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Titans QB Marcus Mariota has a fractured fibula

Titans QB Marcus Mariota has a fractured fibula

The Titans’ playoff chances took a hit on Saturday with a loss to the Jaguars, but a Texans loss on Saturday night will keep their hopes of winning a division title alive.

They’d need to go on and beat the Texans in Week 17, but they’d have to do it without quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota was carted off the field during Saturday’s game with an air cast on his lower right leg. After the game, coach Mike Mularkey confirmed that the injury was just as serious as it looked.

“Marcus has a fractured fibula. Obviously he is out,” Mularkey said.

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UCF's Scott Frost proclaims he's 'not a candidate for Oregon'

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UCF's Scott Frost proclaims he's 'not a candidate for Oregon'

If he was even on it, you might be able to scratch Scott Frost off of Oregon’s coaching to-do list.  Maybe.

Not long after Mark Helfrich was dumped by the Ducks, Frost’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement.  The connection made sense, given the fact that the UCF head coach spent seven seasons with the UO football program as an assistant.

There has been speculation, however, that the Ducks, who haven’t hired from the outside in four decades, may be looking to branch out with this coaching hire.

Even if they were interested in taking the same tack, Frost, at least publicly, is saying he’s not interested in returning to Eugene.

“I’m not a candidate for Oregon,” the 41-year-old Frost said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m happy right here. This is where I want to be. I started something here, and I feel like we’ve taken a lot of steps to get this program to the top of our league. I want to see that through.”

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Damian Lillard not interested in joining a Super Team

Damian Lillard not interested in joining a Super Team

Kevin Durant has become one of the NBA’s polarizing players.

Some players — and pretty much everyone in the Bay Area — support not only his right to choose to play with the Warriors, but they also note that if the goal is to win titles he put himself in the best position to do that (and still get paid).

Most fans and some players say they don’t like the formation of superteams.

Put Damian Lillard in the latter group. Here is what the Portland guard he said on SiriusXM NBA Radio Monday.

“If somebody wants to go join people and do that, it’s not against the rules. They can do it. It’s just more pressure to win when you do it. Some people say, ‘Oh, they had to do that to win it,’ but we play the game to win it. So when people do it, that’s their decision. I wouldn’t do it. That’s just not who I am.

“I might have too much pride for that or be too much of a competitor where I couldn’t bring myself to do it, but it also makes it more fun. You get to take a monster down and that’s always fun.”

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Report: Former Blazers SF Stacey Augmon to join Bucks coaching staff

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Report: Former Blazers SF Stacey Augmon to join Bucks coaching staff

The Plastic Man. NCAA champion. Solid 17-year NBA career. Most recently, UNLV assistant coach.

Stacey Augmon is all of that — and now he may be an assistant coach for Jason Kidd with the Milwaukee Bucks, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Kidd goes with people he knows and trusts as assistants.

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Bears announce Kyle Long signed through 2021 season

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Bears announce Kyle Long signed through 2021 season

Word of a four-year extension for Bears guard Kyle Long broke over the weekend and the Bears confirmed the deal in an official announcement on Wednesday.

The Bears announced that Long is now signed through the 2021 season, which means the extension will kick in after the 2017 season. Long is playing his fourth year in 2016 and will play the 2017 season under the terms of the team option that the Bears exercised on his rookie contract.

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Alabama tops AP’s preseason No. 1, Oregon sneaks in

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Alabama tops AP’s preseason No. 1, Oregon sneaks in

The first of one of the many polls that doesn’t make a spit bit of difference has been released!  Woohoo?!?

Sunday morning, less than a week before the 2016 season officially kicks off, the Associated Press unveiled a preseason Top 25 poll that has a decidedly 2015 College Football Playoffs feel to it.  Defending national champion Alabama has claimed the AP’s top spot, followed by national runner-up Clemson at No. 2 and semifinalist Oklahoma at No. 3.

The other 2015 playoff participant, Michigan State, will start the season at 12th.

Before we get on to the remainder of the poll, a word of warning to the Tide.

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Team USA romps to third straight gold medal

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Team USA romps to third straight gold medal

The United States finishes off a golden three-peat with a 96-66 clobbering of Serbia 96-66.

Team USA’s best player stepped up when they needed him most as Kevin Durant scored a game-high 30 points to go along with four assists, three rebounds, three steals and a block.

The United States looked sluggish in the first quarter and seemed plagued by the same issues that dogged the gold medalfavorites earlier in the tournament. Team USA began the game playing a lot of isolation offense, and struggled to function as a unit on the offensive end. At the end of one, Serbia trailed by just four and looked like they may challenge the U.S. for gold.

Instead, Durant came alive in the second quarter. He outscored Serbia by himself in the quarter, 18-14. By halftime, the U.S. had extended their lead to 23 points.

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Ryan Crouser, Barlow grad, wins gold in men’s shot put

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Ryan Crouser, Barlow grad, wins gold in men’s shot put

Gold: Ryan Crouser (United States)
Silver: Joe Kovacs (United States)
Bronze: Tomas Walsh (New Zealand)

Americans Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs claimed the top two spots in the Olympic men’s shot put competition Thursday night. 

Crouser threw 22.52m (73 feet, 10 ¾ inches) to break the Olympic record, which had stood since 1988. His cousin, Sam, also competed in Rio, representing the U.S. in the javelin.

Kovacs earned the silver medal with a mark of 21.78m (71-5½). He learned how to shot put from his mother, Joanna. His high school did not have a throwing circle, so his mother spray-painted a circle in the school parking lot.

New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh was the bronze medalist.

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World's greatest athlete: Ashton Eaton golden again, ties Olympic record

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World's greatest athlete: Ashton Eaton golden again, ties Olympic record

Gold: Ashton Eaton (United States)
Silver: Kevin Mayer (France)
Bronze: Damian Warner (Canada)

Ashton Eaton is the greatest all-around athlete on the planet – and that probably sells him short.

He proved it first in London four years ago, affirmed it at the 2013 Moscow and 2015 Beijing World Championships, and left absolutely no doubt Thursday night in Rio, tying the Olympic record for good measure.

Eaton joins track and field legends Bob Mathias (USA) and Daley Thompson (GBR) as just the third man ever to repeat as Olympic Champion in the decathlon.

The gold medal defense was convincing in the end.

Eaton needed to finish no worse than seven seconds behind Kevin Mayer in the 1500m to win the competition, and ended up finishing over two seconds ahead of the Frenchman.

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Ashton Eaton is simply, all around, the best

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Ashton Eaton is simply, all around, the best

Ashton Eaton is, again, the world’s greatest all-around athlete. 

And so, so much more.

To fully appreciate the gold medal that Ashton won Thursday night after 10 events in the decathlon means to wholly appreciate as well the bronze medal that his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who competes for Canada, won last Saturday in the heptathlon.

Ashton and Brianne are husband and wife. And way more.

They are a team. One’s success is the other’s. 

That’s what makes Ashton’s Rio 2016 gold so vastly different from the decathlon gold that he won four years ago in London.

Ashton and Brianne met in college, at the University of Oregon. They married in 2013, the year after the London Games.

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