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Klay of hope: Thompson saves Warriors' season
Published: Sun, 27 May 2018 13:09:59 GMT
Killa Klay Thompson's electric performance helped the defending champs avoid elimination and set up a winner-take-all Game 7 showdown with the Rockets in the West finals.
 
Tiger Woods, Even With 'Chicken Legs', Wishes PGA Tour Would Allow Players To Wear Shorts
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 16:13:00 GMT
Tiger Woods has long been an influence of change on the PGA Tour. His success has raised prize money and television ratings, brought new sponsors to golf, and inspired a new generation of young, fearless, athletic players. Now, he’s hoping his influence could change the way the world’s top professional golf circuit views the legs of its players. Speaking during a Facebook Live segment for Bridgestone Golf , one of Woods’s main sponsors, the 14-time major tournament winner lobbied for the Tour to relax its dress code and permit players to wear shorts. “I would love it,” Woods said. “We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet.” There is precedent for Woods’s wish. Players on the European
 
Shaq and the rest of the NBA on TNT crew suggest Advil will solve Kevin Love's concussion issues
Published: Sun, 27 May 2018 01:25:00 GMT
Concussions and long-term brain damage remain some of the most serious issues in sports, but don’t tell that to the four talking heads of NBA on TNT. Kevin Love is out for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics and that is probably going to hurt the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 1-4 at Game 7 site TD Garden between the regular season and the playoffs. When the topic came up in the pregame show of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Shaquille O’Neal threw out what he would do in Love’s situation, possibly as a joke.
 
Why Stephen A. Smith Has ‘No Desire’ To See LeBron James, Cavs In NBA Finals
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 15:36:45 GMT
Skip Bayless clearly wants no part of seeing the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Is former co-host on “First Take,” however, is a different story. The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Celtics on Friday to force an Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 on Sunday. And after the LeBron James’ virtuoso performance, Stephen A. Smith joined “SportsCenter” and not only picked the the Celtics to win Game 7, but also admitted he has no interest in seeing James and the Cavs in the NBA Finals. “I have no desire to see the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals if all we’re going to see is the greatness of LeBron James while coupling that with the fact that nobody else steps up,” Smith said. ” … Aside from a Herculean
 
Northwestern revokes the admission of basketball recruit Jordan Lathon
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 23:55:00 GMT
Jordan Lathon, a major reason why Northwestern’s 2018 basketball recruiting class was considered its best ever, will not attend the university. The 6-foot-4 guard from Grandview, Mo., had his admission revoked Friday, SB Nation’s Inside NU site reported. The school did not announce the reason. A statement by Northwestern spokesman Al Cubbage to Inside NU read: “Northwestern University has revoked its offers of admission and an athletic scholarship for Jordan Lathon, a recruit for the Northwestern men’s basketball team. Out of respect for the privacy of the student, the University will have no further public comment.” Lathon was considered the heir apparent at point guard to four-year starter
 
Will Chris Paul play in Game 7?
Published: Sun, 27 May 2018 13:27:59 GMT
The way Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were shooting it probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of Game 6, but the Houston Rockets missed Chris Paul. Paul may have been able to help keep Curry in relative check. If Paul can at all go, he will.
 
An usher mistook ex-MLB player for an average beach-goer and hilarity ensued
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 18:05:47 GMT
An usher denies retired MLB player John Jaso access to his Rays teammates and coaches. (MLB.com screenshot) It is no secret that stadium ushers can be sticklers when it comes to fans trying to sneak up to better seats. Thursday night, however, one usher
 
Watch: Ayesha Curry Argues With Rockets Fan After He Bumps Her Pregnant Belly
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 20:11:14 GMT
Ayesha Curry was seen arguing with a Rockets fan after Game 5 after he bumped her pregnant belly. A video went viral on Twitter of a Rockets fan taunting Curry outside of Toyota Center. "We gonna beat y'll at home," the man said. "Sorry, it's Houston
 
No regrets for trouble-hit Danica in Indy 500 farewell
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 19:19:13 GMT
Danica Patrick retires from auto racing with no regrets after Sunday's Indianapolis 500, but she hopes her last race goes smoother than her final practice session went Friday. Due to an electrical mishap, Patrick took only 15 practice laps, the fewest of any of the 33 drivers in the last one-hour session ahead of the 102nd Indy showdown of 200 laps over the famed 2.5-mile (4km) oval course. "These are things you're actually glad for," Patrick said.
 
NBA Free Agent Rumors: Mavs Aiming 'Much Higher' Than Lakers' Julius Randle
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 17:40:15 GMT
As the Los Angeles Lakers are preparing for the 2018 NBA Draft and free agency, president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka face a much tougher decision than they had anticipated before the 2017-18 NBA season. Following Julius Randle’s career year, he is set to become a restricted free agent where the Lakers can match any offers within two days. While it would usually be a no-brainer to re-sign the team’s No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the reality is the Lakers have created cap space to sign two max-contract players. With Randle’s uncertain future in Los Angeles, he has been linked with his hometown Dallas Mavericks. Although the 23-year-old remains
 
LeBron James dominated pickup games against NBA pros at 15 years old
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 23:19:45 GMT
NBA Champion and author of ‘No Malice’ Metta World Peace recalls LeBron James holding his own as a 15-year-old playing hoops against a slate of the NBA’s biggest stars.
 
UFC Liverpool Main Event Intact After Darren Till and Stephen Thompson Agree to Strict Terms
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 17:04:40 GMT
The UFC Fight Night 130: Thompson vs. Till main event was cast into the shadow of doubt following Saturday's early morning official weigh-in, but will move ahead after the fighters agreed to terms. Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson easily hit the mark, weighing 171 pounds, as he was one of the first fighters on the scale. A short time later, UFC officials finally emerged and said due to a "family emergency," Till had been given an extra hour to make weight, but he was already in the hotel where the weigh-ins were being held.
 
Draymond Green guarantees the Warriors will eliminate the Rockets: 'Book it'
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 20:56:16 GMT
Draymond Green, to nobody’s surprise, is filled with hubris in the face of elimination. After losing back-to-back games for the first time since last his Golden State Warriors were shockingly eliminated in a playoff series, falling behind 3-2 to the Houston Rockets in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals, the All-Star forward all but guaranteed their return to a fourth straight NBA Finals. The Warriors must first win Saturday’s Game 6 at home, where they just lost for the first time since Game 7 of the 2016 Finals.
 
Georges St-Pierre Puts an End Date on His Career
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 18:35:23 GMT
Georges St-Pierre may be healthy enough to fight again soon, but insists the curtain is coming down fast on his career. The former UFC welterweight kingpin returned from a four-year layoff at UFC 217 in November of 2017 and looked better than ever. Aside from answering the questions about whether he could move across weight classes, St-Pierre also showed a much more aggressive, risk-taking style than we'd ever seen out of him before, which lead to his first finish since 2009.
 
Cowboys news: How Cowboys created a monster with the correct combination of offensive linemen
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
Creating a Monster: The Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line - John Williams, Inside The Star John Williams takes us down memory lane as we revisit how the offensive line came to be. If you get nothing else from this article, remember these two things - The OLuminati is a real cool nickname for this group and that the new Cobra Kai show might be worth checking out on YouTube. But just in case you want football stuff, here's this... Creating a Monster Let's review how the Dallas Cowboys have collected this impressive group of humans to block for their football team. Tyron Smith was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft. Though he started out as a right tackle his rookie season, he made the move to
 
LaVar Ball believes Lonzo's injuries are due to 'bulls--- training' from Lakers' staff
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 22:12:17 GMT
LaVar Ball seems to have found another obstacle in the way of his family’s goal of running the basketball universe: Los Angeles Lakers director of strength and endurance training Gunnar Peterson. Basketball’s loudest dad recently told HoopsHype he is unhappy with the Lakers’ training regimen and seemed to think it was the cause of his son Lonzo’s injury issues during his rookie season. “My expectation for Lonzo is for him to be twice as good as he was this year, and to be more healthy,.
 
Cassius Marsh: Garoppolo “would shred [New England’s] defense every day”
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 02:13:02 GMT
As the Patriots continue to work their way through the offseason program without starting quarterback Tom Brady, the guy who at one point seemed destined to replace him is working toward his first season as a full-time starter. Take it from current teammate Cassius Marsh, who at one point was a teammate of Garoppolo’s in New England. “I was with the Patriots and he would shred our defense every day,” Marsh said recently, via Eric Branch of SFGate.com.
 
Taking a look at Michigan betting odds versus Penn State, Wisconsin, MSU, Ohio State, and Notre Dame
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
“Never tell me the odds!”, Han Solo would say, but I’m going to tell you anyhow. The Michigan Wolverines football team has a tough schedule in 2018, with plenty of top tier opponents they will have to face on the road, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan State. While the schedule is a challenge, Vegas has been somewhat kind to Michigan when it comes to their betting odds. The South Point Hotel & Casino have released their current odds for a handful of games on the Michigan schedule: +6 at Notre Dame -3 versus Wisconsin +1 at Michigan State -3.5 versus Penn State +9 at Ohio State What do the odds mean? Vegas doesn’t have much confidence in Penn State right now, with RB Saquon Barkley,
 
Mariners dive into trade market again landing two key veterans from Rays
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 22:15:52 GMT
Jerry Dipoto has done it again. Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times was the first to report the deal late Friday afternoon. Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports right-handed pitcher Andrew Moore is among the players headed to Tampa Bay.
 
Bama’s loading up on QBs again. There are only so many spots.
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
Alabama doesn’t mind signing a bunch of four- and five-star players at the same position every class. Nick Saban figures competition breeds improvement and that he can never have too much depth. Five national titles at Bama say he’s correct. Quarterback’s a little bit different than other positions, though. Only one can play at a time, and with the FBS cap of 85 scholarships, the most common thing is for teams to keep four scholarship QBs. The Tide either don’t care about being normal, or they’re likely expecting someone to transfer between now and 2019. If everything stays status quo, Bama’s QB situation in 2019 will be something. The Tide already had all of these guys in the fold: Former four-star
 
Cardinals pitcher makes mockery of rehab start, sets minor-league strikeout record
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 15:24:43 GMT
Alex Reyes struck out 13 straight batters in his final rehab start, setting a record and declaring that he’s definitely ready to rejoin the Cardinals rotation. On Thursday night, pitcher Alex Reyes sent a message to his team, the St. Louis Cardinals. In what was one of the most dominant minor league starts in recent memory, Alex Reyes struck out nine consecutive batters while making his final rehab start with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, and 13 in total.
 
Marcedes Lewis signing underlines Packers' new philosophy towards roster building
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 16:39:27 GMT
If one were to visualize the Packers roster via a line graph in years past, with the horizontal axis representing players 1 through 53 on the roster and the vertical axis representing the established talent level of each player, the line would begin at the tippy-top of the vertical axis with Aaron Rodgers, progress into decline with the likes of Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, etc. before dropping precipitously once the top-end, second-contract guys are accounted for. The Marcedes Lewis signing, similar to re-signing Davon House and bringing back Tramon Williams – and throw in Mo Wilkerson, too – cushions the Packers’ roster with a greater level of established, veteran talent than this team is used to functioning with.
 
Jay Bilas and Bobby Marks weigh in on Vanderbilt/Washington NBA decisions
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
PJ Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt went in different directions at the NBA Draft Combine, as Washington escalated his stock and Vanderbilt couldn’t attend due to health. ESPN experts talked about the draft stock of each of them after the combine, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. For Vanderbilt, Jay Bilas talked about why it may have been best for him not participate if he wasn’t 100 percent. “If he’s not prepared to show his best self, then maybe he’s making the right decision,” Bilas said, according to Jerry Tipton. “But you think if a guy is pegged as a second-round pick, you want to come and show what you got.” Bilas also said that Vanderbilt might be best served to stay at Kentucky
 
3 remaining free agents who are the best fit for the Patriots
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 20:39:47 GMT
It’s been almost a month since the NFL Draft, and as the offseason marches into OTAs and minicamp, the 2018 season is beginning to take shape. New faces and old friends are unifying in the locker room and on practice fields — and players will soon start to emerge as favorites to impress, while others will disappear into obscurity before Week 1 even begins. Still, we have three long months to go before the road to Super Bowl LIII kicks off, and a number of high-profile players remain in limbo as free agents. A handful of them will inevitably join a team for whom they’ll go on to make significant impact. With that in mind, here are three remaining free agents who are most suited for a potential
 
Hoskins blames himself for letting umpire West ring him up with game on the line
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 04:27:12 GMT
Back when everything was going splendidly for Rhys Hoskins, you know, when he was hammering balls over the wall almost every night last August, he stood at his locker and answered all the questions. Now, things have toughened up for Hoskins. The Phillies battled back from a five-run deficit, made it a one-run game and loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
 
Danny Green: Kawhi Leonard told me he wants to stay with Spurs
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 19:35:01 GMT
The Spurs are reportedly worried Kawhi Leonard‘s camp wants to get him to the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks or 76ers. Leonard hasn’t said much himself – except apparently to San Antonio teammate Danny Green Get Up on ESPN: .@DGreen_14 says Kawhi
 
Dana White Sweating Over Darren Till Having to Make Weight on Sunday
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 22:40:19 GMT
UFC Fight Night 130 was supposed to be a milestone in Darren Till's career. If he is, Thompson can call the whole thing off, and it's got UFC president Dana White a little bit nervous. If that happens on Sunday, the bout will be in Thompson's hands.
 
Hok Talk: Ned Yost broke Danny Duffy
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
Royals fans of the last two decades have seen this happen before. Other baseball teams have probably seen it, too, but when your team is in the process of going 30 years in between playoff appearances it hurts just a bit more. Think back to 1999 with Tony Muser and Jose Rosado. Or perhaps 2001 with, again, Tony Muser but this time with Chad Durbin. Or, likely the most famous example, 2009 with Trey Hillman and Gil Meche. There is relatively little a manager controls throughout a season. They don’t determine who is on the roster, that’s the job of the GM even if the manager might have some input. They also have no control over how a given player performs on a certain night. They can make the statistically
 
Could this be year Randy Gregory, Jaylon Smith pay off for Cowboys?
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 16:58:58 GMT
Anyone residing in the western hemisphere knows at least two things about life. One, Chick-fil-A should be open on Sundays and two, the Dallas Cowboys don’t play defense very well. Earlier in the week, Cowboys Wire took a look at the recent failures on that side of the ball. Once the team revolted against Wade Phillips during the 2010 season, they lost their defensive mojo and haven’t been able to get it back. Could 2018 finally be the year Cowboys fans can be proud of the defense? It could be, and it could hinge on two players who have yet to deliver on any of the promise they arrived with. There’s a good chance the Cowboys will not only be equipped with a new defensive philosophy thanks to
 
Morning Skate: Isles may not let Tavares get away
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 17:08:14 GMT
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I'm reading while wishing happy trails to Hanley Ramirez. *It sounds like the New York Islanders are strongly in the game for retaining John Tavares after bringing Lou Lamoriello into the hockey operations fold. Do I expect the Bruins to be in the running for Tavares?
 
Richard Sherman Sure Seems Convinced NBA Rigged Game 6 In Cavs’ Favor
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 13:53:14 GMT
Did the NBA want the Eastern Conference finals to go to a Game 7? Well, yeah. But did it go out of its way to ensure the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers would meet Sunday night at TD Garden in a do-or-die scenario? Richard Sherman, for one, is convinced the NBA had its fingerprints all over Cleveland’s Game 6 win Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The San Francisco 49ers cornerback took to Twitter after the game to proclaim it was “obvious” the referees wanted the Cavs to force a Game 7. So, does Sherman have a point? First of all, there’s no way of knowing whether the NBA is nefariously influencing the outcomes of games. And suggesting it is, without evidence (which we’ll probably never
 
Saints QB Drew Brees: On Manning passing record, his famous offseason routine, more
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 17:36:00 GMT
Drew Brees is pretty sure the NFL's schedule-makers had an eye on the record books when they put the New Orleans Saints' 2018 slate together.  One date, in particular, jumps off the page.  A Monday-night matchup at home against Washington on Oct. 8 feels like a date to mark on the calendar. Brees heads into his 18th season just 1,495 yards on the all-time passing list behind Peyton Manning, and if he averages around 300 yards per game through the first four weeks of the season, he'll walk into the Superdome that Monday with Manning firmly in his sights. "There's a reason they put Week Five on Monday night, you know what I'm saying?" Brees said. "I don't think any of us are dummies." Brees is
 
The Dallas Cowboy who's flying under the radar right now
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT
Machota: It's in the conversation if the Giants have a bounce-back year. If they are a 4- or 5-win team, I can't put the NFC East in that conversation. There's so much parity in the NFL, though, that it's not like there's any one division far out in front. The NFC North is pretty solid with the Vikings, Packers and Lions. The NFC South is certainly in the argument because all four starting QBs in the division are legit franchise guys. The NFC West is pretty solid across the board, even if Seattle takes a step back. The AFC North is always strong and should be even better if the Browns can become competitive. If Andrew Luck comes back healthy, the AFC South is about as loaded as anyone. And the
 
Alex Anthopoulos traded in the Dodgers for first place in Atlanta
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 17:29:24 GMT
Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, wanted to bid a fond farewell to Alex Anthopoulos, one of his lieutenants for the previous two seasons, now the general manager of the Braves. The Anthopoulos kids are about to get out of school in Los Angeles and move to Atlanta, and they did not expect all this Friedman hospitality, and certainly not the assortment of Braves caps in the house.
 
Giants' Evan Engram poised to be major beneficiary of Odell-Saquon effect
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 15:34:12 GMT
The New York Giants offense is poised to explode in 2018. Ask anyone. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. paired with rookie running back Saquon Barkley? Cannot be defended say some. We’ll see how this new dynamic plays out in a few months when head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula roll out their new offense for real. What many are forgetting is that the Giants have other players in the mix that are sure to benefit from defenses expending all their resources to stop Beckham and Barkley. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is one. He will draw single coverage on most downs and it will be up to him to carve his niche in this offense. If he can beat his man, and he usually can when
 
Drellich: Dombrowski didn't need Cora as buffer to avoid Hanley grievance
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 18:01:35 GMT
You could liken the dance the Red Sox undertook Friday over Hanley Ramirez to the type seen when teams start throwing at each other. "The vesting option had nothing to do with it," Dombrowski said Friday. Ultimately, for the benefit of the Red Sox, it's better to have a president of baseball operations who plays it safe rather than costs the team millions of dollars with a loose tongue.
 
MLB Rumors: These Two Teams Are Front-Runners To Land Manny Machado
Published: Sun, 27 May 2018 01:38:53 GMT
Manny Machado’s departure from the Baltimore Orioles is starting to feel more like a “when” rather than an “if.” Machado is in the final year of his contract with Baltimore, and most are expecting the lowly Orioles to swing a trade for the 25-year-old before the deadline to avoid losing him in free agency for nothing. While the Machado rumor mill has yet to really heat up, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi shed some light on the situation during an appearance Thursday on FOX Sports 1’s “MLB Whiparound.” “The two teams to watch for Machado I believe: the Cubs and the Indians,” Morosi said, per NJ.com’s Mike Rosenstein. Morosi’s report is interesting, as both teams currently boast strong pairings on the
 
'You need skill, aggression and a miracle to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open'
Published: Sun, 27 May 2018 07:00:00 GMT
Andy Murray's former clay-court coach Alex Correjta, who is one of only nine players active or retired to hold a winning record against Rafael Nadal, on why the world No 1 is a formidable figure at Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal is the closest thing to the perfect machine on clay. Physically, Rafa can reach so many balls.
 
Three things learned: Real Madrid v. Liverpool
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 22:00:40 GMT
Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday, with Zinedine Zidane’s side winning a third-straight European cup. A game packed full of drama saw Mohamed Salah leave the pitch in tears early on after picking up a shoulder injury, while Real took the lead via Karim Benzema’s quick thinking after a horror moment for Loris Karius.
 
Jon Gruden can even praise Christian Hackenberg
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 20:24:37 GMT
New Raiders coach Jon Gruden has never met a player he couldn’t praise. During a call with season-ticket holders, Gruden offered some positive words about his newest quarterback, who was acquired from the Jets for a seventh-round pick. “We’re looking for players,” Gruden said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area.
 
Kevin Harvick’s car fails inspection, will start at rear of Coca-Cola 600 (video)
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 21:12:19 GMT
Kevin Harvick will start at the rear of the field for the Coca-Cola 600 after his car failed to pass inspection Thursday and did not make a qualifying attempt. Harvick’s team also will miss 30 minutes of final practice Saturday and be without car chief Robert Smith the rest of the weekend. Harvick’s car failed inspection three times.
 
The Patriots have serious competition at wide receiver
Published: Sun, 27 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
Over the past five years, the New England Patriots have traditionally held five wide receivers on the roster, in addition to special teams captain Matthew Slater. Danny Amendola was the only constant over those five years and the change in the type of wide receiver on the roster reflects how the offense has evolved over the years. In 2013, the Patriots had two slot receivers in Amendola and Austin Collie; a versatile inside-outside player in Julian Edelman; and two outside receivers in Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. This breakdown of two slot players, two outside players, and Edelman- who does both- held true over the next two seasons as players like Keshawn Martin, Brandon LaFell, Josh
 
Rockets fan trash talks Ayesha, Dell Curry after Game 5 win
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 16:18:53 GMT
SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick breaks down Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, where the Rockets took a 3-2 series lead on the Warriors that may have come at a big cost. Houston Rockets fans were understandably ecstatic after Thursday night's Game 5 win, which pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination.  So ecstatic, in fact, that it may have led to some overconfidence.  In a video that surfaced on Twitter Friday morning, a fan is seen trash-talking Steph Curry's wife, Ayesha, and his father, Dell, after the game.  "Ayesha!" the fan begins. "We're going to beat y'all at home. Sorry, it's Houston time. It's Houston time." Ayesha appears to laugh it off at first,
 
The Three Pitfalls in USC’s 2018 Schedule
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
The USC Trojans’ football season is fast approaching, and the new-look Trojans will be sporting a fresh signal caller in 2018. A carousel that is Matt Fink, Jack Sears, and JT Daniels will clutch the attention of Trojan fans all summer long, while also impacting the early part of their schedule. The majority of their toughest opponents come in the opening month of the season; exactly when one of these quarterbacks will have to find his sea legs behind center. The mix has potential to make or break USC from the jump. With that in mind, here are the three challenges in their path. UCLA will always be the Los Angeles rivalry, but Stanford vs. USC is the PAC-12 matchup with the bad blood for the
 
Former Detroit Red Wing Tomas Tatar enjoys Vegas' Stanley Cup run
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 22:59:05 GMT
LAS VEGAS — Tomas Tatar arrived days after his trade from Detroit with suitcases full of clothes and no idea how to get around this sprawling desert suburbia. “The start was pretty hard,” Tatar said. “You don’t know much about Vegas from outside of Vegas. I didn’t really know where to go or what to do. It was my first trade, so it was a little stressful.” The real culture shock for the former Red Wings forward was fitting into the locker room and lineup of a tight-knit Golden Knights team riding a fairy-dust train to the best expansion season in NHL history. “A lot of guys are playing with a lot of confidence, that’s for sure,” Tatar said of the difference between Detroit and Vegas. “We have
 
Unai Emery given increased Arsenal summer transfer budget - but first signing could be free agent Stephan Lichtsteiner
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 20:43:34 GMT
Unai Emery has received an early boost to his Arsenal career after majority shareholder Stan Kroenke agreed to release an extra £20million in transfer funds. The 34-year-old will be a free agent when his Juventus contract expires and Arsenal believe he could bring some much-needed leadership to the squad, as well as relieving the workload on Hector Bellerin. Arsenal had set a £50m restriction on their transfer budget, discounting money made on sales, but Telegraph Sport understands that figure has now increased to around £70m.
 
Dak Prescott: I don’t know if any team in league necessarily needs a No. 1 WR
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 19:34:51 GMT
“I don’t know if any team in the league necessarily needs a No. 1 receiver,” Prescott said. The Cowboys’ projected top-five receivers have no 1,000-yard seasons among them. Beasley and Williams are the only returning receivers among those five, leaving Prescott needing time and repetitions to get to know Hurns, Thompson and Gallup.
 
One of Nate Sudfeld’s teammates said he has the potential to be NFL MVP
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT
Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... Eagles eager to learn more about quarterback Nate Sudfeld - Inquirer Nate Sudfeld, whom the Eagles signed to their practice squad last September after he was waived by the Washington Redskins, has generated behind-the-scenes intrigue throughout the Eagles organization. Teams are often careful not to overstate their optimism in an unproven player. Yet Sudfeld has been independently praised by owner Jeffrey Lurie, top executive Howie Roseman, and coach Doug Pederson this offseason – not to mention teammates. “We have one quarterback who should have been the MVP, one who was the Super Bowl MVP, and one who could potentially be an MVP,” wide receiver
 
Froome pulls off audacious attack to take Giro lead
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 15:41:12 GMT
Chris Froome produced one of the great performances of his career, attacking alone on a gravel road up a grueling climb to win the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday and claim the overall leader's pink jersey. The four-time Tour de France champion launched his solo attack up the three-week race's highest climb with 80 kilometers (50 miles) to go and rode clear amid banks of snow above the tree line. Pedaling furiously, Froome continuously increased his advantage over two more Alpine ascents to finish three minutes ahead of his closest challenger. The victory put Froome in position to win his third consecutive Grand Tour and match the achievements of the great Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.
 
Inoue knocks out McDonnell to take WBA title
Published: Fri, 25 May 2018 17:04:53 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Naoya Inoue of Japan defeated Britain's Jamie McDonnell with a first-round knockout on Friday to capture the WBA bantamweight title. Inoue sent the champion to the canvas with a left hook in the second minute. The 32-year-old McDonnell got to his feet but the referee waved the fight off following a flurry of punches by Inoue. It was McDonnell's first defeat in 10 years. With the victory, Inoue improved to 16-0 with 14 KOs while McDonnell's record fell to 29-3 with one draw. Inoue claimed a world title at light-flyweight and moved up to super-flyweight two fights later to pick up another title which he defended six times. Also, Kenshiro Teraji of Japan defended his WBC light-flyweight
 
Chicago Blackhawks: Sun Setting on Toews, Kane and Keith?
Published: Sat, 26 May 2018 19:55:21 GMT
The Stanley Cup Final is about to start and free agency is still more than a month away, with the NHL’s annual offseason reshaping of rosters not quite ready to commence in full. Despite that, the numerous predictions about what’s in store for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018-19 have evoked a sense of certainty. The vibe of these prognostications is that a big bounce-back is coming for the Blackhawks. That this extremely talented team, having endured three seasons of disappointment since winning its third Stanley Cup in six seasons, is rested and ready to return to its perch atop the league. Those championships have bought the ‘Hawks plenty of goodwill, which they’re still enjoying even after an
 


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