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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Dwayne Bowe, A Former Chief, Flies To Kansas City For Fan's Funeral

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe greets fans before a Kansas City Chiefs game last November. After fan Betty Johnson, known to players as "Grandma," died at 86 last week, Bowe flew back to Kansas City.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:00 pm

He plays for Cleveland now — but when the NFL's Dwayne Bowe heard that one of the former Kansas City Chiefs' biggest fans had died, he flew to Missouri to attend the funeral of Betty Johnson, age 86.

The gesture is perhaps the most notable of several made by a team whose players called Johnson, a long-time season ticket holder and retired school-bus driver, "Grandma."

Bowe, who has been a star receiver in the NFL, spent eight seasons in Kansas City before the team released him this year. He signed a new contract with the Cleveland Browns last month.

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Sports
12:59 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Head Coach Scott Brooks

OKC Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks and F Kevin Durant
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The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired coach Scott Brooks.

The team made the announcement Wednesday.

Brooks coached the Thunder for seven seasons. Starting in 2010-11, he led the team to the Western Conference Finals three out of four years, and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012. The Thunder failed to make the playoffs this past season, as injuries limited them to a 45-37 finish.

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Sweetness And Light
2:48 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Bruce Jenner's Long History Of Clearing Hurdles

Decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner throws the javelin during an Olympic competition in Montreal on July 30, 1976.
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Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 8:03 am

In an interview airing Friday on ABC, Bruce Jenner is expected to announce that he is transgender, though he has made no such acknowledgment.

As the public awaits his presumed revelations, Jenner is still invariably and glibly identified by his paternal connection to the Kardashian clan. It's presented almost anecdotally that he won the gold medal for the Olympic decathlon — the 10-event classic of track and field athleticism — in 1976. But back then, he was a glorified champion and called "the world's greatest athlete."

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Sports
4:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

MLB To Debut 'Statcast' Tracking Technology Tonight

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:25 pm

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The Two-Way
1:18 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

What A Bleeping Day: Reds Manager Takes Media To Task

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price, seen here during a home game, has apologized for the language he used in a long tirade.
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Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 2:13 pm

More than 80 profanities in under six minutes. That's the statistic baseball writers are talking about today, after Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price aired his frustrations with both the media and his team's struggles Monday.

Price took vehement exception to journalists' attempts to report on the Reds' personnel moves and the status of All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco, who had at that point missed six consecutive games.

Before Monday's game, Price said Mesoraco wouldn't be available. Then he was asked, again, about the slugger's status.

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Latin America
5:30 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Sad And Smelly: Massive Fish Die-Off At Rio's 2016 Olympic Site

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 2:13 pm

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Business
5:23 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Universities Target MBA Programs Toward Professional Athletes

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 2:07 pm

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Sports
3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Alex Rodriguez Closes In On 660 Homerun Record Set By Willie Mays

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:23 pm

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After a full year spent in purgatory, suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, Alex Rodriguez is back with the New York Yankees, and his bat is blazing.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

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Sports
3:39 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Canadians Hope For An End To 22-Year Stanley Cup Drought

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 5:42 pm

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The Two-Way
11:58 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Tim Tebow Will Reportedly Return To NFL With Philadelphia Eagles

Tim Tebow, seen here at an NCAA football game last season, will reportedly sign with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday.
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Continuing a string of surprises in this NFL offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly sign quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract to play quarterback. Tebow, 27, hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.

It would be the former Heisman winner's fourth stint with an NFL team. The New York Jets released Tebow in the spring of 2013; later that same year, he was cut by the New England Patriots. Tebow was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos back in 2010, after winning two BCS championships at Florida.

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