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USA Finals Of World Baseball Classic, LaVar Ball Upsets LeBron, Newton Surgery, Soccer Star’s Blunder

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The USA Team will face Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. This is the first time Team USA has made it to the finals and the game is winner-take-all. Good luck!

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LaVar Ball, the outspoken dad of the three Ball brothers, has gone too far and made LeBron James upset. LaVar said the 12 year old LeBron Jr (who is already getting attention from many top college basketball programs) will have a tough time because his dad is so famous. He implied that as a dad, he gets to spend more time working with his sons (and not just hiring them a trainer). He said, “Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.” LeBron is very protective of his family and wasn’t too happy having anyone talk about his son. He responded by saying, “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

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Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton will undergo rotator cuff surgery next week. He’s expected to start working out with the team 16 weeks after the surgery, but fans are nervous he might not be the same next season.

SOCCER

Ghanian soccer star Mohammad Anas interview after his recent game where he was named Man of the Match went viral when he thanked his wife (and girlfriend!). Oops. Watch here for what NOT to do in an interview.

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Adam Silver’s Memo To NBA About Resting Players, Brady’s SB Jersey Found

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered a memo to NBA Team owners expressing his concern over teams resting their players when the players aren’t injured. He wants to make sure teams report when players have actual injuries, so the media and fans know if one of their players will be sitting on the bench or participating in the action on the court. Last week the Golden State Warriors sat their stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sat LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Clearly the fans and media weren’t too happy watching that lineup. ESPN issued a statement saying, “As always, our aim is to serve NBA fans with the best matchups involving the league’s top stars and we share the fans’ disappointment. We understand this is a complex issue and we’re working closely with the NBA to best address it going forward from a media partnership standpoint.”

 

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The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing jersey is finally over. The now ex-director of a newspaper in Mexico City is reportedly the culprit in stealing two of Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys and possibly the Denver Bronco’s Von Miller’s helmet from Super Bowl 50. Officials were able to recover the jersey based on surveillance footage of this reporter walking in and out of the players’ locker room with a backpack. You can see the footage here. It’s reported Brady’s jersey is worth at least $500 thousand dollars.

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Villanova & Duke Lose, Spike Lee Wants Kaepernick, Dwight Clark Diagnosed With ALS

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The first weekend of March Madness was full of crazy upsets. Villanova (last year’s champs) lost to Wisconsin, and in another huge upset, South Carolina defeated #2 ranked Duke. If your bracket is already busted, don’t feel bad. According to ESPN, in their pool of 18 million submissions, only 18 brackets have correctly picked the teams in the Sweet 16.

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Spike Lee posted on Instagram his disappointment that his New York Jets haven’t hired former SF 49er Colin Kaepernick as their new quarterback. His rant took on political tones implying many teams, including the Jets, aren’t hiring Kaep because of his social media national anthem controversy this season. Spike said, “Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens” that Kaepernick, who opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract, still doesn’t have a job.”

Former 49er great, wide receiver Dwight Clark, announced he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Clark is best known for “The Catch” from QB Joe Montana to secure the Niners win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game. Clark stated,  “I’ve been asked if playing football caused this. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did. And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.”

 

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Garoppolo’s Instagram Prank, Texans Release Osweiler, Cutler Gone, Romo Trade

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s instagram feed has been blowing up after a post implied he was leaving the New England Patriots. Turns out the post was a prank and Garoppolo isn’t necessarily leaving.

The Houston Texans released their QB Brock Osweiler (and a 2017 6th round draft pick and a 2018 2nd round pick) in exchange for a 2017 4th round pick from the Cleveland Browns. Osweiler has a $16 million guaranteed salary, so getting rid of him frees up cap space. The Browns may flip Osweiler again (and gain another draft pick) to another team needing a backup QB. Bottom line is Osweiler shouldn’t unpack anytime soon.

In other free agency moves, the Chicago Bears released QB Jay Cutler, and the New York Jets seem interested in picking him up.

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will now trade QB Tony Romo instead of releasing him. The newly QB-free Houston Texans could be potential buyers.

 

 

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Tony Romo Leaving Cowboys, Brandon Marshall Heading Across Town

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After 14 years with the Dallas Cowboys, looks like QB Tony Romo will be moving on. Romo suffered from injuries in the last few years. In 2013, Romo underwent two back surgeries, then two years later broke his collarbone, and finally this year in spring training hurt his back again. Dak Prescott, a fourth round pick, replaced Romo as the starter and led the team to a 13-3 record while also garnering offensive rookie of the year honors. Romo leaves the Cowboys as the all-time leader in touchdowns and passing yards. No word yet where Romo will end up, but many speculate he’ll be either a Denver Bronco or Houston Texan next year.

In other football news, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is leaving the NY Jets and heading across town to join the NY Giants. Giants’ QB Eli Manning now has three effective targets at wide receiver (including Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shephard) and a veteran voice of reason in the locker room.

Many free agent deals are in the works, but nothing will be guaranteed until 4;00 today when the new league year officially begins.

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Warriors Lose Back To Back, Westbrook Another 40, Jets Release Marshall, Kaepernick No Knees

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The Golden State Warriors lost their second game in a row for the first time since April of last year. In a tough defeat against the Chicago Bulls, Steph Curry is only 4 of 31 3-pointers in his last 3 games, but with his two 3’s Thursday night, he did manage to pull ahead of Kobe Bryant in career 3-pointers. He’s now listed #11 on the list. Bulls 94, Warriors 87.

Russell Westbrook had another 40 plus night. The Oklahoma City Thunder star posted over 40 points in his third straight game. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the Thunder to pull off the win against the Portland Trailblazers. Trailblazers 114, Thunder 109

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The New York Jets are clearing the decks to bring in younger players. Their latest casualty is 33 year old wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall was voted team MVP for the Jets in 2015 but had a disappointing 2016. Marshall wrote in his Instagram account, “My teammates, such a great group of guys whom I will miss like #Crazy “.

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will no longer be taking a knee during the National Anthem. By not standing during the anthem, Kaepernick felt his protest ignited a positive discussion of social inequality. Many others felt his protest created a divide in the League and caused controversy.

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Kaepernick Will Become A Free Agent, Durant Injury Not As Bad

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Colin Kaepernick, the SF 49ers QB who started a nationwide national anthem protest controversy last season will now become a free agent. He’ll test the market with other teams to see what kind of contract he can get. It’s also possible he’ll test the market then work with the Niner organization to come back.

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The update on the Warriors’ Kevin Durant is apparently better than many anticipated. He suffered a grade 2 mcl sprain and tibial bone bruise. I have no idea what that means, but apparently many are relieved it’s not worse and feel Durant could be healthy for the playoffs. There are 20 games remaining in the regular season with the Warriors sitting comfortably at #1 and Durant should only be out for 4 weeks.

 

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Durant Suffers Knee Injury, McIIroy Takes Heat Playing With Trump, Jets Release Revis

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Kevin Durant suffered a knee injury which could impact the rest of the Golden State Warriors season.  The Warriors announced they will release the results of his MRI soon. In the first quarter of the Warriors loss to the Washington Wizards, Golden State’s Center Zaza Pachulia was fouled and accidentally fell into Durant’s leg. An injured Durant would be devastating for the Team.

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Current #3 in the world, Rory McIIroy has been taking some heat for playing golf with President Trump. Some on social media claim he’s making a political statement. According to McIIroy, he was just excited to play with a sitting President. He said,  “I wanted to go there and see 30 Secret Service and 30 cops and snipers in the trees. I mean, it was just a surreal experience for me to see something like that. That was part of the reason I wanted to go and play. It’s not as if we were speaking foreign policy out there. We were talking about golf and the grass that he put on the greens and the grass that he’s putting on the greens at Doral. We talked golf the entire day. I think he was happier to talk golf than anything else that he has to do these days.”

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The New York Jets released 31 year old cornerback Darrelle Revis. Revis has been to the pro-bowl 7 times and was such a force in his day, he was nicknamed “Revis Island” for his domination of opposing receivers. Revis will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9th, but he’s still dealing with a run-in last month in Pittsburgh where he was charged with aggravated assault.

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Jameis Winston Elementary School Speech, Cousins Era Bad Start

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, the #1 pick in the 2015 draft, has been getting criticized by the media for a speech he gave at an elementary school Wednesday morning. He was at the school to speak about his three life rules: God, school, and accomplishing anything you put your mind to. When one boy in the audience started acting up, Winston asked all the boys to stand (and the girls to sit) and said, “But the ladies, they’re supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y’all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!” Winston admitted afterwards it was “poor word choice”.

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In his first game on his new team, DeMarcus Cousins played well but it wasn’t enough for the New Orleans Pelicans, as they were destroyed by the Houston Rockets. Making the night much worse, Cousins teammate (Omri Casspi) who was also traded by the Kings to the Pelicans, broke his thumb during the game and will be out 4-6 weeks. It was a rough start for the Pelicans. Rockets 129, Pelicans 99.

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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.

HOCKEY

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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