Parise’s hat trick sparks comeback win in Wild’s opener

From time to time, Zach Parise will have nights that make you feel like the Minnesota Wild got a bargain by signing him to a 13-year, $98 million deal. Thursday was one of those nights, as Parise notched his first hat trick with Minnesota and helped spark an incredible third-period comeback as the Wild bested the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 to kick off the regular season. The first...
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Cubs-Cardinals: The playoff series that will kill me

If you’re going to the Cubs-Cardinals National League Division Series, you’ll probably need to rob a Brinks truck first. If you’re going to get through the Cubs-Cardinals NLDS, you’ll probably need to rob a Xanax truck first. The first rider of the Apocalypse is here, and we should all be terrified. “I’ve already processed it. I’ve already visualized the scenarios...
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Donovan: Klinsmann should be gone with loss to Mexico

It’s safe to say former U.S. Soccer star Landon Donovan and current national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann probably don’t exchange Christmas cards. Klinsmann and Donovan have always had a rocky relationship, and it likely got even rockier on Tuesday. In an interview, Donovan claimed that if the United States loses to Mexico in Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup match, Klinsmann should...
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CC Sabathia and a history of Yankees with alcoholism

Dating back to the days of The Babe, the biggest tradition in New York Yankees history is winning. And going back just as far, the second-biggest tradition in the Bronx is alcoholism. CC Sabathia is the latest Yankee to be swallowed up by the addiction, but thankfully he has come to that realization before it sent him to the morgue like Mickey Mantle. Now the organization that...
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A love letter to Bud Selig

Dearest Bud, I just wrote to say I love you. From the bottom of my heart. This may come as a surprise given that I haven’t publicly said anything positive about you since, well, ever. But that was all a front. Privately, I’ve always admired your visionary genius, especially this whole deal where you created a second wild card entrant before making your exit from the commissioner’s...
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Chargers could be missing four starting offensive linemen in Week 4

The San Diego Chargers have struggled mightily protecting quarterback Philip Rivers and opening lanes for rookie running back Melvin Gordon so far this season. Don’t expect that trend to be reversed on Sunday when the 1-2 Bolts welcome the 1-2 Cleveland Browns to town. As of Friday afternoon it looks like the Chargers could be missing as many as four starting offensive linemen...
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Bears wave white flag with trades of Allen, Bostic

Not even the French have ever capitulated this quickly. Three weeks into the the 2015 season, the Chicago Bears have come to official grips with what anyone who has watched them this year already knows: they suck. So the Bears are punting on the ’15 campaign — which given Pat O’Donnell’s prominence in Sunday’s 26-0 loss at Seattle is a perfectly apt metaphor. Mid-season...
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San Jose Earthquakes form human shield in attempt to prevent red card

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and go ape **** immediately after scoring a goal. Unfortunately, it’s also possible to forget about a previous yellow card in doing so. Just ask San Jose Earthquakes attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia. After getting cautioned in the 77th minute for unsporting behavior, Perez Garcia netted the game-winning goal for the Quakes on...
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Fat, shirtless Memphis fan steals show with megaphone air guitar

“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” — Dean Wormer, Animal House Fortunately fat, drunk and brilliant is a way to go through life! One shirtless Memphis Tigers fan stole the show on Thursday night during the Tigers’ wacky 53-46 win over Cincinnati that gave the school its first 4-0 start to a season since 1961. We’re not sure what song said fan was...
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Johnny Manziel headed back to the bench for Browns

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol Wednesday and that means Johnny Manziel is headed back to the bench. McCown was back at practice on Wednesday and will start against Oakland this weekend, retaking the role he was given before the season. Manziel made one start with McCown out, and he was adequate in leading Cleveland to a 28...
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Yankees legend Yogi Berra dies at age 90

One of the most iconic and quotable figures in baseball history was lost late Tuesday night. Yogi Berra, three-time American League MVP, 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player, died at the age of 90. Despite playing for the team that many people love to hate, Berra is one of the most lovable figures in baseball history thanks to his personality and the plethora...
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Is bell tolling for Sean Payton, Drew Brees in New Orleans?

They can put the headstone at the Superdome’s 35-yard line. That’s where the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era of Saints football effectively came to its end early in Sunday’s slop-riddled 26-19 loss to the woeful Buccaneers — a team that allowed a perfect passer rating to Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in his first game as an NFL player. Knowing just how pathetic Lovie Smith’s...
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Watch: Jered Weaver gets ejected for hitting Kyle Seager

Los Angeles Angels starter Jered Weaver has never been one to let a dispute roll off his back. That was the case again Wednesday night as he was tossed from a 3-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners for hitting Kyle Seager. It all started in the bottom of fifth inning when Seager stepped into the box and took a ball down and in. Weaver took his time getting back to the mound, but when he...
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Indians accidentally shoot fireworks for Royals home run

Amazingly, the one comedic scenario screenwriters failed to think of over the course of two “Major League” movies (THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS MAJOR LEAGUE 3) came to pass in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Outfielder Alex Rios launched a deep home run at Progressive Field, prompting the usual fireworks display for such an event. There’s just one problem: Rios plays for the visiting...
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ESPN graphic helpfully points out that Jim Tomsula is the GOAT

Someone grab 49ers coach Jim Tomsula’s windbreaker and send the thing to Canton, because this man is clearly Hall of Fame bound. Thanks to the graphics wizardry at ESPN, at the end of San Francisco’s 20-3 season-opening win over Minnesota we learned that Tomsula is the most successful coach in the history of one of the league’s most storied franchises. The information is right...
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Novak Djokovic wins 10th major in amazing match with Federer

Novak Djokovic is officially one of the all-time greats in tennis history. On Sunday night he engaged in an incredible match with possibly the best player of all-time, Roger Federer, in a classic four-set final at the U.S. Open. In the end Djokovic outlasted his Swiss counterpart and won his third major tournament of the year. While it only went four sets, the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4...
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WATCH: Angel Pagan makes insane home run-saving catch

It’s rough being a fan of the San Diego Padres these days. In fact, it’s a pain being a Padres fan at any time, and Friday night was no different. The San Francisco Giants ripped the Friars 9-1, but despite all the offense, the play of the game was a ridiculous, soul-crushing catch by Giants center fielder Angel Pagan. In the seventh inning of the contest with San Francisco...
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Report: Detroit Tigers to fire Brad Ausmus

The Detroit Tigers have been an abject disaster this season despite a ton of talent and an opening-day payroll of $173.8 million. When that kind of thing happens, the someone has to go and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus looks like he will soon be receiving a pink slip. Numerous outlets are now reporting that Ausmus will be ousted at the end of the 2015 season. The Tigers are currently...
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Could Yoenis Cespedes win the NL MVP Award?

Since his arrival in Queens at the 2015 MLB trade deadline, Yoenis Cespedes has lit a fire under the New York Mets. In the process he has helped lead them to a near-insurmountable lead in the National League East and has been baseball’s hottest player by a wide margin. In fact, Cespedes has been so good that there are now calls for him to be considered a legitimate National League...
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Mets all but clinch NL East as Washington chokes again

For a team that has been on the fortunate side of some of the most remarkable events in baseball history — the miracle of 1969, making a World Series with 82 wins in 1973, the whole Buckner thing in ’86 — Mets fans are an incredibly neurotic bunch. Maybe it’s the whole Woody Allen New York thing. Or maybe it’s the whole every Mets season not mentioned in the previous...
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Johnny Manziel resumes throwing for Cleveland Browns

After more than two weeks off to rest his ailing elbow, Johnny Manziel was back at practice for the Cleveland Browns on Monday. Manziel threw a few short passes during the 30 minutes of practice that were open to the media, and coach Mike Pettine claimed his young quarterback continued throwing throughout the workout. The 22-year-old has long had issues with his elbow, and claims...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Let me tell ya: It does rain at Tiger Stadium

In a state as deeply religious as Louisiana — even public schools still have an invocation before high school football games — you’d assume there would be a reticence to tempt fate with the man upstairs. But the one true church is LSU football, and Tiger Stadium is the state’s Mecca. So perhaps it is no surprise that on Saturdays every fall some 102,000 people are willing...
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Dodgers call up top prospect Corey Seager

The Los Angeles Dodgers are already in first place in the National League West and they’re about to get even better. On Thursday they decided to call up super-prospect Corey Seager. The 21-year-old Seager is listed as a shortstop, but at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, most evaluators feel he’s going to outgrow the position and move to third base. Seager was almost universally hailed...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Fred Jackson cut could already be biting Bills in butt

There was much fan uproar in Buffalo when the Bills unexpectedly cut popular 10-year veteran running back Fred Jackson earlier this week. This is not an unusual occurrence — cuts happen all the time in the NFL, particularly with aging veterans. Every fan of every team has experienced the same emotion at some point in time, which is why fans are not put in charge of football decisions...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Kyrgios takes nap during match with Andy Murray

Say what you want about Nick Kyrgios, but the man is entertaining. The 20-year-old Aussie lost in four sets to No. 3 seed Andy Murray in the first round of the U.S. Open Tuesday night, but he certainly had people talking. The immensely talented Kyrgios is a controversial figure in tennis thanks to his on and off-court antics and Tuesday night was no exception. He yelled, talked...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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