Manu Ginobili returning for 2015-16 season

July 6, 2015 – 3:18 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The San Antonio Spurs have been having quite the offseason so far. On Monday, it just got a little better.

Manu Ginobili took to Twitter Monday afternoon to announce that he will return to the team for the 2015-16 season. The 37-year-old Argentine guard played in 70 contests last season, coming off the bench in all of them. He played 22.7 minutes while averaging 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

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Carli Lloyd and USWNT Peak at the Perfect Time

July 6, 2015 – 3:05 pm by Zach Rastall
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“I don’t just want to be a participant in the World Cup. I want to have a legacy. I want to have people remember me.”

Those words were spoken by U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd following the Americans’ 1-0 victory over China in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA World Cup, words that not only summed up Lloyd’s thoughts about her individual play, but also aptly captured the feelings of the entire U.S. women’s national team.

Heading into this World Cup, the U.S. team had aspirations of ending a 16-year drought and reclaiming its spot on top of the world of women’s soccer by becoming the first country to win three World Cup titles.

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Jason Pierre-Paul joins the Stupid Injury Club

July 6, 2015 – 1:26 am by Hickey

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Taken on its own merits, “Florida Man injures self with fireworks” is not a newsworthy item. In fact, it may be a residency requirement. But when that Florida Man is Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, we pay attention.

ESPN.com reported that JPP severely injured himself in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, suffering burns on one of his palms and three fingers. He is also being tested for nerve damage in his fingers.

Fortunately, Pierre-Paul’s injuries are not expected to be career-threatening, which means we can safely place him in the pantheon of athletes who have suffered bizarre or downright stupid off-field injuries over the years without a guilty conscience.

The following is by no means a comprehensive list, but we like to think it covers most of the greatest mishaps in sports injury history.

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Sacramento Kings continue to be an utter disaster

July 3, 2015 – 3:22 am by Ryan Phillips
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The Sacramento Kings are not having a good last few weeks. What with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins demanding a trade, owner Vivek Ranadive publicly feuding with his head coach and vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac making an underwhelming draft pick, things haven’t been swell in Sactown. Now the team’s strategy for free agency has gone completely off the rails as well.

The Kings opened free agency with a plan to bring in some combination of Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews. To free up cap space, they made a hilariously lopsided trade that sent Carl Landry, Jason Thompson and Nik Stauskas to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic. Gudaitis was the 47th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft and Mitrovic went 60th. Neither is expected to help the Kings any time soon, and the 76ers got Stauskas, who was the eighth pick in last year’s draft.

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Lakers enlist Adam Levine’s help in LaMarcus Aldridge pursuit

July 1, 2015 – 4:02 am by Ryan Phillips
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The Los Angeles Lakers met with free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge last night while you were likely sleeping, and by all accounts the meeting went really well. The Lakers went all-in, enlisting Kobe Bryant, James Worthy and a host of other executives to try and convince Aldridge to be the future of the franchise. But they also got help from an unlikely source.

While team president Jeanie Buss was asking fans to retweet the hashtag #LAtoLA, life-long Lakers fan Adam Levine got in on the act. The Maroon 5 singer showed up on the team’s official Twitter feed wearing a Lakers jersey with Aldridge’s name and number.

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Pelicans pay Anthony Davis a pretty penny, and get a deal

July 1, 2015 – 12:57 am by Hickey

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New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s estranged would-be heirs recently took the old man to court, trying to prove he has lost his marbles and that the control of the Pelicans and Saints and future fortune was essential weasled away from the doddering fool by his current wife. His daughter and granddaughter lost that court battle, though they plan on appealing.

Tuesday night’s events aren’t going to help their argument that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

New Orleans extended star center Anthony Davis to a five-year, $145 million deal in the first minute of the NBA’s free agency period, which began when the clock struck midnight in the Eastern time zone. The best player to set foot in NOLA since Pete Maravich is now locked up with the team until 2020. (Sorry, Chris Paul — you may be better in commercials, but AD is already better than you ever were on the floor. And you were damn good in New Orleans.)

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A look at possible replacements for Bo Ryan

June 30, 2015 – 2:19 am by Zach Rastall

Bo Ryan announced Monday that the 2015-’16 season will be his last at the helm in Madison, leaving Wisconsin fans and the college basketball world to thank him for all he’s done throughout his coaching career and to reminisce about all the wonderful memories that he’s responsible for.

But as those feelings of sadness, gratitude and nostalgia slowly subside, attention will turn to life after Bo Ryan and, more specifically, who will replace him at Wisconsin. No timetable has been set on how soon athletic director Barry Alvarez will name a replacement, but here’s a look at a handful of potential candidates to become the next head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.
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Bo Ryan Will Leave Lasting Legacy at Wisconsin

June 30, 2015 – 12:27 am by Zach Rastall
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Monday afternoon, shock waves were sent throughout the state of Wisconsin and the entire college basketball world when Bo Ryan announced that his tenure in Madison will come to an end after next season.

Of course, this means that the 2015-16 campaign will mark the end of an incredible era at Wisconsin, during which Ryan has guided the Badgers to levels of success that at one time would’ve seemed unfathomable.

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