• Closing Time: Wade Davis on market, Kelvin Herrera on wire

    Will Wade Davis SOON be hugging on west-coast time? (AP) All things considered, Wade Davis and the Royals led a rather charmed life over the last few years. Davis shifted from a forgotten trade throw-in to a dominant closer, getting downballot Cy Young recognition the last two years. He led…

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  • Huge If True: Will Canucks take on Evander Kane?

    Last week in this space, we discussed whether the Vancouver Canucks would be able to trade for a scoring winger. At the time, though, the idea that Evander Kane would be the target was a little farfetched. Kane was arrested late last week for allegedly harassing three women, and potentially…

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  • Warren Sapp bitten by a shark (True story)

    Retired defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who last year was charged with three counts of domestic violence after he allegedly bit and stepped on the face of his then-girlfriend, got some comeuppance on Wednesday thanks to a hungry shark. Via Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman, Sapp was on a charter,…

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  • Three-Point Stance: Marshall, Decker exhale with Fitz's return

    For the sake of fantasy owners and Jets WRs, Ryan Fitzpatrick better not regress in ’16. Writers close to the organization reported in recent days Matt Forte’s workload will be curtailed this year, prompting concerns a timeshare system will be implemented. Bilal Powell is a younger mirror image…

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  • Clemson DL Christian Wilkins can catch passes on a bike (Video)

    Wilkins executed a fake punt against OU in the Orange Bowl (Getty). If defensive lineman Christian Wilkins wasn’t listed at over 300 pounds, it’s easy to see him playing another position. Take a look at this catch Wilkins made at Clemson’s practice facility while riding a bicycle.

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  • Has the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl window closed?

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — There is a working theory beneath the surface here, one spoken only in the most hushed of voices, that perhaps the Green Bay Packers really did die that brutal Sunday in Seattle two years ago. Aaron Rodgers will be thrilled when Jordy Nelson comes back. Last season proved to be…

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  • Brewers have an error party, committing five in two tragic innings

    Tragic is really the only way to describe what happened to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first two innings of Wednesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two players, right fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and shortstop Jonathan Villar, committed a combined five errors in just two frames. …

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    Thu, Jul 28
    2:10 PM EDT
    Arizona at Milwaukee
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  • 2016 NFL Preview: Vikings hope to get Adrian Peterson to a Super Bowl

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. There are probably two categories of Minnesota Vikings fans: Ones who have convinced themselves that Adrian Peterson is a…

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  • Aroldis Chapman electrifies Wrigley Field in Cubs debut

    If you were curious what type of reaction Aroldis Chapman would receive upon his debut at Wrigley Field, wonder no more. The hard-throwing left-hander had won over Cubs fans even before taking the mound in the ninth inning. By the time he struck out Avisail Garcia to wrap up a perfect inning and…

    Big League Stew
    Thu, Jul 28
    8:05 PM EDT
    Chi White Sox at Chi Cubs
    Preview Game
  • Cardinals rally again, snap Jeurys Familia's remarkable save streak

    The St. Louis Cardinals are starting to show the resilience that has made them so dangerous in recent seasons. For the third time in the last week, St. Louis rallied from a late-inning deficit to secure a needed win on Wednesday. It was by far their most impressive comeback to, as they toppled…

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    Thu, Jul 28
    7:10 PM EDT
    St. Louis at Miami
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  • The NBPA is funding health insurance for most retired players

    Michele Roberts speaks at a union event during the 2015 NBA Finals. Michele Roberts has attempted to reform many aspects of the NBPA since she became its executive director in July 2014, but one of her most aggressive pushes has been to connect with the league’s many retired players. The players’…

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Gerrit Cole fires first MLB complete game thanks to fancy defense

    In his third start off the disabled list, Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole looked like he’s ready to roll. As seen in the MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports, the 25-year-old right-hander went the distance in a 10-1 win against the Seattle Mariners, which marked his first career complete…

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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick made the Jets sweat and then made them pay

    No one should be surprised that the New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick eventually came to a deal, even with all the reports of Fitz moving out of his apartment, the Jets really not hating Geno Smith and all the rest. The initial offer to Fitzpatrick was three years, $24 million with…

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  • MLB Trade Deadline Digest: Jonathan Lucroy is a hot commodity

    The market for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy has picked up. (Getty Images/Mike McGinnis)

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  • Padres tie a very surprising National League record

    In April, the San Diego Padres set a record in offensive futility, becoming the first National League team to be shut out in the first three games of a season. As the month of July draws to a close, the Padres offense is now in the midst of one of the most impressive power surges ever seen in MLB.…

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  • One of Brazil's most popular basketball players will miss the Olympics

    Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics in his home country. The Brazilian men’s basketball team will be without one of its most recognizable and popular players when it hosts the Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Warriors center Anderson Varejao was examined earlier this week by Dr. Robert…

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  • Logan Morrison tears apart Dodger Stadium to make crazy catch

    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison took things to a new level though on Wednesday afternoon after crashing over the wall and almost bringing the wall down with him to make a catch in foul territory at Dodger Stadium. Morrison had a lot working against him. In addition to the fast…

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  • Nate Diaz recalls the moment he realized he wasn’t rich

    Nate Diaz recently reflected on his early MMA fighting days. As UFC 202 draws near and Nate Diaz gears up for his highly anticipated rematch with Conor McGregor, the Stockton, Calif., fighter has been busy doing his media rounds. For over a decade Diaz has fought in relative obscurity, except to…

  • Social Hour: Michigan State starts Mike Sadler Scholarship Fund

    The scholarship in Sadler’s name will be awarded to a MSU football player (Getty). • Michigan State has launched a scholarship fund in honor of former punter Mike Sadler. The endowment program creates a scholarship in Sadler’s name for a football player.

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  • Yasiel Puig probably won't be wearing his Vin Scully spikes again

    Major League Baseball has once again found a way to eradicate fun from the game. The league issued a warning to Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, telling the 25-year-old that he would be fined if he wears his Vin Scully spikes again. A few days after wearing the cleats, Puig received a…

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