31 May 2016 00:31:50 -0400
Kevin Durant says he has not thought about free agency yet
With his team losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, all the attention surrounding Kevin Durant turns to his future. But he is not ready to talk about that yet.
After falling to the Warriors in Game 7 Monday, Durant was asked the question on everyone’s mind: What is he thinking about regarding his future now that he will be a free agent?
Durant soundly side-stepped the question.
Kevin Durant on impending free agency: "We just lost like 30 minutes ago. I haven't even thought of it."
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 31, 2016
That’s about all Durant could say to it. The journalist who asked the question probably was not expecting to get an answer, but he had to ask since he’s a Thunder beat reporter.
Durant is an unrestricted free agent and is the most coveted player on the market in years. He’s only 27, already has an MVP under his belt, and he still has room to grow as a player.
Will he stay with OKC? Sign elsewhere like Washington or San Antonio or perhaps s
30 May 2016 23:21:59 -0400
Report: Ken Hitchcock to return as head coach of the Blues
Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the St. Louis Blues bench next season, as he’ll sign a one-year contract in a move which could be announced as soon as tomorrow, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Hitchcock will be back with #stlblues on one-year contract for 2016-17 season, according to league sources. Announcement could come tomorrow
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 31, 2016
St. Louis had an excellent season in 2015-16 with Hitchcock behind the bench as the 64-year-old led the Blues to a 49-24-9 record which placed them second in the Central Division. The Blues went on an extended playoff run, making it all the way to the Western Conference Finals where they were dispatched in six games by the San Jose Sharks.
On paper, Hitchcock had an excellent season, leading the Blues to their first conference finals since 2000-2001. However, Hitchcock had a playoffs to forget. While St. Louis went on a fantastic run, it was against the bizarre decisions by...
30 May 2016 23:11:36 -0400
Bernie Sanders attends Game 7 of Warriors-Thunder series
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made an appearance at Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals on Monday between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Sanders arrived at Oracle Arena in Oakland late in the second quarter for the game, possibly helping the Thunder close the gap in the score.
Breaking :@BernieSanders just arrived at @warriors game. Says "let's turn this thing around." @SFGate @sfchronicle pic.twitter.com/uFEQB2rYtP
— joegarofoli (@joegarofoli) May 31, 2016
See the light blue shirt, white shock of hair in the middle of the @warriors crowd? That is @BernieSanders pic.twitter.com/hSDQFXfRAv
— Joe Vazquez (@joenewsman) May 31, 2016
Sanders already won Oklahoma, so he wasn’t risking much by showing up at the home of the Warriors. But he has a lot to gain with the California primaries eight days away and the tough competition in the state from Hillary Clinton.
Feel the Bern.
30 May 2016 21:43:12 -0400
NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost
Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the tab.
Specifically, Bettman stated that NHL teams don’t want to have to pay to send players to the Olympics.
Bettman says NHL teams aren't interested in paying for the privilege of sending players to the Olympics.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) May 30, 2016
Looking at the big picture, it’s no surprise that NHL teams don’t want to pay to send their star players abroad at the risk of an injury which could derail a team’s deep playoff run. As for as the league is concerned, the NHL has its own tournament to showcase the world’s best, meaning Olympic competition isn’t as significant as it once was.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) may have to pick up the tab if they want NHL players competing.
30 May 2016 21:20:34 -0400
Biyombo willing to take discount to stay in Toronto
With his shot-erasing, rebound-munching, rim-running ways this postseason, Raptors big man Bismack Biyombo has played himself into a nice payday for his impending unrestricted free agency in the summer. But as it turns out, Biyombo may be willing to leave it all on the table in order to come back to Toronto next season.
On Monday, Biyombo said that he wants to return to the Raptors and is open to taking a hometown discount to do so, per Andrew Walker of Sportsnet.
Bismack Biyombo tells me he wants to be back, expects to be back, & is open to taking a hometown discount to return. @WalkerShow590 #Raptors
— Andrew Walker (@FAN590Walker) May 30, 2016
The 23-year-old brought phenomenal energy on both ends for the Raptors (not to mention earth-wrecking blocks, Mutombo-inspired swagger, and social media gold) during their run to the Eastern Conference Finals this year, particularly when starting center Jonas Valanciunas suffered an ankle injury.
With that kind of stellar playoff performance, Biyombo de
30 May 2016 18:49:07 -0400
Report: Baylor AD Ian McCaw will resign
The fallout at Baylor continues. According to a report from the Baylor 247Sports website, Bears athletic director Ian McCaw will step down from his post in the near future.
This report comes on the heels of the Bears naming Jim Grobe acting head football coach, a move which McCaw helped orchestrate.
BREAKING: Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw to resign https://t.co/o7KDHSpqqQ
— BaylorBears247 (@Baylor247) May 30, 2016
McCaw, who has also served as AD at Massachusetts and Northeastern, has been running the athletics department at Baylor since 2003-04. He is the latest domino to fall due to the university’s ongoing sexual assault scandal.
30 May 2016 18:28:32 -0400
Dolphins DE Dion Jordan applies for NFL reinstatement
Defensive end Dion Jordan, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft who was suspended for a drug policy violation, has applied for reinstatement and is determined to make the most of his second chance.
Jordan spent the 2015 season suspended after his diluted sample in December 2014. Already regarded as a monumental draft bust after underwhelming even when on the field, the now 26-year-old doesn’t want to mess things up again.
“I’m not about to waste it. I can’t waste it. And I (expletive) love doing it,” Jordan told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero. “Who doesn’t love running out in front of 30,000-plus fans and you get that rush? But it’s also things that you can get that rush from that can be very satisfying and can carry you on to a successful life after football.”
Jordan, who has just three sacks in 26 career games, admitted that he got into drugs during his rookie year and enjoyed the life of an NFL player a bit too much.
“Like a lot of rookies, you enjoy being a professional for the firs
30 May 2016 18:22:25 -0400
Bills OT ready to rejoin team after mysterious absence
Seantrel Henderson has had a wildly up-and-down football career. A polished offensive lineman, he was a massive prospect coming out of high school and a freshman starter at Miami. But injuries, failed drug tests and a car crash derailed him in college, and he ended up a seventh-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft. In Buffalo he recaptured his former promise, starting 22 games at right tackle over two seasons. Alas, he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, forcing him to miss the final five games of the 2015 season.
Then he disappeared.
For much of this offseason, the Bills have had no idea where Henderson was or whether he intended to come to camp. According to the Buffalo News, coach Rex Ryan has not spoken to the tackle since the last day of last season, and one Bills teammate said “nobody knows” if he would even be on the team next year. The Crohn’s diagnosis and resulting surgeries somewhat explained the disappearance, but you’d still think Buffalo would have some idea what w
30 May 2016 17:22:40 -0400
David Wright dealing with herniated disc in neck
David Wright told reporters on Monday that he is dealing with a herniated disc in his neck.
Wright did not play in Monday’s 1-0 win over the White Sox — his third straight game missed. New York Mets manager Terry Collins even said that Wright may need a stint on the disabled list.
Wright has dealt with serious health issues the past two seasons. He was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and only played in 38 games last year. This season he has played in 37 games, though he has missed nine contests this month.
The 33-year-old third baseman is batting a career-worst .226 this season with eight doubles and seven home runs.
30 May 2016 17:15:18 -0400
Tyronn Lue not concerned with who Cavs play in Finals
If Tyronn Lue is cheering for someone Monday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, he’s keeping it close to the vest.
The Cavaliers coach said Monday that it doesn’t matter who comes out of the West, and Cleveland’s focus and execution is far more important.
“Definitely about us,” Lue said Monday, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “But they’re two tough teams. You have Oklahoma, (Russell) Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant — a different guard. Then you have (Stephen) Curry, Draymond (Green) and Klay (Thompson) — a different guard. It’s big on who you are playing as far as personnel, things you have to be locked in on, things you have to take away, things we can’t give up.
“It does play a part, but it’s really more so about us. If we’re on the right page and doing things the right way we’re going to be fine.”
Lue does not have a preference between the two teams.
“We just want the winner,” Lue said. “Just whoever wins. We’re preparing for both and after tonight we w
30 May 2016 16:16:40 -0400
WATCH: UNC men's lacrosse wins NCAA title in frantic OT
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the national champions — in both women’s lacrosse and men’s lacrosse. Monday, just one day after the women knocked off Maryland to win their second title all time, the men followed suit. UNC withstood being a man down for nearly the first minute of overtime, eventually drawing a man advantage of its own after a Maryland penalty. Chris Cloutier had the game-winner.
UNC is the first unseeded team to ever win the tournament.
Do you believe in miracles? #TarHeel men win lacrosse title in OT! @unc #ncaaLAX pic.twitter.com/iowjgJnmnL
— Gavin O'Hara (@gavinohara) May 30, 2016
Congrats to the Tar Heels.
30 May 2016 15:35:07 -0400
Report: Baylor to name Jim Grobe interim head coach
Following Art Briles’ firing, it was reported by many that Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett would be given the title of interim head coach. It looks like there’s been a change of plans.
According to multiple reports, Baylor will name former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe to the position. Grobe resigned from his former position back in December of 2013.
Grobe coached at Ohio from 1995 to 2000 and Wake Forest from 2001 until 2013. He’s one of the most respected coaches in the country.
.@247Sports reporting Baylor to name Jim Grobe (WOW!) 2016 coach. https://t.co/utJx73icMJ
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 30, 2016
I wonder if Baylor came to realize just how bad the optics would be if it promoted Phil Bennett.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) May 30, 2016
Baylor247 is also reporting that the rest of the staff will be kept on.
Grobe has a 110-115-1 record as a head coach, with a 3-2 mark in bowl games. It’ll be interesting to see if it can become a full-time gig for h...
30 May 2016 15:24:21 -0400
Xander Bogaerts extends hitting streak to league-high 23 games
Make it 23 straight for the X Man.
Xander Bogaerts extended his league-high hitting streak to 23 games Monday in his second at-bat against the Baltimore Orioles. With Mookie Betts on third base, Bogaerts laced a double down the left field line at Camden Yards for an RBI double.
Bogaerts added a second double in the fifth inning, giving him 271 hits since the beginning of the 2015 season, most in Major League Baseball.
In his first at-bat of the day, Bogaerts grounded out on a swinging bunt, but Betts scored from second on a terrific, heads-up base-running play, giving Bogaerts his first RBI on the afternoon.
Bogaerts’ 23-game hitting streak is the longest active streak in the majors and second only this season to teammate Jackie Bradley’s 29-gamer that ended last week.
30 May 2016 14:45:52 -0400
Legendary Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido reassigned
As the NCAA Baseball Tournament field is being unveiled, a huge story is developing at Texas. UT has announced that legendary Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido will no longer lead the Longhorns program. After a disappointing 25-32 season, Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history, will be reassigned within the UT athletic department.
Augie Garrido has accepted a position as Special Assistant to Athletics Director. https://t.co/lcPuiML6Qy
— Texas Baseball (@Texas_Baseball) May 30, 2016
Garrido finishes with 1,975 career wins and five NCAA championships, with the most recent coming in 2005. He began his Texas tenure in 1997 after stints at Cal State Fullerton, Illinois, Cal Poly and San Francisco State.
30 May 2016 14:33:20 -0400
Raptors GM: Keeping DeMar DeRozan is our 'No. 1 goal'
DeMar DeRozan is one of the central figures in the Toronto Raptors’ renaissance, so it’s no surprise that the team wants to keep him around for years to come.
General manager Masai Ujiri would not, however, commit to offering DeRozan a max deal in comments he made on Monday.
Masai Ujiri: “Our No. 1 goal is to bring DeMar back here.”
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 30, 2016
Masai on if Raps will offer DeRozan max: “I think that question is for later.…Our organization I think has showed that we want to win.”
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 30, 2016
There’s no reason for Ujiri to compromise his negotiating position by saying something flippant about a max deal right now. The only thing we need to know is that the Raptors want to keep DeRozan, and though the links to the Lakers are all over the place, it seems that, given the mutual interest, it’s more likely than not that the two sides will figure something out. It may well be a max deal.