• Snapchat Scores Unique Deal With NBC to Showcase Olympics

    By Sarah Frier, Bloomberg Technology | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    The Olympics are coming to Snapchat.

  • This is why Warriors want Kevin Durant

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Of course, there is no guaranteed way for a team to remain at Mach-speed after the loss of a superstar like Stephen Curry or Chris Paul in the middle of the playoffs. Is there? You can make adjustments, you can ask for more and potentially get more out of their teammates, but if you lose an All-NBA player, that's a void that cannot be bridged completely. Can it? Well ... there is one way, and it's just about the only way: If you know losing one elite player is almost always a crisis, you try to make sure you have two of them. Which is exactly why the Warriors want Kevin Durant, the 27-year-old Oklahoma City superstar set up to be the prize of this summer's free-agent period.

  • Blake Griffin out for the playoffs; Chris Paul out indefinitely

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the postseason and Chris Paul will be out indefinitely after having surgery on his hand, the Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday. Griffin aggravated a left quad injury in Game 4 of the team's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. An MRI revealed no further structural damage, and the team said he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Paul, meanwhile, underwent surgery Tuesday morning in Los Angeles to repair a right hand fracture that he suffered in the third quarter of Monday night's game. Griffin was limited in the fourth quarter Monday night due to the quad before he sat out the final 5:48 of the game, a 98-84 loss. He had suffered a partially torn quad tendon on Christmas Day, and also broke his hand during an altercation with a member of the team's staff earlier this year. Those injuries caused him to miss 47 games during the regular season. "It's tough," Griffin said after Monday night's game. "It's not easy dealing with injuries, especially this time of year." Paul, meanwhile, suffered a fracture in his right hand while defending Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 4. He was taken out with 6:07 left in the third quarter. The fracture was in the third metacarpal, in the center of the palm of his right (shooting) hand.

  • Tim Duncan says Kawhi Leonard not getting star treatment he deserves

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    In the past two years, San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard has won an NBA Finals MVP award, a pair of Defensive Player of the Year trophies, has been named an All-Star starter and has emerged as a viable league MVP candidate. Leonard, by any measure, is a bona fide star. His future Hall of Fame teammate, Tim Duncan, says it is now time for the 24-year-old to be treated as one. “He’s gotten to the point now where people are being a lot more physical with him, but people are still being allowed to get away with a whole lot of stuff,” Duncan said. “That gets him fired up, and rightfully so.” Indeed, Leonard has been more vocal than ever with officials this season, arguing his case when he feels as if he has been wronged. It is about the only time the famously quiet Leonard will show emotion on the court. Leonard is coming off a monster first-round series against Memphis, in which he averaged 21.5 points, 2.8 blocks and 2.8 steals, while hitting 61.1 percent of his 3-point tries in the Spurs’ sweep. Yet Duncan and other Spurs believe Leonard does not get the benefit of the doubt from officials that other NBA stars do. He is sure to be the centerpiece of the Spurs’ approach at both ends of the floor in a Western Conference semifinals series against high-powered Oklahoma City that opens Saturday at the AT&T Center. Leonard averaged 4.6 free throws per game during the regular season, a figure that ranked most on the Spurs but tied for 30th league wide. He averaged 4.5 foul shots during the Memphis series. “He’s trying to earn the respect of opponents, officials and everything else,” Duncan said.

  • Agent: Sam Bradford demanding trade from Eagles

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Sam Bradford has demanded to be traded and will not show up for Philadelphia's offseason program, his agent, Tom Condon, said Monday night. Bradford is upset at the Eagles' trade last week for the No. 2 overall pick. The team has made clear its plans to draft a quarterback with the selection. "Sam's only been in the league for six years and he wants to go some place and be there and know that he's going to stay as long as he plays well, and his situation now in Philadelphia is different," Condon told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Sam's a competitor, and he wants to go someplace and know he's the man. He just doesn't want to be there holding the place card and then wondering where he's going to go at the end of the year." Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman told Comcast SportsNet on Monday that he wanted "to reiterate our support for Sam Bradford  and back to our statemments last week -- that Sam is our starting quarterback. "His agent and Sam know how we feel about him. These workouts are voluntary. We look forward to seeing Sam again in the near future."

  • Johnny Manziel indicted on misdemeanor charge of assault

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Johnny Manziel was formally indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on Tuesday, the latest off-the-field development in the life of the troubled former Cleveland Browns quarterback, USA TODAY reports. The single misdemeanor domestic violence charge --- which stems from an alleged incident with his former girlfriend in January --- was handed down by grand jury that convened on Thursday. The charge appeared on the Dallas County District Court records website on Tuesday.

  • Report: Sam Bradford likely to ask Eagles for trade

    Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    Sam Bradford doesn't sound like he's happy with the Eagles right now. According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Bradford is likely to "ask for a trade" or "some way to get out of Philadelphia so that he can move on with his career somewhere else, with a team that is going to be invested in him long term." Bradford reportedly was upset on Wednesday after the Eagles made a trade with Cleveland that gave Philadelphia the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman made it clear that Philadelphia will select a quarterback with the second overall pick, which means more competition for Bradford.

  • At least 2 dead as Rio Olympic project collapses

    Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    At least two people were killed Thursday in the collapse of a new elevated bike path that has been heralded as a top legacy project of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The accident on the Tim Maia bike path is the latest in a series of problems besetting preparations for the Aug. 5-21 games, which include worries about an outbreak of the Zika virus, political turmoil that threatens to topple President Dilma Rousseff, underwhelming ticket sales and budget cuts amid Brazil's worst recession in decades. Municipal Secretary Pedro Paulo Carvalho said a third person was thought to be missing after a giant wave apparently swept up a rocky cliff, lifted an approximately 50-metre stretch of the bike path and sent it plunging onto the rock and sea below.

  • High school basketball star found to be 30 years old

    Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    WINDSOR, ONTARIO - In a stunning development, a star center for a Canadian high school basketball team was exposed as a 30-year-old African refugee, leading to his being detained in connection with the Immigration Refugee Protection Act. According to the Windsor Star, 30-year-old South Sudanese native Jonathan Nicola was a star center for the Central Catholic Comets throughout the 2015-16 season. The 6-foot-9, 202-pounder spent the previous months during the academic year living with Central Catholic basketball coach Pete Cusumano as part of the Canada Homestay program while he lived in the country on a student visa. That visa is now likely to be terminated as a result of the large discrepancy in his Nicola’s age. While he has been presenting himself as a 17-year-old, the Canada Border Services Agency has obtained evidence that purports to show Nicola is actually 30 years old, making him a full 12 years older than the eldest competitors on most of the teams he played against during the 2015-16 season.

  • ESPN fires Curt Schilling for ‘unacceptable’ Facebook post

    Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    ESPN ran out of patience with Curt Schilling and the network fired the baseball analyst Wednesday, The Washington Post reports. Schilling had proved unwilling to temper his controversial comments on social and political topics, and in his latest episode, he shared a Facebook meme about transgender issues that many found offensive.

  • Trending at Halftime: N.B.A. Players Checking Their Phones

    Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    The professional sports locker room is a sanctuary, a place that is supposed to be free of outside distractions. At halftime of an N.B.A. game, for instance, players sit attentively, absorbing the coach’s instructions. They rehydrate, and maybe even change into a fresh uniform. Their focus for those 15 minutes rests entirely on what must be done in the second half to win the game. Except when they’re flicking through their smartphone notifications on the sly, The New York Times reports.

  • Chyna, Former WWE Superstar, Found Dead

    Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Former WWE Women's champion Chyna died Thursday. "It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real-life superhero," read a statement on her official Twitter account. "Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the ninth wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her." Her manager confirmed her death to Pennacchio. WWE announced the news later in the evening.

  • Someone tried to sell a bag of air from Kobe Bryant's final game

    Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Seriously. Merchandise from Kobe Bryant's final NBA game cost fans a premium - the Lakers offered $38k Kobe hats and $5k jackets - and the Lakers set a one-day record by selling $1.2 million in gear. Fans are now flooding eBay with ticket stubs and other memorabilia from Bryant's 60-point night, including a bag of air allegedly captured in the Staples Center. Once the listing went viral, some fans bid over $13k for the bag, which was eventually taken off the site.

  • Redesigning Every NBA Logo As Each Team's All-Time Best Player

    Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    Ever wonder how every franchise’s logo would look if they were all redesigned to feature the best player in each franchise's history? Probably not. But that didn't stop uproxx.com from experimenting and coming up with some ludicrous logos for all 30 teams.

  • Dirk Nowitzki doesn't plan on having a 'farewell tour' of his own

    Published: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki recently joined The Afternoon Show with Tim Cowlishaw and Matt Mosley on KESN-FM 103.3 to talk all things NBA. Among the topics was Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant's farewell tour. Nowitzki described Bryant's 60-point performance in his final game as incredible. "Even got some goosebumps there at the end when he completely took that game over," Nowitzki said. But the Mavs star said a farewell tour is not something he is interested in. "I don't want to go into a season knowing this is my last," Nowitzki said. "I'm going to go from summer to summer and re-evaluate how the body feels after the season. So I don't think I'm going to have this whole tour where everybody knows I'm going to retire. I'm just going to play as long as I can...It's going to be, hopefully, a few more years down the road, and then, like I said, when I'm gone, I'm gone."

  • NBA will track "hustle stats" this postseason

    Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    For the first time, the NBA will track a new batch of "hustle stats" in the playoffs and post them online within hours of the end of every game, league officials told ESPN.com. The league will track how often defenders contest 2- and 3-point shots; deflections by defensive players; charges taken; which players recover loose balls; and so-called "screen assists," which the league defines as picks that lead directly to a made field-goal attempt by a teammates. The screen assist category will not include screens that result in a teammate drawing a shooting foul, or that free up someone for a shot one or two passes down the line. Fans will be able to monitor rankings in each category through the playoffs. The league will staff the replay center in Secaucus, N.J. with trained personnel counting hustle stats over video. The NBA tried this in a pilot program at Las Vegas Summer League last season and distributed the numbers to media and teams there. The reaction was positive, and the NBA decided to compile the stats in games that count.

  • The Curry family won National Sibling Day on Instagram by a mile

    Published: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    If you’re a human with any knowledge of social media at all, you’ll have noticed that National Sibling Day was on Sunday. Your feeds were probably flooded with pictures of your friends when they were little, cheesing for the camera, arms around their siblings in loving embraces, chokeholds, or death grips. But it’s highly unlikely that any of them were as adorable as the posts the Curry family put up to celebrate, USA TODAY reports.

  • Tyler Summitt admits inappropriate relationship, resigns at Louisiana Tech

    Published: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    Tyler Summitt, the son of legendary former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, has resigned from his job as Louisiana Tech's women's basketball coach, the school announced Thursday. Summitt admitted to an inappropriate relationship. Summitt, 25, was 30-31 in two seasons as head coach of the Lady Techsters. “Effective immediately and for personal reasons, Tyler Summitt has stepped down as head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s women’s basketball program," the school said in a statement. "The university has accepted his resignation and appreciates the contributions he has made to the growth and success of the Lady Techsters program during his tenure.  Louisiana Tech will immediately begin the process of selecting a new head coach to lead the women’s basketball program and student-athletes forward.  Louisiana Tech wishes Tyler and his family the best of luck in the future.”

  • Jerry Sloan suffering from Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    Jerry Sloan is suffering from Parkinson’s disease plus Lewy body dementia, the former Utah Jazz coach told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday. During an interview at his home in Riverton, Utah, with his wife Tammy at his side, Sloan said he was diagnosed with the illness last fall. Sloan chose to go public with the news because the Parkinson's symptoms, which include tremors, a hushed voice and sleeplessness, have progressed to the point where people have started to notice. "I don't want people feeling sorry for me," Sloan told The Salt Lake Tribune. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, although in some cases medication can improve symptoms. Sloan, 74, coached the Jazz from 1988-2011. He was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and is the third-winningest coach in NBA history.

  • Police horse assaulted during Villanova championship celebration

    Published: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    A police horse was assaulted in the aftermath of Villanova’s national title celebration around campus, leading to one of the half-dozen arrests in Radnor Township, Pa. Radnor police Lt. Chris Flanagan told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that the the man who struck the horse was arrested for felony assault of a police animal. Flanagan said the department was still gathering information on the six to eight arrests that took place late Monday night and into Tuesday morning.