• Hornets co-owner rips NBA, pols for All-Star exit in wild email

    The NBA on Thursday followed through on multiple previous threats by announcing it was pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposition to House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city ordinance expanding rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Charlotte Hornets, who were in line to play host to next winter’s midseason event, and Michael Jordan, the franchise’s chairman and majority owner who had previously made it clear that the organization is “opposed to discrimination in any form,” issued a statement saying that they “understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season,” and “are disappointed we were unable to” keep the game in town.

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  • USWNT cruises past Costa Rica in final pre-Olympic warm up

    The U.S. Women’s National Team wasn’t really lacking confidence heading into Friday night’s clash with Costa Rica, but the squad’s utter dominance certainly didn’t hurt things as Jill Ellis’ group gets ready to head to Brazil for next month’s Olympic Games. The USWNT captured a 4-0 win against Costa Rica in the side’s final send-off match before the Olympics, extending the no. 1 ranked team in the world’s unbeaten streak to 15 matches. It only took a quarter of an hour the USWNT to find the lead, but it always looked like it was coming for Jill Ellis’ group. Meghan Klingenburg made a great run deep into the Costa Rica area, and played a perfect square pass across the face of goal for Crystal

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  • 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.

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  • ‘When it rains, it pours’: Hendrick Motorsports working through a turbulent season

    INDIANAPOLIS – The team hasn’t scored a top-10 finish in three consecutive Sprint Cup races (for the first time in nearly 16 years). One of its star drivers will miss the second of at least three straight races with a possible concussion. And none of its four Chevrolets will start in the top 10 in Sunday’s Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The last time that happened was 2001 … when Hendrick Motorsports won the Brickyard 400 with Jeff Gordon (who started 27th). If there’s a good omen or a silver lining – and the most successful team in NASCAR history could use either lately – that might be as good as any for Rick Hendrick, who has endured his share of ups and downs

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  • Red Sox analyst Remy struck by monitor as wind causes havoc

    “The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. The White Sox clubhouse was open to reporters for only 20 minutes before it was closed for a team meeting before the game. Manager Robin Ventura did not discuss the incident later in his pregame availability. Right-hander Matt Albers started in Sale’s place and the White Sox planned to use multiple relievers.

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  • Lou Lamoriello and Maple Leafs: 5 things we’ve learned after a year

    Except this time, as I write about Lou Lamoriello, there’s considerably less shock, awe, Eastern Conference plate tectonics and bafflement. Growing up as a New Jersey Devils fan, imagining that Lamoriello would leave the general manager’s chair wasn’t too outrageous.

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  • Rosberg called before stewards over Hungary pole lap

    Nico Rosberg has been called to see the FIA race stewards over his pole position lap during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday. Rosberg’s final Q3 lap saw him edge out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for pole position by 0.143 seconds, but was partially completed under double-waved yellow flags shown following a spin for Fernando Alonso. Rosberg was adamant after the session that he lifted enough, and the stewards did not initially investigate it. However, over three-and-a-half hours after qualifying was completed, Rosberg has now been called in over a possible failure to slow for yellow flags during his Q3 lap. Rosberg will meet with the stewards at 19:45 local time in Hungary

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  • How sparring with Manny Pacquiao gave Viktor Postol newfound confidence

    Can Viktor Postol overcome the odds against Terence Crawford on Saturday? LAS VEGAS – Viktor Postol’s introduction to Freddie Roach wasn’t quite as random as Manny Pacquiao’s, but Postol is hopeful that aligning with the seven-time Trainer of the Year can have a fraction of the positive impact upon him that it had on the Filipino superstar. Roach turned Pacquiao from a good but unknown fighter with plenty of flaws into a world champion in a record eight weight divisions.

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  • VIDEO: Joel Embiid Looks Healthy, Ready to Dunk on Fools

    A reliance on grainy bursts of practice footage has turned Joel Embiid into half-hooper, half-Bigfoot for Sixers fans. Until he plays his first game in a Sixers uniform, short clips will have to do. It helps when they look like this: That's NBA skills coach Drew Hanlen working with Embiid, and I don't know if I can put together a string of words to properly summarize what's taking place. The dunk is a display of the brute force Embiid can throw at opponents, but the finesse showed on the up-and-under finish is exquisite. When he has an opportunity to show off his talent, you can see why Sam Hinkie gambled on his ability to stay healthy. Embiid's Philadelphia debut can't come soon enough. JOJO

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  • Report: Michigan State and Penn State will play at the Palestra

    Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has previously expressed a desire to coach a game at the legendary Palestra in Philadelphia and it appears he’ll get his chance in a Big Ten game this season. According to a report from Brendan F. Quinn of MLive, Penn State will use the Palestra as its home gym for the Jan. 7, 2017 Big Ten game against Michigan State. It is the only time the two teams are scheduled to play during Big Ten season and Penn’s home gym will offer a unique setting for the game. Since the capacity of the Palestra is 8,722, it should make for a fun atmosphere for both programs since this will be a game both fan bases will likely want to attend. With Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers

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  • MLS Snapshot: Portland Timbers 1-2 LA Galaxy (video)

    The game in 100 words (or less): The LA Galaxy are firing on all cylinders these days, having extended their winning streak to four games (six games unbeaten) with a 2-1 victory over the defending MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Saturday. The win sees Bruce Arena’s side move to within two and five points of the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield-leading Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas, respectively (the two sides face one another later on Saturday), while the Timbers miss out on their chance to jump two places, up to fourth, in the West. Back to Saturday’s game, Robbie Keane bagged the 80th goal of his time in MLS (to go with 44 assists, bringing the Irishman’s impressive

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  • There is a report about Islanders eyeing a new arena in Nassau, too

    The New York Islanders’ new owners claim that Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is “our home,” yet there are all kinds of rumors going around about where they may settle. Things really heated up with talks of moving next to the New York Mets with a new arena in Queens, but apparently that’s not all. New York Newsday reports that the Islanders have met “several times” with the New York Racing Association to build a new arena in Belmont. This would mean that the Islanders would (wait for it) bring the team back to the Nassau area. It was emphasized that such talks were in early stages and that the ownership group is “weighing multiple options, including remaining in Brooklyn.” When it came to the rumors

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  • Teen arrested in deadly Southwest Philadelphia shooting over basketball game

    Philadelphia police say they have one person in custody and are seeking another for the murder of a 15-year-old boy as he left a basketball game.

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  • Matt Adams ends 16-inning marathon with homer, ferocious bat flip

    As soon as Matt Adams connected, the remaining fans at Busch Stadium erupted. The St. Louis Cardinals slugger blasted a majestic walkoff home run in the 16th inning on Friday to give St. Louis a much-needed 4-3 victory over the wild card-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Adams’ big fly came against Bud Norris, a starting pitcher who was needed in emergency extra-inning duty, and it traveled an estimated 444 feet.

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  • Which NHL goal scorers were luckiest this season? (Trending Topics)

    A shot from Alex Ovechkin from x location in a high-danger area has a greater chance of going in than one from Zac Rinaldo or even Lee Stempniak. With this in mind, we can reasonably extrapolate that guys like Patrick Kane, who led the league in points and finished second in goals only behind Ovechkin are generally going to appear to be more “lucky” than the average NHLer when their stats are viewed without context. What that basically means is that Kane had a shooting percentage of 16 percent in all situations last year, nearly doubling the NHL average of 8.5 percent.

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  • 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 Broncos, defensive star Khalil Mack had five sacks.

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  • Rangers win big on Chris Kreider contract, at the buzzer

    This is what the New York Rangers and Chris Kreider do. After a controversial trade earlier in the week, this one is a slam-dunk for GM Jeff Gorton and the Rangers. Instead, the Rangers get him at $4.625 million, which is under Kreider’s submitted ask of $4.75 million for arbitration and well under the $5.25 million he was asking for in a long-term deal that ate up unrestricted free agent years, according to Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

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  • Pete Mackanin does not think Cole Hamels is an ace

    At the outset, it’s worth noting that Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is not saying that Cole Hamels is not good or that he’s not good enough to be a team’s number one starter. No, Mackanin was speaking about pitching in general and premised his comments by saying that there are probably fewer than ten “solid 1s” in all of baseball by his definition. When he’s talking about aces he means “the elite of the elite” not merely “a team’s number one starter.” Still, these are interesting comments he had about former Phillies starter Cole Hamels: “I don’t know if I’d call him a No. 1. He might be a No. 2. Those guys are elite. And I love Cole Hamels, don’t get me wrong. It’s debatable.” Hamels may not

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  • Derrick Rose: The evolving offensive player

    Tommy Dee | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram Word out of Chicago is that Derrick Rose is no stranger to saying things like he did the other day, which made headlines across the basketball world. In essence, Rose compared the Knicks to the Golden State Warriors in that he feels the Knicks have also built a "super team." In order for the Knicks to be "super" Rose, himself, has to be superlative, and judging from his confidence, he just may end up being healthy enough to be that good. We've seen Rose's best, but can Rose return to the Russell Westbrook-esque athlete he was as a young player in the NBA? That remains to be seen, but if he does the league needs to watch out. Young Derrick Rose,

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  • Gordon disappointed with starting spot at Indy

    Jeff Gordon talks about being disappointed after qualifying 21st at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but is encouraged that he can work his way through the field during the race.

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  • Scholes: Pogba “nowhere near worth” rumored Man United transfer fee

    If Pogba is the player to bring Man United back into title contention, does the price they pay really matter?

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  • Report: Las Vegas NHL team asked permission to speak with Capitals assistant GM

    It’s been 10 days since George McPhee was officially announced as general manager of the expansion Las Vegas franchise. Based on a report Friday, it appears he’s looking to possibly add a familiar face from the Washington Capitals to his staff. Building a front office beyond his position is among the top priorities on his list of things to get done, as that franchise prepares for key dates like next year’s expansion draft. There is a long history between McPhee and Mahoney from their days with Washington. Ross Mahoney was hired by McPhee to be the director of amateur scouting for the Caps which he did for 16 seasons before becoming assistant general manager. If you thought the team drafted well

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  • Pelicans sign Jones for 1 year, Frazier for 2 years

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans say they have signed free-agent forward Terrence Jones and re-signed guard Tim Frazier. A person familiar with the negotiations says Jones, a four-year veteran, signed a one-year deal Friday for the NBA minimum of about $1.14 million, while Frazier has signed a two-year deal worth about $4.1 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Pelicans have not released contract terms. The 6-foot-9 Jones, who was Anthony Davis‘ teammates on Kentucky’s 2012 national championship team, has spent his first four NBA seasons with Houston, posting career averages of 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Frazier played in 16 games

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  • Preseason roundup: 10 Premier League clubs in action Saturday

    A roundup of Saturday’s preseason friendlies involving Premier League clubs… Celtic 1-1 Leicester City Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Leicester City winger (and 2015-16 PFA Player of the Year) Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring with a sensational, curling goal guided inside the far post by his magical left foot (WATCH HERE). The Foxes conceded an equalizer just before the hour mark (Eoghan O’Connell), but Claudio Ranieri‘s side still has a number of key players to welcome back into the starting lineup ahead of the opening day for the 2016-17 Premier League season, which is just three weeks from today. PEC Zwolle 0-4 Southampton Southampton continued their preseason preparations, under

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  • Joe Pavelski on his golf game, Stanley Cup run, World Cup of Hockey (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Joe Pavelski is modest when asked about his golf game. The San Jose Sharks captain will put his game to the test this weekend at the American Century Championship featuring over 80 celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds. Pavelski enters the tournament a 30/1 favorite.

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