Report: Griffin initially told Jordan to stick with Dallas

July 15, 2015 – 2:48 am by Hickey

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In a wonderfully detailed piece of reporting, ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelbourne and Tim McMahon captured DeAndre Jordan’s odyssey from committed future Dallas Maverick to guy hiding inside his house so he could avoid Mark Cuban and stay with the Clippers.

There are plenty of interesting nuggets, but one in particular sticks out — Clippers star Blake Griffin initially encouraged his teammate to honor his commitment to the Mavericks.

Jordan had called Griffin on Monday to say he was having serious misgivings about his decision. He had built a life in Los Angeles. Why was he leaving? Had he just gotten caught up in the frenzy of the recruiting process? Did he really want to be the face of a franchise? Griffin told Jordan he had made a commitment and needed to live up to it. They’d still be friends, regardless of whether they were teammates. But Jordan seemed troubled. Griffin told him he needed to call Rivers if he really wanted to revisit his decision.

So had Jordan actually taken the initial advice of his best basketball buddy, they would no longer be teammates.

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EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour to include “Baba Booey”

July 13, 2015 – 4:54 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Rory McIlroy PGA Tour

If you have watched a golf tournament at any time over the past few years, you have heard fans yelling “Baba Booey!” after virtually every drive. Some find that annoying, others think it’s hilarious, but either way it has slowly become a part of the sport. Now even video games are getting on board with the trend.

EA Sports is coming out with a new golf game this year with Rory McIlroy as its new poster-child. EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will include a ton of great features, including fans yelling things after players tee-off. One of the chants will, of course, be “Baba Booey.”

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Buffalo Bills OL coach Aaron Kromer accused of punching boy

July 12, 2015 – 10:50 pm by Hickey

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The Buffalo Bills appear headed back to respectability on the field, but they are still plenty capable of being an embarrassment off of it.

New offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was arrested in Florida early Sunday morning, aka late Saturday night, for allegedly punching a boy in the face. (Because what other state would this kind of story take place in?)

Kromer apparently confronted a group of three youths — ages not yet provided by the Walton County Sheriff’s Department — over their theft of his beach chairs, which they were sitting in while fishing. According to the alleged victim, Kromer then stole his fishing pole, threw it into the water, shoved the boy down, punched him in the face and as a cherry on top of the sundae threatened to kill the boy’s family if they contacted police.

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CM Punk hoping for December UFC debut

July 10, 2015 – 5:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Ever since he shocked the world and signed on to fight in the UFC, the sports world has wondered when former WWE star CM Punk would make his mixed martial arts debut. On Thursday, Punk (whose real name is Phil Brooks) told UFC.com that he was hoping to make his debut for the promotion in December.

The 36-year-old Punk has been training in Milwaukee at Roufusport Academy since December. Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren are among the big names also training there under Duke Roufus.

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Enes Kanter to sign max offer with Portland Trail Blazers

July 9, 2015 – 3:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Enes Kanter

The Portland Trailblazers have been looking for a way to replace recently-departed All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, and on Friday they may have found it. Reports claim the Trail Blazers have agreed to a max offer with power forward Enes Kanter worth $70 million over four years.

Kanter is a restricted free agent and his current team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, have three days to match that offer. If they do match it, they will owe a luxury tax bill of $26 million for the 2015-16 season. If the Thunder allow Kanter to walk, Steven Adams would likely slide back into the starting center role.

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NBA salary cap set at record $70 million for 2015-16 season

July 8, 2015 – 11:06 pm by Ryan Phillips
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While the world is focused on the DeAndre Jordan hostage situation free agency mess, the NBA released some good news for most of the league late Wednesday night. The league has set the salary cap for the 2015-16 season at a record-high of $70 million.

The cap for next season has been raised by 11 percent, a surprising development after it had initially been projected to come in at around $70 million. Now that the cap has been set, the NBA will officially drop its moratorium on free agent signings at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

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Manu Ginobili returning for 2015-16 season

July 6, 2015 – 3:18 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Manu Ginobili

The San Antonio Spurs have been having quite the offseason so far. On Monday, it just got a little better.

Manu Ginobili took to Twitter Monday afternoon to announce that he will return to the team for the 2015-16 season. The 37-year-old Argentine guard played in 70 contests last season, coming off the bench in all of them. He played 22.7 minutes while averaging 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

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Carli Lloyd and USWNT Peak at the Perfect Time

July 6, 2015 – 3:05 pm by Zach Rastall
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“I don’t just want to be a participant in the World Cup. I want to have a legacy. I want to have people remember me.”

Those words were spoken by U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd following the Americans’ 1-0 victory over China in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA World Cup, words that not only summed up Lloyd’s thoughts about her individual play, but also aptly captured the feelings of the entire U.S. women’s national team.

Heading into this World Cup, the U.S. team had aspirations of ending a 16-year drought and reclaiming its spot on top of the world of women’s soccer by becoming the first country to win three World Cup titles.

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