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Legion of Buh-bye? Seahawks may part ways with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas.

The term “Legion of Boom” has come to be applied to the Seahawks’ entire defense, but it was originally meant to denote Seattle’s fearsome secondary. That group of defensive backs, a key part of a seven-year run that included three division titles, two Super Bowl appearances and the franchise’s first championship, may be a thing of […]

Now LeBron James is being wooed by billboards to join the Los Angeles Lakers

The Great Billboard Battle for LeBron James is only getting started, apparently. After fans of the Philadelphia 76ers and Cleveland Cavaliers put up eye-catching pleas for the services of the four-time NBA MVP, a Lakers fan has joined the fray in the Los Angeles area. Philly isn’t the only team that wants LeBron, judging by these […]

He’s been compared to Kevin Durant. Now he’s coming back for March Madness.

The Michael Porter Jr. era at Missouri began suddenly, then whimpered to a halt. Now, things are roaring again in Columbia. Porter Jr., the nation’s top recruit from the class of 2017, has been cleared to play after a back injury held him out since November. He will rejoin the Tigers in the Southeastern Conference […]

Seahawks trade defensive end Michael Bennett to Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles made the latest big splash in the NFL offseason Wednesday, trading for Seattle Seahakws pass rusher Michael Bennett and a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick. Bennett started all 16 games for Seattle last season and had 8 1/2 sacks. Johnson caught five passes and […]

Warren Buffett keeps trying to give away big bucks in an NCAA tournament bracket contest

Warren Buffett would love to give someone $1 million a year for life. Maybe $2 million. But there are a couple of catches in his third annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket game. (Hey, he didn’t get to be a billionaire by just throwing cash around.) First, you must be one of the more than 377,000 […]

Dwyane Wade visits site of Florida school shooting to tell students, ‘I’m inspired by all of you’

Dwyane Wade, the adopted pride of South Florida, visited the Parkland, Fla., high school Wednesday where 17 students and faculty members were shot to death three weeks ago. Wade, who was sent back to Miami at the NBA trade deadline, arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High while students were eating lunch, addressed kids in a […]

Becky Hammon makes almost too much sense for Colorado State men’s basketball

Larry Eustachy’s turmoil-filled tenure as Colorado State’s men’s basketball coach came to an end late last month when he agreed to resign before the end of his sixth season in Fort Collins. The school had twice investigated Eustachy for allegedly abusing his players, with the latter probe leading to his departure. According to Yahoo’s Pete […]

A young girl worried baseball was only for boys. Her father asked Twitter for help.

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

There wasn’t any discussion a year ago when Jason Klein, a dad in Mount Kisco, N.Y., signed up his daughter Ava for Little League baseball. In the spring and summer, Yankees games are always on television in the background in their house. Ava grew up playing catch with Jason in the backyard. Last spring, Jason […]

His left hand was amputated at 4. He still wowed the NFL combine with 20 bench press reps.

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The first time Shaquem Griffin was held out of a football game, he was 8 years old. Football was for people with two hands, an opposing coach told him, he wrote in a Players’ Tribune essay. His left hand was amputated at age 4 because of a prenatal condition. “That was the moment I realized I […]

Cavaliers reportedly suspended J.R. Smith because he threw a bowl of soup at an assistant

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The Cleveland Cavaliers suspended J.R. Smith for Thursday’s home game against the Philadelphia 76ers, making the announcement just two hours before the game was set to tip off. The only explanation offered by the team in a terse statement was that the 14th-year swingman engaged in “detrimental conduct.” “He was great this morning,” Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue […]

Fox News executive who decried ‘Darker, Gayer, Different’ U.S. Olympic team has retired

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Last month, Fox News Executive Vice President and Executive Editor John Moody penned a column on the network’s website decrying the U.S. Olympic Committee’s push to make its teams more diverse, a response to a Washington Post story written by Rick Maese. Moody seemed to denounce the fact that the USOC was striving to attract athletes […]

Michigan gymnast reportedly becomes first male victim to file Larry Nassar lawsuit

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

A University of Michigan gymnast has become the first male victim to file a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, according to multiple reports Thursday. Jacob Moore, a freshman at the school and a former member of the U.S. men’s junior national team, alleged that when he was a 16-year-old seeking treatment for a […]

Sean Miller forcefully denies allegations he paid Deandre Ayton to play at Arizona

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Arizona Coach Sean Miller unequivocally denied accusations that he paid star freshman center Deandre Ayton to play basketball at the university in a fiery statement he delivered Thursday in Tuscon. “Let me be very, very clear: I have never discussed with [sports agent] Christian Dawkins paying Deandre Ayton to attend the University of Arizona,” Miller […]

Steve Kerr compares Trump to the ‘Anchorman’ character who put mayo in a toaster

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

During a meeting with lawmakers Wednesday afternoon, President Trump did something he was absolutely not expected to do. He sided with Democrats during the televised meeting. He asked Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania to include expanded language on background checks into proposed legislation, and even to consider adding Sen. Show More Summary

Neymar reportedly needs foot surgery and won’t be back until May

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

French club Paris Saint-Germain made Brazilian star Neymar the most expensive player in soccer history last year, paying $263 million to pry him away from Barcelona and then giving him a $53 million annual salary. For all that, they got less than four months from him. Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte is reporting that Neymar will […]

Police: Jets player drove wrong way in Lincoln Tunnel while drunk and caused crash

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Dylan Donahue’s drunk-driving incident Monday got him arrested and might well get him released by the New York Jets, but all things considered, he is very lucky that it didn’t turn into a catastrophe. After all, according to police, the first-year linebacker was driving the wrong way in Lincoln Tunnel when he crashed into a jitney bus. […]

Chipper Jones, ex-MLB star and avid hunter, speaks out against ‘assault rifles’

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Chipper Jones’s MLB career wound up in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he will be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but it began in DeLand, Fla. That’s where the former Atlanta Braves great developed his love of both baseball and hunting, and in the wake of the school shooting in his home state, […]

Spurs’ Patty Mills responds to racial taunts of ‘confused, hateful fan’ in Cleveland

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The Spurs’ Patty Mills responded Monday to racial taunts hurled his way during a game Sunday against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. The veteran point guard, whose parents are members of indigenous populations in Australia, said it was an example of how “racism still does exist in sports today.” The incident occurred with under three minutes left […]

Dwyane Wade ’emotional’ after hearing of Parkland shooting victim buried in his jersey

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Dwyane Wade is in his 14th season as a member of the Miami Heat, and he is almost universally regarded as the greatest player in franchise history, so he’s used to hearing about people in South Florida wearing his jersey. However, the tale of one young man’s affinity for his favorite NBA player left Wade “emotional” and […]

USGA does away with 18-hole playoff at U.S. Open

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The tie-breaking procedure utilized by the U.S. Golf Association for the men’s U.S. Open always seemed to be a bit much. If players were tied after 72 holes of the most grueling golf imaginable, they would come back the next day to play 18 more. It was tough for the players, tough for any fans […]

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