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Holly Holm loses second consecutive bout, falls in unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko

29 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

Valentina Shevchenko took apart ex-champ Holly Holm to earn a unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 20 in Chicago Saturday night, marking the first time Holm has suffered consecutive defeats in her combat career. The losses are the only two of her UFC career. Holm, ranked No. 2 in the women’s bantamweight category, hoped to climb back into […]

Chris Sale cut up all of the White Sox’ throwback jerseys because he didn’t like wearing it

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The Chicago White Sox’s announcement that Chris Sale was being scratched from Saturday’s start for a “non-physical” clubhouse incident sent shock waves around Major League Baseball. With the MLB trade deadline just a week away, how would this impact one of the league’s most valuable pitchers, one whom the Sox were reportedly looking to deal […]

WNBA withdraws penalties for players’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

On Friday, WNBA President Lisa Borders defended her decision to fine players for recent protests against violence, saying “we were making every effort to engage our players” during negotiations with the union. Less than 24 hours later, Borders backtracked. The WNBA rescinded its fines Saturday, quelling a public outcry that had mounted steadily since Borders issued […]

This year’s Tour de France saw some of the weirdest crashes yet

5 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The Tour de France will end Sunday with Team Sky’s Chris Froome capturing his third title. But it wasn’t the easiest of rides for the 31-year-old, who suffered bumps and bruises in two separate crashes, including one that threatened to disqualify him from the Tour. Craziness! @richie_porte right into the back of a camera motor bike! Moto stopped […]

Aussie rules football player gruesomely breaks left leg with his right leg

7 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Aussie rules football isn’t for the faint of heart. As in rugby, the players don’t wear pads or helmets, so bumps and bruises are expected. But snapping one’s leg with one’s other leg while sprinting with the ball? That’s rare, but it happened to Western Bulldogs player Mitch Wallis on Saturday during a game against St. […]

It’s been 20 years since Kerri Strug landed her gold medal-winning Olympic vault

8 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

July 23, 1996, was a banner day in U.S. gymnastics history. It was the day an injured Kerri Strug landed a most improbable vault to earn the American squad its first team gold medal at an Olympic games. Strug was the last U.S. gymnast to attempt to vault, going in with extremely high pressure after […]

Young Manchester City fan asks Coach Pep Guardiola to please sign Lionel Messi

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Everybody wants Lionel Messi on their team, including a young Manchester City supporter named Braydon Bent. This precocious 7-year-old made his pitch to new manager Pep Guardiola this week when the two wound up in a taxi together as part of series the team does with their in-house TV presenter Les “Chappy” Chapman. Bent thought he was just going […]

Ronda Rousey’s longtime rival Cris ‘Cyborg’ calls for fight at UFC 205

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Yeah… file this under things that have about as much of a chance of happening as a cat learning calculus. Cris “Cyborg” Justino challenged Ronda Rousey to meet her in the Octagon at UFC 205 on Nov. 12. “I’m not trying to inspire you to suddenly become a better person, or become anything you’re not. […]

Team USA Coach Geno Auriemma ‘proud’ of WNBA players’ activism

12 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Team USA women’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma is “proud” of the WNBA players who used their platform to protest a spate of recent shootings perpetrated by and against police officers. “I respect (New York Liberty star) Tina (Charles) and the players in the WNBA for their concern and their voices and the passion that they […]

Florida football player helps stop sexual assault

A football player at the University of Florida helped stop a sexual assault outside a Gainesville bar early Thursday morning. Christian Garcia, a walk-on linebacker for the Gators, along with another person, witnessed the assault of a 19-year-old woman and took action to separate the victim and the assailant, according to police. The attacker, Christopher Shaw, age […]

Dirk Nowitzki is reportedly scoring an extra $10 million from the Mavericks

After putting in 18 seasons of hard work, Dirk Nowitzki is finally getting the payday he’s long deserved. On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks reportedly increased the amount of his new two-year deal with the team to $50 million through the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN. That’s $10 million more than the 38-year-old veteran was set to […]

Russia facing ban at Paralympics as state-sponsored doping scandal spreads

Russian parathletes hoping to compete in this summer’s Paralympics in Rio got some bad news on Friday when officials moved to ban the country from the games amid Russia’s ongoing doping crisis. The news comes a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the Rio Olympic ban on Russia’s track and field teams […]

Bernie Sanders tweets epic GIF supporting relocation of NBA All-Star Game

The message Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed in his tweet supporting the NBA’s decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game was serious, but the GIF the Vermonter attached to it? That was just for lolz. Great move by the NBA pulling next year's All-Star Game from NC. We must stand with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. […]

PGA Championship to remain in North Carolina despite controversial ‘bathroom bill’

The PGA of America has decided not to follow the lead of the NBA, which announced it would be re-locating the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from North Carolina because of controversial legislation that some say discriminates against the LGBT community. Instead, the 2017 PGA Championship will go on as planned at North Carolina’s Quail Hollow […]

Draymond Green reaches plea agreement, gets fine for bar incident

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will not face any jail time and had the charges pending against him reduced after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors over a July 10 incident in which he was accused of slapping a Michigan State football player. Green will pay a $500 fine and $60 restitution fee, the […]

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott denies ex-girlfriend’s assault allegations

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has denied his ex-girlfriend’s claims of abuse after she posted photos of her bruised body Friday morning on Instagram. (Elliott’s accuser since has set her Instagram account to private, so we have removed her Instagram handle from these images). Elliott was tagged in one of the photos:     […]

Luis Suarez believes his Barcelona chum Lionel Messi will play for Argentina again

Lionel Messi says he doesn’t plan to ever again don Argentina’s albiceleste jersey, but his Barcelona teammate and friend Luis Suarez doesn’t believe him. “I think he’ll reconsider,” Suarez said at a preseason Barcelona news conference Friday (via Sky Sports). Suarez blamed Messi’s decision on a bad “reaction” to Argentina’s penalty shootout loss to Chile at […]

Sabres’ Evander Kane arrested in connection with disturbing alleged bar incident

Buffalo Sabres star Evander Kane has been charged in relation to an incident at a bar where he allegedly harassed three women and had a confrontation with a bouncer in late June. #Sabres forward @evanderkane_9 getting cuffed in downtown Buffalo. Show More Summary

Former NFL coach Dennis Green passes away at 67

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday morning that former NFL coach Dennis Green has died of a heart attack. Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green died early this morning after suffering cardiac arrest, per friend Ray Anderson. He was 67. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2016 Green went 113-94 in 13 seasons as coach […]

Holly Holm has no regrets about not waiting around for Ronda Rousey rematch

Holly Holm shot to fame last year when she did what no woman before her could — knocking out an undefeated Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Many fight fans assumed Holm would wait to defend her title in a rematch, which likely would’ve been one of UFC’s highest-grossing pay-per-views, but Holm had […]

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