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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 01, 1979: Muhammad Ali and his wife Veronica Porsche Ali, Dr. Jerry Buss, Dr. Buss's date, Mayor Thomas Bradley and his wife Ethel Bradley at a charity concert at the The "Fabulous" Forum in Los Angeles, California. **EXCLUSIVE** (Photos by Brad Elterman/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption *** Muhammad Ali;Veronica Porsche Ali;Dr. Jerry Buss;Mayor Thomas Bradley;Ethel Bradley

  • Abused ex-gymnast tells USA Gymnastics: Open files

    INDIANAPOLIS — She still can’t utter the word “abuse,” but Kelly Cutright decided this week was time to speak out about the anguish she suffered at the hands of her gymnastics coach. The South Carolina woman’s former coach, William McCabe, began abusing her in 1999, according to court records. That was the year after USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, was warned that McCabe might be a sexual predator. Yet not until she read an Indianapolis Star investigation two weeks ago did Cutright find out that the organization had dismissed those allegations against McCabe as “hearsay” and filed them in a drawer in its headquarters here. Now, as USA Gymnastics prepares to argue in court

    USA Today
  • Kenyan Olympians stuck staying in Rio favela as country awaits 'cheap flights'

    Kenyan marathoners Wesley Korir (left) and Eilud Kipchoge sandwich U.S. distance star Meb Keflezighi in Rio. As Olympians across the globe were welcomed home to massive celebrations this week, Kenya’s Olympic team remained in Rio de Janeiro while their country awaited cheaper flights out of Brazil.

    Fourth-Place Medal
  • 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.

    HardballTalk
  • 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
  • 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.

    Adrian Wojnarowski
  • 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
  • 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

    Big League Stew
  • Aly Raisman's Best Stress-Buster: Simone Biles

    "It's going to be crazy," Raisman said. As watchers of the Olympics observed over the past few weeks, Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez are each other's consummate fans. "We have to be close," Raisman, who served as the team's captain in both 2012 and 2016, explained.

    Elle
  • 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
  • No, really, a Hooters girl could help you with your fantasy football draft picks

    Would you ditch your living room and potluck-style fantasy draft party for a restaurant booth? American Express' Spending & Saving Tracker predicted more than 74 million Americans would participate in a fantasy football league last year, and put their expected spending at around $4.6 billion. "Fantasy football is essentially ['Dungeon and Dragons'] meets sports gambling," said Ken Tisch, a 28-year-old who participates in a league based in Washington.

    CNBC
  • 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

    ProSoccerTalk
  • 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

    ProBasketballTalk
  • 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

    HardballTalk
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

    MLB.com
  • 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
  • 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

    Yahoo Sports
  • Vermont cancels women's basketball game at UNC over HB2 law

    The University of Vermont women's basketball team canceled its Dec. 28 game at North Carolina over that state's controversial HB2 law, the Vermont athletic department announced. The contract, which Schulman emailed Wednesday night to the Burlington Free Press, called for Vermont to receive $17,500 for the trip Chapel Hill as well as expenses covering 12 hotel rooms and three meals for the Catamount travel party. Vermont becomes the second program to cancel a game in North Carolina over the law enacted earlier this year, joining fellow America East member Albany, which canceled a November men's basketball game at Duke.

    Sporting News
  • Report: French outfit Nice interested in adding Liverpool’s Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli could soon have a new home, according to the BBC’s Phil McNulty. The mercurial Italian striker, 26, has one league goal in each of his last two seasons (spent between Liverpool and AC Milan). Jurgen Klopp is ready for Balotelli to find a home away from Anfield and McNulty says that place could be OGC Nice, where he’d join newly-signed ex-Bayern man Dante. Balotelli also had talks with Sion in Switzerland, according to the report. The striker was a blazing hot commodity after scoring 17 goals for Manchester City in 2011-12, and again after netting 18 for AC Milan in 2013-14. Balotelli has 13 goals in 33 caps for Italy, but hasn’t appeared for the national team since 2014.

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Phil Jackson missed out on trading for Jae Crowder

    Tommy Dee | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram Say what you want about Phil Jackson, but when the time comes around to tell it like it is you can count on him to be transparent. In the latest edition of the Jackson Chronicles written by his friend Charlie Rosen on Today's Fast Break, Jackson talks about a tough decision he had to face when trading former center Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks in 2014. "One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the Celtics," Jackson said. "In talking with

    SNY
  • Syracuse Men's Soccer Team Pulls Off Viral Stunt

    The players successfully headed a soccer ball to all 25 teammates in the locker room without letting it touch the ground. All: Good morning, America. That was Syracuse university men's soccer team. Heads up, people. You won't believe the stupt they're

    ABC News Videos
  • 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
  • Bruce Arians: 'Bad coaches' benefit from in-game video experiment

    The NFL has been adding in-game technology for its coaches slowly, from speakers in quarterbacks’ and linebackers’ helmets to tablets on the sideline. It makes sense that the next step is allowing them to view video in game. Teams have been allowed to use video in one game this preseason.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Andrew Benintendi's injury could mean trouble for the Red Sox

    Just two days after making what could be the catch of the season, Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi suffered a gruesome knee injury that could end his season. In the top of the seventh inning of Wednesday night’s Red Sox game, Benintendi was at second base and started running to third when Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to the shortstop.

    Big League Stew