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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, foreground, speaks as, from background left to right, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Pat Riley react during the enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass. Buss, the Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 79. Bob Steiner, an assistant to Buss, confirmed Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 that Buss had died in Los Angeles. Further details were not available. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2010 file photo, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, foreground, speaks as, from background left to right, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Pat Riley react during the enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Mass. Buss, the Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 79. Bob Steiner, an assistant to Buss, confirmed Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 that Buss had died in Los Angeles. Further details were not available. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
  • How big are consequences for 49ers if they cut Colin Kaepernick?

    A week ago, Colin Kaepernick’s future represented a football problem for the San Francisco 49ers. The quarterback’s national anthem protest has put the organization at a complicated crossroads, where the realities of salary, performance, protest and optics all merge into the same lane. Now the 49ers have less than a week to choose a direction with Kaepernick.

    Charles Robinson
  • Cliff Avril responds to backlash over hit that injured Tony Romo

    You’ve seen the replay by now, especially since we learned Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a fractured vertebrae in his back and will likely miss a significant portion of the season. Romo was sliding down when he was hit by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril from behind, and then Romo writhed around in pain. Cowboys fans noticed and they have let Avril know they didn’t like the hit.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Panthers acquire Browns punter who dogged it on touchdown return

    The Cleveland Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers, but this isn’t your everyday punter trade. First of all, the timing is fascinating. Not on the Panthers’ end; their expected punter, Mike Scifres, suffered a knee injury against the

    Shutdown Corner
  • Unwillingness to Fight Golovkin Has Created a Middleweight Mess

    Middleweight is one of boxing's glamour divisions, and it's ruled by one of the sport's most identifiable stars. And yet, in a couple of weeks, division kingpin Gennady Golovkin, oh he of the three golden belts and highest knockout percentage in division history, will defend his treasure trove against welterweight Kell Brook. Brook was not the first choice. He wasn't the second or third either. Nope, he was the only guy willing to take the fight once the rest of the division settled under its respective rocks. Canelo Alvarez is the man who should be standing opposite GGG as the summer begins to give way to the fall, but he decided to skip lunch a day or two per week to drop back to the relative

    Bleacher Report
  • Nebraska transfer Andrew White commits to Syracuse

    Nebraska transfer Andrew White has committed to Syracuse, he announced Sunday.

    Sports Illustrated
  • WATCH: Young Argentine player shows off skills that would make Messi jealous

    Most of our readers likely aren't well-versed in the world that is Argentine club soccer. Because of the dominance of the European game, it's not the most popular league in the world, but it doesn't lack quality and is always exciting to watch. Soccer fans may know of clubs like Boca Juniors, River Plate. Maybe even Independiente, San Lorenzo or Racing, but the name Giovani Lo Celso or Rosario Central probably doesn't ring a bell for most. Well, he's a name you'll be hearing more of moving forward. The dynamic Argentine midfielder, playing for for Rosario Central on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, showed off some crazy skills on Saturday that his French club would likely describe as "magnifique."

    CBS Sports
  • Orioles trying to make trades, Yankees acting as obstacle in waivers

    Losing ground in the divisional race, the Orioles are looking for waiver wire trades according to a report from Buster Olney (ESPN Insider). Unfortunately for them though, the Yankees have “been aggressive in making [waiver] claims” which has limited the Orioles’ ability. With just three days remaining for the Orioles to add players to their roster who would be able to play in the postseason, the scramble is on. However, the Yankees—who are lower in the standings—have priority on waiver claims. That means that any player put on waivers—including revocable ones—must first pass through every team lower in the standings than the Orioles in order for the Orioles to be able to work out a deal. The

    MLB Daily Dish
  • Who's really to blame for Hope Solo's fall?

    (CNN)Many soccer fans consider Hope Solo the best goalkeeper, male or female, U.S. Soccer has ever seen. She has played in 202 international games and delivered shutouts in more than half of those. She's won two Olympic gold medals and helped secure the United States' 2015 World Cup win. She's dominated the field for more than a decade, which is why her behavior off the field has been tolerated for so long. She has trashed her coaches, berated teammates and frustrated the federation. And until now, U.S. Soccer has given her behavior a slap on the wrist. Last Wednesday, that came to an end. To me, this is not a story about soccer. It is a story about organizational dysfunction and how we as a

  • For retired US Open champ Flavia Pennetta, no regrets

    Flavia Pennetta arrived back at Arthur Ashe Stadium and had one question: "Where is it?" She couldn't wait to see the most recent addition to the photos of past champions displayed at the U.S. Open. It's been almost one year since Pennetta affixed her name to that list, yet as she returned to Flushing Meadows on Friday, that moment felt much longer ago than 12 months. The 2015 U.S. Open final was not only when the 33-year-old Italian won her first major title. It was also when she announced to the world that she planned to retire. "I had the chance to say to everyone in the perfect moment in the perfect way," Pennetta told The Associated Press before she appeared at the U.S. Open draw ceremony

    Fox News
  • Thank You, Colin Kaepernick

    On Friday, Colin Kaepernick took a stand against racism and systemic oppression – by sitting. Following in the footsteps of a number of athletes, musicians and other public figures using their stardom to draw attention to the ongoing race based violence and discrimination in the United States, Kaepernick sat while the National Anthem played before Friday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers. With this silent, nonviolent protest against the violence and discrimination against black people in the United States – Kaepernick simultaneously enraged Racist America, disappointed Progressive America and validated the rest of us fighting against oppression in the United States.

    The Huffington Post
  • LA Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher Talks Roster Cuts, Injuries

    Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher (Opening remarks) “It was a short night, and an early morning. We’re not the only organization that has gone through it. That’s typically the case in the third preseason week. Now we have another challenge ahead of us, in that we’re traveling here in just a couple days. I had an opportunity to look at the tape, all three phases as I said, last night. I thought there would be some things to learn from; and they were. Also, some things to build on; and they were. I was pleased with a number of things. I thought the quarterbacks took a step forward. I thought (QB) Jared (Goff), even though the number weren’t great, I thought he did a really good job on the

    Turf Show Times
  • Fantasy football 2016: RBs to avoid at all costs

    Running backs have lost their luster in fantasy football circles in recent years, but you need at least two in most standard-scoring leagues. However, that doesn’t mean all RBs on your cheat sheet are worth drafting. In fact, there are quite a few that should be avoided at all costs. For example, the Bears’ Jeremy Langford is listed as No. 1 on the depth chart ahead of Ka’Deem Carey, Jordan Howard and Jacqizz Rodgers, and has been getting a majority of the first-team reps with quarterback Jay Cutler. Yet early in the preseason Coach John Fox expressed an interest in both limiting his running backs’ workload and playing the “hot hand,” which led Chicago Tribune’s Rich Campbell to summarize the

    Washington Post
  • Fiji rugby coach made a chief, given land for gold medal

    Ben Ryan was gifted three acres of land and the title of chief. That's how Fiji honored their national team's rugby sevens coach after the squad brought home the country's first-ever gold medal from the Rio Olympics. "I was lost for words yesterday when I was awarded The Companion of the Order of Fiji," Ryan wrote on Twitter, referring to the highest Fijian honor. Ryan was reportedly bestowed the name Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, a traditional chief's name, and given land on the island of Serua. While he will return to his native London, the Fiji Times reports, Ryan said the island "would be a place that would be in his heart." Ryan will retire as Fiji rugby sevens coach but was welcomed to the

  • Barkevious Mingo Feeling ‘Huge Culture Shock’ After Trade To Patriots From Browns

    FOXBORO, Mass. — Drafted by the long-suffering Cleveland Browns, Barkevious Mingo won a total of 14 games over his first three NFL seasons. His new team nearly matched that total last season alone. The Browns on Thursday traded Mingo, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, to the New England Patriots, who have won 12 or more games in each of the last six seasons and have not posted a losing record since 2000. “It’s a huge culture shock,” Mingo said Monday in his first meeting with reporters since the trade. “I felt like the winning spirit was making its way into Cleveland with (new head coach Hue Jackson and his staff), but it’s definitely been established here for a long time. I’m just

    New England Sports Network
  • Blackhawks mailbag: Who will play with Jonathan Toews?

    It’s the dead of August, but hockey is fast approaching. World Cup training camps open next week, and pool play begins Sept. 17. So let’s shake off the rust with a Blackhawks (and beyond) Twitter mailbag. Ray John @matt4pep20 #HeyLaz which forward has the best chance of starting the season on Toews’ line? For years, Patrick Kane was burdened with an ever-rotating cast of linemates thanks to Joel Quenneville’s insistence — his correct and completely justified insistence, mind you — on keeping Kane and Jonathan Toews on separate lines. Well, now, it’s Toews’ turn. I don’t believe Quenneville is crazy enough to break up the second line of Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Kane. I also think Marian

    Chicago Sun-Times
  • Sports Illustrated's Best Photos from The Barclays

    Sports Illustrated's best photos from the first leg of the 2016 FedEx Cup playoffs at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY. 

  • Five things to know about the promising, perplexing Indiana Pacers in 2016-17

    Here's the best way to look at what the Indiana Pacers did this summer, from the moment they finished their first-round series vs. the Raptors ... Indiana made a series of perplexing and seemingly contradictory moves that didn't make much sense, but the moves (outside of firing Frank Vogel) were all independently good and likely made them a better team. Most teams would have taken a first-round appearance in which you took it to the 2-seed for seven games as a massive success in what was really a rebuilding year, but Larry Bird had different expectations. In the span of three months, Bird and company: Did not renew Vogel's contract Replaced him with Nate McMillan Traded George Hill for Jeff Teague

    CBS Sports
  • The Isner-Tiafoe hug is a must-see from the US Open

    NEW YORK — On Monday, teenager Frances Tiafoe let a lot of chances slip away in the first round of the US Open. He led by two sets to love against John Isner on the new Grandstand, and had a chance to serve it out up a break at 5-3 in the fifth set. Instead of walking away with the upset against the No. 20 seed, the 18-year-old ranked No. 125 had his heart crushed in front of a standing-room only, packed crowd, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3). The embrace at the net said it all. Their height and age difference may have been blindingly obvious, but their ranking difference was not. Earlier in the day, Caroline Wozniacki beat Taylor Townsend to open up play on the newest court in Flushing Meadows.

  • NFL players blast Kaepernick's decision to sit during national anthem

    Former teammate Alex Boone isn’t taking any more hits for embattled San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The offensive guard suited up for five seasons alongside Kaepernick, blocking as defenders tried to get Kaepernick off his feet. Now, Kaepernick is voluntarily taking a seat, choosing to sit during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner to protest perceived racial injustice. It may be a good thing that Boone, now with the Minnesota Vikings, is no longer wearing the same jersey as Kaepernick. “We probably would have had a problem on the sideline,” Boone told ESPN. Boone’s brother J.J. was a Marine and served in Iraq, making Boone one of several current or former NFL players, many with

    Fox News
  • Kurt Angle to return to WWE after almost 10 years?

    Kurt Angle is reportedly looking to return to WWE after an absence of almost 10 years. The six-time WWE champion's last match was against Sabu in August 2006. According to Cagesideseats, Angle went on The Ric Flair Podcast and said he had a "very positive" conversation with Triple H and his potential return to the ring, which could "most likely be the year or year after". "I did talk with Triple H a few months ago, very loose conversation. They have interest, I have interest. They don't know what to do with me yet, you know, it was more of a loose conversation. Put it this way, I wouldn't be surprised if I go back next year and I wouldn't be surprised if I don't go back at all," the 47-year-old

    International Business Times UK
  • Female Pro Football Star -- I'm Gonna Destroy The Scariest Woman in MMA (VIDEO)

    Meet Destanie Yarbrough ... the pro football player turned MMA BADASS who's stepping up to fight the most intimidating woman in all of combat sports, Gabi Garcia. You already know Gabi ... she's Anderson Silva's protege -- and she's so terrifying she's considered fighting men because the top female fighters are just too scared to take their chances in the ring.  Except one.  Yarbrough is destruction in motion on the football field as a running back in the Women's Football Alliance ... and has a reputation as one of the toughest athletes in the league.   She made the jump to MMA earlier this year and beat the living crap out of her first opponent.  We spoke with Destanie about her Sept. 25th fight

  • Whatever happened to Bryan Mitchell?

    Remember Bryan Mitchell? I barely can at this point. We’ve been waiting for him to make something of himself for so long that it’s easy to forget he exists now that the team has essentially passed him by this year. Mitchell had been a starter in the system for years, blessed with great stuff, but never truly being able to put it all together and become something close to reliable. In 2015, things finally started to come together for him. Moved to the bullpen, he allowed only four earned runs in 15 innings of relief while striking out 14 and walking four. His time as a starter allowed him to make several three-inning appearances for the Yankees, even collecting a save in his first game of the

    Pinstripe Alley
  • Injured offensive linemen Cooper, Mason return to Patriots practice fields

    It’s a tribute to the NFL’s ability to drape itself in the flag that nobody even realizes that – prior to 2009 – players being on the field for the national anthem wasn’t even standard practice. Regardless of where one stands RE: Colin Kaepernick deciding to sit out the “Star-Spangled Banner” one shouldn’t be misled into thinking this is a longstanding tradition Kaepernick is sitting out. (For the record, I believe it’s his right to sit, stand or turn cartwheels, but the point he wanted to make about the oppression of blacks has now been hijacked and we’re in a loud debate about whether or not players have a right to express themselves). NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed this morning the

  • Jones Slapped With Lawsuit

    Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones could find himself back in court later this year, thanks to one outraged mixed martial arts (MMA) fan, who is still butthurt that "Bones" was bounced from his UFC 200 main event back in July. That's because the embattled pound-for-pound great was upended by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), by way of pre-fight drug test, and opponent Daniel Cormier was rebooked to fight middleweight late replacement Anderson Silva. Not a bad consolation prize ... unless you're easily wounded. "On August 19, Sean Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against Jones and his managers, First Round Management, for

  • Dodgers place Yasiel Puig on trade waivers, report says

    Looking to gauge interest in embattled outfielder Yasiel Puig in the near future, the Dodgers placed the fallen franchise centerpiece on revocable waivers Sunday, according to Fox Sports. Earlier this month, the Dodgers sent Puig to the minors, following through on what was expected in the wake of their pre-Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline remarks and their deadline-day acquisition of Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick. Puig has batted just .258/.321/.411 over the last two MLB seasons (160 games due to injury) but is slashing .382/.440/.645 since his demotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on August 2.

    Sporting News