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John Wall makes ailing young Wizards fan’s wish come true

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Niyear Perez couldn’t stop smiling. Not only was John Wall’s name gracing the back of the 13-year-old’s brand-new Wizards jersey, his NBA idol was literally at his back, signing that jersey and chatting with the young visitor as part of the Make-a-Wish Mid-Atlantic event before Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic at Verizon Center.

Niyear had a chronic kidney disease diagnosed in October 2015 and spent the following two months in the intensive care unit at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. He has been in and out of the hospital since then and currently is on a list to receive a renal transplant. While he waits for a new kidney, he endures three-hour dialysis sessions three times per week.

But as Niyear scampered through the player tunnel during Sunday’s starting-lineup introductions, Wizards fans simply saw a normal-looking kid with an extraordinary opportunity.

“He’s going to do anything he has to to be out there with them,” said his grandmother, Virginia Robinson. Continue reading John Wall makes ailing young Wizards fan’s wish come true

Houston Texans’ top target Deandre Hopkins holding out of training camp

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With J.J. Watt already sidelined due to back surgery, the Houston Texans entered training camp this week without their best defensive player. On Saturday, the Texans learned they would also be without their best offensive player.

Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins did not report to the Texans’ camp at the Houston Methodist Training Center on Saturday. The team confirmed Hopkins is holding out as he seeks a new contract. Continue reading Houston Texans’ top target Deandre Hopkins holding out of training camp

WNBA withdraws penalties for players’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

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On Friday, WNBA President Lisa Borders defended her decision to fine players for recent protests against violence, saying “we were making every effort to engage our players” during negotiations with the union.

Less than 24 hours later, Borders backtracked.

The WNBA rescinded its fines Saturday, quelling a public outcry that had mounted steadily since Borders issued her punishment Thursday. Continue reading WNBA withdraws penalties for players’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

Chris Sale cut up all of the White Sox’ throwback jerseys because he didn’t like them

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The Chicago White Sox’ announcement that Chris Sale was being scratched from Saturday’s start for a “non-physical” clubhouse incident sent shock waves around Major League Baseball. With the MLB trade deadline just a week away, how would this affect one of the league’s most valuable pitchers, one whom the Sox were reportedly looking to deal for a big return? Had a deal been reached? How would teams interested in Sale’s services react to the incident?

More immediately, though, what exactly happened in the clubhouse before Saturday’s game against the Tigers? Was Sale just getting into some heated arguments about his pending trade?

Nah. Apparently he just didn’t dig his outfit.

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Euro 2016: France seeks revenge against Germany in highly anticipated semifinal

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Few forces in nature are as potent as Germany’s national soccer team in a major semifinal. Germany has eliminated the host nation on nine occasions in World Cups and European Championships, six of them in the semifinals.

We all remember what Die Mannschaft did to Brazil at the World Cup semifinals in Belo Horizonte two years ago…

Thursday’s semifinal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille (3 p.m. Eastern, ESPN) marks Germany’s fifth straight appearance on this stage at a major competition. The confrontation poses a dramatic uptick in difficulty for France, which is coming off wins over tournament darlings Iceland and Ireland. By far the biggest country France has defeated so far is Romania, whose population is less than a third of the host nation’s total.

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Why do the Montreal Expos, nonexistent since 2004, have an active Twitter feed?

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The Montreal Expos don’t exist anymore. They’re a defunct brand that hasn’t seen the light of day since 2004. But they almost certainly have way more Twitter followers than you do.

Baseball fans scrolling through their Twitter feeds today might have noticed a ghostly presence popping intermittently onto their screens. That’s because the Expos, dead for the last dozen years, appear to have somehow acquired the tweeting habits of a bored teenage girl who can’t stop thinking about her ex-boyfriend.

At last check, the Expos tweeted 38 times on Friday, many of their posts infused with a nostalgic yearning for the good ol’ days of, you know, being a thing:

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Broncos acquire Mark Sanchez in trade with Eagles

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Four days after Peyton Manning announced his retirement, the Denver Broncos have acquired their new quarterback. Or rather, they’ve acquired a quarterback.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded backup quarterback Mark Sanchez to the Broncos on Friday, as first reported by KUSA reporter Mike Klis.

The trade announcement comes one day after Brock Osweiler ended his four years in Denver by signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans. It also comes two days after the Eagles signed former Kansas City Chiefs backup Chase Daniel to a three-year, $21 million deal to back up Sam Bradford, rendering Sanchez a potential roster casualty. Continue reading Broncos acquire Mark Sanchez in trade with Eagles

UFC 196: Nate Diaz upsets Conor McGregor; Miesha Tate chokes out Holly Holm

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It’s over. The Irish king has been dethroned.

Heavy favorite Conor McGregor beat Nate Diaz’s face into an unrecognizable pulp as the first round bled into the second, at some points even smiling and taunting Diaz for the lopsided victory that appeared to be coming.

But with just under a minute remaining in that second round, McGregor went in for a takedown, and his underdog American opponent countered with an improbable takedown of his own.

Diaz, his bloodied, hunched-over body rendering the gruesome scene like something straight out of “Pulp Fiction,” rained punches on the fallen Dublin native and bounced off the floor with a UFC upset few saw coming. The 30-year-old Stockton, Calif., native, a last-minute fill-in for Rafael dos Anjos, injured two weeks ago, was suddenly the toast of MMA. Continue reading UFC 196: Nate Diaz upsets Conor McGregor; Miesha Tate chokes out Holly Holm

Steph Curry uncorks game-winner, sets record, crushes Thunder’s soul

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Steph Curry is a ruthless, hyper-coordinated cyborg designed to wreak havoc on NBA teams from long distances. The latest evidence was on full display in Oklahoma City in a 121-118 Warriors win on Saturday night.

That dagger marked a fitting end to arguably the most entertaining game of this NBA season, one in which Curry went absolutely bananas from three-point land, again. The reigning MVP finished with 12 three-pointers, tying the NBA single-game record and breaking his own single-season mark in the process.

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NBA coaches are not happy about the Cavaliers’ firing of David Blatt

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Most everyone was taken aback by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ firing of coach David Blatt on Friday. Reporters and fans scratched their heads at the notion that a coach with a 30-11 record — good for first place in the Eastern Conference standings — could get the axe, especially after guiding his team to the NBA Finals last season. Even LeBron James was “surprised and caught off-guard,” or so he said.

Prominent among the befuddled masses are the rest of the league’s head coaches, who on Friday and Saturday voiced unanimous disapproval. The coaching community didn’t like the precedent it set for a league that seems ever more impatient with its carousel of coaches.

Dallas Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle, who spoke on the matter for more than five minutes Friday evening, had some particularly harsh words. Continue reading NBA coaches are not happy about the Cavaliers’ firing of David Blatt