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NHL League Notes: All-Star Game Breakaway Challenge Taken Off Competition Roster

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YAHOO SPORTS' Greg Wyshynski cited a report by Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos in which he said that the NHL All-Star Game Breakaway Challenge is "done." The contest was reintroduced at the '08 ASG as a "'slam-dunk competition' for the NHL, with trick shots and wacky props and players helpin...

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NWSL Loses Crystal Dunn To Europe

NWSL Washington Spirit F Crystal Dunn yesterday signed with British club Chelsea LFC, and while it is a "big move for Dunn," it is a "bigger move for the NWSL," according to Caitlin Murray of FOXSPORTS.com. Dunn is the second USWNT star to leave the NWSL this season, joining Orlando Pride F Alex Mo ...

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NHL, NHLPA Differ On Olympic Participation

The NHL and NHLPA on Sunday "presented polar opposite viewpoints" about participating in the '18 PyeongChang Games as the league approaches a mid-January deadline set by the IOC, according to Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman prior to the Red Wings-Maple Leafs Centennial ...

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UFC's White Explains Rousey's Media Absence

UFC President Dana White said that Ronda Rousey's "refusal to talk to the news media in the lead-up" to her UFC 207 bout on Friday against Amanda Nunes had "caused him logistical headaches, and insisted he will never again allow her to sidestep promotional obligations," according to Martin Rogers of ...

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USWNT Fires Lawyer As CBA Nears Expiration

USWNT players said that attorney Rich Nichols will "no longer serve as the union's counsel in contract negotiations with the U.S. Soccer Federation," according to Anne Peterson of the AP. The players' current CBA "runs through Saturday," and Nichols had represented the USWNT Players Association ...

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Tennis Player Ana Ivanovic Retires

Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic "announced her retirement from tennis Wednesday, citing health setbacks as the main reason," according to Matt Wilansky of ESPNW.com. Ivanovic "won her lone Grand Slam title" at the '08 French Open and "spent a total of 12 weeks atop the WTA ranking that season." ...

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Durant Slams NBA's Last Two Minute Reports

Warriors F Kevin Durant yesterday "loudly backed" league refs and "called out the NBA for 'throwing them under the bus'" in its Last Two Minute Reports, which he believes should be abolished, according to Anthony Slater of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The NBA on Monday released a L2M report after the ...

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NBA CBA Gives Players More Ref Reviews

NBA players under the new CBA "will be able to weigh in on game referees in monthly reviews," and for the "first time ever by name," according to sources cited by Mitch Lawrence of SPORTING NEWS. In the past, players were "allowed to submit one report annually -- but never were allowed to mention th ...

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Silver Discusses NBA Role In Social Justice

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he feels a "particular obligation to focus on the African-American community" as that demographic accounts for roughly 75% of players in the league, according to Mike Wise of THE UNDEFEATED. Silver: "I feel part of the obligation comes from the history of this ...

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Rob Manfred Looks To Keep Baseball Relevant

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred "isn’t afraid to buck tradition in the name of trying to produce 'the best entertainment product'" for baseball fans, according to John Harper of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. The commissioner even "got a bit agitated" while being interviewed when asked if he "wor ...

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Ice Cube Creates New Summer Basketball League

NBPA Deputy Exec Dir of Player Relations Roger Mason Jr. is leaving his position to partner with actor Ice Cube and investors to "bring a summertime league called the BIG3 -- a three-on-three, half-court basketball league -- to cities and venues starting in June," according to Adrian Wojnarowsk ...

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