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North Carolina receives NCAA notice of allegations

On Friday, the University of North Carolina acknowledged that it had received a notice of allegations from the NCAA related to the school’s ongoing academic fraud scandal. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham claim the school is reviewing the notice and will release it publicly after certain redactions are made to comply with privacy laws. UNC has 90...
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Jon Jones will get immediate title shot if he returns

Jon Jones has been the most dominant figure in mixed martial arts for a few years now, but he has also had his share of issues. Recently, Jones was stripped of his UFC light heavyweight championship and suspended indefinitely following a hit-and-run accident. Luckily for Jones, he will be welcomed back to the UFC with an immediate title shot once he gets his life in order. On...
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Derek Carr may need surgery on finger

The Oakland Raiders are looking to build their franchise around second-year quarterback Derek Carr, but they may have to wait for the 24-year-old to get on the field this offseason. On Tuesday, it was reported that Carr has an injury to his right ring finger that could keep him out for an extended period of time. Chris Mortensen claims Carr’s injury could require surgery and if...
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Predicting the (sporting) futures of Mad Men’s characters

Mad Men, one of the most acclaimed television dramas of this or any other era, came to an end on Sunday night. And with the exception of Betty Draper, every primary character on the show has a fairly open slate as they dive headlong into the 1970s. Unless creator Matthew Weiner is hard-up for cash in 10 years – or dead and his son (who portrays Glen on the show) has accomplished...
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Video: USWNT’s Tobin Heath posterizes Mexican defender

In their penultimate tune-up match before heading north to Canada for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the United States Women’s National Team sought nothing more than a sharp, confidence-building performance against Mexico on Sunday night at the StubHub Center. Sharpness, they exuded; confidence, they certainly built. A brace each from Sydney Leroux (28′, 61′) and Abby Wambach...
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News Flash: Jeff Loria remains terrible to work for

When the Brewers fired Ron Roenicke a couple weeks ago, we speculated as to who would be the next big-league manager to get the axe. Foolishly, we cut our list of speculation short of Marlins manager Mike Redmond. Though the Marlins weren’t off to the start they are capable of — surely no one anticipated Mat Latos going into the toilet as he has — I left Redmond off the list...
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Report: Seahawks won’t give Russell Wilson $20M a year

The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson are in the middle of contract negotiations and what was expected to be a smooth process has gotten decidedly rocky. Wilson has one year left on his rookie contract and is in line for an extension, the problem is, the Seahawks and he are far apart in negotiations. On Friday, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported that Wilson is...
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After Bulls go down in flames, is Tom Thibodeau next?

With their backs up against the wall against the Cavaliers on Thursday night, the Bulls looked like the fat and/or skinny kid in dodgeball. Despite Cleveland missing two of its top three players — one of them for the entire series — Chicago proved to be a much easier out than anyone could have imagined, meekly ending their season in a 94-73 Game 6 loss. Though no one is officially...
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Report: Justin Blackmon denied reinstatement by NFL

It doesn’t look like Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be returning to the NFL any time soon. The No. 5 pick from the 2012 NFL Draft is currently suspended indefinitely by the league and reports on Wednesday make it seem like things will stay that way for quite some time. Mark Long of the Associated Press claims Blackmon applied for reinstatement to the NFL...
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Jimbo Fisher: Florida State 'negotiating' with Everett Golson

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher made a poor choice of words when answering questions related to the recruitment of Notre Dame graduate transfer Everett Golson on Tuesday. Fisher said, “We’re negotiating, we’re talking right now. We’re going through things, staying in contact with him.” OK, obviously that doesn’t sound right, but we’re fairly certain Fisher was...
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Troy Tulowitzki could ask for trade from Colorado Rockies

For more than nine years, Troy Tulowitzki has been the face of the Colorado Rockies, but now there is a chance the 30-year-old will wind up playing elsewhere. On Tuesday reports surfaced claiming the four-time All-Star was considering asking the only franchise he has known to trade him. The Rockies are a mess this year, and entering Tuesday night’s action they are 11-17 and have...
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Kris Bryant hits first home run into new Wrigley Field bleachers

The Chicago Cubs opened their new left- and center-field bleachers on Monday and, fittingly, super-rookie Kris Bryant greeted the fans early. The 23-year-old phenom launched a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the first inning to christen the newly rebuilt bleachers. Monday was the first day fans were allowed to sit in the left- and center-field bleachers this season as they...
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Meet David Blatt, bold fighter pilot

A day after committing a pair of decisions that would have been characterized as “boners” pack in the day when they weren’t just a thing in your pants, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was on the defensive trying to justify his actions against the Bulls late in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Decision 1 was attempting to call a timeout he did not have,...
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Bill Simmons, we’re offering you a job (again)

Back in September, ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for being honest about Roger Goodell (or for challenging his employers to suspend him) and we thought he got a raw deal. After all, he was just being a provocative voice about a sports-related topic, you know, the exact job he was hired to do. At that time we offered Mr. Simmons a sweet deal: a job at Rumors and Rants. Now that it has...
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Manny Pacquiao has shoulder surgery

After their mega-fight Saturday night, we found out that Manny Pacquiao entered the ring against Floyd Mayweather with a severely torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. While the fact that the Filipino slugger wasn’t 100 percent healthy may not have altered the outcome of the fight, it almost certainly changed how it was contested. On Wednesday, Dr. Neal ElAttrache informed...
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Stephen Strasburg is hurt again

On Tuesday night, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left his start after just three innings thanks to a shoulder injury. Strasburg appeared to be in some discomfort starting in the first inning, but continued to pitch before leaving early. It is yet another set back for a guy who seems to always be getting injured. Strasburg is set to see a chiropractor on...
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KYLE FARNSWORTH IS PLAYING FOOTBALL

  Some of us take a bit longer than others to find our true calling in life. Perhaps Kyle Farnsworth fits that bill. Farnsworth, who spent 16 years in the Major Leagues pitching for 11 teams — 10 if you count his two separate stints with the Braves as one team, but much like Grover Cleveland’s presidencies we are counting them as different entities — has done so in his retirement...
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Brewers fire Ron Roenicke — Who’s Next?

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was rewarded for his team’s first series win this season by getting fired on Sunday night. Of course, when you’re winning your first series of the season in May, it should be no mystery as to why you’re getting canned. Milwaukee has the worst record in the Majors through 25 games at 7-18, but GM Doug Melvin said that last season’s tumble...
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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Live blog!

It’s finally here. The “Fight of the Century” is upon us, as Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will step in the ring tonight after a five-year wait. They will battle for the title of best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the best boxer of their generation at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. We will be live blogging all the action starting...
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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Celebrities and experts make their picks

The “Fight of the Century” is almost upon us. Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the two greatest fighters of their generation will step into a ring and finally settle their long-simmering feud. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will give us the fight we’ve been begging for and it should be one heck of a show. Everyone seems to be focused on this fight, it has...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: Full card preview

The WBA, WBC and WBO welterweight titles are on the line this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, as the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is finally here after years of waiting. The 12-round championship bout will be co-broadcast by Showtime and HBO on pay-per-view with an undercard that features a mix of undefeated pugilists...
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Reports: Eagles trying desperately to move up to No. 2

As we sit a few hours from the start of the 2015 NFL Draft the rumors are flying too quickly even keep up with. But one story that just won’t go away and has intensified as the day has gone on, is that the Philadelphia Eagles are trying desperately to move up in the draft in order to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. We have all known that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly loves...
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San Diego Chargers have told Philip Rivers he won’t be traded

Well we can finally put this rumor to rest. On Thursday multiple media outlets reported that the San Diego Chargers have informed Philip Rivers that he will not be traded. While the Chargers had met with Rivers’ agent and claimed that they did not want to move him and that they were committed to working out a long-term contract extension with the quarterback, this is bigger news...
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Kevin Love has surgery, is out four to six months

Most saw this coming when Kevin Love was injured in Game 4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ series against the Boston Celtics. On Wednesday, Love had surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder and he is expected to miss the next four to six months. This is a huge blow for the Cavs, who are trying to win their first NBA title this season and had a lot riding on Love as part of that...
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Rockets dead horse emoji doesn’t go over so well

Sports teams try to use Twitter as a way to be edgy and funny since younger fans tend to use that medium, and it’s old peoples understanding that young people enjoy things that are edgy and funny. Some teams, the Los Angeles Kings and Atlanta Hawks being among the most notable, have done this quite well over the past couple years. The Houston Rockets saw their attempt at Seth...
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