Friday, August 10, 2018

Trump vs. the NFL (and NBA)

8/10/18 - Be happy, be cool!
8/8/18 - Jim Brown says he'll never kneel
8/4/18 - MJ supports LJ
8/4/18 - Melania states LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation
8/4/18 - Some NBA players respond
8/4/18 - Trump says LeBron looked smart
7/20/18 - Trump's solution to the national anthem debate
6/3/18 - Trump disinvites Philadelphia Eagles to the White House
5/24/18 - Steve Kerr comments
5/23/18 - NFL owners bow to Trump
3/3/18 - #stayinyolane
1/15/18 - NBA responds to Trump
11/22/17 - Trump calls LaVar Ball "poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair"
11/20/17 - Marshawn Lynch's mother vs. Trump
11/20/17 - Trump tweets that Marshawn Lynch should be suspended
11/19/17 - Trump's predictable response to LaVar Ball
11/18/17 - LaVar Ball comments on Trump's involvement releasing his son from China
11/17/17 - South Carolina women's basketball team won't be able to attend White House celebration
11/11/17 - Stephen Curry on the protests and veterans
10/30/17 - High School referees walk off the field to protest the protestors
10/29/17 - Houston Texans players protest owner's remarks
10/26/17 - Kennesaw State cheerleaders banned from the national anthem
10/18/17 - NFL won't force players to stand for anthem
10/17/17 - Popovich calls Trump a "soulless coward"
10/15/17 - Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners for collusion
10/13/17 - Nate Boyer's open letter
10/10/17 - Goodell wants players to stand during anthem
10/8/17 - Pence leaves Colts game during national anthem / PR stunt?
10/1/17 - NFL protests in week 4 / Marshawn Lynch
9/29/17 - NFL wrestling on how to plot a path forward
9/27/17 - Rahm Emanuel (and others) think Trump's comments were a distraction and is dividing the nation
9/24/17 - Players who protested in week 3 (vs. week 1)
9/23/17 -  NBA players players respond / LeBronMichael JordanPopovich
9/23/17 - Trump rescinds invitation to Golden State Warriors
9/23/17 - NFL responds to Trump / Tom BradyJerry Jones
9/23/17 - Goodell: Trump shows lack of respect for the NFL (and so on)
9/22/17 - Trump says NFL owners should fire players who protest

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

NBA transactions 2018

8/7/18 - Carmelo verbally agrees to joins Rockets / it's official
7/27/18 - Clint Capela to re-sign with Houston for five years, $90 million
7/26/18 - Vince Carter to join Hawks for 1 year, $2.4 million
7/24/18 - Kevin Love signs 4 year, $120 million extension with Cleveland
7/22/18 - Alex Len to sign with Atlanta for two years, $8.5 million
7/21/18 - Montrezl Harrell to remain with Clippers for two years, $12 million
7/20/18 - Michael Beasley to join Lakers for one year, $3.5 million
7/19/18 - Carmelo Anthony and protected first round pick traded from Oklahoma City to Atlanta for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala / Muscala will then go to Philadelphia, Justin Anderson will go the Hawks, Carmelo will be bought out, Luwawu-Cabarrot will head to OKC
7/19/18 - Marcus Smart agrees to stay with Celtics for four years, $52 million
7/18/18 - Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poetl, and protected first-round pick
7/17/18 - Sacramento trades Garrett Temple to Memphis for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis, future second-round pick
7/14/18 - Jabari Parker agrees to $40 million, two year deal with Bulls
7/14/18 - Nets to sign Shabazz Napier to two year deal
7/14/18 - Channing Frye headed back to Cleveland for the minimum
7/12/18 - Isaiah Thomas headed to Denver for 1 year, minimum deal
7/12/18 - Jeremy Lin and future second round pick traded from Nets to Atlanta for future second round pick and rights to Isaia Cordinier
7/12/18 - Denver sends Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, 2019 first round pick, future second round pick to Nets for Isaiah Whitehead (clearing $21 million in salary for Nuggets)
7/918 - Luc Mbah a Moute re-signs with Clippers for 1 year, $4.3 million
7/8/18 - Brook Lopez signs with Bucks for 1 year, $3.4 million
7/8/18 - Zaza Pachulia to join Pistons for 1 year, $2.4 million
7/7/18 - Three team trade: Biyombo from Orlando to Charlotte, Mozgov from Charlotte to Orlando, Jerian Grant from Chicago to Orlando, Julyan Stone from Charlotte to Chicago
7/7/18 - Suns sign Devin Booker to max extension of five years, $158 million
7/7/18 - Jazz waive Jerebko, to sign with Warriors
7/6/18 - Bulls to match Kings four year, $80 million offer sheet for Zach LaVine
7/6/18 - Kyle Anderson signs four year, $37 million offer sheet with Grizzlies / Spurs won't match
7/6/18 - Nurkic staying with Portland for four years, $48 million
7/6/18 - Tony Parker to join Hornets after 17 seasons with Spurs
7/3/18 - Dwight Howard to sign with Washington for tax MLE
7/3/18 - Jeff Green to join Wizards for 1 year, $2.5 million
7/3/18 - Tyreke Evans signs with Indiana for 1 year, $12 million
7/3/18 - Denver trades Wilson Chandler and future second-round pick to Philadelphia to save $50 million
7/3/18 - Keeping up with the Lakers
7/2/18 - Avery Bradley to re-sign with Clippers for two years, $25 million
7/2/18 - DeMarcus Cousins to sign with Golden State for 1 year, $5.3 million / Lakers passed?
7/2/18 - J.J. Redick re-signs with Philadelphia for 1 year, $12-$13 million
7/2/18 - Derrick Favors re-signing with Utah for 2 years, $36 million
7/2/18 - Julius Randle to sign with New Orleans for 2 years, $18 million
7/2/18 - Rajon Rondo to sign with Lakers for 1 year, $9 million
7/2/18 - Nerlens Noel signs with Oklahoma City for two years at the minimum
7/1/18 - Elfrid Payton signs one year deal with New Orleans
7/1/18 - JaVale McGee signs with Lakers for 1 year, minimum
7/1/18 - Aaron Gordon re-signs with Magic for four years, $84 million
7/1/18 - Mario Hezoja signs with Knicks for 1 year, $6.5 million
7/1/18 - Lance Stephenson signs with Lakers for 1 year, $4.5 million
7/1/18 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope re-signs with Lakers for 1 year, $12 million
7/1/18 - LeBron decides to sign with Lakers for 4 years, $153 million
6/30/18 - DeAndre Jordan agrees to go to Dallas for one year, $24.1 million
6/30/18 - Trevor Ariza leaving Rockets for Suns for one year, $15 million
6/30/18 - Rudy Gay to re-sign with Spurs for one year, $10 million
6/30/18 - Ersan Ilyasova to join Bucks for three years, $21 million
6/30/18 - Chris Paul returning to Rockets for four years $160 million
6/30/18 - Will Barton to remain with Denver for four years $50 million
6/30/18 - Kevin Durant agrees to stay with Warriors for two years $61.5 million
6/30/18 - Paul George agrees to re-sign with OKC for four years $137 million
6/29/18 - Enes Kanter exercises $18.6 million player option to remain with Knicks
6/27/18 - Clippers trade Austin Rivers to Wizards for Marcin Gortat
6/25/18 - Denver to re-sign Nikola Jokic to five-year $146.5 million max contract / $148 million
6/20/18 - Atlanta trades Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round draft picks
6/15/18 - Toronto promotes Nick Nurse to head coach
6/11/18 - Detroit and Dwayne Casey agree on five year deal
6/7/18 - Bryan Colangelo and 76ers part ways over twitter controversy
5/17/18 - Budenholzer agrees to become Milwaukee's head coach
5/12/18 - Toronto fires Dwayne Casey
5/11/18 - Atlanta hires Philadelphia assistant Lloyd Pierce as head coach
5/10/18 - Charlotte hires James Borrego as new head coach
5/7/18 - Pistons part ways with Stan Van Gundy
5/3/18 - David Fizdale agrees to become Knicks head coach
5/2/18 - Phoenix hires Igor Kokoskov as head coach
4/25/18 - Atlanta and Mike Budenholzer agree to part ways

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Friday, August 03, 2018

2018 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football

8/15/18 - Borden, Hensley, Choi, Tavai voted as captains
8/13/18 - position preview: Running Backs
8/10/18 - position preview: Offensive Line
8/9/18 - Corey Batoon has begun Phase 3
8/8/18 - position preview: Receivers
8/6/18 - position preview: Special Teams
8/6/18 - Warriors football TV schedule
8/5/18 - Warriors go back to move forward
8/3/18 - position preview: Defensive Line
8/3/18 - Colt Brennan stops by
8/1/18 - position preview: Secondary
7/31/18 - Mouse Davis invited to consult
7/31/18 - position preview: Linebackers
7/29/18 - Mountain West capsules
7/29/18 - Joseph Ward comes out of nowhere
7/29/18 - Media Guide: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015
7/22/18 - Rolo steers back for a fresh start to 2018
6/26/18 - Timoteo no longer on scholarship
5/31/18 - UH is in the second group
3/22/18 - First day of practice
3/18/18 - New look Warriors head into spring ball
3/16/18 - Ghobrial to succeed Chaudari
3/3/18 - Viane Moala has transferred to Utah
2/23/18 - Billy Ray Stutzmann hired as intern for the offense
2/13/18 - Mayur Chaudhari leaving Hawaii for Atlanta Falcons
2/10/18 - Warriors sign 10, but Faumui defects to Virginia
2/7/18 - Warriors get commitments from Ernest Moore, OT and Justus Tavai, DT
2/7/18 - Dru Brown headed to Oklahoma State
2/4/18 - Vanasio "Solo" Vaipulu, C, to sign with Hawaii
2/1/18 - Manase Time, S, commits to Hawaii
1/31/18 - Aaron Faumui, DL, accepts scholarship from Hawaii
1/30/18 - Gene Pryor, OL, to accept offer from Hawaii
1/27/18 - Keala Santiago leaving UH too
1/27/18 - Thomas Wade, OL, from California verbally commits
1/23/18 - Dru Brown to leave UH for family reasons
1/18/18 - Rolovich to reload the run-and-shoot
1/17/18 - Rolovich ranked no. 108
1/16/18 - Dylan Collie to transfer to earn a graduate degree after graduating in May
1/16/18 - Andre Allen hired as receivers coach, Ricky Logo hired as defensive line coach
1/16/18 - Marc Weber to be named offensive line coach
1/5/18 - Mark Banker expected to be named assistant head coach
1/5/18 - Corey Batoon loves coaching
12/31/17 - Before and after New Orleans
12/31/17 - Rolo reflects
12/30/17 - Corey Batoon hired as defensive coordinator
12/27/17 - Sean Duggan, linebackers coach, won't be returning
12/19/17 - Warriors await National Letters of Intent Day
12/21/17 - Rolovich blows the conch shell on signing day
12/18/17 - Legi Suiaunoa and Kefense Hynson to leave Hawaii for Oregon State

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Clark Kent defeats Michael Phelps

SALINAS, Calif. — Clark Kent may be Superman, but a 10-year-old boy who shares his name has the powers of Aquaman.

At the Far West International Swimming Championship Sunday, Clark Kent Apuada placed first in all seven events he swam in. But in the 100 meter butterfly, he broke a record set by Olympian Michael Phelps at the same meet back in 1995.

"Most people just call me Clark, but now, when I beat Michael Phelps' record, they start calling me Superman," he said. "I thought to myself yeah if I had positive thoughts, positive things would happen."

2018 College Football

8/8/18 - ESPN ranks Tagovailoa no. 11, Milton no. 20
8/1/18 - Ohio State puts Urban Meyer on administrative leave

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2018 High School Football

8/10/18 - OIA and ILH together again
8/2/18 - St. Louis is the team to beat (again)
8/1/18 - Stacked Class of 2019
7/22/18 - How the OIA-ILH alliance came about
3/9/18 - Randall Okimoto steps down as Farrington head coach
2/22/18 - ILH agreed only after pledges from Kurisu and Amemiya
2/13/18 - OIA and ILH agree to two-year pilot program of interleague play
1/23/18 - OIA will move to three tiers
1/18/18 - Kahuku names Sterling Carvalho as head coach, fifth head coach in six years

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Courmier KOs Miocic

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Daniel Cormier knocked out the UFC heavyweight champion, argued with a professional wrestler and left the octagon dancing with glee and perfect balance, thanks to one championship belt on each arm.

There will never be another Saturday night like it for the 39-year-old former amateur wrestler who stands on the pinnacle of the UFC.

Make that two pinnacles.

Cormier added the heavyweight championship to his light heavyweight title when he stopped Stipe Miocic in dramatic fashion during the first round of their superfight at UFC 226.

Late in a lively opening round, Cormier (21-1, 1 no-contest) abruptly flattened the UFC's long-reigning heavyweight kingpin with a right elbow out of a clinch. He finished Miocic (18-3) on the ground with 27 seconds left in the round, landing several shots to the defenseless champion's head.

Cormier became the second fighter in UFC history to hold two championship belts simultaneously. Conor McGregor was the UFC's featherweight champ in 2016 when he took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez.

"I was a heavyweight for a long time, and I left the division," Cormier said. "I never knew what I could become, but tonight I got the answer. I'm a two-division champion, baby!"

Cormier, a former Strikeforce heavyweight champion who moved down in weight to avoid fighting a good friend, has never lost to anyone except Jon Jones, the star-crossed former light heavyweight champion who beat him twice. The second victory last summer was changed to a no-contest when Jones failed a doping test, and he remains out of the sport.

Cormier is on top of it with less than a year to go until reaching his self-imposed retirement age of 40.

"I'm 39 years old, and I've been second many times," Cormier said. "But today, I have accomplished everything I ever wanted. From crying in this octagon almost a year ago, to leaving as the heavyweight champion."

After beating Miocic, Cormier engaged in a bit of clearly planned theatrics with Brock Lesnar, the professional wrestler and former UFC heavyweight champion. Cormier called Lesnar into the cage, and Lesnar shoved Cormier in the chest while the fighters traded insults to hype a potential future bout.

"Push me now, (and) you're going to sleep later," Cormier yelled at Lesnar. "Your days are in the past. In the stone age."

Lesnar, likely the biggest pay-per-view draw in UFC history, is widely expected to return to MMA early next year. White confirmed he'll book Cormier against Lesnar as soon as Lesnar has completed the requisite drug testing, but Cormier said he would like to defend his 205-pound title later this year before fighting Lesnar.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 NBA Draft

[6/21/18] OK, I got the NBA Draft playing on ESPN (YouTube TV on my laptop), ESPN2 (WatchESPN on my Fire tablet), NBA TV (YouTube TV on my ipad mini), Yahoo Sports (on my laptop), and CBS Sports HQ (on my laptop).  I guess I'm ready.  Shucks, I forgot to buy pizza.  ... Switch to the Roku and watch from the floor.

1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke

Atlanta will trade the third pick to Dallas for the fifth pick and a future first round.  Atlanta will pick Doncic for Dallas.  And Dallas will pick Trae Young with the fifth pick if available.

3. Atlanta - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
4. Memphis - Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State
5. Dallas - Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
6. Orlando - Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
7. Chicago - Wendell Carter, F/C, Duke
8. Cleveland - Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
9. New York - Kevin Knox, SF, Kentucky
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, G/F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky

Charlotte to trade Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to Clippers for the 12th pick and two future second round picks

12. Clippers - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
13. Clippers - Jerome Robinson, G, Boston College
14. Denver - Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
15. Washington - Troy Brown, G/F, Oregon
16. Phoenix - Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech

Philadelphia trades Mikal Bridges (no. 10) to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith (no. 16) and 2021 first-round pick.

LiAngelo undrafted

2018 NBA Draft Grades

[6/21/18] Consensus mock draft
1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke
3. Atlanta - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
4. Memphis - Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State
5. Dallas - Mohamed Bamba, C/F, Texas
6. Orlando - Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
7. Chicago - Michael Porter Jr., SF, Missouri
8. Cleveland - Wendell Carter, F/C, Duke
9. New York - Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, G/F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky
12. Clippers - Lonnie Walker, G/F, Miami
13. Clippers - Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M / Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
14. Denver - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State

[6/21/18] Business Insider

[6/21/18] Yahoo 4.0

1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Marvin Bagley III, F, Duke
3. Atlanta - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
4. Memphis - Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri
5. Dallas - Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
6. Orlando - Jaren Jackson Jr., F, Michigan State
7. Chicago - Wendell Carter, C, Duke
8. Cleveland - Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma
9. New York - Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, G/F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
12. Clippers - Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
13. Clippers - Lonnie Walker, G/F, Miami
14. Denver - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
15. Washington - Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M /

[6/18/18] David Aldridge mock draft

1. Phoenix - Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona
2. Sacramento - Luka Doncic, G/F, Real Madrid
3. Atlanta - Marvin Bagley III, F, Duke
4. Memphis - Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
5. Dallas - Jaren Jackson Jr., F/C, Michigan State
6. Orlando - Collin Sexton, G, Alabama
7. Chicago - Mohamed Bamba, C/F, Texas
8. Cleveland - Wendell Carter, C/F, Duke
9. New York - Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri
10. Philadelphia - Mikal Bridges, F, Villanova
11. Charlotte - Kevin Knox, F, Kentucky
12. Clippers - Lonnie Walker, G/F, Miami
13. Clippers - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Kentucky
14. Denver - Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State
15. Washington - Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

June Jones headed to Canada

[7/22/18] Manziel traded to Montreal

[6/16/18] Hamilton Tiger-Cats begin season with Manziel on the bench

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[8/2/17] Former University of Hawaii head football coach June Jones has been named the assistant head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

“It’ll be fun,” Jones told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this morning.

Jones said he departs for Canada on Thursday night.

He will remain as the athletic director of development for Saint Louis School, a position he began in December.

Ryan Blangiardi, who was named associate athletic director two weeks ago, will continue to handle the day-to-day operations at Saint Louis.

Jones was UH’s head coach from 1999 through the Warriors’ 2008 Sugar Bowl appearance.

[8/24/17] June Jones promoted to head coach after three weeks on the job

[8/28/17] Art Briles to join Hamilton staff

[8/29/17] Art Briles will not be joining Hamilton staff

[8/29/17] Hamilton worked out Johnny Manziel (but it didn't work out)

[9/14/17] June Jones, 2-0

[12/28/17] CFL opens door for Johnny Manziel

[5/19/18] Johnny Manziel signs with Hamilton (and June Jones)

[5/26/18] Manziel is only the latest project for June Jones

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Jim Leahey retires

Jim Leahey, who painted a vivid word picture of Hawaii sports for listeners over 60 years as the state’s most recognizable radio and television broadcaster, confirmed his retirement.

“Yes, it is official,” Leahey, 75, told the Star-Advertiser today.
Leahey first disclosed his intention over the weekend at a roast for long-time boss and broadcast partner Rick Blangiardi.

“I just want to quietly go away,” said Leahey, whose final segments behind the mic came as the play-by-play broadcaster for University of Hawaii baseball on KKEA radio last month.

“I enjoyed working with Josh Pacheco and Scottie Robbs, but I’m 75 years old now and don’t want to take a position from guys who are coming up and working hard,” Leahey said after conferring with his wife, Toni.

“It has been a lot of seasons, a lot of memories,” said Leahey, who began working alongside his father, Chuck, in the 1960s and later teamed up with his son, Kanoa.

In the course of a career that saw him alternate between radio and TV — and sometimes do simulcasts across both platforms — Leahey has appeared on KGMB, KIKU, KHNL, KITV, KHET and cable. He also did preseason NFL Seahawks games for a Seattle station.

When Blangiardi took over independent station KIKU (which became KHNL) and masterminded a deal to televise UH sports on a scale of more than 100 events a year, he hired Leahey to do play-by-play. “Some years I was doing as many as seven different UH sports a year,” Leahey said. “It was great.”

A highlight? “The 56-14 victory over Brigham Young (in 1989),” said Leahey said. “BYU came in arrogant, as always. After what was it —not winning for 10 straight years against BYU? — damn that was good. I think it was the best game that UH ever played. The sound, the excitement of that crowd, is something you’ll always remember.”

In his call of the game, Leahey exclaimed, “This is better than statehood!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino, an Italian immigrant who was heavyweight champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation for a record 11 years in the 1960s and ′70s, long before the federation admitted that its matches were scripted and largely choreographed entertainment shows, died on Wednesday at 82.

His death was announced on the website of WWE, the organization also known as World Wrestling Entertainment, a successor of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. No other details were provided, but a family friend and former wrestling announcer, Christopher Cruise, told The Associated Press that Sammartino had been hospitalized for two months. Sammartino lived in Pittsburgh.

In an era when the sports world, except for some die-hard wrestling fans, knew that professional matches were staged dramatizations, with heroes and villains, story lines and beefcake actors shamming the violence, Sammartino was one of the most popular performers in the business. He wrestled in Australia, Spain, Mexico, Canada and Japan, and often drew gates of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden, where he had more than 200 matches.

Unlike many heavies on the pro wrestling circuits, he was a soft-spoken, gentlemanly connoisseur of grand opera, especially Verdi. And for one who had bench-pressed 565 pounds as an amateur, he was relatively small: under 6 feet tall and a trim 260 or 270 pounds, with bulging pectorals and biceps and a big head. He looked tiny beside giant rivals like Haystacks Calhoun, who topped 600 pounds.

He sometimes made $150,000 a year, headlining cards featuring the “bad guys” — Killer Kowalski, Hans Mortier, Waldo von Erich, Ivan Koloff, Gorilla Monsoon, Professor Toro Tanaka and George (the Animal) Steele. Feuds and insults fueled the publicity hype, and outrages in the ring sent crowds wild. Every wrestler had a gimmick: ethnicity or nationality, the personas of cowboys, lumberjacks or farmers, and sports reporters went along with the fun.

In 1959, Sammartino signed a $250-a-week contract with Capitol Pro Wrestling, owned by Mr. McMahon and Joseph Mondt, and wrestled in Pennsylvania, New York and other states. Mr. McMahon and Mr. Mondt later formed the World Wide Wrestling Federation and awarded its heavyweight title to “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in April 1963.

A month later, Sammartino faced Rogers at Madison Square Garden for the title. Rogers was supposed to win. But in a story often told in wrestling circles, Sammartino broke the bad news to him in the ring.

“We can do this the easy way, or the hard way,” Sammartino said. He pinned Rogers in 48 seconds, launching his championship career.

After his second reign ended in 1977, he wrestled on tours. He retired in 1981 from full-time professional wrestling, although he later appeared in exhibition matches. In 2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He had declined induction several times, dissatisfied with what he called lurid story lines, over-the-top theatrics and drug and steroid abuse by professional wrestlers.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

NFL Draft 2018

[4/26/18]  The draft begins.

1.  Cleveland Browns - Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
2.  New York Giants - Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
3.  New York Jets - Sam Darnold, QB, USC
4.  Cleveland Browns - Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
5.  Denver Broncos - Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
6.  Indianapolis Colts - Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame

Buffalo Bills trade their first round pick (no. 12) and two second round picks to Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay's first round pick (no. 7) and eight round pick

7.  Buffalo Bills - Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
8.  Chicago Bears - Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
9.  San Francisco 49ers - Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

Arizona Cardinals trade their first round pick (no. 15), third round pick, fifth round pick for Oakland's first round pick (no. 10) and pick...

10.  Arizona Cardinals - Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
11.  Miami Dolphins - Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama
12.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Vita Vea, DL, Washington
13.  Washington Redskins - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

New Orleans trades first round pick (no. 27), no. 147, 2019 first round pick to Green Bay for first round pick (no. 14).

14.  New Orleans Saints - Marcus Davenport, DE, UT San Antonio
15.  Oakland Raiders - Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

Buffalo trades first round pick (no. 22) and 2018 third round to first round pick for Baltimore's first round pick (no. 16)

16.  Buffalo Bills - Tremaine Edmunds, LP, Virginia Tech
17.  Los Angeles Chargers - Derwin James, S, Florida State

Green Bay trades with Seattle for first round pick (no. 18) and seventh round (no. 248) for first round pick (no. 27), third round (no. 76), sixth round (no. 186)

18.  Green Bay Packers - Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
19.  Dallas Cowboys - Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
20.  Detroit Lions - Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
21.  Cincinnati Bengals - Billy Price, C, Ohio State

Tennessee acquires Baltimore's first round pick (no. 22) and sixth round (215) for first round (25) and fourth round (125)

22.  Tennessee Titans - Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
23.  New England Patriots - Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia
24.  Carolina Panthers - D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
25.  Baltimore Ravens - Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
26.  Atlanta Falcons - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
27.  Seattle Seahawks - Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
28.  Pittsburgh Steelers - Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
29.  Jacksonville Jaguars - Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
30.  Minnesota Vikings - Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
31.  New England Patriots - Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

Baltimore acquires Philadelphia's first round pick

32.  Baltimore Ravens - Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

Bleacher Report grades

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4/26/18 - La Canfora mock draft: Mayfield, Barkley, Darnold, Chubb, Rosen, Josh Allen, Derwin James, Quenton Nelson, Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds

4/26/18 - Daniel Jeremiah's final mock draft:  Mayfield, Barkley, Darnold, Josh Allen, Quenton Nelson, Bradley Chubb, Derwin James, Roquan Smith, McGlinchey, Fitzpatrick

3/22/18 - PFW mock draft 1.0:  Baker Mayfield no. 3, Derwin James no. 4?, Saquon Barkley no. 7?, Josh Allen no. 12?

3/22/18 - CBS mock draft has Josh Allen no. 1, Saquon Barkley no. 6, Baker Mayfield no. 9 to Giants

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

NFL trades and deals 2018

7/25/18 - Baker Mayfield signs four year rookie contract for $33 million
7/25/18 - Todd Gurley signs extension for four years, $60 million ($45 million guaranteed)
4/4/18 - Ravens sign RG3
4/3/18 - Rams trade first round and sixth round picks to New England for Brandin Cooks and fourth round pick
3/28/18 - NFL simplifies the catch rule
3/17/18 - Jets trade up to no. 3 (first round) sending no. 6 (first round), two second-round picks and a second-round pick in 2019 to Indianapolis
3/17/18 - Michael Crabtree signs with Baltimore for three-years, $21 million
3/16/18 - Detroit signs LeGarrette Blount
3/15/18 - Jordy Nelson signs with Raiders for two years, $15 million, release Michael Crabtree, sign Doug Martin
3/15/18 - Kirk Cousins signs with Vikings for three years, $84 million
3/14/18 - Bills sign A.J. McCarron to two-year deal
3/14/18 - Teddy Bridgewater signs with Jets
3/13/18 - Packers release Jordy Nelson, to sign Jimmy Graham
3/13/18 - Sam Bradford to sign with Arizona
3/13/18 - Case Keenum to sign with Denver
3/10/18 - Richard Sherman signs with 49ers for three years, $39 million
3/10/18 - Tyrod Taylor traded from Buffalo to Cleveland for third round pick
3/9/18 - Jarvis Landry traded from Miami to Cleveland for 2018 fourth round pick and 2019 seventh round pick
2/8/18 - 49ers sign Garoppolo for five years $137.5 million, (a new record of $27.5 million per year)
1/31/18 - Chiefs trade Alex Smith to Washington

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jocelyn Alo

5/31/18 - Jocelyn Alo named All-American
3/28/18 - Jocelyn Alo is making a huge impact at Oklahoma
6/11/17 - Jocelyn Alo and Dani Cervantes top All-State team
2/18/17 - Jocelyn Alo is in a league of her own

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2017-2018 Basketball All-America team

Oklahoma 's Trae Young took college basketball by storm, leading the nation in scoring and assists. Deandre Ayton played his one season at Arizona with power and athleticism few could match. Versatile big man Marvin Bagley III made his lone year a Duke a memorable one.

The talented trio made history Tuesday by being named to the AP All-America team, the first time three freshmen were named to the first team in its 70-year history.

They were joined by Villanova 's Jalen Brunson and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham on the team selected by the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tolu Smith is Hawaii basketball player of the year

Kameron Ng, the dazzling long-range shooter and playmaker with a penchant for crafty work in the paint, was voted No. 2 by coaches and media.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

no. 16 beats no. 1

CHARLOTTE — And on the 136th attempt, the basketball gods relented.

A No. 16 seed has finally beaten a No. 1 in the NCAA tournament. And even if you could see it coming somewhere, some time, in the future, it wasn’t supposed to be this.

College basketball has never seen a bigger upset than Maryland-Baltimore County 74, Virginia 54.

But it happened Friday night in the South Regional, taking down a team that just last week completed a golden 31-2 season with both the ACC regular season and conference tournament titles. And it was executed by team ranked 188th in the country according to the Ken Pomeroy efficiency ratings, a team that lost to the likes of Stony Brook and was beaten 44 points by Albany in the middle of its conference season.

It’s too improbable for words, except that it happened.

“Unbelievable — it’s really all you can say,” UMBC coach Ryan Odom said.

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Sunday, March 04, 2018

Wie wins in Singapore

SINGAPORE >> Michelle Wie holed a 36-foot putt from off the green on the final hole to win the Women’s World Championship by one stroke today and capture her first LPGA tournament since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

With four players in contention to win on the last hole, Wie managed to separate herself from the pack when she drained her lengthy birdie putt on the 72nd hole at the Sentosa Golf Club for a final round of 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 271.

The 28-year-old from Honolulu, who led the tournament after three rounds a year ago before fading on the last day, leaped into the air and clenched her fist in celebration as the ball disappeared into the bottom of the cup.

But she still faced an anxious wait before being declared the champion.

“Winning is everything. I mean, there is no better feeling than when you think you sink that winning putt. It’s a high, for sure,” Wie said.

“You go out there, and it’s this feeling that gets you going. It’s this feeling that makes you practice. It’s that winning putt that makes you practice for hours and hours and hours, and even the hard times, it gets you going back. You know that good feeling is on the other side.”


It was Wie’s fifth LPGA Tour victory and the first since winning the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

NBA 2017-2018

2/8/18 - Tyreke Evans, DeAndre Jordan, Marcus Smart not traded
2/8/18 - Chicago acquires Noah Vonleh and cash from Portland for rights to Milovan Rokovic
2/8/18 - Jameer Nelson traded from Chicago to Detroit for Willie Reed (to be waived) and second round pick
2/8/18 - Elfrid Payton traded from Orlando to Phoenix for second round pick
2/8/18 - Nuggets trade Mudiay to Knicks who trade McDermott to Dallas who trade Devin Harris to Nuggets
2/8/18 - Cavaliers trade Dwyane Wade to Miami for second round pick (that will be sent to Sacramento)
2/8/18 - three-way tradeCleveland trades Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose (to be waived) to Utah and Iman Shumpert to Sacramento and get Rodney Hood from Utah and George Hill from Sacramento.  Joe Johnson goes from Utah to Sacramento.  Sacramento gets Miami's 2020 second round pick (from Miami) and $3 million.
2/8/18 - Cavaliers trade Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, first round pick to Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance
2/2/18 - Greg Monroe chooses Boston (and $5 million) over New Orleans (and $2.2 million)
2/1/18 - Nicola Mirotic and second round pick traded from Chicago to New Orleans for first round pick, Omer Asik, Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson
1/29/18 - Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson traded from Clippers to Pistons for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, first round pick and second round pick
1/22/18 - Bucks fire Jason Kidd
12/7/17 - Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas, 2019 second-round choice traded from Philadelphia to Brooklyn for Trevor Booker
11/27/17 - Memphis fires Fizdale after going 7-12
10/23/17 - Phoenix fires Earl Watson after three games
9/29/17 - Westbrook decides to stay five more years with OKC for $205 million
9/26/17 - Dwyane Wade to rejoin LeBron in Cleveland for 1 year, $2.3 million
9/23/17 - Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, second round pick
8/22/17 - Cleveland trades Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn's 2018 first round draft pick (and a 2020 second round pick)
7/25/17 - Portland trades Allen Crabbe to Brooklyn for Andrew Nicholson
7/25/17 - Derrick Rose signs with Cavaliers for one year, $2.1 million (the minimum)
7/21/17 - John Wall to agree to stay with Washington for four years, $170 million
7/21/17 - Kyrie Irving asking to be traded
7/15/17 - New Orleans signs Rajon Rondo for one year
7/11/17 - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to sign with Lakers for one year, $18 million
7/11/17 - Dewayne Dedmon to sign with Atlanta for two years, $14 million
7/9/17 - Toronto to trade Corey Joseph to Indiana for C.J. Miles
7/9/17 - Toronto to trade DeMarre Carroll to Brooklyn for Justin Hamilton, 2018 first round pick, second round pick
7/8/17 - Wizards match Nets offer sheet to Otto Porter Jr. for four years, $106 million
7/8/17 - Jamal Crawford to sign with Minnesota for two years, $8.9 million
7/8/17 - Hawks won't match Knicks offer to Tim Hardaway Jr. for four years, $71 million
7/8/17 - James Harden signs extension giving him a six year deal for $228 million guaranteed
7/8/17 - Jeff Green to sign with Cleveland for one year, $2.3 million
7/7/17 - Tyreke Evans to sign with Memphis for one year, $3.3 million
7/7/17 - Celtics to trade Avery Bradley and a 2019 second round pick to Pistons for Marcus Morris
7/6/17 - Tim Hardaway Jr. signs four year, $71 million offer sheet with Knicks
7/6/17 - Rudy Gay signs with Spurs for 2 years, $17 million
7/6/17 - Kings sign Vince Carter for $8 million
7/6/17 - Kelly Olynyk to sign with Miami for 4 years, $50+ million
7/6/17 - Dirk Nowitzki to re-sign with Dallas for 2 years, $10 million
7/6/17 - Clippers sign Milos Teodosic for 2 years, $12 million
7/6/17 - Andre Roberson to stay with Oklahoma City for 3 years, $30 million
7/5/17 - Nick Young to sign with Warriors for 1 year, $5.2 million
7/5/17 - Danilo Gallinari headed to Clippers, Clippers to send Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, Rockets 2018 first-round pick, and cash to Atlanta, Atlanta to send Paul Millsap and Wizards 2019 second-round pick to Denver
7/4/17 - Gordon Hayward to join Celtics for 4 years, $128 million
7/4/17 - Nets offer Otto Porter max deal of 4 years, $106.5 million
7/4/17 - Miami waives Chris Bosh
7/4/17 - George Hill signs with Kings for 3 years, $57 million
7/4/17 - Kings sign Zach Randolph for 2 years, $24 million
7/3/17 - Darren Collison to sign with Pacers for 2 years, $20 million
7/3/17 - Kevin Durant agrees to accept a measly $53 million for 2 years
7/2/17 - Paul Millsap to sign with Denver for 3 years, $90 million
7/2/17 - Memphis signs Ben McLemore for 2 years, $11 million
7/2/17 - Kyle Lowry to return to Toronto for 3 years, $100 million
7/2/17 - Kyle Korver to remain with Cleveland for 3 years, $22 million
7/2/17 - Taj Gibson leaves Chicago for Minnesota for 2 years, $28 million
7/2/17 - Serge Ibaka to return to Toronto for $3 years, $65 million
7/1/17 - Andre Iguodala to re-sign to Golden State for 3 years, $48 million
7/1/17 - Joe Ingles to re-sign with Utah for 4 years, $52 million (7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists)
7/1/17 - 76ers to give $23 million for J.J. Redick? / only $11 million for Amir Johnson
7/1/17 - New Orleans to retain Jrue Holiday for 5 years, $126 million (at least)
6/30/17 - Oh yeah? Steph Curry re-signs with Warriors for 5 years, $201 million
6/30/17 - Minnesota signs Jeff Teague (away from Indiana) for 3 years, $57 million
6/30/17 - Minnesota trades Ricky Rubio to Utah for top-14 protected first round pick
6/30/17 - Blake Griffin to re-sign with Clippers for 5 years, $173 million
6/30/17 - Pacers trade Paul George to OKC for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis
6/28/17 - Clippers to trade Chris Paul to Rockets for Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, 2018 first round pick (reactions) / Clippers also get DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer and $661,000.
6/28/17 - Phil Jackson and Knicks part ways

2017 Free Agent Buzz

6/22/17 - Bulls trade Jimmy Butler and 16th pick (Justin Patton) to Wolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and no. 7 pick (Lauri Markannen).

6/22/17 - NBA Draft (grades, transaction tracker)
1. Sixers: Markelle Fultz
2. Lakers: Lonzo Ball
3. Celtics: Jayson Tatum
4. Suns: Josh Jackson
5. Kings: De'Aaron Fox
6. Magic: Jonathan Isaac
7. Wolves: Lauri Markannen [traded to Bulls]
8. Knicks: Frank Ntilikina
9. Mavericks: Dennis Smith
10. Kings: Zach Collins (traded to Portland)
11. Hornets: Malik Monk
12. Pistons: Luke Kennard

6/21/17 - Dwight Howard and 31st pick traded from Atlanta to Charlotte for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and 41st pick
6/20/17 - Lakers trade D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for Brook Lopez and 27th pick
6/19/17 - Jerry West joins Clippers
6/19/17 - Celtics trade no. 1 pick in first round to 76ers for no. 3 pick in first round plus first rounder in 2018 or 2019

6/19/17 - consensus mock draft (ranking)
1. Sixers: Fultz (1)
2. Lakers: Ball (2)
3. Celtics: Jackson (3)
4. Suns: Fox (4)
5. Kings: Fox (which means Tatum (5) I assume)
6. Magic: Jonathan Isaac (6)
7. Wolves: Markannen (9)
8. Knicks: Monk (8)
9. Mavericks: Smith (7)
10. Kings: Zach Collins (11)
11. Hornets: Donovan Mitchell (12)
12. Pistons: Luke Kennard (13)
13. Nuggets: Zack Collins (which means Frank Nitikina (10) I assume)
14. Heat: Donovan Mitchell (which means OG Anunoby (14) I assume)

5/17/17 - Mock Draft 1.0
1.  Boston: Markell Fultz, PG, Washington
2.  Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA
3.  Philadelphia: Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas
4.  Phoenix: Jason Tatum, SF, Duke
5.  Sacramento: De'Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky
6.  Orlando: Dennis Smith, PG, North Carolina State
7.  Minnesota: Malik Monk, SG-PG, Kentucky
8.  New York Knicks: Jonathan Isaac, PF-SF, Florida State
9.  Dallas: Frank Ntilikina, PG, France
10. Sacramento: Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona

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