1. Miami Heat's LeBron James: Sports Illustrated 2012 Sportsman of Year

    Thanks to yesterday's Sports Illustrated announcement , those of us who decided two years ago they would never forget his "Decision" should have immediately decided to bury the hatchet...

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  2. David Stern Fines San Antonio Spurs $250,000 Following Game with Miami Heat

    A freshly painted line has just been drawn on the hardwood floors of every NBA arena. This new line should never be crossed by NBA coaches or team management unless their pens ...

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  3. CBS News' 60 Minutes Reports on Arms Race of BCS College Football

    This weekend, CBS News' 60 Minutes reported on an "arms race" of sorts in the world of NCAA College Football ...

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  4. BCS College Football Standings: Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Be Ranked No. 1

    The golden dome towering above the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind. seems to be glittering as brightly today as when the famous Four Horsemen trounced all would-be ...

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  5. LA Lakers Unveil Statue of NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Outside Staples Center

    On Friday, November 16, 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers honored Kareem Abdul- Jabbar by unveiling a bronze statue of the six-time NBA champion center outside the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles...

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  6. Brooklyn Nets, Not the NY Knicks, Are NYC's Top NBA Team

    Basketball fans in the Big Apple are buzzing about the New York Knicks ' red-hot start to this year's NBA season...

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  7. NFL News: Tim Tebow Named in Latest NY Jets' Locker Room Fiasco

    Since the New York Jets hired Rex Ryan as head football coach, the locker room of stunning Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ has evolved from a state-of-the-art facility for ...

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  8. Euro 2012: Lofty Expectations Weigh Down Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo

    The frightening speed, dazzling footwork and fabulous overall soccer skills of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo earned him the nickname "Magic Feet...

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  9. NBA Finals 2012: ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy on OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook

    In the opening moments of last night’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals, ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy remarked that Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is no John Stockton or Maurice Cheeks...

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  10. Euro 2012 Group C: Italy's Mario Balotelli's Football Future Firmly in His Hands

    Mario Balotelli ’s imponderable future rests firmly in his own hands at Euro 2012, although his feet and head can certainly help him too...

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  11. Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant: NBA's New King

    Ironically, his royal court is made of hardwood. He prefers a basketball in his hand instead of a scepter. His regal finery consists of Nike KDIVs on his feet and a blue No. 35 jersey on his back...

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  12. Euro 2012 Championships: Andriy Shevchenko Still Ukrainian Soccer Tsar

    With shouts of, “Sheva, Sheva,” echoing throughout Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine yesterday, the Euro 2012 Championships’ brightest, but oldest offensive star—or ...

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  13. Boston's Kevin Garnett Fails to Shake Hands with Heat Following Series End

    It’s time for someone in sports media needs to metaphorically punch the Big Ticket squarely in his potty mouth...

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  14. Euro 2012: Group C's Italy, Spain and Croatia Provide Spark

    At Euro 2012 , yesterday’s drab performance in Group B, or the "Group of Death," in Ukraine yielded today to a much more entertaining brand of soccer in Poland during pool play...

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  15. Euro 2012 Soccer: The Netherlands, Germany, Portugal & Denmark Lacking Life

    Today’s Euro 2012 games in the Ukraine, featuring the bi-annual European soccer championship’s infamous Group of Death, displayed four teams which, at times, appeared in catatonic states...

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  16. NBA Playoffs 2012: LeBron James' Brilliance Pushes Heat Past Celtics in Game 6

    Put down your sticks and pull down the LeBron James piñatas hanging in your backyards. Halt your heckling and harness the anticipated ridicule you prepared for this prized athlete’s exit from this year’s NBA playoffs...

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  17. NBA Playoffs 2012: Boston Celtics and Miami Heat Under Fierce Scrutiny in Game 6

    Doppler radar could never have predicted the searing heat that will envelop the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston tonight. The mercury has risen for both the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics , as they meet in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals...

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  18. Miami Heat and Boston Celtics Players to Decide Game 5 Tonight, Not NBA Refs

    The surging Boston Celtics are heading back to Florida tonight to face the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. However, NBA fans' confidence in the officiating of this tied series remains terribly broken...

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  19. Dwyane Wade: Miami Heat Star Whines Way Past Indiana Pacers in NBA Playoffs

    Earlier this week, blunt NBA commentator Charles Barkley chortled on TNT that the Miami Heat are " a whiny bunch ...

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  20. NBA Draft 2012: Where Do Final Four Stars Rank?

    March Madness has not been as crazy and unpredictable this year as in seasons past. No surprise visitors to this year's annual party. No Cinderellas crashing this year's Big Dance...

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  21. 2012 Miami Heat: The Franchise's Best Ever?

    The lofty expectations surrounding the Miami Heat's anticipated return to the 2012 NBA Playoffs have also brought intense scrutiny to one of the NBA's elite teams...

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  22. 5 Reasons the Loss of Derek Fisher Will Haunt Lakers in 2012 NBA Playoffs

    It seemed so strange for NBA fans to see him in another uniform, but to Derek Fisher, it felt so right. Last night, former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher suited up for the first time with his new squad, the Oklahoma City Thunder ...

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  23. NFL Free Agency: Peyton Manning to Sign with Denver; What Happens to Tim Tebow?

    Last winter's "Tebow-ing" in the Mile High City has quickly morphed into this spring's "Manning-ing." Yesterday, highly coveted quarterback Peyton Manning , arguably the most sought ...

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  24. NCAA Tournament 2012: 4 Ohio College Basketball Teams in Sweet 16

    It's suddenly chic to talk about Ohio sports! No, I'm not referring to Ohio State's anticipated resurrection to BCS prominence under new coach Urban Meyer...

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  25. Miami Heat: Still the Team to Beat in NBA Eastern Conference

    Following last June's surprise ending to a season so rich in expectation, the Miami Heat started the strike-shortened 2011-2012 NBA campaign as a different team...

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