News: Sports

Kris Russell contract four-years, $4 million per, modified no trade clause, insiders say

Friday  18:51,   23 june 2017
Edmonton Journal

This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug: “Excellent chance Russell and the Oilers finalize a deal today. Expect the range to be 4m x 4 years. Hearing there will be a modified no trade as part of the Russell deal.” And from TSN’s Pierre LeBrun: “Being[...]

Raptors’ Ujiri: ‘Player development is the route we are going’

Friday  18:51,   23 june 2017
Sportsnet

The Toronto Raptors drafted 19-year-old OG Anunoby on Thursday night, and even though he’s injured, the forward fits into the team’s plans for patience with its youth, says president Masai Ujiri. Anunoby, selected with the No. 23 pick, tore his ACL [...]

Paul George gave Pacers a 'gut punch' with news about desired departure

Friday  18:44,   23 june 2017
Sporting News

Paul George shocked the front office by having his agent tell them he didn't want to play there anymore.“For me it was gut punch," Pritchard said about George's desire to leave. “It was a total gut punch because we had many conversations over[...]

The Warriors keep taking advantage of the NBA’s best deal, and teams keep letting them do it

Friday  18:43,   23 june 2017
FOXSports

Why do other NBA teams keep selling draft picks to the Golden State Warriors?So why are other teams so eager to help[...]

Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar searching for secrets to break recent funk

Friday  17:56,   23 june 2017
Sportsnet

Kevin Pillar followed up a torrid .314/.369/.497 start over his first 169 plate appearances with a two-weeks-and-change stretch in which he hit .170/.228/.321 over 58 plate appearances. The results had changed dramatically. He figured something must [...]

Why the CFL is integral to Canada’s sporting identity

Friday  17:56,   23 june 2017
Sportsnet

The CFL is constantly being pit against the NFL, its neighbour league to the south. But Canadians agree: The CFL is an integral part of our sporting identity.But it turns out that despite how it may often feel a majority of Canadians are actually[...]

Ice Cube has big expectations for his Big3 3-on-3 league

Friday  17:56,   23 june 2017
Sportsnet

The eight-team league of ex-NBA players, highlighted by Hall of Famer and former MVP Allen Iverson, begins with four games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will play on nine more weekends throughout the U.S. and broadcast each Monday night on FOX [...]

Report: Messi can avoid prison sentence by paying fine

Friday  17:56,   23 june 2017
theScore

Lionel Messi can assure himself of no jail time if he pays a fine of €255,000 over the course of his 21-month sentence, according to reports from Spain gathered by BBC News. The Barcelona forward and his father, Jorge, were deemed guilty in July[...]

Coyotes, longtime coach Dave Tippett suddenly split, citing 'philosophical differences'

Friday  16:52,   23 june 2017
Sporting News

All is not well in the desert as the Coyotes undergo an organizational overhaul under Andrew Barroway's ownership.Hired in 2009, Tippett was the second-longest tenured coach in the NHL and one of its most respected minds. His ouster came three[...]

Bryan Bickell, NHL career cut short by multiple sclerosis, talks life after hockey

Friday  16:52,   23 june 2017
Sporting News

The three-time Stanley Cup champion is taking his MS diagnosis in stride, enjoying the unexpected perks of an unexpected retirement.It no longer includes playing hockey, and he's OK with[...]

Best NHL expansion team ever?: Vegas might have the cards

Friday  16:52,   23 june 2017
MSN

LAS VEGAS - Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has repeatedly said he wants to win the Stanley Cup within the first six years of his new team's existence. After Vegas came away with a jackpot from the expansion draft, Foley's franchise[...]

McPhee says Vegas isn't done dealing: 'We have to move some contracts'

Friday  16:52,   23 june 2017
theScore

One day after selecting an initial roster, Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee manufactured two trades, sending David Schlemko to the Montreal Canadiens and Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Carolina Hurricanes. Many expected a flurry of[...]

The 3 biggest surprises from Vegas' expansion draft

Friday  16:52,   23 june 2017
theScore

With many of Vegas' expansion-draft selections being leaked by reporters hours before the announcement, there weren't a ton of surprises among the roster picks. However, with an abundance of side deals, three storylines in particular shocked [...]

LeBron James urges undrafted players to 'not give up'

Friday  16:52,   23 june 2017
Sporting News

Though it’s unlikely an undrafted player in the 2017 class becomes an NBA stalwart, there is the occasional Ben Wallace or Jeremy Lin.Former No. 1 pick and NBA superstar LeBron James targeted that third group in an Uninterrupted video for the[...]

Jordan Spieth shoots 63 to take lead in Travelers debut

Friday  16:51,   23 june 2017
Golf

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) -- Jordan Spieth hit a wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the final hole for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the Travelers Championship. Making his first appearance at TPC River Highlands, the 23-year-old Texan had[...]