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Would-be Boston Marathon runners miss qualification after course error adds half-mile to race

Laurel Jones is convinced she ran the annual Maine Coast Marathon on Saturday fast enough to earn a spot in next year’s Boston Marathon. Too bad she ran an extra half-mile. The extra time she logged after a course marshal misdirected her and more than half the race’s participants cost them precious time. “I started freaking […]

New Baylor lawsuit alleges football team used gang rape as ‘bonding’ experience

A new lawsuit alleges that members of the Baylor football team hazed freshman recruits by having them bring freshman women to parties so they could be drugged and gang-raped as a “bonding” experience for the players. The Title IX lawsuit, the seventh filed against Baylor over the actions of its football players, was filed in […]

While Mike Golic talks cryptically about the ‘Mike & Mike’ breakup, his son pulls no punches

ESPN made official a number of long-rumored moves on Tuesday to go along with its upfront presentation to advertisers. Among them was the breakup of Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who have hosted a popular ESPN Radio show together since 1998. Greenberg will be getting his own daily show on ESPN TV starting Jan. 1. […]

LaVar Ball tells female Fox Sports 1 host to ‘stay in your lane’

LaVar Ball officially has moved from the outlandish to the obnoxious. During his appearance Wednesday on Colin Cowherd’s Fox Sports 1 show, co-host Kristine Leahy had the temerity to ask Ball how many pairs of Big Ballers shoes he’s sold. His response: “Stay in your lane.” Then, after much back-and-forth about whether Ball was marketing […]

J.R. Smith, whose daughter was born prematurely, gave a special Mother’s Day to moms in NICU

On Mother’s Day, J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, made sure that the day was special for all the mothers with babies in the Cleveland Clinic’s neonatal intensive care unit by sending each of them flowers. It’s a place filled with people they’ve gotten to know well. Since the beginning of the year, the Smiths […]

Martellus Bennett does not like the RompHim

As a pasty, 41-year-old father of a small child, I am likely unfit to write about any sort of fashion trend that doesn’t involve clothing you could purchase at Old Navy or, if I’m feeling saucy, Nordstrom Rack. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to write about the following photo, because it appears to show adult men […]

Mark Cuban admits Mavericks ‘did everything possible to lose games’ ahead of deep NBA draft

It’s something teams do, but don’t often talk about — lose on purpose in hopes of earning better draft lottery odds. But not every team is owned by Mark Cuban, a man who loves to talk, which is why basketball fans now know that’s exactly what the Dallas Mavericks did late this season. “Once we […]

‘Tom Brady would turn into me’: Vince Wilfork on why the Patriots QB never tried his ribs

Bust a move, barbecue style. You better join me + @Kingsford and #StandWithRibs #Sponsored — Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) May 17, 2017 It’s 7:30 a.m. when the phone rings. On the other end of the line is Vince Wilfork. He wants to talk barbecue. “Everybody that knows me, knows I love to barbecue, that’s one […]

‘There can’t be a wild card for return from doping’: French Open denies Maria Sharapova an entry

Maria Sharapova will not get a chance to play in this year’s French Open after organizers opted against giving the 30-year-old, who recently served a 15-month suspension for doping, a wild-card entry. “I decided not to give Maria Sharapova a wild card,” French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli announced on Facebook Live (via the Associated […]

Notre Dame’s athletic director says ACC football rumors are ‘absolutely not true’

Late last week, Fox Sports announcer Tim Brando told the “Louisville Sports Live” podcast that Notre Dame has had conversations about its football team joining the ACC as a full member. On Tuesday, Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick shot that down. “Absolutely not true,” Swarbrick said at the ACC spring meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., as […]

Not feeling the Olympics? Then maybe you’ll like the ‘Bachelor Winter Games.’

NBC may want to watch its back. On Tuesday, rival network ABC revealed its strategy to peel eyeballs away from the Winter Olympics next February by announcing its own competition, the “Bachelor Winter Games,” a show that promises to “take competitive dating to a chilling new level,” the network said (via Vulture). A spinoff of […]

That’s the way the ping-pong ball bounces: The NBA draft lottery, explained

The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night, right before Game 2 of the Western Conference finals between the Warriors and the Spurs. It’s a somewhat convoluted process, but hopefully this little primer will clear up any confusion. Time, TV/Digital: 8 p.m. EDT, ESPN/WatchESPN. Here’s how it works: The actual lottery process will take place in […]

The life and death of Aaron Hernandez: His fiancee disputes suicide finding, gay rumors

The fiancee of Aaron Hernandez has offered what she hopes are answers that shed light on his state of mind before his suicide, rumors about his sexual orientation and the contents of a box that he asked her to dispose of shortly after his arrest for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, who took […]

Concussed cyclist crashes in Tour of California, tries to rejoin race and is pulled

Latvian cyclist Toms Skujins broke his collarbone when he crashed during Monday’s second stage of the Tour of California. And that wasn’t even the scariest injury he sustained. The 25-year-old also suffered a concussion, which left him staggering around the road clumsily trying to climb back on his bike as a stream of other racers […]

Peyton Manning will give people a really good reason to watch the ESPYs in July

Peyton Manning will put his lucrative, commercial-making career on pause this summer, just long enough to host the ESPYs in July. The former NFL quarterback on Tuesday was named the host of the 25th edition of ESPN’s awards show, which airs July 12. “It’s an honor to be asked to host The ESPYS, and it’s […]

Think mid-majors get hosed on Selection Sunday? Consider the 54-3 Minnesota softball team.

The Minnesota softball team went 54-3 in the regular season and won the Big Ten tournament title. It is riding a 25-game winning streak, last losing on April 1, and is ranked No. 1 in the most recent USA Today coaches’ poll. And yet on Sunday, the NCAA tournament selection committee somehow decided that none […]

Eddie Lacy weighs in under 255 pounds and earns a $55,000 bonus from Seahawks

The one-year contract Eddie Lacy signed with the Seahawks includes up to $385,000 in bonus payments tied to his weight. The burly running back hit one of those marks Monday, weighing in under 255 pounds and triggering a $55,000 reward. Lacy’s agent tweeted that his client tipped the scales at 253 pounds, still more than Seattle […]

James Harden accused of paying for assault and robbery of Moses Malone Jr.

James Harden’s rough stretch continued Monday, with reports that he has been sued by Moses Malone Jr. for allegedly paying several men to attack and rob the son of the late Hall of Fame center. Since June, when the incident occurred, Malone has contended that he angered Harden with a Facebook post critical of the […]

Sara Walsh says she had on-air miscarriage while hosting ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’

Sara Walsh recently revealed that she was fired from ESPN shortly before she was set to return from maternity leave. On Sunday — Mother’s Day — she shared a deeply personal story on social media saying that some time ago, she suffered a miscarriage live on the air while hosting an episode of “SportsCenter” at […]

Antonio Cromartie set to have third child since vasectomy and 13th overall

In January 2016, we brought you the story of how a vasectomy failed to stop Antonio Cromartie from fathering twins, bringing his total to 12. Fast forward 16 months, and it appears that the free agent cornerback is bringing yet another little Cro into his nest. Cromartie’s wife, Terricka, proudly provided the news on social media. According to […]

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