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UFC Twitter Fight, All-Star Weekend Relocated For HB2, Ray Rice Will Donate Salary

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Ultimate Fighting Championship President, Dana White, is not too happy with ESPN analyst Darren Rovell for making fun  of the whopping $4 billion sale of UFC to William Morris and IMG. Over twitter the two went at it with Rovell starting the fight by asking if it was too late for the sale to fall through considering UFC’s main stars have been accused of using performance enhancing drugs. White then responded by calling Rovell some not so nice names. Fun times!

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Bruce SpringsteinThe NBA announced its All-Star weekend will relocate from Charlotte, NC to another city due to the controversy over the HB2 law, which states that people need to use restrooms according to the sex they were assigned at birth versus the sex they identify with.  Many public figures went on record expressing their views, which may have led to the NBA decision. Mike Krzyzewski, legendary coach of Duke’s basketball program stated, “It’s an embarrassing bill,” Many celebrities including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr  have also expressed disappointment in the law by cancelling shows in NC.

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Ray Rice, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens before his suspension for domestic violence, said he’d donate his salary to charity if he was signed by an NFL team for the 2016 season. He said, “Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me.” So far no word on a team taking him up on this but stay tuned.

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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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Ravens Focus And Beat Steelers, Rice Fans Tailgating, Giancarlo Brutal Pitch To Face

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Baltimore Ravens’ head coach, John Harbaugh, said that his team wasn’t involved in the media hype surrounding suspended player Ray Rice and it’s business as usual on the field. And, it was as the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night. Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco threw for 166 yards and 2 TD’s and looked solid.

Roger Goodell is in more hot water as it’s been reported that Goodell was told on June 16th that Ray Rice did in fact admit that he hit his then fiancee. This is not what Goodell had previously reported and still begs the question why he initially only suspended Rice for 2 games.

Shockingly there were many Ray Rice fans (and many women) sporting his jersey at the game Thursday night and commenting that he was unfairly condemned. Who are these people? This is disturbing!

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Giancarlo StantonMiami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers’ Mike Fiers.  It was obvious immediately after the 88 mph pitch that Stanton was in trouble. He was carted off the field and according to the coach, his season is likely over. He is suffering from facial lacerations, multiple facial fractures and dental surgery. Fiers took to twitter after the game and posted, “my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery.”  

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NFL Knew About Video, Goodell On Hot Seat, Mayweather Defends Rice

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Roger GoodellIn big Rice news, it’s been reported that the NFL received the Ray Rice video back in April so now people are asking for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be fired for not prosecuting earlier. The question is, did Goodell actually see the footage or did someone at the NFL mishandle what was in front of them.

 

Floyd MayweatherMost athletes are tweeting their disappointment with Rice although Boxer Floyd Mayweather, who is set to fight Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Saturday,  is disturbingly supporting his friend Ray. Mayweather has had his own bouts with domestic violence and in 2012 served 2 months in jail for domestic battery. Even though he pleaded guilty to these charges, he still claims that he’s a victim:

According to ESPN, he said, “Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing.  With O.J. and Nicole (Simpson), you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day.”

These comments are clearly incredibly disturbing and as expected the Rice story is not going away any time soon. In fact, Rice’s former team, the Baltimore Ravens will be taking on their perennial rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday evening. The Ravens lost their first game of the season while the Steelers won their first.

 

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Janay Wants Space, Nittany Lions’ Post Season Eligibility Restored, Bills Sold For Record $1.4Bill

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Janay RiceThe Ray Rice story is still very much on people’s minds. Did the NFL know there was the video of Rice inside the elevator actually hitting his girlfriend (as opposed to the video shown this summer where he was dragging her out), did the Ravens’ organization know the full story, why did his girlfriend, Janay, become his bride just 3 weeks later?  Janay, for her part, is asking the media to give them space and says that they are in a good place now. The brutality of the video has certainly opened people’s eyes to domestic violence.

In college football news, the NCAA has restored the Penn State Nittany Lions’ post-season eligibility which means that they can offer scholarships beginning next season. Everyone remembers the horrific child abuse sex scandal involving former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 2012, and what a blight that was on the integrity of the Penn State system. The Lions continue to owe a $60 million dollar fine and will be on probation until 2017.

The Buffalo Bills are finally sold for a record $1.4 billion. Terry and Kim Pegula, Buffalo Sabres owners, bid aggressively so they could keep the Bills in New York.

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NFL Suspends Rice Indefinitely, Megatron Shines, Chargers Mistakes Pile Up

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TMZ story in the football world was new footage of running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee (now wife). The video was released by TMZ and what made everyone scratch their head is how did the NFL not see this video when the case came up.  When the Rice situation exploded this summer, the NFL only suspended Rice for 2 games (for first time domestic offense) but now after seeing the video, he’s been cut by the Ravens and indefinitely suspended from the NFL. Modells and Dicks Sporting Goods has even pulled Rice jerseys from their store. Warning, this video is disturbing to watch.

Calvin JohnsonIn Monday night football action, the first game of the night featured the New York Giants taking on the Detroit Lions. The Lions completely destroyed the Giants. The Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson (knows as Megatron) lived up to his name. He ended the night with 164 yards and 2 TD’s. And, Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford looked solid in his debut under new coach Jim Caldwell.  Lions 35, Giants 14.

In the late game Monday night between the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals, there wasn’t much action for the first three quarters, but in the 4th the game started to get exciting.  San Diego was winning by 11 points in the 4th but then with 7 1/2 minutes late, the mistakes started to pile up and with 2 1/2 minutes left, the Cardinals’ rookie wide receiver John Brown caught his first TD and lifted Arizona to a win. Cardinals 18, Chargers 17.

 

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Manning Brothers Rap Video, Kellerman Suspended For Conversation

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Peyton and Eli

Peyton and Eli are back as the “Rapping Manning Brothers”. Last year they recorded their first rap song, “Football on your Phone”, and now they debuted Direct TV’s “Fantasy Football Fantasy”. Check out the 3 minute video. It’s hilarious!

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In other sports news, ESPN suspended another host over his inappropriate conversation surrounding the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. While talking on a program that leads into his show, Max Kellerman admitted that he hit his then girlfriend (now his wife)  years ago while drunk at a college party. ESPN won’t comment on the suspension but clearly this is a highly sensitive and upsetting topic for all.

 

 

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Senior VP Of Labor Speaks Out On Rice, Lebron Wearing #23, Sterling To Sell Clippers

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In the NFL, after the out cry about the short length of the Ray Rice suspension (only 2 games), the League has decided to comment on the issue.  The SeniorVP of Labor Policy came out and said that they think the suspension length is fair, especially because they have listened to all pertinent parties involved and made an informed decision.  As for the fact that this doesn’t “send a message”, the NFL thinks that players are not going to go out and commit domestic violence just because they see the punishment is only 2 games.  This is still a controversial issue, and will continue to be discussed.

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Michael JordanIn the NBA, LeBron has made another important ‘decision’.  This time… about his jersey number.  LeBron was deciding between wearing his #6 jersey he wore in Miami or reverting back to #23 which he wore in Cleveland.  Ultimately, he decided to go back to his roots, and wear #23.  Of course, everyone wanted the opinion of the greatest athlete to ever wear #23:  Michael Jordan.  And Jordan kept it simple, saying he was fine with it.  

Donald SterlingFinally in the NBA, the judge has made a ruling, allowing Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling to finalize the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.  Donald Sterling fought tooth-and-nail to try and keep his team, but a $2billion offer from Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer looked like it was going to get the green light from the league.  And on Monday, we saw an end to it, with the judge ruling to allow Shelly Sterling to sell the team for $2billion.  The Clippers are headed in a very exciting direction.  However, it was also reported yesterday that their star forward Blake Griffin has a back fracture.  Yikes!

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Rice Story and Short Suspension Still Upsetting, Baseball Hall Of Fame Ceremony

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Ray RiceThe Ray Rice story is making people angry. The video of Ray dragging his girlfriend out of the elevator has gone viral and is really upsetting.  In addition to how upsetting it is to see the footage, it’s shocking that  the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, only suspended him for 2 games for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Fans are outraged that this horrendous behavior didn’t have more of a penalty.

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Frank ThomasFrank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine along with managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. It was an emotional day for all particularly Frank Thomas who choked back tears. His message was clear and an indirect message to kids to resist the temptation of steroids:

“To all you kids out there, just remember one thing from today,” he said. “There’s no shortcuts to success. Hard work. Dedication. Commitment. Stay true to who you are.”

 

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