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Before "PTI" or "First Take" or any of today's popular sports debate programs on TV, there was The Sports Reporters on ESPN. For nearly 30 years, every Sunday morning, top sportswriters exchanged in passionate, intelligent conversation about the major sports issues and personalities today. Now, anchored by Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica - two of The Sports Reporters longest-standing members - the magic of the show is in podcast form, enabling the hosts to continue their highly popular tradition ...
 
Advantage Connors is an ongoing conversation between Tennis legend Jimmy Connors & son Brett Connors. Follow along as they cover the worlds of tennis & gambling on a weekly basis along with whatever else pops into their head that day. Jimmy Connors is a tennis legend having played professionally for over 30 years. His record 109 ATP tournament wins still stands today, & includes 8 grand slam titles. Brett Connors has worked in live Tennis production for 12 years. Having also traveled the tou ...
 
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Can the Miami Heat ride their momentum all the way to the NBA Finals? It sure looks that way... How much credit should go to Coach Spoelstra? Can the Celtics find a way to come back? The Nuggets continue to show their fighting spirit taking game 3... Can they find a way to get passed LA? Why the Lakers win in Game 2 was so crucial. Plus, some possi…
 
Anthony Davis and the Lakers take a commanding 2-0 lead against the Denver Nuggets after Davis' clutch 3 at the buzzer. How the Lakers turned a potentially horrible loss into a stirring victory. Can the Nuggets come back from this? The Celtics rally back to take game 3... The Eastern Conference finals just got a lot more interesting. Week 2 in the …
 
The NBA playoffs have our full attention as memorable moments are being made! Miami's Bam Adebayo has a block shot for the ages and the Denver Nuggets have turned into a buzz a saw. But what happened to the mighty Clippers? The guys discuss all the NBA angles. Plus, the Big Ten announces their intention to play this fall... What was behind that shi…
 
Opening weekend of the NFL had tons of story lines. The guys discuss and debate them all. The Nuggets refuse to go away quietly against the Clippers, forcing a game 7! Will the Nuggets positive momentum drive them to the Western conference finals? Or can the stars of the Clippers will them to a showdown with the Lakers? The Heat and Celtics is a ta…
 
With the NFL season set to get underway, the NBA playoffs are providing a lot of exciting moments. Don't count the defending champs, Toronto Raptors, out! Setting up a must watch game 7! Who you got? The Clippers and Lakers seem to be in control of their series'... Are we destined for the dream LA showdown in the Western Conference Finals? And is K…
 
Kawhi Leonard provides a signature playoff moment with the middle finger block! Just how good is he? The "quiet" efficiency at which he plays... Is he more comparable to Jordan or LeBron? Clippers in control? How about the Lakers? What to make of their series with the up-tempo, small ball playing Rockets... Over in the East the Miami Heat remain a …
 
We talk the craziness that is the Novak Djokovic disqualification from the 2020 US Open. We also recap week 1 from Flushing Meadows and look ahead at week 2 on the mens side, who will be able to take advantage of no Djoker and win their first slam. Plus on the women's side will everyones favorite storyline, Serena Williams get grand slam number 24?…
 
One of the all time great MLB pitchers, Tom Seaver, passes away and the guys discuss his great career. Fun stories. And what he meant for the game of baseball. Plus, the NBA playoffs are heating up and Mike and Bob breakdown some of the key moments in Game 7 of Houston and Oklahoma City. The ending of Heat - Bucks game 2. Two wrongs make a right? A…
 
John Thompson was a college basketball legend whose legacy goes far beyond the game. The Sports Reporters share some fun stories and reflect on his amazing career. His special bond with Patrick Ewing and why he was ahead of time in so many ways. Plus, the Lakers and Clippers close out their first round matchups. LeBron and Kawhi will be there but d…
 
Luka! The 21 year old nails a game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer providing a thrilling moment for the NBA playoffs. Was this one of the greatest playoff performances of all time? How about the Clippers? Are they in trouble? And then not to be outdone, the Jazz and Nuggets play a thrilling game that sees Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray go for 51…
 
Longtime sports columnist, commentator and well known New Yorker Mike Lupica joins the podcast to talk all things Cincinnati/US Open tennis. Mike has covered the sport and been friends with Jimmy since the early 70's. He has written for newspapers, magazines, authored biographies of professional athletes, and has spent years as on air talent for ES…
 
Are the top seeds in trouble in the NBA playoffs? The Lakers and Bucks find themselves down and the Clippers are in a dog fight with the Mavericks. Is home "cut-out" advantage helping any? The guys discuss what it will take to win it all. Plus, some fun surprises in Major League Baseball... The Rays and Padres. A hot mic gets another team broadcast…
 
Who's the favorite heading into the NBA playoffs? Will the defense pick up? The intriguing match-ups to keep an eye on. Who will lose out the most with no fans in the stands? And how will the atmosphere impact the games when home court advantage is such an important of the playoffs? Plus, some college football conferences continues to discuss plans…
 
The Big Ten and Pac-12 both back out of a fall college football season... Could teams go rouge and play outside their conference? Is College Football essential? And if a limited season is played in the fall would a true champion be crowned? Plus, the NBA continues to entertain as Damian Lillard proves he's a force of nature. But where's the defense…
 
Collin Morikawa wins the PGA Championship is exciting fashion capping off a compelling first major of the golf season. Is he here to stay? How about the influx of young talent into the sport... Why it was still a compelling tournament without Tiger Woods dominating play. And did we miss the fans being in attendance? Plus, some bone-headed decisions…
 
A lot of fun and excitement in the actual games for baseball and basketball! The guys find themselves already looking at the standings in baseball and dissecting possible playoff match-ups in the NBA. You as excited? Plus, golf is set for its first Major of the year... Who you rooting for? And who would be best for the sport if they won? And a trib…
 
Los Angeles Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss joins this weeks podcast. She got her start in sports business at the age of 19 running the tennis at the legendary Great Western Forum, which is how she came to meet Jimmy Connors. Along with sell out exhibition matches Jimmy also played for Jeanie on the World Team Tennis Los Angeles Strings in the early 90…
 
With the first weekend of the NBA's restart behind us, the guys are giddy to have lots of sports to discuss. What were the takeaways? Who surprised you? And why this season has been one of the most competitive to date. Plus, the Yankees and Dodgers begin to separate in this condensed season... But will it finish? What is Shohei Ohtani's future with…
 
Who you got to win the NBA title?! The guys discuss all the major storylines heading into tonight's resumption of play. Will the emotions of the game still be there with dead silence in the stands? Plus, is the league trying everything they can to get Zion and the Pelicans into the playoffs? The Astros were given a message by an interesting messeng…
 
Los Angeles Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss joins us on this bonus edition of the podcast to talk all things NBA Bubble. With the resumption of the season set for the end of July, all eyes are on Orlando as the remaining teams have gathered under the bubble to finish the 2020 season. Jeanie gives us her take on the Lakers being the betting favorite in …
 
Actual sports to discuss! Is Justin Verlander's injury a sign of things to come in baseball? Is this the risk you run when trying to start a season on a unusual timeline? Four Marlins players test positive for Covid-19... Is this the beginning of the last man standing in baseball? And why we are in for a wild season. Plus, should players be penaliz…
 
What are you expecting from this baseball season? Are we poised to see an outlier take it all? Or are the Yankees and Dodgers destined to meet in the World Series? Are Mike Trout and the Angeles positioned for a big year? How about the defending Champs... Are the Nationals in a prime position to repeat with their one game at a time mentality? The s…
 
A coordinated effort by NFL players to air their grievances with the NFL's current plan to re-start football... Will it result in stars missing the season? What is the NFL doing to ensure player safety? With rookies reporting to camp, are we confident the NFL can handle the season amidst a global pandemic? Plus, MLB is set to start its season this …
 
It's never a good sign when you have to issue a statement to clarify your initial statement... Well, Dwyane Wade finds himself having to explain is defense of Nick Cannon... the guys discuss. Plus, some big time contracts and money being handed out in the NFL, but the most notable was a non-deal for Dak Prescott... discussing the factors at play. A…
 
On this weeks show the guys discuss Wimbledon doing right by the players and deciding to pay out to all those who would have made qualies and main draws at the tournament. With Wimbledon replaying classic matches on social media and youtube we dive into one of Jimmys classic battles at SW19. 1987 4th Rd comeback against Swedens Mikael Pernfors, dow…
 
Dan Snyder said he would NEVER change the Washington nickname... Well, the money has spoken and it sounds like a new name is on the way! How big of deal is this? Especially when it should have been done a long time ago. Patrick Mahomes becomes the highest paid player in the league. Will the money change him? Will he fell more pressure to preform? P…
 
Will the Eagles or the NFL take additional steps to punish DeSean Jackson for his comments on Jewish people? What to make of Stephen Jackson coming to his defense? How does this compare to the comments Drew Brees made earlier this off-season? Why aren't more athletes speaking out against Jackson's comments? Plus, the Ivy League is the first major c…
 
Golf has all the momentum in the sports world and Bryson DeChambeau is breaking all the norms. The guys discuss his big victory over the weekend and his ability to blast the golf ball... Why his combo of driving the ball and putting can make him a star on tour. Oh... And have you heard what the guy eats in a day?! Plus, the guys talk about the late…
 
The NFL is reportedly "considering" having fans sign a waiver to attend a football game... Is that a good idea? Is it about safety or money? Renewed calls for Washington to lose its team name... Why does Dan Snyder continue to think this is ok? Is this the time for a change? Will the NBA players actually stay in the bubble? How confident are we tha…
 
On the same day the New England Patriots get fined and lose a 3rd round draft pick they manage to shift the narrative to their signing of former league MVP, Cam Newton. Only the Patriots... Are you as intrigued by the possibilities as the guys are? Does this move elevate the Patriots to Super Bowl contenders? Plus, the NBA will allow its players to…
 
MLB's official start to the season has been announced! Can they pull it off ? Are you skeptical? The guys discuss all the angles. Plus, the PGA and NBA see "healthy scratches" starting to happen. Will this become the norm? Are the NFL and College football in denial about starting their seasons on time? Plus, discussing the situation in NASCAR and B…
 
Jimmy and Brett discuss what Novak Djokovic and other top players testing positive for Covid-19 means to the sport. After what was though to be a successful first week of the Adria Cup, it turned out that wasn't the case as multiple players came down with the virus. They break down the ramifications of what this all could potentially mean to the te…
 
A compelling end to the PGA event gave us hope for what sports could look like in this coronavirus day and age... but then you see positive tests all around the country at MLB camps and college campuses... Will these "bubble" ideas really work? What would a "start" and "stop" to a season do to our collective psyche? Plus, what do we make of Dak Pre…
 
It's a new and crazy world but hey, it's still sports! The guys discuss the crazy sports calendar facing us in the month of August. Kyrie Irving continues to voice his concerns with re-starting the NBA season down in Orlando... When did he become the conscious of the NBA players? Plus, how will the coaching work out? Are you bullish on the MLB seas…
 
Was it the owners plan all along to implement a 48 to 50 game MLB season? Seems like the players are done negotiating and ready to report... Can a meaningful season still be achieved with this shortened of a season? How will a future CBA negating play out? Plus, the guys discuss the Sosa-McGwire documentary... Did it paint too rosy of a picture? Th…
 
With all the confusion that 2020 has brought the tennis world it seems like Roger Federer shutting it down for the rest of the year is the smartest thing he can do. He let it be known on his social media this week that he in fact had another surgery on his knee. The same knee as he was already missing time this year for. The US Open is still schedu…
 
MLB held their draft but will the players have teams to report to? The major sticking points for a deal to be reached discussed. Will it be done before the week is over? How much damage is being done to the brand of MLB? Should the NBA be reconsidering its "bubble" plan in Orlando? The guys discuss some of the holes in the current plan. And some om…
 
Roger Goodell condemns racism and the systemic oppression of black people in our country. Does the NFL finally understand the meaning of the National Anthem protests the leagues' players had been partaking in? And what can be done now moving forward? Will this lead to Colin Kaepernick getting back into the league? Plus, with actual NBA games on the…
 
The guys discuss the blow-back Drew Brees is receiving after his comments... Is his apology enough? And a deeper look into how the media and athletes are dealing with societal issues in our country currently. Plus, the NBA is set to approve a plan to return to play! Does it make sense? The guys lay it all out and discuss if it will work or not. And…
 
Jimmy's neighbor and hiking buddy, Dennis Miller joins the podcast. They discuss his long career in comedy, from moving to LA to try and make it big to his time as the "Weekend Update" host on Saturday Night Live. Dennis tells us what it was like being the only comedian ever to be an announcer on Monday Night Football, and what it was like when he …
 
The month of June begins with our Nation facing a defining moment in its history. How does it all relate in terms of the sports world? The NFL's statement discussed... If they would have listened to Colin Kaepernick they would have learned he was protesting this exact issue. Michael Jordan speaks out. What good can come out of this? The MLBPA count…
 
Will money be the ultimate factor in baseball starting its season? The guys discuss the current plan and why the clock is ticking on getting the season started. Plus, the NBA and NHL are set to re-start their seasons in a "bubble" type set-up... How will it all work? Why the first sport to get up and going can benefit. A potential for a sports log …
 
A charity golf match over the weekend provided some fun and entertaining TV. The guys discuss their favorite moments... but let's talk bigger picture! Was the event a glimpse into future of how fans will view these events? How does it look on TV? How will broadcasters handle quiet, empty venues? Plus, the NBA inches closer to re starting play from …
 
The compelling ten part ESPN documentary, "The Last Dance", concludes and the guys discuss what jumped out and put it all into perspective. Could he and the Bulls have won a seventh title? Plus, is the new NFL proposal incentivizing the hiring of minority coaches with future draft picks insulting?By info@compassmedianetworks.com (Compass Media Networks)
 
With MLB owners approving a re start plan for the game will players sign on? Why does it feel like the conversation has switched from safety to economics? Why players need a voice when discussing playing games again. Same for College football... Will the student athletes have a say in playing if there are no "students" on campus taking classes? And…
 
The Connors boys discuss the semi reopening of professional sporting events in the US over the weekend, will Tennis and the UFC be used as examples for other sports moving forward? They update the status of the US Open and discuss options in case the tournament has to be moved. They continue a topic from last weeks show about why American Women see…
 
Unpacking the latest episodes of "The Last Dance"... Was Jordan too harsh on his teammates? Wishing there was more baseball footage. If there wasn't a baseball strike would he have come back to the NBA? What are we learning from this series? And the murky situation involving Zion Williamson's recruitment to Duke. Where does Coach K fit into all of …
 
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