Video: Victor Oladipo with insane pass to Cody Zeller

February 14, 2015 – 2:00 am by Ryan Phillips

Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller both started for Team USA in the NBA’s Rising Star Challenge on Friday night to kickoff All-Star weekend. The two friends and former Indiana University teammates were having a lot of fun on the court, but one play in particular stood out as simply ridiculous.

After a turnover gave the World team an easy layup near the end of the first half, a long inbounds pass found its way towards Oladipo under the opposing basket. He rose up to grab it and bounced it perfectly between his legs to Zeller, who dunked it home with 1.2 seconds left in the half. It was gorgeous.

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Peyton Manning tells Denver Broncos he wants to return in 2015

February 13, 2015 – 7:33 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Peyton Manning

While several rumors continue to float around about Peyton Manning’s meeting with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, we can officially report that the 38-year-old quarterback told the team he plans on playing next season. Some have said that Manning was undecided after meeting with the team, but that is actually not true. He told the Broncos he is full-go and ready to play in 2015.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is also backing that up, claiming that Manning told Broncos officials “that he is physically and mentally prepared to play at a significant level in 2015.” Mortensen went on to say that while retirement remains an option for Manning, it is not one he expressed in the meeting.

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Minnesota Vikings publicly supporting Adrian Peterson

February 12, 2015 – 10:22 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Adrian Peterson

When Adrian Peterson was suspended for the bulk of the 2014 NFL season due to child abuse charges against him, many expected the running back to be done with the Minnesota Vikings. The franchise distanced itself from Peterson for months, but lately the team has seemed to reverse course.

On Thursday we got another indication that the Vikings were willing to bring Peterson back, as team COO Kevin Warren claimed the club would welcome him with “open arms” once he is reinstated by the league. Warren recently saw Peterson in court and said, “He’s a member of the Vikings family. I just wanted to go up, give him a hug and let him know he looked good.”

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Swaggy P shows up late before game; claims (unrelated) dolphin attack

February 11, 2015 – 1:13 am by Hickey

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On a day where NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams six months for fabricating his experiences in Iraq, it should be noted that the following story should be taken with a grain of salt. But since it was told, we’re obligated to repeat it for you.

Lakers sixth man Nick Young, who showed up to Staples Center for Tuesday’s game against the Nuggets 15 minutes later than coach Byron Scott’s mandated 6 p.m. rule, greeted reporters in the locker room with a doozy of a story about that time he was nearly killed by a dolphin.

It should be noted that the dolphin was not used as an excuse for Young’s tardiness, nor was it randomly brought up in an impromptu manner by the league’s leader in eccentricity. “Swaggy P” was asked about dolphins because his girlfriend, rapper musician entertainer Iggy Azalea, tweeted on Monday “Nick is scared of dolphins.” And frankly, what else are reporters supposed to ask about before a game between two horse shit basketball teams?

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Eastern Washington QB transfers to replace Mariota at Oregon

February 10, 2015 – 12:31 am by Hickey


Every year, dozens of football players transfer from Division I-A (FBS) down to Division I-AA (FCS). Typically it’s a matter of where they fit on the depth chart combined with the ability to play without sitting out a year. Joe Flacco serves as the best-known example, going from Pitt to Delaware and demonstrating he was a draftable quarterback. Brandon Jacobs, who left a crowded Auburn backfield for Southern Illinois, is another example. So too is Tre Roberson, who left behind an Indiana team that badly could have used his services at quarterback this year and led Illinois State to the FCS Championship Game.

But the elevator rarely travels in the opposite direction. Vernon Adams is the exception.

Adams, who has been a three-year star at Eastern Washington, announced he is leaving the school to transfer to Oregon, where he will presumably take the reins from the departing Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The rules for moving up aren’t the same as moving down — Adams will only be eligible to compete for the Ducks because he is finishing up his undergraduate degree this spring and will enroll at Oregon for graduate school, where he will try to get his Masters in Football.

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Report: San Diego Padres, James Shields agree to four-year deal

February 9, 2015 – 3:22 am by Ryan Phillips
    James Shields

The San Diego Padres’ incredible offseason continued Sunday night as reports surfaced that they had agreed to a four-year deal with veteran right-hander James Shields. San Diego had been the favorite to land the 33-year-old starter for about a week and general manager A.J. Preller was apparently able to close the deal.

Chris Cotillo broke the news and says the four-year deal is in the $72-$78 million range. There is an reportedly an option for a fifth year. The contract is only pending a physical. Shields made it known he wanted to pitch on the West Coast, and he lives in Rancho Santa Fe, which is about a 30 minute drive from Petco Park. He will now join one of the most stunning roster transformations in baseball history.

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Cleveland Browns offseason going down the crapper

February 6, 2015 – 2:28 am by Hickey


Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the Cleveland Browns are having a terrible offseason. Actually, don’t stop us, because a one-sentence blog post is pretty much worthless to everyone.

But even by Cleveland’s woebegone standards, the start to this offseason has been a doozy. Here’s a rundown of the growing mushroom cloud:

– Kyle Shanahan, though not exactly an offensive wizard, did a decent enough job this season helping a Brian Hoyer-run offense keep the Browns in contention until a late-season collapse. Then, the offensive coordinator abruptly resigned.

The reason? There wasn’t just one. Or two. There were 32.

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USC shrugs off sanctions, lands No. 1 recruiting class

February 4, 2015 – 9:33 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Iman Marshall

Whatever Steve Sarkisian and his staff at USC are doing, it’s working because in their first year free of harsh NCAA sanctions, the Trojans landed the nation’s top recruiting class. For the first time since 2012, USC was able to take a full class of recruits and made the most of those scholarships, putting together a group for the ages.

Both Scout and Rivals – the generally accepted best recruiting websites – put the Trojans at the top of this year’s recruiting rankings after a signing day haul that included multiple five-star commitments.

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