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Rockies send champagne to playoff-clinching Pirates’ clubhouse (pic)

The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched a spot in Major League Baseball’s postseason for the third consecutive season courtesy of Wednesday’s 13-7 win over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. And the home team, mired in a horrible losing season, did its best to assist the Pirates in celebrating the playoff berth. When the Pirates returned to the the visitor’s clubhouse following...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pope’s visit inspires Super Bowl prayer from Eagles fan

Pope Francis’ celebrated tour to the United States obviously has generated an astounding amount of interest, but one Philadelphia Eagles fan sought to capitalize on the pontiff’s visit to the City of Brotherly Love by beseeching divine intervention on behalf of the city’s NFL team. In celebration of the Pope’s visit to Philly for the World Meeting of Families, a “Knotted...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Zimmer on charge Vikings play dirty: ‘That doesn’t bother me’

Mike Zimmer barely registered a reaction when asked about accusations leveled by Detroit Lions receiver Golden Tate that the Minnesota Vikings are a dirty team. “That doesn’t bother me,” said the nonplussed Vikings head coach, via the Star Tribune. “I know what kind of team we are. We’re not dirty.” Tate charged Minnesota with dirty play in the wake of Detroit’s...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Suh mum on freelancing report, says it’s been addressed

Reports emerging in the wake of the inauspicious start to Ndamukong Suh’s Miami Dolphins career is that the high-priced, free agent signee has been ignoring the plays called and instead has opted to do a little freelancing. The defensive lineman, who signed a six-year, $114 million contract in the offseason, was mostly mum on the accusations when confronted by the media, instead...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Rory McIlroy doesn't care about $10 million FedEx Cup payout

Rory McIlroy was just being honest, but his comments about how the $10 million payout that goes with winning the FedEx Cup wouldn’t mean that much to him at this point in his extremely profitable pro golf career likely will rub some people the wrong way. McIlroy, the world’s No. 2 player, said he wants to win the FedEx Cup at the Tour Championship this week, but the payoff...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle-area teacher won't let five-year old wear Broncos dress

A Seattle-area teacher has whipped up a controversy after she informed a five-year-old student that she wasn’t allowed to wear a Denver Broncos dress on the school’s “Blue Friday.” The students at the elementary school, located in Tacoma, Wash., typically wear uniforms but the themed Friday allows them to wear whatever they want, at least in theory. But Zyliah, the youngster...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder GM Sam Presti: Kevin Durant fully cleared for training camp

Oklahoma City Thunder fans — and arguably NBA fans as a whole — have reason to be encouraged about the upcoming season after Sam Presti announced Kevin Durant has been “cleared to participate” fully in training camp. “In terms of limitations, he does not have any,” Presti told the assembled media, via NewsOK.com’s Anthony Slater, who live-tweeted the event via his...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz says his dream job is ‘porn star’ in hilarious questionnaire

David Ortiz is one of the most provocative and engaging personalities in baseball, so it should come as no surprise that when the Boston Red Sox slugger was asked to do a fill-in-the-bank questionnaire by The Players’ Tribune, his responses were enlightening, interesting and … hilarious. The piece, entitled, “What the (Blank),” asked Ortiz to fill in his answer to a handful...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly surly with media over questions about poor play, QB

Chip Kelly may be starting to feel the pressure over the suspicion that his grand mad scientist experiment is collapsing under the weight of its own hype if his standoffish and surly demeanor with the media is any indication. The Philadelphia Eagles head coach was surly, churlish and sarcastic during a conference call Wednesday with the New York media ahead of his team’s showdown...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

XFL legend ‘He Hate Me’ resurfaces, again explains fantastic moniker

While putting forth its best effort to be a unique and unconventional alternative to the NFL, the XFL obviously turned out to be a total bust, lasting only one season in 2001. But the Vince McMahon-created spawn of professional football did deliver some interesting moments and at least one fascinating character: Rod Smart, otherwise known by his absolutely bizarre moniker “He...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings installing lactation pods at stadium for nursing moms

The Minnesota Vikings announced that the team will install “lactation pods” at TCF Bank Stadium — the team’s temporary home — and will do the same at its upcoming new stadium to help make the gameday experience more comfortable for breastfeeding mothers. From the Vikings, via the Star Tribune: The Vikings will install four Mamava suites; two will reside in the Vikings...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon transforms Wrigley Field into petting zoo (photos)

Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was known to bring animals into the clubhouse during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays, one of many examples how how he implements unorthodox methods to motivate his players — but how he transformed Wrigley Field into an actual petting zoo is off the charts. Maddon has a bevy of creatures great and small brought onto the field before Monday’s...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins zings Rex Ryan in compliment to Jets

The Philadelphia Eagles are in complete free fall mode at 0-2 and in order to avoid an 0-3 hole that most certainly would sink their season, the team faces the daunting task of heading to East Rutherford, N.J., to face an undefeated New York Jets team. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins understands the formidable challenge that faces the team Sunday at MetLife Stadium, one made all...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: LeBron won’t base his future with Cavs on Thompson

Sources close to LeBron James say that the Cavaliers star won’t base his future in Cleveland on whether or not Tristan Thompson remains with the team. James also reportedly won’t wield his considerable power and exert excess force upon the Cavs organization to get a deal done with the 24-year-old power forward. Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Varndon writes in a report...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Cam Newton to host, produce Nickelodeon ‘docu-series’

Cam Newton will make a foray into the world of television as it is being reported that the Carolina Panthers superstar quarterback has been attached as host and executive producer of a “new adventure-filled docu-series” slated to air in 2016 on Nickelodeon. Entitled, “I Wanna Be,” the show reportedly has been green-lighted for a 20-series season. The partnership between...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Beating of Vikings fan may cost 49ers fans booze after halftime

At least two Santa Clara city council members are considering a proposal that would ban the sale of alcoholic beverages at Levi’s Stadium after halftime in the wake of a beating of Minnesota Vikings fan following a San Francisco 49ers victory last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Video of the attack went viral that showed several 49ers fans punching and kicking a Vikings...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Marshall rocks ridiculous suit after win over Colts (pics)

New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a monster game in Monday’s 20-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts, catching seven balls for 101 yards and a touchdown. But he saved his best showing for after the game. The wide receiver was dressed to the nines for a postgame appearance with ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” crew … but that’s perhaps on a scale of 100, depending...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Payton on Saints’ struggles: Clark Kent’s not walking in door

The New Orleans Saints received a bit of good news when it was revealed that Drew Brees was diagnosed with only a bruised rotator cuff, not a more severe injury, and may even be able to play in Sunday’s showdown with the Carolina Panthers. But Brees’ availability is only putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound, says Saints head coach Sean Payton, as he pointed out the team faces...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Anonymous NFL coach: Jets are better without Geno Smith

Ryan Fitzpatrick has led the New York Jets to an arguably surprising 2-0 record, and while his play may not be as flashy — but certainly more consistent than what the team gets from Geno Smith — it has led one anonymous NFL coach to suggest that the team is far better off without the presumed starting quarterback returning to that role. The New York Post‘s Brian Costello...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Bowles lets Jets wear sweats on plane after beating Colts

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles honored his pregame promise and allowed players to go super casual as it relates to the expected dress code for the team flight back home after a 20-7 dismantling of the Indianapolis Colts on “Monday Night Football.” “Sweats on the plane,” Bowles said during a postgame locker room speech, eliciting hoots and hollers from the players...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Jones on Brandon Weeden: ‘You won’t see a more gifted passer’

Jerry Jones on Tuesday did his best to put a positive spin on Tony Romo’s expected lengthy absence by glowingly singing the praises of Brandon Weeden. The Dallas Cowboys owner, never one to shun hyperbole, arguably went above and beyond in touting the skills of Weeden, who is expected to be starting under center for up to the next eight weeks as Romo recovers from a fractured...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

World Series ball raises $30K for batboy Kaiser Carlile’s memorial

The generosity of one man through his donation of an autographed World Series baseball has helped raise $30,000 to raise funds for the creation of a memorial statue in honor of Kaiser Carlile, the nine-year-old batboy who tragically died after being accidentally struck by a bat during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kan., in August. Carlile, the beloved...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals fans can win season tickets by hitting home run

The Washington Nationals have announced a “Swing For Your Seats” promotion where fans renewing a season ticket plan for 2016 can get their seats for free … if they can somehow manage to hit a home run at Nationals Park. All fans have to do is re-up their season tickets before Oct. 15 and they are eligible to sign up for the chance to hit a very profitable dinger. The...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says AC/DC ‘totally messed up’ infield at Wrigley

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes a recent concert by legendary rockers AC/DC has caused significant damage to the playing surface at Wrigley Field, saying, “we’ve had a little bit of trouble,” since the show last week. “I don’t know if they [the band] were out there taking ground balls in 9-inch heels,” Maddon said following Monday’s 9-5 win over the Milwaukee...
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September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Jimmy Graham frustrated with role in Seattle

The Seattle Seahawks obviously have bigger fish to fry after dropping to 0-2 following a 27-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, but perhaps a source of the team’s early season failings has something to do with how Jimmy Graham is being underutilized on the offensive side of the ball. And now there is a strong suspicion that the lack of involvement is causing the...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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