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Pelicans’ Buddy Hield gets ejected for hitting DeMarcus Cousins in the groin

When told that a player was ejected from a game involving the Kings, most sports fans would assume that DeMarcus Cousins was the guilty party. On Sunday, it was Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield who got the boot, although the Sacramento star played a central — and painful — role. Late in the first half, Hield earned a […]

Fifth-grade Catholic youth team forfeits season rather than kick girls off

For several years, a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball team in New Jersey had included a pair of girls. But recently the squad, now in the fifth grade, was presented with a difficult choice: Drop the girls, per the archdiocese’s rules, or forfeit the season. The team’s decision was unanimous. It was also courageous and […]

Justin Timberlake misses a hole-in-one by inches at Pebble Beach

It’s funny. Joe Schmo goes to the golf course and nearly gets a hole-in-one and, even though he’s playing a notoriously tough, iconic hole, it’s called a birdie. Justin Timberlake does it and it’s a near ace. Such is life. Timberlake, who has a 3.4 handicap, came within inches of a hole-in-one on No. 7 during […]

Seahawks’ Michael Bennett withdraws from Israel trip, citing sympathy for Palestine

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has withdrawn at the last minute from a sponsored trip to Israel, saying the government there is using him for a public-relations initiative and that he sympathizes with Palestinians. Bennett was to be part of a delegation that is scheduled to arrive Monday and includes Seahawks teammate Cliff Avril, Delanie […]

As Texas considers a bathroom bill, the NFL issues a warning

As the state of Texas considers a bathroom bill that would ban transgender people from using the public bathrooms in which they feel most comfortable, the NFL has issued a reminder that such a law could affect future Super Bowls in the state. The warning is a serious one. The NFL moved the 1993 Super […]

‘I’m not an alcoholic': Charles Oakley responds to James Dolan’s implication

Charles Oakley, a New York Knicks legend and fan favorite, denied that he is suffering from “an addiction,” an implication leveled at him by owner James Dolan after Oakley was ejected Wednesday night from Madison Square Garden and banned from the arena. “Dolan might think because I go to volunteer at Rebound Institute treatment centers […]

President Trump says Mark Cuban ‘isn’t smart enough to run for president’

President Trump’s Sunday morning tweets this week contained a shot at Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in which the president said the “Shark Tank” star is “not smart enough to run for president!” Cuban and Trump have gone back and forth ever since Trump’s campaign heated up, with Cuban making a campaign appearance for Hillary […]

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green had fun with those Kevin Durant cupcake T-shirts

The Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder was sweet, as sweet as a cupcake. If there was any doubt that Kevin Durant’s return to Oklahoma City with his new team was a little personal, it was as clear as the T-shirts bearing an image of a cupcake that fans wore. This dates […]

Nike ad sends serious message about equality, opportunity and discrimination

The message in Nike’s powerful new ad campaign is delivered by the biggest stars in the sports firmament and it comes as Black History Month is in its second week. The message is spelled out in black and white, with only the word “EQUALITY,” and the company’s logo. What the company is trying to get across, […]

UFC 208: Germaine de Randamie beats Holly Holm, while Anderson Silva steals the show — and a victory

The first UFC pay-per-view of 2017 may not have had the most exciting card ever, and it certainly lacked the star power of the final UFC pay-per-view of 2016 (RIP Ronda Rousey’s career, it appears), but at least one bout on the five-fight main card made history. For the first time ever, the UFC crowned a […]

Former Syracuse standout, Boston Celtics center Fab Melo is dead at age 26

Former Syracuse standout and Boston Celtics center Fab Melo has died, according to multiple reports. He was 26 years old. The cause of death remains unclear, although an ESPN report out of Melo’s native Brazil, where he was living with his mother and two sisters, said he died in his sleep. “It’s so hard right now, so […]

Warriors bring in extra security before Kevin Durant’s first game back in Oklahoma City

There will reportedly be three times as many security officials as normal traveling with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday when they meet the Thunder in Oklahoma City. The reason? Kevin Durant. According to ESPN, neither the player, who didn’t exactly leave the Thunder on the happiest of terms, nor his business manager, Rich Kleiman, are taking any chances […]

Pro wrestling pioneer Chavo Guerrero Sr. dies after fight with liver cancer

Chavo Guerrero Sr., one of the pro wrestling world’s most respected performers, has died after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 68. Guerrero’s son and namesake, Chavo Guerrero Jr., who also wrestled with WWE, made the announcement on Saturday. Today the world lost a true rebel. He did things "HIS" way. Not always right, not always […]

Louisville police arrest fan after he stormed the court in attempt to join Miami’s huddle

A Louisville fan learned the hard way Saturday that if you’re going to spy on your opponents, you better be stealthy. That lesson came too late for Randall Bolton, however, who got arrested after very conspicuously attempting to join Miami’s huddle during the Cardinals’ 77-66 victory over the Hurricanes. A bold move maybe, but also one that […]

Warriors’ Draymond Green records NBA’s first triple-double without double-digit points

It would be an understatement to refer to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green as simply an unconventional star. What he did in the Warriors’ 122-107 win over Memphis on Friday night was beyond unconventional. Green posted a triple-double but it was one unlike anything you’ve ever seen. In fact, it was one unlike the […]

NFL reportedly unhappy with Matt Patricia’s T-shirt and other Patriots anti-Goodell behavior

We all knew that the Patriots would take greater joy than normal if they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Not just because it would further cement Tom Brady and Bill Belichick’s legacy in NFL lore, but because it would be their chance to stick it to “the man.” That man? None other than […]

Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at 87

Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings, died Friday at the age of 87. A family spokesman said that Ilitch died while in the hospital, per the AP. Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza chain in 1959, bought the NHL’s Red Wings in 1982 and presided over four […]

The backlash against Under Armour CEO’s Trump comments has gone global

Under Armour is a global brand and so is President Trump, it appears. On Friday, a German soccer team sponsored by the Baltimore-based athleticwear company released a statement attempting to distance itself from the latter by criticizing Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s recent laudatory comments about the U.S. president. “FC St. Pauli can only agree with […]

Dad gets four days in jail for choke-slamming teen son’s wrestling opponent

The 42-year-old father of a high school wrestler in Nebraska will spend a few days in jail next week for picking a fight with his son’s opponent after a match last year, Hastings’ KSNB-TV reported Friday. According to court records obtained by the news station, Stacey Micheel approached the 17-year-old Amherst High School student after […]

MSG security chief reportedly fired, just two days after bizarre Charles Oakley arrest

Madison Square Garden has parted ways with one of its top security chiefs, just two days after a bizarre incident occurred involving several members of the arena’s security crew and former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley, according to multiple reports. DNAInfo was first to break the news that senior vice president for security Frank […]

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