NFL players are not the only athletes to have taken a knee during the national anthem this weekend in defiance of Donald Trump. Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to do so before Saturday night's game against the Texas Rangers. Mr Maxwell’s action thrust the player into the controversy surrounding national anthem protests, which Donald Trump brought to the forefront of US attention again this weekend by suggesting that players who take a knee during the anthem should be fired. “My decision has been coming for a long time,” Mr Maxwell, the son of a US Army veteran, said after the game on Saturday. “I know I was on the fence for a long time because I know no one in baseball has ever done it. I finally got to the point where I thought the inequality of man is being discussed, and it's being practiced from our president.” “The point of my kneeling is not to disrespect our military, it's … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball player kneels during national anthem in defiance of Donald Trump
Around two dozen NFL players knelt while the American national anthem played at Wembley Stadium in London, defying Donald Trump after he suggested players who take a knee during the anthem should be fired. Over the weekend, Mr Trump had repeatedly denounced such protests by athletes, verbally attacked one of the world’s most powerful sports leagues and seemingly uninvited the NBA champion Golden State Warriors from the traditional White House visit for league victors. NFL players across the US also demonstrated during the national anthem on Sunday, with many kneeling or standing and locking arms in a show of solidarity. Players on both the Ravens and Jaguars who did not kneel remained locked arm in arm throughout the national anthem and “God Save the Queen”. No athletes were kneeling during the British national anthem. Terry Bradshaw, a hall-of-fame quarterback and commentator for Fox, said he does not condone protests during the … [Read more...] about NFL players stage biggest kneeling protest yet against Donald Trump
Draymond Green, the Golden State Warriors’ man-of-all-trades, struts through the NBA’s European headquarters in London. But you’re permitted a certain swagger if you spent the early part of your summer winning an NBA title. In five seasons, the 2017 NBA defensive player of the year has already won more than most players will in their entire career. What motivates the two-time NBA champion now? “I haven’t won three championships,” he tells the Guardian. Domination and no drama: how big a threat are the Warriors to the NBA? Read more To many fans, Green is a series of outbursts masquerading as a basketball player: the run-ins with his frenemy LeBron James; the kicks aimed at opponents; the incessant screams of “and-one” after every lay-up. But in person, there’s a calm to the 27-year-old: the confidence of a man who knows where he wants to go in his sport. “I’m trying to make the Hall of Fame. That one … [Read more...] about Draymond Green interview: ‘There is definitely a rivalry with LeBron James’
With baseball’s lengthy regular season stretching from April to October, it’s not uncommon for fans to have the game on every night. Naturally, with 162 games, the broadcasters themselves become an enormous part of the fan experience. The hyper-local model which defines Major League Baseball also means that most fans have little idea what other local broadcasts are like outside their baseball bubble. Luckily MLB Advanced Media are the owners of what is probably the most comprehensive live streaming service on the planet, and I took a tour of all 30 commentary teams. Here then, are how I rated the various commentary teams, starting with the best ... 1) New York Mets Commentary team: Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling This piece is about listening and learning about other broadcasts, but Mets games are what I hear day in and day out, and yes, I am biased. After hearing 29 others the Mets television trio stand out as superior. Game-caller Gary Cohen is a Mets fan who … [Read more...] about Scouting the next Vin Scully: All 30 MLB broadcast teams ranked
On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season. MVP: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder This has been one of the most contested MVP races in NBA history. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James is the best basketball player alive. His mere presence has swung the Eastern Conference every postseason since 2012. The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard was the best two-way player in the league and he seamlessly replaced the seemingly irreplaceable Tim Duncan. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden had his greatest season yet, silencing his many critics … [Read more...] about From Least Valuable Player non-play of the year: our NBA season awards
By Larry Fine | NEW YORK NEW YORK Beyond the scouting, strategy and suspense of teams trying to select the right player for their slot in the NBA Draft, a spate of trades spiced up the proceedings at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday.The biggest bombshell sent All-Star guard Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where Butler was reunited with his former coach Tom Thibodeau.The T-Wolves also received draft rights to 16th pick Justin Patton of Creighton, while the Bulls beefed up their roster by getting promising Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the rights to Arizona's Lauri Markkanen of Finland, the seventh player taken.Butler, one of the league's most dynamic two-way players, joined forces again with Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015.A dependable scorer and hard-nosed defender, Butler gives Thibodeau an intriguing complement to the Wolves' young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. … [Read more...] about Butler changes address as flurry of deals spice Draft night
Mary Altaffer/APCarmelo Anthony's career appears to be at a crossroads. The New York Knicks have missed the playoffs four straight years and are overdue for a rebuild. However, in order to begin rebuilding, the Knicks would be wise to trade Anthony, whose large contract and ball-dominant style would be an awkward fit with a young, rebuilding team. Anthony has been resistant to trades, despite the Knicks shopping him and team president Phil Jackson recently saying Anthony "would be better off somewhere else." Anthony holds a no-trade clause that allows him to veto any trade in which he's involved. Now, with Anthony in a public duel with Jackson, and TMZ reporting Anthony has split with his wife LaLa Anthony, his future seems less clear than ever. Anthony could choose to dig in with the Knicks in hopes of turning the team around, or he could accept a trade, likely to a contender, and chase a championship ring over the final stages of his career. If Anthony's time with the Knicks is … [Read more...] about Carmelo Anthonys career is at a crossroads — heres how his time with the Knicks has turned into one of the wildest shows in the NBA
By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER SOUTHINGTON – Another close one got away from the Bristol Eastern boys basketball team on Saturday, Jan. 14 as the Lancers squandered a late lead and fell at Southington by a 40-37 final in Central Connecticut Conference Interdivisional tilt. It was the fifth straight loss by the Lancers, falling to 3-7 at the halfway point of the campaign, while the Knights moved to 4-4 on the year getting their second straight come-from-behind victories in two tries. Eastern led 36-35 with 3:47 to go but a steal saw the Knights recapture the lead. The Lancers managed to tie it over two minutes later but when Brendan Taylor (nine points) canned two free throws, Southington led 39-37 and never trailed again. However, that wasn’t the story of the game. With 6:36 to play in the second period, Eastern trailed 12-2 and were struggling for answers offensively. “Our execution was once again bad in the first quarter,” said Eastern coach Bunty Ray. … [Read more...] about Southington slips past Lancers, 40-37 – Bristol Observer
BEIJING (AP) — With his rejection of an Asian trade pact, U.S. President Donald Trump has tackled the first in a promised series of far-reaching policy changes that could inadvertently give China room to assert itself as a regional leader and worsen strains over the South China Sea and Taiwan. The U.S. departure from the Trans-Pacific Partnership could help President Xi Jinping's effort to cast Beijing as a champion of free trade and might increase official interest in a Chinese-led alternative trade deal. The TPP, which excluded China, has been seen as a gambit by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, to counter Beijing's influence. It could also strengthen ties with China's neighbors as Beijing prepares for potential challenges from Washington on thorny issues including claims over the South China Sea and the status of Taiwan, the self-ruled island Chinese leaders claim as part of their territory. Here is a look at these issues and what they mean for China. ___ TPP and … [Read more...] about Trump just withdrew the US from a major Asian trade deal — here’s what it means for China
Courtesy of Denise Truscello/WireImage Well, that would be one way to expand the brand. The Los Angeles Lakers attempted to trade Khloé Kardashian Odom's hubby Lamar to the New Orleans Hornets in a three-team deal—but it ended up being blocked by the NBA less than two hours after outlets like ESPN went wide with reports that the trade was pretty much a sure thing. Basically, sports radio shows started the 5 p.m. hour doing nothing but discussing the trade, and then finished the hour saying, "Well, so much for that!" And so much for a merry Christmas in L.A., for that matter! RECAP: Khloé plays marriage counselor on Kourtney & Kim Take New York There had been rumors that the Lakers were trying to acquire Hornets star Chris Paul before the abbreviated NBA season begins on Dec. 25, and the proposed Odom deal would have also included the Lakers shipping All-Star center Pau Gasol off to Houston, which in turn would send two players to New Orleans. "It is not true … [Read more...] about Khloé Kardashian Odom Takes…New Orleans? Not So Fast!
George Napolitano/FilmMagic Say whaaat?! First we were mentally preparing for Khloé Kardashian Odom's hoops-star hubby Lamar Odom to be tradedto the New Orleans Hornets for all-star baller Chris Paul, but a proposed three-team deal ended up being blocked by the NBA a mere two hours later. And now, after trying to revive the deal for two days, the Los Angeles Lakers have officially pulled out of a revised version of that deal. But even though the trade fell through again, Lamar is still on the move, headed to the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. RELATED: Khloé Kardashian Odom Takes...New Orleans?! Not So Fast! Originally, the Lakers had agreed to send Pau Gasol to Houston and Sixth Man of the Year Lamar to New Orleans, with the Rockets then moving Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic to the Hornets. However, the Lakers will now trade Khloé's hubby to the Dallas Mavericks. MORE: Khloé's Husband Lamar Odom Goes Old School for the Love of the Game As for … [Read more...] about Later, Lakers: Lamar Odom Headed to Dallas Mavericks Now?!
Instagram With 2-year-old Riley Curry already holding court, how can there possibly be room for more cuteness in Stephen Curry's family? So, Fox Sports' Katie Nolan decided to get to the bottom of what the new Curry on the block will bring to the table. Nolan interviewed Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr about his star player's newborn daughter, Ryan Curry. The hilarious scouting report was posted to YouTube, in which Nolan asks Kerr, "Ryan Curry, what can we expect from her?" Kerr says, "She's what, 6 days old?" When Nolan confirms, Kerr continues, "She'll be quick, good shooting touch, excellent at press conferences. I'm interested to see if she overshadows her older sister at next year's press conferences, or if her sister shoves her off the stage and demands the spotlight." Riley Curry steals the spotlight NEWS: 5 reasons we love Stephen Curry's family Kerr really is thorough, adding, "I'm thinking of major competitive desire coming from Ryan down the road, because the … [Read more...] about How Does Stephen Curry’s New Baby, Ryan, Stack Up Against Big Sis Riley Curry? Watch Warriors Coach Steve Kerr’s Scouting Report!