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"EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 19: David Beckham #23 of the LA Galaxy walks off the field after the end of the game against the New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands on July 19, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

The "I don't need hair to look good" look. Shaved down but with his natural hair color.
  • NASCAR America: What are Jeff Gordon’s chances of winning in relief role?

    Gordon will start the next two races in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms. Kevin Harvick: “Obviously, he’s Jeff Gordon, so he’s probably going to do better than most.

    NASCAR Talk
  • 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
  • 2016 Federal Rebate Pays Off Your Mortgage

    2016 Federal Rebate Pays Off Your Mortgage

    If you haven't missed a mortgage payment in 3 years and owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

    EasyLoan
  • 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.

    Shutdown Corner
  • 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.

    Jeff Passan
  • Report: Islanders ponder leaving Brooklyn, building arena near Mets

    Is this just leveraging or something more?

    ProHockeyTalk
  • New Solar Rebates Throw Power Company A Curveball

    New Solar Rebates Throw Power Company A Curveball

    Why is no one telling homeowners about this? If you own a home and pay more then $19/month for power, you better read this.

    Free Solar Quotes
  • 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.

    NBC Sports
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dallas Cowboys star rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott denies assaulting ex-girlfriend

    Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has reportedly been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Tiffany Thompson. Elliott, a former Ohio State standout and the fourth-overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, reportedly denied to the police all allegations of domestic violence.

    Business Insider UK
  • 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.

    Puck Daddy
  • NBA Pulls 2017 All-Star Game Out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Over 'Anti-LGBT' Law

    The NBA has pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina in the wake of the passage of a controversial measure that has been criticized as anti-LGBT. "Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change," the NBA said.

    Good Morning America
  • Leafs give Auston Matthews a fully loaded rookie deal

    If Lou Lamoriello really was playing hard ball with Auston Matthews, give 2016’s first overall pick credit for hitting it out of the park. The Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they signed the rookie forward to a three-year entry-level contract on Thursday. While the team didn’t lay out the specifics of the deal, it sounds like Matthews got exactly the sort of deal he wanted … at least when you consider the stringent ceiling presented by rookie maximum rules in the CBA. Any issues with Lamoriello were downplayed. Maybe it was just out of habit for the former New Jersey Devils GM? For what it’s worth, Lamoriello brushed off any speculation. It’s possible that most of Toronto’s work is done, at

    ProHockeyTalk
  • Stephen Curry disappointed All-Star Game will not be coming to his hometown Charlotte in 2017

    The NBA did the right thing pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in the wake of North Carolina’s “bathroom law.” A number of NBA teams came out publicly to back the NBA’s decision (something that was discussed with the owners at the Board of Governor’s meeting in Las Vegas a week ago. However, players — ever so concerned about their brand — have been far more cautious in their response. That includes Charlotte’s hometown hero Stephen Curry, so spoke to ESPN’s SportsCenter from the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Here is what Olympian Paul George told Brian Windhorst of ESPN (via Ramona Shelburne). “I’m huge on keeping your word. I’m not necessarily

    ProBasketballTalk
  • The Diamondbacks are considering firing Chip Hale

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are considering making a managerial change. The rumor is that Chip Hale would be replaced by Phil Nevin, who currently manages the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. Dbacks General Manager Dave Stewart told Rosenthal, “I can’t comment on rumors.” Which isn’t exactly on the “vote of confidence” side of the ledger.

    NBC Sports
  • 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
  • Report: White Sox recently turned down a “king’s ransom” for Chris Sale

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from a source that the White Sox turned down a “king’s ransom” for starter Chris Sale within the last 48 hours. He went on to explain that the White Sox aren’t going into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline with the intent to sell, but added that the organization sounds “open-minded.” It’s easy to understand why the White Sox would want to hold onto Sale. He’s a once-in-a-generation pitcher, but he’s also relatively affordable for the next three seasons: $12 million in 2017, $12.5 million if the club picks up his option, and $13.5 million if the club picks up his option. Sale is currently the major league leader in wins with 14 while carrying a 3.18 ERA and

    HardballTalk
  • 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
  • Nobody at Chelsea seems to know who Matt Miazga is

    Next up in Chelsea TV's "Great American Quiz" series is the highly confident Calvin Klein model Pedro Rodriguez, who, we'll all be pleased to know, is fully clothed in this video. Unfortunately, he's not exactly knowledgable when it comes to basic questions about the USA, and it would appear that they took pity on him and only asked (or decided to only show) an abbreviated set of questions (nothing about Men's and Women's World Cups or states that begin with 'O', etc.).  They let him go out on a high note even, when he got the Frank Lampard question right.  Got one! Pedro's now the fourth contestant in this quiz series, and the one common theme that's emerged is that other than Asmir Begovic,

    We Ain't Got No History
  • 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.

    Puck Daddy
  • Massa ‘not worried’ about F1 drive for 2017

    Felipe Massa is not worried about securing a drive in Formula 1 for 2017, remaining confident that he will be racing for a “top team” next season. With Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull confirming their line-ups for 2017 already, Williams is the highest-ranking team still with seats available. Both Massa and teammate Valtteri Bottas are out of contract at the end of the year, leading to speculation about their future.

    NBC Sports
  • 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
  • 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
  • WATCH: That awful own goal in Minnesota? #BlameItOnTheJelly

    Hey, if you’re going to have a world-wide gaffe against a Premier League, why not have fun with it?

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Why does Texas support Houston in the Big 12? Ranking 4 conspiracy theories

    Thursday, Texas leadership did a grandiose gesture that left everyone confused. The conventional wisdom has long been that Texas schools would not want to add Houston to the Big 12, as that would give yet another in-state recruiting rival Power 5 status. Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston.

    SB Nation