Derrick Jones Jr. takes down Kevin Durant in No. 16-No. 1 upset in NBA2K
MIAMI — If this was the NCAA Tournament, Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. would stand as the ultimate underdog story.But it isn’t. It isn’t even real. But it’s also about all we have at the moment.So there was Jones on Friday night, featured in ESPN’s first broadcast of the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” playing as the No. 16 seed in the field, knocking off No. 1 seed Kevin Durant, 78-62.While the seedings for the NBA 2K20 gameplay tournament were determined by ratings based on actual on-court abilities, Jones got the better of Durant on the sticks in the single-elimination game.Jones chose ...
Derrick Jones Jr. working on Fisher-Price dunks, wants back with Heat in free agency
MIAMI — Derrick Jones Jr. didn’t have to think too far back to recall the last time he dunked.“Does it have to be a 10-foot court? If not, then I’d say on my son’s Fisher-Price yesterday,” the Miami Heat high-wire forward said Friday on a Zoom media video conference.“But 10-foot (rim), it would probably be if I dunked in that Charlotte game.”As in on March 11 at AmericanAirlines Arena, the night the NBA shut down amid the new coronavirus pandemic.As in when he when he scored on a cutting dunk off a Bam Adebayo assist with 6:27 left in the third quarter of that loss.“It’s just weird,” the athle...
Keith Pompey: For Sixers GM Elton Brand, being a candidate for Knicks job is win-win
PHILADELPHIA — We don’t know for sure whether Elton Brand is a candidate for the New York Knicks’ general manager gig.But it certainly is good for the 76ers GM to get his name out there, especially with the uncertainty surrounding his organization. The situation could even lead to Brand getting a raise and a contract extension.The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Leon Rose, the new Knicks president of basketball operations, is targeting Brand as a candidate for the job in New York. The problem is that Brand is under contract with the Sixers, and he would have to get permission to in...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Judge tosses DraftKings bettors' lawsuit against Astros and Red Sox, but takes swings at each team
NEW YORK — The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox disgraced baseball — but the cheating teams did not defraud fantasy baseball bettors, a judge ruled Friday.The decision by Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff took swings at both franchises for the sign-stealing scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, but said the teams’ lies did not rise to a breach of consumer protection laws.“In 2017 and thereafter, the Houston Astros, and somewhat less blatantly the Boston Red Sox, shamelessly broke that rule, and thereby broke the hearts of all true baseball fans. But did the initial efforts of those team...
New York Daily News
Bulls reportedly will seek a top front office executive with full basketball authority
CHICAGO — The Bulls front office shakeup that has been speculated for months, and fans have clamored over for years, will begin next week.The team will start a formal search process to hire an executive with full authority on basketball decisions, a source confirmed to the Chicago Tribune on Friday.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported the Bulls’ plans to begin the search process, including a list of candidates the team is already considering.They plan to seek permission to interview Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Raptors general manager Bobby Webster. Pacers general man...
Mitch Trubisky vs. Nick Foles is 'an open competition' to be Bears' starting QB. Plus 3 more things we learned from Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.
CHICAGO — Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy spoke with reporters on a conference call Friday morning, their first availability since February. Both Pace and Nagy had a lot to say with all that has unfolded since the combine ended, free agency began and the coronavirus crisis became a national emergency. Here are three highlights from that 40-minute session.———1. The Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles quarterback duel has officially been labeled ‘an open competition.’That declaration came from Ryan Pace right out of the gates Friday, a clear indication that Mitch Trubisky’s grip on the...
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has 'zero doubt' football will be played this fall
There have been plenty of theories floated around over the past couple of weeks in regards to what will happen to the college football season in 2020.ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is on record as saying he would be “shocked” if the NFL or college football takes place this fall, while Brett McMurphy of Stadium recently reported that one of the possibilities being considered is playing games into next spring, with the national title game taking place in May or June of 2021.Then there is Dabo Swinney’s opinion.Clemson’s head coach went an entirely different route when speaking with the media Frida...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Commentary: The rationing of human worth
It seems like a lot of NBA basketball players have tested positive for the coronavirus. I’m glad none of them have gotten deathly ill, and I’m particularly glad that no members of the Chicago Bulls, my hometown team, are said to be sick.I figure this greatly increases the odds that I’ll get the treatment I need to recover if I get sick and have to go to the hospital. I figure if a power forward and I show up in the emergency room at the same time and the doctors perceive that they can only treat one of us, I’m a goner.I mean, he’s a prime specimen. He might even have a shoe deal. And I’m just ...
Tribune News Service
Kevin Acee: Games without fans do not make financial sense for baseball
SAN DIEGO — As soon as possible, baseball wants to be what it often has been.After world wars and 9/11 and every summer and fall.“We want to give everybody something to look forward to,” Padres pitcher Craig Stammen said this week. “Hopefully that’s baseball.”Multiple players and fans have expressed similar sentiments in recent weeks. So have people from Major League Baseball and executives with the MLB Players Association, in private conversations and conference calls and interviews.“The one thing I know for sure is baseball will be back,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN last week. “Wh...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Omar Kelly: Dolphins should select QB with most upside — not fewest warts
Do the Miami Dolphins love Tua Tagovailoa?That seems to be a topic being debated in NFL circles as the annual cycle of rumors, speculation, and smokescreens associated with the NFL draft gets their volume turned up.Here is what we’re hearing:Certain members of the Dolphins’ decision-making committee love Tagovailoa, and certain members don’t, according to league sources.Some feel Tagovailoa is too much of a medical risk to take in the top five, much less trade up to acquire. And according to a well-placed source, coach Brian Flores is apparently in this camp.Do the Dolphins like Oregon quarter...