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Charlotte gets 2019 NBA All-Star Game after change in North Carolina law

The NBA announced Wednesday that Charlotte will host the 2019 All-Star Weekend after the league had taken this year’s game away from the city because of North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which required transgender individuals to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificates. The state recently repealed some portions […]

Dana White tells Snoop Dogg that Conor McGregor could retire after Floyd Mayweather fight

The long-discussed boxing match between 15-time world champion pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is only half done, with McGregor announcing that he had signed his part of the bargain last week. But if the fight ever does happen, UFC President Dana White said it could be the last time McGregor […]

Colin Kaepernick reportedly will work out for the Seahawks

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported early Wednesday morning that — “barring a change of plans” — Colin Kaepernick is expected to be among the free agent quarterbacks who will soon work out for the Seattle Seahawks. Last week, Seattle Coach Pete Carroll was asked about the possibility of bringing in either Kaepernick or fellow free […]

LeBron James’s botched dunk was about the only thing that went wrong for the Cavs in Game 4

The Cavaliers reasserted control over the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night with a 112-99 win over the Celtics, one in which Kyrie Irving destroyed the Celtics with 42 points while playing on a bum ankle. Nevertheless, the play everyone is talking about had nothing to do with Irving, because LeBron James missed a dunk […]

It got ‘personal’ between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley on TNT

There’s a reason Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley sit at opposite ends of the “NBA on TNT” set, far from each other. Apart from the fact that it would be physically difficult to actually place the two former NBA superstars, who have only gotten bulkier in retirement, near one another, they are the most likely […]

Rob Gronkowski gets plenty of incentive to become NFL’s highest-paid tight end

When Rob Gronkowski is healthy, he’s the NFL’s best tight end. With a reworked contract, the Patriots are giving him a chance to be paid like the top player at his position — as long as he can stay on the field. Gronkowski has three years left on a six-year, $54 million contract extension he signed in […]

MLB bans drones in ballparks after one nearly takes out fans at Padres game

Drone invades @Dbacks – @Padres? game and makes a crash landing in the stands. pic.twitter.com/OaOcPTACLM — FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) May 21, 2017 No drones allowed. That’s the rule MLB reiterated Tuesday, two days after a drone nearly took out a couple of fans during the San Diego Padres’ 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks […]

Odell Beckham Jr. agrees to NFL-record shoe deal with Nike

Odell Beckham Jr. will remain under contract with the Giants at least through the 2018 season, but the shoe deal he signed with Nike upon entering the league in 2014 recently expired, and that set up a bidding war for the endorsement services of the star wide receiver. The result was the biggest shoe deal […]

J.R. Smith finally able to bring prematurely born daughter home from hospital

Tuesday was a big day for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as they were set to take on the Boston Celtics in a pivotal Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Hours before, though, Cavs guard J.R. Smith enjoyed an event with massive personal significance, as he was able to finally walk out of a Cleveland hospital with […]

Real Madrid spends $50 million on 16-year-old Brazilian dubbed the ‘next Neymar’

When you’re Real Madrid, money is no object. Beating Barcelona, on the other hand — that’s priceless. That more or less explains the news Tuesday that Real had spent, according to reports, a whopping $50 million on a 16-year-old boy with almost no high-level experience. Naturally, this is no ordinary teenager, but Vinícius Júnior, a Brazilian phenom […]

Carli Lloyd tweeted she was ‘safe’ after Manchester attack, but Twitter trolls took aim

American soccer star Carli Lloyd, who signed with Manchester City WFC in February, just wanted to let her friends, family and fans know she was safe after a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device that killed more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday. And so she posted as much on […]

Los Angeles stadium delays mean 2021 Super Bowl is likely headed to Tampa

Last week, the Los Angeles Rams announced that the opening of their new shared stadium with the Chargers in Inglewood, Calif., would be pushed back one year to 2020 because of all the rain Southern California has received over the past few months. This threw a wrench into plans to host the Super Bowl at the new […]

NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, 48, died at his Orlando home

NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy died Tuesday at his home, Orlando police confirmed to the Arkansas’s Blytheville Courier News, the newspaper located near where Kennedy went to high school in Wilson, Ark. Kennedy was 48. “We can confirm his passing and at this time there is nothing suspicious to report but we are conducting an […]

‘Vault of Death’ gymnast scoffs at retirement at age 42

Oksana Chusovitina is an extraordinary gymnast. Not only does she have five moves named after her in international gymnastics’ Code of Points, but at age 42, she’s still competing at the elite level and wants to qualify for what would be her record-breaking eighth Olympics in 2020. And yes, in case you’re wondering, the record […]

Twerking still banned by NFL, but lots of other celebrations are about to become legal

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that the league will be relaxing its rules on post-touchdown celebrations “to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays.” The changes come after league officials had conversations with more than 80 current and former players in an attempt to broaden what’s allowed and clarify […]

CBS producer calls Tony Romo ‘the next John Madden,’ says he’ll also call golf

You won’t have to wait until the NFL season begins to see how Tony Romo will do as a broadcaster for CBS Sports. In fact, you’ll only have to wait until this weekend, when Romo makes his debut as a commentator on the 18th hole of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, a PGA Tour event […]

Manchester City’s Carli Lloyd suspended three games for elbowing opponent’s head

Manchester City midfielder Carli Lloyd will miss three of her team’s final four games of the season for elbowing an opponent in the head. Lloyd, who led the U.S. women’s national team to a World Cup victory in 2015, earned a red card for the foul that came in the 89th minute City’s 5-1 victory […]

Steve Kerr reportedly still in a lot of pain, is undecided on returning for NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors on Monday became the first team in NBA history to start a postseason with 12 consecutive victories, completing their third straight four-game sweep with a 129-115 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. The last 10 of those victories were without Coach Steve Kerr, who is still […]

‘We have a job to do': Man.-U tries to focus on Europa League final after concert bombing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/at-least-19-dead-after-explosion-at-uk-ariana-grande-concert/2017/05/22/21852e7c-3f45-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_video.html English soccer titan Manchester United said it was “deeply shocked” by the deadly blast that killed at least 22 on Monday night after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Show More Summary

A 12-year-old Japanese girl won her MMA debut by choking out someone twice her age

Saturday’s amateur MMA bout in Tokyo between Momoku Yamasaki and a fighter identified in promotional materials only as “Momo” was hardly in doubt, with Momo taking Yamasaki’s back in the first seconds of the fight and winning soon after with a rear naked choke. But what if I told you that Momo was a 12-year-old […]

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