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Twitter lands NFL rights to stream Thursday night games

The NFL is coming to Twitter, big time.<p>The league has reached an agreement with the social media company to live-stream Thursday night games this season. The agreement, first reported by Bloomberg, will cover entire games and not just short clips. Twitter, with its 800 million users, has been a …

Social Media

NFL Draft 400: Ranking the Top Quarterbacks for 2016

The 2016 NFL draft class doesn't feature two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at the top like last season's did with Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be excited about this year's class. With this draft set to be dominated by defensive linemen and …

NFL

Villanova Tops North Carolina at the Buzzer: Pictures

Villanova Wildcats

Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins sarcastically clap their way into technical fouls

Just when you think the Sacramento Kings' tumultuous situation can't get any worse, it does -- or is this a sign of it getting better? Quite frankly, we just can't tell anymore.<p>DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo were on the same page Wednesday night after a referee called a foul. Like teammates, they …

NBA

Cincinnati 34, Miami 23 | Reuters

Redshirt freshman quarterback Hayden Moore passed for 279 yards and two touchdowns in his first start as Cincinnati posted a 34-23 victory over Miami at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.<p>Senior receiver Mekale McKay and sophomore tight end Tyler Cogswell had scoring receptions and senior running back …

College Sports

Andy Dalton knows what he's doing, finally

There's something different about the Cincinnati Bengals and their quarterback this season.<p>Are the Bengals another red herring in the AFC playoff landscape this year? Right now, it feels like we're all trying to figure that out, and basically, it comes down to one variable: Andy Dalton.<p>Cincy is off …

Football (U.S.)

Jimmy Butler out to make himself better and his teammates too

For roughly two weeks this offseason, Doug McDermott set his alarm for 5:15 a.m., only to have his wake-up for workouts interrupted by a seemingly omnipresent presence.<p>"Jimmy would come in my room at 5 a.m.," McDermott said.<p>That would be Jimmy Butler, with whom McDermott stayed "at his mansion in …

White Sox, Royals fight after Yordano Ventura-Adam Eaton staredown

Five players ejected, including both starting pitchers. Royals win 3-2 in 13 innings, by the way.<p>Umpires ejected five players in the bottom of the …

Chicago White Sox

Proposed Los Angeles-area NFL stadium boasts lightning bolts

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — New designs for a proposed NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area include simulated lightning bolts for the San Diego Chargers and …

NFL

Phil Jackson says time to remake Knicks is now

A season that began for the New York Knicks with dreams of the playoffs ended at 17-65, easily the worst mark in franchise history.<p>For Phil Jackson, the architect of these rebuilding Knicks, the early failures led to a course correction, turning the season into a player dump and expediting the …

Basketball

Steelers vs. Patriots Reportedly Will Open 2015 NFL Regular Season

Link to Media<p>The 2014 NFL season culminated in the New England Patriots hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. The 2015 season will commence with Tom Brady and Co. taking the first step toward defending that crown.<p>Manish Mehta of the <i>New York Daily News</i> reported Tuesday that the Patriots will open the …

Football (U.S.)

Mike Budenholzer Wins Coach of the Year Award for 2014-15 NBA Season

Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer edged Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors and Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks to win the NBA's Coach of the Year Award for the 2014-15 season.<p>The NBA announced the news Tuesday:<p>The Atlanta Hawks' Mike Budenholzer, who guided the team to the best …

Basketball

Cincinnati Reds Manager Bryan Price aims vulgar tirade at reporters

Perhaps a communication breakdown has something to do with the<p>Cincinnati Redslosing seven of their last nine games. It certainly describes the deteriorating relationship Reds Manager Bryan Price has with some of the reporters who cover the team.<p>Price gave baseball it's first good managerial tirade …

Media Industry

Tebow could fly as an Eagle

Before college football's national championship game in January, Tim Tebow joined us on the "First Take" set in Dallas to discuss Ohio State vs. …

Butler's defining splash couldn't come at better time for Bulls

CHICAGO -- Long after Derrick Rose talked at his locker following his second playoff game since 2012, Jimmy Butler relaxed nearby, kicking back and …

The Cincinnati Reds' Manager Bryan Price Dropped 77 F-Bombs in a Pre-Game Rant

There may be no crying in baseball, but there’s plenty of cursing — just ask Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price.<p>During a media session ahead of …

Cleveland Cavaliers Can Rewrite Numerous Career Paths During NBA Playoffs

While the Cleveland Cavaliers' first-round opponent has yet to be finalized, excitement is still brewing for the 2015 postseason.<p>With the obvious goal being a team championship, there are plenty of other personal storylines to follow.<p>The Cavaliers are a team loaded with captivating players who've …

Basketball

NHL Playoffs 2015: Full 1st-Round Schedule and Championship Odds

On the heels of a whirlwind NHL season come the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, and the intensity will reach a fever pitch as 16 teams chase the most prestigious piece of silverware in American sport.<p>This year's postseason will have a bit of a different feel. The Los Angeles Kings won't be around to …

Ice Hockey

Masters Results 2015: Final Leaderboard and Reaction to Jordan Spieth's Win

Link to Media<p>Jordan Spieth, the Masters. The Masters, Jordan Spieth. You two should become familiar with each other.<p>After nearly becoming the youngest to ever win golf's most prestigious tournament last year in his debut, Spieth dominated the 2015 Masters at 18 under par—tying Tiger Woods' course …

Golf

USA vs. Mexico squads announced

Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed the USMNT team that will face Mexico in a Wednesday friendly.<p>Even though it's not a FIFA break, the United States and Mexico have managed to fit in a midweek friendly to get a look at each other and evaluate players one last time before the serious summer schedule. …

Soccer

NBA rescinds Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul

Russell Westbrook picked up a very costly technical foul Sunday -- his 16th this season -- but it was rescinded on Monday.<p>The NBA has announced that …

Basketball

Oregon Tackle Jake Fisher Has the Athleticism NFL Teams Covet

Link to Media<p>Finding top-tier players amongst the thousands of quality athletes who play competitive football is an extremely difficult task. One method NFL front offices and talent evaluators use to filter through the clutter to find standouts is athletic testing. Oregon offensive tackle Jake …

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Spieth back on top at the Masters; Can he finish the job?

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — 7:37 p.m.<p>Jordan Spieth was already one of the hottest players on the PGA Tour.<p>He showed no signs of letting up at the …

Golf

Rory McIlroy will have to make history the hard way if he is to win The Masters

World No 1 faces a field brimming with in-form quality players as he bids to become the first European Masters champion in 16 years<p>It is said that it is a rocky road to the heights of greatness and although there is nothing resembling a rock in golf’s manicured paradise, the obstacles between Rory …

Bearing down: Jack Nicklaus makes hole-in-one at Par-3

Illinois sixth-grader ties for 1st in ESPN's bracket challenge, denied top prize

An Illinois sixth-grader completed a near-perfect bracket predicting the winner of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but has been deemed ineligible for the contest's grand prize due to being underage.<p>Although Sam Holtz finished in a tie for first place, ESPN officials told him that he is …

Trailblazer Sarah Thomas may be first of many female NFL officials

In her two decades of officiating high school and college football games, Sarah Thomas' natural instinct has been to blend in — that's not just because she's a woman, but because she believes an inherent part of being an official is to stay out of the spotlight.<p>But now that Thomas has been …

Football (U.S.)