Scott Fowler: Point: Panthers have to do everything to trade for Deshaun Watson, no matter the cost
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Give Houston the house. This column about why the Carolina Panthers should do practically anything to pry quarterback Deshaun Watson away from the Houston Texans is about 500 words long, but you can boil it down to just those four. Trade Christian McCaffrey to make it happen? Yes. Multiple first-round draft picks, too? Yes. Teddy Bridgewater. Absolutely. Brian Burns? I’d hate to do it, but yes. An elite NFL quarterback who is 25 years old, has roots to your area and is signed to a manageable contract?! That’s Watson, and that’s also the dream of every NFL team. A high-level Q...
The Charlotte Observer
Alaina Getzenberg: Counterpoint: Panthers are in no place to mortgage their future on Deshaun Watson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There are maybe two or three NFL teams who shouldn’t at least be interested in trading with the Houston Texans for quarterback Deshaun Watson. When it comes to the Carolina Panthers and Watson, or for that matter a number of quarterbacks whose names will be linked as trade possibilities, even if they aren’t realistic (looking at you, Russell Wilson) there will be plenty of rumors about what’s to come. That fervor isn’t going anywhere soon. Watson has requested a trade from the Texans, but Houston hasn’t publicly given any indication they will do so. The drama writes itself. T...
The Charlotte Observer
Greg Cote: Michael Jordan, Pitbull signal needed new era as NASCAR returns to Homestead this week
NASCAR feels different as it returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend for the main-race Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday after Saturday’s undercard Xfinity Series race. It still feels different for the wrong reasons as the ongoing COVID-19 threat entering its second year continues to limit crowds and drivers’ time at the track. It feels different in good ways now, too, though. There is a newness at play, a fresh breeze. This is not your grandfather or even your father’s NASCAR with its redneck roots harking to its birth in the segregated late 1940s. The sport’s recent disassociation with the ...
Adam Silver on decision to hold an All-Star game and economic impact
In agreeing to host this year’s tamped-down NBA All-Star game amid the COVID-19 pandemic, principal owner Tony Ressler and the Hawks had one condition. “They said, ‘Frankly, as long as this doesn’t count as our turn to have a full-fledged All-Star, we’d be happy to partner with the league,’” NBA commissioner Adam Silver remembered. Silver quickly agreed, as the All-Star game March 7 at State Farm Arena certainly won’t look like your typical three-day weekend festivities, which are packed with community and fan events that attract tourists, publicity and ample business to the host city (last ye...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brad Biggs: Russell Wilson reportedly has Bears on his short list. But would Seahawks actually trade their franchise QB — and at what cost?
CHICAGO — The best news for Ryan Pace in his quest to find a quarterback is that Russell Wilson, who has a full no-trade clause in his contract with the Seattle Seahawks, reportedly would consider playing for the Chicago Bears. Turning fantasy — bringing Bronko Nagurski’s retired No. 3 jersey out of retirement to give to Wilson — into reality is the difficult part. Adding Wilson to the mix, at whatever exorbitant price, would energize the Bears and give them a caliber of quarterback they never have had, at least in the modern era. Paired with a defense that remains good, certainly better than ...
Illinois beats Nebraska 86-70 without Ayo Dosunmu and honors their injured star — and potential NBA prospect — on senior night
Injured Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu touched the court Thursday against Nebraska — but only before the game. Dosunmu missed the game because of a facial injury suffered in Tuesday’s loss to Michigan State, but the No. 5 Illini figured this is the junior’s last game at the State Farm Center. With his potential plans to enter the NBA draft in mind, the team honored Dosunmu during senior night. Illinois managed to win without its star, beating the Cornhuskers 86-70 for a season sweep and moving to 17-6 on the year. Adam Miller found his shooting touch at the perfect time and finished with 18 points...
Ben Simmons’ defense, Joel Embiid’s 23 points lead Sixers to 111-97 win over Mavericks
PHILADELPHIA — Danny Green is proud of the position the 76ers are in. The small forward thinks the team fought through COVID-19 related issues, scheduling issues, and all types of injuries during the first half of the season. “You know guys have to come play every day,” he said. “So I’m proud of that. “But we can grow in many areas. For us, the sky is the limit.” Thursday night’s 111-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks marked their fourth win in their last five games. It also kept the Sixers (22-11) in first place in the Eastern Conference. They entered the night a half-game ahead of the Broo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Seahawks probably aren’t trading Russell Wilson, but here’s a look at his reported list of teams
SEATTLE — So, we may not really know if Russell Wilson wants to be traded. Despite several reports of unhappiness with the Seahawks, neither Wilson nor his agent, Mark Rodgers, have publicly said he wants out and the Seahawks have made no comment one way or the other. Both of ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s reports noted that if Wilson were to be traded he has four preferred destinations — the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders or Chicago Bears, a somewhat oddly specific list considering Wilson reportedly says he wants to stay in Seattle. It continues to be worth noting that it seems...
The Seattle Times
Matt Calkins: Two months after winning NFC West, the Russell Wilson-Seahawks rift is widening. Who’s to blame?
SEATTLE — February is usually the most boring month for American sports. Yes, the Super Bowl is played on the first Sunday, but then it’s a herd of crickets riding on a tumbleweed. MLB is in the game-free stage of spring training. The NBA and NHL are months from the postseason. College hoops are a month from Madness, and the premier golf tournaments and horse races are at least a season from taking place. In Seattle, though, this Feb has been fab — primarily because of the Russell Wilson rift we never thought we’d see. The latest drama stems from a story in The Athletic describing a fracture b...
The Seattle Times
Yankees’ Clint Frazier says he feels like he’s growing up
TAMPA — Clint Frazier has grown up. The cocky kid who made headlines more for his blunders on and off the field is more comfortable in his own skin. He’s accepting mistakes he made in the past and moving on. “So it definitely feels good knowing that whenever I walk into a locker room that I don’t have eyes on me because of something that I possibly did that caused other people that have to answer questions,” Frazier said. “So, I feel like I’m growing up, I feel like I’m a part of this team. Everything that happened in the past obviously happened for a reason. Thrilled to still be with this tea...
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