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Come for 1995 courtside footage of Michael Jordan, stay for the way he silences a heckler

Sometimes things take a while to go viral. A case in point would be this video of a Bulls-Cavs game, which was uploaded to YouTube in 2010. But never mind that, it was put together in 1995! 20 years later, the Internet is reveling in footage of Michael Jordan and the 1996-96 Bulls — the squad […]

WWE star Daniel Bryan says his doctors cleared him to wrestle again

WWE crowd favorite Daniel Bryan could be one step closer to returning to the ring after a nearly four-month absence due to injury. On Thursday, the 34-year-old pro-wrestler disclosed to WFAN New York’s Boomer and Craig that he’d suffered a concussion and that his personal doctors have already cleared him for a return. But before fans stretch their arms […]

Fenway Park might host a snowboarding competition, complete with 100-foot ramp

Fenway Park, one of the country’s most venerated baseball stadiums, is tenatively set to get a radical makeover this winter. Gone will be the diamond and in its place will be 100-foot snowboarding ramp, if plans worked out by Fenway Sports Management and the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association on Thursday actually come to fruition. […]

HOF-bound Pedro Martinez is the last in a long line of Jheri-curled athletes

Pedro Martinez is a 1st ballot HOF nominee off the jheri curl alone — Desus Nice (@desusnice) January 6, 2015 Pedro Martinez is a baseball legend for many reasons. His Cy Young awards, his World Series ring, his filthy “stuff” on the mound, and his penchant for confrontation all come to mind. But for […]

Japanese high school baseball player has a must-see at-bat ritual

Every baseball player has his own ritual as he steps up to bat. Some people tap their bats to the in the batter’s box a certain amount of times. Others might stretch their legs or wind their bat up. Well, sorry to say, but we’ve all been watching a bunch of amateurs in MLB. Bryce […]

The 96-year-old archer who won gold at National Senior Games has no plans to retire

To 96-year-old Charlie Edwards, growing older isn’t an excuse to slow down. In fact, for him, it’s all the more motivation to speed up and try new things. That’s why he took up archery at age 92 and, this July, the decorated WWII veteran found himself with a gold medal around his neck at the National Senior […]

Croatia punished for swastika on soccer field

After more than a month of deliberation, European soccer’s governing body has decided to punish the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) for hosting a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy on a field with a swastika etched on it. The punishment, handed down by UEFA’s disciplinary committee on Thursday, is four-pronged. Firstly, the team will lose one point in its Euro […]

Three Louisiana jockeys arrested on race-fixing charges

The three jockeys — Billy Patin, Joseph Patin Jr. and LeSean Conyers — allegedly fixed races on June 19 and July 4 at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., about 2 1/2 hours northwest of New Orleans. “Troopers determined the jockeys willfully schemed to hold back a horse picked as a favorite to win while utilizing […]

Despite DeflateGate, Tom Brady is outselling everyone

In a perfect storm of what likely are Super Bowl and DeflateGate bumps, Tom Brady led all NFL players in merchandise sales this spring, the first time he has topped those rankings. The list, released by the NFL Players Association, is based on total sales of all officially licensed merchandise from March 1 through May […]

Adam Silver: NBA division winners shouldn’t be guaranteed playoff spots

Imagine, for a minute, that an NBA team pulls a Carolina Panthers and wins its division with a losing record. Now imagine that the team wins its division even though it didn’t have one of the top eight records in the conference. Under the league’s current playoff format, that terrible team would be guaranteed no […]

Forget doping, Greg LeMond thinks Tour de France riders could be cheating with tiny motors

Retired cyclist Greg LeMond is used to speaking his mind, especially when it comes to cheating in the sport. The three-time Tour de France champion spoke out about Lance Armstrong long before it was popular to do so and now he’s alleging some cyclists could be gaining an unfair edge in major races like the Tour […]

Steve Spurrier wants to know who you’re calling old

Don’t think for one minute that Steve Spurrier is going anywhere, you insolent whippersnappers. South Carolina’s self-described “ol’ ball coach” would like to de-emphasize the “ol'” part. That much he made clear with the his age — 70 — being a topic of discussion with SEC Media Days this week. “There’s been some questions in the […]

Devils President Lou Lamoriello leaves for Maple Leafs

Lou Lamoriello, who crafted the New Jersey Devils teams that won three Stanley Cups over his 28-year tenure, has resigned as the Devils’ team president to become general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the teams announced Thursday. Lamoriello, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, had been the team’s president […]

Mike Tomlin gets two-year extension from Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had only three head coaches since 1969 and they’re not about to change their commitment to stability now. Mike Tomlin, who succeeded Bill Cowher in 2007, signed a two-year contract extension with the team, one that will last through the 2018 season. “I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike […]

World Cup preliminary draw: Time, TV and analysis

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is still about three years away, but qualifying already is underway in some parts of the world. On Saturday, FIFA will map out qualifying for the rest of the world with the preliminary draw. Where is it? Constantine Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia When is it? Saturday, 10:55 a.m. EDT […]

Ring it out: Leah Still celebrates end of cancer radiation treatment

There have been far too many baby steps to count in the last year, but Leah Still took a big leap Wednesday in her battle with cancer. The 5-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still rang a bell to celebrate her final day of radiation treatment for the Stage 4 pediatric cancer she […]

Joe Theismann is sick of waiting for a Tom Brady decision

America, Joe Theismann speaks for you. NFL fans may disagree on Tom Brady’s role in DeflateGate, but there’s growing unanimity on another front. Theismann, the former NFL quarterback, wonders just why it is taking Roger Goodell so long to consider Brady’s appeal of the four-game suspension the quarterback was given (by Roger Goodell, after all). The […]

FIFA questions why Russia punished black player who responded to racism

During a Russian Premier League game on Friday, FC Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong — who is black — responded with an angry gesture toward Spartak Moscow fans who were racially taunting him. In response, the Russian Football Union suspended Frimpong for two games. As for Spartak Moscow? It was fined the equivalent of $350 … […]

Colin Cowherd isn’t burning bridges as he leaves ESPN

Three of ESPN’s biggest names are leaving the network, either by management’s plan or by theirs, and one of them finally has spoken about the upheaval in Bristol, Conn. So far this summer, ESPN has parted with Bill Simmons and Colin Cowherd and will part soon with Keith Olbermann, saving about $10 million as it […]

NFL, Tom Brady reportedly have had fruitless settlement talks

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio seems to have found one reason for the Deflategate delay: The league and Brady’s representatives have engaged in settlement talks, according to a league source. But alas, they’ve gone nowhere and aren’t expected to go anywhere, with Brady’s camp insisting that his four-game suspension over his alleged role in deflating […]

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