24 May 2017 20:54:51 -0400
Tiger Woods tells golf world to try and kick this football he’s holding
Tiger Woods has announced that following a surgical back procedure, it will be months before he can swing a club, but he’s definitely not retiring and he’s looking forward to competing once again.If that sounds familiar, well, it should; it’s essentially the fourth time it’s happened over the past three years or so.ESPN’s Jason Sobel has the record: Today’s statement was released via Tiger’s website, and included phrases like this, which should sound familiar:It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.There was also this one:
As for returning to competitive golf, the long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. It’s just a matter of not screwing up and letting it fuse. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurr
24 May 2017 20:50:01 -0400
Report: Paxton Lynch cutting out early while other QBs stay late
Paxton Lynch may not understand what it takes to elevate from being a guy with the potential to lead a franchise to actually being the lead dog.According to Mark Schlereth, a former Denver Broncos offensive lineman and someone still heavily entrenched with the club, Lynch isn’t interested in being the first guy in the building and the last guy out of it. This falls right in line with another report that surfaced earlier in the year that the Broncos were having a problem with Lynch’s work ethic (more on that here).Last season as a rookie, Lynch wasn’t exactly inspiring when he got his chances to play. He completed just 59 percent of his passes, throwing two touchdowns and one interception.If Lynch continues to leave early, rather than staying late, he’ll never ascend to the heights of NFL superstardom. And he’ll end up being a huge disappointment to John Elway and Co., who thought so much of him that they traded up in the first round last year to nab him.While Trevor Siemian isn’t exactly the most
24 May 2017 20:44:45 -0400
Michael Jordan unique 1984 Converse shoes could fetch up to $100K at auction
If you have roughly $100,000 to spend, you can own an autographed pair of shoes worn by Michael Jordan in the gold medal game of the 1984 Olympics against Spain.The shoes, which are being sold by SCP Auctions, are unique for a couple additional reasons.One, they’re the final shoes that Jordan wore before turning professional (NBA players were not allowed in the Olympics until 1992).Two, Jordan signed with Nike as after the Olympics and has never left the company. As such, these are likely the last pair of non-Nike’s that Jordan ever wore in competition. According to a TMZ report, the shoes could bring in over $100,000.
24 May 2017 20:30:55 -0400
Former Coyotes minor leaguer named a pro scout after heart attack, leg amputation
Craig Cunningham is returning to hockey.Back in November, Cunningham, then the captain of the Tuscon Roadrunners, had a heart attack on the ice, nearly dying. After undergoing a tough recovery process (included a partial leg amputation) Cunningham is back where he belongs: in the world of professional hockey.On Wednesday, the Arizona Coyotes announced Cunningham will join the team as a pro scout. Along with scouting, the 26-year-old will assist with player development in the organization.“We’re thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka in a press release. “Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We’re confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club.”Based on how well respected he was around the league,
24 May 2017 20:01:12 -0400
Joe Girardi has interesting reason why no medical scans for Masahiro Tanaka
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave a unique answer when the media asked him about Masahiro Tanaka. The question was raised about whether the team had sent him for any “scans” to see if anything was wrong with him health wise considering his recent regression.“There isn’t,” Girardi said, per Newsday’s Eric Boland. “You just don’t scan people, you just don’t light them up inside. We don’t want to turn him into Spiderman or Superman or something like that. Radiation is something you have to deal with, so, no, you just don’t scan people to scan them. We have to do that in the airport and none of us like it.”Well now that we have the Marvel Comics theory out of the way, Tanaka has been less than heroic this season from the bump.The 28-year-old former All-Star is in his fourth major league season (his admittedly worst slump in his career) and he’s hosting a 6.56 ERA and 6.05 FIP with just 39 strikeouts in 48 innings.
24 May 2017 19:55:55 -0400
Ezekiel Elliott’s mom fires back after son criticized for being in car accident
Ezekiel Elliott has been in the news a whole heck of a lot since joining the Dallas Cowboys. Some of it’s been good news. Some of it, not so much.The running back was back in the news Wednesday when it was revealed the ‘Boys were keeping him from practicing after he was involved in a car accident and hit his head. Some people have taken this news to mean that somehow it was Elliott’s fault or that he can’t stay out of trouble.That’s not something his mom (identified as such by Joe Trahan of WFAA-TV in Dallas) appreciates. Not only was Elliott in the car that was rear ended, but he wasn’t even the driver.There are certain things that are simply out of the hands of celebrities like Elliott. And his mother is right. Everything he does is highly scrutinized, fair or not. So with that in mind, perhaps we should all be a little less hasty to jump to judgement on issues such as this one.
24 May 2017 19:17:39 -0400
Browns make Ryan Grigson senior personnel executive
Just when you thought the Cleveland Browns were starting to make sense. Just when they started doing things that seemed competent. The shoe drops. The Factory of Sadness took a few steps backwards Wednesday, adding failed former Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson to its personnel staff.“Ryan brings valuable experience to our personnel group,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown, per the team’s website. “He was raised as a road scout and has been evaluating talent in this league for almost 20 years. We place a premium on that experience and on his passion for football. Ryan has much to offer to any personnel department and we are pleased that he chose to join our staff.”Grigson’s claim to fame is that he made so many bad personnel moves as the GM with the Colts that Andrew Luck was almost ruined. Thankfully the Colts saw fit to remove Grigson from the equation, a move that prompted one of his former players to practically do joy-inspired cartwheels on Tw
24 May 2017 18:32:31 -0400
Potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz looks positively jacked in recent photo
Potential No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz appears to have been hitting the weights quite a bit lately as he prepares for the 2017 NBA Draft.In fact, he looks like he might have added some significant weight, based on a recent picture of him at the gym. The former Washington point guard was listed at 195 pounds last year for the Huskies. He’s not 195 any more. That’s for sure.The Boston Celtics currently own the No. 1 pick in the draft, and Fultz is reportedly favored to be their choice. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens the next month or so as the NBA world prepares for the annual event. If the C’s do pick up Fultz, then perhaps it will signal the end of the road for Isaiah Thomas in Boston.In the meantime, Boston will look to stave off elimination on Thursday night after falling into a 3-1 hole against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
24 May 2017 18:13:06 -0400
Manchester United wins Europa League Final, returns to Champions League
With heavy hearts and minds, Manchester United defeated Ajax 2-0 in the 2017 Europa League Final in Stockholm, winning their first ever Europa League/UEFA Cup and qualifying for next season’s Champions League.The Final was played amidst the backdrop of the horrific attacks at the Manchester Arena on Monday, and it certainly looked as if Manchester United was inspired to play for them despite the tough Premier League season they had endured. Jose Mourinho had put all of United’s eggs in the Europa League basket for Champions League qualification, knowing their odds of finishing in the top four were slim to none by April, and his gamble paid off big.United’s first goal was scored in the 18th minute by Paul Pogba after his shot took a major deflection off Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez: Their lead doubled not three minutes into the second half with a great bit of skill from Henrikh Mkhitaryan off a corner. Ajax held the majority of the possession, but were very slow with the ball at their feet which allowe
24 May 2017 17:59:31 -0400
Ice Cube challenges LaVar Ball to make 4-point shot, will make it worth his while
Ice Cube’s new three-on-three league featuring former NBA players will begin this summer, and one of the gimmicks of the Big 3 basketball league is a 4-point shot, which is no joke.Ice Cube posted a video of himself making the 30-foot shot on Instagram and challenged LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball, to do the same. If LaVar makes it, Ice Cube says he’ll buy 10 pairs of the ZO2 Prime, Lonzo’s signature shoe which retails for $495 on the Big Baller Brand website. If you remember, LaVar claims he would have killed Michael Jordan in one-on-one back in his heyday, so making a 30-foot shot with no one defending him should be a piece of cake, right?
24 May 2017 17:43:26 -0400
D’Angelo Russell ‘likes’ tweet saying ‘no way’ Lakers should draft Lonzo Ball
Uh oh. At least one member of the Los Angeles Lakers isn’t excited about having Lonzo Ball as a teammate. D’Angelo Russell let his feelings be known when he liked a tweet in which the author said there is “no way” the team should draft Lonzo Ball.Here is the original tweet. Here is the proof that Russell hit the “like” button. Now, it’s worth pointing out that Ball and Russell could probably coexist on the court as starting guards together. Ball is a terrific facilitator and could run point, while Russell would be free to remain at the two-guard spot he’s comfortable with.But perhaps Russell is feeling a bit insecure these days, thinking the Lakers might bring Ball on board to take his starting spot. He also might be stressing because of the trade rumors that have been floating around with his name as the headliner.We already know his head coach, Luke Walton, is a huge fan of Ball’s game. The Lakers appear destined to take the UCLA guard at No. 2 overall. So it’s going to be interesting t
24 May 2017 17:19:39 -0400
Draft prospect Frank Jackson undergoes foot surgery
Former Duke guard Frank Jackson underwent foot surgery on Wednesday, a month ahead of the NBA draft.The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski shares the news on Jackson, who averaged 10.9 points in 24.9 minutes per game last season for the Blue Devils.Jackson, who is leaving Duke after his freshman season, is expected to resume full basketball activities by the end of July, which would make him ready for training camp. He apparently sustained a stress reaction in his foot during his freshman season but was able to play through it without pain.Jackson opened the season with double-digit points in his first eight games at Duke last year. He averaged 14.5 points per game during the NCAA Tournament, and made a very strong 39.5 percent of his threes.Jackson is projected as a potential second-round pick.
24 May 2017 16:38:52 -0400
Bucks promoting Justin Zanik to interim GM
The Milwaukee Bucks have a plan in place to keep their front office going following the departure of GM John Hammond.The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Bucks are promoting assistant GM Justin Zanik to interim general manager. Hammond was recently hired by the Orlando Magic to serve as their new GM.The Bucks will continue searching for a new GM, but they will consider Zanik for the position. This is a critical time for front office changes, as the draft begins in a month. The Bucks hold pick Nos. 17 and 48.Milwaukee went 42-40 during the season — their best record since 2009-2010. Zanik joined the team last year following three seasons as an assistant GM with the Jazz.
24 May 2017 15:12:37 -0400
Antonio Brown tweets great reaction to relaxed celebration rules
The NFL on Tuesday announced a relaxing of the arguably draconian rules against player celebrations. Celebratory acts such as “snow angels, group demonstrations and more are back!”, per a statement from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. While the relaxed approach to celebrations is a welcome one from an organization sarcastically referred to as the “No Fun League,” the NFL will nevertheless continue to frown upon twerking, as well as all other sexually suggestive acts, much to the chagrin of Antonio Brown.The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver of course counts the twerk as his go-to celebration move, something that yielded him a fine last season, one of three times he was punished for celebratory antics.In light of the mostly positive developments and in response to the continued twerking ban, Brown took to Twitter to hilariously articulate his thoughts on the issue. Well played, Mr. Brown. Although not quite as funny as how Goodell presented it on social media (more on that here).Speaking in more seriou
24 May 2017 15:03:37 -0400
Report: Timberwolves interested in signing Derrick Rose
The Minnesota Timberwolves saw Ricky Rubio take that next step to start-caliber this past regular season. Rubio put up career highs in points per game (11.1) and assists per game (9.1).Despite this, the Timberwolves were linked to New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose prior to February’s trade deadline. That makes sense considering Rose’s relationship with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau dating back to their days with the Chicago Bulls.Now set to become a free agent this upcoming summer, it appears that the Wolves are interested in signing Rose outright.“The Minnesota Timberwolves view Derrick Rose as a potential free-agent target this summer,” ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Wednesday.There’s surely a scenario in play here that suggests Minnesota will look to flip Rubio for another proven starter to go with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. That’s only magnified by the presence of youngster Kris Dunn at point guard.Then again, why would the Wolves look to impede Dunn’s progress at t