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Ryan Shazier visits Steelers practice for first time since spinal surgery

While the Steelers are preparing to host the Jaguars on Sunday in a playoff game, on Wednesday they had a much more welcome guest: Ryan Shazier. Pittsburgh’s injured linebacker was on hand for a team practice for the first time since undergoing spinal stabilization surgery over a month ago. Shazier, who has attended a Steelers game and […]

Texas rallies around guard Andrew Jones after leukemia diagnosis

Texas guard Andrew Jones has leukemia, his family announced Wednesday. “After undergoing a number of tests and evaluations over the past week, Andrew has been diagnosed with leukemia,” Jones’s family said in a statement released through the school. “He has begun treatments, and we hope everyone will keep him in your thoughts and prayers. This […]

Despite all the bad news, poll shows football still is America’s favorite sport by a wide margin

American football, or at least the professional version of it, is in a rut. The NFL’s TV ratings have tanked (college football’s regular season ratings declined, as well, though Monday night’s national title game put up some good numbers). No one knows what a catch is, and most everyone agrees that instant replay needs fixing. […]

This is the story of Georgia’s national title win over Alabama. You read that right.

Oh, Georgia. Poor, suffering, blew-a-13-point-second-half-lead, Georgia: How close you were to a College Football Playoff national championship. You were an overtime away, an impossible 41 yards (on second down and 26) away, what would have been a #collegekickers 58-yard field goal away. You were so close, the dozens of sportswriters at Mercedes-Benz Stadium had written […]

Serena Williams poses for Vogue with her baby, tells scary story of childbirth complications

The image on the cover of the February issue of Vogue features Serena Williams proudly showing off her adorable daughter. The story she tells of the changes wrought on her life by the arrival of Alexis Olympia, whom she calls by her middle name and husband Alexis Ohanian refers to as Junior, are sweet, but […]

Can Norv Turner get Cam Newton and the Panthers back on track?

The Carolina Panthers fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula on Wednesday, three days after their first-round playoff exit. Speculation on Shula’s replacement almost immediately centered on Norv Turner, who has been out of coaching since he resigned as the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator midway through the 2016 season. Show More Summary

Bruce Arians says Nick Saban ‘covets’ the Giants’ job, but why would he leave Alabama?

The annual Grumors carousel has ground to a halt with the hiring of Jon Gruden in Oakland and, since Nick Saban has won another college football championship, it’s time to think about just what Saban might do for an encore. Conveniently, there happens to be a plum opening with the New York Giants, a team […]

Bills GM says alleged racial slur by Richie Incognito was ‘a misunderstanding’

Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said Tuesday that a Jacksonville player’s accusation that Buffalo offensive lineman Richie Incognito made a racial slur during a postseason game stemmed from “a misunderstanding.” The Jaguars’ Yannick Ngakoue had stood by his assertion Monday, although he declined to specify what he heard Incognito say. Show More Summary

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown says Trump is ‘unfit to lead’ and has emboldened racists

Jaylen Brown may have a quiet personality, but he’s not afraid to speak his mind. In a wide-ranging interview published Tuesday by The Guardian, the Boston Celtics’ second-year swingman talked about racism in America, and he made it clear that he’s no fan of President Trump. “Trump has made it a lot more acceptable for racists to speak […]

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball combine for 29 points during pro debuts in Lithuania

They were not balling on the biggest stage, but LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball were on brand in their professional debuts Tuesday in Lithuanian. The pair combined for 29 points against another Lithuanian team’s under-18 squad, with 16-year-old LaMelo Ball showing the highs and lows of his tantalizing game while 19-year-old LiAngelo Ball demonstrated a far lower […]

Penn State settles lawsuit with man claiming molestation by Jerry Sandusky

Penn State recently settled a lawsuit brought by a man who said that he was molested by former Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky when he was 14 years old. The agreement negates a scheduled court proceeding in Philadelphia that would have required Sandusky to be brought over from prison. Sandusky, 73, was moved last […]

World’s worst canoe teammate gets eight-year ban for spiking rival’s drink in Japan

When last we checked on the world of Japanese sprint canoe … okay, maybe we’ve been a little lacking with our Japanese sprint canoe coverage. But now we will attempt to rectify that oversight with a story about a Japanese sprint canoeist who has been banned for eight years after he drugged a rival’s drink, […]

‘I see a Young King!’ LeBron James rips H&M for ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’ hoodie

LeBron James had a strong response to H&M’s online ad that featured a black youngster modeling a sweatshirt reading, “Coolest monkey in the jungle.” The ad appeared on the Swedish clothing retailer’s website in Britain and drew fire immediately, with critics calling it tone deaf and racist. The company apologized and removed the ad and […]

Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough denies yelling expletive about Trump

With the eyes of the sports world focused on the college football championship game, no detail was too small to be overlooked and a clip of an Alabama running back shouting an expletive about President Trump drew a great deal of attention. But Bo Scarbrough denied that he yelled, “F— Trump” as the players walked […]

Cord-cutting: I pulled the plug and kept my live sports. Here’s how.

                    As any fan knows, there are varying and distinct levels of sports allegiance, ones that require varying levels of financial commitment. If checking the standings online every morning is Sports 101, breaking down the pick-and-roll is Basketball 200. Calling out a nickel defense is Football […]

Tom Brady makes curious attempt to shoot down ESPN story: ‘Everyone has different truths’

Seth Wickersham’s Patriots story last week, which detailed alleged fissures in the foundation of the longtime NFL dynasty, centered in part on New England’s trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The deal, which sent Garoppolo to the 49ers in exchange for a mere second-round draft pick, left Coach Bill Belichick “furious and demoralized” and some […]

An Alabama player celebrated the national championship with a marriage proposal

For Bradley Bozeman, there was more riding on Alabama’s game against Georgia than a mere national college football championship. If the Crimson Tide were to win, Bozeman was going to propose to his girlfriend, former Alabama basketball player Nikki Hegstetter. If not, well, the offensive lineman was going to wait a day. Luckily, Bozeman got […]

Who is Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and why wasn’t he playing all season?

Sometimes, it pays to wait and watch, biding your time until you can show the world just what you can do. For Tua Tagovailoa, his chance came on college football’s biggest stage, when Alabama Coach Nick Saban decided at halftime to replace quarterback Jalen Hurts with his freshman from Hawaii, a guy who had been offered a scholarship […]

Alabama’s dominant recruiting translates into a constantly rolling Tide

A lot can happen in the 236 days between Monday night, when Alabama beat Georgia for its fifth national title in nine seasons, and Sept. 1, when the Crimson Tide begins its championship defense against Louisville in Orlando. Some underclassmen will declare for the NFL draft. Others will transfer. An assistant coach or two could […]

Georgia’s blown lead inspired so many Atlanta Falcons comparisons

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A football team from Georgia held a double-digit lead midway through the third quarter of a championship game, and then proceeded to blow the advantage and lose in overtime to its sport’s reigning dynasty. Yup, Monday’s College Football Playoff championship game took plenty of surprising turns, but ultimately, […]

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