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Country star Luke Bryan tapped to sing national anthem at Super Bowl LI

23 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

Luke Bryan has some very big shoes to fill. The country music star has been tasked with performing the national anthem during Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, a year after Lady Gaga knocked the song out of the park. He’ll join an exclusive list of past “Star-Spangled Banner” performers that includes: Idina Menzel, Renée […]

Johnny Manziel tells his doubters: ‘We thrive when they say “YOU CANT”‘

24 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

Johnny Manziel delivered another message Sunday morning, one in which he insisted that he is serious about defying the odds to become Johnny Football again and declared that he is “so far sober with a clear head on my shoulders.” The former NFL quarterback, who announced last week that he is sober and hoping to […]

Some Boston guy pulled the fire alarm at Steelers’ hotel before playoff game

5 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

A funny thing happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers as they settled in for a good night’s sleep Saturday night in Boston. The fire alarms in their Logan Airport Hilton hotel went off at about 3:40 a.m. Odd things often happen a little farther south of the team’s hotel, with headsets that can curiously malfunction during […]

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

5 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, his native country. The crash is believed to have occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Dominican police confirmed the death of Ventura, 25, to the Royals. His was the second death to rock baseball this weekend. Hours before […]

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich throws some shade on Donald Trump (again)

15 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Before the San Antonio Spurs’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, Coach Gregg Popovich took a question from a reporter regarding his thoughts on the various women’s marches that took place earlier in the day all over the world in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump. The resulting response lasted about four […]

Colts fire general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons

15 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

After five seasons as general manager of the Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Grigson was fired by the team Saturday. With the Colts already three weeks into the offseason, it appeared as though Grigson’s job was safe. However, following three straight 11-5 seasons, Indianapolis went 8-8 in each of the past two, with franchise quarterback Andrew Luck getting sacked […]

Report says NFL owners don’t want the Chargers in Los Angeles, either

Dean Spanos’ decision to move the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles was an unpopular one. Surprisingly, the move angered not just loyal fans in San Diego but, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “a ton of owners” as well. As much as the Chargers’ move to Los Angeles angered San Diego, it angered NFL executives […]

Spurs’ Pau Gasol out indefinitely after fracturing left hand during warm-ups

San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol is undergoing surgery to repair a fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday. Gasol suffered the injury during pregame warm-ups on Thursday and sat out the Spurs’ 118-104 win over the Nuggets.   San Antonio's Pau Gasol undergoing surgery to repair […]

Indiana’s OG Anunoby, a potential NBA lottery pick, reportedly will have season-ending surgery

Indiana sophomore forward OG Anunoby will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on the right knee he injured Wednesday in the Hoosiers’ 78-75 win over Penn State, the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday. Anunoby suffered the injury late in the first half against the Nittany Lions when his knee appeared to give […]

British man falls to his death at World Cup stadium site in Qatar

An British man fell to his death from a catwalk on Thursday at Khalifa International Stadium, which is being expanded to host matches at the 2022 World Cup along with the 2019 world track and field championships in Doha, Qatar. “The fatal accident took place while the worker was on a suspended catwalk platform designed […]

We’re down to the NFL’s final four. Here’s what to expect.

A quick look at some story lines to follow on Sunday when the NFL’s final four take the field for the conference championship. Falcons (-4.5) vs. Packers Time, TV: 3:05 p.m. EST, Fox. — The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, of course, and everyone knows what he can do. But take a look at some of […]

Jets legend Mark Gastineau says he has dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Mark Gastineau, one of the most feared pass-rushers of the 1980s who helped anchor the Jets’ famed “New York Sack Exchange” defensive line, announced Thursday he is suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease — the result he says of the hits he delivered and took during his 10-year NFL career. “You know, my […]

Donald Trump says Tom Brady called to congratulate him, says Patriots will ‘do great’

Throughout the Deflategate saga, Donald Trump repeatedly expressed support for Tom Brady, and while there were hints that the Patriots quarterback was appreciative, he tried to play down his possible support for the Republican candidate during the presidential campaign. Show More Summary

Nuggets’ Emmanuel Mudiay trolls Gregg Popovich while coach gets ejected

Gregg Popovich lost it Thursday night as his Spurs played the Nuggets, earning an ejection while ranting at a referee. Just in case the officials needed help sending that message, Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay was only too happy to let the San Antonio coach know he’d been tossed. Mudiay with the assist to Pop ???? — Bleacher Report […]

No one can believe that Russell Westbrook will not start the All-Star Game

The news was broken Thursday by The Post’s Tim Bontemps and soon confirmed by the NBA: the starting backcourt for the Western Conference in February’s All-Star Game will feature Steph Curry and James Harden. Or to put it another way, that backcourt will not feature Russell Westbrook. The news caused this collective response from the […]

ESPN analyst says he did not liken Venus Williams to a ‘gorilla’ but a ‘guerrilla’

ESPN tennis analyst Doug Adler was widely criticized for likening Venus Williams to a “gorilla” as she played in the Australian Open. The 58-year-old former pro subsequently issued an on-air apology and clarified that the word he used was “guerrilla.” Williams was playing Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele in the round of 64 Tuesday, when Adler began […]

Johnny Manziel says he was ‘lost in the sauce’ but is ‘trying to be a good person again’

A little less than three weeks into the new year, there appears to be a new Johnny Manziel. This one reportedly is working out and, at least judging by a series of tweets Thursday, repentant. “No lie.. I was a [hygienic cleaning product] in 2016,” the former NFL quarterback wrote on Twitter, invoking the D-word and […]

Donald Trump to appoint Jets owner as next U.S. ambassador to Britain

NBC News was the first to report Thursday that Donald Trump will appoint New York Jets owner Woody Johnson as the next U.S. ambassador to the Britain after the president-elect is sworn in Friday, a move that has been expected for some time. Trump seemed to confirm this Thursday at a luncheon in Washington, with […]

Seahawks may pay a big price for not divulging Richard Sherman’s injury

The Seattle Seahawks may pay a steep price for zipping their lips about Richard Sherman’s knee injury during the season. The NFL is considering whether to take away a second-round NFL draft pick because the team did not comply with policy by including the knee injury on any report, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen say. […]

Former NFL player Stanley Wilson is again arrested while naked

Stanley Wilson II, who played three seasons for the Detroit Lions from 2005 to 2007, was arrested in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 10 after police found him naked outside a stranger’s home. It’s the second time since June that Wilson was arrested while nude. Wilson’s mug shot, taken by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, shows […]

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