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Report: LIV Golf nearing deal to buy airtime to broadcast events on Fox Sports

The controversial LIV Golf circuit has signed many big names and sparked widespread conversation over the last several months, but one thing it hasn't had is a deal to broadcast its events on television. That, according to a report Tuesday night, may be changing soon. Golfweek, citing multiple sources, reported that LIV Golf is nearing a deal to buy airtime on Fox Sports, one that would see its events broadcast on FS1. The deal is still being finalized, according to the report. LIV Golf is five events into its inaugural season, with three more on tap before year's end. It will expand to 14 tournaments in 2023. According to Golfweek, it wasn't immediately clear if the agreement with Fox Sports, once finalized, would begin this year or next. Thus far, LIV's 54-hole shotgun-start events have been streamed on YouTube, as well as on the tour's website. Commissioner Greg Norman had said earlier this month that LIV was talking to four potential media companies about a...
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September 28

Miami Marlins' Richard Bleier only pitcher since 1900 with 3 balks in same at-bat, gets tossed vs. Mets

Miami Marlins lefty Richard Bleier had himself an inning to forget Tuesday night against the Mets in New York, making major league history as the only player since 1900 to balk three times in the same at-bat, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Bleier, who opened the eighth inning in relief with the Marlins up 6-3, quickly retired his first two batters before allowing Jeff McNeil to reach on an infield single. With Pete Alonso at the plate, Bleier was called for a balk three times, allowing McNeil to come around to score. "Words cannot describe what happened in that inning on my end," said Bleier, a seven-year veteran who hadn't been called for a balk in his first 303 big league appearances. "I don't know. It was wild." Bleier grew increasingly agitated with each balk call. Following the run-scoring balk, Marlins manager Don Mattingly sprang out of the dugout and was ejected following a heated argument with the entire umpiring crew. "I know I'm gone...
September 28
September 28

Report: LIV Golf nearing deal to buy air time to broadcast events on Fox Sports

The controversial LIV Golf circuit has signed many big names and sparked widespread conversation over the last several months, but one thing it hasn't had is a deal to broadcast its events on television. That, according to a report Tuesday night, may be changing soon. Golfweek, citing multiple sources, reported that LIV Golf is nearing a deal to buy air time on Fox Sports, one that would see its events broadcast on FS1. The deal is still being finalized, according to the report. LIV Golf is five events into its inaugural season, with three more on tap before year's end. It will expand to 14 tournaments in 2023. According to Golfweek, it wasn't immediately clear if the agreement with Fox Sports, once finalized, would begin this year or next. Thus far, LIV's 54-hole, shotgun-start events have been streamed on YouTube, as well as the tour's website. Commissioner Greg Norman had said earlier this month that LIV was talking to four potential media companies about a...
September 28
September 28

Miami Marlins' Richard Bleier first since 1900 with 3 balks in same at-bat, gets tossed vs. Mets

Miami Marlins lefty Richard Bleier had himself an inning to forget Tuesday night against the New York Mets, making major league history as the first player since 1900 to balk three times in the same at-bat, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Bleier, who opened the eighth inning in relief with the Marlins up 6-3, quickly retired his first two batters before allowing Jeff McNeil to reach on an infield single. With Pete Alonso at the plate, Bleier was called for a balk three times, allowing McNeil to come around to score. "Words cannot describe what happened in that inning on my end," said Bleier, a seven-year veteran who hadn't been called for a balk in his first 303 big league appearances. "I don't know. It was wild." Bleier grew increasingly agitated with each balk call. Following the run-scoring balk, Marlins manager Don Mattingly sprang out of the dugout and was ejected following a heated argument with the entire umpiring crew. "I know I'm gone...
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September 27

Miami Marlins' Richard Bleier ties MLB record with 3 balks in inning, gets tossed vs. Mets

Miami Marlins lefty Richard Bleier had himself an inning to forget Tuesday night against the New York Mets, making major league history as the first player since 1900 to balk three times in the same at-bat, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Bleier, who opened the eighth inning in relief with the Marlins up 6-3, quickly retired his first two batters before allowing Jeff McNeil to reach on an infield single. With Pete Alonso at the plate, Bleier was called for a balk three times, allowing McNeil to come around to score. "Words cannot describe what happened in that inning on my end," said Bleier, a seven-year veteran who hadn't been called for a balk in his first 303 big league appearances. "I don't know. It was wild." Bleier grew increasingly agitated with each balk call. Following the run-scoring balk, Marlins manager Don Mattingly sprang out of the dugout and was ejected following a heated argument with the entire umpiring crew. "I know I'm gone...
September 27
September 27

Bo Nickal earns UFC contract with 52-second submission win over Donovan Beard

LAS VEGAS -- Prepare yourselves for some Bo Nickal hype. Nickal, a three-time NCAA Division I national collegiate wrestling champion, starched another opponent on Dana White's Contender Series on Tuesday night, submitting  Donovan Beard with a triangle choke just 52 seconds into their middleweight bout. It was Nickal's second win on the Contender Series in two months, and it earned him an exclusive contract to fight in the UFC less than two years into his transition from amateur wrestling into MMA. "I literally write notes to remind me [of the fights]," White said after Nickal's performance. "The only note on my paper is, 'god damn.' I mean, for a kid who has almost no experience, he took on a guy who's 6-foot-2, a 7-1 [record], 78-inch reach -- the confidence this kid had to roll into the triangle the way he did. ... "Me and a lot of other people are excited to see the future this kid has. Welcome to the UFC." Nickal (3-0) is arguably the hottest prospect in...
September 27
September 27

New York Yankees win, secure American League East crown as Aaron Judge stays at 60 homers

TORONTO -- From a near August collapse to a late September clinch. What seemed predestined when the New York Yankees were the best team in baseball in the first half of the season and looked doubtful with their subpar play in the second half, was made official Tuesday night. A 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays gave the Yankees their 20th American League East title. It's the first divisional pennant for New York since 2019, which was also the year that Aaron Boone won his first title as a manager. "Really proud of the guys. It's the toughest division to win ... every team's a battle," Boone said after Tuesday night's win at Rogers Centre. "You got to pack a lunch, as I like to say, when you're playing these teams. Especially at the start, probably most people picked a lot of other teams. We got off to a great start, obviously weathered the storm. These guys never really panicked or never lost that underlying confidence that even when we were going through some...
September 27
September 27

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett injured shoulder, biceps in one-car crash

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett suffered a shoulder sprain and a biceps strain as well as cuts and bruises in the one-car crash he was involved in Monday afternoon, general manager Andrew Berry said in a statement. Garrett, 26, was released from a Cleveland hospital the same day after being treated for the injuries. Berry said Tuesday said Garrett cleared concussion protocol but that his status for Sunday's game against the  Atlanta Falcons is up in the air. The crash occurred after Garrett left practice at the Browns' training facility in Berea, Ohio.  "Currently, our focus is on providing Myles the medical care needed for him to return to football activity," Berry said in the statement. "Although we hope to have him back soon, his availability for Sunday's game in Atlanta will be evaluated by team doctors throughout the week." According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Garrett crashed his 2021 Porsche near Wadsworth, Ohio, at around 3 p.m. The...
September 27
September 27

Suns' Deandre Ayton says he hasn't spoken to coach Monty Williams since Game 7 benching

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton said he hasn't spoken with head coach Monty Williams since he was benched during a stunning Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in May. Ayton had a tense summer with the Suns, signing a four-year, $133 million offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers before Phoenix matched using his restricted free agent rights. "I haven't spoken to him at all, ever since the game," Ayton told reporters after the first practice of the season on Tuesday. "I can show him better than I can tell him. It's life. Nobody cares about the uncomfortable nature of it, it's how you perform and what you bring to the table. What's said is already said." Ayton worked out at the Suns facility for weeks leading up to training camp, but Williams said he purposely decided to leave players alone a little this summer to give them space. "I think 1-on-1s are always needed between guys I've been around for awhile," Williams said. "Some guys need it...
September 27
September 27

New York Jets dealt another blow at offensive tackle as George Fant put on IR with QB Zach Wilson's return approaching

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets left tackle George Fant was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, their third offensive tackle to land on IR since training camp. The injury couldn't come at a worse time for the Jets, who are hoping quarterback Zach Wilson returns to the lineup Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Wilson starts, his blindside will be protected by a third-string left tackle, most likely Conor McDermott, a career backup. Fant's surgically repaired left knee has been bothering him since training camp -- the procedure was performed in the offseason -- finally forcing him to the sideline during last Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He will miss at least four games. The Jets have endured a run of rotten luck at tackle. In August, right tackle Mekhi Becton went down in practice with a season-ending knee injury that required surgery. They responded by signing former Pro Bowl left tackle Duane...
September 27
September 27

Cincinnati Bengals DBs say they have Eli Apple's back for matchup with Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins

CINCINNATI -- Bengals cornerback Eli Apple might not be talking about his ongoing feud with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill, but that hasn't stopped some of Apple's teammates ahead of the teams' meeting at Cincinnati's Paycor Stadium on Thursday night. After the Dolphins' victory over the  Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Hill told reporters he owes Apple after their meetings last season when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs. Apple and the Bengals won both, including in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LVI. "I can't wait to go against Eli Apple. I owe you, boy. I owe you. I'm here. The Cheetah is here. That's it," Hill said. On Tuesday, Bengals safety Jessie Bates III said Apple has the support of his teammates. "(If) somebody comes after Eli, he comes after all of us," Bates said. "We're all up for the challenge." The veteran safety said that he wasn't surprised with Hill's comments about Apple. "I...
September 27
September 27

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash says he's cleared the air with Kevin Durant after tumultuous summer

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash wants to make it clear that his relationship with star forward Kevin Durant is good heading into the start of the 2022-23 season. That statement comes following a tumultuous summer for the organization in which Durant asked for a trade, then asked for Nash and general manager Sean Marks to be fired. "We're fine," Nash said after the Nets' first official practice of the season on Tuesday. "We're good. Ever since we talked, it's been like nothing's changed. I have a long history with Kevin. I love the guy. Families have issues. We had a moment and it's behind us. That's what happens. It's a common situation in the league. "We all were hurting, seething, to go through what we went through last year, not being able to overcome all that adversity. Sometimes you lose perspective because you expect to win, but the reality is we were able to talk and discuss what we can improve on from last year. And also keep perspective....
September 27
September 27

Boise State Broncos QB Hank Bachmeier to enter transfer portal

Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier told ESPN that he has initiated the process of entering the NCAA transfer portal and expects to be listed there officially in the next day. Bachmeier is a four-year starter at Boise State, and by leaving before playing in his fifth game this season, he will preserve two seasons of eligibility remaining at his new school. Bachmeier has started 29 games in his career for the Broncos, and his success combined with his experience should make him one of the most coveted quarterbacks in the NCAA transfer portal this offseason. Bachmeier told ESPN that his main priority in choosing a school is finding the best situation to both win games and prepare himself for the NFL. He said that he's going to be deliberate in his process to find the best situation. Bachmeier has already graduated, which means he can enter the portal and will be eligible immediately wherever he goes. "I loved my time at Boise State, and I feel like I've given everything...
September 27
September 27

Chicago Bulls' Lonzo Ball can't run, jump without pain as 2nd knee surgery of 2022 looms

CHICAGO -- After spending the summer rehabbing in Los Angeles and seeking different opinions from knee specialists, Bulls guard Lonzo Ball said he still can't run or jump without feeling pain in his left knee, which is why he is scheduled to undergo another arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday. "There was a point where we would warm up and stuff, and I would go through certain days and it would be fine," Ball said during a video call with reporters Tuesday. "Then whenever I got to real basketball activities, I just couldn't do it. Unfortunately, this is what's at hand and has to be dealt with. We feel like surgery, again, is the best option.'' The Bulls held their first team practice of the season Tuesday afternoon while Ball was in L.A. preparing for the second surgery on his left knee since January and third in his career -- including a procedure in 2018 while he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Ball said he would return to Chicago to be with the team for...
September 27
September 27

Clay Matthews says he had hoped to finish his career with the Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Clay Matthews always thought he would play his entire career with the Green Bay Packers. Even when he left after 10 years to play one season with the Los Angeles Rams, he thought there was a chance he would still finish his career where it started. But Matthews, the Packers' all-time sack leader, says he's now at peace with the entirety of his career. Matthews said after the 2018 season the Packers told him he would still be in their plans, even though his production had waned. However, once they signed pass-rushers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith in free agency, he knew it was over. Shortly after, he said he received a call from Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst informing him that they were moving on. "I would have loved to finish my career there," Matthews said Monday as part of a promotional tour for Tide detergent. "Based on my discussions after that 2018 season, I thought we were going to continue moving forward. But...
September 27
September 27

Florida Gators move football game vs. Eastern Washington Eagles to Sunday due to Hurricane Ian

With Hurricane Ian barreling toward Florida's Gulf Coast, the college football game between Florida and Eastern Washington has been pushed from Saturday to Sunday in Gainesville. The University of Florida announced the change Tuesday, saying it will continue to work with local and state officials to monitor the impact of the storm. Florida (2-2) is coming off a loss to No. 11 Tennessee, while Eastern Washington (1-2) has lost two straight games. The game, which will be held in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, will be a noon ET kickoff (ESPN+/SEC Network+). The University of Florida has canceled classes from Wednesday through Friday. Other games being impacted in Florida by the potential effects of Hurricane Ian: South Florida's football game with East Carolina has been moved from Tampa to Boca Raton and will be played at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN+). That game will be played at Florida Atlantic's stadium. It had originally...
September 27
September 27

New York Giants lose top receiver Sterling Shepard to torn ACL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys, coach Brian Daboll said Tuesday. The injury will end his season and perhaps his time with the Giants. Shepard, the longest-tenured player on the team, is in the final year of a restructured deal he signed this offseason off a torn left Achilles. "He's a tremendous person. He's worked so diligently to get back," Daboll said. "Feel so terrible for him that he's had that injury. Big part of our team. Going to miss him out on that field." The Giants plan to look internally for Kadarius Toney (hamstring), Wan'Dale Robinson (knee) and the struggling Kenny Golladay to fill the void. Shepard was serving as the team's No. 1 receiver. The noncontact injury happened in the final minutes of New York's 23-16 loss to Dallas. It came on a seemingly innocuous play where Shepard was...
September 27
September 27

Independent panel: Memphis Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway did not violate NCAA rules in providing benefits to prospective student-athletes

An Independent Accountability Resolution Process hearing panel concluded that  Memphis Tigers men's basketball coach Penny Hardaway didn't violate NCAA rules when he provided benefits to three prospective student-athletes because of his long-standing philanthropy in Memphis, according to a decision released on Tuesday. The IARP panel ruled that Memphis failed to monitor the education and activities of an athletics booster, provided impermissible extra benefits, conducted impermissible recruiting activities with prospective student-athletes and failed to cooperate with the investigative process by delaying the production of requested documents. The Tigers were placed on three years' probation through Sept. 26, 2025, and fined $5,000, plus 0.25% of their men's basketball budget, after the IARP concluded Memphis committed four Level II violations and five Level III violations. Memphis cannot appeal the ruling under IARP rules. "Now that the IARP has arrived at its final...
September 27
September 27

Phil Mickelson, 3 other golfers ask to be dismissed as plaintiffs in LIV Golf's lawsuit against the PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson and three other golfers asked to be dismissed as plaintiffs in LIV Golf's federal antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, according to a notice of voluntary dismissal filed Tuesday. Talor Gooch, Ian Poulter and Hudson Swafford also asked to no longer be plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit, which accuses the PGA Tour of illegally suspending them for playing in LIV Golf events and using its monopoly power to squash competition. Mickelson, a six-time major champion, told reporters at the LIV Golf event outside Chicago two weeks ago that he was considering removing himself from the lawsuit. He reiterated that stance following today's proceedings. "I am focused on moving forward and am extremely happy being a part of LIV, while also grateful for my time on the Tour," Mickelson said in a statement on Tuesday. "I am pleased that the players on Tour are finally being heard, respected, and valued and are benefitting from the changes recently implemented. With...
September 27
September 27

South Carolina football moves up game to Thursday because of threat of Hurricane Ian

Due to the threat of Hurricane Ian, South Carolina on Tuesday announced that it is moving its game against South Carolina State up to Thursday night. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. ET. It had been scheduled to take place in Columbia on Saturday at noon ET. "Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Thursday rather than Saturday afternoon," South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement. "I appreciate the cooperation of South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough, the South Carolina State administration and the Southeastern Conference officials who worked closely to make the appropriate operational adjustments in order to accommodate this change in the schedule. "... Based on the current forecast and expected weather conditions as well as information from our campus, state and local law enforcement agencies, at this time, the University is confident...
September 27
September 27

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett discharged from hospital after treatment following one-car crash

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been released from a Cleveland hospital after being treated for injuries he sustained in a one-car crash Monday afternoon, ESPN has confirmed.   The crash occurred after Garrett left the Browns' training facility in Berea, Ohio.  Garrett's agent, Nicole Lynn told ESPN that Garrett did not break any bones in the accident.  Garrett crashed his 2021 Porsche after practice near Wadsworth, Ohio, at around 3 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The vehicle went off the side of the road and flipped over before coming to a rest. A female passenger who was in the vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Highway patrol said impairment by drugs or alcohol was not suspected and that Garrett and the woman were both wearing seat belts. The crash is under investigation.  The Browns face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
September 27
September 27

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett discharged from hospital after treatment following one-car accident

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been released from a Cleveland hospital after being treated for non-life-threatening injuries he sustained in a one-car accident Monday afternoon, ESPN has confirmed.   The accident occurred after Garrett left the Browns' training facility in Berea, Ohio.  Garrett's agent, Nicole Lynn told ESPN that Garrett did not break any bones in the accident.  Garrett crashed his 2021 Porsche after practice near Wadsworth, Ohio, at around 3 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The vehicle went off the side of the road and flipped over before coming to a rest. A female passenger who was in the vehicle as well was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Highway patrol said impairment by drugs or alcohol was not suspected and that Garrett and the woman were both wearing seat belts. The crash is under investigation.  The Browns face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
September 27
September 27

Sources: Initial tests reveal serious knee injury to New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered what is believed to be a serious left knee injury, multiple sources told ESPN, after Shepard had initial tests following Monday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. The noncontact injury happened in the final minutes of New York's 23-16 loss to Dallas. A final diagnosis will come Tuesday morning, when Shepard undergoes more tests, but the fear is that his season is over. Shepard, who was cleared to practice late this summer after tearing his left Achilles last December, leads the Giants with 154 receiving yards through three games. He's also played the most snaps (157) of all the team's receivers. "It's tough. It's a tough sport," coach Brian Daboll said. "Guys work their butts off to get back from injuries. This is something, if he's out for the whole season, which we'll probably know [Tuesday] morning ... you hurt for those guys because you watch them in the rehab...
September 27
September 26

Texas A&M Aggies lose top WR Ainias Smith to season-ending leg injury

Texas A&M leading wide receiver Ainias Smith will miss the rest of the season with a leg injury, coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday. Smith, a senior, sustained the injury while blocking during the third quarter of Saturday's win over Arkansas. Fisher would only describe Smith's injury as lower body, but Smith's father, Maurice, told the Bryan College Station Eagle that the wideout sustained a fracture in his leg. Smith leads Texas A&M with 15 receptions for 291 yards and two touchdowns. "Diversity and leadership and experience," Fisher said when asked what Texas A&M would miss most in losing Smith. "But he'll be around to help those guys and mentor those guys, and that's the best he can do. He's a unique player, he's a unique competitor and I love him to death. It's just an unfortunate situation." Smith has 127 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 17 touchdowns, as well as 384 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 67 carries. He served as a captain in 2021, and he has...
September 26
September 26

'We're the underdogs': Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers set out to prove themselves all over again

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With reams of championship banners hanging above him, a couple of surefire Hall of Fame teammates present in the gym with him and a team roster that will cost the Los Angeles Lakers a hair under $175 million, Anthony Davis' statement about the upcoming season sounded almost unthinkable. "We're treating this season like we have a chip on our shoulder. We're the underdogs," Davis told ESPN during the team's annual media day on Monday. "Obviously, the world is looking to see what we do. But ... they're not talking about us, and that's fine. You know, we'd rather be under the radar." The Lakers? Underdogs? With this team? It's a bit of a stretch. However, Davis' declaration only served to underscore just how disastrous last season was for L.A. when, after coming in as the betting odds' favorite to win the championship, the Lakers didn't even qualify for the play-in tournament. Davis missed 42 games with ankle and knee injuries. LeBron...
September 26
September 26

Tampa Bay Buccaneers relocating to South Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian, will hold practices at Miami Dolphins' facility

TAMPA, Fla. -- With Hurricane Ian set to move over Florida's west coast Wednesday into Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be temporarily relocating to South Florida, the team announced Monday evening. The Bucs will depart Tampa on Tuesday and will spend the week practicing at the Miami Dolphins' Baptist Health Training Complex in Miami Gardens through the end of the week, if necessary. The Bucs had previously hosted the Dolphins for two days of joint practices prior to their Week 1 preseason game. A hurricane warning was issued for the Tampa Bay area Monday night. Forecasters say the region will start to see effects of the storm as early as Tuesday afternoon, with the worst effects coming Thursday. Ian is currently a Category 2 storm but is expected to strengthen as it hovers off the coast. "I don't think that anyone's really prepared for this. I know I've been preparing all morning and get all my stuff outside, try to put it inside, try to get all the stuff...
September 26
September 26

New England Patriots QB Mac Jones likely will miss multiple games with severe high ankle sprain, sources say

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. --  New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is dealing with what doctors have diagnosed as a severe high ankle sprain that would cause many to have surgery, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones is likely to miss multiple games, the sources said, and he and the Patriots still are discussing his options and the best way to proceed. Jones, who suffered the sprain on Sunday in the  37-26 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens, deflected questions on his timetable for recovery when asked about it earlier Monday. In a videoconference with reporters from the Patriots' facility, Jones repeated the words "day by day" or "day to day" nine times. "I'm just going to take it day by day, get my treatment and do what I do. Just see how I feel," he said. "If you have any more of those type questions, talk to Coach [Bill] Belichick. I think he likes those questions." Jones, who was in considerable pain as he hopped off the field on...
September 26
September 26

Spurs for NBA title? Gregg Popovich says don't bet on very young roster to reach old heights

SAN ANTONIO -- Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker may be walking through that door at the San Antonio Spurs' practice facility, but they are only coming to visit. In their place on the court is a bunch of fresh-faced youngsters who may want to wear a name tag to curry favor with 73-year-old coach Gregg Popovich. "I walked into the film room today, and there was this young kid sitting there, and I said, 'Who the hell are you?'" Popovich said. "Seriously. He said ... I forgot his name already. I don't know anybody." The franchise that won five NBA championships and matched a league record with 22 straight postseason appearances now has the equivalent of summer interns walking the halls. Popovich considered last season a chance to develop his young roster. That plan is amplified this season with at least 10 players 25 or younger. "I probably shouldn't say this, but I'll say it anyway, what the hell: Nobody here should go to Vegas with the thought of betting on us to...
September 26
September 26

New England Patriots QB Mac Jones, addressing high ankle sprain, offers only that he is taking injury 'day by day'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, who suffered a high left ankle sprain in Sunday's 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, deflected questions on his timetable for recovery on Monday. In a videoconference with reporters from the Patriots' facility, Jones repeated the words "day by day" or "day to day" nine times. "I'm just going to take it day by day, get my treatment and do what I do. Just see how I feel," he said. "If you have any more of those type questions, talk to Coach [Bill] Belichick. I think he likes those questions." Jones, who was in considerable pain as he hopped off the field Sunday, laughed and flashed a smile as he delivered the line about Belichick, who notoriously disdains addressing injuries with reporters. The Patriots (1-2) visit the Green Bay Packers (2-1) on Sunday, and Belichick said early Monday that he wouldn't speculate if Jones might be placed on injured reserve. Jones echoed...
September 26
September 26

Buffalo Bills OC Ken Dorsey says he'll learn from meltdown in coaching box after loss

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A day after Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey's emotional reaction to his team's 21-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins went viral, he said he would "learn from" his response and "correct" it moving forward. The Bills (2-1) suffered their first loss of the year in Miami despite having the ball at their own 23-yard line down two points with 1:33 remaining in the game. Time, however, ran off the clock when quarterback Josh Allen connected with wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who appeared to have the opportunity to run out of bounds but said after the game he was trying to reach kicker Tyler Bass' range and pick up yardage when he was tackled. "If I could take it back," McKenzie said, "I would probably just go up field, get down, put it on the hash myself and live to fight another down." After time expired, Dorsey was shown on the CBS broadcast slamming his headset, hat and tablet into the desk and crumpling the...
September 26
September 26

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving: Gave up 4-year, $100M-plus extension to be unvaccinated

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving says he turned down a four-year extension prior to the 2021-22 season because of his decision not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. "I gave up four years, 100-and-something million deciding to be unvaccinated and that was the decision," Irving said during Nets media day on Monday. "[Get this] contract, get vaccinated or be unvaccinated and there's a level of uncertainty of your future, whether you're going to be in this league, whether you're going to be on this team, so I had to deal with that real-life circumstance of losing my job for this decision." Irving, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and was forced to miss home games in Brooklyn until late March because of a New York City vaccination mandate, opted into the final year of his contract, a player option worth $36.5 million, prior to the season. The 30-year-old said he felt the decision whether to get vaccinated was like "an ultimatum" from the organization,...
September 26
September 26

'Stronger' Kawhi Leonard ready to start training camp with rest of LA Clippers this week

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Kawhi Leonard said he "definitely got a lot stronger" after a season off and is ready to start training camp when the LA Clippers open practice on Tuesday. In his first comments since media day prior to last season, Leonard said he is good to go for camp -- which opens in Las Vegas -- after missing all of last season due to a torn right ACL. "Plan is tomorrow to start training camp," Leonard said at Clippers media day before the team flew to Las Vegas. "For me individually, I'll be participating in training camp. Then from there, just seeing how my progression is, how I feel, what I'm not feeling, is it moving correctly, and just keep going from there, just gradually building up. "But right now, I feel good, and the plan is to start camp and play." Leonard is cleared to fully participate, but the Clippers will be cautious with their franchise star, who hasn't played since tearing his right ACL in Game 4 of the second round against the ...
September 26
September 26

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett involved in one-car accident

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was involved in a one-car accident Monday afternoon and taken to a local hospital with "non-life-threatening injuries," according to the team.  The accident occurred after Garrett left the Browns' training facility in Berea, Ohio.  "While we are waiting to learn the extent of his injuries, he has been alert and responsive," Garrett's agent, Nicole Lynn, said in a statement posted to Twitter. Lynn told ESPN that Garrett did not break any bones and was expected to be discharged on Monday night.    Garrett crashed his 2021 Porsche after practice near Wadsworth, Ohio, at around 3 p.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The vehicle went off the side of the road and flipped over before coming to a rest. A female passenger who was in the vehicle as well was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Highway patrol said impairment by drugs or alcohol was not suspected and that Garrett and the...
September 26
September 26

Nick Sirianni used Kobe Bryant's tone-setting move against Pau Gasol to spur Eagles ahead of 24-8 win over Commanders

PHILADELPHIA -- Coach Nick Sirianni channeled Kobe Bryant before the Philadelphia Eagles' game against Carson Wentz and the Washington Commanders on Sunday, and the results on the field reflected his Mamba mentality -- right down to the final score. Sirianni already had planned to tell a story about competitiveness to his players during their team meeting Saturday night. But as he was scrolling through his phone during the bus ride to Washington, a clip from Netflix's upcoming "Redeem Team" documentary about the 2008 United States Olympic men's basketball team popped up on his screen. In it, LeBron James revealed that Bryant told his teammates that he was going to run "through Pau [Gasol]'s f---ing chest" on the first play of their game against Spain -- Team USA's biggest threat in the tournament. The two were friends and teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers, but it didn't matter for Bryant -- what did was winning and setting...
September 26
September 26

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics set to 'put our best foot forward' under interim coach Joe Mazzulla

CANTON, Mass. -- In the wake of the suspension of Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 NBA season for violations of team rules, interim coach Joe Mazzulla said Monday that his goal is to simply continue building upon what allowed the Celtics to reach the NBA Finals last season for the first time in 12 years. "It's not about carrying on from one person," Mazzulla said during the team's media day here in the Boston suburbs. "It's about carrying on the identity of our players. We had our struggles early last season, but at our best, we knew what our identity was. It was our defense, it was our buy-in from a defensive standpoint, and then it was sharing the ball and moving quickly on the offensive end. "So as much as we can stick to the things we were great at last year, and then find areas to improve along the way, I think is the right way to go." The overwhelming message emanating from everyone who stepped to the podium Monday, from Mazzulla to the...
September 26
September 26

Phoenix Suns in shock as Robert Sarver saga hangs over team entering season

PHOENIX -- The Suns are moving on to a new chapter with owner Robert Sarver planning to sell the team, but the mood at media day revealed a team still in shock. Sarver announced his intentions last week following the results of an NBA investigation. The details of the report, which confirmed Sarver had a history of racist, sexist and misogynistic acts, seemed to shake the organization. Down the line, the key voices in the organization arrived at the lectern with grim faces and the complete absence of excitement that a media day typically generates. "I was in disbelief," coach Monty Williams said. "When you see the bullet points and then when you go through it, um, you start to think about how these things impact the people." "I would say just a state of shock," general manager James Jones said. "You don't want that around the organization. You don't want that to be the issue." "It was tough, just like anybody, reading all the different things," star guard Chris...
September 26
September 26

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury calls Anthony Joshua fight off after self-imposed deadline passes; Eddie Hearn says talks still on table

Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said on Instagram that a self-imposed 5 p.m. Monday deadline in the United Kingdom has passed without a signed contract returned from Anthony Joshua for a proposed Dec. 3 bout in Cardiff, Wales, and that he's now pulled the deal off the table. Fury made the announcement in a video posted to his Instagram story after the deadline passed, saying: "Well, guys, it's official. D-day has come and gone. It's gone past 5 o'clock Monday. No contract has been signed." For weeks, Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) and Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) have been engaged in talks, but few in the boxing industry said they believed the discussions would result in a deal. After all, Joshua is coming off two consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk, the most recent setback just last month. Fury's public deadline for a complicated negotiation raised further eyebrows regarding the serious nature of the talks. "There were various positive calls today between promoters and broadcasters who are...
September 26
September 26

Top college football prospect T.A. Cunningham ruled eligible to play for California high school after weekslong transfer drama

T.A. Cunningham, a top college football prospect who has been withheld from playing for weeks following a cross-country transfer, has been ruled eligible, the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section announced Monday. Cunningham moved to California from Georgia in the summer but waited weeks to have his transfer approved by the Southern Section. Four games into the season, his high school, Los Alamitos, was informed that Cunningham was deemed ineligible. Two weeks later, the section reversed its decision. "We conducted a thorough review of the elements in this case, and all relevant CIF Bylaws that apply, as we do with all transfer applications that are submitted to our office," a CIF Southern Section statement read. "We followed all our required processes and timelines in completing this review. Upon doing so, and after receiving new information that clarified issues related to the initial denial, we made the determination that the student was eligible to play at...
September 26
September 26

Top college football prospect T.A. Cunningham ruled eligible to play for California high school after weeks-long transfer drama

T.A. Cunningham, a top college football prospect who has been withheld from playing for weeks following a cross-country transfer, has been ruled eligible, the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section announced Monday. Cunningham moved to California from Georgia in the summer but waited weeks to have his transfer approved by the Southern Section. Four games into the season, his high school, Los Alamitos, was informed that Cunningham was deemed ineligible. Two weeks later, the section reversed its decision. "We conducted a thorough review of the elements in this case, and all relevant CIF Bylaws that apply, as we do with all transfer applications that are submitted to our office," the CIF Southern Section said in a statement. "We followed all our required processes and timelines in completing this review. Upon doing so, and after receiving new information that clarified issues related to the initial denial, we made the determination that the student was eligible to...
September 26
September 26

Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa not in concussion protocol, coach Mike McDaniel says

MIAMI -- Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is not in concussion protocol as the team prepares for Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Mike McDaniel said Monday. Tagovailoa briefly left Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills and was evaluated for a concussion after hitting the back of his head on the ground during the second quarter. He stumbled while trying to jog back to the huddle after the play, prompting the Dolphins to evaluate him for a concussion on the sideline and ultimately in the locker room. After the game, both McDaniel and Tagovailoa said it was the quarterback's back that caused him to stumble, not a head injury. Tagovailoa said he felt like he "hyperextended" his back earlier in the game on a designed quarterback sneak, and it flared up late in the second quarter. Tagovailoa said he passed the league-mandated concussion protocol at halftime and was allowed to return to the game. Despite Tagovailoa's and McDaniel's...
September 26
September 26

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fire athletic director Todd Stansbury, football coach Geoff Collins

Georgia Tech fired athletic director Todd Stansbury and head football coach Geoff Collins on Monday. Collins was in his fourth season as coach. The Yellow Jackets have lost nine straight games to FBS opponents dating to last season and are coming off a 27-10 loss to UCF. "I am grateful to Coach Collins for his hard work and commitment to our student athletes," school president Angel Cabrera said in a statement. "Unfortunately, the results of our football program have fallen short of what our loyal community, fans and athletes expect and deserve. We are committed to rebuilding the program and a coaching change is a necessary first step in that process." Brent Key was named the interim coach for the Yellow Jackets, while Frank Neville, who is the school's chief of staff and senior vice president for strategic initiatives, was named the interim AD. "Todd is and will always be an admired and respected member of our community. His dedication to the success of our student athletes and...
September 26
September 26

Don't doubt Shanahan's front-office impact

Adam Schefter answers readers' questions nearly every day in his blog. On Friday, Adam fields some questions about 2010 head coach/GM candidates. Have a query of your own? Submit it here. Q: There is a lot of talk about where Shanahan will go and how much control over personnel a team will give him. Am I mistaken or did Denver have a poor track record of drafting over at least the last five years of the Shanahan era? I don't dispute that Shanahan is a good coach; I'm just not so sure he has "it" GM-wise when it comes to evaluating the draft. -- Shane R. (Los Angeles) A: Shane, it's not about full control with Mike Shanahan. And yes, he missed on some drafts, no doubt. But his organization did pick some of the players who are starring for Denver now. Just take a look at Denver's draft in 2006: ROUND PICK (OVERALL) PLAYER POS. SCHOOL ...
September 26
September 26

Canada to drop vaccine mandate, mask requirements for professional athletes, visitors

TORONTO -- The Canadian government confirmed Monday that noncitizens entering the country -- including professional athletes -- will no longer be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 beginning in October. The Associated Press reported  last week that the decision was imminent. Removal of the vaccine mandate means unvaccinated Major League Baseball players would be allowed to play in Toronto in the playoffs should the Blue Jays make the postseason. It would also apply to the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. Unvaccinated players are currently not allowed to cross the border into Canada. Unvaccinated foreign travelers who are allowed to enter Canada are currently subject to mandatory arrival tests and a 14-day quarantine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has agreed to let a cabinet order enforcing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at the border expire Friday. Canada also announced that, as of Saturday, it will no...
September 26
September 26

Sources: Los Angeles Chargers LT Rashawn Slater expected to miss rest of season with torn biceps

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Rashawn Slater is expected to miss the remainder of the season after tearing his left biceps tendon in a 38-10 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Slater left the game in the third quarter after suffering the injury and was replaced by backup Storm Norton. The loss of Slater is significant for the Chargers and quarterback Justin Herbert, who also played Sunday without Pro Bowl center Corey Linsley, who is dealing with a knee issue. The 13th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Slater earned Pro Bowl recognition as a rookie last season. After winning their season opener over the Las Vegas Raiders, the Chargers have dropped two straight against the Kansas City Chiefs and Jaguars, while suffering a plethora of injuries. Herbert's rib cartilage was fractured in Week 2, and the injury is expected to linger...
September 26
September 26

Sources: Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup won't make return from ACL tear vs. New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Michael Gallup's return to the Dallas Cowboys' lineup will have to wait one more week. Gallup will be inactive for Monday's game vs. the New York Giants, according to sources, despite a full week of practice as he returns from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered last January. Gallup was listed as questionable and has gone through two full-padded practices the past two weeks. The Cowboys opted not to keep Gallup on the physically unable to perform list to start the season, which would have kept him out of the first four games and not allowed him to practice. The Cowboys play the Washington Commanders on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Gallup might not be the only offensive weapon the Cowboys will be without. Tight end Dalton Schultz, who is also listed as questionable, will test his injured right knee in early warm-ups to see if he can play. He has played in 61 straight games. If Schultz does not play, then rookies ...
September 26
September 26

Georgia Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart hopeful WRs AD Mitchell, Arian Smith can play Saturday

No. 1 Georgia could welcome back a pair of receivers and see more of its star defensive lineman during Saturday's game against Missouri. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart told reporters on Monday that he's "hopeful" receivers AD Mitchell and Arian Smith will be available after missing last weekend's game against Kent State because of injuries. Smart said Smith is "probably a little ahead" of Mitchell in terms of his recovery. "But AD's got a shot to play this week, too," Smart said. Mitchell was ranked third on the team in receptions last season with 29. Smart also said he was hopeful that star defensive lineman Jalen Carter would play against the Tigers. Carter, a possible top pick in next year's NFL draft, hasn't started the past two games against South Carolina and Kent State. Instead, he has come off the bench in a limited role as he deals with what Smart said is a "nagging" ankle injury. Smart wouldn't say whether starting defensive back ...
September 26
September 26

Sources: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets fire AD Todd Stansbury, football coach Geoff Collins

Georgia Tech has fired athletic director Todd Stansbury and head football coach Geoff Collins, sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday. Collins was in his fourth season as coach. The Yellow Jackets have lost nine straight games to FBS opponents dating back to last season and are coming off a 27-10 loss to UCF. Brent Key will be the interim coach for the Yellow Jackets, while Frank Neville, who is the school's chief of staff and senior vice president for strategic initiatives, will be the interim AD, sources told ESPN. The staff was expected to be informed of the changes at an all-department staff meeting for the athletic department at 11:30 a.m. ET. Representatives from the president's office were planning to update the staff on "recent changes in our department," sources told ESPN. The news was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The buyout for Collins is expected to be $11.37 million, compared to $7.2 million it would have cost the school in January. (It would...
September 26
September 26

U.S. women's basketball team scores 145 points in rout of South Korea, breaking FIBA World Cup record

SYDNEY --  A'ja Wilson and the United States women's basketball team put on quite a show, breaking the FIBA Women's World Cup scoring mark in a record rout of South Korea. Brionna Jones scored 24 points, and Wilson added 20 to help the U.S. beat South Korea 145-69 on Monday.  Shakira Austin's layup with 9 seconds left helped the Americans eclipse Brazil's record of 143 points set in 1990 against Malaysia. "I don't think I've ever been part of a team that can score the basketball like this,'' Wilson said. "This is crazy; we put up 145 points. I think when you look at us and just knowing how talented we are, we just came together, and we play together very, very well.'' The U.S. always has the most talented and deepest roster of any team in the World Cup with 12 WNBA stars on the roster. Still, the Americans had never come close to that sort of offensive output during their storied World Cup history. The previous team record was 119 points against Angola in 2014 and...
September 26
September 25

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert 'didn't want to quit on the team' in 38-10 home loss

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- It was an embarrassing loss for the Los Angeles Chargers, made spectacular only by one incredibly befuddling decision. With 4:54 remaining in a 38-10 beatdown by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert -- 10 days removed from suffering a fracture to his rib cartilage -- trotted onto the field at SoFi Stadium to play a final series. "He wanted to be out there with his teammates," Chargers coach Brandon Staley said. "He felt good and he wanted to finish the game." Reporters asked Staley 20 questions during a seven-minute and 30-second postgame news conference. More than half of the questions were about Herbert and the risk the franchise quarterback faced by remaining in the game. "I understand your entire line of questioning, I understand it," Staley said. "Justin is going to be feeling like this when he is out there playing. This injury is going to be there for awhile. If you guys know the injury, it's not like...
September 25
September 25

Warriors' Stephen Curry says he spoke with Adam Silver about Robert Sarver discipline, calls impending Suns sale 'exactly what should have happened'

SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, speaking publicly on the Robert Sarver matter for the first time Sunday, said he had private conversations with commissioner Adam Silver regarding the punishment handed down by the league to the embattled Phoenix Suns and  Mercury owner. "[I] got [Silver's] point of view of what decisions and, I guess, mechanisms he had to intervene and bring down a punishment that was worthy of the actions that we were all responding to and representing the league as a whole and protecting the integrity of the league and the standard that we set terms of from execs, ownership, all the way down to players," Curry said while addressing the situation during the Warriors' media day. "There should be a standard around what's tolerable and what's not." The NBA announced Sept. 13 that Sarver would be suspended for one year and fined $10 million after an independent investigation found that he used the...
September 25

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