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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner yesterday at 22:42. 8 comments

Sports Reporter Blasts Slimeball Patriots Fan Who Tried To Kiss Her During MNF Interview

Sports Reporter Blasts Slimeball Patriots Fan Who Tried To Kiss Her During MNF Interview

Sports reporter for PointsBet Sportsbook Erin Kate Dolan was interviewing a fan before Monday night’s Pats-Jets football game when a pasty creep wearing a Tom Brady jersey tried to plant a kiss on her. She skillfully ducked him and walked away.

She posted the video on Twitter this morning with a caption that tidily summed up what it’s like to be a woman working in a male-dominated industry:

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner yesterday at 04:27. 12 comments

Astros Drop Failed Smear Campaign Against Sports Illustrated, MLB Picks It Up

Astros Drop Failed Smear Campaign Against Sports Illustrated, MLB Picks It Up

Less than 24 hours after the Astros issued a statement accusing Sports Illustrated of “fabricating” a story about assistant general manager Brandon Taubman gloating to a group of female reporters about having signed accused domestic abuser Roberto Osuna, the team has changed their tune to something resembling contrition. But while the Astros are now offering a non-apologetic apology, MLB is...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 18, 2019 at 01:15. 19 comments

Report: One Of Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine Cronies Was Once Sued By The Miami Heat

Report: One Of Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine Cronies Was Once Sued By The Miami Heat

Now that Lev Parnas, one of Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen and a member of Trump’s inner circle, has been arrested and charged with manipulating the American electoral system and funneling Russian money into U.S. elections, all sorts of details are emerging and reemerging about his slimy little life.

According to a report published by Politico today, Parnas’s shadiness goes way back. In 2008, he was...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 15, 2019. 17 comments

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

Now that last week’s roiling spat between the Chinese government and the NBA has mostly cooled, the global-sports-industrial complex is back to business as usual. Pre-season NBA games were held in China on Thursday and Saturday and everything went off relatively smoothly (with only a few minor hitches ), and the Chinese government has also reportedly tamped down on its rhetoric against the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 12, 2019. 22 comments

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Take Aim At Corporate Interests Gutting Journalism

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Take Aim At Corporate Interests Gutting Journalism

Two leading Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, issued statements today condemning the corporate interests that have increasingly been destroying media institutions.

“Private equity firms are sucking value out of our companies, putting people out of work, and wiping out newspapers and digital news outlets,” Elizabeth Warren tweeted. She said that she had a...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

If you paid attention to ESPN channels yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident after tweeting and then deleting his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. You heard talking head after talking head castigate Morey for sending the tweet, speculation over whether...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 01, 2019. 9 comments

Tennis Fan Banned From China Open After Punching And Kicking Rival Fan

Tennis Fan Banned From China Open After Punching And Kicking Rival Fan

A tennis fan who beat up another tennis fan at the China Open on Sunday will not be returning to the event, the WTA said in a statement via the New York Post.

The fight broke out on Sunday after Germany’s Angelique Kerber beat China’s Zhang Shuai 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in a rollercoaster of a first-round match. A man identified as a guest of Zhang’s father was caught on video punching and kicking a...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 27, 2019. 23 comments

Geoff Cameron Insists He Did Not Tell Fans To Wear MAGA Gear To MLS Games

Geoff Cameron Insists He Did Not Tell Fans To Wear MAGA Gear To MLS Games

This morning, a day after Deadspin published a post about an anonymous former MLS and former USMNT player who told conservative talk show host Jason Rantz that he hoped fans would “wear their MAGA gear to MLS games,” Queens Park Rangers defender and former USMNT player Geoff Cameron, who was not named or alluded to in the article, emailed me to clarify that he is not the player who made that...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 27, 2019. 18 comments

Requesting Anonymity, Former USMNT Player Tells Fans To Wear MAGA Gear To MLS Games

Requesting Anonymity, Former USMNT Player Tells Fans To Wear MAGA Gear To MLS Games

A former MLS player and U.S. men’s national team member told Seattle-based conservative talk show host Jason Rantz that he hopes MLS fans “wear their MAGA gear to MLS games” now that “antifa thugs have just fought, and won the freedom of political expression,” according to an article published Wednesday by Rantz. Sure, buddy.

This bold, anonymous statement comes one day after MLS decided to...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 24, 2019. 14 comments

Swiss Army Says It May Scold Mountain Biker For "Mooning" Donald Trump On Instagram

Swiss Army Says It May Scold Mountain Biker For "Mooning" Donald Trump On Instagram

The Swiss Army said it could reprimand world champion mountain biker Nino Schurter for posting a picture of his ass, along with the asses of three others, in front of the White House and tagging Donald Trump.

The picture, captioned “White [peach emoji] for the White House,” was posted early this month and caused a stir in Switzerland, according to Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. However, the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 24, 2019. 16 comments

This Should Be Good: Russia Has To Explain How Positive Drug Tests Got Deleted From Its Doping Laboratory Data

This Should Be Good: Russia Has To Explain How Positive Drug Tests Got Deleted From Its Doping Laboratory Data

Russia has three weeks to explain how positive drug test results were deleted from data sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is still investigating Russia’s intricate years-long doping scheme that involvingpassing urine samples through a secret hole in a laboratory wall and got the country sort-of-but-not-really banned from the 2018 Olympics. According to WADA, the data submitted by...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 19, 2019. 13 comments

Another Dead Horse At Santa Anita

Another Dead Horse At Santa Anita

A 4-year-old gelding was euthanized at Santa Anita after breaking its pelvis during training, according to a statement released by the track’s owner, the Stronach Group. The horse, named Zeke, pulled up on the training track on Monday and was put down Tuesday. Per the statement:

Veterinarians diagnosed a pelvic fracture. Zeke was initially stable, but, unfortunately, his condition deteriorated...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 18, 2019. 21 comments

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

ESPN made some good TV this morning.

It started with Paul Finebaum slobbering over the “class” Eli Manning showed in getting benched:

“I think it’s the right move but I also think you have to pause for a second and respect the way Eli Manning has handled this. The Giants blew it a couple years ago, they probably should have gotten rid of him then but they held on and Eli took a beating but he...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 17, 2019. 18 comments

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Yesterday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted out a series of rat emojis.

He tweeted the first rat at 6:36 p.m., shortly after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Jalen Ramsey had requested a trade , which was exactly one minute after ESPN’s Adam Schefter, along with Mortensen, had broken that news.

Mortensen sent the second rat tweet (two rats) at 10:14 p.m., four minutes after Rapoport...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 17, 2019. 6 comments

Massages, Five-Star Hotels, Porsches, And... Mayo-Slathered Sushi?: Tennis Writers Reveal Best (And Worst) Tournament Perks

Massages, Five-Star Hotels, Porsches, And... Mayo-Slathered Sushi?: Tennis Writers Reveal Best (And Worst) Tournament Perks

As a rube who has only ever covered one tennis tournament—the U.S. Open (once in 2017 and once this year)—I was blown away by the perks given to credentialed media: $25 per diem to spend on food around the grounds or in the media cafeteria! Great seats! Free parking! Shuttles to and from the hotels! And until recently, I’ve been told, the tournament also held a daily happy hour for media...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 14, 2019. 19 comments

SB Nation Deletes Racist Article Full Of Jokes About Domestic Violence

SB Nation Deletes Racist Article Full Of Jokes About Domestic Violence

One unfortunate side effect of having thousands of lowly paid people running a network of hundreds of team sites that drive traffic for a billion-dollar company, is that there’s not a whole lot of time for proper editorial vetting. This problem has manifested itself at SB Nation on numerous occasions , and it’s happened again today with this work of “satire,” written by Tyler Smith, the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 12, 2019. 5 comments

Kim Clijsters Announces Plan To Return To Tennis In 2020

Kim Clijsters Announces Plan To Return To Tennis In 2020

Former No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters of Belgium has announced that she’s planning a return to tennis next year. In an extended interview with the WTA’s Courtney Nguyen, the 36-year-old mother of three, who retired in 2012, said she wants a “challenge.”

“I don’t really feel like I want to prove something,” Clijsters said. “I think for me it’s the challenge.”

The...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 10, 2019. 22 comments

Teen Disqualified From Swim Meet Victory After Referee Deemed Her "Suit Wedgie" Inappropriate [Update]

Teen Disqualified From Swim Meet Victory After Referee Deemed Her "Suit Wedgie" Inappropriate [Update]

A talented 17-year-old swimmer at Anchorage’s Dimond High School in Alaska was disqualified after winning the 100m freestyle event on Friday night because the referee overseeing the swim meet said she had violated “uniform regulations.” The teen’s one-piece swimsuit had reportedly bunched up and was showing her “intergluteal cleft,” according to a report from Anchorage Daily News.

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 10, 2019. 7 comments

Daniil Medvedev's Perfect Loser's Speech Completed His Transformation From Villain To Darling

Daniil Medvedev's Perfect Loser's Speech Completed His Transformation From Villain To Darling

Tennis is the only sport where the loser of a championship has to stand next to the winner and praise them. It’s a contrived performance, and often feels unfair because the loser is judged not only on how courteously they accept a wrenching defeat, but also on how insightful they are in the moments immediately after that defeat. The winner smiles, nods, and mouths the words “thank you,”...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 06, 2019. 6 comments

A Modest Proposal For Improving The U.S. Open Fan Experience

A Modest Proposal For Improving The U.S. Open Fan Experience

For as long as there have been ticketed events, people have tried to inch their way to better seats, and the people tasked with maintaining order at these events have tried to stop them. It happens at every sporting event, all the time, and the scene usually plays out like this: Person sits down in an empty seat out of the sun or out of the rain or closer to the action or away from an...

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