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Sea Lion Strandings Climb, Scientists Still Stumped

This year, an unusually high number of sea lion pups have stranded on southern California's shores, overwhelming marine mammal rehab centers.

Starving sea lions ashore in Calif.

Starving sea lion pups are washing up on Southern California beaches at a rate more than five times higher than usual, and scientists are scrambling to figure out why.

Since the beginning of the year, nearly 1,300 emaciated sea lions found

stranded on beaches from San Diego to Santa Barbara have been treated at facilities across the state.

  • Olympian Meets Girl Who Returned Stolen Gold Medal

    The young girl who found and returned a stolen Olympic gold medal got to meet its rightful owner on Monday, reports WSB-TV Atlanta, a local ABC affiliate. Chloe Smith, now 7 years old, found the medal in a pile of trash two months ago while out walking

    Good Morning America
  • Teddy Bridgewater's Gruesome Injury Was Reportedly So Bad He Nearly Lost His Leg

    Teddy Bridgewater suffered what sounded like an absolutely horrific leg injury in Vikings practice on Tuesday, and he’ll almost certainly be out for the entire season with a torn ACL and a dislocated knee. Source confirms tibiofemoral dislocation, ruptured ACL for Bridgewater. Tibiofemoral dislocation … basically, Bridgewater's femur (upper leg) went off the tibia (shin, lower leg.) Yeah.

    UPROXX
  • Sixers waive both Carl Landry, just acquired Tibor Pleiss

    Carl Landry and Tibor Pleiss are going to get paid this year — they both had fully guaranteed contracts for this season. But they are not going to be playing for the Philadelphia 76ers this season — both were waived by the team on Thursday. This was not unexpected. Both players salaries will count against the cap for the Sixers (they are still $16 million below the league salary floor). Once they clear waivers, both players will be unrestricted free agents (Landry likely will latch on with another team for the league minimum, Pleiss may as well or could head overseas). Landry will still make $6.5 million (fourth highest on the Sixers) but would have been battling for minutes in crowded and young

    ProBasketballTalk
  • Report: Three minor leaguers arrested on Sunday after a bar brawl

    Pirates minor leaguers Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas (pictured) were arrested on Sunday morning in Toledo, Ohio after a bar brawl, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports, citing documents provided by the Toledo Municipal Court. Ngoepe was charged with one count of simple assault and two counts of resisting arrest. Neverauskas was charged with two counts of resisting arrest and one count of misconduct. Tigers minor leaguer Warwick Saupold was involved as well and was arrested for simple assault. Saupold allegedly punched Andrey Goncharuk (not a player for either teams’ affiliates) in the face outside of the Bronze Boar bar, which is across from the Toledo Mud Hens’ ballpark.

    HardballTalk
  • Tony Stewart's Twitter Tirade Against Colin Kaepernick Quickly Backfires

    Tony Stewart did his racing legacy no favors yesterday when he picked up his smartphone and Tweeted his way into the Colin Kaepernick National Anthem controversy. The 45-year-old three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion took umbrage with The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sitting down during the National Anthem in a game over the weekend. Stewart called him an idiot.

    The Drive
  • Giants bring back OL Will Beatty

    The Giants are bringing back Will Beatty after releasing the offensive lineman earlier this year, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  New York beat out several other suitors for Beatty, who accepted a 1-year deal with a guarnateed salary of $1.1 million, plus about $750,000 in incentives, according to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano. Beatty, who mostly played left tackle during his first tenure with the Giants, is expected to play right tackle and compete with Marshall Newhouse for playing time. The offensive lineman had worked out for the Panthers this offseason, and had an offer from the Jaguars. The Cardinals and Saints were also interested in bringing Beatty in for a workout.  Beatty was drafted

    SNY
  • High school basketball players convicted in pool cue rape case

    SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — One Tennessee high school basketball player was found guilty of aggravated rape and two others were found guilty of aggravated assault against a freshman teammate, a person familiar with the juvenile court case said Tuesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the hearing Tuesday involving the Ooltewah High School students was closed to the public and no ruling was publicly announced immediately afterward. The defendants’ names haven’t been released because they were in juvenile court. The Chattanooga Times Free Press first reported the verdicts. The case arose Dec. 22 while the team from the Chattanooga area was playing in a tournament about 150 miles

    New York Post
  • Still ‘a hooper,’ Chris Bosh expects to be cleared to return to Heat for training camp

    Chris Bosh watches from the bench as the Miami Heat take on the Charlotte Hornets during Game 4 of the 2016 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. With NBA teams’ training camps set to get underway in less than one month, Chris Bosh hit social media on Monday to show that, nearly eight months after pulling out of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game amid concerns related to another round of the frightening blood-clotting problems that have prematurely ended his last two seasons, he’s stepping up his workouts in what would seem to indicate continued interest in returning to the Miami Heat this season. “I know I’ve been gone for a moment, but now I’m back,” Bosh says.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Rumor Roundup: Triple H vs. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns plans, Cesaro injury, more!

    Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact, it's just circulating around the pro wrestling rumor mill. Remember, take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Triple H vs. Seth Rollins could be planned for WrestleMania 33, which they may have started building to already on Raw this week. Roman Reigns is expected to pick up his feud with Rusev again now that he lost in the

    Cageside Seats
  • Yasiel Puig claimed off waivers, but don't count on a trade from Dodgers

    The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have found another team that wants Yasiel Puig. According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, an unknown team has made a waiver claim on Puig, who the Dodgers sent down to Triple-A earlier this month after not being able to move him at the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. What that means essentially in modern terms: Some unknown team out there swiped right on Puig.

    Big League Stew
  • Alabama OL Alphonse Taylor not guilty of DUI charge

    Taylor started all 15 of Alabama’s games in 2015 (Getty). Alabama offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor has been found not guilty regarding his July DUI arrest. Taylor was arrested Sunday, July 17, after he placed a call to police saying he hit a parked car.

    Dr. Saturday
  • 'I Feel Bad For Whoever's Next'

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender Travis Browne has a warning for all the female bantamweights who think the path to the 135-pound title is free and clear while ex-champion Ronda Rousey is on temporary hiatus. "Hapa" told ESPN that "Rowdy" is suffering no lasting effects from her violent knockout loss to Holly Holm last November, and once she's ready to step back inside the Octagon -- somewhere toward the earlier part of next year -- the first person fed to the Olympic judoka will be toast. Including her own upset loss, the women's bantamweight title changed hands three times over the past 10 months. Holm coughed up the strap when Miesha Tate strangled her into submission at UFC 196, a similar fate for "Cupcake" when she ran into Amanda Nunes last July.

    MMAmania.com
  • 'The Show or no': Raffi Torres gets training camp invite from Hurricanes

    Raffi Torres will get the opportunity to find out if his rehabilitated knee can withstand the rigors of the NHL after the Carolina Hurricanes extended the 34-year-old forward a training camp invite. Aaron Ward broke the news of the invite with the Hurricanes confirming to the News and Observer on Tuesday. Between ACL surgeries and various suspensions, Torres has only played 56 NHL regular season and playoff games since 2013.

    Puck Daddy
  • Cuban-Americans blast 49ers' Kaepernick for wearing Fidel Castro T-shirt

    Cuban-Americans are fuming over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to don a T-shirt emblazoned with the image of Fidel Castro, the longest-ruling dictator in the Western hemisphere, while making a high-profile protest against what he says is mistreatment of African-Americans in the United States. Kaepernick has dominated headlines recently in the Nation Football League’s preseason because of his refusal to stand during the "Star-Spangled Banner." Kaepernick says he's protesting what he describes as the oppression of blacks in the United States.  At a recent press conference after a game, Kaepernick’s wore a shirt showing photos of Castro in a meeting the former Cuban

    Fox News Latino
  • Report: Jack Wilshere available on loan; Juventus, Roma interested

    Multiple reports are claiming that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has met with Arsene Wenger and wants to go out on loan to play regularly. Wilshere, 24, hasn’t started any of Arsenal’s opening three games of the season and after the arrival of Granit Xhaka this summer, it seems as though the England international is down to fifth or sixth place in the pecking order with Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny around. It is widely claimed that Serie A sides Juventus and AS Roma are interested in taking Wilshere on loan, while West Ham United has also been mentioned by the London Evening Standard but it seems as though Slaven Bilic is looking elsewhere and is focusing

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Froome wins stage 11 to close gap on Quintana

    Chris Froome won stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana to move up to second in the general classification, 54 seconds behind Nairo Quintana.

    Omnisport Video
  • Sources: Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress enters rehab

    Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has checked into an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has checked into an inpatient rehabilitation clinic and will not be suspended by Major League Baseball after a DWI arrest last Friday during which police found marijuana in his car, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The 28-year-old Jeffress is expected to spend about a month in a Houston-area clinic, according to sources.

    Jeff Passan
  • Watch This Woman Effortlessly Make American Ninja Warrior History in a Mini-Skort and Sports Bra

    If you're not already familiar, American Ninja Warrior has undeniably raised the bar for game shows by sending contestants through impossible obstacle courses and severely testing athletic ability for our viewing pleasure. On Monday, Stuntwoman Jessie Graff made show history after becoming the first woman to complete Stage 1 in the show's national finals. And if being a #GIRLBOSS wasn't enough, Graff conquered the obstacle course with 12 seconds to spare wearing a custom-made, Green Lantern costume in all its sparkling, mini-skort glory. The 32-year-old Graff, who's done stunts on Supergirl (how fitting), went on to the finals after running record time in Los Angeles. At the finals, she flew

    Marie Claire
  • No trade: Yasiel Puig is staying with the Dodgers. At least for now.

    Yesterday it was reported that Yasiel Puig was claimed on waivers. But, as we know, waivers in August are revocable, meaning that just because a team claims a guy doesn’t mean they get him. And just because a waiver claim gives you a right to negotiate with the player’s team regarding a trade, doesn’t mean a trade will be made. That seems to be what has happened with Puig, Jon Heyman reports that the allotted time for the claiming team to negotiate a trade had expired so the Dodgers pulled him back. ESPN’s Jim Bowden has reported that the team that claimed Puig did so in order to block another team from claiming and then trading for Puig, which happens fairly often in these scenarios. Puig continues

    HardballTalk
  • Giant moth surprises Reds' Ivan De Jesus during at-bat

    Baseball isn’t considered an outdoor sport like mountain biking, fishing or kayaking, but Cincinnati Reds infielder Iván De Jesús Jr. found out you can get plenty close to nature playing baseball, too. De Jesús was standing in the batter’s box Monday night ready to swing away when unbeknownst to him, a giant moth, roughly 1/3 of the size of the number on the back of De Jesús’ uniform, planted itself right in the middle of his back during his at-bat. The moth didn’t stay long, it was knocked off and flew away when De Jesús swung and missed, but the point was made. The batter’s box is no longer a safe place.

    Big League Stew
  • Jones' first MLB hit and RBI

    JaCoby Jones smacks a double into right field for his first Major League hit and RBI to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead in his big league debut

    MLB.com
  • Forde-Yard Dash: Where everyone's optimistic ... for now

    Any arrests, transfers, flunk-outs or NCAA issues you have read about are blown out of proportion. Alabama has recovered from both to reach the College Football Playoff – and won it all last season – but significant emotional distress was visited upon the Tide faithful by the program’s first back-to-back losses to Ole Miss. If it happens a third straight time, heaven help the houndstooth wearers.

    Pat Forde
  • Dwight Howard is shooting 19-footers to better his free throws (Video)

    Dwight Howard takes in the fights. Dwight Howard hit a career-low 48.9 percent from the free throw line in 2015-16, a pretty significant millmilestone for someone who entered the league in 2004, and someone whose free throw work has been endlessly scrutinized for over a decade. Howard, then working for the Houston Rockets, was also a repeated target of the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ defensive philosophy, fouled purposely throughout contests in order to send his sub-standard stroke to the charity stripe in hopes for a pair of clangs.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • 10 deals to look out for on Transfer Deadline Day

    As the seconds tick away, Premier League teams will become more desperate. The summer transfer window for PL clubs closes at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday and there seems to be plenty of business still to be done by all 20 teams. Below is a look at the top 10 players to keep an eye on in the next 24 hours or so, as deals for them to move elsewhere already seem to be in motion. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal): English midfielder wants to head out on loan. Juventus, Roma are interested, plus several PL clubs. A mercurial talent who just needs to play regularly. Wilfried Bony (Manchester City): Out of the picture completely at City, Bony could head to West Ham, Stoke or Everton. Powerful striker who needs to regain

    ProSoccerTalk
  • US military members are showing support for Colin Kaepernick with #VeteransForKaepernick

    It was Friday night when people first noticed that Colin Kaepernick wasn’t standing for the national anthem. Since then there has been a firestorm of opinion as people reacted to his protest. Many claimed that Kaepernick’s decision to sit

    SB Nation