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Sloane Stephens Signs With Nike Rather Than Re-Up With UA

Sloane Stephens last night announced on her Instagram and Twitter feeds that she is endorsing Nike. Stephens’ contract with Under Armour expired after last year’s U.S. Open, which she won for her first Grand Slam championshi…

Rickie Fowler Promotes Puma’s New Hawaiian-Themed Collection

Rickie Fowler is promoting Puma’s new Aloha Collection as he competes in this week’s PGA Tour Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. The collection, which “will be available” starting today, consists of apparel, accessories and foot…

NHL, Adidas Unveil Uniforms For All-Star Game In Tampa

The NHL and Adidas unveiled the uniforms for the ’18 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Amalie Arena. The look is inspired by the state of Florida, paying homage to the history of the league while celebrating the host city of Tampa. The uniforms utilize the primary colors from the host team Lightn…

Westbrook Takes The Court In New Jordan Brand Signature Shoe

Thunder G Russell Westbrook wore his new Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 signature shoe in last night’s win against the Lakers in L.A., a “nationally televised game” that aired on ESPN. This is Westbrook’s “first ‘performance’ shoe,” as his “previous Jordan Brand shoes were lifestyle, off-court sh…

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North, South Korea Open Dialogue With Olympics Looming

North and South Korean officials yesterday “tested a special hotline for the first time in almost two years” to discuss North Korea’s “possible participation” in the Pyeongchang Games. This came after a New Year’s Day “suggestion by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he…

Fantasy Operator SportsHub Technologies Continues Acquiring Rivals

Minneapolis-based fantasy operator SportsHub Technologies has acquired the game operations of rival entity MyFantasyLeague, continuing a run of transactions for the company. Financial terms were not disclosed. SportsHub acquired CDM Sports, Sports Technologies, LeagueSafe, the National Fan…

Jon Gruden Says “Good Chance” He Becomes Next Raiders Coach

ESPN’s Jon Gruden this morning said there is a “good chance” he is going to be the next Raiders coach and confirmed he has had talks with Raiders Owner Mark Davis about the opening. Gruden: “They’re still, I believe, going through the interview process. When he …

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Georgia Fans Crash StubHub In Scramble For CFP Title Game Tickets

Georgia fans shortly after the team’s Rose Bowl win “broke StubHub buying up tickets” to the CFP title game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Resale prices are “already absolutely out of control, and they’re only going to go up.” As of last night, prices were “starting at $2,500 to …

Frigid U.S.-Canada World Juniors Game Brings 44,000 To New Era Field

Team USA on Friday in the World Junior Championship “got its storybook ending” as it “roared back against Canada for a 4-3 shootout win” at New Era Field. The event was “everything the outdoor game was supposed to be — 44,000 fans in the stands with cold, snowy conditions.” The game …

WFAN-AM Today Launches New Show In Francesa’s Old Time Slot

WFAN-AM today launches its new show in Mike Francesa ‘s former afternoon time slot. Host Chris Carlin , working alongside Bart Scott and Maggie Gray for the 2:00-6:00pm ET show, will be in the “spotlight like never before.” Carlin: “You think about … ‘Do you want to be the gu…

Today’s Events….

Speedo USA President John Graham rings the opening bell at the NYSE, joined by Team Speedo USA athletes Cullen Jones , Elizabeth Beisel , Conor Dwyer and Becca Meyers to kick off NYSE’s “Fit Week.”

Geography Lesson: CFP Features Southern Flavor, But Is That A Good Thing?

The CFP semifinals take place Monday with Georgia-Oklahoma followed by Clemson-Alabama, meaning the fourth edition of the playoff is a “very Southern affair,” according to George Schroeder of USA TODAY. UGA, Alabama and Clemson “form a narrow wedge of pie” on a U.S. map, while Oklahoma is …

NFL Giants Tab Former Exec Dave Gettleman To Be New GM

The NFL Giants on Thursday named Dave Gettleman their new GM, as he “replaces Jerry Reese , who was fired alongside coach Ben McAdoo on Dec. 4.” Gettleman, who previously spent 15 years with the Giants before serving as Panthers GM from ’13-17, will be formally introduced “during…

U.S.-Canada World Juniors Match Greenlit; Eyes Record Crowd

More than 40,000 fans are “expected to attend” Friday’s U.S.-Canada World Juniors hockey game at New Era Field despite frigid conditions, “by far the largest crowd in the history of this event.” A local organizing committee “met Thursday to rubber-stamp approval” for the event’s …

Jags Remove Sponsorship Tarps At EverBank Ahead Of Playoff Game

The Jaguars will “remove tarps from several sections of EverBank Field’s upper deck” for the team’s upcoming home playoff game after receiving approval from the NFL and two sponsors that had logos on the tarps. The move creates 3,501 “additional seats,” which go on sale Friday morning. The…

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Morning Hot Reads: Life Of Luxury?

NBCSPORTS.com writes MLB’s competitive balance tax is ” ruining the offseason .” Teams are now making trades so they “don’t inch any closer” to going over the luxury tax threshold. The tax is making trades “boring and unsatisfying.” But it is “not just trades,” as free agency has been “gre…

Twitter Me This….

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— James Comey (@Comey) December 28, 2017

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Taking Attendance: Cactus Bowl Hits Record Low At Chase Field

There were three college bowl games yesterday:

Kansas State beat UCLA in the Cactus Bowl in front of 32,859 fans at Chase Field, marking a record low for the event, which began as the Copper Bowl in ’89 in Tucson. This is the second year in a row the game was played in downtown Pho…

Jaguars Playoff Ticket Options Include Access For Jags365 Members

The Jaguars yesterday afternoon put playoff tickets on sale for their Jags365 members, and “more than 40,000 fans in this club” had already “opted in to secure their seats via the league’s ‘Pay As We Play’ program.” These individuals also will have the “option to purchase additional …

World Junior Championship Opens With Lackluster Attendance

It was “not an auspicious start” yesterday to the hockey World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center. There “might have been 2,000 folks” in the stands to see the Czech Republic’s upset of Russia in the opener. Canada’s win over Finland was “played in f…

Players’ Tribune Launching Soccer-Themed Video Series With Piqué

The Players’ Tribune this morning announced a new video series, “Piqué +,” hosted by FC Barcelona D Gerard Piqué . In each episode, Piqué will sit down with athletes to discuss their personal journeys. Athletes expected to be featured leading up to the ’18 FIFA …

Jazz Unveil Nike “City Edition” Uniform, Related Court Design

The Jazz yesterday “rolled out” their Nike “City Edition” uniform, which was originally going to be unveiled on Wednesday. The uniforms is “inspired by the state of Utah’s natural beauty, including the red rocks, canyon lands, arches, and vistas througho…

Santa Anita Readies For Opening Day On The Heels Of Wildfire Tragedy

The opening day of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting today “reflects the start of a new racing year in Southern California.” The first day of the Santa Anita meeting is “one of the most widely anticipated programs of the year.” There is a “sense of renewal…

MLS Announcing Next Steps In Expansion Process Today

MLS yesterday awarded Nashville an expansion franchise and Commissioner Don Garber indicated the league will “announce the next steps in its drawn-out expansion process” today. Garber: “(Thursday) we’re going to talk about what our timing will be, process timing.” He noted the leag…

Final Jeopardy!

Last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” category was “European Countries.”

“This country’s last three queens abdicated in favor of their children.”

Timbers’ $50M Stadium Expansion Approved By Portland City Council

The Timbers are “set to move forward on expanding the team’s chronically sold-out stadium at Providence Park by up to 4,000 seats.” The Portland City Council yesterday “unanimously approved the project,” which is expected to cost Timbers Owner Merritt Paulson ‘s holding company Peregrine …