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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: The batting helmet and gloves of Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals sit in the dugout before the start of the Nationals game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park on May 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The batting helmet and gloves of Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals sit in the dugout before the start of the Nationals game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park on May 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.
  • 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.

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  • Earl Thomas watched last week's Seahawks game incognito at Buffalo Wild Wings

    If you were in a Portland-area Buffalo Wild Wings last Sunday afternoon, you probably noticed a man in sunglasses and a hoodie who seemed a little too into the Seattle Seahawks’ loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. Thomas missed the first game of his career last week because of a hamstring injury and didn’t travel with the team.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Tiger Woods roars with phenomenal Round 2

    Woods opened the front nine Friday with the exact same score, 33, but this was far different than Thursday’s start-hot, collapse-late run. Woods birdied the first, sixth, and ninth holes, his drives long, his approaches accurate, his putts true. On Thursday, Woods withered at the ends of both halves of his round, bogeying the ninth and then double-bogeying 16 and 18.

    Devil Ball Golf
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Monster Energy to sponsor NASCAR’s premier series

    NASCAR announced that Monster Energy has signed a multi-year agreement to be the entitlement sponsor of what had been formerly known as the Sprint Cup Series. Monster Energy also will have naming rights to the All-Star Race and be the official energy drink of the sport. What the series will be called was not revealed. NASCAR Chairman Brian France said in Thursday’s press conference in Las Vegas that the name will be revealed later. Monster Energy officialy becomes the series sponsor Jan. 1, 2017. “Motorsports is their DNA,” France said. “You’re going to see that at the tracks. They are going to do things that are going to be fun, they’re going to be impactful and exciting.” “We’re very confident

    NASCAR Talk
  • Clutterbuck on Williams: collision or late hit? (Video)

    There is one thing we know for sure about the hit above: Justin Williams got absolutely rocked by Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday night. The contact between the two players was well after Williams seemed to have touched the puck. Williams appears to be caught puck watching as he turns it over at center ice.

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  • New rule could prevent Shohei Otani from coming to MLB until 2019

    Major League Baseball and the players union coming together on a new collective-bargaining agreement prior to Thursday’s deadline elicited a positive response from baseball fans. Why wouldn’t that be the case? As a result of new international signing rules, Nippon-Ham Fighters superstar Shohei Otani probably won’t be coming to the majors until at least 2019. Here’s part of the new CBA nobody really likes: With new int’l signing age 25, Japanese star Shohei Otani won’t be coming to MLB until 2019.

    Big League Stew
  • Chris Paul poses for selfie with fan during Clippers' blowout of Cavs

    Chris Paul throws his deuces in the sky just for the shutterbugs. Commitment to craft, taking the time to get it right, and putting in the extra effort to make sure he gets the assist: that’s CP3 in a nutshell.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Shooter who killed former NFL player released without charges

    Activists in New Orleans are calling for an independent investigation into the shooting death of former NFL running back Joe McKnight. Family and friends prayed for McKnight at a Friday night vigil after the 28-year-old was killed in a road rage incident outside New Orleans on Thursday. The family is demanding an explanation for why the gunman was released without any charges being filed. Omar Villafranca reports.

    CBS News
  • Breaking Down Today’s Game Hall of Fame Ballot: Davey Johnson

    The case for his induction: As we note each year when the Manager of the Year Awards are announced, it’s hard to properly assess managers. A team’s performance is so heavily dependent on talent and health that it’s often difficult to determine what role a manager truly plays in its success. Bruce Bochy won three World Series titles in five seasons but the Giants disappointed in the second half of 2016. Did he suddenly forget how to manage? Of course not. Stuff happens. Over time, however, it’s a bit easier. No, you can’t simply go on the number of titles a guy won, but patterns certainly emerge and a manager’s influence begins to reveal itself over decades. And there is a definite pattern for

    HardballTalk
  • Dana White created interim featherweight belt because of huge logjam

    There were a lot of disappointed fans when the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had given up the featherweight title he’d won at UFC 194 by knocking out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. There was also speculation, including from John Kavanagh, McGregor’s highly respected coach, that the decision wasn’t McGregor’s. UFC president Dana White vehemently disputed that contention in an interview Thursday with Yahoo Sports.

    Cagewriter
  • Tottenham thump Swansea City 5-0

    Tottenham put five goals past Swansea City to easily take the three points at home.

    NBC Sports
  • Rehab isn't helping, so Bears' Jay Cutler to have season-ending surgery

    The 2-9 Chicago Bears will be finishing out their season with their third-string quarterback under center. On Thursday, Bears coach John Fox told reporters that veteran QB Jay Cutler’s rehabilitation efforts have not been effective, and that he will undergo surgery to repair his damaged labrum in his throwing shoulder. Lonely times: Jay Cutler will undergo season-ending surgery.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Questions, answers about Monster Energy’s partnership with NASCAR

    NASCAR announced Thursday that Monster Energy will become the entitlement sponsor of the sport’s premier series but many questions remain. Here’s a look at what was said at Thursday’s press conference in Las Vegas and the questions that remain. HOW LONG WILL MONSTER ENERGY BE THE SERIES SPONSOR? No such details were given. NASCAR Chairman Brian France said that it was a multi-year agreement “with some options. We never get into the specifics of contracts.’’ WHAT WILL THE SERIES BE CALLED? That detail was also not revealed. France said: “We are working on the exact composite logo … and we’ll be back shortly on that. It won’t be long. We’ve got some real good options on that.’’ WHAT ELSE IS INVOLVED

    NASCAR Talk
  • High school goalie keeps busy during loss by making 98 saves

    There was bad news and amazing news for Tony Bruns after his team’s loss to Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato on Saturday. Now to the amazing news, which was that Bruns faced a lot of rubber. “I was a little surprised,” Bruns told the Star Tribune.

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  • Barcelona, Real Madrid enter El Clasico with drastic reversal of roles

    Messi, unlike Barca, is in form, while CR7 and Real are rolling along. Nine months and one day after beating a Barcelona side that looked like it would be the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles, Real Madrid returns to Catalonia’s church of football on Saturday. The El Clasico on April 2 – a 2-1 Real victory – ended an historic run of 39 matches unbeaten for Barcelona and set into motion a series of events that denied Barca the possibility of a double-treble.

    FC Yahoo
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Baseball Night in New York takes a look at an unrealistic Yankees roster

    Friday is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and the Yankees do not seem to have any difficult decisions to make. After releasing Nathan Eovaldi and Dustin Ackley last week, the remaining arbitration eligible players each have reasonable cases to receive contracts from the Yankees. Note: Player's estimated arbitration figure in parenthesis provided by MLB Trade Rumors. Dellin Betances ($3.4 million) The Yankees are rumored to be interested in signing an elite free agent closer, with Aroldis Chapman on the winter wish list, but tendering Betances a contract is a no-brainer. Betances has become one of the top relievers in the game himself, enough so that Yankees GM

    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
  • 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
  • 2016 Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg decides to retire

    Nico Rosberg’s 2016 title was his first — and last. (Getty) Nico Rosberg is ending his Formula 1 career with a title. Rosberg announced Friday that he was going to retire. He won his first world championship on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, clinching the title

    From The Marbles
  • Sidney Crosby uses his mastery of the bank shot vs. Stars (Video)

    The Penguins won 6-2. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars Thursday night 6-2 and Sidney Crosby continued his hot start to the season by scoring his 16th goal and adding two assists to give him 25 points in 18 games.

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