Tuesday , 22 August 2017

National Sports

Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons top Vegas odds for NBA Rookie of the Year

William Hill’s Nevada sportsbook on Wednesday opened Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year at 9-5. The next day, the Westgate SuperBook went with Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons as the favorite at 5-2. Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. and 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick, are ... Read More »

Rose Bowl stars Darnold, Barkley lead AP All-America team

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley put on a show at the Rose Bowl last season and established themselves as two of the biggest stars in college football coming into 2017. The two Heisman Trophy contenders highlight the first preseason All-America team in the history of The Associated Press. Darnold passed for 453 yards ... Read More »

Column: More than just $10M on stake in FedEx Cup playoffs

The FedEx Cup isn’t the only trophy at stake over the next five weeks. One trophy is known for its $10 million prize, with $9 million in cash. The other is about respect and honor from the other players. The PGA Tour launched its lucrative FedEx Cup in 2007 with hopes it would give the season some definition and keep ... Read More »

A's rookie Boog Powell hits first career HR near namesake's BBQ station in Baltimore

Powell launched his first career home run Monday in the Athletics’ 7-3 loss to the Orioles — and of course, the ball landed near the elder Powell’s famous barbecue stand in right field at Camden Yards. “It didn’t seem real,” said Powell, who made his major league debut earlier this season with Seattle and was acquired in a trade earlier ... Read More »

Top 25 Heat Check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?

The preseason Top 25 is out and for all those fans feeling good about their team to start the season, there is plenty of history that can spoil the fun. Over the last 10 years (2007-16), 38 percent of teams that have started the season ranked in the AP poll ended it unranked, which comes out to about 10 teams ... Read More »

Miller injury puts damper on Indians' bunt-error walk-off

Andrew Miller wasn’t among the Cleveland Indians chasing Roberto Perez around the infield, flinging water and white powder to celebrate a wild win over an American League rival. The Indians relief ace — a pivotal piece during Cleveland’s run to the World Series last season — may miss a few more big moments this season, too. Miller’s injury put a ... Read More »

Venezuelan team consoles D.R.'s Edward Uceta after walk-off

Dominican Republic Little Leaguer Edward Uceta has been the breakout star of this year’s Little League World Series, but he took the loss Monday as his second pitch following a lengthy rain delay was hit for a triple by Omar Romero to give Venezuela a 3-2 walk-off win in the bottom of the sixth inning. While the Venezuelan players celebrated ... Read More »

Browns players kneel in prayer during national anthem

Kneeling and bowing their heads, the Cleveland Browns bonded over something bigger than football. More than a dozen players formed a circle on the team’s sideline Monday night and prayed in silent protest during the national anthem. The group, which included veterans, rookies, starters and backups, gathered in front of some water coolers and behind their teammates who stood on ... Read More »

Boldin turns focus from NFL to bridging racial divisions

Anquan Boldin didn’t decide overnight he was going to quit football in order to speak out against longstanding concerns over inequality in America. The recent deadly and racially charged conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, did, however, become the tipping point that caused Boldin to reassess his priorities and led to the Buffalo Bills receiver’s decision to retire after 14 NFL seasons. ... Read More »

Bryce Treggs complains about $25,000 fine, gets Twitter response from Damarious Randall

Randall took a shot to the head as Treggs went high with a block during a 3-yard LeGarrette Blount run in the first quarter. Randall suffered a concussion on the play and let Treggs know via Twitter that he thought the receiver’s hit was dirty. Treggs was not penalized on the play. He later deleted the tweet about the fine ... Read More »