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Floyd Mayweather got Drake and Future to perform at his daughter’s Sweet 16

When you’re Floyd Mayweather, you do things like getting, say, Drake or Future to perform at your daughter’s birthday party. Wait, correction: you get Drake and Future to perform at the party. No one needs any reminders that the ex-boxer’s nickname is “Money,” right? Oh, and it was his daughter Iyanna’s 16th birthday party, so Mayweather, […]

Draymond Green committed quite the flagrant foul on Steven Adams, just for kicks

It was a big weekend for NBA players taking painfully cheap shots at the most sensitive of opponents’ areas. Cleveland’s Dahntay Jones earned a one-game suspension for hitting Toronto’s Bismack Biyombo at the end of Saturday’s Cavaliers-Raptors game, and the league will likely take a dim view of the kick Golden State’s Draymond Green landed to the groin […]

Bo Kimble watched Hank Gathers die. Now he wants Chris Bosh to retire.

Miami Heat officials are reportedly not sure that Chris Bosh, who has endured multiple blood clotting issues over the past two seasons, can ever play again. For his part, the veteran forward repeatedly indicated that he wanted to return this past season, after having been sidelined for a second straight February. One observer who wishes […]

Padres apologize for ‘mistake’ in denying gay chorus chance to sing anthem

The San Diego Padres issued an apology for a “mistake” that left 100 members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus standing awkwardly on the field at Petco Park Saturday as a recording of the national anthem played before a game against the Dodgers. An official with the chorus subsequently posted a lengthy critique of the incident on […]

Louis van Gaal says, ‘It’s over,’ as Jose Mourinho waits in the wings

Louis Van Gaal likely coached his final game for Manchester United Saturday — despite the fact that it resulted in an FA Cup championship. With Jose Mourinho all but officially announced as the new manager for the Red Devils, the 64-year-old Dutchman told a Sky Sports reporter Sunday, “It’s over.” Van Gaal emerged from a meeting […]

Mark Cuban says he’s open to being VP for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

Imagine: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban one heartbeat away from the presidency. The billionaire who also happens to have a reality show says he would listen if either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the presumptive nominees, approached him. “Absolutely,” Cuban replied when Chuck Todd asked him about running with Clinton on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” […]

Ex-NBA center shames woman he says wouldn’t let him sit by her on train due to race

Etan Thomas, a former NBA player who is also a poet, author and activist, was involved in what he said was an ugly racial incident while he was looking for a seat on a crowded train recently. A white woman on the train took issue with having Thomas, a 6-foot-10 center who spent most of his […]

Athlete dies after needing medical help during swimming portion of Chattanooga Ironman

An athlete collapsed while swimming during the Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 on Sunday and later died at a local hospital, an Ironman official confirmed. “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our athletes participating in today’s Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga triathlon,” Ellen Seifert, the public relations director for Ironman, said in a statement (via […]

Conor McGregor on a Floyd Mayweather fight: ‘He needs me. I don’t need him.’

Conor McGregor may never face Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring, but he’s doing a pretty good job of verbally sparring with the champ. Mayweather has said that a fight with the UFC star could happen, with McGregor’s purse being dwarfed by Mayweather’s. That arithmetic, according to McGregor, is ridiculous. “I hear the boy talking. […]

Paul Pierce cozied up to a llama at his daughter’s birthday party

Paul Pierce’s daughter Jazzy J turned 5 over the weekend and the little girl had a pretty specific birthday wish: she wanted a baby llama. Because she is, as the Los Angeles Clippers star put it, “#daddylittlegirl,” that’s exactly what she got and, by extension, we got some pretty fantastic photos of Pierce cozying up […]

Penguins’ Trevor Daley out for rest of playoffs with broken ankle

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without defenseman Trevor Daley, who brought speed and flash to the lineup after a December trade with Chicago, for the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Daley broke his ankle in the Pens’ 4-3 Game 4 loss Friday night to Tampa Bay. Their Eastern Conference finals series is tied at […]

Watch out for T.Y. Hilton’s son – the kid is just ridiculously good at football

T.Y. Hilton, the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver who is nicknamed “Ghost,” is showing off some pretty stellar flag football highlights starring his young son. But will the younger Hilton, who is Eugene Jr., be a receiver molded after his father or a quarterback like Andrew Luck? It’s a little early to tell, but Junior is […]

Jack Nicklaus says Donald Trump is ‘turning America upside down’ — in a good way

The Golden Bear is bearish on Donald Trump. Jack Nicklaus is the latest member of the sports world to endorse Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president of these here United States and someone for whom Nicklaus has designed golf courses. “I like what Donald has done. I like that he’s turning America upside down,” […]

Michael Phelps, man of the 12,000-calorie diet, says he doesn’t eat much anymore

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’s diet has been the stuff of legends since his eating habits were televised during his historic performance during the 2008 Games in Beijing. In the midst of his run to eight gold medals, which elevated him above Mark Spitz for most goldss won at a single Olympics, it was revealed in an […]

Johnny Manziel kicked out of Vegas club in his latest starring role on TMZ

TMZ star, err, we mean former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is the subject of a new hit video where he throws punches at a Vegas club before getting kicked out. Drake, a Canadian flag and alcohol all had supporting roles in the 21-second clip. Via TMZ: Witnesses inside Jewel Nightclub at the Aria tell TMZ Johnny was in a VIP booth […]

Did LeBron James flop after getting hit in the face by a teammate?

LeBron James isn’t the only NBA player with a penchant for flopping, but his fall Saturday night — caused by either nothing (probable) or the elbow of his own teammate (doubtful) — is sure to give his critics plenty of ammo. The flop happened late in the first half of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland […]

Oakland Coliseum has a plumbing issue, and the Yankees are its latest victim

Oakland’s stadium situation isn’t just messy. As the New York Yankees discovered Friday night, it’s wet and smelly, too. Water started leaking into the visitors dugout during Friday’s game at the Oakland Coliseum, an issue stemming from a backed-up toilet. Show More Summary

U.S. runner Boris Berian found out he was being sued by Nike at a track meet

Nike has a message for any of its sponsored athletes considering a breakup and potential contract breach: Just don’t do it. Friday night at the Hoka One One Classic, the United States’ emerging track star Boris Berian learned that he was being sued by the apparel and shoe conglomerate, and his former sponsor, when he was served lawsuit […]

Bartolo Colon’s home run bobblehead will, of course, feature a bobbling belly

Bartolo Colon isn’t just eating innings and launching long balls for the New York Mets. He’s also shaking up the sports memorabilia game. The 283-pound “Big Sexy,” a phrase the 42-year-old filed to trademark last month, has a new bobblehead doll, whose head not only wobbles but also its oversize gut. The preview of the figurine shows Colon standing on a newspaper […]

A Sacramento Kings guard discovers the joys of the Chewbacca mask

Unless you count the fact that the they won 30 games for the first time since 2007, the Sacramento Kings did not have much to smile about this past season — luckily, we live in a world where a smile is just one Star Wars toy away. If you aren’t one of the 112 million people that have […]

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