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Jose Fernandez’s high school jersey is missing after candlelight vigil

The high school jersey of pitcher Jose Fernandez is missing after a candlelight memorial to the Miami Marlins star Wednesday night in Tampa. Friends, family and former teammates of Fernandez, who was killed early Sunday morning in a Miami boating accident, gathered at the Alonso High School baseball field to honor him, with his former Ravens […]

From LeBron to the beer guy, everyone’s getting an NBA title ring in Cleveland

Imagine this scene, but with NBA title rings: Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is so thrilled with his team’s NBA title that he’s handing out championship rings to pretty much anyone with at least a passing tie to the organization — including more than 1,000 full- and part-time employees of the team and Quicken Loans Arena, […]

Rafael Nadal plays hero, helping a mom find her lost daughter during his match

Rafael Nadal brought a halt to a tennis match when he realized that a woman in the crowd had lost her young daughter. Nadal, who was preparing to serve, was playing with Simon Solbas in a doubles exhibition against John McEnroe and Carlos Moya in Manacor, Mallorca, when an increasingly distraught woman broke the quiet […]

Blake Barnett opened the season as Alabama’s starting QB. Now he’s transferring.

Redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, who opened the season as Alabama’s starting quarterback but was pulled after just two series in the Crimson Tide’s opener in favor of freshman Jalen Hurts, has left the program after deciding to transfer,’s Matt Zenitz reported Wednesday afternoon. Barnett has appeared in three of Alabama’s four games as Hurts’s […]

A Panthers player did something you’ve always wanted to do

Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert fulfilled the dream of everyone who feels that an auto repair shop has wronged them. He paid a bill for more than $3,900 in coins. Mike Tolbert, American hero. Of course, there are two sides to every dispute. Here’s Tolbert’s version of his dealings with Motion Lab Tuning, as shared […]

NFL puts the brakes on plan to play a game in China by 2018

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Back in March, word got out that the NFL was considering playing a regular season game in China as soon as 2018, with an NFL spokesman saying the league was completing “a detailed analysis” of the prospect. Fast forward six months, and that “detailed analysis” apparently found a whole mess of stumbling blocks. On Thursday, […]

Obama: You may ‘disagree’ with Colin Kaepernick, but he has right to protest

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

In a town hall meeting televised by CNN on Wednesday, President Obama was asked by a serviceman about NFL players who have been staging protests during the national anthem. Obama elaborated on comments he made about Colin Kaepernick earlier this month, saying that “what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have […]

College football Week 5 TV schedule: Clemson-Louisville highlights a fairly strong week

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Before we begin, a tip of The Hat (get it?) to Les Miles, who gave us so much to write about but in the end couldn’t overcome the fact that he seemed to have stagnated in his thinking, especially on offense. But we’ll always have this: And this. And this. So much this. All times […]

Cowboys’ Dez Bryant misses practice, with MRI exam results still unclear

21 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The biggest mystery in Dallas at the moment surrounds the right knee of Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and whether it will allow him to play Sunday. Bryant was to have an MRI exam after hurting his knee last Sunday against the Chicago Bears, but, as of Wednesday morning, the results had not been announced. […]

Tim Tebow hits home run in first at-bat in instructional league

Tim Tebow made his debut in an actual game against live pitching and, wouldn’t you know it, he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in his very first at-bat. The New York Mets’ outfielder homered to left-center against the St. Louis Cardinals in an instructional league game in Port St. Lucie, […]

Marco Rubio calls for investigation into site of Jose Fernandez boat crash

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is calling for the Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to investigate safety conditions at a Miami Beach jetty into which a boat carrying Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two men crashed early Sunday morning. Fernandez and his two friends were killed in the crash, which occurred as the […]

J.J. Watt placed on injured-reserve list but could play after eight weeks

J.J. Watt officially was placed on the Houston Texans’ injured-reserve list Wednesday morning, with the possibility that he might be able to return after eight weeks. Watt, who underwent surgery in the offseason, recently re-injured his back and has been experiencing pain. It is not clear whether the pain is associated with the same disc on which […]

Skinny Colin Kaepernick plans to bulk up by eating food. ‘And a lot of it.’

Colin Kaepernick, whose loss of weight and muscle tone was eye-popping this spring, has a solid plan for rebuilding his body. “Eat food,” Kaepernick said, “and a lot of it.” Kaepernick might be more seriously threatening to replace Blaine Gabbert as the starting quarterback for the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers if he looked a little […]

Master champion’s brother calls U.S. Ryder Cup fans a ‘baying mob of imbeciles’

The Ryder Cup is the one time on the golf calendar when the genteel civility usually associated with the sport gets packed away for a few days, replaced by a hostility that usually takes the form of gamesmanship on the course and/or a certain lack of decorum in the galleries. Pete Willett, the brother of […]

Antonio Brown says officials made him change shoes at halftime

Antonio Brown wore special cleats Sunday, shoes that bore the faces of his children because, he explained, they’re “the four reasons I lace them up every day.” Nice, right? Not in the NFL, which fines players for uniforms that aren’t uniform. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was dinged earlier in the season, his paycheck docked for […]

With costs spiraling out of control, Tokyo 2020 organizers eye drastic venue changes

In its winning bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, organizers in Tokyo promised a compact Games, with 28 of the 31 competition venues within about a five-mile radius of the Olympic Village. But in the wake of soaring costs involved with building a number of temporary venues and other budgetary missteps, that promise is on […]

Nebraska national-anthem protests have three players at the center of a free-speech storm

A member of the Nebraska board of regents has called for three players who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem to “be kicked off the team,” airing his comments days after one player said he had received threats over his protest. Three players took a knee before the Cornhuskers’ game Saturday against Northwestern […]

Colin Kaepernick to Donald Trump: ‘Let’s make America great for the first time’

Asked for his opinion on Monday’s presidential debate, Colin Kaepernick offered several thoughts, none of which were complimentary toward either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. But the 49ers quarterback had more to say about the Republican...Show More Summary

Drama at Yankee Stadium as fan loses ring during Jumbotron wedding proposal

There always seems to be something hanging in the balance when the Yankees play the Red Sox. But with Boston having all but wrapped up the American League East title entering Tuesday’s game, while New York was barely alive in the wild-card race, all the drama shifted to the left field stands. That was where a young man […]

‘Silence is betrayal': Serena Williams vows to speak out on racial injustice

Recent incidents in which police officers have shot and killed black men have gained widespread attention, including in the world of sports. Not all athletes are emulating the national anthem protests of Colin Kaepernick, but many, particularly...Show More Summary

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