29 May 2016 00:24:01 -0400
Klay Thompson sets record as Warriors force Game 7
Stephen Curry might be the MVP, but Klay Thompson was the catalyst for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
The defending NBA champions trailed for the majority of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but rallied to win on the road, 108-101, and force a decisive Game 7. Thompson was nearly unstoppable, scoring a game-high 41 points, including 11 3-pointers, breaking the previous NBA playoff single-game record of nine.
28 May 2016 22:14:09 -0400
WATCH: Steven Adams makes a monster dunk on Draymond Green
Steven Adams and Draymond Green have had their fates linked throughout the Western Conference Finals, mainly because of Green’s multiple shots to Adams’ nether regions. But Adams got what might be the ultimate revenge during Saturday night’s Game 6 – putting Green on a poster.
Watch this insane dunk from Adams during the second quarter of Game 6 where he used every inch of his wingspan to jam it home over Green.
As Marv Albert might also say, Adams “SERVED UP A FACIAL!!!”
Let’s take a look at that again, on instant replay…
Steve Adams dunk on Draymond Green pic.twitter.com/0f9EC2zvWx
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) May 29, 2016
And one more time from up close just for good measure…
STEVEN ADAMS WITH THE ⚒ ⚒ ⚒ ⚒ ⚒ pic.twitter.com/dSavNLbl8V
— HuffPost Sports (@HuffPostSports) May 29, 2016
That just might be the dunk of the postseason so far and I’m sure it’s made all the sweeter for Adams given what Green has put him through this series.
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28 May 2016 21:21:33 -0400
WATCH: Noah Syndergaard tossed after throwing behind Chase Utley
With each Chase Utley at-bat against the Mets, everyone immediately wonders if New York pitchers will take some retaliatory measure for what happened last October.
Whether it simply got away from him or he intended to do it, we might not know for sure. Nonetheless, Noah Syndergaard threw behind Chase Utley in the top of the third on Saturday night. Instead of issuing a warning, home plate umpire Adam Hamari immediatley ejected the Mets right-hander from the game.
Retaliation? Noah Syndergaard threw behind Chase Utley & was ejected.
Terry Collins was livid & got tossed too.https://t.co/LqL4Qax0YS
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 29, 2016
Utley broke a guy’s leg and he didn’t even get tossed out, Noah didn’t even touch him and you throw him out… Just ridiculous.
— Mets Dynasty (@MetsDynasty) May 29, 2016
Terry Collins came out, obviously livid, and got tossed as well. Logan Verrett came in relief of Syndergaard. The sellout Citi Field crowd, instead of getting to watc
28 May 2016 18:05:18 -0400
White Sox in talks to acquire James Shields from Padres
The San Diego Padres look destined for another year of mediocrity, and they may be close to offloading one of their more expensive veterans as a result.
According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres are in talks to trade pitcher James Shields to the Chicago White Sox, and the discussions have “significant momentum.”
While a deal may not be imminent, the Padres are clearly looking to move Shields, and the White Sox have been after starting pitching help all season, so the pairing makes plenty of sense.
Shields is signed through 2018 and is owed another $65 million by San Diego. While the Padres are willing to kick in some money to make a deal happen, Shields can also opt out of the deal after 2016, which could complicate a significant return.
Shields has reportedly been on the block since the offseason, but he’s put up a 3.06 ERA thus far this season, so he has some fuel left in the tank. Just don’t let him face Bartolo Colon and you’ll be fine.
28 May 2016 17:25:32 -0400
NBA player shot and killed after reportedly breaking into apartment
Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot and killed after breaking into an apartment in Dallas early Saturday morning.
The former New Orleans Pelicans guard died at a hospital on Saturday, and the Dallas Morning News provides more information about the matter.
According to a police report, Dejean-Jones kicked open the door to an apartment. The apartment resident was asleep and woke up. The person got a gun, called out and heard no answer. Dejean-Jones apparently kicked open the bedroom door, and that’s when the resident shot him.
#BREAKING NBA player @B2nyce was shot breaking into an apartment in Dallas, per @DallasPD. https://t.co/yxvPFZTKyj pic.twitter.com/AI7Ok6WewE
— Sarah Mervosh (@smervosh) May 28, 2016
Dejean-Jones left the apartment, collapsed, and was taken to the hospital where he died.
Dejean-Jones was from Los Angeles and played college ball at USC, UNLV and Iowa State. At USC, he nearly got kicked off the team after a few incidents which included punching a teammate and get into it with a residen
28 May 2016 15:12:26 -0400
Dodgers send top prospect back to minors after one game
Julio Urias made his highly-anticipated MLB debut on Friday night, but that’s all Dodgers fans will get to experience of him for now.
The Dodgers are sending Urias down to the minor leagues on Saturday, a day after he made his first and only career start.
Urias, a 19-year-old prospect signed by the team in 2012, struggled with his control in his debut. The teenager allowed five hits and walked four in 2.2 innings against the Mets. He only threw 42 strikes in 81 pitches, striking out three. Despite giving up three runs and leaving down 3-1, Urias took a no-decision as the Dodgers scored four runs in the 9th to tie the game before losing 6-5.
The Mexican pitcher started on Friday in place of Alex Wood, who had a forearm issue. The Dodgers were unsure at the time whether they would keep Urias on the team to be a part of the pitching staff, but they decided to send him down.
Urias will return to Triple-A Oklahoma City for now where he was dominating the competition. Urias was 4-1 with a 1.10 ERA, having onl
28 May 2016 15:04:25 -0400
DeRozan: ‘My mindset has always been Toronto’
DeMar DeRozan doesn’t sound like a man who’s gearing up to leave the Toronto Raptors.
Despite being repeatedly linked with the Lakers, DeRozan’s spoke after the team’s loss to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night of a desire to spend his entire career in one city, giving a rather lukewarm assessment of his hometown of Los Angeles.
DeMar DeRozan on what’s important to him in free agency pic.twitter.com/kE0r5Q7CCt
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 28, 2016
DeRozan on spending an entire career with one team: “I think that’s the most incredible thing you can do, me personally. That’s awesome.”
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 28, 2016
DeRozan was asked how appealing going to LA is pic.twitter.com/CJiGWmA4dB
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 28, 2016
DeRozan keeps basically saying he wants to stay pic.twitter.com/QVbhGp4qw0
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 28, 2016
If DeRozan wants a winner, the Lakers’ rebuildi
28 May 2016 13:57:10 -0400
Will soccer superstar Lionel Messi have to miss the Copa America?
Lionel Messi is hurting, but we don’t yet know whether he’s injured.
The soccer superstar limped out of Argentina’s 1-0 win over Honduras on Friday, casting doubt over his status for Copa America 2016, which kicks off next week in the United States.
Honduras’ Oliver Morazan kneed Messi in the back during an accidental collision, leaving the Argentina forward writhing in pain. Messi left the game in the 64th minute and did not return to the field.
Following Friday’s Copa America warm-up game, Reuters reported that Argentina said on Twitter that Messi had “suffered bruising on the left of his lower back and ribs.”
Argentina will begin Copa America play against Chile on June 6 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The game is a rematch of last year’s final, which Chile won on penalty kicks, and a healthy Messi boosts Argentina’s chances of winning that game and the tournament.
Argentina’s national-team doctor elaborated on Messi’s condition Saturday.
“We did a scan on him at
28 May 2016 13:30:45 -0400
Did you know Peyton Manning was "pretty close" to QBing for Titans?
With all the time that has passed, it’s easy to forget that when Peyton Manning left the Colts back in 2012, the Denver Broncos were far from his only choice if he wanted to continue his career.
The Tennessee Titans were after Manning as well, and on Thursday night he admitted that he’d strongly considered playing professionally in the state where he went to college.
“I was pretty close,” Manning said of playing for the Titans, via The Tennessean.
Manning also said he wasn’t going to be coaching at his alma mater, but he was very excited for Vols football.
Peyton Manning: "No I will not be coaching QBs at Tennessee, but I'll be the biggest #Vols fan this year" #MTSA2016
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) May 27, 2016
“I’m a huge Butch Jones fan,” Manning added. “I’m excited about the Tennessee Vols and how we’re gonna do this year.”
Manning could have had a free Nissan if he’d joined the Titans. Alas, he had to settle instead for winning a Super Bowl.
We’re guessing h
28 May 2016 11:54:34 -0400
WATCH: Kevin Love gives this reporter no love in press conference
The Cleveland Cavaliers earned their second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals with a dominating win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday.
It was an awesome night for the previously downtrodden organization. It also represents the sixth consecutive season that Cavaliers forward and Ohio native LeBron James has earned a trip to the Finals.
James put up 33 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the 113-87 win. Fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving added 30 points and nine assists.
With those two showing themselves to be the face of the Cavaliers organization, Kevin Love has taken a back seat.
And he knows it.
Here’s Love potentially pretending to fall asleep during the post-game press conference in Toronto on Friday night. It came after a reporter asked him about the team’s performance that evening.
Usually playing the part of a third wheel in these press conferences, Love knows full well that the vast majority of questions are going to be throw...
28 May 2016 11:49:11 -0400
Three reasons the Penguins are a lock to win the Stanley Cup
The San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face off in this year’s Stanley Cup Final. The two teams enter the Final with very different stories and backgrounds, but both are more than capable of claiming the title.
However, here are three reasons why the Penguins win the Cup:
1. Crosby and Malkin are gaining momentum
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been the faces of the Penguins franchise for the last decade. The duo has been among the league’s best almost every year when they’re healthy. Each endured slumps and rough patches at different times throughout the 2015-2016 season.
Malkin was battling injuries for most of the year and was limited to only 57 games. Crosby wasn’t the same for the first part of the season, but went on a tear after the All-Star break and finished 3rd in league scoring with 85 points.
While Malkin and Crosby weren’t on consistently throughout the regular season, the Penguins’ depth carried them forward. Now, Crosby and Malkin are starting ...
28 May 2016 11:18:45 -0400
Former NFL rusher Ricky Williams to open weed friendly gym
Have you ever wanted to work out at a gym while smoking marijuana? Well, Ricky Williams finally has the solution to your...umm, problem.
The former NFL running back is a spokesperson and partner at Power Plant Fitness, a San Fransisco based gym that will be allowing marijuana users to toke up and workout.
Williams, the 1998 Heisman award winner from Texas ran into some trouble with marijuana during his career, even causing him to sit out a few seasons due to repeat suspensions, so it’s not entirely surprising to see him involved in a venture that is marijuana related.
Williams will run the gym with Jim McAlpine, the founder of 420 Games. The McAlpine describes the 420 Games as a series of events that are held to “destigmatize cannabis.” McAlpine has stated the gym won’t be a a place to “screw around” and instead will be focused on athletics, not getting high.
During his career, Williams said he used marijuana for pain management, and that’s why he got caught.
“I was a really good foot
28 May 2016 00:47:03 -0400
WATCH: LeBron salutes Toronto fans after Game 6
by Gordon Dixon
The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors to advance to the NBA Finals on Friday. However, during his postgame interview with Doris Burke, LeBron James wanted to talk about the fans in Toronto.
Some knew it prior to this year’s NBA playoffs, others didn’t. The Raptors have one of the best fan bases in the league and they showed it throughout the postseason. They were loud, enthusiastic, and stood behind their club to the very end. With Game 6 decided, and the starters for both teams off the floor, fans at Air Canada Centre chanted and showed appreciation for what was the best season in Raptors history.
After the game, James took a few moments to give a shoutout to and declare his respect for Raptors fans prior to answering Burke’s question.
Real recognize Real. @KingJames #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/ltojBxNz80
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 28, 2016
The moment was a cool one indeed, made even more so by James acknowledging it without being prompted to do so. The Raptors set a fran
27 May 2016 21:43:24 -0400
FIFA Penalizes 7 countries for discriminatory acts
FIFA is arguably the most powerful sports governing body in the country that runs a singular sport. As a result, when they levy a penalty against a country, team, or player, it has a profound and important impact.
Recently, seven different countries and its fans participated in homophobic or discriminatory acts that caught FIFA’s eye and resulted in sanctions against those countries.
Croatia received one of the harshest penalties. Sporting News reports the European country must play its first two World Cup qualifiers against Turkey and Finland without spectators. Additionally, the country was fined the equivalent of $150,000 United States dollars for incidents that occurred during friendly matches against Israel and Hungary last month. This isn’t the first penalty levied against Croatia in relation to these events by FIFA and UEFA.
Chile was banned from playing at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos in its capital Santiago for two matches. Additonally, the country was fined the equivalent
27 May 2016 18:27:33 -0400
Report: Jets offering Ryan Fitzpatrick 3-year deal for $12M
The New York Jets aren’t offering Ryan Fitzpatrick as much as he’d like, but a new report from the New York Post shoots down any notion he’s being offered a low-ball contract to play in 2016.
Contrary to reports of low-ball #Jets offer to #Fitz, #NFL sources tell The Post offer on table is 3-yr w/ $12 million for first year ...
— NYPost_Cannizzaro (@MarkCannizzaro) May 27, 2016
For a guy who has never been better than average before having a career year in 2015, this is quite fair.
No, it’s not the kind of cash young guys like Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins and Brock Osweiler are raking in right now, but it’s darn good for someone whose career completion rate is right above 60 percent and who had thrown 123 touchdowns and 101 interceptions before last years’s outburst.
Fitzpatrick wants to be paid for his production in 2015. He passed for 3,905 yards with 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and led the Jets to a 10-6 record. It’s not happening, but the Jets, if you are to believe ...