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What Wrigley Field looks like 2 weeks before Opening Day

The renovations, which include completely tearing down the outfield bleachers, was recently delayed by cold weather. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel denied a request by the Cubs for around-the-clock, seven-days-a-week construction, creating concerns that the 101-year-old stadium wouldn't be ready for …

White Man In St. Louis Area Punches Former Cardinal Curt Ford, Tells Him To 'Go Back To Ferguson'

A white man allegedly punched former St. Louis Cardinal Curt Ford in the St. Louis area recently and then told him to “go back to Ferguson, you [unknown racial slur here, but you can probably guess],” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.<p>Ford, who played 276 games for the Cardinals between 1985 …

Minnesota Vikings sign 6'9", 350-pound Polish player who never played college football

The 6'9", 351-pound Aiyegbusi last played for the Dresden Monarchs in Germany. The little NFL scouts know about him they learned at the University of Texas at San Antonio last week, where Aiyegbusi flew 22 hours from Poland to participate in the school's pro day, Michael C. Wright of ESPN …

Kentucky Leads the Pack into the Elite 8

Winston-Mariota Could Be the Next Manning-Leaf

The off-field concerns teams once had about Jameis Winston are mostly gone.<p>Numerous team officials say that as teams have met with Winston, he has answered every question and eradicated most doubts about his past.<p>One particular interview with an AFC team at the scouting combine typified how the …

For Russell Wilson, Is Baseball a Dream or a Future Reality?

Rewind the clock.<p>The senior quarterback at Wisconsin runs through the growing late-afternoon shadows that stretch across the field at Camp Randall Stadium, smiling luminously, imploring his teammates to keep up with him during a final sprint before the end of practice. It is a cold autumn day in …

Nick Fairley Found Guilty of Reckless Driving, Acquitted of DUI

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was acquitted on a driving under the influence charge Friday; however, the 27-year-old star was ruled guilty of reckless driving.<p>According to Jacqueline Quynh of WKRG.com, the soon-to-be free agent will have to pay a $500 fine as punishment:<p>AL.com's …

Mo'ne Davis, West beat MVP Kevin Hart's East in celeb game

Mo'ne Davis helped bring the West a victory over the East, but it was Kevin Hart who walked away with his fourth straight MVP trophy before …

Steph Curry lost to a 10-year-old in a 3-point shooting contest

He may be an All-Star, but Steph Curry was no match for a 10-year-old internet sensation Jaden Newman. Newman, who was recruited by the University of Miami when she was just nine, entered a shooting competition against Curry and won.<p>But before the competition began, Newman asked Curry to sign a …

Steph Curry

Patriots QB Tom Brady named Super Bowl XLIX MVP

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named the Super Bowl XLIX Most Valuable Player.<p>Brady completed 37-of-50 passes for 328 yards with …

Steelers' patriarch thinks Pittsburgh should host a Super Bowl

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney talked Friday about the city of Pittsburgh hosting a Super Bowl.<p>A year ago, the Seahawks annihilated the Broncos in …

Pete Carroll explains why the Seahawks ran what is being called the worst play call in Super Bowl history

The decision backfired, as Russell Wilson threw an interception to help seal a 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots, and is now being referred to as the worst call in Super Bowl history.<p>After the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll explained the decision, and it basically comes down to the …

NFL

2015 NFL mock draft: Marcus Mariota back at No. 1

The draft's biggest debate will intensify over the next several weeks as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers figure out which quarterback they should take. Whomever they choose will have a ripple effect through the rest of the draft.<p>Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston? Over the next several weeks leading up to …

Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch has made recruiting even easier for LSU

Taking advantage of Odell Beckham Jr.'s brilliance as an NFL rookie has helped LSU keep its recruiting train rolling as National Signing Day …

Bell: Malcolm Butler is star of Patriots Super Bowl party

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Being a sudden Super Bowl hero can come with some risks.<p>That much was apparent in the wee hours of the morning on Monday at the resort hotel the New England Patriots took over during Super Bowl week, when hundreds of revelers mixed with players, coaches and staff members to …

Super Bowl 49: Seahawks OC Bevell blames receiver for interception

Not a good look for the Seattle offensive coordinator.<p>The Seahawks lost the Super Bowl in heart-breaking fashion. Russell Wilson's late interception …

LeBeau resigns as Steelers defensive coordinator

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau has resigned as the defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.<p>The 77-year-old LeBeau had been …

Dick LeBeau 'resigning not retiring' as he parts ways with Pittsburgh Steelers

Dick LeBeau, one of the most revered defensive coordinators in the NFL who is regarded as the architect of the zone blitz that is copied by so many other teams, has agreed to mutually part ways with the Steelers.<p>LeBeau just completed his 11th season in his second tour of duty with the Steelers, but …

Marcus Mariota is Oregon's only offensive player to start all year at the same position

How many other offenses would've fallen apart with that much change?<p>You know about Ohio State starting its third-string quarterback in the National Championship. You might also know that Oregon's suffered injuries to 15 starters throughout this season.<p>But how about this as a way to show what Oregon …

Nobody Wins When The Final Score Is 161-2

Lopsided doesn't begin to describe this.<p>Arroyo Valley High School defeated Bloomington High 161-2 in a Southern California girls basketball game Monday. But Bloomington's coach said Arroyo Valley's coach lost at sportsmanship.<p>“People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team," Bloomington coach Dale Chung …

High School Basketball

Only 2nd time 3 of last 4 QBs already own a Super Bowl ring

With Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson headed to the NFL's conference title games, this is the first time in 21 years — and only second …

2015 NFL mock draft: And now Jameis Winston at No. 1

This week's fake draft scenario involves the controversial Florida State quarterback getting taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first overall pick.<p>With the 2015 NFL Draft not starting for another 107 days, we're still working our way through different scenarios with these mock drafts. Last …

Dez Bryant was robbed of a catch and we're being robbed of football

There is much consternation, despair, and glee surrounding Dez Bryant’s miraculous catch – not catch – which doomed the Dallas Cowboys.<p>NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino attempted to explain.<p>That of course, is the rule. If a player goes to the ground in the process of making a catch, …

Dez Bryant

Peyton Manning shouldn't rush retirement decision

Here's what Peyton Manning should do:<p>Write that hand-written, thank-you letter he so genuinely does from his heart instead of his iPad upon the retirements of all those fellow NFL greats who played the game the right way during Manning's 17-year, slam-dunk, first-ballot Hall of Fame career.<p>Then, …

Randy Johnson's photography company logo is a dead bird

Randy Johnson has a sense of humor.<p>Randy Johnson hit a bird with a baseball once. It was, uh, explosive.<p>In his post-playing days, Randy Johnson owns a photography company. The logo for that company is a dead (but unexploded) bird.<p>It's a good thing he's getting voted into the Hall of Fame later on …

Jeff Gordon nearly drove the No. 46 car if not for 'Days of Thunder'

If it weren’t for “Days of Thunder,” Jeff Gordon would be driving the No. 46 car and not the iconic No. 24 Chevrolet.<p>Ask a NASCAR fan the three most identifiable numbers in history and almost universally their responses, in some order, would be Richard Petty's No. 43, Dale Earnhardt's No. 3 and …

Why the Oregon Ducks Don’t Believe in Yelling

Breaking With Football Tradition, the Ducks’ Coaches Don’t Scream at Their Players; ‘Society Has Changed’<p>Oregon football has become famous for doing things a certain way: fast, flashy and, above all else, loud. This is a team that plays before a deafening home crowd, dons ostentatious, …

College Football

Steelers with plenty of questions entering offseason

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin likes his quarterback and wants to keep him. Signing Ben Roethlisberger to a new long-term deal may be the easiest thing to check off on the Pittsburgh Steelers' lengthy offseason "to do" list.<p>Pittsburgh returned to the top of the AFC North in 2014, going 11-5 and …