August 2018

Hamels giving Cubs’ rotation the ace it needs

Cole Hamels of the Chicago CubsCole Hamels is playing like it’s 2008 all over again, much to the delight of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were hoping the veteran pitcher could regain some of his all-star form when they took a chance on him at the trade deadline despite his struggles with the Texas Rangers, but after one month with Chicago, Hamels resembles the ace who was named World Series MVP a decade ago, and he’s already become the Cubs’ most important starter.

Giants make Beckham NFL’s highest-paid receiver

Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t going anywhere. The New York Giants agreed to pay up to retain the services of their star receiver, inking Beckham to a five-year contract extension that makes him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. The deal shows New York’s commitment to one of the cornerstones of its offense, and avoids the cloud of uncertainty that would be hanging over their future with Beckham had they let him play out the final year of his previous deal.

Nationals trade Murphy, Adams for financial flexibility

Daniel Murphy (20) celebrates hitting a 2 run home run.The Washington Nationals waited until after the non-waiver trade deadline to decide whether they were buyers or sellers this season, moving Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams to teams with better postseason ambitions on Tuesday and receiving little more than cash considerations in return. Murphy joins the National League leading Chicago Cubs, who have struggled at the plate recently, while Adams joins the surging St.

Colts’ Luck back in preseason after missing all of 2017

Andrew Luck gives the thumbs up after completing a pass during a 2018 preseason game.The Indianapolis Colts might have their quarterback back. Andrew Luck played a preseason game on Monday, which is the most positive sign yet in his lengthy recovery from the shoulder injury that forced him to miss all of last season. The Colts lost the game to the Baltimore Ravens, but the most positive sign for Indianapolis was seeing Luck’s shoulder able to handle NFL contact once again.

NHL offer sheets remain taboo despite tantalizing targets

William NylanderWilliam Nylander is still available. The Toronto Maple Leafs winger remains unsigned as he and the team seem confident they will reach an agreement before the preseason, but the lack of urgency is thanks to an unwritten rule in the NHL that essentially forbids teams from using offer sheets to acquire elite restricted free agents.

Alouettes regrouping after Manziel’s ugly CFL debut

Johnny Manziel reacts after throwing an interception.Johnny Manziel’s CFL debut last Friday drew the highest TV ratings of any CFL game this year, but his performance didn’t live up to the hype. Manziel threw four interceptions in the first half and was eventually benched as the Montreal Alouettes continued to struggle on both sides of the ball.

UFC hoping for ratings redemption with McGregor’s return

Conor McGregor wearing a UFC belt.UFC 227 on Saturday featured two exciting title fights, but the fight that stole the show won’t happen until October, when Conor McGregor will make his much-anticipated return to MMA.

Woods eyeing winner’s circle at Bridgestone Invitational

Tiger Woods’ return to professional golf has gone about as well as he or anyone else could have hoped, and now he