Latest Headlines – The Athletic 2023-09-27T19:05:53Z /feeds/rss/news/ ?2023 The Athletic Media Company. All rights reserved. /4906136/2023/09/27/nunez-pellistri-uruguay-player-strike/ 2023-09-27T19:05:53Z 2023-09-27T19:16:03Z Senior Uruguay footballers Nunez and Pellistri show support to players on strike in country Omar Garrick/author/omar-garrick/ A number of senior Uruguay men’s football players have issued a statement in support of the strike taking place by the Uruguayan Mutual of Professional Soccer Players (MUFP). Footballers who perform in Uruguay’s top two divisions, Primera and Segunda, have been on strike since September 7 after clubs did not vote in favour of reforms put forward by the country’s players. The reforms proposed by the MUFP include, among other issues, increasing the minimum salary for players in the second Division, which FIFPro, the union representing footballers, claim has been the biggest difficulty. /4905016/2023/09/27/bears-defense-front-seven/ 2023-09-27T18:50:49Z 2023-09-27T18:53:03Z Bears not getting impact plays from front 7 despite offseason investment Kevin Fishbain/author/kevin-fishbain/ The Bears' front seven has been a disappointment through three games. Can they rebound against some weaker opposing offenses? /4906100/2023/09/27/bears-mailbag-questions-17/ 2023-09-27T18:47:21Z 2023-09-27T18:47:21Z Submit your questions for Kevin Fishbain’s Bears mailbag Kevin Fishbain/author/kevin-fishbain/ The Bears are 0-3 and seemingly have no answers. We'll try to provide some to your questions ahead of an ugly matchup with the Broncos. /4906002/2023/09/27/damian-lillard-trade-three-team-bucks-blazers-suns/ 2023-09-27T18:24:00Z 2023-09-27T19:17:39Z Damian Lillard traded by Blazers to Bucks in 3-team deal involving Suns: Sources Shams Charania and Eric Nehm The Portland Trail Blazers are trading All-NBA guard Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team deal, league sources tell The Athletic. The full trade involves the Blazers receiving Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, the Bucks’ 2029 first-round pick and Bucks draft swaps in 2028 and 2030. The Suns are receiving Jusuf Nurkic, Nassar Little, Keon Johnson and Grayson Allen. Full trade, per sources: – Bucks: Damian Lillard– Blazers: Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, 2029 first-round Bucks pick and Bucks pick swap– Suns: Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir... /4905542/2023/09/27/colin-kaepernick-workout-timeline-nfl/ 2023-09-27T18:19:43Z 2023-09-27T19:19:04Z Colin Kaepernick workout timeline: A look at the quarterback’s attempted journey back to the NFL Amos Morale III/author/amos-morale-iii/ Former?San Francisco 49ers?quarterback Colin Kaepernick?wrote a letter?to?New York Jets?general manager Joe Douglas saying he “would be honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity to come in and lead the practice squad,” according to a social post released Tuesday. The letter was the quarterback’s latest attempt at sparking a return to the NFL. Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game or been on a roster since 2016. He opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017 following a season in which he began protesting police brutality and social injustice by kneeling... /4898056/2023/09/27/winnipeg-jets-training-camp-roster-battles/ 2023-09-27T18:16:46Z 2023-09-27T18:16:46Z Winnipeg Jets stock watch: Training camp risers, fallers and roster battles Murat Ates/author/murat-ates/ Here's who has done the most to help — or hurt — their cause to make the Jets for opening night. /4905312/2023/09/27/scottie-scheffler-putting-ryder-cup/ 2023-09-27T17:53:51Z 2023-09-27T17:53:51Z Trouble for Team Europe: Scottie Scheffler says he’s figured out how to putt Brendan Quinn/author/brendan-quinn/ Scheffler made the decision to work with noted putting coach Phil Kenyon after the Tour Championship last month. /4905717/2023/09/27/college-football-playoff-projections-week-5-2023/ 2023-09-27T17:53:12Z 2023-09-27T17:53:12Z College Football Playoff projections after Week 4: Florida State, Texas on the move Austin Mock/author/austin-mock/ Austin Mock's projection model ranks the top 25 most likely national champions and gives percentage chances of making the CFP. /4905643/2023/09/27/robert-saleh-zach-wilson-trevor-siemian-jets/ 2023-09-27T17:52:59Z 2023-09-27T17:52:59Z Jets’ Robert Saleh: ‘We all acknowledge’ Zach Wilson has to play better The Athletic Staff New York Jets coach Robert Saleh acknowledged Zach Wilson “has to play better” on Wednesday, also adding the struggling quarterback “acknowledges it himself.” Here’s what you need to know: In three games, Wilson has thrown four interceptions and just two touchdowns, while New York has just three offensive touchdowns total. The third-year quarterback completed 18 of 36 passes for 157 yards and no touchdowns in a 15-10 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. The loss was the Jets’ 15th straight to the Patriots. Saleh said it’s key for Wilson to... /4905349/2023/09/27/candace-parker-kevin-durant-lovb-league-one-volleyball/ 2023-09-27T16:51:36Z 2023-09-27T17:07:05Z Candace Parker, Kevin Durant invest in first U.S. women’s pro volleyball league The Athletic Staff League One Volleyball (LOVB), the first professional full-season volleyball league in the United States, raised $35 million in its second round of funding, with help from investors Lindsey Vonn, Kevin Durant, Candace Parker and her daughter Lailaa. Here’s what you need to know: Jayson Tatum, Amy Schumer and Jordyn Poulter (Olympic volleyball gold medalist), among others, also invested in LOVB. LOVB’s inaugural season debuts next year, with preseason starting November 2024 and the regular season running January through March 2025. The LOVB Pro Finals begin in April. There will be six... /4905492/2023/09/27/ac-milan-new-stadium-plans/ 2023-09-27T16:42:21Z 2023-09-27T16:42:21Z AC Milan reveal plans to move out of San Siro into new stadium James Horncastle/author/james-horncastle/ AC Milan have announced plans to build a new 70,000-capacity stadium in the south-eastern area of the city. The Serie A side has sent a planning proposal to the city council in the suburb of San Donato. It is the first sign of the club’s intention to explore pursuing a lone project rather than persisting with plans to regenerate the area around San Siro with rivals Inter. Milan are hopeful that the new stadium will allow the club to “position itself as the most sustainable in Italy and among the most sustainable in Europe”. AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni said: “For... /4904749/2023/09/27/tom-brady-birmingham-city-17bn/ 2023-09-27T16:25:42Z 2023-09-27T17:13:09Z Tom Brady, Birmingham City and the riddle of 17billion ‘positive media impressions’ Greg O'Keeffe/author/greg-okeeffe/ The Earth's population is 8.04billion, and yet Birmingham owner Tom Wagner claimed the club had 17bn positive media impressions in a week /4898911/2023/09/27/mel-tucker-fired-michigan-state/ 2023-09-27T15:59:49Z 2023-09-27T19:09:42Z Michigan State fires Mel Tucker for cause, says he ‘brought public disrespect’ upon university Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini Michigan State formally fired football coach Mel Tucker on Wednesday, one week after providing him with a written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause. The dismissal comes amid Michigan State’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Tucker. The university cited Tucker’s “admitted and undisputed behaviors which have brought public disrespect, contempt and ridicule upon the university” as reason for his termination in a statement. According to MSU, Tucker failed to provide “adequate reasons” to athletic director Alan Haller... /4904729/2023/09/27/new-york-rangers-training-camp-takeaways/ 2023-09-27T15:31:49Z 2023-09-27T16:58:16Z New York Rangers training camp: 7 takeaways on Kaapo Kakko, the fourth line and more Arthur Staple/author/arthur-staple/ After a week of Rangers camp, Peter Laviolette and his coaching staff are starting to get an idea of who goes where and what works best. /4905391/2023/09/27/conner-weigman-injury-texas-am/ 2023-09-27T15:31:30Z 2023-09-27T17:05:00Z Texas A&M QB Conner Weigman could miss rest of season, per source: Who steps in? Sam Khan Jr./author/sam-khan-jr/ Texas A&M starting quarterback Conner Weigman could miss the rest of the season with a lower leg injury, a school source confirmed Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know: Weigman suffered the injury in the second quarter of Texas A&M’s 27-10 win over Auburn on Saturday. He left the game, limped to the locker room and didn’t return. In four games, Weigman threw for 979 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 68.9 percent of his passes. The sophomore made only his ninth start against Auburn after finishing the 2022 season as the starter and winning an... /4849178/2023/09/27/antony-manchester-united-police-allegations/ 2023-09-27T14:48:06Z 2023-09-27T14:54:08Z Manchester United’s Antony back in England and set to meet police Mark Critchley/author/mark-critchley/ Manchester United winger Antony has returned to England from Brazil and is set to meet police over assault allegations, which he denies. Antony is under investigation by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) after his former partner Gabriela Cavallin alleged he assaulted her on separate occasions between June 2022 and May this year. The United player is currently on a leave of absence but returned to England on Tuesday. Antony has also spoken to Sao Paulo police over Cavallin’s allegations but has been permitted to leave Brazil. Cavallin had alleged in an interview with Brazil news outlet UOL,... /4903541/2023/09/27/bills-takeo-spikes-reaction-alumni-relations/ 2023-09-27T14:20:17Z 2023-09-27T18:51:05Z Why the Bills must patch alumni relations after ‘embarrassing’ Takeo Spikes Tim Graham/author/tim-graham/ After an embarrassing spat with Takeo Spikes, the Bills may have work to do in honoring franchise legends. /4904881/2023/09/27/travis-kelce-taylor-swift-chiefs/ 2023-09-27T14:11:47Z 2023-09-27T14:20:03Z Travis Kelce on Taylor Swift attending Chiefs vs. Bears: ‘It was definitely a game I’ll remember’ The Athletic Staff It sounds like Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and pop star Taylor Swift had the best day when she attended Kansas City’s game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. “Shoutout to Taylor for pulling up. That was pretty ballsy,” Kelce said on Wednesday’s episode of his podcast “New Heights.” “I just thought it was awesome how everybody in the suite had nothing but great things to say about her, the friends and family. She looked amazing. Everybody was talking about her in great light, and on top of that, the day went perfect for Chiefs fans.” Kelce added: “It was... /live-blogs/lionel-messi-inter-miami-houston-dynamo-live-score-updates-result-us-open-cup-final/UkfB6MkMtsJ2/ 2023-09-27T14:00:18Z 2023-09-27T19:15:08Z Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami vs Houston Dynamo live updates: US Open Cup final team news and prediction Max Mathews Lionel Messi is hoping to inspire his Inter Miami side to victory in the US Open Cup in Florida the month after helping them win the 2023 Leagues Cup /4904699/2023/09/27/spire-kyle-busch-motorsports-sale/ 2023-09-27T13:52:29Z 2023-09-27T16:17:18Z Spire Motorsports completes deal to buy Kyle Busch Motorsports Jordan Bianchi/author/jordan-bianchi/ Spire Motorsports purchased perennial NASCAR Truck Series contender Kyle Busch Motorsports on Wednesday, KBM announced. Spire acquiring KBM, owned by two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, will allow Spire to relocate from its current shop in Concord, N.C., to KBM’s expansive 77,000-square-foot shop in nearby Mooresville, N.C. KBM’s larger shop will allow Spire to effectively better manage its expanding Cup Series team, plus its own Truck Series program that is expected to continue operating in some capacity next year. Spire’s recent expansion to three Cup teams catalyzed... /4902119/2023/09/27/wild-pat-maroon-teammates-tales/ 2023-09-27T12:00:26Z 2023-09-27T18:45:45Z From Buzz to Hootie, teammates dish on why the Wild’s Pat Maroon is the NHL’s ultimate glue guy Joe Smith/author/joe-smith/ When the Wild acquired Maroon, 35, from the Lightning in July, a large part of the reason was his colorful presence and Cup pedigree. /4901818/2023/09/27/jets-qb-options-2024-aaron-rodgers-zach-wilson-nfl-draft/ 2023-09-27T09:05:18Z 2023-09-27T18:01:47Z Jets’ 2024 QB picture: The latest on Aaron Rodgers, Zach Wilson and team’s NFL Draft options Zack Rosenblatt/author/zack-rosenblatt/ Wilson continues to struggle mightily. Rodgers will be 40 and coming off Achilles surgery next year. The Jets have a lot to consider at QB. /4902980/2023/09/27/damian-lillard-trade-raptors-blazers-tiers/ 2023-09-27T09:05:17Z 2023-09-27T18:27:37Z A Damian Lillard-Raptors deal is complicated. What does Toronto have to offer? Eric Koreen/author/eric-koreen/ Eric Koreen looks at what the Raptors have to offer the Trail Blazers in a potential deal for Damian Lillard. /4904022/2023/09/27/marlins-furious-game-mets-postponed/ 2023-09-27T05:00:25Z 2023-09-27T17:46:42Z Rosenthal: Marlins, fighting for playoff spot, furious game vs. Mets postponed Ken Rosenthal/author/ken-rosenthal/ The Marlins and Mets will now play a doubleheader on Wednesday at Citi Field. /4897691/2023/09/27/english-top-flight-nine-remaining-unique-scorelines/ 2023-09-27T04:05:13Z 2023-09-27T17:19:04Z From 6-6 to 10-4: The nine results to happen only once in English top-flight football Will Jeanes/author/will-jeanes/ After Newcastle recorded just the second 8-0 away win in England's elite division, we explore the scorelines it has only seen once /4902855/2023/09/26/warriors-wnba-bay-area/ 2023-09-27T02:49:40Z 2023-09-27T15:41:21Z Warriors finalizing agreement to bring WNBA team to Bay Area: Sources Marcus Thompson II/author/marcus-thompson-ii/ The Golden State Warriors are close to bringing a WNBA franchise to the Bay Area, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the deal. The deal is not completed, sources stressed, as several details still need to be worked out. But if finalized, the franchise will play its games at Chase Center and be headquartered in Oakland at the team’s practice facility, which the organization still owns and uses to maintain a presence in the community. An announcement could come as soon as early October. Owning a WNBA franchise would be a full circle moment for Warriors owner Joe Lacob, who has... /4901577/2023/09/26/taylor-swift-travis-kelce-jersey-sales/ 2023-09-26T16:51:42Z 2023-09-27T14:18:28Z Travis Kelce jersey sales skyrocket after Taylor Swift attends Chiefs game, as sparks — and rumors — fly The Athletic Staff Forget your cardigans. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s jersey is in demand after Taylor Swift attended Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears. Kelce’s No. 87 jersey jumped within the top five in NFL jersey sales Sunday, according to Fanatics. The sports clothing and merchandise company said Tuesday that sales for his jersey rose nearly 400 percent through and other Fanatics sites. Kelce had already been a popular jersey for NFL fans ranking fifth in sales as of earlier this summer, according to the NFLPA. He’s appeared in numerous national... /4901402/2023/09/26/damian-lillard-trade-raptors-blazers-the-bounce/ 2023-09-26T15:11:40Z 2023-09-27T18:28:51Z Are the Raptors bold enough to deal for Damian Lillard? Zach Harper and Shams Charania Zach Harper and Shams Charania catch you up on leaguewide news. /live-blogs/england-women-netherlands-live-updates-nations-league-score-result/zLy6kKP67KNO/ 2023-09-26T14:00:34Z 2023-09-26T20:51:03Z How Netherlands beat England Women 2-1 in Nations League match on Jansen's 90th-minute goal Max Mathews Alessia Russo scored for the Lionesses in Utrecht, while Lieke Martens also scored for the Dutch /live-blogs/nfl-week-4-preview-schedule-standings-odds-picks-predictions/yDC3uKI3Lz4B/ 2023-09-26T11:00:27Z 2023-09-27T18:47:15Z NFL Week 4 preview: Live updates, news, schedule, injuries, standings odds, picks and predictions Jason Starrett All you need to know ahead of Week 4 across the NFL from our team of experts and insiders. /live-blogs/waiver-wire-week-4/krIg4iXzqQhY/ 2023-09-26T01:22:47Z 2023-09-26T14:13:04Z Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Live Updates Week 4: Adam Thielen, De'Von Achane and more Nando Di Fino You have waiver wire questions? We have answers in our weekly fantasy live blog, hosted by Michael Salfino /4899545/2023/09/25/joe-namath-zach-wilson-jets/ 2023-09-25T22:26:20Z 2023-09-27T18:01:54Z Joe Namath: ‘I’ve seen enough of Zach Wilson,’ says Jets ‘made the wrong choice when they drafted him’ The Athletic Staff New York Jets legend Joe Namath ripped the franchise’s starting quarterback Zach Wilson on Monday while speaking on ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “I don’t believe in him, I don’t believe he has a future as a good player, and I think they made the wrong choice when they drafted him, I feel that way,” Namath said. Namath, who won two MVP awards and led New York to its only Super Bowl title in team history in 1969, has vocalized his frustrations with the team and Wilson on social media. Why would Zach just go down when he could’ve spun outta... /live-blogs/rams-vs-bengals-monday-night-football-live-updates-score/9sZuK4RjPFDt/ 2023-09-25T13:00:18Z 2023-09-26T12:20:51Z Burrow, Bengals hold on to defeat Rams on Monday Night Football: Reaction, analysis and highlights Jason Starrett The Bengals beat Rams 19-16 in the second game of Week 3's Monday Night Football doubleheader. Follow along with The Athletic for all the latest news and reaction. /live-blogs/eagles-vs-buccaneers-monday-night-football-live-updates-score/cBteetDJCKIh/ 2023-09-25T12:00:40Z 2023-09-26T12:09:56Z Eagles defeat Buccaneers to stay undefeated on Monday Night Football: Reaction and analysis, Jalen Hurts stats Jason Starrett The Eagles beat the Bucs 25-11 in the first game of Week 3's Monday Night Football doubleheader. Follow along with The Athletic for all the latest news and reaction. /live-blogs/premier-league-news-updates-live-latest/vdkhisRlJOQr/ 2023-09-25T06:00:29Z 2023-09-27T18:24:21Z Premier League live news: Latest on Osimhen, injury updates, Carabao Cup third-round latest Luke Bosher Team news, injury latest and analysis from the Premier League and beyond, plus Carabao Cup build-up and reaction /4895720/2023/09/24/zach-wilson-jets-patriots-recap/ 2023-09-25T00:42:39Z 2023-09-27T18:02:04Z Rosenblatt: Zach Wilson, Jets are playing with a fear of failure, and it can’t continue Zack Rosenblatt/author/zack-rosenblatt/ The Jets won't win many games playing the way they did in a 15-10 loss to the Pats, and it's impossible to ignore Wilson's role in it all. /4894815/2023/09/24/nfl-week-3-takeaways-zach-wilson-jets-dolphins-70/ 2023-09-24T21:22:25Z 2023-09-27T18:02:21Z NFL Week 3 takeaways: Jets, Zach Wilson struggle again; Dolphins explode for 70 vs. Broncos Ted Nguyen, Mike Jones, and Dan Pompei After another rough outing, will the Jets start looking for Wilson's replacement? Can anyone stop the Dolphins? /4895106/2023/09/24/taylor-swift-travis-kelce-chiefs/ 2023-09-24T20:54:14Z 2023-09-27T14:18:39Z Taylor Swift in attendance at Chiefs-Bears: Are she and Travis Kelce the new romantics? Jenna West/author/jenna-west/ Taylor Swift is returning to her red era. After rumors have swirled that the pop star is dating Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Swift sat in a box at Arrowhead Stadium to watch Kelce and the Chiefs take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Swift wore a white T-shirt, a Chiefs jacket and her signature red lipstick. The songstress’ devoted fans, known as Swifties, know all too well that her dating life has returned to the spotlight after she broke up with her boyfriend of six years, Joe Alwyn, earlier this year. But it wasn’t a cruel summer for Swift. After being tied to singer... /4894870/2023/09/24/zach-wilson-jets-patriots-takeaways/ 2023-09-24T20:18:10Z 2023-09-27T18:02:28Z Zach Wilson’s struggles continue as Jets listless in loss: How Patriots’ scheme worked Chad Graff and Zack Rosenblatt New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson’s struggles continued against the New England Patriots on Sunday as the Jets lost 15-10. Here’s what you need to know: Wilson finished the game with 157 yards on 18-of-36 passing with no touchdowns. With less than three minutes to play, New York (1-2) got the ball back with a chance to tie or take the lead with a scoring drive. Instead, Wilson took a sack in his own end zone for a safety with 2:19 to play. Since replacing Aaron Rodgers after New York’s first offensive drive of the season, Wilson has 467 yards with two touchdowns and four... /live-blogs/steelers-vs-raiders-sunday-night-football-live-updates-score/APm6CR7Flega/ 2023-09-24T18:00:16Z 2023-09-25T15:53:25Z How the Steelers beat the Raiders on Sunday Night Football: Reaction and analysis Jason Starrett The Steelers held off the Raiders on Sunday Night Football. Join The Athletic's team of experts and insiders as we break down all the action. /live-blogs/bears-vs-chiefs-live-score-updates-game-summary/b8wHFkgERNmN/ 2023-09-24T14:00:24Z 2023-09-25T11:15:05Z Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes dominate struggling Bears with Taylor Swift in attendance: Reaction and analysis Jason Starrett The Chiefs rout the Bears 41-10. Join The Athletic's team of experts and insiders as we break down all the action. /4892731/2023/09/24/damian-lillard-trade-toronto-raptors/ 2023-09-24T09:05:13Z 2023-09-27T18:29:38Z Koreen: Damian Lillard is wrong trade target at wrong time for Raptors Eric Koreen/author/eric-koreen/ There are reports the Raptors are involved in trade talks for Lillard, but how much sense would a deal make? /live-blogs/arsenal-tottenham-live-score-updates-result-premier-league/EiygNo8fxiAR/ 2023-09-24T07:00:29Z 2023-09-24T17:05:18Z How Tottenham drew 2-2 with Arsenal in Premier League north London derby, twice coming from behind Ed Mackey Arsenal led through a Cristian Romero own goal and a Bukayo Saka penalty, but Son Heung-min twice equalised for Spurs to keep both teams unbeaten /4878518/2023/09/19/mel-tucker-michigan-state-firing-notice/ 2023-09-19T16:30:30Z 2023-09-27T16:03:15Z Mel Tucker says ‘other motives are at play’ with Michigan State’s intent to fire him for cause The Athletic Staff Content warning: This story addresses allegations of sexual harassment and may be difficult to read and emotionally upsetting. Suspended Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker said “other motives are at play” in the school’s intent to fire him for cause following the sexual harassment allegations made against him. “I don’t believe MSU plans to fire me because I admitted to an entirely consensual, private relationship with another adult who gave one presentation at MSU, at my behest, over two years ago,” Tucker said in a statement, released by his agent, Neil... /4875239/2023/09/18/michigan-state-mel-tucker-end-contract/ 2023-09-18T19:57:16Z 2023-09-27T16:03:50Z Michigan State notifies Mel Tucker of intent to fire him for cause Nicole Auerbach and Chris Vannini Content warning: This story addresses allegations of sexual harassment and may be difficult to read and emotionally upsetting. Michigan State has provided Mel Tucker with written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause, Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller announced Monday. The news comes amid Michigan State’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations against the football coach. “This notification process is required as part of his existing contract,” Haller said in a statement. “The notice provides Tucker with seven calendar days to respond... /4872831/2023/09/17/jets-cowboys-recap-zach-wilson/ 2023-09-18T03:14:55Z 2023-09-27T18:02:34Z Jets support Zach Wilson after loss to Cowboys, but where was the on-field help? Zack Rosenblatt/author/zack-rosenblatt/ Wilson needs near perfection around him when playing teams like Dallas, and he didn't get anything close to that on Sunday. /4869386/2023/09/17/jets-quarterback-zach-wilson-aaron-rodgers-plan/ 2023-09-17T11:00:13Z 2023-09-27T18:02:40Z Here’s how the Jets got Zach Wilson ready to face the Cowboys Dianna Russini/author/dianna-russini/ The Jets have a vision for their play sheet with Wilson starting, and they are united in their vision that Wilson can rise to the occasion. /4868451/2023/09/16/spire-live-fast-charter-sale/ 2023-09-16T16:22:28Z 2023-09-27T14:22:28Z Spire Motorsports buys Live Fast Motorsports’ charter; deal worth around $40 million, per sources Jordan Bianchi and Jeff Gluck Spire Motorsports bought Live Fast Motorsports’ charter, the companies announced Saturday. The deal is worth approximately $40 million, persons briefed on the situation but not authorized to speak publicly told The Athletic. Spire acquiring Live Fast’s charter for the No. 78 team increases its count to three cars heading into the 2024 season. The team currently fields Cup Series teams for Corey LaJoie (No. 7) and Ty Dillon (No. 77), though Dillon is not expected to return to the organization next season. Defending Truck Series champion Zane Smith will drive the newly acquired charter in a... /4866944/2023/09/15/travis-kelce-chris-jones-availability-week-2-chiefs-jaguars/ 2023-09-15T18:49:19Z 2023-09-27T14:18:48Z Travis Kelce, Chris Jones will ‘be out there’ for Chiefs vs. Jaguars, Andy Reid says Nate Taylor and The Athletic Staff Kansas City Chiefs stars Travis Kelce and Chris Jones are expected to make their season debuts against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, coach Andy Reid said Friday. Here’s what you need to know: Reid said the All-Pro tight end and defensive tackle have done a good job in practice this week and “as long as nothing happens, they’ll be out there” in Jacksonville. Kelce missed Week 1 after dealing with knee inflammation, while Jones sat out the first game as he awaited a new contract, which he signed Monday. Without their two stars, Kansas City fell to the Detroit Lions... /4864487/2023/09/15/zach-wilson-nathaniel-hackett-jets-cowboys/ 2023-09-15T09:05:18Z 2023-09-27T18:02:55Z Zach Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett have swagger and a second chance with Jets Zack Rosenblatt/author/zack-rosenblatt/ Hackett and Wilson had miserable 2022 seasons, but they can turn their fortunes around if the OC and QB can help the Jets keep winning. /4859523/2023/09/13/jets-tom-brady-aaron-rodgers/ 2023-09-13T14:36:19Z 2023-09-27T16:43:57Z Jets won’t ask Tom Brady about return to NFL: Sources Dianna Russini, Zack Rosenblatt and more The New York Jets won’t be checking to see if recently retired quarterback Tom Brady has any interest in returning to football, multiple league sources told The Athletic. Here’s what you need to know: Brady, 46, has made it clear to people close to him that he’s done playing football, per sources. Jets coach Robert Saleh said Tuesday that 2021 first-round pick Zach Wilson is “our quarterback” and there’s no competition. New York plans to start Wilson against the Dallas Cowboys and beyond, per multiple sources. The Jets started to reach out to veteran free-agent QBs on... /4857144/2023/09/13/jets-aaron-rodgers-zach-wilson-nfl-trade/ 2023-09-13T09:00:13Z 2023-09-27T18:03:02Z NFL execs weigh in on Zach Wilson, QB options and outlook for Jets: ‘Others have to step up’ Jeff Howe/author/jeff-howe/ If you-know-who isn't abandoning retirement then, "I don’t think there’s a veteran out there that is much of an upgrade over Zach Wilson." /4857085/2023/09/12/mel-tucker-brenda-tracy-statement/ 2023-09-12T20:58:57Z 2023-09-27T16:35:31Z Brenda Tracy ‘had no intention of publicly disclosing her identity’ amid Mel Tucker investigation, attorney says Katie Strang and The Athletic Staff Editor’s note 9/27: Michigan State fired Mel Tucker for cause, saying he brought ‘public disrespect’ upon university Content warning:?This story addresses allegations of sexual harassment and may be difficult to read and emotionally upsetting.? On Sept. 18, The Athletic reported that Michigan State provided Mel Tucker with written notice of intent to terminate his contract for cause. Brenda Tracy, who has alleged Michigan State coach Mel Tucker sexually harassed her, said in a letter released through her attorney Tuesday that she had no intention of disclosing her identity... /4853812/2023/09/11/mel-tucker-statement-allegations/ 2023-09-11T22:15:38Z 2023-09-27T16:35:39Z Michigan State’s Mel Tucker denies sexual harassment allegations, calls intimate conversation ‘mutual’ The Athletic Staff Content warning:?This story addresses allegations of sexual harassment and may be difficult to read and emotionally upsetting.? Editor’s note 9/27: Michigan State fired Mel Tucker for cause, saying he brought ‘public disrespect’ upon university Suspended Michigan State coach Mel Tucker defended his conversation with Brenda Tracy in the face of sexual harassment allegations, saying in a Monday statement that the pair’s phone conversation in April 2022 was “an entirely mutual, private event between two adults living at opposite ends of the country.”... /4851480/2023/09/10/tom-brady-new-england-patriots-philadelphia-eagles/ 2023-09-11T03:55:44Z 2023-09-27T16:44:05Z Buckley: Tom Brady had more than 15 minutes of fame, so Patriots planning a blockbuster Steve Buckley/author/steve-buckley/ Halftime celebration was fun, but it was more like Brady stopping by to say hello and Bob Kraft announcing a "summer" extravaganza in June. /4850517/2023/09/10/tom-brady-patriots-hall-of-fame-robert-kraft/ 2023-09-10T22:46:01Z 2023-09-27T16:44:16Z Tom Brady headed to Patriots Hall of Fame early, Robert Kraft says Chad Graff/author/chad-graff/ FOXBORO, Mass. —?Tom Brady unzipped his New England Patriots sweatshirt to reveal he was wearing his old No. 12 jersey, then did his customary sprint down the sideline to kick off the team’s halftime celebration, shouting “Let’s go!” once he reached the end zone just as he did before every game at Gillette Stadium. During an 11-minute event on the field during the team’s season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, Brady pronounced that he considers himself “a Patriot for life,” and owner Robert Kraft announced that the team will waive its four-year waiting period for... /4848844/2023/09/10/mel-tucker-michigan-state-sexual-harassment/ 2023-09-10T13:32:04Z 2023-09-27T16:35:59Z Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker suspended without pay amid sexual harassment investigation Nicole Auerbach, Katie Strang and more Content warning: This story addresses allegations of sexual harassment and may be difficult to read and emotionally upsetting.? Editor’s note 9/27: Michigan State fired Mel Tucker for cause, saying he brought ‘public disrespect’ upon university Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker has been suspended without pay after a university investigation into sexual harassment allegations became public Saturday night. He signed a 10-year, $95 million contract through the 2031 season in Nov. 2021, making him one of college football’s highest-paid coaches. According to USA Today,... /4823950/2023/09/09/greg-olsen-tom-brady-fox-packers-bears/ 2023-09-09T11:00:16Z 2023-09-27T16:44:33Z Greg Olsen Q&A: On Tom Brady and his future at Fox, Jordan Love, Justin Fields, broadcasting and more Richard Deitsch/author/richard-deitsch/ Greg Olsen talks about broadcaster longevity, Tom Brady's impending arrival at Fox, the Packers-Bears game he's set to call Sunday and more. /4841608/2023/09/08/tom-brady-patriots-foxboro/ 2023-09-08T09:05:55Z 2023-09-27T16:44:43Z How do you commemorate the GOAT? For the Patriots and Tom Brady, it starts Sunday Chad Graff/author/chad-graff/ A look at what the Patriots have planned for Brady's return to Foxboro on Sunday, plus what they may do for him in the future. /4843922/2023/09/07/lionel-messi-free-kick-argentina-ecuador/ 2023-09-08T02:26:09Z 2023-09-27T14:12:41Z Lionel Messi scores free-kick goal to lift Argentina to 1-0 win in World Cup qualifier vs. Ecuador Felipe Cardenas and The Athletic Staff Lionel Messi did it again: The Argentina star scored a free-kick goal against Ecuador in a World Cup qualifying match Thursday, lifting his country to a 1-0 win. Here’s what you need to know: Messi — who announced his arrival to Inter Miami with a stoppage-time free-kick winner in his July 21 debut — scored in the 78th minute against Ecuador. He has 65 career free-kick goals. The goal was Messi’s 29th in World Cup qualifiers, tying him with Luis Suarez as the top scorer in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying history. Argentina, the defending men’s World Cup champion, starts... /4842704/2023/09/07/travis-kelce-injury-week-1/ 2023-09-07T22:00:50Z 2023-09-27T14:18:56Z Chiefs’ Travis Kelce out for season opener vs. Lions: How Kansas City will adjust Nate Taylor and The Athletic Staff Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is inactive for the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium. Here’s what you need to know: The Chiefs considered Kelce day to day earlier this week as he dealt with knee inflammation, a team source told The Athletic. Jason Kelce, Travis’ older brother and a Philadelphia Eagles center, told 94WIP’s “Morning Show” on Wednesday that Travis has a bone bruise and swelling in his knee. Kelce was the team’s leading receiver last season, catching 110 passes for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns. /4841568/2023/09/07/kim-mulkey-contract-extension-lsu/ 2023-09-07T12:44:09Z 2023-09-27T15:21:12Z LSU’s Kim Mulkey to ink record $32 million extension, per reports: How she overhauled Tigers Ben Pickman and The Athletic Staff LSU and Kim Mulkey have agreed to a 10-year, $32 million extension that makes her the highest-paid women’s basketball coach in the country, according to multiple reports. Here’s what you need to know: The deal must be approved by LSU’s board of supervisors, which meets on Friday. Mulkey, 61, led the Tigers to their first NCAA title last season, her second with the program. Mulkey was previously set to earn $2.5 million per year through the 2028-29 season. Her new deal’s average annual value will surpass that of UConn’s Geno Auriemma, who earns about $3 million per year. The... /4829662/2023/09/07/chiefs-vs-lions-spread-line-expert-picks/ 2023-09-07T09:00:10Z 2023-09-27T14:19:11Z Chiefs vs. Lions spread, line, picks: Expert predictions with Travis Kelce out Mark Ross/author/mark-ross/ See Chiefs vs. Lions odds, expert picks and storylines. /4839447/2023/09/06/lionel-messi-ballon-dor-mls/ 2023-09-06T20:57:09Z 2023-09-27T14:12:46Z Lionel Messi becomes first active MLS Ballon d’Or nominee since Inter Miami owner David Beckham The Athletic Staff Lionel Messi has become the first active Major League Soccer player to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or since Inter Miami owner David Beckham. The Inter Miami forward — a record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner — has been shortlisted for the 2023 award and will become the first active MLS player to win the prize should he top the shortlist on October 30. Beckham is the last player to be nominated for the prize while playing in MLS after making the shortlist in 2007, three months after joining LA Galaxy from Real Madrid. The 2023 Ballon d’Or is judged on performances from... /4839214/2023/09/06/ballon-dor-shortlist-2023/ 2023-09-06T19:19:11Z 2023-09-27T14:12:51Z Ballon d’Or 2023 shortlist: Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Aitana Bonmati and Sophia Smith among nominees Ali Rampling/author/ali-rampling/ The shortlists for the 2023 Ballon d’Or have been announced, with Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Vinicius Junior among the nominees for the men’s award. Aitana Bonmati is one of four members of Spain’s World Cup winning squad nominated for the Ballon d’Or Feminin, with Sophia Smith the USWNT’s sole representative. The winners will be announced in Paris on October 30. Record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has been nominated after captaining Argentina to their 2022 World Cup triumph. The 36-year-old forward scored seven goals in seven appearances and... /4836303/2023/09/05/travis-kelce-knee-injury/ 2023-09-05T22:11:08Z 2023-09-27T14:19:28Z Chiefs’ Travis Kelce day to day with knee issue, per source: How team would adjust if he’s out Thursday Dianna Russini and Nate Taylor Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is considered day to day with inflammation in his knee, a team source said Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know: Kelce had tests done on his knee immediately after practice Tuesday, and those tests revealed the inflammation but no tears, the source said. More tests are expected to be done Wednesday morning. Jason Kelce, Travis’ older brother and a Philadelphia Eagles center, told 94WIP’s “Morning Show” on Wednesday that Travis has a bone bruise and swelling in his knee. Kansas City will play the Detroit Lions in its... /4830876/2023/09/04/messi-inter-miami-lafc/ 2023-09-04T04:22:12Z 2023-09-27T14:13:06Z Messi notches 2 assists as Inter Miami beats LAFC to extend unbeaten run Pablo Maurer and The Athletic Staff Inter Miami downed LAFC 3-1 at BMO Stadium on Sunday to remain unbeaten since star Lionel Messi debuted with the MLS side on July 21. Here’s what you need to know: Facundo Farías opened up scoring at the 14-minute mark with a shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Jordi Alba padded Inter Miami’s lead, 2-0, with a goal in the 51st minute thanks to a nice through ball from Messi. Leonardo Campana capped off Inter Miami’s scoring in the 83rd minute. The goal was assisted by Messi following a fast break. LAFC’s lone goal of the game came in the... /4826997/2023/09/01/inter-miami-messi-hotel-worker-strike/ 2023-09-02T00:23:05Z 2023-09-27T14:13:11Z Inter Miami, Messi relocate from L.A. hotel amid worker strike; Players wanted to ‘stand with the workers’ Pablo Maurer and The Athletic Staff Inter Miami and soccer star Lionel Messi have changed plans and won’t stay at a Los Angeles hotel, the Fairmont Miramar, amid a worker strike ahead of Miami’s match Sunday against LAFC at BMO Stadium, the MLS Players Association said in a statement Friday. “The players union was very helpful when they learned about the dispute,” Maria Hernandez, a communications associate for the hotel worker union, Unite Here Local 11, said in a statement. “The players themselves really wanted to do the right thing and stand with the workers. We are very grateful. The workers are... /4822584/2023/08/31/messi-mls-players-argentina-roster/ 2023-08-31T16:12:30Z 2023-09-27T14:13:26Z Lionel Messi among 3 MLS players on Argentina roster for September World Cup qualifiers Tom Bogert and Felipe Cardenas Lionel Messi is among three MLS players called into Argentina camp for the men’s national team’s September World Cup qualifiers, the federation announced Thursday. Here’s what you need to know: The Inter Miami superstar is joined by FC Dallas winger Alan Velasco and Atlanta United midfielder Thiago Almada on coach Lionel Scaloni’s roster. Argentina, the defending men’s World Cup champion, is scheduled to play Ecuador on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires and Bolivia on Sept. 12 in La Paz. The call-up is the first to the senior national team for Velasco, 21. Almada, 22,... /4820958/2023/08/30/lionel-messi-inter-miami-nashville-sc/ 2023-08-31T02:09:00Z 2023-09-27T14:13:37Z Inter Miami held scoreless for first time with Lionel Messi, ties Nashville SC 0-0 Pablo Maurer and Felipe Cardenas Inter Miami tied Nashville SC on Wednesday night 0-0, diminishing their chances to make the MLS postseason. Here’s what you need to know: Inter Miami superstar Lionel Messi, who has 11 goals and three assists in nine games, was held scoreless for just the second time since joining the club in July. This was the first time Inter Miami failed to score since acquiring Messi, although it beat Nashville on penalties in the Leagues Cup final on Aug. 19. Messi signed a deal for two and a half seasons — worth between $50 million and $60 million annually — with an option to extend for a further... /4820115/2023/08/30/gregg-berhalter-messi-mls-usmnt/ 2023-08-30T21:09:57Z 2023-09-27T14:13:42Z Gregg Berhalter praises Messi’s impact on MLS, USMNT-eligible Inter Miami players Paul Tenorio/author/paul-tenorio/ U.S. men’s national team coach Gregg Berhalter said he went to Nashville for the Leagues Cup final, and he praised Inter Miami’s owners for bringing Lionel Messi to MLS during media availability Wednesday. Berhalter’s comments followed the release of the USMNT’s roster for September friendlies against Uzbekistan and Oman. “You have this idea of what it could be, of what MLS is, and then you totally break the mold by getting someone like Messi and taking it to a different level,” Berhalter said. “It’s been amazing exposure. … Overall, it’s just blown me away... /4800760/2023/08/29/jonathan-taylor-colts-pup-list-2/ 2023-08-29T20:19:24Z 2023-09-27T14:12:36Z Colts don’t trade Jonathan Taylor, keep RB on PUP list: What will Indy do in his 4-game absence? Dianna Russini and James Boyd The Indianapolis Colts are keeping running back Jonathan Taylor on the physically unable to perform list, according to league sources, meaning he will miss the first four games of the season. Here’s what you need to know: The Colts fielded trade offers for Taylor and gave the running back until Tuesday to find an appropriate trade, sources confirmed to The Athletic. The Dolphins had remained in touch on a possible trade as late as Tuesday afternoon. Miami’s talks with Indianapolis did not get close and the team did not make an offer, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said... /4815892/2023/08/29/jordi-alba-spain-inter-miami/ 2023-08-29T17:04:41Z 2023-09-27T14:13:47Z Inter Miami defender Jordi Alba set to step aside from Spain duty Guillermo Rai/author/guillermo-rai/ Inter Miami defender Jordi Alba is set to step aside from international duty with Spain. His decision has been triggered by the complications of travelling from his home in the United States to Europe following his move from Barcelona to Inter Miami this summer. The 34-year-old informed Spain manager Luis de la Fuente of his decision earlier this month. Alba’s choice to take a step back from the national team is not related to the dispute surrounding Spanish football association (RFEF president) Luis Rubiales. Follow live coverage of Messi’s Inter Miami vs Houston Dynamo in the US... /4810692/2023/08/28/trail-blazers-fan-survey-results-damian-lillard/ 2023-08-28T13:45:33Z 2023-09-27T18:29:01Z Trail Blazers fan survey results: Love of Damian Lillard remains, but so does support of GM Jason Quick/author/jason-quick/ Fans are largely united in loving Lillard, supporting the GM, questioning the Jerami Grant signing and being excited about Scoot Henderson. /4776517/2023/08/15/james-harden-daryl-morey-damian-lillard-trade/ 2023-08-15T11:19:57Z 2023-09-27T18:31:10Z Hollinger: James Harden, Damian Lillard could define limits of NBA player empowerment John Hollinger/author/john-hollinger/ The leverage both players could have had is largely gone, and how their situations play out could impact future cases. /4772751/2023/08/14/efl-round-up-tom-brady-birmingham/ 2023-08-14T04:17:28Z 2023-09-27T16:44:53Z Tom Brady at Birmingham, quickest yellow card – what you might have missed in EFL The Athletic UK Staff There were plenty of talking points across the EFL's three divisions this weekend. Here, we round up some standout moments… /4770656/2023/08/12/tom-brady-birmingham-city-owner-leeds/ 2023-08-12T16:17:28Z 2023-09-27T16:45:01Z Tom Brady watches Birmingham City for first time following investment in Championship club Ben Burrows/author/ben-burrows/ Tom Brady watched Birmingham City for the first time after becoming a minority owner of the English second division football club. NFL legend Brady, 46, entered into a partnership with U.S.-based Knighthead Capital Management LLC — which completed its takeover of Birmingham in July?— earlier this month. Brady was at the Championship club’s St Andrew’s home ground on Saturday afternoon to watch in person as Birmingham beat Leeds United 1-0 thanks to a 91st-minute Lukas Jutkiewicz penalty. He also took time to meet supporters at a local pub ahead of the game. Birmingham are... /4746519/2023/08/03/tom-brady-birmingham-city-ownership/ 2023-08-03T17:33:58Z 2023-09-27T16:45:29Z Why is Tom Brady buying a stake in Birmingham City? Gregg Evans and Adam Leventhal Why would a seven-time Super Bowl winner invest in a second-tier English soccer club? The Athletic attempts to explain all... /4745396/2023/08/03/tom-brady-birmingham-football/ 2023-08-03T07:31:54Z 2023-09-27T16:45:40Z NFL legend Tom Brady becomes minority owner of English football club Birmingham City Luke Bosher/author/luke-bosher/ NFL legend Tom Brady has become a minority owner of English second division football club Birmingham City. Brady, 46, has entered into a partnership with U.S.-based Knighthead Capital Management LLC — which completed its takeover of Birmingham in July — meaning the seven-time Super Bowl winner takes part-ownership of the team and becomes chair of the advisory board. In that role, Brady will be “working directly with the club’s board and members of Birmingham City Football Club’s leadership team”. Birmingham, who play in the Championship, one tier below the Premier League, say that... /4739016/2023/08/01/damian-lillard-trade-package-heat/ 2023-08-01T15:02:25Z 2023-09-27T18:31:20Z Heat working on Damian Lillard trade package, but still no traction on deal: Sources Shams Charania and The Athletic Staff Damian Lillard was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sept. 27th in a three-team trade. A month after Damian Lillard requested a trade out of Portland, there remains no real traction on any kind of a deal, league sources tell The Athletic. There remains no shift in Lillard’s mindset and his goal of playing for the Miami Heat in the wake of the league’s initiative to warn Lillard and his agent that any further comments made “suggesting Lillard will not fully perform the services called for under his player contract in the event of a trade” will be subject to discipline, according... /4730234/2023/07/28/damian-lillard-memo-trade-request-heat/ 2023-07-28T22:12:26Z 2023-09-27T18:31:04Z NBA sends memo to all 30 teams regarding Damian Lillard’s trade request to only Heat: Sources Shams Charania and Jason Quick Damian Lillard was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sept. 27th in a three-team trade. The NBA informed all 30 teams that they interviewed Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard and his agent, Aaron Goodwin, about Lillard’s stance he only wants to play for the Miami Heat, league sources confirmed to The Athletic on Friday. Here’s what you need to know: The league advised Lillard and Goodwin that any future comments “suggesting Lillard will not fully perform the services called for under his player contract in the event of a trade” will be subject to discipline,... /4687899/2023/07/13/damian-lillard-james-harden-trade-rumors-summer-league-news/ 2023-07-13T14:42:51Z 2023-09-27T18:29:32Z What I’m hearing about Damian Lillard, James Harden, Chris Paul and more: Notes from Vegas Sam Amick/author/sam-amick/ NBA insider Sam Amick shares insight from his conversations in Las Vegas and his observations about the league's roster shuffling. /4680510/2023/07/10/corey-lajoie-contract-spire-motorsports/ 2023-07-10T18:19:21Z 2023-09-27T14:22:33Z Corey LaJoie finalizing multiyear contract extension with Spire Motorsports: Sources Jordan Bianchi/author/jordan-bianchi/ Corey LaJoie is working on finalizing a multiyear contract extension with Spire Motorsports to continue driving its No. 7 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR industry sources told The Athletic. The deal is expected to be completed in the coming weeks. The 31-year-old LaJoie is enjoying a career-best season in NASCAR’s premier series, with an average finish of 19.7 — five positions better than his previous high (24.3) set last year — and sitting 24th in points, in contention for a surprise playoff berth with seven regular-season races remaining. “We’re just performing to... /4659350/2023/07/01/damian-lillard-trade-request-trail-blazers/ 2023-07-02T01:51:37Z 2023-09-27T18:30:49Z Quick: Damian Lillard’s trade request, a long-time coming, marks the end of an era. It also offers resolution Jason Quick/author/jason-quick/ He was everything an organization and a fan base could want in a franchise star, and then some. Now, the relationship looks to be at an end. /4659589/2023/07/01/damian-lillard-trade-request-possible-destinations/ 2023-07-01T23:45:18Z 2023-09-27T18:29:28Z Why Damian Lillard finally asked out and sparked an all out blitz around the NBA to cut the Heat in line Sam Amick/author/sam-amick/ An inside look at what led to the Dame trade request and why the Heat might have some competition in the mix. /4658611/2023/07/01/damian-lillard-blazers-possible-trades/ 2023-07-01T18:57:37Z 2023-09-27T18:32:43Z With Damian Lillard, the Blazers waited too long. Four possible trades, involving the Heat, Knicks, Sixers and Clippers John Hollinger/author/john-hollinger/ After the Blazers wasted everyone’s time for two years, finally, blessedly, Damian Lillard has demanded a trade. /4658378/2023/07/01/damian-lillard-trade-request/ 2023-07-01T16:11:15Z 2023-09-27T18:29:05Z Damian Lillard requesting trade out of Portland, specifically to Miami: Sources The Athletic Staff Damian Lillard was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sept. 27th in a three-team trade. By Shams Charania, William Guillory and Jason Quick Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has requested a trade out of Portland, league sources told The Athletic on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know: The Trail Blazers have been informed that Lillard wants a trade specifically to the Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat, per multiple league sources. The seven-time All-Star is coming off the most productive offensive season of his career. In 2022-23, he finished with career-highs in points per game... /4657894/2023/07/01/damian-lillard-heat-rumors-free-agency/ 2023-07-01T13:56:30Z 2023-09-27T18:30:57Z Damian Lillard or bust is the only path for the Heat. It’s also the correct one William Guillory/author/william-guillory/ Even as the Heat loses key players from its NBA Finals team, their eyes remain firmly on the potential prize in Damian Lillard. /4643649/2023/06/27/time-to-trade-damian-lillard-the-bounce/ 2023-06-27T14:01:12Z 2023-09-27T18:36:47Z Time to trade Dame Lillard and more names to watch Zach Harper and Shams Charania Zach Harper and Shams Charania catch you up on leaguewide news. /4640012/2023/06/26/nba-free-agency-news-rumors-damian-lillard-james-harden/ 2023-06-26T11:06:03Z 2023-09-27T18:30:35Z Damian Lillard’s last days in Portland? Where is James Harden headed? NBA Free Agency notes Sam Amick/author/sam-amick/ NBA Insider Sam Amick shares his latest intel and thoughts going into the start of NBA Free Agency. /4492420/2023/05/05/aneesah-morrow-transfer-lsu/ 2023-05-05T18:46:12Z 2023-09-27T15:21:17Z Former DePaul forward Aneesah Morrow transferring to LSU: Why stars are flocking to Baton Rouge Chantel Jennings/author/chantel-jennings/ Sophomore forward Aneesah Morrow is transferring to LSU, she announced Friday. Here’s what you need to know: Morrow was one of the most highly sought players in the transfer portal after averaging 25.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game this past season at DePaul. After being contacted by more than 30 programs, Morrow narrowed her list to LSU, USC and South Carolina. The Tigers already picked up Hailey Van Lith (from Louisville) through the transfer portal this season, but adding Morrow gives LSU the top two players out of the portal this offseason as well as the No. 1 2023 recruiting... /4396376/2023/04/10/damian-lillard-blazers/ 2023-04-10T04:01:21Z 2023-09-27T18:31:15Z Damian Lillard as Blazers end miserable season: ‘I want a chance to go for it’ Jason Quick/author/jason-quick/ The Blazers guard, who will be 33 next season, wants proven veterans as teammates, not more young draft picks. /4389927/2023/04/07/lsu-white-house-visit/ 2023-04-07T12:32:50Z 2023-09-27T15:21:27Z LSU women’s basketball will accept White House visit invitation following national title: Report The Athletic Staff The national champion LSU women’s basketball team will accept an invitation to visit the White House, university spokesperson Michael Bonnette told the Associated Press. Here’s what you need to know: Previously, star forward Angel Reese aired her frustrations with first lady Jill Biden suggesting runner-up Iowa could also visit the White House. Reese said on a Thursday podcast that her team should “go to the Obamas” instead. On Friday, Reese said she would join the rest of her teammates in visiting the White House if they decide to go. “It was tough just seeing... /4347346/2023/03/25/blazers-damian-lillard-injury-regular-season/ 2023-03-25T22:58:10Z 2023-09-27T18:32:55Z Trail Blazers leaning toward shutting Damian Lillard down for rest of season due to calf injury: Sources Shams Charania and Jason Quick Damian Lillard was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sept. 27th in a three-team trade. The Portland Trail Blazers are leaning toward shutting down point guard Damian Lillard for the team’s final nine games, league sources confirmed to The Athletic on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know: The Blazers are seriously considering taking precautions as Lillard deals with a calf injury and the team is three and a half games out of the Play-In Tournament race. Lillard last played on March 22, scoring 30 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds in a win over the Utah Jazz. Through 58 games... /4255728/2023/02/27/damian-lillard-71-trail-blazers/ 2023-02-27T12:41:30Z 2023-09-27T18:32:36Z Damian Lillard’s 71 points sets Blazers record in his latest masterpiece: ‘A piece of art’ Jason Quick/author/jason-quick/ The Blazers guard set a franchise record for points and 3-pointers in a display his coach called "a masterful performance." /3975391/2022/12/06/samuel-etoo-apology/ 2022-12-06T16:48:56Z 2023-09-27T15:24:00Z Samuel Eto’o apologises for ‘violent altercation’ with individual at World Cup Ali Humayun/author/ali-humayun/ Samuel Eto’o has apologised for a “violent altercation” that occurred between the former Cameroon striker and an individual after Brazil’s 2022 World Cup match against South Korea on Monday. Video footage emerged on Monday that appeared to show Eto’o, 41, knee an individual in the face at the World Cup in Qatar. The incident occurred outside Stadium 974 in Doha after the last-16 match between Brazil and South Korea, which the former won 4-1. Eto’o acknowledged the incident on Tuesday by issuing a statement on his social media channels, which read: “On December 5, after the... /4203267/2021/08/06/damian-lillard-blazers-didnt-get-who-they-would-have-liked-in-free-agency/ 2021-08-06T12:16:35Z 2023-09-27T18:33:06Z Damian Lillard: Blazers didn’t get who they ‘would have liked’ in free agency Joe Vardon and The Athletic Staff During 2021 free agency, the Blazers re-signed their top target, guard Norman Powell, to a five-year, $90 million deal. /4223457/2021/02/20/luka-doncic-says-damian-lillard-maybe-deserved-all-star-start-over-him/ 2021-02-20T23:31:35Z 2023-09-27T18:32:46Z Luka Doncic says Damian Lillard maybe deserved All-Star start over him Sam Amick/author/sam-amick/ Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic said Saturday that he didn’t expect to start in the All-Star Game. /2327996/2021/01/17/damian-lillard-game-winner-against-hawks-wasnt-your-typical-dame-time-play/ 2021-01-17T14:53:25Z 2023-09-27T18:32:51Z Damian Lillard’s game-winner against Hawks wasn’t your typical Dame Time play Jason Quick/author/jason-quick/ The All-Star guard seals win over Atlanta by drawing a charge against Trae Young in the final seconds, signaling his commitment to defense. /1996019/2020/08/14/he-has-it-behind-brilliance-of-damian-lillard-trail-blazers-still-alive/ 2020-08-14T06:03:05Z 2023-09-27T18:33:12Z ‘He has it’: Behind brilliance of Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers still alive Jason Quick/author/jason-quick/ The Blazers' star had 42 points and 12 assists to help Portland survive another close game and advance to play Memphis in play-in series.