WATCH: LeBron salutes Toronto fans after Game 6

by Gordon Dixon The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors to advance to the NBA Finals on Friday. However, during his postgame interview with Doris Burke, LeBron James wanted to talk about the fans in Toronto. Some knew it prior to this year’s NBA playoffs, others didn’t. The Raptors have one of the best fan bases in the league and they showed it throughout the postseason. They were...
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Video: Jamie Foxx does a better Stephen A. Smith than Stephen A. Smith

So we’ve already established this week that Stephen A. Smith is on ESPN airwaves for enough minutes that your cable bill should now come with a Surgeon General’s warning.  Well, it wouldn’t surprise you that SAS was part of ESPN’s postgame coverage for Game 6 of the Cavs-Raptors series when Cleveland clinched a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Also present for ESPN’s...
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Game 47 Recap: Tanaka to the rescue

In a battle to avoid falling to the cellar of the AL East, the Yankees opened a three-game set with the host Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night and won the opener by a final score of 4-1. Masahiro Tanaka continued to be lights out for the Yankees, allowing just two hits while cruising through seven scoreless innings on just 82 pitches. New York is now 7-3 in games started by Tanaka...
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College football win totals: five favorite bets

Early college football win totals are starting to trickle out of Vegas. The Golden Nugget released some select over/under bets last week, and other win totals are popping up at the offshore sportsbooks. After a week of careful study, here are my five favorite bets from the Nugget’s win totals. Alabama under 9.5 (-110) It’s a familiar story: Alabama loses a slew of studs to the...
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Ezekiel Elliott bought parents a new house with his first check

New Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott found a cool way to give back to his parents with his first paycheck… .@EzekielElliott found a special way to spend his 1st NFL check. : — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 26, 2016 How is Cowboys rookie running back spending his newfound riches after signing his first NFL contract...
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FIFA Penalizes 7 countries for discriminatory acts

FIFA is arguably the most powerful sports governing body in the country that runs a singular sport. As a result, when they levy a penalty against a country, team, or player, it has a profound and important impact. Recently, seven different countries and its fans participated in homophobic or discriminatory acts that caught FIFA’s eye and resulted in sanctions against those countries...
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Game 5 was a treat, and the Warriors hope they can build on it

The Golden State Warriors can’t dwell on Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. Their attention must turn to Game 6 on Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If they don’t win Game 6, the value of Game 5 will vanish. The memory of Thursday night’s win will recede into the mists of history. I’m just as eager as the Warriors — and you — to see what happens in Game...
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Four-star OT Kai-Leon Herbert Announces Top 6 Schools On Twitter

Four-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, one of the top players at his position in the state of Florida, has released his top six schools. Herbert, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound player out of For Lauderdale, has narrowed his decision down to four SEC programs, one Big Ten program and one ACC program. Herbert noted that he’s developed great relationships with the coaching staffs for...
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Scientists call for Rio Olympics relocation or rescheduling

With the recent Zika outbreak in South and Central America, scientists and health officials from around the world are calling for the 2016 Rio Olympics later this summer to be moved or rescheduled. The group of scientists recently wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) asking for the games to be looked at again. “It is unethical to run the risk, just for...
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Report: Jets offering Ryan Fitzpatrick 3-year deal, $12 million for 2016

The New York Jets aren’t offering Ryan Fitzpatrick as much as he’d like, but a new report from the New York Post shoots down any notion he’s being offered a low-ball contract to play in 2016. Contrary to reports of low-ball #Jets offer to #Fitz, #NFL sources tell The Post offer on table is 3-yr w/ $12 million for first year ... — NYPost_Cannizzaro (@MarkCannizzaro) May...
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Pat Riley reportedly hates the Dwyane Wade-LeBron James friendship

The lovefest between former teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is slightly offputting to some in the NBA, and Heat president Pat Riley is reportedly one of them. ESPN’s Pablo S. Torre profiled the pair’s relationship, in which one mutual friend says the pair are “like twins.” Even Wade’s wife, Gabrielle Union, admitted that James probably knows her husband better than...
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The tale of Kevin Love's inconsistent play

Dropping dimes, mile high nuggets, and awkward talks about the Hawks and the Hornets characterize the angsty teen that Kevin Love plays in those amusing TV commercials for State Farm. But what is terrifying for Cavs fans is that the emotionally turbulent teenager seen on TV is not so different from Love and his play in these playoffs. It starts with Love's game by game change...
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Los Angeles Kings reportedly to strip Dustin Brown of captaincy

The Los Angeles Kings are making a change at captain. Frank Seravalli of reports that Kings captain Dustin Brown has been told he will no longer be the captain of the team and that they’re going in a different direction with the C. The move is and isn’t surprising. It is surprising because Brown has been the captain in LA since 2008. He’s led the Kings to two Stanley...
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WATCH: Raiders release video promoting move to Las Vegas

The Oakland Raiders appear to be angling hard for a name change to go along with a new home — Las Vegas, baby. Already in serious talks with the City of Las Vegas and The Sands Casino, Mark Davis has said he’s committed to the move if funding can be acquired to build a new domed stadium. Now, Davis and the Raiders have released a video which further indicates the seriousness...
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Ricky Williams opening marijuana-friendly gym

Ricky Williams’ fondness of marijuana is nothing new, but now he’s taking it to the next level. Williams is partnering with Jim McAlpine to open what they believe will be the first cannabis-friendly gym. The gym is set to open this fall in San Francisco. But it won’t be a joke where people just toke up and mess around; they say the focus will be on actually working out. “It...
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Rob Ryan echoes brother Rex: ‘Bring Belichick on. We got him’

It clearly didn’t take long for Rob Ryan to pick up a thing or two from brother Rex about the importance of putting a bulls eye on one Bill Belichick, even if it is months before the season even begins. During a joint Q&A the Ryan brothers had with, the topic of the New England Patriots head coach — a frequent thorn in Rex Ryan’s side throughout his head...
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Wizards will offer Beal max contract

Bradley Beal said last week he deserves a maximum contract and if the Washington Wizards couldn’t meet that requirement then he might go elsewhere. The Wizards heard Beal loud and clear and will reportedly offer him a five-year, max deal this summer when he becomes a restricted free agent. From Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post: The Wizards are expected to offer Beal a...
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Report: Owners unhappy with Robert Kraft's letter for Brady

The New England Patriots’ amicus brief filed this week supporting the NFL Players Association’s appeal of Tom Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension isn’t sitting well with some. Three NFL owners expressed “extreme disappointment” with Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s letter of support for Brady, according to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole. Their disappointment reportedly...
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Warriors, Thunder taking turns beating each other in the opposite style

The Oklahoma City Thunder were never going to win Game 5. At least, that's what it felt like for most of the night - not against that team in that situation in that arena. Though for one long moment, as a Kevin Durant 3-pointer hung in the air with 35 seconds remaining, nobody managed a breath. For a moment, the impossible seemed suddenly plausible. But the ball caromed off the...
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Le’Veon Bell becomes latest athlete to fall into the Skip Bayless Trap

Whaddayaknow, another athlete is mad about something Skip Bayless said on First Take. This time it’s Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell feuding with the ESPN host. Earlier this week, Bell said the Cincinnati Bengals play dirty, and his remarks became a topic across the sports-talk world. Then Bayless initiated the trap he has perfected during his time on First Take. Here...
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Kevin Durant not apologizing for volume of Game 5 shooting

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook missed 36 of their 59 shots during Oklahoma City’s Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors, but Durant isn’t apologizing for the aggressiveness of the Thunder’s two stars. “That’s who we are,” Durant said, via ESPN. “We’ve got to be aggressive. When they’re going in, you won’t say anything. But we happened to miss some tonight...
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How expanded instant replay has hurt the NBA

Since the NBA instituted instant replay during the 2002-03 playoffs, basketball hasn't been the same. Its expanded use over time has changed the game as teams, players, and spectators used to know it.  Starting in 2007-2008, the referees were given the ability to review all player altercations; since 2008-2009 all questioned field goal attempts (whether a 2- or 3-point goal...
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UNC's Roy Williams Underwent Successful Knee Surgery

Roy Williams underwent successful knee surgery today, North Carolina announced. The 65-year-old coach had a planned right knee replacement surgery and the doctor says it went “very well.”  Williams is now resting comfortably, UNC says. Coach Williams underwent successful surgery today to replace his right knee. Dr. Walt Beaver says it went very well, RW resting comfortably...
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John Harbaugh says Trent Richardson must improve conditioning

Ravens coach John Harbaugh says that ongoing issues with conditioning is the reason why running back Trent Richardson missed the first week of organized team activities with a hamstring injury. Richardson has been a bust since the Browns drafted him third overall in 2012, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. He’s trying to catch on with his third team after disappointing stints...
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Miesha Tate calls Ronda Rousey ’emotionally unstable’

The war of words between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey isn’t going away any time soon. Speaking with “Rush Fight Club” on SiriusXM Radio, Tate took a shot at Rousey’s mental health, citing an incident in April in which Rousey went after Paige VanZant at a party. “I think Ronda is somewhat emotionally unstable and I think that’s been characteristic for a long time,”...
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Ezekiel Elliott bought parents a house with first NFL paycheck

Ezekiel Elliott paid back his family for all their support by using funds from his first NFL paycheck to buy his parents and two younger sisters a new home in the St. Louis area. .@EzekielElliott found a special way to spend his 1st NFL check. : — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 26, 2016 The Dallas Cowboys rookie running...
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Peyton Manning says he won't be coaching at Tennessee

Peyton Manning coaching at Tennessee might be a dream for many Volunteers fans, but that’s all it will ever be.  The now-retired NFL quarterback shut down the possibility of ever coaching while speaking at the Middle Tennessee Sports Awards. “I will not be a coach,” he said. Peyton Manning on becoming a coach: I do not see myself coaching. I will not be a coach. —...
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The biggest questions about the WWE brand split

The brand split is back. The WWE recently made the bombshell announcement that SmackDown will be going live on Tuesday nights starting July 19 and it will come with its own unique brand, roster and writing team. Splitting the brands is going to take a lot of work and every little detail needs to be filled out in order for this long term move to succeed. July 19 is not too far...
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Aaron Rodgers: Being mic’d up caused Cobb’s punctured lung

Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers blames “mic’d up” technology for teammate Randall Cobb suffering a punctured lung in the team’s 26-20 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals in January. Rodgers appeared on former teammate A.J. Hawk’s “Hawkcast” podcast on Thursday, and explained how he believes — and he thinks the team believes — Cobb falling on...
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