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    Chicago police officer who vowed to save the nation arrested for alleged role in Jan. 6 US Capitol attack COVID-19 created a child abuse crisis. Lawmakers are now demanding more prevention measures Some may call the Tampa Bay Lightning cheaters. Others may call them brilliant. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov Many hockey...
    Nick Leddy finally arrived for the Islanders in the playoffs last night Rob Taub June 10, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditEverything about the Islanders’ series-clinching win over the Boston Bruins last night was perfect. From the charged-up atmosphere to how the game unfolded with the Islanders dominating the opposition at every turn. And then there was...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The eye-popping performances of players like Trae Young, Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic (three of the first five picks in the 2018 NBA Draft) have been getting plenty of well-deserved attention the past few...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. In yesterday’s edition of The Whiteboard, I mentioned how defensive matchups were fascinating variables to watch in Tuesday night’s games and it absolutely worked out. The 76ers made a big change in how they...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — When the NHL announced its playoff format for this unique COVID-influenced 2021 season, the reseeding of the final four teams in the postseason was interesting on a number of levels. READ MORE: Cole Buckley, Celtics Fan Accused Of Throwing Water Bottle At Kyrie Irving, Due In Court Wednesday While other cities may have...
    Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe (Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports) After failing to advance past the first round of the postseason for a fifth consecutive season, the Toronto Maple Leafs must make some changes. The Toronto Maple Leafs have done it again. They’ve failed to advance past the first round of the postseason. For five straight...
    U.S. travelers hit the road again with Memorial Day holiday still subdued by pandemic How a Rivalry on a Honolulu Pride-Planning Committee Shaped the Fight for Same-Sex Marriage The New York Knicks finishing the truncated 2020-21 regular season on a 47-win pace, good enough for the East's No. 4 seed, caught everyone by surprise. Julius Randle's sudden All-NBA leap...
    Knicks: The key to beating the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 is simple Alexander Wilson May 30, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe key to beating the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 for the New York Knicks is simple, as they have struggled to get going as of late. At times, the knicks seem to lack communication...
    Knicks: The key to beating the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 is simple Alexander Wilson May 30, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe key to beating the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 for the New York Knicks is simple, as they have struggled to get going as of late. At times, the knicks seem to lack communication...
    The Brooklyn Nets enjoyed a dominant regular season, but the postseason offers a different beast Olivier Dumont May 28, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe Brooklyn Nets have been smoking hot this year. Roaring to life this season and setting the league on fire with their explosive superstars, the Nets have flat-out dominated teams with their offensive...
    Islanders’ Anthony Beauvillier proving once again the playoffs are his time Rob Taub May 26, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditStop me if you’ve heard this one before: Anthony Beauvillier is thriving in the playoffs for the Islanders. In the Isles’ current first round series with the Penguins, Beauvillier has been one of the better forwards for...
    New York Knicks’ Julius Randle wins ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ award Alexander Wilson May 25, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditOne of the primary reasons the New York Knicks are currently in the postseason is thanks to All-Star Julius Randle, who has witnessed a significant transformation compared to 2020. Last season, Randle averaged 19.5 points...
    How do you think the Utah Jazz felt watching Wednesday’s Lakers-Warriors play-in tournament game? I imagine they were pretty scared. Wednesday’s matchup between the No. 7 and No. 8 seed was a classic. Steph vs. LeBron? Draymond vs. Anthony Davis? It doesn’t get much better than that. And while the Lakers had just a bit more than...
    How far can the Warriors go this postseason? Three big things will determine it, starting against the Lakers Back when the Warriors were the NBA’s dominant force, playing after Memorial Day — aka making the NBA Finals — was presumed. This pandemic-affected season, which started in December and is just now beginning its postseason, making it past Memorial...
    Nick Viall Makes Red Carpet Debut with Girlfriend Natalie Joy at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Marriott sues against unknown perpetrators to fight off fake robocalls Heading into one of the most wide-open NBA playoffs in years, nearly every superstar in the league has a chance to redefine the stories about their careers. Seven months ago, LeBron James...
    Arrest warrant issued for man in Confederate monument theft GOP Leader McCarthy opposes Jan. 6 commission ahead of vote After a year away from their beloved arenas, Brooklyn’s Mr. Whammy, Los Angeles’s Clipper Darrell, and other in-arena staples talk about what they've been doing during crowd-less games, and the anticipation building for a somewhat-normal playoffs. Throughout the 2020–21 NBA...
    These teams are amped up and ready to get the 2021 NCAA Softball Tournament underway! Check out their reactions as their postseason destinations are revealed! It’s official, we know exactly where each and every team that is involved in the 2021 NCAA Softball Tournament will be playing. On Sunday night, 64 teams were picked and their regional locations were announced. Stanford CardinalNo...
    The Warriors have found their best closing five, and it’s a lineup that absolutely no one would have predicted even a few weeks ago. Golden State’s win over the Suns Tuesday night might have been the team’s best victory of the season, with the Warriors going on a 12-3 run in the final 150 seconds of the contest. ...
    The Islanders’ special teams heading into the postseason is a bit of good and bad Rob Taub May 6, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditAny team that heads into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they know how crucial special teams can play a role in how far you can go. If you can have both on the same...
    Anthony Beauvillier kicking it up another gear at right time for the Islanders Rob Taub May 5, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe last two nights in Buffalo will probably be forgettable for the Islanders come this time next week. Defensive lapses, blown leads, making Sabres’ netminder Michael Houser look like Patrick Roy at times all made...
    The Los Angeles Lakers are on a downward trend and are sliding in the Western Conference standings ahead of the NBA Playoffs.  The Los Angeles Lakers have lost three straight games heading into Monday, and LeBron James is now out again as he nurses a lingering ankle injury. That is concerning news as the postseason approaches. The Lakers are not...
    Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports Led by star center Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins appear poised to challenge for their fourth Stanley Cup of the Crosby and Evgeni Malkin era. It’s been a tough four years for the Pittsburgh Penguins since they won their second straight Stanley Cup in 2017. They were eliminated by their archrival Washington Capitals...
    Jimmy Butler oozes confidence ahead of Miami Heat’s pivotal game against the Atlanta Hawks and buoys Heat’s playoffs hopes. Riding off last year’s magical run to the NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler and the Heat have every intention of getting to the playoffs. The Heat’s win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night gave Miami its third consecutive victory, boosting...
    Getty Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton reacts to a no-call during a game against the New York Knicks. In just his third year in the NBA, former second-round pick Shake Milton has become something of a revelation off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers. Milton has appeared in 50 games for Philly, averaging a career-high 13.2 points and...
    The Chicago Cubs have a hitting problem but they can solve that by trading for this one player at the expense of the St. Louis Cardinals. Through the first 12 games of the 2021 MLB season, the Chicago Cubs have a hitting problem. Is it a bit of an over-exaggeration to panic nearly two weeks into the campaign? Sure. But...
    Charles Barkley is known for his outlandish analysis of NBA teams at times, and the Los Angeles Clippers were feeling the legendary basketball player’s heat Thursday night. Barkley was talking about the Clippers on TNT and said the Clippers, one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season, were playoff "pretenders." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I've...
    In plain terms, the Oakland A’s have been successful over the last three years. But no one in the organization or on the roster will be happy with what the core has accomplished yet. Three consecutive trips to the postseason is a mark of success; a few Major League Baseball teams who’ve toiled in the bottom of the barrel...
    In 2020, pain meant progress. That’s what Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said 48 hours after his club had missed out on a playoff berth by one victory. Even with an expanded postseason field, the Giants weren’t expected to compete until the end, to take the wildcard race down to the wire and to leave stomachs...
    Baseball is back, and almost back to normal.  This season won’t be a COVID-mandated 60-game dash to October. There won’t be cardboard cutouts substituting for fans, and there won’t be only piped-in cheers during big moments. No, this will be the closest thing to business as usual since the 2019 season — and it only looks to feel more normal as...
    Major League Baseball opted not to go with an expanded postseason for 2021. Despite moderate success in the first implementation of an expanded postseason for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Major League Baseball will not be going back to that model for the time being. What does this mean? For now, MLB and the MLB Players’ Association could not come to...
    The Utah Jazz have been the best team in the regular season by a wide margin and on paper should be title favorites. Why aren’t they being treated that way? At the All-Star break, the Utah Jazz had the best record in the NBA. After a 4-4 start to the season, the Jazz went on an absolute tear, winning 20...
    It might not have quite the grandeur of the NCAA Tournament, but the NIT in 2021 represents an opportunity for a select few teams to play in the postseason — college basketball teams’ first such opportunity in two years. March Madness may be the pinnacle of the sport, but it wasn’t always that way. At one point, the NIT...
    The Pac-12 is expected to release its postseason award winners and all-conference teams on Tuesday. The Hotline prefers to call its shot in advance so that readers will know in advance where the coaches goof (joking!). Our process differs from the official version in an important respect. The Pac-12 will honor 10 players on the all-conference first team. But last...
    DENVER (CBS4)– As the Colorado Rockies open spring training, one website gives the team the second-worst odds at making the postseason. According to FanGraphs, the Rockies have a 0.1% chance of making the playoffs. Only the Baltimore Orioles have the worst odds with a 0.0% chance of being in the postseason. [email protected] has announced their projected postseason odds. ???? READ...
    New York Yankees Analysis: Yankee pitching rotation now and in the postseason By: William Parlee February 9, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditFor the New York Yankees, this whole offseason has been about re-signing DJ LeMahieu. And to answer the statement, it’s the pitching stupid; the Yankees have also, once they signed LeMahieu, addressed the pitching situation...
    Tom Brady and Eli Manning. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Tom Brady has a postseason record of 33-11 heading into Super Bowl LV. In those 11 playoff losses, just seven quarterbacks have been able to take down the GOAT. On Sunday, Patrick Mahomes will attempt to become the 8th quarterback to beat Brady in the playoffs. Visit Insider's homepage for...
    Leslie Frazier’s faith in his Bills defense never wavered even at the lowest point of Buffalo’s season. It was mid-November and the Bills were entering their bye week on the heels of a 32-30 defeat at Arizona. Immediately dubbed "The Hail Murray," the Cardinals won on Kyler Murray’s desperation 43-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins, who outleaped three defenders in...
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Leslie Frazier’s faith in his Bills defense never wavered even at the lowest point of Buffalo’s season. It was mid-November and the Bills were entering their bye week on the heels of a 32-30 defeat at Arizona. Immediately dubbed “The Hail Murray,” the Cardinals won on Kyler Murray’s desperation 43-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins,...
    New York Yankees Analysis: The Yankees need the Kluber of old especially in October, but will be careful By: William Parlee January 20, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe signing of DJ LeMahieu was to keep the New York Yankees lineup as it was the past two years, but Corey Kluber’s signing was to improve the Yankee...
    Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sunds request for National Guard backup was denied, he says in interview Experts say it’s too late for a seamless transfer of power from Trump to Biden The NBA Season Could Be Headed Towards a Pause, But Then What? The NBA season looks completely normal between the lines, but it just takes a brief...
    Unfathomable: Capitol Police security breakdown prompts chiefs resignation At least 25 people under investigation for terrorism in connection with Capitol riot How the Browns set an NFL postseason record with 28 first-quarter points The Browns came into their Sunday night wild-card game against the Steelers with multiple players and coaches out due to COVID. The last time Ben Roethlisberger...
    Trump rioters celebrate US Capitol takeover Then and Now: Coup Check the Tape: How Lamar Jackson can end his postseason flops One of the coolest developments of the past few weeks has been the revival of Baltimore’s offense, led by Lamar Jackson. Here’s why it’s cool: Not that long ago, Baltimore dealt with one of the NFL’s worst COVID-19...
    2 Louisville police officers fired over roles in fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor Mitch McConnells Senate leadership hinges on Ossoff vs. Perdue race in Georgia Ranking the top matchups for the wild-card playoffs: Ravens-Titans headlines loaded postseason slate Playoffs? You're talking about playoffs? You're damn right we are! The NFL's regular season came to a close last week and...
    Jacob Blake shooting: Officer who shot Jacob Blake will not face charges, district attorney says Pompeo hints at returning evil Cuba to terror list Browns Pro Bowl OL Joel Bitonios COVID case may be the saddest story of the NFL postseason Joel Bitonio has been through it all with the Cleveland Browns. As the longest-tenured member of the team,...
    Ohio County Health Dept. Vaccinates Police, Bypassing States COVID Vaccine Plan Early data suggest diverse voting blocs could give Democrats the edge in Georgia runoffs The NFL Must Protect the Cleveland Browns Playoff Game at All Costs The Cleveland Browns are the latest NFL team to face a COVID outbreak. The timing could not be worse for the Browns...
    Bachelor Nation’s Kelley Flanagan Breaks Her Silence on Peter Weber Split US coronavirus: California reports more than 45,000 new coronavirus cases as surge continues into new year Jim Donovans Call of the Browns Clinching a Playoff Spot is Incredible The Cleveland Browns clinched a playoff spot for the first time 2002 on Sunday. The league's longest postseason drought ended...
    The Indianapolis Colts might be in the playoffs, but are they an early exit away from underachieving? No one can deny that Chris Ballard knows how to draft. For the Colts, they’ll need old man Rivers to play like Allen. That or Allen to play like Rivers. Either way, the future is bright for the horseshoe franchise, but let’s pump the brakes...
    The moment doesn’t require a fancy phrase. There are enough of those in Browns folklore that conjure up memories of heartbreak.   Baker Mayfield put the Browns’ playoff fate in his hands, and he made the play. On a third-and-2 with 1:10 remaining in the game, he took a quarterback sweep 3 yards for a first down. The conversion clinched a 24-22...
    By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Welcome to the postseason, Cleveland. Cleveland? The Browns ended their string of non-playoff seasons on Sunday with a tighter-than-expected 24-22 victory over archrival Pittsburgh, which sat many of its starters. Cleveland returned to the NFL in 1999, made the playoffs in 2002, and then, zilch. Until now. “It’s a moment I’ll never forget,”...
    New York Yankees: There is a path to the postseason, even with young pitchers By: William Parlee January 3, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditIt’s no secret for New York Yankee fans that Yankees need pitching help after Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J. A Happ all walking into free agency.  It only leaves ace Gerrit Cole,...