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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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Denver Nugget Jusuf Nurkic Asked A Special Olympics Athlete For An Autograph

(7) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 6:20 PM

Jusuf Nurkic, the NBA’s rookie darling, recently met with about 150 Special Olympics athletes to give them some shooting and dribbling advice. That’s great, obviously. But then Nurkic also asked some to sign his shirt, which is unambiguously endearing.

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Kentucky Basketball vs. College Basketball, In 14 Vines

(32) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 3:08 PM

This is Kentucky basketball:

And this is college basketball:

Again, this is Kentucky basketball:

And this is college basketball:

Kentucky basketball:

College basketball:

Kentucky basketball:

College basketball:

People who play on Kentucky:

People who do not play on Kentucky:

People who represent the University of Kentucky when they step on a basketball court:

And people who do not represent the University of Kentucky when they step on a basketball court:

This is the kind of thing non-Kentucky players say before they've played Kentucky:

"Salute to them getting up to 36-0, but tomorrow they're gonna be 36-1." -- West Virginia freshman guard Daxter Miles Jr.

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(Source: Getty)

And this is the sort of thing Kentucky players say after they've destroyed said non-Kentucky player's team 78-39:

This is what a Kentucky fan looks like (yes, that's Ashley Judd):

And this is what a non-Kentucky fan looks like:

We hope the distinction is now clear....

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Michael Sam: Some Famous Athletes Are Secretly Gay

(90) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Michael Sam has previously disclosed that a small number of gay athletes reached out to express their gratitude following his coming out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft. Now he says that some of them are quite well known as well.

I will never...

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NCAA Schools Can Absolutely Afford To Pay College Athletes, Economists Say

(220) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 8:24 AM

A growing chorus of critics are calling for the National Collegiate Athletic Association to pay student-athletes. Just this month, a coalition of professors banded together in support of labor rights for men’s football and basketball players. And just this week, former NCAA basketball stars Ed O’Bannon...

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White Man In St. Louis Area Punches Former Cardinal Curt Ford, Tells Him To 'Go Back To Ferguson'

(160) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 6:31 PM

A white man allegedly punched former St. Louis Cardinal Curt Ford in the St. Louis area recently and then told him to “go back to Ferguson, you [unknown racial slur here, but you can probably guess],” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ford, who played 276...

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Some Genius Combined Paddling And 'Tug Of War' Into A Single Sport

(12) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Some questions:

  • What is going on?

  • Is this sport real?

  • Is this sport new?

  • Have people been doing this for years?

  • Why weren’t we informed?

  • When can we play?

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Mortified Wisconsin Basketball Player Caught Whispering 'God, She's Beautiful' During Press Conference

(54) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Nigel Hayes thought someone at his recent press conference was beautiful, but he did not think the entire room would hear when he told his teammate.

“God, she’s beautiful,” the Wisconsin basketball player whispered to Frank Kaminsky. He was talking about someone in the crowd -- do you know who?...

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Darren Sharper's High School Strips All Mention Of Him After He Pleads No Contest To Drugging, Raping Women

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Darren Sharper’s high school has pulled all mention of him from public view after the former NFL star pleaded guilty on Monday to sexual assault and no contest to charges of drugging and raping multiple women.

The Super Bowl champion and former All-Pro safety has stood accused...

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Fox News Guest Columnist: 'Concussions Have Become The New Global Warming'

(118) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 12:03 PM published a piece on Monday claiming in no uncertain terms that scientific concerns about both football-related concussions and global warming are not backed by hard evidence.

The piece, written by Dylan Gwinn, who is appropriately enough the author of a book titled "Bias in...

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Shane Battier Comes Out In Support Of Paying NCAA Players

(51) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Former Duke basketball star Shane Battier told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that he supports the idea of paying NCAA student-athletes in some form.

“I would try to find a way to compensate players for their time,” Battier, a former winner of the college basketball National Player of...

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Ed O'Bannon Takes Even Stronger Stance On NCAA Player Compensation

(71) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 5:05 PM

Ed O'Bannon has long been a vocal proponent for paying NCAA men's basketball and football players for the revenues made off their images and likenesses. But now the former UCLA basketball star has added something else to his wish list for current players: compensation for just being on these teams....

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NFL Player John Urschel Single-Handedly Kills The 'Dumb Jock' Stereotype With Complex Math Paper

(184) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 10:29 AM

A mathematician by the name of John Urschel recently published a complex paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics entitled, "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fielder Vector of Graph Laplacians.”

We personally have no idea what it’s about, but here’s the abstract:

In this paper,...
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Concussion Experts Pick Apart The Myth That Cycling Is More Dangerous Than Football

(11) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 12:24 PM

The idea that bicycling might be more dangerous than football crept back into the national consciousness this week after an NFL-affiliated doctor named Joseph Maroon suggested as much during an appearance on the NFL Network.

“It’s much more dangerous riding a bike or a skateboard than playing...

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NFL Union Reminds Players Drug Testing Starts On 4/20

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 5:51 PM

NFL players, you have about 30 days to get any illegal substances that may or may not be in your body out of it.

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Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson Makes An NBA Play In A College Basketball Game

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:53 PM

His team won too.

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15 Things You Didn't Know About NCAA Basketball, Even If You're Obsessed

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 1:52 PM

1. A No. 16 seed has never beat a No. 1 seed in the men’s March Madness tournament. But the Harvard women’s basketball team pulled it off in 1998.

2. March Madness was originally pitched in 1939 as a way to keep people sane and...

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NFL Rookie Chris Borland Explains His Decision To Retire: ‘The Game Is Inherently Dangerous'

(77) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 11:31 AM

Former San Francisco linebacker Chris Borland said Thursday that his decision to abruptly retire after one season in the NFL was prompted by two concerns: the inherent violence of the game and the unknown effects of that violence on his mind.

“I don’t think even the top...

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NFL-Affiliated Doctor Says Football Is Safer Than Riding A Bike

(117) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 2:16 PM

NFL-affiliated doctor and Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery Joseph Maroon said during an interview on the NFL Network Tuesday that all this yelling and screaming about the dangers of football -- and in particular, youth football -- has gone too far. He even deemed the sport safer than...

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Here's President Obama's 2015 March Madness Bracket

(38) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 10:09 AM

Barack Obama released his 2015 March Madness bracket on Wednesday. And the President of the United States has the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats winning it all.

"Kentucky obviously has as good of a chance as any team," he told ESPN. "They are prohibitive favorites, and for good reason.”

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This 7-Year-Old Girl's Emotional Rant Will Warm Even The Coldest Of Hearts

(11) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Even if your heart has grown cold and hardened after years of disappointment and frustration, even if you find yourself wandering through life wondering what became of your once promising potential -- even then, you’ll still find it impossible not to smile a little while watching this adorable 7-year-old complain...

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