• Sam Shields expects to be tested if the Los Angeles Rams do not have their two starting cornerbacks available against Minnesota on Thursday night.

    “That’s part of the game. Backups , hey, you gots to go at ’em,” Shields said Tuesday night.

    With Aqib Talib set to undergo surgery and the availability of Marcus Peters uncertain, Shields, Troy Hi…[Read more]

  • LOS ANGELES — A four-time All-Star who has finished in the top five of the Cy Young Award voting three times , Jon Lester looks to be getting even better in his 13th major league season.

    And it leaves the Chicago Cubs with no better pitcher to stop a losing streak that was extended to five games Monday with a 2-1 defeat to the Los Angeles D…[Read more]

  • BEREA , Ohio (AP) — Tyrod Taylor remembers winning the starting job, throwing touchdown passes and seeing die-hard fans standing in snow at Buffalo’s airport on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of a 17-year playoff drought.

    His three years with the Bills were special, filled with long-lasting memories.

    His exit wasn’t.

    Traded to Clevela…[Read more]

  • A jersey that’s worn in professional sports is a bigger deal than most fans might think , and as time has progressed the margin for error when producing a jerseys has proven to become smaller and smaller. A hockey sweater, is sacred. And, a club that plays in the National Hockey League is always taking a risk when it decides to either re-brand or…[Read more]

  • Two weeks after landing star cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs , the Los Angeles Rams have traded for another shutdown back in Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos.’s Ian Rapoport broke the news:The #Rams and #Broncos have finalized a deal to send CB Aqib Talib to Los Angeles, sources tell me and @JamesPalmerTV.— Ian R…[Read more]

  • KANSAS CITY , Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes had just thrown six touchdown passes in a record-setting performance against the Steelers, one that gave the Chiefs a big road win and may have stamped them as the AFC’s top team, when someone asked him how he planned to celebrate his birthday.

    Mahomes said he planned to watch film of the San Fra…[Read more]

  • Second-year Colts general manager Chris Ballard has used five NFL draft picks in two days on prospects he is hoping will toughen up his rebuilding team in the trenches.

    Granted , the needs are numerous for a franchise that finished 4-12 last year and has missed the playoffs for three consecutive years, but Ballard bypassed skill-position players…[Read more]

  • BOSTON — The Milwaukee Bucks continue to battle history and the Celtics as they visit TD Garden for Game 5 of their opening-round playoff series with Boston on Tuesday night.

    Despite winning both games in Milwaukee , the Bucks, looking for their first series victory since 2000, have never won a series after trailing 0-2, going 0-17 in such s…[Read more]

  • LAKE FOREST , Ill. (AP) — Nose tackle Eddie Goldman and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.

    A second-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2015, Goldman has started 32 of the 36 games played and has 8 1/2 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries.

    The Bears announced the move Friday.

    General m…[Read more]

  • Bartolo Colon has reached one goal he set for himself this season and is within two wins of another.

    Colon earned his 244th victory , passing Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, and the Texas Rangers beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Monday night.

    Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer…[Read more]

  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has a Super Bowl MVP trophy and a spot on the New York Times’ best-seller list.

    Foles’ autobiography “Believe It” is set to debut at No. 5 on the New York Times Hardcover , Nonfiction list on July 15, according to book publisher Tyndale House.

    The book will also be on the best-seller lists of USA Tod…[Read more]

  • Allen Robinson sees no reason he can’t regain the form that made him a Pro Bowl receiver and help the Chicago Bears snap a string of losing seasons.

    He insisted the ACL he tore in his left knee in last year’s opener with Jacksonville is coming along just fine. And he expects to be ”fully cleared” for training camp.

    ”I understand it’s a question…[Read more]

  • The lawyer for the ex-girlfriend of NFL star LeSean McCoy says the Buffalo Bills running back orchestrated an attack that left her bloody amid attempts to get her to leave his suburban Atlanta mansion.

    Attorney Tanya Mitchell Graham says in a statement to news outlets that her client was physically assaulted Tuesday morning by a man who entered…[Read more]

  • The Dolphins’ season went sideways last year when Ryan Tannehill‘s knee wasn’t as ready as they thought it was.

    They did not respond by laying in a Plan B this offseason , so the good news seems to be that Tannehill is well.

    According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Tannehill will participate in today’s OTAs, and won’t be limited after las…[Read more]

  • NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Tirico is adding to his many duties at NBC by taking over as studio host for “Football Night In America.”

    Tirico , who also does play by play on Notre Dame games and a slew of other hosting assignments, replaces Dan Patrick. Tirico joins Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison on the Sunday night program that has been the most-…[Read more]

  • It’s rare for a franchise player in his prime to leave an NHL team via free agency or trade.

    This offseason , it happened twice.

    Toronto signed John Tavares away from the New York Islanders to make the biggest splash in free agency.

    The 28-year-old center with a $77 million, seven-year contract sounds motivated to validate his hometown Maple L…[Read more]

  • The slumping Chicago White Sox are playing a team that didn’t give up on its season despite a terrible start , so maybe they decided that was a pretty good strategy to adopt.

    The White Sox could have easily given up on their Tuesday night game against the surging Cincinnati Reds despite falling behind 4-0 before they’d gotten an out and 7-2 fol…[Read more]

  • Taking on the NFL and football’s Super Bowl champs , President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles and instead threw his own brief ”Celebration of America” after it became clear most players weren’t going to show up.

    Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame.

    Trump tried to turn th…[Read more]

  • Shinnecock Hills is no longer the only challenge at this U.S. Open.

    On a course that can cause problems in any weather , where triple bogeys or worse have been recorded on all but six holes, perhaps the most daunting prospect going into the weekend is Dustin Johnson with a four-shot lead.

    Johnson played smart on the few occasions he was out of…[Read more]


    UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Lamarcus Joyner (franchise tag; CBs Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman; WR Sammy Watkins; C John Sullivan; LB Connor Barwin; DTs Dominique Easley and Tyrunn Walker; LS Jake McQuaide; S Cody Davis; RB Lance Dunbar; TE Derek Carrier; OL Cornelius Lucas.


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