26 Jul 2016 00:41:11 -0400
Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore
You can count on one hand — maybe one finger — how many chances the Chicago Cubs have had in the last five or six decades to win the World Series like they do this season.
Chicago has done a masterful job of building a championship contender in relatively short time. Theo Epstein, forever a hero in Boston, is trying to do the same in Chicago, and so far the results speak for themselves. Other than not having a World Series ring to show for it, though.
This season, however, looks like it finally could be “the year.”
The Cubs entered play Monday with a 59-38 record, the best in Major League Baseball. And still, they went out and made a potentially huge upgrade to their major league roster by reportedly acquiring Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees.
Among the players going to New York in the reported trade is the Cubs’ top prospect Gleyber Torres. The infielder landed on just about every list of top prospects entering the season, and has a high ceiling. The Cubs also gave up Billy McKinney, a
25 Jul 2016 22:13:50 -0400
White Sox fan wears a fantastic taped-up Chris Sale jersey
Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was sent home — on a day he was scheduled to pitch — and suspended for five games, after cutting up White Sox throwback jerseys because he hated them. One of the weirdest, funniest sport stories in quite some time.
And a White Sox fan in attendance for the team’s “Crosstown Cup” game against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field showed off a great sense of humor about the incident. Check out this taped-up Sale
Sight seen at #WhiteSox pic.twitter.com/PGcjlPvcBQ
— Peggy Kusinski (@peggykusinski) July 26, 2016
Very well done, sir.
25 Jul 2016 20:48:50 -0400
Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz
Wisconsin and Nebraska may be competitors in the Big Ten West, but the two programs will share a special connection this season.
Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone will retire his customary No. 10 jersey and instead wear No. 27 in honor of his friend, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz. Foltz was tragically killed in a car crash over the weekend at age 22.
In honor of his good friend, #Badgers kicker Rafael Gaglianone will wear No. 27 in memory of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz this season.
— Andy Baggot (@AndyBaggot) July 26, 2016
This is an awesome gesture from Gaglianone, and we’re sure Husker fans, the Nebraska program and Foltz’s friends and family will appreciate it.
25 Jul 2016 19:16:29 -0400
Dennis Schroder wears disguise to play in German streetball tournament
It looks like the newly minted starting point guard of the Atlanta Hawks is having some fun this summer…..
Was great to play 3on3 in Berlin ... This reminds me on the Spurs situation.. who remember that? #SummerSixteenGrind #SchrodersSwagTeam #DS17 #FG #FlexGanG #TeamBros #TheGoldenPatch
A video posted by Dennis Schröder (@dennismike93) on Jul 25, 2016 at 8:56am PDT
1 On 1 vs @leonardo_conzane !!! Keep on going baller! He won the Game with a stepback 2 #SchrodersSwagTeam #DS17 pic.twitter.com/lTMcY8Hj7S
— Dennis Schröder (@DennisMike93) July 23, 2016
25 Jul 2016 19:01:14 -0400
Browns indicate they will give Josh Gordon another chance
The NFL decided on Monday to give Josh Gordon another chance, and it sounds like the Cleveland Browns will do the same.
Browns president of football operations Sashi Brown said in a statement that Gordon, who has been reinstated but will be suspended for the first four games of the season, will receive full supoort from the team.
“With the league’s decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp,” Brown said, per Mark Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and a plan to support him on and off the field.”
Gordon is one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL and is still just 25, but one report makes it seem like the Browns could explore the possibility of trading him. For now, it sounds like they will give him an opportunity to prove he has straightened out his act.
Of course, Gordon has spent a good amount of time over the offse
25 Jul 2016 18:45:56 -0400
Prince Fielder to undergo season-ending neck surgery
The Prince has left the building.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that slugger Prince Fielder needs surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and is out for the remainder of the 2016 season, per Bill Jones of CBS Dallas/Fort Worth.
Jon Daniels says Prince Fielder is out for season...Dr. Drew Dossett confirms earlier diagnosis...herniated disc in neck...needs surgery
— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) July 25, 2016
The 32-year-old Fielder closes the year on a .212/.292/.334 slash line with eight home runs and 44 RBI. His ongoing neck problems have become a serious concern, especially since his 2014 campaign ended in virtually the same fashion. After three consecutive seasons of appearing in all 162 games, Fielder has now averaged just 96 games played in the three seasons since.
Though the Rangers have raced out to the AL West division lead despite receiving inadequate production from the six-time All-Star, they will certainly miss Fielder’s glass-shattering dingers and his baserunn
25 Jul 2016 18:21:59 -0400
Eagles want Carson Wentz to be 'starter ready' Week 1
The Philadelphia Eagles have promised up and down that quarterback Sam Bradford is “the man” to start in September. However, this does not mean that the the team isn't getting all of its ducks in a row prior to the start of the season.
Rookie first-round pick Carson Wentz is being called on to be “starter ready” when the team kicks of the season in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
“You want (Wentz) to be in a position where if there’s an injury or somebody goes down, you plug him in and you don’t have any worries,’’ head coach Doug Pederson said, per Paul Domowitch of philly.com. “You’re fully confident in his ability to take over. Because backup quarterbacks need to be ready to go in an instant.’’
He, along with Chase Daniel, who is penciled in at No. 2 behind Bradford, need to be prepared.
“You’ve got to get through four (preseason) games and a lot of preseason. But going into Sept. 11, Sam’s the guy," Pederson added. "I’ll stick with that. Chase is our No. 2, and
25 Jul 2016 17:59:02 -0400
Report: 49ers concerned Anthony Davis will quit again
San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis applied for reinstatement on Monday after taking a year off in 2015. One would think a team with offensive line struggles would be thrilled to have a former first-round pick back, but the Niners reportedly have concerns about Davis.
According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, the 49ers would “love” to have Davis return to his pre-retirement form but are “wary” about him being fully committed.
“When a player quits, generally, that means they’re gone for good,” Cole said. “It’s very difficult for players to come back from retirement at that point in time. More importantly, teams do not trust that players are going to be fully committed to wanting to stay in the game.”
Cole added that Chip Kelly and the San Francisco coaching staff will be “extremely careful” with Davis going forward and challenge him quite a bit to earn back a starting spot.
Davis announced his retirement in 2014 after appearing in just seven games that season, but
25 Jul 2016 17:46:39 -0400
Did Manning hurt NFLPA's case in HGH investigations?
Peyton Manning’s good news could be the NFLPA’s misfortune in the ongoing NFL investigation into HGH use by players named in an Al Jazeera report last fall.
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report passed along some information Monday following the NFL’s exoneration of Manning that indicates Manning's cooperation with the league will actually put pressure on Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers, Mike Neal and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison to follow suit.
The NFL released a statement after clearing Manning that made it clear it would continue to press for interviews on the three others named in the report.
Cole reports that in addition to the pressure Manning’s cooperation puts on the other players named, it also damages the NFLPA’s argument that the NFL didn’t have any credibility to investigate the claims to begin with.
This is why the NFLPA urged Manning not to cooperate to begin with (more on that here).
The interesting thing here is that all t...
25 Jul 2016 17:24:30 -0400
Report: Steinbrenner won't allow fire sale, wants to make playoffs
The New York Yankees have dealt Aroldis Chapman, but they aren’t throwing the 2016 season away. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, owner Hal Steinbrenner still wants this team to make a push for October.
Hear Hal Steinbrenner will look at any trade concepts Cashman gets but will not allow firesale, wants to still try to make playoffs #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 25, 2016
If you’re a Yankees fan, your only hope now is that Steinbrenner just doesn’t want to publicly consider his team a seller.
For New York to make the playoffs, it would have to be better than all but one of the following teams: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and the Seattle Mariners.
In the case of the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and Astros, the Yankees would need to be at least four games better for the rest of the way. Realistically, those three teams are just better than the Bombers.
Andrew Miller is a star who remains under contract through 2018, so ...
25 Jul 2016 17:16:17 -0400
Report: Dion Waiters agrees to one-year deal with Heat
Unrestricted free agent Dion Waiters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Heat, reports Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press. Waiters will make $2.9 million.
The 24-year-old guard averaged 9.8 points in 78 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, including 15 starts. He shot just under 40 percent overall and 35.8 percent on 3-pointers.
Waiters, who has come of the bench for most of his career, becomes the heavy favorite to replace Dwyane Wade at shooting guard in Miami, where he’ll compete with Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson and free-agent acquisition Wayne Ellington.
The No. 4 overall pick by Cleveland in 2012, Waiters still hasn’t hit his potential yet. If he plays well on a one-year deal for the Heat, he may be able to convince the team to keep him long term.
25 Jul 2016 15:42:38 -0400
Report: Junior Galette out for season with torn Achilles
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Junior Galette reportedly will miss the entire 2016 season with a torn Achilles tendon.
I'm told #Redskins OLB Junior Galette has torn his Achilles and is out for the season.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) July 25, 2016
It is the second year in a row in which Galette has been lost for the season due to an Achilles tear.
This is a big blow, not only to Galette but also to Washington. He was slated as the starting outside linebacker on the strong side, and there isn’t a ton of depth behind him at the position.
With Galette out of commission, this could mean a bigger role is in store for second-year linebacker Preston Smith, who came on strong last year with six sacks in his final four games. A talented physical specimen, Smith appears to be headed in the right direction from a mental standpoint as well.
“Even three months [ago], he was here,” said defensive coordinator Joe Barry, per Rich Tandler of realredskins.com. “He was working, he was...
25 Jul 2016 15:23:52 -0400
Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin in war of words over 'disrespect'
We’ll learn in a few weeks’ time whether Justin Gatlin will pay a heavy price for poking the bear that is Usain Bolt.
The rival sprinters have engaged in a low-intensity war of words ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to Agence France Presse. A hamstring injury prevented Bolt from competing at Jamaica’s Olympic trials, but he received both a medical exemption and a place on the plane to Brazil anyway. The decision prompted Gatlin and other USA sprinters to suggest Jamaica has shown favoritism toward Bolt.
“At the end of the day when you command a certain power in track and field sometimes you can exercise it,” Gatlin said earlier this month. “That’s what’s happening right now — he’s injured, he has a medical pass, that’s what his country does.”
Bolt, a six-time gold medalist and the world’s fastest man, responded forcefully Friday, accusing his American rival of disrespect.
“For me I felt it was a joke, I felt it was a disrespect they think I’d b
25 Jul 2016 15:14:47 -0400
Report: CJ McCollum agrees to max contract with Blazers
CJ McCollum’s wallet just got a lot fatter.
According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Monday, McCollum has agreed to a four-year, $106 million contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers. The deal comes with no options and no trade kickers.
Portland guard CJ McCollum has reached agreement on a four-year, $106M maximum contract extension, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 25, 2016
Story soon on @CJMcCollum, Blazers max extension, but deal includes no options, no trade kickers, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 25, 2016
The 24-year-old shooting guard busted out in 2015-16 with averages of 20.8 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, and 4.3 assists per game en route to winning the NBA Most Improved Player Award.
McCollum was drafted No. 10 overall by Portland in 2013 and has since developed into a foundational building block thanks to his all-around game. With McCollum’s backc
25 Jul 2016 14:30:29 -0400
Report: Florida QB Treon Harris to transfer
Florida junior Treon Harris, who played quarterback for the Gators the past two years but had planned on transitioning to wide receiver, will transfer from the university, per 247 Sports. Harris, should he transfer to another FBS program, will have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits a year, per transfer rules.
Harris threw for 1,676 yards and nine touchdowns against six interceptions in 2015. He completed just over 50 percent of his passes.
QB Treon Harris is transferring from Florida, reports @RyanBartow https://t.co/Wo7cZVuL9f pic.twitter.com/OgPCyAssCf
— 247Sports (@247Sports) July 25, 2016
Harris has reportedly been given his release by the school.