times, Mansion Global reportedMost importantly for Shaq, the mansion includes a 6,000 square foot basketball court for him to practice his game. Guests and residents can enjoy the warm evenings with a kitchen near the pool that's ideal for entertaining. Factoring in inflation, he would have spent a little of $7 million in contemporary dollars, meaning he profited by more than $9 million.
Farmers Insurance Open Fantasy Golf Power Rankings
Marc Leishman is back at Torrey Pines Golf Course to defend his 2020 title and Si Woo Kim looks to go back-to-back after winning last week’s American Express. Below, we look at the fantasy golf power rankings and betting odds for the top 30 golfers at the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open. 2021 Farmers Insurance Open: Fantasy Golf Top 30Odds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Charles Howell III (+8000)No one in this field has more rounds played at the South Course than Howell’s 64. Torrey Pines’ South Course is very comparable to PGA West’s Stadium Course, so he’s in a decent spot for rare back-to-back wins.
Davis Love III named Presidents Cup captain for 2022
The member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, who counts 21 PGA Tour titles on his resume, including the 1997 PGA Championship, will lead the USA charges in the 2022 Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday. Love also has been a vice captain in the Presidents Cup in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and in the Ryder Cup in 2010 and 2018. As for the Presidents Cup, the U.S. has dominated the Internationals, losing just once and tying once in 13 contests. Johnson, who has played in the Ryder Cup five times and the Presidents Cup four times, was an assistant to Woods in the 2019 Presidents Cup and will join Love as an assistant this fall for the Ryder Cup. Things just kind of lined up.”South African and 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelmann, who was named captain of the 2022 Internationals squad in April 2020, played in two editions of the Presidents Cup and was an assistant to Ernie Els in the 2019 Presidents Cup.
Si Woo Kim’s best drivers off the deck
The American Express 2021 champion Si Woo Kim is known for taking driver off the deck … from the cart path, the fairway and even a deck of cards. Check out some of Kim's best moments hitting driver off the deck.
FanDuel to provide PGA Tour in-app highlights to app users
The FanDuel Group announced Tuesday it will provide real-time highlights of PGA Tour events to FanDuel Sportsbook app users. FanDuel became an Official Betting Operator of the Tour in August. The group hopes the new feature announced Tuesday will draw new fans to engage with Tour content through FanDuel. Beginning the Farmers Insurance Open, which tees off Thursday at Torrey Pines, FanDuel will use WSC Sports’ AI technology to notify FanDuel Sportsbook app users of PGA Tour highlights via push notifications. “We’re taking the FanDuel Sportsbook app experience beyond just placing a bet – now our customers will get the best Tour highlights delivered to them each week to consume and act on,” said Adam Kaplan, GM/VP of Sports Content, FanDuel Group.
Davis Love III’s best shots on the PGA TOUR
Check out 21-time winner Davis Love III's top 10 shots on the PGA TOUR, featuring impressive hole-outs from the fairway, from the bunker and chip-ins from around the green.
Davis Love III surprises 2020 PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year with award
Barbara Van Buskirk, a volunteer with 11 years of service at The RSM Classic, was honored as the 2020 PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year. Tournament host of The RSM Classic and recently named captain of the U.S. Team for the 2022 Presidents Cup, Davis Love III surprised Van Buskirk with the award at Sea Island Golf Club, presenting her with inscribed crystal and the opportunity to donate funds to the charity of her choice on behalf of the PGA TOUR.
New Hampshire Bans COVID Vaccines For Out-Of-State Homeowners
Schilling, Clemens, Bonds Fail To Earn Spot In Baseball Hall Of Fame In 2021There will be no members in the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2021, after two Hall-worthy former Red Sox and the most prolific home run hitter in history failed to garner enough votes. Boston Marathon 2021 Set For Monday, October 11 If Races Are AllowedThe Boston Marathon will be run on Monday, October 11, Columbus Day, if road races are allowed then under the Massachusetts reopening plan, the Boston Athletic Association announced Tuesday. Former Red Sox Coach, PawSox Manager Ron Johnson Dead At 64 From Complications From COVID-19Former Red Sox first base coach and Pawtucket Red Sox manager Ron Johnson has died from complications from COVID-19Update: Celtics Depart For San Antonio; Wednesday's Game With Spurs Appears To Be OnBoston's game against the San Antonio Spurs is now in doubt, after Monday's Pelicans-Spurs game in New Orleans was postponed by the NBA due to the league's healthy and safety protocols. Julian Edelman Reveals A Bill Belichickism That Helps Explain Patriots' Late-Season SuccessThe reasons for the Patriots' late-season success may be multiple, but Julian Edelman revealed one simple message that is apparently a Bill Belichick staple late in seasons.
2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot: Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz are top newcomers
After no players were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021, the debate surrounding the 2022 ballot is going to be unlike anything we've seen before. Not only will controversial figures in Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens make their 10th and final appearance on the ballot, but they will be joined by Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz – both of whom have the requisite statistics but present complicated cases for voters. Other holdovers include Scott Rolen (52.9%), Omar Vizquel (49.1%), Billy Wagner (46.4%), Todd Helton (44.9%), Gary Sheffield (40.6%) and Andruw Jones (33.9%). Here's a look at the top players who will be making their debut on the 2022 ballot:Alex Rodriguez (117.5 WAR) – 696 home runs (fourth all-time), 2,086 RBI (fourth all-time), 3-time MVP (2003, 2005, 2007), 14-time All-StarDavid Ortiz (55.3 WAR) – 541 home runs, 10-time All-Star, .455/.576/.795 in 14 World Series gamesMark Teixeira (50.6 WAR) – 409 home runs, five Gold Gloves, three-time All-StarJimmy Rollins (47.6 WAR) – 2007 NL MVP, four Gold Gloves, three-time All-Star, 470 stolen basesJake Peavy (39.2 WAR) – 2007 NL Cy Young winner, 2007 NL Pitching Triple Crown (19 wins, 2.54 ERA, 240 strikeouts)Carl Crawford (39.1 WAR) – Four-time All-Star, 480 stolen basesCoco Crisp (28.9 WAR) – 309 stolen basesJustin Morneau (27 WAR) – 2006 AL MVP, four-time All-Star, 2014 NL batting championJoe Nathan (26.7 WAR) – 377 saves (eighth all-time), six-time All-StarOthers eligible: Marlon Byrd, Prince Fielder, A.J. Pierzynski, Prince Fielder, Jonathan Papelbon
Bills fan honors team with end-of-treatment celebration
Bills fan honors team with end-of-treatment celebrationBuffalo Bills fan Victor Neilson body-slammed a folding table in true Bills fashion to celebrate the end of chemotherapy.
Longtime NBA reporter Sekou Smith dead at 48
Longtime NBA reporter Sekou Smith died Tuesday, according to multiple reports. Smith died after a battle with COVID-19, according to TMZ Sports. “The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family,” the league said in a statement. In 2009, Smith transitioned to TV, joining Turner Sports, where he worked as a reporter and an analyst for NBA TV and NBA.com. “Sekou Smith was the very best of us,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter.
Fordham fires men’s college hoop coach Jeff Neubauer
The daunting job that is Fordham men’s basketball has spit out yet another previously successful coach. With Fordham 1-7 and Neubauer’s dismissal obviously near, The Bronx school felt it was best for all parties to get a jump-start on its coaching search, sources said. Neubauer, sources said, made in the ballpark of $650,000 to $700,000 per season. Depending on the candidate, Fordham is planning to increase its budget for its next head coach. In the meantime, associate head coach Mike DePaoli is taking over on an interim basis.
Whining Curt Schilling better not get his way
And then Curt Schilling had to open up his big, fat, bigoted mouth once again. Look, I’d like to see Schilling in the Hall. Curt Schilling wants off the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. In his lengthy, self-pitying Facebook post, Schilling wrote, “[T]he media has created a Curt Schilling that does not and has never existed. Instead, we’re contemplating what to do next about Schilling, who has boxed himself into a conundrum of his own making.
Where the Mets really stand with Trevor Bauer
In their attempt to build a championship-caliber rotation, the Mets await an answer from Trevor Bauer. Last week, George Springer signed a six-year contract worth $150 million with the Blue Jays. A report Tuesday that Bauer had received a record-setting offer from the Mets, in terms of annual average value, was debunked. Gerrit Cole received a $324 million contract from the Yankees before last season with a record AAV of $36 million. Trevor Bauer APIf the Mets were to sign the 30-year-old Bauer, their rotation would vault to among the game’s best.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future
All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says "I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back" with the Green Bay Packers next season. Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers’ 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers said after the game "there’s a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included." The Packers’ list of potential free agents includes All-Pro center Corey Linsley and Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones among others. I’m going to have them with the right people.
American Magic relaunches Patriot after rapid repairs in NZ
U.S. challenger American Magic returned its racing yacht Patriot to the water Wednesday just 10 days after a dramatic capsize threatened to ends its involvement in the America’s Cup in New Zealand. The winner of the series will progress to the Prada Cup final where it will meet Britian’s INEOS Team UK. The achievement of American Magic in repairing Patriot on such a tight deadline has amazed rival teams and sailing experts. American Magic mainsail trimmer Paul Goodison told New Zealand media organization NZME the U.S. team hopes to "carry on where we left off" as Patriot is re-launched. "We’re reassured by (designer) Silvio (Arrivabene) and the guys that the boat will be in a similar state," Goodison said.
Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract
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. Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays during a slow offseason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Toronto also agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Kirby Yates ($5.5 million) and Tyler Chatwood ($3 million) and re-signed left-hander Robbie Ray to an $8 million, one-year contract. The Blue Jays were swept in two games by the AL champion Rays in a first-round series. It is not clear where the Blue Jays will play home games when the 2021 season starts.
Curt Schilling blasts Baseball Hall of Fame after falling short, requests off 2022 ballot
Curt Schilling, a three-time World Series champion, fell 16 votes shy of the 75% mark that would have made him a Hall of Famer this year. For the second time in the last eight years, no MLB players will be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I am requesting to be removed from the ballot," Schilling wrote on his Facebook. The Red Sox ended up winning the game, and eventually put an end to their 86-year wait for a World Series title. and watch folks start a confrontation for (expletive) that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption," Schilling wrote at the time.
Importance of Senior Bowl increases for NFL teams, prospects
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — With whistles blowing and players moving from station to station, everything appeared to be business as usual Tuesday at the Senior Bowl — even if things are anything but normal. The football aspect hasn’t changed, but the importance of this weeklong audition for senior NFL prospects is magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic with no NFL draft combine this year. “The Senior Bowl always has tremendous value in the scouting process and this year probably even more so,” Nagy said. Players, coaches and support staffers within the Senior Bowl bubble will be tested daily for the coronavirus. Offensive coordinator Joe Brady, linebackers coach Mike Siravo and cornerbacks coach Evan Cooper are not attending the Senior Bowl due to COVID-19-related reasons.
NBA rumors: Warriors talked potential Kelly Oubre trade with Pelicans
Report: Warriors talked potential Oubre trade with Pelicans originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaKelly Oubre recorded 14 points (2-for-3 from deep), six rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in the Warriors' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. And on Tuesday afternoon, his name popped up in a report regarding a possible trade. "The Warriors and [New Orleans] Pelicans discussed a potential deal involving Kelly Oubre Jr," The Athletic's Shams Charania writes, citing sources. Watch the latest episode of Warriors OutsidersSo who would Golden State be interested in acquiring from the Pelicans? Oubre is making about $14.4 million this season, and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
New Chargers coordinator Joe Lombardi looks to build offense around Justin Herbert
AdvertisementAfter being dismissed by Caldwell, Lombardi returned to New Orleans, where he spent five more seasons as quarterbacks coach before the Chargers called. “Man, if it’s something the quarterback thrives in, then that’s what we’re going to want to do.”For Herbert, Lombardi explained that could mean more up-tempo and no-huddle next season. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi looks on with quarterback Dan Orlovsky during a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 11, 2015. He said he began paying closer attention during the season as Herbert gained league-wide exposure by the week. In 2005, both were at Mercyhurst University, Lombardi as offensive coordinator and Staley as quarterback.
Farmers defending champion Marc Leishman has had ups and downs since 2020 victory
When he comes to Torrey Pines, Marc Leishman is reminded of his hometown of Warrnambool, a coastal city in , Australia. The Farmers Insurance Open’s defending champion has five top-10 finishes in the tournament, including a pair of second-place showings before last year’s one-stroke victory over Jon Rahm. “It reminds me a lot of home,” Leishman said Tuesday morning before heading out for a practice round. “It was a special day,” said Leishman, 37, whose fifth PGA Tour victory was accompanied by a trophy, a surfboard and a check for $1.35 million. “But when you go through something like that, I think you’ve got to try and take the positives out of it.
J.T. Realmuto lands five-year, $115.5 million deal with Phillies
Realmuto is staying with the Philadelphia Phillies after agreeing to a five-year, $115.5 million contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Realmuto’s deal was pending a successful physical. A two-time All-Star, Realmuto will get $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. Realmuto’s average annual salary of $23.1 million will become the highest for a catcher, topping the $23 million Joe Mauer averaged in an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Twins from 2011-18. He didn’t allow a homer … Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to a one-year, $18 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Coronavirus: Santa Clara University men’s team postpones 4 games
SANTA CLARA — Just as the Santa Clara University men’s basketball team got approval to return home, the Broncos had to temporarily shut down the season. Santa Clara school officials announced Tuesday the Broncos have paused all team-related activities because of positive COVID-19 cases and related contract tracing. The development comes a day after Santa Clara County public health officers rescinded a ban on the playing and practicing for professional and college teams. Santa Clara was scheduled to play Thursday against the University of the Pacific. Gavin Newsom rescinded a stay-at-home order on Monday, Santa Clara County officials revised their local directives that were in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Curt Schilling slams writers after missing out on Hall of Fame: 'Morally bankrupt frauds'
It is his second-to-last season on the ballot for voting done by the Baseball Writers Association of America. MORE:Curt Schilling says he would represent Diamondbacks, not Red Sox, in Baseball Hall of FameMORE:Your take: Curt Schilling's Capitol rioters comments should keep him out of Hall of FameIn the post, Schilling slammed the writers who didn't vote for him. "As I’ve stated often over the past years to those I’ve spoken with in my heart I am at peace," Schilling wrote on Facebook. "Having said all that the media has created a Curt Schilling that does not and has never existed. MORE:Arizona Diamondbacks face dilemma if Curt Schilling makes Baseball Hall of Fame
Girlfriend of man who held son hostage and was killed by police says he fought drug abuse
He's trying to kill him, he's shooting, he fired. He's trying to shoot, he's going to kill people," she yelled before police arrived. After he refused to drop the gun, an officer shot Bolden with a rifle. The officer who shot Bolden was identified as a 31-year-old man with four years of experience at Phoenix police. Girlfriend says Bolden struggled with drug use but had been getting life togetherAccording to Chavez, Bolden had been using phencyclidine, or PCP, a drug that can cause hallucinations, violent behavior and distorted perceptions of sounds.
Curt Schilling says he would represent Diamondbacks, not Red Sox, in Baseball Hall of Fame
Curt Schilling did not receive the necessary 75% threshold to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in voting done by writers for the 2021 class, falling 16 votes short. MORE:Curt Schilling slams writers after missing out on Hall of Fame: 'Morally bankrupt frauds'Schilling helped the Diamondbacks win the 2001 World Series and the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004. He wrote: "I suspect the Diamondbacks and Red Sox, his most likely choices, aren’t anxious for Schilling to replace his MAGA hat with theirs. He continued: "For the Diamondbacks, the lurking Schilling decision isn’t just about what is right. Hall of Fame Board Chairman Janes Forbes Clark said in a statement that the board “will consider the request at our next meeting.”MORE:Curt Schilling seems headed for Hall of Fame election, but does he deserve it?
St. Joseph’s falls to 0-8 in Atlantic 10 Conference play with a 79-56 loss to Richmond
Still, the Hawks shot 45.8% in the first half and trailed by only nine, 40-31, at the half. They appeared to have a defensive stop on the first possession of the second half but whiffed on the rebound, and the Spiders’ Blake Francis converted a conventional three-point play to make it a 12-point advantage. Richmond led by double digits the rest of the night.
Baseball Hall of Fame gets no new members; 3 former Rangers among those who missed the cut
He later wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year’s ballot. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year’s ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. Months later, Schilling was again criticized after using social media to applaud a T-shirt calling for journalists to be lynched. Schilling wrote on Facebook that he would like the veterans committee to review his Hall case. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” Schilling wrote.
A volatile QB market leaves the Cowboys with two options: Sign Dak Prescott soon or move on
If the two sides are unable to reach a long-term agreement by March 9, when a second franchise tag must be applied, a split must take place. The Cowboys can’t afford to miss it on the hope it can sign Prescott to an extension before the July deadline. A second consecutive franchise tag on the quarterback will cost the Cowboys $37.7 million. Once a player gets to the second franchise tag, he’s gone. The threat moves to DEFCON 1 if the quarterback isn’t signed to a long-term deal in six weeks or gives an assurance that he will sign.
Backcourt defense for CU Buffs in good hands with Eli Parquet, McKinley Wright IV
McKinley Wright IV has earned Pac-12 Conference All-Defensive Team accolades three times in three seasons at Colorado and likely is on his way to a fourth. Eli Parquet is coming off two spectacular defensive outings and is making a statement he should join Wright on this year’s all-defensive team. Together, coach Tad Boyle believes his team features the best backcourt defensive tandem of his 11-season tenure at CU. In my time at CU I think McKinley and Eli, if you look at both guys’ and plusses and minuses, probably the best we’ve had defensively as a tandem. It’s more of a mindset thing than it is a physicality thing.
Variety of factors lead to CU Buffs entering transfer portal
Defensive back KJ Trujillo put his name in the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday, becoming the seventh CU player to do so since the regular-season finale against Utah on Dec. 11. Five Pac-12 teams have added at least four players from the portal, led by Arizona, which has picked up seven players from other teams. CU had eight seniors in 2020 and if all of them wanted to come back, the Buffs could have had 93 scholarship players. (In theory, a team could have 20 seniors come back and, therefore, have 105 scholarship players next fall). Three seniors who were starters and could have returned – linebacker Akil Jones, receiver KD Nixon and safety Derrion Rakestraw – have already earned their bachelor’s degree and entered the transfer portal.
Tommy Thompson: Lawmakers said UW tuition increase would not have GOP support
Tuition has been frozen across the UW System since 2013. Tony Evers both supported the continuation of the tuition freeze, despite then-UW System President Ray Cross' advocacy to return tuition setting powers to the system's Board of Regents. She said UW-Madison's peer institutions were all raising tuition and that the tuition freeze was "not a winning strategy for the quality of our schools." "We have had state budget cuts that are unsustainable in light of a tuition freeze," he said. The tuition freeze would have to be a battle for another day, he said.
Mitch Trubisky gets engaged to girlfriend Hillary Gallagher
Mitch Trubisky is engaged. The Bears’ quarterback of the past four seasons recently proposed to his longtime girlfriend Hillary Gallagher at The Breakers Palm Beach, a resort in Florida. In the video, Trubisky — wearing a dress shirt, formal pants and dress shoes — gets down on his right knee, pops the question and puts a ring on her finger. Trubisky, 26, will be a free agent in March after the Bears decided not to pick up his fifth-year option last year. He was benched last season but returned and gave the Bears’ offense a shot in the arm.
Full Knights roster as coaches sit because of COVID protocols
General manager Kelly McCrimmon will coach the Golden Knights when they meet the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Kelly McCrimmon, Golden Knights general manager, speaks to the media at City National Arena on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfayeCOVID-19 has disrupted the Golden Knights’ season for the first time. The Knights’ staff is comprised of head coach Pete DeBoer, assistants Steve Spott, Ryan Craig and Ryan McGill and goaltending coach Mike Rosati. The Silver Knights’ staff is made up of of head coach Manny Viveiros, assistants Jamie Heward and Joel Ward and goaltending coach Fred Brathwaite.
Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky gets engaged to girlfriend Hillary Gallagher
Trubisky likely will become an unrestricted free agent as of March 17, when the new league year begins. The Chicago Bears could re-sign him before then, but the team has declined to pick up his option year and has not shown any indication it will retain him.
Anthony Beauvillier's injury causes more Islanders lineup juggling
Anthony Beauvillier will miss at least four games after being placed on injured reserve before the Islanders’ game against the Capitals on Tuesday night at Washington. Kieffer Bellows was elevated from the taxi squad and re-inserted into the lineup after playing in the first four games. Leo Komarov was in the lineup for the first time after being a healthy scratch for the first five games. Beauvillier exited Sunday’s 2-0 loss to the Devils at Prudential Center in the second period with a lower-body injury. The Predators fired Laviolette three weeks later and he was hired this offseason by the Capitals.
Next year's Baseball Hall of Fame ballot looks even cloudier
Though this year’s Hall of Fame ballot was no stranger to controversy, the 2022 ballot looks to be even more fraught thanks to the introduction of two other polarizing figures. Curt Schilling, who publicly backed the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol, asked to be removed from the ballot in his final year of eligibility. Without steroids and scandal, there would be little debate: Bonds and Clemens were the most dominant players of a generation. Clemens and Bonds never publicly tested positive, and Clemens continues to deny that he used PEDs, though he was named in the Mitchell report. David Ortiz, meanwhile, allegedly tested positive during a 2003 survey to determine the prevalence of steroid use among its players.
It's a short season, but it's sweet to Long Island student-athletes
The message from Long Island student-athletes participating in high-risk winter sports is clear cut and unanimous. "It’s been a real uplifter for a lot of my friends I play with," said Jaden Kealey, a senior on the Center Moriches boys basketball team. Dayrien Franklin, a senior on the Center Moriches boys basketball team, tried to stay positive throughout the process. "There’s nothing like your senior season," Sisselman said. Myles Goddard, a senior on the Amityville boys basketball team and a second-team All-Long Island selection last winter, didn’t think this moment would come.
Women’s pro hockey: Whitecaps walk away with last-minute win over Riveters
There was little in common between the Minnesota Whitecaps’ thrilling 6-5 win on Sunday over the Toronto Six and their 1-0 win on Tuesday over the Metropolitan Riveters. She was matched nearly all game by Sonjia Shelly, who stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal for the Riveters (2-1). A holding penalty sent Rebecca Morse to the box, and a subsequent hooking penalty by Riveters captain Madison Packer put her in too. The Whitecaps didn’t let the 5-on-3 opportunity pass by them, with Mack’s goal coming less than 30 seconds later. Mack’s shot, assisted by Meghan Lorence and Sydney Baldwin, beat Shelly five-hole to lift the Whitecaps to their third straight win.
Lions add Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator
The Detroit Lions will have hired their fourth special teams coordinator in four years, adding veteran coach Dave Fipp to Dan Campbell's staff. Fipp had been working as Philadelphia's special teams coordinator since 2013. Fipp inherits a special teams group in Detroit coming off an outstanding year, but also in flux. The Lions have experienced heavy coaching turnover on special teams in recent years. Prior to Philadelphia, Fipp spent two seasons as Miami's special teams coordinator and three years as a special teams assistant in San Francisco.
Police: East Price Hill man arrested after using table leg to strike victim in the head multiple times
Police say an argument turned violent last month after a man used a table leg as a weapon. Keven Barrera, 22, of East Price Hill, has been arrested and indicted on charges of felonious assault following the Dec. 23 incident, according to court documents. Documents state the victim had "visible injuries" following the attack and required treatment from a local hospital. Barrera's attorney didn't immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment from The Enquirer on Tuesday night. Barrera was booked into the Hamilton County Detention Center on Jan. 20 and is being held on a $30,000 bond, according to jail records.
Taylor High School hires David Dransman as new head football coach
CLEVES – A new era in Taylor High School football commenced Tuesday night when David Dransman was named its next head coach. Dransman, who previously served as the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator at Oak Hills, will replace Mark Miller, who went 9-30 in four seasons. Dransman served as the interim head coach for Oak Hills last season against Colerain after Justin Roden was diagnosed with Bell's palsy. A press release sent to The Enquirer said that there were over 30 applicants and that during the interview process, Dransman "provided an intense plan that includes team goals and expectations, communication, team mission, in-season game plan, offseason game plan and more." "The future appears to be bright under the light of Taylor's new hire, coach David Dransman, and the district is excited to see the positive impact he is sure to make on student-athletes at Three Rivers."
Tigers' Goodrum, with a tip from the late Hank Aaron, ready to reheat his offense
“All I can do is go out there and play, try to play amazing defense, but the biggest thing is hitting. “Who I am, I’m going to play good defense, that’s not a worry,” Goodrum said. Everybody in the league will tell you that – hit, hit, hit. “But the thing about him, it’s almost like he made you feel y’all been knowing each other forever,” Goodrum said. “When you have someone that’s way, way up there telling you certain things, and that he’s actually watching you play – that’s just an honor,” Goodrum said.
Sekou Doumbouya's big dunk still excites one year later as Pistons prep for Cavaliers
The Pistons were in Cleveland and the young forward caught a pass at the top of the key, which drew a defender. Doumbouya immediately drove toward the rim, and seeing little resistance, he rose and dunked — over the Cavs’ Tristan Thompson. On Wednesday, the Pistons play at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse for the first time since that game. Following Tuesday’s practice, Doumbouya was asked about the play, and he immediately struck a smile, even before the question was done. The Pistons (4-13) will be without Blake Griffin (injury management) on the first game of a back-to-back.
Wings' Patrik Nemeth on improving "compete level"
Wings' Patrik Nemeth on improving "compete level"Red Wings defenseman Patrik Nemeth talks about improving "compete level" and the high-scoring Dallas power play.
Pistons' Sekou Doumbouya on strength of second unit
Pistons' Sekou Doumbouya on strength of second unitPistons forward Sekou Doumbouya says the second unit is improving and staying sharp for extra minutes.
Chargers' Lombardi hoping to make most of second chance
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Joe Lombardi is hoping that his second stint as an offensive coordinator goes better than the first. Lombardi, who accepted the Los Angeles Chargers coordinator opening over the weekend, said on Tuesday the biggest thing he learned from his first opportunity in Detroit was that he needs to be more flexible when assessing his personnel and their abilities. Lombardi went to the Lions in 2015, but was fired seven games into the following season. “Spending so much time in New Orleans and doing things one way, you kind of get used to that," he said. Twelve of his 14 seasons as an NFL assistant have been with the Saints.
Lions hire Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — 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. In his eight seasons with the Eagles, they combined for nine kickoff and punt return touchdowns, tied for the second-most in the NFL. Fipp was also an assistant special teams coach with the San Francisco 49ers from 2008-10, and he held the same position with the Miami Dolphins from 2011-12.
MATCHDAY: Tuchel takes 1st game in charge of Chelsea
German coach Thomas Tuchel is set for his first game in charge of 10th-place Chelsea after agreeing an 18-month deal. Manchester United can knock Manchester City off the top of the standings if it beats Sheffield United at Old Trafford. A win for Brighton would open up an eight-point gap to Fulham, which currently occupies the final relegation spot. ITALYSecond-division team Spal visits nine-time defending Serie A champion Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup. The winner of their game will face Inter Milan in the semifinals.
Weston boys fend off Cambridge rally
CAMBRIDGE — Coming off a 10-day break, the Cambridge boys basketball team could’ve been forgiving for losing heart while facing a double-digit deficit at home heading into the fourth quarter against Weston Tuesday night. They got as close as two possessions, but the Wildcats used muscle in the paint and timely defense to prevail, 64-56. “We never gave up,” said Weston coach Dave First. It was one of those games where they learned from their mistakes.”Leading 51-39 entering the fourth quarter, Weston (4-3) used a majority of its shot clock over the final eight minutes. Cambridge (0-2) kept fighting, however, as Aidan Olivier Louis (21 points) connected on four 3-pointers in the fourth to keep the Falcons close.
Boston reopens gyms after second coronavirus shutdown
Boston fitness pros are celebrating Mayor Martin Walsh’s decision to reopen gyms in February after weathering a six-week shutdown during the holiday surge of coronavirus cases. “Fitness centers are a safe place, and we’re happy to welcome members back,” said Planet Fitness regional manager Steve Lombardi. The six-week hiatus was the second shutdown gyms had to survive during the pandemic, after an initial lockdown last spring. Lombardi said since its first reopening this summer, Planet Fitness’s 75 locations across the commonwealth have clocked 4.2 million check-ins. Both he and Harrington said their staff members are excited to get back to work in the Hub.
Covid sends big advertisers to sidelines for Super Bowl
Audi said it was skipping the Super Bowl but will look to future events "to share the next chapter of our story." Fast-food chain Chipotle will air its debut Super Bowl ad with the theme, "Can a burrito change the world?" "This is a challenging year, because it's hard to get the tone right on the Super Bowl," Calkins said. Given that, given all the chaos in the country, it's hard for these advertisers to figure out what to say at a big event like the Super Bowl." Chiagouris said pandemic-hit audiences are eagerly awaiting the big game, and that the Brady-Mahomes matchup will intensify the interest.
Watch Rafael Nadal's classy message for Australian Open stars moaning about quarantine
Rafael Nadal has told other tennis players whingeing about their quarantine conditions ahead of the Australian Open to stop complaining and have a 'wider perspective'. Nadal pictured arriving at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open on January 14. When asked for his thoughts on players complaining about the situation, the Spaniard said his sympathy for the players in hard quarantine only went so far. Spanish tennis star Roberto Bautista Agut meanwhile compared hard quarantine in Melbourne to 'jail with Wi-Fi'. 'Hence I use my position of privilege to be of service as much as I can where and when needed.'
Florida offers to host 2021 Summer Olympics if Tokyo backs out due to pandemic concerns
Florida has emerged as a potential replacement venue for the 2021 Olympics after state officials said they would be happy to host the games if Japan back outs. 'I am writing to encourage you to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan to the United States of America, and more specifically to Florida,' Patronis wrote. The National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2021 Olympics, is seen. Tokyo would next have a chance to host in 2032, the soonest games that have not selected a city. 'I am determined to realize a safe and secure Tokyo Games as proof that mankind will have overcome the virus,' said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Judge: Floyd's past arrest details can't be used at trial
Information about George Floyd's prior arrests cannot be used at the trials of the four Minneapolis cops charged in his death, but jurors will be allowed to hear details about two previous incidents involving the officer who knelt his neck, a Minnesota judge has ruled. Floyd's death was captured in widely seen bystander video that set off protests, sometimes violent, that spread around the world. Defense attorneys had asked for permission to bring up details about Floyd's prior arrests, including a May 2019 arrest in which they said he acted in a way that was similar to his behavior on the day of his death. Legal experts told The Associated Press that a blame-the-victim approach is a common defense strategy and can sway public opinion outside of court, but that prior incidents can't be brought up in court simply to smear people. Cahill's order also denies the state's request to bring up prior on-the-job incidents involving Thao and Kueng, again without providing a reason.
Australia axe Wade, keep Paine as captain for South Africa Test tour
Matthew Wade has been dropped for Australia's Test tour of South AfricaAdvertising Read moreSydney (AFP)Matthew Wade was axed Wednesday for Australia's Test series in South Africa after failing to fire against India, while under-pressure Tim Paine retained the captaincy. Instead, Wade will join Australia's Twenty20 squad on their tour of New Zealand as vice-captain to the out-of-form Aaron Finch. Wade was the main casualty from the India series, with the squad otherwise much the same. "Tim Paine was excellent at number seven against India and as a batsman, wicketkeeper and captain still has much to offer in the Test arena," he said. But some of the commentary surrounding Tim and his position as Test captain has been wide of the mark."
Japan table tennis star Ito aiming for gold, with or without fans
The prospect of competing without the roar of the home support doesn't faze table tennis world number three Mima ItoAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Japanese table tennis star Mima Ito said she's ready to play without fans at the Tokyo Olympics, as long as it means the Games can go ahead. "I want fans to be there, but the most important thing for a player is for the event to go ahead and be able to play," world number three Ito told AFP. Ito's star has been rising since she became the youngest ever Olympic table tennis medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, where she won team bronze with Japan at the age of 15 years and 300 days. Chinese women have won every singles gold since table tennis became an Olympic sport in 1988 -- but Ito believes she is capable of springing a surprise on home turf. Ito is not letting reports that the Olympics could be cancelled distract her from the job in hand.
Tokyo seeks 10,000 medical staff for Olympics
Opposition politicians grilled the government over the plans in parliament, as medical associations raised the alarm about dwindling capacity. Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto said the government was still committed to a plan to secure thousands of medical staff for the Games. Games organizers are still discussing the exact medical provisions needed and how to "deal with Covid-19 infections" at the delayed event, she told parliament. Japan has been hit less hard than many other countries, with about 5,000 virus deaths overall, but doctors have warned medical facilities are at risk of collapse -- especially if the Olympics triggers fresh outbreaks. But the Japan Medical Association's president raised the alarm last week over the possibility of overseas visitors coming for the Games.
Curt Schilling tells Hall of Fame to remove him from ballot: 'Media created a Curt Schilling that does not exist'
Schilling narrowly missed election to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening, getting named on 71.1% of 301 ballots, just 16 votes shy of the 75% required for induction. Schilling was fired from his role on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2016 after posting an anti-transgender meme to his Facebook page. “Having said all that the media has created a Curt Schilling that does not and has never existed. The Board has received Curt Schilling's request for removal from the 2022 ballot, and will consider the request at our next meeting." Schilling's request is not unprecedented.
No stranger to controversy, Alex Rodriguez joins Baseball Hall of Fame discourse
In 2022, Alex Rodriguez will begin a precipitous climb, a 10-year journey toward a summit he’ll likely never reach. After failing to earn induction this year, Bonds and Clemens will be making their 10th and final appearance on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot in 2022, when induction again will be unlikely. While the nettlesome debate over whether confirmed or likely performance-enhancing drug users should earn induction into the Cooperstown, N.Y., shrine has quieted in recent years, it will reheat significantly over the next 12 months. Assuming Albert Pujols and Adrian Beltre earn induction once eligible, you have to scroll down to No. 80 and Lou Whitaker, the great Detroit Tigers second baseman who fell off the Hall of Fame ballot after one year of eligibility.
FIFA sets late-2021 target to pick 2026 World Cup cities for United States, Canada and Mexico
Associated PressZURICH (AP) — FIFA set a new target Tuesday of finalizing North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup — if the coronavirus pandemic allows. The pre-pandemic schedule called for cities hosting the first 48-team World Cup — likely 10 in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico — to be picked early this year. The new deadline will depend on FIFA officials being able to take inspection trips to 17 cities in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico. The first World Cup with 48 teams will have 80 games instead of the current 64. 2026 World Cup host city candidatesUSAAtlantaBaltimoreBostonCincinnatiDallasDenverHoustonKansas CityLos AngelesMiamiNashvilleNew York/New JerseyOrlandoPhiladelphiaSan Franisco Bay AreaSeattleWashington D.C.CanadaEdmontonMontrealTorontoMexico
Versatile ‘glue guy’ Jeff Green providing lift for Nets
As the Nets got to crunch time Monday night, entering the fourth quarter trailing the Heat by a point, Steve Nash turned to Jeff Green to step into the stretch 5 position. “He’s sort of just the glue guy,” Joe Harris said Tuesday before the Nets flew to Atlanta for Wednesday’s game against the Hawks. He’s filled a bunch of different voids for us and he’s done it differently almost every game that we’ve played. So he’s smart and his ability to catch it against the zone and find people or to make a play and he’s shooting the ball well from 3. “It helps when you get Kevin and Kyrie and James on your team,” Green said Monday night.
Eli Manning still feeding Giants’ Daniel Jones advice
The former Giants starting quarterback, Eli Manning, and the current Giants starting quarterback, Daniel Jones, met for lunch last week. The vibe Manning, 40, received from Jones, 23, in their first in-person contact since the pandemic took hold proved to be insightful. “He’s just learning,’’ Manning said. “Part of being a young quarterback is learning how everything works, learning how the NFL works, being the starting quarterback and the New York media and everything that goes with it. Eli Manning and Daniel Jones Getty Images (2)“We still have some similarities.
With few spectators allowed, live-streaming has become a vital part of high school sports
But the coronavirus pandemic has mostly eliminated spectators from high school sports, forcing winter-sports athletes across Northern Virginia to compete in near-empty gyms. Live-streaming, a practice that was slowly growing in popularity before last spring, has become a vital part of keeping parents and fans connected to their athletes. Widespread live-streaming has long felt like the logical next step in increasingly commercialized high school sports. They are broadcast on NFHS Network, a subscription service that has partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations. “And possibly beyond that.”Even if live-streaming becomes a staple of high school athletics, it may never be as important as it is now.
Curt Schilling wants off 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, blasts ‘cowards’
On Tuesday, the outspoken MLB pitching great shared a letter he wrote to the Baseball Hall of Fame after coming up short in voting for a ninth straight year. “I will not participate in the final year of voting,” he wrote in the message shared to Facebook. Where he stood out was in the postseason, where he compiled an 11-2 record in 19 starts, including a 4-1 mark and 2.06 ERA in seven World Series starts. He was suspended from an ESPN gig at the Little League World Series after he compared Muslim extremists to Nazi-era Germans in a tweet. Curt Schilling reacts to not being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Another officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of couple during Houston drug raid
Two of the 12 officers face murder charges, and a third is charged with tampering with government records related to the shooting. ADRetired officer Gerald Goines was charged with two counts of murder in August 2019 as prosecutors accused him of lying to obtain the warrant. Another retired officer, Steven Bryant, was charged with providing false information in a police report about the raid. Those officers are the only ones who should face charges in the shooting, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Monday in defense of Gallegos. Officer Hodgie Armstrong, also retired, was previously charged with a state jail felony and is now also charged with a second-degree offense.
No players elected into National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2021
For the second time in the last eight years, no MLB players will be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Schilling, a three-time World Series champion, was 16 votes shy of the 75% mark that would have made him a Hall of Famer. Last year, he was 20 votes short. Both players fell short of the Hall of Fame for the ninth time, and many suspect that both have used performance-enhancing substances during their playing days, which is why they've yet to be enshrined. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPJoining Schilling, Clemens, and Bonds on next year's ballot will be Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz.
Sports world remembers Kobe Bryant on one-year anniversary of his death
NBA icon Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died tragically in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26, 2020, while on the way to a basketball tournament. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMOn Tuesday, the sports world reacted to the one-year anniversary of Bryant’s death. He will always be my @Lakers brother for life. In his final NBA game in 2016, Bryant scored an NBA season-high 60 points against the Utah Jazz in the Lakers' 101–96 victory. He became the oldest player to score 60+ points in a game at 37 years and 234 days old.
Baseball Hall of Fame gets no new members as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Shilling miss out
He later wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from the ballot. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. Months later, Schilling was again criticized after using social media to applaud a T-shirt calling for journalists to be lynched. Schilling wrote on Facebook that he would like the veterans committee to review his Hall case. "I'll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player," Schilling wrote.
NBA: Los Angeles mourns on first anniversary of Kobe Bryant's death
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fans of the late Kobe Bryant, who died a year ago to the day alongside his daughter and seven others when their helicopter crashed into a hillside near Los Angeles, honored the basketball legend on Tuesday in a city where the memory of his death is still fresh. A fan pays tribute to late Kobe Bryant, who perished one year ago alongside his daughter and seven others when their helicopter crashed into a hillside near Los Angeles, as fans gather outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2021. “Every day I try to have that Kobe mentality, that Mamba mentality,” he said while standing near the Staples Center arena. And I’ll keep striving.”The loss of Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna hit home for Miguel Fong and Tina Munos, a couple who are Los Angeles natives. Slideshow ( 4 images )Bryant’s passing inspired the Lakers, who last season won the National Basketball Association title to end a championship drought that stretched back to 2010, when Bryant won the Finals most valuable player award.
AP source: Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract
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. 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. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)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. Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays during a slow offseason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is not clear where the Blue Jays will play home games when the 2021 season starts.
Baseball Hall of Fame will have no new members in 2021 after no player gets enough votes
He later wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from the ballot. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. Months later, Schilling was again criticized after using social media to applaud a T-shirt calling for journalists to be lynched. Schilling wrote on Facebook that he would like the veterans committee to review his Hall case. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” Schilling wrote.
Brantley rejoins Astros to complete unfinished business
HOUSTON — An erroneous report saying Michael Brantley had agreed to a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays had the outfielder fielding goodbye texts from his Houston Astros teammates most of Wednesday morning. “There were a lot of a lot of mixed emotions, obviously, in a small timeframe," Brantley said Monday. While Brantley never had a deal in place with Toronto, he admitted he was in discussions with the team. Brantley spent the last two years in Houston after playing for Cleveland for his first 10 MLB seasons. Brantley hit .300 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 46 games in last year’s pandemic-shortened season.
Steelers LB T.J. Watt clashes with Pittsburgh radio personality
https://t.co/wqJsGObYp7 — TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) January 26, 2021First off, everyone knows Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden is a blowhard. He lives the life of the heel in Pittsburgh and loves to stir up people, especially when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Madden’s latest move was to put on Twitter that Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt skipped his exit interview at the end of the season and seemed disgruntled. Madden then doubled down even after hearing from Watt and stood by his source. Watt has never had any character concerns so it doesn’t make any sense why he would start now.
Beloved NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith dies at 48
(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Longtime NBA reporter and analyst Sekou Smith died on Tuesday. You were a gift to this Earth as a friend, father and a man Sekou Smith. Prayers to your wife & family pic.twitter.com/mqjnZyEHNz — Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) January 26, 2021Sekou Smith was the very best of us. Sekou Smith of @NBATV and https://t.co/dyMHCgGy2q was a brilliant and insightful writer,a positive dude. — Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 27, 2021Sekou Smith was one of the kindest souls you could ever meet.
Curt Schilling wants to be removed from Hall of Fame ballot after falling short again
After falling 16 votes shy of Cooperstown in his ninth year on the ballot, controversial pitcher Curt Schilling is requesting his name be removed from Hall of Fame consideration and lashing out at various people involved in the process. Some Hall of Fame voters reportedly even asked the Hall of Fame if they could withdraw their votes for Schilling after Jan. 6, since ballots were due Dec. 31. Story continuesCurt Schilling wants off the Hall of Fame ballot after falling short again. Having said all that the media has created a Curt Schilling that does not and has never existed. The Board has received Curt Schilling's request for removal from the 2022 ballot, and will consider the request at our next meeting.
Kobe Bryant is now and forever the NBA's Godfather
Generally, the super power is physical, winning the genetic lottery is almost a minimum requirement. His athleticism was definitely special, but his super power wasn’t based on his physical ability. Kobe wasn’t just a basketball player, he was a mad scientist who happened to play basketball. Kobe Bryant's final game in 2016 might have been the epitome of what it meant to be Kobe. Kobe Bryant wasn’t the 17-year-old we saw come into the league anymore, he was well past his prime.
USC’s game against Oregon on Saturday postponed
Less than a week after a false positive coronavirus test forced USC to postpone one Pac-12 game, COVID-19 issues at Oregon have claimed another. USC won’t play Oregon on Saturday as scheduled, because of COVID-19 protocols within Oregon’s program, leaving the Trojans with two postponed games to pack into just five remaining weeks of the regular season. The Ducks played just one game after restarting activities — a win over Oregon State — before being forced to pause for at least another week. Two conference games were postponed, and another two were canceled outright, while USC went three weeks between games. They face Oregon State on Thursday, before meeting Stanford in their initial makeup game next Tuesday.
UCLA’s latest basketball games with Oregon are again postponed
UCLA and Oregon will presumably play again at some point, though the likelihood of it happening this season continues to diminish. The Pac-12 Conference rivals have now had four games scheduled between each other postponed after it was announced Tuesday that the Ducks were pausing basketball activities for the second time in three weeks because of COVID-19 issues. Oregon’s game against USC on Saturday has also been postponed. A makeup game scheduled for Jan. 19 in Eugene was postponed after Oregon paused basketball activities for the first time. A nonconference game with Long Beach State was also postponed, rescheduled and postponed again because of COVID-19 issues with the Beach.
Hopes for a Tokyo Olympics still flickering, but doubts growing louder
Last year’s unprecedented postponement added $700 million to the estimated $25 billion that the Japanese government and the Tokyo organizers spent on construction and preparations. Tokyo has been under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus for three weeks. More than 80 percent of Japanese people polled earlier this month believed that the Summer Olympics either should be rescheduled again or scrubbed. Yet the IOC still is counting on the Games of the XXXIInd Olympiad opening on July 23. “Fans with bums in seats are nice to have, but they’re not must-haves.”The Olympics have become a televised planetary showcase.
Curt Schilling falls short of Baseball Hall of Fame induction, and that’s a good thing
No players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday , which means Curt Schilling won’t be darkening the doorstop of Cooperstown next summer. This is the ninth time that the Baseball Writers Association of America failed to produce an inductee, the first time since 2013. will be part of Schilling’s résumé next winter when he gets his final shot on the writers’ ballot. Moments after the announcement, Schilling requested to be removed from next year’s ballot in a 1,200-word Facebook screed he submitted to the Hall of Fame. Falling short of making the Hall of Fame does not erase a player’s numbers.
Sorry Hayward, Dwayne Johnson’s show skips over his time in the Bay Area
After all, the former wrestler and current A-list movie star was born in the East Bay city in 1972. But if the hilarious pilot episode of “Young Rock” is any indication, the show will sadly skip over the Bay to focus on other stops in Johnson’s nomadic life, including Honolulu, Bethlehem, Pa. and Miami, Fla.Bummer. “This is truly a love letter to wrestling,” Johnson told reporters. “His life is so big and there’s so many stories to tell, that I imagine there’s even a season — maybe pre-Adrian, you know,” she said. …”“Young Rock” premieres Feb. 16 on NBC.
49ers re-sign their 2020 rushing leader to back up Mostert
Jeff Wilson Jr., the hard-running tailback who led the 49ers in rushing yards and touchdowns in 2020, is rejoining the team on a one-year deal, the Niners announced Tuesday. Wilson scored 10 total touchdowns and tallied 600 yards for San Francisco in 2020. Beathard once Raheem Mostert was added to the 49ers’ lengthy injury list for the last two games of the season. The 49ers’ two most recent free agency splashes at the running back position appear to be on the way out the door. Wilson helped spark another victory in Week 16 to spoil the Cardinals’ playoff hopes with a career-high 183 yards on 22 carries.
Cactus League denies MLB encouraged letter to commissioner asking to delay spring training
The Cactus League denied a report on Tuesday that said Major League Baseball encouraged the league to push for spring training to be delayed. The Athletic reported that MLB executives intimated during a Jan. 13 call with Cactus League officials that a letter would be beneficial in negotiations with the players. He supported a letter to put pressure on players to push back spring training, a full month.”That version of events was disputed by both the Cactus League and MLB, both of which issued statements to The Republic on Tuesday. “These quotes are a mischaracterization of what was said during the call,” Cactus League executive director Bridget Binsbacher said in a statement. “There was no need for such a request because officials from the Cactus League had publicly stated their desire for a delay prior to the meeting,” MLB's statement continued.
Grand Canyon opening up arena for more Havocs for big weekend WAC showdown vs. rival New Mexico State
How loud can Grand Canyon University Arena get during the pandemic basketball season? New coach Bryce Drew and his surging Antelopes (10-3) will find out Friday and Saturday night when 900 on-campus students (aka The Havocs) will be allowed in to see them take on rival New Mexico State in a big WAC showdown series. GCU has allowed only on-campus students in the arena to start the 2020-21 season, but they've been placed in four-person pods spaced out between the cardboard cut-out fans. "This decision was made by closely monitoring basketball-related attendance through the first two months of the season," GCU said in a statement. In performing contact tracing of positive cases this academic year, it revealed that, due to the precautions taken, attendance at basketball games did not contribute to additional COVID spread.
Phillies still have plenty of work ahead even after re-signing J.T. Realmuto | Bob Brookover
An alarmist might point out that Mauer, Posey, and McCann were all much better offensive players before the age of 30 than they were after the age of 30 and that’s true. Mauer and Posey lost much of their ability to hit for power while McCann’s batting average and on-base percentage significantly dipped. Realmuto will turn 30 on March 18, but his offensive ability has trended upward in his two seasons with the Phillies. He hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2019 and had 11 in 47 games last season. His .349 on-base percentage and .840 OPS during the pandemic-shortened 2021 season were both career highs.
Claude Giroux models his Philadelphia Flyers captaincy after Mike Richards
“I learned a lot from him,” Giroux said about Richards, the Flyers’ captain from 2008 to 2011 before being traded and having Chris Pronger take the “C.” “He wasn’t a guy who spoke a lot, but his play on the ice was really good. Anytime we needed a spark, he would do that, and when he had to say something, he would. I was lucky enough to have Richie as a captain early in my career.”
Dallas could be one of 16 cities to host the 2026 World Cup, FIFA says
Dallas will know if it’s been selected to be a host city for the 2026 World Cup by the last quarter of the year, FIFA announced Tuesday. The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. The 2026 World Cup will be the first to include 48 teams, up from the current 32-team setup, and 80 games, up from 64. The last time the U.S. hosted the World Cup in 1994, Dallas was a host city. Qatar is set to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup across eight stadiums in five cities.
Broncos ask Denver County District Court to confirm right-of-first-refusal is terminated
In Denver District Court on Monday night, lawyers representing the parent companies of the Broncos asked a judge to rule that former owner Edgar Kaiser’s estate does not have the right of first refusal of any sale. The defendants in the right of first refusal case are Susan Mullen Kaiser (Edgar’s widow), Howard Kellough and Hans Krutzen. In 1998, Bowlen offered retired quarterback John Elway the opportunity to buy 10% of the team for $15 million. Kaiser opposed, saying Bowlen had to offer any piece of the Broncos to him before he offered it to another party. In the right-of-first-refusal filing, Reilly requested “declaratory judgment,” which puts the decision in the judge’s hands.
Bulls take hit in middle with Wendell Carter Jr. out at least a month
Billy Donovan has been begging for some physicality and force from his team over for the last few weeks. After a late afternoon Tuesday practice, the Bulls announced that the collision that occurred last week between Wendell Carter Jr.’s right quadricep and Valentine’s knee had resulted in worse news than previously believed. “Because he had some swelling in that area, they wanted to wait for the swelling to go down and do the MRI,’’ Donovan said. 7 overall in the 2018 draft, Carter’s rookie year was cut short after just 44 games when he had to have thumb surgery. What it’s setting up to initially be is center-by-committee, with the personnel on the opposing team dictating the best match-up from game-to-game.
Worst bad beats: Inexplicable endings for under bettors
A frenzy of late scoring between the Knicks and Blazers and an awful defensive play from the Packers crushed total bettors Sunday. Here are the worst bad beats of the sports betting week:3. The Nuggets led 106-103 in the final seconds, but the Suns’ Jae Crowder made a 27-footer with 1.3 seconds left to force double OT. A field goal would kill the under, but Tampa Bay gained only six yards and appeared set to punt with 13 seconds left. Tampa Bay led 21-10 en route to a 31-26 victory.
Baseball Hall of Fame gets no new members; Curt Schilling 16 votes shy
Omar Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner, dropped from 52.6% last year to 49.1% after his wife accused him of repeated domestic abuses in December. Braves star Andruw Jones, arrested in 2012 on a domestic violence charge, got 33.9% in his fourth year. Rockies slugger Todd Helton, who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to two days in jail last year, got 44.9% in his third time on the ballot.
Golden Knights coaches isolating because of COVID protocols
General manager Kelly McCrimmon will coach the Golden Knights when they meet the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Kelly McCrimmon, Golden Knights general manager, speaks to the media at City National Arena on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfayeCOVID-19 has disrupted the Golden Knights’ season for the first time. The Knights’ coaching staff is isolating “out of an abundance of caution,” the team said in a statement Tuesday. The situation is one of many the NHL has had to deal with since beginning its season Jan. 13.
Manager AJ Hinch: State of the Tigers
Manager AJ Hinch: State of the TigersTigers manager AJ Hinch is preparing to greet pitchers and catchers in Lakeland on Feb. 17 and the rest of the squad a week later.
Former Red Sox coach, Triple-A manager Johnson, dies at 64
BOSTON (AP) —Ron Johnson, who worked 25 seasons as a minor league manager, most recently for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in the Baltimore Orioles system, died on Tuesday. Johnson appeared in 22 major league games with the Kansas City Royals and Montreal Expos from 1982-84, mostly as a first baseman, batting .261 in 53 career plate appearances. He went on to manage in the Royals, Red Sox and Orioles systems. Johnson spent 10 seasons in the Red Sox system, working his way up from Single-A Sarasota to Double-A Trenton and Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was in charge from 2005-09. He spent the 2010 and ’11 seasons as Boston’s first base coach.
AP source: Semien, Blue Jays agree to $18M, 1-year contract
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. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. Semien will become the second star and fourth free agent added by the Blue Jays during a slow offseason amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Toronto gave outfielder George Springer a $150 million, six-year deal. Toronto also agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Kirby Yates ($5.5 million) and Tyler Chatwood ($3 million) and re-signed left-hander Robbie Ray to an $8 million, one-year contract.
Bulls C Carter to miss at least a month with quad injury
Bulls C Carter to miss at least a month with quad injuryCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. is expected to miss at least another month because of a bruised right quadriceps after an MRI on Tuesday confirmed the original diagnosis, the team announced. Carter, averaging 12.8 points and eight rebounds, sat out the past three games following a collision in practice. It’s the third straight season he will miss significant time because an injury. 7 overall pick in 2018, he played in just 44 games as a rookie. Last year, he appeared in 43 of Chicago’s 65 games.
LaRavia lifts Indiana State past Southern Illinois 71-59
(AP) — Jake LaRavia had 20 points as Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois 71-59 on Tuesday. Cooper Neese had 11 points and seven rebounds for Indiana State (8-7, 5-5 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive victory. Randy Miller Jr. also scored 11 points with six rebounds, and Julian Larry had 10 points. Kyler Filewich added 10 points, nine rebounds and three assists, and Lance Jones also had 10 points. Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois 69-66 on Monday.
'He's like a brother to me': Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul bonded in one season as Thunder teammates
'He's like a brother to me': Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul bonded in one season as Thunder teammatesShai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul often lingered after practice on the same end of the same court at the Thunder’s training facility. They would try to match each other shot for shot, with a heavy dose of trash talk in between. “Both of us made sacrifices for the greater good.”For Paul, last season in Oklahoma City was a short-term stay between more desirable situations in Houston and Phoenix. For Gilgeous-Alexander, it was a year-long apprenticeship with one of the best point guards in NBA history. Together, they led a transitional Thunder roster to a memorable playoff berth.
Seeking the next Gronk: Jedd Fisch is determined to revive the tight end position at Arizona
When he officially announced the addition of Paopao to the staff, Fisch said: “Jordan has been an unbelievable developer of talent and will help us produce more NFL tight ends, hopefully similar to the one who is currently playing for the Buccaneers.”That was a reference to Gronkowski, and it isn’t the only one Fisch has made. In a media interview to discuss the staff and other matters, Fisch alluded to Gronkowski’s enduring impact in New England, where Fisch coached before taking the UA job. “When you’ve got guys like Rob Gronkowski (who are) part of this program in the past, I recognize from being a Patriot how important that guy is,” Fisch said. “We’re gonna have to do our best to find someone similar.”When Gronkowski revealed he’d return for another season, Fisch tweeted: “Not only will he be back in the NFL next year, I was thinking we invite him back to be the head coach of one of the teams in the spring game. Just a thought ...”UA athletic director Dave Heeke took it a step further after Tampa Bay made the Super Bowl, tweeting congratulations to Gronkowski before adding: “Look forward to having you in Tucson to see what @CoachJeddFisch and @ArizonaFBall are assembling!”
Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy
Schilling wrote on Facebook that he would like the veterans committee to review his Hall case. That panel — comprised of former players, managers and others in the game, along with some writers — is tasked with evaluating players who don't get election via the BBWAA vote. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” Schilling wrote. “I don’t think I’m a hall of famer as I’ve often stated but if former players think I am then I’ll accept that with honor. Bonds said he never physically abused her but once kicked her after she kicked him.
Chesterfield schools' proposed $759.4 million budget looks to tackle teacher pay, again
Salary increases for teachers is at the forefront of Chesterfield County schools chief Merv Daugherty’s $759.4 million budget request unveiled Tuesday. Approximately $25.2 million of the proposed operating budget would be used to address teacher pay and provide other staff, including school administrators, with a 2% raise. In a three-year phased plan, the new salary scale would cost a total of $46.7 million to eliminate pay discrepancies. The school system is projecting increases in county funding at $8.2 million and $9.7 million from state funding, leaving a $39.6 million budget gap from the proposed expected operating revenue of $719.8 million. The school system returned $24 million to the county last year, thanks to a fiscally sound year.
Alistair Brownlee aims to go 'Sub-7' in 'Ironman' triathlon
Alistair Brownlee is hoping to achieve similar cut-through in iron distance triathlon next year. The two-time Olympic triathlon champion will announce his intention to lop just over 35 minutes off the current men’s record of 7:35.39 and become the first human to go ‘Sub-7’ in the longer form of the event. For those unfamiliar with iron distance triathlon, it consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and finishes with a nice, easy marathon (26.2miles). “I don’t know really,” Brownlee says when asked what his motivation is for taking on such a feat. All my life I knew I would do triathlon and long distance Ironman one day… and here I am.
No new players are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame for the first time in 60 years
Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year's ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. On Twitter, admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a 'disgrace' to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, meanwhile, has sought to clarify the role of its plaque gallery and its museum. So it remains up to the voters to decide how they'll weigh off-field issues when evaluating Hall of Fame candidates. If too many of the top players are left out — particularly if it's for non-baseball reasons — could the Hall lose credibility as a baseball shrine?
Reports: Blue Jays reach agreement with free agent shortstop Marcus Semien
The Toronto Blue Jays are continuing their offseason makeover with the addition of another high-profile free agent in shortstop Marcus Semien. It comes on the heels of the Jays signing free-agent outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million contract. The Blue Jays already have Bo Bichette at shortstop, so Semien will probably have to switch positions. Over six seasons with Oakland and two with the Chicago White Sox, Semien is a .254/.322/.425 career hitter with 115 home runs. In an abbreviated 2020 season for the A's, he hit .223 with seven homers and 23 RBI in 53 games.
He's back: James Hinchcliffe lands full-time IndyCar ride with Andretti Autosport for 2021
If James Hinchcliffe is Ross Geller and Andretti Autosport Rachel Green, let's all hope Tuesday afternoon's press conference announcing their union was the "Friends" series finale and nothing else. " Hinchcliffe said with a chuckle, minutes after announcing his full-time return to Andretti Autosport for the 2021 IndyCar season. 29 Honda in 2021 -- with partner Genesys serving as the primary sponsor in 10 of Hinchcliffe's 17 races this season. "I think that's all of our goals, to get James back onto our team full-time." Earlier this month, series veteran Marco Andretti announced he would scale back his IndyCar schedule to possibly just the Indy 500 in 2021.
Judge in George Floyd trial denies request to use 16 past incidents as evidence against former Minneapolis police officers
Evidence related to 16 incidents involving former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death, as well as evidence related to Floyd's prior arrest and conviction, cannot be brought up at trial, a judge ruled in an order made public Tuesday. The officers put the man in a position "consistent with training," and Chauvin rode with the man to the hospital. Prosecutors also sought to admit evidence of nine incidents involving Thao and one incident involving Kueng, but Cahill denied the motions. The state moved to admit evidence that Thao falsified a police report, attempted to manipulate a domestic abuse victim and more. Prosecutors also sought to admit evidence of an incident involving Kueng's use of force and restraint techniques.
Nobody voted into Baseball Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling have one more year
The past seven years, with 22 players voted into the Hall of Fame, the procedure works just fine. Curt Schilling (71.1%, 16 votes short) came the closest, followed by Barry Bonds (61.8%) and Roger Clemens (61.6%). It doesn’t mean that Schilling, Bonds, Clemens won't get in. It will also be the 10th and final year of eligibility for Schilling, Bonds and Clemens. Ultimately, the dialogue on the candidacy of Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, Rodriguez and Ortiz will be a complicated, convoluted, obfuscated mess.
Ex-Laker Pau Gasol remembers Kobe Bryant on first anniversary of death
Former Laker Pau Gasol paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant on Instagram Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the fatal helicopter crash that killed the legendary basketball player and his daughter, Gianna, as well as seven others. “I miss you, hermano… not a day goes by that you are not present in what I do,” Gasol wrote. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, has posted pictures and videos of Gasol, 40, playing with her children in the months following his death. Gasol and his wife Catherine honored Gianna when naming their newborn daughter in September. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
Knicks’ pursuit of Derrick Rose driven by Tom Thibodeau
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau got his way with signing his former Bulls/Timberwolves player Taj Gibson for big-man depth. The Knicks, among others, have interest in Rose, an NBA source familiar with the situation confirmed to The Post. While with Minnesota, Thibodeau tried to pry Rose from the Knicks before the 2017 trade deadline but backed out with hours to go. Armstrong, Rose’s agent, told The Post that Thibodeau and Rose always had a bond — cut from the same cloth. When Rose does score at least five field goals, the Pistons’ record is 6-2.
Baseball Hall of Fame vote: Schilling, Bonds, Clemens come up short
The Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 will be an empty one. Most notably, Curt Schilling (71.1), Barry Bonds (60.7), and Roger Clemens (61.6) came up short. All three have one more year of eligibility on the ballot before their Hall of Fame fates go to the Veterans Committee. This marks the ninth time zero entrants have been voted into the Hall of Fame. After the 2020 ceremony was canceled over COVID-19 concerns, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons, and Marvin Miller will finally get their enshrinement.
Hall of Fame voters pitch a shutout as character questions muddle Cooperstown debate
However, Schilling, a vociferous right-wing provocateur and Twitter antagonist, appears to have been penalized by some voters for his political views and intolerance. He has one more chance next year before falling off the writers’ ballot. ADADFurther down the ballot, a handful of candidates made strong leaps that positioned them to make the cut in the future. In the history of the writers’ ballot, 20 of the 21 players who hit the 70 percent mark with additional years of eligibility eventually gained election. (The Washington Post is among a handful of media outlets that do not permit their otherwise eligible employees to vote for the Hall of Fame.)
No players elected into National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2021
For the second time in the last eight years, no players will be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The Baseball Writers' Association of America released their ballots on Tuesday showing that Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens once again fell just short, and no other potential candidates received the number of votes necessary to be enshrined into Cooperstown. It's the first time the BBWAA didn't choose anyone since 2013. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Baseball Hall of Fame rejects politically outspoken star Curt Schilling
No changes are permitted,” Jon Shestakofsky, vice president of communications and education for the Hall, said on Tuesday. The Hall of Fame’s ballots stipulate that the candidates are supposed to display “integrity” and “character,” which some voters took as sufficient to disqualify Schilling. Still, Smith said it made sense that the Hall of Fame refused to let voters change their votes after they were cast. Among those who have supported his candidacy was Trump, who tweeted in 2019: “Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right!”None of the other 24 candidates were elected, a rarity in Hall elections.
Defendents Can't Use George Floyd's Past Arrest Details At Trial: Judge
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Information about George Floyd’s prior arrests can’t be used at the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in his death, but jurors will be allowed to hear details about two previous incidents involving the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, a judge ruled. Floyd, who was Black and handcuffed, died May 25 after Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s death was captured in widely seen bystander video that set off protests, sometimes violent, that spread around the world. Chauvin and the three other officers who took part in Floyd’s arrest were fired. Legal experts told The Associated Press that a blame-the-victim approach is a common defense strategy and can sway public opinion outside of court, but that prior incidents can’t be brought up in court simply to smear people.
Tuchel quickly back to work as new Chelsea manager
Thomas Tuchel is confirmed as the new Chelsea soccer team manager, Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021. Thomas Tuchel is confirmed as the new Chelsea soccer team manager, Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021. “It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said. “We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea,” Tuchel said. Success in the cups could be used as a springboard for Tuchel, with Chelsea still in the FA Cup and into the last 16 of the Champions League, where the opponent is Atletico Madrid.
Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy
Like many baseball writers, C. Trent Rosecrans viewed the Hall of Fame vote as a labor of love. Like many baseball writers, C. Trent Rosecrans viewed the Hall of Fame vote as a labor of love. Schilling, a right-handed ace who won three World Series titles, finished 16 votes short of the 75% threshold necessary for enshrinement. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year’s ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. With the Hall of Fame’s Era Committees postponing their scheduled elections until next offseason because of the pandemic, there won’t be a 2021 Hall class.
Swing and a miss: Baseball Hall of Fame to induct no new members this year
NEW YORK — The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year’s ballot. “It’s all right, the game doesn’t owe me anything,” Schilling said during a live video stream on his Twitter account. Bonds (61.8%) and Clemens (61.6%) joined Schilling in falling short on their ninth tries on the ballot. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year’s ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. With the Hall of Fame’s Era Committees postponing their scheduled elections until next offseason because of the pandemic, there won’t be a 2021 Hall class.
No one was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year
For the first time since 2013, baseball’s Hall of Fame voters elected … no one. Curt Schilling was the top vote-getter, but fell short of the Hall of Fame. While the Hall of Fame is certainly full of Republicans, Schilling has gone further and further to the extreme right since his playing days ended. Some voters reportedly even asked the Hall of Fame if they could withdraw their votes for Schilling after Jan. 6. After he learned this year’s results, Schilling posted a letter to Facebook that he sent to the Hall of Fame, asking to be taken off the ballot for 2022.
Breaking down 3 critical decisions at the end of the NFC Championship game
The end of the NFC Championship game offers football fans a few different scenarios and decisions that are going to be debated throughout the offseason. Let’s dive into each of the decisions, breaking down the three critical decisions at the end of the NFC Championship game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers. Vrabel took what seemed to be an intentional 12 men on the field penalty when the Texans had the football and faced a 2nd-and-1. If the defense has timeouts remaining, it will have the option of using a timeout in lieu of the game clock being started. How in the world can you take Rodgers off the field and put the game in the hands of your defense?
Tournament Madness, Coach K’s comments, Tennessee coaching search
Subscribe to The Yahoo Sports College PodcastApple Podcasts • Stitcher • Google Podcasts • SpotifyDan Wetzel, Pete Thamel and Pat Forde from Sports Illustrated are your guides to offseason nirvana. The trio begins with 600 million reasons why March Madness is happening in 2021. Duke is currently on the outside of the NCAA tournament but Coach K was the talk of basketball this week after a spout with a student reporter. The guys also have the latest from the UT coaching search and two People’s Court cases on the docket. Check out the rest of the Yahoo Sports Podcast family at https://apple.co/2Abi8jk or at yahoosports.com/podcasts
A-Rod, David Ortiz and more: Next year's Hall of Fame ballot has all the drama you could ever want
The 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame fell flat, with no candidate getting the call to Cooperstown. When you remember that Sammy Sosa, Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez are also on the ballot, that means that six members of the 500-home run club will be on the 2022 ballot. Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz are coming to the Hall of Fame ballot in 2022. Ortiz certainly has a better chance than anyone in 2022, but when it comes to steroid-era grandstanding Hall of Fame voters, you never can really know. The rest of the 2022 ballotThe 2022 ballot is so fascinating that we’ve made it this far without mentioning Tim Lincecum, who stands to eligible for the first time at just 36 years old.
Texas coach Shaka Smart in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19
Texas head coach Shaka Smart has tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP/Chuck Burton)Texas coach Shaka Smart announced on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Smart said he is now in isolation and working remotely, though it’s not clear if he is experiencing symptoms. “I tested positive for COVID and am in isolation away from our team and my family,” Smart said in a statement on Twitter. South Carolina coach Frank Martin announced earlier this month that he had contracted the coronavirus for a second time, too.
Lou Gehrig bat, linked to 1938 World Series, could sell for $1 million at auction: report
A baseball bat belonging to New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig, which was possibly used during the 1938 World Series, is up for auction and could sell for as much as $1 million, according to a report. RARE MICKEY MANTLE BASEBALL CARD SELLS FOR MORE THAN $5 MILLION, SETTING RECORDAccording to reps, the bat may have been used in the 1938 World Series where the Yankees sweep the Chicago Cubs in four games to earn the franchise’s seventh championship and third consecutive title. The rare find, which the website says is a part of the 2021 Winter premier, could go for as high as $1 million, according to the report. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPA bat used by Babe Ruth to hit his 500th home was auctioned off in Dec. 2019 by SCP Auctions for $1,000,800. Another Ruth bat used to hit the first home run out of Yankee Stadium in 1923 sold for nearly $1.3 million in 2004.
Baseball writers spurn controversial candidates, elect no one to the Hall of Fame
In 2013, the first year Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens appeared on the ballot, baseball writers elected no one. In 2021, the next-to-last year Bonds and Clemens can appear on the ballot, baseball writers also elected no one. The Hall of Fame asks voters from the Baseball Writers Assn. Aaron was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first appearance on the ballot, with 98% of the vote. Editor’s note: The Times does not permit its writers to participate in voting for the Hall of Fame.
NFL hopefuls begin making their impressions at the Senior Bowl
MOBILE, Ala. — Matt Rhule made one thing quite clear Tuesday afternoon: College is over for the players at the Senior Bowl. “It’s been a wonderful experience so far; I think the meetings are really good,” Rhule said. Ehlinger showed nice footwork and a deft touch on several plays, including a nice rollout and connection with Boston College tight end Hunter Long at the end of practice. North Carolina running back Michael Carter showed really nice initial quickness and some nifty cutback moves after getting to the second level on several runs. Tennessee’s Josh Palmer showed nice body control to keep his feet inbounds on a back-shoulder grab from Jones during individual drills.
Jakub Zboril feels like a great fit in Bruins revamped defensive ranks
Prior to the Bruins facing the Penguins on Tuesday night at the Garden, Zboril averaged 19:45 of ice time in his first five games. Jakub Zboril’s game isn’t flash and sizzle, true of many NHL defensemen, young and old. He’s moved the puck, gone in and showed courage going back on pucks, defending hard. The “help wanted” postings were up on the dressing room wall upon Zboril reporting to camp. “So I’m just doing what I’m told and I’m having a blast right now.”.
Hockey Hall of Famer George Armstrong dies at 90
Associated PressTORONTO — George Armstrong, who captained the Toronto Maple Leafs to four Stanley Cups in the 1960s, has died. His death was announced Sunday by the Maple Leafs, who said he died of heart complications, citing his family. Known as the “Chief,” Armstrong was one of the first players of Indigenous descent to play professional hockey. “George is part of the very fabric of the Toronto Maple Leaf organization and will be deeply missed,” Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. “The National Hockey League family is saddened to learn of the passing of George Armstrong,” Bettman said in a statement.
Barry Bonds falls short of Hall of Fame again, will voters eventually listen to Willie Mays?
For the ninth consecutive year, Barry Bonds did not receive the necessary votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America required to be elected to the Hall of Fame. For the first time since 2013, when Bonds first appeared on the ballot, no players were elected to the Hall of Fame during Tuesday’s ballot reveal. The pitcher added that he no longer wishes to have writers determine his Hall of Fame fate, but is open to be considered for enshrinement by a Veterans Committee. “I will not participate in the final year of voting,” Schilling said. Even former players who have been elected to the Hall of Fame are split on supporting the candidacy of certain players.
Kurtenbach: The Baseball Hall of Fame is an embarrassment without Bonds and co.
The Baseball Hall of Fame is filled with cheaters, bigots, scoundrels, and folks who used performance-enhancing drugs — both the early-day stuff and the real good stuff of recent years. After all, they were exceptional baseball players. I thought recognizing such titans in the industry — flaws and all — is why the Hall of Fame was built. Related Articles Barry Bonds falls short of Hall of Fame again, will voters eventually listen to Willie Mays? And so long as nothing changes — so long as pettiness is deemed more important than play — the Baseball Hall of Fame will be an embarrassment.
Marcus Semien leaves Oakland for Toronto — what’s next for the A’s at shortstop?
Marcus Semien, the Bay Area native who transformed into an MVP-caliber shortstop, agreed Tuesday to a one-year, $18 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, as first reported by ESPN. The Blue Jays are in spend mode, having recently signed outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million deal earlier this month. Along with Liam Hendriks, Robbie Grossman and Mike Minor, Semien is now the fourth free agent to leave Oakland this offseason; the A’s had 10 to start. Nick Allen, a non-roster invite to spring training, is still a year or so away from a big leagues. Semien came to Oakland in 2015 from the Chicago White Sox along with Chris Bassitt and Josh Phegley.
Curt Schilling narrowly misses election to Baseball Hall of Fame in year when no one voted in
Arizona RepublicFor the first time since 2013, no one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Schilling, a dominant starting pitcher who helped the 2001 Diamondbacks and 2004 Boston Red Sox win memorable World Series, came the closest. Schilling, one of 18 pitchers with at least 3,000 strikeouts, pitched 20 seasons for the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. MORE:Curt Schilling seems headed for Hall of Fame election, but does he deserve it? MORE:Arizona Diamondbacks face dilemma if Curt Schilling makes Baseball Hall of Fame
Eastern Conference-leading Sixers will be put to the test vs. Los Angeles Lakers
“They have a lot of talented players, they had the best [offseason] of anyone, and they’re better than last year,” Rivers said. “That doesn’t mean they are going to win. It doesn’t mean they are going to win it. But they are better than last year, and so are a lot of teams. We’re better.”
Phillies sign veteran pitcher Ivan Nova to minor-league contract
The Phillies have perilously little depth. Beyond Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, they lack starters who have worked more than 165 innings in a season. Young right-hander Spencer Howard, who projects as the Phillies’ fourth or fifth starter, has dealt with shoulder injuries over the last two years, logging a total of 123 2/3 innings in 2019 and 2020.
Penn State’s Sandy Barbour pleased about the football team’s response to COVID-19
“From a health and safety standpoint, we did really, really well,” she said in a Zoom call with reporters. “We learned that the mitigation protocols, the masking, the social distancing, the not-gathering, that stuff works. Those were the sacrifices that the young men in our football program made to have a full season, and to be one of only two teams in the Big Ten to get all of their games in.
Duncanville announces suspensions for girls basketball coach, four players after fight with DeSoto
Duncanville girls basketball coach LaJeanna Howard and four players have been suspended for varying lengths of time because of a fight that occurred in Saturday’s loss to DeSoto, Duncanville ISD announced Tuesday. DeSoto ISD athletic director Larry Davis said in a text message that DeSoto has “issued consequences as well.” He did not respond when asked what those consequences are. Duncanville ISD did not provide the names of the players who were suspended. “This event is unacceptable and does not meet the expectations for athletes in our school district,” Duncanville ISD Superintendent Dr. Marc Smith said in a statement. It gave District 11-6A leader DeSoto (18-1, 10-0) a two-game lead over second-place (21-2, 8-2) with four district games remaining.
Jamie Benn appears to be making quick recovery from lower-body injury suffered in Stars’ season opener
Stars captain Jamie Benn skated with the team’s taxi squad on Tuesday morning, the first step in his potentially quick recovery from a lower-body injury suffered during the season opener on Friday against Nashville when Viktor Arvidsson fell on his right knee. Benn came on to the ice after the main session of morning skate finished with the Stars’ game group for Tuesday night’s game against the Red Wings. During his 47 minutes on the ice, Benn was testing his skating both during and between drills, and remained on the ice longer than any Stars. When Stars coach Rick Bowness spoke to reporters Tuesday morning, Benn was still on the ice and Bowness said the team would not know about his availability until he left the ice. +++Find more Stars coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Dallas’ Tanner Kero remains in, plus other lineup changes for Stars-Red Wings
Forward Tanner Kero will remain in the lineup Tuesday night after first coming in Sunday for the injured Joel Kiviranta. Kero slotted in alongside Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov and played 13:06 during a 3-2 win over the Predators. In the first two games of the season, Robertson averaged 9:44 of ice time, and failed to register a shot on goal. Offensive players need to play with offensive players, so they can use their skill and creativity. He played eight games for the Stars last season, leaving an impression with Bowness of a reliable, penalty-killing forward.
2021 NFL mock draft roundup: See who experts have the Dallas Cowboys selecting at No. 10
For the first time since 2016, the Dallas Cowboys own a top 10 draft pick. With the NFL draft closing in, here’s what some mock drafts have the Cowboys doing in the first round with the No. But considering Surtain is still available, and Dallas hasn’t had a shutdown corner in years, this seems almost too easy. Trevon Diggs — Surtain’s former teammate in Tuscaloosa — appears to be a great value pick for Dallas (No. That’s why I think Slater fits in Dallas, where he could play either tackle spot or move inside to guard.
Baseball Hall of Fame: No players elected to 2021 class, Todd Helton gets 44.9%
For the first time since 2013, and for only the ninth time in history, no player was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 2021 BBWAA Vote Player Votes Pct. Right-hander Curt Schilling came close Tuesday, garnering 71.1% of the votes by eligible members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. In 2019, his first year on the ballot, Helton received 16.5% of the vote, followed by a significant increase to 29.2% last year. In their ninth year on the ballot, Bonds got 61.8% and Clemens 61.6%.
Blackhawks hope to avoid COVID-19 outbreak with DeBrincat, Boqvist out 2+ weeks
Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist will miss “certainly two weeks,” potentially more, after being placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol list Monday. Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton implied but didn’t explicitly state Tuesday that one or both tested positive. We’ll continue to test every day.”In a hockey sense, the Hawks will look to compensate for the two rather important absences in the coming weeks with a next-man-up mentality. Forward Matthew Highmore replaced DeBrincat and defenseman Lucas Carlsson replaced Boqvist in the lineup Tuesday against the Predators, which went on as scheduled. And the Hawks aren’t the only team dealing with this: 21 players on seven teams currently reside on the COVID-19 list.
CPS partners with 5 community groups to develop new safety alternatives to in-school officers
Chicago Public Schools have announced a plan to partner with community organizations to create new “trauma-informed safety approaches,” following a summer of student-led protests against officers in schools. Five community organizations were selected to lead the development of the new “holistic” program, which schools will be able to adopt next year as an alternative to school resource officers, CPS announced Tuesday. The groups will each receive a $30,000 stipend, funded by philanthropic organizations, for their work, CPS said. Meyiya Coleman, a youth leader for Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, said groups like hers have spent years working toward the removal of SROs. Groups will hold 10 community engagement sessions in February and from there create 5-10 recommendations for the school district to consider.
No players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
It marked the ninth time the BBWAA did not vote a player into the Hall, and the first time since 2013. Links to steroids and perhaps personal character issues have kept Bonds and Clemens out, although support has grown in recent years. Schilling had 71.1%, Bonds had 61.8% and Clemens 61.6% in their ninth years on the ballot. Scott Rolen received 52.9%, Omar Vizquel received 49.1%, the fourth- and fifth-highest tallies behind Schilling, Bonds and Clemens. Because last year’s ceremony was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Hall of Fame class will be honored this summer.
Sammy Sosa receives 17% of Hall of Fame vote, will enter final year on ballot
As the years continue to go by, it’s becoming clear that Sammy Sosa’s road to enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame won’t become a reality. Sosa missed induction into the Hall of Fame for the ninth time on Tuesday, getting just 17% of this year’s vote, his highest total since going on the ballot in 2013. No candidate on this year’s ballot received the required 75% of the vote to be inducted. But unlike others like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Gary Sheffield, Sosa has never received even 20% of the BBWAA vote. Next year’s Hall of Fame ballot will have as much intrigue as any in several years as Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz will both be eligible for the first time.
Best bets for PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open
Jon Rahm is the 7-1 favorite to win the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)Jon Rahm won the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open in his tournament debut at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego as a 55-1 long shot. 2 player in the world, Rahm is the 7-1 favorite at the Westgate sportsbook to win the event again this week at Torrey Pines. Torrey Pines and this venue is arguably the best place for him to start the season. The putter is always a weakness, but a move to Poa annua could be the ticket.”Contact reporter Todd Dewey at tdewey@reviewjournal.com.
Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. out for at least 4 weeks with a severe bruise on his right quad
“He’s obviously battled some things over the early part of his career in the NBA and he’s had some significant time loss for different situations,” Donovan said. “Wendell’s a great guy. He’s a good team guy. He’s worked hard to get himself ready, it was just kind of a freak thing that happened in practice. I just feel bad he has to miss the amount of time he’s going to miss.”
Curt Schilling falls short of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame by 16 votes. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens also miss out as writers elect no one for the 1st time since 2013.
White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle will remain on the ballot next year after finishing at 11% with 44 votes. A player needs 5% to avoid dropping off. Former Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (1%, four votes) and reliever LaTroy Hawkins (0.5%, two votes), who is from Gary, were among those who did not reach the 5% threshold.
Nobody elected to Baseball Hall of Fame for first time since 2013
No players were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for the Class of 2021. Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the leading candidates for induction into the Hall based on early results tracking, but none made it. A total of 14 blank ballots were submitted this year, the most in Hall history. It's the first time since 2013 that no players were elected into the Hall. The BBWAA elected 22 players in the previous seven years.
Judge issues pretrial orders on admissibility of Floyd’s, Chauvin’s backgrounds
In an order dated Monday and made public Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said he would explain his decisions at a later date. Floyd, who was Black and handcuffed, died May 25 after Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck as Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd’s death was captured in widely seen bystander video that set off protests, sometimes violent, that spread around the world. Chauvin and the three other officers who took part in Floyd’s arrest were fired. Cahill’s order also denies the state’s request to bring up prior on-the-job incidents involving Thao and Kueng, again without providing a reason.
Baseball Hall of Fame hopefuls strike out as Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens fall short
Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were among the closest in voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America released Tuesday, and the trio will have one more chance at election next year. “It’s all right, the game doesn’t owe me anything,” Schilling said during a live video stream on his Twitter account. Bonds (61.8%) and Clemens (61.6%) joined Schilling in falling short on their ninth tries on the ballot. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year’s ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. McCready later told “Inside Edition” she met Clemens when she was 16 and that the relationship didn’t turn sexual until several years later.
Oregon men’s basketball pauses team activities for second time this month due to COVID-19
EUGENE — For the second time this month, Oregon men’s basketball has paused team activities due to COVID-19. 22 Ducks (9-3, 4-2 Pac-12) were to travel to Los Angeles to play UCLA on Thursday and Monday and USC on Saturday, but all three games are postponed. It’s the third time the Dec. 23 game against UCLA, originally to be played in Eugene, is being rescheduled. Oregon had the minimum eight scholarship players available to play in its loss to Oregon State last Saturday. Earlier this month the home games against Arizona State and Arizona were also postponed due to COVID-19 cases at UO.
Former Moeller lacrosse player with brain injury up walking
Former Moeller lacrosse player Braedon Titus who recently suffered a serious brain injury from a fall is up and walking. In a video posted by Moeller Director of Alumni Barrett Cohen with permission of Braedon's parents, Duane and Kim Titus, the former Crusader's progress can be seen. The 2019 Moeller grad was injured Jan. 16 with many of his teammates and Crusader supporters responding with a prayer service Sunday, Jan. 17. Cohen posted the following from the Titus family Tuesday afternoon:"We are so thankful Braedon was transferred to Children’s Hospital inpatient rehab yesterday. - Duane & Kim TitusMoeller made it to the regional finals in 2019 under head coach Sean McGinnis with Titus leading the defense.
Tuesday's MLB: Phillies, J.T. Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal
Realmuto agreed Tuesday on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Realmuto gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. Giving Bradley a $6 million, one-year deal had been Philadelphia’s most significant offseason move to this point. … Shortstop Marcus Semien agreed to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Blue Jays. The deferred money will come in payments of $1.5 million due next Jan. 15, $3.5 million due Jan. 15, 2023, and $1.5 million due Jan. 15, 2024.
Baseball Hall gets no new members; Curt Schilling 16 votes shy
He later wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from the ballot. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year’s ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. Months later, Schilling was again criticized after using social media to applaud a T-shirt calling for journalists to be lynched. Schilling wrote on Facebook that he would like the veterans committee to review his Hall case. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,” Schilling wrote.
Voters decide against electing any new players to the baseball Hall of Fame for 2021; Schilling was among those eligible
Voters decide against electing any new players to the baseball Hall of Fame for 2021; Schilling was among those eligibleNEW YORK (AP) — Voters decide against electing any new players to the baseball Hall of Fame for 2021; Schilling was among those eligible.
Nobody voted into Baseball Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling have one more year
The past seven years, with 22 players voted into the Hall of Fame, the procedure works just fine. Curt Schilling (71.1%, 16 votes short) came the closest, followed by Barry Bonds (61.8%) and Roger Clemens (61.6%). It doesn’t mean that Schilling, Bonds, Clemens won't get in. It will also be the 10th and final year of eligibility for Schilling, Bonds and Clemens. Ultimately, the dialogue on the candidacy of Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, Rodriguez and Ortiz will be a complicated, convoluted, obfuscated mess.
OU vs. Kansas women’s basketball: How to watch, live stream, game time, lineups
• OU freshman Heavenly Greer, who has played in all but one game, will miss the remainder of the season after not meeting academic eligibility requirements for the spring semester. • After Madi Williams joined the 1,000-point club on Saturday in a loss at Baylor, the Sooners became one of five Division I teams with three 1,000-point scorers on its roster. Taylor Robertson and Ana Llanusa, who is out this season due to injury, are OU’s other 1,000-point scorers. • The Sooners haven’t played at home since Jan. 3, a 90-72 loss to West Virginia. The Jayhawks beat the Sooners 74-64 in Lawrence on Dec. 10 in the Big 12 opener.
Baseball Hall gets no new members; Schilling 16 votes shy
NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on-the-field or off — for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the closest in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America released Tuesday, and the trio will have one more chance at election next year. Schilling, a right-handed ace who won three World Series titles, finished 16 votes short of the 75% threshold necessary for enshrinement. He got 71.1% percent this time after coming up 20 votes shy at 70% last year. Schilling's on-field accomplishments face little dispute, but he has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others.
Hinchcliffe back with Andretti for full IndyCar season
James Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport for a full IndyCar season, a huge recovery after the popular Canadian cobbled only six races together last year. Hinchcliffe was blindsided in late 2019 when he was replaced at Arrow McLaren SP with a year remaining on his contract. With limited time to find a new job, he signed sponsor Genesys for three races with Andretti. 29 Honda for the remaining seven races on the IndyCar schedule will be announced at a later date. “This program is something we’ve been working on since the day we signed our three-race deal with Andretti Autosport last March," Hinchcliffe said.
Evans helps No. 1 Louisville survive Miami (Florida) 79-76
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dana Evans scored 20 points, including Louisville’s final 12 capped by two free throws with 6.5 seconds remaining, helping the top-ranked Cardinals survive Miami (Florida) 79-76 on Tuesday. Louisville (15-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led throughout in winning their third consecutive game as the No. Evans took over for the final nine minutes, making all eight free throws around a couple of baskets to give the Cardinals just enough space. Evans was fouled after inbounding the ball and made two more to make it 79-74, a safe margin to withstand Taylor Mason’s layup at the buzzer. Elizabeth Dixon scored a season-high 21 points off the bench while Elizabeth Balogun had 14 for Louisville.
Running back Keaontay Ingram transferring to USC from Texas
Ingram is leaving Austin after freshman Bijan Robinson emerged as Texas' starting tailback late in the season and coach Tom Herman was replaced by Steve Sarkisian in the offseason. Ingram rushed for 1,811 yards over the past three seasons with the Longhorns, making 18 starts. Vavae Malepeai and Stephen Carr apparently are returning to USC for another season, although neither running back has confirmed his plans. Running back Markese Stepp announced his plan to transfer from USC to Nebraska earlier this month. Ingram is transferring to USC in the same offseason as experienced Colorado receiver KD Nixon, who made the move last week.
Venglos, 1st overseas coach in English top tier, dies at 84
PRAGUE (AP) — Jozef Venglos, a Slovak coach who was the first manager born outside Britain and Ireland to take charge of a top-tier club in England, has died. Slovakia’s soccer association said Venglos died Tuesday surrounded by his family. No details about the cause of death were given. The association described him as “the greatest personality of Slovak soccer.”Venglos was a respected, experienced coach when he arrived in Birmingham in 1990 to take charge of Aston Villa in the first division for what was the toughest job of his illustrious career.
Curt Schilling falls short of Hall of Fame again, has one more chance to be inducted
Curt Schilling has one more chance to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Red Sox pitcher with a complicated legacy came up just shy again as the results for the 2021 class were revealed Tuesday night. Schilling earned 71.1% of the vote, 16 votes short of the 75% required to gain entry, in his ninth year on the ballot. Schilling was the highest vote-getter at 71.1%, followed by Barry Bonds at 61.8% and former Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens at 61.6%. Former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez fell way short again at 28.2%, the same percentage he received last year.
Hey, Clemson, he's baaack: Louisville basketball's Carlik Jones vexed Tigers in 2018
Two years and five weeks have passed since Carlik Jones played a basketball game against Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum. I'm definitely looking forward to this game," Jones said Tuesday in a virtual press conference. Also:How to watch Louisville men's basketball at Clemson: TV channel, tip time and moreJones and the Cards enter the Clemson game on the heels of Saturday's win over Duke. It's a compelling match-up between a Cards team aiming for its first road win since Jan. 13 and a Clemson team seeking its first victory since Jan. 5. 23/25 Louisville (10-3, 5-2 ACC) at Clemson (9-4, 3-4)When: 9 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SCTV: Regional Sports Networks (FOX Sports South in Louisville).
Bellarmine reflects on 'historical' weekend, looking to maintain consistency
If there’s time on the clock, we feel like we can win any game we’re in. It just shows that we’re a real competitive team.”“It shows a lot of fight,” added junior guard Juston Betz. “Directly after the game, I still don’t think it really hit us, what we did in the second half. It was really a historical game.”Both games also showcased how far the Knights have come since the start of the season. It was exhilarating to pick up the comeback wins, but the Knights don’t want the high to lull them to sleep on the rest of their schedule.
The once overlooked Carlik Jones enjoying praise, but still 'hungry' for more
The once overlooked Carlik Jones enjoying praise, but still 'hungry' for moreLouisville guard Carlik Jones had made the most of his opportunity with the Cardinals, but he wants to build on that, using his motivation of being overlooked in the past.
2021 Farmers Insurance Open matchups and prop bet predictions
Esten McLarenSportsbook WireThe PGA Tour's west coast swing continues with this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course just outside of San Diego, California. Below, we'll look for the best value bets in the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open betting odds, with tournament matchups, placings and other PGA Tour prop bet predictions. 2021 Farmers Insurance Open: Matchup betsOdds provided by BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. 2021 Farmers Insurance Open: Prop betScheffler, Day and Koepka all to make the cut (+175)Koepka seems to be the biggest risk in this parlay after missing the cut last week at PGA West. Get some action on the 2021 Farmers Insurance Open by signing up and betting at BetMGM.
No players inducted to baseball's Hall of Fame as Schilling and Bonds miss cut
“It’s all right, the game doesn’t owe me anything,” Schilling said during a live video stream on his Twitter account. Bonds (61.8%) and Clemens (61.6%) joined Schilling in falling short on their ninth tries on the ballot. Schilling, Clemens and Bonds will be joined on next year’s ballot by sluggers Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz. With the Hall of Fame’s Era Committees postponing their scheduled elections until next offseason because of the pandemic, there won’t be a 2021 Hall class. Months later, Schilling was again criticized after using social media to applaud a T-shirt calling for journalists to be lynched.
Transfer duo dominates as Louisville women's basketball edges Miami for 15th straight win
The top-ranked Cardinals (15-0) defeated Miami 79-76 on Tuesday led by its Georgia Tech transfer duo of Elizabeth Balogun and Elizabeth Dixon. Dixon had 21 points, the most of her Louisville career and one shy of her career high, and nine rebounds. Tuesday wasn't just the best game in her time at Louisville, but was one of the best of her career. I'm really, really proud of the way Elizabeth has been playing." In the third quarter Tuesday, Louisville went seven minutes without a field goal.
Kentucky basketball vs. Alabama: Live updates, scores and more
The Kentucky men's basketball team pulled out a quality win against LSU on Saturday, but a tougher opponent in Alabama soon follows. Kentucky beat writer Jon Hale said the importance on the Wildcats' win vs. LSU won't be determined until Tuesday night's performance. The Wildcats are in must-win mode in an away game against the lone undefeated team in SEC play. To pull out the win, Kentucky must pull out all the stops. Subscriber only: Now that Brandon Boston is improving, Kentucky basketball needs these players to step upAlso: How to watch or stream Kentucky basketball vs. Alabama: Game time, TV channelFollow along below.
Watford move into Championship top two with goalless draw at Millwall
Occasionally, just occasionally, the utterly unpredictable mayhem of football throws up an entirely predictable outcome. And so it proved at the Den, where Millwall and Watford played out a goalless draw. Millwall rarely win as hosts and Watford, despite flying high, seldom secure three points on the road - so the result was no surprise. In ordinary times Rowett would be under pressure, his side’s season effectively over at the halfway mark. These are, however, not ordinary times.
Jozef Venglos: Former Aston Villa and Celtic manager dies, aged 84
Former Aston Villa and Celtic manager Jozef Venglos has died at the age of 84. Venglos made history as the first manager from outside the UK and Ireland to take charge of a club in the English First Division when he was appointed Aston Villa boss in 1990. A statement on the Celtic website read: "Everyone at Celtic is extremely saddened to hear of the passing of our former manager, Dr Jozef Venglos, who has died at the age of 84. "The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Celtic are with Dr Jozef Venglos' family and the whole of football in Slovakia at this very sad time." Stan Collymore, who played for Villa from 1997 to 2000, wrote on Twitter: "Sad news that Dr Jo Venglos has passed away.
Los Angeles, fans remember Bryant one year after deadly crash
Fans laid flowers and Los Angeles Lakers memorabilia at a makeshift memorial outside the Staples Center, the arena where Bryant became a city icon during a two-decade playing career. Other Los Angeles sporting franchises also paid tribute. The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team posted a photo of the pitching mound at Dodger Stadium emblazoned with Bryant's "24" jersey number in Lakers colours. The Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer team also posted a pitcher of Bryant and his daughter, with a caption reflecting their nicknames: "Mamba & Mambacita forever. - Street-art memorials -Since his death, dozens of large-scale murals have appeared on walls throughout Los Angeles.
The creative power of 4—and how it can make your teams more productive
DISCOVERING THE POWER OF FOUR The pandemic is forcing many in the advertising and marketing worlds to be creative while working remotely. I started Ideasicle, a virtual idea generation agency serving the advertising world in 2010, well before any pandemic forced remote work. One of the things I learned early on was how many people to include on a virtual team for maximum—and quality—idea generation. Turns out, when there are too many or too few people on the assignment the idea generation suffers. My mantra for virtual idea generation became: “When in doubt, post it.” You never know what it may spark in a teammate.
Coca-Cola Replaced Its Logo With Positive Messages for Europeans to Share With Loved Ones
LONDON—There are few brands in the world renowned enough to get away with stripping the brand name from their packaging like it’s no big deal—and Coca-Cola is definitely one of them.
It’s the Era of ‘The Great Reinvention.’ How Do We Keep Up?
It’s the Era of ‘The Great Reinvention.’ How Do We Keep Up? Former Publicis executive Rishad Tobaccowala on staying ahead in an ever-changing world at Outlook 2021
Florida pushing to host 2021 Olympics instead of Tokyo
Amid swirling reports that the coronavirus pandemic is threatening Japan’s ability to host the 2020 Olympics, which were already moved to 2021, Florida officials are pushing for the Sunshine State to become the replacement host for the marquee sporting spectacle. Patronis referenced recent reports that the Japanese government has concluded the Summer Olympics need to be canceled because of coronavirus concerns. They referenced a statement issues Friday that the committee is “committed to the successful delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 this year.”Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis wants the Olympics relocated to his state from Tokyo. The Asahi Shimbun via Getty ImagAfter officials postponed the 2020 Summer Olympics as the pandemic surged across the world, competition was set to start on July 23. “Additionally, our international tourist destinations, like Disney parks have been open and operating safely in Florida for some time,” Patronis wrote.
Listen to Episode 30 of ‘Big Apple Buckets’: Should Quickley be Starting? feat. John Starks
John Starks Getty ImagesYou won’t forget where you were and what you were doing when you heard the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, which took place a year ago Tuesday. Big Apple Buckets Opening with Sal & The Junk Yard Dog :Remembering the passing of Kobe Bryant one year later. Asked him to play in Big 3, but Kobe wanted to focus on being there for his kids. John Starks Interview :Knicks guard (1990-1998), Knicks Alumni Relations, The John Starks Foundation, Stamford Cigar LoungeWatching the current Knicks, joyful seeing them play hard defense. Catch up on all episodes of “Big Apple Buckets,” a New York Knicks podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Eli Manning claims no bragging rights over bothered Tom Brady
Eli Manning is the only quarterback alive who has this over Tom Brady — the seemingly ageless wonder who is headed to his 10th Super Bowl, his first with the Buccaneers. Brady is 6-3 in his previous Super Bowl appearances, all with the Patriots, and the first two losses came at the hands of Manning and the Giants. “I’ve been around Tom numerous times, and I’ve never brought up a Super Bowl or our games versus them. The only other quarterback to beat Brady in a Super Bowl is Nick Foles, three years ago. Tom Brady (l) and Eli Manning Getty Images“I don’t think I rooted for him or against him for that reason,’’ Manning said.
Aaron Rodgers says ‘I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back’ with Packers
… Obviously after the season that I had and potentially winning MVP and we obviously made another good run, I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back. But, look, I think there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know, in this business. I guess that’s why it went kind of nuts.”ADADThat came after the Packers remained insistent that Rodgers will stay with the team. Now, that’s really the case for all of us, I think, as players.”ADRodgers had a brilliant season and is likely to be named the NFL’s MVP. “When they drafted Jordan,” Rodgers said, “it was more just like the reality kicking in, going: ‘Hey, that’s actually never the case.
Matthew Stafford to Washington? How the QB would fit.
One of the most sensical veteran choices is longtime Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who will turn 33 on Feb. 7. The Lions granted Stafford’s request to leave Detroit this offseason as the organization undergoes its third overhaul of his tenure. In Week 15, with the Lions out of playoff contention, Stafford played through torn cartilage in his rib cage that gave him body spasms. Washington has plenty of issues to solve on offense — filling out its wide receiver corps behind Terry McLaurin, re-signing right guard Brandon Scherff, etc. It remains to be seen whether Smith will return to Washington, but it is highly unlikely the team could afford to retain Smith and add Stafford, too.
Brad Hand thrived with lower velocity in 2020. With the Nats, he wants to bring back the heat.
ADADEither way, questions about Hand’s diminished velocity have followed him into 2021. Hand did all this with an average fastball velocity of 91.4 mph. One AL scout said even with a slower fastball, Hand’s effectiveness hinges on a 10- to 11-mph difference between his fastball and slider velocity. In 2018, when his fastball velocity peaked, it averaged 93.6 mph, while his slider averaged 82.1. Last year, his average fastball velocity was 91.4 and his average slider velocity was 79.6.
GMC HUMMER entering Extreme E electric off-road racing series
GMC is taking the HUMMER EV racing. Not the production "supertruck" that’s coming later this year, but a HUMMER-bodied off-roader that will compete in the new Extreme E electric racing series. GMC has teamed up with Chip Ganassi Racing for the effort, which will see the Extreme E spec racer all the teams are using redesigned with a HUMMER-inspired body. The trucks are made by Spark Racing Technologies with Williams Advanced Engineering batteries, but allow for updates to the 550 hp electric motors and some other components. The five-event series will feature two-day events with two qualifying races on Saturday and a semi-final and final on Sunday.
Watch and admire: Man City goes top of EPL after 5-0 win
Fueled by a sparkling attacking display, Manchester City's players powered to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season — and even the opposition are stopping to admire their work. Make it seven straight wins in the league — and 11 in all competitions — for City in an ominous run of results. City became the ninth side to finish a day in first place this season. Even if Manchester United reclaims the lead on Wednesday by beating Sheffield United, City looks to be the team to beat. Arsenal avenged a defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup at the weekend by beating the Saints 3-1 in the league.
Bucs' Bruce Arians on facing Chiefs offense in Super Bowl LV: 'I’m not really excited'
CHIEFS COACH REID’S PATIENCE IN STRUGGLING PLAYERS PAYS OFF"I mean, you go back and you look at the game and what matchups you had," Arians said. "I’m not really excited playing Tyreek Hill and [Travis] Kelce and [Patrick] Mahomes. Mahomes completed 37 passes for 464 yards and three touchdowns while Tom Brady by comparison completed 27 of 41 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns. "You learn from mistakes and you learn from really good things," Arians added. "There were some really good things in that game, so we’ve got a lot of stuff to build on."
2021 Boston Marathon Scheduled for Oct. 11 amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Charles Krupa/Associated PressThe Boston Marathon has been scheduled for Oct. 11, marking the second year in a row—and the second year in its history—that it will not be held in April. The race is traditionally held on Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts state holiday that falls on the third Monday in April. This year's race has been postponed to the fall in hopes that it will allow for an in-person event amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There was a virtual marathon instead, and participants were required to complete a marathon in six hours between Sept. 7-14. All of the other Abbott World Marathon Majors are also scheduled for the fall, including Berlin (Sept. 26), London (Oct. 3), Chicago (Oct. 10), Tokyo (Oct. 17) and New York City (Nov. 7).
Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank
(Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP Pool)ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker choked back tears as he remembered Hank Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent on the baseball field. During his post-playing career running the Atlanta Braves farm system, the Hammer had a penchant for looking beyond the can’t-miss prospects. Noting the 10 Baseball of Famers who have died in the past year, Manfred said the Aaron “belongs on our sport’s Mount Rushmore. ADVERTISEMENT“The reason I’m here today is because of Hank Aaron,” Snitker said, pausing the maintain his composure. “Hank was very instrumental in me becoming an Atlanta Brave,” Jones said.
'A lot of chaos': 1 dead, at least 5 injured after driver strikes pedestrians across 15 blocks in Portland, police say
One person was killed and at least five others were injured on Monday after a driver struck pedestrians in multiple incidents in Portland, Oregon, officials said. The Portland Police Bureau said calls began coming into the station about a hit-and-run incident early Monday afternoon. A short time later, while they were responding to the first incident, officers received calls that the same car, a silver Honda Element, was hitting other pedestrians. When the vehicle finally crashed, the suspect fled on foot but was later arrested with the help of the community, Carmon said. Video: South Dakota attorney general kills man with his carThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Portland 'chaos': Driver kills 1, injures at least 5 other pedestrians
What Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady told each other after Bucs clinched Super Bowl berth
Gronk reveals postgame moment with Brady after Bucs clinched SB berth originally appeared on NBC Sports BostonRob Gronkowski likely would be a spectator at Super Bowl LV if he didn't pick up a phone call (or several phone calls) from Tom Brady. Nearly one calendar year later, Brady and Gronk are headed to their sixth Super Bowl together after their Bucs beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. We’re going to the Super Bowl. "It seems a bit surreal that Brady and Gronk are headed to the Super Bowl with another team. "And now to get here, we’re going to the Super Bowl, this is what it’s all about.
Trading Kelly Oubre Jr. now would suggest Warriors are looking toward future
Trading Oubre now would suggest Warriors pivoting toward future originally appeared on NBC Sports BayareaKelly Oubre Jr. was born in New Orleans. Maybe he wouldn’t mind if the Warriors sent him back to the Big Easy in the coming days. The principles: Oubre goes to New Orleans, with Lonzo Ball and/or J..J Redick coming to the Bay Area. Warriors coach Steve Kerr has consistently talked of the need for the Warriors become a top-10 defensive team. Trading Oubre, the primary point-of-attack defender, five or six weeks into the season can’t possibly be about this year.
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USC gets commitment from former Texas running back Keaontay Ingram
Former Texas running back Keaontay Ingram committed to the Trojans in a social media post Tuesday, offering a potential huge boost to a run game that could use one after a dismal 2020 campaign. Ingram leaves a crowded Texas backfield for the promise of better opportunity at USC. A high ankle sprain on Halloween forced Ingram to miss the final four games of Texas’ season. He announced his intent to enter the NCAA transfer portal this month, less than two weeks after Texas announced Steve Sarkisian as its new coach. Ingram scored 17 touchdowns at Texas and also contributed as a receiver out of the backfield, catching 67 passes for 515 yards.
On Wayne Gretzky’s 60th birthday, let’s note his superior numbers and unrivaled class
The NHL couldn’t have invented a better player, ambassador and icon than Wayne Gretzky. AdvertisementNow a grandfather of two and an executive with the Edmonton Oilers, Gretzky turned 60 years old Tuesday. I saw him win the Stanley Cup four times and win the scoring title and most valuable player awards, but two less public memories stick with me. In 1983 the three-time Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders faced Gretzky’s young, brash Oilers in the Cup Final. AdvertisementGretzky and the Oilers won their first Stanley Cup the following season, beating Smith and the Islanders in five games.
L.A. pays tribute on anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death
AdvertisementAdvertisementBernard Tolentino, 37, left, from La Puente, hikes with Mario Luna, 39, of East L.A., in Calabasas. The men walked to where a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others crashed in Calabasas. It is the polar opposite of a year ago.”Steven Stewart, right, and Ben Eliyahu take a photo in front of a downtown L.A. mural of Kobe Bryant. The two were visiting all the Kobe murals they could find on the anniversary of Bryant’s death. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)The helicopter carrying Bryant and the others lacked a TAWS, a terrain awareness and warning system.
Changes in high school hockey? Some teams learning the half of it
That is impossible now.”Hingham is playing this season in the Patriot League, which voted to stay with three 15-minute periods. The Dual County League also stuck with 15-minute periods. Some leagues playing 15-minute periods also have chosen not to clean the ice after the first period, instead giving teams a shorter break in the bench area. Team conditioning is another big challenge for coaches whose teams are using halves, asking players used to playing 15-minute periods to go an extra 7½. “Teams with depth will definitely have an added advantage this season over a normal season.”Coincidentally, 15-minute periods may soon be a thing of the past across the board.
Baseball Hall of Fame: The 2021 class will be announced Tuesday, but will anyone get in?
The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its 2021 class on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Last year, he received 278 of the 397 Hall of Fame votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, 70 percent. Every indication is it will be a close call and should make for a more dramatic moment than usual when Hall of Fame president Tim Mead makes the announcement on MLB Network. What cap should be on his Hall of Fame plaque? AdvertisementThe Hall of Fame makes the final decision on the cap, with input from the player.
Man falsely accused of murder sues Pawtucket police, says cold-case detective used him for publicity
Pawtucket Police Detective Susan Cormier poses for a portrait while holding a deck of playing cards that each feature an unsolved case in the Pawtucket Municipal Courtroom in Pawtucket, R.I. in 2019. But the case starting falling apart within hours, and the murder charge was dismissed in months. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, the detectives used the language barrier to either fabricate incriminating admissions from Monteiro, or made up his statements directly. Loevy-Reyes said the case took time to investigate, because the Pawtucket Police Department and the state spurned their requests for information about what led to Monteiro’s arrest. “This man is accused, he’s not the murderer, so you have two families upside down.
From UMass to the NHL: Three ex-college teammates to share special night
“All three of these kids looked at it as a great challenge to pull UMass Hockey out of obscurity to a place of recognition,” Carvel wrote. Matt Nieto played at Boston University from 2010 to 2013 with future NHL players Charlie Coyle, Alex Chiasson and Adam Clendening. Related Articles San Jose Sharks discuss keys to slowing Nathan MacKinnon, AvalancheSan Jose Sharks can return to SAP Center, but how soon might they move back? Takeaways: Brent Burns provides San Jose Sharks with much-needed boostBrent Burns’ dazzling goal lifts San Jose Sharks past Minnesota WildSharks make plans after early February games at SAP Center are nixed“It’s hard. All three are great players and that’s something special that they’re able to just step in and contribute the way that they have.”Carvel said, “UMass Hockey is better for having them, but they are also better for having been part of UMass Hockey.
Khalif Battle scores career-high 22 points in Temple win over Tulsa
“My job is to come off the bench, play hard, and just help my teammates win,” Battle said. “I really don’t think I had the best game today. I still had five turnovers at the end of the day. I got to keep on working on being in control with the ball.”
Is it safe to walk or ride a bike in Dallas? The city wants your feedback on its new mobility plan
Dallas is asking residents to help shape the future of transportation in North Texas by filling out a survey on Connect Dallas, the city’s first-ever strategic mobility plan. The city describes the plan as an effort to develop transportation policies that support Dallas’ housing, economic, equity and sustainability goals. The report identifies problems with mobility in Dallas, a sprawling and “auto-centric” city, including:A lack of “frequent, reliable transit service in large parts of Dallas.” This prevents many residents from getting to jobs. Overall, the plan emphasizes projects that would improve access to public transit and make streets safer for walking and bicycling. Read the full plan here, and give the city your feedback here.
Kiefer Sherwood to make Avalanche debut Tuesday against Sharks
Obscure off-season acquisition Kiefer Sherwood will make his Avalanche debut Tuesday against San Jose at Ball Arena. Sherwood, a 25-year-old forward from Columbus, Ohio, was an undrafted free agent who signed with Anaheim in 2017 after playing three years at Miami-Ohio. He’s hard on pucks. “Just put my head down and go to work,” Sherwood said of his gameplan for his Colorado debut. Johnson has played in just one of six games after sitting out all of training camp because of COVID-19 protocol.
Is Aaron Rodgers done in Green Bay? Count this ESPN duo among those who think he is.
Some national experts think it was enough to make Aaron Rodgers leave the Packers. Give the ball to Aaron Rodgers. "So Aaron Rodgers did not have a great game, but I'm giving the ball to Aaron Rodgers on third and fourth down. And now ... Aaron Rodgers, he's going to go bye bye." "One other thing, as I've been telling you all year, ever since they drafted Jordon Love with the first pick, Aaron Rodgers has been fueled by hate.
Packers’ Aaron Rodgers clarifies remarks about his future
GREEN BAY, Wis. — All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says “I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back” with the Green Bay Packers next season. Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers’ 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers’ list of potential free agents includes All-Pro center Corey Linsley and Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones among others. I’m going to have them with the right people. I think when they drafted Jordan, it was more just like the reality kicking in, going, ‘Hey, that’s actually never the case.
Scott Darling returns to Blackhawks organization with IceHogs tryout: ‘It brings back a lot of good memories’
A lot of the same staff’s here; [I’ve] seen a lot of old faces.”Darling is in camp on a professional tryout offer, which can be terminated at any time. pic.twitter.com/b6FA5i47z1 — Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) January 26, 2021Much has changed for Darling since 2014-15, his one and only season in Rockford. For that matter, much has changed for Darling since 2016-17, his final year in the Blackhawks organization. He crashed out of a big contract with the Hurricanes, winning just 15 of 48 starts over two seasons with an .887 save percentage, and then struggled again with an .898 save percentage last season with Innsbruck HC in Austria. But in the meantime, Darling can safely say he’s back in the Hawks organization — and he’s enjoying every minute.
UNLV goes for sweep of Utah State
UNLV took a 59-56 win over Utah State on Monday and will go for a sweep of their two-game series at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV's head coach T. J. Otzelberger communicates with a referee during the second half of a basketball game against the Utah State Aggie's at the Thomas & Mack Center on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @ellenschmidtttGame dayWhat: UNLV (6-6, 3-2) vs. Utah State (12-5, 9-2)When: 8 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Thomas & Mack CenterTV: Fox Sports 1Radio: KWWN (1100 AM, 100.9 FM)Line: Utah State -6, total 136 ½About UNLV: The surging Rebels have won five straight, including Monday’s 59-56 edging of the Aggies. About Utah State: The Aggies won their first nine Mountain West games but have lost their last two. Utah State was 5-for-22 from 3-point range (22.7 percent), well below its season average of 33.7 percent.
Phil Mickelson hints he may play more on Champions Tour
After turning 50 last summer, Mickelson played twice on the senior circuit, winning both times. In his new role over the weekend as host of The American Express, the longtime PGA Tour event in Palm Springs, Mickelson hinted he may be headed to the Champions Tour more often this year. After turning 50 last summer, Mickelson played twice on the senior circuit, winning both times. Mickelson has 44 career victories on the PGA Tour, but only two over the past eight years. Playing his 2,201st round on tour, Mickelson for the first time made 18 pars in a single round.
Golden Knights face ‘measuring stick’ series against Blues
The Golden Knights took a step up in competition for two games starting Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues. Vegas Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer looks on as the team disperses from a meeting on the ice at City National Arena on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Las Vegas. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @HeidiFangThe early portion of the Golden Knights schedule helped to prepare them for the stiffer test that awaits with two games against St. Louis starting Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. “It’s a good measuring stick-type game or series against this team to see where we’re at,” Knights coach Pete DeBoer said Tuesday after morning skate. The Coyotes provided a stiffer test in the recently completed four-game series that saw the Knights take six of a maximum eight points.
Virginia, Michigan become latest to offer sports betting on apps
Operations in Virginia and Michigan should keep Nevada on its game to provide the most competitive sportsbooks in the country if it expands mobile wagering options. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)Virginia and Michigan became the 19th and 20th states to offer legal sports wagering on apps last week. No major Nevada impact seenTwo gaming industry analysts aren’t expecting the Virginia and Michigan rollouts will have much impact on Nevada’s sports wagering market. “You can expect it to be competitive with 12 potential operators, full mobile betting, and a strong media market,” said Abouzeid, who attended George Washington University and is familiar with the Virginia market. “With Michigan and Virginia, two more jurisdictions are operational that understand that importance of mobile sports wagering.
Jimmy Butler again listed as out Wednesday vs. Nuggets; Herro, Bradley, Dragic questionable
“It will get better,” Spoelstra said. I don’t know. But we’ll have more reinforcements on the way. And right now, he just wants to help our team win. So he’s laying it all out there.
Aaron Rodgers clarifies his postgame remarks about his Green Bay Packers future — but adds it isn’t necessarily in his control
“Naturally there’s times where you let your mind go to, ‘Maybe I’m going to be a Packer for life,’ or, ‘I’m going to be like a Tim Duncan or a (Derek) Jeter or Kobe (Bryant) and play with one team my entire career,’ " Rodgers said Tuesday. “I think naturally you dream about that. That’s kind of like a dream scenario. I’ve talked about that for much of my career. I think when they drafted Jordan, it was more just like the reality kicking in, going, ‘Hey, that’s actually never the case.
Watch and admire: Man City goes top of EPL after 5-0 win
Fueled by a sparkling attacking display, Manchester City's players powered to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season -- and even the opposition are stopping to admire their work. Make it seven straight wins in the league -- and 11 in all competitions -- for City in an ominous run of results. City became the ninth side to finish a day in first place this season. Even if Manchester United reclaims the lead on Wednesday by beating Sheffield United, City looks to be the team to beat. Arsenal avenged a defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup at the weekend by beating the Saints 3-1 in the league.
Photos: Kobe Bryant’s NBA life, in photo form
The Associated Press has moved thousands of photos of Bryant, who won five championships in his 20 NBA seasons, all with the Los Angeles Lakers. Here is Bryant’s NBA life, depicted in photo form:1996: Bryant was a 17-year-old kid when he entered the NBA and had a childlike grin when the Lakers introduced him as the newest member of their franchise. 1998: In his first All-Star Game, Bryant showed he belonged among the game’s best, scoring 18 points opposed Michael Jordan. 1999: Bryant’s relationship with Shaquille O’Neal was often complex, but they would form one of the top duos in NBA history. 2010: The fifth and final championship of Bryant’s NBA career.
Knicks' Austin Rivers talks about Kobe Bryant's legacy and its meaning
The legend of Kobe may be even larger in death than his tremendous impact in life. Austin Rivers was one of the many players who Bryant willingly shared his wisdom with, serving as a mentor at times. As the Knicks readied for the final game of their four-game road trip against the Jazz, he tried to find the words. "I have multiple things, that’s why I’m taking my time just picking one," Rivers said after a long pause. I’ve only seen a couple guys change the game like Kobe.
Nets' Big 3 of James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving carrying too much of load
In his six Nets games, Harden is the league leader in minutes played with an average of 40.2, and Durant is right behind at 40.1 in five games played with Harden. Irving has played just the past four with Harden but has averaged 38.8 minutes in that span. For the full season, Harden ranks first in minutes played (37.9), Durant is fifth (36.4) and Irving is 18th (35.1). We need to win games, but we also need to preserve them to win at the end of the season. After all, he has three of the top four fourth-quarter scorers in the NBA in Irving (1st, 9.1 points), Durant (3rd, 8.6) and Harden (4th, 8.5).
Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank
ATLANTA — Brian Snitker choked back tears as he remembered Hank Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent on the baseball field. During his post-playing career running the Atlanta Braves farm system, the Hammer had a penchant for looking beyond the can’t-miss prospects. (Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP Pool)A man wipes a way tears at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, during the memorial for Baseball Hall of Famer and Braves legend Hank Aaron, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Atlanta. Noting the 10 Baseball of Famers who have died in the past year, Manfred said the Aaron “belongs on our sport’s Mount Rushmore. “The reason I’m here today is because of Hank Aaron,” Snitker said, pausing the maintain his composure.
Oregon Ducks reserve QB Cale Millen enters transfer portal
Redshirt freshman Cale Millen has entered the transfer portal, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Millen never played on offense in two seasons with the Ducks, the first of which he redshirted due to a shoulder injury. He had two tackles on kickoff coverage last season, one each during the Pac-12 championship game and Fiesta Bowl, and was on the front line on kickoff returns. Milen is the fifth UO player to enter the portal this month, joining Daewood Davis, Jayvaun Wilson, MJ Cunningham and Cyrus Habibi-Likio. Oregon has five scholarship quarterbacks entering 2021 and 86 projected countable scholarship players.
Kobe Bryant tributes, LeBron James’ revenge, quarterly grades, All-Star Game update, trade rumors: NBA news and notes
It is an emotional day across the NBA, as players and coaches join basketball fans around the world in remembering the legacy and career of Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his stunning and sad death. “This probably was the hardest game I’ve ever had to play,” Anthony said that night, fighting away tears. ‘I think everybody knows the work ethic of Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020, was one of those moments.”• A look at where the investigation and lawsuits stemming from Bryant’s crash stand today, courtesy of ESPN. • The list of NBA games postponed because of COVID-19 is up to 22.
Oregon State Beavers women’s basketball vs. Washington Huskies: Live updates
Oregon State looks to end a five-game women’s basketball losing streak Tuesday when the Beavers play Washington at 4 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. The game is a makeup of Friday’s postponed game, due to a COVID-19 situation within the Husky program. The Beavers are coming off a 77-75 double overtime loss to Washington State on Sunday. Notable: Oregon State’s current five-game losing streak is the program’s longest since 2013, when the Beavers lost 10 consecutive games. … Goodman is coming off a career-high 33-point performance against Washington State.
Unbeaten MND, Mason girls basketball teams 1-2 in Ohio poll
Winners of 60 straight games, Mount Notre Dame remains on top of Ohio Division I girls basketball in the latest Associated Press poll. The Roger Bacon girls received votes in the Division II poll but did not crack the top 10. ReynoldsburgOthers receiving 12 or more points: Dublin Coffman 31. Coal Grove Dawson-BryantOthers receiving 12 or more points: Proctorville Fairland 21. Newark CatholicOthers receiving 12 or more points: New Knoxville 34.
Caris LeVert undergoes surgery to treat cancerous growth on kidney
Associated PressIndianapolis — Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney. Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said the 26-year-old LeVert (Michigan) is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said LeVert was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and had surgery Monday at a local hospital. “It’s definitely been some trying times for myself and my family,” LeVert said during his introductory news conference last week. After a solid rookie season, his scoring average increased each of the next three seasons and this season started as his best yet.
MSU coach Tom Izzo on the latest COVID results within the program
MSU coach Tom Izzo on the latest COVID results within the programDespite two more positive COVID-19 tests within the program, MSU coach Tom Izzo is looking forward to his team returning to action this week.
'Good solution': Red Wings enjoying new schedule format with less travel
When the NHL schedule was announced, players were generally enthused about the baseball-style format of it. Now that the Red Wings have lived the schedule a bit and are in the midst of a road trip, they’re giving a big thumbs up, too. “I have nothing against it, it’s good,” defenseman Patrik Nemeth said after Tuesday’s morning skate on a Zoom media chat. And in the current COVID climate, there’s less exposure to a fewer amount of cities given teams are only playing intra-division matchups. If you’re flying out to the West Coast, you can play your season series there instead of bouncing back and forth.
Bills sign 13 to reserve-future deals, including WR Kumerow
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Receiver Jake Kumerow was among 13 players signed by the Buffalo Bills to reserve-future contracts on Tuesday. Kumerow appeared in six games for the Bills and scored a touchdown on his only catch of the season in a 48-19 win at Denver on Dec. 19. The third-year player was cut the following week and signed by New Orleans before being released by the Saints last week. Kumerow, who played with Bills starting quarterback Josh Allen at Wyoming, spent his first two NFL seasons in Green Bay before being signed to Buffalo's practice squad in September. The Bills also retained 12 members of their practice squad including running backs Antonio Williams and Christian Wade, who played professional rugby in England before being assigned to the Bills as part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program.
Wayne Taylor Racing rushes to ready for Rolex in new Acura
Wayne Taylor Racing needed every minute of the offseason to transition to an Acura factory program, an exhausting sprint to overhaul a program before the biggest American sports car race of the year. If not for a tweak to the Rolex 24 at Daytona scheduling, the two-time defending race champions might not have been ready for the season-opener. Testing was scrapped as WTR focused all its efforts on bringing a new car to last weekend's three-day practice session. Team owner Taylor said he bought two new Acura DPi's after the pair it received in November had so much race wear they needed to be rebuilt. If not for the IMSA calendar adjustment "we would never have been ready,” said Taylor.
Best and worst of Ibrahimovi? as Milan loses at Inter
Best and worst of Ibrahimovi? as Milan loses at InterMILAN (AP) — The best and worst of Zlatan Ibrahimovi? was on show Tuesday as he scored and later was sent off in AC Milan's 2-1 loss at city rival Inter Milan in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup. Ibrahimovi? clashed with former teammate Romelu Lukaku at the end of the first half, and he was ejected for a second booking in the 58th minute. “It (the confrontation) certainly influenced the match, the first booking caused the sending off,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli said. “They’re big enough and ugly enough, I don’t know what they said to each other, it can happen, we need to move past it and think of the next match.”Lukaku converted a penalty for the equalizer and Christian Eriksen scored the winner deep in stoppage time.
USC seeks revenge on Oregon State
Oregon State (8-5, 5-3) vs. Southern California (12-3, 6-2)Galen Center, Los Angeles; Thursday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Oregon State goes for the season sweep over Southern California after winning the previous matchup in Corvallis. The teams last met on Jan. 19, when the Beavers shot 41.7 percent from the field and went 6 for 15 from 3-point territory on the way to the 58-56 victory. TEAM LEADERS: This game represents a Los Angeles homecoming for Beavers senior Ethan Thompson, who's averaging 16.1 points this season. He's been complemented nicely by Warith Alatishe, who's recording 8.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He's also converted 76.3 percent of his free throws this season.
Schakel, San Diego St. host Wyoming
Wyoming (10-5, 4-4) vs. San Diego State (11-4, 5-3)Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, San Diego; Thursday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Marcus Williams and Wyoming will face Jordan Schakel and San Diego State. The freshman Williams has scored 21 percent of the team's points this season and is averaging 15.8 over his last five games. Schakel, a senior, is averaging 13.6 points over the last five games. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: San Diego State has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Wyoming has relied on freshmen. Seniors Schakel, Matt Mitchell, Nathan Mensah, Terrell Gomez and Trey Pulliam have combined to account for 70 percent of San Diego State's scoring this season.
Watch and admire: Man City goes top of EPL after 5-0 win
Fueled by a sparkling attacking display, Manchester City's players powered to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season — and even the opposition are stopping to admire their work. In a comical exhibit for VAR's ever-lengthening highlights reel, West Bromwich Albion's defenders virtually stopped in their tracks and looked on as Joao Cancelo curled a shot into the top corner for the second of City's goals in a 5-0 rout on Tuesday. After all, the assistant referee had raised the flag for offside moments earlier but City, unlike West Brom, played on as Bernardo Silva collected the ball and fed Cancelo, who — unchallenged — picked his spot from the edge of the area. A video review showed Silva was actually onside and the goal was allowed to stand. City was on course to match its biggest league win of the season and, on the evidence of this game and the last couple of months, Pep Guardiola's team is going to be hard to stop.
Importance of Senior Bowl increases for NFL teams, prospects
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — With whistles blowing, players moving from station to station, everything appeared to be business as usual Tuesday at the Senior Bowl — even if they're anything but normal. NFL coaches, scouts and executives watched prospects like Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and Florida's Kyle Trask throw passes and others try to improve their draft stock on the field. The football aspect hasn't changed, but the importance of this weeklong audition for senior NFL prospects are magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic with no NFL draft combine this year. "Get some face time with them. Not on the iPhone but actual face time, literal face time, and get to know them as people, as players, things that make them tick.
Oklahoma State women's basketball vs. Texas: How to watch, tip time, lineups
• Oklahoma State forward Natasha Mack was recently named as one of 15 players on the Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year watch list. She currently leads the nation with 59 blocked shots this season. • Mack had six blocked shots and 19 rebounds to go with 14 points in OSU’s 69-55 win over Kansas State. The Cowgirls closed the game with a 15-0 run to snap a three-game losing streak. • Texas brings one of the best centers in the conference, 6-foot-5 Charli Collier, whose scoring and rebounding averages are second in the Big 12.
Broncos ask court to verify right of first refusal is void
Broncos ask court to verify right of first refusal is voidENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The parent companies of the Denver Broncos are asking a Denver County District Court judge to rule the former owner’s estate no longer has the right of first refusal to any potential sale of the $3.5 billion franchise. The lawsuit comes in response to a May 2020 letter lawyers for PDB Sports Ltd. and Bowlen Sports Inc. received from ROFR Holdings in Vancouver suggesting it had the right to match any offer in the event the team is sold. The letter said former owner Edgar Kaiser had transferred his stake in the agreement with Bowlen to ROFR Holdings, a Vancouver corporation he started in 2005, seven years before his death. PDB Sports and Bowlen Sports responded by filing a lawsuit late Monday asking a judge to rule the pact from Kaiser’s 1984 sale of his 60.8% stake to Bowlen is no longer valid because Kaiser died in 2012 and Bowlen died in 2019 following a long bout with Alzheimer's.
Thunder at Suns: How to watch, live stream, time, lineups
• Former Thunder wing Abdel Nader played a season-high 30 minutes in Phoenix’s loss to Denver on Saturday. Nader was traded from the Thunder to the Suns as part of the Chris Paul deal. • Phoenix is the final stop of the Thunder’s five-game road trip. • Thunder forward Kenrich Williams is tied for the second-best defensive rating in the NBA (minimum 100 minutes). The Thunder is holding opponents to 95 points per 100 possessions with Williams on the floor.
Everett tabs Rob DiLoreto as new head football coach
Rob DiLoreto has always thought about what it would be like to be the head football coach at Everett High School. “The words that come to my mind are honored, humbled, family, tradition and Everett pride,” said DiLoreto, a 1984 graduate of Everett High. “I was honored to have a chance to learn from the greatest high school football coach of all time,” DiLoreto said. “The best way to handle the pressure is to keep true to my values as a head coach,” DiLoreto said. We want to be disciplined and play hard-nosed football — Everett football.”
'The music stopped': Kobe Bryant remembered on anniversary of death
“Out of respect to my brother,” Butler said. Alyssa Altobelli was a teammate of Gianna Bryant; she was on the helicopter along with John, her father, and mother Keri. And somehow, even for a story this painful, Tony Altobelli has managed to do that. “It’s nice to see his memory, and just his way of his life being celebrated by people far beyond our area,” Tony Altobelli said. Tony Altobelli and Mauser’s husband, Matt, have become friends in the last year; they didn’t know each other before 26 January 2020.
Manchester City go top after Gündogan turns on style in 5-0 rout of West Brom
The numbers behind this victory are staggering but barely do justice to how superior Pep Guardiola’s team were to a humbled West Brom. It seems hard to conceive now that West Brom managed to draw 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium last month, especially as that was the game in which they traded Slaven Bilic for Sam Allardyce as manager. When the pass came back for Cancelo to take control and shoot into the far top corner, left-footed, it was unclear whether the West Brom defence had stopped or not. Callum Robinson went close with a shot that went just wide for West Brom before Gündogan made it 3-0. West Brom signalled their bid for damage limitation at half-time by replacing their centre-forward Callum Robinson with a third centre-half in Kyle Bartley; City took off Foden and Gündogan.
Andy Murray to start season at Biella Challenger after Australian Open withdrawal
Andy Murray has missed out on the Australian Open thanks to an untimely bout of Covid, but his season is poised to begin in mid-February anyway, after he entered the Biella Challenger in northern Italy. This would have made it dangerous to go straight into a best-of-five-set match on Feb 8 or 9. But the start date of Feb 15 would give Murray a little longer to prepare. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal says players preparing for the Australian Open under restrictions "can't complain" and has stressed the importance of a "wider perspective" amid the coronavirus pandemic. Of course it is not the ideal situation, and of course I feel very sorry for all of them.
Raul Jimenez in line to play for Wolves again this season, says Nuno Espirito Santo
Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that Raul Jimenez is in line to play again this season, in a huge boost for Wolves. When asked if Jimenez has a chance of featuring this season, Nuno said: "We are truly positive that this can happen. What we want back is Raul healthy and we will get him back as an important player for the team. The Wolves head coach says Lampard should have been given more time, after being dismissed following just 18 months in charge. “This is what all managers want, we want our teams to achieve the best results but the game is not like that.
Next two matches will determine if Everton can qualify for Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti says
Carlo Ancelotti says Everton will know if their dreams of qualifying for the Champions League are realistic after the next two games. These are really, really important games for us. Asked if he missed being part of the Champions League, Ancelotti said: “Personally? I think the Champions League is the best competition in the world and as I said when I arrived here, to bring Everton to games in the Champions League is a fantastic motivation for me. It would be fantastic to play with Everton in the Champions League, it is a great, great motivation and a great great desire.
Celtic look to keep slim hopes of 10th consecutive title alive as bottom club Hamilton visit Celtic Park
A further tied meeting with Livingston last week means that Celtic have yet to record a victory this year. “There is a 30-point swing between them and Manchester United from this time last year. Now that’s not normal - it’s just not normal. Manchester United have improved but not to the extent of it being a 30-point swing.”“Listen, I would not have enjoyed this season as a player. We’ve talked for years of the European nights at Celtic Park where it lifted us to another level.
Jill Scott sets sights on England return and Tokyo 2020 after Everton loan
Jill Scott hopes her return to Everton will show "she has more to give" on the international stage, but insists it is the right move for her regardless of Olympic selection. Last week Scott went on loan to Everton from Manchester City, returning 15 years after she first signed for the Merseyside club. Following Phil Neville's premature England departure last week, both the national team and Team GB managerial roles remain vacant. Scott is not looking too far ahead though, and said she has another manager to impress first: Willie Kirk at Everton. "There's a lot of top players here, training has been difficult and I know that I'm going to have to be on top of my game in order to challenge for a place."
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer yet to discuss a new contract with Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has yet to hold talks with Manchester United over a new contract, but remains grateful to the club for backing him through some “really bad spells of form”. The United manager expressed surprise at Chelsea’s decision to sack Frank Lampard as manager this week and is pleased his hierarchy demonstrated more patience with him during the tougher periods. “We haven’t had any discussions yet so, for me, it’s just about keeping on doing my job as well as I can,” he said. West Ham United are favourites to sign United midfielder Jesse Lingard on loan, while full-back Brandon Williams is also attracting considerable interest, but Solskjaer said “no deal has been struck for any players yet going out”. Facundo Pellistri, the teenage winger signed from Penarol on loan in October, could also leave on loan amid interest from Spain.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson ready to hand Jurgen Klopp a welcome boost ahead of Tottenham clash
Liverpool are set to welcome back skipper Jordan Henderson for Thursday’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham Hotspur. However, Jurgen Klopp is hopeful of the midfielder returning as Liverpool seek to revive their ailing title defence. Since October 2017 - coincidentally an away game at Spurs - Liverpool have lost only two Premier League games in which Henderson has started in his usual midfield role. All of Liverpool’s league, cup and Champions League defeats this season came when Henderson was absent, with the exception of the recent loss to Southampton when he filled in at centre-back. Having topped the table at Christmas, Liverpool have slipped to fourth after winning just two of their last eight Premier League games.
West Brom vs Man City result: Premier League final score, goals and report
Allardyce and Guardiola are opposites and there was plenty to separate them: four goals before half-time, five in total. Manchester City ended up on the division’s summit for the first time, apart from a two-hour spell, this season. Albion are now on course to break Derby’s record of 89 goals conceded in a 38-game Premier League season. Their 11th straight win was an exhibition, featuring four beautiful finishes and a lovely team goal. For those with no allegiance to West Brom, there was plenty of savour in the sight of City in such control.
Southampton vs Arsenal result: Five things we learned as Gunners exact revenge on Saints
This top-flight meeting between the Saints and the Gunners was the second encounter between the two teams in four days, following their FA Cup clash on Saturday. Dismissed on Monday after a tepid season-and-a-half in charge, the former Blues midfielder surely knew that this would be his fate. Both points in combination suggest that the former Arsenal midfielder will be afforded the time as Gunners coach that Lampard was not as Chelsea manager. Gunners on the chargeArsenal are unbeaten in the Premier League in 2021 following an encouraging response to a worrying stretch of form late last year. Alexandre Lacazette scored Arsenal’s third goal on Tuesday (Getty Images)As a result, the north London side are eighth in the standings, just five points from fourth place.
Southampton vs Arsenal result: Premier League final score, goals and report
Another gold dust display from Bukayo Saka ensured Arsenal continued their stellar form, dispatching Southampton 3-1 to pick up 16 points of the last 18 on offer in the Premier League. Left one on one with Alex McCarthy, the forward targeted the bottom right but was thwarted by the goalkeeper’s knee. Pepe showed strength and determination to carry the ball into the box and slot past McCarthy to level matters. The attacker released Saka and McCarthy bulleted out of his box, but wasn’t quick enough. Southampton switched off from a restart on 72 minutes and a glorious Cedric Soares diagonal found Saka on the right.
Inter defeat AC Milan in dramatic fashion as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku lock horns
AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off before forgotten man Christian Eriksen fired a dramatic late winner to earn Inter Milan a 2-1 victory in a fiery Coppa Italia quarter-final in the San Siro on Tuesday. Inter took advantage of the extra man, with their top goalscorer Lukaku firing a 71st-minute penalty into the net off the underside of the crossbar to equalise. After Ibrahimovic’s13th goal of the season, the Swede was involved in a heated exchange with Lukaku. Both players were cautioned, with Lukaku so incensed he had to be restrained as the teams went off at halftime. Lukaku then stepped up after Nicolo Barella had been fouled to score his 18th of the season in all competitions.
Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert, 26, undergoes successful kidney cancer surgery
Newly acquired Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert has undergone successful surgery to treat kidney cancer and is expected to make a full recovery, the team revealed Tuesday. The condition is the most common form of kidney cancer found in adults. Newly acquired Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert has undergone successful surgery to treat kidney cancer and is expected to make a full recovery, the team revealed TuesdayPrior to Tuesday, the team had not acknowledged that the small mass found on his kidney during the physical was, in fact, cancerous. I didn't know the next steps, I didn't know if the trade was going to go through. A popular player in Brooklyn, LeVert explained on Instagram that he was touched by the outpouring of support from Nets fans amid his cancer scare.
Moment crazed driver is surrounded by bystanders as he tries to flee after hit-and-run rampage
The moment a crazed SUV driver was surrounded by bystanders as he attempted to flee the scene of a hit-and-run rampage in Portland Monday that left one dead and nine injured has been revealed in new footage. The final crash was reported on Southeast Stark Street, between 17th and 18th avenues. Dramatic video captured the tense exchange between the witnesses and the driver moments after the rampage came to an end. One of the people who stepped in, Jonathan Rendon, said he saw the suspect hit at least one person. The driver then made a U-Turn and dragged the woman some distance, before heading towards 19th Avenue and Stark Street.
Man City go top, Arsenal gain revenge on Southampton
City have now won 11 consecutive games since West Brom earned a shock 1-1 draw at the Etihad last month. The West Brom defence was distracted by a wrongly raised offside flag before the Portuguese full-back found the net, but the goal stood after a VAR review. Gundogan then took his tally to seven goals in his last eight league games before Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling rounded off the scoring. Alexandre Lacazette sealed a vital three points 18 minutes from time as Arsenal moved up to eighth and within five points of the top four. Only Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes has scored more Premier League goals from midfield than the Czech since he joined from Slavia Prague a year ago.
Late Eriksen winner sends Inter into Italian Cup semis in fiery Milan derby
Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Christian Eriksen scored a last-gasp winner as Inter Milan advanced to the Italian Cup semi-finals on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over 10-man AC Milan in a fiery derby clash. Ibrahimovic taunted Lukaku and infuriated the Belgian by laughing in his face with the pair going head-to-head. Ibrahimovic got his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card 15 minutes after the break after for bringing down Aleksandar Kolarov. Rafael Leao's foul on Nicolo Barella gave Inter a penalty after 71 minutes with Lukaku stepping up to fire in via the underside of the crossbar. Inter go through to meet either Juventus or SPAL in the two-legged semi-final on February 3 and 10.
Five-star Man City move top of the Premier League
Two Gud: Ilkay Gundogan scored twice in Manchester City's thrashing of West BromAdvertising Read moreWest Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP)Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League on Tuesday with a 5-0 demolition of West Brom to extend their winning streak to 11 games. Liverpool and City have battled for Premier League supremacy over the past three seasons. But Liverpool's five-game winless league run has allowed City to open up a seven-point lead over the champions. In four home games since the former England manager took charge, West Brom have conceded 17 goals without reply. Assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis wrongly flagged Bernardo Silva for offside and some West Brom defenders stopped before Cancelo bent home his first Premier League goal.
Arsenal sink Saints to avenge FA Cup exit
Advertising Read moreSouthampton (United Kingdom) (AFP)Bukayo Saka starred as Arsenal avenged their FA Cup exit against Southampton with a 3-1 win in the Premier League rematch on Tuesday. But Arsenal made amends for that blow with a convincing success on their return to Southampton four days later. Unfazed by Stuart Armstrong's early strike for the hosts, Arsenal were ahead by half-time thanks to goals from Nicolas Pepe and Saka. Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was unavailable again for "personal family reasons" after also missing last weekend's FA Cup loss. Cedric Soares was inches away from putting Arsenal ahead against his old club with a volley that curled just wide from the edge of the area.
Rahimi nets twice as Morocco bury Uganda under five-goal avalanche
Soufiane Rahimi (R) scored twice as Morocco trounced Uganda 5-2 Tuesday to reach the African Nations Championship quarter-finals in CameroonAdvertising Read moreDouala (AFP)Soufiane Rahimi scored twice for African Nations Championship title-holders Morocco as they came from behind to trounce Uganda 5-2 in Douala Tuesday and reach the quarter-finals. Morocco, who hope to become the first back-to-back winners of the competition for home-based players, topped Group C with seven points, Rwanda had five, Togo three and Uganda one. One Nations Championship record was equalled and another two broken as Morocco flexed their muscles to overwhelm Uganda at Stade Reunification in the Cameroon economic capital. Morocco became only the second nation after Tunisia in 2016, against Niger, to score five goals in a match at the tournament. And, as if being hammered and eliminated was not bad enough, Uganda have conceded 24 goals during five appearances in the Nations Championship, more than any other country.
Bachelorette bubble: Popular TV show behind mysterious nine-week booking of swank Alberta resort
Article contentEDMONTON — The Bachelorette will be filming its next season over nine weeks at the luxurious Jasper Park Lodge, starting next month, the National Post has learned. The show, produced by the Disney-owned ABC television network, is entering its 17th season. Try refreshing your browser, or Bachelorette bubble: Popular TV show behind mysterious nine-week booking of swank Alberta resort Back to videoThe online rumour mill started churning when CBC News reported that the Jasper Park Lodge, which has nearly 450 rooms, was fully booked up for nine weeks, from February through April. On Tuesday, the Post confirmed cast and crew would be camped out at the resort for filming the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. The Post has reached out to Accor for comment.
Pau Gasol Remembers Kobe Bryant on Anniversary of His Close Friend's Death: 'I Miss You'
Pau Gasol recently named his daughter after Kobe Bryant's daughter Gianna, who was killed alongside him last yearKobe Bryant's former teammate and close friend Pau Gasol is reflecting on life without the superstar athlete. "I miss you, hermano … not a day goes by that you are not present in what I do," wrote Gasol alongside photos of himself with Kobe, as well as Kobe with Gianna. Gasol and McDonnell even named their newborn daughter "Elisabet Gianna Gasol" in memory of Kobe's late daughter. Image zoom Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant | Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via GettyGasol was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to Los Angeles back in 2008. RELATED VIDEO: Pau Gasol Welcomes First Child with Wife Catherine McDonnell, Names Daughter After Gianna Bryant
Kamaiu Johnson on His Improbable Rise to First PGA Tour Event: 'I'm Feeling Blessed'
"The best word to describe how I'm feeling is blessed," the 27-year-old Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour champion, who makes his first PGA Tour start at the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday, tells PEOPLE. Assistant course pro Jan Auger spotted Johnson when he was practicing swings with a wooden stick outside of his apartment complex near Hilaman Golf Course in Tallahassee, Florida. Auger invited him to the course at Hilaman, where Johnson was able to practice using proper clubs. I just look back on the number of times that my life could have taken a different path," Johnson explains. [CEO of the APGA Tour] Ken Bentley and the APGA Tour are a huge reason why I haven't given up."
John Altobelli's Brother Speaks Out on First Anniversary of Fatal Helicopter Crash
The crash — which also killed John Altobelli's wife and daughter, Kobe Bryant, Bryant's daughter Gianna and four others — occurred on Jan. 26, 2020Tony Altobelli is recalling the life-changing text message he received on Jan. 26, 2020, one year later. "And, I worked with the guy," he continued of John, who was 56 when he died. "John loved small ball — he loved hit-and-runs, sacrifice bunts, getting guys over and getting them in," Tony said. "I'm numb right now, I'm numb, I'm broken, I'm going to miss him terribly," Tony told PEOPLE after the death of his brother, sister-in-law and niece. "He was my brother, he was my idol growing up, also my idol as an adult."
Patrick Mahomes Cradles Brittany Matthews' Baby Bump
Patrick Mahomes will play in the upcoming Super Bowl after winning last year'sPatrick Mahomes Cradles Pregnant Fiancée Brittany Matthews' Baby Bump as She Says 'Proud of You'Brittany Matthews couldn't be prouder of Patrick Mahomes. The personal trainer celebrated her fiancé's big win on Instagram Tuesday by sharing a photo of herself smiling with Mahomes, 25, as he cradles her baby bump. On Sunday, the quarterback led the Kansas City Chiefs to victory over the Buffalo Bills, 38-24, securing a spot in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For game day on Sunday, Matthews shared a pair of photos showing herself ready to cheer on her fiancé, writing, "Let's do this." "Baby girl will be born ready for game days," Matthews wrote alongside a video showcasing the BROdenim jacket.
Celebs Honor Kobe Bryant 1 Year After Death: Michael B. Jordan, More
Michael B. Jordan, Magic Johnson and more stars shared touching tributes to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on the first anniversary of their deaths. Vanessa Bryant, who married Kobe in 2001, also shared daughters Natalia, 18, Bianka, 4, and Capri, 19 months, with the late athlete. We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” Keys shared hours after the heartbreaking news broke. “Sending love & healing energy to the Bryant family. Scroll down to see how other stars paid tribute to the Bryant family.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge praises ‘astonishing work’ of volunteers supporting theatre workers through pandemic
Added: 12.11.2020 14:31 | 17 views | 0 commentsstar has praised the “astonishing work” of who have raised half a million pounds to help workers.
The Haunting Loss of Gianna Bryant: All the Potential That Died With Kobe and His Daughter
Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant didn't get the chance to make her own history. Her father Kobe Bryant's place in the record books, as one of the best to ever play the game of...
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins Saturday
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins SaturdayAdded: 29.07.2020 15:14 | 11 views | 0 commentsSource: usoas.usmission.govCivil rights icon Congressman John Lewis died last week at age of 80. Lewis was a leader of the freedom riders, and a protege of Martin Luther King Junior. He often faced arrest and violence during his fight against racial segregation. Lewis's body left Atlanta Saturday morning, and is now on its way to Alabama. More in feeds.cbsnews.com » Alabama Tags: Congress
Loss of Greenland Ice Sheet Reached a Record Last Year
Added: 20.08.2020 16:01 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe ice loss in 2019 was more than twice the annual average since 2003, scientists said.
No overall difference in concussion recovery time for male and female college athletes
Added: 26.01.2021 19:19 | 8 views | 0 commentsResearchers found female and male collegiate athletes take approximately the same amount of time to recover from a concussion, with subtle differences in recovery time depending on the type of sports being played and the division level of the sport. The findings suggest that equity in access to sports medical care among college athletes may be contributing to these similar outcomes.
Riyadh missile attack: Huge warhead explodes above Saudi capital
Added: 26.01.2021 13:17 | 15 views | 0 commentsA HUGE MISSILE has exploded above Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, just days after another attempted air attack at the weekend, according to reports.
Macron's 'intimate meetings' with Merkel's successor expose France's EU masterplan
Added: 26.01.2021 17:44 | 17 views | 0 commentsEMMANUEL MACRON's "intimate meetings" with Angela Merkel's successor, Armin Laschet, might be part of a wider strategy for the future of the EU.
CES 2021: Smart sport kit put to the test
CES 2021: Smart sport kit put to the testAdded: 26.01.2021 9:18 | 8 views | 0 commentsCan a virtual reality cricket bat and bluetooth-connected baseball improve your form?
The best smart thermostats for 2021
The best smart thermostats for 2021Added: 26.01.2021 16:10 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.liveenhanced.comStart here if you're searching for a connected thermostat. More in www.cnet.com »
Golf: Spieth uses birdie blitz to climb Harbour Town leaderboard
Added: 18.06.2020 18:52 | 14 views | 0 commentsJordan Spieth recovered from a poor start with a stunning run of birdies to tie the lowest nine-hole score of his career in the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday.
Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced
Added: 18.06.2020 18:50 | 14 views | 0 commentsLawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client's innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.
Kaepernick joins Medium, will create content on race and civil rights
Added: 18.06.2020 18:44 | 14 views | 0 commentsFormer NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has joined the board of directors of Medium and will work on content focused on race and civil rights, the U.S.-based online publishing platform announced on Thursday.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 14 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Djokovic says important all players free to travel to U.S. Open
Added: 18.06.2020 16:22 | 14 views | 0 commentsWorld number one Novak Djokovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player eligible is able to compete.
Alcott slams U.S. Open 'discrimination' over wheelchair omission
Added: 18.06.2020 15:10 | 14 views | 0 commentsAustralian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott has slammed the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the U.S. Open, calling it "disgusting discrimination".
On this day: Born June 19, 1978
Added: 18.06.2020 12:59 | 14 views | 0 commentsDallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was one of the finest imports to feature in the NBA and became the first European player to win the league's Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in 2007 before he led the franchise to a maiden championship in 2011.
'The sky's the limit:' Fortnite and football worlds collide
Added: 26.01.2021 20:18 | 12 views | 0 commentsThe rivalry between elite football clubs is already fierce, but it's just been shot into new territory.
Nadal calls for 'wider perspective' from players in quarantine
Added: 26.01.2021 18:48 | 15 views | 0 commentsRafael Nadal says he feels "privileged" to be playing in this year's Australian Open as he called on his fellow stars to have a "wider perspective" on the mandatory quarantine period ahead of the tournament.
Thomas Tuchel appointed Chelsea manager
Added: 26.01.2021 18:36 | 14 views | 0 commentsChelsea has confirmed former Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel as its new boss, a day after Frank Lampard was let go by the Premier League club.
'Tough-but-fair' Tulsa course to host 2022 PGA Championship after event taken away from Trump National Golf Club
'Tough-but-fair' Tulsa course to host 2022 PGA Championship after event taken away from Trump National Golf ClubAdded: 26.01.2021 16:09 | 21 views | 0 commentsThe Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma will host the 2022 PGA Championship following the decision to take the event away from the Trump National Golf Club.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 12 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Golf: Poulter, Hubbard share early lead at RBC Heritage
Added: 18.06.2020 19:37 | 14 views | 0 commentsBritain's Ian Poulter capped an error-free opening round with a birdie-birdie finish to grab a share of the early lead with American Mark Hubbard at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Thursday.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 14 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
'Still can't believe it': Fans express enduring disbelief as they mourn anniversary of Kobe's death
'Still can't believe it': Fans express enduring disbelief as they mourn anniversary of Kobe's deathAdded: 26.01.2021 20:18 | 14 views | 0 comments"It affected me like I knew him personally — like we talked every day," said one fan.
One killed, around 20 injured after tornado hits Birmingham, Alabama, suburb
One killed, around 20 injured after tornado hits Birmingham, Alabama, suburbAdded: 26.01.2021 21:19 | 9 views | 0 commentsThe full extent of the damage was unclear after the tornado hit the area of Fultondale, a northern suburb of Birmingham, Monday night.
Portland driver accused of going on deadly rampage identified
Added: 26.01.2021 21:52 | 6 views | 0 commentsA driver who went on a deadly rampage in Portland, Ore., Monday afternoon -- killing one person and striking nine others -- has been identified, according to media reports.
GMC HUMMER entering Extreme E electric off-road racing series
Added: 26.01.2021 22:07 | 4 views | 0 commentsGMC is teaming up with Chip Ganassi Racing to field a HUMMER EV-bodied electric racing truck in the Extreme E series.
Judge rules 2019 arrest and bodycam footage of George Floyd inadmissible at trial
Added: 26.01.2021 22:04 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe Minnesota judge overseeing the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers accused in the death of George Floyd has ruled that bodycam footage from a prior arrest will not be admissible during the trial.
Bucs' Bruce Arians on facing Chiefs offense in Super Bowl LV: 'I’m not really excited'
Added: 26.01.2021 22:02 | 4 views | 0 commentsBruce Arians laid his cards on the table Monday and admitted, there are a few faces he’s not looking forward to seeing when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
Newcastle 1-2 Leeds: Steve Bruce finds encouragement in midst of worst run of his career
Added: 26.01.2021 22:16 | 5 views | 0 commentsSteve Bruce says he may be on his worst run of results in 20 years as a manager but is encouraged by his Newcastle side's second-half display in the home defeat to Leeds.
FA Cup: Gareth Bale hooks in deft equaliser for Tottenham Hotspur at Wycombe Wanderers
FA Cup: Gareth Bale hooks in deft equaliser for Tottenham Hotspur at Wycombe WanderersAdded: 26.01.2021 20:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsGareth Bale produces a deft finish, hooking in a Lucas Moura cross, to equalise for Tottenham at Wycombe in the FA Cup fourth round.
FA Cup: Harry Winks scores decisive late goal for Tottenham Hotspur at Wycombe Wanderers
Added: 26.01.2021 20:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsHarry Winks curls home a brilliant second goal for Tottenham at Wycombe with four minutes remaining of the fourth-round FA Cup tie.
Families of Black girls wrongly held at gunpoint in Colorado sue police, city
Added: 26.01.2021 21:29 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe families are suing over an August 2020 incident in which Aurora police held four Black girls at gun point after mistaking their car for a stolen vehicle.
Capitol riot: Police chief apologises for pro-Trump riot
Added: 26.01.2021 17:58 | 8 views | 0 commentsChief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers the force did not do enough to prepare for a "terrorist attack".
Covid vaccines: Outrage after casino boss jumps queue for jabs
Added: 26.01.2021 17:32 | 10 views | 0 commentsRod Baker and his wife travelled to a remote region and posed as local workers to get the jab.
2021 PGA Farmers Insurance Open - DFS Plays, Bets, and Fades
Ben Heisler and Mark Farris run through their favorite DFS tiers and bets for the PGA's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, as well as their top fade of the slate. "X" ranks first among the field in strokes gained: total, first in SG: putting, and top 20 in both SG: off-the-tee and SG: around-the-green. Mark Farris: John HuhDraftKings Price: $7,000DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Odds to Win: +9000 or 90/1"Hey Mark, who do you like here?" Over his last 24 rounds, Day comes in 109 in SG: tee-to-green, 124th SG: ball striking, and 143rd in SG: approach. Mark Farris: Brooks KoepkaDraftKings Price: $9,400DraftKings Sportsbook Odds to Win: +3650What to do here?
FIFA Aims to Select 2026 World Cup Host Cities By End of 2021
Its process delayed by the onset of the pandemic, FIFA now hopes to choose the 16 host cities for the 2026 World Cup in the U.S., Canada and Mexico during the final three months of 2021, the governing body announced Tuesday. The 2026 World Cup, the first with 48 teams, will be spread across three Canadian cities, three Mexican cities and, most likely, 10 American cities chosen from among 17 candidates. Mexico — Guadalajara (Estadio Akron), Mexico City (Estadio Azteca), Monterrey (Estadio BBVA). Canada and Mexico will host 10 matches each, while the U.S. will host 60, including the quarterfinals, semifinals and final. “While stadiums remain the foundation for the successful hosting of a FIFA World Cup, FIFA considers that providing key infrastructure and services (both sporting and general) and realizing the commercial potential of each venue, as well as in terms of sustainability, human rights and event legacy, is of the utmost importance,” FIFA said.
MLS 2021 season dates set despite league, players' CBA talks
Major League Soccer will open next season on April 3, a month later than normal, and conclude with the MLS Cup title game on Dec. 11. As a result, the league has invoked the agreement’s “force majeure” clause to reopen negotiations with players on a collective bargaining agreement, setting a Jan. 29 deadline. The league and the players’ union had two difficult negotiations a year ago — one in February before the start of the season, and a second in June when players took a pay cut in order to resume the 2020 season. The Major League Soccer Players Union countered that it would not be rushed into negotiations. Major League Soccer will grow to 27 teams this season with the addition of expansion Austin.
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Barcelona Presidential Election Rescheduled for March 7
MADRID, Spain (AP) — Barcelona rescheduled its presidential elections to March 7 and members will be allowed to vote by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic, the club said Tuesday. The elections had been originally scheduled for Jan. 24 but Barcelona was forced to delay the vote because of mobility restrictions imposed by the Catalan government during the pandemic. The three presidential candidates are Joan Laporta, Víctor Font and Toni Freixa. Barcelona has been led by a caretaker board since former president Josep Bartomeu resigned in October. Barcelona plays against second-division club Rayo Vallecano in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Brian Schmetzer, Seattle Sounders ink multiyear extension
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders and head coach Brian Schmetzer have reached agreement on a multiyear contract extension. “Seattle Sounders FC has excelled in its commitment to winning and the community. Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY SportsA Seattle native, Schmetzer played professionally for 15 seasons, including a stint with the Sounders when the team was part of the North American Soccer League. “Brian Schmetzer and I have an almost 20-year history of working together. Although I never doubted Brian would be back in 2021 and beyond, I am grateful that he will continue to lead Sounders FC for years to come,” Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer said in a statement.
The Crossover: A Year Later, What's Kobe Bryant's Legacy?
Kobe Bryant's death sent shockwaves throughout the world, but what has his legacy become a year later? Bryant has a complicated, controversial career, but has the impact he had on fans and the rest of the world meant more? SI's Howard Beck, Rohan Nadkarni, and Ben Pickman discuss.
Pacers' Caris LeVert undergoes successful surgery on kidney
Pacers guard Caris LeVert underwent successful surgery to treat renal cell carcinoma on his left kidney on Monday, the team announced. LeVert was part of a blockbuster multiple-team trade that not only sent Rockets star James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets but landed LeVert with the Pacers. As part of the deal, LeVert underwent a physical examination with his new team which is how the 26-year-old learned of the concerning news. An MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney so LeVert has been left out of action indefinitely. LeVert's surgery was performed by Dr. Jason Sprunger at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis and he will be out indefinitely, according to the team.
More Impressive: LeBron at Age 36 or Tom Brady at Age 43?
LeBron James scored 46 points back in Cleveland against the Cavaliers as he refuses to slow down. Of course this performance comes on the heels of Tom Brady qualifying for yet another Super Bowl. Both players have now made the championship in their respective sport 10 times. But who is more impressive, LeBron at age 36 or Brady at age 43? Sports Illustrated host Robin Lundberg discussed with SI's Ben Pickman and "The Fantasy Exec" Corey Parson.
Italian Plaza Renamed to Honor Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Italian city Reggio Emilia will rename a plaza after Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. The city will unveil the "Largo Kobe and Gianna Bryant" on Tuesday, the first anniversary of their tragic deaths. His father, Joe Bryant, played for Reggio's professional team, the Cantine Riunite. "On this sad day we want to remember that happy child who left wonderful memories in so many people of Reggio Emilia." He then played high school basketball at Lower Merion High School before beginning one of the most illustrious careers in NBA history.
Ex-Angels employee Brian Harkins' defamation lawsuit dismissed
Pool Photo/USA TODAY SportsA defamation lawsuit filed against MLB and the Angels by Brian Harkins, a former team employee who was fired for provided illegal substances to pitchers, has been dismissed in Orange County Superior Court, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Published statements do not support the allegation that MLB or the Angels authorized those statements," Glass wrote, per the Times. When filing his original complaint last August, Harkins alleged defamation and false light and cited how applying rosin and pine tar on baseballs has been a common practice in MLB. In documents supporting his case, Harkins listed numerous Angels pitchers, including Troy Percival, Dylan Bundy, Cam Bedrosian and Keynan Middleton, who used his substance, known as "the sticky stuff." Though Harkins acknowledged that he supplied the substances, he claims he did not personally apply them to baseballs," according to the Times.
Jimmer Fredette Scores 70 Points in Shanghai Sharks Loss
Fredette tallied a season-high 70 points for the Shanghai Sharks on Monday night, hitting 11 threes in a loss to the Sichuan Blue Whales. Fredette went a perfect 23 of 23 from the free-throw line in the overtime loss, coming one assist and two rebounds shy of a triple-double. He's scored 70-plus points for the Sharks on two previous occasions, scoring a career-high 75 points in 2018. The former BYU star played in just six NBA seasons from 2011–19, averaging a career-high 7.6 points per game as a rookie. Fredette last played in the NBA in 2018–19, appearing in just six games with the Suns.
Utah politician introduces bill honoring Donovan Mitchell, blasting Shaq
On Tuesday, Rep. Kera Birkeland, a Republican from Utah's House District 53, introduced a resolution that seeks to “recognize the exemplary service of Donovan Mitchell to the Utah Jazz" and suggests the "consideration of making the 'Spida' the official state arachnid." The bill's introduction comes just days after Inside the NBA's Shaquille O'Neal criticized Mitchell during a postgame interview following a 36-point, seven-rebound, five-assist performance. "The claim by Shaquille O'Neal (Shaq) on January 21, 2021, that Utah Jazz All-Star Donovan Mitchell Jr. (Donovan) doesn't have what it takes to get to the next level is even less accurate than his 50.4% playoff free-throw percentage (slightly worse than Donovan's 88.1%)," one line of the resolution, which is titled "House Resolution Honoring Donovan Mitchell Over Shaquille O'Neal, reads. According to the Salt Lake Tribune's Andy Larsen, the resolution went through the chamber by way of a 67-5 vote on Tuesday. The Jazz enter Tuesday night's game with the Knicks 12-4 on the season, having won eight straight games.
Sports Illustrated's 2021 Fantasy Baseball Hub
Everything fantasy baseball managers need to get ready for the start of the 2021 MLB season, all in one place. The first pitch of Opening Day 2021 will be on Thursday, April 1! Let's be prepared for a full 162-game season. With draft season around the corner, we've taken all the rankings, projections, strategy, team outlooks, podcasts & content from our MLB high-stakes guru Shawn Childs and the rest of the SI Fantasy staff, and compiled an easy-to-navigate central hub! CHEAT SHEETS/PROJECTIONS2021 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER PROJECTIONS & SI SCORES CHEATSHEET (Coming soon)SI SCORES, RANKINGS & PROJECTIONSAL ONLY AND NL ONLY CHEATSHEETSFANTASY TEAM OUTLOOKSAmerican LeagueEast: BAL / BOS / NYY / TAM / TORCentral: CWS / CLE / DET / KC / MINWest: HOU / LAA / OAK / SEA / TEXNational LeagueEast: ATL / MIA / NYM / PHI / WASCentral: CHC / CIN / MIL / PIT / STLWest: ARI / COL / LAD / SD / SFDRAFT/AUCTION STRATEGYPREVIEWSADP RANKINGSCATCHERFIRST BASESECOND BASETHIRD BASESHORTSTOPOUTFIELDSTARTING PITCHERRELIEF PITCHERDESIGNATED HITTERINFO/TERMINOLOGY
10 Hilariously Ridiculous Stats to Illustrate Wayne Gretzky's Dominance
Wayne Gretzky (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports)Wayne Gretzky just turned 60 years old. Full disclosure: I’m about the biggest Wayne Gretzky apologist you’ll find, a fan of video-game dominance, a fierce defender of his status as the greatest hockey player of all-time. Forget the “Connor McDavid could beat Wayne Gretzky 1-on-1” or “Goalies were so inferior back then” arguments. Gretzky won the scoring title by more than 70 points – six times. Gretzky won eight consecutive MVPs at one point.
Too Soon? 10 Early Highlights from the NHL 2020-21 Season
It's too soon to glean any lasting insights on how the 2020-21 NHL season will ultimately unfold, but, well, we just couldn't wait to dig into the stats and see what turned up. He's tied for the NHL goal lead with Philadelphia's Travis Konecny, Colorado's Mikko Rantanen and Montreal's Tyler Toffoli. No goal: He's tied for 13th in NHL scoring, so you can't be too hard on Jack Eichel. He's got a shot at holding on to the plus/minus lead this season, but the 'D' scoring lead? Not mighty Ducks: Anaheim is the only NHL team that has yet to score on the power play – the Ducks are 0-for-15.
Leafs' Campbell out 'weeks', Team Makes Several Changes against Flames
Maple Leafs backup goaltender Jack Campbell is out for weeks and the team changes their lineup in their return match against the Flames. Campbell is 2-0-0 this season with a .923 save percentage. The 30-year-old has a 6-12-1 record with an .894 save percentage over two seasons with the Leafs. He has posted a save percentage of over .930 in two of his last three starts. Anderson has eight goals and five assists in 52 NHL games over two NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils.
The Hockey News Podcast: Who Wins the Laine/Dubois Trade in the Short and Long Term?
Who will come out ahead in the Jets/Blue Jackets blockbuster? Pierre-Luc Dubois (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)This week on The Hockey News Podcast, with senior writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy and Matt Larkin:- Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 2022 third-round draft pick. Who wins the trade between the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets in the short and long term? - Is it a good idea to stage a special prospects tournament to help scouts before the 2021 NHL draft? - Can Central Division teams overcome their condensed schedules as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Vitek Vanecek Has Stepped up Big for the Washington Capitals
In a perfect world for the Capitals, they wouldn't have seen so much of Vitek Vanecek at this point in the season. But Vanecek has done anything but disappoint to open up his NHL career, and that's a great sign for Washington moving forward. Vitek Vanecek Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsNothing against Vitek Vanecek, but, back in October, if we had been talking about him being the guy with the most starts in a Washington Capitals uniform at this point in the season, we'd likely be talking about a total doomsday situation. In a normal season, Vanecek would be back in the AHL getting the bulk of the starts for the Hershey Bears like he did the past two seasons. Since his transition to the AHL, Vanecek has had to share the net with Copley and Samsonov, both of whom were given a shot at the NHL while Vanecek was left in the AHL.
What Chelsea Is Getting in Thomas Tuchel
Since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, the club has been engaged in a constant search for an identity. Now that the preeminent way of playing is German pressing, Chelsea has gone for a German. And so the decision was to appoint Thomas Tuchel, who was dismissed by Paris Saint-Germain in December. "It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel," Granovskaia said in a statement. Results, ultimately, will define Tuchel and his time at Stamford Bridge, but a slow start could undo him almost before his reign has begun.
SI Insider: The Character Clause of Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Is Nothing New
Baseball Hall of Fame voting has always been in the hands of the baseball writers of America - and since 1936, when voting began, the character clause has been included as criteria. Baseball has always had its share of controversial players, this year's Hall of Fame ballot is no different. SI's Tom Verducci shares the history of the baseball Hall of Fame ballot's character clause and the controversial players who have been affected by it.
Florida State Confident It Can Take the Next Step
If you were expecting to do your part on social media to make any video of Florida State’s men’s locker room celebration go viral after its 80–61 shellacking of then No. I didn’t even know [about reactions on social media],” says Seminoles senior guard M.J. Walker, who will lead No. That’s why I don’t read social media stuff or media articles. After all, the last time Florida State had seen Clemson was last March 12, when college basketball shut down its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Florida State added a probable lottery pick in Barnes, an all-everything type of player who creates for everyone and defends all five positions.
Monday Mock Draft: Three Rounds. Every NFL team's picks through Day Two
Selections were made based on NFL Draft Bible big board value, team needs and understanding of NFL front office philosophies, in order to help predict how the first three rounds of the draft could unfold. Dallas Cowboys (6-10) – Patrick Surtain Jr., CB, Alabama:Pairing Surtain Jr. with his former college teammate Trevon Diggs would provide some much needed stability in the secondary. Giants – Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU43. Panthers – Daniel Moore Jr., OT, Texas A&M74. Raiders – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State82.
NHL Power Rankings: Montreal Flying High
In the meantime, the majority of teams have already played at least a half-dozen games and there have been some pleasant surprises. So let's run down some power rankings to get a sense of where everyone is right now. Montreal Canadiens: Pretty much everything has gone right for the Habs so far, from goaltending to defense to Tyler Toffoli. Dallas Stars: Are the Stars really good, or just really good at beating Nashville? Colorado Avalanche: Their record isn't great right now, but this is a team we expect to figure it out.
Seahawks OL Chad Wheeler Arrested on Suspicion of Domestic Violence
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsSeahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to court records obtained by the Seattle Times's Bob Condotta. Wheeler was released from King County Jail on Tuesday morning on a $400,000 bail bond. The woman reportedly suffered a dislocated arm, and she was bleeding when police arrived at the scene. Wheeler was not cooperative with police upon their arrival, per the Kent Police Department report. The Seahawks released a statement Monday nigh on Wheeler's arrest.
Kobe Bryant death: Pau Gasol, Magic Johnson pay tribute on anniversary
Pau Gasol, Magic Johnson Among Those Remembering Kobe Bryant One Year After DeathPlayers and figures around the sports world are taking to Twitter to pay tribute to five-time champion Kobe Bryant, who died one year ago on Tuesday. Bryant, 41, was one of nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Jan. 26, 2020. The NBA honored Bryant by renaming its All-Star MVP award as the "Kobe Bryant MVP Award," to remember the Black Mamba's dominance in his 18 All-Star game appearances and four All-Star MVP victories. During his time as a player, Bryant won five NBA championships, two NBA finals MVP awards and was named league MVP for the 2007-08 season. People around the NBA and sports world are remembering Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his death.
Reflecting on Kobe Bryant's Death a Year Later
It’s been a year since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash. Maybe another Kobe Bryant? She gasped and said that Kobe Bryant had died. But the way Kobe lit up Staples Center that night was tangible, even for those not there, and it’s another image that is pretty unforgettable. Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY SportsHow will you remember Kobe Bryant?
Abby Dahlkemper Is Ready for Something New
The third U.S. women's national team star to sign with Manchester City this season, Dahlkemper is part of a growing contingent seeking club opportunities abroad. When one of the biggest clubs in the world came calling for Abby Dahlkemper last month, it offered an opportunity that was too good to pass up. The club on the line was Manchester City, a month removed from winning an FA Cup title and looking to add to its talent-filled roster. Dahlkemper, the center back who’d won three NWSL titles, an NWSL Defender of the Year award and started every game of the U.S. women’s national team's World Cup run in 2019, was ready for a new challenge. “We’re preparing as if we are going to the Olympics, and we’re controlling everything that we can control,” Dahlkemper says.
NFL rumors: Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown expected to play in Super Bowl
After missing last week's NFC championship, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) are expected to play in Super Bowl LV, according to ESPN's Diana Russini. Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) are also reportedly expected to play in the Super Bowl. Despite the expected return of Watkins and Bell, Kansas City Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher will reportedly miss Super Bowl LV after suffering an Achilles injury vs. the Bills. The rookie safety started all 16 games for the Buccaneers in the regular season, finishing the year with 94 tackles and one interception. Super Bowl LV is scheduled for Feb. 7 with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m.
Nets-Heat: Kyrie Irving, Bam Adebayo swap jerseys (video)
In Tuesday’s Hot Clicks: what a jersey swap looks like in 2021, a righteous dunk by an NBA rookie and more. After the final buzzer, longtime friends Kyrie Irving and Bam Adebayo attempted to swap jerseys but were thwarted by an eagle-eyed security guard. Adebayo's being so cagey about the jersey swap is a little weird, considering I can’t find any NBA rule prohibiting the trading of jerseys this year. (Because it’s the NFL, the off-field jersey swap was quickly transformed into a sponsorship opportunity.) and your answer to the final survey question in the body.
NBA rumors: Pelicans open to Lonzo Ball trade calls
The New Orleans Pelicans have shown an openness to discussing trades involving guards Lonzo Ball and J.J. Redick, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Ball, 23, is a restricted free agent this offseason and is playing just over 31 minutes per game this season. The Pelicans are 5-10 on the season, giving them the second-worst record in the Western Conference. The Pelicans have been pleased with Van Gundy’s job early in his first season with the franchise, according to The Athletic. Check out the latest news and notes from around the NBA:
The 20 Most Fascinating People in and Around Super Bowl LV
It will be a fascinating Super Bowl for many reasons, though. Five years after Pierre-Paul nearly lost his hand in a fireworks incident, he is back at the Super Bowl. Sarah ThomasThomas, a 47-year-old referee from Pascagoula, Miss., will make history as the first woman official in Super Bowl history. Ndamukong SuhBefore the Patriots and Rams met in Super Bowl LIII, I talked to the then Rams DT about his pregame mental processes. He is the only coordinator to have inherited the league’s worst defense at multiple stops and coached them to a Super Bowl.
Milan Derby: Zlatan Ibrahimovi?, Romelu Lukaku square off (video)
Things got tense in the Coppa Italia edition of the Milan derby when AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovi? and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku got into a heated altercation in their riveting quarterfinal match at the San Siro on Tuesday. Lukaku was especially fuming and at one point can be heard accusing Ibrahimovi? of talking about his mother and proceeded to insult Ibrahimovi?'s wife as well. Things took a turn in the 58th minute, when Ibrahimovi?, who had opened the scoring, was given a second yellow card for tripping defender Aleksandar Kolarov and was ejected from the match. Later in the second half, Inter earned a penalty, which Lukaku converted to make it 1-1, and his side enjoyed the last laugh and won, 2–1, after Christian Eriksen sealed it on stoppage time free kick. Inter, which trails AC Milan by two points in the Serie A table, will face either Juventus or SPAL in the semifinals next month as it continues the quest to win its first domestic cup title since 2011.
Kobe Is Gone—but in Today's NBA He Is Everywhere
In today's NBA you don't have to look far to find hints of him. And at age 25, Wood—an NBA journeyman suddenly flirting with stardom—got a rare honor: the live, postgame interview on TNT’s Inside the NBA. Wood would invoke the mantra three times in two minutes—a poignant reminder that Kobe Bryant, in ways both subtle and profound, is still inspiring and influencing today’s players—prodding, motivating, setting standards, shaping careers. “I think everybody knows the work ethic of Kobe Bryant. “He’s one of the few guys, like Kobe Bryant, he wasn’t out there to make friends,” Brooks says.
JT Realmuto contract: Phillies sign catcher to $115 million deal
Sam Navarro-USA TODAY SportsThe Phillies have agreed to a five-year, $115.5 million contract with catcher J.T. Tuesday's contract marks the second one signed for over $100 million during free agency. The Blue Jays signed outfielder George Springer to a six-year, $150 million deal on Jan. 19, while the Yankees re-signed D.J. Realmuto will now earn more than any catcher in baseball in 2021, passing Buster Posey's $21.4 million salary with the Giants. Realmuto's contract marks the highest average annual value for any catcher in MLB history, surpassing the $23 million mark previously earned by former Twins catcher Joe Mauer.
NFL sees ratings increase for AFC, NFC Championship Games
After a 7% drop for regular-season ratings and lower viewership during the first two weeks of the playoffs (wild-card ratings were down 25% thanks to the added games and the Divisional Round was down 7%), the NFL finally saw a ratings increase with the NFC and AFC championship games Sunday. Fox’s Bucs-Packers game, which went down to the wire with Tampa Bay pulling out a 31–26 win, drew 44.77 million viewers—two million more than last year’s NFC title game and the most-watched NFC Championship in four years. Fox and CBS can thank a relatively quiet news cycle and the NFL’s best quarterbacks in action for the higher numbers. Don’t underestimate how many fringe fans will tune in to the game at some point to watch Brady. Really great stuff here by Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes trying to pump up wide receiver Mecole Hardman after he muffed a punt that led to the a Bills touchdown early in Sunday's AFC title game.
March Madness bracket 2021: Projecting NCAA tournament field
1 overall seed in SI's first men's NCAA tournament look of 2021. And things will only get more complicated if dominos begin to fall regarding potential conference tournament opt-outs. 4 Ohio State vs. No. Oklahoma State vs. No. 3 Florida State vs. No.
Aaron Rodgers on Packers future: No reason to think I won't be back
Aaron Rodgers on Packers Future: 'I Don't Think There's Any Reason Why I Wouldn't Be Back'Despite comments two days ago on his "uncertain" future with the Packers, Aaron Rodgers feels confident that he'll return to Green Bay next season. "It was just more of a realization, I think, that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control. He added: "I don't think that there's any reason why I wouldn't be back." When asked Sunday how different the Packers' roster could look next season, Rodgers said, "[The team has] a lot of guys' futures that are uncertain—myself included." Rodgers, 37, told McAfee that at the time of Sunday's postgame press conference he was disappointed over the Packers' season suddenly ending.
Those Old, Hard-Luck Chiefs Know: This Team Is Different
Carl Peterson, the franchise’s longtime general manager (1989–2008), the architect of playoff team after playoff team, started the conversation by reaching out to owner Clark Hunt. The teams played that game in Jan. 1994, in Buffalo, where the Chiefs arrived a few days early, due to an impending snowstorm. Johnson also watched this season with great interest, as 4–0 became 14–1 and the Chiefs marched toward NFL supremacy. Mahomes only bolstered the steady nature of KC’s operations; he even worked out on the day the team held its Super Bowl parade. “I mean, they have to do it.”“These are not the same Kansas City Chiefs,” Steinberg continues.
The North Face Puts the Latest Road Running Tech on the Trail
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic started and outdoor activities became one of the safest ways to exercise, trail running was growing in popularity. In a report published in February 2020, the Sports and Fitness Industry Association recorded an average 8 percent year-over-year increase in trail running participants. Photograph: Ivey Photography StudioToday, the North Face is debuting the Flight Vectiv, a trail running shoe with a carbon-fiber plate inside. Rock and RollTo help test and develop the new trail shoe, the North Face worked with elite ultra runners like Kaytlyn Gerbin and Dylan Bowman. Photograph: Mathis DumasA few weeks before the launch, the North Face sent me a pair to try.
Survivor: Lyrsa Torres on being a baby queer nugget inspiration
As Lyrsa notes now, "I love it when a baby queer nugget approaches me and tells me how much it meant for them to see another queer like them on TV." I love it when a baby queer nugget approaches me and tells me how much it meant for them to see another queer like them on TV. But from the seasons after mine, I think season 39 because of the conversations that were brought to the table. Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why? I think Survivor players are adventure seekers, and mostly we love to win.
A Marquee Super Bowl Is the NFL’s Reward for Cutting Corners
Yet here it is, with just one game left on its schedule — the game — in two weeks. Either Brady — playing, absurdly, in his tenth Super Bowl — will add to his legend, or Mahomes will continue his unprecedented construction of his own. It’s the easiest thing to sell in sports: veteran against upstart, hero versus villain, player you love versus player you hate. This willingness, almost obsessiveness, with making sure the NFL’s television partners were made whole could be the primary reason the NFL made it through. The empty and semi-empty stadiums may have felt strange, but for the NFL, the real money comes from home viewership anyway.
Pooh Shiesty Tops Apple Music Pre-Add Chart with ‘Shiesty Season’
Gucci Mane signee Pooh Shiesty had a big breakout moment in 2020, debuting on the Breakthrough 25 Chart last summer after being featured on Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer. He went on to hit the Artists 500 Chart for the first time in September, and spent the fall climbing his way up to the top 200. As the Memphis native enjoys the success of his first RS 100 hit — “Back in Blood,” featuring Lil Durk, currently sits at Number 36 on the chart — his upcoming debut mixtape Shiesty Season takes Number One Apple Music’s Pre-Add Chart. Last month, Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album led the chart, and went on to have a record-breaking debut on the RS 200. Other notable entries include Young Dolph’s deluxe reissue of Rich Slave (Number Seven), Madison Beer’s debut album Life Support (Number 10) and Weezer’s OK Human (Number 23).
Song You Need to Know: Asha Gold, ‘Passenger’
First, she beefs up the hook with the bulging, hyper-muscular bass common on today’s playlists. Second, she sneaks harmony vocals into the second verse. “‘Passenger’ was one of the first songs I ever wrote,” Gold said last year. I asked him what the chords were and wrote the song the next day with the voice note he had kindly recorded for me. It’s about escapism and how all your stresses seem to fade when you’re traveling, constantly on the move.”“Passenger” came out in the first half of 2020, and then reappeared on Gold’s debut EP, GOLD01, last month.
Brady-Rodgers NFC Championship Delivers Ratings Win for Fox
Per iSpot.tv data, Allstate made the biggest splash in the NFC title tilt, generating 223.2 million impressions over the course of the Fox broadcast. The Brady-Rodgers duel peaked at 53.0 million viewers in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. All told, the Fox broadcast averaged 15.1 million adults 18-49, which is 18 times the size of the average primetime broadcast demo delivery. With streaming figures accounted for, the AFC Championship game averaged 43.2 million viewers. Per Nielsen, the Chiefs averaged a 46.5 rating in their home market, topping New Orleans (42.9) and Buffalo (42.0).
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: 'I don't think there's any reason why I wouldn't be back'
Hawk, "and potentially winning MVP, and we obviously made another good run, I don't think there's any reason why I wouldn't be back. I think that's what just kind of hit me in the moment. Or I'm going to be like a Tim Duncan or (Derek) Jeter or Kobe (Bryant) and play with one team my entire career. There's conversations to be had, I'm going to have them with the right people, but it's the same conversations we have every single year. There's no big, 'I'm going to come to the table, I need this, and this, and this.'
Opinion: Talk of canceling Tokyo Olympics premature, especially with positive developments
If doom and gloom were an Olympic event, it already would have swept the medals at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games. Last year, the Tokyo Olympics were postponed on March 24. “Of course you deal first with health-service deliverers and people at high risk and essential services and teachers,” Pound said. When it becomes to some degree discretionary, somewhere in there, don’t forget you’re sending an Olympic team to Japan. Put the athletes on the list somewhere and assess it as we move along.”Like everything else in the world today, what looks to be true in January might not be the case in July.
The Knicks are running on fumes
Losers of two straight out West, the Knicks conclude their four-game trip Tuesday night in Utah. If the Knicks looked gassed during stretches of their games in Sacramento and Portland, it’s no mirage. The Utah game will mark the end of the Knicks’ pandemic schedule that saw them play 12 of their first 19 on the road. Here we are.”The Knicks have an 8-10 record across their first 18 games – which is a lot better than preseason expectations. In the latter, the Knicks faced a very well-rested team that had a week off due to COVID-19 cancellations.
Aaron Rodgers adds another twist to sudden Packers drama
“I am not like jetting out of town and ‘sayonara Green Bay,’” Rodgers said. I’m going to have them with the right people but it’s the same convo every year. The 37-year-old Rodgers is the favorite to win MVP after posting a career-high 70.7 completion percentage and 48 touchdowns this season and leading Green Bay to the No. The speculation surrounding Rodgers’ future in Green Bay initially took off at the 2020 NFL Draft, when the Packers traded up in the first round to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love 26th overall. Many thought then the writing was on the wall for Rodgers, who admitted he wasn’t “thrilled” with the Packers’ draft choice.
Caris LeVert has surgery to treat kidney cancer discovered after Nets trade
Less than two weeks after a potentially life-saving trade, Caris LeVert is on the road to recovery. The former Nets guard, who was dealt to the Pacers as part of the James Harden blockbuster — leading to a physical that revealed a small mass on his left kidney — underwent successful surgery Monday to treat kidney cancer, the Pacers announced Tuesday. After LeVert’s physical held up the trade, the Nets eventually sent cash and an additional second-round pick (via Cleveland) to the Pacers to complete the deal. Caris LeVert underwent surgery to treat the kidney cancer discovered after the Nets traded him to the Pacers. AP“In a way this trade showed and revealed what was going on in my body,” LeVert said last week.
Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin' Hank
Brian Snitker choked back tears as he remembered Hank Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent on the baseball field. Noting the 10 Baseball of Famers who have died in the past year, Manfred said the Aaron "belongs on our sport’s Mount Rushmore. "The reason I’m here today is because of Hank Aaron," Snitker said, pausing the maintain his composure. He often criticized the lack of Black managers and general managers in Major League Baseball. Manfred pointed to a "strong desire to continue with the good work he did throughout his life, particularly with encouraging minority participation in baseball."
Phillies, J.T. Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal
Realmuto agreed on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Realmuto gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. Realmuto's average annual salary of $23.1 million will become the highest for a catcher, topping the $23 million Joe Mauer averaged in a $184 million, eight-year deal with the Minnesota Twins that covered 2011-18. His deal is the second-largest of the offseason behind outfielder George Springer’s $150 million, six-year contract with Toronto. Realmuto’s market narrowed last month when the New York Mets went for a less expensive option and signed James McCann to a $40.6 million, four-year deal.
Chiefs coach Reid's patience in struggling players pays off
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. They're going to keep me up, keep me motivated — make sure I don't have my head down," Hardman said. The Chiefs never trailed again in a 38-24 victory that sent the defending champions back to the Super Bowl. "I told him he's going to make a play in this game that's going to change the game, and he made multiple of them." They have been without Sammy Watkins since Week 16 because of a calf injury, and the veteran wide receiver was a surprise scratch on Sunday, putting pressure on Hardman and fellow wide receiver Byron Pringle to continue to pick up the slack.
Love appointed captain again, this time for Presidents Cup
The PGA Tour has selected Love to be U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup in 2022 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was captain when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit to beat the Americans in the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, and he was Ryder Cup captain for a rare U.S. victory four years later at Hazeltine. Justin Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, and it is scheduled to host the PGA Championship again in 2025. The Presidents Cup was supposed to be played this year until the COVID-19 pandemic led to the Ryder Cup being postponed one year to this September. He even spoke of making a push to play in the Ryder Cup for the 13th consecutive time.
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Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin’ Hank
(Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves via AP Pool)ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker choked back tears as he remembered Hank Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent on the baseball field. During his post-playing career running the Atlanta Braves farm system, the Hammer had a penchant for looking beyond the can’t-miss prospects. Noting the 10 Baseball of Famers who have died in the past year, Manfred said the Aaron “belongs on our sport’s Mount Rushmore. ADVERTISEMENT“The reason I’m here today is because of Hank Aaron,” Snitker said, pausing the maintain his composure. “Hank was very instrumental in me becoming an Atlanta Brave,” Jones said.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers: 'I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back'
Speculation swirled on Aaron Rodgers’ status in Green Bay ever since the Packers were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday in the NFC championship game. It was more a realization, I think, that ultimately my future is not necessarily in my control. “You know, now obviously after the season that I had, potentially winning an MVP, and we obviously made another good run, I don’t think that there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back,” Rodgers said. “But, look, there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know in this business. “I don’t think people are used to hearing the truth from athletes, and when they hear the truth it’s so surprising at times.”Story continuesAaron Rodgers plans to spend another season playing for the Green Bay Packers.
Rams general manager is noncommittal about Jared Goff’s future with the team
Jared Goff’s future with the Rams remains cloudy as the team prepares for next season. On Tuesday, when asked if there was a scenario in which the quarterback would not be on the roster next season, general manager Les Snead was noncommittal. “What I can say is Jared’s Goff’s a Ram in this moment,” Snead said during a videoconference with reporters. Before the 2019 season, the Rams awarded Goff with a $134-million extension — with a then-record $110 million guaranteed. AdvertisementWith Goff recovering from right thumb surgery, backup John Wolford started the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals.
Aaron Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future with the Packers
Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers’ 31-26 NFC Championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers said after the game “there’s a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included.”All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says “I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back” with the Green Bay Packers next season. The Packers’ list of potential free agents includes All-Pro center Corey Linsley and Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones among others. Rodgers was asked Tuesday if the comment about his uncertain future was an attempt to capitalize on his leverage after a season in which he earned All-Pro honors. Fox Corp., which carried the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defeat of the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game, said its broadcast was the most-watched of any kind since last year’s Super Bowl.
Former Red Sox coach Ron Johnson dies at 64 from COVID-19 complications
“RJ was instrumental in helping countless Red Sox players reach and succeed in the big leagues, and was an important contributor to two World Series championships. “We were devastated to learn of the passing of our friend and former colleague, Ron Johnson,” Red Sox general manager Brian O’Halloran said in a statement. Former Red Sox first base coach and minor league manager Ron Johnson died Tuesday from COVID-19 complications. After spending 14 seasons with that organization, he moved over to the Red Sox in 2000 as manager of the then-Sarasota Red Sox, the club’s Single A affiliate. AdvertisementJohnson worked his way up the ranks, becoming manager of the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox from 2005-09.
Ex-student sues Los Gatos High alleging track coach sexually abused her
The suit alleges Los Gatos High School officials allowed Chioke “Chee” Robinson to sexually abuse her for more than three years. The lawsuit also names former Los Gatos High School track coach Willie Harmatz as a defendant. He questioned why Los Gatos and the other schools did not find out about the problems in background checks. The lawsuit filed by San Jose lawyers B. Robert Allard and Lauren A. Cerri comes in the wake of another former Los Gatos High track coach facing allegations of abuse. Another prominent South Bay track coach faces similar allegations in a lawsuit Allard’s firm filed this month on behalf of a former Valley Christian High School athlete.
Wiggins finds success, peace with Warriors after Wolves exit
When asked if Andrew Wiggins showed “extra emotion” playing his former team Monday night, Curry deferred to his teammate. 1 pick with weighty expectations on his shoulders, Wiggins looked relaxed, comfortable, at peace. Andrew Wiggins was in a good mood after helping the Warriors beat the Timberwolves last night. After his three-block performance against the Timberwolves, Wiggins ranks seventh in the NBA in blocks (28), and is the only non-center in the top 15. The first-round pick Minnesota owes Golden State is protected for selections 1-3 in 2021 and, if it does not convey, is unprotected in 2022.
49ers’ Javon Kinlaw undergoes knee surgery, expected to be ready for 2021 season
Javon Kinlaw underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right knee to deal with the remnants of a somewhat disappointing rookie season with the 49ers. 14 overall, posted an image on his Instagram account Tuesday showing him in a wheelchair with his right knee heavily wrapped. General manager John Lynch said Kinlaw’s knee began swelling after an injury suffered during the 49ers’ Week 15 game against Dallas. Kinlaw played the third-most snaps of any 49ers defensive lineman, yet finished the season with just 1.5 sacks, four quarterback pressures and 33 total tackles. “I played with Warren Sapp, and I remember Kinlaw’s rookie year was about like Warren Sapp’s rookie year,” Lynch told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami.
Aqib Talib recalls Broncos’ No Fly Zone, says 2015 unit is “definitely” the best secondary ever
Five years after the “No Fly Zone” helped propel the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory, cornerback Aqib Talib still believes the unit is “definitely” the greatest secondary of all time. The show is billed as a five-year anniversary of the “No Fly Zone,” which was the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense in 2015 and 2016. Harris’ signature pass break-up celebration became a trademark of the “No Fly Zone,” while “baby No Fly Zone” members Justin Simmons and Will Parks added to the unit’s depth when they were drafted in 2016. And Talib argues the legacy of the “No Fly Zone” extends to this day. I can’t play with those young boys no more.”The Broncos haven’t made the playoffs in the five seasons since the “No Fly Zone” reigned supreme.
Primary theme of Hank Aaron's memorial service: greatness as a man, not just legendary player
“For our organization, Hank was much more than those stats, much more than the greatest ballplayer of all time. Hank Aaron was not just a great player. He was truly a great man. “The reason I’m here today is Hank Aaron,” Snitker said. “I’ve been asked many times in the last few days to describe Henry Aaron with one word.
Another Bears coach heading to Atlanta: report
Another Bears coach is headed to Atlanta. Ted Monachino, who served as the team’s outside linebackers coach the past two seasons, is expected to take the same job with the Falcons, according to NFL Network. Monachino coached linebackers under coordinator Dean Pees from 2012-15 when both were with the Ravens. Monachino’s departure is no surprise; he was hired by former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano after previously serving as his defensive coordinator with the Colts. Related Bears coach Henry Burris staying at Halas HallMonachino would join Charles London, the Bears’ former running backs coach who became the Falcons’ quarterbacks coach, and Dave Ragone, the Bears’ former pass-game coordinator who became the Falcons’ offensive coordinator under new coach Arthur Smith.
Mike Mayock breaks down the Raiders’ 2020 season
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock takes a phone call prior to a team practice at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. I think he’s gotten better each year with Jon, which is kind of exciting to us internally. Is it an oversimplification to say that, but for a better defense, the Raiders’ season would have ended up much differently? Mayock: He’s under contract and when he’s healthy he’s dominant. We think he’s the best right tackle in the league when healthy.
Dolphins using co-offensive coordinators at Senior Bowl, but still exploring options to fill vacancy
It is possible that Flores will interview a couple more candidates in Mobile, which annually turns into a job convention for assistants and NFL executives and scouts. However, it’s likely that the attendance for coaches and executives in Mobile is much smaller than past years because of COVID-19 concerns, and the restrictions the game has placed on interaction with the goal of not spreading the coronavirus.
Former Net Caris LeVert out indefinitely after cancer surgery
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney. Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said LeVert, a former Net, is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said LeVert was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and had surgery Monday at a hospital. "It’s definitely been some trying times for myself and my family," LeVert said during his introductory news conference last week. Indiana expected LeVert to replace Oladipo in the starting lineup as well as provide some scoring punch while last season’s top scorer, T.J. Warren, recovers from foot surgery.
J.T. Realmuto, Phillies agree on five-year deal, AP sources say
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies and two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto agreed on a five-year, $115.5 million contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because Realmuto’s deal was pending a successful physical. Realmuto gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. Realmuto’s market narrowed last month when the Mets went for a less expensive option and signed James McCann to a four-year, $40.6 million deal.
‘We talkin’ about practice’: Wild using rest as a weapon this season
It’s a couple of weeks into the Wild season, and in an ode to Allen Iverson’s legendary rant from nearly two decades ago, we are are indeed talking about practice. That’s because coach Dean Evason cancelled Monday’s Wild practice, marking the second time this season he has given his team an unexpected day of rest. “I don’t think anything’s going to be uniform, to be honest.”It’s something the Wild will have to get used to as the season progresses. “If they get a text saying we’re going to practice, then we’re going to practice. Asked if he expected Talbot on the ice for Wednesday’s practice, Evason sidestepped the question.
ESPN mock draft: Cincinnati Bengals take Oregon tackle Penei Sewell with fifth pick
The first 2021 mock draft from ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Cincinnati Bengals taking Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in April. I have compared Sewell to Anthony Munoz, and Cincinnati should be thrilled to get another foundational player. Pro Football Focus' latest mock draft has the Cincinnati Bengals opting for receiver Ja'Marr Chase - Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow's teammate at LSU - with the first-round pick. The most recent NFL.com mock draft had the Bengals taking Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater instead of Sewell at No. PFF's mock draft has Sewell going third overall to the Miami Dolphins (from Houston), and Slater being selected 13th overall by the Los Angeles Chargers.
Tuesday's NFL: Packers' Aaron Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future
Associated PressGreen Bay, Wis. — All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says “I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back” with the Green Bay Packers next season. Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers’ 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers’ list of potential free agents includes All-Pro center Corey Linsley and Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones among others. I’m going to have them with the right people. Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL.
Stolen urn with human remains returned to family
WOOSTER An urn found on Sylvan Road earlier this month has been returned to the family. The urn, containing human remains, was found in a small, wooded area in the 1600 block of Sylvan Road near the Dix Expressway on Jan. 14, according to the case report from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation found that the urn had been stolen from a storage unit in Orrville in November or December. Police blotter:Urn with human remains found in woodsDeputy Charles Ellis researched the name on the urn, Harold L. Alkire, and traced it to an obituary published in The Plain Dealer in 2010. Ellis initially responded to the area on Sylvan Road for a possible break-in at a trailer in the Forest View Mobile Home Park.
Here's who's hurt, who's out and who's hobbling as Ohio State hosts Penn State
When Ohio State emerged from Saturday’s 12-point win at Wisconsin on Saturday, it faced an eight-day layoff before resuming Big Ten play. Tuesday afternoon, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann updated the status of a handful of players who are all dealing with various injuries. Here’s a rundown:Ohio State men's basketball:Video: Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann previews Penn State, talks injuriesJimmy Sotos, Ibrahima Diallo outOhio State will again be without a pair of reserves for the Penn State game. Ohio State men's basketball:Coach Chris Holtmann talks CJ Walker, Big Ten tournament plans and more on radio show“It’s always going to be a pain tolerance (situation),” he said. “We weren’t sure he was going to play,” Holtmann said.
More misery for Bruce as Newcastle loses 2-1 to Leeds
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Jack Harrison consigned under-pressure Newcastle manager Steve Bruce to fresh misery by scoring the winning goal as Leeds ended its three-game losing streak in all competitions with a 2-1 victory in the Premier League on Tuesday. The midfielder clinched three points with a swerving 61st-minute strike with the outside of his left foot, four minutes after Miguel Almiron canceled out Raphinha’s first-half opener for Leeds. It left the beleaguered Bruce without a win in 11 games in all competitions, with Newcastle having taken only two points from the last 27 in the league. His Leeds counterpart, Marcelo Bielsa, will have been delighted with another impressive attacking display, and equally pleased with the way his players dug in against Newcastle's determined fightback which ultimately came up short.
South Carolina: Frink will miss rest of basketball season
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina's most experienced forwards in Alanzo Frink will miss the rest of the men's basketball season due to medical reasons. The 6-foot-8 junior from Jersey City, New Jersey, has played in three games, all starts for the Gamecocks (3-5, 1-3 Southeastern Conference). Frink averaged 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in his three appearances. He has not played since South Carolina paused activities due to COVID-19 after a loss at Houston on Dec. 5. Frink played 54 games the previous two seasons and was expected to take a bigger load down low with the departure of last year's senior Maik Kotsar.
Buffon in blasphemy probe by Italian soccer federation
Rome (AP) — Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was reported to an Italian soccer federation court on Tuesday for allegedly using a blasphemous expression. The federation said Buffon uttered the words — which they did not specify — while shouting at teammate Manolo Portanova in the 80th minute of Juve’s 4-0 win at Parma last month. A date for a hearing in front of the court’s disciplinary committee has not been set for the 42-year-old Buffon, who holds the national record of 176 appearances for Italy. In Italy, blasphemy is considered among the worst type of swearing. The issue is being raised more frequently with games played behind closed doors and remarks picked up on pitchside microphones.
Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin' Hank
ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Snitker choked back tears as he remembered Hank Aaron’s affection for those who didn’t possess his unparalleled talent on the baseball field. During his post-playing career running the Atlanta Braves farm system, the Hammer had a penchant for looking beyond the can’t-miss prospects. “He always wanted to move a player up, and he preferred that it wasn’t the so-called bonus babies," said Snitker, who has managed the Braves since 2016 and got his start in the dugout thanks to Aaron. "He wanted to get that grinder guy, the guy who was overachieving.”Snitker was among those who spoke Tuesday at a memorial service honoring Aaron, who died last week from natural causes at the age of 86.
Utah lawmakers defend Jazz star Mitchell in feud with Shaq
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers took a stand Tuesday to defend Jazz star Donovan Mitchell against critiques by Shaquille O’Neal by passing a playful resolution that calls out O'Neal for his poor free throw shooting during his playing days and makes fun of the “Kazaam” movie he starred in more than two decades ago. O'Neal, now a studio analyst on TNT, upset Jazz fans when he said at halftime of a game last week that the 24-year-old Mitchell didn't have what it takes to be a superstar. That led to an awkward postgame exchange between O'Neal and Mitchell, who had just scored 36 points to lead the Jazz to a win over the Pelicans. “In Utah, we support our players when they face awkward abuse during post-game interviews disguised as pep talks,” the resolution said. O'Neal's take that Mitchell “doesn’t have what it takes to get to the next level is even less accurate than his 50.4% playoff free-throw percentage," the resolution said.
Bruins notebook: Upcoming schedule a challenge
Starting with Tuesday’s game against the Penguins at the Garden, the Bruins will play 12 games over the next 21 nights. Certain guys will have to come out and and then you’re dealing with waivers, so that’s a bit of a challenge there. And on the back end, we’ve already had (Connor Clifton) in, so that’s good. Asked if he’d like to see an element of that scheduling implemented when we return to an 82-game schedule, Cassidy saw both sides of the argument. Charlie (McAvoy) did a good job the other night, stepped in and did a good job.
Baseball gathers behind home plate to honor Hammerin' Hank
“The reason I’m here today is because of Hank Aaron,” Snitker said, pausing the maintain his composure. “I’ll miss the times he used to stop by, come by my office and we could just sit and talk,” Snitker said. “I’ll miss the friend and the mentor that I had in my life." “The room of Braves decision-makers was split on who they were going to take with their first pick. He paused, looked at everybody in the room, and he said, ‘Y'all better draft that Jones boy.’ I’ll never forget that.
Louisville football adds new coaches to staff
Louisville football adds new coaches to staffU of L football's newest running backs coach De'rail Sims and quarterbacks coach Pete Thomas talk about the opportunity for new roles.
'We're not idiots': Packers CEO dismisses talk of Aaron Rodgers' exit
The Green Bay Packers have said they expect to have Aaron Rodgers back as their quarterback next season, despite another painful playoff loss for the quarterback. His only Super Bowl appearance came in the 2010 NFL season when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Aaron Rodgers will be back, he's our leader." — Mark Daniels (@markdanielsWNFL) January 26, 2021However, on the 5th Quarter radio show on Monday, Packers CEO Mark Murphy said he is confident Rodgers would return. Aaron Rodgers will be back, he’s our leader,” Murphy said.
Chris Ashton explains Worcester move decision: 'Sometimes faces don’t fit'
Worcester is the 33 year-old wing’s third Premiership club in 18 months after departing Sale Sharks in March. Sometimes personalities don’t match and faces don’t fit,” he said. They had similar views to me and felt it might be beneficial for me to move onto Worcester. Ashton also admitted that having this extra focus would help him as he has struggled in the absence of crowds. I have definitely struggled with not having that interaction and that is a big part of the reason why I play the game.”
Sam Underhill ruled out of England's Six Nations squad with hip injury
England's will be missing five front-line forwards for the opening Guinness Six Nations match against Scotland after flanker Sam Underhill on Tuesday withdrew from the squad with a hip injury. Wasps openside Jack Willis comes into the 28-man squad to replace Underhill who suffered the injury in a Premiership match against Wasps on January 8. England’s medics assessed the injury on Tuesday before deciding to send him back to Bath who hope he will be back before the end of the Six Nations. “We know from Sam the destructive nature of his game and the ability he has got on both sides of the ball with carrying and defence. Like anyone else it has been disjointed and not the opportunity to go week to get in a really good grove.
Paul Gustard takes thinly-veiled swipe at Harlequins after agreeing to join Benetton
Just six days after leaving his role as head of rugby at Harlequins, Paul Gustard has announced that will join Benetton Rugby with a veiled dig at his former employers. Former England defence coach Gustard will join the Italian PRO14 franchise on a three-year deal from next July as assistant head coach to Marco Bortolami, the former Italian second row. “I am thrilled and happy to join Benetton. Benetton general manager, Antonio Pavanello, was in no doubt that bringing Gustard on board was a considerable coup for the club. “Being able to sign Paul Gustard is a source of great satisfaction for us as well as being very encouraging for the future,” Pavanello said.
Football facing gambling shirt sponsor ban
Boris Johnson is increasingly likely to ban gambling firm sponsors on football shirts by the autumn amid rising unease in Government over betting addiction. One anti-gambling lobbyist said last night: "Number 10 is very keen on the wider gambling reform agenda, particularly to gambling advertising, and even more so on football shirts. Curbs on advertising will prompt stiff opposition in the gambling industry, as well as among broadcasters and professional sports. "But given many of the gambling firms that sponsor football teams are based offshore and avoid paying UK corporation tax, it’s really a no brainer." The betting industry, which spends billions on football and horse racing alone, will fight to prove the current status quo is not damaging society.
Aston Villa complete the signing of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson on four-and-a-half-year deal
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson on a four-and-a-half-year deal. I'm very proud to join the family of Aston Villa and I hope in the future we make great things together. When Aston Villa called me I didn't think about it for a long time. 'It was a dream for me to join the Premier League since I was a little boy. 'For me, it was a dream and I'm very proud to join the Premier League with Aston Villa.
Six Nations games will NOT be automatically cancelled if there is a Covid outbreak
The preference of bosses is to delay games until they are able to be played safelyIt could lead to an extended Championship - if fixtures are forced to be called offSix Nations matches will not be automatically cancelled in the event of a coronavirus outbreak during the tournament, with bosses determined all games will be played. That could lead to an extended Championship - if positive virus cases force the calling-off of fixtures - or games being played in the two 'fallow' weeks. Six Nations matches will not be automatically cancelled in the event of a coronavirus outbreakIn the Autumn Nations Cup, run by the same big six European unions, all but one of Fiji's matches were cancelled after an outbreak in their camp, with 28-0, five-point defeats administered each time. England suffered an injury blow earlier on Tuesday as Sam Underhill was ruled out of the Six Nations, due to start on February 6, with a hip injury. The 24-year-old pulled out on the eve of England's training camp at St George's Park and has been replaced by Wasps' Jack Willis.
Ex-Tottenham starlet Noni Madueke is Europe's top performing Englishman
Exciting PSV winger Noni Madueke, 18, has emerged this season as statistically the best performing Englishman in Europe, his return of eight goals and eight assists meaning he has directly contributed to a goal every 64 minutes. The teenager is the top performing Englishman in European football so far this seasonHis search for a clearer pathway to first-team football was behind Madueke’s decision to move on. It was not about just going anywhere for Madueke but going somewhere his chances of playing senior football early were enhanced. PSV, therefore, seemed the perfect fit for Madueke, who Nigeria are trying to prise away from the England setup. Memphis Depay, Steven Bergwijn and Hirving Lozano were cited as three examples from Brands’ tenure, with the latter pair at PSV when Madueke joined.
Crystal Palace 2-3 West Ham: Hammers go fourth thanks to Tomas Soucek brace and Craig Dawson header
When he returned to West Ham in December 2019, Moyes found a club drifting towards the Championship. This was a brilliant performance, full of graft and craft and when the final whistle went, West Ham were in the top four, a point above Liverpool. ‘West Ham deserved to win the game,’ said Hodgson, whose assistant Ray Lewington is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. Scorers: Soucek 9, 25, Dawson 65 Manager: David Moyes 8.5 Referee: Stuart Attwell 6 AdvertisementYet West Ham were soon level. But West Ham were not to be denied for much longer.
So Fast It Hertz: GMC teams with Ganassi to take Hummer EV off-road racing
As proven by outlandish acceleration times and right-now torque, electric vehicles and fun need not be mutually exclusive concepts. One of the entrants will be the new Hummer EV. GMC has announced a new multi-year sponsorship with Chip Ganassi Racing, marking the team’s first electric racing venture in the inaugural Extreme E season. They will deploy a machine that packs 550 electric ponies, draped in bodywork said to be ‘inspired’ by the GMC Hummer EV. It does, however, run a gamut of off-road surfaces ranging from the Arctic X Prix in Greenland (yes, Greenland) to a Desert X Prix in Saudi Arabia.
Canadian NFL player joined the COVID-19 front line. Here's what he learned
A Canadian NFL player who traded his jersey for scrubs to fight on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic says he felt a responsibility to support something he believes in: health. "Of course I miss [football]," Laurent Duvernay-Tardif told The Current 's Matt Galloway. Sports Illustrated named him a Sportsperson of the Year , and his lab coat and medical scrubs were also placed on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. WATCH | Duvernay-Tardif describes working in long-term care home:It's about comfort and dignity, says Canadian NFL player on working in long-term care home News Video 1:54 Quebec's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas City Chiefs opted out of the NFL season to work in a long-term care home during the COVID-19 pandemic. "They're doing it because they really care.
Social app Clubhouse raises new funding and plans to launch fee options for creators
However in lower than 12 months, Clubhouse, an invite-only iPhone app based mostly round voice (audio) somewhat than visible posts, is nearing a 1 billion greenback valuation. Davison and Seth confirmed of their weblog put up that they’ve secured a brand new spherical of funding however didn’t state the worth. The brand new funding spherical is being led by Andrew Chen at Andreessen Horowitz, in keeping with Davison and Seth. Clubhouse can even be launching a Creator Grant Program to assist rising creators on the platform. It’s a recent expertise that brings humanity and context to on-line social engagement.”Added Chen: “We stay up for partnering with the Clubhouse group and serving to construct its group, product, and enterprise.
Tom Brady Sr. reveals that he and wife, Galynn, contracted COVID-19 early in NFL season
"We've never missed a game at Michigan or New England or wherever," Brady Sr. said in the interview. Brady Sr. said that Brady was "stressed out" worrying about his parents and would FaceTime with them as he was going to and from practice. "Tommy fought through it, and so now it's in the rearview mirror," Brady Sr. said. Brady Sr. said that Galynn didn't require hospitalization and that their daughter cared for Galynn, who is a cancer survivor, while Brady Sr. was in the hospital. "Getting to the 10th Super Bowl in 19 years of playing is pretty — it's incomprehensible, actually," Brady Sr. said.
AP sources: Phillies, Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal
Realmuto agreed on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Realmuto's average annual salary of $23.1 million will become the highest for a catcher, topping the $23 million Joe Mauer averaged in a $184 million, eight-year deal with the Minnesota Twins that covered 2011-18. Realmuto, who turns 30 in March, hit .266 with 11 homers, 32 RBIs and a career-best OPS of .840 last season. His deal is the second-largest of the offseason behind outfielder George Springer’s $150 million, six-year contract with Toronto. Realmuto’s market narrowed last month when the New York Mets went for a less expensive option and signed James McCann to a $40.6 million, four-year deal.
Battle scores 22 to lift Temple past Tulsa 76-67
APPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Khalif Battle had a career-high 22 points plus 11 rebounds as Temple defeated Tulsa 76-67 on Tuesday. De’Vondre Perry added 17 points for Temple (4-4, 3-4 American Athletic Conference). Rey Idowu scored a career-high 20 points for the Golden Hurricane (8-6, 5-4). Elijah Joiner added 15 points and Brandon Rachal had 12. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Baseball legend Hank Aaron remembered in Atlanta
Baseball legend Hank Aaron remembered in AtlantaBaseball great Hank Aaron was remembered Tuesday at a memorial service at the stadium where his former team, the Atlanta Braves, now play. Aaron died in his sleep last Friday at his home. His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.
Phillies bringing back J.T. Realmuto on five-year, $115.5 million deal
Realmuto is staying in Philadelphia, agreeing to a five-year, $115.5 million deal with the Phillies on Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Phillies GM Dave Dombrowski met with Realmuto on Dec. 23 and made an offer of five years, $107.5 million two weeks ago. The Phillies raised the offer to $115.5 million before the weekend, which Realmuto accepted, giving him an annual average salary of $23.1 million. According to Baseball Savant, Realmuto saved eight runs with framing in 2019 and three in the shortened 2020 campaign. The contract will pay Realmuto $10 million in 2021, with $10 million deferred.
J.T. Realmuto staying with Phillies on $115.5 million contract
Realmuto agreed on Tuesday to a five-year, $115.5 million contract to remain with Philadelphia, according to multiple reports. In the shortened 2020 season, Realmuto had a slash line of .266/.349/.491 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. But new president Dave Dombrowski was able to keep Bryce Harper happy by retaining Realmuto, something Harper lobbied for multiple times. Realmuto on Aug. 6, 2020 Getty ImagesThe Mets were out of the running for Realmuto when they signed James McCann to a four-year, $40.6 million free-agent contract earlier this offseason. The Braves were reportedly in the mix for Realmuto, despite having ex-Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, before Realmuto agreed to his Phillies return.
450-year-old beloved Oxford pub succumbs to COVID
OXFORD, England – A historic pub in the center of Oxford that has served students, scholars and literary greats for over 450 years is to shut down, a cultural casualty of the COVID pandemic. The Lamb and Flag, once frequented by the likes of “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Lewis, who wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia”, has suffered a disastrous loss of revenues since the start of the pandemic. It is owned by St John’s College, one of 45 colleges and private halls that make up the University of Oxford. Since 1997, St John’s College has used profits generated by the pub to fund scholarships for graduate students.
Mets in talks with Jackie Bradley Jr. after losing out on George Springer
Jackie Bradley Jr. isn’t George Springer, but he’s available as the best remaining option on the center field free-agent market. Bradley, 30, slashed .283/.364/.450 last season for the Red Sox, who remain in the mix to re-sign him, according to reports. The Mets liked Springer in part because he would have brought a right-handed bat to the lineup. Bradley’s seven outs above average defensively ranked in the 99th percentile among major league outfielders last season, according to Baseball Savant. The Mets are in talks with free-agent center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Getty ImagesThe Mets have already improved defensively behind the plate with James McCann’s addition on a four-year deal worth $40.6 million.
NCAA, Power Five play defense with Dems controlling Congress
The NCAA, the Power Five conferences, and their $2 million platoon of lobbyists had a pretty good year on Capitol Hill in 2020. "I think the Power Five and NCAA proposals are dead in the water. "At this point, all they can do is play defense, which is what we were doing at first. The NCAA and the Power Five had sought a federal solution, arguing that individual states granting earning power to athletes would give an unfair recruiting advantage to schools in those states. Earlier this month, the NCAA put its own NIL legislation on hold, angering some Democrats in Congress.
Scotty Pippen Jr leads Vandy with tips from dad, Stackhouse
Scotty Pippen Jr. gets a personalized critique after each game from people who know him and basketball very well. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"Coach Stack tells me what the team needs, making sure everyone gets the ball," Pippen Jr. said. "My dad and coach Stack were cool, so he just thought it'd be a great fit," Pippen Jr. said. Once the pandemic hit, Pippen Jr. went home where he rested and worked with his father. "Game by game," Pippen Jr. said, "I'm just learning this year."
Chelsea hires Thomas Tuchel as manager on 18-month contract
Chelsea hired Thomas Tuchel as manager on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the fired Frank Lampard. In his 2 1/2 years in Paris, he led the team to back-to-back French league titles and the Champions League final last season. "It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel," Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said. "We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea," Tuchel said. Tuchel is reunited with Thiago Silva, who played under him at PSG until the end of last season.
Chelsea owner Abramovich issues Holocaust Memorial Day plea
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has issued a plea for discrimination to be challenged at the Premier League club and across the world as part of the club's campaign against anti-Semitism. The Russian made the comments in a book, "49 Flames," that the club has published to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, featuring tributes to athletes murdered by the Nazis. Chelsea's campaign against anti-Semitism was initiated by Abramovich in response to concerns against hate crimes being faced by fellow Jews. Abramovich stresses that Chelsea should be "welcoming to everyone," with the club working to eradicate discriminatory behavior among its own fans. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChelsea will mark Holocaust Memorial Day before the Premier League game against Wolverhampton on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, which is still closed to fans due to the pandemic.
Nuggets' Jamal Murray ejected after hitting Mavericks' Tim Hardaway in groin area
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was ejected from Monday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks after appearing to intentionally hit Tim Hardaway Jr. in the groin area. The odd foul came late in the third with the Nuggets leading by 13 points. The two players collided and Murray fell back but when he stood up he appeared to take an intentional shot at Hardaway’s groin area. KYRIE IRVING WEARS KOBE BRYANT LAKERS’ JERSEY AHEAD NETS, HEAT GAME"I guess he was just frustrated that they didn’t call a foul," Hardaway said after the game trying to make sense of it. After the foul, Hardaway scored the next seven points in just 23 seconds to get the Mavericks even before they went on to take their first lead since early in the first quarter.
Tennessee angler says he caught possible record-breaking fish, threw it back in the water
A fisherman in Tennessee caught a fish that he believes may be a new record. Unfortunately, he had no way to weigh and measure the fish before he threw it back in the water. After a day of only catching smaller fish, Livingston’s line reportedly caught something big right as everyone was getting ready to go home. And I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, whatever it is came off,'" Livingston explained to the news outlet. "This one, it just swam by and caught my hook right in the corner of its mouth.
LA Poet Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant 1 Year After His Death
Chris Pizzello/Associated PressOn the one-year anniversary of his death, Los Angeles-based poet City James honored the life and career of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant:Video Play Button McCollum and the Blazers Snapped Postseason Losing Streak for "Jennifer" Stars Invest in Plant-Based Food as Vegetarianism Sweeps NBA The NBA Got Some Wild Techs This Season Jarrett Allen Is One of the NBA’s Hottest Rim Protectors Wade's Jersey Swaps Created Epic Moments This Season Westbrook Makes History While Honoring Nipsey Hussle Devin Booker Makes History with Scoring Tear 29 Years Ago, Jordan Dropped Career-High 69 Points Bosh Is Getting His Jersey Raised to the Rafters in Miami Steph Returns to Houston for 1st Time Since His Moon Landing Troll Lou Williams Is Coming for a Repeat of Sixth Man of the Year Pat Beverley Has the Clippers Stealing the LA Shine LeBron Keeps Shredding NBA Record Books Young's Hot Streak Is Heating Up the ROY Race with Luka LeBron and 2 Chainz Form a Superteam to Release a New Album Wade's #OneLastDance Dominated February Warriors Fans Go Wild After Unforgettable Moments with Steph Eight Years Ago, the Nuggets Traded Melo to the Knicks Two Years Ago, the Kings Shipped Boogie to the Pelicans ASG Will Be Competitive Again If the NBA Raises the Stakes Right Arrow IconBryant entered the NBA in 1996 and became one of the greatest players of his generation. The 2007-08 MVP, an 18-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion, Bryant left an indelible impact on the game as he rose to the top of the sport. Toward the end of his career and following his retirement in 2016, Bryant also worked with a number of younger stars to impart his knowledge to the next generation. On Jan. 26, 2020, Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His daughter, Gianna, was among the eight other victims.
Sports World Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant on 1-Year Anniversary of His Death
His competitive drive and desire to win propelled him to five NBA championships, and he's fourth all-time in scoring. Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George posted a photo of a hug he shared with Bryant: "I knew I held on tight for a reason. Forever in our hearts and minds.. long love the mamba"Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love wrote that Bryant's death "still doesn't seem real." Miss you"Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr spoke about how he thinks Bryant will be remembered, per The Athletic's Bill Oram and Jovan Buha:"I think Kobe's legacy for me is one of passion. The tributes extended beyond the NBA:Through his performance on the court, Bryant influenced future generations of NBA players, and his legacy will have a lasting impact on the game.
Predicting the NFL's QB Carousel in 2021 Offseason
0 of 9Elise Amendola/Associated PressTom Brady was the prize of a prolific quarterback class in last year's free-agency period. He landed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and now his team is going to the Super Bowl. While this year's edition of the quarterback carousel might not push a team to the NFL title game, it's going to be every bit as interesting. Additionally, Matthew Stafford is expected to be traded, while Deshaun Watson is pushing for a move of his own. So where will the carousel stop this offseason?
NFL: Washington hire King as league's first Black woman assistant coach
FILE PHOTO: Jan 9, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team coaching intern Jennifer King tosses a ball on. The field prior to the Washington Football Team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo(Reuters) - The Washington Football Team promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach on Tuesday, making her the NFL’s first full time Black female coach. King, who was an intern under Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan during the 2020 season, is the second female assistant coach in the NFL after Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. Coach King is always eager to learn and has shown tremendous growth since starting here last season.
Vanessa Bryant remembers Kobe, Gianna on anniversary of deaths
FILE PHOTO: 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party – Arrivals – Beverly Hills, California, U.S., 04/03/2018 – Kobe Bryant holds his Oscar for Best Animated Short, with wife Vanessa. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokVanessa Bryant took to social media on Tuesday to share her thoughts on the one-year anniversary of the death of her husband, Kobe, and daughter, Gianna. I love you!”Kobe was a five-time NBA champion and three-time NBA Finals MVP during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Eagles paid homage to Bryant, who was beloved in the City of Brotherly Love. Bryant attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Enough is Enough
About this episode:As an outspoken sports journalist, Jemele Hill has been told to “stick to sports” in her coverage. Black athletes decided the fight was worth risking it all for. And many team owners and the leagues realized it was good for business to support their players. Trymaine Lee looks back on the year of sports and activism with Jemele Hill, contributing writer for The Atlantic and host of the podcast Jemele Hill is Unbothered. Jemele traces the roots of why Black athletes stayed silent in the past and why change is more likely to stick in the NBA than the NFL.
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black woman assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” Jordan said. “It should be open to everybody in terms of opportunities to play, opportunities to coach or opportunities to lead the organization.
Packers’ Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after the NFC championship NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after the NFC championship NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Green Bay, Wis., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says “I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back” with the Green Bay Packers next season. Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers’ 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I’m going to have them with the right people.
AP sources: Phillies, Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal
FILE - Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)FILE - Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies and two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto agreed on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Realmuto gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027.
Tom Brady On His Way To His 10th Super Bowl, First With The Buccaneers
ReutersThe 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.
Star catcher J.T. Realmuto returning to Phillies on five-year deal
Realmuto, the best two-way catcher in baseball for a half-decade, has agreed to a five-year, $115.5 million contract to return to the Philadelphia Phillies, sources said Tuesday. The contract would be the largest ever in average annual value — $23.1 million — for a catcher. Joe Mauer, who retired — as a first baseman — after the 2018 season, had an eight-year, $184 million contract with the Minnesota Twins. Buster Posey has one guaranteed season remaining on a nine-year, $167 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. Realmuto rejected the Phillies’ qualifying offer on Nov. 11, meaning the team that signed him would forfeit a draft pick.
West Bromwich Albion 0 - 3 Manchester City: In Progress
4'City come up the other end and hit the post! Foden is in space down the left and bursts into the area. The young Englishman fires low at Johnstone and the West Brom goalkeeper gets down quickly enough to tip it onto the base of the woodwork! What a start this has been.
Before Punching the Clock, Here's an Uber Trade
LYFT, DASH Stocks quotes in this article: UBERI think the writing is on the wall for the gig economyThe regulations that just got overturned in California are coming on a national levelThis means that we could see names like Uber (UBER) , Lyft (LYFT) , DoorDash (DASH) could see their drivers moved over to W-2 rolesYes, it will speed up the automation in the company where the market sees the l...
San Jose Sharks discuss keys to slowing Nathan MacKinnon, Avalanche
The San Jose Sharks might be in for their biggest challenge of the young season this week as they try to slow down Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday and Thursday night. MacKinnon leads the Avalanche (3-3-0) with eight points in six games as he’s averaged 21 minutes and seven seconds of ice time per game. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Burns and Vlasic were on the ice quite a bit against that line when the Sharks and Avalanche in the 2019 playoffs. Im 16 career regular season games against the Avs, Jones is 10-5-1 with an .893 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average.
Jordan Gross to make season debut for Coyotes against Anaheim Ducks
Another defenseman is set for his Arizona Coyotes season debut, with Jordan Gross to be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at Gila River Arena. "It's my first game in quite a bit here, so right away, just kind of keep it simple and stick to my game," Gross said. This won't be the NHL debut for Gross, who played in two road games for Arizona last season. Gross has played mainly at AHL Tucson the past two seasons, where he has 54 career points in 118 games. Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet said Gross had a good training camp and he'd hoped to get him in the lineup earlier in the season.
Phoenix Suns: Monty Williams expected to coach Wednesday's game after missing practice for personal reasons
Phoenix Suns have been without their head coach, Monty Williams, the last two practices as he's been out for a personal matter, Suns officials confirmed Tuesday. Williams is expected to coach Wednesday's game against Oklahoma City in the first of a home back-to-back, Suns officials said. The Suns play Golden State (9-8) on Thursday. The Thunder (7-9) snapped a three-game losing skid Monday at Portland, 125-122, in the second of a back-to-back. Jerome is the only player still with the Thunder as Rubio (Minnesota), Oubre Jr. (Golden State) and Lecque (Indiana) ended up elsewhere in various trades.
Cardinals quarterbacks coach/pass game coordinator Tom Clements officially retires
What was reported is now official: Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach/pass game coordinator Tom Clements has retired. Clements, 67, joined the Cardinals coaching staff in January of 2019, shortly after head coach Kliff Kingsbury was hired. He then was a quarterbacks coach at his alma mater for three years before heading to the NFL, where he would work with six different teams over the course of two decades. While Clements primarily worked with quarterbacks, he served as offensive coordinator of the Bills and the Packers during his career, and was even an assistant head coach in Green Bay. The Cardinals announced Monday that they promoted Cam Turner to quarterbacks coach.
As Phillies talk with multiple shortstops, Andrelton Simmons’ elite defense could be appealing
A four-time Gold Glove winner and generally regarded as the best defensive infielder in baseball from 2013 to 2018, Simmons dealt with an ankle injury that limited him to 103 games in 2019 and 30 last year. It might explain the drop in his OPS from .752 and .754 in 2017 and 2018, respectively, to .673 in 2019 and .702 last year. His defense seemed to be affected, too, at least according to the metrics. He went from 23 defensive runs saved in 2018 to 12 in 2019 and minus-2 last season.
Phillies and J.T. Realmuto agree to 5-year, $115.5 million deal
There were worries within the fan base this offseason that the Phillies would lose Realmuto after the front office did not ramp up negotiations with him during last season. But those concerns never proved serious as the Phillies always seemed to be the favorites to sign Realmuto.
Racing beat: Kyle Busch cuts back, Denny Hamlin looks to add races and a TV network is disappearing
“Racing Beat” is a semi-regular collection of news, notes, links and such from the motor sports world in Wisconsin and beyond. Busch driving in a different directionKyle Busch has parked his super-late model team. Hamlin is headed the opposite wayMeanwhile, Busch’s Cup teammate Denny Hamlin says he needs to do more super-late model racing, culminating in the Snowball Derby in December. “I’m going to spend the year kind of working through that process and trying to figure out what techniques I need to have and learning and getting better," he told NBC Sports. IndyCar told the Indianapolis Star that all races planned for NBCSN this season (including Road America, June 20, will remain on the network.
Former Arrowhead standout and UFC fighter Ben Askren will box YouTube celebrity Jake Paul
According to ESPN MMA writer Ariel Helwani, former Arrowhead High School standout and U.S. Olympic wrestler Ben Askren will go toe-to-toe in the boxing ring with YouTube celebrity Jake Paul on April 17. "I know Jake Paul is enjoying pretending he is a fighter," said the colorful Askren in the article by Helwani. "I think on April 17 he is going to have a rude awakening to what being a fighter is really like. Jake has led a privileged life and doesn't really know what the meaning of being a fighter is. The younger Paul has more than 20 million subscribers on YouTube, and he's been mired in a slew of controversies.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: 'I don't think there's any reason why I wouldn't be back'
Hawk, "and potentially winning MVP, and we obviously made another good run, I don't think there's any reason why I wouldn't be back. I think that's what just kind of hit me in the moment. Or I'm going to be like a Tim Duncan or (Derek) Jeter or Kobe (Bryant) and play with one team my entire career. There's conversations to be had, I'm going to have them with the right people, but it's the same conversations we have every single year. There's no big, 'I'm going to come to the table, I need this, and this, and this.'
A day with Hank Aaron in 2009 revealed how he felt about steroid-era stars and the Hall
By 2009, Bonds had broken Aaron’s all-time home run record. A lot of money was floating out there.”Some other former stars at that time were defiant in support of Aaron’s record. Bonds, when he broke Aaron’s record of 755 homers in 2007, weighed 240 pounds. “He would much rather talk politics or business or problems with young people,” Young said in 2009. “He has always been Henry Aaron the man, the husband, the father, the community participant,” she said then.
How are small Chicago arts groups doing? New survey suggests Zoom is here to stay
Some theaters say that want to continue to create podcasts, even once they are open again. Others report an intention to hire some of the usual interns as work-at-home employees, perhaps working far from Chicago. And it’s clear from the survey that the educational programming (talks, classes and the like) that have has been a bedrock of these arts organizations is actually more likely to be online, going forward. Arts groups not only like the higher potential attendance online (where people can join from anywhere) but the reduced cost structure, once you don’t need a physical space.
Packers' Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future
GREEN BAY, Wis. - (AP) -- All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says “I don't think there's any reason why I wouldn't be back” with the Green Bay Packers next season. Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers' 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “There's conversations to be had. I'm going to have them with the right people. There's no big, ‘I'm going to come to the table with I need this, this and this.'
Oregon Ducks linebacker Nate Heaukulani returning in 2021
EUGENE — Another Oregon senior is returning for an extra season of eligibility. Inside linebacker Nate Heaukulani, a former walk-on awarded a scholarship in 2020, will return to the Ducks in 2021, according to a team spokesman. The Portland native began his career at Monterey Peninsula College in 2016 and went to Arizona Western College in 2017. Heaukulani’s return gives Oregon seven scholarship inside linebackers in 2021. He is the eighth UO senior returning for an additional season.
Oregon softball ranked No. 10 in one preseason poll and No. 11 in another
EUGENE — Oregon softball will open 2021 in the top 11 of the major polls. 10 with 481 points in the preseason coaches poll and No. 11 with 296 points in the USA Softball poll. 8 in the USA Softball poll and No. 9 in the coaches poll.
Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony reflect on competing against Kobe Bryant
The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony each had their share of moments competing against Kobe Bryant, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers guard who died in a helicopter accident a year ago Jan. 26. It’s just a preseason game,” Lillard said. Lillard didn’t recall Bryant talking trash that night. “I was like, damn, I’m on the court with Kobe,” Anthony said. Carmelo Anthony, left, and Kobe Bryant pose after Team USA beat Spain for the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Tigers' Hinch offers spring training primer: Infield, catcher spots still up for grabs
“We don’t know what (spring training) is going to look like yet,” Hinch said Tuesday in a Zoom call. But Hinch said there will likely be spots for some of the club’s top prospects — presumably including Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson. And I hope, not just the Tigers, but I hope all teams understand there’s some really good baseball players on the market. Most contending teams go in with two or three open spots. I’d say there are four or five open spots.”? On the open spots in the infield:“The infield is still fluctuating.
Video: Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann previews Penn State, talks injuries
Video: Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann previews Penn State, talks injuriesOhio State men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann previews the Penn State game and updates the status of his roster in this Jan. 26, 2021 interview.
Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman signs 3-year extension
NEW YORK (AP) — Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman has signed a three-year contract extension, the league announced Tuesday. Ackerman was appointed the conference’s fifth commissioner in June 2013. The extension runs through June 2024. “It’s been a tremendous honor to lead the Big East over the past seven-plus years, and I’m very proud of the work done by our institutions during that time to sustain the conference’s leadership position on the national college sports landscape," Ackerman said in a statement. In her nearly eight years at the helm of the Big East, Ackerman has presided over the conference's resurgence following its reconfiguration in 2013.
LeVert undergoes surgery to treat cancerous growth on kidney
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Caris LeVert will be out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to treat a cancerous growth on his left kidney. Team officials made the announcement Tuesday and said the 26-year-old LeVert is expected to make a full recovery. The Pacers said no additional treatment is needed. Doctors found the small mass during a routine, post-trade physical and immediately conducted additional tests. The Pacers said LeVert was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and had surgery Monday at a local hospital.
West Ham into 4th place in EPL with 3-2 win at Palace
LONDON (AP) — Tomas Soucek scored twice to lead West Ham to a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace and fourth place in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Czech Republic international is proving a solid source of goals for West Ham, having scored seven times in his last 13 league matches despite playing as a defensive central midfielder. Soucek has a knack of timing his runs into the box to perfection, though, and did so again to equalize in the ninth minute after Michail Antonio lobbed a cross into the center of the area. That canceled out Wilfried Zaha's third-minute opener for Palace. Soucek then gave West Ham the lead in the 25th following a free kick to the back post by Aaron Cresswell, with the goal needing the say-so of VAR because of a possible touch by Antonio, who had been standing in an offside position.
Packers' Rodgers clarifies postgame remarks about his future
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers says “I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back” with the Green Bay Packers next season. But he added that his future isn’t necessarily in his control. Rodgers was clarifying remarks he made Sunday after the Packers’ 31-26 NFC championship game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rodgers said after the game “there’s a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain, myself included.”“Obviously after the season I had, potentially winning MVP and we obviously made another good run, I don’t think there’s any reason why I wouldn’t be back,” Rodgers said Tuesday during his weekly spot on SiriusXM Radio’s “The Pat McAfee Show.” “But there’s not many absolutes, as you guys know, in this business. So to make an absolute statement about something that is not an absolute, I didn’t do it.”
AP sources: Phillies, Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies and two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto agreed on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because Realmuto’s deal was pending a successful physical. Realmuto gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027. The deal includes a $1 million assignment bonus if traded.
Battle scores 22 to lift Temple past Tulsa 76-67
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Khalif Battle had a career-high 22 points plus 11 rebounds as Temple defeated Tulsa 76-67 on Tuesday. De’Vondre Perry added 17 points for Temple (4-4, 3-4 American Athletic Conference). Damian Dunn and Jake Forrester had 10 points apiece. Rey Idowu scored a career-high 20 points for the Golden Hurricane (8-6, 5-4). Elijah Joiner added 15 points and Brandon Rachal had 12.
Phillies bringing back J.T. Realmuto on five-year, $115.5 million deal
Free agent catcher J.T. Realmuto is staying in Philadelphia, agreeing to a five-year, $115.5 million deal with the Phillies on Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. Realmuto has been one of the best catchers in baseball in recent years – offensively and behind the plate. Realmuto spent the past two years with the Phillies, coming over in a trade with the Miami Marlins prior to the 2019 season.
'Who wouldn't want to coach this offense?': New U of L football coaches ready for challenge
The Louisville football team hasn’t had a quiet offseason. In 2019, Sims was selected to participate in the American Football Coaches Association 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. “For me, professionally, as a running backs coach, who wouldn’t want to coach in this offense?” Sims said. The step from quality control coach to quarterbacks coach has completely changed his day-to-day work. But this is a moment he has been waiting for and he’s leaning on a brief bit of quarterbacks coach experience in 2018.
Champions League contenders? West Ham dominate Crystal Palace to move into top four
It’s beginning to look like the latter fro West Ham United who breezed past Crystal palace after being a goal down to win their sixth successive game in all competitions. They now find themselves in the Champions League positions and relishing Sunday’s visit by Liverpool. West Ham woke up. The goal served only to galvanise West Ham and when their former player Cheikhou Kouyate gave away a cheap free kick, they were ahead. Having spurned chances, West Ham gifted one to Palace seconds into the second half when they allowed Zaha free access into the penalty area, only for Fabianski to rush out and foil the immediate danger and Benteke’s follow-up.
Chelsea on the brink of WSL history as unbeaten record faces Aston Villa test
Chelsea travel to Aston Villa on Wednesday (19:30) exactly two years to the day since they last lost a Women’s Super League fixture. If they avoid defeat at the Banks’s Stadium, the defending champions will set a new record for the highest number of consecutive WSL games unbeaten: 32. Emma Hayes’ side currently share that record with the Manchester City side that also went 31 WSL without losing between 2015 and 2017. "It gets harder and harder and harder, playing with a target on your back. Instead, their current unbeaten streak began as they fought back from 2-0 down to draw at Manchester City in the following game.
Dele Alli sits out Tottenham training as PSG loan negotiations intensify
The 24-year-old has an offer from PSG to join up again with former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, which he is keen to pursue. The final decision rests with chairman Daniel Levy who has so far refused to sanction the deal to take Dele to Paris. There is also a preference at Spurs for any replacement to be homegrown to enable the player in question to take Dele’s place in the Europa League squad. Clubs in the Europa League must select squads that include eight homegrown players of which four must have been trained at the club in question. For Spurs this season both the non-homegrown Gedson Fernandes and Paulo Gazzaniga have been omitted from the current Europa League squad.
Dartmouth Covid outbreak sees Royal Navy training halted for entire batch of future sailors
A Dartmouth college Covid outbreak has resulted in Royal Navy training being halted for the first time amid an investigation over how the virus got round precautions. The entire batch of around 150 new trainee Officers only arrived at the historic Britannia Royal Naval College two weeks ago having self-isolated at home for the fortnight prior to that. All first term training has been suspended for the safety of cadets and staff. All new entrants were tested on arrival at the College, which overlooks the River Dart in south Devon, from which a small number came back positive. First term training is expected to recommence by mid-February.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham result: High-flying Hammers go fourth with impressive away win
A Tomas Soucek double saw West Ham come from behind to defeat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park and go fourth in the Premier League on Tuesday. Hammers coach David Moyes watched his in-form team start poorly as Wilfried Zaha netted the opener just three minutes in. It occurred after the Eagles attacker had played a smart one-two with Benteke on the edge of the area, but West Ham were not behind for long. With 65 minutes played, West Ham finally made their dominance count when Dawson headed in Jarrod Bowen’s in-swinging corner to make it 3-1. The Belgian was able to pull a goal back deep into stoppage time – his first for the Eagles since he returned on loan from Chelsea – but it failed to stop West Ham moving above Liverpool and into fourth.
Jack Harrison’s sublime volley seals victory for Leeds as Newcastle’s misery deepens
Jack Harrison condemned Newcastle boss Steve Bruce to fresh misery as Leeds ended their three-game losing streak with victory in the Premier League match at Newcastle. Bruce had added attack-minded duo Ryan Fraser and Jacob Murphy to the mix in the search for inspiration, and although his team got better as the game progressed, they emerged without reward once again. Newcastle simply could not get hold of the ball and on the rare occasions they had it, surrendered possession all too cheaply. Jack Harrison scores a sublime volley (Getty Images)Almiron registered the Magpies' first attempt on target with a 53rd-minute drive and Jamaal Lascelles glanced wide from Shelvey's free-kick two minutes later. Leeds were back in front within four minutes, however, when Raphinha picked out Harrison in space on the left and he thumped a shot across Darlow and inside the far post with the outside of his left foot.
NBA postpones its 22nd game of the season due to COVID-19, but still hopes to host All-Star Game
While the NBA and the players' union are reportedly discussing moving the All-Star Game to Atlanta amid the pandemic, San Antonio's game in New Orleans was called off Monday night in the latest virus-related postponement for the league. This year's All-Star weekend was scheduled to be held in Indianapolis before the coronavirus pandemic forced changes to those plans. The current focus of the conversation is for an All-Star Game only, not the Rising Stars game or the typical All-Star Saturday events such as the skills competition, 3-point contest and dunk contest, the person said. The NBA always planned to have All-Star voting this season, whether there was a game played or not. San Antonio became the 24th team to have at least one game postponed so far this season because of the virus.
West Ham into top four, Newcastle beaten again by Leeds
Czech mate: Tomas Soucek struck twice to send West Ham into the Premier League's top fourAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)West Ham moved into the Premier League's top four as Tomas Soucek scored twice in a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace, while Leeds inflicted more misery on Newcastle with a 2-1 victory at St James' Park on Tuesday. The Hammers suffered an early setback when Wilfried Zaha put Palace in front after just three minutes. But the stronger mentality that David Moyes has lauded in West Ham this season showed as Soucek struck twice in 16 minutes to turn the game around. West Ham could have been out of sight by half-time as Antonio then twice struck the post. Leeds had been on a poor run themselves, but secured their first win of 2021 to move 14 points clear of the drop zone in 12th.
The Two Things Unions Traded Away That Handed Workers to Trump
When Alice and I moved to the area in 1976, many here remembered the bloody confrontations of the 1937 Little Steel Strike. It is union contracts, negotiated by unions and employers, that forbid strikes and other direct action during the life of the contract. The booklet advocated tearing down the open-hearth furnaces being used to make steel in Youngstown and building electric furnaces up river. Until unions in the United States take these clauses out of their contracts, their hands are tied. Workers may feel they have no other option than to believe the untruthful and self-interested leadership of a Donald Trump.
I Prefer to Work Out in the Morning, and Here's Why You Should, Too
That is, up until a few years ago, when I made the switch to morning workouts. My switch from evening to morning workouts was prompted by a stroke of inspiration to really commit to my health. As part of this personal crusade, I wanted to work on earnestly improving my fitness and athleticism. While groggily rolling out of bed to do burpees may not be everybody's cup of tea, I would encourage anyone with a daily fitness routine to at least give morning workouts a shot. Simply switching your fitness routine from evening to morning is an easy way to hold yourself accountable.
Opinion: To have a shot at NBA title, Giannis Antetokounmpo needs to add more dimension to his game
The winds of criticisms picked up when the Milwaukee Bucks and the two-time reigning MVP lost to Miami in the second round of the 2020 playoffs. Further examination of Antetokounmpo’s game went under the microscope last week after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Bucks, and TNT’s Charles Barkley said Antetokounmpo needs to get better. Last season, Antetokounmpo made 74.2% of his attempts in the restricted area (the four-foot zone at the basket) and just 33.6% outside of that area. With a good defensive team deep in the playoffs, “walling off” the restricted area is a legitimate strategy. He will never be Steph Curry or even LeBron James with his perimeter shot but he needs to be more of a threat.
YouTube star Jake Paul fighting Ben Askren in Conor McGregor fallout
Jake Paul will fight former UFC star Ben Askren in a boxing ring on April 17. The YouTuber has spent months calling out Conor McGregor — but the Irishman’s defeat to Dustin Poirier over the weekend saw Paul change his focus. It will be Askren’s first pro boxing fight. Paul, who downgraded his $50 million offer to Conor McGregor to “$10,000 cash” following the Poirier defeat, posted the news on his Twitter account. He released a lengthy statement in which he promised to knock Askren out in the first round and “add him to the meme collection.”“I know Jake Paul is enjoying pretending he is a fighter,” Askren told ESPN.com.
Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina prediction, line
Not much was expected of Pittsburgh in the ACC this season, but the Panthers enter Tuesday’s matchup with North Carolina winners of eight of their last 10 games. Pittsburgh has an advantage on the perimeter as it ranks 21st in the nation in opponent 3-point shooting percentage while North Carolina is 256th in that category. As a whole, North Carolina has the advantage on the boards, rating sixth in the country in rebound rate, but Pittsburgh’s Justin Champagnie is averaging the second-most rebounds of any Division I player with 12.4 per game to go with 19.9 points and 1.4 blocks. Both teams have seen an uptick in offensive production, with Pittsburgh scoring at least 75 points in each of its last three games while North Carolina has reached that mark in each of its past four games. The play: Pittsburgh, +2.
Michael Jordan turned on Anthony Anderson after insane dominoes game
And American television star Anthony Anderson has detailed how a vicious game of dominoes ignited his friendship with Jordan. I got them because I consider myself to be the MJ of dominoes, and I’d like to play you’,” Anderson said. Michael Jordan, Anthony Anderson Getty Images (2)“I’m not talking trash. He’s talking about my momma. He’s talking cash trash, and I have to sit there and just take it.”But the momentum quickly shifted as the game approached a climactic conclusion.
‘Scott Boras of sports media’ thinks Amazon will land NFL rights
In the world of sports media, Nick Khan developed into a Scott Boras-type figure. In August of last year, he left the agent game to become the president and chief revenue officer of WWE, where he is still doing media deals. The middle tier is who should be concerned. It is going to be great, as you know, for the NFL with their negotiations, which hopefully conclude soon. “As you said, if it is only on WWE Network and you are not a fan yet, why would you subscribe to that?” Khan said.
How Oklahoma State is still eligible for NCAA tournament
Oklahoma State thought the ban was too severe a penalty and appealed the decision. ADADWithout a final answer from the NCAA before mid-March, Oklahoma State will be eligible for the NCAA tournament. 8 seed (which Oklahoma State is in this week’s Washington Post projection). ADBut don’t expect Oklahoma State to change course with an NCAA berth within reach. … Interim coach Terrence Johnson has Texas State sitting atop the Sun Belt after a five-game winning streak.
Matthew Stafford is a quarterback worth pursuing
Instead, looking at his body of work, Stafford should be considered an above-average quarterback who could have a positive impact on his next destination. The game charters at Pro Football Focus thought even more highly of Stafford in 2020, ranking him the 12th-best quarterback among 29th qualified passers. He had a passer rating of 85.7 on these throws over 24 games played from 2018 to 2019. Only Justin Herbert (99.4) earned a higher passer rating on drop-backs facing pass pressure in 2020. That resulted in a 104.1 passer rating for Romo and an 89.4 passer rating for Elway, which were 22 and 16 percent higher than the league average, respectively.
NFL's San Francisco 49ers increase stake in Leeds United to 37%
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNFL's San Francisco 49ers increase stake in Leeds United to 37%CNBC's Wilfred Frost discusses American football and European football with the president of the 49ers Enterprise, Paraag Marathe.
Celebrity deaths can feel personal. Here's why Kobe Bryant's hits us so hard
To be hit with the reality that they are fragile and mortal is a blow to our cultural myths about celebrity. “In each of those cases, we’re looking at a person who’s bigger than just a person,” she said. Ultimately, the death of a celebrity who created a legacy out of being great at their craft is hard. “There’s a level on which the work they did — that’s a whole other level of loss,” Stever said. “What could Kobe Bryant have gone on to do post-active basketball career in terms of philanthropy, in terms of being a commentator?
NCAA, Power Five play defense with Dems controlling Congress
The NCAA, the Power Five conferences and their $2 million platoon of lobbyists had a pretty good year on Capitol Hill in 2020. The NCAA, the Power Five conferences and their $2 million platoon of lobbyists had a pretty good year on Capitol Hill in 2020. They went to Congress and they lost,” said Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association. Earlier this month, the NCAA put its own NIL legislation on hold , angering some Democrats in Congress. Even with Democrats in charge, it’s still possible that the NCAA and the Power Five could stave off bold action by Congress.
Brad Hand gets $10.5M from Nationals, $6.5M of it deferred
Brad Hand has agreed in principle to join the Washington Nationals, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Brad Hand has agreed in principle to join the Washington Nationals, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)WASHINGTON (AP) — Brad Hand knows his fastball’s speed declined more than 2 mph over the past two seasons. So the Washington Nationals’ new reliever is trying to reverse that trend. The deferred money will come in payments of $1.5 million due next Jan. 15, $3.5 million due Jan. 15, 2023, and $1.5 million due Jan. 15, 2024.
Chiefs coach Reid’s patience in struggling players pays off
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. They’re going to keep me up, keep me motivated — make sure I don’t have my head down,” Hardman said. They have been without Sammy Watkins since Week 16 because of a calf injury, and the veteran wide receiver was a surprise scratch on Sunday, putting pressure on Hardman and fellow wide receiver Byron Pringle to continue to pick up the slack. “We are a group of guys that want to be perfect and strive for that perfection, no matter what we do. I think we’re going to take that same mentality into the Super Bowl.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Hinchcliffe back with Andretti for full IndyCar season
James Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport for a full IndyCar season, a huge recovery after the popular Canadian cobbled only six races together last year. ADVERTISEMENT“This program is something we’ve been working on since the day we signed our three-race deal with Andretti Autosport last March,” Hinchcliffe said. Marco Andretti has so far only announced the Indianapolis 500 on his IndyCar schedule. He was able to bring the sponsorship to Andretti, where Hinchcliffe spent three seasons from 2012-2014. “We’re building upon our tremendous partnership with James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport,” said Genesys CEO Tony Bates.
Charting market rotation, S&P 500 presses record territory
Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has challenged its range top early Tuesday, rising to press record territory from a shaky, but successful, test of its breakout point. As illustrated, the S&P has weathered Monday’s brief whipsaw under the breakout point (3,826) a move that swiftly filled last week’s gap. Technically, the index has extended its recent gap to record territory, notching four straight record closes. Tactically, the top of the gap (13,329) is followed by the firmer breakout point (13,220). Placing a finer point on the S&P 500, the index has sustained last week’s break to record territory.
Pacers' Caris LeVert expected to make full recovery after surgery to remove kidney mass
The Pacers announced on Tuesday that LeVert underwent surgery on Monday to remove a mass on his left kidney. OFFICIAL: Caris LeVert underwent successful surgery to treat renal cell carcinoma of his left kidney. https://t.co/5UAOhdzAj9 — Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 26, 2021Renal cell carcinoma is a type of kidney cancer. With the success of the surgery, LeVert won’t need any additional treatment. Pacers' Caris LeVert is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing cancer surgery on Monday.
How Kobe Bryant helped propel the WNBA orange hoodie's iconic rise
And she certainly never believed it would be because Kobe Bryant wore it, his hoops-loving daughter Gianna beaming by his side. Kobe Bryant wore the WNBA sweatshirt the league gave him during a Los Angeles Lakers game at Staples Center on Dec. 29, 2019. It just spoke to me.”Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson wears the orange WNBA hoodie while rehabbing an ankle injury during the 2019 season. Bryant was courtside at Staples Center in an orange WNBA hoodie, his arm wrapped around 13-year-old Gigi and a bright smile on both their faces. 1 year ago today, Kobe Bryant took my little WNBA orange hoodie campaign to new heights.
Packers exec has blunt reaction to Aaron Rodgers' future in Green Bay
Packers exec has blunt reaction to Aaron Rodgers' future in Green Bay originally appeared on NBC Sports BostonGreen 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. Getting this far -- obviously there's going to be an end to it at some point whether we win this game or not. Aaron Rodgers after the game: “A lot of guys futures, they’re uncertain, myself included. “Aaron Rodgers will be back, he’s our leader.”Rodgers is the favorite to win the NFL's MVP award after throwing for 4,299 yards with 48 touchdowns and just five interceptions. This Packers team was awesome and should've reached the Super Bowl.
Mel Kiper delivers a shocking pick at No. 2 in latest 2021 NFL mock draft
Okay, so it’s hard to say any pick is “shocking” in a January mock draft, but this might be the closest thing. The latest 2021 NFL mock draft from ESPN’s Mel Kiper has the predictable selection of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at No. 2 overall pick on Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. That’s why they could give him a one-year audition under Saleh, pick the Heisman Trophy winner at No. Story continuesChase lands with the Miami Dolphins at the very next spot in Kiper’s mock, followed by BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (No.
Super Bowl 2022 odds: BetMGM releases odds for Super Bowl LVI, and favorite is obvious
The question isn’t who is favored to win Super Bowl LVI, which will be played in 2022. There should be no surprise that the Chiefs are favored in BetMGM’s opening odds for next season’s Super Bowl. Opening odds for Super Bowl LVIThere will be many, many changes in the odds before next season kicks off. The Buccaneers were 60-to-1 to win Super Bowl LV when the lines were released early last year, then dipped to 16-to-1 when Tom Brady signed. Here are the opening lines for Super Bowl LVI.
Santa Anita cancels Friday race program in anticipation of rain
Santa Anita has canceled Friday’s racing program in anticipation of rain that could compromise the racing surfaces. It also moved two turf stakes races from this weekend to next. Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes, a 6½ furlong turf stakes, will now be run Feb. 5. “The models are showing us three straight days of rain, with the heaviest hitting around noon on Friday,” said Nate Newby, general manager at Santa Anita. Since then, Santa Anita has been quick to cancel racing in the face of bad weather and even started writing race cards without turf racing if rain was forecast.
East Bay resident who died in crash on Hwy 4 is identified
A driver who died last week when his pickup truck overturned on an East Bay freeway and was then hit by another pickup truck has been identified by authorities. Brian Burrow, 59, of Antioch, died at the scene following the Jan. 19 crash on state Highway 4 near Martinez, authorities said. According to the California Highway Patrol, Burrow drove a Ford F-150 and was going west on the highway when he lost control just past the Interstate 680 turnoff, in an area under construction. The truck overturned, and another Ford F-150 subsequently ran into it, the CHP said. The CHP said toxicology tests from an autopsy will determine whether Burrow was impaired when the crash happened.
NASCAR Phoenix Raceway championship tickets on sale Wednesday
Arizona RepublicTickets for the 2021 NASCAR Championship Weekend Nov. 5-7 at Phoenix Raceway go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday. For the second consecutive season, NASCAR will crown champions in the Truck, Xfinity and Cup series in Arizona. “It’s an honor to once again be the host track for the NASCAR Championship Weekend,” Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese said in a statement. The championship weekend opens with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series finale on Nov. 5, followed by two title races the next day in the ARCA Menards Series West and the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The season concludes Sunday Nov. 7 with the NASCAR Cup Series championship race.
Remembering Kobe Bryant (1978-2020): 8 stories, one year later
The sports world stood still as news broke that Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020. LeBron James had passed Bryant for third place on the NBA’s scoring list on the previous night against the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center, more than 17 miles away from Lower Merion High School.
Eagles special teams coordinator Dave Fipp seems set to join Duce Staley on the Detroit Lions staff
Fipp came to the Eagles in 2013 with former head coach Chip Kelly, and his units were well-regarded for much of his tenure. But when the team sank to 4-11-1 last season, special teams sank with it; some of that had to do with the talent at the bottom of the roster, but even field goal kicker Jake Elliott struggled, hitting 14 of 19, 73.7%, after averaging 84.1% through his first three seasons. Elliott missed a 22-yarder in an Eagles victory over New Orleans, the only time in his career Elliott has missed from less than 30 yards. Punter Cameron Johnston endured his first career blocked punt, and Johnston’s 40.6-yard net was his lowest in three seasons.
Soccer on TV: Leicester City makes its Premier League title case, Milan derby in Coppa Italia
Thomas Tuchel, who coached Christian Pulisic at Dortmund then went to Paris Saint-Germain, is on his way to the job now. Tuchel is no stranger to hot seats: he lasted two and a half years in Paris even though he took the club to the Champions League final four months before his dismissal. He’s also no stranger to Havertz and Werner, having seen them plenty in the Bundesliga.
Dissecting the Sixers’ loss to the Detroit Pistons | Podcast
In this Locked on 76ers podcast, Keith Pompey dissects the Sixers’ 119-104 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena. He says Tobias Harris didn’t get help from the Sixers’ other starters on a night that Joel Embiid was sidelined because of back tightness. The Sixers, Pompey adds, need to get more out of All-Star Ben Simmons in these situations.
Three Mavericks players have cleared COVID-19 protocols and are expected to play against Utah
The Mavericks (8-9) will be in Salt Lake City for two games against the scorching-hot Jazz (12-4), who have won eight straight games. But for the Mavericks, Tuesday’s positive news finally represents a burst of needed sunshine. Those players – Finney-Smith, Richardson and Jalen Brunson -- were held back in Denver while the rest of the Mavericks’ travel party returned to Dallas. Ultimately, Finney-Smith and Richardson tested positive for the coronavirus, but all three players remained isolated in Denver for more than a week. On Jan. 11, three days after most of the Mavericks returned from Denver, The News reported that Dallas was up to four players who tested positive for COVID-19.
Scotty Pippen Jr. leads Vanderbilt with some personal coaching from dad
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Scotty Pippen Jr. gets a personalized critique after each game from people who know him and basketball very well. Pippen Jr. ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in scoring, averaging 20.6 points and 5.3 assists per game. “My dad and coach Stack were cool, so he just thought it’d be a great fit,” Pippen Jr. said. Once the pandemic hit, Pippen Jr. went home where he rested and worked with his father. “Game by game,” Pippen Jr. said, “I’m just learning this year.”
Former Dolphins safety named Chargers defensive coordinator
After his playing career, he spent five years coaching in college (Pittsburgh, 2015-17; Wyoming, 2012-13). He was the Denver Broncos’ defensive backs coach the past two seasons, where he worked with new Chargers coach Brandon Staley, who served as the team’s linebackers coach.
First-time eligibles for the Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2022
To be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame, a player will have played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball and have been retired for five full seasons. He hit .300 or better in six seasons, led the league in triples four times and steals four times. The graduate of Stony Brook University saved at least 30 games nine times, including four seasons of 40 of more saves. Jake PeavyPeavy, a 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner, pitched 15 seasons for the Padres, White Sox, Red Sox and Giants. Rollins finished his career with 2,455 hits, 511 doubles and 470 stolen bases, and a 2008 World Series title.
Andy Reid's patience in struggling players pays off
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. They're going to keep me up, keep me motivated -- make sure I don't have my head down,” Hardman said. They have been without Sammy Watkins since Week 16 because of a calf injury, and the veteran wide receiver was a surprise scratch on Sunday, putting pressure on Hardman and fellow wide receiver Byron Pringle to continue to pick up the slack. “We are a group of guys that want to be perfect and strive for that perfection, no matter what we do. I think we're going to take that same mentality into the Super Bowl.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay's assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” Jordan said. “It should be open to everybody in terms of opportunities to play, opportunities to coach or opportunities to lead the organization.
Seattle Seahawks add two more names to search for a new offensive coordinator: Report
Seattle Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll’s list of candidates to fill the vacant offensive coordinator position continues to grow. The Seahawks want to interview Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey and have spoken to Los Angeles Rams’ passing game coordinator Shane Walford, according to a report. Seahawks also have been speaking to Rams' pass-game coordinator Shane Waldron and Saints' QB coach Joe Lombardi about their OC job. The Seahawks were also linked to Joe Lombardi in the report, but Lombardi was named as the offensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer after three seasons on Jan. 12.
Seattle Seahawks’ Chad Wheeler arrested on domestic violence charge: Report
Seattle Seahawks’ backup offensive tackle Chad Wheeler faces a felony domestic violence charge after he was arrested Saturday morning, according to a report. According to the report, when officers arrived they could hear screaming from inside the apartment, and after forcing their way in they heard more screaming from a bathroom. They forced their way in to the bathroom and found the victim and Wheeler. He was standing beside her, the report said.”The report said Wheeler is 6-feet-7 and 310 pounds, and the victim is 5-9 and 145 pounds. He played in five games for the Seahawks this season and will be a restricted free agent in 2021.
With Stafford's departure from Lions imminent, $6.5M mansion back on market
Matthew Stafford will soon be leaving Michigan behind, and his multi-million dollar mansion is back on the market. The longtime Detroit Lions quarterback re-listed his $6.5M Bloomfield Township home Monday — just days after he and the team mutually agreed to part ways. On Sunday, Stafford and the Detroit Lions announced they would be parting ways, ending Stafford’s 12-year tenure with the team. The news comes after months of speculation about the split that sources with knowledge of the conversations say Stafford proposed shortly after the season. But that conversation was put on hold due to the team searching for a new general manager and head coach.
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Chicago Blackhawks (2-3-1) visit the Nashville Predators (2-3-0) Tuesday night for an 8 p.m. Blackhawks at Predators: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Blackhawks +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Predators -185 (bet $185 to win $100): Blackhawks +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Predators -185 (bet $185 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Blackhawks +1.5 (-175) | Predators -1.5 (+145): Blackhawks +1.5 (-175) | Predators -1.5 (+145) Over/Under : 6 (O: -125 | U: +105)Blackhawks at Predators: Projected starting goaliesMalcolm Subban (0-1-0, .848 SV%, 5.03 GAA) vs. Pekka Rinne (0-1-0, .839 SV%, 3.78 GAA)Subban hasn't been in net since opening night in Tampa (Jan. 13), and that illustrates where the 'Hawks are with a three-headed, all-hands-on-deck netminder tryout. Blackhawks at Predators: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picksPredictionPredators 4, Blackhawks 2Scoring has been an issue for the Predators, who have tallied just 12 goals through five games. The risk/reward play in this one is NASHVILLE -1.5 (+145).
Michigan's Franz Wagner named semifinalist for Jerry West Award
The Detroit NewsMichigan’s Franz Wagner is among the 10 semifinalists for the Jerry West Award, which was announced Tuesday. Wagner, a sophomore, has played a key role in Michigan’s early success as a two-way force. Wagner is one of two Big Ten players to make the cut, along with Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp. The five finalists will be announced in late February and the winner will be honored Friday, April 9, 2021. No player from a Michigan college has won the award, but two Big Ten players have: Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell in 2015 and Purdue's Carsen Edwards in 2018.
Nebraska backup QB Luke McCaffrey enters transfer portal
(AP) — Nebraska backup quarterback Luke McCaffrey has entered the transfer portal after starting two games and appearing in five others last season, the school's athletic department confirmed Tuesday. McCaffrey replaced an ineffective Martinez as the starter for the third game, a win over Penn State, but committed four turnovers in a loss to Illinois the next week. Martinez returned as starter for the final four games as the Huskers finished 3-5. McCaffrey completed 48 of 76 passes for 466 yards and one touchdown and rushed 65 times for 364 yards and three TDs. He was on the sideline in street clothes for the final game at Rutgers.
Chiefs coach Reid's patience in struggling players pays off
KANSAS CITY, Mo. 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. Instead, the old coach went right back to him. And when the Chiefs got the ball back again, the first play Reid called was an end-around that went for 50 yards, setting up another touchdown that gave Kansas City a 14-9 lead.
NCAA, Power Five play defense with Dems controlling Congress
The NCAA, the Power Five conferences and their $2 million platoon of lobbyists had a pretty good year on Capitol Hill in 2020. With Republicans controlling the Senate, the power brokers in college sports were on track to secure a way for athletes nationwide to earn money from endorsements while otherwise maintaining the status quo of amateurism. Now that Democrats control Congress and the White House, 2021 is shaping up to be a much bigger challenge for those who don't want major changes in college sports. The bills now best positioned to advance would guarantee health care for college athletes and some form of revenue sharing, which critics describe as “pay for play.” Democrats pushing such legislation aren't just motivated by giving athletes access to the free market through name, image and likeness (NIL) rights — a modest reform that has the full support of the NCAA and the Power Five. Instead, some Democrats see college sports reform as a racial and economic justice issue and are seeking to correct a system they consider exploitative of minorities.
By the numbers: Federal lobbying by NCAA, Power Five in 2020
The Power Five conferences and the NCAA spent 2020 lobbying Congress toward legislation that would create a uniform standard for athletes earning money from their, name, image and likeness (NIL) while largely maintaining the status quo of amateurism in college sports. The Power Five spent a total of $1,730,000, with each league hiring its own dedicated firm and the five leagues giving $40,000 apiece to two firms — one Republican and one Democratic. The NCAA had a lobbying budget of $480,000, bringing the total spent by the leagues and the NCAA to $2,210,000. A breakdown:ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE— $370,000 to DLA Piper.
Santa Anita cancels Friday racing with heavy rain forecast
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled live racing on Friday because of strong rains expected to hit Southern California over the next few days. Two weekend stakes races on the turf, the Grade 2 San Marcos on Saturday and the $75,000 Baffle on Sunday, will be moved to Feb. 5 and 6, respectively. Racing is set to resume on Saturday, highlighted by the Robert Lewis Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep. Track officials say they will schedule extra races throughout next week to make up for those that were originally set to run on Friday.
Tramel: How the Thunder's Breakfast Club beat the Trail Blazers
They called themselves the Breakfast Club. And Monday night in Portland, Roby found himself sitting on the Thunder bench, in the fourth quarter, watching some of his Breakfast Club buddies beat the TrailBlazers. “I’m always rooting for the Breakfast Club,” Roby said. “Guys like Kenrich Williams, Hami (Diallo), they play hard every night. Great to see them go out there, hold the lead, extend the lead.
Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars odds, picks and prediction
Esten McLarenSportsbook WireThe Dallas Stars (2-0-0) finally opened their 2021 season with a two-game sweep of the Nashville Predators and now host the Detroit Red Wings (2-4-0) for a two-game set beginning Tuesday with an 8:30 p.m. Red Wings at Stars: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Red Wings +175 (bet $100 to win $175) | Stars -200 (bet $200 to win $100): Red Wings +175 (bet $100 to win $175) | Stars -200 (bet $200 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Red Wings +1.5 (-165) | Stars -1.5 (+140): Red Wings +1.5 (-165) | Stars -1.5 (+140) Over/Under : 5 (O: -140 | U: +115)Red Wings at Stars: Projected starting goaliesThomas Greiss (0-3-0, .918 SV%, 2.74 GAA) vs. Anton Khudobin (2-0-0, .961 SV%, 1.00 GAA)Greiss has taken three straight regulation losses but a lack of goal support deserves a large share of the blame. Red Wings at Stars: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picksPredictionStars 5, Red Wings 1The STARS (-200) are worth the simple money line play, albeit at a chalkier price than we normally bet. Three of the Red Wings' losses and each of their last two were by multi-goal margins.
Marlborough racing tips and best bets for Wednesday, January 27
Each day Marlborough will bring you the best bets from every race at every racecourse around the country. From the bright lights of the Cheltenham Festival and Glorious Goodwood to a low-key evening meeting at Chelmsford City, we have all your racing tips and best bets covered. Looking for a daily racing nap? Marlborough will indicate his top tip for the day in traditional style, with his other notable selection highlighted with "nb". Whistler NAP: Cinzento 8.20 — KemptonCinzento 8.20 — Kempton Marlborough NAP: Ruby Red Empress 12.40 — LingfieldLingfield12.40 Ruby Red Empress1.15 Power of States1.50 Sir Edward Elgar2.25 Tin Hat3.00 Lyrica's Lion3.30 Outrage4.05 SupercontangoKempton4.10 Cheeky Az4.45 Pooky5.15 Vivency5.45 Narjes6.20 Win Win Power nb6.50 Oud Metha Bridge7.20 Air of York7.50 Lady Quickstep8.20 CinzentoCatterick12.55 Billy Bronco1.30 Barrichello2.05 Overcourt2.40 Manwell3.15 Sigurd3.50 infiniti4.25 Nothin To Ask
Southampton vs Arsenal, Premier League: live score and latest updates
And welcome to coverage of Arsenal's visit to Southampton for the second time in four days after their scratch side were knocked out of the FA Cup by Saints by virtue of Gabriel's own goal. Southampton started the day in 10th, that excellent victory over Liverpool their only win in their last six. There have been some cracking encounters between the two at St Mary's and the Dell, featuring Cuco Martina's scorcher in the 4-0 demolition in 2015, Matt Le Tissier (who else?) Jannik Vestergaard, Oriol Romeu and Moussa Djenepo are all out for at least another week while there's still no return date for Michael Obafemi. We will have the team news at 7.15pm.
West Brom vs Manchester City, Premier League: live score and updates
When you’re one spot off bottom place, six points from safety and with only one win from your past nine league matches, the last team you want to face is Manchester City. But such is the tough nature of life near the bottom of the top flight and indeed the near-impossible job Sam Allardyce walked into, that that is exactly what West Brom face this evening. We can play well against Man City and lose and it won’t be a shock, of course. But the focus for us is Fulham and Sheffield United,” Allardyce said. It’s not hard to see why the West Brom coach is approaching his side’s next batch of fixtures along those lines, City are looking in ominously good form.
New Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel must persuade N'Golo Kante to stay at the club
Thomas Tuchel must convince N’Golo Kante that his future remains at Chelsea in what presents one of the most pressing immediate challenges for the club’s new head coach. Chelsea on Tuesday announced the appointment of Tuchel on an 18-month contract, with the option for a further year, as successor to Frank Lampard, who was sacked on Monday. “I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” said Tuchel. “We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. Central to the difficulties is a negative cloud that has descended over Chelsea’s squad in recent weeks during which relationships have become strained.
Dylan Groenewegen reveals death threats sent to home after Tour of Poland crash
Dylan Groenewegen says he and his family needed police protection after receiving death threats and even a noose in the mail following the Tour of Poland crash last ­summer that left fellow Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen with life-threatening injuries. Groenewegen, 27, caused the crash when he deviated from his line on a high-speed downhill finish in Katowice in August. Jakobsen, meanwhile, was placed in a medically induced coma for two days and subsequently underwent several reconstructive surgeries to his face. But with the 24-year-old now back on his bike, Groenewegen has spoken for the first time about the extent of the backlash he faced. “There were such concrete and serious threats that we called the police a few days after the crash,” he told Dutch magazine Helden.
Morgan Sanson: Aston Villa complete £15.5m signing of Marseille midfielder
Aston Villa have completed the signing of midfielder Morgan Sanson from Marseille for a fee reportedly in the region of £15.5million. The 26-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park, which is subject to international clearance. "He will add real competition for starting places and gives us more squad depth which is vital to competing successfully in the Premier League." Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas left Sanson out of the squad to face Monaco on Saturday due to an expectation that the transfer would be completed. Sanson joined Marseille from Montpellier in 2017 and scored 22 goals in 120 appearances for the club, featuring in the 2018 Europa League final against Atletico Madrid.
Southampton vs Arsenal LIVE: Team news and latest build-up today
It is just a matter of days since the two sides last met, with the Saints running out 1-0 winners in the FA Cup fourth round courtesy of a Gabriel Magalhaes own goal. Arsenal remain without their captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , though, who is currently dealing with a personal issue. The defeat brought an end to Arsenal’s sudden upturn in form, with four victories in the five games preceding Saturday’s tie. That revival has alleviated pressure on the manager and seen Arsenal rise up to 11th and not altogether out of the hunt for a European place in such an unpredictable season. Follow all the action live below at the conclusion of Newcastle vs Leeds:
Newcastle vs Leeds United - Premier League: live score, lineups and updates
Newcastle United will be aiming to get out of a slump which has seen them go winless in 10 games as they host Leeds United at St James' Park to help begin the evening's Premier League action. Elsewhere, Crystal Palace welcome West Ham to Selhurst Park in a London derby as the in form Hammers chase a win which take them into the top four. Follow Sportsmail's DAN RIPLEY for live EPL coverage of Newcastle vs Leeds United including score, lineups and build-up.
Chelsea appoint ex-PSG boss Thomas Tuchel as successor to Frank Lampard
Thomas Tuchel has been confirmed as Frank Lampard's successor at Chelsea. ‘We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard’s work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. Director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘It is never easy to change manager in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel. Unlike Lampard, Tuchel made little to no impression as a player. Tuchel will be familiar with many players in the Chelsea dressing room with Thiago Silva a key man for Tuchel's PSG.
Trey Songz appears to throw first punch, not wearing mask in video of arrest from Kansas City Police
Trey Songz appeared to throw the first punch and was approached three times about not wearing wearing a mask just before his arrest in a new video released by the Kansas City Police. Trey backed away from the officer in the row before seemingly swinging a fist and shoving the police officer. As the officer is grappling with Songz, the singer seems to connect a punch with the officer's head. The Kansas City Police, however, told TMZ that they were asking him to put on a mask and he would not. He also shared video of the game, which saw the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Buffalo Bills 38 to 24.
Florida offers to host 2021 Summer Olympics if Tokyo backs out due to pandemic concerns
A Florida official has said that the state would be happy to host the 2021 Olympics Games amid speculation that current hosts Japan may back out. 'I am writing to encourage you to consider relocating the 2021 Olympics from Tokyo, Japan to the United States of America, and more specifically to Florida,' Patronis wrote. The National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2021 Olympics, is seen. A Florida official is now offering to host the Games if Japan backs outBen Griffin Stadium in Gainesville is the largest stadium in Florida. 'I am determined to realize a safe and secure Tokyo Games as proof that mankind will have overcome the virus,' said Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Tuchel appointed Chelsea manager on 18-month deal
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Thomas Tuchel was appointed Chelsea manager on an 18-month contract on Tuesday, tasked with hauling the underperforming Blues back into the Champions League next season. "We all have the greatest respect for Frank Lampard's work and the legacy he created at Chelsea. Despite guiding Paris Saint-Germain to their first Champions League final in August, Tuchel was sacked himself by the French champions last month. Chelsea face a daunting last-16 tie when the Champions League returns next month against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid. Frank Lampard is, and always will be, a legend of Chelsea Football Club," the Chelsea Supporters' Trust tweeted on his departure.
Packers chief confident Rodgers will be back
Green Bay Packers chief executive Mark Murphy is confident Aaron Rodgers will remain with the franchiseAdvertising Read moreLos Angeles (AFP)Green Bay Packers chief executive Mark Murphy insists Aaron Rodgers will remain with the franchise despite last weekend's NFL playoff heartbreak against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Aaron Rodgers will be back, he's our leader." "A lot of guys' futures, they're uncertain - myself included," Rodgers told reporters. Rodgers' predecessor, Packers legend Brett Favre, meanwhile played down the chances of the quarterback leaving. In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Favre said he expected Rodgers to suit up for Green Bay next season.
Charming, but no stranger to conflict -- what sort of manager will Thomas Tuchel be at Chelsea?
The German took PSG to their first Champions League final last August but was booted out in December, after months of internal conflict and tensions. Tuchel was sacked by PSG with six months left on his contract, with the team of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe lying third in Ligue 1. It is of course worth pointing out here that Roberto di Matteo won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 only to be sacked six months later. Tuchel now follows Jurgen Klopp to the Premier League, having previously succeeded Klopp at Mainz and Dortmund. They won the Cup the following year, but came third in the Bundesliga and went out in the Champions League quarter-finals to Monaco.
Moray Callum, designer of Ford's GT and Bronco, has announced his retirement
What do the Ford GT, all-new Bronco, and Mazda Miata MX-5 have in common? Along with his design teams, Callum’s work includes the 2021 Bronco and Bronco Sport, 2021 Mustang Mach-E, 1999 Super Duty, 2011 Explorer, 2015 Mustang and F-150, and 2016 GT. Born in Scotland, Callum worked indirectly with Ford since the late 1980s, when he was a consultant designer at Ghia in Italy. Through Ford’s relationship with Mazda, Callum went to Ford in 2006 as an executive director of design, and moved up to his current role in 2014. An eye for good-looking cars obviously runs in the family, as Moray Callum is the younger brother of designer Ian Callum.
Chelsea hires Thomas Tuchel as manager on 18-month contract
APLONDON (AP) — Chelsea hired Thomas Tuchel as manager on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the fired Frank Lampard. Tuchel, a 47-year-old German, is back in work a month after losing his job at Paris Saint-Germain following a power struggle with the club. In his 2 1/2 years in Paris, he led the team to back-to-back French league titles and the Champions League final last season. Lampard, a Chelsea great as a player, lasted 18 months before getting fired as its manager following a run of five losses in the last eight league games which threatens the team’s ambitions of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. Chelsea, which spent nearly $300 million on new players for this season, is languishing in ninth place and next plays Wednesday at home to Wolverhampton.
Why Alabama's new coaching staff will make college football history
Three years after being fired by the Volunteers, Jones was named the new head coach at Arkansas State. There have been five instances since the merger of FBS coaching staffs including two former NFL head coaches, most recently during this past season at Arizona State. Fifty-six former NFL head coaches, not counting interim replacements, have served on the college ranks since 1966. Counting the two new additions at Alabama, 17 of the 56 NFL head coaches served as college assistants. Overall, there will be 10 former NFL head coaches on the college ranks in 2021.
‘Sticky’ cheating lawsuit that dragged in Gerrit Cole gets dismissed
Another win for Gerrit Cole. An Orange County Superior Court judge on Monday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against Major League Baseball and the Los Angeles Angels by Brian “Bubba” Harkins that prominently mentioned the Yankees ace, ESPN.com reported. Harkins filed suit last August claiming he was made a “public scapegoat” in baseball’s efforts to crack down on the use of foreign substances. Brian Harkins; Gerrit Cole Getty Images“Hey Bubba, it’s Gerrit Cole, I was wondering if you could help me out with this sticky situation,” the pitcher, then with the Astros, wrote on Jan. 17, 2019 with a wink-face emoji. MLB and the Angels filed a motion to dismiss Harkins’ complaint in early November.
Knicks slowly winning Andrew Yang over despite James Dolan feud
Andrew Yang, the former Democratic presidential candidate now running for Mayor of New York City, has not been shy about being a Knicks defector, leaving James Dolan’s club for Steve Nash’s Nets. With the Knicks facing Utah on Tuesday to end their four-game Western trip, Randle hasn’t missed any of their first 18 games. “Knicks fans didn’t like Julius Randle last year,” Yang said. “Now Knicks fans are looking at Julius Randle and thinking, ‘wow,’ he’s a monster putting up Westbrookian numbers, handling the ball, making really sweet plays and passes. It’s like, wow, Julius Randle can do that?
Aaron Rodgers wants a new contract from the Packers
Aaron Rodgers isn’t happy with the Packers. The 37-year-old quarterback and 2020 NFL MVP award favorite wants a new contract, a source told Mike Florio of NBC Sports. Rodgers is coming off of a banner year in which he led the Packers to a 13-3 record and the NFC Championship game. If the Packers do not restructure their current deal, Rodgers would carry a $37.57 million cap hit and $31.56 million dead cap hit in 2021. Rodgers has been with the Packers since he was taken in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Kobe Bryant’s top highlights, from high school to his final NBA game
From the high school gyms of Philadelphia to the biggest hoops stages in the world, here’s a look at Bryant’s career highlights. Slam dunk contestThe rookie Bryant won the 1997 slam dunk contest on Feb. 8 during NBA All-Star weekend in Cleveland. First All-Star GameA year later, the 19-year-old Bryant made his first All-Star Game and became the youngest NBA All-Star ever. MVPBryant was named the 2007-08 NBA MVP on May 6, 2008, his lone MVP award. Grand finaleBryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game on April 13, 2016, a win over the Jazz.
Packers insist they are ‘not idiots’ when it comes to Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers may believe his future with the Packers is up in the air, but Green Bay CEO Mark Murphy has a differing opinion. Appearing on WNFL’s ‘The 5th Quarter Show’ on Monday, Murphy addressed Rodgers’ cryptic comments following the Packers’ 31-26 NFC Championship defeat to the Buccaneers, in which the longtime Green Bay quarterback said his future was uncertain. “Aaron Rodgers will be back, he’s our leader.”Rodgers has three years left on a four-year, $134 million deal but reportedly wants a new contract. Rodgers is the favorite to win MVP after leading Green Bay to the No. “[The Packers have] a lot of guys’ futures that are uncertain — myself included,” Rodgers said.
Washington Post editor Marty Baron to retire next month
“Almost two years ago, I told department heads that I was committed to staying at The Post through the presidential election,” Baron wrote in a Tuesday memo to staffers. Today, I am letting you know that I will retire on Feb. 28.”Baron came to the Washington Post in 2013 after spending 12 years at the Boston Globe. A 2015 film about the investigation called “Spotlight,” in which Liev Schreiber played Baron, won the Academy Award for Best Picture. “It’s really important to listen to the voices of people who have been marginalized and whose voices haven’t been heard,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday, quoting Baron. Kevin Merida, a former managing editor at the Washington Post who left in 2017 for ESPN, is seen as among the leading outside candidates.
Rangers scrambling to replace Filip Chytil after crushing injury update
Indeed, Howden’s ability at the faceoff dots had elevated him above Chytil for the assignment with the man-advantage, No. At the moment, it does not appear that the Rangers will promote the 22-year-old Barron to the taxi squad, even though the Wolf Pack’s season does not begin until Feb. 7. If this injury comes at an inopportune time for the Rangers, then probably doubly so for Chytil, who was beginning to combine his physical and skill attributes into an imposing package. And in addition, the Rangers for the next four-to-six weeks will lose the option of moving Chytil up into a top-six spot on the line with Artemi Panarin. That opportunity is gone for a stretch that could encompass as many as 20 games, or more than one-third of the 56-game season.
Analysis: Brady's NFC championship turned on 2 crucial calls
Tampa Bay’s victory in the NFC championship was one for the aged. Brady hit Leonard Fournette for 6 yards with 8 seconds remaining and Tampa Bay leading 14-10. That left Brady with one NFC title to go with the nine AFC championships he won in New England. Rodgers has one NFC championship in 13 seasons as a starter in Green Bay and Brees has one in 15 seasons as the Saints starting QB. Asked if he thinks he’ll get another chance to work with Rodgers next season, LaFleur said, "I sure as hell hope so.
Brad Hand gets $10.5M from Nationals, $6.5M of it deferred
Left-handed reliever Brad Hand finalized a $10.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, giving the team more strength and flexibility in the back end of its bullpen. The deal includes $6.5 million in salary that will be deferred without interest. The deferred money will come in payments due $1.5 million next Jan. 15, $3.5 million on Jan. 15, 2023, and $1.5 million on Jan. 15, 2024. Hand’s fastball velocity has decreased more than 2 mph the past two seasons and averaged 91.4 mph last year. Hand is a three-time All-Star, earning that honor in 2017, 2018 and 2019 after becoming a full-time reliever.
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. "I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room," Jordan said. "This game, it’s a tremendous game," Rivera said. "It should be open to everybody in terms of opportunities to play, opportunities to coach or opportunities to lead the organization.
Brandon Sutter records hat trick, Canucks rout Senators 7-1
Brandon Sutter recorded a hat trick and the Vancouver Canucks routed the Ottawa Senators 7-1 on Monday night. You never know when you’re going to get one, if you’re going to get one," he said . The 31-year-old Sutter has played in 735 NHL games and is known more for killing penalties than scoring highlight-reel goals. "Any time someone scores a hat trick, it’s always a good feeling as a coach for the player," Canucks coach Travis Green said. UP NEXTThe Senators and Canucks finish their three-game set with consecutive games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Harthorne Wingo, 73, fan favorite on Knicks title team, dies
Harthorne Wingo, a fan favorite and reserve on the New York Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team, has died. He died Jan. 20 in a New York City hospital, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Associated Press. The Knicks acknowledged Wingo’s death Monday and tweeted a statement from former Knicks star and current broadcaster Walt Frazier, who remembered Wingo as "a very unique individual." Apart from Frazier, Wingo played on a title team with the likes of Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas, Dick Barnett and Phil Jackson. The Beastie Boys referenced Wingo's name in a rap lyric to the song "Lay It On Me" more than a decade after Wingo's Knicks career had ended.
Aaron Rodgers Leaving the Green Bay Packers Would Be a Disaster for All Sides
Morry Gash/Associated PressAfter yet another disappointing NFC Championship Game loss, future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked frustrated and sounded discouraged about his current path with the Green Bay Packers. "[The Packers have] a lot of guys' futures that are uncertain—myself included," Rodgers told reporters following the 31-26 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If he hasn't already, Rodgers will likely soon realize that Green Bay gives him his best chance at capturing a second Super Bowl ring. To win a Super Bowl, the stars have to align and you need luck on your side. That does not mean a similar version of this Packers team can't win the Super Bowl next season, especially with a healthy Bakhtiari protecting Rodgers' blind side.
Different types of gambling, media converging for growth
Gambling companies in the U.S. are increasingly bringing different forms of gambling together, including sports betting, casino gambling, internet gambling and daily fantasy sports, and partnering with media companies as they seek to increase revenue. Gambling companies in the U.S. are increasingly bringing different forms of gambling together, including sports betting, casino gambling, internet gambling and daily fantasy sports, and partnering with media companies as they seek to increase revenue. Casino gambling, internet gambling, sports betting and daily fantasy sports are no longer separate silos with unique audiences: Gambling companies are increasingly combining them and partnering with media companies to expand the reach of gambling. Morgan Stanley sees a $15 billion sports betting and internet gambling market by 2025, and Macquarie Research says that same market could be $30 billion by 2030. Morgan Stanley said sports betting and internet gambling revenue reached $3.1 billion in the U.S. last year, well outpacing its forecast of $2 billion.
Column: The lack of wins starting to pile up for Tony Finau
ADVERTISEMENTFinau has been among the top 50 in the world for the last three years, reaching as high as No. Instead, he heads from PGA West after another close call to Torrey Pines for what he sees as another opportunity. There also was the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, where Finau took a three-shot lead into the final round. ADVERTISEMENTOn Sunday at PGA West, Finau was tied for the lead and began with two quick birdies. How can I take what I learned into the next opportunity?’“And I’ve got another opportunity tomorrow.”He said this on Saturday afternoon, before the final round at PGA West.
Gary Andersen turns down buyout money for second time in bizarre coaching career
For the second time in his bizarre coaching odyssey, Gary Andersen apparently declined to accept the remainder of the money contractually owed to him. Andersen was in his second stint at Utah State. Back in 2009, Andersen inherited a program that hadn’t had a winning season since 1997. The Beavers went 2-10 in his first season and 4-8 in his second season before he resigned out of left field following a 1-5 start in 2017. “Waiving my contract is the correct decision and enables the young men and the program to move forward and concentrate on the rest of this season,” Andersen said at the time.
Sports world pays tribute to Kobe and Gianna Bryant on anniversary of their death
Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Kobe, Gianna, and all the others who were taken from us far too soon a year ago today. pic.twitter.com/SrZunsSqo1 — Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) January 26, 2021My guy #rip Kobe Bryant you are missed ! I send my prayers and thoughts to the family and loved ones of Kobe Bryant. It’s been 1 year since the deaths of Kobe Bryant, Gianna & those on board with them.
Rex Ryan: Tom Brady, not Bill Belichick, attracted players to Patriots
There has been a long debate as to who deserves more credit between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for New England’s success. Ryan, who faced the Patriots quite often when he coached the Jets and Bills, believes Brady is the reason why players wanted to play for the Patriots. “No one wanted to go to New England to be coached by Bill Belichick, they wanted to play with Tom Brady,” Ryan said. Ryan added that Brady’s ability to win at such a high rate is what attracted players to sign with the Patriots. Ryan, meanwhile, went 4-12 against Brady, Belichick and the Patriots when he was head coach of the Jets and Bills.
Seahawks OT Chad Wheeler arrested on domestic violence, assault charges
Chad Wheeler, offensive tackle for the Seahawks, was arrested on charges of assault and domestic violence. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)Chad Wheeler, backup offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of domestic violence and assault, according to the Seattle Times. Wheeler, 27, was arrested after local police in Kent, Wash. responded to a 911 call from his girlfriend, the alleged victim. According to the report, Wheeler was initially “uncooperative” when officers attempted to arrest him. The police report said that the fight began when Wheeler asked the victim to bow to him and she refused.
CBS' Tony Romo has optimistic prediction for Patriots' future at end of AFC title game
Tony Romo has optimistic prediction for Pats' future at end of AFC title game originally appeared on NBC Sports BostonIt's understandably a tough time for New England Patriots fans right now. CBS Sports' Tony Romo offered an optimistic take on the Patriots when evaluating the state of the AFC at the end of Sunday night's AFC Championship Game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. I'm telling you, the AFC is going to be loaded," Romo said on the CBS broadcast. The Patriots are projected to have $57,310,665 in the offseason, per OverTheCap.com, and only three teams are expected to have a higher amount. The Patriots absolutely have to upgrade at quarterback to have any chance of getting back in the mix for the AFC crown.
Tony Romo makes a big prediction about the 2021 Patriots
Tony Romo doesn’t see Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots sitting at the middle of the NFL for long. Even after a 7-9 season when New England missed the playoffs, Romo made an optimistic prediction about what next for Belichick and the Patriots. “The AFC is going to be loaded,” Romo said on CBS just after the end of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday night. That should give the Patriots leverage as they try to assemble a talented roster for 2021. It helps, too, that New England has the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Red Sox in-game reporter Guerin Austin is leaving NESN
NESN is parting ways with Guerin Austin, who spent six years at the network and is best known for her work as the Red Sox in-game reporter. “Working for the Bruins and the Red Sox was a dream come true and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity,” said Austin in a text. “The interaction I had with the fans is what made this experience truly memorable. “I appreciate the players, the coaching staff and all of their families who gave me access and time so I could share their stories with the viewers. I’m really excited about the next chapter, but I’ll miss seeing everyone at Fenway.”
2021 Boston Marathon will be held Oct. 11 if Mass. lifts COVID-19 restrictions
Road races will not be allowed to take place under the reopening guidelines set forth by the state to stem the spread of COVID-19 until Phase 4. The Boston Athletic Association announced Tuesday that if Massachusetts leaders lift restrictions on road races that the Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, Oct. 11. AdvertisementThe 2020 Boston Marathon was postponed from April to October, then outright canceled for the first time in the race’s history. The 125th Boston Marathon, if it is able to be held in person, will also feature a virtual component. “Today, I’m filled with hope, as we set our sights on October for the running of the 125th Boston Marathon.
Watch: Klay Thompson makes a basket during Warriors game at Chase
Warriors fans finally got a chance to see Klay Thompson make a basket during a game at Chase Center on Monday night. And it’s been just over two months since Thompson suffered another devastating, season-ending injury when he tore his Achilles tendon while working out. Thompson has been showing up to recent Warriors home games, making it easier to remember how much he’s been missed. Steph left Klay hanging ??? pic.twitter.com/ScZSzcnwCW — Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 26, 2021The good news is Thompson’s recovery from his Achilles tendon injury seems to be going great. Plus, it’s even more promising to see how his former teammate Kevin Durant is looking as good as ever with the Nets after his torn Achilles last year.
Q&A: Here’s what you can do and where you can go as California ends stay-at-home order
The state’s seven-day average for new cases stood at 27,256 as of Sunday, well above the 16,768 new cases California was averaging on Dec. 3, the day Newsom announced plans for the new shelter order. A: California is now back to the color-coded reopening tier system it used through the late summer and fall. Back in early December, five Bay Area counties instituted their own shelter in place order before their region’s ICU capacity triggered the stay-home order from the state. A: Not much — state officials said in December that their stay-home order did not affect guidance for K-12 schools. Leagues within the California Interscholastic Federation must also finalize plans for a return to play before those sports can resume.
NFL coaching hire has Arizona State looking for new OL coach
Just days after Arizona State's search for an offensive line coach was over, it's back on again. The chain of events was put into play when the Philadelphia Eagles hired a new head coach in Nick Sirianni, who had been the offensive coordinator for the Colts. He took with him the Colts top offensive line coach Chris Strausser. Not wanting to lose a coordinator and two offensive line coaches, the Colts launched a full-out effort to retain Adams, 37. The Sun Devils are back looking for a successor to offensive line coach Dave Christensen who retired as expected at the end of the shortened 2020 season.
Sixers remain in the top 10; Clippers stay No. 1 | NBA power rankings
Off the Dribble NewsletterAs the Sixers move through an important offseason, we’ll give you the news and analysis to catch you up on what’s going on every week.
Big East Conference agrees to three-year contract extension with commissioner Val Ackerman
She has negotiated contracts that have allowed the league to continue to host its Big East men’s basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden through 2028. As co-chair of the NCAA’s federal and state legislation working group, she helped recommend changes last April to the NCAA Board of Governors relating to name, image and likeness for student-athletes.
Villanova’s Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree undergoes tibia surgery, out indefinitely
The former star at Neumann-Goretti High School has experienced issues with his right leg in his career. He had surgery on his right shin at the start of his Villanova career, and underwent another surgery on the shin last March to remove screws and a metal plate.
Texas AD Chris Del Conte appointed to College Football Playoff selection committee
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte has been named to the College Football Playoff selection committee, CFP executive director Bill Hancock announced Tuesday in a press release. Along with Del Conte, the committee also appointed Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart, North Carolina State AD Boo Corrigan, former Nebraska All-American lineman Will Shields and Virginia Union University AD Joe Taylor to the panel. “Mitch, Boo, Chris, Will and Joe will continue the integrity that has been the committee’s hallmark through our seven seasons,” Hancock said. “Their knowledge, experience and character, along with their love of the sport of college football, will make the transition seamless.”As a member of the selection committee, Del Conte will vote on the weekly CFP rankings which ultimately determine which four teams will have the opportunity to play in the Playoff’s two semifinal games. Del Conte will replace Oklahoma athletics director Joe Castiglione as the Big 12?s representative on the board.
Michael Jordan’s fishing boat, Catch 23, claims sailfish tournament title in Florida
Catch 23, led by Capt. During the past two summers, Jordan fished aboard his boat in several marlin fishing tournaments in North Carolina and nearby mid-Atlantic states. In December 2019 and again in 2020, Jordan entered Catch 23 in the Stuart Sailfish Club’s Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament, placing third in 2019. The tournament awards 200 points for each sailfish caught using live bait and 300 for each dead-bait catch. A fleet of 38 boats fished the event, tallying 63 sailfish caught in two days’ fishing.
NIAA cancels basketball, wrestling seasons
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association in announcement attributed the decision to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s pause of contact sports through at least Feb. 14. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoThe Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association canceled the boys and girls basketball and the wrestling seasons. Steve Sisolak’s pause of contact sports through at least Feb. 14. NIAA Update 20 : Full/Close Contact Sports pic.twitter.com/4VukdbX9cw — Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (@NIAASports) January 26, 2021This is a developing story.
Super Bowl LV: What you need to know
A primer for this year’s Super Bowl, which features the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Chiefs’ Super Bowl historyThe Chiefs won last season’s game, rallying to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 for their second championship. Kansas City also appeared in the first Super Bowl, but was beaten 35-10 by the Green Bay Packers. Star powerBucs quarterback Tom Brady makes his 10th Super Bowl appearance, and many regard him as the greatest of all time. These four have never appeared in the Super Bowl: Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.
For flight attendants, nationwide tensions and unease converge in cramped aircraft cabins
During a flight this month a passenger lectured her for telling a Black passenger who was having difficulty with a middle seat that he could not be upgraded to the front unless he paid for it. Amirzadeh said she told the Black passenger, who was about 6-foot-3, that she would get him a row to himself in the back once everyone had boarded.
Potential Dolphins target DeVonta Smith declines to be weighed and measured at Senior Bowl
Smith, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, declined to have his height and weight taken on Tuesday, adding fuel to the perception that his thin frame could lead to durability concerns in the NFL. Alabama lists Smith at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, but players are generally shorter and lighter than what they’re listed at. So it’s unclear what his true measurements are, but there’s no questioning his on-field talent.
The Latest: Carolina captain Jordan Staal back at practice
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal is back at practice after testing positive for COVID-19. He was the first of six Hurricanes players that ultimately appeared on the league's daily COVID-19 unavailability list, which ultimately led to the postponement of three games. Staal was still listed on the league's COVID-19 list as of Monday along with Jesper Fast, Warren Foegele, Jordan Martinook, Jaccob Slavin and Teuvo Teravainen. Staal said he was “the first guy to test positive” and said he was “as surprised as anyone else - really in shock” after finding out. He said he was trying to be safe and follow health protocols before testing positive.
Chelsea hires Thomas Tuchel as manager on 18-month contract
LONDON - (AP) -- Chelsea hired Thomas Tuchel as manager on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the fired Frank Lampard. Tuchel, a 47-year-old German, is back in work a month after losing his job at Paris Saint-Germain following a power struggle with the club. In his 2 1/2 years in Paris, he led the team to back-to-back French league titles and the Champions League final last season. Lampard, a Chelsea great as a player, lasted 18 months before getting fired as its manager following a run of five losses in the last eight league games which threatens the team's ambitions of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. Chelsea, which spent nearly $300 million on new players for this season, is languishing in ninth place and next plays Wednesday at home to Wolverhampton.
When Andre Jackson is ready to return, he will get the chance to make impact for UConn men
It was expected Jackson would need four to six weeks for his wrist to heal, and he is in that time frame now. He was cleared last week for more basketball activity. He’s due for another examination of the wrist this week and, if all goes well, he could begin working toward a return to the lineup by Sunday, when UConn plays at St. John’s, or early February. “If he’s pain-free, you could see him at any point,” Hurley said.
Joker Phillips to leave Maryland for North Carolina State wide receivers job, per reports
The North Carolina State University is hiring Maryland wide receivers coach Joker Phillips for the same role with the Wolfpack, according to multiple reports Tuesday. Phillips, 57, was the wide receivers coach for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in 2017 and 2018, and he coached WRs at UC in 1997 and defensive backs in 1998. He was the University of Kentucky Wildcats' head coach from 2010 to 2012, and was an assistant at UK from 1988 to 1996 and again from 2003 to 2009. Phillips was the Terrapins' co-offensive coordinator in addition to coaching receivers for the past two seasons. Phillips also played receiver at UK from 1981 to 1984.
Tom Izzo: Gabe Brown latest Spartan with positive COVID test, game at Rutgers still on
Michigan State junior Gabe Brown is the latest Spartan to test positive for COVID-19, but the Spartans are still planning to play Thursday’s scheduled game at Rutgers. Coach Tom Izzo confirmed on Tuesday that Brown tested positive late last week while adding that one of his assistants tested positive on Monday. Freshman Mady Sissoko, sophomore Steven Izzo, senior Joshua Langford and freshman Davis Smith had all tested positive as games against Iowa, Indiana and Illinois were called off. Brown’s positive test brings the total of Michigan State players who have tested positive since they returned to campus in late August and early September to 13 out of a total of 15 players. Izzo, who did not identify the assistant coach, tested positive in November and was cleared to return just before the season opener on Nov. 25.mcharboneau@detroitnews.comTwitter: @mattcharboneau
Harthorne Wingo, 73, fan favorite on Knicks title team, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Harthorne Wingo, a fan favorite and reserve on the New York Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team, has died. He died Jan. 20 in a New York City hospital, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Associated Press. The cause was not immediately available. The 6-foot-6 forward spent four seasons with the Knicks from 1972-76, averaging 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Knicks acknowledged Wingo’s death Monday and tweeted a statement from former Knicks star and current broadcaster Walt Frazier, who remembered Wingo as “a very unique individual.”
Feller leads Foss-Solevåg after first run of night slalom
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Austrian skier Manuel Feller took a clear lead in the opening run of a men’s World Cup night slalom in dense snowfall on Tuesday. Feller, who opened the race wearing bib No. Feller led Sebastian Foss-Solevåg of Norway by 0.39 seconds as the winners of the last two slaloms, in nearby Flachau last week, placed 1-2. “Starting first it is hard to know if you had a good run. I thought I was late on many turns, but it seemed my run wasn’t that bad after all,” Feller said.
The Latest: Carolina captain Jordan Staal back at practice
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal is back at practice after testing positive for COVID-19. Staal said Tuesday he feels good now after having some chills and coughing. He was the first of six Hurricanes players that ultimately appeared on the league’s daily COVID-19 unavailability list, which ultimately led to the postponement of three games.
Vandy coach hires former teammate as run game coordinator
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has hired Norval McKenzie as run game coordinator and running backs coach. Coach Clark Lea announced the hiring of his former Commodores' teammate Tuesday along with Lea Ryan Bellerose as an assistant strength coach. Lea also retained Fahd Jindani as an assistant strength coach. He coached Louisville running back Javian Hawkins to a school-record 1,525 yards rushing as a freshman in 2019 and a team-high seven TDs in 2020. He returned to Vandy as a graduate assistant coach at Vanderbilt in 2008-09 and was assistant recruiting coordinator in 2010 when he finished his master’s degree in education.
Boston Marathon set for Oct. 11 — if road races are allowed in Massachusetts coronavirus reopening plan
The tentative 2021 date of the Boston Marathon will be Oct. 11, the Boston Athletic Association announced on Monday, saying it depends on if road races are allowed in Massachusetts this fall amid the state’s coronavirus reopening plan. Then that September in-person race was canceled, and replaced with a virtual race in which participants ran 26.2 miles on their own around the world. “Today, I’m filled with hope, as we set our sights on October for the running of the 125th Boston Marathon. will also offer a virtual race option this year. Road races are not permitted until Phase 4 of the Massachusetts reopening plan.
Texas AD Chris Del Conte replaces OU's Joe Castiglione on College Football Playoff committee
He’s the longest-tenured athletic director in the Southeastern Conference. Barnthart was athletic director at Oregon State; before that, he worked at Tennessee, Southern Methodist, Oregon and San Diego State. Corrigan spent much of his youth in Charlottesville, Virginia, where his father, Gene, was athletic director at the University of Virginia. Before that, he was TCU’s athletic director for eight years and Rice’s AD for four years. Del Conte graduated from Cal-Santa Barbara and has a master’s from Washington State.
Chelsea hires Thomas Tuchel as manager on 18-month contract
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea hired Thomas Tuchel as manager on Tuesday on an 18-month contract to replace the fired Frank Lampard. Tuchel, a 47-year-old German, is back in work a month after losing his job at Paris Saint-Germain following a power struggle with the club. In his 2 1/2 years in Paris, he led the team to back-to-back French league titles and the Champions League final last season. Before PSG, Tuchel coached at Mainz and Borussia Dortmund. Lampard, a Chelsea great as a player, lasted 18 months before getting fired as its manager following a run of five losses in the last eight league games which threatens the team’s ambitions of a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.
'I feel like I'm at home': Why Pacers rookie Cassius Stanley calls Indiana home
Her two older sisters, Pam and Jackie, were college track stars at Michigan State destined for the Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame. She stayed in California, married Jerome Stanley and their only son started to create his own athletic journey. When he beat her, he would always taunt: “Who’s Djokovic now?”Competition at the Jeffersonville family reunions wasn’t unusual. Sedwick was “the best,” Gardener said, but Stanley wasn’t too far behind her.
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Chicago Blackhawks (2-3-1) visit the Nashville Predators (2-3-0) Tuesday night for an 8 p.m. Below, we analyze the Blackhawks-Predators NHL odds and lines, with picks and predictions. Blackhawks at Predators: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Blackhawks +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Predators -185 (bet $185 to win $100): Blackhawks +155 (bet $100 to win $155) | Predators -185 (bet $185 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Blackhawks +1.5 (-175) | Predators -1.5 (+145): Blackhawks +1.5 (-175) | Predators -1.5 (+145) Over/Under : 6 (O: -125 | U: +105)Blackhawks at Predators: Projected starting goaliesKevin Lankinen (2-0-1, .909 SV%, 2.63 GAA) vs. Pekka Rinne (0-1-0, .839 SV%, 3.78 GAA)Lankinen has looked unflappable through three NHL starts, stopping 56 of 60 pucks in even-strength play. Blackhawks at Predators: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picksPredictionPredators 4, Blackhawks 2Scoring has been an issue for the Predators, who have tallied just 12 goals through five games.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins odds, picks and prediction
Esten McLarenSportsbook WireThe Boston Bruins (3-1-1) play their first game of two in three days against the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-0) at TD Garden Tuesday. Penguins at Bruins: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Penguins +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Bruins -145 (bet $145 to win $100): Penguins +120 (bet $100 to win $120) | Bruins -145 (bet $145 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Penguins +1.5 (-225) | Bruins -1.5 (+185): Penguins +1.5 (-225) | Bruins -1.5 (+185) Over/Under : 5.5 (O: -120 | U: +100)Penguins at Bruins: Projected starting goaliesTristan Jarry (2-2-0, .849 SV%, 4.28 GAA) vs. Tuukka Rask (2-1-0, .892 SV%, 2.23 GAA)Jarry seems to have begun to turn a corner after being torched by the Philadelphia Flyers in each of his first two games of the season. Penguins at Bruins: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picksPredictionBruins 4, Penguins 2The BRUINS (-145) are a solid play at home, even without fans allowed at TD Garden. Stick with the BRUINS -1.5 (+185) to win by 2 or more goals at a better value.
Iona basketball coach Rick Pitino reveals he had COVID-19, says he 'lived like a monk'
Shortly after his age group was eligible to be vaccinated earlier this month, Rick Pitino received his first shot for COVID-19. FRUSTRATION: Rick Pitino, Iona frustrated by third COVID-19 pauseMore:University of Michigan athletes protest two-week pause due to COVID-19 variantThe coach has been allowed to exit quarantine. The Iona players who have tested positive recently will have to pass a cardiac screening prior to return to action. Players who have been cleared and who have tested positive won't be subject to quarantine for a 90-day period. With just over half of the players and some additional staff members having caught COVID-19, Iona isn't quite at the level of herd immunity.
Georgia Tech at Duke odds, picks and prediction
Georgia Tech at Duke:Odds, spread andlinesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Georgia Tech +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Duke -250 (bet $250 to win $100): Georgia Tech +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Duke -250 (bet $250 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Georgia Tech +6.5 (-120) | Duke -6.5 (+100): Georgia Tech +6.5 (-120) | Duke -6.5 (+100) Over/Under : 140.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Georgia Tech at Duke: Three things to knowThe Yellow Jackets gave a good effort but fell to the Virginia Cavaliers 64-62 Saturday. Georgia Tech has found a groove from 3-point-land, and that's made the Yellow Jackets much more dangerous offensively. Georgia Tech at Duke: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picksPredictionDuke 73, Georgia Tech 68Georgia Tech hasn't beaten Duke since 2010. Back GEORGIA TECH +6.5 (-120).
Nadal takes veiled swipe at Djokovic over Australian Open quarantine
Rafael Nadal has responded to criticism of his silence on the ongoing imbroglio over Australian Open quarantine conditions with a veiled swipe at Novak Djokovic. But it was Nadal who became the target of criticism from Argentinian player Guido Pella, who described his silence as “strange” last week. “Djokovic’s balcony is bigger than my room but at least he said something,” Pella said. “I’m surprised with Nadal and Thiem’s silence.”Nadal, the 20-times grand slam champion who is keeping his own quarantine in Adelaide, hit back at those criticisms in an interview with ESPN on Monday and appeared to reference Djokovic. “In the end we all try to get the most out of our possibilities and help each other.”
'It feels amazing': Tuchel takes Chelsea manager's job on 18-month contract
The former Paris Saint-Germain manager wants to be on the bench when Chelsea, who lie ninth in the Premier League, host Wolves. Tuchel, who was sacked by PSG last month, was soon installed as the 11th permanent manager of the Roman Abramovich era. “I would like to thank Chelsea FC for their confidence in me and my staff,” Tuchel said. Will Thomas Tuchel get more out of his fellow German? “It is never easy to change head coach in the middle of the season but we are very happy to secure one of Europe’s best coaches in Thomas Tuchel,” Granovskaia said.
Alan Igbon, actor who played roguish Loggo in Boys from the Blackstuff – obituary
Alan Igbon, who has died of pneumonia aged 68, made his biggest impact as a television actor when he played “Loggo” Logmond in Boys from the Blackstuff, Alan Bleasdale’s battle cry for the unemployed in Thatcher’s Britain. The landmark 1982 drama turned out to be more significant than Bleasdale envisaged when he started planning a series to follow The Black Stuff, about a gang of Liverpool tarmac layers finding work in Middlesbrough. That original 1980 Play for Today production, screened when fewer than a million were out of work, preceded Norman Tebbit’s “on your bike” advice (he actually said his father in the 1930s had “got on his bike and looked for work” instead of rioting). But it gave a taste of what was to come and marked out Igbon’s character as the easy-going, jokey one.
Chris Silverwood resigned to England's new reality of IPL dictating players' schedules
For the first time selection for the England Test team has been shaped by the IPL. By the end of this winter most will have spent around 14 weeks in two IPL bubbles. But the cricketing value of IPL cricket cannot really be made anymore, particularly for the senior players, but once the door to riches was opened it was impossible to close again. At home, the IPL is the reason why May Test matches have been shifted to the end of June. But now it is the England Test team that is having to compromise.
Eurostar bailout should trigger more rail support, say operators
Rail operators that have missed out on subsidies from UK taxpayers should be bailed out alongside Eurostar, according to a Brussels-based industry body. Allrail, whose members include the owner of the Channel Tunnel as well as bus company Stagecoach, said operators such as Hull Trains and Grand Central Rail should receive financial support if the Government steps in to rescue Eurostar. “Open-access operators” such as Hull Trains and Grand Central Rail were unable to benefit from the subsidies unlike counterparts that operate under long-term contracts. The two operators, which run long-distance services between London and the north of England, are wholly reliant on ticket sales. If the UK Government wants to give Covid-19 financial aid, then all other long distance open access passenger rail operators in the country such as Hull Trains, must also be supported.”
Nick Kyrgios: Novak Djokovic is tennis’s LeBron James but sometimes he needs setting straight
Nick Kyrgios has likened Novak Djokovic to NBA player LeBron James in his influence both on and off the court but says he had a duty to call out the world No. The maverick Australian called the Serbian's ill-fated Adria Tour in June "boneheaded" and described Djokovic as a "tool" last week when the world No. He's technically our LeBron James in the way he has to be setting an example for all tennis players," Kyrgios said of the 17-time Grand Slam champion in an interview with CNN. Everyone loses their way a little bit but I think he just needs to pull it back." Kyrgios was not alone among his compatriots in objecting to what were portrayed as Djokovic's "demands" in his letter to Australian Open organisers.
UFC fights to make after Conor McGregor’s knockout loss to Dustin Poirier
Dustin Poirier vs Charles Oliveira – for the vacant lightweight titleSince his seismic victory on Saturday, Poirier has declared himself the “uncrowned” king of the lightweight division. The one thing the former interim champion is yet to do? ‘Do Bronx’ is the definition of dangerous, and a match-up with Poirier is surely worthy of being a title fight. Chandler (22-5) should take on Gaethje (22-3) next in a battle of former collegiate wrestlers with genuine knockout power. Whoever were to win from this hypothetical pairing would have a very strong case for a crack at the undisputed UFC title.
Thomas Tuchel appointed Chelsea head coach after Frank Lampard sacked
Thomas Tuchel has been appointed head coach of Chelsea on an 18-month contract with the option of an extension. The German’s arrival at Stamford Bridge follows the sacking of Frank Lampard on Monday. The 47-year-old also led PSG to last season’s Champions League final, which his side lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. Prior to his spell with PSG, Tuchel coached Borussia Dortmund between 2015 and 2017 and fellow Bundesliga clubs Mainz (2009-2014) and Augsburg (2007-2008). Chelsea announced that Tuchel would take his first training session on Tuesday evening and that the German will be in the dugout for Wednesday’s Premier League fixture against Wolves.
Jennifer King: Washington Football Team hire first full-time black female coach in NFL history
The Washington Football Team promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach on Tuesday, making her the NFL's first full-time black female coach. King, who was an intern under Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan during the 2020 season, is the second female assistant coach in the NFL after Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. "She demonstrated all of the qualities that are needed to work full-time on my staff," Rivera said in a statement. Coach King is always eager to learn and has shown tremendous growth since starting here last season. King, a seven-times All-American quarterback and wide receiver for the Carolina Phoenix women's tackle football team from 2006-17, also has experience as a coach in women's basketball.
Villa sign Marseille midfielder Sanson
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Aston Villa signed French midfielder Morgan Sanson from Marseille in a deal worth a reported £15.5 million ($21.2 million) on Tuesday. Sanson, 26, agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Premier League club, subject to international clearance. "He will add real competition for starting places and gives us more squad depth which is vital to competing successfully in the Premier League." Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas left Sanson out of the squad to face Monaco on Saturday due to an expectation that the transfer would be completed. Sanson joined Marseille from Montpellier in 2017 and scored 25 goals in 157 appearances for the club, featuring in the 2018 Europa League final against Atletico Madrid.
Koeman recalls Messi to cup squad and says players can ignore Barca money woes
Koeman has recalled Lionel Messi to the squad for Wednesday's round-of-16 trip to second-division Rayo after a two-match ban for a red card in the Spanish Super Cup final loss. Koeman told a press conference that the Argentine was "looking forward to it" but refused to say if Messi would start. "He's in good spirits, fresh, not bothered, to win things we need a fit Messi." "I've seen them focused on our work and I haven't seen them worried about this issue," said Koeman. "We have to work hard, put in the intensity and hopefully we can win without any problems," said Koeman.
Capitol riot: Police chief apologises for pro-Trump riot
"I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the department," added Chief Pittman, who was not yet in charge of the department on the day of the attack.
MF Daily for Tuesday January 26, 2021
The Washington Football Team's Taylor Heinicke dives for a touchdown during a game in Landover, Maryland. Welcome to MF Daily(Formerly know as Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open Thread — MFWOT)All are welcome to hang out and share what is happening in your life today.
Morning Open Thread: Hammerin' it Home
- Henry Louis AaronMorning Open Thread is a daily, copyrighted post from a host of editors and guest writers. We support our community, invite and share ideas, and encourage thoughtful, respectful dialogue in an open forum. I’ve come to think of this post as one where you come for the music and stay for the conversation—so feel free to drop a note. ~Mornin’ y’all —First off, Aviator Doc posted a lengthy diary this morning that deserves to be read before mine. I think we’ve all been through plenty to deserve it….
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Standing beside John Lewis is civil rights attorney Fred Gray, Lewis's mentor, friend and attorney. John Lewis, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr, are civil rights icons, while Fred Gray has remained relatively obscure. There is little doubt that readers of this forum know about key figures and moments in the modern civil rights moment. The list of civil rights cases that Fred Gray brought and won can be found in most constitutional law textbooks. Fred Gray passed his 90th birthday in December, and is now among the last of the legendary heroes of the modern civil rights movement.
President Biden working to increase daily vaccinations as vaccines update to handle variants
Before taking office, Biden set a goal of 100 million doses of vaccine in 100 days. The 1 million injections rate was reached in four of the last eight days, so clearly that can be met. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine entered phase 3 over a month ago and is expected to provide interim data within the next week. Johnson & Johnson alone has promised 100 million doses for the U.S. this year. However, the truth is that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines produce a large enough antibody response in people that they should still overwhelm these new variants.
Rep. Deb Haaland’s nomination to Interior is historic — and profoundly personal for Native Americans
The historic nature of Rep. Deb Haaland’s nomination to lead the Interior Department is big: she could be the first Native American cabinet secretary. Lopez Whiteskunk, a former tribal council member, said federal officials don’t always take the nation-to-nation relationship seriously. And the Interior Department is involved with many aspects of the lives of Native Americans. An immediate crisis in Indian country is the large number of indigenous women and girls who are murdered or go missing. Haaland sponsored the Not Invisible Act, which after years of activism by indigenous women was signed into law in October 2020.
To All The Frustrated Step-Fathers In America
As a divorced single male with no children, I stepped into my current wife's family with two boys ages 8 and 11. You've got to contend with their biological father, good or bad, along with his emotional makeup in the mix. You've got to contend with emotions of your new girlfriend as to her relationship with her ex-husband"the father of her children. When the biological father of my two stepsons met a new girlfriend, my stepsons wanted me to date her and him to get back with their mother. Thus, they contended with a calm biological father as opposed to a mountain climbing, backpacking and wilderness man.
Sporting KC hires Feilhaber as part of technical staff
APKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City has hired longtime midfielder and former U.S. national team standout Benny Feilhaber as part of the Major League Soccer club's technical staff for the upcoming season. Feilhaber retired last March after 15 seasons spent in MLS, the Bundesliga in Germany, the Danish Superliga and the English Premier League. He was part of Sporting KC clubs that won the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2015 and '17 U.S. Open Cups and part of the national team that won the 2007 Gold Cup and participated in the 2010 World Cup. The 36-year-old Feilhaber scored 56 goals in more than 400 professional matches. That includes stints with Hamburg in Germany, Derby County in England, Aarhus in Demark and MLS clubs New England Revolution, Los Angeles FC and the Colorado Rapids.
Harthorne Wingo, 73, fan favorite on Knicks title team, dies
APNEW YORK (AP) — Harthorne Wingo, a fan favorite and reserve on the New York Knicks’ 1973 NBA championship team, has died. He died Jan. 20 in a New York City hospital, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Associated Press. The 6-foot-6 forward spent four seasons with the Knicks from 1972-76, averaging 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Apart from Frazier, Wingo played on a championship team with the likes of Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Jerry Lucas, Dick Barnett and Phil Jackson. The Beastie Boys referenced Wingo's name in a rap lyric to the song “Lay It On Me” more than a decade after Wingo's Knicks career had ended.
Brad Hand gets $10.5M from Nationals, $6.5M of it deferred
APWASHINGTON (AP) — Left-handed reliever Brad Hand finalized a $10.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, giving the team more strength and flexibility in the back end of its bullpen. The deal includes $6.5 million in salary that will be deferred without interest. The deferred money will come in payments due $1.5 million next Jan. 15, $3.5 million on Jan. 15, 2023, and $1.5 million on Jan. 15, 2024. Hand is a three-time All-Star, earning that honor in 2017, 2018 and 2019 after becoming a full-time reliever. ___AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York and AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno in Washington contributed to this report.
Mike Krzyzewski apologizes to reporter for exchange after Duke loss
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski apologized to a student reporter for talking down to him in a postgame news conference following the Blue Devils' loss to Louisville on Saturday. Duke Chronicle reporter Jake Piazza said Krzyzewski called him to apologize after their tense exchange that later went viral. In the Zoom news conference Saturday, Piazza initially asked Coach K what his team's "next step forward" was and Krzyzewski went on to lecture the student reporter by asking him his major in school and comparing Duke's loss to an economics test before asking the reporter to have "empathy." "Our call was short, but the sincerity in his apology was genuine," Piazza wrote. Piazza added, "I thought my question was good in the moment and I still do now."
Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette scores 70 for Shanghai Sharks
Jimmer Fredette, who made a name for himself by breaking Danny Ainge’s BYU all-time scoring record, got back to what he knows best on Monday – scoring points. Fredette scored a season-high 70 points for the Shanghai Sharks of China’s CBA. He finished the Sharks' 136-129 overtime loss to the Sichuan Blue Whales shooting 50% from the field (18-for-36) and 3-pointers (11-for-22) . This is the third time Fredette has eclipsed the 70 point mark for the Sharks – the first since returning from a two-year stint playing for Panathinaikos in Greece. Fredette is averaging 26.3 points shooting 45% from the field and 38% from three through 32 games this season.
DK Metcalf on Seahawks’ struggling offense: ‘Teams just stared to figure us out’
DK Metcalf may have an explanation for why the Seahawks went stunningly quiet on offense during the second half of the season. Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, go deep. But in the second half of the season, the team’s offense hit a wall. They scored just 23.1 points per game over the final eight, and Wilson threw just 12 more TDs. If Metcalf is correct, however, a new offensive strategy might be what the Seahawks need to get back to their explosive ways.
Ex-Giant Chad Wheeler accused of strangling woman unconscious
Seahawks backup offensive tackle Chad Wheeler was arrested early Saturday after allegedly assaulting a woman at an apartment in the Seattle suburb of Kent, according to a police report obtained by The Seattle Times. Wheeler, who played for the Giants from 2017 to 2019, was still detained in King County Jail as of Monday night, per online court records. According to the report, the incident began when Wheeler asked the woman to bow to him. Undrafted out of USC in 2017, Wheeler signed a three-year deal with the Giants. Wheeler was then signed to the Seahawks’ practice squad in October 2019.
Travis Kelce’s girlfriend Kayla Nicole goes beyond dropping marriage hints
When one follower asked if she’s ready for motherhood, Kayla replied that she’s set to take on a different title: Wife. Kayla Nicole says she’s “ready to be a wife” in a new Instagram story. COUGH COUGH COUGH COUGH.”Kayla, an on-air host and model, had dated Kelce for years before calling it quits over the summer. Kelce, 31, got his first Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs last February with a win over the San Francisco 49ers. Kansas City will face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 2021 on Sunday, Feb. 7.
US Olympic swim trials split into 2 meets because of COVID
The U.S. Olympic swimming trials will be split into two meets, a striking change designed to provide safer conditions on the pool deck in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. USA Swimming announced Tuesday that a Wave I meet of lower-ranked swimmers qualifying for the trials will be held on June 4-7. As of last week, 1,305 athletes had qualified for the Olympic trials since the window opened Nov. 28, 2018. USA Swimming reviewed the last five Olympic trials going back to 2000 to determine the the lowest-seeded swimmers to qualify for an event final. Erin Phenix was the lowest-seeded swimmer to earn a spot on the Olympic team.
Beyoncé drops new 'Icy Park' collection for Ivy Park
(CNN) Beyoncé has released a new Ivy Park collection called Icy Park, filled with streetwear, footwear and winter pieces for her fans. Ivy Park, a collaboration with Adidas, released the ad campaign for Icy Park on Monday, featuring Hailey Baldwin Bieber and Gucci Mane wearing select pieces from the line. Besides winter wear and ski looks, the latest line also features new versions of the Ivy Park Ultra Boost, Forum Lo, Forum Mid and Super Sleek sneakers, according to WWD . The Ivy Park campaign features Hailey Baldwin Bieber. She's seen sitting on a ski lift in a white bodysuit, white leggings, sneakers, long white gloves and a white fuzzy ski hat.
Kobe Bryant, Daughter Gigi to Be Honored by Former Childhood Hometown in Italy
Damian Dovarganes/Associated PressThe Italian city of Reggio Emilia, where Kobe Bryant spent much of his youth while his father played overseas basketball, is set to debut a plaza in honor of the late Lakers great and his daughter Gianna. "On this sad day we want to remember that happy child who left wonderful memories in so many people of Reggio Emilia." Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among nine people who died in a helicopter crash Jan. 26 of last year. The "Largo Kobe and Gianna Bryant" will make its debut in honor of the one-year anniversary of their death. The city also has plans for a nighttime celebration, "Reggiano Forever—Reggio Emilia remembers Kobe Bryant," that will see parts of the city lit up in purple and gold.
Packers' Mark Murphy Says Aaron Rodgers Will Return in 2021: 'We're Not Idiots'
Morry Gash/Associated PressGreen Bay Packers CEO Mark Murphy has shut down speculation that the team will trade Aaron Rodgers this offseason. He's our leader," Murphy told The 5th Quarter on WNFL (h/t WNFL's Mark Daniels). The Packers prepared for a future beyond Rodgers by drafting Jordan Love in the first round last year. With slight improvements in 2021, this team could be a top contender for the Super Bowl. Murphy seemingly wants to give Rodgers another chance at a title by keeping him around.
LaTroy Hawkins, Wife Anita Help Hannah Viverette After TikTok Home Invasion
Patrick Semansky/Associated PressFormer MLB pitcher LaTroy Hawkins and his wife, Anita Hawkins, helped a woman move into a new apartment recently after she went viral on TikTok for catching a home invasion on camera. According to TMZ Sports, LaTroy and Anita moved single mother Hannah Viverette into a new apartment complex that features around-the-clock security and paid her rent for six months. TMZ reported last month that Viverette was recording dances for TikTok when a man walked into her Hagerstown, Maryland, apartment. The 48-year-old LaTroy Hawkins is making the best of retirement by helping those in need following a 21-year MLB career, primarily as a reliever. In 1,042 career regular-season appearances, Hawkins went 75-94 with a 4.31 ERA, 983 strikeouts and 127 saves.
Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron to retire next month
"Under Marty's eight years of newsroom leadership, The Washington Post has experienced a dramatic resurgence and has soared to new journalistic heights," he continued. Bezos thanked Baron for his leadership at the Post on Instagram, posting a picture of the two in conversation. "Thank you, Marty Baron, for all you have done during your eight years as Editor of The Post," he wrote in the caption. "From the moment I arrived at The Post," Baron wrote, "I have sought to make an enduring contribution while giving back to a profession that has meant so much to me and that serves to safeguard democracy. It has been my honor to work alongside hundreds of journalists who make The Post an indispensable institution."
Jennifer King Becomes NFL's 1st Black Female Assistant Position Coach
Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” Jordan said. “It should be open to everybody in terms of opportunities to play, opportunities to coach or opportunities to lead the organization.
Charting market rotation, S&P 500 presses record territory
Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has challenged its range top early Tuesday, rising to press record territory from a shaky, but successful, test of its breakout point. As illustrated, the S&P has weathered Monday’s brief whipsaw under the breakout point (3,826) a move that swiftly filled last week’s gap. Technically, the index has extended its recent gap to record territory, notching four straight record closes. Tactically, the top of the gap (13,329) is followed by the firmer breakout point (13,220). Placing a finer point on the S&P 500, the index has sustained last week’s break to record territory.
Kobe Bryant made over $300 million playing basketball — here’s how he invested his money
Bryant put $6 million into sports drink company Body Armor in exchange for a 10% equity stake in the company, according to ESPN. Another successful investment for Bryant was the $100 million venture-capital firm he started with Jeff Stibel in 2013. Stibel had been an executive at LegalZoom, Web.com, Inc. and Dun & Bradstreet DNB, -0.37% before he and Bryant put their own money into the new VC firm Bryant Stibel. According to CNN business, the Bryant Stibel firm now has more than $2 billion in assets. Bryant Stibel did not respond for comment on this story.
Ghislaine Maxwell seeks dismissal of charges on multiple grounds
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell - GettyManhattan federal prosecutors maintained they could proceed against Epstein or those who worked for him regardless. Federal prosecutors declined through a spokesperson to comment. In the event Maxwell's lawyers can't force a dismissal of the charges against her, they also made requests that would reduce the number of charges she faces. The lawyers also asked that Maxwell be tried separately on charges that she committed perjury when she testified in a civil case brought by one of Epstein's accusers. They said prosecutors were using those charges improperly as a way to introduce evidence from after the 1990s.
Patriots select QB in first round of Mel Kiper Jr.'s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft
Patriots select QB in Round 1 of Mel Kiper Jr.'s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports BostonThe New England Patriots haven't drafted a quarterback in the first round since Drew Bledsoe went No. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has released his first 2021 NFL Mock Draft, and at No. 15 in the first round he has the Patriots selecting Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. But with Cam Newton unlikely to return to New England, Jones could become a signal-caller to groom for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. However, New England should have 10 picks in the 2021 draft, including projected compensatory selections, so it does have the ammo to move up if needed.
Mock draft watch: Mel Kiper projects Justin Fields to the Lions
Perhaps the most notable NFL draft analyst out there, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is back with his first solo mock draft projections for the 2021 NFL draft. And with the Detroit Lions quickly shifting the primary need on the team from wide receiver to quarterback, Kiper’s first-round forecast for the Lions makes a nice fit. Kiper has the Lions taking Ohio State QB Justin Fields with their first pick. Kiper’s justification for projecting Fields makes sense,it appears that new general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell will go all-in on a rebuild, and so Fields could be the face of it. 7:Trevor Lawrence, QB, ClemsonDeVonta Smith, WR, AlabamaJa’Marr Chase, WR, LSUZach Wilson, QB, BYUPenei Sewell, OT, OregonJaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Detroit Lions take Ohio State QB Justin Fields in Mel Kiper Jr.'s first NFL mock draft
Not only has snow blanketed southeast Michigan this Tuesday morning, but Mel Kiper Jr., the grand poobah of draftniks, released his first 2021 mock draft. The Detroit Lions have the seventh overall pick. : Lions have options for starting QB in 2021: These are the 11 bestKiper sees that need and has the Lions addressing it, giving them Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields at No. Fields is the third QB to go in Kiper's mock draft: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence goes No. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions take Ohio State QB Justin Fields in Mel Kiper mock draft
Kobe Bryant's death culminated an emotional and symbolic week across the NBA
Yahoo SportsThere was no way to know an emotional and symbolic week would culminate in Kobe Bryant’s death, the biggest basketball tragedy of the year, but nothing has been the same from that third full week in January 2020. Strangers began gazing to one another, searching for an unspoken confirmation that their texts or online stories weren’t nasty rumors, that the story was true: Kobe Bryant was gone. It didn’t feel real, the week was already exhausting enough, and besides, Kobe Bryant smirks in the face of death and takes a fadeaway. Much respect my brother ?? #33644 — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020"The story is just too much," he said. Things happened organically, and it’s not supposed to make sense but it just happens.”The week felt exhausting, and over.
The Kobe Timeline: Remembering the fallen Lakers legend, from tragedy to triumph
Jan. 26, 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers in a helicopter crash. 12:35 p.m.: News breaks that Gianna Bryant was among the eight other passengers on board. Following his goal, Neymar pays tribute to Kobe Bryant 2??4?? pic.twitter.com/uT1qCTg6Nq — beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) January 26, 20201:56 p.m.: Former President Barack Obama tweets his condolences. This loss of Kobe, Gianna, and everyone on board is beyond tragic and incomprehensible. “His impact on the game, players, coaches, everybody individually is going to be missed.
Packers president Mark Murphy: 'We're not idiots. Aaron Rodgers will be back'
Green Bay Packers fans can stop editing their emotional YouTube goodbye videos to Aaron Rodgers now. Following Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rodgers offered up some cryptic statements about his future, leading some to speculate Rodgers could retire or force his way off the Packers. While appearing on a Packers radio show, Murphy said Rodgers “will be back.”Mark Murphy on 42nd season finale of the 5th Quarter:"We're not idiots. Aaron Rodgers says his future is uncertainRodgers drew plenty of speculation with his comments following Sunday’s loss. Favre added there was no reason for Rodgers to retire, especially after Rodgers posted fantastic numbers in 2020.
Social media tributes to Kobe Bryant on the one-year anniversary of his death
One year ago today, the world stopped as news circulated of a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles that killed Lakers great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others. But even amid so much change, people are taking time to remember the lives lost on a hillside in Calabasas. pic.twitter.com/VHxejyn17G — NFL Films (@NFLFilms) January 26, 2021I can’t believe it’s been one year since we experienced the tragic loss of my brother, my friend, Kobe Bryant. Kobe was so much more than just a basketball player and he was destined for even more greatness. I send my prayers and thoughts to the family and loved ones of Kobe Bryant.
A Look at Tom Brady's Net Worth
Tom Brady, a popular quarterback, is one of the highest-paid players in NFL history. His net worth is reportedly $200 million. His wealth has been built by his NFL salary paired with various brand endorsements. The 43-year-old player signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a whopping $50 million for a 2-year contract on March 20, 2020. He currently boasts 1.4 million Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report followers, 8.2 million Instagram followers and 4.6 million Facebook (FB) - Get Report followers.
Moorpark baseball players respond to COVID-19 shutdown with 4.0 GPAs
“Control what you can control” is the advice many high school coaches have told their athletes during the 10-month prep sports shutdown in California, and Moorpark High baseball players appear to have followed the leadership of coach Scott Fullerton based on their outstanding academic record from the fall semester. Thirteen varsity baseball players achieved grade-point averages of 4.0 or higher. Forty-one players in the entire program had GPAs of 3.5 or higher. Musketeer Baseball final first semester GPA update:Varsity had 13 4.0+JV had 7 4.0+Frosh had 5 4.0+25 4.0+ program wide41 players 3.5+Great job boys!#A41 @latsondheimer — Musketeer Baseball (@MHSBaseballA41) January 13, 2021“I assure you, with the AP classes, they’re not watering down anything,” Fullerton said. They control their response.”Moorpark players had been working out together before winter break, and Fullerton remains hopeful the baseball season will take place this spring.
Suspect in Bay Area freeway shooting gets federal prison in gun case
The four-year, nine-month sentence was exactly what prosecutors requested, describing Labrador as a danger to the public with numerous gun offenses. The victim reported to police that a car — which authorities later determined was registered to Labrador — pulled up and the driver fired multiple times. Then, after moving onto I-80 and going through a Bay Bridge toll booth, the victim was fired at approximately five times, with gunfire striking the car. The victim reported hearing 11-12 shots in total, and an off-duty San Francisco cop witnessed the final shooting. When police searched Labrador’s home days later, they found the same caliber ammunition used in the shooting, Green wrote.
ASU soccer gets two shots this year at first NCAA berth since 2014
Graham Winkworth is working on parallel tracks to make the most of Arizona State soccer's spring (2020 postponed) and fall seasons. And hopefully giving them the reward of playing some soccer games again soon and winning some of those. The ASU midfield will have a familiar look with Delgado and Eva van Deursen leading a group of capable returners. She's sped up a couple of yards on her times on her fitness so she's been working away from here. ASU is scheduled to play 16 matches, including two against Grand Canyon (Feb. 11/14) and a pair vs. Arizona (March 19 non-conference).
USA Swimming splits Olympic Trials into two competitions
For health and safety reasons, the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials are being divided into two competitions. A Wave I meet will be held June 4-7 followed by Wave II on June 13-20, both in Omaha, Nebraska. With more than 1,300 athletes qualified for the trials, USA Swimming developed the revised format to cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, addressing concerns about overcrowding in athlete areas. "While selecting the Olympic team for Tokyo is a critical goal for the trials, it is important to note that the experience gained at trials by some of the lower-seeded athletes has historically provided a great experience for future Olympic Trials. Athletes qualified under the original trials time standards but not eligible for Wave II will be invited to Wave I.
Defensive-challenged Flyers face New Jersey Devils: 5 things to know
The Flyers are spending too much time in their own zone, struggling on the penalty kill, and allowing the third-most shots per game in the NHL. Down the other end, they have the lowest number of shots per game in the 31-team league.
Three reasons the Sixers lost at Detroit
We can see why there were questions because Howard didn’t do well with the first unit. He had five points in 24:09, but that isn’t a big deal because Howard isn’t there for his offense. He is there for rebounding and defense, and both were lacking.
And the Broncos select … Check out Denver’s pick in ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.’s first 2021 NFL mock draft
With the Senior Bowl coming up, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. on Tuesday unveiled his initial 2021 NFL mock draft. 9 overall pick, Kiper has Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons heading to the Broncos, citing that the team needs an upgrade at the position. “I see him more as an inside linebacker for a 3-4 defense, but his versatility would be a fit for any type of defense. Parsons, who opted out of the 2020 season, was a force at Penn State in 2019, with 109 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles. 1 overall pick.
Nazareth’s Keeler brothers poised to embark on Power 5 careers
January was very busy in the Keeler household, with brothers and former Nazareth stars Matt and Ryan getting in a few last workouts together before heading off to begin their Power Five football careers. Matt had a few FCS offers out of high school, but wasn’t willing to settle. “He was under-recruited in high school,” Racki said. He skipped rope, I think, 365 days (to improve).”Matt’s original intent was to go to a junior college out of high school in hopes of getting better offers. Neither can his brother, who never imagined his last high school game would be Nazareth’s loss to Mount Carmel in the 2019 Class 7A championship.
Marlins’ spring training tickets available beginning Monday, offered in phases
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium season ticket holders will be given first priority to purchasing tickets on Feb. 1, followed by Marlins season ticket holders on Feb. 8, past mini-plan and group ticket buyers on Feb. 15 and the general public on Feb. 18. Operating at 21% capacity, tickets will be offered on an individual game basis as available.
Rangers center Filip Chytil expected to miss 4-6 weeks because of upper body injury
Filip Chytil will be out 4-6 weeks with what the Rangers are calling an upper body injury, the team announced Tuesday via Twitter. Chytil, the Rangers’ third-line center, was off to a fast start, having scored two goals and an assist in the first five games of the season. He had been, by far, the Rangers’ best center, and was the driving force on the Rangers’ best line, with wingers Kaapo Kakko and Phillip DiGiuseppe. The injury to Chytil comes as the Rangers are 1-3-1 and in last place in the Eastern Division. Buchnevich, Chytil, Kakko, DiGiuseppe, rookie defenseman K’Andre Miller and second-year defenseman Adam Fox have been the team’s best players.
FIFA sets late-2021 target to pick 2026 World Cup cities
ZURICH - (AP) -- FIFA set a new target Tuesday of finalizing North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup -- if the coronavirus pandemic allows. The pre-pandemic schedule called for cities hosting the first 48-team World Cup -- likely 10 in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico -- to be picked early this year. The new deadline will depend on FIFA officials being able to take inspection trips to 17 cities in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico. The first World Cup with 48 teams will have 80 games instead of the current 64. The proposal was to play 60 games in the United States and 10 each in Canada and Mexico when the bid contest was won in 2018.
Oregon Ducks projected depth chart for 2021
EUGENE — With the 2020 season complete, it’s time for an early look at what Oregon will look like in 2021. The Ducks started winter workouts and conditioning on Monday with spring practice not far off. Position battles will be sorted out and where incoming personnel fits best will also be determined. Here is an early look at the projected Oregon depth chart for the 2021 preseason:For mobile users, tap the 3 dots on top right and select open in browser or tap the share icon and select “request desktop site” to view depth chart
Oregon Ducks offensive lineman George Moore returning in 2021
EUGENE — George Moore will return for a seventh season of college football. The Oregon offensive tackle, who started all seven games for the Ducks in 2020, is returning in 2021, the program announced Tuesday. Moore’s return means the Ducks will have their entire starting offensive line back next season. Moore’s career began at the College of San Mateo, where he spent 2015-16 before coming to Oregon in 2017. The Ducks have 18 scholarship offensive linemen with Moore returning.
UConn men, women to play in Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in Bahamas this November
The UConn women were set to play Oklahoma in Norman next season to finish out a four-game deal with the Sooners, but at this point they do not have a contract to play them next season. Theoretically, they could face Oklahoma at Battle 4 Atlantis.
Crosstown tip-off continues: Xavier fan leaves generous tip at Goose & Elder
The tip-off war continued this week when a Xavier fan left a generous tip at Goose & Elder in Over-the-Rhine. The rivalry between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University has left the basketball court and has found its way into Greater Cincinnati restaurants. It all started when a Xavier fan left a $1,000 tip at Zip's Cafe in Mount Lookout. Then came the Goose & Elder tip. We hope this trend keeps up and helps out more small local businesses and service staff," Goose & Elder manager Erin Cunningham wrote in an email.
Cincinnati Bengals 2021 NFL Draft board: Five options at pick No. 5 overall
Before opting out of the 2020 college football season, Slater received preseason All-American recognition and first team All-Big Ten honors. Florida junior tight end Kyle Pitts (Height: 6-foot-6, weight: 239)Pitts was by far the best tight end in college football last season. The junior tight end finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting, becoming the first tight end to finish in the top 10 in 43 years. The 6-foot-6 tight end was the recipient of the Mackey Award, which is awarded to the top tight end in college football. The Bengals were near the bottom of the NFL in overall tight end production.
Mel Kiper pegs OSU's Justin Fields as Matthew Stafford replacement in latest mock draft
The cat is out of the bag: The Detroit Lions are going to have a new quarterback next season. In his latest mock draft, published Tuesday, Kiper slotted Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields to the Lions with the team's top choice. In 22 games for the Buckeyes, Fields completed 68.4% of his passes for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In the mock draft, Fields was the third quarterback selected, behind Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, who is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and BYU's Zach Wilson, who Kiper has the Atlanta Falcons taking at No.
Mississippi State at Tennessee odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-7 overall, 4-4 SEC) tangle with the Tennessee Volunteers (10-3 , 4-3) in a Tuesday night matchup at 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Tennessee:Odds, spread andlinesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Mississippi State +400 (bet $100 to win $400) | Tennessee -550 (bet $550 to win $100): Mississippi State +400 (bet $100 to win $400) | Tennessee -550 (bet $550 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Mississippi State +9.5 (-110) | Tennessee -9.5 (-110): Mississippi State +9.5 (-110) | Tennessee -9.5 (-110) Over/Under : 127.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)Mississippi State at Tennessee: Three things to knowUT dropped to No. Mississippi State has a forced-turnover percentage of just 18.2% (254th NCAA-I). Mississippi State at Tennessee: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picksPredictionTennessee 66, Mississippi State 59Consider middling this game, taking Tennessee on the ML and Mississippi State with the points, if you can get a Vols -500 tag.
Washington Wizards at Houston Rockets odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Washington Wizards (3-9) travel to meet the Houston Rockets (6-9) at Toyota Center Tuesday for an 8 p.m. Wizards at Rockets: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Wizards at Rockets: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picksPredictionRockets 121, Wizards 113The ROCKETS (-160) are the play on their home floor, and PG John Wall should bring a little extra against his former team. Houston has won its last two games, and Washington will still be a bit shorthanded due to the COVID-19 protocols. The ROCKETS -3.5 (-110) are cheaper laying the bucket, and it's the better play.
NFL's 1st & Future to award $150,000 on television show
The NFL is bringing its awards for novel advancements in athletes’ safety and performance to television. Next Tuesday night during Super Bowl week, the league will air its sixth annual “1st & Future” competition. The show is set for 8 p.m. EST on NFL Network. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, which is collaborating with the league, will be on hand as $150,000 in prize money is handed out on the telecast. Innovators and data scientists have been awarded a total of $750,000 for their winning pitches in past years.
FIFA sets late-2021 target to pick 2026 World Cup cities
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA set a new target Tuesday of finalizing North American host cities for the 2026 World Cup — if the coronavirus pandemic allows. The 23 candidate cities likely need to be cut to 16. The pre-pandemic schedule called for cities hosting the first 48-team World Cup — likely 10 in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico — to be picked early this year. The new deadline will depend on FIFA officials being able to take inspection trips to 17 cities in the United States and three each in Canada and Mexico. “The visits will only take place if the health and safety situation in the host countries allows FIFA to do so,” the governing body said in a statement.
Brad Hand gets $10.5M from Nationals, $6.5M of it deferred
Brad Hand gets $10.5M from Nationals, $6.5M of it deferredWASHINGTON (AP) — Left-handed reliever Brad Hand finalized a $10.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, giving the team more strength and flexibility in the back end of its bullpen. The deal includes $6.5 million in salary that will be deferred without interest. The deferred money will come in payments due $1.5 million next Jan. 15, $3.5 million on Jan. 15, 2023, and $1.5 million on Jan. 15, 2024. The 30-year-old Hand led the majors with 16 saves during the pandemic-truncated 2020 season for the Cleveland Indians, compiling a 2.05 ERA, .169 opponents' batting average, 29 strikeouts and four walks in 22 innings over 23 appearances. He did not allow a home run last season.
Hoosiers name Georgia's Warren new defensive coordinator
(AP) — Georgia defensive backs coach Charlton Warren has been hired as the new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Indiana. Warren replaces Kane Wommack, who took the South Alabama head coaching job after two seasons in charge of Indiana's defense. “I look forward to him capturing the hearts and minds of our defensive players and coaches as he continues to build our defense," coach Tom Allen said Tuesday. The 44-year-old Warren spent the previous two seasons coaching Georgia's defensive backs. Prior to joining the Bulldogs staff, he spent 2018 at Florida's cornerbacks coach and 2017 as Tennessee's defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator.
PGA Tour goes to Torrey Pines without 7-time winner Woods
Notes: Tiger Woods, who typically starts his year at Torrey Pines when healthy, is not playing this year. ... Torrey Pines is hosting the U.S. Open in June for the second time. Woods won the PGA Tour event and the U.S. Open at Torrey in 2008. ... Rory McIlroy goes from Abu Dhabi to Torrey Pines. ... Sungjae Im, Lanto Griffin and Richy Werenski are playing for the fourth consecutive week on the PGA Tour.
Former Tennessee DB Lawrence commits to Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Former Tennessee defensive back Keshawn Lawrence has announced he will transfer to Oklahoma. Lawrence played in all 10 games as a reserve defensive back and special teams contributor as a true freshman last season. 1 player in Tennessee. He’s the second former Tennessee player to recently commit to playing for the Sooners. Offensive lineman Wanya Morris announced his commitment to the Sooners earlier in the month.
Unwanted virus milestone: UK's civilian dead now tops WWII's
No neighborhoods of collapsed rubble with bodies buried inside from Nazi Germany bombardment. But the United Kingdom has now suffered its worst civilian loss of life since World War II by a significant number. There are 100,000 dead — from a population of 67 million. In the U.S., the worst-hit nation by the virus, more than 420,000 have died from a population of 330 million. And it's 30,000 more than the crowd that gathered two decades later at the same famous venue for the Live Aid concert.
Washington Post's Marty Baron says he's retiring next month
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, who has led the newspaper on a resurgence in recent years, said Tuesday that he will retire at the end of February. One of the nation's top journalism executives, Baron took over the Post's newsroom in 2012 after editing the Boston Globe and Miami Herald before that. Liev Schreiber portrayed Baron in the 2015 movie “Spotlight” about the Globe's investigation of the Catholic Church and introduced the journalist to a wider audience. In a note to the Post's staff, Baron recounted a series of “epic” stories that he's been involved in during his 45-year career in journalism. “The experience has been deeply meaningful, enriched by colleagues who made me a better professional and a better person,” he wrote.
Sporting KC hires Feilhaber as part of technical staff
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City has hired longtime midfielder and former U.S. national team standout Benny Feilhaber as part of the Major League Soccer club's technical staff for the upcoming season. Feilhaber retired last March after 15 seasons spent in MLS, the Bundesliga in Germany, the Danish Superliga and the English Premier League. He was part of Sporting KC clubs that won the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2015 and '17 U.S. Open Cups and part of the national team that won the 2007 Gold Cup and participated in the 2010 World Cup. The 36-year-old Feilhaber scored 56 goals in more than 400 professional matches. That includes stints with Hamburg in Germany, Derby County in England, Aarhus in Demark and MLS clubs New England Revolution, Los Angeles FC and the Colorado Rapids.
Tramel: Oklahoma State basketball won't apologize for sloppy win at Iowa State
Iowa State was a short-handed basketball team Monday night. The Cyclones, because of pandemic protocols, were down to six scholarship players, plus two walkons. Iowa State, winless in conference play, was missing three full-time starters -- Jalen Coleman-Lands, Javan Johnson and Solomon Young. And Iowa State hadn’t played in 16 days. The Cowboys got down 13-2 and played sloppy all night, but OSU eventually wore down the Cyclones and won 81-60.
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. Rivera said King came to Washington eager for the opportunity and is deserving of the promotion. Coach King is always eager to learn and has shown tremendous growth since starting here last season.”King previously interned for Rivera with the Carolina Panthers and has also been an assistant at Dartmouth College and for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football.
How to watch Louisville men's basketball at Clemson: TV channel, tip time and more
23/25 Louisville basketball (10-3, 5-2 ACC) plays at Clemson (9-4, 3-4) Wednesday. Radio: WHAS (840 AM), with Paul Rogers on play-by-play and Bob Valvano as analyst (XM channel 389, Internet 979)Series history: Louisville leads 7-3 (3-0 in Louisville, 2-2 at Clemson, 2-1 neutral). Clemson won the teams' previous meeting 77-62 on Feb. 15, 2020 in Clemson, SC. Twitter follows: Follow The Courier Journal's Louisville basketball beat writer Shannon Russell (@slrussell) for updates. Reach Shannon Russell at slrussell@gannett.com and follow on Twitter @slrussell.
Newcastle United vs Leeds United, Premier League: live score and updates
When it comes to trying to stay in the Premier League you wonder why (if you ignore all the money that comes with it…) Newcastle bother. A never-ending siege of stress, pain and introspection from which it must be impossible to derive any enjoyment or happiness at all. Added to that they are without a win in eight league games, drawing twice and losing six. Newcastle fans want to see swashbuckling stuff, to be entertained, to see their beloved side be positive. And, if they are to lose, to lose with their heads held high.
Ollie Watkins put too much pressure on himself amid Aston Villa goal drought, says Dean Smith
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has said Ollie Watkins might have put too much pressure on himself to score goals for his new club since joining ahead of this season. Watkins became an out-and-out striker at Brentford and netted 25 goals in the Championship last term, which was his final campaign with the club before his transfer to Villa. Watkins ended his nine-game drought with the opener in Villa’s 2-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday but Smith insists nobody at the club was questioning his record – except the striker himself. Smith, though, was encouraged by Villa’s performance against the Magpies, insisting they have shown they are capable of winning games in different ways. They’ve had an unbelievable result against Liverpool, so it’s going to be a real tough game again,” Smith added.
Newcastle vs Leeds LIVE: Team news and latest build-up today
Steve Bruce’s side are in the depths of a miserable run of form, having now failed to win any of their last 10 matches in all competitions, and are facing the very real prospect of a relegation battle this season. The Magpies come into tonight’s fixture seven points clear of the bottom three but have shown few signs of any sudden improvement in recent weeks, with the mood at the club continuing to sour. The return of Allan Saint-Maximin will at least provide aid to their creative struggles going forwards, though, with Bruce in urgent need of points as his position comes under increasing scrutiny.
Chris Silverwood stands by England’s selection policy ahead of India series
The majority of the squad will make their way to India for a four-match series starting a week on Friday. They will join Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns who missed the Sri Lanka series and are currently going through the six-day quarantine period. For instance, Bairstow and Buttler will miss five Tests between them despite finishing the Sri Lanka series second and third in the run-scoring charts behind captain Joe Root and his 426 runs. Sri Lanka was his fourth Test series win as head coach, with just one loss, his first in New Zealand after he took on the role in October 2019. Victory in Sri Lanka, albeit against a relatively weak side, was another marker of progress.
Man United remain in talks with 'many clubs' over loans for Jesse Lingard and Brandon Williams
Manchester United are still in talks with a number of clubs over loan moves for Jesse Lingard and Brandon Williams, and could also allow Facundo Pellistri to go out on a short-term deal. Lingard, who is a target for West Ham, and Williams have been on the fringes of the first-team squad this season and struggled for game time. United are in talks with 'many clubs' over loans for Jesse Lingard (L) and Brandon Williams (R)‘They're still part of the club, part of the squad, and no deal has been struck for any players yet going out,’ said the United boss. ‘There have been many clubs interested in our players, so let's see what happens. ‘There have been talks and quite a few clubs interested in Facundo to go out on loan and maybe that’s something we’ll let him do.
Floyd Mayweather 'to take a rematch with Conor McGregor on a luxury boat in Saudi Arabia'
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor are ready to renew acquaintances in the ring with reports claiming they are exploring a rematch out on the ocean. The Sun report that Mayweather, who is currently in retirement with an undefeated record, is looking to work out a second megafight with UFC supremo McGregor on a luxury boat in Saudi Arabia. Floyd Mayweather (left) is reportedly exploring a rematch with Conor McGregor (right)The first fight in 2017 excelled on pay-per-view with 4.4 million sold in the United States and close to 875,000 in the UK. Despite losing the fight to Mayweather, who took his overall record to 50 wins and zero defeats, McGregor is reported to have earned £100m from the contest. The duo could host a rematch on a luxury boat in Saudi Arabia due to the Covid-19 pandemic'This is what they hate.
Chelsea fans abuse Antonio Rudiger following Frank Lampard's sacking
A section of the Chelsea fan-base appears to have turned on defender Antonio Rudiger, following reports that the out-of-favour defender actively 'caused issues' in the build up to the sacking of Frank Lampard. Following Lampard's sacking, reports emerged of Rudiger being a prominent source of disruption within the Chelsea ranks, 'causing issues' and allegedly 'clashing' with club captain Cesar Azpilicueta. Antonio Rudiger is now facing the backlash of Chelsea fans after Frank Lampard's sackingRudiger had fallen drastically down the pecking order under Lampard and was essentially the fourth choice centre-back, with many people expecting his departure from Stamford Bridge in the summer window. Another user simply wrote 'you are guilty,' before it was added: 'not good enough for Chelsea football club.' It's not the first time Chelsea supporters have turned on individual players following the sacking of a manager, as a similar set of events unfolded following Jose Mourinho's second departure from the club.
Soccer: Buffon reported for blasphemous phrase - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 26 - Italy and Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon has been reported to Italy's soccer tribunal for a blasphemous phrase he pronounced during a match against his old club Parma on December 19, the Italian soccer federation said Tuesday. Buffon, 42, said the incriminating phrase to teammate Manolo Portanova at the 80th minute of the game.
West Indies' Roach aims to regroup in Bangladesh Tests
Advertising Read moreChittagong (Bangladesh) (AFP)Experienced West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach said on Tuesday they were expecting to perform much better in the Test series against Bangladesh after a 3-0 mauling in the one-day international series. The West Indies were forced to field an inexperienced squad in the ODIs, handing nine players a debut while suffering a trio of lopsided defeats. Roach will link up with Shannon Gabriel in the Test team, the pair having collected 354 wickets together in the five-day format. "I am looking forward to a good Test series, and I am sure we can pull one out of the hat," he said. Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite will captain the West Indies in the Test series, which starts in Chittagong on February 3.
Southern Hills awarded PGA stripped from Trump course
Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma will stage the 2022 US PGA ChampionshipAdvertising Read moreNew York (AFP)Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma has been awarded the 2022 PGA Championship after the tournament was stripped from former US President Donald Trump's Bedminster course, the PGA of America said. "We're excited to return to SHCC for the fifth time," the PGA of America said in a statement released on Monday. The 2022 championship will take place at the Tulsa course from May 16-22. The PGA of America said staging the event at Trump's course would be "detrimental to the brand" of the organisation. Southern Hills last staged one of golf's majors in 2007, when Tiger Woods bagged his 13th major.
Heavy downpour in Alabama during tornado-warned storm in
Heavy downpour in Alabama during tornado-warned storm inA tornado watch remained in effect until 6 am on January 26 for several counties in Alabama as a tornado touched down near Fultondale around midnight. Thunderstorms with damaging winds up to 60 mph were forecast to hit the area. This footage shows rain falling and lightning in Jacksonville, Calhoun.
Kobe Bryant tributes: Sports world remembers legend on anniversary of his death
One year ago today, the world lost Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash. On the anniversary of Bryant's passing, sports figures are paying tribute to the Lakers legend and offering their condolences again to the Bryant family. Lakers legend Magic Johnson tweeted, "Kobe will always be my (Lakers) brother for life." Johnson added: "Thank you God for allowing me enjoy Kobe Bryant for 20 years as a great basketball player, athlete, husband, father, philanthropist, mentor & teacher of the game to many men & women of all ages, best friend to Rob Pelinka, & brother to @jeaniebuss." Women's tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted, "Kobe was a champion of basketball, but also of women’s sports.
Super Bowl bettors are big believers in Tom Brady
LAS VEGAS — Soon after the Super Bowl line was opened for business Sunday night, money started showing on the underdog Buccaneers. “I never would have believed the Buccaneers would be in the Super Bowl,” Murray said. For them to get to the Super Bowl is mind-boggling.”At least one bettor envisioned this scenario with remarkable foresight. Kansas City is attempting to become the first repeat Super Bowl winner since Brady led New England to back-to-back titles in 2004-05. “When you look back in 30 years, Brady-Mahomes might be the greatest quarterback matchup in Super Bowl history,” Murray said.
Kyrie Irving wears Kobe Bryant Lakers' jersey ahead Nets, Heat game
Kyrie Irving sat out the Brooklyn Nets-New York Knicks game on Jan. 26, 2020, after learning of NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s death earlier that day. On Monday -- a day before the anniversary of his death -- Irving paid tribute to Bryant by wearing his iconic Los Angeles Lakers jersey before a game. Irving wore Bryant’s No.8 Lakers jersey as he entered the Barclays Center for the Nets' second game against the Miami Heat. JR SMITH POST KOBE BRYANT TRIBUTE AS DEATH ANNIVERSARY NEARS: ‘TOOK THESE DAYS FOR GRANTED’"You know who I was rockin’ tonight," he said walking into the building. After learning that Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others tragically died in a helicopter crash, Irving sat out a game later that night.
Foot of snow blankets parts of Midwest, disrupts travel
Foot of snow blankets parts of Midwest, disrupts travelA major winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of Nebraska and Iowa, disrupting traffic and shuttering some schools while blanketing other parts of the middle of the country with snow that continued to fall Tuesday.
Washington’s King 1st Black female assistant position coach
McKissic (41) before the team's NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” Jordan said.
Kobe Bryant made over $300 million playing basketball — here’s how he invested his money
Bryant put $6 million into sports drink company Body Armor in exchange for a 10% equity stake in the company, according to ESPN. Another successful investment for Bryant was the $100 million venture-capital firm he started with Jeff Stibel in 2013. Stibel had been an executive at LegalZoom, Web.com, Inc. and Dun & Bradstreet DNB, -1.10% before he and Bryant put their own money into the new VC firm Bryant Stibel. According to CNN business, the Bryant Stibel firm now has more than $2 billion in assets. Bryant Stibel did not respond for comment on this story.
Kobe Bryant made over $300 million playing basketball — here’s how he invested his money
Bryant put $6 million into sports drink company Body Armor in exchange for a 10% equity stake in the company, according to ESPN. Another successful investment for Bryant was the $100 million venture-capital firm he started with Jeff Stibel in 2013. Stibel had been an executive at LegalZoom, Web.com, Inc. and Dun & Bradstreet DNB, -1.10% before he and Bryant put their own money into the new VC firm Bryant Stibel. According to CNN business, the Bryant Stibel firm now has more than $2 billion in assets. Bryant Stibel did not respond for comment on this story.
Canadiens setting the standard early in North Division
This truth had been particularly frustrating for fans of the Montreal Canadiens in recent seasons. Story continuesTo this point, literally every move the Canadiens made between the time they left the bubble and now has worked out beautifully. It’s not often that an NHL general manager can work almost unrestrained in an NHL offseason. Vancouver Canucks: Big week for the Canucks and Canucks Twitter with a three-game home-ice set versus Ottawa. Anything less than two wins could mean that Vancouver sinks to the bottom of the division (while giving up games in hand).
Fortune teller Tony Romo predicted a Chiefs-Bucs Super Bowl in November after the teams met in the regular season
After the Bucs' and Chiefs' Week 12 matchup, the former QB said "I think there's a better than good chance that these two are gonna be here in Tampa." AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth/Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsTony Romo had a hunch that the Buccaneers and Chiefs would face off in Super Bowl LV. The Cowboys QB-turned-commentator said "I think there's a better than good chance, I don't even know what that percentage is, that these two are gonna be here in Tampa." Getty Images; Getty Images"I think there's a better than good chance, I don't even know what that percentage is, that these two are gonna be here in Tampa," Romo said. Later in the evening, the Chiefs took down the Buffalo Bills 38-24 to win the Lamar Hunt Trophy and secure a trip to defend their 2020 Super Bowl title.
Remembering Kobe: Former Lakers teammates on his greatness
Four former Lakers teammates — Robert Horry, Rick Fox, Brian Shaw and Devean George — shared their thoughts about playing with Kobe Bryant. He’d get to practice early and he was always doing his stuff working out — stuff in the post, pull-up jumpers. But we’d play in practice and he’d get knocked out early and he would get to practice early to work on his threes. “And that’s the funny thing about it is he was always at practice early getting extra work in. Advertisement“I’ve pulled up video clips to show the guys Kobe early in his career where he basically, with the two numbers that he wore, were two different people.
Dodgers Dugout: Who is going to replace Kiké Hernández?
Fan favorite Kiké Hernández signed a two-year, $14-million deal with the Boston Red Sox last week, bringing an end to his six-season tenure with the Dodgers. Second base: 196Center field: 161Left field: 119Shortstop: 77Right field: 72Third base: 30First base: 15DH: 4Pitcher: 1Pinch-hitter: 175Pinch-runner: 7He did everything except catch. The Dodgers don’t envision him that way, so he left for the Red Sox, who told him he will start. His last minor league season was 2019, when he hit .300/.366/.516 spread over two teams. Your first Dodgers memorySince I still have a lot of these, “Your first Dodgers memory” returns this season.
Don’t try to equate the Patriots losing Tom Brady to the Red Sox selling Babe Ruth, and other thoughts
That was his fourth Super Bowl win in six appearances to that point. AdvertisementJoe Montana was 4-0 in Super Bowls, but anyone with common sense knows that getting to a Super Bowl and losing is a far greater achievement than getting knocked out earlier. The sixth Super Bowl win two years ago against the Rams was just the enhancement of a résumé that didn’t need it. After the Bucs’ win, Jeff Howe of The Athletic tweeted a list of the 27 quarterbacks Brady has defeated in the postseason during his career. The same now applies to Super Bowl visits.
Bruins look to keep offense rolling against Penguins
Ex-Bruins coach Mike Sullivan, the Penguins bench boss, mixed and matched his lines in Monday’s workout, but left his No. AdvertisementBruce Cassidy, 266-164-67 (.682) in his tenure as Bruins coach, is approaching his four-year anniversary as the Black-and-Gold bench boss. Another former BC backliner, ex-Panther Mike Matheson, saw action in only two of the Penguins’ first five games. Tuukka Rask is expected back in the Bruins net, with Jaro Halak slated for the Thursday rematch at the Garden. Rask, per Cassidy’s plan, will get the start Saturday in Washington, where the Bruins will get their first look at ex-captain Zdeno Chara in Capitals colors.
Sid Hartman tours new Vikings stadium
The Vikings invited 95-year old Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman on a special tour of the new stadium, one year before construction will be completed. The Vikings invited 95-year old Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman on a special tour of the new stadium, one year before construction will be completed.
Luka Doncic, other Dallas athletes remember Kobe Bryant on the anniversary of his death
Kobe Bryant wasn’t in the bubble with the Los Angeles Lakers last fall when they won the NBA championship. And if there was any doubt about what kind of legacy Bryant — a five-time NBA champion, still the No. I send my prayers and thoughts to the family and loved ones of Kobe Bryant. Today, we pay tribute to Kobe Bryant. Rick Carlisle recently was asked about his memory of that day and of coaching against Kobe Bryant.
The winningest high school basketball programs of the decade: No. 8 Young
Now, with every season of the past decade complete, it’s time to look at the Chicago area programs who won the most. YOUNG: 229-78Decade’s biggest storyline: The 2013-14 Young team will long be remembered –– locally, statewide and nationally. But there were two players from Young named to this prestigious team this past decade: Steward and Okafor. -Young won the 2018 Proviso West Holiday Tournament. -In one of the biggest regular-season wins of the past decade, Young traveled to California power Mater Dei last February and handed the Monarchs their first-ever loss in the Nike Extravaganza.
Loyola gets sixth consecutive victory
PEORIA — Marquise Kennedy came off the bench to score 18 points to carry Loyola to a 65-58 win over Bradley on Monday night. Keith Clemons had 15 points for the Ramblers (13-3, 8-1 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned its sixth straight win. Cameron Krutwig scored seven points but it was enough for him to reach 1,605 points, tied for ninth on the school’s career list. Elijah Childs added 12 points and seven rebounds. The Ramblers defeated Bradley 69-56 on Sunday.
Bulls lose to Celtics in familiar fashion, leaving another bad taste
“I thought we were careless in a lot of instances,’’ Donovan said of another night of spitting up the ball. “Give [Boston] credit in some instances in terms of rotating, but I think, again, it’s a trend with us. “We just got to change the mindset,’’ forward Lauri Markkanen said of the latest performance by his starting unit. I think it’s a mindset thing and we need to start doing that right now. Zach LaVine scored well, finishing with 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting, but his six turnovers were tough to overlook.
Commentary: One year later, Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong
And if there was any doubt about what kind of legacy Bryant — a five-time NBA champion, still the No. “Out of respect to my brother,” Butler said. And somehow, even for a story this painful, Tony Altobelli has managed to do that. “It’s nice to see his memory, and just his way of his life being celebrated by people far beyond our area,” Tony Altobelli said. Tony Altobelli and Mauser’s husband, Matt, have become friends in the last year; they didn’t know each other before Jan. 26, 2020.
Bears coach Henry Burris staying at Halas Hall
Henry Burris will be sticking around at Halas Hall. The Bears are keeping the CFL Hall of Famer an offensive quality control coach. Burris started last season on a Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship during training camp. “With Henry, he has a lot of good ideas,” coach Matt Nagy, whose own career started when an internship turned into a low-level job, said in September. He can bounce around and be in different rooms and give us an opinion as to where he’s at.
US Olympic swim trials split into 2 meets because of COVID
The U.S. Olympic swimming trials will be split into two meets, a striking change designed to provide safer conditions on the pool deck in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. USA Swimming announced Tuesday that a Wave I meet of lower-ranked swimmers qualifying for the trials will be held on June 4-7. As of last week, 1,305 athletes had qualified for the Olympic trials since the window opened Nov. 28, 2018. USA Swimming reviewed the last five Olympic trials going back to 2000 to determine the the lowest-seeded swimmers to qualify for an event final. Erin Phenix was the lowest-seeded swimmer to earn a spot on the Olympic team.
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay's assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “I am very pleased to have coach King back to assist me full time in the running backs room,” Jordan said. “It should be open to everybody in terms of opportunities to play, opportunities to coach or opportunities to lead the organization.
Mets offer Reds' NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer near-record average annual contract
Correction: A previous version of the headline and this story misstated the Mets offer to Trevor Bauer. The offer would approach Gerrit Cole's $36 million average value on his nine-year, $324 million contract signed a year ago. The New York Mets have formally offered free-agent starter Trevor Bauer a contract that would make him one of baseball’s highest-paid players on an annual average salary, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. The Mets made the aggressive offer in recent weeks, and have since stayed in close contact with Bauer. He issued a statement last week on his social media presence, which has sparked backlash on Twitter against several others, including a reporter from the New York Daily News.
Island Ice Ep. 66: Sprint of a season, Greg Picker, Andrew's Answers
66: Sprint of a season, Greg Picker, Andrew's Answers Andrew Gross discusses how the shortened season affects the Islanders, plus Jean-Gabriel Pageau's linemates, an interview with radio broadcaster Greg Picker and Andrew's Answers. October 20, 2020 Island Ice Ep. July 7, 2020 Island Ice Ep. Plus, the return of Ilya Sorokin's theme music and Andrew's Andrews. July 2, 2020 Island Ice Ep.
Cincinnati Bearcats women's basketball game at USF postponed due to COVID-19 issues
The University of Cincinnati men's/women's basketball doubleheader Saturday at South Florida has officially been postponed due to COVID-19. The American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that the women's basketball game between Cincinnati and USF has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 case and the ensuing contact tracing within the Bulls' women's program. The men's game has already been postponed due to contact tracing within the South Florida men's program. [ Download the Cincinnati.com Sports App ]The UC women's team was scheduled to play USF at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by the men's game at 6 p.m. The UC men's home game Wednesday against the Shockers has been postponed due to "contact tracing and the player availability of student-athletes at Cincinnati," the AAC announced Monday.
Scotty Pippen Jr leads Vandy with tips from dad, Stackhouse
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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. “Coach Stack tells me what the team needs, making sure everyone gets the ball,” Pippen Jr. said. “But my dad, he tells me little things like, 'Running up and down the court you don't look like you're in shape.'
Washington's King 1st Black female assistant position coach
Washington promoted Jennifer King to assistant running backs coach Tuesday, making her the first Black female assistant position coach in the NFL. She is the second woman in league history to be an assistant position coach after Tampa Bay’s assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust. King spent the 2020 season as a full-year coaching intern under Ron Rivera and worked with running backs coach Randy Jordan. Rivera said King came to Washington eager for the opportunity and is deserving of the promotion. "She got the chance to experience not only the in-season work that goes into being a full-time coach in this league but also the countless hours that are spent preparing in the offseason, as well.
Candidate in tainted Asian soccer election calls for re-run
GENEVA (AP) — The candidate for FIFA’s top decision-making body who lost after facing gender bias and improper influence said on Tuesday the Asian Football Confederation should re-run its tainted election. Mariyam Mohamed said the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s verdict Monday -- after she alleged misconduct by the AFC and Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah -- undermined the winning candidates at Asian soccer elections in 2019. The court found the allegations of discrimination against women and inducements offered to be proven in Mohamed’s appeals but let the election results stand. “The currently elected officials at the AFC and FIFA have no legitimacy and there should be new elections as soon as possible,” she said in a statement to the Associated Press.
Here are The Oklahoman's high school athletes of the week for Jan. 18-24
Last Tuesday, Porter scored 27 points and hit eight 3-pointers to knock off Class 2A top-ranked Dale 73-70. Porter hit 16 treys last week and shot 48.5% from distance. Tirzah Moore, Sr., Jones: The Oral Roberts signee was the leader of a dominant Class 3A No. 2 Jones team last week. Jones won all four games by at least 20 points, and the senior forward had a lot to do with it.
AP source: Indians bringing back 2B César Hernández for 2021
CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent second baseman César Hernández has agreed to return to the Cleveland Indians on a 1-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The team and Hernández have an agreement, which includes a club option for 2022, in place and it will become official once medical tests have been completed. Hernández had a solid season for the Indians in 2020 after he was signed as a free agent following seven years in Philadelphia. He batted .283 in 58 games, led the AL with 20 doubles and played excellent defense, committing just four errors. His return softens the impact of Cleveland losing All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, who was traded to the New York Mets earlier this month.
Messi back in Barcelona squad for Copa del Rey match
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi is back in the Barcelona squad that will face second-division club Rayo Vallecano in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Messi has not played in the Copa del Rey this season but coach Ronald Koeman is expected to use him in the round-of-16 game after missing two matches because of a suspension. Messi had been rested before that because of an unspecified minor fitness problem. “To win things we need Messi to be in good shape and playing at the level that he can play. He is the kind of player who wants to play in every match.
Coronavirus reopening in Boston: Gyms, theaters, museums can re-open Monday, Marty Walsh says
Gyms, movies and museums will be able open Monday as the City of Boston allows its coronavirus rollback to expire. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh made the announcement Tuesday during an appearance at City Hall. The city rolled back its phased reopening status in mid-December through the end of the year, and then extended that through Wednesday. Walsh said the city will bump that forward to the start of next week, and end it Monday. With the change, Boston will return to step 1 of Phase 3 reopening status, allowing gyms, theaters, museums to reopen with restrictions.
Bayern Munich braced to give starlet Jamal Musiala bumper new deal on 18th birthday
Bayern Munich are set to wait until Jamal Musiala’s 18th birthday next month before committing the England Under-21 midfielder to a long-term contract. At his current age, Musiala can only sign a maximum three-year deal under FIFA rules but the Bundesliga champions want the teenager to continue his progression at the Allianz Arena and would prefer longer terms. Musiala made his Bundesliga debut in June before being named in the matchday squads for Champions League knockout-stage games as Bayern were crowned European champions in Lisbon. “Nothing is written in stone,” said England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd during the last international break. He’s a good player, deserves to be stretched and that’s why he is with us.
Premier League says goals like Man City controversial 'offside' opener will not stand in the future
The Premier League have issued new offside guidance which would have ruled out Manchester City’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 “farcical” decision while Mings himself took to Twitter and branded the ruling a “nonsense”. He said that he had “never even heard of that rule”, adding, “just let players stand offside and then run back and tackle you?”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.
Is Crystal Palace vs West Ham on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Crystal Palace host West Ham in the Premier League this evening as the visiting side seek to enter the top four. West Ham come into tonight’s match seventh-placed in the division with 32 points, just two behind fourth-placed champions Liverpool. And David Moyes’ team will leapfrog Everton, Spurs and the Reds if they can achieve a fourth consecutive Premier League victory – and sixth across all competitions following their thrashing of League One outfit Doncaster in the FA Cup last time out. READ MORE: Premier League table and all games by date and timeHere’s everything you need to know about the Premier League clash. Arthur Masuaku is still injured for West Ham, meanwhile, and back-up goalkeeper Darren Randolph will face a late fitness check.
Jake Paul to fight UFC star Ben Askren in third professional boxing match
Jake Paul will fight UFC star Ben Askren in his next professional boxing match, it has been confirmed. The YouTube personality will don the gloves for his third pro bout on 17 April against his fellow American. Paul vowed to “knock him out faster than [Jorge] Masvidal did”, in confirming the matchup on his social media accounts. "I know Jake Paul is enjoying pretending he is a fighter," Askren told ESPN. "Jake has led a privileged life and doesn't really know what the meaning of being a fighter is.
Gareth Bale was always going to be ‘project’ at Tottenham, says Joe Hart
Joe Hart has hailed Gareth Bale’s off-the-pitch contributions at Tottenham, guaranteeing fans there is more to come from the winger on the turf. Bale’s return to fitness could be timely for Spurs as they face a packed fixture list, challenging on all four fronts. And as they aim to end their trophy drought, goalkeeper Hart says the forward’s experience in the dressing room will be important. “We always knew it was going to be a project with him and he fully understands that,” Hart said of Bale’s difficult first half of the season. There’s two teams winning a lot – Man City and Liverpool – and there’s seven or eight of us trying to win.
Nuggets' Jamal Murray ejected for 'intentionally' hitting Mavs' Tim Hardaway Jr. in the groin
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was ejected after what appeared to be an intentional shot to the groin area of Dallas' Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half of their game on Monday night. Murray got up and reached between Hardaway's legs with his right arm, prompting Hardaway to double over. The initial call was a foul on Murray, and it was upgraded to a flagrant-two foul on a video review. Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (right) was ejected after what appeared to be an intentional shot to the groin area of Dallas' Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half of their game on Monday nightJamal Murray ejected for a shot to the groin on Tim Hardaway Jr. pic.twitter.com/OcpY1WdTGE — The Charity Stripe (@_CharityStripe_) January 26, 2021Murray stumbled backward after the pair collided. the 23-year-old then got up and reached between Hardaway's legs with his right arm, prompting Hardaway (right) to double overJamal Murray was ejected after this play on Tim Hardaway Jr. pic.twitter.com/VtxEXAoQDN — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 26, 2021(Left) Murray's right hand is seen striking Hardaway Jr. between the legs.
Ghislaine Maxwell asks judge to dismiss charges against her
Ghislaine Maxwell has asked a judge to dismiss her case ahead of her trail on charges she recruited teenage girls in the 1990s for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Maxwell is awaiting trial on charges she recruited girls in the 1990s for Jeffrey Epstein (pictured with Maxwell) to sexually abuse. Manhattan federal prosecutors maintained they could proceed against Epstein or those who worked for him regardless. Federal prosecutors declined to comment and will file arguments in response in a few weeks ahead of a scheduled trial in July. In the event Maxwell's lawyers cannot force a dismissal of the charges against her, they also made requests that would reduce the number of charges she faces.
Soccer: Musacchio set to join Lazio from Milan - English
(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 26 - Argentine central defender Mateo Musacchio is set to join Lazio from AC Milan. Musacchio, 30, who has six Argentina caps, will take a medical Wednesday morning before the loan deal is finalised, the Roman club said Tuesday. He will be loaned until June with an option to extend it for another two seasons, Lazio said. Musacchio spent seven seasons with Villarreal before joining AC in 2017, where he has played a back-up role.
Silverwood 'stands by' England rotation policy
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Chris Silverwood on Tuesday defended England's rotation policy even though it could cause the coach some selection headaches during the upcoming tour of India. I stand by it," England head coach Silverwood told a conference call with reporters. Several observers have suggested the policy reflects England's over-riding obsession with the Ashes -- they travel Down Under in 2020/21. But amid accusations it is disrespectful to treat other Tests as 'warm-ups' for the Ashes, Silverwood insisted the constraints of playing cricket amid the coronavirus pandemic justified a rotation policy. "I'd just ask them (England fans) to understand why we do what we do," said Silverwood.
IOC wants 'safe and secure' Games, outlines vaccine stance
The IOC and Japanese organisers rescheduled the Games for July 23 to August 8 this year. IOC president Thomas Bach has said there would be "neither a vaccine obligation nor a priority to athletes" for the Games. "This is to contribute to the safe environment of the Games, but also out of respect for the Japanese people." It added that "the IOC is also continuing to consult with the World Health Organization, to make every effort towards staging safe and secure Games." "The IOC is guided by four principles: firstly, to organise Olympic Games in a safe environment for everyone.
Michael Jordan's fishing boat, Catch 23, claims sailfish tournament title in Florida
Catch 23, led by Capt. During the past two summers, Jordan fished aboard his boat in several marlin fishing tournaments in North Carolina and nearby mid-Atlantic states. In December 2019 and again in 2020, Jordan entered Catch 23 in the Stuart Sailfish Club's Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament, placing third in 2019. The tournament awards 200 points for each sailfish caught using live bait and 300 for each dead-bait catch. A fleet of 38 boats fished the event, tallying 63 sailfish caught in two days' fishing.
Conor McGregor suspended for six months after shocking KO
Conor McGregor has been medically suspended for six months after his UFC 257 defeat to Dustin Poirier. MMA.tv, which is the official record keepers for the Association of Boxing Commissions, have confirmed to MixedMartialArts the superstar has been medically suspended for six months. Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor during the UFC 257 event. I put in a lot of work, I’m proud of my work. “The discipline and effort he put in… when you’ve done that, when you’ve left no stone unturned, you’ve made every training session, you’ve made weight the right way, you’ve make the walk, competed as hard as you could.
Russian skier Alexander Bolshunov attacks rival at finish line
A Russian ski team was stripped of their bronze medal at the Cross-country World Cup after a nasty confrontation with a rival team. Alexander Bolshunov found himself unable to get past Finn Joni Maki in the closing stages of the 4 x 7.5 km relay as they battled for the silver medal behind Norway. As the duo approached the finish line Bolshunov cynically tried to hit Maki’s skis, but was unsuccessful. Once they crossed the line, Bolshunov then deliberately smashed into his rival at speed, sending them both crashing to the floor. Maki, Perttu Hyvarinen, Ristomatti Hakola and Iivo Niskanen all contributed to a history-making moment for Finland as they picked up the silver medal.
Nia Dennis, UCLA gymnast, goes viral after stunning performance
UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis has become a social media sensation once again, following her recent epic performance celebrating “Black Excellence.”Dennis, a 21-year-old senior, began her floor routine Saturday set to Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” and later included Tupac Shakur’s “California Love.” She earned a near-perfect score of 9.950. “This routine definitely reflects everything that I am today as a woman,” Dennis said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, “and of course I had to incorporate a lot of parts of my culture. Nia Dennis goes viral following an epic performance over the weekend. This isn’t the first time Dennis has gone viral. Last year, she stunned the internet with a routine set to a collection of Beyoncé songs.
Trey Songz appears to poke fun at cop brawl arrest at Chiefs game
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Singer Trey Songz has been released from jail following his arrest at the Kansas City Chiefs game. The 36-year-old musician posted a series of photos on a private jet flying “back home” following the Sunday night arrest and quipped, “Chiefs game was lit right? !”The “Slow Motion” singer was caught on-camera brawling with a cop as the Chiefs claimed their spot in the Super Bowl. Songz was arrested for trespassing, resisting arrest — both misdemeanors — and for assaulting a police officer, a low-grade felony, sources told TMZ. Trey Songz appeared to make light of his arrest after the Kansas City Chiefs game Getty ImagesA rep for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, who is handling the investigation, didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
A UConn basketball fan drank hot sauce on Twitter as a goof. The stunt caught on, and is helping needy kids go to games.
He didn’t think he’d actually have to do it, which was good because the hot sauce on his table was rated a scorching level 10. That’s when the Husky Ticket Project, a nonprofit that sends underprivileged children to Connecticut football and basketball games, raised the stakes. After graduating from Connecticut, they moved into a New York City apartment, where they watched Connecticut basketball games. Another time, he doused a banana with hot sauce and took a bite. When fans are permitted to return to Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Jackson hopes to slurp hot sauce at a game.
Brad Hand could bring stability to the Nationals' bullpen
ADThe Nationals’ addition of lefty Brad Hand over the weekend just might give them their best bullpen heading into the season since — well, let’s think about it. The Nats finished third in the NL in bullpen ERA and walks plus hits per inning pitched. ADThe addition of Hand on a one-year, $10.5 million deal doesn’t guarantee there won’t be moves this June or July. So the Nats tried Blake Treinen as the closer. Among those better in both categories: right-hander Will Harris, who now inhabits the same bullpen as Hand.
Predicting the future for Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers and other star NFL quarterbacks
Teams interested in him will have to offer — at the least — two first-round draft picks and a high-level player. Were this a normal year, his high salary might have put his value lower than a first-round pick. But with so many QB-needy teams expected to get in on the bidding, it probably will take a first-round pick to get him. They are a couple of spots behind Washington in the first-round draft order at No. ADADRoethlisberger’s salary cap number for next season is $41.25 million.
Consistency is key: 3 easy tips to move more in 2021
TODAY's Al Roker spoke to exercise physiologist Marco Borges to find out his tips for staying active throughout the year. Anything that gets you moving is great: Consistency is the key, so picking something that you'll frequently want and be able to do is important. "It's really all about moving," Borges said. "Just get moving," Borges said. "What you're doing right now is the easiest thing that anyone can do.
One killed after tornado strikes Birmingham, Alabama, suburb
One person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a tornado struck a northern suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, overnight, officials said early Tuesday. Jim Coker, the director of the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency, estimated 20 people were injured. Fultondale, a city of about 9,000, is in Jefferson County — the most "tornado-prone county" in Alabama, Coker said. — NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) January 26, 2021An official at the fire department in Tarrant, which is east of Fultondale, told NBC News there were many trees and power lines down. Jefferson County emergency management officials urged people to take shelter during the storm and asked people to submit damage reports.
SAfrica comeback reduces Pakistan to 33-4 in reply to 220
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — South Africa came back roaring after being skittled out for 220 on a bowler-dominated first day Tuesday of its first test in Pakistan in more than 13 years. Pakistan was reduced to 33-4 at stumps on a pitch devoid of grass as 14 wickets fell on an eventful opening day of the two-test series. 9 batsman Rabada was unbeaten on 21 as South Africa, 94-2 at lunch, lost its last eight wickets for 112 runs. “Definitely, I do think that South Africa had a better day, even though we had a low score,” Elgar said. Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar, who has officiated on-field in a record 391 internationals, was supervising his first test in Pakistan since his debut in 2000.
Patrick Mahomes' Best Play Was Cheering Downcast Teammate, Video Reveals
Just calm words of encouragement. Mahomes pulled Hardman’s jacket off his head and told the downtrodden receiver and return specialist: “Hey, we good! You’re gonna make a play this game!” The star repeated the words for emphasis. Mahomes threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, but his best play might have been helping Hardman. This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
Sports betting winners and losers: Buccaneers, not Chiefs, have been the better bet this season
That leads us to Super Bowl LV. It opened at Chiefs -3.5, moved to Chiefs -3 on Monday and was back at -3.5 on Tuesday morning at BetMGM. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however, were pretty good to bettors this season and were a good value despite a lot of offseason hype. Story continuesMaybe the teams’ ATS history matters, maybe not, but it’s something to consider before betting on Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs took in the most bets in the Super Bowl futures market, but at lower odds than the Buccaneers.
What went wrong in Kobe Bryant's fateful helicopter flight?
Yahoo Sports reviewed all of it — thousands of pages of documents, air traffic control recordings, videos and more — to analyze the fatal flight. “Climbing to four thousand,” Zobayan told air traffic control. But as he neared Burbank, an air traffic controller alerted him that IFR, instrument-only conditions lay ahead. An NTSB graph lines up air traffic control communication with the helicopter's final climb and descent. But the air traffic controllers, according to experts, almost surely aren’t solely responsible for the crash.
Thinking of Kobe: Five takeaways from the Lakers’ win over the Cavaliers
Three questions into his interview from Cleveland, Harrell pulled up his face mask, and on the front of it were pictures of beloved Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. “So, it hurts a lot, because it’s like you want to celebrate your birthday, but it’s just such a tragic loss like this that you don’t know really how to. I know more so about tomorrow is about Kobe.”Five takeaways from the Lakers’ 115-108 victory over the Cavaliers behind LeBron James’ stellar performance of 46 points. The Lakers stayed over in Cleveland after Monday night’s game and won’t play the 76ers until Wednesday night. AdvertisementFor the game, Kuzma had six offensive rounds, none bigger than those back-to-back boards.
R.I.-based Bally’s adds daily fantasy sports provider Monkey Knife Fight
In the first deal, announced Monday morning, Bally's continued its acquisition juggernaut by acquiring the daily fantasy sports company Monkey Knife Fight in an all-stock transaction that further widens the fast-growing company's drive to add casino, online sports betting and media companies. “With this acquisition, we are pleased to enter into the high-growth (daily fantasy sports) market," said George Papanier, the company's president and CEO. AdvertisementThe company plans to integrate Monkey Knife Fight's geographic presence in 37 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, with Sinclair’s portfolio of 21 regional sports networks. Monkey Knife fight has about 180,000 registered users, 80,000 of whom have made monetary deposits in order to play. “Daily fantasy players deserve a breath of fresh air, and we’re here to transform the industry.
49ers join effort to get high school sports competing again — safely
Bay Area high school sports have been out of competition since the pandemic began nearly a year ago. Starting this summer, the NFL team has organized Zoom meetings with local high school football coaches, including Serra High School football head coach Patrick Walsh, James Logan head coach Ricky Rodriguez and Valley Christian’s Mike Machado. Gavin Newsom and local health officials that high school and youth sports should be exempt from the tiers. Newsom’s officePrep sports on pause: Bay Area league adopts condensed, three-season model that’ll end May 28Science vs. high school football: When is it safe to start the season? “It’s difficult, but the more hands-on-deck is to help regardless.”The small network inspired local coaches to get organized on a bigger scale.
Cardinals fans' relationship status with former coach Bruce Arians: It's complicated
The reaction among Cardinals fans ranged anger to grace. Because of that success, there will always be mixed feelings about Arians among the Cardinals faithful. Because Arians had a year left on his Cardinals contract, the Bucs sent a 2019 sixth-round pick to Arizona and received a seventh-round pick from the Cardinals. That’s no consolation to Cardinals fans since Arians is in the Super Bowl and the Cardinals just completed their fifth consecutive season without a winning record. No wonder some Cardinals fans are conflicted.
Dolphins Q&A: Is the return of Davon Godchaux and Vince Biegel enough to improve Miami’s defense?
Davis is a bigger and stronger defensive linemen. He’s a presence who can help clog running lanes better. Godchaux, who has started 42 games in his four seasons, hasn’t excelled in that role with the Dolphins. He’s gotten better over the years. But he’s adequate taking on blockers and only contributed one quarterback hit in 172 snaps.
My worst moment: ‘NCIS’ star Sean Murray explains he’s not a jock. Even if several shows have cast him that way
“Basically these two stories point to the fact that I was not a major jock. They never asked if I could play tennis, they never asked if I could play basketball. In fact, the one role I did where they did ask if I could do something sports-wise involved skiing and I’m actually a pretty good skier, so I was able to do that. But I remember I was sent out to an audition to play a Swedish wrestler. I was a pretty lanky kid and I walked into the room and the casting director looked at me and I looked at her, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m not sure why I’m here either.
10 NFL teams that should consider acquiring Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota isn’t mentioned as one of the currently under-contract quarterbacks who could switch teams in 2021. There are plenty of teams looking to acquire a potential starting quarterback and Mariota will attract suitors. Mariota appeared in one game during the 2020 season. Here’s 10 teams that should consider acquiring Mariota if the Raiders decide to release or trade him. 15 pick in the 2021 NFL draft and there aren’t going to be any franchise-altering quarterbacks available when they are on the clock.
Mets offer Reds' NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer record-setting average annual contract
The New York Mets have formally offered free-agent starter Trevor Bauer a contract that would make him baseball’s highest-paid player based on an annual average salary, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. The Mets made the aggressive offer in recent weeks, and have since stayed in close contact with Bauer. Bauer has had several public clashes on Twitter, including an exchange two years ago with a female student at Texas State University, in which Bauer later apologized on Twitter. He issued a statement last week on his social media presence, which has sparked backlash on Twitter against several others, including a reporter from the New York Daily News. They already acquired All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and starter Carlos Carrasco two weeks ago in a trade with Cleveland.
Photos: Notable Deaths in 2021
Already, 2021 has seen the passing of several notable people in news, entertainment and sports. A look at those we've lost this year.
Get ready for your 2021 class reunion
Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, venues and businesses might be temporarily closed. Please confirm all reunion plans. AnadarkoAnadarko High School class of 1970: Looking for classmates for a 50th reunion scheduled for Aug. 6-7. For more information, contact Rick Davis at 405-229-9931 or rick@davis-scoreboards.com; or email Donna Hanson at camcarsgram@yahoo.com.
Mo Farah claims Olympic athletes have been told they will get Covid vaccines
Mo Farah believes the Olympic Games will go ahead this summer and says athletes have been told they will receive vaccinations against Covid-19. Farah, who has won gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at the last two Games in London and Rio, has previously said he is targeting success in the longer distance only in Tokyo. However, the Games are again under threat from the coronavirus pandemic, which were originally postponed by 12 months in March last year. The idea of vaccinating athletes has been floated by International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, and Farah told TalkSsport: “I think most people in a career want to go to an Olympics and take part in an Olympics. The key thing is to stay safe and see what the country can do.
Mark Hubbard's total faith in his madcap 'Snail shot' is a trait every golfer understands
This is obvious when you walk up and down the range at any professional tournament. “In my expert opinion you can deduce one thing about that golfer at the moment,” Pete Cowen, the great Yorkshire coach, told me. Justin Rose is one of the most solid, structured professionals out there, but here in Dubai, he recounted how he went also went all "inflated sausage”. “I know players who would stick their club up their trouser leg and do the Birdie Dance, if I said that was the secret of golf,” Cowen said. A survey released this week by GolfSupport.com asserted golf as the individual sport that participants stick to the longest.
British treasure hunter faces losing £32m silver hoard to South African Government
A British treasure hunter who salvaged £32 million worth of silver from a World War Two wreck faces losing the fortune to South Africa, after a judge allowed his own ruling to be appealed. But now he is embroiled in a row with the legal owner of the treasurer, the South African government (RSA). Mr Hyett says his company, Argentum Exploration, is not obliged to release the silver until South Africa has agreed to pay him a "salvage reward" under the 1995 Merchant Shipping Act. In December, Judge Sir Nigel Teare in the Admiralty Court in London found that RSA is obliged to pay up. But last week, he granted permission to appeal against his own ruling to RSA after admitting the case was breaking new legal ground.
Premier League referees change offside guidance after Bernardo Silva’s controversial Aston Villa goal
Premier League officials have added new guidance to the offside rule in order to disallow goals like Bernardo Silva's controversial opener for Manchester City against Aston Villa last week. But in a statement published on Tuesday afternoon, the Premier League confirmed that new guidance had been added around the offside rule in order to avoid similar incidents in the future. The Premier League confirmed that if Rodri had dispossessed Mings with this guidance in place, Bernardo's goal would have been disallowed. Villa benefited from a similar incident in their 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday, with Ollie Watkins scoring after receiving the ball from opponent Fabian Schar in an offside position. However, as Schar deliberately played the ball and Watkins did not impede him in that incident, the Premier League said that that goal would stand under the new guidance.
Crystal Palace vs West Ham live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Crystal Palace welcome West Ham to Selhurst Park in the Premier League tonight as the visitors look to go fourth in the table. Palace, meanwhile, are 13th in the table on 23 points at the exact midway point of their campaign, with one victory, one draw and one defeat in their last three outings in the Premier League. READ MORE: Premier League table and all games by date and timeHere’s everything you need to know about the Premier League clash. The match will air live on BT Sport, and subscribers can also stream it live on the BT Sport website and app. Arthur Masuaku is still injured for West Ham, meanwhile, and back-up goalkeeper Darren Randolph will face a late fitness check.
Benfica vs Arsenal Europa League tie could be moved to neutral venue
The first leg of Arsenal's Europa League round of 32 tie against Benfica could be moved from Portugal due to current Covid regulations. There is no travel corridor between Britain and Portugal and if that remains the case a new venue will have to be found. There is provision within Uefa protocols to rearrange the fixture - set for 18 February - to a stadium outside of Portugal. According to regulations introduced for the Europa League group stages onward, it would be up to Benfica to "propose a suitable alternative venue which may be in a neutral country." The second leg of the tie is scheduled for the Emirates Stadium on 25 February.
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Organisers of the protests called for the abolition of Australia Day as it marks the beginnings of colonial rule by Britain.