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  • The Big Ten might have stirred up what should have been calm CFP waters

    Penn State’s Big Ten Championship win might give the College Football Playoff Committee something to think about. Despite Alabama’s dismantling of Florida in the SEC title game — we all expected that anyway — the championship games were close, entertaining and added some intrigue to what should have been an anticlimactic College Football Playoff announcement on Sunday. No. 7 Penn State’s dramatic 38-31 come-from-behind win against No. 6 Wisconsin creates an interesting conundrum.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Adam Jones didn't like Orioles farewell gift to David Ortiz

    Orioles’ star Adam Jones presents David Ortiz with a dugout phone, which Ortiz smashed during a game in 2013. The David Ortiz farewell tour was filled with many memorable moments. Prior to his final game at Camden Yards, on Sept. 21, the Orioles rolled out the red carpet, showed highlights of Ortiz mashing home runs against the mutual rival New York Yankees, and then presented him with the actual visitor’s dugout phone he once destroyed during an in-game meltdown.

    Big League Stew
  • 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
  • JaVale McGee tries to inbound ball for wrong team, Warriors bench cracks up (VIDEO)

    JaVale McGree has become a solid contributor for the Warriors off the bench, giving them a needed shot blocking presence. He’s not getting a ton of run (seven minutes a night), but he’s efficient when he’s out there. Still, there is his reputation as the guy most likely to end up on Shaqtin’ a Fool. He hasn’t done anything like that for a while… until Saturday night, when after a made free throw he tried to inbound the ball for the Suns for a second. The Warriors bench was laughing under their shirts and towels.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Jermain Defoe doubles Sunderland's lead

    The ball deflects to Jermain Dofoe in the box and the forward sends a shot into the back of the net to give Sunderland a 2-0 lead over Leicester City.

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  • Coyotes' Mike Smith sets franchise record with 58 saves in loss

    Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith picks up his stick after giving up the game-winning goal to Columbus Blue Jackets center Sam Gagner during the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was one to remember but also one to forget for Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith. The Coyotes dropped their third straight with a 3-2 shootout loss, but Smith was outstanding as he made a franchise record 58 saves on the night, including 22 in the third period.

    Puck Daddy
  • Hot Stove Digest: Rich Hill expected to re-sign with Dodgers

    COMING BACK: Though a deal is not yet complete, multiple reports on Saturday suggested that the Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of re-signing left-hander Rich Hill. MLB Network’s Peter Gammons was the first to report that at least one rival executive believed that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that while no deal is confirmed, the known competition for Hill had reportedly moved on, leaving the door open for a deal to be completed soon. Rich Hill seems pumped up at the thought of returning to the Dodgers.

    Big League Stew
  • Stunned racing world reacts to Rosberg’s retirement on social media

    It is fair to say that nobody saw this coming. Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire from Formula 1 just six days after clinching his maiden world championship has already sent shockwaves through the racing world. To see a professional athlete bow out in such fashion is rare, particularly when they’re nowhere near retirement age. Alas, it seems that one world title was enough for Nico. Here’s a round-up of how the racing world has reacted to Rosberg’s retirement on Twitter.

    MotorSportsTalk
  • 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
  • New Orleans officials provide investigation update on the shooting death of Joe McKnight

    Officials in New Orleans provide an update on the investigation involving the shooting death of former Jets football player, Joe McKnight, Jr.

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  • 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
  • Cheers! Von Miller sends thank you note, bottle of wine to every player in AFC West

    It’s pretty common for quarterbacks to buy gifts for their offensive linemen (or, in the case of Tom Brady, to get Uggs for every New England Patriots teammate), and more and more often we’re seeing opposing players exchange jerseys after a game. Via Denver Post Broncos writer Nicki Jhabvala, Miller sent a custom bottle of wine and thank you note to every player in the AFC West. Sorry for sacking you, enjoy some wine: Von Miller sent a gift to all of his AFC West opponents.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Draymond Green fires back at league: “It’s funny how you can tell me… how my body is supposed to react”

    It’s not hard to find out how Draymond Green felt after picking up a flagrant foul Thursday night when his leg flew up after a foul and caught James Harden in the face. Just go to his Twitter feed. Saturday at Warriors’ practice, Green expanded on the subject, here’s the video via Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. If you prefer to read are Green’s comments transcribed: “I just laugh at it. It’s funny how you can tell me how I get hit and how my body is supposed to react. I didn’t know the league office was that smart when it came to body movements. I’m not sure if they took kinesiology for their positions to tell you how your body is going to react when you get hit in a certain position.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • 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.

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  • Report: Islanders ownership searching for new face to head hockey operations

    Thursday night's game against Washington had all the makings of a letdown. The Islanders were coming off a hard-fought, last-second win against the Penguins. They had to travel to the nation's capital. Thomas Greiss, who has emerged as the team's number one goaltender, wasn't even dressed. They had skated hard and played an impressive two periods against the Capitals. But we were all bracing for the inevitable in a scoreless third period, and it came just 37 seconds in: the power play opportunity that would inevitably break New York's back. After the Isles had killed off their first four chances down a man, two of which came late in the second period, Johnny Boychuk swatted a puck in the air

    SNY
  • Tiger Woods May Start 2017 With Overseas Tournaments

    While following Woods' return to competition this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, his agent Mark Steinberg has been in talks with international tournaments requesting Tiger's presence, according to ESPN. There were a lot of positives." While Steinberg would not say specifically where Tiger was considering ringing in 2017, he mentioned that he was in communication with "a couple of overseas tournaments early in the year." Steinberg cautioned that the goal was for Woods to get through this week at the Hero World Challenge first and then figure out his upcoming schedule, adding that they had not yet discussed playing two or three consecutive tournaments.

    Golf
  • 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
  • Montoya sympathizes with Verstappen over mixed response to driving style

    Juan Pablo Montoya believes that he faced a similar criticism during his time in Formula 1 to what Max Verstappen is currently receiving for his on-track driving style. Montoya raced in F1 between 2001 and 2006, with his aggressive approach winning him both admirers and critics in the paddock. Verstappen’s antics on-track have incurred the wrath of a number of drivers in 2016, and even resulted in the clarification of a rule regarding moving under braking. However, his overtaking masterclass in Brazil has been talked up as one of the greatest drives in F1 history, with many praising the excitement that his approach brings to the grid. Montoya sympathized with the Dutchman over such double standards

    MotorSportsTalk
  • UFC fighters react to Johnson beating Elliott on twitter

    Headlining the TUF 24 Finale is a title defense by arguably the best fighter in the entire sport, in Demetrious Johnson. Tim Elliott won the TUF 24 tournament of champions and was rewarded with a crack at the dominant champion’s flyweight belt. The challenger surprised everyone by being highly competitive with the pound-for-pound great, even threatening with a choke early. But in the end, Johnson remained consistent with taking positions and Elliott wasn’t able to enough to score the massive upset. With the victory, Johnson has now successfully defended his UFC flyweight belt for the 9th time, and remained the only 125 lb champ in the promotion’s history.

    Bloody Elbow
  • Ranieri: Champs Leicester must stay calm in relegation battle

    Leicester City in the Champions League? Pretty darn good. Leicester City in the Premier League? Pretty darn poor. Claudio Ranieri is scratching his head after Leicester remains winless in PL matches leading up to a Champions League week, falling 2-1 to relegation-battling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Whereas last year the Foxes seemed to catch plenty of breaks, Ranieri saw an own goal and countless bad passes drop his team to within two points of the bottom three. From the BBC: “This moment is not the right moment for us. We wanted to get points here but of course it was a relegation battle, they won, well done to them. They started stronger than us in the first ten minutes.

    ProSoccerTalk
  • NFL against the spread picks: Chiefs-Falcons is a huge game for both teams

    The Atlanta Falcons are one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South. The Kansas City Chiefs’ dramatic overtime win over the Denver Broncos puts them one game behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. The Falcons have had a great year on offense, as one of three NFL teams averaging more than 400 yards per game.

    Shutdown Corner
  • 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
  • Christian Eriksen scores Tottenham's fourth against Swansea City

    After Dele Alli's shot is deflected into the air, Christian Eriksen does enough to put the ball in the goal to make it 4-0 for Tottenham over Swansea City.

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  • Corey Crawford out 2-3 weeks after appendectomy

    Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks watches the puck in the first period against the New Jersey Devils at the United Center on December 1, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has acute appendicitis and is undergoing an appendectomy, the team announced Saturday. “We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play,” the Blackhawks team doctor Michael Terry said through the team’s Twitter account, though he added he couldn’t give a timeline for Crawford until after the surgery.

    Puck Daddy