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  • NFL Draft 2017 First Round Recap: Myles Garrett goes No 1 to the Cleveland Browns [tr]

    04/28/2017 6:14:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 28, 2017 | Robert Cottingham
    Myles Garrett was selected No 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns as expected but that preceded a night full of surprises in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Texas A&M standout was widely regarded as the best available talent from this draft class and the Browns held firm to select the defensive end at No 1. However at No 2, the Chicago Bears traded up one spot and shocked the league by selecting University of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
  • As ESPN Got More Political in 2016, It Lost Republican Viewers

    04/28/2017 3:41:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Deep Root Analytics ^ | April 27, 2017 | Staff
    Yesterday, it was announced ESPN is laying off upwards of 100 employees – many of whom are prominent on-air talent. The challenges facing ESPN are newly discovered; a lot has been written about ESPN’s recent decline in ratings and subscriptions. FOX Sports – the primary TV competitor to “the worldwide leader in sports” – has enjoyed twisting the knife as ESPN faces cutting on-screen talent to make up for budget shortfalls. The FOX blog “Outkick the Coverage” has attributed ESPN’s decline to the rising partisanship coming out of Bristol, labeling the network “MSESPN” in pieces like this one, headlined “ESPN...
  • Stephen A. Smith fires back at criticism that he should have been among ESPN layoffs

    04/27/2017 7:42:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2016 | Des Bieler
    “Like when they say to me, ‘Screamin’ A.’ — I’m the only dude on the air who’s loud?” Smith said. “I know plenty of white dudes who are screaming and going off. They’re called passionate. I’m called loud.”
  • Big Lake Trap Shooting Team Photo Will Be Included in Yearbook After All

    04/27/2017 6:45:08 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies ^ | 4/27/17 | Frank Rajkowski
    The Big Lake High School trap shooting team will have its team photo included in the school's yearbook after all. School officials Thursday announced a change to a student handbook policy that excluded firearms or weapons from being displayed. The trap shooting team photo showed all 60 team members posed with shotguns by their side, and its rejection upset team members, their parents and others. The new policy still allows for images that "violate school policy, display firearms, weapons, drugs, alcohol, inappropriate gestures and poses, and revealing clothing" to be edited or excluded. But it makes an exception for the...
  • ESPN Publishes Poetry Tribute To Fugitive Cop Killer on FBI Most Wanted List

    04/27/2017 10:54:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 27, 2017 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The failing sports network ESPN, which is quickly losing its audience thanks to its overtly liberal pandering, has published a poetry tribute to a convicted cop killer who’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. Just a day before the network laid off 100 employees, including most of its on-air talent, it published five poems about feminism and political resistance on its website’s section aimed at women. This was first noticed by The Federalist.
  • NFL Draft rumors: Many expect Browns to select Mitchell Trubisky with first pick

    04/27/2017 10:21:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Sporting News ^ | April 27, 2017 | Jordan Heck
    The Browns are unofficially on the clock, but later today they will have the timer ticking down as they make their decision for the first overall pick. For weeks mock drafts have projected Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett to come off the board first, but recent reports are saying something else. North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is gaining momentum as the player Cleveland will take first. The speculation started last week when reported Trubisky is in "serious consideration by the Browns at No. 1." The report claims the team is scared the 49ers may take the QB at...
  • Seahawks Trade Marshawn Lynch To Raiders

    04/27/2017 8:55:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:30 PM PDT | Staff
    After a year away from football, running back Marshawn Lynch is coming out of retirement to play for the Oakland Raiders. Because there were years remaining on the contract extension Lynch signed with Seattle two years ago, the Seahawks still controlled Lynch’s rights, so to facilitate Lynch returning to play with his hometown team, the Raiders and Seahawks will swap picks in the 2018 draft, the Raiders announced. The Raiders will receive Lynch and a sixth-round draft choice in 2018 in exchange for Oakland’s fifth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. Lynch, who the Seahawks acquired in a trade with...
  • It's all fun and games for players during children's hospital visit before draft

    04/27/2017 8:28:14 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04/27/2017 | Phil Thompson
    Alec Cabacungan may never play football himself but he lived out a sports dream Thursday: He got to interview several NFL draft prospects when the players visited Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago. Cabacungan, 12, of Oak Park, is a patient at the pediatric hospital in Elmwood Park and has been diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, which makes his bones so brittle that he has had about 50 fractures. On Thursday, his focus was on Leonard Williams, Melvin Gordon and Landon Collins, asking them about their childhood influences, favorite plays and superhero alter egos. For the record, Williams and Gordon both chose The...
  • Top NFL prospect Gareon Conley, 21, is accused of rape on eve of the draft:[tr]

    04/27/2017 6:40:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 27, 2017 | James Wilkinson
    Ohio State quarterback and top NFL pick Gareon Conley has been accused of rape by a 23-year-old woman one day before the NFL draft. The alleged victim said that Conley, 21, took her to a room in the Westin hotel in Cleveland on April 9 and raped her in the bathroom. Conley's attorney denies the claim against the footballer and says that no charges have been filed in the case - but police say that it is still under investigation. Meanwhile, video obtained by TMZ suggests that his accuser's claims may not fit the timeline of what actually happened.
  • Revenge, redemption on mind of Caps vs. Penguins

    04/27/2017 4:15:22 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 9 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | April 27, 2017 1:26 am | Ben Raby
    WASHINGTON — The slogan for the 2015-16 Washington Capitals, plastered across hats and T-shirts worn throughout the season, was “Stick to the Script.” It served as a constant reminder that the Capitals were building something under head coach Barry Trotz and that the occasional loss or prolonged slump shouldn’t be the catalyst for wholesale changes. Stick to the script, the team was reminded. One year later, the Capitals have returned to the same juncture where the once promising 2015-16 season ended last spring — with a second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The mission this year? To rewrite the...
  • Tim Tebow belts a triple in 3-hit game: Is a promotion next?

    04/27/2017 12:41:12 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 27, 2017 | y Post Sports Desk
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tim Tebow looks like he’s learning to hit. Could a promotion be next? Tebow tripled — on a headfirst slide — and singled twice, scoring two runs as the Single-A Columbia Fireflies beat the Asheville Tourists 5-0 on Wednesday. It was Tebow’s third multihit game since Friday, as the 29-year-old followed up on his best week in the minors with more consistency at the plate. In his past six games, Tebow is batting .450 (9-for-20). “There are some guys who do really good who get taken away from me halfway through the year,” Fireflies manager Jose Leger...
  • Kentucky Derby Advance PPs

    04/26/2017 2:56:17 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 12 replies
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  • Journalists fire back at ‘dirtbags reveling in ESPN’s layoffs’

    04/26/2017 1:27:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2017 | Cindy Boren
    Job cuts, whether they’re called layoffs or buyouts, are an unpleasant fact of life and when they hit a sports-media company that bills itself as “the Worldwide Leader,” they’re a hot-button target. Plenty of social media users, unhappy at the network’s emphasis on debate and de-emphasis on news, were happy to see misfortune strike the company. Of course, the people affected have lives and families and mortgages and pets and the company’s Bristol, Conn., campus was “in shock” and “frozen” by the departures of what could be 100 colleagues. Others in media, where layoffs and cuts are frequent, felt their...
  • Like it or not, ESPN isn't sticking to sports

    04/26/2017 1:23:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 12, 2017 | Jim Brady
    “Hey, ESPN: Stick to sports.” I’ve read thousands of social media posts and reader emails about ESPN over the past 15 months. If there’s one phrase that tends to surface most frequently, it’s that chestnut suggesting the network’s only proper place is in the athletics lane.
  • Jeb Bush, Derek Jeter win auction for Miami Marlins baseball team: report

    04/26/2017 7:56:15 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 4/25/17 | Alex Pappas
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter are part of a group whose bid to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team has been accepted, according to a report. Bloomberg cites a source in reporting the contract hasn't been signed yet and the details of the offer are not yet known.
  • ESPN To Cut About 100 Employees; Layoffs To Be Made Public Today

    04/26/2017 6:37:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Sports Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2017 | John Ourand
    ESPN will lay off around 100 of its on-air and online anchors, reporters and analysts today, sources tell THE DAILY. So far, no specific names have been confirmed; they are expected to start becoming public this morning. ESPN is not announcing officially who is getting let go. Most of the people who are being laid off are not based in Bristol, which means much of the talent will learn their fate via a phone call. Execs making those calls this morning include Senior VP/Event & Studio Production Stephanie Druley, Senior VP/”SportsCenter” & News Rob King and Senior Coordinating Producer Seth...
  • Russell Westbrook leaves court after losing series, no handshakes

    04/26/2017 3:36:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Larry Brown Sports ^ | April 25, 2017 | Larry Brown
    Russell Westbrook was not in the mood for postgame handshakes after his Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 5 of their playoff series in Houston on Tuesday night. The Thunder’s season came to an end with their 105-99 defeat to the Rockets in Game 5 of their series. TNT, which televised the game, showed Westbrook marching straight into the tunnel and off the court immediately following the defeat:
  • Jeb Bush-Derek Jeter group reportedly has agreement to buy Marlins

    04/25/2017 4:21:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies news services ^ | April 25, 2017
    Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is part of a group led by ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that has reached an agreement to purchase the Miami Marlins after submitting a bid of $1.3 billion, according to multiple media reports. According to the Miami Herald and Bloomberg, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has reached an agreement to sell the Marlins to the Bush-Jeter group after their bid won the auction ahead of other potential buyers for exclusive negotiating rights.
  • Earnhardt Jr. to retire following 2017 season

    04/25/2017 12:38:39 PM PDT · by FewsOrange · 7 replies
    NASCAR ^ | April 25, 2017 | Zack Albert
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from full-time driving following the 2017 NASCAR season, saying Tuesday during a press conference that he wanted go out "on my own terms." Hendrick Motorsports announced the news at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, setting up a 3 p.m. press conference with the driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet. Junior strode onstage precisely on time, with no moderator, wearing a suit and tie. "I just want to thank everyone for making me feel pretty incredible today," an emotional Earnhardt Jr. said. " ... I just wanted the opportunity to go out on my own terms." The...
  • Tua Tagovailoa Dazzles In Alabama Debut, But Jalen Hurts' Starting Job Is And Should Be Safe

    04/24/2017 1:08:44 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-22-2017 | Sam Cooper
    Tua Tagovailoa It seems silly to have to write this: Jalen Hurts is Alabama’s starting quarterback. Hurts was both the SEC’s freshman and offensive player of the year in 2016 as he led the Crimson Tide to a national runner-up finish. He threw for 2,780 yards and 23 touchdowns while also gaining 954 yards and scoring 13 times on the ground. This was all as a true freshman. Sure, he struggled in the College Football Playoff against top-notch defenses as a passer. Again, he was a true freshman. He had a fantastic season, but now the Tide, like always, brought...