I was prepared this week to write an article on sports and fatherhood.Instead, I was struck by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening game featuring the return of Akron, Ohio’s native son, LeBron James. With hours of national sports coverage and thousands of fans who traveled downtown to enjoy a free concert from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – including live commentary from Charles Barkley and jokes from comedian/actor Kevin Hart – the event was overwhelming.
The city unveiled a new 10-story LeBron James banner, featured six hours of fan experience from Nike, invited fans to game watching parties at more than 40 bars and restaurants, and unveiled a humungous, state-of-the-art scoreboard inside Quickens Loan Arena, where those with tickets to the game received free LeBron James T-shirts, a season schedule magnet for their refrigerators and 20,000 glow-in-the-dark wands to wave during the game announcements.
BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens headed into their bye with a victory to savor.
The Tennessee Titans emerged from their time off with a frustrating loss. Justin Forsett ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns to back a strong performance by the Ravens' defense, and Baltimore snapped a two-game skid by beating the Titans 21-7 Sunday.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Elliott kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give Memphis a 16-13 victory over Temple on Friday night.
Paxton Lynch was 21 of 28 for 230 yards for the Tigers (6-3, 4-1 American Athletic). Mose Frazier had eight catches for 110 yards, and Brandon Hayes ran for 75 yards on 26 carries and had two catches for 24 yards.
Temple (5-4, 3-3), coming off a 20-10 home victory over then-No. 21 East Carolina, tied it at 13 on Austin Jones' 46-yard field goal with 2:46 left.
Memphis took a 13-10 lead on Elliott's 27-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the third quarter.
OKLAHOMA CITY— Even without injured stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City made the latest chapter of its rivalry with Memphis look like many of the previous ones.
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Memphis held on for a 91-89 win Friday night to remain unbeaten.
WNBA star Brittney Griner was the victim of a knife attack in China, but only received a minor injury, according to the Associated Press.
Griner’s agent, Linsday Kagawa Colas, says her client received a small cut on her arm as her team was leaving practice on Monday. Colas also stated that Griner’s teammate was stabbed as well, but was saved by the two jackets she was wearing. Police officials eventually captured the assailant, but they have no information as to what provoked the attack.
The unbeaten Memphis Grizzlies (4-0) needed help and Tayshaun Prince answered the call at FedExForum on Monday night (Nov. 3).
After an unblemished two-game road trip against the Indiana Pacers (97-89) and the Charlotte Hornets (71-69), the Grizzlies beat back the challenge of the New Orleans Pelicans (93-81).
MOSCOW (AP) — The coach of Russian club FC Rostov apologized Monday for his remarks about "dark-skinned" players after some in his team threatened to strike.
Rostov coach Igor Gamula said Friday the club had "enough dark-skinned players, we've got six of the things" when asked about rumors Rostov could sign a defender from Cameroon.