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 […]


The Rockets’ heartbreaking failure to launch

Their superstar pair of playmakers fit together phenomenally as James Harden and Chris Paul shared the reins of one of the most potent offenses in NBA history. Paul had no problems sliding into a co-star role after deciding to leave the LA Clippers to come to Houston. Harden had the best year of his career […]


Pirates manager says it’s ‘open season’ on catchers after Anthony Rizzo slide

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle called it “open season” on catchers after Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took out the legs of catcher Elias Diaz on a force play at home plate in the eighth inning of Monday’s 7-0 win by the Cubs. Rizzo was easily out at home on the ground ball hit to […]


Olney: Hot commodities in the relief pitching market

Manny Machado will be the most discussed trade target of the summer in the media, because of his superstar pedigree and because of his impending free agency. But the Kansas City Royals’ Kelvin Herrera could turn out to be the most-talked about among teams, with the highest volume of suitors. While Machado’s market will be […]


Intriguing competition at wide receiver for Patriots

Perhaps the thing that stood out more than any other during the New England Patriots’ organized team activity on Tuesday was the presence of wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is coming back from a torn ACL suffered last August. Nicknamed “The Squirrel,” Edelman brings a high level of competitiveness that has been noted by his […]


Odell Beckham’s doing everything this spring for new contract

Odell Beckham Jr.’s presence this spring comes with a purpose. It’s not simply for show, to learn the new offense or for the extra work. He can get the latter at his offseason home in California if he so pleased. Beckham is out to prove that the New York Giants can trust their star wide […]


Ovechkin, Holtby shine in Game 7, Caps beat Lightning 4-0

The rest of the Capitals joined him for a team photo after beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, a victory that sent Washington to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 20 years. A decade of playoff frustration is fading nfl […]