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In this July 18, 2015, photo provided by Brad Balukjian, Brad Balukjian, left, stands with former major league outfielder Lee Mazzilli in Rye, N.Y. Balukjian tore open a pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards, chewed the stale, brittle bubblegum and then planned a journey most sports fans could only dream about. The self-funded trip in 2015, to meet every player whose image appeared on those old pieces of cardboard, cost about $8,000 and took him across 30 states over 11,341 miles in 48 days — fueled by 123 cups of coffee. (Brad Balukjian via AP)
May 03, 2020 - 2:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Balukjian tore open a pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards, chewed the stale, brittle bubblegum and then planned a road trip most sports fans could only dream about. The college biology professor set out to meet every player whose image appeared on those old pieces of cardboard —...
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May 02, 2020 - 5:09 pm
KOPAVOGUR, Iceland (AP) — The Mountain is at the top of the deadlift world. “Game of Thrones” actor Hafthor Bjornsson, who played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series, set a deadlift world record by lifting 501 kilograms (1,104 pounds) on Saturday. Bjornsson, the 2018 World’s Strongest...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, people portraying ghost players emerge from a cornfield as they reenact a scene from the movie "Field of Dreams" at the movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. The 1989 film was No. 6 in The Associated Press' Top 25 favorite sports movies poll. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
May 01, 2020 - 6:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball and tears, the ones streaking down cheeks. Tears, the kind leaving rifts between fathers and sons. “Field of Dreams” is about phantoms and phenoms on an unlikely diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Emotions gush like water across the fresh-cut grass, resonating three decades...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 1974, file photo, challenger Muhammad Ali, top, watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire. The 1996 film "When We Were Kings" is a documentary of the bout known as the "Rumble In The Jungle" between Ali and Foreman. The fight was a cultural milestone that ran far deeper than boxing. (AP Photo/File)
May 01, 2020 - 5:49 pm
Sports and cinema have an uneasy alliance. For every “Raging Bull,” there are an abundance of flicks that get it wrong when they try to recapture a memorable event or famous athlete. Seriously, how does the compelling life of Babe Ruth produce not one, but two of the greatest stinkers in the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2005, file photo, Robert De Niro, left, and boxer Jake LaMotta stand for photographers before watching a 25th anniversary screening of the movie "Raging Bull," in New York. "Raging Bull," about the life of Jake Lamotta, was No. 7 in The Associated Press’ Top 25 favorite sports movies poll. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
May 01, 2020 - 3:49 pm
Jake LaMotta was a straight-ahead brawler, so determined to wreak havoc every time he entered the boxing ring that he handed the great Sugar Ray Robinson his first loss. He was pretty much the same outside the ring, which is why Hollywood made a movie about his life. “I was a no-good bastard,”...
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April 30, 2020 - 5:15 pm
ESPN has named Phil Dean as its new producer for “Monday Night Football” beginning with the upcoming season. Dean has been with the network since 1992. He has been the lead college basketball producer for 12 years and has produced the Women's Final Four since 1995. He also has produced ESPN's...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James appears during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. Though the coronavirus pandemic has upended graduation season, James is putting together an all-star event to honor and celebrate the Class of 2020. The one-hour special, "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020," will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 30, 2020 - 12:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is putting together an all-star event to honor and celebrate the high school class of 2020, which has had its graduation season upended by the coronavirus pandemic. The LeBron James Family Foundation, XQ Institute and The Entertainment Industry Foundation on Wednesday...
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FILE - In this July 27, 1998, file photo, Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra are shown arriving at the opening of the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Montreal. Carmen Electra’s relationship with former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman became a focal point of the “The Last Dance” — the ESPN and Netflix documentary series built around Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98. They wed in November 1998, filed for annulment nine days later, reconciled but divorced in April 1999. Watching the A-list relationship blossom back to life on the documentary helped her appreciate the wild time in her life when Rodman and the Bulls had a hold on her heart. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press via AP, File)
April 29, 2020 - 12:06 pm
Carmen Electra’s basketball fandom wasn’t much more than wearing Jordans in high school and her awareness of Dennis Rodman was simply that the NBA bad boy had dated Madonna. But once the then-Chicago Bulls star, who used his hair as a colorful canvas and illustrated his body with tattoos, noticed...
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This image released by HBO Sports shows Bryant Gumbel hosting "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" from his makeshift studio in Florida. The series returns on April 28. (HBO Sports via AP)
April 27, 2020 - 5:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The HBO television show “Real Sports” is returning from a suspension forced by the coronavirus before the real sports themselves begin again. Host Bryant Gumbel will preside from his Florida home in Tuesday's episode of the sports news magazine, which is attempting to navigate...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, William "Rick" Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, exits federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. In a legal filing on Friday, April 24, 2020, prosecutors said the defense's claims that investigators bullied Singer, their cooperating witness, into lying in order to entrap actress Lori Loughlin, her husband Mossismo Giannulli and other parents were "repugnant and untrue." (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 27, 2020 - 12:56 pm
Federal agents didn't entrap the wealthy parents accused of cheating the college admissions process, the man who helped investigators build their case reportedly told the FBI recently, boosting prosecutors' arguments that claims of misconduct are false. Allegations that FBI investigators bullied...
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