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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.
  • Joakim Noah skips Knicks dinner with West Point cadets due to anti-war stance

    The #Knicks eat with the cadets & listen to a memorable speech @WestPoint_USMA. “It’s hard for me a little bit – I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world,’’ Noah said. Noah received permission from Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek to skip the team function.

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  • At West Point, Noah, Plumlee Reveal Knicks' Split Opinions on Role of Military

    The Knicks' decision to hold training camp at West Point for a third straight year has inspired split opinions within the team on matters related to current events.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • Angel Pagan body-slammed a fan on the field

    Don’t interrupt Angel Pagan in the middle of a wild card race. Better yet, don’t interrupt him at all. A fan learned that the hard way during Friday’s Giants-Dodgers game. In the fourth inning, a group of fans ran onto the field with white flowers in their hands, presumably to hand to Giants players. According to eyewitness accounts, one player was reprimanded by San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner, while Buster Posey fended off another. Angel Pagan, however, took more extreme and inventive measures. On-field security started closing in on the fan as he approached Pagan, but didn’t appear to pick up the pace until the outfielder dropped him on the field. Vin Scully, who was wrapping up the

    HardballTalk
  • What kind of manager would Cristiano Ronaldo be?

    Cristiano Ronaldo remains central to Real Madrid’s goal-scoring aspirations, but one day, he will have to hang up his cleats. [ FC Yahoo: You won’t believe what Jamie Vardy drinks before games ] The soccer “afterlife” is a daunting prospect for a man

    FC Yahoo
  • Tony Grossi provides some Browns insight

    Browns insider Tony Grossi talks about his reaction to Josh Gordon's announcement, Terrelle Pryor's emergence and what Cleveland fans can look forward to after an 0-3 start.

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  • José Fernández's Pallbearers Wear No. 16 Jersey in Emotional Funeral for Marlins Star

    Pallbearers wearing Miami Marlins star José Fernández number 16 jersey carried his casket into the private funeral that was held for the 24-year-old on Thursday. One day after fans were able to say their final farewell, nearly 200 members of the Miami Marlins organization gathered at St. Brendan Catholic Church with Fernández's closest family and friends. Dee Gordon, the player who hit a solo home run to begin the first Marlins game after Fernández's death, was also spotted crying in the pews.

    People
  • Beckham: 'I'm just going to go out and be who I am'

    Even though Odell Beckham's on-field behavior and demeanor have long been in question, the Giants star receiver insists he is not going to change the way he plays.

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  • Michigan State lands second Class of 2017 commitment

    Tom Izzo landed his second commitment in the Class of 2017 as big man Xavier Tillman announced that he will be attending Michigan State. A 6-foot-7, 235 pound power forward, Tillman is a physical-if-undersized player that is rated as a three-star prospect. “Tillman is another big and strong interior presence for Michigan State,” said NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips.

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  • Joe Maddon reacts to Cubs' players' criticism of 'spring training' lineups

    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for having his finger on the pulse of his players. In fact, Maddon has actually drawn criticism from within for resting regulars and using “spring training” like lineups after the team clinched the NL Central division and wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. In particular, ace Jake Arrieta and catcher Miguel Montero weren’t thrilled with the lineups and some in-game changes that directly impacted them during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss in Pittsburgh.

    Big League Stew
  • How the Rangers want to handle their young forwards

    Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers need to put young players like Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich into situations where they can be successful. He said that the two of them are "both good offensive players" and need to be put in positions where they can show the coaches and their teammates "what they can do." Vigneault said that Vesey wants to prove that he can play at this level and also possess "a great skill set" and is "very determined." (MSG) The Rangers have said that they want to go with three lines that can score and a fourth line that is focused a bit more on defense, faceoffs and penalty killing. Adam Rotter: Pending that the Rangers are healthy, there are only so many spots to

    SNY
  • Giants score two, Pence approves

    Nolan Arenado throws the ball away on Johnny's Cueto bunt attempt, allowing two runs to score and eliciting elation from Hunter Pence

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  • Vikings succeeding despite suffering major setbacks, ready for Giants

    The 3-0 Minnesota Vikings will host the 1-2 New York Giants this Monday night in their new stadium with both teams dealing with major changes.

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  • Ryder Cup Day 1: Rory McIlroy takes a bow as Europe flips the script on U.S.

    Your browser does not support iframes. Remember when the United States got off to a perfect start to the 2016 Ryder Cup, winning all four matches in Friday’s morning session and were being touted as having better than an 80 percent chance to win back

    Devil Ball Golf
  • Vacc's three keys when Jets host Seahawks

    If the Jets lose this game and fall to 1-3, they will have lost more than just any tiny shot they had at winning their division.

    Comcast SportsNet New York
  • Wayne Rooney's accidental assist helps Man United win first Europa League game

    Whether he meant to awkwardly deflect the ball – or not – to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the winning goal doesn’t matter right now. All that matters for one Wayne Mark Rooney is that he was on the field and found himself in the right place at the right time to create something positive for Manchester United.

    FC Yahoo
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he has practiced on a simulator but is not ready for a race car

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he’s used a simulator as part of his rehabilitation from a concussion suffered earlier this season, but admits he’s not ready to get back into a race car yet. “I feel so much better than I did five weeks ago,” Earnhardt said Saturday at Dover International Speedway. “We’ve got so much time to figure it out,” Earnhardt said of getting back on the track.

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  • Who should win the MVP Awards? Who will?

    With the regular season ending on Sunday and most of the playoff spots locked up, there’s really only one big thing left to argue about: postseason awards. So let’s spend some time looking at who should win each of the four major awards and who will win them. Which are often totally different things. First up: The MVP Awards.  Who should win the AL MVP Award?  We at HBT have tended to lean toward the idea that the best player should win the MVP Award, regardless of whether his team wins or not. It’s not an iron-clad thing, of course. In the past I’ve supported some more narrative-driven MVP candidates and, more importantly, deciding who is “the best player” in an objective sense is not always

    HardballTalk
  • Ryder Cup: Breaking Down the Friday Morning Pairings

    How sharp will Stenson be after taking a couple of weeks off to rest a torn ligament in his knee? Is Rose 100% fit, something he said he wasn’t during the FedEx Cup playoffs? Spieth and Reed were the U.S. bright spots in the loss two years ago in Scotland.

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  • Every Wild card tiebreak scenario you need to know, and more ...

    Matthew Cerrone | Snapchat | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me With tonight's win over the Phillies, the Mets have guaranteed themselves at least a tie of the second Wild Card spot and a potential tiebreak game on Monday.  If the Mets can win one of the next two games -- regardless of what the Cardinals and Giants do -- the Mets clinch at least the second Wild Card spot outright.  However, if the Mets win just the one from the Phillies and the Cardinals and Giants continue to win, things get interesting... Who gets home field, St. Louis or New York? Technically, it's not decided yet. However, in order for the Cardinals to force a tiebreak, it means they went at least 2-1, if not 3-0,

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  • Cardinals win on controversial walk-off double from Yadier Molina

    The St. Louis Cardinals kept themselves firmly in the National League wild card race with a huge, walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Problem is, the hit that won the game may not have been called properly. With two outs in the ninth inning, catcher Yadier Molina stepped to the plate with a man on first. On the 2-0 pitch, Molina lined a ball deep to left field.

    Big League Stew
  • Jose Aldo explains why he's willing to walk away for good after UFC's latest slap in the face

    Jose Aldo’s decision to request his release from the UFC and essentially walk away from his mixed martial arts career was years in the making and resulted from what he believes was a repeated pattern of disrespect. Globo revealed the news Monday that Aldo was unhappy that he hadn’t gotten a rematch with featherweight champion Conor McGregor and planned to walk away from the sport that had made him rich and famous. Aldo is the former UFC featherweight champion who is ranked fifth pound-for-pound.

    Kevin Iole
  • CIAA moves most conference title games out of NC over HB2

    In a major but not wholly unexpected move, the CIAA voted to move eight of its 10 conference championships out of North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2.

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  • Listen to Bill Belichick tear into 'Tuck Rule' referee after Week 3 fumble (Video)

    The New England Patriots head coach is doing some of his best work this season, and the Patriots’ 27-0 blanking of the Houston Texans in Week 3 was a maestro performance by him and his team. Bill Belichick had words for referee Walt Coleman. There’s interesting stuff throughout, including Belichick schmoozing with the former Patriots players and coaches now employed by the Texans, as well as the bits and pieces of Patriots’ strategy we get glimpses of.

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  • Premier League preview: Hull City vs. Chelsea

    Hull has only won four matches vs. Chelsea (4-10-30) Tigers have allowed nine goals in previous two PL matches Chelsea looking to rebound following Arsenal blowout Costa remains tied for league lead with five goals Both Hull City and Chelsea come into the weekend on a poor run of form, giving both clubs plenty of incentive to push for a result. The Tigers play host to Chelsea at the KC Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com). Following a pair of impressive victories to open the Premier League season, Hull has come back down to earth as of late, losing three of its last five matches in all competitions. With nine goals allowed in its last two PL matches

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  • Dusty Baker calls the Nationals “a baby making team.” Whatever that means.

    When the Nationals fired Matt Williams a year ago, it might’ve been a safe assumption that they were going to go with that new breed of young, handsome recently-retired player-turned-manager who, despite a lack of experience, allegedly knows how to deal with modern players better and knows how to handle a clubhouse. Instead, the Nats hired Dusty Baker.

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