• Questions still swirling around Johnny Manziel

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    You're a general manager or a head coach in the NFL. The subject is Johnny Manziel. You're not interested in the white noise that saturates Manziel across the airwaves and social media. Or at any rate you shouldn't be. Your job may be on the line. You should be focused on the tape that defines Manziel as a player. That's your starting point. What do you see? How do you evaluate it? Do you believe he can transition well to the NFL? You begin with his size: 5-foot-11¾, 207 pounds. How many NFL quarterbacks who fit that profile are successful? You have to visualize Manziel in the league, not on Saturday afternoons. Size matters for a quarterback in the NFL. You can't dismiss that, so you better think hard about it and have a plan for what you want to do with Manziel within the context of your team, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • Tulsa Shock drafts Baylor's Odyssey Sims No. 2 overall

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The Tulsa Shock selected Baylor guard Odyssey Sims with the No. 2 pick overall in the WNBA Draft on Monday. Sims averaged 28.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.0 steal per game as a senior for the Bears, earning All-American honors. She was a part of the 2012 national championship team at Baylor that went 40-0. Training camp for the Shock opens on April 27. Tulsa’s home opener will be May 23 vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m.

  • Driver runs red light, hits Houston Rockets player, asks for autograph

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Still recovering from a fall in Minneapolis, when he crashed to the court on a dunk attempt, Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was involved in another crash before Monday’s game. Parsons was hit by a driver who ran a red light outside of the Toyota Center, where the Rockets play. Parsons and the driver were not hurt, but the driver did ask for Parsons' autograph after hitting him.

  • The Ultimate Warrior died from heart disease

    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Authorities in Phoenix say former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease. The 54-year-old wrestler's given name was James Hellwig. He collapsed April 8 while walking with his wife to their car at a Scottsdale hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

  • Michael Phelps ending retirement; Olympics next?

    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Phelps' longtime coach Bob Bowman told The Associated Press Monday that Phelps is entered in three events -- the 50- and 100-meter freestyles and the 100 butterfly -- at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. It will be Phelps' first competitive event since the 2012 London Games. "I think he's just going to test the waters a little bit and see how it goes," Bowman said by phone from Baltimore. "I wouldn't say it's a full-fledged comeback."

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook stars in Jordan brand teaser

    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Something's coming from Jordan and Russell Westbrook. The question is "what is it?" In this 30-second trailer for the Jordan brand entitled "Tailored for Flight," Westbrook - looking dapper as usual - makes his way to a metropolitan tailoring shop, unzips a leather bag and utters just six words. "Let's save these for the playoffs." Goosebumps.

  • 49ers linebacker indicated he had bomb at airport

    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Los Angeles police detained San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon after he indicated he was in possession of a bomb. Smith was booked Sunday afternoon, according to LAPD Sgt. Michael Fox. Smith was charged with a false bomb report, which is punishable by up to one year in jail. He posted $20,000 bail Sunday night, according to multiple reports.

  • Bubba Watson went to Waffle House to celebrate Masters victory

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    How did Bubba Watson celebrate his win in the Masters? He went to Waffle House. Yep, no fancy dinner for Watson, who wrapped up his second career green jacket on Sunday. Just some late-night/early-morning breakfast. Watson tweeted out this selfie at 12:39 ET, saying it was his "Champ dinner."...

  • Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham dismissed from team

    Updated: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the team Friday as announced by the university. On Monday, Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely from the football team for a violation of team policies. He was recently investigated on charges of alleged burglary. According to the Kansas City Star, when Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced Green-Beckham's suspension on Monday, he said, "We'll work with him during this process." The 6-foot-6 Green-Beckham led Missouri in receptions (59) and touchdowns (12) as a sophomore. He was the No. 1 ranked receiver in the country coming out of Springfield-Hillcrest (Mo.) in 2012, amassing 2,233 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior. He was recruited by both Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas, among other top programs in the nation. In his final game with the Tigers, Green-Beckham had four receptions for 53 yards in Missouri's 41-31 win over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl in January.

  • Source: Mavericks PA man not banned; team fined $25K

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Public-address announcer Sean Heath will be shouting into his courtside microphone at the American Airlines Center in the Dallas Mavericks' regular-season home finale Saturday night after all. The NBA office rescinded its two-game suspension for Heath, according to a source, opting to fine the Mavericks $25,000 as punishment for Heath's tweets criticizing the officiating in the wake of Dallas' 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1.

  • Serge Ibaka pledging $500 for every block in the playoffs

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Serge Ibaka is putting a price on his shotblocking. The Thunder's defensive whiz is pledging $500 for every shot he blocks in the NBA Playoffs, with the money going to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Thunder is celebrating UNICEF Night tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans to raise awareness for UNICEF's efforts in the Congo and to raise funds for the UNICEF Gets Boys and Girls in the Game project. Anyone can make a donation by going to www.crowdrise.com/sergeibaka.

  • Former Putnam City star Xavier Henry has surgery on knee, wrist

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Xavier Henry had successful surgery on his right knee and left wrist, as reported by Lakers.com's Mike Trudell. The former Putnam City star is expected to make a full recovery before the start of training camp. Henry averaged 10.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in 43 appearances.

  • WATCH: The worst flop in youth basketball history

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    According to this YouTube post, the young player in the neon green takes a dive because he got crossed up earlier in the game. The result is one of the worst flops you'll ever see. And the ref falls for it. (h/t The Big Lead)

  • Report: Mavs announcer suspended by NBA for tweets

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    The NBA issued a two-game suspension to Dallas Mavericks public address announcer Sean Heath due to tweets criticizing officiating, multiple sources briefed on the situation told ESPNDallas.com. Heath, who declined to comment, wrote a series of tweets regarding the officiating after the Mavs' 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1.

  • NCAA looks to make hoops more fan-friendly

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    College basketball's rule makers and rule enforcers sent the message last year: stop holding and hacking, and stop trying to take a charge on every play, according to Yahoo Sports. The message was received, and the game was better in 2013-14. Thanks to an emphasis on restoring freedom of movement for offensive players and limitations on secondary defenders drawing charges, we saw less assault and battery on dribblers and fewer collisions under the rim. Scoring was up, muggings and flops were down. Now the trend has to continue.

  • Why MLB is ready for its first openly gay player

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    There is a gay major league baseball player. The public does not know his name. He exists, though, and his world is so much different than one year ago, according to Yahoo Sports. Back then, there was actually a question of whether athletes would accept a gay player, whether fans would rebel against a man on account of his sexuality. After Jason Collins and Michael Sam and the latest brave man to declare his truth in public, Derrick Gordon, it all seems silly, that sports – a place of transformative cultural change where the only necessary credential is talent – would reject someone on account of something so inconsequential to his ability to play, Yahoo Sports reports.

  • Lady Vols, UConn talk about playing again

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Tennessee and Connecticut haven't played a women's basketball game since Jan. 6, 2007. They haven't met for the national championship in 10 years. But there's been talk about playing again. UConn coach Geno Auriemma, whose team won a record ninth title Tuesday in Nashville, and Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said this week that they have spoken informally about resuming the series, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel.

  • Meet 7-Foot-5 Junior Tacko Fall, the Tallest High School Basketball Player in the U.S.

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Liberty Christian Prep (Tavares, Fla.) junior Tacko Fall is America's tallest high school basketball player, according to Yahoo Sports. At 7-foot-5, Fall stands 9 inches taller than LeBron James and just 3 inches shorter than 7-foot-8 D-Leaguer Paul Sturgess, the tallest professional basketball player alive. Fall also has an 8-foot wingspan and wears a size 22 shoe, just like Shaquille O'Neal. During the 2013-14 season, Fall averaged 11.1 points, and his team was 11-15, which doesn't make much sense considering their only play could have been an alley-oop to Fall, who could slam the ball through the hoop over his foot-shorter defenders.

  • Report: Manziel scored 32 on Wonderlic test

    Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Johnny Manziel reportedly scored a 32 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL scouting combine, potentially boosting his stock among NFL franchises considering selecting the former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner with their first-round pick. NFL Network's Albert Breer tweeted out the scores of some of the top quarterback prospects, reporting that Manziel scored a 32, while Central Florida's Blake Bortles scored 28 and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater scored 20. Cornell's Jeff Mathews had the highest score among quarterbacks with a 40.

  • WATCH: Andre Iguodala with the killer crossover on Nuggets' Quincy Miller

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    What is it about the Denver Nuggets and getting crossed up? First it was Kevin Durant putting the double-okie-doke on Darrell Arthur a few weeks ago. Then it was Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala breaking Quincy Miller in half Thursday night with the crossover of the year. The difference? Durant finished his sick double crossover with the basket and the foul. Iguodala put another Nugget to shame, but didn't make the bucket. Oh, and the Thunder won that game in March. The Warriors, on the other hand, lost 100-99 on a turnaround hook shot from Kenneth Faried with a half-second remaining. Oh well. All anyone will remember is the crossover.