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An American who channels President Trump in the ring becomes Mexico’s biggest wrestling villain

Pro wrestler Sam Adonis is limping to a coffee shop in Mexico City when he answers the phone. He has just finished training for his next gig in the capital city, where for the past four months he has been one of the most in-demand performers in the CMLL. Adonis, who grew up in Pittsburgh as Sam Polinsky, is […]

Conor McGregor criticizes Trump protesters for ‘wrong mind-set’

Conor McGregor had a front-row seat in New York City for the protests that followed the weekend after the U.S. presidential election in November. And the Irishman didn’t care for what he saw. McGregor, who won the lightweight championship in the UFC event in the city and is now talking about a superfight with boxing great […]

FIFA wants shared 2026 World Cup. The U.S., Mexico and Canada already were planning on it.

Soccer leaders in the United States, Mexico and Canada already were talking about a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, so they likely were well prepared for FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s announcement Thursday that FIFA will encourage bidders for soccer’s biggest tournament to partner up. “We will encourage co-hosting for the World Cup because […]

Get yer popcorn: A Tom Brady, Deflategate and Super Bowl LI movie is in the works

A little more than a week after Tom Brady won his fifth Super Bowl, there comes word that the New England Patriots quarterback is going to be the subject of a book and film. Because of course he is. The writers who were nominated for an Oscar for “The Fighter” and wrote the screenplay for […]

Still a Viking, Adrian Peterson has a curious interest in the Giants’ roster moves

Adrian Peterson still is a member of the Vikings but might not be less than a month from now, when Minnesota can cut him and his $11.75 million salary for 2017. It’s probably the right move considering Peterson’s age (he turns 32 on March 21) and injury history (he had all of 37 carries in […]

Draymond Green says Jim Dolan has a ‘slave mentality’ toward Charles Oakley

Draymond Green has rarely been shy about expressing his viewpoint, and Wednesday, he weighed in with a strong take on the Jim Dolan/Charles Oakley feud that has roiled the Knicks. The Golden State Warriors forward said that the New York team owner is guilty of adopting a “slave mentality” toward the popular ex-player. Green was […]

NBA picks Carmelo Anthony to replace Kevin Love in All-Star Game

Just two days after intervening in the Charles Oakley standoff, Adam Silver involved himself in some happier news for the New York Knicks on Wednesday, naming Carmelo Anthony to Sunday’s All-Star Game. The veteran forward will replace the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, who is set to miss six weeks after knee surgery, as a reserve for the […]

Jared Kushner’s family says it won’t buy Marlins if Jeffrey Loria becomes ambassador to France

Reports emerged last week that Jeffrey Loria had a “handshake agreement” to sell the Miami Marlins to the family of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a White House adviser. However, news Wednesday that Loria is being “pushed” by another senior White House official for the position of ambassador to France has the Kushner family […]

Cardinal rules Catholic youth team can complete season with girls on roster

A Catholic Youth Organization basketball team in New Jersey that made national news when it chose to forfeit its season, rather than kick two girls off the squad, will be allowed to complete its schedule and compete in the playoffs with its roster intact. A group of fifth-graders representing St. John the Apostle in Clark, N.J., had […]

NFL helps promote diversity and equality in ad showing same-sex couples kissing

While some NFL players made their progressive political views front and center last season, the NFL, or at least most of its team owners, propagated conservative causes that may have contributed to the ongoing perception that the league breeds a culture of exclusion and even homophobia. It appears now that the NFL wants to shed that image. […]

Eugenie Bouchard takes fan on date to Nets game after losing Super Bowl bet

John Goehrke has had worse days than the one that unfolded Wednesday. The 20-year-old Chicago resident and University of Missouri student spent the evening in the company of Eugenie Bouchard, taking in a Nets game from courtside seats with the 22-year-old tennis star, who went on a date with him as payment for losing a bet […]

Barack Obama follows one European soccer team on Twitter — and that terrible team is pumped

Former president Barack Obama is a well-known sports fan, so it’s no surprise that when he procured his personal Twitter account in May 2015, he followed a bunch of teams (mainly from Chicago). But there’s one sports team on his list that seems a bit random — the German soccer club SV Darmstadt 98. According to Germany’s Deutsche […]

U-Conn. reportedly talking about rejoining Big East, but there’s just one problem

Connecticut has always been an odd fit in the American Athletic Conference, one of the two conferences that emerged from the ashes of the old Big East. Forced into an all-sports marriage with unfamiliar schools such as Houston, Memphis, Tulane and Southern Methodist because of football, the Huskies resorted to forced rivalries with teams no […]

Tom Izzo wishes he had joined Michigan State’s students in ragging on ESPN’s Dan Dakich

ESPN college basketball analyst/provocateur Dan Dakich was in the house to call Michigan State’s 74-66 home win over Ohio State on Tuesday night, a fact that was readily apparent to the Spartans’ student section. Known as the Izzone after Coach Tom Izzo, the college kids were all over Dakich, chanting “we hate Dakich” during timeouts […]

Don’t mess with Texas, the governor warns the NFL as the state considers a bathroom bill

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants the NFL to keep its nose out of the state’s business, saying that it should “get the heck out of politics” as the state considers a so-called bathroom bill. “The NFL is walking on thin ice right here,” Abbott said on Glenn Beck’s radio show Tuesday. “The NFL needs to […]

Kate Upton scores a three-peat with latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover

The theme of the latest edition of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is same as it ever was, with Kate Upton doing the honors for the third time since 2012. Upton joins Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum as the only women to score a cover three-peat. In two of this year’s three covers, […]

Tom Brady doesn’t realize that not everyone in the NFL can be Tom Brady

Let’s get this out of the way first: Based on everything we know about the guy, Tom Brady is a healthier physical specimen than me, than you, than just about everyone you know. His famous diet — while grounded in what seems to be utter quackery — is undeniably healthy, what with its emphasis on […]

Tiger Woods again calls off a news conference, this time on doctor’s orders

Almost two weeks after Tiger Woods was forced to drop out of a tournament because of back spasms, he canceled a second news conference (in as many days) related to his foundation’s Genesis Open under the advice of his doctors. Woods had moved the news conference at Riviera Country Club from Tuesday to Wednesday before […]

It’s NFL franchise tag season. What exactly does that mean?

Starting Wednesday and lasting through 4 p.m. EST on March 1, NFL teams may apply the franchise tag or transition tag to a select few pending free agents. Here’s everything you need to know about a somewhat complex issue. So why does the franchise tag exist? In theory, it’s to allow the smaller-market teams to […]

Mr. Met lands haymaker as feud with Noah Syndergaard continues

The Mets’ pitchers and catchers have only just reported to camp, and already Noah Syndergaard has taken an “L.” This one came at the tweeting hands of none other than the team’s mascot, Mr. Met, and it represents just the latest salvo in their long-running feud. Mr. Met got the ball troll … er, rolling Monday […]

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