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Smoak's five-RBI night

Justin Smoak hits a three-run home run and drives in five RBIs in the Blue Jays' 15-8 win over the Twins

Blue Jays spring training

A look at the Toronto Blue Jays as they prepare for the 2013 baseball season.

  • Kaepernick Says His Stand 'Is for People That Don't Have the Voice'

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said today no one has tried to stop him from sitting out the national anthem at NFL games or to keep him from talking about the beliefs that led him to the protest. "No one's tried to quiet me, and you know, to be honest, it's not something I'm going to be quiet about," he said today in an interview with ESPN. "I'm going to speak the truth when I'm asked about it. It's not -- this isn't for look, this isn't for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don't have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities, you know, to be successful, to provide for their families and not live in

    ABC News
  • Rickie Fowler's Chance to Lock Up Automatic Ryder Cup Spot Slips Away

    Fowler led The Barclays after 54 holes and was on the verge of locking up a top-eight automatic qualifying spot for the Ryder Cup on his own, but a disastrous back nine at Bethpage Black keeps him on the outside looking in.

    Golf
  • ERS issue costs Grosjean, Haas possible points finish in Belgium

    Romain Grosjean was left frustrated after an issue with his energy recovery system (ERS) during Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix cost him a possible points finish. Haas Formula 1 driver Grosjean started 11th at Spa, but made a superb start to run as high as fifth in the early stages. However, the decision to pit just three laps before the race was red flagged combined with the ERS issue that cost him straight line speed dropped Grosjean outside of the points. The Frenchman enjoyed a strong final stint, but was unable to finish any higher than 13th for the American team. “Well, it was a very good start and a very good first lap. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any top speed in the beginning of the race,”

    MotorSportsTalk
  • Searching for tight end value in Fantasy Football drafts

    Let’s complete our analytics-based positional analysis this fantasy football draft season by focusing on tight ends and market share in order to hopefully find some sleepers and avoid some busts. A key is that the offensive system in place is not different this year, which hurts, for example, the market-share projection for Delanie Walker given that new OC Terry Robiskie is coming from an offense that threw 15.9 percent of passes to Atlanta tight ends last year.

    Michael Salfino
  • Sports Illustrated's Best Photos from The Barclays

    Sports Illustrated's best photos from the first leg of the 2016 FedEx Cup playoffs at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY. 

    Golf
  • WATCH: Young Argentine player shows off skills that would make Messi jealous

    Most of our readers likely aren't well-versed in the world that is Argentine club soccer. Because of the dominance of the European game, it's not the most popular league in the world, but it doesn't lack quality and is always exciting to watch. Soccer fans may know of clubs like Boca Juniors, River Plate. Maybe even Independiente, San Lorenzo or Racing, but the name Giovani Lo Celso or Rosario Central probably doesn't ring a bell for most. Well, he's a name you'll be hearing more of moving forward. The dynamic Argentine midfielder, playing for for Rosario Central on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, showed off some crazy skills on Saturday that his French club would likely describe as "magnifique."

    CBS Sports
  • Cliff Avril responds to backlash over hit that injured Tony Romo

    You’ve seen the replay by now, especially since we learned Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a fractured vertebrae in his back and will likely miss a significant portion of the season. Romo was sliding down when he was hit by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril from behind, and then Romo writhed around in pain. Cowboys fans noticed and they have let Avril know they didn’t like the hit.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Colin Kaepernick on his anthem protest, the police, the election, and much, much more: "This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice"

    (File photo.) SANTA CLARA–Colin Kaepernick showed up at his locker, walked through a horde of reporters and cameras, and was ready to answer every single question about his decision to sit for the national anthems before games. He was passionate, that’s for sure. He spoke for more than 18 minutes and obviously was more than eager to address this issue with every piece of thought that led to it. This will continue to be incredibly controversial. But you can’t say he ducked anything. Here’s the transcript… —COLIN KAEPERNICK gaggle transcript/ -Q: What are you trying to accomplish? What’s the goal? -KAEPERNICK: I mean, ultimately it’s to bring awareness and make people realize what’s really going

    Viewfinder
  • Prado's fourth hit of the game

    Martin Prado hits a hard grounder just past the diving second baseman for his fourth hit of the game

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  • Watch Bobby Wood score his first Bundesliga goal in his Hamburg debut

    Bobby Wood celebrates Hamburg’s opening goal against Ingolstadt. It’ll still be worthwhile checking on Fabian Johnson at Borussia Moenchengladbach, center back John Brooks at Hertha Berlin, the rebirth of Julian Green at Bayern Munich and injury comebacks of strikers Aron Johannsson at Werder Bremen and Terrence Boyd at newly promoted Leipzig.

    FC Yahoo
  • Dodgers break out Vin Scully masks for photo day tribute

    If it were anyone other than Vin Scully being honored, this unique tribute by the Los Angeles Dodgers might give us nightmares. Every member of the Dodgers current roster, coaching staff and front office appears to be included in the photos. By our count, which admittedly could be off a Vin or two, there are 105 extra Vins and one real Vin.

    Big League Stew
  • Kyle Larson gets first Sprint Cup win at Michigan

    Kyle Larson got his first points win on Sunday (Getty). Kyle Larson sprinted away from Chase Elliott on the race’s final restart to grab the first Sprint Cup Series win of his career at Michigan on Sunday. Elliott was the leader on that restart, which came with nine to go.

    From The Marbles
  • Sources: Ty Lawson agrees to deal with Kings

    Ty Lawson is joining the Kings. Free-agent guard Ty Lawson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings, league sources told The Vertical. Lawson visited with Kings officials and coaches on Saturday in Sacramento and had planned to meet with New Orleans Pelicans officials early this week – until the Kings offered him a deal on Sunday, league sources said.

    Adrian Wojnarowski
  • Celtics’ Avery Bradley on defense: “Kyrie Irving, none of those guys scare me”

    Avery Bradley was first-team NBA All-Defensive team last season, and his coach Brad Stevens lobbied for him to get the honor. Bradley picks up guys full court, pesters, and plays physical — we can debate if he is as good defensively as his reputation, but guys like Damian Lillard think he’s tough to go up against. Bradley, for his part, says he has no fear going up against the best. Here is what he said to Tom Westerholm of Masslive.com. “I love the challenge,” Bradley said on Friday, making an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “I love going up against the best players. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care about getting embarrassed. I don’t care. Kyrie Irving, none

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Slugging Mets blast Phillies again, presented by W.B. Mason

    The Mets hit four home runs for the second straight day to power their way to a 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Citi Field. In case you missed it… The Mets trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third before scoring 12 unanswered runs. Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Neil Walker all went deep for New York. Jose Reyes and Cabrera each had three hits and scored twice while Walker finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Cabrera's third homer in two games gave New York a 2-1 lead in the third. Cespedes' three-run homer with two outs in the fourth opened up a 5-1 edge. The Mets broke it open in the seventh when Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run double and Johnson blasted

    SNY
  • Tennessee to wear helmet sticker for Pat Summitt

    The Tennessee football team will honor one of the university’s legends during the 2016 season. Vols coach Butch Jones confirmed Saturday that his team will have a commemorative sticker on their helmets to honor the late Pat Summitt. Summitt, the longtime Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died on June 28 from Alzheimer’s disease.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Original Blues jersey finds its way back to St. Louis

    On Aug. 30, 1966, six months after the National Hockey League conditionally awarded St. Louis an expansion franchise, new owner Sid Salomon III and vice president Lynn Patrick modeled the prototype jerseys that were the basis of what the Blues wore in their inaugural season in 1967-68. With Salomon wearing the white and Patrick in the blue, it was the first peek at the Blue Note logo — unveiled even before Scotty Bowman, Glenn Hall, and the Plager brothers came onboard — that would stitch together a fanbase over the next five decades. The initial mock-ups were drawn by Patrick and produced by R.J. Liebe Athletic Lettering of Chesterfield. They featured just one flag on the musical note and it

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Yahoo’s fantasy hockey position tweaks signal end of a very specific era

    Few things deepen your hockey geekery quite like playing fantasy hockey. For sports haters and the sports-oblivious, it’s probably bad enough to see grown adults wearing hockey sweaters out in public. What about when someone is obsessing (and sometimes muttering profanities) about a team that only exists to about 8-15 people? Still, this is the Internet, where niche obsessions can go really deep. Just fall down a rabbit hole about Star Wars extended universe if you want to get a taste. Us fantasy hockey nerdy dorks got some understandable but still sad news today: it appears to be an end of an era for Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns being considered eligible as both right wings and defensemen.

    ProHockeyTalk
  • Brandon Jennings takes swipe at Reggie Miller's career

    Ah, the great debate in every sport. If given the choice between a Hall of Fame career and a pile of championships, which would you want your legacy to be? Brandon Jennings’s answer? The rings. That’s why he’d rather have Robert Horry’s resume than Reggie Miller’s. Naturally, this was a pretty controversial take, and Jennings had to spend quite a while defending himself on Twitter. So we’re guessing Jennings is good with Kevin Durant’s decision — a decision that people like Barkley hated. The Knicks point guard does have a point, however. At the end of the day, people will always ask how many rings you’ve won. Jennings would simply prefer to have as many as possible.

    Yardbarker
  • Michael Moore Proven Right, And Matt Lauer Wrong, About Ryan Lochte Incident

    (updated Aug. 28, 6:43PM with references to President Obama deleted) Thank goodness for USA Today, which actually did some serious reporting on what went down in Rio with Ryan Lochte and his U.S. Olympic swimming teammates. The New  York Post was typical of the drumbeat, saying: “Ryan Lochte made up the story that he and three other US Olympic swimmers were robbed at gunpoint, so they could cover up an altercation with a gas station security guard after busting down a bathroom door, authorities said Thursday.” The storyline: Brazilian authorities had closed-circuit video of American gold-medal swimmers Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen trashing a bathroom and then fabricating

    Forbes
  • New Knicks getting head start on team chemistry

    Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Though the New York Knicks look to be much improved on paper following a solid offseason, it's worth recognizing that chemistry takes time to develop. With so many new and/or moving pieces coming together, the team will need to put the work in to get to know one another, both on and off the court, to be successful. Carmelo Anthony, Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are all fresh off the Olympics. They all deserve time to recuperate before even thinking about early team meetings and workouts. But a good chunk of the rest of the squad has gotten a head start on building some of that necessary familiarity and camaraderie with one another. Obviously

    SNY
  • Sanchez hits another home run, Yankees rout Orioles 13-5

    NEW YORK (AP) Rookie Gary Sanchez kept up a most remarkable run, homering for the third straight game as the New York Yankees routed the Baltimore Orioles 13-5 Saturday. Sanchez hit a drive that bounced off the top of the right-center field wall and over in the fourth inning. He reached 11 career home runs faster than anyone in major league history – 23 games, including two hitless games last year. After the switch-hitting catcher connected, the crowd of 38,843 emphatically chanted his name. Mark Teixeira stepped out of the batter’s box, pausing the game and allowing the 23-year-old to tip his batting helmet to the fans from the top of the dugout steps. Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also homered

    HardballTalk
  • Little League World Series Reaches Final Four

    ABC News' Sara Haines reports the latest on the race for the championship.

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  • Kobe Bryant on how teams should see Warriors: “‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go.”

    For two decades, Kobe Bryant saw everyone and everything as an obstacle to overcome: The Pacers, Sixers, Nets, Magic, Celtics, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Smush Parker, a torn Achilles. It didn’t matter. Kobe’s work ethic and drive had him rising above it all. His focus hasn’t changed now. Kobe was on the Jim Rome show, and the topic of the new-look Warriors with Kevin Durant came up, along with the “woe is me” attitude of some players (and plenty of owners and GMs). “I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair,'” he said. “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Virginia unveils redesigned uniforms for 2016 (Video)

    Virginia unveiled new football uniforms Saturday to kick off the first season under Bronco Mendenhall. The Cavaliers will wear a blue jersey with white pants at home and an all-white combination on the road. Additionally, UVA has an alternate orange jersey available for home games to go with its usual white pants.

    Dr. Saturday