Report: San Diego Padres to hire A.J. Preller as general manager

August 5, 2014 – 11:04 pm by Ryan Phillips
    A.J. Preller

The San Diego Padres are currently without a general manager after firing Josh Byrnes in the middle of the season. A report emerging Tuesday night claims they have finally made a decision on a new GM.

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Padres will hire Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as the team’s new general manager. Rumors had persisted that San Diego was on the verge of hiring Yankees executive Billy Eppler, but they switched courses and decided on Preller.

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Report: Kevin Love trade to Cleveland is done

August 5, 2014 – 12:43 am by Ryan Phillips
    Kevin Love

On Monday night Brian Windhorst reported that a trade that will send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers has essentially been completed. Windhorst claims it is a “handshake agreement” at this point, as the Cavs have to wait a few weeks to trade No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wiggins can’t be shipped out of town until 30 days after he signed his rookie contract.

Windhorst claims it could actually wind up being a be a three-way trade that will send Love to the Cavs, with Wiggins and Thaddeus Young going to the Wolves and Anthony Bennett going to the Philadelphia 76ers. So yeah, I’d say that qualifies as a blockbuster deal. A team could still come in and blow the Timberwolves away with another offer since the deal is not official yet, but that’s unlikely at this point.

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Matt Cain to have elbow surgery, done for season

August 4, 2014 – 5:27 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Matt Cain

The San Francisco Giants just took a gut-punch on Monday as they announced that ace Matt Cain will have surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. The 29-year-old will miss the rest of the season and his recovery will likely be at least three months.

After winning on Monday afternoon, the Giants are currently two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West. They are also in command of the first wild card spot with a 61-51 record. With an offense struggling mightily to score runs, the Giants need as much pitching as they can get. Losing Cain is a huge blow.

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Bon Jovi writes letter to Buffalo; fans not impressed

August 4, 2014 – 12:08 am by Hickey

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With Andre Reed’s Hall of Fame induction and Buffalo playing in prime time to officially kick off the NFL preseason Sunday night, the Bills received more national attention this weekend than they have at any point since the height of the Zubaz Era. But one of the prospective new owners of the team decided he needed to go local in an effort to assuage fans fears that the team would go elsewhere under his tenure.

That would be Jon Bon Jovi, whose partners in the ownership include the Toronto-based Rogers family and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tannenbaum, who is already in charge of the Maple Leafs and Raptors. The thought in Buffalo is if the Bon Jovi group purchases the Bills, the team will move to Canada when the first opportunity presents itself after an exit clause opens in the team’s stadium lease in 2019.

Reed himself made his position on the potential Bon Jovi ownership clear last week when he told New York Magazine, “Man, f*ck Bon Jovi.”

So with Reed’s beef made public, Bon Jovi attempted to clear the air with a letter to the editor in Sunday’s Buffalo News.

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Jimmy Graham draws flag in scrimmage for goal-post dunk

August 2, 2014 – 7:15 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jimmy Graham

Jimmy Graham refuses to play by the rules, and we love him for it.

On Saturday the New Orleans Saints tight end scored a touchdown in an intra-squad scrimmage and promptly “dunked” the ball over the goal-post in what has become his signature celebration. He was immediately flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and that could become a regular occurrence this year.

In the offseason the NFL adopted what is being referred to as the “Jimmy Graham rule” which will penalize anyone who uses the goal-post as a prop during a celebration. It is a 15-yard penalty and the player doing the maneuver will be fined increasing amounts as violations accumulate. Clearly Graham isn’t too concerned about it.

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Michael Phelps to compete in four events at U.S. Nationals

July 31, 2014 – 11:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps’ comeback bid will continue next week at the U.S. national championships, and he will match his most ambitious program since returning to the sport. The 29-year-old will compete in the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley at the meet, which begins Wednesday in Irvine, California.

Phelps retired after the London Olympics after having won a record 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall in his Olympic career. He initially said he had accomplished everything he had set out to and had no desire to swim into his 30s. But after a brief time away from the sport, he was itching for a return. He started training seriously last September.

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2014 MLB Trade Deadline Rumor Roundup

July 30, 2014 – 3:58 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jon Lester

The 2014 MLB trade deadline is Thursday at 4 p.m. ET and as we approach it rumors are flying around wildly. With baseball’s division races wide open tons of teams are looking to add ammunition for the stretch run.

As rumors come fast and furious we’ll update you with what the latest is on this post, so enjoy it and be sure to check back periodically for updates and the latest. The most recent news will be at the top.

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MLB Rumors: Tons of teams after Jon Lester

July 30, 2014 – 2:53 am by Ryan Phillips
    Jon Lester

As baseball’s 2014 trade deadline approaches it is looking more and more like the Boston Red Sox will move Jon Lester out of town. Reports late Tuesday night confirm that at least four teams are after the 30-year-old three-time All-Star.

The Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are all apparently in on the big lefty and the Red Sox are listening to offers and trying to make a deal happen. So far this season Lester has made 21 starts and is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He also boasts 149 strikeouts against just 32 walks in 143 innings.

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