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Warriors Sweep Series, Raptors Take 3-2 Lead, Hawks Pull Even, Peterson To Sign With Saints, Earnhardt Jr Retires

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The Golden State Warriors swept the first round of the playoffs with a big win over the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night. The game was never close as the Warriors posted 45 points in just the first quarter. The temail tied a record for most points scored in a first quarter of a playoff game (and the only team to score that many points on the road). With the win, the Warriors advance to round two and depending on when the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers series is over will either start the next round on April 30th or May 2nd. Kevin Durant made was back from injury and made an impact in just the first few minutes of play. The true star, however, was Steph Curry who shot 37 point in only 30 minutes of play. Warriors 128, Trailblazers 103.

The Toronto Raptors took a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks thanks to a big game from the Raptors’ Norman Powell.  Raptors 118, Bucks 93.

The Atlanta Hawks’ Dwight Howard finally showed up for the series and had a big game Monday night to help his team pull to 2-2 tie with the Washington Wizards. The story of the game was seeing 35 year old Jose Calderon making a significant contribution to the team (and getting the honor of sitting next to Howard at the post-game press conference. Hawks 111, Wizards 101.

For a recap of all the games, click here.

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Former Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson announced he will sign a 2 year deal (which is actually a one year deal with a one year option) with the New Orleans Saints. Peterson played 10 years with the Vikings and is ranked #16th in NFL history for rushing yards. The Vikings will play the Saints on Monday night football the first week of the season.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he will retire following the 2017 season. Earnhardt Jr won the Daytona 500 twice and was one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR history. He is the son of one of the founding fathers of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt, who died tragically in 2001 in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona.

 

 

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Ohio State’s Big Loss, Packers Easy Win, Winston Crushes Philly, Romo Back With Win

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In college football, there was a major shakeup in the tournament seedings this weekend as Michigan State beat Ohio State.  Ohio State can still potentially get to the final four, but this loss definitely hurts their chances.  The loss also opens up the possibility for another Big 12 team (maybe Oklahoma State or Baylor) to reach the final four bracket.
Aaron RodgersIn the NFL, the marquee game of the week was the Minnesota Vikings hosting the Green Bay Packers.  Aaron Rodgers and the Pack have always owned the Vikings, but this year, the Vikings look sharp.  Their star running back Adrian Peterson is having a solid year as is their QB, Teddy Bridgewater. But even though Aaron Rodgers has struggled lately, he’s still Aaron Rodgers, and he helped guide the Packers to a relatively easy win.  This Packers team is not as good as last year, but they can still eek out a win when they need to.  Green Bay 30, Minnesota 13.

Jameis WinstonIn Philadelphia, the Eagles were hoping to jump start their offense against Tampa Bay with QB Mark Sanchez running the ship.  He played well in the pre-season, and was now getting his chance to shine and possibly keep the starting QB job.  The only problem was the Buccaneers’ QB Jameis Winston turned into a formidable NFL quarterback.  He crushed the Eagles IN Philly, throwing for a career high 5 touchdown passes.  Winston is seemingly only going to get better, and Buccaneers fans should be excited.  Tampa Bay 45, Philadelphia 17.

Finally, in Miami, the Dolphins hosted the Dallas Cowboys, but more notably, we saw the return of QB Tony Romo.  Romo went down early in the season with a serious shoulder injury, and the Cowboys were unable to win a game without him.  The Cowboys, however, are still mathematically alive for the playoffs in a terrible NFC East division.  Romo had to dust off some cobwebs, but he connected with his all-pro wide receiver Dez Bryant for a touchdown. The Cowboys picked up the road win, and their quest to get to the playoffs is off to a good start.  Dallas 24, Miami 14.

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Falcons Close Win Over Eagles, 49ers Surprise Win Over Vikings, Johnny Football Shows Promise

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In Monday Night Football, we got a double header.  First up, it was time for the Philadelphia Eagles to unleash their explosive offense against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons, however, have their own explosive offense with wide receiver Julio Jones.  The Falcons struck first and owned the first half.   Finally, Chip Kelly’s offense showed up, and the Eagles came soaring back.  In the end, the Falcons got an interception and won the game. The Eagles looked solid in the 2nd half, though and you can bet they will come back strong next week.  Atlanta 26, Philadelphia 24.

 

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Next up, it was the Minnesota Vikings v the San Francisco 49ers.  The Niners had a dreadful off-season, losing much of their defense for one reason or another (free agency, arrests, DUIs, etc.)  Everyone (including myself) was writing them off before the season even started.  Meanwhile, the Vikings seemed fully loaded and ready to roll with a healthy Adrian Peterson.  We were all wrong! The Niners looked steady and seem to have an incredible weapon with running back Carlos Hyde (from Ohio State).  The Vikings and Peterson, however, couldn’t get anything going and the Niners ran away with the win.  San Francisco 20, Minnesota 3.

Finally, even though QB Johnny Manziel played less than perfect last week against the Jets, the Browns are looking on the bright side.  Manziel came into the game after Josh McCown got hurt on a crazy attempt to run for a touchdown.  Manziel made an immediate impact with a touchdown to Travis Benjamin. Unfortunately, all went downhill from there for Manziel but the Browns still feel Manziel shows promise.  He picks up yards while running but also tends to fumble.  The Johnny Football experiment will go on, and is developing into kind of an underdog story.

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Peterson Reports To Vikings’ Camp, Cromartie Says Sherman Not Great, Gronkowski’s On Family Feud

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Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson has stirred up some drama this off-season.  There were claims that he said he wanted to be traded, that he never wanted to play for the Vikings again.  There may have been some shred of truth to these rumors, but the fact remained that if Peterson didn’t report to camp, he would sacrifice close to $13 million.  So it was no big surprise that Peterson reported to the Vikings’ facilities on Tuesday, and said that “It felt good to be back in the building”.  Surprise. Surprise.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Antonio Cromartie, cornerback for the New York Jets, has decided to stir the pot with the Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman.  Sherman publicly calls himself the best cornerback in the NFL.  Cromartie has said that he’s not among the best, but his success is merely a part of the Seahawks’ system.  Cromartie said he would like to see him achieve greatness without two all-pro safeties behind him (Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas).  He also said Sherman is more of a zone player and doesn’t follow his receiver all game like the “greats” do.

Family FeudFinally, in the NFL, if you haven’t seen enough of Rob Gronkowski this off-season — all the videos of him partying, at the Kentucky Derby, NASCAR events, and basically every other pop culture shin dig, you get to see more of him on TV soon.  His whole family, The Gronkowskis, will be appearing on Family Fued.  The family is pretty boisterous so should be a fun show to watch.

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Sharper Guilty Of Drugging/Raping, Vikings Want Peterson, Princeton Finally Loses Game

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In the NFL, some horrible news. Former New Orleans Saints’ star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to drugging and raping two women.  Sharper was immediately given 9 years in prison, but that will likely be on the low end of the deal, as more sentences are coming based on how he handles his entire case.  He is likely looking at the range of 33 years according to the reports.
Adrian PetersonElsewhere in the NFL, apparently the Minnesota Vikings want to keep Adrian Peterson. Peterson’s agent, however, said that Minnesota isn’t a good fit for Peterson anymore.   It’s reported that both the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals are very interested — both teams who desperately need a running back.

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Finally, in women’s college hoops, Princeton University was riding a perfect season coming into March Madness.  Many wondered if they could nab a perfect year, just like Kentucky is trying to do in men’s basketball.   Unfortunately, Princeton got seated in the same bracket as Maryland in the early rounds, a team who had a terrific year, and Monday night the Terrapins put an end to Princeton’s perfect season.   Still a huge accomplishment to finish the regular season without a loss.  Maryland 85, Princeton 70.

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Peterson Suspended By NFL, Dwight Howard Abuse Charges Resurface, New College Football Rankings

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Adrian Peterson NFL suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the 2014 season. The decision is creating some controversy as some believe that the NFL made the wrong decision regarding the Ray Rice domestic abuse issue so now they are coming down hard on Peterson. Peterson pleaded no contest back on November 4th to misdemeanor reckless assault on his 4-year-old son. The NFL Players Association is appealing the ruling but the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s letter stated:

“You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother. You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’

“These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”

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Dwight HowardIn another potential child abuse case, the NBA is now investigating Houston Rockets’ Center Dwight Howard. The allegations stem from an incident this summer but is now resurfacing. Dwight’s lawyer responded with the following:

“It is troubling to see a mother use her son as a pawn against his father, which is what is happening in this case,” the statement reads. “Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect their welfare and best interests.”

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The new edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings came out and Alabama now sits at #1 and Mississippi dropped to # 4. Oregon at # 2 and Florida State at # 3 round out the semifinal slots for the time being. It will be an exciting remainder of the season.

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Peterson Pleads Not Guilty, Johnson Arrested For Battery, Matt Prater May Have Job

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Adrian PetersonAs reported earlier, Adrian Peterson has been suspended by the NFL for allegations that he whipped one of his children severely as a punishment.  There is no clear return date for Peterson, who, for all we know, may never play again if his legal problems persist.  On Tuesday, Peterson said that he would plead “not guilty” to all his charges. Peterson is also in hot water for reports that his charity misused funds.  It will be interesting to see what happens with the verdict and with Peterson’s career. 

In other legal NFL news, former Chiefs’ star running back Larry Johnson was arrested for aggravated battery after assaulting someone at a club.  Johnson had a history of reckless behavior.  Not a very good day in the sun for NFL publicity.

Finally, it’s very interesting how the man who holds the record for the longest kick in NFL history is currently unemployed.  Last year, Denver’s Matt Prater kicked a 64 yard field goal to set the record.  But this year, he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, and the Broncos suspended him for four games.  Last week they went the extra mile and cut him from their roster.  The Detroit Lions, on the other hand, got a terrible performance from their new kicker Alex Henery, and cut him.  The Lions need a good kicker for the remainder of their season, and it looks like they are going to give Prater a chance.  This could be extremely fortuitous for the Lions, as Prater is a virtual lock from under 50 yards. 

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Adrian Peterson On Exempt Commissioner’s List, Radisson Hotel Pulls Sponsorship, NFL Sponsors Upset

At 1:52 am EST Wednesday morning the Minnesota Vikings organization sent out a statement placing Adrian Peterson on the exempt commissioners’ list while the team is investigating the child abuse charges. The only other time the exempt commissioner’s list was used was when Michael Vick was suspended for dog fighting.

Radisson HotelSponsors are now weighing in on the conversation of abuse and how the teams/league are handling the Rice/Peterson scandals. As of now, Radisson hotels pulled its sponsorship of the Vikings and other NFL sponsors; Anheuser-Bush, Visa, McDonalds and Campbell Soup are all voicing concerns.

Fans as well as sponsors are legitimately upset about the lack of leadership and morality in the NFL in the last week.

 

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Foles And Sproles Overpower Colts, Peterson Another Abuse Incident, Hannah Storm’s Impassioned Editorial

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Nick FolesIn Monday Night Football action, the Philadelphia Eagles came to Indy to take on the Colts. Andrew Luck and the Colts came out to an early lead but you can never count out Philly’s dynamic duo of Foles and Sproles.  Philly QB Nick Foles remained poised and capitalized on two costly turnovers by the Colts in the second half. RB Sproles had 152 yards and a TD and set up a tie game with only minutes left in the game. As time expired, Cody Parker kicked the game winning field goal for the Phillies. Eagles 30, Colts 27.

Just hours after the Minnesota Vikings announced that Adrian Peterson would play next Sunday, news emerged that Peterson was accused in a separate incident of abusing another son. This second account allegedly occurred on June 23rd and child protective services came to investigate. Charges were not filed in this case but this new information definitely makes Peterson’s future with the team more uncertain.

Hannah StormIn the other domestic abuse case, Ray Rice is expected to appeal his NFL suspension. Reporter Hannah Storm gave an impassioned editorial on the NFL and the relationship with the female fans. It’s worth hearing.

 

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Peterson Deactivated For Child Endangerment, Hardy Benched For Domestic Violence, RGIII And Other Injuries

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Adrian PetersonCan news out of the NFL get any worse? As we’re still reeling over the Ray Rice domestic violence issue, more upsetting news was on it’s way. Over the weekend, the Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson was deactivated for Sunday’s game (and 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots). Peterson was released on $15,000 bail after turning himself in to the authorities in TX for child abuse. According to authorities, he used a switch to spank his son and has a “whooping” room. Many players and fans are defending Peterson for his parenting style claiming that spanking is an accepted form of punishment for children. It remains to be seen what the Vikings and League will do in this situation.

In other upsetting abuse news out of the NFL, the Carolina Panthers benched defensive end Greg Hardy. Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female. The Team activated Hardy in game one saying that they were waiting for the appeals process to go through, but on Sunday, head coach Ron Rivera changed his mind and deactivated him in their matchup against the Detroit Lions.  He said, the “climate has changed” and the team “has to get this right.” No news on whether he’ll play this season.

Robert Griffin IIIAside from domestic issues, the other major news out of the NFL was the onslaught of injuries on Sunday to star players.  To name just a few: Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a dislocated ankle in a 24-10 victory on Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons and it remains to be seen how long he will be out. The Dolphins star running back RB Knowshon Moreno left the game with an arm injury and Redskins’ WR DeSean Jackson sprained his shoulder in the same game that Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III hurt his ankle. Fortunately for the Redskins, their backup QB Kirk Cousins slid right in and led the team to a pounding of the Jacksonville Jaguars (41-10).

 

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