• 2016 NFL Preview: Raiders will be a Super Bowl contender, and soon

    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. If the Oakland Raiders break out this season, we can point to last Dec. 13 as one of the turning points. Against the Denver…

    Shutdown Corner33 mins ago
  • Georgia Southern vacates 3 wins after NCAA investigation

    Willie Fritz led Georgia Southern to the Sun Belt title in 2014. Georgia Southern will vacate three wins – two from 2013 and one from 2014 – as part of the recently completed NCAA investigation into impermissible academic benefits in the football program. The school announced Friday that wins…

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  • Jeurys Familia joins elite company by converting 50th consecutive save

    It hasn’t necessarily been pretty this week, but New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia continues getting the job done at a remarkable rate. In Friday’s 5-3 win against the Marlins, the first-time All-Star recorded his 50th consecutive regular season save dating back to July 30 of last season. …

    Big League Stew
    Sat, Jul 23
    7:10 PM EDT
    NY Mets at Miami
    Preview Game
  • Sonoma Stompers make history again with all-female battery

    Kelsie Whitmore will also represent Team USA in the Women’s Baseball World Cup this September. The Sonoma Stompers history-making season continued on Friday as they featured the first all-female pitcher-catcher combination in a professional baseball game since the All-American Girls Professional…

    Big League Stew
  • The 5 most interesting PGA Championship groupings

    The groupings and tee times are out for the first two rounds of next week’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., and the PGA of America has some good ones in store for the year’s final major.

    Devil Ball Golf
  • An OKC store sold Kevin Durant jerseys at a 99 percent discount

    Oklahoma City Thunder fans have understandably taken the departure of Kevin Durant quite hard. He is the greatest player in the eight-season history of the team and one of the league’s two or three best players, the sort of superstar who teams go to great lengths to keep or obtain. While the claims…

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  • Create and share your own Hall of Fame baseball card

    Before Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, you too can put a Hall of Fame stamp on your baseball fandom. Beginning on Wednesday, fans that downloaded the free Rookies app from the Apple App Store can create a branded and personalized “Future Hall…

    Big League Stew
  • Josh Norman steers clear of trash talk war with Odell Beckham

    Josh Norman showed remarkable restraint. You’d figure that after New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham told GQ that Norman was only relevant because of him, Norman would to respond in kind. Norman is not afraid of mixing it up.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Derrick Rose somehow thinks the Knicks are a known superteam

    Derrick Rose speaks during a news conference at Madison Square Garden in June. Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors served as the latest shot in the ongoing battle to form the NBA’s strongest superteam. An arms race that hit new highs after LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined…

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  • Russell Martin falls, tweaks knee after relaxing too long in sauna

    Russell Martin will miss two games with baseball’s latest weird injury. (Getty Images)

    Big League Stew
    Sat, Jul 23
    1:07 PM EDT
    Seattle at Toronto
    Preview Game
  • Watch Live: Giants and Yankees meet in Free Game of the Day

    San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner struggled through his most recent outing seven days ago at San Diego, allowing four runs, including two home runs and suffering the loss. The Giants have lost five consecutive games for only the second time this season and the first since mid-April. …

    Big League Stew
    Sat, Jul 23
    4:05 PM EDT
    San Francisco at NY Yankees
    Preview Game
  • Usain Bolt returns from injury to win 200m in London

    The fastest man in the world hasn’t slowed down even after a hamstring injury kept him from competing in the Jamaican national athletics championship in early July. Usain Bolt dominated the field Friday at the London Diamond League with a time of 19.89-seconds in the 200-meter race. Fortunately…

    Fourth-Place Medal
  • Smashfest: Charitable yet competitive ping-pong by NHL players

    TORONTO – – For the second time in as many years Patrick Eaves walked away from the annual Smashfest Ping-Pong tournament as the champion. The Dallas Stars forward defeated Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks to reclaim his title at the charity event on Thursday night. Several current and…

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  • NFL rejects affidavits from Harrison, Matthews and Peppers, demanding interviews

    Things may get quite interesting between the NFL and three of its better-known names in the coming days. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the league has rejected written affidavits from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison and the Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free…

    Shutdown Corner
  • An American track star who isn't going to Rio sets world record in London

    The American record holder in the women’s 100 hurdles finished sixth in the U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month in Eugene, Ore. Disappointed but still determined, she turned her attention to a new goal — breaking the event’s 28-year-old world record. At the Prefontaine Classic in May, Harrison…

    Fourth-Place Medal
  • Social Hour: The Citadel burns South Carolina on Twitter

    South Carolina lost to The Citadel in 2015 (Getty).

    Dr. Saturday
  • Kevin Hayes avoids arbitration, signs two-year deal with Rangers

    Kevin Hayes and the New York Rangers salary arbitration appointment on July 27 is officially cancelled. First reported by NHL pundit Aaron Ward, Hayes signed a two-year, $5.2-million contract keeping him as an RFA at the end of the deal. In two seasons with the Rangers, Hayes has 31 goals, 81…

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  • Oklahoma State forward had just begun to blossom before his death

    Not content to merely challenge himself against some of the nation’s top players his own age, Tyrek Coger sought a step up in competition. The high school junior goaded budding NBA star John Wall into a game of 1-on-1 at the 2012 Reebok Breakout Challenge in Philadelphia. In front of a few dozen…

    The Dagger
  • Tony Stewart 'relaxed and focused' heading into final Indianapolis start

    Tony Stewart won the Brickyard 400 in 2005 and 2007 (Getty). INDIANAPOLIS – Tony Stewart doesn’t know how many family and friends will be in attendance for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. Stewart, an Indiana native and two-time winner of the Brickyard 400, is retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

    From The Marbles
  • The Mavs might not be going anywhere, but neither is Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki will stay in the spotlight in Dallas. The last two times he has hit free agency, Dirk Nowitzki has re-upped with the Dallas Mavericks on multi-year contracts that came in well below the top dollar he could have commanded. All told, the 7-foot sharpshooter left an estimated $88…

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