Space Jam 2 Is On, Harden & Paul Complain About Ref, NBA’s Proposal To Lower Draft Age

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SpringHill Entertainment confirmed Space Jam 2 is happening. LeBron James will star in the sequel to the original Space Jam movie starring Michael Jordan and a supporting cast of Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, Shawn Bradley, Charles Barkley, Bill Murray and of course Bugs Bunny.  No word yet on who will join LeBron in this much-anticipated sequel set to hit theaters on July 16th, 2021.

The Houston Rockets lost 111-106 to the LA Lakers on Thursday night. James Harden kept his streak (32 consecutive games) of 30-points (or more) per game alive, but the big story of the night involved teammates James Harden and Chis Paul complaining about referee Scott Foster.  Harden said he believes Foster is “rude and arrogant”. Paul added “I don’t know what else to do, know what I mean? I met with the league with him before and all this stuff. I don’t know what else to do.” Foster is a 25-year veteran of the league, but in a 2016 LA Times poll was voted by the players and coaches the league’s worst referee.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver submitted a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association to lower the draft-eligible age from 19 to 18. The NBA hopes the rule change is agreed upon and officially in place by the 2022 draft.

 

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Zion Williamson’s Shoe Falls Apart, ACLU Involved In Cheerleading Gag Awards

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Fans who paid from $2000-$10,000 for a ticket to watch the UNC/Duke game and get a glimpse of Zion Williamson barely saw him play.  With just 36 seconds in, Williamson collapsed on the court because his shoe fell apart. He was wearing a Nike PG 2.5 PE and, according to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Zion suffered “a mild knee sprain”. The Tar Heels beat Duke 88-72, but all anyone could talk about was the freak injury to Zion and whether or not the almost certain #1 pick in the NBA draft will continue to play this season or sit out for fear of another injury.

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Tremper High School in Wisconsin is under scrutiny by the ACLU for “creating a hostile environment for female students” after parents complained about the awards given out to cheerleaders at the annual banquets in 2017 and 2018. In addition to the traditional awards, a number of “gag” awards were announced including the “Big Boobie” and the “Big Booty” award. According to an ACLU attorney, “There is a serious indifference to how young girls are being treated within the KUSD (Kenosha Wisconsin Unified School District) system and that indifference is creating a toxic culture of perpetuating gender stereotypes that will stay with these girls for the rest of their lives.”

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Machado Signs W/Padres, MLB New Rules, Duke/UNC $2500 Tkts

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Manny Machado signed a monster 10-year deal to play for the San Diego Padres. His $300 million deal is the largest deal ever signed by a free agent in the history of American sports. The previous record was $275 million by Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees in 2008.

In other big news from Major League Baseball, the League has instituted new rules to prevent sign stealing. Among the high tech changes are a ban on in-house outfield cameras from foul pole to foul pole and television monitors in the clubhouse put on an 8 second delay.

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The basketball rivalry between Duke and the University of North Carolina has always been intense, but this year the intensity is at a whole new level thanks to Duke’s superstar Zion Williamson. For tonight’s game, a fan can expect to pay $2500 for the cheapest available ticket. According to Vivid seats, one ticket went for $10,652.

 

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Hamlin Wins Daytona-Emotional For JGR, Team LeBron Wins All-Star Game, Diallo’s Dunk, Kaepernick & Reid Get Settlement

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Denny Hamlin won the prestigious Daytona 500 on Sunday, his second Daytona win in four years. The victory was particularly special for Hamlin, as he races for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and dedicated his season to J.D. Gibbs (Joe’s son who passed away last month after suffering from a degenerative neurological disease). JGR teammates, Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third, making JGR only the second team in NASCAR history to hold the top 3 spots at the Daytona 500. After the race, Gibbs, the Hall of Fame NFL coach, said “It was the most important night in my occupational life. I know J.D. and everybody in my family was emotional.”

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The outcome of the All-Star game has no bearing on an NBA season, but the game certainly provided some entertaining moments on Sunday. Team LeBron came out on top, as his team overcame a 20-point deficit to beat Team Giannis 178-164. Giannis Antetokounmpo had the best play of the night when he slammed the basket off of a bounce pass alley-oop from Steph Curry. The  MVP of the game went to Team Lebron’s Kevin Durant for his 31 points and 7 rebounds. In the slam dunk contest on Saturday, OKC’s Hamidou Diallo took the prize after he soared over NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal for the dunk.

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In some big news over the weekend, former SF 49er teammates Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid reached a resolution of their collusion case against the NFL. The agreement remains confidential so it’s unclear how much money the players received.

 

 

 

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Kaepernick Wanted $20Million To Play For AAF, Edelman Honorary Starter For Daytona, All-Star Weekend

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According to reports, the new Alliance of American Football (which debuted last weekend) reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing in the league. Kaepernick is said to have asked for $20 million or more to consider the offer. Alliance players earn $225,000 over three years (but are free in May to pursue NFL careers). AAF also reached out to former quarterback Tim Tebow, but Tebow declined as he’s at spring training with the NY Mets.

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Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman will serve as the honorary starter for NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb 17th at 2:30 pm. Edelman will wave the green flag to begin the race.

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Tune in to a weekend of festivities including a dunk contest, three-point contest, and other challenges during NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, NC. The events all lead up to the big game featuring Team LeBron vs Team Giannis which starts at 8:00 pm on Sunday, February 17th.

 

 

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Harden Streak Continues, Actress Regina King Almost Gets Crushed By Embiid, Flacco Traded To Broncos

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The Houston Rockets James Harden streak continues with his 31st consecutive game with over 30 points. In a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves,  Harden scored 42 points. He is now tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history. Timberwolves 121, Rockets 111.

Actress Regina King was sitting in the front row at Madison Square Garden in a Knicks/76ers game, when Sixers Joel Embiid leaped over her head trying to save a loose ball. Thankfully, no one was harmed but Sixers’ coach Brett Brown said he’d prefer Embiid didn’t put himself in a possible injury situation (especially with the team ahead by 15 points). He said, “Just like I think our owners and our fans back home were thinking, You respect his aggression and his passion, but you don’t want that. I say that out of love and care. It’s stuff you hope to avoid.” Embiid responded with, “I only know one way to play and that’s to play hard and compete.” Sixers 126, Knicks 111.

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The Baltimore Ravens traded their longtime quarterback Joe Flacco (34 years old) to the Denver Broncos for a 4th round pick. With the move, the Ravens are putting the team in the hands of second-year QB Lamar Jackson. The move can’t be officially processed until after 4:00 pm EST on March 13th.

 

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Duke’s Historic Comeback, Brown Thanks SteelerNation, King Wins Best In Show

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The #2 ranked Duke Blue Devils were down 23 points against #16 Louisville but made a historic comeback in the second half to win the game. After the game, when reporters asked Duke’s superstar Zion Williamson how they were able to make up the deficit with only 10 minutes left,  Zion repeated what Coach K told them.  “He said he don’t coach losers, only coach winners.” Duke 71, Louisville 69

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Receiver Antonio Brown made it official, he’s asking for a trade and doesn’t plan on coming back to Pittsburgh. After a media frenzy this season speculating on whether Brown was playing his last game as a Steeler, he posted a video on Tuesday thanking the fans for their support over the last nine years. His post was pretty clear, “Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…..time to move on and forward…….#NewDemands”.

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King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. The wire fox terrier has now won 15 times, more than any other breed and making them the Tom Brady of dog shows.

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Harden & Westbrook Streaks, Murray Fully Committed To NFL, Hunt Signed By Browns

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Two amazing streaks continue in the NBA.

With 31 points against the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets’ James Harden continued his incredible streak of at least 30 points in his 30th consecutive games. Harden was suffering from a sore shoulder and started the game with his shot slightly off. He then came back and scored 10 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation.  Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ GM, is calling Harden’s streak,  “The Unguardable Tour”.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple-doubles in NBA history. In a win over the Portland Trailblazers, Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, made the announcement he’s “firmly and fully committing” to the NFL.  Murray was the 9th pick by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Baseball draft but has decided he’ll enter the NFL draft where he could be a top pick. Expect to hear a lot of talk about his size (under 6’0″) and his relative lack of playing time (as he only started as a quarterback for one season in college). The 2019 NFL draft is April 25th.

In other football news, the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who was released from the Chiefs after a video from a hotel surfaced showing him kicking a woman, for a one-year deal. Hunt apologized for his actions saying, “First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be.”

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Philly’s Phantastic 5, The Alliance Debut

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ESPN writer Tim Bontemps anointed the Philadelphia 76ers new starting 5 players The Phantastic 5. With the addition of forward Tobias Harris, the 76ers starting lineup of Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and JJ Redick has won the last two games and causing a stir in the Eastern Conference.

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The Alliance of American Football (The Alliance) debuted on Saturday. This new football league is billed as a minor league for the NFL and a way to watch competitive football in the off-season. We’ll see a few famous coaches such as Steve Spurrier, Mike Martz, Rick Neuheisel and Mike Singletary as well as some former college and NFL players including Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

 

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Frank Robinson’s Legacy, Raptors, 76ers Trades, Davis Remains A Pelican, LeBron & Giannis All-Star Picks

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The legendary Frank Robinson passed away on Thursday at the age of 83. The first African-American manager of Major League Baseball (in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians) and the only player to win Most Valuable Player awards in both the American and National leagues. On the field, Robinson excelled as an outfielder and first baseman and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility.

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The Toronto Raptors made a big trade at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday by grabbing Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Philadelphia 76ers also made a splash by trading their 2017 #1 pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and a first and second-round pick.

After the hype surrounding the possibility of Anthony Davis leaving the New Orleans Pelicans, the trade deadline passed, and Davis is still with the team and will enter the lineup. According to the Pelicans’ GM, Davis expressed his interest in getting back on the court and helping the team win.

Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo provided some entertainment while picking their starting lineup for the NBA All-Star Game. Here’s the breakdown of starters:

Team LeBron:

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden

Team Giannis:

Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker,

 

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