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ÌCHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch the races on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival 2013 on March 15, 2013 in Cheltenham, England. Approximately 200,000 racing enthusiasts are expected at the four-day festival, which ends today and is seen as many as the highlight of the jump racing calendar. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge watch the races on Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival 2013 on March 15, 2013 in Cheltenham, England.
  • Hornets co-owner rips NBA, pols for All-Star exit in wild email

    The NBA on Thursday followed through on multiple previous threats by announcing it was pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposition to House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city ordinance expanding rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Charlotte Hornets, who were in line to play host to next winter’s midseason event, and Michael Jordan, the franchise’s chairman and majority owner who had previously made it clear that the organization is “opposed to discrimination in any form,” issued a statement saying that they “understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season,” and “are disappointed we were unable to” keep the game in town.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Josh Norman steers clear of trash talk war with Odell Beckham

    Josh Norman showed remarkable restraint. You’d figure that after New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham told GQ that Norman was only relevant because of him, Norman would to respond in kind. Norman is not afraid of mixing it up.

    Shutdown Corner
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  • USWNT cruises past Costa Rica in final pre-Olympic warm up

    The U.S. Women’s National Team wasn’t really lacking confidence heading into Friday night’s clash with Costa Rica, but the squad’s utter dominance certainly didn’t hurt things as Jill Ellis’ group gets ready to head to Brazil for next month’s Olympic Games. The USWNT captured a 4-0 win against Costa Rica in the side’s final send-off match before the Olympics, extending the no. 1 ranked team in the world’s unbeaten streak to 15 matches. It only took a quarter of an hour the USWNT to find the lead, but it always looked like it was coming for Jill Ellis’ group.

    NBC Sports
  • Joe Pavelski on his golf game, Stanley Cup run, World Cup of Hockey (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Joe Pavelski is modest when asked about his golf game. The San Jose Sharks captain will put his game to the test this weekend at the American Century Championship featuring over 80 celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds. Pavelski enters the tournament a 30/1 favorite.

    Puck Daddy
  • 2016 Tour de France: Stage 19 Recap

    Overall leader Chris Froome suffered a rough crash during a sharp turn towards the end of the stage. He had to use his teammates' bike to finish the race.

    NBC Sports
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  • Matt Holliday exits game after being hit in the face by a pitch

    Matt Holliday was hit in the face by a 95 MPH Andrew Cashner fastball during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game at Busch Stadium. As ESPN Mark Saxon explains, Holliday tried to stay in the game, but he was ultimately replaced with pinch-runner Mike Leake. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that Holliday had a bloody nose. I won’t embed it, but you can click here to see the video if you are so inclined. From what’s been reported, it doesn’t sound like it’s serious for Holliday, but it’s good that the Cardinals played it safe with their veteran outfielder. We should know more about his condition after the game. Holliday went 0-for-2 prior to getting hit with Cashner’s fastball.

    HardballTalk
  • Teen arrested in deadly Southwest Philadelphia shooting over basketball game

    Philadelphia police say they have one person in custody and are seeking another for the murder of a 15-year-old boy as he left a basketball game.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
  • Once a Dodger, Mike Piazza cemented his Hall of Fame legacy as a Met

    Catcher Mike Piazza will enter the Hall of Fame on Sunday as a Met . Mike Piazza was a star by 1996, this in a town that knew what stars looked like, that lived among them. On a rainy night in Denver, on a mound so slick his pitcher opted to ditch his windup completely, he caught a no-hitter, and when he raced out to celebrate found the restrained Hideo Nomo would require some encouragement.

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  • Report: Juve buys Higuain for $103m, tipped as precursor to Pogba sale

    It’s a move that screams its own headlines, yet is being tipped as a precursor to a larger one. According to Sky Sports, Juventus has purchased Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli for an incredible $103 million, equaling the second-highest transfer fee in football history (Cristiano Ronaldo).

    NBC Sports
  • Stephen Curry: “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the” Olympics

    Right now, Stephen Curry is basking in the 78-degree weather at beautiful Lake Tahoe — right on the California/Nevada border — getting ready to play in the weekend’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament (which will be broadcast on NBC). Curry pulled out of the Rio Games during the NBA Finals, but said he isn’t happy about it in a Facebook Live chat from Tahoe (hat tip the Mercury News for the transcription). “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games… I wish I would be able to play in those. “When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year, I tried to give Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and Mr. Colangelo (Jerry Colangelo) and the whole USA staff more time to figure out what they need to figure out for the roster.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Mookie Betts

    With the sudden lack of depth in the bullpen, can Matt Barnes step up into a bigger role? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Rob Manfred suggested he may consider a limit on reliever usage in the coming years, and John Farrell isn’t a fan. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) How much longer can the Red Sox really justify keeping Clay Buchholz on the roster? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Mookie Betts hit another home run last night, but is his power for real? (Matt Collins; BP Boston) Dave Dombrowski has had plenty of success in recent years in acquiring strong starting pitching at the deadline, and hopes Drew Pomeranz can continue that trend. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) David Ortiz did a very cool thing

    Over the Monster
  • Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

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  • The Diamondbacks are considering firing Chip Hale

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are considering making a managerial change. The rumor is that Chip Hale would be replaced by Phil Nevin, who currently manages the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. Dbacks General Manager Dave Stewart told Rosenthal, “I can’t comment on rumors.” Which isn’t exactly on the “vote of confidence” side of the ledger.

    NBC Sports
  • Islanders planning Brooklyn escape to Queens: Report

    Are the New York Islanders planning their escape from Barclays Center? The Islanders are in talks with the Wilpon family, owners of the New York Mets, about building an arena adjacent to Citi Field in Queens, according to sports columnist Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg News, who is the first mainstream source to report rumors that have been kicking around New York recently. Willets Point is emerging as a persuasive alternative to the team’s current home at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center if the Islanders’ owners and arena officials can’t agree on a series of hockey-specific improvements, said the people, who asked for anonymity because the negotiations are private.

    Puck Daddy
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  • Yasiel Puig leaves the Dodgers-Nats game with an apparent injury

    Great timing, Yasiel. Yasiel Puig was removed from this afternoon’s game against the Nationals with an apparent hamstring injury. Puig was trying to leg out a grounder in the top of the seventh inning but was seen to “crow hop” as he crossed the bag and then went directly into the visitor’s tunnel. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh. Puig has been subject to trade rumors of late, with the Dodgers said to both be considering moving him and looking to make a big splash of some sort at the trade deadline, possibly for a top-end starting pitcher. Obviously those two things could go together, with Puig being sent in a package for said pitcher. But not if he’s hurt

    HardballTalk
  • NFL to review domestic violence allegations against Elliott

    The NFL says it is reviewing domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott. A police report says Elliott denied allegations that he assaulted his girlfriend early Friday in Columbus, Ohio, causing bruises and abrasions. Three witnesses told police they didn't see Elliott assault the 20-year-old woman.

    The Associated Press
  • About 30 percent of baseball fans would take PEDs to make $15 million

    With Hall of Fame inductions this Sunday, baseball fans are once again face-to-face with the game’s ongoing moral dilemma: What to do about PED users and even suspected PED users. A Hall of Fame without the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens seems wrong to some fans but rightful and just to others. Likewise, a player like Mike Piazza, who will be inducted Sunday along with Ken Griffey Jr., had a tougher road into Cooperstown because some voters thought he could have cheated.

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  • Why does Texas support Houston in the Big 12? Ranking 4 conspiracy theories

    Thursday, Texas leadership did a grandiose gesture that left everyone confused. The conventional wisdom has long been that Texas schools would not want to add Houston to the Big 12, as that would give yet another in-state recruiting rival Power 5 status. Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston.

    SB Nation
  • Stephen Curry disappointed All-Star Game will not be coming to his hometown Charlotte in 2017

    The NBA did the right thing pulling the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte in the wake of North Carolina’s “bathroom law.” A number of NBA teams came out publicly to back the NBA’s decision (something that was discussed with the owners at the Board of Governor’s meeting in Las Vegas a week ago. However, players — ever so concerned about their brand — have been far more cautious in their response. That includes Charlotte’s hometown hero Stephen Curry, so spoke to ESPN’s SportsCenter from the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Here is what Olympian Paul George told Brian Windhorst of ESPN (via Ramona Shelburne). “I’m huge on keeping your word. I’m not necessarily

    ProBasketballTalk
  • AccuWeather: Dangerous Heat On the Way

    Meteorologist Karen Rogers says we start to heat-up today, but record breaking heat is on the way.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
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  • Massa ‘not worried’ about F1 drive for 2017

    Felipe Massa is not worried about securing a drive in Formula 1 for 2017, remaining confident that he will be racing for a “top team” next season. With Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull confirming their line-ups for 2017 already, Williams is the highest-ranking team still with seats available. Both Massa and teammate Valtteri Bottas are out of contract at the end of the year, leading to speculation about their future.

    NBC Sports
  • Which NHL goal scorers were luckiest this season? (Trending Topics)

    A shot from Alex Ovechkin from x location in a high-danger area has a greater chance of going in than one from Zac Rinaldo or even Lee Stempniak. With this in mind, we can reasonably extrapolate that guys like Patrick Kane, who led the league in points and finished second in goals only behind Ovechkin are generally going to appear to be more “lucky” than the average NHLer when their stats are viewed without context. What that basically means is that Kane had a shooting percentage of 16 percent in all situations last year, nearly doubling the NHL average of 8.5 percent.

    Puck Daddy
  • Braves trade rumors: Braves continue to publicly deny Teheran trade interest

    Another day has come and gone as the march towards the trade deadline progresses, and publicly, the story remains the same as far as Julio Teheran is concerned — the Braves are declaring that he isn’t for sale. Jon Heyman relayed the news in his latest column for Today’s Knuckleball, and although he did mention that the Braves are still taking calls on their top pitcher, they still aren’t budging on their steep price. Additionally, Heyman mentioned that the Braves are also battling perception problems as well. Teheran would be a major trade chip. But the Braves still won’t hear of it. “We have no intention of trading him,” a Braves official said for the third straight week. Braves higher-ups

    Talking Chop
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  • Buster Olney comes up with nine ideas to “improve” baseball. They’re mostly bad.

    Buster Olney and the Mike & Mike radio crew at ESPN did a little thought experiment about how to improve baseball. It was partially audience-sourced and the entire idea was based on something ESPN did about the NFL last week. They came up with nine suggestions to improve the game. Given that (a) baseball is fine; (b) Mike and Mike is a talk radio show that spends far more time dealing with football than baseball; and (c) fan-sourcing anything is going to be a dicey proposition, especially when a huge number of those fans are football fans who dig talk radio, you can imagine the quality of these ideas. Short version: they ain’t that great. A rundown. 1. Reduce games to seven innings This is bad

    HardballTalk