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Jadeveon Clowney Busted for Speeding for Second Time This Month

Here’s an instance of how blazing speed could negatively affect a player’s draft stock. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was ticketed Thursday morning for driving 84 mph in a 55 mph zone — his second speeding violation of the month. Clowney was also busted for going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone on Dec. 7. He was given a $355 citation for that offense. The Gamecocks...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Stevan Ridley Took ‘a Big Step’ In Overcoming Fumble Issues for Patriots on Sunday Against Ravens

FOXBORO, Mass. – Stevan Ridley is not starting yet, but Bill Belichick is showing confidence in his running back by playing him at the most important part of the game: the end. Ridley was expected to have a breakout year after bursting onto the scene as a starter in 2012. If he had improved on his 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2012, he likely would have been considered...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers Will Start for Packers Against Bears on Sunday

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will return to start Sunday’s game for the NFC North title against the Chicago Bears. Coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday that Rodgers will be back after missing seven games because of a left collarbone injury. Green Bay (7-7-1) is 2-5-1 since Rodgers went down during the first series of a 27-20 loss Nov. 4 to Chicago. But...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Jason Kidd Calls Out Nets, Kevin Garnett Tries to Fire Up Team as Frustration Mounts in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets have been by far the NBA’s biggest disappointment this season, falling to 9-19 with a 95-78 loss to Chicago on Christmas Day. That mark ties the Nets with the crosstown New York Knicks for 11th in the highly watered down Eastern Conference, and the most recent defeat reportedly prompted first-year head coach Jason Kidd to go off on his team in the locker room...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Philippe Coutinho’s Goal Not Enough, As Liverpool Suffers Defeat at Manchester City

Liverpool could consider itself unfortunate not to have taken something from a pulsating contest, as it went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Boxing Day. The Reds went into a 25th-minute lead when Philippe Coutinho slotted into an empty net from close range after Raheem Sterling had rounded Joe Hart, but City drew level quickly through Vincent Kompany‘s header...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Sign Carlin Isles, ‘Fastest Man in American Rugby,’ to Practice Squad

Jim Schwartz may be out as head coach in Detroit at the end of this season, but not before he tries one final experiment. Schwartz confirmed Wednesday that the Lions have signed rugby speedster Carlin Isles to their practice squad. A former All-American kick returner and sprinter at Division III Ashland University, Isles made his debut for the U.S. national rugby sevens squad in...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Celebrate Christmas by Tweeting Image of Tree Comprised of Players’ Beards (Photo)

The Red Sox gave their fans the perfect Christmas gift roughly two months ago when Boston captured its third World Series title in 10 years. The club still wanted to celebrate the holiday on Wednesday, though, so Red Sox Nation was treated to quite the tweet. The Red Sox’ official Twitter account on Wednesday sent out an image featuring silhouettes of the players’ famous 2013...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka’s Top Suitors Include Yankees, Cubs, But Dark Horses Could Alter Sweepstakes (Photos)

The Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes is in full swing. The Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Tuesday that Tanaka will be posted, thus making the pitcher available to all 30 Major League Baseball teams. The announcement ended months of speculation about if Tanaka’s Japanese club would make him available this offseason, and the story now centers on which teams will extend the greatest offers...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Throwback Thursday: Carlton Fisk’s Game 6 Heroics Remembered on Hall of Famer’s 66th Birthday (Videos)

Before the Red Sox snapped their 86-year World Series drought in 2004, the most endearing Fall Classic memory for Boston fans was that of Carlton Fisk waving the game-winning home run fair in Game 6 of the 1975 Series.  Thirty-eight years later, after the Sox had taken home two World Series titles, Fisk returned to Fenway Park for another Game 6. The Hall of Famer, along with fellow...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin Blasts Warriors’ ‘Cowardly’ Play After Being Ejected in Clippers’ Loss

Don’t look now, but the West Coast battle between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors is becoming one of the NBA’s best — and most heated — rivalries. The two squads nearly came to blows during their Christmas Day matchup, a 105-103 win by Golden State that included two ejections. Clippers star Blake Griffin was the second player to be sent to the showers,...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Wayne Rooney Scores 150th Premier League Goal for Manchester United With Perfect Volley (GIFs)

Wayne Rooney joined select company and reminded us why he’s one of the greatest goal scorers in Premier League history on Thursday. The Manchester United star spearheaded his team’s comeback victory against Hull City by setting up two goals and scoring one — a perfectly struck volley into the top corner of the goal. In the 26th minute, Hull City defender Curtis Davies blocked...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

LeBron James Named Male Athlete of the Year by Associated Press

MIAMI — The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense. On one hand, he’s the game’s best player. On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself. Even after a year like 2013 — when a spectacular wedding, a second NBA championship and a fourth MVP award were among the many highlights enjoyed...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty, Josh Boyce Missing From Patriots Practice on Thursday

FOXBORO, Mass. — It appears Devin McCourty has not been cleared to practice yet. The Patriots’ starting free safety was missing from practice for the second consecutive session after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Wide receiver Josh Boyce was missing from practice for the fifth consecutive session. He suffered an ankle injury against the Dolphins...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

UMass Fires Football Coach Charley Molnar After Second Straight 1-11 Season

After winning just one game for the second consecutive season, UMass has fired football coach Charley Molnar. The Minutemen finished the 2013 campaign — their second in the Football Championship Subdivision — 1-11, with their lone win coming over winless Miami (Ohio). Since moving to the Mid-American Conference from the FBS-level Colonial Athletic Association, UMass has gone...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Kitna Donating $53,000 Cowboys Salary to High School Where He Teaches, Coaches

Jon Kitna is using his surprising return to the NFL to help out his day job. The 41-year-old quarterback, who signed with the Cowboys this week, will earn $53,000 for backing up Tony Romo and Kyle Orton on Sunday. He won’t be keeping the money, though. Instead, Kitna plans to donate his check to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash., where he teaches math and coaches football,...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Zamboni Cruises Down Lansdowne Street, Bangs a Left Into Beautiful Frozen Fenway (Video)

Everyone that’s been to Fenway Park can remember the feeling they got when they first laid eyes on the lush green grass, the towering monster and everything else surrounding the iconic pitch. But what’s it like stepping into Fenway Park while strapped into a Zamboni in the wintertime? Loud and shaky, for starters. As Rink Specialists toss on some finishing touches on the rink...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Ned Colletti: Matt Kemp Out of Walking Boot, Expected to Be Ready for Season-Opening Series in Australia

Finally, Matt Kemp is in the news for reasons beyond trade and dating rumors. Kemp, who has been working his way back from an ankle injury that derailed his 2013 season, is out of his walking boot and expected to be ready for the Dodgers’ series-opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia, according to general manager Ned Colletti. Colletti revealed that Kemp ditched the...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Dwight Howard Tries to Hug James Harden During Win Over Spurs, Gets Shut Down (GIF)

Sorry, Dwight. You’ll have to find your hugs somewhere else. The Rockets had a reason to be jolly on Wednesday, defeating the division-leading Spurs on the road on Christmas Day. James Harden and Dwight Howard both put on strong performances in the win, with Harden scoring a game-high 28 points and Howard adding 15 points and 20 rebounds for his 10th double-double in the last 11...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Masahiro Tanaka officially posted, period to end Jan. 2

Now comes the easy part. After months of speculation about whether Masahiro Tanaka would be posted by his Japanese club this offseason, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have indeed decided to post the 25-year-old pitcher, thus making him available to all 30 MLB teams. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the posting period for Tanaka begins Thursday and ends Jan. 24 at...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Bengals punter Kevin Huber receives Steelers blender for Xmas

Kevin Huber is still in pretty rough shape from the bone-crushing hit that ended his season two weeks ago, but don’t expect that to ruin his holidays. The Bengals punter has been making light of his situation on Twitter, first changing his avatar to a shot of him getting blown up by Pittsburgh’s Terence Garvin and later tweeting out his “new match.com photo” of himself...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin Ejected; Clippers, Warriors Nearly Brawl During Heated Christmas Day Matchup (Video)

There was no abundance of holiday cheer in Oakland on Wednesday. The bad blood between the Clippers and Warriors continued on Christmas Day, leading to two ejections and nearly causing a full-team brawl. Tensions boiled over in the final seconds of the third quarter, when Golden State rookie Draymond Green nailed Blake Griffin in the throat with an elbow to pick up the game’s...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Bosh Gets Into Holiday Spirit, Wears Light-Up Abominable Snowman Sweatshirt to Christmas Game (Photo)

Sleeves were the talk of the NBA on Wednesday, but Chris Bosh made sure the costume he wore to the game was even more ridiculous than what his Miami Heat wore during it. In keeping with the holiday spirit, Bosh showed up to the Staples Center wearing a sweatshirt that was covered in blinking Christmas lights and featured a huge, cutout head of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster from...
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December 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Rookie Cooper Taylor Making Most Out of Missing Playoffs, Renting Out New Jersey Apartment for Super Bowl

He may be a rookie, but New York Giants safety Cooper Taylor is thinking like a veteran. Taylor has found a brightside to Big Blue’s miserable season, and he’ll even be making a profit on his team’s woes come February, according to the New York Post. The defensive back is capitalizing on his team not reaching the playoffs this season by opting to rent out his New Jersey condo...
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December 25, 2013  |  Discuss

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant Share Special Moment During Christmas Game (GIF)

For the first time in over a decade, Kobe Bryant didn’t take the court on Christmas Day, but his teammates weren’t the only ones who were missing the Lakers star when the Miami Heat came to town. Although LeBron James and Bryant couldn’t square off on the court, as Bryant remains sidelined with a knee injury, the two still found some time to share a moment together. During...
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December 25, 2013  |  Discuss

LeBron James Spends Christmas Day Throwing Down Monstrous Dunks Against Lakers (GIFs)

The Lakers probably should’ve asked Santa for some tips on how to deal with the unstoppable force that is LeBron James. The Miami Heat star spent his Christmas putting on a clinic in Los Angeles and throwing down some insane dunks. James and Dwayne Wade combined for two slams that momentarily made fans everywhere forget that they were wearing sleeved jerseys. In the first quarter...
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December 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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