21 Oct 2017 23:55:21 -0400
Winners and losers of Astros' ALCS victory over Yankees
The Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. That wrapped up a thrilling ALCS and made the Astros the first team in MLB history to win a pennant in both leagues.They’ll face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. A series like that produces many winners. Unfortunately, for every winner, there’s a loser. This ALCS produced a few of those, too.Justin Verlander made the team’s 11th hour trade a brilliant move. Jose Altuve showed why he should win the American League MVP. On the other side, Yankees like Gary Sanchez and Tommy Kahnle weren’t always bad. But they were bad at the worst possible moments. In a seven-game series, that stands out.These are the winners and losers from the 2017 ALCS.Winner: Justin VerlanderShort starts and relief pitching have been heavy fixtures of the 2017 postseason. But in this series, Verlander was a throwback. In Game 2, he allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out 13 in a complete game win. In Game 6, with the Ast
21 Oct 2017 23:27:45 -0400
Steph Curry may face suspension for throwing mouthpiece at ref
Steph Curry and Kevin Durant completed the rare double-double in Golden State’s game on Saturday night. The two former MVPs were ejected during the Warriors’ 111-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.Curry was tossed after angrily throwing his mouthpiece at an official because he was upset that a foul wasn’t called on Memphis during a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter. Durant also got ejected and then taunted the Grizzlies crowd on his way out. The meltdown from Curry was uncharacteristic, though the mouthpiece toss may feel familiar. During the Warriors’ loss to the Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals, Curry received his first career ejection after throwing his mouthpiece. Directing his mouthpiece toss at an official plus his blowup could cause the league to take additional action against him.
21 Oct 2017 22:48:52 -0400
Alex Cora reportedly getting three-year deal from Red Sox
Alex Cora is getting a three-year deal to manage the Boston Red Sox, according to a report.Cora, who is currently a bench coach for the Houston Astros, has been a hot candidate for all the managerial openings across baseball. One report said this week that he will be the next Red Sox manager, and that the move would be announced after the ALCS.The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says it will be a three-year deal. This is just worse news for the Nationals, who dropped Dusty Baker and were said to have interest in hiring Cora.Cora played 14 seasons in the bigs, including stints with both the Red Sox and Nationals. In Boston, he would be replacing John Farrell, who was fired after the season.
21 Oct 2017 17:10:41 -0400
Kristaps Porzingis wants to see changes from Knicks before committing long-term
Next summer, New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis will be eligible for a rookie scale maximum contract extension, but there’s no guarantee the young star will put pen to paper when the time comes.Porzingis admitted Friday that he wants to see some progress from the Knicks organization before making a long-term commitment to the franchise.“Yeah,” Porzingis told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News when asked if he wanted to see changes in the organization before signing. “Yeah, that’s it.”Porzingis was understandably brief when asked the question, as it doesn’t do anyone any good for him to air his grievances with the Knicks publicly. We know he has them, though, given what happened at the end of last season.
21 Oct 2017 23:38:12 -0400
Bobby Portis apologizes for role in Nikola Mirotic fight
Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was remorseful in his first public comments since injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic in a fight during practice.Portis said he had reached out to Mirotic to apologize, issued a public apology, and ducked questions as to who the aggressor in the altercation was. Portis was suspended eight games for his actions, though at least one report indicated that he was not the one who started it.
21 Oct 2017 22:51:18 -0400
Tennessee fans fly banner: 'Butch your mom still loves you'
Butch Jones is not exactly beloved by Tennessee fans these days, who’ve been taking to extreme measures to express their displeasure. One grocery store used artistic license to make its point this week, and then Saturday as the Vols prepared to battle Alabama someone flew a banner over the stadium. Mom won’t ever stop loving you. But if you tick off a collective fan base with years of unrealized dreams, you’re going to catch some heat.In all reality, Jones shouldn’t still have a job. We made that point crystal clear after his Vols lost at home last weekend to South Carolina, failing to score at the goal line three times at the end of the game while managing just nine total points. A loss that prompted one top recruit to reopen his recruitment to other teams after initially committing to Tennessee.
21 Oct 2017 22:58:12 -0400
Steelers rack up $94K in fines for penalties against the Chiefs
The Pittsburgh Steelers have developed a reputation over the years for crossing the line, and last weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs did nothing to dispel it.Led by Mike Mitchell, who racked up over $58,000 in fines for his head-to-head hit on Charcandrick West and low, late hit on Alex Smith (watch), the Steelers racked up over $94,000 in fines for bad behavior.In addition to Mitchell’s two fines, linebacker Bud Dupree was docked $24,309 for unnecessary roughness, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, and Le’Veon Bell was hit with a $12,154 fine for using the goal post as a punching bag following a touchdown.Remarkably, the safety was much more penalized financially for his helmet-to-helmet blow on West than he was for hitting Smith in the knees, well after the quarterback had thrown the ball. The seemingly dirty hit on Smith earned him a relative slap on the wrist.Mitchell says he didn’t intend to hit Smith but was instead tripped up by linebacker Anthony Chickillo and said, “I’m not a dirty player.”
21 Oct 2017 18:52:49 -0400
Kyrie Irving has no regrets about cursing at heckler who taunted him about LeBron
Kyrie Irving is sticking to his guns after cursing out a heckler on Friday night.After Irving and the Boston Celtics picked up a road win over the Philadelphia 76ers, a fan yelled a taunt about LeBron James at the All-Star guard as he exited the floor, and he responded by screaming a profanity back at the fan.Here is video of the incident, but beware of the foul language: On Saturday, Irving was asked if he had any regrets about the exchange.“”Hell no,” he replied, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN. ” [The fan was] man enough to record it on video, then that’s all him. I’m glad he got his [social media] name out there and then, kinda, 5 seconds of fame and it going viral — that’s the social media platform we live on. I take full responsibility what I said and excuse [to] the kids at home and you move on.”While it doesn’t seem there’s any hate between James and Irving themselves, it has to be tiring for Irving to hear about his former teammate at every turn and probably further validates his decision to ask
21 Oct 2017 18:34:47 -0400
Tennessee's Rashaan Gaulden flips double bird to 'Bama fans, down by 22 points
Tennessee finally scored its first points in the third quarter when Tua Tagovailoa had his pass intercepted by Daniel Bituli, who went 97 yards to the house. In the aftermath of that score, Rashaan Gaulden flipped the double bird to Alabama fans in the stands, which was just asinine. Regardless of the circumstances, this is wrong. But it’s one thing to talk trash or pull a stunt like this when you go into another team’s house and win in a blowout or something. To do this when your team is down by 22 points is something that is absolutely inexcusable.Butch Jones, who is already on the thinnest ice possible as the head coach of Tennessee’s football program, clearly has lost control of his team.
21 Oct 2017 18:28:11 -0400
WATCH: Adrian Killins injured after crashing into goat bucket
UCF and Navy were clashing in Annapolis Saturday, and Adrian Killins was making a huge impact on the game before he was forced out for a strange reason.He had just completed his 11th rushing attempt for the game, which put him at 111 yards, when he was hit late and ended up getting injured. The reason he was injured is that Navy’s mascot, which is a goat, had a feed bucket in front of him. That bucket happened to be right where Killins landed out of bounds. Killins had to be helped off the field after this play. It’s just a terrible sequence of events for the sophomore running back, who had just wowed everyone with a rare display of speed on a 79-yard touchdown shortly before this occurred.
21 Oct 2017 17:41:06 -0400
Twitter reacts to Adrian Killins leaving everyone in dust on 79-yard TD
UCF running back Adrian Killins may be the fastest man in college football, and his pure speed was on display Saturday against Navy.Just watch this young man blow past everyone en route to a way-too-easy 79-yard touchdown run. 21-14#UCFast
pic.twitter.com/dLWO85b1Az— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 21, 2017 People watching were just blown away at the afterburners on this kid. With speed like that, the NFL is going to be very interested in this young man. Though he’s just 5-foot-8 and 152 pounds, that kind of speed cannot be coached or taught.
21 Oct 2017 17:01:09 -0400
Jimbo Fisher gets into it with fan holding derogatory sign after loss
As Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher exited the field Saturday following his team’s 31-28 loss to Louisville, the head coach got into it with a fan.The fan had been warned by police beforehand, yet perhaps Fisher wishes he hadn’t responded the way he did. Afterwards, he didn’t necessarily apologize for his remark. The Seminoles are now 2-4 following the bitter loss, which has happened only one other time the past 40 years for this program. Needless to say, both Fisher and the team’s fans are a bit flustered by the way things have worked out.
21 Oct 2017 16:53:12 -0400
WATCH: Longhorns coach trucked during sideline celebration
The Texas Longhorns ended up losing in overtime to Oklahoma State Saturday, but they were in the game until the bitter end. In particular, the team’s defense was on fire throughout, holding Mason Rudolph and Co. to a season-low 13 points and forcing one turnover.But before the offense took a nap in the second half, it came through in a huge way early in the second quarter. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed a 90-yard pass to John Burt before tying the game at 7-7 with a two-yard run. pic.twitter.com/TYKJ1q7Zxb— LeadingNCAA ™ (@LeadingNCAA) October 21, 2017 As the Longhorns celebrated that tremendous moment in the game, one particular Longhorns coach ended up flat on the ground after being inadvertently shoved by offensive lineman Austin Allsup. Oh, “..sorry coach,” indeed.
21 Oct 2017 15:09:28 -0400
Cam Newton violates NFL rules by refusing to speak with media all week
Cam Newton made headlines without saying a word this week when he skipped out on a scheduled media session. Now that the Carolina Panthers are on their way to Chicago for a date with the Bears and Newton still hasn’t met with the media, he’s in clear violation of the NFL rules.“The NFL requires all players to be available to reporters at least once during each week of the regular season, and after every regular-season game,” wrote Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk Saturday morning.Wednesday’s scheduled press conference didn’t go off as planned, and Newton did not make it up.Some speculated that it might have been due to the fact that Jourdan Rodrigue returned to the team’s facility on that day and was interviewing players in the locker room. Remember, Rodrigue is the female reporter who was ridiculed by Newton a couple weeks back for asking questions about running routes. The same reporter who reportedly was subject to death threats in the wake of that incident.Newton finished the week without speaking to the
21 Oct 2017 14:48:41 -0400
Jemele Hill says she ‘deserved’ ESPN suspension, stands by comments
ESPN’s Jemele Hill feels she deserved her suspension from the network — but won’t walk back the comments that took her off the air in the first place.Hill told TMZ that she deserved her two-week suspension and harbored no hard feelings against ESPN for instituting it.“I deserved a suspension,” Hill said. “I violated the policy. Going forward we’ll be in a good, healthy place.”Hill refused to take back her anti-Donald Trump statements, but said she didn’t feel that she was being unfairly silenced by the network she works for.“I don’t feel suppressed,” Hill said. “I love ESPN as much as ever. I am okay. I feel good.”Hill was ultimately suspended for encouraging a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys’ sponsors. She seems to have been aware that her stance would likely get her in trouble with the network, but felt speaking out was worth the trouble.