Clemson QB Lawrence leads AP preseason All-America team
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team, and he has two teammates from the top-ranked Tigers with him on the first team. Lawrence, the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years, was joined on the first-team offense by Clemson running back Travis Etienne in the list released Tuesday and presented by Regions Bank . Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was a first-team selection on defense.
Report: Lakers working out Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah, Marreese Speights and interested in Marcin Gortat
by NBC Sports on August 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm
What will the Lakers do at center after DeMarcus Cousins’ injury? Marreese Speights and Marcin Gortat are also seemingly in the mix. Sources: Lakers planning individual workouts to evaluate centers Joakim Noah, Dwight Howard and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles.
American teen Anisimova out of US Open after father’s death
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 4:15 pm
American teenager Amanda Anisimova’s representatives say she will not play at the U.S. Open because of the recent death of her father. A statement from her family members issued Tuesday says they are ”shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our father. Anisimova was coached by her father, Konstantin.
Beckham Jr.: Giants sent me to Cleveland ‘to die’
by Reuters on August 20, 2019 at 3:49 pm
Beckham was acquired by the Browns for the Nos. The San Francisco 49ers were among other known suitors, but general manager Dave Gettleman opted for the deal with Cleveland. Not long after the trade, Beckham took to Twitter to agree with a fan who was upset the Giants didn’t give Beckham a proper goodbye after five years with the franchise.
Najee Harris finally gets to be Alabama’s primary runner
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm
Najee Harris has been a presence in Alabama’s backfield since he arrived as one of the nation’s top recruits. Harris had to wait his turn behind Damien Harris and eventual first-round NFL draft pick Josh Jacobs the past two seasons before becoming the Crimson Tide’s primary tailback. Alabama fans and those who watched the past two national championship games already have an idea what Harris can do – even beyond his occasional hurdling of defenders.
Devin Booker didn’t like being double-teamed during pickup game: ‘I get that s— all season’
by Yahoo Sports on August 20, 2019 at 3:32 pm
Devin Booker couldn’t believe he was getting doubled in a pickup game.
Yankees sign Trevor Rosenthal
by NBC Sports on August 20, 2019 at 2:08 pm
The New York Yankees have signed free-agent reliever Trevor Rosenthal to a minor-league contract. That according to Andersen Pickard, whose report was subsequently confirmed by Jon Heyman. Rosenthal was recently released by the Tigers, where he pitched in ten games, totaling nine innings, allowing eight runs of which seven were earned.
Sorry Browns, you just got the Sports Illustrated cover jinx
by Yahoo Sports on August 20, 2019 at 1:36 pm
An offseason of hype and good feelings has culminated in this for the Cleveland Browns: They’re on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s NFL preview issue. The infamous SI cover jinx has been a fun narrative for decades. For the uninitiated, there is a long history of teams and players suddenly going into a slump or suffering an injury or any other malady once they make the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Justin Thomas on his equipment, the most unusual thing he keeps in his golf bag and what he’s learned from Nick Saban
by Golf Digest on August 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm
When you’re offered a few minutes to chat with Justin Thomas about equipment, you take it. After his victory at the BMW Championship, Thomas spoke about his clubs, what number golf ball he never uses and his relationship with Alabama football coach Nick Saban. Thomas also discloses the most unusual thing he keeps in his golf bag.
Why Tua Tagovailoa thinks he needs to ‘admit defeat’ to improve this season
by Yahoo Sports on August 20, 2019 at 7:01 am
Sunday nights this fall, Tua Tagovailoa will be at his desk, iPad in front of him, notepad to his right, ready to dive in. There probably will be a bag of dill pickle-flavored sunflower seeds to keep him company, but otherwise this is some quality alone time devoted to the next defense the Alabama quarterback will face. Sunday night is overview night, with the grinding over the details of specific plays and situations set to begin Monday and continue throughout the week.
Raiders rookie RB Jacobs flashes in brief preseason moment
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 6:18 am
Rookie Josh Jacobs flashed in what figures to be the only series he plays in the entire preseason for the Oakland Raiders. Once the regular season starts, Jacobs could carry a much heavier load as the Raiders are hoping he can be the three-down featured back that has been missing of late on Oakland’s offense. The Raiders did that for the first drive last week in Arizona after holding Jacobs out of the preseason opener and the results were promising.
Reality Check: Why your Top 25 team could tank in 2019
by The Associated Press on August 20, 2019 at 6:17 am
Only two preseason No. teams have failed to be in the final rankings (USC in 2012 was the last). The Tigers have history and, more importantly, Trevor Lawrence on their side.
Warriors’ Steph Curry amazed by Andre Iguodala’s stellar drive off tee
by NBC Sports BayArea on August 20, 2019 at 4:27 am
Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry became inseparable almost instantly when Iggy joined the Warriors after the 2012-13 season. Curry made headlines in the golf world Monday when he announced he will be helping restart Howard University’s men’s and women’s golf programs for the next six years. Hopefully, Curry can find some new teammates to hit the course with him after Iguodala’s departure and Klay Thompson’s ACL injury.
Broncos rookies Drew Lock, Noah Fant appear to escape serious injury vs. 49ers
by Yahoo Sports on August 20, 2019 at 3:46 am
X-Rays on Drew Lock’s throwing hand reportedly came back negative after the rookie QB left Monday’s game early. Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock was slated to get some extended playing time in the second half of Monday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. The initial report doesn’t show significant damage, with MIke Klis of 9 News in Denver reporting that X-rays came back negative.
Sharks’ biggest threats to winning Stanley Cup: 2021 NHL Expansion Draft
by NBC Sports BayArea on August 20, 2019 at 1:51 am
Editor’s Note: Now that the Blues and Capitals have gotten off the Stanley Cup schneid, there’s arguably no NHL franchise more “due” to win a cup than the Sharks. This week, NBC Sports California will examine the five biggest threats to San Jose’s championship aspirations in the relatively near future. In less than a month, the Sharks will convene for training camp, marking the beginning of another pursuit of the elusive Stanley Cup.
Ryan: Where could Matt DiBenedetto be heading next season in Cup?
by NBC Sports on August 20, 2019 at 1:51 am
But thanks to the trigger-happy Twitter thumbs of team owner Bob Leavine, it’s known that a scenario has been discussed in which DiBenedetto could spend a season in Xfinity before returning to Cup in 2021 (when the Gen 7 car is expected to make its debut). DiBenedetto has been careful to avoid burning any bridges (he immediately thanked LFR and its team members in postrace interviews). Richard Childress Racing: Daniel Hemric’s contract with the team is through 2020, but he has sent signals he isn’t certain of being kept (Xfinity champion Tyler Reddick will need a Cup ride to stay at RCR).
Julian Edelman’s return from NFI list strengthens a suddenly imposing Patriots receiving corps
by Yahoo Sports on August 20, 2019 at 12:50 am
Last week, Braxton Berrios sat atop the New England Patriots depth chart at wide receiver. Julian Edelman will take back his spot at the top of that list after being removed from the non-football injury list and reporting to practice on Monday. Add that to the news of Josh Gordon’s reinstatement and the upside of first-round rookie N’Keal Harry in the mix, and life after Rob Gronkowski doesn’t look all too bad for Tom Brady and the Patriots’ passing game.
Cubs option David Bote to Triple-A Iowa
by NBC Sports Chicago on August 20, 2019 at 12:18 am
David Bote signed a 5-year contract with the Cubs at the beginning of the year, but he is headed to Triple-A Iowa. Bote joins Ian Happ, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. as notable Cubs position players to be sent to Iowa. Bote’s production isn’t as bad as the other three.
Yankees announcer Michael Kay ‘scared’ his return won’t last after vocal cord surgery
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 11:59 pm
Yankees TV announcer Michael Kay “scared” his return won’t last after vocal cord surgery. New York Yankees TV play-by-play announcer Michael Kay made his return on Saturday after taking six weeks off following surgery that removed a nodule from his vocal cords. Kay called two of the Yankees’ games against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium on the YES Network, his first appearance since June.
How D’Angelo Russell impressed Warriors GM Bob Myers with his maturity
by NBC Sports BayArea on August 19, 2019 at 11:53 pm
When the Warriors acquired All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell from the Nets in a sign-and-trade this offseason, general manager Bob Myers knew much more about the player than the person. Myers knew his team was acquiring someone who can score in a hurry. He knew Golden State was getting a crafty lefty that can dish it and drain shots from deep.
Denny Hamlin hopes teams don’t shoot selves in feet with pit guns
by NBC Sports on August 19, 2019 at 11:00 pm
But Hamlin isn’t taking anything to chance, particularly some of the smallest details – such as loose lug nuts and wheels. Hamlin appeared Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “On-Track” show and was asked about how not only his team, but also other Cup teams, can overcome the loose lug nuts and wheels issues. Hamlin said a significant part of the problem – particularly at a place like Bristol Motor Speedway – is pit guns, which are allocated and issued in a pre-race lottery by NASCAR, rather than have teams use their own guns.
Fantasy Draft Stock Report: How to attack questionable pricing in wide receiver market
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 10:49 pm
STOCK UP (I like more than ADP) Will Fuller (My Rank=WR20 vs. ADP=WR31) Fuller has been a clear fantasy WR1 whenever he and Deshaun Watson have both been healthy. While no doubt a big injury risk, pushing his ADP outside WR30 seems harsh, so I’m splitting the difference with my rank. It’s a Houston team with a narrow target tree, and Fuller’s range of outcomes features a scenario in which he goes absolutely nuts should DeAndre Hopkins go down.
Report: Patriots releasing Ryan Allen
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on August 19, 2019 at 10:45 pm
Ryan Allen should have seen the writing on the wall when the Patriots used a fifth-round draft choice on Stanford’s Jake Bailey. Allen’s six-year career in New England is over, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. The team has informed Allen of his release.
Northwestern’s fascinating QB battle: Ex-Clemson 5-star recruit vs. ex-Pro Bowl QB’s son
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 9:45 pm
Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was asked about how much has changed with his program since the last time his football team entered August without knowing its starting quarterback, which was four years ago. The Wildcats undoubtedly have been a success story under Fitzgerald, who enters his 14th season as their head coach. No wonder Fitzgerald has turned down overtures from more blue-blood football factories and even parried mild NFL head-coaching interest for now.
Observations from Eagles-Ravens joint practices: Thorson shines; Rodgers lost to injury
by NBC Sports Philadelphia on August 19, 2019 at 8:58 pm
It was an extremely hot day at the NovaCare Complex on Monday afternoon, but tempers didn’t flare between the Eagles and Ravens at their first of two joint practices. That doesn’t mean tempers won’t flare tomorrow. Anyway, the temperature was around 91-92 degrees with a real feel of around 100 when practice began at 1:30 p.m.
Dana White: Security wanted to remove Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 241
by MMA Weekly on August 19, 2019 at 8:47 pm
UFC president Dana White talks about how security wanted to remove Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal from the crowd at UFC 241. Masvidal had apparently been edging closer to Covington throughout the night and it nearly boiled over, something that White would rather do without.
Daniel Cormier apologizes to family, coaches and fans for ‘let down’ loss at UFC 241
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 8:36 pm
Daniel Cormier feels like he let down his family, coaches and fans after losing to Stipe Miocic at UFC 241. Two days after the fight, Cormier apologized to all those groups in a post on Instagram. In the post, Cormier said he was disappointed and sad about the loss.
Ian Poulter on Ryder Cup pressure, overzealous fans, and why Rory McIlroy’s Medinah cop car is in his driveway
by Golf Digest on August 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm
Ian Poulter is one of the greatest performers in Ryder Cup history. An avid car collector, Poulter’s prized possessions are his custom Ferraris, but the vehicle sitting in his Orlando driveway that draws the most attention is a 2005 Ford Crown Victoria. If you watched this past week’s BMW Championship at Medinah, you probably saw the famous clip of Rory McIlroy being escorted by a cop to the 2012 Ryder Cup just in time for his Sunday singles match.
How closer Edwin Diaz went from MLB saves leader to bullpen liability
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 7:17 pm
With each hit, walk, and homer, the aura of invincibility that once surrounded Edwin Diaz has eroded, turning a former relief ace into a giant question mark. Diaz, who saved 57 games in 2018, is no longer superhuman. The Mets know it.
Peter King predicts three teams in the NFC West that can make deep playoff runs this year
by NBC Sports Northwest on August 19, 2019 at 7:05 pm
The NFC West division has been two teams for some time now. Since the 2013 season, the Seattle Seahawks or Los Angeles Rams have won the division five out of six times. Russell Wilson and the rowdy 12th man up North have proved it be a tough road victory for any visiting team.
Josh Gordon’s return making other Patriots wideouts nervous? ‘Shouldn’t be’
by NBC Sports Boston on August 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm
FOXBORO – Josh Gordon was in the Patriots locker room on Monday. His stall was situated between those of Ben Watson and Maurice Harris, two away from Tom Brady. The big-bodied receiver was hard to miss, even with dozens of reporters in the room for the first time this summer.
Tight end Eric Saubert was caught off guard by trade to Patriots
by NBC Sports Boston on August 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm
If you predicted earlier this summer the New England Patriots would acquire former fifth-round pick Eric Saubert from the Atlanta Falcons, you’d be a liar. Speaking to the media Monday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, Saubert admitted he was caught off guard last Monday when he found out the Falcons had traded him to New England. Saubert said he met with Bill Belichick shortly after his arrival and told the Patriots head coach he’s willing to contribute in any way possible.
NBA rookie survey: Carsen Edwards, Grant Williams among biggest draft steals
by NBC Sports Boston on August 19, 2019 at 5:13 pm
The Boston Celtics didn’t have a top-10 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. But they may have gotten some quality bang for their buck. That’s according to the NBA’s annual rookie survey, in which first-year players field several questions about their peers, including which rookie they believe was the “steal” of the draft based on where he was selected.
Justin Fields officially named starting QB at Ohio State, Oklahoma tabs Jalen Hurts
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 4:22 pm
Two pieces of news that seemed inevitable are now official: Justin Fields is Ohio State’s starting quarterback and Jalen Hurts is now Oklahoma’s starting quarterback. Ryan Day, entering his first season as OSU’s head coach, announced Monday that Fields, the high-profile transfer from Georgia, will lead the offense when the Buckeyes open the season against Florida Atlantic in Columbus. Fields beat out Gunnar Hoak, a graduate transfer from Kentucky, and Chris Chugunov for the job.
2019 Fantasy Football Breakout Candidates: Rookies rule running back options
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm
Rashaad Penny, Seattle Seahawks Dalton Del Don: Chris Carson is a good running back who can break tackles, but he lacks pedigree, invites contact and has a history of health issues. Penny , meanwhile, recorded the fifth-best Breakaway% last season despite playing way overweight as a rookie (he’s now in shape). Penny is an explosive back who should be plenty busy as a receiver, and all the Carson positivity during August just makes the draft price more reasonable for the back in Seattle with far more upside.
It’s Time for Colin Kaepernick to Move On
by National Review on August 19, 2019 at 3:48 pm
Kaepernick almost never says anything. Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, when anyway he was merely the disappointing starter on its worst team, and given that dozens of quarterbacks have entered the league since then and that he’s been gathering rust like the Tin Woodman for three years, he obviously is never going to play in the show again. A handy rule of thumb when you’re trying to get a job is “don’t fire off a lawsuit against your potential employer.” Kaepernick settled out of court with the league in February, and that’s that.
Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt announces he has multiple sclerosis
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 3:31 pm
In a letter published to his team’s website Monday morning, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt shared he was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. Blatt, 60, wrote the letter via his Greek club, Olympiakos. He said he was diagnosed a few months ago with the autoimmune disease, which damages the central nervous system and causes disruptions in information sent from the body and brain.
Pete Rose, Goose Gossage decry the state of baseball: ‘It’s the home run derby every night’
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm
As you might expect, neither of them enjoy where the game has gone, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. “I can’t watch these games anymore,” Gossage said. Rose wasn’t as frustrated, though he also mentioned the home run derby.
Stricter rules and a little public shaming will go a long way to address slow play
by Golf Digest on August 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm
In 1994, playing his final U.S. Open, Arnold Palmer had a late tee time for the first round at Oakmont. More than five hours later, with the sun fading fast, Palmer and fellow competitors John Mahaffey and Rocco Mediate finally walked off the 18th green. “I couldn’t believe how long it took us to get around the golf course,” Palmer said.
2019 All-Upside Team: Time to trust Fournette
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm
Liz Loza reveals the players at each position she thinks could outperform their ADPs, leading with Jameis Winston and Leonard Fournette.
Braves OF Acuna contrite after benching
by Reuters on August 19, 2019 at 4:35 am
Atlanta Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. learned Sunday that he is not bigger than the team. Braves manager Brian Snitker pulled Acuna from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 21-year-old All-Star failed to run out a hit in the third inning. Acuna stood at the plate and watched what he believed was a two-run homer, but the ball stayed in the park, and he was held to a single.
Seahawks vs. Vikings highlights | Preseason Week 2
by NFL Highlights on August 19, 2019 at 3:27 am
Watch the highlights from the preseason Week 2 game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. Watch this game on FOX
Holton Hill ejected for brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on Paxton Lynch
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on August 19, 2019 at 3:18 am
With 3:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, Hill lowered his head to initiate contact with scrambling Seahawks quarterback Paxton Lynch. Hill hit Lynch squarely in the head. In #SEAvsMIN, [Hill] was penalized by on-field officials for unnecessary roughness and disqualified from New York for late and forcible contact to the head of the sliding quarterback,” the NFL’s supervisor of officials, Al Riveron, explained in a tweet.
Instant Analysis: Poona Ford is a problem and other takeaways in Seahawks loss to Vikings
by NBC Sports Northwest on August 19, 2019 at 3:12 am
The Seattle Seahawks (1-1) fell to the Minnesota Vikings (2-0), 25-19, in Week 2 of the preseason from U.S. Bank Stadium. Russell Wilson made his preseason debut and played for two productive series. Seattle’s starting defense also played the entire first quarter with mostly positive results.
Tacko Fall’s agent: ‘If the Celtics release him, I don’t think he goes unclaimed’
by NBC Sports Boston on August 19, 2019 at 1:35 am
Tacko Fall signed with the Boston Celtics after going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. And in the two months since that occurred, the 7-foot-6 center has quickly developed into a fan favorite. After a solid performance at the Las Vegas Summer League where he showed off his excellent length and dunking and shot-blocking abilities, Fall’s potential to make the Celtics’ roster became a hot topic of discussion.
Colt McCoy injury clears way for Case Keenum to start at QB for Redskins
by Yahoo Sports on August 19, 2019 at 12:04 am
The starting quarterback battle for the Washington Redskins was supposed to be a competition between veterans Colt McCoy and Case Keenum as rookie first-rounder Dwayne Haskins continued developing. Case Keenum to start in Washington? Washington coach Jay Gruden said Sunday that McCoy’s readiness for the regular season is in doubt due to his recovery from a broken leg that ended his 2018 season.
NBA players roast Kyle Kuzma over outfit posted to Instagram (PHOTOS)
by NBC Sports on August 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm
Kyle Kuzma is going to be expected to have a big year for the Los Angeles Lakers. He thinks he can have the impact of a third star for L.A., a team that didn’t add Kawhi Leonard to go alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis this summer. That’s big talk from Kuzma, but perhaps that talk has boosted his confidence a little bit.
Wayne Rooney joins the Zlatan train and throws shade at MLS
by Yahoo Sports on August 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm
MLS players reportedly intend to make travel accommodations a sticking point in upcoming CBA negotiations. Wayne Rooney is making them a sticking point right now. The D.C. United star called out the travel headaches his team faced Sunday on Twitter: D.C. lost to the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Saturday in British Columbia, and had to fly back to the nation’s capital to prepare for a midweek visit from the New York Red Bulls.
Who’s in, who’s out: Presidents Cup qualifying comes to close at BMW
by Golf Channel on August 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm
Automatic qualifying for the Presidents Cup came to a close Sunday at the BMW Championship. The United States will be represented in Australia by Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Bryson DeChambeau.
Report: Security guard wanted $500,000, jerseys, more after Las Vegas incident with Ezekiel Elliott
by Yahoo Sports on August 18, 2019 at 6:14 pm
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not face charges after an incident with a security guard at the Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas in May, his attorney told ESPN on Sunday. Elliott and his team described those charges as an extortion attempt, and said that the security guard and his father sent their team at least 14 requests in the wake of the incident for their silence — including a demand for $500,000, according to TMZ. Kyle Johnson, the 19-year-old security guard, elected to press charges last month shortly after the NFL determined Elliott would not face punishment for the incident. According to TMZ, Johnson and his father sent Elliott’s attorney’s a large list of demands just days after the initial incident.
Here’s where each player will start on Tour Championship leaderboard
by Golf Channel on August 18, 2019 at 6:07 pm
Justin Thomas didn’t just end a lengthy victory drought Sunday at the BMW Championship. He also locked up No. in the FedExCup standings entering the playoff finale at East Lake, which means he’ll begin the Tour Championship at 10 under.