16 Aug 2017 20:47:39 -0400
Watch Christian McCaffrey juke Luke Kuechly out of his shoes
Someone needs to let Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey know that he needs to take it easy on his teammates, and save the sick moves for the regular season.The eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has already been showing up in flashes during training camp, and Wednesday’s practice was no different.McCaffrey was simulating coming out of the backfield and getting open for a pass during one particular drill, and was covered by All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly.And yeah, it’s safe to say the rookie won this round, as he juked Kuechly out of his shoes. It’s not the first time this has happened, either. McCaffrey is going to develop into a special player, and the Stanford product will be fun to watch for years to come.
16 Aug 2017 20:34:58 -0400
WATCH: Aaron Judge hits yet another massive homer
Aaron Judge doesn’t simply hit home runs. He pounds the baseballs into oblivion. Robert Gsellman and the rest of the New York Mets found that out the hard way on Wednesday.Judge hit a towering home run off of Gsellman in the third inning, breaking a 1-1 tie between the Mets and his New York Yankees. We can guess that the people sitting up there weren’t expecting to be fielding a ball tonight.The most noticeable thing about this home run wasn’t just the length. While 457 feet is a massive home run, he’s hit longer. No, what’s amazing about this one is that Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes didn’t even feel the need to move a step. Usually an outfielder will give a courtesy step or two, even on a moon shot. Cespedes felt no need and clearly, he was right.
16 Aug 2017 20:16:49 -0400
These comments from Tom Brady should scare opponents
Since turning the big 40 earlier in August, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has not lost a step. In fact, things are quite the opposite for Brady who had this to say when asked about training as a 40-year-old player.“No. I think it’s a lot easier now for me than it’s ever been,” he said, per Phil Perry of CSN New England. “I feel like my routine is better than it’s ever been. When you’re younger you don’t know what to do. After 17 years, going into my 18th year, I know what to do.”He makes a point about having years of experience. But, at the same time it almost seems as if Brady is superhuman.“I know how to prepare. I’m never sore. I could practice every day,” the future Hall of Famer said. “I could practice twice a day if they’d let us do that, but that’s not the way it goes anymore. It’s just fun being out here competing.”Really? No pain at all? I guess we will have to buy that considering Brady’s rigorous and detailed fitness program. The five-time Super Bo
16 Aug 2017 19:59:19 -0400
Broncos reportedly giving Paxton Lynch more first-team reps
Read into it what you will, but the Denver Broncos are reportedly spending the week taking a long look at Paxton Lynch.According to Mike Klis of 9News, the second-year quarterback is getting “considerably more first-team reps” than he has at any point in the offseason.It is unclear what this means, especially as, according to Klis, Trevor Siemian has largely outperformed Lynch during training camp. One possible explanation is that the Broncos are simply giving Lynch an opportunity to stay sharp with the first team before he is ultimately put behind Siemian for good.By all accounts, Siemian is winning the battle by a significant margin. It would be a huge surprise if Lynch was under center for Week 1.
16 Aug 2017 19:54:33 -0400
WATCH: Man takes first pitch to the jewels prior to Red Sox game
Throughout his life, Jordan Leandre has provided many heartwarming moments at Fenway Park. On Wednesday, with the Boston Red Sox were honoring the 50th anniversary of their 1967 American League pennant winning team, Leandre provided a funny moment. Well, it was funny for all but one person.Leandre was throwing out the first pitch to Mike Andrews, that team’s second baseman. The ball sailed wide, over the right-handed batter’s box, and hit a camera man in a very unfortunate area. Ouch. With one strike, he hit two balls.For his part, Leandre has laughed it off. — Jordan Leandre (@Jordan_BBS) August 16, 2017 Fortunately, the camera man has done the same.
16 Aug 2017 19:46:09 -0400
Kevin Durant weighs in on LeBron James/Cavs situation
LeBron James’ increasingly uncertain future with the Cleveland Cavaliers has everybody talking, including his NBA peers.Kevin Durant had a spirited back-and-forth on Twitter with rapper/comedian Lil Dicky on Wednesday over whether or not the Cavs should trade James amidst the growing rumors that he will be leaving the team next summer. Of course, James has a full-no trade clause, one it has already been reported that he will not be waiving. But rumblings emerged on Wednesday that the four-time MVP is “100 percent leaving” the Cavs next summer (which James’ camp vehemently denied however). In any case, Durant seems to respect James as a competitor and friend, so it’s a very reasonable take from him.
16 Aug 2017 19:26:21 -0400
Report: Hugh Freeze made escort-type calls while on recruiting trips
More information has emerged regarding the Hugh Freeze scandal at Ole Miss, and a new report points to the former football coach establishing a pattern of making escort service-type phone calls while on recruiting trips.Freeze resigned as the head coach at Ole Miss last month amid a report that he made phone call to an escort service. Freeze tried to dismiss the phone call as being the product of a misdial. However, Ole Miss said upon doing a closer examination of the coach’s phone record, they discovered a pattern of similar calls being made.On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton wrote about that pattern. According to his story, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork told Beaton that the phone calls tended to happen when Freeze was using the school plane on recruiting trips.Beaton writes that the phone calls were “often matching up with travel logs showing the coach’s use of the school plane. The school said it examined his travel logs from peak recruiting times—often November, Decemb
16 Aug 2017 18:45:34 -0400
More Jaguars players getting frustrated over Blake Bortles?
Things could very well be on the verge of boiling over in Jacksonville. Just a short while after star receiver Allen Robinson openly voiced frustration over the performance of quarterback Blake Bortles, cornerback Jalen Ramsey seems to be doing the same thing.Here, you will see that the second-year defensive back liked an Instagram post that linked to an article listing six potential replacements for Bortles under center. Normally, this type of online investigative reporting would be seen as reaching. That’s until we realize the Jaguars themselves have put Bortles on notice publicly. If the team is willing to do that, we’re not too surprised an outspoken youngster like Ramsey is also willing to throw his quarterback under the bus.Regardless of whether the likes of Colin Kaepernick or Alex Smith can be seen as upgrades over Bortles, it’s becoming increasingly clear that players on the Jaguars are not happy having to prop up a quarterback that continues to struggle with interceptions.Robinson’s frustrat
16 Aug 2017 18:32:17 -0400
LeBron James camp strongly denies report he intends to leave Cavaliers
Sources close to LeBron James are strongly denying a report that surfaced Wednesday stating that the star forward is certain to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers when his contract expires.On Wednesday, a report emerged stating that James was “100 percent leaving,” with his relationship with order Dan Gilbert irreparably broken. Sources close to James, however, dismissed this story as nonsense. What’s the truth? James probably hasn’t even made anything close to a decision yet. That said, it’s easy to imagine James deciding to close the book on Cleveland once again. The Cavaliers know enough to be prepared for the possibility.
16 Aug 2017 17:19:06 -0400
Sean Payton explains Saints’ decision to fire orthopedists
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton explained why the organization parted ways with a pair of orthopedists.It was widely reported that the orthopedists, Deryk Jones and Misty Suri, were fired in light of a significant misdiagnosis of cornerback Delvin Breaux. Breaux was found to have a fractured fibula after the team doctors diagnosed him with a contusion. Payton contended that the firings were not in response to a single incident.“You’re always trying to get the best opinion possible,” Payton said, via Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk. “It’s one of those positions with every team that there’s always that level of importance to come up with the right opinion. For years, those guys have done a great job and yet there was a point at which we just felt as an organization that change was going to be necessary for us.”The Breaux situation was a significant, embarrassing misdiagnosis that likely left the Saints with little choice but to make a change — especially after Payton was rather public about p
16 Aug 2017 16:31:17 -0400
Report: LeBron James is '100 percent' leaving the Cavaliers
The idea that LeBron James would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second time in his career seems to be picking up steam.It was recently reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Cleveland’s asking price for Kyrie Irving is directly linked to the idea that the team will ultimately lose James in free agency next summer (more on that here).Now comes this report from veteran NBA scribe Chris Sheridan indicating through a source that James himself is definitely leaving and that his relationship with owner Dan Gilbert is “beyond repair.” In no way should this be considered a surprise. After all, Gilbert apparently didn’t talk with James before firing then general manager David Griffin back in June. Meanwhile, there have been reports that James himself would like to play for the Lakers and Magic Johnson in Southern California.After leading the Cavaliers to their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, it appears that James is not happy with the direction of the team. Add in the fact that Irving himse
16 Aug 2017 15:58:38 -0400
Could David Blatt replace Jeff Hornacek with the Knicks?
Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt has made it clear that he wants to return to the NBA. If Jeff Hornacek falters with the New York Knicks in the upcoming season, Blatt may well have his ticket back.“Blatt, who has enjoyed tremendous success abroad, owns an impressive resume. No question about it. But you know the old saying, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. And Blatt has connections with people in high places inside the Knicks front office, namely team president Steve Mills and newly hired front office executive Craig Robinson,” Frank Isola of the Daily News reported. “All three were teammates at Princeton under legendary coach Pete Carril and remain close. You can connect the dots from here.”That of course begs a question. What exactly does Hornacek need to do with a Knicks team that isn’t expected to do much? Isola noted that it “begins with Hornacek repairing his relationship with Kristaps Porzingis,” which would certainly be a good start.Porzingis has had an active o
16 Aug 2017 15:40:54 -0400
Report: Bulls expected to buy out Wade in next few months
Dwyane Wade’s days in Chicago appear to be numbered.Nick Friedell of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Bulls are expected to agree to a buyout with Wade “at some point in the next few months.”The 35-year-old Wade, who put up 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game for Chicago last season, opted into $23.8 million for the 2017-18 campaign earlier this summer. But the Bulls waived Rajon Rondo and traded Jimmy Butler shortly after he did, signaling the start of a full-scale rebuild phase that it makes little sense for the 12-time All-Star Wade to be around for.Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg had talked about a potential mentorship role for Wade and the unlikelihood of a buyout just last month. But it sounds like the plan has changed since then, and we know at least one team that may be interested in the former Finals MVP if he indeed becomes available.
16 Aug 2017 15:03:29 -0400
Report: Marlins are willing to talk to teams about Stanton
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is in the midst of one of the best power stretches in recent baseball history. The All-Star has hit 23 homers in his past 35 games and leads the Majors with 44 on the season.To many, this would seem to be a clear indication that Stanton will be the Marlins’ franchise cornerstone moving forward. After all, he’s still just 27 years old.Having cleared waivers earlier in the week, that might not be the case.According to this one report, the Marlins are willing to talk to other teams about the power-hitting outfielder. Set to exist under a new ownership group, it remains to be seen if Stanton’s inflated contract will be an issue in Miami. He signed a 13-year, $325 million extension with the Marlins back in November of 2014.As Morosi notes, this could also be a potential issue for team looking to trade for the All-Star. Very few organizations around the baseball world can afford to take on that type of salary. And with the waiver trade deadline inching closer later t
16 Aug 2017 13:36:37 -0400
Jose Fernandez statue may not be built with new Marlins ownership
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had plans to construct a statue outside Marlins Park honoring the late Jose Fernandez, but there’s a chance the tribute may never be completed with the team now being sold.Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the building of the Fernandez statue is “very much in question” since it will not be completed before the new ownership group, which includes Derek Jeter, takes over. The matter has yet to be discussed with the new owners, who have just finalized the terms of their purchase in the past week.Loria said back in April that the statue should be completed in about six months.“I went through hundreds and hundreds of photographs with the sculptor and gestures of Jose’s face to try and make it perfect,” he told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “No one else is going to get involved in a piece of sculpture other than me, right? I’ve spent 50 years in that world. We’re going to cast it in bronze and paint the glove the red-orange that Jose would like, and that w