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Nike unveils UNC-themed Jordans ahead of Sweet 16 game with Wisconsin

What’s blue and white and has a huge sturgeon-faced Rameses covering the whole of one side? If you guessed the newest University of North Carolina-themed Nike Air Jordan sneakers then congratulations — you’re right. If you didn’t, then close your eyes because once you’ve seen these bad boys, your retinas might very well retreat into the darker […]

North Carolina Coach Dean Smith left every player he coached $200 in his will

Legendary former North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith, who died Feb. 7, loved his players as much as he loved the game. Amazingly, he’s even managed to demonstrate this posthumously by apparently sending each of them a check for $200 with the message “Enjoy dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.” A tweet showing […]

NCAA voices concern after Indiana enacts bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers

The NCAA issued a statement Thursday saying it would “closely examine the implications” of a bill signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that allows the state’s businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” “The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an […]

NHL broadcaster Nick Boynton reportedly bit a police officer in Buffalo casino scuffle

Ever since he retired from the NHL to take a job on the Arizona Coyotes’ broadcast team, Nick Boynton has relied on this mouth to make money. But on Wednesday, his mouth — and more accurately, his teeth — may have gotten him in trouble when reportedly bit a police officer during a casino scuffle […]

March Sadness? More people watched meaningless bowl games than many NCAA tournament games

In 2010, the NCAA opted out of its 11-year, $6 billion NCAA tournament television deal with CBS, which went into effect in 2003. Such opt-out clauses are fairly common, and the NCAA chose to do so believing that television sports giant ESPN would enter the new negotiations and drive up the price. ESPN did take […]

Bomb threat evacuates courthouse at Aaron Hernandez murder trial

Updated, 12:43 p.m.: ESPN’s Michele Steele, who is at the courthouse, reports Hernandez has been moved from the courthouse to a “secure location” per usual procedure. Told Aaron Hernandez is no longer in the building, like other incarcerated defendants, he's being transported to secure location — Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) March 26, 2015 The trial has […]

Manny Pacquiao is dealing with leg cramps while prepping for Floyd Mayweather fight

Cramps may not sound like a serious problem, but as LeBron James taught us last year, they can be debilitating to athletes. And unfortunately for Manny Pacquiao, he’s currently feeling the ailment’s pains. “There’s no magic cure for it,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach told Yahoo Sports reporter Kevin Iole. “We’re doing what we can do. […]

Europe wants one more of its teams in the 2018 World Cup

If all goes as planned for European soccer officials, the continent will field at least 15 teams in the 2018 World Cup. That includes host country Russia, which is granted an automatic place in what has traditionally been a 32-team tournament, as well as a more controversial proposition — that UEFA deserves to enter at least one […]

Oddsmakers: Kentucky would be underdog against greatest NCAA teams of the past

Kentucky would seal its place in NCAA basketball history by winning the national title, becoming the first college team to finish the season undefeated since Indiana in 1976. But how would this year’s Wildcats stack up against some of those all-time great teams? According to gambling experts, not that great, at least in terms of […]

Will Tiger Woods play at the Masters? His buddy Notah Begay says it’s ’50-50?

After a disastrous start to the season in which he missed the cut in one event and withdrew from another before it even began, Tiger Woods is taking a break from competitive golf, saying in February that his game was not where he wanted it to be. He set no timetable for his return, leading […]

West Virginia is talking all sorts of trash before Sweet 16 game with Kentucky

West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr., tell us your thoughts on your Sweet 16 matchup with undefeated Kentucky. “Salute to them getting up to 36-0, but tomorrow they’re gonna be 36-1. They’re gonna be 36-1.” Ah, so you’re confident. Do you have anything else to say? “I don’t think they’ve played a team like […]

Australia dominates India, will face co-host New Zealand in Cricket World Cup final

Australia scored a dominant 95-run win over defending champion India in the Cricket World Cup semifinals on Thursday in Sydney, earning a place in Sunday’s final against New Zealand, its fellow co-host. The Aussies will be going for their fifth world title, while the Kiwis are shooting for their first after falling in the semifinals […]

Nike renews deal with U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin despite past doping ban

According to the BBC, Nike has given a new sponsorship deal to U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, who served a four-year doping ban from 2006 to 2010 but has since returned to become the chief threat to Usain Bolt. The athletic-apparel giant dropped its initial sponsorship of Gatlin in 2006. Other athletes and observers disagree with […]

Randy Gregory, top NFL prospect, failed a marijuana test at the combine

Nebraska defensive lineman Randy Gregory, widely viewed as a top prospect in the upcoming NFL draft, failed a test for marijuana during the league’s scouting combine in February. Gregory told that staying away from pot had “been a struggle” in the past, but that he hadn’t smoked any since December. Gregory blamed the failed test on […]

From excitement to embarrassment, the legend of Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes grows

Wisconsin may have the player of the year in Frank Kaminsky, but the Badger du jour is very much Nigel Hayes. The sophomore forward had already made an off-court name for himself with his testing of a press-conference stenographer — beginning his remarks last weekend by tossing out “cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism” — and then on Wednesday, […]

Let’s all fist-bump over the news that Leah Still’s cancer is in remission

Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still has been using social media to provide regular updates on his young daughter’s battle with cancer. Back in June, Leah Still was given just over a 50 percent chance of survival, and she had to undergo several rounds of chemotherapy. Before one of those treatment sessions, Still posted this video of […]

Old Dominion hits ridiculous shot, hands Murray State another brutal loss

You have to feel bad for Murray State. Unless, of course, you’re an Old Dominion fan. Actually, even then, it’s okay to feel a little bit bad for the Kentucky school. Murray State was ousted from the NIT Wednesday night on an absolutely ludicrous three-pointer by ODU’s aptly named Trey Freeman, whose banked-in buzzer-beater won […]

Caroline Wozniacki: ‘I didn’t know how strong I was’ until breakup with Rory McIlroy

Caroline Wozniacki had formed quite the power couple with Rory McIlroy, but her cozy world received a powerful jolt when the golfer not only abruptly broke off their engagement last May, but did so after wedding invitations had been mailed out. But the Danish tennis star has more than rebounded from that heartbreak — not to mention […]

Andrew McCutchen cuts off his dreadlocks, will sell them for charity

On Wednesday morning, we got an ominous message from Andrew McCutchen, via a video posted to his Twitter account. “This secret has been weighing on me for a long time,” the 2013 National League MVP said, a Pirates hat perched atop his familiar dreadlocks. But we would have to wait until noon for the suspense to end. The […]

Michigan center quits football over concussion concerns

The former starting center for the Michigan Wolverines has echoed the concerns of former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. Like Borlund, Jack Miller says he has retired from football because he fears future repercussions from repeat concussions sustained in the game. “I know I’ve had a few (concussions) and it’s nice walking away before things […]

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