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Monfils now up 2 sets to love on Baby Fed. Dimitrov wilted in the heat, sailing a forehand long on set point in the tiebreak
Grizz star Marc Gasol, of course, well known as one of Ingles' biggest fans, but MEM also has to keep eye on where they are luxury-tax wise
Grizzlies, I'm told, are indeed among the teams in the hunt for Aussie swingman Joe Ingles and did just release Jamaal Franklin on Sunday
Tony Romo in season openers: 5-2 record, 2,212 yards, 16 TD, 5 INT, 110.2 passer rating
Baalke on why 49ers don't just make McDonald inactive: "I don't know that we have enough information at this point to make that decision."
World Cup, Group D. Slovenia 89-72 South Korea
Nick Aliotti on Oregon’s defense, “I’m not worried…. (playing against South Dakota) is a different animal than Michigan State."
Staring someone down as you sharpen a pencil doesn't have quite the same intimidation factor as doing so while sharpening a large knife.
Oh and by the way, whoever is siccing PR people on me from Comcast regional, stop. It's an embarrassing look for my friends over there.
I asked Baalke if the team is embarrassed by its recent run of trouble. He said I could answer that.
"Domestic violence is unacceptable," Baalke said. He said he has had several lengthy conversations with McDonald in the last 2 days.
Baalke said the team is investigating the situation and decisions might be made later this week.
This is also why so many people deify In-N-Out....I'm not saying it's as bad as Denny's or Papa Johns, but the appeal is the same
Baalke said no decision has been made about McDonald's status, but said McDonald will practice today.
Goodell taking away Irsay's Twitter is much tougher than 500K and watching Luck play in person. That's killing him right now.
49ers GM Trent Baalke just popped into the media room for a quick session with reporters about the Ray McDonald situation...
I remember my cuzzos actually thirsting for Papa John's pizza....you live in the epicenter of best pizza in the world!
89-72! Slovenia won easily Korea and leads 3-0 the group
FYI, I'll still be contributing to the restructured Sports on Earth this season. (that's not my big job news I alluded to the other day)
Denny's....Sonic.....you name it, if it's lowest common denominator, NY'ers will lose minds for it. Such a delicacy!
To be clear, I feel for Irsay if he’s dealing w/addiction. But his league doesn’t have much sympathy for players similarly battling. AK
Joe Ingles struggled to land a Euro deal this offseason. A few standout WC showings and he's ALL OVER the NBA radar.
92 is hottest day of the year in NYC? I don't even...that's almost sweater weather in San Antonio.
The Irsay situation is a reminder that, beyond stripping ownership, it’s hard to punish owners in a way that feels consequential. AK
We aren't talking enough about Memphis picking up Vince Carter. Clear upgrade over Miller.
Three of which MLS are part of their plans, and two which he described as "very, very strong."
Joked that he's going to have highest FedEx bill of his business career from sending information to the various investment groups, now 4.
Hartman: "If I didn't think (MLS) was viable, I wouldn't be spending all this time trying to put these pieces together."
Slovenia feels safe against Korea (70-56, 30') and already looks forward to the next game.
Heat now have extended 18 invitations to training camp out of the maximum of 20, although adjustments still can be made.
Someone asked if the Yuma High (Az) Criminals should change their name. Never. They honor Washington football owners with pride and respect.
Get those, he said in so many words, and he feels the Scorpions will have the best shot of going MLS of any other city vying for a berth.
But this is by far the most confident he's been, with city support and outside investment both looking promising.
...still is to a degree. "Every element needs to be there, none of them can miss. Everyone involved understands that."
People won't like Boardwalk jumping to 1931, but I'm intrigued. Rothstein should be dead, Lucky Luciano should be just rising to power.
So, just got back from a lengthy sitdown with Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman. He has been cagey/cautious through this whole MLS process...
In Mexico's win over Angola, Gustavo Ayon scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and had 2 blocks.
Am I suggesting that SJPD and the Santa Clara County sheriffs often work very, very closely with the 49ers? Yes, I am suggesting that.
In Australia's win over Lithuania, Aron Baynes scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, & had 1 steal.
Got to stop trying to gain acceptance from a group of people who don't want to or are unwilling to accept you in the first place
Ingles having big World Cup with Australia and that's attracting more NBA interest. Played crucial role in Aussie win today over Lithuania
Note: I've been in Santa Clara County for 20 minutes and Jed York and Trent Baalke haven't summoned SJPD to arrest me yet. Yet.
+11 (60-49, 26') for Slovenia against Korea and seems eventually to control the game.
Philly's interest is natural with former Aussie NT coach Brett Brown coaching the Sixers, but I'm told Ingles unlikely to reunite with him
Latest scuttle out of Spain: Aussie F Joe Ingles emerging as virtual lock to be in the next NBA next season. Hearing 7-8 teams after him now
Punishing a team's owner is tricky. Almost any penalty can be seen to directly or indirectly punish many others that did nothing wrong.
Six games and $500,000 is not enough punishment for Jim Irsay. But he is Goodell's boss. Always remember that.
Maccabi's deal with free agent center Aleks Maric ends in December. Team option for extension.
Per stats, Maric averaged 7.0 fouls per 40 in VTB and 7.5 per 40 in EL. Hope Maccabi don't expect him to play much.
When Joel Embiid tweeted that he signed his contract with the Sixers - he did - on 8/26/14 but Sixers haven't announced yet
According to source, Aleks Maric turned down a $700,000 offer from Banvit to sign for significantly less with Maccabi.
Congrats to Brian Waters on his retirement. Best NFL career by a North Texas alum other than Mean Joe Greene.
Slovenia leads Korea 40-39 at halftime
Big 12 rankings this wk: AP has OU at 4, Baylor is 10, K-State is 20. Coaches: 3. OU 9. Baylor 20. K-State 25. Texas
On call of Okla. St. v Missouri St. Sat. on FSN. OSU 6-pt loss to #1 Fla St. moved em up to 1 spot shy of Coaches Top 25, 2 out of AP Top 25
I do wish from a sports perspective Duckworth had chosen another term because "grit" is so loaded in our world.
Oscar De La Hoya says he is looking at James Kirkland, Demetrius Andrade and Josh Clottey are options for Canelo Alvarez in the fall.
Couple of years later, gained a ton of weight, became lazy and entitled...and this was before he even left high school!
And I probably need a zoom lens.
That little dot in the middle of the picture? Tanaka long-tossing. http://t.co/VgZk7GRZAA
"hit with the RICO they repo your vehicle/ Everything was all good just a week ago"
Khem Birch going from one of best prospects in the world to camp invite in the span of 3 years illustrates how tough this NBA thing is
This tweet wouldn't send last night. It's the World Cup mascot stretching with the Brazilian team: http://t.co/2o6jo1ooc9
... so one Dukie (Shane Battier) replaced by three: Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Andre Dawkins (the Nick Arison effect?).
Needless to say this is a game-changer.
I've lived here for a year and just now discovered that the grocery store I go to every week sells 1.5-liter bottles of Jarritos.
Agent confirms that Duke guard Andre Dawkins will attend camp with Heat on non-guaranteed deal...
Nate orchard and kyler fackrell were are the two best defensive players in the state. Brutal that fackrell's season is done
The Wizards also liked Khem Birch. Unlike most of the other Canadian camp invites, could definitely see Birch making Heat.
Many wondered if DRose would be rested for one of Team USA's three games-in-three nights but to this point staff feels he's progressing well
There has been speculation out there that Montreal’s Khem Birch is heading to Miami on camp deal. It’s true. Will happen today.
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski tells ESPN after New Zealand win that current plan is to play Derrick Rose next 2 nights as well with no rest
In a doubles surprise, Venus & Serena just lost in the quarters to Makarova/Vesnina.
Great match coming up on Ashe with the entertaining Frenchman Gael Monfils against "Baby Fed' Grigor Dimitrov for a spot in the QFs
ESPN unveils its season-opening NFL power rankings. Top 5: 1. Seahawks, 2. Broncos, 3. Patriots, 4. 49ers, 5. Saints. Bottom: 32. Raiders
Penn State is "30th" with 49 votes in the AP Top 25 poll.
Aleks Maric has signed with Maccabi, team announced.
Urlacher on Cutler: "he doesn't go out of his way to be nice to people .... That's just him." SVP radio show. Shots fired? Again?
More financial gifts from Georgetown's gifted basketball playing alum. The latest: Roy Hibbert gifts $1 million toward JT2 Athletics center.
Today is the LAST day we’re accepting names—INTERN SEARCH: I’m seeking 2-3 sports writing interns. Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Iona Prep PG Ty Jerome to Virginia, per New Heights coach Chris Alesi
Starting to do a weekly mailbag. Feel free to send out questions through Twitter or email: email@example.com
At FIBA, Team USA plays 3 games in 3 nights. Beat New Zealand today, face Dominican Republic tomorrow, then Ukraine on Thursday.
...The procedure he had this morning to clean up an injury that's been "bothering him," was most likely to fix that ingrown toenail.
..controlled, with purpose, and most of all, disciplined enough to perform within the context of team defensive principles
USC's Cody Kessler was limping after the Trojans win over Fresno State, I asked him about it and he told me it was an "ingrown toenail"...
I thought they would take a step back while waiting for emery/haws/mika to come back from mission. But they are gonna be fine
Looked at BYU basketball roster today. They are more talented and much deeper than I previously gave the Cougars credit for
Thibodeau won't stop taking questions. USA Basketball staff laughing a bit in the background.
I think part of the Faried madness is a dirty little secret: he's not THAT great a defensive player
NFL player valuation intrigues the hell outta me for this concept: for most (non-QB) FAs, it's like buying a car: depreciates immediately
Anyway, back to original discussion: other concept to balance is w/ rising cap, is there a number u overpay today that'd be discount 2moro?
Derrick Rose is just 4-of-18 from the floor (22.2 FG%) thru USA's first 3 games
Thibodeau: We think we're a championship-caliber team, but we have to work on it.
Step 3: type everything with an exclamation point at the end! Because it makes it more believable! Why else would I be yelling!
Thibodeau says he's enjoying international basketball a lot.
With Lithuania loss, only 4 teams are still unbeaten: Greece (3-0), Slovenia (2-0), Spain (3-0) & USA (3-0).
Undrafted guard Andre Dawkins has agreed on a training camp deal with the Miami Heat, sources tell RealGM. Averaged 7.9 PPG as Duke senior.
Thibs: "Derrick Rose has to work on his timing."
Thibs says Derrick Rose will handle three games in three days well.
Tom Thibodeau says Pau Gasol looks on top of his game right now.
No Motiejunas at all at the second half..
Baynes 14 points, 6 rebounds. Valanciunas and Motiejūnas combined for 6 points. Joe Ingles 18 points, 4 assists, only 1 turnover.
World Cup, Group C: USA 98-71 New Zealand. Group D: Australia 82-75 Lithuania. Liths with a shocking last 2 mins.
Team USA's margin of victory in the FIBA World Cup is 35.6 ppg.
I have a bad habit of going to the store then forgetting what I went there for.... I can't be the only one!!!
Good win for Australia. Group D is pretty good w/ Slovenia, Australia & Lithuania. USA could face 2 of those 3 in knockout rounds.
So given a finite resource (cap), how much can you afford to devote to a player like Faried and still have enough to field roster?
Ingles made one, 5 point lead. Martynas Pocius missed the layup and Ryan Broekhoff makes both fts on ensuing foul. AUS wins 82-75.
Every team needs a Faried, but a team built around a Faried can't compete. Not a hard player to evaluate, but tricky to put a $ amount to
Dellavedova makes one free throw, AUS up 79-73 LTU at line with 31.3 to play. Seibutis makes both, has 21 points, fouls Joe Ingles.
Recovery time for Sofo Schortsanitis from eye surgery, according to source: "5-6 weeks."
US win 98-71; Rose has 3 pts, 2 asts, 1 stl, 1 blk, 1-6 FGs. Anthony Davis led with 21 pts. Lot of coasting by US in 2ndH.
DRose struggles with his shot again (1-for-6) as Team USA rolls over New Zealand 98-71.
Rose with 3 points on 1-6 FG with 2 assists, steal and a block, playing 17 mins in 98-71 win. Davis 21 & 9 and Faried 15 & 11 again lead USA
Dante Exum hasn't seen the floor in the second half after his lackluster defense in the first.
FINAL: Team USA 98, New Zealand 71
David Anderson baseline fade away good, Seibutis responds with a layup.
Big minutes down the stretch for Aussie Ryan Broekhoff, an advanced-stats fave at Valparaiso.
Ryan Broekhoff hit his second three of the game Renaldas Seibutis responds with a three and pair of fts 76-71 AUS under 2 to play.
BEIRUT (AP) _ Internet video purports to show beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State group.
'Everybody will be sweating, except for Roger Federer, who doesn't sweat.' - Chrissie Evert
David Anderson baseline jumper puts AUS up 73-66, 3:14 to play. Baynes draws a charge.
Looks like Anthony Davis' final stat line vs. New Zealand will be 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, in 22 minutes
I believe both Motiejunas (LTU) & Exum (AUS) have sat the entire 2nd half as Lithuania has cut the Australia lead from 19 to 3.
Jaquez Johnson sounded confident today after practice that he will play against Alabama on Saturday.
Excuse me, Classic
24 points in the fast break so far for USA vs New Zealand (84-57, 34'). Against Turkey the NBAers scored 26 and against Finland 32 in total
Jawai guides in a runner from Ingles that was short, then Valanciunas gets a short hook. Newly responds with a layup and AUS leads 69-63.
Watching women's US Open match on ESPNU from 1980, so...women's tennis has improved, huh?
Anthony Davis stole a pass then dribbled 60 feet past everyone for a dunk. Rare talent. He has 19 points after 17 and 19 in prior two games
Jawai giving good minutes at center with Baynes still getting a rest. Valanciunas can't do anything with him, still stuck on two points.
Jonas Mačiulis opens third with a three, momentarily drawing Lithuania within 3 before a Brad Newley free throw and forced turnover.
I'm pretty confident Faried will make a big leap, but the West is so ridiculous that I still don't know if Denver makes the playoffs.