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  • Simone Biles' fierce beach photo started an internet conversation on the male gaze

    After the Olympics competition ended, a few of Team USA's gold medal-winning gymnasts took a well-deserved beach day in Rio. When Simone Biles shared a shot of herself and teammates Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman displaying their strong gymnast abs, a

    Mashable
  • City of Los Angeles declares Kobe Bryant Day for August 24

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) When Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the expectation within in the organization and around the NBA was that they were coming in to make significant changes to a franchise with the longest-running playoff drought in the league. Ricky Rubio heard his name floated in the constant trade rumor mill, never more than after the Wolves selected Providence’s Kris Dunn, another point guard, with the fifth overall pick in the June draft. Rubio remained quiet throughout the summer, putting all of his focus into grieving the loss of his mother and then joining his national team to prepare for the Olympics. Now that the Rio Games have concluded and Rubio has earned a bronze medal with Spain, he said he is looking forward to returning to Minnesota to work with Dunn and reiterated his desire to remain with the Timberwolves and help turn them into a winner.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Billy Bush Backpedals on Defense of Ryan Lochte … Sort Of

    Monday on Today, Al Roker and Billy Bush struck a more conciliatory tone when discussing the heated argument they had on Friday regarding Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. On Friday’s show, Bush seemingly made excuses for the way Lochte handled the situation in which he lied about being robbed at gunpoint while in Rio. Roker didn’t accept any of Bush’s explanations for Lochte’s actions and repeated over and over that everything the swimmer had said was a lie.

    Superfan
  • This Olympic Silver Medalist Made a Gesture That Could Get Him Arrested or Even Killed

    Ethiopian marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa scored big for his country at the 2016 Olympics, getting a silver medal in the men's marathon by completing the race in two hours, nine minutes, and 54 seconds. The "X" was a gesture of solidarity with the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, who have been killed by the hundreds in government crackdowns on protests, according to the Washington Post. "The Ethiopian government is killing my people, so I stand with all protests anywhere, as Oromo is my tribe," Lilesa said at a press conference.

    Cosmopolitan
  • What We Learned: Jimmy Vesey/Rangers union puzzling for both sides

    The protracted summer romance between Jimmy Vesey and more than half a dozen teams around the league is over, and it’s not easy to figure out why the winner won. Having enough interest to actually get Vesey? Having a spot to give Vesey to make him think that’s the destination?

    Puck Daddy
  • Demaryius Thomas has ultimate comeback for Josh Norman's talk

    Josh Norman plans to say whatever he wants this season, but the NFL receivers he talks about aren’t going to quietly take his trash talk. Norman said a lot of things in an ESPN the Magazine piece this week, and he talked about how he shut down Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas in Super Bowl 50. “I don’t know what he was out there for,” Norman told ESPN.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Olympic Runners Who Helped Each Other After Falling Down Just Won a Major Honor

    The Pierre de Coubertin medal has only been awarded 17 times in Olympic history. On Saturday, New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino became the 18th and 19th recipients of the unusual award — but not because of their athletic prowess. The two were 3,000 meters into the 5,000 meter race when Hamblin clipped D’Agostino, bringing both runners down.

    Time
  • The Lakers and the NBA are taking another chance on Yi Jianlian

    After a few frustrating free agent chase-downs with Kobe Bryant around, and a 2016 offseason without Bryant on board, the Los Angeles Lakers have mostly committed to the idea of a full-on rebuilding project. New, “rookie” head coach Luke Walton is the team’s biggest free agent signing, there won’t be any agent-favoring vet acquisitions like Carlos Boozer and Roy Hibbert to help fill out the roster, and the team seems fully bent on working with the young prospects it has alongside the 2017 NBA draft pick it will hopefully get to keep next spring. Stuck somewhere in the middle of the favors for representatives, the raw prospects to suss out, and the vets to fill out the roster is the curious case of Yi Jianlian.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Andrew Miller induces worst swing of the season with nasty slider

    With that said, we just can’t think of another way to describe this beautiful slider from Cleveland Indians reliever Andrew Miller. Allow us to set the scene: With the Indians up by one run in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics, the club turned to Miller to close things out. It was pretty evident Miller had his good stuff during the outing, striking out the first two hitters he faced on just seven pitches.

    Big League Stew
  • Aly Raisman Agrees to Date With Raiders Tight End Colton Underwood

    Apparently mixing gymnastics and football, as she’s recently agreed to go on a double date with Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, and his teammate Andrew East who is married to fellow Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. Raisman is definitely up to it. Lucky for Underwood, Raisman is scheduled to visit the area within the next month.

    People
  • LeBron denies Ultimate Warrior shirt had anything to do with beating Golden State

    After leading the Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title, LeBron James deplane in Cleveland wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt. What a perfect way to celebrate overcoming a 3-1 Finals deficit to top the 73-9 Warriors. But LeBron says it wasn’t directed at Golden State. LeBron, in a Q&A with Alyson Shontell of Business Insider: Shontell: You were wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt when you got off the plane. People loved that — well, or hated it. Be honest: Did you pack that before you won game seven? How’d you wind up wearing that shirt? WATCH: The story behind the Ultimate Warrior T-shirt James: Well, it’s funny because my wife bought [it earlier]. She asked me who my favorite wrestlers of all time were,

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Photos: Best of Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremony

    As the final curtain fell on the 2016 Rio Olympics with the closing ceremony, here are some of the best images of Rio’s final event:

    Yahoo India
  • Power Closes in on Pagenaud with Pocono IndyCar Win

    If you stayed home from work to watch the ABC Supply Pocono 500 – or, as it was referred to on TV, just the Pocono 500, as apparently ABC Supply didn’t ante up enough to the TV network to get a shout-out from the commentators – you saw a pretty good race with an almost-surprise ending. There were also tributes to Bryan Clauson, three-time Indy 500 starter who was killed in a midget car crash several weeks ago.

    The Drive
  • Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Philadelphia Flyers

    By punching and bulldozing their way onto the scene just a few short years after their acceptance into the league, the Flyers earned their nickname and thrived on the fear that they put into the hearts and minds of their opponents in the old days. It took them six games to take down the Buffalo Sabres and successfully defend their title in 1975, but it was a Game 3 overtime loss that stands alone in its level of weird. During a stoppage in the first period at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, the Flyers and Sabres were joined by an unruly fan that was apparently unhappy with its upper level seating and decided to get a closer look at the action.

    Puck Daddy
  • College football's new starting quarterbacks to watch in 2016

    Quarterback play can make or break a team — especially one with its sights set on a conference or national title. Some coaches have already named their No. 1 QB with the season still a few weeks away. Browne, a redshirt junior, edged out promising redshirt freshman Sam Darnold to officially earn USC’s starting role.

    Dr. Saturday
  • SportsFlash - Colts sign Antonio Cromartie

    Yahoo Sports presents a quick recap of the morning's top stories including the Colts adding cornerback depth, Nate Diaz might be facing a suspension and Athletics teammates mix it up.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • League Cup second round preview: 13 Premier League teams enter the fray

    The newly-named EFL Cup has already had one round of action but now the 13 Premier League teams arrive in the midweek knockout competition between all 92 of England’s professional teams. With 21 games on Tuesday and four on Wednesday we will see PL clubs go up against minnows from the lower leagues as managers shuffle their lineup and give squad players a game. [ LIVE: Follow League Cup scores here ]  Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton all enter at this stage with Antonio Conte‘s Blues hosting League One Bristol Rovers, Jurgen Klopp‘s boys heading to Championship side Burton Albion and Everton hosting League Two Yeovil Town. There are so many potential banana skins for PL clubs playing away from

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Dodgers dealt yet another injury, this time by a hotel door

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are already the most injured team in the history of baseball. The Dodgers have had a such a bad run with injuries this season that apparently their players aren’t safe anywhere. Josh Reddick hurt his finger when his hand got caught in a door last night while ordering room service.

    Big League Stew
  • Champion Sleeper! Aly Raisman Teases Simone Biles for Napping on Plane Ride Home from Rio

    Simone Biles had a busy 2016 Summer Olympics, winning four gold medals and one bronze – and even leading Team U.S.A. as the flag-bearer at the very rainy closing ceremonies on Sunday. The 22-year-old women's gymnastics captain caught Biles snoozing on the plane Monday night, teasing her pal in a sweet Instagram post. Miss @simonebiles fell asleep before we took off.

    People
  • Lakers officially sign Yi Jianlian (PHOTO)

    Yi Jianlian rode his performance with the Chinese national team in the Rio Olympics to a one-year deal with the Lakers, which was agreed upon last week but made official on Monday, according to a press release from the team. The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward/center Yi Jianlian, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. “We’re excited to have a player of his worldwide accomplishments,” said Kupchak. Yi, who hails from the Guangdong Province in China, recently concluded competing for his country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, averaging 20.4 points (3rd overall in group play competition), 6.6 rebounds (6th), 1.4 steals (t-6th), and 1.0 blocks (t-6th) per game over his five contests while shooting 46.7% from three-point range.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Kobe Bryant says he’d rather be known for venture investing than basketball

    Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant told CNBC on Monday he'd rather be remembered for his role in jump-starting tech companies than his skills on the court. Bryant has been investing alongside entrepreneur and former Web.com CEO Jeff Stibel for a number of years, but the pair made their partnership a more formal affair on Monday by announcing they are launching a $100 million investment fund called Bryant Stibel. "Playing basketball, the focus is always on winning.

    CNBC
  • Brittany Force Gets Her Third NHRA Win By Screwing Up Less Than the Other Guy

    It has taken a while for Brittany Force to get the hang of driving a Top Fuel car, but now that she has, she is a force, pun intended, at every NHRA event. Seven cars are qualified, but the final spot depends on fan votes.

    The Drive
  • Rams' Will Hayes believes in Mermaids

    The Rams may need to reign in DE Will Hayes who seems to be more interested in chasing mermaids than playing football.

    Sports Illustrated
  • NASCAR says Bristol treatment to track is ‘not the last you’ve seen of that’

    Kevin Harvick says that what Bristol Motor Speedway did to its track surface to create two lanes of racing should be done at other tracks. Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that what Bristol did is “certainly not the last you’ve seen of that.’’ Bristol treated its lower groove with a substance similar to what is used on the starting area in drag racing to help tires gain grip. NASCAR said resin was then put on the track after Wednesday’s Camping World Truck Series race and Friday’s Xfinity Series race. Previously, running the lower groove at Bristol proved slower than the top groove. With the additional

    NASCAR Talk
  • Lawyer says comments from Colts' Pat McAfee show Hall of Fame Game fraud

    Last week, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced an increased reimbursement package for fans who traveled to Canton, Ohio to see the Hall of Fame game, only to have it canceled due to field conditions. Attorney Michael Avenatti, who has hinted at filing a claim that the Hall and the NFL defrauded fans, believes he’s found a smoking gun, so to speak, that the league and Hall officials knew the game wouldn’t be played but let the thousands of fans into the stadium anyway. Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee recorded a podcast the day after the game was supposed to be held, and said, among other things, that “There was a big ‘no tweeting’ policy, like nobody’s allowed to say (expletive)” among instructions given to teams after they were told of the cancellation.

    Shutdown Corner