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Jimmy Snuka, Ex-Pro Wrestler Known as Superfly, Dies at 73

Jimmy Snuka, a former professional wrestler known for his acrobatic moves in the ring and for a late-in-life murder charge that was thrown out after he was declared mentally unfit, died on Sunday in Florida. He was 73. The death was announced on the website of World Wrestling Entertainment, where Mr. Snuka was a star in the 1970s and ’80s. His lawyer, Robert Kirwan, said Mr. Snuka died at his son-in-law’s home near Pompano Beach. The actor and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson, a relative of Mr. Snuka’s, shared the news…

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Kenny Florian says enough is enough, BJ Penn needs to retire

UFC legend BJ Penn came out of retirement on Sunday night to face Yair Rodriguez in the main event from Phoenix after more than two years away from the sport. It did not end well for the former two-division champion as Rodriguez battered Penn 55-4 in significant strikes before ending the fight by TKO just 24-seconds into the second round. That loss dropped Penn’s record to 0-4-1 in his last five fights. The UFC Hall of Famer hasn’t won a bout since defeating Matt Hughes at UFC 123 in 2010….

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Penn State winning the Big Ten could be a nightmare to the playoff selection committee

Penn State is going to play for the Big Ten Championship next Saturday with a chance to win the conference outright for the first time since 1994. At No. 7 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, the Nittany Lions might be playing for a spot in the final four too. The College Football Playoff selection committee’s criteria, as laid out on their website, makes it clear that above all else, they value conference championships. After that comes strength of schedule and head-to-head competition. Based on that, should Penn State…

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Ohio State bolsters its case for College Football Playoff spot

COLUMBUS, Ohio — And now the Buckeyes wait. Their résumé is complete after a 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan — Penn State is headed to the Big Ten title game as the East representative  — and they will hope that they’ve done enough as a non-conference champion to impress the College Football Playoff committee. On paper, their three-top 10 wins (against Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma) look great. The one loss (also to a top-10 team, Penn State) is not a deal-breaker. But in order to get into the four-team CFP…

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Huskies roll early, rout Cougars in Apple Cup

No. 6 Washington built a 28-3 lead in the first quarter and staved off a strong third-quarter push from the No. 23 Cougars to claim its first Pac-12 North division championship with a 45-17 victory in Friday’s 109th edition of the Apple Cup. PULLMAN — Chris Petersen refused to name names. A day before the 109th Apple Cup, someone in the Huskies’ traveling party busted the grand, old prize presented to the game’s winner, the signature silver apple having fallen far from the top of the trophy. So by the…

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Broncos Super Bowl hero Von Miller trying to block release of sex tape

Making another run at the Super Bowl may be the least of Von Miller’s problems. The Broncos linebacker is trying to stop the distribution of a sex tape made in Mexico in June, according to a new report from the Smoking Gun that has been confirmed by other outlets. In court docs obtained by the website — in which Miller is referred to as John Doe — Miller’s legal team alleged Elizabeth Ruiz wants “to be the next Kim Kardashian,” and has threatened to sell the explicit video unless the reigning Super…

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Why Dwyane Wade’s Big First Game With Chicago Bulls Mattered

In an off-season in which the basketball talk revolved almost exclusively around LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrating, and what the Golden State Warriors were going to do to get revenge (see: Kevin Durant), it was almost like things that would have been huge news during any other time in human history were sort of just little blips on the radar: Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett retiring, Russell Westbrook becoming the lone star in Oklahoma City and the Chicago Bulls saying goodbye to Derrick Rose, and hello to Dwyane Wade. …

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Russia to re-open ‘drunk tanks’ for World Cup

Football fans who find themselves the worse for wear during the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be able to find help at sobering-up stations, which are being re-opened specially for the tournament. Russia’s “drunk tanks” – known as vytrezvitel – were first introduced in 1904 and became widespread during Soviet times, but the network was shut down in 2011. Now, senior health ministry official Yevgeny Bryun has announced they’ll be re-opened in 11 host cities for the month-long event. Drunk tanks are intended as be safe spaces where people…

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Arturo Vidal helps Bayern Munich beat tame Borussia Mönchengladbach

Bayern  2 –  0  M’gladbach Bayern Munich attacked right from the start against Borussia Mönchengladbach and went ahead after 16 minutes when Arturo Vidal powered home a header from Rafinha’s cross. Fifteen minutes later, Douglas Costa celebrated his first start of the season by taking David Alaba’s cross on his chest and firing the ball inside the left post. The Brazilian ran over to two Munich fans, posed and took a selfie with them. It was all Munich with Mönchengladbach offering next to nothing in attack. But for an early…

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N’Golo Kanté’s solo strike seals Chelsea’s rout of Manchester United

For José Mourinho, perhaps the only tiny consolation from a traumatic day is that the Chelsea crowd were not impertinent enough to barrack the returning manager or gloat at his misfortune. They didn’t sing his name until the fourth goal went in and when the public announcer mentioned his name it was a strange kind of indifference bearing in mind, as he frequently reminds us, nobody else has brought more trophies or drama to this stadium. Nothing, however, will have hurt Mourinho more than his team’s performance, or the impression…

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