Giants sign Josh Freeman
Eli Manning's hold on the Giants' starting quarterback position just got a little less secure. The Giants have agreed to a deal with former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman to be Manning's backup, but given Manning's poor performance last season -- only 16 touchdowns against 27 interceptions -- and recent ankle surgery, this signing might be more than just insurance in case Manning goes down. Freeman has struggled in his career after a hot start, but if Manning starts this season off with a bushel of interceptions, he could find himself with an opportunity to restart his career.
Knicks interested in Lamar Odom
The Knicks aren't making the playoffs this season, but that isn't delaying their plans for next season. New York is reportedly interested in signing Lamar Odom before the season ends, bringing the veteran free agent on board so he can adjust to the Knicks' system immediately. It's been a troubled year for Odom, but he's still a talented player who could end up thriving in a different situation with a team under new management.
Michael Phelps unretires
Michael Phelps may have just ruined the day of every male swimmer competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics with the announcement that he's planning on competing again. The 29-year-old Phelps had formerly vowed that he wouldn't swim into his thirties, but he's clearly reconsidered that opinion. It might take him some time to get back in top form, but considering that "top form" for Phelps resulted in more gold medals than anyone else, we wouldn't bet against him.
April 13, 2014Apr13
Spring football: a time for optimism, the occasional cat and -- although college football teams don't actually play each other -- rivalries. In the case of Ohio State-Michigan, perhaps the greatest rivalry outside the South, sidelined Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller took to Twitter to call out the Wolverines' relatively low spring game attendance:
Burn. Though, to be fair, Ohio State didn't even bring in the most people in its conference; Penn State on Saturday drew 72,000 fans for its spring game.
What about you? Did you get caught up in the spring football madness?April 13, 2014Apr13
For 10-year-old basketball enthusiast Amaris Jackson, the Washington Wizards' biggest move this season had little to do with the draft or trades or the team's playoff push. On Saturday the Wizards, working with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation, signed Jackson -- who is fighting renal cell carcinoma, a rare cancer of the kidney -- to a one-day contract before their home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
It made for an unforgettable day for Jackson. She signed her contract with owner Ted Leonsis and GM Ernie Grunfeld, received and wore a personalized No. 10 Wizards jersey, interacted with coaches and players at their shootaround, shot around herself with the team before the game and was introduced along with the starting lineup.
Youngest player in NBA history, Amaris Jackson, signing her contract with Owner Ted Leonsis and GM Ernie Grunfeld pic.twitter.com/mRjZWxJvNa— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 12, 2014