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Louisville head coach Rick Pitino watches play against the Michigan during the first half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
  • Ohio State DC Greg Schiano cited for crash with bicyclist

    Greg Schiano is in his first season as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was issued a traffic citation Wednesday. Last Thursday morning, Schiano’s truck hit a bicyclist, resulting in a ticket for “failure to obey a traffic-control device.” The ticket is a minor misdemeanor, per the Columbus Dispatch.

    Dr. Saturday
  • 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.

    FC Yahoo
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    HardballTalk
  • 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.

    Kevin Iole
  • 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.

    Big League Stew
  • 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.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Mets beat Phillies to clinch wild card tie

    The magic number to clinch a wild card spot is still 1, but the Mets have at least secured a wild card tie after defeating the Phillies 5-1 on Friday night. On the mound, right-hander Robert Gsellman limited the Phillies to seven hits and one run over six frames, striking out seven batters in his eighth appearance of the year. Behind him, a cadre of Mets relievers turned out three scoreless innings to preserve the lead and anchor the Mets in the wild card standings.

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  • Huge If True: What's happening with unsigned NHL RFAs?

    The biggest and most obvious of these, this week at least, is Jacob Trouba, whose agent recently revealed a trade request made back in May. But in terms of unsigned young stars, he’s actually a rather faint one. Most notably, Bob McKenzie gave us the mother of all RFA rumor roundups this week, supplementing plenty of other reporting on the subject that has been widely circulated in recent weeks. Just to rattle off the list of names he addressed in his Wednesday morning tweetstorm: Tobias Rieder, Rasmus Ristolainen, Lindholm, Trouba, Kucherov and Gaudreau.

    Puck Daddy
  • Wayne Rooney's accidental assist helps Man United win first Europa League game

    Whether he meant to awkwardly deflect the ball – or not – to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the winning goal doesn’t matter right now. All that matters for one Wayne Mark Rooney is that he was on the field and found himself in the right place at the right time to create something positive for Manchester United.

    FC Yahoo
  • Listen to Bill Belichick tear into 'Tuck Rule' referee after Week 3 fumble (Video)

    The New England Patriots head coach is doing some of his best work this season, and the Patriots’ 27-0 blanking of the Houston Texans in Week 3 was a maestro performance by him and his team. Bill Belichick had words for referee Walt Coleman. There’s interesting stuff throughout, including Belichick schmoozing with the former Patriots players and coaches now employed by the Texans, as well as the bits and pieces of Patriots’ strategy we get glimpses of.

    Shutdown Corner
  • 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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  • 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

    HardballTalk
  • 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.

    Golf
  • Week 4: Deep Sleepers and DFS Bargains

    To review … all of these players are owned in less than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues (at time of writing) and/or are a significant value in our daily game. A converted wide receiver, Washington is a size/speed prospect with big-play ability. With Ameer Abdullah likely shelved for the season (foot), he also figures to be the Lions’ primary rusher.

    Roto Arcade
  • ‘Nervous’ Jimmie Johnson back at Dover hoping to avoid another rare mechanical failure

    CONCORD, N.C. – Jimmie Johnson will enter Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint Cup cutoff race at Dover International Speedway untroubled by some predictions he won’t advance from the Round of 16 for the second consecutive year. He also seems unflustered about the fluke mechanical problem that stunningly eliminated his No. 48 Chevrolet from last year’s NASCAR playoffs. An axle seal failure relegated Johnson to a 41st-place finish last year at Dover, where he has a record 10 victories. Johnson said the team exhaustively evaluated the problem before reaching a helpless conclusion: The problem can’t be avoided. “That’s one of the weakest parts of the car, and so much has evolved and changed but those axle

    NASCAR Talk
  • 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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  • 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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  • The idiocy of baseball’s replay system was on full display in St. Louis last night

    Baseball’s current instant replay system, in place since the beginning of the 2014 season, has experienced hiccups, but it has generally avoided extreme controversy or high profile failures. Last night in St. Louis, however, the replay system failed in spectacular fashion, potentially costing a team a playoff berth. We wrote about the play last night: bottom of the ninth in a tied Reds-Cardinals game, Matt Carpenter on first base, Yadier Molina at the plate. Molina hits a ball which should’ve been a ground rule double, halting Carpenter at third. The umpires missed the ball bouncing out of play, however, and Carpenter was allowed to run home, scoring the winning run. Due to the noise and confusion

    HardballTalk
  • Some details emerge in arrest of Alabama’s Tim Williams as LB cops to ‘mistake’

    And now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story. Thursday morning, reports surfaced that Alabama linebacker Tim Williams had been arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit.  Other than the fact that Williams was arrested by university police officers, no details were available.  Until now. From al.com: Williams was arrested in the Tuscaloosa Publix parking lot around 2:00 a.m., sources told AL.com. Police officers were doing a normal patrol when they smelled marijuana coming from Williams’ vehicle, according to sources. A passenger, who was not an Alabama football player, said the marijuana was his, but the officer then found the pistol under Williams’ seat while searching the

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  • Fanfest canceled for this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas

    The annual Fanfest on Fremont Street that is part of the NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas has been canceled for this year. The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper was first to report on the event’s cancellation in Thursday’s edition. Scheduling and logistic issues are partly cited for the reason of the cancellation, with Champion’s Week (Nov. 28 to Dec. 2) overlapping one of the biggest events held in Las Vegas each year, the National Finals Rodeo (Dec. 1 to Dec. 10). “We anticipate a new Champion’s Week schedule, which will prevent the event (Fanfest) from taking place,” Las Vegas Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Jeff Motley told NASCAR Talk in an email. Fanfest has served as

    NASCAR Talk
  • Byron Scott Says He Doesn't Have Relationship with Lakers Guard D'Angelo Russell

    Anyone paying attention to the Los Angeles Lakers last year could tell things were icy between head coach Byron Scott and rookie D'Angelo Russell...Read the full article on Bleacher Report...

    Bleacher Report
  • Giants' Pagan tricks, bodyslams escaped fan in Dodger blue at AT&T Park

    The Giants on Friday night hosted the Dodgers for what was a critical game from the San Francisco standpoint (LAD-SF GameTracker). Given the vital nature of the contest for the Giants, who are locked in mortal struggle with the Mets and Cardinals for the NL wild-card berths, they were in no mood for trifles. At one point, though, two fans/interlopers made their way to the field of play and managed to elude stadium security for a span of time that can best be described as "annoying." Finally, the Giants decided to take charge of the developing situation and mete out some street justice. Before we get to the moving images, let's summarize events with the words of others ... An accurate retelling,

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  • Injury updates for Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett

    CSNNE’s Mike Giardi has been very tapped into the status of the New England Patriots quarterbacks as Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have been battling injuries. Giardi has an update on both players from his Patriots sources. Jimmy Garoppolo For those that can’t see tweets, Giardi writes, “No one in Foxboro is into predictions but Garoppolo making good strides. Sore but arrow is pointing in right direction for Sunday. Garoppolo’s range of motion has improved significantly. No issues on follow through.” The Patriots would love for Garoppolo to be healthy because he’s been the best quarterback in the NFL on third down and he’s been one of the top five quarterbacks when facing the blitz. Garoppolo

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