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With free agency now under way, the NFL’s quarterback landscape is beginning to take shape. The Joe Flacco and Case Keenum trades to the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins, respectively, can be made official, and Nick Foles has signed a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers were officially eliminated from playoff contention. That means for the first time in four years, we are guaranteed to see a new matchup in the NBA Finals come June.
A couple of players just got a whole lot richer and two fan bases are about to enjoy their season considerably more. The two most sought after free agents in recent history, third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado and outfielder Bryce Harper, whose negotiations dragged well into spring training, finally found a home this past week.
In my opinion, the rivalry between Duke University and University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s basketball teams may be the best in all of sports. The two teams play each other at least twice per year — three times if we’re lucky — and their matchups never disappoint. That was until last Wednesday, in the game when Zion Williamson, the Blue Devils’ once-in-a-generation phenom, was set to leave his mark on the rivalry at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With about 20 games remaining for most of the teams in the NBA, the MVP discussions have begun to heat up, and three top candidates have separated themselves from the field as leading candidates for the award. The three leading the way are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George and James Harden.
The NBA has officially hit the home stretch of its season with All-Star Weekend coming to a close. The three days of prescribed fun have finished and now teams are gearing up to make the final push toward the postseason. The playoff picture in both conferences is far from clear, with singular wins and losses separating seeds one through eight in the East and the West. This article will address the biggest things to focus on in both conferences as we march towards the NBA Playoffs.
The NFL offseason has just begun, but there are already a number of noteworthy storylines to discuss. From quarterback movement to highly public trade requests to the coaching carousel, there’s a lot to delve into.
Pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training this week for all 30 MLB teams. By next week, all rostered players will have reported to either Arizona or Florida for the start of the MLB season, but barring major developments in the next week, there may be some superstars who will still not be on a team.
The ever important trade deadline, the NBA’s unofficial midseason mark, finally came to a head this past week. After weeks of rumors about the future destination of perennial All-Star Anthony Davis, cries of tampering from the New Orleans Pelicans against the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James and questions about what moves the top contenders would make to place themselves in position to make a deep postseason run, it was finally time to lay the cards on the table. This article’s purpose is to highlight the most important moves that occurred before the 3 p.m. deadline.
Jan. 31 started like a normal day for New York Knicks fans. But about halfway through the day, news broke that their beloved star, Kristaps Porziņģis, was unhappy with the team and wanted to be traded. After approximately one hour of panic and speculation, Porziņģis was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal that involved seven players and two draft picks.
With the Super Bowl now in the rear-view mirror, it is a perfect time to revisit my preseason NFL predictions, some of which were included in a September DanLand column. While some of my predictions were right on the money, others could not have been further off. For the sake of accountability, I have been sure to include both my accurate and inaccurate predictions in this column, along with corresponding grades.
The race for the season awards is as competitive as ever. At this point, most of the awards could go to any number of players. However, there are frontrunners for each of the trophies. Here are the NBA midseason awards, as of January.
For this long-time Baltimore Ravens fan, the inevitable decline of Joe Flacco was at first an incredibly difficult pill to swallow — until his replacement, Lamar Jackson, put my mind at ease. With such a rare talent coming to the Ravens, the future of Baltimore football is bright.
This past Friday a video from February came out of Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in what appears to be a hotel hallway. The NFL immediately put Hunt on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, meaning he is not allowed to play in any games until a further investigation is completed. The Chiefs cut Hunt later in the day, saying they had asked Hunt about the incident when it first happened and he denied it happened.
The regular season is done, the Conference Championships have been decided and we’re one Army vs. Navy game away from officially entering the postseason of the college football season. Bowl Selection Sunday has concluded, and now 70 teams will prepare for their upcoming games.
The biggest story of the NBA season so far has come from the best possible place. No, it isn’t that 76ers former No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is now seemingly unable to make free throws. No, it is not that forward Kawhi Leonard has returned to his former glory and has established himself as a top three two-way player once again. And it definitely is not that the Los Angeles Clippers are currently leading the Western Conference as I am writing this.
In the 2017 NBA draft, Markelle Fultz was widely believed to be the best prospect available. He was drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers and has been with the team ever since. Fultz’s transition to the NBA, however, has not been a great one.
Well, there was finally a resolution to the Jimmy Butler saga, and I don’t think that it was the resolution that anyone expected. Or wanted, for that matter. I believe from a purely entertainment standpoint, we would have loved to continue to hear stories about Butler mentally breaking Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns or how the Timberwolves rejected another tantalizing trade offer.
One of the best wide receivers in the NFL only a few years ago, Dez Bryant had been a free agent for the entirety of the season until Nov. 7 when he agreed to a single-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. The three-time Pro Bowl star was released by the Dallas Cowboys last year, the team he had been playing for since 2010.