Kenley Jansen relegated to mop-up role in Dodgers’ rout of Braves

Kenley Jansen relegated to mop-up role in Dodgers' rout of Braves

The Dodgers led by two touchdowns. They already had given Mookie Betts and Corey Seager the rest of the night off. The Atlanta Braves had done the same for Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña Jr. Suspense had vanished in the first inning. This was the sixth, and time for an arm the Dodgers would be … Read more Kenley Jansen relegated to mop-up role in Dodgers’ rout of Braves

Super Bowl host changes: New Orleans moved from 2024 to 2025 due to Mardi Gras, Vegas reportedly makes ’24 bid

Super Bowl host changes: New Orleans moved from 2024 to 2025 due to Mardi Gras, Vegas reportedly makes '24 bid

© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The City of New Orleans will have to wait an additional year to host its next Super Bowl. Originally slated to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024, the NFL and its owners unanimously decided to instead award them Super Bowl LIX in 2025, and for good reason. The league decided … Read more Super Bowl host changes: New Orleans moved from 2024 to 2025 due to Mardi Gras, Vegas reportedly makes ’24 bid

Key questions surrounding upcoming NBA season, start of free agency, 2020 NBA Draft date

Key questions surrounding upcoming NBA season, start of free agency, 2020 NBA Draft date

With the Los Angeles Lakers officially crowned champions of the strange and unique 2019-20 NBA season, the league must now shift its focus to next season, where even more questions arise about what it’s going to look like. The NBA pulled off the unthinkable by creating a COVID-19-free bubble down in Orlando to safely complete … Read more Key questions surrounding upcoming NBA season, start of free agency, 2020 NBA Draft date

Plaschke: A furious first inning sets tone for Dodgers’ victory

Plaschke: A furious first inning sets tone for Dodgers’ victory

It started with hustle, Mookie Betts jumping on the first pitch and flying down the line to beat out a grounder. It continued with heat, Corey Seager hacking at the next pitch and drilling a double to left to score a sprinting Betts. It flowed with homers, Joc Pederson going deep, Edwin Ríos going deeper … Read more Plaschke: A furious first inning sets tone for Dodgers’ victory

Washington’s Alex Smith is new projected favorite to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year award

Washington's Alex Smith is new projected favorite to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year award

Getty Images Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith nearly saw his NFL career come to an end in 2018. During a game against the Houston Texans, Smith suffered a spiral and compound fracture to his tibia and fibula in his right leg and was forced to get 17 different surgeries on the leg to repair … Read more Washington’s Alex Smith is new projected favorite to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year award

LeBron James’ daughter Zhuri gets mini version of the family’s mansion as an early birthday present

LeBron James' daughter Zhuri gets mini version of the family's mansion as an early birthday present

Getty Images LeBron James just won his fourth NBA title and helped give the Los Angeles Lakers their first championship in 10 years. The 4-2 series win over the Miami Heat means he gets to leave the Walt Disney World bubble and go back to family life to do normal dad tasks. James shared a … Read more LeBron James’ daughter Zhuri gets mini version of the family’s mansion as an early birthday present

Hernández: Leadoff hit for Mookie Betts sets table in Dodgers’ historic rout

Hernández: Leadoff hit for Mookie Betts sets table in Dodgers' historic rout

Mookie Betts could have described his team’s lack of production as some kind of cosmic accident. Many people around baseball do this. They bemoan the existence of variance and luck. They justify their failures by championing their processes. That’s not what Betts does. He’s a leader. So, when asked about the Dodgers’ offensive problems in … Read more Hernández: Leadoff hit for Mookie Betts sets table in Dodgers’ historic rout

Pete Prisco’s NFL Week 6 picks: Bills bounce back to stun Chiefs, Steelers cool off rival Browns

Pete Prisco's NFL Week 6 picks: Bills bounce back to stun Chiefs, Steelers cool off rival Browns

I can’t lie. I am on a bit of a heater right now with my picks. That’s why I go into every week just waiting to cool down. It has to happen, right? It will happen, right? I sure hope not.  I went 8-5 against the spread last week — we didn’t pick the Bills-Titans … Read more Pete Prisco’s NFL Week 6 picks: Bills bounce back to stun Chiefs, Steelers cool off rival Browns

Potential top draft pick LaMelo Ball signs sneaker deal with Puma

Potential top draft pick LaMelo Ball signs sneaker deal with Puma

Getty Images LaMelo Ball, brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball and son of LaVar Ball, has signed a multiyear sneaker deal with Puma. The announcement came on Wednesday as the brand looks to make the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft a notable part of its team. “I am really excited to be joining … Read more Potential top draft pick LaMelo Ball signs sneaker deal with Puma

Polish Olympian Wins Fight to Compete in Fencing for Team U.S.A.

Polish Olympian Wins Fight to Compete in Fencing for Team U.S.A.

Aleksandra Shelton, a four-time Olympic fencer for Poland, has prevailed in a contentious battle with the country’s sports authorities to gain eligibility to compete for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed from 2020 to next summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport has ruled that … Read more Polish Olympian Wins Fight to Compete in Fencing for Team U.S.A.

Kareem Hunt says Browns are eager for revenge vs. Steelers: ‘This one’s for Myles’ Garrett

Kareem Hunt says Browns are eager for revenge vs. Steelers: 'This one's for Myles' Garrett

USATSI The Cleveland Browns have beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers just once in the last five years, and the last time they played their AFC North rivals, they did so without star pass rusher Myles Garrett. Garrett, of course, was serving an indefinite suspension for his violent melee with quarterback Mason Rudolph during the teams’ first … Read more Kareem Hunt says Browns are eager for revenge vs. Steelers: ‘This one’s for Myles’ Garrett

Bellator MMA signs bantamweight Magomed Magomedov, only fighter to defeat UFC champion Petr Yan

Bellator 247 predictions -- Kate Jackson vs. Denise Kielholtz: Fight card, start time, live stream

Getty Images Magomed Magomedov, the only man to defeat current UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan, has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA.  A 28-year-old native of Russia, Magomedov (16-1) is currently riding a three-fight win streak and most recently fought last November under the Absolute Championship Akhmat banner (formerly known as ACB). The signing … Read more Bellator MMA signs bantamweight Magomed Magomedov, only fighter to defeat UFC champion Petr Yan

Jeff Van Gundy interviewed with Rockets Wednesday, conversations will continue Thursday, per report

Jeff Van Gundy interviewed with Rockets Wednesday, conversations will continue Thursday, per report

Getty Images Jeff Van Gundy hasn’t coached in the NBA in more than a decade, but his return to the sidelines looks more realistic now than ever. The ESPN broadcaster interviewed with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, and conversations will continue into Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.  Van Gundy coached the New York Knicks … Read more Jeff Van Gundy interviewed with Rockets Wednesday, conversations will continue Thursday, per report

Dodgers Bury the Braves and Rewrite the Record Books

Dodgers Bury the Braves and Rewrite the Record Books

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Los Angeles Dodgers and their predecessors from Brooklyn have been playing baseball for well over a century and have participated in dozens of playoff series across the country. But in all that history, they never had a playoff game quite like Wednesday’s, a bizarre contest that featured an unprecedented postseason offensive … Read more Dodgers Bury the Braves and Rewrite the Record Books

Dodgers’ offense explodes in rout over Braves in NLCS Game 3

Dodgers' offense explodes in rout over Braves in NLCS Game 3

The Dodgers were not panicked before taking the field for Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. They faced an 0-2 deficit but remained calm. Their offense showed life late in Game 2. The Braves’ pitching quality was about to plummet. They were confident their superior depth would emerge. The team with the best … Read more Dodgers’ offense explodes in rout over Braves in NLCS Game 3

Titans trade Kamalei Correa to rival Jaguars on same day linebacker requests to be dealt

Titans trade Kamalei Correa to rival Jaguars on same day linebacker requests to be dealt

Getty Images On the same day Kamalei Correa sent in his request to be traded, it was granted. On Wednesday afternoon, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported that the Tennessee Titans linebacker was being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed the report. According to Mark Long of … Read more Titans trade Kamalei Correa to rival Jaguars on same day linebacker requests to be dealt

Conor McGregor accepts January fight date vs. Dustin Poirier, lobbies for AT&T Stadium as location

Conor McGregor offered fight vs. Dustin Poirier in January 2021, UFC president Dana White says

Getty Conor McGregor had been calling for a fight with Dustin Poirier while demanding the bout “must happen in 2020.” Now, though, McGregor says he has accepted a UFC offer for the fight — but it will happen in January 2021.  On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White told ESPN that the promotion did not have … Read more Conor McGregor accepts January fight date vs. Dustin Poirier, lobbies for AT&T Stadium as location

LeBron James watches The Last Dance, calls it doing ‘homework,’ after winning NBA Finals with Lakers

LeBron James watches The Last Dance, calls it doing 'homework,' after winning NBA Finals with Lakers

Getty Images In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, LeBron James taking the Los Angeles Lakers and winning the fourth championship of his career on Sunday reignited the debate of who the greatest basketball player of all time is: LeBron or Michael Jordan? As it turns out, the comparisons seem to … Read more LeBron James watches The Last Dance, calls it doing ‘homework,’ after winning NBA Finals with Lakers

Murky Financial Forecast Looms Over Yankees’ Off-Season Questions

Murky Financial Forecast Looms Over Yankees’ Off-Season Questions

At some point this off-season, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman will meet with Hal Steinbrenner, the team’s managing general partner, for their usual dissection of the season. The team’s professional scouts will huddle to do much of the same: examine the roster and discuss ways to avoid repeating the outcome of the 2020 season. Despite … Read more Murky Financial Forecast Looms Over Yankees’ Off-Season Questions

Robert Woods’ versatility goes long way to air out Ram offense

Robert Woods' versatility goes long way to air out Ram offense

The play call in the huddle caused laser-focused receiver Robert Woods to perk up. Since joining the Rams in 2017, the receiver made his name — and earned a healthy contract extension — with clutch catches, versatility in the running game and enthusiastic blocking. But not many long touchdown catches. That changed in last Sunday’s … Read more Robert Woods’ versatility goes long way to air out Ram offense

Samson: Here’s what the Jets should’ve said in their statement announcing the release of Le’Veon Bell

Samson: Here's what the Jets should've said in their statement announcing the release of Le'Veon Bell

After looking to trade Le’Veon Bell, the New York Jets released the veteran running back on Tuesday night, after less than two seasons with the team. The move comes amid a tough season filled with mistakes and mishaps all across the board and an 0-5 record to show for it. The team didn’t get what … Read more Samson: Here’s what the Jets should’ve said in their statement announcing the release of Le’Veon Bell

Teofimo Lopez Jr. fights family expectations, taking on too much too soon against Vasiliy Lomachenko

Teofimo Lopez Jr. fights family expectations, taking on too much too soon against Vasiliy Lomachenko

When comparing and contrasting the skills of Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez Jr. as a means to handicap Saturday’s lightweight unification fight in Las Vegas, everything from Lomachenko’s footwork to Lopez’s one-punch knockout power need to be considered. Yet it’s clear the biggest difference between these reigning 135-pound champions is Lomachenko’s edge in experience. Despite … Read more Teofimo Lopez Jr. fights family expectations, taking on too much too soon against Vasiliy Lomachenko

NWSL Fall Series: Courage seek top-three finish; three teams eye first win heading into final weekend

NWSL Fall Series: Courage seek top-three finish; three teams eye first win heading into final weekend

The 2020 NWSL Fall Series will conclude this weekend with two matches on Saturday. In the South pod, the Orlando Pride will host the North Carolina Courage and in the West pod, OL Reign will welcome the Utah Royals FC.  Third place in the Community Shield is in play after the Portland Thorns locked up … Read more NWSL Fall Series: Courage seek top-three finish; three teams eye first win heading into final weekend