Monthly Archives: June 2017


Like McGregor, Tim Tebow has no real chance. Not after hitting .220 in low-A ball, and not in a sport new to him at the relatively advanced age of 29.

Tebow is not going to be a major leaguer, no matter what those flocking to the minor league ballpark believe. He may not even believe it himself after hitting three home runs while striking out 69 times with the Columbia Fireflies.

That got Tebow a promotion in the Mets organization that even team officials found difficult to explain. That it’s in a state where he won the Heisman Trophy as the quarterback for the University of Florida not so many years ago seems to be a little more than a coincidence.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Minnesota Vikings receiver Michael Floyd was sentenced Monday to one day in jail and will have to complete the final five days of his house arrest after a Scottsdale City Court judge found that Floyd violated the terms of his house arrest, which stemmed from a December arrest on DUI charges.

Judge Statia D. Hendrix conducted Floyd’s hearing in her courtroom over the phone; Floyd and his attorney, Robert Feinberg, were on the other line via speaker phone. A review of alcohol monitoring reports indicated that Floyd missed a test, as well as the presence of alcohol in several tests.

Floyd will serve his day in jail starting Monday at 9 p.m. ET. He’ll begin the five days of his house arrest Wednesday. Hendrix told Floyd that any alcohol found in his system was a violation of the house-arrest terms.


The Oakland Raiders and Derek Carr are close to finalizing a deal expected to pay the star quarterback about $25 million per year, league sources told ESPN.

The contract is expected to be done soon, well before the training camp deadline Carr had given the Raiders, according to sources.

The sides still are finalizing language, but the deal could be announced as early as the end of this week. When it is done, Carr instantly will become one of the game’s highest-paid players, if not the highest, in terms of annual average salary.


Multiple stars from last summer’s Rio Olympics highlight this year’s ESPY Awards nominees for best male and female athletes.

Swimmer Michael Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, joins National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as the four nominees for best male athlete.

Gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Katie Ledecky, who each won four gold medals in Rio, are two of the four female finalists. The other two are tennis great Serena Williams and Candace Parker of the WNBA champion LA Sparks


The Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Stanley Cup championship, the first an NHL team has won back to back in almost 20 years, spawned by far the biggest victory parade of any of the franchise’s five titles.

An estimated 650,000 people turned out along a downtown parade route that ended with a rally at Point State Park, city public works and public safety officials said Wednesday. A sunny day with temperatures in the 80s didn’t hurt, as the smell of sunscreen was as pungent as the Penguins’ love in a city that boasts, officially, only 305,000 residents.

“These guys are fierce competitors,” coach Mike Sullivan told the crowd from a stage in the triangular park formed by the confluence of the city’s three rivers. “They just know how to win.”


Marcell Ozuna homered to start the Miami Marlins‘ comeback from an early four-run deficit, and they beat the Oakland Athletics 11-6 Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.

Ozuna hit his 17th home run to start the second inning, added a double and had three RBIs. Tyler Moore hit his fifth homer and scored three times to help the Marlins overcome a wobbly outing by Edinson Volquez, who had a no-hitter in his most recent home start.


Odell Beckham Jr. wants a new deal. Odell Beckham Jr. deserves a new deal, given that he will be the 64th-highest paid wide receiver in football?at $1.8 million this season

NBA Finals

Go ahead, back them into a corner. Call them names. Write them off.

The Cavaliers don’t care.

For the fourth time in two years, Cleveland fought off elimination in the NBA Finals by winning just when it appeared their season was over.

On Friday night, the Cavs turned anger over some comments made by Golden State’s motor-mouthed forward Draymond Green into energy and their best performance this season. They broke scoring records in a stunning 137-116 victory that shoved this “Three-match” between new-school rivals to the West Coast for Game 5 on Monday.


FRISCO, Texas — Every step Jaylon Smith took Wednesday during the Dallas Cowboys‘ organized team activity was watched.

For the first time since the Cowboys drafted him in the second round in 2016, Smith took part in drills in front of the media in his comeback from a severe knee injury.

He went through individual drills with the linebackers, sprinting from one side to the other, punching a bag and simulating a tackle. He went through the walk-through portion of run drills. He went through special-teams drills, working on the kickoff return unit.

College Football

Bob Stoops is leaving coaching the same way he conducted his business for 18 seasons on the Oklahoma sideline. He made the decision his gut told him to make, when he wanted to make it, and everyone else would have to live with it. And just as he won throughout his career with the Sooners, he won at retiring, too.

The winningest coach (190-48, .798) in the history of one of the most storied programs in college football is leaving on his terms, with his health intact, at 56 years of age. The list of college football icons who leave of their own accord in good health at a relatively young age is so short we need the chain gang to measure it.