For the third time this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the regular season of the National Basketball Association.
To be played at the Target Center, the match-up is on January 27, 2016 at 8:00 PM ET.
It's a Western Conference battle between two of the more exciting teams in the league due to the talent they have in the line-up. more >>
Trying to get an improbable win away from home, the Phoenix Suns travel to the Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association.
The match-up is on January 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET.
Between the two teams, the Cavaliers are predictably doing better this season as they still lead the Eastern Conference in terms of records while the Suns are struggling heavily to get wins in a tough Western Conference. more >>
Blake Griffin's return from a quadriceps injury suffered back in December will have to be postponed as the Los Angeles Clippers have already confirmed that the star forward is also suffering from a fracture on his right hand. The injury will sideline him for at least four weeks.
While Griffin is no stranger to injuries, this new one is somewhat controversial because of how he allegedly got it. According to several earlier reports and confirmed by a joint statement issued by team owner Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers, the hand injury was caused by him hitting a member of the Clippers' equipment staff during an argument in a Toronto restaurant.
While the NBA and the Clippers are still doing their own investigation on the matter, it became pretty clear that Griffin was on the wrong side here, the basis of which is contained in the statement from Ballmer and Rivers, which reads: more >>
The Los Angeles Angels avoided arbitration with one of their pitchers in right hander Garrett Richards after the parties agreed to a new one-year contract worth $6.4 million, an amount that is fairly higher compared to what the team initially offered him in a proposed arbitration salary last Jan. 15.
After finishing an impressive season as a regular big league starter back in 2014 where he went 13-4 with 2.61 ERA, Richards unfortunately suffered a knee injury. He came back last season, making 3.65 ERA and going 15-12, while earning a salary of $3.2 million.
The news of this new deal, when finalized, means that he no longer will be available as a free agent until the end of the 2018 season. The only one left in arbitration in the Angels' roster right now is former Gold Glove Kole Calhoun, who plays right field. Calhoun and the Angels are still in negotiations, with the former asking for $3.9 million, while the latter offering $2.35 million. more >>
The Buffalo Bills relayed good news today by announcing that guard Richie Incognito has been named to the Pro Bowl for this year. The former University of Nebraska college football star was placed on the roster to replace the injured Mike Iupati of the Arizona Cardinals.
This year's Pro Bowl selection will be his second, with the first being in 2012 when he was still with the Miami Dolphins. As a start for the Bills in 16 games this season, he became a major contributor in the team's rushing attack, with the Bills leading the entire league in yards and yards per carry. In connection to that, proof of the team's vastly improved rushing game is the fact that three players in the roster were able to surpass the 500-yard mark for this year, namely LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor, and Karlos Williams. Moreover, the Bills also have four Pro Bowlers on offense, a feat that was last achieved in 2002.
But Incognito's career hasn't been this pretty, though. Going back several years ago, this kind of feat would have been impossible for him to achieve. The fact is he didn't even play in the NFL last season. It's not that he does not deserve it; it's just that the league works this way. more >>
The New England Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, in what many considered as an upset win for the Broncos. While it was a close game up to the end, one interesting observation was that Pats' quarterback Tom Brady definitely was the focus of the opposing side's defense, having been hit 23 times in the game.
With this in consideration and perhaps some other factors, the team has decided to fire offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo. Obviously, the firing was about taking responsibility for what happened to Brady in that game. DeGuglielmo has been with the Patriots for the past two seasons, holding the position the entire time.
His departure means that longtime assistant Dante Scarnecchia will be taking over the role. Also, there hasn't been any official word if the team will hire a new offensive line coach outside of the organization. more >>