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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)
  • BJ Penn Expects to Return in November, Reponds to Dana White's Comments

    UFC president Dana White, in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, said that if B.J. Penn could go back and do it over again that the UFC Hall of Fame member would “do things differently if he could.” White's comments were in response to being asked about fighters that didn't live up to their potential. “It’s flattering and it makes you sad at the same time,” Penn said about White's comments. “Maybe Dana White will look back and be like, ‘You know what?

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  • Report: If Durant/Curry relationship goes south, teams will try to poach Stephen Curry. Well, duh.

    There are a handful of true game-changing players in the NBA. Not max players, there are a chunk of those, we’re talking “you can build a contender around him” guys. Kevin Durant is one, and he is headed to Golden State. Stephen Curry is another. And he is a free agent next summer. So many teams — including one contender — are ready if the Durant/Curry relationship goes south, reports Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. Well, duh. Again, there are not many Curry level players; teams should have a “what if” plan. Including contenders. That is very different than saying Curry is going to leave the Warriors — nobody around the league sees that as likely. Nobody expects a “poisonous” Durant/Curry relationship.

    ProBasketballTalk
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  • Huge If True: Will Canucks take on Evander Kane?

    Last week in this space, we discussed whether the Vancouver Canucks would be able to trade for a scoring winger. At the time, though, the idea that Evander Kane would be the target was a little farfetched. Kane was arrested late last week for allegedly harassing three women, and potentially choking and pulling the hair of one of them.

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  • This video of Lionel Messi in training is just glorious (Luis Suárez nutmeg included)

    Lionel Messi is awesome. Not only did he cut his vacation short so he could rejoin the Barcelona squad a week earlier to train with his teammates in England and play every friendly match in preseason, he is also using the training sessions  to show just how amazing he is. These are just 140 seconds of greatness. Messi is laughing in the Rondos as he makes his teammates look like fools, he's dribbling Mathieu like he's not even there, and he's even nutmegging his good friend Luis Suárez just because why not. He's also scoring goals on little posts, because every goalpost is big enough for Messi. Just wish Messi was not blonde. But hey, you can't always get what you want. Still, Messi, you're awesome.

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  • 2016 NFL Preview: Vikings hope to get Adrian Peterson to a Super Bowl

    Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per day in reverse order of our initial 2016 power rankings. There are probably two categories of Minnesota Vikings fans: Ones who have convinced themselves that Adrian Peterson is a superhero and will be a Hall of Fame running back forever, and the ones who worry if the rest of the Vikings will peak when Peterson is still in his prime. Back then Peterson was destined to be the NFL’s Ernie Banks and never play for a championship, at least for Minnesota.

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  • Police helped Rangers' top prospect Joey Gallo get to game on time

    Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo was called up to the major leagues Tuesday and inserted into the starting lineup while he was still miles away from the ballpark fighting his way through traffic hoping to make it to the game on time. The Rangers

    Big League Stew
  • 32 of the Most Scandalous, Controversial, and Memorable Moments in Summer Olympics History

    ​The summer games are a place for glory, victory, and honor. They're also a place for controversy, scandal, and dishonesty. As such, let's round up Olympic moments from both ends of the spectrum, from disgraceful cheating in 1896 to seriously inspiring

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  • Latest on Jonathan Lucroy: Asking price is steep, talks heating up

    The Mets are among several teams to contact the Brewers about acquiring 30-year-old, All-Star C Jonathan Lucroy... Latest Update (July 28): 10:15 am: Teams interested in Lucroy feel Milwaukee's asking price is too steep, and could drop the closer they get to Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone tweeted. 10:05 am: Trade talks with teams interested in Lucroy are staring to pick up momentum, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, who says the Mets, Indians, Rangers, Astros and Red Sox have all been in contact with Milwaukee. In exchange for Lucroy, the Brewers are looking to acquire high-end prospects and a catcher, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported late July

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  • Sano breaks bat on his knee

    Miguel Sano swings and misses at the Chris Withrow pitch for the final out of the 8th, then breaks his bat in frustration

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  • Chelsea forward hints at departure

    The biggest story for Chelsea on Thursday may turn out to be an Instagram post from Diego Costa, which many fans interpreted as a goodbye message, rather than their 1-0 friendly win over Liverpool. Although the Spain striker didn't play a single minute of the victory in the International Champions Cup, he posed with some Chelsea teammates in the dressing room after the match at the Pasadena Rose Bowl and hinted at an exit with the caption of his photo. Costa has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window, with his former team Atletico Madrid one of the suitors, which has led to fans believing his thank you message means he knows an exit is close.

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  • Pat Riley: Dion Waiters ‘is not a room-exception player’

    The Heat signed Dion Waiters to a room-exception contract. Heat president Pat Riley, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald: “Dion is not a Room Exception player. He wanted to play for the Miami Heat and chose to forgo other more lucrative financial opportunities to be a part of our championship organization. We are very honored that he made the commitment to come to South Florida and sign with us. Dion is young, athletic and explosive, which fits in with our roster. He will add a great dimension for us at the off-guard spot. I really like the depth and versatility that we now have in our perimeter positions. Welcome aboard Dion!” I’m really curious about those “more lucrative financial opportunities.”

    ProBasketballTalk
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  • Jack Nicklaus Puzzled By Tiger Woods’ Woes, Golf Absence (Like The Rest Of Us)

    Although Jack Nicklaus is infinitely wise about golf, not even he knows what’s keeping Tiger Woods off the links. Nicklaus told United Press International on Wednesday that he doesn’t know why Woods hasn’t yet returned to competitive golf. Woods withdrew from the 2016 PGA Championship and announced Tuesday that he’ll sit out the rest of the PGA season, as he recovers from back surgery and other longstanding ailments. “I’ve kept up with it and I’ve had a couple texts back and forth, but we haven’t really talked,” Nicklaus said. “He’s struggling. I don’t understand what he is struggling with, but I know he is struggling and he would be playing if he could play.” Woods hasn’t participated at a PGA

    New England Sports Network
  • Former De La Salle QB dies during U.S. Army Ranger training

    A former De La Salle High School quarterback has died during military training, according to media reports. Mike Parros, 21, who last played for the Spartans in 2011, died during the first week of Army Ranger training in Fort Benning, Georgia, according to ABC7, which cited his former coach Justin Alumbaugh and former teammate Brandon Roberts. The cause of his death is under investigation. Parros also played football for Army while attending West Point. Check back for updates.

    MercuryNews.com
  • The smartest career move that Tour de France winner Chris Froome ever made was posing as someone else

    As the now three-time Tour de France winner revealed in his autobiography, "The Climb," Froome once impersonated a Kenyan cycling official, using the man's email username and password to get his résumé into the right hands. It was 2006, and Froome, who was born and raised in Nairobi, was racing as an amateur for Kenya's national cycling federation. The up-and-coming talent, who aspired to race abroad, found himself caught in a power struggle between his mentor, David Kinjah, and the federation's president, Julius Mwangi.

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  • Ken Holland, Las Vegas' model, Twitter and the NHL (Puck Daddy Countdown)

    Lidstrom retired in 2012, and here are the Red Wings’ playoff runs since then: 14 games (lost to eventual Cup champs Chicago in second round), five games (lost to Boston in first round), seven games (lost to eventual Cup runners-up Tampa in first round), five games (lost to eventual Eastern Conference runners up Tampa in first round). Once he came back, they were back up to 51.7 percent, which still isn’t great but it’s certainly something you can work with.

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  • Brock Lesnar WWE Wellness Policy Exemption Considered Unfair ‘Double Standard’ Backstage

    When news first broke that Brock Lesnar would not be suspended by WWE for failing two UFC drug tests, superstars backstage were pretty upset. But now that the word has gotten out that Brock is completely exempt from the policy altogether, the feelings in the locker room have reportedly flowered into outrage over the double standard of the Wellness Policy. According to Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, when the locker room learned that Lesnar has never been tested at any time under the Wellness Policy, performers declared this to be an unfair double standard due in large part to the nature of part-timers’ contracts already: While no performer in WWE is likely

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  • Video: Matt Cain launches a three-run home run

    Madison Bumgarner isn’t the only Giants pitcher who can rake. Matt Cain crushed a three-run home run during Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Cain stepped to the plate with runners on the corner and one out against Reds starter Cody Reed in the bottom of the second inning. Reed threw a 1-1 fastball down the middle and Cain hit it about 20 rows back in the left field seats. It’s Cain’s first homer of the season, his first since 2012, and the seventh of his 12-year career. He still has some work to catch up to Bumgarner, who has two homers this year and 13 in his career. On the pitching side of things, Cain got the win against the Reds on Tuesday night, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk

    HardballTalk
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  • Two years ago, Jaworski saw clear gap between Nick Foles and Russell Wilson

    Three years ago, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski cooked up one of the hottest takes of all time, taking the position that quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Jaworski’s opinion somehow became news for his employer, feeding the four-letter network’s engine for several days in August 2013. A year later, Jaworski offered up an even hotter — but far less memorable — take regarding quarterbacks Nick Foles and Russell Wilson. Given a choice between the two, which would he pick? “I’m taking Foles,” Jaworski said. “Not even close. Russell Wilson is just . . . because of that system he is in. Russell Wilson plays with that defense, the best in football. He just managed

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  • 2016 BIG TEN POWER RANKINGS: I have Ohio State 3rd, and I regret it already

    At the end of each conference run-through, I take a look at how I perceive the conference's balance of power heading into the season. This is in no way based on schedules, so they are not predictions. This is just how I would rank the teams after writing thousands of words about each of them. When I finished all of the Group of Five conferences, I compiled a full mid-major power rankings list. Now we're into the power conferences; here's the ACC, and here's the Pac-12. Each team's name below links to its full preview. Tier 1 1. Michigan 2. Michigan State 3. Ohio State I've gone back and forth on this constantly. As you see below, all three of these teams have low numbers in returning production.

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  • In case you missed it on Wednesday, presented by Citi

    Jeurys Familia's 52-straight saves streak came to an end as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 5-4, at Citi Field on Wednesday Read more Jose Reyes hopes to miss only a few games with his intercostal strain Read more The Mets should find an outfielder and reliever before Monday's trade deadline Read more  What's on tap for Thursday, July 28 The Mets open a four-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom (2.73 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) gets the start against Tyler Anderson (3.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP). For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated

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  • Iguodala deflects, credits Curry for persuading Durant to join Warriors

    HAYWARD -- Andre Iguodala says he did nothing. With a half-grin creeping across his face, he insists he was a mere bystander four weeks ago when Warriors arrived in New York for the express purpose of recruiting Kevin Durant. Mission accomplished, as the free agent superstar chose to leave Oklahoma City and sign with the Warriors. Yet Iguodala, despite being the room, casually deflects any credit for the result. “I didn’t help,” he told CSNBayArea.com early Wednesday evening. “That wasn’t me. I didn’t do nothing. I didn’t have a role. “The other guys did a really good job. And Steph, he did a really good job of just being himself.” There it is, Andre being Andre. The veteran forward whose comfort

    CSN Bay Area
  • Detroit Tigers add much-needed component of physical pain to 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' contest

    For too long, the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” has been relegated to the realm of the trivial, used more often to determine mundane obligations like who’s going to walk to the store to buy more beer than meaningful outcomes like who’s going to get wailed over the head with an empty water jug. Luckily, the Detroit Tigers have set out to right this wrong: From Justin Verlander’s Instagram comes evidence of the Tigers’ high-stakes version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” In the above video, second baseman Ian Kinsler throws scissors while shortstop Jose Iglesias throws paper, and because scissors cut paper, Kinsler gets to wallop Iglesias on the head with the water jug. Kinsler, of course, is an excellent

    For The Win
  • Winnipeg Jets defend controversial Bobby Hull honor

    All three will be inducted into the new Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame this year. Now, that history has led to Fast wondering “what the hell” True North Sports was thinking putting Hull in their Hall of Fame.

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  • Baby: The negative impact Big 12 expansion could potentially have on Texas A&M 

    However, if Houston makes the jump into the Power Five, that changes. And for other schools trying to poach Houston coach Tom Herman, stealing him will be much more difficult if the Coogs head to the Big 12. Ben Baby: Right now, the next A&M QB will be either Jake Hubenak or Nick Starkel. Starkel is still pretty young, while Hubenak has started before and has an incredible career arc. It's been neat to track his journey from Georgetown. As for the person to miss more, Kyle Allen seems like the one to watch with heartbreak. Allen should do well when Greg Ward Jr. leaves Houston, and it might be two years before we see what Kyler Murray brings to the table at Oklahoma. Trevor Knight, 3,000 passing

    SportsDay
  • The title-race implications of Gonzalo Higuain's transfer to Juventus

    Gonzalo Higuain joins Juventus as the third-most expensive transfer of all time. Gonzalo Higuain joining Juventus for an Italian record price of $98.9 million effectively ends the Serie A title chase in July. The Argentine striker moving from Naples to Turin and becoming the third most expensive transfer in the history of the sport means that Juventus may as well be penciled in for a sixth straight Serie A title.

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