If you looked at the box score and saw Jennings’ numbers compared to the offensive production of Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond (nine for 32, 23 points), it would appear Jennings froze out his teammates to get his own numbers, reverting back to his ball hog days in Milwaukee. And the assumption would be dead wrong.
Mavericks’ Ellis hits buzzer-beater to snuff red-hot Blazers
On Saturday morning, the Trail Blazers added a play designed for Monta Ellis.
It worked to perfection Saturday night.
Ellis drained 21-foot jumper with no time left on the clock and Dallas snapped the Portland’s four-game winning streak with a 108-106 victory. The game-winner came on an inbounds pass from Jose Calderon.
NBA Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz on Carmelo Anthony, Omer Asik and More
While the NBA trade deadline is still months away, the rumors are already starting to heat up as teams around the league look to improve.
There are a lot of squads—especially in the Eastern Conference—that have gotten off to terrible starts and want to reevaluate themselves going forward on the season. Meanwhile, other teams are simply looking for better fits that can help upgrade for the long haul.
Although any deals are probably still a ways from being completed, here are the latest rumblings from around the league after the first month and a half of the regular season.
Piers Morgan to Face Brett Lee After Twitter Rant Really Escalates Quickly
Big Mouth strikes again.
Piers Morgan is renowned for many things, among them his love of Twitter. And on Saturday, that fondness for the social medium got him in trouble, as he ended up agreeing to face one of the quickest bowlers ever to grace Test cricket.
After questioning the desire, heart and hunger of some of the England batsmen as Australia look to be easing to a 2-0 Ashes lead in the second Test at Adelaide, Morgan was challenged to prove he has all those qualities by Channel 9, who challenged him to face England’s main tormenter, Mitchell Johnson, during his upcoming visit Down Under.
Hottest MLB Free-Agent, Trade Rumors Entering the 2013 Winter Meetings
MLB will be hard-pressed to keep up with the pace of last week’s offseason action, with a flurry of trades and free-agent signings reshaping the makeup of the entire league.
Jayson Stark of ESPN noted that 20 teams made deals or signings between Monday and Tuesday alone, while the end of the week was marked by a 10-year, 0 million deal between the Seattle Mariners and Robinson Cano.
Starting on Monday, executives from all 30 clubs will convene in Orlando, Fla., for the league’s annual winter meetings.
Sam Sodje Prompts Investigation After Claiming He Influenced Games for Cash
In a shocking new video from The Sun, former Premier League player Sam Sodje revealed he would take cash in exchange for receiving bookings during matches.
You can see his revelations below.
The other player that appears in the video is Oldham Athletic’s Cristian Montano, who recounts a story about doing everything he could to earn a yellow card in a match, to no avail.
According to The Telegraph, Sodje is now being investigated by the National Crime Agency.
Arsenal vs. Everton: Premier League Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Premier League live updates—Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
Arsenal vs. Everton—kickoff 4 p.m.
NFL Playoff Picture 2013: Teams Hoping for Late-Season Surges
With just a few weeks remaining, the NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape, but there are a couple of teams that are trying to come up with late-season surges in order to find their way into the postseason.
As of now, only one team has clinched a playoff spot, and that’s the Seattle Seahawks, who are already 11-1 this season. Teams like the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts are in good shape as well, as it isn’t likely that they will collapse and not make the playoffs.
However, other teams that are currently not at the top of their respective divisions or are currently struggling have the opportunity to make a late run, so let’s take a look at a few of them.
NBA Power Rankings: Complete Early Season Look at Association’s Hierarchy
Can we just cancel the Eastern Conference? The NBA could move the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat into the Western Conference. The rest of the East can play D-League teams, or maybe they can just work on polishing pingpong balls.
Here is how drastic the difference is: At 11-10, the Atlanta Hawks own the East’s third-best record. They’d be in ninth, just a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, in the West.
NFL Picks Week 14: Underdogs Primed to Pull Off the Upset
Some games this week are worth avoiding like the plague. The New Orleans Saints hosting the Carolina Panthers? No thanks. The San Francisco 49ers hosting the Seattle Seahawks? Stay away. The Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions in a shootout? Too tough to call.
Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots: Live Score, Analysis and Highlights
The 9-2 New England Patriots welcome the 4-8 Cleveland Browns to Foxborough today, with the chance to clinch the AFC East or at least lock up a playoff birth.
The two teams last met in 2010, with the Browns under Belichick disciple Eric Mangini pulling off a blowout upset, 34-14. Can the Browns do it again to the Pats? It will be a tougher task on the road, with the Pats in sight of another division title.
New England will win the AFC East with a win and a loss by the Miami Dolphins to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Breaking Down This Week’s Biggest Rumours: Suarez, RvP Stay but AVB Doubt
Another week done, another week closer to the January transfer window.
That can only mean the transfer rumour mill is beginning to gain impetus. The newspaper speculation has not let us down.
We have thumbed through the gossip over the past seven days and picked out the highlights.
Aaron Rodgers Injury Update: Packers QB Ruled out for Week 14 vs. Falcons
For the fifth straight week, the Green Bay Packers will have to attempt to keep their playoff hopes alive without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
While the 2011 NFL MVP has made progress in his return from a broken collarbone, head coach Mike McCarthy decided Friday to rule Rodgers out for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
“Aaron’s frustrated,” McCarthy said, via NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.
Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls 12/7/13: Video Highlights and Recap
The Detroit Pistons looked to continue their winning ways Saturday against the Chicago Bulls but faced a stern test despite Chicago’s lack of Derrick Rose. The Pistons had won three straight and looked to extend that streak to four.
Remember the Last Time Kobe Bryant Had a Big Game Against Toronto Raptors?
Anticipation is at a fevered pitch with Kobe Bryant’s return to NBA action mere hours away. Also approaching on a collision course with destiny are the Toronto Raptors, and does anyone remember the last really big game Bryant had against them?
Hint, it wasn’t any of the last 13 matches, 10 of which the Lakers won.
Nope, it goes all the way back to January 22, 2006, when Kobe scored 81 points in a 122-104 win.
Bryant was 27 years old at the time, at his absolute prime.
Definitive Guide to Raptors vs. Lakers and Sunday’s NBA Action
NBA superstars LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Paul George will all be in action Sunday, and all will take a backseat to the legendary Kobe Bryant.
As if his return following a torn Achilles needed any more hype, the LA Lakers’ official Facebook page released a video called “Seasons of Legend” that pegged Bryant’s return date with the words, “THE LEGEND CONTINUES…
Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 14: Duds to Avoid in 1st Round of Fantasy Playoffs
For every fantasy sleeper, there are multiple duds.
Now that owners have sailed their ships into the minefields known as the fantasy playoffs, the numerous duds are more volatile than ever with so much at stake.
It takes one weak link in a lineup to sink a team at this stage of the game. A perfect lineup is nearly impossible to obtain, but owners can get as close as humanly possible to that goal through savvy research and attention to details.
NFL Week 14 Picks: Last-Second Predictions for Sunday’s Action
In a Week 14 full of intriguing divisional battles and potential playoff previews, the excitement surrounding Sunday’s slate of NFL action has every fan picking winners as the games draw near.
Here are the predicted outcomes for every Week 14 game and a closer look at some of the most intriguing matchups.
Seattle Seahawks (11-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are bitter rivals in the NFC West. With playoff implications, momentum and bragging rights on the line Sunday, there is no doubt that this will be an intense matchup.
Fantasy Football Week 14: Last-Minute Look at Weekend’s Best Sleeper Plays
Sleepers are a big part of why a select few owners in each league are now in the postseason.
It is one thing to draft well. It is another to be smooth at the waiver wire.
Heck, it is simple to ride superstars.
2014 NFL Draft: Players Whose Championship Showing Most Impacted Draft Stock
College football’s championship weekend did much to determine the fate of several NFL draft prospects with the 2014 draft on the horizon.
While prospects must still jump through plenty of hoops before the big day, their performances in championship games with everything on the line serve as an exclamation point on their collegiate resumes.
In particular, two prospects from the Big Ten and one under-the-radar quarterback who may break the top 10 from a small conference had much at stake in their respective championship contests.
Suffice to say, draft stock was on the line on Saturday.