AP source: A’s acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes

Oakland Athletics’ Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits an RBI-single to score John Jaso to tie the game as Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, left, reaches for the pitch during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Source Article from http://www.wpxi.com/ap/ap/sports/ap-source-as-acquire-lester-gomes-for-cespedes/pCL359/

China’s Li Na pulls out of US Open because of knee

FILE – In this June 27, 2014 file photo, Li Na of China plays a return to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. Li is pulling out of the U.S. Open because of a knee injury. Li says Thursday, […]

China’s Li Na pulls out of US Open because of knee

FILE – In this June 27, 2014 file photo, Li Na of China plays a return to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. Li is pulling out of the U.S. Open because of a knee injury. Li says Thursday, […]

China’s Li Na pulls out of US Open because of knee

Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday because of a knee injury she said has bothered her for several months. The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title also withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks. The second-ranked […]

MSU Football Reports to Camp; Practice begins Thursday

We are even closer to football season. As the Mississippi State Bulldogs prepare for the 2014 season, 105 players reported to the team’s preseason camp Wednesday to begin the process of getting ready for the upcoming season. The team spent Wednesday going over academics and compliance issues, getting fitted for equipment and meeting as position […]

Chiefs safety Berry leaves practice with injury

Eric Berry left Chiefs practice on Thursday after hurting his lower right leg, the second injury that the Pro Bowl safety has sustained so far in training camp. Berry missed some time earlier with a dislocated finger. It was unclear what happened to Berry during one of the early sessions of practice at Missouri Western. […]

Chiefs safety Berry leaves practice with injury

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry (29) keeps Anthony Fasano (80) from catching a pass during a NFL training camp, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. Mo. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle) Source Article from http://www.wpxi.com/ap/ap/top-news/chiefs-safety-berry-leaves-practice-with-injury/pCL35H/

NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee will marry her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer says she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007. She has not tried to keep her sexuality a secret from the league since that time. “This […]

NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

FILE – In this April 15, 2012, file photo, referee Violet Palmer explains a call to Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, not shown, as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Lester Hudson (14) looks on during an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Palmer, the first woman to referee an NBA game, says she will marry her longtime […]

NBA ref Violet Palmer to marry longtime partner

FILE – In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, Memphis Grizzlies coach David Joerger, right, speaks with referee Violet Palmer during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. Palmer, the first woman to referee an NBA game, says she will marry her longtime female partner this […]

VT Basketball Recruiting: Forward Derek Ogbeide Earns Offer

Tech looks to bolster a thin front court. 6’8″ forward Derek Ogbeide has earned a Tech offer according to multiple sources. 2016 Pebblebrook (GA) F Derek Ogbeide has received an offer from Virginia Tech. (HT @HoopsHypeCA) @derektriggerhttp://t.co/nsaH56qCcU — Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) July 27, 2014 Virginia Tech joins Ole Miss as the only major conference team […]

Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

The site of a water main break is shown near UCLA Wednesday July 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. A ruptured 93-year-old water main on Tuesday left the UCLA campus awash in 8 million gallons of water in the middle of California’s worst drought in decades, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school’s storied […]

Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

A worker adjusts a championship banner drying in the corridor leading from a locker room to the basketball court in Pauley Pavilion at UCLA in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, after a 93-year-old pipe burst Tuesday near the campus in Westwood. (AP Photo/Brian Melley) Source Article from http://www.wpxi.com/ap/ap/sports/sorting-out-the-claims-after-pipe-break-who-pays/pCL33M/

Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

Jim McDaniel, senior assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, talks Wednesday, July 30, 2014, about the pipe break that flooded UCLA’s famed Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. The pavilion is drying out after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old water main burst near […]

49ers bubble watch: Trent Baalke gives us something to chew on

49ers GM Trent Baalke indicated there might only be 4 or 5 roster spots up for grabs in training camp. How does that impact our bubble watch? The San Francisco 49ers have their first day off of training camp, which makes now as good a time as any to re-assess the bubble watch. The timing […]

Top MAC Football Players Of 2014: No. 25 Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo K

Clutch kicking and accurate kicking are an underappreciated aspect of football that some football coaches forget. But Rockets fans know just how valuable having a kicker skilled at As we continue our countdown we come across a special teams player who just may be one of the best at his position, Toledo Rockets senior kicker […]

2015 Recruiting: Ten Underrated Running Backs

The 2015 class of running backs might be the deepest the state of Texas has seen, and predictably there are some talented ones who are sliding under the radar. Here we take a look at ten notably underrated senior running backs. One of the ongoing recruiting storylines in Texas regarding the 2015 class has been […]

Florida Gators football: The Kurt Roper Challenge

We’ve discussed this off and on for quite some time, so now let’s get down to business. Ever since Kurt Roper was hired to become the third, fourth or eighteenth offensive coordinator for the Will Muschamp led Florida Gators, I began thinking of ways to make this football season a little more exciting here at […]

Syracuse Recruiting: Breaking Down the Quarterback Situation

What prototype is Syracuse looking for at the QB position in this recruiting class and beyond? In the next few weeks, I’ll be breaking down each position, based on the current players on campus, the recruits in the 2015 class. I’ll also breakdown what characteristics we’re looking for in the position to fit the “prototype” […]

Pac-12 preseason bowl projections: Oregon heading to first ever College Football Playoff

Nine Pac-12 teams head to bowl games. Sugar Bowl (CFP) – Florida State vs. Oregon I think the Ducks will lose at least a game this season, but College Football Playoff will be a big break for them sustaining their shot at a national championship even if they have a hiccup along the way, especially […]

Maryland recruiting roundup: Tremaine Edmunds to announce college decision Thursday

New basketball offers, Terps make the cut for George Campbell and Quarvez Boulware Basketball: A bunch of new offers are out in 2015 and 2016. Andrew will break them down more thoroughly later on in the week, but that does’t mean we can’t list them here. 2016 Roman Catholic (Penn.) point guard Tony Carr Three-star […]

Dallas Stars Goalie Coach Mike Valley Talks Kari Lehtonen and His Backups, Part 1

Goalie coach Mike Valley talks rest, motivation and opportunity with the Stars’ stable of netminders. For all of us who saw Kari Lehtonen in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks in the western conference quarterfinals, when he and the Stars gave up two goals in the final two and a half minutes of regulation to let […]

WWE Network hits 700K subscriber mark in 5 months

WWE is set to make its deep vault of classic matches on its video-streamed network available around the globe. WWE has hit 700,000 subscribers since the company home to Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar and John Cena launched the WWE Network in February, an increase of just 33,000 since the company revealed its initial total in […]

Boise State’s Mountain West basketball schedule

The Broncos will miss playing a second game against both Wyoming and Nevada With 11 teams It is evident that the Mountain West does not play a true round-robin lineup. Boise State’s Mountain West basketball schedule consists of a somewhat unbalanced, 18-game schedule lineup lacking what many consider true and budding rivalries. This season Boise […]

Reports: Texas safety Josh Turner reinstated to football team

The senior could see the field again for Texas this fall, thanks to Strong’s reconsideration. Charlie Strong does not give second chances freely. Understatement of the year, perhaps. But according to multiple sources, Strong saw fit to hand one out on Wednesday – to senior safety Josh Turner. BREAKING: Longhorns senior S Josh Turner is getting a […]

Houston Texans News: July 31, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, July 31, 2014. Houston Texans News Bob McNair leaves Raiders’ moving options open for now – Ultimate TexansAs Texans owner Bob McNair pointed out on Wednesday, it’s so early in the process he’s not willing to support or oppose […]

Daily Round Up: 30 Days

Disclaimer: Before you proceed, just remember that none of the links are vetted and you may be reading something written by a 13-year-old, a so-called sports journalist or Clay Travis (is there really any difference between those options?). Read at your own peril. Spend a day with Charlie Strong. [Scout] A former player talks about Strong’s way […]

How the 2011 Dallas Mavericks trophy gave me the most expensive hangover of my life

Everyone has their own way to celebrate… It was a mistake, ok? If this was the worst thing I had ever done in my marriage, then so be it. Plus, the Dallas Mavericks won their first championship in franchise history less than 24 hours ago… she can’t be that mad at me, right? RIGHT? Those […]

Cowboys Training Camp News: Smith A Cowboy For Life; Claiborne Hurt; Staff Has Plan For Romo

Latest Cowboys headlines: Tyron Smith issues a statement on his contract extension; Morris Claiborne hurt during practice; Training staff “has a plan” for Tony Romo. Dallas Cowboys Reach Contract Extension With Left Tackle Tyron Smith – Blogging The BoysThe big news of the day: The Dallas Cowboys made Tyron Smith a Cowboy for life. Official […]

Is South Carolina Recruiting Even Better Than You Think?

Fun with South Carolina, Alabama, A&M, and Clemson recruiting using the class calculator. South Carolina gave signs that 2015 could be a historic recruiting class as early as June, and the Gamecocks have continued to add commitments throughout July. Georgia running back Mon Denson is the most recent addition to what has already become the most geographically diverse […]

SEC Football Preview 2014: Can Tennessee Overcome the Loss of Its Lines?

There’s not a ton of experience returning to Knoxville this year, and the location of the losses makes things even worse There are plenty of questions about Tennessee’s roster this season. The quarterback position is unsettled, the Volunteers lose their top rushers from 2013, and while six of Tennessee’s top seven tacklers return, the next […]

2014 MSU Football Opponent Preview: Southern Miss

We take a look about a month out at Mississippi State’s 2014 season opening opponent: Southern Miss. It really is a shame that two major college football programs in the same small state can go 24 years without playing each other.  Especially when Mississippi State — one of those aforementioned two teams — duels it […]

Women’s Hockey Loses Goalie To Wisconsin, But Gains Accelerating USA U18 Freshman

Sources confirm 2015 recruit will be joining the Eagles this September While BC fans eagerly await the always-late announcement of the hockey schedules — a post will be dropping here at BCI at 10:30 with the projected schedule for the men’s hockey season — there were some interesting bits of news to come out of […]

Maryland Recruiting Updates: Terps Hitting the Recruiting Trail Hard

Mark Turgeon has closed out the July Live evaluation in a scholarship frenzy, offering several mid-tier prospects that might bolster his 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes. Mark Turgeon has been busy of late, handing out scholarship offers like one of those crazed prophets on the sidewalk that pass out pamphlets touting their “completely sane” organization […]

Aldon Smith scheduled to meet with Roger Goodell on August 8, per Adam Schefter

ESPN is reporting Aldon Smith will meet with Roger Goodell on Friday, August 8, to discuss his potential suspension. What does it mean for the 49ers? ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Aldon Smith will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, August 8. The San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens Thursday, August […]

Amputee jumper won’t contest team exclusion

A German amputee long jumper will not contest the decision by his national federation to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships. Paralympic champion Markus Rehm, however, said Thursday he would use all means at his disposal to prove that his carbon-fiber prosthesis does not give him an unfair advantage, as argued by the German […]