Golden State Warriors backup center Jermaine O’Neal is scheduled for surgery to repair torn ligaments on his sprained right wrist.
Chicago Bulls add guard D.J. Augustin to roster
The Chicago Bulls say they have agreed to a contract with guard D.J. Augustin.
Detroit Pistons Gameday: Resurgent Brooklyn Nets have more pieces in place for rematch
The Nets have won three in a row, two of them coinciding with point guard Deron Williams’ return, while the Pistons try to get off the mat after three consecutive losses in a 7:30 p.m. home tipoff.
Bulls add point guard Augustin to roster
The Chicago Bulls say they have agreed to a contract with guard D.J. Augustin.
Chicago Bulls add guard D.J. Augustin to roster (Yahoo Sports)
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say they have agreed to a contract with guard D.J. Augustin.
Kobe Bryant tells Pau Gasol to consider losing some weight
Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol is blaming his recent struggles on coach Mike D’Antoni, while Kobe Bryant suggests it could be Gasol’s health that’s slowing the big man down. “I told him I thought the thing that really helped me out, I dropped some weight,” Bryant said, via Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times. ”I told him he should probably measure it himself, see if that’s something he needs to do himself. As we get older, our metabolism slows, we quietly become a little heavy.
Khloe Kardashian expected to file for divorce from Lamar Odom Friday
This has been discussed since June of this year, but it looks as if it’s finally going to happen. Khloe Kardashian is expected to file for divorce from Lamar Odom today. The couple married in September of 2009 after only knowing each other a month. Things seemed to turn south two years ago following LO’s trade from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks.
WATCH: David Stern has some trouble drinking out of a water bottle
Outgoing NBA Commissioner David Stern was in the Barclays Center crowd Thursday night as the Brooklyn Nets hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. TNT television cameras found Stern and put him on the air just as he was taking a sip from a water bottle, and managed to capture the awkward moment when Stern choked as he apparently drank too much too fast.How’s that for bad timing?Video via @Maxamillion711. H/T NIS.
Georges St-Pierre to Take Indefinite Leave, Give Up Welterweight Belt
Georges St-Pierre, the UFC welterweight champion and one of the best fighters in MMA history, will announce Friday that he is taking an indefinite leave of absence and relinquishing his UFC belt.
That is according to a report published by Canadian website RDS.ca and subsequently translated and tweeted by MMA reporter Ariel Helwani.
Breaking Down How the Patriots Can Still Be Effective in Gronkowski’s Absence
The Patriots offense took a big hit when Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending knee injury. Tom Brady and company will need to find new ways to be productive, especially in the red zone.
How can New England still be effective on offense without their biggest weapon?
Check out the video to see Matt Bowen draw up some schemes that the Patriots can use to account for the loss of Gronkowski, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Nick Saban Would Be Wise to Spurn Texas and Remain at Alabama
Nick Saban has been the head football coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide for almost seven full seasons. It’s hard to imagine him applying his skills anywhere else at this point, but there has been much speculation that he might defect to the Texas Longhorns if incumbent head coach Mack Brown is fired or steps down.
Don’t blame UT for desiring the 62-year-old, as Saban has been successful at each of his stops in the college ranks. He would undoubtedly be able to turn the Longhorns around and mold them back into a national title contender, utilizing both the X’s and O’s as well as bringing in top recruits from across the nation.
Why the Denver Broncos Can Overcome Poor Defense in Playoffs
The Denver Broncos suffered their third loss of the season Thursday night at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos defense did very little to stand in the way of Ryan Mathews, Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense, but that’s no reason to think that the defense is going to keep them out of the Super Bowl.
The obvious argument to Denver overcoming their porous defense is their elite offense.
The Chargers were able to limit that offense to just 21 minutes of possession.
Chargers vs. Broncos: San Diego Creates Blueprint for Defeating Denver
The San Diego Chargers pulled off one of the bigger upsets of the NFL season with a 27-20 win on the road against the Denver Broncos. With the victory, the Chargers showed the rest of the league what it will take to beat one of the best teams in the NFL.
While this was not the first loss of the year for Denver, it was certainly the most telling. The team dropped a road game against the Indianapolis Colts in an emotional comeback for Peyton Manning in Week 7.
Manchester United Transfer News: Fredy Guarin Would Provide Quick Midfield Boost
Manchester United have struggled their way into a hapless start to the David Moyes era, but adding a midfielder of Fredy Guarin’s skill and experience would go a long way to hide the Red Devils’ glaring midfield problems.
Being anywhere outside of the top four in the Premier League is a major shocker to reigning champs Manchester United. Falling to ninth place has spurred even more talk about making a big splash in the January transfer window.
So it’s no surprise that Moyes has started directly courting Inter Milan’s Guarin to make the move across Europe and start playing in the Premier League, per Goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo Is to Save the World Playing Football, Says New Samsung Ad
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the finest player of his generation and will certainly go down as one of the game’s great footballers.
What was less clear is that he would one day save the earth, but in a slightly bizarre Samsung advertisement, that’s what he appears to have been enlisted to do.
The Portugal and Real Madrid star is busy playing volleyball against a team of ladies (again, if we had the faintest idea why, we’d explain), when the call comes in to turn up for the Galaxy XI.
Ronaldo, using a watch we’re fairly sure Samsung make, confirms his participation and hits the road.
Shaqtin’ a Fool: Swaggy P’s Epic Layup Fail
Nick Young is bold. Nick Young is flashy. Nick Young is entertainment. When Nick Young does a 360-degree layup, he doesn’t just stop there; he adds a few extra hundred degrees.
Eddie Royal: Recapping Royal’s Week 15 Fantasy Performance
Royal caught three passes for 46 yards in Thursday’s 27-20 win over the Broncos. He managed to haul in half of his six targets despite the fact quarterback Philip Rivers only threw 20 times.The six targets were the most Royal has received since Week 10. Given the fact his looks are so inconsistent and San Diego has become more of a balanced offense, he is unlikely to post impressive stat lines in the team’s final two regular-season games.
Nick Novak: Recapping Novak’s Week 15 Fantasy Performance
Novak made both of his field goal attempts and went 3-for-3 on extra point attempts Thursday as the Chargers defeated Denver 27-20. He now has 28 field goals and 37 extra points this season.Greater offensive balance and an upcoming game against a struggling divisional opponent should make Novak an intriguing kicking option down the stretch. San Diego will host the Raiders in Week 16.
Craig Morton’s Concussion Lawsuit and the Potential Impact on NFL
Attorneys representing former NFL quarterback Craig Morton filed a federal lawsuit this week on the basis that the league failed to protect players from the dangers of repeated hits to the head.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports the complaint alleges that the NFL was provided with research of the effects concussions could have on individuals who suffered repeated strikes to the head, but failed to act to improve player safety.
The lawsuit also states that the league took steps through funding and falsifying research that painted a different picture about the worrisome situation:
The 84-page lawsuit, filed in U.S.
Has the Time Come for Liverpool to Look Beyond Lucas Leiva?
The central midfield partnership of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva has been a regular fixture for Liverpool this season, but there are signs that it is beginning to crack.
By the time Gerrard pulled his hamstring against West Ham last weekend, Lucas looked to have lost his starting berth alongside the Liverpool captain.
After an injury-troubled first year at the club, Brendan Rodgers has turned his trust back to his prodigy from Swansea City, Joe Allen, to replace the underperforming Lucas.
The Decline of Lucas
Much has been made of Liverpool’s troublesome midfield problems this campaign, but whilst Gerrard’s form has improved and proved the critics wrong, Lucas’ has continued to decline.