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Sammy Sosa’s appearance gets even more peculiar

In 2009, former MLB slugger Sammy Sosa appeared at a music awards show sporting a much lighter complexion than he had just months earlier. The puzzlement grew so loud that Sosa went on Spanish-language television to deny that he was either sick or self-loathing, and that his new skin tone also wasn’t the result of […]

American soccer official Chuck Blazer personified the sport’s growth and its worst impulses

In 2009, Guardian journalist David Conn first encountered Chuck Blazer at a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, where Blazer was overseeing that year’s Club World Cup as a member of FIFA’s executive committee. Somewhat stunned by the sight of a fantastically obese man in a motorized mobility scooter barking orders at nearly everyone in sight, […]

Kevin Durant did not appear to enjoy being ribbed by Peyton Manning at the ESPYs

Wednesday brought us the 25th ESPY awards (I know, I can’t believe it, either), and host Peyton Manning didn’t go 25 seconds into the show before starting to roast people. He made fun of John Cena, last year’s emcee, as well as previous hosts, his brother Eli, the Knicks and many more, but the two-time Super […]

DeAngelo Williams says he’ll never sign with Cowboys, calls Dallas fans poor losers

In an appearance last week on a podcast hosted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, free agent running back DeAngelo Williams said that four NFL teams were an “automatic no” for him. At the time, he wouldn’t reveal the identity of that off-putting quartet, but he rejoined Schefter’s podcast Wednesday and … let’s just say that Cowboys fans […]

MLB player with a lifelong stutter mics up for All-Star Game to inspire others

With a spreadsheet of impressive stats this season, Houston Astros star George Springer is used to making physical statements on the baseball diamond. During Tuesday night’s annual All-Star Game in Miami, however, the 27-year-old decided to make some verbal ones too. He was one of two players who agreed to wear a microphone during the game […]

Runner loses race after stumbling at 399 meters of his 400-meter heat

Elian Larregina looked like he was having the race of his life on Wednesday at the world under-18 championships in Nairobi. He got off to a smashing start in his 400-meter quarterfinal race, launching to the front of the pack where the 17-year-old remained until the final stretch. While other racers began to catch up, […]

Andy Murray is still Wimbledon’s champion feminist player. Feminist male player.

World No. 1 Andy Murray, whom the Guardian recently dubbed “the feminist that tennis needs,” continued to live up to his female-friendly reputation on Wednesday after crashing out of Wimbledon with a loss to American underdog Sam Querrey, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-4), 6-1, 6-1. While fielding questions from reporters after the match, one question stood out to […]

Russian players leaving NHL for KHL due to decision not to send players to 2018 Winter Olympics

In April, the NHL announced that players won’t be sent to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to a stall in negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, the NHL and the Players’ Association, and the International Ice Hockey Federation. That decision affects Russian players who are under contract, leading some to leave the […]

New ’30 for 30? shows how ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’ gave sports-talk radio its bite

New York saturates “Mike and the Mad Dog,” ESPN’s latest “30 for 30” documentary that premieres Thursday night at 8 p.m. EDT. From the jazzy soundtrack to the five-borough accents of nearly everyone who appears on-screen, it’s a thoroughly Big Apple story of two Long Island guys who were haphazardly thrown together in a radio […]

Couple from Atlanta Hawks’ Tinder night is now getting their wedding paid for by team CEO

It turns out the 393rd time was the charm for 21-year-old Atlanta Hawks fan Ben McCleskey. In 2015, a young woman named Avery Armstrong became his 393rd match on the popular dating app Tinder and so he decided to take her to the Hawks’ Swipe Right Night, a theme night held on Jan. 7, 2015, that […]

Dana White says President Trump ‘100 percent’ wants to attend the Mayweather-McGregor fight

UFC honcho Dana White took questions after Tuesday’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor media event in Los Angeles, and he was asked about his anticipated celebrity guest list for the Aug. 26 boxing match. After first talking about whether Tom Brady will be in attendance, someone asked him about President Trump. “Funny you say that, but they […]

Nelson Cruz stopped the All-Star Game to take a picture with umpire Joe West

Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game featured a lot of strikeouts (23), precious few runs (3) and one very nice moment between home plate umpire Joe West and the Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz, who stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning with his cellphone in his pocket. His goal: To take […]

Joe Montana calls Colin Kaepernick ‘distraction,’ likens QB skills to those of Tim Tebow

Some NFL observers assume that Colin Kaepernick’s inability to latch on with a team is solely based on his protests during the national anthem last season, but Joe Montana begs to differ. The three-time Super Bowl MVP says that Kaepernick’s passing skills are as much a problem as the “distractions” he caused in the locker room. In […]

‘Dance for me, boy!’: Conor McGregor criticized for taunt at Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. staged their first joint promotional appearance Tuesday for their Aug. 26 fight, and the UFC star was ready for the show. McGregor promised a quick knockout, mocked Mayweather’s tax-bill issues and even wore a suit decorated with tiny f-bombs. However, McGregor also made a comment to Mayweather that many […]

MMA reporter blames UFC for his removal from Showtime’s Mayweather-McGregor coverage team

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Respected MMA reporter Ariel Helwani will still get to cover the media tour ahead of the much anticipated boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, he just will no longer be doing it for Showtime Sports, the network slated to air the inaugural event Tuesday. Schedule to begin at 5 p.m. ET in Los Angeles, Helwani, who […]

Calvin Johnson says Detroit Lions’ constant losing factored into his retirement decision

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Calvin Johnson’s retirement after the 2015 NFL season came as a surprise to many. Johnson was only 30 years old at the time and was still considered one of the best receivers in the league. So why did he prematurely end his career? Injuries and, as Johnson admitted last week to Italian media, the Detroit […]

NCAA clears top Texas basketball recruit after his brother accused him of violations

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Late last month, the half brother of highly regarded Texas men’s basketball recruit Mohamed Bamba posted a rambling, profane, 22-minute-long video to Facebook that accused Bamba of accepting illicit money, trips and other benefits from an adviser named Greer Love. “Long story short, we let some guy into our family named Greer Love,” Ibrahim Johnson said […]

Mark Schlereth leaves ESPN for Fox Sports 1 at turbulent time for his new network

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

Fox Sports fired Jamie Horowitz last week in the wake of a reported sexual harassment investigation, but not before he was able to poach one more talking head from his former employers at ESPN: longtime NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, who announced that he was leaving Bristol on Tuesday. I'm excited to announce that starting today […]

Mayweather-McGregor fight officially set for T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 26

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The Big3, a new 3-on-3 basketball league co-owned by rapper Ice Cube, has agreed to move its championship from Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena to the MGM Grand, freeing the venue for the highly anticipated megafight between UFC star Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26. The Big3 made the announcement online on Tuesday, […]

Son of former Braves player released from hospital three weeks after freak accident

2 weeks agoSports : The Early Lead

The son of former Braves player Keith Lockhart was released from the hospital this week, 21 days after being admitted for what at first appeared to be just a broken nose suffered during a youth baseball game. Jason Lockhart’s injury, however, turned out to be a lot more complicated to treat than anticipated after doctors found […]

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