Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a contract extension, and to call it massive would be doing the new deal a great injustice. As ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported, Trout and the Angels are finalizing a new 12-year contract worth $430 million. That would be the largest contract in professional sports history, and it is also beats the previous MLB record deal Bryce Harper just signed with the Philadelphia Phillies by $100 million.Trout is obviously a once-in-a-generation talent, but the contract is still shocking. Twitter reacted accordingly: … [Read more...] about Twitter reacts to Mike Trout’s mammoth contract extension
Major League Baseball’s “Opening Day” is set for March 28th, but the season kicks off bright and early Wednesday morning when the Oakland Athletics face the Seattle Mariners in the Tokyo Dome. The AL West rivals will play two games in Tokyo before returning to Arizona to wrap up spring training. The Westgate SuperBook released win totals for all 30 MLB teams, and before we get into best bets across the board, we wanted to take a look at the A’s and Mariners specifically. The A’s are installed at 83 wins, while the Mariners are at 72.5. By comparison, Fangraph’s projections have the A’s at 84 wins and the Mariners at 75 wins. We chatted with Alex Hall from Athletics Nation and Kate Preusser from Lookout Landing to get their thoughts on the win totals. Both see big question marks with their teams, but believe the state of their rosters coupled with the state of the bottom of the division opens the door for both teams to hit the over on relatively … [Read more...] about Why the A’s and Mariners will finish above their Vegas win totals
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors on Monday, extending their winning streak to nine games and launching into the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference with less than 10 games remaining. San Antonio’s playoff streak will reach 22 in a couple weeks when the Spurs officially clinch their spot. The Spurs are not mentioned often, if at all, as a real candidate to disrupt the Warriors’ hegemony in the NBA. Even as the Warriors falter — the two-time defending champs are now tied for the No. 1 seed with the Denver Nuggets, and sit 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 1 overall record — the teams most often discussed as a real threat to Golden State are the Bucks, Thunder, and Rockets. Is there a case for the Spurs to be in that club, too? What keeps San Antonio from being considered elite? Well, there are some easy answers and some harder answers. The easiest answer is that for much of the season, San Antonio looked like it might miss … [Read more...] about Why aren’t the Spurs taken more seriously as a threat to the Warriors?
Tottenham have revealed the identities of a number of former players who will form their Spurs Legends side to face Inter Milan's legends side at the club's new stadium on March 30. Tottenham need to hold two test events order to receive a formal safety certificate ahead of the first Premier League game at their 62,062-capacity new stadium - scheduled to be Crystal Palace on April 3. Spurs' Under-18s side will face Southampton at the new ground on Sunday, 24 March with a 30,000-capacity crowd, with Spurs Legends to face Inter Forever the following Saturday with an increased 45,000-capacity crowd. Spurs have now revealed the first eight names for their Legends squad (which will be managed by Gary Mabbutt): Robbie Keane, Darren Anderton, Rafael van der Vaart, Dimitar Berbatov, Erik Thorstvedt, Allan Nielsen, Stephen Carr and David Howells. The forward retired from professional football last November, but Spurs fans will be hoping to see his famous cartwheel celebration usher in a new era … [Read more...] about Spurs Legends revealed for new stadium test event
FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - Rest day - Carcassonne, France, July 23, 2018. The logo of Team Sky is seen on a bus on the second rest day. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s hugely successful Team Sky has been bought out by chemicals giant Ineos and will change its to Team Ineos from May this year, the cycling team confirmed on Tuesday. Ineos is owned by Britain’s richest man Jim Ratcliffe. Broadcaster Sky said last December that it would end its involvement with the team that has won six Tour de France’s since it was founded by Dave Brailsford in 2010. Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Hugh Lawson … [Read more...] about Cycling: Team Sky confirms Ineos as new owner from May