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McIlroy addresses the reason for his withdrawal from the Olympics  

Irish Examiner By : John McHenry

While it was a statement I suspected was coming for some time, there is no doubt that yesterday’s decision by Rory McIlroy to pull out of the Olympic Games has greatly undermined the efforts of the world’s golfing organisations to re-introduce golf into the games after a 112-year absence. - Referenced Article

LeBron James scored 41 points for the second straight game  

Oregon Live By : Staff Reporting

LeBron James scored 41 points for the second straight game to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a NBA Finals Game 7 after a 115-101 over the Golden State Warriors Thursday. Game 7 is Sunday in Oakland. - Referenced Article

Steve Kerr on loss without Draymond Green: We had to play better, and we didnt  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The Golden State Warriors admitted to missing the suspended Draymond Green in their 112-97 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. But they refused to use his absence as a cop-out. - Referenced Article

Smylie Kaufman learned to play Augusta via Tiger Woods video game  

Yahoo By : Jay Busbee

Smylie Kaufman is playing in his first Masters, and he’ll tee off on Sunday alongside Jordan Spieth in the tournament’s final pairing.

That’s remarkable bordering on miraculous in itself, but then there’s this: Kaufman learned to play Augusta National by playing the course on the Tiger Woods video game. You know, just like Jack and Arnie used to do. - Referenced Article

Jordan Spieth hits back at garbage comment after making Valspar cut  

BBC By : Staff Reporting

The world number one responded to a post on Instagram that described the American as "very average". Spieth replied: "Couldn't be further from the truth troll. Go do research before hating."

Defending champion Spieth made five birdies and two bogeys to trail the leaders by seven strokes on two over. - Referenced Article

Brett Farve Is In  

Inquisitr By : Daniel Zuckerman

Brett Favre became the 14th first ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback on Saturday night after being voted in, according to USA Today.

Favre, who has been described as having a “gun-slinging approach” to quarterbacking, became one of the eight members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, in his first year of being eligible to do so. - Referenced Article

Cam Newton Wins 2015-16 NFL MVP Award: Latest Comments and Reaction  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

A year ago, many were actively wondering whether Cam Newton was a true franchise quarterback. One brilliant season later, and Newton is now considered the best player in football.

The Carolina Panthers quarterback was named Most Valuable Player on Saturday, per the NFL. - Referenced Article

Browns hire Hue Jackson  

The Sacramento Bee By : MATT BARROWS

The Cleveland Browns hired Hue Jackson on Wednesday to be their coach, removing one of the 49ers’ top candidates from their list and creating a potential landing spot for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers and Browns interviewed Jackson, formerly the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator, on Sunday. Cleveland followed up with another session Tuesday. - Referenced Article

Dolphins agree to deal with Adam Gase as new head coach  

USA Today By : Tom Pelissero

The Miami Dolphins got their man. Now it’s up to Adam Gase to prove he can do something predecessor Joe Philbin couldn’t: Get the Dolphins and young quarterback Ryan Tannehill into the playoffs. - Referenced Article

Tennis: Serena Williams withdraws at Perth, injury toll grows  

The Salt Lake Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Brisbane, Australia • Serena Williams retired during her Hopman Cup match in Perth on Tuesday, completing a day of injuries and upsets for the leading women's players less than two weeks from the Australian Open.

Williams, who missed the U.S. team's opening loss to Ukraine on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season. - Referenced Article

Can The #Browns Get A 2nd Round Pick For Manziel  

Bleacher Report By : Mike Freeman , NFL National Lead Writer

There is always massive turnover in Cleveland. Everyone gets canned, all the time, which is very Clevelandy.

The Browns have had eight head coaches since 2000. No, a coach and GM getting fired in Cleveland is not news. The real news will come soon. The real news will be what the new head coach does with Johnny Manziel. - Referenced Article

Darrelle Revis struggles covering Sammy Watkins in Jets Week 17 loss to Bills  

Daily News By : SETH WALDER

Darrelle Revis went MIA for most of Sunday’s season-crushing loss to the Bills.

The Jets’ $70 million man was schooled by a youngster, second-year wideout Sammy Watkins, throughout most of Sunday’s contest. Watkins, who was mostly marked by No. 24, finished with 11 receptions for 136 yards. - Referenced Article

Can A Head Coach Todd Haley Win With Less Talent? By : Staff Reporting

The Pittsburgh Steelers is on the verge of missing the playoff this season and yet some are informing me that Todd Haley is in contention for a head coaching position in the NFL. I’m fully aware that the Steelers have racked up 5,948 total offensive yards and they have arguably the best receiving cadre in the league. At last check they ranked third in total offense in NFL, but what would Haley do without one of the league’s best Quarterback Receiver tandems and a proficient running attack?
Could Haley take a team with significantly less and produce the same results? In other words can he produce a playoff contending team without the luxury of talent on the Steeler’s roster? If you’re a team that wants to make a significant investment in a head coach I ask that you look at Haley’s performance in critical situations this season.
I would urge any front office to take a close look at the Steeler’s close defeat against their division rival Baltimore Ravens. Even though the Ravens are in the bottom 15 in the leagues for pass defense they managed to hold the Steelers to under 20 points in both division games. The Steelers air attack was grounded at critical junctures throughout the game.
In 2014 we suffered embarrassing defeats against division rivals in Baltimore and even in Cleveland, but any team considering Todd Haley should consider his performance under limited circumstances. 
When Big Ben was out, they played a very tough game in San Diego. At a critical point in the game Big Ben drew up an offensive play and we reported:
Startling revelation that injured Pittsburgh Steeler Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drew up the explosive 72 yard Michael Vick pass to Markus Wheaton in last night’s thrilling victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Immediately before the game winning run by Runningback Le'Veon Bell; they received instructions on the play by Ben Roethlisberger; which begs the question, what is the role of the true Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley in Pittsburgh since Ben Roethlisberger call his own plays under center? 
Big Ben also said he factored in the fact that he knew Michael Vick likes getting out of the pocket when drawing up the 72 yard play. Why did it take Big Ben to utilize Vick's strengths?
Big Ben was very disappointed when Haley arrived as the offensive coordinator, so I’m guessing he won’t be devastated if he departs. Big Ben usually controls the discussion when he zips to the sidelines in critical game situations and I would argue that it’s because he has too much control of the offensive strategy and execution due to Haley’s inefficiency.

It’s easy to win 10 games in this league with the league’s best running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. There is zero indication in my mind that Haley has the capability to win with less. 

The Scoop On Kirk Cousins By : Staff Reporting

By all accounts Kirk Cousins is a mediocre Quarterback in the National Football League. He's had issues winning on the road and has strongled against playoff teams with winning records. It's very striking that many sports analysts have asked or presented the question of whether or not Cousins is the real deal. It's hard to believe that some have done a lot to prop up this quarterback when his on-field performance has been subpar most of the season.

A healthy RGIII with in a offensive system that is committed to his skill sets has this team at better than .500 and struggling to get in the playoff in a lackluster division. Cousins will go into contract negotiations at the end of the season and in all likelihood receive a huge amount of cash, but they will never win a Super Bowl with Cousins under center.

Browns players arrested on Christmas day following traffic stop  

SB Nation By : James Dator

Two Cleveland Browns players found themselves in jail on Christmas following a traffic stop. Linebacker Armonty Bryant and cornerback De'Ante Saunders were placed under arrest after Saunders was pulled over and charged by police for operating a vehicle while impaired and speeding.

The state trooper who arrested the pair reportedly found a gun in the car, along with Adderall, according to Cleveland 19 News. - Referenced Article

Gary Pinkels resignation adds to Mizzous completely abnormal week  

SB Nation By : Peter Berkes

Best wishes to Gary Pinkel, who is stepping down at the end of the season at Missouri after 15 years in charge in Columbia.

Pinkel was diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year, and said he will be devoting his time to fighting the disease and spending time with his family... - Referenced Article

Serena Williams Victory Sets Up a Showdown With Her Sister  


Venus Williams has been trying in vain to win her eighth major tennis title since she captured the Wimbledon trophy in 2008. If she is to do it at the United States Open this year, it will come at a heavy cost. She will have to deny her little sister the rare opportunity to win a Grand Slam.

Williams beat Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1, and will play Serena Williams, the No. 1 seed, in the quarterfinals of the Open on Tuesday night. - Referenced Article

Serena Williams cruises by Keys, stays alive in quest for Grand Slam  

CBS News By : Robby Kalland

After struggling through her third round match, Serena Williams came out focused and attacking on Sunday in her fourth round match with No. 19 Madison Keys.

Williams advanced to the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-3 and didn't have any problems against a tough, powerful opponent in Keys. - Referenced Article

Jason Day finishes strong on 72nd hole to win The Barclays  

PGA Tour By : Staff Reporting

In the final round of The Barclays 2015 at Plainfield, Jason Day's pitch from 64 feet sets up a 9-foot birdie putt to shoot a final-round 62 and claim his sixth win on the PGA TOUR.

Maria Sharapova Withdraws From the U.S. Open  


Maria Sharapova, the 2006 United States Open champion, withdrew from the Open on Sunday, citing a leg injury.

Sharapova, a five-time major winner, has not played since her semifinal loss at Wimbledon in July against Serena Williams, also withdrawing from recent tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. - Referenced Article

Tiger Woods to play Wyndham with hopes of making FedExCup playoffs  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

In an attempt to make the season-ending FedExCup playoffs, Tiger Woods is headed to Greensboro.

He announced last week he was considering playing in this week’s Wyndham Championship, and now it’s official. Tournament director Mark Brazil tweeted the news Monday morning: “Bam! Tiger is coming!” - Referenced Article

Chip Kelly: Handling of Riley Cooper in 2013 could be part of racism claims  


Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has weathered an offseason in which several former players have suggested race factoring into his personnel decisions. Most recently, cornerback Brandon Boykin texted to CSN-Philly that Kelly is "uncomfortable around grown men of our culture."

That was widely interpreted to mean African-Americans, in the wake of previous comments by former Eagles LeSean McCoy and Tra Thomas. - Referenced Article

Jerry Jones backs Roger Goodell in standoff with Robert Kraft, Pats  

ESPN By : Todd Archer

If New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was looking for a sympathetic ear in the Tom Brady saga, he is not getting one from Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

Kraft on Wednesday was critical of Roger Goodell's decision to uphold Brady's four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal, saying he was wrong to put his faith in the league during the appeal process. - Referenced Article

Michael Jordan loses China trademark suit: report  

AFP By : Staff Reporting

A Beijing court has dismissed a trademark case brought by US basketball superstar Michael Jordan against a company using a similar name and logo to his Nike-produced brand, a report said.

The former Chicago Bull is arguably the most popular international basketball star in China and is known in the country as "Qiaodan", a Chinese version of his name. - Referenced Article

Armour: Tom Bradys cover-up worse than crime  

USA Today By : Nancy Armour

Tom Brady destroyed his credibility along with his cell phone. Might have put a few dents in his legacy, too.

For months, everyone has been snickering at the idea of the reigning Super Bowl MVP, the NFL's Golden Boy, being suspended for letting air out of footballs. But no one should be laughing now, not after Commissioner Roger Goodell's little bombshell Tuesday. - Referenced Article

Mike Tomlin gets 2-year extension from Steelers through 18 season  

ESPN By : Jeremy Fowler

The Pittsburgh Steelers have extended Mike Tomlin's contract by two seasons, giving one of the NFL's longest-tenured head coaches more time to chase his second championship.

Tomlin, who has four AFC North titles and five playoff appearances in eight years, is now under contract until at least the 2018 season, the team announced Thursday. - Referenced Article

Bettis on his HOF Crunch: It warms my heart By : Teresa Varley

Jerome Bettis looked at the box of cereal with his likeness on the front, and then glanced down at the lower left corner of it and couldn’t hide his smile. What he saw, what made him smile, is a logo that makes him so proud, the Pro Football Hall of Fame logo. “It warms my heart every time I see it,” said Bettis.

“This is something that was never a dream as a kid. You don’t dream of going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You dream of winning a championship. So when I see it, the realization is now I am in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” - Referenced Article

Jeffrey Webb, FIFA Vice-President Pays Most of His $10 Million Police Bond in Luxury Goods  

Time By : Joanna Plucinska

What can 11 luxury watches, a diamond wedding ring, a 401(k) account, three high-performance cars and 10 properties buy?

In the case of Jeffrey Webb, an ex-FIFA executive, it’ll secure a $10 million bond releasing him from police custody. Webb, a former vice president of soccer’s scandal-hit world governing body, was one of seven officials extradited from Switzerland in May for corruption. - Referenced Article

Jordan Hall of Fame By : Staff Reporting

UNITED STATES:Michael Jordan, who won two gold medals with the US basketball team, will enter the Hall of Fame of FIBA.

Basketball's governing body said Friday that Jordan will be part of the generation of nine players who will be integrated to the site on 19 September.

The player, who won six NBA championships, medals took gold in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and was later led the famous Dream Team in 1992 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. - Referenced Article

Caitlyn Jenner the talk of the evening at the odd, blingy but watchable ESPYs  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Welcome to America, circa 2015, where the dividing line between sports and pop culture no longer exists. Mix the hubris of Hollywood with the bravado of modern athletes and you get what you get. I can barely watch but neither can I resist the chance to witness it up close.

This is better than Brutus stabbing Caesar at the Theater of Pompey, though I’ll admit I was busy that night and didn’t catch it live. But I managed to see the ESPYs in person on Wednesday, amid the legends and the lunatics and the occasional Brutus or two. Red carpets seem to attract that. - Referenced Article

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler both win heading into St. Andrews and it's more than golf fans can handle  

Golf Digest By : Sam Weinman

If you were a marketing executive at ESPN looking to drum up ratings for the network's coverage of the Open Championship next week, you would ask for one or more of the following:

-- Have the Open staged at the most celebrated venue in golf.

-- Have two of the biggest young stars in golf win on the same day.

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Rory McIlroy ruptures ankle ligament  

The Guardian By : Ewan Murray

Rory McIlroy’s hopes of defending his Open Championship title have been plunged into severe doubt after the world No1 ruptured ankle ligaments playing football at the weekend.

McIlroy posted a photo on social media on Monday morning showing him on crutches and with a protective cast over his left foot. - Referenced Article

Shaqs Golf Swing Worse Than Barkleys  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Is The Country Club too exclusive even for Tom Brady?  

Boston Globe By : Mark Shanahan

Just how exclusive is The Country Club in Brookline?

We’re about to find out. Word around the club’s meticulously manicured grounds is that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, whose mansion is just an errant tee shot away, would like to join.

But it’s not clear if the club famous for understatement and insularity will accept the glamorous power couple as members. - Referenced Article

Phil Mickelson $3 million linked to money laundering  

CBS News By : Kyle Porter

 Phil Mickelson has been in the news more for potential illegal financial activity than he has for winning golf tournaments over the last two years. First, Lefty was tied up in a potential insider trading extravaganza.

Now, a sports gambling ring and money laundering story. ESPN is reporting that almost $3 million of Mickelson's cash was transferred to someone who could get 60 years in prison for money laundering and illegal sports betting. Here's the crux of the matter from ESPN:
Nearly $3 million transferred from golfer Phil Mickelson to an intermediary was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events," according to two sources and court documents obtained by Outside the Lines.
Mickelson, a five-time major winner and one of the PGA Tour's wealthiest and most popular players, has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation.

LeBron James bypasses option, becomes free agent  

AP By : Staff Reporting

For the third time in six seasons, LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent. The difference this time is he has no plans to move again.

The Cleveland star will not exercise a $21.6 million option on his contract for next season, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday. - Referenced News

WIMBLEDON 2015: Serena Williams Halfway to True Grand Slam  


Williams prefers to downplay her chances of becoming the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four major tournaments — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open — in the same season.

"I haven't done well at Wimbledon recently, so that's the only one that's kind of eluding me," Williams said, managing to keep a straight face and perhaps hoping to convince herself as much as anyone who might be listening. "So I'm trying to get to that one, at least make it deep in the second week of that tournament." - Referenced Article

Tom Brady appeal: What you need to know as the New England Patriots QB and Roger Goodell meet Tuesday  

MassLive By : Kevin Duffy

For about a month now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has "looked forward to hearing directly" from Tom Brady. It was a point he made at the May 20 NFL owner meetings, and it was a point he reiterated in his June 2 letter to the NFLPA.

"I very much look forward to hearing from Mr. Brady and to considering any new information or evidence that he may bring to my attention," Goodell wrote.

"My mind is open; there has been no 'prejudgment' and no bias that warrants recusal." - Referenced Article

Jordan Spieths Grand Slam chances  

ESPN By : Ian O'Connor

In his mind, Jordan Spieth had waged a valiant fight against a penal colony of a golf course, against heavy self-imposed pressure to win the U.S. Open, and still he had come up empty. Somehow he had double-bogeyed the 17th at Chambers Bay, and so the birdie at the 72nd hole would prove irrelevant with Dustin Johnson about to win on an eagle try from 13 feet.

Spieth was behind closed doors in the scoring area, locked away with the local caddie, Michael Greller, who had gotten married at this place. Referenced Article

Heres how Floyd Mayweather spends his millions  

Business Insider By : Staff Reporting

Johnny Manziel harassed by fan at pool  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a badgering fan Saturday at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament in an incident that was dismissed as "fairly straightforward" by a police spokesman in Irving, Texas.

Irving public information officer James McLellan told ESPN on Sunday that no charges were filed, and there was no evidence that Manziel was "intoxicated or even had been drinking." - Referenced Article

Former NBA Star Stephon Marbury Named Beijing Environment Protection Ambassador  

YIBADA By : EL Borromeo

In its effort to combat air pollution, the Chinese capital city of Beijing has named former NBA star Stephon Marbury as its Environment Protection Ambassador.

The latest star player of Beijing Ducks officially began his task to promote a more nature-friendly lifestyle on Monday. - Referenced Article

Up 2-0 over Hawks, LeBron James keeps stranglehold on Eastern Conference  

Fox Sports By : Staff Reporting

David Blatt graduated from Princeton in the early 1980s, playing under legendary coach Pete Carrill before an extended pro career overseas.

He finished with a bachelor's degree in English Literature, writing his senior thesis on Brooklyn-born Bernard Malamud, author of the 1952 baseball novel "The Natural," as an expression of his affinity for sports literature. - Referenced Article

The Kraft/Goodell Pact By : Staff Reporting

Kraft and Goodell have done more to manipulate the NFL than simply deflating footballs; Kraft lobbied Belichick's complete philosophy of the game and preserved mediocre 6th round pocket QBs like Brady in the league. Welker, Woodhead and Kevin Faulk could not have existed with out the Kraft/Goodell pact.

Deflategate Investigation: Ted Wells Report Released, Robert Kraft Comments  

Bleacher Report By : Mike Chiari

VIDEO: Jameis Winston Explains Crab Leg Incident  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Nike Golf Bags Beat Out Callaway Only in Style and Color By : Staff Reporting

Callaway clearly has the better product when it comes to their new lightweight stand bag, but I have to say Nike wins out in terms of style. Nike has revolutionized the look and Callaway has revolutionized the technology and usability.
Since bags do not perform, the golfer does, you might prefer using the Nike bag if you mix and match your clubs; and this is coming from someone who buys Callaway clubs exclusively. There is no question that I'd rather buy the bag of the manufacturer of the clubs I use, so Callaway makes sense to me.

Sadly, I feel slighted that Nike has edged Callaway out in terms of charm and the aerodynamic look. It reminds me

of when cars changed to the rounded and sexier look. Callaway has simply put good looking colors on a box and even when you compare colors you'd have to still give the edge to Nike.

Florida State QB Jameis Winston: Football is my passion By : Staff Reporting

Floyd Mayweather - Manny Pacquiao  

ABS CBN By : Staff Reporting

Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao admitted that there's no rematch clause for his upcoming May 2 super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For him, the important thing is to set this fight first. In an interview with ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo, the fighting congressman also assured he still has enough training time to prepare against the undefeated by controversial American boxer. - Referenced Article

Lance Armstrong loses $10 million arbitration ruling  


An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an "unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy" that covered up his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Dallas-based SCA Promotions announced the 2-1 decision against the former cyclist when its lawyers said Monday they had asked Texas' 116th Civil District Court in Dallas to confirm the arbitration ruling... - Referenced Article

Floyd Mayweather says neither he nor Manny Pacquiao have signed an agreement to fight  

Washington Post By : Des Bieler

All that new-found hope that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao would really, finally, actually, for-reals-this-time have a boxing match?

That was so early-Sunday. Later on Sunday, Mayweather appeared on national television to throw cold water all over the optimism.

A report by the Telegraph, citing a source close to Pacquiao, claimed that the two sides had come to an agreement over the details for their long-awaited fight, worth $250 million. - Referenced Article

Bruce Jenner involved in car accident, Wiki - Bio  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Former Olympic decathlon champion and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a fatal three-car accident in Southern California on Saturday, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

Sgt. Matthew Dunn was unable to say whether Jenner was a driver or passenger. One person was killed in the wreck at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road, Dunn said, but no information about the deceased was immediately available. - Referenced Article

Bruce Jenner Wiki-Bio

Super Bowl 2015: The play that will live in infamy for Seattle  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Because they didn't go into Beast Mode, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in Spin Mode after Super Bowl XLIX.

They were left to explain why they turned Marshawn Lynch - the running back known as "The Beast" - into a decoy with the game on the line and chose instead to pass the ball on second-and-goal from the 1. - Referenced Article

America believes the Patriots cheat: poll  

Market Watch By : Staff Reporting

America has spoken, and it thinks the Patriots are lying cheaters.

That was the verdict from a nationwide poll this week of Americans who by a big margin don’t buy New England’s explanation for Deflategate and are now pulling for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

The NFL is continuing an investigation that won’t wrap up for weeks... Referenced Article

O'Hare's Game-Winning Play vs Colgate  

Lafayette College Athletics By : Staff Reporting

Mayweather, Manny meet in private  

ESPN By : Dan Rafael

Hours after a public face-to-face meeting and brief discussion during halftime of Tuesday night's Miami Heat-Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. met privately for more than an hour to continue discussing terms for their proposed May 2 megafight.

They met inside Pacquiao's hotel suite and "it was very pleasant and very encouraging, and we give Floyd credit for coming over," Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz, who was present at the meeting, told on Wednesday. - Referenced Article

LeGarrette Blount: I didn't orchestrate the Steelers exit  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

LeGarrette Blount was unceremoniously cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in November, one day after the running back reportedly left the field early after being perturbed he didn't get any carries in a game.

Days later Blount was on the New England Patriots, plowing over defenders on his road to a Super Bowl appearance.

"You know things didn't work out as planned," he said during Tuesday's Media Day - Referenced Article

Mike Krzyzewski Earns 1,000th Win  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

No record was at stake Sunday afternoon. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski had already taken care of that, eclipsing Bob Knight’s mark for wins by an N.C.A.A. Division I men’s basketball coach, 902, in 2011 and chugging steadily onward.

Still, an announced crowd of 19,812 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday had the chance to see four little digits align to represent one big, round number — and with it, a breakthrough into another echelon of the sport. - Referenced Article

11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The NFL has found that 11 of 12 of the New England Patriots game balls were inflated significantly less than the NFL requires, league sources involved and familiar with the investigation of Sunday's AFC championship game told ESPN.

The investigation found the footballs were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch of air less than what's required by NFL regulations during the Pats' 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, according to sources. - Referenced Article

Serena Williams vs Alison Van Uytvanck Highlights  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Andrew Luck, Colts still can't keep pace with Patriots  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

In one of their first full squad meetings of the 2014 season, inside a meeting room at Anderson University in rural Indiana, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was blunt with his players about his expectations.

This was a season that should end in the Super Bowl, Pagano told them, admitting to his team that he knew a similar speech was taking place in 31 other NFL meeting rooms. - Referenced Article

Cardale Jones Says He Will Stay at Ohio State  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, fresh off leading the Buckeyes to victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship game, announced Thursday afternoon that he would return to Ohio State instead of declaring for the N.F.L. draft.

Jones, who at one point was the team’s third-string quarterback, completed 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown as the Buckeyes upset Oregon, 42-20, on Monday night in Arlington, Tex. He also had 21 carries for 38 yards and a touchdown.  - Referenced Article

Ray Lewis Says the Tuck Rule is the Only Reason We Know Who Tom Brady Is  

The Big Lead By : Jason Lisk

“Listen, not to go all totally out of conscious [I believe he meant ‘context’], but just think about this, Stephen A., honest to God,” Lewis said. “When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest! — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule! There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble! […]

“They don’t go to that championship game — they don’t go to that championship game if that tuck rule, if that ball is not called a tuck! That’s a fumble!” Lewis shouted. “Charles Woodson made that man clearly fumble the ball and they named it the tuck rule, something that we’ve never heard in today’s game. So now you’ve got to ask yourself: When did the legacy really start?” - Referenced Article

Charles Barkley explains why he isn't friends with Michael Jordan  


On an episode of The Seth Davis Show, former NBA MVP and current NBA analyst Charles Barkley revealed why he’s no longer friends with Michael Jordan, after years of being close.

“I think [Jordan] was offended by some things I said about him on television. One of the reasons I don’t trust the media is you can’t have a double standard for guys you like and dislike.

I said Michael wasn’t doing a good job — he’s doing a great job now, [the Charlotte Hornets have] gotten better, they’ve made some great signings — but they weren’t doing good and I thought he didn’t have good people around him.

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Why Jameis Winston could be great in the NFL  

Christian Science Monitor By : Staff Reporting

For Florida State fans, Jameis Winston’s decision to leave school early and declare for the National Football League draft wasn’t necessarily a surprise – he’s been among college football’s most exhilarating, pro-ready talents since he made his debut under center in the fall of 2013.

But their feelings about losing him to the pros are far more complicated than the typical fan base saying goodbye to their leader, an undeniably gifted quarterback who picked up a Heisman trophy and a national title en route to a 26-1 career record for the 'Noles. - Referenced Article

Obama: If I was a Lions fan I'd be pretty aggravated  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Obama said he watched the game and told the newspaper that he couldn't "remember a circumstance in which a good call by one of the refs is argued about by an opposing player of the other team with his helmet off on the field, which in and of itself is supposed to be a penalty.

The call is announced and then reversed without explanation.

I haven't seen that before. So I will leave it up to the experts to make the judgment as to why that happened, but I can tell you if I was a Lions fan I'd be pretty aggravated." - Referenced Article

Michigan Makes It Official: Jim Harbaugh Is Next Football Coach  

New York Times By : Staff Reporting

The University of Michigan made the worst-kept secret in the state official Tuesday as it introduced its former star quarterback Jim Harbaugh as its next football coach.

Harbaugh, who left the San Francisco 49ers to return to the college ranks, should give Michigan’s beleaguered football program a jolt of energy. Referenced Article

Warren Sapp's reaction to Ndamukong Suh suspension  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

Former standout defensive tackle Warren Sapp expresses his outrage with Ndamukong Suh's suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers injured leg.

"Acknowledge the fact that you're stepping on a human begin," Sapp said. Sapp talked about the casualness of inflicting the act and walking away without acknowledging the pain he was obviously inflicting. - Reference Article

Jim Harbaugh declines to address if he'll resign Monday  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

By nearly all accounts, Jim Harbaugh's future with the San Francisco 49ers is nearing its end. That was reported last week by Fox Sports and speculated by many other NFL reporters over the past year. - Referenced Article

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explains why protesting racial injustice is not anti-cop  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Michael Vick praises Jameis Winston  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Once considered one of the NFL's biggest stars, New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick says he thinks Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston could be the league's next big star.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is "the future of the NFL," according to Michael Vick.

"I think he's the future of the NFL," Vick said of the Seminoles' Heisman Trophy winner, according to "I've been around so long, I appreciate guys coming out of college. I look forward to watching him. I have high expectations for him." - Referenced Article

Rajon Rondo: fired up to join Mavs  

ESPN By : Tim MacMahon

The opportunity to play for a contender again has Rajon Rondo feeling revitalized after leaving a rebuilding franchise in the Boston Celtics.

"There's one goal that you have in mind, and I'm dying to get another ring again," Rondo said in his introductory news conference after joining the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade. "I want another parade." - Referenced Article

Report: Jim Harbaugh torn between Michigan, NFL  

Detroit Free Press By : Brian Manzullo

The plot is thickening for Michigan's football coaching search and Jim Harbaugh.

Well, maybe. It's important to know that there have been many reports and rumors regarding the possible return of the San Francisco 49ers coach to U-M, some right and many wrong thus far. - Referenced Article

Michigan offers Jim Harbaugh six-year, $48 million contract  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been offered a six-year contract worth $48 million to become the new coach at Michigan, sources informed of Michigan's plans told NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.

A week ago Harbaugh indicated to Michigan officials that he preferred to stay in the NFL, according to Rapoport. - Referenced Article

Start questioning the Manziel hype By : Staff Reporting

Do all of the naysayers about Johnny Manziel have something to hang their hats on after his dismal performance on Sunday? If you’ll remember there were a lot of analysts saying he couldn’t make it in the big league.

Some said a first round selection would be too high in the draft. What is very apparent is he’s not the day-one QB some were hoping for. Where it counted the most, against a division rival and with playoff aspirations in the mix, he failed miserably.

The Cincinnati, who have had troubles of their own this season, were able to dictate the game and shut the Heisman QB out the entire game. Johnny Football was a non-factor.

Every defensive coordinator will look at the tapes from his poor performance against the Bengals to get insights on getting in Manziel’s head. Is he a conversation piece? Yes. Does he sell seats? Yes. But the real question is can he perform in the NFL? And this has yet to be seen.

I know some of you are defending him. You’re saying, give him time or he shouldn’t be expected to perform after being on the bench all season. My response to you all is, didn’t he sell the narrative that he’s spectacular. Tebow was supposed to be spectacular too.

The Johnny Manziel era begins By : Staff Reporting

Johnny Manziel will make his first career start on Sunday. That was the main topic of discussion on Wednesday night's Browns Insider show.'s Dan Labbe and Tom Reed were joined by The Plain Dealer's Branson Wright to talk about the quarterback situation and take a look ahead at the Cincinnati Bengals. - Referenced Article

South African Judge Thokozile Masipa Accepts Procecutors Appeal  

Channels By : Staff Reporting

The South African judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that prosecutors can appeal against the acquittal on murder charges of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius .

Judge Thokozile Masipa said prosecutors could appeal against the acquittal, but not the five-year sentence given for the lesser charge of culpable homicide. - Referenced Article

Tiger Woods: The body is good  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods went back to his very successful past to try to forge a path to the future.

Having plenty of time to study and assess due to another lengthy injury hiatus, Woods used the months when he didn't hit a shot to assess how best to hit them when he returns, with his first competition coming this week at the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth. - Referenced Article

Future For Tiger Woods  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

African-American football captains at both Harvard and Yale  

SportzEdge By : Staff Reporting

Arizona Cardinals believe Carson Palmer has torn ACL  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

For the second time this season, backup quarterback Drew Stanton has taken center stage for the first-place Arizona Cardinals. It sounds like he will stay there a while.

Carson Palmer suffered a left knee injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game versus the St. Louis Rams. - Referenced Article

Flo of Progressive meets #FloBron a metamorphosis  

Progressive Insurance By : Staff Reporting

A metamorphosis of sorts. Basketball Phenom Lebron James dons a wig and becomes #FloBron to mimick Progressive Insurance's Flo of the 50 zany commercials on TV and Social Media.

Lebron James’ fan base meets Flo’s Social fan base of millions of followers online, according to Flo’s Wikipedia page.

Twittersphere is already lighting up with comments about the ad spots that have been posted to Instagram.

Adrian Peterson avoids jail time in child abuse case  

USA Today By : Eric Prisbell and Brent Schrotenboer

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault as part of plea deal with prosecutors to resolve his felony child abuse case.

As part of the deal, Peterson will avoid jail time and instead be ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, costs of court and 80 hours of community service. - Referenced Article

Kenny Hill suspended two games  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill will miss the Aggies' next two games after the team announced Saturday that the sophomore has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules and athletic department policies.

Hill, who started the Aggies' first eight games this season, was replaced by true freshman Kyle Allen as the starter in the Aggies' 21-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. - Full Article

Tom Brady Vs. Peyton Manning: By The Numbers  

Forbes By : Kurt Badenhausen

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady square off Sunday in the latest showdown between the quarterback legends. It marks the 16th meeting between the two with Brady holding a 10-5 edge in their 13-year rivalry.

Manning got the better of Brady in January’s AFC Championship game, punching the Denver Broncos’ ticket to the Super Bowl (Brady’s New England Patriots defeated Manning’s teams in their three previous contests). - Full Article

LeBron James (36 points), Cavs bounce back with OT win over Bulls  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team. How is this for redemption? James scored 36 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday night. - Full Article

Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos knock off Chargers on TNF  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

Steelers fans have to be wondering where this version of a well-rounded, playmaking Sanders was in Pittsburgh. Before arriving in Denver, he had never recorded a multiple-touchdown game or a 100-yard performance in his five-year career. A quarter of his 16 career touchdowns have come in the past two weeks... - Full Article

North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes  

USA Today By : Dan Wolken

An independent investigator found evidence directly tying years of no-show classes at the University of North Carolina to a scheme that helped hundreds of athletes — particularly football and men's basketball players — raise their grades and stay eligible over an 18-year period, according to a report released Wednesday. - Full Article

Pittsburgh Steeler Freestyle: Cannon  

First Take By : Staff Reporting

Joseph Randle Arrested: Latest Details, Mugshot and More  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

The Dallas Cowboys are flying high after an upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, but the arrest of running back Joseph Randle has put a damper on their celebration.

CBS DFW is reporting that Randle stole approximately $40 worth of underwear in addition to $80 in cologne. - Full Article

FSU looks into Winston autographs  

ESPN By : Darren Rovell

Even as Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he believes quarterback Jameis Winston didn't sign autographs for money, a source tells ESPN that the university's athletic compliance department has begun to look into how so many Winston autographs were authenticated by a single company.

ESPN has learned that after the team's 38-20 win against Syracuse Saturday, Fisher approached Winston and asked him if he signed autographs for money. - Full Article

Simone Biles gymnastics world championships gold rush  

USA Today By : Nancy Armour

Simone Biles didn't leave much gold for anyone else.

The American won the balance beam and floor exercise titles Sunday, giving her four of the six golds possible at the World Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China.

She's the first U.S. woman to win four golds... - Full Article

LeBron James, Cavs triumph in Rio exhibition vs. Heat  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil.

Kevin Love, who was acquired by Cleveland a month after James left the Heat to return to Ohio, finished with 25 points in an entertaining game in the beachfront city that will host the 2016 Olympics. - Full Article

Kaepernick fined for wearing Beats by Dre headphones  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

Colin Kapernick stood at the podium with the ensignia of Breast Cancer Awareness inscribed on the top of his forehead. Kapernick also adorned pink Beats by Dre Headsets in recognition of a great cause, but the NFL fashion police wasn't having any of it and fined San Francisco's QB 10gs.

The lesson in all of this is, when it comes to the NFL's money it doesn't matter how fashionable you are for the cause.

Pop star Katy Perry spices up ESPN College GameDay  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

History of leniency: NFL domestic cases under Goodell  

USA Today By : Brent Schrotenboer

Since September 2006, law enforcement authorities have pursued 50 domestic violence cases against NFL players, including one for murder and at least five allegations of assaulting or choking pregnant women.

As the league faces a firestorm of outrage over how it handled recent cases, USA TODAY Sports looked at every case in which an NFL player was accused of domestic abuse since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took office eight years ago. - Full Article

Steve Smith unloads on Panthers Gettleman, Rivera  

NFL Network By : Chris Wesseling

Steve Smith's victory lap continued unabated on Wednesday.

Inside the NFL captured Smith telling former Panthers teammates to go back to Carolina and "make sure you mow my lawn" while you're there.

Hours after Showtime ran that video, Smith unloaded on the Panthers organization... - Full Article

Who replaces Derek Jeter? Some names 2 consider  

USA Today By : Paul White

However the Yankees choose to handle Derek Jeter's last moment at shortstop this week, the transition will be temporary.

Barring a miraculous recovery in the Yankees' waning participation in the wild-card race, two bits of suspense remain. - Full Article

Owner pins report on Ray Rice camp  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti responded Monday to an ESPN investigative report into the team's handling of Ray Rice's domestic abuse case, saying that a significant amount of the information in the story was "manufactured" from accounts provided by the running back's inner circle.

Bisciotti addressed the ESPN "Outside the Lines" report during a 45-minute news conference, saying he believes that Rice's camp is attempting to "build a case for reinstatement." - Full Article

Vikings Exclude Peterson From Team Activities After Indictment  

Alex Duff By : Staff Reporting

Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson will be excluded from the National Football League team’s activities after he was indicted on a charge of hitting his four-year-old son with a branch.

Placing Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner’s permission list will allow him to “take care of his personal situation” until legal proceedings are resolved, the Vikings said in a statement on their website. - Full Article

Condoleezza Rice Billed as the Remedy for What Ails the NFL  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Prominent voices have called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s head in the wake of player Ray Rice’s suspension, with some people suggesting a rather unconventional replacement: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona this afternoon left that decision up to NFL owners, but advised Goodell to seek the advice of the former secretary. - Full Article

Johnny Manziel Gives the Redskins Bench the Finger  

Bleacher Report By : Ken Chin

Johnny Football never ceases to entertain. In the third quarter of the Cleveland Browns preseason game vs. the Washington Redskins, Johnny Manziel trotted back to the huddle after a play and gave the Redskins bench the finger. - Full Article

Venus Defeats Serena In Montreal  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Venus beat Serena in an all-Williams semifinal in the Rogers Cup.

Venus topped Serena 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday in the hard-court event for her first victory over her sister since 2009 in Dubai.

"I think for both of us, what's so unique about the situation is that we're both very good players," Venus said. - Full Article

5 Reasons Brazil Will Lose to Germany  

Time By : Staff Reporting

The World Cup reaches the semifinals this week, starting with Germany taking on host Brazil. A day later, Argentina faces the Netherlands.

Although the pre-tournament favorite, Brazil hasn’t done much to back up that designation. - Full Article

Reunion? LeBron James relationship with Dan Gilbert  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation.

The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.

But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago with an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn't imagine in its wildest dreams, it appears there has been some healing between the NBA superstar and his former boss. - Full Article

Woods Ready For Return  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

Internet users have reacted angrily to news that Facebook researchers manipulated the content some users were shown in an attempt to gauge their emotional response.

For one week in early 2012, Facebook (FB, Tech30) changed the content mix in the News Feeds of almost 690,000 users.

Some people were shown a higher number of positive posts, while others were shown more negative posts. - Full Article

Steelers Chuck Noll, coach with the most Super Bowl crowns, dead at 82  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

He picked up the Pittsburgh Steelers from the bottom of the pile, but when Chuck Noll finished with them, they had become a fearsome powerhouse.

The iconic coach, who led the team to four Super Bowl victories, died late Friday at 82. Noll was the only coach to take the NFL championship that many times. - Full Article

LeBron James Raked in $30 Million in Beats Acquisition  

Bleacher Report By : Jim Cavan

Welcome to 2014, where you can make $30 million by doing nothing more than wearing a pair of headphones, for no other reason than you just so happen to be...a basketball alien the likes of which we may never see again. - Full Article

Tom Brady Still a Top 5 QB?  

First Take By : Staff Reporting

Stephen A. Smith: I dont care who in Black community disagrees with me  

First Take By : Staff Reporting

First Take's Stephen A. Smith responds to criticism he has received for his stance on Mark Cuban's comments.

How are Gerry and Rosie McIlroy? By : Cameron Morfit

How are you? How’s Caroline? How are Gerry and Rosie? Did you notice Tiger and Phil have left the stage and parity has settled over the Tour like a plague?

I see from your Twitter feed that you were back in Northern Ireland last week, playing Royal County Down. Full Article

Reactions heat up after Michael Sam kisses boyfriend on TV  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Not long after Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted to the NFL, some made clear his reaction was not welcome.

Shortly after learning of his selection by phone, a visibly emotional Sam turned to his boyfriend and kissed him.

"I'm sorry but that Michael Sam is no bueno for doing that on national tv," former Super Bowl champion Derrick Ward tweeted. - Full Article

Why the Odds Are Stacked Against Johnny Manziel, Stats-Video  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, one of college football’s most popular players, was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The projected top-10 pick had to wait three hours before he was finally picked Thursday, adding suspense and drama to the evening. - Full Article

Johnny Manziel Statistics

Meet the Amazing Mom NBA MVP Kevin Durant Was Talking About  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

She’s been called his secret weapon, his biggest fan -- and his hero. NBA Star Kevin Durant told everyone just how much his mom means to him -- just days before Mother's Day -- by thanking her in a tear-jerking speech as he accepted the award for the NBA's Most Valuable Player. - Full Article

Jeremy Lin: Chandler Donald Sterling Parsons  

USA Today Sports By : Staff Reporting

In a pretty ridiculous Twitter exchange on Monday night, Rockets guard Jeremy Lin compared his teammate Chandler Parsons to Clippers owner Donald Sterling after Parsons made a stupid joke.

Lin has since deleted his tweet, but here’s a screenshot of the exchange:


Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins a tough fight  

Yahoo News By : Staff Reporting

It might have been the toughest $32 million Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever made.

Related Stories Mayweather wins a tough fight Associated Press Mayweather works hard to sell $32 million payday Associated Press Khan impressive on Mayweather undercard Associated Press Mayweather beats Maidana in unification bout AFP Mayweather finishes strongly to edge out Maidana Reuters Marcos Maidana did everything Saturday night but beat Mayweather, taking him 12 tough rounds before losing a majority decision. - Full Article

Steelers ability to find CB, WR in draft could determine playoff fate  

CBS Sports By : Staff Reporting

The Steelers had a winning record in each of Mike Tomlin's first five years as head coach.

They made the playoffs four times, went to two Super Bowls, and won the whole thing in 2008. But in the last two years, the team has been the definition of mediocre, going 8-8 in back-to-back seasons.

You'd have to go back to the 1998-1999 seasons for the last time the Steelers had two consecutive seasons of .500-or-worse football. Kordell Stewart and Mike Tomczak quarterbacked offenses that ranked 19th and 20th, and while those defenses were good, they weren't great. - Full Article

Beyonce REALLY needs to work on her grip  

Golf Digest By : Staff Reporting

It's Masters week, and that's not something going unnoticed in the Beyonce household. Apparently inspired by golf's first major championship of the year (how could you not be?), Beyonce seems to be giving golf a try.

On Thursday, she instagrammed two pictures of her playing golf to her more than 11 million followers. - Full Article

Callaway emerges in the absence of Tiger Woods  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods, the No. 1-ranked player in the world, will miss golf's version of the Super Bowl for the first time in 20 years because of back surgery.

The absence of golf's best-known personality could be a major blow for Nike, which is Woods' corporate sponsor, but it might turn out to be very good news for Callaway Golf , which sponsors rival Phil Mickelson and several younger players. - Full Article

Howard Stern calls Jeff Van Gundy an a--wipe  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

Who knew Howard Stern has such thin skin? Stern, who has made a nice living second-guessing and criticizing people, got his back up Tuesday after ESPN analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy scolded him for leaving a Knicks game before the final buzzer sounded. - Full Article

78th Masters Tournament Preview  

Atlon Sports By : Staff Reporting

Henrik Stenson, the third-ranked player in the world, continues to play with wrist pain that he has been dealing with since last year.

No. 4 Jason Day hasn't played since winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, while No. 5 Phil Mickelson is battling the newest injury.

The three-time Masters champion and reigning British Open champ hurt his oblique at the Texas Open, and withdrew. After some practice at Augusta, he shared 12th at the Houston Open. - Full Article

21 Coaches in the NCAA tournament made $2 million or more  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

The Final Four coaches have earned $850,000 in bonuses already this year.

Take a second and absorb that. More than three-quarters of a million dollars, just in bonuses. Not base salary.

Not compensation over a career. Bonuses. - Full Article

Big Papi Snaps Obama Selfie of the Other Sox  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

ABC News’ Michael Conte reports: They might not have been his preferred Sox, but President Obama today welcomed the 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox to the White House.

“I don’t recognize all these clean-shaven guys,” Obama joked, as most of the team had shaved their iconic beards, although Jonny Gomes notably stood out in a stars-and-stripes blazer. - Full Article

The Eagles Released DeSean Jackson. No!  

bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

fter six up-and-down seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be taking his talents elsewhere.

The team released the three-time Pro Bowl wideout on Friday, according to the Eagles' official Twitter feed... Full Article

Shaquille ONeal is subject of investigation for assault  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Atlanta police are investigating an alleged assault by former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal.

According to the police incident report, Robert Williams said O'Neal tackled him as he was working at Turner Studios on May 9, 2013.

"Shaquille O'Neal ran out of a room and hit me with a tackle punch to the back knocking me down and falling on top of me injuring my neck and back," - Full Article

Animal Advocates Not Happy About Jets Choice To Sign Michael Vick  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Some Jets fans who are also dog lovers and animal advocates were not happy to hear the news that quarterback Michael Vick has been signed to the team.

As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported Saturday afternoon, the controversy when the Jets sign a quarterback usually revolves around questions such as whether he is ready, or whether he might be washed up as a player. - Full Article

Chelsea FC: Blues win in Didier Drogba return  

isportsweb By : Staff Reporting

Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray saw the return of a star and an important victory for Jose Mourinho’s players.

Didier Drogba, forever a legend at Chelsea FC, played his first match at Stamford Bridge since leaving the Blues after winning the 2012 Champions League Final.

Emotions ran high, and every fan in the stadium was singing Drogba’s name before kickoff. After a warm embrace with Mourinho it was all business for both sides. - Full Article

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner Received $1.2m  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

World football's governing body is likely to face renewed pressure over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, following publication by the Daily Telegraph of claims of new evidence of payments from a Qatari former Fifa vice-president to one of his fellow board members.

The controversial Trinidadian former Fifa executive committee member Jack Warner received $1.2m... - Full Article

Jim Irsay  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Colts owner Jim Irsay faces four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested late Sunday on suspicion of intoxicated driving.

Irsay, who also faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, was arrested in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. - Full Article

Coach Krzyzewski has a damn good point  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Floyd Mayweather Jr. allegedly helped beat up employees  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Boxing's top draw Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly orchestrated a beat down of two of his employees after he suspected them of swiping jewelry from one of his Las Vegas homes.

The current Pound-for-Pound king pointed the finger - and fists, clubs and various other weapons - at two men hired to do work at his property after jewelry went missing, TMZ Sports reported Wednesday.

Sources told TMZ Sports that the men were told by Mayweather to meet them at an off-site location. - Full Article

Phil Jackson officially joins Knicks front office  

Sporting News By : Staff Reporting

After several days of speculation and earlier reports that former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson was offered, and then heavily considering accepting, an offer to join the Knicks' front office, Turner Sports' Greg Anthony reported on Wednesday night that Jackson had officially accepted a position with the Knicks. - Full Article

Revis, Patriots agree to 1-year deal  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Apparently, Darrelle Revis was out of work for all of about four hours.

Cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday afternoon, Revis had agreed to terms by the evening on a one-year, $12 million contract with the New England Patriots, ESPN reported. - Full Article

Noah, Bulls Defeat Heat  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler understand it.

The real victory for the Chicago Bulls will come when they're knocking the Miami Heat out of the playoffs, not during the regular season -- no matter how charged the atmosphere is. Even so, they'll take this. - Full Article

Tiger Woods performs a leaderboard dance  

CBS Sports By : Staff Reporting

ESPN Report: Knicks Reach Out to Phil Jackson  

First Take By : Staff Reporting

First Take's Stephen A. Smith discusses the report that the New York Knicks reached out to Phil Jackson about possibly becoming their next coach.

Mark Jackson Beats Stephen Curry in 3-Point Shootout  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

Mark Jackson's still got it. After the Golden State Warriors practice in Indiana on Monday, the head coach took on Stephen Curry in a three-point shooting contest and dominated the All-Star guard with a clean sweep.

And Jackson was known as a pass-first point guard back in his day. - Full Article

Sydney Moss, Thomas More Sophomore guard/forward breaks NCAA Division III Single Game Point Record  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Randy Moss’ 5-foot-10 daughter Sydney broke the Division III single-game scoring record for Thomas More College Friday, dropping 63 points on Waynesburg in the semifinals of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournament. - Full Article

Back Spasms Force Tiger Woods Out Of The Honda Classic  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods' back started to act up while he was warming up for Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic.

It got the better of him after 13 holes.

The world's No. 1 withdrew after making a par on the 13th hole on the Champions Course at PGA National Resort and Spa, walking over to playing partner Luke Guthrie to shake his hand before exiting the premises. - Full Article

Jason Collins 98 Jerseys are selling like hotcakes, Wiki-Bio-Video  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Fresh off his debut Sunday as a 10-day contract player with the Brooklyn Nets, NBA journeyman Jason Collins has the league's best-selling jersey, rocketing past mainstays like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

Collins, 35, had been without a team after publicly coming out as gay at the end of last season, in April 2013, in the pages of Sports Illustrated.

But after signing a short-term contract with Brooklyn last weekend and making history Sunday as the first openly gay athlete to play in North America's top four major sports leagues, the veteran center has become a big-league retail draw. - Full Article

Jason Collins Wiki Biography

Oscar Pistorius trial to be televised  

The Times By : Staff Reporting

The trial of Oscar Pistorius is to be broadcast live in an attempt to address misconceptions about South Africa’s justice system.

In a decision that is expected to fuel an international media frenzy a judge ruled to allow the broadcast of what he called a celebrity trial, but said cameras would not be allowed to film close-ups or show the sprinter giving evidence. - Full Article

Liverpool beats Swansea 4-3  

The Gazette By : Staff Reporting

Liverpool kept up its Premier League title challenge with a 4-3 win against Swansea in an entertaining game at Anfield on Sunday.

The victory strengthened Liverpool’s position in the top four after Tottenham lost 1-0 at Norwich in the day’s late kickoff, cutting the north London club six points adrift of fourth place and the final Champions League slot for next season.

The result means Liverpool is still only four points behind leader Chelsea, which has 60 points after beating Everton 1-0 on Saturday... Full Article

Jim Boeheim gets ejected in loss to Duke (VIDEO)  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Will Melo sign with the Heat?  

Sports Nation By : Staff Reporting

New Homeland for Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-soo, Wiki-Bio-Video  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

When South Korean short-track speedskater and three-time Olympic gold medalist Ahn Hyun-soo had a falling out with the officials running his team four years ago, he did what high-profile, long-tenured athletes in other professional sports have been doing for decades: He picked a new team, Russia.

Now, newly self-christened as Viktor Ahn, he has returned to the top of his sport at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, seizing control of the men’s 1,000 meters late in the race Saturday and taking the gold medal, Russia’s first ever in short-track.

When the race was over, Ahn, 28, thrust his fist in the air, grabbed a Russian flag and skated around the Iceberg Skating Palace to chants of “Vik-tor! Vik-tor!” from the crowd... Full Article

Ahn Hyun-soo Victor Ahn Biography Wiki

Uproar in Canada causes Olympian to delete selfie with Putin  

Yahoo By : Staff Reporting

Russian president Vladimir Putin stopped by the USA and Canada Houses in Sochi on Friday, drawing plenty of attention from smartphone-wielding athletes.

One of them was Canadian speedskater Brittany Schussler, who took advantage of her proximity to Putin to snap a selfie.

Schussler later tweeted the picture to her followers with the message "I should've asked him to be my Valentine," but was soon met with strong criticism. Enough criticism that Schussler felt compelled to delete the tweet and explain herself to a Canadian newspaper... Full Article

Teddy Bridgewater going to the Browns? Wiki-Bio  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

Bridgewater has quick feet in his setup and a very smooth delivery.

He has plenty of arm strength to drive the ball into tight windows.

He also has the ability to change ball speeds on underneath and intermediate throws. He needs to improve his deep ball accuracy. He puts a lot of air under the ball and it sails on him occasionally... Full Article

Teddy Bridgwater Biography

Marcus Smart accused the fan of calling him a racial slur  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Philadelphia mayor wants Super Bowl  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is not about to be left out in the cold. In Nutter's opinion, a Super Bowl in the City of Brotherly Love would surpass this past Sunday's big event, hosted for the first time in a cold-weather site just up the Turnpike at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"Heck, yeah, we want it," Nutter told reporters, according to

"And we can do it better than anyone else." ... More Articles

Equipment arrives, at last, for Jamaican bobsledders  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

On Wednesday, Jamaican pilot Winston Watts told reporters the team's runners (blades for the sled), bobsled shoes and other equipment had not made it from New York to Sochi.

Late Wednesday night, a Twitter account dedicated to the Jamaican bobsled team posted photos of their equipment at Sochi International Airport. Watts said the gear arrived just before midnight on Wednesday, and the Jamaicans were at the track early Thursday for two practice runs... Full Article

First Event of Sochi Olympics  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

The official mascots for the Winter Olympics are a polar bear, a hare and a leopard. But walk around the complexes that will stage the Games here, with the opening ceremony Friday, and what seem more apt are a hand drill, a backhoe and a shovel.

Much of Sochi is a work in progress, and parts of it look at least a dozen all-nighters away from completion.

There are unfinished hotels, half-finished stores and a mall where the only shop that is open and thriving is a Cinnabon... Full Article

Seahawks dominate Denver  

NBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

Waiting to get their hands on the Lombardi Trophy, the Seahawks were surrounded by security guards in orange jackets. It was the first time anyone in that color stopped them all night.

The Seahawks stayed true to their mantra to make each day a championship day.

They made Super Bowl Sunday the best day of all with one of the greatest performances in an NFL title game - sparked by a defense that ranks among the best ever... Full Article

Woods off to worst start as pro Wiki-Bio-Video  

Golf Channel By : Staff Reporting

United Arab Emirates – On paper there is no other way to slice this – Tiger Woods is off to his worst start to a year as a professional.

With apologies to the PGA Tour’s new wraparound schedule, the run up to the Masters begins in January, not in October at the Open, and the world No. 1’s record speaks for itself.

After failing to make the 54-hole cut at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open, marking the first time he hasn’t advanced to Sunday at his season opener, Woods tied for 41st at this week’s Dubai Desert Classic... Full Article

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Michael Irving is speaking with more intensity  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

I don't know about anyone else, but I was fired up with a slew of very intensed and emotional Michael Irving speeches on the NFL Network. Some of you remeber when Michael Irving went on a tangent about Coach Shanahan benching RGIII in the last couple of games, but the former Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame receiver has taken his rants to a higher level.

He had me rolling when Deion Sanders asked what sort of speech would he give to the players of the Denver Broncos before the Super Bowl. True to Michael Irving's form of late, he talked about "the greatest to ever play this game in Payton Manning." He said, "This game today is about legacy and it's about appreciation...LET'S NOT RUN FROM THE MOMENT LET'S RUN TO IT!"

Deion Sanders, Warren Sapp, Kurt Warner and Michael Irving stood up in unison shouting YEAHHH! Great TV...Video here:

Marshawn Lynch is just about that action, boss Wiki-Bio-Video  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

SANDERS: How you doing, big fella?

 LYNCH: Smooth.

SANDERS: You look good.

LYNCH: (Expletive), you do, too.

SANDERS: You all right? I like when you got off the plane with the Beast Mode (sweatshirt) and everything. You look like you're ready to play, man.

LYNCH: Yup, that's what time it is.

SANDERS: You camera-shy? You just don't want to talk, really.

LYNCH: I'm just about that action, boss.

SANDERS: You about to go get it. You just like to do.

LYNCH: That's what it is. I ain't never seen no talking winning nothing. Been like that since I was little. I was raised like that.

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Stan Wawrinka wins Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland held on to stun a hobbled Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and win his first Grand Slam championship in his major debut at the Australian Open on Sunday.

No. 8 Wawrinka, long the second fiddle to compatriot Roger Federer, erased an 0-12 record against No. 1 Nadal -- not even having won a set off the Spaniard -- and knocked off three top-10 players during his Cinderella run, including three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.... Full Article

Stan Wawrinka Biography

Richard Sherman: Rant was immature, reaction mind-boggling  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

There are two Richard Shermans. There's the smart Stanford graduate who loves to read. And there's the brash, trash-talker who considers himself the best NFL player. One is quiet, reflective. The other can be loud -- very loud. Much of America met the second Richard Sherman on Sunday night when, after making an amazing defensive play to seal the Seattle Seahawks' trip to the Super Bowl, he ranted in a postgame interview about his opponent. - More

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Roger Goodell leave the game alone  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

The least-exciting play in any NFL game, by far, is the extra point following a touchdown.

Blocks almost never happen, and kickers rarely miss. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell understands that, and he told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network that extra points may be removed from the game, in an effort to keep things lively. - More

“The extra point is almost automatic. I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd (attempts). So it’s a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement.”

Lance Armstrong lying about shooting 74 in golf?  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Lance Armstrong is barred from participating in sanctioned sporting events, including bike races and triathlons. But he has not been banned from golf courses.

So he continues to chip away out there, his world still a work in progress one year after his televised confession to Oprah Winfrey in January 2013. - More

King James Fouled and beat out of NY  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

How does the 2014 QB Class Stack UP  

ROTO World By : Staff Reporting

With respect to quarterbacks in the draft, you’ll always hear pundits make observations such as, “this QB has a great deep ball” or “he always folds when he’s under pressure in the pocket.”

But how do you know those are true and not bias from a small sample of observed snaps? The simple answer is that you don’t.

What I’ve aimed to do this year (and in years past) is to quantify those observations in an effort complement film study... - More

Dawson kicks San Francisco into divisional round  

NBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

The good news for the Packers is that they won’t lose for the third straight year in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The 2013 Packers won’t get to that level of the postseason, thanks to a 33-yard field goal from Phil Dawson that gave the 49ers the win as time expired. - More

Redskins Receiving Corps Perform Miserably  

SB Nation By : Staff Reporting

In one of the most miserable performances of the season the Washington Redskins receiving corps performed  awful down the stretch. In some of the most critical plays to keep the Redskins on the field RG3's receivers dropped passes thrown directly at them. At times the offensive line blew coverages that gave the Giant's DE Justin Tuck an easy tackle.

This was clearly a game where RG3 was let down by the mediocre talent on the offensive side of the ball.

SB Nation Hog Heaven - Redskins Recap: Redskins lose to Giants 24-17, Officially Eliminated from Playoffs

Ed Reed agrees to join New York Jets  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Things didn't work out for Ed Reed and the Houston Texans, so the ballhawking free safety opted for more familiarity Thursday when he joined his third team in less than a year.

The New York Jets announced a contract agreement with Reed and expected to have the five-time all-pro and former NFL defensive player of the year on the practice field today. - More

Vince Young doesn't understand why he's not in NFL  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

When the St. Louis Rams went bargain shopping for a new quarterback in the wake of Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury, they ended up with the less than inspired selections of Brady Quinn and Austin Davis.

Vince Young, owner of a career 31-19 record as a starting quarterback, can't figure out why his phone never rang. "Me and my wife and all my peers and fans, we're all trying to figure this stuff out. - More

Manchester City Beats CSKA Moscow  

Manchester City By : Staff Reporting

Maybe it was the pitch, maybe the bitterly cold wind, but this fixture never had the makings of the most comfortable of nights for Manchester City.

In a results business, City did what was important, though, as they moved to the brink of qualifying for the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time. - More

Vikings Running Back Peterson Rejoins NFL Team  

Bloomberg By : Staff Reporting

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he will play tomorrow after leaving the team for one day to address an undisclosed personal matter.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Peterson’s 2-year-old son died in a South Dakota hospital after suffering head injuries while in the care of a man who has been arrested.

“I really appreciate all the support from all the fans and the Vikings organization,” Peterson told reporters after returning to practice yesterday. - More

Deion Sanders Fired by Prime Prep Academy After Assault Accusations Emerge  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

Former NFL superstar Deion Sanders has been fired by Prime Prep Academy, a charter school he co-founded, after being accused of assault by an employee, according to Ryan Wood of WFAA in Dallas.

Christina Rosales of The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas police are currently looking into the claims made by Kevin Jefferson after an encounter during a faculty meeting. - More

Gymnast father says racial comment at World Championships was out of line  

Yahoo News By : Staff Reporting

Last week, the United States' Simone Biles won the all-around title at the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, an astonishing achievement for anyone.

The fact that Biles is the first black woman to do so is one component of the story, and it's now become a prominent one.

After the event, fellow competitor Carlotta Ferlito of Italy was speaking in an interview and offered a pointed critique of Biles' victory: "I told (teammate Vanessa Ferrari) that next time we should also paint our skin black so then we can win, too." - More

Mike Ditka Says Biggest Mistake Was Not Opposing Barack Obama in 2004  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

In 2011, Mike Ditka and his 1985 Chicago Bears team were finally able to be honored at the White House for their championship-winning season over 25 years prior.

The President of the United States and longtime Bears fan Barack Obama did the honor.

At the time, Ditka said of the President, via the Associated Press (via ESPN), "On behalf of the 1985 Chicago Bears, we consider him one of us.

"Suffice it to say, the relationship between the two probably is no longer on the greatest of terms. - More

Browns-Bills a Josh Freeman showcase?  

CBS Sports By : Staff Reporting

On Thursday the Buccaneers released Josh Freeman, setting him into the free-agency wild. It turned out to be pretty good timing because both the Browns and Bills saw their starting quarterbacks go down later in the evening.

Brian Hoyer, who took over for the Browns two weeks ago, suffered what looked like a pretty serious injury.

The Browns reportedly fear ligament damage for their starter, which would put them in the market for another quarterback. - More

Josh Freeman released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

The inevitable now is official: Josh Freeman has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs released their erstwhile starting quarterback Thursday.

According to Rapoport, the Bucs called the other 31 teams in an effort to trade Freeman. Finding no takers, the team moved on. - More

Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are set to play a high-profile exhibition match in China for the second straight year. This time, they will play at Mission Hills, a monster par-73 course that will seriously challenge two of the world's top golfers.

Jon Ackerman of provides the details - More

Rodman: Ask Obama about that, ask Hillary Clinton about that  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Michael Vick to start season  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Michael Vick will be the Eagles' starting quarterback going into the 2013 regular season. "I think I proved I could be consistent every day and be a leader on this team," Vick said. "I'm going to take the same approach, the same mindset. I know how hard I worked over the last four months. It would be a shame if I let up. - More

Usain Bolt wins 200 meters at world championships  

Sports Illustrated By : Staff Reporting

Forget the race. With Usain Bolt, the real fun happens after he crosses the finish line. Now that's entertainment.

Certainly more than his 200-meter win, when the Jamaican was so far ahead that he loafed to the line with teammate Warren Weir far behind.

And then the party was on at the world championships - Bolt style. - More

Santana Moss put on his coaching hat  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Santana Moss put on his coaching hat, by request, for an instant Tuesday as he weighed in on the Washington Redskins' rehabilitating star quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

If Moss walked in Mike Shanahan's head coaching shoes, would he reverse course and grant RG3 his wish to play in a preseason game? - More

Tim Tebow 4 of 12 for 55 yards  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Tebowmania lives – barely. The supposedly new, improved Tim Tebow showed the same shaky passing mechanics and accuracy late in the first half of Friday night's New England Patriots preseason debut that caused the New York Jets to release the ultra-popular Heisman Trophy winner after drafting Geno Smith in April. - More

Tiger Woods leads by seven  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods wasted little time making sure everyone knew he wasn't about to back up in Saturday's third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

He made birdie on his first two holes. - More

Christian Benitez dies at age 27 Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Ecuador international Christian Benitez, the top scorer in the Mexican league last season, has died suddenly at the age of 27.

The striker popularly known as 'Chucho' passed away in the Qatari capital Doha, one day after playing his first game for new side El Jaish.

Having played at the 2006 World Cup as a youngster, Benitez had developed into an important component of an Ecuadorian side bidding to reach next year's finals in Brazil. - More

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Photos: Aaron Hernandez on camera with his gun  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Accused killer Aaron Hernandez was captured on his own home surveillance cameras holding a large caliber firearm in the minutes after his friend was shot dead, according to court documents released today.

Prosecutors added that they found a spent .45 caliber shell casing in a car rented by the former New England Patriots star that matched the five bullets found in the body of murder victim Odin Lloyd. - More

Phil Mickelson loses most of his Scottish winnings to taxes Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Not so fast with that cash, Lefty.

According to a report by Forbes magazine, Phil Mickelson will sacrifice 61% of his earnings for winning both the 2013 Open Championship and the Scottish Open, all of which will go in taxes to the British and U.S. governments and to the State of California.

Great Britain still collects taxes in Scotland, where the Open Championship was held this year. (Scotland will start collecting its own taxes in 2016.) - More

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The legacy of Phil Mickleson Bio-Wiki-Video  

Yahoo News By : Staff Reporting

This one was for the ages. Everything about it was unforgettable.

The setting (Muirfield's hallowed ground in Scotland, a golf course that deigns to crown only legends); the player (the mercurial and thrilling Phil Mickelson, a beloved 43-year-old Californian inducing goose bumps and emotions); the performance (a final-round 66 when a final-round 66 at Muirfield was a ludicrous ask, four birdies in his final six holes to surge past a leader board of monster names, to pass Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods and Adam Scott and to stamp this Open into the annals as an all-time great). - More

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Tyson Gay, Jamaican Olympic medalists test positive  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

U.S. 100- and 200- meter champion Tyson Gay tested positive for a banned substance and will miss the world championships, he told The Associated Press.

“I don’t have a sabotage story,” Gay told the AP in a phone interview from Amsterdam. ” … I basically put my trust in someone and was let down.” - More

Aaron Hernandez denied bail  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Aaron Hernandez Investigated in Two More Murders, Wiki-Bio-Video  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is being investigated for possible involvement in a drive-by shooting that left two men dead in Boston last year, ABC News has learned.

On July 15, 2012 a car was ambushed with a barrage of bullets at the corner of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street in Boston's South End. - More

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Doc to the Clippers?  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

After days of wrangling, negotiating and posturing, the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed in principle to a deal with the Celtics for coach Doc Rivers, pending league approval, according to sources.

Sources confirmed on Sunday that the Clippers will sign Rivers to a three-year, $21 million contract.

They will send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics... - More

Sharapova puts the dirty laundry out there  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Maria Sharapova took quite a shot at Serena Williams -- and it had nothing to do with tennis.

At her pre-Wimbledon news conference Saturday, Sharapova slammed Williams for the tennis star's controversial remarks regarding a high-profile rape case and told her to keep her opinions to herself when asked about a recent interview Williams gave Rolling Stone.

"I was definitely sad to hear what she had to say about the whole case," Sharapova said according to a report by the Times of India. - More

Family of Odin Lloyd look for answers, Wiki-Bio-Video By : Staff Reporting

After he signed a 5-year, $40 million contract extension, Hernandez said he had conquered his irresponsible impulses and proven that Patriots owner Robert Kraft “trusts my character.’’

“You get changed by the Patriots way,’’ Hernandez said. Less than three months later, the birth of Hernandez’s first child inspired him to reaffirm his commitment to a life of honor.

“I just can’t be the ‘young and reckless Aaron’ no more,’’ he said. - More

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Mickelson US Open Charge  

Golf Channel By : Staff Reporting

Phil Mickelson began his week with a flight back-and-forth across the country. Even longer might be the 18 holes that now stand between him and that U.S. Open title he has been chasing his entire career.

And he's never had a better opportunity than this one.

Despite a bogey on the final hole of a taxing Saturday afternoon, Mickelson was the sole survivor to par at Merion with an even-par 70 that gave him a one-shot lead... - More

Kevin Sumlin was offered Philadelphia Eagles job  

Sports Illustrated By : Staff Reporting

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin impressed more than a few onlookers after leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record during his debut season at the helm in 2012.

Apparently, that line of thinking extended as far as the NFL. Sumlin told the San Antonio Express-News that he’s already had several opportunities to make the jump to the pros — perhaps even as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. - More

Willis McGahee Released By The Broncos, Wiki-Bio-Video  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The Denver Broncos released running back Willis McGahee, the team's starter the past two seasons, from their crowded backfield on Thursday.

"I knew it was going to happen. It is what it is.

They are going younger," McGahee told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Second-year pro Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball have been getting most of the work out of the backfield for the Broncos this offseason. - More

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Tebow Finds a New Home in New England  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

The Jets released Tim Tebow six weeks ago, and the longer he went unsigned, the dimmer his N.F.L. prospects seemed.

Arena football beckoned.

So did Canada, if he wanted to go, which he did not. Only the N.F.L. would suffice, and now that Tebow is poised to return, it is with the benefit of hindsight that perhaps there was only one plausible destination for him all along. - More

What Tiger Woods will be wearing at the 2013 U.S. Open...  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Here's a look at what Tiger Woods will be wearing at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion next week.

Not a lot of surprise, though I'm not sure I've ever seen him in that minty green that he'll sport on Saturday.

He wore the orange-and-white stripes on Saturday at Memorial, and I guess it's kind of strange for Nike to throw in a repeat, but I do like the shirt. Sunday is red and black per the usual. - More

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

A disappointed but sanguine Sharapova does the routine of promising to "be back next year" after Williams has addressed the crowd in French — she's really going out of her way to win round a crowd she's had a prickly relationship with in the past.

Williams is looking formidable right now. Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova's records of 18 Grand Slam titles look like the next ones on the horizon for her, maybe even this year.

After that, who knows? She certainly looks like a player who has rediscovered her appetite for the game and also a way to bring more longevity to her career. - More

Usain Bolt loses to American Justin Gatlin in 100 meters  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

The Jamaican lost by a hundredth of a second to American Justin Gatlin in the 100 meters Thursday night at the Golden Gala meet. Gatlin finished in 9.94 seconds.

It was Bolt's first significant loss since his false-start disqualification at the 2011 world championships in South Korea.

But he also struggled in his first 100 this year, winning a photo finish in 10.09 in the Cayman Islands a month ago while dealing with a hamstring injury. - More

Bill Belichick: I don't hate Tim Tebow  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Ray Allen: There is a little bit of vindication By : Staff Reporting

While Ray Allen made sure not to overly emphasize his decision to leave Boston for Miami or take any shots at the Celtics a day before his club faces the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, he did say that his third trip to the finals in six years does offer some satisfaction.

“I knew when I assessed the situation at the time every player going into free agency wants to win and as you get older, you try to see everything," he said Wednesday. - More

Tsonga Upsets Federer  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Floyd Mayweather reportedly bet $5.9 million on Game 7  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

The fighter is reportedly betting $5.9 million on Monday night's Game 7 between the Pacers and the Heat, going with Miami, a seven-point favorite against Indiana.

"Money" Mayweather has no shortage of sirignanos these days — having just inked a six-fight, $200 million deal with Showtime — but a nearly $6M wager is pretty outrageous, even for an avid (and successful) bettor like Mayweather, who is known to root for the Heat even when he doesn’t have money on them. - More

Bernard Tomic in limbo  

The Independent By : Staff Reporting

Bernard Tomic's controversial father and coach has been banned from entering the grounds at Roland Garros and is being denied credentials at all tournaments on the men's tour following a physical confrontation with his son's hitting partner, but the 20-year-old Australian is keeping faith with him.

"He's here right now in Paris," Bernard said. - More

Everett Golson Suspended, Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

The redshirt freshman quarterback who led the University of Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season in 2012 and a berth in the national title game has been suspended for the fall semester for "poor academic judgment," Everett Golson said in a statement released by the school Sunday.

Golson did not provide details on what led to his suspension, and Notre Dame declined to comment beyond confirming late Saturday that the former starting quarterback is no longer enrolled, citing "federal law and our own policies." - More

Sergio Garcia apologizes to Tiger Woods over fried chicken comment  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

Sergio Garcia issues 2nd apology  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Saying he had difficulty sleeping and contemplated withdrawing from this week's European Tour event, Sergio Garcia on Wednesday afternoon apologized for racially insensitive remarks directed at Tiger Woods at a tour function outside London the previous night, saying his comments were "totally stupid and out of place." - More

Chad Johnson Arrested  

NBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

Last week, a judge in Florida issued an arrest warrant for former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson for violating his probation on a domestic violence charge from last summer.

Johnson was reportedly out of the state at the time that the warrant was issued, but he’s back in Florida on Monday and TMZ reports that he’s now under arrest. - More

RGIII wedding registry at Bed Bath & Beyond  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Robert Griffin III's immense fan base is showing its appreciation for the Washington Redskins quarterback by purchasing many of the items he and his fiancée have listed on their wedding registry.

The link to the Bed Bath & Beyond registry had been posted last week by The Washington Post. According to the registry, Griffin and Rebecca Liddicoat are scheduled to be married on July 6. - More

Last Chance For Michael Vick  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

This is it. This is Michael Vick's last shot. Vick knows it, even if he won't admit it.

He knows that the man to whom he owes everything, Andy Reid, is gone, replaced by a coach, Chip Kelly, who owes him nothing.

Vick is guaranteed only an opportunity to compete for the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback job he has held for the better part of the past three seasons. - More

Rehab is ahead of schedule for RGIII  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

"Robert is doing extremely well as far as the timetable,'' Robert Griffin II sald. "He's been doing a lot over time, he never stops.

"He was throwing some prior to the draft.

Everything seems to be on cue. Everybody in the organization is targeting that season opener.''

Griffin's father said his son is ahead of schedule by comparison to his prior rehabilitation... - More

Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Serena Williams won her fourth consecutive title of the year in dominating fashion Sunday, beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 in the Italian Open women's final, while Rafael Nadal beat rival Roger Federer by the identical score to win the men's crown and his seventh career championship at the event.

Williams will enter the French Open, which starts next Sunday, on a career-best 24-match winning streak. - More

Phil Jackson: Kobe Talked A Good Game  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Phil Jackson always has been hesitant to compare Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Until now. In his new book, co-written with Hugh Delehanty and entitled "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success," Jackson breaks down what separated Jordan from Bryant, the biggest stars and personalities that he coached during his Hall of Fame career.

Warrant issued for Chad Johnson  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson in South Florida.

The state attorney's office confirmed Thursday that a Broward circuit judge issued a warrant May 7 against Johnson for failing to report to his probation officer.

Johnson received a year of probation last September after pleading no contest to a domestic violence charge involving his former wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada. - More

Jets Must Start Geno Smith  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

On Wednesday afternoon, I received a text message from David Garrard. His comeback to the NFL, an attempt resurrect his career with the New York Jets, would in essence be over before it started. Garrard told me exclusively, "Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up.

Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting me in what I can do!!" And instantly, two strong takes popped into the omnipresent thought bubble above my head. - More

Mario Balotelli has had enough  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Leading international soccer player Mario Balotelli has had enough -- the AC Milan striker has vowed to walk off the pitch next time he is racially abused at a football game.

Balotelli, who was subjected to racist chanting during Sunday's Italian league game against Roma, has told CNN in an exclusive interview that he came close to leaving the field following the abuse at AC Milan's San Siro stadium in a match that finished 0-0. - More

Mike Wallace high on Ryan Tannehill  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

When Mike Wallace left the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign with the Miami Dolphins, he also went from catching passes from a veteran Super Bowl champion to a quarterback entering his second season in the NFL.

But Wallace said Tuesday he believes Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill can be just as good as the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, who has passed for 29,844 yards, 191 touchdowns and has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles. - More

Iran and U.S. wrestling teams meet in NYC  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Iran's wrestling team visited the United States for the first time in a decade and found a virtual home meet.

The fans waving Iranian flags and stomping on the temporary bleachers were treated to a show of dominance by the wrestling power Wednesday in the exhibition at Grand Central Terminal. Iran beat the Americans 6-1.

"It's typical Iranian. - More

Marshals: No go-ahead to Tiger  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

After a weekend war of words between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia, two course marshals are disputing Woods' retelling of what happened on Saturday.

Garcia said Woods distracted him by pulling a club from his bag -- stirring the gathered gallery while Garcia attempted a shot elsewhere.

Woods said he didn't see Garcia when he made the move, and besides, the course marshals gave him the OK. - More

Donovan McNabb to retire an Eagle  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Although he had a messy exit from Philadelphia in 2010, Donovan McNabb said Monday he intends to retire as an Eagle in September.

"I will retire as an Eagle and I look forward to that opportunity and that day," the quarterback told ESPN Radio 97.7 FM in Syracuse. - More

Tiger Woods wins  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods had the last word against Sergio Garcia by winning The Players Championship on Sunday.

Woods ended a weekend of verbal sparring with Garcia by doing what he does best -- closing out tournaments, even if he let this one turn into a tense duel over the final hour at the TPC Sawgrass. - More

Champions Barca celebrate with win at Atletico  

The Star By : Staff Reporting

Radamel Falcao had threatened to spoil Barca’s title party when he struck in the 51st minute, but Alexis Sanchez levelled in the 72nd before David Villa’s miscued shot was diverted into his own net by Gabi eight minutes later.

Barca had to play with 10 men for the last 20 minutes after Lionel Messi was forced to leave the pitch with a recurrence of his hamstring injury after coach Tito Vilanova had already made his three substitutions. - More

Beltran-Cobos battle to draw in Tijuana  

Fight News By : Staff Reporting

After super featherweight Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran came down with a sciatic nerve injury mid way through fight week, his older brother Alberto “Barreterito 1″ Beltran (14-1-1, 8KOs) had to take the reins of last Saturday night’s Zanfer Promotions fight card held in an open air mini bull ring on the ground of the Caliente racetrack in the heart of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Close to two thousand fight fans witnessed Beltran at times struggle but at the end come back to earn a tough draw against hometown Rafael Cobos (12-4-5, 3KOs) in the eight round main event broadcast live by TV Azteca in Mexico. - More

Who will Cam Newton throw to in Carolina? By : Staff Reporting

I don't intend to pile on, but Carolina's draft class offers both good news and bad. Let's start with the positives.

The Panthers addressed their greatest need by adding a pair of big-bodied defensive tackles in Utah's Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short out of Purdue. - More

Prince Harry and Missy Franklin  

Mail Online By : Staff Reporting

Harry went table-to-table for about an hour at the party.

He asked Franklin, attending with her parents, for a rundown of her medals while he took some ribbing about the shrieking female fans who greeted his arrival in Washington from U.S. Reps. Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman.

The swimming sensation later tweeted about her encounter with the royal well-wisher: 'And the perfect way to end my 18th birthday!?

Meeting Prince Harry! It was a honor meeting him and I had a blast as always.'

At one table on the patio looking out over the rolling hills... - More

Vijay Singh Sues PGA Tour  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Vijay Singh filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour on Wednesday, claiming that the Tour subjected him to "public humiliation and ridicule for months" after he admitted to using deer antler spray, which was at the time on the Tour's list of banned substances.

The suit claims that the PGA Tour relied on the prohibited substances list from the World Anti-Doping Agency "without any independent review, analysis or assessment of the substances." - More

Alex Ferguson Retires, Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

English soccer's most successful manager -- Manchester United's Alex Ferguson -- is retiring at the end of the season after more than a quarter of a century at the helm, the club announced Wednesday.

The 71-year-old Scot has managed the English club, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and loved by millions of fans around the world, from Manchester to Manila and Montreal, since 1986. - More

Alex Ferguson Biography

Phil Jackson to help Pistons find next coach By : Staff Reporting

The Pistons said Thursday night that Jackson will serve as an adviser. "Phil Jackson is a friend and one of the best minds in the business," Pistons owner Tom Gores said.

"We are thrilled to have him as an adviser as we make some very important decisions for this franchise."

The Pistons fired Lawrence Frank after a 29-53 season and 54-94 mark in his two seasons. - More

Justin Blackmon Suspended  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Justin Blackmon will be suspended for the first quarter of the season to a violation of the League's substance abuse policy

The Jacksonville Jaguar's star second round draft pick of 2012 was contrite and open about his personal responsibility in his latest infraction with the league rules.

Chad Johnson and Pork Chop Tweets  

Twitter By : Staff Reporting

Event though there's a question about Chad Johnson's future in the NFL there's no question about his ability to be spontaneous and rev-up his 4.5 million twitter fan base. When a homelessman, AKA Porkchop, approached him to buy a beer for him two days ago, Chad Johnson took it a step further and purchased him new clothes, a watch and  tweeted the episodes on Twitter.

Pork Chop has been his companion in the clubs and have received accolades from Johnson's followers.

Coming Out Event of Jason Collins  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Some has asked, Why Now? The response to everyone who seems perplexed about Jason Collins revelation that he's gay is, why not now.

Why does it have to be suspicious for one to admit he or she is gay in the 21st Century.

The Sports Illustrated piece, 'Why NBA center Jason Collins is coming out now' have to answer what many will continue to ask.

Gays serve along side each other on the battle field.

As of yet it hasn't disrupted morale or unit cohesion. Our military is still the greatest fighting force perhaps in the history of civilization.

So when athletes are on the field, dugout or court where the objective is winning, should sexual preference matter? Apparently it has mattered enough that so many before Jason Collins have kept silent.

This is a monumental occurance because we've made a giant leap forward based on one person's courage. Jeff Seidel is right in his piece 'Gay NBA player's announcement a game-changer for sports', but I would take it a step further and say it's a game changer for advertisers who endorse the macho image in sports, the little kids who look up to athletes at all levels of competition and consumers of sports apparel.

Manti Te'o must wait  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Manti Te'o must wait one more day to find out his future after a tumultuous four months.

The Notre Dame linebacker was not taken in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.

And so fans — and even people who don't normally care about football — will buzz for another 24 hours about the fake girlfriend hoax and its repercussions on his football career. - More

Dortmund and Bayern Dominate Champions League  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

Following the draw for the Champions League semifinals, it was well known that April 23 and 24 would be huge dates for the modern development of German football.

Bundesliga powerhouses Bayern Munich and Dortmund were paired with Barcelona and Real Madrid in a true measure of the quality of football in Spain and Germany.

To say that the Bundesliga sides passed their tests on the pitch would be a resounding understatement. Bayern dominated Barcelona for 90 minutes on Tuesday, hammering the Catalan giants by a 4-0 margin.

On Wednesday, Dortmund battered Real 4-1. - More

James Harrison: I don't hate the Steelers  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

James Harrison is bringing a healed body and his old No. 92 with him down the Ohio River. Next goal: Get a Bengals ring to go with all that Steelers bling.

The former Pittsburgh linebacker signed a two-year contract Tuesday, completing the deal he agreed to four days earlier.

He's already got his uniform No. 92 reserved -- defensive end Jamaal Anderson agreed to give it up -- and his plans set. - More

Darrelle Revis heads to Bucs for physical  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Darrelle Revis' surgeon liked what he saw in Revis' knee when he examined him last week.

Same with the New York Jets' medical staff.

Now, it's the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' turn. And their opinion is the most important. - More

Al Michaels arrested for DUI  

Yahoo! Sports By : Staff Reporting

Al Michaels, the play-by-play voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” was arrested late Friday in Santa Monica, Ca., and charged with driving under the influence.

CNN reports Michaels spent about five hours in the Santa Monica City Jail before being released this morning on his own recognizance.

Michaels was “extremely cooperative” the police told CNN.

Michaels is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Municipal Court on June 26. - More

David Ortiz: This is our fucking city, VIDEO  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Red Sox held an emotional pre-game ceremony this afternoon at Fenway Park to honor those affected by Monday’s Marathon bombings.

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston Police commissioner Edward Davis were both in attendance for the occasion and received generous applause from the crowd. - More

Mike DAntoni will remain coach  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

After the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 99-95 in overtime to clinch the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak confirmed that head coach Mike D'Antoni will return next season.

"I think under the circumstances, Mike did a great job. We don't anticipate any kind of a change," Kupchak told - More

Dwight Howard attempts to lead the Lakers to playoffs  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

With Kobe Bryant sidelined with an Achilles tendon tear, the Lakers (44-37) will need to ride on the back of Dwight Howard to get past the Houston Rockets (45-36) on Wednesday and into the playoffs.

Howard's opportunity to lead the Lakers hits center stage against the Rockets. Houston has one of the better defensive centers in the league in Omer Asik. - More

Legendary NFL announcer, Pat Summerall dies at 82, Wiki - Bio - Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Pat Summerall, the football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, died Tuesday.

He was 82. He was best known as a broadcaster for teaming with former NFL coach John Madden for 22 years.

Summerall also worked for years alongside former player Tom Brookshier and became the voice of the NFL in the 1970s and 1980s, calling most of the league's signature games. - More

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Tianna Hawkins to Storm in WNBA draft Bio - Wiki - Video  

Seattle Times By : Staff Reporting

The Storm started to fill its holes inside, selecting Maryland forward Tianna Hawkins with the sixth overall pick in the WNBA draft on Monday.

Hawkins played in the physical Atlantic Coast Conference and finished with 1,086 career rebounds. - More

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$11.5M to family in Riddell helmet suit  

Yahoo! Sports By : Staff Reporting

A Colorado jury has awarded $11.5 million in a lawsuit originally brought against helmet maker Riddell and several high school administrators and football coaches over brain injuries suffered by a teenager in 2008. - More

Violence at Wembley Stadium  

Jamestown Sun By : Staff Reporting

One of English soccer's showpiece tournaments was marred by violence at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, with Millwall fans fighting among themselves and with security officials.

Police reported 10 arrests.

The disorder revived memories of the London team's struggle with hooliganism in the 1970s. - More

National Womens Soccer League  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

The first attempt burned through tens of millions of dollars and, despite an array of famous figures, was over in three years.

The second try never took hold and ended in disarray after another brief lifespan.

But a dozen years after introducing top-flight women’s soccer to the U.S. pro sports landscape, organizers and investors believe they have finally found the right formula... - More

Cabrera, Snedeker lead at 7 under  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Former winner Angel Cabrera and Brandt Snedeker will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Masters on Sunday.

Both players carded 3-under 69s in the third round Saturday and sit at 7-under.

Adam Scott was alone in third after a 69. - More

Guan Tianlang is swiftly winning over golf fans  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

As Guan Tianlang prepared to hit his second shot into the difficult 17th green at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday, he stepped over his ball, then stepped back, felt the wind and switched his club.

Guan is 14, the youngest player in Masters history, a symbol of Augusta National’s desire to tap into the money and population in his native China and spread the game. - More

What Kobes probable Achilles tear means  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Kobe Bryant was in no mood to answer the only question that mattered, and no one — not even a Boston Celtics fan — could blame him.

Yet as the Los Angeles Lakers star stood there in the Staples Center locker room with teary eyes discussing his night of ill fortune, how he heard his Achilles tendon pop... - More

Nigeria withdraw from African Nations Championship qualifiers  

BBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

Nigeria were set to play Ivory Coast in Calabar between 21-23 June, in the tournament for locally-based players.

The NFF's Emeka Inyama announced that the withdrawal was taken by the football authority to cut costs.

"We have a lot of financial commitments and we have to look at the competitions in order of importance," he explained. - More

Havard 'Kickalicious' Rugland signs with the Detroit Lions  

Yahoo! News By : Staff Reporting

Norwegian kicker Havard Rugland has signed a contract with the Detroit Lions, Tim Twentyman of announced on Twitter.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Lions were one of several NFL teams to take a closer look at the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Rugland, who has been working with former NFL kicker Michael Husted in California and Florida this offseason.

NHL, Players Union Launch Initiative To Battle Homophobia  

NPR By : Staff Reporting

The National Hockey League and its players union launched an initiative today that it hopes will stamp out homophobia from the game.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman tells our Newscast unit that the partnership with You Can Play is intended to send a message that everyone is welcome in the NHL as a player or a fan. - More

Oscar Pistorius: family hits out at attacks on relatives of Reeva Steenkamp  

The Telegraph By : Staff Reporting

"The disregard that is being shown by some - specifically those commenting via social media - for the profound pain that Reeva's family and friends are going through is very troubling," the family of the Paralympian, who is accused of shooting Miss Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day, said in a statement. - More

Tiger Woods is back, at least the hype is  

Yahoo! News By : Staff Reporting

Some want to say Tiger Woods is back – back to being happy, back to being comfortable in his own swing, back to a stable love life.

Others want to say nothing's changed, that he's still mostly ego, still putting out bold Nike commercials, still probably the same arrogant guy they enjoyed watching fall the first time around. - More

Olympics can keep Folau in rugby: Pulver  

Wide World of Sports By : Staff Reporting

The Australian Rugby Union is quietly confident the lure of an Olympic Games gold medal will keep superstar Israel Folau in the code.

Speculation is rife in rugby league circles that Folau will return to the NRL in 2014 after leaving the game at the end of 2010 before his less-than-successful two-year stint with the AFL club Greater Western Sydney. - More

Jay-Z selling shares of Nets  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z has begun the process of selling his stake in the team so that he can become an NBA agent, according to a Yahoo! report.

ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted that Jay-Z's .067 percent (1/15th of a percent) stake in the Nets is worth approximately $350,000, and he could sell it tomorrow if he wanted to. - More

JaMarcus Russell rumors: Bears, Cardinals reportedly show most interest  

SB Nation By : Staff Reporting

The comeback attempt of former No. 1 overall pick and famed bust JaMarcus Russell continues to gain legitimacy as teams are interested in bringing him in for private workouts.

Russell cancelled his pro day workout, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, but only because teams would rather he come in for private workouts.  - More

Louisville makes history for Pitino  

Atlanta Journal Constitution By : Staff Reporting

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution For one night anyway, four million and some Atlantans could take a backseat. Rick Pitino owned this town. This has been his week and Monday was his night. The same day the 60-year-old New Yorker was officially announced as a member of the next class into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Pitino etched out some history all his own. - More

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Infection could derail return of Gronkowski  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski might require a fourth surgery on his previously broken forearm to help clear up an infection but a decision has not yet been made on that front, a person informed of Gronkowski's status told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak about Gronkowski's recovery...  - More

Michigan downs Syracuse 61-56 in NCAA semifinal  

CBS Sports By : Staff Reporting

Michigan's latest group of young stars is determined to leave its own legacy.

Attacking Syracuse's suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night. - More

The End and Don King  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

In the back room of Manhattan's Carnegie Deli, Don King picked at a pastrami sandwich with his fingers.

He had just been asked a question about his electric hair and, for the first time in a day filled with radio and television interviews, King paused before he spoke.

A cautious look crept over his graying eyes. - More

Lance Armstrong Withdraws From Swim Meet  

NPR By : Staff Reporting

After an objection was raised Thursday by FINA, swimming's international governing body, Lance Armstrong has withdrawn from a masters swim meet being held this weekend in Austin, Texas, The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting.

His decision came shortly after news of his planned participation started to spread, leading to questions about why an athlete who is banned from most international competitions because of doping charges could compete against others in such an event. - More

GEO Group withdraws $6 million gift  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Boca Raton, Fla., prison company that donated $6 million to Florida Atlantic University to change the name of the college's football stadium has withdrawn the gift, the company said Monday.

GEO Group announced that they informed FAU that the gift would be withdrawn and the stadium would no longer be named GEO Group Stadium, calling criticism against the move an "ongoing distraction." - More

FIFA picks goal-line technology  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

FIFA opted for GoalControl on Tuesday as its goal-line technology system for the Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The German camera-based, ball-tracking system was the last of four contenders to win a FIFA contract that starts with the Confederations Cup in June. - More

Video: Kevin in good spirits and walking around on crutches  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Louisville guard Kevin Ware was up and walking on crutches Monday morning, and coach Rick Pitino said his player's spirits have been boosted by the outpouring of support from friends and fans.

Ware isn't in any pain after a 2-hour surgery Sunday night to repair a horrifying fracture in his right leg. Doctors reset the bone and inserted a rod, and are monitoring him to make sure there's no infection, Pitino said. - More

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Barack Obama, Robert Griffin III Conversation  

CBS Sports By : Staff Reporting

When you're the quarterback of the Redskins and you've just led your team to the playoffs in a most-unexpected way as a rookie and then had your season end with a chilling knee injury, there's probably not much that will faze you.

Sharing a conversation with the president might be one of those instances. This, from Robert Griffin III's Twitter account Sunday afternoon. - More

Louisville's Kevin Ware breaks leg trying to block shot  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Louisville guard Kevin Ware has a broken right leg after landing awkwardly when he tried to block a shot by Duke guard Tyler Thornton.

Replays showed that Ware's lower right leg appears to snap as he lands from a lengthy leap to contest the shot. A video of the play is attached below (warning, images are graphic). - More

Davonte' Neal and Justin Ferguson will transfer  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Rising Notre Dame sophomore wide receivers Davonte' Neal and Justin Ferguson have decided to transfer, coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday, meaning the Fighting Irish will have lost their top four signees from a 2012 recruiting class that was ranked No. 9 nationally.

Neal, who was the Irish's primary punt returner last season, was the school's highest-rated prospect from the recruiting class of 2012, receiving five stars from ESPN and ranking as the No. 1 overall athlete in his class. - More

USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier draws 1.6 overnight rating on ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The United States almost pulled out a win against Mexico on Tuesday in a game that ultimately ended in a 0-0 tie and the U.S. getting only its second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

The game was ultimately a win for ESPN, which aired the game.

The network drew enough viewers to earn a 1.6 overnight rating... - More

FGCU coach's wife Amanda Marcum  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Webb — Miss Alabama USA, model and the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarren — parlayed a brief televised shot during a football game into her own cottage industry of instant fame and commercial gigs.

(Thank you, Brent Musberger). But Amanda, 34, has no plans to capitalize on her re-discovered celebrity, perfectly content at being a stay-at-home mom to her three children, including daughters Aila, 6, and Lilly, 5. Marcum will be 2 next month. - More

Shot of the Day: Tiger Woods  

PGA Tour By : Staff Reporting

In the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler each made long birdie putts on the par-5 12th hole.

Coach leads Florida Gulf Coast to NCAA success  

CBS Sports By : Staff Reporting

Build a state university in the swamplands of south Florida. Move the athletic program to the highest level in college sports and hire a self-made millionaire basketball coach.

When his team makes the NCAA tournament, say in Year 2 of its eligibility, beat a tradition-rich opponent like a Georgetown.

That is Florida Gulf Coast University's formula for success. - More

Tiger Takes Lead At Bay Hill  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Woods, who has won the tournament a record seven times and is the only two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year, made key par saves on the front nine and then stormed into the lead with a birdie on 15 and an eagle on 16 during Saturday's third round.

Woods, who can become world No. 1 for the first time in 29 months with a victory, fired a stellar 6-under-par 66 to reach 11-under-par 205 and leads Rickie Fowler (67), John Huh (71) and Justin Rose (72) by two shots.  - More

Ed Reed To Join Texans  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Free-agent safety Ed Reed is on the verge of joining the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports.

The swagger and skill Ed Reed brings to the field make the 34-year-old safety a risk worth taking for the Texans, writes Paul Kuharsky.

Reed, who has spent his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens, visited the Texans last week but left last Friday without a deal. - More

The Hype: UFC fighter probably going to jail  

NBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

UFC fighter Nick Diaz decided the post-fight press conference after a bout with Georges St-Pierre was the perfect time to tell the world, and U.S. Government, he hasn't paid a cent in taxes his entire life.

Michelle Beadle and Dave Briggs take a serious second to debate if there is deeper meaning behind Diaz’s proclamation, but it might be safe to assume the fighter has taken too many blows to the head. - More

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La Roja prepare for crucial week  

Irish Examiner By : Staff Reporting

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has plenty to think about this week as he readies his previously all-conquering side for their crucial upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Finland in Gijon on Friday, and then France in Paris three days later.

Reigning world champions Spain had been expected to stroll through Group I, but slipped up by drawing 1-1 with France in Madrid last October, a game which featured a missed Cesc Fabregas penalty and a shock injury- time equaliser from Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. - More

NFL to Pay $42M  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

The NFL has agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their consent.

The league will use the money to fund a "common good" trust over the next eight years that will help retired players with an array of issues including medical expenses, housing and career transition. - More

Giorgos Katidis Lifetime Ban By : Staff Reporting

Greece's soccer federation said Sunday in a statement that the AEK Athens midfielder's gesture "is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality."

The 20-year-old Katidis gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in AEK's 2-1 victory over Veria in the Greek league.

He pleaded ignorance of the meaning of his gesture - right arm extended and hand straightened. - More

Montreal Impact beat Toronto for third consecutive win  

Times Colonist By : Staff Reporting

Patrice Bernier and Marco Di Vaio scored first-half goals to lead the Montreal Impact to a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Saturday and maintain its perfect start to the season.

The Impact, who opened with wins in Seattle and Portland to match their total away victories last year, became the first Major League Soccer team to win three games this campaign. - More

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Didier Drogba Absence  

Yahoo! Sports By : Staff Reporting

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba was a shock omission on Saturday when Ivory Coast named a 28-man squad for next weekend's World Cup qualifier against Gambia in Abidjan.

The Ivorians listed the players who will be involved in next Saturday's tie in Abidjan on the soccer federation's website ( without giving a reason for the former Chelsea player's absence. - More

Europa League Quarterfinals  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

You'd be forgiven for missing the UEFA Europa League draw—such was the furore over the Champions League version—but here B/R predicts the winner of each "other" quarterfinal.

Former Newcastle and Holland striker Patrick Kluivert drew some pretty interesting ties in Nyon, Switzerland, with two English clubs in particular in for a tough ride.

Read on for the winning predictions. - More

UEFA Champions League  

International Business Times By : Staff Reporting

The draw for the quarter final of this season's Champions League takes place in Nyon, in Switzerland, on Friday, with the Premier League having no representatives for the first time in 17 years.

The first leg matches will be played on 2 and 3 April, with the return fixtures taking place a week later, on 9 and 10 April. - More

Mexico names 23-man roster for World Cup  

Yahoo! Sports By : Staff Reporting

Mexico has announced its 23-man roster for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the United States and Honduras on Wednesday.

Highlighting the roster are the usual suspects – goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, forwards Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernández, and winger Andrés Guardado, among others.

In-form Real Sociedad forward Carlos Vela, who has been estranged from the national team, was again excluded from the selection. - More

Welker signs two-year deal with Broncos  

Lindy's Sports By : Staff Reporting

Wide receiver Wes Welker reached an agreeement on a two-year, $12-million deal with the Denver Broncos, the NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Welker, one of the top unrestricted free agents available, had 118 receptions for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 with the New England Patriots.

It was his fifth 100-catch season — an NFL record — with the Patriots. - More

Kobe Bryant Out Indefinitely  

The Big Lead By : Staff Reporting

Kobe Bryant struggled for the second night in a row, but this time LA wasn’t playing one of the worst teams in the NBA, and Dwight Howard wasn’t getting to the free throw line every minute.

After a 4-for-14 clunker against Orlando, Kobe shot a woeful 11-of-33 against Atlanta, and then suffered a left ankle injury in the final seconds that will keep him out “indefinitely” according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bryant took a baseline jumper and came down on the ankle of Dahntay Jones, and lay on the court writhing in pain.

It looked bad. LA lost, 96-92. - More

Reggie Bush, Lions reach agreement  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

The Detroit Lions are vying for running back Reggie Bush's services and hope to nudge the Arizona Cardinals out of the way.

Bush will visit the Lions on Wednesday, according to a person informed of the meeting.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because neither the team nor Bush's representatives has confirmed the visit publicly. - More

Barcelona's 4-0 annihilation of AC Milan  

CNN International By : Staff Reporting

It was supposed to be the end of an era, the end of a generation.

Had it not been for a post, then perhaps the world would be looking at a different future. Football is nothing but fickle.

The headline will be Barcelona's 4-0 annihilation of AC Milan, swatting aside the critics and doubters in the only way that this great team know how.

Had the ball deflected off the post and spun the other way, the chilling inquest into Barcelona's fall of grace would have already begun. - More

Reports: Dolphins land WR Mike Wallace  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The Miami Dolphins reportedly landed their big catch.

Multiple reports from the NFL Network state Miami has agreed in principle with former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace.

He is expected to sign his contract later this evening. Wallace was Miami’s top target all along.

The Dolphins were ranked 26th in passing and need better receivers to add around second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

We will have more analysis on this big move coming up in the AFC East blog. - More

Woods Rolling His Way Toward the Masters  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods had gone more than three years without a World Golf Championship. He had no trouble remembering the drill.

He sat at a table with the blue Gene Sarazen Cup trophy — he has six just like it at home — and signed a stack of flags for posterity and charity after a two-shot win that was never in question during the final two hours on the Blue Monster at Doral. - More

Tiger Woods wins another at Doral  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Devouring courses that fit his eye, Tiger Woods is starting to look — and play — like the best player in the world again. Don't expect his roll to slow, either, as two more of his favorite tracks are on tap — Bay Hill and Augusta National. - More

48-year-old Bernard Hopkins wins the IBF light heavyweight title  

bleacher report By : Staff Reporting

If you're waiting on Bernard Hopkins (53-6) to get too old to box, you'll have to wait a little while longer.

Not only did he not look like a 48-year-old taking the IBF light heavyweight title from Tavoris Cloud (24-1) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he looked like he could challenge other top fighters in the 175-pound weight range.

After all, Cloud came into the fight as an undefeated champion with a KO percentage of 76 percent. But as we should already know by now, the numbers don't mean much to B-Hop. - More

Issa Hayatou is re-elected unopposed as CAF President  

BBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

Cameroonian Issa Hayatou has been re-elected unopposed as Confederation of African Football (CAF) president for a final four-year term in office.

The 66-year-old, who was voted into power in 1988, has already said this seventh term will be his final period as head of the organisation. - More

Celtics, now with 11 Overtime Victories  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

The Celtics, now with 11 games that have gone into overtime, in addition to 16 overtime periods, lead the NBA in terms of sheer extra work.

Though they extended their OT record to 7-4 with last night’s 107-102 win over Atlanta, it’s not necessarily the kind of grind they want.

“It’s not good to play so many overtimes, but the great thing is that we’re winning,” said Jeff Green. - More

Tiger Shares Lead At Doral  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Aided by some putting tips from Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods made nine birdies on Thursday and grabbed a share of the first-round lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 that easily could have been lower.

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy wasn't so fortunate.

The mid-round walk-off behind him, McIlroy stepped back into his other woes Thursday, again showing the poor form that led to his frustration a week ago up the road in Palm Beach Gardens, this time shooting a 1-over 73 that included two late birdies. - More

Lamar Odom Asleep At Child Custody Hearing  

UPI By : Staff Reporting

Despite a disappointing lack of photographic evidence, The New York Post reported Tuesday that a court officer spotted Los Angeles Clippers star Lamar Odom fast asleep on a courthouse bench during a custody hearing over his two children with ex-girlfriend Liza Morales.

"Excuse me, are you OK?” the officer asked Odom when he found the 6-foot-10 Clippers forward napping on a hard wooden bench outside the room where lawyers were discussing the case. "I need you to sit up," the officer said. - More

Brittney Griner Drops 50, Highlight Video  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

John Harbaugh 'very happy' for Joe Flacco  

The Baltimore Sun By : Staff Reporting

His quarterback is about to be under contract for the next six years, emerging as the highest-paid player in the game.

Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player who helped engineer a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers with three touchdown passes and zero interceptions is set to sign a $120.6 million contract today, a welcome development for Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

And Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun that his excitement about the deal, which is scheduled to be signed this afternoon, is something for everyone to be pleased about. - More

Joe Flacco gets $52 million guaranteed  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Joe Flacco’s bet on himself, the one he made last summer, has paid off and let’s just say he hit the jackpot.

Flacco opted to end talks on a new deal and see how the season played out.

Now, with a Lombardi Trophy on his resume, he has agreed to a six-year- $120.6 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

The interesting past of the deal? USA Today reports that $52 million is guaranteed. - More

Mexico U-20 3-1 USA U-20  

Yahoo Sports By : Staff Reporting

It took 120 minutes, but Mexico eventually overwhelmed the USA to win the CONCACAF U-20 title 3-1.

Two early goals set the tone for what looked like it would be a high-scoring match, but after Jesus Corona's opener five minutes in and Benji Joya leveler from the spot five minutes later, the goals dried up. - More

Degu Debebe Orange CAF Confederation Cup  

allAfrica By : Staff Reporting

St George defender Degu Debebe captains both club and country and going into this weekend's Orange CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round return leg against Jamhuri of Zanzibar , he is confident of progressing through.

Degu was speaking to ahead Sunday's encounter. You scored three goals without main striker Adane Girma that is great isn't it? - More

Pistorius Became An Avid Firearms Collector  

NBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

JOHANNESBURG - In his Olympic year, Oscar Pistorius steadily became an avid firearms collector, joining a gun-collecting club and purchasing a collection of firearms that included a .500 Magnum pistol dubbed by its manufacturer as "the most powerful production revolver in the world" and a civilian version of a military assault rifle.

At the end of 2012, in the first blush of his romance with Reeva Steenkamp, the model he later shot and killed, Pistorius got deeper into his hobby. It was known that Pistorius liked guns but only now, from Associated Press interviews with other collectors, is it becoming clear the extent to which he became a dedicated firearms aficionado in the 12 months before he shot Steenkamp. - More

Gallardo has a minor groin strain  

The Garden Island By : Staff Reporting

Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo has a minor groin strain that will cause him to miss his next spring training start and could limit him from playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Saturday that Gallardo tweaked his groin last Tuesday against Seattle.

Gallardo was scheduled to start Sunday against the Cubs and then leave for the WBC, but he will instead throw a bullpen session for the Brewers. - More

US vs Mexico in CONCACAF U20 Matchup By : Staff Reporting

USA vs. Mexico 2013 qualified to the CONCACAF U20 soccer Championship Finals last night. United States vs. Mexico will deliver the anticipated futbol U20 finals game that most news analysts expected.

Mexico has been undefeated while USA has delivered an impressive offense and defense during this soccer tournament. - More

Mexico News Links

Flacco's New Cash Vault  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

One of the more interesting debates before the 2012 NFL season was whether or not the Baltimore Ravens should have locked up quarterback Joe Flacco into a new contract.

Flacco decided against it and played out the season, which worked out tremendous to his benefit.

Now, after a Super Bowl victory and being awarded the game’s MVP award, Flacco has become the highest-paid player in the history of the National Football League. - More

Rafael Nadal Knee Is Better Following Mexico Win  

BBC Sports By : Staff Reporting

Rafael Nadal said his injured knee is improving after beating Argentina's Martin Alund 6-0 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Mexican Open. The Spaniard, 26, was playing his 10th match on clay since returning from a seven-month injury lay-off. - More

Stephen Curry 54-Point Outburst  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Warriors coach Mark Jackson, a native New Yorker and former Knicks point guard, understands the allure of playing in the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden perhaps better than anyone. Jackson's reverence for the arena seems to have rubbed off on Stephen Curry. - More

Alex Smith to Chiefs: Thoughts on trade  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, league sources confirmed to ESPN.

Kansas City will trade its second-round pick in the 2013 draft -- the second selection (No. 34 overall) in the round -- as well as another conditional mid-round pick in 2014 to acquire Smith from San Francisco, a league source told ESPN. - More

No. 1 Indiana Upset By Minnesota  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Trevor Mbakwe had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Minnesota take down No. 1 Indiana 77-73 on Tuesday night, the seventh time the top-ranked team in The Associated Press' poll has lost a game this season.

Andre Hollins added 16 points for the Gophers (19-9, 7-8 Big Ten), who outrebounded Cody Zeller and the Hoosiers by a whopping 44-30 and solidified their slipping NCAA tournament case with an emphatic performance against the Big Ten leaders. - More

Dennis Rodman Shadow Ambassador to North Korea By : Staff Reporting

Dennis Rodman will be traveling to North Korea with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters. Rodman has been quick to deflect criticism on his Twitter, "I'm not a politician. Kim Jung Un & North Korean people are basketball fans. I love everyone. Period. End of story." But the truth is, just like Google's CEO and Governor Richardson's visit, Rodman can do a great deal to ease tensions between our two nations.

Rodman's resume of many great feats playing in the pros with his share of championships and personal bests can actually be an asset during his talks with officials there. When Bill Clinton went there to get the communist nation to release journalists he paid a visit to the White House upon his return. Now maybe Obama will host the NBA great with some White House Ale to pick his head on diplomacy issues.

North Korean News Links

High School Coach To Lebron James  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Keith Dambrot, the coach at the University of Akron since 2004 and the former coach of Lebron James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School had some choice words for arguably one of the best basketball players of all time:

"I said he needed to be as coach-able as possible, he needed to get back to the basics. But most of all, he needed to clear his head. I told him to be true to himself.

"I said, 'You're not the golden child anymore; people don't like you. Well who cares, if you can look yourself in the mirror and say you're a good guy.' It was hard for me to see so many people hate him. He made a business decision. LeBron is the most team-oriented player I've coached, and he's such a great person."  - More

Brady Three Year Extension  

Sports Illustrated By : Staff Reporting

Tom Brady took a huge step today to ensure he'll retire a Patriot, agreeing to a three-year contract extension that will keep him under center for New England through the 2017 season, when he will be 40 years old.

For the second time in his illustrious career, Brady is doing something players in this day and age simply do not do: As he did in 2005, Brady, a league source told, is signing a contract with New England that will pay him significantly less money than the market will bear, in large part to help the Patriots stay competitive for the next five seasons. - More

Danica Patrick: Feeling I was going to get freight-trained By : Staff Reporting

"You spend a lot of time thinking about what to do when the time comes," Patrick said. "I kept asking up above what was working. You needed a hole, you needed people to help you out. I had a little bit of help today here and there, but I felt like if I was going to dive low, I had a feeling I was going to get freight-trained. ... At the end of the day, it was a solid day."

$17 million in fake NFL goods  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

An investigation encompassing everything from fake NFL game jerseys to counterfeit Super Bowl tickets ended with more than $17 million worth of items seized and 41 people arrested, according to U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The federal agency began its probe -- which it dubbed "Operation Red Zone" in reference to the area between the 20-yard line and goal line for a football team's offense -- on September 1, 2012, and wrapped it up on February 6.

ICE special agents, U.S. Postal Inspection Service members and state and local police officers nationwide conducted the investigation, in conjunction with the NFL and other top sports leagues. - More

Philadelphia Eagles meet with Manti Teo By : Staff Reporting

Manti Te'o noted on Saturday when he talked with an assembled group of media that he met with the Texans and Packers since arriving at the NFL Scouting Combine.

He could have added the Philadelphia Eagles.

Te'o met with the Eagles prior to the weekend, according to multiple league sources.

The Eagles, like the rest of the NFL, were doing their due diligence on a draft prospect that has drawn intense public interest after being entangled in an infamous catfishing scheme following a stellar career at Notre Dame. - More

Tiger Woods and Ex Elin Nordegren Spotted Together  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

An eyewitness told the gossip site that, "Tiger arrived to the event first with his son and daughter and Elin arrived about an hour later…

when their paths finally did cross, they chatted together for about 30 minutes and appeared to enjoy each other's company." - More

Double Digit Winning Streak For The Heat  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Winning streaks in February don't mean anything when the playoffs arrive.

That's what the rest of the NBA needs to remind itself of.

Otherwise, the Miami Heat's display over the past few weeks would be awfully demoralizing.

The Heat won their 10th straight Saturday night, smashing a banged-up and already rather demoralized Philadelphia 76ers outfit by a 114-90 margin. - More

Dennis Bermudez Prevails Over Matt Grice  

MMA By : Staff Reporting

ANAHEIM, Calif. – In an early "Fight of the Night" candidate, Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice traded devastating punches and left the audience standing after 15 minutes.

In the end, it was Bermudez's heart and cardio that helped him prevail. He earned a split decision while winning the fight with scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.

The featherweight bout was part of the preliminary card of Saturday's UFC 157 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. - More

Daytona 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series Crash As Stewart Wins  

Kansas City Sports By : Staff Reporting

Tony Stewart was horrified as he looked in the mirror while taking the checkered flag of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday.

At least 28 fans were injured by flying debris from rookie Kyle Larson’s Chevrolet, which went hurtling airborne into the wall and broke into pieces on the front stretch of Daytona International Speedway.

“That’s the worst image I’ve ever seen in a race in my life,” said a somber Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup champion and veteran of IndyCar racing as well Track president Joie Chitwood said 14 fans were transported to area hospitals and another 14 were treated at the track’s infield care center. - More

Miami upset by Wake Forest 80-65 By : Staff Reporting

The Demon Deacons has just upset number 2 Miami 80-65 on Saturday with a 6-0 run during the final minute of the half. Trying to use the momentum Miami came with five ponts of Wake Forest but came up short. Codi Miller-McIntyre added 15 points and Travis McKie came away with 8.

Usain Bolt In State Of Shock About Pistorius By : Staff Reporting

The worlds fastest sprinter Usain Bolt says he's still in a state of shock after learning of Oscar Pistorius legal problems.

The South African sprint runner Pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria gated community in South Africa.

Bolt stated, "this can't be the same guy I've seen and that I know," in an interview with CNN. News of Pistorius has rocked the track and field community.

Tebow slated to speak at 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas Church  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

The wildcat quarterback is slated to speak at the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas Church’s April 28 Sunday morning service, according to the church’s website.

While Tebow is known for wearing his religion on his sleeve and his prayerful onfield gestures have been dubbed “Tebowing,” he’s made a practice of not offending his teammates with his faith. - More

Ted Ligety dominates giant slalom, Video  

The Salt Lake Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Park City’s Ted Ligety lived up to soaring expectations Friday by defending his title in the giant slalom and becoming the first American to win three gold medals at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

No skier at all had done that since the legendary Jean-Claude Killy swept four races in 1968. - More

Condoleezza Rice had a rough go at Pebble Beach. By : Staff Reporting

Condoleezza Rice had a rough go at Pebble Beach. There were many errant golf shots to be played with her partner and 'Bama Fan Jason Bohn.

Unfortunately one of the erratic shots landed on the head of a spectator on the course.

Rice, forever the seasoned diplomat, rushed over to the injured spectator and her daughter to offer a towel to stop the bleeding. After medical assistance arrived Rice was kind enough to give the daughter her contact information to keep her abreast of the recovery efforts.

Mizzou and Ole Miss Fight  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

With No. 20 Missouri holding a comfortable 22-point cushion against No. 23 Ole Miss with 7:30 remaining in Saturday's Southeastern Conference clash, tempers began to flare.

Surprisingly, an Ole Miss player started a fight, and his name wasn't Marshall Henderson. - More

Dr. Kobe Bryant: No Time For Healing  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Dwight Howard knows how all the attention surrounding his exit from the Orlando Magic created a "Dwightmare" situation for everyone involved and he wants to avoid the negative spotlight with his free agency decision looming in Los Angeles.

"I'm not a crybaby," Howard told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith on SportsCenter on Monday. "I didn't try to cry my way out of Orlando. That was never my intention, or not what I did at all.

Eagles talking contract with Dennis Dixon  

NBCSports By : Staff Reporting

After successfully pretending to be Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, Dennis Dixon could now be getting to reprise the role for which he’s most famous: Dennis Dixon.

According to Geoff Mosher of, the Eagles are in contract talks with Dixon. Dixon, a Heisman candidate at Oregon and presumed first-round pick, plunged to round five after tearing an ACL during the 2007 college football season. - More

Vijay Singh: 'At no time was I aware...' By : Staff Reporting

Vijay Singh has unfortunately entered the point of no return as it relates to performance enhancing substances.

He has admitted to using a substance created by S.W.A.T. (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids) called Deer Antler Spray, which contains a banned substance by every major sports league including the PGA Tour. - More

Woods Wins  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods was so good for so long at Torrey Pines that it didn't matter how bad it looked at the end. In a finish that was fitting for such a long and exasperating week, Woods built an eight-shot lead with five holes to play on Monday until he lost patience with the slow play and started losing shots that only determined the margin of victory. - More

Can we call the Brady/Belichick era and immobile QBs a wrap? By : Staff Reporting

Bill Belichick stormed off the field, after his decisive loss by the Baltimore Ravens, without giving an interview to CBS. A Hall of Fame football star now analyst and a current NFL football star denounced the arrogance and rightfully so. Compare the behavior of Bill Belichick's to that of Peyton Manning's; bringing his family to the Raven's locker room to bid farewell to Ray Lewis.

Terrell Owens competitively screamed give me the ball on the sidelines and received the err of the country for being troublesome in the locker room, while Belichick and Brady exhibit worse behavior and it chalked off as being overly competitive.

The look on Belichick's and Brady's faces was the dazed look of disgust and amazement at the same time; after all they have capitalized off the NFL's rule changes. They even coined a rule after Tom Brady called "The Brady Rule" to denote the NFL's staunch protection of immobile pocket passers.

Compare Brady to the quarter backs before him; those that had to be real athletes, by being elusive in the pocket and making plays with their arms and legs if need be. Brady has received over 300 sacks during his NFL tenure to John Elway and Brett Farve's over 500 sacks virtually the same period of time due to the NFL's alteration of the sport.

One would have to come away thinking the frustration exhibited by Belichick was the result of not only yesterday's shellacking, but an understanding that they no longer have the arsenal to impose their will in big games anymore. Brady has been a field general who has lost a lot of close matchups since "Spygate". Just ask Terrell Suggs.

I wonder what the conversation was like when Chip Kelley came to New England and dissected his Read Option System for Belichick. Belichick have been a great strategist in football. He's had the advantage of being up close and personal with football since childhood. In this long off season, will he think about the advantages of the Read Option System and how it catapulted three rookies to post season play? After all if there was any coach in the league to introduce a successful offensive system in the pros why it wasn't Belichick? Huh?

His offense appeared tired and confused out there playing a one dimensional system without "The Gronk". There was nothing left to give in the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots racked up the score against the best teams in the league this season only to be stunned in the game that counted a lot more.

Sean Payton had to forfeit 5.8 million in pay for the 2013 season for his part as head coach in the bounty scandal to Belichick's mere $500,000, by comparison, in the video-tapping scandal. Some have asked why. Others have alleged Brady and the Patriots are the leagues poster child.

During the off seas

Source: Doubtful Crabtree is charged  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

One well-placed San Francisco 49ers source said he "highly, highly doubted" that San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be charged in the events that led to an investigation of sexual assault last week. - More

NFL looks to adjust Rooney Rule  

NFL By : Staff Reporting

I wrote on Thursday night about the startling lack of diversity in this year's NFL head coach and GM hires. Based on the reaction from my Twitter account, a lot of white people were upset and insist we live in a post-racial world. Right. - More

Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Oregon coach Chip Kelly will be the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, league sources told ESPN. Kelly re-emerged as a candidate recently and an agreement

was just reached Wednesday. The Herd with Colin Cowherd Colin Cowherd reacts to Chris Mortensen's report that Chip Kelly will become the Eagles' new coach.

Will Kelly keep Michael Vick in Philadelphia? More Podcasts » The Eagles had interviewed Kelly early in its search for a replacement for longtime coach Andy Reid,

talking to the coach in Arizona after the Ducks' 35-17 Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State. - More

Eagles interview Brian Kelly of Notre Dame  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

One day after his Notre Dame team got thrashed in the BCS Championship Game, Brian Kelly turned his attention toward a move to the next level. Kelly met with the Philadelphia Eagles about their vacant head-coaching job, according to a person informed of the meeting between the parties. - More

RG3 Will Win the Superbowl!  

Athlon Sports By : Staff Reporting

Record-setting rookie quarterbacks will be on full display when the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins square off in Sunday’s NFC Wild Card matchup at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

The Seahawks (11-5) enter this contest on a five-game winning streak, while the Redskins (10-6) won their final seven games to capture the NFC East division title and first

postseason berth since 2007. - More

RG3 will win vs Seattle!  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

The National Football League is changing. The Aaron Rodgers model of grooming a quarterback by making him stand on the sideline for a couple of seasons

and learn from a veteran is no more. Now, quarterbacks selected early in the draft have to play immediately and play well. Jobs depend on it. - More 

Charles Chip Kelly to the Pros!?  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Tim Tebow: Power Ranking Best Possible Teams for Underused Backup  

Bleacher Report By : Staff Reporting

Tim Tebow needs a new home. The Jets have no use for him and apparently no intent of letting him play, and the young quarterback deserves a shot to

show what he can do. I'm not even a Tebow supporter. I've ripped him as a quarterback on many occasions. However, it cannot be denied that he got results as a

starting quarterback last year, and there are some teams that could use some of his mythical winning ways. - More

Gamaliel Diaz Super Featherweight Champ  

GMA News By : Staff Reporting

Gamaliel Diaz jabbed his way to a unanimous points' decision win over title-holder Takahiro Aoh in Tokyo to become the new World Boxing Council super featherweight champion on Saturday. - More

Patriots go under in Baltimore  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

The Patriots [team stats] had a chance to put the previous week’s loss behind them and send a message to their AFC Championship Game counterparts, but this time, they couldn’t stave off a Baltimore Ravens comeback. - More

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich stunned the Kenyan challenge to clinch a surprise Olympic gold medal  

London Evening Standard By : Staff Reporting

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich stunned the Kenyan challenge to clinch a surprise Olympic gold medal in the marathon on The Mall.

The 23-year-old burst past Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang around the 38-kilometre mark to leave his two rivals trailing and claim only Uganda's second ever Olympic gold in athletics. - More

Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice: FYI yes Kobe and I are friends By : Staff Reporting

“FYI yes Kobe and I are friends, but no we are not together and never have been,” the raven-haired. “Can't guys and girls be just friends..? He's an amazing athlete and I've enjoyed getting to know him and many other great athletes in my Olympic journey.” - More

Hines Sight: Howard trade ushers in another NBA super team  

Mt. Vernon Register News By : PAUL HINES

It might be hard for folks to focus on the NBA season, but pro basketball just got a whole lot less interesting. Breaking news....there’s a new super team.

The impact will damage the rest of the league. - More

VIDEO: Watch Usain Bolt Dominate The 100m Finals In London  

SB Nation By : Staff Reporting

It's Usain Bolt's world and everyone else is living in it. Once again, Bolt blew through the field and took home gold at the Olympics, finishing the 100m finals in a time of 9.63. After questions about whether Bolt was ready -- prompted by Yohan Blake's win at the Jamaican trials -- the world record holder reminded everyone who's the boss. - More

Video of Usain Bolt winning the 100m

Services for Garrett Reid will be Tuesday By : Staff Reporting

Here is an obituary released by the Reid family:

Garrett William Reid was born in Provo, Utah April 13, 1983 and grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Harriton High School and Montgomery County Community College.

Garrett was working as a strength & conditioning coach. He found his passion in helping others develop their physique.

To further his career, Garrett had planned to begin studies in sports management in the fall. He was proud of his rank of Eagle Scout. He was the greatest big brother. He was definitely the funniest person to all who knew and loved him. Garrett will be long remembered for his sense of humor, his bold laughter and zest for life. Through his most difficult times his biggest strength was the love and support he received from his family and they from him. He will be truly missed. Garrett is survived by his parents Andrew and Tammy and siblings Britt (Kristen), Crosby, Drew, Spencer and the love of his life, Laura Perkins.

UFC on Fox 4: Lyoto Machida earns title shot  

USA Today Sports By : Matt Erickson

The Ultimate Fighting Championship finally may have gotten over the hump with Fox.

After taking criticism from fans for its first three live cards on the network, "UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera" was filled with great fights from pillar to post, particularly the all-important four-fight live broadcast on Fox. - More

Fraser-Pryce wins 100 again on big night for Brits  

News Observer By : Staff Reporting

Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her second straight gold medal in the women's 100-meters Saturday at the London Games, but the host nation of Great Britain wound up stealing the spotlight with three gold medals.

Jessica Ennis was expected to win heptathlon gold for the host nation after building a big lead heading into Saturday evening's final discipline, but Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford's Olympic titles on the men's side were nothing short of shocking. - More

South Africa wins first Olympic gold ever in rowing By : Staff Reporting

South Africa won its first ever Olympic gold medal in rowing in the lightweight men's four. Moving up from fourth in the final 500m the South Africans overtook 2010 World Champions Great Britain, 2011 World Champions Australia and 2008 Olympic Champions Denmark to cross the line first.

Great Britain took silver and Denmark bronze - this is the fifth overall Olympic medal won by legendary Dane lightweight sculler Eskild Ebbesen, aged 40. He has won a medal in the lightweight men's four at every Olympic Games since Atlanta in 1996. - More

27-year-old Tirunesh Dibaba retains distance crown  

sporting life By : Staff Reporting

The 27-year-old, who won the distance double at the Beijing Olympics, surged away from Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot after the bell to win by more than five seconds.

Dibaba's time was a season's best of 30 minutes 20.75 seconds with Kipyego taking the silver in 30:26.37 and world champion Cheruiyot four seconds futher back in bronze. - More

Rim Jong Sim wins weightlifting gold  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Rim Jong Sim won North Korea's third weightlifting gold medal in the London Olympics when she clinched the women's 69-kilogram class Wednesday in a dramatic finish.

Rim lifted a total weight of 261 kilograms but was challenged until the end by Romania's Roxana Cocos, who would have moved into first placed if she hadn't failed with her final lift. - More

Douglas captures all-around gold  

The Kansas City Star By : LINDA ROBERTSON

Gymnastics coach Liang Chow didn't quite know what to make of Gabby Douglas when she decided to move halfway across the country 20 months ago to train at his gym.

Her body was scrawny, her skills ragged, but she wanted to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. - More

PSU penalties appropriate, Obama says By : MICHAEL A. MEMOLI

President Barack Obama on Thursday said stiff NCAA sanctions on Penn State’s football program were "appropriate" in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

"I have been a big admirer of Penn State football," Obama said.

"Obviously Joe Paterno was a great football coach. But there are some things that are just more important than sports. And making sure our kids are safe is more important than sports." - More

Phelps sets the seal on status as greatest ever Olympian with 20th swimming medal  

The Telegraph By : John-Paul Ford Rojas

Another record-breaking evening for Phelps saw him become the first male swimmer to achieve victory at the same event in three successive Games.

On Tuesday, Phelps had smashed the record tally of 18 Olympic medals held by former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina as he took his haul to 19. - More

London Now: Serena going strong  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Ryan Lochte deposed Michael Phelps as the Olympic 400 metres individual medley champion  

Mail Online By : Staff Reporting

Ryan Lochte deposed Michael Phelps as the Olympic 400 metres individual medley champion as he secured a dominant victory at the Aquatics Centre.

The race was meant to be the first instalment of a showdown between him and Phelps but ultimately Lochte was never threatened and touched in four minutes 05.18 seconds.

Brazil's Thiago Pereira was second with Japanese 17-year-old Kosuke Hagino third, just a year after taking bronze at the World Junior Championships. - More

Michael Phelps came close to missing the 400m individual medley final  

Northern Weekly By : MICHAEL COWLEY

It has been hyped as the biggest clash of the Olympic swimming program, but it almost didn't eventuate after Michael Phelps came within a fingernail of missing the 400m individual medley final.

The battle between Phelps and fellow American Ryan Lochte almost became the Games first anti-climax when Phelps scraped into the final by just 0.07 seconds. - More

Carl Lewis on Mitt Romney: some Americans shouldn't leave the country  

the guardian By : Nicholas Watt

Mitt Romney has been rebuked by the US Olympic legend Carl Lewis after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee questioned whether London was fully prepared for the Olympic Games.

As Romney was mocked on US television and by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, in front of a crowd of 60,000 people, Lewis called on him to return home.

Clash between team mate Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte putting the sport in a buzz By : Staff Reporting

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will be squaring off in the both the 200 and 400m individual medleys.

This match has become an instant rivalry after Lochte stated Phelps was not being committed to training for the 2012 Olympics.

Japan ran out shock a 1-0 winner over 10-man Spain in the Olympic Group D fixture at Hampden Park in Glasgow By : Staff Reporting

Japan ran out shock a 1-0 winner over 10-man Spain in the Olympic Group D fixture at Hampden Park in Glasgow, courtesy of a goal in the 34th minute from Yuki Otsu following some questionable defending from Martin Montoya.

Kensuke Nagai and Hiroshi Kiyotake could have made it a more comfortable win for Takashi Sekizuka's side as both wasted good chances either side of halftime,

but Spain struggled to trouble Shuichi Gonda in the Japan goal, particularly after Inigo Martinez's sending-off at the end of the first half. - More

Two-times Olympic champion Usain Bolt says he is fit and ready  

The Telegraph By : Staff Reporting

Greek high jumper fails drug test, withdraws from Olympics  

brisbane times By : Staff Reporting

Greece's world indoor high jump champion Dimitris Chondrokoukis has pulled out of the London Olympics after testing positive for a banned substance, the athlete's father said.

"Dimitris will not take part in the Olympic Games, leaving unfulfilled a dream of a lifetime," his father and coach Kyriakos Chondrokoukis said in a statement.

Steelers receiver Mike Wallace remains unsigned  

Pittsburgh Post Gazette By : Ed Bouchette

Having polished off two important contracts over the past two days, the Steelers will report to training camp at Saint Vincent College today trying to nail down one more.

As of Tuesday, they did not have wide receiver Mike Wallace's signature on a contract and until they get it he cannot participate with the rest of his teammates in camp -- or beyond.

Voula Papachristou has been removed from the Greek National team after writing inappropriate comments on Twitter  

NZNews By : Staff Reporting

A Greek athlete has been withdrawn from the national team after writing inappropriate comments on Twitter.

And her colleagues have been warned not to follow in her tweetsteps.

Earlier in the week, she tweeted: 'With so many Africans in Greece... At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!'

USA Mens Basketball Close Call against Argentina Sports By : Staff Reporting

Kevin Durant scored 27 points Sunday for the United States, which held on for an 86-80 victory over Argentina in an exhibition basketball game in Barcelona, Spain.

The Americans got off to a hot start, but their lead was down to four with 2 minutes, 50 seconds remaining after Manu Ginobili's three-point play.

Rockets chances of getting Lin back increase  

Ultimate Rockets By : Jonathan Feigen

Months after the Rockets gave Jeremy Lin to the Knicks, eventually launching the season of Linsanity, the Knicks seemed ready to give him back.

The Rockets moved significantly closer to landing Jeremy Lin on Saturday, a day after he signed a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet with them, when the Knicks moved in the other direction.

AP Source: Drew Brees $100 Million Richer  


Drew Brees has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with the New Orleans Saints, with $60 million guaranteed, said a person familiar with the deal.

Brees and the team Friday reached the agreement, which will pay the quarterback $40 million in the first year, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been publically announced.

First-time Olympian rips Michael Phelps work ethic  

Yahoo! Sports By : Chris Chase

Two weeks after getting smoked by Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic trials, swimmer Tyler Clary blasted the 14-time gold medalist and his training habits in a contentious interview with his local California newspaper. - More

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Lance Armstrong injunction nixed by federal judge By : Jim Vertuno

A federal judge handed Lance Armstrong a quick setback yesterday as he went to court to save his seven Tour de France titles and his reputation as one of the greatest cyclists ever.

Armstrong filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency from moving ahead with charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his long career.

Blazers Strike Out on Adding Hibbert; Now What?  

Yahoo! Contributor Network By : Adam Sparks

At the risk of overstating Roy Hibbert's value here (he's not exactly Dwight Howard, is he?), Indiana's decision to match Portland's offer for the restricted free-agent center is a big, huge buzzkill for the Blazers that could mean a season filled with more struggles than we'd hoped

Anderson Silva retains title at UFC 148, beats rival Chael Sonnen  

The Province By : DAVE DEIBERT

Chael Sonnen did his talking for two years. Anderson Silva did his talking in two rounds.

In one of the most anticipated matches in Ultimate Fighting Championship history, Silva overcame a slow start in the main event of UFC 148 before vanquishing his long-time tormentor.

In front of a sold-out crowd of 15,016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Silva extended his UFC record to a perfect 15-0 on Saturday night, defending his middleweight title with a TKO victory at 1:55 of the second round.

Ethiopians sweep to titles in Boilermaker 15K road race in Utica By : Donnie Webb

Tilahun Regassa of Ethiopia breezed to victory Sunday morning in the Boilermaker 15-kilometer road race.

Regassa won with a time of 43 minutes, 1 seconds. He was 32 seconds faster than Kenya's Peter Kirui, who won the Peachtree 10K Road Race last week in Atlanta.

Regassa was sixth at the Peachtree. He's previously won races in 2010 at the Bolder Boulder, half-marathon in Abu Dhabi and the Cresent City Classic in New Orleans. Regassa said he was hurt most of last season.

Ray Allen accepts contract offer from Miami Heat  

CP24 By : Staff Reporting

Ray Allen will take less money for a chance at another NBA championship.

Allen told the Miami Heat on Friday night that he intends to accept their contract offer and leave Boston after five seasons, even though the Celtics could pay him about twice as much as the reigning NBA champions will be able to next season.

Miami could only offer Allen the mini mid-level, worth about $3 million a year.

Steve Nash traded to Lakers for package of picks  

NBC Sports By : Kurt Helin

The Los Angeles Lakers just lost out on getting Chris Paul just before last season, but it looks like they now have the point guard that turns them into a contender again.

They are now the West Coast superstar team to compete with the Miami Heat.

Multiple sources say the Suns have come to a deal to send Steve Nash to the Lakers for L.A.’s 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks

A Serena smackdown  

Ottawa Citizen By : STEPHANIE MYLES

The women's game, under some scrutiny the past week or so because of comments from some of the ATP Tour players about value for money and the relative merits of the men's and women's games, had an opportunity to strut its stuff Tuesday. The women came through like champions. - More

Video: Gabby Douglas wins Trials  

NBC Sports By : Nancy Armour

The 16-year-old with the spectacular uneven bars routine and personality to spare beat Jordyn Wieber for the first time Sunday night, winning the Olympic trials and the lone guaranteed spot for the London Games. - More

Italian fans stunned by humiliating Euro rout By : Staff Reporting

Glum Italian fans filed away from the ancient Circus Maximus in Rome well before four giant television screens recorded the end of an emphatic 4-0 defeat to Spain in the European Championship final on Sunday.

A disaster, the dream is over, said Claudio Marangoni, 28, a transport worker from Rome who had faded Italian tricolour flags painted on each cheek.

No one expected to end up in the final but to lose like this is humiliating. Tens of thousands of flag waving supporters had packed into the ancient Roman chariot racing arena, the scene of joyous celebrations after Italy's 2-1 victory over Germany in the semi-final on Thursday.

Phelps cruises to win in 200 butterfly  

Fast Lane To Omaha By : Rich Kaipust

What's this? Was that Michael Phelps letting his guard down just a little bit Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials? Phelps let reporters in on how he really feels about the 200-meter butterfly and handled a few more post-race and press conference questions than usual.

New Orleans Hornets make Anthony Davis the first By : Jimmy Smith

The New Orleans Hornets ended one month of artificial suspense Thursday night, selecting University of Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis with the first overall pick in the NBA draft, a selection the team hopes results in a sustained turnaround of its on-court fortunes.

Retirement Questions for Venus Williams By : Staff Reporting

Venus Williams first round exit from Wimbledon brought retirement questions on social media. Venus has spent a career dominating the event at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London. This is the earliest exit by Venus at the event in 15 years.

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Coin toss for an Olympic spot? By : Staff Reporting

U.S. track and field officials say they have a procedure in place to break the third-place tie between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the women's 100 meters at the Olympic trials.

The scenarios involve either a coin toss or a runoff to decide which athlete will earn the third and final spot on the team for the London Games.

Serena Williams has no intention of stopping  

The Miami Herald By : HOWARD FENDRICH

Just in case there were any doubts out there, Serena Williams wants to make perfectly clear that she's going to be around tennis awhile longer. So is older sister Venus. "I have no intention of stopping, and I don't think she does either.

We're definitely connected at the hip," the 30-year-old Williams said Saturday, two days before Wimbledon begins. "I enjoy being out there on the court so much." 

Bruins draft Malcolm Subban  

ROTO World By : Staff Reporting

The Boston Bruins selected goalie Malcolm Subban with the 24th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. P.K. Subban's brother might just try to stop his brothers in the Boston-Montreal series soon. Like P.K., Malcolm plays with intensity and is determined to be the best.

Tony Parker $20 million lawsuit for Chris Brown-Drake fight  

The Celebrity Cafe By : Daniel S Levine

San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker has reportedly filed a $20 million against the W.i.P. Club for the injuries he sustained during last week’s fight between singers Chris Brown and Drake.

The NBA star filed papers in Manhattan Supreme Court, holding the nightclub owners responsible for the injury to his eye, according to The New York Post, which first reported the suit on Thursday. Parker claims that he suffered “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries” because of the fight.

LeBron leads Miami to NBA title  

TVnz By : Staff Reporting

The Miami Heat demolished the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 today to win the National Basketball Association championship 4-1, sweeping the last four games of the series.

LeBron James led an outstanding team effort with a brilliant all-round game, grabbing a triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high 13 assists.

Mayweather, Pacquiao top sport rich list  

sky news By : Staff Reporting

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the boxers who fight fans worldwide want to see in the ring together, top the list of the 100 highest-paid athletes released by Forbes magazine on Monday. Mayweather, who ranks No.1 for making $US85 million ($A84.25 million) from two fights last year, is serving a three-month jail sentence for domestic battery in Las Vegas, having failed in a bid to serve the remainder of his time under house arrest. - More

Mike Tyson Headed For Broadway With One-Man Show  

KERO 23 ABC By : Mike Tyson wants his next knockout to be on Broadway. The former boxer announced Monday that he will team up with director Spike Lee to bring his one-man show, “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” to the Longacre Theatre for six nights only,

Mike Tyson is making the popular move from the big screen to Broadway with his one-man show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth." The production, under the direction of Spike Lee, will play at the Longacre Theatre for six nights only starting July 31. - More

Amateur Hossler among leaders at US Open  

OCRegister By : Staff Reporting

Santa Margarita High student Beau Hossler, who recently finished his junior season, was thrust into the spotlight at the US Open on Friday when he managed to grab sole possesion of the lead for a few holes at San Francisco's Olympic Club. - More

Tiger charging at U.S. Open again By : Antonio Gonzalez

Tiger Woods is charging at the U.S. Open again. Woods made back-to-back birdies to climb to 2-under par through 15 holes Thursday, one behind leader Michael Thompson in the opening round. Jason Bohn and David Toms also were at 2 under. - More

Chad Ochocinco signs with the Dolphins  

Sportsrageious By : Daniel Chi

Chad Ochocinco signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, just after four days the New England Patriots released him. He will be able to participate in this week’s OTAs after signing his deal with his new team. - More

Top 5 Plays of the Night: NBA Finals Game 1  

NBA By : Staff Reporting

The NBA Finals are underway in Oklahoma City where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will battle Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder for the championship trophy and game 1 featured big performances from all the big stars and we have the top 5 plays right here in our top 5 plays of the night! - More

Kobe Bryants divorce, off for now By : Staff Reporting

Kobe Bryant’s estranged wife Vanessa will not sign documents to make her divorce final, at least for now, because she and the basketball star are working on a full reconciliation. - More

Two Former Auburn Players Shot To Death  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Two former Auburn football players , Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian, were shot to death and a current player, Eric Mack, suffered a gunshot would Saturday night during a shooting at an Auburn apartment complex, according to a report by newspaper website - More

Bradley wins WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Arena  

Daily News By : Tim Smith

Timothy Bradley had youth and confidence on his side. Manny Pacquiao possesses power and speed in abundance. Pacquiao made good use of his skills to pound Bradley, but he couldn’t convince two of the judges at ring side that he did enough to win. - More

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Ochocinco went from Bengal to a bust  

The Enterprise By : Glen Farley

He arrived at Gillette Stadium last July, a six-time Pro Bowler with 751 receptions on his NFL resumé. In New England, however, Chad Ochocinco simply never caught on. - More

Thunder headed to NBA finals, beat Spurs 107-99  

New Talk Radio KRMG By : Shelby Travis and JEFF LATZKE

Oklahoma City — After years of nagging Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks not to take him out of games, Kevin Durant finally got his wish. And now, he's one big step closer to making his basketball dreams come true. - More


WEEI By : Staff Reporting

Paul Pierce drilled a huge 3-pointer with 52.9 seconds remaining and Kevin Garnett poured in 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics to a 94-90 win over the Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena in Miami. Pierce,... - More

Mosimane fired as Bafana coach  

SABC By : Staff Reporting

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has fired Bafana Bafana coach, Pitso Mosimane. He was axed late last night after an emergency meeting in Johannesburg where the team and Mosimane's performance was discussed. - More

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Safa in crisis talks, set to axe Pitso  

iOL Sport By : Staff Reporting

Pitso Mosimane is set to be sacked as Bafana Bafana coach on Monday, following South Africa’s dismal 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier on Sunday in Phokeng.

The South African Football Association have convened an emergency meeting, set for 11am on Monday, where they are expected to fire Mosimane, and replace him with his assistant coach, Steve Komphela. - More

Tiger Wins  

Golf Channel By : Staff Reporting

Tiger Woods wins the Memorial Tournament. Kelly Tilghman and Brandel Chamblee have the highlights from Sunday’s action. - More

Roger Federer advances  

Herald Sun By : Valkerie Baynes

ROGER Federer has advanced to the French Open quarter-finals with a tougher-than-expected win against lucky loser Daniel Goffin.

After conceding a one-set lead to the Belgian wunderkind, ranked 109th, regular service was restored and Federer prevailed 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. - More

Durant leads Oklahoma City  

Perth Now By : Staff Reporting

KEVIN Durant scored half of his 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 to tie the NBA Western Conference Finals at two games apiece. Defensive stalwart Serge Ibaka contributed some unexpected offence, scoring 26 points on perfect 11-for-11 shooting for the Thunder, who improved to 7-0 at home this post-season. - More

Lepchenko Wins  

ESPNW By : Staff Reporting

PARIS -- It was a compelling tale of two ongoing dramas, unfolding simultaneously, on two stages of red clay on Saturday. On Court Suzanne Lenglen, New Jersey native Christina McHale was trying to upset 2011 French Open champion Li Na. On court No. 1, affectionately called the "Bull Ring" because of its round shape, American immigrant Varvara Lepchenko was trying to upset 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone. - More

Manvinder Sultan Singh Bisla  

By : Gaurav Kanthwal

CHANDIGARH: Behind new KKR star Manvinder Sultan Singh Bisla's leap from obscurity to household name is a story of grit and keen desire to excel. Both his parents are academicians, but that didn't deter them from encouraging their son to take up an activity completely alien to them. - More

Heat Major Challenge for Celtics  

By : By Tim Reynolds

A big early Miami lead was wasted. Once the Heat took control again, they simply ran away from the Celtics. And the NBA Finals are now three wins away for LeBron James and the Heat

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Kings lead West finals 2  

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings knew the Coyotes would come with everything they had. Read More...

Carter hat trick, perfect Quick put Kings up 2  

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Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Coyotes 4-0 Tuesday night to take control of Western Conference finals. Read More...

Pacers hold off Heat in final seconds, tie series  

By : Anonymous

David West scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, George Hill added 15 and the Indiana Pacers took home-court advantage away from Miami by beating the Heat 78-75 in Game 2 of the teams' Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night. Read More...

Fresh Spurs wear down Clippers, win Game 1  

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Tim Duncan had 26 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs, recharged after a weeklong layoff, wore down the busy Los Angeles Clippers to win Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals series, 108-92 on Tuesday night. Read More...

Ireland's Taylor books London boxing berth  

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QINHUANGDAO, China (Reuters) - Ireland's boxing queen Katie Taylor booked her place at the London Olympics without throwing a punch at the women's world championships on Wednesday. Read More...

Beckham to help bring Olympic flame to Britain  

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LONDON (Reuters) - David Beckham will help bring the Olympic flame to Britain on Friday after he takes part in a formal handover ceremony in Athens, London 2012 organizers said. Read More...

Jays' Lawrie hits ump with helmet, gets ejected  

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Brett Lawrie slammed his batting helmet to the ground and it ricocheted into plate umpire Bill Miller as the ninth inning turned nasty Tuesday in Toronto's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Read More...

Kobe explains not taking charges, rips floppers  

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Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he doesn't draw charges, and he's got a clearly thought-out explanation for it. Read More...

Yankees place closer Robertson on 15  

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The New York Yankees have placed closer David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list after tests revealed the right-hander suffered a strained left oblique while pitching against the Seattle Mariners on May 11. Read More...

Kings Of The Road ... Again  

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There's just no stopping the Kings. Jeff Carter's hat trick carried the sizzling No. 8 seed past the Coyotes 4-0 for its seventh straight playoff road win and a 2-0 lead in the West finals. Read More...

Kings seize 2  

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jeff Carter scored three goals, Jonathan Quick stopped 24 shots and the Los Angeles Kings matched an NHL record with their seventh straight road playoff victory, beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Tuesday Read More...

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