Sam Bradford not close to full health?

May 29, 2015 – 12:34 am by Ryan Phillips
    Sam Bradford

When Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles traded for Sam Bradford they were almost certainly expecting him to be healthy for the entire 2015 season. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Bradford is even close to that point.

According to numerous reports from the first day of OTAs for the Eagles, Bradford was seen walking with a noticeable limp. He is in the process of recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, the second time he has had to have that ACL repaired. He hurt the knee in August of last year, which means Bradford should be well on the road to recovery by now. He clearly isn’t as far along as he should be.

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Klay Thompson suffers concussion-like symptoms ‘after’ win

May 28, 2015 – 2:07 am by Hickey

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To be filed under “How Convenient:”

With nine minutes left in Golden State’s series-clinching win over Houston, guard Klay Thompson took a knee to the head after pump-faking Trevor Ariza out of his jockstrap. It was quite a blow, as Thompson started bleeding from the ear like Ricardo Montalban had put one of those Star Trek II leeches inside of it.

After visiting the locker room for a couple minutes, Thompson was cleared by the team’s crack medical staff to return, though with the game in hand he never actually had to be put back on the floor. Turns out that was a good thing.

Once the game was over and all the celebration was out of the way, Thompson began developing concussion-like symptoms. (You don’t say?)

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FIFA officials arrested en masse in Switzerland

May 27, 2015 – 12:53 am by Hickey

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It looks like one of the world’s most notoriously corrupt organizations, FIFA, experienced its “Apalachin” moment in Switzerland on Wednesday morning.

For those of who you might have families or hobbies, Apalachin is the 1957 raid in which some 60 mob bosses were arrested at or around the Apalachin, New York home of gangster Joseph Barbara. It was a seminal moment in the fight against organized crime because it forced FBI director J. Edgar Hoover to take off his negligee acknowledge that organized crime wasn’t a figment of the media’s imagination.

After Wednesday, we may see acknowledgment that bribery being the reason for Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid is also not a figment of the media’s imagination. Multiple FIFA officials were arrested at the Swiss resort where the organization was holding its annual meeting, and face extradition to the U.S. under federal charges of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

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Video: Kris Bryant launches huge home run

May 26, 2015 – 9:14 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kris Bryant

I think it’s fair to say that Chicago Cubs rookie phenom Kris Bryant has lived up to expectations. The 23-year-old third baseman was at it again Tuesday night as he launched a mammoth home run off of Wrigley Field’s new video board beyond the left-center field bleachers. The solo shot was also clutch, as it tied the game against the Washington Nationals 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
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NBA (fruitlessly?) trying to move up start of Finals

May 24, 2015 – 11:55 pm by Hickey

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The NBA’s conference finals have been the definition of anti-climax as both series appear headed towards four-game sweeps. But that’s nowhere near as unexciting as the wait until the start of the NBA Finals will be.

The starting date of the Finals was set as June 5 before the end the second round. And had either conference final been even remotely interesting, that would not be an issue. But as things stand, the Warriors are set to wrap up the West on Monday and the Cavs the East on Tuesday — which would result in an eight-day layoff before the main event. (And you thought the playoffs were intolerably long before.)

Unlike his predecessor, league commissioner Adam Silver is not an immovably stubborn ass. He’s a bright guy who recognizes people forgetting basketball season is still a thing isn’t the best business move. Thus it is no surprise CBS Sports is reporting that the NBA is looking into a contingency plan that would allow the Finals to start two days earlier on Monday, June 3.

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North Carolina receives NCAA notice of allegations

May 23, 2015 – 4:10 am by Ryan Phillips
    North Carolina

On Friday, the University of North Carolina acknowledged that it had received a notice of allegations from the NCAA related to the school’s ongoing academic fraud scandal. UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham claim the school is reviewing the notice and will release it publicly after certain redactions are made to comply with privacy laws.

UNC has 90 days to review the notice and respond to it. In a statement the school said, “We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline.”

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Jon Jones will get immediate title shot if he returns to UFC

May 20, 2015 – 11:16 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Jon Jones has been the most dominant figure in mixed martial arts for a few years now, but he has also had his share of issues. Recently, Jones was stripped of his UFC light heavyweight championship and suspended indefinitely following a hit-and-run accident. Luckily for Jones, he will be welcomed back to the UFC with an immediate title shot once he gets his life in order.

On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White said that when Jones comes back he will fight for the title immediately. This weekend at UFC 187, Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson will fight for the belt Jones vacated.

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Derek Carr may need surgery on finger

May 19, 2015 – 10:04 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Derek Carr

The Oakland Raiders are looking to build their franchise around second-year quarterback Derek Carr, but they may have to wait for the 24-year-old to get on the field this offseason. On Tuesday, it was reported that Carr has an injury to his right ring finger that could keep him out for an extended period of time.

Chris Mortensen claims Carr’s injury could require surgery and if it does he could miss at least a significant portion of training camp. As it is, Carr is currently sitting out OTAs and it looks like he’ll miss the rest of them. That’s valuable time of working with the team’s new offensive coordinator Bull Musgrave that he is missing out on.

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