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An Iowa football player’s Pokémon Go game ends with four police guns pointed at his face

Faith Ekakitie, a defensive end for the University of Iowa, described in harrowing detail an encounter he had with police as he played Pokémon Go in an Iowa City park last week. This story, sobering as it is, ended not in tragedy, but with Ekakitie thanking police. “Today was the first time I’ve truly feared […]

Chris Froome cruises to his third Tour de France victory

Chris Froome became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France three times, cruising onto the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in Paris. Froome, riding for Team Sky, entered the day with a healthy lead after negotiating rainy roads during Saturday’s next-to-last stage in the Alps. Froome, who had crashed during a rainy descent Friday, entered […]

Chris Sale suspended five games by White Sox for cutting up throwback uniforms

Chris Sale’s fashion critique is a costly one. The Chicago White Sox suspended their ace for five games for, among other things, “insubordination.” “Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment,” White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “While we all appreciate Chris’ talent and […]

Australia won’t move into Rio Olympic Village after toilets fail stress test

The Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro flunked a stress test conducted by the Australian Olympic Committee, which found uninhabitable conditions and was left scrambling to find other quarters for its first athletes to arrive in Brazil. Show More Summary

United States will field the largest women’s contingent in Olympic history at Rio Games

With the Rio Games set to begin in less than two weeks, the United States Olympic Committee announced its 2016 Olympic Team on Saturday in Los Angeles. The USOC rolled out plenty of numbers attached to its 555-member roster, but one figure particularly stood out. This year’s American contingent boasts 292 women, marking the most […]

Holly Holm loses second consecutive bout, falls in unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko took apart ex-champ Holly Holm to earn a unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 20 in Chicago Saturday night, marking the first time Holm has suffered consecutive defeats in her combat career. The losses are the only two of her UFC career. Holm, ranked No. 2 in the women’s bantamweight category, hoped to climb back into […]

Chris Sale cut up all of the White Sox’ throwback jerseys because he didn’t like wearing it

The Chicago White Sox’s announcement that Chris Sale was being scratched from Saturday’s start for a “non-physical” clubhouse incident sent shock waves around Major League Baseball. With the MLB trade deadline just a week away, how would this impact one of the league’s most valuable pitchers, one whom the Sox were reportedly looking to deal […]

WNBA withdraws penalties for players’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

On Friday, WNBA President Lisa Borders defended her decision to fine players for recent protests against violence, saying “we were making every effort to engage our players” during negotiations with the union. Less than 24 hours later, Borders backtracked. The WNBA rescinded its fines Saturday, quelling a public outcry that had mounted steadily since Borders issued […]

This year’s Tour de France saw some of the weirdest crashes yet

The Tour de France will end Sunday with Team Sky’s Chris Froome capturing his third title. But it wasn’t the easiest of rides for the 31-year-old, who suffered bumps and bruises in two separate crashes, including one that threatened to disqualify him from the Tour. Craziness! @richie_porte right into the back of a camera motor bike! Moto stopped […]

Aussie rules football player gruesomely breaks left leg with his right leg

Aussie rules football isn’t for the faint of heart. As in rugby, the players don’t wear pads or helmets, so bumps and bruises are expected. But snapping one’s leg with one’s other leg while sprinting with the ball? That’s rare, but it happened to Western Bulldogs player Mitch Wallis on Saturday during a game against St. […]

It’s been 20 years since Kerri Strug landed her gold medal-winning Olympic vault

July 23, 1996, was a banner day in U.S. gymnastics history. It was the day an injured Kerri Strug landed a most improbable vault to earn the American squad its first team gold medal at an Olympic games. Strug was the last U.S. gymnast to attempt to vault, going in with extremely high pressure after […]

Young Manchester City fan asks Coach Pep Guardiola to please sign Lionel Messi

Everybody wants Lionel Messi on their team, including a young Manchester City supporter named Braydon Bent. This precocious 7-year-old made his pitch to new manager Pep Guardiola this week when the two wound up in a taxi together as part of series the team does with their in-house TV presenter Les “Chappy” Chapman. Bent thought he was just going […]

Ronda Rousey’s longtime rival Cris ‘Cyborg’ calls for fight at UFC 205

Yeah… file this under things that have about as much of a chance of happening as a cat learning calculus. Cris “Cyborg” Justino challenged Ronda Rousey to meet her in the Octagon at UFC 205 on Nov. 12. “I’m not trying to inspire you to suddenly become a better person, or become anything you’re not. […]

Team USA Coach Geno Auriemma ‘proud’ of WNBA players’ activism

Team USA women’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma is “proud” of the WNBA players who used their platform to protest a spate of recent shootings perpetrated by and against police officers. “I respect (New York Liberty star) Tina (Charles) and the players in the WNBA for their concern and their voices and the passion that they […]

Florida football player helps stop sexual assault

A football player at the University of Florida helped stop a sexual assault outside a Gainesville bar early Thursday morning. Christian Garcia, a walk-on linebacker for the Gators, along with another person, witnessed the assault of a 19-year-old woman and took action to separate the victim and the assailant, according to police. The attacker, Christopher Shaw, age […]

Dirk Nowitzki is reportedly scoring an extra $10 million from the Mavericks

After putting in 18 seasons of hard work, Dirk Nowitzki is finally getting the payday he’s long deserved. On Friday, the Dallas Mavericks reportedly increased the amount of his new two-year deal with the team to $50 million through the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN. That’s $10 million more than the 38-year-old veteran was set to […]

Russia facing ban at Paralympics as state-sponsored doping scandal spreads

Russian parathletes hoping to compete in this summer’s Paralympics in Rio got some bad news on Friday when officials moved to ban the country from the games amid Russia’s ongoing doping crisis. The news comes a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the Rio Olympic ban on Russia’s track and field teams […]

Bernie Sanders tweets epic GIF supporting relocation of NBA All-Star Game

The message Sen. Bernie Sanders expressed in his tweet supporting the NBA’s decision to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game was serious, but the GIF the Vermonter attached to it? That was just for lolz. Great move by the NBA pulling next year's All-Star Game from NC. We must stand with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. […]

PGA Championship to remain in North Carolina despite controversial ‘bathroom bill’

The PGA of America has decided not to follow the lead of the NBA, which announced it would be re-locating the 2017 NBA All-Star Game from North Carolina because of controversial legislation that some say discriminates against the LGBT community. Instead, the 2017 PGA Championship will go on as planned at North Carolina’s Quail Hollow […]

Draymond Green reaches plea agreement, gets fine for bar incident

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will not face any jail time and had the charges pending against him reduced after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors over a July 10 incident in which he was accused of slapping a Michigan State football player. Green will pay a $500 fine and $60 restitution fee, the […]

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