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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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  • Sammy Sosa won't reunite with the Cubs during the World Series

    Reaching the World Series is the ideal time for a franchise to celebrate and reflect on its tremendous history. As everyone knows, the team hasn’t reached the World Series since 1945. One player who won’t be included in any of that is former outfielder Sammy Sosa.

    Big League Stew
  • Russell Wilson has a radical idea for breaking ties after OT

    Daddy-to-be Russell Wilson wasn’t thrilled to walk off the field after Sunday’s strange 6-6 tie with the Arizona Cardinals. You kick one field goal,” Wilson told reporters in Arizona. “You can’t do anything else but a field goal.

    Shutdown Corner
  • DeMarcus Ware credits Broncos fans for getting his Super Bowl ring back

    Denver Broncos fans had DeMarcus Ware’s back. When news broke that Ware’s Super Bowl 50 ring was stolen as the Broncos played on “Monday Night Football” against the Houston Texans, Broncos fans went to work, spreading around pictures of the thieves on social media and calling in tips to police. By Wednesday, Ware’s ring was back.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Melvin Gordon on his confidence, breakout 2016

    Yahoo Sports' Evan Doherty talks with San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon about his huge start to the 2016 season, motivation from fans and major injuries in the offense.

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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

    Cageside Seats
  • 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.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • 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.

    SB Nation
  • 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

  • The 15 Best-Dressed Ballers in the NBA

    In honor of the start of a new NBA season tonight, we're rounding up the best dressed basketball players in the game right now. Though some fashion-forward athletes like Kobe Bryant and Amar'e Stoudemire have recently hung up their jerseys, the are plenty

    Harper's Bazaar
  • LeBron James gave the Indians a nice gift before the World Series

    There’s a lot of pressure on the Cleveland Indians as the team sits just four wins away from breaking a lengthy World Series drought. If anyone can understand what the club is going through right now, it would have to be Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. James and the Cavs were in a similar spot just months ago, and managed to bring the first sports championship to Cleveland in years.

    Big League Stew
  • 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

    Niners Nation
  • 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

  • Sheldon Richardson needs to be on Elway’s radar

    The NFL trade deadline brings more rumors and speculation than actual trades. The armchair general managers throw caution to the wind and make each and every deal they can for their team. If there are reports a player could get dealt, that player is a “solid fit” and “it needs to happen.” The focus for fans of the Denver Broncos has been on one player in particular: Joe Thomas. That was the case a season ago as well when the Broncos were rumored to have a deal for the Cleveland Browns offensive lineman but backed out. The thought of adding one of the best left tackles in the NFL before the trade deadline at 2 p.m. on Tuesday has intrigue. It makes sense. Some may bring up Joe Staley with the

    Mile High Report
  • Rory McIlroy: No-cut rule helped Tiger Woods win so many WGCs

    At the pinnacle of his career, Tiger Woods dominated the World Golf Championships, winning an incredible 18 of them from 1999-2013. No other player is even remotely close to that tally, with Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy a distant T-2 with three each. Rory McIlroy, who has two WGCs to his name, said Wednesday ahead of this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions that Woods was a beneficiary of the no-cut nature of the tournaments.

    Devil Ball Golf
  • 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.

    SB Nation
  • Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 8: Rishard Matthews a risky play vs. Jaguars

    Rishard Matthews is a good example as he has been a solid option in the passing game with 23 grabs for 319 yards and two scores this season. Matthews has scored in two of the past three games and done just enough to stay fantasy-relevant.

    SB Nation
  • The problem with calling Ronda Rousey ‘a quitter’

    Ronda Rousey has had her fair share of critics, but few are bold enough to straight up call her a quitter. UFC welterweight Matt Brown is bold enough. “She’s done some great things for women’s MMA and I respect that and she got it in the UFC and I respect that. The journeyman fighter wasn’t done there, however, and he went on to attack everything Rousey has done since she lost to Holly Holm in November 2015.

    New York Post
  • The grass is never greener outside Louisville

    Charlie Strong's time at Texas is coming to an end. The former UofL head coach who left the Derby City at the beginning of 2014 to try his hand at leading one of the richest and most powerful programs in college football has gone just 14-18 in two and-a-half seasons in Austin, and is in danger of failing to lead Texas to a bowl game for a second straight year. While Louisville fans will forever be indebted to Strong for the job he did getting the Cardinals back on their feet following the disaster that was the Steve Kragthorpe era, there is an "I told you so" element to the saga we're all watching unfold in Austin. Life has been unkind over the last handful of decades to the coaches who have enjoyed success at Louisville, but viewed the program as a stepping stone to something bigger and better.

    Card Chronicle
  • The Undertaker and the Ultimate Warrior's widow helped the Cavs celebrate on Opening Night

    Hey, remember how LeBron James wore a T-shirt bearing the image of the legendary WWE wrestler the Undertaker when the Cleveland Cavaliers were down 3-1 to the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals?

    Ball Don't Lie
  • The Days of Chief Wahoo are numbered

    One of the more common responses to what I’ve posted about Chief Wahoo lately is “it’s just a cartoon character! Nobody cares!” Well, looking at that guy in the photo above and many others dressed like him at Progressive Field the past two days is evidence that it is not just a cartoon character. A certain swath of Indians fans think that, because of their team’s name and mascot, it’s totally acceptable to show up in public looking like this. Wahoo as an official trademark of a Major League Baseball club gives people license to dress up in redface — or in this case, red and blackface — with headdresses on, turning a real people and a real culture into a degrading caricature. It’s not just a cartoon

  • 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

    Bloody Elbow
  • Five NFL starters their teams should ditch this offseason

    As the saying goes, “It’s never too late to admit when you’re wrong.” In the NFL though, it’s the teams that can recognize a mistake the quickest that have the most success. Whether it’s a high-priced free agent, a top draft selection or a superstar past his prime, sometimes cutting bait is in the long-term best interest of the franchise. With that in mind, let’s look at five players whose respective franchises would benefit from parting ways this offseason. Cutler is one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the NFL. And with the right roster he’s capable of winning a Super Bowl. Both of those statements can be true and not contradict that it makes sense for the Bears to part ways with the man who has

    Washington Post
  • McIlroy's caddie cashes in on FedEx Cup

    Rory McIlroy didn't have to check his bank account to know that his FedEx Cup bonus had been deposited. ''I think his words were, 'A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much,''' McIlroy said Wednesday on the eve of the HSBC Champions. For the last seven years, the winner of the Tour Championship also has won the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus.

    The Associated Press
  • Game Recap: Lakers Start Season With Big Win Over Rockets

    The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off the 2016-2017 NBA regular season with a tough game against the Houston Rockets. Check out our full recap: Quarter 1 The Lakers opened up with a lineup of D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young, Luol Deng, Julius Randle, and Timofey Mozgov. Houston got out to a fast start, hitting a three on their first possession by Ryan Anderson. The Lakers opened the scorebook with a bucket by Julius Randle in the post, but the Rockets refused to miss on the other end. The Lakers hung tough, and a 9-0 run on threes from Young, Deng, and Russell knotted the game at 15 a piece. Harden took over for a bit on offense, baiting his way to the free-throw line, but the Lakers hung tough with

    Lakers Nation
  • Devonta Freeman being held out of contact in Falcons practice

    The Falcons are worried enough about Tevin Coleman’s hamstring injury that they signed two running backs yesterday. Today, they’re taking no chances with their other main back. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Falcons

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