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Miami Marlins Already Trying to Dump Carlos Lee

Back on July 4, the Miami Marlins acquired Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor leaguers Matt Dominguez and Rob Rassmussen. Less than a month later, it appears the Marlins are doing whatever they can to ship Lee out of town. Reports have surfaced that leading up to baseball’s trade deadline, Miami had a deal in place to ship Lee to the New York Yankees in exchange...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns Sell For Over $1 Billion

It makes sense that Jimmy Haslam is the new owner of the Cleveland Browns. Haslam made his fortune in truck stops, so he’s already accustomed to everyone crapping all over his product. The price Haslam paid for the Browns was a little more eye-opening. According to ESPN, Haslam is plunking down more than $1 billion for the most bumbling, incompetent and generally slap-assed franchise...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Leryn Franco Pictures: Best of the Paraguayan Olympian

If you don’t know who Leryn Franco is by now, you’ve probably been living on another planet. If so, that’s amazing how the hell did you manage that? But in case you’ve somehow missed out on learning about one of the world’s hottest Olympians, here’s a little bit of background on the lovely Leryn. She’s a 30-year-old javelin thrower from Paraguay and she also happens...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Floyd Mayweather to Be Released From Jail on Friday

Floyd Mayweather has been behind bars since he surrendered to authorities on June 1 after pleading guilty in December to misdemeanor domestic violence charges. The 35-year-old boxing champion is reportedly due to be released from the Clark County Detention Center on Friday after being given time off for good behavior. The current WBC welterweight champion was scheduled to spend...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Cubs Hitting Streak Continues

Everyone knows the Chicago Cubs own the most embarrassing streak in pro sports — 104 years without a championship and counting. But it is not until nights like Tuesday that we are reminded the Cubs also own the coolest streak in pro sports — 7,441 consecutive games with a hit and counting. That streak looked to be in jeopardy as Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett took a no-hitter...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Joba Chamberlain Activated From Disabled List

The New York Yankees activated reliever Joba Chamberlain from the disabled list on Tuesday more than a year after his last appearance in the major leagues. The 26-year-old was rehabbing with Double-A Trenton and not expected back with the Yankees for at least a few more weeks. But when the Yankees traded fellow reliever Chad Qualls to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday in exchange...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Brit Gymnasts Snap Skid; Offer Hope

There is hope, Cubs fans. And not just because Geovany Soto was traded for something more valuable than a bag of weed. This hope comes from a bunch of Brits wearing leotards. Another group that has gone quite a long time without winning anything ended its own streak of futility on Monday as Great Britain’s men’s gymnastics team medaled for the first time since 1912 in winning...
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July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Rumors: Josh Beckett on the Block?

As Tuesday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly fielding calls for starting pitcher Josh Beckett. The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have been in contact with the Red Sox about Beckett, but the team has actually been aggressively shopping the 32-year-old to several teams. Beckett is owed $31.5 million over the next two seasons...
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July 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Rumors: Team Willing To Deal Anyone and Everyone

The Houston Astros have already unloaded Carlos Lee, Brett Myers, Brandon Lyon and Wandy Rodriguez, but that doesn’t mean they are done selling. In fact, according to reports, Houston is willing to part with virtually anyone on its roster. Though the club isn’t really interested in moving diminutive second baseman Jose Altuve, the rest of the squad is definitely in play. Altuve...
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July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Most Glorious Day For North Korea

In an effort to make some extra dough at Rumors and Rants, we’ve decided to make a foray into public relations writing. Our first client is the People’s Republic of Korea. Wednesday mark a great day in the most glorious history of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea! In greatest athletic feat since Beloved and Exalted Leader Kim Jong-Il shot a record 34 on the golf course...
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July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies: Cliff Lee Now on the Trading Block

The Philadelphia Phillies made big news on Wednesday by locking up Cole Hamels with a six-year, $144 million contract. While the deal gives both Hamels and the Phillies security long-term, Philadelphia still appears to be in sell-mode. That means fellow starting pitcher Cliff Lee could be on his way out of town. The Phillies are currently listening to offers for outfielders Shane...
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July 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Lolo Jones Pictures: Best of the 2012 Olympian

Lolo Jones has become increasingly popular over the past few months and it’s not hard to see why. The 29-year-old hurdler will be in her second Olympics, after finishing a disappointing seventh-place finish in 2008 at Beijing. Jones was pulling away from the pack four years ago when she clipped the ninth hurdle and fell. Jones has also blown up on Twitter, especially after her...
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July 26, 2012  |  Discuss
COMING TO LA

Dodgers acquire Hanley Ramirez

The Dodgers reportedly pulled the trigger on a major deal that would land them Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins.

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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Rumors: Miami Marlins Ace Josh Johnson on the Move?

The Miami Marlins are in full-on sell mode right now and they aren’t done moving pieces. After shipping Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers, we have been told the Marlins are ready to start listening to offers for ace starting pitcher Josh Johnson. The Marlins have been terribly disappointing this year, as they currently have a 45-52 record and sit 12.5 games...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss
SOLER POWER

Cubs prospect goes deep in pro debut

So that’s what $30 million sounds like. Chicago Cubs super prospect Jorge Soler made his professional debut Sunday night for the AZL Cubs. It went well. Soler, 20, went 2-for-4 with a 2-run blast. The sound of the ball coming off the bat is music to my ears. Not bad for his second plate appearance. In Theo we trust. Video courtesy of Cubs Den.
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July 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Patterson to Miss Training Camp

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been ruled out of training camp this summer and possibly longer because the incision where he had brain surgery in January hasn’t fully healed. Patterson was diagnosed with a brain malformation last August after he suffered a seizure during a training camp practice. The 28-year-old defensive tackle underwent surgery in January...
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July 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: Jordan Hill to Return to Team

One of the many moves the Los Angeles Lakers have been pursuing this offseason was re-signing free agent forward Jordan Hill. According to Hill’s agent, the 24-year-old will be back with the Lakers next season after agreeing to a two-year, $8 million contract. Hill came to Los Angeles at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Derek Fisher to the Houston Rockets. He played in just...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Make Offer For Ryan Dempster

The Los Angeles Dodgers have fallen behind in the National League West race and are now desperately trying to right the ship. With that in mind they have officially made an offer to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Ryan Dempster. The Dodgers have long been considered the front-runners for Dempster, but now the two sides have exchanged offers. Additionally, the Cubs would like to...
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July 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies, Cole Hamels Talking Long-Term Deal

For most of the season it was assumed that the Philadelphia Phillies would trade left-hander Cole Hamels at some point, since the three-time All-Star will hit free agency when the year is over. The conventional wisdom was that the Phillies couldn’t afford to be competitive for him money-wise because of the other financial commitments on their ledger. Now all of that has changed...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer: Arizona Diamondbacks Send Pitcher Back to Minors

Trevor Bauer’s first tour of duty in the big leagues is officially over as the Arizona Diamondbacks shipped the 21-year-old right-hander back to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday. The move came a day after the worst of Bauer’s four starts in the majors. On Tuesday night he lasted only three innings in a 4-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. He walked five, threw two wild pitches, had an...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Denver Nuggets Give JaVale McGee Four-Year, $44 Million Contract

JaVale McGee has become one of the more…interesting players in the NBA, and last year he became a huge part of of the Denver Nuggets late last season. Well, now McGee will be a significant part of the team for the future as well, as he agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract with the Nuggets on Wednesday. The 24-year-old 7-footer averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.16...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Rumors: Carl Crawford Being Shopped

Carl Crawford finally came off the disabled list on Monday, so obviously now is the time to trade him, right? Apparently that’s what the Boston Red Sox are thinking. Major league sources have told FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal that Boston is aggressively shopping Crawford around the league and has been in contact with multiple teams concerning a shop. While Red Sox general manager...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State to Respond to NCAA Request “Within Days”

Penn State said Tuesday that it plans to respond quickly to the NCAA’s demand for information concerning the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. The university says it will respond to the NCAA “within days” as the organization decides whether or not to levy penalties against the school. The NCAA is in the process of deciding whether Penn State had a lack of institutional control...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Fans Give Kevin Youkilis Standing Ovation

Kevin Youkilis was back at Fenway Park for the first time as an opposing player yesterday, but Boston’s fans gave the former Red Sox a wonderful tribute. As the fan-favorite and former Red Sox stepped into the batters box for his first plate appearance, the Boston faithful gave him a standing ovation and serenaded him with chants of “Youk.” He stepped out of the box and tipped...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss
PAY THE MAN!

Ravens re-up Rice with five-year deal

On the same day the Bears finally gave Matt Forte a new deal, the Ravens went and did the same for their franchise back. 

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July 16, 2012  |  Discuss
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