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Royals’ Kevin Herrera and Alex Rios out for at least two weeks with chickenpox

15 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

With the playoffs likely in the cards for the Kansas City Royals, the last thing they want to worry about is whether a childhood illness will ravage the team. Unfortunately, that’s exactly the concern as right fielder Alex Rios and all-star relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera came down with chickenpox over the weekend. The Kansas City […]

Patriots’ motto ‘Do your job’ becomes meme in Kentucky same-sex marriage controversy

The New England Patriots and the same-sex marriage standoff in Kentucky are two subjects that wouldn’t normally make the same headline, but thanks to the shared mantra “Do your job,” they did on Tuesday. The phrase, which became a favorite saying among the likes of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick last season, found its way this week to […]

WWE legend Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka facing murder charges for girlfriend’s 1983 death

WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka was arrested at his New Jersey home and arraigned on Tuesday in connection with the 1983 death of his girlfriend near Allentown, Pa., the Morning Call reports.  The 72-year-old was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for the death of Nancy Argentino, who was killed in May 1983 in […]

Olympic organizers reverse course, say they’ll test Rio’s gross water for viruses

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

After a number of athletes have been sickened while competing at the aquatic venues planned for the 2016 Rio Games, Olympic organizers announced Tuesday that they are reversing course on the need for viral testing of the city’s sewage-filled waters. Previously, Rio and International Olympic Committee officials said they would follow World Health Organization guidelines […]

Real Madrid blames Manchester United’s tardiness for failed David De Gea transfer

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Well, David de Gea can cancel his homecoming. After a bizarre day of back-and-forth, Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper will remain with the Premier League team and not transfer to Real Madrid after all. The reason? The two sides ran out of time and couldn’t get the documents signed by the deadline and, according to Real Madrid, it’s […]

James Harrison may not like Roger Goodell, but he thinks he’ll beat Tom Brady in court

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, once said of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “I hate him and will never respect him,” but that does not mean that he thinks Goodell and the NFL will lose the DeflateGate case against Tom Brady. For Harrison, who has been fined $150,000 over the years by Goodell and called […]

Instagram commenters think ESPN confused Serena Williams with Venus Williams in photo. They’re wrong.

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Take a look at this photo from ESPN’s Instagram account, taken Monday at the U.S. Open in New York: The caption: “@serenawilliams begins her march to history on ESPN. [Credit: Nick Laham for ESPN].” But some of the comments attached to the photo seem to think ESPN royally screwed up, and that it’s Venus Williams […]

Ronda Rousey is MMA’s villain — and that’s fine by her

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Ronda Rousey may be a fan favorite, but in her mind she’s a “bad guy” and that’s the way she likes it. “I’m not the protagonist. I’m the antagonist,” Rousey said Monday on Joe Rogan’s podcast. “Because the protagonist just reacts. They do nothing. The whole story line, the whole everything that goes on, is completely dependent […]

The ‘Coach’ reboot is dead at NBC

5 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Cross “Coach” off the list of slightly revered 1990s sitcoms that are getting a reboot, at least as far as NBC is concerned. The network has decided to pass on its planned reintroduction of the show, which ran on ABC from 1989 to 1997 and starred Craig T. Nelson as a football coach at a […]

Who loves John Daly? Jerry Jones, that’s who.

5 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Seriously, who doesn’t dig John Daly’s funky vibe? Count Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, solidly among the biggest fans of the golfer, who, like Jones, is a former Arkansasan and University of Arkansas attendee. Jones sees a kindred spirit (ahem) in Daly, someone who has had his ups and downs. Oh, and Daly […]

DeAndre Jordan reportedly parts ways with agent at the center of Mavs-Clippers drama

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The roller coaster ride that was DeAndre Jordan’s free agency week ended when the center decided to re-sign with the Clippers after initially agreeing to go to the Mavericks. But now that the drama has died down, Jordan has one more move he wants to make. The center parted ways with Dan Fegan and Jarrin Akana of […]

Ahead of historic quest, Gatorade reminds everyone that Serena Williams is unmatched

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The first match of her quest to win the U.S. Open and become the first calendar-year Grand Slam winner since 1988 lasted scarcely longer than your average sitcom, but it’s worth remembering that Serena Williams wasn’t always so far above her competition. There was a time when she was a kid straight out of Compton, […]

Fred Jackson may join his friend Marshawn Lynch with Seahawks

7 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Running back Fred Jackson, cut by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, is heading to Seattle, where he is expected to sign with the Seahawks in a reunion with his friend, Marshawn Lynch. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Jackson would back up Lynch, with whom he played in Buffalo from 2007 to 2010. At […]

Let’s relive the 2012 NFL draft because it was so, so bad

9 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Man, the 2012 NFL draft. Cribbing from Pro Football Talk’s Darin Gantt, here’s the top of that year’s draft in all its horrible glory. 1. Andrew Luck, Colts: Okay, great start! 2. Robert Griffin III, Redskins: Um, you know. 3. Trent Richardson, Browns: Cut on Monday by the Oakland Raiders, his third NFL team. 4. […]

Shane Victorino fought the wall and the wall won

9 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

You don’t see this every day. Part of the outfield wall at Oakland’s Coliseum failed to stand up to the test of a collision with Angels outfielder Shane Victorino on Monday night, falling to the ground in the fifth inning of the Oakland A’s 11-5 victory. Victorino was chasing a Danny Valencia double that […]

Tom Brady recruited Jim Harbaugh back to Michigan with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind

9 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Author John U. Bacon is back with another tome about the Wolverines: “Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football.” In it, he discusses the machinations that went into getting Jim Harbaugh back in Ann Arbor, with an army of Michigan Men lobbying Harbaugh about the opening. [Fox Sports readies “Khaki Cam” for Jim […]

Tokyo Olympic organizers scrap logo for 2020 Games over plagiarism allegations

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Take a look at these two logos. Don’t they seem a little … similar? Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo scrapped after allegations of plagiarism — The Guardian (@guardian) September 1, 2015 The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are finally coming around to this line of thought, announcing Tuesday that they’re scrapping the logo […]

Ronda Rousey is properly grateful for the awesome mural an L.A. artist created

16 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Ronda Rousey was already towering over her mixed martial arts competition. Now she looms over a Los Angeles intersection, as the subject of a 20-foot-tall mural in her home town of Venice, Calif. The undefeated UFC champion expressed her gratitude Monday for the creation by artist Jonas Never, posting a photo of it on Instagram, with this […]

Serena Williams takes less than half an hour to dispatch her first U.S. Open opponent

17 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Vitalia Diatchenko quit during the second set of her U.S. Open match with Serena Williams because of a foot injury, but really, all she did was hasten the inevitable. Williams, taking the first step in her quest to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam sweep, was utterly and irreversibly dominant. [Serena Williams enters U.S. Open with a Grand […]

Shaquille O’Neal calls Kobe Bryant ‘the greatest Laker ever,’ puts ‘work beef’ firmly to rest

18 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

With a snippet of Kobe Bryant’s appearance on Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast that was made public last week, we already knew that the two had pretty much put their legendary feud behind them. With the full release Monday of that episode of “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” we now know that little less than a love-fest took […]

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