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  • Race officials make right call allowing California Chrome to use nasal strip

    Race officials make right call allowing California Chrome to use nasal strip

    Racetrack officials representing the New York State Gaming Commission, the New York Racing Association and the Jockeys Club deserve serious props for allowing Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome to use a nasal strip during next month's Belmont Stakes race at Belmont Park in Elmont...
  • Exclusive interview with Bellator MMA bantamweight superstar Thomas Vasquez

    Exclusive interview with Bellator MMA bantamweight superstar Thomas Vasquez

    Thomas "The Die Hard Kidd" Vasquez (7-1) said May 20 in an exclusive interview with AXS.com that he sees a silver lining in his first pro MMA loss, which came earlier this month at Bellator 118 in Atlantic City. Vasquez, 27, may have fallen a bit short on the judges' scorecards that night, but going...
  • Exclusive interview with UFC superstar Bec 'Rowdy' Rawlings

    Exclusive interview with UFC superstar Bec 'Rowdy' Rawlings

    UFC strawweight superstar Bec "Rowdy" Rawlings (5-3) expects some drama to go down on The Ultimate Fighter 20, but the hard-hitting Aussie doesn't plan to get involved in much of it. Rawlings, 25, has matured since her rise to fame under the Invicta FC banner, so she'll leave the cattiness to the...
  • Justin Bieber and the top five most famous celebrity sports flip-floppers

    Justin Bieber and the top five most famous celebrity sports flip-floppers

    Justin Bieber was loudly booed at a recent Los Angeles Clippers game, and it had little to do with the pop music he creates. Sure, it's probably true that the average adult male Clippers fan doesn't regularly listen to the Canadian pop star's tunes, but that's not likely why they decided to boo him...
  • Milan Lucic makes right move not apologizing for handshake line comments

    Milan Lucic makes right move not apologizing for handshake line comments

    Milan Lucic, a left winger for the Boston Bruins, isn't the first hockey player to make unsportsmanlike remarks to an opposing team in a post-game handshake line, and he sure won't be the last. Lucic, 25, took some heat this week for allegedly threatening Montreal's Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin...
  • Liz Carmouche's coach still irked by controversial UFC loss to Miesha Tate

    Liz Carmouche's coach still irked by controversial UFC loss to Miesha Tate

    Liz Carmouche's longtime coach Manolo Hernandez said May 16 in an exclusive interview with AXS.com that he's still annoyed Miesha "Cupcake" Tate (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was awarded a unanimous decision victory over his fighter in the co-main of last month's UFC on FOX card in Orlando, Fla. Hernandez...
  • Five best candidates to take over as New York Knicks head coach

    Five best candidates to take over as New York Knicks head coach

    With Steve Kerr heading to the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is forced to start over in his search to find a new head coach to replace the recently fired Mike Woodson. Luckily for Jackson, there are several high-quality candidates available on the open market. In all...
  • Kobe Bryant shouldn't have a say in who becomes next Los Angeles Lakers coach

    Kobe Bryant shouldn't have a say in who becomes next Los Angeles Lakers coach

    Finishing with a 27-55 record -- the sixth-worst in the NBA this season -- is not what Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak had in mind when he signed former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown as head coach in the winter of 2012. D'Antoni received...
  • Andrea DeAngelo calls for Glory World Series kickboxing to add women's division

    Andrea DeAngelo calls for Glory World Series kickboxing to add women's division

    Hard-hitting Brooklyn kickboxer Andrea DeAngelo (36-4-2) said on May 15 in an exclusive interview with AXS.com that she would like the Glory World Series kickboxing league to consider opening a women's division in the near future, hopefully by the end of this year. DeAngelo, 26, has already turned...
  • Did Cleveland Browns make a mistake limiting media access to Johnny Manziel?

    Did Cleveland Browns make a mistake limiting media access to Johnny Manziel?

    Did the Cleveland Browns make a huge mistake banning national media members from attending this week's rookie minicamp? That's the burning question heading into the three-day event between May 16-18 that features Johnny Manziel and the rest of Cleveland's draft class of 2014, but the real answer won...
  • Milan Lucic threatens Canadiens players in postgame handshake line

    Milan Lucic threatens Canadiens players in postgame handshake line

    Just because a series is over, doesn’t mean that all the transgressions have been forgotten. There was still some bad blood brewing as the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins made their way through the traditional handshake line after Wednesday night’s game seven. Moments after his team had...
  • Exclusive interview with Lion Fight superstar Kevin Ross

    Exclusive interview with Lion Fight superstar Kevin Ross

    Fast-rising Lion Fight superstar Kevin "The Soul Assassin" Ross (39-11) expects his upcoming fight against undefeated New York standout Chris Mauceri (6-0) to be an all out war, with plenty of striking and possibly even a knockout finish. The 33-year-old Ross, who battles Mauceri on May 23 at Lion...
  • Donald Sterling waited far too long to apologize for racist remarks

    Donald Sterling waited far too long to apologize for racist remarks

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling offered an emotional apology for the racist remarks that led to the NBA banning him for life in an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper that aired last night on CNN. Shooting straight from the heart, the 80-year-old billionaire seemed sincere throughout...
  • Subway Series preview: Jeter to play final regular season series against Mets

    Subway Series preview: Jeter to play final regular season series against Mets

    In all likelihood, this week's Subway Series will be the final time Derek Jeter will ever play against the New York Mets. Sure, there's a slim chance the Mets bounce back from their mediocre start with a strong second half to earn a postseason spot and rematch of the 2000 World Series against the...
  • Was Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva the greatest UFC fight of all-time?

    Was Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva the greatest UFC fight of all-time?

    Back and forth they went for more than 17 minutes, two of the fastest-rising, hard-hitting welterweights in the world battering each other in the UFC Fight Night 40 main event on May 10 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. From the opening bell of Matt Brown's fight with Erick Silva, it was...
  • Openly gay NFL player a non-issue in the locker room

    Openly gay NFL player a non-issue in the locker room

    As most football fans know by now, the St. Louis Rams shocked the world by selecting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam with the 249th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, making him the first openly gay athlete drafted in National Football League history. There's no guarantees that Sam will make the Rams...
  • Five solutions to Bellator's pay-per-view problem

    Five solutions to Bellator's pay-per-view problem

    Bellator's first attempt at holding a pay-per-view event went up in flames after Tito Ortiz bowed out of his scheduled clash against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Bellator 106, which went down last November in Long Beach, Calif., still ended up being a fantastic event that included a handful of...
  • Five reasons the Miami Heat won't three-peat

    Five reasons the Miami Heat won't three-peat

    What is it about today's NBA that makes the three-peat so difficult to complete? There are several reasons why over a decade has past since the last time a team won three NBA championships in a row, one of course being the expanded postseason. Back in the late '50s and early-60s, when the Boston...
  • Five unique MLB ballpark foods to try this summer

    Five unique MLB ballpark foods to try this summer

    Let's face it: Food is as much a part of the ballpark experience as the game itself. Hot dogs, cheese fries, and nachos can do wonders to help ease the pain of watching a team mired in a deep, season-long slump, but they also taste great when a squad is playing well. Part of the fun of taking a road...
  • Top five greatest NHL playoff beards of all time

    Top five greatest NHL playoff beards of all time

    Beards and playoff hockey -- somehow they just go together. Hockey fans have enjoyed some epic displays of chin whiskers over the years, including Rob and Scott Niedermayer's matching gray-tinged beards during their run through the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals with the Anaheim Ducks. Elsewhere, the...
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