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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Red Sox announcer apologizes for comment about translators during games after facing backlash

New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took to the mound at home on Tuesday night to face the team’s historic division rival, the Boston Red Sox.

Tanaka pitched only five innings and gave up five runs on on five hits, including three home runs in a 5-4 loss to Boston — but his performance wasn’t what garnered the most attention during the game.

Tanaka, who was born in Japan, utilizes a translator whenever he needs to speak with his teammates or coaches, including in conversations on the mound while the game is going on.

During the game’s broadcast, Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy said he didn’t believe translators should be permitted.

“I don’t think that should be legal,” he said after Tanaka’s translator paid the pitcher a visit alongside the team’s pitching coach, Larry Rothchild.

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An alternative look at the beauty of the NBA Finals

The third straight NBA Finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is underway. Most basketball fans knew this series was inevitable, with some even saying the monotony is boring — but really, the beauty of this championship is just hidden in the details.

To break up the inevitable repetition of Cavs-Warriors Part III, photographers have been capturing some unexpected shots of different facets of the games — from brightly-lit dunks under strobe lights to quieter moments with the players before tip-off.

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The tallest families in the history of the NBA will make you feel like a shrimp

While the average American man stands at a respectable 5 foot 9, that barely holds a candle to the average NBA player, who comes in at a whopping 6 foot 7.

That’s not to say shorter players can’t excel at basketball — we saw 5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics put on a clinic this season — but generally speaking, being tall will help you out in the NBA.

Luckily for many, height is largely genetic, and several tall families have dominated professional basketball throughout its history.

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Tom Brady, Patriots players team up with Guy Fieri for a good cause — and plenty of food and football

The clouds over Boston couldn’t dampen the spirits of Tom Brady, Guy Fieri or any of the guests at the Cooking with Best Buddies Food and Wine Festival and accompanying football game at Harvard University.

Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization benefiting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, kicked off a weekend’s worth of festivities in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Friday evening.

Popular celebrity chef and TV personality Guy Fieri hosted the second annual Guy Cooking with Best Buddies event while New England Patriots quarterback and Super Bowl LI MVP Tom Brady held the Best Buddies Football Challenge flag football game at Harvard Stadium.

The game featured Brady quarterbacking for both teams alongside some of his famous friends, including Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy and Patriots teammates Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, James White and Dion Lewis.

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