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‰INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 30: Dario Franchitti of Scotland, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda, celebrates with his team as they kiss the bricks after winning the IZOD IndyCar Series 94th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dario Franchitti

In 2003 Gil De Ferran and his crew kissed the brick of the finish line after winning the Indy 500. This has continued every year since.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Cowboys move into new, over-the-top, $1.5 billion practice facility

    The Star features the Cowboys’ offices, two outdoor practice fields and a 12,000-seat indoor stadium. The Cowboys packed up their headquarters in Irving, the iconic Valley Ranch, last month, after calling it home for over 30 years. The Star features two outdoor practice fields, a 12,000-seat indoor stadium that the city’s high school teams will use, a franchise hall of fame, and an entertainment area with shops, restaurants and a hotel.

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  • 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.

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  • MLB Power Rankings: Cubs rebound as Nats surge towards top

    Family game night! (Also, find the “Pokemon Go.”) The rankings (records through Wednesday): The Chicago Cubs jumped back to the top spot in our Power Rankings. (Getty Images)1. Chicago Cubs (57-37; Previous: 3) – Why they fight … Cards Against Humanity

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  • Islanders planning Brooklyn escape to Queens: Report

    Are the New York Islanders planning their escape from Barclays Center? The Islanders are in talks with the Wilpon family, owners of the New York Mets, about building an arena adjacent to Citi Field in Queens, according to sports columnist Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg News, who is the first mainstream source to report rumors that have been kicking around New York recently. Willets Point is emerging as a persuasive alternative to the team’s current home at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center if the Islanders’ owners and arena officials can’t agree on a series of hockey-specific improvements, said the people, who asked for anonymity because the negotiations are private.

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  • Vettel calls F1 radio restrictions “complete bulls***”

    Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has called the current restrictions on radio communications in Formula 1 “complete bulls***” ahead of further revisions of the rules for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was penalized in the British Grand Prix two weeks ago after the team was deemed to have broken the radio rules designed to place greater onus on drivers to manage their own races. Mercedes claimed its messages were within the rules as Rosberg was on the verge of suffering a terminal gearbox failure, but opted against appealing the decision taken by the stewards. Further tweaks have been made to the radio rules for this weekend’s race in Hungary, with drivers now required to

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  • On Pokemon Go, why so many people are choosing Team Mystic

    Pokemon Go players choose teams like consumers choose cellphone plans. Millions of Pokemon Go players are choosing sides in their virtual hunts for Pokemon, which has taken them onto the streets, but their reasoning may be more related to the rudimentary psychological theories of choice rather than ambition or even personality. When players reach level five of Pokemon Go (NTDOY) they reach a gym where they can train, but they must first pick a team.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • Could the Yankees release Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira?

    The Yankees, at 48-46, are waffling between considering themselves buyers or sellers heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Part of the reason the club hasn’t performed better is because first baseman Mark Teixiera and DH Alex Rodriguez have both been underwhelming offensively. Rodriguez has a .640 OPS and his playing time was reduced recently, limiting him to left-handed starters. Teixeira, who missed some time last month with a knee injury, has a .591 OPS. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that some in the Yankees’ organization have discussed, in the event the club decides to commit to selling, whether or not to simply release Rodriguez and Teixeira. Rodriguez is owed

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  • Gabby Douglas: Inside the Mind of an Olympic Champion

    Two-time Olympic gold medalist and all-around gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas is vying for an unprecedented feat — earning her second all-around Olympic title in Rio this summer. Here, the star athlete and performer, who earned the nickname “Flying

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  • 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.

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  • Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Mookie Betts

    With the sudden lack of depth in the bullpen, can Matt Barnes step up into a bigger role? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Rob Manfred suggested he may consider a limit on reliever usage in the coming years, and John Farrell isn’t a fan. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) How much longer can the Red Sox really justify keeping Clay Buchholz on the roster? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Mookie Betts hit another home run last night, but is his power for real? (Matt Collins; BP Boston) Dave Dombrowski has had plenty of success in recent years in acquiring strong starting pitching at the deadline, and hopes Drew Pomeranz can continue that trend. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) David Ortiz did a very cool thing

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  • 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.

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  • Sneak preview: Tony Stewart reads about his impact in racing from those who know him best

    In a feature running on NBCSN’s NASCAR America at 6 p.m. today, Tony Stewart will reflect on his racing career through the eyes of four people shaped by it. Stewart’s father, Nelson, Indianapolis-based journalist Robin Miller, former crew chief Greg Zipadelli and longtime personal manager Eddie Jarvis each wrote letters expressing their appreciation for Stewart’s impact on racing and their lives. Stewart is retiring from racing in NASCAR after the 2016 season. As shown in the preview above, the three-time series champion read each letter and reacted to each on camera in Sunday’s feature. The feature on Stewart also will run before Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NBCSN’s

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  • How sparring with Manny Pacquiao gave Viktor Postol newfound confidence

    Can Viktor Postol overcome the odds against Terence Crawford on Saturday? LAS VEGAS – Viktor Postol’s introduction to Freddie Roach wasn’t quite as random as Manny Pacquiao’s, but Postol is hopeful that aligning with the seven-time Trainer of the Year can have a fraction of the positive impact upon him that it had on the Filipino superstar. Roach turned Pacquiao from a good but unknown fighter with plenty of flaws into a world champion in a record eight weight divisions.

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  • 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

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  • Bruce quits Hull City three weeks before Premier League season

    Steve Bruce brought Hull City right back to the Premier League after overseeing their relegation campaign, but won’t taste the PL again in tiger stripes. Bruce would be the favorite to slide back into the Sunderland seat. Bruce could move into the No. 2 chair for England under Allardyce.

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  • Yasiel Puig leaves the Dodgers-Nats game with an apparent injury

    Great timing, Yasiel. Yasiel Puig was removed from this afternoon’s game against the Nationals with an apparent hamstring injury. Puig was trying to leg out a grounder in the top of the seventh inning but was seen to “crow hop” as he crossed the bag and then went directly into the visitor’s tunnel. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. Puig has been subject to trade rumors of late, with the Dodgers said to both be considering moving him and looking to make a big splash of some sort at the trade deadline, possibly for a top-end starting pitcher. Obviously those two things could go together, with Puig being sent in a package for said pitcher. But not if he’s hurt

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  • AccuWeather: Dangerous Heat On the Way

    Meteorologist Karen Rogers says we start to heat-up today, but record breaking heat is on the way.

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  • San Antonio police and firemen honor Tim Duncan Day with body formation (photo)

    LAS VEGAS — It wasn’t the highest of stakes, but after a heavily hyped announcement and all the fallout that resulted from it, Kevin Durant has now played organized basketball with some of his new Golden State Warriors teammates. In a 111-74 blowout win over Argentina in an exhibition game at Las Vegas’ brand-new T-Mobile Arena, Durant shared the court with Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, who will make up three-fifths of the most formidable starting lineup in the NBA.

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  • 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

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  • Rangers win big on Chris Kreider contract, at the buzzer

    This is what the New York Rangers and Chris Kreider do. After a controversial trade earlier in the week, this one is a slam-dunk for GM Jeff Gorton and the Rangers. Instead, the Rangers get him at $4.625 million, which is under Kreider’s submitted ask of $4.75 million for arbitration and well under the $5.25 million he was asking for in a long-term deal that ate up unrestricted free agent years, according to Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

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