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The Early Lead: May, 2012

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Hall of Famer George Brett uses Twitter to find lost dog

With the help of Twitter, the former Royals third baseman reunited with his labradoodle fewer than eight hours after he reported him missing.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:25 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/30/2012

Will Roy Oswalt give Texas Rangers and AL’s top pitching staff a boost?

If he can return to form, the three-time All-Star would make the American League’s best pitching staff even better.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLB

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs get nasty in Game 2 win over Thunder

The once-boring, fundamental Spurs are red-hot and playing with a razor-sharp edge as they head to Oklahoma City with a 2-0 series lead.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:25 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Terrell Owens cut by Allen Wranglers for ‘lack of effort’

The controversial 38-year-old wide receiver was released by the IFL franchise after playing only eight games.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:55 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 05/29/2012

French Open: Serena Williams ousted in first round by 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano

After a shocking meltdown on the red clay of Roland Garros, fifth-seeded Serena Williams is out in the first round of a major for the first time in her career.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:18 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Miami Dolphins to be featured on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ after the rest of the NFL declines

After the Jets, Redskins, 49ers, Texans, Vikings and Seahawks said no... the Dolphins said yes to HBO.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:18 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Jered Weaver on injury: “It felt like somebody stabbed me in the back”

Los Angeles Angels ace has a lower-back injury and will undergo an MRI and X-rays Tuesday to determined the extent of his injury.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:16 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLB

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Boxer Paul Williams paralyzed in motorcycle crash, manager says

Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams severed his spinal cord in a crash Sunday, likely ending his career.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boxing

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Barry Bonds: “I created that guy out there for entertainment only”

The Home Run King has no regrets about his checkered past, and looks forward to finding a role within the Giants organization

By Matt Brooks  |  09:50 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLB

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios lays off entire staff amid financial woes

Two days after he praised his employees’ “breathtaking resilience” through financial struggles, the former Red Sox pitcher laid off the entire staff of 38 Studios.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:29 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat make Pacers coach Frank Vogel a believer in series-clinching win

After the Heat finished off Indiana in Game 6, the Pacers coach said, “I don’t know if anybody can beat them.”

By Matt Brooks  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Kobe Bryant’s playoff exit inspires Gotye cover - “The Kobe That We Used to Know”

The Lakers’ early playoff exit inspired a new version of Gotye’s chart-topping hit single.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Pacers-Heat: Udonis Haslem suspended for Game 6; LeBron James is here to play basketball

Miami will be without one of it’s top role players Thursday night when the Heat try to close out their increasingly chippy series against the Indiana Pacers.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:06 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Hakeem Nicks breaks his foot, may be out 3 months

On their second day of organized team activities, the New York Giants lose another player as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks breaks his foot. Brian Witherspoon tore his ACL on Wednesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:20 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Report: Shaq, Orlando Magic won’t talk (updated)

Shaquille O’Neal reportedly will not discuss the Orlando Magic’s vacant general manager position.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:45 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 05/24/2012

49ers QB Alex Smith has “new toys” in Randy Moss, Mario Manningham

San Francisco’s passing offense could take a great leap forward with the addition of three talented wide receivers to Alex Smith’s otherwise mediocre receiving corps.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:54 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Are Yankees for sale? Hal Steinbrenner denies report

Hal Steinbrenner denies a New York Daily News report that says the New York Yankees may be up for sale. Still, after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ record sale, shouldn’t the family listen to offers?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:37 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Chad Ochocinco gets his wallet back — and a new Starbucks card — with Twitter

When New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco’s wallet containing his beloved Starbucks care is stolen, he tweets about it and — voila — get it back.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:32 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 05/24/2012

Allen Iverson: “I want to play basketball so bad”

Allen Iverson, a star from the Philadelphia 76ers’ past, returns to fire up the crowd as the team goes on to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Celtics.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:37 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Matt Forte skips Bears OTAs as contract dispute continues

Chicago seems no closer to a new mutli-year deal for its top running back as team activities get underway.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:00 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Giants’ Brian Witherspoon may have re-injured ACL

There’s deja vu in New York Giants’ first organized team activity as Brian Witherspoon may have a torn ACL again and Antwuan Molden hurts his hamstring.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:31 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Aroldis Chapman closes Cincinnati Reds’ win amidst speeding arrest, $18 million lawsuit

Cincinnati’s flame-throwing lefty appears locked in on the closer’s role, and so far a pair of off-the-field incidents have yet to affect his focus.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Pacers-Heat: Larry Bird hits as hard as Dexter Pittman. Or Udonis Haslem.

Game 5 of the Pacers-Heat series turns into a flagrant foul-fest as Dexter Pittman, Udonis Haslem and Tyler Hansbrough get physical. And then Larry Bird jumped in.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/23/2012

“Dancing with the Stars:” Donald Driver is the champion (video)

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver is the third NFL player to win “Dancing with the Stars.” Now, it’s back to football.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:46 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Aroldis Chapman, flame-throwing Reds pitcher, arrested after driving 93 mph with suspended license

Aroldis Chapman’s blistering fastball earned him a shot at the Cincinnati closer job, but his speed on the road earned him an arrest.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:57 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLB

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 05/22/2012

“Dancing with the Stars:” Donald Driver scores

On “Dancing with the Stars,” Donald Driver comes through with a late drive. Will he and Peta Murgatroyd win in season finale?

By Cindy Boren  |  03:53 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Joe Paterno’s widow will receive Penn State pension of $13.4 million

Joe Paterno, who died in January, coached at Penn State for 61 years. His $13.4 million pension will be paid to his widow, Sue.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:27 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Lance Berkman prepares for surgery, ponders future

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman will learn more Friday about the extent of his knee injury — and what it means for his baseball-playing future.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Didier Drogba to leave Chelsea after lifting Blues to first Champions League title

Three days after he lifted Chelsea to its first ever Champions League title, Didier Drogba announced he is leaving the Blues after eight years in London.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 05/22/2012

Kellen Winslow is traded; Tampa Bay signs Dallas Clark (updated)

Tampa Bay’s new coach, Greg Schiano, and Kellen Winslow differed over offseason workouts and Winslow knew he’d be traded or released. The Buccaneers replaced him with Dallas Clark.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:16 PM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/22/2012

With Stan Van Gundy gone, will Dwight Howard re-sign with Orlando Magic?

Orlando’s All-Star center succeeded in ousting his coach, but if he bolts after next season, the Magic will have lost the best coach in franchise history and received nothing in return.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Reds fan catches consecutive home run balls — gives both away

Consecutive home runs by the Cincinnati Reds find their way to the hand (and lap) of Caleb Lloyd, who gives both balls away.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:23 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Oklahoma City shooting: 8 wounded after Thunder game (updated)

After Thunder’s victory eliminates the Los Angeles Lakers, gunfire results in wounding of eight people in downtown Oklahoma City.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:14 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Stan Van Gundy fired by Orlando Magic, GM Otis Smith out, too

Just as Stan Van Gundy predicted, he will not be back on the sideline in Orlando next season.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:16 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Peyton Manning makes his Denver debut

Quarterback Peyton Manning, has an impressive outing in his first practice with the Denver Broncos. “No question” the system is different than the Colts’, though, he says.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:57 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Andre Johnson has knee surgery, will miss Texans’ OTAs

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago, says it’s “nothing to panic about.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:52 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Madden NFL ’13 will feature “Tebowing”

What’s new for Madden NFL ‘13? How about “Tebowing?” The game’s creative director says it’ll be a part of the video game, set for release in August.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:54 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Four arrested in Dodger Stadium beating

Four men were arrested for allegedly beating a man in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, once again raising the issue of fan safety barely one year after the brutal beating of a Giants fan.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MLB, Crime

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Babe Ruth’s jersey, cap bring record prices

The earliest jersey worn by Babe Ruth brings a record price at auction, as does a cap that was formerly owned by David Wells.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:18 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 05/21/2012

Are streaking San Antonio Spurs poised for an NBA title run?

Few expected aging San Antonio to contend for an NBA title this season, but the Spurs are storming their way toward the NBA Finals.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:12 PM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Kellen Winslow says Bucs don’t want him

Despite leading the team in receptions the last three years, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have told Kellen Winslow they’ll trade or release him, Winslow says.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:00 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Report: Morris Claiborne won’t be ready for Cowboys’ minicamp

After having wrist surgery in March, cornerback Morris Claiborne, the Dallas Cowboys’ first-round draft pick, won’t be ready to until training camp opens in late July.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:13 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Report: Lance Berkman may have torn ACL

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman may have a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to a preliminary examination. He’ll undergo an MRI today.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:04 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Safety Yeremiah Bell signs with Jets

The New York Jets add another safety, signing free agent Yeremiah Bell to a group that includes LaRon Landry and Eric Smith.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:03 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Roy Hibbert leads Indiana Pacers to old-school beatdown of Miami Heat

With 19 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots, Indiana’s All-Star center ravaged Miami’s depleted interior to push the Pacers to a 2-1 series lead.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:22 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Tim Tebow vs. Mark Sanchez: Steve Weatherford questions “maturation” of Sanchez

In the matter of who will be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback, Steve Weatherford questions the maturation of Mark Sanchez while Darrelle Revis loves Tim Tebow’s leadership qualities.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Lawrence Taylor’s son is the one selling his Super Bowl ring

T.J. Taylor has placed his father’s Super Bowl XXV ring up for auction. Lawrence Taylor had give him his Super Bowl rings and was surprised, but said he was fine with it.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade struggles, erupts at Erik Spoelstra (updated)

Indiana Pacers take a 2-1 series lead with Miami Heat missing Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade yelling at Erik Spoelstra.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:42 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Raiders LB Rolando McClain sentenced to 180 days in jail for assault, other criminal charges

The former Alabama star and first-round pick was found guilty of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, menacing in the state of Alabama and wrongful discharge of a firearm stemming from a November incident.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Tim Tebow’s attorneys try to stop sale of “My Jesus” shirts

Tim Tebow’s lawyers are urging sellers to boycott a new batch of T-shirts designed by cubbytees.com featuring the words “My Jesus” inside the classic “NY Jets” logo style.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:49 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Ed Reed “not 100 percent committed” to playing football in 2012

The Ravens have already lost linebacker Terrell Suggs to injury, and the retirement of their longtime safety would deal their vaunted defense another major blow.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:16 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Jonathan Vilma files defamation lawsuit against Roger Goodell

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, suspended for the season because of his alleged role in the team’s bounty program, files a defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:50 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Brett Lawrie suspended 4 games after helmet ‘took a bad hop’

Blue Jays third baseman appeals suspension for an on-field tirade in which his batting helmet struck home plate umpire Bill Miller

By Matt Brooks  |  03:35 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Tom Coughlin, Giants close to contract extension

New York Giants owner John Mara says a contract extension with Coach Tom Coughlin will be in place “sooner rather than later.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:11 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Lawrence Taylor auctions off Super Bowl ring

New York Giants’ Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor is auctioning off his Super Bowl XXV ring.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:46 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Drew Brees calls talks with Saints “extremely frustrating”

Quarterback Drew Brees and New Orleans Saints remain far apart in contract negotiations with first organized team activities approaching next week.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:22 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/17/2012

Will Rhymes isn’t Batman, just a guy who passed out after being hit by a pitch

Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Will Rhymes is plunked on the forearm by a pitch and then passes out at first base from an adrenaline rush. When he’s revived, he jokes to paramedics that he’s the caped crusader.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:04 PM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Lakers can’t stop Thunder; can they come back from 0-2 deficit?

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder take a 2-0 lead as playoff series shifts to Los Angeles. Are Kobe Bryant’s Lakers finished?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:42 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Los Angeles Kings are two wins from Stanley Cup Finals. Local media, take note!

Earlier this week, NBC4 News in Los Angeles featured the Clippers, Lakers and Kings in a spot about the city’s sudden playoff fever. Only problem was they used the Sacramento Kings logo.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:55 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Derrick Rose out 8-12 months

Derrick Rose begins his recovery from surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus. It’s possible, though, that he may miss all of next season.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:36 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Tim Duncan, Spurs are still winning the old way

The may be old, but after a first-round sweep of Utah and a Game 1 win against the Los Angeles Clippers, the veteran Spurs appear poised to challenge for another Western Conference title.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:58 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Manny Pacquiao: “I’m not against gay people”

Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao clarifies his stance, saying only that “same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:51 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Brett Lawrie goes berserk, throws helmet at umpire

Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie goes off after a questionable third-strike call in a one-run game against Tampa Bay. He would be suspended for four games.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:12 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Preakness: I’ll Have Another enjoys star treatment

I’ll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby, is greeted as a star at Pimlico . Can he beat Bodemeister in the second leg of the Triple Crown?

By Cindy Boren  |  01:05 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Kurt Busch fined $50,000, placed on probation

Kurt Busch draws a $50,000 fine and probation from NASCAR after incident with Ryan Newman at Darlington Raceway.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:43 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Pacers beat the Heat: Can Miami win without Chris Bosh?

Suddenly the rest of the NBA is realizing just how vital the third member of Miami’s “Big Three” is to the team’s championship aspirations.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:39 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 05/16/2012

“Dancing with the Stars:” Donald Driver pulls an upset

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd advance to “Dancing with the Stars” finale with an upset win.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:28 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 05/16/2012

Amile Jefferson is headed to Duke

Amile Jefferson, a star at Philadelphia’s Friends’ Central, chooses Mike Krzyzewski and Duke over North Carolina State, Kentucky, Villanova and Ohio State.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:03 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Lions RB Jerome Harrison will not play in 2012 while recovering from surgery to remove brain tumor

Detroit placed its 29-year-old running back on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his 2012 season.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:35 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Wes Welker signs franchise tender with Patriots, gives up leverage for long-term deal

New England wide receiver Wes Welker signed his franchise tender on Tuesday, ending the threat of a potential training camp holdout. But was it a shrewd move?

By Matt Brooks  |  05:35 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 05/15/2012

VCU leaves CAA for Atlantic 10 to take ‘the next step’

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s 2011 Cindarella darling will leave the Colonial Athletic Conference for the Atlantic 10 in an effort to further enhance its growing national profile.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:34 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 05/15/2012

“Dancing with the Stars:” Donald Driver could use a miracle

Donald Driver, despite strong performances, is in third place on “Dancing with the Stars” and needs a Hail Mary pass. Then there’s the matter of his future with the Green Bay packers.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:27 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Serena Williams calls top men ‘weenies’ for complaining about blue clay in Madrid

Fresh off winning the Madrid title, Serena Williams questioned the toughness of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal who complained about the unfamiliar blue clay surface.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:59 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Manny Pacquiao opposes Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage

Manny Pacquiao, champion boxer and politician in his native Philippines, is in the corner opposite President Obama when it comes to same-sex marriage.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:42 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Thunder trounces Lakers in Game 1 as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook land first blow

With typically strong nights from their All-Star duo and better ball handling, Oklahoma City ran the Lakers out of the gym with a 119-90 win — or a right hook to the jaw of an already wounded foe.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:21 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Donovan McNabb slims down, but will any NFL team want him?

Donovan McNabb, who has been without a team since his release by the Minnesota Vikings in December, wants to play quarterback in the NFL.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:48 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Torii Hunter takes leave after son’s arrest in Texas

Angels outfielder Torii Hunter goes on restricted list for personal reasons after his 17-year-old son is arrested in Texas on sexual-assault charges.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Jason Peters is latest NFL player with Achilles injury

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters is the latest NFL player to suffer an offseason Achilles injury. In Peters’s case, it could be career-threatening as well.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:16 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 PM ET, 05/14/2012

FAMU hazing scandal: Marching 100 band suspended one more year

Under heavy pressure, Florida A&M University has suspended its famed marching band for at least one more year in the wake of the hazing scandal that led to the November death of a drum major.

By Matt Brooks  |  08:57 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Tiger Woods reportedly adds Greenbrier to his schedule

Tiger Woods adds Greenbrier Classic to his schedule ahead of the British Open in July.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:09 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Manchester City takes EPL title from rival Manchester United with last minute heroics

Manchester United is thwarted in attempt to win its 20th English Premier League title by its gritty cross-town rival, Manchester City.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:16 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Osi Umenyiora wishes LeSean McCoy a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’

While the rest of the United States spent Sunday spoiling mothers from coast to coast, New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora took time out to wish another special someone a Happy Mother’s Day.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:01 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Metta World Peace on James Harden: There’ll be no handshake

Lakers and Thunder open their playoff series tonight, which means Metta World Peace and James Harden will be on the court together for the first time since World Peace’s flagrant foul left Harden with a concussion.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:37 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Chris Bosh injury could give Pacers bigger inside edge on Heat

If the abdominal injury Chris Bosh suffered in the first half Sunday lingers, it give Indiana an even greater advantage in the paint.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/14/2012

Joey Votto vs. Josh Hamilton: Who’s more impressive?

Joey Votto has a three-home-run day with a walk-off grand slam; Josh Hamilton had a four-home-run game (and is on a torrid streak). Whose single-game performance was more impressive?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:24 AM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal lose early in Madrid, threaten to boycott tournament over blue clay

The top two seeds suffered early exits in Madrid on a new playing surface that is leaving the sport’s biggest stars feeling blue.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Vince Young, Buffalo Bills agree to one-year deal

After a season in Philadelphia, quarterback Vince Young signs with Buffalo Bills to compete for job as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s backup.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:08 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Pacers coach Frank Vogel says Heat ‘are the biggest flopping team in the NBA’

It may not be a marquee matchup, but Pacers coach Frank Vogel is doing his part to build a little early animosity to the Miami-Indiana series.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:01 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Serena Williams gives rap a try

In addition to tennis and being an NFL part owner and acting, Serena Williams has recorded a rap album at a studio owned by the Baltimore Ravens’ Bryant McKinnie.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Kevin Garnett shows why it’s a bad idea to say he’s dirty and old

The Atlanta Hawks co-owner said Kevin Garnett is a dirty player and the Boston Celtics are old. Garnett remembered all of that after the Celtics eliminated the Hawks. Maybe he should go talk to Josh Beckett.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:26 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Josh Beckett, booed in Fenway, says of golf game, “We get 18 off days a year”

The boos Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett heard Thursday night were just the beginning of criticism after his golf outing the day after missing a start because of an injury.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:21 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 05/11/2012

Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen excused indefinitely by Nuggets after search of home

Fan-favorite center excused indefinitely from all team-related activities on Thursday, hours after sheriff’s deputies searched his home in connection with an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:15 AM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBA, Denver Nuggets

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Miami Heat apologize for PA announcer’s Amar’e Stoudemire fire extinguisher joke

Apparently some subjects are off limits when it comes to humor in the NBA playoffs.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:40 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Buccaneers DE Da’Quan Bowers tears Achilles in team workouts

One week after Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his Achilles tendon during individual workouts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost second-year defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to the same injury.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:02 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez: All’s well in Jets-land

Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow talk about their roles with the New York Jets. Sanchez isn’t tired of Tebow questions yet, but admits “it’s only May.”

By Cindy Boren  |  04:10 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Nuggets’ Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen’s home searched in relation to Internet Crimes Against Children investigation

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies searched the home of Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen on Thursday as part of an investigation conducted by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:03 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Carl Beane, the voice of Fenway Park, dies

“The Voice of Fenway Park” since 2003, Carl Beane died Wednesday of a heart attack while driving.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:49 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/10/2012

The Players: Tiger Woods opens with a 2-over 74

Tiger Woods, struggling to get his game on solid footing, fails again to break 70 in the first round of the Players Championship.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:20 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 05/10/2012

MLB aiming to nix fake-to-third, throw-to-first pick-off move in 2013

In the arsenal of baseball pick-off moves, the fake-to-third, throw-to-first trick is as old as they come. But starting next season, it may be put out to pasture.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:59 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Roethlisberger hints that his injured ankle was a target for 49ers

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says that “there were some things going on, some extra,” but stopped short of accusing 49ers or anyone of trying to end his career.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:56 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 05/10/2012

Josh Beckett reportedly played golf after missing start because of injury

Just what the Boston Red Sox need: another controversy. This time, pitcher Josh Beckett reportedly hit the golf course the day after being scratched from a start because of injury.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:53 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 05/10/2012

What’s next for Knicks after season-ending loss to Heat?

After a season that saw a no-name point guard emerge as a global star, a coach quit, and key players suffer key injuries, New York must take stock while looking ahead to next season.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:48 PM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Memphis Grizzlies beat Clippers to stay alive; Blake Griffin, Chris Paul injured in loss

The Grizzlies are not done yet, and if the physical toll exacted on the Clippers in Game 5 lingers, the momentum may have swung in Memphis’ favor on Wednesday night.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:41 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Cris Carter, Bill Romanowski square off over NFL bounties

Cris Carter says he knew of and used bounties, implicating Bill Romanowski. Romanowski calls Carter’s comments “a fabrication.”

By Cindy Boren  |  05:23 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Blood clot delays Mariano Rivera’s knee surgery

Yankees closer will delay knee surgery until previously undetected blood clot fully heals.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:23 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Former top pick Greg Oden “pretty much became an alcoholic” in second NBA season

In a rare and revealing interview former No. 1 pick Greg Oden opened up about his troubles over five injury-plagued seasons and the ways he tried to cope with his failures.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:38 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Bengals’ Jacob Bell retires, with Junior Seau suicide a factor

Jacob Bell, an eight-year veteran offensive lineman in the NFL, is quitting the game over concerns about concussions and his future health.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:33 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Ndamukong Suh, Rob Gronkowski to sit in spinning chairs on new reality dating show

In the ongoing effort to exhaust every possible avenue for “reality TV,” Fox is going back to the well with a new blind dating show called “The Choice.”

By Matt Brooks  |  02:25 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Emmitt Smith says “why wouldn’t I worry?” about effects of playing football

Emmitt Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with the Dallas Cowboys, admits he worries about all the hits he took during his career and says, “I pray about it.”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 05/09/2012

Celtics leave door open (a tad) for Hawks

With Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce failing to come up with key plays down the stretch, the Boston Celtics dropped Game 5 to the Atlanta Hawks. Can the Hawks win three in a row and take the series?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:55 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Report: Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel is subject of NCAA inquiry

The NCAA sent two members of its enforcement staff to the former high school of Kentucky’s prized basketball recruit, according to a New York Times report.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Terrell Suggs on Achilles injury: “I’ll be returning soon”

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs remains confident that he’ll play this season despite having surgery to repair a torn Achilles on Tuesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:17 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Tiger Woods faces down his critics at the Players

As he prepares for The Players Championship, Tiger Woods responds to amateur psychoanalysts by saying, “they’re not in my head.They must have some kind of superpower I don't know about.”

By Cindy Boren  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Josh Hamilton hits four home runs for a place in baseball history

Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has the first four home-run game since 2003 in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Hamilton also doubled, for 18 total bases.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:02 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Terrell Owens on Dr. Phil: Former NFL star faces off against mothers of three of his children on national TV

Whether you’re a T.O. supporter or one of his many detractors, one thing is all but certain: this could get ugly.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:59 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Joe Vitt says he never told Anthony Hargrove to lie about Saints’ bounties

Defensive end Anthony Hargrove, in sworn statement, says Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams told players to lie to NFL investigators about any bounties.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:27 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Jeremy Lin is likely out for Knicks-Heat series

New York Knicks Coach Mike Woodson says Jeremy Lin “just isn’t ready” to play again after having knee surgery in early April, ending hope he could play in Game 5 on Wednesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:06 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Phoenix Coyotes advance to Western Conference finals; now can they get an owner?

In an improbably matchup in the Western Conference finals, the Los Angeles Kings will face the Phoenix Coyotes, a team more used to fighting for its existence than playoff wins.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:35 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Report: Patrick Ewing to interview for Charlotte Bobcats head coaching job

Yahoo Sports is reporting that Patrick Ewing could be the next man charged with the task of dragging the Bobcats out of the NBA cellar.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:33 PM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Chris Paul, Clippers push Grizzlies to brink with OT win

After failing to get a good look at the bucket at the end of regulation, the All-Star point guard stepped up in overtime to bring the Clippers one win away from the Western Conference semifinals.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Cole Hamels’s suspension isn’t really much of a suspension

Major League Baseball suspended Cole Hamels for five games — but, as a pitcher, he only plays every fifth game anyway. Which means that, apart from being fined, his punishment really was a gentle tap on the wrist. Jim Leyland agrees.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:39 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Vikings stadium plan clears Minnesota House

Minnesota Vikings edge closer to replacing the Metrodome, with a taxpayer-subsidy bill clearing the House. Still to be reconciled: a $105 million gap.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:10 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Phoenix Coyotes look to close out Predators as NHL prepares to sell team

On the biggest hockey night in team history, the Coyotes could simultaneously win a series and re-up with their home city — or begin the relocation process.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:53 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Albert Pujols hits a home run; is his slump over?

The longest homer-less drought of slugger Albert Pujols’s 12-year career finally is over, but one home run does not mean a slump is over.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:12 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Orioles have baseball’s best record; can it last?

With a sweep and a 17-inning win Sunday in Boston, the Baltimore Orioles come home for a tough stretch of games that starts with a Texas Rangers series.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Carmelo Anthony helps Knicks avoid elimination; Will Jeremy Lin return for Game 5?

The Knicks snapped a 13-game postseason losing streak to avoid elimination, but after losing another point guard, they’ll likely need Jeremy Lin back to stand a chance Wednesday for Game 5 in Miami.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:55 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Junior Seau: London Fletcher, Kurt Warner, Brandon Marshall on what must change

Although questions still surround the suicide of Junior Seau, London Fletcher, Kurt Warner and Brandon Marshall discussed increased awareness of danger signs.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:10 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Eli Manning on “Saturday Night Live:” Peyton’s funnier

Eli Manning gets a measure of retribution for “Little Brothers” everywhere, but his own big Brother, Peyton Manning, scored more points on “Saturday Night Live.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:45 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez make Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano giddy

New Jets offensive coordinator loves what he has with Tebow and Sanchez and sees absolutely no reason why they cannot co-exist.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:47 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Roy Halladay leaves Phillies after worst start with team; expected to return Friday

Even the great ones have a rough outing every so often, and for Halladay, that came in an ugly 15-13 loss in Atlanta. But was this a blip on the radar or a sign of trouble on the horizon?

By Matt Brooks  |  12:49 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Mariano Rivera tears ACL: Is this how his career ends?

Baseball’s most dominant closer may have suffered a career-ending injury while shagging fly balls during batting practice.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:28 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Junior Seau: Family will donate brain for study

The family of Junior Seau will donate his brain for study to determine whether he suffered from any degenerative neurological disease related to hard hits and concussions.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:47 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Kentucky Derby: Is Hansen really “The Great White Hope?”

Technically, Hansen isn’t classified as white, but the horse certainly will stand out in the field for the 138th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, even if he doesn’t win.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:10 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Jered Weaver’s no-hitter shifts focus from Albert Pujols slump

The Angels ace did his part to put Pujols’ struggles even further on the back-burner with a rare pitching performance that ended long after most of the country had gone to bed.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:34 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Ravens LB Terrell Suggs tears Achilles, expects to return midseason

The reigning defensive player of the year reportedly tore his Achilles tendon playing basketball in Arizona, an injury that will require surgery and will likely force him to miss the entire 2012 NFL season.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:45 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Papiss Cissé’s wonder-goal lifts Newcastle United over Chelsea. Is it the best of the year? (Video)

Papiss Cissé, Newcastle’s £10 million addition in January, scored both goals as the Magpies won at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1986. The second was a thing of beauty.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:30 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 05/03/2012

Junior Seau: “The game needs to change”

While police continue to investigate the death of Junior Seau, his family waits for answers. In March, he spoke to Sports Illustrated about the debilitating effects of playing football.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:52 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Junior Seau found dead: NFL players react

In the immediate wake of the stunning news that legendary NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found dead at his home Wednesday, past and present players and coaches shared their grief on Twitter.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:43 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Junior Seau dies, reportedly of gunshot wound

Legendary former NFL player Junior Seau dies, reportedly of gunshot wound, in his beachfront home. He was 43 and had three children.

By Cindy Boren & Matt Brooks  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Paul Pierce scores 36 points to lift Celtics, then Tebows

“The Truth” scored 36 points to help Boston even its series with Atlanta. But then he did something so out-dated it even made Snooki snicker.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:24 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Saints bounty scandal: Players react strongly; is punishment too harsh?

Players react strongly to news that Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the 2012 season for his role in New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal; teammate Will Smith suspended four games. Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended eight games, and Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, will miss three games.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:52 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Buccaneers sign Eric LeGrand, Rutgers DT paralyzed in 2010

Eric LeGrand’s remarkable journey back from a horrifying on-field injury in 2010 took another step forward Wednesday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed the former Rutgers defensive tackle.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:45 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Amar’e Stoudemire has hand surgery, will miss Game 3

After cutting his hand when he hit the glass cover of a fire extinguisher in anger, Amar’e Stoudamire has a little surgery — and will miss Game 3 of the New York Knicks’ playoff series against the Miami Heat.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Eli Manning gets a chance to top Peyton again — on “Saturday Night Live” this week (video)

Peyton Manning did a great turn on “Saturday Night Live,” but Eli Manning, who has topped him in Super Bowl wins, gets a chance to do the same on “SNL” this week.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:28 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Vince Young will work out with Buffalo Bills

Vince Young, the No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, will work out for the backup quarterback position in Buffalo after spending a season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:42 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Boise State QB Kellen Moore signs with Lions; Should he have been drafted?

After failing to hear his name called during the NFL draft, the winningest quarterback in FBS history agreed to a free-agent contract with the Detroit Lions.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:19 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Jordan Hill assault charge is newest distraction for Lakers (updated)

With Metta World Peace serving a seven-game suspension, the Los Angeles Lakers are now dealing with the distracting news of Jordan Hill’s assault charge.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:32 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Report: Amar’e Stoudemire suffered no ligament or tendon damage

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire is likely to miss Game 3 and possibly the rest of the playoff series against the Miami Heat after cutting his non-shooting hand when he punched a fire-extinguisher door in anger.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:14 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Ryan Braun smashes three home runs, dispels notion that Petco is a pitcher’s park

Last week the Padres began discussing the prospect of bringing in the fences to make their ballpark more fair to hitters. On Monday night Ryan Braun reminded baseball’s sluggers that no outfield wall is too deep to conquer.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:11 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Delmon Young faces 7-day suspension; has support of Justin Verlander

Major League Baseball suspended Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young seven days without pay for his arrest on a hate crime charge last week in New York City.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:28 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Amar’e Stoudemire finds that fire extinguishers hit back

In a temperamental outburst, Amar’e Stoudemire learns that punching the glass door over a fire extinguisher is a very bad idea. And the New York Knicks, down 0-2 to the Miami Heat, may pay the price for that knowledge.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:24 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Brooklyn Nets unveil new logo (photos)

Days after leaving New Jersey, the Nets officially unveiled a new look and logo to match their New York digs.

By Michael Katz  |  03:15 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Vontaze Burfict gets a chance with Cincinnati Bengals

After slipping off NFL teams’ draft boards, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict signs with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:04 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Knicks vs. Heat: Will Jeremy Lin make it back in time to spark New York?

Down 1-0 to Miami, the Knicks desperately need a backcourt boost to spark an offense that managed just 67 points in Game 1.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:25 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Nebraska, California State-Bakersfield in the best rain delay ever (video)

Rain kept Nebraska and California State-Bakersfield from playing baseball Sunday. It could not keep them from dancing. And luging. And curling. And so very much more.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Brandon Inge agrees to deal with Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics, in need of help at third base, reach agreement on a deal with Brandon Inge, who was released by the Detroit Tigers last week.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:41 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Grizzlies, Clippers learn lessons in L.As’s Game 1 victory

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul says “you always have to believe” as L.A. rallies for 99-98 Game 1 victory over Memphis Grizzlies.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Rajon Rondo ejection may bring a suspension (updated)

Rajon Rondo, ejected from Boston Celtics’ playoff loss to Atlanta Hawks, waits to hear if he’ll be given his second suspension of the year.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:18 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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