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Indiana Pacers' 3 Biggest Surprises from Season's 1st Half

Link to Media<p>With 35 games under their belt, the Indiana Pacers have the best record in the Eastern Conference and once again look like an NBA championship contender.<p>Some pleasant surprises have helped Indiana come roaring out of the gates to start the year, while some disappointments have caused …

NBA

Checklist for Kyrie Irving to Resume Superstar Journey

Link to Media<p>Since being selected first overall in the 2011 NBA draft, Kyrie Irving has faced immense pressure as the new face of the Cleveland Cavaliers.<p>His first two seasons were a tremendous success from an individual standpoint, as Irving juked and jived his way around the court to the tune of …

Basketball

J.R. Smith uncertain of his future with Knicks

<i>Here’s ESPN New York on Knick shooting guard J.R. Smith, who has always been a bit of a loose canon but recently is catching more heat than usual:</i><p>In …

NFL Draft 2018 - Latest Draft News and Predictions - CBSSports.com

Mock Draft Central<p>2018 prospect rankings<p>La Canfora: Ranking the first six QBs drafted<p>In rankings where team situations play as big a role as ability, …

NFL

Big Hurt now firmly among game's greatest stars

NEW YORK -- The Big Hurt felt like a big kid on Thursday.<p>Frank Thomas, one of baseball's all-time great hitters who was just elected to the Hall of …

Hall of Fame

Arizona (16-0) withstands late UCLA run to stay perfect

LOS ANGELES -- Arizona took its lumps against UCLA last season, losing three times to its Pac-12 rival. Those defeats stuck in the minds of the …

USA TODAY

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Apps

Joe Rogan's top one-kick knockouts in UFC history

In the latest “Ultimate 8” segment for “UFC: Ultimate Insider,” veteran commentator Joe Rogan counts down the top 8 one-kick knockouts in UFC history.<p>…

UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler fight card

The UFC will be in Dallas, Texas for the first time since 2009, and unlike UFC 103, the main event features a championship bout. Come to think of it, …

The 10 Biggest MMA Beatdowns of 2013

Link to Media<p>Getting tired of all these "Best of 2013" lists yet? You better not be.<p>At least not until you've read this one, also known as the best one. Oh, you want some red meat, MMA fan? Enjoy the leaking of the humors, do you? Here, I've got your freakin' gore right here. What follows is a list …

Nate Diaz

Morning Report

With Anderson Silva eager to begin rehabbing his broken left leg, his management team is already plotting his comeback. Silva's chief advisors, Ed …

Barao: Faber 'has evolved a lot' since 2012

Renan Barao’s path will cross with Urijah Faber’s once again.<p>Barao, who dominated Faber at UFC 149 to become the UFC interim bantamweight champion, …

Anthony Pettis nabs Submission of the Year honors

<i>This week MMAjunkie recognizes MMA’s greatest achievements from the past year. We’re honoring fighters in six categories as part of MMAjunkie’s 2013</i> …

BE 2013 Year-End MMA Awards - Best Fight

Over the next few days, Bloody Elbow is going to ask for your opinion on some of the best things that have happened in the MMA world over the course …

UFC Best of 2013: Year in Review

Poirier responds to 'tomato can' Brandao

Dustin Poirier picked up one of the bigger wins of his career when he stopped Diego Brandao on the main card of UFC 168. All sorts of weird things …

Khabib: 'Where is my opponent?'

"Where you at Gil!? Gil, where you at!?" That's effectively what Khabib Nurmagomedov wants to know after a planned bout between the two of them fell …

Matt Brown Calls for Topless Women's MMA, Says Ladies Lack KO Power on Podcast

Link to Media<p>Matt Brown may have stormed back to title relevance in 2013, but apparently his brain got left back in the welterweight division's middle tier.<p>The Immortal debuted his podcast last week, entitled <i>Legit Man Sh**</i> and subtly begged UFC president Dana White to give him an angry phone …

Feminism

Daniel Cormier on weight drop, comparing Rashad Evans to Jon Jones

Daniel Cormier became the #1 contender to the UFC's heavyweight title this past year. Only problem is, his friend and training partner Cain Velasquez …

UFC 168 Pay-Per-View Buys Top 1 Million, Second Highest in Promotion's History

Link to Media<p>UFC 168 brought eager fight fans to their couches and recliners across the globe by the millions—literally.<p>On Wednesday evening's edition of "Wrestling Observer Radio," noted MMA historian and journalist Dave Meltzer spoke with his co-host Bryan Alvarez, saying (h/t Fansided's Josh …

UFC

Best MMA Quotes of 2013

Link to Media<p>The old adage is that some things are better left unsaid, but honestly, where’s the fun in that?<p>An actual sport along with a pinch of theatrics has turned MMA into the world’s fastest growing sport.<p>Of course, we all look forward to seeing the best fighters on the planet compete against …

Vince McMahon

Travis Browne needs new UFC contract before he can fight for title shot

Travis Browne will fight for a UFC title shot next against Fabricio Werdum, that is, if the Hawaiian can come to terms with the UFC on a new …

Chris Weidman earns Knockout of the Year

<i>This week MMAjunkie recognizes MMA’s greatest achievements from the past year. We’re honoring fighters in six categories as part of MMAjunkie’s 2013</i> …

UFC Welterweight Martin Kampmann Announces Hiatus from MMA

Link to Media<p>Georges St-Pierre isn't the only long-time UFC welterweight who is taking a break from the sport now. Speaking with MMA Junkie Radio, 31 year-old Dane Martin Kampmann announced that he too will be taking a break from MMA.<p>"I’ve had a lot of tough fights and even the ones I win, I …

UFC

WSOF reps blast UFC fighter Matt Brown's controversial WMMA comments

Promoters and a women’s strawweight from World Series of Fighting on Thursday criticized recent comments made by UFC welterweight Matt Brown, who …

Anderson Silva's Desired Return to Octagon Is Concerning but Inevitable

Link to Media<p>Anderson Silva is a fighter. It seems a rather obvious and unnecessary thing to spell out in words—yes, man who punches people in the face for a living is indeed a fighter, smart guy—but it's an important distinction that separates Silva from other athletes.<p>Quitting is a taboo phrase …

Anderson Silva