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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.
  • 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
  • Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Lightning may have ended the season short of its second ever playoff berth in the then-26 team league, but the promise for the future was there in a lot of ways. The Bolts had just played their first season in their new arena (then known as Ice Palace, now known as Amalie Arena) with roster talent a solid mix of NHL veterans and up-and-coming young talent, such as #77 Chris Gratton.

    Puck Daddy
  • 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.

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  • McGehee's diving catch

    Casey McGehee lays out to make a nice diving catch on a ball of the bat of Albert Pujols to end the top of the 6th inning

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  • 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
  • Girardi 'kind of freaked out' after fan falls in dugout

    A fan fell into the New York Yankees dugout during their victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, landing on the dugout steps before being corralled by law enforcement. The incident happened midway through the Yankees' 5-0 win. Manager Joe Girardi said the fan appeared intoxicated and fell into a part of the dugout where no players were at that moment. "It kind of freaked me out, actually," Girardi said. "I think he tried to jump in, but he was probably not even in a state to be walking." Girardi said the fan fell twice, landing on his ribs at first then going down again when he tried to stand. The fan was escorted from the stadium by two members of law enforcement. "Let's just say he

    SNY
  • Ryan Lochte Gets a Cough Drop Sponsorship Following His Rio Scandal

    Just days after losing all four of his major sponsors, Ryan Lochte has found a bit of redemption and signed a new endorsement deal with Pine Bros. Softish Cough Drops. "Just as Pine Bros. is forgiving to your throat, the company asks the public for a little forgiveness for an American swimming legend," the company said in a statement, according to NBC. AdWeek reports Lochte will appear in both print and television ads for the brand, all of which will feature the tagline, "Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops: Forgiving On Your Throat." Lochte later took to Twitter to express his gratitude to the company for taking a chance on him.

    Cosmopolitan
  • 76ers, Jazz complete salary-based trade

    The Jazz plan to waive Kendall Marshall. In a deal constructed around salary-cap maneuvering, the Philadelphia 76ers sent guard Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for center Tibor Pleiss, two second-round picks and cash. The Jazz plan to waive Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed Saturday, league sources told The Vertical.

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  • Phil Jackson names his biggest mistake so far as Knicks president

    Phil Jackson shoots the breeze with bluesman James Dolan . Phil Jackson has been the center of much media discussion since he took over as president of the New York Knicks in 2014. Every decision he makes regarding the team’s personnel is analyzed endlessly both for its impact on the Knicks’ future and his outlook on the sport as a whole.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • David Ortiz wears Aly Raisman's Olympic medals during fun first pitch

    Much like Bryce Harper did for Katie Ledecky during her first pitch this week at Nationals Park, David Ortiz was put in charge of holding and protecting the Olympic medals of decorated American gymnast Aly Raisman while she threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night at Fenway Park. During the 2016 games in Rio, Raisman added one team gold and two individual silvers to her two golds and one bronze from the London games in 2012.

    Big League Stew
  • Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 defensemen in 2016-17

    (Note: These rankings are based on players' projected performances in 2016-17. Players are listed at their official NHL position when the rankings were created.) Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 defensemen in the NHL for the 2016-17 season

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  • 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

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  • Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

    And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles. Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

    HardballTalk
  • Geno Smith will back up Fitzpatrick on Saturday

    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
  • 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
  • Hamilton gets another fresh power unit, up to 30-place grid penalty for Spa

    Lewis Hamilton has taken another fresh power unit ahead of the second Formula 1 practice session in Belgium on Friday, causing his grid penalty to rise to 30 places. Hamilton confirmed on Thursday that he would be taking a grid penalty at Spa for exceeding the number of permitted engine components for the season. The F1 drivers’ championship leader was forced to make unplanned changes earlier in the year due to issues on his power unit, making a grid drop inevitable later in the season. Mercedes confirmed on Friday morning that Hamilton had taken a fresh power unit for first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, before taking the decision to take another new one for FP2 in the afternoon. Hamilton

    MotorSportsTalk
  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Houston celebrates U.S. gymnastics star's homecoming on 'Simone Biles Day'

    Simone Biles acknowledges the crowd during a welcome home parade in Texas. (AP)   Everything’s bigger in Texas, and nobody’s bigger in Texas right now than Simone Biles. being home never felt better — Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 25, 2016 The

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  • 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.

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  • Best Player in Europe: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Bale, Griezmann to win award

    Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Best Player in Europe by UEFA on Thursday in Monaco, following the group stage draw for the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo, 31, beat other finalists teammate and Welsh international Gareth Bale and France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann to the award for the 2015-16 season. Barcelona duo Lionel Messi came fourth and Luis Suarez finished in fifth. The Portuguese striker scored 51 goals in 48 games for Real Madrid last season and led Portugal to its first-ever major title as a nation, winning the EURO 2016 trophy. Ronaldo said on stage that he was “living his dream” by playing football as he won the award for a second time in his career, the list title

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  • 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

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  • In case you missed it on Thursday, presented by Citi

    The Mets' offense erupted and Seth Lugo tossed five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 10-6, on Thursday at Busch Stadium to pull within 3 1/2 games of the second Wild Card spot Read more Lugo exited Thursday's game after warming up prior to the sixth inning due to a right calf cramp Read more The Mets might give Jacob deGrom, who has struggled during his last two outings, extra rest before his next start Read more What has gone wrong with deGrom lately? Read more Neil Walker is expected to return from the paternity list on Friday against the Phillies Read more What's on Tap for Thursday, Aug. 26 The Mets (64-63) open a three-game series against the Phillies (59-68)

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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