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Darryl ‘Chocolate Thunder’ Dawkins Earned Nickname With These Dunks (Video)

The NBA lost an icon Thursday when the legendary Darryl Dawkins passed away following a heart attack. While “Chocolate Thunder” — the fifth overall selection to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1975 NBA Draft — was a solid all-around center, the man from planet LoveTron was best known for his rim-shattering dunks. One announcer remarks at how Dawkins, ever the showman...
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Isaiah Thomas Shows Up Floyd Mayweather On Basketball Court (Video)

Boston Celtics fans will see a familiar face on Showtime’s “ALL ACCESS” on Friday. A clip from the show, which follows boxer Floyd Mayweather as he prepares for his upcoming bout with Andre Berto on Sept. 12, came out Thursday, and it included a segment with Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas. .@celtics guard @Isaiah_Thomas defeats @FloydMayweather in… basketball...
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Report: LFC’s Emre Can Set For First Call-Up To Germany’s Senior National Team

Emre Can’s decision to test himself in English soccer hasn’t stalled his international prospects. Germany head coach Joachim “Jogi” Low will include Can in Germany’s squad for its upcoming 2016 UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Poland and Scotland, German newspaper Bild reported Thursday. Can starred for Germany’s U-21 national team this summer at the 2015...
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Mortensen: Krafts called me to apologize amid Deflategate drama

Chris Mortensen sure has irked New England Patriots fans throughout Deflategate. Mortensen acknowledged earlier this month he could have done a “better job vetting” his original report that 11 of the 12 footballs the Patriots used in their AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts were found to be underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch. The ESPN NFL insider continues...
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Eric Hosmer Spotted In ‘Free Brady’ Shirt After Recent Trip To Boston (Photo)

It appears Eric Hosmer did some shopping while he was in Boston last weekend. The Kansas City Royals first baseman was photographed wearing a “Free Brady” T-shirt after his team’s recent trip to Fenway Park for a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox. It appears Hosmer is not afraid to show support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as he tries to get his...
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Dartmouth Football Practices With Robotic Tackling Dummies (Video)

The Dartmouth football team just got a couple of new teammates. Sort of. The Dartmouth engineering school built the “Mobile Virtual Player,” which is a robotic tackling dummy that has the ability to move at players rather than stay stationary. The dummies are meant to reduce the risk of concussions from players tackling each other while being more a more realistic solution than...
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Several Celtics ‘NBA 2K16’ Ratings Leaked; 2007-08 Team Featured (Photos)

The Boston Celtics played their way to a 15-win improvement and the NBA playoffs last season, but it doesn’t seem to have translated into much success in the video game world. A screen shot allegedly leaked from the new installment of the “NBA 2K” series — “2K16” — features six members of the Boston Celtics. This screenshot reveals LeBron James #NBA2K16 Rating to...
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Gary McAllister: Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne Can Have Long Careers For LFC, England

Gary McAllister has lauded the form of Liverpool’s new full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez, insisting, “They look as though they’ve been at the club for years already!” The pair arrived at Anfield over the summer, with the Reds swooping to bring Clyne in from Southampton and acquiring the services of Gomez from Charlton Athletic. Both have since played every minute of...
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NFL Reinstates Falcons President Rich McKay As Competition Committee Chairman

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons team president Rich McKay has been reinstated as chairman of the NFL’s powerful Competition Committee, the league said Thursday, after a nearly five-month suspension for the use of artificial noise at the Georgia Dome during games. Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision after meeting with McKay in New York on Wednesday, according to...
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Serena Williams Learns Path to Grand Slam With Reveal Of U.S. Open Draws

NEW YORK — Serena Williams could face Maria Sharapova for her second straight major semifinal as she seeks to complete the Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. Thursday’s draw filled the top-ranked Williams’ quarter of the bracket with Americans, nine in all. In the third round, Williams could face 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens, who beat her in the 2013 Australian Open and is coming...
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Bruins Announce 2015 Rookie Camp And Training Camp Schedules

The return of Boston Bruins hockey isn’t too far away. On Thursday, the B’s announced the preliminary schedule for their 2015 rookie and training camps. The rookie camp will begin Sept. 10 and the main camp will open Sept. 17. On-ice training camp sessions begin Sept. 18. Bruins rookies also will travel to Buffalo for a round-robin tournament against rookies from the Buffalo...
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Report: Kyrie Irving Might Not Return From Knee Injury Until January

Kyrie Irving will suit up for the team’s season opener Oct. 27 in Chicago, but it might be in Armani instead of his typical Adidas. The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, who suffered a fractured knee cap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4, could be forced to miss significant time in the upcoming NBA season due to the injury. In fact, it might be 2016 before Irving sees any game...
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Darryl Dawkins’ Death Sparks Emotional Twitter Reaction From NBA World

News of Darryl Dawkins’ death was met with both shock and sadness. Dawkins, whose rim-rattling dunks earned him the nickname “Chocolate Thunder,” died Thursday morning at a hospital, according to the Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, coroner’s office. He was 58. No cause of death immediately was announced, but it didn’t take long for former and current NBA players to react...
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Patriots Trim Roster To 87 Players, Cutting Linebacker Cameron Gordon

The New England Patriots are getting a head start on cutting their roster down to 75 players. The Patriots waived linebacker Cameron Gordon on Thursday, his agent, Brett Tessler, announced via Twitter. Gordon originally was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He spent last season on injured reserve, then he was released by the team May 18. The Michigan...
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Lionel Messi Tops Cristiano Ronaldo, Voted UEFA’s Best Player In Europe

MONACO — Lionel Messi added another individual trophy to his collection Thursday, being voted UEFA’s Best Player in Europe for last season. The Barcelona star beat Luis Suarez, his teammate at the Champions League winner, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in a Europe-wide poll of journalists. Lionel Messi (@FCBarcelona) wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award. He is the...
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Report: Martavis Bryant suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy

Martavis Bryant just gave fantasy football fans another reason another reason not to hold their drafts early. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. According to Schefter, the suspension already is under appeal. Bryant played in 10 games for the Steelers last...
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Macklemore’s New Music Video Stars Ken Griffey Jr. In Old Mariners Gear

Macklemore’s new music video — and really, the song itself — is weird. However, there’s one familiar face baseball fans will love to see. Seattle Mariners great Ken Griffey Jr. makes a cameo in the video for the song “Downtown,” which again, is weird. Macklemore is a Seattle native, whose love for Seattle sports teams has been well documented. In the “Downtown” video...
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Reports: Darryl Dawkins, Ex-76ers Center And NBA Legend, Dies At 58

The NBA lost a member of its family Thursday. Former Philadelphia 76ers center Darryl Dawkins died at the age of 58. WFMZ was the first to report the news of his passing, citing a source. SAD NEWS: Darryl Dawkins (1957-2015) One of the NBA's great dunkers, entertainers & characters passed away (age: 58). http://t.co/ngx6QgOHSb— NBA History (@NBAHistory) August 27, 2015 Dawkins...
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Report: Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen ‘Living Their Life,’ ‘Doing Great’

This probably will come as a huge surprise, but it turns out the Tom Brady-Gisele Bundchen divorce rumors might not be true. Earlier in August, OK! Magazine reported that the New England Patriots quarterback’s marriage to Bundchen was on the rocks and had been “strained for a long time,” according to a source. But People’s sources say otherwise. Rumors were fueled by the...
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Champions League Draw, Predictions: Arsenal’s, Chelsea’s Fortunes Contrast

The 2015-16 UEFA Champions League is about to kick off in earnest, meaning soccer fans will gather in front of their screens in the middle of the week for months to come. That always was certain, but now we know why. UEFA held the 2015-16 Champions League group-stage draw Thursday in Monaco, separating the 32 teams that qualified into eight groups of four. The teams will host and...
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Brady endorsed a concussion-protection drink, too?

Russell Wilson again is a step behind Tom Brady. Wilson recently claimed in a profile for Rolling Stone that some special water helped him recover from a head injury he suffered in the 2014 NFC Championship Game. It sounds ludicrous, sure, but the Seattle Seahawks quarterback isn’t the first professional athlete to endorse a concussion-protection drink. Brady apparently endorsed...
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Ben Revere Makes Amazing Leaping Catch At Wall; David Price Approves (Video)

Ben Revere and David Price both joined the Toronto Blue Jays less than a month ago, but it looks like they’re quickly becoming good friends. We suppose that’s what happens when you make an incredible leaping catch to bail out your pitcher on his birthday. Price celebrated his 30th birthday Wednesday night by taking the mound against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. In...
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Middle School Football QB Cartwheels Away From Sack, Throws Long TD Pass (Video)

The football season hasn’t really started in earnest yet, but we might already have our play of the year. The Blountstown Middle School (in Florida) football season is already underway, and its quarterback made a play that you’ll need to see multiple times to truly believe. The young signal-caller took the snap at about his own 45-yard line and rolled to his right. A defender...
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Mayweather: Ronda Rousey 'will never be at my status'

The Money Team turned to Forbes in its latest rebuttal. The back and forth between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ronda Rousey continues to snowball, with financial prowess quickly becoming a huge point of contention. Rousey, in response to a jab by Mayweather, recently said she earns more money “per second” in her UFC fights than Mayweather makes in his boxing matches. That prompted...
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Champions League Draw, Predictions: Manchester United Lucks Out In UCL Return

The UEFA Champions League group stage will provide the soccer world a midweek preoccupation for the next few months. We now know exactly why this is the case. UEFA conducted the draw for the 2015-16 Champions League group stage Thursday in Monaco. European soccer’s governing body separated the 32 qualifying clubs into eight groups of four. The teams will play each of their group...
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