23 Jul 2016 23:36:27 -0400
Report: Yankees close to trading Aroldis Chapman
Just one game over .500 following Saturday’s loss to the San Francisco Giants, it appears that the New York Yankees are going to be sellers leading up to the trade deadline a week from Monday.
Sources: #Yankees telling clubs that they are close to trading Chapman and will hold Miller.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2016
Putting All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman on the block makes sense for a number of reasons. First off, he’s set to become a free agent during the winter, at which point the Yankees can consider re-signing him.
Secondly, now 7.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East, it seems unlikely that New York is going to earn a playoff spot this season.
Even if the team were to somehow inch into the postseason, having a dominant reliever in Andrew Miller man the closer position wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.
Chapman, 28, missed the first month of the season due to a suspension stemming from a domestic violence situation. Since he’s...
23 Jul 2016 22:51:47 -0400
WATCH: Dontrelle Willis' great reaction to Giancarlo Stanton home run
During Saturday’s game between the Marlins and Mets, Giancarlo Stanton launched a monster home run that hit the scoreboard in left field at Marlins Park. Perhaps just as enjoyable as Stanton’s blast was the reaction by a former member of the Marlins.
Dontrelle Willis was on hand for the game as it was his bobblehead night at the stadium. While there for the festivities, Willis stopped by the broadcast booth and had a headset on when Stanton hit his home run. His reaction was great and sums up the moment perfectly.
During his career, Willis played with an infectious smile and happiness that were evident whether he was on the mound or in the batter’s box. Both were on display once again as he said “Momma, there go that man again!” while Stanton rounded the bases.
Willis spent his first five seasons in the big leagues with the Marlins, making the all-star team twice and winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2003. His 22 wins in 2005 are the most in a single-season in franchise hi
23 Jul 2016 20:54:11 -0400
Reports: Sale cut up throwback uniforms with knife in protest
Chris Sale reportedly lost his temper over throwback uniforms that the Chicago White Sox were slated to wear Saturday night.
Reports stated that Sale, who was scratched from his start and sent home before the game, refused to wear the uniforms and went as far as to cut them up in protest.
Not a joke: Source says Sale blowup was because he didn't want to wear throwbacks, so he cut the jerseys up so no one could wear them.
— Tommy Stokke (@StokkeTommy) July 23, 2016
Trusted MLB reporters Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan confirmed that the story is true.
Sources say: Sale cut up throwbacks during batting practice. Upset that, in his view, PR and jersey sales were more important than winning.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2016
Yup, it's true. Chris Sale got sent home by White Sox for cutting up a jersey he didn't want to wear. Source confirms @StokkeTommy report.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 24, 2016
Sale's weapon of choice was apparently a knife.
Finally, told Sale used a
23 Jul 2016 19:47:03 -0400
WNBA withdraws fines for teams that protested gun violence
The WNBA has withdrawn its fines for multiple teams and players that protested recent gun violence by wearing black warmup shirts before their games.
The Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury were each fined $5,000, and players on those teams were fined $500 a piece for wearing black T-shirts calling attention to shootings by and against police officers in place of their normal warmups.
BREAKING: WNBA withdraws fines for teams that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) July 23, 2016
The news of these fines caused a stir nationwide, and many other WNBA teams participated in similar protests as a show of solidarity. If anything, the league’s decision to fine those teams and players only encouraged other teams to participate in similar protests.
"There comes a time when silence is betrayal" -MLK @wnba #WewillNOTbesilenced#Blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/utjcNjOveU
— Breanna Stewart (@bre_stewart30) July 22, 2016
23 Jul 2016 17:11:07 -0400
Ezekiel Elliott: ‘Evil NEVER prevails’
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is facing domestic violence allegations, but it’s been reported that he adamantly denies them. Now he appears to have spoken up on the matter himself.
His ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, filed two reports telling police that Elliott attacked her over the course of several days, leaving marks on her body.
Mike Leslie of WFAA reported that Elliott has proof he did nothing wrong.
High-ranking #Cowboys source says that Ezekiel Elliott has messages saved on his phone proving his ex-girlfriend is trying to set him up.
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 22, 2016
Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted this stems from what appears to be an act of revenge.
Per a source, Elliott broke off the relationship and alleged victim said she would ruin him if he did. Thus the accusations
— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) July 22, 2016
The rookie running back appeared to finally make a statement of his own on the matter on Friday ni...
23 Jul 2016 16:39:55 -0400
Orioles, Padres reportedly talking trades of Melvin Upton, Cashner
The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly in the hunt for two players the San Diego Padres have put on the trade block.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Orioles are engaged in discussions with the Padres over outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and pitcher Andrew Cashner.
Source: #Orioles pursuing #Padres’ Cashner in addition to Upton. Separate deals.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 23, 2016
The Blue Jays are also reportedly in on both players, though San Diego is trying to use them to get a better return out of Baltimore.
Unclear whether #BlueJays would want Upton if they can’t get Cashner, too. #Padres trying to pit TOR against BAL on Upton for better return.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 23, 2016
On Friday night, it was also reported that the Orioles were trying to include pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez in the deal.
Sources: Upton-for-Jimenez trade between #Orioles and #Padres not yet close. SD also wants prospect.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 23, 2016
23 Jul 2016 16:18:23 -0400
Le’Veon Bell reportedly missed ‘several’ drug tests
Le’Veon Bell is reportedly facing a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy, and the latest information on this front is even more discouraging for Pittsburgh Steelers fans.
Appearing on NFL Network Saturday morning, Ian Rapoport said sources have told him Bell missed “several” drug tests, via Pro Football Talk.
When rumblings of this upcoming suspension first stole into the public light, Bell adamantly denied he had failed any tests.
“I haven’t missed any drug tests, failed any drug tests. I am fine,” Bell said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
But when there is this much smoke, fire almost certainly exists.
And if so, it wouldn’t be the first time he was suspended for violating the NFL’s Substances of Abuse Policy. Bell was also suspended for two games last year after the league shaved a game off the original three-game ban for violating this same policy.
A couple positives can be gleaned from this unfortunate situation.
23 Jul 2016 15:53:05 -0400
Report: Islanders looking at locations to build new arena
According to Newsday, the New York Islanders are examining two locations to build a potential new arena for the team to call home. It’s been long reported that the Islanders – along with their fans – aren’t pleased with their current home in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center and they’re exploring possible options which could take the team to a location near Citi Field in Queens or to Belmont Park in Elmont which would bring the Isles back to Nassau.
Here’s the report regarding Belmont Park:
The New York Islanders are in discussions with state officials about building a new hockey arena at Belmont Park in Elmont, a move that would bring the team back to Nassau after they left to play in Brooklyn last year, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
The sources confirmed that the team’s new owners have met several times in recent months with officials of the New York Racing Association, which runs Belmont, to discuss a possible new arena.
And the report suggesting a mo...
23 Jul 2016 14:40:10 -0400
Top five takeaways from this year's NBA Summer League
Las Vegas waved goodbye to the NBA Summer League once again after hosting some of the league’s young up-and-comers. The Bulls went 7-0 to win the league, as they took down the Timberwolves in overtime, while the Raptors had a strong display at 4-1.
Las Vegas was our first chance to see some of the rookies compete, while it also gave us a look at other emerging young players.
Here are five takeaways from the summer action.
1. Ben Simmons’ court vision is undeniable
Sixers fans, be excited. For the fourth consecutive year, the Sixers gambled their lottery pick on a front-court player, and they finally hit the bullseye with No. 1 overall selection Ben Simmons.
Simmons showed unselfishness with the basketball as well as incredible court vision during his four games in the summer league. The 6’10” forward was running the floor for the Sixers and throwing in some fancy passes along the way. His size plus passing ability is a rare combination; he passes the ball like he’s Ricky Rubio yet he has the bo
23 Jul 2016 14:12:52 -0400
NCAA rules that hanging out with Drake is violation
Note to college basketball players: hanging out with Drake is an NCAA violation. Just ask Kentucky basketball, which self-reported the violation, stemming from an Instagram picture featuring the rapper posing next to Tyler Ulis last year.
“A violation of ‘preferential treatment’ occurred when a UK player attended a Drake concert after-party and a member of the famous rapper’s management team recognized the player and invited him back to say hello. UK compliance discovered it after the athlete – whose name is redacted – posted a photo on social media. Tyler Ulis, UK’s started point guard at the time, posted a photo with Drake on Instagram the night of the concert, May 29, 2015, in his hometown of Chicago.”
23 Jul 2016 13:57:09 -0400
WATCH: Justin Bieber arm wrestle Sixers center Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, due to injury, hasn’t played a minute in the NBA just yet despite being drafted back in 2014. But he does have one important athletic achievement to his name – beating pop star Justin Bieber in an arm wrestle.
Friday night, Bieber and Embiid apparently hung out at Hyde in Los Angeles and challenged each other to a test of strength. The video clearly shows Bieber trying to move Embiid’s arm back – with little success. The second post shows that Embiid wound up winning.
@justinbieber Vs @joelembiid Arm wrestling match at Hyde.. In all fairness Joel is 7 feet tall!.. Still had to take the bets and ref the match though.. In my element @taavcooperman @kingfrankiedelgado @noirrob #JustinBieber #JoelEmbiid #HydeSunset
A video posted by Mike H (@theelcartel) on Jul 22, 2016 at 9:23pm PDT
Step brothers.. Post celebration after winning the arm wrestling match against Bieber.. Stay tuned! #HydeNights
A photo posted by Mike H (@thee...
23 Jul 2016 13:48:10 -0400
RUMOR: Celtics sign Green, Zeller and two others to contract deals
The Boston Celtics are filling out their roster Saturday.
Athletic wing Gerald Green will join the Celtics on a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum, according to multiple reports. But he’s not the only one: Boston agreed to bring back center Tyler Zeller, and agreed to contracts with rookies Demetrius Jackson and Ben Bentil.
The @celtics will sign free-agent guard Gerald Green, a source told Sporting News.
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) July 23, 2016
Per sources, Gerald Green to get a one-year deal at veteran minimum (little more than $1.4 million); Zeller will receive two years at $8 mil per year with only the first year guaranteed.
Green, 30, was drafted by the Celtics in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft and played with the team from 2005-07 before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Kevin Garnett deal. He won the NBA slam dunk contest while with Boston in 2007. He shot 40 percent from three-point range last season for the Miami Heat, providing an additional sho
23 Jul 2016 13:37:04 -0400
Kevin Durant Thunder jerseys going for less than 50 cents in OKC
It’s hard to imagine many in the Oklahoma City area want to buy a Kevin Durant jersey right now.
Durant pulled the worst move since The Decision recently, abandoning the Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. As many know, this might not stand as such a huge ordeal had he not went and joined the team that bested the Thunder in the playoffs, not to mention posted the best regular season of all time.
Alas, stores in Oklahoma City have responded in kind, slapping Durant’s jersey with a silly price tag:
Oklahoma City store discounts Thunder Durant jerseys to 99% off https://t.co/2hoflwYAms pic.twitter.com/rRBOq9gHKS
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 22, 2016
Better than just throwing them away, right?
Odds are many of these don’t come off the shelves at all. Then again, if a few scorned fans want to start a mean campfire, this is a pretty cheap way to add some (hopefully safe) fun to the equation.
On the flip side, collectors who somehow don’t have a Durant jersey in a certain color probably
23 Jul 2016 13:23:40 -0400
Why are Saints holding out on contract talks with Drew Brees?
Drew Brees was thought to be a lock to earn a contract extension this offseason, but the New Orleans Saints didn’t oblige. Now we’re learning there hasn’t been any meaningful conversations on this front in a long while.
This has Brees feeling a bit perplexed.
“Not sure why things have not progressed,” said Brees, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “They made an offer in March, we made an offer shortly thereafter. And besides the Josh Norman deal [when the Saints approached Brees about restructuring his contract to try to fit the star cornerback under their salary cap], there has been no talk about a contract since.”
The Saints were expected to extend Brees’ contract after the 2015 season because the quarterback carries a $30 million cap hit into the upcoming campaign. However, the franchise did very little in free agency and ended up being able to carry his gargantuan contract into the season without running into salary cap problems.
For this reason, the pressure to do a new deal sub...
22 Jul 2016 21:48:57 -0400
Jay Gruden gives out primo parking spots to hard-working players
Parking is one of the most annoying, stressful and sometimes disheartening aspects of modern society. Nobody likes to park far away from where they have to go, especially at work. Some would do anything in order to earn better parking spots. Jay Gruden, head coach of Washington’s NFL team, has decided to use parking spots as an incentive for players to work harder in practice.
Gruden began this plan last season, and according to the team’s website, eight players earned primo parking spots for hard work in practice, including Mason Foster, Bashaud Breeland, Ryan Kerrigan, and Pierre Garcon among the names.
Gruden rewards players with reserved parking.Also, don't park in @Niles_Paul84's spot: https://t.co/ZtBYNoTZyN pic.twitter.com/NJDEgGAy3f
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 22, 2016
Niles Paul also earned one of those spots, and has a message for those trying to take his spot, which you can sort of see in the tweet above. If you can’t see it, it says, “NILES PAUL IS HERE EVERY D