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Report: Blake Griffin’s Fractured Back Was Reason For Leaving Team USA

Last Thursday, Blake Griffin cited a desire to “dedicate all his energy” towards the upcoming NBA season as his reason for withdrawing from the U.S. men’s basketball team. Less than a week later, it appears that the real reason for Griffin’s departure has finally come out. The Los Angeles Clippers forward was advised by doctors to leave the team in order give a “small...
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Texas Kicker Shows Off Gloriously Ridiculous Hair In Roster Photo

Meet Nick Rose. He’s a junior placekicker on the University of Texas football team entering his third season as the Longhorns’ primary kickoff specialist. But that’s not why we’re talking about him. We’re talking about Rose because of this photo, which was tweeted late Monday night by USA Today’s Paul Myerberg and quickly made its way around the sports blogosphere. Texas...
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Melky Cabrera’s Homer Leaves Fenway Park, Breaks Car Windshield (Video)

Monday was not a good day for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was an even worse day for the unlucky owner of a white SUV. The Sox suffered a 14-1 beatdown at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays thanks to a nine-run outburst by the Jays in the sixth inning. Leading the offensive onslaught was Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera, who absolutely crushed a three-run homer over the...
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Browns Lineman Joe Thomas: Brian Hoyer Is ‘A Lot Like Tom Brady’

Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has spent seven Pro Bowl seasons with the Cleveland Browns but a grand total of three games protecting the team’s current starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer. By hearing Thomas speak Monday at training camp, however, one would think the two have played together for years. “He’s a lot like Tom Brady,” Thomas said of Hoyer, via Cleveland.com. ...
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Ronaldino Leaves Atletico Mineiro As Free Agent, Will Reveal Next Stop Wednesday

Ronaldinho had something to prove when he entered the gates of Atletico Mineiro in 2012. Now, the Brazilian soccer star is set to exit as a legend. Ronaldinho and Atletico Mineiro mutually agreed to part ways on Monday, FOX Socccer reports. “I can’t call on Ronaldinho anymore,” Atletico Mineiro head coach Levir Culpi reportedly told SporTV. “His cycle with us has ended. It’s...
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Omar Gonzalez Fights Clint Dempsey, DeAndre Yedlin In MLS Game (Video)

Throughout the months of June and July, Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez and DeAndre Yedlin joined forces on Team USA during the nation’s inspiring run into the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In case you didn’t know, the World Cup is over. That fact was never more prevalent than during Monday’s MLS game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders, when tensions...
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Chris Archer: Strikeout Celebration Came In ‘Infant Stages Of My Career’

There were a lot of raised eyebrows around the baseball world when Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer called out David Ortiz for his bat flip Sunday night. Ortiz’s post-home run actions are far from universally beloved — Archer’s rotation mate, David Price, is an outspoken Papi critic — but many didn’t think the 25-year-old right-hander was one to talk regarding such matters...
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Rays’ Jake Odorizzi Walks Off Field After Second Out Of Inning (Video)

In the top of the fifth inning Monday night, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi struck out Milwaukee Brewers batter Scooter Gennett. He then decided he had had enough of that inning and walked off the field. Unfortunately for Odorizzi, though, there was still work to be done. While Rays righthander apparently thought he had ended the inning, his strikeout of Gennett only represented...
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Fenway Fan Makes Sweet One-Handed Catch, Gives Ball To Young Fan (Video)

Some quick reflexes by one Fenway Park attendee kept a ballpark beer in its cup and put a new souvenir in a young fan’s hand. During the second inning of Monday night’s Boston Red Sox-Toronto Blue Jays game, Jays slugger Jose Bautista sent a foul ball screaming into the upper deck to the right of home plate. It was a sharp line drive, but one fan reached up to snatch it out...
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Phoenix Suns’ P.J. Tucker Arrested In May On ‘Super Extreme DUI’ Charge

Scottsdale police arrested Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker back in May on a DUI charge — but not just any DUI charge. According to a police report obtained Monday by AZCentral.com, Tucker was charged with “super extreme DUI” after blowing a .201 — more than twice the legal limit in Arizona — on a preliminary breathalyzer test following a traffic stop. Further tests determined...
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Derek Jeter Passes Carl Yazstremski For Seventh On All-Time Hits List

Derek Jeter has had a lot of memorable accomplishments over his 20-year major league career, but passing one of the best hitters in the history of his archrival’s franchise has to be near the top of the list. The New York Yankees shortstop went 3-for-4 against the Texas Rangers Monday night and collected his 3,420th career hit, moving him past Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yazstremski...
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Reports: Jon Lester Drawing Interest On Trade Market As Rumors Swirl

Jon Lester is a hot topic in Boston Red Sox trade rumors. Lester is drawing interesting on the trade market, according to multiple reports. While it’s unclear whether the Red Sox will seriously consider trading Lester, there are reports indicating that Boston could be willing to do so for the right package. Of course, we’re dealing with a lot of speculation here. The Major League...
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Red Sox Notes: Clay Buchholz Trends In Wrong Direction In ‘Ugly’ Loss

BOSTON — What a difference a week makes. Exactly one week after the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 14-1 at Rogers Centre, Toronto returned the favor at Fenway Park. The Jays pounded 14 hits Monday en route to a 14-1 beatdown of the Sox. Nothing went right for Boston in the series opener. The Red Sox’s pitching was bad and their offense struggled, which never is a productive combination...
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Felix Doubront’s Frustrating Season Hits Low In Red Sox’s Blowout Loss

BOSTON — Felix Doubront hasn’t been shy about voicing his frustration. Now, the Red Sox have just as much reason to be frustrated. Doubront, who is unhappy about pitching out of the bullpen rather than starting, laid a stinker in relief Monday, surrendering six earned runs — he also allowed two inherited runners to score — on six hits and two walks over two thirds of an inning...
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Reports: Andres Torres Opts Out Of Contract With Red Sox Organization

The Boston Red Sox signed veteran outfielder Andres Torres last month to add some organizational depth. The 36-year-old never sniffed the majors and now will pursue other opportunities. Torres, who played 18 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, exercised an out clause in his contract over the weekend, according to SB Nation’s Joon Lee and MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes. Torres is seeking...
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David Ross On Felix Doubront: ‘Hard To Be Sharp’ In Long-Relief Role

A few days after making comments about not being happy in his limited role, Boston Red Sox pitcher Felix Doubront didn’t do himself any favors after a tough relief outing in a 14-1 blowout loss at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. The long reliever gave up six hits and allowed six earned runs in just 2/3 innings, and his ERA is now 6.07 on the season. However, catcher David Ross...
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Ray Rice Receives Loud Cheers At Ravens Practice Despite Suspension

The Baltimore Ravens held an open practice with about 28,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, and Ray Rice received plenty of cheers. ESPN.com reports that Rice was shown on the big screen on two occasions at the stadium and received loud cheers. First, he raced a child down the sideline and received a standing ovation from some fans after the race. A few minutes after that...
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Chris Archer Known To Showboat Despite Criticizing David Ortiz (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer is quite the hypocrite. Archer has criticized David Ortiz in recent days for showboating, as the Boston Red Sox slugger capped a three-run home run Sunday with an emphatic bat flip and a slow trot around the bases. But, as history shows, Archer isn’t exactly above showboating. In fact, he’s quite the ham. In the words of Randy “Macho Man”...
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Golf Ball Rory McIlroy Threw Into Crowd At British Open Up For Auction

The golf ball Rory McIlroy threw into the gallery after winning the Open Championship has found its way onto the auction market. Green Jacket Auctions used Twitter to track down Englishman Lee Horner, the man who caught the ball when McIlroy threw it into the crowd at the 18th hole of the final round. The 49-year-old Horner emerged with the ball after it hit his hand and he picked...
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FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi Will Face Prosecution For Alleged Tax Evasion

Lionel Messi normally makes headlines in Spain for scoring highlight-reel goals and helping FC Barcelona win trophies, but at the moment he’s in the news for the wrong reasons. “A Spanish court will push ahead with prosecuting the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi for alleged tax evasion despite a recommendation from the public prosecutor the charges be dismissed,” according to...
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David Price Defends Chris Archer In Feud With Red Sox’s David Ortiz

The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays went to another level on Sunday afternoon when David Ortiz gave a bat flip and took a slow trot around the bases following a three-run homer. Rays pitcher Chris Archer served up the home run, and took exception to Ortiz’s bat flip with his postgame comments. His criticism of the Boston slugger went a step further on Monday...
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Report: Timberwolves Eye Thaddeus Young As Potential Kevin Love Replacement

With constant Kevin Love trade rumors swirling around the NBA world, the Minnesota Timberwolves are proactively searching for someone who will replace the coveted big man in a trade. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that one player the Wolves are eying is Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers. Minnesota would reportedly try to obtain Young either in an expanded trade that involves...
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Michael Jordan On LeBron James’ Number Change: ‘I’m Cool With It’

LeBron James has received the blessing from Michael Jordan to wear No. 23 in his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I’m cool with it,” Jordan told ESPN via text. “I don’t own a number.” LeBron wore No. 23 in high school and during his first seven years with the Cavs, but changed it to No. 6 as a tribute to MJ after signing with the Miami Heat in 2010. But now...
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Game-Used Johnny Manziel Texas A&M Jersey Estimated To Sell For $100K

An auction house believes someone is bold enough to shell out $100,000 on a Johnny Football jersey. Darren Rovell of ESPN reports that SPC Auctions estimates that a game-used Texas A&M Johnny Manziel jersey that he wore throughout his Heisman-winning season will sell for $100,000. If that does happen, the jersey will set the record for the highest price paid for a college football...
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Red Sox Understanding Of MLB Trade Deadline Stress, Blocking Out Rumors

BOSTON — The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline only comes once a year. For many players, that’s enough. Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park that he is being proactive in talking with his players leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline. It’s obviously a stressful time for major leaguers given the...
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