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Weeks before his final race, Usain Bolt complains ‘no one is really running fast’ — except women

Usain Bolt is set to run his final two races at events this week and in August before he retires. As to whom he believes might take up his throne when he’s gone, however? “No one is really running fast at the moment,” the 30-year-old said Wednesday (via NBC Sports). Bolt complained the younger male […]

WWE CEO Vince McMahon’s son ‘thankful’ after surviving helicopter emergency landing in ocean

A helicopter carrying the son of WWE chief executive Vince McMahon was forced to make an emergency water landing in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday morning after troubles arose off the coast of New York. “It was very unnerving,” Shane McMahon later told reporters of the incident (via the Associated Press). McMahon, who was the only […]

A former ski jumper who only took up cycling in 2012 won Stage 17 of the Tour de France

Before Wednesday, Primoz Roglic wasn’t a name many cycling fans recognized. But after the Slovenian brilliantly rode his way to his first victory in Stage 17 of the Tour de France, Roglic’s name is one fans won’t soon forget. Clocking in at 5:07:41 after riding 183 kilometers through the Alps from La Mure, France, to Serre-Chevalier, Roglic left […]

For the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, Jerry Jones says, it’s not easy being ‘a rock star’

There is a downside to playing for the Dallas Cowboys, one that owner Jerry Jones cites as he considers the offseason problems being experienced by Ezekiel Elliott and some of his other players. Now more than ever, playing for the team brings an increased level of scrutiny off the field. The visibility is compounded by […]

Another big-name sprinter is out of Tour de France as Marcel Kittel quits after crash

Another big name is out of the Tour de France after Marcel Kittel was forced to abandon the race on Wednesday following a multi-rider pileup that left his shoulder and knee too damaged to continue. The crash occurred early in a demanding Stage 17 that required the riders to cycle 183 kilometers through the Alps […]

The easiest part of the rest of O.J. Simpson’s life may be Thursday’s parole hearing

For the first time in O.J. Simpson’s long life, something involving the former football star seems destined to proceed smoothly and without controversy Thursday when the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners meets to consider his fate. Simpson is eligible for parole after serving the mandatory nine years of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery, and the […]

‘I think my legs look tired’: A Tour de France cyclist shares a shocking look at the toll the race takes

Never has the grueling toll that Tour de France takes on the human body been as graphically and gruesomely captured as it was by a Polish cyclist who had just completed the 16th stage of the 21-stage race. Pawel Poljanski, a domestique for the German team Bora-Hansgrohe, took a moment to share a photo of […]

Yankees’ big trade keeps Todd Frazier and David Robertson away from Red Sox

In making a major trade with the White Sox Tuesday, the Yankees accomplished several goals. New York bolstered its lineup and bullpen at a time when the team has been slumping, and it was able to do so while keeping most of its top prospects. Perhaps just as significantly, the Yankees were able to keep […]

Mike Gundy says his mullet has been worth ‘millions’ to Oklahoma State

For about a year, Mike Gundy’s hair has been a party in the back and business in the front — and business has been good. The Oklahoma State football coach said Tuesday that his mullet has been worth “millions” to the Cowboys’ program. Gundy might be right, given the amount of publicity the 49-year-old has received […]

Chris Christie booed by fans after catching foul ball at Mets game

Usually, when a fan makes a catch in the stands at a baseball game, he or she gets some kind of cheer from the crowd. When that fan is Chris Christie? Not so much. The embattled New Jersey governor received a distinct round of boos Tuesday at Citi Field, after he caught a foul ball […]

Man posing as Adele’s manager cons Paul George, other NBA stars for sneakers, police say

If you recently received an email from a man claiming to be the manager of British chanteuse Adele, you should think twice before sending him any of your prized possessions. It’s most likely a con perpetrated by a South Florida man named Justin Jackson. According to the Miami Herald, which cites an arrest warrant for […]

Two weeks after disqualification and Peter Sagan still says Tour de France made ‘big mistake’

It’s been two weeks since popular pro cyclist Peter Sagan was booted from the Tour de France after race officials said he “endangered multiple riders,” and the Slovakian rider is still stewing over the decision. “It was a big mistake, I think,” Sagan told Belgium’s VTM Nieuws on Monday (via Cycling Weekly). “I can accept […]

If they gave Heismans for hilarious campaigns, Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor would win

Zach Sinor needs your support. Or rather, the Oklahoma State punter needs the support of the 870 media members who make up the majority of voters each year in deciding who gets the Heisman Trophy. See, Sinor is making a run for it, and he’s doing so by kicking off his own campaign, which consists of a website that […]

Distracted after losing his hat, man hits young daughter with boat, killing her, police say

A man took his family out on a boat in New Hampshire on Monday morning, hoping to teach his daughter to water ski. Distracted when the wind took his hat, police said, he ran the 12-year-old over and killed her. Zoe Anderson and her family had come from Colorado to visit relatives in Bridgewater, a small rural community on the shore of […]

Caitlyn Jenner is contemplating running for a Senate seat

Caitlyn Jenner went from the Olympics to reality television to … politics? That’s a strong possibility, according to the 1976 gold medal-winning decathlete, who told conservative talk radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday that she’s looking into running for Senate. “The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me,” Jenner said. “Over the […]

Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to have precautionary MRI because of calf injury

Lonzo Ball, the Los Angeles Lakers’ prized rookie and the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft last month, will undergo an MRI for a calf injury he suffered while playing in the Las Vegas Summer League. “[Lonzo] got the groin, got the calf now,” Lakers President Magic Johnson said on ESPN shortly after the Lakers […]

Kings troll Lakers fans by asking about L.A. rookies ‘Shawn Carter’ and ‘Ned Stark’

When you’re the Sacramento Kings, you take your victories where you can. Especially when those victories come against a certain, vastly more glamorous and popular franchise to the south. And sure, it wasn’t a big win given that it took place not just in the context of NBA Summer League, but away from the actual on-court […]

Michael Vick thinks Colin Kaepernick should ‘cut his hair’ and be ‘presentable’

Michael Vick knows a thing or two about trying to get back into the NFL. The reasons for his unemployment were, of course, far different than those of Colin Kaepernick, but Vick offered this piece of advice Monday to the ex-49ers quarterback: Tame your hair. Along with his growing interest in social issues in 2015, Kaepernick […]

‘It’s very heartbreaking’: Cowboys player says his dog is being held for ransom

Lucky Whitehead has only had his dog for a couple of months or so, but as any dog lover knows, that’s more than enough time to establish a deep, mutual bond. So it’s not hard to imagine how upset the Cowboys wide receiver is that his pooch, Blitz, was recently stolen from his home. To […]

Surprise! The Houston Rockets are for sale.

Houston Rockets chief executive Tad Brown on Monday told reporters at a news conference that owner Leslie Alexander is putting the team up for sale. The unexpected announcement, which reportedly even caught people within the organization by surprise, comes less than two weeks after the Rockets signed James Harden to the biggest contract extension in NBA […]

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