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Sports & Politics Intersect: NFL owner denies double standard over who can talk about politics

«I’ve known Brett since I was 16 years old. We were high school football teammates. We’ve grown up in life together.» -  Michael Bidwill, Arizona Cardinals ownerOn Monday, President Donald Trump announced that Brett Kavanaugh would be his pi

College football summer reading list: Pac-12 edition

In the college football world, summer means one thing: preview time. Whether it’s an examination of your favorite player, a sneak peek of your preferred team or an in-depth guide to the conference of your choice, the months before kickoff are flooded with f

Five NHL teams that attempted to build 'super teams'

Super teams have been the story of the NBA for the better part of the past decade, with the Golden State Warriors' current collection of All-Stars the greatest of them all. Is it possible to see such a thing in the NHL? Given the current NHL landscape, probab

Top 10 WNBA player power rankings: Stewart rules the Storm's reign over the summer

The action this WNBA season just isn't slowing down. The Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks are still good but no longer have a stranglehold over the top two slots in the league, and the parity across the 12 teams makes every game a must-watch.Plus, it hel

Jeff Kwatinetz is loving Year 2 of the BIG3

Jeff Kwatinetz is a busy man. In the midst of preparing for Week 3 of his BIG3 league, now in its second season, he spent a few hours speaking with lawyers before hopping on the phone to speak with Yardbarker about a project that he’s dedicated to bringing

College football summer reading list: ACC edition

In the college football world, summer means one thing: preview time. Whether it’s an examination of your favorite player, a sneak peek of your preferred team or an in-depth guide to the conference of your choice, the months before kickoff are flooded with f

No one is celebrated for apathy like Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler’s playing career never quite reached the prodigious heights his ego seemed to suggest it would when he arrived in the NFL in 2006 as a first-round pick of the Broncos, but few have gotten more mileage out of a blasé attitude that flouts any expe

Sports & Politics Intersect: Congressman accused of ignoring sexual abuse at Ohio State

“Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington and I believe him 100 percent." - President Donald Trump Congressman and former Ohio State University wrestling coach Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is being accused of know

Get familiar with college football's new and revamped rivalries

With the 2017-18-college football season almost upon us, it’s time to re-examine one of the best parts of any sport: the rivalries. In doing so, we must set aside all preconceived notions and welcome in the new order — enemies forged in the Twitter fires

Here are your new college football archetypes for 2018

A new college football season is nearly upon us, and perhaps you are still mourning the loss of your superstar of choice to some faraway National Football League franchise that will never quite comprehend his brilliance the way you did. The good news about th

Three questions with Diana Taurasi: Staying mentally sharp for one of her best seasons yet

This is Diana Taurasi's 14th season in the WNBA, and so far, it's shaping up to be one of her best ever (which is really saying something considering she's the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history). She's averaging over 20 points and five assists per game

Three questions with Diana Taurasi: Staying mentally sharp for one her best seasons yet

This is Diana Taurasi's 14th season in the WNBA, and so far, it's shaping up to be one of her best ever (which is really saying something considering she's the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history). She's averaging over 20 points and five assists per game

LeBron James relocates to Los Angeles to hunt the Warriors

When LeBron James returned in 2014 to the Cleveland Cavaliers team he’d spurned four years prior via the ESPN-televised “The Decision” (a title cruelly mimicking the Cleveland sports tradition of heartbreaks prefaced with “the” ala “The Drive,”

Kam Chancellor’s departure leaves Seattle nearly 'Boom-less'

This past Sunday, four-time Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor made official what fans, the team and even Chancellor himself feared for months — that the neck injury he sustained in November will curtail what has already been a remarkable playing career at the

Sports & Politics Intersect: World Cup heading to dangerous play as racist incidents continue

«F--- racism.» - The Swedish national team«I am Swedish and I am proud to be wearing this shirt and our flag. We stand united. We are Sweden.” - Jimmy Durmaz, midfielder, Swedish national teamThe group stage of the World Cup has concluded

July entertainment planner: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout,' Amy Adams premieres HBO's latest 'prestige TV' offering

July, in addition to the stifling heat and fireworks, tends to be a month for blockbuster films. What is usually lacking, on the other hand, is much going on in television. That being said, pop culture never sleeps. When the temperatures get too hot, you can

James Harden isn't leaving MVP conversations anytime soon

Today’s NBA, if nothing else, is a beautiful brand of basketball. We’re seeing the apex of coaching innovation being driven by numbers and a whole new range of skill sets from every position that we just didn’t have 20 years ago. Seven-foot ball handler

Top 10 players WNBA power rankings

We're a third of the way through the 2018 WNBA season, and the talent throughout the league is as strong as it's ever been. Legends such as Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird are still making waves, young superstars such as Breanna Stewart, Elena Delle Donne and Liz

Six QB quandaries that could affect the College Football Playoff (plus Alabama)

What follows is a list of compelling quarterback battles in college football heading into the 2018 season, because who doesn’t enjoy a good controversy? But let’s begin with the obvious, because I can think of at least one overtly controlling football coa

Decision points: The biggest challenges facing MLB's top contenders

With the July 31 trade deadline coming up soon, it is time to assess the biggest issue for each contender and what options are out there to address them.Manny Machado is everyone’s favorite topic to debate on the open market, but there are vital cogs availa

Why trading Jacob deGrom is easier said than done

We are now roughly six weeks from the MLB trade deadline, and while it’s obvious stars like Manny Machado and Mike Moustakas will be wearing new uniforms come August, the most fascinating unanswered question is the status of Mets ace Jacob deGrom. It’s un

Jameis Winston’s suspension will dictate Bucs' path for years

2017 was to be the breakout season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were coming off a just-short-of-the-postseason 9-7 campaign, with a third-year quarterback, and added star power in the form of DeSean Jackson.The Bucs had been a trendy playoff pick by ana

How Ben Simmons' season of the future makes him Rookie of the Year today

Not only are rookie seasons allegories, they are the auspicious fulfillment of allegories. They will eventually become a part of a time capsule that we’ll use to help remember what yesterday was like as they forge a new future in a league so concerned with

Sports & Politics Intersect: An old FIFA foe shows up as a fan in Russia

«It's all politics. I think they've got to put it aside when it comes to the games.» Korosh Asli, Iranian fan The first week of the 2018 World Cup has been an exciting one with many fascinating storylines off and on the pitch. Here's a quick run

How Cyndi Lauper made pro wrestling what it is today

Recording industry legend Cyndi Lauper, who turns 65 on June 22, has racked up a dazzling array of accomplishments throughout her 30-plus year career. She’s got stacks of platinum records, a trophy room’s worth of artistic awards spanning multiple medium

10 best undrafted NBA free agents

The 2018 NBA Draft is over, but the war rooms of all the 30 teams are still moving and shaking. While 60 players just found out where their first NBA home will be, many others just became undrafted free agents and general managers from all over the league ar

2018 BIG3 Season Three-View

The BIG3 is back for another summer of action, with the same eight teams prepared to duke it out with expanded and shuffled rosters. Most teams retained their coaches and captains, though Nancy Lieberman took over as head coach of Power for new league commiss

Three questions with Candace Parker: Staying relaxed at the top (and ignoring Twitter trolls)

This is Candace Parker's 11th WNBA season, and the two-time MVP shows no sign of slowing down. Since returning from a back injury that sidelined her at the start of the season, Parker is averaging 16.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.She has tw

For kickoffs to live on in the NFL, they must be safer in 2018

For the better part of a decade, the NFL has been chipping away at the kickoff — and for good reason. It has by far the highest incidence rate of concussions of any type of play in the sport.In 2009, the league banned blocking wedges of three or more player

Top 10 2018 NHL Draft prospects

The 2018 NHL Draft takes place in Dallas this year, with the first round going down June 22. The Buffalo Sabres will kick things off with the first pick. Who will they take? Well, that's not really a question worth asking. We know who the Sabres will select,

Sports & Politics Intersect: The world plays ball on Putin's pitch

«I would like to underline that FIFA is committed to the principle of keeping politics out of sports. Russia has always adhered to such approaches and is striving for the closest cooperation with everyone who is determined to develop and enhance a creat

The worst No. 1 overall draft picks in NHL history

The 2018 NHL Draft is upon us, and it's here that the Buffalo Sabres, winners of the latest draft lottery, are expected to pick Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. The hope, of course, is that Dahlin will become a franchise cornerstone alongside Jack Eichel an

How the NBA Finals changed the legacies of three superstars

Even with the fourth consecutive installment of the Warriors v. Cavs Finals matchup, this year’s postseason was still riveting and incredibly memorable. The Cavaliers had to win two Game 7s just to reach the Finals and the Warriors were pushed to a Game 7 f

What the NBA Finals means for three superstars' legacies

Even with the fourth consecutive installment of the Warriors v. Cavs Finals matchup, this year’s postseason was still riveting and incredibly memorable. The Cavaliers had to win two Game 7s just to reach the Finals and the Warriors were pushed to a Game 7 f

What would it look like if the NFL had no salary cap?

For the second year in a row, Aaron Donald skipped the Los Angeles Rams’ OTAs. He will skip minicamp and then training camp, and he may even forgo regular-season games if he doesn’t get a new contract. Donald isn’t alone either. A number of stars includ

Will Terrell Owens' move lead to future Hall of Fame defections?

Terrell Owens didn’t have to wait as long as some prolific players to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For example, former Washington receiver Art Monk waited until his eighth year of eligibility despite holding the record for the most receptions in

Can Vegas fans build a healthy relationship with the Golden Knights?

The dream season, the one that brought the Vegas Golden Knights three wins from the unfathomable, ended right around 11 o’clock Eastern Time Thursday night, when they fell to the Washington Capitals, 4-3.Yet, despite the fact that Vegas came up short, you

Sports & Politics Intersect: Championship White House visits could become a relic of the past

«The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great me

10 favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2018-19

The 2017-18 NHL season ended with the Washington Capitals hoisting their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Now nobody can say, «Sure, Alex Ovechkin is great, but how good is he really if he can't win a Cup?» While the people in D.C. are sur

Three questions with Chiney Ogwumike: Multitasking with the Connecticut Sun, ESPN and the Marvel Universe

Two years after her older sister, Nneka Ogwumike, was the first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, Chiney Ogwumike was picked first overall by the Connecticut Sun in the 2014 WNBA Draft.While her sister has been wracking up WNBA MVP Awards and championship
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