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Posted Date : 2014 October 01

  • Hard Knocks: Jackson sells Dez on Browns
    Browns coach Hue Jackson told Dez Bryant he can be part of the "greatest turnaround in sports history." Was he convinced? More

  • NBA rookies voted on who’d have the best career. Guess who got zero votes?
    The NBA held its annual rookie survey where they polled 36 first-year players about everything under the basketball sun. One of the survey questions asked which of their peers would have the best career. Take a look at which name is missing from this list: You’re telling me Jerome Robinson and Troy Brown Jr. will have better NBA careers than Luka Doncic?! Well, hold on. This actually kinda makes sense Why do rookies think Wendell Carter Jr., then Kevin Knox, will have the best NBA careers and not Marvin Bagley III or Deandre Ayton? That’s because Carter and Knox dogged in Summer League, and while Ayton and Bagley weren’t terrible, they weren’t outstanding, either. That’s where Luka Doncic’s stick More

  • Jon Ryan gets cut months after telling Seahawks GM he'd make him look 'dumb' for trading up for a punter
    The Seahawks cut punter Jon Ryan on Monday after 10 years of Ryan punting for the team. Ryan, who served two years of his four-year, $10 million contract, took issue with the Seahawks moving up to draft a punter in the draft this year. General manager John Schneider, however, has apparently seen enough to move on from a decade-long era in Seahawks special teams. Ryan, who leads the Seahawks franchise in close to every punting category, bade farewell to the team in a tweet Monday. When the Seahawks moved up to draft Michael Dickson in the fifth round, the writing was on the wall for Ryan. After Dickson was drafted, he said that "this is the business. If all the players got to pick who was on the More

  • Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Matt Adams claimed on revocable waivers
    UPDATE: That was quick. The Nats have traded Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals. UPDATE: And they’ve traded Murphy to the Cubs. The Nats’ 2018 season is effectively over. 2:28 PM: Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that Bryce Harper, Matt More

  • ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit makes his college football picks for 2018
    USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg gives his biggest surprises and takeaways from the top 25 ranked teams in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. Kirk Herbstreit has been a fixture on college football Saturdays since 1996, when he joined Chris Fowler and Lee Corso on the set of ESPN’s College GameDay. This fall marks his 13th season as part of the broadcast team behind ABC’s Saturday Night Football, which earned Herbstreit a 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst. During a stop at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., Herbstreit spoke with USA TODAY Sports to break down his thoughts on the best team, surprise team, national champion and more heading into the 2018 season: Best team Alabama – if Tua More

  • LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard work out together at UCLA
    The NBA rumor mill never stops, and all it takes is one photograph to send thousands to the trade machine to start working out deals they are convinced should happen. This was posted by Phil Handy, the former Cleveland assistant coach now in Toronto. Oh, and Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard in there, having all just worked out together. More

  • Here's why Khalil Mack won't be there when the new Gruden-Raiders era begins
    No one can guarantee what the end game in the stalemate between Khalil Mack and the Oakland Raiders will be. Even the particulars themselves -- the quarterback-smothering defensive end, his agent and Raiders brass (coach Jon Gruden, general manager Reggie McKenzie, owner Mark Davis) -- could not say with any certainty how and when this holdout is resolved. The most salient questions -- when might Mack report; how much would he earn in 2018 and beyond; where would he play if a trade becomes viable -- are impossible to answer with the sides at a loggerheads and not even discussing the prospect of a fair-market contract extension. But allow me to promise you this much: Barring the Raiders suddenly More

  • Next Summer Is Shaping Up Horribly For LeBron And The Lakers
    It turns out it’s Kawhi Leonard or bust next summer. The Lakers are pretty well sold on their current roster, at least in the interim. That’s a good thing, because, other than the Raptors’ newest star, it doesn’t look like premier help is coming to suit up next to LeBron James. We’ve all been told to wait until next offseason, which is when Superstar B will show up to play alongside the king. While the Lakers are dedicated and willing to make a go of it this year, the plan does include an all-in strategy when next summer’s market comes bursting with the latest in basketball gadgetry. Aside from Leonard, there will be Jimmy Butler, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving headlining the show. More

  • Andrew McCutchen reportedly placed on waivers, which could lead to trade
    Andrew McCutchen’s time with the San Francisco Giants might be coming to an end soon. The 31-year-old outfielder was reportedly placed on revocable waivers, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, and he could be on the move soon. McCutchen has hit .257/.354/.417 over 528 plate appearances. More

  • Fantasy Football 2018: Draft Strategy If You Have a Late-Round First Pick
    If your fantasy football league uses a draft, some of the hard work is taken out of your hands. If you have a top-three pick, someone like Odell Beckham won’t be in your first-round plans, and will be long gone by your second pick. Likewise, if you’re picking toward the end of the first round, you can forget about Le’Veon Bell and Todd Gurley. More

  • Watch Danny Ainge play Kevin McHale in 1-on-1 in 1986, complete with brainwaves, double dribbling, and Lyle Alzado
    There's a generation of Celtics fans who have no idea what a nuisance and pest Danny Ainge used to be as a player. Allow this video of him playing one-on-one against Kevin McHale in 1986 fill in some of the blanks. Shared by CelticsLife.com, the 70-second clip provides a nice window into the Ainge-McHale dynamic on those great 1980s Celtics teams. Ainge clearly double dribbles and gets called for it. Ainge whines. McHale informs he has stolen his brainwaves. McHale tries to have it both ways playing through a hard foul. Ainge dares McHale to stop him. It's great fun. Enjoy. More

  • Report: At least two teams have already called Jets about Teddy Bridgewater
    The Jets have made it reasonably clear that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is available, and the calls are starting to come in. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, at least two teams have “expressed interest” in acquiring the former Vikings first-rounder, and have discussed a potential trade with the Jets.  He adds that there have been no concrete offers which would prompt a move, which is confirmed by the fact he hasn’t been moved yet. The Jets know they’re in a buyer’s market, one which will only go up if someone’s starter gets hurt (the way the Vikings gave a first and a conditional fourth for Sam Bradford when Bridgewater went down two years ago). More

  • How to pull off the perfect fantasy football draft using the Zero RB strategy
    There are many fantasy football draft day strategies, but none has been embraced as widely as the Zero RB plan, which advocates steering clear of running backs until the fifth or sixth round of a draft. The reasoning behind the strategy is twofold: Running backs are more susceptible to injury than other players, and the NFL is becoming more focused around quarterbacks and receivers with each passing season, leaving fewer and fewer opportunities for rushers to accumulate fantasy points solely on the ground. As a result, savvy owners are targeting wideouts earlier in the draft, accumulating running backs with upside in the later rounds. However, this isn't a one-size-fits-all strategy. For example, More

  • How Skip Bayless Thinks Tom Brady Will React To Antonio Brown’s Aaron Rodgers Remark
    New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers matchups seem to always have a little extra juice, but Skip Bayless believes Tom Brady will be even more motivated for the teams’ tilt in the 2018 NFL season. Bayless, who is no stranger to reading a little too much into things, believes the Patriots quarterback will make Antonio Brown eat his words after the Steelers wide receiver’s high praise of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The fact of the matter is, Brady likely didn’t bat an eye at Brown’s comments. The six-time Pro Bowl selection simply was showing his respect for Rodgers after the Steelers-Packers preseason matchup. It’s not as if Brown went out of his way to crown Rodgers, and the compliment More

  • 4 Japanese players kicked out after "night out with women."
    Yamashita told a news conference that the four players hooked up with the women after eating and drinking in an entertainment district and were easily identified by wearing Japan-emblazoned shirts. "I met with the athletes and they deeply regret what they did," Yamashita said. The incident took place after Japan's 82-71 win over Qatar in a group-stage game last Thursday. More