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LeBron James 'pissed off' at Kevin Durant over 'toxic' comments

Category : Featured Story , NBA

LeBron James is not happy with Kevin Durant over what he had to say about the culture of LBJ’s teams, adding further intrigue to the impending Christmas Day matchup at Oracle Arena.
Durant made it pretty clear that he wouldn’t want to play alongside James, despite the rumors of him possibly joining the Lakers next summer. He appeared to shoot them down by saying this:
“He has so many fanboys in the media,” Durant told Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher. “Even the beat writers just fawn over him. I’m like, we’re playing basketball here, and it’s not even about basketball at certain points. So I get why anyone wouldn’t want to be in that environment because it’s toxic.
James remained quiet on social media afterward, much to the surprise of many. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he wasn’t going to respond, which he did in an exclusive interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.
“I was a little pissed off when I first heard it, to be honest,” James said. “I didn’t know where it stemmed from. So I was pissed, my family was pissed, and my friends were pissed. We just didn’t know why, at this point and time in the season, my name or what I’ve done in my career was kind of talked about like that. I don’t feel like it’s ever been toxic around me. And when I hear ‘toxic,’ I automatically thought, ‘toxic’ is like you don’t wanna be around that because it’s almost like a fatal disease.”
LeBron is the master at resurrecting issues that we once thought were dead, in order to draw attention to himself, at the perfect time. Here he is again, somehow, front and center, ahead of Tuesday’s epic matchup. Somehow, it’s always all about him, which is exactly what Durant was referencing — and he’s right.

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Tyson Chandler chose to join Lakers over Warriors

Category : Featured , Featured Story , Lakers , NBA

Last week, the Los Angeles Lakers made the acquisition of veteran big man Tyson Chandler after he was bought out of the final year of his deal with the Phoenix Suns.
It was a move for Chandler that he had a handful of teams interested in his services on the open market. According to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints, the 36-year-old voiced that he chose to join Los Angeles over the Golden State Warriors.

Tyson Chandler says there were 5 teams in the running for his services. He narrowed his options to the #Warriors and #Lakers. Then chose LA.
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) November 13, 2018

In his first three games with the Lakers, Chandler has been a major asset off the bench for the team by averaging 3.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, and 1.0 steal in 22.6 minutes per game. He has been able to lead Los Angeles once each in rebounds, steals, and blocks. His play has been huge in the frontcourt especially late in games with his stable play on the glass and in the paint in key moments.
This has seen him start it off with two key pivotal offensive rebounds in the final minute of the 114-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves that were tapped out to his teammates that kept the possession alive that kept his team ahead. He had been able to seal the win by being able to close out on a 3-pointer attempt from Derrick Rose that changed the trajectory of his shot.
He was able to follow that up with a game-changing play in last Sunday’s 107-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks where he able to get his fingertips on a potentially game-winning layup by rookie point guard Trae Young in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. Chandler also chipped in with a team-high 12 rebounds in last Saturday’s 101-86 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Chandler has a chance to provide a highly impactful role for the Lakers both on and off the court over the rest of the season.

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Watch: Cam Newton does hilarious Norv Turner impression after game

Category : Featured , Featured Story , NFL , Panthers

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is thriving in Norv Turner’s system, and his team is benefiting as well.
The team has won five of its last six games, and the offense no longer looks predictable, as it did in past seasons. Turner deserves all the credit in the world for that, as the team hired him to replace Mike Shula as offensive coordinator earlier in the year, and that decision proved to be a wise one.
The chemistry between Newton and Turner appears to be solid as well, with the quarterback and his coordinator appearing to be on the same page more often than not. Newton was asked about what the communication between him and Turner entails after Sunday’s 42-28 win over the Bucs, and that’s when the Panthers quarterback did a funny impression of the team’s coordinator, in attempting to recreate what the dialogue between the two sounds like.

[email protected] has the best Norv Turner impression you'll see this week (via @Panthers) pic.twitter.com/3F8XZBTXk9
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 4, 2018

If what Newton said is accurate, then maybe we need to get Turner mic’d up more often.

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Watch: Chris Sale makes Manny Machado fall down on game-ending strikeout

Red Sox ace Chris Sale closed out the World Series in a big way on Sunday night.
Sale came in to pitch in the ninth inning of Game 5, as he was asked to come in and shut the Dodgers batters down. His team was enjoying a 5-1 lead at the time, and Sale did exactly what was asked of him — retiring the meat of the Dodgers’ lineup, in order.
And while Sale is known for starting games, rather than closing them out, he really shut the door on the Dodgers quickly on Sunday. It took him only 15 pitches to strike out the side, as he retired Justin Turner, Enrique Hernandez and Manny Machado. Not only that, he accomplished the feat in style — getting Machado to swing so hard at a slider that he fell down.
Here’s how the 2018 World Series came to a close.
That was the final pitch of the World Series, and it really summed up how dominant the Sox have been during both the regular season and the playoffs.

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Jaguars players arrested in London nightclub incident, facing possible suspensions

Category : Featured Story , Jaguars , NFL

The Jacksonville Jaguars just can’t stay out of their own way right now, and on top of that, a number of the team’s players were involved in an altercation at a London nightclub.
Given that the Jags had some time off ahead of Sunday’s game against the Eagles, a number of players elected to hit up a London nightclub.
Apparently, they found some trouble there, though. Jaguars safety Barry Church, cornerback D.J. Hayden, safety Ronnie Harrison and safety Jarrod Wilson were all arrested, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Here are some details from the report:
The players went to a club on Friday night, were sent bottles of champagne and other high-end liquors and ran up a huge bill, sources told Rapoport. The players believed that the bottles were comped, but instead they were on their bill. When the bill arrived, the players refused to pay it, believing that it was not what they owed. An argument ensued and local police made several arrests.
None of the Jaguars players were charged with a crime and the bill was eventually resolved.
The team released a statement on the incident, saying that they’re currently investigating the issue.

Just got statement from @Jaguars on incident here in London @ActionNewsJax @ActionSportsJax “We are aware that 4 of our players were detained over restitution of a bill. The matter is being resolved and the players are with the team. Any discipline will be handled internally.”
— Brent Martineau (@BrentASJax) October 28, 2018

It will be interesting to see which players — likely all of them — will be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

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Rajon Rondo calls Chris Paul a 'horrible teammate'

Category : Featured , Featured Story , Lakers , NBA

In the days that have followed the fight with Chris Paul during Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets, there had yet to be a response from Los Angeles Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo.
The 32-year-old finally weighed in on the matter on Tuesday afternoon where he voiced that he didn’t spit on Paul while also bashing the type of teammate that the fellow former All-Star point guard has been throughout his career, according to ESPN.
“Of course, the NBA went with his side because I got three games and he got two,” Rondo told ESPN. “Everyone wants to believe Chris Paul is a good guy. They don’t know he’s a horrible teammate. They don’t know how he treats people. Look at what he did last year when he was in L.A.; trying to get to the Clippers’ locker room. They don’t want to believe he’s capable of taunting and igniting an incident.
“… He comes out and says I spit and the media sides with that.”
There is certainly plenty of harsh feelings toward Paul from Rondo that is deep-rooted that extends far beyond just their situation that occurred last Saturday night. This has seen the two have disdain toward each over the last decade.
This stems all the way back when Rondo was with the Boston Celtics while Paul was a member of the then-New Orleans Hornets. Nonetheless, it doesn’t appear that this changes things between them, but rather add more fuel to the fire to the matchup between the two on the court that should bring more attention to the next they matchup down the road this season. The Lakers and Rockets face each other next on Dec. 13 in Houston.
Rondo will be able to return to the team on Saturday night on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Look: Corey Knebel caught cheating in Game 6, seen with shiny substance on hand

Category : Brewers , Featured Story , MLB

Brewers relief pitcher Corey Knebel entered Friday’s game in a tough spot during Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, and he shut the Dodgers down.
Los Angeles was beginning to get some momentum, cutting Milwaukee’s lead to 5-2, with David Freese on second base, and Max Muncy on first. Knebel entered the game with Justin Turner — the Dodgers’ best hitter — at the plate, and he completely shut the door. He got Turner to fly out, then struck out Manny Machado.
The Dodgers failed to muster much else during the rest of the game, and Knebel’s relief stint proved to be huge in helping the Brewers get to a Game 7.
…But what the hell was on his arm? Check out how shiny it was, hinting at a possible foreign substance having been applied to it.

Brewers P Corey Knebel appears to have foreign substance on arm https://t.co/xBr8Bu0oL4 pic.twitter.com/5QOocrshRy
— Gloves & Bats (@Gloves_And_Bats) October 20, 2018

It’s not the first time Knebel has been scrutinized, either.

@DrewGoodman42 @ATTSportsNetRM @Rockies @spillygoat19 Sure looks like Knebel has got something on his left arm after the DJ strikeout. #rockies pic.twitter.com/MChbQQZ64U
— Matthew Chavez (@MrChavez2U) May 11, 2018

Hardly a surprise with the Brewers, a team that was, most likely, tipping pitches in the first inning of the game, when they scored four runs — all of which came with a man on second base, in the catcher Austin Barnes’ line of sight.
Still, the Dodgers failed to notice, and Knebel got away with it. We’ll see what happens in Game 7 on Saturday.

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Watch: Mookie Betts drops champagne bottle on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s head

Category : Featured , Featured Story , MLB , Red Sox

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was flawless defensively for his team throughout the American League Championship Series, so it’s safe to say he was due for an “error” of sorts.
Betts robbed Alex Bregman of a potential home run in the sixth inning of Thursday’s game (watch here) — allowing starting pitcher David Price to eventually exit the game while pitching a shutout.
It appears that Betts is human, though, as he finally dropped something after the game was over, although it wasn’t a baseball. Instead, it was a champagne bottle that he accidentally dropped on teammate Jackie Bradley Jr.’s head while the team was celebrating its ALCS win in the locker room.

Oh no! Mookie! pic.twitter.com/N5MrBKNL2b
— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) October 19, 2018

That may be the last item Betts drops until next season, as he’s been absolutely stellar in the field.

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Rajon Rondo voices high praise toward Lakers

Category : Featured , Featured Story , Lakers , NBA

Former All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo is set to begin his first campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, which will mark the sixth team that played for in his career.
In the days leading up to the season opener against the Trail Blazers, Rondo voiced some high praise toward the Lakers and their handling of players and structure of the franchise, according to Ryan Ward of ClutchPoints.

Rajon Rondo has been impressed with how the #Lakers conduct their business & treat their players: "This is definitely a players' 1st organization. I can't say it's not the best I've ever played for."
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) October 16, 2018

This is certainly high praise from Rondo given that he has played for five different organizations that includes the Boston Celtics, which is one of the most illustrious franchises in league history. He has spent the bulk of his career with the organization where he played in the playoffs seven times that includes reaching the NBA Finals twice including winning it once.
The Lakers have had some major overhaul to the front office over the last couple of years that has seen them go in an entirely different direction with the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak along with Jim Buss losing his job as the president of basketball operations. Controlling team owner Jeanie Buss has gone with Magic Johnson in place of her brother while former longtime agent Rob Pelinka has assumed the vacant general manager position.
This has helped set a new vibe around the team that has created a more professional environment and handling of the players in a much different light. Beyond that, these comments from Rondo speak quite highly of the Lakers and while likely lies ahead of the franchise.

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Watch: Patriots fans throw beer at, flip off Tyreek Hill after clutch TD

Category : Chiefs , Featured , Featured Story

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a second half for the ages in Sunday’s game against the Patriots, but he was unfortunately on the receiving end of a classless gesture by a fan.
Hill caught three touchdown passes in the final two quarters of the game, and when it was all said and done, he had racked up 142 yards in the contest as well. His biggest catch of the game came when it mattered most, late in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs were trailing 40-33, looking to tie the game with a scoring drive.
Thanks to Hill, it took them only one play to do exactly that.
On the first play from scrimmage, with just over three minutes remaining in the game, Hill caught a pass from Patrick Mahomes and took it to the house for a 75-yard touchdown. He ran so fast that he needed a few extra yards to slow down, and he ended up stopping right near the field lounge. Patriots fans in the vicinity flipped him off, and another one doused him with a beer.

Tyreek Hill got a middle finger to the face AND a beer thrown on him by Boston fans. pic.twitter.com/l3oZvvgMXx
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) October 15, 2018

That was a terrible display by the fans, and the one who splashed Hill with a beer shouldn’t enjoy the privilege of being field level again in the future.

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