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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. […]

‘Laughable and ridiculous’: Here’s what Jerry Jones thinks about reports he could be ousted

Jerry Jones has two words for the possibility that his fellow NFL owners might exercise the so-called nuclear option to oust him as owner of the Dallas Cowboys. The idea, which grew from his staunch opposition to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension and ripped the cover off the usually private relationships between the league’s billionaire […]

Those ‘Grumors’ about ESPN’s Jon Gruden’s interest in coaching are heating up again

It’s Grumor time and — stop us if you’ve heard this one before — there’s a buzz about whether Jon Gruden might leave ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” booth and head back to the sideline. Decisions, decisions. There’s a college opening at Tennessee, which fired Butch Jones over the weekend, and there has been talk that […]

A surfer learned to punch a shark on YouTube. It may have saved his life.

A 25-year-old amateur surfer was being attacked by a shark off the coast of Australia. In a moment of pain and panic, he remembered a move he learned online — and punched the shark on the nose to escape its grasp. Charlie Fry, a British doctor who was in Australia for work, said he had […]

Popular French skier David Poisson killed in training crash in Canada

David Poisson, a popular French national ski team veteran and former Olympian, was killed Monday morning in a training crash near Calgary, Alberta. Poisson, 35, was a World Cup bronze medalist in 2013 and competed in both the Vancouver and Sochi Winter Olympics. Hoping to qualify for the PyeongChang Games in February, he was training […]

A Tennessee State football player punched out the team’s strength coach on the sideline

As the strength coach for the Tennessee State football team, T.J. Greenstone’s main responsibilities lie in the weight room and not the field of play. So during games, his job is to keep the Tigers who aren’t playing from getting too close to the sideline to avoid a penalty. Greenstone apparently was trying to do […]

Hijab-wearing Barbie doll introduced in honor of Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

Mattel introduced a Barbie doll Monday inspired by U.S. Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, that the company said would go on sale next year. It will be the first Barbie doll to wear a hijab, and Muhammad described Mattel’s honoring of her achievements as “very moving.”‘ The first athlete to wear a hijab while representing the U.S. at […]

Veteran sportswriter uses ‘n’ while commenting on LeBron James-Knicks scuffle

When a scuffle broke out in Monday’s Knicks-Cavaliers that involved LeBron James, it wasn’t a surprise that Peter Vecsey weighed in. After all, the veteran sportswriter has been a fixture for decades in both New York and NBA media. However, many were taken aback by the manner in which Vecsey chose to comment. After noting […]

Oscar De La Hoya says he could ‘take out Conor McGregor in two rounds’

Oscar De La Hoya may be trying to put an unlikely twist on the phrase, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” The 44-year-old ex-boxer is now saying that he’d like to join Conor McGregor in another novelty boxing megamatch — and promises that he could beat the UFC champion with ease. “I know I can take out […]

‘Can you not?’: NYC subway rider wanted LeBron James’s camera out of his face

Ahead of their game Monday at the Knicks, LeBron James and his Cavaliers went on an exciting adventure. Advised after a morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden that it would take far longer to get back to their team hotel by bus than by subway, the Cleveland superstar and his teammates decided to enjoy the […]

Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict reportedly won’t be suspended for making contact with an official

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict reportedly won’t to be suspended after he was ejected Sunday for making contact with an official during the team’s loss to the Titans in Nashville. Instead, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the league will review the incident for a possible fine. The incident came two plays after Burfict […]

Jameis Winston’s shoulder injury may keep him out ‘an extended period,’ not just a few weeks

Jameis Winston isn’t going to be playing football again any time soon. In fact, there’s “no timeline” for his return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston, who hurt his shoulder last month, could be out for “an extended period,” General Manager Jason Licht said Sunday. Weighing the team’s 3-6 record against Winston’s long-term value has […]

Colts’ treatment of Jacoby Brissett prompts more scrutiny of how NFL concussions are handled

For the second time in four days, NFL concussion protocol is under fire again, with the treatment of two players raising questions about whether the proper steps were followed. The Seattle Seahawks are being scrutinized by the league for the way in which quarterback Russell Wilson was allowed to miss only a short period of time […]

Colin Kaepernick is GQ’s ‘Citizen of the Year’, but chooses to stay silent

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the movement of NFL players protesting during the national anthem last season and remains unemployed after parting ways with the 49ers in March, appears on the December cover of GQ as the magazine’s “Citizen of the Year.” Warriors star Kevin Durant, late-night host Stephen Colbert and actress Gal Gadot are […]

49ers’ Marquise Goodwin shares tragic news of death of his prematurely born son

After Marquise Goodwin scored on an 83-yard touchdown catch Sunday, he knelt in the end zone, head buried in the turf, for an unusually long time. Following his team’s 31-21 win over the Giants, the 49ers wide receiver explained why that was such an emotional moment for him by sharing some tragic news. In an Instagram […]

Giants’ Landon Collins says Ben McAdoo ‘needs to be the coach next year’

If Ben McAdoo was on the hot seat before his Giants played the 49ers, his chair has turned to molten lava following New York’s desultory loss at previously winless San Francisco. Nevertheless, at least one prominent Giants player is sticking up for his embattled head coach. “He needs to be the coach next year,” star […]

Devonta Freeman leaves game with concussion Thomas Davis says he suffered week before

Devonta Freeman was ruled out of a game Sunday against the Cowboys after taking a big hit from linebacker Anthony Hitchens, and the Falcons running back was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol. However, Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, following the game while preparing for his team’s Monday night contest, made an interesting claim about Freeman. […]

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