Rams give up too much for Jalen Ramsey? Here’s GM Les Snead’s philosophy: ‘We’re not going to be scared’
by Yahoo Sports on October 16, 2019 at 9:05 am
But we’re not going to be reckless,” Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead said with a smile last Friday, as he opened up about his philosophy on building a team. Those words — uttered near the conclusion of a 45-minute sit-down interview with Yahoo Sports inside the team’s defensive meeting room — proved to be a harbinger of yet another jaw-dropping move orchestrated by Snead. Two weeks before the NFL trade deadline, he reshaped his secondary in a matter of hours, and more importantly, left no doubt about whether or not the Rams still believe they can win it all in 2019.
Tipped off: Pitch-tipping paranoia haunting teams in October
by The Associated Press on October 16, 2019 at 7:19 am
Astros manager AJ Hinch has heard the chatter – that Rays starter Tyler Glasnow was offering a sneak peek on his offspeed deliveries, that Houston had a poker-worthy tell on Yankees hard throwers James Paxton and Luis Severino. ”I think it’s kind of funny,” Hinch said. A year after suspicions on sign stealing made headlines when a man associated with the Astros was caught pointing a cellphone into opposing dugouts, Houston is giving pitchers pause again, perhaps with nothing more than the naked eye.
Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand
by The Associated Press on October 16, 2019 at 7:13 am
No one was asking James to come out in support of protesters in Hong Kong. That was always a bridge too far for a player who makes millions in the lucrative Chinese market. But a player who has always prided himself on speaking out on issues ranging from Trayvon Martin to Colin Kaepernick should have made sure in this instance that he was speaking out the strongest in support of free speech.
Nats redefine special en route to World Series
by Yahoo Sports on October 16, 2019 at 7:09 am
At the very least, Washington will be remembered as National League champs. But that’s not the end of the story, it could be just the beginning of another special one.
Rivalry, what rivalry? McIlroy has no majors since I joined tour – Koepka
by AFP on October 16, 2019 at 6:05 am
World number one Brooks Koepka on Wednesday took a big swipe at notions of a rivalry with Rory McIlroy, pointing out that the Northern Irishman had not won a major since the American joined the PGA Tour. “I’ve been out here for, what, five years. Rory hasn’t won a major since I’ve been on the PGA Tour.
Karl-Anthony Towns dominates in win
by Rotoworld on October 16, 2019 at 5:57 am
Culver played 20 minutes Tuesday night, scoring 15 points (7-of-14 FGs, 1-of-2 FTs) with four rebounds, three assists and one steal. Coach Ryan Saunders hasn’t had Culver and Wiggins on the court together all that often during the preseason, an average of 3.3 mpg in the three games that both have played in. Maybe playing primarily against reserves has been a factor in Culver producing better numbers (13.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.2 3PM vs. 9.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 3PM for Wiggins), but he’s chipped in more in non-scoring areas.
Cardinals implode in 1st inning, swept by Nationals in NLCS
by The Associated Press on October 16, 2019 at 4:42 am
Mike Shildt took the ball from Dakota Hudson and patted him on the back of the neck. Hudson was out of the game after recording one out on 15 pitches against eight Washington Nationals batters, and the St. Louis Cardinals were on the receiving end of what they did to the Atlanta Braves in the last round. ”He just was saying I had a good year and that I had an impact on the team getting here,” an emotional Hudson said.
Wizards, NBA hoping Rui Hachimura opens up new market in Japan
by Yahoo Sports on October 16, 2019 at 4:31 am
Rui Hachimura has yet to play in an official NBA game, but both the league and the Washington Wizards know what the former Gonzaga standout is bringing to the table. Hachimura, who is the first Japanese player ever selected in the first round of the NBA draft, could open up an entirely new country to the Wizards — and the league in general. There’s definitely a lot of momentum and excitement,” Jim Van Stone, president of business operations for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Wizards, told the Washington Post.
Matisse Thybulle continues to crush every opportunity Sixers give him
by NBC Sports Philadelphia on October 16, 2019 at 4:23 am
Just when you think that the Matisse Thybulle hype may be a little premature, the rookie gets his hands on another basketball. The first-round pick has been wreaking havoc at every turn through four preseason games – including Tuesday’s 106-86 win over the Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center (see observations). From when he stole the show at the Blue x White Scrimmage in Delaware to his highlight-reel steals and blocks in games since, Thybulle has been as advertised.
College football hot-seat check: Which jobs are in jeopardy, conference by conference
by Yahoo Sports on October 16, 2019 at 4:18 am
Halfway through the year, the optimism inherent to any college football season has collided with empirical results. While researching Jeremy Foley for a column earlier this week, an apt saying from early in his tenure at Florida stood out. After firing a coach, Foley declared: “If something needs to be done eventually, it must be done immediately.” And that’s the uncomfortable reality that many athletic directors have as the fall chill settles in around the country.
Has Brad Stevens finally found his ‘microwave’ in Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards?
by NBC Sports Boston on October 16, 2019 at 4:09 am
Maybe fellow rookie Tremont Waters best summed up what it was like to watch Carsen Edwards erupt for eight third-quarter 3-pointers in the Celtics’ exhibition finale Tuesday night in Cleveland. “I didn’t want to get burnt, so I tried to stay away from him,” Waters (half-) joked to reporters. Edwards scored 26 third-quarter points behind his 3-point barrage, all of which came in little more than a five-minute span.
Jayson Werth on hand for another historic Nationals victory over the Cardinals
by NBC Sports Washington on October 16, 2019 at 3:54 am
Jayson Werth was at Nationals Park to see his former teammates advance to the first World Series in franchise history. Jayson Werth is pumped. Werth, a bona fide slugger for the Nationals during the last seven seasons in the MLB, also has fond memories against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The weakest link: Adam Ottavino has made Yankees’ bullpen mortal
by Yahoo Sports on October 16, 2019 at 3:31 am
The boos rained down on Adam Ottavino while he walked off the field Tuesday night, the collective frustration of 48,995 fans that have watched Ottavino pour kerosene on almost every situation he’s been thrust into this October. This time, Ottavino failed to retire both Houston Astros hitters he faced in the seventh inning, allowing a walk and a single before New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone had seen enough. As Ottavino watched the inning unfold, his inability to deliver on this night ate at him.
No. 7 Penn State hosts No. 16 Michigan in Big Ten battle
by The Associated Press on October 16, 2019 at 3:30 am
Penn State coach James Franklin is banking on his home crowd to energize his offense and keep the team’s record unblemished. The No. 7 Nittany Lions will host No. 16 Michigan on Saturday night in University Park, Pa., in a marquee matchup of Big Ten powers with championship aspirations. “Hopefully, we can create an environment here that’s the toughest environment in all of college football,” Franklin said.
David Fizdale says RJ Barrett will spend time playing point guard
by NBC Sports on October 16, 2019 at 3:00 am
New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett is sure to be a Rookie of the Year candidate, although most projections of the start of the Season predict that New Orleans Pelicans star and No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will take home that award. To that end, it appears that NY coach David Fizdale is trying to get some more time on the ball, perhaps allow him to shine. Speaking to reporters this week, Fizdale said that Barrett will be spending some time at point guard.
Reddick: Yankees fans ‘disrespectful’ for throwing debris
by The Associated Press on October 16, 2019 at 2:40 am
Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick called out Yankees fans for tossing water bottles, baseballs and other objects on the field during New York’s 4-1 loss in the AL Championship Series on Tuesday night. ”You throw a baseball hard enough and hit somebody in the head when they’re not looking, it could do some damage to the player, so it’s definitely disrespectful and at the same time very unsafe,” Reddick said. Fans erupted after a replay review changed Edwin Encarnacion’s infield hit leading off the eighth to a groundout.
Are the World Series-bound Nationals throwing shade at Bryce Harper?
by Yahoo Sports on October 16, 2019 at 2:06 am
And while there are plenty of baseball reasons to explain why the Nats are a better team this season than in the past, the meme era really isn’t as into logic as it is LOLs. The past couple weeks have seen plenty of people on social media making Bryce Harper jokes — including us here at Yahoo Sports. But something happened Tuesday to make us wonder if even the Washington Nationals are getting their Bryce jokes off.
Jusuf Nurkic reportedly signs with Rich Paul, Klutch Sports
by NBC Sports on October 16, 2019 at 2:00 am
Nurkic has signed with Rich Paul in anticipation for his free agency in the summer of 2022
Report: Titans to start Ryan Tannehill over Marcus Mariota in Week 7
by Yahoo Sports on October 16, 2019 at 1:43 am
The Tennessee Titans are sticking with Ryan Tannehill. After a rough outing from Marcus Mariota — which resulted in the former No. 2 overall draft pick being benched in the second half of their 16-0 loss to the Denver Broncos — on Sunday, the Titans are planning to start Tannehill on Sunday for their matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Ryan Tannehill has been informed he’ll get the start Sunday against the #Chargers, sources tell me and @TomPelissero.
Report: MLB could fine the Angels $2 million for failure to report Tyler Skaggs’ drug use
by NBC Sports on October 16, 2019 at 12:48 am
That may seem insufficient, but there are limits to what MLB can do here.
Celtics buy the Maine Red Claws but all the talk is about – who else? – Tacko Fall
by NBC Sports Boston on October 16, 2019 at 12:46 am
The day was supposed to be about the Celtics taking over ownership of the Maine Red Claws, a move that strengthens an already Teflon-tough bond that has existed for years between the two franchises. “This is important to the Celtics player development efforts,” said Rich Gotham, Celtics team president. “We love the market up here.
Kevin Durant chimes in on Zach LaVine’s comments on mid-range shooting
by NBC Sports Chicago on October 15, 2019 at 11:57 pm
While Moore’s points were solid and backed up by the numbers, NBA superstar Kevin Durant offered up his opinion from a player’s perspective. Durant backed up LaVine’s quote of “sometimes there’s nothing better than putting the ball in your best playmaker’s hands and letting him get the shot he needs rather than the one you want.” KD commented that he has seen too many players pass up wide-open midrange shots to force up 3-pointers or contested shots at the rim, with analytics having an influence on the shots that players take, referring the mid-range as “forbidden.”
Jaguars send Jalen Ramsey to Rams for two first-round picks
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on October 15, 2019 at 11:51 pm
The Jalen Ramsey era in Jacksonville is over, and now he’s heading to Los Angeles. The Jaguars are trading Ramsey to the Rams for two first-round draft picks as well as the Rams’ 2021 fourth-round pick. That’s a massive haul for any one player, but the Jaguars weren’t going to give Ramsey up for anything less than a major haul.
Smart money: Bet on Georgia to make the College Football Playoff
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 10:13 pm
Georgia’s loss at home to South Carolina shook up the College Football Playoff picture, but did it end Georgia’s hopes at getting back to the tournament? Or is there still a path for Georgia to get to the College Football Playoff? And more importantly, is now the right time to throw some money on a team that everybody else will be counting out?
N’Keal Harry’s post, Tom Brady’s response will fire up Patriots fans
by NBC Sports Boston on October 15, 2019 at 10:12 pm
Patriots rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry is excited to get back to work. Harry, the Patriots’ first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has spent the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury but finally returned to practice at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. The 21-year-old will be eligible to play in Week 9, and he expressed his excitement in his latest social media post.
Report: Heat treating Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo as ‘untouchable’ in trade talks
by NBC Sports on October 15, 2019 at 9:21 pm
Miami’s next star could come from within – Bam Adebayo and/or Tyler Herro, who has generated buzz this preseason. Sean Deveney of Heavy: “They’ve been firm on him and (Bam) Adebayo being untouchable,” one GM told Heavy.com before Herro’s explosive night. Maybe they would move off of that as the season goes on, but as it stands, they think they’ve got the second coming of Klay Thompson offensively.
Week 7 fantasy football TE ranks: Hunter Henry looks to continue raucous return
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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Week 7 fantasy football RB rankings: Back to the Dalvin Cook show?
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 8:33 pm
It was hard to find a more productive fantasy asset than Dalvin Cook the first couple weeks of the season. He meshed perfectly with Gary Kubiak’s run-first-second-and-third system on the Vikings, but as a result, frustration with the passing game grew for both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Week 7 Fantasy Rankings: QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | FLEX | DST | Kickers] Well, that changed quickly, as the Vikings started airing it out in back-to-back weeks, squeaking the wheels of both Thielen and Diggs.
Week 7 Flames: Ageless wonders ready to shock the fantasy world
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm
Without Peterson, the Cardinals surrendered 8.5 yards per attempts, 296.0 pass yards per game, 2.7 passing TDs per game and the most fantasy points to signal-callers. Arizona’s soft exterior may be hardening but given New York’s presumed returnees and Jones’ multi-dimensional capabilities, he’s a likely top-half contributor in Week 7. He and Engram smother the Birds in sauce.
NFL Trade Deadline preview: Could Patriots look to add these players?
by NBC Sports Boston on October 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm
Second, the Patriots traded away the kind of experienced player they’d love to have – Demaryius Thomas – once they got Brown up and running. There are obstacles the Patriots face. One issue is league parity makes teams reluctant to raise the white flag on their season.
Week 7 position-by-position expert fantasy rankings: A battle for the top spot at QB
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 7:46 pm
The top two highest-scoring quarterbacks in Yahoo Fantasy Football right now are set to square off in Week 7. Yes, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson will be battling for the top spot — when it’s all said and done, there could be a new king at the top of fantasy-QB mountain. Elsewhere in Week 7, the fantasy stars on the Los Angeles Rams will try to right the ship against the Atlanta Falcons.
Reports: Patriots suspend Michael Bennett for conduct detrimental to the team
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 7:42 pm
The New England Patriots have suspended defensive end Michael Bennett one game for conduct detrimental to the team, according to multiple reports. The Athletic’s Nick Underhill reports that Bennett told the coaching staff he’s unhappy with his role on the team. Bennett confirmed the suspension to ESPN.
Pats, Saints top 2 teams in AP Pro32 poll; 49ers now 3rd
by The Associated Press on October 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm
Among the top teams in the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers stand out for one important reason: They are still unbeaten. The 49ers improved to 5-0 on the season after shutting down the Los Angeles Rams 20-7 last week. The Niners, who are one of four NFC teams with five wins, moved up one spot to No. 3 in the latest AP Pro32 poll .
Where Cup playoff drivers stand heading to Kansas
by NBC Sports on October 15, 2019 at 7:35 pm
We’ve just got to be smart (at Kansas) … and no crashing. NO HOLDING BACK Bowman, Chase Elliott, Clint Bowyer and William Byron are the four drivers outside a transfer spot heading to Kansas. Bowman trails Logano, who holds the final transfer spot by 18 points.
Jay Gruden hints he didn’t support Redskins drafting QB Dwayne Haskins
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 7:19 pm
Jay Gruden covered many topics in an interview with ESPN on Tuesday, but one of the more interesting ones was about the rookie quarterback the former Washington Redskins head coach didn’t want to play. The Redskins drafted former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick in April, which was hailed by many as a savvy move for the future of the franchise. The problem, Gruden said, was that he didn’t think Haskins was ready to step in as soon as the antsy fans wanted.
Two critical things the Lakers need to go right to contend for a title
by NBC Sports on October 15, 2019 at 6:44 pm
But we also know Father Time eventually wins every race, the question for the Lakers is can LeBron hold him off for another season (or two)? The Lakers simply cannot afford to lose LeBron for any length of time, or have his skills and efficiency erode much. He’s L.A.’s best shot creator and it’s not even close, they also need his gravity to draw defenders and open space for the role players, plus the Lakers have no way to replace the 27.4 points, 8.5 points, and 8.3 assists a game he brought last season.
Do Giants’ Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto have two of worst MLB contracts?
by NBC Sports BayArea on October 15, 2019 at 5:20 pm
The Giants ended the 2019 MLB season with the 13th-worst record in the league at 77-85, but the fifth-highest payroll at $178.5 million. Johnny Cueto has pitched in just 13 games the past two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and also has earned $21 million in each of those seasons. For the fifth straight season, Posey, who mainly batted in the middle of the Giants lineup this season, saw his power numbers dip to a staggering career low.
Josh Gordon posts uplifting Instagram message following knee injury
by NBC Sports Boston on October 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm
The New England Patriots wide receiver posted an inspirational message to Instagram around midday Tuesday while his teammates practiced outside Gillette Stadium. If you look up, you can get up,” Gordon wrote in the caption. Gordon wasn’t spotted at practice Tuesday as he recovers from a left leg injury he suffered in last Thursday’s win over the New York Giants.
Report: ESPN considering changing ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ booth, but A-Rod is safe
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm
Former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be back on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” next season, but the rest of the broadcast team could be different. ESPN is considering making changes in the broadcast booth next season, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Rodriguez isn’t part of those changes.
Four potentially undervalued pitchers Red Sox could target this offseason
by NBC Sports Boston on October 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm
It’s time for the Red Sox to start thinking like a small-market team, because burning money in the name of their rotation could have dire consequences that stretch well into the 2020s. With Chris Sale, David Price, and Nathan Eovaldi set to earn $80 million annually through 2022 despite being major injury risks, the Red Sox will need to bargain hunt to fill the rest of their rotation. One way to identify them is to look for pitchers with the biggest disparity between their ERA and FIP.
Antonio Brown says, “Free AB”
by ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports on October 15, 2019 at 2:59 pm
Free-agent receiver Antonio Brown is technically free to sign with another team. But with no team willing to sign him while the league continues to investigate civil allegations of sexual assault and rape, Brown is as a practical matter serving an unpaid suspension. And he’s apparently starting to get frustrated by his status.
Waiver Wire: Week 7
by Rotoworld on October 15, 2019 at 7:38 am
As a reminder, the drop list consists of players who are rostered in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues and are no longer must-have assets, recommended adds are available in over 50 percent of Yahoo leagues, the watch list contains in-depth notes on players who are worthy of roster spots if possible, and deep cuts includes player notes on those rostered in five percent or fewer of Yahoo leagues. Having qualified as a QB2 in 2-QB leagues only once prior to last week, we can confidently cut ties with him during his bye.
How Lakers are giving Warriors repeated reminders of size they lack
by NBC Sports BayArea on October 15, 2019 at 7:38 am
The best of Dwight Howard disappeared in 2012, and what remains of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is a serviceable big man in the rotation of a Los Angeles Lakers team with championship aspirations. Which, at this point, makes it imperative that they find a roster spot for 6-foot-10, 240-pound Marquese Chriss. With Howard bullying his way to 13 rebounds in 22 minutes and 7-foot teammate JaVale McGee snatching five boards in 17 minutes, Los Angeles rode a 48-38 advantage in paint points to send the Warriors out of Staples Center in defeat.
Tyler Herro scores Heat’s 1st 14 points vs. Hawks, looks like an NBA draft steal
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 5:14 am
If you haven’t been paying attention to Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro, it’s time. The former Kentucky sharpshooter turned heads with his preseason debut last week, leading the Heat with 18 points that included making his first five shots from the field against the San Antonio Spurs. Herro scores 1st 14 points against Hawks He raised the bar on Monday with a monster outing, scoring 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting in just 25 minutes in a 120-87 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
NFL Power Rankings: Eagles and Cowboys haven’t been as good as advertised
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 4:17 am
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson guaranteed a win over the Dallas Cowboys. The NFC East always looked like a two-team race, and it looks like that’s how it will play out. The Cowboys and Eagles got to this place of desperation in different ways.
Adjust your White Sox free-agent wish list? Gerrit Cole’s teammates predict he’ll land in California
by NBC Sports Chicago on October 15, 2019 at 12:45 am
Gerrit Cole is rightfully at the top of many White Sox fans’ free-agent wish list. Cole looks to be on track to land the richest pitching contract in baseball history when he hits free agency after the Houston Astros’ playoff run is over. The White Sox are shopping for starting pitching, and what team wouldn’t love to top their rotation with the guy who might be awarded the AL Cy Young?
Simultaneous implosion of Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota signals sad end to 2015 NFL draft
by Yahoo Sports on October 15, 2019 at 12:22 am
It was the spring of 2015 and there was a sense of clarity within NFL draft debates. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota had each won a Heisman Trophy. Mariotta’s Oregon Ducks actually beat Winston’s Florida State Seminoles in the semifinals, but the year prior, it was Winston who led FSU to the national title.
NFL odds: This QB has passed Patrick Mahomes to become new MVP favorite
by NBC Sports Boston on October 14, 2019 at 11:56 pm
For the first time in the 2019 NFL season, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is no longer the betting favorite to win the league MVP award. Mahomes and the Chiefs have lost back-to-back games at home, with the latest defeat coming Sunday afternoon to the Houston Texans. The 24-year-old quarterback didn’t play particularly poorly in these games, but he’s definitely cooled off a bit after a phenomenal four-game start.
One day after getting torched by Kirk Cousins, Eagles release starting LB Zach Brown
by Yahoo Sports on October 14, 2019 at 11:25 pm
Three days ago, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Zach Brown was calling out Kirk Cousins, a former teammate during their time with the Washington Redskins, as the “weakest part” of the Minnesota Vikings’ offense. One day ago, that “weakest part” was torching the Eagles defense for 333 passing yards and four touchdowns on his way to a 38-20 win for the Vikings. And now, this has happened.
Which AFC team is Patriots’ biggest competition? Deion Sanders gives interesting answer
by NBC Sports Boston on October 14, 2019 at 8:36 pm
The New England Patriots remain the class of the AFC, and that painfully obvious during Sunday’s Week 6 action throughout the NFL. The defending Super Bowl champs are the only undefeated team in the conference. Several of the other top-tier contenders in the AFC had a rough weekend, highlighted by the Kansas City Chiefs, who now have lost back-to-back games at home following a 31-24 defeat to the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Tom Brady was surprised by Bill Belichick’s ‘very kind’ gesture after win
by NBC Sports Boston on October 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm
Tom Brady has garnered every accolade under the sun. After the New England Patriots quarterback passed Peyton Manning into second place on the NFL’s all-time passing list in Thursday’s win over the New York Giants, head coach Bill Belichick showed Brady some love by giving him the game ball in the locker room. In an interview Monday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” Brady expressed his appreciation for his coach’s gesture.