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Velasquez, likely next foe Werdum chase own legacies

For a long time, it seemed as if the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight title was not something that was owned but borrowed.<p>In more than 15 years, no one has been able to successfully defend the heavyweight belt more than two times in a row.<p>Current champion Cain Velasquez (13-1 mixed …

World Cup 2014 play-off draw: Portugal face Sweden in battle for Brazil

Portgual will face Sweden in arguably the pick of the European World Cup play-offs, the draw for which took place at Fifa's headquarters in Zurich on Monday afternoon.<p>The first legs will take place on 15 November, when Sweden will travel to Portugal, France will be in Ukraine, Greece will host …

Champ Bailey injury: Broncos CB could miss time with ailing foot

The future Hall of Famer is having all sorts of problems with a balky left foot, perhaps putting him on the shelf again.<p>Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey had to leave the game on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts after re-injuring his left foot, according to the Denver Post.<p>Bailey …

Yankees, Rangers and Red Sox expected to pursue Brian McCann

McCann is expected to draw the interest of many big-market teams this winter.<p>Free agent catcher Brian McCann will draw interest from many of the big-market teams this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.<p>The Yankees, Rangers, Red Sox, Cubs and Angels will all be searching for a catcher this …

Deron Williams hopeful, but uncertain he'll be healthy for season opener

The Nets star point guard is frustrated that he hasn't been able to return to the lineup.<p>Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams remains out of the lineup with a sprained right ankle, and as the start of the regular season creeps closer, the less and less likely it looks that Williams will be …

Taylor Hall injury: Oilers forward to undergo MRI on knee

Taylor Hall will undergo an MRI on his knee, which was injured against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.<p>Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall returned to Edmonton on Sunday to undergo an MRI on his knee, the team announced.<p>Hall sustained the injury during Saturday's contest against the Ottawa …

Getafe's Pedro León on the way back to being Pedro León again

This was the week in which Diego Costa didn't score, Lionel Messi didn't score, and Cristiano Ronaldo did score but apologised for it. The week in which Valladolid's Patrick Ebert scored a belting free-kick in the 85th minute to extend Sevilla's run without an away win to a year and a month and …

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang speeds to Arsenal test

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly does not lack confidence. Last summer, when asked by a German newspaper how quick he really is, the Borussia Dortmund forward answered: "Maybe you should organise a race between me and Usain Bolt to find out … "<p>Usain Bolt? The world record holder and six-times …

Zach Hodskins commits to Florida

Zach Hodskins, who was born without the lower half of his left arm, committed to Florida on Saturday as a preferred walk-on.<p>"It's always been my …

College Sports

Isaac Redman released by Steelers, according to report

The Steelers are a bit lighter at running back following the release of one of Isaac Redman.<p>The Pittsburgh Steelers have released five-year veteran running back Issac Redman, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Redman had not appeared in a game for the Steelers since Week 3. He was buried behind …

Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the drama of the Dirtiest Race in History

When I started writing this blog 18 months ago, there were numerous sporting events that immediately sprung to mind when I considered which topics to cover. One certainty was that at some point I would try my very best to research, investigate, and compose a piece about the 1988 Olympics men's 100m …

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway insists 'I know that I can turn this around' after 4-1 defeat to Fulham

Ian Holloway insists he can revive troubled Crystal Palace as manager admits he may have signed too many players<p><b>Crystal Palace</b> manager Ian Holloway refused to talk about his future at the club on Monday night, after a lengthy meeting with co-chairman Steve Parish following their heavy defeat at …

John Terry Discusses Latest Status on New Chelsea Contract

John Terry will leave his future in the hands of Jose Mourinho but admits he hopes to impress enough this season to earn a new contract at Chelsea.<p>Terry is enjoying something of a career renaissance under Mourinho, who has restored the centre-back as Chelsea’s lynchpin in defence.<p>However, Neil …

Wales hooker Matthew Rees to miss autumn Tests after testicular surgery

The former Wales captain Matthew Rees is to undergo testicular surgery and will miss the autumn Test series.<p>The 32-year-old Cardiff Blues hooker faces "an enforced spell away from rugby," the club said in a statement. "Rees, who joined the region from Scarlets this summer, will miss Friday's league …

European Team of the Week

The Heineken Cup once again assumed its place as Europe’s premier competition this weekend, producing a number of shock results and tide-turning displays.<p>Leinster, Toulouse and Ulster continued to dominate their pools thanks to some dramatic Round 2 wins, while Scarlets, Racing Metro, Toulon and …

Jamaican athletes could be excluded from Olympics

Jamaican athletes such as Usain Bolt could face exclusion from the Olympics after the world anti-doping chief John Fahey warned the nation's drug testers they must prove quickly they are meeting international standards.<p>The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (Jadco) is under intense scrutiny following …

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Arsène Wenger challenges his side to improve in Champions League tie

Arsène Wenger says if Arsenal can defeat last year's finalists, Borussia Dortmund, his side will have an "80 per cent" chance of Champions League advancement<p><b>Arsenal</b> manager Arsène Wenger has challenged his side to improve on Jack Wilshere's wonder goal as they look to close in on qualification for …

Why Borussia Dortmund Match Will Be Vital to Arsenal's Champions League Progress

In his pre-match media conference, Arsene Wenger called this Champions League clash with Dortmund an “80 percent” game. Should Arsenal manage to beat the German side, they will be approximately 80 percent of the way towards qualification.<p>There is some logic behind Wenger’s numerical guesswork. A …

Nike announces new star-studded, space-themed boot for Ronaldo

Nike is celebrating its most dynamic footballer with a new boot made to his specifications that marries the best of their innovations with an attractive space-themed upper.<p>With adidas launching a new special edition boot for Lionel Messi at just about every turn, it's been a bit of a while since …

Sam Bradford done for rest of season

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams spent all day Monday planning for the eventual return of starting quarterback Sam Bradford but also for life …

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Cody McLeod suspension: 5 games for boarding Niklas Kronwall

The NHL has suspended Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod five games for his hit from behind on Niklas Kronwall.<p>The NHL announced on Monday evening that Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod has been suspended five games for a boarding incident involving Detroit's Niklas Kronwall in a game last …

Brandon Jacobs out Monday

The New York Giants, who have been playing running back roulette all season, were without Brandon Jacobs for Monday night's game against the …

Jermichael Finley tweets updates on status, has full feeling in arms and legs

According to his Twitter account, Jermichael Finley was released from intensive care.<p>Green Bay's Jermichael Finley spent Sunday night in an Intensive Care Unit, but the Packers tight end tweeted that he had been transferred out of intensive care and had full feeling in his arms and legs.<p>Finley …

Giants' Run Defense Showing Signs of Life, but Pass Rush Still Slacking

A year ago, the New York Giants thought they had pinned the root of their pass-rush problems.<p>It wasn't that New York's high-profile pass-rushers weren't playing up to their potential—it was the run defense. Without 3rd-and-long situations, created by stuffed rushing attempts on early downs, how …

Colin Kaepernick Has Plenty of Time to Turn Around Slow Start to Season

The San Francisco 49ers have scored more than 30 points in their last four games—all wins—and yet even during the winning streak, Colin Kaepernick hasn't been exceptional.<p>And then there's San Francisco's two losses, in which Kaepernick was abysmal.<p>It's all added up to Kaepernick posting the …

Russell Westbrook returns to Thunder practice in limited capacity

Oklahoma City's spark plug point guard is back on the court and leaving quite the impression.<p>According to his initial injury timetable, Russell Westbrook is expected to miss four to six weeks after surgery to repair his meniscus. But apparently he's already back on the practice court. Partially, at …

2014 NFL Draft stock report: Talented tight ends rising

Two tight ends haven't been picked in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2006, but if a pair of juniors go pro, that should change. That would be Jace Amaro of Texas Tech and Eric Ebron of North Carolina. If they haven't completely passed Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins, they're close. …