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Report: Door not closed on Isiah Thomas returning to Knicks

New York Knicks fans are hoping the team can somehow find a way to move forward now that Phil Jackson is no longer in charge, so they will likely shudder at the thought of Isiah Thomas making a return.A source close to the Knicks reportedly told Frank Isola o
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Report: Door not closed on Isiah Thomas returning to Knicks

New York Knicks fans are hoping the team can somehow find a way to move forward now that Phil Jackson is no longer in charge, so they will likely shudder at the thought of Isiah Thomas making a return.A source close to the Knicks reportedly told Frank Isola of the New York Daily News that the door is not completely closed on Thomas returning as Knicks president. That seems unlikely, but it would be vintage Knicks.Thomas, a 12-time NBA All-Star and two-time champion as a player, was a complete disaster in coaching and executive roles with the Knicks. He coached the team for three seasons from 2006-2008 and had a .314 winning percentage.Prior to that, Knicks owner James Dolan hired Thomas as the team’s president of basketball operations. The Knicks managed to become one of the worst team’s in the league despite having one of the highest payrolls. And if that wasn’t enough, there was also a sexual harassment scandal in the workplace.Thomas was as unpopular as you can get with the fans, and he’d be even l

Video shows moment Fisher informed Rams staff of his firing

Jeff Fisher was fired by the Los Angeles Rams last season following a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14. While he likely saw the move coming, that didn’t make it any easier to tell his staff.In a preview of an NFL Films documentary called “A
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Video shows moment Fisher informed Rams staff of his firing

Jeff Fisher was fired by the Los Angeles Rams last season following a blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14. While he likely saw the move coming, that didn’t make it any easier to tell his staff.In a preview of an NFL Films documentary called “All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams” that will be available on Amazon Friday, the moment where Fisher broke the news of his dismissal to his assistant coaches is captured. As you might expect, it was very intense. Fisher is one of the most mediocre NFL coaches of all time, so it’s easy to mock him for getting himself fired. Like anyone else who doesn’t perform at their job, NFL coaches and assistant coaches should face consequences.All that said, this clip reminds us that there is still a human element. Even if Fisher embarrassed himself with his lack of knowledge of certain opponents, that doesn’t mean his assistants didn’t respect him. People also tend to forget that an NFL coach being fired doesn’t only mean one person is hitt

Doc Rivers shoots down report of rift with Chris Paul

Austin Rivers has already laughed at the rumblings that Chris Paul left the Los Angeles Clippers because of perceived nepotism, and now we have Doc Rivers’ side of the story.Rivers, who has coached the Clippers the past four seasons, said Wednesday that th
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Doc Rivers shoots down report of rift with Chris Paul

Austin Rivers has already laughed at the rumblings that Chris Paul left the Los Angeles Clippers because of perceived nepotism, and now we have Doc Rivers’ side of the story.Rivers, who has coached the Clippers the past four seasons, said Wednesday that the report about Paul butting heads with him or any other member of the organization is false. Instead, Doc insists Paul left strictly for basketball reasons. Rivers said Paul chose to force a trade to the Houston Rockets because he feels he will have a better chance of winning there, though Doc disagrees and feels CP3 would have been better off in L.A. A report published on Wednesday after Paul was traded to Houston said CP3 became upset with Doc Rivers because he felt the coach gave preferable treatment towards Austin and made a bad decision by not trading his son. Austin Rivers later mocked the report with a tweet.

Report: Jimmy Butler recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves made a pretty big step in the right direction last week when the team acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. It was a move meant to give Minnesota an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot after struggling t
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Report: Jimmy Butler recruiting Kyle Lowry to the Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves made a pretty big step in the right direction last week when the team acquired All-Star guard Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls. It was a move meant to give Minnesota an opportunity to compete for a playoff spot after struggling through a mediocre 2016-17 campaign.But in no way was this trade the end of the line for the Wolves this summer.At least one report is now indicating that Butler himself is recruiting soon-to-be free agent Kyle Lowry to join him in the Twin Cities. With Ricky Rubio still firmly on the trade block, Minnesota has been bandied about as a potential landing spot for top-end free agent point guards. That’s only magnified by the fact that the Wolves sent Kris Dunn to Chicago in the Butler deal.Lowry opted out of his contract with Toronto after putting up a career-best performance this past season. He averaged 22.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 7.0 assists en route to earning his third consecutive All-Star Game appearance.In another bit of news surrounding Butler and

Nolan Arenado throws out runner from seated position

The Rockies have been one of this year’s “out of nowhere” teams, the kind of team that was projected to maybe be decent (though some considered them a sleeper) that comes out hot and forces their way into the playoff race.That the rest of the National L
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Nolan Arenado throws out runner from seated position

The Rockies have been one of this year’s “out of nowhere” teams, the kind of team that was projected to maybe be decent (though some considered them a sleeper) that comes out hot and forces their way into the playoff race.That the rest of the National League has been generally bad has been a big help for them as well. That’s enabled them to weather a recent slide, as Colorado had lost 7 straight games heading into Wednesday’s tilt in San Francisco.One thing that hasn’t regressed, though, is Nolan Arenado’s defensive prowess. He offered up yet another example on Wednesday, with what will surely end up being a contender for play of the season: Okay, that’s ridiculous, even though a pitcher was running. The defensive side of his game is indisputable. He’s the best defensive third baseman in baseball, and one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. If it weren’t for Kris Bryant, Arenado would be a lock starter in the All Star game for years to come. (As it is, he still might be, at least this

NFL fans in Florida seem to like Tom Brady more than any of their three teams’ players

Florida has not had a good NFL team in a very long time, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have uninspiring rosters. How uninspiring? I forgot about the Buccaneers for the first 10 minutes of writing this article.That, comb
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NFL fans in Florida seem to like Tom Brady more than any of their three teams’ players

Florida has not had a good NFL team in a very long time, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have uninspiring rosters. How uninspiring? I forgot about the Buccaneers for the first 10 minutes of writing this article.That, combined with a lot of northern transplants, means that fans in Florida don’t really want Jaguars, Buccaneers and Dolphins jerseys. Whose jersey do they want? Apparently, Tom Brady’s.From The Miami Herald: If jersey sales are a good gauge, Brady might be more popular in the state of Florida than any Dolphins player. Brady’s blue No. 12 was not only the best-selling NFL jersey in the country in May, it ranked No. 1 in Florida — a state with three NFL teams, including the Dolphins. That’s according to rankings compiled by NFLShop.com. It’s not just Florida that loves Brady. He ranks first in 16 other states, including three that have their own NFL franchises. Get ready for the fall now, Florida! Your favorite player visits your state on October 5 (T

Austin Rivers responds to ‘false’ report about Chris Paul issues

Austin Rivers saw the report that circulated on Wednesday saying that Chris Paul was bothered by perceived nepotism on the Clippers, and Rivers decided to address the rumor.In a tweet sent Wednesday afternoon, Austin Rivers called the report “false rumors.
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Austin Rivers responds to ‘false’ report about Chris Paul issues

Austin Rivers saw the report that circulated on Wednesday saying that Chris Paul was bothered by perceived nepotism on the Clippers, and Rivers decided to address the rumor.In a tweet sent Wednesday afternoon, Austin Rivers called the report “false rumors.” He dismissed it as “comedy,” “fictional,” and said the person who wrote the information was a clown. Earlier in the day, Rivers responded to the news of CP3’s trade to Houston by expressing fondness towards Paul. Austin’s father Doc has been the coach of the Clippers the past four seasons and even served in the front office beginning in 2014. He brought in his son, Austin, in 2015 via a trade with Boston.A report published on Wednesday after Paul was traded to Houston said CP3 became upset with Doc Rivers because he felt the coach gave preferable treatment towards Austin and made a bad decision by not trading his son.

Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor

Boxer Floyd Mayweather and non-boxer Conor McGregor announced earlier this year that they will square off in the right on August 26, in a fight that promises to net both fighters massive paydays.The sponsorship asking price confirms that.According to ESPN, UF
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Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor

Boxer Floyd Mayweather and non-boxer Conor McGregor announced earlier this year that they will square off in the right on August 26, in a fight that promises to net both fighters massive paydays.The sponsorship asking price confirms that.According to ESPN, UFC is asking for $10 million for the title sponsor of the fight, which is almost double what the title sponsor paid for the last fight of the century of the year, Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. The benchmark numbers to sponsor the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have been set, with the asking price for the title sponsor of the Aug. 26 fight at $10 million. WME/IMG, owners of the UFC, sent out a proposal to companies to gauge their interest in sponsoring elements of the fight, which ESPN has obtained. The $10 million would nearly double boxing’s largest single-fight sponsorship, the $5.6 million that Tecate paid for Mayweather-Pacquiao in May 2015. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, which Mayweather won by unanimous decision, was a major let

Kevin Durant laughs off Rockets’ acquisition of Chris Paul

It’s safe to say Kevin Durant is not sweating the Houston Rockets’ newly loaded backcourt.Taunted about the pairing of Chris Paul and James Harden on Twitter, Durant’s response was fairly simple — and quite indicative of the fact that he has no fear o
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Kevin Durant laughs off Rockets’ acquisition of Chris Paul

It’s safe to say Kevin Durant is not sweating the Houston Rockets’ newly loaded backcourt.Taunted about the pairing of Chris Paul and James Harden on Twitter, Durant’s response was fairly simple — and quite indicative of the fact that he has no fear of Houston’s new dynamic duo. Durant isn’t going to be worried. His team found a way past LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, so he’s not going to lose his mind over a Paul-Harden pairing, however talented it may be.Durant has really been feeling it on Twitter lately, though. Clearly, being an NBA champion agrees with him.

Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

The Chicago Cubs visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, and one picture gave a lot of people the impression outfielder Albert Almora flipped him off while in the Oval Office.Here’s the picture that got people talking. However, Almor
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Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

The Chicago Cubs visited President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, and one picture gave a lot of people the impression outfielder Albert Almora flipped him off while in the Oval Office.Here’s the picture that got people talking. However, Almora strongly denies he was doing anything of the sort.“I had two fingers out,” he said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’d never do that to the president of the United States.”Indeed. If you look closely, Almora’s index finger is visible, even though it doesn’t look like it at first glance. Apparently, Almora’s teammates gave him a pretty hard time about the whole thing, which is to be expected.

Nationals minor league team will give out ‘Ode to Tommy John’ figurines

Minor League Baseball is as much about the promotions as it is about the baseball. And in that game, the Potomac Nationals are winning.The team announced that it will be giving away an “Ode to Tommy John” figurine in which you can pull out parts of the ar
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Nationals minor league team will give out ‘Ode to Tommy John’ figurines

Minor League Baseball is as much about the promotions as it is about the baseball. And in that game, the Potomac Nationals are winning.The team announced that it will be giving away an “Ode to Tommy John” figurine in which you can pull out parts of the arm. It’s unclear whether the Nationals organization to use this to ward off curses, though the organization sure has had bad luck with Tommy John surgeries.The Potomac Nationals are currently a below-average team in the Carolina League, but as noted above, wins and losses don’t matter in the minors. All that matters is the fun, and to that end, the team is first place in our hearts.

Blazers post hilarious tweets after acquiring cash from Rockets

The Portland Trail Blazers continue to prove why they have the best social media presence in the NBA.On Wednesday, the Blazers traded guard Tim Quarterman to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations. Quarterman was then promptly dealt by Houston to the LA
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Blazers post hilarious tweets after acquiring cash from Rockets

The Portland Trail Blazers continue to prove why they have the best social media presence in the NBA.On Wednesday, the Blazers traded guard Tim Quarterman to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations. Quarterman was then promptly dealt by Houston to the LA Clippers as part of the return package for Chris Paul. While they appeared to be a mere footnote to this NBA landscape-altering sequence of events, the Blazers managed to steal the show somewhat by welcoming their newest “acquisition” with a couple of priceless tweets. The Blazers have certainly had some Hall of Fame-worthy tweets in the past (albeit, some more successful than others). But these latest ones should probably be printed out and lifted to the Moda Center rafters to hang forever.

Chip Kelly defends Kaepernick: He was not a distraction

Much has been said about how much Colin Kaepernick was a distraction in the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room last season, but the man who oversaw things is defending the quarterback.Chip Kelly joined ESPN’s Adam Schefter on the “Know them from Adam” p
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Chip Kelly defends Kaepernick: He was not a distraction

Much has been said about how much Colin Kaepernick was a distraction in the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room last season, but the man who oversaw things is defending the quarterback.Chip Kelly joined ESPN’s Adam Schefter on the “Know them from Adam” podcast, which was published on Wednesday. The two are now colleagues at ESPN, and they talked about Kaepernick, who served as Kelly’s quarterback in San Francisco most of last season.Kelly was adamant that Kaepernick was not a locker room distraction despite kneeling for the national anthem. He also defended Kap’s play.“Kap was awesome. At the beginning of the year he made his stance on what he believed was right. We recognized and supported his ability to do that. But he never brought that into the locker room,” Kelly said, via Black Sports Online. “We had a meeting the day after the Green Bay game that he did it in the preseason and he explained to all the players the process and mindset of what he was doing. And there were some players that a

Steve Smith faces suspension should he unretire

Former Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith retired from the NFL this past spring. He did so in order to take a job with NFL Network.And despite the New York Jets showing interest in him recently, it looks like Smith is intent on c
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Steve Smith faces suspension should he unretire

Former Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith retired from the NFL this past spring. He did so in order to take a job with NFL Network.And despite the New York Jets showing interest in him recently, it looks like Smith is intent on continuing with the retired life. Though, if Smith himself decides to return to the gridiron, he would face a suspension after skipping multiple drug tests.“On record right now I have three drug tests I have failed to appear for, and so actually if I tried to reinstate and play, I would be suspended,” Smith said on the Rich Eisen Show (h/t CBS Sports).Smith made it clear that he’s not on drugs. Instead, he simply decided to skip the tests following his retirement. At that point, the future Hall of Famer had not filed paperwork for retirement with the league. Hence, why he was still subjected to testing.All of this is seemingly moot. Smith appears intent to continue his media career. However, it surely is something to pay attention to should he decide

Report: Chris Paul ‘despises’ Doc Rivers, had issues with treatment of son Austin

Chris Paul’s departure from the Los Angeles Clippers came as a shock publicly, but if one report is true, it wouldn’t have been a surprise privately.ESPN’s Michael Eaves shared several alleged reasons that Paul left the Clippers, generally boiling it do
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Report: Chris Paul ‘despises’ Doc Rivers, had issues with treatment of son Austin

Chris Paul’s departure from the Los Angeles Clippers came as a shock publicly, but if one report is true, it wouldn’t have been a surprise privately.ESPN’s Michael Eaves shared several alleged reasons that Paul left the Clippers, generally boiling it down to CP3 having a fallout with coach and team president Doc Rivers over the treatment of son Austin Rivers.According to Eaves, several Clippers, including Paul, felt that Austin Rivers was given preferential treatment by his father, escaped criticism for mistakes where the rest of the team did not, and made no effort to fit in with his teammates as a result. Though veteran players tried to address the situation, Austin Rivers supposedly did not change his behavior, leading to resentment in the locker room.The last straw, according to Eaves’ source, came last season, when the New York Knicks offered Carmelo Anthony and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce, and Rivers. Doc Rivers declined the trade, leading to Paul’

Report: Rockets think they’ll land Paul George or Carmelo Anthony

The NBA world was abuzz Wednesday morning with news that the Los Angeles Clippers were trading All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.It’s a move that definitely shakes up the dynamic of the Western Conference behind the defending champion Golden
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Report: Rockets think they’ll land Paul George or Carmelo Anthony

The NBA world was abuzz Wednesday morning with news that the Los Angeles Clippers were trading All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.It’s a move that definitely shakes up the dynamic of the Western Conference behind the defending champion Golden State Warriors.But even with Paul’s presence on the Rockets, we’re not anywhere near ready to indicate that they’re close to competing with Golden State out West.Instead, general manager Daryl Morey and Co. must add another piece or two to the mix in order to compete for a conference title in 2017-18.The good news here is that Houston is seemingly confident it will be able to land either Paul George or Carmelo Anthony to the mix during the summer. With Paul opting into his $26.1 million deal following the trade and Harden set to earn $28.3 million next season, it’s going to be a tight fit for Houston. The team already has to move another contract to fit Paul in under NBA cap rules.That doesn’t even take into account the bounty it might take to a

Report: Jackson ‘laughing with confidants’ about fleecing Dolan

Phil Jackson got paid a lot of money as president of the New York Knicks, and apparently that was a source of amusement for the Zen Master. Not only that, but according to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, Jackson shared his amusement with friends. So, just how muc
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Report: Jackson ‘laughing with confidants’ about fleecing Dolan

Phil Jackson got paid a lot of money as president of the New York Knicks, and apparently that was a source of amusement for the Zen Master. Not only that, but according to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, Jackson shared his amusement with friends. So, just how much money did he earn? Dolan finally fired Jackson Wednesday morning, and for good reason. We’ve previously covered Jackson’s many mistakes as president of the Knicks in detail. But the bottom line is that nothing he did bore good fruit for the Knicks.Will he care? Probably not. After all, Jackson will reportedly take home a $20.5 million severance check. He’s laughing all the way to the bank.

Report: Blake Griffin may still return to Clippers despite Chris Paul exit

It’s logical to think that the Chris Paul trade may be the first move in the breakup of the Los Angeles Clippers, but that may not necessarily be the case.According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Griffin may not necessarily be turned off by Paul’s departure t
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Report: Blake Griffin may still return to Clippers despite Chris Paul exit

It’s logical to think that the Chris Paul trade may be the first move in the breakup of the Los Angeles Clippers, but that may not necessarily be the case.According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Griffin may not necessarily be turned off by Paul’s departure to the Houston Rockets, as the two star players have not always coexisted in perfect harmony. Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times went as far as reporting that the Clippers believe the Paul trade actually helps their chances of retaining Griffin. Griffin will probably want some clarity on the future of the Clippers. He won’t want to play for a rebuilding team, in all likelihood, and he will have the opportunity to be courted by other teams. On the other hand, the Clippers would indisputably be Griffin’s team if he elected to return. Perhaps that appeals to him.

Report: Miguel Montero to be DFA’d after calling out Jake Arrieta

Chicago Cubs backup catcher Miguel Montero reportedly will be designated for assignment in the wake of drama surrounding him calling out Jake Arrieta, per a team source. Montero fanned the flames of controversy by calling out Arrieta after the Washington Nati
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Report: Miguel Montero to be DFA’d after calling out Jake Arrieta

Chicago Cubs backup catcher Miguel Montero reportedly will be designated for assignment in the wake of drama surrounding him calling out Jake Arrieta, per a team source. Montero fanned the flames of controversy by calling out Arrieta after the Washington Nationals netted seven stolen bases in Tuesday’s 6-1 loss, saying in part: “That’s the reason why they were running left and right today because they know he was slow to the plate. Simple as that. It’s a shame that it’s my fault because I didn’t throw anybody out.”Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took to the radio waves Wednesday morning to blast Montero for airing his grievances to the media, labeling the catcher as a “selfish player” for doing so.“We win as a team and we lose at a team,” Rizzo said on WMVP-AM (1000). “When you start pointing fingers, I think that labels you as a selfish player.”ESPN’s Buster Olney added in the wake of colleague Jesse Rogers reporting that the Cubs will call up Victor Caratini, who can play catche

Report: Eight teams already interested in Zach Orr

It hasn’t taken long for Zach Orr’s phone to start ringing off the hook after he announced Wednesday morning that he plans to come out of retirement.According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, eight teams already have expressed interest in Orr and he has a vis
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Report: Eight teams already interested in Zach Orr

It hasn’t taken long for Zach Orr’s phone to start ringing off the hook after he announced Wednesday morning that he plans to come out of retirement.According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, eight teams already have expressed interest in Orr and he has a visit with the Lions scheduled on Thursday.Orr was ninth in the league with 132 tackles last season and was named second-team All-Pro. If he signs with the Lions, he’d be the second player the Ravens have lost to the Lions this offseason. Detroit signed right tackle Ricky Wagner to a five-year, $47.5 million contract.The Ravens didn’t plan to let the 25-year-old Orr become an unrestricted free agent. It’s just worked out that way after he announced his retirement in January because of concerns about a congenital spinal condition. After getting better news since then, Orr wants to get back on the field pending medical clearance.The NFL free-agent signing frenzy that usually takes place in March could take place in the summer and it could be a one-man s

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