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Stephen Curry made 77 straight 3-pointers in practice, and 94 out of 100

This just in: Stephen Curry is ridiculous. The Warriors guard added to his burgeoning legend Tuesday with an eye-popping display of marksmanship. According to ESPN, Curry drained 94 out off 100 three-point shot attempts in a team practice, including a streak of 77 in a row. From three-point range. 77. In. A. Row. That’s just, […]

Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota reportedly both scored well on the Wonderlic test

An annual ritual took place Tuesday evening: The Leaking of the Wonderlic Scores. The results of the intelligence test the NFL administers to prospects at its draft combine are supposed to be kept secret, and they mostly are — except in the cases of star quarterbacks. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports divulged that Jameis Winston scored a 27, […]

Fresh out of rehab, Johnny Manziel spotted at Rangers-Angels game

Johnny Manziel, who was released from a rehab facility on Saturday after spending over 10 weeks seeking treatment for unspecified personal issues, is expected to join the Browns when they begin offseason training activities next week. In the meantime, the quarterback is back in his home state of Texas, and on Tuesday he was spotted at a […]

Kings prank rookie Nik Stauskas by filling his house with popcorn

The NBA has a long and storied tradition of teammates pranking the new guy by filling his car with popcorn. A few highlights: Deron Williams and Reggie Evans punked then-rookie Nets teammate MarShon Brooks. Dion Waiters received the same treatment in Cleveland. Just this season, Jazz rook Rudy Gobert endured the wrath. So naturally, the […]

LeBron James has the NBA’s top-selling jersey for the sixth straight year

The NBA announced its most popular jerseys for the 2014-15 season on Tuesday, and once again, King James is wearing the crown. LeBron James topped the list for the sixth straight year, according to the league, which based its rankings on sales figures from its online retail store since the start of the season. No […]

Indians’ Carlos Carrasco carted off the field after taking a ball to the face

The Indians’ Carlos Carrasco was facing just his second batter of the game Tuesday when Melky Cabrera of the White Sox hit a ball right back at him. Carrasco was unable to get out of the way, and the ball glanced off his pitching hand and into his right cheek. The pitcher lay face-down on […]

Justise Winslow is leaving Duke for the NBA

Another member of Duke’s heralded freshman class, which helped the school win its fifth national title, is ready to be a one-and-done. Justise Winslow announced his intention to “take the next step” Tuesday, joining teammate Jahlil Okafor in making himself available for the NBA draft. With any luck, noted NBA analyst Charles Barkley may soon realize that […]

‘Spuran Spuran’ video reminds us that the Spurs are the NBA’s most delightfully nerdy team

At this point, we should all agree that the Spurs are not boring. They play a very entertaining brand of basketball, and their coach, Greg Popovich, has turned his requisite in-game interviews into something like amusing performance art. It is probably fair to think of the Spurs as kind of nerdy, though, which is not at […]

Caroline Wozniacki and J.J. Watt spotted together again

Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki and Houston Texans star J.J. Watt are turning heads again. The pair showed up together in a fan’s Instagram photo that was geo-tagged Fisher Island, Fla., this weekend. The latest trip comes on the heels of the two traveling to Indianapolis to cheer on the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA championship game […]

Lakers’ Nick Young blames the rim for his shooting problems this season

The season is almost over for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Nick Young can hardly wait. The 29-year-old’s field goal percentage — 36.6 percent — was the lowest of his career, according to So, what’s the deal? It’s not his fault, Young told reporters on Tuesday, “Blame it on the rim.” Young continued (via L.A. Daily […]

Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha blames NYPD for breaking his leg

The Atlanta Hawks player whose leg was broken while being arrested by New York City police last week released a statement on Tuesday insinuating that he plans to bring a sue the NYPD, which he explicitly cites as the cause of his injury. “On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss […]

Sports Illustrated declares new ‘era’ for Jordan Spieth just four years after declaring new ‘era’ for Rory McIlroy

The shelf life of professional golfers isn’t short. Ben Crenshaw played his final Masters last week at the age of 63. He turned pro in 1973. But according to Sports Illustrated, a player’s “era” might only last four years before a new up-and-comer takes over. Case in point, take a look at the latest cover, featuring 21-year-old Masters […]

Mexico’s soccer team is not happy with the field at the Alamodome

The United States and Mexico are tentatively scheduled to play a soccer friendly at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Wednesday. I say “tentatively” because El Tri officials are not at all happy about the temporary grass pitch that has been laid out over the stadium’s concrete floor. #SodUpdate: The pitch has been transported to […]

Watch Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s Las Vegas open workouts live

Those hoping to wager on what’s being billed as “the fight of the century” can get a sneak peek on Tuesday and Wednesday when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to host open workouts for the media. The workouts will also be streamed live on YouTube, starting with Mayweather’s on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT. […]

Manchester City fans appear to taunt Manchester United fans with chant about Munich Air Disaster

Soccer rivalries are rarely friendly, but Sunday’s derby between Manchester teams City and United got unnecessarily mean when City fans appeared to taunt United fans with a chant about the 1958 Munich Air Disaster. The chant, which was caught on tape, went: “Who’s that dying on the runway? Who’s that dying in the snow? It’s […]

Rolling Stones will help Georgia Tech pay for cost of attendance

Starting this fall, Georgia Tech will give its student-athletes an additional $1,720 per school year to cover their full cost of attendance. In other words, it’s money for cellphone bills, travel expenses and other costs on top of tuition, fees, room and board, and books, which until this year were the only things athletic departments […]

Golfer takes blame for being bitten by crocodile in Australia

A 75-year-old man says he was to blame for being bitten on the leg by a crocodile as he played a round of golf at an Australian tourist resort. A four-foot saltwater croc chomped down up on the lower leg of John Lahiff, who was treated for puncture wounds at a Brisbane area hospital. Brisbane […]

Western Kentucky suspends NCAA swimming program for five years for hazing, sexual assault and drug violations

Western Kentucky University announced Tuesday that it is suspending its NCAA swimming and diving program for five years after an investigations uncovered a “pervasive culture of misconduct” involving hazing, sexual assault and drug use. “This is a very difficult and unfortunate decision on many levels,” WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart said in a statement.  “While […]

Formula 1 winner Lewis Hamilton causes stir after spraying celebration champagne in woman’s face

It’s all fun and games until champagne ends up in an innocent woman’s ear. It’s a lesson Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton learned the hard way on Sunday when he faced heavy criticism for his celebration antics after winning the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Hamilton didn’t just pop his celebratory champagne, but he sprayed it […]

Sorry, Dodgers fan, you have to wear Diamondbacks gear at Arizona game

The Arizona Diamondbacks aren’t kidding around about what fans who sit in the primo Batter’s Box Suite of seats are permitted to wear. It’s kind of embarrassing for a fan wearing the opponent’s gear to be shown over and over in every single at-bat shot on telecasts and, gosh darn it, the D’backs are taking […]

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