28 Jun 2017 20:32:11 -0400
Report: Jimmy Butler recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves made a pretty big step in the right direction last week when the team acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. It was a move meant to give Minnesota an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot after struggling through a mediocre 2016-17 campaign.But in no way was this trade the end of the line for the Wolves this summer.At least one report is now indicating that Butler himself is recruiting soon-to-be free agent Kyle Lowry to join him in the Twin Cities. With Ricky Rubio still firmly on the trade block, Minnesota has been bandied about as a potential landing spot for top-end free agent point guards. That’s only magnified by the fact that the Wolves sent Kris Dunn to Chicago in the Butler deal.Lowry opted out of his contract with Toronto after putting up a career-best performance this past season. He averaged 22.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists en route to earning his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance.In another bit of news surrounding Butler and
28 Jun 2017 20:18:19 -0400
WATCH: Tim Tebow didn't waste any time homering after promotion
Tim Tebow’s first game at high Single-A St. Lucie was delayed a day after Tuesday’s action was rained out. All of that waiting apparently did the New York Mets’ prospect well, as he would go on to hit a homer in the second game of Wednesday’s twin bill. As you can see above, Tebow went opposite field for a two-run shot.New York made news for its decision to promote the former Heisman winning quarterback from low-A Columbia after he hit just .222 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 63 games for the Fireflies. Though, by the looks of his stroke, Tebow surely has no problem finding wood in the minors.Also important to note, the former Denver Broncos first-round pick has now passed Michael Jordan on the minor league homer list. pic.twitter.com/bEmRyP88Ip— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) June 28, 2017 That’s no small accomplishment. Or is it?
28 Jun 2017 20:00:49 -0400
Nolan Arenado throws out runner from seated position
The Rockies have been one of this year’s “out of nowhere” teams, the kind of team that was projected to maybe be decent (though some considered them a sleeper) that comes out hot and forces their way into the playoff race.That the rest of the National League has been generally bad has been a big help for them as well. That’s enabled them to weather a recent slide, as Colorado had lost 7 straight games heading into Wednesday’s tilt in San Francisco.One thing that hasn’t regressed, though, is Nolan Arenado’s defensive prowess. He offered up yet another example on Wednesday, with what will surely end up being a contender for play of the season: Okay, that’s ridiculous, even though a pitcher was running. The defensive side of his game is indisputable. He’s the best defensive third baseman in baseball, and one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. If it weren’t for Kris Bryant, Arenado would be a lock starter in the All Star game for years to come. (As it is, he still might be, at least this
28 Jun 2017 19:35:47 -0400
NFL fans in Florida seem to like Tom Brady more than any of their three teams’ players
Florida has not had a good NFL team in a very long time, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have uninspiring rosters. How uninspiring? I forgot about the Buccaneers for the first 10 minutes of writing this article.That, combined with a lot of northern transplants, means that fans in Florida don’t really want Jaguars, Buccaneers and Dolphins jerseys. Whose jersey do they want? Apparently, Tom Brady’s.From The Miami Herald:
If jersey sales are a good gauge, Brady might be more popular in the state of Florida than any Dolphins player.
Brady’s blue No. 12 was not only the best-selling NFL jersey in the country in May, it ranked No. 1 in Florida — a state with three NFL teams, including the Dolphins.
That’s according to rankings compiled by NFLShop.com.
It’s not just Florida that loves Brady. He ranks first in 16 other states, including three that have their own NFL franchises.
Get ready for the fall now, Florida! Your favorite player visits your state on October 5 (T
28 Jun 2017 19:15:58 -0400
Austin Rivers responds to ‘false’ report about Chris Paul issues
Austin Rivers saw the report that circulated on Wednesday saying that Chris Paul was bothered by perceived nepotism on the Clippers, and Rivers decided to address the rumor.In a tweet sent Wednesday afternoon, Austin Rivers called the report “false rumors.” He dismissed it as “comedy,” “fictional,” and said the person who wrote the information was a clown. Earlier in the day, Rivers responded to the news of CP3’s trade to Houston by expressing fondness towards Paul. Austin’s father Doc has been the coach of the Clippers the past four seasons and even served in the front office beginning in 2014. He brought in his son, Austin, in 2015 via a trade with Boston.A report published on Wednesday after Paul was traded to Houston said CP3 became upset with Doc Rivers because he felt the coach gave preferable treatment towards Austin and made a bad decision by not trading his son.
28 Jun 2017 19:05:15 -0400
Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor
Boxer Floyd Mayweather and non-boxer Conor McGregor announced earlier this year that they will square off in the right on August 26, in a fight that promises to net both fighters massive paydays.The sponsorship asking price confirms that.According to ESPN, UFC is asking for $10 million for the title sponsor of the fight, which is almost double what the title sponsor paid for the last fight of the century of the year, Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.
The benchmark numbers to sponsor the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been set, with the asking price for the title sponsor of the Aug. 26 fight at $10 million.
WME/IMG, owners of the UFC, sent out a proposal to companies to gauge their interest in sponsoring elements of the fight, which ESPN has obtained.
The $10 million would nearly double boxing’s largest single-fight sponsorship, the $5.6 million that Tecate paid for Mayweather-Pacquiao in May 2015.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, which Mayweather won by unanimous decision, was a major let
28 Jun 2017 18:33:58 -0400
Kevin Durant laughs off Rockets’ acquisition of Chris Paul
It’s safe to say Kevin Durant is not sweating the Houston Rockets’ newly loaded backcourt.Taunted about the pairing of Chris Paul and James Harden on Twitter, Durant’s response was fairly simple — and quite indicative of the fact that he has no fear of Houston’s new dynamic duo. Durant isn’t going to be worried. His team found a way past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, so he’s not going to lose his mind over a Paul-Harden pairing, however talented it may be.Durant has really been feeling it on Twitter lately, though. Clearly, being an NBA champion agrees with him.
28 Jun 2017 18:05:52 -0400
Terry Francona wearing heart monitor in case of another 'episode'
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the bench to manage the team’s game on Wednesday, but will do so with a heart monitor. It’s been a turbulent month for Cleveland’s manager, who’s dealt with multiple health scares.Francona left Monday’s game early because he wasn’t feeling well, and he missed Tuesday’s game with the same ailment. He was also hospitalized earlier in June after a game.The Indians have been 1-1 in Francona’s absence over the last two games. They defeated the Texas Rangers 15-9 on Monday, but dropped a 2-1 game to Texas on Tuesday.
28 Jun 2017 17:43:06 -0400
Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit
The Chicago Cubs visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, and one picture gave a lot of people the impression outfielder Albert Almora flipped him off while in the Oval Office.Here’s the picture that got people talking. However, Almora strongly denies he was doing anything of the sort.“I had two fingers out,” he said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’d never do that to the president of the United States.”Indeed. If you look closely, Almora’s index finger is visible, even though it doesn’t look like it at first glance. Apparently, Almora’s teammates gave him a pretty hard time about the whole thing, which is to be expected.
28 Jun 2017 17:20:28 -0400
Nationals minor league team will give out ‘Ode to Tommy John’ figurines
Minor League Baseball is as much about the promotions as it is about the baseball. And in that game, the Potomac Nationals are winning.The team announced that it will be giving away an “Ode to Tommy John” figurine in which you can pull out parts of the arm. It’s unclear whether the Nationals organization to use this to ward off curses, though the organization sure has had bad luck with Tommy John surgeries.The Potomac Nationals are currently a below-average team in the Carolina League, but as noted above, wins and losses don’t matter in the minors. All that matters is the fun, and to that end, the team is first place in our hearts.
28 Jun 2017 16:09:59 -0400
Blazers post hilarious tweets after acquiring cash from Rockets
The Portland Trail Blazers continue to prove why they have the best social media presence in the NBA.On Wednesday, the Blazers traded guard Tim Quarterman to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations. Quarterman was then promptly dealt by Houston to the LA Clippers as part of the return package for Chris Paul. While they appeared to be a mere footnote to this NBA landscape-altering sequence of events, the Blazers managed to steal the show somewhat by welcoming their newest “acquisition” with a couple of priceless tweets. The Blazers have certainly had some Hall of Fame-worthy tweets in the past (albeit, some more successful than others). But these latest ones should probably be printed out and lifted to the Moda Center rafters to hang forever.
28 Jun 2017 15:56:02 -0400
Chip Kelly defends Kaepernick: He was not a distraction
Much has been said about how much Colin Kaepernick was a distraction in the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room last season, but the man who oversaw things is defending the quarterback.Chip Kelly joined ESPN’s Adam Schefter on the “Know them from Adam” podcast, which was published on Wednesday. The two are now colleagues at ESPN, and they talked about Kaepernick, who served as Kelly’s quarterback in San Francisco most of last season.Kelly was adamant that Kaepernick was not a locker room distraction despite kneeling for the national anthem. He also defended Kap’s play.“Kap was awesome. At the beginning of the year he made his stance on what he believed was right. We recognized and supported his ability to do that. But he never brought that into the locker room,” Kelly said, via Black Sports Online. “We had a meeting the day after the Green Bay game that he did it in the preseason and he explained to all the players the process and mindset of what he was doing. And there were some players that a
28 Jun 2017 15:46:19 -0400
Steve Smith faces suspension should he unretire
Former Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith retired from the NFL this past spring. He did so in order to take a job with NFL Network.And despite the New York Jets showing interest in him recently, it looks like Smith is intent on continuing with the retired life. Though, if Smith himself decides to return to the gridiron, he would face a suspension after skipping multiple drug tests.“On record right now I have three drug tests I have failed to appear for, and so actually if I tried to reinstate and play, I would be suspended,” Smith said on the Rich Eisen Show (h/t CBS Sports).Smith made it clear that he’s not on drugs. Instead, he simply decided to skip the tests following his retirement. At that point, the future Hall of Famer had not filed paperwork for retirement with the league. Hence, why he was still subjected to testing.All of this is seemingly moot. Smith appears intent to continue his media career. However, it surely is something to pay attention to should he decide
28 Jun 2017 15:09:18 -0400
Report: Chris Paul ‘despises’ Doc Rivers, had issues with treatment of son Austin
Chris Paul’s departure from the Los Angeles Clippers came as a shock publicly, but if one report is true, it wouldn’t have been a surprise privately.ESPN’s Michael Eaves shared several alleged reasons that Paul left the Clippers, generally boiling it down to CP3 having a fallout with coach and team president Doc Rivers over the treatment of son Austin Rivers.According to Eaves, several Clippers, including Paul, felt that Austin Rivers was given preferential treatment by his father, escaped criticism for mistakes where the rest of the team did not, and made no effort to fit in with his teammates as a result. Though veteran players tried to address the situation, Austin Rivers supposedly did not change his behavior, leading to resentment in the locker room.The last straw, according to Eaves’ source, came last season, when the New York Knicks offered Carmelo Anthony and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce, and Rivers. Doc Rivers declined the trade, leading to Paul’
28 Jun 2017 14:52:51 -0400
Drew Brees trying to 'save the game' with flag football
Drew Brees might have an alternative for all those parents who are reluctant to allow their children to play tackle football.The Saints quarterback is trying to make flag football the standard gateway to the game.If Brees’ vision becomes reality, “Football ‘N’ America” will become a household name and youth participation won’t be a long-term concern for the game.Brees and marketing agent Chris Stuart co-founded Football ‘N’ America, a youth co-ed flag football league that will start up this fall in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Covington, La. Brees hopes to eventually grow the league nationally.“I think that this has the opportunity to really save the game of football, honestly,” Brees told ESPN.com.Brees, who is entering his 17th year in the NFL, played flag football in Texas and didn’t play tackle football until high school.“I would not let my kids play tackle football right now, because I don’t think that’s necessary, and I don’t think it’s as fun at this level, and I just