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JaVale McGee wants everyone to follow his hairless cat on Instagram

It would appear that former Wizard JaVale McGee has a cat. And not just any old kitty, but a Sphynx cat, which is nearly hairless. We know this because not only has the Dallas Mavericks forward been posting photos of the cat, he has set up “Raja the Sphynx” with his own Instagram account. So […]

Roger Goodell is not ruling out a possible Raiders move to Las Vegas

Officials in Las Vegas plan to build a stadium there and want the Raiders to move into it, but many feel that there’s just one, teensy flaw in that plan: the NFL would never allow one of its teams to relocate to the Mecca of gambling in the U.S. However, when asked about that very […]

Brandon Marshall: ‘I don’t want Kaepernick’ on the Jets

On Tuesday, reports emerged that Colin Kaepernick wanted to leave the San Francisco 49ers and join the New York Jets. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who happens to play for Gang Green, was a guest on ESPN’s “First Take” on Wednesday, and thus well-positioned to offer some public commentary on that news. Marshall’s position? “I don’t want […]

Cam Newton’s customized Curry Two shoes zip open to reveal Superman

Long before Cam Newton started hitting dabs in the end zone, his signature celebration was one in which he mimicked pulling open his jersey, á la Clark Kent revealing the Superman logo beneath his shirt and tie. The Carolina Panthers quarterback has dispensed with even that much subtlety before games, often warming up in a shirt bearing […]

Dana White: Ronda Rousey-Holly Holm rematch would be ‘biggest fight ever in UFC’

When Holly Holm squares off against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March, there will be quite a bit at stake. Not only will Holm’s bantamweight crown be on the line, but a win by her would lead directly to what UFC president Dana White considers the biggest event his company has ever staged. That […]

Lionel Messi’s 500th goal shows off scintillating skill

Lionel Messi scored the 500th goal of his career Wednesday, in Barcelona’s 7-0 trouncing of Valencia in Copa del Rey action. Fittingly, the momentous tally came in scintillating, Messi-like fashion. The Argentinean icon collected a fine back-heel pass from Luis Suarez in the penalty area, then left two defenders on the turf as he dribbled around them […]

Lifetime is actually making a biopic about Kevin Durant’s mother, ‘The Real MVP’

INT. CROWDED PRESS CONFERENCE At the podium, sporting a purple tux, clean, pressed white dress shirt, and black tie with white polka dots sits KEVIN DURANT. He’s tall and lanky and boasts a goatee and a pair of thin-brown glasses. The room, aside from Kevin’s heavy breaths into the microphone, is silent. Tears fill his […]

National Signing Day: The early winners and losers

A look at the early winners and losers from National Signing Day, keeping in mind that it’s still relatively early in the day (so some of the rankings used here might be a little bit different from what you’re seeing). WINNERS 1. Michigan: It was a good day both for the Wolverines’ brand — everyone […]

Broncos’ Antonio Smith learns of his father’s death days before Super Bowl

Just days before the biggest game of his life, Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith learned that his father, who had been incarcerated for more than 20 years, had died. “It’s rough. I just found out this morning,” Smith told Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post. “It was my mom who called and told me. […]

Flames’ Dennis Wideman suspended 20 — yes, 20 — games for flattening official

The NHL has come down hard on Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman, suspending him for 20 games for checking and knocking down linesman Don Henderson. In announcing the suspension, the league cited a rule prohibiting the abuse of officials and noted that, based on Wideman’s annual salary, he will be docked $564,516.20. The incident occurred […]

LeBron James wants Cam Newton to stick to his own league

Maybe someone can get LeBron James and Cam Newton to sit down and straighten out just who is whom. Here’s what we know: James isn’t interested in being the Newton of the NBA and Newton doesn’t want to be the James of the NFL. Got that? James made that abundantly clear Wednesday morning. “I’m the […]

Rashan Gary, nation’s top recruit, picks Michigan on National Signing Day

Rashan Gary, the nation’s consensus top prep football recruit, announced Wednesday that he’ll play college football at Michigan. Gary, a 6-foot-5, 293-pound defensive lineman from Paramus, N.J., chose the Wolverines over Clemson, according to multiple reports, and represents a huge coup for second-year Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh. Show More Summary

The Rams are talking about bringing Peyton Manning to L.A.

The NFL will make a triumphant return to Los Angeles in the fall and just any quarterback won’t do. It’s La-LaLand, Tinseltown, Holleeewood. That team needs a guy with star power. How about Peyton Manning? The Los Angeles Rams, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, have held internal discussions about that very thing — if Manning decides […]

Michigan draws Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Ric Flair to National Signing Day party

Michigan is having a National Signing Day party/1970s-style variety show on Wednesday, because if you want to be the man, you gotta beat the man. Wooooooooooo! Great knows great. Ric Flair: "I'm a big fan."Tom Brady: "I'm a big of yours!" — Brad Galli (@BradGalli) February 3, 2016 Derek, Tom. Tom, Derek. Only in […]

Snapchat just added a really cool feature for NBA, NFL games

According to TechCrunch, Snapchat has decided to throw its hat into the sports mix, as the media company has added Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and various other venues, including Super Bowl 50. The new extension lays a unique filter displaying the current game’s score over users’ photos, thus allowing them to update via their […]

Ben Davis wears Bear Bryant hat, picks Alabama on National Signing Day

Ben Davis’s father went to Alabama and is the Crimson Tide’s all-time leading tackler. So when Wayne Davis’s son — the No. 10 recruit and No. 1 inside linebacker in the country, according to 247 Sports — had to make his college choice, it seemed to be an easy decision. The reactions of the people […]

Ole Miss recruit announces his decision by skydiving

Well this is one way to announce your college decision. It doesn’t involve decoy cakes, but still, good effort. 4-star safety Deontay Anderson skydives his way to a commitment #NationalSigningDay — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 3, 2016 Anderson was ranked as the No. 53 overall recruit and the No. 2 safety in the country by […]

Remember that PSI data the NFL collected? Roger Goodell isn’t going to share it.

The NFL devoted a great deal of energy to monitoring and accumulating data about the PSI level of footballs during the regular season, all presumably in the quest to determine just how DeflateGate came to pass. It measured the inflation of footballs on a random basis before, during and after games, but now, even though […]

Tyrie Cleveland flips from Houston to Florida on National Signing Day

Tyrie Cleveland, the No. 2 wide receiver recruit according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings, switched his commitment from Houston to Florida on National Signing Day. Cleveland attended Westfield High in Houston and gave the Cougars an oral commitment on Dec. 10 before making the late switch. He lived in Jacksonville, Fla., until he was 11 […]

Mercer basketball player shot to death outside Macon convenience store

A Mercer University basketball player was shot to death Tuesday afternoon as he sat in a car outside a Macon, Ga., gas station. The body of Jibri Bryan, 23, was found in a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the college town at around 4 p.m. Another man was shot and critically wounded and Bibb County […]

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