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darrell wallace jr., denny hamlin explain heated confrontation after daytona 500

the heated discussion darrell wallace jr. and denny hamlin had in the garage following the daytona 500 stemmed from hamlin’s previous comments that a majority of drivers were taking adderall and wallace taking exception with those remarks.wallace and hamlin made contact drag racing for second on the final lap of the daytona 500 on sunday, resulting in wallace hitting the outside wall just after they had crossed the finish line. afterward, wallace told fox: “(hamlin) might need to take some adderall for that one.”wallace was referencing comments hamlin made on a barstool sports podcast on friday, saying that 70 percent of cup series drivers take adderall to help them stay focused. hamlin later clarified those comments, saying he was merely kidding on a podcast known for its frivolity....





mavericks reportedly fostered environment allowing rampant sexual misconduct

the dallas mavericks fostered an environment of rampant sexual misconduct and predatory behavior for more than a decade, a sports illustrated story published thursday alleges.the article says that former mavericks ceo terdema ussery frequently requested sex and made sexually explicit advances to employees over the 18 years that he worked there. in 2015, ussery left to join under armour. less than two months after beginning, ussery resigned in an “organizational reshuffle.” sports illustrated reports that ussery’s resignation was likely related to sexually inappropriate behavior towards a female employee while the two were alone in an elevator.(ussery issued a statement to sports illustrated denying any sexual misconduct and said the “misleading claims about me are part of an attemp...





olympic hockey 2018 schedule: times, tv channels, and live stream info for wednesday, feb. 21

one of the biggest days of hockey at the 2018 winter olympics is finally here. the men’s tournament continues early in the morning with the remaining quarterfinals games, but the real highlight comes at 11:10 p.m. et when team usa faces canada in the women’s gold medal game.there’s no bigger rivalry at the winter olympics than the one brewing in women’s hockey between the americans and canadians. those two teams have had countless intense battles over the years that have cemented a competitive animosity between them on the ice.the most recent came at the 2014 winter olympics, where canada won a thrilling gold medal game over the u.s. that included multiple blown leads and a shot that hit a post within the final two minutes. it was as thrilling any hockey you’ll ever see, and we??...





zion williamson blocked a shot so hard it flew deep into the stands

top-rated high school recruit and duke blue devils commit zion williamson has provided us with some amazing plays on both sides of the ball during his brief career. related the 6’7 high-flyer out of south carolina continued that on tuesday night as he erased an opposing player’s layup with an insane block. in the video, the opposing player believes that he has an easy layup, but williamson dashes his dreams, sending the basketball into the stands and shockwaves throughout the gym. related duke blue devil fans better get used to seeing this on a weekly basis next season at cameron indoor as he along with r.j. barrett and cam reddish, should provide many highlights. related watch full highlights of williamson’s game here.





steelers’ ryan shazier says he plans to play football again

it appears pittsburgh steelers linebacker ryan shazier is not ready to be done with the game of football yet. in his first interview since his devastating spinal injury in december, shazier went on teammate roosevelt nix’s podcast to make it known that he has plans to get back on the football field.“i’ve gotta get back, bro,” shazier told nix. shazier suffered a spinal injury after trying to make a tackle against the cincinnati bengals on monday night football. two days later, the all-pro linebacker underwent surgery and has been in a wheelchair ever since. however, shazier did make an appearance from the press box at the steelers’ regular-season finale against the cleveland browns, being a motivator for the steelers as they made their playoff push.shazier touched on many topics ...





olympic figure skating live results 2018: russian alina zagitova wins women’s short program

the women’s individual figure skating got off to a cracking start on tuesday evening with the short program. as expected, the russian athletes dominated this program, with alina zagitova taking first place and evgenia medvedeva in second. if this result holds, the olympic athletes from russia will finally have their first gold medal in the pyeongchang winter olympics.canada’s kaetlyn osmon sits in third place, and behind her are a pair of japanese women (satoko miyahara, kaori sakamoto) also jockeying for a spot on the podium. italy’s carolina kostner rounds out the top six.it was a relatively disappointing night for team usa. mirai nagasu was the biggest american star who had the best shot at getting a medal, but she couldn’t land her historic triple axel and finished the short pr...





olympic hockey 2018: schedule, scores, and results for the men’s tournament

we’re down to the final eight teams in 2018 winter olympics men’s hockey as the quarterfinals begin wednesday night. the tournament doesn’t have nhl players for the first time since 1994, which has opened the door to a competition where seemingly anything can happen.the decision by the nhl not to take a break during its season to participate in the olympics sent shockwaves through the hockey world last year. the discord between the league and the international olympic committee forced national teams to turn elsewhere to fill their rosters for pyeongchang, which gives this event a decidedly different feel from the past two decades.gone is the star power that the nhl could bring to the festivities, and in its place is an opportunity for players who probably never dreamed of being here....





finland vs. russian team 2018 live stream: time, tv channel, and how to watch women's hockey bronze medal game online

finland looks to return to the olympic podium in women’s hockey for the first time since 2010 with the bronze medal game against olympic athletes from russia on wednesday morning. the two teams will meet at 2:40 a.m. et in pyeongchang to determine who will join the u.s. and canada in taking home medals.the finnish team is yet again led by star goaltender noora raty, who remains one of the top players in the world. she was unable to stop team usa in a 5-0 beatdown in the semifinals, but the americans also held a 38-14 shot advantage in that game so it’s hard to pin defeat on the netminder.the matchup against olympic athletes from russia should be much easier to handle. these teams already met once in the group stage, where finland rolled to a 5-1 victory behind a pair of goals from mich...





how does the nfl franchise tag work and how much do players get paid?

with the nfl offseason heating up, one of the biggest storylines to watch will be which players get the franchise tag. starting feb. 20, teams have a two-week window to apply the one-year tender. players who get the tag have to either sign their tender or negotiate a long-term contract with their teams before the july 16 deadline.the franchise tag is essentially a one-year contract that guarantees a predetermined salary for players. the salary amount is set by the averaging the top five salaries by position for the previous league year, or if it’s higher, 120 percent of a player’s salary the previous season. so players like quarterbacks and defensive ends will have a much higher tag salary than positions like kicker or punter.we don’t have official numbers for the 2018 season just ye...





nfl franchise tag 2018: everything you need to know in a quick read

nfl teams can start using the franchise tag on feb. 20. the whole thing can be confusing, but we’re here to help. the franchise tag is a system that allows teams to hold on to top talent instead of letting them hit free agency. it gives teams and players a window of a few months to work out a long-term deal. if that doesn’t happen by the deadline, then the player gets paid an average of the top salaries at his position. but even though that winds up being a ton of money, players aren’t big fans of the tag. here’s everything you need to know about the franchise tag. there are three different types of franchise tags.teams can use the exclusive, non-exclusive, or transition tag. the non-exclusive tag, which allows players to negotiate with other clubs even as their team holds the righ...





mirai nagasu olympics schedule 2018: time, tv channel, and live stream for ladies’ figure skating short program

despite finishing third in the united states championships in 2014, mirai nagasu found herself sitting at home watching the sochi games with her friend and fellow skater, adam rippon, eating hamburgers. she finished second in the u.s. championships last month, however, finally earning her olympic invitation. tuesday night, she’ll take the first step toward earning individual honors at the 2018 winter olympics in pyeongchang by skating in the ladies’ short program. she’s the second american to take the ice and will do so at approximately 10:52 p.m. et. you can watch her performance on nbc or live stream it on your computer or mobile device. bradie tennell skate first, scoring 64.01, with karen chen set for about 11:05 p.m. nagasu already has one medal around her neck, however. during ...





bradie tennell olympics schedule 2018: time, tv channel, and live stream for ladies’ figure skating short program

update: bradie tennell scored 64.01 in her short program skate tuesday.the winter olympics ladies’ figure skating competition begins tuesday night (wednesday morning in pyeongchang), and you won’t have to wait long to see the first competitor representing the united states. bradie tennell is scheduled to be the first skater in the short program’s first group with an 8:08 p.m. et start time. nbc and nbcsn will both televise portions of the event, and you can live stream the ladies’ event from start to finish as well. (you’ll just miss out on tara lipinski and johnny weir’s commentary with the live stream.) the other two american figure skaters to perform are both in the fourth group. mirai nagasu is slated to begin her program at 10:52 p.m., and karen chen is scheduled for 11:05...





nfl free agency 2018: dolphins franchise-tag jarvis landry, wr off market

in four years with the dolphins, jarvis landry helped establish ryan tannehill as a playoff quarterback and even made jay cutler look good for a stretch. that value wasn’t lost on miami, who used its franchise tag to ensure it will hold on to its young star receiver for at least 2018, the team announced tuesday.the one-year pact means landry will remain a dolphin at a cost that equals the average annual pay of the league’s five most expensive wide receivers in 2018. that’s projected to be more than $16 million this year. it also gives miami extra time to work out a long-term contract without interference from other teams — or players trying to recruit him.what does the tag mean for landry?that means a windfall for the four-year veteran. landry made less than $3.5 million on his roo...





nfl franchise tag predictions 2018: which players will get it, what each team will do

free agency is coming on march 14, but before that begins, nfl teams have another option to keep valued players from leaving. starting on feb. 20 until the march 6 deadline, teams can use the franchise tag.the catch is that just one player can be tagged and if a long-term deal isn’t reached by july, the franchised player will receive a one-year contract with a salary that’s an average of the top five highest-paid players at that position.essentially it’s expensive and really only worth it if a player is among the league’s elite.last year, just seven players received the tag: chandler jones, kawann short, melvin ingram, trumaine johnson, jason pierre-paul, le’veon bell, and kirk cousins. so far this year, we’re at one. the dolphins announced tuesday that they have tagged jarvis ...





nba draft 2018: jaren jackson jr. shows why he’s a top-5 pick in 3 plays

jaren jackson jr. doesn’t have the name recognition or the numbers of the other big men expected to be available at the top of the 2018 nba draft. while deandre ayton and marvin bagley iii flirt with 20-10 seasons, jackson is averaging a modest 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.watch closer, and it’s becoming apparent the stats do not do his talent level justice. there’s a case to be made that the michigan state freshman is the most well-rounded one-and-done player in the draft.jackson has size (6’11, 242 pounds), length (7’4 wingspan), athleticism, shooting, and shot-blocking ability. he flashed it all against illinois in a big ten game on tuesday.watch jackson put illinois on a posterof note: jackson is not a lefty, but he flushes this home with his left hand. the blow-by a...





olympic figure skating live results 2018: women’s short program gets underway

group 2frenchwoman mae berenice meite used a medley of beyonce songs, which honestly should’ve earned her bonus points. her actual skate was less than clean, however, and 53.67 was just barely enough for qualification.larkyn austman is the first canadian competing this evening. she had a tried-and-true song choice with the cabaret soundtrack, but a big fall and other miscues doomed her technical score. at 51.42, she fell near the bottom of the standings.emmi peltonen had a decent skate despite a couple mistakes, settling in with a 55.28 score.next up was kazakhstan’s aiza mambekova, who had an energetic skate even without much in the way of technical prowess. the 44.40 score put her out of qualification for the free skate.switzerland’s alexia paganini pulled off a clean run set to ??...





texas’ sam ehlinger responds to a&m’s tim brewster for calling out big 12

we’ve entered the college football offseason, and with that sometimes comes heightened levels of trash-talking, partially thanks to no actual games being played. one person who’s engaging in such talk is new aggies tight end coach tim brewster, who has some takes on the big 12 vs. the sec:brewster went over to college station following jimbo fisher, who he coached under at florida state. one day later, texas quarterback sam ehlinger responded to brewster’s tweet, and he even mentioned alabama quarterback tua tagovailoa. this is just another development in the post-breakup of the texas-texas a&m rivalry. even though they haven’t played each other since 2011, the two can’t help but mention each other from time to time.but back to brewster, who is no stranger to talking up whatever ...





chiefs’ laurent duvernay-tardif wants to add ‘m.d.’ to his jersey after med school

chiefs guard laurent duvernay-tardif is a lot of things. he’s an nfl player, obviously. he’s currently covering the olympics as a correspondent for radio-canada. now he’s about to add medical doctor to his resume. duvernay-tardif wants his chiefs jersey to reflect that last accomplishment. “i want to put duvernay-tardif m.d. on my jersey,” duvernay-tardif said, via aaron rose of the kansas city star. “i’ve already started a conversation with the league office and they say that anything is possible.”here’s what the jersey would look like, courtesy of our friends at arrowhead pride: the league did change the rules in 2012 to allow players to add generational titles — like sr., jr., or in the case of robert griffin iii, a roman numeral — to the back of their jerseys. but...





ncaa vacates louisville’s 2013 national title: what happens when wins get taken away?

so your school has traversed the lengthy and arduous process that is an ncaa violation and both the ruling and the likely appeal have been lost. in the suite of penalties handed down, one of them is the vacation of a certain amount of wins from the period during which an ineligible player or coach participated. as fans, we watched the game and we remember what happened. nobody can strip away the memories that everyone involved enjoyed. but the ncaa can strip the records from the equation, and that’s what vacating wins is really about. what happens to the titles and banners that a team may have won? those are gone. while the ncaa’s only done it once apiece in men’s basketball and football, if an athlete played ineligible in a national title campaign, then the penalty will strip that t...





nfl free agency 2018: texans release brian cushing after 9 seasons

brian cushing was a staple of the texans’ emergence from expansion also-ran to nfl playoff regular, but his veteran presence wasn’t enough to justify his $8.8 million salary cap hit. the team announced tuesday that cushing was cut, just months after missing the bulk of 2017 due to a violation of the nfl’s performance enhancing drugs policy.the texans paid homage to cushing via the team’s twitter account. “it’s all good,” cushing said sunday night in a text message to mcclain. “it’s part of the business.”cushing suffered his second ped suspension last fall, paving the way for his replacement and showcasing how the texans’ defense can perform without him. 2017 second-round pick zach cunningham performed well in his stead, making 82 tackles and helping tie together a def...