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March Madness came two months early, thanks to Nevada’s historic comeback

The Nevada men’s basketball team trailed New Mexico by 25 points with 11 minutes left in the second half, by 19 with 4:27 left and by 14 with 1:29 left. I think you probably can guess what happens next, because why on earth would we be writing about a Nevada-New Mexico college basketball game? Nevada […]

Mitch Trubisky had a huge year at UNC, but should he be a top NFL draft pick?

To the surprise of just about no one, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced Monday that he would forgo his final season of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Trubisky had garnered a lot of buzz after throwing 30 touchdown passes and just six interceptions this past season, his only one as a full-time […]

Tom Brady, who took his own wild trips back in the day, defends Odell Beckham Jr.

The biggest impact Odell Beckham Jr. had Sunday in Green Bay was when his fist hit the wall inside Lambeau Stadium. A terrible day in which he dropped three passes and caught only four for 28 yards led to … well, you know where it led. It was the party boat trip to Miami that […]

Walking boot or not, Ben Roethlisberger’s injury reportedly isn’t all that bad

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set off a few alarms Sunday afternoon when he appeared wearing a walking boot at the news conference that followed Pittsburgh’s 30-12 win over the Dolphins. And while Roethlisberger told reporters that “I’ll be out there next week” for the Steelers’ second-round game in Kansas City, the fact remains that he […]

Packers could face Cowboys without one of Aaron Rodgers’s favorite receivers

The Green Bay Packers are certifiably hot after winning their seventh game in a row Sunday, but they’ll face the challenge of playing the Dallas Cowboys next in the playoffs — and they may be without one of Aaron Rodgers’s favorite targets. Wide receiver Jordy Nelson was carted off after taking a hard hit in […]

The Patriots are one of the biggest betting favorites in NFL playoff history

Because the Patriots are the Patriots and the Texans are perceived to be all defense and zero offense, there wasn’t much in the way of shock when the point spread for Saturday’s AFC second-round game in Foxborough was unveiled over the weekend: New England opened as a 14.5-point favorite and quickly grew to a 16-point […]

Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punches hole in wall, beats head against door after loss

Shortly after the Giants’ 38-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday in the opening round of the playoffs, Odell Beckham Jr. spoke calmly with reporters at a news conference about his “learning experiences.” Following that, though, the New York wide receiver reportedly lost control of his emotions, punching a hole in a wall at Green Bay’s […]

Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter arrested at Pittsburgh bar after playoff win

Joey Porter, an assistant coach and former player for the Steelers, was arrested Sunday night at a bar in Pittsburgh. The incident happened just hours after his team defeated the Dolphins, 30-12, in the opening round of the playoffs. Police were called to the scene following reports of an “an unruly customer who was in […]

Strong winds wreak havoc on Web.com Tour opening round in Bahamas

The Web.com Tour kicked off its season in unusual fashion, going with a Sunday opening round at its first stop, the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. But what was really unusual was the scoring, with strong winds causing most players to post numbers in the 80s and even higher. If you go 18 holes without losing a […]

Heat’s Dion Waiters ejected for elbowing J.J. Redick in back of the head

J.J. Redick led all scorers in Sunday’s Clippers-Heat game, notching 25 points to help Los Angeles to a 98-86 win. Redick’s busy day also included being on the receiving end of a Dion Waiters elbow, one that resulted in the Miami guard’s ejection from the game. The incident occurred with just over three minutes left […]

For the Giants, it was all about who was and who wasn’t ‘on the boat’

The thing about going on a Miami party boat the morning after an entire night of clubbing and just days before a playoff game at Green Bay, as several members of the Giants very notably did last week, is that you had better play well in the game. As it turned out, many Giants did […]

Aaron Rodgers threw two incredible touchdown passes in the first half vs. the Giants

When the New York Giants took a 6-0 lead in the first half of Sunday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, they might have been frustrated at not having a bigger advantage, but they had to have felt happy at how they had held Aaron Rodgers in check. However, Rodgers proved that his talent […]

If your team played defense like the Texans, you wouldn’t fire Bill O’Brien either

The arrival of 2017 ushered in a procession of whispers about the future of Coach Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans. Win the wild-card game or else. The whispers seemed baffling because O’Brien has led the team into the playoffs twice in three seasons, albeit it in a weak division, but then O’Brien can be […]

It’s ridiculously cold, but Odell Beckham Jr. and Ryan Shazier still went shirtless

You know what they say about the cold.?.?. the key is to keep your head and hands covered. Maybe Ryan Shazier, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, was testing that theory during warmups (unintentional pun) for the wild-card game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The temperature in Pittsburgh was 14 degrees, 1 if you factor […]

Steelers’ Antonio Brown dances into the end zone — twice

Maybe it was too cold to celebrate wildly or maybe he wasn’t done yet. Whatever the case, Antonio Brown was rather subdued as he dominated the first quarter of the wild-card playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. First, Brown scampered 50 yards for the score, then he went 62 — and managed […]

Referee denies telling Lions that the crew missed a facemask call on Paul Richardson

Referee Brad Allen denied a midgame report by NBC that he had acknowledged that the crew missed a facemask call on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson as he made a stellar touchdown catch for the first score in the wild-card playoff game Saturday. The source for the report from Michele Tafoya was none other […]

Watch Seahawks’ Paul Richardson make an unreal one-handed touchdown catch

Even Richard Sherman had to approve of this call. With the Seattle Seahawks facing fourth-and-goal at the 2, they opted to throw the ball and the result was one of the best one-handed touchdown receptions you’ll ever see. Paul Richardson outfought Tavon Wilson of the Detroit Lions, looping an arm around the safety and scooping […]

Is Duke’s Grayson Allen already back to his tripping ways?

The last time Grayson Allen tripped an opponent during a Duke basketball game, he cried, threw a bit of a tantrum on the bench, and was suspended “indefinitely.” That “indefinite” suspension lasted all of one game. Given the short length of the suspension, it’s reasonable to assume the punishment didn’t have much impact on the […]

Roger Goodell says he’s at game in Seattle, promptly gets ripped by Patriots fans

There was a time when Roger Goodell was regarded — largely by himself, but still — as the fans’ commissioner, a guy who just doggone it loved the game, sitting in the stands with the regular people, posing for selfies and signing autographs. But ever since he dared not enter Gillette Stadium after the New […]

J.R. Smith and his wife announce premature birth of their daughter

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith and his wife took to social media Saturday to share the sobering news that their baby daughter has been born five months prematurely. “We know we’re not the only family going through this, who has been through this, and who will ever go through it,” Smith’s wife, Jewel, said on […]

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