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PHILADELPHIA , PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals has fun with Placido Polanco #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies during batting practice at Citizens Bank Park on September 16, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Albert Pujols and Placido Polanco are best friends. Pujols is the godfather to Polanco's son, Ishmael.

  • Colin Kaepernick explains why he won't stand during national anthem

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod for attention in his career, and his latest statements surely could make him an even more polarizing figure. Kaepernick explained his unwillingness to stand for the playing of the national anthem, which of course happens before the kickoff of every NFL game. It happened in last night’s preseason game at Levi’s Stadium against the Green Bay Packers, one in which he struggled in his first action since last season.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Texas Woman's University volleyball coach quits after 8 players hospitalized

    The volleyball coach at Texas Woman's University has stepped down in the wake of news that eight of her players had to be hospitalized for a muscular condition. The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that head coach Shelly Barberee submitted her resignation late Friday. The program has been under scrutiny recently after eight volleyball players were admitted last weekend for rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue that releases potentially damaging proteins into the bloodstream. "Although the investigation remains underway, Texas Woman's University's initial belief is that overexertion coupled with dehydration during practices last week caused these student-athletes to experience rhabdomyolysis," said Monica Mendez-Grant, vice president for student life, in a statement published on the school's website.

    Dallas Morning News
  • Rangers pitcher gets arrested for drunk driving, urinates on himself

    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested for DWI after an early Friday morning traffic stop that, according to authorities, was equal parts dangerous and embarrassing. [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now] Take it away, Dallas

    Big League Stew
  • Arsenal finally splashing cash with Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez

    German international Shkodran Mustafi will finally provide the center back cover Arsenal has needed for a long while. LONDON, England – “We are working on the deals,” Arsenal Arsene Wenger announced on Friday when specifically asked about the transfers of German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish forward Lucas Perez. Wenger added, “Will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window?

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  • Stewards confirm Alonso, Ericsson grid drops for Belgian GP

    Formula 1 race stewards at Spa have confirmed that Fernando Alonso and Marcus Ericsson will join Lewis Hamilton in taking a grid drop for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Following the conclusion of the summer break, teams are now beginning to get tight on their power unit component allocations for the remainder of the season. Each car is limited to just five of each power unit component for the season, with penalties being awarded for exceeding this limit. After being forced to make unplanned changes earlier in the season, Hamilton took two complete new power units on Friday at Spa, meaning he will almost certainly start the Belgian Grand Prix from the back of the grid with a 30-place drop.

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  • Searching for tight end value in Fantasy Football drafts

    Let’s complete our analytics-based positional analysis this fantasy football draft season by focusing on tight ends and market share in order to hopefully find some sleepers and avoid some busts. A key is that the offensive system in place is not different this year, which hurts, for example, the market-share projection for Delanie Walker given that new OC Terry Robiskie is coming from an offense that threw 15.9 percent of passes to Atlanta tight ends last year.

    Michael Salfino
  • Gary Sanchez leading Yankees resurgence with historic start

    New York Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez is officially making history while helping lead a team resurgence that few outside the Yankees organization saw coming. In Friday’s 14-4 win against the Orioles, Sanchez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Overall, Sanchez now has 10 homers in 22 games, which is a power feat only accomplished by two other players.

    Big League Stew
  • Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

    And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles. Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

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  • UFC on Fox results: Paige VanZant gets back on track with brutal switch-kick KO

    It took two rounds, but Paige VanZant is back. The 22-year-old phenom got back in the win column in a big way on Saturday, scoring a beautiful second-round TKO over Bec Rawlings in Vancouver. After a slow-paced first round, VanZant got more aggressive in the second and the second she connected with the switch kick, Rawlings collapsed to the mat before VanZant jumped on top to finish things off. The knockout earned her a $50,000 bonus for Performance of the Night from UFC. VanZant said after the fight that this was her hardest training camp ever and even considered pulling out of the fight. Now, she's on a roll. "I want to get on the December card in Sacramento," VanZant said after the bout. With

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  • Sports Illustrated's Best Photos from The Barclays

    Sports Illustrated's best photos from the first leg of the 2016 FedEx Cup playoffs at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY. 

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  • Chip Kelly: “There’s never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick”

    So what will the 49ers do with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, if he doesn’t win the starting job? They can pay him not to play, they can try to trade him, or they can cut him. As to the last option, coach Chip Kelly told reporters after Friday night’s preseason game against the Packers: “There’s never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick.” Technically, the fact that there hasn’t been a conversation doesn’t mean that a conversation isn’t coming. It also doesn’t mean that the move won’t happen without a conversation. Ownership may simply decide to move on, regardless of what Kelly or anyone else thinks. Regardless, it’s looking unlikely that Kaepernick will start Week One against the

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  • Tennessee to wear helmet sticker for Pat Summitt

    The Tennessee football team will honor one of the university’s legends during the 2016 season. Vols coach Butch Jones confirmed Saturday that his team will have a commemorative sticker on their helmets to honor the late Pat Summitt. Summitt, the longtime Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died on June 28 from Alzheimer’s disease.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Watch Bobby Wood score his first Bundesliga goal in his Hamburg debut

    Bobby Wood celebrates Hamburg’s opening goal against Ingolstadt. It’ll still be worthwhile checking on Fabian Johnson at Borussia Moenchengladbach, center back John Brooks at Hertha Berlin, the rebirth of Julian Green at Bayern Munich and injury comebacks of strikers Aron Johannsson at Werder Bremen and Terrence Boyd at newly promoted Leipzig.

    FC Yahoo
  • Jordan releases new Russell Westbrook ad, may include a shot at Kevin Durant

    As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.” Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Chelsea shut out Burnley

    Chelsea hold the Clarets to no shots on target and shut them out with a 3-0 victory.

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  • Gary Sanchez's home run barrage leads to impressive record

    When another New York Yankees game begins, another Gary Sanchez home run is likely right around the corner. The sensational rookie slugger continued his barrage on Saturday afternoon, connecting for his 11th home run in the Yankees 13-5 win against the Orioles. Gary Sanchez is the fastest player in @MLB history to 11 home runs (23 games).

    Big League Stew
  • Sprint Cup starting lineup at Michigan International Speedway

    Joey Logano will attempt to complete the season sweep of Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Just as he did in June, Logano will start on the pole in the Pure Michigan 400. The No. 22 was the only Ford to qualifying in the top five. Kevin Harvick, seeking his second consecutive win, will start fourth. Alex Bowman, driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88, starts sixth. The 200-lap race can be seen on NBCSN, beginning with Countdown to Green at 1:30 p.m. ET.

    NASCAR Talk
  • John Harbaugh calls for preseason changes after Benjamin Watson tears Achilles

    BALTIMORE -- After watching two of his players get carried off the field Saturday night -- including tight end Benjamin Watson, who is expected to miss the entire regular season with a torn Achilles -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh was critical of the number of preseason games. "It's not the '70s anymore," Harbaugh said after the Ravens' 30-9 win over the Detroit Lions. "These guys playing in these games -- it's tough -- and they're not meaningful games. They are important to get better, and they improve us. But we football coaches can find ways to get our guys ready and get our players evaluated without the kind of risk that a game necessarily entails. "I'm really hopeful that the union and the

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  • Ruggiano to disabled list, Rivera recalled

    OF Justin Ruggiano has been sent to the disabled list and the team has called up T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. Ruggiano exited Friday's game after the fifth inning with left shoulder discomfort. Collins said after the game that Ruggiano, who had injured his shoulder during his first game with the Mets, felt a sharp pain in his shoulder Friday night.  Collins also Saturday that Rivera has gotten some work in the outfield and could play there if he gets more comfortable.  Rivera has hit .314 in 11 games for the Mets this season. 

    SNY
  • Jay Gruden says Bryan Stork still has a decision to make

    First Bryan Stork was supposed to be cut. Then Stork was supposed to be retiring. Then it was announced that Stork had been traded from New England to Washington. But Stork still hasn’t reported to his new team, and we still haven’t heard from Stork directly whether he plans to play or not. And after tonight’s preseason game, Washington coach Jay Gruden indicated that he isn’t certain whether Stork will play. Instead, Gruden said Stork will “supposedly” report for work tomorrow but has a “final decision” to make tonight. So it may still be possible that Stork will decide not to play this season, which would void his trade and give Washington back the draft pick it sent to New England. Stork’s

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  • Steelers roster cuts: rookie Jerald Hawkins lands on IR along with nine releases

    The Turk is back on the job, and for several players, that’s bad news. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their first round of cuts via an official press release on Sunday (which you can read below). PITTSBURGH – The Steelers have trimmed their roster to 79 players prior to Tuesday’s league-mandated deadline of 75 players, the team announced. The Steelers have placed offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins on the Reserve/Injured List, while quarterback Dustin Vaughan has been Waived/Injured. In addition, the team has released linebackers Jordan Zumwalt and Mike Reilly, wide receivers Issac Blakeney and Levi Norwood, tight end Michael Cooper, defensive end Giorgio Newberry, defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith,

    Steelers Wire
  • Bills WR Sammy Watkins on DeAngelo Hall's hit: 'Do you really do that in preseason? He did the same to Robert Woods'

    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins made his preseason debut on Friday night against the Washington Redskins, but played just 10 offensive snaps and saw one target in the passing game. Watching the rest of the game from the sidelines, Watkins had a front row seat to witness tight end Chris Gragg suffer a torn ACL on a low hit from Redskins’ safety DeAngelo Hall that many saw as a dirty play. In his post-game press conference, Watkins was asked what he thought about the hit. “I’m not going to get into details,” Watkins said. “He (Hall) is playing football at the end of the day, and I guess it was a clean tackle. But do you really do that in the preseason? I don’t know. Last year he did the

    Bills Wire
  • Kobe Bryant on how teams should see Warriors: “‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go.”

    For two decades, Kobe Bryant saw everyone and everything as an obstacle to overcome: The Pacers, Sixers, Nets, Magic, Celtics, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Smush Parker, a torn Achilles. It didn’t matter. Kobe’s work ethic and drive had him rising above it all. His focus hasn’t changed now. Kobe was on the Jim Rome show, and the topic of the new-look Warriors with Kevin Durant came up, along with the “woe is me” attitude of some players (and plenty of owners and GMs). “I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair,'” he said. “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Original Blues jersey finds its way back to St. Louis

    On Aug. 30, 1966, six months after the National Hockey League conditionally awarded St. Louis an expansion franchise, new owner Sid Salomon III and vice president Lynn Patrick modeled the prototype jerseys that were the basis of what the Blues wore in their inaugural season in 1967-68. With Salomon wearing the white and Patrick in the blue, it was the first peek at the Blue Note logo — unveiled even before Scotty Bowman, Glenn Hall, and the Plager brothers came onboard — that would stitch together a fanbase over the next five decades. The initial mock-ups were drawn by Patrick and produced by R.J. Liebe Athletic Lettering of Chesterfield. They featured just one flag on the musical note and it

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Slugging Mets blast Phillies again, presented by W.B. Mason

    The Mets hit four home runs for the second straight day to power their way to a 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Citi Field. In case you missed it… The Mets trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third before scoring 12 unanswered runs. Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Neil Walker all went deep for New York. Jose Reyes and Cabrera each had three hits and scored twice while Walker finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Cabrera's third homer in two games gave New York a 2-1 lead in the third. Cespedes' three-run homer with two outs in the fourth opened up a 5-1 edge. The Mets broke it open in the seventh when Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run double and Johnson blasted

    SNY