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RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves federal court with attorney Lawrence Woodward August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge. (Photo by Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves federal court with attorney Lawrence Woodward August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.

Michael Vick's journey to prison and back

Yahoo SportsMay 14, 2013

Vick was on top of his game until he was convicted on charges connected to dogfighting. Since returning to the NFL in 2009, he has worked towards fixing his image.

  • Here's Karl-Anthony Towns dunking on all the children

    In 2005, my friends and I took great interest in a McSweeney’s article titled “A Realistic Assessment of How Many 12-Year-Olds I Could Beat Up Before They Overtook Me.” It is exactly what it sounds like — author Matt Schweiger investigates how he, a 21-year-old of fairly average size, would do in a fight against an ever-growing number of pre-teen boys. Minnesota Timberwolves center and reigning Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns is apparently trying to test his own version of this game. Honestly, they should just turn the camp into a full-on experiment to see how many kids Towns can take on.

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  • MLB Trade Deadline Digest: Dodgers eyeing blockbuster three-team deal

    The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Thursday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits. POTENTIAL

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  • Answer a Kevin Durant question? Don’t make Russell Westbrook laugh

    Nice try, but Russell Westbrook’s lips remain sealed. Russell Westbrook has FINALLY broken his silence on Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors! Well … kind of. Hey, a loud laugh in response to the question, “How you feel about Durant, man?” is noise! That technically means the silence is broken … even if Russ didn’t actually say anything, and if we don’t know for sure whether that laugh means anything more than, “I am 100 percent not going to answer that question.” It counts!

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  • Amar’e Stoudemire: ‘My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted’

    Before signing with the Knicks to retire, Amar’e Stoudemire reportedly wanted to sign with the Suns this year and last. He essentially confirmed both accounts. Stoudemire, via Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic: “The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Stoudemire told azcentral sports on Thursday. “That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.” According to the report, Stoudemire wanted to play for Phoenix next season — not just retire as a Sun. If that’s the case, I see why the team passed. The Suns have 15 players (the regular-season

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  • Vikings quarterback severed tendon putting foot through window

    Around this time we see reports from training camp regarding injuries sustained on the field, but Vikings backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke found a way to get injured off of it. Heinicke showed up to camp wearing a cast, and rolling around on a scooter, which prompted questions about how he sustained the injury. The second-year undrafted quarterback explained how he hurt himself, and he admitted he was embarrassed by how it went down.

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  • Huge If True: Will Canucks take on Evander Kane?

    Last week in this space, we discussed whether the Vancouver Canucks would be able to trade for a scoring winger. At the time, though, the idea that Evander Kane would be the target was a little farfetched. Kane was arrested late last week for allegedly harassing three women, and potentially choking and pulling the hair of one of them.

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  • Fowler, Thomas, Smylie rooming, living it up at PGA

    SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – It appears SB2K16 is the vacation that never ends. Three months after Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas Smylie Kaufman and Jordan Spieth took the Bahamas vacation heard 'round the golf world, the group remains (almost) inseparable, especially on the road. Their latest adventure comes at the year's final major, where Fowler, Thomas and Kaufman are rooming together and continuing to have the time of their lives.

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  • Paul Menard to honor Al Unser Jr. with Darlington paint scheme

    Valvoline and Menards, co-primary sponsors on Paul Menard’s No. 27 Chevrolet, revealed their throwback paint scheme on Thursday for the September 4 race at Darlington Raceway. Menard will honor his hero, Al Unser Jr., with a paint scheme that will mimic the one Unser used when he made his Sprint Cup Series debut in the 1993 Daytona 500 for Rick Hendrick. It highlight’s Valvoline’s synthetic oil with black, gray, and orange colors. “I am a lifelong Unser fan, so for me, this paint scheme – and what it represents – means more than most fans might realize,” Menard said in a Valvoline release. “I’m ready to get out there and finish what he started.” After crashing in his qualifying race, Unser made

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  • This video of Lionel Messi in training is just glorious (Luis Suárez nutmeg included)

    Lionel Messi is awesome. Not only did he cut his vacation short so he could rejoin the Barcelona squad a week earlier to train with his teammates in England and play every friendly match in preseason, he is also using the training sessions  to show just how amazing he is. These are just 140 seconds of greatness. Messi is laughing in the Rondos as he makes his teammates look like fools, he's dribbling Mathieu like he's not even there, and he's even nutmegging his good friend Luis Suárez just because why not. He's also scoring goals on little posts, because every goalpost is big enough for Messi. Just wish Messi was not blonde. But hey, you can't always get what you want. Still, Messi, you're awesome.

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  • Cubs fan will donate to domestic-violence charity for each Aroldis Chapman save

    The acquisition of bazooka-armed reliever Aroldis Chapman wasn’t exactly greeted with glee by Chicago Cubs fans because of the pitcher’s offseason domestic violence incident. While Cubs fans are desperate for their team to finally end its 108-year-old streak without a World Series title, some aren’t desperate enough that they feel comfortable adding a player to the roster who was accused of domestic violence before prosecutors ultimately decided not to file charges. Lifelong Cubs fan Caitlin Swieca decided to do something positive to help herself cope with the disappointment she felt in her beloved team.

    Big League Stew
  • Closing Time: The last days of Jonathan Papelbon?

    The Nationals are in a good spot as we get ready for the final third of the baseball season. Papelbon allowed two of three batters to reach in the ninth inning, protecting a three-run lead, and with that, Dusty Baker went to a quick hook. Lefty Oliver Perez faced a couple of batters (one reached, one retired), and then Shawn Kelley ended the game with a strikeout.

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  • Jimmy Butler doesn't mind being left in the dark with trade rumors

    Jimmy Butler takes on the questions. On the NBA’s 2016 draft night, for the first hour of the proceedings at least, the name on everyone’s lips was “Jimmy Butler.” Everyone knew Ben Simmons would be taken No. 1 overall by Philadelphia, Woj already had picks 1-through-19 (all 19-year olds, incidentally) tweeted out, but just about every other tweet besides those in the moments leading up to the draft had the Chicago Bulls swingman potentially on his way toward either Boston or, in a new twist, a Minnesota Timberwolves team fronted by ex-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Chicago fans were apoplectic at the thought of dealing a player who averages over 20 points while playing standout defense for a prospect that someday could average over 20 points while playing standout defense, but such is the lack of faith Bulls fans have in their team’s front office that many expected a deal to eventually be agreed upon.

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  • Sano breaks bat on his knee

    Miguel Sano swings and misses at the Chris Withrow pitch for the final out of the 8th, then breaks his bat in frustration

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  • Mane to Liverpool could be best under-the-radar Premier League signing

    Fans who turned out at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday hoping to see Liverpool parading its stars against Premier League rivals Chelsea in the two sides’ International Champions Cup clash may have been somewhat disappointed. What fans got from Liverpool instead could be a glimpse of the future. For while Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fielded something akin to a Premier League starting XI, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp opted to debut a number of his new signings.

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  • Giants report to training camp today on Thursday

    The long summer break ends today for the New York Giants as they report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for physicals and conditioning. It will be the first summer in 12 years without former head coach Tom Coughlin at the helm. Ben McAdoo is now the head man and he is excited to get cracking. "We started to establish our identity- without pads- but sound, smart and tough, committed to discipline and poise," McAdoo said at the end of minicamp in June. "We know what it looks like now. We had a chance to sit down, we had a chance to define it and lay the foundation for when we do get the pads on." The first training camp session will be held on Friday morning. The team will hold 11 practices

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  • Olympic organizers suspect 'isolated' sabotage at village

    Sabotage by unhappy workers may have caused water and gas leaks, blocked toilets and electrical faults that slowed teams from moving into the athletes' village, Rio Olympic organizers said Thursday. ''We are considering isolated cases, but we haven't seen enough to say it was an organized sabotage thing,'' Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said. South America's first games have been plagued by problems, including the Zika virus, severe water pollution, security worries and slow ticket sales.

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  • Major trio produces minor results at the PGA Championship

    Or it can come very, very early, as it did with Dustin Johnson at the PGA Championship, when he double-bogeyed the third hole and kicked off a tailspin that, in one afternoon, undid all the good he’d done in majors all season long. Johnson, along with Stenson and Danny Willett, made up this year’s version of the famed major winners grouping, the trio of calendar-year winners that the PGA Championship traditionally pairs together in the first two rounds.

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  • Indians mock Twins with fake scoreboard trade rumor

    The Minnesota Twins left their own fans confused on Thursday when they began scrolling a list of potential deadline trades on their left field scoreboard. The Cleveland Indians send a message back to the Minnesota Twins.

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  • Aroldis Chapman electrifies Wrigley Field in Cubs debut

    If you were curious what type of reaction Aroldis Chapman would receive upon his debut at Wrigley Field, wonder no more. The hard-throwing left-hander had won over Cubs fans even before taking the mound in the ninth inning. By the time he struck out Avisail Garcia to wrap up a perfect inning and a Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox, he’d whipped them into a frenzy.

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  • Back in Chicago, Dwyane Wade hits stage in Lollapalooza surprise

    Dwyane Wade performs on-stage at the Bud Light Stage Moment at Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Three weeks after agreeing to terms on one of the more stunning deals of the summer, the Chicago Bulls will introduce Dwyane Wade at a Friday afternoon press conference. The All-Star shooting guard got to town a bit early, though — early enough to check out a crosstown interleague baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, and to make a special appearance at the opening of Lollapalooza, the massive music festival held each summer in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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  • Camp observations, Day 2: New Orleans Saints offense has to go underneath

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- The Saints' once again had a solid day on defense during Friday's practice. There were a handful of instances where the quarterbacks were forced to check down after seeing their deeper options were limited, and another few times when quarterback Drew Brees was forced to throw the ball away after seeing his targets disappear. Although it's early and it will take more than two practices to change the fortunes, coach Sean Payton is pleased with the early signs. "From an offensive standpoint, there's a patient element to being productive. You hear that term kind of taking what the defense gives you," Payton said. "The point being is that it's an element to where the

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  • AAC commissioner: 'It looks like' some members will leave for Big 12

    American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, addresses the media during an NCAA football media day in Newport, R.I., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. The American Athletic Conference will probably lose at least one member to the Big 12. “I’ve been talking to the (athletic directors) and the president of the schools that might leave, and it looks like some of them will,” Aresco told Barnhart.

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  • Latest on Bruce: Mets have interest, Reds scouting prospects

    2:45 pm: The Reds have been scouting Mets C Kevin Plawecki, who is currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas, according to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News. 2:35 pm: The Mets have reached out to the Reds about trading for OF Jay Bruce, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. The Mariners, Indians, Rangers, Dodgers, and Blue Jays have all reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Bruce this season. However, "Clubs inquire about certain players, but they never want to trade you anything," Reds president Walt Jocketty recently told the Cincinnati Enquirer, when asked about interest in Bruce. "So, what's the point? You wouldn't believe some of the stuff." The Mets nearly acquired Bruce from the Reds in exchange

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  • 2016 NFL Preview: Vikings hope to get Adrian Peterson to a Super Bowl

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. There are probably two categories of Minnesota Vikings fans: Ones who have convinced themselves that Adrian Peterson is a superhero and will be a Hall of Fame running back forever, and the ones who worry if the rest of the Vikings will peak when Peterson is still in his prime. Back then Peterson was destined to be the NFL’s Ernie Banks and never play for a championship, at least for Minnesota.

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