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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Russian Premier League soccer players asked to take pay cut due to falling ruble

14 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Russian Premier League soccer clubs will reportedly ask players to take pay cuts due to the falling value of the ruble. The Associated Press has the details: All 16 top-flight clubs agreed to ask players to accept revised deals pegged to a fixed exchange rate that is significantly lower than the current rate, according to […]

ESPN’s Jay Bilas calls Chris Jones’s flop for Louisville against Kentucky ‘embarrassing’

16 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

One of the most anticipated college basketball games of the year happened Saturday when Kentucky traveled 75 miles west to meet rivals Louisville in what’s known as the Battle of the Bluegrass. Both teams came in undefeated and ready to maintain their pristine records, meaning they’d do just about anything to win. For instance, the Wildcats’ Tyler Ulis […]

Police question Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro about nightclub shooting in Dominican Republic

17 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was questioned Saturday as part of an investigation into a Friday shooting that reportedly left six people injured at a Dominican Republic nightclub, police confirmed on Saturday. Police spokesman Col. Show More Summary

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon suspended for violation of team rules

18 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was suspended on Saturday for violating team rules, Cleveland.com reports. General Manager Ray Farmer said Gordon will not participate in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie wide receiver Phil Bates, who was pulled from the practice squad, will take Gordon’s place. The team did not specify which rules […]

New Jersey Devils announce two more mumps cases, unveil Adam Oates, Scott Stevens will be co-coaches

19 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The mumps continue to ravage the NHL as Devils forwards Patrik Elias and Michael Ryder both tested positive for the virus on Saturday, the team announced in a statement. Twenty-two players in the league have come down with the ailment, including four on the Devils. Previously, Travis Zajac and Adam Larsson had been benched due to […]

Watch Irish rugby fans serenade Rory McIlroy with ‘Sweet Caroline’ during halftime interview

20 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Breakups are bad, but they’re even worse when you’re famous. And you’re Irish. And in a rugby stadium being interviewed live on the BBC. Unfortunately for 25-year-old golf pro Rory McIlroy, who split with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki in May, he checked all of those boxes on Friday. Watch as the crowd at a match […]

Remember when Jim Harbaugh played Screech’s cousin on ‘Saved by the Bell’? Roll that beautiful, bizarre footage!

20 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh and weird former teen actor Dustin Diamond are both making headlines this week. Until now, however, those headlines were for very different reasons. Harbaugh, of course, has been in the news lately as the University of Michigan continues to publicly woo him to coach the Wolverines next season. Diamond, […]

Josh Smith’s first game with the Rockets went pretty well, except for his three-point tries

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Newly signed Houston Rockets forward Josh Smith scored 21 points in his debut against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, helping lead his new squad to a 117-111 victory. Just hours before tipoff, Smith, who was waived by the Detroit Pistons on Monday, signed with the Rockets, who were fully confident Smith would perform. “We knew what he […]

Watch the Heat tribute video to LeBron James that brought Miami fans to their feet

Kill ‘em with kindness. That’s not a bad description of what Miami Heat fans did on Thursday when LeBron James, now of the Cleveland Cavaliers, came back to town on Christmas to take on his old teammates and, perhaps more intimidating, face his old fans. The game didn’t go well for the Cav,s who lost 101-91, […]

New Jersey Devils fire coach Peter DeBoer, but don’t name immediate replacement

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer has been fired, the team announced in a statement on Friday afternoon. The team followed up on Twitter. Pres./GM Lou Lamoriello has confirmed a #NJDevils coaching change. — New Jersey Devils (@NHLDevils) December 26, 2014 Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello did not immediately name a replacement, nor […]

Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton out indefinitely after knee surgery

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday to clear an infection from his left knee, NFL.com reports. Stanton had already sat out one game since sustaining an MCL sprain against the St. Louis Rams on Dec. 11, but it was thought that he might be well enough to return to the starting […]

Two more Pittsburgh Penguins have the mumps, as NHL outbreak continues

Merry Christmas. Here’s some more mumps. While Pittsburgh Penguins stars Sidney Crosby, Olli Maatta and Beau Bennett are on the mend after coming down with the most popular ailment in the NHL this year, two more players tested positive for the virus on Friday, the team announced. They are winger Steve Downie and goalie Thomas Greiss. Neither player will […]

Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith out against Chargers with lacerated spleen

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday, but it hurt. That’s because Smith was playing with a lacerated spleen. The injury will keep him benched when the Chiefs meet the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, ESPN reports, adding that backup Chase Daniel is set to start in his place. Smith sustained his […]

Milwaukee Bucks owners employ face-reading expert to bolster team chemistry

The same billionaires who paid $550 million to buy the Milwaukee Bucks in April have reportedly hired an expert to use emotion metrics and neuroscience tools to help bolster the team by analyzing players’ facial expressions. This is was first reported not in the Onion, but the New York Times. The expert’s name is Dan Hill, and he was […]

Why is there so much Premier League soccer on Boxing Day?

It’s an annual event that’s cemented itself into British culture. Just as Americans get football on Thanksgiving, Britons get their own definition of football (read: soccer) on Boxing Day, aka, the day after Christmas. This happens every year: All 20 Premier League teams participate in a game, which means it’s nonstop games pretty much all […]

Watch Rob Gronkowski hilariously try to wish Patriots fans a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Spanish

His accent is atrocious, but his delivery is the most-ess. Ladies and gentleman, New England Patriots tight end Rob, er, Roberto Gronkowski wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year is as wonderfully funny as you’d imagine it to be. Here’s a loose translation of what El Gronk just said. It’s classified as […]

Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith come up with easy way to take a Christmas tree down

Christmas tree cleanup isn’t usually fun. But that’s probably because most people don’t do what Shaquille O’Neal did on TNT on Thursday night: Shaq tackled down the tree! Of course, the NBA legend didn’t do this chore alone, fellow TNT commentator Kenny Smith helped him out by giving him a friendly shove in the direction of […]

Heat fans warmly embrace LeBron James in Miami return

MIAMI — In the months leading up to LeBron James’s first game back in Miami during his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, one subplot centered on how Heat fans would behave. Should they cheer? Boo loudly? Do they deserve to do anything besides cheer? Will they even show up on time? Thousands of words were written; […]

Los Angeles Clippers big man Spencer Hawes wears crazy ugly Christmas suit to arena

Everybody knows ugly Christmas sweaters are a thing, but what about ugly Christmas suits? Los Angeles Clippers power forward Spencer Hawes showed up to the arena before the game against the Golden State Warriors to let you know this is what such an ensemble looks like. Spencer Hawes… pic.twitter.com/QoOHcjS5qL — Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) December 26, […]

Watch LeBron James casually sink a three-pointer from 28 feet out

Holy moly, was that a fine basketball game! Not only was the off-court action pretty fun (or at least pretty weird) between the Heat and the Cavaliers on Thursday, but the in-game action was top-notch, too. While the Heat’s Dwyane Wade deserves props for racking up 31 points and leading the Heat to a 101-99 victory, his […]

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