It’s official: NBA will have a play-in series in the West

Game 1 of the play-in series will be Saturday, with Game 2 — if necessary — the following day, Aug. 16. To advance and face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round, the eighth-place team will have to win one of the two games and the ninth-place finisher would have to go 2-0.

Damian Lillard: Players bypass super-max contracts due to media pressure

One thing not changing any time soon: The money is huge, either way. Lillard projects to earn $196 million on his four-year super-max extension. But if he had left Portland for another team in 2021 free agency, his max would’ve projected to be $161 million over four years. That’s still life-changing money. At that point, […]

66 NFL players have opted out over virus concerns. What this means for the 2020 season

“Given the unprecedented circumstances we are currently living in, the best choice for my family and I is to opt out of the upcoming season and prepare for the upcoming season and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft,” Moore said in a statement to Purdue fans on Twitter.

NBA Fines Warriors Star Draymond Green $50,000 For Devin Booker TV Comments

In a news release, the NBA said, “As announced prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, the NBA has adopted a stricter enforcement approach for conduct relating to tampering, salary cap circumvention, and free agency timing rules, including with respect to the rule prohibiting player-to-player tampering.

NBA fines Draymond Green $50,000 for on-air ‘tampering’

Booker has not been to the playoffs with the Suns, who have not made the postseason in 10 years. The Suns are 5-0 so far inside the so-called bubble at Walt Disney World, which is playing host to the NBA’s restart, and that streak has moved Phoenix into playoff contention.

NBA Wrap: Warren outshines LeBron’s Lakers, Doncic wins Giannis duel

Former volleyball player Neeti Rawat reminisces her journey from an athlete to commentator

Strictly’s Kevin Clifton leaves fans swooning over his long lockdown hair

“I want to thank all of the pros for inspiring me every day as well as all of my celebrity partners. The whole team behind the scenes have made always made the Strictly family what it is and the loveliest show to work for.

Top players push Coyotes into next playoff round

The others have stepped up, too. Christian Dvorak has two goals and so does Michael Grabner, including a short-handed one in Game 3. Defenseman Jordan Oesterle scored a third-period, go-ahead goal in Game 4 and Richardson scored the overtime winner after the Predators tied it with 32 seconds left in regulation.

Quang Hai named among 500 most important players globally

World Soccer recently released its September edition titled “The 500 Most Important Players on the planet”, including Vietnamese star Quang Hai on the list. The article states, “All Vietnamese fans are wondering why one of the best attacking midfielders in Asia has not yet moved to Europe, and where he will end up when he […]

Reopenings: Pac-12 Player Group ‘Disappointed’ After Commissioner Call

The group is pushing the conference to address their concerns about COVID-19 protocols, racial injustice in college sports and economic rights for college athletes. Players threatened opting out of practices and games if their demands aren’t addressed. Leaders of the group have said their movement has more than 400 players from around the conference supporting […]