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WWE star Daniel Bryan says doctors are split about whether to let him wrestle again

WWE superstar Daniel Bryan, who suffered a concussion in April, is ready to wrestle again, but doctors are split on whether that’s a good idea or not. “One neurologist who specializes in concussions — who was the neurologist for the Super Bowl last year — cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent,” […]

Rugby World Cup referee pokes fun at soccer after player takes a dive

There shall be no diving in rugby — at least according to referee Nigel Owen who took a shot at Scotland’s Stuart Hogg, who tried to play act after getting tackled by a South African opponent during a weekend Rugby World Cup match at St. James Park, the home turf of the Premier League soccer squad […]

Professor lets Cubs fan reschedule mid-term around wild-card game

Ben Larson, a diehard Chicago Cubs fan whose team (you may have noticed) has been epically challenged when it comes to the postseason, had a real-life problem on his hands late last week. He and his family snagged tickets to the Cubs’ wild-card playoff game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday — the day his University of Illinois […]

Colts, Jaguars apologize for barring women reporters from locker room

Media officials for the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars apologized Sunday for denying locker room access to three credentialed women reporters covering the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Two of the women, Yahoo’s Graham Watson and the Tuscaloosa News’ Joey Chandler, tweeted about the incident, which occurred while they were in town […]

The NFL is letting fun creep into TD celebrations. Which means it will end.

On Sunday, NFL fans were treated two fun touchdown celebrations, and you know what that means: The hammer probably will come down and that would be a shame because Josh Norman and Steadman Bailey managed to amuse us with their end-zone antics. (In a certain Park Avenue office, they were reaching for Pepto.) Norman, the Carolina […]

Dolphins’ decision on Joe Philbin’s future could come Monday

It was a long flight back from London for the Miami Dolphins and a long night of contemplation for owner Stephen Ross. After an awful loss to the New York Jets and an offseason spending spree that landed Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins are 1-3 and something has to change. That change could involve the firing of Coach […]

Texas governor says Cowboys defense ‘more porous’ than border with Mexico

How poor was the Dallas Cowboys’ defense on C.J. Spiller’s game-winning touchdown gallop in overtime for the New Orleans Saints? Really poor…as in porous. And it did not go unnoticed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who let loose with a peeved Tweet from his verified personal Twitter feed. #%>¥! @Cowboy defense. More porous than the Texas […]

Von Miller was about to do his sack dance, then remembered that he’s been fined for it

Earlier in the NFL season, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller broke out a new sack dance, one inspired by the “Key and Peele” show. But sketch-humor provenance aside, the NFL — you know, the No Fun League — decided that there was a wee bit too much pelvic thrusting involved. [From June: The Broncos have a ‘fart […]

Blake Griffin knocks over shot clock with pregame dunk

Sunday was Turn Back the Clock Day in Vancouver. Or at least with Blake Griffin in town, it was Knock the Clock Backward Day. Griffin’s Los Angeles Clippers were in town to take on the Toronto Raptors in a preseason game, and in the pregame layup line, the all-star forward proved that his dunking prowess […]

Clay Matthews told Colin Kaepernick, ‘You ain’t Russell Wilson, bro!’

Remember when the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks had a major rivalry going? As recently as January 2014, they met in the NFC championship game. San Francisco lost that game, and since then, it’s been mostly downhill for the team and, in particular, Colin Kaepernick. Hey, remember when he and Seattle’s Russell Wilson, two quarterbacks who could […]

Ichiro Suzuki pitches for the first time in his 15-year MLB career

The Miami Marlins’ season ended Sunday — many would say it ended a couple of months ago — and in a “Why not?” move, the team gave a position player a shot on the mound. But this wasn’t just any player, it was Ichiro Suzuki. Somewhat remarkably, it was the first time in his MLB career […]

ESPN cuts ties with Jason Whitlock, buys out his contract

Jason Whitlock, hired by ESPN to launch a new Web site, instead has had his contract bought out. This ends the second go-round between the writer/pundit and the sports media giant, and it adds to the uncertainty about the project Whitlock had been overseeing before being ousted from it in June. Whitlock, who made an acrimonious departure […]

Rashad Jennings got dumped by Mario Williams, then gave a vicious stiff arm to Bacarri Rambo

For Rashad Jennings, revenge was a dish best served by nearly cold-cocking an opponent. The running back had a down-and-up day, but ultimately he made the biggest — and most physical — play in the New York Giants’ 24-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. [Odell Beckham Jr. had another amazing one-handed grab, even if he […]

Odell Beckham Jr. had another amazing one-handed grab, even if he landed out of bounds

Okay, it wasn’t “The Catch” — how do you equal that, let alone top it? In fact, Odell Beckham Jr.’s latest amazing grab didn’t even count as a completed pass, but it’s still worth an admiring look or two. In the fourth quarter of the New York Giants’ 24-10 win Sunday over the Buffalo Bills, Eli […]

NFL hot seat rankings: Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin’s bottom getting warm at the top

The NFL season reached the quarter-pole on Sunday and, while teams rarely make coaching changes this early into the season, conditions are deteriorating quickly for five coaches. [Week 4’s top storylines] The hottest of the hot seats is that beneath Joe Philbin, whose Miami Dolphins flew all the way to London to lose to the […]

Liverpool fires manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool fired its manager Sunday evening, raising speculation that Jurgen Klopp, Frank de Boer or Carlo Ancelotti would be hired to replace him. The Reds made the move after a draw with Everton left them 10th in the English Premier League, six points out of first place. “Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe […]

John Farrell will return to Red Sox — and surprisingly so will Torey Lovullo

John Farrell will return to manage the Boston Red Sox next season and, in an unusual solution, the bench coach who filled in ably while Farrell was undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma will be back as well. Farrell had been on medical leave since Aug. 14 and recently was given a clean bill of health, […]

Isiah Thomas denies harassment in 2007, says it ‘just didn’t happen’

Isiah Thomas, president of the New York Liberty, reiterated his stance about a 2007 sexual harassment case, saying in an interview that it “just didn’t happen.” “I will own up to what I did and the mistakes that I made, but I can’t own up to things that I didn’t do,” Thomas said in the […]

Did Ndamukong Suh kick off Ryan Fitzpatrick’s helmet in Jets-Dolphins game?

Ndamukong Suh found himself at the center of a debate during the Miami Dolphins’ game against the New York Jets in London. This being Suh, the question was a familiar one: Did he deliberately kick off the helmet of Jets quarterback Ryan Tannehill? Suh was chasing Fitzpatrick as he headed toward the sideline. With Fitzpatrick […]

Ronda Rousey’s little sister stars as a younger Ronda in amazing UFC 193 promo

If it seemed as if you blinked and October was upon us, just wait. November is near and it’s bringing one of the most highly anticipated events of the sports year when Ronda Rousey fights Holly Holm in a Nov. 14 UFC 193 bout in Australia. The hype is starting and one of the first […]

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