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Dolphins indeed have a “unique situation” with Xavien Howard contract – NBC Sports

Dolphins indeed have a “unique situation” with Xavien Howard contract – NBC Sports

Getty Images Dolphins coach Brian Flores describes the contract problem with cornerback Xavien Howard as a “unique situation.” Flores is absolutely right in his assessment of it. The Dolphins signed Howard two years ago to a five-year extension at a time when he had one year left on his rookie deal, putting him under contract for six total years. Hyped as a record deal paying Howard $15.05 million per year in new money, the six-year contract actually had a value of $12.75 million per year at signing. Howard was due to make $1.285 million in 2019, and the franchise tag for 2020 was $16.338 million, a total two-year payout of $17.623 million. Under his new contract, Howard received $20.185 million in 2019 and 2020. For the ...
Spoelstra Part of Trail Blazers’ Internal Discussions for Coaching Vacancy – Blazers Edge

Spoelstra Part of Trail Blazers’ Internal Discussions for Coaching Vacancy – Blazers Edge

The Trail Blazers’ search to fill the head coaching void created by coach Terry Stotts could include Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. According to the Five Reasons Sports Network’s Ethan J. Skolnick, Spoelstra has been a part of Portland’s internal discussions. We have multiple sources saying Erik Spoelstra’s name has been discussed internally in Portland regarding their coach opening... & more. We are NOT reporting contact has been made, or that Spoelstra has any intention of leaving Miami. The report, made via Twitter, explained that official contact between the Blazers and Heat has not yet occurred. Spoelstra, who grew up in the Portland area and played basketball at the University of Portland, joined the Heat’s coaching staff prior to the 1997-98 season. The 2008-09 season w...
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb says he wants to stay with team when NFL rookie contract ends – ESPN

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb says he wants to stay with team when NFL rookie contract ends – ESPN

BEREA, Ohio -- Heading into the final season of his rookie contract, Browns Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb said Tuesday that his desire is to remain in Cleveland long-term. "It would mean a lot," said Chubb, who said that his agent and the team have already discussed a potential extension this offseason. "Cleveland drafted me and trusted me and put their faith in me to help build this culture and this team I'm a part of. Cleveland is where I want to be. Hopefully everything can work out in that direction." Chubb, a second-round pick in 2018, has been the backbone of the Browns' offense the past two seasons, averaging 5.25 yards per carry during that span. In 2019, he came within 47 yards of besting Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry for the rushing title. Last season, Chubb m...
Tua Tagovailoa throw three interceptions during “torrential rains” – NBC Sports

Tua Tagovailoa throw three interceptions during “torrential rains” – NBC Sports

Getty Images Much was made on Monday about the performance of New England quarterbacks during a minicamp practice in the rain. It’s raining on Tuesday in South Florida, and Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is struggling. Via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post, the second-year quarterback was intercepted three times in “torrential” rains. The interceptions were made by Trill Williams, Jamal Perry, and Nik Needham. Interceptions in offseason workouts don’t mean much. But with no football games to be played for three more months, it’s all that’s happening — and it’s worth at least pointing out. Once the season begins, the Dolphins will be expecting more from Tua. He was very good at times as a rookie, but he was...
MLB to give 10-game suspensions over doctored baseballs, issue new guidance – Fox News

MLB to give 10-game suspensions over doctored baseballs, issue new guidance – Fox News

Major League Baseball on Tuesday issued new guidance in hopes of deterring pitchers from using foreign substances to gain an advantage while playing. MLB said in a press release pitchers caught with foreign substances will be ejected from the game and automatically receive a 10-game suspension. The league will increase the suspension for repeat offenders and clubs and team staff will also be disciplined for failure to "ensure compliance." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The league explained in its release that it has collected a series of complaints from players, pitchers and umpires alike who have said there was a prevalence of foreign substances to enhance the spin rate of baseballs. "Many baseballs collected have had dark, amber-colored markings that are sticky...
Cristiano Ronaldo: Coca Cola gesture saw $4bn knocked off companys market value – The Athletic

Cristiano Ronaldo: Coca Cola gesture saw $4bn knocked off companys market value – The Athletic

What happened? Coca Cola's shares were worth $56.1 each when the market opened in Europe on Monday. But by the end of the press conference, they had fallen to $55.2 each. That is a 1.6 per cent drop in share price, which means a $4 billion loss in market value. That said, Coca Cola is still worth $238.35 billion overall and the value has since risen back to $55.29 a share. How did Coca Cola respond to Ronaldo's comments? Coca Cola responded to the initial comments by saying "everyone is entitled to their drink preferences" and that everyone has different "tastes and needs". A spokesperson added: "Players are offered water, alongside Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, on arrival at our press conferences." (Photo: UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
Sources — Brooklyn Nets James Harden hopeful to return for Game 5 against Milwaukee Bucks – ESPN

Sources — Brooklyn Nets James Harden hopeful to return for Game 5 against Milwaukee Bucks – ESPN

Brooklyn Nets star James Harden is hopeful to play Game 5 against Milwaukee and will test his right hamstring before tipoff Tuesday night, sources told ESPN. Harden, pushing for a chance to play, participated in the Nets' shootaround Tuesday morning with improvement in his right hamstring, and that prompted the team to upgrade his status from doubtful to questionable for Game 5 tonight, sources said. The Nets are tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Bucks and are preparing to be without guard Kyrie Irving (right ankle sprain) for the rest of the series, sources said. The team hasn't ruled Irving out beyond Game 5, but Harden is clearly much closer to a return. 1 RelatedBrooklyn coach Steve Nash said Sunday that the team would try to approach the injuries...
Copa America – 41 COVID-19 positive cases among players, staff, workers – ESPN

Copa America – 41 COVID-19 positive cases among players, staff, workers – ESPN

Brazil's health ministry raised the number of COVID-19 cases related to the Copa America to 52, including 33 players or staffers. The ministry said Tuesday that the increase, from 41 total cases earlier, includes 19 workers hired for the tournament. The ministry said in a statement that all workers who tested positive were in Brasilia, where Brazil kicked off the tournament on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Venezuela. The visiting Venezuela squad was depleted after nearly a dozen cases of COVID-19 involving players or staff. - Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only) Brazil stepped in late as emergency hosts of the 10-team continental championship despite the country having the second-highest number of recorded deaths from the coronavirus in the world at almost 490,000. President ...
Curtis Neal: What the commitment date of the 2022 DT means for Ohio State football — Buckeyes recruiting – cleveland.com

Curtis Neal: What the commitment date of the 2022 DT means for Ohio State football — Buckeyes recruiting – cleveland.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State football’s defensive tackle target Curtis Neal has seen enough and is ready to commit somewhere. The nation’s No. 414 player and No. 58 defensive lineman was among a handful of players on official visits in Columbus the second weekend in June. He’d spent the prior week at Wisconsin and now has announced a commitment date of June 27. A development like this makes it clear that this will come down to the Buckeyes or the Badgers, even with an official visit to South Carolina set for Sept. 4. If the first two weeks of visits put the three-star recruit on commit watch, it’s safe to assume that the trip to SEC country might never happen. Defensive tackle is a high priority for OSU in 2022, which may mean having a significant number of them in the class. Neal is ...
3 reasons why proposed 12-team College Football Playoffs a change for the better – DawgNation

3 reasons why proposed 12-team College Football Playoffs a change for the better – DawgNation

Mike Griffith, DawgNation Staff@mikegriffith32 Posted 4 hours ago ATHENS — The College Football Playoffs are on the verge of changing, and it’s a change for the better. Call it a sign of the times, but also, call it progress. If there’s one thing sports fans want, it’s more football. The 12-team proposal, which could be in play as early as 2023, brings more quality and more volume into the college football postseason. The 12-team playoff field is set by taking the top six ranked conference champions, and then the next six best as selected by the College Football Playoff Committee. The teams that are seeded 5-12 meet in the first round of playoffs after the respective league championship games to determine the four teams that will advance to face the top four teams, which have byes....