Kobe Bryant will not return this season

March 12, 2014 – 8:51 am by Ryan Phillips

Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers are having a horrible season and superstar Kobe Bryant has missed most of it. On Wednesday morning, we got completely expected news as Bryant will reportedly be ruled out for the rest of the season.

Bryant’s recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee has been slower than expected and given the Lakers’ 22-42 record it makes sense for the 35-year-old to sit for the rest of the year. After recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered last season, Bryant played in just six games before injuring his knee.

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Dallas Cowboys release DeMarcus Ware to clear cap space

March 11, 2014 – 3:11 pm by Ryan Phillips

DeMarcus Ware

It’s official, the Dallas Cowboys have released four-time All-Pro linebacker/defensive end DeMarcus Ware. The move will save the Cowboys $7.4 million in cap space, while they will also eat more than $8.5 million in “dead money.”

The 31-year-old Ware had asked the Cowboys to make a decision about his situation before free agency opened so he could pursue other opportunities if he wasn’t retained. To their credit, the Cowboys accommodated his request.

Ware also apparently believes he’ll do well in free agency.

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New York Jets going hard after Vontae Davis

March 11, 2014 – 4:31 am by Ryan Phillips

Vontae Davis

The New York Jets cut top cornerback Antonio Cromartie on Sunday, saving them $9.5 million against the salary cap but leaving them with a huge void at the position. Reports now claim the team is going hard after free agent corner Vontae Davis, who is expected to sign a contract on Tuesday when free agency officially opens.

The Jets and head coach Rex Ryan tend to love bigger, man-cover corners and Davis is just that. At 5-11 and 204 pounds, he’s a strong, fast guy who can make plays in the secondary and be left on an island.

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Video: Islanders score 7 third period goals on Canucks

March 11, 2014 – 2:02 am by Hickey

Casey Cizikas

When the douchiest team in hockey (Vancouver) added the douchiest coach in hockey (John Tortorella) this offseason, it looked like a match made in the type of heaven you wouldn’t want to spend any time in. Alas, it has not turned out that way, and on Monday night the Torts in Vancouver show reached its nadir as the Canucks allowed seven (7!!!!!) third-period goals to the New York Islanders (the ISLANDERS!!!!!) in a 7-4 loss.

The Islanders entered the game with the third-worst record in hockey, and the third period facing a 3-0 deficit. With Vancouver desperately pursuing one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference, the only question wasn’t whether the Canucks would win, but if goalie Eddie Lack would finish off the shutout.

As it turns out, the rest of Lack’s last name is “Of Talent.”

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Chicago Bears likely to sign Michael Bennett

March 10, 2014 – 6:41 am by Ryan Phillips

Michael Bennett

UPDATE: In a shocking last minute turn of events, Bennett has opted to take less money and stay with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Chicago Bears have identified their top target in free agency and they aren’t being shy about it. The team has targeted former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, and could be close to signing him.

Bennett’s brother, Martellus, is a tight end for the Bears and is helping the team lure his brother to the Midwest. Additionally, Bears general manager Phil Emery has a good working relationship with Bennett’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

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Minnesota lawmaker makes baseless NBA crime claim

March 10, 2014 – 1:04 am by Hickey

grstadium-garofalo

People say the media has a liberal bias, but I personally respect the hell out of hard-core Republicans. They stay true to their guns both literally and figuratively. This especially seems to be the case when it comes to matters that can involve thinly-veiled references to race and totally unverifiable statistical analysis.

Enter Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo into that area of expertise with a tweet Sunday night.

Oh?

Some people would realize maybe this wasn’t the wisest choice of words and immediately express regret or even go with the time-honored “a hacker broke into my account” method that so many have B.S.ed their way through before. But not Garofalo. He’s a man of his word.

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Steve Nash will retire if released by Lakers

March 6, 2014 – 1:06 pm by Ryan Phillips

Steve Nash

Steve Nash has spent most of his two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers sidelined by leg and back injuries. Many feel he should just retire, but Nash claims he’s fully committed to playing in 2014-15 and finishing out the final year of his contract.

While the Lakers currently claim they plan on having him back next year, they could waive him under the “stretch provision” to create extra salary cap room. Such a move would spread the $9.7 million Nash is due over three years instead of having the entire contract on the books for next season. That could help the team sign a free agent or two in July.

If that happens, Nash claims he will retire.

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