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€INDIANAPOLIS - MAY 27: Dario Franchitti, driver of the #27 Canadian Club Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda, celebrates by taking a drink of the traditional bottle of winner's milk in victory lane after winning the IRL IndyCar Series 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2007 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

After winning in 1933, Victor Louis Meyer asked for a glass of buttermilk. By 1956 it had turned into a tradition. The winning driver of the Indy 500 is handed a wreath and a glass bottle of milk. The drivers are given a choice of whole, two percent, and skim.
  • Kings' Barnes, Cousins sued for assault, battery over NYC nightclub fight

    DeMarcus Cousins (left) and Matt Barnes have been named in a civil suit stemming from an altercation at a New York nightclub on Monday. Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have been named in a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court by two people who claim the Sacramento Kings players assaulted them in a New York nightclub early Monday. TMZ reported Wednesday that Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell had filed suit against Barnes and Cousins, and Daniel Werly of sports law blog The White Bronco published the court documents on Wednesday evening.

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  • 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.

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  • Can Marcus Mariota be trusted in fantasy vs. the Denver Broncos?

    Marcus Mariota is a top-four quarterback in fantasy this season but has a terrible matchup against the Denver Broncos defense on Sunday. Should fantasy owners stick with the Titans star QB or go with another alternative?

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  • Andy Reid and Jack Del Rio downplay Del Rio's evil postgame staredown of Reid

    Did you see that staredown by Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio at Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid after Thursday night’s game? All we needed was for JDR to hit Reid in the back with a chair as Reid flexed for the crowd in some “Hulk Hogan is the third man!” type drama. Andy is a good man and good coach.

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  • Amed Rosario is untouchable, on track to play some 3B and debut in 2017

    The Mets again have been repeatedly telling teams interested in top SS prospect Amed Rosario that he is unavailable in trade, Mets GM Sandy Alderson explained to reporters

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  • Justin Tuck says New York Giants need someone to light a fire

    Former Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck says that someone needs to provide a lift for the team as it heads into a divisional showdown against the Cowboys.

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  • Niskanen out; Pacioretty's injury; enjoying the Leafs (Puck Headlines)

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Max Pacioretty got off to a slow start. • Former NHL player Kevin Stevens entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to sell Oxycodone in a Boston court.

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  • Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins set to meet on Wednesday Night Rivalry

    The night you love to hate returns with the Bruins facing off against the Penguins as the week's marquee Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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  • 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.

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  • LeBron James moves to ninth place on NBA's all-time scoring list, RickRolls crowd

    LeBron James hit single digits in a scoring category on Friday night, and yet all went according to plan in his team’s 114-84 win. James went for 27 gutty points in his team’s win over the Miami Heat on Friday, and the Cavaliers star moved into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list as a result. James’ 27 was second on the Cavaliers to Kevin Love’s 28-point, 15-rebound night, as the Cavs moved to 16-5 despite being without J.R. Smith due to injury, and Channing Frye (who missed the contest due to attend his father’s funeral).

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  • Premier League Preview: Watford vs. Everton

    Everton are unbeaten in 11 straight matches vs. Watford (all comps) Troy Deeney is one goal shy of 100 in Hornets kit Toffees have won just one of last nine in PL Watford hosts Everton on Saturday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and streaming via NBC Sports Live) from Vicarage Road as the two clubs look to keep pace in the running with the Premier League’s top six. The Hornets have lost three of four in the PL and currently sit 11th in the table on 18 points. In that span, Watford has been outscored 11-4, including the team’s brutal 6-1 defeat at Liverpool in early November. Etienne Capoue leads the way for Watford in the goals department, with five on the season, while Troy Deeney has three of his own

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. confident he isn't at increased risk for another concussion

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be back for the 2017 Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. said the rehabilitation he’s gone through after suffering a concussion over the summer means he isn’t at an increased risk for another one once he resumes racing in 2017. The concussion was the second known one Junior suffered in the past four years.

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  • Kansas City Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders, take control of AFC West

    The Chiefs beat the Raiders on Thursday Night Football to take a lead in the AFC West. Is it finally time to stop overlooking Kansas City?

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  • Jets place Nick Mangold on IR; has he played his last game for New York?

    As the New York Jets grind toward the end of what will be a losing season, they will do so without one of their stalwarts: the team placed veteran center Nick Mangold on injured reserve on Thursday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted early Thursday that Mangold was headed to get a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina, and Dr. Anderson’s diagnosis must have led to the decision to shut Mangold down for the season. Season over: The Jets placed center Nick Mangold on injured reserve Thursday.

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  • 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.

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  • PHT Morning Skate: NHL’s concussion spotters are off to a rough start

    –The NHL now has concussion spotters watching every game from the league’s headquarters in New York. These spotters have the power to remove players from games if they think they’re concussed. In theory, it seems to be a good idea, but the spotters have had a tough time so far. (Associated Press) –Sean McIndoe takes a look at five players that have been confusing to follow this season. Some are confusing because they’ve overachieved and others are confusing because they’ve flopped so far in 2016-17. (The Hockey News) –The Penguins’ third pairing of Ian Cole and Justin Schultz have been solid this season because they’ve kept things simple. The duo wants more ice time, but they don’t want to stray

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  • Brexit sentiments still strong for England's 'Rust Belt'

    As one of the driving forces behind Brexit, the 'Rust Belt' of northern England was a key player in triggering the political earthquake whose aftershocks travelled across the Atlantic, and its people are in no mood to back down.

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  • Winter Meetings recap, and what's next for Alderson's offseason

    It was a newsless Winter Meetings for the Mets, as it was for most teams, but it certainly wasn't quiet. In the end, the Mets held a lot of meetings where they talked with agents and team representatives for a variety of relief pitchers open to accepting major- and minor-league deals. In an effort to free up a roster spot, raise money and have fewer left-handed hitting outfielders, the Mets spent time talking with teams about Jay Bruce, though they reportedly saw more interest in Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, which is understandable. In the end, I expect the Mets will eventually trade Bruce and one of two things will happen, 1) They'll get back a big-league reliever making a decent salary, after which they'll use the difference to sign one or two more low-cost relievers, or 2) They'll trade Bruce for nothing, and use his entire $13 million to sign someone like Brad Ziegler, as well as one or two more low-cost relievers.

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  • Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and their fun debate over the midrange jumper

    Toronto Raptors teammates Kyle Lowry (right) and DeMar DeRozan are the two best friends anybody could ever have. As best buds, they “FaceTime together a lot late at night,” discussing topics ranging from basketball to everyday life, and it’s refreshing to find out one of the sport’s great analytics arguments — one Lowry and DeRozan bring to life on a nightly basis — appears to be a subject of great debate for them, too.

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  • Zidane’s Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane is one match away from coaching Real Madrid to a new unbeaten record. When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid faces Deportivo again at home on Saturday with the chance of surpassing its longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902. On Wednesday, Madrid equaled a club record of 34 games without a loss set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker when it drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund. “It’s important to continue to make history and continue our good run,”

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  • Diamondbacks sign Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $2.75 million deal

    Confirming a report from Tuesday, the Diamondbacks officially signed right-hander Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $2.75 million contract on Friday. The 39-year-old stands to receive up to $4 million in incentives, per Jack MacGruder of FanRag Sports, with $250,000 kicking in when the veteran reaches 40, 50 and 60 appearances and $500,000 if he reaches 70. Rodney came three games shy of the 70-appearance mark in 2016 during back-to-back stints with the Padres and Marlins. He put up a cumulative 3.44 ERA on the year, which effectively disguised the extreme split during his performances in San Diego and Miami. The Diamondbacks aren’t anywhere close to contending in 2017, but Rodney should stabilize

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  • Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce shine in Chiefs' big win over Raiders

    The Kansas City Chiefs were able to secure a major win on Thursday thanks to the performances of speedy receiver Tyreek Hill and star tight end Travis Kelce.

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  • Super washout? Broncos could join Panthers at home in January

    If the season were to end today, the Denver Broncos would be in the playoffs. At 8-4, the Broncos have had a solid season that’s a near carbon-copy of last year’s title winner. The Broncos return home on Dec. 18 to play the 10-2 New England Patriots then close out the season with a Christmas night date in Kansas City and a New Year’s Day home game against the Oakland Raiders.

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  • Matt DiBenedetto and David Ragan won't drive for BK Racing in 2017

    Matt DiBenedetto (L) finished sixth at Bristol in the spring. BK Racing will have new full-time drivers next season. The team confirmed that Matt DiBenedetto and David Ragan wouldn’t be returning in 2017.

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  • 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.

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