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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: The NFL's No. 4 pick, LaDainian Tomlinson, is all smiles as he dons the cap of his new team, the San Diego Chargers, during the NFL draft at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
  • Ex-NBA player hits Twitter, begs teams to give him one more chance

    Von Wafer of the Boston Celtics reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat on Feb. 13, 2011. It’s been four years since Von Wafer last played in the NBA, and, from the sound of it, that’s quite long enough for him, thanks. The 31-year-old shooting guard, a former McDonald’s All-American and second-round draft pick out of Florida State, last saw an NBA court with the Orlando Magic in May of 2012.

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  • Michael Bennett's contract complaints could signal trouble for Seahawks

    It’s still in the early stages but there might be some contract trouble brewing in Seattle. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is unhappy with his current deal. Bennett made that clear in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.

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  • Pat Riley: Dion Waiters ‘is not a room-exception player’

    The Heat signed Dion Waiters to a room-exception contract. Heat president Pat Riley, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald: “Dion is not a Room Exception player. He wanted to play for the Miami Heat and chose to forgo other more lucrative financial opportunities to be a part of our championship organization. We are very honored that he made the commitment to come to South Florida and sign with us. Dion is young, athletic and explosive, which fits in with our roster. He will add a great dimension for us at the off-guard spot. I really like the depth and versatility that we now have in our perimeter positions. Welcome aboard Dion!” I’m really curious about those “more lucrative financial opportunities.”

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  • Video: Adrian Beltre belts a walk-off home run on Monday against the Athletics

    The Rangers found themselves in a 5-1 hole after three innings against the Athletics on Monday, but scratched out some runs in the middle innings. That allowed them to enter the bottom of the ninth inning trailing by only one run, 6-5, facing A’s closer Ryan Madson. Adrian Beltre, who hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, stepped to the plate with a runner on first base and two outs. He was the Rangers’ last hope to keep the game alive. The veteran third baseman swung at Madson’s first pitch, a 96 MPH fastball, and drilled it to left-center field for a walk-off two-run home run. Beltre now has nine walk-off home runs in his career. While the 37-year-old isn’t quite the offensive dynamo he

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  • David Wright is not alone in naming his child after Shea Stadium

    New York Mets third baseman David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed a daughter into the world over the weekend and named her Olivia Shea Wright, leading to mass speculation in the media in New York that the Wrights gave their daughter a middle name in honor of the stadium the Mets called home from 1964-2008. The Wall Street Journal went to the trouble of examining baby names in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut over the past 40 years to see how many people possibly named their kids Shea and if there might be a correlation to the Mets and Shea Stadium.

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  • Reserve Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson academically ineligible for the fall

    “Do something. And underline that. Do something.” Those were the words of Urban Meyer back in May when discussing the status of Dylan Thompson with his Ohio State football program.  Fastforward two months, and Thompson did indeed do something, albeit it’s a something that’s not even remotely positive. At the Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, the OSU head coach announced that Thompson is academically ineligible for the fall semester.  That means the defensive lineman likely won’t play at all in 2016, and it could mean it’s the end of the road for the player in Columbus. Thompson came to the Buckeyes as a three-star 2014 signee, rated as the No. 21 strongside defensive end in the country and the No.

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  • Did Red Wings overpay Danny DeKeyser with 6-year deal?

    The Detroit Red Wings signed 26-year-old defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a six-year, $30-million deal on Tuesday that carries a $5 million cap hit. Did the Red Wings overpay here? DeKeyser, 26, has established himself as a top-four regular since being signed out of university in the spring of 2013.

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  • Funniest Photos in Golf: RBC Canadian Open

    Each week, we bring you the funniest and most entertaining photos from around the golf world. Last week, players headed to Oakville, Ontario to compete in the RBC Canadian Open. 

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  • Upset over contract status, Chiefs' Eric Berry won't report to camp

    In the days leading up to the July 15 deadline for teams to sign their designated franchise players, the Kansas City Chiefs and safety Eric Berry were reportedly “miles apart” on a deal. Since Berry has not signed his franchise tag, and is therefore not under contract, he cannot be fined by the club. Berry’s recent battle with Hodgkin’s disease played a role in negotiations, with NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reporting that the Chiefs wanted Berry to pay for a disability insurance policy that would have named the team as beneficiary.

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  • Amar'e Stoudemire retires from the NBA after 14 seasons

    Amar’e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns slam dunks the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 28, 2009. Amar’e Stoudemire, a six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection and Rookie of the Year whose pick-and-roll finishing and rim-rocking dunks made him one of the game’s most electric offensive forces for a number of years, announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday after 14 pro seasons. A free agent after spending last season with the Miami Heat, the 33-year-old power forward/center signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the New York Knicks — the team he joined in 2010 on a five-year, $100 million deal, pledging to lead New York back to NBA prominence before injuries, inconsistency and internal intrigue scuttled those grand plans — so he could announce the end of his NBA playing days.

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  • John Tavares pledges loyalty to Islanders

    Islanders Captain John Tavares suggested on Tuesday that he wants to remain in New York for the long haul. Early in the day, he made a guest appearance Tuesday at the Gatorade GCamp, taking part in a light skate with 14-to-19 year olds who represent the best the amateur game has to offer. Afterwards, word got out on Twitter from Joe Buono, who runs IslesBlog, that the captain spoke to Sportsnet 590 - The Fan about his much discussed future, even though the captain is two years removed from unrestricted free agency. Needless to say, as I waited for my day to end in the financial market, I didn't expect anything other than a lighthearted summer conversation about one of Tavares' passions, his hometown

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  • Thunder renounce Derek Fisher

    Derek Fisher is already stumping for his second head-coaching job. Fisher has done plenty since retiring as a player — getting hired by the Knicks, getting fired by the Knicks and in between being attacked by Matt Barnes and finding another controversy about player relations. All the while, Fisher counted against the cap for the Thunder, his last NBA team. Oklahoma City finally renounced him to sign Alex Abrines. Albert Nahmad of Heat Hoops: This is one of my favorite salary-cap quirks, explained in further detail here. These are becoming fewer and further between, because teams are using cap room more frequently as the salary cap skyrockets. Gone are the days of a team operating above the cap

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  • Chris Sale doesn’t regret protesting wearing White Sox retro uniform

    White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from Saturday night’s start against the Tigers due to a confrontation he had with White Sox coaches and front office staff over the 1976 retro uniforms the club was to wear. Sale used a knife to cut up his uniform as well as the uniforms of some other players, protesting the club’s decision to wear them. The White Sox suspended Sale five games “for violating team rules, for insubordination, and for destroying team equipment.” Sale spoke about the incident for the first time, as MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports. The lefty apologized to fans who came to see him pitch and said he regrets “not being there for my guys,” referring to the bullpen, which had to cover

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  • Lawsuit: Baylor players gang raped student, school knew

    The allegations against Baylor University and its football program continue to get uglier by the day. Most recently, a woman who has filed a lawsuit against the school is claiming several players gang raped a fellow student in 2011. Jasmin Hernandez, a former Baylor student who was raped by a football player in 2012, filed a lawsuit in March against the university, former athletic director Ian McCaw and former head football coach Art Briles for failing to comply with Title IX law. The suit was amended last week and a woman identified as “Jane Roe 4” was added. A portion of the amendment reads as follows, according to Suzanne Halliburton of the Austin American-Statesman: Plaintiff is informed,

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  • High school player steals home by sliding through teammate's legs

    High school player Graham Tews went between his teammate’s legs on this steal of home. (@DrewEich14 Screenshot) Stealing home is already pretty cool. It’s the ultimate swagger move. You’re not only going to steal a base, but you’re going to beat the pitch

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  • Rodriguez's diving catch

    Sean Rodriguez makes his second great catch of the game when he makes a diving catch to haul in Norichika Aoki's fly ball in right

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  • Aaron Rodgers reveals the true meaning of Peyton Manning's 'Omaha' call

    Thanks to Aaron Rodgers, the mystery of Peyton Manning's 'Omaha' call has finally been solved. For years, football fans everywhere have tried to solve the riddle of the 'Omaha' call, only to come up empty. The frustration has finally come to an end though because Rodgers spilled the beans during a recent appearance on the HBO show Any Given Wednesday. During the interview, host Bill Simmons asked Rodgers who he tries to emulate at the quarterback position. The Packers quarterback mentioned that he'll occasionally watch film on guys like Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. During an extra segment after the show, Rodgers went into even more detail on what he likes about Manning "I like watching

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  • Draymond Green says he didn’t talk much with Kevin Durant during playoffs

    Thunder players were reportedly bothered by the relationship between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green last season. The Warriors recruited Durant throughout the year, but that got complicated when Golden State met Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals. But Green says the players didn’t cross a line. Green (hat tip: Erik Horne of The Oklahoman): Me and KD weren’t really talking during the playoffs. During the playoffs, it’s a little different. More is at stake. So, we weren’t talking much, and that’s normal. So, I heard something come out where they said, “Oh, Kevin Durant and Draymond was talking during the playoffs.” They were lying. But if that’s what they want to believe, if that makes

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  • Rudy Gay has 'no idea' what the Sacramento Kings are doing

    Rudy Gay’s no stranger to trade rumors. The latest round of rumors came a couple of weeks back courtesy of ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, who reported that the Sacramento Kings “are actively seeking to move Gay as well as big man Kosta Koufos and guard Ben McLemore” as they look to shuffle up their roster in pursuit of better results — like, say, a .500 record and outside shot at the West’s No. 8 seed — for what feels like the umpteenth year in a row.

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  • Puck Lists: 7 RFAs who should be signed by now

    (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images) A week from now it’ll be August, and that is starting to get perilously close to World Cup time for a lot of teams as they prepare for the 2016-17 season. And yet, there are a lot of restricted free agents

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  • How Venus Williams Quietly Became a Successful Entrepreneur (and Why She Can't Go to Movies)

    Unless you've been living totally off the grid for the past twenty-two years, you know Venus Williams: ranked the world's #1 tennis player on three separate occasions; winner of 7 Grand Slam singles titles; winner of 14 Grand Slam doubles championships; 4-time Olympic gold medalist... I could go on and on. What you probably don't know is that Venus has quietly crafted a successful career as an entrepreneur, launching her active wear brand EleVen, a clothing company that makes tennis clothing and performance women's clothing for yoga, fitness, running and dance. Venus has never felt she should just focus on tennis: she can be a tennis player and a student and a designer and an entrepreneur.

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  • Video: Matt Cain launches a three-run home run

    Madison Bumgarner isn’t the only Giants pitcher who can rake. Matt Cain crushed a three-run home run during Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Cain stepped to the plate with runners on the corner and one out against Reds starter Cody Reed in the bottom of the second inning. Reed threw a 1-1 fastball down the middle and Cain hit it about 20 rows back in the left field seats. It’s Cain’s first homer of the season, his first since 2012, and the seventh of his 12-year career. He still has some work to catch up to Bumgarner, who has two homers this year and 13 in his career. On the pitching side of things, Cain got the win against the Reds on Tuesday night, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk

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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick made the Jets sweat and then made them pay

    No one should be surprised that the New York Jets and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick eventually came to a deal, even with all the reports of Fitz moving out of his apartment, the Jets really not hating Geno Smith and all the rest. The initial offer to Fitzpatrick was three years, $24 million with $15 million guaranteed. For one, he let the Jets blink first.

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  • In case you missed it on Monday, presented by Citi

    The Nationals were off, the Mets were rained out and the Marlins lost to the Phillies... A rumored deal between the Mets and the Brewers for catcher Jonathan Lucroy was dead on arrival, according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson Read more Alderson discussed how the team might approach the trade deadline Read more Triple-A LH reliever Sean Gilmartin was placed on the DL in Las Vegas Read more What's on tap for Tuesday, July 26 The Mets will play a straight doubleheader against the Cardinals at Citi Field, beginning at 4:10 p.m. Noah Syndergaard (2.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) gets the start in Game 1 against Carlos Martinez (2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP). For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season,

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  • Kyle Busch open to Indy 500, but “wouldn’t put too good a chance” on it

    Following his dominant display this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he swept both poles and both wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series, Kyle Busch doesn’t have much left to conquer at the hallowed “Brickyard.” Except, maybe, we can dream, one day, of him running that 500-miler around IMS in May. His brother, Kurt, did it to national acclaim and a heck of a lot of headlines in 2014 – Kurt Busch finished sixth and was that year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie-of-the-Year for Andretti Autosport before jetting to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600. But while Kyle Busch’s name has been brought up in rumors about running the Indianapolis 500 before, he didn’t seem entirely

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