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Naked Ezekiel Elliott holds a football on cover of ESPN the Magazine

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will show off more than his famous abs in ESPN The Magazine’s ninth annual Body Issue, which “celebrates and showcases the athletic form” and hits newsstands on July 7. Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie last season, graces the cover of the issue holding […]

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on Colin Kaepernick: ‘The same thing happened to me’

Before Colin Kaepernick and an Internet sound chamber that magnifies every single opinion a million times, there was Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Abdul-Rauf made headlines a little more than 20 years ago when he sat during the playing of the national anthem, calling the American flag a symbol of oppression that went against his Muslim beliefs. Abdul-Rauf, […]

Kevin Durant has seen the Sixers’ FEDS nickname, and he’s not impressed

Shortly after the Sixers selected Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid shared the nickname that Sixers fans had apparently bestowed upon the team’s “Trust the Process” young core. “The FEDS are coming,” Embiid tweeted. According to Sixers fans, the new nickname is the "FEDS" (Fultz, Embiid, […]

At 43, Ichiro becomes oldest player to start in center since at least 1900

Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 4 with a run scored and another record set in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Cubs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, at 43 years and 256 days old, Ichiro became the oldest player to start in center field since at least 1900. Making only his second start in center […]

Jordan Spieth loses his mind after winning Travelers on amazing bunker shot

With a stunning 60-foot birdie chip from the sand on the first playoff hole at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., on Sunday, Jordan Spieth joined Tiger Woods as the only players in the modern era with 10 career PGA Tour wins before the age of 24. Spieth and Daniel Berger, who birdied three of the […]

John McEnroe: If Serena Williams played the men’s circuit, she’d rank ‘like 700’

Retired tennis great John McEnroe describes Serena Williams as the best female tennis player in the world in his new memoir, “But Seriously,” but during a Sunday interview with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro, the seven-time major singles champion suggested Williams wouldn’t stand a chance if she competed on the men’s circuit. “Some wouldn’t qualify it, some […]

Mets promote Tim Tebow and his .222 average to advanced Class A St. Lucie

It’s probably too late for anyone to save the Mets’ 2017 season, but prospect Tim Tebow is one step closer to the major leagues. Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson announced before New York’s series finale in San Francisco on Sunday that the 29-year-old Tebow is being promoted from low-Class A Columbia to advanced-Class A St. Lucie. […]

Markelle Fultz, Derek Carr continue to prove how much athletes love Chick-fil-A

It’s been an eventful week or so for Chick-fil-A. The chicken sandwich titan scored an impressive 87 percent approval rating in a recently released customer satisfaction survey, it unveiled a new gluten-free bun (which undoubtedly will have a lower approval rating), and it received a pair of big endorsements from high-profile athletes. After signing a […]

Warriors star Kevin Durant embraces cupcake taunt now that he has a ring on it

Because NBA players’ passive-aggressive behaviors are the best type of passive-aggressive behaviors, Kevin Durant now owns a hat with an illustration of a cupcake topped by a ring. Kevin really put a ring instead of a cherry on top of the cupcake pic.twitter.com/1GVaFNbQet — Julie Phayer (@juliephayer) June 24, 2017 Rewind to last July 4, […]

Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban threatened staff’s job security if draft pick leaked

For those following the NBA draft on both Twitter and television, ESPN’s telecast seemed tape delayed. As has happened in the past few years, well-connected reporters — and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, or “Woj,” is king among them — identified which player each team would pick several minutes before the Commissioner Adam Silver announced the selections to fans […]

The Vikings are all in on Michael Floyd’s kombucha defense

Earlier this month, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd reportedly failed three blood-alcohol tests and skipped another entirely while serving his 96-day house arrest over an extreme DUI case in Arizona. His excuse for allegedly violating a judge’s order to abstain from alcohol: He had been drinking kombucha, the fermented tea that can contain a […]

Utah man tries to make Crying LeBron a thing by getting it tattooed on his leg

Kalen Gilleese of Salt Lake City loves Michael Jordan. He doesn’t love when people compare LeBron James favorably to the Chicago Bulls legend. He also likes tattoos. So why not combine his LeBron hate with his ink love and make some magic, which is clearly what happened here. Salt Lake City man gets LeBron James’ crying […]

Confederation Cup practice field is so close to a runway, players can see tray tables

FIFA holds the Confederation Cup, an eight-team mini-tournament at which the host country gets to show that it’s ready to put on world soccer’s grandest event, every four years as a test event for the World Cup. This year it’s being held in Russia, where the World Cup will be played in 2018, and some […]

The Dolphins kinda/sorta tried to get Peyton Manning to un-retire last year

When Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill went down with a season-ending knee injury in Week 14 last season, lots of people wondered if Miami Coach Adam Gase would try to lure Peyton Manning out of retirement for the team’s playoff push. Gase was Manning’s offensive coordinator for two seasons in Denver and remains close to the […]

‘I’m just a little bit lost right now’: Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna says he’s fighting mental illness

Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna didn’t appear on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, watching from the bench as Aaron Loup and Jason Grilli blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss. “He wasn’t feeling well tonight. That’s all you need to know,” Manager John Gibbons told reporters after […]

Serenity now! Cody Bellinger doesn’t know who Jerry Seinfeld is.

Dodgers phenom Cody Bellinger was born on July 13, 1995, in between the sixth and seventh seasons of “Seinfeld’s” nine-season run on NBC. In other words, he was very, very young when the groundbreaking sitcom was on the air, and he apparently hasn’t caught up with the near-constant reruns in the years since Jerry and […]

A ‘Don’t Trade Porzingis’ billboard in New York appears to have worked … for now

One Knicks fan has a pretty simple message for team president Phil Jackson at the corner of 33rd and 7th, a stone’s throw from Madison Square Garden. Currently on corner of 33rd/7th Let's get it trending, Knicks fans I did my part, it's time for you to do yours.#DontTradePorzingis pic.twitter.com/sinRN8T0hm — Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) June […]

Lamar Odom says ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith crossed the line with his ‘crack’ comment

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had some things to get off his chest on Wednesday, as he usually does, about Phil Jackson’s quixotic stewardship of the New York Knicks. One of the examples Smith ever-so-subtly brought up was the fact that Jackson, in one of his first transactions as Knicks president in 2014, signed Lamar Odom […]

NBA first-round picks Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson show little promise with a baseball

Every NBA hopeful wants to be like Mike, but unlike Mike, recent draft picks Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson probably won’t retire midway through their careers to pursue baseball, if their performances Friday are any indication. On Thursday night they were some of the world’s coolest kids, wearing fresh, custom suits while their childhood dreams […]

Magic Johnson blasts D’Angelo Russell days after trading him to Nets

So long, D’Angelo. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Okay, fine. Magic Johnson didn’t say that to point guard D’Angelo Russell (we think) when the former No. 2 overall draft pick was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week, ostensibly to make room for Lonzo Ball. Yet if we’re using […]

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