The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is still more than two months away. But today Adidas gave us our first look at what the players will be wearing when they take the Barclays Center court on February 15.
Eastern Conference All-Stars will wear white unis with red, white, and blue stripes, while the Western Conference players will wear black jerseys with the same striping. The typical NBA logo on the top left of the shirt will be encased with a star and the wording “NYC 15” underneath it.
Both jerseys will also have a vertical row of five stars running down the side of the shirt. Each star has a unique design and represents one of New York City’s five boroughs. Per Adidas:
Queens: a pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters
Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city
The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City
Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough
Update (Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.): The Blues signed Martin Brodeur yesterday, making it official by posting a 22-second video of his name being stitched on a Blues jersey:
@StLouisBlues) December 2, 2014
It's a weird day in hockey when Martin Brodeur is no longer a New Jersey Devil.
There are dunks. There are great dunks. And there are what-did-I-just-see dunks. This one’s the latter. In last night’s game against the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green set himself up for a dunk by bouncing the ball off of traffic through a crowd of defenders to pull off something you normally only see in video games:
Last month, Boston Bruin Seth Griffith scored what many people — including us — thought was a sure-fire goal of the year candidate. No way someone could top the trickery of it. But in hockey skill always wins out, and Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis put on a show over the weekend.
In the first few minutes of Friday’s game between Buffalo and the Montreal Canadiens, Ennis picked up a loose puck, streaked down the wing, splitting the D. What happened when he got to the net was, well, just watch:
Week 13 is typically the final week of the regular season in fantasy leagues. So often fantasy owners look to their stars for salvation in must-win games. If you count Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones among your stars, then your stars certainly delivered. However, almost as frequently it’s the unheralded players who pop up for a game or two and end up earning the unyielding devotion of their owners. Three guys who were under the radar heading into Week 13 almost certainly carried anyone who started them to a huge win.
During her first ever baseball game, in 2009, there were three things that made 7-year-old pitcher Mo’ne Davis stick out: her pink glove, her raw talent, and her resolve. Sure, she was the only girl on Philadelphia’s Anderson Monarchs team — the glove was a dead giveaway — but the power of her arm drew a lot of attention, too.
So there she was, facing one of Philly’s top power hitters, an 8-year-old boy from a nearby Parkwood neighborhood youth team. The righthander delivered a fastball to the plate and watched the batter slam a rocket to the outfield in the fenceless ballpark. It was a home run.
“Mo’ne put her head down,” Monarchs coach Steve Bandura remembers. “I went out to check on her. I thought she was crying.”
“She was mad,” Bandura continues. “After that, she struck him out every time he was up to bat. She had good command and a competitive fire, even back then."
Five years later, Mo’ne is no longer sporting the pink glove, but she’s still striking out the boys and drawing attention.
Mo’ne, now a 13-year-old with a wicked 70-mph fastball, became the most talked about pitcher this summer (move over, Clayton Kershaw) when she threw two shutouts in August. The first one advanced the Philadelphia Taney Dragons all-star team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The second one propelled her into the history books, as Mo’ne became the first girl in the 75-year history of the LLWS to pitch a shutout in the tournament. The 5' 4" flamethrower did more than just play a boy’s game. She dominated it, showing the nation that a girl can throw heat, too. She also inspired countless kids to dream big. That is why Mo’ne Davis is the 2014 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKid of the Year.
You have one last bullet left and time is running out. It’s Week 13 and your window for getting into the fantasy playoffs (or earning a first-round bye) might be closing.
If you’re on the outside of the playoffs looking in — needing not just a win, but some help in the “Total Points Scored” category to help boost you into the playoffs, then it’s time to start considering a “boom or bust” strategy.
Rather than choose steady players who often score 10 fantasy points per week, think about starting high-risk, high-reward guys who score either 20 points or three points. Deep threats (John Brown, Kenny Stills) and home-run third-down backs (Darren Sproles) might make more sense than medium-scoring consistent players. If you’re seventh or eighth in the standings, you don’t want consistent — unless you lead the league in scoring and have just had a brutal schedule.
Each week, we’ll share 8-12 players we think are worth a look in standard fantasy football leagues based on performance and upcoming matchups. Each of these players listed are owned in fewer than 30 percent of leagues on CBS Sports, ESPN and Yahoo! leagues.
Since they are barely owned in more than 30 percent of CBS leagues, you won’t see these rising players on this list: Josh McCown, Dan Herron, LeGarrette Blount, Justin Hunter, Andrew Hawkins, Kenny Stills and the Browns defense.