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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney says leaked racy photos are fake, fends off Twitter backlash

Over the weekend, a spate of racy photos, purportedly of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities, found their way onto the internet and, while Lawrence’s name attracted most of the attention, one athlete quickly responded when she found her name listed in reports. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, best known for winning medals and being the subject […]

Manchester United sends ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to Real Madrid before reportedly bringing on Monoco’s Radamel Falcao for a whopping $570K per week

Manchester United made two radically different moves this weekend ahead of the transfer window closing. First, Old Trafford lent its reliable super substitute Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to Real Madrid. Later, the team reportedly lined up a one-year deal worth roughly $40 million to land Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. The first move makes more sense than the latter. […]

Jimmy Johnson says Jerry Jones ‘comes across as a rich [expletive]‘ in ESPN profile

Time isn’t mellowing Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones. In a rich portrait of the Dallas Cowboys’ owner/general manager, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. writes that Jones’s feud with his former coach is as spicy as ever. Jones revealed that has no intention of putting Johnson in the team’s Ring of Honor despite his two Super […]

49ers’ Ray McDonald says ‘truth will come out’ as arrest tests NFL’s new rule on domestic violence

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald promised that “the truth will come out” when he was released from jail on $25,000 bail Sunday after being charged with felony domestic violence. “I can’t say too much right now,” he told KTVU after his release, “but the truth will come out. Everybody knows what kind of […]

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says he will play against the Dolphins

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The surprise trade of veteran Patriots guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay in exchange for Buccaneers tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick last week had the world abuzz — and not just because Tom Brady was reportedly “very upset” about it. New England’s decision to bring in another, younger tight end caused many to question […]

Kevin Durant signs with Nike through 2024. LeBron James approves.

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The high-stakes battle between Under Armour and Nike to sign Kevin Durant ended Sunday evening when Nike chose to exercise its contractual option and match Under Armour’s gigantic offer to Durant. Durant’s seven-year deal with Nike expired Sunday and, by Sunday evening, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was announcing that he was indeed staying with […]

A Japanese high school baseball game lasts 50 innings over four days

20 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Now this was a pitching duel. A semifinal in Japan’s National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament took 50 innings and four days to play, ending Aug. 31 in the top of the 50th. Scoreless — yes, scoreless — to that point, Chukyo High School scored three runs to put away pesky Sotoku High School. The […]

Tony Stewart returns to racing in Atlanta

For the first time in over three weeks, Tony Stewart will count on the comfort of routine, returning to the racetrack for the Oral-B USA 500 Sunday night in Atlanta. As an investigation into the incident in which he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint-car race on a dirt track continues in […]

Michael Sam unclaimed after being cut by Rams

A day after Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams, he remained unclaimed by any other NFL team. Under the league’s waiver process, any team could have claimed him for its 53-player final roster, but none did. That means that Sam, the 249th pick in the seventh round of the NFL draft, is […]

Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Houston Texans

No sooner did Bill Belichick say that he was “fortunate” to have three quarterbacks on the roster than the New England Patriots coach traded one of them. Ryan Mallett is headed to the Houston Texans, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It is not yet clear what or whom the Patriots received in return […]

Watch Eastern Michigan players hilariously attempt to knock down cinderblock wall as they’re introduced

Give Eastern Michigan points for thinking outside the box. The school decided to introduce the team before the season opener Saturday by having players knock down a cinderblock wall with sledgehammers — which is harder than anyone could have imagined, even for big, beefy football players — before they could run out onto their new […]

Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union married in Miami

The long-anticipated spor-lebrity nuptials involving Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and actress Gabrielle Union took place and was, as these things go, a rather low-key affair. Low-key for a wedding that reportedly cost $5 million, that is. The two were married at Saturday at the Chateau Artisan, a castle-like place in Miami in front […]

49ers’ Ray McDonald arrested for domestic violence

Last week, the NFL adopted new rules involving domestic violence, and now it appears that the first player to test the rules is Ray McDonald. The San Francisco 49ers defensive end was arrested in a domestic violence dispute involving his pregnant fiancee, according to Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area and other Bay Area outlets. […]

Nike, Kevin Durant near gigantic deal, report says

Kevin Durant is closing in on a gigantic deal with a sneaker and apparel company, but it won’t be Under Armour. Nike, the company with which he currently has a deal, has exercised the right to match any rival offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star, ESPN reports. Under Armour reportedly had offered something in […]

The fastest member of Auburn Tigers might be their ball boy

In the first quarter of Auburn’s game against Arkansas, Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson hit wide receiver Melvin Ray near the sideline. Ray broke a tackle and at that point, no one was going to catch him, as he sprinted for a 49-yard touchdown. Well, maybe no one was going to catch him, but an Auburn ball boy […]

Jordan Westerkamp scoffs at your non-behind-the-back catches

Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp had himself a game today. He caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Oh, and then there was this grab: Already Catch of the Year!! https://t.co/zR4oTiucWi — Athlete Confessions (@AthIeteFession) August 30, 2014 Well, you don’t see that every day. Pretty nifty eye-hand coordination displayed by Westerkamp to track the ball […]

Do not attempt to tackle Russell Hansbrough. You will only look bad.

Missouri’s Russell Hansbrough was credited with a 10-yard touchdown run in today’s game against South Dakota State, but it was so much more than that. Really, it was probably about a 50-yard run, considering how much backward and lateral movement went into it. Oh, and it involved schooling a bunch of flailing defenders before turning the corner […]

Oklahoma State disavows fans’ ‘Trail of Tears’ sign

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is arguably the network’s most fun-loving show, one that conducts all sorts of merriment in front of college students who are encouraged to get into the act by carrying humorous signs. Not surprisingly, many of these signs creep up to the boundaries of good taste, and some of them go far beyond those […]

Youngtown State unveils the ‘Butt Punt’

Nearly two years ago, Mark Sanchez and the Jets gave the world the “Butt Fumble.” (Cut to the other Jets saying, “Hey, hold on now, that was all Sanchize.”) It was a play so ludicrous that ESPN’s “SportsCenter” had to retire the clip from “Not Top 10: Worst of the Worst” consideration, or else it would still […]

Little girl finds Oklahoma State mascot understandably upsetting

Oklahoma State has a pretty cool mascot, Pistol Pete. But he’s cool in a more or less adult, or at least post-childhood, way, from the bloody, revenge-fueled back story of the real guy to the mascot’s grim countenance. Little wonder this young Cowboys fan appears upset when confronted with ol’ Pistol Pete. Well, if it’s any […]

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