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Ravens RB Ray Rice was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

ESPN suspends host under fire for domestic abuse comments

UPDATE:  ESPN has released a statement announcing that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on their network this week. He is scheduled to return next Wednesday, according to the statement.  The original story appears below. There's been no shortage of media commentary after a shocking video of Baltimore Ravens running back ...

Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning drops back with the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

WATCH: Peyton Manning dances to 'Rocky Top' in viral video

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning showed off some killer dance moves Monday at training camp – and, thankfully, his fancy footwork was caught on video. >> Read more trending stories According to KUSA, the Broncos were doing their warmup stretches when Tennessee Vols fight song "Rocky Top" began to play. ...

This is a 2014 photo of Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. This image reflects the Cleveland Browns active roster as of Monday, June 2, 2014 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Hawkins poised to fill key WR role in Cleveland

There are many uncertainties surrounding the Cleveland Browns’ receiving corps, the greatest being who will step up and be the go-to-guy? They need one because the team’s top receiver, Josh Gordon, is likely facing a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Speculation is that the team may ...

LeBron James, formerly of the Miami Heat, looks on during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on Jan. 17, 2012, in Miami.

Will LeBron James lose jersey sales by choosing No. 23?

You've probably heard by now: LeBron James is going back to his original No. 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. (Via Getty Images) On Sunday, James posted this picture to his Instagram, writing, "23 it is! It's only right I go back." The anticipation for his admittedly less important decision comes after he posted the two potential jersey numbers ...

Hank Aaron waves to fans from the back of a pickup truck during the Hall of Fame Legends Parade down Main Street on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Cooperstown. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Baseball Hall of Fame narrows eligibility window

As if getting into baseball's Hall of Fame wasn't hard enough already — players now have only 10 years to be considered for the honor rather than 15. (Via Getty Images) Along with the decreased eligibility time, the Hall of Fame says voters will now be required to register and sign a code of conduct. In ...

Nine Comets name All-American in swimming, water polo

Maureen Sullivan, a member of the state championship Mason High School water polo team and top-three state girls swimming team, repeated as NISC All-American in both sports her senior season.“I guess I never realized how cool it is,” she said. “I hadn’t thought of how much of an accomplishment it ...

Kaufman trains with USA Volleyball

Lakota West freshman Megan Kaufman walked away not holding her breath.Prior to one of her club volleyball tournaments this spring, Kaufman went through a tryout for USA volleyball national A2 training in Colorado Springs.“I didn’t feel like I had a good tryout,” Kaufman said. “I was pretty upset.”Once all the ...

Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino.

Ray Rice ruling highlights NFL's suspension problem

Baltimore Ravens and NFL fans knew that running back Ray Rice would be suspended at the beginning of the 2014 season. Rice is charged with assaulting his wife at a New Jersey casino in February — an incident that was captured on video. (Via Getty Images, TMZ) But Rice's suspension was much more lenient than most ...

Stalker the fourth D-I commit for Firebirds

Lakota West High School football coach Larry Cox knows it would be easy to take one look at CJ Stalker and assume all his abilities are natural.That, Cox says, would be a mistake.“He is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around — he’s special,” Cox said. “He ...

Myrtle Beach Pelicans General Manager Andy Milovich during his prostate exam while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." (Graham Jenkins / Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Minor league GM gets public prostate exam during 7th inning stretch

A minor league baseball general manager took Prostate Cancer Awareness Night seriously, showing the standing room only crowd how fast one can undergo a prostate exam. Myrtle Beach Pelicans general manager and vice president Andy Milovich sang his rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” Thursday night while getting ...

In this photo provided by the Edmond, Okla. Police Department, Justin Blackmon is pictured in a booking photo dated July 23, 2014. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. (AP Photo/Edmond Police Department)

Dash-cam video: Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon arrested

Police in Oklahoma arrested Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon Wednesday on a charge of marijuana possession. According to the Edmond Police Department, officers stopped Blackmon for a traffic violation and smelled marijuana. Officer Brad Griffin wrote in his report he saw a dark blue 2007 Chrysler 300 sedan with an ...

West LB commits to Virginia

Staff ReportLakota West senior-to-be C.J. Stalker on Wednesday committed to the University of Virginia.Stalker, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker, also had offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, among others.He was a first-team, all-Greater Miami Conference selection last season.Stalker is the third Firebird to commit this summer, joining offensive lineman ...

Running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs a play during the opening day of Cincinnati Bengals minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Bengals add DT as camp nears

With training camp set to begin in three days and a handful of defensive linemen still recovering from injuries, the Cincinnati Bengals signed free agent defensive tackle LaKendrick Ross on Monday. Ross is raw and large, with the Bengals listing the Virginia-Lynchburg product at 6-foor-4, 350 pounds, although published reports ...

East coach finds right approach to summer work

Rick Haynes has tried different summer routines to prepare the Lakota East High School football team for the upcoming season.The Ohio High School Athletic Association allows coaches 10 days of instruction during June and July. Haynes has tried using some those days as soon as the school year ended. He ...

Leach optimistic about Hornets

So far, Year Two is going much more smoothly for Monroe High School football coach Bill Leach.“At this time last year, they were trying to figure out what I was all about and I was trying to get to know them,” Leach said. “They know me now and I know ...

Comets building strong chemistry

Before moving over and taking the head football position at Mason High School, Brian Castner helped build the softball program into one of the best in the area.One of the things that made those teams so successful was the bond between the players, and it brings a smile to his ...

athlete of the week

Name: Ben CallSchool: Lakota East High SchoolSport: Cross Country, TrackClass: SeniorAge:18Claim to Fame: Mr. Lakota EastBet You Didn’t Know: I can ride a unicycleFavorite Movie: Star Wars: Episode 6Favorite TV Show: Arrested DevelopmentFavorite Musical Artist: ColdplayFavorite Smell: Cinnamon RollsFavorite Home Cooked Meal: BreakfastPerson who would play me in a movie/why? ...

athlete of the week

Name: Kim FrankSchool: Lebanon High SchoolSport: SoftballClass: 2015Age: 16Claim to Fame: Second pitcher in Lebanon’s history to win 20 games in a seasonBet You Didn’t Know: I was born in New YorkToughest Opponent/Why? Me, because I’m always really hard on myselfFavorite Book: Great GastbyFavorite Movie: The HeatFavorite TV Show: Big ...

Cheerleaders of the New Orleans Saints perform during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on Dec. 12, 2010, in New Orleans.

40-year-old mom with kidney disease becomes NFL cheerleader

Many of us are eagerly counting down the days until our favorite football teams hit the field come September. But in the meantime, NFL teams have been busy sweating it out during practice and filling their cheerleading squads for the coming year. And one of those new cheerleaders is making headlines – ...

Germany's Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won 1-0 to win the World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Germany cheers, Argentina mourns World Cup final

After a long, hard-fought battle, Germany is taking home its fourth World Cup. (Via Getty Images)  It took nearly 113 minutes for the stalemate to break open, but it was the foot and chest of German striker Mario Götze that broke the hearts of Argentineans everywhere and led Germany to victory. ...

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