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Dana White: If Jon Jones is ready, he'll fight Daniel Cormier in July

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:37:24 PDT

Dana White says that Jon Jones could face Daniel Cormier in July as long as Jones is ready. (Getty) The UFC is looking to schedule a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones ....
Diversity report card shows that MLB has some work to do

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:28:40 PDT

Major League Baseball was reminded Tuesday of its shortcomings in the areas of diversity as The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at The University of Central Florida released its annual rep....
Outfield waiver wire options with Starling Marte suspended

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:21:46 PDT

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended for 80 games for a PED violation. (AP) Brutal news here for baseball fans generally and, of course, for the Pirates… Pirates OF Starling Marte suspende....
Paranoia is pragmatism for Georgia and Nebraska this spring

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:10:57 PDT

The two teams met in the 2014 Taxslayer Bowl. (Getty) College football coaches are paranoid. While coaches are typically happy to share offensive and defensive concepts, they can be especially withhol....
Joey Bosa, last season's high-profile holdout, absent as Chargers start offseason workouts

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:05:45 PDT

Voluntary workouts in the NFL aren’t really voluntary. NFL teams can’t fine players who don’t show up, but everyone knows the deal: You’re expected to show up. You’d think that after last season’s con....
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte suspended 80 games for PEDs

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:58 PDT

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Mar....
John Tortorella hopes Blue Jackets listen to their crappy victory music

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:53:35 PDT

[Some NSFW content here] The Columbus Blue Jackets are facing elimination on Tuesday night at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are up 3-0 in their first-round series. Which means the rest of ....
3 men arrested for 'hanging out and drinking beer' at FAU Stadium

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:47:22 PDT

FAU Stadium does seem like a pretty nice place to hang out, doesn’t it? (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Somebody forgot to tell three Florida men that football season doesn’t start for five months. ....
NCAA returns events to North Carolina after state repeals elements of HB2

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:36:28 PDT

NCAA tournament games will return to North Carolina next year. (AP) The NCAA tournament is coming back to North Carolina. The state on Tuesday was awarded a women’s basketball regional in Charlotte in....
Texas Tech announces game vs. EWU is switching dates without finalizing switch with Eagles first

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:34:38 PDT

(Getty Images) If you’re planning on moving the date of a game you should probably confirm the switch with your opponent before you announce it. Texas Tech said Tuesday that its season-opening game at....
Patriots poaching Bills again? New England signs restricted free agent Mike Gillislee to offer sheet

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:14:36 PDT

Last offseason, the New England Patriots signed restricted free agent Chris Hogan, an under-used receiver with the Buffalo Bills, to an offer sheet. The Bills let him go, and Hogan became a big part o....
NFL draft profile: No. 9 — Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, a do-it-all, thrill-a-minute weapon

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:06:28 PDT

Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. 9. Stanford RB-WR-RS Christ....
With their playoff debuts, Greg Monroe, Bobby Portis and others leave us waiting no more!

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:03:05 PDT

Greg Monroe goes left. (Getty Images) If he wanted to stick with a growing club with playoff potential, Greg Monroe could have re-signed with the Detroit Pistons in 2015. If he wanted to work out of a....
Random Offseason Tweet of the Day: Jim Harbaugh's proud of a baby named after him

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:01:07 PDT

(Getty Images) Welcome back to our Random Offseason Tweet of the Day Feature. As we count down the days to the 2017 football season, there are still some funny and especially random things happening i....
Leafs fans in delirium; Marchand's scoring struggles (Puck Headlines)

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:51:36 PDT

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to sub....
Reports: Aqib Talib won't face NFL punishment for 2016 shooting incident

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:50:53 PDT

Aqib Talib won’t be punished by the NFL for shooting himself last June. (Getty Images) Good news for Aqib Talib and the Denver Broncos: USA Today’s Tom Pelissero and others reported on Tuesday that th....
Greg Cosell's NFL Draft Preview: Washington WR John Ross doesn't have an obvious weakness

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:18:15 PDT

When I watch tape of college prospects, I note what I perceive to be the strengths and weaknesses in their game. On my report for Washington receiver John Ross, I didn’t mark any weaknesses. That does....
Which NHL team facing playoff sweep isn’t totally dead?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:14:29 PDT

The first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs has been super exciting! Which is pretty amazing when you consider half of these series could end before reaching a Game 5. After Monday night’s games,....
Doc Rivers wants to keep his Clippers together at whatever cost, because of course

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:01:13 PDT

Doc Rivers looks in the direction the Clippers are heading. (AP) Four years after orchestrating his exit from Boston, Doc Rivers finds himself in the same place he left. Rivers made it clear he wasn’t....
Falcons' new stadium set to open in mid-August; Georgia Dome still available (updated)

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:58 PDT

Shortly after the Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl, in what was supposed to be the final football game in the Georgia Dome, the team began ef....
Rangers know series vs. Canadiens 'can change on a dime' with Game 4 win

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:09:14 PDT

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 16: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates a third period goal by Brady Skjei #76 (not ahown) against Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game Three of the ....
George Springer is being more aggressive in the best type of way

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:08:34 PDT

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer is feeling some urgency this year. Perhaps that’s fitting. This was the year the experts predicted Houston to finally break through and win the World Series. ....
MLB umpires may soon explain calls on replay rulings just like the NFL

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:09 PDT

Since expanded instant replay was introduced in baseball in 2014, we’ve all grown very familiar with the procedure. A play happens, a manager challenges it (or an umpire decides it should be reviewed)....
Kentucky has rings for Louisville win... and bowl loss (Photos)

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:49:35 PDT

In November, Kentucky beat Louisville for the first time under Mark Stoops. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The Kentucky football team received rings Tuesday that commemorate two games from the 201....
Capitals face their failures in falling behind Maple Leafs

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:15:46 PDT

What they hell happened to the Washington Capitals in their Game 3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs? It was a third straight overtime game, and a second straight Toronto victory to take a 2-1 series le....
Report: Rory McIlroy to get married in Ireland on Saturday

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:16:59 PDT

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll are set to say their ‘I do’s. (Getty Images) Rory McIlroy said after the Masters that he would be married before The Players Championship in May, declaring his nuptials im....
David Ross stomps a Disney-themed jive on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:16:33 PDT

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold dance a Disney-themed jive on “Dancing with the Stars” week 5. (Youtube/ABC) Another week of “Dancing with the Stars” means another performance from baseball’s favorite g....
Puck Daddy Bag of Mail: Leafs vs. Oilers, underpaid Sidney Crosby

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:07:02 PDT

  Hey everyone, with the NCAA season over, it’s time to roll out a new feature for the summer. It’s a mailbag column. People love those. If you have a question you want answered in the future, you ca....
Lydia Ko fires latest caddie after just nine tournaments

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:56:07 PDT

Lydia Ko is in the market for a new caddie. (Getty Images) Lydia Ko has made a lot of changes in the last 12 months. She’s changed instructors, going from David Leadbetter to Gary Gilchrist. She’s cha....
Examining Dalvin Cook's fantasy future as NFL draft looms

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:26:09 PDT

Can Dalvin Cook succeed on and off the field? (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images) Leading up to the NFL Draft April 27, Liz Loza and Brad Evans will use vision and patience to find holes and answer qu....
Closing Time: Eric Thames becoming Fantasy Baseball force

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:15:43 PDT

Eric Thames is on a home-run barrage (AP) I’m reluctant to open this column with a player who’s at or around universal ownership. The goal in this space is to be actionable; it’s too late to add Eric ....
NHL Three Stars: Night of overtimes

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:15:00 PDT

  No. 1 Star: Jonathan Bernier, Anaheim Ducks On a night when no lead was safe, Bernier came on in relief for starter John Gibson, who gave up four goals. The Ducks goalie made 16 saves on 16 shots, ....
David Fizdale unleashed an instant-classic rant after the Grizzlies' Game 2 loss

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:03:14 PDT

David Fizdale reacts to another rooking from the referees. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the San Antonio Spurs 96-82 on Monday to fall into a 2-0 hole in their first-round series, which understan....
Corey Perry gets lucky bounce, Ducks go up 3-0 (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:23:46 PDT

It’s hard to call the Anaheim Ducks’ 5-4 victory over the Calgary Flames, going up 3-0 in their Western Conference series, a fluky one. They rallied from a 4-1 deficit to force overtime. They earned t....
Kawhi Leonard fended off a Grizzlies comeback, and the Spurs are in control up 2-0

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:06:22 PDT

Kawhi Leonard has been too much for the Grizzlies to handle in this series. (AP) The San Antonio Spurs finished Saturday’s Game 1 against the Memphis Grizzlies with the sort of dominance that makes on....
'An absolute stud': Kadri lifts Leafs to surprise series lead

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:46:49 PDT

TORONTO – As fans sat silent, attempting to unpack the two-goal deficit the Toronto Maple Leafs dug themselves versus the Washington Capitals five minutes into the city’s first home playoff game in ....
Predators up 3-0 on Blackhawks after overtime stunner (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:41:58 PDT

  The Chicago Blackhawks, picked by many to play for the Stanley Cup this season, are facing elimination after the Nashville Predators’ stunning 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 on Monday night, taking a....
Bitter Bruins fans litter ice with trash, try to steal players' sticks (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:59:31 PDT

There was a controversial ending to Monday’s Game 3 between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins, with Bobby Ryan scoring the game winner after drawing a soft penalty and avoiding one of his own. The....
Was Corey Crawford interfered with on key Predators’ goal? (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:48:45 PDT

The moment after Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators scored to tie Game 3 late in the third period on Monday night, Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford spun around to the referees and regis....
Paul George: Lance Stephenson has 'got to learn to control himself'

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:27:47 PDT

Paul George takes it to the line, sometimes. (Getty Images) The Indiana Pacers’ Lance Stephenson showed flashes of his old self during Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 16 points off the....
Up 2-0 on Pacers, LeBron thinks Cavs are 'right there on turning the switch'

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:26:30 PDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers still haven’t flipped the switch, but LeBron James thinks they’re “right there,” within arm’s reach of playing their best ball. They’re also two wins away from Round 2, thanks ....
Pierre McGuire slams refs for non-call in Bruins vs. Senators OT (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:55:43 PDT

NBC Sports NHL analyst Pierre McGuire is known for many things. Like his encyclopedic knowledge of player origins. Like his admiration for players named Sidney Crosby. Like his camaraderie with player....
Watch: Carrie Underwood crushes anthem prior to Game 3 in Nashville

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:30:24 PDT

Carrie Underwood performed the national anthem prior to the Predators’ Game 3 against the Blackhawks – and she delivered. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Captain Mike Fisher is as big-time as it gets....
Brewers first baseman Eric Thames will not stop hitting home runs

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:27:40 PDT

The best story in baseball is a former journeyman outfielder who hasn’t played in the league since 2012. Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames is back from a sojourn in the Korea Baseball Organi....
Bobby Ryan redeems himself by drawing soft penalty, burying OT winner (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:04:56 PDT

Bobby Ryan redeemed himself with the overtime winner in Game 3 to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 series lead. (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Bounces and breaks tend to even out in the game of ....
NFL draft profile: No. 10 — Alabama TE O.J. Howard, sorely underused two-way weapon

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:46:38 PDT

Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. 10. Alabama TE O.J. Howard ....
Maple Leafs shock Capitals in Game 3 on Bozak OT goal (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:17:53 PDT

So do you believe in the Toronto Maple Leafs now? The Leafs rallied from two separate two-goal deficits and won their second straight overtime decision against the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in front....
Erik Karlsson delivers hail mary saucer to Hoffman for 1-handed goal (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:27:17 PDT

Ottawa Senators star Erik Karlsson made the most unbelievable pass of the playoffs Monday in Game 3 against the Boston Bruins. (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images) Erik Karlsson is delivering some....
Bad bounce causes nightmare goof for Bobby Ryan (Video)

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:17:59 PDT

The Ottawa Senators had a 3-0 lead against the Boston Bruins in the second period of Game 3 on Monday night, but Bruins erased it by the end of the period. One reason why: This nightmarish sequence fo....
Kyle Schwarber executes the most perfect bunt you'll ever see

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:58:13 PDT

The words “Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber” and “bunt” should never appear in the same sentence. Anyone who has ever seen him knows that to be true. This is the same guy who hit a ball all the ....
Prized Rice transfer Marcus Evans follows his former coach to VCU

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:55:03 PDT

Marcus Evans averaged 19 points per game at Rice last season. (AP) The prized recruit in Mike Rhoades’ three-year tenure at Rice is following him to VCU. Sophomore guard Marcus Evans announced on Twit....
J.R. Smith suffers hamstring injury, out for rest of Cavs-Pacers Game 2

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:47:01 PDT

GM David Griffin acquired J.R. Smith in January 2015. (AP) Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith exited Monday’s game against the Indiana Pacers early with a left hamstring injury. He played in the fir....
The St. Louis Cardinals are off to their worst start since 1988

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:05:20 PDT

Here are some words you don’t have the opportunity to say too often: The St. Louis Cardinals are the worst team in the National League right now. Crazy, right? The Cardinals, usually a model of consis....
Capitals' Karl Alzner out for Game 3 vs. Maple Leafs

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:03:36 PDT

WASHINGTON, DC – April 13: Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) skates in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 13, 2017, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in Ro....
Justin Verlander had a great response to suggestion he's tipping pitches

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:10:51 PDT

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander isn’t too concerned after posting one of the worst starts of his exceptional career. Hey, it happens. Even the best pitchers occasionally have off days. [Sign u....
Indiana Pacers confined to hotel Sunday night as Cleveland police searched for 'Facebook killer'

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:10:21 PDT

The Pacers play the Cavs in Game 2 Monday night. (AP) The Indiana Pacers had an off day Sunday in Cleveland in between Games 1 and 2 of their first round playoff series against the Cavaliers, but they....
Try not to cry as this hard-working kid gets rewarded with Cubs tickets

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:59:48 PDT

Nothing quite pulls at the heart strings like a hard-working young kid getting a surprise so great from his parents that it brings him to tears. And that’s just what 9-year-old Kolt Kyler got this wee....
Boston Marathon runners in need of pick-me-up get it from Super Bowl-inspired sign

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:47 PDT

Super Bowl LI. (AP) In case your sports fandom doesn’t include things like marathons, you might not know that the Boston Marathon was held on Monday. You can read about the winners here. Running a 26.....
Carmelo Anthony and wife La La have separated, per report

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:16:36 PDT

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and his wife, La La, are living separately after an “amicable” split, according to a report from TMZ. Carmelo and La La, an actress and TV personality, married in ....
Pitchers to trust or trade based off early strikeout numbers

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:47:53 PDT

Is Carlos Martinez on the verge of becoming a Cy Young contender? (AP) It’s still very early — but not for everything. When it comes to strikeout rates, it’s way later than you think. Strikeout rates ....