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College football TV schedule: Round 2 of Lamar Jackson vs. Clemson should be a slugfest

All times Eastern. Thursday, Sept. 14 Time Game TV 8 New Mexico at Boise St. ESPN This begins the weeknight portion of the Boise State schedule. None of the Broncos’ next three games is on a Saturday, with Friday night encounters with Virginia (Sept. 22) and Brigham Young (Oct. 6) looming next. After a wild […]

‘Racism is as American as baseball’ banner hung on Green Monster during Red Sox game

A banner reading “Racism is as American as baseball” was hung over the Green Monster at Fenway Park during a nationally televised game between the Red Sox and Athletics on Wednesday night. It reportedly remained in place for a few minutes before being removed by stadium security, and the fans who hung the sign were ejected. According to […]

CFL eliminates full-contact padded practices during season to improve player health

In a move aimed at player health and safety, the Canadian Football League announced Wednesday that it is eliminating full-contact padded practices during its regular season, effective immediately. Starting in 2018, the league will also add an extra week to its schedule, creating a third bye week and thus providing players more in-season rest and […]

Houston Texans’ Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for PED use

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended 10 games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The ninth-year player, a defensive captain for Houston, will be eligible to return Nov. 28, after a game against the Ravens. A lawyer for Cushing told ESPN that his client “is aware of the negative […]

Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez prepare for middleweight title fight in Las Vegas

Less than a month after Floyd Mayweather hung up his gloves after beating Conor McGregor in a much more competitive fight than the majority of fight fans anticipated, boxing aficionados are bracing themselves for what they believe is the real megafight: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez. Known as two of the hardest hitting punchers in […]

It’s official: Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympics, Paris gets 2024 Games

Calling it a “win-win-win” situation, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach officially awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games to Paris and Los Angeles, respectively, at the IOC Session in Lima, Peru, on Wednesday. Congratulations...Show More Summary

Leg shaving goes horribly wrong for Real Madrid player, who’ll miss Champions League game

One might think that being teammates with Cristiano Ronaldo, possibly the most well-coiffed and waxed soccer player on Earth, would teach you a thing or two about staying safe while staying hairless. Alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, who will sit out the team’s Champions League opener […]

Jon Jones’s ‘B’ sample confirms positive steroid test at UFC 214

Things are not looking good for Jon Jones. On Tuesday, the United States Anti-Doping Agency confirmed a second sample taken from the UFC light heavyweight champion on July 28, the night Jones fought Daniel Cormier for the title at UFC 214, tested positive for a banned substance. “Mr. Jones’s ‘B’ sample has confirmed the ‘A’ […]

Serena Williams introduces her baby daughter to the world: ‘Meet Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.’

Almost two weeks after giving birth to her first child, Serena Williams is ready to share her baby girl with the world. Serena’s fiance, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, posted video of the journey of the couple’s daughter, from early sonograms to an eight-weeks’ pregnant Serena jokingly calling the Australian Open trophy her “baby” to leaving […]

College football player gets married by his coach on practice field, and crushes the vows

When the time is right, it’s right. Even if that means getting married in a post-practice ceremony conducted by a football coach at midfield, in the rain, with the groom in a sweaty shirt and shorts and the bride in a black dress. Bishop Woods, a Murray State defensive lineman, and his fiancee, Caitlin Myers, […]

Sweet! Le’Veon Bell made a dilly of a Dairy Queen worker on the Steelers’ day off.

Okay, so maybe the curls on his cones weren’t perfect and the playbook for the Blizzards took a little time to master, but Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell didn’t fumble a handoff when he headed to “work” at a Pittsburgh Dairy Queen on his day off from football Tuesday. It was all part of […]

Hall of confusion: The ‘other’ WR named Steve Smith is a nominee for enshrinement

For years, fantasy football players, among others, struggled with confusing one wide receiver named Steve Smith with another of the same name. Actually, though, it wasn’t that hard to tell them apart: one was a five-time Pro Bowler who racked up the seventh-most receiving yards ever during a 16-year NFL career, and the other had one […]

ESPN rankings have NBA players talking about — gasp — ranking journalists

ESPN began posting its NBA player rankings Monday, doling out 25 per day as it counts down from No. 100. While Carmelo Anthony and others took issue with where they were placed, some NBA players had a different reaction: How would journalists feel if we ranked them? That idea was expressed Tuesday by the Trail Blazers’ […]

Charles Oakley slams James Dolan’s ‘petty insecurities’ in lawsuit against Knicks owner

If you were waiting for Charles Oakley and James Dolan to let bygones be bygones, don’t hold your breath. In the latest episode of turmoil for the beleaguered team, the ex-Knicks forward filed a lawsuit against the Knicks owner and his Madison Square Garden Company, accusing Dolan of baselessly taking out his “petty insecurities” on […]

ESPN scolds host Jemele Hill for calling President Trump a ‘white supremacist’ on Twitter

Popular ESPN “SportsCenter” host Jemele Hill is no fan of President Trump’s, however, her employer would rather she keep that to herself. On Tuesday, the network released a statement on a comment the 41-year-old made on Twitter on Monday, when she labeled Trump a “white supremacist.” ESPN Statement on Jemele Hill: — ESPN PR […]

Lakers reportedly to retire both Nos. 8 and 24 for Kobe Bryant

Future Los Angeles Lakers players hoping to wear either No. 8 or No. 24 will have to think again. On Tuesday, the team confirmed to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that it will retire both numbers worn by Kobe Bryant in a ceremony ahead of a game against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 18. The team […]

England’s soccer team reportedly warned to stay off WiFi at next summer’s World Cup

English soccer’s governing body has reportedly advised staff and players to refrain from using WiFi at their team hotel or anywhere in public while in Russia for next summer’s World Cup. The reason, according to reports from the BBC and the Associated Press, is due to concerns over hacking, which the FA reportedly fears could […]

ESPN editorial director Chad Millman is leaving, reportedly to join Barstool Sports’ parent company

Chad Millman, ESPN’s editorial director of domestic digital content, reportedly is leaving the company to take a position with the Chernin Group, the parent company of Barstool Sports. Millman has been a vice president in his current position since February and oversees daily editorial content, planning and creation for and the ESPN app, the […]

Barack and Michelle Obama won’t be Michigan’s honorary captains, despite Jim Harbaugh’s wishes

Two former residents of the White House won’t be heading to the Big House any time soon. Former president Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have declined, at least for now, an invitation from Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh to serve as honorary captains for the Wolverines’ football team. In a recent interview with WXYZ-TV’s Brad Galli, […]

The last time the Dodgers lost 11 straight, they played in Brooklyn

While the Cleveland Indians won their 19th consecutive game to move within one victory of tying the 2003 Oakland Athletics for baseball’s longest winning streak since 1935, the Los Angeles Dodgers made a different sort of history in San Francisco on Monday. Er, early Tuesday. The Dodgers lost, 8-6, to the rival Giants in a […]

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