Yu Darvish Signs with Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have landed their big free agent of the off season signing Yu Darvish to a deal.

The Cubs were rumored to be in on Darvish since it looked like they wouldn’t come to an agreement with their own free agent Jake Arietta.

Darvish, who had a shaky beginning to 2017 rebounded quite nice once he joined the Dodgers in the second half. I believe this will be a good singing for the Cubs, hes a veteran pitcher who now has World Series experience and has pitched in some big games. If he can stay healthy, he should regain his ace like form.

Bucks Fire Head Coach Jason Kidd

The Milwaukee Bucks have parted way with Head Coach Jason Kidd after 4 years with the team. The Bucks are currently 24-22 and are the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference. For a team with so much talent — it was a surprise that they are only 2 games above .500, but it was shocking that they would fire their Head Coach halfway through the season.

It’s been reported that the news of Kidd’s firing has upset All-Star Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. According to Ramona Shelburne, Giannis was willing to do whatever it took to keep Kidd.

It’s a head scratcher that the front office would make a move that wouldn’t have been okay’d by their teams best player.

The Bucks are a young team and it’s unfair to put all the blame on Kidd. With any young team, they must go through some growing pains.

Luckily for the Bucks, they’re about to get one of their leading scorers from last year back in Jabari Parker who averaged 20.1 PPG.

 

Titans Hire Mike Vrabel as Head Coach

It only took the Tenessee Titans a few days for them to name Mike Vrabel as their new head coach.

It was rumored that The Titans would possibly look at Patriots Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels, but it seems like he’s destined for Indianapolis. Hearing that news, the Titans jumped at the opportunity to hire Vrabel who had been with the Texans the past two seasons.

This is a good move — Vrabel played with the Patriots for the better part of a decade and was able to win multiple Super Bowls. He is a fiery guy who will take control of the organization almost immediately.

 

Hall of Famer JoJo White Passes at 71 After Battle With Cancer

Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics Legend JoJo White passed away last night after a long battle with cancer. A former teammate of White’s told Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, who shared the news on Twitter.

JoJo was drafted 9th overall in the 1969 NBA draft by the Celtics. He was a standout point guard at Kansas from 1965-1969. His career with the Celtics lasted until 1978/79, where he was traded to the Golden State Warriors. He eventually retired in 1981 as a member of the Kansas City Kings.

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Some of his playing accolades included being a 2x champion, Finals MVP and 7x All-Star. He was a gold medalist representing the United States basketball team in Mexico City in 1968. His number 10 was retired by the Celtics in in 1982 and his number 15 Kansas jersey was retired by the school.

JoJo was a true Celtic, he bled green and he will be missed. RIP Jojo White.

Andrew McCutchen Traded to the San Francisco Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t done wheeling and dealing. It is being reported that they have agreed on a deal that will send 5 X All Star Center fielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Fran Cisco Giants. The deal is pending a review of medical records and the Pirates return has not been released.

Adding McCutchen to a lineup that that has Evan Longoria and Buster Posey makes the Giants serious contenders in the NL West Division.

Last year, McCutchen batted .279 with 28 HR’s and 88 RBI’s.  Throughout his career he has been a offensive and defensive monster, he is a 4 X Silver Slugger Award winner,  Gold Glove Winner in 2012 and NL MVP in 2013.

 

Gerrit Cole to Astros

Its official the Pirates and Astros have agreed on a trade that will send Gerrit Cole to the Astros and the Pirates received right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin.

The addition of Cole bulsters an already deadly starting rotation. Cole joins Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, lance McCullers jr and Charlie Morton.

Cole was an all star back in 2015 where he went 19-8 with a 2.60 era. Since then he’s been inconsistent going 19-22 with a 4.07 era.

The Pirates avoided arbitration with Gerrit on Friday, Cole is scheduled to make 6.75 million in 2018. Prior I the false trade last week it was reported that the Astros were trying to get a trade done prior to his hearing with the Pirates so they could determine how much he would get paid.

Overall it’s a nice trade for the Astros, but unless he can bounce back to his 2015 form, this trade is pretty irrelevant.

Gerrit Cole NOT traded to the Astros

This trade that would send Gerrit Cole to the Astros, still could happen but as of right now the internet ran with a false rumor.

It had been reported by Jon Morosi of MLB Network that a deal had been reached between the Astros and Pirates.

More updates to come.

 

 

Seahawks Fire OC Darrell Bevell

The Seahawks have reportedly fired offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell after seven years with the team. He has been with the team since 2011 and in that time he helped the Seahawks get to two Super Bowls, winning one.

Which leads me to his most memorable moment of his tenure..

 

Everyone in the world hated the decision to pass, the main comment was “you don’t pass the ball when you’re on the one yard line and you have Marshawn Lynch”. I didn’t hate the move, but you got to throw a jump ball fade where only your guy can get it. Throwing a slant, too many things could go wrong, like it did.

All joking aside, he had a good seven year run and he played a major part in winning the Super Bowl they won. Its safe to say that he won’t be out of a job for long, he’s a coach that has won and can bring great experience to another team.

Next to go in Seattle, will likely be the “Legion of Boom”. It’s safe to say next year’s Seahawks team will look very different from past years.

 

Why Danny, WHY?

Danny Ainge tweeted a photo of Gordon Hayward walking by a pool without his ankle brace. Based on that smile, it looks like Hayward is doing well in his recovery from his gruesome ankle injury.

Danny, please don’t tease us like this. Celtics fans have finally gotten past the grieving stage in Gordon’s injury and are fully on board with him missing the season and coming back healthy next year. And now you go and do this. Come on. All this tweet does is stir the pot, get rumors started and play with our emotions.

I still don’t expect Hayward to come back this year, BUT…

If the Celtics did get Hayward back, never mind focusing on Cleveland, the Celtics might have the team to really challenge the Warriors. I know it sounds ridiculous but they’ve already beaten them once and they have the top ranked defense in the NBA. This could be their year! But probably not..

Japanese Kayaker Drugs Rival and Gets Eight-Year Ban

The Japan Anti-Doping Agency have handed Japanese kayaker Yasuhiro Suzuki an eight year ban after he spiked his rival Seiji Komatsu’s drink which caused him to fail a drug test.

The agency revealed that Suzuki spiked his rivals drink with an anabolic steroid back in September at the national championship.

After failing his drug test and being disqualified from the 2017 Canoe Sprint Japan Championships, Komatsu denied taking any drugs. This led to an investigation and when Yasuhiro was questioned about it, he confessed. Per Japenese public broadcaster NHK, he told federation officials “he was frustrated and did not think he could win.”

The Japan Canoe Federation has since overturned the sanctions they handed down to Komatsu after his failed test.

This is so awesome and embarrassing at the same time. If you’re Yasuhiro you can’t fold like a house of cards the moment they question you. If there’s no paper trail and no real evidence against you, just play stupid. He’s 32 years old and with this ban he wont be able to kayak again until hes 40. So unless he takes steroids himself and gets in crazy shape these next eight years, this might be the end for him.