George Karl has replaced Ty Corbin as the coach of the Sacramento Kings. In an announcement made by the team on Tuesday, Karl will become the third coach of the Kings this season, taking over the reins of Corbin, who two months ago replaced Mike Malone.
Karl admitted to Josh Dubow of the Associated Press that he missed coaching.
"I've missed the gym and I love the game. I wanted one more shot to try to win a championship," the well-known coach, who has yet to win an NBA title, said. more >>
Kevin Garnett and Tayshaun Prince's respective returns to the teams that made them stars took place before the 3 p.m. (ET) NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves reacquired Garnett from the Brooklyn Nets for Thaddeus Young, giving Garnett a second stint with the club that he led to the 2004 Western Conference Finals before he is set to retire this summer.
After Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced last Friday that the "Fight of the Century" between him and Manny Pacquiao was happening on May 2, boxing and sports enthusiasts have been rejoicing about the good news. The fight is happening after more than five years of repeated calls for the two "pound-for-pound" fighters to square off in the ring, according to ESPN.
"The Fight of the Century" is scheduled on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both fighters have fought their previous fights in this same venue. May 2 also coincides with the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend, which a report on Telegraph says is "traditionally one of the huge pay per view weekends for boxing."
Since the announcement, tickets have been available through online ticketing sites such as GoEvent Tickets and Ticket Network, among others. Ringside Fight tickets as of Feb. 23 are now selling for as high as $21,000 and £23,880 while tickets with hotel accommodations can be as high $23,000. The cheapest tickets are at $4,100 or £3,900. more >>
The Phoenix Suns were forced into a bad position by the trade demands of Goran Dragic. He had all the leverage and the ability to kill deal. Heading towards the NBA trade deadline, he outlined the three teams he wanted to be dealt too, and that meant the Suns were never going to get fair market value return for their star point guard. After reaching a deal to deal him to the Miami Heat, the Suns went on a trade bender that wound up seeing five of their players leaving town, and now their fans look at what cam back in those deal and wonder if the team is better off.
The Suns dealt Dragic, Miles Plumlee, Tyler Ennis, Isiah Thomas, and Zoran Dragic in a flurry of deal on Friday. They also dealt away a first round draft pick that is top five protected this year, top three protected in 2016 and 2017 and unprotected for the 2018 NBA draft.
In return for those players and draft pick the Suns acquired PG Brandon Knight who will likely take over the team, Danny Granger, John Salmons, Cleveland 2016 first round pick and two first round picks from the Miami Heat in 2017 and 2021. more >>
The NFL's popularity may be slipping a bit. In an annual survey of American sports fans that follow at least one sport the NFL's popularity slipped a bit from a year ago. While the number is down and trending down over the last few years the good news for the NFL is remains twice as popular as any other sport.
Adults sports fans were asked to pick one sport the follow and 325 of them picked pro football in America, meaning the NFL. 16 percent picked baseball and that number is up and trending up over the last few years. Thosen umbers are not very surprising as these two leagues are clearly the most popular by most metrics.
The real surprises come with the other sports. College football came in third with 10 percent and that is another number that is trending down over the last few years. Motor Racing, and for the most part in America that means NASCAR, came in fourth place at around seven percent significantly down from its peak back in 205 but a number that is trending up. more >>
The 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class has been announced. Drivers Bill Elliott, Fred Lorenzen, Wendell Scott, Joe Weatherly, and Rex White are going in. Along with that announcement a new set of NASCAR legends is being discussed for the 2016 class.
The process for enshrinement beings with a 22-person nominating committee who nominate 20 NASCAR legends for enshrinement. Then a 55-person voting committee votes five persons into the hall each year. With five people elected the nominating committee has nominated five new NASCAR legends who will be under consideration for the first time in 2016.
These new nominees are Crew Chiefs Ray Evernham and Harry Hyde. Along with drivers Alan Kulwicki, Mark Martin, and Hershel McGriff. They join a list of 15 holdover nominees that includes drivers Buddy Baker, Red Byron, Jerry Cook, Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte, Benny Parsons, Larry Phillips, Mike Stefanik, and Curtis Turner. Race team owners Rick Hendrick, Robert Yates, Raymond and Richard Childress. Along with official Ray Fox and track owner and promoter O. Burton Smith. more >>