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Maxwell Strachan is a senior sports editor at The Huffington Post. He was previously the senior editor of business and technology. He has also worked at Salon, the Center for Governmental Studies and KCET.

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Soccer Fans Everywhere Rally Around A Heartbroken Laura Bassett

(164) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 1:41 PM

Heartbreak overwhelmed the English women’s national team Wednesday after the team lost 2-1 to Japan in the semifinal of the Women’s World Cup. But it particularly overwhelmed Laura Bassett, the English defender responsible for the own goal that cost her team a trip to the finals.

It...

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NBA Teams Tell Los Angeles Lakers They're Embarrassing Themselves

(320) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 10:32 AM

Sometimes, when your friends are embarrassing themselves, the most important thing you can do is tell the truth.

So it was with the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, after the team failed once again to nab a marquee free agent, this time LaMarcus Aldridge....

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DeMarre Carroll Says Atlanta Hawks Weren't Even Among Top 4 Bidders

(26) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 5:34 PM

DeMarre Carroll finally got his big payday Wednesday, agreeing in theory to a four-year, $60 million deal that will make him the highest-paid player on his team.

But the deal isn’t with the Atlanta Hawks, the team where he made his name for the last two...

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Kevin Love Announces Return To Cavaliers In C-Rate Version Of LeBron's 'I'm Coming Back' Letter

(20) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 3:50 PM

Kevin Love announced Wednesday that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015-2016 season in the only way that is apparently socially acceptable for an NBA superstar anymore: a first-person blog post.

“I’m going back to Cleveland,” Love wrote in the first sentence of a...

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Obama Sums Up All Our Feelings About The U.S. Women's National Team

(27) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 9:43 AM

President Obama congratulated the U.S. Women’s National Team on Tuesday evening after the team dramatically beat Germany to advance to the finals of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

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John Urschel Talks About Why More Young Kids Don't Love Math

(137) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Ask John Urschel to define himself, and this is the sort of answer you’ll get: “John Urschel, pro football player, mathematician, professional mathlete.”

To put it mildly, Urschel is a rare commodity. He’s 6 feet 3 inches tall, a 308-pound offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens and...

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Video Of Jahlil Okafor Dropping His Sixers Jersey A Good Lesson In Internet Outrage

(24) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 9:57 AM

On Thursday, Duke’s Jahlil Okafor was selected third overall in the NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. On Saturday, he was introduced to his new city by the team at a press conference. And by Sunday, the Internet had already sent itself into a tizzy over a bite-sized...

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Bob Costas Doesn't Have Time For Your Bulls--t Pitching Performance

(119) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 5:06 PM

Bob Costas has called some games, you know? You could even say he's called some of the great games in the history of U.S. sports. So when you step up to the mound and you know Bob Costas is on the mic, you better bring it. You better bring it...

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Stop Catching Foul Balls While Holding Your Babies, You Lunatics

(24) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 4:35 PM

Something has gone awry in baseball. Back in the proverbial day, we caught foul balls, gently placed a celebratory hand in the air, quietly sat down and then got back to eating our peanuts or whatever, like normal, civilized people.

But at some point, something changed. No longer is it...

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Two NBA Draftees Learned The Hard Way That Their Tweets Are Public

(18) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Ah, the NBA Draft. A night for fun. A night for family. A night for friends. A night in which a lifetime of hard work culminates in hearing your name called by the commissioner of the National Basketball Association. And a night for realizing that tweet from four years ago...

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Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers And Other Athletes Celebrate Gay Marriage Ruling

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:16 AM

Athletes across the country celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday that all Americans should be able to marry the people they want to spend their lives with, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Take it away, ladies and gentlemen.

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Every Pick And Outfit From The First Round Of The 2015 NBA Draft

(62) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 11:15 PM

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So, the 2015 NBA Draft happened. Do you want an introduction? No, you don’t. You want the picks, and you want some outfit grades. Here they are.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky. Outfit: B

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2. Los Angeles Lakers...

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This Crying Knicks Fan Is Every Knicks Fan Today

(31) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:40 PM

The New York Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday. Oh, you aren’t happy with that pick? Neither was this kid.

Here's a freeze frame that really encapsulates the feeling of the New York City area.

"Apparently he's the best player available, you know," said one of my New York-based colleagues, trying to explain the decision to one of his friends. Stephen A. Smith was a bit more, uh, extreme?

The little, dedicated Knicks fan wasn't alone in his reaction either.

Woj pleaded for reason.

But these are the Knicks. These are always the Knicks.

Let's see how Porzingis deals with the pressure of playing in New York City....

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Oh My God, The Lakers Could Get DeMarcus Cousins AND LaMarcus Aldridge This Summer???

(95) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 9:54 AM

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. What?

Some rumors have started to circulate in the last 24 hours about the Los Angeles Lakers, and when pasted together, it’s all almost enough to make a Laker fan ask: OH MY GOD, COULD THIS POSSIBLY BE REAL LIFE? COULD WE THEY...

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Celtics Try To Scare Kevin Love Away By Threatening To Sign Paul Pierce And Brook Lopez's Brother

(58) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:07 PM

In an attempt to keep free agent Kevin Love from obtaining any interest whatsoever in signing with the Boston Celtics this summer, the team is threatening to also sign Paul Pierce and Brook Lopez’s brother, Robin Lopez, should he somehow find his way onto the team.

It’s unknown why the...

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The Sunset Over Fenway Park Was Awe-Inspiring Last Night

(9) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 1:04 PM

A baseball game between two baseball teams happened last night. But whatever happened on the field was a thousand times less interesting than what happened in the sky. Nice try, baseball.

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LeBron James Ends 2-Month Social Media Blackout To Thank His Kids And Fans

(18) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:51 AM

LeBron James went silent on social media on April 18, the day before his team started its turbulent 2015 NBA playoff run.

But he finally reemerged more than two months later on Tuesday to thank his kids and his fans for always supporting him, while...

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Sam Dekker Correctly Notes People Always Compare White Players To Other White Players

(183) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Sam Dekker, former Wisconsin Badger and soon-to-be NBA player, spoke a deep, deep truth on Tuesday.

He said something so basic that it probably shouldn’t even be news, except that it's something very few athletes ever really want to say.

“What players do you look to? What are...

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Here's Stephen Curry Being All Cute Back When He Was Around Riley's Age

(1) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 12:28 PM

For those who don't know, Stephen Curry's dad, Dell, had a nice 16-year career in the NBA himself, which gave Stephen the opportunity to hang with the best of them as a young child, and enjoy the occasional spotlight.

"He was kind of like Riley is right...

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DeMarcus Cousins Takes Emoji-Based Twitter Beef To Unprecedented Heights

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 9:22 AM

We already knew DeMarcus Cousins was the master of quick-witted trash talk on Twitter. But what Cousins did last night was another level of wonderful, emoji-infused, online passive aggression, the likes of which we've perhaps never seen.

The Sacramento Kings center needed just three characters and two...

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