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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 20: Actress Florence Henderson arrives to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame Committe's 20th Annual Induction Gala on January 20, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Since 1991 Florence Henderson sings "America the Beautiful" or "God Bless America" before the national anthem. Henderson is from Indiana and is also good friends with the Hulman-George family who own the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • 2016 NFL Preview: Vikings hope to get Adrian Peterson to a Super Bowl

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. There are probably two categories of Minnesota Vikings fans: Ones who have convinced themselves that Adrian Peterson is a superhero and will be a Hall of Fame running back forever, and the ones who worry if the rest of the Vikings will peak when Peterson is still in his prime. Back then Peterson was destined to be the NFL’s Ernie Banks and never play for a championship, at least for Minnesota.

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  • Former De La Salle QB dies during U.S. Army Ranger training

    A former De La Salle High School quarterback has died during military training, according to media reports. Mike Parros, 21, who last played for the Spartans in 2011, died during the first week of Army Ranger training in Fort Benning, Georgia, according to ABC7, which cited his former coach Justin Alumbaugh and former teammate Brandon Roberts. The cause of his death is under investigation. Parros also played football for Army while attending West Point. Check back for updates.

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  • This video of Lionel Messi in training is just glorious (Luis Suárez nutmeg included)

    Lionel Messi is awesome. Not only did he cut his vacation short so he could rejoin the Barcelona squad a week earlier to train with his teammates in England and play every friendly match in preseason, he is also using the training sessions  to show just how amazing he is. These are just 140 seconds of greatness. Messi is laughing in the Rondos as he makes his teammates look like fools, he's dribbling Mathieu like he's not even there, and he's even nutmegging his good friend Luis Suárez just because why not. He's also scoring goals on little posts, because every goalpost is big enough for Messi. Just wish Messi was not blonde. But hey, you can't always get what you want. Still, Messi, you're awesome.

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  • Latest on Jonathan Lucroy: Asking price is steep, talks heating up

    The Mets are among several teams to contact the Brewers about acquiring 30-year-old, All-Star C Jonathan Lucroy... Latest Update (July 28): 10:15 am: Teams interested in Lucroy feel Milwaukee's asking price is too steep, and could drop the closer they get to Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone tweeted. 10:05 am: Trade talks with teams interested in Lucroy are staring to pick up momentum, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, who says the Mets, Indians, Rangers, Astros and Red Sox have all been in contact with Milwaukee. In exchange for Lucroy, the Brewers are looking to acquire high-end prospects and a catcher, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported late July

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  • Report: If Durant/Curry relationship goes south, teams will try to poach Stephen Curry. Well, duh.

    There are a handful of true game-changing players in the NBA. Not max players, there are a chunk of those, we’re talking “you can build a contender around him” guys. Kevin Durant is one, and he is headed to Golden State. Stephen Curry is another. And he is a free agent next summer. So many teams — including one contender — are ready if the Durant/Curry relationship goes south, reports Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. Well, duh. Again, there are not many Curry level players; teams should have a “what if” plan. Including contenders. That is very different than saying Curry is going to leave the Warriors — nobody around the league sees that as likely. Nobody expects a “poisonous” Durant/Curry relationship.

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  • Two years ago, Jaworski saw clear gap between Nick Foles and Russell Wilson

    Three years ago, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski cooked up one of the hottest takes of all time, taking the position that quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Jaworski’s opinion somehow became news for his employer, feeding the four-letter network’s engine for several days in August 2013. A year later, Jaworski offered up an even hotter — but far less memorable — take regarding quarterbacks Nick Foles and Russell Wilson. Given a choice between the two, which would he pick? “I’m taking Foles,” Jaworski said. “Not even close. Russell Wilson is just . . . because of that system he is in. Russell Wilson plays with that defense, the best in football. He just managed

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  • David Wright is not alone in naming his child after Shea Stadium

    New York Mets third baseman David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed a daughter into the world over the weekend and named her Olivia Shea Wright, leading to mass speculation in the media in New York that the Wrights gave their daughter a middle name in honor of the stadium the Mets called home from 1964-2008. The Wall Street Journal went to the trouble of examining baby names in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut over the past 40 years to see how many people possibly named their kids Shea and if there might be a correlation to the Mets and Shea Stadium.

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  • Bill Peters locked up by Carolina Hurricanes through 2019

    Bill Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes wasn’t one of them, despite having guided his team to within seven points of a wild card spot while having a bottom five payroll. Peters was handed a new contract that extends the 50-year-old coach through the 2018-2019 season, as Carolina announced on Wednesday. “Bill is a talented, young coach in the National Hockey League,” said Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager.

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  • Police helped Rangers' top prospect Joey Gallo get to game on time

    Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo was called up to the major leagues Tuesday and inserted into the starting lineup while he was still miles away from the ballpark fighting his way through traffic hoping to make it to the game on time. The Rangers

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  • Eagles Training Camp Preview: We’re So Screwed  

    The Eagles’ full training camp got underway Thursday and I’m already worried. In fact, I have seen nothing from this team thus far in training camp that gives me any confidence that they can compete this season.  The Sam Bradford/Carson Wentz thing hasn’t been resolved at all. We already had no running backs to speak of, and now Ryan Mathews is hurt. And then Nigel Badham got arrested for assaulting a hotel employee in Miami -- I know I’ve been saying for awhile that the Eagles need guys on defense who “punch people in the mouth,” but that’s not what I meant.  There’s another thing that makes me question what the hell the Eagles are doing: I don’t care if he’s the long snapper -- letting a player

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  • Blue Jays walk off on wild pitch

    Devon Travis breaks for home on a wild pitch by Paul Clemens and scores the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th for a walk-off win

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  • 2016 BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS: I have Ohio State 3rd, and I regret it already

    At the end of each conference run-through, I take a look at how I perceive the conference's balance of power heading into the season. This is in no way based on schedules, so they are not predictions. This is just how I would rank the teams after writing thousands of words about each of them. When I finished all of the Group of Five conferences, I compiled a full mid-major power rankings list. Now we're into the power conferences; here's the ACC, and here's the Pac-12. Each team's name below links to its full preview. Tier 1 1. Michigan 2. Michigan State 3. Ohio State I've gone back and forth on this constantly. As you see below, all three of these teams have low numbers in returning production.

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  • 32 of the Most Scandalous, Controversial, and Memorable Moments in Summer Olympics History

    ​The summer games are a place for glory, victory, and honor. They're also a place for controversy, scandal, and dishonesty. As such, let's round up Olympic moments from both ends of the spectrum, from disgraceful cheating in 1896 to seriously inspiring

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  • Joey Votto Apparently Ripped Apart A Kid Who Wanted His Batting Gloves

    Joey Votto’s heel turn continued Wednesday night at AT&T Park. The Cincinnati Reds first baseman has messed with fans a few times this season, earning himself a reputation as one of Major League Baseball’s biggest villains. He apparently added to that reputation during the finale of the Reds’ three-game series against the San Francisco Giants by refusing to give in to one kid’s demands. Votto probably was being playful. And hey, just because a kid asks for something doesn’t mean a player is obligated to fork it over. But this incident probably won’t do Votto any favors in the court of public opinion. Then again, he probably doesn’t care. Thumbnail photo via David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports Images

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  • Fabregas sent off as Chelsea edges Liverpool in testy ICC clash

    Chelsea’s back line did most of the work in Wednesday’s International Champions Cup opener against Liverpool. Gary Cahill’s early header stood up as Chelsea weathered Liverpool’s attack and a second-half red card to Cesc Fabregas in a contentious 1-0 win at the Rose Bowl. Klavan left the match momentarily before returning and appears lucky to not have escaped a more serious injury to his left foot.

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  • Brad Keselowski crashes at Watkins Glen test

    Brad Keselowski‘s car suffered extensive damage in a crash during testing Tuesday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. Keselowski was evaluated and released, according to a team representative. The incident took place going into Turn 1 on the road course. Keselowski tweeted that he lost his brakes entering the corner off the long frontstretch. Crew chief Paul Wolfe told NASCAR.com that they lost the car’s rear brakes and that the front brakes locked before the impact. Keselowski told NASCAR.com: “Just the pedal went to the floor.” He hit a tire barrier, which was positioned in front of an Armco barrier. Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, told NBC Sports that engineers

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  • Huge If True: Will Canucks take on Evander Kane?

    Last week in this space, we discussed whether the Vancouver Canucks would be able to trade for a scoring winger. At the time, though, the idea that Evander Kane would be the target was a little farfetched. Kane was arrested late last week for allegedly harassing three women, and potentially choking and pulling the hair of one of them.

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  • Kings GM Vlade Divac on Rudy Gay: 'He has my number.'

    Rudy Gay eyes his options. Players like Sacramento’s Rudy Gay, who recently revealed that (like the rest of us) he has “no idea” what is going on with the Kings’ personnel plans moving forward. Kings general manager Vlade Divac, however, doesn’t appear to be concerned with Gay’s frustrations.

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  • Giants report to training camp today for physicals and conditioning

    The long summer break ends today for the New York Giants as they report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for physicals and conditioning. It will be the first summer in 12 years without former head coach Tom Coughlin at the helm. Ben McAdoo is now the head man and he is excited to get cracking. "We started to establish our identity- without pads- but sound, smart and tough, committed to discipline and poise," McAdoo said at the end of minicamp in June. "We know what it looks like now. We had a chance to sit down, we had a chance to define it and lay the foundation for when we do get the pads on." The first training camp session will be held on Friday morning. The team will hold 11 practices

    SNY
  • Aroldis Chapman electrifies Wrigley Field in Cubs debut

    If you were curious what type of reaction Aroldis Chapman would receive upon his debut at Wrigley Field, wonder no more. The hard-throwing left-hander had won over Cubs fans even before taking the mound in the ninth inning. By the time he struck out Avisail Garcia to wrap up a perfect inning and a Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox, he’d whipped them into a frenzy.

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  • Jack Nicklaus Puzzled By Tiger Woods’ Woes, Golf Absence (Like The Rest Of Us)

    Although Jack Nicklaus is infinitely wise about golf, not even he knows what’s keeping Tiger Woods off the links. Nicklaus told United Press International on Wednesday that he doesn’t know why Woods hasn’t yet returned to competitive golf. Woods withdrew from the 2016 PGA Championship and announced Tuesday that he’ll sit out the rest of the PGA season, as he recovers from back surgery and other longstanding ailments. “I’ve kept up with it and I’ve had a couple texts back and forth, but we haven’t really talked,” Nicklaus said. “He’s struggling. I don’t understand what he is struggling with, but I know he is struggling and he would be playing if he could play.” Woods hasn’t participated at a PGA

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  • Tigers' version of rock-paper-scissors features water cooler smash to the head

    On Wednesday, Detroit Tigers stars Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were generous enough to give the world a glimpse of the team's very odd -- and violent -- version of rock-paper-scissors. The two players in question are shortstop  Jose Iglesias and second baseman Ian Kinsler, with Kinsler delivering the punishment and Iglesias absorbing the bonk to the head. While Verlander and Cabrera's sneak peak into Detroit's clubhouse is surely appreciated by the masses, the Tigers' game brings up a few questions, most pressing of which: What is the origin of the game? And how can we see more of it?

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  • Rams grant Nick Foles' request and release QB

    You give a little, you get your freedom: the Los Angeles Rams have released Nick Foles, reportedly after the quarterback requested to be let go. In exchange for the opportunity to hit the open market, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Foles agreed to a lower

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  • San Diego State's Rocky Long On QB Christian Chapman

    San Diego State head coach Rocky Long joins Campus Insiders' Jordan Cornette to discuss his expectations for Aztec quarterback Christian Chapman and what other roster holes needs to be filled.

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