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Jonathan Vilma concerned about sharing locker room with gay teammate

Multiple NFL players spoke with Andrea Kremer in a recent interview about how they would feel about an openly homosexual teammate. “There’s such a stigma with gay and homosexuals within male sports,” London Fletcher, Washington Redskins linebacker, said during the session with Kremer. “It would be very difficult for that first person to come out.” Jonathan Vilma was one...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals give minor league deal to Pat Neshek

The St. Louis Cardinals have given relief pitcher Pat Nesek a minor league deal according to both Keith Olbermann and Derrick Goold. Neshek, 33, will also be invited to spring training where he will compete for a bullpen spot with the Cardinals. The sidearm tossing right hander spent last season with the Oakland Atheltics compiling a 3.35 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP over 40 1/3 innings of work.
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jack Del Rio given two-year extension by Broncos

The Denver Broncos have given defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio a two-year extension. Del Rio, 50, took over the defensive coordinator role of the Broncos in 2012. The deal should be finalized on Friday according to the Denver Post. “Jack did a nice job with our defense,” said John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations. “We had a lot of injuries...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cowboys to sign quarterback Mike Kafka on Friday

The Dallas Cowboys are set to sign veteran quarterback Mike Kafka. Kafka, 26, appeared in four games for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2011 regular season. The Cowboys do not have a need for Kafka, other than an arm to throw some footballs while Tony Romo rehabs. Look for the Cows to sign QB Mike Kafka on Fri, per source; they at least need a qb to get through the offseason...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Phoenix Racing changes name of team

Phoenix Racing is now a name of the past, as on Wednesday new team owner Harry Scott Jr. announced on Facebook that Phoenix Racing has been renamed ....  
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Kluwe outraged that Mike Priefer still has job with Vikings, threatens legal action

Mike Priefer was kept on the Minnesota Vikings staff by new coach Mike Zimmer and that is not setting well with former punter Chris Kluwe. “My one word description is ‘outrageous,’ ” Kluwe’s laywer Clayton Halunen said in an interview with the Pioneer Press. “It’s almost unimaginable that there’s a pending investigation regarding whether or not this guy engaged in...
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Irina Shayk posts topless photo of herself with Sochi Olympics gear

With all the problems to start the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi has gotten a bad name. Ah but a campaign to restore the games image is underway and has been spearheaded by Russian supermodel Irina Shayk with her Instagram account. Some may know the 28-year-old Shayk as the girlfriend of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. She’s obviously giving Julia Mancuso a run for her money. Gotta...
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Green Power Ranger challenges CM Punk to a MMA match

CM Punk’s future in the WWE is unknown. Will he return? Who knows…. there have been plenty of speculation that CM Punk would entertain some action in MMA if his body can handle it. Should CM Punk choose to go the MMA rout, one person who wants to fight him is Jason David Frank. No clue who David Frank is? Green Power Ranger. He’s now a professional MMA fighter and called CM...
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Jaguars still optimistic about Denard Robinson

Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America The Jacksonville Jaguars are “really optimistic” about running back Denard Robinson according to general manager David Caldwell. Robinson, 23, appeared in all 16 games for the Jaguars in 2013 but picked up just 20 carries for 66 yards and failed to find the endzone in his rookie season. Jaguars GM David Caldwell on RB Denard Robinson...
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Baltimore Orioles avoid arbitration, agree to deal with Matt Wieters

GI The Baltimore Orioles and Matt Wieters avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.7 million contract on Thursday. Matt Wieters settles with orioles for $7.7M, plus awards — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 7, 2014 The deal is “just above” the mid-point of what both sides were discussing last month. Wieters will also have the chance to earn more money through awards...
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Diamondbacks and Mark Trumbo avoid arbitration

Getty Images The Arizona Diamondbacks and Mark Trumbo have  avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.8 million contract. The news was reported Thursday evening. Trumbo, dbacks settle at $4.8M, bridging big gap — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 6, 2014 The 28 year old outfielder requested $5.85 million and was offered $3.4 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration...
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Seattle Mariners sign Fernando Rodney

The Seattle Mariners and reliever Fernando Rodney have agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract, according to Jonah Keri of Grantland. Source: #Mariners, Fernando Rodney agree on 2-year, $14 million contract. Could earn up to $15M with incentives. — Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) February 6, 2014 According to Keri, Rodney could earn up to $15 million with incentives Rodney, 36, ...
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Report: Marlins sign Carlos Marmol to deal

The Miami Marlins and reliever Carlos Marmol have agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, pending a physical according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Marmol, 31, is coming off a 4.41 ERA and 59/40 K/BB ratio over 49 innings last season between the Cubs and Dodgers. Marmol had played his entire career with the Cubs since his debut in 2006. For his career, Marmol is 23-32...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Duck Commander now title sponsor for NASCAR race at Texas

Duck Commander has signed a multi-year deal that will make them the title sponsor of the April NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Texas Motor Speedway for the next three years. Duck Commander is the company behind the popular Robertson family that stars in A&E’s hit television show, ‘Duck Dynasty.’ The April 6 race will be known as the Duck Commander 500. “Fans will see members...
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Kyle Shanahan praises Brian Hoyer, doesn’t announce him as Browns starter

getty images New Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he was a “big fan” of incumbent quarterback Brian Hoyer but stopped well short of naming him the teams starter. “I think Brian’s a very capable guy,” Shanahan said at his press conference, via ESPN. “Everyone’s looking for one of those top five guys. If you’re not one of those top five guys...
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Sochi Olympics Figure Skating Schedule, List of Medal Events

The 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia are upon us. Team USA takes the ice on Thursday, prior to the Opening Ceremony that will be televised on Friday evening. Competitions include, Short Program Men and Short Program Pairs. One athlete will represent each country in the events. Following days schedule is as follows. Thursday, Feb 6 Short Program Men begins at 10...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols is having a normal offseason

Source: Brian Bahr/Getty Images North America Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has enjoyed a “normal offseason” according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Pujols, 34, dealt with a tear in the plantar fascia of his left foot in 2013 and was shut down before the season ended.  Pujols hit career lows in nearly every offensive statistic finishing with a .258/...
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Report: Bronson Arroyo lowers asking price

Bronson Arroyo has been seeking a three-year deal this winter. Unable to find a team willing to go that long the durable right hander has lowered his asking price to two-years and $22 million according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are all said to be interested in the 36-year-old with the Diamondbacks becoming...
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J.J. Yeley has ride for 2014, details to come

J.J. Yeley told fans on Facebook that he had a ride for the 2014 Sprint Cup Series season. “Thank you to everyone for the concern. I do have a Cup ride for 2014 and will be announcing the details very soon.” wrote Yeley. Yeley drove the No. 36 Chevrolet of Tommy Baldwin Racing in 2013 but Reed Sorenson was recently announced as the driver of that car. The season opening Daytona...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony Romo to be cleared for work within next two weeks

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo figures to be cleared for some low impact work in the next “week or two” according to the Dallas Morning News. Romo underwent surgery to relieve pressure on a herniated disk prior to the Cowboys season finale. The signal caller for the Cowboys should have no trouble  being ready for training camp. In his 15 starts for the Cowboys in 2013...
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Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garçon have offseason workouts planned

Pierre Garcon set a Washington Redskins record with 113 catches in 2013 but the 27-year-old is looking for more after the Redskins finished just 3-13. Garcon has already set up some offseason workouts with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, “We’ve already got that date set up. We’ve already got a place,” Garcon told the team’s website. “We’re going to go to Arizona...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer

Former Major League pitcher Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer. Schilling did not say what type of cancer he had in a statement released by ESPN. “I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” said Schilling “… I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

When is the Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony? TV Air Time Info

The 2014 Winter Olympics which are being held in Sochi, Russia take place starting with snowboarding on February 6 at 1:00 AM, ET. The Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony will be televised on NBC on Friday evening. Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira are the commentators. It will start at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Todd Lodwick will carry the United States Flag at the Opening Ceremony at...
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Steven Stamkos to miss Olympics

Steven Stamkos will be taking part in the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi. Stamkos was unable to get medical clearance destroying the hope that Sidney Crosby and he would be able to team together for Team Canada. “After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating...
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Skier Julia Mancuso poses for GQ

The 2014 Winter Olympics will not have Lindsey Vonn. Ah but there is always 29-year-old Julia Mancuso to keep Alpine Ski fans happy. In fact Julia Mancuso recently had some photos taken for GQ which we can only assume were taken to try and make everyone forget about Vonn. I guess one way is to show some skin. We’ll go ahead and remind everyone that Mancuso won the gold medal...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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