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Nov 28, 2022

St. Louis border officer discover more than 400 counterfeit Super Bowl rings

Border officers in Missouri spotted 422 fake Super Bowl championship rings that arrived from China and were headed to Illinois earlier this month, authorities said Monday.

The rings were seized on Nov. 11 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel in St. Louis. They each bore the image of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is awarded annually to each Super Bowl winner and is named after the legendary NFL coach.

"Counterfeit jewelry continues to flood the e-commerce market, and these rings were focused on a select group of sports collectors and their fans," said LaFonda Sutton-Burke, Director of CBP field operations in Chicago. "Our officers are well-trained to find counterfeit merchandise like these in support of CBP’s mission of protecting the American public and the American economy."

St. Louis border officer discover more than 400 counterfeit Super Bowl rings

Nov 28, 2022

Patriots' Robert Kraft pays for UVA football team flights to attend teammates' funerals

With the entire University of Virginia football team reportedly planning to attend the funerals of the three teammates who were tragically killed in a shooting earlier this month, the New England Patriots have lent a hand in helping them get there.

A spokesperson for the Patriots confirmed to Fox News Digital on Monday that owner Robert Kraft paid for the flights of the UVA football team after a team plane was spotted at the Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport on Friday.

Patriots' Robert Kraft pays for UVA football team flights to attend teammates' funerals

Nov 28, 2022

Ohio State legend Troy Smith sends message after Michigan's flag-planting incident

Former Ohio State star Troy Smith made clear on Sunday that his teammates would have never let Michigan players plant their flag on the turf of Ohio Stadium.

Michigan players planted the Block "M" flag onto the field following their victory over their rivals which advanced them to the Big Ten Championship Game and put them in a good position to make it to the College Football Playoff.

Twenty-four hours after the loss, Smith wanted to make clear that would not have flown in his day.

"No one in this pic would let them plant the flag on the Block O," Smith tweeted.

Ohio State legend Troy Smith sends message after Michigan's flag-planting incident

Nov 28, 2022

Odell Beckham Jr.'s lawyer reveals free agent's side of story in 'unnecessary' Miami plane incident

Daniel Davillier, lawyer for NFL free agent Odell Beckham Jr., shared his client’s side of an incident in which he was escorted off a plane in Miami by police after failing to listen to flight attendants who told him to fasten his seat belt.

Miami-Dade Police Department released a statement via NFL Network that said Beckham was "in and out of consciousness" and that the flight attendants feared he was "seriously ill."

"At approximately 9:30 a.m., officers from Miami-Dade Police Department, were dispatched to a medical emergency at an American Airlines flight," police told NFL Network in a statement. "The flight crew was concerned for a passenger (Mr. Odell Beckham), as they tried to wake him to fasten his seat belt, he appeared to be coming in and out of consciousness, prior to their departure. Fearing that Mr. Beckham was seriously ill, and that his condition would worsen through the expected 5 hour flight, the attendants called for police and fire rescue. Upon the officers (sic) arrival, the flight crew asked Mr. Beckham several times to exit the aircraft, which he refused."

Odell Beckham Jr.'s lawyer reveals free agent's side of story in 'unnecessary' Miami plane incident

Nov 28, 2022

World Cup 2022: Ghana stuns South Korea in latest tournament upset

Ghana picked up a huge 3-2 win against South Korea in Group H of the World Cup on Monday as they fended off a big comeback from their opponents in the second half.

Mohammed Kudus appeared to be the difference-maker. Kudus gave Ghana the lead in the 68th minute of the match after South Korea had put two quick goals on the board to tie the match.

Kudus corralled the ball in the box and was at the right spot at the right time to put the go-ahead score past South Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu. It was the second goal of the match for Kudus.

Ghana started the scoring in the 24th minute on a Mohammed Salisu score. It put Ghana ahead 1-0. And 10 minutes later, Kudus would score to give the Black Stars a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

World Cup 2022: Ghana stuns South Korea in latest tournament upset

Nov 26, 2022

Matt Rhule hired as Nebraska football head coach, agrees to eight-year contract

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have a new a head football coach, former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule becomes the latest successful college coach who failed at the NFL level, only to return to the collegiate level. Nebraska and Rhule officially agreed to the terms of an eight-year contract, the school announced on Saturday.

The 47-year-old Rhule was fired in mid-season by the Panthers.

Matt Rhule hired as Nebraska football head coach, agrees to eight-year contract

Nov 26, 2022

No. 3 Michigan dominates No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, keeping national championship hopes alive

Maybe last year's win wasn't a fluke.

No. 3 Michigan traveled to Columbus as heavy underdogs, but you wouldn't know it watching Saturday's dominance.

The Wolverines went into the Horseshoe and cruised to a 45-23 win over No. 2 Ohio State, their first win in Columbus since 2000.

Saturday's matchup was the first in which both teams entered 11-0 since the "Game of the Century" in 2006. The Wolverines are now 12-0 for the first time since winning a national championship in 1997, while Ohio State dropped to 11-1.

No. 3 Michigan dominates No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, keeping national championship hopes alive

Nov 26, 2022

Family of Stanford soccer star who died by suicide files wrongful death lawsuit against school

The family of Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school nine months after she took her own life.

Meyer's family argues that Meyer, who was 22 at the time of her death on Feb. 28, was feeling distressed about facing discipline from the school over an incident six months earlier.

The suit says Meyer spilled coffee on a football player at the school who had allegedly sexually assaulted one of Meyer's teammates.

Family of Stanford soccer star who died by suicide files wrongful death lawsuit against school

Nov 26, 2022

Ex-Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt admits to giving player’s mother cash-filled Chick-fil-A bag

Jeremy Pruitt admitted to handing over cash to the mother of a player in a fast-food restaurant bag during his tenure as the head coach of the Tennessee football team.

A document obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel revealed that a woman had contacted Pruitt and asked for money.

In response, Pruitt took money out of his vehicle and placed it inside a Chick-fil-A bag and gave it to the woman outside the team facility.

Ex-Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt admits to giving player’s mother cash-filled Chick-fil-A bag

Nov 26, 2022

World Cup 2022: Saudi players gifted luxury cars after upsetting Argentina

After Argentina became the victim of maybe the biggest upset in World Cup history in losing to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, star player Lionel Messi said his team felt "dead."

That makes one of them, because the Saudis sure weren't.

In fact, the Saudi government made the next day a national holiday to celebrate the victory, but the players got the gift of a lifetime.

Each player was reportedly gifted a Rolls Royce Phantom for the upset.

It was the first time Saudi Arabia has won an opening match at the World Cup and their second win in their last five appearances. The squad defeated Egypt 2-1 in the final match of the 2018 World Cup.

World Cup 2022: Saudi players gifted luxury cars after upsetting Argentina

Nov 25, 2022

7 Michigan State football players charged with assault after brawl with Michigan players

Seven Michigan State football players have been charged with assault stemming from their roles of a brawl against University of Michigan players after their game on Oct. 29.

Khary Crump was charged with one count of felonious assault, while Itayvion "Tank" Brown, Angelo Grose, Justin White, Brandon Wright, and Zion Young were each charged with one count of aggravated assault, a misdemeanor. Jacoby Windmon was charged with the misdemeanor of assault and battery.

7 Michigan State football players charged with assault after brawl with Michigan players

Nov 25, 2022

Nebraska working on deal with Matt Rhule to make him next head coach: report

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are getting closer to hiring the next head coach for a football program that has fallen on hard times.

Matt Rhule, who was fired as head coach of the Carolina Panthers in October, and Nebraska are working on finalizing a deal in the coming days, according to ESPN.

Under Frost, the Cornhuskers failed to win five games in a season, lost 10 consecutive one-score games and became an afterthought in the Big Ten.

Frost finished his time at his alma mater with a record of 16-31.

Nebraska working on deal with Matt Rhule to make him next head coach: report

Nov 25, 2022

Lane Kiffin meets with players as Auburn rumors swirl: report

With rumors swirling that he would be departing Ole Miss for the head coaching job at Auburn, Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin reportedly met with his players Tuesday night.

Kiffin felt that he owed it to his players and their families to speak with them directly after a Monday report that he would be stepping down as head coach of Ole Miss on Friday in order to become the next head coach of the Auburn Tigers, according to ESPN.

According to the report, Kiffin told his players that he had not accepted any job offers at a different school.

Lane Kiffin meets with players as Auburn rumors swirl: report

Nov 25, 2022

Colts owner says Frank Reich firing wasn’t ‘personal,’ defends decision to hire Jeff Saturday

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay fired head coach Frank Reich after the Colts fell to 3-5-1 on the season.

Irsay’s next decision, hiring former Colts' player Jeff Saturday as interim head coach, sparked a wide debate as Saturday has no coaching experience beyond the high-school level.

Irsay defended his decision to fire Frank, telling ESPN that the decision was not personal.

"It's not personal. It's the very opposite from being personal," Irsay said.

"Frank is a treasured friend of my family and all my daughters," Irsay said. "We go back a long, long way. I'm very, very close to Frank, and I've known Frank for many decades. He's like family."

Colts owner says Frank Reich firing wasn’t ‘personal,’ defends decision to hire Jeff Saturday

Nov 25, 2022

Iranian soccer player arrested for ‘propagandizing against the government’

As Iran plays in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a former member of its national soccer team has been arrested for being critical of the Iranian government.

Voria Ghafouri, who was not selected as a member of Iran’s 2022 World Cup team, was arrested Thursday for "insulting the national soccer team and propagandizing against the government," according to the Associated Press.

Ghafouri has recently expressed support for the family of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died while in the custody of Iranian authorities.

Iranian soccer player arrested for ‘propagandizing against the government’

Nov 23, 2022

Sixers beat Nets despite missing Joel Embiid and James Harden in Ben Simmons' return to Philly

The Brooklyn Nets' issues go well beyond who's not on the court, and Ben Simmons' return to Philadelphia demonstrated that to an embarrassing extent.

The Nets entered the game with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons all playing, a rarity In recent weeks. The Philadelphia 76ers entered the game without Joel Embiid (out two games with a foot injury), James Harden (foot sprain) and Tyrese Maxey (foot fracture).

The Sixers won 115-106.

To put things in perspective, here was the Sixers' starting lineup: De'Anthony Melton, Shake Milton, Tobias Harris, P.J. Tucker, Montrezl Harrell. Two of those players, Milton and Harrell, were making their second starts of the season.

Meanwhile, Paul Reed and Georges Niang came off the bench to combine for 35 points, more than the entire Nets bench.

Sixers beat Nets despite missing Joel Embiid and James Harden in Ben Simmons' return to Philly

Nov 23, 2022

World Cup 2022: Germany players cover mouths in protest of FIFA's 'OneLove' armband ban before Japan match

Germany players protested FIFA’s suppression of their anti-discrimination messaging with a non-verbal statement of defiance ahead of their 2022 World Cup opener Wednesday.

While posing for a standard pregame photo at the Khalifa International Stadium, all 11 starters cupped their right hands to their mouth, an implicit reference to their Monday statement that FIFA had threatened them with “sporting sanctions” if captain Manuel Neuer wore a “OneLove” armband with a multi-colored heart.

Germany and six other European teams had adopted the armbands in light of Qatari laws that restrict the rights of LGBTQ people, among others. The armbands were part of a broader Dutch-led campaign against discrimination. The colors in the armband’s heart — which are similar, but not identical, to the ones that represent LGBTQ pride — “represent everyone's pride in their own origin, color, gender identity and sexual orientation,” the KNBV said in September.

World Cup 2022: Germany players cover mouths in protest of FIFA's 'OneLove' armband ban before Japan match

Nov 23, 2022

Cardinals coach Sean Kugler fired after reportedly groping woman in Mexico City

Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach and running game coordinator Sean Kugler was fired by the team after reportedly groping a woman in Mexico City, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.

The Cardinals played the San Francisco 49ers on "Monday Night Football" in Mexico City in Week 11. The team arrived in Mexico on Saturday. Kugler reportedly groped the woman Sunday. Mexican authorities informed the Cardinals, who sent Kugler home Monday morning, which means he did not attend Monday's game.

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury claimed the team had no coaching changes to announce during the team's press conference Tuesday.

Cardinals coach Sean Kugler fired after reportedly groping woman in Mexico City

Nov 23, 2022

World Cup 2022: Germany upset by a Japan team that its own Bundesliga helped create

The second-biggest upset of the 2022 World Cup so far was a product of soccer’s globalization.

Germany, a longtime superpower, bossed long stretches of its Wednesday opener here at the Khalifa International Stadium.

But in an exhilarating second half, the Germans were stunned and beaten by a brilliant Japan team that their own Bundesliga helped create.

Ritsu Doan, current employee of German club SC Freiburg, came off the bench to net a deserved equalizer in the 75th minute.

World Cup 2022: Germany upset by a Japan team that its own Bundesliga helped create

Nov 23, 2022

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson benched and will be inactive against Bears in Week 11, team will start Mike White

The New York Jets have seen enough from quarterback Zach Wilson. Following Sunday's poor offensive performance against the New England Patriots, the Jets benched Wilson prior to the team's Week 12 game against the Chicago Bears, head coach Robert Saleh confirmed.

Jets players were reportedly informed of the decision during a team meeting Wednesday.

With Wilson benched, the team will start Mike White against Chicago. White, 27, appeared in four games last year, throwing five touchdowns against eight interceptions.

Long-time NFL veteran Joe Flacco, 37, will serve as White's backup in Week 12. He started three games for the team earlier this season while Wilson recovered from an injury. Flacco completed 58.7 percent of his passes, and threw 5 touchdowns against 3 interceptions in those games.

After starting the team's last seven games, Wilson will be inactive against the Bears. Wilson was reportedly disappointed upon hearing the news.

Jets quarterback Zach Wilson benched and will be inactive against Bears in Week 11, team will start Mike White

Nov 21, 2022

Renowned trainer who worked with LeBron James, Stephen Curry and others arrested on rape charge

Rob McClanaghan, a renowned NBA trainer whose clients included LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and others, was arrested Friday in Rhode Island on rape and drugging for intercourse charges, Boston police said.

Officials said in a statement that McClanaghan, 43, of Warwick, R.I., was arrested in an operation executed by the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit, Boston Police Fugitive Unit and Warwick Police Department in East Greenwich. Police said the incident McClanaghan is charged in occurred in downtown Boston.

"The suspect was transported by the BPD Fugitive Unit in coordination with members of the Warwick RI Police Department for booking at their department facility," police said. "McClanaghan will be arraigned on Monday at the Third District Court in Kent County, Rhode Island where he will be charged as a Fugitive from Justice."

Renowned trainer who worked with LeBron James, Stephen Curry and others arrested on rape charge

Nov 21, 2022

Tennessee star lost for season after tearing ACL in blowout loss

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in the blowout loss to South Carolina on Saturday.

The Volunteers were on the cusp of the College Football Playoff, entering the week at No. 5 with a 9-1 record. But while getting dominated by the Gamecocks, they saw their star quarterback leave the game midway through the fourth quarter with a left knee injury.

Tests confirmed their fears Sunday that Hooker will be done for the year as Tennessee falls to No. 9 now in the latest AP poll.

Tennessee star lost for season after tearing ACL in blowout loss

Nov 21, 2022

DraftKings reveals theory behind users being hacked, says nearly $300k funds affected

DraftKings is catching lots of heat from customers who were hacked, with close to $300,000 in funds being affected.

Customers affected were locked out of their accounts and some had sizable withdrawals from accounts, all while a direct customer service number wasn’t found.

Justin White, a 40-year-old from New York, told the Action Network that he couldn’t find a customer service number, and when a link to a live chat was found, the link went to a page that didn’t have a live chat.

DraftKings reveals theory behind users being hacked, says nearly $300k funds affected

Nov 21, 2022

Florida pulls scholarship from top QB recruit after video of him saying N-word surfaces

The Florida Gators revoked a scholarship offer to one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation after the teen filmed himself saying the N-word.

Marcus Stokes played quarterback for Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and received an offer from Florida, Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and Georgia State, among other schools, according to 24/7 Sports. According to the outlet, Stokes was a four-star recruit and among the top 50 players in the state.

Florida pulls scholarship from top QB recruit after video of him saying N-word surfaces

Nov 21, 2022

World Cup 2022: Tim Weah starts scoring for US but Americans cannot hold off Wales

The U.S. and Wales ended their first match of the 2022 World Cup in a 1-1 tie on Monday night in an exhausting game that ended with a lot of players trying to find one more moment to dig deep.

The Americans got on the board first with a goal from Tim Weah in the 36th minute on a touch from Christian Pulisic. The play sent the crowd into a frenzy and the Americans had some momentum early in the match.

Weah became the first soccer player to score against Wales in the World Cup since Pelé in 1958 – the last time the Welsh made the World Cup.

World Cup 2022: Tim Weah starts scoring for US but Americans cannot hold off Wales

Nov 19, 2022

UFC's Israel Adesanya arrested at JFK Airport days after losing middleweight title belt

UFC fighter Israel Adesanya's rough few days in New York got even worse Monday at JFK Airport.

Adesanya lost his belt to Alex Pereira during the main event of UFC 281 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

And he was arrested Tuesday at about 1:57 p.m. after TSA found him in possession of metal knuckles at a screening area, the Port Authority Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Metal knuckles are illegal in the state of New York.

UFC's Israel Adesanya arrested at JFK Airport days after losing middleweight title belt

Nov 19, 2022

Warriors' JaMychal Green fined for cursing at NBA referee

Golden State Warriors forward JaMychal Green was disciplined on Thursday for "directing profane and derogatory language" toward an NBA official during the team’s game against the Phoenix Suns.

The incident occurred at the end of Wednesday night’s game as the Warriors lost 130-119 to the Suns in which Stephen Curry put up 50 points. Green played 17 minutes and had two points and two rebounds.

Green was fined $20,000 over the incident. It was not clear what Green said the official.

He has played in 12 games so far this season and is averaging 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds off the bench.

Warriors' JaMychal Green fined for cursing at NBA referee

Nov 19, 2022

Bills stadium blanketed in snow as Buffalo prepares for game in Detroit against Browns

Sunday’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns will not be played at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, as a massive snowstorm has dumped large amounts of snow on the Buffalo area.

On Thursday, the NFL announced that the game had been moved to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, due to the impending weather.

Based on video provided by the Bills, playing at Highmark Stadium would have proved to be a difficult task.

The Bills announced that their Friday practice had been canceled, choosing to meet virtually instead.

Bills stadium blanketed in snow as Buffalo prepares for game in Detroit against Browns

Nov 19, 2022

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo shoves ladder to ground in postgame free-throw session

One of the NBA’s "nice guys" is dealing with his first controversy.

Following Milwaukee’s 110-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night, Giannis Antetokounmpo was seen on video shoving a ladder to the ground that arena workers had moved under the basketball hoop.

Antetokounmpo was attempting to shoot free throws after going 4-15 from the free-throw line in Milwaukee’s loss.

Arena workers had placed a 12-foot ladder under the hoop, preventing Antetokounmpo from practicing.

After Antetokounmpo moved the ladder away from the hoop, arena workers moved it back. Antetokounmpo then approached the workers and the ladders for a second time, angrily shoving the ladder out of the way and onto the ground.

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo shoves ladder to ground in postgame free-throw session

Nov 18, 2022

LeBron James still has ‘itch’ to play football, Jalen Ramsey says he’d have ‘no chance’

LeBron James still has a few more NBA years left in him as he approaches his 38th birthday in his 20th NBA season.

James’ list of NBA accomplishments rivals those of the game's greats, with five NBA Championships and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer title within his sights.

However, James, a two-star athlete in high school, thinks he could have been successful in a sport other than basketball.

LeBron James still has ‘itch’ to play football, Jalen Ramsey says he’d have ‘no chance’

Nov 18, 2022

Former N.C. State football player arrested after threatening tweet, allegedly stalking head coach

A former North Carolina State football player was arrested earlier this week in Raleigh after he allegedly sent a threatening tweet toward head coach Dave Doeren.

Joseph Boletepeli, a defensive lineman for the Wolfpack in 2018 and 2019, was charged with misdemeanor stalking and communicating threats to the head coach.

He also was charged with resisting arrest after he allegedly pulled away from officers who were trying to place him in handcuffs.

Former N.C. State football player arrested after threatening tweet, allegedly stalking head coach

Nov 18, 2022

Commanders to honor Virginia football players killed this week

Three University of Virginia football players were killed Sunday by a former teammate, and two others were injured.

Linebacker D'Sean Perry and wide receivers Lavel Davis Jr. and Devin Chandler were shot after returning from a class field trip.

The Washington Commanders announced Friday they will be honoring the three victims with decals of the players' uniform numbers on their helmets when they play the Houston Texans Sunday.

Commanders to honor Virginia football players killed this week

Nov 18, 2022

Titans' Mike Vrabel addresses coach Todd Downing's DUI arrest, declines questions about alcohol on team plane

Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel would not comment about alcohol being present on the team plane during a press conference Friday after offensive coordinator Todd Downing was charged with drunken driving hours after the team’s victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Vrabel made a statement to open Friday’s press conference, saying he has been in talks with Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, general manager Jon Robinson and the league about Downing’s arrest.

"I’ve spoken to Todd. I’ve spoken to Ms. Amy. Jon and I have been in communication with her, with the league. The league has policies with regards to these incidents, and we’ll make sure the league has all the information that they need."

Titans' Mike Vrabel addresses coach Todd Downing's DUI arrest, declines questions about alcohol on team plane

Nov 18, 2022

Runner, 50, finishes marathon in China in less than 3.5 hours while chain-smoking cigarettes

A 50-year-old marathon runner managed to smoke his opponents in the Xin’anjiang Marathon in China.

The runner, who is known as "Uncle Chen," finished the 26.2 miles-long race in only 3 hours and 28 minutes, all while chain-smoking a pack of cigarettes. Organizers produced his finishing certificate after the event.

Uncle Chen's improbable feat has gone viral, as he was able to finish 547th. The race featured around 1,500 runners.

Runner, 50, finishes marathon in China in less than 3.5 hours while chain-smoking cigarettes

Nov 17, 2022

Warriors drop to 6-9 despite 50 from Curry, Kerr says 'I've failed

The one thing going right for the Golden State Warriors wasn't enough to lift them over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Steph Curry scored 50 points for the 11th time in his career but the Warriors still lost, 130-119. It was the biggest defeat for the team since a 14-point loss to the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 30 and dropped Golden State to 6-9 on the year.

Outside of Curry, the Warriors were ineffective on offense and defense. Non-Curry players hit just 24-of-63 shots, including only 10-of-33 from 3-point range. And defensively, the Warriors allowed the Suns to hit 44-of-86 shots and 21-of-40 3-pointers.

It was an overall abysmal performance, and head coach Steve Kerr took it as an affront to their team chemistry and his ability as a leader.

Warriors drop to 6-9 despite 50 from Curry, Kerr says 'I've failed

Nov 17, 2022

Kevin Durant on offseason Nets trade request: 'It wasn't difficult at all

Kevin Durant's request to be traded from the Brooklyn Nets shook this year's offseason, but ultimately didn't come to fruition.

Now, months later and with the Nets in a tenuous position at best, Durant explained the reasons behind his request in an interview with TNT's Chris Haynes. Basically, the former MVP said he wanted out from the Nets because he was unhappy with the level of intensity around him and how much the team's failures could be ascribed to him:

"It wasn’t difficult at all to request a trade because it was about ball," Durant told B/R. "I went to them and was like, ‘Yo, I don't like how we are preparing. I don't like shootarounds. I like practices. I need more. I want to work on more s—t. Hold me accountable. Get on my ass in film if that's going to help you get on everybody else’s head. I want to do more closeouts. I want to work on more shell drills at practice.’

"This was the type of s—t I was coming at them with. It wasn't like, ‘Yo, y'all need to make sure everybody around me can make my life easier.’ Hell nah, I want to make everybody else’s life easier. Ask Steve Nash, you can go call him right now. I would say, ‘Yo, I need more closeout drills. We need to practice more.’ That's what I was on.

Kevin Durant on offseason Nets trade request: 'It wasn't difficult at all

Nov 17, 2022

Report: MLB investigating if Mets and Yankees illegally communicated about Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge is this offseason's biggest free agent prize, but the New York Mets reportedly aren't interested.

That is apparently enough to trigger an MLB investigation.

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the league has opened an investigation into whether comments from Mets sources in an SNY article about the Mets' hesitance to bid against the Yankees for Judge's services constitute a violation of its collective bargaining agreement.

The article in question was published to the website of the Mets' television affiliate on Nov. 3 and reportedly caught the interest of the MLB Players Association, which requested the commissioner's office to investigate whether improper communication occurred between Mets owner Steve Cohen and Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner.

Report: MLB investigating if Mets and Yankees illegally communicated about Aaron Judge

Nov 17, 2022

Justin Verlander unanimously wins 3rd Cy Young Award after comeback for the ages

Every pitcher in baseball is going to dream about returning from Tommy John surgery like Justin Verlander.

The Houston Astros ace, a free agent this offseason, won the 2022 American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, the final accolade recognizing the right-hander's historic comeback from one of baseball's most dreaded surgeries.

Verlander and the NL Cy Young winner, Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara, both won the award unanimously. It is the second time in MLB history both awards have been unanimous, the other time being 1968 (Bob Gibson and Denny McLain).

It is also the third time Verlander has won MLB's top pitching award, after winning it in 2011 (plus MVP) with the Detroit Tigers and in 2019 with the Astros.

Justin Verlander unanimously wins 3rd Cy Young Award after comeback for the ages

Nov 17, 2022

Israel Adesanya arrested at JFK Airport for possession of brass knuckles after losing UFC middleweight belt

Israel Adesanya had a very bad weekend, losing his UFC middleweight belt to persistent foe Alex Pereira. It got worse on his way home.

The ex-UFC champion was arrested John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after attempting to go through security with a set of brass knuckles, according to MMA Fighting. Port Authority police reportedly detained him at 1:57 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

Brass knuckles are illegal in the state of New York, with possession considered a misdemeanor.

Adesanya's manager, Tim Simpson of Paradigm Sports Management, later released a statement claiming the knuckles had been an unsolicited gift from a fan that Adesanya put in his luggage, and added that the New Zealander has already been released:

“Israel was handed a gift by a fan, which he put in his luggage. When flagged at the airport, Israel quickly disposed of the item, and cooperated with authorities. He has complied accordingly, with that the matter was dismissed and he is on his way home.”

Israel Adesanya arrested at JFK Airport for possession of brass knuckles after losing UFC middleweight belt

Nov 15, 2022

Marlins promote Caroline O’Connor, become first major team with women as president and GM

Caroline O’Connor’s career path has always been business-oriented. One of her passions, though, has always been sports.

“I was an avid baseball fan growing up,” O’Connor said. “When it was spring, it was time to go to baseball games. Definitely was always a fan.”

So when the opportunity came in 2017 to work for the Miami Marlins and mix business with passion, she didn’t pass it up.

Five years later, O’Connor has risen to the top position in her department. The Marlins on Monday promoted O’Connor to president of business operations. She had previously served as the team’s chief operating officer since 2019 after originally holding the title of senior vice president and chief of staff when she was hired in 2017.

Marlins promote Caroline O’Connor, become first major team with women as president and GM

Nov 15, 2022

Paralympic gold medalist Robert Griswold accused of rape, sexual assault of teammate in Tokyo

American Paralympic gold medalist Robert Griswold was accused of raping and sexually assaulting an intellectually impaired teammate at the Tokyo Olympics and afterward, according to a lawsuit filed last week, per The Washington Post.

Griswold, a swimmer who won two gold medals at the Tokyo games, allegedly “maliciously targeted and groomed” a 19-year-old autistic teammate and took advantage of his intellectual disability that “rendered him vulnerable and naive to abuse.”

“This case is a horrific tragedy, where a young man who defied all odds to become a world-class Paralympic swimmer had his life utterly shattered by rape and abuse when he was paired with a team member who was a violent sexual predator,” the complaint states, via The Post.

Paralympic gold medalist Robert Griswold accused of rape, sexual assault of teammate in Tokyo

Nov 15, 2022

'Devastation and heartache': Virginia coach Tony Elliott, AD Carla Williams mourn deaths of 3 football players

Hours after it was confirmed that three University of Virginia football players were killed in an on-campus shooting on Sunday night, Virginia head coach Tony Elliott and athletic director Carla Williams expressed their grief in the first public statements released from the Cavaliers’ athletic department and football program.

Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D'Sean Perry were identified as the victims by university president Jim Ryan. Two others were wounded in the shooting and were hospitalized. One was listed in critical condition, the other in good condition, Ryan said Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred on a bus in an on-campus parking garage after a class trip to Washington, D.C. to see a play.

The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones, was arrested Monday morning and charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in commission of a felony. Jones is a Virginia student who once was a member of the football team. He was listed on the 2018 team roster as a 5-foot-9, 195-pound freshman running back.

'Devastation and heartache': Virginia coach Tony Elliott, AD Carla Williams mourn deaths of 3 football players

Nov 15, 2022

Eagles' undefeated season stopped by Washington, which benefits from a big blown call

There's vindication for everyone who thought the Philadelphia Eagles' undefeated record was fraudulent, propped up by an easy schedule.

For Eagles fans, they'll wonder if an undefeated season was taken from them by the officials.

Nobody thought the Eagles were going 17-0 this season, but not many people thought it would be the Washington Commanders to hand Philadelphia its first loss this season. The Eagles were outplayed and lost 32-21. They rarely had the ball because they couldn't get first downs and couldn't get the Commanders off the field.

They still had a great chance to win, but officials missed an obvious facemask on Washington that turned into a game-changing Eagles fumble in the fourth quarter. Commanders linebacker Jamin Davis dragged Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert down by his facemask, Goedert fumbled and the Commanders recovered. Washington got a field goal off of that gift turnover. It was a huge turning point in the game, though Philadelphia can't blame just that on the loss, no matter how bad the missed call was.

Eagles' undefeated season stopped by Washington, which benefits from a big blown call

Nov 15, 2022

Marlins promote Caroline O'Connor to president of business operations, make history

The Miami Marlins became the first professional U.S. sports team of one of the four major leagues to have women serving simultaneously as president and general manager.

The Marlins named Caroline O’Connor their president of business operations. Kim Ng was named general manager in November 2020. O’Connor will handle the off-field business while Ng continues to run the team on the field.

"I've always worked for first-class organizations, and that's certainly what [chairman and principal owner] Bruce [Sherman] wants to see here and really what the mandate is," O’Connor said in a news conference on Monday, via the team’s website. "I think using best practices and being the kind of organization that people want to work for and want to support the community, that's exactly what we want here, and a lot of where I came from."

Marlins promote Caroline O'Connor to president of business operations, make history

Nov 14, 2022

LSU head coach Brian Kelly calls UVA shooting 'senseless violence'

LSU head coach Brian Kelly was appalled to see what occurred at the University of Virginia on Sunday, where three football players were shot and killed by a former teammate.

D’Sean Perry, Devin Chandler and Lavel Davis Jr., players for the UVA squad, were in a parking garage returning from a field trip with other students when the suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones, a 22-year-old former player, shot them and two others, one of whom was in critical condition at a local Virginia hospital.

"Certainly a very tragic day in Charlottesville," Kelly said at his Monday press conference via OutKick. "And our thoughts and prayers are with the football players at Virginia who were victims of a shooting on their campus. It’s tragic. Our hearts go out to them, the football program, the university. It’s just senseless violence. You know, college campuses should be a place where it’s violent free. What happened yesterday is certainly heartbreaking, and we certainly pray for all those involved."

LSU head coach Brian Kelly calls UVA shooting 'senseless violence'

Nov 14, 2022

Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield team up for cannabis product based on famous boxing moment, stump for legal weed

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will be entering the ring as partners for their latest fight: Destigmatizing cannabis.

The boxing legends are using the infamous moment where Tyson bit a chunk of Holyfield’s ear off during their heavyweight title fight in 1997 to create "Holy Ears," THC and Delta-8 THC-infused edibles that are shaped like bitten ears, which will launch in November through "TYSON 2.0," the boxer’s cannabis company.

Tyson and Holyfield reunite under the newly formed Carma Holdings, which house TYSON 2.0 and Holyfield’s own cannabis line that will begin in 2023.

Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield team up for cannabis product based on famous boxing moment, stump for legal weed

Nov 14, 2022

Colts owner Jim Irsay responds to critics who blasted his Jeff Saturday hire

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was blasted by critics small and large for his hiring of Jeff Saturday as interim head coach. But, after a win for Saturday and the Colts on Sunday over the Las Vegas Raiders, he made sure to check them on social media.

Irsay went to his Twitter on his "Victory Monday" and rattled off this tweet:

"All you critics…you criticize all of us in the NFL for losing…When we make moves to Win… you act so righteous! "Who You Crappin’..". Just Win, Baby!!" Irsay wrote.

Colts owner Jim Irsay responds to critics who blasted his Jeff Saturday hire

Nov 14, 2022

Ex-UFC star Anthony Johnson dead at 38 after battle with illness

Anthony Johnson, who starred in UFC and challenged for the light heavyweight title multiple times, has died after battling an illness. He was 38.

Bellator MMA, one of the promotions Johnson was in, announced the former fighter’s death on social media on Sunday. A Bellator spokesman said Johnson had been ill for more than a year.

"The BELLATOR family is devastated by his untimely passing and we send our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time," the company said.

Johnson posted a worrying message in September 2021 that he needed "as many prayers as I can get" and was in a battle that wasn’t COVID-19 related. Johnson then posted in May that he received information from a doctor that he had made "big improvements."

Ex-UFC star Anthony Johnson dead at 38 after battle with illness

Nov 12, 2022

NFLPA calls for 'immediate replacement and ban' from slit-firm turf fields

The NFL Players Association wrote a letter calling for the "immediate replacement and ban" of slit-film turf fields throughout the league.

The league uses three types of turf: slit-firm, dual fiber, and monofilament, but it's the slit-firm surface that has proven players to miss more time due to injuries, which happen at an increased rate on it as well.

"Advocating for safer working conditions is a core job of our union, and there are few greater examples of this than raising the standards of the fields we practice and play on," NFLPA President JC Tretter wrote on Saturday.

NFLPA calls for 'immediate replacement and ban' from slit-firm turf fields

Nov 12, 2022

Ex-Brown Joe Thomas on Jeff Saturday hiring: 'Most egregious thing I can ever remember happening' in NFL

Former Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas spent his entire career in Cleveland and played for a lot of coaches along the way.

But Thomas expressed his displeasure with the recent hiring of his fellow former NFL offensive lineman Jeff Saturday.

The Colts named Saturday their head coach on an interim basis after the team fired Frank Reich following the team’s 26-3 loss to the New England Patriots Nov. 6.

"It is one of the most disrespectful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life to the commitment, the lifestyle and the experience that it takes to be an NFL coach — any coach — much less the head coach of the Indianapolis Football Colts," Thomas said on "Good Morning Football" Friday.

Ex-Brown Joe Thomas on Jeff Saturday hiring: 'Most egregious thing I can ever remember happening' in NFL