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Joe Maddon voices support for automated home plate umpires

There are no indications that robot umpires are coming to Major League Baseball anytime soon, but Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon appears to be of the opinion that it wouldn’t be a terrible idea.Maddon told Johnny Oleksinski of the New York Post that he thinks that even the umpires would be okay with automated ball and strike calls.“At one point, I thought I’d be totally against...
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April 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Timberwolves owner expecting team to take step forward next season

The Minnesota Timberwolves were expected to take a big step forward this season under new basketball czar Tom Thibodeau, but they won just two more games than they did in 2015-16 and struggled to improve defensively.After that heavy investment, owner Glen Taylor is expecting much more next season.“I’m of a belief that if they say that’s one of the factors, of course I’m going to...
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April 15, 2017  |  Discuss

Celtics bracing for best of Rajon Rondo in playoffs

Rajon Rondo has a long history of stepping things up in the playoffs, and though most of the current members of the Boston Celtics weren’t with the organization with the point guard, they’re wary of what he can do.Rondo has had an uneven season with the Chicago Bulls, but the current crop of Celtics, who are set to face him in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, know the lore and...
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Stan Van Gundy: Andre Drummond needs ‘sense of urgency’ to improve

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond had a disappointing season after it looked like he was poised to become one of the NBA’s best big men. His coach, Stan Van Gundy, emphasized that it’s not too late for Drummond to become a star — if he wants it.“I think that he needs to have a sense of urgency to elevate his game,” Van Gundy said at a Friday end-of-season news conference, via...
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Devin McCourty hopes Patriots are interested in brother Jason

Brothers Devin and Jason McCourty have never had the chance to play with each other in the NFL, but with the Tennessee Titans releasing Jason on Thursday, the door is now open — in theory.Devin McCourty, a safety for the New England Patriots, said he hoped that his team was interested in the services of his brother, a cornerback.“I’m excited for him,” Devin said Friday, via Karen...
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Carlos Correa willing to listen to Astros contract offer

The Houston Astros would like to lock down shortstop Carlos Correa for the long haul, and the player is willing to listen to offers under the right circumstances.While Correa’s agent ruled out a long-term deal, the player himself was at least a little more open to listening.“I’m not shutting the door,” Correa said, via Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. “The price has got be right...
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10 MLB players off to scorching hot starts

The 2017 MLB season isn’t even two weeks old, yet some players have already separated themselves from the crowd by starting off the season on the right foot.There are some batters hitting over .400 in the early going, while some pitchers have yet to register an ERA thanks to tossing scoreless innings.Here’s a look at the 10 hottest players so far this season.1. Yoenis Cespedes, OF...
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Isaiah Thomas responds to critics of his defense

Isaiah Thomas is getting defensive about his defensive performance.Speaking with reporters on Friday, the Boston Celtics guard was critical of those who say he’s a liability on defense, per Scott Souza of GateHouse Media. Thomas, who had a career year with 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game this season, can pass the eye test in terms of his effort on the defensive end. But his...
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Ex-NFL TE Todd Heap kills daughter while moving car

Former NFL tight end Todd Heap experienced a horrific tragedy on Friday. The Mesa Police Department said on Friday that Heap was the driver of a truck that struck his 3-year-old daughter, who later died from her injuries. According to FOX 10 in Phoenix, the police responded to a call of an accident involving a car and pedestrian inside a gated community. Heap was going out to move...
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Noah Syndergaard leaves start because of blister issue

New York Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard continues to be plagued by blisters to start the 2017 season.Syndergaard had a strong outing in Friday’s start against the Miami Marlins, giving up just one earned run on six hits, zero walks, and four strikeouts. But he had to exit after six innings and 87 pitches thrown due to an apparent recurrence of a blister on his pitching hand, per...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Marc Gasol: ‘Stats are killing basketball’

Marc Gasol thinks that your box scores can be a form of fake news. Speaking with the media earlier this week, the Memphis Grizzlies big man commented on the inherent flaws of today’s increasingly stat-driven NBA. “Stats are great, but wins and losses matter,” said the former Defensive Player of the Year, according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal. “Stats are killing the...
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Five most important role players in first round of NBA playoffs

The first round of the NBA playoffs has arrived, after a season packed with surprises and intrigue. Following last offseason, nearly all of the viewing public thought a Cavs-Warriors rematch was inevitable. Now with more than a thousand games played, that is clearly not the case.MVP candidates are dominating the majority of media coverage, but in a seven-game series, the lesser names...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meeting because of Knicks drama

As if all the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony weren’t already enough, there appears to be another star Knicks player frustrated with the team.ESPN New York’s Ian Begley reports that Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with the Knicks because he is frustrated with the dysfunction and drama surrounding the team. Porzingis, 21, was the No. 4 overall pick by the Knicks in 2015...
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Boxer Robbie Barrett has chest tattoo of Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight

Boxer Robbie Barrett is paying tribute to a couple of other well known boxers with some permanent ink.Ahead of his bout Saturday against Scott Cardle, Barrett (14-2-1, 1 KO) showed off his chest tattoo that captures an image of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez going against each other in the ring. Pacquiao and Marquez had one of the most memorable fight histories. They fought...
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John Farrell acknowledges Hanley Ramirez prefers DH over 1B

Hanley Ramirez certainly has embraced his role as a DH for the Boston Red Sox.After playing 133 games at first base for Boston last season, Ramirez has taken the role of DH from David Ortiz, and he is enjoying it. It’s to the point that he has yet to play in the field this season.Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged on Friday that Ramirez prefers to DH, but he stopped short...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Marshawn Lynch impressed Raiders with fitness

Marshawn Lynch has been out of the NFL for a year, but he hasn’t let himself fall out of shape in that time.According to Albert Breer of the MMQB, Lynch left Oakland Raiders staff very much impressed by how much he’d kept in shape after he visited the team’s facilities. There is nothing surprising about this if you were keeping tabs on Lynch’s activities in his brief retirement....
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Kristaps Porzingis ‘likes’ Carmelo Anthony’s response to Phil Jackson

The drama within the New York Knicks organization just got an extra layer.Amid controversial comments by Phil Jackson towards Carmelo Anthony on Friday, Kristaps Porzingis may have taken the side of his teammate.While speaking with the media on Friday, Jackson said he thought Anthony might be better off with another team where he can better pursue a championship.Not long after Jackson...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Agent, Marshawn Lynch say deal with Raiders not yet done

Has Marshawn Lynch agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders? Both the running back and his agent are saying no.NFL Media’s Michael Silver reported on Friday that Lynch has reached a deal with the Raiders. The report was met with a lot of backlash, and Silver even later said that the Seahawks, who hold Lynch’s contractual rights, were caught off guard by the report of Lynch’s deal...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Bruce Irvin praises himself for recruiting Marshawn Lynch to Raiders

Bruce Irvin has been making a strong effort to recruit many players to the Oakland Raiders since joining the team last year. His efforts mostly have failed, but if Oakland lands Marshawn Lynch, it will all be worthwhile.Take a look at the tweet Irvin sent on Friday amid reports saying Lynch was in agreement with the Raiders on a contract. Irvin calls himself "baby reggie." It's pretty...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson responds to question about Steph Curry being soft

Klay Thompson was staggered by a question from a media member on Friday about the contention that his teammate, Steph Curry, is soft. What put an interesting twist on the issue was the suggestion that Curry’s skin color has something to do with the “soft” perception.Here’s video of the exchange: Thompson gave a strong defense of his teammate.“I don’t think Steph is soft. You don...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Seahawks had no knowledge of Marshawn Lynch agreement with Raiders

Marshawn Lynch’s reported agreement with the Oakland Raiders has apparently come as news to the team that currently holds its rights.According to NFL Network’s Mike Silver, the Seahawks did not know anything about Lynch reportedly coming to terms with Oakland, and have not yet commenced trade talks with the Raiders. Lynch definitely doesn’t sound like he’s being very collaborative...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony seemingly responds to Phil Jackson on Instagram

Carmelo Anthony seemingly responded on Instagram Friday to the latest jab from Phil Jackson.Speaking with reporters on Friday following the conclusion of yet another disappointing season for the Knicks, Jackson, the team’s president, said he felt Anthony would be better off with a different team (full details here).Not long after Jackson’s remarks started going viral, Anthony posted...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw says he is not eager to face Zack Greinke

Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were teammates for three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they’ll be facing each other on Friday night.For his part, Kershaw isn’t looking forward to it.“I don’t really look forward to it,” Kershaw said, via ESPN. “You almost just try to block it out. It’s not fun to pitch to people that you know. I’m not good at separating that. I think...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Trent Murphy’s 4-game suspension stands after appeal denied

The four-game suspension Trent Murphy was facing for a PED violation will stand.Murphy was suspended four games for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, we learned last week. The Washington linebacker appealed the decision, but the league said on Friday that the suspension will stand.Murphy, a 2014 second-round pick by Washington out of Stanford, enjoyed...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Marshawn Lynch trade to Raiders reportedly ‘will happen’

Marshawn Lynch and the Oakland Raiders reportedly have agreed to terms on a contract, and the running back is expected to be traded to Oakland. Lynch has been working towards a return to the NFL and there were multiple reports saying he wanted to play for his hometown Raiders. NFL Media’s Michael Silver reported on Friday that Lynch and the Raiders have agreed to terms on a contract...
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April 14, 2017  |  Discuss
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