Bills Trade For QB Matt Cassel, Diamondbacks Unveil Churro Dog

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The Buffalo Bills sure look serious about their upcoming season. In yet another big move, the team traded an undisclosed draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings for quarterback Matt Cassel.

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B_RzD26U4AIcC7yThe Arizona Diamondbacks take their stadium food seriously. In 2014 they introduced a $25 D-Bat Dog which is an 18 inch hot dog stuffed with bacon and cheese. This season they plan to introduce the Churro Dog, a 1117 calorie churro inside a chocolate donut topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauce. Sounds like a recipe for the ultimate food coma.

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Blockbuster Trade Of LeSean McCoy, Phelps May Be Reinstated

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LeSean McCoyThe Philadelphia Eagles traded their star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso.  Some are scratching their heads over this blockbuster trade but reports state that the Eagles made the trade to get help at linebacker and the Bills get a franchise running back. The trade also means that the Bills’ running back C.J. Spiller may be leaving Buffalo as he becomes a bit redundant now.

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57872590Michael Phelps may be reinstated by USA Swimming and eligible to compete for the World Championships in August. Phelps was suspended from all events following his arrest for DUI in September. Phelps received treatment after pleading guilty. Phelps, the most decorated swimmer in history,  hasn’t committed yet to competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Dez Bryant To Get Franchise Tag

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Dez BryantNFL franchise tag deadline is Monday at 4:00 pm. The big story is that the Dallas Cowboys’ will place the franchise tag on receiver Dez Bryant. When a Team places the franchise tag on a player, they are essentially stating that they can’t live without this player and they want to make sure he isn’t allowed to test the market in free agency. Bryant will receive $12.8 million (the average salary of the top 10 players at that position or 120% of his salary in 2014, whichever amount is higher) for the year with a possibility of securing a long-term contract. Even though this tag shows the Team’s commitment to a player, some athletes aren’t happy as they want to test the free market and potentially receive a big long-term contract with a new team.

In other NFL news, former Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown was named the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. McCown had a miserable year with the Bucs in 2014 but he’s ready to come out strong with his new team. He stated:

“I get it,” McCown told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I understand people’s perceptions of me.  I don’t back off it or shy away from (the 1-10 mark in 2014). I understand people’s frustration. But my mindset is to come in here, grow and improve as a football player, and help this team win football games. When I’ve been able to operate in a system that’s organized and been around for awhile like I did in 2013 with the Bears, I’ve been able to play at a high level.”

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Peyton Manning May Be Back, Cowboys Mull Re-Signing Dez Bryant

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Peyton Manning At the end of the season, rumors were swirling that 39 year old Denver Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning would retire. According to sources with knowledge of the workings of the Broncos’ organization, it looks like Manning will be back. GM John Elway will likely need to renegotiate Elway’s contract to free up some salary cap money and, of course, Elway will need to pass his physical on March 5th, but looks like the highest paid player in football history will be back on the gridiron.  Manning has broken most NFL record for a QB but still wants at least one more shot of winning the Super Bowl!

The Dallas Cowboys are still mulling whether to take a risk on re-signing receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant was cleared in a 2011 incident in a Walmart parking lot at 6:00 am where his girlfriend was dragged across the pavement. It’s unclear whether Bryant was the one dragging her. He was also arrested for allegedly striking his mother in 2012.

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Lebron James Jr Recruited For College At Age 10, Louisville Guard Thrown Off Team For Rape And Sodomy

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Lebron James JrLebron James’ son is getting recruitment letters and even scholarship offers from college. Not a big surprise, but wait, he’s only 10 years old. Watch this highlight video and you’ll see the talent.

In college basketball news, Louisville Cardinals guard Chris Jones was officially thrown off the team for rape and sodomy charges. The alleged assaults against two different women took place on Saturday night and one of the women was hospitalized. Coach Rick Pitino and the University immediately dismissed him from the team. There is currently a warrant out for his arrest.

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Browns’ New Logo Is Boring, Olbermann Suspended For Pitiful Penn State Comment

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Browns' LogoCleveland Browns’ fans lit up twitter feeds with complaints that the Brown’s new logo is boring. The organization explained the new logo by stating that “The orange is brighter and richer and matches the passion of our fans and city. The brown is unchanged.” Hmmm…looks just as boring as the old logo but someone took a lot of time picking out what they thought were the best shades of orange and brown.

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Speaking of twitter, ESPN sportcaster Keith Olbermann has been suspended from his show for a week after his tweets caused a bit of a backlash. Olbermann called Penn State students “pitiful” after they tweeted that they had raised over $13 million for pediatric cancer research. In another exchange he tweeted  “At this rate your diploma won’t be recognized, Moron” and then “get your $ back – you didn’t learn how to read. PSU students are pitiful because they’re PSU students – period” ESPN sent out a statement distancing itself from Olbermann’s views. Even though Olbermann won’t be coming in to work for the week, he is still getting paid. Kind of sounds like vacation not suspension to me……

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Moncada Going To Red Sox, Panthers Part With Williams, Michael Sam In Dancing With Stars

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In a follow-up story about the big bidding war over Cuban baseball phenom Yoan Moncada, it appears that there is now a winner for his services.  It costs them just over $61million dollars, but the Boston Red Sox have won the rights to this incredible 19-year old switch hitter.  Years ago the Yankees would have paid an exorbitant salary for a player like this, but they have been slow to overpay for players in the modern day.  In fact, the Yanks are sort of going the way of the Kansas City Royals, developing their young talent and hoping to compete.  Moncada should be an instant jolt to a Red Sox club that had a lackluster season in 2014. Red Sox fans are thrilled.  Sure, he will play in the minors for a bit, but if he makes an impact at that level, he will be brought up to the big league.

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The Carolina Panthers have decided to part ways with their longtime running back DeAngelo Williams.  Williams was at one time the hero of many fantasy football teams, and it’s likely that he has just a little left in the tank.  There may be a team out there that can use his services.  He’s over 30 now, and will be fighting the perception that he’s “done”, but a team like the Patriots could use an occasional burst of speed now and then.
Dancing with the StarsFinally, the first openly gay athlete to ever be drafted in the NFL, Michael Sam, may not have ever made an official team roster, but that doesn’t mean that he is leaving the spotlight.  It looks like Michael Sam will join Dancing With The Stars next season.  I’m sure he’d rather be playing on a team next season, but maybe if he stays in the spotlight, a team might come calling.

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Kurt Busch Domestic Violence, Lebron Sets Another Record, Yoan Moncada Bids Skyrocketing

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Kurt BuschStar driver Kurt Busch has been suspended by the league for a serious domestic violence charge.  He is one of the best drivers in the sport, who had a fantastic, wholesome image, but clearly we don’t know everyone’s true character.  Busch is awaiting a sentencing and will have to undergo a lot of therapy sessions. As of now, there is no timetable set for his return.

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In the NBA, LeBron James set another landmark this weekend, passing Allen Iverson, and moving to #22 on the all-time scoring list.  It will be interesting to see how high LeBron can climb on this list assuming that he has at least 5 – 7 good years left in his career.  LeBron has become quite the team player at this stage of his career, and that could seriously affect how many points he scores.  He is focused primarily on winning championships, not personal stats.

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The game has become all about international scouting — primarily in Latin American countries.  There is a phenom named Yoan Moncada in Cuba, and teams are salivating to get their hands on him. Bids for Moncada have eclipsed $20,000,000.  According to reports, the teams most interested are the Yankees, Red Sox, and Padres.  The Padres could use a star player in their city just to draw some attention to their otherwise invisible ball club.  This guy must be truly amazing to garner so much money before ever playing a major league game.

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NBA Trade Mania, Raiders And Chargers Want Stadium In LA

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In the NBA, just hours before the trade deadline, we saw a volcano of trades.  It went from being quiet to seemingly every player in the NBA switching teams.  Here are the major headlines:

Kevin Garnett is headed back to Minnesota where he will act as a mentor to a group of young players.  This way he can retire as a Timberwolf, and Minnesota can retire his jersey and finally have a name in the rafters.

Goran Dragic is headed out of town, and landed in… Miami.  Yep, Pat Riley stole the great point guard, and most highly coveted trade target from the league, and now, with a true point guard, the Miami Heat suddenly look very competitive.  They could make a run in the East.

Phoenix also shipped their star 6th man, Isaiah Thomas, to Boston.  This gives the Celtics a solid point guard to run the offense, and a possible building block or trade piece when they bring in all their draft picks next year.  Simultaneously, the Suns shockingly got star guard Brandon Knight from the Milwaukee Bucks in one of the most surprising moves of the day. Knight is a great player, and it’s odd that the Bucks were willing to part ways.  The Bucks blew everybody’s mind, however, by nabbing Michael Carter-Williams, last year’s rookie of the year, from the Philadelphia 76ers, which caught many people by surprise.

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Oakland RaidersIn the NFL, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers revealed a plan to build a privately financed $1.7billion stadium and complex to share in Los Angeles — specifically Carson, CA.  This is not a done deal, but both teams have been trying to figure out a workable financial solution to move to Los Angeles.  Splitting the stadium and complex would be the smartest idea.  However, you can’t rule out that the St. Louis Rams won’t get there first.

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Minnesota Wants Garnett, Dragic Doesn’t Trust Suns, Manziel Making Progress

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Kevin GarnettIn the NBA, with the trade deadline, everything is going wild.  One of the most interesting items being discussed is that the Minnesota Timberwolves are making a push to land Kevin Garnett.  Garnett is clearly at the end of his career, but he had all of his glory days in Minnesota, and they would love for him to give his last ounce of energy to the city.  Minnesota has great young talent, and having a role model like Garnett could really bring the team to the next level.  They likely won’t be in the playoffs, but just having him as a leader would put them in good position next year.

Elsewhere, it appears that Goran Dragic’s relationship with the Phoenix Suns is going to end.  They have been dangling headlines out there that Dragic isn’t part of their future plans, and now Dragic has said that he “doesn’t trust the Suns anymore”.  He went on to say that it’s tough to be the point guard leader of the team, to make plays, to help the team win games, when the team wants you off the court.  Dragic definitely won’t be back in Phoenix next year, and will likely have a new uniform on by this weekend.

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Johnny ManzielFinally, in the NFL, Cleveland Browns’ head coach Mike Pettine has said that he is proud of Johnny Manziel’s progress, but that the search for the starting quarterback in Cleveland is ongoing.  They might take someone in the draft or search for a free agent.  For example, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is looking for a fresh start.  He just can’t seem to stay healthy.  Pettine says that there are too many unknowns with Manziel at this point, and he needs to look toward the future.

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