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James Foley's brother says U.S. 'could have done more' on his behalf

11 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

A brother of slain American journalist James Foley said Friday that the U.S. government could have done more to help him escape his captors, Islamic militant group ISIL, which had demanded a $132-million ransom before beheading him in a grisly video released this week.

The recruiting decisions that will alter the landscape of college basketball

These dominoes will decide where the best college basketball recruits decide to go to school. With National Signing Day less than three months away, 26 of ESPN's top 60 prospects in the class of 2015 have already verbally committed to a college. Consensus No. Show More Summary

Seung-Yul Noh penalized for playing golf ball off wrong green at The Barclays

A free drop turns into a two-shot penalty when Seung-Yul Noh takes a full rip right off the putting surface. Putting your ball on the green is usually a good thing and a safe place in golf. But for Seung-Yul Noh, this year's winner of...Show More Summary

Rusney Castillo Signing Is Worth Risk for Boston Red Sox

In the midst of an extremely disappointing season, the Boston Red Sox are gambling on a better future with the signing of highly touted Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. According to Gordon Edes of, Castillo and the Red...Show More Summary

The story behind the naked Kobe Bryant statue

An artist in Taiwan had a bold interpretation of Kobe Bryant, now he tells us the story. Roger Huang is a Taiwan-based artist who has a knack for immortalizing key moments in sports via some rather unconventional methods. His sculpture...Show More Summary

21 terrifying old college mascots

Your school might have a friendly looking mascot today, but it probably used to be a terrifying murder demon. It's normal to be creeped out by costumed mascots. Unblinking, unspeaking, unable to emote beyond the most freakish of pantomimes, they exist outside of normal standards of human interaction. Show More Summary

NBA Media and Fans Have a Silly ‘Coming Home’ Addiction

Chill. Let’s all just chill. You, me, the person to your left, your right, the kid from your high school who used to play pocket billiards in the back of math class, the tighty-whitey-clad cowboy who plays acoustic guitar on the corner of busy streets and the guy behind me who smells of fetid cheese […]

Panthers leaning on young players to stay on top of the NFC South

Carolina broke out for a surprising 12-4 run in 2013, but injuries and cap problems have left more questions than answers on the roster. If they're going to repeat last year's success, the Panthers need big contributions from these young...Show More Summary

Two new Ebola cases in Nigeria dash hopes of quick containment

12 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Nigeria reported two new cases of Ebola virus Friday, days after the government expressed hope that the country could soon be Ebola-free.

TV Picks: Communitychannel, 'Doctor Who,' 'Poirot: Curtain'

12 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Communitychannel (YouTube) I have been meaning to write for some time about comical Australian vlogger -- is that still a word? -- Natalie Tran. (She uses it, so I guess it is.) Now 28, Tran has been regularly posting videos since 2006 (or, as she describes it, "far too long"), when hardly...

Neymar to miss Barcelona's La Liga opener with ankle injury

The Brazilian striker suffered a sprained ankle in training and will sit out of the team's match against Elche. Neymar's bad injury luck continued on Friday when Barcelona announced the Brazilian striker will miss the team's La Liga opener against Elche with a sprained ankle. Show More Summary

Red Sox sign Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo to record contract

Castillo's $72.5 million is the most for any Cuban free agent. The reports were that the Red Sox would not be denied Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo, and they turned out to be true, with Boston inking the 27-year-old to a seven-year, $72.5 million deal, the largest ever for a Cuban free agent. Show More Summary

Bundesliga preview, Week 1: Two marquee matches get the season started right

The Bundesliga season kicks off on Friday, and the scheduling gods were nice enough to send us some very good opening weekend games. Two, in particular, feature four of the likely top six teams in the league all facing off against each other. Bayern Munich vs. Show More Summary

UEFA will not recognize Crimean clubs playing in Russian competitions

Russia, Ukraine and the Crimean clubs will have decisions to make. UEFA will not recognize any matches played by Crimean clubs "in the context of competitions organized by the Russian Football Union," they announced on Friday. The decision...Show More Summary

Rory McIlroy fighting to make cut at the Barclays

12 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Rory McIlroy has some serious work to do on Friday if he wants to play this weekend at the Barclays.

Watch the Astros' amazing fake mall commerical

This is one of the best things a team has done this week. Your browser does not support iframes. Winning games is overrated, especially if you are able to turn your attention to making amazing fake commercials. The Houston Astros might...Show More Summary

Timbers fans lining up days before Sunday's game vs. Sounders

Yes, the game is still days away. The intense nature of the Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers rivalry is well documented. But even as someone well versed in the strong emotions that surround each and every meeting between these Cascadia...Show More Summary

Fantasy football impact: A recap of the team-by-team previews

Over the summer, we previewed the key fantasy players and questions about each team across the league. Here it is, all in one place. Over the course of the summer, I've worked up fantasy previews for all 32 teams. That ended Thursday,...Show More Summary

Rusney Castillo to Red Sox: Latest Details, Analysis and Reaction

The Boston Red Sox have won the sweepstakes for Cuban defect Rusney Castillo. Gordon Edes of ESPN has the news: We've seen over the last few years how quickly players from Cuba are able to make an impact at the major league level. Jose...Show More Summary

Johnny Manziel fined $12K for flipping the bird

The gesture also earned the Browns rookie plenty of criticism. Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for flipping the bird in the team's preseason game against Washington, per Adam Schefter. Browns...Show More Summary

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