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Ball sits, Clarkson scores as Lakers beat Hornets 110-99
Ball sits, Clarkson scores as Lakers beat Hornets 110-99

Jordan Clarkson believes he's figured out the key to his NBA success: fried chicken and scary movies. Whatever it was, Clarkson turned in one of his best games with the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter of a 110-99 win over the fatigued and short-handed Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night. Clarkson was so hot that he played the entire fourth period while rookie point guard Lonzo Ball sat out.

Why Reinstating Eli Manning As the Giants Starting QB Is a Ridiculous Move
Why Reinstating Eli Manning As the Giants Starting QB Is a Ridiculous Move

When former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo approached co-owner John Mara about a quarterback evaluation plan a few weeks back, Mara's main criticism of the idea was McAdoo's insistence on starting Eli Manning but benching him at the half. If Mara had intervened, he said Monday, he would have asked McAdoo to make the cutoff less rigid. In Mara's optimistic mind, Manning would have played well enough to make it impossible to sit him.

Kurt Warner will step in for Cris Collinsworth on two December games
Kurt Warner will step in for Cris Collinsworth on two December games

Kurt Warner has been a studio analyst on NFL Network for some time and he's going to get some time as a game analyst this month. NBC announced on Tuesday that Warner will step in for Cris Collinsworth as Mike Tirico's partner for two games. He'll call the December 16 game between the Bears and [ more

Jimbo Fisher Thanks FSU During Texas A&M Press Conference
Jimbo Fisher Thanks FSU During Texas A&M Press Conference

Former Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher thanked FSU during his introductory press conference at Texas A&M Monday morning. Fisher led off his comments by showing his appreciation for how the players, coaches, and administrators in Tallahassee treated him during his eight seasons as head coach of the Seminoles.

Is Lonzo Ball Improving At All? Lakers Rookie Had the Worst Weekend of his NBA Career Against Rockets and Nuggets
Is Lonzo Ball Improving At All? Lakers Rookie Had the Worst Weekend of his NBA Career Against Rockets and Nuggets

Ball, the Lakers rookie point guard and their great hope for the middle future, at least, had one of the more traumatic weekends of his NBA career so far as his team lost again, and again, to the Nuggets and the Rockets. The Lakers have lost five games in a row, which is bad news even in a season when losing is mostly okay, if it comes with promise attached. On Saturday, against the Nuggets, Ball registered nine points, nine rebounds, nine assists and five turnovers as the Lakers collapsed in the fourth quarter.

Debate follows Livingston ejection
Debate follows Livingston ejection

Debate will rage in the wake of Shaun Livingston being ejected Sunday for making contact with an official in the second quarter of the Warriors-Heat game in Miami. For that, Livingston deserved a technical foul. On Kirkland's third step forward, the top of his head gently bumped into Livingston's lowered forehead.

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It's getting ugly in Philadelphia as Flyers lose 10th straight

Exactly one year ago to the day the Philadelphia Flyers were in the middle of what would end up becoming a 10-game winning streak. On Saturday the Flyers were 3-0 losers on home ice to the Boston Bruins to extend their current losing streak to 10 games.

Bears-49ers highlighted the gap between Mitchell Trubisky and Jimmy Garoppolo
Bears-49ers highlighted the gap between Mitchell Trubisky and Jimmy Garoppolo

In the big picture, the result of Sunday's game - a 15-14 Bears loss to the San Francisco 49ers, who scored all their points on five Robbie Gould field goals - doesn't matter a whole lot. Garoppolo, who's in his fourth year in the league, made his first start with the 49ers and completed 26 of 37 passes for 293 yards with an interception and an 82.4 rating. Trubisky, making his eighth career start, completed 12 of 15 passes for 102 yards with one touchdown and a rating of 117.2.

Adrian Peterson expected to miss Sunday
Adrian Peterson expected to miss Sunday's game

Running back Adrian Peterson played a big role for the Cardinals in last Sunday's victory over the Jaguars, but it looks like they will have to look elsewhere for offensive help this week. Peterson was listed as questionable on Friday due to a neck injury that kept him from practicing all week. According to multiple reports, the Cardinals expect to be without Peterson against the Rams.

Mark Richt:
Mark Richt: 'In Time We'll Catch Up To The Measuring Stick'

Miami head coach Mark Richt has led the Hurricanes to a 10-2 record in his 2nd season at his alma mater. After the 'Canes 38-3 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, Richt remained optimistic about the future at The U.

Free-falling Red Wings get trampled again
Free-falling Red Wings get trampled again

On Friday, the Detroit Red Wings wanted to let their play do the talking. It's an ugly time to be a Red Wings fan, surely. Not convinced that a six-game losing streak was bad enough back in October, the Red Wings dropped their seventh straight in the most brutal of fashions on Saturday night in Montreal while testing new waters.

FSU Players Celebrate Coach Haggins
FSU Players Celebrate Coach Haggins' First Win

Florida State won its 6th game of the year, 42-10 over UL-Monroe Saturday afternoon. As the final seconds were ticking down, the FSU players celebrated on the sideline with interim head coach Odell Haggins, who received his first career college win as a head coach. Haggins replaced Jimbo Fisher who resigned Friday afternoon after 8 years in Tallahassee.

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Clippers' Austin Rivers fined $25,000 for telling fan to "shut the f*** up"

Austin Rivers did Thursday night as the Clippers were on their way to a 126-107 home loss to the Jazz  - Rivers confronted a courtside fan and clearly told the fan to "shut the f- up." It was caught on camera. Rivers had to know this was coming.

Russell Okung: NFL
Russell Okung: NFL's social-justice deal is "a farce"

Chargers tackle Russell Okung previously belonged to the Players Coalition. Like others (including 49ers safety Eric Reid and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas), Okung has left the group. "That's just something, I feel, that's been made into a farce," Okung said Friday, via the Los Angeles Times. "We are in a sport where we have people of color.

ACC Commissioner Swofford: Football Is
ACC Commissioner Swofford: Football Is 'Strongest It's Ever Been'

ACC Commissioner John Swofford can't wait for the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game between No. 7 Miami and No. 1 Clemson. Swofford joined the ACC Digital Network's Wes Bryant at Bank of America Stadium on the eve of the game and explained why ACC football is the "strongest it's ever been."

Jay Ajayi, Doug Pederson met to discuss RB
Jay Ajayi, Doug Pederson met to discuss RB's frustration

"He knew where it was coming from and obviously, I was just frustrated (about fumbling)," Ajayi said. After Nelson Agholor jumped on the loose ball to recover it for a touchdown, Ajayi was seen where he fumbled, laying with his face down on the ground. As he spoke on Friday, though, Ajayi said he had moved on.

Full schedule for 2018 World Cup
Full schedule for 2018 World Cup

Now that the 2018 World Cup draw has taken place, we can all start planning for the tournament in Russia next summer. [ MORE: Latest 2018 World Cup news ]  With that in mind, below is a look at the full schedule for the entire 2018 World Cup with times

World Cup field set: Here are your groups
World Cup field set: Here are your groups

Before Friday morning,the 2018 World Cup in Russia knew the hosts would take the seeded spot in Group A but little else aside from the pots from which the other 31 teams would be selected. That changed at 10 a.m. ET with the drawing of Portugal as B1

Bobby McCain will appeal fine for throwing punch at Danny Amendola
Bobby McCain will appeal fine for throwing punch at Danny Amendola

Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain said he will appeal a $9,115 fine he received for his ejection Sunday in the loss to the Patriots. "Just the fact it was a lot going on," McCain said of his decision to appeal, via Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post. During a 5-yard run by Dion Lewis, Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola grabbed McCain's jersey and pulled him to the ground on top of him.

Report: Marlins would
Report: Marlins would 'likely' accept this Giants trade offer for Stanton

On Thursday morning, a report surfaced about the Giancarlo Stanton's fear for the Giants' future. But even though Stanton reportedly has not formally told the Marlins he would accept a trade to the Giants, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, both

Tiger Woods returns to golf at Hero
Tiger Woods returns to golf at Hero

In the opening round of the 2017 Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods opens up strong tee shot and approach on the par-4 1st hole resulting in a par.

Brett Brown spent Ben Simmons
Brett Brown spent Ben Simmons' entire missed season teaching him to be a great PG

Ben Simmons may have only played his first pro game a couple of short weeks ago, but he's been learning and mastering the NBA game from Professor Brett Brown since the moment he joined the Sixers organization. Ben and LeBron described their relationship like that of a little and big brother. There's a ton to digest in the article, like Simmons having the super-quick reflexes of the Karate Kid -- "A fly buzzes by his head and he catches it with a wave of his right hand" -- so the whole piece is worth a read for any basketball fan.

Adam Silver says Sixers
Adam Silver says Sixers' start 'everything you could ask for'

There were reports - which Silver denied - that other owners pressured him to interfere with the Sixers' massive rebuild and he responded by putting the wheels in motion for the team to hire Jerry Colangelo in a front-office role. Whether that is true or not, Silver has made it abundantly clear that he wasn't a supporter of the franchise's previous tactics. Put it this way: No," Silver told fivethirtyeight.com in December 2015.

Report: NFL, player group reach agreement on league support of social-activism causes
Report: NFL, player group reach agreement on league support of social-activism causes

The NFL and a group of player representatives headed by Malcolm Jenkins and Anquan Boldin reached an agreement Wednesday night on a deal for league financial support of players' community-activism pursuits, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. The Players Coalition, headed by Jenkins and Boldin, had been in discussions with the league for weeks as several players continued protests during the national anthem. According to Maske, this agreement does not address the ongoing protests directly, though the league clearly hopes the financial support of the league for these endeavors will help convince the players that are protesting to stand voluntarily.

James Dolan sings the blues about owning the Knicks
James Dolan sings the blues about owning the Knicks

James Dolan doesn't receive a lot of positive press for his performance as owner of the Knicks, not here nor most places - from mainstream to blogs - around the basketball world. Dolan also is one of many sports celebrities who has a beef with Deadspin. Deadspin offered to let Dolan write a song roasting the site however he saw fit, to be played at the annual Deadspin Awards show.

North Korea tests ICBM that can reach US
North Korea tests ICBM that can reach US

ABC News' Molly Hunter has the latest on North Korea's new intercontinental ballistic missile test. Experts aren't sure why the test came Wednesday.

Giants coach McAdoo explains decision to bench Manning
Giants coach McAdoo explains decision to bench Manning

New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo explained his decision to drop quarterback Eli Manning in favour of Geno Smith. According to McAdoo, it was not his decision alone and it was a "hard, tough choice". In his Tuesday news conference, McAdoo further explained why he decided to play Smith over Manning and what he hopes to accomplish.

Fracas ensues during Jets
Fracas ensues during Jets' rout of Wild (Video)

Can a two-game road trip be a long road trip? The Minnesota Wild might feel that way, as they've been drubbed by two Central Division rivals in as many games. First, the Blues handled them 6-3 on Saturday. Things only got worse tonight as the red

Flyers take another gut punch in OT, drop to Penguins for 8th straight loss
Flyers take another gut punch in OT, drop to Penguins for 8th straight loss

Monday night's game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh was another epic collapse, as the Penguins rallied to beat the Flyers, 5-4, in overtime (see observations). First, the Pens wiped out the Flyers' 3-1 lead in the opening 1:46 of the third period, then erased the Flyers' 4-3 advantage with 1:04 remaining in regulation. It's the fourth time in the last six games the Flyers have blown a two-goal lead at some point of a contest, while extending their losing streak to eight straight games, five of those coming after regulation. "We've got to finish one of these," head coach Dave Hakstol said. "There's not much more to be said other than that.

Ducks facing tough road trip as injuries continue to pile up
Ducks facing tough road trip as injuries continue to pile up

The Anaheim Ducks begin a five-game road trip tonight that could end with a big increase in the separation between where they currently reside in the Western Conference standings and a playoff spot. Currently two points out of a wild card spot and three points behind the Calgary Flames for the third seed in the Pacific Division, the Ducks will face the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights before returning home to Honda Center next Wednesday. How dinged up have the Ducks been?

Why Jimbo Fisher Would Leave Florida State for Texas A&M
Why Jimbo Fisher Would Leave Florida State for Texas A&M

SI's Pete Mundo reacts to news that Jimbo Fisher is in line to take the Texas A&M head coach job.

Watch: Raiders and Broncos Are Better at Fighting Than Football in 2017
Watch: Raiders and Broncos Are Better at Fighting Than Football in 2017

The Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos found a way to breathe vitality into two listing seasons on Sunday evening: by having a wild brawl. On the second play of the Raiders' second drive, wide receiver Michael Crabtree tangled with the Broncos' star cornerback Aqib Talib. "Crabtree has been upset ever since Talib ripped Crabtree's chain off his neck during the regular-season finale last season," the AP wrote.

Sweeping Bears failures in loss to Eagles push John Fox closer to the brink
Sweeping Bears failures in loss to Eagles push John Fox closer to the brink

For the second time in the last three Sundays, the Bears gave his bosses a reason to fire coach John Fox. Certainly not by design, and not without some level of culpability on the part of Fox and a coaching staff of a team that was outplayed in every phase and for effectively an entire 60 minutes. "The game was not competitive from early on," Fox said in the sort of statement that indicts effort, preparation, motivation and just about every aspect of what went into the game all week.

Giannis Antetokounmpo to assistant coach: "I will f-k you up" (VIDEO)
Giannis Antetokounmpo to assistant coach: "I will f-k you up" (VIDEO)

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo seems like a pretty affable guy most of the time, but during Saturday's game against the Utah Jazz there seemed to be a slight lapse in his demeanor. During a break in the action in the third quarter, Antetokounmpo could clearly be seen arguing with Bucks assistant coach Sean Sweeney. Antetokounmpo had grabbed a rebound but lost the ball the play prior, which quickly led to a Jazz score by Thabo Sefolosha.

John Fox doesn
John Fox doesn't give "a rip" about job security questions

The Bears got blown out by the Eagles 31-3 on Sunday in a game that was even less competitive than that lopsided score would suggest. The Bears fell behind 24-0 in the first half, were outgained 420-140 on the afternoon and gave up 176 rushing yards to drop their record to 12-31 since John Fox became the head coach in 2015. "Frankly, I don't give a rip," Fox said, via Adam Hoge of WGN.

Report: Rangers to sign Doug Fister
Report: Rangers to sign Doug Fister

The Rangers reportedly have a major league deal in place with free agent right-hander Doug Fister, according to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston. Fister, 33, went 5-9 in 15 starts with the Red Sox in 2017. While he's been on something of a downward spiral since 2013, the righty finally managed to stay healthy for an entire season and produced 1.4 fWAR by season's end, making him the fifth-most valuable starter in the Boston's rotation.

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It's time for Patrick Mahomes

If last weekend's sluggish post-bye performance against the Giants wasn't enough proof of a need for an offensive shakeup, Sunday's double-digit deficit to a Buffalo team that has been blown out by the Saints and Chargers in successive weeks confirms that it is time. The point is that the Chiefs felt that way about Mahomes, even with Alex Smith on the roster. In the preseason, we all saw an unbelievable thrown on the run, while Mahomes was bracing to get blasted.

Kings bitten by
Kings bitten by 'the fallacy of the made shot' in tough loss to Clippers

The Sacramento Kings walked all over the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half Saturday evening at Golden 1 Center, but the types of shots they were getting proved to be unsustainable. "In the second half we struggled," coach Dave Joerger said during post game. Sacramento shot a scorching 58.5 percent in the first half, including 7-of-10 shooting from behind the arc.

Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin: Kyrie Irving trade won
Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin: Kyrie Irving trade won't be judged historically as good trade for Cleveland

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has previously complimented his successor, Koby Altman, on the return acquired for Kyrie Irving - the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic.

Gordon Rejects Embiid
Gordon Rejects Embiid

Joel Embiid gets free off an up and under move but Aaron Gordon comes over from the weak side to swat Embiid's layup off the backboard.

UPDATE: Utah will reach a solution with fan who made half-court shot
UPDATE: Utah will reach a solution with fan who made half-court shot

University of Utah fan Charlie Caine claimed the school stiffed him out of a $5,000 dollar prize for making a half-court shot on Friday night but the school later reached out to the 17-year-old to resolve the matter. Caine made the promotional half-court shot during the second half of Utah's home game against Eastern Washington on Friday. Making that half-court shot usually means a $5,000 prize.

Sebastian Gorka Reportedly Carries 2 Guns And A Tourniquet With Him Every Day
Sebastian Gorka Reportedly Carries 2 Guns And A Tourniquet With Him Every Day

Controversial former Donald Trump aide Sebastian Gorka had a profile published about him on Saturday in gun magazine Recoil.

In Indian Country, honoring flag might mean different anthem
In Indian Country, honoring flag might mean different anthem

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - As fierce debate rages about "taking a knee" during the national anthem to protest social injustice, Native Americans have a unique take on the issue as the ethnic group with the highest military-service rate, and an enduring regard for warriors.

Shanahan faces difficult decisions 90 minutes before kickoff, for a change
Shanahan faces difficult decisions 90 minutes before kickoff, for a change

Coach Kyle Shanahan is required to make his first decisions on game days 90 minutes before kickoff. Shanahan has not had much to consider in recent weeks because injuries have determined most of the team's inactives. There could be some level of debate on the identities of the six other inactive players.

Messi 2021: How the Barcelona star
Messi 2021: How the Barcelona star's new paypacket compares to Curry, Kohli, Mayweather and others

Lionel Messi's new four-year contract, reportedly worth a net £500,000 per week, means the Barcelona star will be better paid than his great Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo. But how does the Argentine's lucrative deal compare to the eye-watering

Tomi Laren Slammed For Sharing Doctored Picture Of Colin Kaepernick
Tomi Laren Slammed For Sharing Doctored Picture Of Colin Kaepernick

Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren has faced a backlash on social media after sharing a doctored photo of footballer Colin Kaepernick kneeling in front of an image of the D-Day landings. NFL free agent Kaepernick, who began the widely publicized NFL kneeling protests against police brutality to African Americans, has been named GQ magazine's "Citizen of the Year," with his magazine front cover being mocked by Lahren in the post. Kaepernick, for his part, did not comment to GQ, despite cooperating with the article.

Messi has
Messi has 'no doubt' about Real Madrid's Champions League chances

Despite the emergence of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, Lionel Messi will not ignore titleholders Real Madrid among the biggest threats to challenge Barcelona in the Champions League. Although Pep Guardiola's City and French giants PSG are the only two sides to claim five wins from the opening five matches in the group phase, Messi - the recipient of a fourth European Golden Shoe - will not discount Barcelona's eternal rivals.

Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic make plays late to lift Blazers past Nets
Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic make plays late to lift Blazers past Nets

Jusuf Nurkic apologized to Damian Lillard as they strolled back to their locker room, upset he had missed two free throws with less the three seconds left, giving the Brooklyn Nets a chance to either tie or win it at the buzzer. All Lillard could care about was Nurkic's heads-up play a couple of seconds earlier that eventually served as the game-winner. Lillard scored 34, Nurkic added 29 and 15 rebounds, including eight in the fourth quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a six-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to edge the Nets 127-125 on Friday.

New York Rangers reveal 2018 Winter Classic jerseys
New York Rangers reveal 2018 Winter Classic jerseys

The Buffalo Sabres already revealed their look for the 2018 Winter Classic earlier this week, and on Friday the New York Rangers gave us our first look at what their uniforms will look like for the Jan. 1 game to be played at Citi Field in New York. The 2018 Winter Classic is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET faceoff at Citi Field in New York, the home of the New York Mets.

Broncos have unconventional advice for nontraditional QB
Broncos have unconventional advice for nontraditional QB

Vance Joseph has a non-traditional quarterback on his hands, so conventional wisdom has been shunted aside in Denver along with two veteran QBs. A six-game skid convinced the Broncos (3-7) to make major changes to their wheezing offense. Joseph fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and replaced him with Bill Musgrave, with orders to simplify the game plans because he was also promoting Paxton Lynch over Brock Osweiler, who had taken over from Trevor Siemian three weeks ago.

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