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Report: 76ers nearly traded Jahlil Okafor to Blazers

The Philadelphia 76ers pulled Jahlil Okafor from their lineup because they felt they were near a deal, and now we know where he would have gone.According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the 76ers held Okafor out of action last week because they were close to dealing him to the Portland Trail Blazers. At least one Sixers player wants to see the team keep Okafor in the fold. That seems increasingly...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Nick Young credits Luke Walton for resurgence, takes shots at Byron Scott

Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young has gotten his Swaggy back this season, and he thinks the team’s coaching change has everything to do with it. In an interview with Mark Medina of the Orange County Register on Friday, Young credited new Lakers head coach Luke Walton for his resurgent 2016-17 campaign and took shots at fired ex-coach Byron Scott in the process. “With having...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Kyrie Irving hints he was trolling with 'Earth is flat' talk

Kyrie Irving’s comments about the earth being flat sparked quite the frenzy online, and on Saturday, the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard hinted that that was exactly what he wanted.Irving said Saturday that he’s well aware that it is scientifically impossible for the Earth to be flat, and seemed amused that his comments had become a story.“It would be scientifically impossible, which...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Joel Embiid wants Sixers to keep Jahlil Okafor through trade deadline

Jahlil Okafor will remain with the Philadelphia 76ers through the trade deadline if one fellow big man gets his way.Sixers center Joel Embiid said earlier this week that he would prefer for the team to find a way to make it work with Okafor rather than to trade him.“We got a lot of talent, and I feel we can use everybody if we want to get to where we want to,” Embiid said, according...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Terry Francona keeping Cody Allen as Cleveland closer, Andrew Miller in setup role

Andrew Miller may be the Cleveland Indians’ best reliever, but he won’t be closing games for them to start 2017.Manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Cody Allen remains the team’s closer, with Miller and Bryan Shaw serving as the bridge to get leads to the 9th inning. At first glance, this looks odd, but the Indians have great bullpen depth and are taking full advantage of it...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Pacers willing to trade first-round pick to get help for Paul George

The Indiana Pacers are reportedly willing to pay a significant price to get Paul George some help in the hopes of being an Eastern Conference contender for years to come.According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Pacers are dangling their first-round draft pick in an attempt to acquire an established wing or frontline player.The team has lost six in a row, and sit just two games ahead...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

DeAndre Jordan ‘more nervous’ about Dunk Contest than ASG

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is bringing some jitters to All-Star Weekend.Speaking with the media on Friday, Jordan said that he feels “more nervous” about competing in Saturday’s Dunk Contest than in Sunday’s All-Star Game.“I just think the worst,” Jordan said, per Mark Medina of the Orange County Register. “Getting hung out there, my shorts falling down, trying to do a dunk 20...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish bringing back the split-finger fastball

Yu Darvish’s Tommy John surgery is well and truly in the rear-view mirror, because he’s throwing his split-finger fastball again.The Texas Rangers ace used the pitch sparingly before his 2015 surgery, and then mostly abandoned it after his return in 2016 under pressure from pitching coach Doug Brocail on account of the stress it puts on the elbow.Now, though, a healthy Darvish is...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Mothers of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook ‘sisters for life’

The mothers of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook posed for a pretty perfect photo during NBA All-Star Weekend.Much of the talk leading up to this year’s festivities in New Orleans has been the reuniting of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the Western Conference squad. Westbrook says he is “fine” after the departure of his former teammate. You can read his comments here. Durant...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Yankees, Dellin Betances in war of words after arbitration hearing

New York Yankees president Randy Levine may have driven a wedge between the organization and one of its elite talents.Yankee setup man Dellin Betances, who has been one of baseball’s best relievers since the beginning of the 2014 season, requested a salary of $5 million in his arbitration hearing. The Yankees were willing to pay $3 million and won, largely because despite his elite...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt may get stripped gold medal back on appeal

Usain Bolt still has at least of chance of keeping a relay gold medal that was stripped from the team.The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Friday that Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter, whose positive drug test led to the 2008 Jamaican relay team being stripped of a gold medal, is appealing the decision.“A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress,” the court said in a statement...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame voter cites dropped passes as reason for Terrell Owens’ exclusion

Terrell Owens has been lambasting the media after he failed to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame this time around, and one voter has seen fit to respond.Ron Borges of the Boston Herald penned a column criticizing Owens’s supporters and offering a few rebuttals as to why the wide receiver was not elected.Borges argued that players such as Michael Irvin, Cris Carter, and Art Monk...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Dustin Johnson, Paulina Gretzky expecting another baby

Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky are adding a new member to their growing family.Gretzky announced on Instagram late Friday night that the couple is expecting their second child. Johnson and Gretzky, who are engaged, had their first baby — a boy named Tatum — in January 2015.Dustin and Paulina, the daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky, have been together for a few years now. They...
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February 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis hires attorney who helped Steelers

Darrelle Revis has made a change to his legal team, and it’s one that could greatly help his case.Blaine Jones said on Friday that he is stepping aside as Revis’ attorney, a day after he defended Revis, who was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor related to a street fight on Sunday morning.WTAE’s Beau Berman says Revis’ new attorney is Robert Del Greco.What’s notable about...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Marc Gasol drove from Memphis to New Orleans for All-Star Game

Instead of taking to the air, Marc Gasol opted for ground transportation to get to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend.For the third time in his career, Gasol has been named an All-Star and will represent the Grizzlies in the NBA’s annual spectacle. Unlike many of his teammates, Gasol didn’t fly to New Orleans for the festivities. Instead, Gasol drove from Memphis. The Grizzlies posted...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

49ers may pursue Brian Hoyer, Matt Schaub

The San Francisco 49ers have been mentioned as having interest in Matt Schaub, and another quarterback potentially in the mix for them is Brian Hoyer.The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows, who is a plugged-in 49ers reporter, hosted a Q&A earlier this week and was asked about San Francisco’s short-term plans for a QB.In his response, Barrows said he expects new head coach Kyle Shanahan...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Michael Floyd pleads guilty to extreme DUI

With the NFL season now over, Michael Floyd has addressed his recent DUI arrest. In December, the 27-year-old wide receiver was taken into custody after being found passed out behind the wheel of his car at an intersection. It was determine Floyd’s blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit. As a result, he was facing charges more extreme than an ordinary DUI. On...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez out two weeks with tennis elbow

Adrian Gonzalez’s spring training is not getting off to the start he was hoping for.The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman has been out 10 days with inflammation in his right elbow. Now he won’t swing for another two weeks as he tries to let the elbow heal. Gonzalez says he has tennis elbow.The LA Times says Gonzalez is expected to be ready for opening day for the Dodgers, but the...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis turns himself in to authorities

Darrelle Revis did not speak to reporters seeking comment as he turned himself in to authorities on Friday in Pittsburgh. The New York Jets defensive back went to the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building to turn himself in a day after he was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor related to a fight that took place on Sunday morning in Pittsburgh. Media members were waiting...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Adrian Beltre expected to miss WBC with strained calf muscle

Adrian Beltre has a strained calf muscle that is expected to keep him out at least for the first round of the WBC.The Texas Rangers announced on Friday that an MRI confirmed a Grade 3 strained calf for the third baseman. Beltre reported to camp on Friday and said he hurt himself working out on Tuesday. He is expected to miss three weeks.The four-time All-Star was hoping to play with...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Derrick Jones Jr. thinks he can top last year’s Dunk Contest

He may be a largely unknown 20-year-old undrafted rookie, but Derrick Jones Jr. isn’t lacking in confidence ahead of his Dunk Contest appearance. In an interview with Jared Zwerling of the NBPA this week, the Phoenix Suns forward was asked if he thinks he can top last year’s unforgettable duel between Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon. “Oh yeah, for sure,” Jones Jr. replied. “The dunks...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league continues to add big names, with the latest being Charles Oakley.Big 3 announced on Friday that Oakley will be a player/coach on a team with Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson.“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this league,” said Oakley in an article published on the league’s website. “Everyone seems to realize we are about to make history together...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Nikola Jokic on facing Team USA in Rising Stars Challenge: ‘We’re gonna kick their a–’

Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is playing with some serious swagger right now, and that’s apparently extending into All-Star Weekend.In an interview with NBA TV on Friday, Jokic, who will be representing Team World in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, was asked if he had any predictions about facing Team USA in the competition. The 21-year-old replied simply, “Yeah, we...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Kirk Cousins does not want to be with Redskins

Kirk Cousins’s long-term commitment to Washington may not be that solid.According to Jason Reid of ESPN, “former Redskins officials” believe Cousins wans to ultimately leave the team, and would prefer to be franchise tagged to avoid a long-term commitment. Cousins has indicated that agreeing to a long-term deal is out of his hands, and he would play on the tag again. The stated reason...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Joel Embiid hopes to play in first game after All-Star break

Joel Embiid is targeting the 76ers’ first game after the All-Star break for his return from a knee injury.Embiid has been out since Jan. 27 with a knee injury. An MRI revealed that he has a minor tear in his meniscus, which is unlikely to need surgery. He will not be participating in All-Star Game action this weekend, but he did say Friday in New Orleans that he’s hoping to play...
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February 17, 2017  |  Discuss
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