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NBA Trade Deadline 2017: Grading Every Deal

The NBA trade deadline is barreling down on us like a nitrous-powered battering ram. Opening our minds, bodies and souls to the chaos it brings is the only way defeat it.<p>So let's grades some trades!<p>Every deal completed as of Feb. 22 has already been evaluated for your consumption. Subsequent …

Basketball

Can-Am Duels 2017: Time and TV schedule for Daytona 500 qualifying

Whether it’s racing aggressively or conservatively, drivers face varying strategies in the Daytona 500 qualifying races.<p>Austin Dillon doesn’t care if he wrecks his Chevrolet in the Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday night. He doesn’t like his car and believes his backup is as good if not better …

NASCAR

N.B.A. Trade Deadline: Here’s What Might Happen Today

Today is N.B.A. trade deadline day, and fans are awaiting blockbuster deals before the 3 p.m. Eastern cutoff. We’ll update all the news here as it happens. Here’s what we may be seeing.<p><b>Will the Pacers trade Paul George?</b><p>At 29-28 and probably bound for the playoffs, the Pacers would not seem like a …

NBA

Louisville's Rick Pitino restrained after confronting abusive UNC fan

Spokesman says fan was ejected after incident at Smith Center UNC’s Roy Williams apologizes after supporter talked ‘junk’<p>North Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized to Louisville’s Rick Pitino after the Cardinals coach had a heated verbal exchange with a fan as he came off the court for half-time …

March Madness

Say goodbye to MLB's agonizing and beautiful intentional walk pitches

Fans no longer have to watch pitchers throw four entirely meaningless pitches to walk batters, and that’s a shame.<p>Bryce Harper has a swing that sends baseballs sailing past green fences and deep into the stands of right field. But on May 8, 2016, he didn’t swing once. In seven at-bats, he was hit …

Baseball

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds, Analysis, NBA Pick

The last time the Los Angeles Clippers (35-21) visited Oakland, they were blown out 144-98 by the Golden State Warriors (47-9) as 13-point road underdogs to suffer their eighth of nine consecutive losses in the series between the two Pacific Division teams.<p>That was on January 28, and the Clippers …

Basketball

10 Biggest Goals for Michigan in the 2017 Offseason

The Michigan Wolverines enter the 2017 offseason with championship hopes but an exhausting to-do list.<p>From schematic tweaks to massive personnel turnover, the Wolverines are dealing with enormous changes on the roster. Each positional group has a clear goal for the summer.<p>Jim Harbaugh and his staff …

College Football

Why the New England Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC in 2017

Reasons include Gronk's return, Brady's longevity, Belichick's brilliance and staff continuity<p>It’s easy to understand why Roger Goodell (allegedly) hates the New England Patriots so much that he decided to give them what was intended to be a death sentence for using slightly under-inflated …

NFL

Porto player Hector Herrera's foot has seen better days

FC Porto's Hector Herrera has posted a grim image online of the injury he sustained in Wednesday night's Champions League match against Juventus.<p>The Mexican midfielder was clearing the ball out of his own box when he was caught painfully by Juve's Stephen Lichtsteiner - who was booked for the …

Soccer

The Daytona 500 is usually at least 3 hours. So what happens when nature calls?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR drivers spend days leading up to races – especially one as important and long as the Daytona 500 – making sure they’re properly hydrated to race for hours in 130-degree heat inside the car.<p>But with all those liquids comes a familiar feeling: “When ya gotta go ya gotta …

NASCAR

Maryland refuses to hit the panic button after loss to Minnesota

This wasn’t the kind of postgame meeting that Mark Turgeon was expecting to hold on Wednesday night, but shortly after a disheartening 89-75 loss to Minnesota at the Xfinity Center, the sixth-year coach strolled into the locker room and told his players not to panic. That was the prevailing …

College Basketball

Should Kansas City Chiefs be considered a favorite to land Tony Romo? - Kansas City Chiefs Blog

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Many of the odds that have come out of Las Vegas in recent weeks had given the Kansas City Chiefs the fifth- or sixth-best chance …

NFL

A Tee Time With Trump? Pro Golfers Say Absolutely

Ernie Els, known as the Big Easy, created a little strife on social media this month by playing golf with President Trump and Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla.<p>As the PGA Tour moves this week to PGA National Resort and Spa, a six-mile drive from Trump …

Golf

Welcome to the NBA trade deadline

Good morning. We have that and more in Thursday’s NBA newsletter.<p>The 2017 NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. Plenty of big names remain in play to some extent, led by Jimmy Butler and Paul George. We're not sure if the Bulls or Pacers will trade those guys, but there has been …

NBA

Puck Soup #39: Will Leitch

Dave and Greg welcome Will Leitch of Sports On Earth and the New Republic (and the founder of Deadspin) to talk about the St. Louis Blues, how …

Cristiano Ronaldo and the top 20 heading heroes of European football

Soccer

Castleford and Sale dispute over Denny Solomona set to be settled out of court

• Castleford seeking damages over winger’s switching of codes • Legal proceedings adjourned with clubs due to discuss settlement<p>Castleford Tigers’ legal dispute against Premiership side Sale and their former winger, Denny Solomona, could yet be settled out of court after a planned hearing set for …

Rugby Union

Joe Mixon's Combine Ban Is Just More Misguided, Unproductive NFL 'Discipline'

Boy, the NFL sure is teaching Joe Mixon a lesson.<p>Mixon, perpetrator of a brutal captured-on-video 2014 assault of Oklahoma student Amelia Molitor, was not invited to next week's scouting combine.<p>In fact, no player with an assault-related charge on his docket is allowed to participate: no Mixon, no …

Minnesota Vikings

Hugh Freeze’s Ole Miss faces NCAA doomsday. SEC rivals prep for either transfers or trouble

The Rebels have already bowl-banned themselves in response to an expanded list of allegations. How big could this get?<p>“Complete uncertainty at every level.”<p>Those are the words of one source inside the University of Mississippi in regard to the future of Ole Miss’ football program. Wednesday, the …

College Football

Budapest 2024 snub highlights need for Olympic changes, insiders say

(Reuters) - Budapest's withdrawal from bidding for the 2024 summer Olympics, a process already marred by a string of exits, highlights the need for changes to the Games model, insiders say.<p>The Olympic Games were once the most hotly contested sports commodity in the world, but in recent years the …

Olympics

Oakland Raiders: 5 offseason needs

With a 12-win season in the rear-view mirror, the Oakland Raiders head into free agency looking to improve on their already solid roster.<p>The Oakland …

NFL

Best and Worst Moves Washington Redskins Can Make This Offseason

Keeping a Pro Bowl quarterback and at least one of his star wide receivers are among the best moves the Washington Redskins can make in what's sure to be a highly significant offseason.<p>General manager Scot McCloughan is under no <b></b>small amount of pressure to get things right this year after making …

NFL

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins talks about his ride-along with Philly Police Department

The Pro Bowler continues to shine more light on the country’s need for criminal justice reform<p>If San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick …

NFL

Capitals’ video coaches come through again with successful goaltender interference challenge

PHILADELPHIA — As goaltender Braden Holtby looked up at the Wells Fargo Center videoboard in frustration to examine how he erred on Philadelphia’s goal, the Capitals’ video coaches were seeing something else on the replay. The team of Brett Leonhardt and Tim Ohashi signaled to the Washington bench …

ESPN dropped a new Masters commercial and it's the best one yet

Because golf fans’ life revolves entirely around the Masters (ONLY 42 MORE DAYS!?!!?!), and because ESPN happens to be the broadcaster of a portion of that event, it’s been systematically dropping a series of promos to get us all very excited.<p>All of them feature Tom Rinaldi as the narrator, so grab …

Golf

From 1,042nd to a More Positive Place: Del Potro Finds Tennis Contentment

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The sun was setting when Juan Martín del Potro was finishing up his second practice session Sunday, the overhead lights creating eerie shadows across the stadium court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.<p>It was the day before the start of the Delray Beach Open, the ATP Tour event …

Rio Olympics

Who are the 20 Premier League ever-presents this season?

Soccer

Best and Worst Moves New England Patriots Can Make This Offseason

Even while the New England Patriots are still celebrating their memorable comeback win in Super Bowl LI, the team is busy preparing for the race to ring six.<p>While the Patriots find themselves in a better starting position than most franchises—being a championship-caliber team and all—there is still …

New England Patriots

Eddie Jones’s rotation by instinct for England shows there’s no substitute for nous

How coaches handle their replacements is becoming increasingly decisive in the Six Nations, from England’s coach following his hunches to Wales’s use of data<p>The growing strength of the bench<p>The former footballer Rodney Marsh once said that the players a manager had to keep happy were the ones in …

Rugby Union

Jutanugarn, Yang shoot 66 to take lead at LPGA Thailand

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — Ariya Jutanugarn and Amy Yang both shot 6-under 66 in the first round Thursday to take a share of the lead at the LPGA Thailand.<p>Jutanugarn, a Thai ranked second in the world, had six birdies while Yang, the 2015 champion, had seven birdies and a bogey at the Siam Country …

Golf