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BOSTON - APRIL 15: A man is down at the scene on Boylston Street after two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
  • The idiocy of baseball’s replay system was on full display in St. Louis last night

    Baseball’s current instant replay system, in place since the beginning of the 2014 season, has experienced hiccups, but it has generally avoided extreme controversy or high profile failures. Last night in St. Louis, however, the replay system failed in spectacular fashion, potentially costing a team a playoff berth. We wrote about the play last night: bottom of the ninth in a tied Reds-Cardinals game, Matt Carpenter on first base, Yadier Molina at the plate. Molina hits a ball which should’ve been a ground rule double, halting Carpenter at third. The umpires missed the ball bouncing out of play, however, and Carpenter was allowed to run home, scoring the winning run. Due to the noise and confusion

    HardballTalk
  • Brett Hull compares Team USA to Titanic, laments ‘old boys’ management

    Brett Hull was a sensational choice for ESPN as an analyst, as his passion for Team USA brought gravitas to his off-the-cuff comments. “The philosophy was picked, and they picked it to beat Canada,” continued Hull.

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  • 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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  • Xfinity Series Spotlight: Brandon Jones

    Brandon Jones was a fan of team owner Richard Childress long before he had the chance to drive for him. “I think it was my first race at Las Vegas,” Jones told NBC Sports. “He was in a hurry, Richard’s always in a hurry, but I was like, ‘Hey!’ I didn’t even know what to say to him. And now, thank gosh last year I got an opportunity to drive with him a little bit, and now we’re best friends. You can come in his office and kick back and have a normal conversation, so it’s great.” Jones, now 19, was given a five-race opportunity in 2015. After earning two top-five finishes, Jones received a full-time ride for 2016 driving the No. 33 Chevrolet. “It was a grin on my face, that’s for sure,” Jones said

    NASCAR Talk
  • Ohio State DC Greg Schiano cited for crash with bicyclist

    Greg Schiano is in his first season as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was issued a traffic citation Wednesday. Last Thursday morning, Schiano’s truck hit a bicyclist, resulting in a ticket for “failure to obey a traffic-control device.” The ticket is a minor misdemeanor, per the Columbus Dispatch.

    Dr. Saturday
  • Tiger Woods' Presence Already Benefiting the Fiery Patrick Reed

    The other members of Patrick Reed's foursome, or pod, didn't want to play a second nine holes Tuesday because it was too windy. The vice captain overseeing Reed's pod immediately volunteered to go with him. "He was like, 'All right, well, let's go,' and he walked it with me," Reed said Thursday morning.

    Golf
  • Pitcher who allowed Tim Tebow's home run tweets funny response

    St. Louis Cardinals prospect John Kilichowski will forever be the answer to a trivia question no one thought would exist even two months ago. During Wednesday’s instructional league game against the New York Mets, he was the pitcher who allowed a home run to Tim Tebow in Tebow’s first ever professional at-bat. On the first pitch he saw, Tebow took a high-and-outside fastball from Kilichowski and basically tomahawked it over the fence in left-center field.

    Big League Stew
  • Mourinho praises Rooney, stays level after Manchester United’s third-straight win

    Jose Mourinho implored Manchester United to relax after a three-match losing streak included losses to Manchester City, Feyenoord, and Watford. So it makes sense that the Portuguese boss isn’t throwing a parade after United went in the other direction with a trio of wins over Northampton Town, Leicester City, and Zorya Luhansk. “One week, three defeats. One week, three victories,” Mourinho explained after Thursday’s 1-0 win over Zorya at Old Trafford. “But I was not depressed by the defeats and I am not over the moon with three wins.” United looked ready to score from the opening whistle, but only found a single goal. Mourinho went out of his way to praise substitute Wayne Rooney, whose flubbed

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Report: Cavaliers giving championship rings to 1,000+ workers

    The Cavaliers will reportedly give David Blatt a championship ring, and Anderson Varejao also has one available. They aren’t the only two unexpected ring recipients. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: Majority owner Dan Gilbert and his partners decided

    NBC Sports
  • Yankees shouldn't shut down Betances

    Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives Yankees closer Dellin Betances maintains his role simply because the team's first two choices were traded at the non-waiver deadline. Betances might not be trusted with the job without similar circumstances next season, but the Yankees cannot figure that out by shutting down the reliever before the season ends. Betances has failed to maintain control over the closer's job since enjoying a strong beginning (14 games, 15 1/3 innings, nine saves in 10 chances, 0.57 ERA, 25 strikeouts and five walks) after Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were traded. Betances has faltered in staggering fashion over his last eight appearances. In six

    SNY
  • 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
  • Some details emerge in arrest of Alabama’s Tim Williams as LB cops to ‘mistake’

    And now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story. Thursday morning, reports surfaced that Alabama linebacker Tim Williams had been arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit.  Other than the fact that Williams was arrested by university police officers, no details were available.  Until now. From al.com: Williams was arrested in the Tuscaloosa Publix parking lot around 2:00 a.m., sources told AL.com. Police officers were doing a normal patrol when they smelled marijuana coming from Williams’ vehicle, according to sources. A passenger, who was not an Alabama football player, said the marijuana was his, but the officer then found the pistol under Williams’ seat while searching the

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  • Giants score two on error

    Nolan Arenado throws the ball away on a Johnny Cueto bunt attempt, allowing two Giants' runs to come in and score to give them a 5-2 lead

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  • Huge If True: What's happening with unsigned NHL RFAs?

    The biggest and most obvious of these, this week at least, is Jacob Trouba, whose agent recently revealed a trade request made back in May. But in terms of unsigned young stars, he’s actually a rather faint one. Most notably, Bob McKenzie gave us the mother of all RFA rumor roundups this week, supplementing plenty of other reporting on the subject that has been widely circulated in recent weeks. Just to rattle off the list of names he addressed in his Wednesday morning tweetstorm: Tobias Rieder, Rasmus Ristolainen, Lindholm, Trouba, Kucherov and Gaudreau.

    Puck Daddy
  • Darren Clarke on Willett's Bro's Article: 'Not What Europe Stands For'

    Will they do enough to help Europe keep the Cup?Now this is what the Ryder Cup needed: a little old-fashioned name-calling. Except Europe's captain Darren Clarke isn't having any of it.  On Wednesday, Danny Willett's brother penned a satirical article for the National Club Golfer where he absolutely went in on the U.S. players and fans.  A small sampling: "For the Americans to stand a chance of winning, they need their baying mob of imbeciles to caress their egos every step of the way. They need to silence the pudgy, basement-dwelling, irritants, stuffed on cookie dough and pissy beer, pausing between mouthfuls of hotdog so they can scream ‘Baba booey’ until their jelly faces turn red. If these things happen, Europe will win, and I’ll try to support gracefully by embracing the same sense of fair-mindedness that has permeated this unbiased article.

    Golf
  • Fanfest canceled for this year’s NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas

    The annual Fanfest on Fremont Street that is part of the NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas has been canceled for this year. The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper was first to report on the event’s cancellation in Thursday’s edition. Scheduling and logistic issues are partly cited for the reason of the cancellation, with Champion’s Week (Nov. 28 to Dec. 2) overlapping one of the biggest events held in Las Vegas each year, the National Finals Rodeo (Dec. 1 to Dec. 10). “We anticipate a new Champion’s Week schedule, which will prevent the event (Fanfest) from taking place,” Las Vegas Motor Speedway Vice President of Communications Jeff Motley told NASCAR Talk in an email. Fanfest has served as

    NASCAR Talk
  • Wenger after UCL win: This year’s Arsenal has “interesting potential”

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is growing in confidence when it comes to his Gunners’ chances in England and Europe, and it’s not hard to see why. Four days after Arsenal battered Chelsea 3-0 in Premier League action, the Gunners went out and handled FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League. Theo Walcott scored both goals in the 2-0 win, and there could’ve been so many more. Arsenal was fast, deliberate, creative, and dangerous. The finishing was not ideal, but the promise was massive. Perhaps more important, the Gunners posted a third-straight clean sheet and have allowed just four goals in eight matches since the 4-3 loss to Liverpool that opened the PL season. And Wenger acknowledges that his side

    ProSoccerTalk
  • Islanders agree to terms with Dennis Seidenberg

    Word surfaced on Wednesday morning that the New York Islanders were expected to sign veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to TSN’s Darren Dreger earlier in the day the value is reported to be $1 million. Seidenberg is currently playing a significant role for Team Europe, a surprise finalist against the heavily favored Canadians.

    NBC Sports
  • Tie-breaker tickets on sale Thursday

    The Mets announced Tuesday that tickets to a potential 2016 National League tie-breaker game will go on sale this Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m., online at Mets.com/tickets. The team also said it will soon e-mail season and plan ticket holders with information about an exclusive presale opportunity. What happens in a two-team tiebreak scenario? The Mets won four of seven games against the Giants this season. So, if the two teams end up tied with the same record, the Mets own the tie-breaker.   However, the Mets and Cardinals split the only six games they played this season, leaving their tie-breaker up in the air. According to MLB's rules, after head-to-head, the next tie-breaker is better

    SNY
  • We've moved forward this week - Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team are moving forward following an amazing performance against Basel.

    Omnisport Video
  • Week 4: Deep Sleepers and DFS Bargains

    To review … all of these players are owned in less than 60 percent of Yahoo leagues (at time of writing) and/or are a significant value in our daily game. A converted wide receiver, Washington is a size/speed prospect with big-play ability. With Ameer Abdullah likely shelved for the season (foot), he also figures to be the Lions’ primary rusher.

    Roto Arcade
  • Tim Tebow hits a homer in his first instructional league at bat

    Because of course he did. It wasn’t just his first at bat, but it was his first pitch. It came off of John Kilichowski, an 11th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Vanderbilt.  The ball went out to left center, off the bat of the lefty Tebow. Next time, meat, throw him a breaking ball.

    HardballTalk
  • Floyd Mayweather on Conor McGregor: 'I think he's a hell of a fighter'

    The proposed superfight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather may have been a pipe dream that went up in smoke, but that doesn’t mean that the two fighters won’t remain linked in the news. With McGregor seeking to become the first UFC fighter to hold world titles in two divisions simultaneously at UFC 205 and his grandstanding at the press conference earlier this week, he cemented his status as the top draw in all of MMA. It’s a blueprint that fight fans will notice has been sprinkled with influence from Floyd Mayweather’s historic rise to become the highest paid athlete in all of sports.

    Cagewriter
  • Perez wants F1 future resolved in next week as delays continues

    Sergio Perez wants to get his Formula 1 plans for 2017 firmed up in the next week after growing tired of continued delays in talks with Force India. Perez had hoped to make an announcement regarding his future following the summer break at the Belgian Grand Prix, only for delays to postpone any confirmation. The Mexican had been linked with moves to Williams and Renault, but his sponsors are understood to have settled on keeping him at Force India for another season. Perez said in Singapore two weeks ago that he expected to make an announcement prior to this weekend’s race in Malaysia, but nothing has been confirmed. Speaking to reporters in Sepang on Thursday, Perez expressed his frustration

    MotorSportsTalk
  • Barcelona comes back to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach in Champions League

    Gerard Pique scored the winning goal for Barcelona in the 73rd minute. Second-half goals from Arda Turan and Gerard Pique saw Barcelona maintain its perfect start in the Champions League as the Blaugrana came from a goal down to defeat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 on Wednesday. Gladbach had taken the lead in the first half when Thorgan Hazard, the less famous brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, opened the scoring in a brilliant counterattacking move by the home side.

    FC Yahoo