Real Madrid President: I'm Stupid, Not Crooked

It's maybe a little disconcerting when the president of the richest club in the world—the brains behind all significant player transfers coming in and out, a man so determined to fulfill his dream of a star-studded lineup that he'll jettison the one player that makes his team work in favor of a bigger name that… » 9/19/14 12:13pm Today 12:13pm

We'll Never See Another Player Quite Like Devin Hester

No one would've blamed you if, before watching him take a reverse to the house and then Prime Time his way to a record-setting 20th return TD last night, you had forgotten that Devin Hester was even in the league at all. It's been a few years since he's done anything notable, but his brief re-emergence last night was… » 9/19/14 9:49am Today 9:49am

Just How Good Is Kirk Cousins?

When Robert Griffin III busted his ankle early in Washington's Week 2 game against the Jaguars, the team turned to backup Kirk Cousins to run the offense, again, and damn, he filled in nicely, again. The offense came alive, and Washington came away with a decisive 41-10 victory. RG3's return is still up in the… » 9/18/14 3:24pm Yesterday 3:24pm

Brandon McCarthy Pitches Immaculate Inning, Breaks Season Record

Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy contributed to a broken MLB record tonight against the Rays when he tossed the sixth immaculate inning of the season. His effort broke the record for most immaculate innings in a season, set in 1998. The first five were pitched by Brad Boxberger, Cole Hamels, Justin Masterson, Garrett… » 9/18/14 1:10am Yesterday 1:10am

NFL And NFLPA Agree To New PED Policy; Wes Welker And Others Reinstated

The NFL and the player's association have finally agreed on a new performance-enhancing drug testing policy. Under the new guidelines, HGH testing will be immediately implemented, and a few players who were suspended under the old policy will be free to rejoin their teams and play this Sunday. » 9/17/14 11:42am Wednesday 11:42am

Rays Gift Derek Jeter A Kayak, Fastball To The Hand; Benches Clear

Derek Jeter received a lot of gifts today. Before the game, the Tampa Bay Rays gave him a $16,000 donation to his foundation, a Don Zimmer jersey, and a pinstriped kayak. And in the eighth inning, Steven Geltz gave him a fastball to the elbow hand. You know, something to remember the Trop by. » 9/17/14 1:20am Wednesday 1:20am

Is Jaguars WR Allen Hurns For Real?

Here's what we know about Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns: He's an undrafted rookie out of Miami, and he had 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles in his first regular-season game. And that's about it. But a debut performance like that will land you a heap of attention, from casual fans and fantasy owners… » 9/11/14 12:15pm 9/11/14 12:15pm

Soccer's Faulty New Money Rule Hurts The Clubs It Was Meant To Protect

Queens Park Rangers are the latest victim of Financial Fair Play, the laudably-aimed yet poorly calibrated rules which are in theory meant to keep teams solvent but in practice keep them from sensibly spending to improve their position, or even from spending money they actually have. Yesterday, English Football League… » 9/10/14 2:56pm 9/10/14 2:56pm

NCAA Relaxes Penn State Sanctions, Continues Power-Mongering

Today, the NCAA announced significant reductions in its punishments for Penn State stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Specifically, the school's four-year bowl ban has been lifted immediately, and starting next season, it will have all 85 of its scholarships restored. This, like all power moves by governing… » 9/08/14 5:12pm 9/08/14 5:12pm

Tell Us Your Horrifying Animal Tales

Today in Deadspin's staff chatroom, a discussion of bad encounters with animals led to Gawker Art Director Jim Cooke sharing a truly horrifying animal story. The transcript is below. Please be warned that it is approximately 500 times more upsetting than when the little dinosaur chases the mom-shaped shadow in The… » 9/05/14 2:38pm 9/05/14 2:38pm

Penn State To Alums: Please Stop Being Crazy Truthers

Most of the country has moved on from talking about the Penn State scandal, accepting that university administrators and former head coach Joe Paterno made grievous errors in judgment upon becoming aware of Jerry Sandusky's crimes. According to a letter that was sent today by the university to a massive listserv of… » 9/05/14 1:42pm 9/05/14 1:42pm

Johnny Manziel Files For "Johnny Cleveland" Trademark

Now that Johnny Manziel knows he'll be starting the season on the sideline, he's able to focus more of his energy on brand protection. To that end, ESPN reports Manziel recently filed the paperwork to trademark "Johnny Cleveland," apparently the next nickname he's trying to make happen—or make sure no one else profits… » 9/04/14 4:36pm 9/04/14 4:36pm