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The sports world was plenty excited to celebrate Star Wars Day

34 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

Wednesday was May 4, meaning, of course, that it was also the unofficial “Star Wars Day.” (May the Fourth, get it? If not, go ahead and stop reading now — this post isn’t for you. But thanks for clicking!) References to the blockbuster movie franchise were everywhere online, and sports teams were not about to […]

The Cavs hit so many threes the Hawks gave themselves the crying Jordan treatment

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

They say bad things come in threes, and never was that more true than for the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Game 2 of their playoff series against the Cavaliers got out of hand quickly, as LeBron James, J.R. Smith and others buried Atlanta under an avalanche of three-point shots. By halftime, […]

Oscar De La Hoya says he saw Donald Trump cheat at golf — on his own course

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Oscar De La Hoya once described Donald Trump as a “nice guy I’ve played golf with.” More recently, the boxing champion-turned promoter has told people not to vote for the presidential candidate and even wondered aloud if Trump is “trying to get Hillary Clinton elected.” But with the real estate mogul having all but locked up the Republican […]

MMA fighter Jordan Parsons dies after hit-and-run in Florida

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

MMA fighter Jordan Parsons, a featherweight with Bellator, died Wednesday after being struck in a hit-and-run incident Saturday. The Michigan resident, nicknamed “Pretty Boy,” was 25 years old. Parsons was hit by a silver SUV at an intersection in Delray Beach, Fla. The driver of the car, thought to be a 2012 or 2013 silver […]

Johnny Manziel turns himself in for domestic violence case, smiles for mugshot

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Johnny Manziel turned himself in to Dallas authorities Wednesday, ahead of a court date Thursday in connection with an indictment for misdemeanor assault family violence handed down by a grand jury last week. The former Browns and Texas A&M quarterback posted bond, reported to be $1,500, and posed for a mug shot. Here's a first […]

NFL player goes for a jog, ends up helping 82-year-old neighbor with yardwork

8 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman broke out in his sophomore campaign, but per a new story out of Tallahassee, the 24-year-old may be just as good a neighbor as he is a running back. Freeman played the role of Good Samaritan Monday while out for jog, according to a report from The Tallahassee Democrat. The […]

Two plays in 28 glorious seconds put Toronto on top of the sports world for once

8 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

It was just 28 seconds. Enough time to pull in a deep, hopeful breath. Let it linger. Then, exhale. Exuberantly. And that’s what Toronto sports fans did Tuesday night as the city was rocked by two dramatic, thrilling sports moments less than one minute apart at different venues. It won’t top Jose Bautista’s bat flip […]

Soccer star Abby Wambach strikes deal with ESPN to be analyst and podcast host

8 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Abby Wambach’s eventful year continued Wednesday, as ESPN announced it would be bringing in the nation’s all-time leading international goal scorer as both an analyst and a podcast host. The former U.S. Women’s National Team star will contribute to the company’s existing entities, such as “Outside the Lines,” while also starring in a new podcast titled, “Fearless […]

Caitlyn Jenner to appear on magazine cover naked with gold medal

8 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Bruce Jenner was on the cover of Wheaties cereal boxes and displayed across television screens after winning the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, decades before coming out as a transgender woman named Caitlyn. Fast forward to 2015 and she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in only lingerie. Now, she’ll appear […]

Man discovers hockey, wins hearts with hilarious tweets, scores front-row seats

8 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

How does someone go from never having seen a hockey game to rinkside seats in just a couple of weeks? By (hilariously) live tweeting your first hockey-watching experience. Anthony Holmes, a self-proclaimed newcomer to the sport, was trying to catch the St. Louis Cardinals game April 25 but instead found himself watching the Blues’s 3-2 Game 7 victory over the […]

A guide to sports stars’ endorsements of 2016 presidential candidates

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

With the presidential race having seemingly dragged on since Jan. 21, 2013 — the day after President Obama was sworn in for his second term — it’s hard to keep tabs on just whom is endorsing which candidate, at least as far as the sports world is concerned. Here’s a handy checklist in case you […]

Patrick Ewing may never become an NBA head coach. Why?

10 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

It’s coaching-vacancy season in the NBA, and Patrick Ewing is once again in the mix, this time reportedly with the Sacramento Kings opening. The New York Knicks and Georgetown legend has been an NBA assistant coach since 2002, and one would think he’s due for a top job. But during an appearance this week on […]

The Kentucky Derby means mint juleps. Here’s how to make one.

14 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Few events are so tied to a drink as the Kentucky Derby is to the mint julep. New Year’s Eve and Champagne, maybe, or Christmas morning and beer (wait, is that just me?). Anyway, such calendar limits on our julep consumption don’t make a whole lot of sense when you consider that the drink is […]

Stewart Cink takes PGA Tour leave of absence to care for cancer-stricken wife

14 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Stewart Cink, who won the 2009 British Open and has top-three finishes in each of the three other majors, announced Tuesday that he’s stepping away from golf to care for his wife, Lisa, who has breast cancer. Cink released a statement through the PGA Tour: “Last week my wife, Lisa, and I received some unfortunate […]

Jeff Samardzija can’t stop Bo Jacksoning his bat

14 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija won his third straight start on Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, the first time the right-hander ever has done that in his career. At the plate he also did this, and not for the first time. Samardzija has done Bo Jackson not only one better, […]

Oops. This Leicester City fan bet on the team every year — except this one.

23 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

John Micklethwait is a huge fan of Leicester City, so he has plenty of reason to be overjoyed at the team’s amazing run to an English Premier League title. Unfortunately, he also has about 145,000 reasons to have found the whole experience exceedingly bittersweet. That’s because Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, had placed a bet on Leicester to […]

Kyle Lowry hits half-court shot to force OT, but Raptors still lose to Heat

So much for momentum. Kyle Lowry drilled a remarkable shot from half court to force overtime in Game 1 of his Raptors’ Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Miami Heat, but Toronto failed to score for the first 3:46 of the five-minute extra session and lost, 101-96. With his team down 90-87 and just 3.3 seconds […]

Dana Stubblefield denies raping woman, attorney calls it ‘a money grab’

On Monday, Dana Stubblefield was charged with five felony counts in connection to the alleged rape of a woman described by Santa Clara (Calif.) district attorney’s office as “developmentally delayed.” The former 49ers’ and Redskins’Show More Summary

NFL warns players that Mexican ‘contaminated meat’ could cause PED violations

Travelers from the U.S. to Mexico have been advised of water unsafe to drink, and now the NFL is warning its players about eating meat south of the border as well as in the most populated country on earth. In a memo issued jointly by the league and its union, players were cautioned that some meat […]

High school football player faces 70 charges for exposing himself in team photo

Hunter Osborn said it was a prank suggested by teammates, and that he’s “disgusted” with himself. Authorities in Mesa, Ariz., are saying that the high school football player’s decision to expose himself in a team photo is much worse than that, and now Osborn is facing dozens of charges. Because the photo was published in the Red […]

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