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Atlantic League Making Big Changes In Attempt To Speed Up Baseball Games

Baseball is a slow-moving sport by nature, but it has been reduced to a snail’s pace in the last decade or so. One independent league is trying to reverse that potentially damaging trend. ESPN’s Buster Olney has the story of the independent Atlantic League’s drastic attempts (ESPN Insider link) to speed up the game. According to Olney’s column, the league’s dramatic...
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Ohio State Fires Band Director For Ignoring ‘Serious Cultural Issues’

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band Thursday after determining he ignored a “sexualized” culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012 and served in lesser capacities for a decade before that. His halftime...
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Carlos Gomez Video Bombs Interview While In Ninja Turtles Costume (Video)

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez takes home the “Best Dad Award” for the stunt he pulled Thursday afternoon. Gomez’s 4-year-old son is a big fan of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” so Gomez ordered the costume of the character Leonardo to surprise him. “That cartoon is my son’s favorite,” Gomez said, via FOXSports.com. “He’s crazy about it. I ordered...
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NCAA Unveils Logo For 2015 Frozen Four In Boston; Fans Unimpressed (Photo)

NCAA hockey made a rare appearance in the summer news cycle Friday morning with the unveiling of the official logo for the 2015 Frozen Four, which will be held in Boston for the first time since 2004. The 2015 #FrozenFour logo is out! What do you think? #SeeyouinBoston http://t.co/R4lMug3NdN— NCAA Ice Hockey (@NCAAIceHockey) July 25, 2014 Though college hockey fans in New England...
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Report: Cavaliers’ Andrew Wiggins-Led Package For Kevin Love Still Favorite

Not much is happening on the Kevin Love trade front, and that will remain the case for the better part of the next month with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls signing their 2014 NBA draft picks in the past two weeks. Until league rules allow either team to trade those picks, however, the Cavs remain the leaders in the clubhouse for Love. At the moment, the Minnesota Timberwolves...
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Kalamazoo Growlers Wear Crazy Jersey With Over 300 Selfies (Photo)

Baseball teams have worn some interesting alternate jerseys in recent years. The Kalamazoo Growlers, though, might have topped them all. The Growlers — a college summer team in the Northwoods League — wore uniforms Thursday night that selfie lovers everywhere would be proud of. Starting April 1, the team collected over 500 selfies from fans to create the “selfie jersey....
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Keith Olbermann Crushes NFL For Handling Of Ray Rice Situation (Video)

There were a lot of unhappy people Wednesday when the NFL announced Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice would be suspended for “only” two games after a February incident with his wife. Rice was handed the two-game ban for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly knocking out his wife. For many, Rice’s suspension...
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Chris Paul, Doc Rivers Might Boycott If Donald Sterling Blocks Clippers Sale

File this under, We’ll believe it when we see it. Chris Paul and Doc Rivers are “both talking about” sitting out the coming NBA season if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul told ESPN.com. Paul called Sterling’s continued ownership of the team “unacceptable” and said “something needs to happen soon.” Of course, the legal process doesn’t...
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Reports: Andre Johnson Reports To Texans’ Training Camp, Will Not Hold Out

It looks like the Houston Texans will not have to worry about entering this season without the best receiver in franchise history. Andre Johnson, who skipped all offseason activities, including the team’s mandatory minicamp, reported to training camp Friday in Houston, according to multiple reports. Johnson reportedly had been mulling a holdout in hopes of being dealt to a playoff...
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Chandler Parsons Calls James Harden’s ‘Role Player’ Remarks ‘Ridiculous’

The Houston Rockets just keep making passive-aggressive statements toward Chandler Parsons, who just keeps responding in the bluntest manner possible. Parsons, who recently signed a reported three-year, $46 million contract with the rival Dallas Mavericks, took exception to Rockets guard James Harden’s comments about Houston being “fine” next season because all the team had...
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Jonathan Papelbon Invites ‘Whole Park’ Of Phillies Fans To Boo Him

Jonathan Papelbon has a message for Philadelphia Phillies fans: Bring it on. The Phillies closer, who had allowed four runs over his last two appearances, was welcomed to the mound Thursday night with a smattering off boos from his home fans at Citizens Bank Park. It was harsh treatment for a pitcher who’s surrendered just nine runs all season, but Papelbon told reporters after...
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Aaron Hernandez’s Request For Dismissal Of Murder Charges Denied By Judge

FALL RIVER, Mass. — A judge has rejected a motion by lawyers for Aaron Hernandez to dismiss charges stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near the former New England Patriots player’s home. Hernandez’s lawyers argued that prosecutors hadn’t shown probable cause to sustain the murder charge against Hernandez in the death of Odin Lloyd and hadn’t...
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Rex Ryan Already Thinking About Patriots, Knows Pats Are ‘Team To Beat’

Rex Ryan is already expecting big things out of the New York Jets this season, and he knows that means his team is going to have to go through the New England Patriots to get to where they want to be. Ryan is all kinds of fired up to start this season, as New York is looking to build on an 8-8 season in which the Jets won their final two games of the 2013 campaign to finish at .500...
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Ryan Raburn’s Awful Throw Leads To ‘Little League Home Run’ (Video)

Terry Francona probably needed a lot of antacid on Thursday night. That’s because the Cleveland Indians manager saw his team lose to the Kansas City Royals in 14 innings. That probably wasn’t the most aggravating part of the night, though. That came in the eighth inning when Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas hit a slicing fly ball down the left-field line. Indians left fielder Ryan...
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Veteran Leaders Return To Field For Day 1 Of Patriots Training Camp (Video)

Former New England Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham said that looking at a football team during training camp is like “evaluating a swim team when they’re not in the water.” That’s why the biggest takeaway from Day 1 of Patriots training camp Thursday were the intangibles. What made this year’s camp different was the presence of last season’s injured veterans  – Vince...
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Minnesota Vikings Had Bleak Turnout For Single-Game Tickets (Photo)

Single-game tickets for the Minnesota Vikings went on sale Tuesday, and they didn’t exactly get the turnout they were expecting. CBS Minnesota affiliate WCCO snapped a photo of a single fan waiting in line to purchase tickets. Anthony Williams of St Paul was 1st for Vikings single-game tickets for more than an hour. @wccoradio @WCCO http://t.co/6pSB4K0Nqe— Al Schoch (@aschoch0226WCCO...
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Ray Allen’s Management: Free Agent Doesn’t Have Plans For Next Season

Reports surfaced Thursday that free agent shooting guard Ray Allen was “leaning toward” joining LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his management shot them down. Tandem Sports and Entertainment, which represents the 39-year-old, tweeted that Allen has yet to decide his plans for next season. The reports that Ray Allen intends to play for the Cavs are unfounded. He...
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Victor Cruz’s Surprise Proposal To Longtime Girlfriend Caught On Video

Victor Cruz is getting hitched. The New York Giants wide receiver proposed to longtime girlfriend Elaina Watley on July 13, and it was all captured on video that TMZ released Thursday. Cruz gathered friends and family to the couple’s church in New Jersey for a baptism for Cruz and Watley’s daughter Kennedy. While Cruz was leading a prayer, he stopped to tell Watley how he has...
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Marshawn Lynch Will Be Holding Out Of Seahawks Training Camp

Marshawn Lynch will hold out of Seattle Seahawks training camp because he is unhappy with his contract. The starting running back for the defending Super Bowl champions phoned former teammate Michael Robinson during a commercial break on NFL Network and told him he wouldn’t report to camp. “Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked,” Robinson said. “He said he will be...
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Frank Lampard Joins New York City FC, Addresses Reported 9-11 Incident

NEW YORK — The newest team in Major League Soccer is doing its part to fill Yankee Stadium with stars. New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn on Thursday after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract. “Why not New York? Talk about ticking all the boxes. I want to carry on challenging myself.” Lampard Thursday at a press conference...
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Blue Jays’ Munenori Kawasaki Declares His Love For David Ortiz (Video)

Toronto Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki is quite the character. Kawasaki spent 11 seasons in Japan before coming to play in the States in 2012, and he’s been solid for the Jays this season, batting .272 in 33 games. But he has provided even more entertainment off the field. During Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox, slugger David Ortiz gave Kawasaki a bear hug as...
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Two Saints Players Stuck Sharing One Bed In Training Camp Hotel Room (Photos)

A couple of New Orleans Saints players are getting cozy at training camp — but it’s not like they have any other choice. Receiver Andy Tanner and fullback Austin Johnson are just two young guys hoping to make the Saints’ final roster, but they’ll have to accomplish that dream with just one bed in the room they are sharing at the historic Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia...
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Cavaliers Sign No. 1 Pick Andrew Wiggins, Who Can’t Be Traded For 30 Days

CLEVELAND — Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one. The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can’t be finalized for at least 30 days. The Cavs...
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Kristoffer Peterson Smiles Throughout Liverpool’s 2014 US Tour

BOSTON — Liverpool’s Kristoffer (or Kris) Peterson probably won’t play first-team soccer every week in 2014-15 but he might continue walking on air until May, regardless. Peterson was a late addition to Liverpool’s travelling squad for its visit to Boston and 2014 U.S. Tour. Peterson’s standout performances in Liverpool’s first two preseason games — against Brondby...
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Jim Johnson Designated For Assignment By Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros. Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s. Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing...
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