0 of 5 Elise Amendola/Associated Press As a rule of thumb, the New York Knicks never deserve the benefit of the doubt. They've done nothing to earn it over the past two decades. So, when they traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks, it wasn't just fair but also necessary to question their logic. New York received quite the haul for Porzingis. No one's denying that. Dallas sent over Dennis Smith Jr., a 2017 top-10 pick with two years left on his rookie-scale contract; an unprotected 2021 first-round pick; a 2023 first-round pick with top-10 protection; and two expiring contracts in DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. The Knicks also parted with Trey Burke and the money left on deals for Tim Hardaway Jr. (two years, $39.0 million) and Courtney Lee ($12.8 million). Completing this trade basically assured the Knicks of two superstar-contract slots over the summer. Pencil them in for the No. 1 pick, and they'll have about $68.6 million in cap space if they keep Smith, Kevin … [Read more...] about Which Free-Agent Duo Should the Knicks Actually Target?
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This was the footballing equivalent of two wrestlers wearing blindfolds, trying to fight each other with hands tied behind their backs and their feet chained together. It was a non-event, Newcastle becoming the first team this season to fail to score against Fulham in the Premier League. They did not even manage a shot on goal. It was dire, diabolical stuff, but a draw is not a disastrous result for either side. That was the problem. Fulham were happy to keep a clean sheet, Newcastle were relieved not to lose another home match. It sucked the ambition out of both sides. This was not entertainment it was an endurance test. When the final whistle was blown, it sparked boos from the home crowd, but in reality, it should have been cheered as it put an end to the misery. There are far better ways to spend a Saturday afternoon before Christmas. You know it has been a bad game of football when the only highlight is a player being accidently punched in the face by one of his team-mates, Fulham … [Read more...] about Newcastle and Fulham play out dreadful goalless draw that could not end soon enough
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's house had been burgled and his car stolen, but he was not going to let it spoil his evening. It was April 20, 2013, and AS Saint-Etienne's players were in Paris preparing to fly home after beating Rennes 1-0 in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. It was the club's first major honour since 1981, and the atmosphere was understandably joyous. Aubameyang did not want material concerns to poison his mood. But this was not a case of an obscenely wealthy footballer blithely writing off an expensive asset in the knowledge it could easily be replaced. Aubameyang has a real passion for cars, and the one that had been taken from outside his home in Fraisses, southwest of Saint-Etienne, was his pride and joy. The car was a soft-top Aston Martin DB9 Mansory in "crocodile-skin" green, customised with Aubameyang's squad number (No. 7) on the wheels and dashboard. He had lovingly shown it off in a video filmed for Saint-Etienne's YouTube channel earlier that … [Read more...] about Green Machine: The Story of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Saint-Etienne Rebirth
Getty Images LOS ANGELES — When you’re undefeated, you’re going to need some luck along the way. The Rams’ luck Sunday was Ty Montgomery, two yards deep in the end zone, choosing to run the ball out instead of giving the ball to one of the best quarterbacks ever to play at his 25 with two minutes left, needing just a field goal to win. Montgomery fumbled. Rams recovered. Wisconsin threw a brick through its collective TV set. Game over. But that’s too simple. This game was actually a vivid illustration why the Rams, at 8-0, sit atop the NFL mountain approaching the midpoint of the NFL’s 99th season. They will have contenders to the throne, contenders from New England and Kansas City and rising New Orleans (8-0 Rams at 6-1 Saints, next Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET), and maybe even from Minnesota, Carolina, Washington or down the street; the Chargers seem pesky. It’s a good illustration because of Todd Gurley, the friendly guy with the long … [Read more...] about FMIA Week 8: On the Role a Rolex Played In Keeping the Rams Perfect
Like his teammate A.J. Brown, Metcalf has looked like a first-round pick through four games by Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso CBSSports.com moments ago • 9 min read Ole Miss very well could have two wide receivers land in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. If A.J. Brown and newcomer to the Top 20 D.K. Metcalf are both selected within the first 32 picks in April, it'll be the first time two wideouts from the same college go before Round 2 since LSU products Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis went in the first round in 2007. Brown is the established star, a well-built, yards-after-the-catch specialist with outstanding ball-tracking skills who excels from the slot. Metcalf is the tall, outside speedster with impressive wiggle in space and speed in the open field. Here's my updated Top 20 prospect list after Week 3 in college football. 1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio StateBosa had what his dad called "major surgery" per Ari Wasserman … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: D.K. Metcalf climbs into Top 20 after another game with big plays