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+INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 22: Ana Beatriz of Brazil, driver of the #24 Team Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda, looks to the scoreboard after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 22, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ana Beatriz of Brazil, driver of the #24 Team Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda, looks to the scoreboard.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Last chance in Loudoun!

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  • What the iconic 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck card means to a generation of fans

    My weekly allowance was $3, and packs of Upper Deck baseball cards, the coolest things I’d ever seen, with their impossibly white borders and holograms on the back – holograms! – were $2 apiece, so I’d resigned myself to one. Ken, the mustachioed man who ran the place and a couple years earlier sold me my first baseball cards, said he’d give me two for $3. Baseball cards were the first drug I ever tried, and they hooked me immediately.

    Jeff Passan
  • 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
  • Report: Yanks could cut A-Rod and Teixeira if they become sellers

    Some people within the New York Yankees organization have discussed cutting designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and first baseman Mark Teixeira if they become sellers at the deadline.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
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  • MLB Power Rankings: Cubs rebound as Nats surge towards top

    Family game night! (Also, find the “Pokemon Go.”) The rankings (records through Wednesday): The Chicago Cubs jumped back to the top spot in our Power Rankings. (Getty Images)1. Chicago Cubs (57-37; Previous: 3) – Why they fight … Cards Against Humanity

    Tim Brown
  • Matt Holliday takes 95 mph pitch to face, tries to stay in game

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday appears to have avoided what could have been a terrifying injury Thursday. During his sixth inning at-bat against San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner, Holliday was hit in the face with a 95 mph fastball. Unbelievably, Holliday stayed on his feet after being hit.

    Big League Stew
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • WATCH: That awful own goal in Minnesota? #BlameItOnTheJelly

    Hey, if you’re going to have a world-wide gaffe against a Premier League, why not have fun with it?

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Checkout the New Look of the 2016 Camry

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  • The Pirates are still having Jung Ho Kang bobblehead day

    Stephen Nesbitt of the Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have no plans to delay or cancel their Jung Ho Kang bobblehead giveaway. It’s currently scheduled for August 11. Kang, as you likely remember, is currently under investigation for sexual assault. He is alleged to have given a woman a drink which caused her to lose consciousness. He is alleged to have then sexually assaulted her. The allegations say this occurred in Chicago during the Pirates’ visit to play the Cubs last month. Kang has not been arrested and, obviously, is still eligible to play, as Major League Baseball will almost certainly wait until the investigation has progressed to act under the league’s domestic violence policy.

    HardballTalk
  • Hope Solo shows everyone how she plans to beat the Zika virus in Brazil

    Hope Solo’s priorities for the Summer Games in Brazil can be characterized as the following: 1) bring home a fourth straight Olympic gold medal for the United States women’s national team and 2) do everything possible not to come home with the Zika virus. The chances of Solo and her American teammates achieving the former are pretty favorable, considering the U.S. won the Women’s World Cup last year and head coach Jill Ellis has been proactive in keeping the squad energized by incorporating exciting, young talent like Mallory Pugh. Because the goalkeeper tweeted a picture on Thursday night showing off quite the arsenal of insect repellent to keep any Zika-carrying mosquitoes away.

    FC Yahoo
  • NASCAR America: Ray Evernham says Jeff Gordon’s return could help Hendrick cars improve

    Ray Evernham, Jeff Gordon‘s former crew chief, said he was not surprised by the driver’s return and believes that Gordon can help Hendrick Motorsports with its cars. Gordon will drive the No. 88 Chevrolet at Indianapolis and Pocono as Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to recover from concussion-like symptoms. “I think that the sharpness has just been off of the Hendrick cars, they’re not as sharp as people want,” Evernham said on NASCAR America.

    NASCAR Talk
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  • 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
  • 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.

    Big League Stew
  • 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
  • Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Burt Opens Up Finally About Sally Relationship.

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  • NFL to review allegations against Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- 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. The report says he wasn't arrested because of conflicting versions of what happened. Three witnesses told police they didn't see Elliott assault the 20-year-old woman. Elliott says the woman got the bruises and abrasions in a bar fight. The player's father, Stacy Elliott, said in a statement Friday that the claims are "completely false" and that his son has cooperated with the investigation. Ezekiel Elliott is a running back

    Fox News
  • 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
  • Most evidence says practicing FTs doesn't help the worst shooters

    Dwight Howard considers yet another free throw . Discussions of NBA free-throw shooting often come back to one point — that there’s no good reason why professionals shouldn’t be able to practice enough to avoid Hack-a-Shaq fouls and the ignominy that comes along with shooting around 50 percent from the line every season. Professional basketball players may have lots to improve at from season to season, but they surely have enough time in there to work on their free throws.

    Ball Don't Lie
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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
  • 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
  • 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
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    Next time you're expecting weekend guests, serve this hearty, make-ahead breakfast casserole. It's simply delicious, and a great way to start the day.

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  • It's Hard To Imagine A Dumber Own Goal Than This One From The Minnesota United Goalkeeper

    Sammy Ndjock had a rough evening. Things were humming along for Ndjock, a Minnesota United goalkeeper, before his hands betrayed him. It’s a rarity for a keeper to concede an own goal, especially when he is using his hands.

    UPROXX
  • 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