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Vladimir Putin suggests U.S. is manipulating key whistleblower on Russian doping

11 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Thursday that his country’s former anti-doping chief, now in the U.S. in the federal witness protection program, is being manipulated by American officials into saying what they want. The testimony...Show More Summary

Amid sexual assault scandal, USA Gymnastics loses major corporate sponsors

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Rocked by the sexual assault scandal involving former team physician Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics has lost a pair of major corporate sponsors, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Kellogg’s. In three separate court proceedings this year, the 54-year-old Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually abusing young girls and to federal counts related to child pornography. Show More Summary

Lou Holtz is suing the Daily Beast over headline’s claim that he called immigrants ‘deadbeats’

8 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz has filed a federal lawsuit against the Daily Beast, alleging that the online publication defamed him in a story about a speech he gave at a luncheon held during last year’s Republican National Convention. The lawsuit, filed in Orlando, centers on a Daily Beast story that originally […]

The Rick Pitino-Louisville divorce has gotten even messier with school’s countersuit

9 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

On Wednesday, the University of Louisville pleaded its case before the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee in Atlanta, arguing that it should not be stripped of 123 wins, four NCAA tournament appearances and its 2013 men’s basketball national championship after an investigation found that a former Cardinals basketball staffer hired an escort and strippers to entertain […]

Disney-Fox deal gives ESPN a local strategy to combat its financial woes

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Thursday’s news release announcing Disney’s deal to acquire a massive package of 21st Century Fox assets was heavy on certain specifics, especially those that deal with the entertainment world. Deadpool, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four — comic-book film entities previously owned by Fox — get mentioned twice, as does the “Avatar” franchise. Various other […]

Paul George on his boo-filled return to Indiana: ‘I’m glad the circus is over with’

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Paul George wasn’t expecting the warmest of welcomes Wednesday night in his first game back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since the Pacers traded him to Oklahoma City. Indiana’s fans rose to those expectations, booing him lustily at every opportunity: A bevy of boos for Paul George — Chris Hagan (@ChrisHaganIndy) December 14, 2017 George, […]

Charles Barkley blasts LaVar Ball for ‘exploiting his kids’

14 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Early in 2017, when LaVar Ball was just beginning to penetrate the national consciousness, one of his first high-profile feuds involved Charles Barkley. The basketball analyst and  former NBA great challenged the boastful father of then-UCLA star Lonzo Ball to a game of one-on-one, to which LaVar Ball responded with a jab about Barkley’s fondness […]

Lions’ Jim Caldwell won’t reveal his favorite movie. What are you hiding, Jim Caldwell?

Detroit Lions Coach Jim Caldwell was talking to reporters on Wednesday and, for whatever reason, he was asked about his favorite movie. Apparently, this was akin to asking him about the contents of his team’s offensive playbook. Jim Caldwell asked about his favorite movie, said he cares not to share cause he doesn't want it […]

NFL playoff scenarios entering Week 15: It’s Jaguars time

Thanks to Joe Ferreira and NFL Playoff Scenarios for doing what they do. CURRENT AFC PLAYOFF FIELD 1. Steelers 11-2 2. Patriots 10-3 3. Jaguars 9-4 4. Chiefs 7-6 5. Titans 8-5 6. Bills 7-6 Still alive: Ravens 7-6, Chargers 7-6, Raiders 6-7, Dolphins 6-7, Jets 5-8, Bengals 5-8. Eliminated: Texans, Broncos, Colts, Browns. AFC […]

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will get chance to explain failed doping test

British cyclist Chris Froome’s quest for a fifth Tour de France title next year could be in jeopardy after his cycling team announced Wednesday that he failed a drug test during the Spanish Vuelta in September. According to Team Sky, the urine test found that Froome had a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that […]

Jose Canseco on being molested by women: ‘It was kind of a turn-on’

Jose Canseco, the former Oakland A’s slugger who has become better known for his comments since retiring and his tell-all book about using performance-enhancing drugs than the 462 home runs he hit during 17 major league seasons, shared his thoughts about sexual harassment and molestation Tuesday evening, a decision that cost him the chance to […]

Doug Jones beat Roy Moore in Alabama, to the delight of Charles Barkley and Steve Kerr

Native son Charles Barkley had urged his fellow Alabamians to vote for Doug Jones over Roy Moore ahead of Tuesday’s special U.S. Senate election. “At some point, we’ve got to stop looking like idiots to the nation,” Barkley said at a rally the night before the vote. “I love Alabama, but we’ve got to draw […]

Amazing as his return may be, Aaron Rodgers may have to change how he plays a little

The word “miraculous” was being tossed around a lot as the return of Aaron Rodgers from a broken clavicle was being considered, but it’s less likely a miracle than it is the product of smart surgery, diligent rehab according to a timetable and a little bit of luck. “I spent the first three days after […]

Devin Hester announces retirement. Is his next step the Hall of Fame?

It’s been nearly a year since Devin Hester stepped foot on an NFL field, and on Tuesday he made good on the hints he dropped after the Seattle Seahawks were eliminated from the postseason in January. Hester, who just turned 35, is hanging it up: CURTAINS ? Appreciate all of the love for all these […]

Lindsey Vonn: ‘People are hoping I break my neck’ after comment about visiting Trump’s White House

Lindsey Vonn, one of the most heralded Alpine skiers of all time, was stunned by the responses she received since commenting last week that if she were to win a gold medal in the PyeongChang Olympics she would not visit President Trump’s White House. In an Instagram post, Vonn wrote that the reaction “opened my eyes” […]

Steelers officially end Ryan Shazier’s season after scary spinal injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers made it official Tuesday afternoon, placing linebacker Ryan Shazier on the injured reserve list. Shazier remains hospitalized after having spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6 after suffering a scary back injury two days earlier in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. “Unfortunately Ryan will not be able to contribute on the field during […]

The waiting game over Aaron Rodgers’s return is about more than just a playoff run

A day after Aaron Rodgers underwent a scan that will determine whether his collarbone has healed sufficiently to allow him to play, there was still no news on a situation that is not as simple as it might seem. On Monday morning, Rodgers underwent tests, including a bone density scan, to determine whether his broken clavicle […]

MLB umpire Dale Scott retires over fear of further concussions

For veteran baseball umpire Dale Scott, the possibility of suffering another concussion just isn’t worth the risk anymore. Scott, who missed the rest of the 2017 season after a foul ball off the bat of Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo struck him in the face mask in April, told the Associated Press of his decision. The concussion […]

Liberal super PAC is urging Alabama voters to write-in Nick Saban or Gus Malzahn

Alabama football coach Nick Saban always has been a pretty popular write-in vote in that state’s elections — winning four college football national titles will do that — and seems likely to garner a vote or two in Tuesday’s special election for Alabama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat. And just in case you’ve forgotten the process […]

‘We’ve got to stop looking like idiots’: Charles Barkley tells Alabamians not to vote for Roy Moore

Charles Barkley took aim at Roy Moore on Monday night, urging Alabama residents to “at some point, stop looking like idiots to the nation” and “draw a line in the sand” by refusing to send him to the Senate in Tuesday’s special election. The Hall of Fame basketball player, who grew up outside Birmingham and […]

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