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  • Browns' Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 by NFL for flipping bird

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Johnny Manziel's parting gift for losing out on the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback job? How about a $12,000 fine. That's how much the NFL fined Manziel for being caught making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline Monday night, a person with knowledge of the fine told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine hadn't been announced.

  • NBA player's ridiculous two-dribble dunk

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Giannis Antetokounmpo's nickname is appropriate: The Greek Freak. The Milwaukee Bucks' 19-year-old center turned in some per-game averages (6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists in 24.6 minutes per game) as a rookie that put him in some heady company, according to Yahoo Sports. Now playing for the Greece national team as it prepares for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Antetokounmpo's incredible athleticism was on display during an exhibition game against Turkey. With his team up 36-23 in the second quarter, the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft stole the ball at foul line, ran the length of the floor in two dribbles and finished with a one-handed dunk. Yes, Antetokounmpo covered just over 70 feet of hardwood needing only two dribbles.

  • NFL star goes undercover at the Jamba Juice he owns

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Vernon Davis is a man of many interests. He was the honorary captain of the U.S. curling team for a second straight Winter Olympics in February. The studio arts major at the University of Maryland is also a painter and owns an art gallery near the San Francisco 49ers new stadium. And judging by a new video from Jamba Juice, the veteran tight end spent some time during his recent holdout taking acting lessons, according to Yahoo Sports. The two-time Pro Bowler owns a franchise location in Santa Clara, Calif., and fooled several customers after donning a disguise that included dreadlocks and glasses. Lindsey Vonn pulled a similar stunt earlier this year when she went undercover as a ski ticket agent for Vail Resorts hawking their Epic Pass.

  • ESPN anchor sues ice-skating rink

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Linda Cohn has worked at ESPN since 1992, a.k.a. when they covered the NHL. Before that, she attended SUNY-Oswego and played goalie, following a high-school career that saw her play for the boys’ team, according to Puck Daddy. In March, she had plans to strap on the pads again for a promotional event with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. As she was about to take the ice at Brewster Arena, Cohn says that a group of children knocked a large coin-change machine on her, slicing her arm to the tune of 25 stitches. The team called it a “freak accident.” 

  • Shaq answers the question: Kobe or LeBron?

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    There was a time not so long ago when Shaquille O’Neal would have been more than happy to take a free verbal shot at Kobe Bryant when given the chance, according to NBC Sports. But the feud between the two superstars that won three straight championships together with the Lakers has long since been quashed. These days, O’Neal is more interested in giving his honest assessment of things. So, when he was asked whether Kobe or LeBron James was the better player, it wasn’t too much of a surprise to see him give a somewhat diplomatic response.

  • Paralyzed swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen takes first steps since accident

    Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was partially paralyzed in a terrible ATV accident this summer, but soon after the accident she went on the Today Show and vowed she would walk again , says USA Today. On Thursday, with the help of a walker and what appears to a bionic device that aids her legs, she did just that. It’s been just two and a half months since the accident.

  • Angels' Garrett Richards has torn knee tendon, will miss pennant drive

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Garrett Richards, who played at Edmond Memorial and OU, suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee and will undergo surgery Friday, a procedure that will sideline the Angels right-hander for six to nine months and could deal a severe blow to the team's pennant hopes. Richards, 26, the team's best starting pitcher, suffered the injury in the second inning Wednesday, when he caught a spike in the dirt while running to cover first base on a potential double-play ball and fell awkwardly to the ground. Medical personnel tended to Richards for eight minutes before he was wheeled off the field on a stretcher. Richards flew to Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and an MRI test confirmed the injury, which could cause Richards to miss the start of 2015.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys release complete schedule

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    An appearance in the MGM Grand Main Event, along with a home game against Maryland inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, highlight the non-conference portion of the Oklahoma State men's basketball schedule. The schedule, which was released Thursday, could have as many as 22 nationally-televised games. 

  • NCAA Football Player Dies at 21

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Kent State offensive lineman Jason Bitsko, 21, passed away on Wednesday. The cause of death is unknown after a roommate found him unresponsive.   A release posted on the university's official athletics site states police believe an "undetermined medical issue" was a factor. It also included comments from both director of athletics Joel Nielsen and head football coach Paul Haynes.

  • Photo Of Kevin Durant Next To A Professional Baseball Player Shows You How Tall NBA Players Really Are

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Here is a picture of two professional athletes, both of whom are All-Stars in their respective sports. Kevin Durant is listed at 6'10". Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is 5'6". He's the smallest player in Major League Baseball, but he's not that far off from the height of an average male human, Business Insider reports. This is your semi-regular reminder that we dramatically underestimate how crazy tall NBA players are. This sort of height is so rare that a full 17% of 7-foot-tall American males aged 20 to 40 play in the NBA, according to David Epstein's book "The Sports Gene."

  • Mo'ne Davis merchandise means money -- and outrage

    Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    People are lining up for autographs from Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old pitching sensation from Philadelphia, and some of them are cashing in, says USA Today. A baseball advertised as being autographed by Mo'ne – who became the first girl to pitch a shutout at the Little League World Series and is on the cover of this week's of Sports Illustrated – turned up for sale on eBay. An auction had driven the price up to $500 on Wednesday. About 40 other items featuring Mo'ne, many alleged to be autographed by her, also were for sale on the website.

  • Angels' Garrett Richards suffers patellar injury

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Los Angeles Angels ace Garrett Richards was carted off the field on a stretcher in the second inning with what appeared to be a serious injury to his left knee Wednesday night against the Red Sox. The Angels announced midgame that Richards, who played at Edmond Santa Fe and Oklahoma,had sustained a patellar injury to his left knee, but did not speculate as to the severity of the injury. A club official said more information would be forthcoming.

  • Report: Under Armour offers Kevin Durant rich deal

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Kevin Durant's representation, Roc Nation Sports, informed Nike on Wednesday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years, sources told The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives such a community center built in his mother's name whose exact worth will not be known for some time. Nike will now have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant's current contract with the brand. Durant can still choose Nike if they don't match, but can't legally choose Under Armour if they do. Nike's last offer, sources said, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.

  • Ex-referee Mike Carey asked off Redskins games because of team name

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Former NFL referee Mike Carey was ahead of this Redskins controversy way before it really became a huge story a few years ago. After the 2005 NFL season, Carey asked the NFL to not work Washington games anymore. According to the Washington Post, Carey found the Redskins' nickname "disrespectful" and requested to someone in the league office who makes the officiating assignments that he not be assigned to their games because of the team name. He asked that the matter be kept private. The league complied, because the last time he worked a Washington game was the season opener in 2006.

  • Dallas RB DeMarco Murray has new-found faith in former Bedlam rival Joseph Randle

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    DeMarco Murray had doubts when he would come out of games last year. The Dallas Cowboys lead running back wasn’t sure if his replacements could successfully carry the load. The former Oklahoma standout no longer has those concerns. What he’s seen throughout the offseason and training camp from backs like Lance Dunbar and former Oklahoma State star Joseph Randle has Murray feeling more comfortable about taking a breather in 2014. “[Dunbar] and Randle are going to have an important role this year and those are guys that not only do I trust, but the coaches trust,” Murray said Wednesday. 

  • Former OSU quarterback Wes Lunt named starter at Illinois

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Turns out Wes Lunt is a Division I starting quarterback. The former Oklahoma State quarterback was named the starter at Illinois on Wednesday. Lunt transferred from Oklahoma State prior to the 2013-14 season, while battling with Cowboys QBs Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh. Lunt was named the Illini's starting quarterback by a guy also tied to Oklahoma State football -- former Cowboys defensive coordinator Tim Beckman.

  • Why The Cleveland Browns Benched Johnny Manziel

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    The Cleveland Browns will start Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced on Wednesday. Business Insider reports head coach Mike Pettine praised Hoyer in a statement, but added this telling explanation, "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player." That's not exactly a ringing endorsement. Neither player has been good in the preseason. Hoyer's stat line (8-for-20, 108 passing yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs) is just as rough as Manziel's (14-for-27, 128 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs).

  • Mike Ditka blames Washington Redskins name-change talk on 'political correct idiots in America'

    Published: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Does Hall of Famer and current ESPN analyst Mike Ditka think the Washington Redskins should change their name? asks The Buzzer on Fox. No. No he doesn't. How do we know this? Because he said the following in a recent interview

  • Russell Westbrook poses for photo with Russell Westbrook

    Matt Carney | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    I sincerely hope that Russell Westbrook runs his own official Russell Westbrook Facebook page because that would mean that yesterday Russell Westbrook posted a photo of Russell Westbrook posing with a picture of Russell Westbrook while holding a picture of Russell Westbrook to the official Russell Westbrook Facebook page. Russell Westbrook.

  • These NCAA football jerseys will just say THE TEAM on the back

    Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    If you've ever talked to a sports cliche machine, they've probably told you something about how "The name on the front of the jersey is more important than the name on the back," because, you know, the front of the jersey has the team name on it and the back tends to have a player name. USF football is going to try to eliminate that problem.