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FaviconReport: Heat forward LeBron James to opt out of deal, become free agent 24 Jun 2014, 10:04 am

Get ready for the Decision, Part II. LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Heat, and will become a free agent.

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FaviconUruguay eliminates Italy; Did Suarez bite again? 24 Jun 2014, 9:44 am

Uruguay is moving on. Italy is out of the World Cup after a 1-0 loss. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez apparently bit an opponent again.

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FaviconO's Davis walks off White Sox with pinch-hit HR 23 Jun 2014, 11:56 pm

Chris Davis had been scuffling, and with lefty Chris Sale on the mound, it was a perfect night for the Orioles first baseman to ride the pine. He didn’t get the entire night off, however. Manager Buck Showalter called his number in the bottom of the ninth, and Davis delivered a walk-off three-run homer.

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10/21/2014 01:18 AM
WWE's Randy Orton disses Royals in Kansas City, John Cena defends them

You didn't think it was just radio stations having fun with Kansas City Royals being in the World Series, did you? World Wrestling Entertainment's popular "Monday Night Raw" was live from Kansas City on World Series Eve, and the occasion wasn't going to pass without cheap heat.

Randy Orton — the star of those hilarious RKO Vines — was called on to anger the Kansas City crowd by dissing the Royals. He's a good fit, considering he's from St. Louis.

Orton was cutting a promo against John Cena when a "Let's Go Royals" chant broke out in the crowd. Orton quickly flipped into super heel mode and told the fans:

"The Royals will not win. They will never win. You've got at least another 100 years. In your lifetime, you will not see your precious Royals win when it matters."

John Cena came out shortly thereafter and defended Kansas City's honor, because that's what you're supposed to do when you're every 8-year-old boy's favorite wrestler. 

Royals bro on the left sorta looks like younger, beard-less Alex Gordon, doesn't he?

On another wrestling-meets-baseball note: As far as we know, there are no RKO baseball vines — somebody fix that, woulda ya? — but as tangential entertainment, here's Giancarlo Stanton getting 619'd by Rey Mysterio. 

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10/21/2014 11:39 AM
Even Rams security didn't recognize quarterback Austin Davis

The St. Louis Rams employed all manner of trickeration to fake out the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Apparently, they're so good at this deception that they even fool their own employees.

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Austin Davis #9 of the St. Louis Rams looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on October 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Rams beat the Seahawks 28-26.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)Appearing on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday, quarterback Austin Davis noted that he still gets asked for ID, even after quarterbacking the team through most of their games this season.

"The guy at the front desk at the facility here actually asked who I was the other day," Davis said. "It was pretty good."

When asked why he doesn't just wear his jersey around, Davis answered earnestly, "I can't do that. It's too big without my pads on."

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Davis also noted that he had no idea that the infamous fake punt was coming; his back had been turned at the time and then he realized he would be heading back into the game. All part of the deception, apparently.

Davis has played competently enough for the Rams, throwing nine TDs against four interceptions. Even though St. Louis has pretty much zero hope in the NFC West, chances are Davis won't go unrecognized that much longer.

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10/21/2014 12:03 PM
Here's New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert wearing a clock on his hat (Photo)

After a 120-107 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday that saw them allow a Bucks club expected to rank among the NBA's very worst teams this season to shoot 60 percent from the floor, the New York Knicks knew it was time to face the music when they spoke with reporters. Knicks guard Iman Shumpert seemed to take the "time" and "face" parts pretty seriously:

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Yep, that's a clock on the front of Shump's chapeau. It appeared to be fully functioning and operational, although it didn't show the correct post-game time in New York City. Shump really ought to remember to wind his hat before meeting the press.

As you might expect, the guard's startling "Alice in Wonderland" mash-up led to some questions. The intrepid lot at Knicks blog Posting and Toasting report that the clock hats are a Chicago thing — Shump grew up in Oak Park — and that they're referred to as "buck 50 hats" because you needed $150 to afford one. (A little bit of Internet searching supports this.) These days, Shump can certainly afford to rock a status-symbol timepiece on his noggin; one can only imagine what kind of grandfather-clock-type steez he'll bring out if he gets an extension of his 2011 rookie contract before the Oct. 31 deadline (although it doesn't seem likely that he will).

The cap offered something of a welcome distraction and laugh after a rough showing against Milwaukee, in which seven Bucks scored in double-figures, led by O.J. Mayo's 24 points (6-for-10 shooting from 3-point land) off the bench. Shumpert, expected to be one of the most significant bellwethers for a Knicks team looking to return to the playoffs after a disappointing 2013-14 season, missed eight of his 10 field-goal attempts, finishing with six points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in 27 1/2 minutes in the loss.

“We let them dictate the pace of the game," Shumpert said, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Knicks fans everywhere had better hope Derek Fisher's crew can find a more metronome-steady rhythm and Swiss-watch synchronicity by the time the regular season starts next week. May Shumpert's hat inspire them all.

The most crucial post-script to the story comes from Scott Cacciola of the New York Times:

That's probably for the best. Y'know, "without sin," "first stone" and all.

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10/21/2014 11:31 AM
Pavel Datsyuk back for the Detroit Red Wings

Sunshine. Puppies. Pavel Datsyuk in the lineup. 

What are three things that undeniably brighten your day?

The Detroit Red Wings star will make his season debut on Tuesday night at the Montreal Canadiens, four weeks after suffering a separated shoulder. Johan Franzen, alas, is headed to seven-day injured reserve with a wonky groin to open up that spot for Datsyuk.

As Helene St. James of the Free Press notes, getting him back could mean very good things for the Red Wings’ offense:

Getting Datsyuk back surely would help an offense that so far has sputtered; the four goals scored Friday at Toronto mark the only time the Wings have topped two goals in a game. Saturday, they scored once — in overtime. The power play has been especially egregious, its 9.5% success rate reflecting two goals on 21 opportunities.

"We have to get more pucks to the net," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We've been a little bit too stationary once we do enter the zone. We need to make sure we have more motion."

When it was brought to Kronwall's attention that he said the same thing a billion times last season, he laughed. "It might have been more than that."

Datsyuk will play on the Red Wings’ top line, skating with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. He’ll also be on the top power-play unit. 

 

 

 

 

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10/21/2014 12:13 PM
Marcus Mariota, not Dak Prescott, is now the betting favorite for the Heisman

One sports book thinks that the favorite for the Heisman Trophy isn't Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott.

Bovada has Oregon QB Marcus Mariota listed this week as the favorite for the trophy at 3/2. Mariota's Ducks are No. 6 in the country. Prescott isn't too far behind. As his team is undefeated and No. 1, his odds are at 9/4. Last week, Mariota was listed as 3/1. Prescott's odds are unchanged.

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is listed as the third-favorite at 6/1. Alabama WR Amari Cooper and Notre Dame QB Everett Golson are tied for fourth at 18/1 with last year's winner, Florida State QB Jameis Winston.

Alabama has also moved to the favorite to win the College Football Playoff after its 59-0 drubbing of Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide are now 6/1 favorites for the title, ahead of Mississippi State at 13/2, Florida State at 7/1 and Ole Miss at 15/2. Last week, Alabama was the fourth-favorite behind those three teams.

The player who took the biggest hit to his Heisman standing in Week 8 was Baylor QB Bryce Petty. After Baylor lost to West Virginia, Petty's odds for the Heisman went from 11/2 to 33/1. Petty fell from tied for third-favorite to the No. 12 player on the board. He was leapfrogged by West Virginia WR Kevin White, the leading receiver in the country, who had 132 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Baylor. White is now listed at 25/1.

The Bears also fell from 14/1 odds to win the College Football Playoff to 33/1. Baylor was jumped by TCU, who went from 50/1 to 20/1 after drubbing Oklahoma State on Saturday.

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