Mike Trout and LA Angels close to $430m deal, largest in sports history

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to agreeing a 12-year deal that would secure the outfielder the largest contract in the history of sports Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to agreeing a 12-year deal that would secure the outfielder the largest contract in the history of sports, according to multiple reports. The 27-year-old is due to become a free-agent in 2020 and several Major League Baseball clubs had already started showing an interest in the greatest player of his generation. However, the new deal would likely see Trout play the rest of his career with the club that drafted him in 2009. signed with the Philadelphia Phillies last month, and the $365m boxer …

Why a Joshua-Wilder unification fight in 2019 has moved a step closer | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearns Matchroom has connections with the streaming site DAZN and if the latter signs up Deontay Wilder then a heavyweight unifying bout could be on the table Eddie Hearns assertion that there is a brilliant chance Anthony Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder in November or December, unifying the heavyweight title for the first time since Lennox Lewis owned the division nearly two decades ago, is the best news boxing has had in a long while. The sport and the business need an undisputed heavyweight champion. And confused fans want someone they can identify with as the best fighter in the world, without argument, someone who can rule for more than a few fights like it used to be in …

The Lakers are a dumpster fire not even LeBron James can extinguish

The bad chemistry and bad fortune undoing the Lakers have wrought the unthinkable: an NBA playoffs without LeBron Its looking like LeBron James in the NBA playoffs isnt the forgone conclusion weve come to presume. On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Clippers, 113-105, slumping to a ho-hum 30-34 record, six games adrift of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 18 games left in the regular season. Not only will James almost certainly fail to extend his preposterous streak of eight consecutive NBA finals appearances, its looking signed with Los Angeles during the offseason, it was hardly the obvious move from a basketball perspective. There were many other teams he could have joined …

LA Galaxy unveil statue of David Beckham at MLS opener

Major League Soccers past, present and future all converged at on Saturday night as the Galaxy paid tribute to their former captain Major League Soccers past, present and future all converged at on Saturday night. One of the most prominent events of the opening day of the leagues 24th season was the LA Galaxy unveiling a statue of David Beckham before their 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy and led them to two championships. Beckhams signing gave higher prominence to the league internationally as more high-profile players arrived and fan interest increased. No doubt our league wouldnt be what it is today if David didnt make that decision, MLS commissioner Don Garber said …

Jon Jones confirms brilliance with title victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235

Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Saturday night Jon Jones defended his light heavyweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smith at UFC 235 on Saturday night, overcoming a two-point deduction for an illegal knee to Smiths head in the fourth round. Jones (24-1) had little trouble in an expert display of his all-around brilliance against the overmatched Smith (31-14), who had no answers for the likely pound-for-pound champion of mixed martial arts. Jones dominated on his feet, against the cage and on the ground until he got in trouble in the fourth round when his knee struck Smiths head while the challenger was in …

Donald Trump greets college football champions with McDonald’s once again

Donald Trump has once again welcomed college football champions with burgers and fries on Monday Donald Trump has once again welcomed college football champions with burgers and fries. The President greeted the NCAAs Football Championship Subdivision champions, North Dakota State, at the White House on Monday with a lunch that included Big Macs, french fries and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. nearly three-quarters of the teams black players declined to visit the White House. Three African American members of the Tigers said Trumps racism and divisive politics led them to stay away from the ceremony. North Dakota were expected to send a more united team to the White House. The teams coach, Matt Entz, said the Bison had addressed political issues before the …

Girls should not pay the price when boys don’t want to compete against them

A Colorado wrestlers decision to forfeit a state tournament match rather than compete against a girl exposes the need for gender equity in high school sports When Brendan Johnston inspected the draw at last months Colorado state wrestling tournament and saw his forthcoming pairing, the high school student from Colorado Springs made a decision to show respect to his opponent. He forfeited. The reason? His opponent, Angel Rios, was a girl. And Johnson said that going forward with the contest was against his ethos because of the physical contact involved in wrestling. I guess the physical aggression, too, he put it: young men will be competing and working with women the rest of their lives so theyd better get used …

Is giving 26-year-old Bryce Harper a 13-year, $330m contract a terrible idea?

The Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger $22m when hes 39. But its unlikely he will be the same player he is now in a decades time For some, 13 is an unlucky number. For Bryce Harper, originally from Las Vegas, 13 is anything but unlucky. Thats because the Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger who has been an All-Star in six of his seven seasons in Major League Baseball $330m over the next 13 years, pay him $22m in the final year of his contract, when hes 39 and far from his prime. Its not really surprising that the Phillies were the team to land the 26-year old Harper. In a move surely regretted in later negotiations, …

Dwyane Wade turns back years to down Warriors with three-point buzzer beater

Dwyane Wade, in his final NBA season, banked in a straightaway three-pointer as time expired as the Miami Heat beat the Golden State Warriors 126-125 Dwyane Wade, in his final NBA season, banked in a straightaway three-pointer as time expired and the Miami Heat wasted a 24-point lead before rallying to beat the Golden State Warriors 126-125 on Wednesday night. Wade scored 25 points to help Miami snap a six-game home losing streak. Wade took a victory lap, waving a towel as the fans roared. Some of the Warriors watched the replay on the overhead screens with a look of disbelief, and after a moment Stephen Curry came over to offer congratulations after presumably their last head-to-head meeting before Wade …