The Winnipeg Jets continue to be center of trade talks in the NHL and one name that has been popping out as of late is Andrew Ladd. Rumors have it that Ladd might be planning a return to Chicago, the same team he played for in 2010 and won the Stanley Cup.
But is this rumor even worthy of talk?
Of course, the Jets will get calls from several other teams in the league about Ladd and another player in Dustin Byfuglien. But that doesn't mean they're shopping them. The only truth to come out of these rumors is the fact that Ladd reportedly declined a six-year contract offer from the Jets before the start of this season. more >>
No one will dare question Brett Favre's inclusion in the 2016 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, he officially became the 14th first-ballot Hall of Fame QB on Saturday night, along with seven other members for this year's list.
Favre is joined by football owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., coach Tony Dungy, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, DE/linebacker Kevin Greene, QB Ken Stabler, tackle Orlando Pace, and guard Dick Stanfel. But of all those names, Favre's storied career will always be the highlight, and having made it in just his first year of eligibility makes his inclusion in the Hall of Fame more remarkable.
For the 46-year-old all-time leader in career pass completions, the honor of being part of the Hall of Fame is beyond everything else. "It's an incredible feeling, it really is," he said. "I'm well aware of my career and what I've done and I've accepted it for what it is, but Roger Staubach comes on stage and I get goosebumps," he added. more >>
Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case against his team, the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday after league arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf, and Edna Francis awarded the pitcher a $4 million salary instead of the team's contention of $3.6 million. Although it's a relatively small difference, the key is that Chavez improved the players' standing over their teams in this off-season's salary arbitration cases, currently standing at 3-0.
The 32-year-old right-hander will therefore remain with the Blue Jays with the salary he deserves, but it's actually more of a win-win situation for both parties. Arbitration cases are just a formality of some sort with players and their teams going back and forth in salary negotiations. Aside from Chavez, Drew Smyly of Tampa Bay and J.J. Hoover of Cincinnati also won their respective arbitration cases.
Chavez made a good account of himself last season while playing for Oakland, right before he got traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for Liam Hendriks last Nov. 20. With the Athletics, he compiled a record of 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA, along with a single save in 26 starts and four relief appearances. He actually started the season in Oakland in the bullpen but was later promoted to the rotation in April. However, his season ended abruptly when he suffered a broken rib, with the Athletics placing him on the disabled list in September. more >>
When he is not in the UFC Octagon, bantamweight division fighter Michael McDonald is finding time to make connections between science and the Bible.
"There's such an overwhelming amount of evidence today of the Bible. In particular i love the evidence of the Genesis and Exodus," the 25-year-old fighter shared on Twitter. "When i was a child i thought we must simply believe and all evidence was destroyed of the early times. It's so awesome to see the massive amounts of it still around."
McDonald spoke about his love of learning the way that various ecosystems depend on the many different parts of the system. more >>
Jeremy Lin is doing more than entertaining North Carolina basketball fans, the Charlotte Hornets point guard has inspired over 2,600 students to stop bullying.
"Can't wait to visit one of the @CharMeckSchools," Lin tweeted last week. "Thanks to the 2600+ students taking a stand against bullying."
The 28-year-old NBA player started a reading challenge in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District through his nonprofit organization The Jeremy Lin Foundation. Instead of just reading books, students will have an opportunity to earn points by taking quizzes and reading articles written by Lin and other celebrities and writers about bullying. more >>
It's the final battle in the regular season between the Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Hornets as they meet at the Time Warner Cable Arena for the National Basketball Association.
The match-up is on February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM ET.
These two Eastern Conference teams are looking to leave their mark in the league and end up as playoff teams as the second half of the season continues. more >>