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Josh Norman: If teams don’t like what Panthers are doing, ‘stop it’

The Carolina Panthers have run roughshod over the NFL on its way to a 13-0 record. And from Cam Newton — with his patented touchdown celebration dances — all the way down the roster, the team is having a blast doing it, much to the chagrin of critics and naysayers. And according to cornerback Josh Norman, if the way in which the team goes about its business and enjoys its success...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonathan Papelbon’s no-trade list includes 17 teams

Jonathan Papelbon’s brief tenure with the Washington Nationals came to an end when he went after Bryce Harper and locked his hands around the superstar’s neck during a dugout confrontation late last season. But if the Nationals hope to move the enigmatic closer, it will require some serious work to find a team with which Papelbon will agree to play. Reports indicate that Papelbon...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon Marshall has great gag gift for Ryan Fitzpatrick

Brandon Marshall delighted reporters during an interview session Tuesday by showing off his delightful gag gift for New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick: A copy of Keyshawn Johnson’s 1997 book, “Just Give Me the Damn Ball.” Marshall was being asked after Tuesday’s practice if Fitzpatrick has exceeded expectations while leading the Jets to an 8-5 record. “No, not yet,”...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Campbell on Dolphins missing the playoffs: ‘It pisses me off’

Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell on Tuesday didn’t mince his words when discussing how the team has been eliminated from playoff contention after Monday night’s loss to the New York Giants by a score of 31-24. “That in itself stings, and there’s no hiding that,” he said, via ESPN. “You can call it all we want. I’m not going to come in here with a smile on my face...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Rajon Rondo’s comments on use of anti-gay slur sound eerily familiar

Rajon Rondo on Monday posted a series of tweets in which he attempted to clarify or at least explain the circumstances surrounding the reports that he used anti-gay slurs when making comments to NBA referee Bill Kennedy, who has since come out in the wake of the controversy. While the Sacramento Kings point guard is being roundly criticized for not literally apologizing for his...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Vikings’ Antone Exum on playing with injury: ‘I could die out there’

Minnesota Vikings safety Antone Exum played through some serious injuries during the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, and he indicates now the nature of those injuries and his uncertainty surrounding their extent led him to believe that his “life could have possibly been on the line.” Exum, whose injuries during the game eventually were diagnosed as a fractured rib and...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pete Carroll cracks joke about atop-locker postgame speech

The Seattle Seahawks are rolling right along and getting hot at the right time as the team continues to solidify its spot in the postseason chase. And Pete Carroll wanted let his team know about it, no matter the obstacles presented by the visitors’ locker room at M&T Bank Stadium. Following the team’s 35-6 throttling of the Baltimore Ravens for Seattle’s fourth-straight win...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Roethlisberger believes Vontaze Burfict tried to hurt him

Ben Roethlisberger stated that after having more time to contemplate what exactly occurred, he now is convinced Vontaze Burfict tried to hurt him during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 33-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. “I don’t buy that he was pushed,” he said Tuesday on KDKA-FM, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “He definitely was diving in low and going for my legs. It...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Bucs fan sorry for viral photo of Jameis Winston buying crab legs

Given his infamously notorious past involving crab legs and Publix, it was hardly surprising that a recent photograph taken by a fan of Jameis Winston shopping for said seafood at said store quickly caused a quasi-media frenzy. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan who took the now-viral photo wants to let Winston know he’s sorry for the stir he helped in part create. Rory Lawrence...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jerry Jones: Cowboys won’t shut down Dez Bryant, will ‘go balls out’

Jerry Jones strongly disputed the notion that the Dallas Cowboys have any intention of sitting a gimpy Dez Bryant, especially when there remains a slim-but-mathematical possibility the team can win the woeful NFC East. Referring to Bryant’s one-catch, nine-yard performance in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers as “an aberration,” Jones made it clear that despite the wide receiver...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook makes history-making donation to UCLA

Russell Westbrook has made the largest financial donation to UCLA ever received from a former Bruins basketball player, per a statement issued Monday by the university. “I loved my time at UCLA and jumped at the opportunity to give back to the University that provided me with amazing opportunities and great memories,” Westbrook is quoted as saying in the statement, via The Los Angeles...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Cam Newton not being fined for handing footballs to young fans

Contrary to an Internet rumor that spread like wildfire, Cam Newton has not been fined over $250,000 by the NFL over the years for his patented act of handing footballs to young fans in the stands, something he has done since his rookie season. The allegation that the Carolina Panthers quarterback has fun afoul of league policy appears to have first surfaced on Facebook. ...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Retailer to give free appliances if Broncos shut out Raiders

A Colorado-based retailer is continuing its decade-long annual promotion where it will give out up to $1 million in free products if the Denver Broncos (10-2) shut out the Oakland Raiders (5-7) on Sunday. Appliance Factory and Mattress Kingdom, with 16 locations in the greater Denver area, will reimburse any customer who purchases between $479 and $3,000 in its “Denver vs. Oakland...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore restaurant offers Chris Davis free crab cakes for life

With conflicting reports emerging regarding the current status of the Baltimore Orioles’ seven-year, $150 million offer to Chris Davis, one area seafood joint is doing its part to convince the first baseman to stay in the so-called “Charm City.” Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a renowned eatery in Baltimore, has offered Davis free crab cakes for life if he stays with the Orioles. If that...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Marine hoping Ronda Rousey doesn’t stand him up at ball

Ronda Rousey made a United States Marine’s day earlier this year when she agreed to be his “date” for the Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball. But a lot has happened since that fall day — including her shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 that left her bruised, battered, beaten and bummed out — and things apparently remain up in the air regarding their agreed-upon plans...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Still treating bullied cancer patient to Disney World trip

Devon Still of course understands how devastating and traumatic a diagnosis of cancer can be to a person and their family due to his young daughter Leah’s battle with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. So to hear that a 14-year-old girl battling leukemia was being bullied online really hit home for the former Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman. Upon learning of a heartbreaking experiences...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Coughlin terse in response to Rueben Randle’s frustration talk

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin clearly has no patience for players publicly complaining about playing time, as evidenced by his blunt response to wide receiver Rueben Randle bemoaning his recent lack of opportunities in the team’s offense. “I would take full advantage of the ones that I do have before I would talk about opportunities,’’ Coughlin said Thursday, via the...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Adam Silver: Kobe Bryant deserves 2016 All-Star Game nod

Count NBA commissioner Adam Silver among those who believe that Kobe Bryant deserves a spot in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. “I hope to see him there,” said Silver on Sirius XM NBA Radio on Thursday, via The Los Angeles Times. “I think he deserves to be there.” While Bryant arguably deserves to be at this season’s All-Star game, scheduled for Feb. 14 in Toronto, as a way to properly...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Nets blow Jewish Heritage Night t-shirt with misspelling (pic)

The Brooklyn Nets held the team’s Jewish Heritage Night on Thursday at Barclays Center. And while the team’s intentions were noble, one slip-up resulted in the Nets having egg on their face. A t-shirt printed up by the team to commemorate the evening and available for purchase was intended to have “Represent Brooklyn” printed on them written in Hebrew. The trouble was the shirt...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Happy Bill Belichick high-fived Gronk at Patriots practice

Bill Belichick obviously understands how important Rob Gronkowski is to the New England Patriots offense, but who knew it could elicit an uncharacteristic show of emotion from the typically stoic head coach? The Boston Herald reports that Belichick was so excited to see his tight end return to practice on Thursday that he “marched up and down the jogging line” and even gave Gronkowski...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Murray tight-lipped about meeting with Eagles owner

DeMarco Murray didn't reveal much on Thursday concerning the nature of the conversation he had with Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie during a team flight following Sunday's victory over the New England Patriots, despite the fact he was grilled with questions about it. Surrounded by a sizable contingent of media members, Murray turned back question after question volleyed...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert may play on upcoming road trip

The long, winding and often frustrating road of rehabilitation following injury may finally be nearing an end for Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert. Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt indicated both players will join the team on its upcoming two-game road trip, where they Friday night against the Orlando Magic and concludes with a showdown Tuesday with the Boston Celtics...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Miller: Curry shows you don't have to be an a-hole to succeed

Reggie Miller pointed out during a recent interview that Stephen Curry is proof that one doesn’t have to be a jerk to enjoy success in the NBA … even if it helped him and one of his iconic colleagues from an earlier era. The Golden State Warriors obviously are the talk and the toast of the league at the moment — starting off a season 23-0 will do that — but as many beyond Miller...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly apologizes to LeSean McCoy over handling of trade

With the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles squaring off Sunday, the rhetoric surrounding the months-long feud between LeSean McCoy and Chip Kelly has reached a fever pitch this week. And Kelly on Thursday did his best to settle down the situation by apologizing to McCoy over how his trade to the Bills this past offseason was handled. “It wasn’t handled that way, and I understand...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: DeMarco Murray trying to leverage way back to Cowboys

A theory being floated in NFL circles is that DeMarco Murray is unhappy with is current situation and is attempting to leverage his release from the Philadelphia Eagles and an ultimate reunion with the Dallas Cowboys. Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole reports several NFL executives suspect Murray is sowing discontent and dysfunction — such as speaking with Eagles owner Jeffrey...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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