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Goodell Loosens TD Celebrations, Kyrie Helps Cavs Win Game 4, Rashad Jennings Wins DWTS

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a loosening of rules to allow for more touchdown celebrations. Players can use the ball as a prop, make snow angels on the ground and celebrate in groups, but still can’t embarrass opponents or pretend to use a weapon. Goodell said, “We know that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown. And players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves.”

I love that Goodell even mentioned the Key and Peele sketch with Hingle McCringleberry’s excessive celebration. He tweeted, “Don’t get any ideas about pumps @KeeganMKey – they’re still not OK under the new policy .” Goodell also announced the NFL would shorten overtime.

BASKETBALL

The Cleveland Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals thanks to Kyrie Irving. LeBron James got into some foul trouble in the first half, but Kyrie stepped up with a huge 42 points. As Irving put it, “You almost hit the … runner’s high. Where you get so juiced up when you see a few shots going in and then you feel emotion kind of take over. … That’s an incredible zone to be in, which I was tonight.” Cleveland could put the series away in game 5 Thursday night 8:30 pm in Boston. Cavs 112, Celtics 99.

OTHER

Former NY Giants NFL running back and current free agent, Rashad Jennings, edged out former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross to become the newest “Dancing with the Stars” winner. Jennings said he has no doubt he’ll be back on an NFL team, but will continue his cardio while training for the “Dancing with the Stars live tour”.

 

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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.

FOOTBALL

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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Newton Illegal Hits, Prescott Records 7th Win, Kelce Throws Towel, Raiders Stand Up To Broncos D, Marshall Stands During Anthem

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Cam Newton keeps getting pounded by opposing teams and is not getting the calls from refs. Cam very vocally complained last week (and even had a talk with Commissioner Roger Goodell), but clearly nothing is getting done as he had a  couple of obvious illegal hits against him on Sunday by the Los Angeles Rams. Panthers 13, Rams 10.

Dak Prescott continues to show his leadership quarterbacking the Dallas Cowboys. This fourth round rookie phenom recorded his 7th straight win with a seemingly easy trouncing of the winless Cleveland Browns. There is still talk the Cowboys will replace Prescott when veteran QB Tony Romo becomes healthy. With the Cowboys sitting at the top of the NFC, it seems likely they will stick with Prescott. Dallas 35, Cleveland 10.

Travis KelceDuring the 4th quarter of Kanas City Chiefs game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (who’s a reality star in his new show “Catching Kelce”) got into a heated argument with a ref and threw a towel at him when he refused to call a pass interference penalty. Refs aren’t too fond of having things thrown at them, so not surprisingly Kelce was ejected from the game. If you have Kelce on your fantasy team (as my team, the Screaming Weasels, does), you weren’t too happy with this outcome. Chiefs 19, Jags 14.

The Denver Broncos mighty defense couldn’t stand up to the running game of the Oakland Raiders. Latavius Murray brought in 3 TD’s in the 30-20 victory over the Broncos. With the win, the Raiders take control of the AFC West.

Speaking of standing up, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall decided to stand during the National Anthem for the first time this season. He stated on Instagram, “I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place as the Denver Police department has decided to review its use of force policy. I’m proud to have joined so many of my peers throughout sports who’ve also made their own statements. Going forward, I will be standing for the National Anthem—not because everything is perfect, or because I’m changing my stance on things. But because of my hope for what we can become.”

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Clippers Lose Griffin & Paul, Brees Criticizes Goodell, Bradford Blindsided

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And just like that, the team who had the greatest chance of challenging the Golden State Warriors in the West has found their postseason in jeopardy. The Los Angeles Clippers have lost two huge players. Power Forward Blake Griffin aggravated a quadriceps injury on Monday and will miss any further games this season. Things aren’t too much better for Chris Paul, who just underwent surgery for his fractured right hand. Paul could be ready to return by the Conference Finals or NBA Finals. Unfortunately for him, the Clippers haven’t ever made it to either in the history of the franchise. The Clippers are currently 2-2 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

NFL

A lot of people aren’t happy about Tom Brady’s recent re-suspension in the NFL. Among them is New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. In reference to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a man who has the final say in most any NFL investigation, trial and disciplinary action, Brees recently told Sports Illustrated, “He is judge, jury and executioner when it comes to all the discipline. I’m not going to trust any league-led investigation when it comes to anything. It’s not transparent.”  As to the NFL taking the case to the Federal appeals court in the first place, Brees had this to say: “I think this was an issue again where the commissioner’s authority was challenged and the league is gonna do whatever they can to make sure they know that he is in position to make these types of unilateral decisions, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.”

Sam BradfordQB Sam Bradford felt blindsided by the Philadelphia Eagles when they traded up to get the #2 pick in the draft (and presumably grabbing a QB, maybe Carson Wentz). Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon wants the team to release him from his contract so he can find a new team where he won’t be a “lame duck” just waiting for the rookie to take his spot.

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Sherman Voices Disdain For Goodell’s Comments, Serena Williams Fires Back, Rymer Hit In Face

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Richard ShermanSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman always lets his voice be heard loud and clear. Don’t expect that to stop any time soon. When asked about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s comments back in February suggesting that any player who got two personal fouls be ejected from a game, Sherman didn’t hold back. “I think it’s foolish. But it sounds like something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand. He’s just a face. He’s just a suit. He’s never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul.” He had similar feelings on the NFL’s murky definition of what a catch is.

TENNIS

Indian Wells tournament director Raymond Moore had some disturbing things to say about women’s tennis recently. “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport. They really have.” Serena Williams, who lost in the women’s final to Victoria Azarenka, didn’t appreciate the comments. “I don’t think any women should be down on their knees thanking anybody like that.” Williams eluded to all the people who only watch Tennis for female stars such as herself and her sister. Then she brought up last year’s U.S. Open. “I’m sorry, did Roger play in that final? Or Rafa, or any man, play in that final that was sold out before the men’s final? I think not.”

MLB

The Milwaukee Brewers may have lost one of their potential players. Outfielder Rymer Liriano left Sunday’s game on a stretcher after he was hit in the face by a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt West. The ball hit him just under the eye. Coaches and staff rushed over to help and carted him off the field after about ten minutes. Teammates say the player’s nose was still gushing blood when he got back to the training room. Liriano remains hospitalized.

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Winston And Mariota Go #1, #2 In Draft, Goodell Gets Booed

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Jameis WinstonAfter months of speculation, we now know the top pick in the NFL draft. To no ones surprise, Florida State QB Jameis Winston went number 1 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston won the Heisman Trophy in 2013 and helped lead the team to a National Championship. There’s no doubt that Winston has an incredible arm but he has had a history of bad decisions off the field so it will be interesting to see if he can keep his head straight and become a franchise QB.

Again, no surprise that the Tennessee Titans selected Marcus Mariota with the number 2 pick. Mariota also won a Heisman Trophy winner in 2014.

The draft began a bit auspiciously as the crowd in Chicago booed the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell as he stepped on stage. Many are still upset with him for how he handled the Ray Rice domestic abuse situation and made it clear that they haven’t forgotten or forgiven him.

Check out NFL.com for all draft info.

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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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