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Marquette center Chris Otule

Marquette center Chris Otule (42) bumps with an assistant coach as the celebrate a 71-61 victory over Miami in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 28, 2013.
  • What the iconic 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck card means to a generation of fans

    My weekly allowance was $3, and packs of Upper Deck baseball cards, the coolest things I’d ever seen, with their impossibly white borders and holograms on the back – holograms! – were $2 apiece, so I’d resigned myself to one. Ken, the mustachioed man who ran the place and a couple years earlier sold me my first baseball cards, said he’d give me two for $3. Baseball cards were the first drug I ever tried, and they hooked me immediately.

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  • 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.

    Ball Don't Lie
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  • VIDEO: Worst own goal ever from Minnesota United goalkeeper?

    This is unfortunate. During Bournemouth’s 4-0 friendly win over Minnesota United on Wednesday goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock had a moment of madness. It surely has to be one of the worst, if not the worst, own goals of all-time. For some reason as he goes to throw the ball out, the ball gets stuck to his glove and he throws it behind him and into the empty net. Cameroon international Ndjock, 26, tried to rescue the situation but only ended up in the back of the net with the ball. It was a horrible moment for the goalkeeper who, along with Minnesota United, is due to arrive in Major League Soccer for either the 2017 or 2018 season. See the video of the crazy own goal below as I’m sure we will be seeing

    ProSoccerTalk
  • 2016 Tour de France: Stage 19 Recap

    Overall leader Chris Froome suffered a rough crash during a sharp turn towards the end of the stage. He had to use his teammates' bike to finish the race.

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  • Cowboys move into new, over-the-top, $1.5 billion practice facility

    The Star features the Cowboys’ offices, two outdoor practice fields and a 12,000-seat indoor stadium. The Cowboys packed up their headquarters in Irving, the iconic Valley Ranch, last month, after calling it home for over 30 years. The Star features two outdoor practice fields, a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that the city’s high school teams will use, a franchise hall of fame, and an entertainment area with shops, restaurants and a hotel.

    Shutdown Corner
  • New 55-and-Better Ryan Homes in River Crossing

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  • MLB Power Rankings: Cubs rebound as Nats surge towards top

    Family game night! (Also, find the “Pokemon Go.”) The rankings (records through Wednesday): The Chicago Cubs jumped back to the top spot in our Power Rankings. (Getty Images)1. Chicago Cubs (57-37; Previous: 3) – Why they fight … Cards Against Humanity

    Tim Brown
  • Matt Holliday exits game after being hit in the face by a pitch

    Matt Holliday was hit in the face by a 95 MPH Andrew Cashner fastball during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game at Busch Stadium. As ESPN Mark Saxon explains, Holliday tried to stay in the game, but he was ultimately replaced with pinch-runner Mike Leake. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that Holliday had a bloody nose. I won’t embed it, but you can click here to see the video if you are so inclined. From what’s been reported, it doesn’t sound like it’s serious for Holliday, but it’s good that the Cardinals played it safe with their veteran outfielder. We should know more about his condition after the game. Holliday went 0-for-2 prior to getting hit with Cashner’s fastball.

    HardballTalk
  • Sneak preview: Tony Stewart reads about his impact in racing from those who know him best

    In a feature running on NBCSN’s NASCAR America at 6 p.m. today, Tony Stewart will reflect on his racing career through the eyes of four people shaped by it. Stewart’s father, Nelson, Indianapolis-based journalist Robin Miller, former crew chief Greg Zipadelli and longtime personal manager Eddie Jarvis each wrote letters expressing their appreciation for Stewart’s impact on racing and their lives. Stewart is retiring from racing in NASCAR after the 2016 season. As shown in the preview above, the three-time series champion read each letter and reacted to each on camera in Sunday’s feature. The feature on Stewart also will run before Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NBCSN’s

    NASCAR Talk
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  • Stephen Curry: “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the” Olympics

    Right now, Stephen Curry is basking in the 78-degree weather at beautiful Lake Tahoe — right on the California/Nevada border — getting ready to play in the weekend’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament (which will be broadcast on NBC). Curry pulled out of the Rio Games during the NBA Finals, but said he isn’t happy about it in a Facebook Live chat from Tahoe (hat tip the Mercury News for the transcription). “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games… I wish I would be able to play in those. “When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year, I tried to give Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and Mr. Colangelo (Jerry Colangelo) and the whole USA staff more time to figure out what they need to figure out for the roster.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • 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.

    Kevin Iole
  • Braves trade rumors: Braves continue to publicly deny Teheran trade interest

    Another day has come and gone as the march towards the trade deadline progresses, and publicly, the story remains the same as far as Julio Teheran is concerned — the Braves are declaring that he isn’t for sale. Jon Heyman relayed the news in his latest column for Today’s Knuckleball, and although he did mention that the Braves are still taking calls on their top pitcher, they still aren’t budging on their steep price. Additionally, Heyman mentioned that the Braves are also battling perception problems as well. Teheran would be a major trade chip. But the Braves still won’t hear of it. “We have no intention of trading him,” a Braves official said for the third straight week. Braves higher-ups

    Talking Chop
  • Embrace Aldie’s Serene Setting

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  • Manchester United’s Mourinho refuses to sign Chelsea shirt (video)

    The Special One may be a Chelsea legend, but he’s leaving it in the past. Jose Mourinho was signing autographs during Manchester United’s tour of China, and video surfaced of him shaking off a fan holding out a Chelsea jersey. Mourinho shakes his head and smirks at the fan as if to say, “Appreciate the support, but not going to happen.” He had more than 200 wins as Chelsea boss, with three Premier League crowns, three League Cups and an FA Cup on his resume from two stints leading the Stamford Bridge set. But he was fired less than half a season after lifting that third PL trophy, and clearly he’s not feeling it. Still, can’t expect every admirer to buy a new shirt that quick, can you?

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Matt Holliday takes 95 mph pitch to face, tries to stay in game

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday appears to have avoided what could have been a terrifying injury Thursday. During his sixth inning at-bat against San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, Holliday was hit in the face with a 95 mph fastball. Unbelievably, Holliday stayed on his feet after being hit.

    Big League Stew
  • 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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  • Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Mookie Betts

    With the sudden lack of depth in the bullpen, can Matt Barnes step up into a bigger role? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Rob Manfred suggested he may consider a limit on reliever usage in the coming years, and John Farrell isn’t a fan. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) How much longer can the Red Sox really justify keeping Clay Buchholz on the roster? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Mookie Betts hit another home run last night, but is his power for real? (Matt Collins; BP Boston) Dave Dombrowski has had plenty of success in recent years in acquiring strong starting pitching at the deadline, and hopes Drew Pomeranz can continue that trend. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) David Ortiz did a very cool thing

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  • Yasiel Puig leaves the Dodgers-Nats game with an apparent injury

    A judge handed minor leaguers looking to hold Major League Baseball liable for underpaying and exploiting them a huge setback today, ruling that the case cannot go forward as a class action. The ruling saps the minor leaguers of their leverage, as Major League Baseball would likely be able to fend off individual cases which, by themselves, might only amount to several thousand dollars per claim. The background: in 2014, former Miami Marlins player Aaron Senne sued Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, and three major league clubs claiming that minor leaguers are underpaid and exploited in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    HardballTalk
  • 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.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
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  • Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski: Anti-gay North Carolina law ’embarrassing’

    The interests of the NBA and USA Basketball don’t always align. On the 2017 All-Star game — originally scheduled for Charlotte and likely New Orleans-bound — they do. As Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski prepares to take the U.S. men’s national basketball team to the Rio Olympics, his thoughts turned this week to his home of North Carolina and the controversial anti-LGBT law that was passed in March. “It’s an embarrassing bill,” Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Gabby Douglas: Inside the Mind of an Olympic Champion

    Two-time Olympic gold medalist and all-around gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas is vying for an unprecedented feat — earning her second all-around Olympic title in Rio this summer. Here, the star athlete and performer, who earned the nickname “Flying

    Yahoo Style Staff
  • Michigan favorite choice of bettors to claim national title

    The Jim Harbaugh Effect is real — and the results will more than likely wind up in Las Vegas’s pockets. According to a report from David Purdum of ESPN, Michigan stands as bettors’ favorite choice to win this season’s national title. Purdum writes that more money has been placed on the Wolverines to win in all than any other team, and their national title odds have risen from 15-to-1 to 7-to-1. Alabama remains the only team with higher odds than Michigan. Ohio State, however, remains a 6.5-point favorite to beat Michigan at the Horseshoe in November. Ohio State is just a tick behind Michigan for the national title at 8-to-1 odds. Rounding out the top five among the public’s top bets to claim

    NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
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  • Bruce quits Hull City three weeks before Premier League season

    Steve Bruce brought Hull City right back to the Premier League after overseeing their relegation campaign, but won’t taste the PL again in tiger stripes. Bruce would be the favorite to slide back into the Sunderland seat. Bruce could move into the No. 2 chair for England under Allardyce.

    NBC Sports
  • After a 10-year pro career, Ryan O’Byrne is going back to school

    Ryan O’Byrne’s professional hockey career has officially come to an end. The 32-year-old made the announcement via his Twitter account earlier today. O’Byrne’s professional career lasted a total of 10 years. In the NHL, he played for the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs. He also played for the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL), Florida Everblades (ECHL), Prague Lev (KHL), Ambri-Piotta (Swiss-A) and HV71 Jonkoping. In 308 NHL games, O’Byrne had five goals, 39 points and 369 penalty minutes. Unfortunately for O’Byrne, one of the things he’ll be remembered for is the own goal he scored when he was with the Montreal Canadiens (top). On a more positive note, O’Byrne was part of

    ProHockeyTalk
  • What should the Mets do before the trade deadline?

    Matthew Cerrone | Snapchat | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me If the Mets do anything, it will be to add a back-end starting pitcher or reliever and maybe a bench player to round out the roster, before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. I don't see them acquiring a big hitter or front-line starting pitcher because they really don't have the prospects needed to make that level trade. Also, there aren't a lot of elite, immediate-impact type guys available, according to people around baseball. For what it's worth, in the event the White Sox decide to sell, MLB reporter Jon Heyman believes they could look to deal 3B Todd Frazier. I have no idea what it will take to get him, but I assume

    SNY
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  • What might have been: Jeff Gordon said he was asked to drive for Tony Stewart in Daytona 500

    Jeff Gordon said Friday that he was asked to drive for Tony Stewart in the Daytona 500 after Stewart suffered an offseason back injury, but Gordon could not drive because of his commitments with Fox Sports. Gordon was among a group with Stewart in the California sand dunes in January when Stewart got separated from the pack and was injured after a hard landing. Stewart missed the first eight races of the season.

    NBC Sports
  • Could the Yankees release Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira?

    The Yankees, at 48-46, are waffling between considering themselves buyers or sellers heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Part of the reason the club hasn’t performed better is because first baseman Mark Teixiera and DH Alex Rodriguez have both been underwhelming offensively. Rodriguez has a .640 OPS and his playing time was reduced recently, limiting him to left-handed starters. Teixeira, who missed some time last month with a knee injury, has a .591 OPS. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that some in the Yankees’ organization have discussed, in the event the club decides to commit to selling, whether or not to simply release Rodriguez and Teixeira. Rodriguez is owed

    HardballTalk