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  • 14h
    cathalkelly @cathalkelly

    Paul Pierce, on if he'd ever played w/out a shot clock: 'I don't remember. Because I'm a dinosaur.'

  • Some GM’s think Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook to leave Thunder

    Fansided "Neither Kevin Durant nor Russell Westbrook can leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency for the next few seasons, but that doesn’t mean a few NBA general managers aren’t convinced that one of them will be on the move down the road. Citing the difficulty of sharing the spotlight, according..." April 19

  • Cavaliers will not sign Carmelo Anthony as free agent

    Fansided "Assuming Carmelo Anthony exercises his player option and opts out of his contract with the New York Knicks this offseason, the small forward is sure to have his choice of suitors. One team mentioned to potentially be in the Anthony sweepstakes are that of the Cleveland Cavaliers, though most of..." April 19

  • Salary cap projected to rise $5M "The NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a rise in the salary cap of nearly $5 million for next season, which could aid clubs such as Chicago and Houston in their attempts to steal free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks, according to sources familiar with the..." April 19

  • Klay Thompson doesn't regret talk "Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he didn't regret his now-famous "bull in the china shop" quotes regarding Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin said on a San Francisco radio station earlier this week. "At this point I don't really care. No regrets, it's fine," Thompson said..." April 19

  • Mike Trout did something for the first time on Saturday

    Hardball Talk "Mike Trout has achieved a lot for someone who has had only two full seasons in the Major Leagues. He’s led the league in runs twice, and led once each in stolen bases and walks while lapping his competition in terms of WAR. But on Saturday afternoon against the Tigers, Trout achieved something he..." April 19

  • Bryce Harper benched for 'lack of hustle' "Yeesh, tough call by Williams. He's clearly using Harper to set an example for the rest of the team. I don't think any player would run out that ball hard. Ironically, Harper usually plays extremely hard, often to his detriment. He tends to run into walls and stuff like that. In fact, here is..." April 19

  • 13h
    Anthony Andro @aandro

    Catcher Chris Snyder, who was playing for Round Rock, has retired.

  • MLB likely to adjust home plate collision and transfer rules "According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, MLB and the MLBPA are likely to make adjustments to the current home plate collision and transfer rules. Officials from the union met with MLB executives recently to voice their displeasure over the new transfer rule, which is causing headaches. Here is..." April 19

  • Cesar Cabral designated for assignment by Yankees after rough night on the mound

    Hardball Talk "Yankees left-hander Cesar Cabral had an eventful Friday night. And not in a good way. Cabral faced six batters in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Rays last night and failed to retire any of them. After replacing Adam Warren, he gave up a single to Ben Zobrist before throwing a wild..." April 19

  • 14h
    Pitt Football @GoPittFootball

    #Pitt QB Tom Savage has declined an invitation to attend the #NFLDraft in New York. He is one of the draft's fastest rising prospects.

  • Johnny Manziel to visit Browns "Johnny Manziel will work out for Cleveland Browns officials Saturday in College Station, Texas, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Manziel, who has been widely projected as a high first-round pick in next month's NFL draft, also will visit with the Browns this week, according to the..." April 19

  • Chargers pick up fifth-year option on Corey Liuget "The Chargers picked up their fifth-year year option on defensive end Corey Liuget, league sources confirmed to Liuget is one of four players taken in the 2011 NFL Draft -- along with Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith and Texans defensive end..." April 19

  • Could Minnesota Vikings take a chance on Aldon Smith?

    Fansided "There is a lot of commotion about the future of Aldon Smith in not only San Francisco but in the NFL as a whole. After repeated off-field issues with the latest forcing National Homeland Security to become involved, there are a lot of rumblings about what Smith’s future looks like and not a lot of..." April 19

  • Top prospect Khalil Mack to visit Detroit Lions next week

    Detroit Free Press "First it was Sammy Watkins, then Jadeveon Clowney. Next week, the Detroit Lions will host another probable top-six pick they’ll likely have to trade up if they want to draft — Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack, scheduled to visit the Lions mid-week, is considered one of the top edge..." April 19

  • No fine or suspension for Perry’s spear on Benn

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the NHL’s supplementary discipline decisions regarding spearing to … precious areas in the early going of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs are any indication, a cup/athletic supporter is becoming a mandatory piece of equipment. (Some athletes tend to forego that option for the sake of comfort..." April 19

  • Avs' Matt Duchene unlikely to return for first-round series "The Colorado Avalanche may have gotten by the Minnesota Wild in dramatic fashion in Game 1, but it sure would be nice for them to have leading scorer Matt Duchene back. That probably won't happen in the first round series according to head coach Patrick Roy. Duchene has been out since suffering..." April 19

  • Oshie returns to Blues lineup for Game 2

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Blues will get a big lift to their lineup in Game 2 with the return of T.J. Oshie. Oshie took warmups with the team and skated on a line with David Backes and Alex Steen, the Blues’ usual top line. Brenden Morrow was scratched to make room for him. Oshie has missed the past three games..." April 19

  • 18h
    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Milan Lucic gets a $5,000 fine for spearing Danny Dekeyser in the privates.

  • MacKinnon takes first Stanley Cup Playoffs in stride "Patrick Roy has been watching the Nathan MacKinnon show for three years, two in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and as Colorado Avalanche coach since training camp, and it never gets old. "I've been impressed with him from the first time I saw him play a game," Roy said Friday. "From..." April 19

  • Loucheiz Purifoy was caught with drugs, avoided arrest

    Pro Football Talk "Loucheiz Purifoy, a former Florida cornerback who is expected to be drafted next month, reportedly was caught with drugs last month and avoided arrest by agreeing to work as a police informant. Now the matter of how Purifoy avoided arrest is the subject of an investigation. The Gainesville Sun..." April 19

  • Carl Pelini speaks out against FAU AD regarding firing "Carl Pelini thinks his firing from FAU was not exclusively because of drug use allegations, but also part of an agenda for new athletic director Pat Chun. In a radio interview on KFAB, the Omaha-based station that broadcasts Nebraska football, Pelini rehashed some of the back-and-forth..." April 19

  • Jameis Winston still under fire for rape allegation

    USA Today "As a federal investigation into the handling of sexual assaults at Florida State is being conducted, the future of star quarterback Jameis Winston is in question. A state attorney's investigation concluded in December there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Winston, who..." April 19

  • Ex-Aggie QB Matt Joeckel could push for TCU starting job "The revolving door of transfer quarterbacks continues to spin, especially at TCU where the Horned Frogs have both lost and added a signal caller in the span of one week. Former Texas A&M quarterback Matt Joeckel confirmed his plans to finish his career at TCU via Twitter on Thursday night...." April 18

  • Meeting of the minds: Peyton visits Saban at Alabama

    Pro Football Talk "It’s not uncommon for coaches to pick the brains of one another in the offseason. But Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning joined the loop, putting at risk his God-like status in the state of Tennessee. According to Alex Scarborough of, Manning and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam..." April 18

  • John Calipari has ‘no idea’ if Harrison twins are declaring

    Fansided "Most prospects who expect to be selected in the 2014 NBA Draft have already made decisions on whether or not they will return to schools. However, two of college basketball’s most famous players, the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, have not made any decision yet. It appears as though they..." April 19

  • Houston releases TaShawn Thomas, Danuel House with restrictions "Since Kelvin Sampson took over at Houston, the biggest storyline has been the Cougars refusing to grant releases to TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House, the team's two leading scorers. On Friday, we got something of a resolution -- but it's not over just yet. "Just released with three..." April 19

  • Chris Obekpa has change of heart, will return to St. John's "Earlier this month, St. John's was dealt a tough blow when sophomore center Chris Obekpa requested a release from the Red Storm in order to transfer elsewhere. After a couple weeks of back-and-forth, though, Obekpa decided to return to St. John's for his junior campaign. “I've had good..." April 19

  • Rodney Hood leaves Duke for draft "One day after freshman star Jabari Parker officially left for the NBA, fellow Duke forward Rodney Hood did the same. The 6-foot-8 Hood, who played just one season in Durham after transferring from Mississippi State, is considered a definitive first-rounder by many NBA executives and could wind..." April 18

  • Frank Haith notified Missouri AD of accepting Tulsa job via text message

    Fansided "Frank Haith left the Missouri Tigers after three seasons to take the head coaching job with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane yesterday in a move that came as a rather large surprise. The even bigger surprise came today when it was revealed just how he notified Missouri athletic director Mike Alden that..." April 18

  • City line up £250m Messi deal

    Manchester Evening News "Manchester City have been linked with a staggering £250m deal for Barcelona ace Lionel Messi. The Argentinian is yet to sign a contract extension at the Nou Camp and reports in Spain suggest he could be tempted by a new challenge at the end of the season. Ten reasons Messi should ditch..." April 19

  • Adil Rami offered to Manchester United after move to AC Milan hits the bricks

    Daily Mail "Manchester United have been offered Valencia defender Adil Rami after his proposed move to AC Milan stalled. The clubs have failed to agree on a £10m fee for the 28-year-old France international despite him being on loan at the Serie A club and a deal being outlined since October. Meanwhile,..." April 19

  • Lazio starlet poised to put an end to Liverpool and Man City speculation

    talkSport "talkSPORT revealed to you earlier this month that Lazio are poised to hand him a one-year extension, which will tie him down until 2018, in recognition of his development and progress this season. The Rome giants are also aware of mounting interest from across the continent, with Liverpool and..." April 19

  • Manchester City set to miss out on wonderkid Angel Correa as Atletico Madrid prepare to swoop

    Daily Mirror "Manchester City are set to lose out on the signing of Argentine wonderkid Angel Correa. The San Lorenzo youngster has been dubbed the next Sergio Aguero, despite having a playing style more similar to Carlos Tevez, and has attracted interest from Europe's elite after a series of fine..." April 19

  • Agent of Porto hitman Martinez dampens transfer talk

    talkSport "The prolific Colombian has scored 58 goals at club level since the summer of 2012 and has been tracked by a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. Roma, who have enjoyed a great season in Serie A and are set to return to the Champions League next term, are..." April 19