DeMarcus Cousins and the Biggest Enigmas of 2019 NBA Free Agency

0 of 5 Kent Smith/Getty Images There’s no such thing as certainty when it comes to NBA free agency, but some players are bigger enigmas than others.Unsettled markets, questionable past production and wide spectrums of future value make a handful of free agents particularly interesting. There’s always an element of guesswork involved in concocting offers, but these guys come with especially tricky variables.When you also consider the possibilities that come with upward of $474 million in cap space across the league (nearly as much as there was in the spendthrift summer of 2016), it gets even harder to set a market value for players with key question marks attached.We’ll leave the higher-end superstars alone in this exercise. Situations can only be so enigmatic when the decision is between max annual salaries for one, four or five years. Instead, we’ll zero in on the players a tier or two below.That’s where the intrigue is deepest. 1 of 5 Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images The uncertainty surr…

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Every NBA Team’s Best Player Most Likely to Leave Via Trade or Free Agency

Ben Margot/Associated Press Boston Celtics: Kyrie IrvingThis one probably could’ve been filed away in the “Goners” section, but Kyrie Irving’s superstar talent put him here instead.Over his two seasons with the Boston Celtics, the only players with better box plus/minuses were James Harden, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis. But a lot more than numbers goes into having Kyrie on your team. By the end of the second campaign, all the extra stuff had taken its toll on the franchise.At this point, neither side appears interested in running it back. Boston has already been linked to other star guards.“The Celtics, I’m told, are emerging as a stealth suitor for Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker,” the New York Times‘ Marc Stein tweeted.And as for Kyrie, you can hardly boot up the old internet machine without seeing a new report that links him to the Brooklyn Nets.One source even told NetsDaily’s Anthony Puccio, “Everyt…

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The Biggest Question Every NFL Team Must Answer in Training Camps

0 of 32 Mark Brown/Getty Images Training camp brings NFL teams back to reality. The offseason tends to create excitement. Organizations spend in free agency to acquire top performers, while no franchise is ever disappointed with its draft class. The influx of talent provides an optimistic point of view in almost every situation. Yet, roster deficiencies become obvious during training camp once the entire squad is together on the field with pads on for the first time. The roster’s construction and how the group will perform as units start to emerge. There are always training camp battles, relationship dynamics, scheme changes and potential comebacks to closely monitor. The volatility found within these crucial components often dictates a team’s regular season success. 1 of 32 Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press Kyler Murray’s maturation as the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback is the only thing that matters between now and the regular season since the organization made it clear the No. 1 overall…

Charlottesville: Neo-nazi gets life in prison for 2017 car attack

The self-described neo-Nazi who killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer when he rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters after a 2017 white supremacist rally was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Friday.James Alex Fields Jr, 22, had pleaded guilty in March to federal hate crimes connected to the attack at the August 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally. In exchange, prosecutors dropped their request for the death penalty. His attorneys asked for a sentence less than life. He will be sentenced next month on separate state charges.Before the judge handed down his sentence, Fields, accompanied by one of his lawyers, walked to a podium in the courtroom and spoke.“I apologise for the hurt and loss I’ve caused,” he said, later adding, “every day I think about how things could have gone differently and how I regret my actions. I’m sorry.”Fields’s comment came after more than a dozen survivors of and witnesses to the attack delivered emotional testimo…

Nuclear talks progress ‘not enough’ for Iran to change course

Diplomats meeting in Vienna in a bid to save a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers made progress but it was “not enough” to stop Tehran scaling back compliance with the accord, according to the Iranian deputy foreign minister.Officials from the deal’s remaining signatories – China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Iran – held talks in the Austrian capital on Friday after Tehran warned that it would soon breach a limit on the amount of enriched uranium set out in the agreement.“It was a step forward, but it is still not enough and not meeting Iran’s expectations,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters. “I don’t think the progress made today will be enough to stop our process but the decision will be made in Tehran.”The meeting took place amid growing concern that the deal could collapse, a year after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord, which limits Iran’s nuclear activity in exchange for relief from sanctions.After p…