United States down three in Australia 3½-6½
by Rotoworld on December 13, 2019 at 2:21 pm
Day 2 score: United States 5½ International 4½ 2013 Winners USA. Day 2 score: : United States 6½, International 5½ 2011 Winners USA. Day 2 score: United States 7, International 5 2009 Winners USA.
In the End, the NFL Proved Colin Kaepernick Right
by The Atlantic on December 13, 2019 at 2:18 pm
When the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, declared yesterday that the league had “moved on” from the embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the finality of Goodell’s tone answered the question about whether Kaepernick would ever play professional football again. Kaepernick became persona non grata in the National Football League after the 2016 season, during which he protested police violence against African Americans by kneeling during the national anthem. The league then spent more than two years trying to make him go away, but seemed to relent by scheduling a workout for him last month in Atlanta.
‘Spectacular’ Doncic lauded by Mavericks coach Carlisle
by Omnisport on December 13, 2019 at 9:53 am
Luka Doncic won effusive praise from coach Rick Carlisle after starring in the Dallas Mavericks’ 122-111 win over the Detroit Pistons. The 20-year-old had a triple-double of 41 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in an NBA clash staged in Mexico City. Doncic won over the crowd after the Slovenian addressed them in Spanish ahead of Thursday’s match, then lit up the arena with a stellar display.
Ravens’ historic season culminates with several records set Thursday night
by NBC Sports Washington on December 13, 2019 at 7:59 am
What we’re still learning, however, is just how many records the offense is going to set along the way to the most prolific season in team history. The list of accomplishments this Ravens team has achieved in 2019 is long, and they added several more notable marks Thursday night against the Jets. Let’s take a deep breath and quickly run through them all.
Hassan Whiteside’s big night leaves Trail Blazers pondering
by NBC Sports Northwest on December 13, 2019 at 7:07 am
Staring off into the distance sat a Trail Blazers big man who looked deep in thought after Thursday’s game. It was Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside, sitting there with his knees wrapped in ice and both feet ankle deep in a bucket of ice – that’s the norm for the Trail Blazers 7-footer. After the Nuggets defeated the Blazers by 15 points, Whiteside sat alone looking as if he was searching for answers.
Pettersson gets lucky assist from abandoned stick on OT winner (Video)
by NBC Sports on December 13, 2019 at 6:16 am
The Vancouver Canucks received a healthy dose of it on Thursday night. Markstrom’s performance gave them a chance, but it was a stroke of good fortune and a filthy finish from Pettersson that put them in the win column. While the stat sheet will officially give the assist on Pettersson’s goal to Brock Boeser, the real assist came from an abandoned stick that previously belonged to Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin.
Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik to headline UFC Fight Night in Ohio
by MMA Weekly on December 13, 2019 at 5:39 am
Jairzinho Rozenstruik recently scored the biggest victory of his career, so he took aim at the top of the UFC heavyweight division. After defeating Alistair Overeem recently at UFC Fight Night in Washington, DC, Rozenstruik decided he was ready to enter the realm of title talk. In order to do that, he needs to take another step up the heavyweight ladder.
MLB Rumors: Red Sox agree to contract with lefthanded pitcher Martin Perez
by NBC Sports Boston on December 13, 2019 at 3:33 am
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly made another signing in MLB free agency. After signing infielder Jose Peraza to a one-year deal earlier in the day on Thursday, the Red Sox agreed to terms with Martin Perez, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. And per Rosenthal, the deal with pay Perez $6 million in the first year of his deal.
An embarrassed Rickie Fowler listens to the U.S. Presidents Cup team sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him … badly
by Golf Digest on December 13, 2019 at 2:39 am
Everyone knows Phil Mickelson’s birthday is some time in the middle of June, in part because each year during the U.S. Open, there’s video of fans serenading him at some point during the week. Rickie Fowler’s birthday is Dec. 13, a date on the calendar when there are typically no pro golf tournaments. Fowler, then, has never really had the pleasure of being properly embarrassed by a public display of an out-of-tune rendition of Happy Birthday.
AP Player of the Year: QB Joe Burrow, first winner from LSU
by The Associated Press on December 13, 2019 at 2:38 am
What figures to be an award-winning week for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is underway. Burrow was named The Associated Press college football player of the year presented by Regions Bank on Thursday in a landslide vote, making him the first LSU player to win the the 21-year-old award. Burrow, who has led the top-ranked Tigers to an unbeaten season and their first College Football Playoff appearance, received 51 of 54 first-place votes from AP Top 25 poll voters and a total of 159 points.
Amidst war or words, Smith and Reed brush shoulders in ‘love tap’
by Golf Channel on December 13, 2019 at 1:59 am
It’s been a weird few days for Cameron Smith at the Presidents Cup, and it’s had nothing to do with his play. Yes, Smith paired with Sungjae Im Friday to tie Gary Woodland and Rickie Fowler in the day’s final foursomes match, but it is his continued issues with Patrick Reed that have created drama for the Presidents Cup rookie. Last week at the Australian Open, Smith criticized Reed for his comments following a rules violation at the Hero World Challenge.
Familiar face missing as playoff coaches gather in Atlanta
by The Associated Press on December 13, 2019 at 1:59 am
A familiar face was missing as the coaches gathered Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame to discuss the upcoming playoff. For the first time since the playoff started in 2014, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide won’t be a part of it. ”They pack us in this little glass room for about 30 minutes before this,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said.
Sources: Madison Bumgarner, Dodgers have mutual interest in free agency
by NBC Sports BayArea on December 13, 2019 at 1:09 am
There is mutual interest between Madison Bumgarner and the Dodgers, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area this week, and the Dodgers met with Bumgarner’s representatives at the MLB Winter Meetings. It’s unclear if the Dodgers will satisfy the Giants ace’s salary desires, but Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the top options left on the pitching market after a shockingly active week in San Diego, and LA would like to add to its rotation. The Dodgers struck out on Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon on back-to-back days, and quickly pivoted to Bumgarner, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported.
Fantasy Basketball Stock Watch: Believe in Devonte’ Graham’s raucous start
by Yahoo Sports on December 13, 2019 at 1:05 am
He’ll cool down (he’s shooting 46.5% from deep this season, with only Harden averaging more makes per game), but he’s in a terrific situation to produce all year while on a Washington team that ranks third in Pace, last in Defensive Efficiency and is especially void of scoring with Bryant sidelined. Bertans has been one of the season’s biggest surprises, ranking top-15 in WAR while also helping fantasy managers with third-round value at a flier price. Yahoo Sportsbook powered by BetMGM: Deposit $10, Get $100 in Free Bets.
As expected, Nets release Iman Shumpert with the return of Wilson Chandler
by NBC Sports on December 13, 2019 at 1:00 am
Iman Shumpert was never the long play for Brooklyn. When Caris LeVert went out a month ago due to a ligament issue with his thumb, and with Wilson Chandler out due to his PED suspension, the Nets needed to add depth for the short term (and the league granted them a roster exception). Shumpert was the guy without a chair when the music stopped.
How N’Keal Harry can help answer what ails the Patriots passing game
by NBC Sports Boston on December 13, 2019 at 12:43 am
“We know [Harry’s] big and not easy to tackle, and like I said, I need to do a better job of finding ways to get him in space, get him the ball and letting him have an opportunity to do those things.” CURRAN: Week 15 AFC Power Rankings We highlighted earlier this week how the Patriots have struggled in the red zone this season, but their passing game has been bogged down for weeks — regardless of where they are on the field. Brady has cracked 300 yards passing just once since Week 6.
Presidents Cup 2019: Here’s why players are wearing yellow pins on their hats at Royal Melbourne
by Golf Digest on December 13, 2019 at 12:26 am
Along with the customary red, white and blue, the American team’s outfits at this week’s Presidents Cup feature a tinge of yellow. Multiple members of the U.S. and International teams are wearing the “Leuk the Duck” pin on their hats, an homage to Jarrod Lyle, the Australian PGA Tour pro who died in August 2018 after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Leuk the Duck is the mascot for Challenge, an Australian organization that supports children with cancer.
Report: Sabres’ Bogosian requests trade
by NBC Sports on December 13, 2019 at 12:15 am
With the Buffalo Sabres dealing with a logjam of defenseman, the team has been active in NHL trade rumors as general Jason Botterill tries to make a move to help address the team’s depth at forward. It is not hard to connect the dots and assume a defenseman could be the player eventually on the move. And it seems veteran Zach Bogosian might be making the decision on which one to trade a little easier.
Rumor: Paul George was indicating Pacers fans should boo Larry Bird
by NBC Sports on December 13, 2019 at 12:00 am
But the belief in Indiana is that he’s referring to Larry Bird. It’s important to reiterate: George didn’t say Larry Bird. This is other people speculating.
Watch: Thomas’ winning putt prompts double putter drop with Woods
by Golf Channel on December 12, 2019 at 11:43 pm
With the U.S. in desperate need of a spark late Friday, Justin Thomas brought the fire. All Square through 17 holes in his foursomes match with playing-captain Tiger Woods against the International duo of Ben An and Hideki Matsuyama, Thomas faced this 17-footer to win the hole and the match. Cue the double putter drop. Not done yet!
Week 15 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em
by Rotoworld on December 12, 2019 at 11:13 pm
He draws another great Week 15 spot against a Texans unit that is 27th in pass-defense DVOA, 27th in passing yards allowed, 26th in opponent completion percentage, 22nd in opponent yards per attempt, 28th in passing touchdowns allowed, 29th in opponent QB rating, 27th in adjusted sack rate, and 29th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Rookie Drew Lock just hung the QB7 day on the Texans last week with 309 yards and three touchdowns in his second career start. Tom Brady garbage-timed his way to 326 yards and three scores as the QB5 the previous week.
Giants announce changes to Oracle Park, move bullpens to outfield
by NBC Sports BayArea on December 12, 2019 at 11:10 pm
On the first day of the Winter Meetings, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi joked that Brandon Belt might often be checking his phone these days for updates on exactly how much the Giants would be chopping out of Triples Alley. On Thursday the Giants finally made their new dimensions official, with changes that aren’t all that drastic and still will keep Oracle Park as a pitchers’ park with a deep alley in right-center. It still will be difficult for left-handed hitters to yank the ball out in Triples Alley, but the Giants did change enough that offense should get a slight boost.
Joel Embiid responds to criticism from Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal: ‘Maybe they’re right’
by Yahoo Sports on December 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm
On Tuesday, Joel Embiid tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while outplaying Nikola Jokovic in a Philadelphia 76ers’ win over the Denver Nuggets. Charles Barkley was not impressed. Neither was Shaquille O’Neal.
Why Gary Payton believes Warriors’ Steph Curry isn’t true point guard
by NBC Sports BayArea on December 12, 2019 at 10:22 pm
You might think of Steph Curry as a point guard. After all, he’s short, brings the ball up the court sometimes and appears on the far left of those nifty starting lineup graphics prior to tip-off with PG next to his name. But in this age of run-and-gun positionless basketball, is Curry really a point guard?
UFC president Dana White talks UFC 245, McGregor-Cerrone and latest on Zuffa Boxing
by Yahoo Sports on December 12, 2019 at 10:12 pm
On the eve of UFC 245 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, I sat down with UFC president Dana White in his office and had a half-hour conversation about a variety of topics. We discussed the depth of the card at UFC 245, talked about why Jorge Masvidal has gotten so popular, I asked about sexual assault allegations against Conor McGregor, if he plans to do business with Floyd Mayweather and the status of Zuffa boxing. The full interview is above, but here are some highlights from our chat: Loading up on UFC 245 At 0:28, I asked White why he stacked this show with so many elite fights, including three championship fights, instead of spacing them out a bit and strengthening other cards.
Steve Kerr says Warriors struggles might be ‘kind of a good thing’
by Yahoo Sports on December 12, 2019 at 9:59 pm
The Golden State Warriors might be 5-21, but head coach Steve Kerr is looking on the bright side. After making five straight appearances in the NBA finals, some key Warriors will get a chance to rest once the playoffs come around. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — if he’s back by then — won’t have to add high-stress mileage to their legs by taking part in another grueling postseason.
Cardinals meet with Keuchel and Ryu as they look to fill out rotation, per report
by NBC Sports Chicago on December 12, 2019 at 9:52 pm
The Cardinals met with the representatives of free agent starters Dallas Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu at the Winter Meetings this week, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. St. Louis has an opening in their rotation, as longtime Cardinal Michael Wacha agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets Wednesday. They could address that vacancy internally, with candidates including Carlos Martinez, Alex Reyes, Austin Gomber and Daniel Ponce de Leon.
Amanda Nunes: ‘Germaine de Randamie is the fight of my life’
by MMA Weekly on December 12, 2019 at 9:50 pm
Amanda Nunes could be forgiven for overlooking Germaine de Randamie. After all, the UFC’s first female double-champ has beaten the same challenger before. Nunes, however, doesn’t approach the fight that way.
2019 Yahoo Daily Fantasy Week 15: A.J. Brown’s tour of destruction to continue?
by Yahoo Sports on December 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm
Week 15 of the 2019 Fantasy Football season is here, and our six experts have revealed who they would choose in their Yahoo Daily Fantasy lineups using a budget of $200. Ryan Tannehill may go down as the spark that lit up the Titans offense (with Derrick Henry as the engine), but A.J. Brown deserves some credit as the big-play element in the passing game.
Kyle Shanahan: Raheem Mostert’s “given us no choice” but to play him
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on December 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm
The initial plan for the 49ers backfield this season called for Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon to split time, but it didn’t take long for that plan to change. McKinnon went down with a season-ending knee injury during the summer for the second straight year, Tevin Coleman missed time at the start of the year with an ankle injury and Matt Breida missed time with a similar injury more recently. Raheem Mostert has played in all 13 of the team’s games and he’s now running as the team’s top back.
Experts Picks: Ominous outlook for Bears in Week 15 vs. Packers
by NBC Sports Chicago on December 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm
Entering Week 15’s game against the Packers, Chicago is 7-6 and still alive in the NFC playoff race. Those playoff chances need some help via losses from the Vikings and Rams over the final three weeks of the regular season, but the Bears need to win-out before they can start watching the scoreboard. And if this week’s collection of experts picks is any indication, scoreboard watching might never happen.
SUNDAY NIGHT 7: BILLS AT STEELERS
by Rotoworld on December 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm
Much shouldn’t be expected from the second-year athlete since Pittsburgh’s allowed merely 214.9 passing yards per game since acquiring All-Pro DB Minkah Fitzpatrick in Week 3. is the conservative selection. Most Rushing Yards?
A first for Bill Belichick: Patriots lose initial pass interference challenge
by NBC Sports Boston on December 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm
FOXBORO – Bill Belichick did something on Sunday against the Chiefs that he hasn’t done all season. With 3:07 left in the third quarter, Patrick Mahomes hit Sammy Watkins on a five-yard pass that was marked at the Chiefs 40-yard line, giving Kansas City a first down. Belichick challenged the spot, which appeared to be generous, but he challenged the ruling that tight end Travis Kelce did not interfere with Patriots corner Stephon Gilmore.
Red Sox select possible Brock Holt replacement in Rule 5 draft from Astros
by NBC Sports Boston on December 12, 2019 at 7:54 pm
The switch-hitting infielder must spend the season on the big league roster or be offered back to the Astros for $50,000. He will compete for a roster spot as a utilityman, with the Red Sox likely moving on from free agent Brock Holt. “He came to us highly recommended from our scouts and our analysts,” VP of pro scouting Gus Quattlebaum told reporters in San Diego.
by The Associated Press on December 12, 2019 at 7:07 pm
Sean McDermott remembers lining up across from Mike Tomlin and wanting to do everything he could to impress everyone watching, from the William & Mary coaches to his teammates to Tomlin himself. ”We had our battles,” said McDermott, who played with Tomlin for two seasons in 1993-94. Like McDermott during his early college days, the Buffalo Bills are the upstart in search of some street cred heading into a rare prime-time visit to Pittsburgh to face Tomlin and the Steelers.
NBA Power Rankings: Trade winds are starting to pick up
by NBC Sports Boston on December 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Though we often think about NBA trade rumors closer towards the February trade deadline, there a handful of teams that might be open to moving players they signed this past summer, moves that can be executed after December 15. Teams look to strike for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to add a talent that they think can take to another stratosphere in terms of their play, to clear salary cap space going forward, or to add what may be the missing piece for a run at the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Much of the talk surrounding the Boston Celtics and what they need to do to get better revolves around the center position.
Cubs leave Winter Meetings with a new pitcher
by NBC Sports Chicago on December 12, 2019 at 6:39 pm
SAN DIEGO – The Cubs waited all the way until the final minutes of the MLB Winter Meetings to make a move, but at least they’re not going home empty-handed. For the first time since 2014, the Cubs made a selection in the Rule 5 Draft, adding pitcher Trevor Megill. The right-hander turned 26 last week and has spent his entire professional career in the San Diego Padres system.
Tiger Woods was NOT interested in talking to Tony Finau on Sunday at the Masters, according to Tony Finau
by Golf Digest on December 12, 2019 at 6:33 pm
During his peak, Tiger Woods was a stone-cold killer. Woods was all business, all the time. Finau was in the final group at the Masters last April, playing alongside Woods and 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari.
Why Kyle Juszczyk’s wife was upset with 49ers’ Matt Breida on Sunday
by NBC Sports BayArea on December 12, 2019 at 5:59 pm
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk’s wife, Kristin, was watching the 49ers’ game Sunday on a flight from New York to the Bay Area when she saw her husband sustain an injury after catching a short pass in the fourth quarter. “Immediately when I went down, she started crying,” Juszczyk said. When Juszczyk got up following the penalized hit from New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Kristin saw something on the screen that made her direct her emotions toward 49ers running back Matt Breida.
NBA trade rumors: Teams want this asset attached to Kevin Love in potential deal
by NBC Sports Boston on December 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a rebuild and have several veteran players who could be useful pieces for a championship contender, so, naturally, they are a team to keep a close eye on before the NBA trade deadline Feb. 6. One of the hottest names in the rumor mill is Cavs power forward Kevin Love. In fact, The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd has reported that interested teams want a draft pick in addition to Love.
Bold predictions: Trubisky to deliver again
by Yahoo Sports on December 12, 2019 at 4:43 pm
Yahoo Fantasy analysts go out on some limbs this week, but that may be necessary for players in the semifinals of their leagues.
Patriots sign kicker Josh Gable, best known for his impossible trick-shot videos
by Yahoo Sports on December 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm
The New England Patriots like what they’ve seen from kicker Josh Gable … or, at the very least, they like what they’ve seen from him on YouTube. The Patriots added the 28-year-old Gable to their practice squad Wednesday. The kicker, who has never played in the NFL, is famous for his wild trick-shot videos.
Aaron Rodgers recalls Brian Urlacher’s “super-inappropriate” checks
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on December 12, 2019 at 1:08 pm
The checks he was saying were super-inappropriate,” Rodgers said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. I think it was [before] the miking up of the guards, where every single word is heard, because I promise you if that happened today, some of that stuff would’ve had to get bleeped out. One of the first times we played golf in [Lake] Tahoe, we joked about some of those checks.
Does golf have a distance problem? The ruling bodies will soon have an answer
by Golf Digest on December 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm
In August 2018, the USGA and R&A announced an investigation into distance called the Distance Insights Project. In February 2020, the governing bodies will, at long last, relay the findings The goal of the report was to understand the global picture of distance in golf, or, as the announcement said, “How distance in golf has impacted [the governing bodies] over their full golf experience, if at all, and its projected impact into the future. Though the report is likely to be thorough and offer a relatively complete picture of the landscape as it relates to distance and its impact on the game, there’s no getting around the fact that the “distance debate” really only applies to the very elite l…
The latest health concern for Celtics’ Gordon Hayward is…
by NBC Sports Boston on December 12, 2019 at 4:13 am
Hayward said he felt pretty dizzy shortly after the shot to the face, which, in part, is why he did not return to the floor in the Celtics 122-117 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday night. MORE BLAKELY – C’s-Pacers Takeaways: Kemba’s hot, Gordon’s hurt again “Because of that, I came back here and went through a concussion thing to make sure everything is OK,” said Hayward who had nine points on 4-for-8 shooting in 25 minutes. While Hayward is not in the NBA’s concussion protocol, he said he will have additional testing when the Celtics return to Boston, which creates a level of uncertainty about his status for the game Thursday night against Philadelphia.
Kyler Murray on Baker Mayfield: I would never do some of the stuff he’s done
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on December 12, 2019 at 1:49 am
The Cardinals rookie quarterback, though, doesn’t follow the Browns quarterback’s lead. “I would never do some of the stuff he’s done,” Murray said Wednesday, laughing, via Katherine Fitzgerald of the Arizona Republic. Mayfield won the award in 2017 and Murray in 2018.
Aaron Rodgers: Bears’ Brian Urlacher had ‘super inappropriate’ checks vs. the Packers
by NBC Sports Chicago on December 12, 2019 at 1:17 am
Aaron Rodgers shared some inappropriate history in the storied rivalry ahead of the team’s meeting on Sunday. On Wednesday, Rodgers was asked if he had any favorite Bears players, either from the past or one to play against. “I have a ton of respect for him,” Rodgers said of Urlacher.
Ex-Patriots CB Asante Samuel tells hilarious story involving Bill Belichick and dominoes
by NBC Sports Boston on December 11, 2019 at 10:42 pm
Asante Samuel spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in New England, where apparently he tested Bill Belichick’s patience with his locker room antics. The former Patriots cornerback took to Twitter on Tuesday to tell a funny story about how he gambled every day while with the Pats. Samuel claims he’d play dominoes after practice, much to the chagrin of Belichick, who apparently hated the game so much he stole a domino so no one could play anymore.
Eli Manning reveals why his wife made a rare trip to Philadelphia to see Monday’s game
by AOL.com on December 11, 2019 at 10:05 pm
Eli Manning’s wife, Abby, was in the building when the New York Giants played the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night. That might not sound surprising, as family members and loved ones of NFL players are often in attendance for games, and Philadelphia is a fairly short trip from the Giants’ home stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. But Abby rarely would travel to Philadelphia for games in the past, apparently due to the behavior of Eagles fans in the crowd.
What Cubs are looking for in return for Kris Bryant
by NBC Sports Chicago on December 11, 2019 at 9:13 pm
O’Brien’s report doesn’t mean that’s the exact return the Cubs would get in a potential Bryant deal, let alone that they’ll trade him. But it does give you an idea of what the Cubs would seek in return for the 2016 National League MVP. The Cubs need to replenish their barren farm system and have specifically struggled to develop homegrown starting pitching under Theo Epstein.
D’Angelo Russell explains worst part about current Warriors situation
by NBC Sports BayArea on December 11, 2019 at 7:01 pm
Everything is perfect for D’Angelo Russell, right? The moment the Warriors acquired the 2019 Eastern Conference All-Star, speculation commenced that Golden State eventually would trade him. Five months later and the discussion regarding his future with the Warriors hasn’t died down at all.