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Sonny Lindner's team races down Cordova Street, greeting spectators as they go, during the ceremonial start to the Iditarod dog sled race in downtown Anchorage. The race officially started the day after in Willow, Alaska (Reuters)

Iditarod dog sled race 2013

Mushers and their dogs head out on the 1800 kms route across Alaska.

  • Yes, Colin Kaepernick is hurting NFL ratings

    Colin Kaepernick (No. 7) and 49ers teammates take a knee during the national anthem. The steady decline in NFL television ratings has been the biggest story of the football season, and arguably the biggest sports-business story of 2016. What is clear is that interest in watching primetime NFL games has waned, but what remains unclear are the exact causes, and which causes have had the largest impact.

    Yahoo Finance
  • Climb Inside This Ferrari FXX K Doing 200 MPH at Daytona

    Last week’s Ferrari Finali Mondiali in Daytona, Florida was notable for quite a few reasons. An uprated version of the LaFerrari’s 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V-12 and electric motor cranks out a total of 1,036 horsepower, yet the car weighs in several hundred pounds lighter than its 949-hp street-legal cousin.

    The Drive
  • Amanda Nunes 'gasses out' says Ronda Rousey while revealing retirement plans

    Ronda Rousey has brushed off Amanda Nunes' taunts ahead of their showdown for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight title on 30 December at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The American also suggested that she will not retire after her bout at UFC 207, but indicated that the end is near in terms of her UFC career. The belt has since changed hands on two occasions with Meisha Tate holding the title before being beaten by Nunes earlier in the year.

    International Business Times
  • Rick Carlisle, deep into Mavericks blowouts, is now calling timeouts that he doesn't have

    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn’t even two months into the what will be the worst season of his coaching career, and yet he wants to keep the ride lasting as long as possible. Carlisle, the longtime head coach of the 2011 champion Dallas Mavericks, took two timeouts late in his team’s 120-89 blowout home loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, despite the fact that his team was, technically, out of timeouts.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Vegas Golden Knights trademark denied: Report

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman encourages people to boo him as majority owner Bill Foley looks on before the Vegas Golden Knights was announced as the name for Foley’s Las Vegas NHL franchise at T-Mobile Arena on November 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. There was one big thing the new Las Vegas franchise didn’t do before having their  unveiling gala – make sure their trademark was approved. Mary Clarke of SBNation was the first to report Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (the holding company for the Vegas Golden Knights) had their application for a trademark denied.

    Puck Daddy
  • Cody Sun is the new AD carry for Immortals

    Immortals has announced their new AD carry: rookie Cody “Cody Sun” Sun. The newly minted LCS player will have be taking over for veteran Jason “WildTurtle” Tran, who left Immortals to re-sign with Team SoloMid. Previously known as Massacre, Cody Sun has been active in the Challenger Series circuit since last year, most recently playing AD for the Dream Team that was knocked out of the 2016 NACS Summer playoffs by Cloud9 Challenger.

    Yahoo Esports
  • Dana White Isn’t Buying Roy Nelson’s Apology, Says Kicking Referee Was a Crime

    Nelson felt referee “Big” John McCarthy let the fight go on too long. As Silva was on his back on the canvas, and McCarthy was tending to him, Nelson gave McCarthy a kick to the backside. Nelson faced a maximum penalty of a 25-month suspension and $40,000 fine for his actions.

    MMA Weekly
  • USGA, R&A create local rule in wake of Dustin Johnson's U.S. Open issues

    Eventual winner Dustin Johnson had his final round and championship put into limbo when his ball moved on the fifth green at Oakmont Country Club. After the walking rules official declared Johnson didn’t cause the ball to move, USGA officials kept looking at the footage. As Johnson was making his back-nine run toward his first major, the USGA informed Johnson that he might — might — be penalized for the ball moving.

    Devil Ball Golf
  • Bolivian official breaks silence about air crash in Colombia

    LA PAZ, Bolivia –  A Bolivian official who signed off on the flight plan for a chartered aircraft that crashed in the Andes is breaking her silence and accusing her bosses of trying to stage a cover-up. In a public letter, Celia Castedo says she didn't have the authority to stop the doomed flight to Medellin, Colombia, that killed 71 people, including members of a Brazilian soccer team heading to the finals of the Copa Sudamericana tournament. Castedo says that a day after the crash her superiors pressured her to modify an internal report that she claims details how she warned the airline the plane didn't have enough fuel to safely make the flight. Bolivian officials say Castedo is under investigation for her responsibility in the crash.

    Fox News
  • SportsFlash - Aroldis Chapman returning to Yankees on 5-year, $86M deal

    Yahoo Sports recaps Wednesday's top sports headlines including Aroldis Chapman secures the bag, Adrian Peterson wants to return in 2016; but there's a catch, and the Warriors beat the Clippers.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • Winter Meetings Journal, Day 3: Time to wrap up that unfinished business

    Don Mattingly’s presser at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday. (AP) NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — A lot has happened since the last Winter Meetings Journal. Chris Sale was traded, finally. Ian Desmond got a $70 million deal from the Colorado Rockies. Wade Davis

    Big League Stew
  • Lexi Thompson Is Playing from the Same Tees as the Men This Week. Let's Not All Freak Out

    Lexi Thompson is the only woman in the Franklin Templeton Shootout field this week, and she'll play the same tees as the men. Touting this event as some kind of tricked-up Battle of the Sexes would be insulting not only to Thompson's ability but also to the caliber of elite female golfers in general. Thompson finished the 2016 LPGA season second in driving distance at 277.40 yards, which was longer than 26 players' driving distance on the PGA Tour in the 2015-16 season.

    Golf
  • Former first-round pick Royce White signs deal in Canadian league

    Royce White’s last NBA action came with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2015 Orlando Summer League. Back in October of 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers waived Royce White just before the start of the season rather than carry him on their all-but-talent-devoid roster.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Kris Letang on playing for Mike Sullivan, NHL concussion spotters (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins is partnering with sports drink company BODYARMOR in a deal that was announced Thursday. “So far it’s my son that is the lucky one,” Letang told Yahoo Sports. Letang was introduced to BODYARMOR while inside the Penguins’ practice facility during a skating lesson for his son.

    Puck Daddy
  • He's back: Dale Earnhardt Jr. medically cleared to drive in 2017

    Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s return to the Sprint Cup Series in 2017 is all but official. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Junior had been medically cleared to compete next season. Junior missed the last half of the 2016 season because of a concussion suffered at Michigan in June.

    From The Marbles
  • Phoenix1 announces 2017 roster: Ryu, Arrow, Inori, Adrian, zig, and coach Fly

    Phoenix1 has locked in their roster and is ready to let the world know who they’ll be fielding in the North American LCS come 2017, the team announced in a statement sent exclusively to Yahoo Esports. Built around a core of North American players and bolstered by a pair of talented Korean imports, Phoenix1 is aiming much higher than their 8th place finish in the 2016 NA LCS Summer Split.

    Yahoo Esports
  • Cubs, Jake Arrieta to discuss contract extension in January

    Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures. Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908. While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension

    HardballTalk
  • Navy slotbacks to honor late teammate during Army game

    The patch Navy slotbacks will wear. Navy’s slotbacks will wear a uniform patch for teammate Will McKamey during Saturday’s game vs. Army. McKamey died in the spring of 2014, three days after he collapsed during a practice.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Hot Stove Digest: Cubs agree to deal with Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara will pitch for the Cubs in 2017. WHAT A RELIEF: The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with free-agent reliever Koji Uehara. The 41-year-old Uehara posted a 3.45 ERA over 47 innings with the Boston Red Sox last year.

    Big League Stew
  • Jabrill Peppers explains why he chose Michigan over LSU

    Michigan's do-it-all athlete Jabrill Peppers almost went to LSU, but he prefers frigid climates. "I couldn't play with that heat," Peppers said on the Dan Patrick Show. Peppers also considered Penn State, but ultimately his heart was set on Michigan.

    Sporting News
  • LIVE – UCL group stage finale: Leicester, Tottenham both in action

    The final matchday of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League group stage takes place on Wednesday with two Premier League teams in action. [ LIVE: Champions League scores ]  Leicester City is already through and has topped Group G with Claudio Ranieri‘s men securing a top spot for next Monday’s Round of 16 draw. The Foxes face FC Porto in Portugal with the hosts needing just a point to secure second place in the group and their spot in the last 16. Putting their Premier League worries aside, Leicester will aim to stay unbeaten throughout all six of their UCL group games. Tottenham Hotspur wish they could say the same but Mauricio Pochettino‘s men have already crashed out of the Champions League with

    ProSoccerTalk
  • The Cavs took the Water Bottle Flip Challenge while blowing out the Knicks

    LeBron James keeps his eyes on the prize. The Cleveland Cavaliers barely broke a sweat in dismantling the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, leading by double-figures for the entire second half and by as many as 34 as they cruised to their East-leading 15th victory of the season. With the game well in hand before the start of the fourth quarter, the Cavs’ top guns — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson — spent the bulk of the final frame chilling on the bench, looking for something more interesting than garbage time to occupy their minds.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Price attempts to punch Palmieri through ice (Video)

    Kyle Palmieri found out just how protective Carey Price is over his crease. The New Jersey Devils forward danced around Jeff Petry on the way to the net. Palmieri appears to be trying to control the puck when he collides with Price.

    Puck Daddy
  • Yankees have offers out to Chapman and Jansen

    Latest update, Dec. 7 7:15 PM: The Yankees remain in the mix for LHP Aroldis Chapman and RHP Kenley Jansen, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark.  According to Stark, the teams interested in signing the closers believe Chapman's contract will set the market for what Jansen gets.  Stark also reports that Chapman's agent is trying to get Chapman a contract in the five-year, $90 million range.  Previous Updates and Reaction The Yankees have offers out to Chapman and Jansen, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Offers for Chapman are past $80 million, with the Yankees prepared to give him a deal worth roughly $80 million over five years, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag sports. Chapman remains the Yankees' top bullpen

    SNY
  • Derrick Rose out for Knicks-Cavaliers with back injury, getting MRI

    NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain. Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage. Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season. Brandon Jennings will start in Rose’s place.

    ProBasketballTalk