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Video: Tennessee Titans Players Give Young Detroit Lions Fan A Lifelong Memory
The Tennessee Titans left most Lions fans shaking their heads in disappointment last Sunday. But one young fan was smiling from ear to ear. That would be Eli Boddy from St. Claire, Mich., who had the chance to greet the Titans on their way to the field before the game.
Outlook for five college basketball programs that have fallen off sharply
Danny Manning is the right man to return Wake Forest to respectability. But this job is so much more difficult than it was back when Dave Odom and Skip Prosser had things rolling. UNC and Duke are as overwhelming as they ever were. But what has changed is that Tony Bennett has built Virginia into an ACC power, and the league has added big brands like Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame and Pitt.
Several women's coaches opt for a de-facto boycott to combat increasing workload
Friday marks the first day of the last evaluation period of 2016, a three-day window in which Division I coaches can watch recruitable prospects. But in a twist, the chairs reserved for D-I coaches might stay empty all weekend, as the Power 5 coaches have organized a protest, and banded together with the intention of boycotting the evaluation period for a host of reasons.
Kevin Garnett entered league as a kid, now leaves as a generational figure
Not only did Kevin Garnett play and win and woof his way to a career that will dead-end soon in Springfield, Mass., he evolved. He went from teenager to young man to the rocking chair on the highest level of basketball, and it all played out before our eyes, and sometimes our ears whenever he wanted to verbally punctuate a blocked shot or facial dunk.
Don’t tell Scott Van Pelt that ESPN is dying
Every big-picture story about ESPN seems to mention these things, and Scott Van Pelt certainly has noticed from his solo seat on the midnight Eastern edition of “SportsCenter,” a show he’s now hosted for a year. Such talk perturbs him.
Villanova five-star freshman ruled ineligible to play this season
Omari Spellman will not be eligible to play for Villanova this season, the school announced on Friday. Spellman is a top 20 recruit who was going to be counted on to play a major role in replacing Daniel Ochefu, the 6-foot-11 center that graduated this past spring. Spellman will be allowed to continue to practice with Villanova as he takes an academic redshirt.
Christian Laettner Reaches Deal to Repay Investors
Duke University basketball legend Christian Laettner has reached a repayment deal that his lawyer said should bring a decade of financial troubles to a close. The repayment deal reached by Mr. Laettner, 47 years old, with investors in a North Carolina tobacco warehouse redevelopment project—including former teammates Johnny Dawkins and Scottie Pippen—will enable him stay out of bankruptcy.
Clemson's Dabo Swinney apologizes to team for MLK, Colin Kaepernick distraction
Dabo Swinney isn't sorry for the statements he made concerning Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem. He has, however, apologized for being a distraction to his team. At this point, it is hard to say what kind of distraction he is. The Tigers defeated South Carolina State 59-0.
Ten college basketball teams that won't be ranked in the preseason, but could be threats by March
You often read about March sleepers...in March. Why not get a head start? It's also more challenging to forecast right now, which is part of the fun. I've picked out an array of teams, the kind of squads that are set up for strong years but will inevitably be double-digit seeds. Here are 10 candidates to be threats come time for the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
ACC to turn to contractor if Atlantic Division ends in 3-way tie
The ACC will turn to a ranking from a privately contracted company to determine which team will play for the league title if No. 3 Louisville, No. 5 Clemson and No. 13 Florida State finish in a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Division. The ACC has partnered with SportSource Analytics, the same company that provides statistics to the College Football Playoff selection committee members.
Malik Henry reinstated by FSU; redshirt likely in the offing
Malik Henry has finally climbed out of Jimbo Fisher‘s doghouse..A month ago, Fisher announced that he had indefinitely suspended Henry from his Florida State football program for violating unspecified team rules. Tuesday, the head coach confirmed that the quarterback has been reinstated.
Vin Scully's career was seriously amazing -- here's proof
When Vin Scully calls his final game for the Dodgers on Oct. 2, it will mark the end of an era for baseball fans. A staple in the Dodgers broadcast booth for 67 seasons, Scully is ready to ride off into the sunset after one last year behind the microphone. As baseball prepares its formal goodbye to Scully, it's time for some amazing facts about Vin Scully and his career:
ACC faces some logistical hurdles in picking title game site
There's a lot for the ACC to sort out between now and December — on and off the field. But the biggest question looming over the league is where the two division winners will meet in the title game, after it was pulled from Charlotte over concerns about a state law that limits the protections of LGBT people. Where, when and how a replacement will be selected and announced is unclear.
ESPNU to Televise Kentucky NBA Combine
ESPNU will once again televise Kentucky's NBA Combine, which is set for Oct. 9 from 7-9 p.m. The Wildcats will go through various agility and shooting drills in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging. All 30 NBA teams are expected to attend. It's the third season in a row UK has had a practice televised live. Doris Burke, Seth Greenberg, Andy Katz, and Fran Fraschilla will call the action for ESPNU
SI Interview: Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson wears New Balance shoes. The blazingly white kind, accessorized with white socks and jeans. The man who famously went to work wearing only black trunks, black shoes and a gap-toothed sneer now dresses like, well, the 50-year-old suburban husband and dad that he is. This now is Mike Tyson—and it’s Mike; he doesn’t answer to Champ or Iron Mike any more.