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Florida and Wisconsin finally give NCAA tournament its signature moments

The NCAA tournament had featured some close, exciting games, and certainly its share of upsets (how’s your bracket doing?). But it took until the final game of the third round for the tournament to get a signature moment. In fact, it got two, or even three, depending on how one views the sequence that will […]

Shaq and Kobe roasted by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at O’Neal’s statue unveiling

A statue of Shaquille O’Neal was unveiled at Staples Center Friday, and many Lakers greats showed up for the ceremony — including former nemesis Kobe Bryant. However, even while O’Neal entertained the crowd with his familiar lightheartedness, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stole the show with some well-aimed barbs. This zinger was the showstopper: “Some people thought the odds of […]

Suns’ Devin Booker scores 70 against Celtics in record-setting performance

On a night when most sports fans were watching Kentucky’s next group of NBA stars, one if its recent products went off in a record-setting performance. Suns shooting guard Devin Booker scored 70 points against the Celtics, becoming the youngest NBA player to rack up that many points. The 20-year-old Booker, in his second season in Phoenix after […]

Elite recruit Michael Porter Jr. commits to Missouri, which just hired his father

Considering that he spent much of his childhood in Missouri, it’s not a surprise that Michael Porter Jr. chose to play for the Tigers. It’s even less of a surprise given the program just hired the elite recruit’s father. “I’m looking forward to the year ahead with Coach Cuonzo and my teammates,” Porter wrote Friday on Twitter, referring […]

‘Footy McFooty Face’ on track to win fan vote to name potential San Diego MLS team

“Hey, do you guys know what time the game starts tonight?” “7 o’clock. Who are they playing again?” “Footy McFooty Face.” That’s a hypothetical conversation at the moment, but thousands of soccer fans are hoping it will become a reality should San Diego win its bid to set up an expansion team in MLS. The ownership […]

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh vows to ‘never wear anything else’ after discovering Lululemon khakis

Khaki enthusiast and Michigan football Coach Jim Harbaugh made big news on Friday when he told ESPN’s Jeff Darlington he dumped his trusty $8 no-name pants for a $128 pair of Lululemon-brand slacks. Just had a nice chat w/ Jim Harbaugh about his khaki game. He upgraded to @lululemon pants and says, "I'll never wear […]

The NCAA title game is guaranteed to have at least one team that isn’t a blue blood

After Thursday night’s Sweet 16 games, one thing has become clear: The national championship game is guaranteed to have at least one team that isn’t among the NCAA’s blue bloods. Go ahead, take a look at the left side of the bracket. One of the following teams will be playing on April 3: Gonzaga, Xavier, […]

Transgender high school wrestler to compete against boys thanks to new USA Wrestling policy

Transgender high school wrestler Mack Beggs is used to winning on the mat, but now, off the mat, the undefeated athlete who recently won the Texas state girls title, may have scored his biggest victory yet. Beggs, who was born female but his transition from girl to boy began two years ago and now includes […]

Sorry, pardners: No spurs allowed at Kansas City’s Sweet 16 games

The list of things you can’t bring into Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional is pretty standard. No guns, knives, fireworks, backpacks, etc. But in the off chance that you plan to arrive at the game on horseback, tournament officials are asking that you please remove your spurs before […]

‘A glorified fullback’: Is anyone going to sign Adrian Peterson?

The active period of NFL free agency has come and gone, and Adrian Peterson remains unsigned. On the one hand, it’s a little surprising considering everything Peterson has done on the field over his career (three NFL rushing titles, seven Pro Bowl bids, etc.). On the other hand, here’s Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman: When B/R […]

Blake Griffin used an epic flop to get the much smaller J.J. Barea ejected

Blake Griffin knows a thing or two about flopping, but he may have painted his masterpiece Thursday during a Clippers-Mavericks game. The burly Los Angeles forward managed to get J.J. Barea, one of the NBA’s smallest players, ejected by selling the appearance of having been forced off his feet. Replay Review (Game Crew): player altercation […]

Charles Barkley says dying wish would be to kill Skip Bayless on live TV

Charles Barkley’s antipathy for Skip Bayless goes back a long way, which, of course, means that Barkley has been directing verbal barbs at the polarizing sports pundit for just as long. In 2013, on the set of TNT’s NBA show, he said, “If I could get Skip Bayless in a room, you’d need DNA to […]

Shaquille O’Neal says he was just joking with flat-Earth comments

Shaquille O’Neal confirmed Thursday what many had suspected: the Earth is, in fact, round. Oh, wait, everyone (well, almost) knew that already. What Shaq confirmed was that, as many suspected, he was just kidding when he offered recent comments insisting the Earth is flat. Speaking on the “Art of Charm” podcast, O’Neal participated in this exchange: […]

Police find more than a ton of ‘Lionel Messi’-branded cocaine in a shipment of giant squid

Police in Peru made an extraordinary discovery in an equally extraordinary shipment this week — they found $85 million worth of “Lionel Messi”-branded cocaine bricks, each wrapped up in one of 1,288 “pota,” or giant squid filets, bound for Belgium and the United States, Peru’s La Republica reports. Police in Peru have seized 1,417 kilograms […]

Three high school baseball players kicked off team for using jerseys to spell out racial slur

A California high school removed three players from the baseball team after they “manipulated” letters from their jerseys to spell out the n-word and post it on social media, the Ventura County Star reports. Nordhoff High Coach Sean Strben, who was not directly involved in the March 15 incident, also resigned this week. “There have been […]

Arkansas reconsiders new law that would allow guns at sporting events

On Wednesday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law that allows state residents to carry concealed handguns at colleges, government buildings, some bars and the state capitol building, so long as they complete eight hours of active-shooter training. This raised the possibility that fans would be able to bring guns into college football […]

Patriots to visit White House on April 19, though some players have vowed to skip

The New England Patriots are slated to visit the White House on April 19 to celebrate their latest Super Bowl win, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced Thursday. Spicer says the New England Patriots will be visiting the White House on April 19 to celebrate their freakish Super Bowl win. — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) […]

ESPN to split Chris Berman’s jobs among three people

In January, ESPN announced that Chris Berman would be taking on a significantly reduced role after the conclusion of the 2016-17 NFL season, and since then speculation has centered on who would replace Berman as host of the network’s flagship pro football programs: “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “Monday Night Countdown” and the NFL draft. On Thursday, […]

LaVar Ball, the NCAA dad who won’t stop boasting: Overbearing parent or marketing genius?

If LaVar Ball is right, the future of basketball will dominate national TV this weekend, next weekend and for the next couple of decades. If he’s right. Ball has made himself the epicenter of a national debate over parental bravado, writing a number of checks with his mouth that his three talented basketball-playing sons will […]

Cubs mastermind Theo Epstein is No. 1 on Fortune’s ‘greatest leaders’ list. The pope is No. 3.

The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series was a big deal. Like, a really big deal, according to Fortune, which put the team’s president Theo Epstein on top of its “World’s Greatest Leaders” list on Thursday. The 43-year-old baseball mastermind beat out Chinese businessman Jack Ma, the executive chairman of the ever-growing Alibaba commerce empire, as […]

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