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Linebackers return to lead versatile Penn State defense

Ohio State's Mike Weber (25) hurdles Penn State's Manny Bowen (43) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Knight)

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  • Report: Yi Jianlian has asked for release, will be waived by Lakers

    On paper, Chinese center Yi Jianlian made a lot of sense for the Lakers, especially in Luke Walton’s system — he was the only floor spacing big on the roster. Watching Yi at the Olympics, it was easy to imagine it working out for him in the NBA this time around. In practice, he was struggling to find a consistent role with the team. He had averaged less than 11 minutes a game in the preseason, shooting 35 percent overall and 16.7 percent from three. His defense wasn’t good, and he remains a player who doesn’t exactly have a high motor. With Julius Randle, Larry Nance, Timofey Mozgov, and Tarik Black, Yi wasn’t finding a consistent niche. So he has asked out of his contract and the Lakers are

  • Does Kyle Schwarber's AFL assignment signal chance of World Series return?

    Kyle Schwarber might have a shot to return to the Cubs during the World Series. Here’s some news that will no doubt pique the interest of Chicago Cubs fans. It should also have the Cleveland Indians paying close attention.

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  • Pep Guardiola discusses Manchester City's 1-1 draw

    After 45 minutes in the dressing room, Pep Guardiola emerged to discuss Man City's 1-1 draw with Southampton. Despite moving to the top of the league, Guardiola did not seem happy following the match.

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  • Ryan Miller slams goaltending equipment criticism: 'I’m inside the rules'

    Vancouver Canucks netminder Ryan Miller still has hard feelings over how he has been portrayed in the debate over the size of goaltending equipment. Last season, TSN’s Ray Ferraro pointed out how Miller and Carey Price wear the same size pant even though Price is much heavier than the 168-pound Miller.

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  • Matt Kenseth on race strategy: You can't afford to go up and get wrecked

    Matt Kenseth advanced to the Round of 8 but was one of three Joe Gibbs Racing teams that hung in the back at Talladega. Kenseth says none of them enjoyed it, but was something they needed to do to advance in this format.

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  • Christian Pulisic salvages draw for Dortmund day after Barcelona link emerges

    Christian Pulisic scored the tying goal in injury time. Muted by the worldwide hack on Friday was the shocking news of Barcelona (yes, that Barcelona) scouting Christian Pulisic (yes, that Christian Pulisic). The report from Spain found its way to the United States, but it didn’t get quite the holy-smokes-can-you-believe-this reaction it would’ve received if American Soccer Twitter had not been so rudely interrupted.

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  • P.K. Subban clearly had a blast as Titans’ 12th man

    When P.K. Subban shows up at your event, you expect to be entertained. And he basically always delivers. His trend of delighting Nashville Predators fans continued on Sunday, as he made a glorious appearance as the Tennessee Titans’ “12th Man.” If you close your eyes and picture a scene, you probably wouldn’t be that far off; it still doesn’t make this any less fantastic. (Even if the Titans eventually dropped a 34-26 loss to the Colts.) The photo he posted on his personal Twitter account was great: This GIF of him using a sword feels like it will get some mileage on Twitter. After totally convincing other people about your sports/political/hot-dog-being-a-sandwich opinion, and then drop the

  • Lewis Hamilton Leads Mercedes F1 Smack Down in USGP Qualifying

    AMG Mercedes F1 team driver Lewis Hamilton took the pole in the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The 31-year-old Brit turned a lap nearly a quarter second faster than his teammate, Nico Rosberg. That’s practically

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  • NFL FANTASY - Charles and Ware battle it out in the K.C. backfield

    Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football expert Liz Loza breaks down the battle between Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware in the K.C. backfield.

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  • LeBron James says he can still win MVP with reduced workload, cites Stephen Curry

    The door is open for LeBron James to win a legacy-altering fifth MVP. But his Cavaliers could also win another championship, leaving Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue planning to limit LeBron’s minutes in preparation of a long playoff run. LeBron, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN “No,” James said Saturday when asked if he was concerned that planned rest could affect his MVP case. “Because Steph played 31 minutes a game and he won the MVP.” “Well, I’ve never set into a season saying I want to win MVP,” he said. “I’ve always thought of the season saying I want to be MVP for my team and it’s resulted in me getting four of them. So I’ve been available, for the most part, every night and I’ve been available on

  • Terry Francona and Tyronn Lue are typically awkward acquaintances

    Indians manager Terry Francona (left) and Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue are still on good terms despite a text message mix up. Indians manager Terry Francona and Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue are the leaders behind the sports renaissance in Cleveland. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the two men first met years ago in Boston when Francona was managing the Red Sox and Lue was an assistant coach for the Celtics.

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  • VIDEO: Chelsea’s Pedro capitalizes on Manchester United error 30 seconds in

    Just 30 seconds into Jose Mourinho’s return, Manchester United trailed. A long ball over the top from Marcos Alonso seemed ill-fated with three defenders surrounding Pedro, but Chris Smalling never collected himself and Pedro snuck through, snatching the ball and rounding David De Gea to put the Blues up almost immediately. His goal is the fastest in the Premier League this season. The game exploded open following the goal, with Manchester United looking for an equalizer almost straight away. Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed over and Marcus Rashford caused problems down the left inside the opening 10 minutes.

  • Taylor Swift ready to get into a F1 frame of mind Saturday at COTA

    If you’re a fan of both Formula One and singer Taylor Swift, you should be at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Swift will perform her only scheduled concert of 2016 after Saturday’s action concludes on the racetrack. To get her fans even more excited about the concert, Swift – who is apparently already in Austin for rehearsals – took to Instagram earlier this week and posted several videos. The first clip was a short scene showing Swift playing an acoustic guitar. The second clip, which she captioned “Band practice,” showed Swift and her band rocking out on her 2012 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” And then the third Instagram clip shows an exuberant Swift

  • Today’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega: Start time, weather, TV/radio info

    After so much talk about this race and it’s impact on the Chase, it is finally here — time to go racing at Talladega Superspeedway. The Chase field will be cut from 12 to eight after this event. Here’s all the important info for today’s race. (All times are Eastern) START: Bobby Allison, four-time Talladega winner, will give the command to start engines at 2:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled for 2:19 p.m. DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 188 laps (500 miles) around the 2.66-mile track. PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Cup garage opens at 9:30 a.m. The driver/crew chief meeting is at noon. Driver introductions are at 1:25 p.m. NATIONAL ANTHEM: The 313th United States Army Brass Quintet will perform

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  • Alabama DL makes lineman whiff and then jumps over running back for sack

    Maybe Texas A&M needs to start using three people to block Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. Because two didn’t work. Allen made an incredible sack in the first quarter of Saturday’s game vs. the Aggies by making a lineman whiff and then jumping

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  • The Jimmy Vesey show leads Rangers over Capitals

    Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin had the big highlight early in the game on Saturday night, but it was New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey that ended up stealing the show. Vesey scored a pair of goals for the Rangers — the first multi-goal game of his career —  to help lead his team to a 4-2 win in Washington. Even though he had never played a game in the NHL before this season, Vesey was still one of the most sought after free agents this summer after he completed his college career at Harvard. He eventually signed an entry level deal with the Rangers, and given how much attention his free agency saga generated it seemed hard to believe that he could ever match the hype. Especially

  • Ohio State's loss wasn't just from special teams

    Ohio State’s defense held Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley to a 30% passing success rate and star running back Saquon Barkley only had 12 carries. Ohio State won the turnover battle (at least on the box score) and gained over 125 more total yards than the Nittany Lions. But despite all of that, the Buckeyes are dealing with their first loss of 2016. What went so wrong? In the table above, scoring opportunity efficiency looks at the average points scored per scoring opportunity -- drives with a first down past the opponents' 40 yard line. Drive efficiency looks at the percentage of drives that were scoring opportunities. The number in parentheses is the number of three-and-outs the offense

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  • Iowa's Kirk Ferentz gives baffling explanation for field goal try

    Kirk Ferentz and Iowa dropped to 5-3 with a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. Trailing Wisconsin 14-6 with 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, Iowa faced a fourth-and-five from the Badgers’ 20-yard line. The Hawkeyes, which had been struggling on offense all afternoon, were running out of time.

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  • Knicks' Jennings has chip on shoulder after 29 other teams passed on him

    Keith Schlosser, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive If it seemed as though the Knicks got themselves a bargain on Brandon Jennings (one-year, $5 million contract), it's because there wasn't much of a bidding war to be had. In a Q&A with Newsday, the guard said New York was the only team that offered him a contract this past offseason. "Actually I didn't get any offers from any other team but New York. A lot was because of my Achilles, nobody knew how healthy I was and things like that," Jennings confessed. His past injury is a difficult one to climb one's way back from. It's safe to say that even in a backup role with the Pistons and Magic last season, he never looked quite like himself. That surely worked

  • Women's Soccer Star Undergoes Surgery To Remove Brain Tumor

    Former U.S. women’s national team star Lauren Holiday had surgery on Thursday to remove a brain tumor. She was diagnosed with a benign, operable brain tumor in June while carrying her child with New Orleans Pelicans player Jrue Holiday, and doctors induced birth early to expedite surgery which was slated for Thursday. Many friends and fans sent well-wishes to Holiday on social media as she prepared to undergo surgery: At their game on Wednesday, USWNT players wore wristbands that said LH12, for Holiday’s initials and the number she wore on her jersey. Teammates still call her “Cheney,” which is her maiden name: There have been no updates from Holiday or her husband since the surgery and information

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  • VIDEO: Christian Pulisic scores last-gasp equalizer for Dortmund

    Who is writing the script for Christian Pulisic? The U.S. international attacker grabbed a dramatic last-gasp equalizer for Borussia Dortmund at Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga on Saturday. 18-year-old Hershey, Pennsylvania native Pulisic slotted home in the dying stages as Dortmund snatched a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw. He now has two goals in six Bundesliga appearances this season. Take a look at the video below to see Pulisic play the hero for Dortmund.

  • Report: Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen could return to the Dodgers in 2017

    With their 2016 season and 11-game playoff run in the books, the Dodgers are refocusing their attention on the upcoming 2017 season. Two outstanding performers, third baseman Justin Turner and right-handed closer Kenley Jansen, are on the cusp of free agency heading into the offseason. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers intend to make qualifying offers to both Turner and Jansen, but may not be prepared to go the distance to keep both of them on the 2017 roster. Turner finished his third season in Los Angeles with a .275/.339/.493 batting line and a career-best 27 home runs, riding a hot streak that made him one of the most productive players on the Dodgers’ squad this October. He

  • Kevin Harvick confronts Kurt Busch after cooldown lap contact at Talladega (Video)

    Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick had altercations inside and outside of their cars after Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet slammed into Harvick’s No. 4 on the cooldown lap of the Hellmann’s 500. Harvick then angrily confronted Busch in the pits, reaching into the cockpit while Busch remained in his car (video above). “He cleaned the side of our car out after the checkered flag,” Harvick told Dave Burns in an NBCSN interview. “I don’t really understand that. All in all, our team did a great job. Didn’t have a scratch on it until then. That’s pretty good for Talladega.” Asked if Busch had an explanation, Harvick answered, “Not really” with

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  • White Sox fan Antti Raanta does not want to see the Cubs win

    Antti Raanta told Larry Brooks that he is not rooting for the Chicago Cubs to win their first World Series since 1908. (NY Post) Raanta became a fan of the White Sox while playing in Chicago and said that he is hoping the Dodgers can come back and eliminate the Cubs and added that if they don't "there's always Cleveland." (NY Post) Brooks writes that Raanta wore a White Sox hat to one of the Mets World Series games last year.  (NY Post)

  • Early waiver wire adds for Week 8: Veterans ready to help your team

    If you own players on the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams or San Francisco 49ers then here are three players worth adding on the waiver wire. 1. Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins: With a report that star tight end Jordan Reed will not make the team’s trip to London for Week 8 as he recovers from a concussion, Davis is an attractive waiver option.

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