23 Jan 2018 00:25:13 -0500
John Wall calls JJ Barea a ‘little midget’
Washington Wizards guard John Wall got a bit personal with Dallas Mavericks counterpart JJ Barea after their game on Monday night.Following the Wizards’ embarrassing 98-75 loss to the Mavs, Wall called the six-foot Barea “a little midget,” prompting the latter to fire back at him. Here is what they had to say about each other, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN. For reference, Wall and Barea had some words for each other after the whistle on a play in the fourth quarter when the game had already been decided.The Wizards, who fell to 26-21 with the loss, have had notable internal issues lately, and it’s obvious that Wall’s frustration got the best of him on Monday.
23 Jan 2018 00:18:31 -0500
Robin Lopez appears to grab DeMarcus Cousins in groin
Robin Lopez got up close and personal with DeMarcus Cousins during Monday’s Chicago Bulls-New Orleans Pelicans game.Lopez ended up on the floor while going for a rebound and reached up and seemed to knock Cousins in the manly region. As if the seeming nut shot weren’t bad enough, Lopez then did somewhat of a flop.Boogie had the last laugh though as he put up 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists in the Pelicans’ double overtime win.As for Robin, he had a solid game with 22 points. He also seemed to be in a fighting mood all night as he got into it with New Orleans’ mascot before the game: This is nothing new for Robin, who often gets into it with mascots, and is also known for some bizarre behavior with opponents.
22 Jan 2018 22:36:08 -0500
Report: Cavs question Love’s illness at ’emotional’ meeting
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not play on Monday, but they reportedly had some big business to discuss.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavaliers held an emotional meeting prior to practice on Monday during which the legitimacy of Kevin Love’s illness was questioned. Woj says Love tried to explain his side. Love started and played just three minutes during Saturday’s embarrassing loss to the Thunder in which the Cavs allowed 148 points. He took two shots and missed both of them.Love was said to have had an illness, which led him to leave the game. He did not practice with the team on Sunday.On Monday, Love did tell reporters that he felt dizzy on Saturday and that he is now feeling better. He is set to play on Tuesday. The 29-year-old forward has struggled to find his way in the offense since Isaiah Thomas joined the starting lineup. His usage rate is down and his stats have been terrible in January. For the month, he’s averaging just 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 23.9 minutes per game. Compare that t
22 Jan 2018 21:26:26 -0500
WATCH: Dennis Smith Jr. effortlessly executes 360 dunk
Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. is a freak athlete. We knew this when he came into the NBA out of NC State, and he continues to prove it on a regular basis in his first year going against the big boys in the Association.On Monday night, the rook did something pretty jaw-dropping, though, that just amplifies how much talent and athleticism he truly has. Not only did he pull off the 360 dunk in the game, but he made it look so easy. That’s the mark of greatness. The men and women who can pull off the insane without skipping a beat are the ones who are truly special. Clearly, Smith falls into that category.So far this season, the rookie is averaging 14.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, just under one steal and seemingly at least one highlight-reel play per game.
22 Jan 2018 21:17:23 -0500
Titans will not hire Ohio State’s Ryan Day as offensive coordinator
Mike Vrabel was just hired as the Titans next head coach, but it looks like he’s going to take some more time to hire his next offensive coordinator. Ohio State’s Ryan Day
appeared to be the frontrunner in the Titans search, but he will not leave the Buckeyes for the opportunity to work in the NFL, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Being that Vrabel is a defensive-minded coach, this hire appears to be critical in determining Marcus Mariota‘s future success. Day was originally thought to be a good choice because of his familiarity with Mariota’s college offense being that he did work with Chip Kelly in his final season in Philadelphia. He also was the quarterback coach in San Francisco in 2016 before accepting a job with Ohio State.With Day staying put, Vrabel could just reset his search with some many potential hires available in the open market. There were rumors yesterday that he had interest in Lions QB coach Brian Callahan for the role. But with other more experienced coaches like
22 Jan 2018 21:08:24 -0500
Cardinals expected to hire Panthers’ Al Holcomb as defensive coordinator
New Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks is quickly working to get his coaching staff in place, and he’s apparently looking at one of his former staffers with the Panthers to help lead his defense. Panthers linebacker coach Al Holcomb seems primed to follow Wilks to Arizona to become the team’s next defensive coordinator, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The team will move on from former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher after he was passed over for the head coaching job. This opens up an opportunity for Wilks to bring in someone that he’s familiar with to help translate the success he had in Carolina to the desert.Holcomb has spent five seasons primarily coaching the Panthers' linebackers. He’s worked with Wilks every year since he was hired by the Panthers back in 2013. Under Holcomb’s guidance, the Panthers have formed one of the best inside linebacker combos in the league with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. It’s unsurprising that Wilks would bring over a familiar face, espec
22 Jan 2018 20:26:31 -0500
Robby Anderson's lawyer: WR did not threaten sexual assault, was racially profiled
Robby Anderson was arrested last week on nine serious charges, and the arresting officer wrote in his report that the New York Jets receiver threatened to sexually assault his wife. On Monday, Anderson’s lawyer, Ed O’Donnell, said that just is not true.“First of all, I don’t believe that’s accurate,” O’Donnell said, per Calvin Watkins of Newsday. “It doesn’t fit the statutory charge people get with a crime like that. Adrenaline was flying on both sides. Robby never threatened to rape anybody. The statutory requirements are not there.”O’Donnell also said the notion his client was trying to run from the police isn’t true, either. Instead, he said Anderson was a victim of racial profiling, saying, “Robby didn’t run. Just for a young black man, who sees lights, it’s a frightening thing. The apprehension is real.”The attorney also said Anderson was not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs and said the entire thing was overblown: “Not excusing the speed, but traffic stops have resulted in less. I’m not point
22 Jan 2018 20:11:28 -0500
Report: Sean Payton high on Baker Mayfield
As Senior Bowl week is upon us, quarterback Baker Mayfield has one very prominent supporter. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports is reporting that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is high on the Oklahoma product. This is interesting. It’s even more interesting when we remember that, while he wants to return to New Orleans, Brees is a free agent unless the Saints re-sign him. Additionally, Payton won’t discuss Brees’ status.Brees is coming off of a stellar season. He completed 72 percent of his passes for 4,334 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.That said, Brees is also 39. So, even if he does return to New Orleans in 2018, Mayfield can certainly be drafted as the quarterback of the future, as well.Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes for the Sooners in 2017. He added 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns against six picks en route to the Heisman Trophy.
22 Jan 2018 19:52:44 -0500
One-handed NFL prospect shared amazing message about disabilities
In his last two seasons in college, pass rusher Shaquem Griffin was a consistent force for the UCF defense. He did all of this despite having only one hand. Speaking at the Senior Bowl on Monday, he made it clear that he doesn’t view that as a disability. Griffen also noted how he plans to get the attention of the scouts. That plan certainly worked in college. Over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he recorded 18.5 sacks and forced four fumbles. Griffin was a driving force on the UCF team that will be honored at the NFL Pro Bowl for its 13-0 finish.
22 Jan 2018 19:44:13 -0500
Austin Jackson agrees to two-year deal with Giants
The San Francisco Giants continue to find solutions for their 2018 outfield.Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported on Monday that the Giants and Austin Jackson agreed to a two-year deal worth $6 million. He says there are incentives that could make the deal worth $8.5 million. Jackson had an incredibly strong season in part-time duty with the Indians last season. The soon-to-be 31-year-old batted .318/.387/.482 in 280 at-bats. A center fielder for most of his career, Jackson spent time at all three outfield positions for Cleveland in 2017.Considering the Giants are getting Jackson for such a cheap price, they can afford to make him part of a platoon in center. Jackson proved to be particularly excellent against left handed pitching last season, as he batted .352 with a 1.014 OPS in 122 at-bats against southpaws.
22 Jan 2018 19:28:46 -0500
Cavaliers interested In Kent Bazemore
The Cavaliers have inquired into the availability of the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore, NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports in his weekly Morning Tip column. League sources informed Aldridge of Cleveland’s interest in the 28-year-old shooting guard, who is averaging 12.6 PPG and 4.3 RPG as well as career highs in assists (3.7) and steals (1.8) this season.Swapping Bazemore, the team’s highest-paid player, would make plenty of sense for the rebuilding Hawks. He’s making $16.9M this season and $18.1M next season. He also holds a player option of $19.3M for the 2019/20 season.Bazemore isn’t a lockdown wing, according to Aldridge, though he has posted positive Defensive Box Plus/Minus ratings for four consecutive seasons, according to Basketball Reference. He’s also an above-average 3-point shooter, connecting on a career-high 37.6% this season and 35.4% for his career.The question then becomes what kind of package the Cavs could piece together to interest the Hawks. Channing Frye‘s expiring $7.4M contract would be the best
22 Jan 2018 19:14:15 -0500
Undefeated UCF team will be honored at Pro Bowl
UCF finished the 2017 season as college football’s only undefeated team. During the NFL Pro Bowl — which will emanate from the Knights’ hometown of Orlando — the team will be honored.“When we thought about UCF and the amazing season they had going undefeated and their bowl game win, we thought there was really no better way, especially in the city of Orlando, to do something for that college celebration of football than to honor the UCF team in stadium on Sunday,” NFL director of events and strategy Matt Shapiro said, per Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel.In addition to this, the school plans on honoring the team with a National Championship banner. Additionally, Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed the Knights National Champions within the state.Green noted that the team will be honored on the field after the first quarter of Sunday’s Pro Bowl.UCF finished the regular season 11-0, defeated Memphis in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, and defeated Auburn 34-27 in the Peach Bowl to secure a
22 Jan 2018 18:47:10 -0500
Crisco landed $3.45 million worth of free advertising from NFC title game
One of the more hilarious stories we covered leading up to the NFC Championship Game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings involved Crisco. The city of Philadelphia had “Crisco Cops” out in force Sunday morning before the game to grease up light poles so that fans couldn’t climb on them following the game.What’s really funny is that, at least in some cases, it didn’t make a difference. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And by God, if you grease up a light pole so I won’t climb it, you better believe I’m going to figure out a way to climb that sucker.Now comes the kicker. As a totally unintentional byproduct of all the Crisco used up by the Crisco Cops in Philly, the company garnered some serious press time. Which, in turn, led to free advertising. Suddenly, I’m hungry for some delicious, home-cooked apple pie.
22 Jan 2018 18:38:41 -0500
Blake Bortles wants to stay with Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a decision to make on Blake Bortles’ future, but if it’s up to the quarterback, he’d like to remain right where he is.The Jaguars have already picked up Bortles’ 2018 option, but his $19 million salary won’t become guaranteed until March, giving Jacksonville a chance to walk away from him if they decide to do so. Bortles is hoping they don’t.“I’ve enjoyed my four years in Jacksonville and I would love to play here for as long as they let me,” Bortles said, via the Florida Times-Union and ProFootballTalk’s Josh Alper. “What they decide and all of the decisions they make are outside of my control. I would be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here. Hopefully that can happen.”There are two ways to look at this. Bortles is a limited quarterback, and the Jaguars will have to consider whether they think they can do better. On the other hand, despite his limitations, he very nearly quarterbacked them to the Super Bowl, and they may want to hold out hope that he can take the hurt
22 Jan 2018 17:57:24 -0500
Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd
In what has to be considered one of the most shocking stories of the NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks have fired head coach Jason Kidd. This comes out of absolutely nowhere and with Kidd’s now former Bucks team currently as the eighth seed back east. Sure the Bucks have struggled with consistency thus far on the season, but that doesn’t make Kidd’s firing any less shocking.Here’s a squad that has earned a playoff spot in two of the past three seasons under Kidd. Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee back in 2014, this franchise had earned two postseason spots in eight years.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski goes on to report that assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over on an interim basis and coach the Bucks Monday night against the Phoenix Suns. There has to be more to this story, and once more information does break, we will have it for you right here.Kidd ends his three-plus years in Milwaukee with a 139-152 record.