Latest Shaqness

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She may be one of the biggest names in daytime TV, but Kelly Ripa showed just how small she was standing beside the giant Shaquille O'Neal.

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Ed Eyestone, the BYU track coach, was hoping to keep his latest star-in-waiting, Shaquille Walker, a secret a little longer, but the word is out, and it’s entirely Walker’s fault. Three races, three wins, three national-class times, three defeated Olympians, a couple of records — that will put your name out there.

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USA TODAY Sports has assembled a talented team of prospects to chronicle their paths to the NFL draft, this one from Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson, who won the Louisville-based Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player and is a potential first-round draft pick. Thompson will be in Louisville Feb. 25 for the Hornung Award banquet at the Galt House.

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As tributes for late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith continue to pour in, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal revealed Tuesday night on national TV that he almost joined Smith’s Tar Heels in 1989.

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is widely perceived as something of a joyless basketball savant.

 

Prowling the sidelines with a permanent scowl will do that to a coach's reputation, especially when that coach has won more games — he picked up win number 1,000 on Monday — than all but eight others in the history of the league. So, too, will making remarks like, "Happy's not a word we think about in the game," and, "Happy is not a concept coaches are comfortable with."

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USA TODAY Sports has assembled a talented team of prospects to chronicle their paths to the NFL draft. Today's entry is from Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player and is a potential first-round draft pick.

 

I was in my mom. She was watching the Orlando Magic game. Shaquille O'Neal was playing for them. Bam! She named me Shaquille.

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NBA All-Star Week is only four days in New York City, but when Shaquille O’Neal packs his suitcase for the trip as part of the ‘Inside the NBA’ crew, he plans on being as prepared.

 

With more than enough suits, at least.

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A day after it was termed by Shaquille O'Neal, "the worst turnover of history, not this year, of history," during TNT's Thursday NBA coverage, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra attempted to put perspective on the botched inbounds play between Norris Cole and  Hassan Whiteside during a critical juncture late in Wednesday's one-point loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Granted, it probably doesn't take much to rile up the crowd at Bug Light's House of Whatever, a Super Bowl-themed carnival that's equal parts tailgate and acid trip. Over Super Bowl weekend, the space hosted everything from a surprise Nicki Minaj concert to an art class featuring Shaquille O'Neal. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Shaq inspired as much excitement with his art class modeling and accompanying DJ set as Nicki did with a full-blown, hour long performance. That's not a shot at Onika, but it's hard to compete with Shaq, especially in an outdoor bar swarming with beer-buzzed football fans.