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James Harden fires back at Giannis over All-Star Game joke

Giannis Antetokounmpo has made it clear in recent weeks that he is not a big fan of James Harden, and the feeling appears to be mutual. When Antetokounmpo was picking his All-Star Game roster earlier this month on live TV, he had a funny moment while deciding between Harden, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. The…Read More

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Video: Tim Tebow is still having big trouble in the outfield

Tim Tebow remains rather unconvincing in his bid to play in Major League Baseball.

The latest example of this came on Friday. Tebow had a routine fly ball in his sights that would have ended the Mets’ spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals, but appeared to trip over his own shoelaces and fell over in pursuit.

The good news? The Mets ended up closing out the win in spite of Tebow’s tumble. He went 0-for-2 in the game with two strikeouts, dropping his spring average to .125.

It’s safe to say based on what we’ve seen this spring that Tebow needs a lot more work in the outfield. That’s not exactly a great sign when he’s entering his fourth year of professional baseball.

Report: Tua Tagovailoa felt ‘uncertain’ about Dolphins after NFL Combine meeting

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Tua Tagovailoa’s first meeting with the Miami Dolphins at the NFL Combine apparently did not go particularly well.

According to Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Taogvailoa felt he received something of a “cold shoulder” from the Dolphins in their initial meeting. The quarterback hopeful was expecting an enthusiastic response given the various rumors about Miami potentially trading up for him, but left feeling unsure if the Dolphins really wanted him to be their franchise quarterback.

“No one was excited,” the source said. “They didn’t give any indication of ‘he’s their guy.’ He felt weird, like is this a joke?

“He’s not turned off, but it was just weird.”

It should be noted that this could be entirely intentional from Miami’s point of view. The Dolphins want to keep things close to the vest and not give players too much reason to think they’re atop the Miami draft board. That said, there have been some reports that Tagovailoa isn’t even Miami’s preferred quarterback option, so maybe Tua’s read on the situation isn’t entirely off.

Report: Knicks could bring Carmelo Anthony back next season

Carmelo Anthony

The New York Knicks are about to hire Carmelo Anthony’s longtime agent as their new team president, which could lead to a reunion next season.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, multiple NBA executives believe incoming Knicks president Leon Rose will be interested in bringing Anthony back to the Knicks next season. Rose has served as Anthony’s agent since 2009, and helped engineer his move to the Knicks from the Denver Nuggets in 2011.

Anthony admitted he still speaks to Rose “multiple times a week,” and would not rule out ending his career as a Knick when asked about it Thursday.

Anthony has gone from near retirement to being a key player for the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s averaging 15.5 points per game this season and can still make at least some contribution to an NBA team. He won’t lead the Knicks to the promised land, but it would at least be a nice story.

Report: MLB warned Astros, Red Sox about cheating prior to 2018 ALCS

Rob Manfred

The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox are the two teams investigated for cheating in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and it sounds like they had fair warning of whistleblowers ahead of their meeting in the 2018 American League Championship Series.

ESPN’s Karl Ravech relayed a story on the “Baseball Tonight” podcast around the 10:50 mark about how the managers and GMs of the Astros and Red Sox — A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow, Alex Cora, and Dave Dombrowski — were summoned to a meeting with chief baseball officer Joe Torre ahead of the 2018 ALCS, where they were collectively warned that any cheating ran the risk of being exposed by someone who left their organization.

“At some point there’s going to be a player or players or front office person that’s going to leave your team, go to another team, and basically rat you guys out, basically tell the dirty secrets,” Ravech said of Torre’s message.

Ravech said the meeting “scared the heck” out of both teams and ensured that any behavior did not continue into 2019. He added it was unclear if Torre knew specifics of what both teams were doing or was simply issuing a warning.

Ultimately, this came true in the Astros’ case, as Mike Fiers went public with information about their system. It seems very hard to believe that both teams would be shocked by this sort of disclosure. It’s also not clear how much MLB knew at the time and how serious they were about pursuing it. It is the closest we’ve come to getting a reason for the Astros no longer cheating into the 2019 season as MLB investigators claim happened, a finding questioned by some players.

This sure makes it sound like MLB knew something was up at early as 2018, assuming this report is correct. It would make sense considering the Red Sox had run afoul of sign stealing rules a year earlier. The question would then become why they didn’t act more authoritatively at the time, which helped lead to what we’re seeing now.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

CC Sabathia has great quote about MLB teams choosing playoff opponent

CC Sabathia

Major League Baseball is exploring the idea of allowing top-seeded playoff teams to choose their opponents for a postseason series, and CC Sabathia is among those who would love to see it.

Sabathia said on his podcast this week that he would take it personally if an opponent chose to face him in the playoffs, which is the exact type of attitude that would make the system great. The left-hander said he would welcome someone choosing to face him so he could “shove it up your a– now.”

MLB is exploring some radical changes, and allowing higher seeds to choose their opponent has been one of the more popular proposals. It would add to the drama of a series for obvious reasons.

We’ve already shared our plan to fix the MLB playoffs and regular season, and we’re on board with the idea of letting the top seed choose their opponent. Sabathia’s view on it is exactly why it would be so entertaining.

Is Matthew Stafford pushing for trade from Lions?

Matthew Stafford

There have been widespread rumors about a possible Matthew Stafford trade during the offseason, but those rumors have been firmly denied by the Detroit Lions. There’s a new theory regarding why — and that’s that it’s not the organization itself driving those rumors.

According to Michael Silver of NFL Media, some coaches and executives around the league believe that Stafford is the one pushing for a trade from the Lions, not the other way around.

The Lions have been aggressive about denying these rumors, and Stafford’s camp not so much. It would be easy to understand why Stafford might want out: he just turned 32, the Lions don’t appear close to contending, and there could be high-profile quarterback jobs available this offseason. However, with the Lions appearing staunchly opposed to the idea, this definitely doesn’t seem likely at this time.

James Harden fires back at Giannis over All-Star Game joke

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has made it clear in recent weeks that he is not a big fan of James Harden, and the feeling appears to be mutual.

When Antetokounmpo was picking his All-Star Game roster earlier this month on live TV, he had a funny moment while deciding between Harden, Kemba Walker and Trae Young. The Greek Freak said he didn’t want to pick Harden because he’d rather have a teammate who is going to pass. Harden was asked about that during an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that aired on Friday, and he pointed out that he had more assists than Walker at the time Giannis made the remark. Harden also said it would be a lot easier to play basketball if he were 7 feet tall.

The tension between Harden and Giannis may have begun last year when the two players finished 1-2 in the MVP voting. Harden admitted he was annoyed the media gave the award to Antetokounmpo, which Giannis may have taken as a sign of disrespect.

Giannis also threw an elbow at Harden during the All-Star Game, which may or may not have been inadvertent. If anything happens between the two players on the court going forward, it will be hard to believe it is a coincidence.

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