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The Cleveland Guardians name will officially be adopted starting next season.

The Cleveland Indians are changing their name next season to the Cleveland Guardians, the Major League Baseball club announced Friday morning, after the current moniker drew criticism for decades from Native Americans.

 

“You see, there’s always been a Cleveland — that’s the best part of our name,” actor Tom Hanks says in a video announcement he narrated for the team, which posted it on Twitter. “And now it’s tim

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A 7-foot-4 adult is rare. A 7-foot-4 14-year-old is unheard of.

Enter Zhang Ziyu, a teenage girl from East China’s Shandong Province, after a video of her notching 42 points, 25 rebounds and six blocks in an under-15s tournament game went viral.

In the highlights, Ziyu towers over her helpless opponents, easily securing uncontested rebounds and scoring wide-open layups.

Commenters quickly compared Ziyu – who was 5-foot-2 in the first grade and 6-foot-9 in sixth grade, a

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Vanessa Bryant is launching the Mambacita clothing line. (Source: Mambacita)

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of the late NBA star Kobe Bryant, wants Nike to explain why the Mambacita sneakers that she worked on to honor her daughter have been released without her permission.

Bryant said Thursday in an Instagram post that she was upset that the black-and-white shoes, with the names “Kobe” and “Gigi” engraved on them, were released when neither she nor her other daughters had received pairs.

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Most people (at least those paying attention) expect quarterback Trevor Lawrence to be the first player selected in this year’s NFL Draft. Frankly, his draft stock has been a foregone conclusion since his heralded arrival at Clemson in 2018, and it was only strengthened after he led the Tigers to the National Championship as only a freshman. He’s a team leader who can read a defense and flat out throw the ball.

In fact, the only doubts that exist about Lawrence’s po

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Hansel Emmanuel, a native of the Dominican Republic, who plays high school basketball for Life Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Florida, lost his arm in a tragic accident at the age of six.

 

Now 16, the accident has clearly not slowed down his love of basketball. After first making waves earlier this year, Emmanuel recently went viral again with an impressive highlight reel playing AAU ball.

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Australian Open champion Japan’s Naomi Osaka poses with the trophy during a photo shoot at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021. Osaka crushed Jennifer Brady 6-4 6-3 to secure her second Australian Open title on Saturday and cement her standing as the new queen of the women’s game. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

With four Grand Slam titles to her name, tennis pro Naomi Osaka has made a name for herself in the industry. However, according to Business

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On this date in 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut, and in doing so integrated baseball for good. Robinson faced opposition, turmoil, and hatred during his career in the majors, but persevered through it all, winning Rookie of the Year in his first season, MVP in his third and a World Series in his ninth. Despite starting his MLB career far later than most, Robinson would prove himself to be one of the greatest players in baseball history and would be

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Major League Baseball said Friday it will move this season’s All-Star game, a high-profile event that had been scheduled for Truist Park in July, out of Georgia in response to the state’s new voting law.

 

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision eight days after Gov. Brian Kemp

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The NFL Expands Its Regular Season to 17 Games
 

The league’s owners voted Tuesday to expand the regular season to 17 games. It’s the first schedule expansion since 1978, when the league moved to 16 games and stayed that way for decades. The decision, which also results in one fewer preseason games, was widely expected on the heels of a series of agreements that paved the way for more action starting in the 2021 season.

A year ago, the NFL and NFL Players Association struck a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement that gave the

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The mystery behind tennis star Naomi Osaka’s bizarre post-match message scribbled on a television lens following her stunning Australian Open semi-final win has been explained.

The Japanese women’s world number three, 23, is in her second Melbourne grand slam final in three years after dominating childhood idol and US superstar Serena Williams in straight sets on Thursday.

Osaka sent tennis viewers around the world into meltdown with a peculiar message aimed

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2fed593b-b606-4c80-b2d5-72beaadf7079-USATSI_13014761.jpg?width=660&height=440&fit=crop&format=pjpg&auto=webp Tim Tebow has announced his retirement from baseball. Gregory Fisher, USA TODAY Sports

During spring training in 2020, when asked about his goal of making it to the majors, Tim Tebow responded with this:

 

“It’d be a lie if I said that wouldn’t be super cool. Of course that would be special. But I wouldn’t say it would be a success or failure if that did or didn’t happen.”

Tebow referred to parts of his life as “seasons.” In that moment, he said, baseball was an important part of

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Once again, Serena Williams came within reach of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, playing well enough Thursday to get to the closing days of a major tournament. And once again, Williams couldn’t quite get it done, as she was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinals.

 

Osaka, who also beat Williams in the chaotic 2018 US Open final, reached her fourth major title match and stretched her winning streak to

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady had motivation in leaving the New England Patriots to try to win another championship with a different franchise.

 

The Bucs defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to claim Super Bowl LV 31-9 for Brady’s seventh ring overall but his first not under the leadership of coach Bil

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke for the first time publicly about his son’s auto accident that left a 5-year-old girl in critical condition, saying Sunday, “My heart bleeds for everybody involved in that.”

“My heart goes out to all those who were involved in the accident, in particular the family with the little girl who’s fighting for her life,” Reid said Sunday night after the Chiefs lost Super Bowl LV to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9. “I can’t comment on it a

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The five-year-old girl critically injured and left in a coma after a car crash involving Kansas City Chiefs’ assistant coach Britt Reid on Thursday night has been pictured for the first time, as she is named locally as Ariel.

The young girl was in the back of a car that Reid allegedly crashed into after he had ‘two to three drinks’ on his prescription Adderall, according to KSHB.

An unnamed four-year-old was also in the back seat of the car and was hospitalized with non-life-thre

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A quick read on items of interest for the NFL’s divisional playoffs…

 

Lamar Jackson vs. Josh Allen. While the “History Channel Showdown” featuring Tom Brady and Drew Brees assures that at least one legendary quarterback will advance to the NFC Championship Game, the “Saturday Night Special” in Buffalo dictates that at least one of the young guns from the 2018 NFL draft class is headed to their first AFC title game, having broken through last weekend to win their first playoff games

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The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets on Wedn

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18cced97-fdc0-4719-bfee-fa9c306ef1d9-Alabama.jpg?width=660&height=441&fit=crop&format=pjpg&auto=webp Alabama head coach Nick Saban is soaked in a sports drink in a sports drink after their win against Ohio State in an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Alabama Won 52-24. (APPhoto/Wilfredo Lee)

DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52

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Mike Tyson stepped onto a spotlighted stage Friday and weighed in at 220 pounds, ripping off his shirt to reveal a muscled torso that could belong to an athlete of half his 54 years.

The former heavyweight champion moved into a COVID-protective glass box and went nose-to-nose with Roy Jones Jr., once the most talented fighter in the world. Jones’ 210-pound frame was slightly less toned, but still clearly in better condition than most of his fellow 51-year-olds.

These two boxing greats ar

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