3:01 PM EDT, Mon April 24, 2017
Plain Dealer 1 hour ago
Did the Cavaliers really improve on defense during Pacers sweep?

Did the Cavaliers really improve on defense during Pacers sweep?

The Cavaliers entered the 2017 playoffs as a bad defensive team. The state of their defense heading into the Eastern Conference semifinals next week is apparently open to interpretation. The numbers are still poor, but the team sees improvement.
Los Angeles Daily News 15 hours ago

Cavs complete first-round sweep of plucky Pacers

LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 Eastern Conference series-clinching victory at Indiana.James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds as he became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games.
Fear The Sword 7 hours ago

LeBron James was too much for the Pacers to overcome in Round 1

The Cavaliers have LeBron. The Pacers don’t. Sometimes, it’s that simple. The Cavaliers have LeBron James. The Indiana Pacers didn’t. Things didn’t go as swimmingly in the Cavaliers first round sweep against Indiana as people might have hoped. Cleveland gave up a great look to C.J. Miles for...
News-Herald 2 hours ago

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James looks back on the series against the Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James said he felt great in Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Pacers."In this series, I played a lot of minutes, and I felt great," James said. "I actually could have played the whole game if need-be."James also said he doesn't...
New York Daily News 16 hours ago
Daniel Murphy grand slam dooms Mets in 6-3 loss to Nationals

Daniel Murphy grand slam dooms Mets in 6-3 loss to Nationals

Ten minutes. That is how long it took for the Mets' chances of salvaging the final game of their series against the Nationals to plummet
Amazin Avenue 12 mins ago

Zack Wheeler had his best start of 2017 last night

Despite the grand slam, Wheeler looked sharp(er) To call Zack Wheeler’s start last night the best of the season, despite taking a loss and giving up a grand slam to—you guessed it—Daniel Murphy, may seem like a back-handed compliment. But even with that first inning mistake on the box score,...
CSN Washington 15 hours ago

Murphy, Scherzer slam Mets with 7th straight win

Daniel Murphy hit an early grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Sunday night for their seventh straight victory.
Washington Times 15 hours ago

Murphy, Scherzer slam Mets as Nats win 7th straight, 6-3

NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Murphy hit an early grand slam against his former team, Max Scherzer pitched eight fiery innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Sunday night for their seventh straight victory. Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run homer for the Nationals, who completed ...
Clippers' five takeaways from playoff loss to Utah Jazz

Clippers' five takeaways from playoff loss to Utah Jazz

Here are takeaways from the Clippers' 105-98 loss to the Utah Jazz in their first-round NBA playoff series. Series is tied, 2-2. 1. The absence of Blake Griffin was felt all over the place for the Clippers in Game 4 Sunday night, but mostly on the inside during the Western Conference first-round...
SLC Dunk 14 hours ago

Utah Jazz 105 - Los Angeles Clippers 98: Game 4 Recap

No Blake Griffin. No Gordon Hayward. No room for error. The Utah Jazz (2-2) defeated the Los Angeles Clippers (2-2) tonight by the final score of 105-98. And in doing so, have tied up their 4/5 series in the NBA Playoffs at two wins a piece. This game wasn’t a given, and there has been plenty of...
Denver Post 1 hour ago
DeMarcus Ware signs ceremonial contract with Dallas to retire a Cowboy

DeMarcus Ware signs ceremonial contract with Dallas to retire a Cowboy

The Dallas Cowboys re-signed DeMarcus Ware to a ceremonial contract so he could retire as a member of the team.
FOX Sports 1 hour ago

DeMarcus Ware signs contract to retire as a member of the Cowboys

Ware is going out with the team that drafted him 12 years ago.
Dallas Cowboys Blog | Dallas Morning News 1 hour ago

DeMarcus Ware will retire as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, after all

DeMarcus Ware is retiring as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, coming back to the organization where it all started for him.Ware, the club's all-time sacks leader (117), re-signed with Dallas on Monday, giving the team his rights as he will be placed on the reserved/retired list.The 34-year-old decided...
NFL Trade Rumors 1 hour ago

Cowboys Sign DE DeMarcus Ware To One-Day Contract To Retire With Team

The Dallas Cowboys announced Monday that they’ve signed DE DeMarcus Ware to a one-day contract so he can officially retire as a member of the team. DeMarcus Ware has signed with the Cowboys to officially retire with the team! pic.twitter.com/3out7xk1hn — Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) April 24, 2017...
LA Times 1 hour ago
Aaron Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral

Aaron Hernandez suicide notes ordered released ahead of funeral

Aaron Hernandez's family turned out Monday for a private funeral to say their farewells to the former NFL star, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over by the time he is buried. Hernandez's mother, brother, fiancee and at least one defense attorney were among the dozens...
It Is What It Is | WEEI 4 hours ago

Aaron Hernandez jurors didn’t know about Odin Lloyd murder conviction

When following the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial, it was impossible to not consider the life sentence the disgraced ex-NFL star was already serving for the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd. But multiple members of the jury were unaware of his violent past. In an interview with the Boston Globe, jury forewoman Lindsey Stringer said she […]
It Is What It Is | WEEI 1 hour ago

Aaron Hernandez’s family to receive copies of suicide notes

A Bristol Superior Court judge ordered copies of the suicide notes of Aaron Hernandez to be released to his family after attorney George Leontire filed a motion Monday morning for the family to “know their loved one’s final thoughts” prior to his funeral Monday afternoon. Speaking to reporters, via the Boston Globe, Leontire said having […]
Pounding The Rock 5 hours ago
Reasons for Spurs fans to be optimistic against the Grizzlies

Reasons for Spurs fans to be optimistic against the Grizzlies

And this from a guy not exactly known for his optimism There’s a sense that with the first-round series against the resurgent Memphis Grizzlies tied 2-2 that perhaps it’s time for the Spurs —and by extension their fans— to panic. After all, in Game 4 they wasted what will be, in all likelihood not only Kawhi Leonard’s best overall game of the series but also Tony Parker’s. It’s not at all realistic to expect either of them to do that again. Me? I’m not as downcast about it as you might expect. A part of that may have to do with my eternal satisfaction with the 2014 title....
Hoops Hype 6 hours ago

Trending stories: Steve Kerr's pain, Paul George trade speculation and more

These are the articles the top NBA reporters have been sharing on Twitter the last 24 hours. Enjoy! Thompson: Suffering of Warriors coach Steve Kerr is heartbreaking – via mercurynews.com April 24 12:06 AM Warriors coach Steve Kerr is still fighting issues from a back surgery two years ago....
Deseret Morning News 14 hours ago
Rudy Gobert returns, Gordon Hayward falls ill in Jazz win over Clippers

Rudy Gobert returns, Gordon Hayward falls ill in Jazz win over Clippers

Center makes as successful comeback on a night when food poisoning sidelines Utah's leading scorer.
Deseret Morning News 14 hours ago

Twitter reacts to late Utah Jazz run led by the clutch play of Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles

Game 4 provided plenty of drama for the Jazz, including Rudy Gobert's triumphant return, Gordon Hayward leaving due to food...
Purple and Blue 2 hours ago

Utah Jazz: Series Win Over LA Clippers Within Reach

After an inspired comeback from Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood and company, the Utah Jazz now find themselves in a position to defeat the LA Clippers in the first round. The Utah Jazz have had some pretty bad luck thus far during their first-round playoff series; losing Rudy Gobert 17 seconds into Game 1,...
The Republican 12 hours ago
Isaiah Thomas 'unfathomable' while saving Game 4 -- and maybe Boston Celtics season

Isaiah Thomas 'unfathomable' while saving Game 4 -- and maybe Boston Celtics season

CHICAGO -- The series is now tied.  That simple fact fails to address all the oddities it took to reach the most important stretch of the series so far, the end of the third quarter Sunday night, when the Boston Celtics trailed the...
Chicago Tribune 15 hours ago

Basketball court becomes a refuge for grieving Isaiah Thomas

Before Isaiah Thomas stepped to the podium Sunday, a Celtics media-relations official requested questions that pertained only to basketball. Thomas did not want to address the death of his younger sister, Chyna, who perished on the eve of this Bulls-Celtics series. But real life bleeds into basketball....
Marc Gasol's buzzer beater sends Grizzlies fan into labor

Marc Gasol's buzzer beater sends Grizzlies fan into labor

The overtime buzzer beater Marc Gasol hit to send the Grizzlies past the Spurs, 110-108, in Game 4 Saturday night carried so much meaning.        
Memphis Commercial-Appeal 5 hours ago

a life changing shot, woman goes into labor as the grizzlies win in overtime

As Marc Gasol hit the game winning shot in game 3 against the Spurs it sent one fan inside FedExForum into labor.        
Bleed Cubbie Blue 7 hours ago
MLB Bullets Is A Big Misunderstanding

MLB Bullets Is A Big Misunderstanding

Madison Bumgarner’s Day Off goes terribly wrong. Manny Machado and Dustin Pedroia have a dustup. Good morning Monday. You’ve probably heard by now that Giants ace Madison Bumgarner went on the disabled list with a shoulder sprain that he suffered while dirt-biking on an off-day in Colorado. He’s expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. Jerry Crasnick says that both statistically and psychologically, this development is a gut-punch for the already reeling Giants. It’s also feeding into the narrative that the Giants are better off not getting out of bed in an odd-numbered year....
Around the Foghorn 4 hours ago

San Francisco Giants: Who Will Replace Madison Bumgarner in the Rotation?

As if the 2017 season did not get off to a rough enough start for the San Francisco Giants, the team received their biggest blow of the young season Friday when the team learned they would be without their ace Madison Bumgarner for an extended period of time after sustaining an AC sprain in his left...
The Republican 5 hours ago
Malcolm Butler trade 'less attractive than it once seemed' for Saints (Trade rumors)

Malcolm Butler trade 'less attractive than it once seemed' for Saints (Trade rumors)

After weeks of speculation and uncertainty, the whole Malcolm Butler trade rumor saga may end with nothing happening and the cornerback playing out his restricted free agent tender with the New England Patriots.
Pats Pulpit 9 hours ago

Patriots CB Malcom Butler update: Saints “leaning” toward keeping draft picks

The Saints might not acquire the Patriots All Pro cornerback. The New England Patriots don’t have a first or second round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and the expectation was for the franchise to flip QB Jimmy Garoppolo or CB Malcolm Butler prior to the draft in exchange for early selections. Well,...
SLC Dunk 39 mins ago
Utah Jazz Downbeat #2076: Looking ahead Edition

Utah Jazz Downbeat #2076: Looking ahead Edition

LAC fighting more than just UTA, but their own past failures The Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers are all tied up. We look at the NBA Playoffs, what’s happened so far in this series, and what new developments are around the corner. Is this a zone with a close proximity to danger for LAC? Have they been here before? How have they handled it? What’s on the horizon of the Jazz? Who has stepped up this series -- and which team has enough to finish strong? The NBA Playoffs are heating up, one team has advanced, another two are a win away from punching their ticket to...
Deseret Morning News 3 hours ago

Video: Jazz Bear comes to kid’s aid after Clippers fan lands cheap shot in on-court contest

Promotions during timeouts at sporting events can provide some of the night’s best laughs. It also doesn’t hurt...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 23 mins ago

Favorite schools, most-picked positions and other Vikings draft trends

When the Vikings drafted running back Adrian Peterson seventh overall in 2007, not only did they get a Hall-of-Fame talent, they also got rare stability at a position that other NFL teams have churned through. Since the Vikings picked Peterson, 230 running backs have been drafted by NFL teams. But other than Peterson, the Vikings have only picked two. Of those 230 other backs, 136 of them started fewer than eight games. Now with the leading rusher in franchise history no longer on the squad, the Vikings are in unfamiliar territory. Despite signing Latavius Murray in free agency, they are...
NFL Trade Rumors 3 hours ago

Saints Still In Talks With Adrian Peterson Regarding Short-Term Deal

Jeff Duncan is hearing that the Saints are still “very much” involved with free agent RB Adrian Peterson and are still discussing a possible short-term contract. There hasn’t been a lot of buzz about free agents including Peterson in recent weeks, considering that the draft is just days away. Jason...
Liberty Ballers 8 hours ago
Liberty Links: Oklahoma City is losing, Russell Westbrook is angry

Liberty Links: Oklahoma City is losing, Russell Westbrook is angry

Things are going downhill fast for the Thunder, and Westbrook is starting to get fed up. Because James Harden and Russell Westbrook are neck and neck in the MVP race, many expected the series between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder to also be tightly contested. That hasn’t been the case at all. Here’s what happened during Sunday’s slate of NBA playoff games: The Thunder are down 3-1 after blowing a big lead Oklahoma City now finds themselves with their backs against the wall after dropping Game 5 at home Sunday afternoon. Russell Westbrook had his squad cruising through...
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 15 hours ago
Pirates are looking for outfield assistance after Starling Marte's suspension

Pirates are looking for outfield assistance after Starling Marte's suspension

The Pirates are looking for outfield help outside their organization as the ripple effects of Starling Marte’s steroid suspension continue, general manager Neal Huntington said.
The Sun 5 hours ago
Anthony Martial can fill crocked Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s boots and fire Manchester United into the top four, insists Ander Herrera

Anthony Martial can fill crocked Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s boots and fire Manchester United into the top four, insists Ander Herrera

ANDER HERRERA says Antony Martial’s dazzling display against Burnley has shown he can fill the huge gap left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s season-ending injury. Martial made the most of a rare start by scoring the first goal and setting up the second for Wayne Rooney as Manchester United stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to 23 […]
CSN New England 12 hours ago
Will Rajon Rondo return from injury in Celtics-Bulls series?

Will Rajon Rondo return from injury in Celtics-Bulls series?

A. Sherrod Blakely and Kyle Draper join Mike Felger on Sports Sunday to discuss if Rajon Rondo will return from his injury before the end of the series.
Sport Mole 49 mins ago
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois feared freak injury would end his season early

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois feared freak injury would end his season early

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits that he feared his season was over when he suffered an ankle injury during a promotional event.
CBS Baltimore 3 hours ago
Dodgers, Yanks Cut Projected Luxury Tax Bills Ahead Of Harper, Machado Free Agency

Dodgers, Yanks Cut Projected Luxury Tax Bills Ahead Of Harper, Machado Free Agency

The Dodgers and the Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills — just as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado near the free-agent market.

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BSN Denver 1 min ago

Q&A With NatsGM.com’s Ryan Sullivan Prior to Series vs. Nationals

The Colorado Rockies take on the Washington Nationals for a four-game set starting today, we've got a full breakdown on the visiting team.
Larry Bird driving an Indy car

Larry Bird driving an Indy car

Larry Bird driving an Indy car to deliver the Pacers' bid for the 2021 All-Star game. (Adam Zagoria / for IndyStar)       

Stevens video, prospect update

Via Hockey Night in Canada, early in the 2007-08 season: More video: Stevens at Dodger Stadium | Stevens as a TV analyst | AHL legacy | Foster kittens! There’s also this recommended Canucks Army piece on Stevens from 2013. IN THE O: The upstart Mississauga Steelheads, coached by former Kings development coach James Richmond, are […] The post Stevens video, prospect update appeared first on LA Kings Insider.
Land of 10 9 mins ago
LOOK: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh breaks out selfie stick in Rome’s version of the Big House

LOOK: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh breaks out selfie stick in Rome’s version of the Big House

ROME — The lines are long, the tailgating stinks and the atmosphere is deader than a door nail. But Jim Harbaugh made himself right at home in Emperor Vespasian’s Big House anyway. “Do you want to be a gladiator?” Harbaugh asked his young son Jack as they walked Monday afternoon through the remains of one […] The post LOOK: Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh breaks out selfie stick in Rome’s version of the Big House appeared first on Land of 10.
Carroll County Times 11 mins ago

Orioles on deck: What to watch Monday vs. Rays, plus series matchups

First pitch, broadcast info, starting pitchers, lineups and what to watch in the Orioles' game against the Rays.

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