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Isaiah Thomas trade means Paul Pierce gets Celtics’ tribute night all to himself

The big winner of Thursday’s Cavaliers-Lakers trade, in which Cleveland sent Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and its 2018 first round pick to Los Angeles for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., was … Paul Pierce! Now the longtime former Celtic is assured of having the spotlight all to himself when Boston honors him Sunday. Pierce can […]

Georgia Tech Coach Josh Pastner vehemently denies sex-abuse allegations

Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner vehemently denied Thursday that there was any truth to allegations made against him in a lawsuit filed that day by an Arizona couple. In it, the wife of a former longtime friend of Pastner’s accused the coach of inflicting “emotional harm” on her through “sexual assault, sexual battery, […]

Michael Smith ‘p—-d off’ that ESPN ‘muted’ his banter with Jemele Hill on ‘SC6’

Jemele Hill is gone from “SportsCenter,” but considerable bitterness remains, apparently, on the part of her former co-anchor Michael Smith about how ESPN “muted” their banter. In a recent podcast discussion with media reporter James Andrew Miller, Smith expressed great frustration with the direction of the 6 p.m. edition of the show, branded as “SC6,” […]

Rob Gronkowski urged by Dwayne Johnson and Sylvester Stallone to go into acting, per report

If Rob Gronkowski really does retire from football, what kind of career path will he take? Well, a recent report claimed that a pair of beefy movie stars have advised the Patriots tight end to follow them to Hollywood. That’s according to the Massachusetts-based Eagle-Tribune, which cited an anonymous source in reporting that none other […]

Australian politician dumbstruck that Ben Simmons is not an NBA all-star

Tim Watts, in a sharp pink tie and navy suit, stepped to the dais in Australian parliament Wednesday to calmly and soberly express outrage against wrongs perpetrated by against the Australian people. How on earth, asked Watts, a second term parliamentarian from Gellibrand, could Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons be excluded from this year’s NBA All-Star […]

Seven times Derek Jeter has stuck his foot in his mouth since buying the Marlins

Almost immediately upon leading an investor group to purchase the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter, the team’s new chief executive, began selling the team’s best players to the highest bidder. The Marlins, it seems, are cash-strapped even after the sale for $1.2 billion dollars. The team carries $400 million in debt, its farm system is among […]

Twitter goes berserk as Cavaliers trade basically everyone

The Cleveland Cavaliers spent Thursday afternoon incinerating their roster. Isaiah Thomas wound up in Los Angeles. Dwyane Wade is back in Miami. Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose are on their way to Utah, where Rose will reportedly be released. And the Internet was ablaze with whiplash reactions. Let the feast of Twitter’s best responses begin: Wow this is […]

PyeongChang Opening Ceremonies 2018: Let’s try to guess who will light the Olympic flame

We don’t know who will light the Olympic flame at Friday’s Opening Ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea. Here’s what we do know: After the flame is passed around PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, it will end up with an athlete or athletes of Korean descent, at least based on the torch-lighters at the last few Opening Ceremonies. Salt […]

‘Plenty’ of Eagles won’t visit the White House, Torrey Smith says

The list of Philadelphia Eagles players who will not visit the White House to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory will likely continue to grow, wide receiver Torrey Smith said this week. Smith told CNN’s Don Lemon that there are “plenty of guys who said they do not plan on going” to visit the president, a […]

It wasn’t easy, but Lindsey Vonn finally got to South Korea for the Winter Olympics

For Lindsey Vonn, the hardest part of getting to the Olympics this week was actually getting to the Olympics. The American skier live tweeted what turned out to be a journey of more than 24 hours from Munich to PyeongChang. The holdup was a lack of documentation — for the Lufthansa plane, not the 2010 downhill gold […]

After losing coin toss, speedskater Shani Davis rips U.S. Olympic flag-bearer selection

Erin Hamlin would seem to be a fine choice to lead the U.S. Winter Olympic team into Friday’s Opening Ceremonies as its flag-bearer. The first U.S. athlete to medal in singles luge four years ago in Sochi, she plans to retire after this year’s Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. On Wednesday, the U.S. Olympic Committee […]

Eagles parade live: Watch as all of Philadelphia celebrates the Super Bowl upset

Check back here at 11 a.m. EST to watch live coverage of the Eagles parade. No school. Free beer. A rabid fan base starved for a championship in a proud city. There will be a little something for everyone when Philadelphia celebrates the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory with an enormous parade. And we do mean […]

With spring training approaching, MLBPA working to create destination for free agents

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week, but many pitchers and catchers — and infielders and outfielders — don’t have teams to which to report. Many high-profile free agents remain unsigned in what has been a dead winter for player movement. While former all-stars such as Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, Jonathan […]

Andrew Luck still ‘hasn’t picked up a football,’ but the Colts say they aren’t worried

The Indianapolis Colts continue to say that Andrew Luck is progressing according to plan, but General Manager Chris Ballard admitted Wednesday that Luck still “hasn’t picked up a football.” “At this point we feel very strongly that Andrew Luck is in a good place,” Ballard said, during a news conference devoted to explaining how and why […]

Meet the high school quarterback who chose Princeton over Alabama

It wasn’t so much a lightbulb moment that drew Brevin White, a four-star prostyle quarterback from Northern California, to one of college football’s more unconventional paths. It was a long, twisting junior year. College coaches fawned over him in phone calls and during campus visits, then snapped up other recruits competing for the same roster […]

‘The rivalry is back on’: Colts GM Chris Ballard sends Patriots a message over Josh McDaniels mess

With the New England Patriots mum as always, it was left to Indianapolis Colts General Manager Chris Ballard to explain just how the Colts were left holding the bag after Josh McDaniels decided this week to remain with the Patriots — roughly 24 hours before he was to be introduced as the Colts’ next head coach. […]

A standing Ryan Shazier gets an emotional ovation at a Penguins game

One of the most moving moments from the 2017 NFL season occurred two days after the season ended at, of all places, an NHL game. Ryan Shazier, the Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker who suffered a spinal injury Dec. 4, made an appearance at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game Tuesday night and, as fans greeted him with […]

Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels: A coaching tree that always leaves

Josh McDaniels has served 14 seasons on Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots coaching staff, so one would assume he’s learned a lot from the guy. This was readily apparent Tuesday, when McDaniels changed his mind about taking the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job to remain the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, even though the Colts had announced […]

The Bill Belichick/Malcolm Butler Super Bowl story now has hints of a ‘perfect storm’

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick once again declined to get into the specifics behind his Super Bowl benching of cornerback Malcolm Butler during a teleconference with reporters on Monday. “I appreciate the question, but it would be a much longer discussion,” Belichick said, per ESPN. “There are a lot of things that go into that. In […]

Why Arthur Ashe still matters, 25 years after his death

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

It is difficult to believe, but many of the fans walking into Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open this summer will not have the slightest notion of who Arthur Ashe was. And so, on the 25th anniversary of Ashe’s all-too-early death at the age of 49, I feel compelled to provide a mere sketch of this special […]

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