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Sorbians Prepare Easter Eggs

HOYERSWERDA, GERMANY - MARCH 24: Painted Easter eggs in traditional Sorbian motives hang in the tree at the annual Easter egg market on March 24, 2012 in Schleife, near Hoyerswerda, Germany. Easter egg painting is a strong part of Sorbian tradition and visual elements within the painting are meant to ward off evil. Sorbians are a Slavic minority in eastern Germany and many still speak Sorbian, a language closely related to Polish and Czech. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

10,000 Easter Egg Tree

Volker Kraft and his wife Christa have decorated their annual Easter Egg tree once again, adorning it with 10,000 decorated Easter eggs. The tradition started in 1965 with the family putting painted hens' eggs on their mother's apple tree, and has now become a major draw for thousands of tourists.

  • Why Joey Bosa better hope the Chargers' offer still stands

    On Wednesday, Shutdown Corner’s Frank Schwab did a great job of updating the Joey Bosa situation — namely how the San Diego Chargers made this standoff public and ugly. Oh, sure, these are the Chargers we’re talking about, and calling them a well-run organization might not be able to be done with a straight face. Perhaps the Chargers, coming off a 4-12 nightmare of a season, could have found better ways to get this thing done — especially in an era where the draft-pick holdout has gone the way of the Edsel.

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  • Cleveland trades Barkevious Mingo to New England

    As a player who was the sixth overall pick in his draft, Barkevious Mingo hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being such a lofty selection. If it wasn’t obvious that the Cleveland Browns weren’t happy with Mingo when they declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, on Thursday we got crystal-clear proof: the Browns traded him to the New England Patriots. Cleveland Plain-Dealer beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reported that the Patriots gave the Browns a 2017 fifth-round pick for Mingo.

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  • Billy Butler regrets role in clubhouse scuffle that gave him concussion

    A weird month for the Oakland A’s got even weirder last Friday in Chicago when Billy Butler and Danny Valencia were involved in a clubhouse scuffle over the latter’s cleat endorsement deal. The physical altercation resulted in Billy Butler sustaining a concussion, which landed him on MLB’s seven-day concussion list earlier this week. Speaking for the first time since the incident on Wednesday, Butler said he’s progressing well and hopes to return as soon as he possibly can. “First off, I want to say to my teammates, I want to apologize for putting them through this because they didn’t deserve this,” Butler said.

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  • Syracuse Men's Soccer Team Pulls Off Viral Stunt

    The players successfully headed a soccer ball to all 25 teammates in the locker room without letting it touch the ground. All: Good morning, America. That was Syracuse university men's soccer team. Heads up, people. You won't believe the stupt they're

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  • Girardi 'kind of freaked out' after fan falls in dugout

    A fan fell into the New York Yankees dugout during their victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, landing on the dugout steps before being corralled by law enforcement. The incident happened midway through the Yankees' 5-0 win. Manager Joe Girardi said the fan appeared intoxicated and fell into a part of the dugout where no players were at that moment. "It kind of freaked me out, actually," Girardi said. "I think he tried to jump in, but he was probably not even in a state to be walking." Girardi said the fan fell twice, landing on his ribs at first then going down again when he tried to stand. The fan was escorted from the stadium by two members of law enforcement. "Let's just say he

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  • Lane Johnson says he'll sue supplement company over suspension

    Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson first complained about the NFLPA’s lack of supplement testing after his positive test triggered a 10-game suspension. Now he says he’ll sue the supplement company that he says sold him the amino acids that led to the positive test. Johnson had $25 million in guaranteed money remaining on his deal, but the positive test meant none of that money is guaranteed anymore due to a clause in his contract.

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  • Jim Boeheim’s Melo comments are evidence of why athletes hate the media

    Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has a habit of creating headlines that are not all that flattering, to himself or to the people that he’s commenting on, which is why it wasn’t much of a surprise that a quote he gave to Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard has been making the rounds this week. The quote in question? “He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of his former star and now three-time Olympic champion Carmelo Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.” That sounds bad, doesn’t it? But … I mean, he’s right, isn’t he? Melo is 32 years old and title-less. He’s been to the conference finals once and gotten out of the first round

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  • Los Angeles celebrates 'Kobe Bryant Day'

    It’s been a whirlwind retirement for Kobe Bryant. On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers legend rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to unveil his new $100 million venture-capital fund. The date marks the two jersey numbers (8 and 24) Bryant wore during his 20 years with the club.

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  • Five Sprint Cup teams receive warnings at Bristol

    Kyle Busch‘s team will lose its pit stall selection this weekend at Michigan International Speedway after receiving its fourth warning for an inspection issue last weekend at Bristol. Busch’s team was one of five Sprint Cup teams to receive warnings

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  • Best Player in Europe: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Bale, Griezmann to win award

    Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Best Player in Europe by UEFA on Thursday in Monaco, following the group stage draw for the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo, 31, beat other finalists teammate and Welsh international Gareth Bale and France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann to the award for the 2015-16 season. Barcelona duo Lionel Messi came fourth and Luis Suarez finished in fifth. The Portuguese striker scored 51 goals in 48 games for Real Madrid last season and led Portugal to its first-ever major title as a nation, winning the EURO 2016 trophy. Ronaldo said on stage that he was “living his dream” by playing football as he won the award for a second time in his career, the list title

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  • Jared Bednar brings championship resume as new Avalanche head coach

    Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned, the Colorado Avalanche have found their next head coach. After spending the last two seasons as a head coach in the AHL, Jared Bednar will get his shot at the NHL as he will be the one to replace Roy behind the Avalanche bench. “After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche EVP and GM Joe Sakic in a statement.

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  • Gentleman Bryce Harper assists Katie Ledecky with Olympic medals

    Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky proved she’s more than a one-sport star on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Ledecky, who won four gold medals and one silver at the Rio Olympics, fired a perfect strike for the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s game against the rival Baltimore Orioles. Removes all her medals 1st and hands them 1 at a time to Bryce Harper.

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  • Maryland names starting QB, adds UNC transfer QB Caleb Henderson

    There were a couple of developments on the quarterback front for Maryland Wednesday morning. The one with the most immediate impact was the announcement that Perry Hills has been named the Terps’ starter at the position.  Hills, a senior, had been involved in an offseason-long competition with fellow senior Caleb Rowe for the starting job. Hills started eight games last season and ran for 535 yards, the fourth-most by a quarterback in the program’s history.  He also tossed 13 interceptions; in fact, Hills and Rowe, who started the other four games, combined to toss a staggering 28 interceptions. Of the 114 quarterbacks in passing efficiency listed on the NCAA’s stats website, Hills was 109th.

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  • National TV talk show blasts Eagles for trading up to draft Carson Wentz

    Carson Wentz came to Eagles with a lot of fanfare and expectations. Fans have taken to Wentz already as shown by how many No.11 jerseys are on the backs of people walking around Philadelphia. The Eagles got the No.2 pick (Carson Wentz) and a 2017 4th-round pick in exchange for No.8 pick (Jack Conklin), a 3rd-round pick (Daryl Worley) a 4th-round pick (Connor Cook) along with a 2017 first round pick and a 2018 2nd-round pick. Max Kellerman is a newcomer to the ESPN show, “First Take.” He voiced his displeasure towards the Eagles trade when he was on the show with Stephen A. Smith and Damien Woody. “Obviously, at the time they made the trade, they made a mistake,” Kellerman said. “They gave up

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  • DeAngelo Williams spits truth about Steelers offensive line and Roethlisberger

    If you are ever in search of a sound byte about the Pittsburgh Steelers, all you have to do is ask running back DeAngelo Williams and he shall provide. When Williams went on ESPN First Take he had no qualms about gushing about his offensive line and quarterback. It’s great to see Williams give props to his offensive line like that. There’s no doubt this is a supremely talented group and grossly underrated by the rest of the NFL. You have to appreciate a running back who understands how important his offensive line is to his success. As far as Ben Roethlisberger goes, his pedigree speaks for itself, but as Williams said, the options having Roethlisberger under center provides is brutal for opposing

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  • Rory McIlroy Not Switching Equipment Yet Despite New Putter in Bag

    Rory McIlroy may have a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag this week at The Barclays, but he's not making any major equipment moves yet. Following Nike's announcement that the athletic giant is getting out of the equipment game, McIlroy confirmed Wednesday that he's switched out his Nike Method Origin putter for a Scotty Cameron M1 prototype.

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  • John Wall and Bradley Beal are trying to learn to like each other

    John Wall and Bradley Beal feel the love. The Washington Wizards have been an excellent example of that difficulty. General manager Ernie Grunfeld opened this decade by selecting two very promising guards in John Wall (the first-overall pick in 2010) and Bradley Beal (third in 2012), and both have impressed enough to earn max-level contracts as the future leaders of the franchise.

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  • Fantasy Football gurus offer up sleepers, rebound candidates

    Terrell Watson is among the players our experts think could offer bargain appeal. Fantasy experts Dalton Del Don and Liz Loza handed out free advice during the third of six-straight days of Q&As on Facebook Live on the Yahoo Sports page. They kicked off

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  • How baseball's quarter-billion-dollar underdog keeps winning

    LOS ANGELES – If you’d arrived at Dodger Stadium early enough Tuesday, you’d have been treated to Rich Hill and Brett Anderson, 60 or 70 paces apart, playing catch in left field. Hill was already on the disabled list. Anderson would be in a few hours.

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  • Avalanche coaching update; Lindholm joins Team Sweden for World Cup (Puck Headlines)

    • Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin enjoys some quality time with the Stanley Cup. • As many as six candidates had interviews for the Colorado Avalanche’s vacant head coaching position. • Jamie Benn is missing the World Cup of Hockey because he’s “100 percent committed to the (Dallas) Stars.

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  • Yoenis Cespedes says he won't opt out of Mets contract

    The New York Mets somehow finding a way to bring back outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this past winter was one of the biggest stories of the offseason. After singlehandedly taking the Mets to the playoffs with a spectacular second half, it was assumed Cespedes’ price range on the market would exceed what the Mets were willing to pay. In order to bring back Cespedes, the Mets needed to get creative with their deal.

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  • FOLLOW LIVE: The UEFA Champions League finds its last five group stage teams

    Who’s going to join Porto, Monaco, Legia Warsaw, Ludogorets Razgrad and Celtic as playoff teams to join the UEFA Champions League group stage? The biggest names of Wednesday’s slate are cruising after their first legs, with Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach putting five and three goals on the board, respectively. Could the match be Joe Hart‘s last for City? The longtime backstop gets the call with the transfer window a week away. In the other three cases, things are wide open. Rostov plays Ajax, Red Bull Salzburg faces Dinamo Zagreb, and APOEL lines up Copenhagen. Borussia Monchengladbach (3) vs. (1) BSC Young Boys Rostov (1) vs. (1) Ajax Red Bull Salzburg (1) vs. (1) Dinamo Zagreb

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  • The real history of Native American team names

    WASHINGTON — Native American team names mean honor and respect. That’s what executives of pro sports clubs often say. History tells a different story. Kevin Gover punctuates this point with a rueful smile. He is director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The Capitol dome looms outside the windows of his fifth-floor office as he talks about the historical context of an era when Native American mascots proliferated like wildflowers. Baseball’s Boston Braves adopted their team name in 1912. The Cleveland Indians took theirs in 1915. Scores of high schools and colleges across the country assumed these and other Indian

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  • British Olympic Team Has Luggage Mishap

    The country's Olympic athletes returned home from Rio but were stuck at baggage claim because each had the same red, Team GB bag. If they all came to returning than on the same flags of I can't see this team great Britain's Twitter account baggage collection could be interesting hash tag same same hash tag great to be back.

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  • The Patriots traded center Bryan Stork to the Redskins, but he could retire

    First, it was reported that the New England Patriots were planning on releasing their third-year center, who started in their Super Bowl XLIX win as a rookie in the 2014 season. Then word arose that the Washington Redskins, seeking an upgrade, had sent a conditional draft pick to the Patriots for Stork. Then came another odd turn: Was the concussion-plagued Stork, 25, considering retiring instead of joining his new team?

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