Branden Oliver Is San Diego's New, Improved Darren Sproles

The Chargers looked stacked at running back before the season started. Ryan Mathews would lead, Danny Woodhead would find some carries and work as a frequent pass-catcher, and Donald Brown would do... something—So nice to have you, Donald! By Week 5, Mathews, Woodhead, and Brown were sidelined by injury. That's fine,… » 10/23/14 4:57pm Yesterday 4:57pm

Report: Some Seahawks Players Think Russell Wilson Isn't Black Enough

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman spent some time musing today on the fallout from the Percy Harvin trade, which has seen Harvin painted as a moody malcontent. Citing an anonymous Seahawks player, Freeman reports that a big reason Harvin was traded was his continued animosity toward quarterback Russell Wilson, which was… » 10/22/14 3:36pm Wednesday 3:36pm

Portland Timbers Boss Gets Owned By Supporters Group On Twitter

Tempers were high after the Portland Timbers failed to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League in decidedly unlikely circumstances. The Twitter account of the Timbers Army, the franchise's supporters group, vented about the lack of defensive reinforcements brought in, spurring the franchise's owner, Merritt Paulson,… » 10/22/14 2:32pm Wednesday 2:32pm

I Am Fascinated By This Soccer Fan Who May Or May Not Be A Zombie

The photo above—first flagged by Cork Gaines on Twitter—was taken on May 21, 2003, before Celtic took on FC Porto in a UEFA Cup match in Seville, Spain. My first reaction to this photo went like this: "Wait, I think that purple-faced guy might be dead." Then I went looking for more photos of this dude possibly being… » 10/22/14 1:06pm Wednesday 1:06pm

Royals Winning Blueprint Shredded Early By Giants

The Royals have concocted a simple formula for playoff success: solid starting pitching, lockdown relievers, and scratching out juuuust enough runs to win. With three relievers—Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera, and Greg Holland—who had an ERA below 1.50 during the regular season, and one of the weakest-hitting lineups in… » 10/22/14 1:16am Wednesday 1:16am

Reports: Aldon Smith's Suspension Could Be Terminated Shortly

Aldon Smith was suspended nine games by the NFL in August, after he was sentenced on weapons and DUI charges. But according to a report from Mike Florio and confirmed by Chris Mortensen, the NFL is considering reducing that suspension by one or two games. Since Smith has already sat out seven games, if the suspension… » 10/21/14 1:35am Tuesday 1:35am

Anonymous NBA Agents: Nobody Wants To Play With Kobe Bryant

ESPN has dropped a feature on Kobe Bryant in the latest issue of ESPN: The Magazine, and it's a doozy. The title "Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers' downfall?" seems misleadingly non-committal, as author Henry Abbott clearly believes that the answer is an unequivocal "yes." The piece—which is heavy… » 10/20/14 11:55pm Monday 11:55pm

Report: Percy Harvin Fought Teammates, Checked Out Early Vs. Cowboys

As usual in the NFL, sources are pushing out Percy Harvin's past misdeeds to explain the Seahawks' unexpected decision to trade the receiver to the Jets. The Seattle Times picked up a few instances, including a couple of fights with teammates—like the time he reportedly gave Golden Tate a black eye before the Super… » 10/18/14 1:27pm 10/18/14 1:27pm

Russian Tennis Prez Fined For Calling Venus & Serena "Williams Brothers"

Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation, has been fined and suspended for some offensive comments he made about the Williams sisters on Russian late-night TV. Specifically, he referred to the players as the "Williams brothers" and called their looks "frightening." » 10/18/14 10:56am 10/18/14 10:56am

David Moyes, On What We All Saw Coming: "I Really Didn't See It Coming"

Former Manchester United manager, laughingstock, and amateur golfer David Moyes has stayed pretty quiet since getting canned before last season's end. (Publically, at least. Don't come at him sideways at a wine bar.) Today, he spoke to the Guardian, expressing a frankly unbelievable level of naiveté about his sacking. » 10/17/14 3:40pm 10/17/14 3:40pm

Cruyff's Turn: How Barcelona's Greatest Icon Created Its Greatest Player

As you've probably heard by now, this week marks the 10-year anniversary of Lionel Messi's first official appearance with the Barcelona first team. The soccer world has come together to celebrate this feat, remarkable for all the obvious reasons—the goals, the passes, the dribbles, the trophies—and for the more… » 10/17/14 12:54pm 10/17/14 12:54pm