Sports

Jay Cutler wanted to play for the Texans, who refused to return his phone calls

Perhaps Cutler should have tried to text.<p>Jay Cutler reached out to the Houston Texans, wanting to express his interest in playing for the team. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Texans wouldn’t return his phone calls.<p>Cutler is going to be 34 next season and is coming off the worst season …

NFL

Report: Lonzo Ball to skip NBA draft combine

Top NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball of UCLA plans to skip the NBA draft combine, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.<p>Ball is expected to be one …

Basketball

6-Foot-10 and a 3-Point Shooter. Just What the Rockets Want.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — When Kyle Wiltjer interviewed with the Houston Rockets before last year’s N.B.A. draft, he came prepared. He knew all about Daryl Morey, the team’s general manager. He knew all about the Rockets’ belief in analytics. He knew all about their fondness for the 3-point line. …

NBA

Drafting woman-puncher already blowing up on Bengals

CINCINNATI — The Bengals are facing a backlash over their decision to draft running back Joe Mixon, who punched a woman in the face while at Oklahoma.<p>…

Joe Mixon

10 veterans who should be worried about their jobs after the NFL draft

Wait, what about me?<p>The NFL draft can be a cruel taste of reality for veterans around the league as they realize their teams are loading up at …

NFL

Look: Chad Kelly caught napping by ESPN cameras at draft party

For a guy with the nickname "Swag," Chad Kelly's draft party certainly came off as a disappointment Saturday.<p>The Ole Miss quarterback was caught …

NFL Draft

Motor racing: Mercedes face a big battle as domination disappears

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Formula One champions Mercedes were facing the prospect of a third defeat in four races after Ferrari ended two of the team's longest sequences of success at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday.<p>For the first time in 31 races, since Singapore in September 2015, grand prix …

Sport (UK)

Why Panthers’ Corn Elder is a hard-hitting bargain pick (with an incredible name)

The corner plays physical football.<p>Corn Elder isn’t the kind of cornerback you can leave on an island in man coverage. He <b>is</b> the kind of cornerback who can make plays, break up passes over the middle, and swallow up tailbacks as one of college football’s strongest tacklers.<p>And after falling to the …

NFL

Brett Gardner’s Sudden Power Surge Carries Yankees Past Orioles

Friday’s game between the Yankees and Orioles ended, fittingly enough, on a home run. Saturday’s started, rather shockingly, the same way.<p>That is not because the home run is a rare occurrence at Yankee Stadium these days. An inordinate number of baseballs have landed beyond the outfield fence there …

Major League Baseball

Let’s watch this devastating tackle sum up today’s Old Firm match

Scottish teams Celtic and Rangers have one of the most heated soccer rivalries in all of Europe.<p>The Old Firm, as its known, pits the Glasgow-based …

Soccer

Chargers like turnovers and drafting Desmond King is a good way to get more

The ball-hawking former Iowa defensive back recorded 14 interceptions in an accolades-filled collegiate career.<p>Cornerback Desmond King displayed the kind of ball skills throughout his college career that can’t be taught, hauling in 14 interceptions for Iowa. The Los Angeles Chargers bet on those …

NFL

Gutsy Mladenovic ends Sharapova comeback at Stuttgart

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-final in her first event back after a 15-month doping suspension, losing to France's Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Saturday.<p>Wildcard entrant Sharapova, a five-time grand-slam …

Tennis

Saints superfan Jarrius misses draft for liver transplant

The New Orleans Saints' draft was missing something special this weekend as 15-year-old superfan Jarrius "JJ" Robertson got ready for a long-awaited …

Medicine

D-Backs' Miller opts for Tommy John surgery

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be without right-hander Shelby Miller for at least the next 12 months, as the 26-year-old announced Saturday he will …

As Injuries Mount, Mets Executive Says Team Needs to Regroup

WASHINGTON — In the wake of more injuries to their roster — particularly to their best everyday player, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes — the Mets must evaluate everything from the players’ training regimens to how much water they are drinking, General Manager Sandy Alderson said.<p>“It would be easy to …

Major League Baseball

Giants Look to 2020 and Beyond in Drafting a Quarterback

When the Giants selected quarterback Ryan Nassib of Syracuse in the fourth round of the N.F.L. draft in 2013, General Manager Jerry Reese said he hoped that Nassib would never play.<p>As grim as that must have been for Nassib to hear, it was Reese’s way of emphasizing how much the Giants’ fortunes …

NFL

Patriots acquire TE James O’Shaughnessy for peanuts on Day 3 of 2017 NFL draft

The Patriots dropped 33 spots in the draft order to pick up tight end James O’Shaughnessy from the Chiefs.<p>Minutes before the third day of the 2017 NFL draft was set to begin, the New England Patriots traded with the Kansas City Chiefs and acquired tight end James O’Shaughnessy for a grand total of …

NFL

Suspended Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory reportedly fails a seventh drug test

Randy Gregory was one of the best talents in the 2015 NFL Draft class<p>Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory has failed a seventh drug test, according to TMZ.com.<p>TMZ Sports spoke with multiple people with direct knowledge of the situation who confirmed Randy was tested on Feb. 21 and was informed on …

NFL

Who wants a Game 7?

Good morning. We have that and more in Saturday’s NBA newsletter.<p>If you don't love Steve Ballmer at his Devastated By Joe Johnson's Daggers, you don't deserve him at his Apoplectic At Chris Paul's Genius.The Point God struck again Friday night, racking up 29 and eight as the best player on the …

Basketball

Jerry Seinfeld birthday tribute: 10 best sports moments from the show

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld turns 63 on Saturday, and while he bashed birthdays on his show in an attempt to be dark and disturbed – "nevitably, irrevocably: Happy birthday? No such thing" – we wanted to mark the occasion with the top 10 sports moments from <i>Seinfeld</i>. Giddyup.<p>10. "This is …

Comedy

NFL draft grades 2017: Experts split on Day 2 picks

Analysts didn’t always agree on team’s choices in the second and third rounds.<p>The second day of the 2017 draft was eventful. We won’t know if they made the right moves until these players actually hit the field, but that doesn’t mean we can’t judge them.<p>There were trades galore. Teams dealt picks …

NFL

Joe Johnson, a Taciturn Veteran, Speaks Volumes for the Jazz

There have been several incarnations of Joe Johnson over the years. He was a top-10 pick who did not quite fit in Boston, which led to a trade to Phoenix, where he found his calling as Steve Nash’s favorite gunner. Johnson was an obscenely expensive, yet underappreciated, All-Star in Atlanta. He …

Basketball

For Brewers’ Eric Thames, Stint in South Korea Goes a Long Way

You never really know when a FaceTime chat will change your life. For Eric Thames, the majors’ early-season slugging sensation, it happened in late 2013, when he was playing for a team in Caracas, Venezuela.<p>Three organizations — Seattle, Baltimore and Houston — had taken turns that season with …

Baseball

FIFA, Olympic official Sheikh Ahmad denies bribery claim

GENEVA (AP) — Asian Olympic leader Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah of Kuwait has denied claims made in a U.S. federal court that he paid six-figure bribes to FIFA voters.<p>"Sheikh Ahmad is very surprised by such allegations and strongly denies any wrongdoing," the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said in …

Corruption

Sebastian Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in Russian GP qualifying

Sebastian Vettel led teammate Kimi Raikkonen to a Ferrari 1-2 during qualifying for the Russian GP at the Sochi Autodrom in Russia on Saturday.<p>It is …

Formula One

Granada relegated as Adams fails to right the ship

Adrian Ramos scored Granada's first goal under interim boss Tony Adams on Saturday but a 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad relegated the club after a …

Dutch Eredivisie

Nationals place Eaton on DL with left knee strain

The Washington Nationals' biggest offseason acquisition will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.<p>Outfielder Adam Eaton was placed on the 10-day …

Basketball

Boston Celtics close out series against the Chicago Bulls: 3 takeaways

The Boston Celtics are moving on to the second round after beating the Chicago Bulls,105-83.<p>The Celtics are moving on to the second round of the NBA …

Basketball

Jonathan Allen seems to have been born for his opportunity with the Redskins

Well before Alabama’s Jonathan Allen was announced as the Washington Redskins’ first-round pick in the NFL draft, the massive defensive tackle and former standout at Ashburn’s Stone Bridge High was regarded by many fans as one of their own.<p>With his introduction Saturday at FedEx Field, where …

Nadal on track for 10th Barcelona triumph after reaching final

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Barcelona Open by dispatching Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3 6-4 on Saturday to book his place in Sunday's showpiece against Dominic Thiem where he will be looking to win the tournament for a 10th time.<p>Nadal struck the first blow by …

Tennis