23 Apr 2014 03:42:50 -0400
Pop has great quote about Manu returning from birth of child
On Monday morning, San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili took to Twitter to make the following announcement relating some very good news regarding his family: Thrilled to announce that today at 7.47am, Luca, our 3rd boy was born. Wifey and the baby are both doing great. #SuperHappyDad — Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) April 21, 2014 […] The post Popovich unimpressed with Ginobili for making it to practice after birth of child appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.
23 Apr 2014 03:31:41 -0400
Jeff Francoeur doing it all for Triple-A team
Jeff Francoeur is proving to be a regular “Jack of All Trades” for the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate El Paso Chihuahuas. Not only is the outfielder the perfect prank victim, but with a Gold Glove and World Series experience, he’s also got some pretty solid Major League credentials. Oh, yeah…he’s also proving to be a rally killer on the mound. Sunday night, “Frenchy” took the bump in the eighth inning of an 11-3 contest to stop the pain being inflicted on the Chihuahuas by the Las Vegas 51s. He faced three batters and set them down in order…even striking one out. Two nights later, the 51s were at it again…only this time they were up 21-8 when Francoeur entered the ballgame to stop the bleeding. And, wouldn’t you know it, the 30-year-old duplicated his efforts from 48 hours prior and actually pitched the only perfect frame for the Chihuahuas all night. Now, I’m not saying Francoeur should give up his regular gig as the team’s starting leftfielder, but dude has pitched two inn
23 Apr 2014 02:19:35 -0400
Kevin Garnett responds to Ujiri's Brooklyn blast
With the series tied at 1-1, the Raptors will take on the Nets in Brooklyn Friday for Game 3 at the Barclays Center which Kevin Garnett said will be a “rowdy environment” in his postgame interview after the Nets’ Game 2 loss Tuesday night. Garnett, referring to the recent incident in which Toronto GM Masai Ujiri yelled “F*ck Brooklyn!!” to a crowd of Raptors fans, said, “I don’t know if you can say F-Brooklyn and then come into Brooklyn, so we’ll see how it goes.” The post Kevin Garnett: ‘I Don’t Know If You Can Say F-Brooklyn & Then Come Into Brooklyn’ (Video) appeared first on Beyond The Buzzer.
23 Apr 2014 00:25:42 -0400
Fan gives Pujols’ 500th career home run ball back
Your browser does not support iframes. Los Angeles Angels fan Tom Sherrill caught Albert Pujols’s 500th career home run Tuesday night and will give the Angeles slugger the milestone ball back. Pujols became the 26th player in MLB history to hit 500 home runs. Sherrill, a 29-year-old staff sergeant in the Air Force, told Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West that he will “take whatever they want to give me, but I’m not going to be picky.” “I just want to make sure that Albert gets the ball,” Sherrill added. “I’m just happy to be a part of it.” RT “@TMeadAngels: Angels fan Tom Sherrill of Pomona, CA and a member of Air Force with Albert’s milestone. pic.twitter.com/3TrVvcNfQN” — Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 23, 2014 Sherrill got the ball but Chris Gordon of Olney, Md. is the one that should have, and he has a welt on his abdomen along with scrapes on both knees and an elbow to prove it. Gordon ran down to where the ball was headed but was unable
23 Apr 2014 00:13:34 -0400
Raffi Torres: Matt Cooke being treated like 'serial killer'
Over the last two seasons, we were told that Matt Cooke was a changed man, and that he had adjusted his style of play to get rid of the dirty hits that injured many players from 2004-11. That talk sounds silly following Cooke’s knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie during the Minnesota Wild’s 1-0 overtime win Monday night. The hit was dirty, and Cooke will have an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to review it. He’s likely to receive a lengthy suspension, and since the hearing is of the in-person variety, a potential ban could be longer than five games. Cooke’s history of dirty hits, fines and suspensions has made him one of the most hated players in the league among fans. San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres, who also has multiple suspensions on his NHL resume, doesn’t like all the criticism Cooke has received since Monday’s incident. “I think he’s done a heck of a job the last couple of seasons to re-establish his game,” Torres sa
22 Apr 2014 22:32:24 -0400
Bills website says Doug Marrone has cancer, removes article
A very strange series of events happened today on the official website of the Buffalo Bills. The site posted a news article that head coach Doug Marrone had announced that he was diagnosed with “BLANK TYPE OF CANCER.” There’s little text and the article has misspellings and even a place for a generic quote from Marrone. The article was obviously some type of placeholder and quickly pulled from the website. However, you can view the Google cache link here. Here’s a screengrab from that cache showing the article that was swiftly deleted below. The Marrone cancer story made it to the official Bills app as well. The odd story @ByTimGraham referenced on Bills website about Doug Marrone is also on their official app, shown here: pic.twitter.com/LmJPqPyV53 — Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) April 23, 2014 The football world is beginning to take notice, but so far the Bills have yet to confirm or deny anything with regards to Doug Marrone or explain the deleted article. H/T @buffalo_tony
22 Apr 2014 18:02:14 -0400
Five ways to improve the NFL draft
Speed it up
The worst part about the draft, especially the early rounds, is just how long it actually takes for teams to make their selections. The solution to this problem is very simple. Just shorten the time teams have to make their selections. Give teams a five minute limit for every round, not just rounds three through seven. This would also limit trades, but general managers should have the early rounds well-planned anyways.
Introduce a lottery for the top pick
Okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I hate the lottery idea. I think the worst team should be able to get the top pick in the draft, but this is all about excitement, and the lottery gives teams in the top five or ten of the draft order something to root for. By making the lottery right before the draft, no team could focus on picking the top player. The mystery of who will get the top pick adds suspense, and TV audiences love that.
Allow players to declare for the draft earlier
More players declaring would increa...
22 Apr 2014 15:53:58 -0400
Report: Martin Maldonado suspended five games for brawl
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado reportedly has become the first player to be disciplined in the wake of Sunday’s benches-clearing brawl in Pittsburgh. Maldonado, who punched Pirates outfielder Travis Snider square in the face during the fracas, has been suspended five games and fined $2,500 by Major League Baseball, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney. Here’s a clear view of the punch: Other punishments stemming from the incident, which began after Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez tripled off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in the third inning of a 3-2 Brewers win, could still be forthcoming. Maldonado, who has gone 4-for-12 in four games played this season, told reporters after the game that he punched Snider to get him and Pirates catcher Russell Martin away from Gomez. “I saw Snider and Martin over Gomez. I could tell it wasn’t fair, so I had to protect my teammate,” Maldonado ...
22 Apr 2014 15:37:53 -0400
Warren Sapp questions Jadeveon Clowney’s work ethic
The debate continues to rage on over whether Jadeveon Clowney is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There is no denying Clowney’s athleticism, but there have been plenty of questions about his work ethic. On Monday’s edition of “NFL Total Access,” former NFL players Warren Sapp and Heath Evans […]
22 Apr 2014 14:30:03 -0400
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle headed to the NBA
Kentucky forward Julius Randle is headed to the NBA. The freshman big man officially announced his intentions to leave school early and pursue a professional basketball career in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. I would like to thank the entire Kentucky family for this year, but I have decided to take the next step and enter into the NBA draft. — Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) April 22, 2014 Randle, who was a top five recruit in 2013, averaged 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds a game this past season, helping Kentucky reach the national championship game before the Wildcats fell to Connecticut. Randle is the second Kentucky player to declare for the NBA this season. Freshman shooting guard James Young said last week he would enter the June 26 draft. “It’s where I’ve always wanted to be,” Randle said Tuesday. Decisions now remain for three more Wildcat freshmen–twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison along with center Dakari Johnson–and sophomore forward Alex Poythress. Sophomore ce...
22 Apr 2014 13:59:13 -0400
Sager speaks out on Popovich's interview, support from NBA
In his first interview since being diagnosed with acute leukemia, TNT’s Craig Sager says he appreciates the support he has received from his co-workers at Turner Sports and from the NBA. Sager told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that when San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke directly to him during an interview with his son, “It was just fabulous, an uplifting, tremendous thing for me.” He added, “Pop saying he wanted me back and then promising to be nice? I was like, Oh, my God, that’s unbelievable, what an honor … But then I started thinking about it: If I come back and Pop starts being nice to me, it just wouldn’t be right.” Sager has been undergoing chemotherapy and is in good spirits. He told Deitsch that while working a game in Dallas for TNT earlier this month, he was feeling ill and talked with the Mavericks team doctor. It was after a few questions and a quick diagnosis when the doctor told him to go to the hospital immediately. He was given blood transfusions and under
22 Apr 2014 13:02:04 -0400
Seahawks, Sherman making 'considerable progress' on deal
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Seahawks and CB Richard Sherman have made “considerable progress” on a contract extension that would make him the highest paid cornerback in the league. La Canfora adds that Sherman’s next contract is expected to pay him over $13 millino per year. The two sides are reportedly maintaining “good dialogue” as they work on an extension. Previous reports mentioned that the Seahawks were likely to address S Earl Thomas‘ contract before turning their attention to Sherman, but apparently that’s not the case. Sherman, 25, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is clearly in the argument for the best cornerback in the league. As things stand right now, Sherman will make $1.389 million for the 2014 season. Last year, Sherman appeared in all 16 games and totaled 49 tackles, eight interceptions — one of which was returned for a touchdown — and 16 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has Sherman rated as the No. 6 cornerback in the leag
22 Apr 2014 12:14:02 -0400
Gregg Popovich named 2013-2014 NBA Coach of the Year
Tweet Not often does the NBA’s best head coach win the Coach of the Year award, but apparently 2013-2014 is an exception to the trend. According to reports, San Antonio Spurs long-time head coach Gregg Popovich will be receiving the honor for this season and rewarded for managing the league’s best team in the competitive Western Conference. Popovich takes home the award after leading the Spurs to an NBA-best 62-20 record, despite dealing with one of the league’s oldest rosters and a few injuries along the way. Most mainstream media had fallen in love with wild card candidates Jeff Hornacek from the Suns and Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford after both lead their teams to better-than-expected records, but Popovich’s masterful tuning of his roster throughout the season earned him the honor that he could probably have won many of the past few seasons. 59 of 125 total first place votes went to Popovich, with Hornacek and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau finishing second and third, respectiv
22 Apr 2014 11:50:03 -0400
Geno Smith believes he will start at quarterback for Jets
The New York Jets drafted Geno Smith in last years NFL Draft, but went out and signed former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick this offseason. New York is expected to allow both quarterbacks to go after the starting position in an open competition during the offseason, but Smith believes that he will end up being the starter. Obviously both players believe that they will win the competition, but most people don’t believe Smith will beat out Vick for the job. “With the experience I’ve gained… I feel like I’m more than capable of being the starter.” - Geno Smith Smith showed some signs last season of being the talented player that scouts saw at West Virginia, but he has a lot of work to do before he reaches his full potential. There is no denying his ability to make plays, but he also turns the football over trying to make those plays. He has a future in the NFL as a starting quarterback, but the Jets are currently looking for a quarterback that gives them the chance to win in the prese