0 of 7 Tim Warner/Getty Images A handful of NBA rookies have outperformed their draft positions, either by outproducing players selected before them or earning spots in their rotations over veterans on the rosters. They've each looked like solid fits and picks based on who else was available. And while the focus is still on…
Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press Kevin Durant scored 50 points on 15-of-26 shooting and Draymond Green added a 16-point, 14-rebound, 10-assist triple-double as the No. 1 seed Golden State Warriors eliminated the No. 8 seed Los Angeles Clippers from the NBA postseason with a 129-110 win on Friday. Golden State won its best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series over…
Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook took exception to something said to him by a Utah Jazz fan during Monday's game. The Deseret News' Eric Woodyard shared a video in which Westbrook can be heard saying, "I'll f--k you up. You and your wife. I'll f--k you up." (warning: post contains…
Alan Diaz/Associated Press New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman commented Saturday on his impending four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy against performance-enhancing substances. Edelman suggested to NFL Network's James Palmer that while the suspension has him down, he is trying to look ahead: "It's disappointing with the penalty and the findings. I'm [definitely] accountable.…
Brian Babineau/Getty Images When the NBA announced last season that the All-Star teams would be picked by two captains, everybody had pretty much the same reaction: Great idea, but why isn't it televised? The All-Star Game badly needed a shake-up. The weekend has created lots of memorable moments, but when was the last time anyone…
Dylan Buell/Getty Images Wide receiver Josh Gordon's rocky tenure with the Cleveland Browns will end Monday, as the team announced its plan to release the former Pro Bowler following Week 2: Cleveland Browns @BrownsBrowns to release WR Josh Gordon Statement from GM John Dorsey: https://t.co/bQmWraH8Nr The 27-year-old was among the NFL's top receivers when he played, but multiple…
LeBron James capped the first round of the NBA playoffs with a single, poignant emoji: a watch. He closed the second round with an emphatic declaration: "Never underestimate the heart of a champion!" Along the way, James smacked the analytics movement, saluted John Singleton and shouted out Muhammad Ali while his team generated an endless stream of intrigue and controversy. All told, it's been a…
Craig Mitchelldyer/Associated Press The Denver Nuggets reportedly weren't willing to give up Jamal Murray in a potential deal for big man Anthony Davis. Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported the news, noting such a notion was "a non-starter for the Nuggets." Singer cited a source who said the team would have been more aggressive…
Darron Cummings/Associated Press The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $50,000 by the NBA after head coach Doc Rivers made public comments Tuesday comparing Toronto Raptors superstar forward Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jordan. Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic on Friday reported the fine, which was levied under the league's anti-tampering rule. NBA on ESPN…
Scott Taetsch/Getty Images The Washington Nationals released reliever Trevor Rosenthal on Sunday after signing him to a one-year, $7 million contract last offseason.  But Rosenthal, 29, has been a disaster this season, going 0-1 with a 22.74 ERA, 3.63 WHIP and five strikeouts in 12 appearances (6.1 innings).  Without piling on Rosenthal too much, he…
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