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Clayton Kershaw’s return uncertain after ace shut down by Dodgers

07.20.16 at 12:34 pm ET
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Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

It looks like Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will not be making a return to the mound anytime soon.

Currently on the disabled list with a mild disk herniation, Kershaw had a simulated start on Saturday but continued to feel back discomfort. The Dodgers were hopeful that the 2014 National League MVP would make a return sometime this week, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw’s return is “uncertain.”

“After he threw that live session, the next day Sunday didn’t feel great,” Roberts said Tuesday. “I think that at that point and time he let us know that we had to be a little more on the cautious side. I don’t know if it’s a step back, but we’re going to let the back pain subside and see where we go.”

Kershaw, who has an 11-2 record and an NL-best 1.79 ERA, has not pitched since a June 26 loss at Pittsburgh. He was placed on the disabled list later that week.

The three-time Cy Young winner is not the only Dodgers pitcher who is dealing with an injury. Brett Anderson has been dealing with back pains since spring training, and Alex Wood has missed most of the season with an elbow injury. The Dodgers have put together an 11-6 record without Kershaw, but the number of injuries to the starting rotation may force Los Angeles to make a deal before the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

For now, the Dodgers are first in the wild card standings, with the Marlins, Mets, Cardinals and Pirates close behind. Los Angeles likely will need Kershaw to return this season in order to clinch a playoff spot.

“Clayton will do everything he can to get back,” Roberts said. “We’re better when he is active, obviously. It’s something we have to deal with and we have to continue to try and win baseball games.”

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ryan Fitzpatrick’s stalemate with Jets shows no signs of ending

07.20.16 at 8:20 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Giants at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Braves at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: Astros at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Sun at Wings, 12:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Stars at Storm, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

— Ryan Fitzpatrick’s stalemate with the Jets has shown no signs of ending. If anything, recent signs appear to indicate the chasm is growing wider with the start of training camp just one week away.

The Jets’ most recent offer (at least via reports) was a three-year, $24 million deal, but with only one year at $12 million guaranteed, which is a concern for the 33-year-old Harvard product who is coming off his best season (passing for 3,905 yards and 31 touchdowns).

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there have been no discussions for the last few weeks. Tweeted Fowler on Tuesday night: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jets have time to close gap, but I’m told as of now both sides haven’t talked in over a month.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, one of Fitzpatrick’s biggest supporters, said over the weekend that Fitzpatrick has stopped returning his texts.

“I don’t know what’s going on. To be honest, me and Fitz talk every day, all the time, but I texted him the last two weeks three times and there’s no response,” Marshall said on Michael Rapaport’s “IAM RAPAPORT” podcast. “The only thing that he can do to make this right is to say he was on vacation, ‘I was out of the country.’ It’s not like him. It’s scaring me right now. It’s scaring me that my guy hasn’t texted me back.”

Lastly, according to, the lease on Fitzpatrick’s rented home in Chatham, New Jersey, has been made available ($9,500 per month for the eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom house). However, Fitzpatrick appears to still be living in the home for the time being.

— Browns running back Isaiah Crowell made amends for his recent anti-police social media post by attending the weekend funeral of one of the five police officers slain in Dallas.

Crowell — who had posted an illustration of a policeman having his throat slashed in response to the shootings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota (he quickly deleted the post but not before it made its way around the web) — accepted an invitation from Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation president Sgt. Demetrick Pennie to attend the funeral for Patrick Zamarripa on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Carmelo Anthony says ‘the front office stepped up,’ Knicks now a contender

07.19.16 at 12:38 pm ET
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Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Speaking publicly on Monday for the first time since Knicks president Phil Jackson made a series of roster moves, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony applauded the front office and was hopeful about the team’s chances of being a contender in the Eastern Conference.

“The front office stepped up,” said Anthony, an 11-time All-Star who has been a Knick since 2011. “It was a collective effort. They did their job and they did what they had to do to make some moves and make things happen. They put us in a situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of that.”

“I think we have a good opportunity to do some things this year. It’s all about what we do. It’s all about us now. It’s all about how we come together, how we jell together. For the most part, the pieces are there, so it’s up to us.”

The Knicks, who have not had a winning season since they won 54 games in 2012-13, were able to trade for point guard Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls the night before the NBA draft. Jackson and the front office brass then had the cap space to sign Rose’s teammate Joakim Noah, swingman Courtney Lee and point guard Brandon Jennings.

Although Anthony believes the Knicks “have a very special team on paper,” there are plenty of red flags. Noah and Lee are 31 and 30, respectively. Jennings, once a top young star in the league, averaged seven points per game with Orlando last season. And Rose, the 2011 league MVP, is 27 years old and injury-prone. He has not played more than 70 games since that MVP year.

Despite the injury concerns with Rose, Anthony said he is not worried about the point guard’s health.

“As far as injuries go, it happens,” Anthony said. “But I think sometimes you just need a breath of fresh air, in Derrick’s case. I talked to him maybe once or twice, but he’s locked in right now. He’s focused. I’m hearing he’s healthy.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: ‘Truly sorry’ Johnny Manziel promises fans, ‘I’ll be back’

07.19.16 at 8:12 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Giants at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN: WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Cubs, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
MLB: White Sox at Mariners, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Sparks at Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

— Johnny Manziel finally responded to a wave of criticism for wasting his football potential, promising fans, “I’ll be back,” despite remaining unsigned since being cut by the Browns earlier this year.

The hard-partying Manziel, whose immature behavior and legal problems have overshadowed his performance on the field since he won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M as a redshirt freshman in 2012, sent a message to fans of his alma mater after someone posted a video of one of Manziel’s touchdowns from his final season at the school in 2013.

Wrote Manziel: chills* I love A&M with all my heart I’m truly sorry. I’ll do whatever I can to make it right.I’m an AGGIE for life.

Later Monday, Manziel put up a post on Instagram with the caption: You all write about a day in my life and what goes on…here it is. No secrets, no hiding, I”m not what you read about. I’ll be back… In time. It can’t end like this…it won’t. I love you all even though your comments suck.

Last month the NFL announced that Manziel was suspended four games, reportedly for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. The 23-year-old quarterback also is likely to face further discipline related to his domestic abuse case in Texas, for which he has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

Two agents have dropped Manziel since the season ended when he did not adhere to their demands that he seek treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. His family also expressed concern for his well-being.

— The former scouting director of the Cardinals apologized in federal court after being sentenced to 46 months in prison for hacking into the Astros’ player personnel database and email system in 2013.

Christopher Correa, who pleased guilty in January, also was ordered to pay $279,038 in restitution.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: NFL reportedly finalizing plan to insert computer chips in footballs

07.18.16 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Mets at Cubs, 7:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Las Vegas Summer League championship, Timberwolves vs. Bulls, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


— The NFL reportedly is close to finalizing a plan to insert computer chips into game balls used in the upcoming preseason and in Thursday night games. And no, this has nothing to do with Deflategate.

The chips could help determine where the ball should be placed when a ball carrier is ruled down. They also would provide data on how close kicked balls come to the uprights, helping the league determine how much of a difference it would make if the uprights were moved closer together.

There was a small reduction in conversion rates on extra points last season after the league pushed back the spot so that it’s a 33-yard kick. But field goal rates continue to be exceptionally high, with last season’s 84.5 percent rate the second highest in league history.

According to an ESPN report, the league sent chip-equipped footballs to some veteran quarterbacks for them to test out and ensure they did not feel or travel through the air differently than the current balls used in games. Then the league contacted all 32 teams to inform them of the plan to used the technology.

— MMA fighter Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos is recovering in England after suffering a fractured skull during his loss to Michael Page on Saturday night.

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Thinking Out Loud: Tom Brady leaves Patriots fans feeling deflated

07.15.16 at 9:12 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering if Pikachu, Squirtle or Charizard might be lurking around the corner.

— Well, then. That’s it? What do we have to complain about now?

— Eighteen months after the torturous tale began, Tom Brady has decided not to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, effectively ending Deflategate. And my initial reaction is a deflated one, like the way I felt after watching “The Sopranos” finale. That’s it?

— All along, the smarter Kool-Aid drinkers (and I’m still one of them) believed TB12’s best chance at playing in September was through a stay granted by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg, if we are to believe in her precedents, generally has sided with labor over management in labor-related causes.

— However, the burden of proof was on Brady’s team to show this case traveled well beyond a simple football spat between a player and a commissioner. Ultimately, based on case precedent, the odds weren’t on TB12’s side. And we know how he loves to win. So let’s strike up the band and climb aboard the Jimmy Garoppolo bandwagon.

— Perhaps the recent public display of “dislike” for presidential candidate Donald Trump could have caused a problem with Justice Ginsburg’s consideration of TB12’s case – especially with Brady as a Trump “friend”? You’d like to think not. You’d like to think our Supreme Court justices can be impartial, even though they are human. But impartial enough to keep TB12 in the fight? Nope. You have to think his legal team suggested as much.

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Tim Tebow among sports figures to speak at Republican National Convention next week

07.14.16 at 10:11 am ET
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Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

At one point, there were rumors of Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger would be speaking at this year’s Republican National Convention.

There will be a quarterback there, but it’s not either of the aforementioned two.

It’s former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

The Heisman Trophy winner, now an analyst on ESPN, has always been known for his ultra-conservative views. Now he is now scheduled to speak on night four of the convention, set to take place in Cleveland July 18-21, per a list released by the New York Times.

Tebow has not played an NFL game since 2012, and was released from the Eagles following the preseason on Sept. 5 of 2015, but that has not kept him out of the limelight. This could very well be a jumping off point of a different avenue for the 28-year-old, who has even toyed with the idea of a political career down the road.

In an interview on Fox and Friends on March 29, when asked about a political career, Tebow said: “It’s been crazy, hasn’t it? It’s been a whirlwind watching everything. You know, I don’t know in this time in my life, but if there’s a chance you can make a difference some day in something, then that would be intriguing.”

Other athletes set to speak include golfer Natalie Gulbis and UFC President Dana White.

Gulbis has been an outspoken supporter, most noticeably when she penned “The Donald Trump I Know, by Natalie Gulbis,” which ran on on June 2.

White, who was just involved in the record-breaking 4 million dollar sale of UFC, has adamantly supported Trump, starting with his appearance on TMZ Sports, where he says that he would, in fact, vote for Trump.

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Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky sexual assault as early as 1976, according to newly unsealed records

07.12.16 at 10:43 am ET
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Joe Paterno apparently knew of Jerry Sandustky's history before orginally thought. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Joe Paterno apparently knew of Jerry Sandusky’s history before originally thought. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A man claims he told former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno about a sexual assault on him committed by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 1976, but Paterno ignored his claims, according to newly unsealed court records.

The victim testified in court in 2014 that when he attended a football camp at Penn State as a 14-year-old, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Identified as John Doe 150 in court records, the victim said he specifically told Paterno of the sexual assault, but Paterno brushed him off and just walked away.

“I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted,” the man told lawyers for Penn State University’s insurer in a deposition two years ago. “I was embarrassed.”

The man would become one of many Sandusky accusers paid millions by Penn State. His testimony was recently released as part of records unsealed by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer due to a current legal fight over who should cover the costs Penn State has paid.

In a statement on Tuesday, the family of Paterno denied that any coverup ever took place.

“With this latest release of information, the total mishandling of the Sandusky investigation is highlighted once again,” the statement said. “The overwhelming evidence confirms that Joe Paterno never engaged in a cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes. Multiple independent parties have confirmed this conclusion.”

The records include pieces of depositions from accusers who say they reported sexual abuse by Sandusky to Paterno and other Penn State coaches in the 1970s and 1980s. Paterno denied any knowledge of sexual abuse by Sandusky before his death in 2012. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in 2012.

The university hoped to keep the settlement records sealed, claiming that publicizing them would unfairly expose victims to ridicule and embarrassment, and that some information in the documents was privileged, gleaned through mediation sessions.

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Minneapolis officers working WNBA game walk out over players’ warmups shirts

07.12.16 at 10:33 am ET
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Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers who were supposed to work the Minnesota Lynx game walked away from their post Saturday night after players wore Black Live Matters warmup shirts before the game.

“I commend them for it,”president of the Minneapolis Police Federation Lt. Bob Kroll said. “Others said they heard about it and they were not going to work Lynx games.”

The Lynx players wore black shirts that read “Change Starts With Us — Justice and Accountability” on the front, while the back included the names Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who both were killed by police in separate incidents in Baton Rogue and St. Paul last week. The back of the shirt also featured “Black Lives Matter” and a Dallas Police Department emblem to honor the five police officers killed in Dallas by a heavily armed sniper during a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday.

“If we take this time to see that this is a human issue and speak out together, we can greatly decrease fear and create change,” the Lynx’s Maya Moore said before Saturday’s game. “Tonight we will be wearing shirts to honor and mourn the losses of precious American citizens and to plead for change in all of us.”

Kroll said that he did not know who the officers were, but that they removed their names from a list of officers working future Lynx games.

When asked if other officers will step in to work future games, Kroll said, “If [the players] are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there.”

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Warriors star Draymond Green arrested on charge of misdemeanor assault

07.12.16 at 10:28 am ET
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Warriors forward and U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team member Draymond Green was arrested Sunday on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery, according to court records.

The alleged incident happened in East Lansing, Michigan near the Michigan State campus that Green played college basketball from 2008-12. Green, 26, was arrested at 2:28 am on Sunday and released on $200 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 20.

According to East Lansing Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth, the alleged victim was an adult male outside of a popular bar who was taunting Green. The male was not injured.

“We are aware of news involving Draymond Green in Michigan over the weekend,” the Warriors said in a statement Monday. “At this point, we are collecting information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation.”

Green faces a maximum of 93 days in prison or fine of up to $500, or both. He is coming off of a season in which he averaged 14 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Warriors and was named to the All-NBA Second Team and All-Defensive First Team. He is expected to attend Team USA’s camp from July 18-21.

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