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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, puts up a shot as Washington Wizards center Jason Collins defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Nick Diaz Reportedly Jumped by 4 Men, Involved in Las Vegas Nightclub Incident

    UFC star Nick Diaz was reportedly attacked by four assailants outside a Las Vegas nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "I didn't start it," Diaz told TMZ. "They didn't know who I was." Per ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Diaz's role in the altercation has been cleared up by the club: Diaz said he would not be pursuing prosecution for his attackers and told TMZ that the assailants "got the worst of it." According to TMZ, Diaz did attempt to defend himself, although he was struck in the head. The altercation is said to have turned into a melee that spilled into the Bellagio casino and culminated in the attackers "swinging chairs and brawling with club and casino staffers" before being escorted

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  • Hope Solo’s ban from USWNT about much more than “coward” comments

    On Wednesday the news broke that U.S. Soccer had banned Hope Solo for six months from the USWNT and had terminated her contract as a member of the national team. In truth, we all saw this coming. The official reason given by Sunil Gulati, president of U.S. Soccer, was that Solo’s comments following the USA’s shock defeat on penalty kicks to Sweden in the quarterfinals at Rio 2016 were “unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players.” Solo, 35, said that Sweden played like “a bunch of cowards” and argued that “the best team did not win.” Were the comments out of line? Yes. Were they in the heat of the moment? Yes. Were they worthy of a six-month

    ProSoccerTalk
  • How Alabama football is saving unemployed coach Charlie Weis

    Former Notre Dame and Kansas coach Charlie Weis has been most notable recently for his buyout checks. But while many would love to cash in multiple millions of dollars without working, spending time away from the sideline can wear on a lifetime football coach like Weis. According to an ESPN feature on Weis, Alabama football has helped him get his fix. His son, Charlie Jr., was hired by Nick Saban as an offensive analyst last spring. Supporting the Tide has been a way for Weis to experience football as a fan in the stands for the first time in four decades. According to Weis, Alabama football "got him through." via ESPN: Weis watched games from the stands for the first time in more than 40 years.

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  • Syracuse Men's Soccer Team Pulls Off Viral Stunt

    The players successfully headed a soccer ball to all 25 teammates in the locker room without letting it touch the ground. All: Good morning, America. That was Syracuse university men's soccer team. Heads up, people. You won't believe the stupt they're

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  • National TV talk show blasts Eagles for trading up to draft Carson Wentz

    Carson Wentz came to Eagles with a lot of fanfare and expectations. Fans have taken to Wentz already as shown by how many No.11 jerseys are on the backs of people walking around Philadelphia. The Eagles got the No.2 pick (Carson Wentz) and a 2017 4th-round pick in exchange for No.8 pick (Jack Conklin), a 3rd-round pick (Daryl Worley) a 4th-round pick (Connor Cook) along with a 2017 first round pick and a 2018 2nd-round pick. Max Kellerman is a newcomer to the ESPN show, “First Take.” He voiced his displeasure towards the Eagles trade when he was on the show with Stephen A. Smith and Damien Woody. “Obviously, at the time they made the trade, they made a mistake,” Kellerman said. “They gave up

    Eagles Wire
  • Lane Johnson says he'll sue supplement company over suspension

    Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson first complained about the NFLPA’s lack of supplement testing after his positive test triggered a 10-game suspension. Now he says he’ll sue the supplement company that he says sold him the amino acids that led to the positive test. Johnson had $25 million in guaranteed money remaining on his deal, but the positive test meant none of that money is guaranteed anymore due to a clause in his contract.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Aly Raisman on How the Final Five Reacted to Gabby Douglas Getting Bullied

    During the Olympic games, Final Five member Gabby Douglas watched herself be torn apart by internet trolls who dubbed her “Crabby Gabby” for not appearing supportive enough of her teammates during the all-around team competition (Douglas reportedly wasn’t as smiley as her other teammates in the stands) or patriotic enough during the medal ceremony (Douglas did not have her hand on her heart). Now, with the games behind them, Final Five team captain Aly Raisman opened up to E! News about what she, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian were doing behind the scenes to help their teammate.

    Elle
  • Gamblers Once Threatened To Kill Jamal Crawford After A Dice Game At Michael Jordan's Restaurant

    Jamal Crawford is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, superstar athlete or otherwise. In his fantastic profile of Crawford at The Undefeated, Mike Wise details a particularly troubling incident early his career with the Chicago Bulls. Citing unnamed sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Wise retells a story about how Crawford (along with Ray Allen) once spent a night at Michael Jordan’s restaurant, One Sixtyblue, shooting craps with professional gamblers.

    UPROXX
  • Yoenis Cespedes says he won't opt out of Mets contract

    The New York Mets somehow finding a way to bring back outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this past winter was one of the biggest stories of the offseason. After singlehandedly taking the Mets to the playoffs with a spectacular second half, it was assumed Cespedes’ price range on the market would exceed what the Mets were willing to pay. In order to bring back Cespedes, the Mets needed to get creative with their deal.

    Big League Stew
  • John Wall and Bradley Beal are trying to learn to like each other

    John Wall and Bradley Beal feel the love. The Washington Wizards have been an excellent example of that difficulty. General manager Ernie Grunfeld opened this decade by selecting two very promising guards in John Wall (the first-overall pick in 2010) and Bradley Beal (third in 2012), and both have impressed enough to earn max-level contracts as the future leaders of the franchise.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Hugh Freeze made up his own hypothetical funeral to help motivate team

    Hugh Freeze has thought through what he wants his funeral to be like (Getty). Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze had an, um, interesting way to get his team motivated for the 2016 season. Freeze said Monday that he staged a mock funeral for himself as a way of getting his team to recognize how to work for the results they want.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Maryland names starting QB, adds UNC transfer QB Caleb Henderson

    There were a couple of developments on the quarterback front for Maryland Wednesday morning. The one with the most immediate impact was the announcement that Perry Hills has been named the Terps’ starter at the position.  Hills, a senior, had been involved in an offseason-long competition with fellow senior Caleb Rowe for the starting job. Hills started eight games last season and ran for 535 yards, the fourth-most by a quarterback in the program’s history.  He also tossed 13 interceptions; in fact, Hills and Rowe, who started the other four games, combined to toss a staggering 28 interceptions. Of the 114 quarterbacks in passing efficiency listed on the NCAA’s stats website, Hills was 109th.

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  • Katie Ledecky explains why she is passing up an estimated $5 million per year in endorsements

    What is Katie Ledecky’s net worth? The swimmer could have a whole lot more — about $5 million per year in endorsements. Katie Ledecky proved to be one of the biggest stars of the 2016 Rio Olympics with her dominance in the pool.

    Business Insider
  • NASCAR announces warnings to Xfinity teams

    In the span of less than a week, the long-term sponsor outlook of JR Motorsports dramatically has shifted from potentially bleak to firmly bright. On the heels of NASCAR phenom William Byron being added to the Xfinity Series team for the 2017 season (as part of a multiyear deal with Hendrick Motorsports), JRM announced Wednesday that sponsor OneMain has reversed course and decided to remain on Elliott Sadler’s No. 1 Chevrolet. “When we found out this was going to happen, my wife and I just cried that whole morning tears of joy knowing there’s so much stability,” Sadler, 41, told NBC Sports. OneMain, which initially had informed JRM nearly two months ago of its plan to leave NASCAR, will sponsor Sadler for 20 races in each of the next two seasons, JRM general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said.

    NASCAR Talk
  • DC and Rumble agree: ‘Stop coddling’ Jon Jones

    Daniel Cormier thought the light heavyweight title picture was settled after Anthony Johnson scored a 13-second knockout over Glover Teixeira at UFC 202. The win extended Johnson's streak of vicious knockouts to three straight and assumedly set up a rematch between Johnson and Cormier for the 205-pound belt. But UFC president Dana White doesn't seem to be sold. White recently revealed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that the UFC is considering staging a fight between Johnson and disgraced former champion Jon Jones to determine the division's next title contender. Nonetheless, both Cormier and Johnson are in agreement that Jones doesn't deserve to be thrown back into another high-profile spot. "You

    MMA Fighting
  • FOLLOW LIVE: The UEFA Champions League finds its last five group stage teams

    Who’s going to join Porto, Monaco, Legia Warsaw, Ludogorets Razgrad and Celtic as playoff teams to join the UEFA Champions League group stage? The biggest names of Wednesday’s slate are cruising after their first legs, with Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach putting five and three goals on the board, respectively. Could the match be Joe Hart‘s last for City? The longtime backstop gets the call with the transfer window a week away. In the other three cases, things are wide open. Rostov plays Ajax, Red Bull Salzburg faces Dinamo Zagreb, and APOEL lines up Copenhagen. Borussia Monchengladbach (3) vs. (1) BSC Young Boys Rostov (1) vs. (1) Ajax Red Bull Salzburg (1) vs. (1) Dinamo Zagreb

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Former Avs tough guy Bordeleau signs with the Devils … in Cardiff, Wales

    Patrick Bordeleau is on his way to play for the Devils — of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom. The Cardiff Devils announced that they have agreed to terms on a contract with Bordeleau, who played 129 games in the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche. In his time with the Avs, from 2013 to 2015, the 30-year-old forward — who stands an imposing six-foot-six-inches tall and 225 pounds — scored eight goals and 16 points with 185 penalty minutes. As you can see from the clip below, he was known more for fisticuffs than finesse. That has the club in Cardiff all kinds of excited about this signing. Aside from his reputation as an enforcer, the level of skill and ability

    ProHockeyTalk
  • Rob Segedin gets first homer and first child in the same week

    It’s been an unforgettable week for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Rob Segedin. It all started on Monday when the Dodgers were facing the Cincinnati Reds. Segedin had made his MLB debut on August 7, but had yet to hit his first major league home run.

    Big League Stew
  • With no deal, Chargers withdraw offer to first-rounder Bosa

    Joey Bosa's holdout turned ugly Wednesday when the San Diego Chargers pulled their contract offer to the first-round draft pick and said they'll restructure a new deal that would reflect him playing less than a full season. Bosa has missed all of training camp as his agents and the team wrangle over how much of his $17 million signing bonus he'll get up front, as well as offset language in the case he gets cut. The Chargers were counting on the former Ohio State star to help bolster their pass rush and bring some excitement to a season that could be pivotal to their future in San Diego.

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  • The real history of Native American team names

    WASHINGTON — Native American team names mean honor and respect. That’s what executives of pro sports clubs often say. History tells a different story. Kevin Gover punctuates this point with a rueful smile. He is director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. The Capitol dome looms outside the windows of his fifth-floor office as he talks about the historical context of an era when Native American mascots proliferated like wildflowers. Baseball’s Boston Braves adopted their team name in 1912. The Cleveland Indians took theirs in 1915. Scores of high schools and colleges across the country assumed these and other Indian

    USA Today
  • Greg Cosell's QB Study: Who is the Broncos' best option?

    You can’t analyze the Denver Broncos’ quarterback situation without first considering how they want to play. In order for the Broncos to win, certainly early in the season, they have to play a certain way. Ideally, they want to stay on schedule and in manageable down-and-distance situations, using the run game to do so, and even in difficult third-and-long situations they won’t ask their quarterback to do too much.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Gentleman Bryce Harper assists Katie Ledecky with Olympic medals

    Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky proved she’s more than a one-sport star on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Ledecky, who won four gold medals and one silver at the Rio Olympics, fired a perfect strike for the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s game against the rival Baltimore Orioles. Removes all her medals 1st and hands them 1 at a time to Bryce Harper.

    Big League Stew
  • British Olympic Team Has Luggage Mishap

    The country's Olympic athletes returned home from Rio but were stuck at baggage claim because each had the same red, Team GB bag. If they all came to returning than on the same flags of I can't see this team great Britain's Twitter account baggage collection could be interesting hash tag same same hash tag great to be back.

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  • Ronda Rousey will not return at UFC 205 in New York

    If Ronda Rousey is going to return to the UFC in the future, it certainly won’t be at the fighting promotions highly anticipated debut in New York City. UFC president Dana White appeared on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast to state that the former women’s bantamweight champion would not be fighting at UFC 205 on Nov. 12. “She’s definitely not fighting in New York,” White said.

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