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Wisconsin Badgers coach Bo Ryan retires after win

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The winningest coach in Wisconsin basketball history, Bo Ryan, announced his retirement Tuesday after the team’s win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Associate head coach Greg Gard will assume the title of interim head coach, effectively immediately. “After months of conversation with Barry Alvarez and his administrative staff, as well as my wife, Kelly, I have decided that now is the right time to step down from the head coaching position ...

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Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving plans to make season debut Thursday

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is set to make his season debut Thursday at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports ESPN.com. Irving has been sidelined for the first 23 games of the Cavs’ season while recovering from surgery in June to repair a fractured left kneecap suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Irving’s return comes at a good time for the Cavs ...

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Tom Brady praises Patriots defense: ‘It’s been pretty amazing’

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Tom Brady was asked Tuesday morning about the New England Patriots defense, which is sixth in the NFL in terms of yards allowed, and eighth in the league in points per game. Brady praised the defense during his weekly appearance on WEEI 93.7FM. “It’s been pretty amazing,” Brady said on the defense this season.  “Look at the Denver game, look at the ...

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NBA ref reveals he’s gay after Rajon Rondo made slur to him

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NBA referee Bill Kennedy revealed he is gay on Sunday. “I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” Kennedy told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. “I am following in the footsteps of others who have self-identified in the hopes that will send a message to young men and women in sports that ...

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Emmanuel Sanders: ‘I put this entire game on my back’

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The Denver Broncos held the Oakland Raiders to just 126 yards from scrimmage on Sunday, yet the Broncos still lost, 15-12 to their longtime arch-rivals. “It’s very frustrating. It’s upsetting. All those things,” linebacker Brandon Marshall said. “It’s definitely something that puts a bad taste in your mouth.” The Broncos had four drives in the first half that got inside the Raiders’ ...

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Charles Woodson: Raiders have been ‘sending a message all year’

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The Oakland Raiders were held to a mere 126 yards from scrimmage Sunday, but managed to walk away with a 15-12 victory in Denver. Heading into halftime of Sunday’s matchup with the Broncos, the Raiders had -12 offensive yards and were down 12-0. “Coach Del Rio had a smile on his face at halftime because he knew what was going to ...

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Russell Wilson throws 5 TD passes, but Thomas Rawls suffers broken ankle

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Russell Wilson will have to continue to lead the Seahawks offense with his arm after Seattle lost another running back to injury. Wilson threw five touchdown passes, three to Doug Baldwin, to lead Seattle over the injury-depleted Baltimore Ravens 35-6 Sunday for their fourth straight victory. Wilson went 23 for 32 for 292 yards. The five touchdown throws matched a career high. ”Guys were making ...

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Mike Tomlin makes history with Steelers win

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With Sunday’s victory over the Bengals, Steelers coach Mike TOmlin now has  90 career wins. He joins Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher as the third coach in Steelers history to reach 90 regular season wins. The Steelers are the first franchise in NFL history to have three different head coaches reach that 90 win milestone. “We certainly have ...

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Andy Dalton: ‘There’s a fracture in my thumb’

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is likely to miss the rest of the season because of a right thumb injury. “You mean my thumb? There’s a fracture in there,” Dalton said after the game. I’ll see a hand specialist tomorrow.” Dalton, who will see a specialist Monday, left Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter and did not return. “It happened on the ...

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Don Shula ‘pulling for’ Panthers to go undefeated

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Former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula is hoping the Carolina Panthers (12-0) become the second team in NFL history to go undefeated and win a championship. Shula’s Miami Dolphins were the original, going 17-0 and winning the title in 1972. The record has stood for 43 years. While Shula and most the other players from the historic 1972 championship team often celebrate when teams fail to go ...

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