7:41 PM EDT, Fri May 22, 2015

Bud Norris' struggles continue in Triple-A

Right-hander Bud Norris' 2015 struggles have followed him to Triple-A Norfolk in a rehabilitation assignment.
School of Roch | MASN Sports 1 hour ago

Updating Norris, Flaherty and more - School of Roch

MIAMI - Bud Norris, making an injury rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk, allowed nine runs and 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Rochester. Kennys Vargas homered twice off him. Norris walked none and struck out one. He threw 72 pitches, 47 for strikes,...

Game 2 impressions – Are the Rockets dumb on defense?

-Whatever cold medicine Andrew Bogut took in game 2, I want some. -The Rockets do not have a high defensive IQ. It took them several trips for them to figure out the back picks that led to uncontested lay-ups in game one. Then they rotated poorly on Steph Curry in the first quarter that left him open for three, 3-point makes. The Warriors simply don’t make those mistakes. -The Warriors look like they are sagging off of James Harden too much. Draymond Green did that to start the second quarter and Harden hit an uncontested 15-footer. However, Harden is probably the best duel-threat offensive...
Houston Chronicle 9 hours ago

Five things we learned in the Rockets’ Game 2 loss to the Warriors

Warriors 99, Rockets 98 James Harden had 6.9 seconds left to work with when he grabbed the game’s final rebound. With the Warriors out of position, that might have been enough time. He used just two of those seconds before he picked up his dribble and gave up the ball. A great ball handler and […]
San Francisco Chronicle 4 hours ago

James Harden is not happy, possibly cursed by Twitter rapper

Is James Harden cursed? Probably not. He dominated the floor last night, scoring 38 points during the Rockets’ Game 2 loss to the Warriors. Is James Harden upset? Probably. A few chairs and an Oracle Arena curtain can attest to that. Harden had a potential game-winner at his fingertips with the Rockets...
Denver Post 2 hours ago
Roger Goodell won't recuse himself from Tom Brady appeal about deflated footballs

Roger Goodell won't recuse himself from Tom Brady appeal about deflated footballs

People with knowledge of the decision say NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal.
Behind the Steel Curtain 1 hour ago

"Krafty" Roger Goodell will not recuse himself from Tom Brady appeal process

Earlier today Tom Brady's request for Goodell to recuse himself from the deflategate appeal was denied. Roger Goodell will be the arbiter of Tom Brady’s Deflategate appeal, as the NFL turned down the NFL Players Association request that Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the case. The...
Field Gulls 12 hours ago

Coffee and Cigarettes: Seahawks links for Friday

Read! Life on the Mississippi: Tramon Williams Remembers Growing Up on the Bayou | Bleacher ReportGrowing up in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, there wasn't much for Tramon Williams to do. Darrelle Revis feels no sympathy for Patriots or Tom Brady | ProFootballTalkApparently when you're a Jet, you're...
Orange County Register 1 hour ago
Kupchak expects a healthy Bryant to play one final season

Kupchak expects a healthy Bryant to play one final season

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has reiterated his belief that Kobe Bryant will call it a career after next season. Bryant will enter his 20th season on the final year of a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension. He is coming off a third...
Silver Screen and Roll 5 hours ago

Mitch Kupchak says Kobe Bryant 'indicated' he will retire after 2015-2016 season

The end of Kobe Bryant's playing career could be very soon. The Los Angeles Lakers are headed toward a new era, but general manager Mitch Kupchak does not anticipate Kobe Bryant will stick around beyond the final year of his contract. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak told Sirius XM...
The Republican 1 hour ago
Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino is day to day with left calf injury

Boston Red Sox's Shane Victorino is day to day with left calf injury

Shane Victorino had been playing well since his return from the disabled list (hamstring) May 11. Since then, he's 8 for 19 with a home run, double, three walks, a stolen base and three runs.
Full Count | WEEI 1 hour ago

Red Sox injury updates: Shane Victorino still day-to-day; Pablo Sandoval remains out with limitations

On Thursday the Red Sox were hopeful to get both Pablo Sandoval and Shane Victorino back Friday, but unfortunately for them, both remain out of the lineup. After being a late scratch with “general soreness” mostly in the left calf Thursday, Victorino remains out of the lineup Friday. He went 2-for-2 as a pinch-hitter Tuesday. […]
Grand Rapids Press 2 hours ago
Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander to throw simulated game; Victor Martinez working out in Orlando

Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander to throw simulated game; Victor Martinez working out in Orlando

Verlander threw a bullpen session Thursday and will throw a simulated game Tuesday in Oakland. DETROIT -- Bruce Rondon feels good and will throw again Sunday. Justin Verlander will throw a simulated game Tuesday. Victor Martinez is going through rehabilitation in Orlando. And Alex Avila's knee is feeling better. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave updates on those four injured players -- all of whom are on the disabled list -- on Friday afternoon prior to his team's game against the Houston Astros. Rondon felt good after throwing 22 pitches in two-thirds of...
Plain Dealer 5 hours ago
DeMarre Carroll a

DeMarre Carroll a "game-time decision" against Cavaliers, but Kent Bazemore expects to start and guard LeBron James

Kent Bazemore said he expects to start and guard LeBron James in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

No surgery for Coco Crisp’s neck injury, just rest, rehab

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Tropicana FieldCoco Crisp in a Chronicle file photo from last season. As Bob Melvin had indicated earlier in the week when Coco Crisp reinjured his neck, it’s the same problem Crisp had last season, which a neck specialist in Dallas confirmed on Thursday. Surgery could resolve the neck injury, which is a mechanical neck pain issue, but it would involve fusing vertebrae, and that would end Crisp’s career; neck fusion causes a loss in neck mobility, and if you can’t turn your head, you can’t play baseball. In addition, it’s dangerous to...
Newsday 3 hours ago

As Game 4 looms, Henrik Lundqvist still the key for Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist sat at his locker at noon yesterday knowing that much of the New York area had spent the previous 36 hours psychoanalyzing him.

Kyrie Irving questionable for Game 2

Kyrie Irving will not participate in today's shoot around and is questionable for tonight's Game 2. The Cleveland Cavaliers may be down another man tonight, as point guard Kyrie Irving is listed questionable for tonight's game. He will not participate in today's shoot around and will instead undergo further medical evaluation. The Cavs' updated Irving's status in a press release: Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving will not attend the team's shoot around this morning in Atlanta in order to undergo additional evaluation with head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. After continuing his treatment...
New York Post 19 mins ago

Mets choose both Syndergaard and Gee, opt for 6-man rotation

PITTSBURGH — The Mets are making room for one more arm in the starting rotation. With Dillon Gee on the verge of returning from the disabled list, manager Terry Collins...
Houston Chronicle 41 mins ago
Rockets-Warriors matchup has some bad free-throw shooters

Rockets-Warriors matchup has some bad free-throw shooters

Big men like Dwight Howard have never been known for the skill from the foul line. That might explain while the comparatively tiny Chris Paul was so quick to comically jump on the Rockets all-star during the second round series. Howard has even managed to land himself on a list of all-time greats when it […]

Don't overlook Lawrence Okoye as he enters Year 3 of his NFL transformation

Lawrence Okoye isn’t counting on Justin Smith’s retirement to finally free him a spot on the 49ers defensive line for regular-season action. Okoye, however, does like his potential. Two years ago, he joined the club with no previous football experience, but with an athletic… Continue Reading →
Baltimore Sun 2 hours ago

Matt Wieters planning on a June 4 return

Matt Wieters said he expects to catch every other day next week at Double-A Bowie and believes a return to the Orioles when he is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list June 4 is a distinct possibility.
SLC Dunk 2 hours ago

NBA Draft 2015: Six reasons why the Utah Jazz having the #12 draft pick is a good thing

Why winning the lottery wasn't in the plans for Dennis Lindsey and company Three nights ago we saw the inevitable results of statistical probability at the NBA Draft lottery. It is already shaping up to be a historically significant lottery because it's the first time since 2004 that the team with the highest chances to win the lottery actually did it. The #1 pick goes to the Minnesota Timberwolves who had a 25.0% to claim their right to prima rookta. And since the lottery started in 1985, this will be just the fourth time this has EVER happened. (1988 Danny Manning, 1990 Derrick Coleman,...

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