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Matt Hasselbeck gets first audition for Monday Night Football role. Is he the favorite?

Of all the major professional all-star games, the NFL Pro Bowl could be the most meaningless. It happens after the regular season rather than at the midpoint, and because football is an inherently dangerous game, the participants (the ones who don’t bow out beforehand) play at a fraction of the speed and force they do during games that actually count. […]

Every time Donald Trump has fought with athletes

Donald Trump has spent quite a few of his 357 days in office bickering with the world of sport. He’s picked fights and trolled professional and college athletes. He’s made objectionable remarks that have led the sports world to rebuke his administration. He’s invited and uninvited championship teams to visit the White House. But long […]

Flat-earther Kyrie Irving says he just wants everyone ‘to do their own research’ (on Instagram)

Questions about Kyrie Irving’s flat-earth theory followed him all the way to London, where his Celtics beat the 76ers on Thursday. After flying halfway around the world to London, @TheStarters once again ask Kyrie Irving if the world is flat — Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) January 11, 2018 “I feel like that question was […]

Tonya Harding and her mother are having a she-said/she-said about childhood abuse

“I, Tonya,” the Tonya Harding biopic, has garnered both acclaim for its performances — Allison Janney won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a film — and criticism over its comedic portrayal of domestic violence. In one scene, Harding’s mother LaVona Golden (played by Janney) hurls a steak knife at her daughter after […]

Athletes of Haitian descent take issue with Trump’s comments

Athletes of Haitian descent took issue with reported comments Thursday by President Trump, who asked during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from s——- countries come here?” Trump was referring to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, and as The Post reported, he singled out Haiti. “Why do we need […]

Prosecutors request 40 to 125-year sentence for ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar

In a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday at a Michigan county court, the state’s attorney general’s office asked that former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar be sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison. A sentencing hearing is set to take place next week for Nassar, who pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts […]

Vegas Golden Knights ‘strongly dispute’ U.S. Army’s challenge of NHL team’s name

The Vegas Golden Knights issued a statement Thursday in response to a filing the day before by the Department of the Army with the United States Trademark and Patent Office. The Army is challenging the first-year NHL team’s trademark application for its name. Pointing to its use of “Golden Knights” in connection to the U.S. Army Parachute Team […]

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Jemele Hill and Trump: ‘When you attack him, then we are stepping out of our lane’

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has a little advice for his on-air colleague, Jemele Hill. It isn’t quite “stick to sports” when it comes to wading into political and social issues; it’s more a matter of not straying from one’s lane. Hill, who co-hosts “SportsCenter,” drew a rebuke from President Trump in the fall after labeling […]

NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire had prostate cancer surgery but will be back for Olympics

NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire didn’t see it coming. “I had no signs at all that I was ill,” McGuire told TSN 690 in Montreal on Wednesday. “My work habits hadn’t changed, my workout habits hadn’t changed. My eating habits hadn’t changed. I hadn’t lost weight and hadn’t gained weight.” But after undergoing a routine checkup in September, […]

London will host three NFL playoff teams this fall, but survey shows little interest among Brits

The NFL will send three playoff teams to London in the fall as a new survey indicates that British people find the sport second only to golf as the dullest to watch. The Philadelphia Eagles will play the Jacksonville Jaguars; the Seattle Seahawks will face the Oakland Raiders; and the Los Angeles Chargers will meet […]

‘Divine intervention’: Former Dolphins assistant says cocaine video got him on the right track

Chris Foerster resigned from the Miami Dolphins’ coaching staff on Oct. 9 after a video was released that showed him snorting cocaine off his office desk. That same day, with financial help from the Dolphins, he checked himself into an inpatient rehab facility up the coast in West Palm Beach. It might have been the […]

When Bruce Arians mentioned Nick Saban going to the Giants, that might have been the vodka talking

Attention: Bruce Arians. Stop “messin’ with the world.” That’s what the former Arizona coach was doing when he set off speculation and talk about Nick Saban’s possible interest in the New York Giants coaching job. At least that’s the story of one person who was present when the former Arizona coach said that the one job […]

Baseball agent fired after allegedly filming clients in his shower

A baseball agent was fired by his firm and suspended by the MLB Players Association amid reports Wednesday that he had been accused of filming clients in his shower. Jason Wood, formerly head of the baseball division at CSE Talent, described the allegations as “absurd and untrue.” According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, who cited seven sources, an […]

Lakers reportedly back away from free agent after woman sues him for sexual battery

On Tuesday, TMZ Sports reported that an NBA free agent “expected to sign a contract with the Lakers” was being sued by a woman who claimed that he knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease. Apparently, the Lakers were among those who saw that article, because ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the team was […]

Louisville recruit Brian Bowen transfers to South Carolina in wake of FBI probe

A top basketball recruit, whose unexpected decision to commit to Louisville became a focal point in the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball, has transferred to South Carolina, the school announced Wednesday. Brian Bowen was suspended by Louisville soon after the FBI revealed details of its probe in September, and his new school hopes to get him […]

Ryan Shazier visits Steelers practice for first time since spinal surgery

While the Steelers are preparing to host the Jaguars on Sunday in a playoff game, on Wednesday they had a much more welcome guest: Ryan Shazier. Pittsburgh’s injured linebacker was on hand for a team practice for the first time since undergoing spinal stabilization surgery over a month ago. Shazier, who has attended a Steelers game and […]

Texas rallies around guard Andrew Jones after leukemia diagnosis

Texas guard Andrew Jones has leukemia, his family announced Wednesday. “After undergoing a number of tests and evaluations over the past week, Andrew has been diagnosed with leukemia,” Jones’s family said in a statement released through the school. “He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts and prayers. This […]

Despite all the bad news, poll shows football still is America’s favorite sport by a wide margin

American football, or at least the professional version of it, is in a rut. The NFL’s TV ratings have tanked (college football’s regular season ratings declined, as well, though Monday night’s national title game put up some good numbers). No one knows what a catch is, and most everyone agrees that instant replay needs fixing. […]

This is the story of Georgia’s national title win over Alabama. You read that right.

Oh, Georgia. Poor, suffering, blew-a-13-point-second-half-lead, Georgia: How close you were to a College Football Playoff national championship. You were an overtime away, an impossible 41 yards (on second down and 26) away, what would have been a #collegekickers 58-yard field goal away. You were so close, the dozens of sportswriters at Mercedes-Benz Stadium had written […]

Serena Williams poses for Vogue with her baby, tells scary story of childbirth complications

The image on the cover of the February issue of Vogue features Serena Williams proudly showing off her adorable daughter. The story she tells of the changes wrought on her life by the arrival of Alexis Olympia, whom she calls by her middle name and husband Alexis Ohanian refers to as Junior, are sweet, but […]

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