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She once hated playing on grass. Now this American tennis player is ready to conquer Wimbledon.

There was a time early in CoCo Vandeweghe’s tennis career that she strongly disliked playing on grass. Vandeweghe was first exposed to the surface in 2008, when she suffered a straight sets loss in the opening round of the junior Wimbledon championships. That experience led her believe that she would have better luck on the red […]

LeBron James leaning ‘no’ on Rio Olympics, but others are all in

We’re getting a good idea about who is going to suit up for Team USA this summer at the Rio Olympics men’s basketball competition, with names trickling out Thursday ahead of Monday’s final roster announcement. ESPN’s Marc Stein has a bunch of them: ESPN sources say Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has accepted an invitation […]

It’s only one episode in, but Bill Simmons’s new show needs work

It’s the first episode. That’s what I kept telling myself as I watched the premiere of Bill Simmons’s new HBO show, “Any Given Wednesday.” It’s the first episode, so its flaws can be fixed. It’s the first episode, so Simmons will obviously get better acclimated to the 30-minute island the show’s producers mostly have put […]

CM Punk will make his MMA debut Sept. 10 at UFC 203

CM Punk, the popular former WWE superstar, will make his UFC debut in September in a welterweight bout against Mickey Gall. The fight will be part of UFC 203 set for Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, where Stipe Miocic, a Northeast Ohio hero, will make his first heavyweight-title defense in a bout against […]

Oscar Pistorius says the girlfriend he killed would want him to be free

Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic track star who was convicted in the shooting death of his late girlfriend, believes she would not want him to be imprisoned for the crime. Pistorius, who is awaiting sentencing for killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 in South Africa, was found guilty of murder in March. He […]

Nike recalls Wimbledon dress for hasty alterations after players complain

Wimbledon officials are infamously persnickety about what players wear while competing at the event, but this time, the shoe is on the other foot. Or, in this case, the dress is back in the shop for alterations, after complaints that it was too revealing and got in the way during play. The problem is more one for Nike than for […]

Meet the Iceland soccer announcer who shrieked his way into our hearts

Iceland became your new favorite team on Wednesday with its 2-1 win over Austria, ensuring a place in the Euro 2016 knockout round. The newcomers to the world soccer stage needed a very late goal from Arnor Ingvi Traustason to seal the deal, and here’s how it sounded on Icelandic television. The Icelandic commentary for […]

Cowboys’ Dez Bryant accused of trashing his rental house in lawsuit

A state senator in Texas has filed a lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, alleging that he caused more than $60,000 in damages to the home he was renting in DeSoto, Tex. The house was “littered with trash and feces, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting” after Bryant moved […]

Ben Affleck dropped f-bombs, ranted about Deflategate on Bill Simmons’s HBO show

  Bill Simmons’s new show, “Any Given Wednesday,” had its debut on, um, Wednesday, and let’s just say that he and his guests are taking full advantage of HBO’s freedom to swear. Well, at least Ben Affleck did, in a lengthy rant about Deflategate that featured more f-bombs than Bill Belichick owns hoodies (okay, bad comparison — for […]

Jimmy Butler to his ‘brother’ Derrick Rose: ‘You taught me so much’

Jimmy Butler paid tribute to his Chicago Bulls teammate Derrick Rose on Instagram Wednesday, hours after news emerged that Rose had been traded to the New York Knicks. In the post, he thanked the veteran guard and wished him luck with his new team. “My point guard, my brother: you taught me so much since I came […]

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez verbally agree to fight — eventually

The good news is that a fight between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, arguably the matchup boxing fans most want to see, has been agreed upon. The bad news is that there is no contract, and the fight won’t even take place until fall 2017. That means, of course, that it may never […]

Irish fans are charming their way through Euro 2016 with song and good deeds

With the European Championship being contested in France, thousands of Irish fans have traveled to the country to cheer on their side. Whereas the thought of hordes of soccer fans descending on foreign towns can conjure up shudders (think: hooliganism), green-clad Ireland supporters seem to have led something of a charm offensive. All that good karma […]

Adorable ‘Mini Thor’ throws out first pitch at Mets game

Before Noah Syndergaard pitched the Mets past the Royals on Wednesday at Citi Field, 5-year-old Ashtin Gerberg did an admirable impression of the right-hander with the flowing blonde locks known as Thor. Gerberg, a.k.a. Mini Thor, sported a No. 34 jersey with ‘Mini Thor’ on the back and similar hair. His ceremonial first pitch from the mound looked […]

Your new favorite team, Iceland, is moving on to Euro 2016 knockout round

Iceland — tiny, sea-surrounded Iceland, population 331,000 — is going to the knockout round of its first major tournament after its 2-1 win over Austria in Euro 2016 Group F play on Wednesday in Paris. Arnor Ingvi Traustason scored the game-winner deep into stoppage time, finishing a last-ditch 3-on-2 off a pass from Teddy Bjarnason. […]

Cavs fans are doing terrifying things to watch the victory parade

Seemingly everyone in northeastern Ohio is at the Cavaliers’ victory parade Wednesday in Cleveland, and so things got a little crowded along the route. Wow! — Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) June 22, 2016 But when you wait 52 years for a professional sports title, you get creative. What in the … Fans line the rooftop […]

Of course J.R. Smith is shirtless at the Cavs’ victory parade

Come on, you didn’t expect J.R. Smith to put on a shirt during the Cavaliers’ victory parade on Wednesday afternoon, did you? JR SMITH. @sportingnews — Sean Gentille (@seangentille) June 22, 2016 #ShirtlessForCLE — SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) June 22, 2016 J.R. Show More Summary

Johnny Manziel escapes serious injury after hit-and-run accident in Dallas

Johnny Manziel, the free agent quarterback who has generated more headlines for his fun-loving ways than for football, was involved a hit-and-run auto accident this week in Dallas. “His car was T-boned and the other driver left the scene,” Manziel’s spokesperson, Denise Michaels, told The Post in an email. “No serious injury, I’m told.” Senior […]

LeBron James says he has ‘no plans’ to leave Cavaliers ‘at this point’

LeBron James can opt out of his Cavaliers contract if he wants to and, given his history of leaving Cleveland, don’t think the temporarily happy people in that city aren’t thinking about it. But James did what he could to calm everyone’s nerves before the Cavaliers’ victory parade started Wednesday. “I love it here. I […]

President Obama gets retirement tips from Derek Jeter

President Obama sat down with former Yankees star Derek Jeter for an interview under Jeter’s Players Tribune banner. The whole thing went live Wednesday: There’s little we don’t know about Obama at this point in his presidency, and he mostly goes over well-trod ground here about his childhood and whatnot (Jeter isn’t exactly David Frost, […]

The Cavs solved the NBA title puzzle. Literally.

The Cavaliers celebrated with two trophies on Sunday night after they won the NBA title: The Larry O’Brien Trophy, given to the NBA champions, and this secret one they kept under wraps until the championship was theirs: Cavs had a 16 piece puzzle made of the NBA Finals Trophy. After every win a player added […]

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