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FIFA boosts Germany, demotes Brazil and the USA in its post-World Cup rankings

FIFA released its revised rankings today, reflecting the results of the World Cup, and there are quite a few changes. No surprise: World Cup champion Germany is No. 1 and runner-up Argentina is No. 2. Netherlands, which won the consolation match after failing to make the final, rose 12 spots to reach No. 3; Colombia, led […]

NBA looking to change draft lottery in order to prevent tanking

The NBA has been considering changes to its draft lottery to combat the long-held perception that teams are tanking in order to secure a greater chance of a high pick. According to Grantland’s Zach Lowe, the league submitted an official proposal to its competition committee this week that lays out the proposed changes. As it […]

Ernie Els hit a spectator on his first tee shot at British Open, then three-putted from two feet

Two-time British Open winner Ernie Els did not get off to a good start at this year’s tournament, hitting a spectator with his tee shot on the first hole and then turning what looked to be a routine tap-in into a tragic misadventure. Els followed up that triple-bogey 7 on the first hole with a […]

FIFA says German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg can’t put World Cup trophy on his helmet

In celebration of his country’s triumph at the World Cup, Germany Formula One driver Nico Rosberg wanted to put the World Cup trophy on his helmet for Sunday’s German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. He even tweeted out a photo to his 712,000 Twitter followers. this will be my Hockenheim World Cup special edition helmet with […]

Henrik Stenson snaps his club in two after errant shot at British Open

Henrik Stenson ran into some trouble on No. 17 during the first round of the British Open on Thursday morning, hitting into deep rough. He didn’t take it well. Henrik Stenson snaps club, calmly hands it to his caddie – https://t.co/rEgmHbsE3U — Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) July 17, 2014 Stenson bogeyed the par-4 17th and […]

Germany’s Mesut Ozil donates World Cup winnings to sick children of Brazil, not Gaza

After Germany defeated Argentina to win the World Cup on Sunday, reports began to circulate (mainly on social media) that midfielder Mesut Ozil would donate his winnings from the event to the children of Gaza, who are suffering amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will donate his World Cup winnings […]

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United are world’s three most valuable sports franchises

For the second straight year, Forbes has ranked Spanish soccer titan Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable sports franchise at $3.44 billion. The top three spots in the rankings were all held by European soccer teams, as Barcelona ($3.2 billion) and Manchester United ($2.81 billion) followed Real Madrid. European soccer teams can tap into […]

Watch 100 years of Tour de France racing bike evolution in a single GIF

The racing bike of yesteryear is almost aesthetically and compositionally nothing like those that exist today. In fact, judging from the below GIF, which Dominik Lenarczyk compiled from a series of still images posted on Zeit.de last year, the only real constant is that every bike has two wheels and a seat. But the size and materials of […]

No, Carmelo Anthony did not commission a ridiculous painting of himself. This time.

There is  painting in existence of Carmelo Anthony. It depicts him standing in or near what looks like a lake in a forest, wearing some sort of regal robe and holding a sword. It is ridiculous. However, it seems that, in this case, it’s not Anthony’s fault this artwork exists. That would be news to, […]

Michael Sam’s emotional, moving speech at the ESPYs

Sure, ESPN’s annual award show is a bloated, cheesy exercise in self-congratulation. However, that doesn’t mean that it is incapable of providing a setting for truly heartfelt moments. One of those came when Michael Sam, the former University of Missouri football player who announced he was gay shortly before the NFL draft, was given the […]

Slain transgender woman was brother of Clippers’ Reggie Bullock

Clippers shooting guard Reggie Bullock is coping with the apparent murder of a sibling. WJZ is reporting that a transgender woman found dead in Baltimore was his brother. Bullock confirmed to that station that the slain woman, identified as Mia Henderson, was born Kevin Long and was his brother. Bullock expressed some of his grief on Twitter: All […]

Minor league team will be dressed to the ca-nines

The ‘Bark at the Park’ promotion has proven so popular that even some major league teams are doing it. However, we’ll probably never see the day when a  big-league squad, or any team for that matter, breaks out jerseys like these. The amount of awesome here couldn’t possibly fit in a purse. The El Paso […]

Joel Embiid makes Twitter play for Kim Kardashian, is informed she’s married

Joel Embiid was taken No. 3 overall in June’s NBA draft and quickly established himself as a must-follow on Twitter. Which is one use of his time, because he won’t be quickly establishing himself as anything on the basketball court; the center is recovering from a broken bone in his right foot. Shortly after joining the […]

Lionel Hollins says things that people in Memphis may not appreciate

Lionel Hollins has been coach of the Grizzlies three times, including twice since the team moved to Memphis (he was an interim coach in Vancouver). His most recent stint coaching Memphis lasted from 2009 through the 2012-13 season. There may not be a fourth time. Hollins was recently hired as coach of the Nets, and […]

Gary Player says Tiger Woods would have won at least 24 titles already if he hadn’t changed his golf swing

Talk about a backhanded compliment! Gary Player told Golf.com that if Tiger Woods hadn’t changed his swing after winning the U.S. Open in 2000, he’d have won at least 24 major titles by now. Woods has won 14 major championships. Effectively, Player’s saying Woods is both great and terrible at the same time. The nine-time […]

No satellite required: DirecTV posts ad on its Web site offering Sunday Ticket streaming services

NFL junkies who want all the football without the satellite, rejoice! Sunday Ticket, which airs every out-of-market game,  is now available to stream live directly to computers, phones, tablets and gaming consoles, according to an advertisement recently posted on DirecTV.com. The company, however, has made no official announcement. Unlike the WWE Network or even Netflix […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a Mercedes to each member of Russia’s national hockey team

Russian President Vladimir Putin may not have the best reputation when it comes to keeping his word in the political world, but when it comes to hockey, it seems the steely-eyed leader always delivers on his promises. After Russia’s national hockey team took home a victory at the 2014 ice hockey world championship in Belarus in […]

Charleston RiverDogs will destroy music of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus in Disco Demolition Night redux

On July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox held Disco Demolition Night, which describes exactly what happened: A bunch of people — at the urging of a Chicago radio DJ — brought a bunch of disco records to a doubleheader between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers, and promoters blew them up between the games. […]

Roger Federer and Lindsey Vonn play tennis on a glacier in Switzerland

Wimbledon finalist Roger Federer and Olympic skiier Lindsey Vonn haven’t hid their admiration for each other. Vonn, a noted tennis fan, was on hand to watch Federer win his 14th Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2009, and the Swiss champion is friends with Vonn’s boyfriend, Tiger Woods. On Tuesday, the duo teamed up to […]

John McEnroe’s son arrested after getting caught with cocaine, prescription pills

Kevin McEnroe, the 27-year-old son of tennis legend John McEnroe, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in New York on Tuesday night after police found him to be carrying six baggies of cocaine and a number of prescription pills. The New York Daily News has the report: Kevin McEnroe, 27, was stopped […]

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