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Cavaliers’ Derrick Rose back on the shelf, this time with a sprained ankle

It doesn’t get any easier for Derrick Rose, no matter what city he plays in. The former Most Valuable Player and rookie of the year is injured again, and it’s going to be a little while before he’s back in action. Rose, playing on a one-year deal for the Cleveland Cavaliers, had already missed eight […]

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver reportedly meets with NCAA group over one-and-done rule

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has not hidden his feelings about the NBA’s one-and-done rule, which has been in place since 2005 — before he assumed control of the league — and mandates that draft prospects be both 19 years old and one year removed from high school. He doesn’t like it, and wants to get […]

J.R. Smith is selling ‘Arthur’ meme hats in honor of LeBron James

What started as a cryptic message from LeBron James has turned into a rallying cry for a Cleveland squad intent on getting its title hopes back on track. Okay, it might just be a silly meme that has provided some temporary amusement for the Cavaliers, but in any event, J.R. Smith knows an entrepreneurial opportunity when […]

Michael Bennett and other athletes call on NFL to sign Colin Kaepernick

Michael Bennett and other athletes, including the WNBA’s Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart, as well as Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, are calling on the NFL to sign Colin Kaepernick. In a statement issued Wednesday by a Bennett-led group called Athletes in Action, they said, “No one should be denied employment for having the courage to […]

Researchers confirmed presence of CTE in ex-NFL player while he was alive

In what could be a breakthrough development in the detection and treatment of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers have announced that they have confirmed the existence of the neurodegenerative disease in a patient whose brain they had scanned four years previously. Show More Summary

‘Crazy’: Panthers’ Greg Olsen says broadcasting a game won’t give him inside information on the Vikings

What began as an intriguing idea as TV networks seek new ways to boost ratings on NFL games has drawn criticism from a general manager who fears that having an active player around could result in a competitive disadvantage for his team at a critical time next month. With the Carolina Panthers on a bye this week, […]

Bills take a ‘calculated risk,’ benching ‘obviously disappointed’ Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman

Tyrod Taylor said the decision to bench him left him “obviously disappointed.” Buffalo Bills Coach Sean McDermott called it “a calculated risk,” but nonetheless has made the decision to go with rookie Nathan Peterman at quarterback. McDermott made the surprising announcement Wednesday, days after he pulled Taylor for Peterman during the Bills’ 47-10 loss to the […]

Robert Griffin III still knows his ‘why’ and wants to help the Houston Texans, if only they would call

His agent’s phone may not be buzzing much these days, but Robert Griffin III has not given up on having an NFL career. In fact, there’s one team in particular he thinks he could help. The Houston Texans no sooner found their quarterback in Deshaun Watson than they lost him to a season-ending knee injury, […]

Chip Kelly makes almost too much sense for offense-starved Florida

Florida ranks 115th nationally in total offense and 116th in scoring this season, triple-digit reminders of just how impotent the program’s offense has been since Urban Meyer left town after the 2010 season. Last year, those numbers were 115th and 107th. 2015: 112th and 100th. 2014: 96th and 56th (whoa, slow down, Gators!). 2013: 115th […]

‘It renews my feeling that something can be done’: Gregg Popovich answers letters, even from Trump defenders

Attention, haters: San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich has seen most of the responses to his withering critiques of President Trump and the divisiveness in America and he’s actually hopeful. “Just as you would expect: A little bit of both, right? A lot of both,” he said before the Spurs’ game Tuesday in Dallas. “Some responses […]

Three UCLA players return from China to calls for lengthy suspensions

The three UCLA players who were detained in China for shoplifting returned to the U.S. on Tuesday night, following intervention from, among others, President Trump. As immensely relieved as LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley must be to have been allowed to leave so quickly — not to mention to have avoided prison sentences — they […]

Papa John’s apologizes for blaming low earnings on NFL players’ protests

Papa John’s issued an apology via its Twitter account Tuesday for having blamed disappointing quarterly earnings on NFL players’ protests during the national anthem. The pizza chain said that while it believes Americans “should honor the anthem,” it supports “the players’ movement to create a new platform for change.” Earlier in the month, the founder […]

Protesting athletes are ‘models of American patriotism,’ says Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy

Stan Van Gundy is among several NBA head coaches, including Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr, who have been outspoken on social and political issues. On Tuesday, Van Gundy offered extensive comments on the protests during the national anthem being staged by athletes, most notably in the NFL, whom the Detroit Pistons coach described as “role […]

Growing gun violence leads New York college to change mascot’s name from ‘Shooter’

Earlier this year, Marist College’s media department posted an April Fools news release jokingly saying it was going to switch out its mascot Shooter the Fox for Gary the Groundhog. Seven months later, however, at least a part of the joke has become reality, but the reason is far from funny. Citing the increasing frequency of […]

World Cup qualifier in Senegal briefly delayed due to stadium blackout

It was lights out — literally — in Dakar, Senegal, where the home team was set to face South Africa in what will likely turn out to be a meaningless World Cup qualifier. (Senegal is already through, while South Africa’s been eliminated.) Power outage in Senegal just before the start of their match against South […]

Olympic weightlifter vows to auction gold medal to help Iran earthquake victims

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has reportedly agreed to make a one-of-a-kind donation to help his hometown of Kermanshah, Iran, recover from a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that left hundreds dead and thousand injured this weekend....Show More Summary

Texas A&M, Tennessee reportedly have eyes for Jimbo Fisher

As far as anyone knows, Kevin Sumlin still is Texas A&M’s football coach. But at 6-4 and with losses in three of its last four Southeastern Conference matchups — all three coming at home — the thinking is that Sumlin’s tenure is over even if the Aggies win their remaining two games against Mississippi and […]

LeBron James proclaims himself the ‘King of New York’ after he conquers the subway and the Knicks

It was an eventful 24 or so hours in New York City for LeBron James, who rather epically rode the subway, fought with the Knicks and, after he and the Cavs had vanquished them, grandly proclaimed himself “the king of New York.” The regal proclamation came on Instagram, along with a “You’re welcome,” “#myfavoriteplayground,” #striveforgreatness” […]

NFL playoff picture starting to take shape after Week 10

We’re through 10 weeks of the NFL season and have just one more round of bye weeks remaining, which makes it a pretty good time to starting thinking about the postseason. Here’s how the playoffs would look if the season ended today: We're over halfway to the @NFL Playoffs and the picture is becoming clearer. […]

Honduras says Australia used drone to spy on training ahead of crucial World Cup qualifier

Just three World Cup spots remain up for grabs ahead of next summer’s tournament in Russia, and for Honduras and Australia, who will meet to vie for one of them on Wednesday, things have gotten ugly. On Tuesday, Honduras Coach Jorge Luis Pinto accused Australia of spying on his team’s training session at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium. […]

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