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Richard Deitsch: Landon Donovan's new job; World Cup record ratings

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:36:52 EDT

Landon Donovan knows you are paying close attention to what he says about Jürgen Klinsmann. He understands it, expects it, and says that he can be critical of the U.S. National Team coach and its players when criticism is warranted.(image)

Michael McCann: O'Bannon v. NCAA: Do Division I schools make or lose money on sports?

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:10:44 EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The last week of the O'Bannon v. NCAA trial began with a debate over math: Do Division I colleges make or lose money on sports? Answering this seemingly straightforward question proved impossible during Monday's hearing. Two witnesses for the NCAA, NCAA research director Todd Petr and Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, testified. Both sparred with O'Bannon's attorneys over how revenue should be defined.(image)

David Gonos: Fantasy baseball Hitting Report: Have Royals regulars turned a corner?

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:00:06 EDT

The Kansas City Royals are driving fantasy baseball owners nuts this season.(image)

Jon Wertheim: Andy Murray makes a drama-free return to Wimbledon

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:24:47 EDT

LONDON -- When the clock outside Centre Court struck 1 p.m. on Monday, we were treated to tableau unseen here in more than 75 years: a British male christening Centre Court for the maiden session of Wimbledon. We speak, of course, of Andy Murray, the defending champion. As he walked across the lawn for his first-round match against Belgium's David Goffin, the crowd rose as one, its applause lapping like waves on the shore.(image)

Seth Davis: 'Finch' returns to offer candid evaluations on 54 NBA draft prospects

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:33:56 EDT

Good news, Hoopheads: Finch is back.(image)

Richard Deitsch: Skip Bayless defended? A Q&A with head of ESPN's First Take

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:41:51 EDT

If you are a frequent reader of this column (or follow me on Twitter), you are well aware of how I feel about First Take and the "Baylessization" of ESPN2's mornings. For those unfamiliar: ESPN2's First Take is a show designed around 62-year-old Skip Bayless debating and defending sports opinions (whether against real "opponents" such as co-panelist Stephen A. Smith or straw men), attacking famous athletes (e.g. Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Richard Sherman), and generally acting like a hockey goon without the charm of one.(image)

Michael Beller: Weekly Planner: Corey Dickerson picks up slack for Rockies' offense

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:16:11 EDT

When Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer went down with long-term injuries in short order, the Rockies offense appeared to take a big hit. Instead, Corey Dickerson has cashed in on the opportunity and has potentially turned himself into a mainstay for Walt Weiss and company.(image)

Jeff Wagenheim: Former UFC fighter Mirko Filipovic headlines jam-packed Glory 17

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 02:52:03 EDT

Time travel. If technology existed to make that a possibility, the Glory kickboxing promotion sure could have used it a couple of months ago while developing a hype campaign to sell combat sports fans on its first pay-per-view event.(image)

Bellator ousts Bjorn Rebney on eve of Glory pay-per-view event

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:44:44 EDT

Bellator MMA has been rescued. Saved from its forebearer. Saved from itself. Saved from the scorn of the cage-captivated masses.(image)

Andy Staples: Jim Delany reinforced plaintiffs' key points in O'Bannon v. NCAA

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:43:06 EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. -- One influential college athletics leader left the witness stand Friday after nearly five total hours of cross examination only to be replaced by a guy who probably wields even more power. When plaintiffs' attorneys in O'Bannon v. NCAA finally tired of battering NCAA president Mark Emmert, they excused him and waited patiently for their turn to cross examine Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany as they try to convince the judge that the NCAA and schools have engaged in a conspiracy to deny athletes the chance to sell their name, image and likeness rights.(image)