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February 07

Kyrie Irving felt lack of 'transparency' by Nets' front office

LOS ANGELES -- After his first practice with the Dallas Mavericks, All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said he felt "really wanted" by his new team, a stark contrast to feeling "very disrespected" at times during his turbulent 3½-season tenure with the Brooklyn Nets. "I just know I want to be places where I'm celebrated and not just tolerated or just kind of dealt with in a way that doesn't make me feel respected," Irving said after Tuesday's practice at USC's Galen Hall. "There were times throughout this process when I was in Brooklyn where I felt very disrespected and my talent -- I work extremely hard at what I do. No one ever talks about my work ethic, though. Everyone talks about what I'm doing off the floor, so I just wanted to change that narrative, write my own story and just continue preparing in the gym, and now that I'm in Dallas, just focus on what I control." The Nets granted Irving's request to be traded by agreeing to a deal on Sunday that sent him to...
February 07
February 07

Kyrie Irving felt lack of 'transparency' by Nets' front office

LOS ANGELES -- After his first practice with the Dallas Mavericks, All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said he felt "really wanted" by his new team, a stark contrast to feeling "very disrespected" at times during his turbulent 3 ½-season tenure with the Brooklyn Nets. "I just know I want to be places where I'm celebrated and not just tolerated or just kind of dealt with in a way that doesn't make me feel respected," Irving said after Tuesday's practice at USC's Galen Hall. "There were times throughout this process when I was in Brooklyn where I felt very disrespected and my talent -- I work extremely hard at what I do. No one ever talks about my work ethic, though. Everyone talks about what I'm doing off the floor, so I just wanted to change that narrative, write my own story and just continue preparing in the gym and now that I'm in Dallas, just focus on what I control." The Nets granted Irving's request to be traded by agreeing to a deal on Sunday that sent him to...
February 07
February 07

Sources: Kevin Durant, Nets talking franchise's direction

In the aftermath of the Kyrie Irving trade, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant has been engaged in conversations with owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks on the direction of the franchise and its ability to be a championship contender, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. So far, the Nets have insisted to Durant and inquiring teams that the organization has no intention of moving him prior to Thursday afternoon's trade deadline, sources said. Durant -- who asked out and later rescinded a trade demand in the offseason -- held a strong interest in an offseason trade to the Phoenix Suns, but that organization and numerous others have been told that the Nets aren't interested in moving Durant, sources said. Phoenix's new majority owner, Mat Ishbia, is fully engaged overseeing the operation and has been aggressive in pursuing ways to make a major and immediate impact. Since acquiring Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie and three draft...
February 07
February 07

Aaron Rodgers to consider future during darkness retreat

Aaron Rodgers hopes the darkness will help him see the light about his future.  The Green Bay Packers' quarterback said Tuesday on "The Pat McAfee Show" that he will embark on a four-day/four-night "darkness retreat" soon after the Super Bowl on Sunday. "I've got a pretty cool opportunity to do a little self-reflection in some isolation," Rodgers said. "And then after that I feel like I'll be a lot closer to a final, final decision." Rodgers, 39, said he has not decided if he will play in 2023, whether that's with the Packers or another team, amid reports that he could be traded. "For sure; it's a real thing, 100 percent," Rodgers said of retirement. "That's why it's going to be important to get through this week and to take my isolation retreat and just to be able to contemplate all things my future and then be able to make a decision that I think is best for me moving forward and in the highest interest of my happiness and then move forward." He said last...
February 07
February 07

Heat trade Dewayne Dedmon, second-round pick to Spurs

MIAMI -- The San Antonio Spurs have acquired center Dewayne Dedmon and a 2028 second-round pick from the Miami Heat in exchange for cash considerations, it was announced Tuesday. The move will open some financial flexibility and a roster spot for the Heat. Dedmon is averaging 5.7 points in 30 games this season. He played in only one game for Miami after an incident during a Jan. 10 game against Oklahoma City in which he was upset after getting subbed out in the second quarter, argued with Heat players and coaches, then swatted at one of the massage guns behind the bench. The device sailed onto the court -- coming to rest about 35 feet from where Dedmon was standing -- while play was happening. Dedmon was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct and was later suspended for one game by the Heat. It's the first trade between the Heat and Spurs. Miami had made at least one other trade with every other NBA franchise. The Associated Press...
February 07
February 07

Sources: Marty Walsh, U.S. Secretary of Labor, to join NHLPA

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will become the new executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Walsh, 55, succeeds Donald Fehr, who led the NHLPA from 2010 and negotiated on the players' behalf through two collective bargaining agreements with NHL owners. The formal announcement of Walsh's hiring is expected to come in the days following President Joe Biden's State of the Union address on Tuesday, according to an NHLPA source. Before joining the Biden administration, Walsh had a labor background, having led the Building and Construction Trades Council in Boston. He served two terms as Boston mayor from 2014-2021. Walsh has been a Boston Bruins season-ticket holder and is a long-time hockey fan. The NHLPA formally began its search for Fehr's replacement in April 2022 with a seven-player committee. The committee eventually enlisted the help of the executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. Among the...
February 07
February 07

Reports: Heat trading Dewayne Dedmon, 2nd-rounder to Spurs

MIAMI -- The San Antonio Spurs are acquiring center Dewayne Dedmon from the Miami Heat, according to multiple reports Tuesday. The Spurs also are getting a second-round draft pick, while the Heat will receive cash considerations, according to reports. The move, once completed, will open some financial flexibility and a roster spot for the Heat. Dedmon is averaging 5.7 points in 30 games this season. He played in only one game for Miami after an incident during a Jan. 10 game against Oklahoma City in which he was upset after getting subbed out in the second quarter, argued with Heat players and coaches, then swatted at one of the massage guns behind the bench. The device sailed onto the court -- coming to rest about 35 feet from where Dedmon was standing -- while play was happening. Dedmon was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct and was later suspended for one game by the Heat. It's the first trade between the Heat and Spurs. Miami had...
February 07
February 07

Sources: 49ers hiring ex-Panthers interim coach Steve Wilks as DC

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One week after defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans departed to become the Houston Texans' head coach, the San Francisco 49ers have his replacement. The Niners are hiring Steve Wilks, who was most recently the interim head coach of the Carolina Panthers, as their next defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Wilks' hiring comes a day after his formal interview with the team. In commencing his search for Ryans' replacement, Niners coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear last week that he was hoping to maintain continuity on a defense that has consistently ranked near the top of the league in recent seasons. "I love our defense," Shanahan said last week. "I'm trying to get something where we don't have to turn much over. I would love to keep our same staff, so I'm going to talk to some guys on our staff. I'm going to talk to some guys outside of our staff and hopefully whichever way we decide to go, whether we bring...
February 07
February 07

Sources: Lance Guidry expected to leave Tulane to be Miami DC

Tulane defensive coordinator Lance Guidry is expected to become the next defensive coordinator at Miami, sources told ESPN's Pete Thamel on Tuesday. Guidry spent the 2022 season at Marshall and took the Tulane job last month. Tulane is owed $500,000 in buyout money for Guidry's departure, a source told Thamel, and the payment is due to the school in the next 60 days. Meanwhile, Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has agreed to a deal to become Alabama's defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN's Chris Low on Sunday. This will be Steele's third different stint at Alabama under Nick Saban.  Under Guidry, Marshall's defense was ranked in the top five in six FBS categories: third-down defense (first), stop rate (second), passing defense efficiency (third), yards per play (third), rush defense (fifth) and turnovers gained (fifth). Marshall also finished sixth in scoring defense and interceptions, eighth in total defense and ninth in first-down defense.  Guidry had...
February 07
February 07

LIV Golf League lawyers say 2022 revenue was 'virtually zero'

As the LIV Golf League prepares to start its second season in Mexico later this month, the circuit being financed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund is generating virtually no revenue, according to federal court documents. The LIV Golf League's attorneys made that admission in a motion filed with the U.S. District Court for Northern California on Monday. LIV Golf asked U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman to deny the PGA Tour's motion for leave to add the Public Investment Fund and its governor, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, as plaintiffs in the tour's countersuit against LIV Golf, in which it alleges LIV Golf interfered with its contract with players. On Monday, the PGA Tour's attorneys requested a conference hearing with Freeman to discuss whether discovery deadlines and the January 2024 trial date should be pushed back because the Public Investment Fund and Al-Rumayyan have allegedly failed to comply with discovery and depositions. Freeman has scheduled a Feb. 24 case...
February 07
February 07

Jessica Pegula: Mom Kim Pegula went into cardiac arrest in 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After the Pegula family kept the health information of Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula private for over eight months, Jessica Pegula shared Tuesday that her mother suffered cardiac arrest in June 2022 and remains in recovery. Kim Pegula continues to improve daily but is "dealing with significant expressive aphasia and significant memory issues," and while she continues to work hard in her recovery, "where she ends up is still unknown," Jessica Pegula wrote in an essay for The Players' Tribune that was published Tuesday. She shared that her mother will most likely not be able to return to her roles in the way she had been. "She can read, write, and understand pretty well, but she has trouble finding the words to respond," Jessica Pegula, the No. 4 tennis player in the world, wrote. "It is hard to deal with and it takes a lot of patience to communicate with her, but I thank God every day that we can still...
February 07
February 07

Survey: Record 50.4 million adults to bet $16B on Super Bowl

A record 50.4 million adults in the United States -- roughly 20% of the population -- are expected to combine to bet approximately $16 billion on Super Bowl LVII, according to survey results released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association. The number of expected Super Bowl bettors is up 61% from last year's survey and is equivalent to how many adults in the U.S. participate in running. Kansas, Ohio, Maryland and Massachusetts have launched online sports betting since the last Super Bowl. The $16 billion wagered on Sunday's game between the favored Philadelphia Eagles and the  Kansas City Chiefs is more than double last year's estimates. The wagering totals include bets made with legal sportsbooks, illegal bookmakers or casually among friends. The annual survey from the AGA, a Washington trade group that represents the casino industry, highlights the exploding popularity of sports betting in U.S., where legal sports betting markets have launched in 32 states...
February 07
February 07

Jacque Vaughn, Nets wish Kyrie Irving well: 'Want him to succeed'

NEW YORK -- As Kyrie Irving's departure became finalized just prior to Monday night's  124-116 loss to the LA Clippers, the Brooklyn Nets tried to process all of the emotions the group was feeling in the wake of watching the All-Star guard head to the Dallas Mavericks. "My interactions with Kai have always been positive," coach Jacque Vaughn said after the game, when asked to sum up Irving's 3½ years with the Nets. "I enjoyed coaching him. I want him to succeed. I'll keep it that simple. We've had some ups and downs I guess along the way. I've also seen the young man score 60 points. I've also seen him bring his kids into the locker room. "I've also seen him grow as an individual and be a better teammate than when I first met him. So for me, I'm going to always look at the good in people and want the good in people. And I want him to succeed. He's no longer with us, but I appreciate his time. But I'm looking forward to coaching ...
February 07
February 07

Beanpot final pits Harvard, Northeastern for 1st time in 70 years

Marek Hejduk scored two goals, including the game winner with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, and Harvard outlasted Boston College, 4-3, in one of the Beanpot's semifinal games Monday night at Boston's TD Garden. The annual college hockey tournament, featuring four Boston-area schools, did not disappoint on Day 1 this year. Hejduk, the son of former NHL forward Milan Hejduk, bailed out the Crimson, who let a two-goal lead slip away in the final four minutes of regulation. But the Eagles (9-11-6) couldn't cap the comeback, and Harvard (16-6-1) will take on Northeastern in next Monday's final. The Huskies defeated Boston University, 3-1, in the other semifinal, making sure fans will see history next week. It will be the first time in the 70-year history of the tournament that Northeastern and Harvard meet in the title game. Matthew Coronato scored twice on the power play for Harvard in the win. Nikita Nesterenko scored for the Eagles, and teammate Lukas Gustafsson added two...
February 07
February 07

Harvard edges BC, Northeastern tops BU in Beanpot semifinals

Marek Hejduk scored two goals, including the game winner with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, and the Harvard Crimson outlasted the Boston College Eagles, 4-3, in one of the Beanpot's semifinal games Monday night at Boston's TD Garden. The annual college hockey tournament, featuring four Boston-area schools, did not disappoint on Day 1 this year. Hejduk, the son of former NHL forward Milan Hejduk, bailed out the Crimson, who let a two-goal lead slip away in the final four minutes of regulation. But the Eagles (9-11-6) couldn't cap off the comeback, and Harvard (16-6-1) will take on Northeastern in next Monday's final. The Huskies defeated the Boston University Terriers, 3-1, in the other semifinal, making sure fans will see history next week. It will be the first time in 70 years that Northeastern and Harvard meet in the title game. Matthew Coronato scored twice on the power play for Harvard in the win. Nikita Nesterenko scored for the Eagles, and teammate Lukas Gustafsson added...
February 07
February 06

Lurie: Jalen Hurts has nothing left to prove for extension

PHOENIX -- Philadelphia Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie said Monday that Jalen Hurts is "just what we're looking for" when asked about the prospects of initiating contract extension talks with the quarterback's agent at some point. "I don't think he has anything to prove [to be the long-term answer at quarterback]," Lurie told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio at the Super Bowl's opening night. "He is an MVP-caliber quarterback, an incredible leader of the team on the field, off the field. He's 24 years old, incredibly mature and, most importantly, driven to be even better. What we're seeing today I think is just the beginning for Jalen. This guy will attack every weakness as he has since high school, since college. The future is bright and very exciting for all of us." Hurts, a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2020, has one year left on his rookie deal and is now eligible for an extension. Asked when dialogue with Hurts' agent, Nicole Lynn, will start, Lurie said "certainly not...
February 06
February 06

NBA board of governors approves sale of Suns, Mercury to Mat Ishbia

The NBA board of governors has approved the sale of the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA's  Mercury to billionaire mortgage lender Mat Ishbia, the NBA announced Monday night. The transaction is expected to close Tuesday, sources told ESPN. Ishbia was approved as the Suns' new governor by a 29-0 vote, league sources said, with the Cleveland Cavaliers abstaining from the vote. The Cavaliers are owned by Dan Gilbert, who runs Rocket Mortgage. Ishbia owns United Wholesale Mortgage. The two companies are considered the top two largest mortgage lenders in America and have a fierce rivalry. Ishbia is buying a 57% controlling stake for $2.28 billion, sources said, with Robert Sarver selling his 37% stake for $1.48 billion. Even after taxes, Sarver is expected to clear nearly double the amount that he and a group paid for the team in 2004 -- then a record $401 million from former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo. Of the Suns' nearly 20-member ownership group under Sarver,...
February 06
February 06

Mavericks tout title shot with Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic pairing

SALT LAKE CITY -- Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd brushed aside questions about newly acquired guard Kyrie Irving's past controversies and future contract negotiations, preferring to focus on his belief that pairing Irving with fellow All-Star starter Luka Doncic cracks open a championship window for the franchise. The Mavs pounced on the opportunity to acquire a legitimate co-star for Doncic, agreeing to a blockbuster deal for Irving and veteran forward Markieff Morris on Sunday, two days after Irving requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets in the wake of fizzled contract extension discussions. Dallas sent starters Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks to Brooklyn to land Irving with no assurances that he will remain with the Mavs after his contract expires at the end of the season. "You look at his journey at other stops, he's won where he's gone," Kidd...
February 06
February 06

Brian Flores hired as Vikings' defensive coordinator

EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have hired Brian Flores as their new defensive coordinator, the team announced Monday, ending a monthlong search to replace the fired Ed Donatell. Flores spent last season as the  Pittsburgh Steelers' senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach after being fired as head coach by the Miami Dolphins following the 2021 season. He'll take over a defense that finished No. 31 in the NFL in yards allowed and is on the cusp of a significant personnel overhaul. He has a yearslong relationship with Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell, who was drafted by the New England Patriots as a quarterback in 2008 when Flores was a special teams assistant there. After firing Donatell on Jan. 19, the Vikings quickly interviewed four candidates for the job: Ryan Nielsen, Sean Desai, Mike Pettine and Flores. Nielsen took the Atlanta Falcons' defensive coordinator job and Desai removed his name from consideration, but sources told ESPN...
February 06
February 06

Source: Brian Flores to be Vikings' defensive coordinator

EAGAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings are hiring Brian Flores as their new defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday, ending a month-long search to replace the fired Ed Donatell. Flores spent last season as the  Pittsburgh Steelers' senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach after being fired as head coach by the Miami Dolphins following the 2021 season. He'll take over a defense that finished No. 31 in the NFL in yards allowed and is on the cusp of a significant personnel overhaul. He has a years-long relationship with Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell, who was drafted by the New England Patriots as a quarterback in 2008 when Flores was a special teams assistant there. After firing Donatell on Jan. 19, the Vikings quickly interviewed four candidates for the job: Ryan Nielsen, Sean Desai, Mike Pettine and Flores. Nielsen took the Atlanta Falcons' defensive coordinator job and Desai removed his name from consideration,...
February 06
February 06

Ducks-Lightning Sum

Anaheim 0 1 0 0-2 Tampa Bay 1 0 0 0-1 Anaheim won shootout 2-1 First Period-1, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 15 (Stamkos), 9:47. Second Period-2, Anaheim, Wisniewski 3 (Getzlaf, Whitney), 6:36 (pp). Third Period-None. Overtime-None. Shootout-Anaheim 2 (Perry NG, Getzlaf G, Wisniewski G), Tampa Bay 1 (Stamkos G, Halpern NG, Bochenski NG). Shots on Goal-Anaheim 12-9-9-2-32. Tampa Bay 8-8-11-4-31. Goalies-Anaheim, Hiller. Tampa Bay, Niittymaki. A-15,230 (19,758). T-2:46.
February 06
February 06

Phoenix Suns president, CEO Jason Rowley resigns, sources say

Phoenix Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley, whom some employees placed at the center of allegations of verbal abuse, retaliation and intimidation in the workplace, has resigned, team sources told ESPN on Monday. Suns employees were notified in an internal email from Suns interim governor Sam Garvin. "I wanted to let you know that Jason Rowley made the decision to leave the organization," Garvin wrote. "After almost 15 years of hard work and dedicated service, Jason felt that the transition in ownership created ideal timing to close this chapter of his professional journey and pursue new opportunities. "We wish Jason the best and are appreciative of his tireless work on behalf of our organization." Rowley joined the Suns in 2007 and has served in his current role since 2012. His resignation comes as Mat Ishbia, a billionaire mortgage lender, is set to be introduced as the Suns' new majority owner Wednesday morning in Phoenix, sources have told ESPN. Ishbia bought the Suns and...
February 06
February 06

Eagles' Sirianni: 'Chip' on shoulder after not being retained by Andy Reid

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Nick Sirianni was let go by Andy Reid when Reid took over as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2012 season. And although Sirianni -- Kansas City's wide receivers coach at the time -- said he was appreciative of how Reid handled the situation, he acknowledged that not being retained as a part of Reid's staff was a motivating force for him. "Do you always have this little chip on your shoulder? Sure, yeah, you do," Sirianni said. "But that's who I am as a coach and as a person -- I want to make sure I'm working my butt off to get as good as I possibly can. And sure, you hold on to some of those things." That makes for an interesting subplot as Sirianni's Eagles and Reid's Chiefs face off Sunday in Super Bowl LVII (6:30 p.m. ET, Fox). Sirianni's first NFL coaching job was with the Chiefs, and he met his future wife, Brett, during his time in Kansas City. He started as an offensive quality control coach in 2009 and...
February 06
February 06

Sean Payton: Russell Wilson's QB coach won't be in facility

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Sean Payton's formal introduction as Denver Broncos coach Monday touched on the importance of keeping an open mind on players, a promise of discipline, an eye for details and a focused pursuit of winning that "is not for everybody.'' And perhaps nothing punctuated all of it more than Payton's steadfast belief in the improvement quarterback Russell Wilson can make and how Payton expects Wilson, as well as the rest of the Broncos, to make that improvement. Asked if Wilson could continue to have a personal quarterback coach -- Jake Heaps -- as well as other support personnel to work with the quarterback in the building, Payton was clear on where he stood. "I'm not too familiar with that,'' Payton said when asked about Wilson having Heaps in the building with access this past season. "That's foreign to me -- that's not going to take place. I'm unfamiliar with it. Our staff will be here, our players will be here and that will be it.'' For a team...
February 06
February 06

LeBron James disappointed by losing out on Kyrie Irving, but 'focus is shifted'

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- LeBron James was initially disappointed by the Los Angeles Lakers losing out to the Dallas Mavericks in their trade bid for Kyrie Irving, but the four-time champion said he has already put that past him and is ready to rally with whatever team L.A. has moving forward. "I can't sit here and say I'm not disappointed on not being able to land such a talent, but [also] someone that I had great chemistry with, and know I got great chemistry with on the floor, that can help you win championships, in my mind, in my eyes," James told ESPN's Michael Wilbon as part of a wide-ranging interview Monday. "But my focus is shifted now. My focus is shifted back to where it should be and that's this club now and what we have in the locker room." The Lakers were one of a handful of teams to aggressively pursue Irving after the eight-time All-Star requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, sources told ESPN. L.A. made an offer...
February 06
February 06

Jorge Masvidal-produced event to feature Roy Jones Jr. bout

Jorge Masvidal, one of the UFC's biggest stars, has put together a boxing card with some legendary combat sports names. Boxing icon Roy Jones Jr. and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will compete in a pro boxing match April 1 in Pettis' hometown of Milwaukee, Masvidal confirmed Monday with ESPN. The fight will act as the headliner of Gamebred Boxing 4 and it is contracted for eight rounds. "Roy is always up for any challenge," said Dean Toole, Masvidal's partner in his MMA and boxing promotions. "He's in the gym sparring. He's training fighters. This is no different for him. We still think there are several big fights left for Roy, including a possible fight with Anderson Silva." Masvidal first announced Monday the card on The MMA Hour. On the undercard, former longtime UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will take on UFC veteran Jeremy Stephens, and MMA luminary Vitor Belfort will face longtime UFC middleweight title...
February 06
February 06

A.J. Green announces retirement; played for Cards, Bengals

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green announced his retirement Monday. "I've never been a man of many words, so I'll keep this short," Green began his Instagram post. "Thank you. Thank you to all who have supported, encouraged, and inspired me throughout my career. Special thank you to the University of Georgia, Cincinnati Bengals, and Arizona Cardinals for the opportunity to pursue my dreams. I've stayed true to the game and it owes me nothing. Be blessed.. Love y'all! The next chapter begins..." Green, 34, played 11 seasons in the NFL after being picked by the Bengals with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. The receiver played his first nine seasons for the Bengals and began his career with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Green had only two seasons with more than 900 receiving yards after that stretch. Green finished his time in Cincinnati as one of the most prolific receivers in franchise history. He was second in the team's...
February 06
February 06

Tom Brady says he'll start with Fox Sports in 2024

Quarterback Tom Brady, who announced his retirement Feb. 1, said Monday that he won't begin his work as a sports broadcaster at Fox Sports until the fall of 2024. "That's great for me," Brady in an appearance on FS1's "The Herd With Colin Cowherd." "Take some time to really learn, be great at what I really want to do [and] become great at thinking about the opportunity and making sure I don't rush into anything. "I think when people really bet on me; one thing about my career -- whether it's when I was drafted with the Patriots or signing in free agency with the Bucs -- I want to be fully committed and I never wanted to let people down. I think my biggest motivator was that." In the interview on "The Herd," Brady shared how last week's retirement unfolded. "For me, I know in my heart how I feel. I put it out on the field for 23 years and I'm super proud of what's been accomplished. I just wanted to keep last week really short and sweet. I felt like I've...
February 06
February 06

Cardinals, Bengals WR A.J. Green announces retirement

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green announced his retirement Monday. "I've never been a man of many words, so I'll keep this short," Green began his Instagram post. "Thank you. Thank you to all who have supported, encouraged, and inspired me throughout my career. Special thank you to the University of Georgia, Cincinnati Bengals, and Arizona Cardinals for the opportunity to pursue my dreams. I've stayed true to the game and it owes me nothing. Be blessed.. Love y'all! The next chapter begins..." Green played 11 seasons in the NFL after being picked by the Bengals with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft. The 34-year-old receiver played his first nine seasons for the Bengals and began his career with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Green only had two seasons with over 900 receiving yards after that stretch. Green finished his career with the Cardinals, playing for them the past two seasons. A two-time All-Pro, Green was selected to seven...
February 06
February 06

Chiefs activate RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire; WR Mecole Hardman to IR

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is eligible to play in Super Bowl LVII after the Kansas City Chiefs activated him from their injured reserve list Monday. In a corresponding move, the Chiefs placed wide receiver Mecole Hardman on injured reserve with what the team is calling a pelvic injury, and he will not play in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Edwards-Helaire hasn't played since a Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers because of a high ankle sprain. He finished third on the team in rushing with 302 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Edwards-Helaire began the season as the Chiefs' main featured back, but before the injury had lost his starting spot and much of his playing time to rookie Isiah Pacheco, a seventh-round draft pick. Edwards-Helaire had one game this season with more than 10 carries, a Week 4 game against the ...
February 06
February 06

Sources: Sides expected to extend NBA CBA early opt-out date

As discussions on a new labor agreement continue, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association are expected to extend an early opt-out deadline of Wednesday, allowing the league and union to continue negotiations on a new long-term collective bargaining deal, sources told ESPN on Monday. As the sides pursue an early labor deal, a significant part of what has allowed discussions to progress has been the NBA's willingness to soften from its original push for an upper spending limit on team payrolls -- a de facto hard cap, sources said. The NBA's seven-year CBA expires after the 2023-24 season, but Wednesday's deadline -- already extended from Dec. 15 -- pushes back both sides' ability to opt out of the current deal on June 30 and risk the possibility of a lockout. The NBA's board of governors voted Friday to give the league's labor relations committee the approval to give notice of a June 30 opt-out on a labor deal or extend that opt-out again, sources told ESPN. The league...
February 06
February 06

PGA Tour asks judge to delay LIV Golf antitrust trial date

Attorneys representing the PGA Tour plan to ask a federal judge to consider pushing back the discovery deadline and scheduled start of an antitrust lawsuit involving LIV Golf's claims that the PGA Tour is using monopoly powers to squash competition and has discouraged vendors, media partners and others from working with LIV Golf. In a joint motion filed to the U.S. District Court for Northern California on Sunday, lawyers representing the PGA Tour and LIV Golf asked U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman to schedule a case management conference to discuss delaying the current trial date of January 2024 and extending the discovery schedule. The PGA Tour's attorneys wrote that "there are at least four reasons why these adjustments are necessary to avoid serious prejudice to the Tour's ability to defend against LIV's claims and prosecute its tortious interference counterclaims." Among them, according to the PGA Tour attorneys, are: •  Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and the...
February 06
February 06

Madden sim predicts Eagles to beat Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII

After years of competitive Super Bowls, Sunday's Super Bowl LVII might be a bit of a dud -- if the yearly Madden video game simulation is any indication. At least for fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. Madden NFL 23's official simulation is predicting the Philadelphia Eagles to pull away in the second half and handle the Chiefs 31-17. Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player in the simulation, completed 26 of 33 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing 10 times for 88 yards and another touchdown. He accounted for the Eagles' first three touchdowns of the game: a 9-yard run in the first quarter and two third-quarter passes -- a 26-yard pass to A.J. Brown and a 63-yard pass to DeVonta Smith. The two touchdowns helped the Eagles take a decisive lead after being tied with Kansas City at halftime 10-10. Hurts was Philadelphia's leading rusher ( Miles Sanders had 15...
February 06
February 06

Source: Saints expected to hire Joe Woods as new DC

The New Orleans Saints are expected to name Joe Woods their new defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Monday. Woods, who was fired as the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator after the season, will reunite with Saints head coach Dennis Allen. Woods was a defensive backs coach with the Raiders in 2014 when Allen was the team's head coach. The Saints had co-defensive coordinators last season, with Ryan Nielsen and Kris Richard sharing the duties. Nielsen was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their defensive coordinator on Jan. 27; Richard and the team parted ways on Feb. 1, a source confirmed to ESPN last week. Allen, however, called the defensive plays last season, his first as the Saints' head coach. Nielsen was also in charge of the defensive line while Richard ran the secondary. The Saints are also expected to hire Todd Grantham, a source told ESPN's Chris Low. Grantham, who was a defensive analyst at Alabama last season,...
February 06
February 05

NBA issues FedExForum bans after investigating postgame incident

The NBA said it investigated a postgame incident after the Memphis Grizzlies' home game against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 29 and banned some from attending games at the FedExForum after its probe. The Athletic reported that acquaintances of the Grizzlies' Ja Morant confronted members of the Pacers' traveling party near Indiana's bus in the FedExForum's loading dock area after the Grizzlies' 112-100 win that night. The Athletic reported a laser, coming from an SUV that it reported Morant was riding in, was pointed toward Pacers' players, coaches and others in the loading area. The Athletic reported it was not known who shined the laser, which it reported some feared was attached to a gun. "NBA Security and league investigators conducted an investigation interviewing numerous eyewitnesses and reviewing video surveillance following allegations made by the Indiana Pacers organization regarding a postgame incident on Jan. 29," the NBA said in a...
February 05
February 05

Flag football a hit with players at revamped Pro Bowl

LAS VEGAS -- No one was going to mistake this for a serious football game. Not with celebrities Snoop Dogg (AFC) and Pete Davidson (NFC) serving as honorary team captains. But the revamped Pro Bowl Games resulted in greater intensity than recent years and the first NFC victory since the AFC vs. NFC format was reintroduced in 2017. In front of 58,331 fans at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, the NFC won 35-33 in the reimagined event that now consists of a series of skills competitions and three separate flag football games. The flag games themselves were noticeably more competitive than the standard games of recent years, despite not being of the traditional tackle variety. The reduced risk of injury seemingly motivated players to go harder. "I didn't know what to expect, but I think it turned out pretty well," Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith said. "It got very competitive at the end, and I think that's what they wanted."   With the AFC entering the final...
February 05
February 05

Sources: Steele heads back to Alabama as defensive coordinator

Kevin Steele has agreed to a deal to become  Alabama's defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. This will be Steele's third different stint at Alabama under Nick Saban, who now has both of his coordinator positions filled after hiring Tommy Rees from  Notre Dame on Friday for offensive coordinator. Steele, 64, is a 39-year coaching veteran who spent last season as  Miami's defensive coordinator. Steele was Saban's first defensive coordinator at Alabama in 2007 and moved to defensive head coach/inside linebackers coach that next season. Steele returned to Alabama in 2013 as director of player personnel and shifted back on the field in 2014 as linebackers coach, before moving to  LSU as defensive coordinator in 2015. Steele replaces Pete Golding, who left last month to take the  Ole Miss defensive coordinator job. Saban has typically brought in defensive coordinators he has coached with in the past and who know his defensive system. Steele...
February 05
February 05

Sources: Nets trading star guard Kyrie Irving to Mavericks

The Brooklyn Nets are trading Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday. The Mavericks are sending Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, an unprotected 2029 first-round pick and second-round picks in 2027 and 2029 to the Nets in exchange for Irving and Markieff Morris, sources said. The Nets plan to offer the picks acquired in the trade -- as well as their 2027 first-round pick via the Philadelphia 76ers -- in trade talks to try to improve the roster ahead of the Thursday trade deadline, sources said. The  Los Angeles Lakers and Nets discussed possible Irving deals on Friday and Saturday. But ultimately, the Mavericks' package gave the Nets a better chance to surround Kevin Durant with players now -- as well as the opportunity to acquire three draft picks, sources said. The Nets had been looking at three-way deals involving the Lakers before discussions with the...
February 05
February 05

South Carolina tops UConn in 'national championship-like' game

HARTFORD, Conn. -- No. 1 South Carolina secured the program's first victory in Connecticut over No. 5 UConn on Sunday as the reigning national champion posted an 81-77 victory on national television to remain unbeaten. Unlike their last meeting in last year's national title game, where Gamecocks handily defeated the Huskies, 64-49, for their second championship, Sunday's game was much more competitive. The Huskies led by 11 early, South Carolina went ahead by 12 late, then UConn battled back to keep it within two possessions in the closing minutes amid an atmosphere that South Carolina coach Dawn Staley called "national championship-like." "It was a great atmosphere," South Carolina's Aliyah Boston, the reigning national player of the year, said about the crowd of 15,564, the first sellout at the XL Center since 2017. "It almost felt like we were back in the tournament. I just feel like there were just so many people and a big crowd which is really, really nice." Staley...
February 05
February 05

Panthers reach deal with Ejiro Evero to be new DC

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with Ejiro Evero to make him the team's defensive coordinator on new head coach Frank Reich's staff. Evero, 42, was the Denver Broncos' defensive coordinator last season. The team and new coach Sean Payton agreed to let him out of his contract so he could pursue other jobs. Evero had interviewed for the Panthers' head-coaching job, for which Reich ultimately was hired. He had also interviewed for the head-coaching jobs with the Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts. Despite injuries all over the roster, the Broncos finished in the league's top 10 in total defense and rushing defense. For one stretch during the season's second half, the Broncos had the top scoring defense in the NFL, but they fell out of the top 10 after a 51-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Christmas Day, the day before head coach Nathaniel Hackett was fired. Carolina's defense is generally considered the strength of a team...
February 05
February 05

Packers' Aaron Rodgers wins pro-am at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finally gets his name on the Wall of Champions behind the first tee at Pebble Beach, joining a long list that includes Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Rodgers and Ben Silverman of Canada held on for a 1-shot victory Sunday in the pro-am portion of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The prize is their name listed on the wall, which features pro-am winners, tournament winners, USGA champions at Pebble and more. "It's really significant," Rodgers said, whose Packers failed to reach the NFL playoffs for only the fourth time in his 15 years as the starter. "It's always been on my bucket list." Rodgers did his share of heavy lifting. Silverman, coming off a Korn Ferry Tour win, finished at 1-over 216 and missed the cut. Rodgers, playing off a 10 handicap, said he had not played golf since training camp until last Monday. They finished at 26-under par, 1 shot ahead of ...
February 05
February 05

New York Islanders agree to 8-year extension with Bo Horvat

The New York Islanders and center Bo Horvat have agreed to an eight-year contract extension, six days after they acquired him in a trade from the Vancouver Canucks. His contract carries an $8.5 million average annual value against the salary cap, as first reported by Sportsnet. Horvat was in the final season of a six-year contract that carried a cap hit of $5.5 million and was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He was acquired by the Islanders on Monday for a conditional first-round draft pick in 2023, forward Anthony Beauvillier and prospect Aatu Raty. Horvat will have a new contract with the Islanders before he has technically played as a member of the team. His last regular-season game was Vancouver's win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 27. He was selected to the NHL All-Star Game and played for the Pacific Division team on Saturday in South Florida, but he represented the Islanders throughout the...
February 05
February 05

Caitlin Clark gets 9th career triple-double in Iowa win

Iowa Hawkeyes guard Caitlin Clark got the ninth triple-double of her career Sunday, tying her for second in NCAA women's basketball history. In the visiting No. 6 Hawkeyes' 95-51 victory over the Penn State Lady Lions, Clark had 23 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, shooting 9-of-17 from the floor. She's now tied with former Lamar Cardinals standout Chastadie Barrs, who had nine triple-doubles in her career from 2015 to 2019. The all-time leader is former Oregon Ducks standout Sabrina Ionescu with 26 from 2016 to 2020. Ionescu was the No. 1 WNBA draft pick by the New York Liberty in 2020. "I try to do a lot of different things for my team," Clark said. "When I am assisting like that, when I'm rebounding like that, it's really hard for us to lose the game because we have so many different weapons. To have that many assists, that means a lot of other people are making shots, and that's just hard to guard. "It is a really big honor to be with...
February 05
February 05

Aliyah Boston's late charge leads South Carolina past UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Aliyah Boston scored 23 of her 26 points in the second half, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to help No. 1 South Carolina beat fifth-ranked UConn 81-77 on Sunday. The Gamecocks (23-0) have won 29 consecutive games since losing to Kentucky in the SEC tournament title game last year. They've won four of the past five meetings with the Huskies, including a victory in the NCAA championship game last season. That ended UConn's perfect 11-0 record in title games. South Carolina used its size again to top the Huskies. The 6-foot-7 Kamilla Cardoso and Boston, the reigning AP Player of the Year, helped the Gamecocks have a 42-30 advantage on the boards, including grabbing 25 offensive rebounds. Boston finished with 11 rebounds for the 76th double-double of her career. Cardoso added 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. With her team leading by four in the fourth quarter, Boston took over. She scored the next 12 points for South Carolina; two...
February 05
February 05

Ex-NFL player Vontae Davis faces DUI charge in Florida

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- A former NFL player was arrested on a misdemeanor driving under the influence charge after troopers say his vehicle rear-ended a pickup truck that was on the side of a South Florida highway because of a flat tire, injuring the truck's driver who had been standing outside. Vontae Davis, 34, allegedly smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and could barely stay awake while being interviewed by a trooper after the accident early Saturday on the Florida Turnpike in Hollywood, Florida, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. According to troopers, Davis lost control of his Tesla sedan and it collided with the parked pickup truck on the side of the turnpike. The impact of the collision sent the pickup truck spinning into a concrete barrier, and the truck struck its driver, who had been waiting outside. The driver was taken to a hospital with multiple injuries, the report said. Davis refused to provide a blood or urine sample and...
February 05
February 05

Sources: Stephen Curry (leg) expected out through All-Star break

Stephen Curry is expected to be out through the All-Star break in mid-February with a left leg injury, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The  Warriors said Sunday that Curry has partial tears to the superior tibiofibular ligaments and the interosseous membrane and will miss Monday's game against the Thunder, but that "additional clarity on a potential timeline will be established in the coming days." Curry was injured with 2:01 left in the third quarter of Saturday night's win over the Mavericks after his left knee collided with Dallas guard  McKinley Wright IV's knee while Curry was defending him. The Mavericks called a timeout, and Curry immediately limped to the bench, where he was met by two team trainers. They examined him throughout the timeout, and as players returned to the court to resume play, Curry limped back to the locker room. He received an X-ray, which came back negative, the team said Saturday. Curry was later ruled out of...
February 05
February 05

Sources: Ejiro Evero out as Broncos' DC amid outside interest

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- New Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton has been on the job just a few days, but as he continues to fill out his coaching staff, he and the team have agreed to let defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero out of his contract to pursue other jobs, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. Team and league sources said Evero, who had two years remaining on his contract and has interviewed for multiple head-coaching jobs, discussed his Broncos options with Payton last week. Following those discussions, Evero was notified that the Broncos would let him out of the remainder of his contract, sources said. The Minnesota Vikings, who have interviewed four candidates for their defensive coordinator job, have not filled the position in hopes of interviewing Evero, who served on the Los Angeles Rams' staff with Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell. Because it would be a lateral move for Evero, the Broncos needed to either grant permission for the interview or let Evero...
February 05
February 05

Sources: Ejiro Evero out as Broncos DC amid outside interest

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- New Denver Broncos coach Sean Payton has been on the job just a few days, but as he continues to fill out his coaching staff, he and the team have agreed to let defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero out of his contract to pursue other jobs, sources confirmed to ESPN on Sunday. Team and league sources said Evero, who had two years remaining on his contract and has interviewed for multiple head-coaching jobs, discussed his Broncos options with Payton last week. Following those discussions, Evero was notified that the Broncos would let him out of the remainder of his contract, sources said. The Minnesota Vikings, who have interviewed four candidates for their defensive coordinator job, have not filled the position in hopes of interviewing Evero, who served on the Los Angeles Rams staff with Vikings coach Kevin O'Connell. Because it would be a lateral move for Evero, the Broncos needed to either grant permission for the interview or let Evero out...
February 05
February 05

Colorado State sorry for 'Russia' chant at Ukrainian player

Colorado State issued a public apology to Utah State and Ukrainian guard Max Shulga after some of its fans chanted "Russia" at Shulga during Saturday's game. Shulga -- who is from Kyiv, Ukraine, where his family still resides -- went to the free throw line late in the game, and the "Russia" chants could be heard from the Colorado State student section. Colorado State said in a series of tweets that the chant came from a "small group of individuals." "On behalf of Colorado State, we apologize to the student-athlete and Utah State," the school said. "This is a violation of our steadfast belief in the Mountain West Sportsmanship Policy and University Principles of Community. "Every participant, student, and fan should feel welcomed in our venues, and for something like this to have occurred is unacceptable at Colorado State." On Sunday afternoon, Shulga issued a statement through Utah State that thanked the Colorado State administration and Rams coach Niko...
February 05
February 05

Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano set May 20 title rematch in Dublin

NEW YORK -- The rematch is set, and Katie Taylor will finally get her first professional fight in her country. Taylor will fight undisputed featherweight champion Amanda Serrano on May 20 in a rematch of their epic fight last April at Madison Square Garden. Taylor won that bout by split decision to defend her undisputed lightweight title. The rematch will take place in Dublin, Ireland, where the two will once again fight for Taylor's lightweight belts. The location has not been announced, but 82,000-seat Croke Park and 13,000-seat 3Arena have been mentioned as possibilities. After Serrano beat Erika Cruz by unanimous decision on Saturday night, Taylor joined her in the ring to announce the fight. "This is more than a dream come true -- my debut in Ireland against Amanda Serrano, 'The Real Deal' Amanda Serrano," Taylor said. "This is incredible and as I said, the last fight was epic, and I expect nothing less for the next one." Serrano's trainer, Jordan Maldonado, said a rematch...
February 05

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