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Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Brittney Griner is 23 years old, 6 feet 8 inches tall and one of the best female basketball players in the world. She was the WNBA top draft pick last year, and in college she set records for the most blocked shots in a season and the most career blocks in history — for male <i>and</i> female players. …

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Dunk of the Night: Wednesday, April 9

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Gerald Green has once again taken over the Dunk of the Night award.<p>Link to Media<p>The 2007 Slam Dunk Contest champ once again wowed his fans by charging the baseline and finishing with a double-pump jam against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Russell Westbrook scores 30 to help Thunder ward off Clippers

LOS ANGELES -- Oklahoma City has its starting five back together just in time for the playoffs. Their weeks apart didn't hurt their defense at …

Paul Goldschmidt, D'backs beat Giants 7-3

Tim Lincecum is signed with the Giants through 2015, which means he could face Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in as many as 10 more games. Lincecum has to solve Goldschmidt. There cannot be 25 intentional walks.<p>Goldschmidt was not Lincecum's sole problem in Wednesday night's 7-3 …

Perfect place for Rory McIlroy and his peers to open a gap on Tiger Woods

It seems faintly ludicrous to have the preamble to one of the most significant sporting occasions of the year dominated by someone who is not even a part of it. That, however, is the reality of Tiger Woods. Iconic status casts its shadow when golf's world No1 is not on the premises.<p>What can also be …

UFC Fight Night 39: Keys to Victory for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Roy Nelson will compete against one another in the main event at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi.<p>The two heavyweights enter the evening ranked No. 11 and No. 9 respectively. The winner may have an outside shot of working themselves back into title …

MLB Prospects Update: Hottest, Coldest Pitchers at Every Minor League Level

The 2014 Minor League Baseball season began last Thursday, and there already have been countless standout performances by top prospects across all four full-season levels.<p>For those familiar with our weekly hot/cold lists that appeared on Prospect Pipeline during the previous two seasons, you’ll be …

Andrelton Simmons makes absurd play, is still the best

Included: butt throw.<p>The glow of Opening Day is gone. All that's left is baseball. So much baseball. But there are still some Opening Day-like firsts to embrace. Here is your first "WAIT ANDRELTON SIMMONS DID WHAT???" GIF of the year:<p>There have been other plays from him this year, but none with all …

Freddie Roach: Timothy Bradley victory over Manny Pacquiao in first fight due to 'incompetent' officials

Manny Pacquiao v Timothy Bradley judging controversy created superfight but coach Freddie Roach claims two Bradley victories due to "incompetent" officials<p><b>Follow Pacquiao v Bradley live with Gareth A Davies in Las Vegas on Saturday night</b><p>The rematch pitching <b>Manny Pacquiao</b> against Timothy Bradley on …

Buffalo Bills 2014 NFL Mock Draft: 7-Round Predictions for the Bills

The Buffalo Bills were relatively quiet in free agency, but they still managed to address several of their needs. Now, with six pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Bills have a chance to fill their remaining holes and round out the depth chart.<p>The Bills spent most of their time and resources to add …

Quotables: Zach Mettenberger '97 percent' healthy, Adrian Peterson supports college pay-for-play

The LSU draft hopeful backed up claims of his recovery from ACL surgery with a solid pro day. Meanwhile, Peterson believes college athletes should be paid by the NCAA, and A.J. McCarron attempted to downplay his appearance in an upcoming reality show.<p>"LSU trainer Jack Marucci told me they tested …

Jacques Patrick recruit scouting report: Power running back

Jacques Patrick is an elite Class of 2015 running back.<p>Patrick, out of Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Fla., stands 6'2, weighs 232 pounds and he runs a reported 4.51-second 40-yard dash. As of April, he is rated as a consensus four-star prospect, according to 247sports, Rivals, Scout and …

Staubach: Draft Manziel over Clowney

If Roger Staubach were on the clock with the No. 1 pick in this year's NFL draft, there's no doubt in his mind that he'd take quarterback Johnny …

A.J. McCarron, Katherine Webb to star in reality TV show

Because of course the former Alabama quarterback and his supermodel girlfriend are filming a reality show about their wedding.<p>There's been a lot of drama in A.J. McCarron's life recently. There was starting 11-0 during his final season as the starting quarterback at Alabama only to miss out on a …

How the NBA decided to let Larry Sanders serve his suspension now

The center was previously ruled out for the season. Instead, he's been activated so he can serve his drug suspension this season.<p>Back on March 20, Bucks coach Larry Drew confirmed to reporters that the team's star center Larry Sanders would miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured bone …

Toby Weathersby scouting report: Athletic offensive tackle

The lean lineman is one of the most athletic tackles in the 2015 class.<p>Toby Weathersby is one of the top offensive linemen in the country, garnering major interest from some high-level suitors.<p>Weathersby attends Houston (Texas) Westfield High School, and is listed at 6'4.5 and 295 pounds. Rivals …

James DeGale to fight Brandon Gonzáles in Wembley final eliminator

James DeGale has revealed his mother, Diane, talked him out of quitting boxing when depression threatened to envelop the frustrated Olympic gold medallist after six years as a professional. On Thursday his spirits were considerably lifted after he committed to a change in career by leaving his …

Trent Irwin recruit scouting report: Receiver is true deep threat

Trent Irwin is one of the best receiver recruits in the country. Find out why in our scouting report.<p>Trent Irwin is a top offensive playmaker from one of the top football states in the nation, and he's getting serious interest from big-time programs.<p>Irwin attends Newhall (Calif.) Hart High School, …