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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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West Ham player Dylan Tombides dies at age 20 after losing battle with cancer

39 minutes agoSports : The Early Lead

Dylan Tombides, an Australian soccer player who played professionally for West Ham, died Friday morning following a three-year battle with testicular cancer. Tombides, 20, was first diagnosed with the cancer after playing for Australia in the 2011 Under-17 World Cup in Mexico when a random drug test uncovered a tumor. The striker joined West Ham […]

NFL players get platform to make Twitter deals

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

What’s a tweet worth to an NFL athlete? The answer soon will be “money. Real money.” In a new deal between NFL Players Inc. and Opendorse, a digital marketing company, businesses will be connected with NFL players and will pay them to tweet endorsements, Sports Business Journal reported. Opendorse has created a platform called Activate, […]

NBA playoff schedule: Matchups and predictions for the first round

2 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

With NBA playoffs set to get underway tomorrow, the Post’s Brandon Parker takes a look at the first-round matchups: EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Atlanta Why the Pacers will win in five: For as much as Indiana has struggled of late, losing eight of its past 13 games, the Pacers still sit […]

#AskEmmert Twitter Q&A backfired hilariously on NCAA president

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

NCAA President Mark Emmert appeared on “Mike and Mike” on Friday morning and it may have been a decision he’ll rethink. If, that is, someone points him to Twitter. Emmert was tweet-viscerated when a staffer encouraged users to use the hashtag #AskEmmert to post questions to the prez. Oh, boy, did people ask questions in […]

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers contract talks on hold

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Talks about a contract extension between the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have been placed on hold for now. They’re expected to remain that way until Miami police wrap up their investigation into an alleged incident involving the quarterback and two other NFL players, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports. That incident […]

Nick Saban swaps knowledge with Peyton Manning

3 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

It’s no surprise that, every year about this time, college and pro football coaches and players freely pick one another’s brains, but Alabama Coach Nick Saban has been especially busy. With that Iron Bowl loss still stinging, he spoke about the virtues of “starting all over” with SI.com’s Stewart Mandel. “When you win a lot, […]

Craig Sager battling leukemia, will miss NBA playoffs

4 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The children of TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager report that their father will begin treatment for acute leukemia and will miss the NBA playoffs. Craig Sager II announced the news on Twitter on Thursday night, saying the family had gotten the news just a few days after being told he did not have cancer. From […]

Donovan McNabb serves day in jail for DUI arrest

18 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Former quarterback Donovan McNabb was released from an Arizona jail Thursday morning after serving a one-day sentence stemming from his DUI arrest last December. McNabb, 37, entered a guilty plea March 27 and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, with nine days of the sentence suspended. At 3:08 a.m. Dec. 15, he was pulled […]

Chad Johnson returns to football — with the CFL

23 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Chad Johnson, the player formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, is back in pro football. The wide receiver who was a six-time NFL Pro Bowler, signed Thursday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The Alouettes made the announcement on Twitter, particularly apropos given @ochocinco’s 3.6 million followers. Johnson, 36, has not appeared in […]

Troy Aikman “concerned” about Tony Romo’s second back operation

23 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

Tony Romo’s 2013 season ended a week early when he underwent surgery for a back injury and at least one person with very specific knowledge of back injuries is concerned for the Dallas Cowboys quarterback. Troy Aikman, who had back surgery early in his career with the Cowboys and had problems before his retirement, said […]

Nike unveils Air Jordan XX9, the first high-def sneaker

What the heck are high-definition sneakers and do you really need them? Who knows and … oh, my, yes. They’re the new Air Jordan XX9s, unveiled today by Nike and Air Jordan in New York. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook will wear them in the NBA playoffs this weekend, but they won’t hit stores until September, […]

Syracuse unveils uniforms that are decidedly less orange

Syracuse football debuted its new uniforms Wednesday and they are…well, you be the judge. In conjunction with Nike, players helped design the new look, which features three uniforms – a home, road and alternate kit. The main addition is the chest patch, which serves as a homage to the school’s “legend of 44? – one […]

Yasiel Puig received threats from human traffickers, reports say

Yasiel Puig wasn’t exaggerating when he said last year that the story of his defection from Cuba would be made into a movie one day. Details that have emerged in a Los Angeles magazine story and in an ESPN magazine story are harrowing. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder has received threats from the human traffickers […]

Minnesota State-Mankato players boycott practice as coach is reinstated

Football players at Minnesota State-Mankato protested the reinstatement of their head coach by refusing to participate in spring practice Wednesday and the school plans to meet to resolve the issues surrounding the return of Todd Hoffner today. Hoffner was fired last year in the wake of a child porn investigation in which he later was […]

The scary thing that nearly killed Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer may sound as saucy and sassy as ever, but the Fox Sports reporter was in tough shape there for a while when a simple surgical procedure went nearly fatally wrong. “I went in for a routine back deal,” Glazer told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.  “Nothing big.  Dissolving a piece of a disc […]

Heart-warming J.J. Watt video proves he’s a fan’s friend

Recently, a young Houston Texans fan named Trey was having problems convincing his friends that J.J. Watt was his friend. So the defensive end proved it. Emphatically. For the world to see. Fabulously. For “all those of you that don’t believe Trey’s my friend, believe this touchdown,” he said. Then he went long and … […]

Rajon Rondo honors Boston Marathon victims with his shoes

The Boston Celtics played their last game of the season and Rajon Rondo used the matchup against the Washington Wizards to remember the Boston Marathon bombings of a year ago. His shoes bore the initials of victims, along with the words “Boston Strong” and a marathon tag with the “41513? date of the bombings on […]

Lamar Odom signs with Knicks for one game, with option for next season

In his first move as president of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson signed one of his former Los Angeles Lakers players. Lamar Odom signed a contract for the rest of this season — which consists of one game — with an option for next season. For that one game, he’ll earn $8,500. The Knicks […]

Roger Federer would skip French Open for birth of child

There was a big controversy a couple of weeks ago when New York Mets pitcher Daniel Murphy chose to miss the first few games of the season to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. For Roger Federer, for whom tournaments are more scarce than baseball games, there’s no doubt what […]

A fan’s guide to first round of Stanley Cup playoffs

It’s time for the NHL to once again drop the puck on the Stanley Cup playoffs. Here’s a quick guide to each of the first-round matchups from the Associated Press’ Larry Lage. And The Post’s own Neil Greenberg makes his predictions on who will move on to Round 2. EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston (54-19-9) vs Detroit […]

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