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BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

This year, the NBA opened a new hotline where players can call to voice their opinions about officiating, argue about flagrant fouls and, if you’re Draymond Green, explain how your leg naturally juts out in a kicking motion. Not to be outdone, the BIG3 has also created a hotline for its players.Yardbarker has obtained a transcript of the week of calls from the BIG3 office, which...
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July 18, 2017  |  Discuss

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

Over the weekend, Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon singles championship and his 19th major overall, both records on the men's side. If there was any debate prior, there really isn't much to argue about now: Roger Federer is the greatest men's tennis player of all-time. Some are even making the argument the Federer is the top athlete ever, regardless of sport. Whether or not...
July 18, 2017  |  Discuss

The 'Youth in baseball is cyclical' quiz

2017 has been the year of Aaron Judge, and rightfully so. He has simply overshadowed all of his peers (as 6'7'' folks are wont to do) both on the field and off of it. But over in the National League, the Dodgers have a world-beating rookie as well, who just happens to be three years younger than Judge.  Simply put, Cody Bellinger has been a revelation for the Dodgers. He's currently...
July 17, 2017  |  Discuss

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The WNBA announced its All-Star Game starters recently, with quite a few future Hall of Famers due to run the court in Seattle later this month. As in any other exhibition game for a league, there is usually a player or two who represent a team that has shocked the world a bit, and this year’s game is no exception thanks to the Connecticut Sun.The doormat of the Eastern Conference...
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July 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Getaway Day: Class is back in session

With the All-Star Game and its festivities behind us, the pennant chase is back underway. Everything changes in this part of the year and in the brief return back to action over the weekend, we have already seen some trends emerge ahead of the trade deadline, from Jose Quintana's dominant debut in his new cross-town address in Chicago to Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers continuing...
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July 16, 2017  |  Discuss

The 'Safeties in numbers' quiz

Summertime is the calm before the storm as far as the NFL season is concerned, but over the last few years a new tradition has taken hold during this time: getting publicly upset over arbitrary ranking lists.The NFL Network has been putting out it's annual Top 100 list for seven years now, and like clockwork, you absolutely count on at least one NFL player taking the list makers...
July 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Sports & Politics Intersect: Are McGregor and Mayweather money?

Front Five: The top stories that shaped both sports & politics this week “Everything I do is money.” - Conor McGregor While Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather still have over a month to go before their anticipated boxer-vs-mixed martial artist bout, a series of press events this week have grown increasingly virulent in tone as both fighters danced around homophobic and...
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July 14, 2017  |  Discuss

The Falcons’ new concession prices are the least they do

Along with a confirmation that the new Atlanta Falcons stadium will in fact open before the start of the 2017 regular season, a tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell this week served to remind many fans of the new stadium’s most notable feature aside from a puckering roof: reasonably priced concessions! Compared to the going rate for food at other venues around the league, it’s quite...
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July 13, 2017  |  Discuss

BIG3 Week 4: Shine on me, Philadelphia three-dom

The BIG3 makes its way to the City of Brotherly Love for Week 4, joining the pantheon of great Philadelphia basketball moments. 1983: Moses Malone leads the Sixers to Fo’, Fo’ Five and a title. 2001: Allen Iverson steps over Tyronn Lue in the Finals. 1959-1962: Wilt Chamberlain makes love to 1,500 women. 1990: A couple of guys that were up to no good beat up Will Smith on a playground...
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July 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Three Up, Three Down: The All-Star Game didn't count and it was awesome

Welcome to this week's edition of Three Up, Three Down — your weekly catch-up of the three best highlights (and lowlights) from around the league. We're here for all of the cheers and the jeers, because it's baseball. You can't have a winner without someone losing along the way.Up: The All-Star Game didn't count and it was awesome Robinson Cano was the big hero at Marlins Park...
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July 13, 2017  |  Discuss
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The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

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