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3:55 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

NFL Hires Investigators, Says Patriots Used Underinflated Balls

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 6:53 pm

In an update to a story that's become a central topic of the lead-up to the Super Bowl, the NFL says it has found evidence of footballs being underinflated at last Sunday's AFC Championship Game, hosted by the New England Patriots. The Patriots won, 45-7.

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5:03 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Will 'Deflategate' Let The Air Out Of Super Bowl Hype?

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 8:14 am

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10:06 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Frank Deford To The NBA: Who's On Worst?

The Atlanta Hawks' Mike Scott scores over the Detroit Pistons' Greg Monroe in a game Monday. The Hawks are currently leading the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Dave Tulis AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:58 am

Even with free agency, our professional leagues show a reliable sort of sameness from year to year. Oh sure, each season there are a few teams that surprise, but mostly, changes in the standings are evolutionary. That said, I don't believe I've ever seen a league that looks so cockeyed as the NBA is this year.

First of all, it's just plain weird to see the two historically glamorous franchises, the Celtics and Lakers, both down near the bottom of the standings, while up top are teams that previously were nondescript also-rans.

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9:52 am
Wed January 21, 2015

He Invented Instant Replay, The TV Trick We Now Take For Granted

The Army-Navy game on Dec. 7, 1963, was the first televised sports game featuring instant replay. Its inventor, Tony Verna, died Sunday at 81.
AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:41 pm

Decades before the DVR and years before the first Super Bowl, a young television director decided to try something that would either amaze or confuse TV watchers: the instant replay.

With that, Tony Verna revolutionized the way we watch televised sports. He died Sunday at 81.

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4:38 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Instant Replay Inventor Changed The Way We Watch Sports

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:25 am

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If you have watched any football on television recently then you have watched a lot of instant replay.

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11:23 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Not So Wicked Smaht: Boston's Olympic Hopes

Boston is in the running to host the 2024 Olympics.
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Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 9:04 am

Oh, poor Boston. Where is Paul Revere when we need him to alert the citizenry? The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is coming! The International Olympic Committee is coming!

Boston, lock up your municipal bonds and pension funds.

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11:21 am
Wed January 14, 2015

NASCAR's Kurt Busch Testifies That Ex-Girlfriend Is An Assassin

In this May 22, 2014, photo, Kurt Busch walks with Patricia Driscoll before a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The former couple has been in court over Driscoll's claim that Busch assaulted her.
Terry Renna AP

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 11:05 am

Testifying about a request for a protective order against him, race car driver Kurt Busch told a Dover, Del., court this week that his former girlfriend is an assassin. Patricia Driscoll, who dated Busch for four years, requested the order last November, shortly after their relationship ended.

Driscoll has also filed a criminal complaint against Busch, alleging that he grabbed her and slammed her head into the wall of his motor coach at Dover International Speedway last fall. Busch denies those claims, which the authorities have been considering separately.

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11:22 am
Sun January 4, 2015

ESPN Sportscaster Stuart Scott Dies At 49

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 3:32 pm

The longtime host of ESPN's SportsCenter, Stuart Scott, died today at age 49 after a prolonged battle with cancer, according to the cable network.

Scott was famous for his enthusiasm and a bevy of catchphrases he mined in his commentary, including "Boo-Yah!" and "As cool as the other side of the pillow."

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8:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

The Week In Sports: NFL Playoffs, College Football Finals

Originally published on Sat January 3, 2015 11:59 am

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9:45 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Ohio State Beats Alabama, Will Play Oregon For Championship

Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington scores Jan. 1 against Florida State during the second half of the Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal in Pasadena, Calif.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks will meet on Jan. 12 in college football's first national championship game based on a playoff system.

The headline in The Columbus Dispatch read: Get ready for Bucks vs. Ducks.

With help from Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State rallied from a 21-6 deficit to beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Thursday night, 42-35.

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4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Turbulent Season Puts The NFL On Notice

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Four UNC-Chapel Hill Employees Out In Wake Of Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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7:48 am
Thu January 1, 2015

4-Top Teams Meet New Year's Day In College Football Playoffs

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5:53 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 6:48 pm

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12:06 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Hockey's Doc Emrick And His 153 Verbs

Sports commentator Mike "Doc" Emrick waves to fans as he is presented with a jersey by the New Jersey Devils in 2012.
Bill Kostroun AP

Even if you're a fairly enthusiastic sports fan — someone who can identify sportscasters Jim Nantz or Joe Buck by tenor and intonation alone — you may very well have never heard the name Doc Emrick.

Mike "Doc" Emrick is the world's premier announcer for what is America's fourth team sport: ice hockey. For those who know hockey, or those aficionados who listen to a few minutes of an NHL game just to hear Emrick talk about blue lines or poke checking, he is absolutely revered.

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7:27 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Aaron Rodgers' Good Luck Ritual Caught On TV

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 8:09 am

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6:35 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

'Black Monday' Brings Pink Slips For Some NFL Coaches, GMs

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5:06 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Calif. Law Tries To Prevent Young Brains From Football Injuries

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 9:11 am

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11:07 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Warriors, Trail Blazers, Spurs Dominate NBA

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11:10 am
Sat December 27, 2014

King Kong Out To Crush Bigfoot's Claim To Fame As First Monster Truck

Bigfoot 4X4 is a legend in the monster truck world, but another truck is challenging its claim as first car crusher. The bragging rights are big deal in what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

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