The world of sports journalism was shaken Wednesday, as ESPN fired around 100 employees, including several dozen reporters and on-air personalities. The seemingly endless roll call of those laid off by the network produced laments about the situation from the likes of Charles Barkley, speaking on TNT, and “SportsCenter” anchor Scott Van Pelt, who survived the purge. During TNT’s coverage of the NBA playoffs, Barkley took a moment to address the turmoil at a rival sports network and express a message of solidarity. “ESPN is not our competition,” he said. “We’re in this thing together.” “I’ve been in the business a long time, we know all the people in the sports business,” Barkley said, while sitting
The Mets’ stretch from hell potentially just got a lot worse. Terry Collins announced Thursday morning that Noah Syndergaard was scratched from his afternoon start against the Braves because of a tired arm that caused tendinitis in his biceps. After Tuesday’s rainout, the Mets said Syndergaard would start Wednesday, but when Robert Gsellman instead got the ball, they explained it away as a PR snafu. Matt Harvey will start Thursday in Syndergaard’s place.
The Cowboys made other teams wait for hours as they did a medical check on a player they wanted to draft.