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An ex-football player claims he inspired a ‘Gears of War’ character — and he wants a cut

Most people who play the “Gears of War” video games encounter an engrossing first-person shooter about beefy future humans using machine guns fixed with chain saws to dismember a violent reptilian foe. But when Lenwood Hamilton turned on the game for the first time in the winter of 2015, he says his gaze was focused on something […]

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant trade gaffes in head-to-head showdown

On Wednesday, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant went head-to-head for the second time this season, and the superstar former teammates did not disappoint. Well, except for a pair of noteworthy exceptions. The first came shortly before halftime of the Thunder-Warriors game, when Durant took the ball down a wide-open lane and soared for the easy jam. […]

James Harden feels ‘blessed’ to give 100-year-old fan game ball after Rockets win

Following the Rockets’ 111-92 win over the Bucks on Wednesday night, James Harden gave the game ball to someone else who had also topped the century mark. Houston’s star guard later said he felt “blessed” to share a moment with a fan celebrating her 100th birthday. That moment you get the game ball from @JHarden13 […]

Johnny Manziel makes Super Bowl picks, says he’s ‘working out’

Johnny Manziel says he is “doing well” and “working out” several times a week. While we ponder what he might be working out for, exactly, we can go over his Super Bowl picks. The former Browns quarterback was recently interviewed by TMZ Sports (who else) while he was out at night (when else) in Beverly […]

Ivan Rodriguez sheds tears of joy following Baseball Hall of Fame call

Ivan Rodriguez said he had been “having trouble sleeping for three days” while waiting for the results of this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame balloting. When the former catcher got the call Wednesday telling him that he had been voted in, he shed tears of joy and relief, sharing the moment on social media. I have […]

Mein Gott! Watch Tom Brady mangle the German language.

Tom Brady can do a lot of things, but can he speak German? Uh, nein. The Patriots quarterback was a guest on the latest installment of his teammate Sebastian Vollmer’s occasional series of videos, “Sea Bass’ School of Football.” In the videos, the offensive lineman, who was born and raised in Germany, gets some of his […]

Tony Romo turned up at Trump’s D.C. hotel just before Inauguration Day

Having been ousted from the playoffs, the Cowboys don’t have a game for which to prepare this week, giving Dallas players the chance to pursue other interests. Tony Romo may or may not be interested in attending Friday’s presidential inauguration, but he was spotted Wednesday at Donald Trump’s new hotel in D.C. North Texan Eric […]

Olympic runners ‘truly blessed’ to be alive after potential career-ending scooter crash

The running careers of British Olympians James Ellington and Nigel Levine are in jeopardy after the two suffered serious injuries in a road accident Tuesday. British Athletics “regretfully” confirmed the incident Wednesday that occurred in Tenerife, Spain, where the two runners had been training. Show More Summary

Oregon players maintain support for strength coach after players hospitalized

The strength coach at the University of Oregon who oversaw a workout that sent three players to the hospital last week has not lost the support of the Ducks locker room. Late Tuesday, shortly after Oregon suspended Irele Oderinde for a month, several players began tweeting their support for Oderinde by tagging their posts #FreeCoachO. This […]

MMA legends Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen to settle 20-year-old beef at Bellator 170

When MMA legend Tito Ortiz speaks about Chael Sonnen, his voice gets sharper. The 41-year-old doesn’t just view Sonnen as the fighter he plans to conquer when he steps into the cage for the final time at Bellator 170 on Saturday, Ortiz sees in Sonnen a chance for redemption bestowed upon him from a higher […]

Do you like points? Then you’ll probably like Falcons-Packers.

We interrupt this NFL postseason to give you a game more reminiscent of something you’d normally see out of the Big 12 in mid-October. With two sizzling offenses and two soft defenses, it’s no surprise that the Vegas oddsmakers have set a high over/under total for Sunday’s NFC championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and […]

Man who shoved autistic black runner sentenced to three years probation and community service

A man who was convicted of harassing an autistic black teenage runner who became disoriented during a 5K cross-country race last fall was sentenced to three years probation and 80 hours of community service. Martin McDonald, a 57-year-old Pittsford, N.Y., man, admitted pushing Chase Coleman, a freshman at Syracuse’s Corcoran High, as Coleman stood in the middle […]

British magazine’s interview with Lionel Messi makes headlines for all the wrong reasons

Did you hear? Lionel Messi, whose contract with Barcelona expires in 2018, wants to stick with the team “as long as they want me.” He said so in an exclusive interview published Tuesday in Britain’s Coach magazine that went viral as rumors circulated that the 29-year-old was contemplating a $100 million-plus deal with Manchester United. The only […]

Bill Belichick on home-field advantage: ‘Go ask Dallas and Kansas City’

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick held court with reporters on Wednesday, as the league forces him to do even though it goes against ever fiber of his being, and was asked about the importance of home-field advantage. His answer was some primo Belichick: short and mercilessly blunt. Belichick when asked to discuss the importance of having […]

Julian Edelman throws a little shade at the Steelers (but he’s actually right)

We’re now a couple of news cycles past Antonio Brown’s social-media faux pas on Sunday, when he streamed live video of Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots a bad name during the locker room celebration that followed Pittsburgh’s playoff win over Kansas City. Tomlin chastised Brown and he’s apologized, so that’s Step 1. Next […]

Hot-tempered Nick Kyrgios fights with own entourage, crashes out of Australian Open

Nick Kyrgios was two games away from advancing past Italy’s Andreas Seppi into the third round of the Australian Open when Nick Kyrgios happened. The hotheaded Aussie took the first two sets from Seppi and was at 4-4 in the third when he started bickering with his own entourage, sitting nearby. As a result, the […]

Put down the shield, Roger Goodell, and go to a Patriots’ game

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a choice. There are two conference championship games this weekend, and he could go to either Atlanta or Foxborough, Mass. He chose... poorly. Goodell will, for the second time during these playoffs, head to safe haven in Atlanta, where the final game will be played in the […]

The Chargers might need to call some friends to help them move

The Los Angeles Chargers had a news conference Tuesday to introduce themselves to their new Southern California digs. Not only did they likely fail to gain any converts in their new home — based on a recent trip to Los Angeles, I can report that the general feeling toward the area’s new NFL team is […]

A 20-year-old Northern Michigan football player dies, reportedly after workout

A sophomore at Northern Michigan University died Tuesday following a morning workout with his teammates in Marquette, Mich. Anthony Herbert, 20, suffered a medical emergency in his dorm room and could not be resuscitated by emergency crews, an NMU spokesman told “What caused his passing is unknown at this time and right now our […]

Antonio Brown apologizes for postgame video in Steelers’ locker room

Antonio Brown issued an apology Tuesday night for the video he streamed through Facebook following his Steelers’ 18-16 playoff win Sunday over the Chiefs. The star wide receiver captured comments made by Pittsburgh Coach Mike TomlinShow More Summary

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