Thursday night provided the benefit of a hotly contested first weekend of play -- eight worthy and talented teams squared off in search of spot in the Elite Eight. The first half of this round's games provided chances for upsets, statements, and history in each of the four match-ups.
Thursday night resulted in four games that will have ripple effects throughout this weekend and beyond. The biggest arguably came in the late game.
1.) Xavier has officially risen from the dead
The first three...
Bill Murray is having one heck of a sports year.
Not only did his beloved Chicago Cubs finally break their curse by winning a World Series, but his Xavier basketball team is in the Elite Eight after upsetting Arizona Thursday night, 73-71.
Bill Murray is happy. #Xavier #Arizona #SWEET16 pic.twitter.com/tK2St9IAGM
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) March 24, 2017
Why does Murray like Xavier? His son, Luke, is an assistant coach on their staff.
Xavier will face Gonzaga on Saturday for a chance t
Sean Miller is recognized as one of the top coaches in college basketball, though he does have one glaring hole in his resume: no Final Four appearances.
And just when you thought he was going to turn around that trend this season, his Arizona Wildcats blew a 69-61 lead with under four minutes left and lost 73-71 to Xavier in the Sweet 16.
That led to this extremely harsh edit to his Wikipedia page.
Somebody updated Sean Miller's Wikipedia page, and they're not happy. pic.twitter.com/aTuw...
West Virginia’s season went down in flames on Thursday night with a 3-point loss to Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The final was 61-58, but based on the way their final possession went, the Mountaineers were miles away from winning that game.
Jevon Carter airballed his first 3-point attempt, then badly missed his second, and they couldn’t even get a third shot off because he was too gun-shy after that poor showing.
Here’s the possession set to the appropriate
Clay Matthews Sr., the patriarch of a great American football family, has died at the age of 88.
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reported on Thursday night that Matthews died in South Carolina after a long illness. The Charleston native played college ball at Georgia Tech and then four seasons as an offensive lineman for the 49ers.
Matthews’ sons, Clay Jr. and Bruce, both were excellent players. Clay Jr. was a Pro Bowler, while Bruce is a Hall of Famer. The lineage continued ont
Tony Romo and Jason Garrett used to have a close relationship beyond being just a quarterback and coach. They used to be spotted together during the offseason, but that’s not the case now.
For the first time in his career, Romo is expected to play for another team next season. He had been coached by Garrett since 2007 and spent his entire career in Dallas. Moving on to a new team will obviously cause feelings to change, but the Dallas Morning News’ David Moore traces the fraying of
Derrick Rose might not just follow the cash in free agency this summer.
Addressing the media before Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, the New York Knicks point guard said that winning will be a bigger priority than money when he chooses which team to sign with this offseason.
“Not even thinking money. I’ve got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I’ll be all right,” said the former MVP, according to ESPN’s Ian B
Mark Sanchez visited with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, and apparently things went well.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says Sanchez is expected to sign with the Bears.
The #Bears are expected to sign former #Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez, source said. They are finalizing a deal. More depth to the QB room.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 24, 2017
The Bears recently signed Mike Glennon to be their starting quarterback, so Sanchez would be competing to be his backup. The team also has Connor
LaVar Ball has been everywhere the past month or so, and there seems to be no end in sight to his ubiquitousness. And what certainly isn’t helping matters is the continued coverage media outlets provide him. That’s even becoming an issue for some at ESPN.
LaVar Ball, who is the father of UCLA point guard Lonzo, apparently got into a screaming match with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” Thursday. The network then began promoting the video, which annoyed many
Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton is yelling at the proverbial cloud.
The Utah Jazz great, who was in town on Wednesday for a 20th anniversary reunion with his former teammates on the 1996-97 Jazz, the winningest team in franchise history, said that he was “mad” at the recent trend of teams resting their stars, per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Here in Utah, John Stockton "mad" at the resting of stars. Fans "pay to see their favorites." NBA has "a duty" to do good by payin
Michael Jordan has a reputation for being a big gambler, but just how crazy of a gambler is he? Charles Barkley gave us an idea.
Barkley joined “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday and talked about some of his old golf games with MJ.
Barkley confirmed to DP that Jordan will only play golf for money. He says it’s for thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars per hole. Barkley even shared a funny story about how he’d be putting for a few hundred bucks, while Jordan woul
Steve Alford still has it.
The UCLA coach proved that his outside jumper is still in peak form as he drained a half-court shot on his first attempt during an open practice in Memphis on Thursday:
Steve Alford made a half-court shot on his first attempt at Thursday's open practice in Memphis. #ucla #marchmadness pic.twitter.com/m1hiXLoBdE
— Matt Cummings (@MattCummingsDB) March 23, 2017
UCLA is in Memphis to take on Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the Fed
A home mishap could keep Cincinnati Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias sidelined for the start of the 2017 season.
According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Thursday, Iglesias slipped in the shower three weeks ago, resulting in a bone bruise in his pitching elbow and soreness in both his hips. He reportedly will not resume throwing again for another several days, and Reds manager Bryan Price was quoted as saying that Iglesias may not be ready for Opening Day.
The 27-year-old relie
It wouldn’t quite be fair to say that Jeff Fisher has let himself go since being fired by the Los Angeles Rams, but let’s just say he’s doing his best David Letterman impression.
An Instagram user shared this photo of him with the former Rams coach two weeks ago:
It was great to finally meet former Rams and Titian Coach and KUIU customer Jeff Fisher. Jeff wore our Camo every year during armed forces week. He told me every year he would receive a letter from the NFL that
Robert Kraft issued a statement on Thursday in response to authorities recovering Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys.
In his statement, the New England Patriots owner thanked all of the authorities that were involved in the recovery of the jerseys and said he was looking forward to getting them back to Brady.
Statement from #Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the return of Tom Brady's two stolen Super Bowl jerseys pic.twitter.com/sarIDNZ388
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2
It sounds like the conventional wisdom leans toward a return to the New England Patriots for Darrelle Revis.
According to CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora, a number of league sources, including some who would be familiar with Revis’s thinking, believe that the two sides are destined for a reunion if Revis elects to play in 2017. Malcolm Butler is likely destined for New Orleans, and Revis would be an ideal short-term stopgap.
One personnel executive predicted Revis to the Pats, saying
Johnny Manziel is seeking a return to the NFL, and he may have an interested party.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has taken an interest of sorts in the quarterback, and the two have discussed a return to the NFL.
Sources: #Saints coach Sean Payton & Johnny Manziel were spotted together Super Bowl week, at breakfast. They discussed a return to football
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2017
FA QB Johnny Manziel has kept a low-profile a
Fortune magazine named Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein the World’s Greatest Leader in its annual list, and the man himself had a rather incredulous response.
Epstein finished ahead of the likes of Pope Francis in landing the honor, but he made it quite clear that he felt extremely undeserving.
“Um, I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house,” Epstein told ESPN’s Buster Olney in a text. “That is ridiculous. The whole thing is patently ridiculous.
In news that will come as a massive relief to baseball purists, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said it is unlikely that the World Baseball Classic’s unique extra innings rules will be making the jump to the majors anytime soon.
Manfred told MLB Network on Wednesday that the rule, in which teams automatically start every half inning starting with the 11th with runners on first and second, is not up for consideration in Major League Baseball.
“I don’t see us having an extra inning
What’s Peyton Manning going to do next? The answer isn’t clear, but according to him, it won’t be politics.
Manning was the keynote speaker at the Adobe Summit 2017 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and in his remarks, he said he had no interest in entering politics amid rumors that he might run for a Senate seat in Tennessee.
“I don’t know where that came from. Last week I was going to run a team, this week I going to apparently run for Senate, and next week I’ll b
The Cleveland Cavaliers gave up 126 points to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, continuing a trend of poor defensive play, and LeBron James has just about had it.
After Cleveland gave up 73 first half points to Denver, James ripped his team, essentially saying some of his teammates have not been tough enough.
“It ain’t about a group. It’s about individuals,” James said, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “We’ve got to be more, just do more. It ain’t about
Drama follows Lane Kiffin wherever he goes.
The Florida Atlantic head coach is reportedly being sued for fraud by a former Alabama wide receiver who claims that Kiffin misled him on a coaching position in order to get closer to a recruit.
Antonio “A.C.” Carter, who played for Alabama from 1999 through 2001, claimed in a court filing that Kiffin had led him to believe that an assistant strength and conditioning coaching position was his before ultimately being told that he’d fa
The United States beat Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic to clinch their first ever title in the event.
After the game, Adam Jones, who was stellar as a team leader, said on MLB Network that the team was motivated about some celebratory plans for Puerto Rico they heard about before the game.
“Before the game, we got a note that there was some championship shirts made — we didn't make 'em — and a flight. That didn't ...
Earl Watson says he is focused on improving the Phoenix Suns amid rumors connecting him to the UCLA basketball job.
UCLA is currently led by Steve Alford, who is in his fourth — and by far most successful — season as head coach of the Bruins. Rumors have tied Alford to the Indiana head coaching vacancy considering how much of an icon he is in the state and his history as a Hoosiers player.
If Alford leaves for Indiana, many think Watson, a former Bruins player, could be a candidate
Jan Ross, the wife of legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross, died on Wednesday night after suffering injuries related to a Vespa crash.
Ross announced the heartbreaking news on his Twitter account.
A Priest gave my wife Jan her last rites tonight. My little Angel is gone.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) March 23, 2017
Ross had been providing updates on Jan’s condition ever since learning of her crash on Monday night.
Jan was riding her Vespa home from the gym without a helmet and was hit
Could Larry Brown be returning to coaching sidelines near you? One report suggests it’s possible.
According to Fan Rag Sports’ Jon Rothstein, LIU Brooklyn has reached out to Larry Brown about their coaching vacancy. The two sides could meet in the near future.
LIU Brooklyn plays in the Northeast Conference and recently fired previous head coach Jack Perri. Perri led the program for five seasons and went 20-12 this season.
Brown recently revived the SMU basketball program before step
Colin Kaepernick may still be in search of a new team, but he has the support of at least one of his former teammates.
Earlier this month, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers to become a free agent. Since then, Josh McCown has signed with the Jets, Brian Hoyer joined the 49ers, Mike Glennon agreed to terms with the Bears, and the Raiders signed E.J. Manuel.
That leaves Kaepernick, who completed 59 percent of his passes last season with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, witho
Paul Millsap could make a guaranteed $21 million next season, but he has his eyes on a much bigger prize.
Millsap is expected to opt out of his contract with the Atlanta Hawks to become a free agent, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
Millsap, a forward, would be seeking a long-term deal that would guarantee him much more total and annual money. Schefter says Millsap loves Atlanta and would like to stay with the team but he will test free agency.
Hawks F Paul Millsap expected to void contract
The Ravens have themselves and new safety and it appears a popular video game played a part in the team landing one of its newest players.
After spending the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Cardinals, Tony Jefferson recently signed a four-year deal with Baltimore worth over $30 million. He was reportedly being pursued by the Jets and Browns as well. However, among the factors that led Jefferson to choose the Ravens were the uniforms, which he says looked good on him.
“I am a
Mike Hopkins isn’t about to give up on Michael Porter Jr. without a fight.
Hopkins was introduced on Wednesday as Washington’s new head basketball coach. One of his biggest tasks will be trying to convince top recruit Michael Porter Jr. to remain with the school.
Porter Jr. was looking forward to joining the Huskies next season and playing for Lorenzo Romar, who is his godfather. But Romar was fired last week, leaving Porter disappointed.
On top of that, there’s another layer
Matt Barnes will likely forever be linked with Derek Fisher after their infamous 2015 confrontation, but the veteran swingman has gotten to the point where he would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.
In a recent interview with Nubyjas Wilborn of Sporting News, Barnes said he was tired of being taunted by opposing crowds with chants of Fisher’s name.
“Everywhere I go I'm still getting Derek Fisher chants. I'm sick of that s—,” said the 37-year-old journeym...
The United States has reached the final of the World Baseball Classic, which is reason enough for American baseball fans to celebrate. But comments like what Ian Kinsler had to say is rubbing some the wrong way.
The New York Times published an article on Wednesday ahead of the WBC championship game between the US and Puerto Rico and talked about the differences between how each country regards the WBC. In the article, Billy Witz included the following quote from Kinsler, the United States’
There were rumors that Eric Musselman could become the next head basketball coach at Cal, but it sounds like he will opt to stay at Nevada instead of leave for the Pac-12.
CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish reported Wednesday that Musselman will stay at Nevada despite meeting with Cal twice.
Eric Musselman met with Cal officials twice but has decided to remain at Nevada, a source told @CBSSports. Working on a new deal now.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 22, 2017
Musselman just compl
Pack up your bags everybody because Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau has officially reached self-awareness.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Thibodeau dropped this funny quote about how he manages to keep injured guard Zach LaVine involved, per Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.
How does Thibs make sure LaVine still feels a part of things while he's out with the injury?Thibs: "Yell at him daily."Humor!
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) March 22, 2017
Jan Ross, the wife of WWE announcing legend Jim Ross, is fighting for her life in an Oklahoma hospital after she was involved in a serious scooter accident Monday night.
In a blog post on his website Wednesday, Jim Ross said his wife “needs a miracle” after she suffered a serious brain injury when her Vespa was hit from behind by another driver. Jan was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
“Monday night at approximately 9:30 pm while I was recording the Ross Report a
If you were wondering which player had the best walk-up music for an at-bat during the World Baseball Classic this year, you can stop now. Byosuke Kikuchi of Japan officially took the cake during his team’s loss to the U.S. in Tuesday night’s semifinal game.
With Japan trailing 2-1 and a runner on second in the eighth inning, Kikuchi strolled to the plate with the “Zelda” theme song playing in the background.
I'm dying. Japanese player Kikuchi just had the Dodger St
A one-and-done tournament like the NCAA Tournament can be so difficult because one bad night ends your season. Pressure is on star players to bring their best every night if they don’t want to go home far earlier than they would have hoped. Teams who want to get to the Final Four need big performances from their star players, and a few of them have failed to deliver that as of yet. The Sweet Sixteen, as the competition gets tougher, would be the perfect place to do that.
Here are five pla
Andy Murray has enjoyed an excellent career so far that’s included three majors, two Olympic gold medals, and a world No. 1 ranking. That’s pretty outstanding. But Andre Agassi thinks Murray could do even better — for even longer — if he makes a change to his game.
Agassi gave an interview to The Guardian that was published on Monday that was full of great comments from the former tennis star. Agassi talked about his relationship with the sport of tennis, his current goa
Some footage from the night Greg Hardy was arrested for possession of cocaine was released on Wednesday, and it confirms that the former NFL defensive lineman told police he did not know how drugs got into his wallet.
In a video that was shared by TMZ, officers are shown searching Hardy’s vehicle before placing him under arrest. When Hardy was informed that a small purple baggie filled with narcotics was found in a wallet in his center console, he admitted the wallet was his but claimed t
The Cleveland Browns have yet to find their starting quarterback for the 2017 season, and they are still holding out hope that they can somehow convince the New England Patriots to give up Jimmy Garoppolo.
Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland wrote this week that he still considers Garoppolo to be the best bet to start for the Browns in Week 1, though the level of confidence is not high. While the Browns have been unsuccessful in attempting to trade for Garoppolo thus far, a source told Grossi they ar
LaVar Ball has made a new enemy in four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, and you won’t be surprised to hear how concerned the patriarch of the Ball family is about it.
Not at all.
Just hours after LeBron warned Ball to “keep my family out of your mouth,” Ball was a guest on FOX Sport Radio’s JT "The Brick" and Tomm Looney Show. LaVar said he has no issue with LeBron and defended himself for answering a question honestly.
“No, I don't have a problem with LeBron,R...
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a very strong man. Probably one of the strongest in Hollywood, actually. But are we supposed to believe he can hit a golf ball further than almost anyone in the universe?
On Tuesday, The Rock shared a photo on Instagram of him playing a round of golf on set while filming for the HBO series “Ballers.” He took the opportunity to brag about how far he can drive a golf ball, which he claims is 490 yards.
“The world record lon
Mike Glennon might not be the only free agent quarterback signing to get Chicago Bears fans excited.
NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reports that Mark Sanchez will be visiting the Bears on Thursday.
After spending last season as a backup QB for the Cowboys … Mark Sanchez will visit the Bears on Thursday, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 22, 2017
Sanchez was once upon a time thought to be a potential franchise quarterback for the Jets, but a couple of buttfumbles
In seemingly the blink of an eye, the NCAA Tournament was cut from 64 teams to 16 last weekend. As more than three-quarters of teams earning a tournament bid were sent home, we learned quite a bit about what to expect moving forward.
First off, we learned just how good these 16 teams are and what kind of excellent games we can expect to see. With styles clashing and weaknesses capable of being exploited, these eight games appear to be a basketball junkie's dream.
Each game of the Sweet 16 o...
David Denson, who made history in 2015 by coming out publicly as gay, has decided to end his professional baseball career.
Denson announced the news in a post on his Facebook page Monday, saying he is now trying to become a personal trainer.
Denson, 22, was drafted in the 15th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013. The 6-foot-4 first baseman displayed some power during his minor league career hitting 29 home runs, but he was a career .229 hitter and never batted above .250 at any level, inclu
Late in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game between the Raptors and Bulls, tempers flared and punches were thrown.
After battling for a rebound, Serge Ibaka shoved Robin Lopez in the back. Lopez didn’t take too kindly to it and slapped the ball out of his hands. The two proceeded to exchange words and eventually punches. Here’s video of what happened.
Bulls' Robin Lopez and Raptors' Serge Ibaka exchange punches, get ejected (all angles) pic.twitter.com/uxVm321tPc
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk shared a funny story on Twitter Tuesday.
Hawk was in Anchorage, Alaska for what appears to be a snowboarding project and apparently had a funny encounter with a TSA agent. Here’s how it went:
TSA agent (checking my ID): "Hawk, like that skateboarder Tony Hawk!"Me: exactlyHer: "Cool, I wonder what he's up to these days"Me: this
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) March 21, 2017
That’s good. It’s also somewhat understandable why the agent didn̵
It’s probably safe to assume Mets prospect Kevin Kaczmarski won’t park his vehicle in the spot that belongs to Jacob deGrom anymore.
When Kaczmarski arrived to New York’s spring training facility on Monday, he pulled into a parking space marked with the No. 48. The problem is, that isn’t Kaczmarski’s uniform number. No. 48 belongs to the above pictured former National League Rookie of the Year and All-Star. As teammate Josh Smoker shared via Twitter, this is what h
Under Armour came out with some cool special edition shoes for the Curry brothers to wear in their game against each other on Tuesday night.
Steph and Seth Curry are playing against each other in an NBA game for the sixth time, and they will be doing so in the “Family Business” Under Armour Curry 3.
Here’s a look at the shoe:
Stephen & Seth Curry are wearing special shoes tonight honoring their childhood 1-on-1 battles. New on @TheVertical: pic.twitte
Once upon a time, Tiger Woods was a young prodigy in the golfing world and a fresh face who took over the sport. Nowadays, he’s battling injuries and has become a grizzled veteran on tour. And nothing shows how much he’s aged more than his hairline.
Like many men in their early-40s, Tiger’s hair is thinning and receding. But he is not about to let it go.
Tiger joined ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt for an interview to promote his new book, and SVP, who is bald, egged Woods on abou
The matter of NBA teams resting star players during nationally-televised games has boiled over, and LeBron James thinks it’s only become a problem because of him.
Things really began two weeks ago when the Golden State Warriors rested their top players for a Saturday night game on ABC against the San Antonio Spurs. The Cavaliers did something similar the following week, resting LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for the first game of a back-to-back in Los Angeles, and got pounded by the
LaVar Ball appears to have made a very powerful enemy.
As his Cleveland Cavaliers practiced (coincidentally) on the campus of UCLA on Tuesday, LeBron James fired back at the outspoken patriarch of the Ball family for implying earlier this month that his kids were in a better position to succeed than James’ kids.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” said the three-time NBA champion, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “This is dad to dad
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is being rewarded after leading the team to back-to-back ALCS berths.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports on Tuesday that Gibbons and the Blue Jays are finalizing a multi-year contract extension and expect to have a deal done by Opening Day on April 3.
The 54-year-old Gibbons was hired in 2013 (his second managerial stint with the team) and has gone 339-309 (.523) in the four seasons since. Gibbons has guided the Jays to consecutive postseason appearances
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is used to being slept on, so he was quite surprised to learn he had been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Whiteside, who took home the honors after averaging 20.0 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game in the past week, had this great reaction to the news of his achievement, per Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.
Hassan Whiteside on his reaction to winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week: "I won something?"
— Manny Navarro (@M
Legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross revealed on Tuesday that his wife has been hospitalized after being involved in a serious scooter accident.
Ross sent a tweet early Tuesday morning informing fans that his wife Jan suffered multiple skull fractures after being hit while riding her Vespa near the couple’s home in Oklahoma.
My wife Jan, my little angel, was hit while riding her Vespa & has multiple skull fractures. She's in surgery now. We need a miracle.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) Marc
Marshawn Lynch has said numerous times in the past that he has no interest in reviving his playing career, but some recent rumors coupled with the words of the running back’s own agent tell a much different story.
In an interview with KNBR on Monday, Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson said he would not be surprised if Lynch came out of retirement next season.
"He's one of the most unique guys I've ever been with in my life,” Hendrickson said, adding that he has not spoken to...
When authorities began searching for Tom Brady’s missing game-worn jersey from Super Bowl LI, Von Miller probably didn’t realize the investigation would lead to him having a valuable possession of his own returned. Sometimes things just have a way of working themselves out.
Mauricio Ortega, the former Mexican newspaper director who has been accused of stealing two of Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys, is allegedly the same person who took Miller’s helmet after Super Bowl 50. On
The Texas Rangers seem to be approaching the Yu Darvish contract situation with caution, but they are open to discussing an extension during the season.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels told 1310 The Ticket’s Norm Hitzges on Monday that the team has “interest in him staying here,” regarding Darvish. Daniels also said the team is open to having contract talks with Darvish at any point.
“Where we left [it] is that either side can privately open it or raise it at any point,” Da
The news that Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey had been recovered came less than 24 hours after San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark revealed he has ALS, and at least one person who is familiar with the league does not believe the timing was a coincidence.
An NFL agent hinted to ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he or she believes the NFL was trying to cover up the shocking revelation Clark made on Sunday night by leaking word that Brady’s jersey had been tracked down.
It took authorities roughly six weeks to track down the man who stole Tom Brady’s game-worn Super Bowl jersey, but apparently the thief had been getting away with similar heists well before February.
Sources familiar with the situation told TMZ that Mauricio Ortega, the former Mexican newspaper director who has been accused of stealing Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey in addition to his jersey from Super Bowl XLIX, has been “selling various sports collectibles for years.” O
Christian Hackenberg had a rookie season to forget with the New York Jets, but perhaps all the bad press he has received is not an indication of how the team envisions his future.
The Jets signed Josh McCown to a one-year contract on Monday, and the veteran quarterback could be asked to lead the team in an obvious bridge year. Now that they have seemingly settled for a mediocre option, you have to wonder if the Jets feel their quarterback of the future is already on the roster. According to an
Lane Kiffin made some questionable comments about his time working under Nick Saban just before he parted ways with Alabama, and very few people believe that was a coincidence. Kiffin isn’t exactly claiming it was, either.
In an appearance on “The Dan Le Batard Show” on ESPN Radio Monday, Kiffin was asked if he was happy at Alabama. The FAU coach admitted he faced many challenges in Tuscaloosa.
“I had a unique situation where for the first time my family didn't come wi...
Amari Cooper shared a very cool photo and story on Instagram Monday.
Cooper, the Oakland Raiders receiver, shared a picture of his mother in front of a mansion and Range Rover, and talked about how they went from the projects to her now having a dream house and car.
I grew up in the projects, we didn't even own a car.. The whole story is way too long and melancholic, but just know a dream can go a long way if it's followed by faith and hard work. It took us 20+ years but now my m
Javy Baez continues to do all the little things to make himself one of the most fun baseball players to watch.
Playing for Puerto Rico in the WBC on Monday night, Baez pulled off a stolen base by using an incredible swim move after diving into third:
.@javy23baez is coming for ya, @MichaelPhelps. #WBC2017 pic.twitter.com/xmULQz3n74
— MLB (@MLB) March 21, 2017
Here it is in GIF form:
Sliding skills: #WBC2017 pic.twitter.com/nWLVSOVjuF
Su’a Cravens was mentioned in an article discussing the troubles in the Washington Redskins’ front office, and he is not happy about it.
The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer wrote an article published last week in which he examined what led to the departure of GM Scot McCloughan. Breer identified three key points that contributed to McCloughan’s firing. One was the Kirk Cousins contract situation; McCloughan wanted to extend the QB, while president Bruce Allen d
Jurickson Profar just learned the hard way that he needs to be standing on a base before celebrating a big hit.
Profar is playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and singled with a man on second and one out in the top of the first inning of his country’s semifinal game against Puerto Rico on Monday night.
The throw from right field went all the way to catch Yadier Molina at home, which held the Netherlands’ runner at third. After rounding first, Profar carelessly m
Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman confirmed on Monday that the program is recruiting LSU transfer Brandon Harris.
Harris was LSU’s starting quarterback in 2015 but was benched early in the 2016 season in favor of Danny Etling and is looking to play for another school. He is set to graduate this summer, which would allow him to play in the fall as a graduate transfer at another school.
Herman says Texas is recruiting Harris.
Texas coach Tom Herman said of transferring LSU QB Brandon H
It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to narrow down who is capable of dethroning the Cubs and claiming the mantle of World Series champions for themselves.
Here is a list of five teams who have the talent to upend the Cubs ̵
Stephen Curry and Semaj Christon got into a fight just before halftime of Monday’s Golden State Warriors-Oklahoma City Thunder game, leading to double-technicals.
Curry and Christon were trying to take their places before a jump ball, and Curry was trying to get in front of Christon. Christon wasn’t having any of it, which resulted in some shoving and a skirmish breaking out.
Warriors' Stephen Curry scraps with Thunder's Russell Westbrook (full video) pic.twitter.com/Xv38Fa
During Monday’s game between the Thunder and Warriors, Andre Roberson had two of the worst free throw attempts you’re likely to see from a professional basketball player anytime soon.
Late in the first quarter, Roberson was fouled by Klay Thompson, which sent Roberson to the line for two shots. On his first attempt, the Thunder forward completely overshot the rim. Roberson followed that up by shooting an airball on the second try. Below is the video proof.
Good GOD Andre Roberson
Donald Trump made mention of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a rally in Kentucky on Monday.
The president was speaking in front of supporters in Louisville and made sure to bring up a recent report suggesting that NFL teams feared signing Kaepernick because they did not want the backlash that could even come from Trump.
This is just another example of Trump trying to bully and govern by using fear rather than reason, which is alarming.
There is no confirmation — just specu
The Warriors are obviously a good basketball team. They are also one that likes to have fun, and they’re at it again.
JaVale McGee is no stranger to being the subject of jokes in NBA circles. Sometimes he brings it on himself, like when he gets amusing haircuts. Here’s one example. And here’s another.
This weekend, a few members of the Warriors took to social media to show off rolls of toilet paper with McGee’s face on it. Here’s a screenshot of Draymond Green̵
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan wants in on the fun of Jerseygate.
The two-time Pro Bowler took to Twitter on Monday to crack a joke about stealing teammate Drew Brees’ jersey (while also offering something of a subtle hot take for the Saints’ future).
If TB12 jersey worth .5 a mill, when We win the sb, I'm takin off with Drew's jersey like pic.twitter.com/FTMmKcvfMJ
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) March 20, 2017
Of course, Jordan was referencing the stolen Supe
If James Harden’s beard could talk, it would probably say, “NO DAYS OFF!”
On Monday, the Houston Rockets All-NBA guard dropped this great line about the idea of sitting out games down the stretch for rest like many of his fellow star players have been doing lately, per Mark Berman of KRIV.
While stars are taking days off around the NBA, @Jharden is not: "Mike (D'Antoni) knows not to come at me with that." #Rockets
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 20, 2017
Josh McCown is heading to the Jets.
The veteran QB agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets that will pay him $6 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
McCown, who will be 38 when the season begins, is hardly a reason for the Jets to get excited. He passed for 1,100 yards, 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions last season with the Browns while struggling to stay healthy. The year before that he passed for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions for Clevela
Michael Phelps was in for a bit of a surprise when he ordered Starbucks on Monday.
Phelps shared an image on Instagram of three Starbucks cups, all of which had rather unique names written on them in deference to the 28-time Olympic medalist.
Interesting names on our Starbucks cups today made us all laugh #hiltonvillage
A post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Mar 20, 2017 at 11:11am PDT
The “GOAT” one is good. The “wife of GOAT” and “friend of GO
The morale of the Chicago Bulls appears to be at all-time low, and the sentiment is even bleeding over to their head coach.
Fred Hoiberg called the team’s current chase for a low playoff seed “miserable” on Monday, per Mark Schanowski of CSN Chicago.
Fred Hoiberg says current playoff chase isn't "fun". Calls it "miserable". Kind of sums up battling for 7-8 seed.
— Mark Schanowski (@MarkSchanowski) March 20, 2017
The Bulls are currently 33-37 (10th in the Eastern Co
Kristaps Porzingis was not buying into the New York Knicks.
Porzingis admitted that he felt early on that, while the Knicks had talent, something wasn’t right and the team was going to struggle.
“I think it was pretty easy to tell from the inside that we’re not that good of a team,” Porzingis said Sunday, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “We can win games based on our talent, but it’s not going to last long. [We needed] more work, attention to details, t
A piece of footage that helped authorities identify the man who allegedly stole Tom Brady’s game-worn Super Bowl jersey was released on Monday, and it shows just how bold the thief may have been.
Jay Glazer obtained the video for FOX Sports 1, and the reporter explained how a credentialed member of the media was shown walking into the locker room not far behind New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and later leaving with something tucked under his arm.
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The NFL Competition Committee is reportedly likely to advance a proposal that would ban players from trying to leap over the defensive line on field goal and extra point attempts, much to the chagrin of at least one player.
Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner criticized the proposed ban, saying that he enjoys doing it — and he thinks the fans like it as well.
@SiriusXMNFL @Kam_Chancellor they shouldn't. It's fun jumping, I think the fans like it too
— Bobby Wagner (@Bw
Tim Tebow is going to continue to get plenty of playing time within the New York Mets organization, and fans won’t have to pay a whole lot to watch him play this spring.
The Mets announced on Monday that Tebow will be assigned to the Columbia Fireflies, the team’s low Class-A affiliate in South Carolina. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said having Tebow play every day is the most important thing for the former NFL quarterback.
"Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able ...
The NCAA has denied forcing a sports writer to delete a video of Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall’s wife that went viral during Sunday’s NCAA Tournament game.
Drew Franklin, who writes for the Wildcats fan site Kentucky Sports Radio, shared a short clip on Twitter of Marshall’s wife Lynn going crazy during Kentucky’s 65-62 win over the Shockers. When Lynn realized she was becoming an internet star, she tried to get Franklin removed from the game.
According to the
The person allegedly responsible for the theft of two Tom Brady Super Bowl jerseys may have a rather extensive history of doing so to other teams and players as well.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Monday that authorities believe the Brady thief may have also stolen Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s helmet and cleats after Super Bowl 50 last season.
Wow … Per @JayGlazer, authorities believe same guy who took the Brady jerseys may have taken Von Miller's helmet/cleats at
LeBron James doesn’t think anything can be done about players resting during the grind of an NBA season.
James, who was one of those who sat out Saturday’s Cavaliers game against the Los Angeles Clippers, said that while he understands the complaints, he doesn’t think there’s much the league can do, writing it off as a simple necessity.
“I don’t think the NBA can do anything about it,” James said Sunday, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “At the end of
Reports continue to indicate that talk of Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders is very real.
According to Peter King of the MMQB, a West Coast source said Lynch “really wants to play for the Raiders” and feels his foundation could do great things in the Bay Area.
King says the Raiders want Lynch at a renegotiated price, and Seattle — who still hold his current rights — would likely wind up releasing him. King does expect them to eventually let him go, as not doing so ri
If Marshawn Lynch does end up coming out of retirement after taking a season off, the Oakland Raiders are apparently the only team he is interested in playing for.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media was told by a source that the possibility of Lynch returning to the NFL is “realer than it’s ever been,” but the Oakland native would only play for his hometown team.
2 tidbits on Marshawn Lynch: 1. Source on un-retiring says it's "realer than it's ever been" … 2. It's #Raiders...
Rajon Rondo is planning a big party to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Boston Celtics’ 2008 NBA title, and one prominent member of the team is not invited.
Sorry, Ray Allen.
Rondo told ESPN’s Marc J. Spears that he is putting together a vacation with his former Celtics teammates, and the consensus from the 2008 squad was to not reach out to Allen.
“I asked a couple of the guys. I got a no, a no head shake,” Rondo said.
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The NFL has confirmed that not one, but two, of Tom Brady’s stolen game-worn Super Bowl jerseys have been recovered by NFL Security with the help of law enforcement officials.
In a statement released on Tuesday, a league spokesperson said both jerseys were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.
“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jers
The first weekend of NCAA Tournament play has come to a close and if you can piece together the pieces of your ripped up bracket, it's easy to see how much mayhem we witnessed in just four days.
In four days we lost a number one seed and two number two seeds. Teams perceived as possible champions are flying home this weekend empty-handed, while others have re-affirmed themselves as contenders to cut down the nets in Phoenix. We'll be able to catch our breath until the games resume on Thurs...
South Carolina had the perfect Twitter response after upsetting Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
Following their 88-81 win over the Blue Devils that sent them to their first Sweet 16 in school history, the school’s official Twitter account responded to a USA Today article that dismissed them.
Here’s the article that came after Villanova lost on Saturday:
Duke's path to the Final Four looks ridiculously clear with Villanova's loss. https://t.co/T7ivac3...
Sports fans all have their favorite teams and therefore do not agree on much, but one thing that is pretty universal is a shared hatred of Duke among non-Duke fans. That’s just the reality.
So when Duke loses as they did to South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, you know they are going to fall victim to the memes.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Here’s a look at them, beginning with this memed photo:
"Who closes a Ralph Lauren store before 9pm
Not too long ago, Torii Hunter Jr. was catching passes as a wide receiver at Notre Dame. On Sunday, he was playing in a spring training baseball game.
Hunter played in nine games for the Fighting Irish last year, catching 38 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. He was also drafted by the Angels during the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Instead of continuing to play football, Hunter has decided to pursue a baseball career.
Hunter has been part of the Angels’ mino
Baylor’s basketball team advanced to Sweet 16 with a second-round win over USC in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, and they decided to include a reporter in their celebration.
truTV’s Dana Jacobson conducted a postgame interview with Baylor’s team, and when it concluded, Baylor coach Scott Drew grabbed the mic and explained that the team was going to mess up the reporter’s hair as part of a continued tradition.
“Last time we went to the Sweet 16 we had Craig Sager, a
Mark Cuban is generally good for a few entertaining quotes throughout the season, and he provided one on Sunday about the reigning NBA MVP.
Cuban was asked about Stephen Curry’s younger brother Seth, who is in his first year with the Mavericks after signing as a free agent last offseason. Instead of speaking about the younger Curry, Cuban took the opportunity make a funny comment about Seth’s older brother — the Golden State Warriors star.
Mark Cuban on #Mavs G Seth Curry: "I
Former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark made a shocking revelation on Sunday night, sharing that he has ALS.
Here is what the 60-year-old tweeted:
I wanted to share some unfortunate news: I have ALS. — Dwight Clark (@DwightC87) March 20, 2017
Clark issued a statement at that link in which he says he started feeling weakness in his left hand in Sept. 2015 and began undergoing testing after that. He described his current symptoms and says he suspects football playe
It didn’t take long for the recently fired Tom Crean to hear from another school regarding its head coaching position.
Last week, Crean was relieved of his duties by Indiana, where he had been since 2008. After going 27-8 last season, and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Hoosiers were just 18-16 this season. They finished 7-11 in Big Ten Conference play.
Earlier this month, after an also disappointing season, LSU fired head coach Johnny Jones and has not yet found a r
Arkansas came up short in their upset effort against North Carolina on Sunday, losing 72-65 to the Tar Heels in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. If a call or two towards the end of their game had gone their way, things could have been even closer.
First came this play with 1:18 left in the game and the Heels up 66-65. Daryl Macon missed a 3-pointer and the refs ruled the ball was North Carolina’s after it went out of bounds. However, a replay showed Macon’s shot was tipped a
You got the sense that after Wichita State talked some trash about Kentucky the day before the teams met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament that there was no way the Wildcats would lose the game. And even though the Shockers put up a good fight, Kentucky prevailed.
After the 65-62 win, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox said Wichita State’s pregame trash talk motivated the Wildcats.
De'Aaron Fox says the trash talk "lit a fire under us"
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) Ma
The NCAA made a writer delete a video he posted of Gregg Marshall’s wife going crazy during the Kentucky-Wichita State NCAA Tournament game on Sunday, though Marshall’s wife ended up kicked out of the game.
Kentucky Sports Radio’s Drew Franklin, who, yes, as you probably guessed, writes for a Kentucky fan site, shared on Twitter a video of Marshall’s wife Lynn going crazy during the game. The video went viral and reached Lynn, who then tried to get the credentialed Frank
Bam Adebayo’s mother gave a great interview after Kentucky beat Wichita State 65-62 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
You may recall that prior to the game, Wichita State talked a little trash, with Darral Willis Jr. saying that Adebayo would be shut down on the boards.
That wasn’t the case at all, as Bam had 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. That led his mom to give this funny interview:
Bam Adebayo's mother, Marilyn Blo