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Thunder fires Scott Brooks after disappointing finish

Scott Brooks was fired Wednesday as coach of the Oklahoma City Thunde after an injury-marred season in which the team fell short of expectations and missed the playoffs. Brooks was informed of the move by Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojarnowski reported. The Thunder finished 47-35 despite the best efforts of […]

West Ham becomes first Premier League team to lower ticket prices because of massive TV deal

West Ham United soccer fans hoping to score tickets for the 2016-17 season got a welcome surprise on Tuesday when the Premier League team announced it would be lowering prices because of the record television deal the soccer league signed with Sky and BT Sport earlier this year. The three-year TV deal, which was inked in […]

Marvin Lewis gets contract extension from Bengals, despite zero playoff wins

Marvin Lewis has won more games — an even 100 — than any other coach in Cincinnati Bengals history. He’s also a perfectly imperfect 0-6 in the playoffs. So, naturally, the Bengals gave him a contract extension through the 2016 season on Wednesday. The upcoming season was thought by some to be a make-or-break year […]

Chris Paul and Luol Deng are slated to play in NBA’s first-ever exhibition game in Africa

NBA stars Luol Deng and Chris Paul will travel to Africa this summer to participate in the league’s first-ever exhibition game on the continent. The two stars won’t play on the same team, however. Deng, who comes from South Sudan, will captain a team composed entirely of first- and second-generation African players. Paul, meanwhile, will captain a […]

The Pope, Taylor Swift and the 2015 NFL schedule

It took 136 computers and over 37,000 versions, but, with a big assist from the Pope and Taylor Swift, the NFL was able to finalize its 2015 schedule, releasing it Tuesday night. Jenny Vrentas of took a look at the process, which is kind of like making hot dogs, by which the schedule is […]

J.J. Watt dances, seeks kid who ‘dominated’ national anthem at Rockets game

It’s tough to pick the best part of the Houston Rockets’ 111-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series, but this much is certain: It involved J.J. Watt. First, a 12-year-old named Nicholas Connors just crushed the national anthem. One of the people moved by his […]

Jameis Winston explains that Publix crab legs incident to Jim Harbaugh

Of all people, it took Jim Harbaugh to get Jameis Winston to open up about that incident in which he was caught taking crab legs from a Publix grocery story. The confession, which came in a February sitdown with the Michigan coach, quarterback guru George Whitfield, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Wolverines quarterbacks coach Jedd […]

This may be the most vicious knockout punch you’ll ever see

Last week, the combat sports network GoFightLive shared its “KO of the Year!” as well as a runner-up. We’ll get to the first-place knockout — which is a doozy — but the runner-up leads off this post, because it features a single, incredibly destructive punch. The moment arrived during a January fight between super lightweights Courtney Blocker and Dominic […]

The contract to stage the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight still has not been signed

You may have heard that tickets for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, set for May 2, have not gone on sale yet. There have many theories floated to attempt to explain this brewing travesty, but the real reason is both simple and infuriating: The contract to stage the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has not […]

Suns’ Markieff and Marcus Morris charged with felony aggravated assault

On April 8, the Suns’ pair of 6-9 twins, Markieff and Marcus Morris, denied that they were involved in the January beating of a Phoenix man, which had been alleged in a police report. Now the brothers will have to make their case in front of a judge. A Maricopa County grand jury indicted the […]

Barcelona and Bayern Munich advance to Champions League semifinals

It was a good day for the leaders of both Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga, as both Barcelona and Bayern Munich advanced to the semifinals of Champions League play on Tuesday. Barcelona came in with a dominant 3-1 lead over opponents Paris Saint-Germain, who would’ve needed to score three goals more than Barcelona to […]

‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team doctor mugged while laying flowers on wife’s grave

The 93-year-old man who was team doctor for the “Miracle on Ice” U.S. hockey squad showed as much resiliency on Sunday as Team USA did in the 1980 Olympics. After being mugged while laying flowers on his wife’s grave in Minneapolis, George Nagobads managed to escape his assailant and drive himself to the hospital, The […]

Patriots-Steelers to open 2015 NFL season, reports say

The New England Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL season opener Sept. 10, according to multiple sources. The Patriots win the honor of hosting the Thursday night season opener by virtue of their Super Bowl XLIX victory. The other possibilities, given the Patriots’ home opponents, were the Jets, Bills, Dolphins, Titans, Jaguars, […]

Aaron Hernandez treats jail like it’s training camp, sheriff says

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who was found guilty of the murder of Odin Lloyd, is depicted by the sheriff in charge of the Bristol County jail as a master manipulator who treats jail like another place he’s more familiar with. “He doesn’t really look at it as jail,” Thomas Hodgson […]

Russian MMA promotion introduces division for fighters who really like ‘Game of Thrones’

Russia is a weird and (sometimes) wonderful place. Evidence: The Russian mixed martial arts promotion M-1 Global recently launched M-1 Medieval, a ultimate fighting division that has opponents dressing up like knights and swinging swords at each other’s heads until one wins. The spectator shown 25 seconds into the above highlight video is loving it, and […]

2015 NFL schedule: Packers to host Bears on Thanksgiving, report says

The Green Bay Packers are expected to host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night, according to a report out of Green Bay. That game may well be the one in which the Packers retire Brett Favre’s No. 4 jersey, too,’s Rob Demovsky reports. That’s the first bit of news in what has been a […]

Royals serve moldy hot dogs to their fans

Hungry Royals fans found something other than ketchup and mustard atop their $1 hot dogs on Friday at the team’s “Buck Night.” It wasn’t relish, but it was green. This is the kind of @Aramark product that is routinely found at @Royals and @KCChiefs games. #sickeninganddisgusting — Andrew Kinsman (@RoyalAK47) April 19, 2015 Yep, that’s […]

Indian cricket player Ankit Keshri, 20, dies after freak collision with teammate

A 20-year-old Indian cricket player died Monday, three days after he suffered a head injury in a match, the BBC reports. Ankit Keshri was knocked unconscious when he collided with teammate Sourav Mondal while attempting to field a catch during the CK Nayudu national championship. Mondal’s knee hit the back of Keshri’s neck in what the player’s coach on the […]

Reds Bryan Price is sorry for dropping 77 F-bombs but not for rant

Cincinnati Reds Manager Bryan Price apologized for a 5-minute, 34-second tirade in which he used multiple profanities, including dropping the F-bomb 77 times. “In my pregame conversation with reporters yesterday, I used wholly inappropriate language to describe the media coverage of our team,” Price said in a statement released by the Reds. “While I stand […]

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods’s girlfriend, may not actually like golf

Seth Meyers put Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn on the hotseat Monday night, asking Tiger Woods’ girlfriend about her love for golf. She wasn’t exactly convincing when he asked on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” if she’d watched golf before dating Woods. “[Super gigantic awkward-yet-funny pause] I love golf,” she said. Meyers pushed, noting that for […]

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