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Dee Gordon’s Apology For P.E.D. Use, Suspension Shows Right Way To Own ‘Mistake’

Dee Gordon is returning to Major League Baseball on a mission to redeem himself. The reigning National League batting champion is expected to return from his 80-game suspension Thursday when the Miami Marlins take on the St. Louis Cardinals. MLB sanctioned Gordon for using performance-enhancing drugs, and his three-month absence seems to have taught him a lot. On Wednesday night...
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Doc Rivers: If Paul Pierce Retires, Clippers Would Let Him End Career With Celtics

Paul Pierce will always be a Boston Celtic. Sure, he’s played with three teams since the Celtics traded him to the Brooklyn Nets after the 2012-13 campaign. He’s played one season for each of the Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. But people will remember him as a great Celtics player before anything else. Pierce reportedly plans to play next season, his 19th...
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Max Kellerman Won’t Win Over Patriots Fans With This Tom Brady Opinion

Max Kellerman is spitting fire in his first week on the job … Well, kind of. Kellerman, the longtime ESPN personality who just took over for Skip Bayless on “First Take,” formerly introduced himself to New England Patriots fans Thursday by dropping a sizzling opinion — yes, there’s a hint of sarcasm there — about quarterback Tom Brady, who will miss the first four weeks...
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Marshawn Lynch Golf-Cart Bobblehead Will Take US To ‘Peak Giveaway’

The University of California at Berkeley football program is about to go “Beast Mode” on the bobblehead giveaway game. The Golden Bears announced on Twitter on Wednesday that they’ll give Marshawn Lynch bobblehead dolls to the first 10,000 fans who attend their Nov. 5 game against the Washington Huskies. But this Lynch doll is no typical bobblehead. It features Lynch driving...
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Report: Four cities remain in contention to host 2017 NBA ASG

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game needs a new host city after the league removed it from Charlotte last week because of North Carolina’s controversial HB2 law. Right now, the most likely host is New Orleans, which last hosted the event in 2008. Sources: There are four cities still in contention for 2017 ASG, #NOLA, Chicago, NYC and Las Vegas. #NOLA still considered front runner. ...
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Brandon Marshall Bets His Porsche 911 He Out-Performs Antonio Brown

Brandon Marshall seems pretty confident in the New York Jets ability this year. The 32-year-old bet Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown that he will get more receiving yards than Brown in 2016. If Brown wins the bet, Marshall will forfeit his brand-new Porsche 911. But if Marshall wins the bet, he gets Brown’s new custom Rolls-Royce Wraith. The Porsche is obviously...
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Rob Gronkowski Talks Jimmy Garoppolo, Scrambled Eggs At Patriots Camp

FOXBORO, Mass. — A squadron of media members engulfed Rob Gronkowski on Thursday, peppering the New England Patriots tight end with question after question — most of them somehow relating to Tom Brady and/or Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady’s Deflategate suspension and the resulting short-term promotion for Garoppolo form the No. 1 storyline of Patriots training camp, meaning every...
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Patriots Offense Hasn’t Changed To Fit Jimmy Garoppolo’s Strengths Yet

FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s a good chance the New England Patriots will alter their offense to fit Jimmy Garoppolo’s strengths in the first four weeks of the season when starting quarterback Tom Brady is suspended. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said as much Wednesday while speaking to the media after the Patriots had reported for camp. But it seems those changes haven...
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David Ortiz Waves Goodbye To Anaheim, Site Of Some Big Playoff Success

David Ortiz’s farewell tour hits a stadium he knows all too well Thursday night. The Boston Red Sox visit the Los Angeles Angels for a four-game set in Anaheim, where Big Papi has played 51 regular-season games, hitting just .204 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI. But Ortiz will fondly remember Angel Stadium for his postseason success there. He has played five playoff series — one...
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Meet Ella Rose: Swedish Model Reportedly Having Julian Edelman’s Baby

Julian Edelman reportedly is having a baby. And the woman giving birth to that baby is absolutely beautiful. Sources told TMZ Sports that Swedish model Ella Rose filed a suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court naming the New England Patriots wide receiver as the father of her unborn child. Edelman since has acknowledged the baby is his after initially contesting paternity, a source...
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LeGarrette Blount A Full Participant At Patriots Training Camp; Hip Feels ‘Good’

FOXBORO, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount practiced in front of reporters Thursday for the first time this summer. The New England Patriots running back was a full participant in the first full-team practice of training camp, taking part in both individual and team drills on the fields outside Gillette Stadium. “It feels great,” said Blount, who also practiced Monday with a group...
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Jimmy Garoppolo’s Play Has Improved For Patriots, But Mindset Hasn’t Changed

FOXBORO, Mass. — Jimmy Garoppolo has come a long way since his first training camp practice two years ago. He went 5 of 10 with an interception in team drills back on July 24, 2014, and he routinely held onto the ball too long and scrambled too often. Garoppolo, who will start for the New England Patriots in Week 1 with Tom Brady suspended for the first four weeks of the season...
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Matthew Slater Reps Nate Ebner At Patriots Training Camp, Wears Olympian’s Jersey

FOXBORO, Mass. — Matthew Slater said Wednesday he was in the market for a Nate Ebner Olympic rugby jersey. He showed up to the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice sporting the next-best thing. Slater took the field Thursday wearing Ebner’s No. 43 rather than his usual No. 18. Ebner is not participating in training camp as he prepares to compete in the 2016 Summer...
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Watch Patriots Fans Stampede Through Gates On Day 1 Of Training Camp

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots held their first public practice of training camp Thursday, much to the delight of the thousands of fans who made the early-morning trip to Gillette Stadium. Hordes of Patriots supporters arrived at the stadium hours before the 9:15 a.m. ET training camp session and then came sprinting through the gates to the practice field immediately...
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Patriots Practice Observations: Jimmy Garoppolo Shines In First-Team Reps

Jimmy Garoppolo picked up where he left off in organized team activities and minicamp Thursday, impressing in Day 1 of New England Patriots training camp. Garoppolo was 5 of 6 in 11-on-11 drills, of which he received first-team reps, and he was 13 of 19 overall in team drills. The Patriots’ quarterbacks didn’t throw an interception during Thursday’s practice, which was unpadded...
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MLB Rumors: Mariners ‘Reached Out’ To Reds About Jay Bruce Trade

Jay Bruce is having a very good season offensively, and one team that is interested in acquiring him before Monday’s non-waiver MLB trade deadline is the Seattle Mariners. The #Mariners are among the teams that have reached out to the #Reds on Jay Bruce, baseball sources said. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 27, 2016 The Mariners are 4.5 games in back of the Boston...
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MLB Trade Deadline: Arms That Could Be On The Move In Thin Pitching Market

This might shape up to be one of the least exciting non-waiver trade deadlines in Major League Baseball’s recent past, but that doesn’t change the fact that teams still need to add to their rosters. And, more specifically, many contenders are pretty desperate for pitching help. The market for pitchers isn’t exactly loaded with aces, and the playoff race in both the American...
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Patriots Training Camp: Jamie Collins Absent For Undisclosed Reasons

FOXBORO, Mass. — One of the New England Patriots’ best defenders was conspicuously missing from the first day of 2016 training camp. Linebacker Jamie Collins, who is on the last year of his rookie deal, was the only notable practice absence Thursday. Collins reported to training camp Wednesday, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported. Collins’ absence was “expected” and “not contract...
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Olympic athletes warned about Rio's 'human crap' waters

Olympic athletes will have to deal with a lot of crap in Rio. Literally. According to News.com.au, government and Olympic officials have acknowledged that efforts to treat sewage and clear garbage from Guanabara Bay and other beaches in Rio have been insufficient. This has prompted health experts to warn those competing in swimming, sailing and windsurfing events. “Foreign athletes...
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Gabby Douglas can make USA Gymnastics history at Olympics

Gabby Douglas just might be peaking at the right time. Douglas’ good form has put her in contention for a place in USA Gymnastics’ lineup in the all-around competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi told NBC Sports on Monday. Douglas, the all-around gold medal winner at the 2012 Olympics in London, struggled at the Olympic...
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Brandon Marshall Issues Crazy, Car-Inspired Challenge To Antonio Brown

Brandon Marshall is ready to put his wheels on the line. Marshall issued a bold challenge to Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown via Instagram on Wednesday. The New York Jets wideout is so confident he’ll have more receiving yards than Brown this season that he’s willing to gamble his Porsche for Brown’s Rolls-Royce. One has to think Marshall already caught wind...
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Jack Nicklaus puzzled by Tiger Woods' woes, golf absence

Although Jack Nicklaus is infinitely wise about golf, not even he knows what’s keeping Tiger Woods off the links. Nicklaus told United Press International on Wednesday that he doesn’t know why Woods hasn’t yet returned to competitive golf. Woods withdrew from the 2016 PGA Championship and announced Tuesday that he’ll sit out the rest of the PGA season, as he recovers from...
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MLB Rumors: Jonathan Lucroy Trade Talks ‘Intensifying’; Tigers Interested

Jonathan Lucroy should be the most talked about name as Monday’s non-waiver MLB trade deadline approaches. The Milwaukee Brewers catcher was selected as a National League All-Star and is having a tremendous season at the plate and defensively. But with the Brewers going nowhere, it’s possible he might be traded. His value might never be higher. Perhaps that’s why trade talks...
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Report: Title contender planning to poach Curry from Warriors

The Golden State Warriors will have 29 teams gunning for them this season, but like any superteam, they could end up being their own biggest enemy if everyone isn’t on the same page. The addition of Kevin Durant gives the Warriors a potentially dominant quartet, as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all are superstars in their own right. But Golden State has been...
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MLB Trade Rumors: Royals Closer Wade Davis ‘Interests’ Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a fierce race against the San Francisco Giants for the National League West division title, and like most contending teams, they appear to be looking for bullpen help ahead of Monday’s non-waiver MLB trade deadline. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported Wednesday that Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis “is someone who interests the Dodgers...
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