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Packers announce Hall of Fame QB Bart Starr dies at age 85

Green Bay Packers legend and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr has passed away at the age of 85, the franchise announced on Sunday. “Maybe the most popular player in Packers history, Starr will be eulogized for being a consummate professional, a Good

Top matchups for Raptors-Warriors 2019 NBA Finals

The Toronto Raptors can stay in Canada and prepare for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday after an exhilarating Game 6 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. Despite having home-court advantage against the Gold

David Price leaves start in first inning after 15 pitches

In a crucial series against the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox are now left holding their breath. Starting pitcher David Price exited Saturday’s game in the first inning after facing three batters. Price retired the first two batters he faced, but conce

Twins reportedly could have interest in reliever Craig Kimbrel

As the Minnesota Twins continue to surge in the standings behind baseball's highest-scoring lineup, the front office could be looking to make a big addition to the Twins' bullpen. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Minnesota is among the contenders

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala might have just hinted at retirement

Golden State Warriors veteran and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is looking to make it back for Game 1 of the championship round on Thursday. Iggy missed the Warriors’ Game 4 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals with a

Top Michigan QB commit calls out Ohio State

J.J. McCarthy grew up a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. All the quarterback ever wanted was to head to Columbus and play football for the program. That’s changed. “I used to love them (Ohio State),” McCarthy said, via The Athletic’s Ari Wasserman. “

What we learned from Bucks-Raptors Game 6

The Milwaukee Bucks were in must-win mode on the road in Toronto in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Raptors. A loss here would signify the end to an otherwise magical season in Wisconsin. Knowing full well they were playing with their back

Athletics designate 17-year vet Fernando Rodney after ERA balloons to 9.42

The Oakland Athletics have designated veteran reliever Fernando Rodney for assignment, their PR department announced. Wei-Chung Wang’s contract has been selected from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. This could spell the end of the road for 42-

Watch: Giants’ Kevin Pillar with catch of the MLB season

San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar has arguably been the team’s best player since they acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade earlier this season. He’s hitting pretty well at a pitcher-friendly park in San Francisco. Pillar has also

Burning questions for Bucks-Raptors Game 6

The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks will battle Saturday night in a huge Eastern Conference finals game in Toronto. Game details: Here’s a look at the start time, television information, and odds for tonight’s Game 6. When: 8:30 p.m. EST Where: Scotia

George Springer leaves game with hamstring injury, will likely head to IL

Star Astros outfielder George Springer left Friday night's game with a left hamstring injury, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. Springer said he’s not sure of the outlook, but was obviously frustrated with the situati

Stephen Curry takes shots at critics of Kevin Durant, Warriors

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry was feeling especially feisty during a Q&A session Friday as his team prepares for a fifth consecutive NBA Finals appearance. Following practice, Curry took time to answer questions from the media. The conversation qu

Stop shaming NFL players for missing 'voluntary' OTAs

Voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) have commenced in the NFL. I include “voluntary” because the word seems to have lost its meaning with many football fans, as well with some in the media. You can’t go a day this time of year without reading a s

NBA Draft analysis: 10 non-BCS prospects to watch

Yardbarker NBA Draft analyst Brett Koremenos offers assessments of prospects and more leading into the draft on June 20.  Big-name stars from the power conference schools tend to monopolize attention during the college basketball season. Players from smalle

One-on-One: Examining MLB's overachievers (Yankees!), underachievers

Yardbarker MLB writers Demetrius Bell and Matt Whitener address the hottest issues in baseball. This week's topics: the first-place Yankees, surprisingly good Twins, suprisingly bad Nats and more. (Stats through Wednesday's games.) Whitener: The Yankees have

10 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates

The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award is given to the player who has shown «perseverance in overcoming adversity, in the form of not being in the NFL the previous year, a severe injury or simply poor performance.» Here are 10 candidates who ar

Milwaukee choked: What we learned from Raptors-Bucks Game 5

Both the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks knew that Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday night was a big one. The winner would go up 3-2 with an opportunity to close this series out Saturday. In the end, Toronto pulled off an amazing road comeb

James Harden, Chris Paul had verbal exchange after elimination

The Houston Rockets’ season ended in disappointment a few weeks ago with a humbling loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals. There now comes word that tensions brewing between James Harden and Chris Paul came to a head as the

Adam Gase addresses report that he did not want Jets to sign Le'Veon Bell

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase says he was not against the team giving Le’Veon Bell a massive contract in free agency. After the Jets fired former general manager Mike Maccagnan, there were reports that Gase wanted him out and disagreed with a number o

Kristaps Porzingis cleared by Mavs after investigation into fight in Latvia

The Dallas Mavericks have cleared Kristaps Porzingis of any wrongdoing after an investigation into his role in a bar fight earlier this month in the 23-year-old’s native Latvia, according to a report from The Dallas Morning News . The Mavericks spoke extens

Giancarlo Stanton 'incredibly frustrated' over latest setback

Giancarlo Stanton suffered a setback in his bid to return to the New York Yankees this week, and his agent revealed that the slugger is “incredibly frustrated” with the situation. Stanton, currently participating in extended spring training, experienced w

49ers top pick Nick Bosa likely sidelined until training camp

Nick Bosa is sidelined with a hamstring injury, and the San Francisco 49ers probably won’t see much of the No. 2 pick in the draft until training camp, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This is definitely a setback for the 49ers. Nobody wants to see player

10 X-factors heading into the Stanley Cup Final

After a 49-year wait, the St. Louis Blues are finally back in the Stanley Cup Final, completing what seemed to be an improbable midseason turnaround with an impressive six-game series win over the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final. They will mee

One-on-One: Let's sift through mess of dysfunctional Lakers

Yardbarker NBA writers Pat Heery and Sean Keane address the hottest questions in the NBA. This week's topic: those dysfunctional Lakers. Heery: Despite this being one of the most exciting times of the NBA season, the Lakers somehow manage to steal headlines.

Advice for Ezekiel Elliott: If Cowboys don't pay, stay away

The glut of high-profile Cowboys in contract years brings one of the more interesting roster-planning matrices a franchise has encountered in recent memory. Despite the team working swiftly to check off the first box on this off-season to-do list (DeMarcus La

Mike Budenholzer rips Drake for massaging Nick Nurse during game

Drake has become a central figure within the Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors, and in Game 4, he may have crossed the line. As Toronto was laying it on thick in a blowout win over Milwaukee, Drake — a diehard Raptor

Chris Long says he used marijuana 'on a regular basis' during NFL career

Now that defensive end Chris Long has officially retired from the league, the former top pick is no longer worried about drug tests. That came out in droves during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday. Long was posed with a question about marijuana

Roger Goodell: NFL investigating Robert Kraft; will wait for conclusion of matter

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday that he won’t speculate on any potential discipline, and that the league will not resolve the Robert Kraft situation until the legal matter has concluded, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Kraft has been charg

One-on-One: Which NFL team deserves 'Hard Knocks' in 2019?

Yardbarker NFL writers Michael Tunison and Chris Mueller address some of the hottest questions in the NFL. This week's topics: which of the likely «Hard Knocks» teams for 2019 would be most compelling.  Tunison: The oddsmakers, presumably lookin

Get to work, NCAA: Return of football video game makes sense

There is nothing quite so boring as a bloated bureaucracy forming something called a working group, so let me begin by cutting to the chase: This is a column about a video game. OK, it’s not entirely about that, but it kind of is. We are now nearly 10 year

Blues avoid touching Campbell Bowl after winning Western Conference

The St Louis Blues are following the lead of the Boston Bruins as the teams get ready to meet in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues whipped the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night to clinch the series, their third win

What we learned from Bucks-Raptors Game 4

The Milwaukee Bucks attempted to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Toronto Tuesday evening. It did not go according to plan. Even with Raptors star Kawhi Leonard struggling with both fatigue and i

Nets to make play for Pelicans' Anthony Davis?

The Brooklyn Nets are apparently going to shoot their shot this summer. Already linked to at least one big-name free agent, this report from Chris Broussard of Fox Sports indicates that Brooklyn will look to trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis

LeBron worried that Lakers drama will impact free agency?

A sorely disappointing 2018-19 season for the Los Angeles Lakers culminated in team president Magic Johnson abruptly resigning. Since then, it has not been great for LeBron James and Co. Johnson’s recent comments calling out Lakers general manager Rob Pelin

Blues avoid touching Campbell Bowl Trophy after winning Western Conference

The St Louis Blues are following the lead of the Boston Bruins as the teams get ready to meet in the Stanley Cup Final. The Blues whipped the San Jose Sharks 5-1 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night to clinch the series, their third win

Warriors-Bucks: A way-too-early NBA Finals preview

A week ago, I wrote 10 reasons to expect a Warriors-Raptors NBA Finals. While I was spot-on predicting Golden State would make quick work of Portland, my pick of Toronto over Milwaukee in seven looks dire. The Bucks, who play the Raptors in Game 4 on Tuesday

Burning questions for Bucks-Raptors Game 4

Thanks to a double-overtime thriller in Game 3, the Toronto Raptors have a chance to tie the Eastern Conference Finals up in Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks. Game details: Here’s a look at the start time, television information, and odds for tonight’s

Houston Rockets’ Twitter account suspended

The Houston Rockets are the latest athletic program to have their Twitter account suspended. The Rockets’ account, which has 2.8 million followers, was dark on Monday, with a message on the profile from Twitter indicating it was down: No specific reason wa

Ben Roethlisberger sorry for going ‘too far’ with Antonio Brown criticism

Ben Roethlisberger thinks he could have done some things differently during the final season of his doomed relationship with Antonio Brown. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback apologized for going “too far” with some of his criticism of Brown, particularl

Magic Johnson reportedly blindsided Jeanie Buss with latest interview

For the second time in two months, Magic Johnson has left Jeanie Buss blindsided. The first time came at the end of the Los Angeles Lakers’ season when Magic abruptly resigned from his job as team president and did so without giving Buss prior warning. The
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