24 Apr 2017 15:51:02 -0400
Westbrook takes shot at Rockets for laughing at Roberson
Near the end of the Houston Rockets’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Houston decided to hack OKC guard Andre Roberson.It worked like a charm. Roberson missed all but two of the eight free throws he attempted in the final minutes (he was 2-for-12 for the game). The Rockets overcame a deficit to escape with a 113-109 win and a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.While Roberson was missing the free throws, members of the Houston bench could be seen laughing at him, which you can see here.Roberson’s teammate Russell Westbrook did not see it, but doesn’t have a high opinion of those who laughed at his teammate. “I didn’t see it; I didn’t see it at all,” Westbrook said. “Probably the guys that don’t play are probably the ones laughing, if I had to guess.”Westbrook doesn’t exactly carry a reputation as someone who lets things go too easily. So, watching him in Game 5 will be even more worthwhile than normal.If any of those players do see on-court action, look for Westbrook to go at the
24 Apr 2017 15:44:43 -0400
Report: Adrian Peterson, Saints 'closing in on a deal'
Adrian Peterson’s visit with the New Orleans Saints earlier this month is said to have gone well, and apparently the two sides enjoyed the meeting enough to start talking numbers.Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that Peterson and the Saints are "closing in on a deal" that would pay the veteran running back somewhere in the range of $3 million for the 2017 season. Peterson would be an interesting fit in New Orleans, as he would likely play more of a backup role behind Mark Ingram. However, the 32-year-old hasn’t exactly had a plethora of options since free agency began.Peterson averaged just 1.9 yards per carry in limited work last season and is coming off his second significant knee injury. He has likely lowered his expectations over the past several weeks, though at least one other contender is said to have interest in signing him.
24 Apr 2017 14:55:23 -0400
Richard Sherman shows up for voluntary workouts
It appears the dramatic question about whether Richard Sherman will be traded can be put to rest. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback attended voluntary workouts Monday, which likely ends the trade talks (which he reportedly started to begin with) for good. It was previously reported that Sherman would skip these voluntary workouts, so this is a positive development.The Seahawks had set an extremely high price tag on Sherman’s services as trade talks became public, and it was never likely he’d be moved.Now Sherman and the Legion of Boom can go back to their plans of NFL domination, though it’s worth pointing out this unit is getting older and has recently suffered a number of injuries. This puts the onus on Seattle to assemble more talent behind the likes of Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, all of whom have shown chinks in the armor recently.
24 Apr 2017 14:16:33 -0400
Jabrill Peppers the latest star to test positive for diluted sample
Former Michigan star Jabril Peppers failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, but his agency insists the result is all a misunderstanding.Shortly after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that NFL teams have been notified that Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample, a spokesman for CAA — the agency that represents Peppers — explained that the positive test was a result of Peppers being ill and drinking an excessive amount of fluids.“Peppers went to the combine. He was sick after flying there from San Diego. He has a history of cramping,” the statement read. “Peppers was being pumped with fluids, drinking 8-10 bottles of water before he went to bed, because he was the first guy to work out two days for the LBs and DBs. He had to go through that first day, come back on second day, and that was the fear. So Peppers was pounding water and under the weather. He never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance."A diluted sample counts as a failed test b
24 Apr 2017 14:02:26 -0400
NFL draft prospect loses father to accidental shooting
Former Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph was dealt a tragic loss last Friday when his father, Darryl, passed away following what’s been described as an accidental shooting.According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN, Rudolph was working in a night club Friday morning when a gun accidentally discharged and shot him in the “neck/back area.” He was transported to a local hospital, where he later passed away.Rudolph was previously a youth football coach in the South Florida area.“When I used to coach and help other kids with football, basketball and sports, Travis was small but he used to pay attention to what I was doing,” Darryl Rudolph said in an interview with ESPN last September, Adelson wrote. “I told them get your education. You can be the best athlete in the world, but without an education, you’re not going very far. That’s what Travis followed through on.”ESPN’s Adam Schefter passed along information sent by Rudolph’s agent, who sent an email to all 32 teams on Monday, letting them know
24 Apr 2017 13:35:33 -0400
DeMarcus Ware officially retires as member of Cowboys
DeMarcus Ware technically finished his NFL career with the Denver Broncos, but he’s retiring as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Originally the No. 11 overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft by the Cowboys, Ware was a dynamo throughout his career. Before coming to Denver, Ware played nine years for the Cowboys, where he is the franchise leader in sacks and forced fumbles.After winning the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2015, Ware wasn’t himself in 2016. Battling injuries, he posted a career-low four sacks in 10 games, so his announcement to retire this offseason didn’t come as a surprise.He finished as a four-time First-Team All-Pro and nine-time Pro-Bowler and should make his way into the Hall of Fame in short order when he’s eligible in five years time.Ware was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-2000’s 2nd-team, led the league in sacks twice and finished his career with 138.5 sacks.
24 Apr 2017 13:24:48 -0400
Jake Long announces NFL retirement after nine seasons
Jake Long was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, and just days before the 2017 NFL Draft he announced his retirement from the game of football.He did so with an announcement on Twitter in which he said he realized his body just cannot take the abuse of the NFL game any longer. Long played nine years in the NFL. He played for four teams during that time — the Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings — but hasn’t been able to stay healthy since the 2013 season.Since then, Long has managed to appear in just 15 games, starting in just 10 of them, as injuries derailed his ability to perform.Over the course of his nine-year career, Long started 99 games, earned four Pro Bowl appearances and was voted to one First-Team All-Pro squad.
24 Apr 2017 12:57:51 -0400
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell drops first music video
NFL players need to have something to do in between offseason workouts and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is getting into the music scene.Bell has been rapping for a minute (think that’s what the kids say these days) but his debut music video dropped this past Sunday. Using the alias “Juice,” which may or may not be a good idea to borrow that nickname, Bell posted the video “Machine.” I’m probably not the best person to review a rap song but it doesn’t sound bad. Yeah, there’s some autotune piped in but it’s not the worst song I’ve ever heard. And coming from someone who doesn’t rap for a living, I’m willing to give Bell more leniency.The video incorporates just enough of the Steelers flavor. Along with a few women, the video is set in a kind of “blue-collar” environment that would be synonymous of the Pittsburgh steel mill presence that the Steelers are known for. In addition, there is a smattering of black and gold throughout the video but it’s not overwhelming.All i
24 Apr 2017 12:39:16 -0400
Giants will pick up Odell Beckham’s fifth-year option
The New York Giants may be hoping Odell Beckham shows more maturity in 2017 than he has in the past, but that does not mean they are going to let him become a free agent before they need to.Kimberly Jones of NFL Network reported on Monday that the Giants will pick up the option year on Beckham’s rookie deal, which keeps him under contract with the team through 2018. Beckham is one of the best receivers in football, and the option will pay him around $8 million for the 2018 season. There was really no chance the Giants were going to decline it, though some of the comments their front office made recently about Beckham’s contract may have been intended as a warning to the 24-year-old.While the fifth-year option was a no-brainer, Beckham will have to prove he can avoid making immature decisions like this before the Giants will be willing to give him a long-term extension.
24 Apr 2017 12:35:22 -0400
Report: Nerve damage in Jaylon Smith’s leg starting to improve
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith appears to be on pace to contribute in 2017 after he missed his entire rookie season.Smith, a former star at Notre Dame who fell to the Cowboys at 34th overall in last year’s draft after tearing his ACL and MCL in his final collegiate game, has been suffering from a condition known as “drop foot.” The condition, which can affect a person’s ability to lift their foot or ankle, was the result of Smith’s knee surgery.According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, a source familiar with Smith’s prognosis says the damaged nerve in the linebacker’s leg is starting to improve. Here’s more:
The nerve in Smith’s knee has begun regenerating as the team had hoped. There is still a long way to go, but he’s slowly getting muscle control.
Smith can now pick his toes up, and he can lift his foot. More good news. What no one knows is when the nerve will return completely or if it will. And internally, the Cowboys continue to minimize expectations and know he has a ways to g
24 Apr 2017 12:35:07 -0400
Kobe Bryant, Michael Strahan talk about Dear Basketball animated short at Tribeca Film Festival
Kobe Bryant’s animated short film, Dear Basketball, premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Based on his poem in which he announced his retirement from the NBA, the animated short was made in collaboration with animator Glen Keane (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), who illustrated the film.Following the premiere screening, Bryant and Keane sat down for a talk hosted by Michael Strahan in which they discussed what the story of the poem meant to them, knowing when it’s time to move on to new endeavors, and attempting new ventures after very successful careers.Strahan opened the talk by joking that Bryant receiving a standing ovation from the crowd must have been “strange for Kobe, he’s not used to getting cheered in New York!” The entire one-hour conversation was streamed on Facebook Live. The six-minute short has only been seen in its finished form at the Tribeca Film Festival. Eventually, however, Dear Basketball, will be seen on SI.com. Sports Illustrated co-produced the film alon
24 Apr 2017 12:22:09 -0400
Serena Williams posts adorable message to unborn baby on social media
Serena Williams is one of the most recognized and decorated figures in sports. After winning countless Grand Slams, tour titles and Olympic gold medals, the 35-year-old tennis legend recently announced she was becoming a mother.To add to the cuteness, Williams wrote a beautiful message to her unborn baby on her Instagram from “the world’s oldest number one, to the world’s youngest number one.” She and fiance Alexis Ohanian will be expecting their first child in September.Ohanian also showed some adorable public social-media displays of affection on Monday saying Williams continues to amaze him.
24 Apr 2017 12:01:41 -0400
49ers might roll the dice on a QB at No. 2
The San Francisco 49ers widely aren’t view as a team ready to grab a quarterback with the second pick in the 2017 NFL draft.Mired in one of the league’s most extensive rebuilds, the common thought is the 49ers should go best player available no matter what. In a weak quarterback class, that wouldn’t be a quarterback.But Kyle Shanahan might have other ideas. The man responsible for getting the most out of quarterbacks, including Matt Ryan last year, might want to find a potential franchise quarterback at No. 2, per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport:According to several sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking, the 49ers are still strongly considering taking a quarterback second overall. That would be somewhat of a surprise, considering they signed presumptive starter Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley in the offseason — and they have Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins potentially as an option for 2018. Taking a quarterback high would likely end any chance at Cousins.This would throw a wrench in more than a few
24 Apr 2017 12:01:13 -0400
Report: Saints leaning toward not trading for Butler
The New Orleans Saints are the one team that has been consistently linked to Malcolm Butler this offseason, but it sounds like they are losing interest in trying to trade for the Pro Bowl cornerback.Peter King of The MMQB was told by a source that the Saints are “leaning toward keeping their first three picks” in the upcoming NFL Draft. New Orleans currently has the 11th, 32nd and 42nd overall selections, and the New England Patriots would likely want at least one of those in any deal involving Butler.According to King’s source, the Saints believe there are plenty of players who will be available in the first three rounds (they also have the 76th overall pick) and are capable of making an immediate impact. The 2017 draft class is considered very deep at defensive back, so giving up a high pick for Butler and then having to sign him to a long-term extension may not make sense.Butler, a restricted free agent, has already signed his tender with the Patriots. If he is not traded, he will be forced to play o
24 Apr 2017 11:52:28 -0400
NASCAR driver Chris Buescher helps fans amid flash floods at Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway has been rocked with rain this past weekend. Normally, it’s not that big a deal but the short track has NASCAR and rain is the root of all evil for NASCAR and its fans. A rain delay makes everyone mad. NASCAR, the networks, the fans, everyone isn’t pleased when a race has to be delayed.But rain delays are an unfortunate part of NASCAR and after seeing the dire weather forecast yesterday morning, NASCAR decided to not even attempt to start the race on Sunday. Instead, NASCAR will attempt to have the Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Monday afternoon.Flash floods in Tennessee caused fans to have to seek higher ground and shelter, which can be a bit difficult if you are staying in an RV at the track. An RV is big but depending on how much it rains, even that can go away. Driving around outside the track, because he couldn’t do it on the track, MENCS driver Chris Buescher went out into the campgrounds to help fans get to safety. As you can see, conditions were pre