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The greatest chokes in sports history

aAuburn head coach Gene Chizik, left, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban shake hands following the Auburn's 28-21 win in the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Friday, November 26, 2010. Auburn rallied from a 24-0 deficit to remain unbeaten on the season. (Photo by Robin Trimarchi/Columbus Ledger-Enquirer/MCT via Getty Images)

The greatest chokes in sports history

Sometimes when the spotlight's brightest, sports stars don't shine, they trip and fall off the stage. On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs held an NBA title in their hands, and then fumbled it away. History suggests they'll have trouble recovering from their Game 6 implosion, but if nothing else, they'll have company. Get ready to cringe as you read of the greatest chokes in sports history. – Jay Busbee

  • The Cubs were so bad in Game 1 that Cleveland police are worried

    The Chicago Cubs turned in a disappointing performance during their 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series. Corey Kluber and the Indians’ big, bad bullpen completely dominated Chicago’s bats, giving up just seven hits over nine shutout innings. While that would normally be good news to the people of Cleveland, one local group seemed a bit concerned about the Cubs’ offensive struggles in Game 1. The Cubs’ bats no-showed so hard that the Cleveland police department tweeted that they filed a missing persons report for them.

    Big League Stew
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Rangers' five unanswered goals catapults them past Bruins, 5-2

    The Bruins jumped out to an early lead, but couldn't hold on as the Rangers stormed back in the final two periods with five unanswered goals. Led by Brandon Pirri, the Rangers defeated the struggling Bruins 5-2.

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  • Bruins' David Backes to miss at least 2 games after elbow surgery

    The injuries affecting the Boston Bruins isn’t only limited to their crease. Aside from being without their top two goaltenders they were also missing Frank Vatrano, Kevan Miller and David Backes. Backes is the newest member of the Bruins’ injured list and his situation was clarified a bit by the team on Wednesday morning.

    Puck Daddy
  • Experienced Cup drivers limited to 17 Xfinity and Truck Series races a year starting in 2017

    Kyle Busch will only be able to make 10 Xfinity Series starts in 2017. A rule limiting Sprint Cup drivers in NASCAR’s No. 2 and No. 3 series is official. NASCAR said Wednesday that Cup drivers with five years full-time experience in the series will be limited to 10 Xfinity races and seven Camping World Truck Series races a season starting in 2017.

    From The Marbles
  • Hassan Whiteside swallowed this shot like a black hole of blocks

    Hassan Whiteside ate a basketball for dinner. What is this!? Whiteside beat that shot to its own apex. That’s wild. Look at this! That’s unbelievable.

    SB Nation
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    Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans gives his take on the players who will shine and struggle in this week's NFL action.

    Yahoo Sports Videos
  • Rumor Roundup: Goldberg HoF, McMahon/Trump, Hardy/TNA, Paige

    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: Goldberg is expected to headline the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2017. Vince McMahon reportedly told current talent (and any former employees who asked him) to not respond to media inquiries about WWE Hall of Famer and

    Cageside Seats
  • Six more Olympic medalists stripped in Beijing 2008 retests

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Nine more athletes, including six medal winners, were retroactively disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics on Wednesday after failing retests of their doping samples. The International Olympic Committee announced the decisions in the latest sanctions imposed on athletes whose stored samples came back positive after being retested with improved methods. Four athletes were stripped of silver medals and two of bronze medals in weightlifting, wrestling and women’s steeplechase. All six athletes come from former Soviet countries — Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan — and all tested positive for steroids. The IOC stores doping samples for 10 years

  • EFL Cup QF draw: Man United-West Ham; Arsenal-Saints in all-PL ties

    Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s Manchester derby in the fourth round of the 2016-17 EFL Cup, the draw for the quarterfinal round presented a pair of all-Premier League clashes. Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28. As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium. Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw Liverpool vs. Leeds United Manchester United vs. West Ham Hull City vs. Newcastle

  • Trevor Bauer got a hilarious psych-out gift from a Cubs fan

    It’s been an eventful postseason for Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer. Two weeks ago he needed stitches after his pinky finger got mangled while repairing one of his hobby drones. Trevor Bauer had to leave in the first inning of ALCS Game 3 because of his bloody pinky.

    Big League Stew
  • Major League Baseball continues to waffle on Chief Wahoo

    World Series fever is gripping Cleveland, but an American Indian organization based in Cleveland is calling for protest. Of course such protests have taken place for years, with the Cleveland American Indian Movement and others referring to Chief Wahoo as a “symbol of genocide” while simultaneously noting its similarity to blackface “Sambo” characters and other racist imagery that has long since been banished from polite society. I’m assuming that the protesters are, as they usually are, being ignored by Indians fans as they make their way to the gates of Progressive Field. Fans like this one. Meanwhile, Wahoo remains, institutionalized by the Cleveland Indians and Major League Baseball in ways

  • Hampus Lindholm finally signs with Anaheim; now, who leaves?

    The Anaheim Ducks have finally signed their restricted free-agent defenseman – and, well, best defenseman – Hampus Lindholm to a six-year contract extension with an average annual value of $5.25 million, according to Bob McKenzie. Lindholm, 22, has played 236 NHL games and has 23 goals and 69 assists. Lindholm wasn’t eligible for salary arbitration, so playing hardball was the only effective tactic he and agent Claude Lemieux had.

    Puck Daddy
  • HSBC Champions: Tee Times, TV Schedule, Prize Money

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  • Tim Tebow answered Stephen A. Smith's dumb question with a riveting inspirational speech

    Hate on Tim Tebow all you want, but there’s no denying he’s one of the most motivational guys in sports — period. On Tuesday he appeared with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and dropped the best speech you’ll hear all week. When he was criticized for taking a long shot at making an MLB roster, Tebow dropped the hammer.

    SB Nation
  • LeBron, Kyrie and Cavs torch Knicks after halftime, open repeat bid with W

    LeBron James let the Knicks know early in the third quarter he was done messing around. “When this is over and that banner goes up, there’s only one thing left to do,” said Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert after receiving his 2016 NBA championship ring from Commissioner Adam Silver at center court of Quicken Loans Arena. The long journey to back-to-back titles begins with a single step, one the Cavs took confidently on Tuesday night, as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving put the hammer down on the visiting New York Knicks in the third quarter to open the 2016-17 NBA season with a 117-88 victory.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Did the Minnesota Vikings trade for a notable offensive lineman?

    Fooch’s update: It would appear this is for naught I don’t quite know what to make of this, but Pete Carroll may have said something a bit peculiar during a Wednesday press conference. There was apparently a question about trades, and Carroll said he “say Minnesota made a big move with an offensive lineman.” Here is what one beat writer tweeted about it: It is possible Carroll is BS’ing with the reporters, or he misheard something. I have no real idea, but it is at least something interesting. The Vikings have a need at left tackle, and there have been rumors Joe Staley and Joe Thomas are both on the trade block. Both of their head coaches have denied the rumors, but anything is possible in the

    Niners Nation
  • How would new Cup-Xfinity rules have affected teams in recent seasons?

    NASCAR announced a new rule Wednesday limiting participation in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series by Sprint Cup drivers. Under the restrictions, full-time Cup drivers with at least five years of experience will be limited to 10 races annually in Xfinity and seven in the Camping World Truck Series. They also will be prevented from entering the final eight races of the season in both series, covering their championship playoffs. The new rules would have affected three drivers this season — Kyle Busch (16 Xfinity starts for Joe Gibbs Racing), Brad Keselowski (13 Xfinity starts for Team Penske) and Joey Logano (13 Xfinity starts for Team Penske). This is the first major rules change affecting

    NASCAR Talk
  • “It is a final” — Manchester Derby day finds both City, United craving win

    It’s bonus Manchester Derby Day thanks to the EFL Cup, and so many eyes will be trained on Old Trafford come 3 p.m. ET. There’s plenty at stake on the day, as both Manchester United and Manchester City have undergone a run of disappointing play in recent weeks. United was spanked 4-0 by Chelsea on Sunday, bringing their Premier League run to 1W-2D-1L over four games. City’s had it far worse, winless in five with a trio of draws in the mix. For those considering that this derby could take on any lesser feel, rest assured that longtime rival bosses Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will not be operating at full blast (even with rumors of youth-heavy teams on Wednesday). Here’s Guardiola, from Sky

  • Georges St-Pierre shuts down rumored Michael Bisping fight at UFC 206

    A proposed fight between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping at UFC 206 was quickly shot down by GSP. For a moment, there appeared to be a light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing battle between Georges St-Pierre and the UFC. After St-Pierre declared himself as a free agent, the UFC drew their line in the sand and stated that the former champion was still under contract.

  • Kyle Schwarber shows why he's a freak of nature who can do some World Series damage for the Cubs

    Kyle Schwarber is a freak of nature, a hitter with the hand-eye coordination, explosiveness and guts to do what should be impossible. Now you know why the Cubs always believed Schwarber could help get them that championship parade down Michigan Avenue — and how the Cleveland Indians won’t just fade into history’s background as The Other Team. “No, not right now,” Schwarber said.

    Yahoo Sports
  • NHL on NBCSN: Bruins need a rookie goalie to step up against Rangers

    NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2016-17 campaign tonight when the New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here. The Boston Bruins have been without starting goalie Tuukka Rask (lower body) for two games now and things haven’t gone well. When Rask is between the pipes, Boston is 3-0-0, but when he’s not, they’re 0-3-0. They dropped Saturday night’s game to the Montreal Canadiens with Anton Khudobin in goal and with him on the shelf too, the Bruins were dismantled 5-0 by the Minnesota Wild last night. The Bruins turned to former first rounder Malcolm Subban yesterday and he lasted a little more than 30 minutes before being

  • Manny Pacquiao fights next weekend and no one cares

    Next weekend marks what should be a major fight in boxing in 2016 - the in-ring return of future Hall of Fame legend Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao last competed in April defeating sort-of rival Timothy Bradley in what was billed as Pacquiao’s retirement fight. Now, just 7 months later he returns. By all accounts, this should be a big deal. But it’s not. At all. We are currently 8 days away from fight time and the hype is at a complete zero. Manny Pacquiao is fighting, and no one cares. How did we get to this point? Let’s take a look at the various factors contributing to this dud in the making: Pacquiao’s star power has been fading. The last Bradley fight did just 400,000 PPV buys, the same as his

    Bloody Elbow
  • Welcome to the Tim Tebow baseball and PR Experience

    In the last seven days, I've talked to a handful of Mets insiders, none of whom believe Tim Tebow will be with the team next spring in Port St. Lucie. I've heard several different reasons behind their thinking. But, in the end, everyone agreed that -- if he's still with the organization -- he's more likely to show up in St. Lucie when minor-league camp starts, as opposed to when big leaguers arrive in February. This is good news ... if you ask me. It's nothing against Tebow, who has every right to pursue a career in baseball. It's just, the Mets have real goals, and real business at hand, as they try to right their ship and get back to the World Series. I expect Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah

  • New starter Dennis Schröder signs a multi-year extension with the Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks did as they had to. Fourth-year guard Dennis Schröder was signed to a four-year, $70 million contract extension on Wednesday, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe were the first to break the news. The move came on the eve of Schröder’s debut as a (hoped-for) season-long starter as Atlanta starting point guard, with the Hawks opening their 2016-17 campaign at home against Washington on Thursday night.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Are Two NFL Stars Betting Six-Figure Cars on Total Receiving Yards?

    Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown ranked second in the NFL among all wide receivers, with a total of 1,834 yards. New York Jets’ Brandon Marshall clocked in fourth, with 1,502. Analyze data for the past three years, and Brown’s still in the lead with an average of 125 receptions and 1,677 yards, while Marshall averaged 90 catches and 1,173 yards.

    The Drive