VINCE MCMAHON EXPECTED TO SPEND $500 MILLION ON XFL

WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced Thursday he is giving a professional football league another go. It will be called the XFL, the same name of the league McMahon and NBC tried for one season in 2001, but it won’t rely on flashy cheerleaders and antics as its predecessor did, he said. McMahon said … Read moreVINCE MCMAHON EXPECTED TO SPEND $500 MILLION ON XFL

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

The NFL has warned teams that 11-on-11 training camp drills were largely responsible for last year’s spike in preseason concussions, an important data point as coaches finalize practice schedules for this summer’s practices. The league has stopped short of banning full-squad drills, which coaches consider essential to preparing for the contact that occurs during regular-season … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

LEBRON JAMES DECLINING OPTION AND WILL BECOME A FREE AGENT

LeBron James will not pick up the player option on the final year of his contract with the Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN and multiple reports. James had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to inform the Cavs of his intentions before the option expired. The decision will make the four-time MVP the … Read moreLEBRON JAMES DECLINING OPTION AND WILL BECOME A FREE AGENT

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES-HAMELS-YANKEES-OHTANI-METS

MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported early Friday morning that the Rangers and Mariners have had dialogue about a trade involving starter Cole Hamels. As Morosi notes, a deal isn’t close yet. Hamels, 34, is earning $22.5 million this season and has a $20 million club option for the 2019 season with a $6 million buyout. The lefty also … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES-HAMELS-YANKEES-OHTANI-METS

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEW & NOTES

Alabama will be opening its new Sports & Nutrition Center soon, and it gave the world a sneak peek of what to expect on Wednesday. Now, if you’re wondering what a Sports & Nutrition Center is, it’s something you build when your program has made a ton of money over the years and isn’t allowed to … Read moreCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEW & NOTES

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES-BRADY-GIANTS-JETS

For the second straight year, Tom Brady has been voted as the top player in the NFL. Although it’s not the same as winning MVP, Brady seemed pretty excited this week after being named the No. 1 player on the NFL’s top-100 list. Brady shared his reaction on Instagram after being given the top spot. “I am honored, grateful and appreciative of such … Read moreNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES-BRADY-GIANTS-JETS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

LeBron James has openly admitted that the way he announced his free agency decision in 2010 — via an actual televised special on ESPN — was a mistake, but that does not mean he will avoid self-promotion altogether this time around. According to a report from The Hype Magazine, LeBron is considering the possibility of … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

Orlando Magic rookie Mo Bamba isn’t here for hangers-on. After being selected sixth in Thursday’s NBA draft, the 7-foot-1 center shot down chatter he was involved with a young woman, after the Instagram user posted a photo of the two, leaving followers to ponder their relationship status. Modal TriggerMo BambaNBAE/Getty Images “I honestly really don’t even … Read moreNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE NEWS & NOTES

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS – JD MARTINEZ – CUBS -YANKEES

While the Cincinnati Reds have given fans plenty of low moments in recent years, the team has now achieved something immensely positive for the first time in over three decades.  Then their bats woke up with a seven-run seventh inning to take an 8-6 lead. Relievers Amir Garrett and Raisel Iglesias pitched two perfect innings … Read moreMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS – JD MARTINEZ – CUBS -YANKEES

NEWS & NOTES NBA-NHL-WORLD CUP

The Washington Capitals and John Carlson agreed to a new eight-year, $64 million contract, the team announced Sunday. Carlson set career highs with 15 goals and 53 assists in 2017-18 as part of the Capitals’ first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. He added five goals and 15 assists in the playoff run to Washington’s … Read moreNEWS & NOTES NBA-NHL-WORLD CUP