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BOSTON - APRIL 15: The injured are helped at the scene of the first explosion on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
  • 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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  • Arnold Palmer Honored on First Tee at 2016 Ryder Cup

    The bag bore the emblem of the 1975 Ryder Cup, in which The King captained the U.S. to a 21 to 11 victory over the Europeans at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Pennsylvania, a club Palmer co-founded. Palmer, 87, passed away earlier this week, but his presence has been felt in Chaska, Minn., by players and fans alike.

    Golf
  • 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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  • Working-class fighter gives win bonus to opponent who needed it more

    John Castaneda, left, embraces Angel Cruz after their bout. Cruz’s original opponent fell out, and Combate officials were scrambling to find a replacement for him in a bantamweight fight. It was looking bleak for Cruz when Campbell McLaren, the head of Combate Americas, reached out to Castaneda.

    Kevin Iole
  • 3 Game-Day Outfits That Won't Have You Sporting Rhinestones

    Because last time I checked, my team's colors weren't sparkle and shine.From Marie Claire

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  • 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.

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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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  • Sprint Cup Dover qualifying canceled, Brad Keselowski starts from pole

    For the third race at Dover International Speedway in a row, Sprint Cup qualifying has been canceled due due to weather. The field for Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400 will be set by points, giving Brad Keselowski the pole. The field for the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway was also set by points. The starting top five will be Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano. Here’s the starting lineup for the Citizen Soldier 400.

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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.

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  • 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

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  • Ryder Cup: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed Blow 4 Up Lead, Halve Morning Match

    What was once a blowout and surely another page in the Jordan Spieth/Patrick Reed Ryder Cup scrapbook became a halved match due to a rally from Europeans Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. Reed and Spieth were 4 up through 12 holes on the all-Spanish duo, but made three consecutive bogeys on the 13th, 14th and 15th to let Europe back into the match. The Spaniards made a birdie on the 16th hole to pull to 1 down entering the 17th. Spieth barely missed a long birdie putt, then Cabrera-Bello did this.

    Golf
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • Dylan McIlrath wants to prove he can be in the top-six

    Dylan McIlrath said that his goal last season was to just get his foot in the door but this season he wants to be in a consistent top-six role. (NYR) He said that he needs to prove that he is a reliable defenseman and play consistently and use his tools to play "every night." (NYR) McIlrath said that he was on the ice 4 times a week from July on to get as many reps on the ice as he can. (NYR) Alain Vigneault said that for McIlrath to play on a consistent basis he needs to be defensively responsible and make good decisions with the puck. Vigneault said that McIlrath has gotten better each season and he is expecting him to be better than he was at the end of last season. He added that McIlrath

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  • Joel Embiid to start in Sixers first preseason game

    After years of searching for a new home, the Sacramento Kings are set to open a new venue that raises the bar of what an arena can be. Along with some of the modern accouterments that have become commonplace like smartphone apps that allow fans to order food or watch replays from their seats, giant screens to watch the game and high-speed connections that let fans post photos almost instantaneously, the Golden 1 Center also has many first-of-its-kind features. There are the airplane hangar doors that can open to turn the venue into an indoor-outdoor arena and the “smart turnstiles” that will allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed. The 17,500-seat arena will be the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, will save about 1 million gallons of water a year compared to a typical venue of its size, was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and will get 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles.

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  • Cleveland's Hue Jackson is 'done' with questions on troubled Josh Gordon

    There were some cut-and-dried comments from Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson on Friday morning when the topic of receiver Josh Gordon came up. On Thursday, just days before his four-game suspension from the NFL was set to end and he could return to game play for the first time in almost two years as he’s been forced to the sidelines for repeated violations of the substance-abuse policy, the Browns and Gordon announced that Gordon was entering an in-patient rehab facility.

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  • Lindholm in Sweden, won’t report to Ducks until contract signed

    Yesterday, we passed along news of Hampus Lindholm‘s contract demands — reportedly eight years, at least $6 million per — and news that the prized young d-man has been training in Sweden. Now, his agent has confirmed Lindholm won’t be leaving Sweden until the deal gets done. “Our plan is to report to the team once we have a contract signed,” said Claude Lemieux, per the O.C. Register.

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  • Who Should Win the Cy Young 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. Next up: The Cy Young Awards.  The Cy Young races are easily the least clear-cut of them all. Neither league has a perfect candidate. Or for that matter, imperfect candidates who nonetheless look like Cy Young winners past of present. As such, the Cy Young Awards will likely be the least predictable honor handed out in November. Not that we won’t guess now. Who should win the AL Cy Young Award? There

    HardballTalk
  • United States off to perfect start in Ryder Cup

    Your browser does not support iframes. The United States has lost eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups. So it was understandable that Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed weren’t conceding anything in Friday morning’s foursomes, including a 22-inch putt on the ninth

    Devil Ball Golf
  • Premier League storylines: First vs second at WHL, Saints meet Foxes

    My goodness, do these European weeks allow the Premier League to just reach out and smack you in the face or what? The PL returns Friday with a match-up of two team on the precipice of the Top Four, and doesn’t stop until a thrilling Sunday leads us into an international break. Let’s dig into our Top Five storylines for the PL weekend. First versus second at White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City — 9:15 a.m. EDT Sunday (NBCSN) Pep Guardiola has already presided over a Manchester City win across town at Old Trafford, and scooping three points at White Hart Lane would be yet another gorgeous feather in his new sky blue cap. Want more insight into this 1v2? Here’s JPW with a PST Extra.

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  • 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

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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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  • Renault crew fights, extinguishes Magnussen fire at Malaysia (VIDEO)

    There must be something about the Enstone team and scary pit fires, because Kevin Magnussen had his near-Jos Verstappen at Hockenheim 1994 moment during this morning’s first free practice from the Malaysian Grand Prix. The young Dane pitted his Renault RS16 just eight minutes into the session because it all went wrong from there. Smoke and flames emanated from out of the roll hoop and in the engine bay, and Magnussen frantically jumped out of the car from there. He was OK, but in the subsequent minutes that followed, the car lit up several more times as it burned off fuel. The Renault Sport F1 Team crew then took to fighting and fanning the flames with fire extinguishers, and managed to douse

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  • Another report Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets nowhere near deal as deadline approaches

    Donatas Motiejunas and his agent had given the Rockets a Saturday deadline to make a contract extension offer they liked. But the sides aren’t even talking in a serious way. That was reported early on Friday, and now comes another report — this was from Calvin Watkins of ESPN — that the two sides are nowhere close to a deal. With the deadline to sign a qualifying offer approaching, restricted free-agent power forward Donatas Motiejunas and the Houston Rockets have exchanged contract proposals but remain far apart on an agreement, multiple sources told ESPN. Motiejunas is seeking a larger financial deal from the Rockets, but the two sides haven’t had serious contract discussions in a month, the

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