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Panthers Kicker Graham Gano Trolls Cam Newton Ahead of BCS Title Game (Photo)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will clearly be rooting for Auburn when his alma mater squares off against Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night. You wouldn’t know it by looking at his locker, though. In a nice bit of pregame trash talk, Panthers kicker — and FSU alum — Graham Gano tweeted a photo Monday morning of a Seminoles sweatshirt...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Florek Recalled by Bruins One Day After Being Re-Assigned to Providence

Justin Florek‘s latest stint in the American Hockey League didn’t last long. The Boston Bruins announced Monday that they have recalled the 6-foot-4 winger one day after sending him back down to Providence. Florek made his NHL debut Saturday afternoon, logging 10:14 of ice time in place of Jordan Caron in Boston’s 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets. He will travel with the team...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh Says He Would Put Life in Michael Crabtree’s Hands, Calls Receiver ‘Greatest Catcher of All Time’

With Sunday’s NFC wild card playoff game on the line, Jim Harbaugh trusted kicker Phil Dawson to make the game-winning kick. If his life depended on it, though, Harbaugh would apparently put his trust elsewhere. After the 49ers’ 23-20 win against the Packers on Sunday night, Harbaugh was in a giddy mood, applauding his team for their effort and even bestowing some high praise...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Arkansas State Sucessfully Runs ‘Hide the Midget’ Trick Play En Route to GoDaddy Bowl Game Win (Video)

Arkansas State rallied late Sunday night to stun Ball State in the 2014 GoDaddy bowl. Ball State was poised to take the game, up 20-16 with 90 seconds on the clock, but a last-minute touchdown drive sealed the deal and the Red Wolves picked up their eighth win of the season. The win itself was impressive, but the Red Wolves also pulled a tricky play from the playbook en route to...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Unhappy Mario Balotelli Could Leave AC Milan for Chelsea for $34 Million

Mario Balotelli expected to bring the glory days back to AC Milan, but he may be ready to defer that dream and return to the Premier League. Balotelli’s relationship with AC Milan has reportedly soured recently, and the two could part ways in the coming months. Chelsea is thought to be Balotelli’s most likely destination should AC Milan decide to sell him. Reports of friction...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Will Look to Slow Surging Colts During Divisional Round of Playoffs at Gillette (Video)

The New England Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday night. The Colts, who were able to overcome a 28-point deficit to pull off the unbelievable 45-44 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round, will look to build off that momentum when they come into Gillette this weekend. With Andrew Luck at the helm, the Pats...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Corey Perry nets overtime goal to lift Ducks over Canucks

The Anaheim Ducks needed 4:59 of overtime to stun the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. As the Ducks were on a 4-on-3 power play with time winding down, Nick Bonino was able to track down a clearing attempt and send it up-ice to Ryan Getzlaf, who dished it to a streaking Corey Perry. Perry then beat Eddie Lack five-hole with a wrist shot that came with just 0.6 seconds remaining...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery Goes on Tirade, Gets Ejected After Bumping Official (Video)

Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery let his temper get the best of him Saturday night and it cost his squad the game. With his No. 22 Hawkeyes leading No. 4 Wisconsin 41-39 midway through the second half, McCaffery chose an unfortunate time to lose his cool. The 54-year-old head coach was upset with a couple of calls that didn’t go Iowa’s way in consecutive possessions, and he made...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Knicks Guard J.R. Smith Sneakily Unties Shawn Marion’s Sneaker at Free Throw Line (Video)

When he’s not taking ill-advised shots to lose his team games, J.R. Smith likes to play around. He showed that when Dirk Nowitzki went to the foul line during the New York Knicks’ game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. With Mavs forward Shawn Marion standing beside him along the foul lane, Smith bent over and untied Marion’s shoelaces. Although Marion didn’t see the...
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Reggie Jackson Breaks Out And Other Impressions From Celtics’ Loss to Thunder

Reggie Jackson is no Russell Westbrook, and that’s not a knock against him. He sure did a pretty good impression on Sunday, though. The third-year guard exploded for a career-high 27 points on a crisp 9-of-12 shooting to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a decisive 119-96 win over the Celtics. Filling in for the injured Westbrook, who is out until the All-Star break after undergoing...
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Longtime Broadcaster, Former Yankee Jerry Coleman Passes Away at 89

SAN DIEGO — Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, a former second baseman for the New York Yankees who interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea, died Sunday after a brief illness, the San Diego Padres said. He was 89. Coleman spent more than four decades with the Padres as a broadcaster. He managed the team in 1980. Padres president...
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Courtney Lee Thanks Celtics Fans After Trade, Also Thanks Photographers for Making Him Look Good (Photo)

Courtney Lee did not speak with reporters, nor would the Celtics confirm Sunday that the veteran guard had been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. As far as unofficial confirmation goes, however, this is pretty strong. Lee took to social media to thank the Celtics, Boston fans and even the team’s photographers for their support during his 1 1/2 seasons wearing the green and white...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Phil Dawson’s Game-Winning Field Goal Slips Through Outstretched Arms of Davon House (GIF)

The Green Bay Packers let Sunday’s wild-card matchup against the San Francisco 49ers slip through their fingertips, or through Davon House‘s arms, anyway. The Green Bay cornerback came within inches of blocking  Phil Dawson‘s game-winning 33-yard field goal with time expiring. After breaking off from the left side, House put himself in the perfect position to block Dawson’s...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott Trolls Tottenham Fans With ’2-0′ Gesture From Stretcher (GIF)

Theo Walcott demonstrated the proper way to claim bragging rights. Visiting Tottenham Hotspur fans were taunting Arsenal’s Walcott as he was being stretchered off the field in the latter stages of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round game between the North London rivals at the Emirates Stadium. Some cursed the Arsenal forward, while others tried to pelt him (and the stretcher bearers...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Julian Edelman Comically Explains How to Make Smoothies While Wearing Fanny Pack, Apron (Video)

Julian Edelman has emerged as a star for the New England Patriots this season, but that might not be the biggest surprise the wide receiver has up his sleeve. In a season that was riddled with injuries, Edelman maintained his health and became one of Tom Brady‘s top targets in the process. The fifth-year player’s breakout season included 105 receptions for 1,056 yards and six...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Offense Matches Up Well With Colts’ Defense; Andrew Luck Presents Dangerous Test for Secondary

The matchup is set: The New England Patriots will face the Indianapolis Colts at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Facing the comeback Colts sounds dangerous after quarterback Andrew Luck‘s second-half heroics in the Colts’ 45-44 Wild Card-round win over the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Patriots actually match up well with Indianapolis on paper. The last time these...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Rodgers Channels His Inner-Magician, Somehow Escapes 49ers Defense, Converts on Fourth Down (GIF)

Aaron Rodgers is a quarterback by day, but he may very well moonlight as a magician. With the Packers trailing by three points early in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy put the ball in his quarterback’s hands on a crucial fourth down. And Rodgers repaid his coach’s confidence. On fourth-and-2 from inside the 49ers’ 35-yard line, Rodgers dropped...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

John Kuhn’s Lambeau Leap Attempt Fails Miserably After Slipping Into Wall, Hardly Leaving Ground (GIF)

Lambeau Leaps are apparently not as easy as they look.  Packers fullback John Kuhn proved just that on Sunday afternoon after his one-yard touchdown gave Green Bay a 17-13 lead over the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter. Kuhn’s run was something to applaud, but unfortunately, his jump into the stands was not.  The fullback appeared to slip right as he was preparing to...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Courtney Lee, Jerryd Bayless Swap a Victory for Celtics, Basketball Reasons Aside

By agreeing to trade Courtney Lee to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Celtics are losing a player in his prime, in the midst of a career season and locked up to a long-term contract. And they couldn’t be more relieved. That’s the beautiful, twisted logic of the NBA under the current collective bargaining agreement. Lee is headed to the Grizzlies, according to multiple reports, in exchange...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Vote: Will Stephen Drew Be a Member of the Red Sox in 2014?

Stephen Drew decided to test the open market this offseason, but despite his willingness to explore his options, he could very well be suiting up in a Red Sox uniform once again in 2014. As he and agent Scott Boras continue to seek a multiyear contract from other clubs, the list of potential teams willing to ink Drew to a long-term deal dwindles with each day that passes. The free...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Colin Kaepernick Delivers Vicious Helmet-to-Helmet Hit on Tramon Williams, Could Draw Fine From NFL (GIF)

The NFL has been cracking down on illegal hits this season, doling out fines on the regular. Usually it’s defensive players delivering the big hits, but Colin Kaepernick decided to get in on the fun on Sunday. Kaepernick led the 49ers’ offense to two straight scoring drives to kick off the final game of wild card weekend, taking a quick 6-0 lead in Green Bay. The Niners drove...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Celtics, Grizzlies pull off trade

The Celtics’ crowded backcourt and cumbersome payroll will both be eased a bit with a deal reportedly in the works with the Memphis Grizzlies. Courtney Lee is headed to Memphis in exchange for Jerryd Bayless and at least one other piece to even out the salaries once the teams call the NBA offices on Monday to consummate the trade, according to multiple reports. Lee was made unavailable...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Fans Grill Their Beers During Tailgate in Effort to Battle Freezing Temperatures (Photo)

Fans weren’t the only ones who needed some extra help staying warm at Lambeau Field on Sunday as some beers also needed a hand — or a grill — before they could be consumed. With temperatures in the single digits, a handful of dedicated Green Bay fans braved the bitter cold to tailgate before the Packers-49ers matchup. The frigid weather wasn’t going to ruin their pregame...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Knicks Guard J.R. Smith Channels Andrea Bargnani, Takes Ill-Advised Shot to Contribute to New York’s Loss to Rockets (Video)

Give the New York Knicks bonus points for consistency. Just a few weeks back, Knicks big man Andrea Bargnani took a boneheaded shot that almost cost his team a victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks were fortunate to escape that game with a win in double overtime, but it might never have been necessary if Bargnani hadn’t taken a 3-pointer with the Knicks ahead by two points...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers Giving Out 70,000 Handwarmers, Free Coffee to Help Fans Deal With Brutal Weather at Lambeau Field

It was 5 degrees at kickoff in Green Bay on Sunday, and the temperatures were only expected to drop as the game went on. So, the Packers decided to help their faithful fans cope with the frigid temperatures. The Packers gave out 70,000 handwarmers to help keep fans at Lambeau Field warm on Sunday, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The organization was also offering...
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January 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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