Report: Bucs owners will have final say on top pick

April 9, 2015 – 5:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jameis Winston

It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t as settled on who they will select with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft as we thought. While the team has appeared to be set on Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as the top pick in the draft, but a report on Thursday seems to show that isn’t a lock. Additionally, it would appear that the final say on who the team selects will belong to the owners.

Charles Robinson reports that the Glazer family will ultimately make the decision on who the team takes at the top of the draft, and that particular attention should be paid to Darcie Glazer Kassewitz. Kassewitz is the daughter of late owner Malcolm Glazer, and while there is no evidence to suggest she is against selecting Winston, she has raised questions about the impact of selecting him on the franchise’s public image.

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Pacquiao motivated by Mayweather’s history of domestic violence

April 8, 2015 – 10:07 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Mayweather Pacquiao

I don’t think Manny Pacquiao needs any extra motivation for a win over Floyd Mayweather, but he has apparently found it in Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) will face Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) on May 2 in Las Vegas, and the title of “best fighter of this generation” will be on the line. But according to Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, Pacquiao has found an extra level of motivation for this bout.

Roach claims that Mayweather’s history of domestic violence has upped Pacquiao’s intensity and motivation during training camp. Mayweather has been involved in seven alleged incidents of physical assault – against five different women – that resulted in his arrest or a citation. In 2012 he spent two months in a Nevada jail after an assault on Josie Harris, who is the mother of three of his four children.

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Scumbag Dave Bliss hired to coach NAIA hoops program

April 7, 2015 – 1:45 am by Hickey

Dave Bliss

In the case of Southwestern Christian University, Bliss is ignorance.

The NAIA school in Oklahoma that no one has ever heard of prior to today accomplished its goal of changing that by hiring the 71-year-old former Baylor coach, who is perhaps the worst scumbag ever produced by an industry teeming with them.

Bliss last coached at Baylor in 2003 before stepping down in one of the more sordid scandals in the history of just about anything.

Bliss was guilty of making illegal payments to several players, including Patrick Dennehy, who was later murdered by teammate Carlton Dotson. Once Dennehy was dead and buried, Bliss used him as a ploy to try and trick NCAA investigators, telling assistant coaches and players to inform them Dennehy made his extra cash from dealing marijuana rather than directly from Bliss.

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How Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall both made right choice

April 3, 2015 – 2:21 pm by Hickey

Shaka Smart

The coaching darlings of the mid-major basketball world, Shaka Smart and Gregg Marshall, both made very different decisions about their futures this week. Smart decided to finally make the jump from Virginia Commonwealth to Texas, while Marshall passed up Alabama’s big money for a raise from Wichita State.

Both made the right choice. And here’s why.

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USC AD Pat Haden to boycott NCAA meeting in Indiana

March 31, 2015 – 3:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Pat Haden

USC athletic director Pat Haden has become the first NCAA official to publicly boycott Indiana over its controversial “religious freedom” bill. Haden, a member of the College Football Playoff committee, will not attend this week’s meeting in Indianapolis as a protest against the law. The NCAA’s headquarters are are in Indianapolis and the city will also host the Final Four this weekend.

In a tweet, Haden said: “I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #Embrace Diversity”

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The Big East Goes Back to the Future

March 30, 2015 – 12:51 am by Hickey

chris-mullin-sju

A pair of Big East programs that were national powers in the 1980s announced their new coaches on Sunday, though both left people scratching their heads for different reasons.

St. John’s is turning to the most prominent name in program history, while DePaul will turn to… a name in program history.

Chris Mullin, a long-time flattop aficionado and member of the last St. John’s  team to play in the Final Four,  will return to his alma mater as its new head coach. Meanwhile, conference rival (?) DePaul decided to go back to the coach who last provided it with any semblance of success — Dave Leitao, who guided the Blue Demons to their most reason NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.

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Brady Aiken: Former No. 1 pick undergoes Tommy John surgery

March 27, 2015 – 1:59 am by Ryan Phillips
    Brady Aiken

Last summer, prep left-hander Brady Aiken was the consensus top player in Major League Baseball’s June draft. The San Diego product had a big arm, three plus pitches and uncommon poise and polish for a prep hurler. He was selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros and everything seemed great. One crazy year later and that has all changed.

Aiken and the Astros couldn’t work out a contract agreement before MLB’s deadline to do so. Houston balked after the team believed a physical showed problems with the 18-year-old’s elbow. Aiken and his representatives disputed those findings claiming he was fine and there was no reason for concern. The Astros held firm and pulled their high-dollar offer. Aiken’s team also held firm and refused to accept less money. Instead, the lefty decided to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida this season before re-entering the 2015 draft.

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Will Wrigley Field be ready for opening night? UPDATE: Yeah…

March 26, 2015 – 12:42 am by Hickey

Wrigley Field Jumbotron

Even when someone finds themselves impossibly excited about the Chicago Cubs, it doesn’t take very long for some damn fool thing to happen that reminds you that you’re dealing with the Cubs.

Regardless of their record this upcoming season — it may well be a few games under .500 or a few games over .500 — there’s no question that an exciting young team has been assembled on the North Side. Even the growing pains will be fun. And some intelligent baseball minds believe that 2015 won’t necessarily be a bridge year for the ballclub.

Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli posits that the Cubs are ready to contend RIGHT NOW, and not just because Marty McFly said so. He notes that Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler are odds-on favorites to finish 1-2 in Rookie of the Year voting, something that hasn’t happened to Cubs teammates since Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith pulled it off for the 1989 NL East champs. (He also notes that the rest of their careers are likely to turn out better than it did for Messrs. Walton and Smith, though I will never personally question Dwight Smith’s ability to pinch-hit like a boss).

So there should be joy in Wrigleyville as we eagerly try to make the next two weeks before opening night vanish from the calendar. But as it turns out, there’s some question as to whether the Cubs will actually be in Wrigleyville on opening night.

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