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Spain's Rafael Nadal (C) watches as teammate Marc Lopez plays against India's Sumit Nagal during their Davis Cup singles tennis match

Spain's Rafael Nadal (C) watches as teammate Marc Lopez plays against India's Sumit Nagal during their Davis Cup singles tennis match (AFP Photo/Sajjad Hussain)

Tennis star Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the London Olympics on Thursday due to injury.

  • Jose Fernandez’s death is, sadly, not without precedent

    As we still try to process the death of Marlins star Jose Fernandez in a boating accident, we can’t help but be reminded that it is, sadly, not without precedent. The example which most obviously and immediately springs to mind are the deaths of Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews, who were killed in a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida during spring training in 1993. Olin was only 27 and had four years in the bigs, all with Cleveland, under his belt. Three years ago, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com caught up with the families of Crews and Olin — their widows and their children — and told us about how they have all coped with their shocking deaths over the previous two decades.

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  • Manchester United’s Mourinho: Dropped Rooney still “happy. He is my man, I trust him completely”

    Wayne Rooney was the subject of much drama from social media on Saturday after the Manchester United captain was dropped in favor of Juan Mata. Of course, that drama was quickly subdued when United rolled through Leicester City with four first half goals en route to a 4-1 win at Old Trafford. Mata had a goal and an assist, leading to several questions for manager Jose Mourinho after the match. He answered them. That’s not always a given. From the BBC: “Wayne Rooney is a big player for me, United and this country. he is my man, I trust him completely. He is happy.” “We have lost six points in the Premier League. We have four victories which is really important. Today it is about the security and

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  • Elliott Sadler wins in Kentucky after 'emotional' week

    Elliott Sadler's win at Kentucky means he's locked in for the second round and after an emotional week spent in the hospital with his mom it's "a great way to start the Chase."

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  • Brad Marchand coy about playing with Sidney Crosby on Penguins

    TORONTO – Brad Marchand might not be “Brad Marchand” anymore. There was a time his name carried an undeniable connotation. He was a pest. He was a injurious sneak. The President of the United States called him a “little ball of hate.” Not so much now,

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  • Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets face Chiefs at Arrowhead

    To keep up with the Tom Brady-less and undefeated New England Patriots, the New York Jets need to beat the Kansas City Chiefs on the road.

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  • Mets must take path of least resistance to postseason

    By the way, you can stream Sunday’s game at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home beginning at 1:10 p.m. Once loaded with arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, New York is currently down to Noah Syndergaard, who’s currently battling strep throat, and Bartolo Colon, who is officially its steadiest and healthiest rotation option. Therein lies the problem for the Mets.

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  • Will Michael Bisping get his revenge on Dan Henderson all these years later?

    Dan Henderson knocked out Michael Bisping on his feet at UFC 100. Michael Bisping, facing Dan Henderson in an Ultimate Fighter coaches’ matchup at UFC 100, circled straight into a monstrous knockout right hand. Henderson added another shot for good measure before the referee could intervene.

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  • Flores could be done for rest of season

    Wilmer Flores could be done playing for the rest of the reason, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. Latest update (Sept. 24) Flores, who injured his wrist two weeks ago in a play at home plate in Atlanta, is still not close to swinging a bat, Collins said.  "The level of concern is DEFCON 4," Collins said to reporters on Wednesday, Sept. 24. "It's been 10 days and he hasn't been able to swing. I'm very concerned." Flores received a second cortisone injection Monday, Sept. 20, for a bone bruise in his wrist.  Flores initially injured himself sliding headfirst into Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski during the game on Saturday, Sept. 10, which appeared to cause significant impact to his head and

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  • Panthers-Vikings NFL game declared “Extraordinary Event” amid unrest

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The city of Charlotte is on high alert after several nights of unrest related to the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. On Sunday, Interim City Manager Ron Kimble declared the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings game at Bank of America Stadium “an Extraordinary Event,” allowing for greater police control. The designation also allows police more latitude to stop and search people within an area for several blocks in all directions from Bank of America Stadium and prevent protesters from gathering en masse. Officials were worried about protesters disrupting fans or the game. The fears were not totally founded, however, as a group of around 100 demonstrators gathered across

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  • Jets respond to Jacob Trouba’s trade request

    Word surfaced on Saturday night that Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba has requested a trade from the team so that he can, in his view, reach his full potential as a player. It did not take long for the Jets to issue a statement responding to the request. In a statement released by the team, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said that in his view Trouba “still represents an important part of the long-term future” of the club and that they working diligently to resolve the matter.

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  • Why Big Ten is the king of college football right now

    Yahoo Sports' Tank Williams explains that no conference has been more impressive than the Big Ten so far this season.

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  • La Liga & Serie A: Real Madrid falter; Barcelona score 5 (again) without Messi

    A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights… Las Palmas 2-2 Real Madrid Real Madrid remain top of La Liga, but their lead was reduce from three points to one on Saturday. Up 2-1 heading into the games final 20 minutes, Zinedine Zidane elected to pull Cristiano Ronaldo off the field in the 72nd minute — much to the Portuguese’s displeasure. Zidane then watched as his side conceded an 85th-minute equalizer and ultimately settled for a draw. Marco Asensio put Los Blancos ahead in the 33rd minute, but Las Palmas answered through Tana in the 38th minute, making it 1-1 at halftime. Karim Benzema scored what looked to be the winner in the 67th minute, but Sergio Araujo pegged the

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  • Vandoorne felt 2017 was ‘last chance’ to get F1 seat

    Stoffel Vandoorne believes that 2017 was his “last chance” to make the step up to Formula 1 with McLaren after spending the past two years waiting in the wings for a seat. McLaren announced over the Italian Grand Prix weekend that Vandoorne would be moving into a full-time race seat for 2017 alongside Fernando Alonso following Jenson Button’s decision to take a sabbatical. Vandoorne had been knocking on McLaren’s door for a seat for some time, particularly after winning the GP2 title in 2015.

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  • Surveillance footage appears to show somebody intentionally setting fire to one of Auburn University's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees

    The toilet paper hanging from one of Auburn University's famed Toomer's Corner oak trees was set on fire late Saturday night and surveillance footage of the corner appears to show a person intentionally setting the fire. Following Auburn's 18-13 upset win over No. 18 LSU, the toilet paper caught fire, causing damage to the tree.

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  • Daniel Murphy shut down with left buttocks strain

    According to a report from Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com, the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy has been shut down by the team through the weekend series against the Pirates. An MRI revealed a “left buttocks strain” for the infielder, who injured his leg last weekend while sliding into second base on a double. Several days of rest hasn’t done wonders for Murphy’s leg, and now that he has a clear diagnosis, it gives the team some options going forward. One of those options is keeping Murphy available as a pinch-hitter, since the strain is supposed to primarily affect his ability to run the bases. The 31-year-old took two at-bats off the bench this week, going 0-for-2, though Zuckerman reported that

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  • Coaches Poll: Alabama No. 1, Wisconsin and Miami continue to climb

    There was not a whole lot of movement in the top portion of the Amway Coaches Poll this week, as most of the top teams maintained their positioning within the top 10. Alabama remains on top of the coaches poll, without much debate, ahead of Ohio State, Clemson and Louisville. The Miami Hurricanes had the biggest rise in the coaches poll this week, jumping up five spots to No. 14 with a 3-0 record. The Hurricanes trail No. 13 Baylor, the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 in this week’s coaches poll. No. 8 Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10, joining Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan. No. 15 Nebraska moved ahead of No. 16 Michigan State this week. Here is the full coaches top 25 for

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  • Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants clash with defending division champs

    Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three weeks into the season, the New York Giants have a golden chance to bury the defending NFC East champions. Right? "I wouldn't say that," Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. "It's a divisional opponent and these wins are huge. But what people aren't really saying, they are the defending champs. They are the NFC East champs. We have to dethrone them. We have to go through them because they have that title." Maybe that's true, but the Redskins are 0-2 and the Giants are 2-0, and a Giants win on Sunday afternoon could put Washington in such a deep hole from which it might never be able to recover. As early as it is,

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  • No Wild training camp for Fleischmann after failed physical

    Tomas Fleischmann won’t take part in the Minnesota Wild’s training camp after all. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, the team didn’t reveal details of his failed physical, although it’s worth mentioning that Fleischmann has been dealing with blood clot issues for some time. One cannot help but wonder if this is it for Fleischmann’s career.

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  • Barclays adapts to fan base, announces changes for upcoming season

    At a media luncheon hosted by new Islanders owner Jonathan Ledecky over the summer, he made it a point at each table visited to mention how Barclays Center was the Islanders home for the future and how he was working tirelessly hand-in-hand with Brett Yormark to make the experience a winning one for players, their families and last, but never least, the fans. Then came the rumblings, whether they were leaked intentionally or unintentionally, of the team looking for a permanent home that was not in Brooklyn, a facility they can call their own. Not to rain on anyone's parade, but the feasibility of that is slim, at best. So we are back to improving the conditions of the facility the Islanders currently

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  • Duncan Keith expects to be ready by regular season

    As both the star defenseman and Chicago Blackhawks staffers noted to CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers, there’s a lot of optimism that he’ll be ready to go for the regular season. While it’s a situation for Chicago to watch – he’s going to be withheld from certain preseason activities and likely games – it sounds like he made the wise move. Yes, it’s true that the Blackhawks have some defensive storylines to follow before the season begins.

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  • Maple Leafs seem giddy about Auston Matthews

    With the Washington Capitals, he watched Alex Ovechkin burst onto the scene in 2005. Now with the Toronto Maple Leafs some 11 years later, he has a ringside seat for Auston Matthews‘ debut. “It puts a big smile on your face,” Laich, a 12-year veteran, said about watching Matthews.

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  • Damien Harris, Alabama’s leading rusher, injured against Kent State, won’t return

    Alabama entered its Week 4 non-conference game against Nick Saban‘s alma mater without a pair of wide receivers, including its leading pass-catcher.  Now, it’s the Tide’s ground game that’s wounded. On UA’s fifth play from scrimmage in the game against Kent State, Damien Harris took a helmet to his right knee and had to be helped off the field and into a medical tent.  A short time later, he hopped to a cart with his injured leg heavily bandaged and was taken into the locker room for further evaluation. A short time ago, the Tide’s radio network confirmed that Harris will not return to the game.  The specific nature and severity of the injury are not yet known. Harris entered Week 4 as the Tide’s

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  • Boudreau’s already a breath of fresh air for Wild

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Bruce Boudreau era has begun for the Minnesota Wild. For the players, the demands will be many. The expectations will be as straightforward as can be. The experience also promises to be a lot of fun. “Sometimes he doesn’t even

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  • Lauren Holiday gives birth to healthy baby girl

    During New Orleans Pelicans media day on Friday, teammates of Jrue Holiday revealed Holiday's wife Lauren, a former Ben Davis and U.S. women's national soccer team star, gave birth to a healthy baby girl in North Carolina this week. It was revealed earlier this month that Lauren Holiday would need brain surgery to remove a benign tumor near her orbital socket. But surgery had to wait until after the birth of the couple's first child. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Holiday (formerly Cheney), will have surgery six weeks after giving birth. Jrue  Holiday, New Orleans' second-leading scorer, will miss the start of the season to tend to his family. Lauren, a two-time Olympic gold medalist,

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  • Lesnar beats Orton in SummerSlam rematch

    Welp! If you thought there was any chance Brock Lesnar would lose a match at a WWE house show, or that Randy Orton would actually get his win back from SummerSlam, or even that the rumors would be true and they would book a non-finish, you were wrong. The two met at tonight’s (Sept. 24, 2016) house show in Chicago and it went about like you’d expect. You can check out a Periscope of the entire match here, for however long it lasts. Before the match, Paul Heyman cut a promo asking that it become a No Disqualification match. Twitter tells us Orton changed his game plan and, with the new rules in place, opened with a sneak attack: It appeared he may even have a chance! Alas, he met the same fate

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