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  • Report: Caron Butler close to two-year deal with Detroit Pistons

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Free-agent forward Caron Butler will sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons, sources close to the situation told The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Butler from the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2013-14 season to bolster the team during its playoff run. Butler helped the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, along the way shooting 36 percent from 3-point range in 18 postseason games.

  • Saturday's front page of the New York Times sports section is simple: LeBron James and transactions

    Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    On Friday, The Cleveland Plain Dealer leaked its LeBron James "Home" sports front page and it drew rave reviews. The New York Times went the opposite route for Saturday's edition. Rather than a photo or illustration of James, NYT went with a simple, blown up transaction list with the James news highlighted in yellow.

  • What Dan Gilbert said to LeBron James to get him to return to Cleveland

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Few people in the annals of sports parted on icier terms than LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert four years ago, the Washington Post reports. The Quicken Loans owner took his frustration and anger out in a stinging letter, one that was posted in the internet — and drew a $100,000 fine from former commissioner David Stern — when James left town for Miami in July 2010. Maybe the feelings were never as acrimonious as they seemed, because James said a month after “The Decision” that he could envision returning to his home state, but the two men needed to clear the air before James could return to the Cavs.

  • LeBron's face vandalized on Miami mural that took 2+ years to create

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Well that didn't take long. While we haven't seen any LeBron James jerseys being burned in Miami (at least not yet), one big act of public defacement had taken place by early Friday afternoon, Yahoo Sports reports. A large box was spray-painted over James' face in a cool Miami Heat mural painted in the city's design district. (Here's a second angle from a different Miami news outlet.)

  • LeBron James' move could signify new NBA business model

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Franchises shedding payroll to free up money under the salary cap to sign free agents, players changing teams, short-term contracts, draft picks collected as assets, year-round coverage — this sounds a lot like the NFL. Except it isn’t. It’s the NBA. The past few weeks of craziness could be the new normal, at least until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, USA Today reports. With LeBron James returning home to Cleveland, the Eastern Conference has been flipped on its proverbial head. The Cavaliers are now a contender and the Heat may be rebuilding with an aging Dwyane Wade and potentially no Chris Bosh.

  • Report: Chris Bosh agrees to 5-year, $118 million deal with Miami Heat

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James leaves the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it looks like Chris Bosh is sticking around in South Beach. Bosh is reportedly finalizing a deal to come back to Miami for five years, $118 million. With James out of the picture, the Miami have money to spend in free agency. The Heat made minor moves earlier in the week, agreeing to deal with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

  • Tim Howard not among finalists for World Cup Golden Glove award

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    FIFA announced the finalists on Friday for the Golden Glove award, given each World Cup to the tournament's best goalkeeper. The finalists are Costa Rica's Keylor Navas, Argentina's Sergio Romero and Germany's Manuel Neuer, according to Sports Illustrated. Despite a stellar showing in the United States' four games, American keeper Tim Howard was not on the list. The FIFA release mentions Howard's "record-breaking 16 saves against Belgium," but does not name him a finalist for the award.

  • OKC Thunder: Pau Gasol tweets he's close to decision (UPDATE)

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James made his decision. Next up: Pau Gasol. The free agent center, who reportedly has the Oklahoma City Thunder among his favorites, tweeted out that he's nearing a decision following James' bombshell this morning. Gasol is reportedly being pursued by the Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

  • At Tour de France, Safety Concerns Arise About Selfies

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    REIMS, France — Seeing the Tour de France in person usually involves waiting around, sometimes for hours, to catch a glimpse of riders that often lasts for seconds. Now some people are going through all that trouble to turn their backs on the race, The New York Times reports. With front-facing cameras now standard equipment on smartphones, an increasing number of spectators lining the Tour’s route are taking selfies with the riders as the background, adding a danger to a sport already fraught with them.

  • How did Sports Illustrated land the LeBron James story?

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    While speculation ran rampant about LeBron James' next destination, how did Sports Illustrated get the James announcement Friday? The Wall Street Journal said that around July 5, James' group indicated to SI that he might be receptive of an idea to publish James' decision in the form of an essay. But the announcement also came down to simply keeping as few people in the know as possible. “We didn’t program any advertising around it,” said Paul Fichetenbaum, editor of Time Inc.'s sports group. “Part of what we did was keep the circle of people who knew to a bare minimum.” According to Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated managing editor, only about six SI staff members knew about the piece before it went online. "The reason we got this story, I think, is because Lebron's team trusted us not to turn it into a circus," Stone explained to "So to parlay it into a commercial endeavor ahead of time would have been inappropriate."

  • Former Kevin Durant coach hired as Washington Wizards assistant

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The Washington Wizards have announced the hiring of David Adkins, an assistant on the University of Maryland women's basketball team. Washington Post NBA writer Michael Lee reported that Maryland women's coach Brenda Frese asked on Twitter "Curious? Has any women's asst coach made the jump to @nba before?" If you're a former coach of Kevin Durant, it's justified. Adkins was a longtime assistant coach at Maryland high school powers DeMatha and Montrose Christian. At Montrose, Adkins worked with Durant and Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez. Vasquez recently re-signed with the Raptors, and has unabashedly pursued Durant to come to Canada in free agency.

  • Oklahoma State alum sues Sports Illustrated over 'Dirty Game' series

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    John Talley, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative, is suing Sports Illustrated over claims in its series 'The Dirty Game' that he paid illegal benefits to Oklahoma State University football players. A lawsuit filed Thursday in Payne County District Court by John Talley lists Sports Illustrated Magazine, along with employees George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans, as defendants.

  • LeBron James returning to Cleveland Cavaliers

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    King James is coming home. LeBron James explains to SI's Lee Jenkins why he's returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. "When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio."

  • L'Oreal Severs Ties With Viral World Cup Model After Crass Hunting Photo Emerges

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    L'Oreal has ended its contract with 17-year-old World Cup fan Axelle Despiegelaere, who landed a modeling deal with the world's biggest beauty company after photos of the attractive teen cheering Belgium went viral, according to Business Insider. But fans were outraged after Axelle recently posted a photo of herself to Facebook in which she is holding a rifle, proudly sitting behind what appears to be a dead gazelle she shot while hunting. The caption, in reference to the World Cup match, read: "Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It's much more important than that..this was about 1 year ago...ready to hunt Americans today haha."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reportedly trying to get Caron Butler to return

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    When Caron Butler reached a buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks back in February, a number of teams coveted the veteran forward’s services for the playoff run. Butler, of course, chose the Oklahoma City Thunder. He opted for the Western Conference powerhouse for a number of reasons, one being the persuasiveness of Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. Butler is a free agent again and Durant is making his pitch to convince his friend to re-sign with the Thunder. Durant flew from Los Angeles, where he had been working out, to attend Butler’s basketball camp at Park High School in Racine.

  • OU football: Trevor Knight among elite quarterbacks at Manning Passing Academy

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    OU's Trevor Knight is among a who's who of top college quarterbacks at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University in Thibodeax, La., this week. Knight is joined by fellow Big 12 quarterback Bryce Petty, Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and others in a group of 40 college quarterbacks who are serving as counselors to more than 1,000 high school football players from around the country.

  • NFL teams split $6 billion in revenue

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    NFL teams, for the first time, equally divided more $6 billion in revenue last season. According to financials released by the Green Bay Packers, the franchise received $187.7 million in national revenue, which represents 1/32nd or 3.1 percent of the overall revenue.

  • Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano says he tore anus during World Cup semifinal against Netherlands

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Argentina's Javier Mascherano suffered a unique injury against the Netherlands. A potentially game-saving tackle by Mascherano late against the Dutch in the World Cup semifinal proved costly, as Mascherano admitted he "spread out his anus in the that last tackle." "I tore the anus ... I don't want to sound crude ... what I did anyone could have done. To be in the final you need a bit of luck." There's been no word on whether or not Mascherano will be healthy enough to play in the final against Germany on Sunday (he also suffered an apparent concussion in the semifinal). If he does play ... how tough is he?

  • OSU softball: Tracie Adix-Zins hired as Cowgirls pitching coach

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Tracie Adix-Zins, the pitching coach for the Wisconsin Badgers' softball program the past four seasons, has been hired in the same position at Oklahoma State, OSU head coach Rich Wieligman announced today. Before joining Wisconsin, Adix-Zins was at South Dakota State for three seasons as a pitching coach. She was a former Big East Pitcher of the Year and All-American at DePaul.

  • The Spurs Have Quietly Re-Signed Their Entire Team, And It's Terrifying For The Rest Of The NBA

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The NBA has been an absolute circus since July 1, the day teams can officially begin negotiating with players. News of private pick-up games, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's private jet flying to South Beach, and two Exotic Auto Transport trucks outside of LeBron James' home have all sent the internet into a total frenzy. New rumors and reports break so frequently that this off-season already feels more dramatic than the entire past season of actual basketball, according to Business Insider. Amid all the chaos, it's been easy to miss the fact that the San Antonio Spurs, your current NBA champions, are bringing back their entire team. Tim Duncan kicked things off, very quietly opting into the final year of his contract at $10.3 million. Next, the Spurs re-signed two key role players, Boris Diaw (three years, $22.5 million) and Patty Mills (three years, $12 million). The rest of the team's core — Parker, Ginobli, Leonard, Green, Splitter — are still under contract.