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LeBron James Throws Himself Alley-Oop Off the Backboard Against Bucks (Video)

LeBron James continues to prove he is a clever, dynamic and ridiculously strong basketball player, especially after Tuesday night’s assist-rebound-dunk highlight. James, who is seeking his second consecutive MVP season, showed how athletic he really is in one play: a self alley-oop.  The 6-foot-8, 250-pound specimen found himself in the midst of a fast break with Norris Cole and...
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April 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Russ Smith, Ben McLemore Enter NBA Draft After Historic, All-American Seasons

Russ Smith and Ben McLemore are taking their explosive talents to the NBA. Smith, who is also referred to as “Russdiculous,” confirmed his father’s comments about moving on from Louisville to the NBA on SiriusXM Radio with Bruce Pearl and Mark Packer following Monday’s championship victory. The all-around player averaged 18.7 points, 2.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds in his second...
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Blue Jays Look Good on Paper, But May Be Overvalued in AL East

The Toronto Blue Jays were the story of baseball’s offseason, acquiring Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and others from the Marlins as well as trading for NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets. The Jays haven’t been to the playoffs since winning consecutive World Series in 1992-93 but were installed as Bovada betting favorites to capture the AL East this season...
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Report: LSU Offensive Lineman Chris Faulk Visits Patriots

As the NFL nears the cutoff date for pre-draft visits, the Patriots are doing their fair share of in-person scouting. The Pats recently invited LSU offensive lineman Chris Faulk in for a visit, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com The junior tackle is coming off of a major knee injury sustained in practice in September. Faulk did not perform any drills at the NFL combine, but...
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Bruins Raffling Off Private Skating Session at TD Garden to Benefit Children’s Hospital, Bruins Foundation

The Bruins are offering the chance for one lucky fan and a group of friends to take the ice at TD Garden for an hour-long private skate. Tickets for the experience can be purchased for five dollars, with all proceeds going to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital and the Boston Bruins Foundation. The winning ticket will be drawn this Thursday, April 11, and that ticket-holder will...
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Vote: Who Should Be the Red Sox’ Starting Shortstop for 2013?

Choosing the Red Sox’ starting shortstop just got a little more difficult. Jose Iglesias couldn’t have offered much more to the Red Sox over their season’s first week, contributing nine hits on 20 at-bats while also showcasing tremendous defensive capability, which played a big role in the Sox’ 5-2 start. Dennis Eckersley gave Iglesias high praise when he said, “[Iglesias...
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Celtics Fans May Be Overconfident About Potential Playoff Matchup With Knicks (Podcast)

The New York Knickerbockers have torn up the NBA over the last three weeks. The Knicks haven’t lost since March 18 and their best player, Carmelo Anthony, has been playing like a man possessed, averaging 32.7 points per game over his team’s 12-game winning streak. That span has included two wins over the Celtics — by a combined 34 points — yet many in New England are not...
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Jered Weaver Out for 4-6 Weeks After Fracturing Left Elbow (Video)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels placed ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left elbow on Tuesday. Weaver, who was diagnosed with a non-displaced radial head fracture, is expected to miss at least four weeks. The right-hander left Sunday’s loss against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning after jamming his non-throwing arm while dodging a line...
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Report: Jay-Z Selling Share of Brooklyn Nets to Become NBA Agent

The biggest name associated with the Brooklyn Nets now has his sights on bigger things. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is looking to divest his share of ownership in the Nets to expand his sports representation business to the NBA, Yahoo reports. Carter’s Roc Nation Sports, which is partnered with powerful Creative Artists Agency, recently secured Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano...
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Carl Soderberg Situation ‘Looking Good’ for Bruins, Says Cam Neely

Carl Soderberg is as close to being a Boston Bruin as he’s ever been and it sounds like he’s only getting closer. Bruins president Cam Neely appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger and Mazz on Tuesday and said “things were looking good,” but he couldn’t and wouldn’t confirm reports that the B’s and the Swede have agreed on a deal. “I haven’t talked to [Bruins...
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Indiana’s Victor Oladipo Declares for NBA Draft After All-American Junior Season

After going from complementary player to national superstar in a few short months, Victor Oladipo is now taking his game to the next level. The Indiana guard announced his decision to enter the NBA draft at a news conference Tuesday afternoon on the Bloomington campus. Nobody in college basketball raised his stock more than Oladipo this season. The junior was the Hoosiers’ second...
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Papa John’s John Schnatter’s Boozy Post-Cardinals Win Photo Goes Viral (Photo)

Papa John’s John Schnatter is kind of a big deal in Louisville. The face of the pizza empire not only has his headquarters there, he actually has donated more than $20 million to the University of Louisville. This donation included a $5 million lead gift in 1996 to help build the Cardinals’ football stadium, Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium — also known as “The Oven.” Pretty...
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Tyrann Mathieu’s Playmaking Abilities as Cornerback, Returner Should Entice Patriots Even With Concerns

The Honey Badger doesn’t usually care about much, and his college football career apparently fell into that category. His NFL future, though, appears to be a very different story. Tyrann Mathieu was one of the most intriguing and coveted NFL prospects in some time before being dismissed from the LSU football team last fall. His lack of ideal size and speed raised questions, but...
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LFL’s Angie Williams Bulldozes Over Alfye Gore for Bone-Jarring Touchdown (Video)

The Legends Football League may have dropped “Lingerie” from its title, but the ladies of the young league certainly haven’t dropped the intensity level. Angie Williams of the Jacksonville Breeze made defensive back Alfye Gore of the Atlanta Steam look like a bug splattering against a windshield during the closing minutes of the 2013 LFL season opener in Jacksonville this...
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Mike Woodson Says Knicks Are ‘Desperate’ to Win NBA Championship

The Knicks have not won a championship since 1973, when a legendary and selfless group came together to win its second title in four years. Since then, the Knicks have really only come close to another title twice, when they lost in the NBA Finals in 1994 and 1999. They now hold the second seed in the Eastern Conference and are riding a season-best 12-game win streak. Optimism in...
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NOT OUT OF THE WOODS

McIlroy downplays rivalry with Tiger

Speaking to the supposed rivalry between himself and Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy said that given Tiger's success, "I wouldn’t really be doing him much justice."

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Louisville Riots Result in 27 Arrests After Cardinals’ Win Over Wolverines (Video)

Shortly after the Cardinals topped the Wolverines for the national title in Atlanta, fans back home in Louisville took to the streets to celebrate. As expected, plenty of arrests ensued. According to WHAS11.com, 27 arrests were made late Monday night and early Tuesday morning in and around the U of L campus. Police were even forced to shoot pepper balls at rioters’ feet to calm...
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Fans Can Vote for NBA Most Valuable Player on Twitter for First, Hopefully Last, Time Ever

In the realm of useless things, this idea might have just become the ultimate ruler. For the first — and hopefully last — time ever, fans can vote for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award via Twitter. All they need to do is tweet the player’s first and last name with the hashtag #KiaMVP to make their voices heard. This is absolutely destined for some hardcore Twitter trolling...
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Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz Setting Tempo, Turning Red Sox’ Rotation Into Consistent Unit

The Red Sox kicked off their home schedule in a big way on Monday. Fenway Park has been known to give the Red Sox a major home-field advantage over the years, but last season was much different, as Boston struggled mightily in front of the home crowd. Fenway was bumping on Monday, though, and it’s clear that this year’s team is already winning folks over. And how could it not...
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Bulgarian Soccer Coach Antoni Zdravkov Goes Berserk, Tries to Rip Up Referee’s Cards (Video)

Antoni Zdravkov apparently has no time for anger management. The head coach Bulgarian soccer club Botev Vratsa turned raging at a referee into high art when he stole the official’s cards, tried to tear them up and threw them on the ground when they didn’t cooperate. Zdravkov was so incensed because the referee had sent off one of his players and awarded opponents CSKA Sofia a...
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Robert Griffin III Tops Tom Brady, Peyton Manning to Set NFL’s All-Time Jersey Sales Record

Robert Griffin III was recognized as the best of the rookie quarterbacks in 2012, beating out Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson to earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. But now, Griffin has topped an even more elite class of players. His incredible rookie season started a cult following that saw him garner national attention and ultimately become the highest-selling jersey in NFL...
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Carmelo Anthony Beats Out LeBron James, Kevin Durant to Lead NBA Jersey Sales for First Time

Carmelo Anthony has finally done something Patrick Ewing and Bernard King never did. No, not lead the Knicks to an NBA championship, although he will get a chance this year. Anthony topped the list of the NBA’s best-selling jerseys, the league announced Tuesday, becoming the first Knick to do so. Granted, the NBA has only been keeping track of such sales since 2001, but it is safe...
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Arnold Palmer Orders Eponymous Drink at Augusta, Calls it ‘Mr. Palmer’

One of life’s great mysteries has been solved. It’s common knowledge that a mixture of iced tea and lemonade is named for one of the greatest golfers of all time: Arnold Palmer. The fact that Palmer is one of the few living men to have a common drink named after him has certainly not been lost, and it was in fact poked fun at in a pretty epic “This is SportsCenter” commercial...
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Da’Rick Rogers Would Be Nice Fit for Patriots Due to Dez Bryant Comparisons (Podcast)

The Patriots have a major hole at wide receiver going into the draft, and one of the best fits is a player who draws comparisons to Cowboys star Dez Bryant. Da’Rick Rogers is the same height as Bryant at 6-foot-2 and has similar speed, agility and explosion as the Dallas wideout. Rogers, like all 2013 top wide receiver prospects, has his fair share of question marks. Rogers was...
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Swedish Soccer Game Comes to Halt After Fan Hits Player With Pear (Video)

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish league match between Djurgarden and Mjallby was abandoned Monday after a Mjallby player was hit by a pear. Angry fans at Djurgarden’s home stadium in Stockholm threw bottles, coins, fruit and other objects onto the pitch as Mjallby’s players celebrated a goal in the 37th minute. Television footage showed Mjallby defender Gbenga Arokoyo falling to the ground...
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