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Indy 500 pole winner robbed at gunpoint at Taco Bell after qualifying run

Mere hours after winning the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Scott Dixon was robbed at gunpoint at a Taco Bell drive-through about a half-mile from the track in Indianapolis, according to Fox 59. Former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti and Dixon’s wife Emma Davies-Dixon were also in the car at the time of the […]

‘You can’t replace a brain’: Ben Roethlisberger urges players to self-report concussions

Late in the fourth quarter of a close game at Seattle in November 2015, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told his team’s medical staff that he was having issues with his peripheral vision after taking a hit to the head. Roethlisberger went to the locker room for an exam, was diagnosed with a concussion and did not […]

LeBron James exchanges words with heckling fan, calls out reporter after Game 3 loss

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James didn’t play well in Sunday’s stunning 111-108 loss to the Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The four-time MVP scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting and was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, as Cleveland blew a 21-point, third-quarter lead to ruin its perfect 10-0 record this […]

Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia says his family was threatened after Gregg Popovich’s rant

The day after Spurs star Kawhi Leonard sprained his left ankle when he attempted a jumper and landed on Warriors center Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich ranted about Pachulia’s history of similar plays. While Leonard sat out Games 2 and 3 and is questionable […]

Euroleague team celebrates championship by cutting off player’s man bun

Fenerbahçe Istanbul defeated Olympiacos Piraeus, 80-64, to win its first Euroleague title on Sunday. Luigi “Gigi” Datome, who played briefly in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics, finished with 11 points and six rebounds for Fenerbahçe, but lost his man bun during the team’s postgame celebration as the result of a bet. Former Atlanta […]

‘Great guy’ Phil Kessel follows roadside assist with a goal in Penguins’ rout

Nick Bonino almost didn’t didn’t make it to Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena in time for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Senators on Sunday. Frankly, the Penguins, who won 7-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the series, probably would’ve fared just fine without him. Bonino’s truck broke down en route to […]

Calvin Johnson says Lions should have treated him better when he retired in 2016

Speaking at his annual “Catching Dreams” football camp Saturday outside of Detroit, former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson said Marshawn Lynch’s decision to return to the NFL after a one-year hiatus hasn’t caused him to reconsider his own retirement. Johnson, 31, walked away from football after the 2015 season due to numerous injuries. He’s enjoying life […]

Brewers throw shade at Cubs for postponing game that could’ve been played

The Chicago Cubs might want to find a new weather app before the Milwaukee Brewers return to Wrigley Field for a makeup game on July 6. Perhaps Brewers general manager David Stearns could recommend a good one. Stearns was steamed after the Cubs decided Saturday morning to postpone that afternoon game between the teams due to the […]

Andre Agassi will coach Novak Djokovic at the French Open

Less than three weeks after Novak Djokovic parted ways with his entire training staff, including his coach of 11 years, Marian Vajda, the No. 2 men’s tennis player in the world announced that he is teaming with a former star in an effort to reclaim the top spot. Djokovic, who turns 30 on Monday, said Sunday that 47-year-old Andre […]

Swiss cycling team staff banned from Tour of California for dumping septic tank waste along highway

Pro cycling road races can do a lot for towns that fall along their routes. For instance, in 2014, when the Tour de France departed from Yorkshire, England, it generated revenues totaling nearly $220 million, according to Sky Sports. But on Friday, when the Tour of California spun through Big Bear Lake, about two hours […]

‘I haven’t been fourth in a long time’: LeBron James comments on MVP snub

LeBron James isn’t used to being overlooked. And not just because he’s 6-foot-8. In his 14-season career, he’s earned numerous accolades, including four NBA MVP awards. This year, however, he won’t win another. The 32-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers star, who appears to be breezing his way into another NBA Finals, didn’t even make the three-man shortlist. While that […]

Indy 500 qualifying leader Sebastien Bourdais ‘awake & alert’ after fiery crash

Things began very well on Saturday for Sebastien Bourdais, who set an average speed of more than 231 mph across his first two laps of the Indianapolis 500 qualifying race. Bourdais wouldn’t complete his third lap, however, after he lost control of his vehicle, which smashed into one of the track’s safety walls, causing a […]

Legendary former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda hospitalized

Longtime Los Angeles Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener did not disclose the 89-year-old’s condition to the L.A. Times,...Show More Summary

Nine months after the Rio Olympics, a new problem emerges — defective medals

The Rio Olympics experienced their fair share of problems last summer (green pool water, controversial boxing judges, basic plumbing). Now nearly nine months after the Games ended, it looks like organizers in Rio de Janeiro are still experiencing some hiccups. The latest issue has to do with medals handed out to more than 130 winners —  they’re rusting, chipping or […]

Finnish paper trolls Sweden ahead of world hockey semifinal with Ikea-inspired instructions

It turns out Ikea instructions aren’t always easy to follow. If they were, perhaps Team Finland would’ve emerged victorious on Saturday when it met Sweden in a World Hockey Championship semifinal. In one of the more creative efforts to troll another team that the sports world has seen this year, the Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat ran a two-page spread poking fun […]

Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf fined $10,000 after directing homophobic slur toward referee

The NHL has fined Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf $10,000 — the maximum allowed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement — after he directed a slur toward “another on-ice participant” in Thursday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Nashville Predators. The league did not specify the name of the “participant” Getzlaf was […]

LaVar Ball said Kyrie Irving, who’s a dad, has no idea what fatherhood is like

Lost in the shuffle of LaVar Ball’s dust-up with Fox Sports 1’s Kristine Leahy on Wednesday was the fact that he also made an appearance on “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. And let’s just say he didn’t exactly have total command of the facts when he took a shot at Cavs point guard […]

Spurs will again have to try to stop the Warriors without Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich has announced that Kawhi Leonard will not play in Saturday night’s Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors because of an ankle he reinjured in the first game of the series. It wasn’t a popular decision, apparently. Kawhi is out tonight, per Pop. "He's […]

Enes Kanter says he’s being held at a Romanian airport because of his political views

In a video posted Saturday morning to Twitter, Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter said he’s being held at a Romanian airport because of his outspoken views against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he called “the Hitler of our century.” I'm being held at Romanian airport by Police!! — Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May […]

2017 Preakness Stakes: When does the race start and who will win?

Can Always Dreaming take home the Preakness Stakes title and move one step closer to the second Triple Crown in three years? Or will a horse like Classic Empire show that his fourth-place Kentucky Derby finish merely was because of a bad trip. Here’s everything you need to know about the big day at Pimlico […]

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