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What about Tyler Herro? Should Denver have called a timeout on the last play? What if the Heat actually win?! We break it down.
AUSTIN, Texas — Brandel Chamblee of the Golf Channel listens to Tim Rosaforte during the live broadcast of the Dell Match Play Bracket Special at the Paramount Theater prior to the World Golf Championships – Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 21, 2016. | Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR
The long-time golf channel analyst sounded defeated when discussing Tuesday’s news about the PGA Tour’s merger with the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has apologized for his terse response to a question posed by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne following the Heat’s 111-108 victory over the Nuggets in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
The Heat trailed the Nuggets by as many as 15 points in the contest. But strong performances from Gabe Vincent, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo helped offset Nikola Jokić’s 41 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
However, when Shelburne asked Spoelstra for his thoughts on making Jokić merely a “scorer,” Spoelstra delivered an unpleasant response.
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Amidst the stunning news of the PGA Tour LIV Golf merger, tour commissioner Jay Monahan explained himself, or did he?
Tuesday morning, the sports world was shaken to its core. The PGA Tour announced they are merging with LIV Golf and the DP World Tour. This puts an end to the division within the sport of golf, primarily between the PGA and LIV.
Hours after the news surfaced, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan held a press conference to provide further detail on the matter.
“I know you’ve heard me say a couple times that circumstances change.
After a sluggish Game 2 in which he had 12 points with 2:35 to go, the Nuggets’ point guard will have to return to his efficient scoring ways against Butler if Denver wants to reclaim home-court advantage.
Matt Harmon and Frank Schwab debate who will be this year’s Denver Broncos – a team with a ton of hype that becomes the biggest disappointment of the season.
Miami can’t get help soon enough. All postseason, the Miami Heat have been this year’s Cinderella story as the Jimmy Butler-led group fights for the Larry O’Brien trophy with a shorthanded roster.
Miami Heat Desperately Need Herro’s Heroics
Butler, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and company suffered critical injuries in Round 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks after losing Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro.
Tyler Herro really took a shot with a broken hand pic.twitter.
The NFL reportedly is investigating Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers for violating its gambling policy, and the fourth-year cornerback could be in for a very serious punishment.
Pro Football Talk reports Rodgers is facing a potential lifetime ban from the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell has “unilateral authority” over all gambling-related cases, and the league’s gambling policy gives him the right to kick Rodgers out of the league.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback situation — as it was last season — will be one of the most focused-upon storylines across the NFL. While everyone and their mother knew there was going to be some kind of quarterback drama, tight end George Kittle may have just fanned those flames a little bit.
Kittle spoke to the media during OTAs and from what he’s seen so far, Trey Lance has drastically improved.
“I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I think Trey looks significantly better than he did last year.”
George Kittle on Trey Lance pic.twitter.com/3HbSDKpqhj
Seven months ago, Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah finished third in voting for the American League Cy Young Award. Now, he’s heading back to the minors.
Toronto announced it’s sending its former ace to the Florida Complex League on Tuesday, one day after Manoah gave up six runs while recording just one out against the Astros. Through 13 starts, Manoah is 1-7 with a 6.36 ERA.
“It’s not a knee-jerk reaction,” manager John Schnedier said of the decision, per MLB.com’s Keegan Matheson.
Jacob deGrom will undergo surgery to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. GM Chris Young did not specify what procedure deGrom will have.
The PGA Tour and DP World Tour have joined forces with the LIV Golf League “to unify the game of golf … under one umbrella,” Jay Monahan said.
Buffalo Bill safety Damar Hamlin is leading an incredible comeback.
Just months after nearly dying on the field, Hamlin has put on football pads as a full participant at Bills practice. Hamlin showed out Tuesday in complete gear for his first full day of drills this offseason. His career appeared in jeopardy after suffering an on-field cardiac arrest in early January, requiring CPR to be revived after his heart stopped.
READ: DAMAR HAMLIN PARTICIPATES IN PRACTICE AT BUFFALO BILLS OTAS LESS THAN 150 DAYS SINCE ON-FIELD CARDIAC ARREST
Few expected Hamlin to make such a swift recovery.
There’s a common term among the fantasy football community: “third-year-breakout wide receiver.” It implies, obviously, that the third year of a career is when most wide receivers realize their potential. One guy who embodied that: San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel.
Heading into the 2021-22 season, Samuel had just under 1,400 scrimmage yards in his first two years across 22 games played. But in his third year, Samuel more than doubled his career figure.
The former Gamecock amassed over 1,400 yards receiving alone and added 365 rushing yards. He scored 14 touchdowns.
LIV Golf and the PGA Tour announcing its merger on Tuesday morning was a shock to literally everybody except for those who made the deal. Golfers, officials, figureheads, fans and everybody in between were left dumbfounded by the agreement.
Making Sense Of The Merger: The PGA Tour-LIV Winners, How Media Will Spin It, Why It’s A Win For Golf, More
Former President Donald Trump called it almost one year ago to the date, but even he couldn’t have foreseen it coming out of nowhere like it did. The merger was mind-blowing, especially considering the amount of hate between the two sides.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas walk on the first hole during the second round of the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on May 19, 2023. | Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced a partnership with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, leaving players confused, betrayed and out of the loop.
Tuesday’s news shocked the entire golfing world, including players on the PGA Tour, who felt betrayed and humiliated, per Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel.
Robert Saleh didn’t hedge Tuesday in saying a new deal for the All-Pro DT is “going to get done.
ESPN-NBA commentator Kendrick Perkins doesn’t know where the hell he stands on Nuggets star Nikola Jokic.
From one corner of his mouth, Perkins is praising Jokic’s play. From the other, he’s badmouthing support for Jokic.
One day, Perkins calls white NBA MVP voters racist for picking the Serbian over Joel Embiid.
You can’t take Jimmy Butler anywhere.
The Miami Heat were never supposed to be in the 2023 NBA Finals. Now that they’re here, the team is staying loose against the Denver Nuggets thanks to the leadership of their star player, Jimmy Butler.
Butler has always been a character, to put it mildly. He’s created his own coffee company, annoyed teammates by blasting terrible music that he unironically loves, flipped a kayak while detailing his ultimatum to the Bulls, and unintentionally created oh so many memes with his on-court mannerisms.
In a historic move, Missouri has hired Kerrick Jackson as its new head baseball coach, the school announced Saturday. Jackson becomes the first Black head coach in SEC baseball history.
“We set out to find a leader of high character with success rejuvenating a program, and we certainly found that in Kerrick Jackson,” Missouri athletic director Desireé Reed-Francois wrote in a statement. “He’s a tireless recruiter, fierce competitor and a coach with deep roots in the Midwest. Coach Jackson knows what success looks like in college baseball, specifically at Mizzou.
Jacob deGrom is heading for UCL surgery, marking an end to his 2023 season.
DeGrom joined the Texas Rangers in the offseason on a 5-year, $185 million deal to anchor their rotation.
The 34-year-old came to Arlington with a long history of dominance on the mound. And an equally long history of injuries that derailed past seasons.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – APRIL 11: Mike Maddux #31 of the Texas Rangers puts his hand on the shoulder of Jacob deGrom #48 of the Texas Rangers during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Field on April 11, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.
As the Rangers seek to continue their hot start to the 2023 season, they will have to do so without starting pitcher Jacob deGrom.
An MRI on Tuesday revealed that the right-handed ace partially tore his ulnar collateral ligament. Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reported deGrom will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and is projected to be out until the middle of the 2024 season.
“This stinks,” deGrom said, per Grant. “It’s not ideal. But at least we know what it is now. I want to get it fixed and will set a goal to be back before the end of next year.
Indiana baseball lost the Lexington Regional final to Kentucky on Monday afternoon. As a result, the Hoosiers had their season come to an end, while the Wildcats advanced to a Super Regional next weekend.
From all angles…
Incredible work by @UKSportsVideo. pic.twitter.com/llJJr3gFaG
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 6, 2023
Perhaps Indiana’s living arrangements factored into its struggles down the stretch. Perhaps it would have won the Regional in the first game of the two-game Final on Sunday if starting second baseman Tyler Cerny had played.
In the aftermath of its best season in decades, Marquette has locked down its coach for the foreseeable future.
Golden Eagles coach Shaka Smart has agreed to a contract extension through the 2030 season, Marquette’s athletic department announced in a Tuesday afternoon release. The deal adds three seasons to the six-year contract Smart signed upon his hiring in March 2021.
“My family and I are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Marquette community, where relationships, growth and victory truly matter,” Smart said in the university’s release.
The series may be tied 1-1, but Denver’s seen a troubling trend in the NBA Finals so far — the Nuggets can’t contain Miami in the 4th quarter.
After 20 years of elite performances, it’s still not hard to argue that some of LeBron James’s best years in the NBA took place in a Heat uniform. The 19-time All-Star led the franchise to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and two NBA titles from 2011 to ’14, etching his name among the best players to ever come through Miami.
The stop with the Heat is just a small part of James’s legacy, as the 38-year-old has gone on to enter his name in the conversation among the greatest of all time in the sport.
The PGA Tour-LIV Golf merger came as a shock to many people. One of the main reasons is because of PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. Monahan heavily criticized LIV Golf and players who defected. He invoked victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as why players should not support LIV Golf.
On June 12, 2022, Monahan appeared on a PGA Tour broadcast on CBS with Jim Nantz. Nantz asked him about a letter sent from the 9/11 Families United to representatives of LIV Golf defectors Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and others.
Alek Manoah has been terrible in 2023, but his outing on Monday was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The 2022 All-Star was sent down by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon.
Manoah, 25, sported a 3.22 ERA in 20 starts as a rookie in 2021, but really found his groove in year two. He won 16 of his 31 starts and struck out 180 batters with an ERA of just 2.24.
Manoah’s stuff was nasty.
Alex Manoah freezes the shit out of Yasmani Grandal. Good lord. pic.twitter.
The Giants and Vikings had success last season after offensive-minded coach hires.
The annual Tribute in Light marking the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center shines above the skyline of Lower Manhattan in New York, September 11, 2015. | Photo by Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images
The 9/11 Families United organization slammed the PGA Tour for merging with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf.
The 9/11 Families United, a community of family members who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, slammed the PGA Tour and Commissioner Jay Monahan for striking a partnership deal with the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The Karim Benzema transfer saga has come to a brief but lucrative end.
Just days after disavowing reports that he was set to leave Real Madrid for Saudi Arabia, the French forward has officially joined Saudi Pro League champion Al-Ittihad in a blockbuster deal.
According to ESPN, the 35-year-old was offered a two-year, €400 million ($427.8 million) to rebuff a chance at another year with Real Madrid.
“I am excited to experience a new football league in a different country.
Stephen A. Smith became the latest major sports personality to weigh in on the merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf on Tuesday’s episode of First Take.
While many have criticized the controversial move, Smith took the opposite stance, praising PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan for the decision.
“I love it,” Smith said. “I want to take a moment to do something I never thought I’d do on national television, and that’s give PGA commissioner Jay Monahan some love and some credit here. This is smart business on his part, make no mistake about it.”
Whether you want to call it good intuition or just a father looking after his kid, Aaron Murray received some pretty solid advice from his dad on a recruiting trip to Florida. The advice: Stay away from Aaron Hernandez if you commit.
The five-star quarterback took a visit to Gainesville during his crazy recruitment in 2008-2009, looking to narrow down his choices. Murray ended up signing with the Georgia Bulldogs, but that wasn’t the wildest part of his story in the SEC.
The Oakland A’s plan to move to Las Vegas is now facing a significant hurdle thanks to the Nevada legislature.
According to the Nevada Independent, lawmakers declined to proceed with a bill to help get the A’s to Las Vegas.
Several weeks ago, the team announced it had an agreement with state leadership on public funding for a new stadium.
READ: ATHLETICS HAVE AN AGREEMENT TO MOVE TO LAS VEGAS AS TEAM, FANS CONTINUE EMBARRASSING SEASON IN OAKLAND
The A’s would receive up to $380 million of assistance to build a stadium on the strip in Las Vegas.
The PGA Tour and LIV Golf now find themselves in a partnership after their shocking coming together via merger. And while that may be the present topic at hand, it doesn’t erase the very recent past.
Money was the first, second, and third reason behind the decisions made by every player who elected to join LIV Golf over the last year plus. The LIV players who stood in front of the media spewing nonsense about ‘growing the game’ ahead of the circuit’s inaugural event last June were being incredibly disingenuous.
Arguably the biggest critic of LIV Golf is Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. He has consistently and defiantly backed the PGA Tour and concurrently criticized LIV and the Saudis at every turn.
Because of that, LIV Golf defector Brooks Koepka took to Twitter to ask an important question: how is Chamblee doing following news that the two tours are merging?
Welfare Check on Chamblee
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) June 6, 2023
Additionally, golf’s top influencer Paige Spirinac got in on the Chamblee discussion on Tuesday.
Cole Leinart, the son of former Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, isn’t a lefty like his father but the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in regard to arm talent. Although he is only 16 years old, he is well on his way to big things.
— Cole Leinart (@Cole__Leinart) January 29, 2023
Leinart, a Class of 2026 recruit, will begin his sophomore year at Mater Dei in the fall. The legendary west coast football powerhouse has produced Bryce Young, Matt Barkley, J.T. Daniels, Amon-Ra St.
The Denver Nuggets will once again face the Miami Heat on Wednesday in the 2023 NBA Finals. Here’s how you can watch all the action on the court.
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Novak Djokovic awaits the winner of Carlos Alcaraz-Stefanos Tsitsipas
The 2023 French Open is set to get underway this weekend from at Stade Roland Garros in Paris.
On the men’s side, two of the sport’s biggest names will be absent this week, but there is no shortage of talent in the field.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal announced earlier this month that he was withdrawing due to a lingering hip injury.
Triple A pitchers can breathe a sigh of relief. Elly De La Cruz is finally going to the majors.
De La Cruz, ranked by MLB.com as the No. 4 prospect in the majors and the best in the Reds’ system, was called up by Cincinnati on Tuesday after 38 dominant games in the minors this season. In 38 games with the Triple A Louisville Bats, he hit 12 homers and posted a 1.031 OPS. He made the remarkable look routine, hitting some of the longest home runs you’ve ever seen.
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Here are our favorite sports broadcasting calls since 2000.
We came across an incredible question late last week on social media, thanks to Mike Golic Jr.:
What’s the most iconic sports broadcasting call of the 2000’s?
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) May 26, 2023
And it got us thinking.
Certainly there are some iconic moments that everyone can recall almost immediately. For example, the “Kick-Six” between Auburn and Alabama comes to mind, as does the legendary chip from Tiger Woods on the 16th hole at Augusta.
Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest on the field in January.
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Everyone is still watching the NBA, even without a huge team.
The NBA Finals were supposed to be in shambles. Remember? Remember that? When Celtics fans insisted that this would be the death knell of the postseason because nobody would watch Miami and Denver? WRONG!
With two games in the books the 2023 NBA Finals are pulling mammoth numbers. Game 1 averaged 11.5M viewers, which grew in Game 2 to 11.9M.
There’s one month until the Midsummer Classic. Here’s our first look at who will make it to Seattle.
After the Heat tied up the NBA Finals series in Game 2 against the Nuggets, Jimmy Butler and company are right where they want to be with Games 3 and 4 in Miami. The Heat, a No. 8 seed, are in the midst of one of the most improbable runs by an NBA team in history and Butler explained that center Bam Adebayo will be the key to his team winning it all.
“Bam has been playing incredibly well this entire playoffs, for sure this series, and this one he got the toughest matchup by far on the defensive side of the ball,” Butler told reporters on Tuesday.
CROMWELL, Conn. — PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan addresses the media during a press conference prior to the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 22, 2022. | Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Tuesday’s news came as a shock to the entire golfing world, including those players on the PGA Tour, who were left in the dark.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan sold out, pure and simple.
For the second consecutive year, the Lions are a trendy pick to make a leap into playoff contention. Detroit finished fourth in the league in total offense a season ago, and the NFL rewarded the Lions with a slot in its coveted season-opening Thursday night game against the Chiefs on Sept. 7.
One particularly encouraging element of Detroit’s improvement from 3-13-1 in 2021 to 9–8 in 2022 was the fact that it came with quarterback Jared Goff under center. Many surmised Goff was past his prime when the Lions acquired him in March 2021.
Here’s what we’ve got going on around the league with less than two weeks left in offseason programs …
• This quote from Trevor Lawrence caught my eye—the Jaguars’ quarterback said it in response to a question about having stability year over year for the first time in his career, which allowed him to hit the ground running this offseason.
You gotta love minicamp season in the NFL
New England Patriots fans are hoping that their offense can rebound this season in the hands of third-year quarterback Mac Jones.
After guiding the Patriots to a playoff berth as a rookie in 2021, Jones and the New England offense took a step back last season. The second-year passer finished the year having completed 65.2% of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, as New England limped to an 8-9 record, good for third in the AFC East.
That makes just one trip to the postseason since Tom Brady departed for the NFC.
ESPN announcer Mike Breen has one of the most memorable catchphrases in the history of sports broadcasting. His simple but effective “Bang!” has punctuated some of the NBA’s biggest moments, like Ray Allen’s game-tying three for the Heat in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals and Stephen Curry’s long game-winner against the Thunder in ’15 (a rare double “bang” from Breen).
Breen is the voice of this NBA generation, and his calls are just as memorable to players as they are to fans.