Oct 4, 2022; Henderson, NV, USA; Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 forward Victor Wembanyama (1) shoots from the free-throw line against NBA G League Ignite center Eric Mika (12) during the third quarter at The Dollar Loan Center. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports
One NBA general manager made a notable prediction about the upcoming season.
There will obviously be debates about who will win the NBA championship. But there will also be a lot of talk about who finishes towards the bottom of the league. In fact, there is a belief that there will be a big reward for the team that gets the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Victor Wembanyama on Tuesday night played in an exhibition with his French team against the G League Ignite. The game marked Wembanyama’s debut in America, and it couldn’t have gone better. The 7-foot-3 18-year-old scored 37 points, blocked 5 shots, and showed great touch and range on his shooting.
In other words, the movement to tank for Victor is on.
At a time when stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are aging into their 30s, many look at Wembanyama and see the future of the NBA. Teams are really hoping to land Wembanyama in hopes of turning around their franchise.
Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, CA USA; Terry Bradshaw before the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Levin’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Bradshaw is selling his massive Oklahoma ranch for a huge price.
TopTenRealEstateDeals.com shared that Bradshaw has listed his Quarter Horses Ranch property for $22.5 million. The property sits on 744 acres and is a full equestrian and cattle ranch.
The massive estate includes a “six-bedroom 8,600 square foot home, 2,600 square foot manager’s home, four-bedroom bunk house, multiple barns including a show-pig and 50-stall mare barn, a two-story doghouse, a 1,000 square foot entertainment patio, and several stocked fishing lakes and ponds.”
Bradshaw was the No. 1 draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970. He won four Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and is a member of the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame. Bradshaw has been a FOX NFL analyst since 1994.
Oct 2, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach argues a call while playing against the Texas A&M Aggies in the third quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Leach is known for being a bold thinker, both as a coach and as a personality. It’s no surprise then that the Mississippi State coach has a bold plan for how to address the current mess facing college football due to new transfer and Name, Image and Likeness rules.
Leach spoke with SI’s Ross Dellenger about his solution. He thinks the sport needs to differentiate between amateur and professional college athletes. He thinks players should choose which categorization they want, and they will be treated under different rules.
“This should not be a masquerade party of professionals. Are you a professional or are you not?” Leach told Ross Dellenger of SI. “Instead of sitting here and having 17-year-olds lecture everybody that they are professionals, well, let them be professionals. It’s one [amateur] or the other [professional]. Right now, we’ve got this whole mysterious stratosphere of people wiggling all over back and forth.”
For players who categorize themselves as pros, Leach is proposing systems similar to those used by the NFL. That means a player draft, salary cap, trades, and free agency. For those who are amateurs, they can choose where they want to go to school, and they would be eligible to receive a $100,000 bonus upon graduating from the school where they originally signed. These amateurs could transfer, but they would forfeit the bonus.
Both groups of players would have to attend school.
Leach’s proposal is nothing if not creative. A lot of other coaches are forecasting some sort of breakaway division as a result of the changes to the sport. Leach is proposing a solution that would allow both an amateur and professional model.
The activist who ran onto the field during Monday night’s Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco 49ers game has taken legal action against the players who knocked him down.
About a minute before halftime of the Rams-Niners game, the activist ran onto the field during a break in the action. The man eluded security and was running near the Rams’ sideline when a few Rams players decided to end the spectacle.
Bobby Wagner and Takk McKinley combined to take down the activist, with Wagner delivering a big hit (video here).
Security got a hold of the person then detained, cited and released the man plus another activist whose run onto the field didn’t go as well.
According to TMZ Sports, the activist filed a police report on Tuesday with the Santa Clara Police Department.
Neither Rams player has been arrested or charged with a crime. It’s unclear if the activist filed the police report in hopes of receiving more publicity for the organization he was representing.
Jul 27, 2022; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) motions to the fans after a training camp session at St. John Fisher University. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Von Miller is recruiting one of his former teammates to join his new team.
Miller told reporters on Wednesday that he has kept in touch with Odell Beckham Jr., with whom he was teammates on the Los Angeles Rams last season.
Von Miller said that he talks to Odell Beckham Jr. every week and that he’s sure the WR could see himself fitting in with the Bills.
Miller said OBJ “is going on tour now. He’s going to Giants practice facility, and the Saints, Tampa, and all that stuff, which you should.”
Miller said has often talked about his friendship with OBJ and has been public about his support of OBJ joining the Bills. He said he talks to OBJ "probably every week. I check in with him, keep in touch with him."
The Bills are 3-1 and look like a Super Bowl contender, which would make them attractive to any free agent looking to win. Beckham, who turns 30 in November, had 5 touchdowns in 8 regular season games with the Rams last season.
Jan 30, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Dusty Baker speaks after being announced as the Houston Astros manager during a press conference at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge set a new American League record with his 62nd home run of the season on Wednesday night. It is an accomplishment that Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker respects, but Baker had a message for anyone treating it like the legitimate MLB record.
Baker managed Barry Bonds for 10 of Bonds’ 15 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, including the 2001 season which saw Bonds hit 73 home runs. While Bonds’ records have come under scrutiny due to his alleged PED use, Baker made clear that in his view, Bonds remains the legitimate single-season recordholder.
Asked about the Aaron Judge home run king discourse, Dusty Baker lauded Judge’s superb season but added “I don’t care what people say. I was with (Barry Bonds) every day. If they want to put an asterisks by it, them 73 that went over the fence didn’t have any asterisks by them”
Baker may not manage Bonds anymore, but he is not going to throw his former player under the bus. Plus, he has the record book on his side, since Bonds’ mark is recognized without any sort of asterisk.
Nevin took over as interim manager on June 7 after the firing of Joe Maddon. Entering play Wednesday, he had guided the team to a 46-59 record since taking over. His highest-profile incident was arguably his involvement in the team’s big brawl with the Seattle Mariners shortly after he took over.
The Angels do not appear to have taken much of an extensive search for a new manager, and giving Nevin a one-year deal certainly does not offer much job security. The reality is, with the franchise apparently up for sale, the team probably did not want to commit long-term to any manager at this point.
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 Tulane Green Wave had a pretty hilarious way of revealing their uniforms for this week’s game.
Tulane poked fun at the recent coverage of Aaron Judge’s chase for the American League home run record in a video posted to social media Wednesday. ESPN has spent the last two weekends interrupting college football telecasts whenever Judge stepped to the plate, and Tulane had some fun with that.
Uniform reveal, but Aaron Judge hit his 62nd homer
At least Tulane used footage of Judge’s 62nd home run in their video. The New York Yankees star did not do nearly as well during the actual cut-ins in each of the last two Saturdays.
ESPN’s decision to show Judge’s plate appearances at the expense of its college football telecasts was met with widespread derision, and some of the network’s own talent seemed displeased with it. Fortunately, Judge hit his milestone home run on Tuesday, and the regular season ends Wednesday anyway, so college games should air without interruption on Saturday.
Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones missed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with an ankle injury, and his status for Week 5 sounds very much up in the air.
Mike Giardi of NFL Network shared a video of Jones throwing passes at practice on Wednesday. He said Jones still has “instability” in his ankle and has been walking with a limp. Though, the former Alabama star is said to be “moving considerably better” than he was last week.
I'm told, per sources, that there remains a fair bit of instability in Mac's ankle. #Patriots QB at the start of practice. Still has a limp. Not getting up on his toes very much but moving considerably better than Friday, when he didn't really move at all. pic.twitter.com/ZjheK1raA7
There were conflicting reports about Jones’ status leading up to the Packers game, which is not unusual for the Patriots. Bill Belichick is known for keeping injury information close to the vest. It is believed that Jones is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which usually results in a multi-week absence for players.
The Patriots are down to third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe after Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion on Sunday. Unless Jones makes a huge amount of progress over the next few days, Zappe is likely to start for New England against the Detroit Lions in Week 5.
Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently signed Cole Beasley to help them deal with a rash of injuries, but the veteran wide receiver’s stint with the team was very brief.
Beasley has announced his retirement from the NFL. The 33-year-old says he made the decision so he can spend more time with his family.
#Bucs WR Cole Beasley has decided to retire effective immediately, his agents Joel and Justin Turner tell me and @MikeGarafolo. “He is ready to be with his family after playing in 11 seasons and it’s time to be a full time dad and husband.” pic.twitter.com/jyk3qojEQd
Beasley first signed with the Bucs’ practice squad after Chris Godwin and Julio Jones both suffered injuries. Mike Evans was also serving a one-week suspension at the time Beasley joined the team. All three wide receivers have since returned, so Beasley probably was not going to play a significant role going forward, anyway.
Though he caught just four passes in two games with the Buccaneers, Beasley had some productive seasons recently with the Buffalo Bills. His best year was in 2020, when he caught 82 passes for 967 yards and four touchdowns. Beasley finishes his career with 554 catches for 5,726 yards and 34 touchdown receptions.