The lack of success on the field directly contributes to the conference’s financial shortcomings compared to other major conferences as playoff appearances lead to tens of millions in extra cash for the league.
After 10 days and more than 80 total hours of play, Hossein Ensan was left standing as the champion of the 50th World Series of Poker main event in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Ensan, 55, takes home a $10 million grand prize to go along with the most prestigious bracelet in poker after he outlasted Dario Sammartino with a winning hand that finished at around 1:30 a.m. local time at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.
The tension between the Astros and Angels has yet to settle nine days after a violent collision at home plate left one player with a broken nose and another with a suspension. The culprit of that ugly collision, Houston outfielder Jake Marisnick, was plunked in the upper back by an apparent retaliation pitch from Los Angeles reliever Noé Ramirez during Tuesday’s 7-2 Angels win. Ramirez wasn’t thrown out, but both teams’ benches emptied after arguments broke out between the Angels’ Albert Pujols and players in Houston’s dugout.
San Diego Fleet running back Ja’Quan Gardner celebrates a touchdown with fans during an Alliance of American Football game against the San Antonio Commanders at SDCCU Stadium on February 24, 2019 in San Diego, California. SAN DIEGO – It could be called the Last-Chance League. Hundreds of players come out of college every year and chase the NFL dream, but they often only have a few months to prove themselves before final roster cuts.
The Philadelphia 76ers traded up to draft Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the top pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Less that two years later, the Sixers have given up on the point guard by dealing him away to the Orlando Magic on Thursday.Fultz was never able to stay on the court consistently for Philly due to ongoing injury issues and major problems with his jump shot. But he’s definitely not the first No. 1 NBA pick to fall well short of expectations. Recent history tells us the top pick is anything but a sure thing in this league.
Maria Sharapova celebrates after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in their third round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Maria Sharapova took a potentially huge step in her attempted return to the top of the tennis ranks on Friday in Australia. Sharapova toppled No. 3 seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the third round of the Australian Open 6-4 4-6 6-3.
Phil Mickelson reacts during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s over! Phil drilled a 4-foot putt on the 22nd hole of the day to end the epic match and take home the $9 million prize. Both players hit good tee shots, but Tiger missed from 7 feet.
OK, maybe that’s going a little far, but the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz put on an absolute thriller on Friday night in a game that felt more like a playoff slugfest than the second game of the regular season. The Warriors capped their furious rally with a tip-in from Jonas Jerebko, of all people, in the final second to win 124-123 and erase a 16-point deficit. Jerebko’s putback came on a miss from Kevin Durant, who played a big part in helping the two-time defending champs rally back with his 38 points on a lethal 14-of-25 shooting line.
Los Angeles Dodgers mob Justin Turner, second from right, after hitting an RBI single in the twelfth inning of a baseball game to beat the San Diego Padres 5-4, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. Through the darkness, the Dodgers found the light. The Dodgers have been finding strange and creative ways to lose games in recent weeks, including a loss on a walk-off balk in Seattle and a pair of late-inning collapses against the Cardinals earlier this week.
There are few things more thrilling in sports than a major upset, unless of course your team is on the wrong end of one. But some of the most memorable and iconic moments in all of sports are remembered most because they were so unexpected. The underdog caught fire or found the right moment to rise to the occasion and execute a David and Goliath-like moment.So we’ve taken the time to identify some of the most extraordinarily surprising results in the history of sports. Where does UMBC’s upset over Virginia fit in?
Caroline Wozniacki (left) and Simona Halep will face off for the Australian Open women’s title on Saturday. On paper, this matchup in the Australian Open final makes perfect sense. Wozniacki defeated Elise Mertens in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the early semifinal on Thursday and Halep followed with a far more dramatic victory over two-time major winner Angelique Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7.
The Jaguars traded up to draft Blaine Gabbert in 2011. What are the worst moments for each NFL franchise? When the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up to draft Gabbert 10th overall in 2011, it wound up being the first (and probably most important) decision that sent the franchise into an extended downward spiral.
Mark Brunell led the Jaguars to a pair of AFC championship games in the 1990s when the franchise was in its infancy. What are the best moments for each NFL franchise? There’s no question that Mark Brunell played a big role in Jacksonville’s early run of success.
Lane Kiffin is apparently feeling more bold than ever at his new school. Armed with a brand new agreement on a 10-year contract after just one season as head coach at Florida Atlantic, Kiffin and his Owls steamrolled Akron 50-3 in the Boca Raton Bowl on Tuesday night to cap off a program-best 11-3 season. Just winning wasn’t enough for Kiffin though, as he called for a two-point attempt following a touchdown midway through the third quarter with his team leading 34-3.
Jeff Van Gundy took advantage of an NBA blowout to make his opinions heard about the state of college basketball. Jeff Van Gundy has never been one to hide his opinions on the air, no matter how many feathers he may ruffle.
With Tuesday’s news of a blockbuster trade that will send star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, it marks the end of the LeBron James-Irving duo that won a championship together a little more than a year ago. Now, the two are going their separate ways. This isn’t the first time a breakup of this magnitude has played out in the sports world.We look back at some of the most shocking sports splits of all time.
They say records are meant to be broken. And for the most part that’s true. Even some of the most coveted records in sports have fallen over the years, but there are special ones that are so far ahead of the competition it appears they’ll stand forever. Here are some of the most untouchable and celebrated records in sports
Tiger Woods has already established himself as one of the greatest golfers of all time. But his life has also taken some stunning twists and turns ever since he captured the world’s attention at age 21 with his dominant victory at the 1997 Masters. He became one of the richest and most famous athletes of all time in the years that followed, but various injuries and personal issues have led to a shocking fall from grace in more recent years. It all culminated in his DUI arrest near his home in Jupiter, Florida on Monday followed the release of a troubling mug shot of a disheveled-looking Woods.Here’s a full timeline of the wild ride that has been Tiger Woods’ professional and personal life.
Russell Westbrook just wrapped up a 2016-17 season that was no doubt legendary and historic. With final season averages of 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists, he became just the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season, following only Oscar Robertson’s performance in 1961-62.But where does Westbrook’s season rank all-time in sports history? Here’s a hint: Robertson’s triple-double season doesn’t even make our top 10 list. Using the criteria of traditional statistics, advanced statistics, context of the time and historic significance, here’s our list of the top 10 all-time individual seasons across all sports.Honorable mentions: Oscar Robertson (1961-62), Michael Jordan (1986-87), Peyton Manning (2013), Serena Williams (2013), Babe Ruth (1921), Richard Petty (1967).
[Fill out your NCAA tournament bracket here | Printable version] Cinderella runs usually end in early rounds: Since the tournament started seeding teams in 1979, the lowest seed to ever win a championship was an 8 (Villanova, 1985) and 33 out of the 38 champions since then have all been 1, 2 or 3 seeds. Don’t go all chalk: Even though lower seeds rarely win titles, there are still plenty of upsets year after year in the first few rounds. Since 1985, when the tournament field expanded to 64, there have been 291 instances where double-digit seeds have beaten higher-seeded opponents. ...