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Posted Date : 2014 October 01

  • Has NBA schooled NFL on social justice issues?
    The NBA's willingness to publicly support its players' right to protest is good PR, even if its not entirely what the NBA truly practices. More

  • Report: Shareef O’Neal ‘more than likely’ won’t qualify academically at UCLA
    The Arizona Wildcats lost four-star forward Shareef O’Neal to the UCLA Bruins in the wake of ESPN’s Sean Miller wiretap report, but it appears O’Neal might not suit up in Westwood, either. Tracy Pierson of Bruin Report Online is reporting that O’Neal “more than likely won’t qualify academically to enroll” at UCLA. He “has been making an effort to, indeed, become eligible, but recent information leads us to believe it’s unlikely,” Pierson wrote. O’Neal spent his first two years of high school at Windward School in Los Angeles before transferring to Crossroads School in Santa Monica. O’Neal decommitted from Arizona in February then quickly committed to UCLA, but hasn’t signed a National Letter More

  • Justin Verlander projected to accomplish a feat that hasn't been done in 75 years
    Astros ace Justin Verlander pretty well suffocated the Giants on Wednesday (HOU 4, SF 1). Here's his day at the office ...  The lone run he allowed came on a Buster Posey sac fly. Considering the Giants came into this one ranking a strong fourth in the NL in OPS, that's a fairly dominant outing. Yet it speaks multitudes that Verlander went out, allowed but a single run, retired 18 of the 22 batters he faced, and somehow saw his seasonal ERA get worse.  Yep, Verlander coming into this one had a manifestly absurd ERA of 1.05 after 10 starts. Now his ERA stands at 1.08. Shame on him for falling short of his established standards.  Remember after the 2014 season when many of us -- this scribe included More

  • Aaron Wise explains the awkward embrace with his girlfriend that went viral
    When 21-year-old rookie Aaron Wise won the AT&T Byron Nelson on Sunday, however, he didn't have the smoothest encounter with his girlfriend. "So my girlfriend actually flew in Sunday morning and it was a total surprise she was coming," Wise told More

  • Jaylen Brown immediately apologized after J.J. Redick disapproved of his trash talk
    Both the Celtics and Sixers have some of the game’s best talkers, but that doesn’t mean J.J. Redick partakes in any of it. The Sixers guard joined the The Bill Simmons Podcast this week and detailed an in-game interaction he had with the Celtics’ Jaylen Brown. At some point during their game in London, Brown threw an expletive in Redick’s direction. Redick’s response managed to draw an apology from Brown. Redick said: “When we played them in London, Jaylen was guarding me for that game. And at one point in the second half — I’m gonna cuss on your show, I’m sorry — but he called me a (expletive). I looked at him, and I was like, ‘I don’t play that.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, oh, OK. I’m sorry.’ That More

  • 'Book it' -- With Warriors down 3-2 to Rockets, Draymond Green makes a guarantee
    The Warriors are on the brink of elimination.But that doesn't seem to matter to Draymond Green.Following Golden State's Game 5 loss in Houston, the three-time All-Star made a bold declaration:"We still winning this," Draymond told Marcus Thompson of The More

  • Justin Timberlake, J.J. Watt sat courtside together for Rockets' Game 5 win over Warriors
    Justin Timberlake and J.J. Watt sat courtside together to watch the Houston Rockets host the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. (Getty Images) Justin Timberlake and Houston Texans star J.J. Watt sat courtside together on More

  • Skip Bayless slams LeBron James for chugging water
    The narrative after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics: LeBron James is fatigued. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue addressed it in the postgame press conference, saying James "looked a little tired to me," and James waved off any notion he was more tired than anyone else at this point in the playoffs. Toward the end of Game 5, ESPN cameras focused on the world's best basketball player guzzling a bottle of water: Seems like the dude is thirsty, and you would be too if you just played a basketball game. But Undisputed's Skip Bayless - known for ripping James over the years for all kinds of reasons - saw that moment as a public display, an excuse for More

  • Draymond Green thought Warriors might trade him after fight with Steve Kerr
    Draymond Green is the backbone of the Golden State Warriors, not just because he was the 2016-17 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Green was involved in an argument during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and after things settled down the Warriors big man was concerned the team might trade him. The thing that makes Golden State great isn’t just the players, or the system, or Kerr. More

  • Kurtenbach: The real reason the Warriors find themselves on the brink of elimination against the Rockets
    For the first time since Kevin Durant joined the Warriors in the summer of 2016, Golden State is not only facing a worthy adversary and a clear and present danger — they’re actually facing elimination in a playoff series. A 98-94 Game 5 loss to Houston has put the Warriors in a 3-2 hole in these Western Conference Finals, and they only have themselves to blame for that. Thursday’s contest was a bizarre affair, highlighted more by failure and folly than execution — for the second-straight game in this series, the margin between victory and defeat was thin, but the Warriors deserved to be on the wrong side of that line. Despite ceding control of the series and putting themselves in a precarious scenario ahead of Saturday’s Game 6; despite failing to execute on any of their three opportunities to tie or win the game in the final 42 seconds of Thursday’s contest, the Warriors were positive and upbeat following the loss. More

  • Fan outrage gets Mackenzie Dern booted from official UFC rankings
    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made a few modifications to its official rankings this week, and two of the biggest changes came from fighters who did not compete at UFC Chile last weekend on FOX Sports 1. Kamaru Usman is up, Demian Maia is down, for those of you who care about what’s happening in the 170-pound weight class. The bigger story is Mackenzie Dern getting booted from the strawweight list, following fan (and fighter) backlash over her inability to make the 115-pound limit for her fight against Amanda Bobby Cooper at UFC 224 earlier this month in Brazil, yet earning a spot among the division’s elite anyway. Elsewhere on the charts, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum lost his place in the heavyweight line up — and a possible main event in Moscow — after failing a drug test with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). More

  • Chris Paul gives Stephen Curry a shimmy after hitting 3-pointer in his face
    Chris Paul hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Stephen Curry’s face to tie Game 5 on Thursday before hitting him with a taste of his own medicine. Chris Paul, who’s long been considered one of the NBA’s elite point guards, has been in Stephen Curry’s shadow for years. The two were rivals when the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers looked to be building a budding rivalry of their own a few years back. More

  • Sabathia throws Mark Teixeira’s Cano remark back in his face
    CC Sabathia didn’t defend Robinson Cano on the day Cano was hit with an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, but now that a former teammate has spoken, the Yankees pitcher is clapping back. A week after Mark Teixeira said he wasn’t “surprised” by Cano’s suspension, Sabathia responded to his former teammate’s take. “I don’t want to get into what Tex said, but I’ll just put it like this: I’m not surprised he said that, coming from him,” Sabathia said Thursday on CBS Radio’s “Tiki and Tierney” show. Sabathia, who is close with Cano, added that it “was disappointing and a little sad” that the Mariners second baseman violated MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. “You More

  • GSP: Give me Nurmagomedov or McGregor
    Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer Close MMA columnist for Analyst for "MMA Live" Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Georges St-Pierre has no interest in a proposed lightweight fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 227 on Aug. 4, despite the UFC's efforts to book the matchup. Depending on how things play out, however, the longtime welterweight may have interest in a lightweight title fight. Earlier this month, UFC president Dana White publicly stated he wanted St-Pierre and Diaz to meet at UFC 227 in Los Angeles. It appears neither fighter is anywhere near accepting the bout, however. In an interview with MMAJunkie, Diaz bluntly said he is "not fighting that fight." Now, St-Pierre has told ESPN the More

  • Don Nelson wants Warriors to make one adjustment: 'I would think that's pretty obvious'
    The Warriors led by 12 points with about 10:30 remaining in Game 4, but they let it slip away. What would former Warriors head coach Don Nelson like to see Golden State do differently in Game 5? "As they watch film, they gotta see that they're (the Rockets) overplaying all their good players," Nelson explained on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "When that happens, you don't want to go to halfcourt to catch, and then take you three dribbles to get into your attack area. More