Video: Tanner Pearson scores gorgeous goal

October 26, 2014 – 10:24 pm by Ryan Phillips
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A big part of the reason the Los Angeles Kings are the reigning Stanley Cup champions is because of “That 70s Line.” The trio of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli teamed up in the postseason and immediately became a force for the Kings. So far in this young season they have continued that success, and might be the best line in hockey right now. On Sunday they dominated again and in a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets came up with one of the best goals of the season so far.

On the play in question, Toffoli collected the puck on the right side of his own zone. The 22-year-old immediately spotted Pearson on the opposite side of the zone and knew that with his speed, he could out-skate the last defender deep. Then Toffoli flipped the puck over everyone deep into the Blue Jackets’ zone. Pearson won the race to the puck, and shot a rocket over the left shoulder of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It was hockey’s version of an alley-oop and it put the Kings up 4-2 in the third period.

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Peyton Manning calls out his scoreboard operator

October 24, 2014 – 12:20 am by Hickey
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YOU HAD ONE JOB, MILE HIGH SCOREBOARD OPERATOR.

And you did not do it to Peyton Manning’s liking.

In a rather surreal press conference moment after Denver’s 35-21 win over San Diego on Thursday night, Peyton Manning took his team’s scoreboard operator — yes, you read that correctly — to task for showing images of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in an effort to incite the crowd into booing.

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Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

October 22, 2014 – 4:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Florida’s football program is an absolute mess right now. The Gators are 3-3 with a 2-3 record in the SEC and no hope of recovering under current head coach Will Muschamp. Fans are ready for a new regime after three-plus years and a 25-19 record under Muschamp, and a familiar name has popped up as a possible replacement.

Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has probably already started mapping out his options for a new head coach, but his first call isn’t likely to be a surprise. Foley is almost certain to make a run at Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. There is little to suggest that Stoops is ready to leave Norman, but in the past the two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year has at least been willing to listen to offers.

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Fantasy football is evil: Or, how I lost to Josh McCown

October 21, 2014 – 12:44 am by Hickey

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Our politicians and pundits can bicker all they want about Ebola and immigration and all the other issues perceived to be bringing our nation to its knees. I will choose to focus on the only thing vile enough to actually get the job done: fantasy football, aka the devil’s taint.

As you may recall from after-school specials, peer pressure is the root of all evil. (Do they still have after-school specials, or have we simply given up hope that melodramatic acting will prevent the children of the future won’t become drug-addled sexpots?)

Peer pressure is the entire root of fantasy football participation. Inevitably, some friend has a league with an odd number of teams. And you — yes, you! — are just the person needed to bring it to an even number. Think of all those people you’d be letting down if you didn’t join. And thus you have no choice but to say yes. Hell, it’s probably the same way they got people to sign up for the Klan.

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MLB Rumors: Boston Red Sox to make Yoenis Cespedes available?

October 20, 2014 – 7:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
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One of the biggest coups of the 2014 Major League Baseball season was the Boston Red Sox landing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland A’s in exchange for a few months of Jon Lester. Cespedes finished the season with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, while Lester was decent for the A’s and will now hit free agency. Meanwhile, Cespedes has a year left on his contract.

That was a great trade for the Red Sox, but now rumors are circulating that Boston and general manager Ben Cherington may make Cespedes available for trade this offseason. The 29-year-old recently signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation agency and will certainly be looking for a big contract extension.

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Alex Morgan out for the rest of women’s World Cup qualifying

October 18, 2014 – 11:54 pm by Ryan Phillips
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United States Women’s National Soccer team forward and everyone in America’s soccer crush, Alex Morgan isn’t just really attractive, she’s also one of the squad’s best players. Unfortunately, she’s going to miss the rest of the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament thanks to a sprained ankle.

On Saturday morning, Morgan underwent an MRI that confirmed the sprain. She suffered the injury Friday night during the U.S.’s 5-0 win over Guatemala. There was no other damage found on the MRI, which is a relief to Morgan and U.S. Soccer. It is the same left ankle that kept her sidelined for seven months earlier this year. The 25-year-old is expected to miss four to six weeks.

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Jay Gruden: Robert Griffin III will start when healthy

October 15, 2014 – 7:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Well, so much for the Kirk Cousins train. On Wednesday, Washington head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that once Robert Griffin III is cleared to return from his ankle injury, he will be the team’s starting quarterback.

Given the fact that Gruden’s team is 1-5 and that Cousins has struggled badly in two of the last three games it’s not surprising the coach will go back to its franchise quarterback. Griffin hasn’t lived up to expectations so far during his career, but he still has the potential to be a dynamic force under center if he can stay healthy.

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Video: Tyler Toffoli scores ridiculous goal

October 15, 2014 – 2:52 am by Ryan Phillips
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The Los Angeles Kings got off to a slow start this season, but the defending Stanley Cup champions appear to have things rolling now. On Tuesday night the Kings waxed the Edmonton Oilers 6-1, after ripping the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Sunday night. In both games, the Kings were led by the line of Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, better known as “That 70s Line.”

Toffoli scored the goal of the year in the NHL so far on Tuesday night, with a short-handed tally in which his stick-handling was impeccable. The 22-year-old sniper took the puck into the Oilers’ zone, crisscrossed the from the top of the right circle into the left, all while keeping the puck just out of reach of Edmonton’s Brad Hunt. Then he fired the puck into an incredibly small window past goalie Viktor Fasth.

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