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Steph Curry to undergo MRI after leaving Warriors game with leg injury

Steph Curry points to his leg

Steph Curry is set to undergo an MRI on his left leg after hurting it in his Golden State Warriors’ 119-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Curry was trying to defend against a driving McKinley Wright IV late in the third quarter. Wright and Curry bumped legs, which left the Warriors guard hobbling.

Curry left the game and did not return.

X-rays on the star player’s leg were negative, but he will undergo an MRI.

Curry was called for a foul on the play, which occurred with 2:01 left in the third quarter. He was replaced by Ty Jerome.

Curry had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists at the time of his injury. His Warriors are 27-26 following the win, which puts them in the 7th spot in the West.

From his shoulder to his leg, Curry has dealt with several minor ailments. He has missed nearly a third of the team’s games this season.

Giants pitcher shares his 1-word response to Aaron Judge choosing Yankees

Aaron Judge looking on

Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) goes to the dugout between innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants had a very interesting offseason to say the least.

The Giants were finalists to land Aaron Judge, who ended up returning to the New York Yankees on a 9-year, $360 million contract. Even though the Giants were serious suitors for Judge, it seemed like the reigning AL MVP always wanted to return to the Yankees.

On Saturday, the Giants held their annual fan fest event, and pitcher Logan Webb talked about the offseason. He was asked for his reaction to Judge turning down the Giants to remain with the Yankees. Webb was among the group who recruited Judge to San Francisco, and he said the recruiting group felt “butt-hurt” over the outfielder’s choice.

Yes, it’s no surprise that those who spent time and energy recruiting Judge got their feelings hurt when he turned them down.

As if being turned down by Judge weren’t enough, what was even weirder was what happened with Carlos Correa.

The Giants agreed to a highly-publicized 13-year, $350 million deal with Correa, but the deal fell through over concerns the Giants had with Correa’s physical. Correa then agreed to a deal with the Mets, but that deal fell through for the same reason. Correa ended up returning to the Minnesota Twins on a 6-year, $200 million deal.

In the end, the Giants added outfielders Mitch Haniger and Michael Conforto, starter Sean Manaea and relievers Luke Jackson and Taylor Rogers. They may have been butt-hurt over not landing Judge, but they quietly put together a respectable offseason.

NBA announces significant discipline for Mo Bamba, Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers before a game

Nov 30, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) arrives at the Toyota Center prior to the game against the Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA did not take long to announce discipline for those who participated in the fight during Friday night’s Orlando Magic-Minnesota Timberwolves game that was started by Mo Bamba and Austin Rivers.

The league said Saturday that Bamba was suspended four games and Rivers three games for their roles in the altercation (video of the incident here). Magic guard Jalen Suggs was suspended one game for grabbing Rivers and throwing him to the ground. Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels was fined $20,000 for running in and pushing Bamba in the back.

You can see some punches exchanged, as well as Suggs’ maneuver in this video:

All four players were ejected from the game following the incident, which took place late in the third quarter. The only player who was ejected but not disciplined further was Taurean Prince.

The league’s statement on the matter noted that Bamba and Rivers escalated their altercation via social media after the game. Bamba was said to have been hostile with Rivers even after the ejection and aggressively shoved a security guard.

Suggs will serve his suspension on Sunday. Bamba and Rivers will also begin serving their suspensions on Sunday.

Freddie Freeman reveals his new walk-up song for 2023 season

Freddie Freeman in a Dodgers uniform

Apr 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) reacts after scoring in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Freddie Freeman is changing his walk-up song for the upcoming season and on Saturday revealed his new tunes.

The Los Angeles Dodgers held their Fanfest event Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Freeman told some reporters that the song that will play when he comes to the plate for at-bats will be “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny.

Freeman says that his son Charlie chose the song because he enjoys dancing to it.

“He likes to dance to the song,” Freeman said of his son.

Freeman said one potential complication was the dirty lyrics, but the Dodgers first baseman thinks there will be a safe version of the song.

“There’s a clean version, so I think I can pull it off,” Freeman said.

Those who enjoy Bad Bunny will probably like Freeman’s decision (as picked out by Charlie). But some will miss Freeman’s song from 2022.

Freeman used “Baila Conmigo,” which was highly recognizable thanks to the great trumpets in the song.

Freeman batted .325 with a .918 OPS last season, his first with the Dodgers. He led the league in runs (117), hits (199), doubles (47) and on-base percentage (.407). If he starts to falter with his new song, bringing back “Baila Conmigo” wouldn’t be a bad choice.

Another Western Conference contender has interest in Kyrie Irving trade

Kyrie Irving looks on during a game

Mar 15, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Another Western Conference contender apparently has interest in seeing how long it might take Kyrie Irving to burn bridges at their franchise.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the LA Clippers have shown interest in trading for Irving. It was publicly reported on Friday that Irving told the Brooklyn Nets that he wants a trade.

There are three teams that are interested in trading for the point guard, and the Clippers have joined the group. All four known teams are Western Conference playoff contenders.

The Clippers have been showing interest in trading for a point guard ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, which explains their interest in the veteran point guard.

Anyone trading for Irving does so with a big disclaimer. Irving has been the center of drama and problems everywhere. He’s also wanted out of every situation he’s been in, even though with Boston and Brooklyn he chose to go to both teams. Irving is about as reliable when you need him as the sun on an Antartic winter day.

Irving is set to become a free agent after this season. Any team that trades for him, much less signs him, does so at their own risk. There is another Western Conference team that is believed to be a favorite to land him.

Reporter shares likelihood that Raiders trade Derek Carr

Derek Carr yelling

Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr will be changing teams before too long, but the question is will that be through a trade or in free agency. It sure sounds like that will take place in free agency.

The Las Vegas Raiders have until Feb. 15 to either trade or cut Carr before his contract becomes guaranteed. NFL Media’s Jim Trotter reported Friday that the chances the Raiders trade Carr are less than one percent. Mike Garafolo buttressed that point. He said a source told him the Raiders would have to throw Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller into a trade to make it a one percent chance.

The point is that Carr’s current contract is seen as undesirable and the Raiders would have to throw in some good receiving options to make someone take on his contract.

Carr has a no-trade clause, which complicates things.

In order for a trade to happen, the Raiders would have to agree with another team on trade terms. Then Carr would be allowed to speak with the team. He would have to then approve the trade and possibly work on an amended contract with his new team.

It would be so much easier for Carr to just wait until February 15, at which point the Raiders will almost certainly cut him. From there, he’ll be free to negotiate with teams.

A surprising team may have interest in the 31-year-old quarterback.

Austin Rivers, Mo Bamba trade Instagram comments about fight

Austin Rivers before a game

Nov 30, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers (25) arrives at the Toyota Center prior to the game against the Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Rivers and Mo Bamba traded comments on Instagram Friday night about their fight earlier in the evening.

Both Rivers and Bamba were ejected from the Orlando Magic’s 127-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The two sparked a fight late in the third quarter after Bamba went after Rivers following a missed shot. Five players were ejected for the skirmish (video here).

After being ejected, Bamba reacted via Instagram. He shared a meme that features a chart showing “find out” and “f— around.” He implied that Rivers was testing him, and Bamba took it seriously.

Rivers responded to Bamba’s post with comments on his own Instagram story.

“Buddy I went at you 1 on 5 !!! With no back up!! U (sic) needed ur (sic) team mates (sic) other wise u (sic) would of been chocked (sic) out. Talking about find out. We only know u (sic) from an old rap song…Not hoops. STFU. And Orlando my city. Ask around an (sic) actually find out. They don’t mess with u (sic) there….facts!” Rivers wrote.

The league probably won’t appreciate Rivers’ remarks when they are meting out discipline for the fight. Saying that he would have choked out Bamba probably won’t go over well. Although, congratulations are in order to Rivers for doing something to earn him headlines this season.

Austin Rivers, Mo Bamba at center of fight that led to 5 ejections

Mo Bamba grabs Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers and Mo Bamba were at the center of a fight on Friday night that led to five ejections.

Bamba’s Orlando Magic were leading 83-73 late in the third quarter and Mo Wagner missed a layup. The Minnesota Timberwolves got the ball back and Rivers missed a corner three. Some players appeared to mock Rivers over the missed shot, including Bamba, who stuck out his tongue.

Rivers then got into it with some players near Orlando’s bench, prompting Bamba to come off the bench and get into a fight with the Minnesota guard.

Rivers could be seen throwing a punch during the scuffle.

Numerous players were involved in the matter. Rivers and Bamba were ejcted, as were Jalen Suggs, Jaden McDaniels and Taurean Prince.

Orlando secured a 127-120 win over Minnesota. Rivers was held scoreless in 10 minutes. Bamba had 11 points in 21 minutes before being tossed.

Steve Wilks set to interview with playoff team

Steve Wilks in a headset

Oct 2, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive secondary coach Steve Wilks on the sidelines in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Wilks was disappointed not to get the Carolina Panthers head coach job on a non-interim basis, but there is no shortage of suitors for his services. In fact, Wilks has an interview lined up with a notable team on Monday.

Wilks is scheduled to interview with the San Francisco 49ers for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Niners need a new defensive coordinator after losing DeMeco Ryans, who was hired as the head coach of the Houston Texans.

The Niners would be a great landing spot for whomever gets the job. The last two San Francisco defensive coordinators went on to be hired for head coach jobs after enjoying success.

The Niners have plenty of defensive talent, led by Nick Bosa, which makes the job extremely attractive. San Francisco had the No. 1 defense this season.

Wilks went 6-6 as Carolina’s interim head coach after replacing Matt Rhule. He has previously served as a defensive coordinator for the Browns and Panthers. He also was the head coach of the Cardinals in 2018 and went 3-13.

Ex-Laker thinks LeBron James was tampering with Kyrie Irving

LeBron James in a jersey

Nov 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Detroit Pistons in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A former Los Angeles Lakers player seems to think that LeBron James was tampering with Kyrie Irving.

Irving requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, we learned on Friday.

James sent a tweet that showed some eyeballs and a crown emoji. Many think that was James’ reaction to the Irving news.

Former Laker Kyle Kuzma even responded to the tweet by saying “Tamper!!!”

Kuzma can claim he was joking, but there definitely is some truth to it.

There are three teams reportedly in the running to land Irving, but it sure seems like the Lakers are the favorite. It feels as if Irving may have requested a trade with the Lakers in mind.

James and Irving were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers for three seasons before Irving requested a trade that landed him in Boston. Switching teams and leaving disasters behind is what Irving does best. But the Lakers may feel he is worth taking a gamble on if they want to make a championship run this season.

James and Irving combined to win the NBA championship in 2016.