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ßSAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 19: The mascot for the San Antonio Spurs performs with a young fan against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The mascot for the San Antonio Spurs performs with a young fan against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 2016 NFL Preview: Vikings hope to get Adrian Peterson to a Super Bowl

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. There are probably two categories of Minnesota Vikings fans: Ones who have convinced themselves that Adrian Peterson is a superhero and will be a Hall of Fame running back forever, and the ones who worry if the rest of the Vikings will peak when Peterson is still in his prime. Back then Peterson was destined to be the NFL’s Ernie Banks and never play for a championship, at least for Minnesota.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Rory McIlroy's PGA Championship begins with ugly and inefficient first round

    At the preceding two majors, Rory bolted from the grounds without talking to the press and then shattered a club in half. Rory McIlroy started his week at the PGA Championship saying he was "running out of patience" with his game. It will probably be an overreaction, as is often the case with Rory.

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  • Two years ago, Jaworski saw clear gap between Nick Foles and Russell Wilson

    Three years ago, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski cooked up one of the hottest takes of all time, taking the position that quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Jaworski’s opinion somehow became news for his employer, feeding the four-letter network’s engine for several days in August 2013. A year later, Jaworski offered up an even hotter — but far less memorable — take regarding quarterbacks Nick Foles and Russell Wilson. Given a choice between the two, which would he pick? “I’m taking Foles,” Jaworski said. “Not even close. Russell Wilson is just . . . because of that system he is in. Russell Wilson plays with that defense, the best in football. He just managed

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  • Report: If Durant/Curry relationship goes south, teams will try to poach Stephen Curry. Well, duh.

    There are a handful of true game-changing players in the NBA. Not max players, there are a chunk of those, we’re talking “you can build a contender around him” guys. Kevin Durant is one, and he is headed to Golden State. Stephen Curry is another. And he is a free agent next summer. So many teams — including one contender — are ready if the Durant/Curry relationship goes south, reports Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. Well, duh. Again, there are not many Curry level players; teams should have a “what if” plan. Including contenders. That is very different than saying Curry is going to leave the Warriors — nobody around the league sees that as likely. Nobody expects a “poisonous” Durant/Curry relationship.

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  • Latest on Jonathan Lucroy: Asking price is steep, talks heating up

    The Mets are among several teams to contact the Brewers about acquiring 30-year-old, All-Star C Jonathan Lucroy... Latest Update (July 28): 10:15 am: Teams interested in Lucroy feel Milwaukee's asking price is too steep, and could drop the closer they get to Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone tweeted. 10:05 am: Trade talks with teams interested in Lucroy are staring to pick up momentum, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, who says the Mets, Indians, Rangers, Astros and Red Sox have all been in contact with Milwaukee. In exchange for Lucroy, the Brewers are looking to acquire high-end prospects and a catcher, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported late July

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  • 32 of the Most Scandalous, Controversial, and Memorable Moments in Summer Olympics History

    ​The summer games are a place for glory, victory, and honor. They're also a place for controversy, scandal, and dishonesty. As such, let's round up Olympic moments from both ends of the spectrum, from disgraceful cheating in 1896 to seriously inspiring

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  • Police helped Rangers' top prospect Joey Gallo get to game on time

    Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo was called up to the major leagues Tuesday and inserted into the starting lineup while he was still miles away from the ballpark fighting his way through traffic hoping to make it to the game on time. The Rangers

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  • Chelsea forward hints at departure

    The biggest story for Chelsea on Thursday may turn out to be an Instagram post from Diego Costa, which many fans interpreted as a goodbye message, rather than their 1-0 friendly win over Liverpool. Although the Spain striker didn't play a single minute of the victory in the International Champions Cup, he posed with some Chelsea teammates in the dressing room after the match at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and hinted at an exit with the caption of his photo. Costa has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window, with his former team Atletico Madrid one of the suitors, which has led to fans believing his thank you message means he knows an exit is close.

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  • This video of Lionel Messi in training is just glorious (Luis Suárez nutmeg included)

    Lionel Messi is awesome. Not only did he cut his vacation short so he could rejoin the Barcelona squad a week earlier to train with his teammates in England and play every friendly match in preseason, he is also using the training sessions  to show just how amazing he is. These are just 140 seconds of greatness. Messi is laughing in the Rondos as he makes his teammates look like fools, he's dribbling Mathieu like he's not even there, and he's even nutmegging his good friend Luis Suárez just because why not. He's also scoring goals on little posts, because every goalpost is big enough for Messi. Just wish Messi was not blonde. But hey, you can't always get what you want. Still, Messi, you're awesome.

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  • Huge If True: Will Canucks take on Evander Kane?

    Last week in this space, we discussed whether the Vancouver Canucks would be able to trade for a scoring winger. At the time, though, the idea that Evander Kane would be the target was a little farfetched. Kane was arrested late last week for allegedly harassing three women, and potentially choking and pulling the hair of one of them.

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  • The smartest career move that Tour de France winner Chris Froome ever made was posing as someone else

    As the now three-time Tour de France winner revealed in his autobiography, "The Climb," Froome once impersonated a Kenyan cycling official, using the man's email username and password to get his résumé into the right hands. It was 2006, and Froome, who was born and raised in Nairobi, was racing as an amateur for Kenya's national cycling federation. The up-and-coming talent, who aspired to race abroad, found himself caught in a power struggle between his mentor, David Kinjah, and the federation's president, Julius Mwangi.

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  • BJ Penn Expects to Return in November, Reponds to Dana White's Comments

    UFC president Dana White, in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, said that if B.J. Penn could go back and do it over again that the UFC Hall of Fame member would “do things differently if he could.” White's comments were in response to being asked about fighters that didn't live up to their potential. “It’s flattering and it makes you sad at the same time,” Penn said about White's comments. “Maybe Dana White will look back and be like, ‘You know what?

    MMA Weekly
  • Carl Frampton setting example for other elite boxers by pursuing tough fights

    Carl Frampton will meet Leo Santa Cruz in New York on Saturday. Frampton will challenge Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday in Brooklyn in the main event of a Showtime-televised card at the Barclays Center. It is a fight that Frampton, who became a unified super bantamweight champ by defeating Scott Quigg in February, didn’t have to take.

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  • Agent: Spurs sign David Lee

    David Lee is signing with the Spurs. Free agent forward David Lee has signed a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, agent Mark Bartelstein told The Vertical. Lee will have a player option in the second year of his deal, which will be worth the veteran’s minimum.

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  • Live At Bethesda Mews – 29 Elegant SF Homes

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  • 2016 BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS: I have Ohio State 3rd, and I regret it already

    At the end of each conference run-through, I take a look at how I perceive the conference's balance of power heading into the season. This is in no way based on schedules, so they are not predictions. This is just how I would rank the teams after writing thousands of words about each of them. When I finished all of the Group of Five conferences, I compiled a full mid-major power rankings list. Now we're into the power conferences; here's the ACC, and here's the Pac-12. Each team's name below links to its full preview. Tier 1 1. Michigan 2. Michigan State 3. Ohio State I've gone back and forth on this constantly. As you see below, all three of these teams have low numbers in returning production.

    SB Nation
  • Brock Lesnar WWE Wellness Policy Exemption Considered Unfair ‘Double Standard’ Backstage

    When news first broke that Brock Lesnar would not be suspended by WWE for failing two UFC drug tests, superstars backstage were pretty upset. But now that the word has gotten out that Brock is completely exempt from the policy altogether, the feelings in the locker room have reportedly flowered into outrage over the double standard of the Wellness Policy. According to Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, when the locker room learned that Lesnar has never been tested at any time under the Wellness Policy, performers declared this to be an unfair double standard due in large part to the nature of part-timers’ contracts already: While no performer in WWE is likely

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  • Sano breaks bat on his knee

    Miguel Sano swings and misses at the Chris Withrow pitch for the final out of the 8th, then breaks his bat in frustration

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  • Now you can join Angie's List for free.

    Now you can join Angie's List for free.

    That means everyone has access to our real reviews that we actually verify - and we can also verify that what goes down doesn't always come back up.

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  • Tigers' version of rock-paper-scissors features water cooler smash to the head

    On Wednesday, Detroit Tigers stars Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were generous enough to give the world a glimpse of the team's very odd -- and violent -- version of rock-paper-scissors. The two players in question are shortstop  Jose Iglesias and second baseman Ian Kinsler, with Kinsler delivering the punishment and Iglesias absorbing the bonk to the head. While Verlander and Cabrera's sneak peak into Detroit's clubhouse is surely appreciated by the masses, the Tigers' game brings up a few questions, most pressing of which: What is the origin of the game? And how can we see more of it?

    ABC News
  • Winnipeg Jets defend controversial Bobby Hull honor

    All three will be inducted into the new Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame this year. Now, that history has led to Fast wondering “what the hell” True North Sports was thinking putting Hull in their Hall of Fame.

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  • Video: Matt Cain launches a three-run home run

    Madison Bumgarner isn’t the only Giants pitcher who can rake. Matt Cain crushed a three-run home run during Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Cain stepped to the plate with runners on the corner and one out against Reds starter Cody Reed in the bottom of the second inning. Reed threw a 1-1 fastball down the middle and Cain hit it about 20 rows back in the left field seats. It’s Cain’s first homer of the season, his first since 2012, and the seventh of his 12-year career. He still has some work to catch up to Bumgarner, who has two homers this year and 13 in his career. On the pitching side of things, Cain got the win against the Reds on Tuesday night, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk

    HardballTalk
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  • Nicholas Linheim interview after winning Utah Championship

    Nicholas Lindheim talks about his win at the 2016 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank.

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  • Baby: The negative impact Big 12 expansion could potentially have on Texas A&M 

    However, if Houston makes the jump into the Power Five, that changes. And for other schools trying to poach Houston coach Tom Herman, stealing him will be much more difficult if the Coogs head to the Big 12. Ben Baby: Right now, the next A&M QB will be either Jake Hubenak or Nick Starkel. Starkel is still pretty young, while Hubenak has started before and has an incredible career arc. It's been neat to track his journey from Georgetown. As for the person to miss more, Kyle Allen seems like the one to watch with heartbreak. Allen should do well when Greg Ward Jr. leaves Houston, and it might be two years before we see what Kyler Murray brings to the table at Oklahoma. Trevor Knight, 3,000 passing

    SportsDay
  • Andrea Bargnani is heading to Spain, and this is probably the end

    Free-agent big man Andrea Bargnani will return to Europe, signing a two-year deal with Saski Baskonia of Spain’s ACB — widely acknowledged as the second-best professional hoops league in the world — that, more than likely, spells the end of the NBA road for the former No. 1 overall draft pick. The 7-footer entered the NBA in 2006 after spending the first four years of his professional career in his native Italy, showcasing a sharpshooting touch from beyond the 3-point arc that helped Benetton Treviso win the 2006 Serie A title and earned him designation as the Euroleague’s 2005-06 Rising Star, an honor given to the top 22-and-under performer in the continental competition. Bargnani acquitted himself pretty admirably in his first few years in Toronto, offering scoring punch and an outside shooting threat on teams led by Chris Bosh and the T.J. Ford/Jose Calderon point guard combination that hung around the middle of the Eastern Conference pack.

    Ball Don't Lie
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  • Minnesota Vikings lock up head coach Mike Zimmer for long haul

    There’s a lot to get excited about with the Minnesota Vikings’ future — a new stadium and a talented roster. The Vikings announced that they signed Zimmer to a contract extension prior to his third year on the job. The news came as a surprise as the Vikings reported to training camp.

    Shutdown Corner
  • In case you missed it on Wednesday, presented by Citi

    Jeurys Familia's 52-straight saves streak came to an end as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 5-4, at Citi Field on Wednesday Read more Jose Reyes hopes to miss only a few games with his intercostal strain Read more The Mets should find an outfielder and reliever before Monday's trade deadline Read more  What's on tap for Thursday, July 28 The Mets open a four-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom (2.73 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) gets the start against Tyler Anderson (3.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP). For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated

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