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Competitive video gaming is going pro. Can its top players clean up an ugly culture?

Like it or not, video gaming is now a professional sport. Whether it’s a respectable sport, one that’s outgrown its juvenile stereotype, remains an open question. This month’s debut of the new Overwatch League tournament may settle that question — though it’s as yet unclear in which direction. Show More Summary

Air Force cancels athletic schedule amid government shutdown; Navy to continue

The shutdown of the federal government that began at midnight already has an early casualty: the Air Force Academy’s athletic schedule. “Due to the government shutdown, all Air Force Academy home and away intercollegiate athletic events have been canceled until further notice,” the school said in a statement Saturday morning. “In the event a solution […]

Let’s break down these videos of Tom Brady stretching like they’re the Zapruder film

Friday was Day 3 of BradyHandWatch 2018, and Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was his usual helpful self when asked in his morning news conference about the status of his star quarterback, two days ahead of New England’s AFC championship game battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Via ESPN’s Mike Reiss, here are some of the responses […]

Julia Mancuso, most decorated women’s skier in U.S. history, retires before Olympics

To keep from crying during the final run of her career, Julia Mancuso donned a Wonder Woman ski suit and tied a red cape around her neck, then raced downhill at the World Cup in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy, with friends and American skiing legends waiting for her at the bottom. That was how Macuso’s illustrious skiing […]

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training, giving Grapefruit League a little more juice

Tim Tebow had a.226/.309/.347 slash line in 126 minor league games last season, which was split between the Class A Columbia Fireflies and the Class A-Advanced St. Lucie Mets. For a normal minor league prospect, those numbers perhaps would be cause for concern, but Tebow obviously isn’t a normal minor league prospect, given that […]

South Korea suspends male coach for assaulting female Olympic speedskater

The Korean Skating Union announced Friday that it has suspended an unnamed male coach of its national team for allegedly assaulting female speedskater Shim Suk-hee, who won three medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and will captain the South Korean team at next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics in her home country. The KSU told the […]

No one is happier to be an NBA all-star than the 76ers’ Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid, finally injury-free, is an all-star. He’s thrilled, as well he should be. Joel Embiid made the All-Star game. Here is his reaction when he found out. — Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 18, 2018 Perhaps no one in the entire Sixers franchise has followed the organizational mantra of “Trust the […]

Watch these fishermen narrowly escape death before a boat speeds into their vessel

Neither Christopher McMahon’s neon green hat nor waving hand seemed to catch the attention of the approaching 31-foot Bayliner Trophy motorboat. It roared toward him and his two friends, who were fishing for salmon on Oregon’s Columbia River. “Hey!” McMahon yelled. “Hey! HEY!” Just a moment later, McMahon, 46, his friends Bryan Maess and Roni Durham all plunged […]

‘I thought I was going to die’: In statement, McKayla Maroney recalls sexual abuse by Larry Nassar

More than 100 women and girls are expected to speak this week at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who in November pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual contact with underage girls in Michigan. That testimony continued Thursday. McKayla Maroney, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist who […]

Gay Olympian Adam Rippon rips Pence, hopes to avoid meeting him in PyeongChang

An openly gay figure skater who will compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics next month ripped the choice of Vice President Pence to lead the American delegation to South Korea, citing what he says is Pence’s stance on gay conversion therapy. “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay […]

They played a hockey game in an empty stadium because of snow. Things got a little weird.

They got around six inches of snow in the Charlotte area on Wednesday, which is a lot for the Charlotte area to handle and enough for Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency and urge everyone to stay off the roads, citing the “extremely hazardous” conditions. Nevertheless, the Charlotte Checkers decided to go […]

Gene Steratore of index-card fame will referee the Super Bowl

Gene Steratore, whose use of an index card to measure a first down during a Cowboys-Raiders game in December caused something akin to a stir, has been chosen by the NFL to referee Super Bowl LII. It will be the first Super Bowl assignment for Steratore, who’s been an NFL referee since 2006 and has […]

A new study shows that hits to the head, not concussions, cause CTE

A new study has found further evidence linking hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the neurodegenerative disease traced back to the kind of head trauma experienced by football players, other athletes and combat veterans. “The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an associate […]

Jalen Rose tells Paul Pierce he’s ‘petty’ for opposing Isaiah Thomas tribute

Sure, it’s one thing for Jalen Rose to call Paul Pierce “petty” for not wanting the Celtics to show an Isaiah Thomas tribute video on the same night they’re retiring the No. 34 jersey of “The Truth,” but let’s see him say that to Pierce’s face. Oh, he did just that? On national TV, no less? […]

Don’t freak out, Patriots fans: Tom Brady’s injured throwing hand ‘should be okay’

If there is one single kind of injury that would strike the most fear into hearts of Patriots fans, it’s something happening to Tom Brady’s throwing hand. Unfortunately for New England supporters, that’s apparently exactly what happened Wednesday, but the good news is that the star quarterback reportedly “should be okay.” That’s according to ESPN’s […]

NBA calls Chris Paul and James Harden ‘peacemakers’ as others get suspensions

In the immediate aftermath of the contentious Rockets-Clippers game Monday, reports indicated that former Clipper Chris Paul led a group of Houston teammates, including James Harden, down a secret tunnel at Staples Center to enter the Los Angeles locker room and confront Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers. It remains unclear whose idea it was to […]

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant join in as Colin Kaepernick nears end of $1 million pledge

As he nears the end of his pledge to donate $1 million to organizations that aid troubled communities, Colin Kaepernick has picked up a pair of high-profile partners in philanthropy. Warriors teammates Steph Curry and Kevin Durant are matching separate contributions of $10,000 the former 49ers quarterback is making to two Bay Area community organizations. […]

Spurs shut down star Kawhi Leonard for ‘indefinite period of time’

The San Antonio Spurs will be without star wing Kawhi Leonard for “an indefinite period of time,” the team announced Wednesday as Leonard continues to recover from right quadriceps tendinopathy, a type of severe tendinitis. That injury already held Leonard out all of the preseason and caused him to miss 27 games. “Kawhi has made significant […]

Former Trump adviser wants Hulk Hogan to run for U.S. Senate in Florida

Roger Stone was one of the first prominent Republican strategists to throw his support behind Donald Trump’s presidential run, at least until Trump ended their official relationship in August 2015 by saying his campaign adviser “no longer serves a useful function” and criticizing him as a “publicity seeker.” Fast forward a couple of years, and […]

Firing Mike Tomlin would be the stupidest panic move the Steelers could make

Okay, so it wasn’t Mike Tomlin’s finest hour. There was plenty to criticize in the performance of the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in a truly awful, un-Steelers-like 45-42 playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. but, really, is that any reason to fire him? And yet people, some of whom wield a marginal […]

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