Sports Rantz Sports News, CFL News, Tennis News, Golf News, WNBA News Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sports Rantz 32 32 Lynx Lindsay Whalen Retiring Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:35:59 +0000 Minnesota Lynx point guard, a four-time WNBA champion,  announced on Monday that she is retiring from the WNBA  after 15 years in the league, according to ESPNW’s Mechelle Voepel.

“I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years,” Whalen said in a statement. “I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career and wish my Lynx coaches and teammates all of the best in the future.”

Whalen, 36, was named women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Minnesota, back in April. Whalen sparked the Gophers run to the 2004 Women’s Final Four. She will take the helm after the season is over.

Whalen has averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds in her WNBA career and is Minnesota’s career assists leader with 2,337, which is third all-time in the WNBA behind Seattle’s Sue Bird and the retired Ticha Penicheiro.

“I feel so fortunate to have been on the sidelines for so many of her wins,” Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said. “Lindsay’s will to win made her special, along with always putting her team and teammates first. I will always cherish the times we spent together over the last eight years bringing championships to her home state of Minnesota.”

Whalen poured in averaged 14.9 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds back in 2013 en route to leading the Lynx to a WNBA Championship.

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Johnny Manziel to Start for Montreal Alouettes on Friday Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:11:24 +0000 Johnny Manziel will finally get his chance in the CFL as he will start for the Montreal Alouettes on Friday as they take on his former team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman made the announcement on Tuesday.

Manziel spoke about his first season in the CFL, last Friday.

“I’ve tempered my expectations to not reach too high,” Manziel said (h/t ESPN). “I want to come in and I want to play solid football. That’s what I want to do. I realize there are going to be some growing pains to get there, because it is a process. I have been away from the game a little bit. I’m excited to get some reps, and I know I’m going to be putting in the time that I need to off the field to expedite that process.”

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Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris Eyes Big Performance Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:22:40 +0000 Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris is looking to have a big game on Friday night against the Toronto Argonauts.

Harris is looking for a second straight victory over Toronto on Friday, and to follow up a big win with a wedding social on Saturday night at the stadium for he and fiancee Carina Fiorentino.

“The biggest thing is getting the win (Friday) and Saturday will just continue the celebrations,” Harris said, according to “It’s just great to have it all in the same place.”

Harris will head into the game with plenty of momentum, having surpassed the 100 yard rushing mark in 3 straight games.

“I just want to win the game, that’s the biggest thing.” Harris, who leads the league with 610 rushing yards this season, said.

Harris had a big game last week in the victory over Toronto, rushing for 177 yards, which was more than Toronto’s entire team output of 165 yards.

Toronto head coach Marc Trestman is looking for better quarterback play and better pass protection in this week’s tilt.

“We’ve got to get better play and more efficient play out of our quarterback,” Trestman said. “That would be for anybody who’s playing. It starts there at the quarterback position.

“I think James [Franklin] has shown himself to be very resilient. He’s going through a growing process now in a new system with new verbiage and really his first time playing a lot of football.”

Franklin, the Toronto signal caller, was frustrated with the lack of offensive, but more so that Harris had more rushing yards than Toronto’s total offense could muster.

“It’s frustrating to think, ‘OK, I wish we would have put up more yards,’ ” he said. “I think personally I’m not like, ‘Oh no, it bothers me that he had more rushing yards than we had total yards.’

“But I mean we definitely need to do a better job of that, help our defence out because they made a lot of plays and they put us in really good positions.”

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Lin Zhu Upsets Zhang Shuai, Heads To Jiangxi Semifinals Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:14:01 +0000 Lin Zhu upset top-seeded Zhang Shuai 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 at the Jiangxi Open on Friday to advance to the semifinals to take on sixth-seeded Saisai Zheng.

The 2 1/2-hour match saw a lot of drama, and Zhang committed 50 unforced errors and eight double faults over the course of the marathon match.

It’s been more than 2 years since Zhu has appeared in a semifinal on the WTA tour.


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EA, 2K Sports Interested in BIG3 Video Game Fri, 27 Jul 2018 18:07:30 +0000 BIG3 founder Ice Cube, along with commissioner Clyde Drexler, claim that both 2K Sports and EA Sports have expressed a level of interest in developing a video-game based on the BIG3 basketball league.

“At first, they said no,” Drexler said, according to Basketball Society Online’s Brandon Robinson. “But now they are saying this has some weight and legs and they want to be a part of it. We would love to have a Big 3 on 2K Sports or EA Sports, it’s our dream because we want to grow the game and make it a global sport.”

“Now, they are interested in talking with us and we plan on discussing details with the companies that we have been approached by and we understand that we are ahead of the curve” Ice Cube said.

“It takes time for people to catch up and we don’t mind it; we will wait for them to catch up.”

BIG3 has made incredible strides over the first 2 years of it’s existence, with a television deal with FOX, and more former NBA players joining the fray.

A video game version of the league would certainly offer a different experience for fans, and provide a creative alternative to mainstays such as NBA2K and NBA Live.

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Ryan Lochte Suspended 14 Months for Doping Violation Involving IV Use Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:44:19 +0000 Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has  been suspended 14 months by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for receiving an illegal intravenous infusion in May.

Lochte, a six-time Olympic gold medalist, will be banned until next July after breaking anti-doping rules around athletes not being able to receive IVs unless given an exemption or if they are hospitalized, per the USADA.

According to USADA’s statement, Lochte did not take any banned substances but contravened rules about the use of IVs in quantities over 100 millilitres.

Lochte said he still has his eyes set on appearing at Tokyo 2020 and stated, “I wasn’t taking anything illegal. Everything was legal. You can get it at CVS, Walgreens, but there are rules, and you have to obey them. … Don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep going [to Tokyo 2020]”, according to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports.

Lochte will miss the Pan Pacific Championships in August and the 2019 World Championships, and his ban was backdated to May 24th.


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Tiger-Cats Trade Johnny Manziel To Montreal Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:38:54 +0000 The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded quarterback Johnny Manziel to the Montreal Alouettes in a move that will reunite Manziel with the former Texas A&M coach who recruited him to the school, Mike Sherman.

In the deal, Manziel, offensive tackle Tony Washington and offensive lineman Landon Rice were sent to Montreal in exchange for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round picks in 2020 and 2022.

“We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a official statement. “With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence.”

“This is a move both Kavis Reed and I felt we needed to make at this time,” Sherman said.

“Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team.

“I look forward to reuniting with Johnny again and working with him.”

Manziel signed a two-year contract with the Tiger-Cats in May and now heads to Montreal who saw starting quarterback Drew Willy leave Saturday’s 25-8 loss to the Calgary Stampeders with a hand injury.

Montreal is also without Jeff Mathews for four to six weeks because of a foot injury.


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Francesco Molinari Wins The Open Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:09:28 +0000 Francesco Molinari has won The Open for his 1st career major championship and becomes the first Italian golfer to ever win a major championship.

Molinari holed a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to complete a bogey-free round at 2-under-par 69, and finished with an overall score of 8-under par, two shots ahead of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

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Andy Fantuz Announces Retirement Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:47:25 +0000 Wide receiver Andy Fantuz, who spent 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League, including six seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, officially announced his retirement on Thursday.

Fantuz, 34, played in 148 CFL regular season games over 12 seasons with both the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006-11) and Tiger-Cats (2012-17).

Fantuz finishes his career with 637 receptions for 8,363 yards and 44 touchdowns.

“On behalf of the Tiger-Cats, we’d like to congratulate Andy on a great playing career and wish him and his family the very best as he transitions to the next chapter of his life,” Tiger-Cats chief executive officer Scott Mitchell said in a statement.

“He leaves the game as one of the best Canadian receivers to ever play in the CFL. Andy also made a lasting impression off the field throughout his career and will forever be part of the Tiger-Cats and CFL family.”

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Nik Lewis Signs With Stampeders, Announces Retirement Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:43:15 +0000 Calgary President and General Manager John Hufnagel announced that Nik Lewis has signed a one-day contract with the Calgary Stampeders so her can retire with the club.

Lewis, the Canadian Football League’s all-time leader in receptions with 1,051 catches, played 11 seasons with the Stampeders before spending the final 3 years of his career with the Montreal Alouettes.

Lewis finishes his career with 13,778 receiving yards and 71 touchdowns during his 14 seasons in the CFL.

“Nik was an important player for this organization for many years and it’s fitting that he retires as a member of the Stampeders,” said Hufnagel. “In particular, I recall Nik’s outstanding performance in the 2008 Grey Cup – 11 catches for 122 yards – to help us win a championship.

“His accomplishments on the field speak for themselves as Nik was certainly one of most popular players in Stampeders history with our fans. We celebrate his career on this day and wish him all the best for the future.”

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