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Forget James Harden for Ben Simmons trade, Rockets reportedly not interested – ProBasketballTalk

Forget James Harden for Ben Simmons trade, Rockets reportedly not interested – ProBasketballTalk

This trade never made sense outside the fevered minds of people looking for the next hot take (so of course it gained traction on Twitter), but now we can put it to bed. The Houston Rockets have zero interest in trading James Harden to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons, something ESPN’s Tim MacMahon said on the most recent Brian Windhorst Hoop Collective podcast (hat tip Real GM). “I’ve already been told with a few expletives included by somebody with the Rockets: ‘No, Daryl, James Harden for Ben Simmons is not happening. Don’t ask.'” Windhorst then points out Harden could demand a trade to Philadelphia, something out of Houston’s control. True. But the Rockets have said repeatedly they want to build around Harden, not trade him. Even if Harden demands a trade, the Rockets do no...
Bill de Blasios bid to quash the Mets sale is sleazy and self-indulgent – New York Post

Bill de Blasios bid to quash the Mets sale is sleazy and self-indulgent – New York Post

We are tired of Mayor de Blasio’s sanctimonious self-indulgence long ago, but now he’s topped himself — secretly working to kill the deal to sell the Mets to Steve Cohen. Major League Baseball is set to vote on the sale Friday, but the mayor is hoping to prevent it from going through by leveraging the fact that Citi Field sits on land the city partly owns. As The Post has reported, he’s told MLB he’ll do all he can to quash the sale. It’d be bad enough if de Blasio was just still bitter about the 1986 World Series, when the Mets defeated his beloved Red Sox. But he has even dumber motives: He doesn’t like Cohen because he’s a right-leaning hedge-fund billionaire. More, the mayor evidently aims to force a sale to the rival consortium led by Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, ...
Ravindra Jadeja – Chennais batting Super King | ESPNcricinfo.com – ESPNcricinfo

Ravindra Jadeja – Chennais batting Super King | ESPNcricinfo.com – ESPNcricinfo

1:22 AM GMT Saurabh Somani CloseSaurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo "I'm not sure he's missed training since we've been here." - Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach, on Ravindra Jadeja. "I was hitting well in the nets also so I just kept thinking of that, that how I'm hitting in the nets and I was hoping to do it in the match." - Jadeja after his innings of 31* off 11 balls to win a last-ball thriller against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Hitting the ball well while training while not having missed a single training session in the two months that the Super Kings have been in the UAE is a lot of balls hit well. IPL 2020 hasn't gone the way the Super Kings had planned, but it has heralded the arrival of Jadeja the batsman in the shortest format. In the past th...
Yankees decline options on Brett Gardner and J.A. Happ: reports – Yahoo Sports

Yankees decline options on Brett Gardner and J.A. Happ: reports – Yahoo Sports

Brett Gardner has played his entire 13-year MLB career in pinstripes, but his future in the Bronx seems to be in doubt. According to a report from Dan Martin of the New York Post, the Yankees have declined Gardner’s $10 million option for next season, though Gardner would still be owed a $2.5 million buyout, leaving some room for the veteran outfielder and the Yankees to come to a new agreement to keep Gardner with the team. The left-handed outfielder played in 49 games with the Yankees last season, a key piece in the outfield due to injuries to Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. But the 37-year-old hit a career low .223 and had more strikeouts (35) than hits (29). But the one-time All-Star and former Gold Glove winner has been a staple of the Yankees’ outfield since 2008, playing 1,548 ...
Trevor Lawrence coronavirus diagnosis — Timeline, Clemsons backup QB and more – ESPN

Trevor Lawrence coronavirus diagnosis — Timeline, Clemsons backup QB and more – ESPN

11:00 PM ET Heather Dinich Close ESPN Senior Writer College football reporter Joined ESPN.com in 2007 Graduate of Indiana University David M. Hale Close ESPN Staff Writer ACC reporter. Joined ESPN in 2012. Graduate of the University of Delaware. Clemson superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss Saturday's game against Boston College. His status for the following week's showdown at Notre Dame remains in question. Here's what we know so far about Lawrence's condition; his backup, D.J. Uiagalelei; and what this could mean for Clemson's College Football Playoff chances. What are the next steps for Lawrence? Lawrence tested Wednesday and received a positive result Thursday. He went into isolation Thursday upon receiving th...
Rapid Reactions: Panthers defense allows six scoring drives in 25-17 loss – Panthers.com

Rapid Reactions: Panthers defense allows six scoring drives in 25-17 loss – Panthers.com

CHARLOTTE — The Panthers came up short in their quest for a fourth-quarter comeback, falling to the Falcons, 25-17. A week after New Orleans never punted against Carolina, Atlanta punted just once, controlling much of the game. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater had to exit midway through the third quarter after taking an illegal hit but re-entered in the fourth quarter to finish the game. With the loss, Carolina is now 3-5 on the season. Here are a few rapid reactions from the contest: BRIDGEWATER GOES DOWN, COMES BACK IN On third-and-7 from the Atlanta 37, Bridgewater stepped up in the pocket before he was tripped by defensive end Dante Fowler. He was flagged for sticking his foot out to bring down Bridgewater, ...
Panthers Mike Davis doesnt mince words after cheap shot hit on Teddy Bridgewater – CBS Sports

Panthers Mike Davis doesnt mince words after cheap shot hit on Teddy Bridgewater – CBS Sports

The Carolina Panthers rallied to the defense of Teddy Bridgewater after the quarterback was injured in the third quarter -- courtesy of a late hit by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris. While Harris was ejected from the game as a result of the hit, Panthers running back Mike Davis wasn't finished discussing how the hit knocked out his quarterback -- and his team's chances of winning the game. He didn't mince his words. "Yeah, I thought it was a cheap shot," Davis said, via ESPN's David Newton. "It was late, hit him on the neck. You hate to see that." Bridgewater left t...
Travis Roy, paralyzed ex-Boston University hockey player, dies at 45 – CBS Sports

Travis Roy, paralyzed ex-Boston University hockey player, dies at 45 – CBS Sports

Travis Roy, the former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed during a game in 1995, has died at 45 years old. Roy died on Thursday following complications from a procedure related to his paralysis.  Roy's story is one that's hard to forget: After receiving a number of Division 1 scholarship offers as a promising hockey star, Roy committed to powerhouse program Boston University and managed to make the lineup as a freshman. Then, 11 seconds into his first shift of his first game, he crashed headfirst into the boards. He cracked his fourth vertebra and was left paralyzed from the neck do...