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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Victoria Azarenka of Belarus serves in her first round match against Monica Niculescu of Romania during day two of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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  • Joey Bosa gets bitter Chargers lesson Eli Manning knew all along

    No one thought this could happen. The NFL went into a lockout to prevent things like this from happening. It seemed to be one of the only things that the NFL Players’ Association and the league’s owners agreed upon in that lockout. Yet, somehow, there’s a rookie holdout. Joey Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick from the 2016 NFL Draft, has still not signed with the San Diego Chargers, and there appears to be no end in sight for the holdout. Wednesday, the Chargers took a screenshot of a Notes document and posted it to their Twitter account. It wouldn’t be fair to call it passive-aggressive toward Bosa because there was nothing passive about it. The Chargers put Bosa on blast in the post, claiming that

    New York Post
  • What it’s like to face the ‘biggest serve in the history’ of tennis at 163 mph

    A booming, cannon ball-like blast emanates from Sam Groth’s tennis racket nearly every time he serves. If an opponent fails to react before they see the ball, it’s too late. The serve will end up as another easy ace for Groth. Players have been dealing with Groth’s thunderous serve even before the 28-year-old turned pro in 2006. He rode his big serve to the Wimbledon boys’ doubles final in 2005 and in May 2012, Groth cemented his status as the biggest server in the sport when he hit the fastest recorded serve at 163.7 mph during an ATP Challenger match. At 6-feet-4 and weighing nearly 220 pounds, the Australian hardly resembles the prototypical tennis player. But with his powerful build and unique

    Washington Post
  • Hope Solo suspended 6 months by U.S. Soccer for 'cowards' comment

    The United States Soccer Federation announced Wednesday that it has suspended Hope Solo for six months for her comments after the U.S. women’s national team’s Olympic quarterfinal loss to Sweden. Solo called the Swedes “cowards” and “cowardly” following the match, which the U.S. lost on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw during 120 minutes of regulation and extra time. Solo’s U.S. national team contract has also been terminated, though she reportedly will still be able to play for her club team, the NWSL’s Seattle Reign.

    FC Yahoo
  • 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.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Aly Raisman on How the Final Five Reacted to Gabby Douglas Getting Bullied

    During the Olympic games, Final Five member Gabby Douglas watched herself be torn apart by internet trolls who dubbed her “Crabby Gabby” for not appearing supportive enough of her teammates during the all-around team competition (Douglas reportedly wasn’t as smiley as her other teammates in the stands) or patriotic enough during the medal ceremony (Douglas did not have her hand on her heart). Now, with the games behind them, Final Five team captain Aly Raisman opened up to E! News about what she, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian were doing behind the scenes to help their teammate.

    Elle
  • 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

    Steelers Wire
  • Gamblers Once Threatened To Kill Jamal Crawford After A Dice Game At Michael Jordan's Restaurant

    Jamal Crawford is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, superstar athlete or otherwise. In his fantastic profile of Crawford at The Undefeated, Mike Wise details a particularly troubling incident early his career with the Chicago Bulls. Citing unnamed sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Wise retells a story about how Crawford (along with Ray Allen) once spent a night at Michael Jordan’s restaurant, One Sixtyblue, shooting craps with professional gamblers.

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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

    Eagles Wire
  • Ronda Rousey will not return at UFC 205 in New York

    If Ronda Rousey is going to return to the UFC in the future, it certainly won’t be at the fighting promotions highly anticipated debut in New York City. UFC president Dana White appeared on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast to state that the former women’s bantamweight champion would not be fighting at UFC 205 on Nov. 12. “She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said.

    Cagewriter
  • Katie Ledecky explains why she is passing up an estimated $5 million per year in endorsements

    What is Katie Ledecky’s net worth? The swimmer could have a whole lot more — about $5 million per year in endorsements. Katie Ledecky proved to be one of the biggest stars of the 2016 Rio Olympics with her dominance in the pool.

    Business Insider
  • 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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  • Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 left wingers in 2016-17

    (Note: These rankings are based on players' projected performances in 2016-17. Players are listed at their official NHL position when the rankings were created.) Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 left wingers in the NHL for the 2016-17 season

    Yahoo Sports
  • Seahawks' Doug Baldwin admits to agitating teammates after fight with Richard Sherman

    The Seattle Seahawks have been interesting under head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll is known for letting guys be who they are, and some of his players, well, they’ve taken advantage of that approach. Defensive end Michael Bennett has gotten into a couple of scraps in training camp, and earlier this week, it was Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman’s turn.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. out at least two more races; Bowman and Gordon to sub

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will have missed A Minimum of seven races in 2016 . You won’t be seeing Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Sprint Cup car until the Richmond race at the earliest. Hendrick Motorsports said Wednesday that Earnhardt has not been cleared to resume racing by doctors for at least the next two race weekends.

    From The Marbles
  • World’s best golfers fretting about Barclays’ terror of a course

    It speaks volumes for a golf course when it is as much the draw for a big tournament as the world’s top players who are playing on it. Such is the case with Bethpage Black. The Black Course at Bethpage State Park has always been best known for the ominous “warning’’ sign that hangs on the fence behind the first tee. The words, and their presentation, say it all: “WARNING’’ is in all capital letters and painted in bright red, followed by this message: “The Black Course Is An Extremely Difficult Golf Course Which We Recommend Only For Highly Skilled Golfers.’’ It has the look of a warning sign at an expert ski area warning those who dare of the danger that lurks below once they point their ski

    New York Post
  • David Robinson cautions that Durant and Warriors have short title window

    David Robinson and Steve Kerr celebrate the re-opening of a championship window. Despite the recent break provided by the Olympics, the bulk of this NBA offseason has been occupied by discussion and emotion regarding Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors. Like LeBron James before him, Durant has helped create a new overwhelming title favorite.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • 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

    USA Today
  • Video: pitcher flips batter off from the windup, strikes him out

    This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. A pitcher, from the Mexican league if the tweet with the video is accurate, goes into his windup and, just before delivering the ball, flips the batter the bird. Then he strikes the batter’s butt the heck out. Come for the bird-flipping, stay for the batter just standing there, incredulous, as the pitcher calmly walks back to the dugout as if he does this every day: When I retweeted this everyone said “balk!” but there’s no one on base so it’s not a problem. The only problem would’ve been if, after flipping the dude off, the guy roped a double right over the pitcher’s head. That would’ve been rather embarrassing. If you’re gonna talk — or gesture

    HardballTalk
  • Report: Premier League club bids $22.5 million for USMNT prodigy Pulisic

    Young American soccer star Christian Pulisic may be on the move. The 17-year-old Hershey, Pennsylvania native, currently with German giants Borussia Dortmund, may be headed to England. According to BILD, Stoke City has offered $22.5 million for the midfielder. The USMNT member hasn't been a starter much at Dortmund, but that is to be expected considering his lack of experience and age. A talented, quick, clinical midfielder, he is at one of the top clubs in Europe at developing players and has a bright future. That is why this potential move doesn't make much sense, but there are other reasons. 1) Pulisic has gotten increased playing time and made 12 appearance for Dortmund last season. He has

    CBS Sports
  • Why Jimmy Vesey says he picked the Rangers

    Jimmy Vesey said that he picked the Rangers because it "jumped out" to him how much the team wanted him and "needed to have" him in the lineup. He said that the Rangers organization believes in him and based on conversations felt like it would be the right fit. Vesey said that he doesn't feel any added pressure based on everything that surrounded his decision and said that the organization doesn't expect him to come in and "be a savior." He said "I'm a piece they wanted to add and hopefully I can help the New York Rangers win hockey games." Vesey said that there are no guarantees but he feels that he can "plug in right away" with the Rangers and be on the opening night roster. Jeff Gorton said

    SNY
  • 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?

    Shutdown Corner
  • Jon Jones And Brock Lesnar Might Be Eligible To Compete In UFC Again Sooner Than Expected

    Thanks to a pair of positive tests for an estrogen blocker known as Hydroxy-clomiphene, it appeared as if the fighting careers of Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar might be put on hold for the foreseeable future. Recently, however, rumors have begun to pick up steam that both men’s suspensions could be coming to an end a lot sooner than predicted, with Lesnar telling us not to rule out a potential UFC return and Dana White going so far as to book Anthony Johnson against Jones in a hypothetical #1 contender match.

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  • Suspended early-enrollee tweets he's leaving Michigan

    Wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell says he’s transferring from Michigan and re-opening his recruitment. Mitchell, an early-enrollee at UM, is currently suspended by the Wolverines. Mitchell was a four-star recruit in the class of 2016, according to Rivals.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Red Sox 3, Rays 4: Sox lose Benintendi in seventh, game in eleventh

    An extra-innings loss would be bad enough by itself, but the Red Sox didn’t just lose the game, but also their young left fielder. The only question now is for how long. The Red Sox could never quite get to a comfortable position in this game, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the first when David Ortiz found the distance for the 30th time on the year. Porcello found himself in more than a few jams early, with only the threat of Jackie Bradley’s arm keeping the Rays from getting on the board in the second. They would build their lead to 3-0 when Mookie Betts drove in Dustin Pedroia to end the top of the third, but in the bottom of the frame, the Rays got two back when Porcello struggled to put away

    Over the Monster
  • U.S. Open Pressure Points: No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and an unexpected turn of events

    A few years ago, Janko Tipsarevic sat across a table at the Miami Masters and said one of the wisest things this reporter has ever heard. Tipsarevic, fellow countryman and good friend of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, said that his primary goal in most matches was to win his first three or four service games. “Once it gets to be four-all, or 4-5, the pressure can get to anybody,” Tipsarevic said. “Anybody can choke. Even the great players because everybody is human.” The relevant point as the U.S. Open approaches is that even iconic players can fall victim to pressure. That brings us to Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, the top singles seeds at the final Grand Slam of the year, who will certainly

    Tennis.com