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Here’s some rain for the Kris Bryant call-up celebration parade

Much-ballyhooed prospect Kris Bryant is receiving his big-league call-up from the Cubs on Friday. Bryant is so ballyhooed, in fact, that he is making people remember that ballyhooed is a word. The arrival of arguably the most hyped prospect since Bryce Harper is a cause for celebration on the North Side. Cub haters, which is to say White Sox fans who need a life, which is to say...
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2015 NBA Draft early entries list

The 2014 NBA Draft is still months away, but with the college basketball season over we’re starting to get a look and what this year’s draft class will look like. Below is an updated list of early entrants who have declared themselves available for this year’s draft, which will take place on June 26 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The list includes international players...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sources: Philip Rivers would rather retire than play in L.A.

As the San Diego Chargers continue to do their due diligence on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a new reality has emerged for the franchise. We have been told exclusively by two sources inside Chargers headquarters that quarterback Philip Rivers has not been shy in telling people he would rather retire than move to Los Angeles with the team. We have been told that the actual city...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers off to historically torrid start

For Detroit Tigers fans of a certain age, a fast start to the regular season is nothing new.  In 1984 the Motor City Kitties rocketed out to a 35-5 record through the first 40 games, a feat which has never been duplicated. It is unlikely a team is soon going to duplicate that feat, but this year’s Tigers are certainly looking capable of matching that season’s total of 104 wins...
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Jahlil Okafor will enter 2015 NBA Draft

Well that didn’t take long. Just a few days after leading the Duke Blue Devils to an NCAA title, freshman center Jahlil Okafor has announced he will enter the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-11 All-American announced his intentions on Thursday and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski referred to it as a “great decision.” Okafor had a phenomenal freshman season and most see him as one...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bucs owners will have final say on top pick

It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t as settled on who they will select with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft as we thought. While the team has appeared to be set on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the top pick in the draft, but a report on Thursday seems to show that isn’t a lock. Additionally, it would appear that the final say on who the team selects...
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Pacquiao motivated by Mayweather’s history of domestic violence

I don’t think Manny Pacquiao needs any extra motivation for a win over Floyd Mayweather, but he has apparently found it in Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will face Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) on May 2 in Las Vegas, and the title of “best fighter of this generation” will be on the line. But according to Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Scumbag Dave Bliss hired to coach NAIA hoops program

In the case of Southwestern Christian University, Bliss is ignorance. The NAIA school in Oklahoma that no one has ever heard of prior to today accomplished its goal of changing that by hiring the 71-year-old former Baylor coach, who is perhaps the worst scumbag ever produced by an industry teeming with them. Bliss last coached at Baylor in 2003 before stepping down in one of the...
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How Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall both made right choice

The coaching darlings of the mid-major basketball world, Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall, both made very different decisions about their futures this week. Smart decided to finally make the jump from Virginia Commonwealth to Texas, while Marshall passed up Alabama’s big money for a raise from Wichita State. Both made the right choice. And here’s why. For Marshall, the decision...
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USC AD Pat Haden to boycott NCAA meeting in Indiana

USC athletic director Pat Haden has become the first NCAA official to publicly boycott Indiana over its controversial “religious freedom” bill. Haden, a member of the College Football Playoff committee, will not attend this week’s meeting in Indianapolis as a protest against the law. The NCAA’s headquarters are are in Indianapolis and the city will also host the Final Four...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Big East Goes Back to the Future

A pair of Big East programs that were national powers in the 1980s announced their new coaches on Sunday, though both left people scratching their heads for different reasons. St. John’s is turning to the most prominent name in program history, while DePaul will turn to… a name in program history. Chris Mullin, a long-time flattop aficionado and member of the last St. John...
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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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23 days ago  |  Discuss

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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24 days ago  |  Discuss

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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25 days ago  |  Discuss

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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26 days ago  |  Discuss

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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29 days ago  |  Discuss

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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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

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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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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