Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

What separates Weston McKennie’s move to Juventus from other high-profile USMNT transfers

Weston McKennie is an unassuming sort. A military brat who lived a peripatetic childhood that led through Germany, where he first started playing soccer before returning as an 18-year-old to sign with Bundesliga juggernaut Schalke 04, rather than remain with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer, which had developed him. Certainly, he dabbles in soccer’s spoils — the expensive car, the designer shoes — but he fits more neatly into the mold of fellow national team star and close friend Christian Pulisic, for whom fame and attention are unpleasant byproducts of success.

Now, like Pulisic, he has parlayed that teenaged move to a German club known for developing talent into a major transfer to a European superclub...

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Red Sox return in Kevin Pillar trade with Rockies revealed

The Boston Red Sox have made another move ahead of Monday’s 4 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline.

The Red Sox are sending Kevin Pillar and cash to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later and 2019-20 international slot money.

Pillar signed a one-year ...

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2020 MLB trade deadline: Winners, losers from active day in baseball

The 2020 MLB trade deadline wound up being one of the most wild in recent years, which just makes way too much sense in this weird 60-game season. 

While the A’s made two minor (pun intended) moves, the Giants mostly stood pat before Monday’s deadline. They did add pitcher Anthony Banda, who recently was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Other teams, however, couldn’t stay off the phone. 

In the timeless act of instantly overreactin...

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Hoops phenom prepares for big time in tiny gym

At 5:58 p.m. on a Thursday evening, a text comes through on trainer Ryan Razooky’s phone. “Can we go at 9?” The sender is Mikey Williams, one of the top high school players in the country. Razooky responded with the same answer he’s been giving Williams since early March when gyms closed due to COVID-19: “No problem.”

Razooky’s gym is east of San Diego, located off a frontage road where there’s a tractor business, auto body shops and gas stations lining the street. There’s a row of small warehouses with gated access that includes a plumbing business, construction storage and Ryan Razooky’s Hoop House.

“We pulled up the first time and I was thinking it was the big building next door, and when I walked in I thought, ‘How is there a gym inside this little ...

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The Latest: Iowa pauses all workouts amid virus uptick

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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The Iowa athletic department is pausing workouts for all sports until after Labor Day following a major uptick in the number of coronavirus cases.

The department says there were 93 positive results out of 815 COVID-19 tests taken between last Monday and Sunday. Since the return-to-campus protocol began May 29, there have been 176 positive results and one inconclusive out of more than 2,700 tests.

The Hawkeyes are members of the Big Ten Conference, which announced three weeks ago that it would postpone fall sports until the spring.

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NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.

The NFL has been conducting daily testing for playe...

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Luka Doncic: ‘I don’t want to deal with that kind of player.’ Marcus Morris: ‘Cry me a river’

Marcus Morris stepping on Luka Doncic‘s ankle in Game 5 of Clippers-Mavericks? Morris at least had plausible deniability on whether that was a dirty play.

Morris chopping Doncic’s head in series-ending Game 6? Morris lost all benefit of the doubt on both incidents.

Doncic, via Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times:

“It was a terrible play. What can I say? It’s two games in a row he did something like that,” Doncic said. “I really hoped the first game it wasn’t on purpose, but looking back on the foul this game, you know what I think. I don’t want to deal with that kind of player — just move on.”

Bleacher Report:

Morris commented on that Instagram post:

Cry me a river. Clips in 6

Morris straddles the line between dirty and tough...

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Unflinching toughness was Thompson’s calling card

During the late 1980s, Rayful Edmond operated a violent and highly profitable drug trafficking operation in Washington D.C. He was considered equal parts brilliant, charismatic and ruthless.

Maybe that’s not the most obvious way to start a tribute to Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson, who died at the age of 78 on Monday. 

Or maybe there is no better example of the power Thompson wielded and the respect he commanded not just inside college basketball, but across society itself.

Edmond never played alongside Thompson when he was a part of two NBA championship teams in Boston in the 1960s. He didn’t play for Thompson as he won 596 college games and became the first African American coach to win a national title in 1984...

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The time ‘Big John’ boxed out a violent drug lord

During the late 1980s, Rayful Edmond operated a violent and highly profitable drug trafficking operation in Washington D.C. He was considered equal parts brilliant, charismatic and ruthless.

Maybe that’s not the most obvious way to start a tribute to Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson, who died at the age of 78 on Monday. 

Or maybe there is no better example of the power Thompson wielded and the respect he commanded not just inside college basketball, but across society itself.

Edmond never played alongside Thompson when he was a part of two NBA championship teams in Boston in the 1960s. He didn’t play for Thompson as he won 596 college games and became the first African American coach to win a national title in 1984...

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NFL stunner: Jags waive Fournette after failing to trade him

FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) sits on the bench in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tenn. The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette, a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tenure. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jaguars moved another step closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville.

The team waived running back Leonard Fournette on Monday, a stunning decision many outsiders view as the latest in a series of head scratchers that could help the franchise tank the season and get the No. 1 draft pick.

”If that’s the case, then the realization is if that happens...

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Jaguars releasing Leonard Fournette

The Jaguars declined Leonard Fournette‘s fifth-year option this offseason, and they decided they didn’t want the fourth year either.

According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, the Jaguars are releasing the former first-round running back.

Not only was Fournette the fourth overall pick in 2017, he was taken four spots ahead of Christian McCaffrey, who has gone onto sign a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the Panthers this offseason.

Fournette ran for 1,152 yards last year in 15 games last year, so he should get opportunities (though the Jaguars were unable to trade him).

Ultimately, it’s another sad personnel chapter for a team that has collected talent, but continues to shed it at a rapid rate and hasn’t turned any of those good players into consistent winning...

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