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Fans sport the "James Harden Beard" of the Houston Rockets before Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Toyota Center on April 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
  • 49ers release statement after Kaepernick sits during national anthem

    SANTA CLARA – The 49ers on Friday night confirmed a Pro Football Talk report that quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the team’s bench during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers organization released the following statement: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.” Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national

    CSN Bay Area
  • U.S. Soccer Kicks Hope Solo off the Team

    From ELLEU.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the women's national team for six months and her contract has been terminated. The federation said she earned the sharp rebuke for "conduct that is counter to

    Elle
  • Abused ex-gymnast tells USA Gymnastics: Open files

    INDIANAPOLIS — She still can’t utter the word “abuse,” but Kelly Cutright decided this week was time to speak out about the anguish she suffered at the hands of her gymnastics coach. The South Carolina woman’s former coach, William McCabe, began abusing her in 1999, according to court records. That was the year after USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, was warned that McCabe might be a sexual predator. Yet not until she read an Indianapolis Star investigation two weeks ago did Cutright find out that the organization had dismissed those allegations against McCabe as “hearsay” and filed them in a drawer in its headquarters here. Now, as USA Gymnastics prepares to argue in court

    USA Today
  • Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird Tampa Bay Lightning

    The Lightning may have ended the season short of its second ever playoff berth in the then-26 team league, but the promise for the future was there in a lot of ways. The Bolts had just played their first season in their new arena (then known as Ice Palace, now known as Amalie Arena) with roster talent a solid mix of NHL veterans and up-and-coming young talent, such as #77 Chris Gratton.

    Puck Daddy
  • Red Sox place Andrew Benintendi on the disabled list with a sprained knee

    This is one of those deals where you could’ve just read the headline and had the whole story, but the handbook says I have to put something in this space, so here we are. In other news, back-to-back posts with the names “Benintendi” and “Rzepczynski” is kind of fun. OK, fine. The deal with Benintendi is that he sprained his knee while running the bases in last night’s win over the Rays. He had an MRI on the knee but the results are not yet known. Chris Young will see the bulk of Benintendi’s playing time in the outfield. Infielder Marco Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill the roster spot. Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

    HardballTalk
  • Rangers pitcher gets arrested for drunk driving, urinates on himself

    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested for DWI after an early Friday morning traffic stop that, according to authorities, was equal parts dangerous and embarrassing. [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now] Take it away, Dallas

    Big League Stew
  • 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
  • Sporting News Predicts a USC upset over Alabama

    The last few remaining moments of the off season are filled with bold predictions. Sporting News has joined in on the bold predictions calling for the USC Trojans to upset the Alabama Crimson Tide. Most of the experts are calling for Alabama to win. Vegas has the Tide as roughly 10 point favorites over the Trojans. This article, however, argues that Lane Kiffin’s ultra-conservative and predictable play calling with a new quarterback will ultimately be Alabama’s downfall. Specifically, Kiffin’s over reliance on bubble screens may very well be the difference maker in this one. “Unless Kiffin deviates from his predictable and safe playcalling for his new quarterback, especially in that quarterback's

    Conquest Chronicles
  • 76ers, Jazz complete salary-based trade

    The Jazz plan to waive Kendall Marshall. In a deal constructed around salary-cap maneuvering, the Philadelphia 76ers sent guard Kendall Marshall to the Utah Jazz for center Tibor Pleiss, two second-round picks and cash. The Jazz plan to waive Marshall before his $2 million contract becomes guaranteed Saturday, league sources told The Vertical.

    Adrian Wojnarowski
  • No, really, a Hooters girl could help you with your fantasy football draft picks

    Would you ditch your living room and potluck-style fantasy draft party for a restaurant booth? American Express' Spending & Saving Tracker predicted more than 74 million Americans would participate in a fantasy football league last year, and put their expected spending at around $4.6 billion. "Fantasy football is essentially ['Dungeon and Dragons'] meets sports gambling," said Ken Tisch, a 28-year-old who participates in a league based in Washington.

    CNBC
  • 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
  • Aly Raisman's Best Stress-Buster: Simone Biles

    "It's going to be crazy," Raisman said. As watchers of the Olympics observed over the past few weeks, Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, and Laurie Hernandez are each other's consummate fans. "We have to be close," Raisman, who served as the team's captain in both 2012 and 2016, explained.

    Elle
  • Positional rankings: Projecting the NHL's top 25 goalies in 2016-17

    (Note: These rankings are based on players' projected performances in 2016-17.) Here’s the Yahoo Sports ranking of the top 25 goalies in the NHL for the 2016-17 season. Tell us where we went right -- or gently point out where we went wrong -- in the comments

    Yahoo Sports
  • Cleveland trades Barkevious Mingo to New England

    As a player who was the sixth overall pick in his draft, Barkevious Mingo hasn’t lived up to the expectations that come with being such a lofty selection. If it wasn’t obvious that the Cleveland Browns weren’t happy with Mingo when they declined to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal, on Thursday we got crystal-clear proof: the Browns traded him to the New England Patriots. Cleveland Plain-Dealer beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reported that the Patriots gave the Browns a 2017 fifth-round pick for Mingo.

    Shutdown Corner
  • 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
  • Arsenal's Sanchez lofts in goal

    Alexis Sanchez chips a shot in over a diving Heurelho Gomes to extend Arsenal's lead to 2-0 over Watford.

    NBC Sports
  • Hamilton takes initial 15-place grid drop at Spa

    Lewis Hamilton has taken an initial 15-place grid penalty for this weekend’s Formula 1 race in Belgium after exceeding the number of permitted power unit components for the season. Issues in the early races of 2016 meant a grid drop was inevitable for Hamilton later in the year, given that drivers are limited to using five of each power unit component across the course of the season. Hamilton confirmed on Thursday that he would be taking his grid drop in Spa in the hope that further penalties could be avoided later in the season. Mercedes announced during first practice on Friday that both Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg had taken fresh power units for the race weekend. “Fresh power units

    MotorSportsTalk
  • Jason Kipnis wants no part of Rougned Odor after hard slide

    No matter how well he plays this season, it will be tough for Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor to shake his reputation as the guy who punched Jose Bautista in the face. For all we know, Odor could be the nicest guy in the world. On the field,

    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
  • Best Player in Europe: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Bale, Griezmann to win award

    Cristiano Ronaldo was named the Best Player in Europe by UEFA on Thursday in Monaco, following the group stage draw for the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo, 31, beat other finalists teammate and Welsh international Gareth Bale and France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann to the award for the 2015-16 season. Barcelona duo Lionel Messi came fourth and Luis Suarez finished in fifth. The Portuguese striker scored 51 goals in 48 games for Real Madrid last season and led Portugal to its first-ever major title as a nation, winning the EURO 2016 trophy. Ronaldo said on stage that he was “living his dream” by playing football as he won the award for a second time in his career, the list title

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Jared Bednar brings championship resume as new Avalanche head coach

    Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned, the Colorado Avalanche have found their next head coach. After spending the last two seasons as a head coach in the AHL, Jared Bednar will get his shot at the NHL as he will be the one to replace Roy behind the Avalanche bench. “After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche EVP and GM Joe Sakic in a statement.

    Puck Daddy
  • Coyotes GM: Bolland ‘won’t be ready to play for the foreseeable future’ due to injury

    Arizona Coyotes fans anticipating Dave Bolland‘s debut for his new team will have to wait, and a long time, too, by the sounds of it. On Thursday, the Florida Panthers traded the 30-year-old Bolland and prospect Lawson Crouse to the Coyotes in exchange for draft picks. Bolland, who has an annual cap hit of $5.5 million, played in only 25 games last season, scoring once with five points. The move frees up plenty of cap space for the Panthers, while the Coyotes did well to pick up a young forward in Crouse, a former first-round pick who has yet to play in the NHL. However, at the moment, Bolland is dealing with an injury that could keep him out of any lineup for quite a while. Perhaps the entire

    ProHockeyTalk
  • Houston celebrates U.S. gymnastics star's homecoming on 'Simone Biles Day'

    Simone Biles acknowledges the crowd during a welcome home parade in Texas. (AP)   Everything’s bigger in Texas, and nobody’s bigger in Texas right now than Simone Biles. being home never felt better — Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) August 25, 2016 The

    Fourth-Place Medal
  • Moore loses no-hitter with 2 outs in 9th, Giants top Dodgers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) San Francisco lefty Matt Moore lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on a soft, clean single by Corey Seager, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Thursday night. Moore’s try ended on his 133rd pitch. It was Seager Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium, and a sellout crowd cheered Moore after the ball plopped onto the grass in shallow right field. Moore was pulled immediately. Giants manager Bruce Bochy had been pacing in the dugout for a couple of innings as Moore’s pitch count climbed – he missed most of the last two seasons after Tommy John surgery. Giants center fielder Denard Span sprinted for two outstanding catches, including a leadoff grab in the

    HardballTalk
  • WATCH: The man behind the 'greatest dunk ever' shocked a couple of NBA legends with a jaw-dropping showcase

    Dunk sorceror Jordan Kilganon is back. Kilganon is a 23-year-old professional dunker from Ontario, Canada. He hit the big-time during this year’s NBA All-Star weekend when he dunked in jeans. He got that invite on the back of landing his “Lost and Found” dunk in 2015, which is more commonly known as the greatest dunk ever: Now another video has popped up showing Kilganon perhaps not-so-randomly picked from the audience at NBA House by host and NBA legend Gary Payton. Helping out with proceedings was three-time NBA All Star Glen Rice – and neither could have predicted what happened next:

    Business Insider