CM Punk hoping for December UFC debut

July 10, 2015 – 5:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
    CM Punk

Ever since he shocked the world and signed on to fight in the UFC, the sports world has wondered when former WWE star CM Punk would make his mixed martial arts debut. On Thursday, Punk (whose real name is Phil Brooks) told UFC.com that he was hoping to make his debut for the promotion in December.

The 36-year-old Punk has been training in Milwaukee at Roufusport Academy since December. Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren are among the big names also training there under Duke Roufus.

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Enes Kanter to sign max offer with Portland Trail Blazers

July 9, 2015 – 3:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Enes Kanter

The Portland Trailblazers have been looking for a way to replace recently-departed All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, and on Friday they may have found it. Reports claim the Trail Blazers have agreed to a max offer with power forward Enes Kanter worth $70 million over four years.

Kanter is a restricted free agent and his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, have three days to match that offer. If they do match it, they will owe a luxury tax bill of $26 million for the 2015-16 season. If the Thunder allow Kanter to walk, Steven Adams would likely slide back into the starting center role.

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NBA salary cap set at record $70 million for 2015-16 season

July 8, 2015 – 11:06 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Adam Silver

While the world is focused on the DeAndre Jordan hostage situation free agency mess, the NBA released some good news for most of the league late Wednesday night. The league has set the salary cap for the 2015-16 season at a record-high of $70 million.

The cap for next season has been raised by 11 percent, a surprising development after it had initially been projected to come in at around $70 million. Now that the cap has been set, the NBA will officially drop its moratorium on free agent signings at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

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Manu Ginobili returning for 2015-16 season

July 6, 2015 – 3:18 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Manu Ginobili

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
    WorldCup

“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

JPP

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
    Vlade Divac

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
    LaMarcus Aldridge

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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