Former No. 1 pick Brady Aiken undergoes Tommy John surgery

Last summer, prep left-hander Brady Aiken was the consensus top player in Major League Baseball’s June draft. The San Diego product had a big arm, three plus pitches and uncommon poise and polish for a prep hurler. He was selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros and everything seemed great. One crazy year later and that has all changed. Aiken and the Astros couldn’t work...
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Will Wrigley Field be ready for opening night?

Even when someone finds themselves impossibly excited about the Chicago Cubs, it doesn’t take very long for some damn fool thing to happen that reminds you that you’re dealing with the Cubs. Regardless of their record this upcoming season — it may well be a few games under .500 or a few games over .500 — there’s no question that an exciting young team has been assembled...
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Emails show NCAA was out of control in USC case

In June 2010, the NCAA hit USC’s football program with the harshest sanctions since SMU received the death penalty in 1985. For years USC fans and administrators have contended that the NCAA was far too harsh in its punishment of the school’s football program as a result of the Reggie Bush scandal. People close to the school have repeatedly insisted that the NCAA unfairly targeted...
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Bartolo Colon to start Opening Day for the New York Mets

Bartolo Colon is going to start on opening day. In the year 2015. That’s a thing that is actually happening. I’ll give you a moment to process that information. Yes, the rotund right hander will toe the slab on opening day for the New York Mets on April 6 against the Washington Nationals. Colon won the honor over Mets ace Matt Harvey, who is returning after sitting out the 2014...
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Sunday’s big NCAA winner: Genitalia

College sports are played by college kids, and sometimes college kids say things that, say, a 30-year-old would not. After all, like Bill Cosby always used to tell us, “Here, have a drink” kids say the darndest things. Both Virginia forward Darion Atkins and Wichita State guard Fred Van Vleet fell under that umbrella on Sunday with some “genitalia as an adjective” references...
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Video: Stephon Marbury posterized in CBA Finals

Raise your hand if you knew Stephon Marbury was still playing basketball…that’s what I thought. Marbury is, in fact, continuing his career in the Chinese Basketball Association for the Beijing Ducks. The Ducks are currently in the CBA Finals and on Tuesday night he wound up on the wrong end of a monster dunk. Han DeJun, better known as Chinese Shaq, plays for the Liaoning Flying...
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Join the World’s Largest NIT Office Pool!

Anybody can fill out an NCAA bracket and win their office pool. (HINT: Take Kentucky). But do you have what it really takes to prove yourself as a hoops guru? Here at Rumors and Rants, we are looking to find the real cream of the crop — those of you capable of winning an NIT office pool. That’s right. We are setting up the World’s Largest NIT Office Pool, which should prove...
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John Oliver brilliantly takes down the NCAA

John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight has been nothing short of phenomenal in its 30-episode run so far. His weekly attacks on major problems in society have even led to legislation being enacted, but at the very least draw attention to problems going largely ignored. On Sunday night, he took aim at one of America’s biggest bullies: the NCAA. In a 20-minute piece on the NCAA...
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Yu Darvish to have Tommy John surgery, miss season

The Texas Rangers were dealt a serious blow on Friday as it was announced that starting pitcher Yu Darvish would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the 2015 season. Darvish and the team sought several opinions before deciding the 28-year-old should have surgery, but with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, this was always going to be the outcome....
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Three Cubs prospects go back-to-back-to-back in spring training

There is a reason people are excited about the future of the Chicago Cubs, and it was on full display in a spring training game against the Indians on Tuesday. Top prospects Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant all went deep — and if you watch the video, which you’d be foolish not to, we do mean DEEP — in consecutive fourth inning at-bats. But before you go throwing all...
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Oklahoma football players protest racist video

There has been a ton of fallout in response to a racist video that surfaced over the weekend that shows Oklahoma University students chanting racist remarks. The video shows members of the OU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon participating in the chants. Since its publication, Oklahoma has severed ties with the fraternity and some members could be expelled as a result. Now the school’s...
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Miami Dolphins believe they will land Ndamukong Suh

I’m sure plenty of teams believe they have the best chance to land free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but the Miami Dolphins are apparently really confident they will be his final destination. The 28-year-old Suh has also been linked to the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders and he can begin negotiating with teams on Saturday. Suh is likely to...
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Russell Westbrook has gone bananas

We’ve spent most of Russell Westbrook’s career considering him to the the Oklahoma City Thunder’s second banana. Now he’s simply going bananas. Tasked with leading the Thunder in Kevin Durant’s absence, Westbrook joined a stratosphere inhabited by all-time NBA greats on Wednesday night when he recorded his fourth straight triple-double with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10...
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Jameis Winston met with with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Following the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, most of the football world expected the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston with the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. We’ve heard from numerous experts who believe Winston fits what the Buccaneers want to do offensively better than Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. Tampa Bay’s interest in Winston is certainly...
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Bucs believe Jameis Winston's problems are due to immaturity

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston performed very well at last week’s scouting combine, especially during the throwing sessions and in meetings with teams. The current thinking is that the quarterback-needy Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Winston with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Reports suggest the Bucs believe that Winston’s numerous off-field incidents can...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

A glass half-full look at Chicago's terrible sports day

Maybe there was an alien abduction. Maybe I’m finally maturing into a rational adult. Or maybe the reality simply hasn’t hit me yet. But for whatever reason, I’m still not freaking out over the major injuries suffered by the two faces of Chicago’s winter franchises on the same night. If anything, the loss of Derrick Rose and Patrick Kane has made me thankful for the few...
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February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Jurickson Profar: Former top prospect to miss second-straight season

The Texas Rangers once looked like a team with an absolutely stocked farm system and the jewel of that system was Curacaoan middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Well, two years later Profar looks like a guy who just can’t catch a break, as he is now set to miss his second season in a row. On Monday it was announced that Profar had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Humberto Savigne suffers brutal knockout

While most of the boxing world was focused on the announcement that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have finally agreed to fight, Showtime put on a boxing even Friday night. And boy, did fans watching get their money’s worth. Undefeated light heavyweight Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) was facing Cuban veteran Humberto Savigne (12-2, nine KOs) and was the underdog in the fight...
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February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers re-sign King Dunlap to four-year deal

While they were busy making headlines for their potential move to Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers also made a move to solidify the team they will put on the field in 2015. On Friday the Chargers agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract with massive left tackle King Dunlap, who was scheduled to become a free agent. Dunlap started all 16 games as Philip Rivers’ blindside...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Rougned Odor’s brother, Rougned Odor

Oakland Coliseum is known for raw sewage backing up into its dugouts, but the strangest Odor in the American League West this year emanates from Texas. On Thursday, the Texas Rangers announced that they have signed the younger brother of second baseman Rougned Odor… Rougned Odor. That’s right, the Odor Brothers have the same first name. The elder Odor, who already gives the...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Five teams willing to offer $70 million to Hector Olivera

Cuban players are coming to Major League Baseball in increasing numbers and the latest crop has a few gems in it. Infielders Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada are both set to sign soon and on Tuesday we got an idea how highly thought of Olivera is. Peter Gammons is reporting that at least five teams are willing to bid more than $70 million on the 29-year-old Olivera. While he hasn’t...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

SNL Reunion outdraws NBA All-Star Game

Even when he’s the All-Star Game MVP, Russell Westbrook is playing second fiddle to a bigger star. Or in this case, multiple stars. The NBA All-Star Game typically doesn’t have much in the form of entertaining competition for TV viewers, sports or otherwise, being that it takes place in the middle of February and all anyone ever wants in February is for the month to be done...
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February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Victor Oladipo with insane pass to Cody Zeller

Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller both started for Team USA in the NBA’s Rising Star Challenge on Friday night to kickoff All-Star weekend. The two friends and former Indiana University teammates were having a lot of fun on the court, but one play in particular stood out as simply ridiculous. After a turnover gave the World team an easy layup near the end of the first half, a long...
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February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning tells Denver Broncos he wants to keep playing

While several rumors continue to float around about Peyton Manning’s meeting with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, we can officially report that the 38-year-old quarterback told the team he plans on playing next season. Some have said that Manning was undecided after meeting with the team, but that is actually not true. He told the Broncos he is full-go and ready to play in 2015...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings publicly supporting Adrian Peterson

When Adrian Peterson was suspended for the bulk of the 2014 NFL season due to child abuse charges against him, many expected the running back to be done with the Minnesota Vikings. The franchise distanced itself from Peterson for months, but lately the team has seemed to reverse course. On Thursday we got another indication that the Vikings were willing to bring Peterson back,...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss
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