Stuckey’s four points was clearly his worst shooting outing of the season, but his value couldn’t be quantified, outworking Bucks guard Gary Neal to a loose ball where he dove for it, leading to a Kyle Singler triple.
Nets CEO says team can revive season by beating Knicks
Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, believes a win against the Knicks on Thursday could facilitate an about-face for a team that’s gotten off to a horrendous start.
Bulls' Rose not ruling out return this season
CHICAGO — Derrick Rose isn’t quite ruling out a return to the Chicago Bulls this season.The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed — even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22.
Aldridge, Blazers snap Thunder’s winning streak
LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped Oklahoma City’s eight-game winning streak with a 111-104 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night.
Brian Wilson Reportedly Signs 1-Year, Million Deal with Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have bolstered their bullpen by signing free-agent reliever Brian Wilson. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports first reported the contract agreement:
Brian Wilson and Dodgers have come to contract agreement.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 5, 2013
Wilson contract is one year for m, a second year at player option for as much as another m, according to sources.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 5, 2013
Brown is reporting that Wilson is expected to continue in his role with the Dodgers as the setup man for Kenley Jansen:
Wilson is fine with setup role for Jansen, if that’s how it works out.
Don’t Let 2012 FSU Game Fool You, Northern Illinois Could Win a BCS Game in 2013
Last year’s setback against Florida State in the Orange Bowl was the best thing that could have happened to the Northern Illinois football program.
In fact, that 31-10 loss back in January has fueled a Huskies squad that has a realistic shot at winning their first BCS bowl in school history.
Through 12 games, the team has tossed aside every opponent and hurdled every obstacle in its path.
Only two teams have managed to come within six points of Northern Illinois all season.
Stephanie McMahon Promotion Leaves Triple H in Charge of WWE Creative
Earlier this week, Stephanie McMahon was promoted to the position of Chief Brand Officer, expanding her responsibilities beyond the day-to-day creative process of the company. With this shift, there were many questions as to who will assume that role within the WWE front office.
Today, WWE answered that question by issuing the following statement per PWInsider:
Creative Writing now reports to Paul Levesque, EVP Talent and Live Events. In addition to Stephanie McMahon’s expanded responsibilities as Chief Brand Officer, she will continue to maintain a presence on TV.
6 NFL Draft Prospects the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Be Salivating over
When it comes to the NFL draft, it’s not hard to find information about the top prospects. What was once very much a cottage industry in the world of sports information, is now a huge network of bloggers and writers who spend countless hours studying games and using their own set of metrics and standards to grade out prospects.However, even with all this information out there, the focus of it centers on the top players. It makes perfect sense.
Devils Can’t Protect Lead in Shootout Loss to Habs
At least they got a point out of it—but then, you could say that about a lot of their games so far this fall.
The New Jersey Devils rebounded last night against the Montreal Canadiens with three third-period strikes, including the go-ahead goal from Patrik Elias with 1:06 remaining in regulation. That should have been enough to keep the team from losing for the fifth time in seven outings.
The visiting Habs responded with a score from David Desharnais with just 37 ticks left, and then outscored the Devils in the shootout to escape the Prudential Center with a 4-3 victory.
Derrick Rose Not Ready to Exit Stage Left, Yet
CHICAGO—We have become accustomed to delays from Derrick Rose.
Still, this one was a bit unexpected.
It came more than 10 minutes into his Thursday press conference, following a Chicago Bulls shootaround in which he could not participate. It came with crutches propped up by his side, in front of an overflow crowd in the United Center media room.
Mariota, Not Winston, No. 1 QB in 2015 NFL Draft
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota announced he will not declare for the NFL Draft and will return to Eugene for his junior year. Mariota has struggled the past few weeks after starting the season as a Heisman contender.
NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller and CFB National Lead Writer Michael Felder break down Mariota’s game and where he needs to improve.
With Mariota returning, Oregon looks to be a contender in the Pac-12 and for a national championship.
“Dem Bums!”: Brooklyn Nets Must Beat Knicks to Keep NYC Relevancy
Remember the hype that was the Brooklyn Nets’ 2012-13 campaign? The first in the newly built Barclays Center on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Brooklyn?
(For those in New York, it was more of a relief that the construction at Barclays was done.)
Do you also remember the “#HelloBrooklyn” trend and the flooding of black and white Brooklyn paraphenalia throughout the city?
My, my how long ago that seems.
But the team that went 49-33 last season, snatched the fourth seed in the eastern conference and laid down against the Chicago Bulls—while failing to lay up—after seven games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs has been anything but that this season.
“Hello? Brooklyn? Are you alive?”
Going into tonight’s cross-borough matchup against the New York Knicks, the Nets not only need to win for the sake of being the “better” team in New York City, but also to prove that this team is still breathing and not just spilled all over the court.
Fans Who REALLY Love Their Teams
We all love our teams. Obviously. That’s why we follow sports—because we love our teams and we really want them to win.
When they do win, we are euphoric.
UEFA President Michel Platini Calls for End of Yellow Cards in Football (Poll)
UEFA president Michel Platini says he wants to replace yellow cards in football with a new disciplinary rugby-style system of “sin bins.”
Under current rules, a footballer remains on the pitch after receiving a yellow card. Upon earning a second, however, the player is sent off for the remainder of the match, with his or her team continuing with a numerical disadvantage. Players can also be suspended for accumulating yellow cards over the course of a season or tournament.
How Cam Newton, Panthers Offense Can Survive Hungry Saints D in Superdome
The streaking Carolina Panthers have their sights set on an NFC South divisional title, but to earn it, they’ll have to match the offensive fireworks the New Orleans Saints typically ignite inside the Mercedez-Benz Superdome.
That won’t be easy.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted the following about Brees at home on the prime-time stage:
Definition of prime-time player: in the last 4 years, Drew Brees is 10-0 in home prime-time games with 33 TD passes and 4 interceptions.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 5, 2013
The Panthers defense will play a huge role in Carolina’s upset bid, but let’s focus on what Cam Newton’s offense can do to stick with the Saints in New Orleans.
Jameis Winston Will Not Be Charged in 2012 Sexual Assault Case
After weeks of speculation, it was finally announced that Florida State freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy front-runner Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexual assault stemming from a December 2012 incident, state attorney Willie Meggs confirmed on Thursday (via Dan Wolken of USA Today):
Meggs: We’ve carefully examined all evidence. No charges filed against anyone.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 5, 2013
The case first became public knowledge last month, and it has been a black cloud over the heads of Winston and his Seminoles teammates despite a fantastic season on the field.
According to David M.
Fantasy Football Week 14: Projecting Weekend’s Biggest Overachievers
Fantasy football owners already know what they’re going to get from this weekend from studs like Calvin Johnson, Peyton Manning and LeSean McCoy.
But what about those with potential who are flying under the radar?
Below we’ll examine some fantasy performers sure to overachieve in Week 14.
*Scoring statistics according to ESPN Fantasy.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 14 Opponent: Washington Redskins
Average Points: 15.
Carmelo Anthony Denies Report That He’s Leaving Knicks This Offseason
As his New York Knicks crush championship dreams by the second, superstar Carmelo Anthony is doing his own brand of destruction.
That crashing sound you just heard? A crystal ball promising glimpses of Anthony’s future that ‘Melo himself just shattered.
ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith took to the New York City airwaves on Thursday to plot out Anthony’s departure from the Big Apple next summer.
Analyzing the History Between Randy Orton and John Cena
At WWE TLC 2013, Randy Orton and John Cena will fight once more, continuing a rivalry that has lasted beyond a decade; their animosity never going unfed for long.
Orton made his WWE debut on April 25, 2002. Just two months later, Cena debuted, going up against Kurt Angle on June 27, 2002. Since then, Orton and Cena’s careers have taken parallel trajectories.
Dick Vitale Wasn’t Dick Vitale 34 Years Ago, Baby
Why so glum, baby?
Dick Vitale didn’t always have the flash and flare of a puppet that would be more at home on Sesame Street. No, before he was shouting at the camera with the enthusiasm of cheerleader on a caffeine bender he was giving reserved and, dare I say, calm assessments of upcoming games.
ESPN publicist Mike Humes decided to tweet out a forgotten gem. It’s one of the most recognizable voices in college basketball enjoying his first foray into sportscasting.