When the Mariners announced after the season that they were bringing in the fences at Safeco, the obvious reaction was that they were trying to help their chances of luring a power hitter this winter, and they have been connected to Justin Upton in trade talks and Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche in…
Under Armour has signed UCLA to the biggest-ever apparel deal in college sports history, locking the Bruins in across all sports for 15 years and $280 million, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.com.
The move expands the company's westward expansion, which includes the massively successful investment in Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and a newly signed deal with California-Berkeley athletics.
BREAKING: Under Armour, UCLA sign largest shoe & apparel deal in college history -- 15 years, $280M https://t.co/gKtzdQR634— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 24, 2016
In January, Ohio State said its 15-year deal with Nike was worth $252 million. Texas signed a 15-year deal with Nike worth $250 million in October, and Michigan signed an 11-year deal, with a four-year option, that could be worth up to $173.8 million.
Maryland has been the flagship for Under Armour and is the alma mater of CEO Kevin Plank. Notre Dame is also among the schools recently signed to the brand.
Veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney has been looking for a landing spot, and the Cincinnati Bengals could be it. The Bengals plan to work out Freeney this week, according to Coley Harvey of ESPN.com
Freeney turned 36 years old in February, but looked like he still had gas in his tank last season with the Cardinals. An October pickup, Freeney produced eight sacks and forced three fumbles in just 245 snaps, and helped the Cardinals reach the NFC championship game.
Consider that Freeney’s eight sacks last season were more than anyone on the Ravens had. Elvis Dumervil led the Ravens in 2015 with six sacks.
How well Freeney would fit with the Bengals, who play primarily a 4-3, could be an issue. But Freeney’s veteran leadership might be an asset to a Bengals team trying to end years of playoff frustration. The Bengals have made the playoffs five straight seasons, but have lost their playoff opener each of those times. Freeney won a Super Bowl with the Colts, and would like to play in another before he calls it quits.
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin are normally adversaries, but they were on the same side last week. Both coaches were in attendance at a charity event on Thursday to support the There Goes my Hero Foundation, but even when it comes to a good cause it soon became clear that rivalries never take a break.
During his address to the crowd, Harbaugh took the opportunity to take a few jabs at his Steelers counterpart.
"For 3-and-a-half hours, we're battling each other," Harbaugh said. "And then for about 30 seconds on the walk across the field, sometimes we're still battling each another, right? This guy's got a great handshake."
Over the years, Harbaugh and Tomlin have shared some heated handshakes after some intense games. The comment brought some laughs from the crowd and Harbaugh still had another zinger ready.
"I suspect he's a pretty good tackler, too. We never exactly saw the tackle," Harbaugh said. He then turned has back in imitation of Tomlin before saying, "But he thought about it."
The joke was a reference to the infamous Jacoby Jones incident in 2013 in which Tomlin was caught standing on the field blocking the path of Jones on a kick return. Jones looked like he had a clear lane for a touchdown, but had to take a step back towards the middle of the field allowing a tackler to catch him from behind. Tomlin had his back to the play and tried to jump out of the way when Jones approached, but many Ravens fans, including Harbaugrh evidently, are not quite so sure Tomlin was as innocent as he claimed.
It's good to know rivalries never take the summer off.