The phrase “the art of pitching” does not seem to belong in sports however, both fans and pitchers alike take great pride in the deliberate and strategic elements of a good pitching performance. If the upcoming London Series is your first exposure to baseball, appreciating the deliberate nature and purpose of each pitch will almost certainly improve your experience!
From reports of incompetence within the Lakers organisation - which included Pelinka lying about an encounter between Kobe Bryant and Heath Ledger - to the obvious incompetence shown in the Lakers front office the past year. While it is true Pelinka secured All-Star Anthony Davis, it appeared that the bumbling GM got a bit too excited and executed the trade before July 1st.
Malcolm Brogdon’s free agency is set to be as interesting as any in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks are in a tricky spot with Eric Bledsoe re-signed, Giannis Antetokounmpo nearing a supermax and Brogdon, Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton hitting free agency.
The first ever MLB London Series takes place this weekend as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox meet in a two-game series at the London Stadium.
Joe and Sam preview the upcoming MLB London Series, discussing the Yankees and Red Sox 2019 campaigns, the decision to bring Major League Baseball to the UK and the ballpark experience.
With Kyrie leaving, Aron Baynes' contract traded to Phoenix and Al Horford moving on, the Celtics are suddenly in a position to make a statement in the free agent market in the form of Kemba Walker. Walker can take the option of earning an estimated $220 million super-max in Charlotte (should it be offered), however, there are strong rumours that Walker will decline the super-max in favour of playing for a contender.
As they rode off into the sunset the Warriors took stock of their losses, especially on their injury list. Klay Thompson tore his ACL in game 6, and the NBA’s pantomime villain Kevin Durant suffered a torn Achilles in game 5. A harsh sense of schadenfreude surrounded the Durant injury. After all, the prevailing opinion was that he had left the Oklahoma City Thunder to join a 73-9 superteam and ease to multiple titles.
The second phase of MLB All-Star voting begins at 5pm BST on Thursday. Each position has three candidates for this 28-hour round which will decide the starters at Cleveland’s Progressive Field for the midseason classic.
Houston Rockets are going to pursue Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade deal this offseason, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boston Celtics are interested in signing All-Star free agent point guard Kemba Walker, according to Marc Stein.
Looking around Oracle Arena after the clinching Game 6 in this year’s NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard, with a fresh cap on his head and his teammates buzzing around him, took everything in. He held the Larry O’Brien trophy with the delicateness of a new born, and gushed over it adoringly.
On the surface, it looks like the Raiders are all over the place, but there is a method to their madness. Trading Mack and Cooper was a hard pill to swallow, but management knew the Raiders were in no position to contend last year. Rather than commit all that money to Mack and Cooper, they supercharged a rebuild with extra picks, and spread that cap space across multiple needs. After the draft concluded, shortsighted twitter GM’s were quick to mock the Raiders.
Looking back at the 2018 edition of the NFL Draft, the talk is always around Re-Drafts and polarising subjects like "why the heck did the Giants not take a Quarterback with 2nd pick?". But if we were to build a team who made up entirely of players entering their Sophomore year in the NFL, should teams like the Giants feel vindicated or guilty of reaching?
The Boston Red Sox, like their MLB London Series opponents, are well-known worldwide. While they aren’t quite the financial powerhouse of the Yankees, Boston are still one of the biggest fish in the ocean of world sport.
Orlando Magic centre Nikola Vucevic is a free agent this offseason, creating a major dilemma for the Eastern Conference’s 2018/19 eighth seed.