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  • Former QB Jake Plummer looks for beer in bizarre Vine

    While you were wondering where Jake Plummer was, the former Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos quarterback was wondering where his beer was. And thanks to a rather bizarre Vine the retired NFL star posted to his Twitter account Tuesday, the 2005 Pro Bowler found his frosty beverage. The bearded 10-year NFL veteran also offered up a new tip on how to keep the aluminum can cool: just stick it in snow!

    It appears Plummer is enjoying life after football. In addition to maintaining a presence on social media (something he said he'd never do), "Jake the Snake" is a studio analyst for the Pac-12 Network, does radio commentary for NFL games and puts together a weekly podcast called Snake's Takes. Oh … and discovering new ways to keep beer cold.

  • StubHub refuses to honour title game ticket price mistake

    You know that old saying when something seems too good to be true, it probably is? Well, if he didn't before, Oregon Ducks football fan Patrick Leonard knows all about it now. The 1990 UO graduate thought he had scored a steal when he went looking for National Championship Game tickets on StubHub last week. Leonard was under the impression he had stumbled upon seats at AT&T Stadium for $414.84 each. And they weren't nosebleed seats either. They included "access to Field Level Club and Founders Club which includes all-inclusive food and beverage. Founders Club – Roomier cushioned seats." Seats like that were going in the $4,000 range on the secondary-ticket marketplace. After purchasing four (Leonard had planned to take his 12-year-old son, 9-year old-daughter and one of his daughter's friends to North Texas), the receipt he received on his phone seemed rather curious. Instead of reading "$1,659.36," it read "16,59.36 USD." And when he saw his American Express statement the next day,

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  • NFL owner's frugal travel move

    Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis met with Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio last Sunday in Denver to discuss Oakland's head coaching vacancy. Time was of the essence for the NFL boss to meet Del Rio due to league rules that severely limit the timing of interviews with assistants whose teams are still in the playoffs. So Davis took the quick hop from the Bay Area to the Centennial State in a private jet, right? No. Instead, the notoriously frugal owner hopped on a Southwest Airlines flight. And by golly, thanks to an anonymous Reddit user, there's photographic evidence of Davis’ hastily planned journey to Colorado.

    Wanna get away? (Courtesy: Reddit)Wanna get away? (Courtesy: Reddit)

    Can you imagine Jerry Jones flying the low-cost carrier? The Dallas Cowboys owner made headlines during the regular season for offering his wife's first-class seat to a banged up Tony Romo on the team's trip to London. Judging by the incriminating photo though, it appears Davis flew business select — so he got two free drinks. And his bags (if he checked any

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  • Nobody on the Packers gets Aaron Rodgers' jokes

    If you've been near a TV in the last few years, you know Aaron Rodgers has a decent sense of humor. From teaming up with "Da Bears" guys to Hans and Franz for State Farm Insurance commercials, the Green Bay Packers quarterback seems quite comfortable with classic Saturday Night Live characters. But according to a report in Monday's Wall Street Journal, the funny doesn't necessarily translate to the locker room.

    “His jokes are what we call ‘Algebra 2,’ ” said Daryn Colledge, a Miami Dolphins offensive lineman and former Packers teammate. “I think a lot of people don’t get it.”

    The report mentions that while much of the 2011 (and likely 2014) NFL MVP's material is over the head of most of his teammates, they don't mind one bit.

    “He’s about as relaxed and calm in this locker room as you can get,” said Packers offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga. “His demeanor has an effect on us. There’s never any panic in this locker room. Everything about him says, ‘Take a breather; we are going to be all

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  • Peter King directs snarky tweet at Colts WR Hakeem Nicks

    Peter King was named the National Sportswriter of the Year for 2010. But every once in awhile, even the most distinguished scribe can make a mistake. Such was the case Sunday when the reputable reporter directed a rather snarky tweet at Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

    With 5:12 left in the fourth quarter of Indy's wild-card game against Cincinnati, with the Colts up 26-10 and trying to run out the clock, Nicks did, in fact, go out of bounds after a 10-yard catch. But per NFL rules, the clock continued to tick away.

    With the exception of the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half, the game clock will be restarted following a kickoff return, a player going out of bounds on a play from scrimmage, or after declined penalties when appropriate on the referee’s signal.

    We're not

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  • College Football Playoff facts

    College football history will be made Jan. 1, 2015. That's when the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) officially kicks off, starting in Pasadena, Calif. with the Rose Bowl Game, which is also a CFP semifinal. The winner of Oregon-Florida State will take on the winner of the other semifinal taking place at the Sugar Bowl between Alabama-Ohio State on Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Now that you have the basics, here's five facts about the first-ever gridiron tournament for big-time college football that has been a long time coming:

    1. The College Football Playoff National Championship trophy is 26.5 inches tall and weighs 35 pounds. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) trophy — aka The Crystal Ball (which will still be awarded to the top team in the land in a ceremony following the title game) — weighs eight pounds.

    2. Three members of the CFP Selection Committee did not play college football:

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  • Most-watched Sports Minutes of 2014

    From a riveting national championship game between Auburn and Florida State that closed out the BCS era to the San Francisco Giants winning their third World Series in five seasons, this year had a little bit of everything for sports fans. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi captivated the world while the FIFA World Cup in Brazil put the spotlight firmly on "the beautiful game." The Seattle Seahawks dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl and the San Antonio Spurs ended LeBron James' stay on South Beach in unceremonious fashion. The Los Angeles Kings earned a second Stanley Cup in three years and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was scrutinized for how he handled the Ray Rice situation. And while all those stories made headlines, the five biggest clickers for the Yahoo Sports Minute involved flying armbars, flying bats and balancing goats. So without further ado, we present the five most-watched episodes of 2014:

    5. Katarina Sreckovic nearly fired for being too

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  • Kate Upton's year in sports

    Kate Upton is the internet gift that keeps giving. Virtually any piece of digital content the 22-year-old supermodel is part of is like a present under the virutal tree delivered by Jolly Old Saint Nick himself. 2014 was another big year for the two-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covergirl, so we figured it would be a good time to look back during this season of giving and offer up the best of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander's girlfriend from a sports perspective.

     The highlights start back in August in the Bronx. The top celebrity couple in the major leagues sealed their bond for all time when Verlander tossed Upton a ball at her seat in the front row behind the Tigers' dugout at Yankee Stadium.

    Check out the look she gives Verlander after he gives up the souvenir. Priceless. Perhaps it was simply an early Christmas present.

    The dynamic duo continued their tour of athletic venues in early December, taking in a Cleveland Cavaliers game in the land of King James. The two

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  • Best sports-figure homes of 2014

    I'll be home for Christmas. If only in my dreams.

    The last line of the 1943 tune written by Kim Gannon and recorded by Bing Crosby has become a holiday-season staple. And after seeing some sports-figure homes that were in the news in 2014, there were more than a few dream locations anyone would love returning to.

    The first noteworthy dwelling isn't even truly a residence — it's part of an NFL stadium. But Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt's three-level, six-bedroom palace inside Arrowhead Stadium is more than just your run-of-the-mill luxury suite. The incredible space includes marble and hardwood flooring throughout, a football-themed stained glass window (which curiuosly appears to show a Chiefs quarterback about to be sacked), a wall of three flatscreen TVs (we're guessing DirecTV's Sunday Ticket gets a lot of play on gamedays) and an ornate fireplace flanked by Roman busts.

    As for 17-time Grand Slam singles champion Roger Federer's new Swiss villa on the shores of Lake Zurich,

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  • Jets DL Richardson claims he's on 'same level' as Watt

    It's good to have confidence. But there's a fine line between belief in oneself and downright cockiness. New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson is firmly toeing that line.

    In comments to ESPN.com Thursday, the 2013 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year compared himself favorably to the likes of Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions and Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    "J.J. Watt, he's got a few more sacks than me, but it's the same type of disruption," Richardson said. "He's a little more active, I'll give you that, but we have the same type of determination, same heart, same skills. He scores touchdowns, I score touchdowns." He continued, "The same people you see mentioned every day, getting big contracts, I'm on the same level. I don't put them over me, I don't put them under me. Most definitely, it's the same comparison, really."

    Slow your roll, Mr. Richardson. While the second-year player out of Missouri punched it in twice from short

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  • Miami, Nike nearing end of revolutionary contract

    They say all good things must come to an end. But for the University of Miami athletic department, it may be on to an even better thing. According to a report in the Palm Beach Post, the Hurricanes are on the verge of ending a 27-year partnership with Nike. When the 'Canes and the apparel giant agreed to the first all-sports contract back in 1987, it was the first of its kind in college athletics. The type of deal — which allowed the retailer to "own the school" (as former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro referred it) — has become the norm ever since.

    But the Coral Gables, Fla. institution decided to let the agreement, which runs through Aug. 31, 2015, expire. Swoosh rivals Adidas and Under Armour have reportedly submitted bids "several million dollars per year richer than Nike’s deal" according to the Post report. Nike will reportedly be given the opportunity to match the bids — but isn't expected to.

    Nike dominates the college sports landscape, outfitting 45 of the 65 "Power Five"

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  • United States will bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

    If at first you don't succeed, try try again. That's been the recent mantra of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) when it's come to bidding on the Summer Games. After New York and Chicago were snubbed in early rounds of International Olympic Committee (IOC) voting for the 2012 and 2016 Games, the USOC decided to sit out the 2020 process. Tokyo was ultimately awarded those Games in 2013.

    Following a Tuesday presentation by four potential host sites on American soil, the USOC has decided to bid on the 2024 Games. Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles are in the running. A finalist from that group will be determined early in the new year while international bids need to be submitted by September 15, 2015. The winning bid is expected to be announced at the 130th IOC Session in Lima, Peru in

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  • Yoenis Céspedes has fire-breathing Lamborghini Aventador

    Yoenis Céspedes was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Detroit Tigers Thursday. The AL Central power will be the Cuban slugger's third team in five months. And while the two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion will no longer be teammates with David Ortiz, he'll be part of a stacked lineup that includes Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. He'll also cruise the streets of Motown in style.

    Courtesy: The AutofirmCourtesy: The Autofirm

    Cespedes got the "Avorza" treatment at Alex Vega's Autofirm in Miami on his his $367,500 Lamborghini Aventador. We're not sure what the "Avorza" treatment runs — but any time a car shoots flames out of its exhaust, it's pretty cool. Of course, the great irony is that Céspedes will be driving an Italian exotic auto in the birthplace of the American car. Here's hoping Tigers fans can forgive him.

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  • Houston Astros send out overly optimistic tweet

    The Houston Astros have already made a pair of solid moves at the Winter Meetings, adding relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek to a bullpen that had an MLB-worst ERA in 2014. But the AL West club, which went 70-92 last season after three straight 100-loss seasons, is considered far from a contender by most baseball people. Just don't tell that to the team's Twitter account.

    Thank goodness! For what it's worth, tickets for the Swift show go on sale Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. ET. As for the likelihood of the pop sensation's 1989 World Tour stop at Minute Maid Park being bumped for the playoffs … well, stranger things have happened. As noted by our friends at Big

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  • College Football Playoff unveils national championship rings

    For the vast majority of professional athletes, the ring is the thing. One of the spoils of winning a championship these days is being able to don some oversized bling on your finger, complete with an excessive amount of diamonds, as a symbol of the hard work that goes into capturing a title. But the pros aren't the only ones that get to enjoy the over-the-top hardware.

    That there is a rather fine, if not generic, piece of jewelry. Per the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:

    [Manufacturer] Jostens described the rings as "custom-designed [and] handcrafted" with more than 50 cubic zirconia synthetic gems set in Jostens' Silver Elite fine metal mix, which is composed of silver, elements of palladium and gold, and a rhodium coating.

    And there's a reason why the winner of the first big-time college football

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  • Roger Federer building glass mansion on banks of Lake Zurich

    If you live in the Swiss municipality of Wallerau, chances are you're doing well. Sitting on the shores of Lake Zurich, the community of just over 7,000 is known for its liberal tax structure and being home to some of the world's wealthiest people. Formula One drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa, former UBS chairman Marcel Ospel and tennis star Roger Federer reside in the swanky hamlet. And by the end of the year, the 17-time Grand Slam singles champion will upgrade to a three-story glass mansion.

    The property, currently under construction by Kamata Development, features floor-to-ceiling windows, a swimming pool, large balconies and underground parking. The price tag for the modern villa is in excess of $10 million. There are also a pair of luxury apartments being built on the 1.5 acre lot. Federer's parents, Robert and Lynette, are reportedly set to move into one of them.

    The 33-year-old tennis legend, along with wife Mirka, their five-year old twin girls Myla and Charlene and

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  • Arian Foster speaks to media in British accent

    Arian Foster doesn't really like talking to the media. The Houston Texans running back has made it clear in the past that he gets annoyed by the task (similar to Seattle Sehawks running back Marshawn Lynch). Must be a tailback thing. The three-time Pro Bowler proved that during a strange session with reporters during training camp earlier this year by answering 11 questions the same way, saying, "I'm just trying to be the best teammate I can be."

    During a session with the assembled press Thursday, Foster had a new way to counter his boredom: speak in a British accent. The 28-year-old reportedly used phrases like "cheerio" and corrected a reporter who called him "mate" saying that was more of an Australian term.

    The Texans will play the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. Of course, the Jags "hosted" the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10 in London in a game played at Wembley Stadium. If Houston travels across the pond in 2015, we know one player that will fell right at home.

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  • Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard: 'I'm a nudist'

    Bernard Pollard was once given a pair of boxers along with his "Good Guy" award by the local media when he was a member of the Baltimore Ravens in 2011. Why such a personal gift? The current Tennessee Titans safety is rather, ummm, comfortable in his skin. He's known for appearing in the locker room and giving interviews in the nude.

    During a Q&A session with fans during his weekly show for the Tennessean.com at Moe's Original Bar B Que in Franklin, Tenn., Pollard was asked if he has any pregame supersititions. His answer was rather revealing.

    "One of the biggest things I do, and I've done it my whole career … in college and high school … when I get into the facility, I'll get in the hot tub, shower and then go to my locker and just sit in my jockstrap," Pollard said, after making sure it was OK to tell the truth to the assembled crowd. "In Baltimore, all the guys would time me, on how long I was naked or in a jock. I think it got up to 38 minutes one time. I'm a nudist."

    You have to

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  • Candlestick Park looks eerie awaiting demolition

    Candlestick Park was never going to win any beauty contests or architectural awards. But the former home of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers had plenty of historic moments happen in its 54-year history including the Beatles' final concert, "The Catch," eight NFC Championship games and a World Series game interrupted by an earthquake. Events that still resonate to this day. But after Paul McCartney performed one last time there in August, the much-maligned stadium known for its capricious winds had held its final event. Next up for the venue is demolition, which is planned for sometime in early 2015. And thanks to photographer Patricia Chang and the good folks at Curbed, a rather eerie-looking 'Stick awaits its demise.

    Courtesy: Patricia ChangCourtesy: Patricia Chang
    Courtesy: Patricia ChangCourtesy: Patricia Chang
    Courtesy: Patricia ChangCourtesy: Patricia Chang

    The stark images were captured via drone and paint a rather dreary picture. The stadium, which opened in 1960, looks like a ghost town. Pairs of seats went on sale this summer for $749 a pop, which explains the desolate appearance inside the bowl. Alas, once the

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  • Linda Holliday, Bill Belichick's girlfriend, posts PDA on Instagram

    Bill Belichick doesn't seem like a warm and fuzzy kind of guy. In fact, the New England Patriots head coach has a public persona that is actually quite the opposite. But if you follow The Hoodie's longtime girlfriend, Linda Holliday, on Instagram, you might have a different perspective. The former high-end retail business operator often posts unlikely images of the football personality known for his gruff demeanor. Remember this shot from back in March?

    Holliday's latest post showed her on Torrey Pines Beach in the San Diego, Calif. area (the Pats will face the Chargers on Sunday Night Football in Week 14) with a heart featuring her and Belichick's initials. The caption reads, "He captured my heart a long time ago ... And still makes me glow! BB"

    Belichick may not seem like the most lovable guy — but don't tell that to Holliday. Her very public display of affection says otherwise.

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