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Rudy Gobert thinks Dion Waiters dived into his knees on purpose

The Heat’s Dion Waiters made a rather clumsy attempt at a loose ball during Friday night’s game against the Jazz. But what I call “clumsy,” Rudy Gobert called “dirty.” Judge for yourself: NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Rudy Gobert taken off the court as Dion Waiters runs into Rudy Gobert's knee. — Dave Noriega (@davenoriega) November 11, 2017 […]

After nasty crash, bobsled team disqualified for finishing two-man race with one man

It was a spectacular run, but for all the wrong reasons. On Friday, a British two-man bobsled team was disqualified from a World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y., after finishing the race with just one athlete aboard. Driver Bradley Hall’s teammate Toby Olubi failed to cross the finish line after being ejected from the […]

Stephen Curry pushes ‘actual ways’ to help veterans, alludes to Trump’s rhetoric as ‘noise’

A recent conversation with a veteran has renewed Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry’s pledge to use his platform to speak out on social issues. The two-time NBA MVP wrote about his encounter with a man he only identifies a Michael in a lengthy essay on The Players’ Tribune on Saturday, arguing it’s […]

Andrew Luck reportedly heads to Europe seeking answers about his injured shoulder

Following the path of other pro athletes like Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is seeking treatment for his injured throwing shoulder in Europe, ESPN’s Mike Wells and Chris Mortensen reported Saturday. The ESPN report does not say what Luck is specifically seeking to accomplish in Europe with his shoulder, on […]

Fact: Kennesaw State’s turnover plank is way better than Miami’s turnover chain

It’s gotten to the point now where Miami’s turnover chain — which is worn by Hurricanes players after, you guessed it, turnovers — is maybe a wee bit overexposed. If you watched ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Saturday morning and took a shot each time someone said “turnover chain,” you would probably be dead right now, or […]

Miami-Notre Dame is such a big game that Alex Rodriguez popped both of his collars

Alex Rodriguez grew up in Miami. The school’s baseball stadium is named after him, even though he never actually played baseball for the Hurricanes (he signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball for the Hurricanes but decided to turn pro out of high school after he was drafted in the first round). So while the NFL […]

Bill Walton apologizes ‘on behalf of the human race’ over UCLA shoplifting in China

UCLA and Georgia Tech finally played their season-opening college basketball game in China after nearly a week of drama surrounding an alleged shoplifting incident involving three Bruins players. UCLA great Bill Walton, who was doing color commentary for the ESPN broadcast, wants everyone to know that the school and everyone associated with it is very, […]

Washington’s loss to Stanford probably was a death knell for the Pac-12’s playoff hopes

The thought of Washington repeating last year’s run to the College Football Playoff wasn’t all that outlandish entering Friday night’s game at Stanford. The ninth-ranked Huskies entered 8-1 and, even with a schedule that hasn’t exactly been taxing, would be the prime recipients should chaos unfold above them in the polls. All they had to do was […]

Martellus Bennett lashes out at Packers over shoulder injury and release

On Wednesday, tight end Martellus Bennett was waived by the Green Bay Packers. On Thursday, he was claimed by his previous team, the New England Patriots. On Friday, things got weird. Bennett lashed out at the Packers and their medical staff in a profane Instagram story post, disputing the notion that they let him go […]

Aaron Hernandez had Stage III CTE. What exactly does that mean?

Boston University researchers revealed Thursday that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had one of the most severe cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ever discovered in a person his age when he hanged himself in a Massachusetts prison in April. He was just 27 years old yet showed signs of Stage III CTE, […]

‘Thursday night football should be illegal’: Was Seahawks-Cardinals the tipping point?

Last December, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman wrote a story for the Players’ Tribune entitled “Why I Hate Thursday Night Football” that delivered exactly what it promised. The four-time Pro Bowler laid into the NFL over its midweek games, calling them a “poopfest” and describing how they do not give players enough time to recuperate from […]

ESPN reportedly plans to lay off over 100 employees after Thanksgiving

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

ESPN had been reported to be planning to fire 40 to 60 employees, sometime in late November or early December. However, that number could be far higher, with the network’s flagship program, “SportsCenter,” bearing the brunt. According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, who cited “multiple sources,” ESPN is set to let go of over 100 staffers […]

Michael Bennett stands during anthem for Cardinals’ ‘Salute to Service’ night

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

For the second time this season, Michael Bennett stood during a rendition of the national anthem, before a game against Arizona. The announcer for “Thursday Night Football,” Mike Tirico, explained on the telecast that the Seahawks defensive end did so this time because it was the host Cardinals’ “Salute to Service” night, and Bennett wanted to […]

O.J. Simpson banned from Las Vegas hotel bar

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

O.J. Simpson was banned from a Las Vegas hotel bar Wednesday, but it remains unclear if he was behaving in an unruly manner, as reported. If Simpson were drunk at the time, that could violate the terms of his parole following his release from a Nevada prison last month. According to KABC, the Cosmopolitan Hotel has […]

Donald Trump Jr. zings Mark Cuban on Twitter over prospective presidential run

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

It all started with a BuzzFeed tweet that linked to an article about something Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said at a conference on Thursday. “Given the circumstances, there’s a unique opportunity for someone, like me, who’s independent and not affiliated with party in any way [to run for president in 2020],” Cuban said at […]

Manchester City inks deal with Amazon for documentary series about this season

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Soccer fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most popular teams next year in a new documentary series about Manchester City slated to stream on Amazon Prime. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owns The Washington Post.) Promising a “unique and authentic inside view” of Manchester City’s […]

The NFL studied every concussion over two seasons. What happens next may be up to manufacturers.

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The NFL revealed exhaustive results of a concussion study spanning two seasons during a presentation Thursday, compiled with an eye toward converting the biomechanical information into innovative products to protect players from the kinds of devastating head injuries that threaten the future of football. Now, the question becomes how to convert the data into results. […]

Lionel Messi promises to go on religious pilgrimage if Argentina wins World Cup

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

If all goes as planned for Lionel Messi at next summer’s World Cup, he will have run roughly 50 miles in seven games, the number the top four teams play in the quadrennial tournament. If he and his Argentina squad can manage a win in that final game, Messi said he’ll tack on an extra […]

Jockey rule No. 1: Never, ever punch your horse

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

An apprentice jockey named Dylan Caboche was having some trouble getting his mount, She’s Reneldasgirl, into the gate ahead of a race Wednesday at the Port Lincoln Racing Club in South Australia. So he hopped off the filly and gave her a punch in the stomach, which seems like the least appropriate response possible. Here’s […]

If the NFL wants to fix its ratings slump, flex these games into Sunday night

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Through nine weeks of the season, the NFL’s TV ratings are down 5.5 percent compared with 2016, and with no post-Election Day bounce expected this year, that number could struggle to rise. And while some have overstated the importance of the league’s ratings struggles — compared with the rest of network TV programming, the NFL […]

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