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Mark Cuban calls the NBA All-Star voting system ‘embarrassing’ and ‘positively broken’

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban isn’t a fan of the NBA All-Star Game voting system. He called it “embarrassing” when asked about it on Friday, concluding the system is “absolutely, positively broken.” His main problem with it is its reliance on fan input from online voting and Twitter, which he says is basically meaningless when […]

Nebraska’s Walter Pitchford ejected for intentionally elbowing Michigan State in head

There’s no explanation here other than this was just a lowdown, dirty move. The referees made the right call on Saturday when they decided to eject Nebraska’s Walter Pitchford from the game after he intentionally struck Michigan State’s Matt Costello in the head with his elbow in the first quarter of the game. That’s simply […]

Twitter lampoons Bill Belichick after DeflateGate press conference on Saturday

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick stood up in front of the media and gave what seemed like one of the oddest news conferences in the history of news conferences on Saturday — and not just because the word “#FLEXBALL” peeked out from behind him (again). Complete with a reference to the movie “My Cousin Vinny,” Belichick attempted to […]

Watch freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut terrifying X Games wipeout — amazingly, he’s reportedly okay

We’ll start with the most important piece of information — Swedish freestyle skier Henrik Harlaut is alive and reportedly both okay and in good spirits after taking a nasty fall that left him unconscious during the X Games Men’s Slopestyle finals on Saturday in Aspen, Colorado. (Warning: the video is absolutely terrifying.) The 23-year-old three-time X Games […]

Photographer suing Nike for using his image of Michael Jordan to create its ‘Jumpman’ logo

Nike’s “Jumpman” logo is as synonymous with the athletic wear brand as its famous swoosh. Now, however, that indelible silhouette depicting a leaping Michael Jordan might be in danger. Jacobus Rentmeester has filed a lawsuit in an Oregon federal court claiming Nike committed copyright infringement by using one of his photographs of the NBA Hall of […]

Players’ union advises Patriots to keep quiet about DeflateGate

As more of the general public begins to chatter about DeflateGate, the NFL Players Association is advising New England Patriots players to keep quiet about it. “We’ve been instructed by our union, as players, to reserve comment on this situation,” New England Patriots veteran wide receiver Matthew Slater told ESPN on Saturday. “It’s an ongoing […]

President Obama mourns the death of Cubs legend Ernie Banks

Reaction from fans continued to pour in on Saturday in response to Friday night’s somber news of the death of 83-year-old Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks. Banks was the first African American player to sign with the Cubs. His skills on the field, combined with his disposition, which has been described as “ever-optimistic,” earned him the […]

Colts linebacker Andrew Jackson arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andrew ‘Drew’ Jackson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Kentucky early Friday morning, Indianapolis’s Fox 59 reports. The 2014 sixth-round draft pick out of Western Kentucky was booked into a Kentucky jail around 5 a.m. and later released at 12:30 p.m., the report continues. Jackson played in 13 […]

Manny Pacquiao to schedule alternate fight if Floyd Mayweather doesn’t sign on soon

The days are counting down. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t agree to terms soon to meet longtime rival Manny Pacquiao in the ring on May 2, boxing promotors say he will sign on to fight someone else on May 30. “A lot of places around the world want to host a Manny Pacquiao fight,” Top Rank […]

Klay Thompson’s teammates can’t believe he scored 37 points in a single quarter

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson made NBA history on Friday night, scoring a record-breaking 37 points in a single quarter against the Sacramento Kings. Fans obviously could barely believe what was happening as they watched the score go from 60-60 to 97-73, but what about Thompson’s teammates? It turns out they were equally in […]

How the NFL, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and other QBs created DeflateGame

The DeflateGate controversy ripped back the curtain on a little rule change that has come roaring back from 2006. It didn’t make enormous headlines when Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and the league’s other marquee quarterbacks lobbied hard for a rule-book tweak that would allow each offense to supply its own footballs. Brady, Manning and the […]

Should you watch the NHL All-Star Weekend events? (Sure why not!)

Hello! Do are you a fan of sports? Yes!? What luck. Me too. Then can I interest you in this year’s NHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition, which are being held this weekend in beautiful Columbus, Ohio? Think it over. I’ll wait. […] […] […] OH COME ON MAN. I know you haven’t pretended to […]

Warriors’ Klay Thompson scores an NBA record 37 points in third quarter against Kings

The Splash Brothers only needed one splash on Friday night. Golden State was locked in a tight game with Pacific Division rival Sacramento in the third quarter. Then Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson went bonkers … nuts … or whatever superlative you find appropriate. All of them are apt after the fourth-year player erupted for […]

Reactions to the death of Ernie Banks

The Chicago Cubs confirmed Friday night that Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died at the age of 83, eliciting an outpour of appreciation for the Cubs legend. Banks, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, would’ve turned 84 on Jan. 31. “Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago […]

Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub,’ has died at the age of 83

Baseball great Ernie Banks, the legendarily cheery Chicago Cubs slugger who became synonymous with the city and the team, died on Friday at the age of 83, according to reports. The Chicago Tribune, which called Banks “one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors,” said the death was confirmed by Banks’ wife, Liz. I hate […]

Tubed meat + Skittles = Marshawn Lynch-inspired ‘Beast Mode Sausage’

Contrary to what you might think, the tubed meat known as “Beast Mode Sausage,” which combines Skittles with spicy sausage, isn’t the creation of a child with peculiar eating habits. No, two grown-up Seattle-area butchers thought it up and it’s turning out to be an economic boon, ESPN reports. The culinary minds behind Beast Mode […]

How to think about DeflateGate, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma

It seems the more information that comes to light, the more questions arise about DeflateGate, the increasingly confusing NFL scandal pertaining to under-inflated footballs used by the New England Patriots. Is Tom Brady really innocent? His social media presence made him seem so squeaky clean! Or what about Bill Belichick? How could he possibly have no […]

Watch a dude play PacMan like you’ve never seen before, courtesy of Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad

Those who remember going to arcades in the 1980s are about to be really jealous of the guy chosen to star in Bud Light’s Super Bowl #UpForWhatever ad. He doesn’t just play PacMan, he gets to role-play PacMan on a life-size illuminated game board, complete with real-life versions of Blinky, Inky, Pinky, Clyde and the […]

Sports Illustrated lays off its staff photographers

Sports Illustrated this week laid off the magazine’s six staff photographers, News Photographer magazine reported on Friday. “It’s true,” Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith told the magazine. “There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Show More Summary

Ravens to release Terrence Cody, who is being investigated for animal cruelty

The Baltimore Ravens announced their intent to release nose tackle Terrence Cody, but did not give a reason. The announcement came via Twitter. The Baltimore Ravens announced today that the team intends to terminate the contract of Terrence Cody following the Super Bowl. — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 23, 2015 The Baltimore Sun offered up […]

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