30 Jun 2016 23:29:35 -0400
Teammate thinks Messi will un-retire from Argentina's national team
Luis Suarez has some good news for international soccer fans: you might not have seen the last of Lionel Messi in an Argentina jersey.
Suarez, one of Messi’s club teammates with FC Barcelona, told Uruguay’s Radio Tenfield on Wednesday that he expects Messi to reverse his decision to retire from international soccer.
“Knowing Leo, I’m sure it was said in a moment of sadness and helplessness,” Suarez told, according to Sky Sports. “It would be a shame for football if he took this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind.
“It’s a difficult time. Everyone has the right to make decisions and they should be respected.”
Messi, 29, shocked the world Sunday in the aftermath of Argentina’s loss to Chile in the Copa America 2016 final — their fourth defeat in a final since 2007 and third in as many years. Observers cite a combination of heartbreak and frustration as driving forces behind Messi’s international retirement.
However, Argentina’s “God” and president
30 Jun 2016 23:15:48 -0400
Warriors said to be very interested in Pau Gasol
Should the Golden State Warriors miss out on the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, the two-time defending Western Conference champions surely do have a backup plan.
We’ve heard rumors that the team might be interested in upgrading at the center position after it fell flat during the NBA Finals.
Now, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Warriors will make a strong play for Chicago Bulls big man Pau Gasol should they not land Durant in free agency.
“One sneaky team to watch in Pau Gasol free agency: Golden State Warriors. If they miss on KD, been told they are very interested,” the NBA insider reported. “Gasol took less to sign with Bulls. He isn’t keen on doing so again, but market + contender status matters to him.”
In order to sign any of the top-end free agents, Golden State would have to cut some salaries. Recent reports suggest that might come in the form of a salary dump of Andrew Bogut’s contract.
Whether Gasol would take less money to join a team that’s been among the m...
30 Jun 2016 22:14:12 -0400
Madison Bumgarner will not be in Home Run Derby
After a lot of hype, there will be an unfortunate let down in the case of Madison Bumgarner and the Home Run Derby.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Thursday that Bumgarner will not be participating in the competition during the All-Star festivities.
“That’s done, there will be no Home Run Derby for Madison,” Bochy said. “That’s been nixed. It’s out for this year, but they’ll revisit it next year.”
Bochy said the players union did not like the idea of a pitcher taking the spot of a position player in the derby, and the concept of a pitchers’ Home Run Derby did not catch on.
Interestingly enough, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic says had Bumgarner been invited, the Giants likely would not have stood in his way of participating.
Bumgarner, who has clubbed 11 home runs over the past three seasons, had been campaigning for a spot in the competition.
30 Jun 2016 22:08:17 -0400
Cris Carter's son ejected from CFL game for bumping coach
Duron Carter was ejected from Thursday's CFL game between his Montreal Alouettes and the Ottawa Redblacks after knocking over opposing head coach Rick Campbell following a touchdown catch.
On a first and goal play in the third quarter, Carter caught the ball in the end zone between two defenders and was hammered on the hit. The former Ohio State wide receiver hung onto the ball and immediately got up to celebrate. He ran over to the Ottawa bench and went nuts:
.@TimHortons CFL Must-See: Duron Carter made an unbelievable TD catch and took his celebration to the Ottawa bench pic.twitter.com/ziLesWggjU
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 1, 2016
You can see closely here as he bumps Campbell:
The @DC_CHILLIN_8 hit on #Redblacks coach Rick Campbell. #Argos #CFL pic.twitter.com/l2g5PfswBA
— Drew Edwards (@scratchingpost) July 1, 2016
Carter was ejected from the game for his act and will await discipline from the league. Maybe the former Ohio State Buckeye receiver was just taking his dad's message to get a "f
30 Jun 2016 19:25:37 -0400
Portugal survives penalty shootout, advance to Euro semis
It’s not as glamorous as taking a casual stroll down the Champs Elysses but Portugal is in the Euro 2016 Semifinals after going perfect in a penalty shootout against Poland.
This game was rather strange. The first half of the first half was non stop entertainment. The action started less than two minutes in as Robert Lewandowski put away Kamil Grosicki’s cross to go up 1-0
Then Renato Sanches, the 18-year-old who was just recently signed by Bayern Munich, equalized on a great shot in the 33rd minute from outside the box.
Things started to trail off in the first half but it was still relatively entertaining. In the second half, both teams played not to lose and it showed in many missed chances and slow play. Cristiano Ronaldo looked especially terrible, botching multiple attempts at the goal and leading things to penalties.
In penalties, both teams were doing a great job faking out the two goalkeepers. After Nani took Portugal’s fourth penalty to go up 4-3, Jakub Blaszczykowski stepped up to try
30 Jun 2016 17:58:49 -0400
Coastal Carolina went wild after winning College World Series
For the first time in school history, the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are NCAA champions.
The liberal arts university located just west of Myrtle Beach, S.C., hadn’t seen one of its athletic teams win a title since the school was founded in 1954. But that all changed Thursday, when Coastal Carolina’s baseball team defeated Arizona 4-3 at the College World Series win the Division I title.
THE REAL TEAL! pic.twitter.com/pxBSyplwc5
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 30, 2016
The Chanticleers made things interesting, as Arizona came back from a 4-0 deficit and had the winning run on second with two outs in the ninth inning. But pitcher Alex Cunningham saved the day, striking out the final Wildcats batter to kick off a raucous celebration.
The final out! Coastal Carolina wins its first-ever NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! https://t.co/EmYdFtoEUh
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 30, 2016
The final out! Coastal Carolina wins its first-ever NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! https://t.co/EmYdFtoEUh
— NCAA Baseball
30 Jun 2016 17:36:51 -0400
Horford reportedly meeting with Rockets
With some Durant-sized fish stealing all the thunder (no pun intended), Al Horford’s free agency has found itself somewhat overshadowed. But the Houston Rockets certainly haven’t forgotten about him.
According to a report by Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops on Thursday, Horford will be having a meeting with the Rockets on Friday.
Source: Al Horford will meet with the Houston Rockets tomorrow.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 30, 2016
The four-time All-Star has also been linked to, amongst other suitors, the Magic, the Warriors, and, most recently, the Thunder.
With Dwight Howard seeming like a dead man walking in Houston, the Rockets have arguably the biggest need at the center position of any of the aforementioned teams.
The 30-year-old Horford’s efficiency, familiarity with a relatively low-usage role in Atlanta, and ability to stretch defenses and run the floor well would make him a natural fit on the Rockets under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.
The genie appears to be out of the bot
30 Jun 2016 17:22:54 -0400
Riley reportedly telling free agents Bosh likely to return
Chris Bosh is apparently improving, because Pat Riley is featuring him in his pitch to free agents.
According to ESPN’s Michael Wallace, Riley has told free agent targets of the team’s optimism of having him back on the court next season, while also selling the stability of coach Erik Spoelstra and the organization.
Sources said that the hope of both Bosh and the Heat is that he will be good to go in time for training camp, though he remains on blood thinners.
Bosh’s condition is such an unknown because of the aforementioned blood thinners. It’s an open question whether he would ever be allowed to play while on them, with some in the organization fearing it will never happen. That the Heat are so optimistic about this that they’re willing to use Bosh as part of their sales pitch would seem to bode well for his playing future.
30 Jun 2016 16:56:50 -0400
Cowboys considering cutting Rolando McClain
Rolando McClain could be done with the Cowboys.
Dallas’ middle linebacker was suspended by the NFL for the first 10 games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. It’s McClain’s second suspension in two seasons. He was suspended for the first four games of 2015 for violating the substance abuse policy.
McClain, 26, signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Cowboys this offseason, which included a $750,000 signing bonus. ESPN’s Todd Archer says the signing bonus could be withdrawn as a result of the suspension.
That’s not all that McClain could lose, though.
Mike Leslie of Channel 8 in Dallas says the Cowboys’ front office will “consider” releasing McClain as a result of his suspension.
Texted high-ranking #Cowboys source, asking if they expect McClain to face 10-game ban & if they'd consider cutting him?Response: Yes
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) June 30, 2016
To be clear -- the wording of the text was "consider". It's not a done de
30 Jun 2016 16:37:39 -0400
Report: Dodgers acquire Norris from Braves
With Clayton Kershaw going on the DL, the Los Angeles Dodgers need to upgrade the pitching rotation. They took a step towards that on Thursday, acquiring Bud Norris from the Atlanta Braves.
Sources: #Dodgers getting Bud Norris from #Braves.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 30, 2016
Joel Sherman of the New York Post added that Atlanta will acquire two Minor League pitchers — lefty Phillip Pfeifer and righty Caleb Dirks — for Norris.
Even with the pending returns of Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-jin Ryu, the Dodgers need pitching help. In reality, the need for pitching help predates Kershaw’s trip to the DL. Los Angeles is 43-37, which sounds good. But it is 29-35 in games not started by Kershaw.
Now, is Norris that guy? His career 4.43 ERA and 1.40 WHIP would say no. Recent trends, on the other hand, tell a dramatically different story.
Bud Norris last 5 starts: 2.15ERA, 29K, 8BB in 29.1IP, 0HR
— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) June 30, 2016
This isn’t a terribly high-risk f...
30 Jun 2016 16:25:30 -0400
Report: Marlins close to landing Fernando Rodney from Padres
Bullpen help may be on the way for the Miami Marlins in short order. According to ESPN’s Keith Law, the Marlins are close to landing Fernando Rodney in a trade with the San Diego Padres.
This sure seems like a good move for Miami. Even a “good A-Ball prospect” is still a project and likely at least a few years from the majors. Rodney has been a stellar reliever for the Padres this year, posting a 0.31 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. He’s also tallied 17 saves.
Miami’s bullpen has firmly been in the “good but not great” category this season. The addition of Rodney will go a long way in changing that. Rodney will likely slide right into the closer role, moving A.J. Ramos into the setup spot.
If we read between the lines, this move might also signal more activity from the Marlins. Trading for a 39-year-old certainly indicates that the team is going all-in on the 2016 season.
30 Jun 2016 16:19:27 -0400
Bruins sign Torey Krug to four-year, $21 million extension
Shortly after cutting ties with one member of their defense corps, the Boston Bruins locked up another for the foreseeable future.
The Bruins on Thursday re-signed defenseman Torey Krug to a four-year, $21 million contract extension.
Krug, who signed a one-year, $3.4 million deal last summer, was set to become an restricted free agent when the market opens at noon ET Friday.
News of the signing, which first was reported by TSN Aaron Ward, came down a few hours after reports that the Bruins had bought out the contract of 34-year-old defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
Seidenberg had two years remaining on a four-year deal, and the buyout will save the Bruins $2.833 million in salary cap space in 2016-17 and another $1.833 million in 2017-18.
Krug was Boston’s best puck-moving blue liner this past season, ranking second on the team with a career-high 40 assists and helping quarterback the NHL’s seventh-most efficient power-play unit. The 25-year-old also ranked third among Bruins skaters in shots on net
30 Jun 2016 16:13:17 -0400
Eagles' Doug Pederson ranked as worst NFL head coach
It can stink to be the new guy on the job sometimes. This is apparently the case for first-year Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who has yet to coach a single game.
According to a list put together by NFL Media’s Elliott Harrison, Pederson ranks as the worst coach in the league heading into the 2016 campaign.
Harrison sites lack of experience as his reasoning.
“This isn’t fair,” Harrison writes. “Pederson hasn’t so much as coached one game yet. But yeah, he offers no NFL head-coaching experience, like some other guys at the bottom of this list.”
Pederson served as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach from 2011-12 and returns to Philly after spending the past three seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator.
Pederson was hired to replace Chip Kelly after the Eagles found themselves fed up with the new San Francisco 49ers head man.
Under Pederson’s leadership, the Eagles will look to improve off a disappointing seven-win performance a season ago.
30 Jun 2016 16:03:14 -0400
Report: Kevin Durant likely to return to Thunder
Kevin Durant is gearing up for his first free agency, but he reportedly already has his heart set on returning to his current team.
Citing associates close to Durant, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears reported Thursday that all signs point to the Thunder superstar returning to Oklahoma City on a one-year deal.
“His decision is 90 percent made,” a longtime friend of Durant told Spears. “It would take an amazing sales pitch to change it.”
“It’s going to take some sweet-talking to get him to pass up all the money he can get by staying in OKC,” another person close to Durant said.
Durant will reportedly be open-minded when he meets with other interested parties, with the Warriors in particular viewed as the real threat to Oklahoma City. Spears affirmed, though, that Durant leaving this offseason would be “stunning,” with a potential departure in 2017 once the salary cap rises again viewed as much more possible.
All along, this seemed the most likely scenario. For all the conjecture about ot
30 Jun 2016 15:47:07 -0400
All-Big 12 Oklahoma CB Jordan Thomas arrested again
Oklahoma starting cornerback Jordan Thomas was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of public intoxication and assault and battery. Thomas appears in the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office desk blotter after being filed at 2:45 a.m.
This is Thomas’ second arrest in the last eight months. On December 13, he spent a night in jail for failing to appear in court for traffic violations. Thomas was named to the All-Big 12 first team by ESPN and second team by the Associate Press and Phil Steele last season.