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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: (L-R) Kathaleen O'Connor and Eric Mabe from Middletown, New York show support for the New York Giants during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
  • Penn State loses freshman on day practice starts

    On the day that college basketball practice is to start, Penn State head coach Pat Chambers announced that his roster would be changing. Joe Hampton, a 6-foot-8, 290 pound power forward from Maryland, will be leaving the program. “Joe has made the decision to leave the program based on personal reasons,” Chambers said.

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  • Beckham: 'I'm just going to go out and be who I am'

    Even though Odell Beckham's on-field behavior and demeanor have long been in question, the Giants star receiver insists he is not going to change the way he plays.

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  • Joe Maddon reacts to Cubs' players' criticism of 'spring training' lineups

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for having his finger on the pulse of his players. In fact, Maddon has actually drawn criticism from within for resting regulars and using “spring training” like lineups after the team clinched the NL Central division and wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. In particular, ace Jake Arrieta and catcher Miguel Montero weren’t thrilled with the lineups and some in-game changes that directly impacted them during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss in Pittsburgh.

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  • What kind of manager would Cristiano Ronaldo be?

    Cristiano Ronaldo remains central to Real Madrid’s goal-scoring aspirations, but one day, he will have to hang up his cleats. [ FC Yahoo: You won’t believe what Jamie Vardy drinks before games ] The soccer “afterlife” is a daunting prospect for a man

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  • Tony Grossi provides some Browns insight

    Browns insider Tony Grossi talks about his reaction to Josh Gordon's announcement, Terrelle Pryor's emergence and what Cleveland fans can look forward to after an 0-3 start.

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  • Who should win the MVP Awards? Who will?

    With the regular season ending on Sunday and most of the playoff spots locked up, there’s really only one big thing left to argue about: postseason awards. So let’s spend some time looking at who should win each of the four major awards and who will win them. Which are often totally different things. First up: The MVP Awards.  Who should win the AL MVP Award?  We at HBT have tended to lean toward the idea that the best player should win the MVP Award, regardless of whether his team wins or not. It’s not an iron-clad thing, of course. In the past I’ve supported some more narrative-driven MVP candidates and, more importantly, deciding who is “the best player” in an objective sense is not always

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  • Vikings succeeding despite suffering major setbacks, ready for Giants

    The 3-0 Minnesota Vikings will host the 1-2 New York Giants this Monday night in their new stadium with both teams dealing with major changes.

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  • Floyd Mayweather on Conor McGregor: 'I think he's a hell of a fighter'

    The proposed superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may have been a pipe dream that went up in smoke, but that doesn’t mean that the two fighters won’t remain linked in the news. With McGregor seeking to become the first UFC fighter to hold world titles in two divisions simultaneously at UFC 205 and his grandstanding at the press conference earlier this week, he cemented his status as the top draw in all of MMA. It’s a blueprint that fight fans will notice has been sprinkled with influence from Floyd Mayweather’s historic rise to become the highest paid athlete in all of sports.

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  • Vacc's three keys when Jets host Seahawks

    If the Jets lose this game and fall to 1-3, they will have lost more than just any tiny shot they had at winning their division.

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  • Joakim Noah skips Knicks dinner with West Point cadets due to anti-war stance

    The #Knicks eat with the cadets & listen to a memorable speech @WestPoint_USMA. “It’s hard for me a little bit – I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,’’ Noah said. Noah received permission from Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek to skip the team function.

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  • Purdue OL Martesse Patterson arrested for allegedly punching ex-teammate

    Purdue offensive lineman Martesse Patterson (74) started the first two games of the season at left tackle. A Purdue offensive lineman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly assaulting a former teammate. According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Martesse Patterson is facing a felony battery charge stemming from an alleged incident with former teammate Alex Hilger earlier this month.

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  • Yankees Fan Loses Engagement Ring During Proposal as Stadium Looks On

    Yankees fan Andrew Fox's mid-game proposal didn't go as planned Tuesday when he opened up the ring box to find the engagement diamond he purchased alarmingly missing. The entire stadium looked on – as well as the TV audience at home – as Fox and girlfriend Heather Terwillinger searched for the M.I.A. bauble with help from their seatmates. "I literally started crying because I thought it was lost," Fox told ESPN.

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  • You won't believe what Jamie Vardy drinks before Leicester City's games

    Jamie Vardy is having plenty of port parties. Premier League footballers will typically have their dietary regime strictly controlled by their employers. In order to squeeze that extra one percent from every performance, Pep Guardiola banned his Manchester City players from eating pizza, Antonio Conte has taken ketchup off the table and Arsene Wenger has taken a monastic view towards player diets since the 1990s.

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  • Ryder Cup 2016: Pairings, Tee Times for Friday Afternoon Fourball

    The afternoon fourball matches have been announced for the Ryder Cup, and six players will get their first crack at this year’s event. Americans J.B. Holmes, Ryan Moore, Brandt Snedeker and Brooks Koepka and Europeans Rafa Cabrera Bello and Danny Willett will play in the session after sitting out in the morning. The first tee time is at 1:30 p.m. EST and will be Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed versus Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson.

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  • Angel Pagan body-slammed a fan on the field

    Don’t interrupt Angel Pagan in the middle of a wild card race. Better yet, don’t interrupt him at all. A fan learned that the hard way during Friday’s Giants-Dodgers game. In the fourth inning, a group of fans ran onto the field with white flowers in their hands, presumably to hand to Giants players. According to eyewitness accounts, one player was reprimanded by San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, while Buster Posey fended off another. Angel Pagan, however, took more extreme and inventive measures. On-field security started closing in on the fan as he approached Pagan, but didn’t appear to pick up the pace until the outfielder dropped him on the field. Vin Scully, who was wrapping up the

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  • Giants score two, Pence approves

    Nolan Arenado throws the ball away on Johnny's Cueto bunt attempt, allowing two runs to score and eliciting elation from Hunter Pence

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  • Jose Aldo explains why he's willing to walk away for good after UFC's latest slap in the face

    Jose Aldo’s decision to request his release from the UFC and essentially walk away from his mixed martial arts career was years in the making and resulted from what he believes was a repeated pattern of disrespect. Globo revealed the news Monday that Aldo was unhappy that he hadn’t gotten a rematch with featherweight champion Conor McGregor and planned to walk away from the sport that had made him rich and famous. Aldo is the former UFC featherweight champion who is ranked fifth pound-for-pound.

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  • Happy Hour: It's never going to only be about the racing

    Matt Kenseth won at Dover in May (Getty). As inspection has dominated the first two weeks of the 2016 Chase, a common refrain is hope that the focus in the NASCAR world will go back to the racing on the track. Just Thursday NASCAR issued a rules update defining what an encumbered finish is.

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  • Sixers say Ben Simmons rolls ankle in practice, turns out it was much worse than that

    UPDATE 6:41 PM: So the rolled ankle turned out to be a cover story — Ben Simmons has a Jones Fracture in his right foot. 4:18 PM If you’ve been impatiently waiting to see No. 1 pick Ben Simmons in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, you likely will have to wait a little longer. Simmons rolled his ankle at practice Friday, reports Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.

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  • Cleveland's Hue Jackson is 'done' with questions on troubled Josh Gordon

    There were some cut-and-dried comments from Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on Friday morning when the topic of receiver Josh Gordon came up. On Thursday, just days before his four-game suspension from the NFL was set to end and he could return to game play for the first time in almost two years as he’s been forced to the sidelines for repeated violations of the substance-abuse policy, the Browns and Gordon announced that Gordon was entering an in-patient rehab facility.

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  • In case you missed it on Thursday.

    In case you missed it on Thursday.

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  • Howe calls England “the ultimate job,” says he’s “committed” to B’mouth

    Eddie Howe makes no bones about the fact he aspires to one day manage the English national team — one day. That day is not today, however, according to the 38-year-old Bournemouth boss, whose name was one of the first, and most frequent, linked with the now-vacant England post after the abrupt dismissal of Sam Allardyce earlier this week. Speaking Thursday, ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSports.com), Howe all but excused himself from consideration for the job — this time around, at least. He said England is still “the ultimate job,” presumably for English managers, but reaffirmed his commitment and focus on the job at hand: his

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  • At last, West Virginia and Pitt agree to revive their historic rivalry

    In the five years since both schools declared they were leaving the Big East to join other conferences, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins has always pushed to get longtime rival Pittsburgh back on his schedule. West Virginia and Pitt announced Thursday that they’ve agreed to a four-year series that will begin during the 2017-18 season. The Panthers will host the basketball version of the Backyard Brawl in 2017 and 2019 and will visit Morgantown in 2018 and 2020.

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  • Tiger Woods' Presence Already Benefiting the Fiery Patrick Reed

    The other members of Patrick Reed's foursome, or pod, didn't want to play a second nine holes Tuesday because it was too windy. The vice captain overseeing Reed's pod immediately volunteered to go with him. "He was like, 'All right, well, let's go,' and he walked it with me," Reed said Thursday morning.

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  • Hossa going ‘year-by-year,’ as his contract begins to dive

    Marian Hossa has one of those long-term, back-diving contracts they don’t let players sign anymore. When he signed the 12-year deal, all the way back in 2009, it was generally assumed he’d retired before it expired. (Remember, the NHL didn’t have the “cap recapture” penalty then; that was brought in a few years later.) This season, his salary dips to $4 million, from the $7.9 million he was paid in the first seven years of his deal. After that, it’s just $1 million in each of the final four years, per General Fanager. So, does the assumption that he’ll retire before his contract expires still hold? “I go year-by-year right now and I try to not focus on five years,” Hossa said, per the Chicago

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