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Grizzlies coach calls for removal of Confederate statues, decries Trump comments

Calling defenders of President Trump’s comments in the wake of violence in Charlottesville “stupid” or “sick,” Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale urged the city of Memphis to remove Confederate statues and criticized the rise of white supremacists, saying, “I can’t sit and watch this, not in a city where Dr. King was assassinated.” Fizdale, who has spoken […]

Floyd Mayweather says he’s going to bet on himself. Can he really do that?

The fact that Floyd Mayweather plans to bet on himself to beat Conor McGregor in their Aug. 26 boxing match shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Mayweather likes to bet large sums on sporting events. And not only is he betting on himself, but he told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night that he would […]

After July ‘miracle,’ Pope Francis reportedly moves Roberto Clemente closer to sainthood

Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente is one step closer to becoming a saint, according to Christian Newswire, which reported late last month that Pope Francis officially declared the former Pittsburgh Pirate “blessed.” With beatification, the Puerto Rican has just one step left to become a saint, according to the Catholic Church. The pope’s […]

A reporter’s question is catnip to Alabama’s Nick Saban, who goes off on another classic rant

Nick Saban’s Alabama football team may or may not be ready for the season opener against Florida State in a little more than two weeks, but at least the coach is in peak form. “Peak” meaning rantalicious. Saban went off on a roll (Tide) Wednesday when a member of the media, summoning all the innocence of […]

Ric Flair’s fiancee says he’s in critical condition with ‘multiple organ problems’

Wrestling legend Ric Flair remains in an Atlanta area hospital with “multiple organ problems,” his fiancee announced Wednesday on Facebook (TMZ has the screengrab of the posting). Wendy Barlow, who said she took the 68-year-old Flair to the hospital on Friday after be began suffering “severe abdominal pain,” added that he remained in critical condition […]

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett: ‘It would take a white player to really get things changed’

Michael Bennett, who has vowed to continue sitting during the national anthem, would like to see other NFL players join him in similar protests of racial and social injustice. Specifically, the Seahawks defensive end would like to see a white player join him. “It would take a white player to really get things changed,” Bennett said […]

Send this first pitch straight to the Hall of Fame

If there’s a wing in the Baseball Hall of Fame for ceremonial first pitches, this one should bypass the five-year waiting period and go straight in. Before a Red Sox-Cardinals game Wednesday, a Massachusetts teenager’s effort missed the strike zone — but hit an unlucky photographer in the man zone. First trip to Fenway and this […]

Kevin Durant says LeBron James ‘is Cleveland’ and Cavs ‘can’t trade a legend’

LeBron James may or may not be “100 percent” certain to leave Cleveland after this season, but the Cavaliers are reportedly already preparing for life without the King. According to Kevin Durant, James has more than earned the right to dictate the terms of any possible departure. Durant was replying to a tweet Wednesday from […]

Nevada grants rare waiver to allow Mayweather-McGregor lighter-than-usual gloves

In a rare move, the Nevada Athletic Commission made an exception to its rules to allow Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to wear eight-ounce gloves in their much-hyped Aug. 26 bout instead of the standard 10-ounce variety that are typically used at the 154-pound weight class. UFC, where McGregor is under contract, was one of the […]

The Golden Knights haven’t played yet, but they’ve already sparked a radio-station war

In April, the Las Vegas Golden Knights announced their games would be aired locally on radio stations owned by Lotus Communications, namely its Fox Sports Radio affiliate that has signals on both the AM and FM dials. According to the Review-Journal, Lotus beat out bids from CBS Radio Las Vegas and Beasley Broadcasting for the right […]

Detroit Lions join Red Wings in condemning use of logo by white nationalists

The Detroit Lions are the second Motor City pro team to take issue with the use of its logo by demonstrators in the Unite the Right rally that became violent and deadly Saturday in Charlottesville. “We detest and disavow any use or implied use of the Detroit Lions logo or any of our marks in association […]

Restaurant under investigation in the death of the wife of ESPN’s Chris Berman was closed that day, owner says

The owner of a Connecticut restaurant that is under investigation in connection with the death of Katherine Berman, the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, said the establishment was closed on the day of the two-car crash on a Connecticut road. A state Department of Consumer Protection spokeswoman had said Tuesday that its Liquor […]

Teenage cricket player from Pakistan dies after legal pitch hits head

Pakistan cricket fans are mourning the death of Zubair Ahmed, who died on Monday after a pitch known as “a bouncer” hit him in the head. The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed the 18-year-old’s death early Wednesday morning, implying that Ahmed was not wearing a helmet when the pitch hit him at the club game near […]

Saints reportedly fire their team doctors after injury misdiagnosis left Sean Payton ‘livid’

The New Orleans Saints fired team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri after a leg injury to top cornerback Delvin Breaux was misdiagnosed, ESPN’s Mike Triplett reported Wednesday. According to Triplett’s source, Breaux’s injury originally was thought to be a bruise, but after his leg was slow to heal, it was discovered that he had […]

Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh speaks out about ‘violence, terror’ in Charlottesville aftermath

The violence that claimed the life of one young woman and injured at least 19 others over the weekend caused Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh to decide not to stick to sports. Harbaugh, who has weighed in from time to time on social issues since he arrived in Ann Arbor in 2014, tweeted Monday night that “Anyone […]

Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin: Some fans are ‘yelling at players, cussing’ during the anthem

As he ponders whether to join one of his teammates in protest during the playing of the national anthem, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is mindful that some of the very people who take issue with player protests often are hardly respectful during the playing of the song. Baldwin’s teammate, Michael Bennett, chose to […]

The Falcons’ new stadium has a Chick-fil-A, which won’t be open for most Falcons games

Seeing as how Chick-fil-A’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, it’s only logical that the fast-food chain have a booth at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the stadium that’s set to open for Falcons and Atlanta United games this month. But even though its NFL tenant plays most of its home games on Sundays, that doesn’t mean Chick-fil-A is […]

Pete Carroll supports Michael Bennett but thinks ‘we should all be standing’ for anthem

Pete Carroll has long been known as a players’ coach, and he said Tuesday that while he was taken by surprise by Michael Bennett’s decision to sit during the national anthem, he supported his defensive end. However, Carroll also made it clear that he does not agree with those who would stage protests during renditions of “The […]

LeBron James says Trump just made hate ‘fashionable again’

President Trump’s comments Tuesday on the events in Charlottesville, in which he returned to avoiding specific criticism of white nationalists while asserting that “there’s blame on both sides,” earned widespread condemnation. AmongShow More Summary

ESPN apologizes for player ‘auction’ during fantasy football marathon

ESPN launched a 28-hour programming marathon to promote fantasy football Monday, and it wasn’t long before a related segment caught some people’s attention. Playing off the “auction” format of selecting fantasy teams, the network interspersed its coverage with a more elaborate version, in which a fast-talking auctioneer got the bidding going on a number of […]

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