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Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 07/30/2014

Miami Hurricanes give closer look at colorful ‘Juice’ and ‘Surge’ helmets

(Courtesy Nike)

The Miami Hurricanes shared a closer look at the fantastic new helmets that will go with uniforms that have undergone their first big redesign since 2006.

It’s part of a four-color scheme and nothing says Miami like two of these helmets, called “Juice” and “Surge.” They’re very green. They’re very orange.

There’s also a white “Stormtrooper” helmet and a gray “Smoke” version to go with the Nike uniforms that were unveiled last April.

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Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/30/2014

Sabine Lisicki breaks Venus Williams’ record for fastest serve with 131-mph stinger

(Alastair Grant/AP)

Tennis players on the receiving end of a serve from Sabine Lisicki should beware — her shots are more like neon yellow bullets. The German served up a record-breaking ball that traveled 131 mph while playing at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., on Tuesday.

The previous women’s record was set by Venus Williams, who once served a ball at 129 mph, the WTA reports. The record serving speed in men’s tennis is 163 mph, set by Sam Groth of Australian in 2012.

While most players on the defensive end might have let that one whiz by them, Lisicki’s opponent Ana Ivanovic of Serbia was able to get her racket on it. Ivanovic hit it out, but her effort speaks to greatness. The 2008 French Open champion and former No. 1 seed may have lost the point but she won the match, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.

By Marissa Payne  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 07/30/2014

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Toronto and Cincinnati Masters with wrist injury

Rafael Nadal will be in a cast for 2-3 weeks. (AP Photo/AELTC, Scott Heavey)

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in Toronto that starts Saturday and the Cincinnati Masters the following week because of a right wrist injury he suffered in practice Tuesday.

Tests found that there was “a small detachment of posterior sheath of the right ulnar wrist” in Nadal and that his wrist will be a cast for two to three weeks according to Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times.

“Unfortunately I injured my right wrist yesterday during practice and after the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at least 2-3 weeks,” Nadal said in a statement.

Nadal is the defending champion in both Masters 1000 events.

“I’m extremely disappointed that I am unable to defend my Rogers Cup title this year,” Nadal said in a statement released by Tennis Canada. “I was looking forward to coming there and playing again in Toronto as I have always loved to play in Canada and had great results in the past at a very important event.”

The Spaniard owns 14 Grand Slam titles, including winning a record ninth championship at the French Open this year, but fell in the fourth round of Wimbledon to Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios.

The Rogers Cup would have been his first tournament since Wimbledon.

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Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 07/30/2014

Premier League to use World Cup ‘vanishing spray’ this season

(Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Premier League players might want to watch their toes next time a referee calls for a free kick or penalty. If they don’t, they might get accidentally spritzed by the shaving-cream-like substance made famous in the World Cup that marks where players should stand. The Premier League announced today that now it, too, would be using the water-based disappearing spray.

“It was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that vanishing spray benefited referees, players and all those who watched the matches,” Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore told the Associated Press.

Now, if only if only there was a spray to eliminate diving

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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 07/30/2014

Penn State assistant says football recruit was dropped over ‘social media presence’

(Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Penn State and offensive line coach Herb Hand are serious about social media, so serious that misuse of it cost him a PSU scholarship.

Hand, who came to the Nittany Lions along with Coach James Franklin from Vanderbilt, announced Tuesday that he had “dropped another prospect” because of his “social media presence” and added that he was glad he “got to see the ‘real’ person before we offered him” a scholarship.”

Hand said all of this … on Twitter, in a gesture that was moderately ironic, but educational about the positive uses of social media.

Penn State coaches are required to have Twitter accounts, which Franklin regards as an essential  recruiting tool. He told ESPN that one gaffe won’t doom a recruit or player, but a pattern of them will. “It’s another piece of information,” he told ESPN, comparing social media info to transcripts and game film.

“There’s an opportunity in social media that’s very powerful to connect with people,” Hand explained to ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg earlier this summer.. “It’s important for people to understand that before they get involved with it because you also can shoot yourself in the foot real quick. That’s one of the problems with a lot of the young guys on there, players we’re recruiting. They don’t think before they post stuff. They don’t realize that this is your brand.

“You’re telling the world who you are.”

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