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Israel In World Baseball Classic For First Time, Cuban Doesn’t Believe Westbook MVP

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The World Baseball Classic begins today. The Classic brings the world’s best baseball players together to compete while representing their home countries. For the first time ever, Israel is fielding a team and playing in the first round against South Korea. In order for a player to be eligible to play for a country, they need to be able to apply for citizenship of that country, so in order to qualify for the Israeli team (Israel offers citizenship to anyone Jewish), officials had to track down parents’ birth certificates and Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificates. The Israeli mascot is called “Mensch on a Bench“. Players from around the world celebrate this tournament. According to Carlos Beltran, who is playing for Puerto Rico, “As a player, you play for your country, and no one wants to lose. So every player that has the opportunity to play in a [meaningful] game, we’re always going to give what we have.”

 

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For some reason, Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban is telling people OKC Superstar Russell Westbrook should not be considered in the mix for MVP. The only players he’d consider are James Harden and LeBron James. Westbrook has been leading the League in scoring, but Cuban apparently has a bias against Westbrook as he still doesn’t believe he’s MVP status.

 

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IK Enemkpali Co-Captain Jets/Bills Rivalry, DeAndre Jordan Booed In Dallas

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Bills:Jets 2The big AFC East rivalry between the NY Jets and the Buffalo Bills got even more intriguing when current Bills’ coach (and former Jet’s coach for 6 years) Rex Ryan added linebacker IK Enemkpali as a co-captain for the Jets-Bills matchup on Thursday night. To refresh your memory, Enemkpali fractured Jets’ QB Geno Smith’s jaw during Jets training camp this summer. Enemkpali claimed that Smith owed him $600 for a missed plane flight. Enemkpali was dismissed immediately from the Jets and picked up by the Bills. So adding Enemkpali as co-captain for the Bills takes this rivalry to a whole new level.

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The big news in the basketball world was DeAndre Jordan’s return Wednesday night to the American Airlines Center in Dallas for the Clippers/Mavericks game. DeAndre Jordan caused waves this summer when he reneged on his commitment to join the Dallas Mavericks and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers instead. Mavs owner Mark Cuban downplayed the incident by saying,  “It’s not like DeAndre and I pinkie swore.” Not surprisingly, Jordan was booed throughout the game and the Mavs handily beat the Clippers 118-108.

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Cuban Calls College Bball Horrible, Pats Goodbye To Running Backs, Boston Marathon Bomber Found Guilty,

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Mark Cuban.jpgDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has spoken out against the state of college basketball, calling it “horrible”.  He said the 35 second shot clock is way too long, and it’s very boring to watch.  He said that you see players at the top of the key just pass the ball back and forth for the majority of the possession, and then at the end, one guy tries makes something happen, while 3 other guys just stand around because they aren’t involved in the play.  The scoring is going down, and he said that the college game has to improve so that players learn how to play a full game to come into the pros NBA ready.

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Finally, in the NFL, another Patriots’ running back is on the move, as the New York Jets have signed Steven Ridley.  Ridley had an excellent season for the Pats a few years ago, but then struggled from fumbling errors and got lost in the running back fold.  Now the Pats have parted ways with both Ridley and Shane Vereen (Giants), but they still have LeGarrette Blount (who was suspended for Game 1 of next season for a prior arrest) and up-and-comer Jonas Gray.  This signals that they will likely take someone in the draft at the end of the month.

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The sports world erupted in headlines on Wednesday when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing, was found guilty.  This was a horrible, un-imaginable tragedy a few years ago.  Tsaranaev was guilty on all counts, and could now face the death penalty.   His sentencing was an emotional day for the world and anybody connected directly to the event or the families involved.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: CUBAN’S CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS, CAVS INTERVIEWING, LANDON DONOVAN OFF TEAM

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Mark Cuban.jpgIn sports, the major controversial story of the day surrounded remarks made by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.  In an interview with Inc. magazine, Cuban said, to paraphrase, that everyone has their own prejudices, including him, but that we must learn to deal with them and improve them.  He said, as an example, that if he saw a black kid in a hoodie, he would cross to the other side of the street.  But if he saw a white, bald guy with tattoos all over his scalp, Cuban would walk back across the street again. 

The sports world was up in arms over this, with many saying that this is extremely offensive to the Trayvon Martin situation.  Cuban came out and apologized to the Martin family, but said he did stand by his words and the message of his interview.  He said, via Twitter, “helping people realize that while we all may have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control, that it’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it”.  This story will probably cool quite quickly. 

Finally, in some NBA coaching news, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who just got another #1 pick in the draft, are still looking for a leader to guide this young team.  On Thursday, they reached out to Florida’s Billy Donovan.  Donovan has excelled to the level of elite coaches in college basketball, and he is clearly someone who knows how to coach young people.   It would be surprising to see him jump ship for the Cavs, however, if the Cavs somehow land LeBron in the off-season, the Cavs become a very exciting destination.

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Landon DonovanThe other major story of the day:  Landon Donovan.  Donovan has been the face of US Soccer the past 10 years.  He was a hero in the last World Cup, and is the signature player on the team.  He is older now, however, and on Thursday, the coach decided that Donovan didn’t make the final 23-man roster.  Many are calling this an outrage, as Donovan is still such an incredible player.  People suspect that the coach just had a personal issue with Donovan and didn’t want him on the team, but the coach defended this by saying that some players were just better than Donovan.  Despite the fact that Donovan won’t be playing at the World Cup this year, he still said that he will be cheering on his friends and teammates.  

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