All-Star Weekend, DeMarcus Cousins Traded To Pelicans

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All-Star weekend is all about fun and entertainment for the fans with a skills challenge, three point contest, dunk contest and of course the east vs west offensive shootout known as the All-Star game. For the players, it’s an honor to be selected to compete and a seemingly fun weekend of showcasing their abilities and hanging out with friends, family, legends of the game and of course the celebrities (Beyonce made an appearance and John Legend entertained the crowd at halftime).

The biggest surprise of the weekend was the announcement late Sunday night that Sacramento Kings’ All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans to join fellow All-Star (and MVP of Sunday night’s game) Anthony Davis. Davis and Cousins are top five scorers in the League this season, and the Pelicans will be looking to make the playoffs after this big trade.

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Revis Charged With Assault, Crosby Scores 1000th Point, NBA All Star Weekend

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NY Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was charged with robbery, aggravated assault and terroristic threats. According to reports, a man approached Revis, asked his identity, then followed him while continuing to record him on his cell phone. When Revis tried to throw the phone away, the man’s friend appeared and attempted to retrieve the phone. A fight erupted and both men were left unconscious. Revis disputed this account and claimed he thought the phone was a weapon. Either way, the timing of this incident isn’t great as Revis had one of his worst seasons with the Jets and needs to show the team he’s serious about next season.

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th career point, the 86th player in history to record that many points, and at age 29, the 12th fastest player to reach that mark. Congrats!

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NBA All Star Weekend is here with an exciting array of events. New Orleans took over hosting the big weekend after Charlotte, NC refused to overturn a controversial “bathroom” law deemed to discriminate against transgender, gay and lesbian people. For a lineup of all the activities including the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest, skills challenge and celebrity game (unfortunately Kevin Hart’s not playing this year), click here.

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Kushers Won’t Buy Marlins, Green Claims Dolan Slave Master, Anthony All Star Game

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Jeffrey Loria, the current owner of the Miami Marlins, looks like he’ll be nominated as the next US Ambassador to France. Loria is interested in selling the team,  and one of the rumored buyers was the Kushner family. According to reports, the Kushners have now bowed out expressing a conflict of interest (Jared Kushner is married to Ivanka and is the Senior advisor to Trump).

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NBA Commish Adam Silver tried to mediate and put an end to the Charles Oakley vs James Dolan feud, but the Warriors Draymond Green brought the topic front and center again. Green, on his podcast, called Dolan’s treatment of Oakley a “slave master mentality”. He said, “It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines, and all this stuff for your organization.But now all of a sudden, when he say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Carmelo Anthony will play in his 10th All Star Game on Sunday. He was offered the injured Kevin Love’s spot in the Eastern Conference. The ironic part of this swap is that there has been talk the last few weeks of a Anthony/Love trade before the NBA trade deadline. The All-Star swap, however, was not exactly the big trade people were talking about.

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Kevin Love Miss 6 Weeks, NBA’s Social Media Guidelines, Rumor Wins Best In Show

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The Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love will miss 6 weeks due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The Cavs are already missing their star guard, J.R. Smith, who is set to return mid-March. Both players could be fine by the playoffs, but Cavs fans are nervous about the next few weeks.

After the NBA released guidelines preventing players and teams from ridiculing each other on social media, some are making fun of the ruling by being too nice on twitter, saying such things as “nice shot and beautiful arena” and “don’t get us started on your jerseys, that lime green is special”. Even the NHL got in on the action when the Dallas Stars posted a message on twitter towards their rivals, the Nashville Predators saying, “let’s all have fun and have a good game toda…wait, wrong league      we hope we win and you lose. because this is sports.”

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The German Shepherd, Rumor, won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Dog Show. Beating nearly 3000 other dogs and 202 different breeds, Rumor is now expected to retire. She is only the 2nd German Shepherd to win this prestigious award.

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UConn Wins 100th Straight Game, Adam Silver Mediates Oakley/Dolan Fight, Armstrong’s $100 Mill Lawsuit

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The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team secured their place in history by winning their 100th straight game. Not only is that feat impressive, but it’s even more remarkable that before coach Geno Auriemma joined the team in 1985, UConn hadn’t won 100 games in its entire history.

The Commissioner of the NBA, Adam Silver, mediated the feud between Charles Oakley and and Jim Dolan in order to save the Knicks and Oakley’s reputations.  Silver asked Michael Jordan to call in and help with the discussion. Apparently each party apologized, and Dolan even expressed how he’d like Oakley to join him as his guest at Madison Square Garden sometime soon

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Lance Armstrong may be liable for $100 million dollars if the federal government wins their lawsuit (on behalf of the US Postal Service). The US Postal Service sponsored Armstrong’s cycling team, but didn’t know the Team used drugs and blood transfusions in order to win. In 2013 Armstrong admitted to doping and was stripped of all of his seven Tour de France medals.

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Blitz For Six, Draymond & Curry Wear Cupcakes, Sprewell Sits Next To Dolan

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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are certainly not sitting on their laurels with an amazing 5 Super Bowl wins. Just days after taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Pats filed a trademark application for the phrase “Blitz for Six”. Got to appreciate their confidence.

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Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant knew what he would get some heat Saturday night when he returned to Oklahoma City to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only did Durant put up solid numbers in a decisive 130-114 win, but he and his teammates embraced the taunting. Steph Curry and Draymond Green grabbed a couple of the  “Cupcake” tshirts, distributed at the game and did their postgame interviews proudly wearing them. In case it’s not clear, the “cupcake” reference is supposed to imply Durant is “soft”.

The New York Knicks are trying to deflect their bad press (when they recently ousted Charles Oakley) and attempted to show they appreciate their players, by inviting a number of former Knicks to attend the matchup against the San Antonia Spurs Sunday night. Most notable was former Knick Latrell Sprewell, who sat next to team owner James Dolan. When Sprewell first appeared back at Madison Square Garden in 2003, after his trade to the Timberwolves, he shouted at Dolan resulting in a 25K fine. It’s not clear if inviting the former players Sunday night helped the Knicks image, but at least they had a good night of basketball beating the Spurs 94-90.

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Duke’s Grayson Allen On Fire Agst North Carolina, NBA Social Media Rules

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Grayson Allen 2It’s been an up and down season for the Duke Blue Devils and their controversial star Grayson Allen, but Thursday night’s win over their cross-town rivals, North Carolina, gave the team a much needed boost. Allen has been on fire lately helping the team to win their last 4 games by averaging 21.5 points per game (scored 25 against North Carolina Thursday). To refresh your memory, Allen has been in hot water for tripping three opponents over the course of the season. He was suspended for one game (critics thought it should have been more) and made to give up his leadership role as captain of the team. Duke 86, North Carolina 78.

The NBA needed to remind their players to refrain from social media abuse of other players/teams/officials so as not to diminish the reputation of the League or further heighten misunderstandings. The Deputy Commissioner wrote,”Teams may use social media for fun and lighthearted banter that does not reflect poorly on any team, player, other team or League personnel, or the League as a whole. However, such activity cannot become inappropriate or offensive. As such, we encourage teams to properly and extensively train their social media staff members to ensure that they know what kind of postings are appropriate and what kind are not.” Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone adhered to social media appropriateness!

 

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Charles Oakley Arrested At Knicks Game, Jordan Spieth Rails Agst Autograph “Scums”

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Charles OakleyDrama keeps surrounding the New York Knicks. On Wednesday night, former Knick, Charles Oakley was arrested for getting into an altercation near team owner James Dolan. According to reports, Oakley also punched three employees from Madison Square Garden. Oakley told the press afterward, “I didn’t say anything to him. I swear on my mother. They came over and wanted to know why I was sitting there. I bought the ticket. I said why do you guys keep staring at me. Then they asked me to leave. And I said I’m not leaving.” Those close to Oakley expressed how upsetting it was to watch Oakley acting up and getting arrested.

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Jordan Spieth went off on “professional” autograph seekers during his practice round at Pebble Beach. Spieth heard a bunch of men using the ‘F’ word in front of some kids so refused to autograph their loot and called them “scums”. Spieth said he’d always sign autographs for kids and for his loyal fans, but knows when someone is just trying to get an autograph to sell the merchandise online.

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LaMelo Ball Scores 92 Points, Jackson Criticizes Melo, Sarkisian To Falcons

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LaMelo BallThe Ball brothers are all aptly named. Sophomore LaMelo Ball (younger brother to UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball) scored 92 points in his high school game (41 of those points in the 4th quarter) on Tuesday evening. He’s currently a sophomore at Chino Hills High School and has already committed to play at UCLA when he graduates. There’s also middle brother LiAngelo Ball (a Senior at Chino Hills High School), who is also committed to UCLA and who also went on a 72 point scoring streak earlier in the season.

In the NBA, New York Knicks President Phil Jackson took to twitter to criticize his star player Carmelo Anthony. Many are wondering why Jackson is publicly escalating his feud with Anthony. Carmelo has a no-trade clause and claims he wants to stay in New York, but Jackson has “shopped” him around to a few teams. In order to leave, Anthony would need to waive his no-trade clause, so there’s speculation Jackson is trying to get under Carmelo’s skin.

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Steve Sarkisian is certainly having an exciting year professionally. Six months ago he was an offensive analyst for Alabama. Then before Alabama’s championship game against Clemson, he was promoted to offensive coordinator. And now that the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is taking the reins as head coach of the SF 49ers, Sarkisian will head to the NFL as the new offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Brady’s Missing SB Jersey, Shanahan New Head Coach Niners, Best & Worst SB Ads

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After his historic comeback victory Sunday night in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady is clearly on Cloud 9, although unfortunately his jersey isn’t with him. It’s been reported someone stole the famous jersey after the game, and now the Texas Rangers are working to recover the item. According to Texas’ Lt Governor, “In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football.  Tom Brady’s jersey has great historical value and is already being called ‘the most valuable NFL collectable ever.’ It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas.”

Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, didn’t have long to weep over his team’s devastating loss. He’s now officially the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Shanahan signed a 6 year contract as did the Niners new general manager, John Lynch.

 

Melissa McCarthyThere is a good amount of talk about the best and worst Super Bowl ads, with some even saying all the ads were boring and inspiring.  It’s clear everyone has an opinion. So, in case you missed these ads during the game (which is understandable in the 4th Q when the Patriots were on overdrive, and all anyone could think about is the super human Tom Brady), here’s a sampling of the best and worst according to MarketWatch.

 

 

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