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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

  • The Big Ten might have stirred up what should have been calm CFP waters

    Penn State’s Big Ten Championship win might give the College Football Playoff Committee something to think about. Despite Alabama’s dismantling of Florida in the SEC title game — we all expected that anyway — the championship games were close, entertaining and added some intrigue to what should have been an anticlimactic College Football Playoff announcement on Sunday. No. 7 Penn State’s dramatic 38-31 come-from-behind win against No. 6 Wisconsin creates an interesting conundrum.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Adam Jones didn't like Orioles farewell gift to David Ortiz

    Orioles’ star Adam Jones presents David Ortiz with a dugout phone, which Ortiz smashed during a game in 2013. The David Ortiz farewell tour was filled with many memorable moments. Prior to his final game at Camden Yards, on Sept. 21, the Orioles rolled out the red carpet, showed highlights of Ortiz mashing home runs against the mutual rival New York Yankees, and then presented him with the actual visitor’s dugout phone he once destroyed during an in-game meltdown.

    Big League Stew
  • Chelsea comes back from halftime deficit to defeat Man City

    After following behind by a goal in the first half, Chelsea scored three goals in the second half to beat Man City and strengthen its position at the top of the table.

    NBC Sports
  • Cheers! Von Miller sends thank you note, bottle of wine to every player in AFC West

    It’s pretty common for quarterbacks to buy gifts for their offensive linemen (or, in the case of Tom Brady, to get Uggs for every New England Patriots teammate), and more and more often we’re seeing opposing players exchange jerseys after a game. Via Denver Post Broncos writer Nicki Jhabvala, Miller sent a custom bottle of wine and thank you note to every player in the AFC West. Sorry for sacking you, enjoy some wine: Von Miller sent a gift to all of his AFC West opponents.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Most Popular Driver Award

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Most Popular Driver Award and thanks the all the fans for their incredible support in what he called a "tough" year.

    NBC Sports
  • Elliott remains focal point of Cowboys offense

    Ezekiel Elliott was dominant in both rushing and receiving as he helped lead the Cowboys to a 17-15 win over the Vikings. Also, with Rob Gronkowski out with injury, Martellus Bennett becomes a top option for Patriots.

    NBC Sports
  • Smith: After his bombshell, who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?

    The driver market for the 2017 Formula 1 season has been a regular talking point on MotorSportsTalk for the past few months. ‘Silly season’, as it is affectionally known, was expected to be particularly crazy ahead of the 2017 season given the number of drivers who were going to be out of contract. Daniel Ricciardo told me in pre-season it was going to be “badass.” But things went quiet: Max Verstappen got an early promotion to Red Bull; Kimi Raikkonen got another year at Ferrari; Sergio Perez decided to stay at Force India. By the end of the racing season, just three seats remained at Sauber and Manor. And then Nico Rosberg dropped his bombshell. Ahead of the FIA prizegiving in Vienna on Friday

    MotorSportsTalk
  • Hot Stove Digest: Rich Hill expected to re-sign with Dodgers

    COMING BACK: Though a deal is not yet complete, multiple reports on Saturday suggested that the Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of re-signing left-hander Rich Hill. MLB Network’s Peter Gammons was the first to report that at least one rival executive believed that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that while no deal is confirmed, the known competition for Hill had reportedly moved on, leaving the door open for a deal to be completed soon. Rich Hill seems pumped up at the thought of returning to the Dodgers.

    Big League Stew
  • Jermain Defoe doubles Sunderland's lead

    The ball deflects to Jermain Dofoe in the box and the forward sends a shot into the back of the net to give Sunderland a 2-0 lead over Leicester City.

    NBC Sports
  • Coyotes' Mike Smith sets franchise record with 58 saves in loss

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith picks up his stick after giving up the game-winning goal to Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was one to remember but also one to forget for Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith. The Coyotes dropped their third straight with a 3-2 shootout loss, but Smith was outstanding as he made a franchise record 58 saves on the night, including 22 in the third period.

    Puck Daddy
  • Mark Helfrich brought up topic of returning to Oregon to Chip Kelly

    Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was fired Tuesday. When San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly said earlier in the week that he wasn’t a candidate at Oregon, he said the only person he’d talked to at the school was now-former coach Mark Helfrich. Helfrich said on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kannell on Friday that his conversation with Kelly came as rumors were swirling regarding Helfrich’s job status.

    Dr. Saturday
  • NBA: Lakers should’ve been call for committing late shooting foul on Jimmy Butler in win over Bulls

    Dwyane Wade insisted there were no excuses for the Bulls’ “ugly” loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. But here’s one: A key missed shooting foul down the stretch. Lakers forward Brandon Ingram should’ve been whistled for committing a shooting foul on Jimmy Butler with 1:09 left, according to the Last Two Minute Report: Ingram (LAL) makes contact with Butler (CHI) that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt. A correct call would’ve sent Butler – who’s making 89% of his free throws this season and 82% in his career – to the line for two attempts. Instead, the Lakers grabbed the defensive rebound and pushed their lead to three, leaving Butler to miss a forced a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Trevor Siemian misses another practice, Paxton Lynch reportedly will start

    Trevor Siemian had one of his better games on a national stage last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he won’t have a chance to build on that momentum this week. Siemian missed his third straight practice on Friday and according to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, he’ll be out against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. First-round pick Paxton Lynch will make his second career start.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Mourinho: Schweinsteiger may stay at Manchester United

    Reports claimed that Manchester United had already written off Bastian Schweinsteiger, but that doesn’t mean Jose Mourinho is done with the German midfielder. Schweinsteiger, 32, had reportedly been exploring a move to MLS — Chicago mentioned most often — but made a surprise appearance for United in this week’s EFL Cup quarterfinal loss to West Ham United. The manager had said that Schweinsteiger’s return to the team had to do with getting him fit for his next stop, but now claims he doesn’t think Schweinsteiger’s departure is a certainty. So can he stay? From the BBC: “Of course he can,” said Mourinho. “If you have a contract you are the powerful one that can decide your future. In the summer

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Gronk's post-surgery report: 'Dance floor tomorrow night, here I come'

    Gronkowski has suffered a range of injuries this season, and the herniated disc that required surgery was perhaps the final straw for 2016. Getting out on the dance floor is one thing, going across the middle against the Raiders defense quite another. Without Gronkowski, the Patriots now lack their most significant weapon, and the AFC race is now wide open.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Montoya sympathizes with Verstappen over mixed response to driving style

    Juan Pablo Montoya believes that he faced a similar criticism during his time in Formula 1 to what Max Verstappen is currently receiving for his on-track driving style. Montoya raced in F1 between 2001 and 2006, with his aggressive approach winning him both admirers and critics in the paddock. Verstappen’s antics on-track have incurred the wrath of a number of drivers in 2016, and even resulted in the clarification of a rule regarding moving under braking. However, his overtaking masterclass in Brazil has been talked up as one of the greatest drives in F1 history, with many praising the excitement that his approach brings to the grid. Montoya sympathized with the Dutchman over such double standards

    MotorSportsTalk
  • This Week in 'Pitch': Will they or won't they?

    Everyone knows that Mike is about to be traded to the Cubs, and Oscar the GM and Charlie the president of baseball operations specifically do not want Mike to play that day because if he gets injured, that would blow the whole deal.

    Big League Stew
  • The new CBA will likely keep Shohei Otani away from Major League Baseball for years

    As the cheering in response to Major League Baseball and the MLBPA reaching a new Collective Bargaining Agreement subsides, some of the downsides to it are starting to reveal themselves. One of them: perhaps the most exciting international player in the world will be unlikely to make his way to the United States to play any time soon. That player is Shohei Otani, the Japanese pitcher/designated hitter who stars for plays for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Otani is just 22-years old but he has already shown himself to be a singular talent. As a hitter, he put up a line of .322/.416/.588 with 22 homers in just 106 games in 2016. Thing is, he’s actually an even better pitcher. He throws a 100 m.p.h. fastball

    HardballTalk
  • The Rangers couldn't stop the Sabres on Thursday

    Derek Stepan said that the Rangers did a lot of "really good things" in the first period but "for whatever reason" they came out in the second and "played defense the whole time." (NY Post) The Rangers were out shot 14 to 9 in the second period and out attempted 28-17. (Hockey Stats) Alain Vigneault said he wasn't very happy with the Rangers second period and that Buffalo gained the momentum "right off the hop. Our first four shifts were clogged in our zone, icing the puck, not making the plays we need to make with the puck. That was the whole period." Stepan said that after the second period the Rangers went to the locker room, "said all the right things" and then came out and were on their

    SNY
  • Christian Benteke scores his second to add to Crystal Palace's lead

    Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke gets on the end of a low cross and scores on an open goal to give his side a 3-0 lead over Southampton.

    NBC Sports
  • Steve Kerr admits to pot use in the wake of his debilitating, painful back surgeries

    Steve Kerr’s crippling back pain has led the Golden State Warriors coach, who was born and raised in California and works in the Bay Area, to try pot in an attempt to cure the pain that two different surgeries could not tramp down. Not because Steve Kerr is some Woody Allen-styled spaz at the party, knocking over the good stuff and ruining it for the whole living room, but because most are beyond worrying about the potential spoils and dangers of cannabis. Kerr inhaled recently, as he likely did as a youth growing up in the 1980s or NBA pro in the 1990s, and it didn’t work for him.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Jadeveon Clowney looks like a child wearing Vince Wilfork's jersey

    Players and coaches have to find ways to keep things fun, and the Houston Texans seem to have a good grip on that idea. Texans players decided to switch jerseys at practice Friday, and no swap was better than the one between Vince Wilfork and Jadeveon Clowney. A few Texans players switched jerseys at practice today, but the Vince Wilfork and Jadeveon Clowney swap is probably the best.

    SB Nation
  • Ranieri: Champs Leicester must stay calm in relegation battle

    Leicester City in the Champions League? Pretty darn good. Leicester City in the Premier League? Pretty darn poor. Claudio Ranieri is scratching his head after Leicester remains winless in PL matches leading up to a Champions League week, falling 2-1 to relegation-battling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Whereas last year the Foxes seemed to catch plenty of breaks, Ranieri saw an own goal and countless bad passes drop his team to within two points of the bottom three. From the BBC: “This moment is not the right moment for us. We wanted to get points here but of course it was a relegation battle, they won, well done to them. They started stronger than us in the first ten minutes.

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Red Wings place Athanasiou on LTIR, call up two from AHL

    A growing list of injured players forced the Detroit Red Wings to make a couple of roster moves on Saturday morning before their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Along with placing forward Justin Abdelkader on injured reserve, the team also announced that it has moved moved forward Andreas Athanasiou from the seven-day injured reserve to the long-term injured list. Abdelkader was injured earlier in the week against the Florida Panthers and is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with an MCL sprain, while Athanasiou, has not played since Nov. 11 with a knee injury. Along with those two the Red Wings are also without Darren Helm, Brendan Smith, Jimmy Howard, Alexey Marchenko and Tyler Bertuzzi.

    ProHockeyTalk
  • Max Verstappen wins two awards at FIA Prize Giving in Vienna

    Max Verstappen capped off a remarkable 2016 Formula 1 season by winning two awards at the FIA Prize Giving in Vienna, Austria on Friday. Verstappen, 19, became the youngest grand prix winner in F1 history at the Spanish Grand Prix in May, taking victory on his Red Bull debut after being promoted from Toro Rosso four races into the year. The Dutchman ended the 2016 season fifth in the drivers’ championship, and also won the Driver of the Day award more times than anyone else. Verstappen featured on the shortlist for both FIA Personality of the Year and FIA Action of the Year, having won both awards at the gala in 2015, and walked away with the silverware once again. Verstappen was voted as the

    MotorSportsTalk