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Kings troll Lakers fans by asking about L.A. rookies ‘Shawn Carter’ and ‘Ned Stark’

When you’re the Sacramento Kings, you take your victories where you can. Especially when those victories come against a certain, vastly more glamorous and popular franchise to the south. And sure, it wasn’t a big win given that it took place not just in the context of NBA Summer League, but away from the actual on-court […]

Michael Vick thinks Colin Kaepernick should ‘cut his hair’ and be ‘presentable’

Michael Vick knows a thing or two about trying to get back into the NFL. The reasons for his unemployment were, of course, far different than those of Colin Kaepernick, but Vick offered this piece of advice Monday to the ex-49ers quarterback: Tame your hair. Along with his growing interest in social issues in 2015, Kaepernick […]

‘It’s very heartbreaking’: Cowboys player says his dog is being held for ransom

Lucky Whitehead has only had his dog for a couple of months or so, but as any dog lover knows, that’s more than enough time to establish a deep, mutual bond. So it’s not hard to imagine how upset the Cowboys wide receiver is that his pooch, Blitz, was recently stolen from his home. To […]

Surprise! The Houston Rockets are for sale.

Houston Rockets chief executive Tad Brown on Monday told reporters at a news conference that owner Leslie Alexander is putting the team up for sale. The unexpected announcement, which reportedly even caught people within the organization by surprise, comes less than two weeks after the Rockets signed James Harden to the biggest contract extension in NBA […]

Roger Federer’s Wimbledon celebration was lit, and so was he

His preparation is legendary and now we’re learning that his celebration is, too. After winning his 19th Grand Slam with his eighth Wimbledon singles title, Roger Federer let his hair down and, with his 36th birthday bearing down next month, he paid the price. What was Fed drinking? What wasn’t Fed drinking? “Yeah, my head’s ringing,” he said […]

Former Panthers players don’t seem too upset that the team fired GM Dave Gettleman

In a stunning move that comes nine days before players report to training camp, the Carolina Panthers announced Monday that Dave Gettleman is out as the team’s general manager, effective immediately. “After much thought and a long evaluation of our football operations, I have decided to relieve Dave Gettleman of his duties as general manager,” […]

You say Paterno, I say Pacino: HBO gets coach’s look right in upcoming film about scandal

Al Pacino will play the late Joe Paterno in an HBO movie about the former Penn State football coach’s role in the sexual abuse scandal involving his longtime assistant, Jerry Sandusky. While HBO hasn’t announced a release date for the film based on Joe Posnanski’s 2012 biography of Paterno, the network released a photo of […]

Shaq drops a challenge for LaVar Ball by lip-syncing to Carrie Underwood

Shaquille O’Neal — that’s Dr. Shaquille O’Neal to you — wants a piece of the LaVar Ball smacktalk action and he’s going about it in a rather bizarre way. In an Instagram post, he challenges the mouthy father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — the father who famously said he could beat (ahem) […]

Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott reportedly involved in an incident in a Dallas bar

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, whose behavior is under investigation by the NFL, has drawn unwanted attention because of an incident Sunday night in a Dallas bar. Dallas police say that they were summoned to Clutch Bar at around 9:40 p.m. CDT because a 30-year-old patron said he had been physically assaulted by an […]

Big3 lands in Philadelphia, but Allen Iverson doesn’t play

Sixers legend Allen Iverson returned to Philadelphia on Sunday to lead his 3’s Company team against Julius Erving’s Tri-State squad in Big3 basketball action. While the 42-year-old Iverson hadn’t played much in the first three games of Ice Cube’s three-on-three league, fans at Wells Fargo Center figured they’d at least have the chance to see […]

Catch of the year? Jackie Bradley Jr. robs Aaron Judge in Boston’s shutout win

With one on, one out and the Red Sox leading the Yankees, 3-0, in the top of the eighth inning at Fenway Park on Sunday, New York rookie Aaron Judge made a bid to make it a one-run game. Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had other ideas. Judge, who leads the majors in homers […]

LaVar Ball says son Lonzo is showing shoe brands ‘what they could have had’

If the $495 Big Baller Brand ZO2 shoes make another appearance on Lonzo Ball’s feet in the NBA Summer League, it won’t be until Monday’s championship game. Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers rookie and No. 2 overall draft pick, ditched his signature shoe for a pair of Nikes on Wednesday and had the best game of his young […]

Nelson Cruz pretends to charge the mound after getting plunked by former teammate

During the first inning of Sunday’s Mariners-White Sox game in Chicago, White Sox lefty Derek Holland plunked Seattle slugger Nelson Cruz in the hip with a curveball. Cruz started walking to first base before turning toward Holland and acting as if he were about to charge the mound. Holland didn’t flinch and broke into a […]

Texans rookie D’Onta Foreman arrested on drug and weapon charges

Houston Texans rookie running back D’Onta Foreman was arrested on drug and weapons charges early Sunday morning in Austin. In a statement issued to the Austin American-Statesman, University of Texas Police Department spokeswoman Cindy Posey said officers responded to a 12:24 a.m. report of the smell of marijuana coming from three occupied vehicles near a residence […]

Johnny Manziel says he’s ‘hopeful’ he’ll get another shot in the NFL

Johnny Manziel. Remember him? Despite not playing in the NFL since 2015 due to poor performance and string of personal problems, the 24-year-old ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback is hoping that a team might give him another shot. “Right now, I’m hopeful. Show More Summary

‘I missed my nap for this’: 101-year-old sprinter breaks 100-meter dash record

Julia "Hurricane" Hawkins swept through the 100m in 40.12, setting her second pending ???? record in less than one month??The 101-year-old said she "missed my nap for this," and looks like the ???? was well worth it! • #usatfmasterstrack #usatf #trackandfield #tracknation #goals #lsu #track #running #motivation A post shared by USATF (@usatf) on Jul […]

What do you do when your ball lands in the stands? Golfer Kelly Kraft just took the shot.

Golfer Kelly Kraft made one of the best recovery shots imaginable at Saturday’s John Deere Classic. After teeing off on the par-5 17th hole at TPC Deere Run, Kraft found his ball high up in the grandstands. He opted not to take a penalty by dropping it back on the ground, however, instead deciding to […]

Russian police promise to ‘rigidly’ punish ‘half-naked’ fans at World Cup

Call it the actual fashion police. On Thursday, a top official in Russia’s Ministry of the Internal Affairs, which controls the country’s police force, declared plans to crack down on semi-nudity during the World Cup. “There will be no half-naked...Show More Summary

As Chris Froome recaptures yellow at the Tour de France, Fabio Aru hasn’t lost hope

No one expected Chris Froome to attempt to wrestle back the yellow jersey from Fabio Aru on Saturday — not even the Team Sky superstar, who lost the general classification lead Thursday, after uncharacteristically running out of gas on the final ascent. “I never thought I’d get the jersey back on a stage like today,” Froome […]

Terrell Owens says he wants to play in Ice Cube’s Big3 basketball league

Get your popcorn ready, folks. Terrell Owens wants to make his athletic comeback as a player in Big3 basketball league, and he’s taking his case directly to co-founder Ice Cube. In a video interview with TMZ Sports, released Saturday, Owens pleaded on camera for help in acquiring the rapper-actor’s contact information, saying, “I tried to get into […]

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