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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon will not return next season after opting out of contract

11 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

In news that will surely shock some but not surprise others, Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon has exercised an option to opt out of his contract with the team, effective immediately. ESPN’s Buster Olney first broke the news, and Rays owner Stuart Sternberg released a statement confirming the opt-out shortly afterward on Friday afternoon. […]

Barcelona Coach Luis Enrique confirms Luis Suarez will play in El Clasico against Real Madrid after FIFA bite ban is lifted

55 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

It was expected earlier this week that World Cup biter Luis Suarez would play in one of Barcelona’s biggest matches of the year on Saturday. On Friday, Barca Coach Luis Enrique confirmed that, yes, after Suarez’s FIFA-imposed four-month ban is lifted on Saturday morning, Suarez will indeed get some time on the pitch against Real […]

Lolo Jones sympathizes with Oscar Pistorius after revealing that her dad was imprisoned for murder

Olympian Lolo Jones found herself back in the news this week when she talked to TMZ about the situation of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who was sentenced to five years in prison this week after being convicted of culpable homicide in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. She said she feels for him, at least partly […]

Ex-Broncos player John Boyett tried to get out of being arrested by telling police to ‘contact John Elway’

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

John Boyett is not a household name, but John Elway is. Maybe that’s why the now-former Broncos practice squad safety decided to drop Elway’s name after getting arrested and charged with third-degree assault, theft and harassment on Wednesday. Clearly, the ploy didn’t work, as the Broncos ultimately released him on Thursday in light of the […]

UEFA awards Serbia a win over Albania in abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, but deducts points for bad behavior

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Officials from European soccer’s governing body met Thursday to mull over what to do about last week’s disastrous Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania. On Friday, UEFA made its decision public. As expected, the fines for both sides were steep. Each national team will have to pay 100,000 Euros ($127,000). Other consequences, however, were not […]

The Broncos beat the Chargers, but Peyton Manning is mad at Denver’s scoreboard operator

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Peyton Manning threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 win over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night, and thus probably should have been all smiles and rainbows after the game. Ehhh, no. Manning was unhappy with the scoreboard operator at Sports Authority Field, which kept riling the fans up […]

Homeland Security making sure Kansas City is safe from illegal Royals underwear

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with preventing any number of threats against our country. This one ranks near the bottom (heh): Homeland security is making sure the world is safe from illegal Kansas City Royals underwear. Take it away, Jenee Osterheldt of the Kansas City Star (you can see a photo of the […]

Andrew Hawkins’ son fails to say Dad is his favorite player, suffers the consequences

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Andrew Hawkins has worked hard at his craft, which is NFL wide receiver. He stands 5 feet 7 and weighs 175 pounds, and was not only undrafted out of Toledo but spent three years trying to get some interest from the NFL. He finally latched on with the Bengals in 2011, and parlayed that chance into […]

Brian Urlacher thinks Bears’ Jay Cutler is elite only on payday

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

When it comes to being an elite quarterback, the only thing Jay Cutler has in common with guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or either of the Mannings is his tax bracket. So says Brian Urlacher, a former teammate of Cutler’s on the Chicago Bears. “Financially, he is one of the elite guys […]

Titans’ new quarterback is quite the face of the franchise

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The Titans are making a big move at quarterback, giving rookie Zach Mettenberger his first start this week. This is a huge moment for the young man, and he recognized his duty to step up and become a leader, telling ESPN, “This is my team now.” In another sign that he realizes he has a much brighter […]

You won’t believe the line this golfer took to sink a three-foot putt

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Most duffers know better than to ever take a three-foot putt for granted. However, barring a massive break, just about all golfers would try to improve their chances of making said putt by aiming in the general direction of, you know, the hole. A fellow we know only as “Greg” is clearly not like just about […]

Steve Nash is out for the season

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Lakers guard Steve Nash will miss the 2014-15 season because of a back injury, the team announced Thursday. In a statement posted on the Lakers’ Web site, Nash made this statement: “Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now. I […]

Clippers player gets faked off the court by Suns’ Eric Bledsoe

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Jared Cunningham is a third-year guard for the Clippers who played college ball at Oregon State. He had yet to make much of a mark in the NBA until Wednesday night, when he became The Guy Who Got Juked Off the Court. Eric Bledsoe performed the honors during a preseason game at Staples Center. The […]

See why this is being widely hailed as the goal of the year

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored three goals as his side trounced Asteras Tripolis in Europa League play, and that was SO not the story. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about afterward was this goal by the Spurs’ Erik Lamela: Did you catch that? Lamela performed what’s known as a “rabona,” in which a player puts […]

Here are some awkward images of One Direction wearing American sports jerseys

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The mere mention of the return of British boy band One Direction to the United States is probably enough to get the group’s average fan (every 14-year-old girl) to hound her parents until they give in and buy tickets. So, the group, best known for their swishy hairstyles, posing in jerseys from various NFL, college football […]

Ronda Rousey to fight Cat Zingano at UFC 182 in January

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s next fight has been decided and it’s not against Gina Carano, as many dreamed it would be despite the odds. Instead, Rousey (10-0) will face Cat Zingano (9-0), the 32-year-old workhorse who has earned her spot to take on the champion. Per MMAFighting.com: Zingano … brings a unique skill set to […]

Chris Jericho says CM Punk hasn’t spoken to him since Punk left the WWE in January

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

When then-pro wrestler CM Punk walked out on the WWE in January, he didn’t just leave his career behind, but his friends, too, according to fellow wrestler Chris Jericho. He told Bryan Alvarez of the Figure Four Daily podcast about his past and present friendship (or lack thereof) with the “Straight-Edge Superstar:” “We used to talk […]

NHL reschedules postponed Ottawa Senators vs. Toronto Maples Leafs game for Nov. 9

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

A game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs that was canceled on Wednesday because of the shootings in Ottawa that resulted in the death of a Canadian soldier has been rescheduled. The NHL announced on Thursday afternoon that the game would be played at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre on Nov. 9 at […]

Lakers’ Jeanie Buss: Only ‘a loser’ wouldn’t want to play with Kobe Bryant

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Make no mistake, Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss has a five-letter word for anyone who wouldn’t want to play with Kobe Bryant: loser. “Any free agent that would be afraid to play with Kobe Bryant is probably a loser, and I’m glad they wouldn’t come to the team,” Buss said during a “SportsCenter” interview […]

Manny Pacquiao plays pro basketball ahead of next fight, angering just about everyone

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Earlier this year, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao realized a lifelong dream by becoming a player-coach for the Kia Sorentos of the Philippine Basketball Association. On Sunday, Pacquiao actually suited up for the Sorentos, with two turnovers and zero points in seven minutes against Blackwater Elite. Not everyone is thrilled about this. Pacquiao’s next fight […]

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