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Rangers feel down but say they're not out

NEW YORK – In a dressing room filled with forlorn faces coming to grips with the reality of a 0-3 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, there was some chatter about the impossible.

"I'm not going to lie to you – today, it's pretty much impossible to be upbeat," Rangers forward Brad Richards said …

Los Angeles Kings

Chael Sonnen fails random drug test

LAS VEGAS -- UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has failed a random drug test and will not fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 on July 5.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission randomly tested Sonnen last month while he was in Las Vegas to attend a UFC news conference. Results confirmed the presence of two …

Chael Sonnen

Shelly Sterling lawyers to ask judge to sign off on Clippers takeover

The latest round in the contentious legal wrangling over ownership of the Clippers is scheduled for Wednesday, when Shelly Sterling’s lawyers plan to go to court to ask a judge to sign off on her takeover of a family trust, an action she used to clear the way for her sale of the NBA …

Donald Sterling

Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher -- can no experience equal great success?

Only in professional sports, and more so in the NBA than anywhere else, can two people be hired to do two jobs they've never done and be paid a combined $85 million to do them. That's where the Knicks stand, as Phil Jackson's five-year, $60 million deal combines with Derek Fisher's five-year, $25 …

Derek Fisher

Machado suspended five games for throwing bat

Orioles third baseman plans to appeal ruling resulting from incident with A's on Sunday

BALTIMORE -- In his apology following Monday night's game, Manny Machado said a suspension from Major League Baseball had crossed his mind. What the 21-year-old didn't say was that he would go along with whatever …

Buck Showalter

Bob Welch dies at 57 — Cy Young Award winner for A’s in 1990

Bob Welch, a pivotal member of the A’s World Series teams of 1988, 1989 and 1990, has died at 57, the team announced today.

The cause of death was unavailable, the A’s said.

“I’m just speechless, heartbroken and sad,” Dave Stewart said of his friend and teammate.

Welch pitched for the A’s through the …

San Francisco

Will the @miamiheat even the #NBAFinals 1-1 or will the @officialspurs take 2-0 lead? Game 2, 8pm/et on ABC! @ AT&T Center

Chandler Parsons Wants to Remain with Rockets, Says 'I Love Houston'

Being surrounded by adoring fans and getting treated like a rock star suits Chandler Parsons just fine, which is probably why he'd like to stick with the Houston Rockets.

"I want to be here," Parsons told Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston while being mobbed by female fans at a Macy's fragrance …

Report: Suns want Kevin Love, could offer Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe

The Phoenix Suns are in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears, and they have the assets to make the Minnesota Timberwolves quite an intriguing offer.

Goran Dragic made the All-NBA third team this season, and Eric Bledsoe is 24 years old with All-Star appearances in his …

Kevin Love

Yankees Draft Kenny Powers Look-Alike in the 14th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft

With the 422nd pick in the 2014 MLB draft, the New York Yankees selected pitcher Kenny Powers...errr, Sean Carley, out of West Virginia.

Powers is, of course, a fictional character played by actor Danny McBride in the hit HBO show Eastbound & Down, while Carley is a very real pitching prospect. He …

Best Fits for Jeff Samardzija, David Price and Top MLB Trade Candidates

The MLB trade deadline is still nearly two months away, but with the amateur draft now in the rearview mirror, the rumor mill will likely start to heat up around names like Jeff Samardzija and David Price in the days and weeks to come.

This year's trade market figures to be very pitching-heavy, with …

Russell Martin isn’t having a great day

Russell Martin isn’t having a great day.

2014 MLB Draft Grades: Chart for All Team-by-Team Results and Picks

Of the United States' four major professional sports, Major League Baseball's draft is the most difficult to assess. By a significant margin.

Starting with the obvious: There were 1,204 players taken over the three-day draft. That number alone is enough to fill all 30 teams' 40-man rosters—with four …

Fan Dressed in Bear Costume Shows Up at Padres Game

It appears that bears love baseball too.

A fan in a very realistic bear costume showed up at Petco Park to watch the San Diego Padres take on the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

[MLB, h/t For The Win]

The most sober horse you’ve ever seen

The most sober horse you’ve ever seen.

AL #ASG ballot leaders: 1B Miggy 2B Cano SS Jeter 3B Donaldson C Wieters DH Cruz OF Bautista (vote leader) OF Trout OF Melky Balloting remains open until July 3 – so submit yours up to 35 times at

James has 13, Heat and Spurs tied at halftime

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LeBron James scored 13 points in the first half of his return after missing the end of the opener with cramps, and the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs were tied at 43 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

James had 11 points in the second quarter after a slow start, …

These Athletes Came To LeBron James' Defense Because Cramps Are 'Absolutely The Worst'

To many former and current professional professional athletes, LeBron James' cramps were no laughing matter. While some San Antonio Spurs fans and assorted LeBron haters may have been having a field day ripping James for leaving Game 1 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter because of cramps, …

Lebron James

Danny Green made a hydration joke before Game 2, which might not be a great idea

If LeBron James scores 70,000,000 points tonight, blame it on a picture his former Cavs teammate posted on Instagram.

Somebody told Danny Green to put a picture of himself drinking Alkame Water, a brand he's a spokesperson for, on Instagram:

"Staying hydrated before game 2 lol @alkamewater"

This …

Lebron James

Is the Phil Mickelson feel-good story destined to end the way California Chrome's did?

The tendency in attempting to script a sporting event is to allow emotion to dictate the conclusion — usually the happiest ending possible. If wishful thinking had any bearing on an outcome, California Chrome would have galloped into immortality on Saturday.

This brings us to a horse of a different …

Zimmermann 2-hits Padres in 6-0 Nationals win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The way Jordan Zimmermann was pitching, the San Diego Padres didn't have a chance.

Zimmermann took a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished with a two-hitter and a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory against the San Diego Padres on …

Manny Machado ejected after throwing bat toward 3rd base

Not a good look, Manny.The benches cleared for the second time in this weekend's series between the Orioles and Athletics on Sunday afternoon, and again, third baseman Manny Machado was in the middle of it.On Friday, Machado took exception to a tag placed on him by A's third baseman Josh …


Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic for ninth French Open title

History both repeated itself and was made Sunday on the rust-red clay of Roland Garros.

After 3 1/2 grueling hours, Novak Djokovic served trying to save championship point in the fourth set against Rafael Nadal, the undisputed king of the French Open. Two years ago, Djokovic was in the exact same …

ATP World Tour

Athletic Director Pat Haden speaks about USC sanctions and the future

Pat Haden replaced Mike Garrett as USC's athletic director in August 2010, two months after the NCAA sanctioned USC for "lack of institutional control." Reporter Gary Klein recently met with Haden to talk about the last four years and the future.

Klein: How has USC fared through the four years of

Pat Haden

Spurs fans mock LeBron James' cramps with moderately creative signs

Just in case LeBron James forgot he suffered some serious cramps in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, these Spurs fans are here to remind him.

And they're going to remind him with slightly funny signs. Here's one of the better ones:

Here's one of the really terrible ones:

Lebron James

Parrot family reunion, via @pittsburghpirates.

LeBron James imitates Allen Iverson's famous 'practice' rant

LeBron James met with reporters Saturday and said he’s feeling better after cramps forced him to leave Game 1. With three days of rest before Game 2 Sunday night, James feels prepared for the biggest game of the season. Teammate Dwyane Wade asked James the final question of the interview …

Allen Iverson

California Chrome chases history in Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome is 1 1/2 miles away from ending the longest drought in racing history — 36 years without a Triple Crown winner.

Eleven horses as good or better than him have tried to complete the sweep in the Belmont Stakes and failed since 1978. The chestnut colt with the modest …

Pete Rose to manage independent baseball team for one game

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Pete Rose is set to return to the dugout.

The 73-year-old career hits leader is going to manage one game for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League on June 16.

Rose was managing the Cincinnati Reds in 1989 when he agreed to a lifetime ban from Major League …