27 Jun 2017 23:08:46 -0400
Mike Trout progressing towards return before All-Star break
Mike Trout continues to make progress in his rehab from thumb surgery.Trout joined the Angels for their current road trip, which sees the team currently playing up the road from Anaheim against the Dodgers. Trout has been doing some hitting drills while on the trip, such as hitting off a tee. According to the LA Times’ Pedro Moura, Trout hit soft toss on Tuesday and will begin taking batting practice next. Trout left the Angels’ game against the Marlins on May 28 with a thumb injury after sliding into second base. He was placed on the DL a day later and then underwent the surgery on May 31. The initial timetable was for Trout to miss 6-8 weeks, but he said his goal was to return before the All-Star break, which begins on July 10. He has less than two weeks to make good on that statement, and it sounds like he's getting close.
27 Jun 2017 20:48:26 -0400
There's nowhere for Chris Paul to go
There's nowhere for Chris Paul to go, really. He turned 32 in May and spent last summer essentially drawing the parameters of his own extension with the Clippers during collective bargaining negotiations, convincing the NBA to replace the Over-36 rule (designed to make big-money long-term contracts for aging vets basically impossible) with an Over-38 one that will allow him to nab one last exceedingly lucrative payday right before his prime runs out: a five-year, $200 million deal that will carry him either straight through the end of his career or very close to it.He could pass on that opportunity, but for what? The Warriors are extremely likely to own the league for at least the next two or three years, and the only borderline contender for the throne is Cleveland, who don't have cap space and don't need a point guard. The Spurs are a possibility for Paul. Gregg Popovich is Paul's equal in terms of basketball genius, and Kawhi Leonard would thrive further with a creator who can get him a few more easy bucke
27 Jun 2017 20:35:09 -0400
Mother Nature stops Tim Tebow's St. Lucie debut
Tim Tebow was supposed to make his debut for the St. Lucie Mets, the High-A affiliate of the New York Mets, on Tuesday. But Mother Nature had other ideas.Thanks to a driving rainstorm, Tebow’s St. Lucie debut will have to wait until a Wednesday doubleheader. Tebow’s promotion was announced on Sunday.Based on a picture from David Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel, this was not your average Florida rainstorm. Well before the bad weather started, it was clear that Tebow’s drawing powers have not diminished. Then this happened. Now, does it mean anything that an Act of God is delaying Tebow’s debut at the next level? We’re going to let you draw your own conclusions there.
27 Jun 2017 20:26:39 -0400
Carson Palmer not sure if 2017 will be his last NFL season
Carson Palmer doesn’t know what the future holds beyond the coming season.Speaking on Tuesday during a conference call for a charity event, the Arizona Cardinals quarterback was asked about his plans for after the 2017 campaign.“That’s a great question, and I don’t have an answer,” said Palmer, per Kyle Odegard of the team’s official website. “I love every facet of [the game]. I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season.”Palmer, who will turn 38 in December, will be entering his 15th NFL season in 2017. Signs of his physical decline were often on display in 2016, a season in which he threw for 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions but seemed to have near-zero mobility in the pocket.The three-time Pro Bowler seems to stoke retirement rumors every offseason. But the good news is that Palmer, who is under contract through 2018, might in theory be able to squeeze out an additional year in Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians’ pass-friendly offe
27 Jun 2017 17:59:05 -0400
Report: Spurs, Clippers among teams interested in Andre Iguodala
The Western Conference vultures are circling the Golden State Warriors.ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports on Tuesday that the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams interested in signing impending unrestricted free agent Andre Iguodala. Haynes also mentions the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Orlando Magic, the Brooklyn Nets and the Utah Jazz as teams that have expressed interest.Iguodala, 33, is one of the Warriors’ best perimeter defenders and playmakers, and he serves as a crucial pivot in their famed “Death Lineup.” While he was originally expected to re-sign with Golden State this summer without much fanfare, recent weeks have cast some doubt on that much.The former Finals MVP is aging, and this may be his final opportunity to land a lucrative contract. Still, it sounds like the Warriors, both the players and management alike, are willing to do everything they can to retain Iguodala.
27 Jun 2017 17:55:28 -0400
Vanderbilt players shot while trying to get teammate’s phone back from thief
College football’s offseason always has some weird incidents, but Vanderbilt might have just claimed the strangest.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Nashville police, three Vanderbilt players were shot by a man who stole one of the players’ phones.The story goes like this:
Wide receiver Donaven Tennyson’s phone was stolen when he met a man he was trying to sell it to in a Chilis parking lot.
The thief put the phone up for sale online.
Teammates O’Montae Daley and Frank Coppet created a fake account to “buy” back the stolen phone.
The three players went together to get the phone back in a Target parking lot.
When they threatened the thief and his friend, the thief fired on them with a shotgun and a pistol.
According to the AJC, Daley and Coppet were both shot. There is no word on their health status or their status with the team.Remember, vigilante justice is not a good idea and usually doesn’t go as planned.[AJC]
27 Jun 2017 17:12:45 -0400
Would adding George, Hayward make Celtics a super-team?
It sounds like the Boston Celtics are ready to get over the hump after falling three wins short of the NBA Finals in May.Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Celtics are working to land both Paul George and Gordon Hayward in the offseason. Hayward can opt out of his contract with the Utah Jazz and become an unrestricted free agent next month, while George is available via trade from the Indiana Pacers.After seeing the Golden State Warriors win a championship with Kevin Durant, it makes perfect sense for the Celtics to buy into the idea of forming a superteam, much like the Warriors did last summer when they added the Oklahoma City Thunder star.Most people seem to believe that Boston is only one piece away from being a title contender, and they’re not wrong for thinking that. Isaiah Thomas had his best season ever while simultaneously establishing himself as one of the game’s elite scorers, and the Celtics got solid production out of their young players, e.g., Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Ja
27 Jun 2017 16:31:34 -0400
Kevin Durant congratulates Russell Westbrook for earning MVP honors
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aren’t exactly best buddies these days. In fact, the two of them haven’t really been on speaking terms since Durant abandoned Westbrook last offseason en route to winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors.So, when Durant congratulated Westbrook for winning the MVP trophy Monday night (via his official YouTube page), it was quite a noteworthy event.“Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F– balled out. Gotta respect it!”It’s really impossible to argue Westbrook didn’t deserve the honor. He broke an NBA record by recording 42 triple-doubles, averaged a triple-double throughout the season — 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game — and took his team, sans Durant, to the playoffs.Durant and Westbrook have quite a history together as teammates for eight seasons as members of the Oklahoma City Thunder. They also reached the NBA Finals together in 2012 but fell short of t
27 Jun 2017 16:17:26 -0400
Colts QB coach: Andrew Luck should not be double-digit INT guy
Andrew Luck turns the ball over too often. At least, that’s the opinion of Indianapolis Colts quarterback coach Brian Schottenheimer.Schottenheimer thinks that Luck’s interception total should be no more than nine.“We say this all the time: Andrew should not be a double-digit interception guy,’’ Schottenheimer said, per Mike Chappell of WTTV in Indianapolis. “That’s the phrase we use. He’s just too good of a player. … If he can eliminate some of those decision interceptions – I think there’s five or six – those numbers drop significantly.’’Luck has only fallen short of double-digit interceptions once, when he threw nine picks in 2013. Even in 2015, when he played only seven games, Luck threw 12 interceptions.A lot of this is on Luck. There’s no doubt. Like many great quarterbacks with big arms, Luck has a tendency to get aggressive on passes. Sometimes those work out on plays that you see on the highlight reels. Other times, they end up on highlight reels for the wrong reasons.B
27 Jun 2017 16:00:32 -0400
Jim Kelly praises Sean McDermott, throws shade at Rex Ryan
Children born during football season in 1999, the last year the Bills made the playoffs, have graduated high school.Bills great Jim Kelly has high hopes that new coach Sean McDermott can provide millennial Bills fans with a chance to watch their team in the playoffs. He seems to think that McDermott’s coaching style is more likely to get the Bills into the playoffs than that of Rex Ryan.“I’m excited about the 2017 Buffalo Bills. Coach McDermott brings discipline to the table that we haven’t had in a while,” Kelly said via the Bills’ Twitter page.Kelly threw his support behind Ryan when he was hired in 2015, according to NFL.com, but discipline wasn’t among the traits that he used to describe Ryan. And Kelly’s use of the phrase “in a while” could encompass Ryan’s predecessors.Not since 2012, Chan Gailey’s last year as head coach, have the Bills been outside the top 12 in committed penalties that were accepted by opponents. Under Dick Jauron, the Bills were ninth in that dubious category
27 Jun 2017 14:57:54 -0400
Did John Paxson just admit the Bulls are tanking?
Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson gave some interesting fodder for fans and the media to chew on Tuesday.Discussing the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves — a trade many thought was severely one-sided in favor of Minnesota — Paxson seemed to admit the Bulls are going into tank mode.The first comment that gave us a clue was when Paxson said, “If you’re thinking about it in terms of winning and losing, it’s the wrong way to look at it,” in response to the negative press regarding the trade, per Sean Highkin of The Athletic.“We made the playoffs nine out of 10 years, it wasn’t good enough. We had to reset,” Paxson said. “We’re not satisfied being in the middle of the pack, so we defined our direction.”By any objective standard, that redefined direction is down, not up.In addition to trading away their best player, the Bulls are reportedly considering a buyout of Rajon Rondo’s contract. Dwyane Wade is a player that could also be on
27 Jun 2017 14:02:47 -0400
Report: Carmelo may be open to trade to Wizards, Sixers
A new report concerning Carmelo Anthony’s uncertain future with the New York Knicks suggests the superstar is “toying with the idea of orchestrating” a trade to either the Washington Wizards or Philadelphia 76ers.Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports sources close to Anthony say he’s interested in such potential trades as it would allow him to stay close to his son amid his estrangement from wife La La, who presumably will continue to reside in New York.Isola writes Anthony is “reluctant” to leave New York on the account of his son, but a move to D.C. or Philadelphia would at least keep him much closer to the Big Apple than a move out West.
According to a person familiar with Anthony’s thinking, Carmelo is no longer enamored with playing in Los Angeles if it means having to be away from his son for an extended period of time.
Anthony, according to the same source, was toying with the idea of orchestrating a move to either Philadelphia or Washington, which would keep him close to New Yor
27 Jun 2017 13:39:41 -0400
Report: Roadblock to Kirk Cousins-Redskins deal isn't money
There have been many smoke signals seen throughout the past year indicating Kirk Cousins isn’t interested in doing a long-term deal with Washington. In fact, if you remember, Cousins was a hot name on the trade rumor front heading into the draft.It’s been relatively quiet on this front since the draft came and went without any trade talks taking root. Since then, we’ve seen the Redskins say some positive things about their quarterback while indicating some positive developments are ongoing concerning a potential long-term deal.However, new information has emerged that indicates nothing has really changed. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, money is not the reason Cousins is resistant to a long-term deal. At this point, Kyle Shanahan must be smiling. The San Francisco 49ers are thought to be the team Cousins would most like to play for next season, which would mean a reunion with Shanahan, his offensive coordinator for two years in Washington.Barring a crazy development, it’s a given Cousins will pl
27 Jun 2017 13:03:06 -0400
Taco Charlton finally lands taco endorsement deal
We knew it was only a matter of time. Dallas Cowboys rookie pass rusher Taco Charlton has finally inked a taco endorsement deal.The Texas-based taco chain Taco Bueno announced a partnership with Charlton Tuesday morning. “At the heart of any good partnership is authenticity and genuine respect,” Taco Bueno president and CEO Mike Roper said in a statement, per SportsDay. “Taco is serious about football, and we are serious about Tex-Mex, and that is a winning combination. We couldn’t be more excited to bring some fun to all our fans this upcoming football season.”Charlton is the perfect man to be the face of Taco Bueno, and he was already doing his part Tuesday morning. He said Taco Bueno “tops everyone” when it comes to what it serves.“In my short time here, I have discovered that Texas is THE PLACE for tacos,” he said. “Believe me, I’ve been trying them my whole life. “If the rookie lives up to the hype that made him a first-round pick of the Cowboys, then you can be sure this won’t
27 Jun 2017 13:47:10 -0400
Serena Williams told John McEnroe to back off after he said she’d be No. 700 in the men’s rankings
On Sunday, tennis great John McEnroe spoke to NPR about, among other things, Serena Williams, and he now probably wishes he hadn’t. Asked whether Williams was the greatest tennis player—not just greatest women’s player—of all-time, McEnroe responded that, “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.”Many people were not happy with McEnroe’s comment, suggesting there was no reason to disparage an incredible player by speculating wildly where she’d rank if she played against men. Among those who were displeased with McEnroe was… Serena Williams herself.In a pair of tweets sent Monday evening, Williams asked that McEnroe, “please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based.” Serena makes a pretty fair point: She has never played against men, and she almost certainly never will play against men, so why compare her to men? It’s not as if McEnroe has any real basis for guessing where she’d be ranked.Here’s the exchange between McEnroe and