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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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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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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May 01, 2015  |  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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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

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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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

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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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Chargers intent on keeping Philip Rivers

Whether or not the San Diego Chargers look to move on from the Philip Rivers era has been one of the biggest stories of the NFL’s offseason. With the 2015 NFL Draft just a few days away, we may finally have an answer for what San Diego plans to do. A report on Tuesday from Mike Garafolo claims that the Bolts are intent on keeping Rivers and working on a long-term contract extension...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NBA Draft final early entries list

The deadline for underclassmen to make themselves eligible for the 2015 NBA Draft has passed and now we know what this year’s class will look like. A whopping 44 collegiate players gave up further eligibility to enter this year’s draft and that comes on top of the seniors already eligible and a stout crop of international players. Below you will find the full and final list of...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Chargers, Eagles trying to land Mariota

A report on Thursday afternoon claims that both the San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles are attempting to maneuver into position to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline claims that both teams are attempting to move up for Mariota, but that they may have to work out a three-way deal that involves the Cleveland Browns to make it happen...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant off to strong start in first week

Last Friday, Kris Bryant made the most hyped debut in Major League Baseball since pitcher Stephen Strasburg was called up by the Nationals in 2010. (Must be something about playing your college ball in San Diego). From an offensive standpoint, Bryant’s first game was a flop — he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. But now that the MLB Network live look-ins for every at-bat have...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

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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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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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April 15, 2015  |  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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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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