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Mariners honor Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell with moment of silence before game

Music fans across the country mourned the loss Thursday of Chris Cornell, but his death was felt particularly acutely in Seattle, where he grew up and formed Soundgarden in the 1980s. Before a home game that evening against the White Sox, the Mariners honored the memory of the grunge-era icon with a pregame tribute and […]

Conor McGregor seeks Nevada boxing license while Floyd Mayweather shoots down fight questions

Conor McGregor took another big step toward making his megafight with Floyd Mayweather a reality Thursday by applying for a Nevada boxing license. Mayweather, meanwhile, didn’t want to talk about it, shooting down questions about the much-hyped matchup at a promotional event for another fight. McGregor’s camp had tried before to get the license, a near-necessity given […]

Watch Lexi Thompson sky-dive to first tee at LPGA event

Those in attendance Wednesday at the Kingsmill Championship Pro-Am watched Lexi Thompson hit the fairway on the first hole. That is to say, they didn’t see Thompson’s ball hit the fairway, but the LPGA star herself — when she stuck the landing after sky diving out of an airplane. Show More Summary

Stephen A. Smith debated Trump’s tweets with Ted Nugent on Fox News

We’re used to seeing Stephen A. Smith getting into heated conversations on TV, it’s just that, usually, those debates are about sports and take place on ESPN. Thursday, however, brought a change of pace and place: Fox News viewers found Smith debating political issues — with, among others, Ted Nugent. Our #FoxNewsSpecialists are here! @stephenasmith and […]

Don’t drink the water: CDC says diarrhea-inducing parasite on the rise in U.S. pools

If you’re planning to take a dip in a pool this summer, make sure to plug your nose and close your mouth. Any inadvertent ingestion of even chlorinated pool water could wind up giving you cryptosporidium. More simply known as “crypto,” the microscopic parasite can make otherwise healthy adults and children feel incredibly sick with stomach cramps, nausea […]

Spurs fan files lawsuit against Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia for injuring Kawhi Leonard

A San Antonio Spurs fan and a local business came up with a unique way to hold Golden State Warriors star Zaza Pachulia accountable for his role in injuring Spurs star Kawhi Leonard — they’re suing him. Juan Vasquez and What’s on Second, Inc., a sports memorabilia shop, filed the suit against Pachulia and the […]

American motorcycling champion suffers severe brain damage after car hit him while cycling

American motorcycle racer Nicky Hayden remained in the intensive care unit of an Italian hospital on Thursday, a day after he was hit by a car while bicycling in the country. “Nicky Hayden’s clinical condition remains extremely critical,” the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, Italy, said in a statement. The statement indicated Hayden, 35, suffered severe brain […]

English soccer approves new rule to retroactively punish players for diving

It turned the game around for Chelsea when it happened on Nov. 9, 2013. Down 2-1 against underdog West Bromwich Albion with just a minute to go in stoppage time, Chelsea midfielder Ramires dramatically fell to the ground after West Brom defender Steven Reid barely brushed him. The result led to a yellow card for […]

Cubs fan dies after falling over a railing at Wrigley Field

A Chicago Cubs fan has died from the injuries he suffered when he fell over a Wrigley Field railing and hit his head following a game on Tuesday night. The 42-year-old man, Richard A. Garrity of Wheaton, Ill., was leaving the ballpark about 40 minutes after Tuesday night’s Cubs-Reds game had ended when he fell […]

A rain delay in football? It’s happening to the new Rams/Chargers stadium.

It’s rained a whole lot in Southern California of late, which is mostly good news for a state that had experienced a calamitous drought for around six years. I say “mostly” because all that rain is no good if you’re digging a big hole in which to build a new football stadium. Sam Farmer and […]

MLB investigating Kevin Pillar’s outburst during eventful Blue Jays-Braves game

What didn’t happen during the Braves’ 8-4 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night? To start, Braves first baseman and National League home run leader Freddie Freeman left the game in the fifth inning after he was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup. Freddie Freeman leaves […]

Golf’s silly rules forced an NCAA golfer to go diving for his ball in a pond

Jacksonville University golfer David Wicks had a choice to make on Wednesday at an NCAA regional in Baton Rouge. Either he could strip down to his underwear and jump into a pond to find his ball, or he could take a two-stroke penalty. An NCAA championship berth was on the line, so you can guess […]

Conor McGregor says he’s signed ‘record breaking deal’ to fight Floyd Mayweather

In announcing that he was coming out of retirement in March, Floyd Mayweather said that all UFC champion Conor McGregor had to do was “sign the paperwork” for their boxing match to become reality. Conor McGregor has signed the paperwork. “It is an honour to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, […]

She’ll pitch to the big boys: Knuckleballer first woman in collegiate West Coast League

A female knuckleballer will be joining the ranks of college baseball players hoping to make an impact this summer in the West Coast League. Claire Eccles, a 19-year-old who plays softball for the University of British Columbia, will play for the Victoria HarbourCats in the 11-team league that attracts some of the best collegiate players in North […]

Tom Brady had concussion, Gisele Bündchen says, though it was never on Patriots injury report

Over the years, Tom Brady has consistently dodged the question of how many concussions — if any — he has had while playing football. His wife, though, is another matter. Gisele Bündchen told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday that Brady “has concussions pretty much” and added that he had one last season, although he was never […]

Meet ‘Alternative Fats,’ a Minnesota baseball team’s new pig mascot

Saints Ponder Getting Rid of Swine, Instead Unveil "Alternative Fats" As New Ball Pig For 2017 — St. Paul Saints (@StPaulSaints) May 17, 2017 An independent professional baseball team in Minnesota revealed the name of its newest mascot Wednesday, but the Trump Administration might not like it. Show More Summary

Would-be Boston Marathon runners miss qualification after course error adds half-mile to race

Laurel Jones is convinced she ran the annual Maine Coast Marathon on Saturday fast enough to earn a spot in next year’s Boston Marathon. Too bad she ran an extra half-mile. The extra time she logged after a course marshal misdirected her and more than half the race’s participants cost them precious time. “I started freaking […]

New Baylor lawsuit alleges football team used gang rape as ‘bonding’ experience

A new lawsuit alleges that members of the Baylor football team hazed freshman recruits by having them bring freshman women to parties so they could be drugged and gang-raped as a “bonding” experience for the players. The Title IX lawsuit, the seventh filed against Baylor over the actions of its football players, was filed in […]

While Mike Golic talks cryptically about the ‘Mike & Mike’ breakup, his son pulls no punches

ESPN made official a number of long-rumored moves on Tuesday to go along with its upfront presentation to advertisers. Among them was the breakup of Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who have hosted a popular ESPN Radio show together since 1998. Greenberg will be getting his own daily show on ESPN TV starting Jan. 1. […]

LaVar Ball tells female Fox Sports 1 host to ‘stay in your lane’

LaVar Ball officially has moved from the outlandish to the obnoxious. During his appearance Wednesday on Colin Cowherd’s Fox Sports 1 show, co-host Kristine Leahy had the temerity to ask Ball how many pairs of Big Ballers shoes he’s sold. His response: “Stay in your lane.” Then, after much back-and-forth about whether Ball was marketing […]

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