Jevan Snead, ex-Ole Miss quarterback, dies in Texas at 32
by The Associated Press on September 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm
Jevan Snead went to Mississippi to rekindle a promising football career that had stalled at Texas. By the time he left the Rebels, with a year of eligibility remaining, he ranked among the most prolific passers in school history. Snead was found dead in Austin, Texas, on Saturday night by officers responding to a call about a deceased person near downtown.
Report: Miami to take wait-and-see approach to season before talking Chris Paul trade
by NBC Sports on September 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Chris Paul reportedly wants to join the Miami Heat, teaming up with Jimmy Butler. Miami likes Chris Paul the player but is less fond of giving up good picks to get him, and really doesn’t want to take on the full three-years, $124 million left on CP3’s contract. It looks like Paul will enter the season as the veteran leader and mentor of a young Oklahoma City team, while Miami is going to take a wait-and-see approach, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.
MLB Power Rankings: September 23
by Yahoo Sports Videos on September 23, 2019 at 6:34 pm
Check out our weekly edition of MLB Power Rankings from Yahoo Sports’ own Mike Oz.
Chiefs’ Mahomes continues to evolve as an NFL quarterback
by The Associated Press on September 23, 2019 at 6:26 pm
The Kansas City Chiefs faced a crucial third-and-long with just under two minutes to go, clinging to a 33-28 lead over the Baltimore Ravens and hoping to put the game away. Mahomes dropped back to pass, looked left and lured the entire defense that direction, then flicked the ball the other direction. Backup running back Darrel Williams had slipped out the back side and was open, taking the screen pass for a first down and clinching the Chiefs’ 3-0 start.
Former Texas Tech star Andre Emmett murdered in Dallas shooting
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 5:19 pm
Former Texas Tech star and NBA player Andre Emmett was murdered in his home city of Dallas on Monday, according to reports. Shams Charania was the first to officially report the news. Emmett turned 37 last month.
Forde-Yard Dash: Grading 10 Power Five hires, from good to bad to awful
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm
Hire date: Dec. 7, 2017. Grade thus far: F. We all know the sheer insanity of that Volunteers coaching search, and now we know the collateral damage from it. Tennessee is 6-10 under Pruitt, the third-worst record through 16 games of any coach in school history — J.D. DePree was 4-10-2 in 1905-06, and Johnny Majors was 5-10-1 in 1977-78.
Nets unveil league’s first all-gray court inspired by Brooklyn borough
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 4:45 pm
The Brooklyn Nets unveiled the league’s first all-gray court on Monday, making Barclays Center feel more like the borough it proudly calls home. The features are meant to evoke the feeling of Brooklyn and its playground courts, iconic brownstones, its “industrial vibes” and, of course, the subways, Zach Lowe wrote for ESPN after the Nets shared the news on Twitter. The gray floor is a nod to the blacktop court streets of Brooklyn and its “industrial vibe.” The league approved the idea, per Lowe, and the Nets organization worked on getting the color gray just right to come across well on broadcasts.
Buccaneers’ Shaq Barrett, whom John Elway let walk for $1 million, on pace for 40 sacks
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 4:06 pm
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a home loss to the New York Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones on Sunday, though it wasn’t for lack of effort: Jameis Winston had a solid day, receiver Mike Evans had a fantastic day and linebacker Shaq Barrett did everything he could to rattle Jones. Barrett, a free agent earlier this year who received little interest, agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with Tampa Bay and so far he’s been the steal of the offseason. Four-sack game vs. Giants The 26-year-old Barrett was undrafted out of Colorado State in 2014 and signed with the Denver Broncos.
The next Red Sox GM should build around these five players
by NBC Sports Boston on September 23, 2019 at 3:59 pm
The exercise crystallizes just what kind of challenge awaits Dave Dombrowski’s successor as the Red Sox enter a period of bridging/rebuilding that could get ugly. I wouldn’t call any of the following “untouchable” because I don’t believe in that concept. But they’re the last guys I’d want to move if I were evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the roster: Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Brandon Workman.
Ravens K Justin Tucker had the craziest onside kick attempt you’ve ever seen
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm
We have seen plenty of onside kicks through the years, and there are only a few variations. Sometimes a kicker comes up with something moderately creative, but nothing like we’ve seen from Justin Tucker on Sunday. The Baltimore Ravens kicker literally had an onside kick attempt we’ve never seen before.
Report: Don Mattingly took a pay cut to stay with the Marlins
by NBC Sports on September 23, 2019 at 2:12 pm
It was mildly surprising that the Miami Marlins gave Don Mattingly a contract extension. Teams often like to have their own man in the dugout at some point and, give that his contract was expiring, it seemed like the Marlins would want to go in a different direction. Not only was the number too high for the cost-conscious Marlins, but it also was out of line with an industry trend in which teams continue to reduce managers’ pay.
MLB Postseason Picture: It’s wild times in the wild-card races
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 2:09 pm
The most likely scenario is the other team getting the second wild-card spot, but the Cubs, Mets, Phillies and Diamondbacks are technically still alive. Here’s where everything sits entering play Monday, plus who can get eliminated and our picks for the best games to watch. Magic Number Countdown TWINS: The Minnesota Twins’ magic number to clinch the AL Central is three heading into a series against the worst-in-baseball Detroit Tigers.
31 Takes: Colorado’s long-term cap crunch a huge factor for Rantanen
by Yahoo Sports Canada on September 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm
Rantanen is currently in Switzerland skating with SC Bern as his camp negotiates a new deal with Colorado. On some level in these negotiations, it seems like there’s a need to divorce Mikko Rantanen’s success alongside Nathan MacKinnon from his overall value to the Colorado Avalanche. Reports say the Avs basically want to get the player locked in at something around $8.5-million AAV for something like six to eight years.
Tom Brady Does Something Really Stupid And Fans Go Bonkers
by HuffPost on September 23, 2019 at 1:37 pm
Leading the visiting New York Jets by 23 points in the fourth quarter Sunday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still managed to put his fans on the edge of their seats. He threw a block ― or at least he tried to. Remember, the six-time Super Bowl champion is 42 and had absolutely no need to risk harm in the rout.
Tom Brady defends Pete Carroll on Malcolm Butler pick: ‘They couldn’t have run the ball’
by NBC Sports Boston on September 23, 2019 at 12:12 pm
The Butler pick was recently named the No. 5 play of all time during a league-run poll to determine the Top 100 plays of the NFL’s first 100 years. “That to me was — unfortunately everyone made a big deal of the play call and so forth,” Brady said. “Which, the reality is, In my view, they couldn’t have run the ball in that situation because of the way our defense had designed our defensive play.
Aaron Rodgers looking for “greatness” from Packers offense
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on September 23, 2019 at 10:54 am
There was a lot to like about the way the Packers played on Sunday. They forced three Broncos turnovers while having none of their own, they didn’t allow a sack and ended the day with a 27-16 win that leaves them with a 3-0 record on the season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he was “ecstatic” about the pass protection, especially with a short week ahead of Thursday’s game against the Eagles.
Baker Mayfield urges Cleveland Browns not to hit the panic button
by Omnisport on September 23, 2019 at 8:41 am
The Cleveland Browns must not panic despite a sluggish start to the NFL season, which continued with a 20-13 defeat to Los Angeles Rams, according to quarterback Baker Mayfield. The defeat left the Browns 1-2 for the season, with Mayfield struggling to make his mark in Sunday’s encounter. Mayfield finished 18-of-36 passing for 195 yards with one touchdown and one interception and, put under pressure by the Rams’ Aaron Donald, was also sacked three times.
Fantasy football waiver wire: Giants’ Wayne Gallman among Week 4 targets
by NBC Sports BayArea on September 23, 2019 at 5:37 am
You don’t want to rush to judgment in fantasy football, but now that nearly a quarter of the fantasy regular season has come and gone, the sample size is getting large enough to make better-informed decisions. How your first three weeks have gone likely will have a determining impact on how you approach the Week 4 waiver wire. With that in mind, here are four non-quarterbacks to keep in mind for waiver claims Tuesday morning, all of whom could reinvigorate your squad and are owned in fewer than 15 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues.
Browns need to take a long, hard look in the mirror
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 4:10 am
Freddie Kitchens is reluctant to give up play-calling responsibilities, but Cleveland’s offense is stuck in neutral and needs to change gears.
Forde-Yard Dash: 8 playoff contenders have emerged
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 2:46 am
Four weeks into the season, a first flight of playoff contenders has formed — and surprise, surprise, the SEC is strongly represented.
Andre Iguodala finding it difficult to move on from time with Warriors
by NBC Sports BayArea on September 23, 2019 at 2:34 am
LAGUNA SECA – Standing in a quiet space away from the roar of IndyCar engines, Andre Iguodala is willing to share some of the stories and thoughts that have transpired in the 12 weeks since the Warriors traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies. For example: There are times, he admits, when he forgets he no longer is a Warrior, the voice of wisdom among former teammates Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, as well as coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers. Another example: There have been conversations with his new team – a buyout is not inconceivable – though he has yet to go to Memphis.
Former GM says winning a Super Bowl with Mitch Trubisky isn’t feasible
by NBC Sports Chicago on September 23, 2019 at 2:21 am
Do they have a Super Bowl quarterback under center? According to former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi, the answer is no. Lombardi penned an article for The Athletic that outlined several reasons why he isn’t a believer in Trubisky or the Bears’ chances to win a Super Bowl despite having what he described as a great defense.
Self-inflicted wounds and questionable decisions doom Seattle Seahawks in loss to New Orleans Saints
by NBC Sports Northwest on September 23, 2019 at 1:57 am
Pete Carroll called it an “unusual game” and added that the Seahawks “had a really hard time getting out of (their) own way.” Things started poorly and only got worse until a pair of garbage time touchdowns made the game appear closer than it was in reality. Seattle’s offense committed a 10-yard penalty on the first play of scrimmage that preceded a three-and-out.
Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis shuts down poorly timed Dolphins trash talk after 31-6 win
by Yahoo Sports on September 23, 2019 at 12:41 am
The Dallas Cowboys thrashed the Miami Dolphins, 31-6 on Sunday. It was a completely expected result from one of the hottest teams to start the NFL season against another team being debated as the worst in the history of the league. For some reason, Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux chose postgame to flex over beating Cowboys guard Travis Fredrick to trip up running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Yu Darvish emotional after Cubs lose another tough one: ‘I’m so frustrated’
by NBC Sports Chicago on September 23, 2019 at 12:16 am
With their postseason hopes fading by the day and the Cubs needing him most, Yu Darvish delivered on Sunday. “If you just play back the tape, it’s almost unbelievable that it turned out this way,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. Darvish was extremely emotional postgame, as evidenced by a mud stain spread across his locker resulting from an anger-laced throw of his cleat.
Taco Charlton on Jerry Jones’ criticism: It is “on me now” to prove Dallas wrong
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on September 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was not kind Friday when assessing what went into the decision to release former first-round pick Taco Charlton. “On the field, if you go three years down the line, we will get to see who is right and who is wrong,” Charlton said after the Dolphins’ loss. Charlton is right.
Top-ranked dual-threat QB Bryce Young decommits from USC, jumps to Alabama
by Yahoo Sports on September 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm
USC reached its highest point in a while Friday when third-string quarterback Matt Fink led an impressive upset of then-No. 10 Utah. Bryce Young, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2020 according to Rivals, announced his decommitment from USC on Sunday. Young had previously been committed to USC for more than a year.
Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham reacts to NFL debut, first interception
by NBC Sports Boston on September 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm
New England Patriots rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham’s NFL debut was a memorable one. Just not in the way he envisioned. The Patriots had a 30-7 lead over the New York Jets in the fourth quarter Sunday, and unlike last week against the Miami Dolphins, starting quarterback Tom Brady was pulled from the game so Stidham could get his first taste of regular season football.
Jerry Jones on Sean Payton rumors: What rumors?
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on September 22, 2019 at 10:25 pm
Sean Payton owes Jerry Jones a surcharge from his new contract. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, it came after rumors persisted about the Cowboys’ interest in Payton. Payton, a former Cowboys assistant, remains close to owner Jerry Jones, and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is in the final year of his contract.
Patriots praise ‘warrior’ Josh Gordon in gutsy performance vs. Jets
by NBC Sports Boston on September 22, 2019 at 9:59 pm
The New England Patriots suddenly found themselves thin at wide receiver Sunday against the New York Jets with Antonio Brown no longer on the roster and Julian Edelman exiting the action just before halftime with a chest injury. Someone at that position had to step up, and Josh Gordon answered the bell as the Patriots earned a 30-14 victory at Gillette Stadium. Gordon had a hard fall after going up for a catch along the sideline with the first half winding down.
Baffling Deshaun Watson blooper leads to Chargers touchdown
by Yahoo Sports on September 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm
Deshaun Watson appeared to briefly forget the rules of football on Sunday. Facing pressure from Los Angeles Chargers pass rusher Joey Bosa on a second-and-seven play from Houston’s 39-yard line, Watson looked to running back Duke Johnson for a screen pass behind the line of scrimmage. Watson throws ball into the dirt Chargers cornerback Desmond King was charging Johnson in the backfield, and Watson appeared to have second thoughts about throwing it.
Lampard explains why Pulisic is not playing
by NBC Sports on September 22, 2019 at 9:13 pm
Frank Lampard made it crystal clear as to why Christian Pulisic isn’t playing for Chelsea right now. The USMNT star was an unused substitute for the third game running, as Chelsea lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool on Sunday. Asked by Pro Soccer Talk after the game if Pulisic was a victim of Chelsea suffering three injuries to players during their defeat to Liverpool, Lampard said that wasn’t the case at all.
Lions vs. Eagles highlights | Week 3
by NFL Highlights on September 22, 2019 at 8:42 pm
Watch the highlights from the Week 3 matchup between Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. This game is streaming live on the Yahoo Sports mobile app, or on FOX
AP Top 25: Wisconsin into top 10; Cal makes big move to 15
by The Associated Press on September 22, 2019 at 8:27 pm
Auburn moved up a spot to No. after beating Texas A&M 28-20 and Wisconsin jumped five spots to No. after defeating Michigan 35-14.
How Joe Maddon, Ben Zobrist approached what could be their final game at Wrigley Field
by NBC Sports Chicago on September 22, 2019 at 8:27 pm
There was an odd vibe around Wrigley Field Sunday morning, even before it started raining and Kris Bryant slipped on first base and rolled his ankle and well before the Cubs suffered yet another gut-wrenching loss. For the first time in Joe Maddon’s tenure as Cubs manager and Ben Zobrist’s career as a Cubs player, they showed up to “The Friendly Confines” knowing there would likely be no postseason appearance for this team. The Cubs are not mathematically eliminated, but they woke up Sunday morning with just an 8.6 percent chance at making the playoffs, according to FanGraphs, and that only went down after the 3-2 loss at Wrigley Field and the Brewers’ win in Milwaukee.
Patrick Beverley reportedly gloated to LeBron James about Kawhi Leonard signing
by NBC Sports on September 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Meanwhile, we have heard all the stories about how the Los Angeles Clippers landed both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard was of course a major Los Angeles Lakers target, and it was disappointing for those in Lakerland that they didn’t land him. Of course, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley was probably pretty happy about how things went, and now we have a story to back that up.
Watch Raiders’ Vontaze Burfict seemingly try to punch Vikings players
by NBC Sports BayArea on September 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm
Things didn’t go well for the Raiders in a 34-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Oakland trailed the Vikings by two touchdowns, and would fall into a 28-7 hole by the end of the third quarter of its Week 3 tilt at U.S. Bank Stadium. Frustration seemed to come to a head for Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict, as the 28-year-old appeared to try to punch Vikings players at the end of a Dalvin Cook run.
Warriors’ Klay Thompson should sit out two years, top knee doctor says
by NBC Sports BayArea on September 22, 2019 at 7:28 pm
We’ve seen plenty of footage of Klay Thompson walking around enjoying his summer vacation, but according to one knee doctor, the Warriors star should sit out the next two years to ensure he returns to form. Dr. Tim Hewett, who consulted the Mayo Clinic and has studied the biomechanics of the knee for years, published a study that concluded athletes who tear their ACL should not return to action for two years. It’s worth noting that Dr. Hewett has not done any kind of consulting or in-person evaluation of Thompson’s injury.
Refs egregiously miss facemask penalty after Eagles’ Miles Sanders is nearly decapitated
by Yahoo Sports on September 22, 2019 at 6:59 pm
It’s a minor miracle that Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders still has his head attached after a play late in the second quarter of the Eagles’ game against the Detroit Lions. Sanders was returning a kick when Miles Killebrew tackled him from the side and nearly unscrewed Sanders’ head from his neck. The referee was practically looking right at Sanders and Killebrew as it happened, and somehow Killebrew wasn’t flagged and the game continued like grabbing a guy’s facemask is totally allowed.
Forde’s Fab Four – After taking down Notre Dame, Georgia joins the CFP picture
by Yahoo Sports Videos on September 22, 2019 at 6:53 pm
Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde reveals the four teams he thinks should be in the CFP after week four of the college football season, including a program that squeaked past Notre Dame.
AP Top 25: Michigan, Utah each drop 9 spots after losses
by Yahoo Sports on September 22, 2019 at 6:21 pm
Utah also had a big drop following a loss on the road to USC. No. last week, the Utes are now No.
Matt Cassel details how the Patriots trolled Rex Ryan for his foot fetish
by NBC Sports Boston on September 22, 2019 at 5:33 pm
Ahead of New England’s showdown with their division rival New York Jets, Cassel shared another gem about former head coach Rex Ryan’s foot fetish. During Ryan’s time leading the Jets, he made headlines feuding with the Patriots and backed it up in 2010 when New York took down New England in the Divisional round. Another story that helped define Ryan’s tenure in New York was his apparent foot fetish.
Report: Red Sox front office perceived as ‘miserable place to work’
by NBC Sports Boston on September 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm
It seems like a desirable job: the team consistently has one of the top payrolls in the league, and the franchise has won four World Series titles in the last 16 seasons. The last two men in charge of baseball operations – Ben Cherington and Dombrowski – were shown the door quickly after winning championships, and those moves are painting the Red Sox in a very bad light, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Antonio Brown’s attack on Robert Kraft guarantees a $10 million fight
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on September 22, 2019 at 3:08 pm
If there was any question as to whether the Patriots would refuse to pay on Monday the first installment of receiver Antonio Brown’s already-earned $9 million signing bonus, that question was resolved in the form of a single tweet from Brown. Brown’s impulsive, unfiltered Sunday morning tweetstorm (where have we seen those before?) included a misguided attempt to compare Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s misdemeanor solicitation charges with the accusation that Brown sexually assaulted and raped his former trainer. It was part of a what-about?-ism rant from Brown, who also cited the 2010 suspension of Ben Roethlisberger and past allegations against Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, a Brown critic.
Erik Jones becomes first driver disqualified from a NASCAR Cup race
by Autosport on September 22, 2019 at 5:00 am
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones has become the first person to be disqualified from a NASCAR Cup race under the series’ new crackdown on rules infringements. Jones – who finished 36th last weekend in the playoff opener at Las Vegas – was originally credited with a fourth-place finish on Saturday night at Richmond, part of a 1-2-3-4 finish by the JGR organisation. NASCAR said Jones’s #20 Toyota failed the optical scanning system, which measures the hard points on the car body.
Winners and Losers: There are 12 legit playoff contenders through the first 4 weeks of 2019
by Yahoo Sports on September 22, 2019 at 4:47 am
Wisconsin established itself as a contender with a drubbing of Michigan.
Cubs are living to regret Craig Kimbrel’s $43 million contract
by Yahoo Sports on September 22, 2019 at 12:19 am
Kimbrel’s last nightmare outing Kimbrel’s struggles were on full display again on Saturday, and the results couldn’t have been worse for Chicago. Tasked with protecting a one-run, ninth-inning lead in a game the Cubs absolutely had to win against the St. Louis Cardinals, Kimbrel served up game-tying and go-ahead home runs before the announcers were finished reading his stats. Two pitches.
German rusher Johnson joins Patriots, sets global milestone
by AFP on September 22, 2019 at 12:03 am
German running back Jakob Johnson was signed by the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Saturday, becoming the first player to enter the NFL through the International Pathway Program. The 24-year-old fullback from Stuttgart had been on the Patriots’ practice squad and will serve as a replacement for injured James Develin in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. The NFL’s pathway program began in 2017 to help boost opportunities to reach the NFL for players from other nations who might not have grown up playing American football.
Pitt shocks No. 15 UCF with fourth-down trick-play TD in the final minute
by Yahoo Sports on September 21, 2019 at 11:31 pm
A week ago against Penn State, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi made one of the most perplexing coaching decisions in recent memory by kicking a field goal from the 1-yard line while down seven late in the fourth quarter. This week, Pitt reached deep into the playbook to upset a team that had lost just one time in its last 29 games. On fourth-and-two from the UCF 3-yard line, the Panthers pulled out the “Pitt Special,” an homage to the famous play the Philadelphia Eagles used in the Super Bowl a few years back.
Missouri scores one of the most bizarre touchdowns you’ll ever see
by Yahoo Sports on September 21, 2019 at 10:24 pm
Missouri scored one of the more bizarre touchdowns you’ll ever see in the first quarter against South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks’ offense was backed up deep in its own territory when Ryan Hilinski threw a pass that was batted down by a Missouri defensive lineman. The ball was swatted back toward Hilinski, who attempted to knock the ball down to the turf to ensure an incomplete pass instead of a loss of yardage.
After Wisconsin embarrasses Michigan, what’s next for Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor?
by Yahoo Sports Videos on September 21, 2019 at 10:19 pm
Yahoo Sports’ Amanda Borges and Pete Thamel discuss Wisconsin’s dominant win over Michigan, Jim Harbaugh’s struggles and whether or not the Badgers could be a CFP team this year.