Wan Kuzain’s first goal helps Sporting Kansas City down Minnesota United

Teenager Wan Kuzain scored his first professional goal in just his second game, Daniel Salloi and Cristian Lobato added first-half goals, and Sporting Kansas City cruised to a 4-1 victory over Minnesota United on Sunday night in Kansas City. Diego Rubio completed the scoring late in the second half for Kansas City, which moved back […]


Mike Trout’s biggest assist? Helping ‘Sho-Time’ get started

Shohei Ohtani traveled more than 5,000 miles from his home in Japan in his quest to make history as a two-way player in the major leagues, so it was only natural for him to feel a knot in his stomach and the burden of expectations several hours before his pitching debut with the Los Angeles […]


Vlad Jr. fever, the clutch factor and MLB’s next big thing

With Ronald Acuna Jr. now occupying a corner locker in the Atlanta Braves’ clubhouse, Baby Vlad has ascended to the top of the charts in the prospect ranking business. He’s as flashy a prospect as you’ll ever see. His namesake father is one of the most exciting players ever to grace a big league ballfield […]


The NBA Finals will play a role in free agency

Over the weekend, The Athletic published an oral history of the Golden State Warriors’ free-agent meeting with Kevin Durant in the Hamptons, which was 23 months ago. LeBron James’ letter in Sports Illustrated announcing his signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is about to turn 4 years old, still gets web traffic and is referenced […]


Draymond Green pleased that Tristan Thompson avoided suspension

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said he was pleased when he found out that Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson wouldn’t be suspended for Game 2 of the NBA Finals following their scuffle late in Game 1.replica nike nfl jerseys “I’d rather a guy not get suspended,” he said after practice Saturday. “Them suspending somebody else don’t […]


Can Saints QB Taysom Hill really become Drew Brees’ heir?

“I was kind of joking around with a few guys that this is the first opportunity I’ve had to take a rep at quarterback in the New Orleans Saints’ offense. So these last [two weeks of OTA practices] have been a ton of fun,” said the second-year quarterback, who managed to create an enormous amount […]


Joe Flacco believes Michael Crabtree is ‘the guy’ for Ravens

Joe Flacco has consistently found Michael Crabtree during the first two weeks of Baltimore Ravens offseason practices, whether it’s over the middle, along the sideline or in the corner of the end zone. The impressive part isn’t the number of times Flacco has hit the Ravens’ biggest free-agent addition. It’s the effortlessness it takes for […]


Mario Balotelli scores in return to Italy; France beat Ireland in friendly

Mario Balotelli marked his return to Italy with his first international goal in nearly four years as the Azzurri beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a friendly on Monday in Roberto Mancini’s first match in charge. Balotelli, who last played and scored for Italy in the 2014 World Cup, broke the deadlock in the 21st minute […]


Mexico never promised Jonathan Gonzalez spot in World Cup squad – Te Kloese

Jonathan Gonzalez was never promised a spot in Mexico’s World Cup squad, but he remains a top prospect for the national team moving forward, says the Mexican federation’s director of national teams. The 19-year-old California native had been part of the United States’ youth national team set-up, but the midfielder switched to Mexico in January […]


Will the real Rockets and Warriors reveal themselves in Game 7?

They huddled together in the hallway at Oracle Arena late Saturday night, seemingly calling a truce so both sides could have a nice holiday weekend. Under other circumstances, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey probably would be friends, drinking Modelos together after six games of a Western Conference […]