Texans release veteran linebacker Brian Cushing

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have released veteran linebacker Brian Cushing. Cushing, who was a first-round pick in 2009, is the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles with 664, but his career has been marked by two suspensions for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancers. Cushing was suspended for the first four games of 2010 after testing positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the league’s banned substance list. Cushing had won 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, an honour which was jeopardized by the suspension. He kept the award after a revote by The Associated Press’ awards panel. His second suspension came in September and cost him… Read More

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In Olympic women’s figure skating, it’s artistry versus jumping, with a Russian twist

When Russian Evgenia Medvedeva debuted in her first major international competition on 2015, it was immediately clear she was special. Russian teenagers had begun to dominate the women’s skating, flinging themselves through the air, but they also would disappear from the top ranks quickly as their bodies matured. Medvedeva, though, possessed a strong basic technique that could endure. She was an artist, possessing an enthralling style, feeling the music all the way to her fingertips. She could land triple jumps so easily that she performed them with one hand over her head. She won the world championship in 2016 and 2017, and the skating world assumed the 18-year-old would crush… Read More

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3 things we learned as Barcelona earned crucial Champions League draw with Chelsea

Chelsea struck first, but Barcelona got the crucial away goal they needed in this match. It was a slow start and a frantic finish between Chelsea and Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16, as it took an hour for the match to see its first goal as Chelsea took a deserved lead. They couldn’t hold onto it, though, and Barcelona will be happy to leave England with a 1-1 draw and an away goal in hand. The match started slowly, with Chelsea setting up to grind the game out a bit tactically, and Barcelona’s setup playing more or less right into their hands. Willian actually had two fantastic… Read More

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Snowboard Big Air Rules & Scoring: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Snowboard Big Air is a new Olympic event. It revolves around one trick, as opposed to halfpipe, for example, which includes several tricks. The one trick in the Big Air event has to be big and filled with as many twists and turns that an athlete can manage to do while still managing to stick the landing. The event is judged on the D-E-A-L criteria: Difficulty, Execution, Amplitude, and Landing. This year marks the very first time that Big Air has been a part of the Olympic Games. Here’s what you need to know: 1. What Is Big Air? ‌ Snowboard Big Air is making its Olympic debut at the… Read More

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Jimenez, Robert, Adolfo envision future White Sox outfield

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Eloy Jimenez, prized White Sox corner outfield prospect; Luis Robert, a Cuban center field prospect the Sox invested $52 million in; and Micker Adolfo, a strong-armed right fielder who as a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic in 2013 signed a team record $1.6 million were talking about the future around the batting cage Tuesday. That is a conversation most Sox fans have dived into for a year now. It’s a nice talk to have, what with those three players painting a nice outfield picture on Sox future depth charts, and many others seemingly giving a team that hasn’t sniffed a postseason nine years running, a chance to… Read More

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