Agent for Wade and Bosh refutes Heat contract reports

July 1, 2014 – 8:02 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade

On Tuesday a report surfaced that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had agreed to contracts with the Miami Heat for reduced amounts of money in order to give the team room to improve under the salary cap. The report made a lot of sense and was largely expected. But later in the day Henry Thomas, the agent for both Wade and Bosh, refuted that story.

The original report claimed that Wade had accepted a four-year deal in which he would earn $12 million in the first year, while Bosh had inked a five-year deal beginning with an $11 million salary in 2014-15. Thomas has now publicly claimed that report was false.

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Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings agree to seven-year deal

June 25, 2014 – 2:01 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik was an integral part of the Los Angeles Kings’ run to a Stanley Cup title this season. While he didn’t arrive in LA until the trade deadline, Gaborik settled right in and went on to lead the NHL in postseason goals with 14. The 32-year-old forward was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but on Wednesday the team announced it had re-signed him to a big new deal.

Gaborik will be staying in Los Angeles thanks to a new seven-year, $34.3 million contract that will carry and average annual value of $4.9 million. That’s a huge savings against the cap for the Kings, since some teams were reportedly willing to give Gaborik as much as $7 million per year. The extra cap space will help Los Angeles as it attempts to re-sign defenseman Willie Mitchell.

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Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker with first pick

June 24, 2014 – 9:57 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jabari Parker

Ever since presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid went down with a foot injury, speculation has run wild as to what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Most reports have said the team had narrowed its focus to Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins or Duke forward Jabari Parker. Well, we may now have our answer as to who Cleveland is leaning towards.

On Tuesday a report surfaced that claimed the Cavs are currently set to take Parker with the top pick despite his unimpressive workout with them on Friday. They apparently view Parker as less of a risk than Wiggins, and feel he can contribute right away. They think Wiggins has the higher upside of the two (a pretty universally held belief) but with him the risk is pretty significant.

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That time Latrell Sprewell threatened to kick my ass if I didn’t delete a photo of him

June 24, 2014 – 3:57 am by Ryan Phillips
    Latrell Sprewell

Those who know me well know that this is my final week living in Milwaukee, which is a very sad thing. Apparently Milwaukee native Latrell Sprewell won’t be as upset as others to see me go.

On Monday night I was out at the bar Rogue’s with several friends when I spotted Sprewell and his faded blonde dreadlocks hanging out across the way from me. Being the sports journalist I am, I recognized him and snapped a photo of him talking up the ladies that were surrounding him. As I was preparing to text the picture to a friend, a shadow enveloped my phone. I looked up to see a 6-6 man with said faded blonde dreadlocks standing over me saying “delete that sh*t” repeatedly.

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Tim Kurkijan is a subpar sausage racer

June 24, 2014 – 12:15 am by Hickey

ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkijan made a foray into gonzo journalism by participating in the Sausage Race at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during Monday night’s Brewers-Nationals game. But to paraphrase famous Kazakh journalist Borat, it was not a great success. (Or maybe it was since we’re talking about it).

Kurkijan dressed up as the Hot Dog for the fifth-inning race, which pits the traditional American weiner against the Italian Sausage, Polish Sausage, Bratwurst and Chorizo.

Kurkijan’s race starts in disastrous fashion — he initially steps the wrong direction — and doesn’t get much better from there. Early in the race it looks like Kurkijan is about to topple over without the assistance of a Randall Simon bat. Then, the rest of the field is going Belmont Secretariat on him by the time they’ve only reached the halfway point of the race.

Kurkijan shattered the previous all-time record for slowest sausage run (they keep track of such things in Milwaukee) by a remarkable 13 seconds.

San Diego Padres fire general manager Josh Byrnes

June 22, 2014 – 9:18 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Josh Byrnes

On Sunday the struggling San Diego Padres fired general manager Josh Byrnes. The move was abrupt and caught many in Major League Baseball by surprise but in truth, this had probably been coming for a while. Padres president and CEO Mike Dee said in a statement that the search for a new GM would begin immediately and in the interim, senior vice president for baseball operations Oman Minaya and assistant general managers A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman, Jr. will share Byrnes’ role.

After a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, the Padres are now 32-44 and sit 13.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West. It has not been the season the team or its fans expected after a solid finish to the 2013 season.

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Report: Joel Embiid out four to six months after foot surgery

June 20, 2014 – 9:10 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid was widely expected to be the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but the Kansas center was hit with a terrible blow this week. He has a stress fracture in his right foot and on Friday he underwent surgery to repair it. Now Embiid is expected to be out for four to six months.

Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, said in a statement that his client had surgery at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. The 20-year-old reportedly tolerated the surgery without issue and Tellem claims there are no concerns about his long-term future, though this is the second major injury he has dealt with after dealing with a bad back during his only collegiate season.

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Possible new names for Washington’s football team

June 19, 2014 – 1:25 am by Hickey

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It would seem the writing is on the wall for the Washington Redskins nickname no matter how hard owner Daniel Snyder continues to pound his drum and say “Hey look! I’m pounding a drum! That means I’m pro-Indian! Hey-a hey-a, hey-a hey-a!”

The U.S. Patent Office canceled the team’s trademark on Wednesday, ruling that the name is disparaging to Native Americans. Naturally the team is appealing the decision, and even if that appeal is lost it doesn’t “have” to change the name — it just means you and I can hawk a bunch of bootleg Redskins swag with no penalty. I think. (I call dibs on “Redskins Condoms — Go Deep!” and “Redskins Condoms — Bury Your Hatchet!”).

At any rate, this issue isn’t going away until the name does. With all these people tearing him down in the national media, we’d like to give Snyder a helping hand in the matter of re-branding. Here’s a list of few new names to consider.

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