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Paul George says Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are ‘buddies’ again

Kevin Durant’s move from the Thunder to the Warriors may have gotten him Finals MVP honors and a long-awaited championship ring, but it cost him a long-standing friendship with Russell Westbrook. At least, it did for a while, but following some indications that their relationship was improving, we recently got confirmation that the former all-star […]

Steve Young sees Colin Kaepernick situation a little differently than Joe Montana

Joe Montana recently made headlines with his take on Colin Kaepernick, and if one legendary San Francisco quarterback opining on the recent ex-49er is good, two is better, right? Especially if the second legendary San Francisco quarterback happens to be Steve Young, who, not surprisingly, didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with his former teammate. Show More Summary

Ryan Lochte cleared of false-report charge after incident at Rio Olympics

An appellate court in Brazil ruled Friday that the case against Ryan Lochte should be dismissed. The U.S. swimmer had been accused of fabricating a story about getting robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during August’s Olympics, causing an international scandal that drew in some of his teammates. Lochte was charged with a false crime report, […]

Floyd Mayweather uses gay slur after advising Conor McGregor to respect people

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the heavy favorite ahead of this Aug. 26 boxing match against Conor McGregor. However, in a contest to see who can be a more despicable person, the two are more evenly matched. The latest evidence: Mayweather used a gay slur Friday during the pair’s promotional appearance at London’s Wembley Stadium. Sigh. […]

Teens discover Boston’s TD Garden has been failing on its charity promises

All teenagers Lorrie Pearson, Jonah Muniz and Mabel Gondres wanted was a new ice rink in their Boston neighborhood. They never knew that while researching ways to fund a new rink in Hyde Square they’d discover TD Garden, the home of the Celtics and Bruins, had cheated the city out of millions of dollars by failing […]

U.S. gold medalist argues passionate kissing led to failed doping test — and it worked

A kiss is just a kiss, unless, apparently, that kiss is followed by a doping test. In that case a kiss, or rather several kisses, can get you in trouble with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. That’s what happened to U.S. Olympic runner Gil Roberts, who an arbiter recently ruled had ingested the masking agent probenecid […]

‘I believe we can win’: Underdog Cambodian youth soccer team debuts on world stage

Teenagers Chandavid Pheap, Nareak Chin and Dauna Sovan may not register as famous names yet, but if all goes as planned, the three Cambodians will one day rise to the elite European soccer leagues. First things first, however. Chin, 14, and Pheap and Sovan, both 13, have a more immediate goal — to lead the […]

Trump tweets that he will attend the U.S. Women’s Open

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — There has been speculation all week on whether or not President Trump would come to the U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster. Trump tweeted Friday morning that he is on his way. Left Paris for U.S.A. Will be heading to New Jersey and attending the#USWomensOpen, their most important tournament, this afternoon. — Donald J. […]

Michelle Wie withdraws from U.S. Open due to neck pain

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Michelle Wie has withdrawn from the U.S. Women’s Open, the United States Golf Association announced just after 8 a.m. on Friday. Wie experienced neck pain in the lead-up to the tournament this week and that continued into her first round Thursday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. Wie withdrew in the […]

Lonzo Ball thrives again — in yet another pair of non-Big Baller Brand shoes

On Wednesday, Lonzo Ball raised eyebrows when he wore a pair of Nikes — instead of his family’s own Big Baller Brand shoes, priced at a mere $495 — in a Summer League game for the Lakers. Ball had 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in that game, and he followed that up Thursday […]

Tim Tebow hits his first walk-off home run since high school

Don’t look now, but not only is Tim Tebow hitting the ball, he’s coming through in the clutch. The Mets’ 29-year-old minor leaguer smashed a walk-off home run Thursday, saying later that it was the first time he’d done so since high school — which makes sense, given how little baseball he’s played since then. That […]

Conor McGregor denies he’s ‘against black people’ in a way that likely won’t stem criticism

Facing a backlash over comments made during his multicity media tour this week with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor called any suggestions that he’s racist “stupid” and “ridiculous.” However, the way the UFC superstar chose to defend himself Thursday, in a crude manner on stage at the Barclays Center, may well bring him more criticism. “Let’s address the race,” […]

J.J. Watt takes shots at Ball family while touting his own line of $99 shoes

LaVar Ball created a huge amount of public awareness for his family’s nascent company, Big Baller Brand, by getting into a series of high-profile feuds, as well as by offering innumerable boasts and other outlandish comments. On Thursday, his notoriety was used to great effect by another person looking to sell some shoes: J.J. Watt. […]

You won’t have any trouble believing Skip Bayless is debating himself in this video

Over the years, Skip Bayless has enjoyed a number of debate partners, from Woody Paige to Stephen A. Smith to Shannon Sharpe. But let’s face it, the only pundit who can really match Bayless, scorching-hot take for scorching-hot take, is … Bayless himself. We know this because of a video that emerged Thursday, showing the “Undisputed” star squaring […]

Rays’ Colby Rasmus ‘to step away from baseball’ for undisclosed reasons

The Tampa Bay Rays lost outfielder Colby Rasmus on Thursday after the player decided “to step away from baseball.” The team made the announcement in a short statement online. The #Rays have placed OF Colby Rasmus on the restricted list. — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 13, 2017 The Rays declined to comment further about […]

Dutch soccer player suffers permanent brain damage after collapsing in game

Abdelhak Nouri, known by his nickname “Appie” to his fans, appeared well on Saturday when he took the field for the Dutch side Ajax in a friendly against Werder Bremen. But something changed with just about 20 minutes to go. Nouri’s movement visibly slowed, he staggered a few steps then he collapsed. As his teammates […]

Wimbledon is so serious about its all-white dress code, officials are checking players’ underwear

Tennis is a game that tests players’ athleticism, precision and mind. At Wimbledon, however, it’s also a test of players’ underwear. On Thursday, Austrian junior singles star Jurij Rodionov was sent off the court after officials twice checked his underwear on the court and determined it was too dark to meet the English tournament’s strict […]

Lonzo Ball wore Nikes and had a good game. Is he still a Big Baller?

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball had the best NBA summer league game of his young career on Wednesday night, with 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in a win over the 76ers. And he wasn’t wearing Big Baller Brand ZO2s, eschewing father LaVar Ball’s nascent footwear brand for a pair of purple Kobe […]

‘I’ve never felt so loved’: Kansas State football player says teammates have accepted his homosexuality

Scott Frantz has known he is gay since the fifth grade and has been fully accepting of his own sexuality since his junior year in high school. But the 6-foot-5, 293-pound offensive lineman kept that fact hidden through his recruitment process for fear that it would scare teams away. Ranked by 247 Sports as the […]

Fabio Aru grabs yellow jersey from Chris Froome in Stage 12 of Tour de France

What a difference 200 meters make. It was in that length of road, situated on a 20 percent gradient, that three-time winner Chris Froome lost the lead in the Tour de France on Thursday. The Team Sky rider has never not been in the yellow jersey this late in any of the three Tours he won. […]

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