Rounding up the most gruesome sports injuries in recent memory

During the NBA season opener in Cleveland Tuesday night, Gordon Hayward, in his first game as a member of the Boston Celtics, suffered a horrific injury to his left ankle that likely ended his season.

The incident was not only devastating for Hayward and his teammates, whose season changed dramatically in an instant, but also for all who bore witness to it. Players on the Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as fans in attendance, were visibly shaken by the scene, with many taking a moment to pray.

Several athletes across the major sporting leagues reached out to Hayward to express their support and condolences on social media — several of whom have suffered similarly tragic injuries themselves.

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Eye-opening dating habits of die-hard NFL fans revealed in study

Relationships are a serious commitment — but, so is football.

From September all the way to February, avid football fans dedicate every Sunday (and often even Thursdays and Mondays) to their sport and team of choice. That can get on the nerves of a significant other if they don’t understand or care for the game.

Why not just date someone who loves football as much as you? Well, that’s easier said than done, especially when you realize how picky some NFL fans are.

study done by Fanatics delves deep into the dating preferences of each team’s fanbase — and it revealed some interesting trends.

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Washington Nationals fan uses obituary to rip team’s bullpen

For dedicated sports fans, your team of choice is your team for life. You support them through the ups and the downs, the championships and the last-place finishes, for as long as you live.

This was especially true for Patrick “Pat” Killebrew, who passed away last week from watching his beloved Washington Nationals blow a game.

Wait, what?

That’s right — according to Killebrew’s obituary via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the 68-year-old passed away peacefully “after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.”

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NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp will donate brain to science when he dies

Former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp plans to donate his brain to science after his death, he revealed to The Players’ Tribune on Tuesday.

Concussions have been a hot-button topic in the football community for the past several years. Sapp, a Super Bowl champion and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, cited fellow Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti as one of the inspirations for his decision.

“His brain — and his body — are starting to fail him,” Sapp said of Buoniconti.

“I’ve also started to feel the effects of the hits that I took in my career. My memory ain’t what it used to be.”

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Kevin Durant shares sweet post-championship moment with the ‘real’ MVP — his mom

Kevin Durant really, really loves his mother.

After winning his first NBA Championship on Monday night, the Golden State Warriors’ forward made a beeline for his mom, Wanda, and the two shared a sweet moment at half court.

Durant, who famously called his mom “the real MVP” after he won the award in 2014, was also named the MVP of the Finals.

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Forbes reveals ranking of the highest-paid athletes of the year

Forbes has released its annual ranking of the world’s highest-paid athletes for 2017, and some of the amounts listed are staggering.

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo came in at No. 1 for the second straight year, thanks to his hefty salary and endorsements. His earnings increased by $5 million in 2017, bringing his total annual earnings to $93 million.

The list unsurprisingly had striking similarities to ESPN’s ranking of the year’s most famous athletes, including an identical top 3 of Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lionel Messi.

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ESPN reveals ranking of the 100 most famous athletes of 2017

Stars like Tom Brady and Ryan Lochte may be household names in the United States, but that doesn’t necessarily hold true throughout the rest of the world.

ESPN revealed the 2017 edition of its annual World Fame 100 ranking on Tuesday, listing the top 100 most famous active athletes on the planet.

For the second year in a row, soccer asserted its place as the most popular sport on Earth, with 3 of the top 10 most famous athletes being footballers. Tennis, golf and basketball were close behind with 2 stars each.

Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, also landed a spot in the top 10.

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St. Louis Cardinals delete sexist tweet after backlash from fans

The St. Louis Cardinals deleted a tweet on Tuesday that was sent from the team account earlier in the day that many viewed as sexist.

The message in question was promoting a May 17 giveaway of replica World Series rings — but it implied that men who “love baseball” should obtain the gift for the women in their lives who “[love] jewelry.”

According to outraged fans, the tweet connoted that baseball and jewelry are mutually exclusive interests — and women are bigger fans of accessories then they are of sports.

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Internet has a field day with Cristiano Ronaldo’s new bust

Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the most popular soccer players in the world, was celebrated on Wednesday when the airport on his home island in Portugal was renamed in his honor.

Part of the rebranding ceremony for Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport involved revealing a bust that had been sculpted in the star athlete’s likeness outside the terminal.

At least… it was supposed to be in his likeness.

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The most successful teams in March Madness tournament history

Even those who don’t follow college basketball recognize the big names: Kentucky. Duke. North Carolina. Connecticut. They’re the well-known teams that consistently headline March Madness — and they’re generally a safe bet to pick as a champion in your brackets.

Someone has to be the best, though. In both the men’s and women’s tournament, 11 titles are enough to reign supreme as the most successful schools in the sport’s history.

Enter: the UCLA Bruins and the UConn Huskies.

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