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Michael Nolan, Former A's Draft Pick, Dies at 23 After Drive-by Shooting

Oakland Athletics prospect Michael Nolan died at 23 years old on Thursday as a result of injuries he suffered in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 18. "On behalf of the entire A's organization, I send my deepest condolences to Donna and Jimmy Nolan," said A's general manager David Forst in a statement from the team's Twitter account. Show More Summary

Hey, Kristaps Porzingis: Welcome to the Knicks’ Dysfunction

Wednesday was supposed to be about the debut of the team’s top draft pick but instead focused on Coach Derek Fisher’s off-court relationship.

Is Justin Gilbert’s next move to offense?

Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert was the first draft pick of the Ray Farmer/Mike Pettine regime. That often gets lost as 14 picks later, the Browns selected a much higher-profile player, Johnny Manziel. Gilbert has been lost in the shuffle since. He’s been in Pettine’s doghouse both last season and this season, and even though he…

Jameis Winston: You’ve got to take the simple play

When Jameis Winston was on his way to becoming the first overall pick of the 2015 draft, one of the negatives that analysts picked up from his college days was his habit of throwing interceptions. Winston threw one every 26 times he put the ball in the air while at Florida State last year and…

Future of Timberwolves on display

Here’s the St. Paul Pioneer Press reporting on the young and fun Minnesota Timberwolves: The future of the Timberwolves was on display in Wednesday’s exhibition opener, with the debut of No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns and fellow rookie Tyus Jones joining a starting lineup that included talented second-year players Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins. There were glimpses [...]

Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere Not Yet Cleared by NCAA

2 days agoBasketball / NCAA : ZagsBlog

Kentucky freshman 7-footer Skal Labissiere, the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, has not yet been cleared by the NCAA, according to a report from “Not yet,” Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN, declining to specify the reason why. “We’re just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few […]

Brooklyn Nets 2015 roster: Brooklyn strives for mediocrity with retooled rotation

The Nets don't appear good enough to make any noise, but have no incentive to lose after trading their draft picks. The Brooklyn Nets are a team in transition. An expensive, aggressive attempt to quickly build the franchise into a contender after its arrival at Barclays Center completely flopped over the past couple years. Show More Summary

Todd Gurley Living Up to Hype After First Breakout Game

Todd Gurley was the most talented player in the 2015 NFL draft. He may have fallen to the St. Louis Rams at the 10th overall pick, but when solely considering ability, Gurley was the best player available. Character concerns are often...Show More Summary

Thai junta picks panel to write constitution after draft rejected

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military government, which took power in May last year, appointed a committee to draft the country's 20th constitution on Monday after a previous draft was rejected, delaying promised elections until at least 2017.

Rams' Gurley, Foles Send Cardinals to 1st Loss, 24-22

Todd Gurley was a second-half sensation and sure looked as though he justified being the No. 10 pick in the NFL draft.

Nats Journal: Ian Desmond: ‘I’m extremely proud to say that I was a Washington National.’

NEW YORK — The time had come for Ian Desmond to say goodbye, his Washington Nationals career all but certainly over after Sunday’s 2015 finale at Citi Field. The last Montreal Expos draft pick still active for the franchise sunk back...Show More Summary

Kobe Bryant Calls D’Angelo Russell a ‘Ridiculous Playmaker’

The Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 overall draft pick and plan to throw him into the fire right away alongside Kobe Bryant. The post Kobe Bryant Calls D’Angelo Russell a ‘Ridiculous Playmaker’ appeared first on SLAMonline.

Cordarrelle Patterson gets another chance to show what he can do

Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, one of three first-round picks in 2013, has yet to justify his draft status. On Sunday, he’ll get another chance to show what he can do. Starter Charles Johnson is out due to injury, and slot receiver Jarius Wright is banged up. That should give Patterson more opportunities. The bad news…

Myles Turner Swats Bryce Dejean-Jones Dunk Attempt (VIDEO)

The No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, big man Myles Turner could be a force to be reckoned with right away for the Indiana Pacers. The post Myles Turner Swats Bryce Dejean-Jones Dunk Attempt (VIDEO) appeared first on SLAMonline.

Fantasy football start/sit: Latavius Murray set to be fantasy bell cow

Latavius Murray looks great with more good stuff on the way. We break down the fantasy implications. The Oakland Raiders may actually have an offense. They have spent a lot of high draft picks at their skill positions, but one of them wasn't running back Latavius Murray. Show More Summary

Phillies Clinch No. 1 Pick in 2016 MLB Draft: Latest Details and Reaction

The Philadelphia Phillies are officially the worst team in baseball following Saturday’s pair of losses to the Miami Marlins. With another defeat in Sunday’s season finale, Philadelphia would post its first 100-loss season since 1969. Show More Summary

Clippers waive Nikoloz Tskitishvili

The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has waived free agent forward/center Nikoloz Tskitishvili. Tskitishvili did not appear in a preseason game for the Clippers. The former fifth overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, Tskitishvili has appeared in 172 career games (16 starts) for Denver, Golden State, Minnesota and Phoenix averaging [...]

Ex-NFL Star Irving Fryar Sentenced to Five Years In Prison For Mortgage Fraud

6 days agoSports : Deadspin

Irving Fryar, the first overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft, was sentenced to five years in prison in a New Jersey courtroom yesterday for a mortgage scam he ran about five years ago. Fryar’s mother Allene McGhee, 74, was also sentenced to three years’ probation. Read more...

Chris Givens to Ravens: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Looking to bolster their increasingly thin receiving corps, the Baltimore Ravens announced they have traded a conditional draft pick to the St. Louis Rams for Chris Givens on Saturday. Albert Breer of NFL Network reported it's a seventh-round pick heading St. Show More Summary

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