Oct 17, 2021

MLB in talks to launch nationwide streaming service for home games without cable TV

Major League Baseball is in talks to launch a nationwide video-streaming service that would enable fans to watch their teams’ hometown games without a cable-TV subscription, The Post has learned.

The web-based service — which could address a decades-old annoyance for baseball fans that some have partly blamed for the league’s steadily declining viewership — could launch as early as the 2023 season, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations said.

Oct 17, 2021

PFT: Amy Trask 'repeatedly' reported Bruce Allen to Al Davis

Per Mike Florio: On Sunday, Allen finally found himself in the center of the bull’s-eye. Former Raiders president Amy Trask, whose long tenure with the team overlapped with Allen during eight years in Oakland (1995 to 2003), made it clear that she complained about Allen’s behavior. More than once.

Oct 17, 2021

Report: Jon Gruden may pursue litigation against the NFL over emails

Per @CharlesRobinson: A source close to Jon Gruden told Yahoo Sports that some of Gruden's confidants have suggested he explore whether he might have legal grounds to engage the NFL for damages, given that his identity in the emails was ultimately leaked by a person with intimate knowledge of the league’s investigation into the workplace culture of the Washington Football Team.

Oct 17, 2021

Report: Several players went to Jon Gruden’s house to say goodbye

Per Mike Florio: Raiders coach Jon Gruden abruptly resigned on Monday night, with no final address or farewell to the team. So some members of the team went to see Gruden.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that some players went to Gruden’s house to save goodbye to him. Glazer didn’t name names; it would be very interesting to know who did and who didn’t go.

Oct 17, 2021

MLB to require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022

Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball said on Sunday it will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022.

While MLB has yet to outline its plan formally, six team officials told ESPN they are starting to prepare to help house players across each of their four minor league affiliates.

Oct 17, 2021

Joe Rogan claims ‘corruption’ played part in Tyson Fury’s win over Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury benefitted from “error or corruption” in his thrilling knockout victory over Deontay Wilder, UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan has claimed.

Fury defeated Wilder to defend his WBC heavyweight title and complete the pair’s trilogy in an instant classic in Las Vegas last weekend.

Oct 17, 2021

Raiders' Davis believes NFL is "out to get him"; lawsuits over Gruden email leaks possible

Per Jason La Canfora: Raiders owner Mark Davis and coach Jon Gruden parted ways following the release of more offensive emails from the coach during his tenure as an ESPN broadcaster, something the owner did begrudgingly after opting initially not to punish Gruden himself despite being aware of the emails.

Davis has turned his ire toward the league office, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, becoming very emotional at the meeting in which Gruden departed and mulling potential legal options.

Oct 17, 2021

Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich in limbo as vaccine deadline is here

Per @PeteThamel: Washington State coach Nick Rolovich faces a potential crossroads in his employment status on Monday. The second-year coach is expected to find out the results of a religious accommodation request for choosing to not take the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are three potential scenarios for Rolovich on Monday, which is the state deadline for employees to get vaccinated.

Oct 17, 2021

Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes died with fentanyl and cocaine in his system

A toxicology report revealed that former NHLer Jimmy Hayes had fentanyl and cocaine in his system at the time of his death, Hayes's family told Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe.

The 31-year-old Hayes was found dead on Aug. 23, just hours after celebrating the birthday of his two-year-old son. His wife and father spoke to the Globe on Sunday, two days after receiving the report that revealed his cause of death.

Oct 17, 2021

How much will the Raiders ultimately pay Jon Gruden to leave? It depends if he wants to fight

Per @CharlesRobinson: Mark Davis still owes Gruden a lot of guaranteed money for the remaining six years of his contract. This despite Gruden stepping down last week amid a storm of controversy over racial, anti-gay and misogynistic emails he exchanged with former Washington Football Team executive Bruce Allen. How much money exactly is a matter of debate.

Oct 17, 2021

Raiders' Davis believes NFL 'out to get him' in the wake of Gruden email scandal

Paranoia has set in within the Las Vegas Raiders organization and, according to reports, owner Mark Davis believes that the NFL "is out to get him" in the wake of the Jon Gruden email scandal.

Oct 17, 2021

Italian DJ says Conor McGregor punched him and broke his nose at a party in Rome

An Italian DJ said MMA star Conor McGregor punched him and broke his nose at a party in Rome.

Francesco Facchinetti and his wife made the allegations on social media and said they were out clubbing with the star, MMA Mania reported. It was hours after McGregor and his partner, Dee Devlin, had their son baptized at the Vatican.

Oct 17, 2021

WNBPA stands against Texas abortion ban in full-page New York Times ad ahead of Game 4

The WNBA Players Association (WNBPA) is speaking out against Texas' six-week abortion ban in a full-page New York Times ad published Sunday, the same day as Game 4 of the WNBA Finals.

"Reproductive rights are human rights. Family planning is freedom," the statement reads in large letters. It comes days after the state's near-total abortion ban was put back into place following a temporary emergency stay by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Oct 17, 2021

Will the league determine who leaked portions of the WFT emails?

Per Mike Florio: The investigation of the Washington Football Team generated 650,000 emails that supposedly would be hidden from view forever. Until they weren’t.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a very small group of people had access to the WFT emails. As mentioned yesterday, Washington owner Daniel Snyder met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and a small group of owners at some point in June. Those people had access to the emails.

Oct 17, 2021

Red Wings' Zadina uses offensive term to describe Canucks player

Detroit Red Wings winger Filip Zadina used a derogatory term during a post-game press conference on Saturday.

After a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks, the 21-year-old was in the middle of commenting on a forceful hit from forward Conor Garland that sent Zadina to the ice and the Canucks winger to the penalty box, when he used an offensive term for little people.

Oct 16, 2021

Report: Raiders-Gruden settlement expected over monies owed

Per Mike Florio: In the aftermath of the resignation of Raiders coach Jon Gruden, we outlined the various factors that relate to whether he’ll receive further compensation under his supposed 10-year, $100 million deal. One possibility was a settlement of his ongoing claim to guaranteed pay.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, a settlement has not yet been reached, but a settlement is expected.

Oct 16, 2021

Woman suing Chicago Bears player Mario Edwards Jr. after alleged assault at Charlotte hotel

A Charlotte woman is suing a Chicago Bears player, the team and an off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer after an alleged assault at a Charlotte hotel.

In the lawsuit, Joann Blakney claims Bears player Mario Edwards Jr. assaulted her in a hotel room while she was pregnant.

Oct 16, 2021

Los Angeles County trying to force Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa to take psychiatric exam in lawsuit

Per @Schrotenboer: The county of Los Angeles is trying to force the widow of Kobe Bryant and other surviving family members of a fatal helicopter crash last year to submit to psychiatric examinations that could help the county prove a critical point in their legal dispute:

Did Vanessa Bryant and the others suffer emotional distress because photos of their dead relatives were shared by county fire and sheriff's department employees after the crash?

Oct 16, 2021

ARMOUR: NFL attorney must be held accountable if Goodell is sincere about protecting shield

Now we’ll see just how committed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell really is to "protecting the shield.”

Quick to hammer players who run afoul of the law or put themselves in situations that embarrass the good name of the NFL, Goodell is now faced with one of his own doing the very same thing. Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, might not have done anything illegal, but a report late Thursday by the New York Times about some of his emails certainly has brought shame to the league.

Oct 16, 2021

Chaos ensues at Tennessee-Ole Miss as fans litter field; Lane Kiffin dodges golf ball, band evacuates

Chaos took over at Neyland Stadium late Saturday night as the game between Ole Miss and Tennessee was stopped for 20 minutes as fans littered the field with trash.

In the end, Ole Miss survived the barrage of trash and a last-gasp effort from the Vols to secure a 31-26 win in Knoxville.