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Dick Van Arsdale #5 of the Phoenix Suns shoots against Paul Silas #35 of the Boston Celtics during a game in the 1976 NBA Finals at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-2 and won the the 1976 NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1976 NBAE (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

America's most miserable sports cities

Sports misery isn't all about futility. Sometimes it's about leading your fans to the cusp of a title only to let them down in the end. It's happened the most in these 10 cities over the years. Only major U.S. sports towns — those with at least 75 cumulative NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL seasons — are eligible.


(List, captions, and stats courtesy of Forbes. View the entire list on Forbes.com.)

  • How a fan helped Kenny Lofton get to Cleveland for World Series first pitch

    An Indians fan came to Kenny Lofton’s rescue Monday night, ensuring the team’s former center fielder would make it to Cleveland in time to throw out the first pitch prior to Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Lofton’s crazy adventure started in Los Angeles, where he was scheduled to take a red-eye flight to Cleveland late Monday night. As time ticked by and Lofton’s urgency to get to Cleveland hastened a bit, he was met by a fan who recognized him and offered his seat so Lofton could make an earlier flight.

    Big League Stew
  • Alex Rodriguez is taking his analyst role quite seriously

    If you’ve happened to catch any of the coverage of the 2016 postseason on Fox and FS1, you’ve heard former Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez as part of an analyst panel with host Kevin Burkhardt and former major leaguers Pete Rose and Frank Thomas. Rodriguez has drawn rave reviews not just for passing a rather low bar we set for former athletes-turned-commentators, but because he’s adding real insight drawn both from his playing days and from doing research. Indeed, Rodriguez is taking his new job as an analyst quite seriously, Newsday’s Neil Best reports. Bardia Shah-Rais, the VP of production for Fox, said of Rodriguez, “This is not a hobby for him. It’s not a parachute in. He’s invested. If we have

  • Tim Tebow answered Stephen A. Smith's dumb question with a riveting inspirational speech

    Hate on Tim Tebow all you want, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most motivational guys in sports — period. On Tuesday he appeared with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and dropped the best speech you’ll hear all week. When he was criticized for taking a long shot at making an MLB roster, Tebow dropped the hammer.

    SB Nation
  • The 15 Best-Dressed Ballers in the NBA

    In honor of the start of a new NBA season tonight, we're rounding up the best dressed basketball players in the game right now. Though some fashion-forward athletes like Kobe Bryant and Amar'e Stoudemire have recently hung up their jerseys, the are plenty

    Harper's Bazaar
  • Rumor Roundup: Goldberg HoF, McMahon/Trump, Hardy/TNA, Paige

    Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it's just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Goldberg is expected to headline the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2017. Vince McMahon reportedly told current talent (and any former employees who asked him) to not respond to media inquiries about WWE Hall of Famer and

    Cageside Seats
  • Did the Minnesota Vikings trade for a notable offensive lineman?

    Fooch’s update: It would appear this is for naught I don’t quite know what to make of this, but Pete Carroll may have said something a bit peculiar during a Wednesday press conference. There was apparently a question about trades, and Carroll said he “say Minnesota made a big move with an offensive lineman.” Here is what one beat writer tweeted about it: It is possible Carroll is BS’ing with the reporters, or he misheard something. I have no real idea, but it is at least something interesting. The Vikings have a need at left tackle, and there have been rumors Joe Staley and Joe Thomas are both on the trade block. Both of their head coaches have denied the rumors, but anything is possible in the

    Niners Nation
  • Six more Olympic medalists stripped in Beijing 2008 retests

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nine more athletes, including six medal winners, were retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Wednesday after failing retests of their doping samples. The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions in the latest sanctions imposed on athletes whose stored samples came back positive after being retested with improved methods. Four athletes were stripped of silver medals and two of bronze medals in weightlifting, wrestling and women’s steeplechase. All six athletes come from former Soviet countries — Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan — and all tested positive for steroids. The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years

  • Don't panic, fantasy hockey owners!

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski offers early fantasy hockey advice including a Maple Leafs forward to grab off the waiver wire and a goalie to ship out while the going is good.

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  • NBA's Morris Twins -- Sued For Alleged Basketball Court Beatdown

    Marcus and Markieff Morris have been sued by a man who claims the NBA star twin brothers beat him to a bloody pulp during a 2015 incident ... and now he's messed up physically and emotionally.  The man behind the lawsuit is Erik Hood -- who says he went to a youth basketball game in Phoenix in January 2015 because he's friends with one of the coaches ... only to be attacked by the Morris brothers after the game.  In the suit, filed by David Gammill of Geragos & Geragos, Hood says the Morris bros -- along with 3 other men -- had "formulated a joint plan to attack" ... and then executed it after the game.  Hood says one of the men said to him, "(expletive), you know what time it is" -- and then

  • What rivalry? Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi is the player he most admires

    Cristiano Ronaldo was asked what player he admires the most. Can you guess who it is? Would it be former Portugal stars Luis Figo or the late, great Eusebio? Maybe it is someone who took him under his wings during his Manchester United days or some Real Madrid midfielder who feeds him with assists. Nope. He picked Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to a sit down Q&A he had with Coach Magazine. "There is a big mutual respect between myself and Lionel Messi. The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don't," Ronaldo said. "It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides." The two best players in the world playing for rival clubs, the

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  • Indians face uphill climb against powerful Cubs

    CLEVELAND – Like pigs in the George Orwell novel Animal Farm, not all World Series ties are created equal. That’s the lingering sensation after a dominating win by the Chicago Cubs in Game 2. This 112 th World Series is even at one game apiece, but the underdog Cleveland Indians suddenly appear to be running uphill while wearing snowshoes in their quest to win their first championship since 1948. Injuries have caused Cleveland manager Terry Francona to go with a three-man rotation in this series, and one of those starting pitchers – Trevor Bauer – labored while lasting only 3 2/3 innings while taking the loss in Chicago’s 5-1 win in Game 2 Wednesday night. And now the Indians must head to Chicago

    The Columbus Dispatch
  • Video: Cam Talbot was very angry with T.J. Oshie

    Cam Talbot had another strong game for the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night by stopping 34 of the 35 Washington Capitals shots he faced in a 4-1 win, improving his season save percentage to a robust .927. Along with backstopping the Oilers to their sixth win in seven games to open the season, the team’s best start since a guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky played for them, he was also involved in some rough stuff in the second period when he went old school on Capitals forward T.J. Oshie for charging into his crease and cross-checking him. Talbot’s response (as seen in the video above) was an attempt to feed Oshie his blocker pad. The end result of that exchange was Oshie getting a two-minute

  • The Sixers’ national anthem fiasco is an embarrassment for the franchise and the NBA

    The Sixers like to point to their forward-thinking nature as a point of pride; they sing this tune with each new business venture they dip into, from eSports to their partnership with Stub Hub. Last night leads one to question whether they feel the same about how they grapple with issues facing the black community. We’re not breaking any news here -- singer Sevyn Streeter took to Twitter last night to relay a story about how she was all set to sing the anthem in front of a packed house in South Philadelphia. She was turned away by the organization when they spotted her wearing a jersey touting a simple message: “We Matter”. After catching some heat for the decision, the organization passively

    Liberty Ballers
  • Jose Mourinho says his life in Manchester is a "disaster"

    Jose Mourinho has admitted his frustration at being unable to settle in Manchester, describing his life in the city as a “disaster.” The Manchester United manager, who has a wife and two children in London, is still living out of the Lowry Hotel in the suburb of Salford, four months after he began work at Old Trafford. “You know the history of the paparazzi, for the hotel and the brand that sponsors me, the clothes brand, [it] is amazing because they are there every day," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "Everybody knows the name of the hotel. Everybody knows the last arrivals of that brand. So for them, it is amazing. “For me it's a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and

  • Texas Tech should not hire Art Briles

    Kliff Kingsbury’s team has lost their last three games in painful fashion. A one score loss on the road to a team believed inferior, a homecoming embarrassment, and a record setting offensive performance ending in a one score loss that captured Texas Tech in a microcosm. Fans and media as a result have spoken about a head coaching change. The name on many of their keyboards is Art Briles, the former Baylor head coach. This brings up a whole host of issues that I’ll address one at a time. Briles’ tenure at Baylor for all its glory ended poorly, to put it mildly. Art Briles spent two years as an undergraduate at Texas Tech and earned his degree from the school in 1979. In 1999 Briles took his first

    Viva The Matadors
  • Report: Farmers Insurance to end sponsorship of Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Chevy after 2017

    Farmers Insurance will end sponsorship of Kasey Kahne’s Sprint Cup car after the 2017 season, according to a report Thursday by Sports Business Daily. According to SBD’s Adam Stern, “Farmers Insurance and Hendrick Motorsports have both confirmed that the L.A.-based insurer will not renew its primary sponsorship of the NASCAR team’s No. 5 Sprint Cup Chevrolet after its deal expires following the ’17 season.” Farmers spokesman Trent Frager confirmed the move in a statement to SBD: “We have enjoyed the relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the No. 5 team since our sponsorship began in 2011. We have made a strategic decision to focus on other brand activities, and our sponsorship will conclude

    NASCAR Talk
  • Snap totals point to which tight end the Steelers could release if Ladarius Green is activated

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have a predicament on their hands when the team comes out of the bye week and starts preparing for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. Some might think the predicament is whether Ladarius Green is ready to be activated to the 53-man roster yet, a task they have 21 days to officially do, but the real question is not if, but when, Green is activated, who becomes the odd man out at the tight end position? The current tight end depth chart reads as follows (in no particular order): Jesse James Xavier Grimble David Johnson There is no debate about Jesse James. The 2015 5th round draft pick has been the main man at the tight end position, routinely playing more than 90-percent of

    Behind the Steel Curtain
  • D’Angelo Russell disses the late-Kobe era — then backs it up

    If this is what D’Angelo Russell and the Lakers look like with post-Kobe “freedom,” they might be alright. Russell, the electric point guard who was marginalized in the offense as a rookie and embarrassed in the locker room by a social media scandal, scored 20 points as the Lakers got off to an exciting start in the franchise’s first season since 1995 without Kobe Bryant — holding off the Houston Rockets 120-114 on Wednesday night at Staples Center. “Kobe deserved every bit of attention he got in his last year, but there’s freedom in Kobe not being around,” Russell told ESPN in a story published this week.

    New York Post
  • Evaluating Red Sox free agents and non-tender candidates

    One of the prevailing themes for the coming Red Sox offseason seems to be continuity. Even if a legend has played his final game, there’s not a whole lot of turnover facing this Red Sox team, particularly in key roles. The rotation is coming back, as are most of the starting position players, and the closer in Craig Kimbrel. But there are certainly a few potential departures to handle, both in terms of players whose contracts are ending, and those who the Sox might cut loose of their own volition. So let’s see who should be brought back, and who very much should not. Clay Buchholz: Well how the hell are we here? Yes, Clay Buchholz should be brought back. Check that—the Red Sox should pick up

    Over the Monster
  • How Cubs divvy up playoff spoils is a glimpse behind the curtain

    It's the type of personal finance quandary many of us would like to run into: How to spend extra money that comes your way. Make that a lot of extra money. For the Chicago Cubs players, dividing the spoils of Major League Baseball's lucrative postseason revenues presents such a dilemma, albeit not one as critical as beating the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Postseason revenue, generated primarily from playoff and World Series gate receipts, has been around since 1903. The biggest change, however, is that the bosses — the baseball team owners who get a percentage of the take — no longer ladle out the gravy to their players, who now directly get a percentage of postseason proceeds. Under

    Chicago Tribune
  • Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions unveils 2017 broadcast plans

    A day after Showtime formally announced seven fights featuring talent from boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, PBC unveiled plans for a 2017 schedule that features three prime-time cards each on Fox and NBC, 25 shows on Fox Sports 1 and more on ESPN, Spike TV and Bounce TV. The organization “will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,” PBC spokesman Tim Smith said in a statement. While specific fights were not mentioned beyond Tuesday’s Showtime list – which includes a welterweight unification bout between unbeaten Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on March 4 and the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz featherweight-title rematch Jan. 28 – PBC promised “particular fireworks in the hottest and deepest divisions in the sport at 147, 154 and 126 pounds,” in its statement.

    Los Angeles Times
  • Here is the one trade every NFL team should make before the Nov. 1 deadline

    The NFL trade deadline is less than a week away -- 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 1 to be precise. The expectations are, as usual, that things will be quiet on the trade front. But what if every NFL team was required to acquire at least one player? Who would they go after? That's what we're here to figure out. First, some ground rules: Only players that could reasonably be considered "potentially available" are allowed as targets. What does that mean? If a player has been mentioned in trade rumors; is a quality performer in limited snaps but blocked by players he'll likely never surpass in the rotation; had his role usurped by someone else on his team; or is a veteran on a squad that's going nowhere and carries

    CBS Sports
  • Manny Pacquiao fights next weekend and no one cares

    Next weekend marks what should be a major fight in boxing in 2016 - the in-ring return of future Hall of Fame legend Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao last competed in April defeating sort-of rival Timothy Bradley in what was billed as Pacquiao’s retirement fight. Now, just 7 months later he returns. By all accounts, this should be a big deal. But it’s not. At all. We are currently 8 days away from fight time and the hype is at a complete zero. Manny Pacquiao is fighting, and no one cares. How did we get to this point? Let’s take a look at the various factors contributing to this dud in the making: Pacquiao’s star power has been fading. The last Bradley fight did just 400,000 PPV buys, the same as his

    Bloody Elbow
  • Devonta Freeman being held out of contact in Falcons practice

    The Falcons are worried enough about Tevin Coleman’s hamstring injury that they signed two running backs yesterday. Today, they’re taking no chances with their other main back. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons

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