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DeVincent Spriggs Apologizes to Aaron Donald over Assault Allegations - Bleacher Report
De'Vincent Spriggs has apologized to Aaron Donald after claiming the Los Angeles Rams star assaulted him...
Kyusung Gong/Associated Press DeVincent Spriggs has apologized to Aaron Donald after claiming the Los Angeles Rams star assaulted him. Attorney Todd Hollis, who is representing Spriggs, issued the apology on behalf of his client on Friday to Bryant Reed of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. "I wanted to make this statement public. And to extend an apology to Aaron for what he's gone through, but I clearly know this was not him," Hollis said. The apology comes after Donald's attorney, Casey White, told ESPN's Lindsey Thiry that Spriggs threw a bottle at his client outside of a nightclub and other people around Donald stepped in to intervene. "At that point, that's when other people come to Aaron's aid and defend him by removing, so to speak, Mr. Spriggs from the area where he is punched and he is fighting; it's a mutual fight at this point between other individuals who Aaron does not really know," White said. White also told Thiry that his firm had obtained eyewitness accounts from at least five different people, as well as other individuals who are willing to provide statements. Earlier in the week, Hollis told TMZ Sports he was filing a criminal complaint on behalf of Spriggs. The Pittsburgh-based attorney said Spriggs bumped into Donald inside a nightclub. He said both men were asked to leave and that Donald later assaulted his client outside of the building. Hollis said Spriggs suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose and required 16 stitches after he was attacked. Donald, who was born in Pittsburgh and played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, recently completed his seventh NFL season with the Rams.
Mac Jones Rumors: 49ers Traded for No. 3 Draft Pick Because They 'Covet' QB - Bleacher Report
Perhaps the biggest mystery of the 2021 NFL draft and one that will surely have a domino effect is who the San Francisco 49ers will take with the No. 3 pick...
Alika Jenner/Getty Images Perhaps the biggest mystery of the 2021 NFL draft and one that will surely have a domino effect is who the San Francisco 49ers will take with the No. 3 pick after trading up to get it from the Miami Dolphins. To hear ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. tell it, it's probably going to be Alabama's Mac Jones. "All the buzz I've heard is that 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan traded up nine spots because they covet Jones," he said. "So to answer the question directly, here's how I'd lay out the percentages as of today: 80% to Jones, 15% to Lance, 5% to Fields." Kiper's words echo those from Peter King, who predicted the 49ers would take Jones in his Football Morning in America column even though he reported the team has not yet made up its mind just yet. Despite the predictions from Kiper and King, Vegas believes San Francisco will take Fields. As Will Brinson of CBS Sports passed along, the Ohio State product checks in as the favorite to go with the No. 3 pick on DraftKings Sportsbook: Will [email protected] Fields is now the favorite to be the third overall pick at @DKSportsbook pic.twitter.com/qLQz72DoJi B/R NFL Scouting Department ranks Fields as the second-best overall player in the entire draft, let alone quarterback. Jones checks in at No. 41 and the No. 5 quarterback behind Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Fields, North Dakota State's Trey Lance and BYU's Zach Wilson. B/R did tab Jones as the most accurate, although Fields was ranked as the one with the best mobility. If the 49ers do take a quarterback at No. 3, it will signal a willingness to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo as a long-term option. Garoppolo is under contract through the 2022 season, but injuries have prevented him from fully living up to expectations with San Francisco. The hopes of one of the league's most notable franchises may rest on the shoulders of Jones or Fields on draft day.
Hideki Matsuyama Photographed in Airport with Green Jacket After Masters Win - Bleacher Report
Hideki Matsuyama rose to the ranks of golf greatness at the Masters on Sunday, when he became the first Japanese player to win a men's major tournament. But on...
AP Photo/Gregory Bull Hideki Matsuyama rose to the ranks of golf greatness at the Masters on Sunday when he became the first Japanese player to win a men's major tournament. But on Monday, he blended right in at Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson Airportsave for his new green jacket. According to a fan who spotted him at the airport, Matsuyama was waiting to board a flight to Chicago on Monday with his green jacket laid on the seat next to him. Darren [email protected] sure this is Hideki Matsuyamas last moment as one of us (via @BryanPtak) pic.twitter.com/WQCX6sPOD9 While he seemed undisturbed Monday, it's unlikely that he'll get that peace and quiet back in Japan. His home country has sent golfers to the Masters since 1936, with at least one appearing in the tournament every year since 1968 (h/t Mark Schlabach of ESPN). After 85 years, Matsuyama ended that winless drought.
Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks Set New Standard at WrestleMania 37, Night 1 - Bleacher Report
Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks just reset the bar at WrestleMania 37. When Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley went on first Saturday night with the WWE title on the line after a ...
WWE Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks just reset the bar at WrestleMania 37. When Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley went on first Saturday night with the WWE title on the line after a delay due to inclement weather, it was 100 percent clear Belair and Banks would be free to do something special in the main event. What they did was historic. There's a lot that goes into a WrestleMania main event being historic, yet somehow these two reveled in the occasion. They hit the ring as bitter rivals but didn't start fighting as soon as the bell rang. Instead, both seemed close to tears given the monumental scene. The scene being this, as explained by Banks before The Show of Shows, according to Abhilash Mendhe of Sportskeeda: "[This] is the first time ever that two African-American women will be headlining [breaks into tears] a WrestleMania. This is crazy because this is bigger than me. And I think that's what the beautiful thing is." [email protected]#ESTofWWE! #SmackDown Women's Champion!! #WrestleMania @BiancaBelairWWE https://t.co/2WhLRLQHKk [email protected] SPLASH connects, but it's NOT enough for @BiancaBelairWWE against @SashaBanksWWE! #WrestleMania, presented by @Snickers. https://t.co/Wp5S57WLnr https://t.co/f5dBxOwjYp Given the talent involved, it isn't too surprising Banks and Belair managed to match the immense expectations and put on what could be considered one of the best WrestleMania main events ever. Simply put, the folks behind actually booking the contest knew what they were doing from the jump here. It wouldn't be surprising to find out the company had this exact match in mind when anointing Belair as the women's Royal Rumble winner. Written another way, Banks is the perfect fit for Belair; not just from a mentor standpoint, either. They proved the in-ring aspect of that idea Saturday night when they combined for jaw-dropping feat after feat. Whether it was Belair carrying her opponent and tossing her into the ring after catching a dive attempt or just ragdolling her around, Banks' status as one of the best sellers in the company made things about as good as they can get. Through it all, the match struck that rare balance that few bouts seem to find. There were some near-finishes, sure, but it never felt like it was overdone. There was a little finisher-spam, but not too much. Banks, despite getting wallopedeven having her side ripped open by Belair's whipping hairnever seemed to be out of it. The whole match felt like a 50-50 affair. It takes a lot of ambition and even more talent to make that all come together during a normal match, let alone one resetting the stage with longstanding implications for all walks of life. Alex [email protected]_talkSPORTBianca Belair wins!!!! That was SENSATIONAL. I don't think it's hyperbole to say that will go down as one of the all-time Mania main events. Delivered in every way and Banks made Belair in so many ways. KILLED. IT. #WrestleMania Feel free to tack on the fact that this was the first big event with fans in the stands in more than a year as WWE slowly creeps out of the pandemic era, yet another bit of pressure making the feat for these two Superstars all the more impressive. Sean Ross Sapp of [email protected] god. That was perfect. Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair was just perfect It's only fitting the bar getting reset here positions all involved in a great way from a story perspective, too. Belair's ascent to top-of-card status has now been set, and she isn't going anywhere, ever, after a 'Mania moment like this. Even in a loss, Banks gets the reward of main-eventing a WrestleMania in a historic showing as well. Reward, because she was one of those few Superstars who somehow managed to flourish during the strange audience-less era and not suffer setbacks on multiple fronts. The Boss has always been one of the best in the world, but she elbowed her way into being a company-carrying presence at a time when everyone needed her the most. She's now sitting with a legacy-defining match on what was already a Hall of Fame resume. In a way, the whole match was pretty symbolic of the entire night. A ho-hum card seemed to exceed expectations at every turn, with Lashley winning and setting the stage for something special for the long term, Cesaro and Seth Rollins predictably putting on a classic, and Bad Bunny rewriting expectations for what a non-wrestler with a passion for it can do when given the chance. However, Banks and Belair justifiably went on last, seized the moment and ran with it. It wasn't just a fun match that showcased two top talents and featured a title changeit furthered wrestling as a whole on multiple fronts.
Padres' Joe Musgrove Throws 1st No-Hitter in Franchise History vs. Rangers - Bleacher Report
Joe Musgrove authored the first no-hitter in the San Diego Padres' 53-season history on Friday after blanking the Texas Rangers 3-0 at Globe Life Field in...
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Joe Musgrove authored the first no-hitter in the San Diego Padres' 53-season history on Friday after blanking the Texas Rangers 3-0 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. [email protected] Musgrove does it! The kid from San Diego has thrown the first no-hitter in @Padres history! <br><br>How can you not be romantic about baseball?! pic.twitter.com/PTmV2Ix0Wr [email protected]@ItsbuccnJoe59 tosses the first no-hitter of 2021! pic.twitter.com/wSSRbtUxHh Musgrove struck out 10 batters over his nine shutout frames. He threw 112 pitches and allowed just one base-runner after hitting outfielder Joey Gallo with a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. As Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune noted, the Padres had no-hit their opponents through eight innings a total of 23 times before. The 24th time was the charm in Arlington, and Musgrove finished the night by getting Isiah Kiner-Falefa to ground out to short. Musgrove has now thrown 31 shutout innings dating back to last year, when he pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's held opponents scoreless over his last four starts, including six shutout frames against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Saturday. Musgrove's no-hitter was MLB's first since Chicago Cubs left-hander Alec Mills twirled one on Sept. 13 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The catcher that day was Victor Caratini, and he was behind the plate for Musgrove's performance as well. The fact that Musgrove broke the Padres' streak of 8,205 straight regular-season games without a no-no is special enough, but doing so for his hometown team makes it even better. Danny Vietti of CBS Sports tweeted about Musgrove's San Diego County roots. Danny [email protected] Musgrove was born and raised in San Diego County (El Cajon). Grew up a Padres fan. Committed to SDSU before being drafted.<br><br>10 years later, he gets a chance to pitch for his hometown team.<br><br>And in just his 2nd start, he throws the first no-hitter in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/A0GruxG20F "It's awesome to have it be in a Padres uniform,'' Musgrove said afterward. "To have it be the first in the history of the franchise, that's incredible.'' Musgrove, who made those remarks to Padres field reporter Bob Scanlan postgame, also said he didn't feel good in warmups and slept poorly the night before. Bally Sports San [email protected] years. 8,205 games.<br><br>Joe Musgrove has broken the streak. The @Padres have a no-hitter. He talks with @heyscan following his historic night!#HungryForMore | @Padres pic.twitter.com/NdVd0xlVJq That apparently didn't matter much, as Musgrove made history regardless. His accomplishment is all the more impressive considering some of the Padres' great starters from past years: Jayson [email protected] who pitched for the #Padres but never did what Joe Musgrove did:<br><br>Jake Peavy<br>Gaylord Perry<br>Greg Maddux<br>David Wells<br>Kevin Brown<br>Randy Jones<br>Eric Show<br>Andy Benes<br>James (Big Game) Shields<br>Chris Young<br>Juan Tyrone Eichelberger<br><br>Yes, I wanted to type Juan Tyrone Eichelberger The 29-year-old naturally received recognition for his work, including congratulations from legendary Padres closer and Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman: Trevor [email protected] kid getting it done!!! Congrats Joe!! @ItsbuccnJoe59 Musgrove will now look to continue his torrid pace against his old team in the Pirates, who dealt the right-hander to his hometown as part of a three-team, seven-player trade with the New York Mets in January. The six-year MLB veteran, who is currently scheduled to start Wednesday at Pittsburgh, has struck out 18 batters over 15 shutout innings over two appearances this year.
NCAA Championship 2021: Updated Title Odds Going into Final Four - Bleacher Report
After an uneven season and a typically unpredictable first two weekends of the NCAA tournament, the Final Four is.....
Michael Conroy/Associated Press The Zags have faced teams of all stripes this season, and nobody has fazed them. All four of their tournament wins have come by at least 16 points, and none of them felt close. Every time you wonder if Gonzaga is overhyped, it crushes a previously fearsome opponent. Take yesterday's Elite Eight matchup against USC. If anybody could stop the Bulldogs, you'd think it would be a team that claims a big man with NBA All-Star potential. While Evan Mobley showed out (17 points, five rebounds and three assists), his stats were emptier than a post-workout dinner plate. Led by a combined 59 points, 23 rebounds and 14 assists from Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert, Mark Few's team cruised to the Final Four. Their dominance was destabilizing to USC coach Andy Enfield, who said postgame, "It was a little surprising because we'd been playing great basketball." That's not coach-speak from Enfield. USC came into last night's affair having beaten Kansas and Oregon by a combined 48 points. Baylor is playing great, and Houston isn't to be discounted. But we've spent all season hyping up teams to challenge Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs have looked miles beyond any tournament-caliber team they've faced this year. Folks, we might less than a week away from seeing the first undefeated season in 45 years. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (CO), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), or call or text the TN REDLINE: 800-889-9789 (TN). 21+. NJ/PA/WV/IN/IA/CO/IL/TN only. In partnership with Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.