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Phil Mickelson reportedly the source of nearly $3 million tied to money-laundering scheme

For the golfing world, June is associated with the U.S. Open. This time of year is also starting to become associated with stories about shady financial dealings linked to Phil Mickelson. Last year, the five-time major champion was teeing off at the U.S. Open just as the New York Times clarified that earlier reports about him being investigated for […]

Dwyane Wade opts out of contract with Heat, becomes free agent

Longtime Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not pick up the option on his contract for next season, automatically making him a free agent, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported on Monday afternoon. Dwyane Wade will not pick up his player option for next year & instead become a free agent, source tells ESPN — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) […]

Kings terminate Mike Richards’ contract, ending their rocky relationship

The Los Angeles Kings have terminated the contract of center Mike Richards, an awkward end to their relationship with 30-year-old Canadian. Reasons for the termination are not quite clear, other than “a material breach of the requirements” as cited by the team. “We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for […]

Someone at the U.S. House edited Frank Kaminsky’s Wikipedia page to deem him ‘Stanky Franky’

Frank Kaminsky is probably so popular in Wisconsin that he could be governor. But that love doesn’t extend to the District, it seems. There’s at least one person on Capitol Hill who has a less-than-savory opinion about the former Badger center turned Charlotte Hornets lottery pick. There’s a Twitter account, @congress-edits, that tracks when a […]

Organizers unveil $4.6B plan to bring 2024 Olympics to Boston

Despite recent backlash from local residents, bid organizers are continuing their push for Boston to host the 2024 Olympics, which would bring the Summer Games back to the United States for the first time in 28 years. On Monday morning, those efforts were translated into a $4.6 billion plan unveiled by the city’s group of Olympic planners, led by bid […]

Former Florida State mascot dies after gumbo argument leads to stabbing

The man who portrayed Osceola at Florida State from 2004 to 2007 died Thursday from injuries he suffered during an argument over a gumbo recipe. Here’s the Tallahassee Democrat: Caleb Joshua Halley was stabbed at a seafood restaurant by his coworker 26-year-old Orlando Thompson, who has been arrested on charges of manslaughter by the Panama […]

Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan announces he’ll retire after next season

Bo Ryan, who found coaching success at two levels of college basketball and transformed Wisconsin into one of the nation’s top programs, will retire after next season, he announced Monday. Statement from #Badgers head coach Bo Ryan More Summary

Watch J.J. Watt wreck a stage-crasher at a Zac Brown Band concert

Crashing the stage is dumb at any concert. Crashing the stage is really, really dumb at a concert where the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt is nearby and has been credentialed as “special security.” Nobody messes with @zacbrownband — JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 29, 2015 This all happened Sunday during the Zac Brown Band’s concert […]

Andy MacPhail will reportedly take over Phillies’ front office

The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to tap Andy MacPhail as the new team president at a press conference Monday afternoon. MacPhail, 62, will reportedly replace Pat Gillick in the front office of the Phillies, who have baseball’s worst record this season at 27-50. Ryne Sandberg resigned as manager Friday in his third season and was […]

Alabama football could be an underdog in 2015

In what has become something of an annual tradition, the Golden Nugget sportsbook on Friday released the initial point spreads for the biggest games of the upcoming college football season. And the biggest news to come out of this, as reported by ESPN’s David Purdum, is that there’s a chance Alabama could be an underdog […]

How U.S.-based Discovery landed the new European Olympic TV deal for just $1.48 billion

Discovery Communications has grabbed the media rights to the next four Olympics — Winter and Summer — for most of Europe, it was announced Monday. The $1.48 billion deal gives Discovery the rights in 50 European countries and territories to broadcast, digital, pay-TV and mobile for the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and […]

Steve Weatherford says comparing Eagles QBs to cars was actually a compliment

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford appeared on CBS Sports Network’s “Boomer and Carlton” radio show Sunday morning, providing his take on the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback situation. Weatherford defended Tim Tebow. Well, sort of. Show More Summary

Notre Dame reportedly will suspend RB Greg Bryant for four games

Greg Bryant, who was Notre Dame’s second-leading rusher in 2014, will be suspended for the first four games of the season for committing a violation of team rules, is reporting. He’ll miss the Fighting Irish’s games against Texas (Sept. 5), Virginia (Sept. 12), Georgia Tech (Sept. 19) and Massachusetts (Sept. 26). Bryant played in […]

Science says NFL schedule-makers hate the Bills, love the Bengals

A research paper presented in February at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference proved what just about every NFL observer has long held as true: Teams that play opponents coming off an extended rest period don’t perform as well. The research, conducted by a team led by University of Buffalo industrial and systems engineering professor […]

Were LeBron James and Kevin Love holding a poolside free agency huddle?

The NBA playoffs are over. The NBA draft is over. That can only mean one thing for the Internet Speculation Machine: Bring on NBA free agency! The biggest real news Sunday was that LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers, becoming an unrestricted free agent. He is widely expected to re-sign with Cleveland, […]

Just Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn practicing sword-fighting

Aaron Rodgers has spent years carving up NFL defenses, but on Sunday we learned that the Packers quarterback has some real sword-fighting skills. Well, at least we learned that he doesn’t mind waving a staff around while his girlfriend, Olivia Munn, shows off some fancy moves with a katana. In video posted to her Instagram account, […]

Watch Alabama’s new kicker drill a 73-yard field goal

Oh good, the Crimson Tide just became more unstoppable. In order to be in scoring position next season, Alabama will only have to drive to around its own 45-yard line. That’s because the Tide now has a kicker who can make field goals from 73 yards away. Okay, Eddy Pineiro did that on a practice field, […]

Bubba Watson schooled a mouthy fan on his way to winning the Travelers Championship

It looked like Bubba Watson was in a tough spot. His drive on the second hole of Sunday’s final round at the Travelers Championship had sailed far to the right of the fairway, landing in some thick rough, with a large tree looming between him and the green. But what one fan at the tournament […]

Watch Kevin Durant crush some kid in pop-a-shot

It was a frustrating season for Kevin Durant, who was limited to just 27 games because of injuries and had to watch his Thunder barely miss the playoffs. However, when he was on the court, Durant was as efficient as ever; in fact, he set a career high in two-point field goal percentage, shooting a robust […]

Kobe Bryant has made teammates cry before, but forgives Larry Nance Jr.’s ‘rapist’ tweet

Kobe Bryant says that he has made other NBA players, including an unspecified former teammate, cry in the past. So it’s a good thing for his newest teammate, Larry Nance Jr., that Bryant appears to be willing to move past an old tweet by the rookie that could have made things very awkward between them. […]

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