Zack Greinke says he was changing sign sets, not signaling slider to Ramon Laureano before homer

Zack Greinke’s achy right arm raised questions as he prepared to start Game 4 of Houston’s American League Division Series. Once Thursday’s game got going, everyone was wondering about his fingers, instead. Greinke held up two fingers as Oakland’s Ramon Laureano dug in during the second inning, sparking speculation that the offbeat right-hander was challenging […]


LeBron James’ pregame text message sets tone for Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 NBA Finals win

LeBron James woke up from his pregame nap on Tuesday and included two words in a text to the Los Angeles Lakers’ group chat that said it all: Must win. “We see the message from our leader,” Anthony Davis said after the Lakers’ 102-96 Game 4 victory over the Miami Heat put them up 3-1 […]


After Game 4 loss, Jimmy Butler says Miami Heat’s confidence ‘going to stay high’

Miami Heat swingman Jimmy Butler still believes his team can turn things around in the NBA Finals despite the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers took a commanding 3-1 lead with a 102-96 Game 4 win on Tuesday night in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Butler, who has praised his team’s mental toughness all season, spoke […]


Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (knee, illness) misses practice again

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has not practiced this week, but it’s more than a knee injury that is keeping him sidelined now. The Ravens added illness to Jackson’s designation on Thursday’s injury report. Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, didn’t practice Thursday, marking the first time in his three-year career that he has missed back-to-back […]

Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap upset with lesser role against Baltimore Ravens

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap voiced his frustration about a shift in his role on the team going into Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. According to Dunlap, he will be relegated to coming in on third downs. He spent the majority of Thursday’s video teleconference venting about the move ahead of the team’s afternoon […]


New York Jets players back Adam Gase after third straight blowout loss

For the second straight year, New York Jets coach Adam Gase is facing media questions about his job security. Team brass will evaluate Gase this week, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported before the Jets’ third straight blowout loss — a 36-7 clunker Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets play the also-winless Denver Broncos on Thursday […]


Rob Gronkowski of Tampa Bay Buccaneers marvels at Tom Brady’s play

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski doesn’t believe father time has caught up with longtime teammate Tom Brady. In fact, he doesn’t think it has come close to affecting the 43-year-old signal caller, who tossed three first-half touchdowns in the Bucs’ 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday in Denver. Gronkowski also believes Tampa […]


Tottenham pegged back by Newcastle with stoppage time VAR penalty

Another controversial handball decision gave Newcastle United a stoppage-time equaliser by Callum Wilson from the penalty spot and a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday. Spurs had led through a 25th-minute Lucas Moura goal and Newcastle had not managed a shot on target but deep into stoppage time Newcastle’s Andy […]


Mourinho silent over Tottenham-Newcastle VAR controversy: ‘I don’t want to be fined’

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has said he doesn’t want to speak about the last-minute VAR penalty decision which saw Newcastle United earn a point against his side. Eric Dier was judged to have handled the ball in the box in the dying moment of the game after Andy Carroll’s header bounced off his arm. […]


Five-run seventh inning powers Rangers past Astros 6-1

Jeff Mathis hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run and Leody Taveras followed with a solo blast in a five-run seventh inning as the Texas Rangers beat the playoff-bound Houston Astros 6-1 on Saturday night. Mathis homered to left center, his third of the season, against rookie Brandon Bielak (3-3) before Taveras hit his fourth off […]