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Alabama football self-reports five secondary violations to NCAA

Alabama football made some minor mistakes between July of last year and June of this year. Here they are.<p>Per al.com, Alabama announced last week that …

Tour de France 2015 route and map: Cycling's best face lots of climbs and little rest

The 2015 Tour de France will test riders in every way imaginable, with crosswinds, cobbles and lot -- LOTS -- of climbing.<p>The 2015 Tour de France begins on July 4, oddly enough, in the Netherlands. In its never-ending quest to keep things "fresh," the Tour organizers selected France's near-neighbor …

Road Cycling

Real Madrid Transfer News: Major Rumours on Rafa Benitez's Summer Plans

Sergio Ramos appears to be edging ever closer to a move away from Real Madrid.<p>According to J.L. Calderon of <i>Marca</i>, the Spaniard is adamant in his desire to depart the Bernabeu for pastures new. Per the report:<p>This is no hot-headed decision, but rather one that has been meditated, and... is …

Soccer

Less than half of young people in the US are extremely proud to be American

According to a new Gallup poll, only 43% of Americans under 30 are “extremely proud” to be from the Land of the Free. Across all Americans, it is just 54%—the lowest since Gallup first asked the question, just when Bill Clinton’s presidency ended at the start of 2001.<p>Later that year, of course, the …

George W. Bush

Hot dog hysteria: Inside the body of a speed eater

If you find competitive eating contests hard to stomach, imagine what it's like being the stomach of a competitive eater.<p>Professional speed eaters like Joey Chesnut, Matt Stonie, Takeru Kobayashi, nicknamed "the tsunami," or Molly Schuyler are not like us. They have suppressed gag reflexes and can …

Hot Dogs

UK's biggest tech retailer joins forces with Sprint to open 500 stores in US

A joint venture between Dixons Carphone and Sprint will expand the carrier's retail operation in the US.<p>The UK's biggest technology retailer is crossing the Atlantic to provide know-how for new Sprint stores.<p>Just in time for Independence Day, British retail group Dixons Carphone and the US carrier …

Selling

Soviet space shuttle program ruins | CNN Travel

Space Shuttle

Canada’s Pan Am basketball team will be notable for absence of NBA stars

Andrew Wiggins and the best young basketball players in Canada will play for their country this summer – but they won't be on the court at the Pan Am Games in Toronto this month.<p>Canada will field a B-team at the Pan Ams, largely because of logistics with the NBA. The much more important tournament …

Tech companies say they might be forced to reveal company secrets under a new Chinese security law

According to the New York Time s, the law, which calls for a review of the tech industry and foreign investments in China, is asking that tech industry giants be "secure and controllable."<p>It's that vague phrasing that troubles multinationals and foreign industry groups.<p>"Foreign companies are …

China

Quick on the cards, Brazilian referees sending a message to players: Stop the whining!

Brazilian referees are done with tolerating whining players.<p>After years of being angrily confronted after nearly every call in stadiums across Brazil, they are finally being allowed to strike back.<p>The Brazilian Football Confederation has given referees permission to be ruthless with dissenting …

Bravura Dustin Brown display sends Rafael Nadal crashing out of Wimbledon

• 30-year-old beats Spanish double champion 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 • Nadal out in first week for third time in four years As it happened: read our rolling report from day four at Wimbledon<p>Rafael Nadal was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first week for the third time in four years, bamboozled by the …

Tennis

Hands-on with Parrot's newest range of minidrones designed for air, land and water

Last year, Parrot launched a range of minidrones that were more like those miniature toy radio-controlled helicopters and cars than they were full-size professional-level drones.<p>Unsurprisingly, given the growing interest and relatively low price tag, they were a hit and sold more than 600,000 units.<p>…

Reports: Knicks targeting Corey Brewer, Derrick Williams

New York reportedly has its eye on two free agent forwards, Corey Brewer and Derrick Williams.<p>The New York Knicks seem unlikely to land any marquee …

Falcao signing not a risk, says former Chelsea star

Despite his struggles at Manchester United last term, Chelsea is not taking a gamble on Radamel Falcao, according to ex-star Clive Walker.<p>The signing of Radamel Falcao does not represent a risk for Chelsea, according to former Stamford Bridge star Clive Walker.<p>"I don't think it's a risk for …

Soccer

Phone, TV outages in Sacramento after fiber-optic cables vandalized in Bay Area

The FBI is investigating the severing Tuesday of a cluster of high-capacity fiber-optic cables in the Bay Area that disrupted phone and cable service and slowed Internet access to customers in Northern California.<p>A vandal was believed to have entered an Alameda County manhole and clipped three …

Mark Zuckerberg's Tip for Keeping Your Job at Twitter: Control Your Company

"If you have control of the company -- like I do at Facebook and an increasing number of founders do -- then it is very difficult for investors to fire you."<p>Even though yesterday was his last day on the job, outgoing Twitter CEO Dick Costolo may have an ally in Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.<p>Well-known …

Mark Zuckerberg

Shaq once apparently took $100,000 off Charles Barkley in golf

Both Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley have atrocious swings. Shaq's is apparently the least of two evils.<p>Shaquille O'Neal made $292 million on …

Charles Barkley

This Is Why You Should Consider Dumping Your Traditional Job

79% of independent workers say they're happier without a regular job.<p>Don’t feel bad for independent workers because they don’t have regular jobs, …

Employment

Japan stadium to cost over $2 billion, stick with basic design | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s trouble-plagued new National Stadium, the centerpiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, will cost more than $2 billion to build, nearly twice the original estimate, and be completed two months later than first thought, officials said on Monday.<p>The new stadium, which will …

Summer Olympics

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans full of surprises off field, but no longer a secret on it

TAMPA — The first thing Ashli Dotson thinks you should know about her fiancée is that he digs movies about teenage wizards.<p>"The funny thing when I met him was that he loves Harry Potter, because he doesn't look like he watches Harry Potter," Dotson told USA TODAY Sports recently, sitting next to …

NFL

Cristiano Ronaldo Sells His Image Rights to Valencia Owner Peter Lim

Cristiano Ronaldo's quest for world domination continues, with the Portugal and Real Madrid forward selling his image rights to Valencia's owner, Peter Lim.<p>Lim, who is a close friend of Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, is a valuable link to Asian markets.<p>In a statement on his website, Ronaldo said:<p>I …

Soccer

HOF voters: Deflategate won't affect Tom Brady's legacy

A group of eight Hall of Fame voters who were polled said that Tom Brady's legacy and Hall of Fame chances wouldn't be affected by Deflategate.<p>The …

Report: Bulls give Jimmy Butler maximum qualifying offer

The Bulls will likely keep Jimmy Butler for at least three years.<p>Here's a sentence about Chicago Bulls swingman and soon-to-be restricted free agent …

NBA

Trout of sight: Star robs 2 hits, slugs 20th HR

ANAHEIM -- The challenge came from bench coach Dino Ebel in the early stages of Spring Training. He told the Angels' outfielders to get used to …

Track Down

Mo Farah Says He'll Leave Coach Alberto Salazar If Doping Allegations Are True

Mo Farah spoke Tuesday on the controversy surrounding coach Alberto Salazar, denying any wrongdoing and confirming he will leave Salazar if the allegations are proven true.<p>The 32-year-old British long-distance runner previously told reporters he had full confidence in Salazar and that he wouldn't …

Doping

What the Petr Čech transfer means for Chelsea and Arsenal

Petr Čech's move from Chelsea to Arsenal probably won't win the league for the latter, nor lose it for the former. But nevertheless, it's an interesting move that raises questions for both clubs.<p>To shouts of "Judas!" and the distant crackle of burning polyester, Petr Čech has crossed the great …

Soccer

Brett Favre says at 45 that 'I think I could play' in the NFL

Despite being 45 years old, Brett Favre still thinks his arm is good enough for the NFL.<p>Before the Browns, Bills and any other quarterback-needy …