Los Angeles Clippers Move to L.A.

By Mike Chamernik

An NBA team may have just pulled off the subtlest name change we’ve ever seen.

The Los Angeles Clippers not only changed their name, but they did it a year ago. No one has seemed to notice. Yes, they are still known as the Clippers. The L.A. Clippers.

L.A.

As in, that’s their location name. Not just an abbreviation. (Continue reading)

2016 Rio Olympics: Water Polo & Griffins Design Contest Part II

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[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken, with Michael Schonhoff

OK — we’re down to the last of the Olympics articles (I actually still have one more, but, as you’ll see in the sign-off, Mike will be handling tomorrow’s post). Today’s correspondent is Michael Schonhoff, who will take a look at water polo. (Continue reading)

Griffins Alternate Jersey Design Contest - Part I

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[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken

OK readers — today is the day we begin to show off the designs for the Grand Rapids Griffins Alternate Jersey Design Contest. If you missed it, the contest was announced on August 1, and in total, 86 (eighty-six) submissions were received. Readers will have a chance to vote on each design, broken into eight groups, and spread over four days.

Beginning today and ending next week, we’ll reveal approximately 22 of the entries each day, in alphabetical order, in groups of 11 (or 10). You’ll have the opportunity to vote on every jersey submitted in each group. You can vote on any, some, none or all, but you’ll only be permitted to vote one time, so you’ll have to choose wisely. The top 3 (three) vote-getters each day (we’ll close the voting off after each day) will advance to the “finals” — so there will actually be 12 (twelve) finalists instead of the original 10. We’ve decided this is the most fair way to run the voting in light of the tremendous number of entries we’ve received. (Continue reading)

2016 Rio Olympics: Cycling

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[Editor’s Note: Paul is on his annual August break from site. Deputy editor Phil Hecken is in charge from now through the end of the month, although Paul is still on the clock over at ESPN and may be popping up here occasionally.]

By Phil Hecken with Will Hamar

We continue today with our coverage of the sports of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. I’m pleased to introduce today’s correspondent, Will “The Ham” Hamar, who will bring you a look at the uniforms of Olympic cycling. The Ham actually deserves some kind of medal himself, as he literally completed this article in a hospital bed having broken his ankle! That’s dedication.

At this point I’ll just turn the rest of this section over to the Ham. You can click on the photos below to enlarge, and Hamm has ranked these on a scale of 0 to 5 (Continue reading)