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‘Robot’ umpire makes professional baseball debut in minor league game

Humans make mistakes. Computers don’t. That was the thought process behind the San Rafael Pacifics’ decision to use a “robotic umpire” to call strikes and balls during Tuesday night’s game against the Vallejo Admirals. Contrary to the robotic fans a South Korean baseball team installed in the stands last year, however, this “robot,” dubbed Pitchf/x, […]

Abby Wambach isn’t about to let age stop her from playing in the Rio Olympics

Abby Wambach, the leading scorer in the history of international soccer, said Wednesday morning on a upstate New York morning television show that she wants to play in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. That would put her on the field against top competition at 36, an advanced age for someone who’s played as long as […]

Michel Platini will run for FIFA presidency, and Prince Ali fires first shot at him

The head of European soccer’s governing body has officially entered the election to become FIFA’s next president when Sepp Blatter finally steps down next year. “This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future. I was also guided by the esteem, support […]

Robert Kraft slams NFL over Tom Brady decision

The New England Patriots opened training camp Wednesday at Gillette Stadium and a freshly arrived Martian might have noticed no difference. Quarterback Tom Brady is present, preparing as if his four-game suspension for DeflateGate hadn’t happened by working with first-team players. But owner Robert Kraft kicked off the activities with an unexpected appearance at the […]

Tom Brady speaks on Facebook: ‘I did nothing wrong’

The morning after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in DeflateGate, the New England Patriots quarterback asserted that “I did nothing wrong” in a Facebook post. [Brady circus leaves everyone deflated] Brady promised a fight in the post and explained why. He elaborated on why he authorized […]

Shaquille O’Neal massively re-ignites feud with ‘bum’ Scottie Pippen

Just over a week ago, Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen got into an Instagram back-and-forth that started with O’Neal’s assertion that the best-ever five Lakers (including himself, of course) would beat the best-ever quintet of Bulls. That continued into the next day, with Shaq posting an image of Pippen as “Mr. 2nd fiddle,” and Pippen […]

Chiefs’ Eric Berry cleared to practice again after battling cancer

In the midst of the seemingly never-ending DeflateGate saga, some very uplifting NFL news arrived Tuesday. Chiefs Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry, who has been battling cancer since November, was cleared to practice. "Eric (Berry) is going through some tests right now. We'll have more information in a day. Everything has been positive so far," […]

Vin Baker lost $100 million, but he’s found happiness as a Starbucks barista

Toward the end of his 13-year NBA career, Vin Baker was battling alcoholism and on his way to blowing over $100 million in earnings. However, these days, no one needs to tell him to wake up and smell the coffee. The four-time all-star, who spent the bulk of his career in Milwaukee and Seattle, is now in […]

LeBron James is intimidated by Ronda Rousey, and other things we learned from his Twitter Q&A

LeBron James had some time on his hands — and a movie to promote — on Tuesday, and so he opened his Twitter feed to questions. My fans today is the day, I'll be doing "ask me anything" Q&A at 7pmEst for 15-30 mins. I've missed y'all. Talk soon #StriveForGreatness — LeBron James (@KingJames) July […]

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia gets 162-game ban for steroids

In April, Jenrry Mejia received an 80-game ban after testing positive for a steroid, Stanazolol. The reliever was only active for the Mets for three weeks when he failed another test, this time for Stanazolol and another steroid, Boldenone. On Monday, Mejia received a 162-game ban for the second episode of PED use, which ties […]

Tom Brady’s four-game DeflateGate suspension upheld by Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in the DeflateGate scandal, according to the NFL. In a statement released by the league office Tuesday afternoon, Goodell stuck with the initial punishment when he received information that Brady destroyed his cellphone. “On or shortly before March […]

Manute Bol’s son Bol Bol is 6-foot 11 and his hoops game is growing

A new highlight video of the basketball progress of Bol Bol has arrived and it shows that the son of the late Manute Bol is making real progress. He’s 6-foot-11 at 15 and, while he’s still a beanpole like his father, his game is filling out. He appears more comfortable in each new video, displaying […]

Stephen A. Smith says Tom Brady destroyed his cellphone during DeflateGate investigation

As if the DeflateGate saga couldn’t get any odder, it took another turn for the weird Tuesday with a report that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady destroyed his cellphone — the one on which he allegedly communicated with equipment men about deflating footballs — during the NFL’s investigation. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith served up […]

Who is Jen Welter, the NFL’s first female coach?

Social change comes quickly, almost unexpectedly quickly, these days and for the first time in a long time a positive bit of change hit the NFL on Monday with the announcement that Arizona Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians was making a move to hire what is believed to be the league’s first female coach. Jen Welter […]

Blue Jays stun baseball world, acquire Troy Tulowitzki from Rockies

The first huge move before MLB’s trade deadline was revealed just after midnight Monday evening, and it was a stunner: The Blue Jays acquired Troy Tulowitzki from the Rockies. Recent reports had indicated that Colorado was disinclined to move the five-time all-star shortstop, and hitting-rich Toronto was expected to go after pitching help. The Blue Jays may […]

Ronda Rousey’s plan: ‘beat up’ MMA foes, film movie, ‘then go beat up the next chick’

It’s not surprising that the movie roles Ronda Rousey has gotten so far have been of the action-oriented variety, given that she has risen to fame as a seemingly unbeatable mixed martial arts fighter. With her success in the Octagon, perhaps it should also be unsurprising that the UFC champion is starting to sound a lot […]

Phil Jackson said he could ‘feel’ Kobe Bryant’s ‘hatred’ when he coached the Lakers guard

During Phil Jackson’s 11-season stint as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, he had an up-and-down relationship with Kobe Bryant. The ups included five championships, and the downs, well, they were mostly about both men’s failing efforts to not get on each other’s nerves. The problems between Jackson and Bryant were at their worst during the […]

Arizona Cardinals make history by hiring female assistant coach

Jen Welter made history in 2014 when she appeared at running back for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to play a non-kicking position for a men’s professional football team. Now Welter is blazing a much more high-profile trail in football, as she is set to become the first woman to […]

Watch Ohio State’s Cardale Jones literally fall for a fake-mannequin prank

Cardale Jones didn’t seem fazed by much of anything when he took over as Ohio State’s quarterback late last season. All the 6-5, 250-pound player did was lead the Buckeyes to a conference title and then, with two more wins in the first-ever College Football Playoff, a national championship. [Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is moving […]

Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera accused of punching journalist after Gold Cup win

Mexico may have won the Gold Cup on Sunday, but its lackluster play during the tournament led to questions about Coach Miguel Herrera’s future with the team. Now that future looks even murkier, after he was accused of punching a journalist at a Philadelphia airport. Mexico had beaten Jamaica for the title in Philadelphia, and […]

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