How does Derrick Rose feel about his new transition to the New York Knicks from the Chicago Bulls? If you favor inferences, you can make your own from his statements about the fans in each city. Rose stated that while there was minor excitement from fans in Chicago, it’s nothing like the excitement he’s experienced in New York so far. The elation of NY fans has seemingly boosted Rose’s confidence, and he’s ready to get back on the court.
Rose told NBPA, "It's a basketball culture there (in Chicago) that's missing. Our job is to bring that excitement back to the city. And it's different playing there than actually being on the team, like the crowd there oohs and aahs for the little moves that you do when you're on the opposing team. But when you're on their team, they ooh and aah with everything."
Rose will need all the exhilaration he can muster heading into a heinous trial with a woman who accused him of rape back in August 2013. The case is ongoing.
Did you know the 2016 Paralympic Games began on September 7 this year? One man finished a race in track faster than the Olympic men’s winner. One woman is slated to win seven medals this year. Each of these are interesting statistics that don’t receive the same media attention that the Olympics experienced in 2016.
The NBC network agreed to increase their time slot allotment for the Paralympic games this year, but how does that make a viable difference if reporters refuse to cover the events? Many U.S. reporters and photographers were noticeably absent during the games. If you compare the daily coverage on CNN and Fox of the Olympic Games, you will see a sharp difference. Apparently, journalists feel that audiences aren’t interested in the Paralympics and the events are too costly to cover even though they occur at the same venues that the Olympics take place and occur only two weeks after.
According to “The Conversation” news source, Japan has 122 accredited journalists in Brazil and Germany has 99. The U.S. falls behind in these numbers with 52.
Paralympic athletes train just as hard or harder to compete for the honor of their country, but many don’t seem to be interested. We spoke with individuals involved in the Paralympics with roots to Birmingham in August. They include Josh Roberts, a Morris, Ala., native and Jennifer Schuble, a Homewood, Alabama resident. This will be Roberts’ third time competing in the Paralympic Games, specializing in the 100 meter and 1,500 meter sprint events. Schuble is a five-time medalist in the Paralympic games and will compete in five cycling events at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Would you like to see additional coverage of the Paralympic Games? Let us know your thoughts.
It was an exciting weekend for sports. Here’s a brief recap:
The University of Alabama washed Ole Miss out with the tide in a close match-up on Saturday. Defeating the Rebels was not an easy feat for Alabama, with the Tide initially being down by three touchdowns. Newcomer to the quarterback position, Jason Hurts, had 158 passing yards and ran 146. The contribution of defensive touchdowns from Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne really made the difference for Bama.
The 43-48 loss for Ole Miss was an undoubtedly, despairing defeat. The Rebels appeared to have their eye one the prize in the second quarter, with their quarterback Chad Kelly completing the most passing yards of his career – 421. However, turnovers in the heat of the game led to their demise.
Auburn fans were optimistic after their defense held nationally ranked, Clemson, to only 19 points in their season opener a couple of weeks ago. The optimism continued after Auburn was the first to get points on the board during their bout against Texas A&M last weekend. During the first quarter, the score was 7-0, with Auburn fans looking on excitedly. Then, the tides turned and Trevor Knight of Texas A&M proceeded to put pressure on Auburn, with passing yards of 247. Knight had help from Daniel LaCamera, who kicked five field goals to further their lead.
Auburn couldn’t stop the offensive force coming toward them with their defense, but did succeed in running into Texas A&M territory, with quarterback John Franklin leading the charge and Kamryn Pettway offering some running assistance. In the end, Auburn would fall to the Reveilles 16-29.
In other college news, Baylor overthrew Rice University 38-10. Tennessee dismantled Ohio 28-19. Clemson showed no mercy to Carolina State, beating them 59-0. Florida State was handed a loss by Louisville, falling 20-63. Nebraska beat Oregon 35-32 in a shocking loss for the No. 22 ranked team. LSU won their battle with Mississippi State in a narrow 23-20 victory.
In Sunday NFL news, the Carolina Panthers had a sizable victory over the San Francisco 49ers, beating them 46-27. During the game, Carolina Panthers quarterback, Cameron Newton threw for 353 yards and set a high bar for touchdown passes. He reached 121 career TD passes during the game.
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The Carolina Panthers took a loss last week, with a narrow defeat to the Denver Broncos. Panthers QB, Cameron Newton, contributed one touchdown, but one interception also rocked the Panthers' offensive success of 194 passing yards. Denver was led by Trevor Siemian with one touchdown and 178 passing yards. The game ended with the Panthers losing 20-21.
How will they shape up against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday? Let us know who you think will come out victorious!
First, hackers plunged into the political arena, unearthing thousands of emails about former and current candidates running for office. Now, they’ve turned their attention to the Olympic Games, hacking into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database on Tuesday. Intimate details of medical records dating back years were available to the world from athletes like Venus Willems, Simone Biles and Elena Delle Donne.
The excavated records revealed that Venus Williams was diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren’s syndrome, which impacts human energy. The hack forced Simone Biles to discuss her ongoing battle with ADHD and the medication she has taken to treat the disorder since she was a young child.
The WADA looked toward Russia as a possible culprit for the online attacks. However, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin condemned the accusation, stating there was no ground for the suspicion. According to NBC Sports, there was a statement release shedding some light on who the hackers may be affiliated with. The group said they were following the beliefs and ideals of Anonymous, the mysterious Internet entity that has outed several groups and individuals for wrongdoing online. The group posted on their website that they wanted the world to see “how Olympic medals are won”, indirectly accusing U.S. athletes of consuming performance altering drugs for wins.
Isn’t technology grand? Make sure to check back for more sports news throughout the week!
Have you had your dose of irony today? Well, here it is. Former NBA Champions, Shaquille O'Neal and Metta World Peace, both had family representatives dueling against each other on the basketball court recently. The sons of each player challenged each other's strengths and weaknesses in the Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Classic at Lynwood High School in California this past weekend.
The battle between Shareef O'Neal (No. 44) and Ron Artest III (No. 1) was an entertaining phenomenon, with one dominating on defense and the other handing down nothing but net from behind the arc.
Check out their moves below and see who delivered a checkmate via Sports Illustrated's Youtube.
Through adversity and a few close calls, Stephen Curry and GS have not faltered. Can they keep it up against the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow?
The Cleveland Browns will be sporting a new quarterback next Monday against the Baltimore Ravens after Johnny Manziel was reportedly out on the town during a bye week. He will be replaced by Josh McCowen for Monday's game. The head coach, Mike Pettine, expressed his disappointment with the negative leadership and lifestyle Manziel has fallen into because he sees his potential. After spending 10 weeks in a treatment facility during the off-season, there were high hopes for the young quarterback. His partying ways seemed past tense until last month when the media unveiled a drunk driving incident with Manziel and his girlfriend at the time. There were no charges filed for this episode after bystanders called police to report reckless driving.
Pettine told ESPN, "Everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I'm especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard." Manziel was caught partying during their bye week, which prompted a resurgence of the team's opinion of his carousing events in the past. Manziel's future position on the team after Monday's game is to be determined.
Heated competition must’ve gotten the best of Los Angeles Clippers player, Austin Rivers, on Thursday. Rivers catapulted a seat cushion into the stands at the Sacramento arena striking a fan in her eye. Rivers stated, “The pillow was light and it just flew into the air backwards. I didn’t really look when it went into the crowd.” It was not proven that the fan was targeted, but Rivers was fined $25,000 and issued an apology to the fan.
He went on to say that it was not his intention to hurt any fan during Wednesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. They won the game 111-104. It’s unclear why the cushion was thrown, but Coach Doc Rivers and Austin appear to be very apologetic regarding the incident.
Could Rajon Rondo be headed for royalty soon? Ironically, this piece is not about the daughter of a celebrity, but rather the branching out of a franchise. The Sacramento Kings have become the apple of Rondo’s eye after multiple clashes with Dallas Mavericks coach, Rick Carlisle, last season.
Rajon still holds a ton of stock in himself. Even after the bad blood and poor play, $10 million is a steep asking price for the 29-year old. However, it is less than the $12.9 million that was offered by the Mavericks last season.
The Kings aren’t currently without their own drama. There are rumors that the Sacramento owner has been making strides to fire Coach George Karl due to whisperings of plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins.
Still, this deal would be a bit shaky for the Kings if it did come to fruition. Rondo would be utilizing all of their cap space with his monetary standard. After viewing his performance from last season, would they be willing to make that leap? The NBA cycle just keeps on spinning.
Can he be duplicated? Can he be stopped? LeBron James aimed to go toe to toe with Stephen Curry in the three-pointer department during Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors. Even with his impressive triple double and astounding stats, LeBron and the Cavs could not shake the splash brothers’ violent wave from knocking them back to shore over and over again.
However, the loss definitely didn’t derive from a lack of effort on LeBron James’ part. James ousted all criticisms of the all too familiar “choking” connotations whispered on social media with his performance. He managed to score 40 points on the Warriors, thrash his way into the paint to yield 14 rebounds, and dished out 11 assists. Still, as the Harry Nilsson song entails, one is the loneliest number you’ll ever know. One person wouldn’t thwart the unstoppable force known as the Golden State Warriors last night.
Golden State found visually, fanciful methods to move the basketball during Game 5, but their defensive stance unearthed new successive ground for the team. They managed to hold Cleveland to under 40 percent shooting throughout the game. Although Andre Iguodala didn’t contribute quite the hot hand he did in Game 4, he did auspiciously make James take tougher shots, catapulting him out of his usual comfort zone. Iguodala also managed to gain 14 points with 8 rebounds. He also dropped three steals into the Chef Curry victory stew.
When we reflect back on the beat of the game, it appeared to hold the possibility of going either way. The score was close and the lead changes were numerous throughout each quarter. So, what occurred? The game took a nightmarish turn for the Cavs after Curry began a footwork and shot clinic by contriving a barrage of basketball fluidity and ingenuity that only he could create. Curry scored 37 points throughout the game, but drained many in the fourth quarter to place the final nail in the Cav’s coffin.
This leaves us pondering, what’s next? With the Cavs facing a 3-2 deficit, can they rise to the occasion? Will LeBron gain help from others besides JR Smith after this 104-91 loss? Only time will tell.
Do you ever find yourself pondering on the fact that no matter how many vital assets are recruited and produced for the Los Angeles Clippers, they still never acquire monumental success within the playoffs? We reviewed an article from the Bleacher Report that questioned the emotional state of the Clippers as a whole. However, poise can only limit you to a certain extent. Somewhere along the lines, you have to begin analyzing what’s fact and what’s fiction.
The first analytical fact is that the Clipper should never have been forced into a Game 7 debacle. The team held a 19-point deficit over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 that somehow dwindled away in one quarter. This fact is even more bothersome when you add in the fact that they were playing on their home court.
So, can we infer that the Clippers will only be good for “lobs”, globetrotter-esque passes, and entertainment? Will they ever make it past the second round of the playoffs? After the Clippers ousted the defending champions out of the playoff battle in the first round, things looked promising. However, this victory was shrouded in defeat once again.
In the end, you can blame a lack of professionalism, as the Bleacher Report insinuates, or the talent of the players. Regardless, the clear fact remains that in the NBA Playoffs, you win or go home. Until something vital transpires, the Clippers will continue going home.
The Trail Blazers were given the ax last night as the Grizzlies blazed into the second round of the NBA playoffs. The game ended with a 99-93 defeat for Portland with the sounds of, “win or go home”, cascading in their ears.
The absence of the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley apparently had any bearing on their play. They entered the game with a stunning hunger to demolish the Trail Blazers quickly and wholeheartedly. They put up 10 unanswered points to begin the game. However, the Blazers had an answer for every curve propelled toward them by Memphis. They fought back to narrow the gap several times throughout the game before succumbing to the loss.
Various players contributed to the Grizzlies’ win at some point. Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, and Tony Allen all used their personal niches to cause problems for Portland down the stretch.
The Grizzlies are now staring into the eyes of a resting giant--the Golden State Warriors. Regardless of the final outcome, this series is sure to be an entertaining ride.