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Illinois to broadcast NCAA football games in Mandarin

There are 43,603 students at the University of Illinois. Around 10 percent of those students hail from China. So what better way to get those students excited about Fighting Illini football than by broadcasting home games in Mandarin. That’s exactly what Illinois will do this year with David He, a sophomore majoring in recreation, sport […]

RIP Chocolate Thunder: Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins dead at 58

Darryl Dawkins, whose rim-shattering dunks and whimsical ways helped buoy the NBA through a period of malaise in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has passed away at 58, according to WFMZ-TV in Allentown, Pa. The station did not report a cause of death. The NBA confirmed the news on Twitter. SAD NEWS: Darryl Dawkins […]

Lionel Messi beats out Cristiano Ronaldo to win best player in Europe award

It was a good day for Lionel Messi on Thursday. Besides witnessing Barcelona get one of the best Champions League draw results at a ceremony in Monaco, the 28-year-old superstar won the European soccer’s two top honors, taking home trophies for both best goal and best player. [Champions League draw: Why Barcelona has an easy […]

Russell Wilson’s ‘Recovery Water’? Here are 9 other bogus athlete endorsements

When Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson awkwardly tweeted — and told Rolling Stone — that a product in which he invests helped him recover from a concussion, most people found the claim laughably ridiculous. Russell Wilson is really trying to sell us on this Recovery Water… — NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) August 26, 2015 For one, […]

Champions League draw: Why Barcelona has an easy path to the knockout round

The Champions League draw took place on Thursday in Monaco. Here are the groupings: The official result of the #UCLdraw — Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 27, 2015 Defending champion Barcelona should have little trouble advancing to the round of 16 as it hunts for its sixth Champions League title. Lionel Messi, Neymar and Co. […]

Ex-L.A. Kings player Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance

Ex-L.A. Kings player Mike Richards has been charged with the possession of a controlled substance in connection to a June 17 incident, during which he was attempting to cross into Canada from Pembina, N.D. Mike Richards charged for Possession of Controlled Substance while entering Canada. To appear in court Sep10/15. No further updates #rcmpmb — RCMP […]

Heisman Trophy 2015: Meet TCU’s Trevone Boykin, animal-rights activist

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin didn’t think much of animal rights, at least until that one trip to McDonald’s and he actually looked at what he was putting in his mouth. “It just did not look right to me,” Boykin told Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel. “The meat didn’t look right.” And so Boykin, […]

Holy Cross football coaches fire up the team by putting on their very own WWE SummerSlam

A fight broke out a Holy Cross football practice on Wednesday. But don’t worry. Unlike the Redskins brawl against the Texans earlier this month, this melee was entirely choreographed thanks to the pro wrestling skills of two coaches — outside linebacker coach Alex Bresner and tight end coach Steve Cully. Also known as “The Marblehead Magician” […]

Australian rugby team to train with the Notre Dame before test match against the U.S.

Rugby union fans hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s best players before the historic Sept. 5 test match between Australia’s Wallabies and the USA Eagles will get their chance if they live anywhere near South Bend, Ind. Starting Saturday, an extended Australian squad will begin training for the event, as well […]

Bill Simmons doesn’t like Roger Goodell. Turns out, he doesn’t care for Steve Ballmer either.

Bill Simmons is ramping up his social-media presence as his return to the podcast marketplace on Oct. 1 inches closer. You’ll never guess whom he’s taking down now. Go ahead, guess. … … … Okay, I’ll end the suspense. It’s Roger Goodell. [Bill Simmons is back … with a new podcast] But Simmons also has […]

Usain Bolt wins 200-meter world championship with ease, beating Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt had few problems winning the 200-meter title at the track and field world championships Thursday in Beijing, jumping out to a huge lead after 120 meters and easing past the finish line to take his fourth consecutive gold medal in the event. 200 podium Gold Usain Bolt 19.55 Silver Justin Gatlin 19.74 Bronze Anaso Jobodwana 19.87 […]

Ex-girlfriend says in lawsuit that Bulls’ Derrick Rose and friends gang-raped her

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, a three-time NBA all-star and the 2011 MVP, is being sued by a former girlfriend who claims he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her in August 2013, TMZ is reporting. Here are the details via TMZ: The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says she and Rose dated from 2011 […]

49ers’ Ahmad Brooks charged with sexual battery; ex-49er Ray McDonald indicted for rape of same woman

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor sexual battery on an intoxicated woman, stemming from a December incident. That alleged incident took place at the home of former 49er Ray McDonald, who was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly raping the same woman. The developments at the Santa Clara County (Calif.) […]

Khloe Kardashian sets off fireworks for boyfriend James Harden’s birthday, angers people trying to sleep

Given that Khloe Kardashian and James Harden, as breathlessly reported in this space two months ago, are an item, it only made sense for the reality-TV star to throw the Rockets guard quite the 26th birthday bash Tuesday night. There were plenty of famous folks in attendance, and the event, held on a barge near the Los Angeles […]

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant discuss their feud on a podcast

They say that if things didn’t end badly, they wouldn’t end at all, and so it was with the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant partnership. After four trips to the NBA Finals, and a stretch of three straight championships, tensions between the pair of Los Angeles Lakers superstars boiled over, and O’Neal was traded to the Miami […]

IK Enemkpali punched a man in 2011 who had catfished him as a woman

Several years before IK Enemkpali punched New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, he had slugged an off-duty police officer while at Louisiana Tech. On Tuesday, we learned that, later in his college career, Enemkpali punched another person, under decidedly unusual circumstances. As reported by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Enemkpali was lured to a house in order […]

Russell Wilson introduces us to the one, true miracle cure: ‘NanoBubbles’!

Over the course of human history, people have been promised to be cured of their ills by a variety of elixirs. But inevitably, these miracle tonics are exposed as so many variations on snake oil. However, in what has to be considered a development with major implications for mankind, a miracle cure has emerged — […]

Mother forced to buy ticket for her baby after Barcelona refuses to let infant enter stadium

A mother in Spain is livid after officials at Camp Nou, the stadium in which Barcelona plays, demanded she purchase a ticket for her 10-month-old baby who was to sit in her lap. “We bought six tickets online,” Roso Castellsagues wrote in an editorial published Tuesday in Spain’s El Periodico de Catalunya, noting the tickets were to cover four […]

Why Rafael Nadal was playing strip tennis in New York

Rafael Nadal’s record may be faltering in terms of Grand Slams, but the 29-year-old Spaniard’s “strip tennis” game is on lock. Intrigued? Read on. To celebrate the launch of his new, slightly NSFW Tommy Hilfiger underwear campaign, the king of clay took to the hard courts of New York City’s Bryant Park to party with the […]

Worker dies after tumbling 50 feet from roof of new Vikings stadium

A construction worker died after falling 50 feet off the roof and into a snow gutter on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis on Wednesday, the Star Tribune reports. A second man was also injured and remains in serious condition at a local hospital, however, how he got hurt is unclear, according to Mortenson Construction, the general […]

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