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MLB Rumors: Tons of teams after Jon Lester

As baseball’s 2014 trade deadline approaches it is looking more and more like the Boston Red Sox will move Jon Lester out of town. Reports late Tuesday night confirm that at least four teams are after the 30-year-old three-time All-Star. The Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are all apparently in on the big lefty and the Red Sox are...
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La Russa opens Hall of Fame Pandora’s Box

In all their cleverness, the Baseball Writers Association of America attempted an end run around the steroid era last week when it announced the timeframe of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot would be shortened from 15 years to 10. But in its infinite stupidity, the BBWAA actually left the flank to its moral high ground exposed by inducting manager Tony La Russa into the Hall...
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MLB Rumors: Starting pitching market is bare

Several contenders are looking for starting pitching as Major League Baseball’s trade deadline approaches, but according to sources we’ve talked to and reports around the web, they’re not finding it. Teams that appeared willing to deal certain players two months ago are now more inclined to hold on to their top-end starters and it’s driving up the price on lower-tier guys...
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Report: Multiple teams talking with Dodgers about Matt Kemp

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of a pennant chase and that is obviously the franchise’s top priority. But ranking just below the team’s quest for a World Series title is somehow solving its logjam in the outfield. To that end, the Dodgers are trying feverishly to trade Matt Kemp and his massive contract. According to Jon Heyman, five teams have shown interest in Kemp...
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WATCH: All nine Padres score in one inning against Cubs

The San Diego Padres and their usually inept offense managed to do something truly remarkable Thursday night during a 13-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Friars scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning. What’s more, every Padre in the lineup scored a run in that inning. The sixth inning was crazy, as the Padres sent 15 men to the plate in what was their biggest inning...
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Report: Phillies considering releasing Ryan Howard

A few years ago Ryan Howard was one of the most feared hitters in baseball, and now he’s on the verge of being out of the game altogether. On Wednesday a report surfaced claiming that the Philadelphia Phillies were considering paying the rest of Howard’s contract and releasing him after the season. Howard is owed $25 million this season and a total of $60 million over the next...
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Jack White doesn't look happy to be at Cubs game

The Chicago Cubs added an official mascot, Clark the Cub, this offseason. But we’re pretty sure no one has more accurately summed up the Cub fan experience than rocker Jack White, who took in Tuesday night’s game at Wrigley Field the night before his own show in the Windy City. I believe the dictionary definition for this particular look is “bemused.” And I’m fairly...
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MLB Rumors: Phillies telling teams Cole Hamels isn’t available

The Philadelphia Phillies are a team that is most definitely a “seller” as the 2014 MLB trade deadline approaches. After Monday night’s 7-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants, the Phillies are 43-56 and sit 12 games out of first place in the National League East. Despite that, Philadelphia is apparently going to hold on to what may be its most valuable trade chip. The Phillies...
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Minor league GM offers to get in-game prostate exam

We’re pretty sure Harry Caray never did it quite like this. General manager Andy Milovich of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans has offered to receive a prostate exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for an upcoming game. Perhaps we need to explain this a little more in detail. Well, not too much detail. We’re talking context-type details. Milovich made the deal...
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Los Angeles Angels acquire Huston Street from San Diego Padres

The rumored trade between the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres for Huston Street was officially completed Friday night. It wound up being a six player deal that netted the Padres four of the Angels’ top 20 prospects in exchange for one of baseball’s most reliable relievers. San Diego received second baseman Taylor Lindsey, shortstop Jose Rondon, right-handed reliever R...
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MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Angels close to acquiring Huston Street

One of the hottest names on the trade market this summer is San Diego Padres closer Huston Street. And after a report on Friday it looks like Street will be headed out of “America’s Finest City” in short order. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Los Angeles Angels are close to acquiring the two-time All-Star. So far this season for the Padres, Street has pitched 33 innings...
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Eric Bledsoe turns down offer, wants max contract from Suns

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe had a breakout season in 2013-14 and entered restricted free agency this offseason. While the Suns have threatened to match any offer Bledsoe received from another team, they have still not agreed to a contract with their young star. On Thursday we got an idea why the two sides haven’t come to an agreement yet. Reports suggest that the Suns offered...
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Eric Bledsoe wants max contract from Eric Bledsoe

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe had a breakout season in 2013-14 and entered restricted free agency this offseason. While the Suns have threatened to match any offer Bledsoe received from another team, they have still not agreed to a contract with their young star. On Thursday we got an idea why the two sides haven’t come to an agreement yet. Reports suggest that the Suns offered...
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Celebrating the worst of the year in sports

Last night ESPN put out its annual “We need some filler on the one day of the year there are no sporting events” program, the ESPYs. We understand that some of you even may have watched. The ESPYs are billed as the Oscars of the sports world… which got us thinking. You see, every year on the same night of the Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberries are also awarded. The Razzies...
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MLB and Fox give no All-Star Game tribute to Tony Gwynn

Just a month ago the sports world stopped in its tracks and paid tribute to a great man who left us far too soon. San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn lost a courageous battle with cancer on June 16, and almost exactly a month later, Major League Baseball failed to honor his memory at its midsummer classic. In fact, Gwynn’s name was never even mentioned on the broadcast...
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Report: Saints, Jimmy Graham on verge of record deal

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was upset that an arbitrator recently ruled him a tight end and not a wide receiver for franchise designation purposes. While that was a serious blow, it looks like Graham will wind up being pretty happy in the end, as he and the Saints are close to completing a record contract. Adam Schefter is reporting that the 27-year-old and New Orleans...
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Woe is Buffalo: America’s Most Miserable Sports City

LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland has had an unintended consequence: sealing Buffalo, New York’s fate as the most mind-numbingly depressing city in which one can be a sports fan. For years, the competition on the opposite ends of Lake Erie was fierce and unrelenting. The resumes are remarkably similar: Cleveland hasn’t won a title since 1964, Buffalo since 1965...
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Masahiro Tanaka reportedly has a partially torn UCL

Oh man, this is bad news. Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees’ stellar Japanese hurler was placed on the disabled list yesterday with “elbow inflammation,” but after an MRI the news got much, much worse on Thursday. Tanaka has reportedly been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. That injury almost always leads to Tommy John surgery...
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Nets set to pay record luxury tax bill for 2013-14 season

The Brooklyn Nets and owner Mikhail Prokhorov have never been shy about spending money, but this is a little crazy. On Wednesday the NBA released its audit of teams ahead of the start of the new fiscal year (which starts at midnight) and the Nets will pay a ridiculous, record luxury bill. According to Brian Windhorst, the Nets owe $90.57 million in luxury taxes for the 2013-14 season...
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Putting Germany’s historic beatdown of Brazil in context

Few ass-kickings in sports history can measure up to Germany’s 7-1 annihilation of host Brazil in the World Cup semifinals. It was Brazil’s first loss on home soil in a non-friendly match since 1975, and tied a 1920 loss to Uruguay for the largest margin of defeat in the nation’s history. But even a soccer power like Germany rarely beats the scrubs of the world by such a large...
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Would it be better for the Yankees if CC Sabathia retired?

Just a few years ago New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. Now, at 33 years old, there is a chance his career will never get back on track. But would it actually be better for the Yankees if Sabathia wound up retiring? Lots of experts seem to think so. At the height of his prowess, Carsten Charles (no, CC does not stand for “chewy...
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Jeff Samardzija ruled ineligible for All-Star Game due to trade

Hey now, Jeff Samardzija’s an All-Star. But he can’t get his game on and go play. And yes, I really am using this scenario as an excuse to open a blog post with Smash Mouth lyrics, because I’m dropping the gauntlet on the rest of the blogosphere’s lack of awesome writing skills. C’mon, internet. I dare you to try and up the ante with some Sugar Ray or something. Anyway...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers reportedly offer Carmelo Anthony huge deal

The Los Angeles Lakers met with New York Knicks free agent forward Carmelo Anthony for nearly three hours on Thursday and apparently offered him a max contract during that meeting. Reports now claim that the Lakers offered the 30-year-old a four-year, $97 million deal. While details are still emerging about what the team’s plans are to build around Anthony and star guard Kobe Bryant...
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Agent refutes report about Wade, Bosh taking big pay cuts

Earlier on Tuesday a report surfaced that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had signed contracts with the Miami Heat for reduced amounts of money in order to give the team room to improve under the salary cap. The report made a lot of sense and was largely expected. But later in the day Henry Thomas, the agent for both Wade and Bosh, refuted that story. The original report claimed that...
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Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings agree to seven-year deal

Marian Gaborik was an integral part of the Los Angeles Kings’ run to a Stanley Cup title this season. While he didn’t arrive in LA until the trade deadline, Gaborik settled right in and went on to lead the NHL in postseason goals with 14. The 32-year-old forward was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but on Wednesday the team announced it had re-signed him...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss
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