21 Aug 2017 16:11:20 -0400
Beckham stared straight at eclipse, can still see his 'haters'
We have all heard warnings for at least the better part of a week about not looking directly at the solar eclipse unless you were wearing special sunglasses, but Odell Beckham Jr decided to take his chances.On Monday, Beckham shared some footage on social media that supposedly showed him staring straight at the eclipse. While he wore sunglasses (regular ones) during some of it, there were other times he just went for it. And, as the New York Giants star put it, he somehow “still can see all of these haters.” Doctors say there is a legitimate risk of burning your retinas if you stare directly at the sun. While Beckham has risked injuring himself in some extremely dumb ways in the past, this would definitely take the cake.Of course, it’s possible that Beckham was faking it. If not, we can’t wait to see what Giants fans will say if he misses any practice time with an undisclosed injury.
21 Aug 2017 16:07:45 -0400
LeBron downplays Griffin's comments about him going to NY
Where LeBron James will play when the 2017-18 season concludes is currently unclear — LBJ himself may not even know at this point — but that hasn’t stopped others from speculating about it.There are rumors swirling about him joining either the Lakers or Clippers, given that he owns a house in Los Angeles. That would make a ton of sense from that perspective, as well as from the marketing side.But now the NYC rumors are coming into play, which, of course, would be another attractive destination for James and his family. With Carmelo Anthony on the way out, as well as Kristaps Porzingis likely being dealt at some point, it makes sense to bring in another superstar to replace them.James spoke to TMZ Sports in Brentwood on Sunday, though, and shot down the rumors.“I don’t even know what you’re talking about, shawty,” LeBron told our female photog … right before hopping into his clean white Porsche. Well, that settles that, I guess.
21 Aug 2017 16:07:11 -0400
Broncos coach calls Siemian 'permanent' starting QB
The Broncos have announced the winner of their quarterback competition ahead of their third preseason game.Heading into training camp, the Broncos had an open competition to determine who would be the team’s starting quarterback. The two candidates were Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian. On Monday, head coach Vance Joseph confirmed that the latter has won the job. Siemian, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, started 14 games last season for the Broncos. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,401 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Denver went 8-6 in games started by Siemian.In Saturday’s exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers, Lynch completed 9-of-13 passes for just 39 yards. He missed some open receivers and threw into traffic, once again proving he has a long way to go in making reads. Siemian completed 8-of-11 passes for 93 yards and threw a 19-yard touchdown.It’s unclear if what one former Bronco said about Lynch is true, but the former Memphis star h
21 Aug 2017 14:16:18 -0400
Report: MLB threatened to fine umps over protest wristbands
Major League Baseball’s umpires dropped a protest over player behavior after just one day, but it turns out they had more than one reason for doing it.The white wristband protests ended quickly after commissioner Rob Manfred promised to meet with representatives from the umpires’ union to discuss their concerns. There may have been another reason, too — according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the umpires were threatened with fines for wearing unauthorized equipment. The white wristband protest did not last particularly long for multiple reasons, it seems, but it got people talking. Perhaps that was the point.
21 Aug 2017 13:49:59 -0400
Mark Davis: Raiders have won fight for Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a big place, but having two NFL franchises in town means the Chargers and Rams will be trying to attract new fans from the same group.According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, however, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis believes his team has already won the proverbial battle for popularity in town.“You know, it’s kind of funny. They’re talking about the fight for Los Angeles. And Raiders fans have been telling me we already won that fight, and that the Rams and Chargers are fighting for the No. 2 and 3 spots.”The Raiders are preparing for a move from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nev., and their new home located will be approximately 270 miles from Los Angeles compared to 370 from the Bay Area. The team already has a sizable fan base in L.A., and pulling 100 miles closer should only bolster the group.Still, the arrogance in Davis’ statement is obvious — and enjoyable.Nostalgia highlighted the Rams’ return to Los Angeles, so fans of decades past welcomed the franchise f
21 Aug 2017 17:04:59 -0400
Mayweather reportedly furious Bieber is distancing himself
Justin Bieber is going through yet another one of his image makeovers, and the latest has apparently had a serious impact on his relationship with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Sources close to both Bieber and Mayweather told TMZ that Bieber’s mentors from the Hillsong Church have been counseling the pop star about distancing himself from friends who may be bad influences. That advice inspired Bieber to take a look at his friendship with Mayweather, and he ended up unfollowing Floyd on Instagram. According to the report, Floyd went “nuclear” and is “incensed.”
We’re told church pastors did not single out Floyd as a bad influence, but Justin decided on his own he needed some distance. Our sources say Justin didn’t want a clean break from Floyd, he just wanted to “reset boundaries” … walling himself off from things like Floyd’s obsession with strip clubs.
Justin unfollowed Floyd on Instagram as part of the resetting of boundaries, and our sources say Floyd went “insane, nuclear.” He lashed out a
21 Aug 2017 13:49:38 -0400
Trainer blasts Antonio Brown after parting ways with WR
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been working with Florida-based fitness trainer Bo Smith for several years, but the longtime relationship has come to an ugly end.Smith, who goes by “Bo the Trainer,” blasted Brown on social media over the weekend and called him “bad business.” Smith, who has worked with multiple NFL players, indicated in an Instagram post that Brown has not been honest with him, though he did not go into detail.“I will no longer be Training, involved or associated with (Brown) Never again!” Smith wrote. “I’ve learned to walk away from anything or anyone that THREATENS my PEACE of MIND, SELF-RESPECT, VALUES, MORALS or SELF WORTH…“I had to walk away & remove myself from the bulls—! Be a MAN of your WORD and own up to your WRONGS as a MAN should, Communication is KEY! Love you @AB but I must move on!”For whatever reason, this is becoming a trend for Brown. Last year, the All-Pro receiver had an ugly breakup with his personal chef.
21 Aug 2017 11:39:57 -0400
Anquan Boldin says he is completely done with football
Don’t get your hopes up for an Anquan Boldin return to the NFL.Boldin told Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio that there is no chance of a return later in the season, even if a contender comes calling. Boldin again cited the social and political turmoil in the country as motivating factors for his retirement. Boldin caught many off guard with his Sunday retirement announcement, but it sounds like he’s been thinking this through and is completely set on his decision.
21 Aug 2017 11:33:45 -0400
Report: Fowler charged with three misdemeanors for alleged attack
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler has been charged with three misdemeanors for allegedly attacking a man in a parking lot last month.According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Fowler has been charged with first degree misdemeanor battery, criminal mischief and petty theft. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted of all three charges.Fowler is accused of getting into a physical altercation with a man who criticized his driving at an apartment complex. After the former No. 3 overall pick hit the man and knocked his glasses off, he allegedly grabbed a grocery bag full of liquor that the victim had just purchased and threw it into a nearby pond.Fowler has since apologized for the incident, though it was not the first time he has gotten himself into trouble off the field. In February 2016, a video that surfaced showed Fowler refereeing a brawl between two women. He later apologized for his role in the fight. Less than a month after that, Fowler was arrested on charges of assaulting a polic
21 Aug 2017 08:23:17 -0400
Report: Goodell close to signing five-year extension with NFL
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been accused of mishandling some of the most important issues in league history, but team owners don’t seem to care as long as he keeps lining their pockets.Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal is reporting that Goodell is close to signing a five-year contract extension with the NFL, which would keep him in his current role through 2024. Goodell has been criticized for his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and several other instances where players were accused of assaulting women. Many believe he also contributed to what was a complete botching of the Deflategate investigation with the New England Patriots.But through all that, NFL owners have continued to make more money than ever. Despite what they may want you to believe, that is the No. 1 priority. Goodell’s salary with his current deal has been around $3 or $4 million annually, but it’s obvious owners are pleased with him when you see the type of bonus money he has been making.
20 Aug 2017 22:46:08 -0400
Report: Pacers accuse Lakers of tampering with Paul George
It was no secret that the Los Angeles Lakers took a long, hard look at Paul George this summer while he was still a member of the Indiana Pacers. It turns out that look may have been a bit too close.Reports indicated Saturday that the Pacers are filing tampering charges against the Lakers relating to George. There is that instance of Johnson reacting. There were also these tweets, although there’s no way they’re incriminating. There is also the strong possibility that some things happened behind the scenes that we aren’t aware of.
20 Aug 2017 22:45:42 -0400
Report: Anquan Boldin abruptly tells Bills he's retiring
The Anquan Boldin era in Buffalo was about as short-lived as you can imagine, as the veteran receiver told the Bills Sunday he’s retiring. Boldin signed a free-agent contract in Buffalo about two weeks ago, and it didn’t take long for the Bills to trade away Sammy Watkins afterwards.The savvy veteran caught just one pass for five yards on three targets Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s unclear exactly why he’s abruptly retiring, but we’ll be sure to pass any further information along when it comes.In his illustrious career, Boldin caught 1,076 passes for 13,799 yards and 82 touchdowns. He also won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 season and was voted to three Pro Bowls.
20 Aug 2017 22:57:13 -0400
Todd Bowles blames O-line for Christian Hackenberg’s poor preseason outing
Jets head coach Todd Bowles doesn’t think quarterback Christian Hackenberg is at fault for the hard-boiled egg he laid in Saturday’s preseason game.Speaking with reporters after the 16-6 loss to the Detroit Lions, Bowles blamed the offensive line for Hackenburg’s poor performance.“They really didn’t give him a chance,” Bowles said, per Eric Allen of the team website. “They had a lot of pressure on him and he couldn’t get a couple balls off. I don’t think anybody can have a chance when we’re blocking like that.”Hackenberg was nothing short of horrendous in his debut as a starter on Saturday, completing just 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and getting sacked twice. The second-year signal caller had otherwise been making encouraging progress this offseason however, so maybe that explains Bowles’ continued patience with Hackenberg despite his struggles so far in the preseason.H/T Rotoworld
20 Aug 2017 22:45:16 -0400
Justin Verlander implies baseballs are juiced
How does Justin Verlander celebrate throwing a gem against baseball’s best team? By heavily implying that baseball’s are juiced. What else?ESPN’s Buster Olney took to Twitter to note that 75 MLB players have 20 home runs in 2017, while only 57 topped that mark in 2014. It’s one of many stats to show how prevalent the long ball is in 2017. Fresh off of an eight-inning, two hit, nine strikeout win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Detroit Tigers ace replied. ⚾️ https://t.co/8Kl3bqXGXM— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 20, 2017 In truth, a number of factors are contributing to more home runs being hit. Still, it’s hard to argue against the balls being the most prominent factor, as they’re the only thing that’s constant with every home run that’s been hit.Verlander is far from the first person to imply that the balls are being juiced. Still, it is notable to hear a pitcher saying that, especially a pitcher with Verlander’s fame and accomplishments.
20 Aug 2017 18:23:33 -0400
Blake Griffin: I could see LeBron going to NYC before LA
Blake Griffin doesn’t anticipate having to make room for LeBron James in Los Angeles any time soon.In a recent appearance on “The Cheap Seats Podcast,” the LA Clippers star big man commented on the rumors surrounding James’ uncertain future.“Honestly, I don’t see him coming to L.A. period,” he said, per CBS Sports’ Colin Ward-Henninger. “Listen, again, I have no idea. I think something is brewing with him and his group of guys. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think something’s brewing and they’re going to try to make that work.“I could see [LeBron] going to New York before L.A. I still think, when you go to the Garden, it’s a completely different feeling,” continued Griffin. “The energy, there seems like there’s just a consistent buzz the entire game. … Even last year when you go play them, it’s still there.”James can hit free agency next offseason and his reported refusal to commit to the Cleveland Cavaliers long-term has led to rampant speculation about h