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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)
  • NASCAR America: What are Jeff Gordon’s chances of winning in relief role?

    Gordon will start the next two races in place of Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms. Kevin Harvick: “Obviously, he’s Jeff Gordon, so he’s probably going to do better than most.

    NASCAR Talk
  • Hornets co-owner rips NBA, pols for All-Star exit in wild email

    The NBA on Thursday followed through on multiple previous threats by announcing it was pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposition to House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city ordinance expanding rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Charlotte Hornets, who were in line to play host to next winter’s midseason event, and Michael Jordan, the franchise’s chairman and majority owner who had previously made it clear that the organization is “opposed to discrimination in any form,” issued a statement saying that they “understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season,” and “are disappointed we were unable to” keep the game in town.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Walkable Living in Gainesville, VA

    Walkable Living in Gainesville, VA

    Wentworth Green single-family homes are Gainesville’s only community with a direct walkway to shopping & dining at VA Gateway. From $499,990.

    NVHomes
  • Matt Holliday exits game after being hit in the face by a pitch

    Matt Holliday was hit in the face by a 95 MPH Andrew Cashner fastball during the sixth inning of Thursday night’s game at Busch Stadium. As ESPN Mark Saxon explains, Holliday tried to stay in the game, but he was ultimately replaced with pinch-runner Mike Leake. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that Holliday had a bloody nose. I won’t embed it, but you can click here to see the video if you are so inclined. From what’s been reported, it doesn’t sound like it’s serious for Holliday, but it’s good that the Cardinals played it safe with their veteran outfielder. We should know more about his condition after the game. Holliday went 0-for-2 prior to getting hit with Cashner’s fastball.

    HardballTalk
  • 2016 Tour de France: Stage 19 Recap

    Overall leader Chris Froome suffered a rough crash during a sharp turn towards the end of the stage. He had to use his teammates' bike to finish the race.

    NBC Sports
  • MLB Power Rankings: Cubs rebound as Nats surge towards top

    Family game night! (Also, find the “Pokemon Go.”) The rankings (records through Wednesday): The Chicago Cubs jumped back to the top spot in our Power Rankings. (Getty Images)1. Chicago Cubs (57-37; Previous: 3) – Why they fight … Cards Against Humanity

    Tim Brown
  • Why did Bill Cosby's wife she said she's "done."

    Why did Bill Cosby's wife she said she's "done."

    Get the details from the transcript of Camille Cosby's deposition

    BET.com
  • Mercedes ‘optimistic’ Rosberg will avoid gearbox penalty

    Mercedes is “optimistic” that Nico Rosberg will avoid a gearbox penalty at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix despite hitting trouble two weeks ago at Silverstone. Rosberg lost seventh gear during the closing stages of the British Grand Prix, prompting Mercedes to give him instructions over the radio to prevent a terminal failure. Although the messages were deemed to have been in breach of the sporting regulations, a 10-second time penalty meant that Rosberg only dropped to third, retaining the lead of the drivers’ championship in the process. Gearboxes are required to last six grands prix under the 2016 regulations, Rosberg taking his last two rounds ago in Austria after crashing in FP3.

    MotorSportsTalk
  • Joe Pavelski on his golf game, Stanley Cup run, World Cup of Hockey (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Joe Pavelski is modest when asked about his golf game. The San Jose Sharks captain will put his game to the test this weekend at the American Century Championship featuring over 80 celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds. Pavelski enters the tournament a 30/1 favorite.

    Puck Daddy
  • Dallas Cowboys star rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott denies assaulting ex-girlfriend

    Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has reportedly been accused of domestic assault by his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old Tiffany Thompson. Elliott, a former Ohio State standout and the fourth-overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, reportedly denied to the police all allegations of domestic violence.

    Business Insider UK
  • Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Burt Opens Up Finally About Sally Relationship.

    Noozley
  • The Diamondbacks are considering firing Chip Hale

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are considering making a managerial change. The rumor is that Chip Hale would be replaced by Phil Nevin, who currently manages the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. Dbacks General Manager Dave Stewart told Rosenthal, “I can’t comment on rumors.” Which isn’t exactly on the “vote of confidence” side of the ledger.

    NBC Sports
  • Stephen Curry: “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the” Olympics

    Right now, Stephen Curry is basking in the 78-degree weather at beautiful Lake Tahoe — right on the California/Nevada border — getting ready to play in the weekend’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament (which will be broadcast on NBC). Curry pulled out of the Rio Games during the NBA Finals, but said he isn’t happy about it in a Facebook Live chat from Tahoe (hat tip the Mercury News for the transcription). “I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games… I wish I would be able to play in those. “When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year, I tried to give Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and Mr. Colangelo (Jerry Colangelo) and the whole USA staff more time to figure out what they need to figure out for the roster.

    ProBasketballTalk
  • NBA Pulls 2017 All-Star Game Out of Charlotte, North Carolina, Over 'Anti-LGBT' Law

    The NBA has pulled its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina in the wake of the passage of a controversial measure that has been criticized as anti-LGBT. "Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change," the NBA said.

    Good Morning America
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    Sausage Breakfast Casserole

    Next time you're expecting weekend guests, serve this hearty, make-ahead breakfast casserole. It's simply delicious, and a great way to start the day.

    Campbell's Kitchen
  • AccuWeather: Dangerous Heat On the Way

    Meteorologist Karen Rogers says we start to heat-up today, but record breaking heat is on the way.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
  • Could the Yankees release Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira?

    The Yankees, at 48-46, are waffling between considering themselves buyers or sellers heading into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Part of the reason the club hasn’t performed better is because first baseman Mark Teixiera and DH Alex Rodriguez have both been underwhelming offensively. Rodriguez has a .640 OPS and his playing time was reduced recently, limiting him to left-handed starters. Teixeira, who missed some time last month with a knee injury, has a .591 OPS. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that some in the Yankees’ organization have discussed, in the event the club decides to commit to selling, whether or not to simply release Rodriguez and Teixeira. Rodriguez is owed

    HardballTalk
  • Don’t believe the calendar, the Yankees are running out of time

    Because while there are 66 games remaining in the season, the truth is that there are only eight until the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Eight games for the Yankees to declare themselves in or out of the wild-card chase; eight for ownership and management to become buyers or sellers — or to choose the middle ground — on the market. Except for the 2016 Yankees, for whom every play, decision and game outcome has for weeks been viewed through the prism of the 4 p.m. deadline on the first day of the next month. Which is why Friday’s 3-2 victory over the Giants in The Bronx — in which the Yankees scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the eighth after Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller had conspired to fritter away a 2-0 lead through six innings the team had earned against Madison Bumgarner — was so exhilarating for those who dare to dream of a playoff berth.

    New York Post
  • Make a Difference on Land, on Sea, or in the Air

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  • About 30 percent of baseball fans would take PEDs to make $15 million

    With Hall of Fame inductions this Sunday, baseball fans are once again face-to-face with the game’s ongoing moral dilemma: What to do about PED users and even suspected PED users. A Hall of Fame without the likes of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens seems wrong to some fans but rightful and just to others. Likewise, a player like Mike Piazza, who will be inducted Sunday along with Ken Griffey Jr., had a tougher road into Cooperstown because some voters thought he could have cheated.

    Big League Stew
  • Islanders planning Brooklyn escape to Queens: Report

    Are the New York Islanders planning their escape from Barclays Center? The Islanders are in talks with the Wilpon family, owners of the New York Mets, about building an arena adjacent to Citi Field in Queens, according to sports columnist Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg News, who is the first mainstream source to report rumors that have been kicking around New York recently. Willets Point is emerging as a persuasive alternative to the team’s current home at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center if the Islanders’ owners and arena officials can’t agree on a series of hockey-specific improvements, said the people, who asked for anonymity because the negotiations are private.

    Puck Daddy
  • Daily Red Sox Links: Matt Barnes, Clay Buchholz, Mookie Betts

    With the sudden lack of depth in the bullpen, can Matt Barnes step up into a bigger role? (Alex Speier; Boston Globe) Rob Manfred suggested he may consider a limit on reliever usage in the coming years, and John Farrell isn’t a fan. (Evan Drellich; Boston Herald) How much longer can the Red Sox really justify keeping Clay Buchholz on the roster? (Brian MacPherson; Providence Journal) Mookie Betts hit another home run last night, but is his power for real? (Matt Collins; BP Boston) Dave Dombrowski has had plenty of success in recent years in acquiring strong starting pitching at the deadline, and hopes Drew Pomeranz can continue that trend. (Rob Bradford; WEEI) David Ortiz did a very cool thing

    Over the Monster
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  • USWNT cruises past Costa Rica in final pre-Olympic warm up

    The U.S. Women’s National Team wasn’t really lacking confidence heading into Friday night’s clash with Costa Rica, but the squad’s utter dominance certainly didn’t hurt things as Jill Ellis’ group gets ready to head to Brazil for next month’s Olympic Games. The USWNT captured a 4-0 win against Costa Rica in the side’s final send-off match before the Olympics, extending the no. 1 ranked team in the world’s unbeaten streak to 15 matches. It only took a quarter of an hour the USWNT to find the lead, but it always looked like it was coming for Jill Ellis’ group.

    NBC Sports
  • Braves trade rumors: Braves continue to publicly deny Teheran trade interest

    Another day has come and gone as the march towards the trade deadline progresses, and publicly, the story remains the same as far as Julio Teheran is concerned — the Braves are declaring that he isn’t for sale. Jon Heyman relayed the news in his latest column for Today’s Knuckleball, and although he did mention that the Braves are still taking calls on their top pitcher, they still aren’t budging on their steep price. Additionally, Heyman mentioned that the Braves are also battling perception problems as well. Teheran would be a major trade chip. But the Braves still won’t hear of it. “We have no intention of trading him,” a Braves official said for the third straight week. Braves higher-ups

    Talking Chop
  • The City Of San Antonio Is Having 'Tim Duncan Day,' And Deals Are Everywhere

    When Tim Duncan finally hung up his spurs with the – um – Spurs, he left a tall, stately hole in an organization and city that had spent 19 years with him at their center. The future still looks bright for the basketball team, but nobody is quite done thanking Tim for all of his contributions. With that in mind, Thursday, July 21 was named the first annual Tim Duncan Day in the city, with local businesses featuring 21-themed specials in honor of the only uniform number Duncan ever had in the NBA.

    UPROXX
  • 8 Filling Foods for Weight Loss

    8 Filling Foods for Weight Loss

    The following eight filling foods deliver the goods as far as dietary fiber, powerful protein, and essential nutrients.

    ActiveBeat.com
  • Why does Texas support Houston in the Big 12? Ranking 4 conspiracy theories

    Thursday, Texas leadership did a grandiose gesture that left everyone confused. The conventional wisdom has long been that Texas schools would not want to add Houston to the Big 12, as that would give yet another in-state recruiting rival Power 5 status. Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston.

    SB Nation
  • Report: White Sox recently turned down a “king’s ransom” for Chris Sale

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from a source that the White Sox turned down a “king’s ransom” for starter Chris Sale within the last 48 hours. He went on to explain that the White Sox aren’t going into the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline with the intent to sell, but added that the organization sounds “open-minded.” It’s easy to understand why the White Sox would want to hold onto Sale. He’s a once-in-a-generation pitcher, but he’s also relatively affordable for the next three seasons: $12 million in 2017, $12.5 million if the club picks up his option, and $13.5 million if the club picks up his option. Sale is currently the major league leader in wins with 14 while carrying a 3.18 ERA and

    HardballTalk
  • Closing Time: The case for Jose De Leon

    Can Jose De Leon make the rookie pitcher pain go away? De Leon is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound righty who’s been toying with the PCL during his age-23 season. The Dodgers rotation is full of question marks, as you know.

    Roto Arcade
  • 2017 Dodge RAM Lineup!

    2017 Dodge RAM Lineup!

    Take A Look At The RAMs Of 2017. See How They Compare To Last Year. Search For '17 Trucks

    Automotive Approach
  • Michigan favorite choice of bettors to claim national title

    The Jim Harbaugh Effect is real — and the results will more than likely wind up in Las Vegas’s pockets. According to a report from David Purdum of ESPN, Michigan stands as bettors’ favorite choice to win this season’s national title. Purdum writes that more money has been placed on the Wolverines to win in all than any other team, and their national title odds have risen from 15-to-1 to 7-to-1. Alabama remains the only team with higher odds than Michigan. Ohio State, however, remains a 6.5-point favorite to beat Michigan at the Horseshoe in November. Ohio State is just a tick behind Michigan for the national title at 8-to-1 odds. Rounding out the top five among the public’s top bets to claim

    NBC Sports: CollegeFootballTalk
  • Which NHL goal scorers were luckiest this season? (Trending Topics)

    A shot from Alex Ovechkin from x location in a high-danger area has a greater chance of going in than one from Zac Rinaldo or even Lee Stempniak. With this in mind, we can reasonably extrapolate that guys like Patrick Kane, who led the league in points and finished second in goals only behind Ovechkin are generally going to appear to be more “lucky” than the average NHLer when their stats are viewed without context. What that basically means is that Kane had a shooting percentage of 16 percent in all situations last year, nearly doubling the NHL average of 8.5 percent.

    Puck Daddy