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`COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 22: A large United States flag is stretched out by fans to celebrate a goal as United States players return to kickoff position during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Costa Rica and United States at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 22, 2013 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Team USA vs. Costa Rica caught in snowstorm

The U.S. men's national team faced off with Costa Rica in the middle of a snowstorm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. on Friday, March 22, 2013.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Miami Hurricanes football team to honor Jose Fernandez

    The tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has shaken the entire sports world to its core. At only 24 years old, Fernandez leaves behind a legacy that touched and inspired so many people. The Miami Dolphins were the first, holding a moment of silence just hours after Fernandez’s tragic boating accident and moments before their home opener last Sunday.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Wayne Rooney's accidental assist helps Man United win first Europa League game

    Whether he meant to awkwardly deflect the ball – or not – to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the winning goal doesn’t matter right now. All that matters for one Wayne Mark Rooney is that he was on the field and found himself in the right place at the right time to create something positive for Manchester United.

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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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  • 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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  • Listen to Bill Belichick tear into 'Tuck Rule' referee after Week 3 fumble (Video)

    The New England Patriots head coach is doing some of his best work this season, and the Patriots’ 27-0 blanking of the Houston Texans in Week 3 was a maestro performance by him and his team. Bill Belichick had words for referee Walt Coleman. There’s interesting stuff throughout, including Belichick schmoozing with the former Patriots players and coaches now employed by the Texans, as well as the bits and pieces of Patriots’ strategy we get glimpses of.

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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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  • Watch LIVE — NASCAR America at 6 p.m. ET: Kurt Busch in studio

    Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 6 – 7 p.m. ET on NCBSN and continues to preview this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway, the last race of the first round of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup. Carolyn Manno hosts in Stamford, Connecticut, and will be joined by Kyle Petty and Parker Kligerman. On today’s show: The first Chase for the Sprint Cup champion in 2004, Kurt Busch will be our special guest. We’ll talk about Kurt’s season to date, the pressure of the Chase, the current state of Stewart-Haas Racing and one of his off-track passions. XFINITY Series Chase drivers Bubba Wallace and Brandon Jones discuss the new playoff format and their approach to this weekend’s race

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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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  • Crowder: Worked on outside shooting, handling in offseason

    Jae Crowder speaks with Abby Chin prior to the Green & White Scrimmage, saying the team’s defensive capabilities have been showing through in training camp

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • In search of justice, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix seeks criminal justice degree

    Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Don’t let the name fool you. Green Bay Packers defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is taking the racial divide that’s cutting through cities across this country as seriously as any player in the NFL. Maybe even more seriously, and that includes backup San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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  • Arnold Palmer remembered at Ryder Cup

    The passing of Arnold Palmer this week rocked the golf world, so fittingly the center of the golf world this weekend would pay tribute to Palmer on. On the first tee at Hazeltine National, where Friday morning the Ryder Cup teed off, sat a bag baring

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