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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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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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Kanter Broke Arm Punching Chair, Disarray For Bulls, Coach K Bans Team From Locker Room

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter broke his arm after punching a chair on the team bench because he was frustrated with his play. You can imagine how frustrated he is (and the team is) now, as he’ll be out 6-8 weeks. The Thunder could really suffer without Kanter.  He records 14.6 points per game, the third highest scorer on the team.

The Chicago Bulls seem to have some bad blood in the locker room. Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler publicly admonished the young guys on the team for not bringing their “A” game. Veteran Rajan Rondo then posted a long tirade on instagram criticizing Wade and Butler for not acting like leaders.  It is always amazing to me why any player would share disfunction between players on social media for the public to see. Some things should just stay in the locker room.

Duke Basketball 2And, speaking of locker rooms, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is home recovering from back surgery, but is still making his presence known. After the team recently lost to North Carolina State (for the first time in 22 years), Coach K banned them from entering their locker room and from wearing school apparel. Apparently the punishments will last until the team starts “living up to the standards of the Duke program”.

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Giants Lose To Eagles After 3 Manning Picks, Coach K Suspends Allen Indefinitely

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Eli ManningQB Eli Manning threw for three picks in the New York Giants disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. With 14 seconds left, Manning could have won the game with a completion to Odell Beckham Jr,  but the pass was incomplete. Manning blamed himself for the overthrown pass,  while Odell said it was all his fault. After the game he said, ” I just didn’t have enough gas to go get it. It wasn’t really overthrown. I need to do a better job. …. I just didn’t do it for some reason. I thought I could go get it. That weighs heavy on me. I want to be able to make those plays.” With the loss, the Giants missed an opportunity to secure their spot in the playoffs. The Giants loss, was the Dallas Cowboys gain with the team clinching the NFC East and home field advantage. Eagles 24, Giants 19.

In an update to the Duke story, coach Mike Krzyzewski suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely. He said, “As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”

 

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Duke Player Receives Technical For 3rd Tripping, Mom Killed For Gloating, Odell Fined For Sager Cleats

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grayson-allenDuke University basketball player Grayson Allen received a technical foul for tripping a player from Elon University. What’s so newsworthy about this incident is it’s his third time tripping an opponent.  If you watch the video it’s abundantly clear Allen tripped the player on purpose. Many are upset with Blue Devils Coach, Mike Krzyzewski for not suspending Allen for his unsportsmanlike actions.  He called the incident “unacceptable” but so far hasn’t taken any further disciplinary action.

Many are excited by the resurgence of the Dallas Cowboys this season, but in a very bizarre, sick and sad story, the exuberance went too far. On Sunday, a mom in Dallas was celebrating the Cowboys win over Tampa Bay when her stepson became upset over her “gloating” and fatally stabbed her.

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr feels there’s a double standard in how the NFL fines players. He was assessed a $18K fine for wearing colorful cleats (later auctioned for charity) honoring legendary Craig Sager. Odell claims he wasn’t asked to take the cleats off, he just got hit with the fine without warning.

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Beloved Reporter Craig Sager Lost Battle With Leukemia, Seahawks Won NFC West

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craig-sagerThe legendary sports analyst and longtime NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager passed away after a two year battle with leukemia. Sager was beloved through the sports world by fans and players alike, and his colorful and sometimes outrageous suits made him a fixture on the sidelines. It was said best by Turner President,  “There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.” For more on Sager, watch this beautiful tribute from ESPN.

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With a win over the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night, the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West guaranteeing them at least one home game in the playoffs. The win comes after the Seahawks lost a tough game Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. After Sunday’s game,  Seahawks’  cornerback Richard Sherman complained about having to play again in 4 days. He called Thursday night football a “Poopfest.” He went on to say, “We got home like 1 o’clock in the morning, something like that, on Monday, and then you’ve got to play again. Congratulations, NFL, you did it again. But they’ve been doing it all season, so I guess we’re the last ones to get the middle finger.” Seahawks 24, Rams 3.

 

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Chapman Signs $86 Mill, UConn Streak, LeBron’s Water-Bottle Challenge

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aroldis-chapman-2Aroldis Chapman signed an $86 million over 5 years contract with the NewYork Yankees, the largest reliever contract in the history of the game. Chapman was traded to the Yankees in December of last year, but in July the Yankees traded Chapman to the Cubs where he helped them secure their World Series Title.   At 28 years old, Chapman should have a lot of baseball left in him, but he’s had some off the field issues including violating the domestic violence agreement and suspended license for speeding.  Chapman told ESPN he’s excited to go back to the Yankees, “Every player dreams of being a Yankee, and if they don’t it’s because they never got the chance.”

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On Wednesday night, #1 UConn defeated their rival,  #2 Notre Dame 72-61.  With the win, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball won its 83rd straight game. Their win streak is one of the most dominant in all of sports.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had some fun on the bench during their routed of the New York Knicks Wednesday night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sat on the bench doing the now infamous water-bottle challenge.  After a 126-94 win, LeBron said, “I always have fun. The game of basketball is always fun for me.”  My son’s opponents last weekend in 12 year old travel basketball were also trying to have “fun” with the water-bottle challenge, but the refs wouldn’t have it as they found it distracting and annoying, so they awarded our team an extra free throw. Wonder if there’s anything in the rule book about this.

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Wentz Is Real Deal In Eagles Win, QB Injuries, Georgetown’s Wedding Proposal Package

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After Monday’s road game against the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie QB Carson Wentz proved he’s the real deal. The Eagles traded up in April’s draft to take Wentz with the second overall pick.  The team then traded their established QB Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings just 8 days before the start of the season, and thrust Wentz into the starring role. Their gamble seems to be working out. He’s the first rookie ever to win his first two games in the NFL without throwing an interception. Eagles 29, Bears 14.

Not only are the New England Patriots expected to start a rookie QB next weekend, but now the Cleveland Browns are in the same boat. Robert Griffin III (RGIII) was supposed to be their superstar but he went down in the first game with a broken bone in his shoulder. Josh McCown took over but then suffered his own shoulder injury this past weekend. If McCown doesn’t get better, rookie Cody Kessler (third round pic in this year’s draft), will start. If injuries continue to plague quarterbacks in the League, Tim Tebow might want to reconsider his new baseball gig with the NY Mets and come back to lead a Team.

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screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-8-49-10-amGeorgetown University has a unique package for fans of basketball who want a memorable wedding proposal. They are offering up a “pop the question” package where a planner will work with you to propose during a Hoyas game. The ad even states it’s a win, win, because if your intended refuses your proposal you get your money back for the game.

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Olympic Ceremonies Begin, Team USA Men’s & Women’s BBall Favorites, Danny Trevathan Smells Good

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The Olympic opening ceremonies begin Friday night at 7:30 pm ET after months of storylines disparaging the conditions in Rio, fears over Zika virus, and the doping scandal of the Russian athletes. All of that will be forgotten once the athletes mesmerize us with their incredible feats and heroic stories. Watch for Team USA basketball (men’s and women’s teams) to crush the competition. The men’s team consists of superstars, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kyrie Irving. With that lineup, they are -1600 favorites to win. The women’s team are -1400 favorites to win Gold.

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Right GuardMost professional players probably don’t think too much about their smell during an athletic competition but some apparently take it very seriously. Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan told the media, he takes “pride in smelling good”. His teammate Right Guard (coincidentally his position is also a famous deodorant), Kyle Long stated, “He’s one of those guys that kind of have an aura about him. He walks in and he’s got his chains on and he looks sharp every day, like he just left a video shoot or something. You see him on the field and you block him and he smells good. He wears cologne. But then you get caught up in the aroma and you get hit under the chin.”

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Pat Summitt Loses Battle With Dementia, Buddy Ryan Passes, Kris Bryant Historic Night

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Hall of Fame coach, Pat Summitt lost her battle with early onset dementia and passed away at the age of 64. As the coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, she had an unparalleled work ethic and was named Naismith Coach of the Century. She was legendary for her successes and was also universally loved by her players, fans and those who knew her.

 

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Buddy RyanIn other sad news, former Head Coach in the NFL, Buddy Ryan passed away. He spent 7 seasons as the Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals and won Super Bowl III as the defensive coach with the New York Jets.  He was known as a defensive guru and masterminded the famous Chicago Bears’ “46 defense” which helped the Bears beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

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The Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant had an historic night against the Cincinnati Reds. He hit 3 home runs and 2 doubles making him the only players to ever have that combination of hits

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