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Jalen Hurts Pays Off Bet To Barkley In Style, Sherman To Be Released, Curry’s Ankle

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Football season is over, but it’s never too late to pay off a bet. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts recently paid off a well-known bet against former Auburn basketball star (the legendary Charles Barkley), but not without adding his own flair. Alabama lost the rivalry game against Auburn (known as the Iron Bowl), but went on to win every game the rest of the season including the National Championship. Watch the clip to see how Hurts had fun and paid off his bet at the same time.

Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks’ pro-bowl cornerback, expects to hear soon that he’s been released. Sherman turns 30 on March 30th and has been dealing with an injury to his Achilles. The Seahawks are the only team Sherman has played with in his 7 years in the NFL. There’s lots of speculation as to where he’ll end up.

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The Golden State Warriors were cruising through the regular season with high hopes for the post-season. Now, with Steph Curry out with recurring ankle issues (the 4th injury since beginning of December), the team might not be so confident, especially looking at the Houston Rockets’ 17-game win-streak. The team doesn’t appear too concerned yet, however, as they have a history of their other superstars (Kevin Durant and Draymond Green) stepping up.

 

 

 

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Barkley No Love For LaVar, Rockets 11th Win, Last TNF, Eyes On Vinatieri, Goodell’s Contract

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TNT Analyst and Hall of Fame inductee Charles Barkley has no love for LaVar Ball and told ESPN”s Golic and Wingo, that  LaVar represents everything bad about sports, and he shouldn’t be given a platform. He said LaVar is just trying to make money on his kids, and he feels sorry for them. He didn’t mince words when he said, “Everybody talking about how he might be a good father, this and that. No he’s not. He’s just exploiting his kids. … He’s all about Big Baller Brand. He has no foreseeable talent. He’s trying to make money on his kids, and I just feel sadness for those kids because they’re going to do whatever he tells them to do. I just don’t like the guy at all, plain and simple.”

In other NBA news, the Houston Rockets continue their dominance with their 11th straight win (#11 coming at the expense of the Charlotte Hornets) and improve to 12-0. Former LA Clipper Chris Paul returned to play with the team a month ago after suffering a knee injury and hasn’t lost since stepping back on the court.

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The Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts face off on the last Thursday night football game of the season.  No worries about football withdrawal though, as we’ll have some Saturday games filling in the weekend schedule. In the Broncos/Colts matchup, keep your eyes on longtime kicker, the Colts Adam Vinatieri. If he kicks 5 for 5 of his next field goals, he’ll be over 90% for the season and will get a bonus of $500,000.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell finalized his $40 million dollar a year contract extension, 90% of which is based on performance-based incentives. He also reported he’ll step down in 2024 when his contract expires. Goodell will be 65 in 2024 and will have served 18 years as Commish.

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Rams/Niners Shootout, Hernandez Stage 3 CTE, Barkley On NBA Caving

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Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers did not disappoint. The shootout was a battle of offenses where the Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff threw for 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions and running back Todd Hurley ran for 113 yards and 3 TD’s. The 49ers scored 5 touchdowns but a missed point and a tired defense led to their loss. The Niners are now 0-3 (ouch, not a great way to start the season). Rams 41, 49ers 39.

The NFL is on the hot seat again after reports emerged that former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez (who hanged himself in prison after his arrest for murder) had stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). At only 27 years old, the advanced stage of CTE is considered unusual, and Hernandez former fiancee and daughter is suing the NFL for $20 million claiming the NFL failed to “disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage.”

 

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NBA Hall of Famer and outspoken basketball analyst,  Charles Barkley,  expressed his annoyance that the NBA “caved” into the demands of current players by announcing they will accommodate them better by having fewer back to back games.  He told the Dallas Morning News, “The private jets and four-star hotels aren’t enough.  I’m so angry at the NBA for telling these guys, ‘Wait a minute, we’re paying you guys $30-, $40 million and you can’t play basketball two days in a row?’ I think it’s a travesty that the NBA can’t just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row. It’s just a joke to me. We flew commercial, and we were able to play back-to-back. I’ve sat with older guys who took trains and played three days in a row. The NBA caved in.”

 

 

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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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Cubs And Indians Trades Prime For Playoffs, Andrew Bogut Tweets Olympic Conditions, Barkley Hosts Race Card

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The Major League Baseball trade deadline just passed highlighting which teams believe they can make the World Series and which teams feel they are done for the season. The perennial World Series favorites, the New York Yankees, got rid of a bunch of players sending the signal they may be done for now but will rebuild next year. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians added players who will give them depth come the post-season. The Cubs built up their bullpen with the addition of Aroldis Chapman, Mike Montgomery and Joe Smith while the Indians traded the Yankees for left hander Andrew Miller.

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The opening ceremonies begin Friday night (on one-hour time delay for east coasters and 4 hour delay for west coasters). NBC defended the time delay by declaring it’s been doing this for 20 years and since most of their viewers for the Olympics are female, they need to add the pageantry and drama to to the storylines. According to John Miller, NBC’s Olympics chief marketing officer, “The people who watch the Olympics are not particularly sports fans. More women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey.”

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 8.18.28 AMIt’s no secret, the athletes are less than satisfied with the accommodations at the Olympic Village. Former Golden State Warrior (and now Dallas Maverick)  Andrew Bogut just arrived and is now using the hashtag #IOCLuxuryLodging on social media as an ironic statement to how underwhelmed he is. Bogut posted a picture on twitter of him putting together his shower curtain and another tweet with the statement, “At #IOCLuxuryLodging we believe a bed is not vital for sleep. Fine tuned athletes can sleep standing up.”

In other bad news for Rio, the Associated Press issued a warning to the athletes and the fans, not to put their head under water as the bacteria levels are too high. When Rio bid for the Games, they promised to clean up the sewage regularly dumped in the waters, but that clearly hasn’t happened and now put athletes and visitors will be at risk.

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Outspoken former basketball player and current on-air analyst, Charles Barkley will host a new show in 2017  on TNT called “The Race Card”. According to reports, the show “will follow Barkley as he goes on a personal journey to explore and understand why our country is so divided right now.”

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Pats Sign Ball, Rams Remain In St. Louis, Barkley Says Bulls Would Beat Warriors

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The New England Patriots are continuing to work out Steven Jackson, but they also signed running back Montee Ball.  Ball was drafted by the Broncos with the hopes he would help out Peyton Manning.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for Ball, and he was released at the beginning of the season.  He has spent almost all year out of the league, but the Patriots came calling and signed him to the practice squad.  Ball said he feels very fortunate for his fresh start, and hopes the Pats come calling on his services in the playoffs.
Elsewhere in the NFL, there was a lot of hype earlier this year concerning the St. Louis Rams possibly moving back to Los Angeles.  This plan, however, has stalled and it looks as if the Rams will remain in St. Louis for another season.  On account of this development, head coach Jeff Fisher’s job is probably secure. If the owner breaks Fisher’s contract, he will have to pay $6 million and doesn’t want to shell out the money if the team might be getting an entirely new identity a year from now.

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Charles BarkeleyIn the NBA, with the Golden Stare Warriors hot start, and their attempt to break the 96 Bulls record of 72 wins, everyone is wondering which team would win in a hypothetical game.  Many think it would be evenly matched, but Charles Barkley said the ’96 Bulls would kill Golden State because the Bulls were much bigger in size.  Barkley said, “who is going to guard Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman?” It’s certainly an interesting point, and also shows how the NBA has gone from a size based league, to a smaller, speed based league.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: THUNDER TRAIL SPURS, CHARLES BARKLEY WANTS LEBRON IN CLEVELAND, LAKERS INTERVIEWING

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In the NBA, it was Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs easily took Game 1, and everyone thought that Durant, Westbrook, and the Thunder would right the ship and give us a close Game 2.  Well, they were right… for the first half.  But in the second, the Spurs simply took over, to the point where the announcers didn’t even know what to talk about.  The Thunder now trail 2-0 headed back to Oklahoma.  San Antonio 112, OKC 77

Charles BarkleyElsewhere in the NBA, Charles Barkley has said that he thinks LeBron James should go back to Cleveland.  LeBron famously left Cleveland for Miami, and has won 2 titles.  He’s on his way to winning a 3rd.  Now that the Cavs have yet another #1 pick to couple with Kyrie Irving, they would have a good nucleus to make a run at a championship.  LeBron is from the surrounding Cleveland area, and they are desperate for any kind of championship.  LeBron is a free agent at the end of the season, and his options are open.  Charles Barkley thought that going back to Cleveland, where there are real fans, would be a great way to finish his career. 

Finally, in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers are moving very slow on their coaching search.  While other teams have hired some new guns, the most coveted job in the NBA is up for grabs.  The Lakers are casually interviewing candidates, including unlikely candidates like Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavey — guys who have not done very well in the recent past.  John Calipari and former Nuggets coach George Karl are still possibilities.  It will be interesting to see whom they go with. 

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