30 Jun 2016 00:36:42 -0400
WATCH: Yankees put together big comeback to beat Rangers
A five-run lead for any team in the eighth inning usually is enough, especially for the Texas Rangers, who have the second-best record in Major League Baseball this season. But the New York Yankees made sure that wasn’t the case Wednesday night.
The Yankees got one back in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Brian McCann home run, and then they proceeded to score six more runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 9-7 win at Yankee Stadium.
So how did they do it?
Well, Brett Gardner started the ninth-inning rally with a single that eventually plated a run after a Texas error, and McCann tied things up with his second homer in as many innings.
And the hero turned out to be Didi Gregorius, who hit a walk-off two-run homer run.
30 Jun 2016 00:20:56 -0400
Report: Joakim Noah to sign with Knicks for around $18 million per season
There long has been talk that Joakim Noah is likely to sign with the New York Knicks in free agency, and it sounds like that is the case.
The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps reports that Noah will almost certainly be signing with the Knicks for around $18 million per season.
ESPN’s Marc Stein is hearing much of the same from teams around the league:
Have heard the same lament from multiple interested teams tonight: They see New York as a big favorite to land Joakim Noah in free agency.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2016
The phrasing tends to be the same from every team we ask with Joakim Noah interest: We don't have a chance because the Knicks are his choice
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2016
Noah only played in 29 games last season after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery. He also spent the majority of the season coming off the bench for the first time in years, which in part contributed to his production dropping off dramatically. The 31-year-old big man
29 Jun 2016 21:39:15 -0400
Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose trade: ‘I wasn’t surprised’
The Bulls’ sudden trade of former MVP Derrick Rose last week may have come as a bit of a shocker from an outsider’s perspective. But the writing may have long been apparent on the walls of the Chicago locker room.
Appearing on ESPN’s "The Jump" on Thursday, Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler said that he wasn’t surprised Rose was traded, indicating an intuition that one of them was inevitably going to be shown the door by team management, per Sean Highkin of Bleacher Report.
Jimmy Butler on finding out Derrick Rose was traded on The Jump: "I wasn't surprised. I knew it had to be one of us."
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) June 29, 2016
Butler, the two-time All-Star, then proceeded to say that he had nothing but respect for Rose either way.
Jimmy: "I have so much respect for the guy. I have no bad things to say about him."
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) June 29, 2016
After an unsatisfactory 42-40 campaign in 2015-16 that saw the Bulls miss the playoffs despite an enormously talented roster on paper, it
29 Jun 2016 21:06:56 -0400
Report: Dwyane Wade’s camp has reached out to Spurs, Mavericks
Three-time NBA champion and Miami lifer Dwyane Wade is virtually impossible to imagine wearing a uniform other than that of the Heat. But his camp is doing its best to sell everybody on the idea that it could actually be a legitimate possibility.
According to what ESPN's Brian Windhorst said in an appearance on 790 AM The Ticket on Thursday, Wade’s representatives have been in touch with the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs to inform them of the 12-time All-Star’s availability this offseason.
Windhorst previously reported that free agent talks had stalled between Wade and the Heat and that Wade was ready to listen to offers from other teams.
Such whispers definitely come across as an attempt from Wade’s camp to boost his value by gaining leverage, especially since those two teams are both bitter rivals of Wade’s having gone up against him in the NBA Finals twice apiece. Additionally, both the Spurs and the Mavericks have big money committed to the shooting guard position already, having respe
29 Jun 2016 20:20:11 -0400
Critical details of Luck’s historic new contract
The Indianapolis Colts made quarterback Andrew Luck the richest player in NFL history on Wednesday, agreeing to a six-year, $140 million deal with the former No. 1 overall pick.
Despite a 2015 season in which Luck missed nine games and threw 12 interceptions in just seven stars, the Colts wisely decided to secure the future of the franchise before Luck entered the final year of his rookie contract.
Through four seasons, Luck has thrown for 14,383 yards and 101 touchdowns, while leading the Colts to 35 wins in 55 starts, three playoff trips and two AFC South titles.
Indianapolis will now be Luck’s home through the 2021 season.
“This is an exciting day for the organization and Colts fans around the globe,” Colts owner Jim Orsay said. “Andrew is the consummate professional, possesses extraordinary talent and is our leader on and off the field. When you consider what this team has accomplished in four seasons with Andrew under center, you cannot help but be thrilled about the future.”
Here are som
29 Jun 2016 18:01:28 -0400
Top European F Dario Saric poised to join 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are set to get another big boost, with Dario Saric set to join the team reportedly within the next month.
Saric told reporters in Europe on Wednesday that he plans to join the Sixers for next season, with the process set to begin after the Olympics.
TRANSLATED (in ENGLISH)Dario Saric's quotes from today, on going to the NBA / #Sixers THIS season: pic.twitter.com/P3UDmVuOfR
— CroSports (@CroSports_) June 29, 2016
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Croatian forward, who was selected 12th overall in 2014, could make the move within a month.
Dario Saric told reporters in Europe he's headed to the Sixers; one source says his reps and Philly are working to make it happen this month
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2016
Saric has been playing professionally in Turkey. The 22-year-old has been named FIBA European Young Player of the Year twice.
Suddenly, the 76ers are starting to look quite talented. They brought in Ben Simmons with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, the
29 Jun 2016 17:14:14 -0400
Subban-for-Weber trade foolish for Canadiens
The Edmonton Oilers made a horrible trade Wednesday by sending elite left winger Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for second-pairing-at-best defenseman Adam Larsson.
Not even a half hour later, the Montreal Canadiens one-upped them by making an even worse trade.
P.K. Subban, a former Norris Trophy winner and one of the top five defensemen in the NHL, was dealt to the Nashville Predators. The Montreal Canadiens’ return? Shea Weber.
Let’s start by saying Subban is in the prime of his career as an elite skater, a top power-play quarterback and someone who creates scoring chances and drives puck possession. He’s a legit, No. 1, franchise-cornerstone defenseman.
Trading that kind of player for someone who is well past his prime in Weber is insane. There’s no other way to describe it.
Weber, in fairness, isn’t horrible by any means. He’s a physical presence all over the ice, blocks shots, brings tremendous leadership and has plenty of playoff experience. But you don’t give up a player o
29 Jun 2016 16:51:37 -0400
Steven Stamkos staying in Tampa Bay
The Steven Stamkos saga has finally reached its conclusion. After countless rumors and reports suggesting Stamkos would entertain offers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and others, the star forward has decided to stay in Tampa Bay with the Lightning. The forward is expected to sign an eight-year deal with an average annual value of $8.5 million.
Cancel the Stamkos Sweepstakes, he has decided to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning. #TSN
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016
Stamkos's deal with TB is expected to come in at eight years, with an AAV of $8.5M.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016
Stamkos got the long-term deal he was seeking, but it is surprising to see his average cap hit come in under what many predicted for one of the best forwards in the NHL. Stamkos may have elected to take a slightly smaller contract compared to what some of his Canadian suitors were offering due to the fact he’d make more after taxes in Tam...
29 Jun 2016 16:46:07 -0400
Oilers trade Taylor Hall to New Jersey for Adam Larsson
The Edmonton Oilers have traded star forward Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils in a one-for-one deal for Adam Larsson, reports Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca.
Trading Hall is certainly a bold move by the Oilers. Hall is among the upper-echelon of talented forwards in the game today. He posted 26 goals and 65 points last season in 82 games and has hit the 25-goal mark once before. The 24-year-old does an excellent job driving play and generating shot attempts. On the Devils, he’s got the chance to be the legit No. 1 scoring option and should see a sizable uptick in his scoring numbers. Hall shot a fairly low 9.1 percent, so expect him to hit the 30-goal mark next season. He’s got a reasonable four years at $6 million left on his deal.
Larsson established himself as a good defenseman with the Devils last season after a slow start to his career. He averaged 22 minutes a game, playing tough defensive minutes (leading the Devils with a 44.1 DZFO%) and chipping in with 15 points. The 23-yea...
29 Jun 2016 15:47:14 -0400
Colts sign Andrew Luck through 2021
The Indianapolis Colts have signed quarterback Andrew Luck to a five-year contract extension that keeps him in Indy through the 2021 NFL season.
He's in. #ForTheShoe pic.twitter.com/QCHBSuSEBx
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) June 29, 2016
Luck and the Colts have been in contract negotiations for months now. Owner Jim Irsay has long contended that they would get a deal done before the season, saying it would include a “shocking number,” and now he has delivered on his promise. Though the terms are not yet known, reports of $25 million per year were prevalent during the past months and he is reportedly now the highest-paid player in the league.
On his 5-year extension, #Colts QB Andrew Luck is now the highest paid player in the NFL, source said. Puts him over Joe Flacco's $22.1M.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 29, 2016
The only surprising thing about this deal is that it comes on the heels of Luck’s worst season as a professional. He was awful when healthy and then missed ni...
29 Jun 2016 15:36:42 -0400
Paul Pierce reportedly remains undecided on returning to NBA
Paul Pierce still has not decided if he wants to return for his 19th NBA season.
The Clippers forward is reportedly still considering his future, but will apparently be making up his mind within the next few weeks.
Paul Pierce remains undecided on whether to keep playing but expects to decide in a couple of weeks, according to someone close to him.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) June 28, 2016
Pierce has two years left on his contract he signed last summer. The 38-year-old averaged 6.1 points per game in what was largely a reserve role last season for Los Angeles.
Pierce said immediately after the Clippers’ elimination that he was 50-50 on returning. We’ll find out soon enough which direction he’s gone.
29 Jun 2016 14:40:54 -0400
Repor: Thunder get first meeting with Durant before free agency
Kevin Durant will reportedly give the Oklahoma City Thunder the first opportunity to speak to him before free agency even opens.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Durant is set to meet with Oklahoma City on Thursday, a day before teams are allowed to discuss contract terms with free agents. The meeting will likely be focused on team direction instead of more specific topics that could violate league rules.
Durant will fly to New York afterwards, with his meeting with Golden State set for Friday. The San Antonio Spurs will follow on Saturday, and the Miami Heat will get their shot on Sunday.
It adds more credence to the theory that Durant is most likely to stay with Oklahoma City. He has said that this will be a “basketball decision” for him, and given his comfort level and the financial implications, the Thunder are likeliest destination for the star.
29 Jun 2016 14:12:45 -0400
Ortiz won't participate in Home Run Derby at All-Star Game
Picture this: David Ortiz makes his triumphant return the Home Run Derby at Major League Baseballâ€™s All-Star Game and takes home the crown in his final big-league season.
Itâ€™s a nice story, but it wonâ€™t happen, according to Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox slugger said before Tuesdayâ€™s game against the Tampa Bay Rays he wonâ€™t be participating in the Home Run Derby on July 11.
â€œNo. No, because I have so many things going on over there when I go,â€* Ortiz said, via WEEI.comâ€™s Rob Bradford. â€œItâ€™s going to be crazy. The Home Run Derby wears you out. I would like to, but Iâ€™ve got so many things lined up. Itâ€™s too much.â€*
Big Papi would know, as he has competed in five Home Run Derbies in his career and won it all in 2010. With 18 homers through 77 games in his final MLB season, Ortiz would be a prime candidate to come back again this year. TheÂ 40-year-old sluggerÂ admitted he considered it but is ready to pass the torch.
â€œI probably would, but Iâ€™m not. My time is going to be very limited,â
29 Jun 2016 13:57:15 -0400
Kyrie Irving plans to troll Warriors players at Olympics
Three of Kyrie Irving’s U.S. Olympic teammates play for the Golden State Warriors, and they should be bracing themselves for some trash talk.
The Cavaliers point guard told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” that he plans to let Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Harrison Barnes hear about the NBA Finals when the team converges in Rio for the summer games.
“There’s a connection that we all share that’s bonded for life of USA Basketball that allows us to be comfortable and being with one another,” Irving said, via Victoria Nguyen of theScore. “But, you know, there will be a few jabs thrown … because there are three Warriors on this team, and I am the current champion, so I will be throwing it in their faces.”
Irving better be careful not to get those guys too motivated. Draymond Green in particular probably won’t take it quietly, given his propensity for trash talking. Sure, things will be light-hearted, but you can bet the trio will want some serious revenge after Irving is done with them.
29 Jun 2016 13:34:22 -0400
99.8 percent of TV viewers in Iceland watched England upset
We’ve seen plenty of impressive sports TV ratings lately, but it’s hard to imagine a better share than what Icelandic TV notched for the broadcast of Iceland’s win over England in the Euro 2016 Round of 16 Monday.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, 99.8 percent of TVs in Iceland were tuned to that game:
Iceland’s shock Euro 2016 last-16 victory over England claimed an almost total clean sweep of television viewers in the North Atlantic island nation on Monday night.
Just 0.2% opted for another channel.
99.8% of the country’s TV audience tuned in to see goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson cancel out Wayne Rooney’s penalty as the Icelanders, competing at their first ever major tournament finals, booked a quarter-final spot to continue their heroic campaign.
Created specially for the European Championships, the Icelandic TV channel Sjónvarp Símans has achieved unheard-of viewing figures. In the side’s final group-stage match against Austria, which saw Heimir Hallgrimss