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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)
  • Fined for crack block vs. Saints, Odell Beckham Jr. facing suspension if he's flagged again

    Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman battle last December (AP) It makes a little more sense now why New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he would walk away if things got a little too intense between he and Washington cornerback Josh Norman on

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  • Brad Marchand coy about playing with Sidney Crosby on Penguins

    TORONTO – Brad Marchand might not be “Brad Marchand” anymore. There was a time his name carried an undeniable connotation. He was a pest. He was a injurious sneak. The President of the United States called him a “little ball of hate.” Not so much now,

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  • Mets must take path of least resistance to postseason

    By the way, you can stream Sunday’s game at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home beginning at 1:10 p.m. Once loaded with arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, New York is currently down to Noah Syndergaard, who’s currently battling strep throat, and Bartolo Colon, who is officially its steadiest and healthiest rotation option. Therein lies the problem for the Mets.

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  • Manchester United’s Mourinho: Dropped Rooney still “happy. He is my man, I trust him completely”

    Wayne Rooney was the subject of much drama from social media on Saturday after the Manchester United captain was dropped in favor of Juan Mata. Of course, that drama was quickly subdued when United rolled through Leicester City with four first half goals en route to a 4-1 win at Old Trafford. Mata had a goal and an assist, leading to several questions for manager Jose Mourinho after the match. He answered them. That’s not always a given. From the BBC: “Wayne Rooney is a big player for me, United and this country. he is my man, I trust him completely. He is happy.” “We have lost six points in the Premier League. We have four victories which is really important. Today it is about the security and

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  • Jets respond to Jacob Trouba’s trade request

    Word surfaced on Saturday night that Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba has requested a trade from the team so that he can, in his view, reach his full potential as a player. It did not take long for the Jets to issue a statement responding to the request. In a statement released by the team, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said that in his view Trouba “still represents an important part of the long-term future” of the club and that they working diligently to resolve the matter.

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  • Benches clear between Nationals, Pirates after Bryce Harper leaves game

    Bryce Harper left Sunday afternoon's game between his Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates with an apparent left hand injury. What led to Harper's hurt hand also led to the benches clearing at PNC Park.

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  • William Byron scores Chase win in New Hampshire

    William Byron led all but 14 laps to win Saturday’s UNOH 175 Camping World Truck Series Chase-opening race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His win advances him to the second round of the playoffs and he won’t have to worry about needing a strong finish at Talladega Superspeedway in two weeks to advance. “We’re definitely relieved,” said Byron, who has made one career restrictor-plate start. “I felt like going into this race, it wasn’t a must-win by any means, but if we had a chance to win like today we were going to take it.” The victory is his sixth of the season. He is the fifth consecutive pole-winner to go on and win the series race at New Hampshire. Christopher Bell, who is in the Chase,

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  • College football star ‘suspended indefinitely’ over animal abuse investigation

    A Missouri State football star was suspended indefinitely after allegedly punching a dog three times and breaking its jaw, according to reports Sunday. Bears quarterback Breck Ruddick, 20, hit the 42-pound Australian shepherd so hard the pooch, Luca, lost teeth and was rushed to a vet with a shattered jaw, the Daily Mail reported. The player was suspended Friday for “conduct detrimental to the team” just hours after a Facebook post detailing the attack emerged, the paper reported. The player lost his cool, punched the dog and let him “run off, all alone and bleeding profusely,” Shelby Filbeck, a friend of the dog’s owner, Katie Riggs, wrote in a Facebook post Friday afternoon. Riggs “spent the

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  • Will Michael Bisping get his revenge on Dan Henderson all these years later?

    Dan Henderson knocked out Michael Bisping on his feet at UFC 100. Michael Bisping, facing Dan Henderson in an Ultimate Fighter coaches’ matchup at UFC 100, circled straight into a monstrous knockout right hand. Henderson added another shot for good measure before the referee could intervene.

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  • Panthers-Vikings NFL game declared “Extraordinary Event” amid unrest

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The city of Charlotte is on high alert after several nights of unrest related to the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. On Sunday, Interim City Manager Ron Kimble declared the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings game at Bank of America Stadium “an Extraordinary Event,” allowing for greater police control. The designation also allows police more latitude to stop and search people within an area for several blocks in all directions from Bank of America Stadium and prevent protesters from gathering en masse. Officials were worried about protesters disrupting fans or the game. The fears were not totally founded, however, as a group of around 100 demonstrators gathered across

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  • Maple Leafs seem giddy about Auston Matthews

    With the Washington Capitals, he watched Alex Ovechkin burst onto the scene in 2005. Now with the Toronto Maple Leafs some 11 years later, he has a ringside seat for Auston Matthews‘ debut. “It puts a big smile on your face,” Laich, a 12-year veteran, said about watching Matthews.

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  • Flores could be done for rest of season

    Wilmer Flores could be done playing for the rest of the reason, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. Latest update (Sept. 24) Flores, who injured his wrist two weeks ago in a play at home plate in Atlanta, is still not close to swinging a bat, Collins said.  "The level of concern is DEFCON 4," Collins said to reporters on Wednesday, Sept. 24. "It's been 10 days and he hasn't been able to swing. I'm very concerned." Flores received a second cortisone injection Monday, Sept. 20, for a bone bruise in his wrist.  Flores initially injured himself sliding headfirst into Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski during the game on Saturday, Sept. 10, which appeared to cause significant impact to his head and

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  • WATCH LIVE: London powers collide as Arsenal hosts Chelsea (Lineups, Stream)

    Sound the trumpets. This is a big one. Antonio Conte leads Chelsea across London for a match against Arsene Wenger and Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to complete a Saturday full of fun in the Premier League (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports) Cesc Fabregas will start after scoring a pair in Chelsea’s 4-2 extra time win over Leicester City at midweek in the EFL Cup, while Arsenal keeps Olivier Giroud, Lucas Perez, and Granit Xhaka on the bench. LINEUPS Arsenal: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Cazorla, Coquelin; Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi; Alexis. Subs: Ospina, Holding, Gibbs, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas, Giroud. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz,

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  • No Wild training camp for Fleischmann after failed physical

    Tomas Fleischmann won’t take part in the Minnesota Wild’s training camp after all. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, the team didn’t reveal details of his failed physical, although it’s worth mentioning that Fleischmann has been dealing with blood clot issues for some time. One cannot help but wonder if this is it for Fleischmann’s career.

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  • Robin Lehner certainly has swagger

    Robin Lehner is a big goalie, and barring possible language barrier issues, sure seems to have a pretty big personality. That at least seems to be the case with the Buffalo Sabres’ top guy, who provided the Buffalo News’ John Vogl with a great quote: “There’s a lot of pressure on me, and that’s fine. … I know I’m a good goaltender,” Lehner said. Hey now. As much as the Sabres feel like a work in progress, acquiring Lehner was one of GM Tim Murray’s boldest moves. Murray was able to observe Lehner in Ottawa, and despite some struggles, the big Swede (6-foot-5, 240 lbs.) was sneaky-good in 2015-16. Twenty-one games serves as a limited sample size, yet a .924 save percentage seems quite promising.

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  • Sunderland 2, Crystal Palace 3

    Crystal Palace managed to come back from two down to level Sunderland before taking the one-goal lead and Matchday 6 win.

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  • Thrilling comeback gives No. 7 Stanford a wild win over UCLA

    Death. Taxes. Stanford over UCLA. Cardinal head coach David Shaw ran his record to a perfect 7-0 against the Bruins in thrilling fashion on Saturday night thanks to a 22-13 comeback victory at the Rose Bowl. Trailing 13-9 with just two minutes left in the game, the Cardinal marched 70 yards in 101 seconds to take an improbable lead after failing to score a touchdown until their final drive. Quarterback Ryan Burns was behind most of the yardage on what would be the game-winning drive, going 5-of-8 to finish off the Bruins by lofting a perfectly thrown fade into the hands of 6-foot-3 receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside near the corner of the end zone. Burns finished with just 137 yards through the air

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  • Report: John Farrell won’t rule out a postseason return for Pablo Sandoval

    It’s been a strange season for Red Sox’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who lost his starting role in spring training, went 0-for-6 in three regular season appearances, and underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in May. That was the last the Red Sox were supposed to hear about Sandoval until spring 2017, when he was expected to rejoin the team after a lengthy rehab stint in Florida. On Saturday, manager John Farrell was telling a different story. Per MLB.com’s Sam Blum, Farrell hinted that Sandoval could return to the team as soon as October, albeit in a very limited capacity. At the time of the surgery, it was all looking at the start of next Spring Training,”

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  • Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants clash with defending division champs

    Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three weeks into the season, the New York Giants have a golden chance to bury the defending NFC East champions. Right? "I wouldn't say that," Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. "It's a divisional opponent and these wins are huge. But what people aren't really saying, they are the defending champs. They are the NFC East champs. We have to dethrone them. We have to go through them because they have that title." Maybe that's true, but the Redskins are 0-2 and the Giants are 2-0, and a Giants win on Sunday afternoon could put Washington in such a deep hole from which it might never be able to recover. As early as it is,

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  • Florida player ejected for 'punching' Tennessee player after great acting job

    Florida’s Brandon Powell was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Gators’ game vs. Tennessee for throwing a punch. Powell also had just one catch for nine yards before he was forced to make an early exit.

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  • Early Fantasy Football pickups for Week 4

    Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football expert Andy Behrens reveals his top three waiver claims for Week 4 based on Sunday’s early game results.

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  • La Liga & Serie A: Real Madrid falter; Barcelona score 5 (again) without Messi

    A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Las Palmas 2-2 Real Madrid Real Madrid remain top of La Liga, but their lead was reduce from three points to one on Saturday. Up 2-1 heading into the games final 20 minutes, Zinedine Zidane elected to pull Cristiano Ronaldo off the field in the 72nd minute — much to the Portuguese’s displeasure. Zidane then watched as his side conceded an 85th-minute equalizer and ultimately settled for a draw. Marco Asensio put Los Blancos ahead in the 33rd minute, but Las Palmas answered through Tana in the 38th minute, making it 1-1 at halftime. Karim Benzema scored what looked to be the winner in the 67th minute, but Sergio Araujo pegged the

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  • Vandoorne felt 2017 was ‘last chance’ to get F1 seat

    Stoffel Vandoorne believes that 2017 was his “last chance” to make the step up to Formula 1 with McLaren after spending the past two years waiting in the wings for a seat. McLaren announced over the Italian Grand Prix weekend that Vandoorne would be moving into a full-time race seat for 2017 alongside Fernando Alonso following Jenson Button’s decision to take a sabbatical. Vandoorne had been knocking on McLaren’s door for a seat for some time, particularly after winning the GP2 title in 2015.

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  • Surveillance footage appears to show somebody intentionally setting fire to one of Auburn University's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees

    The toilet paper hanging from one of Auburn University's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees was set on fire late Saturday night and surveillance footage of the corner appears to show a person intentionally setting the fire. Following Auburn's 18-13 upset win over No. 18 LSU, the toilet paper caught fire, causing damage to the tree.

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  • Boudreau’s already a breath of fresh air for Wild

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Bruce Boudreau era has begun for the Minnesota Wild. For the players, the demands will be many. The expectations will be as straightforward as can be. The experience also promises to be a lot of fun. “Sometimes he doesn’t even

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