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Lions leaving comforts of home for visit to Houston

The Detroit Lions run onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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  • 76ers stop singer from performing national anthem for 'We Matter' jersey

    The NBA’s much-anticipated continuation of the NFL’s national anthem protests have so far been pretty tame. Philadelphia 76ers officials apparently wanted to avoid even the mild controversy drummed up by those incidents at their season opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Recording artist Sevyn Streeter was set to perform the national anthem, but she never made it out onto the court once the powers that be saw her “We Matter” t-shirt.

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  • NASCAR (Finally) Limits Cup Drivers in Xfinity and Truck Races

    The 2017 rules for Xfinity state that a full-time Cup driver with five or more full seasons can race in no more than 10 Xfinity races. The races they can partake in are also limited. Out of the 33 planned Xfinity races next year, full-time Cup drivers cannot race in any of the seven Chase races, the regular season finale prior to the Chase, or the four ‘Dash for Cash’ races—which are yet to be announced.

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  • Bills say if Patriots run through their pregame drills again there will be another fight

    The first time the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills played each other this year, the most memorable highlight might have been a pregame skirmish. The Bills are promising more fireworks if the Patriots don’t show more respect for their pregame warmups. Football doesn’t have a ton of unwritten rules, but one is that you don’t run through the other team’s warmup drills before the game.

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  • Alex Rodriguez is taking his analyst role quite seriously

    If you’ve happened to catch any of the coverage of the 2016 postseason on Fox and FS1, you’ve heard former Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez as part of an analyst panel with host Kevin Burkhardt and former major leaguers Pete Rose and Frank Thomas. Rodriguez has drawn rave reviews not just for passing a rather low bar we set for former athletes-turned-commentators, but because he’s adding real insight drawn both from his playing days and from doing research. Indeed, Rodriguez is taking his new job as an analyst quite seriously, Newsday’s Neil Best reports. Bardia Shah-Rais, the VP of production for Fox, said of Rodriguez, “This is not a hobby for him. It’s not a parachute in. He’s invested. If we have

  • Tim Tebow answered Stephen A. Smith's dumb question with a riveting inspirational speech

    Hate on Tim Tebow all you want, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most motivational guys in sports — period. On Tuesday he appeared with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and dropped the best speech you’ll hear all week. When he was criticized for taking a long shot at making an MLB roster, Tebow dropped the hammer.

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  • Rumor Roundup: Goldberg HoF, McMahon/Trump, Hardy/TNA, Paige

    Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it's just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Goldberg is expected to headline the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2017. Vince McMahon reportedly told current talent (and any former employees who asked him) to not respond to media inquiries about WWE Hall of Famer and

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  • NBA's Morris Twins -- Sued For Alleged Basketball Court Beatdown

    Marcus and Markieff Morris have been sued by a man who claims the NBA star twin brothers beat him to a bloody pulp during a 2015 incident ... and now he's messed up physically and emotionally.  The man behind the lawsuit is Erik Hood -- who says he went to a youth basketball game in Phoenix in January 2015 because he's friends with one of the coaches ... only to be attacked by the Morris brothers after the game.  In the suit, filed by David Gammill of Geragos & Geragos, Hood says the Morris bros -- along with 3 other men -- had "formulated a joint plan to attack" ... and then executed it after the game.  Hood says one of the men said to him, "(expletive), you know what time it is" -- and then

  • Six more Olympic medalists stripped in Beijing 2008 retests

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nine more athletes, including six medal winners, were retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Wednesday after failing retests of their doping samples. The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions in the latest sanctions imposed on athletes whose stored samples came back positive after being retested with improved methods. Four athletes were stripped of silver medals and two of bronze medals in weightlifting, wrestling and women’s steeplechase. All six athletes come from former Soviet countries — Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan — and all tested positive for steroids. The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years

  • What rivalry? Cristiano Ronaldo says Lionel Messi is the player he most admires

    Cristiano Ronaldo was asked what player he admires the most. Can you guess who it is? Would it be former Portugal stars Luis Figo or the late, great Eusebio? Maybe it is someone who took him under his wings during his Manchester United days or some Real Madrid midfielder who feeds him with assists. Nope. He picked Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, according to a sit down Q&A he had with Coach Magazine. "There is a big mutual respect between myself and Lionel Messi. The media like to make out like we have this big rivalry, but we don't," Ronaldo said. "It is not like we are good friends, but there is a mutual respect on both sides." The two best players in the world playing for rival clubs, the

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  • Russell Westbrook's reaction to this 76ers fan's middle fingers is the best

    The start of the NBA season brings lots of excitement for fans. Many of the best athletes in the world are back on our TV screens on a nightly basis, and storylines such as Kevin Durant’s first games with the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first attempts to defend their historic title loom large. Also, sometimes an angry Philadelphia 76ers fan in an Allen Iverson jersey flips off Russell Westbrook and elicits one of the funniest reactions you’ll ever see.

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  • Did the Minnesota Vikings trade for a notable offensive lineman?

    Fooch’s update: It would appear this is for naught I don’t quite know what to make of this, but Pete Carroll may have said something a bit peculiar during a Wednesday press conference. There was apparently a question about trades, and Carroll said he “say Minnesota made a big move with an offensive lineman.” Here is what one beat writer tweeted about it: It is possible Carroll is BS’ing with the reporters, or he misheard something. I have no real idea, but it is at least something interesting. The Vikings have a need at left tackle, and there have been rumors Joe Staley and Joe Thomas are both on the trade block. Both of their head coaches have denied the rumors, but anything is possible in the

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  • Tom Brady's mother actually believes her son is really fast

    Mrs. Brady loves her son dearly, we’re certain, and the New England Patriots quarterback confirmed that on Wednesday when asked about a key scramble against the Pittsburgh Steelers — with the auspice of knowing, well, the dude is as slow as a sloth. “Don’t tell my mom that,” Brady said. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is really fast.

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  • Snap totals point to which tight end the Steelers could release if Ladarius Green is activated

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have a predicament on their hands when the team comes out of the bye week and starts preparing for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9. Some might think the predicament is whether Ladarius Green is ready to be activated to the 53-man roster yet, a task they have 21 days to officially do, but the real question is not if, but when, Green is activated, who becomes the odd man out at the tight end position? The current tight end depth chart reads as follows (in no particular order): Jesse James Xavier Grimble David Johnson There is no debate about Jesse James. The 2015 5th round draft pick has been the main man at the tight end position, routinely playing more than 90-percent of

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  • Indians face uphill climb against powerful Cubs

    CLEVELAND – Like pigs in the George Orwell novel Animal Farm, not all World Series ties are created equal. That’s the lingering sensation after a dominating win by the Chicago Cubs in Game 2. This 112 th World Series is even at one game apiece, but the underdog Cleveland Indians suddenly appear to be running uphill while wearing snowshoes in their quest to win their first championship since 1948. Injuries have caused Cleveland manager Terry Francona to go with a three-man rotation in this series, and one of those starting pitchers – Trevor Bauer – labored while lasting only 3 2/3 innings while taking the loss in Chicago’s 5-1 win in Game 2 Wednesday night. And now the Indians must head to Chicago

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  • Video: Cam Talbot was very angry with T.J. Oshie

    Cam Talbot had another strong game for the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night by stopping 34 of the 35 Washington Capitals shots he faced in a 4-1 win, improving his season save percentage to a robust .927. Along with backstopping the Oilers to their sixth win in seven games to open the season, the team’s best start since a guy by the name of Wayne Gretzky played for them, he was also involved in some rough stuff in the second period when he went old school on Capitals forward T.J. Oshie for charging into his crease and cross-checking him. Talbot’s response (as seen in the video above) was an attempt to feed Oshie his blocker pad. The end result of that exchange was Oshie getting a two-minute

  • Manny Pacquiao fights next weekend and no one cares

    Next weekend marks what should be a major fight in boxing in 2016 - the in-ring return of future Hall of Fame legend Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao last competed in April defeating sort-of rival Timothy Bradley in what was billed as Pacquiao’s retirement fight. Now, just 7 months later he returns. By all accounts, this should be a big deal. But it’s not. At all. We are currently 8 days away from fight time and the hype is at a complete zero. Manny Pacquiao is fighting, and no one cares. How did we get to this point? Let’s take a look at the various factors contributing to this dud in the making: Pacquiao’s star power has been fading. The last Bradley fight did just 400,000 PPV buys, the same as his

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  • Texas Tech should not hire Art Briles

    Kliff Kingsbury’s team has lost their last three games in painful fashion. A one score loss on the road to a team believed inferior, a homecoming embarrassment, and a record setting offensive performance ending in a one score loss that captured Texas Tech in a microcosm. Fans and media as a result have spoken about a head coaching change. The name on many of their keyboards is Art Briles, the former Baylor head coach. This brings up a whole host of issues that I’ll address one at a time. Briles’ tenure at Baylor for all its glory ended poorly, to put it mildly. Art Briles spent two years as an undergraduate at Texas Tech and earned his degree from the school in 1979. In 1999 Briles took his first

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  • Don't panic, fantasy hockey owners!

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski offers early fantasy hockey advice including a Maple Leafs forward to grab off the waiver wire and a goalie to ship out while the going is good.

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  • The Sixers’ national anthem fiasco is an embarrassment for the franchise and the NBA

    The Sixers like to point to their forward-thinking nature as a point of pride; they sing this tune with each new business venture they dip into, from eSports to their partnership with Stub Hub. Last night leads one to question whether they feel the same about how they grapple with issues facing the black community. We’re not breaking any news here -- singer Sevyn Streeter took to Twitter last night to relay a story about how she was all set to sing the anthem in front of a packed house in South Philadelphia. She was turned away by the organization when they spotted her wearing a jersey touting a simple message: “We Matter”. After catching some heat for the decision, the organization passively

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  • Hassan Whiteside swallowed this shot like a black hole of blocks

    Hassan Whiteside ate a basketball for dinner. What is this!? Whiteside beat that shot to its own apex. That’s wild. Look at this! That’s unbelievable.

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  • Week 8 Start 'Em or Sit 'Em

    Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em is geared toward redraft leagues but can also be used for setting DFS lineups, as these are the players I’ll likely have exposure to on Sunday. As always, the Thursday night game is ignored in this piece due to short shelf life. QUARTERBACK Start of the Week: Russell Wilson at Saints: Wilson is fantasy’s overall QB24 in points per game among quarterbacks who have made at least three starts. Seattle is 28th in points per game (18.5) and 22nd in yards per game (336.7). Wilson has just five touchdown passes through six games and is on pace for a career-low in rushing yards. Ankle and knee injuries have absolutely held him back. A cheap, pieced-together offensive line also isn’t

  • Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions unveils 2017 broadcast plans

    A day after Showtime formally announced seven fights featuring talent from boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, PBC unveiled plans for a 2017 schedule that features three prime-time cards each on Fox and NBC, 25 shows on Fox Sports 1 and more on ESPN, Spike TV and Bounce TV. The organization “will continue its mission in 2017 of making the sport available to the widest possible audience,” PBC spokesman Tim Smith said in a statement. While specific fights were not mentioned beyond Tuesday’s Showtime list – which includes a welterweight unification bout between unbeaten Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia on March 4 and the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz featherweight-title rematch Jan. 28 – PBC promised “particular fireworks in the hottest and deepest divisions in the sport at 147, 154 and 126 pounds,” in its statement.

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  • How Cubs divvy up playoff spoils is a glimpse behind the curtain

    It's the type of personal finance quandary many of us would like to run into: How to spend extra money that comes your way. Make that a lot of extra money. For the Chicago Cubs players, dividing the spoils of Major League Baseball's lucrative postseason revenues presents such a dilemma, albeit not one as critical as beating the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Postseason revenue, generated primarily from playoff and World Series gate receipts, has been around since 1903. The biggest change, however, is that the bosses — the baseball team owners who get a percentage of the take — no longer ladle out the gravy to their players, who now directly get a percentage of postseason proceeds. Under

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  • Kuznetsova rolls back years at WTA Finals

    London (CNN)Svetlana Kuznetsova just keeps getting better with age. The oldest player at the WTA Finals at 31 years of age, the Russian, who didn't qualify for the event until Saturday and had to fly 5,000 miles from Moscow to reach Singapore, once again came back from the brink against a younger rival. Having saved a match point in a dramatic victory over defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska in her opening match, Kuznetsova dismantled the booming serves of US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 in the white group on Tuesday in Singapore. "From my heart," the ninth-ranked Kuznetsova said in a court-side interview, when asked to explain her resurgence this season. •round-robin format

  • Power Rankings: Canadiens cruising, Oilers and Lightning hot on their heels

    Some clear trends have already emerged, and for fans of the? Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, those trends -- in spite of a disappointing weekend for the latter -- are surprising in a good way. The season has been surprising for the? Calgary Flames?too, but for different reasons. Scoring is up, youngsters are creating an unprecedented vibe around the league and the? Toronto Maple Leafs?seem destined to blow a multiple-goal lead in dramatic fashion every single game.? 1. (last week: 10)? Montreal Canadiens, 4-0-1 The Habs have shown that they are much more than just goalie? Carey Price, who finally returned to the lineup following an early-season illness. The Canadiens are averaging four

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