Andre Ellington is excited to once again be teammates with his cousin, Bruce.
Commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials have been giving the Ohtani case extraordinary scrutiny, with repeated warnings of bans and penalties for anyone found in violation.
MLB, after finalizing its agreement with the Nippon Baseball League on Dec. 1 that allowed bidding to begin, issued a memo to all teams and baseball executives that contained paragraphs again warning against any form of cheating.
Teams were told, again, that they could attempt to persuade the two-way pitching and hitting star from Japan to join their team based on the merits of their respective organizations and their cities, but they were warned against discussing future contracts and business relationships, and against third-party machinations — paying off someone who might have influence with Ohtani, for example, or making quid-pro-quo promises outside of the rules.
“I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would have not taken the job if I didn’t think the right ownership was in place. I am eager to work with Hue, his staff, and our personnel department and help bring us the success these fans so deserve.”
“We’ve gotta learn how to put teams away,” Beal said. “We’ve gotta learn how to put our foot on the gas,” he added. “These are important games and games that we need to win and should have won.”
The Nets are returning after spending the last week on the road, though they were the home team for games against Oklahoma City and Miami in Mexico City.
Brooklyn will be adding Okafor and Stauskas to the roster after acquiring the former first-round picks from Philadelphia on Thursday.
Neither player has played much this season, so it’s unlikely they’ll get big minutes Tuesday.
It’s been a while since he was the perfect-game twirling twentysomething who led the Giants to two championships and missed the third after elbow surgery. He was the most important person in the organization for a while. He was just 17 when San Francisco took him with the 25th pick of the 2002 draft, and he helped carry the franchise out of the Barry Bonds era, through four straight losing seasons and to its first title on the West Coast.
Cain’s recent decline has also accompanied his team’s; it will pick first or second in next year’s draft and try to begin a new cycle of greatness.
“The guy has been doing this long enough where it shouldn’t happen,” Elliott said. “What he did was unnecessary. … There’s no reason for that. He knows the deal. He knows how this race works. He knows how Martinsville is.
“He didn’t even try to move me out of the way. He just shoved me and wrecked me.”
When the Golden Knights arrived, he had also just received a dose of morphine. “You could definitely see they were in shock a little bit, that this happened, just to see one of the people affected by it,” Anthony Robone says. “They had that look in their face, that it was something they’ve never seen before. But when the conversation got rolling, they were super cool.”
The Rams are off to one of their best starts in years, but they need to cut down on turnovers in order to keep winning. They’ve fumbled 15 times this season (lost eight of them), which is tied for fourth-most in the NFL, and have a turnover margin of zero.
Chicken-or-egg situation: Watson hasn’t faced a defense as formidable as the Seahawks, who are ranked first in the NFL this week, but the Seahawks have built that record against some wretched offenses, like the Giants last week.
A fun sleeper candidate now thriving on the glass for the Hawks, Collins is tied with Myles Turner and just ahead of Kevin Durant with 14 rebounding chances (within 3.5 feet of an available board) per game. With some defensive upside complementing a steady rebounding pattern, Collins is worth owning in all but shallow fantasy formats.
Among the league leaders in minutes played over the last several seasons in Detroit, Morris should see plenty of minutes and touches on a Boston frontcourt reliant on youth at the moment. Morris should also be afforded additional freedom to extend his shot in Boston, adding to what could be a high-floor fantasy profile upon his impending return from an injury.
Whatever you think about Cleveland stockpiling picks vs. going for a potentially special talent, thinking Watson and Wentz would be doing what they are doing this season if they were in Cleveland is futile and misguided.
Not only would that level of harmony stand out in today’s world, it would be unprecedented in the modern NFL; the league and the players’ association have long been at odds.
Players and owners have squabbled over playing football on Thursdays, over the league’s drug policy and its appeals process, and over issues of dollars and cents. Now, the league wants the players to compromise on an issue that has inflamed emotions across the political gamut. And, notably, the players seemingly have the power for once. “You can threaten to do whatever you want to do, that’s not going to deter players from doing what’s right, or doing what they believe is right,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said on Tuesday. “You might be able to change the manner in which that looks, but I don’t see players stopping their pursuit for justice or equality.”
“We had an unbelievable start,” said Gallant. “Everything has gone our way. But we have to battle every night to not be the worst team in our conference.”
Like his players, Gallant has something to prove. He was unceremoniously fired 22 games into the 2016-17 season by the Florida Panthers after leading that moribund franchise to the postseason in the previous year. The front office was at war with itself, and Gallant took the fall for not being a favorite of the regime that held the power.
Not much soothes an angry football team quite like flattening a league rival — as the Huskies did to UCLA two weeks after a loss to Arizona State. But because of its weak out-of-league schedule, U-Dub would likely need help, even as the one-loss Pac-12 champ, to make the top four.
Now the Horned Frogs know how Oklahoma feels. Iowa State is systematically leveling the Big 12’s playoff chances. Opportunity remains for TCU to win the league, but it must rebound quickly with Texas and Oklahoma up next.
“We’re not on the edge of destruction,” the owner said. “It’s an opportunity. It creates real energy, and it creates a great opportunity to get our leadership right going forward. You watch. We will come out of this as a stronger league, and our popularity will come back and increase.”
Bryant booted field goals of 45 and 37 yards to cut the deficit to one at 17-16 in the third quarter. The Falcons wide receiver had been held to just two catches for 21 yards by Morris Claiborne, who left with a foot injury.
On one play, Ball did what he does best, grabbing a defensive rebound, pushing up the pace as the Pistons (5-3) were getting back and taking it to the rim for a score. The rookie shot 6-for-13 from the field — his best shooting night since he shot 12-for-27 against Phoenix.
Fans at Dodger Stadium lustily booed Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel on Tuesday night during Game 6 of the World Series in apparent response to Gurriel’s racially insensitive actions earlier in the series.
Entering the game, the Warriors averaged 17.0 cough-ups a game, the 27th worst mark in the league. They’ll fall dramatically following Sunday’s contest.
Golden State was down 13 with six and a half minutes to play, and ended up cutting it to two, but they never made up the deficit.
On the other hand, the Pistons came back from a 68-54 deficit with 8:30 left in the third quarter to take an 82-81 lead into the final period. This came after overcoming a 70-57 deficit the night before in Los Angeles to come back and beat the Clippers.
Chargers wide receiver Travis Benjamin’s punt return against the Patriots could go down as one of the worst returns in NFL history.
Benjamin reached the end zone, but unfortunately he scored two points for the wrong team.
The punt landed at his own 11-yard line and Benjamin grabbed the ball at the 8-yard line. He then ran backwards in an effort to create separation, but it did not work out as planned. He was then tackled in his own end zone for a Patriots safety, giving New England a 9-7 lead over the Chargers in the second quarter.
Still, Zo’s night wasn’t all negative. He played unselfishly, and his willingness to pass has seemed to catch on with his teammates. With Beverley playing tight defense, Ball tried to affect the game by doing the little things (like rebounding!), and he certainly didn’t check out mentally when the game started slipping away.
For the Giants, it’s another bad blow to a wide receiving corps that placed Dwayne Harris and Odell Beckham Jr. on injured reserve Monday following injuries each suffered in Week 5. While Marshall was carted off the field with what looked like a serious injury, Giants coach Ben McAdoo called it a sprain after the game.
Evidently, it’s more serious than that.
Sterling Shepard also suffered an ankle injury and is day-to-day in his recovery. The Giants signed Travis Rudolph and Tavarres King on Monday when the team placed Beckham and Harris on injured reserve, but may need to continue to make moves at the position.
The Giants are 0-5 and No. 28 in points scored. With Marshall done for the year, things aren’t looking like they’ll be getting much better any time soon.
The defense has also been great, ranking fifth in total yards allowed with 274 per game and ninth in points per game allowed at 18.8.
In their last 14 games at home against teams with winning records, the Panthers are 10-4 SU per the OddsShark NFL Database.
The Eagles have reigned supreme in the NFC East so far with a 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS record, fueled by an offense that ranks third in the NFL in total yards with 397.8 per game and fifth in scoring with 27.4 points per game. Carson Wentz has passed for 1,362 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Six of the last seven games played on Thursday Night Football have been decided by five points or less. These two teams look likely to continue that trend of close games as they match up strength against strength in Carolina’s defense vs. Philadelphia’s offense. Home field gives Carolina the slight edge on paper, but this looks like an extremely evenly-matched game.
This Sunday, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will travel to Minneapolis for a NFC North showdown against a Vikings team with a bit of a quarterback quandary. Sam Bradford struggled in Minnesota’s Monday Night Football game against Chicago, and the Vikings finally found some success on offense after benching him in favor of Case Keenum — leaving a question mark at the position heading into Week 6. The teams meet at 1 p.m. ET. on Fox (livestream).
While Thursday night games weren’t all that great last year, we all got suckered into them anyway because, well, it’s football. So here’s everything you need to know about the change.
Games won’t be able to be viewed on Twitter anymore, and Amazon will now offer the games to its Amazon Prime customers. Amazon Prime is a paid subscription service offered by the company, which provides free shipping and streaming items — which now includes 11 Thursday night NFL games.
Yes. Thursday Night Football will still alternate between CBS, NBC, and NFL Network, just as it did last season. The viewing options will vary by the week, with CBS and NBC carrying five games apiece. NFL Network always airs games that are on NBC or CBS, but will also exclusively broadcast its own games.
The New Orleans pass defense, though? It’s like Pat Swilling and Rickey Jackson are out there all over again. Over the past three games, the Saints have the league’s best opposing Total QBR at just 11.7, with no other team within 15 points. They’re second in the NFL in passer rating allowed (56.7) and sack rate (10.1 percent). They’re giving up 4.4 yards per play on first-and-10, the third-best rate in the league. The defense has forced more takeaways in three games (nine) than it did over the entire second half of 2016 (eight).
He also didn’t shut the door on the possibility of putting his franchise quarterback on injured reserve, which would officially end his season.
“No, not at this time,” Ballard said about Luck potentially going on IR.
Wednesday’s news is the latest twist in two-plus years of ongoing issues with Luck’s shoulder. He originally injured it in Week 3 of the 2015 season, then aggravated it in Week 2 of 2016 and spent at least one day a week on the injury report the rest of the season. He missed all of the team’s offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games.
The kick was also Vinatieri’s 27th career game-winner in his incredible career and the 11th successful field goal in overtime.
Indianapolis came close to winning earlier in overtime with a 46-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett to T.Y. Hilton that set the team up inside the 10-yard line. It was the first possession of overtime, so a field goal wouldn’t have won the game without San Francisco first getting a chance to score, but Brissett threw an interception that negated the scoring chance completely.
After stuffing the 49ers, the Colts got another chance when running back Marlon Mack broke free for 35 yards. While the rest of the drive didn’t go anywhere, it didn’t have to, thanks to the always reliable Vinatieri who boosted the Colts to 2-3 on the year.
The Giants won 23-10, becoming the second 13-point underdog to win outright on Sunday. The Miami Dolphins upset the Atlanta Falcons as 13-point underdogs in the early slate. It’s the first time that multiple 13-point favorites lost in the same day since Dec. 9, 1973 (Week 13), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Davante Adams wore a backpack as he stood against a locker room wall and looked like he had just finished a leisurely walk to the neighborhood bookstore. Other than a scratch above his left eye, the Green Bay Packers receiver revealed no hint of the occupational hazards he is paid to navigate on a weekly basis.
We’ve reached the two-minute warning. Dallas has the ball in the red zone, trailing by four with exactly two minutes to go.
After review, Beasley is ruled down a half-yard short and the Cowboys elect to go for it on fourth down. On the play, Ezekiel Elliott takes a handoff and appears to be brought down short of the first down marker. But, following review, the ruling on the field is overturned and Dallas’ drive continues.
Prescott hits Cole Beasley on a third-and-5 right near the marker. Beasley is originally ruled to have picked up the first down, but the play is under review.
Dallas moves the chains after the holding penalty. The Cowboys now have it at the Green Bay 29 with a fresh set of downs.
The Cowboys cross midfield and move into Green Bay territory, but they are called for a holding penalty. Dallas now faces a second-and-10 from its own 48, trailing by four with 6:24 to go.
Touchdown Packers. Green Bay retakes the lead on a pick-6. Prescott throws a pass intended for Terrance Williams. But the ball bounces off Williams’ hands and into the arms of cornerback Damarious Randall, who returns it into the end zone for a 21-yard score. Green Bay goes for two but doesn’t convert and it now leads 28-24.
Mitchell Trubisky is the quarterback of the future for the Chicago Bears. The question is just a matter of when he’ll be handed the reins.
The No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft started just 13 games in college, and Chicago didn’t want to toss him into the flames until after he’s had plenty time to adjust to the NFL.
Chicago will stick with that plan in Week 3 with Glennon set to start in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He’s struggling to help in the run game too and there really aren’t many positive things to stay about the 33 games Flowers has played in the NFL.
Forget the fact that the Giants have an offense so one-dimensional that the entire team looks like a disaster. McAdoo was painfully conservative when the team needed to take shots and it proved costly.
The play seems like a no-brainer to armchair quarterbacks and Twitter head coaches, but there have been plenty of rookies who would have tried to force their hand there. Watson had the composure to make the smart play, and it put his team in a better position to win.
Jones, the talented WR who set NCAA records for most receptions in a career (399) and a single season (158 catches in 2016) with East Carolina, initially broke for the right-front portion of the end zone before adjusting and turning back towards the middle of the field.
The L.A.-Orange County metro area has 12 million people, so 95% of the public might not care about the Chargers, but it doesn’t take many to fill 27,000 seats. Take into account fans of visiting teams who want to see their teams live and sellouts are pretty much guaranteed for the three seasons the Chargers will be playing at the StubHub Center.