Caris Levert, Joe Harris torch Clippers for another statement win for Nets in bubble
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to think of another head coach more fit to lead the Brooklyn Nets into the future than current interim coach Jacque Vaughn. His resume now includes wins against the three best teams in basketball: LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks and Kawhi Leonard’s Los Angeles Clippers, who the Nets beat decisively Sunday night, 129-120.The Clippers were without two of their best players: Paul George (rest) and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Montrezl Harrell (family emergency), as well as defensive irritant and starting point guard...
New York Daily News
Bob Wojnowski: Big Ten football shouldn't pull the plug, just yet
It may seem inevitable, that the pandemic will outflank football and the college season will be lost. It would be the safe, easy call for the Big Ten, to shut it down as the Mid-American Conference did, as some health experts are recommending, and revisit it in the spring.The tough call is to wait a bit longer, to keep testing and learning. I’d make the tough call, for now, and push ahead. I don’t quite understand the rush to finality. More and more players are publicly pleading to play, amid only scattered virus outbreaks inside programs. Schedules were revised and protocols put in place prec...
The Detroit News
Cardinals series vs. Pirates postponed, team puts distance between new positive COVID-19 tests and next game
What’s next for the Cardinals in the coming days will be an attempt to put greater distance between their next gathering at the ballpark and the outbreak that spread through more than a week of their season.The Cardinals and Pirates three-game series set to start Monday at Busch Stadium has been postponed, a source confirmed. One reason for the complete series being postponed is the the Cardinals have received word Sunday of an additional positive since the three new positives Friday, two sources with knowledge confirmed.The Cardinals identified this possibility as early as Thursday or Friday ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Magic show promise during overtime loss to Celtics
The Orlando Magic didn’t need to beat the Boston Celtics to clinch a playoff berth but they sure played like it.Even so, it still wasn’t quite enough.The Magic led by five with 48.1 seconds left to play in regulation, but they couldn’t hold it and went on to loss 122-119 to the Celtics in overtime on Sunday at ESPN Wide World of Sports’ AdventHealth Arena.Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points to lead six players in double figures for Orlando, which entered the game with a playoff spot in hand thanks a Wizards’ loss Friday night.Terrence Ross finished with 18 points, Markelle Fultz had 16 points, Gar...
A's sweep Astros, but Laureano may face supplemental discipline
OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 7-2 victory on Sunday at the Coliseum, but not before a bench-clearing altercation between the two teams erupted in the seventh inning.A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano, on first base after he was hit in the back by a Humberto Castellanos pitch, charged at Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron after the two got into a shouting match.With the A’s leading 6-2, Laureano had some choice words for Castellanos as he walked toward first base. Cooler heads appeared to prevail when Laureano reached first, but he and Cintron go...
The Mercury News
Justus Sheffield shows his potential as Mariners top Rockies to avoid sweep
SEATTLE — Asked for and delivered with some extras.In the hours before the Mariners took to the field at T-Mobile Park with the roof closed on a perfect summer Sunday, manager Scott Servais met with the media via video conference call and said that they needed Justus Sheffield to “carry the load” with the underachieving bullpen overused and scuffling.Sheffield carried the load by delivering perhaps best outing in a Mariners uniform and again providing a glimpse of hope as to the pitcher he could become.The young lefty tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out sev...
The Seattle Times
Draymond Green fined $50K for tampering with Devin Booker live on TNT
Draymond Green may not be playing in the NBA’s Disney World bubble, but that hasn’t stopped him from being fined during the league’s restart.The NBA levied a $50,000 fine on the Warriors forward for comments he made as a TNT analyst Friday, saying Suns guard Devin Booker needs a new home.“It’s not good for him. It’s not good for his career,” Green said. “… They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he’s that type of player.”Asked on-air by TNT’s Ernie Johnson if he was tampering, Green said “maybe.”The Suns...
The Mercury News
Ira Winderman: Yes, you can drive a tank through a bubble
It usually is the sole concern of those in the lottery, tanking for draft position.But with nothing usual this NBA season, the upcoming final week of the seeding games at Disney World could create a few draft twists, as well.First, consider that there is absolutely no difference between being the No. 4 or No. 5 seed in either conference, other than having your pretend fans instead of their pretend fans on the video boards.In that vein, homecourt isn’t a thing, with all games at the Wide World of Sports complex.Then consider that while formal tiebreakers will come into play when it comes to det...
Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. homers twice, gets no help in loss to Arizona
SAN DIEGO — Fernando Tatis Jr. is putting up MVP numbers and putting baseball on alert he might rewrite a portion of the record books.The 21-year-old with the golden dreadlocks does so many special things on close to a daily basis, it might not be enough (or entirely accurate) to call his feats special anymore.A night after hitting the first pitch in the bottom of the first inning into the left field seats at Petco Park, Tatis waited until the second pitch to do so Saturday.He also homered in the eighth inning, giving him seven on the season. Only the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, with eight,...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Gallo homer enough for Allard, bullpen as Montero earns another save for Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas — Joey Gallo belted a home run to snap a scoreless game in the sixth inning and the Texas Rangers’ bullpen made it hold up for a 2-0 win Saturday night over the Los Angeles Angels.Gallo’s two-run homer to left-center field came with two outs after Todd Frazier had singled ahead of him.Gallo has four homers in 12 games. Saturday’s shot was estimated at 404 feet with an exit velocity of 100 mph, according to Statcast. Three of his homers this season have come in Arlington. All four homers have come against left-handed pitchers, including the Angels’ Patrick Sandoval.Gallo receiv...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram