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NASCAR stars pay tribute to Tony Stewart after his win at Sonoma

That wasn’t just any winning performance at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday — that was Tony Stewart passing a friendly rival in the final lap to secure his first victory in 84 races, this from a NASCAR legend set to retire after this season. Little wonder that fellow drivers flocked to social media afterward to pay tribute to […]

Peyton Manning says he’ll be rooting for these six NFL teams this fall

The latest affirmation that Peyton Manning really is done playing football arrived recently when he discussed the teams he will be rooting, rather than possibly playing, for this fall. Six squads in all will be the beneficiaries of the future Hall of Famer’s support: the Broncos, Colts, Giants, Texans, Lions and Dolphins. No, the Patriots did not make […]

NBA and WNBA participate in NYC Pride Parade, show support for LGBT community

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum and league employees participated in New York’s Pride Parade on Sunday, making the NBA and WNBA the first professional sports leagues to do so. Former NBA player Jason Collins, who became the first active male pro athlete to come out in 2013, also took part in the annual event […]

Ben Simmons’s cousin dies in hit-and-run incident in New Jersey

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

On Thursday, Zachary Simmons sat in attendance at Barclays Center in Brooklyn when his cousin, Ben Simmons, was picked first overall in the NBA draft. Early Saturday morning, Zachary Simmons was pronounced dead, the victim of a hit-and-run in Hoboken, N.J. Hudson County police said that Simmons died at Jersey City Medical Center at 4:25 a.m. […]

Pat Summitt’s family ‘preparing for the worst’

7 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Pat Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball head coach who led the Volunteers to eight national championships in 38 years, has experienced a decline in health recently, according to a statement released by her family Sunday morning. Summit, 64, was diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type in August 2011. She stepped down […]

Gymnast Donnell Whittenburg named alternate to U.S. Olympic team

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore was named an alternate to the five-man Olympic gymnastics team on Sunday. It was not the spot he wanted. Whittenburg was fourth in the all-around at this weekend’s U.S. men’s trials in St. Louis, ahead of two gymnasts who made the five-man team, Alex Naddour and John Orozco. Also named were […]

The first Olympic golf since 1904 will be without many of the world’s top golfers

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Several of the world’s best golfers won’t be competing in the Rio Olympics, and that’s left International Olympic Committee member Barry Maister questioning why the sport is even being included in the Games at all. Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh and Marc Leishman were among those to pull out due to concerns over the Zika virus, while several others, including Adam Scott, […]

Hassan Whiteside says he’s a ‘businessman.’ The Lakers could be good for business.

22 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The Los Angeles Lakers may not be the star destination they once were after last summer’s failed pitches (yes, multiple) to LaMarcus Aldridge and the recent reports that they’re not even getting a meeting with Kevin Durant. Like most teams, the Lakers have cap room. And they are reportedly trying to spend it on free agent Hassan Whiteside, who appears ready to field […]

In farewell, Rangers give David Ortiz a pair of distinctively Texas retirement gifts

22 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

When superstar athletes retire, they go through a farewell tour, making nice with their rivals and collecting some goodies in the process. It’s a manufactured tradition unlike any other. For Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, the gifts started coming in during spring training and they haven’t stopped since. Show More Summary

USA Ultimate shows how great America already is by sweeping frisbee world titles

The United States is a powerhouse in Ultimate frisbee. That’s hardly surprising given that the sport was developed in American in 1968, and hippies athletes have been tossing the disc around the country ever since. But this past week’s performance at the World Ultimate Championships in London was dominant even by USA standards. Show More Summary

J.J. Watt shows off his eggs-pertise on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’

Last night, J.J. Watt went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and took on the host in a game of egg Russian roulette. The performance from the Houston Texans behemoth lineman was everything you would have, err, eggs-pected from the Houston Texans’ behemoth lineman. The two participants took turns choosing from a cart of eggs — eight of which were hard boiled […]

Go nuts, Wales: You’re going to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals

Wales and Northern Ireland were playing a snore of a match on Saturday in the Euro 2016 round of 16. And then this happened. And then this happened at the Wales watch party in Paris. Wait for it. Wales fans watching on the big screen at the Eiffel Tower sure enjoyed that winner. — […]

Mets sign Jose Reyes to minor league deal, despite 2015 domestic abuse arrest

In need of an offensive spark and in desperate need of some speed on the base paths, the New York Mets on Saturday signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract. Reyes has not played in a major league game this season after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended him through May 31 following his […]

Calvin Johnson doubles down on NFL retirement: ‘I’m not coming back’

Even though Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson announced his retirement in March, there were those who thought he would at some point change his mind. He’s only 30 and had played only nine NFL seasons, with just two playoff games under his belt. Surely he’d want one more shot. Calvin Johnson does not want […]

Despite lackluster NBA Finals, Harrison Barnes earns Team USA Olympic spot

Golden State forward Harrison Barnes struggled mightily as the NBA Finals wound down, shooting a combined 5 for 32 over the final three games as the Cleveland Cavaliers erased a 3-1 series deficit and won the series in seven games. Even so: Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has made the Team USA roster for […]

Jamaican track gold medalist Kemar Bailey-Cole says he has the Zika virus

Kemar Bailey-Cole, who ran alongside Usain Bolt on Jamaica’s gold medal-winning 4×100-meter relay team at the 2012 London Olympics, has revealed that he is suffering from the Zika virus. Bailey-Cole was in the running for a spot on Jamaica’s sprint-relay team at this year’s Rio Games, but now that’s in doubt. The Gleaner, a Jamaican […]

The SEC’s official Twitter account apparently got hacked

Some strange tweets popped up on the Southeastern Conference’s official Twitter account Saturday morning, suggesting either that whoever was in charge of the feed momentarily lost his mind or, more likely, the account was hacked. One tweet showed a woman dressed in a bra and underwear with the following message: “Hey! Dear, do you want to […]

Switzerland scored an insane goal against Poland in Euro 2016 knockout round

Down 1-0 to Poland and with time running short in a Euro 2016 round-of-16 tilt on Saturday, Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri decided that extreme measures were needed to crack the Polish defense, which had yet to allow a goal in the tournament. Holy moly. Et voilà, Shaqiri vient mettre tout le monde d'accord — Léo […]

Warriors Coach Steve Kerr pleads for gun control: ‘Our government is insane. We are insane.’

Steve Kerr has other things on his mind besides the Golden State Warriors’ NBA Finals collapse against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Speaking this week on a podcast hosted by San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami, Kerr made an impassioned plea for gun control. USA Today has the transcript: “When 90 percent of our country […]

Warriors, Spurs and Thunder reportedly will get first meetings with Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant’s datebook is starting to fill up as he begins the free agent process. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Warriors, Spurs and Thunder will get the first three meetings with the NBA’s biggest free agent catch. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, meanwhile, reported Friday night that Durant also will meet with the Celtics, Clippers […]

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