If Taco Charlton wants to take advantage of his unique name, he landed in the right spot. The former Michigan star was taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the 28th overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he’s looking forward to immersing himself in Texas culture.
Could some sort of taco endorsement deal be in Charlton’s immediate future? Apparently companies have already been calling.
Taco Charlton on potential taco endorsements: pic.twitter.com/wN0lBcaK3H
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota)
Rudy Gobert twisted his ankle during the third quarter of the Utah Jazz’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 6 of their playoff series on Friday night.
Gobert landed on Austin Rivers as he was coming down from jumping for a rebound following a missed free throw. The injury occurred in the final minute of the third.
Rudy Gobert tripped on Austin Rivers and is on the bench after tweaking his ankle pic.twitter.com/UQqO9D85Cm
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) April 29, 2017
Gobert left the
Mike Tomlin had to step in and separate his players after a few got into a Twitter fight on Friday night.
The Steelers selected JuJu Smith-Schuster with their second-round pick in the draft, No. 62 overall. Smith-Schuster is a wide receiver, meaning Pittsburgh will have extra competition at the spot.
The recently reinstated WR Martavis Bryant responded to the pick and said that Smith-Schuster wasn’t taking his spot on the roster. Instead, he said it was Sammie Coates who needed to watch
The first two days of the 2017 NFL Draft are in the books and 107 players have been taken. Even though many of the best players from the college ranks are already gone, that doesn’t mean there isn’t talent left on Day 3. Teams will be picking during the 4th-7th rounds looking to hit a home run. Some of these guys could step in and start for their teams, and a few might even develop into Pro Bowlers.
The draft becomes a bit of a crap-shoot at a certain point, but there are definitel
There’s a lot of things about Roger Goodell that are in dispute. Did he go overboard on the Patriots with the Deflategate suspension? Did he see the Ray Rice tape? Does he know more about concussions than he’s letting on? Those are all questions he could deflect.
But one thing that’s not in dispute is what Roger Goodell did to a young girl who announced a pick during the second round of the NFL Draft.
Video shows the commissioner wiping his face with his hand and then drying t
Aaron Judge isn’t just an ordinary power hitter. He is a slugger in a body-builder’s body, much like Giancarlo Stanton. And the data supports that.
Judge smacked two home runs for the New York Yankees on Friday night against the Orioles. The first was a solo shot. The second was an absolute rocket to center that was the hardest hit home run in the Statcast era.
.@TheJudge44 is not fair. pic.twitter.com/AY1dADqryH
— MLB (@MLB) April 29, 2017
Aaron Judge just hit the hardest
Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson put on a show with his draft pick announcement on Friday night.
Pearson, who played wide receiver for the Cowboys from 1973-1983, went straight after Philadelphia fans at the draft, knowing full well he would be booed by them. Take a look at his passionate announcement of the Cowboys’ second-round pick:
god bless Drew Pearson. he deserves the HOF for this alone: pic.twitter.com/orz3jVeOnm
— oldwaver (@oldwaver) April 29, 2017
Pearson dropped a
The Cleveland Browns finally added a QB in the draft, but it’s one who probably won’t be ready to start for them this season.
The Browns chose DeShone Kizer with the No. 52 overall pick on Friday. The former Notre Dame QB left school early and still had two years of eligibility left. Though his college coach Brian Kelly spoke positively about him, he felt the QB could have benefited from more time in school.
Even an immediate report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson says the Browns
If there’s one team that notoriously cares less about player character and more about second chances than anyone else in the NFL, it’s the Cincinnati Bengals. So it’s no surprise that they took Joe Mixon with the No. 48 overall pick in the draft.
Cincinnati traded down from their spot at 41 to 48 in a trade with Minnesota, picking up a 4th-round pick as part of the deal. While the Vikings took one player with character concerns — Dalvin Cook — the Bengals took the
Delino DeShields Jr. is taking an opportunity to shout out Cartoon Network for all of the childhood memories.
For Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels, the Texas Rangers outfielder sported a legendary pair of cleats bearing images from the beloved millennial-era animated series Ed, Edd n Eddy.
'90s kids will understand: @LinoDeShields with the Ed, Edd n Eddy cleats. pic.twitter.com/6SdxchvmV8
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 28, 2017
It’s a cool way for the 24-year-old DeSh
The Minnesota Vikings have identified the player they want to serve as Adrian Peterson’s replacement.
The Vikings traded with the Cincinnati Bengals to move up in the second round of the NFL Draft and take Dalvin Cook.
Cook dropped out of the first round because of his character issues, which you can read about here.
Cook rushed for over 1,000 yards in all three seasons he spent at Florida State, scoring 20 touchdowns each of the past two seasons.
The Vikings traded the No. 48 overall pic
Kevin McHale hasn’t been employed in a front office capacity for nearly a decade, but the Orlando Magic could be looking to change that.
Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports reports on Friday that the Magic “have serious interest” in McHale for their team president position.
The 59-year-old McHale, who currently works for Turner Sports as an NBA analyst, has vast experience as an executive, having served as vice president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1
An unsuspecting Twitter user got a sombering reminder on Friday not to bring that weak stuff into the King’s court.
After former USC standout Adoree’ Jackson reacted to being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King tweeted him congrats and offered some light banter.
That's crazy I'm really gonna be on Madden
— Adoree' Jackson (@AdoreeKnows) April 28, 2017
Congrats bro. Hopefully ur a punt re
If the Seattle Mariners are going to turn things around in the early going this season, they’ll have to do it without two of their top players.
The Mariners announced on Friday that pitcher Felix Hernandez and outfielder Mitch Haniger are expected to miss 3-4 weeks with injuries:
Mariners news: Felix Hernandez has right shoulder bursitis. Mitch Haniger has grade 2 rt oblique strain. Both expected to miss 3-4 weeks.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) April 28, 2017
Haniger was one of ...
Theo Epstein has been receiving a lot of recognition this week, but the Chicago Cubs executive is not letting it get to his head. In fact, he’s keeping a great perspective on things.
Epstein was ranked No. 1 on Fortune’s list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” last month. In response, Politico wrote up something on Epstein, saying he could be a great political figure for the Democratic party if he so chose.
Displaying the great self-awareness he has, Epstein had
The Los Angeles Clippers will be facing something of a crossroads this summer, but it sounds like at least one of their stars is more likely than not to return.
ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz took an in-depth look at the state of the Clippers, who face losing both point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin to free agency this coming summer. According to Arnovitz, Clipper sources believe Paul will ultimately re-sign with the team. He, like a few other players, would be eligible for a deal wor
Aaron Rodgers stated his intent to cut back on golf during the offseason in order to get in better shape, but apparently he can make some exceptions.
TMZ Sports says that Rodgers went on a golf date with model/actress Kelly Rohrbach in Los Angeles on Thursday. The two reportedly were holding hands and looked flirty until noticing that people were watching them.
Rohrbach played golf in high school and received a golf scholarship to Georgetown in college, so she knows what she’s doing on th
The Chicago Bears took everyone by surprise by trading up to draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, including their own head coach.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Bears coach John Fox was unaware of the team’s plan to draft Trubisky until a few hours before they were actually on the clock. Mort also says that general manager Ryan Pace and chairman George McCaskey had hatched the plan quite a bit earlier without seeking the coach’s input.
Wow. Per @mortreport, even @Chicag
The Cleveland Browns really won’t take no for an answer when it comes to Jimmy Garoppolo.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns inquired on Thursday night about Garoppolo’s availability. The New England Patriots told them they weren’t interested in a trade.
Browns inquired last night about trading for Patriots' QB Jimmy Garappolo and were told, once again, NE not interested, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2017
The Browns are tr
Could the Chicago Bears have stayed at No. 3 and landed Mitchell Trubisky without having to trade three picks? The answer isn’t clear, but it sure sounds like they may have been able to.
Several NFL reporters revealed Friday that, while there may have been interest, there was little to no evidence that any other teams were actually pushing hard to acquire the No. 2 pick from the San Francisco 49ers with the intention of drafting Trubisky ahead of Chicago.
Michael Lombardi of The Ringer re
Larry Bird is stepping aside as president of basketball operation for the Indiana Pacers, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reported Friday that Bird, who has served in the position for all but one season sine 2003, will step down and move to a consultant role, with general manager Kevin Pritchard taking up the position.
Larry Bird is stepping down as Pacers president, league sources tell @TheVertical. Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations.
Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer may not have to wait long to hear his name called on day two of the NFL Draft.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Green Bay Packers are receiving trade interest in the No. 33 pick — the first one of the second round — but may stay put and take Kizer.
An interesting name in play at No. 33 for the #Packers: #NotreDame QB DeShone Kizer. GB is getting trade calls, but could stick and pick.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) Apri
Lonzo Ball will not be getting an endorsement deal from any of the three major shoe and apparel companies.
Ball’s father LaVar said that Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas are all passing on deals, with sources for the companies confirming that to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
While certainly unusual for these companies to avoid one of the likely top picks in the NBA Draft, LaVar Ball was demanding that the companies license his Big Baller Brand, and already presented suitors with a prototype L
John Lynch’s first draft as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers doesn’t seem as if it could have gone much better than it did.
The team netted three extra picks to move down one spot for defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, and then jumped back into the first round to stop linebacker Reuben Foster’s slide — which, according to Lynch, meant the Niners got two of the top three players on their draft board.
“I can tell you right off the bat that what we had on the
Jabrill Peppers dropped to No. 25 in the NFL draft for a few different reasons. For one, some teams weren’t sure what position he would play. Two, he failed a drug test at the combine because of a diluted sample. Lastly, some questioned his dedication because he missed Michigan’s bowl game.
In fact, a report leading up to the draft said some in the NFL were bothered by him missing the bowl game.
Well Peppers decided to answer all the doubters.
Not long after being picked by the Bro
The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the players who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell? And just how far will those with question-mark players continue to fall?
Each of those are legitimate questions that will be debated over the next 24 hours, so we figured we’d get an immediate jump-start on it.
Here’s a look at the 10 best players remaining in the draft.
10. Tyus Bowser (Linebacker
Takk McKinley won the NFL Draft with an emotional interview he gave upon being drafted.
The former UCLA pass rusher was taken No. 26 overall by the Falcons, who traded up to get him.
McKinley paid tribute to his later grandmother at the draft, carrying around a picture of her. He then explained in an interview with Deion Sanders of NFL Network that he promised his grandma on her deathbed that he would make it out of his rough area, make it to a D-I college, and ultimately make it into the NFL.
The Denver Broncos reportedly showed interest in a couple of players on draft day.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Broncos were interested in trading up for Christian McCaffrey, and they inquired about Joe Thomas:
Denver explored a trade up for Christian McCaffrey, inquired about Joe Thomas' availability, but ultimately stayed put at 20 for an OT.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2017
Unable to move up to select McCaffrey, who went No. 8 overall to the Carolina
Deshaun Watson was the third quarterback taken in Thursday’s NFL Draft and that was surprising to a few Alabama players.
Watson played in two consecutive national championship games, leading Clemson to a victory and second national title in the most recent one earlier this year. In both games, the Tigers faced off against the Crimson Tide. On Thursday, three Alabama players – Alphonse Taylor, Damien Harris, and Mack Wilson – were shocked Watson was not the first quarterback to
Myles Garrett found out he was selected by the Browns No. 1 overall in Thursday’s NFL Draft by one of the greatest players in league history.
Heading into the draft, Garrett was the consensus best player available. However, when it comes to the Browns, there was no certainty what they would do. There were rumors North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky was in play as Cleveland is in need of a quarterback. However, Garrett ultimately ended up being the selection.
Being drafted is one of th
Jamal Adams was already set to become a millionaire overnight thanks to his status as a likely first-round draft pick. But now he can add an extra $40,000 on top of that.
Adams was picked No. 6 overall by the New York Jets in the draft. Thanks to his high selection — which was actually lower than some projected — the former LSU star officially became a higher draft pick than his father.
Adams’ dad, George, was the No. 19 overall pick by the Giants in the 1985 draft. The two ha
An old tweet sent by Mitchell Trubisky two years ago was going viral on Twitter after the quarterback was picked in the draft by the Chicago Bears.
Here’s the tweet sent by Trubisky on Jan. 11, 2015:
Hell yeah, Go Packers
— Mitchell Trubisky (@Mtrubisky10) January 11, 2015
The Packers beat the Cowboys in the playoffs that day 26-21, likely prompting Trubisky’s tweet. Maybe he was happy about Dallas getting knocked off.
Still, with that tweet lacking the context of the playof
The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback badly and they apparently are looking to Washington to solve that problem.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday night that the Browns are trying to acquire Kirk Cousins in a trade.
Wow. Cleveland is trying to trade for Kirk Cousins. This is real.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017
The Browns were believed to have been targeting Mitchell Trubisky in the NFL Draft. They selected Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick, while
Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t even a member of the NFC North for a whole two minutes before being welcomed with some trash talk.
Upon learning of the Chicago Bears’ draft pick of Trubisky, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay sent this tweet:
Homie go get picked off lol
— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) April 28, 2017
You think Slay is licking his chops to face the Bears rookie quarterback? Slay is known for speaking his mind even if if it’s done so without tact, so this twee
Chicago Bears, desperation is thy name.
The Bears traded a third and fourth-round pick in this year’s draft along with a third-round pick in 2018 just to move up one spot to No. 2. With that pick, they selected former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
This is an awful deal for the Bears.
It’s bad enough to take a questionable prospect — a guy who only started one season in college — early in the first round. But it’s much worse to trade three picks in o
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apparently recognizes how most NFL fans feel about him.
Taking a page out of the David Stern playbook, Goodell encouraged the boos from the Philadelphia fans in attendance for Thursday’s NFL Draft:
Roger Goodell eggs on the Philly crowd to boo him pic.twitter.com/M1oAvWcoyX
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 28, 2017
Goodell must have known that the boos were coming because he wasted no time egging on the fans. This is actually a tradition for most spo
Jonathan Allen is celebrating two of the biggest moments of his life less than two weeks apart.
On April 16, Allen popped the question to his girlfriend Hannah Franklin, and the two got engaged:
I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you @jonallen93
A post shared by Hannah Franklin (@iam_hanfran) on Apr 16, 2017 at 1:00pm PDT
A post shared by Hannah Franklin (@iam_hanfran) on Apr 17, 2017 at 5:20pm PDT
On Thursday night, the former Alabama DL will be going high
Gareon Conley was considered a lock to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft prior to this week, but a sexual assault allegation could send the former Ohio State star tumbling down the board. Or, perhaps it won’t.
After speaking with several NFL teams about Conley, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports came away feeling like the star cornerback could still be picked in Round 1.
Perhaps I am in the minority, but more phone calls I make and more teams I talk to, more convinced I am Gareon
Scot McCloughan may have gone through a messy divorce with Washington last month, but that does not mean the former general manager is giving up on doing what he does best — evaluating NFL talent.
Before he was hired to be Washington’s GM, McCloughan had a scouting service where he offered teams his opinions on NFL prospects. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network is reporting that McCloughan has gotten back to doing that.
“He had a scouting service before he became the general manager
Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Kevin Steen was injured in a serious car accident Wednesday night that left another motorist dead.
According to FOX4 in Fort Meyers, Steen was seriously injured when another car veered off the road, crossed the median and went airborne into his SUV. The 20-year-old was taken to a local hospital and said to be in critical condition. The driver of the other vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Steen, a ninth-round draft pick in 2014, went 3-5 with a 5.37 ERA
Former Western Kentucky offensive lineman Forrest Lamp has already landed his first endorsement deal, and that is without being drafted by an NFL team.
On Thursday, a company called Lamps Plus announced a new partnership with Lamp. You see where this is going, right?
Top NFL prospect Forrest Lamp partners with Lamps Plus to form the brightest team. pic.twitter.com/5VjLJot8Oc
— Lamps Plus (@lampsplus) April 27, 2017
“The opportunity to partner with Lamps Pl
ESPN has decided to lay off dozens of well-known and many lesser-known employees as part of a wide-sweeping overhaul, and Britt McHenry was informed on Thursday that she has not survived the cuts.
McHenry, who worked at ESPN for three years, revealed on Twitter that the NFL Draft will be her last assignment with the network.
Staying on the NFL Draft as my last assignment. Grateful for 3 years at ESPN. My colleagues became best friends & I'll cherish that the most pic.twitter.com/YHZeutahTS
There is growing speculation that the Cleveland Browns may want former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky bad enough to draft him at No. 1 overall, but at least one member of the organization believes that would be a mistake.
A Browns source who spoke with ESPN’s Josina Anderson feels that Myles Garrett, a star defensive lineman from Texas A&M, is not just the best player available in the 2017 NFL Draft class — he’s the best prospect in six years.
A #Browns sou
The Jacksonville Jaguars may have lost confidence in Blake Bortles after the quarterback’s down season in 2016, but are they desperate enough to draft his replacement with the No. 4 overall pick?
Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported on Thursday that there have been some rumblings about the Jaguars using their first-round pick on former Clemson star Deshaun Watson.
And there is growing chatter about Deshaun Watson to #Jaguars at No. 4. #QBHysteria
— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR)
The Cleveland Browns are obviously high on Mitchell Trubisky heading into Thursday night’s NFL Draft, and there is a growing belief that they are going to land the former North Carolina star whether they use the No. 1 overall pick on him or not.
According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, two other NFL teams who need a quarterback are convinced Trubisky is heading to Cleveland — either by way of the Browns picking him first overall or trading up from No. 12.
Two teams in the QB cha
Gareon Conley is widely considered to be one of the top two or three cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft, and that would make him a lock to be taken in the first round under normal circumstances. But as of earlier this week, normal circumstances no longer surround the former Ohio State star.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Wednesday that the feeling around the league is that Conley will slip all the way to somewhere near the end of the third round. Previous mock drafts had Conley goi
Fred Hoiberg walked out of his press conference following a Game 5 loss to Boston Wednesday night after receiving a question about Isaiah Thomas carrying the ball.
The Bulls head coach vented after a Game 4 loss on Sunday that the officials let Isaiah Thomas get away with carrying the ball. He was asked about that at his Wednesday night news conference, gave a one-word answer, and bolted.
Out of all the amazing press conference moments this postseason, Fred Hoiberg straight walking out might b
Shelby Miller could need Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow, according to a report.
Fan Rag Sports’ Tommy Stokke says Miller has a ligament issue in his elbow and could need Tommy John surgery.
Miller left his start on Sunday for the Diamondbacks with forearm tightness. He was placed on the disabled list Monday and underwent an MRI. He went to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion on his elbow, and his MRI was sent to Dr. James Andrews for a third opinion.
All the checks and re
Every season, a few big-name Major League Baseball players find themselves scuffling out of the gate. Some guys are prone to bad months of April and need time to re-acclimate themselves to big league hitting or pitching, some are just going through a slump, while others find that the skills that once made them so great are starting to erode.
Here is a look at five MLB stars who have gotten off to very poor starts in 2017.
5) Alex Gordon, OF, Royals
The Kansas City Royals’ offense has stru
Millions of NFL fans will be tuned into TVs, radios, phones, and other devices on Thursday night to see what their team does in the draft. But Sam Bradford will not be among them.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback will not be watching the draft because he doesn’t find watching it to be very fun.
#Vikings QB Sam Bradford on why he won't watch the NFL draft: "I'll probably find something a little more fun to do.''...
Marshawn Lynch has not hid his enthusiasm at about now being a member of the Raiders.
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, the Raiders announced they had officially acquired the five-time Pro Bowl running back. Shortly after, the team shared a behind the scenes video of its newest acquisition via Twitter and Lynch’s excitement is certainly evident. Take a look.
Behind the scenes: @MoneyLynch comes home. pic.twitter.com/IP8PYK3ImL
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) April 26, 2017
Marshawn Lynch will have his preferred number on his Raiders jersey and that’s fine with one of the more beloved players in franchise history.
After much speculation, Lynch is now officially a member of the Raiders after the team agreed to a trade with the Seahawks that included the exchanging of draft picks. The 31-year-old running back announced his return to the NFL in the most Marshawn Lynch way possible. If you didn’t see what he did, you can here.
With his status as a member o
Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander has enough money in his fortune where a $100,000 fine should mean very little to him, but there are some powerful people ready to help him take care of it anyhow.
Texans star JJ Watt sent a tweet on Wednesday, a few hours after the NBA announced Alexander’s fine, in which he offered to help pay for the fine:
Les, I know you got it, but if you need us to chip in, we got you fam. #RunAsOne — JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 27, 2017
Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas apparently left an unpleasant surprise for his teammates on the flight to Milwaukee for Game 6.
In a post to Instagram on Wednesday, Raptors forward P.J. Tucker called out Valanciunas for farting on the team plane, sharing a video of the team suffering in the immediate aftermath of the Lithuanian’s gas expulsion.
When @jvalanciunas fart on the plane.. shuts it down!!!! #sergeisreallymadtho #thegottaburntheseatsnow #somebodyhadaheartattack #d
Paxton Lynch will be trying to take the Denver Broncos quarterback job away from Trevor Siemian, and he has one positive review so far.
Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had praise for both quarterbacks, noting that Lynch has lost the “deer in the headlights” look that plagued him during his rookie season.
“I was just watching Trevor [Siemian] walk around and he’s walking around with that same confidence,” Sanders said Wednesday, via Mike Florio of ProFootball
Brad Stevens’ memory serves as a useful scouting tool, thank you very much.
Before his Boston Celtics played the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 on Wednesday, Stevens had this funny quote Jared Weiss of CLNS Media Network when asked about game-planning for Bulls guard Isaiah Canaan. Canaan will draw the start, and the Celtics will have little film to go off of when preparing for him.
Stevens asked if it's hard to prep 4 Canaan with little film: "He torched a team I coached in 2010 when he wa...
Just two years after being drafted by the Redskins in the third round, Matt Jones may be a goner in Washington.
According to Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic, Jay Gruden had high praise on Wednesday for starting running back Rob Kelley and also complimented backups Chris Thompson and Mack Brown. But when it came to Jones, Gruden merely acknowledged that he was “still on the roster” and “didn’t have much good to say about him.”
Jones, 24, appeared in just seven game
Deshaun Watson is hoping to be chosen early in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. But even if he tumbles down the board a bit, it doesn’t sound like there is much risk of the former Clemson star falling out of the first round entirely.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Houston Texans recently had an “overwhelmingly positive” meeting with Watson and could take him at No. 25 if he’s still available.
If Deshaun Watson is there in late 1, keep an eye on
Forget all the speculation: Marshawn Lynch is officially back. Not long after reports began surfacing that Lynch has agreed to a deal to join the Oakland Raiders, Beast Mode announced his return on Twitter in a very fitting manner.
Of course, we had to do a bit of editing to make the announcement appropriate. You can read the original version here.
Lynch’s deal with the Raiders was pending a physical, and NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano reported on Wednesday that the 31-year old run
There is some serious buzz around Cal quarterback Davis Webb on the verge of the NFL Draft.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Webb may be a trade target for teams moving into the late first round, with one scout even comparing him to Dak Prescott.
Wouldn't be surprised to see a team trade back into round 1 for #Cal's Davis Webb. One national scout said "He has Dak-like intangibles."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2017
Projections have indicated Webb ...
Wednesday was an absolute blood bath at ESPN headquarters, as dozens of well-known and lesser-known employees lost their jobs. Among those to receive a pink slip were popular reporters like Ed Werder, writers like Jayson Stark and analysts like Trent Dilfer.
Stark, one of the most accomplished baseball writers in the sports media industry, worked at ESPN for 17 years.
For 17 yrs I've had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, M
The Cleveland Browns seem determined to land a quarterback early on in the 2017 NFL Draft, but they may need to look at options outside of Mitchell Trubisky. If the Browns are unable to trade up from No. 12 overall, one report claims they could look to draft former Cal star Davis Webb at the start of the second round.
Webb is projected to be taken somewhere in the second or third round, but it is starting to sound like he is a safe bet to go on the earlier side of those estimates. Here’s
There was some brief optimism on Tuesday that Rajon Rondo may be able to play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics, but the Chicago Bulls point guard is not ready to return.
After having another X-ray on his fractured right thumb Tuesday night, Rondo said Wednesday that he is still a no-go.
Rondo said he's not playing tonight. He had another x-ray last night. Bone is still the same.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 26, 2017
Rondo: "I think I'm
Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders, and he is planning to announce that deal to his hometown in a big way.
Lynch, who grew up in Oakland, is reportedly going to sign autographs at a “block party” on Thursday, when he will officially announce he is a Raider.
Marshawn Lynch plans to officially announce his signing to the city of Oakland at an autograph signing/block party Thursday, per source
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) April 26, 2017
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s status remains up in the air eight months after he suffered a devastating knee injury in training camp, and it would appear his future with the team is just as uncertain.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings are unlikely to pick up the fifth-year option on Bridgewater’s rookie contract. Exercising the option would guarantee the 24-year-old $11 million for the 2018 season, which is a very reasonable price for a starting quar
ESPN has begun the process of laying off dozens of on-air personalities, reporters, writers and behind-the-scenes staff members, and one of the biggest names among the cuts is Ed Werder.
Werder, who has worked at ESPN as an NFL reporter for 17 years, revealed on Wednesday that he has been informed he is being laid off.
After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I've been informed that I'm being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) A
The New York Jets could end up being the one team standing in the way of the Cleveland Browns drafting Mitchell Trubisky, but one report claims they are willing to step aside.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Jets would be willing to trade their No. 6 overall pick to the Browns — who are looking to move up from No. 12 — if the price is right.
Most likely trade spot in the top of the 1st round? 5 (Titans) and 6 (Jets). Browns will move up for Trubisky if need be.
Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook had a little exchange during Game 5 of their playoff series on Tuesday night, and the two were kind enough to share details about their conversation afterwards, complete with some trash talk on both ends.
First off, let’s take a look at what started it all when the two got into it at with around seven minutes left in the game:
Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley going at it! #NBAPlayoffs
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits)
Steve Ballmer was in total disbelief as he watched Joe Johnson bury his team once again.
Johnson made a jumper with 19.2 seconds left to put Utah up 102-97 on Ballmer’s Clippers during Game 5 of their playoff series on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Here was Ballmer’s reaction:
Joe Johnson clutch jumper makes Steve Ballmer sad pic.twitter.com/yvQPtiwnqi
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 26, 2017
Johnson had 14 points and 8 rebounds in the 96-92 win. He had 28 points in Sunday
Eric Thames is off to the hottest start in MLB, which has led to all sorts of questions about whether he is using PEDs.
MLB certainly has taken notice as the Brewers first baseman continues to face random drug testing. He was drug tested after blasting yet another homer on Tuesday night — his league-best 11th of the year.
During his postgame interviews, Thames made it clear that the drug testing he’s been subjected to doesn’t bother him at all and that he will not shy away fro
After selecting Rashard Robinson in the fourth round last year, the San Francisco 49ers may be drafting an LSU product for the second year in a row.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports on Tuesday that there is some “scuttlebutt in league circles” that the 49ers may select All-American running back Leonard Fournette with the No. 2 overall pick.
We heard recently that Fournette could be in play to go at least that high and that incumbent (and oft-injured) starting running back C
Russell Westbrook was not in the mood for postgame handshakes after his Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 5 of their playoff series in Houston on Tuesday night.
The Thunder’s season came to an end with their 105-99 defeat to the Rockets in Game 5 of their series. TNT, which televised the game, showed Westbrook marching straight into the tunnel and off the court immediately following the defeat:
An ending to one of the most historic seasons in the NBA for Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/e
Chris Coghlan went full Willie Mays Hayes to score a run for the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
Coghlan walked with one out in the 7th inning of Toronto’s clash with the Cardinals. Kevin Pillar drove a ball to deep right off the wall, which had Coghlan motoring around the bases.
By the time he got towards home, Yadier Molina was waiting as the throw from right was up the line. Coghlan was thinking quickly and decided to dive over the catcher to avoid the tag. It was glorious:
It's difficult to begrudge any young player who chooses to forego additional time playing as an amateur when they could cash in on their talents by heading to the pros. Judging the financial standing of any young man or the motivation behind his decision to turn pro can get dicey.
Making the choice to begin playing professionally is a huge proposition, and the timing of that decision can have serious repercussions for the player's chances to succeed as a pro and potentially affects their fu...
Rajon Rondo will try to play in Game 5 of the Chicago Bulls’ playoff series with the Boston Celtics, according to a report.
Rondo injured his thumb during Game 2 of the Bulls’ series and has missed the last two games, both losses for Chicago. He was initially expected to miss a few weeks with a fractured thumb, but the point guard had his cast removed and was seen attempting some shots on Tuesday.
The Vertical’s Shams Charania now reports that Rondo will try to play in Wednesd
On the same day that SI put a high school baseball player on its cover, a top college prospect reminded everyone why he should still be in the mix to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming MLB draft.
Brendan McKay, a junior for Louisville, clubbed four home runs and drove in 9 during the Cardinals’ 14-4 win over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday.
Brendan McKay hit 4 HOME RUNS and had 9 RBI today! The four HRs are the most by an individual in NCAA D1 this year.
WHAT. A. DAY. #L1C4 pic.twitt
Mark Cuban apparently isn’t the only passionate basketball owner in Texas.
Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander left his courtside seat during Game 5 between his team and the Oklahoma City Thunder to complain to referee Bill Kennedy about a perceived no-call, per Calvin Watkins of ESPN.
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander left his courtside seat during the live action and stood behind ref Bill Kennedy to complain about a non-call
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 26, 2017
Jose Altuve was removed from Tuesday’s game between the Indians and Astros after a scary collision in the outfield with Teoscar Hernandez.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Altuve and Hernandez were both tracking a shallow fly ball off the bat of Yan Gomes when the two collided, leaving both men on the ground in discomfort. Here are a couple of videos from different angles.
Someone needs to sign Jose Altuve to be a fullback ASAP pic.twitter.com/uSUgtNFVzO
— 12up (@12upSport) Apri
Mariners breakout star Mitch Haniger encountered some bad luck on Tuesday.
The Seattle outfielder suffered a strained oblique during his team’s game against the Detroit Tigers. He appeared to hurt himself on a swing that produced a single in the third, as he was lifted for a pinch runner.
Haniger had been one of the most productive players in baseball prior to his injury. He was 2-for-2 on Tuesday and is hitting .338/.442/.600 this season. He has hit seven doubles and four home runs.
Allen Iverson has been retired for the last three-and-a-half years, but he definitely hasn’t lost his killer instinct.
In an interview with Jonathan Abrams of Bleacher Report that was published Tuesday, the former MVP had this cold-blooded response to Tim Hardaway’s recent comments that Iverson carried the ball and that he, not Iverson, had the original crossover move, per Sopan Deb of the New York Times.
Allen Iverson. Flawless Victory. pic.twitter.com/TcGb
After last playing in an NFL game in 2013, Daryl Washington has been reinstated by the league on a conditional basis.
In May 2014, Washington was suspended for the entire upcoming season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for the same reason. That same year, he was also arrested for assaulting a former girlfriend and later pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.
On Tuesday, the NFL released a statement saying the leag
Former Alabama safety Eddie Jackson recently underwent a procedure on his surgically-repaired leg, according to a report.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Jackson had a screw removed from his leg because it was causing discomfort.
On advice of teams at Combine recheck, Bama S Eddie Jackson had screw causing discomfort removed from his surgically repaired leg yesterday
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2017
Jackson suffered the fractured leg last October during Alabama’s game
The New Orleans Saints may list Adrian Peterson as the No. 2 running back on their depth chart behind Mark Ingram, but there are at least a few NFL front office executives who expect A.P. to make a major impact with his new team.
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report spoke with multiple front office executives and assistant coaches who feel the Saints and New England Patriots were the only teams that could utilize Peterson to his maximum potential. And now that the 32-year-old has signed with one of
There may not be much of a market for Jay Cutler’s services this offseason, but the veteran quarterback wants to remind everyone that he wants to continue playing football in 2017.
Cutler’s agent, Bus Cook, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday that Cutler has no intension of retiring.
“Jay wants to play football,” Cook said. “He never has mentioned retirement to me. Jay Cutler, as far as I know, is ready to play and wants to play, and his skill set is as good
Gareon Conley has been named in a police report from a woman who claims he raped her, and the former Ohio State star insists the allegations are completely fabricated.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, a 23-year-old female claims Conley raped her in a Cleveland hotel bathroom on April 9. The report states that the woman met Conley in the elevator at the Westin in Cleveland and he asked her to come back to his room with his friends. You can read more details below:
According to the r
Adrian Peterson announced on Tuesday that he is signing with the New Orleans Saints, and the NFL could not have asked for him to end up in a better place as far as ratings are concerned. As luck would have it, the Minnesota Vikings are hosting the Saints on “Monday Night Football” in Week 1.
That’s right, Peterson’s first game as a visiting player in Minnesota will be his first regular season game with the Saints. Many of Peterson’s former teammates are already loo
Marshawn Lynch is willing to come out of retirement to play for the Oakland Raiders, but it doesn’t sound like contract talks between the star running back and his hometown team are going all that well. The most important thing, however, is that they are still going.
Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider acknowledged on Monday that Lynch, whose rights still belong to the Seahawks, has been negotiating with Oakland.
"Nothing really new. They're still talking,” Schneider...
Rory McIlroy and former PGA Tour employee Erica Stoll got married over the weekend in a glamorous ceremony at the Ashford Castle in Ireland, but you might have a difficult time finding photos of the big day. The couple took countless security measures for the seven-figure wedding, including preventing drones from flying overhead.
According to a report from the Irish Independent, McIlroy and Stall hired anti-drone technology that had been previously used in counter-terrorism operations in the Mi
While Mitchell Trubisky appears like the safest bet to be the first quarterback taken in the 2017 NFL Draft, there are some analysts who believe Deshaun Watson has a chance to capture that honor. And if Trubisky is chosen ahead of Watson, the former Clemson star believes the team who picks him will be making a major mistake.
In an appearance on Tuesday’s edition NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” Watson warned NFL teams that there will be “consequences” i
With Adrian Peterson having officially announced on Tuesday that he is signing with the New Orleans Saints, fellow veteran running back LeGarrette Blount could be the next domino to fall.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that Blount and the New York Giants have “mutual interest.”
The next running back domino to watch: LeGarrette Blount and the #Giants. There is mutual interest there. A potential match before the draft
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017
Adrian Peterson has officially found a new home for the 2017 season, as the veteran running back confirmed on Tuesday that he will be signing with the New Orleans Saints.
Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he will sign a two-year contract worth a total of $7 million that is basically a one-year deal with an option. He’ll make $3.5 million guaranteed in 2017 and can make up to $8.25 million total over the two years with incentives.
“I am excited to be joining the New Orl
The city of San Francisco is in the process of redeveloping the area that was once known as Candlestick Park, and that includes naming streets after legends who called the venue home. Barry Bonds, of course, is one of the most well-known.
ESPN.com reports that Bonds and fellow former San Francisco Giants players Willie Mays, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda will all have streets named in their honor. Willie McCovey, who hit 231 career home runs at Candlestick Park and gave “McCovey Cove
Stephon Marbury’s contract with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association was terminated, but the point guard wants to continue playing and expects to have interest from other clubs.
Marbury, the former NBA All-Star, had one more year left on his deal with the Ducks, though there was an option for him to coach or play for the franchise. The Ducks thought the 40-year-old was done playing and wanted him to coach, while Marbury wants to play. That led to the two sides ending th
John Wall was criticized on Twitter by one of the reporters covering the Washington Wizards, and he publicly acknowledged it with a response.
Candace Buckner, who covers the Wizards for the Washington Post, tweeted during Game 4 of the Wizards-Hawks series on Monday and threw some shade at Wall over his lack of defense on Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder.
Wall saw the tweet and responded with an “Lol.”
Lol RT @CandaceDBuckner: One day, Wall might actually try to defend Dennis Schrod
During Monday’s game between the Orioles and Rays, a couple of Orioles players sent fans frantically to Google in search of the answer to a question many were asking.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Adam Jones broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run home run to give Baltimore the lead. Shortly after, cameras in the dugout caught Jones and Jonathan Schoop each drinking a beverage in a green bottle.
Mood. #orioles pic.twitter.com/iwuZa9RFji
— Dave Tucker (@TestudoDave) April 25, 2017
Shelby Miller is heading to Los Angeles to receive a second medical opinion about his elbow.
Miller was placed on the 10-day DL Monday by the Arizona Diamondbacks after leaving his Sunday start against the Dodgers with forearm tightness.
Miller underwent an MRI Monday which showed some inflammation.
“He didn’t really tell me much,” Miller said of what the team doctor told him, via MLB.com. “Just kind of looked at the MRI a little bit and saw something was there —
Serena Williams on Monday responded to an inappropriate remark by Ilie Nastase about her unborn baby.
Nastase, a former world No. 1 men’s tennis player, was serving as the coach of Romania’s Fed Cup team and sparked all sorts of controversies. It began on Friday during media rounds when Nastase reportedly made a comment about Williams being pregnant with fiance Alexis Ohanian’s baby. “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?” Nastase said according
Kevin Durant saw what the internet did with an exchange he had with Draymond Green and thinks it’s pretty funny.
During Game 1 of the first round series between the Warriors and Blazers, Green got into the face of Durant in what appeared to be an attempt to get him fired up. Green was quite intense while Durant just nodded in response. From that moment, a meme was born. You can check out some of the best ones we saw here.
Among the many to get a kick out of the memes was Durant himself. I
NFL teams were informed on Monday that Jabrill Peppers failed a drug test because of a dilute sample, and it’s unclear how that will affect the former Michigan star’s draft stock. According to one report, it won’t be the only thing coaches and executives are concerned about.
Adam Schefter said on ESPN Monday that NFL teams don’t like the fact that Peppers sat out the Orange Bowl when Michigan took on Florida State back in December, which turned out to be a thrilling 33-3
Madison Bumgarner’s dirt bike accident may have repercussions even after he has recovered from the injuries sustained as a result.
According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Giants’ front office won’t forget about Bumgarner’s decision to get on a dirt bike during an in-season off-day, particularly when it comes to negotiating a future contract extension.
Comparisons between Bumgarner’s accent and what happened to Jeff Kent just before