06 Dec 2016 23:22:55 -0500
David Ortiz thinking about comeback after Chris Sale trade?
The Boston Red Sox’s addition of Chris Sale via trade on Tuesday seems to have David Ortiz contemplating a comeback. That’s according to the slugger’s Instagram account.
Ortiz posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday of Sale, whom the Red Sox acquired from the White Sox. In his caption, Ortiz wrote, “My god my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking.”
My god my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking ?
A photo posted by David Ortiz (@davidortiz) on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:59pm PST
Is Ortiz just fooling with fans or is he legitimately thinking of coming back? He was adamant throughout the season that he would retire despite having an outstanding year where he led the league in doubles, RBIs, slugging percentage and OPS, while clubbing 38 home runs. Just read these quotes from Boston's trainer to understand what Ortiz went through on a daily basis.
But his Red Sox were bounced early in the postseason, potentially leaving the three-time World Series champion feeling dissatisfied. With t
07 Dec 2016 00:11:37 -0500
Jeff Fisher hilariously explains why he couldn’t find challenge flag
Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher’s seemingly clueless ability on the sideline has been the subject of many jokes around the NFL world in recent years.
This was taken to a completely different level when Fisher was seen fishing (drum roll, please) for his challenge flag during the Rams’ blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. It was nowhere to be found. He couldn’t spot it. Someone had either stolen it or Fisher himself had misplaced it.
Yes, it was a tremendous scene of pure comedy mixed with millions of people shaking their heads (watch here).
There were GIFS and memes the world over. Jokes were had at his expense.
Now, two days removed from the Rams’ latest loss, their seventh in eight games, Fisher explained what went wrong with the challenge flag.
VIDEO: Jeff Fisher explains why he couldn't find his red challenge flag Sunday in Foxboro @CVRamsClub pic.twitter.com/UWF4rONKTV
— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) December 7, 2016
Yes folks, this is the same guy ...
06 Dec 2016 17:58:19 -0500
Dodgers have reportedly been in touch with Jose Bautista
Could a move from the AL East to the NL West be in store for Jose Bautista?
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been in touch with Bautista. Griffin does add though that talks are on hold until the trade market further plays out and that the Dodgers, who are projected to be over $200 million in team payroll in 2017, may have to shed some salary to prove a realistic landing spot for the six-time All-Star.
The market for the 36-year-old Bautista has been relatively calm lately, but what we do know is that a continued future with the Toronto Blue Jays remains somewhat uncertain.
It’s unclear where Bautista would fit in on a Dodgers team with Andre Ethier returning from injury, Yasiel Puig appearing to be back in semi-good graces, youngsters Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, and Trayce Thompson needing playing time, and no designated hitter position to avail of. As such, the veteran slugger landing in Los Angeles seems unlikely but probably not impossible consi
06 Dec 2016 16:14:06 -0500
D’Qwell Jackson suspended four games for PED use
Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drug use, the league announced on Tuesday.
Jackson, who has not missed a game since he was with the Cleveland Browns in 2009, is arguably the most important player on the Colts’ defense. He has recorded 78 total tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries on the season.
The Colts are coming off a dominant defensive performance against the New York Jets Monday night, so the timing couldn’t be worse. The suspension will keep Jackson out for the remainder of the regular season. Indianapolis has won three of its last four games and is tied for the lead in the AFC South with a record of 6-6.
Jackson will be eligible to return after the final game of the regular season, so the Colts will have him for the playoffs if they make it that far. However, an already-suspect defense will now be even more tested over the next month.
06 Dec 2016 15:53:03 -0500
Coaches irked by late-season Thursday night division games?
The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders will square off this week in one of the most important games of the regular season, and some coaches across the NFL are reportedly unhappy that it is taking place on a Thursday night.
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report spoke to some coaches who feel it is “unfair” that such important games are going to be played on short rest.
“Coaches are increasingly upset with the NFL for scheduling potentially important games between division rivals on such short notice,” Cole said. “As one coach pointed out, the Raiders-Chiefs game could determine not only the winner of the AFC West, but also the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Playing that game on short notice seems unfair to the entire process.”
The schedule-makers have no way of knowing which teams will be in contention in Week 14 and beyond, but the argument is that they should avoid scheduling divisional games just in case. Though, the counter-argument for that could be that at least the Chiefs and Raiders are both playing
06 Dec 2016 15:47:50 -0500
Donatas Motiejunas refuses to report to Rockets after they match RFA offer sheet
The Donatas Motiejunas saga has taken another strange turn.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Motiejunas was a no-show for his scheduled physical on Tuesday with the Rockets, who are now said to be weighing their options.
Donatas Motiejunas was a no show for his physical this morning, source said. Rockets weighing options.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 6, 2016
The Lithuanian big man’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, confirmed that his client would not be reporting to the team at all.
Motiejunas' agent, B.J. Armstrong: "We have our rights. We're not going to show up. We'll see what happens. We'll see what the Rockets do."
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 6, 2016
Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, signed a four-year offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets last week, but Houston chose to match and retain him.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical adds that Houston can either wait Motiejunas out or return him to restricted free agency (though he would not be
06 Dec 2016 15:42:10 -0500
Green-Beckham touted fake charity for #MyCauseMyCleats
Scores of NFL players took part in the leagueâ€™s #MyCauseMyCleats campaign during Week 13 action. Everything for the most part went off without a hitch as players touted charities and organizations near and dear to their heart on their shoes.
And then there was Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
As noted by NJ Advanced Mediaâ€™s Eliot Shorr-Parks, by donning Adidas Yeezy Boost cleats â€” designed by Kanye West â€” Green Beckhamâ€™s purported charity of choice apparently was something called the Yeezy Foundation.
Dorial Green-Beckham is wearing Yeezy cleats today for, in his words, the "Yeezy Foundation." Talk aboutÂ #CleatsForACausepic.twitter.com/iRYxysJavT
â€” Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks)Â December 4, 2016
Unfortunately, thereâ€™s no such thing as the Yeezy Foundation. Yeah.
In a way, Green-Beckham's "support" of the "Yeezy Foundation" in a way reminiscent ofÂ George Costanzaâ€™s â€œThe Human Fundâ€* gambit.
In other words, â€œThe Yeezy Foundation: Money for Kanye.â
06 Dec 2016 15:30:30 -0500
Rashaan Salaam dead at 42
Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam has died at the age of 42.
Salaam was found dead at a park in Boulder in Monday, according to a release from Colorado University.
“The Buff Family has lost an outstanding young man and a great Buff today,” Athletic Director Rick George said. “We are heartbroken for Rashaan and his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.
Salaam was a running back at Colorado from 1992-1994. He won the Heisman in ’94 after rushing for 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the Buffs to an 11-1 record.
Salaam was a first-round pick by the Bears in ’95. He rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie, but then his career quickly fizzled out.
Salaam’s name did come up over the weekend after Jordan Howard rushed for three touchdowns against the 49ers:
Jordan Howard is only the second #Bears RB to rush for 3 TDs in a game since Rashaan Salaam in 1995. Matt Forte had 3 vs. Skins in 2013.
— Mark Potash (@MarkPotash)
06 Dec 2016 15:22:25 -0500
Claire Smith becomes first woman to win BBWAA’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award
ESPN’s Claire Smith was named the first female winner of the Baseball Writers' Association of America’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for 2017. The honor is given annually to a sportswriter for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” Smith will receive the award at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown next July.
Smith, 62, currently works for ESPN as the network’s news editor of remote productions, tasked with incorporating news and analysis into live game broadcasts, in addition to studio shows like Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter. She has already been a pioneer for female sportswriters, having been baseball’s first female beat writer, covering the New York Yankees for the Hartford Courant from 1983 to 1987. Smith was also a columnist for the New York Times from 1991 to 1998 and served as an editor and columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1998 to 2007.
At the announcement for the Spink Award winner, Smith asked fellow female members of the BBWAA to join her
06 Dec 2016 14:48:06 -0500
Report: Gregory eligible to practice, could play in Week 16
In a surprise turn of events, it’s being reported that Randy Gregory is eligible to return to practice with the Dallas Cowboys this week, per Albert Breer of The MMQB.
A surprise -- Per sources, Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is eligible to return to practice this week. Most recent suspension still under appeal.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 6, 2016
Breer also reports Gregory is eligible to play in Week 16, pending the appeal for his most recent suspension.
My understanding is Randy Gregory still won't be eligible to play until Week 16 vs. Detroit. But Dallas will have him at practice tomorrow.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 6, 2016
Gregory, who the Cowboys have had serious concerns about yet have stood behind him, hasn’t done a lot of positive things since Jerry Jones took a gamble and drafted him in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Since that time, the Nebraska product has appeared in 12 games, earning no starts, and has tallied just seven tackles and ...
06 Dec 2016 14:11:18 -0500
49ers say Colin Kaepernick will start against Jets
Despite a historically inept passing performance against the Chicago Bears, Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback when the San Fransisco 49ers play the New York Jets on Sunday.
Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins announced the decision on Tuesday:
Curtis Modkins: "Kap will be the starter on Sunday." #NYJvsSF pic.twitter.com/mITEDYEGiu
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 6, 2016
Kaepernick was benched in the second half of San Francisco’s loss to the Bears at snowy Soldier Field. He left the game after taking five sacks and completing just 1-of-5 passes for four yards, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to take at least five sacks and throw for fewer than five yards in a single game.
Backup Blaine Gabbert completed four passes for 35 yards and took a sack resulting in a safety.
The 49ers will stick with Kaepernick for at least another week. The Jets are coming off a similarly disastrous performance on Monday night against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, so it’s re
06 Dec 2016 12:47:37 -0500
Pablo Sandoval appears to have lost a lot of weight
Remember Pablo Sandoval? He’s that former World Series MVP that the Boston Red Sox gave $100 million to before the 2015 season, and they essentially have nothing to show for it. Perhaps that will change in 2017.
Sandoval showed up to spring training last year very overweight, and there were reports that the Red Sox were not going to give him playing time until he slimmed down. The 30-year-old then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, so it didn’t matter. And now, he appears to have gone on a diet.
ICYMI - Pablo Sandoval looks to be slimmed down and in great shape down in Fla - photo courtesy Alvaro Hernandez - #wbz #RedSox pic.twitter.com/YX2zNm1E3U
— Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) December 6, 2016
All signs point to the Red Sox giving Sandoval one last chance to prove himself next season. In fact, Boston traded Travis Shaw — the man who essentially stole Sandoval’s job in spring training last year — to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday as part of a deal for relief pitcher Tyler Thornburg.
06 Dec 2016 12:42:49 -0500
Syracuse fan drains $5K shot, high-fives Dino Babers
A Syracuse fan walked out of Madison Square Garden $5,000 richer after draining a half-court shot during the team’s game on Monday night against UConn.
If things couldn’t get any cooler for the fan, he also received a hug from mascot Otto the Orange and a high-five from Syracuse head football coach Dino Babers.
And the crowd goes wild.
Kid at the Cuse-Uconn game at MSG just a half court shot for $5,000 pic.twitter.com/sqxcJr7CH2
— Mike Cavalier (@mikecav5) December 6, 2016
Although seeing a random fan drain a shot for some cash is a raucous scene that plays out from time to time at basketball games at both the collegiate and professional level, it never gets old.
Heck, even ESPN’s Jay Bilas cracked a joke about the impressive shot. In light of the shooting woes of both the Orange and the Huskies, Bilas quipped, “We have had, what, 32 minutes of game action, and we’ve got to bring somebody out of the stands to nail a shot.”
All joking aside, Syracuse’s fortunes weren’t as favora
06 Dec 2016 12:16:39 -0500
LeBron not interested in hashing things out with Phil Jackson
With the Cleveland Cavaliers set to take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, some have wondered if an awkward conversation between LeBron James and Phil Jackson is forthcoming. But even if Jackson wants to chat, LeBron has nothing to say to him.
Jackson suddenly got on LeBron’s bad side last month when the Knicks president referred to LeBron’s friends and business partners as his “posse.” When asked on Monday if he would speak with Jackson this week, James bluntly said “no.” He then opened up some more about Jackson’s remark.
“Didn’t affect me, just know how much further we still have to go and how far we still have to go as African-Americans, even in the light of today,” LeBron said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. “For me, I’ve built my career on and off the floor on the utmost respect, and I’ve always given the utmost respect to everyone — all my peers, people that’s laid the path for me and laid the path for coaches, players, things of that natu
06 Dec 2016 12:07:09 -0500
Matt Rhule named new head football coach at Baylor
The search for a new head football coach at Baylor has been an interesting story to follow, but it’s at an end with Temple’s Matt Rhule accepting the job.
This news comes by way of Bruce Feldman.
BREAKING #Temple’s Matt Rhule will be the new head coach at #Baylor, source [email protected]
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 6, 2016
Rhule certainly made a name for himself of late, guiding Temple to consecutive 10-win seasons, the first double-digit seasons at the program since 1979.
What’s going to be truly interesting to see is what type of offense Baylor will feature. During his tenure with Temple, the Owls were a run-first team that also played hard-nosed defense. These aren’t exactly the kinds of traits Big 12 teams are known for sporting.
A coach who made his bones as a defensive assistant for years before switching to offense at Temple as a quarterback coach and coordinator, it’s going to be fascinating to see what Rhule puts together at Baylor.