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Blake Bortles reportedly to throw at NFL Scouting Combine

In what came as a bit of a surprise on Tuesday, NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reported that Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles will throw at the NFL’s scouting combine. Typically the top group of quarterbacks all sit out the throwing portion of the combine, but Bortles is clearly confident he can wow scouts with his arm. Bortles is almost universally regarded as one of...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Russian baby joins bobsled celebration

You can’t say they don’t take their bobsledding seriously in Russia. Or at least the guy who will probably receive a sharp reprimand from his wife if she ever sees this blog post certainly does. There was a raucous celebration from the home crowd at the Sanki Sliding Center Monday night as Alexander Zubkov and Alexei Voevoda blew away the rest of the two-man bobsled field to...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Anastasia Ashley Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Pictures

If you don't know who Anastasia Ashley is by now you just haven't been paying attention. Ashley is a 27-year-old American professional surfer and model who gained worldwide fame for her, shall we say, unorthodox warm-up routine. Now Ashley will be gracing the pages of the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and we've got all the pictures just for you after the jump (click...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Augusta National removes famed Eisenhower Tree after ice storm

The Eisenhower Tree is one of the most famous obstacles in all of golf, and now the famed tree on the 17th hole at Augusta National is no more. On Sunday the club announced that the tree had suffered so much damage as a result of last week’s ice storm in the area that it had to be removed. There was apparently no significant damage to the rest of the course, but the tree that even...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

U.S. speedskaters to go back to old suits

The United States speedskating team was expected to bring home a slew of medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics, but so far the squad’s performance in Sochi has been brutal. Late this week it emerged that the Americans’ new high-tech Under Armour suits could be the problem. Now the team will go back to using old suits – which were also made by Under Armour – in an effort to improve...
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February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet Gracie Gold: America's best hope for a figure skating medal

Regardless of how you feel about figure skating, it’s one of the most popular events of the Winter Olympics. And the “Ladies’ singles” event is always the highlight of the competition. With the American men unlikely to medal, the United States’ best chance for an individual spot on the podium is 18-year-old Gracie Gold. The Americans finished third in the team event and...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cross country skiing races can feature spectacular crashes?

Cross country skiing is not the easiest sell for American audiences. For starters, we’re not very good at it, so unless you’re into Scandinavian success stories there isn’t much rooting interest. And then there’s the sport itself — a bunch of people skiing, but not really quickly down a giant hill. There are more exciting things out there, such as just about anything you...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet Mikaela Shiffrin, America’s 18-year-old slalom prodigy

When experts talk about Mikaela Shiffrin they almost always compare her to fellow American skier Lindsey Vonn. While that’s an easy comparison to make, it’s also lazy. Shiffrin is a lot more like American swimmer Missy Franklin, which shouldn’t be surprising since Shiffrin cites Franklin as one of her heroes. If you haven’t heard of Ms. Shiffrin just wait a week because you...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

How Michael Sam made Jason Collins matter

When everyone made a tremendous to-do about NBA player Jason Collins coming out of the closet last year, my reaction was more along the lines of “whoop-de-doo.” And not for the reasons you are probably assuming. From my perspective, Collins was not all that different from John Amaechi, another basketball player who came out after his career was over. While Collins was still technically...
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February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Ashley Wagner reacts to low score in hilarious fashion

On Saturday night, American figure skater Ashley Wagner turned in a really nice performance during her short program as a part of the sport’s new team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Wagner impressed the crowd, her teammates and herself, as she was clearly happy with her performance. Apparently the judges didn’t agree. Wagner received a 63.10, placing her fourth among the...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Heidi Kloser marches in Opening Ceremony on crutches

U.S. skier Heidi Kloser had her 2014 Winter Olympics end before they started after she suffered a horrific injury during a practice run on Thursday. Despite that, Kloser didn’t miss out on marching with fellow American athletes during the Opening Ceremony in Sochi Friday night. In a touching display of defiance and heart, Kloser opted to walk into the Olympic Stadium on crutches...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Recruit signed with three schools on National Signing Day

One story kind of slipped through the cracks during all the National Signing Day hoopla on Wednesday, and it’s a pretty great one. Florida athlete Dacorius “D.J.” Law got so excited about signing with a college that he decided to send in his Letter of Intent … to three different schools. Law had an announcement at his school that was a little confusing, then his mother signed...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Kyrie Irving benched in bizarre loss to Lakers

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was benched on Wednesday night during a crazy loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleveland head coach Mike Brown sat his franchise player and his team looked incredibly disjointed against a depleted Lakers team. Irving played 28 minutes and scored 11 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field. The 21-year-old added six rebounds, four assists...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Wichita State vs. Indiana State – Upset level: DEFCON 2

It is not often that an undefeated, top 5 men’s basketball team strolls into Terre Haute, Indiana, for a Missouri Valley Conference game. OK, so it has never happened. But tonight, Indiana State (17-5) has a chance to pull off what would surely be one of the biggest wins in the history of its program if the Sycamores can squeak past No. 4 Wichita State (23-0). “This is the highest...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Jared Lorenzen is back and better (i.e., fatter) than ever

When the Super Bowl ended, most of us assumed our football hopes and dreams would have to wait until this fall to be renewed. (Or, in this year’s case, when the Super Bowl started). But Jared Lorenzen will not let our football hunger pangs go unfed. You remember Lorenzen, the former Kentucky standout who remains the only SEC and NFL quarterback to make JaMarcus Russell look like...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Broncos not expected to re-sign Knowshon Moreno?

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno finally broke out with a career-year in 2013 after struggling to make a mark during his first four NFL campaigns. While his career took off this season, the 26-year-old Georgia product could be playing his final game with the Broncos this Sunday at Super Bowl XLVIII. Moreno will be a free agent this offseason, and the Broncos reportedly...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Lakers: Kobe Bryant out at least another three weeks

Any possibility of Kobe Bryant returning soon has been completely tossed out the window. On Tuesday the Lakers announced that their star guard will be out at least another month, as he continues to recover from a knee injury. Bryant was examined on Tuesday and still has pain and swelling in his left knee, in which he suffered a fracture of the tibial plateau on December 17. Previously...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Mexican skiier to don mariachi suit in Sochi

So, have you heard the one about the Mexican skiier who lives in Liechtenstein that will be wearing a mariachi suit as he heads down the slopes at this year’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia? There is no punchline here, because clearly we’d be going for a subset of people with really obscure senses of humor if that was the beginning of a joke. Prince Hubertus von Hohenlone will...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Richard Sherman fined for taunting during NFC Championship

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s outburst following the NFC Championship Game has gotten a ton of press this week, and he’s sure to get even more now. On Friday the NFL fined Sherman $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting during the final minute of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman was flagged for making a choking gesture towards San Francisco’s...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson has groin surgery, full recovery expected soon

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent surgery on his groin Thursday morning and is expected to be fully healthy in four to six weeks. This is the third straight offseason that Peterson has needed some kind of surgery. Following the 2013 season, Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia, and today’s procedure is considered far more minor than that. There...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Derek Carr shooting up draft boards at Senior Bowl

The Senior Bowl is often a chance for well-regarded college prospects to solidify themselves as first-rounders thanks to the absence of the true blue-chip guys. It is a chance for those second-tier guys to make an impression on all of the executives and scouts in attendance and really move up draft boards. Apparently, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr is doing just that this week...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Alexandra Daddario pictures: Best of the True Detective stunner

HBO’s new series True Detective has been an engrossing experience through the first two episodes. Both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaghey are incredible on it and have given outstanding, nuanced performances so far. But both men are taking a back seat to 27-year-old actress Alexandra Daddario, who give a sizzling performance in the second episode. Daddario is the talk of the...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Players want Alex Rodriguez kicked out of union

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will miss the entire 2014 season thanks to a 162-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. While that may seem like the worst news the 38-year-old could have gotten, things may have actually gone even further downhill for him. On Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reported that MLB player representatives “overwhelmingly agreed” that...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian teen makes Aussie Open semis — but is still embarrassed

Just as we should have been talking about Richard Sherman’s NFC title-clinching deflection, today we should be focused on the tennis prowess of 19-year-old Canadian tennis phenom Genie Bouchard. With a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 win over Ana Ivanovic, Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach the semifinal of a major since Patricia Hy-Boulais did it at the 1992 U.S. Open. But just like with...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Miami Dolphins players don’t respect coaching staff

To say it’s been a rough year for the Miami Dolphins as a franchise would be a huge understatement. Now a report has surfaced that could make things even worst for the Fins. The Miami Herald is reporting that the Dolphins’ players don’t have “great respect for the coaching staff” and that it is a universal feeling throughout the locker room. That is a damming assessment...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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