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    Getty AJ Allmendinger will kick off the playoffs at Texas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs begin at Texas Motor Speedway, which will provide Kaulig Racing with an opportunity to rebound from some regular-season struggles. The team hasn’t hit on the exact race-winning formula just yet, but Kaulig has “tightened the box” at a crucial time. AJ Allmendinger provided the update to media members ahead of the trip to Texas. He explained that there are multiple areas where Kaulig Racing has struggled during the regular season. Aero, speed, balance, and rear grip have all presented problems at different times, which forced the team to try numerous setups. Bringing three different looks to @TXMotorSpeedway than we did earlier this season. Which is your favorite for this weekend? ????#AndysFrozenCustard300 | #TrophyHunting | #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/IU7fC4ajeC — Kaulig Racing (@KauligRacing) September 21, 2022 “We’ve tried so much stuff. And that’s what’s been great about being locked in the playoffs for so long,” Allmendinger explained. “The last several weeks, we’ve been trying a lot of different things. “So at least we have...
    Despite losing Ozzie Albies for the regular season in his first game back from injury, the Braves have bigger concerns. The Atlanta Braves just got their second baseman Ozzie Albies back from an injury before he immediately was sidelined again. Though this is concerning, it may not be their worst situation, as the Braves have Vaughn Grissom in tow. First baseman Matt Olson has been in a slump, and his performance may hurt the defending World Series champions. The former Oakland Athletics player was viewed as a good replacement for Freddie Freeman, but he’s not measuring up to his expectations. While Freeman is thriving with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Olson is struggling to live up to his potential in Atlanta. He started the season pretty well, but September has been especially difficult. In August, he hit .243/.315/.459 and over September so far, he’s hit a worryingly low .080/.193/.140. In this final stretch, barely trailing behind the New York Mets, it’s crucial that Olson delivers. Out of all full seasons Olson has played, this is his worst one. Unfortunately, he doesn’t...
    With the Braves getting ever-closer to clinching a playoff berth — and perhaps even beating the Mets out for the NL East — they received some much-anticipated good news on Ronald Acuña. Acuña gave an update on his ailing knee, which has impacted him the entire season after he underwent surgery at the end of the 2021 campaign. The star right fielder underwent ACL surgery last year which forced him out for the Braves World Series run. Thankfully for Atlanta, Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies and Co. were able to lead their team to a championship without Acuña in tow. But to repeat, the Braves will need their best player — and they’ll need him to perform as such. Friday night was a good start, as he hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning which aided a come-from-behind victory over the Phillies. GO AHEAD BLAST FROM RONALD ACUNA JR pic.twitter.com/EbZ6dp0xCV — MLB Walk Offs & Game Winning Plays (@MLBWalk_Offs) September 17, 2022 William Contreras on Ronald Acuña: "Were talking about the best player in the league. Thank God...
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 16: Dylan Cease #84 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 16, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) If the Chicago White Sox indeed rally in the standings to make the 2022 MLB postseason, they could well be a team that none of their American League counterparts will want to face in the opening round. Entering Wednesday’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Chicago White Sox had captured five of their last six games and 10 of their last 13 to pull within three games of the Cleveland Guardians in the race for the AL Central. FanGraphs lists their odds of making the postseason at 23.5 percent, up from the 13.3 percent that the Southsiders held at the start of September. While the odds are still not in Chicago’s favor, there is no question that the White Sox are making a late push. That September momentum could well carry over into October, making the...
    American football fans are anxiously waiting for Super Bowl LVII, the upcoming championship game of the National Football League (NFL) that will be played in February 2023. The playoffs will be held after the regular NFL season. 1The NFL playoffs will start on Saturday, January 14, 2023Credit: USA Today Sports What are the NFL playoffs? Currently, a total of 14 teams are selected to the NFL playoffs - seven from each conference. Playoffs are a single-elimination fixture that determine the NFL champion over a period of four weeks. In 2022, the NFL playoff field pitted seven teams from the American Football Conference (AFC): Tennessee Titans Kansas City Chiefs Buffalo Bills Cincinnati Bengals Las Vegas Raiders New England Patriots Pittsburgh Steelers READ MORE IN SPORT NEWSCRICKET TRAGEDY Two killed as Pakistan fans celebrate Afghan win in match marred by riotsEND GAME When is the Europa League final and where is it being held? And seven teams from the National Football Conference (NFC): Green Bay Packers Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dallas Cowboys Los Angeles Rams Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers Philadelphia Eagles...
    To paraphrase a well-worn line: We are ready for some football. And with the official kickoff of the 2022-23 season of National Football League just a day away – football fans have good reason to expect a wild ride. I can predict some shocking surprises this season – including one of football’s greatest players falling back to Earth (for good), a few struggling stars finally realizing their potentials and arguably the most tortured franchise in the history of the game going to the Super Bowl and winning it all. Ready, set, hike… The start of the football season is almost here - but who will go on to win the Super Bowl?  THE GOAT's LAST GOTom Brady, the 45-year-old quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is entering his 23rd season. He has appeared in 10 Super Bowls and won seven, including two years ago after he joined the Bucs following 20 seasons with the Patriots. People have been predicting his decline for years only to see him continue to perform at heights of the profession that only the greatest of...
    Getty Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson watches. The Denver Broncos are expected to be Super Bowl contenders this season, but some NFL experts are skeptical. On September 5, The Athletic released their official 2022 NFL playoff predictions. The predictions were made collectively by their NFL experts. In each conference, the teams were separated into three categories: “The locks”, “On the bubble”, and “Competing for the No. 1 pick”. The Broncos were placed into the “On the bubble” category. Surprisingly, the Broncos were given the lowest odds to make the playoffs in their category; they were given only a 26 percent chance to make the playoffs. ALL the latest Broncos news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Broncos newsletter here! Join Heavy on Broncos! The Broncos Are Given a 26 Percent Chance to Make the PlayoffsMeanwhile, the experts listed the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts as locks. The Bills and Chargers were given 100 percent odds to make the playoffs. “It is interesting The Athletic’s expert...
    Getty Kyle Busch has an opportunity to contend during the playoffs. There is no clear favorite heading into the 2022 Cup Series playoffs. Each driver — including regular-season champion Chase Elliott — has a weakness. However, the schedule actually favors the Toyota Racing family. One of the biggest stories throughout the 2022 regular season was Toyota’s weakness at the road courses. Accomplished drivers with a history of success at road courses often found themselves outside of the top 10. Instead, they contended for wins at the 1.5-mile tracks while showcasing impressive speed. The playoff schedule favors these trends. There is only one road course — the Charlotte Roval. For comparison, there are five tracks that fall in the 1.5-mile category. Though Darlington Raceway is only 1.366 miles long. These are all tracks where the TRD drivers contended for strong finishes and wins in 2022. The race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a fitting example. Kyle Busch would have likely won if not for a late caution and a two-tire strategy used by Hendrick Motorsports drivers. ALL the...
    Getty Kyle Larson celebrates a win at Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs begin on September 4 with the race at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. ET, USA Network). Now it’s time to get a refresher on the format and schedule. The playoffs will feature four rounds with a decreasing number of championship-eligible drivers. First up is the Round of 16, which will have three races and all 16 drivers. Those that reached the playoffs will take on Darlington Raceway, Kansas Speedway, and Bristol Motor Speedway, and they will fight for a win that will automatically send them to the next round. 16 enter. 1 will leave the champion. The #NASCARPlayoffs are here. pic.twitter.com/7cnaKWWLWz — NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 28, 2022 Once these three races are complete, the bottom four drivers in points will get eliminated from the playoffs. The other 12 drivers will move on to the Round of 12, which will feature races at Texas Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and the Charlotte Roval. ALL the latest NASCAR news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the...
    Getty Austin Dillon celebrates a win at Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series drivers headed to Daytona International Speedway on August 28 to fight for the final two playoff spots. Now the 16-driver field is set after Austin Dillon won a wreck-filled regular-season finale that featured a delay for rain and lightning. With Dillon becoming the 16th different winner in the 2022 season, he punched his ticket to the playoffs. He joined a list that already included Austin Cindric, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, and Kevin Harvick. Ryan Blaney rounded out the group as the only winless driver with enough points. Introducing the 16 drivers who will compete for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series championship! #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/fjsaleI3f1 — NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 28, 2022 The weekend played out in an unexpected way. The race was originally set for the evening of August 27, but heavy rainfall at the track forced NASCAR to postpone the race to 10 a.m. ET...
    The Seattle Mariners were rightfully thrilled about a walk-off win on Friday night, and their celebration got even better. The Seattle Mariners pulled off a walk-off win in the 11th inning against the Cleveland Guardians, and they were rightfully thrilled about it. Their celebration took a fun turn with a team dance party on the field. The Mariners were shown huddled in a circle, jumping and dancing around after their victory. A walk-off win is certainly something to celebrate, especially heading into the postseason. Seattle has only made the playoffs four times over their 45 seasons as a franchise, and they’re likely to beat the drought this season.The Seattle Mariners are likely headed to the playoffs this seasonThe Mariners are currently second in the AL West division standings. It’s unlikely they’ll move up to first past the Houston Astros, but they have a good lead above the Texas Rangers that’ll likely hold them steady in second. According to FanGraphs, they have a 93.6 percent chance of making the playoffs and a 3.9 percent chance of winning the World Series. Though...
    The Seattle Mariners were rightfully thrilled about a walk-off win on Friday night, and their celebration got even better. The Seattle Mariners pulled off a walk-off win in the 11th inning against the Cleveland Guardians, and they were rightfully thrilled about it. Their celebration took a fun turn with a team dance party on the field. The Mariners were shown huddled in a circle, jumping and dancing around after their victory. A walk-off win is certainly something to celebrate, especially heading into the postseason. Seattle has only made the playoffs four times over their 45 seasons as a franchise, and they’re likely to beat the drought this season.The Seattle Mariners are likely headed to the playoffs this seasonThe Mariners are currently second in the AL West division standings. It’s unlikely they’ll move up to first past the Houston Astros, but they have a good lead above the Texas Rangers that’ll likely hold them steady in second. According to FanGraphs, they have a 93.6 percent chance of making the playoffs and a 3.9 percent chance of winning the World Series. Though...
    (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) As we near September, the Mets and Braves are separated by just a few games in the NL East. Atlanta, however, is the scarier out come playoff time. The Atlanta Braves have been on a roll for the past few months. Since June 1, the team is 55-21. The experienced Braves are used to the dog days of baseball as they make a final push for the playoffs and division crown. Meanwhile, their arch-rivals, the New York Mets are doing whatever they can to hold off the surging Braves. While the Braves are 78-48, the Mets are 79-46. Only 1.5 games separate the two strong teams in a harsh fight to the end of the season. So far, the Mets have the upper hand with a 9-7 record against the Braves. However, the Mets are 45-29 since June 1. It’s still a strong record, but not to the Braves’ standard. Both are going to the playoffs barring a huge collapse. Yet, who will be the scarier team in the playoffs? Both have aces, offensive...
    With the second round of the WNBA Playoffs set to tip off this weekend, we’re covering what to expect from Aces vs. Storm and Sun vs. Sky. Just four teams remain in the race for this season’s WNBA title: the Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm. One of those teams will hoist the trophy next month and be crowned WNBA champions. But first, we’ve got two semifinal series to play to help set the stage. Let’s talk about how we got here and what’s next.What happened in the first round of the WNBA Playoffs?To get down to four teams, you first had to eliminate four other teams. The WNBA went with a new format in the first round this year. Instead of a single-elimination round that saw the top seeds get byes, we jumped right into series. Each first-round series was a best of three, with the higher seed hosting the first two games and the lower seed hosting a potential Game 3. In the first round, two of the series needed that third game, while...
    Getty Kurt Busch has withdrawn from the Cup Series playoffs. The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will look different once the drivers head to Darlington Raceway for the start of the Round of 16. 23XI Racing has announced that Kurt Busch will miss the start of the playoffs. 23XI Racing provided the update on August 25 ahead of the trip to Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR team confirmed that the 2004 Cup Series champion will withdraw from the playoffs. The No. 45 will remain eligible for the owners’ championship. https://t.co/Lt5hg7Lyzg pic.twitter.com/aa7xy2dVoh — Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) August 25, 2022 “Kurt has elevated our entire organization this year,” said 23XI team president Steve Lauletta in a press release. “Although Kurt will not be competing for a championship this season, he will continue to play a vital role in the organization as he works with our competition group to keep improving and strengthening the team.” ALL the latest NASCAR news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on NASCAR newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on NASCAR Newsletter!...
    The Chicago White Sox farm system wasn’t producing, and by late August 1985, team President Eddie Einhorn vowed to make some changes in the development plan. “We`re unhappy with the quality of the position players we have in the minors,” Einhorn said. “I can’t spell out the changes yet, but there will be some alteration in the structure. We had a five-year plan that just isn’t paying off now. “We needed to have players to step in and replace the guys like (Greg) Luzinski and (Carlton) Fisk, and they haven’t come along like they should have.” At that time, the Sox were considering their September call-ups. Manager Tony La Russa mentioned one prospect in particular — Double-A outfielder Ken Williams — as a possibility for the stretch run. Williams wouldn’t make his major-league debut until September 1986, but 36 years later he’s executive vice president of the Sox and La Russa’s boss, overseeing another minor-league development plan that has been dubbed “Project Birmingham.” Several top prospects from their two Class-A affiliates were promoted at the same time this week...
    Kayla Harrison makes emphatic statement after finishing Martina Jindrova in their PFL Playoffs bout to advance to yet another PFL title fight Already the appointed face of the Professional Fighters League, Kayla Harrison continues to leave her mark on the promotion with her submission over Martina Jindrova in the PFL Playoffs. Harrison will now meet Larissa Pacheco in the women’s lightweight championship bout. The two fought one another twice in the 2019 season, including in that year’s women’s lightweight title fight, with Harrison winning by unanimous decision both times. It’s also the third time Harrison will be competing in a PFL championship bout, joining only Ray Cooper III in that club (Harrison competed in 2018 but women’s lightweight was not a championship division in PFL at that point). If Harrison wins, she will become the only PFL fighter to be a back-to-back-to-back champ. 1st Round Submission for Kayla Harrison!#PFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/sxZ4AaiVgD — PFL (@PFLMMA) August 20, 2022 Following the fight, Harrison cut a passionate post-fight promo, where she seemed to call out not just Larissa Pacheco, but the likes of...
    Elvis Andrus has played well against Cleveland throughout his 14-year career, slashing .342/.409/.518 in 87 games. He’s hoping that success continues after signing with the Chicago White Sox. “That was one of the things I saw when I signed with the team, ‘Ah, we’re going to play in Cleveland,’ ” Andrus said before Friday’s game against the Guardians at Progressive Field. “I was like, ‘OK, that’s not bad, that’s not a bad place to start for me.’ ” The Sox announced the signing of the veteran shortstop Friday. He joined the team after the Oakland Athletics released him Wednesday. “Very happy to be here,” Andrus said. “An amazing group of guys. We’re in contention for the playoffs. That’s where you pray every single year being in this opportunity. “I want to be in this environment. I want to be competing for the playoffs. Every day counts, meaningful games. I am really happy and pumped up to be here.” Andrus, 33, slashed .237/.301/.373 with 24 doubles, eight home runs, 30 RBIs, 41 runs and seven stolen bases in 106 games with...
    Make no mistake, the Houston Astros are built to win in October. Look for these three to four pitchers to lead the Astros to another Fall Classic appearance. The Houston Astros are enjoying the ride to the playoffs with the best record in the American League. They are three games up of the Yankees for the No. 1 spot in the AL. Meanwhile, even with the Mariners playing hot, the Astros are still up 11 games over their AL West rivals for first place in the division. The last month and a half will be about clinching the bye and home turf for the playoffs while staying healthy. They just lost Michael Brantley for the season but did just gain a crucial starting pitcher in Lance McCullers Jr. Houston’s six-man rotation is great for the regular season, but in the playoffs, manager Dusty Baker will have some decisions ahead on who to put in their 3-4 man playoff rotation. It’s nice problem to have if you’re the Astros. The Astros’ current rotation consists of eternal Ace Justin Verlander, back-from-the-dead McCullers,...
    Highland Park’s visit to Chicago Bears training camp on July 27 was more than a thrill for junior linebacker Tyler Gleyzer. The opportunity to see professional players work provided a valuable lesson for him. “They go full-out all the time,” Gleyzer said. “I felt like we have to mirror this. This is something we have to do.” The Giants plan to use what they learned at Halas Hall in Lake Forest and the experience they gained a year ago, when 12 sophomores started, to pursue the Central Suburban North title and more this season. “We’re going to win conference, make the playoffs and beat Deerfield,” Gleyzer said, referring to Highland Park’s Township High School District 113 rival. Deerfield beat the Giants 35-6 and won the Central Suburban North last season. The teams will meet in Deerfield on Sept. 30. Highland Park’s season starts with a home game against Leyden on Aug. 26, not quite two months after the mass shooting at the city’s Fourth of July parade. School administration limited discussion for this story to football. First-year coach Anthony Kopp,...
    With the 2022 WNBA Playoffs about to start, Above the Break is taking a spin through each first-round series catching you up on everything you need to know. After months of competitive basketball and a battle for the final two seeds that went down to the last day of the regular season, the WNBA postseason has arrived. Eight teams will compete for the title. Sadly, this year’s postseason won’t feature the Minnesota Lynx, which means that the stellar career of Sylvia Fowles has ended. Fowles is arguably the greatest center in league history — at worse, she’s No. 2 behind Lisa Leslie — and someone who has been a perennial presence in the postseason. The season is also over for the Dream, Fever and Sparks. Let’s preview each of the first-round playoff series, plus talk a little about the new format this year.The WNBA Playoffs have eliminated the one-and-done formatNothing seems more frustrating than playing an entire season of basketball and then having to play a one-game playoff series in the first round. Did your team go cold from three?...
    The four-game series that begins Monday between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros has many intriguing storylines, including Tuesday’s matchup of the top two American League Cy Young Award contenders in Justin Verlander and Dylan Cease. It could be a chance for the Sox to prove they’re bona fide contenders. Or it could be another in a series of missed opportunities for an inconsistent team . Here are four things to watch in the rematch of last year’s AL Division Series. 1. Playoff implications The defending AL champion Astros are on a season-long roll and bring the league’s best record (75-41) into the showdown on the South Side. They’ve continued to dominate in 2022 in spite of the prolonged absence of Lance McCullers Jr., who returned Saturday to throw six shutout innings in his first start since suffering a strained right flexor tendon in Game 4 of the 2021 ALDS. The Astros have few flaws. Their starters entered Sunday with the lowest ERA (3.15) in the AL, and the bullpen’s 2.76 ERA was the best in baseball. The offense...
    Ante Delija and Renan Ferreira battled it out at PFL 8 to advance in the PFL Playoffs. Ante Delija came into the fight with the legendary Mirko Cro Cop in his corner. The Croatian was hoping he could fend off the finishing machine Renan Ferreira to capture the final spot in the heavyweight finals of the PFL Playoffs. Delija started the fight by forcing Ferreira against the cage and eventually taking him down. Delija was able to score with the ground and pound before reengaging with Ferreira in between the ground and cage wall. It wouldn’t go too well for Ferreira from here, as Delija was able to grind Ferreira into the mat, with Cro Cop’s protege getting the win with a TKO.Ante Delija takes on Matheus Scheffel for the heavyweight portion of the PFL ChampionshipsNow that Delija has clinched his spot in the heavyweight finals at PFL 8, he will move on to the PFL Championships to take on Matheus Scheffel for the heavyweight title and the $1 million purse. It isn’t the fight many expected to get in the...
    PFL 8 saw Sadibou Sy and Carlos Leal try to advance to the welterweight PFL Playoff championship. Sadibou Sy and Carlos Leal met at PFL 8 to see who would advance to the welterweight finals of the PFL Playoff. To start round one, Leal, the former LFA welterweight champion controlled the center of the cage with some good strikes, but Sy was able to bloody up Leal with some good jab-work and kept some distance with excellent leg kicks. The second round opened up with Leal taking Sy against the cage, controlling the action. Sy got free, and the two largely exchanged shots for the rest of the round. Leal controlled the round with his clinch game, but Sy did land some noticeable strikes of his own. The third round started off much the same but Leal ended up catching Sy with a knee to the groin, pausing the action. Either due to his knee or because of his behavior after the strike, the referee deducted a point from Leal, which changed the tone of the fight going forward. After...
    After an unpredictable season, the Boston Red Sox see the end approaching quickly — and it doesn’t seem to be a happy one.  Chris Sale’s bike debacle encapsulates the entirety of the Boston Red Sox season: bizarre, unpredictable, avoidable, and ultimately tragic. They’ve had several ups and downs, but they’ve been on a consistent downfall throughout the summer that shows no sign of improvement. If Boston continues at this tepid pace, they won’t be able to make the playoffs. To add to struggles throughout the season, the Red Sox now have several players who are suddenly underperforming. Veteran outfielder J.D. Martinez started the season well and was hitting .406/.467/.604 by the end of May. His performance has significantly gotten worse each month since, and he’s now down to a low .161/.206/.226 for August. Boston’s star pitcher Nick Pivetta has also had a major decline in performance. He allowed three runs in six innings in Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, which ended in an 8-4 loss. According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, the “Red Sox bullpen has...
    The PFL Playoffs continue at PFL 8 and all eyes should be on Anthony Salamone. Rory MacDonald is the big name attached to PFL 8, with the former Bellator world champion trying to vie for a spot in the finals of the PFL Playoffs. He’ll have to deal with 12-0 welterweight Magomed Umalatov to do just that. It’s a huge fight and one with a huge career-making outcome for each man. Yet, further down on the card is another name hoping for a career-making moment. That man is Anthony Salamone. Salamone is the fighter to watch for PFL 8 as the PFL Playoffs continue on around them. The Frenchmen is 7-0 with three decisions, three submissions, and one KO/TKO. He doesn’t have the resounding power many fans hope for but his brilliance in the cage can’t be denied. Salamone, who goes by Ours Blanc (the Polar Bear), will make his PFL debut and will do so against Will Fleury, a 33-year-old, 13-fight veteran who is also making his PFL debut after a decent stint in Bellator. During his time at...
    British Open winner Cameron Smith has refused to deny that he has signed a $100million deal to join LIV Golf. At a late press conference ahead of the start of this week's FedEx Cup playoffs, Smith was quizzed over his future plans. 'My goal here is to win the FedEx Cup playoffs. That’s all I’m here for. I have no comment on that,' he said. British Open winner Cameron Smith has refused to deny he has signed a $100m LIV Golf deal  Smith has long been linked with a switch to LIV Golf and that could finally occur next month  Earlier this week, Australian golfer Cam Percy claimed that his compatriot Smith has already signed terms with the Saudi-backed tour alongside another Aussie in Marc Leishman. 'Unfortunate, yeah, they're gone,' he told RSN radio. 'I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is,' he said. 'He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready do all this. So, the tour has known for a...
    The three golfers who defected from the PGA Tour and joined LIV Golf are not allowed to compete in the upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs per a California judge's ruling.  A federal judge for the Northern District of California upheld the PGA Tour's ruling that LIV players Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, and Hudson Swafford could not compete in the series. The FedEx Cup is the PGA Tour's season-ending playoffs, with three tournaments played in the final three weekends of the calendar year.  PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended the players for appearing in LIV tournaments earlier this year.  The judge ruled the players were unable to make their case of irreparable harm, agreeing with the PGA Tour's position that their argument for emergency relief was of 'their own making'. The top-125 players qualify for the first round, the FedEx St. Jude Championship taking place at TPC Southwind in Memphis, TN.  Gooch currently sits 20th in the standings, with Jones and Swafford in 65th and 67th respectively.
    The San Diego Padres made the best trade at the deadline, but there’s no guarantee they make the postseason. The San Diego Padres made a huge trade at the deadline, but it hasn’t been enough to help them secure a spot in the playoffs. After landing the most sought-after player and 2022 Home Run Derby champion, Juan Soto, the Padres have only won one game with him. Despite trading for one of the best hitters in all of baseball, San Diego hasn’t scored in 23 innings. The Padres haven’t scored in 23 innings — MLB Errors (@mlberrors) August 9, 2022 The Pads are in for a rude awakening if they miss the bare minimum of their expectations.Padres missing the playoffs this season would be a huge chokeSan Diego gave up several top prospects and young players in a trade package big enough for the Washington Nationals to deal away their best player. To put Soto’s worth in perspective, the Nationals offered the 23-year-old a 15-year $440 million extension, which would’ve been the largest contract in MLB history. The Padres...
    PFL Playoffs best bet breakdown.  The PFL 7: 2022 Playoffs are going down on Friday, with fighters competing for a chance at the $1 million tournament prize. The main event features a rematch between former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray. Fortunately for fans, the fighters aren’t the only ones with a chance to make some serious money off of these fights, as there are some great bets to be made on this card. Specifically, the bout between Omari Akhmedov (23-7-1) and Josh Silveira (9-0) features the best betting spot on the card. With 31 career fights to his name, including 15 under the UFC banner, Omari Akhmedov (23-7-1) is a true veteran of the sport. After suffering a knockout loss in his PFL debut, Akhmedov has bounced back strong with two straight finishes this season, knocking out Viktor Pešta and submitting Teodoras Aukštuolis. Akhmedov has leaned on a grapple-heavy approach throughout the majority of his career. While he is not afraid to mix it up on the feet, his pace is not overwhelming, and he tends to...
    Anthony Pettis is ready for his PFL semifinal against Stevie Ray, even though he is an underdog. The PFL season is in full swing and the fighters of the lightweight division are getting ready for the semifinals. Maybe the most recognizable fighter in the division is former UFC champion, Anthony Pettis. When Pettis signed with the PFL he has certainly considered a favorite, but unfortunately for him, the fights have not all gone his way. He is now an underdog coming into his fight against Stevie Ray on August 5 at PFL 7. “I like being the underdog actually and I think for my career I was an underdog a lot, you know, going into my title fights in the UFC and even WEC I was the underdog so I have my back against the wall. I think in this format and like I said having them two flights booked back to back knowing I had a guaranteed playoff spot. It made that last one just a little cloudy. I had never been in that position before and you know,...
    The PLF Playoffs are among us, and we think Alexei Pergande is a fighter to watch. The PFL Playoffs are here and we’re about to start a three-week journey to see who ends up in the PFL Championships in November. To get there, the top four talent in all six competing weight classes will fight one more time, with the winners going on to the million-dollar finale. A name that will be on the card but not competing in any of the tournaments is Challenger Series winner and undefeated lightweight, Alexei Pergande. Pergande is a new name and is only 1-0 in MMA, winning his first pro bout against Joe Hamm on the PFL Challenge Series 7. Pergande defeated Hamm via submission with an arm-triangle choke. While it was his first pro bout and his first pro win, Pergande is no stranger to combat. Between 2019 and 2021, Pergande went 4-0 as an amateur, winning all four of his fights by stoppage, with three submissions and one TKO to his credit. So, while he’s on a card with former UFC...
    The 2022 PFL Playoffs are about to get started but who is going to compete in them? The PFL Playoffs are here, after a few months of back and forth action from the best fighters in the Pro Fighters League, the home stretch is in sight. Over the next three weeks, fighters across six weight classes will try and finalize their spots for the finals on Nov. 25. The tournament will see names from the UFC and Bellator that fans will surely remember, like Rory MacDonald, Anthony Pettis, and Bubba Jenkins. The playoff will also feature some of the PFL’s most recognizable stars who have made their name in the promotion. There’s Chris Wade, who’s fought for them since their inaugural season in 2018, two towering heavyweights in Renan Ferreira and Bruno Cappelozza who are just among the best at getting finishes, and of course, there is Kayla Harrison; the franchise. For fans hoping to see Harrison in the playoffs, this is expected to be the last year she competes in them, moving into more super-fight territories for PFL in...
    Getty Grant Enfinger disrupted the playoff leaderboard with a win. The Camping World Truck Series playoffs are only one race deep, but the leaderboard has already taken a surprising turn. Grant Enfinger won at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park and shook up the standings. The GMS Racing driver used fresh tires in overtime to jump from fourth overall to the front of the pack. He dove to the inside of regular-season champion Zane Smith, took the lead, and he held it for the final two laps. Enfinger captured his first win of the year, and he automatically secured a spot in the Round of Eight. He was 9th entering the #NASCARPlayoffs. @GrantEnfinger got it done! pic.twitter.com/rhe9ZwFoHP — NASCAR Camping World Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) July 30, 2022 The intriguing part is that Enfinger entered the race weekend below the elimination line. He and Matt Crafton were the final two drivers to secure spots in the playoffs, and they faced a disadvantage in the points standings. Now, however, Enfinger is the only driver in the playoffs with a win. This win...
    Getty The Camping World Truck Series playoff field is official. The Camping World Truck Series drivers completed the regular-season finale at Pocono Raceway with Chandler Smith reaching Victory Lane after a dominant effort. Now the field is set for the seven-race playoffs. When the Truck Series head to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, there will be 10 drivers battling for a spot in each round, as well as the championship four. Zane Smith will lead the way with the most wins in the series. Other winners in Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Ben Rhodes, and Stewart Friesen will join him. He holds off Ryan Preece! Retweet to congratulate Chandler Smith on his NASCAR Truck Series WIN at Pocono! pic.twitter.com/fZSWAqMnlC — FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 23, 2022 The rest of the field includes drivers who clinched with enough points. This list features Christian Eckes, Carson Hocevar, Ty Majeski, Grant Enfinger, and Matt Crafton. Derek Kraus missed out on the final spot in the playoff field despite turning in a ninth-place finish and overcoming a power steering issue. He needed...
    Getty Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott walks off the field after an NFL game. After another quick exit in the playoffs this past winter, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has received his fair share of criticism. In 2021, Prescott set a personal best for touchdowns (37) and posted his best QB rating (104.2) since his rookie season. But a 23-17 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers saw the 28-year-old throw for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception, reinforcing the argument that Dak can’t get it done in the playoffs. Now, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Fox Sports commentator Shannon Sharpe is adding his two cents in that argument. On Undisputed, Sharpe was asked if Prescott would be able to lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl in the 2022 season, and his response was a resounding no. “Not based on what I’ve seen,” Sharpe said. “…That has been their problem: Dak has been inconsistent. I’ve seen far too many games like Kansas City, Denver, and Washington than I saw like the New England Patriots. Here’s that...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Training camps are set to open around the league in just a few weeks, let’s look at 3 NFL contenders who could just as easily miss the playoffs. With NFL training camps set to open in the coming weeks, it’s time to start looking at season outlooks for teams around the NFL. Each season we see teams that disappoint and teams that blow away expectations, like the Cincinnati Bengals did last season. Let’s take a look at three NFL teams that many believe will make the playoffs that could just as easily miss the playoffs and why.NFL contender who could miss the playoffs – Las Vegas RaidersThe 2021 season for the Las Vegas Raiders was a rollercoaster ride from the firing of head coach Jon Gruden, Henry Ruggs’ arrest, and the team eventually making the playoffs. Even though the Raiders had to gut out several games, including narrowly beating the Cleveland Browns in December despite the Browns missing many players with COVID, they still finished with a playoff birth. After...
    This week on Above the Break, we’re looking at WNBA Playoffs odds, the best teams in the league, Skylar Diggins-Smith trade rumors and more. The WNBA All-Star break is here, which is a good time to stop and reflect on where this season has gone…and where it’s headed. As we head into the break, we officially have a new team atop the standings, as the Chicago Sky have passed the Las Vegas Aces for the No. 1 seed. Will Chicago stay there? And what about the battle for the final playoff spots?Who makes the WNBA Playoffs and who gets left out?The most compelling battle right now is for the final three playoff seeds. Seemingly every team except the Fever are in the mix still, so who will it be that gets those spots? As of now, we have five teams in the league who are over .500 and feel essentially locked into the postseason. That leaves the rest of the WNBA fighting for a spot. Right now, Atlanta, LA and Dallas all sit at 10-12. Phoenix and New York are...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse To make the playoffs, the Chicago White Sox will have to make some moves before the trade deadline. However, there are three players that they should avoid trading for. The Chicago White Sox have shown that they need more help to make the playoffs than most people originally thought. They are more than 45 percent through the 2022 season and they are still below .500 despite winning the AL Central with 93 wins in 2021. They will, undoubtedly, need some reinforcements to get into the playoffs this year but there are three players that the White Sox desperately need to avoid before the August 2 MLB trade deadline.3 players the Chicago White Sox must avoid at the trade deadline 3 Xander Bogaerts SS, Boston Red Sox Whether or not the Boston Red Sox are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline this year is up for debate but if they do decide to become sellers, Xander Bogaerts would be the hottest commodity on the market for them. He entered Wednesday hitting .328/.400/.474...
    The Miami Dolphins have been submerged in mediocrity for the past two decades, no matter who was running the franchise (seven different executives and general managers), coaching the team (eight non-interim head coaches), or quarterbacking it (10 who have started 10 or more games) during that stretch. At some point we have to wonder what’s at the root of Miami’s struggles, the reason why this once proud franchise hasn’t qualified for the playoffs more than twice in 20 years, or won a playoff game since 2001. Is this the year the Dolphins get their act together? This is the second of a two-part series examining the potential issues. The first explains why the Dolphins should make the playoffs in 2022. This breaks down the 10 things that could prevent the Dolphins from qualifying for the postseason in 2022: Tua Tagovailoa regresses as a starting quarterback. The Dolphins need Tagovailoa to become one of the league’s top-10 quarterbacks this season to justify the investment that has been made in the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. To get there...
    Next1 of 10Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The NBA playoffs have come and gone, but an important question remains: What are the top 10 power dunks of the 2021-22 playoffs? The NBA’s 75th Anniversary season has drawn to a close with the Golden State Warriors hoisting their fourth Larry O’Brien trophy in the last eight years, the last team standing once again after the NBA’s four-round, two-month playoff jungle. This year’s playoffs featured 662 total dunks according to Basketball-Reference. Not every one of those dunks was a power dunk, but plenty were.These are the top 10 power dunks of the 2021-22 NBA playoffsEmbiid just dropped the hammer ???? pic.twitter.com/g0Vt0V4ueK — NBA TV (@NBATV) April 21, 2022 10. Joel Embiid -— April 20, 2022 It’s Game 3 of the first-round series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. The Sixers lead the series 2-0, but they currently trail the Raptors by five in the third quarter at Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto. That’s when Joel Embiid slips through a pseudo screen on Gary Trent Jr. and heads...
    Getty New York Jets center Connor McGovern lifts running back Michael Carter during a touchdown celebration. Many fans have debated it: How can the New York Jets make the playoffs in an unusually challenging AFC in 2022? The defense must be better, no doubt, and it should be when you consider the additions — DE Carl Lawson (injury return), CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB D.J. Reed Jr., S Jordan Whitehead, DE Jermaine Johnson II, DE Jacob Martin, DL Micheal Clemons, DT Solomon Thomas, S Lamarcus Joyner (injury return), DE Vinny Curry (medical return), LB Marcell Harris. Having said that, the NFL has become an offensive league. If you’re unable to score points, you get left behind. That’s the way it is. The Jets had this problem during the first half of the 2021 season and they’ll have to improve their offensive consistency in year two under coordinator Mike LaFleur. Fortunately, the franchise’s very own “Batman and Robin” should help with that. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Read...
    Of all the 2022 NBA playoff teams, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said he would have chosen to make a run with the Golden State Warriors.  Before the Los Angeles Lakers, it had been a long, long time since LeBron James has missed the playoffs. Its been a while … since LeBron missed the playoffs ???? pic.twitter.com/5s8xJqzmZi — ESPN (@espn) March 23, 2019 In 2019, ESPN tried to put it into perspective with a few fun facts from the 2004-05 season, the second season of James’ illustrious NBA career. Now, LeBron has missed the playoffs a total of four times, but that hasn’t made it any easier for The King to sit on the sidelines in June. Still, Bron is keeping busy, chopping it up on the latest episode of The Shop. The episode, which features special guests Fat Joe, Amy Schumer and Don Lemon, has LeBron answering a tough question: of the NBA teams that are playing, which would James like to play for? EXCLUSIVE: LeBron says he would play for the Warriors over any team that...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have fired coach Bruce Cassidy, who led the team to the playoffs in each of the past six seasons. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Q: Is Joel Embiid sending a signal? – Bob, Davie. A: Sure, a signal that he expects the 76ers to surround him with more, a signal that he was against Philadelphia moving on from Jimmy Butler in the 2019 offseason, a signal that he knows he still can control the NBA discourse through his social media. But of all the speculation about where the Heat might turn next, I can’t fathom a Joel Embiid trade being part of any legitimate formulation. For the 76ers to move on from Joel, it would mean going back to square one with The Process. Joel Embiid is the Philadelphia 76ers. Basically, I would pity any player, with that Philadelphia fan base, who would have to go into that market as an Embiid replacement. Speculate all you want about Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Donovan Mitchell or other possible Heat wing acquisitions. But even for all the magic of Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg, there are limits. In this case, Joel Embiid limits. Q: The majority of the fan base was disappointed in last summer’s signing...
    Getty Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat shoots a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter in Game Five of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at FTX Arena on May 25, 2022 in Miami, Florida. A week has passed since the Miami Heat lost to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, a heartbreaking 100-96 loss that abruptly ended their postseason journey. Because the Heat entered the playoffs as the No. 1 team in the East and came within one game of punching their ticket to the NBA Finals, no one is expecting Miami to do a full overhaul of their roster before next season. While the onslaught of possible trade suggestions from NBA pundits is expected in the aftermath of defeat, and the Heat may very well make a move or two this offseason, any trade proposal involving point guard Kyle Lowry is D.O.A., according to Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. The latest Heat news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Heat newsletter here! ...
    Q: Is Joel Embiid sending a signal? – Bob, Davie. A: Sure, a signal that he expects the 76ers to surround him with more, a signal that he was against Philadelphia moving on from Jimmy Butler in the 2019 offseason, a signal that he knows he still can control the NBA discourse through his social media. But of all the speculation about where the Heat might turn next, I can’t fathom a Joel Embiid trade being part of any legitimate formulation. For the 76ers to move on from Joel, it would mean going back to square one with The Process. Joel Embiid is the Philadelphia 76ers. Basically, I would pity any player, with that Philadelphia fan base, who would have to go into that market as an Embiid replacement. Speculate all you want about Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Donovan Mitchell or other possible Heat wing acquisitions. But even for all the magic of Pat Riley and Andy Elisburg, there are limits. In this case, Joel Embiid limits. Q: The majority of the fan base was disappointed in last summer’s signing...
    The Celtics and the Warriors show that you don’t have to spend multiple years tanking to build a winner through the draft. With the Boston Celtics facing the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, there are stakes at play for both franchises. A Warriors win would mean four titles in eight seasons, something only four teams have ever accomplished: the 1950s Minneapolis Lakers, the 1960s Boston Celtics, the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers and the 1990s Chicago Bulls. For the Celtics, winning the series would give them 18 championships all-time, one more than their bitter rivals from L.A. The two teams share more than the pursuit of history. Their very compositions are, at the same time, similar and outliers. Boston and Golden State both allot about 70 percent of their minutes this postseason to “homegrown” players, defined as players who have only played for one team in their careers. Steph Curry and Jayson Tatum are homegrown; Derrick White and Andrew Wiggins are not. The Celtics and Warriors are well above the 47 percent average between all 16 playoff teams. It...
    There’s a predictable movement going on in the days after the Heat season. It’s the “Kyle Lowry can’t help them” movement, and it’s grown louder. That’s because Lowry didn’t just have a tortured spring between a hamstring injury and hamstrung game. It’s because of his older age and oversized condition, his smaller size and body size, the Heat’s demanding culture and his apparently wayward condition. In a sport of streamlined bodies, Lowry looks what people once euphemistically called “husky.” He always has, too, even in his best years. It gets traffic in a new market when he doesn’t seem to hold up his end of the bargain. None of that should be the first issue, either. It’s who Lowry wants to be now. That’s the prime issue. It’s whether after getting hurt at 36, after shooting 29 percent and averaging 7.8 points a game in the playoffs, he has a wake-up call of sorts or drifts down the black hole many aging athletes do near the end. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was on another topic Tuesday when he said, “It...