It all started with Russell Westbrook’s seemingly innocuous Instagram post of a cupcake display last Fourth of July.
On face value, the picture appeared to be a patriotic gesture by Westbrook, but Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated later revealed that Thunder players used to use the term cupcake to refer to someone who was soft, meaning the post was actually a jab at Kevin Durant, who had recently left the Thunder for the Warriors in free agency. Well, it turns out Durant had the last laugh.
Durant was recently photographed wearing a custom-made hat that featured a cupcake on it, with a championship ring on top, in honor of the Warriors’ 2017 NBA championship.
Redick is one of the top shooters in the league (41.5 percent from 3-point range for his career) and has the ability to stretch a defense and shift its focus off the ball. He’s an underrated defender who can cover his assignment within team concepts. He has also flashed more playmaking ability later in his career to keep defenders honest.
The Sixers and Nets are expected to make a hard push for Redick, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. He would see his offensive role open up even more on those teams, and he may average close to eight or nine 3-pointers per game.
No one is pretending Redick will transform a franchise, but he’s the best shooting guard on the market, and he could be the missing piece in some starting lineups.
Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in last weeks MLB Draft, has signed a $6.725 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, the largest deal ever signed by a high school baseball player, according to MLB.com.
While the team has not confirmed the value of the deal, the Pioneer Press reported the same $6.725 million figure, noting the club-record signing bonus was below the $7.77 million slot approved under the collective bargaining agreement.
Rose is the eighth Reds legend honored with a sculpture outside the park. Former teammates Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez, who also have sculptures there, attended Rose’s ceremony.
It’s just an honor to be on the same block with these guys, Rose said (via ESPN). This has to be the ultimate goal for any player of his or her sport.
Rose collected an MLB-record 4,256 hits during his 24-year career from 1963-1986, but he’s ineligible for Cooperstown because he bet on baseball games while he was the Reds’ manager in the 1980s. But the Reds have received MLB’s permission to honor Rose. Last year, they inducted him into the team’s hall of fame and retired his No. 14 jersey.
Saturday it was the statue.
Oh, about that headfirst slide, Rose had an interesting explanation for why he slid that way.
I think you’d have to agree that I was kind of known for being aggressive, and part of being aggressive is sliding headfirst, Rose said. And you always get your picture in the paper.
Jerome Bettis said the NFL purposefully withheld information about the risk of concussions and takes advantage of their ignorance.
The Hall of Fame running back spoke out while in Jerusalem, where he was visiting for a presentation by ElMindA, an Israeli neuro-technology company that is trying to help the NFL diagnose concussions better.
Thomas Randolph evidently purchased one, and loves the jersey so much he wants to wear it to his double-murder trial.
The Las Vegas man is accused of killing his sixth wife and then killing the hitman in May 2008. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Randolph has petitioned a Clark County (Nev.) court to allow him to wear his Romo jersey to trial. When asked why the 62-year-old man wants to wear the shirt in such a setting, public defender Clark Patrick had a simple response: Because he’s a Cowboys fan.
Opening statements in the trial were expected to begin Friday, and Randolph is expected to testify sometime later this month. His attorneys admitted to the Review-Journal the court is unlikely to grant the Romo jersey request, as the apparel would have to be processed through the jail.
Elliott’s teammate was even more of a pleasant surprise. The Cowboys drafted Prescott hoping he could develop into Tony Romo’s heir apparent. Prescott was a fourth-round pick and the eighth quarterback off the board, but he outperformed the others — including Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, the first- and second-overall picks in 2016.
Clayton Richard got the start for the Padres in Sunday’s game against the Tigers. But the best pitch Sunday at Petco Park may have come from a retired Navy officer.
Lt. Jim Downing is the second-oldest survivor of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s game.
Downing had some showmanship, too. The 103-year-old war veteran stood up from his motorized wheelchair and wound up his arm a couple of times before skipping the ball to home plate to the roar of the crowd.
For Richard and Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, it was a tough act to follow. Zimmermann surrendered a first-inning solo home run to Wil Myers as the Padres grabbed an early 1-0 lead.
Porter is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wizards can match any offer from another team. Washington would like to get a deal in place sooner rather than later, though, because matching an outside offer could become an expensive proposition.
Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported last month the Nets, Magic and Sixers will consider chasing Porter, but the Wizards don’t plan on letting him go. Porter hit career-highs in points per game (13.4), rebounds per game (6.4) and effective field goal percentage (60.8) while playing strong defense on the wing.
Keeping Porter may not come cheap, but Washington won’t blink when it comes down to deal time.
LeBron James passed Michael Jordan in career playoff scoring Thursday night against the Celtics and now has 5,995 points scored in the postseason. At 32 years old, we know James has several more playoff series in him, and that’s why Richard Jefferson believes James just made himself immortal in the record books.
Once the dust settles, and the moves are made, will it even matter? Will anyone be able to compete with the Warriors next season?
The Spurs, who seem interested in Porzingis, and have been linked with pending free agent Chris Paul, would certainly be upgraded with those two moves, but wouldn’t have the chemistry of Golden State.
The Cavs are in a tenuous state trying to balance James’ situation. Cleveland is stuck in between wondering if it should try to win now, or keep an eye on building for the future.
Boston remains the most dangerous long-term threat to Golden State with a collection of solid veterans and high draft picks. But this is a pivotal offseason for the Celtics. They need to get another star.
Rumor season is certainly fun in sports, especially the NBA these days, yet it seems as though the Warriors will still be on top once everything is figured out in the next couple weeks.
Known for his versatility, Bucannon plays a hybrid linebacker/safety role for the Cardinals and he’s been a quality playmaker for most of his NFL tenure. He wasn’t quite as prolific in 2016 and missed time with an ankle injury, but Bucannon still has lots of potential at age 24.
Rangers fans get to see a familiar face return to the mound Monday against the Indians.
Cole Hamels, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since early May, and has not made a start since April 26, has been activated after two minor league rehab starts.
Before heading to the shelf with an oblique strain, Hamels had a 2-0 record with a solid 3.03 ERA. He only had 15 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings, though.
Hamels will face off against Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 2.99 ERA) in his return.
Michael Papierski with another good rip, but that wind blew it dead center. Tigers have to be cursing the wind as they head to the bottom of the second still down 1-0.
Nick Coomes reaches after the ball stays inside the foul line. Tigers with two outs, one on base as Michael Papierski comes to the plate.
Josh Smith gets a good rip on the ball, but Austin Langworthy fields it perfectly in left center. It’s worth noting the wind is blowing heavily mph toward home plate right now.
Why he’s here: No surprises with the top spot. Judge has dominated headlines all season, and deservedly so. In fact, he’s been so very good that it’s easy to forget how much he struggled in his first taste of the bigs last year — he hit just .179 and struck out in exactly half of his at-bats (42 times in 84 ABs). He’s not going to wind up winning the Triple Crown, but the fact we’re nearing the end of June and he’s top five in all three categories speaks to his production this season.
That can go tragically wrong. One of the great all-time examples of the ills of comparison shopping goes back 15 years to Georgian big man Nikoloz Tskitishvili, the No. 6 pick of the Nuggets in the 2002 draft. Back then, Nuggets honcho Kiki Vandeweghe was enthralled with the proposition that Tskitishvili would be the second coming of Dirk Nowitzki, a skinny European teenager who, with time, would blossom into a transformative star.
He was playing in the Italian League at the time, coached by Mike D’Antoni, who had been a Nuggets front-office employee and had yet to make his mark as an NBA coach. D’Antoni told the Associated Press, He’s two or three years away. Hopefully, Denver will have some patience because he could be something special.
Tanner Ainge had been hinting on LinkedIn about a potential run, and by Monday morning, he had filed paperwork to make his bid official, the Salt Lake Tribune reported . Also, the bios on his social media accounts were changed to say candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to his career in finance, Ainge has directed the African Equity Fund non-profit. He also volunteered in campaign finance for a year of Mitt Romney’s run for president in 2008, although that is the extent of his political background.
Deeper on Ainge’s resume, he speaks five languages, studied Chinese at Cornell University and earned his law degree at Northwestern University.
LeBron James had one of his worst games ever Sunday night when the Cavs lost Game 3 to the Celtics. Speaking Monday after practice, J.R. Smith made some interesting comments regarding his teammate, saying James needs to believe in himself a little more.
He’s close to becoming first in steals and free-throw attempts, and while those records aren’t as sexy as points scored, they too could become unbreakable standards. All that said, what James is doing is unprecedented and may never be repeated.
It’s unlikely Green had thoughts of stealing Durant away from Russell Westbrook and OKC the moment he wrapped his arms around Durant after the Warriors’ narrowly escaped a 3-1 series deficit in last year’s Western Conference finals. But what we do know is by the time they joined forces as teammates on Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, they both shared something in common — they knew what it was like to lose to a fully-staffed, James-led team in the Finals.
In 2012, Durant, then flanked by a young Westbrook and burgeoning James Harden, fell in five games to James as he led Miami to the Larry O’Brien trophy for the second time. Green had been to the mountaintop. He tasted a Finals victory in 2015 when James put up historic numbers (35.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 8.8 apg) in a losing effort. Green hurt his team the next year with a suspension as the Cavs mounted a historic comeback behind LeBron’s signature Finals performance.
When Kevin Durant joined the Warriors in the offseason, everybody knew they would end up in the Finals. Now we’re here, and to no one’s surprise, Golden State reached the Finals for a third straight year and are considered heavy favorites to win it all.
Boston, an underdog in the Eastern Conference finals despite being the No. 1 seed, followed up an embarrassing 44-point trouncing in Game 2 with an inspiring 111-108 win against the defending champion Cavaliers on Sunday without its two-time All-Star floor general, Isaiah Thomas. Afterward, Stevens could’ve passed out game balls indiscriminately. Avery Bradley hit the game-winner, rolling in a 3-pointer from the wing on a beautifully executed play that left the Cavs with no time to counter. Marcus Smart had an out-of-body experience, knocking down seven 3-pointers, something he’d only done once in his career and never at a 70 percent clip. Kelly Olynyk, a hero in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, awoke from hibernation having scored a combined two points in Games 1 and 2 against Cleveland to drop 15 points off the bench.
But none of them impacted the game in quite the same way as Jerebko, a 6-10, 231-pound Swede with six years’ experience under his belt.
Jerebko, a healthy scratch in four straight games before logging 16 minutes in Game 2, was one of six Celtics to finish in double figures in scoring. He added 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field, including five in the fourth quarter, two of which came on a game-tying 22-footer from the corner with 30 Cheap Jerseys America seconds remaining to help set the stage for Bradley’s big Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China shot. Jerebko also pulled down five rebounds to go along with a block and an assist.
Andre Iguodala has been strong off the bench. He is already a plus-9 in 11 minutes and is playing tenacious defense all over the floor.
Something to keep an eye on: Golden State had eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter alone. Cleveland won’t survive if that continues.
Durant and Stephen Curry lead the Warriors with 10 points each. James has already posted 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Hey, it’s a close playoff game!
We’re right where we want to be, Kerr said. Disappointed that we didn’t play better the other night, but aware that we are playing a great team. And they were desperate, and they outplayed us. So we’re where we need to be. We would love to take care of business. We’re planning on playing a lot better (Monday), and we’ll see what happens.
There are, too, the fans. The faithful in Oakland have a bad rap around the league, and part of that goes back to that 1974 World Series. Fans in the stands bombarded Dodgers left fielder Bill Buckner with shrapnel, beginning innocently enough with streamers but graduating to an apple that hit Buckner in the back of the head and a whiskey bottle that landed near his feet.
Said Buckner: Terrible people. Most of them weren’t here all year — and now, all of a sudden, they are big A’s fans.
Such an accusation cannot be leveled against this year’s Warriors and their backers. They’ve been there all year — and beyond. Give me our fans any day, Warriors forward Draymond Green said. Love those people. It would be amazing to win it at home for them.
It’s only been 43 years.