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ESPN needs to worry about Fox News, not Fox Sports 1

In his blow-by-blow of the horrible week that was for ESPN in the wake of Jemele Hill’s Sept. 11 Twitter comments about President Trump, Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand noted that conservative-minded Fox News feasted on the outrage: Fox News wasted no time highlighting those tweets. Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened his Tuesday show […]

From the NFL to the FBI? Former Bears CB Charles Tillman reportedly is in training

Criminals and bad-deed doers might soon be learning something NFL offensive players long knew: Do not — repeat, do not — mess with Charles Tillman. Tillman, the former cornerback for the Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers, is training to become an FBI agent, according to the Chicago Tribune and ESPN. The player nicknamed Peanut by […]

Eight-year-old football players kneel during national anthem amid St. Louis protests

Amid protesting in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white police officer accused of murdering a black man after a car chase, a youth football team decided to take a knee during a pregame rendition of the national anthem. The team’s coach said that the decision was made by the eight-year-olds following “a good teaching […]

Enes Kanter doesn’t appear to accept Kevin Durant’s apology for Thunder criticism

Enes Kanter has used social media to take a few shots at ex-teammate Kevin Durant in the past, so with the latter’s recent Twitter-related headlines, it was no surprise that the Thunder center had another go at the Warriors forward. In a Twitter post of his own, Kanter stuck up for his squad and its fan base, […]

Cris Cyborg says she’s up for a Ronda Rousey fight — if it’s ‘inside the WWE ring’

Many, if not most, MMA fans have given up on the hope of Ronda Rousey ever competing again in the octagon, but her longtime coach recently said that he would like to see her take on rival Cris “Cyborg” Justino. That got the attention of the Brazilian fighter, who said Tuesday that she’d still be up […]

Dolphins’ Lawrence Timmons suspended indefinitely after unexcused absence

The Miami Dolphins suspended linebacker Lawrence Timmons indefinitely on Tuesday, days after the 31-year-old reportedly disappeared from the team hotel in Los Angeles, causing the team to file a missing persons report. Timmons, who was signed to a two-year, $10 million deal in March, was later found at Los Angeles International Airport, according to TMZ […]

This American triathlete went from unexpected Olympian to nearly toppling a sport legend

American Olympic triathlete Ben Kanute was never the star in his sport. Even in junior competition, the talented and ambitious Kanute was in the shadows of teammates in his own country. So when Kanute finished as the surprise runner-up in last week’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn., the 24-year-old Illinois native took a step in […]

Kevin Durant says tweets about former coach and teammates were ‘childish’ and ‘idiotic’

Kevin Durant and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, spoke about their investments in various Silicon Valley companies at Tuesday’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, but not before the Golden State Warriors star attempted to explain his recent social media snafu. Show More Summary

Dutch cyclist who broke her back in horrific Rio Olympics crash returns to win world gold

Annemiek van Vleuten’s teammates thought she had died last summer when the Dutch cyclist smashed headfirst into the pavement during a downhill stretch of the women’s road race at the Rio Olympics. Van Vleuten, who sustained a concussion and broke three vertebrae in her back, however, vowed to come back and, even better, to win. […]

Five months before Olympics, British bobsled cuts off funding to women’s team

Thanks @TeamGB for a great first day at our Pyeongchang athlete summit! #TEAMGB #bobsleigh #teammica #PyeongChang2018 — ?Mica McNeill? (@MicaMcNeill) August 18, 2017 If all goes as planned for British Bobsleigh, the group that fields Olympic teams in the sport, Britain will have three teams at next year’s Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. But […]

Eagles’ Chris Long donates salary from six NFL games to fund scholarships in Charlottesville

Chris Long is not about to “stick to football,” not after watching the violence that occurred in his hometown of Charlottesville last month. The Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, who has been critical of President Trump and supportive of teammate Malcolm Jenkins during his national anthem protests, will donate his salary from the first six games of […]

NFL players don’t care about your fantasy football teams, just like everyone else

Back on Sept. 1, Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett tweeted out a shot at fantasy football. I don't care about your fantasy football team. Thanks! Sincerely real life football guy. — Martellus Bennett (@MartysaurusRex) September 1, 2017 This seemingly unprompted critique of fantasy football — the season had not even started yet, so […]

When football players join in to mock transgender people, Kansas high school students protest with a sit-in

Holding signs that said “trans rights = human rights” and “I shouldn’t have to be cis to be safe,” students at a Kansas high school cut classes and held a sit-in Monday, protesting an extracurricular text conversation that included slurs about transgender people and involved more than 200 students, including football players. More than 100 students […]

The Browns are road favorites. Wait, what?

Now that NFL Week 2 is in the books, it’s time to glance at the early Week 3 point spreads. One of them in particular seems to stand out. See if you can find it in this group of four games: No, it isn’t the Rams being listed as road favorites, which is rare but […]

Orioles minor-leaguer is third player killed this year in Dominican Republic car crash

A 21-year-old minor league pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization died Monday from injuries sustained over the weekend in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic, becoming the third baseball player to die this year in a wreck in that country. Miguel Gonzalez, who is not related to the former Orioles pitcher of the same […]

Surging Adidas overtakes Jordan Brand for No. 2 spot behind Nike in U.S. sneaker sales

In a rapid rebound, Adidas has moved past Jordan Brand to reach No. 2 in U.S. sneaker sales. According to the market-research firm NPD Group, the German-based apparel company, which was struggling just a couple of years ago, has returned to being second behind industry goliath Nike. “This is an achievement I never thought I […]

No, Jon Gruden, that was not ‘the most dramatic field goal’ you’ve ever seen made

The first half of Monday’s Lions-Giants game featured some sloppy play, mostly by New York, and some highlights, mostly by Detroit. The latter category included a pair of nice Matthew Stafford touchdown passes — and a remarkable make by Matt Prater on a 56-yard field goal. Prater’s kick wound up bouncing high and sideways off […]

Internet sleuths suggest Kevin Durant is using private accounts to engage his critics

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant hasn’t been shy about engaging with his critics on Twitter since winning his first NBA title in June. Late Sunday night, Durant responded to a fan who questioned the eight-time all-star’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder via free agency last summer. Or did he? @KDTrey5 man I respect the hell […]

Kyrie Irving really wasn’t buying what ‘First Take’ was selling

If you’ve closely followed this offseason’s Kyrie Irving saga — which wound up with him moving from Cleveland to Boston and shaking up the NBA’s Eastern Conference and inspiring millions of keystrokes — Irving’s philosophical, didactic and occasionally contentious appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” Monday morning may have been subtly revealing. Show More Summary

‘It irks my ever-loving nerves’: For the Jets, Marshawn Lynch’s dance moves weren’t so fun

Sunday was a special day in Oakland. The Raiders may be leaving town, destined for Las Vegas in a few years, but fans were downright giddy as the team rolled to a 45-20 victory that was its second of the season. To top it off, homegrown hero Marshawn Lynch was back in Beast Mode, this […]

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