LeBron James Announces Children’s Book ‘I PROMISE’ According to ‘Entertainment Weekly,’ James has teamed up with HarperCollins Publishers for a two-book deal. The first book, titled ‘I PROMISE,’ is a children’s picture book and is set for release in August of 2020. Its name comes from the I Promise School that James founded in Akron, Ohio, in 2018 that aims to provide at-risk children with a stable learning environment. According to James, ‘I PROMISE’ will provide representation to “every single kid" and act as an opportunity to “get children and parents reading together.” LeBron James, via ‘Entertainment Weekly’ James later took to Instagram to elaborate further, saying he wants the book to make kids feel “empowered.” LeBron James, via Instagram He also teased that the next book released with HarperCollins would be a “middle school edition.”
New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton says he would have hit 80-plus home runs in 2017 if he had known what pitches were coming, just like the Houston Astros
The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants are pushing ahead with pay raises for minor league players this season, days after Major League Baseball mandated salary bumps beginning in 2021
NFL Expected to Add More Playoff Teams Under New CBA The NFL playoffs would be expanded to include 14 teams, seven from each conference, and the regular season would be increased to 17 games per team under the new collective bargaining agreement. Only one team from each conference would receive a first-round bye, and the preseason would be shortened to three games per team under the latest proposal. The changes would take place this season if the new CBA is approved before the 2020-2021 NFL season begins. The Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers would have both made the playoffs this past season in the expanded playoff. Source, via ESPN
Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio claims his team “had an operating loss” in 2019 but that isn't why the club's projected payroll has dropped nearly $30 million
Ryan Newman Is Awake and Speaking After Daytona 500 Wreck The NASCAR driver is speaking with family and doctors one day after his fiery crash. Newman was hospitalized after his car flipped several times on the final lap of Monday's Daytona 500. About two hours later, NASCAR announced that Newman's injuries were not life-threatening. Denny Hamlin won the third Daytona 500 of his career, but his win was overshadowed by Newman's horrific crash. Denny Hamlin, via Twitter Denny Hamlin, via Twitter
LeBron James is stepping to the plate for ballplayers furious over baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred's handling of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam
Clayton Kershaw is pleased that practically everybody in the sport seized the opportunity to tee off on the Houston Astros and Commissioner Rob Manfred's handling of the scandal over the past several days
John Beilein Out as Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will be promoted to replace Beilein as head coach, according to ESPN. Beilein will inform his staff and players of the news when they return from All-Star break on Wednesday. Beilein signed a five-year contract with Cleveland in the offseason, a deal that paid him more than $4 million per year. The team and Beilein agreed to a settlement that will pay the coach a portion of his remaining salary for the 2019-2020 season. Beilein joined the Cavaliers after spending 12 seasons as the head coach of the University of Michigan. He led Michigan to two Final Fours and four Big Ten tournament and regular-season titles. Beilein struggled to connect with his NBA players and had to apologize in January after he referred to his players as "no longer playing as a bunch of thugs."
Mike Tomlin Defends Mason Rudolph Against Claims By Myles Garrett Myles Garrett conducted an interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes last week, where he accused Mason Rudolph of calling him "the N-word." The Steelers coach defended his quarterback on ESPN's 'First Take.' Mike Tomlin, via ESPN Mike Tomlin, via ESPN Garrett was suspended by the NFL for the final six games of the regular season. Garrett ripped the helmet off Rudolph and hit him over the head with it during a Week 11 'Thursday Night Football' game between the Browns and Steelers.