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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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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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Steph Curry And Dad Put On Show, Goodell’s Press Conference, Alabama’s #1 Recruiting

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Steph and Dell CurryStephen Curry put on a show Wednesday night hitting 11-3 pointers and posting 39 points in 3 quarters during the Golden State Warriors win over the Charlotte Hornets. Fans could have predicted the game would be special when Steph passed the ball before the game to his Dad, Dell Curry, who played in the NBA for 16 years and now Charlotte Hornets broadcaster. Dell banked a 3-pointer from the sidelines (while wearing a suit). “It’s always cool, obviously, seeing my Dad on the sidelines, commentating the games on their end,” said Steph Curry, “I don’t take those opportunities for granted. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to play the game that he played for 16 years in the NBA, and carry on that name in the league.” Warriors 126, Hornets 111.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference where he answered questions on Deflategate, returning to the Patriots Gillette Stadium, Raiders and Chargers moves to Vegas and LA and even his opinion of Trump’s immigration policies. On the awkwardness of his relationship with Tom Brady and the Patriots, he said, “We have a job to do. We do our job. As I said, there was a violation. We applied a process and discipline, and we came to a conclusion that was supported by the facts and by the courts. So from our standpoint, we understand the fans who are loyal and passionate for a team object and don’t like the outcome. I totally understand that. That’s not an issue for me.” As for his opinion of Trump, he deflected nicely by saying, “As commissioner of the NFL, I’m singularly focused on the Super Bowl right now.”

As reported, yesterday was National Signing Day and to no one’s surprise, Nick Saban’s Alabama had the #1 recruiting class.

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National Signing Day, Carson Palmer Signals Bye Bye Arizona, Oakley Says Barkley Drinks

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Connor WedingtonFor all college football fans, today is a big day. It’s National signing day and recruited high school prospects from around the country will be sending in (via fax machine which probably seems a bit antiquated to a high school student) their official letters of intent.  Not only is choosing the right school a big deal for the recruited athlete, but the schools know they have to fill in roster spots with players able to start in their first or second year, especially with players leaving early to play in the NFL. Not all players wait until National signing day to announce their intentions, and some players even get creative. One of the best announcements I’ve seen is Sumner’s Connor Wedington (who decommitted from Washington then announced his pick with….no spoiler, watch the video to find out!)

In NFL news, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer pulled his kids out of school, put his house up for sale and has moved out of the state. Palmer may be signaling he’ll retire. If that’s the case, the Cards need to find a QB ready to play. Many are speculating Dallas QB Tony Romo may be a good fit, but that could be tough call for the Cowboys as the Cards are NFC rivals.

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As suspected, the drama between Charles Barkley and LeBron James hasn’t gone away. Former NBA All Star Charles Oakley, who has a history with Barkley, added fuel to the fire when he tweeted, “I love everything LeBron James said about the hater he needs to stop drinking at work. TNT can I stop by and get a drink?” LeBron’s buddy, Chicago Bulls Guard, Dwayne Wade even got into the action criticizing Barkley, “We all have flaws. But when your flaws are a little bit more, you should shut up.”

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LeBron’s Barkley Rant, Shanahan Loses Playbook, Brady Tears Up

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LeBron James went off on former NBA Superstar and TNT analyst Charles Barkley. Barkley has been making snide comments about James for awhile now saying James is “whiny” and will never be included in the top 5 stars in NBA history.  After yet another Cleveland Cavaliers loss, LeBron vented to ESPN:  “I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. He then added, “Screw Charles Barkley.” This story isn’t going away anytime soon. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time they meet!

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Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and likely new head coach for the SF 49ers) Kyle Shanahan,  looked shaken during his interview with reporters Monday during Super Bowl’s media night. At some point during the media session, Shanahan lost his backpack containing his Super Bowl tickets and more importantly his offensive playbook. He didn’t have to fret for too long however, as a reporter had picked up his bag by mistake and quickly returned it with all contents intact.

Tom Brady 2The best part of Monday’s media night was when a 7 year old boy asked Tom Brady a question. He asked, “Many people say you’re their hero, but who’s your hero?” Brady teared up with his answer. He said, “Who’s my hero? That’s a great question. Well, I think my dad is my hero. Because he’s someone I look up to every day.”

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Venus/Serena Williams Final, Will Carmelo Go To Cavs?

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Venus and Serena Williams 2It will be a Williams Sister Final in the Australian Open. Serena and Venus Williams will play each other in the final on Saturday. This will be Venus’ first grand slam final since 2009 and their ninth playing each other in a Grand Slam. Serena has the edge with 6 wins to 2. If Serena wins on Saturday she’ll regain her #1 ranking. For Venus, a win would be a testament to her hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity. Since 2011 Venus has been battling an auto-immune disease called Sjogren’s which causes fatigue and join pain.  Venus fought back and didn’t let the disease define her. As Serena stated, “After everything Venus has been through with her illness and everything, it’s a win-win situation”. Venus went on to say it best, “This is a golden time, a golden time. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” If you’re up, you can watch in real time 3:30 am ET Saturday morning.

 

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Even though the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, it’s been reported the team has approached the Cleveland Cavaliers to waive the clause and trade him to for the Cavs Kevin Love. Carmelo and LeBron are friends and have communicated how much they’d like to play together. LeBron also hasn’t been shy about complaining his team needs another star player, but the Cavs aren’t letting on to what their plans are prior to the February 23rd trade deadline.

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