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Buccaneers believe Jameis Winston’s problems due to immaturity

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston performed very well at last week’s scouting combine, especially during the throwing sessions and in meetings with teams. The current thinking is that the quarterback-needy Tampa Bay Buccaneers will select Winston with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Reports suggest the Bucs believe that Winston’s numerous off-field incidents can...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

A glass half-full look at Chicago’s terrible sports day

Maybe there was an alien abduction. Maybe I’m finally maturing into a rational adult. Or maybe the reality simply hasn’t hit me yet. But for whatever reason, I’m still not freaking out over the major injuries suffered by the two faces of Chicago’s winter franchises on the same night. If anything, the loss of Derrick Rose and Patrick Kane has made me thankful for the few...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jurickson Profar: Former top prospect to miss second-straight season

The Texas Rangers once looked like a team with an absolutely stocked farm system and the jewel of that system was Curacaoan middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Well, two years later Profar looks like a guy who just can’t catch a break, as he is now set to miss his second season in a row. On Monday it was announced that Profar had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Humberto Savigne suffers brutal knockout

While most of the boxing world was focused on the announcement that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have finally agreed to fight, Showtime put on a boxing even Friday night. And boy, did fans watching get their money’s worth. Undefeated light heavyweight Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) was facing Cuban veteran Humberto Savigne (12-2, nine KOs) and was the underdog in the fight...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Chargers re-sign King Dunlap to four-year deal

While they were busy making headlines for their potential move to Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers also made a move to solidify the team they will put on the field in 2015. On Friday the Chargers agreed to a four-year, $28 million contract with massive left tackle King Dunlap, who was scheduled to become a free agent. Dunlap started all 16 games as Philip Rivers’ blindside...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Rougned Odor’s brother, Rougned Odor

Oakland Coliseum is known for raw sewage backing up into its dugouts, but the strangest Odor in the American League West this year emanates from Texas. On Thursday, the Texas Rangers announced that they have signed the younger brother of second baseman Rougned Odor… Rougned Odor. That’s right, the Odor Brothers have the same first name. The elder Odor, who already gives the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Five teams willing to offer $70 million to Hector Olivera

Cuban players are coming to Major League Baseball in increasing numbers and the latest crop has a few gems in it. Infielders Hector Olivera and Yoan Moncada are both set to sign soon and on Tuesday we got an idea how highly thought of Olivera is. Peter Gammons is reporting that at least five teams are willing to bid more than $70 million on the 29-year-old Olivera. While he hasn’t...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

SNL Reunion outdraws NBA All-Star Game

Even when he’s the All-Star Game MVP, Russell Westbrook is playing second fiddle to a bigger star. Or in this case, multiple stars. The NBA All-Star Game typically doesn’t have much in the form of entertaining competition for TV viewers, sports or otherwise, being that it takes place in the middle of February and all anyone ever wants in February is for the month to be done...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Victor Oladipo with insane pass to Cody Zeller

Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller both started for Team USA in the NBA’s Rising Star Challenge on Friday night to kickoff All-Star weekend. The two friends and former Indiana University teammates were having a lot of fun on the court, but one play in particular stood out as simply ridiculous. After a turnover gave the World team an easy layup near the end of the first half, a long...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning tells Denver Broncos he wants to keep playing

While several rumors continue to float around about Peyton Manning’s meeting with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, we can officially report that the 38-year-old quarterback told the team he plans on playing next season. Some have said that Manning was undecided after meeting with the team, but that is actually not true. He told the Broncos he is full-go and ready to play in 2015...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings publicly supporting Adrian Peterson

When Adrian Peterson was suspended for the bulk of the 2014 NFL season due to child abuse charges against him, many expected the running back to be done with the Minnesota Vikings. The franchise distanced itself from Peterson for months, but lately the team has seemed to reverse course. On Thursday we got another indication that the Vikings were willing to bring Peterson back,...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Swaggy P shows up late before game; claims (unrelated) dolphin attack

On a day where NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams six months for fabricating his experiences in Iraq, it should be noted that the following story should be taken with a grain of salt. But since it was told, we’re obligated to repeat it for you. Lakers sixth man Nick Young, who showed up to Staples Center for Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets 15 minutes later than coach...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Eastern Washington QB transfers to replace Mariota at Oregon

Every year, dozens of football players transfer from Division I-A (FBS) down to Division I-AA (FCS). Typically it’s a matter of where they fit on the depth chart combined with the ability to play without sitting out a year. Joe Flacco serves as the best-known example, going from Pitt to Delaware and demonstrating he was a draftable quarterback. Brandon Jacobs, who left a crowded...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: San Diego Padres sign James Shields to four-year deal

The San Diego Padres’ incredible offseason continued Sunday night as reports surfaced that they had signed veteran right-hander James Shields to a four-year deal. San Diego had been the favorite to land the 33-year-old starter for about a week and general manager A.J. Preller was apparently able to close the deal. Chris Cotillo broke the news and says the four-year deal is in...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns offseason going down the crapper

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the Cleveland Browns are having a terrible offseason. Actually, don’t stop us, because a one-sentence blog post is pretty much worthless to everyone. But even by Cleveland’s woebegone standards, the start to this offseason has been a doozy. Here’s a rundown of the growing mushroom cloud: – Kyle Shanahan, though not exactly an offensive...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

USC lands consensus No. 1 recruiting class

Whatever Steve Sarkisian and his staff at USC are doing, it’s working because in their first year free of harsh NCAA sanctions, the Trojans landed the nation’s top recruiting class. For the first time since 2012, USC was able to take a full class of recruits and made the most of those scholarships, putting together a group for the ages. Both Scout and Rivals – the generally...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Super Bowl XLIX An Inside Job?

In the hours since the stunning conclusion to Super Bowl XLIX, countless commentators, fans and players both retired and current have wondered what on earth the Seattle Seahawks were thinking on their final play call. Rather than give the ball to workhorse running back Marshawn Lynch — a man nicknamed “Beast Mode” — the Seahawks made the baffling decision to throw a slant...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen A. Smith responds to Josh Gordon’s letter

On Thursday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon wrote an open letter to Charles Barkley, Cris Carter and Stephen A. Smith ripping them for discussing his NFL and legal troubles on the air without actually knowing him personally. Never one to remain silent, Smith went on Cleveland radio Thursday afternoon to respond, and he did so with an epic rant. Smith absolutely eviscerated...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Dana White: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson likely for May

Despite a (very) short stint in rehab for a cocaine problem, it looks like UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will be defending his title shortly. UFC president Dana White was on the Jim Rome show Wednesday and told the host that Jones will likely fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at some point in May. Johnson is coming off of an impressive first-round knockout...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Two D-League Teammates Ejected For Fighting Each Other

Jarnell Stokes and Kailin Lucas were ejected from an NBA Developmental League game on Tuesday night after getting into a fight, which by itself does not warrant headlines — until you realize that Stokes and Lucas are teammates, and they got into a fight during a timeout huddle. What happened to precipitate the skirmish is unclear, because the only thing we have to go on is a blurry...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant to undergo shoulder surgery, likely out for season

As expected, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will undergo surgery on his right rotator cuff and is listed as being out indefinitely. The Lakers have not announced a timetable for his return, but in all likelihood, the 36-year-old guard will be out for the rest of the season. Bryant tore his rotator cuff during a dunk attempt against the New Orleans Pelicans last week and an...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Bensons play Game of Thrones, New Orleans-style

The following story is to be filed in the remarkably thin manila folder marked “Be Glad You Weren’t Raised By Rich People.” The palace intrigue is thick in New Orleans this week as accusations and lawsuits are flying between factions of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s family — i.e. his daughter and grandchildren versus he and his wife who is not their mother/grandmother...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Peyton Manning will return to Denver Broncos in 2015

The Denver Broncos can stop holding their collective breath, because they will have their quarterback in uniform next season. According to Woody Paige at The Denver Post, Peyton Manning plans to return to the Broncos next season. Paige says that Manning won’t make his decision official until after he takes the annual physical examination mandated by his contract. Last year the results...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Doug Marrone puts the ass in assistant coach

Days after guiding the Buffalo Bills to their first winning season in a decade, coach Doug Marrone abruptly walked away from his contract, as was his right during a three-day window at the year’s end. It was a stunning move, but one that made sense if he somehow managed to have something better lined up elsewhere. Otherwise, he was just a completely delusional idiot. And now we...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons hire Kyle Shanahan as OC, wait on Dan Quinn

The Atlanta Falcons made a big move on Monday, as they have reportedly hired Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator. The Falcons still have not officially hired a head coach, but all signs point to Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn getting the job. Quinn will have his second interview with Atlanta on Monday but that could just be an opportunity for both...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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