Category: Philadelphia 76ers

Amar’e Stoudemire says he’d ‘shower across the street’ if he had a gay teammate

Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire may receive some backlash for the homophobic comments he made Tuesday. The 34-year-old, who is playing professional basketball in Israel, was asked by Walla Sport whether he would have a problem with a gay teammate. “I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire said. “And I’m going to drive [and] take a different route to the gym.” When asked by a reporter whether he really meant what he said, Stoudemire replied, “There’s always a truth within a joke.” Celtics: Given this accepted trade, it’s clear the asset-rich Celtics just decided to not go after Cousins. They could have easily topped this offer. Some fans in Boston will not be pleased by that, but the opportunity cost going after Cousins at the expense of another star is real for them. Also, the fit with Al Horford raises more questions than the one with Davis. Overall, that […]

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Heat coach Erik Spoelstra remembers the practice well.

“That’s what we need him to do,” star guard Isaiah Thomas said. “He’s a hell of a player. Even the stat sheet doesn’t explain how good of a player he is sometimes where he’s not scoring or rebounding, he’s doing a lot of things to help out everybody else on this team whether he helps on defense, whether that be making the right play on offense, he’s a complete basketball player. When he plays like he did tonight, especially in the second half, nine times out of 10 we usually win those games.” If Horford had his faults during the regular season, he is playing past them now. He is one of the few players on the Celtics’ roster with extensive playoff experience; he reached the conference finals two years ago and was part of a Hawks team that beat the Celtics last year to advance to the second round. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra remembers the practice well. It was […]

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NFL is all set to ease up on celebration penalties, but still no twerking

The NFL is going to ease up on celebration penalties … finally. Roger Goodell released a letter that announced group celebrations, going to the ground, using the ball as a prop, etc., will now be allowed. But they’re not going to completely surrender their reputation as the No Fun League. Anything with a little too much sexiness is still going to be verboten, stuff like twerking, hip thrusting, crotch grabbing, etc. Also banned still is anything involving a player mimicking a weapon (no bow-and-arrow shoots) or “prolonged” celebrations (gotta keep that clock moving). According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, dunking on the goal post is still a penalty as well. Gronkowski is also known for his bro personality off the field: He has his own party cruise, he chugged beers “for the fans” at the Patriots’ victory parade, and he loves the number 69. But on the field, he’s different. Last September, head coach Bill Belichick told MMQB that his tight […]

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Kuchar spun his tee shot on the par-3 16th directly into the cup.

Matt Kuchar made the first hole-in-one of the Masters on Sunday evening, shortly after 5 p.m. ET. Kuchar’s ace came on the par-3 16th hole Augusta National Golf Club. CBS’ Verne Lundquist said it was the 18th ace in Masters history. The 16th hole is playing at 170 yards this week. It’s been among the easier holes on the course, with 40 birdies made there in competition so far. But nobody had aced it — or any other hole on the course — until Kuchar knocked his tee shot in on Sunday. Kudos to these two fans who brought it to the seventh inning of Friday night’s Twins vs. White Sox game and kept us on the edge of our seats. In the video, the guy on the right had the clear advantage: He finished his beverage first, and he had a lighter touch on each of his flips. Better technique and fundamentals are usually key. But, man, the guy […]

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NFL odds and lines, Week 12: Titans vs. Raiders 2017

Despite sitting with 4-6 records, the Raiders and Titans are still in the thick of the AFC playoff race. Both teams are one game back in the wild card chase and the winner on Sunday could be tied for the No. 6 seed. The oddsmakers give Oakland a slight edge with the Raiders a 1.5-point favorite in the opening line, according to OddsShark.com. Our experts at SBNation.com have a 4-2 split going in favor of the Texans, with Ryan Van Bibber and Stephen White rolling deep with Jacksonville. At ESPN.com, only Mike DItka believes the Jaguars will win out of the network’s 13-man panel. Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News is a believer in Houston, while five of the eight men of CBSSports.com have Jacksonville covering the 10.5-point spread, but only Ryan Wilson has it winning. The good news is that Adrian Peterson is going to play in this one. The bad news is that Christian Ponder is going to […]

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Davis made an impact right away as a safety

Darron Lee, LB (RS sophomore): Lee exploded onto the scene in 2014 to become Ohio State’s most consistent playmaker on defense. Lee is in the Ryan Shazier/Shaq Thompson mold, one who can excel in multiple areas from the linebacker position. He excels in coverage and rushing the passer, and is solid against the run. If Lee builds on his 2014 campaign, he will be one of the most feared linebackers in the country and a first-round selection if he decides to leave Columbus. Brad Craddock, K (senior): The senior kicker from Australia won the Groza Award last year and has made tremendous growth after struggling with short kicks and extra points his first year. He worked with Matt Stover, which is where his growth started, and now he might be Maryland’s best player. Sean Davis, CB (senior): Great athlete from a small DC high school. Davis made an impact right away as a safety, starting a few games as a […]

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Bills GM Doug Whaley says he had no idea Rex Ryan was in danger of losing job

It looks like Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley will keep his job with the organization, but his press conference Monday sent a message that he isn’t very tuned in to the team’s decision-making process. “I wasn’t privy to any part of Rex Ryan being fired until I was told by [Bills owner] Terry Pegula,” Whaley told reporters. “We usually have those discussions at the year-end evaluation along with all the players, all our staff, all my staff. I wasn’t privy to that conversation so I can’t answer that.” SB Nation’s Thomas George reported that Rex Ryan asked ownership that, if the plan was to fire him, to do it as soon as possible rather than wait until after the season. But the ownership’s choice to make that decision while leaving the team’s general manager entirely in the dark seems baffling. Peterson is due to receive a $6 million roster bonus in March and receive an $11.75 million base salary […]

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Murray will finish outside the top 25 in scoring at the position

J.J. Nelson, WR, Cardinals: For the third time in the past four weeks, Nelson scored double-digit fantasy points, his 19 on Saturday matching his season high (Week 8) and falling just one shy of his career high (20, 2015 Week 11). That gave him 55 fantasy points since (and including) Week 13, second-most among wide receivers behind only Jordy Nelson’s 72. J.J. Nelson was owned in only 10.48 percent and started in 2.08 percent of ESPN leagues in Week 16. Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Authentic Mens Kellen Clemens Jersey Titans: Though a right ankle injury ended his day with roughly one minute remaining in the third quarter, Mariota’s performance up to that point fell far short of being useful in fantasy leagues. He scored only seven fantasy points, giving him a third consecutive week in single digits, the first time in his career he has done Kids Jonathan Broxton Jersey that. Fortunately, fewer than one-third of Mariota’s owners in ESPN […]

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Fantasy Fallout: Adrian Peterson is back, but he’s got nothin’ on Kenneth Farrow

What a story it would be: Adrian Peterson, one of the NFL’s all-time great running backs, makes an unlikely return from a knee injury in Week 15 — and leads your team to a fantasy championship. Unfortunately, that scenario seems a little far-fetched even in a fantasy world. Yes, Peterson declared Friday that he is “ready to roll” and plans to return for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. And ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reported that one of Peterson’s teammates said he “looks like Adrian” in practice. But expectations have to be low for a guy who has not played since Week 2 and who was averaging only 1.6 yards per carry at the time for a rushing offense that ranks last in the NFL with 73.4 yards per game. ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling said that if Peterson does in fact play this week, the Vikings will likely work him in slowly. He could play more in […]

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Robertson left the Yankees after a 39-save season in 2014

He was solid in 2008, but he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in August, necessitating Tommy John surgery that sidelined him the rest of the season (they finished one game out of the wild card, losing on the season’s final day) and almost all of 2009. The Mets then made a deal with the Red Sox, netting back 2 minor leaguers. Wagner pitched 17 games with the Mets and Red Sox but did not have a save in the final year of his contract. When considering Papelbon’s performance strictly on the field, it’s hard to deny he was a successful signing for the Phillies, even though he never pitched a postseason inning with the club. The question is how successful he was when you consider that he signed the largest free-agent contract for a reliever at the time of his deal. Among relievers to pitch at least 150 innings from 2012-2016, the time Papelbon was pitching on his free agent […]

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