Red Sox Trade Rumors: Conflicting Reports Surround Todd Frazier-to-Boston Deal

There are conflicting reports about the Boston Red Sox moving closer toward upgrading their third base situation with Todd Frazier.

Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Red Sox and Chicago White Sox are having talks regarding Frazier and a deal “could happen fairly soon.”

However, Evan Drellich of CSNNE later reported “the Red Sox are not about to land” Frazier.

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago reported it’s the New York Yankees who are close to acquiring Frazier, as well as relief pitcher David Robertson.

Third base has been a black hole this season for the Red Sox. They have a collective slash line of .227/.281/.325 with seven home run in 326 at-bats entering play on Tuesday.

Pablo Sandoval was so bad in Boston the team decided to designate him for assignment on July 14, eating the remaining $49.5 million on the contract he signed prior to the 2015 season.

Even though Frazier isn’t hitting at the All-Star level he once displayed as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, his .207/.328/.432 slash line and 16 home runs in 280 at-bats would be a huge upgrade at the hot corner for the Red Sox as they look to maintain the top spot in the American League East.

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Ole Miss Holds Presser After Hugh Freeze Resigns After ‘Inappropriate Conduct’

Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter and athletic director Ross Bjork held a press conference Thursday to address Hugh Freeze‘s departure from the school. Earlier, the school announced that Freeze resigned from his position as head football coach.

Freeze’s resignation came as Ole Miss deals with an NCAA investigation into alleged violations that occurred inside the football program both before and during Freeze’s tenure. The school shared a copy of the NCAA’s notice of allegations as well as its June 6 response to the NCAA.

However, things changed abruptly Thursday when Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde tweeted that “explosive new information” had put Freeze’s status in “immediate jeopardy.” Both Forde and USA Today‘s Dan Wolken reported Freeze called an escort service in Detroit using a school-issued phone. Freeze told Forde the call “might have been a misdial.”

Vitter said during the press conference that Freeze’s resignation and the reasoning behind it are “completely unrelated to the NCAA case,” per WJTV 12 News’ Tyler Greever.

Bjork addressed the phone calls.

Once we looked at the rest of the phone records we found a pattern,” Bjork said, per ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach. “It was troubling.”

Below are Bjork‘s full comments about the phone calls from the ESPNews broadcast:

“Earlier this month—as is reported—in response to a public records request, we released Coach Freeze’s work-related phone records for six days in January 2016. Coach Freeze redacted personal calls from those phone records before they were released. There was a phone call that was not redacted, and it was brought to our attention in the middle of last week. We did a quick assessment and determined that this was the only time that that particular number was ever called from Coach Freeze’s phone since he started working here at Ole Miss in 2011. Because the call lasted less than one minute, it did not appear at the time to be a part of a pattern. We initially attributed this call to a misdialed number. As part of our core values running the athletics program, we have an obligation to do the right thing, so we proactively looked into the rest of his phone records. In our analysis, we discovered a pattern of conduct that is not consistent with our expectations as the leader of our football program.”

Bjork added that he and Vitter spoke with Freeze on Wednesday night before meeting with him again Thursday, at which point Freeze resigned.

Bjork declined to specify whether the calls related to escort services, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, but did say Freeze admitted to “personal misconduct,” per college football writer Brett McMurphy.

In 2016, Ole Miss announced it had agreed to a four-year extension with Freeze that paid him an average of $4.9 million annually. Bjork confirmed during the press conference that the school didn’t work out a buyout or settlement with Freeze in conjunction with his departure, per Feldman.

Along with Freeze’s resignation, Ole Miss said Matt Luke, the Rebels’ co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, will serve as the interim head coach. In addition, Bjork announced defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff will be the associate head coach, per SI College Football.

Regarding the search for a permanent replacement for Freeze, Bjork said he “[hasn't] even thought about a search,” per Greever.

The Orlando Sentinel‘s Matt Murschel noted Ole Miss still has a hearing with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions before that situation is ultimately resolved. The football team will also serve a self-imposed postseason bowl ban for the 2017 season.

 

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Matt Ryan Says Kyle Shanahan Took Too Much Time Calling Plays in Super Bowl

Matt Ryan recently opened up about the Atlanta Falcons‘ Super Bowl collapse in a wide-ranging interview with CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and said former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s play-calling on a key fourth-quarter series was frustrating. 

Leading 28-20 with under six minutes to go, the Falcons appeared to be in prime position to take at least an 11-point lead after Ryan hit Julio Jones for a gorgeous 27-yard completion along the right sideline. 

That gain put the Falcons at the Patriots 22-yard line ready to make it a two-possession game, but a holding penalty and a series of questionable calls—including a second-down passing play that saw Ryan get sacked for a loss of 12—pushed the Falcons out of field-goal range. 

Looking back, Ryan pointed to the cadence of Shanahan’s calls as one of the big reasons for the Falcons’ collapse. 

“Kyle’s play calls — he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you’re looking at the clock and you’re talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don’t have a lot of time to say, ‘There’s 16 seconds, no, no, no, we’re not going to do that. Hey, guys, we’re going to line up and run this.’ You’re talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

“With the way Kyle’s system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn’t get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I’m all for it. But there’s also winning time. You’re not being aggressive not running it there.” 

Ryan may not have to deal with those issues moving forward now that Shanahan is the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers

Instead, the reigning NFL MVP can try to erase memories of the 28-3 meltdown and turn his attention to a new season as the Falcons eye back-to-back NFC championships. 

As things stand, the Falcons (+600) trail the Green Bay Packers (+425) and Dallas Cowboys (+500) as the third choice in Vegas to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 52. 

Atlanta will open its season Sunday, Sept. 10, at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears

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Derrick Rose Rumors: PG Reportedly Discussing 1-Year Contract with Cavaliers

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the Cleveland Cavaliers and point guard Derrick Rose are in “serious” talks regarding a one-year contract.

Rose is among the top players remaining in free agency after spending the 2016-17 season with the New York Knicks.

Per Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, Cleveland could use a portion of the taxpayer mid-level exception or sign Rose to the veteran’s minimum.

Zillgitt added that the maximum amount the Cavaliers could pay Rose in 2017-18 is $2.5 million.

Last season was Rose’s best from a statistical perspective since 2011-12, as he averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.

He also shot 47.1 percent from the floor, which was his best mark since 2009-10.

Rose’s first eight years in the NBA were spent with the Chicago Bulls, and he experienced a great deal of success, reaching three All-Star Games and being named the 2011 NBA MVP.

Injuries severely limited his availability and effectiveness, however, which led to the Bulls deciding to part ways with him.

The 28-year-old veteran is no longer anything close to an MVP-caliber player, but he could represent a major upgrade for the Cavs.

Cleveland acquired Deron Williams as a backup point guard last season, and the results were mixed. He is currently a free agent, which could pave the way for Rose.

Since Kyrie Irving isn’t a traditional point guard, Rose could even play alongside Irving for long stretches, giving Cleveland a formidable starting lineup consisting of Rose, Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

Improvements have been difficult to come by for the Cavaliers this offseason due to their salary cap situation and turmoil in the front office, but Rose would be huge for a backcourt that has plenty of question marks aside from Irving.

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Floyd and Conor Are More Like a Comedy Duo Than Bitter Rivals After ‘World Tour’

Nobody enjoyed their time on the road more than Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Maybe in the end that was part of the problem.

The “world tour” designed to drum up hype for the pair’s August 26 boxing match wrapped up Friday in London the same way it began Tuesday in Los Angeles—with Mayweather and McGregor standing on stage screaming obscenities in each other’s faces.

After four press conferences in four days in four different cities, there wasn’t much left to do. We’d already seen everything these two showmen had to offer. In that way, the initial publicity push leading up to next month’s mega-bout in Las Vegas certainly didn’t disappoint.

But it also didn’t really surprise.

The verbal barbs between Mayweather and McGregor remained predictably lowbrow throughout, but—while chaos eternally loomed just off stage—their traveling circus ultimately came off as contrived. Even as they preened and prodded and called each other every nasty name they could think of, it was plain to see there was no real animosity here.

“He could have rode off into the sunset 49-0,” McGregor told the London crowd. “Instead, this is my first time in a boxing ring, and in six weeks I run boxing. How the f–k did they let me roll up in here? They got f–king greedy, that’s how.”

Mayweather just laughed in response.

Indeed, when they finally make it to the ring at T-Mobile Arena next month, we can rest assured the competitive fires will be fully stoked. But this? This was just marketing—with Mayweather and McGregor starring as partners in crime.

“You’re the student. I’m the f–king teacher,” Mayweather told McGregor during his time on the mic Friday. “August 26 I’m going to take you to school.”

Aside from a brief scuffle between their two camps at Thursday’s event in Brooklyn, the fighters never really touched each other during this junket. Near the end of his remarks in London, McGregor rubbed the top of Mayweather’s head with his palm, but the boxer just chuckled at the gesture.

And so it went on. And on. And on.

Through these four events, which routinely started late and just as often dragged in the middle, neither guy succeeded in provoking much of a response from the other. In the end, the vibe was more like a series of celebrity roasts than an airing of real grievances. The back-and-forth flame wars played like banter between the leads in an awkward buddy comedy more than two men embroiled in a blood feud.

As McGregor stalked around the stage in Toronto on Wednesday and implored the crowd to chant “F–k the Mayweathers,” Floyd and his team roared with laughter. When Mayweather tossed handfuls of cash in the air over McGregor’s head at the Barclay’s Center to show that he had money to burn or that he owned McGregor—or something like that—the Irishman used it as a photo op:

Even when McGregor strayed over lines of racial sensitivity and repeatedly harangued Mayweather to “Dance for me, boy,” the boxer and his entourage only grinned at each other like they knew it was coming. And conspiracy-minded fight fans immediately began to speculate: Maybe they did?

And really, Conor and Floyd have no real reason to be mad at each other.

Especially for McGregor, this fight represents the opportunity of a lifetime. After more than two years of rumor and conjecture, the cocksure mixed martial artist has finally landed the opponent who will set his family up for generations. McGregor has already said he could bank $100 million for taking on Mayweather—a notable pay increase from the reported $3 million purse he earned in his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.

“I get to quadruple my net worth for half a fight?” McGregor said in London. “Sign me up.”

Likewise, there was no other adversary in the conventional boxing landscape who could bank Mayweather as much money as McGregor. The greatest pugilist of his generation now has the chance to end his brief retirement and collect a hefty payday for what he surely expects will be a light night of work.

So, yeah, who can blame them if during all this nose-to-nose gum-bumping it occasionally felt as though they could barely keep straight faces.

Aside from Thursday’s train wreck in Brooklyn, the two fighters managed to mostly keep things from going off the rails. McGregor started on shaky footing in L.A. but quickly regained the form UFC fans have grown accustomed to from their lightweight champion since he burst on the scene in 2013.

Meanwhile, Mayweather consistently showed why he’s been a top draw in boxing for years.

This was two of combat sports’ best trash talkers working in tandem to promote an event that will make each of them hundreds of millions of dollars. Every time Mayweather called McGregor a “bitch” or an “eejit” and every time McGregor poked fun at Mayweather’s age, fashion sense or reported trouble with the IRS, they were really just stuffing money in each other’s pockets.

Most everything here was all in good fun.

You could see it on the face of Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who—dressed to the nines nearly every step of the way—arguably laughed loudest at McGregor’s best lines.

You could see it in the Cheshire cat grin on UFC President Dana White—whose epic sunburn and thunderous introductions of McGregor were among the unsung stars of these events.

You could see it on the grimace of Showtime exec Stephen Espinoza, who, even during McGregor’s profane rants against him and his company, maintained an expression that said he’d sit there as long as it took to cash the checks from this pay-per-view.

And you could see it in the performances of Mayweather and McGregor themselves.

Credit these two men for going out there day after day to sell a grudge where none likely exists. With the bout itself expected to be a dominant victory for Mayweather, this fight had to be sold on the singular nature of the matchup and on doctoring-up some emotion.

Even if behind the scenes they’re laughing all the way to the bank.

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Xander Bogaerts Hand Injury Diagnosed as Sprained Joint

Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was diagnosed with a hand injury after Tuesday’s 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, though it doesn’t appear he will miss much time.

According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, Boston manager John Farrell said Bogaerts “has a muscle contusion and a small sprain on a joint in his hand” and is considered day to day.

Bogaerts missed a few games in early July with minor hand and groin injuries, but he’s otherwise been healthy and productive in 2017.

Through 86 games, the 24-year-old slashed .296/.353/.432 with six home runs, 42 RBI and nine stolen bases. He hasn’t been sharp in the field, however, having posted minus-seven defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs.

If Bogaerts does miss time, Deven Marrero will likely be his primary replacement at shortstop.    

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UFC Fight Night 113 Results: Santiago Ponzinibbio Beats Gunnar Nelson via KO

Santiago Ponzinibbio has power.

That was the biggest takeaway as the Argentine welterweight took out Gunnar Nelson in the first round in UFC Fight Night 113‘s main event from The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nelson—who is known for his world-class grappling—actually stunned Ponzinibbio with an early combination and left hand. However, Ponzinibbio wasted little time in showing his ability to stop a fight with a single punch.

As Nelson attempted to land a looping left hand, Ponzinibbio hammered home a straight right that shut out the lights on his opponent:

Winning in the first round is nothing new for Ponzinibbio, who is now on a five-fight win streak. He’s now racked up 15 wins inside the first round.

Meanwhile, defense has not always been Nelson’s strong suit, as noted by Connor Ruebusch of Bloody Elbow:

After the bout, Ponzinibbio didn’t shy away from putting the rest of the division on notice:

Ponzinibbio is a bit of an under-the-radar contender coming from Argentina. As the Guardian‘s Josh Gross notes, the country has a history of developing boxers, but Ponzinibbio is one of few MMA threats from the country:

The welterweight clash was just one of many fights from Scotland, though. The card offered an eclectic array of fights. From an emotional performance from a lightweight veteran to the emergence of a new challenger in the women’s strawweight division, this card had a little bit of everything.

Here’s a look at the complete results and a closer look at each of the main card bouts.

     

UFC Fight Night 113 Quick Results

Main Card (Fox Sports 1)

  • Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Gunnar Nelson by KO at 1:22 of the first round
  • Cynthia Calvillo def. Joanne Calderwood by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Paul Felder def. Stevie Ray by KO at 3:57 of the first round
  • Jack Marshman def. Ryan Janes by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Khalil Rountree def. Paul Craig by KO at 4:56 of the first round
  • Justin Willis def. James Mulheron by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Fox Sports 1 Prelims

  • Danny Roberts def. Bobby Nash by KO at 3:59 of the second round
  • Alexandre Pantoja def. Neil Seery via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:31 of the third round
  • Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward by KO at 2:10 of the first round
  • Danny Henry def. Daniel Teymur by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-26)

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

  • Brett Johns def. Albert Morales by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
  • Leslie Smith def. Amanda Lemos by TKO at 2:53 of the second round

     

Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo

The co-main event was a high-stakes bout in the women’s strawweight division. No. 8 Joanne Calderwood was fighting for a win in her home country, while No. 14 Cynthia Calvillo was fighting to prove that she belongs in the next tier of title contenders.

Calvillo’s blend of athleticism and ground skills turned out to be the deciding factor in a unanimous decision win.

The first round showcased just how fun this matchup could be. Calderwood’s gritty stand-up took the early parts of the round, but a Calvillo takedown opened up grappling exchanges that ended with her working for an armbar to close out the round:

The second round was a collision of combinations as both fighters went to work on the feet. Calderwood controlled much of the round in terms of pace and spacing, but Calvillo proved she could hang with her in the stand-up department.

Calvillo’s speed was enough to land hard shots and create a difficult round to score. Brett Okamoto of ESPN gave the round to Calderwood but acknowledged it could have gone either way:

The third round looked a bit more like the first round as Calvillo engaged in the striking exchanges before finally moving on a takedown late in the round. After taking Calderwood’s back, it was clear that the 30-year-old was going to secure the decision win.

The win makes Calvillo a perfect 6-0 in her career with three of those wins coming in the UFC. It’s safe to say she’ll be making a significant jump from No. 14 when the new UFC rankings come out. It might be time to see what Calvillo can do against elite competition.

     

Paul Felder vs. Stevie Ray

Stevie Ray came into his fight against Paul Felder as a hometown favorite fighting in front of his native Scotland. But he fought Paul Felder in the clinch.

Never fight Paul Felder in the clinch.

Ray went for an early takedown of Felder but found himself clinched against the cage. Rather than look to separate and set up his takedown attempt again, Felder was content to remain in the clinch game.

That’s a place where Felder is great at attacking with elbows and knees. Ray found that out the hard way. Felder knocked out Ray with a vicious knee to the head, then followed up with even more strikes to create a somewhat late stoppage:

After the fight, Felder had nothing but positive things to say about Ray and the Scotland crowd:

It was a cool moment to see Felder win the fight. He dedicated the performance to his father, who died at the beginning of Felder’s preparations for the bout. In addition to being a great tribute, this win should give Felder some forward momentum.

For Stevie Ray, this is a disappointing setback. Wins against Joe Lauzon and Ross Pearson had Ray ready to step up in competition, but the power and creativity of Felder are hard for any lightweight to deal with.

     

Jack Marshman vs. Ryan Janes

The middleweight bout between Jack Marshman and Ryan Janes was an all-out brawl.

There wasn’t a takedown to be found in this one as both fighters were looking for the knockout. Marshman played the role of shorter, stockier power puncher, while Janes controlled the pace and looked to back Marshman up against the cage.

The action was fast-paced from the first round on:

The difference between the two in this slugfest was defense. While Marshman was able to fend off a lot of Janes offensive, his opponent didn’t use much head movement. This allowed Marshman to tee off and take two of the three rounds on the judges’ scorecards.

UFC color commentator Kenny Florian noted the lack of defense from Janes:

This was a big bounce-back win from Marshman, as he was knocked out by Thiago Santos last time out. He’ll need to continue to put together performances like this if he wants to make his mark in the middleweight division.

     

Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree

Paul Craig is an excellent submission fighter. Khalil Rountree gave him very little time to prove this fact.

Rountree established his power early on, and it paid dividends as Craig did little to engage the 27-year-old. With Craig unable to close the distance and get the fight to the ground, the dynamic striking of Rountree was on full display.

Ultimately, that’s not a recipe for staying in the cage with the light heavyweight. UFC Canada passed on the finishing combination for Rountree, who stood over Craig’s body for a while after watching him crumble to the mat:

This is a big win for Rountree’s stock as a prospect. His UFC run got off to a rough start with back-to-back losses, but he seems to be figuring things out. He’s now won two fights in a row by first-round finish, with Craig representing one of his toughest outs yet.

The former BAMMA champion finds himself in a two-fight skid. After that showing, he’s going to need to show some promise his next time out. This was simply not a good performance for him, as he did next to nothing before getting knocked out.

     

Justin Willis vs. James Mulheron

The card was kicked off by a matchup between UFC newcomers in the heavyweight division where Justin Willis showcased some promise with a unanimous-decision win.

Willis—who is every bit of the 265-pound weight limit in the class—was able to pick up the win according to all three judges. The big man showcased strong wrestling to pair with effective striking as he smothered the smaller James Mulheron.

Ruebusch suggested that the 243-pound Mulheron might not want to call heavyweight home in the UFC:

Willis, however, looked like a fighter to keep an eye on. The heavyweight division is one void of prospects, so it doesn’t take much to make an impact. As the highlights provided by UFC on Fox show, Willis has a well-rounded game that should only get better against better competition.

The Scotland crowd saw the beginning of a heavyweight prospect’s career in the UFC that could very well become something if he continues to improve.

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Tony Dungy Ranks Tom Brady No. 6 on His List of Best QBs Since 1978

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy is catching heat after listing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sixth as part of a ranking of the best QBs since 1978. 

ESPN.com’s Mike Sando created a panel of 10 former head coaches and front-office executives to formulate the list. Nine of the 10 listed Brady either first or second, with Dungy the lone dissenting voice knocking Brady out of the top two. Sando explained Dungy‘s reasoning:

“He approached the project as if he were a defensive coordinator drawing up a game plan. Dungy saw skilled passers across the board when looking at the best QBs. He reasoned that those who also were dangerous runners were the toughest quarterbacks to stop, which is why his top three comprised John Elway, Steve Young and Aaron Rodgers. Brady might own the best career credentials, but those other guys presented additional challenges. Not that anyone was going to argue against Brady.”

Brady isn’t one of the most physically gifted players to play quarterback in the NFL: He has 940 rushing yards over his 17 seasons in the league. Dungy is correct in that Elway, Young and Rodgers’ scrambling ability provided a different dimension to their game.

Brady may not be remembered as the best pure passer ever, either—a title that would apply more so to Peyton Manning or Dan Marino.

But it’s impossible to argue with Brady’s success and longevity. He’s a five-time Super Bowl champion who just set the single-season record for touchdown-to-interception ratio, according to ESPN Stats & Info. At 39 years old, he threw for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and two interceptions in 12 games and helped engineer the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Any argument about a sport’s greatest players is entirely subjective, and one could reasonably argue Brady isn’t the best quarterback ever.

Dungy, however, is in the minority when it comes to his assessment of Brady’s standing among his peers of the last 30 years.

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Ranking the Best Running Games in College Football in 2017

Army ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game in 2016, but the Black Knights should be No. 1 this coming season as all five of their leading rushers return.

That’s without having a single player who rushed for 1,000 yards last year.

One thing that became abundantly clear during this process is that the most unstoppable running games are the ones that feed many mouths. Among the 10 individuals who led the nation in rushing yards per game, only San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey and Tulsa’s James Flanders played for teams that ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards per gameand that’s because each had a teammate who also rushed for at least 1,000 yards.

As a result, this isn’t anything close to a ranking of the nation’s best running backs. LSU and Derrius Guice only received an honorable mention. Penn State and Saquon Barkley didn’t even get that.

Rather, it’s a ranking of schools with multiple established rushing threats and a proven commitment to running the ball. Teams that ranked in the top 25 in rushing yards per game last year and that return most of their top rushers and offensive linemen are the best candidates to lead the nation in rushing in 2017.

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The Real First Family of Hoops

Don’t fall for Nneka Ogwumike’s up-and-under. Resist her first—and second—fake to avoid flying into sideline seats, or worse, fouling her for the and-1 as she flexes her biceps and roars in celebration. Those moves helped Nneka collect the 2016 WNBA MVP and two basketball championships in six months. She’s on a winning spree.

Off the hardwood, though, her winning percentage suffers in one particular area: pop culture.

Sitting with her younger sisters in their childhood home in Cypress, Texas, the four-time All- Star for the Los Angeles Sparks is about to take an L during a spirited conversation about popular hip-hop acts.

“[There’s] Migos,” Nneka continues, “Little Yah-CHEE…”

“Lil YACHT-Y!” screams Erica, the youngest Ogwumike sister, laughing at big sis’ mistake.

 

Erica informs Nneka he’s the one with the red braids. Nneka shakes her head. She’s 27 years young, yet generations removed from sisters Olivia, 21 and Erica, 19, who both hoop for Rice University and school their older siblings in rap phonetics. Nneka has free throws to drain, hook shots to perfect. All of this is just noise.

“I don’t know who anyone is. Is Migos a group?” Nneka asks.

The second-oldest of the Ogwumike sisters, Chiney, 25, flashes a wide smile and steps in to defend Nneka’s honor. “There’s Kwah-vo…”

Erica can’t breathe. “It’s QUAY-vo!”

Olivia’s done. “Let’s stop this.”

Meet the Ogwumikes—the hilarious, hoop-loving sisters. The nation’s only family to boast four Division I players. The Ball family before the Ball family. Well, kinda. None of them will pull up from half court like 15-year-old LaMelo Ball—the Ogwumikes are old school. Fundamentals over flash. Substance over star. They’ll silently stuff box scores with double-doubles by halftime. They’ll pivot toward the basket with such precision you’d think their feet had GPS.

They’ll take on the Ball family, too. “We’ve got some posts and we’ve got some guards—and I think [they] only have guards,” Chiney says, laughing. “Nah, but they’re super talented, I would love to play them one-on-one, three-on-three. See, the problem is, we got four girls so we’re sort of outnumbering [them]. I like our odds.”

There’s no weak link on #TeamOgwumike. “Hurricane Nneka,” as her sisters call her, leads the pack. Not only is she the Netflix and Hulu plug, and the reason they watched Chance the Rapper’s performance in April, but she’s also money from mid-range. At 6’2″, Nneka is a beast on the boards, even if she’s a grandma off the court. (She redeemed herself later that day by knowing Future’s “Mask Off” and putting the younger sisters on to Adidas Shell Toe shoes—Olivia had to Google them.)

Chiney, 6’3″, is a double-double machine who explodes with energy on defense. The Connecticut Sun forward has a soft spot for Breaking Amish, she raps on the side (“#NerdNation never rests”), and she could pen a dissertation on Game of Thrones (“You need a game face for Game of Thrones”).

Olivia, 5’11″, is a hybrid who can bang inside and drill threes from deep. She’s down to challenge anyone who claims Kyrie Irving doesn’t have the sickest handles in the NBA (“It’s like poetry in his hands”). Just don’t judge her for thinking La La Land is one of the greatest movies of all time.

Erica, 5’9″, is the baby, the shortest and the family’s only guard, but she attacks the basket and scores at will. She’s guilty of Snapchatting and rapping Kendrick Lamar lyrics while driving with her sisters. It didn’t matter that Erica was a passenger or that traffic stalled; Nneka scolded her, saying Erica could have distracted the driver.

No sister is going to slip up—not under Nneka’s watch.


The Ogwumikes are the type to play next-after-next-after-next-after-next-after-next in pickup, looking bewildered when everyone else in the gym starts taking off their kicks to call it quits. All four Ogwumike women, whose last name means “warrior” in Igbo, one of the national languages of Nigeria, are relentless. “No matter how we feel when we walk on the basketball court, we all have this sense of pride, so we always work hard,” Erica says.

Last season, Chiney took a nasty elbow to the mouth. She felt her tooth shake—it fell out the next day—but she kept playing. Only now has she set up an appointment for an implant. Nneka has a three-inch scar on the right side of her body from diving into the scorer’s table while playing for the Polish team CCC Polkowice in the Final Eight of Euroleague in Russia. She hopped right back in the game. Olivia has been whacked in the head as an undersized forward more times than she’d like to remember. Erica is the only Ogwumike to wear a mouth guard, as she boxes out players a head or two taller than she in the paint.

“We’ve all had our battle scars,” says Chiney, who is sitting out this season to rehab a left Achilles injury.

Don’t try any of them. Come for one and the other three will come for you. “Nneka was willing to throw down for me,” Chiney says. She remembers when Nneka almost beat up someone in high school for making fun of her for delivering lunch announcements in Cy-Fair High School’s cafeteria with the tenor of a State of the Union address (she was the president of the student council).

And if you foul Chiney nowadays, the Hurricane will thunder the next time you face L.A. “Nneka will use up her four fouls,” Chiney says.

But as young girls, Nneka and Chiney ran from competition. Actually, it was just Chiney, who at nine years old, hid in the bathroom during their first AAU practice while Nneka, 11, grudgingly endured the two-hour ordeal. “She was brave,” Chiney says. Nneka disagrees. She didn’t have a choice; one sister had to show face.

“Mom drove all the way up there,” Nneka says. “(The coaches) were like, ‘She’s tall, she has to do something.’” The other girls were two-ball dribbling while Nneka and Chiney were just trying to catch one ball in stride and make a layup without wobbling like penguins. And while the other girls wore muscle tanks, headbands and arm sleeves, Discovery Channel aficionados Nneka and Chiney hooped in glasses and jorts.

“Jorts?” Erica says. Chiney rolls her eyes. Jean shorts, duh. “No one uses that.”

Olivia chimes in for backup: “That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of that.”

The shade begins: “I think [watching Nneka and Chiney] encouraged us,” Erica says, “because if they started like this…”

Chiney isn’t having it: “We weren’t that bad.”

Erica smiles. “At least we heard of basketball.”

Erica and Olivia, sporting bandanas and flip-flops with tassels, cheered on Nneka and Chiney at their AAU tournaments. The younger sisters were actually chubby “mascots,” as Nneka recalled, “running around with their little bellies.”

Nneka and Chiney can’t believe the younger two are adults now, ready to ball out for Rice after transferring from Pepperdine and redshirting the 2016-17 season. Chiney has “heart attacks” watching them. “She’s not exaggerating,” Olivia says.

Nneka can’t handle it sometimes. “I feel like we’re watching baby giraffes,” she says. “You don’t want to see anything happen to [them].”


The Sparks trailed the Minnesota Lynx, 76-75, with less than 15 seconds left in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals last October. L.A. had the ball. Chelsea Gray missed a jumper, but Nneka leapt up and ripped down the offensive rebound for a putback. She was blocked. She retrieved the ball and put another shot up.

Meanwhile, Chiney, playing in China for Henan Yichuan, ran out of a drill during practice to check the live stream of Nneka’s game on her translator’s iPhone. She watched as Nneka held her follow-through, fell back and landed on the floor as the ball reached the bottom of the net to give the Sparks their first WNBA championship since 2002. Nneka was mobbed by her teammates. Chiney jumped up and down in Luoyang as if she had been the one to drain the push-shot layup. Her teammates yelled in Chinese: “What’s going on? What’s going on?”

Though the two are often ballin’ in different time zones (thankfully there’s FaceTime, even though Chiney sometimes calls at 3 a.m. without realizing; Nneka picks up no matter what), they are as close as ever. The first time they battled as pros—Chiney for the Sun, Nneka for the Sparks—Chiney instinctively clapped in the lane when Nneka drained a free throw. In May, Chiney surprised Nneka, who was returning from Russia, at the airport with dollar-store balloons and twirled the strings in her hair.

The Stanford grads have always been in sync. Both were drafted No. 1 (2012 and 2014), and both earned WNBA Rookie of the Year honors.

“When they played together, they had a sixth sense of where the other one was,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer says. But for the moment, their careers seem to be moving in different directions.

Nneka has transformed from sidekick to star over the past five seasons. She is no longer the second option to Candace Parker, no longer just a defensive standout. By grinding to develop a perimeter game, she shot 66.5 percent from the field in 2016, the third-highest mark in WNBA history, and dropped a career-best line of 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.

“She fought for her position. She fought every day to be considered MVP,” Chiney says. “People had no reason to doubt her anymore.”

Nneka hasn’t let up in 2017. She led Dynamo Kursk (Russia) to the Euroleague championship in April and has since upped her scoring output to 20.1 points a game this season, third-highest in the WNBA. In a league saturated with young talent, Nneka is as dominant, tenacious and poised as ever.

Chiney is rehabbing from her second major pro setback: an Achilles injury she suffered in China in November 2016. She had microfracture surgery on her right knee in 2014 and sat out in 2015. But she returned in 2016, averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for the Sun and was named the Associated Press WNBA Comeback Player of the Year. She often turns to words from her father, Peter: “Every disappointment is a blessing.”

 

“If Kobe can come back from an Achilles at age 38, and still play and hoop and drop 60 whatever in his final game,” Chiney says, then she can bounce back too. Her injuries have allowed her to blossom as a broadcaster for ESPN and the Pac-12 Network, and as a go-to voice for hoops and culture. This season, she’s anchoring ESPN International’s edition of SportsCenter, distributed to millions across Africa, and serving as an in-studio basketball analyst for ESPN2′s WNBA coverage.

“It’s extremely natural, which is what confuses me when she’s like, ‘Oh, oh, I don’t know,’” Nneka says when Chiney starts doubting herself. Chiney laughs. “This is coming from the same person that says, ‘Oh, oh, I can’t do this in a game,’” Chiney says. “I’m like, ‘Bro. You da GOAT.”‘

Expectations have followed Olivia and Erica since they lit up the scoreboard at Hamilton Middle School, with Olivia reaching the 200-point milestone in 2010 and Erica surpassing 250 in ’11, certificates that still proudly hang in the family’s trophy room. They never had their older sisters’ height, but they shined with versatility, high basketball IQ and creativity. Erica led Pepperdine with 18.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in 2015-16, while Olivia chipped in with 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. But both wanted a fresh start closer to home. Rice, the reigning Women’s Basketball Invitational champs, won 22 games last season, tying the second-most in the program’s history.

Olivia, a junior, and Erica, a sophomore, are ready to carve out names for themselves. They aspire to be doctors and aren’t chasing the WNBA. But when they step on the court, they command respect. Most Rice practices begin with the same shooting drill: catch the ball, face the basket, make a move, shoot. Other players might go through the motions at half-speed;

Erica and Olivia jab hard, one, two, three times, sweeping the ball through like they’re being hounded by Kawhi Leonard.

“They don’t take plays off. They don’t take moments off,” says Rice coach Tina Langley. “They push one another to be great.”


The Seattle Storm held a two-point first-half lead over the Sparks during this year’s season opener in mid-May. Nneka set a screen for Gray at the top of the key, but instead of rolling to the basket, Nneka stopped at the three-point line and called for the ball. Gray whipped her a laser pass, and without hesitation, Nneka released a rainbow and held her follow-through as she took two steps back, almost like she knew the ball would drop in.

Chiney, sitting courtside at Staples Center donning a bright yellow crop top with “MVP” across her chest, knew too. She raised her left hand in the air and held up three fingers, a follow-through salute. Olivia and Erica, two rows behind, beamed, watching Big Sis drain a shot they have rebounded for her for years, back to when all four played H-O-R-S-E on the family’s concrete driveway court, sometimes attempting trick shots, like throwing the ball off the backboard and kicking it twice before shooting.

They always return to their Cypress home, even if just for a week, for Christmas. This is where Nneka’s WNBA MVP trophy sits, as does Chiney’s Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, as do three-on-three trophies from as far back as ’06.

But the sisters have never hooped for hardware.

“Our parents told us they didn’t care if we scored 50 points, like Nneka has, or zero points,” Chiney says. “It’s how you play. We just pride ourselves on playing hard and playing for each other.”


Mirin Fader is a writer based in Los Angeles. She’s written for the Orange County Register, espnW, SI.com, SLAM Magazine and SB Nation. Follow her on Twitter: @MirinFader.

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