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Report: NBA Fines Raptors $25K For Drake’s Kevin Durant Recruitment

Toronto Raptors global ambassador and rapper Drake has put the team in some hot water. Drake held a concert in Toronto earlier this month and Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant just happened to be in attendance. Drake made comments to the crowd about recruiting Durant to Toronto, which seemed harmless enough. The NBA felt otherwise, and fined the Raptors $25,000 for the...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Clint Dempsey Trades Game-Worn Jersey For Young Fan’s Popcorn (Video)

Clint Dempsey thrilled Team USA fans with his performance in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Dempsey made another young fan happy on Sunday, but not for his performance on the field. Dempsey was held without a goal during the Seattle Sounders’ 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. His absence on the score sheet might have made him a little hungry for a post-game snack. Dempsey headed over...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony Stewart Drops Out Of Upcoming Indiana Sprint Car Race

In the wake of this weekend’s tragic events, Tony Stewart has pulled out of a sprint car race at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana this weekend. Stewart, whose sprint car struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. during Saturday night’s dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, was scheduled to race in the Bob Newton Classic. But on Monday morning, the speedway released...
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Jets Rookies Play Dizzy Bat At Training Camp; Rex Ryan Explains (GIF)

Rookies have a hard enough time getting oriented during the first weeks of NFL training camp. After Sunday’s practice, though, first-year players on the New York Jets found it almost impossible to gain their bearings. That’s because Jets head coach Rex Ryan decided to spice things up by making his rookies participate in a game usually reserved for lawn parties — dizzy bat...
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Liverpool Squad Breakdown: Simon Mignolet Leads Cast Of Goalkeepers

Simon Mignolet has the chance of a lifetime. Mignolet enters the 2014-15 season as Liverpool FC’s starting goalkeeper. If the Belgian shot-stopper raises his game in his second season at Anfield, he could retain that status for years to come. Mignolet came to Liverpool from Sunderland last summer to provide competition for Pepe Reina but soon supplanted the Reds’ longtime starter...
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Blue Jays, Tigers Play Rock, Paper, Scissors During 19-Inning Marathon (Video)

Baseball is tiring enough after nine innings. During an extra-inning game, players start to get a little delirious. The Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers battled in the second 19-inning game of the weekend on Sunday, as the Boston Red Sox dueled with the Los Angeles Angels for 19 frames on Saturday night. Tigers infielder Nick Castellanos and Toronto second baseman Ryan Goins...
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Les Miles Chugs Grass Smoothie To Prepare For College Football Season (Video)

There’s a little extra buzz around college football this season. 2014, of course, will mark the first year of the NCAA’s new playoff format following the death of the BCS in 2013. As you might expect, players and coaches across the country are champing at the bit to begin their quest for playoff glory, and ESPN had a little fun with the anticipation by rolling out a pretty entertaining...
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Mikhail Grabovski Challenges Former Coach, GM To Ice Bucket Challenge

New York Islanders forwards Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski might still hold a grudge against their old team. The pair of forwards played together with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 2008 through the end of the 2013 season. Grabovski had his playing time cut by coach Randy Carlyle toward the end of  the 2013 campaign, and general manager Dave Nonis bought out the remainder...
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Top 10 All-Time Greatest Athlete-Sponsored Food Products (Photos)

Big-time professional athletes have their names stamped on just about everything. From shoe deals to television advertisements, players endorse a variety of products. But one thing athletes never shy away from is a good food sponsorship. New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski has his own line of cereal called Gronk Flakes. Gronkowski was inspired to make his own cereal...
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Joe Castiglione: First Ballot Red Sox Hall Of Famer (Video)

“Can you believe it?!” Remember that night? Remember that line? Radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione belted it on WEEI after the Boston Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series in 86 years. No one in New England could believe it. But Castiglione’s call made it a reality. Castiglione’s passion for the Red Sox and baseball transmitted through airwaves...
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College Football ‘Hate Map’ Highlights Cross-State Rivalries (Photo)

Over the last two weeks, Reddit user KMHokies35 has garnered headlines with his professional sports “hate maps,” which provide visuals for a sport’s most hated team, based on survey results, in each U.S. state. Some results were surprising, but most were to be expected, as there appears to be fairly clear lines of demarcation in pro sports fandom. The latest hate map turns...
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Clayton Kershaw’s Diving Catch Turns Squeeze Attempt Into Double Play (Video)

Clayton Kershaw is having a ridiculously dominant season, but he proved on Sunday that his skills aren’t limited to atop the pitching mound. Kershaw improved his record to a sparking 14-2 with a tidy eight-inning, one-run performance against the Milwaukee Brewers. That was thanks in large part to a fantastic defensive play from Kershaw himself that ended a potential rally in the...
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Female Pitcher Pitches Shut Out, Leads Team To Little League World Series (Videos)

The Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League from Philadelphia is much like any other successful team that makes the coveted Little League World Series: they have timely hitting and strong starting pitching. The only difference? Their star player is a girl. Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis threw the game of her life against the Newark National Little League team of Delaware during Sunday’s...
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Allen Iverson Takes Selfie With Woman Who Has No Idea Who He Is (Photo)

Back in the day, Allen Iverson used to be a household name. Apparently those days have come and gone. Iverson, aka The Answer, aka one of the best guards in NBA history, was out at a nightclub this weekend and encountered a young woman named Bella Serrano, who decided to snap an Instagram photo with the former Philadelphia 76ers star. Unfortunately, her caption got her in a bit...
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Bruins’ Dougie Hamilton Among NHL Players Ready For Breakout Season In 2014-15

For many young players with one or two years of experience at the NHL level, the 2014-15 season is the time for them to make major strides in their development and become valuable players capable of playing in many different situations. Let’s take a look at five players primed for a breakout 2014-15 campaign. Dougie Hamilton, Defenseman, Boston Bruins Hamilton was one of the Bruins’...
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Bills’ Sammy Watkins Makes Another Incredible One-Handed Catch (Video)

Using two hands is overrated for Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The No. 4 selection in the 2014 NFL draft has dazzled at Bills camp so far with his ability to make impossible catches. Watkins even made a one-handed grab after nearly falling to the ground during a practice in late July. He recently proved again that he doesn’t need to use two hands to reel in...
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Dropkick Murphys Behead Canadiens Doll On Stage At Montreal Concert (Video)

Think the rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens is on hold during the NHL offseason? If so, you’re wrong. Let us present the reason why. Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys traveled to Montreal, Quebec, this weekend to play in front of thousands of fans at the annual “Heavy Montreal” music festival. As one might expect, the majority of the fans in attendance...
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Peyton and Eli Manning Return To Rap Game In ‘Fantasy Football Fantasy’ Video

They’re back. Around this time last season, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, took the Internet and football world by storm by “rapping” in DIRECTV’s “Football On Your Phone” music video. Well with the football season just around the corner, the brothers Manning have returned to the rap game, and this time...
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Darrelle Revis Helping Rob Gronkowski Prepare For Full-Contact Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots won’t let Rob Gronkowski loose to compete in full-contact drills just yet, but the All-Pro tight end is getting prepared for the next step in his recovery by competing against the team’s best defender. Gronkowski’s surgically repaired knee is precluding him from participating in 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, but he’s spending...
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Patriots’ Brian Tyms: Randy Moss Taught Me How To Catch Deep Ball

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots fans were exposed to some ugly football in Thursday night’s preseason loss to the Washington Redskins, so it’s natural that they have attached themselves to one of the game’s few shining stars — wide receiver Brian Tyms. New Englanders have clamored for a deep-threat wide receiver since Randy Moss was traded to the Minnesota Vikings...
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Vikings DT Linval Joseph Returns To Practice After Nightclub Shooting

MANKATO, Minn. — The first bad-news call of Mike Zimmer’s career as a head coach came late at night but early in his first season with the Minnesota Vikings: Defensive tackle Linval Joseph had been shot in the leg at a downtown bar after the team’s first exhibition game. To the relief of Zimmer and the rest of the organization, that dreaded, unexpected call could have been...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski On Rehab: ‘I’m Getting Closer Every Single Day’ (Video)

Rob Gronkowski missed the New England Patriots’ first preseason game and he’s still limited in practice, but it won’t be long before fans see him getting some meaningful action on the field. The tight end has yet to participate in seven-on-seven or 11-on-11 drills, but he is confident in his rehab progression. “I’m getting closer every single day to being with the team...
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Yoenis Cespedes Picks Perfect Spot For First Homer In Red Sox Uniform

Yoenis Cespedes assured the Boston Red Sox of one thing Sunday: They acquired a game-changer when they shipped Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics before the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline. Cespedes clubbed his first home run in a Red Sox uniform — a three-run shot — in the eighth inning of Boston’s 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel...
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Rory McIlroy Catches Wanamaker Trophy After PGA President Nearly Drops It (Video)

Rory McIlroy is on top of his game. He won the 2014 PGA Championship — his fourth career major title — by one stroke in a thrilling final round on Sunday, and also saved the prestigious Wanamaker Trophy. As PGA Tour President Ted Bishop was handing the Wanamaker Trophy to McIlroy during the post-tournament ceremony, the lid fell off, but the Northern Irishman was quick to react...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Johnny Manziel Moves Ahead Of Brian Hoyer In Browns QB Competition

That was fast. It seems like the Cleveland Browns are jumping on the Johnny Manziel bandwagon after his solid preseason debut. Even though there hasn’t been an official announcement, ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports that a team source told him that Manziel is ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for Cleveland’s starting quarterback job. Manziel led the Browns with 27 rushing...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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