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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.

  • Russell Westbrook sub-Instagrammed Kevin Durant with cupcake photo

    Kevin Durant announced his departure from the Thunder to the Warriors on July 4. Russell Westbrook first publicly responded, using the loosest definition of response, several weeks later. Westbrook apparently sent Durant a subtle message July 4, using a symbol popularized on the Thunder by former teammate Kendrick Perkins (who had very interesting thoughts on the Durant-Westbrook dynamic).

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  • The one play that left the Dodgers fuming in their pivotal loss to the Cubs

    There were three minutes between the final out of the game and when Adrian Gonzalez tapped the “send” button. Gonzalez marched off the field, through the bowels of Dodger Stadium, into his team’s clubhouse. “Somehow this is an out,” Gonzalez tweet said, with a picture attached of the second-inning play where he was ruled out despite his contention that his hand beat the tag.

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  • Things Are So Great For J.R. Smith Lately That He's Got His Very Own Backpack Now

    The shooting, jawing, and smiling forward recently inked a four-year, $57 million deal to return to the NBA Champion Cavaliers, he got married, and he’s been living it up everywhere in Ohio – from his dog’s birthday party in Columbus, to attending a bunch of Browns and Indians games. Smith partnered with Sprayground (which is also getting into the basketball game thanks to founder David Ben-David) to release a pack on Oct. 20 that kind of takes on the feel of his hometown of Newark in New Jersey.

  • Experts weigh in on Aaron Rodgers: 'No easy fix'

    GREEN BAY, Wis. – The question was posed to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers like this: "Diagnosing what's wrong with Aaron Rodgers has turned into a cottage industry. When you look at yourself, what do you see … that you would like to do better?" Rodgers boiled it down to one thing. "I think it's just accuracy," he said this week. Can that fully explain why Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP, is off to one of the worst starts of his career? Or why it's been 11 months since his last 300-yard passing game? Or why the Packers have an unsightly 8-9 record in their last 17 games, including playoffs? To find out more about what's wrong with Rodgers, we asked a foursome of analysts who coached

  • Daily Red Sox Links: Edwin Encarnacion, Torey Lovullo, Rich Hill

    With the offseason almost upon us, many words will be used to speculate on major moves to be made. However, as Rich Hill has proven, the marginal moves can have major impacts, too. (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Edwin Encarnacion is out of the playoffs, but his time in October showed that he is a strong option for the Red Sox. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) Here are five candidates who could take over the vacant GM role. (Hayden Bird; Boston.com) Torey Lovullo is still expected to be a top candidate for the Diamondbacks managerial gig, but Mike Hazen won’t make a quick decision. (Jen McCaffrey; Masslive) Yesterday, Terry Francona advanced to yet another World Series. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) He was

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  • Should the Mets acquire Maybin?

    In a post brainstorming trade ideas for this winter, Tigers fan and FanSided contributor Ben Rosener suggests Detroit send OF Cameron Maybin and utility-man Andrew Romine to the Mets for Juan Lagares and two prospects. Maybin, 29, hit .315 with a .383 OBP, four home runs, 14 doubles, 43 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 94 games for the Tigers in 2016. He is a career .259 hitter during roughly 3,000 plate appearances. Maybin will earn $9 million in 2017, after which he is eligible to be a free agent. Romine, 30, hit .236 with just two HR, eight stolen bases and 16 RBI, while playing every position in 2016, including pitching one inning in relief. Tigers GM Al Avila recently told local reporters that

  • Big Ten bowl projections, Week 7

    1. Ohio State (6-0) It takes grit to enter an atmosphere like Camp Randall, at night, with the crowd on fire, and withstand body blows from a gifted Wisconsin team. The Buckeyes did just that, as they made one more play than the Badgers, sneaking out of Madison with a 30-23 victory. Despite a 10 point deficient going into the third quarter, Urban Meyer had his talented group focused and performing precise football on both sides of the ball. J.T. Barrett was the feature throughout for the Buckeyes, tallying 21 rushing attempts and 29 passes thrown, en route to three total touchdowns. The Ohio State Buckeyes reclaim the top spot because they possess the most impressive two wins in the Big Ten so

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  • Cedar Crest Golf Course reopens after big-money renovation

    Cedar Crest Golf Course has reopened after a multimillion dollar renovation. Updates include renovated greens, new irrigation and 34 reshaped bunkers. The driving range features new target greens and a new practice tee on the east end. The course will host the Greater Dallas Putting Championship from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The event will be a two-person team format and limited to a field of 108 teams. Golfers will get a chance to putt on all the new Mini Verde Bermuda greens. Teaching pro Pat O'Brien will give a free putting clinic. Proceeds from the Dallas Putting Championship will support scholarships for local student golfers. Renovation project begins at Northwood Construction has begun

  • Bad NHL takes, Oilers vs. CBA and cute dogs (Puck Daddy Countdown)

    (Ed. Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 7 – Circumventing the CBA cuz your boss guilts you into it Hey wow the Oilers

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  • Cleveland's conundrum: World Series Game 1 or Cavaliers' ring ceremony?

    The city of Cleveland has been waiting 52 years to raise a championship banner. Now it has six days to decide whether the Cavaliers NBA championship ceremony will trump being witness to what could be the beginning of the end of the Indians 68-year World Series championship drought. On one side of Gateway Plaza, the Cavaliers will celebrate their NBA championship before their home opener against the New York Knicks.

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  • We need to talk about Naomi’s kick flurry

    Now, right off the top, I’m putting some of the blame on WWE’s social media team, because while I noticed this during the GLOWster’s match against Alexa Bliss last night (Oct. 18), I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought. Out of at least ten kicks, I’d say only half made any contact with Bliss, and none of them looked like they’d hurt in any way. Factor in, as the Twitter account for the wrestling-themed Punk band Pop-Up Powerbomb points out in replying to WWE Universe’s Tweet, this also makes you wonder why Alexa or anyone else wouldn’t simply take a step back to avoid even the tips of Naomi’s light-up sneakers from hitting them (Watch Speedball Mike Bailey do the same move to see how he deals with this by being close enough to connect with the backs of his opponent’s arms, then moves forward as they retreat).

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  • Why Arsenal will finally take a step forward in the Champions League (no, seriously)

    Mesut Ozil celebrates the second of his three goals against Ludogorets. For Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, something feels a bit different this season. A 6-0 destruction of Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday has Arsenal level on points with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Group A, but the remaining head-to-head fixture against the French champions will take place at the Emirates Stadium in London.

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  • Vegas, Maybe!

    If he has his way, owner Mark Davis’s Oakland Raiders will soon become the Las Vegas Raiders. And, not surprisingly, Las Vegas officials would welcome him with open arms. Legislation to provide $750 million in public funding through tourist taxes (of

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  • Chelsea: Real Madrid Star Considers Sensational Switch To Stamford Bridge

    Real Madrid defender Pepe is reportedly contemplating a move to Chelsea due to a wrangle over his contract negotiations at the Bernabeu. The Portuguese centre-back will consider a move to Stamford Bridge if talks over a new deal cannot be resolved, according to the Daily Mirror. This would also suit Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who is said to be keen to add strength to his defense as captain John Terry heads to the end of his playing career.

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  • Ball Don’t Lie: Pistons Season Preview

    Dan Devine of Ball Don’t Lie on the expectations of the Pistons.

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  • These are the 12 teams that can still advance to the College Football Playoff

    Halfway through the 2016 football season, there are just 12 teams remaining with a realistic chance at earning one of the four spots in the College Football Playoff. These are all the major conference teams with fewer than two losses. It is possible, but not terribly realistic, for a two-loss team to get a place in the CFP. After all, LSU Tigers once played for the BCS title with two losses -- and that was only a two-team playoff. It took a lot of chaos for that to happen though, and short of that, it probably won't happen this year either. Also, there is no realistic Group of Five candidate. It will be a rare season when there isn't a legitimate candidate from the Group of Five. It takes a combination

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  • These youth football players took a knee. Is that why their season got canceled?

    When the Beaumont Bulls, a youth football team in eastern Texas, decided to take a knee at a Sept. 10 game, the response was swift — and vicious. Hate mail poured in from people who were outraged that the all-black team and its coaches had refused to rise during the national anthem. Some people called the 11- and 12-year-old players racial slurs and even threatened to have them lynched and burned. In the face of all that, the Beaumont Bulls executive board stood behind them. So did the Bay Area Football League, which the team is part of. “There are scenarios occurring in society that until this point in time, we have not had to address,” the president said at the time. “We support the Beaumont

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  • Mike Smith suffers lower body injury in Coyotes loss at Senators (Video)

    Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith left his team’s Tuesday 7-4 loss against the Ottawa Senators in the third period with a lower body injury. Last season Smith played just 32 games with Arizona as he dealt with a core muscle issue. Until then, he had played 62-or-more games in each full season since he joined Arizona for 2011-12. Smith had stopped 27 of 30 Senators shots on goal before exiting the game with the issue.

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  • The Cubs aren't World Series favorites for the first time this season

    It hasn’t been a great week for the Chicago Cubs. Well, this news isn’t going to make the Cubs (or Cubs fans) feel any better. For the first time in the entire 2016 season, the Cubs are no longer favored to win the World Series.

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  • Riot Games details changes to jungle, assassins, replays, and sandbox mode for 2017 League of Legends season

    The preseason is always an interesting time for League of Legends. This time around, Riot Games is changing, well, just about everything. You can read about the full changes at Riot’s official League of Legends preseason page, but we’ll go ahead and break down what they mean right here.

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  • Even Jerry West can’t help but enjoy Brandon Ingram’s breakout

    Jerry West played a role in an incredible amount of success for the Los Angeles Lakers, and while he may be a consultant for the Golden State Warriors now, he’ll always be linked to the franchise he spent his entire playing career with. In addition to his legendary time on the court, West was also the architect behind both the “Showtime” dynasty featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant fueled threepeat teams. West made some headlines on Wednesday when he admitted to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical that he would have left the Lakers in free agency during his career if he could have, and he’s with the Warriors now. However, while Brandon Ingram

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  • Shuffle Up: What do we do with Mark Ingram?

    Shuffle Up season is here, my friends. Here’s the idea — how would we rank fantasy players if the season were starting right now? A few caveats up front. The prices are unscientific in nature, merely used as a way to compare players within their position

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  • Justin Thomas won't change his approach despite critics

    Justin Thomas isn’t about to temper his modus operandi when it comes to hitting a golf ball, for might is right in the young man’s world. At 5-10 and just 145 pounds dripping wet, he owns one of the fastest swing speeds on the PGA Tour and last year belted a 414-yard drive in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the season’s longest on Tour. His power has played well, too, as he earned $2.2 million on the strength of seven top-10s in his rookie season in 2015, and then notched $4.1 million in his sophomore campaign, which included five top-3s, his first trips to the Masters and Tour Championship and making the cut in all four majors. He also won his first title at the CIMB Classic, where he made

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  • Jimmy Howard makes statement, but knows his place with Red Wings

    The New York Rangers skated in on Jimmy Howard in waves. The scoreboard at the end of the Detroit Red Wings’ 2-1 victory at Madison Square Garden read ’32 saves,’ but that was a shallow evaluation of Howard’s night: The breakaways, odd-man rushes and high-percentage scoring chances he stopped en route to that victory. It was Howard’s first appearance since April 15, when he gave up four goals on 30 shots in Game 2 of the Wings’ first-round loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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  • Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 7: Jeremy Langford doubtful vs. Packers

    Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Jeremy Langford is still working toward his return to the Bears’ backfield. Editor's note: Check out the Rotoworld Fantasy Football Kickoff show from 3:00 to 3:30 ET, streaming live here. The Chicago

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