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ESPN to split Chris Berman’s jobs among three people

In January, ESPN announced that Chris Berman would be taking on a significantly reduced role after the conclusion of the 2016-17 NFL season, and since then speculation has centered on who would replace Berman as host of the network’s flagship pro football programs: “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “Monday Night Countdown” and the NFL draft. On Thursday, […]

LaVar Ball, the NCAA dad who won’t stop boasting: Overbearing parent or marketing genius?

If LaVar Ball is right, the future of basketball will dominate national TV this weekend, next weekend and for the next couple of decades. If he’s right. Ball has made himself the epicenter of a national debate over parental bravado, writing a number of checks with his mouth that his three talented basketball-playing sons will […]

Cubs mastermind Theo Epstein is No. 1 on Fortune’s ‘greatest leaders’ list. The pope is No. 3.

The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series was a big deal. Like, a really big deal, according to Fortune, which put the team’s president Theo Epstein on top of its “World’s Greatest Leaders” list on Thursday. The 43-year-old baseball mastermind beat out Chinese businessman Jack Ma, the executive chairman of the ever-growing Alibaba commerce empire, as […]

A former Baylor football player’s sexual assault conviction is overturned on appeal

An appeals court in Texas overturned the sexual assault conviction of former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu and remanded the case for retrial late Wednesday afternoon in Waco, Texas. A panel of three judges ruled that the trial judge should have allowed into evidence more text messages between the alleged victim — a former Baylor […]

Giant iguana invades Miami Open to the delight of tennis fans everywhere

Squirrels, birds, cats … those are the most likely beastly interlopers of sporting events. But not in Florida, where reptiles are the main event. Last week it was an alligator on a golf course. This week it was an iguana on a tennis court. The large lizard made his debut at the Miami Open, while Jiri […]

Johnny Manziel and Sean Payton reportedly discussed his return to football

The New Orleans Saints still need a backup quarterback for Drew Brees, which sets up one of the more intriguing reports of the offseason. Saints Coach Sean Payton reportedly met with Johnny Manziel, who washed out of the NFL a little over a year ago. Payton and Johnny Football, according to the NFL Network’s Ian […]

Sweet 16 point-spread picks to help you forget about your ruined bracket

Chances are that you have lost interest in your bracket since the events of last weekend, and that’s okay. There are still other ways to have fun as the NCAA tournament rolls on. Let’s take a look at the point-spread side of things, shall we? I went 17-14-1 against the spread (ATS) in my first-round […]

Martellus Bennett thinks the NFL’s video on touchdown celebrations is pretty silly

NFL fans weren’t the only ones mocking the league’s planned video on the do’s and don’ts of touchdown celebrations. Martellus Bennett, the creative, self-proclaimed “black unicorn” because of his unique speed and size, plans to be, shall we say, otherwise occupied when the video is shown to teams. “An educational training video on celebrations? Spend that […]

Marcus Stroman, Ian Kinsler lead USA to first WBC championship in win over Puerto Rico

In the fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic, the United States finally won the championship, defeating Puerto Rico, 8-0, at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler opened the scoring with a two-run homer before crossing the plate […]

After comments on Puerto Rico, Ian Kinsler’s home run provokes amusing reaction

Well before Wednesday’s championship game of the World Baseball Classic, pitting the United States against Puerto Rico, Ian Kinsler was a topic of conversation. In a story published by the New York Times, the Arizona-bred second baseman offered eyebrow-raising — if not groan-inducing — quotes about the differences in baseball culture between his country and some of […]

Sign him up! 47-year-old Brett Favre shows he still has a rocket arm.

Let the Brett Favre un-retirement talk recommence! Video of the 47-year-old former quarterback made the rounds Wednesday, and it showed that he still has a rocket for an arm. Had the G.O.A.T. Brett Favre out throwing today. I asked him to come out retirement to throw a pick to me. J/P cool guy… #TAT — […]

Kristi Yamaguchi told Nancy Kerrigan to ‘break a leg’ on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

It makes sense that Kristi Yamaguchi wanted to express her best wishes for Nancy Kerrigan’s debut Monday on “Dancing With the Stars.” After all, not only was Yamaguchi a veteran of the popular show, her career as a U.S. Olympic figure skater overlapped with Kerrigan’s. In general, it also makes sense that someone in that […]

Jason Day tearfully withdraws from round to help mother cope with cancer surgery

After playing just six holes at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Wednesday, Jason Day conceded his round and withdrew from the tournament. Afterward, a tearful Day revealed that his mother was preparing for lung cancer surgery Friday, and that he needed “some time away with her.” The world’s No. 3-ranked golfer and a former […]

A day after an ad took humorous aim at Joel Embiid’s injuries, report says he’s ‘very likely’ to have surgery

Talk about poor timing … A day after candy brand Jolly Rancher released an ad that pokes fun at Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid’s injuries, a report circulated that the 23-year-old big man would need to undergo knee surgery. Sucks when you are in a commercial but it's making fun of how long you’vebeen a rookie […]

Oklahoma State considering former player-turned-analyst Doug Gottlieb for coaching job

Basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb is used to commentating on college coaches and now according to ESPN, he might become one. Per the network’s Jeff Goodman, Gottlieb, 41, will interview for the open head coaching position at Oklahoma State University, where he played after transferring from Notre Dame. The news comes as a bit of a surprise considering Gottlieb’s lack […]

Man. United coach calls today’s young players ‘brats’ who care about social media too much

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho recently gave an extensive interview to France Football, in which we learn he’s incredibly skeptical about the future of the sport he’s been involved with since 1980. Among his qualms are the increasingly massive amounts of money in the Premier League, which he said have complicated the transfer market, as well as […]

Trent Richardson’s ex-girlfriend arrested after allegedly ramming her car into his

Trent Richardson’s issues with his former girlfriend and the mother of his four children continued Monday, when Sevina Fatu was arrested in Florida after police say she rammed a Mercedes-Benz SUV into a car containing Richardson and a companion. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office charged Fatu with two counts of aggravated battery and one count […]

Soccer player who thanked his wife and girlfriend is now dragging his daughter into it

Mohammed Anas, a soccer player in South Africa, made the gaffe-of-all-gaffes recently when he thanked both his wife and girlfriend after he received man-of-the-match honors. By “girlfriend,” you see, he meant “daughter.” “My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That’s what I was talking about. I don’t have a girlfriend,” Anas told […]

Nick Saban has a salty rant after Alabama’s first spring practice

Only one day into spring football, Alabama Coach Nick Saban was rolling, dropping one of his patented salty rants Tuesday afternoon on the media. What set the coach off was a question about the team’s offensive philosophy after it came up short in time of possession and on the scoreboard in the College Football Playoff […]

NFL promises to spell out excessive celebration rules in a video, is mocked

Never, in the history of humankind, has anyone given more thought to anything than the NFL has given to the celebrations and, hold on, because there’s a more lot more thinking going on. The NFL is putting together an “educational training video,” Troy Vincent, the league’s executive vice president of football operations, announced Tuesday in […]

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