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Confidential 6/22/15

Jun 22, 2015 -- 11:06am

He is an early look at the confidential for Monday June 22nd. Enjoy. 

The Giants stranded manager Bruce Bochy at Dodger Stadium on Saturday

That’s no way to treat the guy who led you to three championships in the last five years. Abbey Mastracco of FOX Sports West reports that Giants manager Bruce Bochy was left behind at Dodger Stadium on Saturday nightfollowing his team’s 6-2 victory.

The Giants’ team bus left Dodger Stadium without Bochy, forcing him to call a cab for a ride back to L.A. Live, about a 10-minute drive. However, Bochy reportedly waited more than 35 minutes for the cab to arrive, making matters worse.

“The bus left me,” [Bochy] said Saturday, before the second game of the rivalry series. “I thought it was like, ‘Leave no troops behind.'”

[…]

“And people think I have a glamorous job,” Bochy joked. “And then I’m standing there outside the ballpark.”

Shortstop Brandon Crawford saw Bochy standing outside of Dodger Stadium and offered him a ride, but the manager turned him down as Crawford wasn’t staying at L.A. Live.
 

Dwyane Wade’s Father Wearing A Cavaliers Shirt

Things are already getting interesting in the NBA this offseason. Already we have seen what could have been a meeting between Kevin Love and Phil Jackson, now we have Dwyane Wade’s father in a Cavaliers shirt preaching at church. LeBron might need Wade to get that ring he promised Cleveland, there is no offseason anymore.-TO 

 

More legal trouble possible for Warren Sapp

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who lost his job at NFL Network after a Super Bowl soiree gone sour at his hotel room, now has a new potential legal mess on his hands.

Via TMZ, Sapp faces an accusation of domestic violence in Las Vegas. He is accused of assaulting a woman during an altercation at a Las Vegas casino on April 28.

Per the report, Sapp has not yet been arrested or charged. The woman has met with police, and she reportedly suffered minor injuries.

 

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Youngest Players to Win Masters & U.S. Open In Same Year 2015 Jordan Spieth-- age 21 2002 Tiger Woods-- age 26

 

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Jordan Spieth: 6th different player to win the first 2 majors of the year; only 1 of them went on to win a 3rd major that year (Ben Hogan)

 

Gurley’s contract protects him for first two years, Rams for last two

The Rams hope that running back Todd Gurley can play right away. The contract he signs reflects a somewhat lower degree of optimism.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Gurley’s contract includes a commitment from the Rams to pay Gurley’s full salary in 2015 and 2016, if he lands on the non-football injury list in both seasons due to the knee injury that occurred while he was playing college football at Georgia.

The contract also gives the Rams a way out from under the final two years of the contract, if the team eventually determines that Gurley won’t be able to recover from the torn ACL. If the deal is terminated due to the pre-existing knee injury, the Rams are on the hook only for the 2015 and 2016 base salaries.

Otherwise, the base salaries for all four years of the contract are guaranteed. And he gets an $8.3 million signing bonus, which will only be subject to reimbursement if he chooses to retire (and if the Rams choose to collect any unearned amounts).

The contract does not offset language for the guaranteed money; the Rams typically remove offset language from their first-round rookie deals. But the guaranteed money for 2017 and 2018 can be avoided entirely if Gurley is cut due to the pre-existing knee injury.

So if he never is able to pass a physical with the Rams, he gets the signing bonus and the base salaries for 2015 and 2016. Once he passes a physical, the full contract is guaranteed, without offset.

 

DeMarco Murray and girlfriend Heidi Mueller tie the knot

 

Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray married longtime girlfriend Heidi Mueller on Saturday.

Mueller, the mother of Murray’s daughter, made two major announcements with one Instagram post over the weekend. The marriage was one of them, but Mueller also revealed that she and Murray are expecting another child. Their daughter just turned 2.

As some of you know, Murray and Mueller dealt with some serious drama late last year. One of Murray’s former Oklahoma teammates, Brennan Clay, accused the Pro Bowler of having an affair with his wife. At first it seemed like Murray’s relationship with Mueller was unaffected by the rumors, but then there was a report that Murray’s absence from a practice with the Dallas Cowboys had something to do with him and Mueller splitting.

Despite Clay claiming he had proof of an affair and even sharing a dirty text message that he said was exchanged between Murray and his wife, Mueller and Murray continued to support each other publicly. Clay later apologized and admitted he jumped to conclusions.

Congrats to the happy couple.

 

Greg Oden making comeback, working out for NBA teams

 

Greg Oden is attempting an NBA comeback and working out for teams in hopes of securing a roster spot.

According to Real GM, Oden worked out for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday and will work out in an upcoming Dallas Mavericks free agent minicamp. The Mavericks had strong interest in signing Odom when he returned to the league in 2013, but the former No. 1 overall pick chose to sign with the Miami Heat instead.

Oden played in 23 games for the Heat in the 2013-2014 season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game. He pleaded guilty to battery charges related to punching his ex-girlfriend last year. He also battled alcohol problems during his season with the Heat and was sentenced to AA meetings as part of his guilty plea.

The good news is that Oden is attempting to get his life back on track. He spent much of the year training at Ohio State where he slimmed down and was looking good according to Buckeyes coach Thad Matta.

“Quite honestly, I haven’t seen Greg look this good since when he played for us back in the day at Ohio State,” Matta said in March. “His attitude is off the charts.”

Real GM also reported that the Grizzlies may have interest in Oden. The 27-year-old center has only played in 105 games since being drafted in 2007.

 

Nike's new LeBron ad makes excuses for Cavaliers

 

Nike released a new LeBron James ad over the weekend, and some will view it as a nice tribute to a Cleveland Cavaliers team that came up just short in the NBA Finals. Others will read it and think “excuses, excuses.”

The ad references the injuries to both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and essentially labels it miraculous that the Cavs pushed the Golden State Warriors to six games.

Here’s the full text:

Imagine if Lebron came home to Cleveland.

Imagine if the team struggled early but finished the regular season strong.

Imagine if their big man went down, but they still found a way to power through the Eastern Conference.

Imagine if they faced the top seed in the Finals.

Imagine if they pushed Game 1 to overtime but lost another star to injury.

Imagine if everyone counted them out.

Imagine if they shocked the world and took the next two games.

Imagine if fatigue caught up with them, and they lost Games 4 and 5.

Imagine if they defied odds, logic and the basketball gods to come back and win the series in 7.

Except this isn’t Hollywood. It’s Cleveland.

Nothing is given. Everything is earned.

We get the message the ad was trying to send, but it’s nowhere near as good as the one Nike released shortly after LeBron returned to Cleveland. It goes without saying that those responsible for writing the content would have had a much easier time if the Cavs pulled off the upset
 

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Confidential 6/08/15

Jun 08, 2015 -- 2:33pm

Here is an early look at the Confidential for Monday June 8th. 

 

Enjoy and remember if you have any stories that you can is confidential worthy email them to matt@680thefan.com

 

New HBO series uses NFL team names, logos without NFL consent

For the first time since Playmakers, a series based on the world of professional football will appear on TV. For the first time ever, a TV series will use the names of logos of NFL teams without the express written consent of the NFL.

PFT has gotten has advance look at Ballers, the new HBO series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Debuting on June 21, the pilot episode of the weekly half-hour show begins with Johnson’s character laying in bed, having flashbacks to his career as a member of the Miami Dolphins, playing in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Both team uniforms are used, without alteration.

The first episode includes a scene from a conference room with a Packers logo on the wall. Later, one of the characters visits the fictional coach of the Miami Dolphins, who is wearing a hat with a Dolphins logo (the old logo, not the current one).  The second episode includes multiple scenes at a Dolphins offseason practice, with the players wearing helmets bearing the Dolphins logo (the current one, not the old one).

“HBO is always mindful of other intellectual property owners, but in this context there is no legal requirement to obtain their consent,” an HBO spokesperson said in a statement issued to PFT on Sunday afternoon. HBO confirmed that the NFL has no involvement in the series.

The NFL initially declined comment, and then reiterated its position after being informed of HBO’s official comment.

Playmakers was based on the fictional pro football team known as the Cougars. Even though Playmakers used no NFL team names or logos, ESPN dumped the show under direct pressure from the NFL, given concerns regarding the manner in which the show depicted professional football players. The first episode of Ballers focuses in part on an NFL player who has sex in the bathroom of a nightclub with a woman he had just met, and who then beats up a fan who confronts the player about keeping the bathroom occupied for an extended period of time.

Even if HBO is within its legal rights to use NFL team names and logo (past films like Any Given Sunday and The Replacements surely would have liked to use real team names and logos, and presumably didn’t due to legal concerns), HBO has a separate business relationship with the NFL, through the annual Hard Knocks series. So for the same reason the NFL squeezed ESPN more than a decade ago, the NFL could squeeze HBO now.

Since the NFL currently has no comment, it’s hard to know what the league will (or won’t) do about the situation. But the first two episodes of Ballers definitely have a Playmakersvibe to them, and it’ll be interesting to see how the show will be received by the NFL, the NFL Players Association, and individual NFL teams.

 

Police report says Hope Solo 'repeatedly insulted' officers upon 2014 arrest

An increasingly unflattering portrait of American soccer star Hope Solo emerges in newly publicized details of the evening the 33-year-old goalkeeper was arrested on domestic violence charges in June 2014.

According to a police report detailing the incident, which was obtained by ESPN and published Sunday, Solo showed clear signs of intoxication, and was belligerent towards the officers who were called to investigate the incident with her then-17-year-old nephew.

"I addressed her as Mrs. Solo and was corrected as she informed me her name was now Mrs. Stevens," the police report noted. "Mrs. Stevens showed signs of being intoxicated. Her eyes were bloodshot, speech was slurred, lack of good coordination, and the smell of intoxicants coming from her breath were present."

CBS Sports continues:

Solo "repeatedly insulted" several officers during the night, per the report. When asked to remove her necklace by one officer, she told him the necklace "was worth more than he makes in a year." When placed back in handcuffs to be transported to a different jail after processing by the officer who filed the report, Solo told the officer that the reason for the handcuffs what that he was "scared" of her.

At one point Solo yelled to an officer, "You know that if the handcuffs were off I'd kick your ass," according to the report.

The charges against Solo were ultimately dropped by a judge in January.

 

Tony Romo’s Fantasy Event in Vegas Called Off After NFL Complains

A fantasy football-themed event in Las Vegas headlined by Tony Romo was called off after the NFL reiterated a policy banning appearances associated with casinos, the Associated Press reports.

A league spokesman said Saturday the NFL “reminded the players association” of the policy with the National Fantasy Football Convention event scheduled for next month.

Romo, who recently joined Twitter, wrote that the league canceled the event. The Dallas quarterback said he was “sad for the fans and players.”

In a statement on the event’s website, organizers said the cancellation was “a direct result of sudden and unexpected opposition taken by the NFL concerning player participation and their perceived association with gambling for an event in Las Vegas.” They said they were rescheduling for next summer in Los Angeles.

Philadelphia running back DeMarco Murray, Romo’s former teammate, and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant were among the stars expected to attend, with autograph sessions and other fantasy-related events planned.

Bryant was critical of the NFL on Twitter, writing “don’t understand whenever they make … money off of us.”

In a March news release announcing the event, organizers said it would be held at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. It was supposed to be July 10-12.

 

Rihanna's cheering for LeBron forced Warriors owner to change seats

Have you ever sat next to someone on an airplane or at the movie theater or even at a sporting event and got so fed up by their actions that you had to switch seats? This was the predicament Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob found himself in during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

Lacob wanted to witness his team up close and personal so he had a courtside seat to take in all of the action. Also sitting courtside right next to him was Rihanna. While this could've been yet another perk of sitting courtside, Lacob grew so disgusted with Rihanna's constant cheering for LeBron James and the Cavs that he had to switch seats with his fiancee. 

According to Lacob, Rihanna just wouldn't quiet down despite his best efforts to inform her that he was the owner of the Warriors and that he moved his kids to different seats so she could sit there. 

"I want to clarify something. I did not give her the seats. Everyone is talking about this on radio today as I was driving around the city going to different meetings. She bought seats, paid a lot of money for them and she can root for whoever she wants, right? But I thought I would be a nice guy and took my two kids, who go to a lot of games and booted them down to the end of the court and moved her next to me. I said hey sit next to the owner, it is a nice thing to do. I thought I was being friendly. She was rooting for LeBron the whole game so finally I was getting irritated and I said hey I'm the owner of the Warriors. She didn't care, she just kept going. So finally I said that's it and I moved a couple seats down. Everyone has it that I moved my fiancee next to her because she got upset that I was sitting next to Rihanna which is not true."

 

Glory Johnson is straight, not a lesbian

Was the marriage between Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson doomed from the start? While most can agree that getting married a few weeks after a domestic violence incident is a terrible idea, there were some other serious warning signs about the whole relationship in general.

For starters, Johnson, a two-time all-star with the Tulsa Shock, is straight, not a lesbian, and even Griner knew that. Griner even thought to herself that pursuing Johnson, who is straight, could end up being a bad idea.

Check out some of these quotes from a May piece on the couple in The New York Times:

“Plus, Glory is straight,” Ms. Griner said. “That was another reason why I thought this could end really bad.”

“I’m not a lesbian,” Ms. Johnson said. “But Brittney is different.

“I still don’t really feel like I’m attracted to females in general. It’s just that I’m attracted to just one person.”

Johnson told The Times that she was attracted to Griner because the Phoenix Mercury star understood her and supported her while showing her love.

“It was weird, but it was so comfortable it didn’t feel like it was wrong,” Ms. Johnson told The Times. “But I didn’t know how I was going to tell my family and my friends.”

She eventually told her family, and they understood the relationship after seeing the two together. 

In the article, they even talk about the couple having children, which they say they planned to have happen sooner rather than later. Griner wanted a bigger family than Johnson, but it was agreed upon that Johnson would be the one to get pregnant. Now, less than a month later, Johnson is pregnant and Griner has filed for an annulment under grounds of fraud. She also seemed to question Johnson’s pregnancy, making us wonder how Johnson became pregnant.

The relationship seemed to be a bad idea from the start.

 

Brandon Spikes at center of hit-and-run investigation

 

A vehicle registered to Brandon Spikes was found abandoned on a highway in Foxboro Sunday morning around the same time an alleged hit-and-run accident was reported in the same area, according to police.

Police say an OnStar navigation operator notified state police around3:20 a.m. Sunday that the driver of a 2011 Mercedes Maybach told them he hit a deer. Troopers responding to the call found the vehicle abandoned near the center median along I-495. They also found damage to the front of the vehicle and no signs of a deer. 

Around the same time that the OnStar operator called police, a family reported being hit by a car from behind. The family could not see who hit them. All three people were taken to the hospital for examination and treatment.

“The investigation will seek to determine whether there is any connection between the reported incidents,” State police spokesman David Procopio said via The Boston Herald. “No connection has yet been definitively established.”

Someone’s getting charged with something, but Massachusetts cops don’t know who it will be just yet.

According to Jeremy Gottlieb and Braden Campbell of Boston.com, state troopers have “reached out” to Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes after a vehicle registered to him was found abandoned after a report it hit a deer, in an area where no deer was found but a Nissan that had been hit by another car was.

 

Chris Archer becomes first in the modern era with three straight double-digit strikeout, zero-walk starts

Rays starter Chris Archer racked up double-digits in strikeouts and issued no walks for a third consecutive start, helping the Rays fend off the Mariners 3-1 on Sunday. It’s the first time in the modern era that a pitcher has put together three straight starts in which he’s struck out at least 10 and walked none, per ESPN Stats & Info.



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Stephen Curry: 0-8 from field, 4 turnovers when guarded by Matthew Dellavedova

 

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The Confidential

Jun 08, 2015 -- 9:52am

Here is an early look at the Confidential for Monday June 8th. 

Enjoy and remember if you have any stories that you can is confidential worthy email them to matt@680thefan.com

New HBO series uses NFL team names, logos without NFL consent

For the first time since Playmakers, a series based on the world of professional football will appear on TV. For the first time ever, a TV series will use the names of logos of NFL teams without the express written consent of the NFL.

PFT has gotten has advance look at Ballers, the new HBO series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Debuting on June 21, the pilot episode of the weekly half-hour show begins with Johnson’s character laying in bed, having flashbacks to his career as a member of the Miami Dolphins, playing in a game against the Buffalo Bills. Both team uniforms are used, without alteration.

The first episode includes a scene from a conference room with a Packers logo on the wall. Later, one of the characters visits the fictional coach of the Miami Dolphins, who is wearing a hat with a Dolphins logo (the old logo, not the current one).  The second episode includes multiple scenes at a Dolphins offseason practice, with the players wearing helmets bearing the Dolphins logo (the current one, not the old one).

“HBO is always mindful of other intellectual property owners, but in this context there is no legal requirement to obtain their consent,” an HBO spokesperson said in a statement issued to PFT on Sunday afternoon. HBO confirmed that the NFL has no involvement in the series.

The NFL initially declined comment, and then reiterated its position after being informed of HBO’s official comment.

Playmakers was based on the fictional pro football team known as the Cougars. Even though Playmakers used no NFL team names or logos, ESPN dumped the show under direct pressure from the NFL, given concerns regarding the manner in which the show depicted professional football players. The first episode of Ballers focuses in part on an NFL player who has sex in the bathroom of a nightclub with a woman he had just met, and who then beats up a fan who confronts the player about keeping the bathroom occupied for an extended period of time.

Even if HBO is within its legal rights to use NFL team names and logo (past films like Any Given Sunday and The Replacements surely would have liked to use real team names and logos, and presumably didn’t due to legal concerns), HBO has a separate business relationship with the NFL, through the annual Hard Knocks series. So for the same reason the NFL squeezed ESPN more than a decade ago, the NFL could squeeze HBO now.

Since the NFL currently has no comment, it’s hard to know what the league will (or won’t) do about the situation. But the first two episodes of Ballers definitely have a Playmakersvibe to them, and it’ll be interesting to see how the show will be received by the NFL, the NFL Players Association, and individual NFL teams.

 

Police report says Hope Solo 'repeatedly insulted' officers upon 2014 arrest

An increasingly unflattering portrait of American soccer star Hope Solo emerges in newly publicized details of the evening the 33-year-old goalkeeper was arrested on domestic violence charges in June 2014.

According to a police report detailing the incident, which was obtained by ESPN and published Sunday, Solo showed clear signs of intoxication, and was belligerent towards the officers who were called to investigate the incident with her then-17-year-old nephew.

"I addressed her as Mrs. Solo and was corrected as she informed me her name was now Mrs. Stevens," the police report noted. "Mrs. Stevens showed signs of being intoxicated. Her eyes were bloodshot, speech was slurred, lack of good coordination, and the smell of intoxicants coming from her breath were present."

CBS Sports continues:

Solo "repeatedly insulted" several officers during the night, per the report. When asked to remove her necklace by one officer, she told him the necklace "was worth more than he makes in a year." When placed back in handcuffs to be transported to a different jail after processing by the officer who filed the report, Solo told the officer that the reason for the handcuffs what that he was "scared" of her.

At one point Solo yelled to an officer, "You know that if the handcuffs were off I'd kick your ass," according to the report.

The charges against Solo were ultimately dropped by a judge in January.

 

Tony Romo’s Fantasy Event in Vegas Called Off After NFL Complains

A fantasy football-themed event in Las Vegas headlined by Tony Romo was called off after the NFL reiterated a policy banning appearances associated with casinos, the Associated Press reports.

A league spokesman said Saturday the NFL “reminded the players association” of the policy with the National Fantasy Football Convention event scheduled for next month.

Romo, who recently joined Twitter, wrote that the league canceled the event. The Dallas quarterback said he was “sad for the fans and players.”

In a statement on the event’s website, organizers said the cancellation was “a direct result of sudden and unexpected opposition taken by the NFL concerning player participation and their perceived association with gambling for an event in Las Vegas.” They said they were rescheduling for next summer in Los Angeles.

Philadelphia running back DeMarco Murray, Romo’s former teammate, and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant were among the stars expected to attend, with autograph sessions and other fantasy-related events planned.

Bryant was critical of the NFL on Twitter, writing “don’t understand whenever they make … money off of us.”

In a March news release announcing the event, organizers said it would be held at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. It was supposed to be July 10-12.

 

Rihanna's cheering for LeBron forced Warriors owner to change seats

Have you ever sat next to someone on an airplane or at the movie theater or even at a sporting event and got so fed up by their actions that you had to switch seats? This was the predicament Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob found himself in during Game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

Lacob wanted to witness his team up close and personal so he had a courtside seat to take in all of the action. Also sitting courtside right next to him was Rihanna. While this could've been yet another perk of sitting courtside, Lacob grew so disgusted with Rihanna's constant cheering for LeBron James and the Cavs that he had to switch seats with his fiancee. 

According to Lacob, Rihanna just wouldn't quiet down despite his best efforts to inform her that he was the owner of the Warriors and that he moved his kids to different seats so she could sit there. 

"I want to clarify something. I did not give her the seats. Everyone is talking about this on radio today as I was driving around the city going to different meetings. She bought seats, paid a lot of money for them and she can root for whoever she wants, right? But I thought I would be a nice guy and took my two kids, who go to a lot of games and booted them down to the end of the court and moved her next to me. I said hey sit next to the owner, it is a nice thing to do. I thought I was being friendly. She was rooting for LeBron the whole game so finally I was getting irritated and I said hey I'm the owner of the Warriors. She didn't care, she just kept going. So finally I said that's it and I moved a couple seats down. Everyone has it that I moved my fiancee next to her because she got upset that I was sitting next to Rihanna which is not true."

 

Glory Johnson is straight, not a lesbian

Was the marriage between Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson doomed from the start? While most can agree that getting married a few weeks after a domestic violence incident is a terrible idea, there were some other serious warning signs about the whole relationship in general.

For starters, Johnson, a two-time all-star with the Tulsa Shock, is straight, not a lesbian, and even Griner knew that. Griner even thought to herself that pursuing Johnson, who is straight, could end up being a bad idea.

Check out some of these quotes from a May piece on the couple in The New York Times:

“Plus, Glory is straight,” Ms. Griner said. “That was another reason why I thought this could end really bad.”

“I’m not a lesbian,” Ms. Johnson said. “But Brittney is different.

“I still don’t really feel like I’m attracted to females in general. It’s just that I’m attracted to just one person.”

Johnson told The Times that she was attracted to Griner because the Phoenix Mercury star understood her and supported her while showing her love.

“It was weird, but it was so comfortable it didn’t feel like it was wrong,” Ms. Johnson told The Times. “But I didn’t know how I was going to tell my family and my friends.”

She eventually told her family, and they understood the relationship after seeing the two together. 

In the article, they even talk about the couple having children, which they say they planned to have happen sooner rather than later. Griner wanted a bigger family than Johnson, but it was agreed upon that Johnson would be the one to get pregnant. Now, less than a month later, Johnson is pregnant and Griner has filed for an annulment under grounds of fraud. She also seemed to question Johnson’s pregnancy, making us wonder how Johnson became pregnant.

The relationship seemed to be a bad idea from the start.

 

Brandon Spikes at center of hit-and-run investigation

 

A vehicle registered to Brandon Spikes was found abandoned on a highway in Foxboro Sunday morning around the same time an alleged hit-and-run accident was reported in the same area, according to police.

Police say an OnStar navigation operator notified state police around3:20 a.m. Sunday that the driver of a 2011 Mercedes Maybach told them he hit a deer. Troopers responding to the call found the vehicle abandoned near the center median along I-495. They also found damage to the front of the vehicle and no signs of a deer. 

Around the same time that the OnStar operator called police, a family reported being hit by a car from behind. The family could not see who hit them. All three people were taken to the hospital for examination and treatment.

“The investigation will seek to determine whether there is any connection between the reported incidents,” State police spokesman David Procopio said via The Boston Herald. “No connection has yet been definitively established.”

Someone’s getting charged with something, but Massachusetts cops don’t know who it will be just yet.

According to Jeremy Gottlieb and Braden Campbell of Boston.com, state troopers have “reached out” to Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes after a vehicle registered to him was found abandoned after a report it hit a deer, in an area where no deer was found but a Nissan that had been hit by another car was.

 

Chris Archer becomes first in the modern era with three straight double-digit strikeout, zero-walk starts

Rays starter Chris Archer racked up double-digits in strikeouts and issued no walks for a third consecutive start, helping the Rays fend off the Mariners 3-1 on Sunday. It’s the first time in the modern era that a pitcher has put together three straight starts in which he’s struck out at least 10 and walked none, per ESPN Stats & Info.



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Most Points in First 2 Games NBA Finals History 1969 Jerry West 94 2015 LeBron James 83 2000 Shaquille O'Neal 83


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Most Missed 3-pt FG in Single Game -- NBA Finals History 2015 Stephen Curry 13 1994 John Starks 11 via @EliasSports


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Stephen Curry: 0-8 from field, 4 turnovers when guarded by Matthew Dellavedova

 

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Confidential 5/26/15

May 26, 2015 -- 9:48am

An early look at today's confidential. Enjoy. 

Falcons may be without Beasley, Reed to start OTAs

The Falcons, intent on rebuilding the league’s worst defense this offseason, may be without two of their major acquisitions when they open their organized team activities – non-contact practices — on Tuesday.

Outside linebacker Vic Beasley, the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft, has yet to sign with the team. Outside linebacker Brooks Reed, who received the largest free agent contract from the team, has a minor groin strain that could slow him down.

Beasley and the Falcons have hit an impasse. The team was hopeful that he’d be signed shortly after the rookie minicamp earlier in May. All six of the other draft picks have signed their contracts.

“There is no reason why they shouldn’t be done,” said Joel Corry, CBS Sports’ NFL business analyst. “There is nothing to negotiate, particularly at the high end.”

Beasley’s situation is complicated by the season-ending knee injury that Jacksonville’s first-round pick Dante Fowler suffered during the Jaguars rookie minicamp.

“I don’t know why it wouldn’t be done,” said Corry, a former agent and Emory graduate. “The litmus test is going to be if Jacksonville tries to use Fowler’s injury to their advantage. Then, I don’t think you’ll ever see another first-round pick come into minicamp unsigned if that happens.”

 

Ray McDonald Released by Bears: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

The Chicago Bears released defensive lineman Ray McDonald on Monday after the 30-year-old was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment.    

Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area first broke news of McDonald's arrest. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Beenotes this is McDonald's "third legal issue in less than a year."

Bears general manager Ryan Pace spoke about the decision to let McDonald go once the team announced it had severed ties with him:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network had provided the details on McDonald's latest legal problems:

Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long weighed in on the McDonald situation:

KL  @Ky1eLong

Good riddance.

McDonald signed with Chicago in late March as a free agent on a one-year contract, which came with the strict stipulation that he avoid any additional issues away from the gridiron. McDonald's release will save the Bears $1,037,500, per Over the Cap.   

It was a risky move by Pace and Co. just to bring McDonald in. And before he even played a down for the Bears, the defensive lineman lost the opportunity to reward the team for taking a chance on him.

Based on McDonald's checkered past, it's unlikely he'll get another chance to play in the NFL. He'd already accumulated several strikes before this latest misstep and had the benefit of familiarity with Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who coached him in San Francisco.

Pace has done well to build up the Bears defense in his first year as GM, so the organization should be more concerned about the backlash from signing McDonald in the first place than any other ramifications his abrupt departure has from a personnel standpoint.

 

Seahawks fans looking to raise $5 million for Russell Wilson 

Seahawks fans aim to raise $5 million to pay Russell Wilson

A Seattle Seahawks fan launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $5 million to help the team pay Russell Wilson on top of his potential new contract. 

Seattle Seahawks fans love Russell Wilson so much that they have devised a new way to give their hard-earned money to the team, so they can make the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL.

Wilson is entering the final year of his contract, and his new deal is expected to put him ahead of the league's current highest-paid player, Aaron Rodgers. But talks are going "a little slow," according to Pete Carroll, which has fans nervous.

That is why a GoFundMe campaign has been started the get the team's fanbase to put together $5 million of their own money to give to the quarterback to encourage him to stay in Seattle.

The campaign is being run by Tim Pennoyer, who hopes to help his beloved Seahawks keep enough cap space available to get prime free agent talent while keeping Wilson under center.

 

Sports book installs Seahawks-Colts as the most likely matchup for Super Bowl 50

We used to approach pro football odds posts with the tack of “Gee whiz, can you believe those wacky oddsmakers are accepting bets on (insert topic here)?”

Well, let’s cut it out. The surprise now is if something isn’t available to bet. We know it and you know it.

With this in mind, we check in to inform you that an online sports book is offering odds on a wide range of matchups — and we mean wide — for Super Bowl 50.

Sportsbook.ag has installed a Seahawks-Colts NFL title game as the favorite at 15-1, with Seahawks-Patriots and Colts-Packers next at 18-1. Packers-Patriots is 20-1, with Seahawks-Broncos 22-1.

What are the longest-priced Super Bowl 50 matchups? Glad you asked. Here they are:

Bears-Titans: 3,000-1.

Washington-Oakland: 3,000-1.

Buccaneers-Jaguars: 3,300-1.

Washington-Jaguars: 4,000-1.

Buccaneers-Titans: 5,000-1.

Washington-Titans: 6,000-1.

Sports books rarely offer odds in quadruple digits, which would suggest there isn’t a lot of fear about any of the real long shot matchups cashing. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see them on the board, right there for the gamblers, the dreamers and the diehards to take their shots.


 

2 B.B. King daughters allege 2 closest aides poisoned him

Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him.

Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer to The Associated Press that King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron Johnson, killed their father.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday that an autopsy was performed Sunday on King's embalmed body, and test results will take up to eight weeks.

Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber confirmed that homicide detectives are investigating.

Toney and Johnson each declined to comment.

The coroner says King's body has been returned to a mortuary, and the investigation shouldn't delay planned memorials this week in Memphis, Tennessee, and Indianola, Mississippi.

 

 

Massachusetts Bar Creates Free Brady Blonde IPA to Protest QB's Suspension

Unhappy with the National Football League's Deflategate discipline, New England Patriots fan and bar owner Chuck Horne has found a way to support Tom Brady after the league suspended the Patriots quarterback.

Twitter user @matthewawyman tweeted at ESPN.com's Darren Rovellon Sunday night to reveal a drink that recently debuted at the Eagle Brook Saloon, Horne's Massachusetts bar that is just miles away from Gillette Stadium. The drink: Free Brady Blonde IPA.

That drink has to be a hit with Patriots fans.

Some may think that spending $6.75 on a drink is outrageous, but there is good reason for the high price tag. The Eagle Brook Saloon pledges that $1 from each drink sold will be donated to a charity on Brady's behalf. According to Rovell, the bar has sold more than 500 of the drinks in just six days.

Buying the Free Brady Blonde IPA will in no way make NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rethink the four-game suspension that he handed Brady. Patriots fans, however, have turned a bad situation into something good. While protesting the suspension, they are raising money for local charities.

 

GA teacher accused of allowing student sex in classroom

A Georgia teacher is now out of a job and facing charges after being accused of allowing students to have sex in his classroom's closet.

A parent says she has proof the sexual escapades took place with the teacher's knowledge.

Tom Regan talked to the outraged mother.

"I was in a state of disbelief when I read all these messages," the anonymous parent said.

The mother said she looked her 14-year-old son's phone and discovered a shocking exchange of text messages last Thursday between him and Quinton Wright, a math teacher and coach at Champion Theme Middle School in Stone Mountain.

"Basically he's allowing the students to have sex in a storage room in his classroom," the parent said.

She read a couple of the texts she says were exchanged between the teacher and her son.

"He told my son you can have it from seven thirty to like eight thirty. Did you tell the girl what' s going to happen, that she cannot tell anybody, basically don't tell anyone I'm allowing you to use my room."

The mother said the teacher also sent her son a calendar showing the teachers' schedules. A revealing text that showed the student did not have condoms was also exchanged.

"It's very sickening and disheartening, because we trust administrators and educators when we drop our kids off at school."

The mother pulled her eighth grader from school Friday and contacted the principal and police to file a complaint.

The DeKalb School System removed the 25-year-old teacher from the classroom. The student's mother told me she was suspicious of him from earlier behavior.

"He called me when the kids had their eighth grade prom and asked if he could come over and take pictures with the boys before the prom, and I said no."

A judge issued an arrest warrant for the teacher, Wright, on Monday. There's no word yet on what specific charges Wright will face.

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Confidential 5/11/15

May 11, 2015 -- 9:24am

Here is an early look at my confidential for Monday May 11th. Enjoy. 

LeBron James Overruled David Blatt in the Final Huddle - the audio is perfect

Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach David Blatt is having a bad day.

First, he almost got caught calling a timeout when he had none left…

… next, we learned that LeBron James defecated all over the play he drew up during the final timeout.

I imagine the huddle going like this…

“Ok, guys, LeBron is going to take the ball out and….” – Coach Blatt

“Give me that damn whiteboard you idiot. Here’s the play.” – LeBron James

Here is the actual video of what LeBron said during the postgame press conference, and more…

Coach Blatt: First you single-handily tried to lose the game, then, YOU SAID THE BEST BASKETBALL PLAYER ON EARTH SHOULD INBOUND THE BALL WITH THE GAME TIED AND 1 SECOND LEFT?

 

NFL refutes report of Brady suspension

As the world waits to see how the NFL will react to the Wells Report, the lull between the report's publishing on Wednesday and the league's decision on disciplinary action has led to all kinds of speculation. 

Will there be punishment levied against the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady? (Brady's agent Don Yee has pointed out that there still remains a possibility that the NFL may decide not to hand out any discipline.) If the league does come down on the team, what form will the punishment take? Will it be a fine? A suspension? Will Patriots draft picks be lost?

Everyone, it seems, has a take. Loud ones.

When Gary Myers of the New York Daily News cited sources in the league's offices who told him that it was certain that Brady would be suspended, the league reacted as though that was just another opinion. Another take. 

It didn't necessarily read that way, but the league insists.

In a note to Boston.com, spokesman Greg Aiello wrote, "It is Gary Myers’ prediction. The headline is misleading." Aiello added that "no decisions have been made."

Until a decision comes down, the guessing game will continue.

 

 

If Brady is suspended, Patriots will need to sign a quarterback

If Tom Brady is suspended for his role in Deflategate, the Patriots would surely want another veteran quarterback on the roster. At the moment, the only quarterbacks behind Brady on the depth chart are Jimmy Garoppolo and Garrett Gilbert, both of whom are 23-year-olds who have never started an NFL game.

Most teams have more than three quarterbacks on the roster during the offseason anyway, so it’s very unlikely that the Patriots would stick with only three quarterbacks if one of them, Brady, is going to be suspended. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston floats the name of longtime Packers backup Matt Flynn as a possible free agent signing. Other veteran quarterbacks available include Michael VickJason Campbell and Tarvaris Jackson.

Although the NFL says no decision has been made yet on suspending Brady, most observers think he’s going to get suspended. Which means when the NFL opens the season with the Steelers at New England on Thursday, September 10, it won’t be Ben Roethlisberger vs. Tom Brady. It may be Roethlisberger vs. Garoppolo, or Roethlisberger vs. Flynn, or Roethlisberger vs. Vick.

 

 

Notre Dame blocking Everett Golson's transfer options

 

Former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson won’t be lining up under center for the Fighting Irish in 2015, and according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, he won’t be lining up on the other side of the field from them either. Feldman is reporting Sunday night that Notre Dame is not granting a release for Golson to play at any of the schools on the team’s 2015 schedule, along with “several” Big Ten teams. 

What does that really mean? It means Golson won’t be transferring to Texas, which was on everyone’s list of potential destinations for the signal-caller. The Irish open with the Longhorns on September 5. He also can’t play at Virginia, Georgia Tech, UMass, Clemson, Navy, USC, Temple, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Boston College, Stanford, and a few unnamed Big Ten schools.

Golson hasn’t tipped his hand in the time since his transfer announcement, but it’s been reported that he has heavy interest from both South Carolina and Georgia. Many have also speculated that he could land at Florida, Florida State, LSU or even Alabama. While we aren’t much closer to knowing where he’ll end up, it’s clear that you can cross the Longhorns off the list.

 

Bret Bielema calls out player over basketball tweet

 

Attention, Arkansas football players: if you’re thinking about playing some pick-up basketball, do not tweet about it. Your coach, Bret Bielema, will find the tweet, tell everyone you shouldn’t be playing hoops and probably leave you pretty embarrassed. 

That’s what happened on Saturday afternoon, anyway.

Razorbacks’ junior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle tweeted the following:

Jeremy Sprinkle @sprinkle_memane

Im tryna hoop this week

Don’t be tweeting that on Bielema’s watch.

Bret Bielema  @BretBielema

Players in #SEC who dream of bigger days, leave hoops to hoops players. Eat a bigger brunch and read a book #WoooPig

Stay away from the hardwood, Arkansas football players.

 

Cardale Jones continues Twitter assault on Joakim Noah

 

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones isn’t necessarily afraid to rattle some cages. In what has been a continuing feud between Jones and Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah, the former decided to take on Noah as Chicago was hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Cardale Jones @CJ12_

I see @JoakimNoah ain't here to block shots, get dunked on chump.

Jones’ tweet was in response to Noah getting dunked on by LeBron James.

 

As we said, this was the continuation of a not-so-lighthearted exchange between the two athletes.

Jones and his Buckeyes took in Game 2 of the Bulls-Cavs series in Cleveland earlier this week. Apparently, Noah didn’t take too kind to Jones cheering on his home-state team in what was a blowout win for the Cavaliers. That led to an exchange of words between Jones and Noah through the press and social media.

Noah on bench watching Cardale Jones on the public address mic mouthed, "you ain't in the SEC"

Cardale Jones @CJ12_responded

@JoakimNoah watch yo mouth before I give you these hands chump.

 

As it is, Noah and the Bulls got the last laugh in Game 3. Derrick Rose banked in a last-second three pointerto give Chicago the win and a 2-1 series lead.

That didn’t stop Jones from throwing more shade Noah’s way after the game

Cardale Jones @CJ12_

I actually like the Bulls but I can't cheer for them against my home town team, I just HATE @JoakimNoahPERIOD!

 

Jameis Winston exceeded the Bucs’ early expectations

Jameis Winston looked even better at rookie minicamp than the Buccaneers were expecting when they selected him with the first overall pick in the draft.

“I told my wife, Blair, ‘I gave him an A,'” Bucs G.M. Jason Licht told USA Today. “I thought it was a great day. He knew the offense already. He wasn’t overwhelmed. He was even a little ahead of the game. He was already trying to change protections. The coaches were like, ‘Wait up. Hold on.’ You’re right. But the other guys aren’t there yet.”‘

Bucs coach Lovie Smith liked that Winston arrived early at rookie minicamp so he could be there to introduce himself to his teammates individually as they arrived.

“That’s a leader,” Smith said. “That’s a trait you’re looking for in your quarterback, a guy who can bring the group together. That’s definitely him.”

The Bucs haven’t anointed Winston as the Week One starter just yet, but Licht noted that that’s the idea when you take a quarterback No. 1. In Tampa Bay, Winston looks like the franchise quarterback.

 

Bengals sign Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor’s NFL career isn’t over just yet.

Pryor, who didn’t play at all last season and was cut by the Chiefs last week, has signed with the Bengals.

The Bengals brought Pryor in on a tryout basis this weekend, and he apparently did enough to convince the team that he deserves a longer look. Andy Dalton is the unquestioned starter in Cincinnati, but Pryor will get a chance to compete with A.J. McCarron and Josh Johnson to be Dalton’s backup.

 

Franco, 56, serving as player-manager in Japan

 

 


KONOSU, Japan — Julio Franco is getting the best of both worlds as a 56-year-old player-manager for the Ishikawa Million Stars of Japan’s semi-professional Baseball Challenge League.

"I don’t see myself out of baseball," Franco said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "I can go fishing, go play golf or go to Starbucks but at the end of the day, I love baseball and this is what I want to do."

When he signed a contract with the Million Stars, Franco saw himself more as a manager than player but that hasn’t been the case so far. Due to an injury to a key player, Franco finds himself playing more than he expected.

Playing in 10 of his team’s 14 games this season, Franco has a .333 batting average with four RBIs and six runs scored.

"I wasn’t planning to play this much but one of my best hitters got hurt so I have to play first base or DH," Franco said. "I was thinking about just pinch-hitting and playing once a week but since he got hurt I’m playing a lot more than I expected."

Franco played parts of 23 major league seasons for eight teams from 1982-2007, with stints in Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines and South Korea for the Samsung Lions during that time.

A three-time All-Star infielder and former American League batting champion, Franco was the oldest active player in the majors when he played his last game for the Atlanta Braves in 2007 at the age of 49, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

"I want to play until I’m 66," Franco said. "That’s the goal."

 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo ·  12h 12 hours ago

There have been twice as many game-winning buzzer-beaters in the 2015 NBA Playoffs (4) as there have been in the last 5 NCAA tournaments (2)

Career postseason game-winning buzzer-beater shots: Michael Jordan 3 LeBron James 3

Most Go-Ahead Makes In Final Second of 4th Quarter/OT Last 15 Postseasons LeBron James 4 (3 at buzzer) Manu Ginobili 3

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Confidential 5/4/15

May 04, 2015 -- 9:45am

Here is an early look at my confidential for Monday's show. Enjoy. 

SEC has most players drafted by NFL for ninth consecutive year

That’s nine and counting for the SEC.

The SEC had 54 players taken in the seven rounds of the NFL Draft, marking the ninth straight year the conference has had the most players selected in the annual draft.

The nation-leading 54 NFL Draft picks are the second most in SEC history, trailing only the 63 in 2013

Here’s the breakdown for all conferences:

  • ACC — 47
  • Pac-12 — 39
  • Big Ten — 35
  • Big 12 — 25
  • FCS programs — 17
  • AAC — 11
  • Mountain West — 10
  • Conference USA — 6
  • MAC — 4
  • Sun Belt — 3

 

No University of Tennessee players drafted for first time since 1963

The SEC might have had the most players picked from any collegiate conference for the ninth year in a row, but it wasn’t a banner day for all of the schools from that neck of the woods.

The University of Tennessee ranks among the most prolific producers of NFL talent, but none of the members of last year’s squad were able to get an NFL team to volunteer interest in a Volunteer. For the first time since 1963, no members of the Tennessee team were drafted into the NFL.

Tennessee was 7-6 under coach Butch Jones last season and had two players invited to the combine.
 

Seven quarterbacks drafted, fewest since 1955

Although quarterbacks went 1-2 in this year’s NFL draft, from top to bottom NFL teams viewed this as one of the weakest years for quarterback prospects ever.

As a result, only seven quarterbacks were drafted — the fewest in any NFL draft since six quarterbacks were taken in 1955.


 

Jaguars sign nine undrafteds, including Auburn’s Nick Marshall

One of perhaps the 10 best quarterbacks eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft has a new home.

Of course, there were only seven quarterbacks drafted, and this one is changing positions, which says as much about the class as him in particular.

The Jaguars announced the addition of nine undrafted rookies, including cornerback Nick Marshall.

Marshall was a quarterback at Auburn, and his college coach thinks he could play the position at the next level. He might be right, given the supply/demand issues the league is having there.

But for now, he’s a corner, where he participated during the Senior Bowl.

 

Jameis Winston’s contract precludes him playing baseball

The Buccaneers went ahead and took one potential distraction out of the way, signing top pick Jameis Winstonto his rookie contract before the rest of the draft was over.

And in doing so, they eliminated another potential distraction.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, the contract contains a clause prohibiting Winston from playing professional baseball during the length of the deal.

While that should be an easy call, Winston created some concern in Bucs officials by expressing his desire to at least consider playing baseball at some point, saying “It has always been my dream, but I’m just playing football right now.”

That could easily be read as a lack of focus, and it was a concern to Bucs officials. They texted Winston and spoke to him after the comments became public, telling him that wasn’t OK with them if they were making him the top pick in the draft. Winston told them he understood, but was just speaking honestly and loved baseball.

But as with so many other things, the Buccaneers worked to eliminate distractions, so their No. 1 overall pick can do what he does best.

 

4 Jackets sign free-agent deals

Shortly after the conclusion of the NFL draft Saturday, former Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted rookie free agent, one of three former Jackets to reach terms. Nealy, a four-year starter and an All-ACC pick last season, will be a part of a 12-player group of undrafted players that includes one other linebacker.

Days goes with Cowboys: Former Georgia Tech B-back Synjyn Days has agreed to an undrafted rookie free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys, Days’ father, Calvin, said late Saturday.

Johnson agrees with Lions: Former Georgia Tech safety Isaiah Johnson has agreed to an undrafted free-agent deal with the Detroit Lions, according to his agent Lance Courtney, joining a certain other former Yellow Jacket of note.

Zach Laskey also signed a deal with the Rams.

 

Cable/Satellite Customer Service Got Sucker-Punched by Demand for Mayweather-Pacquiao Pay-Per-View 

The most anticipated boxing fight in years was riddled with delays because of unprecedented pay-per-view demand, inexplicably catching the nation’s cable and satellite systems off guard.

Then came waves of angry tweets by consumers targeting several cable/satellite providers. They complained of issues with both ordering and watching. Some customers said they were told the fight wasn’t available when they tried to order. Others complained of picture problems. Some could not tune into the pay-per-view channel.

Customer service Twitter accounts for Dish Network and Cox Communications asked customers if they ordered standard definition or high definition feeds of the fight, an indication that the companies could be having problems with standard definition feed. A social media account for DirecTV referred users toward a troubleshooting website.

These pay-per-view customers spent up to $100 for the privilege of watching the “fight of the century,” which Mayweather won in a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. 

It seems most cable/satellite providers had some issues, according to media reports, including Time Warner Cable, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Dish, Cox, Charter, AT&T and Optimum. Customers also reported problems with Verizon, Cablevision, Bright House and RCN. 

All of the companies blamed the problems mostly on the enormous volume of PPV orders, which begs the question: Didn’t they see this coming in the wake of weeks of massive hype behind the boxing showdown? Apparently not.

 

 

LOOK: Spurs fans welcome team at airport despite losing in first round

Facing a talented Los Angeles Clippers team in the first round, the Spurs had their chances of winning the series but in the end lost in seven games. For the Spurs, a team that is an annual championship contender, this was a disappointing end to the season.

While there are plenty of questions that need to be answered about the team's future, San Antonio can always count on the support of their fans. As evidenced by their arrival back in San Antonio this afternoon. Hundreds of Spurs fans greeted the team at the San Antonio airport and loudly thanked them for their play this season.

Losing in the first round after winning the NBA championship the year before is disappointing, but the Spurs can take comfort in the fact their fans will always be there for them.

 

Spurs partied like champs after Game 7, Duncan carries drunk teammate onto bus

The San Antonio Spurs PARTIED LIKE CHAMPS hours after they were eliminated ... with Tim Duncan dragging one of his hammered teammates out of a nightclub ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and the rest of the squad hit up Project Club L.A. in Hollywood on Saturday right after losing a Game 7 thriller to the Clippers.

 

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn Announce Breakup Via Facebook

After almost three years of dating, Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn have broken up. 

Vonn made the initial announcement via her Facebook page, the same way they announced their relationship had started.

"After nearly three years together, Tiger and I have mutually decided to end our relationship. I will always cherish the memories that we've created together. Unfortunately, we both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart. I will always admire and respect Tiger. He and his beautiful family will always hold a special place in my heart."

Woods released a statement on TigerWoods.com as well. 

"I have great admiration, respect and love for Lindsey and I'll always cherish our time together. She has been amazing with Sam and Charlie and my entire family. Unfortunately, we lead very hectic lives and are both competing in demanding sports. It's difficult to spend time together."

Just two weeks ago, Vonn made media appearances and commented on her relationship with the 14-time major winner and his two children. Vonn walked with Woods during the Masters in early April and watched as Charlie and Sam caddied for Woods in the Par-3 Contest. 

“I feel privileged to be along for the ride, and I help as much as I can," Vonn said at a movie premiere. "They’re great kids — I love ’em." 

Vonn also appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and discussed how injuries between the two world-class athletes brought them closer together.

"We were kind of injured around the same time, and it was nice to just be in the gym with someone that knew what you were going through," Vonn said. "We kinda just pushed each other back to health."

In February, after Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, he was spotted supporting Vonn during her FIS Alpine Skiing Championships. 

"Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me," Woods said at the event.

Woods and Vonn were together for nearly three years, and their relationship went public on March 18, 2013, via Facebook. They were often seen together over the past few years at each other’s events – Vonn at Woods’ tournaments and Tiger at her skiing competitions.

 

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo ·  16h 16 hours ago

Wizards win Game 1, 104-98 over Hawks Atlanta: Shot 25.0% in 2nd half, worst shooting half of the season.

AND

Brewers fire manager Ron Roenicke Brewers are MLB-worst 7-18, tied for their 2nd-worst 25-game start (5-20 in 1970)

 

 

Bill Cosby takes hecklers in stride at Cobb Energy show

 

BY RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Sunday, May 3, 2015

Legendary comic Bill Cosby calmly dealt with a couple of hecklers during his show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Saturday night.

Before the concert, 20 protesters outside the venue chanted “We believe the women,” referencing the dozens of women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault and in many cases, rape. An actress Lili Bernard, who said Cosby raped her in 1992 around the time she guested on “The Cosby Show,” flew into Atlanta to be part of the protest.

Unlike the concert featuring comic Lewis Black the night before at the same venue which I attended, security for Cosby’s concert was significantly enhanced. All attendees were checked for weapons with a wand and required to show ID.

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