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Cain Velasquez connects with a punch to Antonio Silva's face. (Getty)
  • 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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  • Ryder Cup Day 1: Rory McIlroy takes a bow as Europe flips the script on U.S.

    Your browser does not support iframes. Remember when the United States got off to a perfect start to the 2016 Ryder Cup, winning all four matches in Friday’s morning session and were being touted as having better than an 80 percent chance to win back

    Devil Ball 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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  • Notre Dame gets two points the hard way ... again

    The Notre Dame special teams should make a trip to Vegas soon because this is getting ridiculous. Notre Dame started the scoring for the game with a 79-yard bomb from DeShone Kizer to Equanimeous St. Brown, but Syracuse responded with a score of their own little more than two minutes later when Eric Dungey plunged in the end zone with a QB keeper. Notre Dame’s Jarron Jones didn’t take that too kindly.

    Dr. Saturday
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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.

    Big League Stew
  • 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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  • 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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  • Morning foursomes matches announced for Ryder Cup

    The first four matches were announced for the Ryder Cuo during Thursday’s opening ceremony. The four matches will be played in the foursomes format, also known as alternate shot. Let’s take a look at each match. Match 1: Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed

    Devil Ball Golf
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    Shutdown Corner
  • Giants score two, Pence approves

    Nolan Arenado throws the ball away on Johnny's Cueto bunt attempt, allowing two runs to score and eliciting elation from Hunter Pence

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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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  • Mets beat Phillies to clinch wild card tie

    The magic number to clinch a wild card spot is still 1, but the Mets have at least secured a wild card tie after defeating the Phillies 5-1 on Friday night. On the mound, right-hander Robert Gsellman limited the Phillies to seven hits and one run over six frames, striking out seven batters in his eighth appearance of the year. Behind him, a cadre of Mets relievers turned out three scoreless innings to preserve the lead and anchor the Mets in the wild card standings.

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  • OFFICIAL: Luka Modric's medical report

    Real Madrid released the following statement on Luka Modric. Following tests carried out on Luka Modric at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the articular cartilage in his left knee. His recovery will continue to be monitored. As always, Madrid have not announced how long Modric will be out, but expect him to miss the following FIFA break with Croatia as he tries to recover as soon as possible.

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  • Why is Jose Mourinho upset with his Man United coaching staff?

    Jose Mourinho was visibly upset during Manchester United’s 1-0 Europa League win against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday. Why, I hear you ask? Well, it all centers around his coaching staff as Zorya’s lineup surprised Mourinho and his players, most notably Paul Pogba, were incredible confused. At the beginning of the game Mourinho yelled towards his coaches and looked bemused alongside Pogba. After the game, which Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s lone goal decided, Mourinho explained what the problem was all about. “It was set pieces, organisation, they changed their team before the game,” Mourinho said. “Paul Pogba was a bit confused with the changes and obviously I want my assistants to take care of all the

    ProSoccerTalk
  • 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

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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. “Until then Hampus is training in Sweden.” The 22-year-old is currently skating with SHL club Rogle BK, the same team Lindholm played for prior to getting drafted sixth overall in 2012. The Ducks are already two games into their preseason schedule, and will play their third on Saturday in Arizona. From there, Anaheim

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  • CIAA moves most conference title games out of NC over HB2

    In a major but not wholly unexpected move, the CIAA voted to move eight of its 10 conference championships out of North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2.

    WTVD – Raleigh/Durham
  • Rapid Reaction: Oklahoma State outguns Texas in a beautifully ugly shootout

    Like that strangely attractive person in high school, Texas vs. Oklahoma State was a game you could not take your eyes off of, and you had no idea why. Oklahoma State’s 49-31 win was great to watch, but defense appeared to be a Voldemort-like word that should never be said, and the usually ignored special teams became a big factor in this game. The Oklahoma State Cowboys took advantage of a struggling Texas Longhorn defense with big plays that resulted in scores.

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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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