Fantasy Premier League Week 2 Begins Today: Week 2 of the Premier League begins today at 3:30 p.m. ET when Manchester United plays Southampton. BillsaysthisScores leads our fantasy league followed by FC Outlaw and The Zlatanic Verses. This week's biggest pickups are Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Middlesborough forward Alvaro Negredo and Swansea defender Stephen Kingsley.
LeBron James Wants to Own an NBA Team: LeBron James said in a podcast he hopes to buy an NBA team in the future. He said, "My dream is to actually own a team. I don't need to (be) fully hands on. If I'm fortunate enough to own a team, then I'll going to hire the best GM and president that I can. But I feel like I got a good eye for not only talent, because we all see a lot of talent, but the things that make the talent." With career earnings exceeding $1.3 billion so far, it's a viable goal.
Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal: U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo added to her controversial Olympics reputation by calling Sweden "a bunch of cowards" for the strategy they employed in defeating in a 1-1 draw settled by 4-3 penalty kicks. "Sweden dropped off. They didn't want to open play. ... They dropped into a 50. ... I think it was very cowardly. But they won. They're moving on, and we're going home."
Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League: The Premier League season begins Saturday morning, which means it's time to build your squad for our Fantasy Premier League. Use the link to join (the code is 1607479-394225). Returning teams may be entered automatically. Last year's champion Red Loop has already returned with the Scufflin Hillbillies. The first decision we all must make: to Zlatan or not to Zlatan.
WGN Anchor Goes on Epic Rant About Rules for Covering Olympics: Fed up with the restrictions on video and logo usage imposed by NBC Universal on other TV networks and stations, WGN sports anchor Pat Tomasulo had an entertaining Howard Beale meltdown. "I'm not even going to report on the Olympics, I'm going to report on that other event that's going on -- the international athletic competition run by one of the most corrupt organizations in the world," he says.
Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies: John Saunders, a familiar face on ESPN for three decades who hosted SportsCenter, The Sports Reporters and coverage of college football and basketball, has died at age 61. No cause of death is given. Saunders had a book coming out with John Bacon next spring, Playing Hurt, whose blurb states that he "confesses his constant battle with depression and how it nearly cost him his life."
Prince Fielder's Baseball Career is Probably Over: After a second neck surgery, Prince Fielder is likely out of baseball at age 32. He would finish with 319 home runs, the same as his father Cecil who was done at age 34. Prince was an iron man before Texas, averaging 157 games a year from 2006 to 2013. But after Texas acquired him for Ian Kinsler and $30 million, he's played one full season in three. He's still owed $24 million a year through 2020. The Rangers will pay $9 million a year, the Tigers $6 million and the Rangers' insurer $9 million.
Tim Tebow Wants to Play Baseball: Tim Tebow has been training for a year to play professional baseball. He'll invite all 30 Major League Baseball teams to a tryout later this month. He last played the sport as a junior at Nease High School in 2005, hitting .494 on a team that reached the state semifinals.
Jim Furyk Scores First 58 in PGA History: Golfer Jim Furyk of Ponte Vedra, Florida, has turned in the lowest single-round score in the history of the PGA Tour. He shot a 12-under 58 Sunday in the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Six golfers had a 59 previously, including Furyk. No one had ever written "58" on his card at the end of a round. Asked how it feels to score 58, Furyk replied, "One worse than 57."
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender: With Portugal's 1-0 victory over France Sunday, the SportsFilter Euro 2016 pick 'em contest has been won by Bender, followed by rcade and owlhouse. Yerfatma claims the Costanza.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final: The Euro 2016 final will be played Sunday at 3 p.m. EDT when Portugal faces the host nation France. SportsFilter's pick 'em contest is led by Rcade, Owlhouse and Grum@work. Pick the winning team, score and other categories.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals: The Euro 2016 semifinals begin today at 3 p.m. EDT when Wales faces Portugal. After the quarterfinals, SportsFilter's pick 'em contest is led by Owlhouse, followed by Billsaysthis and Tron7. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals: The Euro 2016 quarterfinals begin Thursday at 3 p.m. EDT when Poland faces Portugal. After the group phase and round of 16, SportsFilter's pick 'em contest is led by Owlhouse, followed by Bender and Yerfatma. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
NFL Coach Buddy Ryan Dies: Buddy Ryan, the former NFL coach and coordinator who was as famous for being cantankerous as for building defenses, has died. He was 82. Ryan got his first coaching job with the New York Jets in 1968. As defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears he created the 46 Defense that was key in the team's 1985 Super Bowl-winning season. He went on to coach the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals. "People ask all the time, 'Why didn't you guys win another Super Bowl?'" Bears player Steve McMichael said. "Well, Buddy Ryan went to Philadelphia. Period." Ryan also fathered two NFL coaches, Rex and Rob.
Copa America Pick 'Em Champion: Rcade: With Chile's 4-2 victory over Argentina on penalty kicks after a 0-0 match, the SportsFilter Copa America Centenario Pick 'Em has been won by Rcade, followed by Billsaysthis in second and Tron7 in third. I congratulate you all, but mostly myself.
Johnny Manziel's Life Continues to Spiral: "He's a druggie. It's not a secret that he's a druggie. I don't know what to say other than my son is a druggie and he needs help. He just hasn't [sought] it yet. Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses. That's about all you can say. I don't know what else to say." -- Johnny Manziel's father Paul in a phone interview Friday with ESPN
Copa America Pick 'Em: Finals: The Copa America Centenario finishes this weekend with a U.S./Colombia third-place game at 8 p.m. EDT on Saturday and an Argentina/Chile championship game on 8 p.m. Sunday. Billsaysthis leads our contest with Tron7 3 points behind. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game, one goal scorer per game and some additional props.
Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16: The Euro 2016 round of 16 begins Saturday at 9 a.m. EDT when Switzerland faces Poland. After the group stage, the top 3 are Yerfatma, Flannelenigma and Holden. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: NoMich: With the Pittsburgh Penguins' Stanley Cup Final victory over the San Jose Sharks, SportsFilter's annual NHL playoff competition has been won by NoMich, who beat Grum@work by 5 points. The coveted Costanza was claimed by Rcade.
Dustin Johnson Won U.S. Open Without Knowing What His Score Would Be: The U.S. Open was finished Sunday without leader Dustin Johnson knowing if he'd be penalized a stroke. After his ball moved as he was preparing to putt on the fifth hole, a rules official told him on the 12th he might be penalized a stroke -- but a decision wouldn't be made until after the round. "Upon reflection, we regret the distraction caused by our decision to wait until the end of the round to decide on the ruling," the USGA said. "This created unnecessary ambiguity for Dustin and the other players, as well as spectators on site, and those watching and listening on television and digital channels." Jordan Speith called the situation a joke on Twitter.
Copa America Pick 'Em: Semifinals: The Copa America quarterfinals begin at 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday night when the U.S. hosts Argentina. After the quarterfinals, Rcade leads our contest followed by Tron7 and Billsaysthis. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
LeBron Brings a Championship to Cleveland: Becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 series deficit in Finals history, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in game 7 for the NBA Championship. It was the first sports crown for the Forest City since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. LeBron James was the unanimous MVP.
Copa America Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals: The Copa America quarterfinals begin at 9:30 p.m. EDT Thursday night when the U.S. hosts Ecuador. After the group stage, Tron7 leads our contest followed by Billsaysthis and Rcade. For this round, pick the winner of each game, the score of each game and one goal scorer per game.
Brazil Knocked Out of Copa Centenario by Handball Goal: Brazil was eliminated in the Copa America Centenario in the group stage Sunday night in a 1-0 defeat by Peru. The only goal was a blatant handball that somehow the refs missed, despite halting play for 3 minutes and 23 seconds while they talked to each other. Peru's victory is the first over Brazil in 31 years. Replay showed Raul Ruidiaz swung an arm to bat the ball into the goal. The result means the U.S. will play Ecuador in the quarterfinals.
Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France: This is why we can't have nice sports. Violence between fans of England and fans of France and Russia has occurred for three days. Two English fans were seriously injured Saturday, including one kicked repeatedly in the head by a Russian fan. "We were in the old port town and the Russian ultras ganged up with the Marseilles ultras and attacked the English supporters that were sitting there drinking beers,"claimed Michael Tashall of London. The Guardian reports that after the riot police swept in, English fans threw bottles, chairs and tables at them.