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by Chris Chase, ForTheWin.com 5/29/15
How long will a country that does its best to ignore soccer stay interested in the scandals of Europeans who everyone figured were shady anyway?

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by Bruce Weber, New York Times 5/28/15
Mr. Byers was one of the 20th century’s most powerful sports figures, even if he never appeared on the playing field and was rarely in the public eye. When, in 1951, he was named the first executive director of the N.C.A.A., an organization established nearly half a century earlier at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt, ostensibly to monitor and regulate college sports, it had never effected much influence or power.

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by Sal Maiorana, Democrat and Chronicle, 5/29/15

Enough of this namby-pamby running around in shorts at the Bills training complex in Orchard Park. After touring Buffalo's summer home at St. John Fisher College for the first time Thursday, Coach Rex Ryan is ready for his players to strap on the pads and get after it. Now.


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by Jerry Sullivan, Buffalo News 5/28/15

Ryan has high regard for Tyrod Taylor. He tried to acquire him when he coached the Jets. He recruited Taylor to Buffalo as a free agent. Taylor told The Sporting News this “opportunity was the best for an open competition.” One can only surmise that Ryan gave Taylor the impression that he could actually win the job.


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Bring It On

by Bill Pucko, BylineSports.com 5/26/15

Memorial Day came early this year, and with it the official start to the summer season.

Bring it on.

When you think summer naturally you think hockey. The Stanley Cup Playoffs have been exceptional this year. The four remaining teams are all square in their series through the first four games. Hockey fans claim their postseason offers the most drama in all of sports. Sometimes it's tough to argue.

Bring it on.

The formalities are just about over. The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Golden State Warriors for the NBA Championship. Injuries have reduced the Cavs to a mere shadow of what they were expected to be, with the likes of Matthew Dellavedova being counted upon. This could be LeBron James' finest hour. If he pulls this off, the Great One will graduate to God-like. We have learned over the years not to put anything past him.

Bring it on.

Anyone notice that both the Rochester Red Wings and Rochester Rhinos are in first place? When was the last time that happened. Through ten games the Rhinos are undefeated in United Soccer League play. The Wings are five games over 500 while feeding players to the surprisingly competitive Minnesota Twins. Rochester plays 22 home games between now and July 4th.

Bring it on.

The women's World Cup Soccer Tournament begins next month and is probably the great Abby Wambach's last act as the dominant player in United States soccer. It would be great to send her off a winner.

Bring it on.

The American League East is playing some pretty ragged baseball, the New York Yankees have lost nine of their last ten but are still only a game off the division lead. Only 4 1/2 games separated first from last. The update to all this is the race should be tight all season.

Bring it on.

It is summer. We deserve this.

Bring it on.

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from Business Insider 5/28/15

Scientists have been investigating that question for decades, and the research suggests that everything from your mother's breast milk to the size of your waistline can influence your intelligence.


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by Sportsnaut, Yardbarker.com 5/27/15

It now appears that age is finally catching up to this imposing lefty. At nearly 35, C.C. Sabathia hasn’t been anything more than a mediocre starter since 2012.


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by Scott White, CBSSports.com 5/29/15

The Red Sox have decided their starting pitchers are tired, so they're giving prospect Eduardo Rodriguez a turn as the sixth man. Does he go back to the minors afterward? Probably, but just by introducing him to the majors, the Red Sox have declared him ready. And it's not like they have no holes in that starting rotation.


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by Scott White, CBSSports.com 5/28/15

We're about to close the book on the month of May, which means we are about to reach the expiration date on saying "it's too early" to judge a player's year-to-date performance. As gut-wrenching a decision as it may be, it could finally be time to sit some of the pitchers for whom you had high hopes back in March.


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