The Sports Xchange
Kevin Durant is a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. That probably isn't going to help him avoid a series of jeers and cat-calls on Feb. 11. The All-Star forward agreed to join the Golden State Warriors in July and will find himself back inside Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Arena for the first time as an opponent on Feb. 11 when the Warriors visit the Thunder. Durant's departure stunned the high-energy Thunder fans and his return to Oklahoma City is easily the highlight of the NBA schedule released on Thursday.
The ACC's athletic directors remained deadlocked Friday regarding the league's future conference scheduling requirements. The ADs held a conference call to discuss whether to remain at eight conference football games but play two non-ACC Power 5 teams or go to nine league games with one non-ACC Power 5 school, according to ESPN.com. Notre Dame is also required to play an average of five ACC teams annually. In exchange for creating the ACC Network, a new scheduling format is required by 2019 when the network launches.
Alabama has been in this position three times during Nick Saban's tenure. Coming off a national championship, the Crimson Tide has had to face being the hunted and fight complacency...
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified Friday during an appeals hearing seeking to have his 45-count conviction on child molestation charges thrown out or to receive a new trial. The 72-year-old Sandusky denied the charges as "disgusting and dirty" and testified that his original attorney misled him into giving an NBC interview on the eve of his 2012 trial.
Following the 22-0 preseason win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak would not commit on his starting quarterback for next week. Mark Sanchez made an opening argument for the job, throwing for 99 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter for the defending Super Bowl champions. He finished 10 of 13 for 99 yards with one interception. Sanchez's quarterback competitor, Trevor Siemian, completed seven of 12 passes for 88 yards. Rookie Paxton Lynch went 6-of-7 passing with 74 yards in his first NFL appearance.
The Big 12 plans to interview 17 schools about possible expansion into the league. According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will conduct video conferences with the schools that have contacted the league about being considered as expansion candidates. The schools that will make their presentations to the Big 12 include Cincinnati, Houston, BYU, South Florida, UCF, UConn, Memphis, Colorado State, Boise State, Tulane, Temple, East Carolina, SMU, New Mexico and Northern Illinois, according to ESPN sources.
MINNEAPOLIS—The 2015 edition of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team experienced enough drama to fill several seasons. A brutal schedule, featuring almost every one of the Big Ten's best teams was only the first obstacle the Gophers needed to overcome. A bevy of injuries to critical players, including a spate that decimated virtually their entire secondary early in the season, haunted them throughout the campaign.
Longtime ESPN host and anchor John Saunders has died at age 61, the network announced Wednesday. Saunders was one of ESPN's most visible and versatile commentators and was a founding member of the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Saunders, with ESPN for nearly 30 years, hosted studio and play-by-play programming. He covered college football, basketball and the NHL, in addition to anchoring "SportsCenter" and hosting "The Sports Reporters."
Manny Pacquiao confirmed Wednesday he will come out of retirement to fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. The 37-year-old Pacquiao, also a Philippines senator, issued a statement to announce his comeback opponent. "Yes, the fight is on. I have agreed to a November 5 fight with reigning WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas," Pacquiao said in the statement. "Boxing is my passion. I miss what I'd been doing inside the gym and atop the ring."
The Denver Nuggets were quite busy on Tuesday, signing guards Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley and forward Juancho Hernangomez to contracts. Terms of the deals were not disclosed by the Nuggets, who also inked veteran reserve Mike Miller to a two-year contract, the Denver Post reported. Murray, who was selected with the seventh overall pick of the 2016 draft, averaged 19.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games at the 2016 Summer League in Las Vegas. The 19-year-old averaged 20.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in his lone season with Kentucky in 2015-16.