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Serena Williams explains why she couldn’t let Ilie Nastase’s ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ remark pass

Serena Williams inadvertently announced some happy news last week — that she is pregnant — but she also had to turn serious to address what she said was a “racist” comment and “sexist” behavior by tennis legend Ilie Nastase. In the midst of actions that resulted in his provisional suspension from the Fed Cup by the […]

ESPN announces layoffs, with 100 people reportedly affected

In a message sent Wednesday to ESPN employees, network president John Skipper announced the company was beginning its next round of layoffs, a long-anticipated move that is expected to thin the ranks of ESPN’s on-air and online talent. “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, […]

NCAA shows it would rather take a stand against sports gambling than discrimination

Last week, the NCAA announced where it would hold more than 600 championship events between fall 2017 and spring 2022. The biggest news out of this was the NCAA’s return to North Carolina after it had moved seven championship events out of the state because of laws it viewed as discriminatory toward the LGBT community. […]

‘It was like I saw a unicorn’: Blue Jays’ Chris Coghlan channels Superman for amazing dive at the plate

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took the throw from the outfield and was waiting for Toronto Blue Jays pinch hitter Chris Coghlan. So was everyone else who, like Molina, was bracing for a seismic collision. But, as he rounded third in the seventh inning, Coghlan saw a crouching Molina and decided that, when he […]

Serena Williams says she was ‘nervous’ to play in Australian Open while pregnant

When Serena Williams hinted last week, via a hastily deleted social media post, that she was 20 weeks pregnant, many did some quick math and realized, in that case, she must have been carrying her child when she won the Australian Open in January. On Tuesday, Williams said that she first learned of her pregnancy […]

Rajon Rondo trying to shake off broken thumb and play in Bulls-Celtics Game 5

Rajon Rondo was told on Friday that the broken thumb he suffered in Game 2 of the Bulls’ first-round playoff series against the Celtics would keep him out of action for “a couple of weeks.” It only took a couple more games — both Chicago losses — for the veteran point guard to start doing whatever he could […]

UNC’s Joel Berry withdraws from NBA draft in quick about-face

What a difference a day makes. On Monday, Joel Berry II was among three North Carolina players who the school said had filed paperwork to enter this year’s NBA draft. On Tuesday, the point guard, who was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player as the Tar Heels won the national championship, announced that he would […]

Gregg Popovich appears to have left a $5,000 tip at a Memphis restaurant

Gregg Popovich is one of the NBA’s all-time greatest coaches, but that’s not the only reason you probably don’t want to get into a tip-off against him. The San Antonio Spurs’ longtime leader appears to have made quite the recent display of generosity, reportedly leaving a $5,000 tip at a Memphis restaurant. The bill came […]

Aaron Hernandez lawyers ask for conviction to be overturned, deny reports of gay lover

Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez filed a motion Tuesday in a Massachusetts court asking for the deceased former NFL player’s first-degree murder conviction to be overturned. They cited legal precedent in the state for such an outcome when a defendant dies before completing his or her appeals. Hernandez, 27, was ruled to have committed suicide by hanging […]

Nine years after being cheated out of bronze medal, Olympic heptathlete learns it’s hers

It’s been more than nine years since British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. But judging from her reaction to news that she would be awarded a bronze medal after the initial third-place finisher in the event was stripped of her medal for doping, you’d think she competed just yesterday. Finding out that I've […]

After two controversies, golf’s governing bodies decide to limit how TV viewers can influence game

Two of the strangest controversies to affect pro golf in recent years will not be repeated after two of the sport’s governing bodies passed new limits on the use of video evidence in the game. The new decisions, passed on Tuesday by the USGA and the R&A, come less than a month after a television viewer’s eagle eye spied […]

Beloved replacement player is silver lining for cricket fans after injury to Indian Premier League star

That happiest moment for many Indian fans. #GL #IPL #irfanpathan #T20 #cricket — CricTracker (@Cricketracker) April 25, 2017 Indian Premier League cricket fans got a welcome surprise on Monday when the Gujarat Lions, the league’s last-place team in the standings, called up veteran Irfan Pathran to join the squad for the second half of […]

NFL draft prospect denies Cleveland sexual assault allegations

An attorney for Gareon Conley, a cornerback out of Ohio State who is expected to be selected in the first round of this week’s NFL draft, is denying an allegation that the NFL prospect sexually assaulted a woman at a Cleveland hotel early in the morning of April 9. The woman’s claims were made in […]

French cyclist says he was attacked with knife, wooden baton while training — Yoann Offredo (@OffredoYoann) April 24, 2017 What began as a beautiful, sunny day for French cyclist Yoann Offredo turned ugly when he was allegedly assaulted with a wooden baton and knife while on a training ride with two friends on Monday. Show More Summary

ESPN layoffs reportedly to begin this week, could be larger than expected

ESPN is set to begin its latest round of layoffs, with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reporting via Facebook that employees could be informed starting Wednesday. Some of them could be “significant on-air names,” he says. The job cuts, which will come from the network’s sizable stable of on-air and online talent, have long been expected […]

Canadian rapper (and fan of all things sports) Drake to host inaugural ‘NBA Awards’

Drake may have a questionable reputation with sports fans, but those in charge appear to love him. Following his hosting gig at the ESPY Awards in 2014, the Canadian rapper has landed another job, this time as the host of the inaugural NBA Awards on June 26. Hosting first-ever NBA Awards on TNT, June 26th – […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 NASCAR season

Hendrick Motorsports announced Tuesday morning that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2017 season. The son of legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. has 26 victories at NASCAR’s top level since 2000, his first full-time year in the Cup Series, but never was able to take home the season title. […]

NFL draft prospect’s infant son died during record-setting season at Texas

This is what we knew about D’Onta Foreman last season at Texas: He rushed for a national-best 2,028 yards — the most ever by a Longhorns junior and the second most in that program’s storied history — and won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. This is what most of […]

Warriors’ 45-point first quarter had the Blazers’ Twitter account struggling for words

Moments before the Trail Blazers tipped off against the Warriors in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series Monday, Portland’s Twitter account signaled the unlikelihood of the team coming back from a 3-0 deficit by tweeting, “Pride starts now.” Actually, what started then was a nearly unprecedented destruction at the hands of Golden State. Playing with […]

Madison Bumgarner on dirt-bike accident: ‘Not the most responsible decision I’ve made’

Of all the calamities to befall the San Francisco Giants during their disastrous start to the season, the injury to Madison Bumgarner was the worst, not only because it took out their best pitcher for an extended period, but because it was so avoidable. After injuring his throwing shoulder in a dirt-bike accident last week, Bumgarner […]

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