The NFL’s plan for an 18-game season: when ego and greed collide

The league expects to make $25bn a year by 2027. And its plans to get there show little regard for players, fans or broadcasters Even in the deeply cynical world of pro football, the NFLs latest plot to expand to an 18-game schedule rings as a blatant cash grab at the expense of its fans, broadcast partners and the health of its players. The recent proposal is as brazen as it is foolish. In short: the league has pitched an idea to host an 18-game season but limit the number of individual games each player can play to 16. Yes. You read that right. The league wants to hold a competitive, multi-billion-dollar competition that would see its best, most marketable …

LA Sparks guard Riquna Williams suspended 10 games for domestic violence incident

The WNBA has suspended the LA Sparks guard 10 games for a domestic violence incident, one of the longest punishments in the leagues history The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident, one of the longest punishments in the leagues history. The league office handed down the suspension on Tuesday. Williams was arrested on 29 April and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing. Authorities said Williams repeatedly struck ex-girlfriend Alkeria Davis after forcing her way into her Florida home in December. …

USA aim golf-clap at their celebration critics and show their steel

Carli Lloyd celebrated her goals on Sunday like she was on the golf course. And while her team are scary in attack the quality of their defence is still a mystery In a result that surprised no one, the controversy that ensued after the USWNT exuberantly celebrated all 13 goals they scored against Thailand, the Americans were a little more low-key in their celebrations against Chile. After Carli Lloyd scored her first goal, she did her usual fist pump, but then followed it up with a polite, dainty golf clap. Lloyd wasnt sure whose original idea it was, but Lindsey Horan told her they decided whoever scored would perform the clap. It was fun, Lloyd said. I think it made …

How the 1999 World Cup champions’ biggest win came at the bargaining table

A staredown between the US womens national team and US Soccer over the 1999 squads victory tour changed the relationship between the team and their boss forever On the morning after the national team won the 1999 World Cup, the celebrations continued. While the players were off to do a victory parade at Disneyland, officials from the US Soccer Federation opened the sports pages of local newspapers, eager to see the coverage of the victory. The Los Angeles Times used the headline America the Bootiful alongside a large photo of Briana Scurrys penalty-kick save. Some of the US Soccer brass probably cracked a smile at the pun. But when they turned to page 5, they saw a different headlineone that …

Indians ace Corey Kluber breaks forearm after being hit by line drive

The struggling Indians star pitcher broke his right forearm when he was hit by a comebacker during a 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night Corey Kluber got hit hard again, and the last line drive really hurt. The struggling Cleveland Indians right-hander broke his right forearm when Two-time American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber left Wednesdays game with a fractured forearm. The two-time American League Cy Young Award winner allowed eight hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings, which left his ERA at 5.80. The Indians were already without starter Mike Clevinger, who is sidelined until at least June by a back injury. Caleb Smith struck out eight in seven innings to help Miami …