Source Sports | News, Highlights and Interviews – The Source http://thesource.com Sun, 25 Feb 2018 01:20:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Former NFL Bullied Victim Jonathan Martin Detained By Police After Disturbing Social Media Post http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/former-nfl-bullied-victim-jonathan-martin-detained-by-police-after-disturbing-social-media-post/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/former-nfl-bullied-victim-jonathan-martin-detained-by-police-after-disturbing-social-media-post/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:58:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431713 Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was detained for questioning in Los Angeles as a result of a threatening image posted on social media but was later released, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. Martin, who was bullied by fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito when the two were teammates in 2013, posted […]

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Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was detained for questioning in Los Angeles as a result of a threatening image posted on social media but was later released, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday.

Martin, who was bullied by fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito when the two were teammates in 2013, posted a photo of a shotgun and he tagged Incognito as well as another former teammate, Mike Pouncey. Additionally, on the barrel of the gun, he used the hashtag #HarvardWestlake, which is the L.A. high school that Martin attended.

Martin included the following text with the disturbing photo, “When you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge.”  In wake of the tragedy at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Harvard-Westlake decided to shut down today as a result of the photo.

Martin hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015. Weeks after retiring, Martin posted a lengthy message on Facebook explaining that he suffered from depression and had tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.

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The Golden State Warriors Will Visit Local DC Area Kids Instead Of White House Next Week http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/the-golden-state-warriors-will-visit-local-dc-area-kids-instead-of-white-house-next-week/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/the-golden-state-warriors-will-visit-local-dc-area-kids-instead-of-white-house-next-week/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:58:03 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431654 The Washington Wizards will host the defending NBA champion Golden Warriors on February 28th. The Warriors keeping true to their word will not be visiting the white house. Instead of visiting the White House, the team has decided to use the free time and do something more meaningful and visit the nation’s capital next Tuesday […]

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The Washington Wizards will host the defending NBA champion Golden Warriors on February 28th.

The Warriors keeping true to their word will not be visiting the white house.

Instead of visiting the White House, the team has decided to use the free time and do something more meaningful and visit the nation’s capital next Tuesday and go on an undisclosed tour with local D.C. kids, according to ESPN.

“It’s their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it’s up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans,” said Steve Kerr, the Warriors’ head coach. “I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they’re doing.”

The event—which will not be open to the media and only consist of players, coaches, and students—came after Trump disinvited the team from a White House visit.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, two members of the Democratic Party, extended invites to the Warriors to celebrate winning their second championship in three years at the U.S. Capitol.

The Warriors probably don’t need a tour guide considering Kevin Durrant is from D.C. area and is still very influential in the city.

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Conor McGregor To MMA Fans “ I’m Fighting Again In The UFC” http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/conor-mcgregor-to-mma-fans-im-fighting-again-in-the-ufc/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/conor-mcgregor-to-mma-fans-im-fighting-again-in-the-ufc/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:14:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431560 Conor McGregor is letting it be known he wants back in the octagon. Just hours after UFC President Dana White told TMZ he would strip Conor of his Lightweight title, McGregor announced that he will be fighting again and had even offered to step in at UFC 222 when Max Holloway pulled out of his fight […]

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Conor McGregor is letting it be known he wants back in the octagon.

Just hours after UFC President Dana White told TMZ he would strip Conor of his Lightweight title, McGregor announced that he will be fighting again and had even offered to step in at UFC 222 when Max Holloway pulled out of his fight against Frankie Edgar.

White had previously told TMZ Sports that the upcoming fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in April would be for the title McGregor currently holds. However, McGregor says he’ll be fighting again and that “It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.”

McGregor is taking his time to return to UFC simply because he made more money in an exhibition boxing match then he would in any UFC match.

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since November 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205. He is 21-3 with 18 victories by way of knockout in his 24 career UFC fights.

With his impending return, the UFC could use his star power to rejuvenate the MMA world.

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Rae Sremmurd and ESPN Partnering Up for SremmLife X ESPN http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/rae-sremmurd-and-espn-partnering-up-for-sremmlife-x-espn/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/rae-sremmurd-and-espn-partnering-up-for-sremmlife-x-espn/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:48:08 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431449 Rae Sremmund and ESPN are officially in business together with a new series called Sremmlife x ESPN. The new series is described as “NBA Life from the minds of Rae Sremmurd,” where the duo will discuss the NBA season’s biggest matchups and happenings in a series of video shorts from their Los Angeles home. In […]

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Rae Sremmund and ESPN are officially in business together with a new series called Sremmlife x ESPN.

The new series is described as “NBA Life from the minds of Rae Sremmurd,” where the duo will discuss the NBA season’s biggest matchups and happenings in a series of video shorts from their Los Angeles home. In the teaser video, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi share their pick for the upcoming NBA Finals and argue that since the release SremmLife 3 is fast approaching, it’s only right that the Golden State Warriors walk away with their third championship ring.

The rap duo’s last single “T’d Up,” was first heard on an ESPN broadcast and is quite evidently sports-inspired. The trailer released on ESPN’s Youtube Channel takes us on a tour of the Rae Sremmurd mansion. In the video, the duo relishes the extravagance of their lifestyle; Jxmmi draws inspiration from Russell Westbrook, the duo bang on kid-sized hoops in what resembles an “MTV-Style” behind the scenes montage geared towards younger fans.

Fans of Rae Sremmurd can expect musical drops to accompany these vignettes. The partnership between Rae Sremmurd and ESPN will introduce the rappers to a whole new audience and expand their reach as cultural figures.

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Kawhi Leonard Likely Done for The Rest of the Season http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/kawhi-leonard-likely-done-for-the-rest-of-the-season/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/kawhi-leonard-likely-done-for-the-rest-of-the-season/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:50:27 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431447 San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters he’d be “surprised” if Kawhi Leonard returns to action this season after battling a quadriceps injury that has lingered all year long. On Wednesday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that he would be “surprised” if Leonard returns this season. “We only have X number of games left in the […]

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters he’d be “surprised” if Kawhi Leonard returns to action this season after battling a quadriceps injury that has lingered all year long.

On Wednesday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that he would be “surprised” if Leonard returns this season. “We only have X number of games left in the season, and he’s still not ready to go,” Popovich told reporters in San Antonio on Wednesday. “If by some chance he is, it’s gonna be pretty late into the season; and it’s going to be a pretty tough decision — how late to bring somebody back. So that’s why I’m just trying to be honest and logical. I’ll be surprised if he gets back this year.”

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs forward has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting it down after only nine games this year, he has elected against returning to the active roster, sources said. If Leonard does return, it will be because he has decided he can manage the pain of the injury, but that doesn’t look to be happening.

The strange injury to Kawhi’s hip has caused a ton of tension between the Spurs organization & the star forward, with possible implications spilling over into the 2019 free agency next Summer.

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Jamaica’s first women’s Olympic bobsled team just made history http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/jamaicas-first-womens-olympic-bobsled-team-just-made-history/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/jamaicas-first-womens-olympic-bobsled-team-just-made-history/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:55:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431413 And the internet is all here for it! The Jamaican women’s bobsled team made their Olympic debut on Tuesday, becoming the first women’s team from Jamaica to take part in the competition. Thirty years after the four-man Jamaican bobsled team debuted at the Olympics in Calgary, Canada—and inspired the movie Cool Runnings—Jamaica sent Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian […]

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And the internet is all here for it!

The Jamaican women’s bobsled team made their Olympic debut on Tuesday, becoming the first women’s team from Jamaica to take part in the competition.

Thirty years after the four-man Jamaican bobsled team debuted at the Olympics in Calgary, Canada—and inspired the movie Cool Runnings—Jamaica sent Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell to Pyeongchang to continue the island’s bobsledding legacy.

Teammates Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell had a tough time making it to the games after losing their coach, sponsors, and sled shortly before the competition. However, with some help from the Jamaican beer company Red Stripe, the team was able to secure a sled and make it to the Olympics.

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter:

As for the competition, Germany took home Gold, USA took Silver and Canada Bronze. Jamaica didn’t make it to the podium on Wednesday at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from cheering for the squad in good spirits.

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NCAA Stripps University Of Louisville Stripped Of 2013 National Championship http://thesource.com/2018/02/21/ncaa-stripps-university-of-louisville-stripped-of-2013-national-championship/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/21/ncaa-stripps-university-of-louisville-stripped-of-2013-national-championship/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:38:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431251 The hammer was dropped on the University of Louisville by the NCAA. The University of Louisville men’s basketball team must vacate 123 wins, including its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance after the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee announced today its decision to uphold the punishment in the school’s escort case. The penalties are the result of […]

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The hammer was dropped on the University of Louisville by the NCAA.

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team must vacate 123 wins, including its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance after the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee announced today its decision to uphold the punishment in the school’s escort case.

The penalties are the result of an investigation that included allegations that a former Louisville staff member arranged for escorts to attend parties with players and recruits at an on-campus dormitory from 2011 to 2015, according to ESPN.

The school’s own investigation into the allegation revealed that violations occurred and resulted in a self-imposed postseason ban nearly two years ago. Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.

As a result of today’s ruling, the Cardinals will become the first time in modern Division I men’s basketball history to vacate a title. Several former Louisville players including Kevin Ware, who suffered a gruesome injury during Louisville’s championship run in 2013, spoke out against today’s ruling. Ware tweeted, “Still got this fat ass ring which means my guys definitely won a chip if I’m not mistaken of course.”

Former coach Rick Pitino repeatedly denied knowing about the activities but the blemish on the program will never be forgotten — not after Tuesday’s sanctions.

Sad times at the University of Louisville, but the NCAA needs to look themselves in the mirror. College basketball and football are both corrupted all across the nation.

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Marvericks In The Mist Of Sexual Assault Allegations http://thesource.com/2018/02/21/mark-cubans-dallas-marvericks-in-the-mist-of-an-awful-sexual-assault-allegations/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/21/mark-cubans-dallas-marvericks-in-the-mist-of-an-awful-sexual-assault-allegations/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:35:31 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431275 A difficult season for the Dallas Mavericks just got a lot tougher. The Mavericks are now embroiled in a huge mess regarding some disturbing sexual assault allegations that involved high-level executives in the organization. In a report by Sports Illustrated, several former women employees addressed the crooked misogynist behavior that occurred in the Mavericks workplace. The damning report describes the […]

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A difficult season for the Dallas Mavericks just got a lot tougher.
The Mavericks are now embroiled in a huge mess regarding some disturbing sexual assault allegations that involved high-level executives in the organization. In a report by Sports Illustrated, several former women employees addressed the crooked misogynist behavior that occurred in the Mavericks workplace.
The damning report describes the gross conduct of former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery, who repeatedly requested sex from employees and allegedly touched women’s legs during meetings, as well as other forms of sexual harassment. Sports Illustrated labeled the Mavericks workplace, “a corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior.”

Ussery left the team in 2015 but higher-ups in the Mavs organization were reportedly dismissive when the harassment claims were brought to them during his tenure. Additionally, the organization had allowed Mavs.com beat writer Earl K. Sneed to remain with the team despite pleading guilty to family violence assault. Sneed and human resources head Buddy Pittman have since been fired in the wake of today’s Sports Illustrated report.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he was unaware of any of the allegations.

“It’s not a situation we condone,” Cuban told Sports Illustrated. “I can’t tell you how many times, particularly since all this (#MeToo) stuff has been coming out recently I asked our HR director, ‘Do we have a problem? Do we have any issues I have to be aware of?’ And the answer was ‘no.’ ”

Forget tanking for lottery picks in the NBA Draft, the Mavericks could use a cultural  overhaul throughout the organization.

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Changing Lanes: NASCAR Drives for Diversity With Richie Williams and Kevin Richardson http://thesource.com/2018/02/21/changing-lanes-nascar-drives-diversity-richie-williams-kevin-richardson/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/21/changing-lanes-nascar-drives-diversity-richie-williams-kevin-richardson/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:02:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431241 It’s still Black History Month, and NASCAR is making a splash of it’s own. For one moment, abandon all your preconceived notions about the sport. Whether you grew up with boiling passion for racing or never found an interest, the auto-racing sports giant is changing the game. NASCAR, known mostly for it’s predominant southern white […]

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It’s still Black History Month, and NASCAR is making a splash of it’s own.

For one moment, abandon all your preconceived notions about the sport.

Whether you grew up with boiling passion for racing or never found an interest, the auto-racing sports giant is changing the game. NASCAR, known mostly for it’s predominant southern white male fan base, now includes a bounty of new faces, thanks to their Drive for Diversity program; a hands-on developmental initiative merging varying young talent ready to make their mark and reach the highest levels of NASCAR.

Richie Williams

Meet Richie Williams, former Appalachian State record breaking quarterback, who grew up an avid NASCAR fan in South Carolina, traded in the pigskin for the pit crew and a successful career in NASCAR, after being catapulted into the fast-paced intensity of Pit Road after completing the D4D program.

The Crew Member Development division, headed by Phil Horton, taught Williams and others fitness and agility with pit crew drills and full-time strength and conditioning practices.

“How fast they pick up handling the tools, handling the tires, the gas can,” Horton said. “Once you learn the basic eight fundamentals of how to do a pit stop, it’s a mental thing. It’s how you are able to do that under pressure; that’s the most important thing. They’re going to be fast, but we’re going to do have to slow them down, we’re going to have to get them under control. They’re going to have to learn those fundamentals to see if they can do that when it counts the most.”

During an interview before the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18, Williams explains the challenges of being a minority on Pit Road:

“[Challenges include] mixing cultures. A lot of the times the cultures don’t know about the other so they can be reluctant to get to know. I was the only minority in my first shop, and it was a lot of awkward conversations but they needed to be had so we can move forward but now, all those guys are like family to me.”

Kevin Richardson

It’s no longer game day, but race day to these former Appalachian State Hall of Famers. Similar to Williams, Kevin Richardson, the former running back who was awarded the Diverse Crew Member Award for inspiring awareness of NASCAR through competitive performance and outreach activities, tackled the tracks and tires after a football injury prematurely benched his football aspirations as a front tire carrier:

“I never had a clue I’d be doing this. I never really watched NASCAR racing. I would see it if it was on TV. But it wasn’t like a big passion to watch, but now, I love it.”

During an interview on Sunday, the Elizabethtown, North Carolina native was asked about any preconceived notions about the sport:

“The way I look at it is it’s a job. Just go and do your job and as long as you do that, it’ll be alright. I’m not here to make friends; if I run into a few people and shake hands and exchange numbers, that’s cool. But I’m here to do a job and that’s my main focus every time I show up.”

When the former teammates isn’t on Pit Road, the pair spends their time as football coaches.

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WWE Drops Apollo Crews’ Last Name Cause It Sound Too Similar To Parkland Killer http://thesource.com/2018/02/20/wwe-drops-apollo-crews-last-name-cause-it-sound-too-simular-to-parkland-killer/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/20/wwe-drops-apollo-crews-last-name-cause-it-sound-too-simular-to-parkland-killer/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:14:37 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431145 WWE superstar  Apollo Crews is dropping the last name and will simply be known as “Apollo.” The name drop is the WWE’s way of distancing themselves from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter. According to Sportskeeda, the WWE star dropped his last name because it sounds too similar to that of Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people last week in one […]

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WWE superstar  Apollo Crews is dropping the last name and will simply be known as “Apollo.”

The name drop is the WWE’s way of distancing themselves from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter.

According to Sportskeeda, the WWE star dropped his last name because it sounds too similar to that of Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people last week in one of the deadliest school shootings in American history.

Based on an email sent by WWE officials, the decision was made at the executive level. WWE CEO Vince McMahon reportedly never wants to hear Cruz’s surname again. And while the two spellings are different, they’re similar enough to erase Apollo’s last name from his biography on the company’s website.

Considering WWE opened Raw on Monday night with a moment of silence for the victims of the Parkland shooting, and NXT wrestler Donovan Dijak has already started a GoFundMe to raise money for the families of the deceased, WWE has clearly been affected by this tragedy and is doing everything they can to pay their respects. WWE developmental center is located in Orlando.

The 19-year-old Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following the shooting, which is now the 18th school shooting in the US this year. The FBI received a tip through their general call line regarding concerns about Cruz’s violent behavior back in September, and admitted they did not act on it. The tip referenced “Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.”

 

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76ers’ JJ Redick Apologizes For Chinese Racial Slur http://thesource.com/2018/02/20/76ers-jj-redick-apologizes-persevered-racial-slur-towards-chinese-jeremy-lin-supports-him/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/20/76ers-jj-redick-apologizes-persevered-racial-slur-towards-chinese-jeremy-lin-supports-him/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:11:58 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430994 Philadelphia 76ers’  shooting guard JJ Redick found himself in some trouble after a video surfaced online of him using a racial slur. During the video, produced by Chinese media company Tencent, Redick appears to say, “I just wanted to wish all the NBA chink fans of China a very Happy Chinese New Year.” Redick addressed […]

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Philadelphia 76ers’  shooting guard JJ Redick found himself in some trouble after a video surfaced online of him using a racial slur.

During the video, produced by Chinese media company Tencent, Redick appears to say,

“I just wanted to wish all the NBA chink fans of China a very Happy Chinese New Year.”

Redick addressed the video Sunday in a tweet, saying that he was “tongue-tied” and that the “word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary.”

He offered a more detailed explanation in a follow-up tweet later Sunday evening, writing that he intended to say “NBA Chinese fans” before changing course mid-sentence to “NBA fans in China.”

According to ESPN, Redick’s comment was included in the video titled, “30 NBA Players Wish Chinese Fans a Happy New Year,” which aired during halftime of a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trailblazers on February 14. Tencent has since released another edited video in which Redick is not included.

Chinese-American and current Brooklyn Nets’ point guard  Jeremy Lin came out to support Redick’s apology. Lina also encouraged fans to not use hateful language toward JJ as a response to the video..

 

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Youth Baseball Team In Missouri Holds Raffle For AR-15 Rifle Following Florida School Shooting http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/youth-baseball-team-missouri-holds-raffle-ar-15-rifle-following-florida-school-shooting/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/youth-baseball-team-missouri-holds-raffle-ar-15-rifle-following-florida-school-shooting/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:23:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431012 A group of third-graders in Missouri are selling raffle tickets for an AR-15 — the type of rifle used in the deadly Florida shooting last week. The third-graders are selling the raffle tickets to raise money for their traveling baseball team, according to media reports. The coach of the baseball team, Levi Patterson, said the […]

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A group of third-graders in Missouri are selling raffle tickets for an AR-15 — the type of rifle used in the deadly Florida shooting last week.

The third-graders are selling the raffle tickets to raise money for their traveling baseball team, according to media reports. The coach of the baseball team, Levi Patterson, said the idea for the raffle was thought of before the shooting occurred last week at a Florida high school.

Patterson said he thought about changing the item for the raffle, but decided to “turn it into a positive thing” after “getting the hate.”

Patterson said the team has received many donations since the Florida shooting, according to the Star.

“Gun raffles have been going on for years,” Patterson wrote in a comment on Facebook. “Evil has and will always exist. Our hearts break for those involved, and we do not take that lightly.”

The rifle was offered for the raffle by a father of one of the players.

Last week, a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida, killing 17 people and wounding 14 others. The shooting has sparked renewed calls for gun control, as students who survived the shooting demand action from lawmakers.

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LeBron’s ASG MVP proves he is still the NBA’s Best Player http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/lebrons-asg-mvp-proves-he-is-still-the-nbas-best-player/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/lebrons-asg-mvp-proves-he-is-still-the-nbas-best-player/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:45:02 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430935 If last night’s All-Star game was any indication of who still runs the NBA, the answer is resoundingly clear: King James continues to rein. With the new game format on display for the first time, the game was more competitive than it has been in the past. Typically, the players go into full gear and […]

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If last night’s All-Star game was any indication of who still runs the NBA, the answer is resoundingly clear: King James continues to rein. With the new game format on display for the first time, the game was more competitive than it has been in the past. Typically, the players go into full gear and increase the defensive pressure in the final minutes. The defensive effort was display for the majority of the game.

Led by their team captain, Team LeBron fought their way back after trailing by 10 with under 5 minutes left to go in the game. They cut the lead to seven and there was no turning back. James nearly missed a triple- double, but netted 29 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists and shot 50 percent from the 3 point line. Because these players were hand picked by the captains, there was more pride in assuring that the W was secured.

On the other hand, Team Steph’s roster featured the splash brothers, but failed to splash much of anything, as they shot 44 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3. Damian Lillard was Team Steph’s leading scorer with 21 points off the bench in his first all-star appearance.

The final minutes of the game felt more like a regular season game, rather than an exhibition. Steph Curry, who is considered by many, the greatest shooter in NBA history, was swarmed by a number of defenders and failed to get a shot off. He passed it up to Demar DeRozan in the corner but he was unable to get his shot off before time expired. Team LeBron came away victorious winning by 3, 148-145. Watch some of the key players below.

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Bubba Wallace Almost Shocked The Race Car World By Finishing Second In Daytona 500 http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/bubba-wallace-almost-shocked-the-race-car-world-by-finishing-second-in-daytona-500/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/bubba-wallace-almost-shocked-the-race-car-world-by-finishing-second-in-daytona-500/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:17:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430965 Black excellence has invaded NASCAR racing. Darrell ” Bubba” Wallace Jr  carved a slice of NASCAR history Sunday night in only his fifth career start when he posted the best finish by a black driver in the Daytona 500. Wallace was the first black driver to start the Daytona 500 since Wendell Scott in 1969. Scott […]

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Black excellence has invaded NASCAR racing.

Darrell ” Bubba” Wallace Jr  carved a slice of NASCAR history Sunday night in only his fifth career start when he posted the best finish by a black driver in the Daytona 500.

Wallace was the first black driver to start the Daytona 500 since Wendell Scott in 1969. Scott was 13th in the 1966 race, the previous best finish for a black driver at Daytona.

While Austin Dillon was the winner, driving the No. 3 car on the 17th anniversary of the death of legendary Dale Earnhardt and the 20th anniversary of Dale’s only Daytona 500 victory, Wallace was clearly the star of the show.

Wallace, the son of a white father and black mother, was feted by sports royalty on his big day, and not just from his team owner, Richard Petty. Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron wished him luck on a phone call and four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton tweeted his support.

“There’s a lot of stuff that’s riding on this weekend. I know it. I pay attention to it,” Wallace said. “I follow a lot of people on social media, and it’s being put out there. But I’m doing my best at managing it, keeping it behind me, and that’s the best thing I can do.”
Not too many folks expected Wallace to come so close to winning the event. Most hoped that he would at least be competitive and find a respectable place in this inaugural 2018 NASCAR extravaganza. Wallace not only exceeded expectations, he almost won the whole thing.
Bubba will be a rock star and bring many new fans to NASCAR racing going forward in 2018.

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Twista Yokes Up Drunken Reggae Artist Soul Skelly At Michael Jordan’s All Star Party http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/twista-yokes-drunken-reggae-artist-soul-skelly-michael-jordans-star-party/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/twista-yokes-drunken-reggae-artist-soul-skelly-michael-jordans-star-party/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:00:23 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430961 Twista is not with the shits. Over the weekend, the legendary Chi-Town lyricist had more than enough of drunken reggae artist Soul Skelly at Michael Jordan‘s annual All-Star bash and put him in the old school dope fiend headlock while Ywista’s annoyed friend worked on Skelly’s ribs. The melee was eventually broken up, but by […]

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Twista is not with the shits.

Over the weekend, the legendary Chi-Town lyricist had more than enough of drunken reggae artist Soul Skelly at Michael Jordan‘s annual All-Star bash and put him in the old school dope fiend headlock while Ywista’s annoyed friend worked on Skelly’s ribs.

The melee was eventually broken up, but by the end of it, so was Soul Skelly.

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MTN DEW Kickstart Brings Star-Studded Pop-Up Experience To Courtside Studios At NBA All Star Weekend http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/mtn-dew-kickstart-brings-star-studded-pop-experience-courtside-studios-nba-star-weekend/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/mtn-dew-kickstart-brings-star-studded-pop-experience-courtside-studios-nba-star-weekend/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:59:18 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430952 Mtn Dew Kickstart brought fans Closer Than Courtside with their favorite NBA icons at Courtside Studios, a one-of-a-kind pop-up experience, during NBA All-Star 2018. Terrence J and King Bach hosted a live stage show that immersed fans into the off-court lifestyle of NBA athletes Paul Pierce, Bradley Beal, Jamal Murray, Andre Drummond, Frank Ntilikina and […]

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Mtn Dew Kickstart brought fans Closer Than Courtside with their favorite NBA icons at Courtside Studios, a one-of-a-kind pop-up experience, during NBA All-Star 2018.

Terrence J and King Bach hosted a live stage show that immersed fans into the off-court lifestyle of NBA athletes Paul Pierce, Bradley Beal, Jamal Murray, Andre Drummond, Frank Ntilikina and Brandon Ingram.

Fans filmed tryout videos of why they should be Kevin’s next CourtSidekick as part of his #CourtSidekick contest. Kevin will bring one lucky DEW fan “Closer Than Courtside” for the chance to earn one of the most coveted seats in sports: sitting courtside with Kevin during the NBA Playoffs. To enter, fans can grab a can of Mountain Dew Kickstart and tell him why they think they’re courtside ready by using #CourtSidekickContest on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (through 3/19).

An All-Star performance by Ty Dolla $ign, a DJ set from MICK and exclusive streetwear giveaways curated by StockX.

The two-day Courtside Studios pop-up began on Saturday, February 17th with Kevin Hart and Terrence J hosting a live stage show that immersed fans into the off-court lifestyle of NBA athletes Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Kuzma, Kevin Love, Donovan Mitchell and Sam Dekker.

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LeBron James’ Late Game Heroics Leads Team LeBron To All-Star Victory http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/lebron-james-late-game-heroics-leads-team-lebron-to-all-star-victory/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/19/lebron-james-late-game-heroics-leads-team-lebron-to-all-star-victory/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:58:01 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430841 When the NBA announced that the NBA All-Star game format was going to change, many expected a competitive game and that’s exactly what the fans got. While some had their preconceptions of what may have seemed to be a clear win in favor of LeBron James‘ roster, boasting names like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, […]

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When the NBA announced that the NBA All-Star game format was going to change, many expected a competitive game and that’s exactly what the fans got.

While some had their preconceptions of what may have seemed to be a clear win in favor of LeBron James‘ roster, boasting names like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry‘s squad, anchored down by the likes of James Harden and Joel Embiid proved to be a formidable foe as the game came down to a matter of seconds and three points with Team LeBron eventually squeezing out a win of 148-145.

“I think myself and Stephen took it upon ourselves when we took on this format that we had to change the way this game was played. The last couple years, it wasn’t as competitive as we would like. …And it was great for both sides.” said James, who racked up 29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and laid claim to his third NBA All-Star MVP honor, tying him with Oscar Robertson, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan for the second most of all time.

“We wanted to kind of change the narrative of the All-Star Game being a joke,” Kevin Durant added on. “Today we wanted to make it a real basketball game.”

The way LeBron carried himself this weekend has even his most notorious critic starting to change the way he views James today.

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Suns’ Devin Booker Out-Shoots Klay Thompson to Win JBL 3-Point Contest http://thesource.com/2018/02/18/suns-devin-booker-out-shot-klay-thompson-to-win-jbl-3-point-contest/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/18/suns-devin-booker-out-shot-klay-thompson-to-win-jbl-3-point-contest/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:27:01 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430892 The Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker canned a record 28 points in the final round of the 2018 JBL 3-Point Contest to reign supreme over a crop of the NBA’s best shooters. Booker took down the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson and the L.A. Clippers Tobias Harris in the contest’s final frame. .@DevinBook went off for […]

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The Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker canned a record 28 points in the final round of the 2018 JBL 3-Point Contest to reign supreme over a crop of the NBA’s best shooters. Booker took down the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson and the L.A. Clippers Tobias Harris in the contest’s final frame.

When Booker hit for 28, many wondered if Klay would match that or go for 29. He almost did just that.

Booker winning the Three-Point Contest is actually great for the NBA. Obviously, it’s cool when stars win events like these, but young guys don’t always get the chance to show off during All-Star Weekend.

Booker is the second Suns player to be hailed as the 3-point champion. Back in the 2005 All-Star Weekend in Denver, Quentin Richardson took home the trophy. This is the first in Booker’s career, but there’s no reason to believe that it’s the last.

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Danny Garcia Returns with a Dominating Knock Out Victory Over Brandon Rios http://thesource.com/2018/02/18/danny-garcia-returns-to-the-ring-with-a-dominating-knock-out-victory-of-brandon-rios/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/18/danny-garcia-returns-to-the-ring-with-a-dominating-knock-out-victory-of-brandon-rios/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:20:10 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430881 In his first fight in over a year, Danny Garcia re-established himself among elite fighters at 147 pounds by knocking out a game Brandon Rios with one right hand in Round 9 of their Premier Boxing Champions bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. If Saturday’s bout was designed as a get-well offering for the […]

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In his first fight in over a year, Danny Garcia re-established himself among elite fighters at 147 pounds by knocking out a game Brandon Rios with one right hand in Round 9 of their Premier Boxing Champions bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

If Saturday’s bout was designed as a get-well offering for the former two-division champion Garcia, it was a recharged Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) who made him work for it by brawling forward throughout. Rios’ recklessness left him open for counter shots, however, and Garcia made him pay in a big way.

“I felt the ring rust a little bit in the beginning. I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to be,” Garcia said. “He’s a good inside fighter and he was giving me some good inside cuts. It was a good nine rounds. He came to fight but I was prepared for it. I came to box, and I did that. I came to bang, and I gave the fans what they wanted with a knockout.”

With the victory, Garcia jumps right back into a crowded 147 pounds championship picture. Errol Spence Jr and Keith Thurman.

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Fox’s Laura Ingraham Invites LeBron James To “Her Court” For a One On One http://thesource.com/2018/02/18/foxs-laura-ingraham-invites-lebron-james-to-her-court-for-a-one-on-one/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/18/foxs-laura-ingraham-invites-lebron-james-to-her-court-for-a-one-on-one/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:42:04 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=430843 After telling LeBron James to “shut up and dribble” in a controversial tweet, rather than criticizing President Donald Trump, FOX News TV and radio host Laura Ingraham has invited the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar to be a guest on her show. Hey King, Come play on my Court next week. You’re invited on the show anytime. https://t.co/CpXRl5jGzQ — […]

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After telling LeBron James to shut up and dribble in a controversial tweet, rather than criticizing President Donald Trump, FOX News TV and radio host Laura Ingraham has invited the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar to be a guest on her show.

Ingraham started things on Thursday when she told James and fellow hoops star Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble” when they criticized President Donald Trump in a video published that day by the Uninterrupted site. Ingraham attacked James on his credentials to comment on politics, since he bypassed college to go directly to the NBA after finishing high school.

Ingraham’s comments were ill-advised, and some thought they had racist undertones. James has done nothing but give back to those who might be deemed less fortunate. In fact, the LeBron James Family Foundation benefits hundreds of students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. And just for the record: Durant has a similar foundation to help low-income kids.

Whether or not James will accept Ingraham’s invitation remains to be seen.

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