Dana White: Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson likely for May

January 28, 2015 – 5:37 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Despite a (very) short stint in rehab for a cocaine problem, it looks like UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will be defending his title shortly. UFC president Dana White was on the Jim Rome show Wednesday and told the host that Jones will likely fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at some point in May.

Johnson is coming off of an impressive first-round knockout of top light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson in Sweden last week. He has won nine fights in a row including a decision win over Phil Davis last April and a knockout of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in July.

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Two D-League Teammates Ejected For Fighting Each Other

January 28, 2015 – 2:15 am by Hickey

Jarnell Stokes and Kailin Lucas were ejected from an NBA Developmental League game on Tuesday night after getting into a fight, which by itself does not warrant headlines — until you realize that Stokes and Lucas are teammates, and they got into a fight during a timeout huddle.

What happened to precipitate the skirmish is unclear, because the only thing we have to go on is a blurry, looping video with terribly cheesy background music that I find it impossible to believe a human being took the time to compose. Basically it’s like an old-timey silent movie — in the foreground a ref stands patiently waiting for play to resume, then notices a commotion in the background as the two teammates go at it. Then at the end of the video, the Iowa Energy mascot strolls by covering his mouth with his index finger. All we’re missing is a banana peel accompanied by a slide trombone sound effect.

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Kobe Bryant to undergo shoulder surgery, likely out for season

January 26, 2015 – 5:22 pm by Ryan Phillips
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As expected, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will undergo surgery on his right rotator cuff and is listed as being out indefinitely. The Lakers have not announced a timetable for his return, but in all likelihood, the 36-year-old guard will be out for the rest of the season.

Bryant tore his rotator cuff during a dunk attempt against the New Orleans Pelicans last week and an MRI revealed the tear. The team has expected him to miss the rest of the season since reviewing the MRI. With the Lakers struggling through a terrible season, this is probably the best move for the franchise.

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Bensons play Game of Thrones, New Orleans-style

January 22, 2015 – 11:55 pm by Hickey

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The following story is to be filed in the remarkably thin manila folder marked “Be Glad You Weren’t Raised By Rich People.”

The palace intrigue is thick in New Orleans this week as accusations and lawsuits are flying between factions of Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson’s family — i.e. his daughter and grandchildren versus he and his wife who is not their mother/grandmother.

The original chain of succession for ownership upon Benson’s death was supposed to go to his daughter Renee and her children, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc. Rita had been a Saints executive since 2000 and was vice chairman of the board for the Saints and Pelicans until this week, when her company car and phone were taken away and Benson’s 67-year-old wife Gayle was announced as his successor. She is the 87-year-old Benson’s third wife, with the pair marrying in 2004.

“Gayle will own the teams upon my death and as I noted, Rita will not be involved in the ownership or management in the Saints or Pelicans,” Benson said in a written statement reiterating that his granddaughter is being cut off. “My family, just as they have been for their entire lives, will be taken care of.”

And that’s where the fun begins. The no-longer future owners of the Saints and Pelicans fired back with a lawsuit claiming their grandpappy is mentally incompetent and being manipulated by his gold-digging wife.

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Report: Peyton Manning will return to Denver Broncos in 2015

January 21, 2015 – 5:50 pm by Ryan Phillips

The Denver Broncos can stop holding their collective breath, because they will have their quarterback in uniform next season. According to Woody Paige at The Denver Post, Peyton Manning plans to return to the Broncos next season.

Paige says that Manning won’t make his decision official until after he takes the annual physical examination mandated by his contract, but he’ll be back if everything checks out. Last year the┬áresults of his physical were known at the beginning of March and Manning let the Broncos know he planned to return on March 9, which was the day before teams must exercise their rights on veteran players under contract.┬áManning will turn 39 on March 24 and is due $19 million next season.

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Doug Marrone puts the ass in assistant coach

January 21, 2015 – 1:17 am by Hickey

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Days after guiding the Buffalo Bills to their first winning season in a decade, coach Doug Marrone abruptly walked away from his contract, as was his right during a three-day window at the year’s end. It was a stunning move, but one that made sense if he somehow managed to have something better lined up elsewhere. Otherwise, he was just a completely delusional idiot.

And now we can officially chuckle and say “More like Doug MORON, AMIRITE?”

Marrone not only failed to land a head coaching gig with his gamble to leave Buffalo — he was the presumptive favorite to land the Jets job but reportedly bombed his interview — but he also failed to even land a job as a coordinator. Or even get hired by a respectable franchise.

Marrone was hired by the Jaguars as their offensive line coach on Tuesday.

It’s an embarrassing fall down a flight of stairs for Marrone, who was the head coach at Syracuse for four seasons before being hired by the Bills, and served as the Saints’ offensive coordinator from 2006-08.

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Atlanta Falcons hire Kyle Shanahan as OC, wait on Dan Quinn

January 19, 2015 – 5:38 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The Atlanta Falcons made a big move on Monday, as they have reportedly hired Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator. The Falcons still have not officially hired a head coach, but all signs point to Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn getting the job. Quinn will have his second interview with Atlanta on Monday but that could just be an opportunity for both sides to firm things up. He cannot be officially hired until Seattle’s season is over.

Shanahan has developed into a solid offensive game-planner and usually has solid schemes. He has seven years of experience as an offensive coordinator and was at the helm of the Cleveland Browns’ offense in 2014. The Browns were solid offensively for about the first half of the season before things fell apart. Still, with Brian Hoyer at quarterback and missing top receiver Josh Gordon, Shanahan managed to make Cleveland’s offense competitive.

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2015 NFL Draft: Final list of early entrants

January 15, 2015 – 12:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The 2015 NFL Draft will kick off on April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the No. 1 overall pick and will be selecting from what should be a deep group of talent.

Underclassmen have already started declaring their intentions to enter the draft and over the next few weeks we should expect a tidal wave of entries to emerge. Below is the list of players who have decided to forgo further college eligibility and enter the draft. We will keep the list updated as more players make their intentions known. The deadline to declare for the draft was January 15.

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