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WATCH: Islanders score seven third-period goals on Canucks

When the douchiest team in hockey (Vancouver) added the douchiest coach in hockey (John Tortorella) this offseason, it looked like a match made in the type of heaven you wouldn’t want to spend any time in. Alas, it has not turned out that way, and on Monday night the Torts in Vancouver show reached its nadir as the Canucks allowed seven (7!!!!!) third-period goals to the New York...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears likely to sign Michael Bennett

The Chicago Bears have identified their top target in free agency and they aren’t being shy about it. The team has targeted former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, and could be close to signing him. Bennett’s brother, Martellus, is a tight end for the Bears and is helping the team lure his brother to the Midwest. Additionally, Bears general manager Phil Emery has...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota lawmaker makes baseless NBA crime claim

People say the media has a liberal bias, but I personally respect the hell out of hard-core Republicans. They stay true to their guns both literally and figuratively. This especially seems to be the case when it comes to matters that can involve thinly-veiled references to race and totally unverifiable statistical analysis. Enter Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo into that...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Steve Nash says he'll retire if he's released by Lakers

Steve Nash has spent most of his two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers sidelined by leg and back injuries. Many feel he should just retire, but Nash claims he’s fully committed to playing in 2014-15 and finishing out the final year of his contract. While the Lakers currently claim they plan on having him back next year, they could waive him under the “stretch provision” to...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs add Theodore Roosevelt Lilly to front office

We’re not ones to mix our presidential metaphors, but it is beginning to look like a Cubs World Series title is (manifest) destiny. See, the last time the Cubs were the kings of the baseball world, Theodore Roosevelt was in office. And after a century of tinkering (hidden Cub pun!) with various failed measures like a College of Coaches and back-t0-back-to-back  first-round picks...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Johan Santana signs with the Baltimore Orioles

After a year on the sidelines, two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. Santana is coming off major shoulder surgery and no one knows what he will actually offer the Orioles, but now he’s on board and it will be interesting to see how they use him. While you may be more interested in MLB betting odds, the fact is Santana’s return...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning fully cleared for 2014 after undergoing neck exam

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning got the green light to continue his playing career on Monday after a thorough exam on his surgically repaired neck. Manning’s future was potentially in doubt based on the examination, but his annual checkup showed that there are no structural issues and he is free to resume playing football. The Denver Post is reporting that all is well...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Lionel Messi’s sick free kick vs. Almeria

We’re far beyond needing to come up with adjectives to describe just how good Argentina’s Lionel Messi is at soccer. The man is amazing and on Sunday he showed that again. With Messi’s FC Barcelona up 1-0 over Almeria, he stepped over the ball in the 24th minute for a free kick. He then unleashed one of the best highlights of the year so far. Messi ripped the ball with his...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Court-storming turns ugly after Utah Valley-New Mexico St.

It was as inevitable as an invasion of Russia in winter ending badly: some day, an innocuous court-storming would turn ugly with a player-fan incident. Thursday was that day, and Orem, Utah was the unlikely site. Utah Valley topped New Mexico State 66-61 in an overtime thriller Thursday night. Utah Valley stayed on top of the WAC with the win, but that news took a backseat to what...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Person close to SDSU RB Adam Muema doesn’t know where he is

San Diego State running back Adam Muema made headlines on Sunday after he left the NFL Scouting Combine without working out. Muema claimed that God told him that if he left, he would wind up playing for the Seattle Seahawks. Now, a person close to Muema claims he has no idea where the 21-year-old is. Lou Farrar – Muema’s former high school football coach – is apparently concerned...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Ozzie Smith and Bud try to make Opening Day a holiday

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith has teamed up with Bud — as in Budweiser, not Bud Selig — in an attempt to make baseball’s Opening Day an official national holiday. The two St. Louis institutions have teamed up to start a petition with the White House’s “We the People” web program. If 100,000 signatures are collected within 30 days, the petition would be reviewed by...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Miami Dolphins will go after Jim Harbaugh next season

It’s been a tumultuous offseason for the San Francisco 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh, and things just got a whole lot more interesting. After reports have gone public that Harbaugh was almost traded to the Cleveland Browns and that he and 49ers general manager Trent Baalke are barely speaking, now we have word that the Miami Dolphins will almost certainly go after him next...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Mikaela Shiffrin sets big goals for 2018 Winter Olympics

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin lived up to her billing Friday evening in Sochi as she smashed the competition to become the youngest slalom gold medalist in Olympic history. The 18-year-old didn’t waste any time laying out an ambitious plan for her trip to the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Shiffrin told reporters that she is dreaming of doing the unprecedented and...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bret Bielema cites player's death as reason to stop no-huddle offenses

One of the most controversial proposed rule changes in college football this offseason is the one stating that offenses should be penalized for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have run off the play clock, as this is not enough time for defenses to run substitutions on the field. It is naturally being pushed by coaches such as Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Alabama’s Nick Saban...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ashley Wagner reacts hilariously again to low score

It’s official, we love Ashley Wagner. The 22-year-old American figure skater is the queen of fantastic reaction faces and she did it again on Wednesday. After receiving a low score for a near-flawless short program in the team competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wagner gave us a priceless reaction. After her short program for the singles competition on Wednesday she once again...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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
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