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Bill Belichick doubles down on Patriots' innocence in deflate-gate, dares NFL to prove him wrong

sports.yahoo.com — Try, if you can, to hit pause, just for a second, on whether Bill Belichick's explanation is plausible or not for why the footballs used by the New England Patriots were underinflated in the first half of the AFC championship game. Some will agree with every word.
Jan 25, 2015

Bill Is Stand-Up Guy: Belichick on Patriots' innocence in deflate-gate, dares NFL to prove him wrong sports.yahoo.com/news/-bill-bel… via @YahooSports

Jan 25, 2015

RT @BillSimmons: FU MODE - ACTIVATE! RT @DanWetzel: In era of mealy-mouthed, PR-vetted statements, Belichick dares NFL to come at him: sports.yahoo.com/news/-bill-bel…

Jan 25, 2015

Literally don't believe this. Patriots head coach makes *22-minute statement* about the air pressure in NFL footballs sports.yahoo.com/news/-bill-bel…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @BillSimmons: FU MODE - ACTIVATE! RT @DanWetzel: In era of mealy-mouthed, PR-vetted statements, Belichick dares NFL to come at him: sports.yahoo.com/news/-bill-bel…

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Richard Sherman: Patriots won't be punished because of 'conflict of interest'

sports.yahoo.com — PHOENIX - The first shot by Richard Sherman has been fired. The Seattle Seahawks cornerback, in the team's introductory media press conference on Sunday, was asked about potential discipline that could come down on their Super Bowl counterparts, the New England Patriots, in response to the Deflate-gate incident.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @YahooSports: Patriots won't be punished because of 'conflict of interest' says Richard Sherman --> yhoo.it/1C3fjNl #NFL

Jan 25, 2015

RT @Eric_Edholm: Richard Sherman: Patriots won't be punished because of 'conflict of interest' with Kraft, Goodell friendship sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shut…

New York Times columnist ‘fuming’ after son allegedly stopped by Yale police at gunpoint

news.yahoo.com — New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow says he's "fuming" after his son was allegedly stopped by a Yale University police officer at gunpoint Saturday night because he apparently fit the description of a possible burglary suspect.

Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants as Republicans flock to conservative confab in Iowa

news.yahoo.com — "We're not going to win votes ... unless we can lay out a hopeful optimistic message" paired with specific policy ideas that voters believe "can actually happen," Bush said. "Hope and a positive agenda wins out over an angry reaction every day of the week.
Jan 25, 2015

Jeb Bush regrets telling a black voter that he would do "probably nothing" for African-Americans news.yahoo.com/jeb-bush-speak…

Jan 25, 2015

RT @jonward11: When Jeb Bush talked about losing the primary to win the general, he had weekends like the current one in mind news.yahoo.com/jeb-bush-speak…

Jan 25, 2015

RT @RonBrownstein: Nice comprehensive look at Jeb Bush's SF remarks-and their stark contrast to the Iowa tone news.yahoo.com/jeb-bush-speak… via @YahooNews

Jan 24, 2015

RT @mikiebarb: Super smart take on this weekend -- Jeb vs. Everyone Else in the GOP -- from the super smart @jonward11 news.yahoo.com/jeb-bush-speak…

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IS confirms execution of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa

news.yahoo.com — Beirut (AFP) - The Islamic State group's radio confirmed on Sunday that its militants have executed Japanese security contractor Haruna Yukawa, following the release of a video announcing the hostage's death. "The Islamic State has carried out its threat... it has executed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after the expiry of the deadline given," the Sunni extremist group said on Al-Bayan radio.

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Ivory mafia: how criminal gangs are killing Africa's elephants

news.yahoo.com — Shortly before 11 am on the last Saturday in May, a heavily laden white Mitsubishi truck pulled into the Fuji Motors East Africa car dealership in an industrial neighbourhood on the northern edge of Mombasa. When Kenyan police officers raided the car lot five days later, they refused a bribe of five million shillings ($55,000, 49,000 euros), seized the ivory and arrested two men.

Sources: Pistons fear Brandon Jennings has torn Achilles' tendon

sports.yahoo.com — There's significant fear within the Detroit Pistons organization that guard Brandon Jennings sustained a torn Achilles' tendon on Saturday night and could miss the rest of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brandon Jennings.
Jan 25, 2015

Link to updated story on Brandon Jennings' torn Achilles and loss for season. yhoo.it/1L7pnHH

Jan 25, 2015

RT @WojYahooNBA: Yahoo Sources: Detroit guard Brandon Jennings feared to have torn Achilles tendon. yhoo.it/1L7pnHH

Jan 25, 2015

RT @WojYahooNBA: Yahoo Sources: Detroit guard Brandon Jennings feared to have torn Achilles tendon. yhoo.it/1L7pnHH

Jan 25, 2015

Not good for the Pistons RT @WojYahooNBA: Sources: Detroit guard Brandon Jennings feared to have torn Achilles tendon yhoo.it/1L7pnHH

Jan 25, 2015

RT @WojYahooNBA: Yahoo Sources: Detroit guard Brandon Jennings feared to have torn Achilles tendon. yhoo.it/1L7pnHH

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O.A.R. looks to bring the party to the NHL All-Star Game

sports.yahoo.com — The NHL's decision to bring O.A.R. to play two songs in between the second and third periods at the NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on Sunday is a brilliant one. The band (which rose to prominence in the early 2000s) speaks to the demographic of fans in their early 30s who listened to O.A.R.

Nepal lawmakers to vote on charter despite opposition fury

news.yahoo.com — Nepal's parliamentary speaker Sunday announced plans for a vote on a new national constitution to end a political deadlock, sparking fresh anger from opposition lawmakers. The ruling and opposition parties have spent years locked in a stalemate over the terms of a constitution designed to draw a line under a decade of civil war.

New commissioner Rob Manfred open to defensive-shift ban

sports.yahoo.com — New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been in office a little more than 12 hours and he's already making some interesting waves. In an interview that aired on ESPN on Sunday morning, Manfred made it clear that examining the pace of the game is first on his list of priorities, but not far behind will be finding ways to "inject additional offense into the game."

Mark Giordano's journey from Russia to Norris Trophy contender

sports.yahoo.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mark Giordano understood the risk he was taking. At 23 and still finding his way through professional hockey, the Calgary Flames defenseman wanted a one-way contract, but the team preferred to keep the restricted free agent in the fold on a two-way deal.

New commissioner Rob Manfred maintains connection to soul of the game

sports.yahoo.com — It's not a requirement or anything, but we like there to be a soul beneath the suit, behind the nameplate, somewhere in there among the brooding bodyguards and backdoor entrances and corporate gamesmanship. We don't ask that baseball's commissioner be a desperate romantic. The game has enough poets.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @TBrownYahoo: Rob Manfred on the game, his place in it and a night in the Elmsford, NY Howard Johnson: tinyurl.com/mzqbmob

Jan 25, 2015

Rob Manfred on the game, his place in it and a night in the Elmsford, NY Howard Johnson: tinyurl.com/mzqbmob

Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect

news.yahoo.com — Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation Embrapa said Saturday.

Panic and chaos as Boko Haram storms key Nigerian towns

news.yahoo.com — Panic and chaos erupted in northeastern Nigeria Sunday as hundreds of Boko Haram fighters poured into two strategic towns in pre-dawn strikes that escalated into pitched battles as Nigerian army troops responded. All we hear are sounds of guns and explosions," said Buba Kyari, who was among those caught up in the explosion of violence when Boko Haram struck the southern suburbs of Borno State's capital Maiduguri.

Anti-austerity Syriza wins Greek election: exit polls

news.yahoo.com — Radical leftwing party Syriza won Greece's general election on Sunday in a victory that could impact the course of austerity in Europe, exit polls showed. Syriza took between 35.5 percent and 39.5 percent of the vote, according to the polls, compared to between 23 percent and 27 percent for the conservative New Democracy party.

Six skiers killed in avalanche in French Alps

au.news.yahoo.com — Grenoble (France) (AFP) - Rescue workers on Sunday found the bodies of six skiers who went missing a day earlier after being carried away by an avalanche during a trek in the Queyras mountain range in the French Alps, police said.

Marcus Mariota says he has sprained AC joint in right shoulder

sports.yahoo.com — Marcus Mariota is still deciding if he'll throw at the NFL combine. The decision is clouded because Mariota said Saturday that he has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He landed on his shoulder hard when he was tackled by Ohio State's Joey Bosa after throwing a pass in the second half of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @YahooDrSaturday: Marcus Mariota is weighing decision to throw at combine because of sprained right AC joint: yhoo.it/1EIGbAc pic.twitter.com/Xyjwf161US

Josh Gordon reportedly tests positive for alcohol, faces one-year suspension

sports.yahoo.com — It'll be a lot harder for Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon and his representatives to come up with excuses for yet another failed test for the league's substances of abuse. Gordon, the wildly talented 2013 All-Pro receiver, failed yet another test and will be suspended for the 2015 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.