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Hornets win matchup of Doc, Austin Rivers 90-78

New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Austin Rivers (25) drives to the hoop between Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce (34) and center Jason Collins (98) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Larry Bird always knew his style of play would break his body, but he couldn't stop

    This summer will mark the 25th anniversary of Larry Bird’s retirement from professional basketball. The Legend remains one of the most revered and decorated players in the history of the sport — a 12-time All-Star, three-time champion, a three-time Most Valuable Player and one of the greatest shooters ever to set foot on a basketball court. Thirteen seasons of hard-charging play against some of the best big men and wingmen the NBA had to offer — plus another two full seasons of postseason games, which most players will tell you take an even greater toll on you than regular-season contests — did a number on the Boston Celtics magician’s body, most notably his back, forcing him to step away from the sport at age 35, just 209 points shy of 22,000 for his illustrious career.

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  • Dana White reveals that 'Cyborg' was offered two 145-pound title fights

    Will Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino’s next fight in the UFC be at featherweight? The ongoing saga of what weight Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s next fight would be at has been a complicated one. Although Justino had fought twice in the UFC at a catchweight of 140 pounds, the Brazilian struggled mightily to make weight on both occasions and stated that she wouldn’t be able to cut below that without having severe medical issues.

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  • Charity Auction: Bid to win 2016 Reading Royals Kiss-themed jersey

    The Reading Royals are one of those minor league hockey teams that continuously come up with unique specialty jerseys for their players to wear. From Halloween looks to ugly Christmas sweater designs, the ECHL side are one of the best in the business at the jersey game. As we’ve done on two previous occasions, we’re teaming up with the Royals for a charity auction featuring an authentic Kiss-themed jersey (not game worn) that the team wore during their Nov. 26 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones.

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  • NFL Power Rankings: Are these Lions the real deal?

    The Lions have historically been known to disappoint, but Frank Schwab lets us know if this version can actually be a playoff contender.

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  • MLB’s new uniform deal with Under Armour brings new star power to baseball

    Under Armour will take over as MLB’s exclusive jersey-maker in 2020. NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Major League Baseball made official on Monday a new uniform deal that had been reported for two months: It’s linking up with Under Armour in a deal that, in 2020, will see Under Armour become the exclusive jersey-maker of baseball. Gone will be Majestic, which had been MLB’s exclusive jersey producer since 2005 (and which last year re-upped through 2019).

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  • Dustin Johnson Used to Play for Himself, But Now He's Playing With a Purpose

    Now, with the support of his fiancée, Paulina, and guidance from Wayne Gretzky, he plays with a purpose, a family at his side, and a U.S. Open already in the bag. The sun is beginning to drop behind the foothills that frame Sherwood Country Club, the Southern California enclave the Gretzkys call home and to which Johnson was recently bestowed an honorary membership.

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  • Crew member suspended indefinitely for third substance abuse policy violation

    NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Ryan D. Hess for his third violation of its substance abuse policy. Hess, who worked with BK Racing in 2016, was first suspended in August 2012 when he worked with MacDonald Motorsports in the Xfinity Series. NASCAR has also reinstated crew member Michael Casto following his completion of the Road to Recovery program.

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  • Ken Holland is all for expanding playoff format to include Wild Card play-in game

    The topic of a possible Wild Card play-in game being added to the NHL’s playoff format isn’t new. General managers around the league have talked about it before. The idea recently seemed to gain traction with at least the small majority, too. Hockey insider Bob McKenzie once polled all 30 GMs to get a sense of how many would be in favor of such a thing — and 16 of those GMs were. You can count Ken Holland with the Detroit Red Wings as someone who would like to see a Wild Card play-in game. Holland is also a baseball fan and likes the way MLB has created must-watch play-in games. In baseball, there are three division winners in each league. Those three teams qualify for the division round of the

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  • Bryce Harper, Nats at odds over $400M contract demands

    Bryce Harper could leave the Nationals in two years. Start putting away extra money in your piggy banks now, MLB teams, because Bryce Harper is going to be a free-agent after 2018 … probably. Harper is reportedly seeking a record-breaking 10-year, $400 million deal, and that might be outside what the Washington Nationals are willing to pay for his services, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

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  • Jayson Williams calls himself 'a coward' for his role in his limo driver's 2002 shooting, coverup

    It has nearly been 15 years since Costas “Gus” Christofi, a limousine driver working to shepherd former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams and his litany of friends around for a wild night out, was accidentally shot to death in Williams’ New Jersey estate. After a series of deadlocked juries and retrials Williams later pled guilty to aggravated assault in the rifle death in 2010, and the former Nets center was found guilty on four counts of attempting to cover up his role in Christofi’s death. Williams, free since 2012 and working with an alcohol problem prior to Christofi’s death, is clearly still working through the aftermath after all but abandoning the post-NBA career that seemed so expertly laid out for him.

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  • Red Sox to acquire Sale from White Sox for Moncada, others

    The Red Sox will acquire Chris Sale from the White Sox in exchange for OF Yoan Moncada, RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz.

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  • Oklahoma Supreme Court rules tape of OU RB punching woman must be released

    Joe Mixon missed the 2014 season after the punch. The public has a right to see the surveillance tape of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punching a woman in the summer of 2014 according to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Mixon was suspended for the 2014 season after the incident, which left the woman with reported facial fractures.

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  • NFL now letting Browns, Titans participate in 'My Cause My Cleats' in Week 14

    By most measures, the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” campaign in Week 13 was a rousing, unquestioned success for the league. Thirty of the 32 teams were in action this past week, and they were able to express themselves and wear custom cleats to help display causes that were important to them. Early on Monday, it appeared that the two teams on bye in Week 13 — the Browns and Titans — were not able to.

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  • Report: MLB not willing to make exception for Shohei Otani

    The Shohei Otani vs. MLB saga continues. The will they, won’t they situation involving Major League Baseball and Japanese superstar Shohei Otani may have reached its conclusion Tuesday. Despite some rumors to the contrary, the league does not seem inclined to offer an exception for Otani should he choose to come over to MLB next offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. MLB officials met today with int’t scouting directors.

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  • Tiger Woods Can Still Cause TV Ratings to Soar

    Tiger Woods is back, and with it, major speculation. Television ratings for the first round of the small December tournament were up 190% over last year's, according to Geoff Shackelford. Woods, the tournament host, was at last year's event but didn't play.

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  • Rusty Wallace finishes 10th in final Ferrari Finali Mondiali race

    In the final 35-minute Trofeo Pirelli race of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali, NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace finished 10th overall for his best result of the four-day event. Driving for Risi Competizione/Ferrari of Houston, Wallace’s top 10 bettered his results of 15th and 32nd in the second and third days of the event, which was held at Daytona International Speedway for the first time. In Sunday’s race, Wallace finished third in the Professional, North America class. “I told myself that after the struggles we’d had, that if I could walk out with a solid top 10 in the finals I’d be happy,” Wallace said in a release from the track. “The team did great and I learned a ton. We’ve been here five

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  • What We Learned: Has the NHL reached 'peak goaltending?'

    Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens protects his net during the NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre on November 12, 2016 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 5-0. The NHL significantly changed its rules in the wake of the 2004-05 lockout as a means of engendering more goalscoring.

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  • Orioles won't sign Jose Bautista because their fans don't like him

    The Orioles were brutally honest with Jose Bautista. Well, we found out Tuesday that the Baltimore Orioles are the spiteful ex of baseball. After meeting with Jose Bautisa’s camp Tuesday, the Orioles offered up a cold-blooded reason for passing on the outfielder.

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  • J.R. Smith leaves Cavs-Raptors in serious pain after left knee injury

    Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith left the team’s Monday night meeting with the conference rival Toronto Raptors after suffering a scary left knee injury that left the veteran sharpshooter in evident agony on the court at the Air Canada Centre. Smith drove around Raptors defender DeMar DeRozan into the paint, then raised up to loft a floater over the outstretched arms of center Jonas Valanciunas. The ball softly splashed through the net for two points, but as it was doing so, Smith was landing awkwardly on the baseline, jamming his left foot into the ground in a halting step that stopped his momentum and immediately sent him to his knees on the court.

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  • Dodgers sign Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million deal

    The Dodgers have signed lefty Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million contract.The deal was reported to be imminent over the weekend, but was finalized today following Hill’s physical. Hill missed a good deal of time in 2016 with blister issues — and he’ll be 37-years-old on Opening Day — but when he was healthy he was fantastic, posting the best season in his 12-year career. He had a a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 110.1 innings between the Athletics and Dodgers. Along with a healthy Clayton Kershaw a maturing Julio Urias and Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers rotation looks to be a strength in 2017.

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  • Navy to don 1963 throwbacks vs. Army on Saturday

    On Monday, Army displayed the World War II-themed uniforms the Black Knights will wear against Navy on Saturday. On Tuesday, it was Navy’s turn. With President-elect Donald Trump in attendance, the Midshipmen will put their 14-game winning streak on the

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  • Seahawks safety Earl Thomas' season-ending injury changes the NFC playoff picture

    Last week, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was ruled out for the rest of the season, changing the entire AFC playoff picture. This week, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas’ season-ending injury will shake up the NFC. Thomas will miss the rest of the season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on Monday.

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  • Rich Hill's $48M deal is risky, but the Dodgers are well-equipped to gamble

    In a reunion that makes a ton of sense for both sides, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday that they’ve reached a three-year, $48 million agreement with veteran left-hander Rich Hill. Hill proved to be an excellent addition to the Dodgers rotation last season after being acquired from the Oakland A’s at the trade deadline. Overall, Hill posted a 1.83 ERA over six regular starts for Los Angeles, and a 2.12 ERA when expanded to include his 14 starts with Oakland.

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  • Matt Barnes is wanted by the NYPD following an alleged nightclub assault

    The NYPD are seeking to question Kings wing Matt Barnes for an alleged assault. Matt Barnes is a wanted man again. New York City police are seeking to question the Sacramento Kings wing over allegations he choked a woman in a nightclub early Monday morning, according to multiple reports.

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  • Premier League Playback: Ranking the superstars, so far

    WHICH STARS HAVE BEEN TOP-CLASS, SO FAR? This season the Premier League is littered with glittering superstars. Wherever you look, star players are lining up for the top teams but have all of them lived up to the hype? [ MORE: ]  Below is a look at how the so-called “world class” players have performed so far this season, with a mark out of 10 for each of them. There are two players from each of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham with the main attacking talents deemed to be the “world class” by most, although plenty of other players can certainly be classed in and around this upper echelon. It’s time to grade the stars… Alexis Sanchez – 10/10 – They

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