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Oct 1, 2022

Walk-off home run sends Mariners to postseason for first time since 2001

The longest playoff drought in North American sports has finally come to an end.

The Seattle Mariners clinched a playoff spot Friday night in dramatic fashion, earning a spot in Major League Baseball’s postseason with a walk-off win over the Oakland A’s.

Seattle catcher Cal Raleigh hit a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to clinch a Wild Card spot in the American League and send T-Mobile Park into a frenzy.

Walk-off home run sends Mariners to postseason for first time since 2001

Oct 1, 2022

UCLA upsets No. 15 Washington to remain undefeated, first 5-0 start since 2013

West Coast college football is alive and well.

UCLA upset No. 15 Washington 40-32 Friday night at the Rose Bowl to remain undefeated and move to 5-0 for the first time since the 2013 season.

Fifth-year senior quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson led the way for the Bruins, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another as UCLA gained 499 yards of offense on the night.

UCLA upsets No. 15 Washington to remain undefeated, first 5-0 start since 2013

Oct 1, 2022

Cardinals’ Albert Pujols hits home run No. 701 in final regular season home stand

St. Louis Cardinals great Albert Pujols is not done adding to his already incredible legacy.

A week after becoming just the fourth player in baseball history to hit 700 home runs in a career, Pujols hit home run No. 701 in front of his home crowd at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pujols’ 701st home run came in the bottom of the fourth inning on a 1-2 pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Johan Oveido in the final regular season home stand of Pujols’ career.

Cardinals’ Albert Pujols hits home run No. 701 in final regular season home stand

Oct 1, 2022

US, Canada call on players in Russia's KHL to leave the country

North Americans playing in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League have been put in a difficult position amid calls from the U.S and Canadian governments for them to leave the country because of the war in Ukraine.

The Canadian government has advised its citizens to leave Russia while commercial means are still available, cautioning anyone holding a Russian passport could be subject to call-up for mandatory military service. Earlier this week, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued the same security alert for Americans in Russia, urging them to leave.

US, Canada call on players in Russia's KHL to leave the country

Oct 1, 2022

Ime Udoka made crude remarks that led to yearlong suspension: report

A significant factor into Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka's yearlong suspension was his crude language with a female staffer prior to beginning a relationship with her, according to a new report.

Udoka's dialogue was deemed especially concerning coming from someone of such power in the organization.

Not only is Udoka suspended for the 2022-23 season, but the law firm probe finding will make it harder for him to be reinstated after the season.

According to ESPN, the relationship was the primary finding and policy violation of the independent law firm probe the team commissioned.

Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck said last week that the suspension came following a monthslong investigation.

Ime Udoka made crude remarks that led to yearlong suspension: report

Sep 30, 2022

NBA announcer Mike Breen's home destroyed in fire

Longtime NBA announcer Mike Breen's home was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.

The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department arrived at the home at 4:03 a.m. Sunday and "encountered a fully involved house fire."

Breen has been ESPN's No. 1 NBA play-by-play announcer since 2006, calling every NBA Finals since then.

NBA announcer Mike Breen's home destroyed in fire

Sep 30, 2022

College Football Playoff expansion: Commissioners work toward 12-team format during hours-long meeting

The conference commissioners who manage the College Football Playoff met for almost seven hours Tuesday to work on expanding the postseason system from four to 12 teams as soon as the 2024 season.

There is still much work to be done. "We will not wrap up this week," CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said.

The CFP management committee, comprised of 10 conference commissioners and Notre Dame's athletic director, is scheduled to convene again at the Big Ten offices for a few hours Wednesday morning. They are set to meet again in person in Dallas on Oct. 20.

College Football Playoff expansion: Commissioners work toward 12-team format during hours-long meeting

Sep 30, 2022

Dolphins' Mike McDaniel reiterates Tua Tagovailoa had no prior head injury, calls incidents ‘unrelated issues’

The Miami Dolphins have received lots of backlash since quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered head and neck injuries Thursday in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Many observers suggest Thursday's injuries were related to Sunday's hit in a game against the Buffalo Bills that led to the QB wobbling to the turf.

Head coach Mike McDaniel defended his handling of the injuries after the game.

On Friday, he was confident that Sunday's and Thursday's incidents were "unrelated events" in an emotional meeting with the media.

Dolphins' Mike McDaniel reiterates Tua Tagovailoa had no prior head injury, calls incidents ‘unrelated issues’

Sep 30, 2022

Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa discharged from hospital, initial tests negative for broken bones: report

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was released from the hospital Thursday night with head and neck injuries, and his initial test results came back "negative" after being slammed to the ground in a terrifying scene against the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a report.

The Dolphins announced late Thursday that Tagovailoa would be flying home with the rest of the team after being discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

A league source told CBS Sports on Friday that the third-year quarterback traveled back in a neck brace and that initial tests were "negative, nothing broken." He is reportedly set to undergo further MRI testing.

Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa discharged from hospital, initial tests negative for broken bones: report

Sep 30, 2022

Tua Tagovailoa replays after Dolphins star's head injury leads to Amazon criticism

Tua Tagovailoa left the Miami Dolphins’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals after taking a scary hit in the second quarter.

Tagovailoa was slammed to the ground and landed on his back and neck. He was seen with a fencing response for a few seconds after he was hit. The fencing response is described as an action when a person’s "arms often go into an unnatural position" after a traumatic brain injury like a concussion, according to Health Line.

Tua Tagovailoa replays after Dolphins star's head injury leads to Amazon criticism

Sep 29, 2022

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson take on sumo wrestling legend Hakuho Sho in Japan

There’s no question that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are two legends on the basketball court.

But when it comes to sumo wrestling? Not so much.

The pair of Warriors stars were put to the ultimate test on Thursday in Japan when they squared up opposite renowned yokozuna Hakuhō Shō, who owns five world records in the sport of sumo wrestling.

First up was Curry, who was outweighed by the 45-time top division sumo champion by about 165 pounds.

Steph Curry, Klay Thompson take on sumo wrestling legend Hakuho Sho in Japan

Sep 29, 2022

Home of longtime Knicks, ESPN announcer Mike Breen destroyed in enormous fire

The Long Island home of Mike Breen, longtime play-by-play announcer for the New York Knicks and ESPN's NBA coverage, has been destroyed in a huge fire.

The news was first reported by TMZ. The Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department, which later confirmed the fire to TMZ, reported to Breen's home at 4:03am to find a "fully involved" house fire. The fire department posted a photo on Instagram which shows the entire structure engulfed in flames.

Breen and his family (as well as their dogs) were not in the house at the time, and were unhurt. He asked his friend and fellow New York broadcaster Michael Kay to talk about the fire on Thursday and pass on some information.

Home of longtime Knicks, ESPN announcer Mike Breen destroyed in enormous fire

Sep 29, 2022

Browns DE Myles Garrett cited for speeding after scary rollover crash

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been issued a citation for speeding and failing to control his vehicle in the one-vehicle rollover crash he was in earlier this week. The citation was issued in court on Thursday by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, who say that Garrett was driving at a speed that wasn't safe for that type of roadway.

Garrett and a passenger were traveling away from the Browns practice facility in his Porsche on Monday afternoon when the crash occurred. According to the crash report, Garrett was driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone when his car drove off the west side of the roadway, struck a ditch and a fire hydrant, then rolled over several times before coming to a stop.

Police bodycam footage of the accident was released on Tuesday. It shows Garrett sitting on the roadside being evaluated by what appear to be firefighter medics. His battered car is just behind him. He identifies a few areas of injury concern, namely his bicep, and then walks to the ambulance. The passenger appears to be lying on the ground nearby while being tended to by another medic.

Browns DE Myles Garrett cited for speeding after scary rollover crash

Sep 29, 2022

PGA Tour files countersuit against LIV Golf as legal battle intensifies

The PGA Tour filed a countersuit against the LIV Golf Invitational Series this week, accusing the new Saudi Arabian-backed league of trying to induce top golfers to breach their contracts with the Tour by claiming that the Tour couldn’t enforce them, according to The Associated Press’ Doug Ferguson.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the Tour’s response to the amended lawsuit filed by LIV Golf and others in northern California.

The Tour said that LIV Golf wants courts to invalidate its regulations “with the stroke of a pen” after promising golfers hundreds of millions of dollars.

“This case is not about unfair competition — if anyone is competing unfairly, it is LIV, not the Tour,” the Tour said in the claim. “Instead, it is a cynical effort to avoid competition and to freeride off the Tour’s investment in the development of professional golf.”

PGA Tour files countersuit against LIV Golf as legal battle intensifies

Sep 29, 2022

Buccaneers tell NFL they will play at home in Week 4 despite Hurricane Ian

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers informed the NFL they will play at home in Week 4. The team released a statement Thursday, saying it will be ready to host the game despite Hurricane Ian making landfall in Florida on Wednesday.

The Buccaneers sent "thoughts and prayers" to those severely impacted by the storm. The team said Tampa Bay was spared major damage, allowing the team to still host the game at Raymond James Stadium.

A portion of the team statement read:

"We have informed the NFL, after consulting with local and state agencies, that we are ready to play Sunday night's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium as originally scheduled."

The Buccaneers will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of Super Bowl LV.

Buccaneers tell NFL they will play at home in Week 4 despite Hurricane Ian

Sep 28, 2022

NFL reportedly has possible backup stadium for Chiefs-Bucs if Hurricane Ian is issue

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady spent part of Monday preparing not for the Chiefs but for Hurricane Ian.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday that Hurricane Ian could cause a storm surge 9 feet above ground in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, along with winds that could reach 110 mph and rainfall of 10 inches to 15 inches. Isolated areas receiving as much as 20 inches of rain.

Tampa International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will stop all commercial flights on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Hurricane Ian could reach landfall near Tampa sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Ahead of a “Sunday Night Football” game against the Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium, Brady and the Buccaneers are moving practices to the Miami Dolphins facility, according to the Times’ Rick Stroud. They won’t be alone, as their families will be joining them.

NFL reportedly has possible backup stadium for Chiefs-Bucs if Hurricane Ian is issue

Sep 28, 2022

Suns star Deandre Ayton said he hasn't spoken to coach Monty Williams after Game 7 fallout

Deandre Ayton and Monty Williams, it seems, are still on rocky footing.

Ayton hasn’t spoken with his head coach since they got into an argument during the Phoenix Suns' final game last season, the star center said Tuesday.

He was quick to answer when asked about Williams, too.

“I haven’t spoken to Monty,” Ayton said definitively. “I haven’t spoken to him at all. Ever since the game.”

Now that training camp is underway, that’s going to change soon. Ayton, though, didn’t seem interested in having that conversation.

“I can show him better than I could tell him,” Ayton said.

Suns star Deandre Ayton said he hasn't spoken to coach Monty Williams after Game 7 fallout

Sep 28, 2022

Aaron Judge remains stuck on 60 after 4 walks; Yankees clinch AL East over Blue Jays

Nobody wants to give up No. 61.

After doing his best Barry Bonds impersonation all season, Aaron Judge is getting the full Bonds treatment with history on the horizon. The Yankees slugger walked four times in five plate appearances against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday and remains one home run shy of tying Roger Maris for the single-season AL record of 61.

But the Yankees certainly don't mind. For now, at least. Judge came around to score twice in a 5-2 New York win that clinched the AL East over the division rival Blue Jays. The championship is the first for the Yankees since 2019 and their second since 2012. Judge and his teammates marked the occasion with champagne while his chase for history remains on ice.

Aaron Judge remains stuck on 60 after 4 walks; Yankees clinch AL East over Blue Jays

Sep 28, 2022

Jameis Winston, Michael Thomas not present for Saints practice

The Saints are already across the pond to prepare for the season’s first international game against the Vikings.

But a few key players were not on the field for practice — including QB1.

According to multiple reporters on the scene in England, quarterback Jameis Winston, receiver Michael Thomas, and offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk all were not present during the portion of practice open to media.

Andy Dalton took the first-team reps at quarterback. And Taysom Hill — who has mainly played tight end this season — took second-team reps.

Jameis Winston, Michael Thomas not present for Saints practice

Sep 28, 2022

Game report says Chris Jones used “disturbing language” that has “no place in professional football

More details inevitably are emerging regarding whatever Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones said to Colts quarterback Matt Ryan to draw a flag that extended a drive that otherwise would have been ending with a punt.

Per a league source, the post-game report from referee Shawn Smith said that Jones used “disturbing language,” and that there is “no place in professional football” for it.

Smith penalized Jones for unsportsmanlike conduct. The source says that Smith, in hindsight, believes he also should have referenced taunting.

Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1(c) specifically includes the use of “baiting or taunting acts or words that may engender ill will between teams” within the definition of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Still, it’s hard to understand how it was taunting and/or unsportsmanlike conduct without knowing what Jones said. Jones won’t reveal what he said; but why should he have to be the one to do it? If he’s going to be penalized not for actions that anyone watching the game could see but words that only Smith and maybe a few others could hear, it should be for the entity that threw the flag to disclose what was said, with something more detailed than it was “disturbing.”

Game report says Chris Jones used “disturbing language” that has “no place in professional football

Sep 27, 2022

Noted U.S. Mountaineer Missing in Nepal, and Avalanche Wreaks Havoc

A noted American ski mountaineer, Hilaree Nelson, is missing after apparently falling into a crevasse on Monday while attempting to ski down a peak in Nepal.

Also on Monday, an avalanche lower down the same mountain, Manaslu, killed at least one person and injured 14, some critically, on a separate expedition, according to Nepal’s tourism department.

On Monday morning, Ms. Nelson and her climbing and romantic partner, Jim Morrison, stood atop Manaslu, the world’s eighth-tallest peak.
“Summit success!” they shouted, crying, hugging and taking photos with their three Sherpa guides, who used a satellite phone to share the good news with Jiban Ghimire, owner of Shangri-La Nepal Trek, the outfitter that organized their expedition.

Noted U.S. Mountaineer Missing in Nepal, and Avalanche Wreaks Havoc

Sep 27, 2022

Giants’ Promising Start Fades Under Cowboy Pressure

One drive late in the fourth quarter Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys summed up the state of the Giants perfectly. Trailing by 7 with about seven minutes remaining, Daniel Jones threw two of his best passes of the night, but his receivers, Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay, dropped them.

The drive stalled at the Giants’ 22-yard line, and KaVontae Turpin’s punt return put the Cowboys in position for a 44-yard field goal, essentially sealing the contest, which finished as a 23-16 Dallas victory.

“You can’t let these things linger, just like you can’t let a win linger,” the Giants’ first-year coach, Brian Daboll, said in a postgame news conference. “To ride the roller coaster, there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs throughout the year with any team.”
The optimism that had surrounded the Giants’ first 2-0 start since 2016 quickly turned to frustration as the game opened with a sloppy first half. Both teams missed field-goal attempts, and the game went into halftime with the Cowboys ahead, 6-3. Dallas receiver CeeDee Lamb also dropped a potential touchdown pass.

Giants’ Promising Start Fades Under Cowboy Pressure

Sep 27, 2022

'It's been hell for us': Ime Udoka put Boston Celtics in no-win situation

After the Boston Celtics launched an investigation into their head coach and before he was suspended for the 2022-23 NBA season as a result of their findings, Ime Udoka met with reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart and "a couple" of his teammates in Los Angeles to discuss their championship pursuit.

"That's why it seems so off guard to us," Smart said, "because everything seemed so normal."

No NBA coach has ever been expelled so abruptly before a season that carried such high expectations, and we have no idea how Celtics players will respond to the sudden change at the top of their coaching staff. They don't know, either. The one thing we can say with some certainty is that they are shell-shocked, and the person most responsible for building the trust that led them to the 2022 NBA Finals has broken it.

And how did they find out? "S***, on Twitter, like everybody else," said rising Celtics star Jayson Tatum.

"I found out the same as everyone else," added teammate Grant Williams.

'It's been hell for us': Ime Udoka put Boston Celtics in no-win situation

Sep 27, 2022

Browns' Myles Garrett hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries sustained in rollover car crash

Star defensive lineman Myles Garrett was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries sustained in a single-car rollover crash after practice, the Cleveland Browns confirmed Monday.

The team didn't initially provide further details on Garrett's status.

“Myles Garrett was involved in a one-car accident this afternoon after leaving the practice facility," the Browns said in a statement. "He suffered non-life threatening injuries, was transported to a local hospital and we are in the process of gathering more information.”

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Garrett was discharged from the hospital on Monday night, but he will be undergoing additional tests in the near future.

Agent: Garrett 'alert and responsive'

Garrett's agent Nicole Lynn released a statement Monday evening confirming the crash.

"While we are waiting to learn the extent of his injuries, he has been alert and responsive," the statement reads. "The Garrett family would like to thank the medical personnel that got Myles and his passenger out of the vehicle and safely transported to the hospital."

Browns' Myles Garrett hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries sustained in rollover car crash

Sep 27, 2022

Memphis, Penny Hardaway avoid serious penalties in NCAA's James Wiseman probe

The Memphis men's basketball program and its coach, Penny Hardaway, have avoided serious penalties in the NCAA investigation into the recruitment and eligibility of James Wiseman.

In the report released on Tuesday, the NCAA's Independent Resolution Panel (IRP) hit Memphis with three years of probation and a $5,000 fine for several Level II and Level III NCAA violations. Harsher punishments could have included a postseason ban for the program or a suspension for Hardaway.

The 18-month investigation mostly centered on James Wiseman, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, selected by the Golden State Warriors. He attended Memphis from 2019-20, but had ties to the school several years earlier through Hardaway. In 2017, Hardaway gave Wiseman's family $11,500 to help them move from Nashville to Memphis. While Hardaway wasn't the Memphis head coach at the time, he was a booster with close ties to the program.

Memphis, Penny Hardaway avoid serious penalties in NCAA's James Wiseman probe

Sep 26, 2022

Bucs meeting to discuss what Packers might have learned from Jumbotron video

After the Buccaneers failed to score on a two-point conversion at the end of Sunday’s 14-12 loss to the Packers, Aaron Rodgers said he spotted something on the Jumbotron that he passed along to Green Bay coaches before the play.

Rodgers didn’t divulge what he saw beyond that it was something “they probably shouldn’t show.” On Monday, Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles was asked about Rodgers’ comment and said that there would be a meeting later in the day with operations staff to discuss what happened.

Bowles said he does not currently know what the screen was showing when Rodgers was watching.

Bucs meeting to discuss what Packers might have learned from Jumbotron video

Sep 26, 2022

Quinnen Williams, Jets assistant coach nearly come to blows on sideline

All is not well on the New York Jets’ sideline.

Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams nearly came to blows with assistant coach Aaron Whitecotton during Sunday’s game against Cincinnati Bengals.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman immediately stood up and started yelling in Whitecotton’s face. The defensive line coach responded, escalating the incident to a screaming match.

Several defensive lineman, including Solomon Thomas and Nathan Shepherd, quickly inserted themselves to separate the two.

Quinnen Williams, Jets assistant coach nearly come to blows on sideline

Sep 26, 2022

As U.S. wins Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods caddies for son in career round

Tiger Woods wasn’t on hand at Quail Hollow this past week, but he still made an impact on the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

From making his own pairings suggestions and joining team meetings virtually to watching the action on television and even calling U.S. captain Davis Love III during the actual competition, Woods has retained some duties, though unofficially, from his victorious 2019 captaincy.

As U.S. wins Presidents Cup, Tiger Woods caddies for son in career round

Sep 26, 2022

Browns' Garrett in accident, injuries not life-threatening

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett did not suffer life-threatening injuries after he was involved in a one-car accident following practice Monday.

The team said Garrett was taken to a hospital, but did not give any specific details about his injuries or condition. The Browns said they are gathering more information.

Browns' Garrett in accident, injuries not life-threatening

Sep 26, 2022

Texas Tech upsets No. 22 Longhorns in wild overtime win

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Trey Wolff kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime, lifting Texas Tech over No. 22 Texas 37-34 after the Red Raiders overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the second half but let a lead slip away in the final seconds Saturday.

Texas' Bijan Robinson fumbled on the first play of overtime, and Donovan Smith led the Red Raiders to the 1-yard line before Wolff's winning kick in the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Fans of Texas Tech (3-1, 1-0) thought they had their first home win over Texas since Michael Crabtree's last-second catch 14 years ago when Wolff kicked a 45-yarder for a 34-31 lead with 21 seconds left in regulation.

Texas Tech upsets No. 22 Longhorns in wild overtime win

Sep 24, 2022

LeBron James seeks out NCAA eligibility for another sport

Lakers star LeBron James is one of the best, and arguably the best, basketball player of all time.

But that's not stopping him from continuing to explore his future in other sports.

James was once a star football player in high school, having even been recruited by the University of Notre Dame. His 1,160 receiving yards in his junior year are still the second-most in the school's history.

He even considered playing in the NFL during the NBA lockout in 2011, and was offered contracts by the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

LeBron James seeks out NCAA eligibility for another sport

Sep 24, 2022

No. 5 Clemson survives comeback against No. 21 Wake Forest in double overtime

It took two overtimes to do it, but No. 5 Clemson held off a comeback from No. 21 Wake Forest on the road, taking home a 51-45 victory.

It was Clemson's 14th consecutive win over the Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest got the ball first in overtime, and on 3rd and 3 from the eight-yard line, Sam Hartman threw his sixth touchdown of the day, this one to A.T. Perry, to give Wake a 45-38 lead. Needing a touchdown to keep the game alive, DJ Uiagalelei found Beaux Collins for a 25-yard score on 3rd and 10, and the PAT kept the game alive.

No. 5 Clemson survives comeback against No. 21 Wake Forest in double overtime

Sep 24, 2022

Missouri loses overtime game to Auburn in agonizing fashion

There are painful losses and then there are losses that make you question everything.

For fans of the Missouri Tigers, Saturday was as painful a loss as you’ll see in college football.

Missouri had two chances to beat Auburn on Saturday and blew both opportunities, losing to Auburn 17-14.

With three seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game tied at 14-14, Missouri lined up for a 26-yard field goal attempt. Kicker Harrison Mevis went wide-right, sending the game into overtime.

Missouri loses overtime game to Auburn in agonizing fashion

Sep 24, 2022

Brett Favre 'continued to press' for state funds knowing they could be illegal: Report

Months after being informed by then Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that a misuse of state welfare funds could be illegal, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre "continued to press" for them.

Favre sought out funding for a $6 million volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi and wanted to request an additional $3.8 million for programs at the facility. Favre's daughter played volleyball at the school.

Brett Favre 'continued to press' for state funds knowing they could be illegal: Report

Sep 24, 2022

Albert Pujols hits 700th home run, becoming fourth player in MLB history to reach feat

There is a new member of baseball's 700 home run club.

Albert Pujols blasted the 700th home run of his career on Friday night, becoming the fourth person in MLB history to accomplish that feat.

He joins Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714) as the only players in the 700 home run club.

He also hit his 699th earlier in the game. Pujols hit his 499th and 500th in the same game, too.

Albert Pujols hits 700th home run, becoming fourth player in MLB history to reach feat

Sep 23, 2022

Roger Federer loses final match paired up with Rafael Nadal

It's the end of an era in tennis.

Roger Federer played his final match Friday night at the Laver Cup in London, losing a doubles match paired up with Rafael Nadal as part of Team Europe.

The two legends teamed up against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock, who beat them, 4-7, 7-6, 11-9.

Both Federer and Nadal shed tears as the crowd gave the former a rousing ovation and he mouthed "Thank you."

Roger Federer loses final match paired up with Rafael Nadal

Sep 23, 2022

Laver Cup 2022: Climate change protester storms the court, lights arm on fire

Just hours before tennis great Roger Federer was set to play his final match ever at the 2022 Laver Cup, a match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was halted on Friday after a British protester stormed the court and lit his arm on fire to protest the use of private jets.

A man wearing a T-shirt that read "End UK Private Jets" ran onto Center Court at the O2 Arena in London where he proceeded to light his arm on fire.

Laver Cup 2022: Climate change protester storms the court, lights arm on fire

Sep 23, 2022

Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims he and Conor McGregor will face off in 2023 boxing match

Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims that he will enter the ring in 2023 for a rematch with Conor McGregor.

The two first fought in Las Vegas in August 2017. The fight went 10 rounds, with Mayweather coming out on top with a TKO.

The details of the 2023 fight are still in the works, but according to Mayweather, the plans are almost set. Mayweather spoke with Sportsmail about the potential fight.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims he and Conor McGregor will face off in 2023 boxing match

Sep 23, 2022

Celtics' suspension of head coach Ime Udoka follows ‘thorough investigation,’ team owner says

The Boston Celtics held a press conference one day after suspending head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-2023 NBA season for "violations of team policies."

Udoka reportedly had a consensual relationship with a female staffer within the Celtics organization.

Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck and President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens were present at the press conference.

Celtics' suspension of head coach Ime Udoka follows ‘thorough investigation,’ team owner says

Sep 23, 2022

NCAA hands LSU football 1-year probation for former coach's recruiting violation

The NCAA placed LSU’s football program on one year of probation Thursday after determining that former offensive line coach James Cregg violated recruiting restrictions during the 2020 football season.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found that Cregg violated restrictions against in-person contact with prospective recruits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided improper inducements to a recruit.

The committee also issued a three-year "show cause" penalty against Cregg, meaning his own recruiting activities would be restricted for that period if he were hired by another NCAA member program.

NCAA hands LSU football 1-year probation for former coach's recruiting violation

Sep 22, 2022

NCAA places LSU football on probation, accepts self-imposed penalties over recruiting violations

The NCAA placed LSU's football program on one year of probation and issued a three-year show cause against a former assistant coach, who it says admitted to meeting with a prospect and giving him team gear during a COVID-19 recruiting dead period.

The Tigers said they fired offensive line coach James Cregg for cause in June 2021 after he admitted violating NCAA rules. On August 25, a Louisiana judge awarded him nearly $500,000, after ruling that LSU had terminated his contract without cause. At the time, the university said it planned to appeal the judge's ruling.

In addition to the probation, LSU had already self-imposed a $5,000 fine, a one-week prohibition in recruiting communication and unofficial visits, and reductions in official visits and evaluation days.

NCAA places LSU football on probation, accepts self-imposed penalties over recruiting violations

Sep 22, 2022

Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger Among Potential Buyers for Suns, per Report

As Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver prepares to depart his position as owner of the two teams, four people have reportedly emerged as potential buyers for the Suns’ franchise.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, former Disney CEO Bob Iger, ex-Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Wizards minority owner Laurene Jobs—the widow to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs—are expected to be in the running to become the next owner of the franchise.

Sarver announced earlier Wednesday that he has begun the process of “selling” both Phoenix-based teams. More than a week ago, the NBA suspended Sarver for one year and a $10 million fine from a league investigation into workplace misconduct.

Jeff Bezos, Bob Iger Among Potential Buyers for Suns, per Report

Sep 22, 2022

Utah student arrested for allegedly making nuclear bomb threat if football team lost

A student at the University of Utah was arrested Wednesday after police said she allegedly threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor on campus if the football team lost to San Diego State this past weekend.

The 21-year-old woman allegedly posted "threats of violence" on an app called Yik Yak before the game, according to KSL.com. Police said the student had knowledge of a nuclear reactor on campus and took classes in the same building where the reactor is located.

The student wasn't bluffing about the presence of a reactor — one has been housed in the university's engineering building since 1972. However, the reactor is very small compared to others around the world. It's only about the size of a microwave oven, according to a 2011 article from the Deseret News. It also only generates enough power to heat the thousands of gallons of water its immersed in, according to Utah professor Gary Sandquist.

Utah student arrested for allegedly making nuclear bomb threat if football team lost

Sep 22, 2022

Suns and Mercury Owner Plans to Sell Teams Amid Scandal

Bowing to what he called an “unforgiving climate,” Robert Sarver said Wednesday that he planned to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury amid public pressure after an N.B.A. investigation found that he had mistreated team employees for years.

It was a swift turnabout for Sarver, who seemed determined to hold onto his stakes in both basketball franchises after the N.B.A. last week fined him $10 million and suspended him from team operations for one year. According to the investigation’s report, Sarver had engaged in more than a decade of workplace misconduct, including using racial slurs, making sexual remarks and treating women inequitably.

But following the punitive measures, Sarver — and the N.B.A. — faced mounting public pressure to levy a harsher punishment for behavior N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver had described as “beyond the pale.”
In a statement Wednesday, Sarver said his one-year suspension would have given him time to “make amends and remove my personal controversy” from the teams that he owns.

Suns and Mercury Owner Plans to Sell Teams Amid Scandal

Sep 22, 2022

Celtics turn to Joe Mazzulla as interim head coach after Ime Udoka suspension

When newly hired Celtics coach Ime Udoka traveled to Tokyo for the 2021 Olympics, he leaned heavy on Joe Mazzulla, the only holdover from Brad Stevens’ on-the-bench coaching staff, to hold the fort back in Boston.

Mazzulla had coached Boston’s summer entry that year and used his familiarity with the core of the team to ease the transition to a new coach.

Now, with Udoka’s possibly suspended for the entire 2022-23 NBA season, the Celtics will again lean on Mazzulla. ESPN reported Thursday that Mazzulla will serve as interim coach in Udoka’s absence for violating team policy.

The 34-year-old Mazzulla interviewed for the Jazz opening in June before Utah hired fellow Celtics assistant Will Hardy for that post. Mazzulla was expected to make the jump to one of Udoka’s lead assistants this season and, instead, he’ll get the keys to the coaching car.

Celtics turn to Joe Mazzulla as interim head coach after Ime Udoka suspension

Sep 22, 2022

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces potential suspension for violating team policy

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing a significant punishment for a consensual and intimate relationship with a female team staffer in violation of a team policy, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive topic.

ESPN published a report Wednesday night that said the relationship is considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines, according to sources. Disciplinary action that could include a suspension that could be announced as early as Thursday, and ESPN reported a season-long suspension has been discussed but his job isn’t “believed to be in jeopardy,” according to the sports web site.

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces potential suspension for violating team policy

Sep 21, 2022

Aaron Judge reaches 60 homers, sparking game-winning Yankees rally as he moves into Triple Crown position

Aaron Judge pushed into truly elite home run territory with his 60th blast Tuesday night, hitting a solo shot to lead off the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The home run brought the Yankees within three after a rough night for the New York bullpen, and the rest of the lineup stepped up after him. Anthony Rizzo, Gleyber Torres and Josh Donaldson reached against Pirates closer Wil Crowe and Giancarlo Stanton followed with a walk-off grand slam.

Judge is now just one deep ball shy of tying fellow New York Yankees slugger Roger Maris' American League record for homers in a season, 61. Judge is just the sixth player in MLB history to crush 60 homers in a season. No one has reached this threshold since Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa in 2001.

In what could only be a side story for Judge this year, he also took over the American League lead in batting average, putting him in position to win the Triple Crown.

Aaron Judge reaches 60 homers, sparking game-winning Yankees rally as he moves into Triple Crown position

Sep 21, 2022

NFL sends warning letter to Bruce Arians, Buccaneers

The decision to impose a one-game suspension on receiver Mike Evans was only part of the league’s reaction to Sunday’s brouhaha between the Bucs and the Saints. The NFL also had a message for the team and former head coach Bruce Arians.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL sent a warning letter to Arians and the Buccaneers in the aftermath of Sunday’s incident.

Arians was properly in the bench area generally, but he was clearly in the white stripe reserved for officials, players, and coaches during the altercation. He also was clearly involved in the verbal aspect of the kerfuffle.

The specifics of the warning aren’t known at this point. Presumably, the Buccaneers face potential penalties during the game, and Arians faces potential discipline in the form of a fine or possibly even a banishment from the bench area. Regardless, it likely won’t get to that.

NFL sends warning letter to Bruce Arians, Buccaneers

Sep 21, 2022

Floyd Mayweather says he will fight Conor McGregor again in 2023

Floyd Mayweather confirmed Wednesday morning to the Daily Mail that he is negotiating another fight with Conor McGregor for 2023. The terms of the fight are still being discussed but Mayweather said he'd prefer the bout to just be an exhibition fight rather than an actual boxing match.

"I am not into fights where I am going to take any real punishment," he reportedly told the Daily Mail. "So, guys like Conor McGregor and guys that don't really hit hard such as YouTubers or UFC guys, I don't really mind colliding with those kinds of individuals but nothing where I am going to put myself in a position where I am going to harm myself or hurt myself."

Mayweather, 45, retired from boxing for the third time after he beat McGregor on Aug. 26, 2017, by TKO in. 10 rounds for his 50th career win. He has never lost a professional fight. Mayweather has also fought in several exhibition matches since his retirement – most notably against internet personality Logan Paul in 2020. He'll face MMA fighter and YouTube celebrity Mikuru Asakura in Japan on Sunday.

Floyd Mayweather says he will fight Conor McGregor again in 2023

Sep 21, 2022

Jalen Hill, former UCLA men's basketball player, dead at 22

Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill has died. He was 22 years old.

Hill’s father George Hill initially announced his death in an Instagram post on Tuesday. He wrote that Hill went missing in Costa Rica and that the family recently learned of his death. He did not provide further details.

“Our hearts are shattered and completely broken to inform family and friends that our beloved son, Jalen has passed away,” George Hill wrote on Instagram. “Jalen went missing while in Costa Rica and we have recently learned of his passing.

“We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people. We also acknowledge the role that so many of you have played in his.

“We realize that many will have questions but we are unable to share any details at this time. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives, we ask that you please give us time to grieve.”

Jalen Hill, former UCLA men's basketball player, dead at 22