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The New York Yankees open the season with likely baseball's most accomplished injured list. Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, Jordan Montgomery and just-about-forgotten Jacoby Ellsbury all start on the sidelines. Still, the Yankees have among the most formidable lineups in the major leagues, a power plant that includes Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez.
Stephen Curry broke a couple NBA records Tuesday night and the world shrugged, perhaps because both were his own. When the Warriors closed their four-game road trip with a win at Minnesota and a 3-1 record against competition that included three teams destined for the playoffs, they had many other reasons for joy during their return flight to Oakland. Meanwhile, Curry was being Curry, providing more numbers and records to chew on.
He towers over everyone in the NHL and his reach is close enough to double that of his nearest opponent that the best you can often hope for is a good shadow boxing practice because the odds of connecting are so terribly low. Martin got exactly that when he and Chara dropped the glove just four seconds into the second period off the opening faceoff. The two exchanged rights before Chara threw a nasty, downward-directed bomb that caught Martin flush, knocking him to the ground.
After some aggressive driving early in this 2019 season from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — including his typical superspeedway daring in the Daytona 500 and a run-in with Erik Jones in Las Vegas — fellow drivers now take note of where the No. Roush Fenway Racing Ford is on the track at all times. Kurt Busch remarked as such in a tweet Monday evening.
Dustin Pedroia: Red Sox are "scared" to have me on Opening Day roster originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Dustin Pedroia can comprehend why the Boston Red Sox are placing him on the injury list to start the season. But that doesn't mean he has to agree with it. Shortly after Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Monday that Pedroia won't be on the Opening Day roster as he rehabs a knee injury, the second baseman offered his side of the story.
Editor's note: In the April issue, in the last story Dan Jenkins did for Golf Digest before his death at 90, he introduced our Greatest of All Time Invitational—The GOAT. In the May issue and online daily from March 20 through April 3, Senior Writer Guy Yocom is documenting the 30 match-play results leading to the final at Pebble Beach. To the surprise of no one, Hogan's first act upon arriving at the tee was to fix his withering “blue blades” glare upon Koepka, hoping—expecting—Koepka to slink away, intimidated.
Golden State's most recent homestand included a 33-point loss to Boston and a startling defeat to last-place Phoenix, reminding the Warriors of the work that's ahead of them to win a fourth NBA championship in five years. The Warriors passed their first challenge with a 3-1 record on this tough road trip, finishing in Minnesota with a clinic in half-court passing and shooting. Stephen Curry scored 22 of his 36 points in the third quarter and Klay Thompson pitched in with 28 points, giving the Warriors more than enough production to beat the fading Timberwolves 117-107 on Tuesday and regain first place in the Western Conference.
But even with increased touches and minutes, it still comes back to a more aggressive mindset on offense that we really hadn't seen in any of Lopez' previous NBA seasons. RoLo always had the ability to score from in close, using jump hooks with either hand, but now he's displaying spinning crossovers and up-and-under moves right out of the McHale textbook. What makes this even more amazing is the scoring spree comes right after most fans and media believed RoLo's run in Chicago was about to come to an end.
NL Central could get even tougher as Brewers enter talks with Craig Kimbrel originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com According to a tweet from MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the Milwaukee Brewers may be in the midst of making a big addition to their already dangerous bullpen. In 2018, Kimbrel posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 47 opportunities. His five wins in '18 were also tied for his career-high in a season.
In 2018, the American League East provided Word Series champions the Boston Red Sox, a second 100-win team in the New York Yankees, AL MVP Mookie Betts and AL CY Young winner Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays. The calendar may have flipped, but it is likely to be more of the same as storylines will not be hard to find from this division in 2019. Boston have a target on their back, the Yankees have taken aim with free-agent signings and a largely healthy core, the Toronto Blue Jays appear ready to turn the organisation over to their star prospects, Tampa Bay want to prove they belong in the postseason and Baltimore, well, the Orioles will play 162 games.
March in the NBA can be a bit of a gamble for fans looking to score tickets as a means to watch their favorite players play. On good teams or bad, stars are subject to rest this late in the season. Apparently one fan found that out the hard way after shelling out several thousands of dollars to see Giannis Antetokounmpo square off against LeBron James on Tuesday.
Ugly history with new teammate Antonio Brown One of those hits was a brutal helmet-to-helmet blow late in a 2016 playoff game that ended up costing Burfict three games and more than $500,000. This, of course, will provide a personnel challenge in Oakland as Brown and Burfict will now be teammates. The 2016 hit wasn't the only time Burfict went after Brown's head.
Why NFL insiders believe Raiders could be most improved team in 2019 originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com Let's get this out of the way first: The Oakland Raiders had a rough 2018 season. The Raiders went 4-12 in Year 1 of Jon Gruden's second reign as head coach but there's a reason to believe in a quick turn around, according to a few ESPN insiders. While the Cleveland Browns made arguably the marquee move of the offseason by trading for Odell Beckham Jr., the Raiders made a number of notable additions during the first stretch of free agency.
The conventional wisdom among front offices (and league observers) is that this summer Kevin Durant will leave the Warriors. He will go to a team — maybe the Knicks, maybe the Clippers, maybe someone else — where he is the dominant force to help grow his legacy. The Warriors of the last three years, the Everest nobody else in the NBA has been able to climb, will be no more.
The offseason quarterback transfer carousel is finally slowing down. Tuesday, Miami announced that former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell would be immediately eligible in 2019. With the news that Martell is going to play right away, we figured it was a good opportunity to rank the 10 most impactful quarterback transfers for the 2019 season.
Red Sox helped Jazz handle Russell Westbrook altercation with fan originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The Utah Jazz want to ensure altercations between fans and players cease to happen again at their arena, so they reached out to the Red Sox for advice. Sox prospect to help bullpen in 2019? Last week, a verbal altercation between a Jazz fan and Thunder star Russell Westbrook at Vivint Smart Home Arena sent shockwaves around the NBA.
MLB preview and predictions: How the White Sox stack up against the Detroit Tigers originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com As the 2019 season nears and the White Sox get ready to take on the rest of the American League, we're taking a team-by-team look at all 14 of their opponents. The Tigers, somehow, finished with a better record than the White Sox last season. Despite Miguel Cabrera playing in just 38 games, despite them no longer having Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer, despite them losing an identical 98 games the year prior, the Tigers did win two more contests than the South Siders in 2018.
ATLANTA — Trae Young has consistently acknowledged what a spectacular year his fellow rookie classmate Luka Doncic is having with the Dallas Mavericks. The podcast, recorded at Young's penthouse suite in a suburb of Atlanta, includes a discussion of his rivalry with Doncic — for whom he was traded, Atlanta's nightlife that can get the best of opponents on game nights, why he wasn't in the NBA 3-Point Contest, and what it was like growing up with a father, Rayford Young, who starred at Texas Tech and played basketball professionally overseas.
Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith notoriously hurled a bowl of chicken noodle soup at Cavs assistant coach Damon Jones in March 2018, earning him a one-game suspension for his actions. Best bracket wins $1M: Enter our free contest now! Printable bracket] One year later, Jones is finally opening up about the incident.
This graphic helps shows why Patriots' free-agency approach is smart originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Spending big in NFL free agency rarely translates to Super Bowl success, and the New England Patriots are well aware of that. Bill Belichick and the Patriots rarely make a huge splash when the free-agent market officially opens, and we've seen that again this year. Instead of breaking the bank and handing out massive amounts of guaranteed money to keep defensive end Trey Flowers, left tackle Trent Brown and others, the Pats decided to let them walk in free agency and look for cheaper replacements.
Cubs ripple effects after Mike Trout's monster extension originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com Want the good news or the bad news first? As Mike Trout inked a ridiculous $430 million deal Tuesday morning that will keep him in Los Angeles for the rest of his career, the baseball world went into an uproar. That move doesn't directly affect the 2019 Cubs in any meaningful way (though the Cubs host Trout and the Angels during the first homestand of the season), but the fallout will certainly drift over to the North Side of Chicago.
Mike Trout extension makes Bryce Harper deal look even better and not because of the $ originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com Just within the last month, the baseball world has seen Manny Machado sign a 10-year deal, Nolan Arenado sign an eight-year extension, Bryce Harper sign a 13-year deal and Mike Trout re-up for 12 total years. Tuesday's stunner with Trout gave Phillies fans yet another reason to love the Harper deal. Not necessarily because it's for $100 million less - Trout is the superior player and has been much more consistent year to year, so it stands to reason he'd make so much more than Harper.
Terry Rozier has the Philadelphia 76ers in his crosshairs -- with Joel Embiid as his primary target. The Boston Celtics guard already stirred the pot ahead of Wednesday's Celtics-76ers game in Philly by shushing a Sixers fan Monday night on Twitter. Here's a 30-second preview clip from Rozier's appearance on FS1's "FAIR GAME with Kristine Leahy," a 30-minute, single-guest interview show that airs Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET.
This is why I can't come out of retirement' Martellus Bennett retired after the 2017 season, his 10th in the NFL. He'd won a Super Bowl with New England the year before, and began devoting himself full-time to the Imagination Agency, his multi-media creative company. Bennett recently released his third children's book, “Dear Black Boy,” which seeks to tell young African-American boys that they can be whatever they want, even when the world sees them primarily as future football or basketball players.
Report: Contract details for Patriots' Maurice Harris, Terrence Brooks originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Surprise, surprise: The New England Patriots are spending carefully in free agency. Rather than dole out significant cash to one or two players, the Patriots' strategy to date has been to sign a handful of depth pieces at relatively low cost. On Tuesday morning, we got a look at the contract details of two such players.
Safety Jabrill Peppers is excited about last week's trade that sent him to the Giants because it allows him to return to his home state of New Jersey for the next phase of his career. Peppers will be asked to do more than trade on his status as a local boy made good, of course. Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman called him a key piece to making the Odell Beckham trade happen and he's part of the plan to replace safety Landon Collins on the Giants defense.
A tad late and likely unexpected, Eric Berry's free agent tour begins Tuesday with the Dallas Cowboys. This isn't expected to be Berry's only free agent visit, unless Dallas is offering a respectable top end safety deal out of the gate. A source familiar with the mutual interest between Dallas and Berry said Tuesday's visit will be more of a feeling out process between the two sides, centered largely on Berry's health and potential fit with the team.
The Vikings are attempting to keep backup quarterback Trevor Siemian in Minnesota. According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings are trying to re-sign Siemian to continue to serve as a backup to starter Kirk Cousins. The Vikings dealt a fifth-round pick to the Denver Broncos last March to add Siemian to their roster.
The Toronto Raptors will likely have to wait a little longer to get their entire lineup healthy at the same time. Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 12 assists for his first career double-double, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-92 on Monday night. The victory came at a cost to the Raptors, who saw guard Kyle Lowry leave in the third quarter after suffering an injured right ankle.
The most entertaining sequence of the final round of the Players Championship did not involve the eventual winner, Rory McIlroy. Instead it was a roughly 60-second back and forth between Jon Rahm and caddie Adam Hayes that resulted in Rahm dunking his second shot on the par-5 11th hole into the water, costing the Spaniard a final-round lead that was never recovered. To understand the Hayes-Rahm interplay on the 11th hole, we consulted veteran caddie Kip Henley, currently working for Austin Cook, to help unpack a crucial moment in what he calls the “mental warfare” of final-round competition.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson created some news on Friday when asked by Jimmy Fallon whether Wilson anticipates getting the “biggest contract ever.” Here's the far bigger question: Did that topic come up coincidentally, or deliberately? With Seahawks coach Pete Carroll telling PFT Live two weeks earlier that talks between the team and Wilson, whose contract expires after 2019, on a long-term deal are “ongoing,” Wilson quite possibly was making it known that the time is now to get it done, and that the goal is a dollar more than the $33.5 million per year paid to quarterback Aaron Rodgers by the Packers. Last May, PFT reported that Wilson intended at the time to resist signing a long-term deal and playing on a year-to-year basis under the franchise tag.