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Squash fights back against Olympic snub

Squash players around the world are mad as heck and they're not going to take this anymore.

Their sport was shortlisted for addition to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last week but lost out to baseball, softball, surfing, skateboarding, karate and sports climbing.

It wasn't the first time squash has been passed over for the Games.

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Seahawks-Lions 'MNF' controversy: Who knew you can't bat the ball in the end zone?

At this point, pretty much everyone knows that Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright should have been flagged for illegally batting the ball out of the end zone during the final two minutes of the Seahawks' 13-10 victory over Detroit on "Monday Night Football."

"You can't hit it backwards, and you can't intentionally, I guess, knock it out," Wright said after being informed of the rule in the locker room.

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Sharks' Raffi Torres suspended 41 games for hit on Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for 41 games Monday for an illegal check to the head of Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg.

It is the longest suspension in NHL history in terms of the number of games.

Torres will forfeit $440,860 in salary for the suspension. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Angels introduce Billy Eppler as general manager

The Angels introduced Billy Eppler as the team's general manager at a news conference Monday.

"I want Angels fans to know that I am committed to championship standards, that I will work relentlessly, ethically and efficiently toward making the Angel organization a model of excellence," Eppler said.

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Steve Simon named new chief executive of Women's Tennis Assn.

Steve Simon, a leader in tennis innovation on the pro tour for the last decade, is leaving the prestigious Indian Wells tennis tournament to become chief executive of the Women’s Tennis Assn.

Simon, currently tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells will replace Stacey Allaster, who held the job for the last six years. Allaster had replaced current Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith to Kevin Durant: 'You do not want to make an enemy out of me'

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith looked directly into the "First Take" cameras Monday morning and hissed these words: "You do not want to make an enemy out of me."

He was dead serious. Of course, very few people took him that way. Folks all over social media, including singer Josh Groban, have since stated that their one goal in life now is to make an enemy of Stephen A. Smith.

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