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Top prospect Laremy Tunsil gets sued by stepfather on eve of NFL draft

Laremy Tunsil, who almost certainly will be chosen as a top 10 pick when the NFL draft begins on Thursday, is being sued by his stepfather, who claims the former Ole Miss tackle attacked him without provocation and then defamed him by saying he was merely protecting his mother. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Lindsay […]

2016 NFL draft: Time, dates, channel, schedule, draft order

The NFL draft begins Thursday night, with the prime-time extravaganza of a first round that stretches roughly 40 minutes of information into hours upon hours of varying degrees of entertainment. And yet you’ll watch. Oh, you’ll watch. If only for the inevitable booing of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Here’s what you need to know when the action […]

This dog disrupted a soccer match probably because it just wanted to play

Sometimes, a dog park can break out in the middle of a soccer game. That’s what happened when a good doggie, a very good doggie, ran onto the pitch while Venezuela’s Deportivo Tachira played Mexico’s Pumas in a Copa Liberatadores game Tuesday in San Cristobal, Venezuela. Se nos metió otro jugador al partido de @dvotachira […]

17 or 29? Canadian high school basketball player not sure how old he is.

Jonathan Nicola, the high school basketball player whom Canadian authorities claim to be a 29-year-old man and not a 17-year-old boy, said he’s not sure of his real age during testimony before an immigration and refugee board hearing on April 19. “I do not know, I really do not know what is my real age, […]

Johnny Manziel hangs out with Justin Bieber hours after being indicted

On Tuesday, hours after a Dallas grand jury indicted him for an alleged assault involving his ex-girlfriend, Johnny Manziel turned up pretty much where you’d expect: with Justin Bieber and a bunch of his chums. The grand jury’s decision means that a warrant will be issued for Manziel’s arrest, the district attorney’s office told the Dallas Morning […]

Matt Lauer presses Michael Phelps on whether rehab stint was a PR move

We’re 100 days from the Rio Olympics, so of course NBC reminded everyone of that fact Wednesday. And what better way than to get Michael Phelps to once again tell the tale of his downward spiral — ending with a 2014 DUI arrest and subsequent rehab stint — and personal redemption. "Are you an alcoholic?" […]

Michael Jordan on bathroom law: Hornets ‘opposed to discrimination in any form’

Michael Jordan, the billionaire who owns North Carolina’s NBA franchise, has spoken out about North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom law,” — framing his comments as a businessman rather than as an individual. “As my organization has...Show More Summary

With ‘basketball ring,’ Ted Cruz joins hallowed list of politician sports bloopers

In an attempt to gin up support in basketball-mad Indiana on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz tried to compare his candidacy to the underdogs in the movie “Hoosiers.” It was a strained comparison. But by somehow referring to the hoop as a “basketball ring,” Cruz instead showed that he perhaps has never actually seen […]

We’ll never know if Bartolo Colon would have beaten Billy Hamilton to first base

Baseball fans, not to mention all citizens of Earth, were cruelly denied a chance Tuesday to discover the answer to this intriguing question: Who could get to first base sooner, Billy Hamilton or Bartolo Colon? Hamilton, the Cincinnati Reds center fielder widely regarded as the fastest player in the major leagues, hit a soft grounder up the […]

Drake trolled Paul George on Instagram after Raptors beat Pacers in Game 5

The Raptors staged a huge comeback in Game 5 Tuesday against the Pacers, but Indiana almost pulled off a miracle of its own before losing, 102-99, and falling behind, 3-2, in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Pacers swingman Solomon Hill hit a last-second three-pointer to tie the game, but it was waved off for coming just after the […]

Dana White: Conor McGregor will fight at UFC 201, 202 or 203 — but not UFC 200

As of Tuesday evening, if you went to Conor McGregor’s Twitter page, this is what the top post would be … Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200! Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2016 … which […]

Zinedine Zidane split his pants for the second time in two weeks

Okay, this is getting a little bit weird. For the second time in two weeks, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane split his pants while on the sidelines of a Champions League match. Surely this man, a former elite soccer star in his own right, can afford sturdier fabric, right? Nevertheless, Zidane’s trousers again proved unequal […]

JaMarcus Russell says he’ll ‘go play for free’ to get another shot at NFL

JaMarcus Russell was the overall No. 1 pick in 2007, and if NFL fans did a draft for all-time draft busts, he might well go No. 1 in that. By 2010, he had washed out of the league entirely, amid poor play and talk of a lack of dedication to the sport. In a video […]

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both out for playoffs, Doc Rivers cites ‘bum luck’

The Los Angeles Clippers won the third quarter of Monday night’s 98-84 loss, outscoring the Portland Trail Blazers 21-19. Yet, after Tuesday afternoon’s announcement, that period appears to be among the most brutal the team has suffered all season. Show More Summary

Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN, reportedly for Fox Sports

After 12 years at ESPN in which he established himself as one of the most divisive figures in sports commentary, Skip Bayless has opted to put his hot takes on the open market. ESPN announced Tuesday that Bayless will be leaving the network when his contract expires around the end of August. Bayless joined “First Take” in 2007 and has been a […]

Drew Brees doesn’t trust any NFL investigation led by Roger Goodell

The NFL scored a significant and perhaps Deflategate-ending victory over Tom Brady in an appeals court Monday, but its real legacy may be suspicion and anger over how the league handles discipline. “I think we would all agree that he definitely has too much power,” New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said of NFL Commissioner […]

Moto-doping ban proves there is no cheating like cheating in cycling

Cycling’s governing body on Tuesday banned Belgium’s Femke van den Driessche for six years after a concealed electric motor was discovered in one of her bikes at the Clyclocross World Championships in January. Van den Driessche also was fined around $20,000. “The bike concerned was scanned using the new magnetic resonance testing deployed this year […]

Raiders now seem more likely to move to Las Vegas than Los Angeles

The Oakland Raiders were the odd team out in the NFL’s Los Angeles vote early this year, with the St. Louis Rams getting the go-ahead to move to Southern California and the San Diego Chargers getting first dibs on joining them should their one-year attempt at a new stadium fall flat. At the time, the […]

By winning Deflategate and punishing Tom Brady, Roger Goodell may actually be losing

Pardon Roger Goodell if he did a modest victory lap on Tuesday. In his first interview since a federal appeals court reinstated the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the NFL commissioner told Bloomberg TV in perhaps his greatest understatement of 2016 that “we think that was the right decision.” By a 2-1 […]

Candace Parker left off Team USA Olympic roster, which feels wrong

Candace Parker is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a two-time WNBA MVP, most recently in 2013. She averaged 19.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and a career-high 6.3 assists for the Los Angeles Sparks last season. After the season, she led Team USA in minutes, rebounds, assists and blocked shots during a four-game European tour. She […]

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