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HOUSTON, TX - 2013: Houston Astros mascot Orbit poses for a portrait circa 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo MLB Photos/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX - 2013: Houston Astros mascot Orbit poses for a portrait circa 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo MLB Photos/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Orbit
  • Colin Kaepernick explains why he won't stand during national anthem

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been a lightning rod for attention in his career, and his latest statements surely could make him an even more polarizing figure. Kaepernick explained his unwillingness to stand for the playing of the national anthem, which of course happens before the kickoff of every NFL game. It happened in last night’s preseason game at Levi’s Stadium against the Green Bay Packers, one in which he struggled in his first action since last season.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Kyle Larson earns first Sprint Cup win after battle with Chase Elliott

    One start shy of his 100th Sprint Cup race, Kyle Larson capitalized on a late caution and a bad Chase Elliott restart to win the Pure Michigan 400 for his first Sprint Cup Series win. Larson led 41 laps, including the final 10, to give Chip Ganassi Racing its first Sprint Cup win in 99 starts. The top five was Larson, Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick. In his excitement, Larson conducted part of his victory burnout with his steering wheel stuck out the window. “I was tearing up that whole last few laps, I could just feel it, it was finally going to be it,” Larson told NBCSN in victory lane. “I wasn’t going to have a caution.” The 24-year old driver, emotionally drained,

    NASCAR Talk
  • Phil Jackson names his biggest mistake so far as Knicks president

    Phil Jackson shoots the breeze with bluesman James Dolan . Phil Jackson has been the center of much media discussion since he took over as president of the New York Knicks in 2014. Every decision he makes regarding the team’s personnel is analyzed endlessly both for its impact on the Knicks’ future and his outlook on the sport as a whole.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Searching for tight end value in Fantasy Football drafts

    Let’s complete our analytics-based positional analysis this fantasy football draft season by focusing on tight ends and market share in order to hopefully find some sleepers and avoid some busts. A key is that the offensive system in place is not different this year, which hurts, for example, the market-share projection for Delanie Walker given that new OC Terry Robiskie is coming from an offense that threw 15.9 percent of passes to Atlanta tight ends last year.

    Michael Salfino
  • Jordan releases new Russell Westbrook ad, may include a shot at Kevin Durant

    As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.” Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Arsenal finally splashing cash with Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez

    German international Shkodran Mustafi will finally provide the center back cover Arsenal has needed for a long while. LONDON, England – “We are working on the deals,” Arsenal Arsene Wenger announced on Friday when specifically asked about the transfers of German defender Shkodran Mustafi and Spanish forward Lucas Perez. Wenger added, “Will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window?

    FC Yahoo
  • Blue Jays use Little League home run to steal game from Twins

    With all due respect to the U.S. champions from Maine-Endwell Little League and international champions from Seoul, South Korea, there’s only one baseball term that describes the decisive play in Saturday’s Blue Jays-Twins game: Little League home run. In this instance, Twins outfielders Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario literally stumbled and fumbled the game away. It happened after Melvin Upton Jr. hit a sinking line drive toward Kepler in right field.

    Big League Stew
  • WATCH: Young Argentine player shows off skills that would make Messi jealous

    Most of our readers likely aren't well-versed in the world that is Argentine club soccer. Because of the dominance of the European game, it's not the most popular league in the world, but it doesn't lack quality and is always exciting to watch. Soccer fans may know of clubs like Boca Juniors, River Plate. Maybe even Independiente, San Lorenzo or Racing, but the name Giovani Lo Celso or Rosario Central probably doesn't ring a bell for most. Well, he's a name you'll be hearing more of moving forward. The dynamic Argentine midfielder, playing for for Rosario Central on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, showed off some crazy skills on Saturday that his French club would likely describe as "magnifique."

    CBS Sports
  • Ryder Cup 2016: Get to Know the U.S. Team's 8 Automatic Qualifiers

    The eight automatic qualifying spots for the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team were finalized on Sunday at The Barclays, and we now know two-thirds of the team that will represent the red, white and blue at Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minnesota, on Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker and Brooks Koepka all had spots locked up prior to The Barclays, but Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson and Barclays winner Patrick Reed all had to wait until Sunday to see if their spots were secure. The European Ryder Cup team already had its nine automatic qualifiers set, and captain Darren Clarke will make his three captain's picks this week.

    Golf
  • Tigers McCann, Saltalamacchia dispute Kaepernick stance on anthem

    Detroit Tigers catchers James McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia don’t agree with quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL preseason game. Saltalamacchia, who typically wears the Red, White and Blue apparel before games, was blunt in his assessment of Kaepernick’s protest. “He needs to go back to the history books and realize what that flag represents and what a lot of people have sacrificed for it,” Saltalamacchia said. “Has nothing to do with his comments, that’s for sure. Related: Lions' Boldin supports Kaepernick “It’s pretty disgusting.” Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, said he refused to stand during the national

    Detroit Free Press
  • Hendrick Motorsports wins and loses in Pure Michigan 400

    When Chase Elliott spun his tires on the final restart of the Pure Michigan 400, it set up yet another finish without Hendrick Motorsports in victory lane. Hendrick has gone 19 races since its last victory, which matches a stretch from 1992 – 1993 for the team that has 11 Sprint Cup titles. It led to Elliott’s second runner-up finish at Michigan this season after spinning tires on a final restart. “My guys did such a good job today of making the most of pit road,” Elliott said. “That was the only place you could make a large sum of ground in a short period of time. They did exactly what I asked them to do. I said ‘you guys are going to have to bail me out here I messed up.’ They did they got

    NASCAR Talk
  • Nebraska transfer Andrew White commits to Syracuse

    Nebraska transfer Andrew White has committed to Syracuse, he announced Sunday.

    Sports Illustrated
  • Check out the Minnesota Vikings' fabulous new stadium

    One of the most impressive things about the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium was how it looked on television. It looked, for the most part, like the Vikings and San Diego Chargers were playing outdoors. That’s not easy to pull off in an enclosed stadium

    Shutdown Corner
  • Kobe Bryant on how teams should see Warriors: “‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go.”

    For two decades, Kobe Bryant saw everyone and everything as an obstacle to overcome: The Pacers, Sixers, Nets, Magic, Celtics, Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich, Smush Parker, a torn Achilles. It didn’t matter. Kobe’s work ethic and drive had him rising above it all. His focus hasn’t changed now. Kobe was on the Jim Rome show, and the topic of the new-look Warriors with Kevin Durant came up, along with the “woe is me” attitude of some players (and plenty of owners and GMs). “I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair,'” he said. “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Watch Bobby Wood score his first Bundesliga goal in his Hamburg debut

    Bobby Wood celebrates Hamburg’s opening goal against Ingolstadt. It’ll still be worthwhile checking on Fabian Johnson at Borussia Moenchengladbach, center back John Brooks at Hertha Berlin, the rebirth of Julian Green at Bayern Munich and injury comebacks of strikers Aron Johannsson at Werder Bremen and Terrence Boyd at newly promoted Leipzig.

    FC Yahoo
  • Sports Illustrated's Best Photos from The Barclays

    Sports Illustrated's best photos from the first leg of the 2016 FedEx Cup playoffs at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, NY. 

    Golf
  • Gary Sanchez leading Yankees resurgence with historic start

    New York Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez is officially making history while helping lead a team resurgence that few outside the Yankees organization saw coming. In Friday’s 14-4 win against the Orioles, Sanchez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Overall, Sanchez now has 10 homers in 22 games, which is a power feat only accomplished by two other players.

    Big League Stew
  • Texas Woman's University volleyball coach quits after 8 players hospitalized

    The volleyball coach at Texas Woman's University has stepped down in the wake of news that eight of her players had to be hospitalized for a muscular condition. The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that head coach Shelly Barberee submitted her resignation late Friday. The program has been under scrutiny recently after eight volleyball players were admitted last weekend for rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue that releases potentially damaging proteins into the bloodstream. "Although the investigation remains underway, Texas Woman's University's initial belief is that overexertion coupled with dehydration during practices last week caused these student-athletes to experience rhabdomyolysis," said Monica Mendez-Grant, vice president for student life, in a statement published on the school's website.

    Dallas Morning News
  • Connor Shaw Weighs In On Twitter After A 'Cheap BS' Hit Broke His Leg

    If you haven’t seen the video of Bears quarterback Connor Shaw getting his leg snapped on Saturday afternoon…well, maybe don’t. Shaw himself was pretty upset about it, as well he should be. Shaw expressed his disappointment in a tweet Sunday morning, but he deleted it, so we can’t paste it in here for you to read for yourself.

    UPROXX
  • Tennessee to wear helmet sticker for Pat Summitt

    The Tennessee football team will honor one of the university’s legends during the 2016 season. Vols coach Butch Jones confirmed Saturday that his team will have a commemorative sticker on their helmets to honor the late Pat Summitt. Summitt, the longtime Tennessee women’s basketball coach, died on June 28 from Alzheimer’s disease.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Premier League Saturday Roundup: Chelsea, Arsenal cruise, United snatches three points

    A wild Saturday saw Chelsea cruise at home, United battle for three points against Hull and Tottenham and Liverpool finish level at White Hart Lane.

    Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic
  • Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Stand During The Nation Anthem, So One Fan Burned His Jersey

    San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick’s actions have divided the Internet, as well as many in the country. The 28-year-old NFL star refused to stand during the National Anthem Saturday (August 27) due to the ongoing civil unrest between law enforcement and people of color.

    Vibe
  • Report: Mo Williams considering retirement, could be waived by Cavs

    Shortly after winning a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, veteran guard Mo Williams picked up his $2.2 million option for next season, choosing to take the guaranteed money on the table for him rather than test free agency at age 33. But he might not be with the Cavs this season — the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Joe Vardon reports that Williams is considering retiring from playing due to lingering knee problems, and the Cavaliers could waive him under the stretch provision in the coming days. Williams, 33, a 13-year veteran and former All-Star who played a supporting role in the Cavs’ 2016 NBA championship, is strongly considering retirement, multiple sources told cleveland.com. From Williams’

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Dodgers break out Vin Scully masks for photo day tribute

    If it were anyone other than Vin Scully being honored, this unique tribute by the Los Angeles Dodgers might give us nightmares. Every member of the Dodgers current roster, coaching staff and front office appears to be included in the photos. By our count, which admittedly could be off a Vin or two, there are 105 extra Vins and one real Vin.

    Big League Stew
  • Three things to watch when the Jets play the Giants

    Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Battle of the Backups remains the most intriguing thing about an otherwise quiet Jets camp this summer. With stability almost everywhere when it comes to the starting lineup, there's still nothing but uncertainty on the depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. And it seems doubtful if there'll be much more clarity after the game against the Giants on Saturday. Fitzpatrick will start, of course, and play most, if not all, of the first half. And that will leave Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and still-unused rookie Christian Hackenberg fighting for scraps. "It's hard to get three quarterbacks in the second half," Jets head coach Todd

    SNY