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  • NBA Pulls 2017 All-Star Game Out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Over 'Anti-LGBT' Law

    The NBA has pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina in the wake of the passage of a controversial measure that has been criticized as anti-LGBT. "Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change," the NBA said.

    Good Morning America
  • 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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  • How sparring with Manny Pacquiao gave Viktor Postol newfound confidence

    Can Viktor Postol overcome the odds against Terence Crawford on Saturday? LAS VEGAS – Viktor Postol’s introduction to Freddie Roach wasn’t quite as random as Manny Pacquiao’s, but Postol is hopeful that aligning with the seven-time Trainer of the Year can have a fraction of the positive impact upon him that it had on the Filipino superstar. Roach turned Pacquiao from a good but unknown fighter with plenty of flaws into a world champion in a record eight weight divisions.

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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
  • deGrom battered in Mets loss to Marlins, presented by W.B. Mason

    Jacob deGrom lasted just 3 2/3 innings and a less-than-dominant Jose Fernandez was still plenty good enough to lead the Marlins past the Mets, 7-2, on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
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  • Lou Lamoriello and Maple Leafs: 5 things we’ve learned after a year

    Except this time, as I write about Lou Lamoriello, there’s considerably less shock, awe, Eastern Conference plate tectonics and bafflement. Growing up as a New Jersey Devils fan, imagining that Lamoriello would leave the general manager’s chair wasn’t too outrageous.

    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
  • Valentina Shevchenk stuns Holly Holm at UFC Chicago

    Valentina Shevchenko stunned Holly Holm on Saturday night at UFC Chicago, unanimously outpointing the former UFC champion. Fighting for the first fight since losing the belt to Miesha Tate at UFC 196, Holm had losing scores of 49-46 from the judges. Shevchenko (13-2) put herself in the mix to contend for the women's bantamweight title at 135 pounds that is held by Amanda Nunes, who she lost to in March at UFC 196.

    Associated Press
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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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
  • Drake forced Kentucky into reporting another violation

    Kentucky was forced to report a Level III violation to the NCAA back in October due to “preferential treatment” that a player received, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here’s what happened: a player, whose name was redacted in the report, was spotted by Drake or one of his entourage and was invited backstage at a concert. Drake did not provide the tickets and was not in touch with the player prior to the start of the show, but it is a violation nonetheless.

    NBC Sports
  • 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
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  • Update: Duda joins Mets in Miami, hopes to start rehab in coming weeks

    Mets 1B Lucas Duda joined the Mets in Miami on Saturday and hopes to start a rehab assignment within a few weeks, he told reporters.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • Report: Flyers, Schenn disagree on money, term with arbitration looming

    It sounds like the Philadelphia Flyers have some work to do if they hope to avoid an arbitration hearing with Brayden Schenn. While the differences in opinion aren’t outright enormous, the Flyers still need to clean up their cap situation, so every $1 million counts.

    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.

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  • Former Vikings and Cardinals coach Dennis Green dies at age 67

    Dennis Green, who led the Minnesota Vikings to 97 wins in his 10 seasons as their head coach, died of cardiac arrest at age 67. The news of Green’s death was reported by multiple outlets including NFL.com. Green coached 13 NFL seasons, from 1992-2001

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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
  • The time is right - England boss Allardyce

    England manager Sam Allardyce believes the job has come at the right time for him and wants to pass on his experiences to the rest of the squad.

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  • Matt Adams ends 16-inning marathon with homer, ferocious bat flip

    As soon as Matt Adams connected, the remaining fans at Busch Stadium erupted. The St. Louis Cardinals slugger blasted a majestic walkoff home run in the 16th inning on Friday to give St. Louis a much-needed 4-3 victory over the wild card-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Adams’ big fly came against Bud Norris, a starting pitcher who was needed in emergency extra-inning duty, and it traveled an estimated 444 feet.

    Big League Stew
  • The top rumored Premier League transfers yet to be resolved

    Paul Pogba is likely headed (back) to Manchester United. One of the biggest stories, that of N’Golo Kante’s future, already has an ending, and it’s a sad one for the reigning Premier League champions. United has reportedly made multiple offers north of €100 million for the Juventus midfielder, and all signs point to the two clubs hashing out a deal.

    FC Yahoo
  • Jae Crowder told Kevin Durant Celtics’ gameplan to beat Warriors, mad Durant still chose Warriors

    Kevin Durant said he nearly picked the Celtics because they brought Tom Brady to their meeting. Jae Crowder saw another reason Durant should’ve chosen Boston over the Warriors. Crowder, via Tom Westerholm of MassLive: “We were the only team in the NBA to beat both (Cleveland and Golden State) on their home court — the only team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics,” Crowder said. “We told him that. We played him clips from both games and told him basically the scouting report of how we guarded Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) — our entire game plan, basically. That’s what made me mad. We (expletive) told him everything we do to beat these guys, and we beat them, and he went and joined them. … I felt

    ProBasketballTalk
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  • Horrigan: Correa's 46-month 'Hackgate' sentence is ridiculous

    Mark Appel, a 6-foot, 5-inch right-handed pitcher whom the Houston Astros made the first player selected in Major League Baseball’s 2013 amateur draft, currently is laboring for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. His record is 3-3 with a 4.46 earned run average. I bring this up because (a) I want an IronPigs cap and (b) because the Astros’ 2013 draft plans were hacked by Chris Correa, then the director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Last week Correa was sentenced by a federal judge in Houston to 46 months in prison for breaking into the Astros’ player analysis database. As an Astros fan, I suppose I should be gratified by this hefty sentence. The heftiness is based in part on the fact that

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Driver switch on No. 88 car won’t mean spotter switch for Chase Elliott

    Eddie D’Hondt, who was Jeff Gordon’s spotter the past three seasons, will remain rookie Chase Elliott’s spotter even with Gordon’s return, Elliott confirmed. T.J. Majors, who spots for Dale Earnhardt Jr., will be Gordon’s spotter as Gordon drives the No. 88 Chevrolet while Earnhardt recovers from concussion-like symptoms that will keep him out this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono. D’Hondt has been Elliott’s spotter all season.

    NBC Sports