Report: Justin Blackmon denied reinstatement by NFL

May 13, 2015 – 5:12 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Justin Blackmon

It doesn’t look like Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be returning to the NFL any time soon. The No. 5 pick from the 2012 NFL Draft is currently suspended indefinitely by the league and reports on Wednesday make it seem like things will stay that way for a while.

Mark Long of the Associated Press claims Blackmon applied for reinstatement to the NFL this offseason but was denied by the league. Mike Dempsey of 1010 XL in Jacksonville has confirmed that report. The assumption is that Blackmon failed another drug test or may have missed a test, which also counts as failing one.

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Florida State “negotiating” with Everett Golson

May 12, 2015 – 8:01 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Everett Golson

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher made a poor choice of words when answering questions related to the recruitment of Notre Dame graduate transfer Everett Golson on Tuesday. Fisher said, “We’re negotiating, we’re talking right now. We’re going through things, staying in contact with him.”

OK, obviously that doesn’t sound right, but we’re fairly certain Fisher was referring to negotiating what Golson’s role with the team would be. The former Notre Dame starting quarterback is free to attend Florida State and play immediately under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rules and the Seminoles appear to be leading for his services.

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Troy Tulowitzki could ask for trade from Colorado Rockies

May 12, 2015 – 5:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Troy Tulowitzki

For more than nine years, Troy Tulowitzki has been the face of the Colorado Rockies, but now there is a chance the 30-year-old will wind up playing elsewhere. On Tuesday, reports surfaced claiming the four-time All-Star was considering asking for a trade from the only franchise he has known.

The Rockies are a mess this year, and entering Tuesday night’s action they are 11-17 and have lost nine games in a row. This is a team that is going nowhere fast, which means first-year general manager Jeff Bridich will certainly consider selling off any of his valuable assets in exchange for young talent. Tulowitzki is clearly his most attractive piece.

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Kris Bryant hits first home run into new Wrigley Field bleachers

May 12, 2015 – 1:55 am by Ryan Phillips
    Kris Bryant

The Chicago Cubs opened their new left- and center-field bleachers on Monday and, fittingly, super-rookie Kris Bryant greeted the fans early. The 23-year-old phenom launched a two-run home run to left in the bottom of the first inning to christen the newly rebuilt bleachers.

Monday was the first day fans were allowed to sit in the left- and center-field bleachers this season as they have been completely rebuilt as part of the legendary stadium’s massive renovation. The right-field bleachers are scheduled to open in June.

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Meet David Blatt, bold fighter pilot

May 11, 2015 – 6:47 pm by Hickey

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A day after committing a pair of decisions that would have been characterized as “boners” back in the day when they weren’t just a thing in your pants, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was on the defensive trying to justify his actions against the Bulls late in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Decision 1 was attempting to call a timeout he did not have, which would have warranted a technical foul had any referee witnessed it. Decision 2 was to have LeBron James inbound Cleveland’s final pass of regulation rather than receiving it. Fortunately for the Cavs, LeBron vetoed his coach Jimmy Chitwood-style and nailed a buzzer-beater that sent the series back to Cleveland tied at 2 games apiece.

On Monday, Blatt admitted he screwed up. But in that admission, he also created a rather specious defense. You see, basketball coaches make A LOT of decisions each game. So many of them, in fact, that the only people who could possibly understand such pressure are…fighter pilots.

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Bill Simmons, we’re offering you a job (again)

May 8, 2015 – 5:21 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Bill Simmons

Back in September, ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for being honest about Roger Goodell (or for challenging his employers to suspend him) and we thought he got a raw deal. After all, he was just being a provocative voice about a sports-related topic, you know, the exact job he was hired to do. At that time we offered Mr. Simmons a sweet deal: a job at Rumors and Rants.

Now that it has become public that Boston Billy and ESPN are officially divorcing, we decided it was time to renew our offer. Bill, come work for us.

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Manny Pacquiao has successful shoulder surgery

May 7, 2015 – 2:05 am by Ryan Phillips
    Manny Pacquiao

After their mega-fight Saturday night, we found out that Manny Pacquiao entered the ring against Floyd Mayweather with a severely torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. While the fact that the Filipino slugger wasn’t 100 percent healthy may not have altered the outcome of the fight, it almost certainly changed how it was contested.

On Wednesday, Dr. Neal ElAttrache informed the public that Pacquiao had undergone successful surgery on the shoulder and that he expected Pacman to make a full recovery, but be out of action for nine months to a year.

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Stephen Strasburg is hurt again

May 6, 2015 – 2:18 am by Ryan Phillips

Stephen Strasburg

On Tuesday night, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg left his start after just three innings thanks to a shoulder injury. Strasburg appeared to be in some discomfort in the first inning, but continued to pitch before leaving early. It is yet another set back for a guy who seems to always be getting injured.

Strasburg is set to see a chiropractor on Wednesday, so at least this doesn’t seem to be another arm injury. But for a guy who has had a multitude of shoulder problems and sat out a year following Tommy John surgery, this is just another ailment to throw onto the pile. It seems the 26-year-old’s violent delivery will always cause him health problems.

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