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Georgia-Auburn, Miami-Notre Dame, Oklahoma-TCU make for a nice little college football Saturday

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Thursday, Nov. 9 Time Game TV 7 Ball State at Northern Illinois CBS Sports Network 7:30 North Carolina at Pittsburgh ESPN 7:30 Georgia Southern at Appalachian State ESPNU Thursday night’s games feature one team with a winning record (Appalachian State, which is 5-4), a two-win team (Ball State, which is on its fourth quarterback of […]

Roger Goodell says fans don’t come to NFL games ‘to be protested to’

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

NFL fans come to games “to have fun, to be entertained, not to be protested to.” So says Roger Goodell in an attempt to make sense of how national anthem demonstrations have messed with the nation’s most popular sport. The commissioner, speaking at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York, sought to make sense […]

Auburn reportedly tells Bruce Pearl to cooperate with investigation or risk being fired

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Auburn has told Bruce Pearl that if he does not cooperate with an internal investigation into its basketball program, he risks being fired. That’s according to ESPN, which reported Wednesday that the coach has refused to speak with attorneys retained by the school. Those attorneys have reportedly not been able to determine if Pearl has committed […]

Packers waive tight end Martellus Bennett in stunning move

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Martellus Bennett had recently indicated that this could be his final NFL season. The Packers ensured Wednesday that the veteran tight end has already played his final game for them, releasing him in a stunning move. Adding to the intrigue, Green Bay reportedly waived Bennett with a designation of having failed to disclose a medical condition. […]

In a brutal season for NFL quarterbacks, Teddy Bridgewater provides some rare good news

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

In a season marked by injuries to NFL quarterbacks, the Minnesota Vikings find themselves in a unique position. Their former starter is back on the active roster while other teams are left searching for help, looking for anyone not named Colin Kaepernick. Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury during a preseason practice Aug. 30, […]

Boston radio host calls Roy Halladay a ‘moron’ who ‘got what he deserved’

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The sports world reacted with shock and sadness to Roy Halladay’s death Tuesday, after a single-engine plane the former all-star pitcher was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. On Wednesday, however, a Boston sports radio host took a different approach, scorning Halladay as having behaved in a foolish and selfish manner and having “deserved” his […]

Melania Trump encourages girls to play sports during Olympics promotional event

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

With less than 100 days to go before the 2018 Olympics kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea, organizers are pulling out all the stops to promote the event that has so far seen sluggish ticket sales. On Tuesday, PyeongChang organizers enlisted the help of first lady Melania Trump, who after sharing morning tea with her […]

Victoria Azarenka to miss Fed Cup final against USA due to child custody battle

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

For the fourth time this year, Victoria Azarenka will miss a tennis tournament because of her ongoing custody battle over her infant son. Having already missed the U.S. Open and two smaller tournaments in Stanford, Calif., and Mason, Ohio, the 28-year-old Belarusian star, who resides in California, revealed Tuesday she will miss a pivotal showdown […]

Federal grand jury indicts four assistant coaches in college basketball bribery case

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Four assistant coaches were among eight people indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York in connection with the FBI’s investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball. Auburn’s Chuck Person, USC’s Tony Bland, Oklahoma State’s Lamont Evans and Arizona’s Emanuel “Book” Richardson were among 10 men arrested in September by the FBI. […]

Bob Knight decides that now would be the perfect time to bad-mouth John Wooden

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Over the course of his college basketball coaching career, Bob Knight was either accused of or seen punching and choking his own sports information director, smacking opposing coaches during a game, striking a police officer in Puerto Rico, throwing a chair onto the court during a game, making cretinous comments about rape and choking one […]

Joyous reaction of Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn says it all as Kristaps Porzingis does it again

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Sure, Kristaps Porzingis is still no more than a dark-horse candidate for NBA MVP honors this season. Except … that’s no horse, it’s a unicorn, and the sheer joy of teammate Kyle O’Quinn on Tuesday told the tale of yet another magical night at Madison Square Garden. Porzingis’s 28 points — which marked just the third time […]

Kaepernick lawyer disputes NFL claim that QB hasn’t replied to offer of meeting with Goodell

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Tuesday brought news that the NFL had offered Colin Kaepernick a chance to meet one-on-one with Commissioner Roger Goodell, but a league spokesman claimed that the free agent quarterback had yet to respond to the overture made on Oct. 31. A lawyer for Kaepernick disputed that assertion, saying that he had been quick to let […]

LeBron James wants us to think his cryptic ‘mood’ Instagram post was something else

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

When LeBron James speaks, people listen, at least in NBA circles. And when James posts something intriguingly cryptic on social media, people in NBA circles try very hard to decipher its meaning. Such was the case starting late Monday, after James shared the “Arthur’s Fist” meme on Instagram, along with the caption, “Mood …” The meme […]

Former MLB star Roy Halladay dies in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Former MLB all-star Roy Halladay died Tuesday after a single-engine plane he was flying crashed off the coast of West Central Florida. Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, was 40. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing and generous individual,” the Pasco County, Fla., sheriff’s office posted to Twitter during a […]

LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA players reportedly arrested in China for shoplifting

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Basketball dad LaVar Ball’s middle son, LiAngelo, was reportedly among three UCLA freshman basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. BREAKING: UCLA frosh LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley & Jalen Hill arrested for shoplifting in China, sources told ESPN. Show More Summary

ATP apologizes for bizarre youth tennis tournament draw that was criticized as sexist

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Next Gen ATP Finals draw sparks sexism row after trashy ceremony involving female models — Zesty Tennis News (@zesty_tennis) November 7, 2017 Talk about a fashion faux pas. The Association...Show More Summary

Lamar Odom reportedly may be ‘spiraling again’ after collapse in nightclub

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

There are conflicting reports about the health of Lamar Odom, the former NBA star who has waged a public battle with drug and alcohol addiction for years, with a source saying he is “spiraling again” after his collapse at a Los Angeles nightclub early Sunday and a representative saying he was “dehydrated.” “Lamar is spiraling […]

Soccer coach in Argentina quits because of ‘a stupid person spitting at me’

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Forget the straw that broke the camel’s back. For Omar De Felippe, the now-former coach of Argentine Superliga side Velez Sarsfield, it was the saliva that ended his career with this team. The Monday night incident in which a fan spat at De Felippe after Velez Sarsfield lost, 2-0, to Union de Santa Fe resulted […]

Raiders dispute NFL wife’s claim that anthem protest clash led to Derek Carr’s injury

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Miko Grimes, the controversial former radio personality and outspoken wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes, ripped the cover back on the relationship between quarterbacks and linemen, claiming that the Oakland Raiders...Show More Summary

Rio Olympic marathon champion banned four years for doping

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

If Jemima Sumgong is telling the truth, her year went from bad to worse Tuesday when Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) banned her for four years for using the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin, a.k.a. EPO, a drug said to increase stamina. According to a 23-page report released by ADAK on Tuesday, Sumgong, who became the first Kenyan […]

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