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'Inside the NBA' helped us understand the real Dwight Howard

The long-running TNT show is still essential, as Charles Barkley's interview with Dwight Howard revealed.<p>I wonder if Dwight Howard saw it coming. When Charles Barkley asked him on <i>Inside the NBA</i> -- "Why don't people like you?" -- was it an agreed-upon line of questioning, possibly even one rehearsed …

This Russell Westbrook shot is so illegal the NBA should count it

Russell Westbrook's shot here doesn't count. I know it doesn't count. There are good reasons for it not to count. But damnit, I don't care. It should count.<p>Let's examine. Westbrook is wrapped up during this fast break and flips it up, underhanded, from basically the free throw line. That he even …

Giannis Antetokounmpo goes 1-on-5 against Pistons and comes out on the other side with a dunk

There's no stopping the Greek Freak.<p>There were five Pistons in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo. But five defenders isn't a problem for a Antetokounmpo one-man fast break.<p>That's five defenders he splits before going up for a slam -- and he makes it look so dang easy. The Pistons can build a wall, but …

Stephen F. Austin’s Cinderella journey started well before Friday’s upset win

The Cinderella story is a pretty bad one if you start it at the big dance. Stephen F. Austin's win over West Virginia was just the culmination of years of fighting uphill to become an incredible team in a league you don't recognize.<p>BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin upset No. 3 West …

College Sports

6'7, 410-pound BYU player ran the 40-yard dash in Mormon missionary attire

Once you've seen one NFL Combine, you've seen them all. The faces change but the ritual remains the same.<p>But thankfully, BYU football's Motekiai Langi (the player who's so big, one ESPN reporter thought the announcement of his signing was a hoax) inspires a new idea. Why not have all players run …

Duke's Grayson Allen blatantly traveled on his game-winning buzzer-beater. It wasn't called

Duke beat Virginia at the buzzer, but should Grayson Allen's shot have counted?<p>Duke and Virginia just gave us one of the best endings of the season. After a ridiculous no-look basket by Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon, Duke got the ball with one chance left. Grayson Allen barreled down the lane in the …

Andre Drummond can't hit free throws, but he can drill 70-footers

Andre Drummond is pretty good around the rim, but no one expected the Detroit Pistons big man to shoot and make a long-range shot -- especially a whopping 70 feet away from the rim. But he did just that.<p>I dare you to challenge Stephen Curry to a halfcourt shot competition. Challenge him!

Marshawn Lynch retired during the Super Bowl in the most perfect way possible

Marshawn Lynch has reportedly told close friends he plans to retire. He may have just told the rest of the world too.<p>Lynch has never been fond of talking to the media. A huge press conference that allows him to announce the news and reflect on his career was never going to be his style. A pair of …

Don't look at this picture of Thomas Davis' gross surgically repaired arm

Thomas Davis didn't win the Super Bowl, but he was definitely the toughest dude who played in the Super Bowl. The veteran Panthers linebacker broke his arm during the Panthers NFC Championship Game win over the Cardinals, which prompted him to have surgery on the following Monday.<p>So yes, that means …

The NFL can't even figure out what a catch is IN THE SUPER BOWL

But of course, the NFL says its catch rule doesn't need work.<p>Surprise! In the biggest game of the NFL season, there was confusion over whether somebody made a catch or not! Jerricho Cotchery looked like he hauled this in, but it was ruled incomplete on the field and referees didn't overturn it …

There's something about the NHL's huge suspension for Dennis Wideman that doesn't make sense

The NHL's 20-game suspension of Dennis Wideman makes sense at face value, but when you look a little closer, are they just trying to protect their own interests?<p>The NHL suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday. Here's what led to that:<p>Wideman appeared to maliciously …

Patriots convert improbable 4th down TD only to miss game-tying 2-point conversion

The New England Patriots were down to their final play in the AFC Championship and once again Tom Brady had a little magic up his sleeve. Facing a 4th-and-goal, Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown, despite being under heavy pressure.<p>That was defended wonderfully by the Broncos defense, but …

Alex Smith survived 4 sacks and his own lineman to complete a perfect pass

Alex Smith may be boring, but he'll still dunk on you if you give him the chance.<p>People have been calling Alex Smith "boring" throughout his NFL career. Despite some decent numbers with the Chiefs, he is a labeled a game manager who can't make plays deep downfield. And maybe those people are right …

Appreciating Oregon's Vernon Adams, who had one of the best QB seasons of the last decade

All of this from an FCS transfer.<p>Oregon's 2015 season ended in San Antonio at the Alamo Bowl, with quarterback Vernon Adams wearing a headset on the sidelines, as Adams watched his team blow a 31-0 halftime lead that he built against TCU. That was a perhaps a fitting way for a strange, up-and-down …

It's so cold in Minnesota that camera batteries are freezing, and it gets worse

A freezing cold, bone-chilling NFL Playoff game is exactly what everyone wants. Scratch that. It's exactly what everyone who is in their warm house wants. For fans and players in Minnesota it's something else entirely.<p>Maybe you forgot, but the Vikings are playing outside this year. They're using …

Kevin Love forgets how to play defense while guarding Andrew Wiggins

Remember that trade between the Timberwolves and Cavaliers that included Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Love? Well, here it is, one-on-one. And it looks like one side of that trade isn't playing much defense,<p>Wiggins just speeds by the former Timberwolves player for a nice throwdown slam! Of course this …

Matt Barkley took the field in Uggs and not much else

The Cardinals QBs' friendly bet has become pretty well known, and this week's loser was Matt Barkley.<p>What we appear to be looking at here is Barkley in Uggs, Cardinals themed compression shorts, a belly shirt and a football helmet, running out of the locker room and onto an NFL football field. …

Rick Carlisle can’t stop talking about hitting 'a bull in the a** with a bass fiddle'

Rick Carlisle is undoubtedly one the NBA's top coaches, but even the greats have rough days at the office. Friday was one of those days. The Heat walloped the Mavericks 106-82, as Dallas shot 36 percent from the field and 7-31 from beyond the arc.<p>After the game, Carlisle expressed his disdain in an …

NBA

Last year, Art Briles' Baylor broke bowl season's passing record. This year, the rushing record

The Bears can never again be labeled a one-trick, soft offense by people who've never actually watched them.<p>It's impressive enough to be historically good at one football thing. In the past year, Baylor has been historically impressive at two.<p>In last year's Cotton Bowl, Baylor squared off against …

Referee sums up Quick Lane Bowl with bizarre 'THERE IS NO ACTION ON THE FIELD' announcement

That's just mean, stripes!<p>The Quick Lane Bowl hasn't been the most thrilling bowl game of all time ... and apparently the referee knows it:<p>"THERE IS NO ACTION HERE ON THE FIELD. WE'RE GONNA PLAY THE GAME HERE. LET'S GO."<p>Honestly, I'm not sure why the referee said this.<p>Maybe he was trying to say …

NFL

Anthony Davis threw the ball off Eric Gordon’s face so hard it ended in a backcourt violation

Anthony Davis is one of the best players in the NBA in almost every facet of the game, including playing dodgeball against his teammates apparently.<p>This pass smacked Eric Gordon in the face so hard that it A) resulted in a backcourt violation and B) may have injured the Pelicans guard who was being …

Julio Jones skies over Luke Kuechly to pull Falcons ahead of Panthers

It's going to take extraordinary things for the Falcons to get past the Panthers, but they're getting the incredible out of Julio Jones. This catch is by far the best of Jones' day, but it's far from the only catch he's made.<p>The Falcons are attacking the Panthers with a series of short slant plays …

It's so snowy at the Sun Bowl, camera operators can't find the football

The weather outside is frightful ...<p>It's snowy at the Sun Bowl. Yes, the Sun Bowl, in El Paso, Texas, is being played in borderline blizzard conditions. So snowy, in fact, that the camera operators can't quite find the football:<p>Miami's kicker was just practicing his kickoff stroke, but CBS' camera …

Kris Humphries' end of quarter heave lands 50 feet short of the basket

The holidays have a different effect on everyone. It seems like maybe Kris Humphries celebrated a little too much this week because he went for a three-quarter court shot at the end of the first quarter that landed about 50 feet short. It was baaaaaaad. Another option is that Kris was trying to …

Spurs’ flawless passing is a basketball fan’s dream come true

It was the brilliant Michael Scott who once said that basketball is like jazz. If that's the case, I'm pretty sure we just witnessed "Birth of the Cool" on the hardwood thanks to the San Antonio Spurs:<p>Perfection. That's eight passes in roughly 10 seconds to set up an easy layup. This is the kind of …

Josh Norman vs. Odell Beckham Jr. was as entertaining as we expected

Beckham vs. Norman quickly devolved into a UFC title fight.<p>The game between the New York Giants and Carolina Panthers wasn't exactly lacking in fireworks or drama. Most notably, there was a Super Bowl-caliber matchup taking place every time the Giants were on offense: The battle between wide …

Matt Cassel's throw was so bad it was picked off AND called for intentional grounding

Before Saturday's game, it looked like Matt Cassel could be close to losing his starting spot with the Cowboys. Throws like this won't help:<p>Not only did the pass get picked off, but Cassel got called for intentional grounding because he wasn't out of the pocket when he threw the pass and <i>there was</i> …

Cowboys cornerback dislocated his knee and popped it back in like he was folding down the leg of a table

Maybe skip over this one if you're squeamish.<p>Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones dislocated his knee against the Jets on Saturday's <i>Thursday Night Football</i>. It's the kind of injury that makes you recoil in fear, but he made the whole thing seem so calm and worry free. Heck, this is how he explained the …

Tennessee's Armani Moore gives us this season's most amazing flop

Meet Tennessee's Armani Moore, who is now infamous for this extremely bad flop against Butler. Say no to flopping, kids.

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TV microphone picks up Patrick Peterson yelling 'stop f---ing with me' at Rams

Patrick Peterson is an amazing cornerback, and he knows it. The Rams are learning it.<p>Considering the Rams have yet to score, Peterson is probably right to say they should find a different strategy.