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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.

  • Rangers pitcher gets arrested for drunk driving, urinates on himself

    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested for DWI after an early Friday morning traffic stop that, according to authorities, was equal parts dangerous and embarrassing. [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now] Take it away, Dallas

    Big League Stew
  • U.S. Soccer sends strong – and troubling – message with Hope Solo suspension

    The one who has brought more negative attention to the United States women’s national team than every other player in its long and laureled history combined? On Wednesday, she was formally suspended from the women’s national team for six months, a year and a half after she was suspended for 30 days when her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, was arrested for driving a women’s national team van under the influence with Solo, reportedly also inebriated, in the passenger seat – an incident she failed to disclose to the federation before it was reported in the media.

    FC Yahoo
  • Red Sox place Andrew Benintendi on the disabled list with a sprained knee

    This is one of those deals where you could’ve just read the headline and had the whole story, but the handbook says I have to put something in this space, so here we are. In other news, back-to-back posts with the names “Benintendi” and “Rzepczynski” is kind of fun. OK, fine. The deal with Benintendi is that he sprained his knee while running the bases in last night’s win over the Rays. He had an MRI on the knee but the results are not yet known. Chris Young will see the bulk of Benintendi’s playing time in the outfield. Infielder Marco Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot. Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

    HardballTalk
  • Geno Smith publicly named Fitzpatrick's backup

    Geno Smith is still No. 2 for the New York Jets. After previously being vague about the situation a few days ago, coach Todd Bowles said Smith will play after starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in the preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night. "You always prepare the same way," Smith said after practice Wednesday. "It's really no different. I'm just continuing to work hard." There had been some uncertainty about the pecking order of the backups after Bryce Petty had a good performance and Smith struggled against Washington. On Sunday, Bowles wouldn't say for sure what the rotation of the quarterbacks would be this week. He did say then that he was clear about the four quarterbacks on the roster,

    SNY
  • Lydia Ko Says Silver Medal is Top Ranked Accomplishment, Good News for NZ Golf

    You do as Lydia Ko did, and win an Olympic silver medal. As Ko ascended the first Olympic podium for women's golf in 116 years, her emotions were obvious. She said as much herself Wednesday during a conference call ahead of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, where she will defend her 2015 title (and yes, she brought her medal to Canada). "It's the highest one up there," Ko said when asked to rank the medal among her achievements.

    Golf
  • Kasey Kahne: I need to leave if I'm not performing by 2018

    Kasey Kahne was blunt when talking about his struggles on Wednesday. Kahne’s contract with Hendrick Motorsports runs through 2018 and said that if he’s not competitive by the end of his deal, then it’s time to move on. Byron, who has won five races in the Camping World Truck Series this season, signed a contract with Hendrick Motorsports last week.

    From The Marbles
  • Jason Kipnis wants no part of Rougned Odor after hard slide

    No matter how well he plays this season, it will be tough for Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor to shake his reputation as the guy who punched Jose Bautista in the face. For all we know, Odor could be the nicest guy in the world. On the field,

    Big League Stew
  • Jordan Spieth ‘got really screwed’ then caddie saved him

    Jordan Spieth had been here before: in this very position, at the first FedEx Cup playoff event, last year’s Barclays, about to flame out and fail to make it to the weekend. His second round at Bethpage Black had barely begun and it could have been over. Spieth double-bogeyed his first hole of the day, No. 10, to tumble to 2-over par — right on the cut line. He looked agitated. It looked as if it was going to be a long day leading to a second consecutive missed cut at the Barclays. This is when his caddie Michael Greller stepped in to make sure history did not repeat itself. Spieth had shot an even-par 71 in Thursday’s opening round and, after the double to open Friday’s round, as he walked to

    New York Post
  • WATCH: Young WWE fans nail adorable impressions of Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman

    Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If that's the case, then Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman should be very, very flattered. These young WWE fans recently acted as the massive wrestler/MMA fighter and his advocate with the young Heyman showcasing an incredible impression that should make Paul E. proud. The video was impressive enough to get the attention of Paul Wight (better known as The Big Show), who posted it to his Facebook page. Suplex City, indeed! While the kid doing Heyman clearly nailed it, don't sleep on the Lesnar impression. It's much harder to get gestures and body language right without doing a voice, and this kid did it spot on -- crazy eyes included. I know it's hard to

    CBS Sports
  • Safety Eric Berry reportedly returning to Chiefs this weekend

    It appears that Eric Berry’s holdout with the Kansas City Chiefs is nearing an end. According to Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor and other media reports, Berry will end his hiatus from the team on Sunday. The Chiefs travel to face the Chicago Bears on Saturday for their third preseason game, which is usually a dress rehearsal for the starters, but Berry clearly will not play in the game.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Megan Rapinoe critical of Hope Solo calling Sweden 'cowards'

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Megan Rapinoe, one of the most senior players on the U.S. women's soccer team, has criticized Hope Solo's disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team. Rapinoe told NBC Sports on Thursday she was "really disappointed" about Solo's comments. "Let's inspire, let's be badass, let's be fierce, let's be competitive. But we're gracious and we're humble, and we play the game a certain way, whether we win or lose," Rapinoe said. "And we've been on the winning side quite a bit, and when we find ourselves

    ABC News
  • The deeper implications of the A.J. Ellis trade

    The trade of a light-hitting backup catcher is normally about as inconsequential as it gets. The trade of A.J. Ellis by the Dodgers to the Phillies, however, is anything but that. Indeed, it may be the public manifestation of long-simmering, well, maybe “feud” is too strong a word, but a definite butting of heads between the team’s front office and its best player. While almost all of the clubhouse drama in Los Angeles has surrounded a talented but aggravating corner outfielder currently toiling in the minors, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times wrote last night that the Ellis trade could very well be seen as the front office’s shot across Clayton Kershaw‘s bow: Kershaw’s preference of Ellis

    HardballTalk
  • Jared Bednar brings championship resume as new Avalanche head coach

    Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned, the Colorado Avalanche have found their next head coach. After spending the last two seasons as a head coach in the AHL, Jared Bednar will get his shot at the NHL as he will be the one to replace Roy behind the Avalanche bench. “After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche EVP and GM Joe Sakic in a statement.

    Puck Daddy
  • Gentleman Bryce Harper assists Katie Ledecky with Olympic medals

    Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky proved she’s more than a one-sport star on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Ledecky, who won four gold medals and one silver at the Rio Olympics, fired a perfect strike for the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s game against the rival Baltimore Orioles. Removes all her medals 1st and hands them 1 at a time to Bryce Harper.

    Big League Stew
  • Why trading a backup hitting .194 saddened the Dodgers clubhouse

    The Dodgers traded A.J. Ellis to the Phillies on Thursday. LOS ANGELES – The best of A.J. Ellis, and I’m guessing but reasonably certain, is at home, with his children, doing silly stuff and laughing at jokes that stopped being funny when the first one was 2 but everyone deserves an equally attentive audience forever. You don’t think he has it, but it’s there,” and anyone who knows Ellis also knows that as a compliment.

    Tim Brown
  • Fantasy football mock draft, Rounds 7-9: Old dudes, including Gore, get the call

    ‘Galloping’ Gore is the clear frontrunner in Indy. (Getty) National Draft Day is almost upon us, everyone. Time to get seriously serious about your prep. Beginning today, the Yahoo Sports fantasy crew is going to mock draft a 12-team, 9-round league for

    Roto Arcade
  • Browns trade Barkevious Mingo to Patriots

    The Patriots have acquired linebacker Barkevious Mingo from the Browns, the teams announced Thursday.

    Sports Illustrated
  • Ajax's decline is soccer's economic imbalance writ large

    Once a European power, Ajax has fallen off sharply in recent times, thanks in part to both changing economics and its own mismanagement. For the second season in a row, Ajax will not be participating in the UEFA Champions League. Ajax didn’t make it out of the qualifiers last year either.

    FC Yahoo
  • Report: John Wall ‘rankled’ by James Harden’s high-paying Rockets contract

    Bradley Beal isn’t the only player bothering John Wall. James Harden – who’s earning a lot of money from the Rockets and adidas – is drawing the ire of the Wizards point guard. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: One league source familiar with Wall’s state of mind simply put it this way: “Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him.” A front office executive tells The Ringer that Wall was “rankled” after Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets. O’Connor also pointed out this line from Nick DePaula of Yahoo Sports on Wall rejected adidas’ offer: “He wanted Harden money,” a source told The Vertical. I wonder how Wall feels about

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Jim Boeheim’s Melo comments are evidence of why athletes hate the media

    Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has a habit of creating headlines that are not all that flattering, to himself or to the people that he’s commenting on, which is why it wasn’t much of a surprise that a quote he gave to Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard has been making the rounds this week. The quote in question? “He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of his former star and now three-time Olympic champion Carmelo Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.” That sounds bad, doesn’t it? But … I mean, he’s right, isn’t he? Melo is 32 years old and title-less. He’s been to the conference finals once and gotten out of the first round

    CollegeBasketballTalk
  • Zach Britton allowed an earned run for the first time since April 30

    Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals. The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton. Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single

    HardballTalk
  • De Aza's big night leads Mets' offense

    Mets outfielder Alejandro De Aza went 2 for 4 with a home run and a career-high five RBIs in a 10-6 win over the Cardinals on Thursday at Busch Stadium. De Aza hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 3-0 lead, then blew the game open one inning later with a three-run home run off Adam Wainwright (9-8) to make it 7-0. "Anything that can help the team win, it feels great," De Aza said after the game. "It's fun to do that now, and every time you can. Every time you hit a home run, it's fun." De Aza's second multi-hit game of the month helped the Mets draw within 3 1/2 games of the Cardinals for the second Wils Card spot with 35 games to play.  "This and every game is important,"

    SNY
  • Yankees startled by unexpected visitor in Safeco Field dugout

    The New York Yankees were going about their business in impressive fashion on Wednesday when an unexpected and unwelcomed visitor dropped into their dugout. Fortunately, the Yankees were in the field at the time of the incident. The Yankees dugout had mostly emptied out in the middle of the eighth inning as the Bombers took the field for the bottom of the frame.

    Big League Stew
  • Eagles' Lane Johnson feels like he's 'waiting for an execution date'

    Lane Johnson is waiting for the NFL to make a decision on his looming suspension, and it's slowly killing him. “It’s like waiting for an execution date,” Johnson said, via The News Journal. “It’s mentally frustrating. It’s been living hell for the past

    Sporting News
  • Tom Coughlin, John Mara together on NFL's competition committee? It appears so

    Tom Coughlin’s resignation from the New York Giants was an awkward affair. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the out-of-work Coughlin joins two other prominent newcomers to the influential committee. Along with John Elway and Bruce Arians, former NYG HC Tom Coughlin also has been added to NFL's competition committee, per source.

    Shutdown Corner