June 2017

Rockets aren't done building superteam after adding Chris Paul

Carmelo Anthony and Paul George playfully fight for a reboundThe Houston Rockets do not appear satisfied with finishing a respectable third in the Western Conference behind the eventual champion Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. Houston made its intention to compete for a title clear by acquiring Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, forming the backcourt of another potential superteam.

Montero demoted after blaming Cubs pitchers for stolen bases

Miguel Montero misses a tag against the PhilliesMiguel Montero made the Chicago Cubs choose between backing a Cy Young winner, or their backup catcher. It wasn’t a difficult choice. Montero was designated for assignment on Wednesday in response to comments he made about Jake Arrieta and the Cubs’ pitching staff, blaming their slow delivery for the seven stolen bases recorded by the Washington Nationals in Tuesday’s game.

Knicks and Phil Jackson reportedly parting ways

Phil Jackson sits on the sidelines in Madison Square GardenThe Phil Jackson era is apparently about to come to an end in New York.

Westbrook wins MVP in landslide vote after historic season

Russell Westbrook poses with his MVP trophyTurns out the MVP debate between Russell Westbrook and James Harden was slightly overblown. Westbrook’s historic triple-double season was too much to ignore, and he was named the 2016-17 NBA MVP on Monday in a vote that wasn’t close.

Stroll first Canadian to reach F1 podium since Villeneuve

Third-place finisher Lance Stroll fist pumps gleefullyLance Stroll turned his Formula One rookie season around in a big way at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, finishing third on Sunday for his first podium finish in his eighth career race. The 18-year-old Canadian is the second-youngest F1 driver to reach the podium, and he came very close to finishing second in a crazy race that featured numerous safety cars and a red flag stoppage.

Jimmy Butler trade highlights otherwise predictable NBA draft

Top prospects take centre state at the NBA DraftThe Chicago Bulls provided some draft day entertainment on Thursday, dealing Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler, who was reportedly on the trading block heading into the draft, became the centerpiece of a trade that also featured Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine heading to Chicago and the Bulls and Timberwolves swapping first-round picks.

Golden Knights set sights on bright future in NHL expansion draft

A Vegas Golden Knight represents the team at its Expansion DraftThe Vegas Golden Knights probably aren’t going to be very good in their inaugural season, but the moves they made on Wednesday could make them great in a few seasons.

Errant pitching has Yankees on seven-game slide

Luis Severino packs heat on a pitch for the New York YankeesIt’s been a bad week for the New York Yankees—especially their pitching. A seven-game losing skid has taken much of the shine off of New York’s surprising start to the season, and Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels dropped the Yankees a half-game behind the rival Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead, adding insult to injury.

Celtics agree to trade first-overall pick to 76ers

76ers coach Brett Brown celebrates the news that his team will pick first overallThe Philadelphia 76ers will select first overall once again at the NBA draft on Thursday following an announced trade with the Boston Celtics.

After months of hype, Mayweather-McGregor fight actually happening

Conor McGregor prepares for a fight in T-Mobile ArenaA fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor could either be a watershed moment in combat sports, or a cynical cash-grab masquerading as a boxing match, but one thing is certain: it’s happening.