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Soldier Field is a winter wonderland and it isn’t even Thanksgiving

There are going to be a lot of cold, damp bottoms Sunday at Soldier Field. The city of Chicago was greeted with its largest November snowfall in 120 years Friday into Saturday and the storm left the Chicago Bears’ stands looking downright inhospitable. Snowfall, which was heavier in the northern suburbs, reached 11.2 inches at […]

Bucs’ Kwon Alexander reportedly facing four-game suspension

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander reportedly will be suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Alexander will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, with the suspension expected to take effect Monday. Show More Summary

NFL plans second week of increased security after Paris terrorist attacks

Security at NFL games will remain heightened for the second week since the Paris terrorist attacks on Nov. 13. Teams were urging fans to arrive early and to limit what they were bringing into stadiums. Last week’s beefed-up security made for slight delays for fans entering the stadiums. “Stadium security will remain at a heightened state […]

Clemson fans bring ‘The Wave’ into new millenium — with their cellphones

The wave may be somewhat passe, but Clemson fans found a way to revolutionize it Saturday night. They used their cellphones. It was a really cool look as the Tigers moved to 10-0 with a 33-13 victory over Wake Forest at Memorial Stadium.

LeBron James takes himself out of game and the Cavaliers get a technical foul

LeBron James had a typically stellar all-around game Saturday, as his Cleveland Cavaliers easily beat the Atlanta Hawks, 109-97. However, it’s fair to wonder what in the world the superstar was thinking during a bizarre third-quarter sequence. The Cavs turned the ball over on an errant entry pass to James, and he proceeded to head straight to […]

Attorney for J.R. Smith says allegations player choked high schooler are ‘absolutely false’

Shortly after NBA player Chris Copeland was stabbed at a New York nightclub in an April incident that also resulted in another player, Thabo Sefolosha, suffering a broken leg while being arrested, former Knick J.R. Smith offered some advice. “I try to handle myself with care when I’m out and about,” the Cavaliers swingman said (via ESPN). […]

Ezekiel Elliott rips Ohio State’s play-calling, hints at going pro

At some point, Ohio State players will surely look back at their 23-game winning streak, one that included a national championship, with great satisfaction. But given the frustrating way in which that streak was snapped — 17-14, on a last-second field goal by Michigan State — it’s no surprise that some Buckeyes expressed unhappiness immediately after […]

Michigan State’s Michael Geiger broke out an epic celebration after his kick toppled Ohio State

No matter what happens to Michigan State for the rest of the season, 2015 will always be beloved by Spartans fans as the year their squad defeated its arch-rivals in memorable, last-second fashion. It would be impossible to top October’s outrageous blocked-punt touchdown that shocked Michigan, but Saturday’s victory over Ohio State, which came on a […]

Katy Perry again trolls LSU with a corn dog

Last year, Katy Perry made a memorable appearance as the guest of honor on ESPN’s “College GameDay,” in which she trolled Louisiana State by calling the school “LS-pew” and tossing corn dogs. The props were a shot at LSU fans, who have been accused by rivals of smelling like the food-item-on-a-stick. That show was set at Ole […]

Clemson lineman turns senior day ceremony into marriage proposal

Senior day is a chance for a college team to honor the years of commitment by players whose athletic careers, at least at that level, are almost over. As such, the ceremony, held late in the season, represents the end of something. But one Clemson senior used it an opportunity to start a new commitment, this one […]

Wisconsin cheerleaders and mascot retreat from field after being hit with snowballs by their own fans

The thing about being hit with snowballs is that you want it to happen while you are, in fact, participating in a snowball fight. If you are just minding your own business, or worse, attempting to carry out another activity and you start getting hit with snowballs, it’s not only hugely aggravating but can be […]

Northern Iowa knocks off No. 1 North Carolina in stunning upset

Northern Iowa pulled off the biggest upset of the young college basketball season, toppling No. 1 North Carolina, 71-67, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Fans at the UNI-Dome stormed the court in celebration after the win, the Panthers’ biggest since their stunning upset of top-seeded Kansas in the second round of the 2010 NCAA tournament. Northern […]

Florida barely survives in overtime against 2-8 Florida Atlantic

So much for the SEC’s annual Cupcake Saturday in November. About 20 minutes after South Carolina fell to The Citadel, a FCS team, eighth-ranked Florida needed overtime for a 20-14 win over Florida Atlantic, which entered the game with just two wins in the season. Florida got the ball first in overtime and scored on […]

Virginia Tech’s Dadi Nicolas gives ref Ron Cherry the business

I think it’s safe to say that Virginia Tech defensive end Dadi Nicolas was unhappy with referee Ron Cherry’s call Saturday during the Hokies’ game against North Carolina. A fuming VTECH player just hit a ref — Barstool Sports (@barstooltweets) November 21, 2015 Virginia Tech was flagged an additional 15 yards on the play. […]

Barcelona wins El Clasico with historic drubbing of Real Madrid

Saturday’s El Clasico between Spanish titans Barcelona and Real Madrid was anything but: Barcelona wins 4-0 at Real Madrid. This is Barcelona's biggest shutout league win at Real Madrid since 1974. — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 21, 2015 Real Madrid’s 4-0 loss is its worst home league defeat in 105 games, since May […]

49ers’ Colin Kaepernick placed on season-ending injured reserve

Colin Kapernick already had lost his job as the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback. Now his season is over, as the team announced Saturday it was placing him on injured reserve. No reason was given in the team’s announcement, but Kaepernick was listed as probable on the team’s injury list for Sunday’s game against the […]

WWE Survivor Series will go on despite alleged ISIS threat

WWE said Saturday that the Survivor Series event at Phillips Arena in Atlanta will go on as planned Sunday night despite warnings about a possible attack by the terrorist group ISIS. WWE: "WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled as planned while we investigate the matter with federal, state and local authorities." — Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) […]

Les Miles is on the hot seat even if LSU wins out

Earlier this week, we told you that LSU Coach Les Miles could be on the hot seat if the Tigers lose their final two games to Ole Miss and Texas A&M. People in Baton Rouge have apparently soured on Miles because of the way LSU lost consecutive games to Alabama and Arkansas. But it turns […]

South Carolina is losing to The Citadel

South Carolina is 3-7. Steve Spurrier has resigned. Not much more to say about what’s become a lost season except this: Yeesh. The Citadel is ranked No. 25 in FCS, sure, and could be getting an at-large berth to the FCS playoffs. But SEC teams shouldn’t be losing to FCS teams. They just shouldn’t. They […]

Texas’s Charlie Strong reportedly not interested in Miami job

It looks as if Charlie Strong will stay at Texas, if the Longhorns will have him. Anwar Richardson of reports that Strong is not interested in leaving Austin for Miami, which reportedly was interested in either luring him away from Texas or snatching him up if he was to be let go after this […]

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