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Amar'e Stoudemire Announces Retirement After Signing With The New York Knicks

Posted On: July 29, 2016

Earlier this week on Tuesday (July 26th), Amar'e Stoudemire finalized a one year contract of inking a deal with the New York Knicks. Following the business transaction, the former Miami Heat basketball player announced his retirement.


In Amar'e Stoudemire's statement quoted below, the six time NBA All-Star disclosed his excitement of getting signed to the Knicks and the significance of retiring as one.

"I want to thank Mr. Dolan, Phil Jackson and Steve Mills for signing me so that I can officially retire as a New York Knick."

Stoudemire continued with his statement, on how his heart has always been with the New York Knicks, no matter what team he played on across the nation.

"Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick."

During his statement, Amar'e reflected on the goal to redeem the Knicks and accomplishing it with his fellow teammate.

"I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that. Carmelo [Anthony], Phil and Steve have continued this quest, and with this year's acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again."

In 2003, Amar'e Stoudemire became the NBA's Rookie of The Year. Since then, he has went on to fulfill athletic accomplishments and will retire after 14 seasons. Stoudemire played on several different NBA teams, including the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns. He will conclude his career averaging at 18.9 points in 846 games and 7.8 rebounds.


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Kevin Durant's OKC Restaurant Temporarily Closes for Name Change

Posted On: July 26, 2016

Following the announcement of Kevin Durant's departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder and signing with the Golden State Warriors, KD's Southern Cuisine based in OKC is changing its name.

Due to the heckling of unhappy fans who are disappointed about Durant's career move, the restaurant had no choice but to change its name. This past Sunday (July 24th), Southern Cuisine shut its doors to prevent angry fans from soliciting their customers with negative reviews in the restaurant's Yelp listing. Referencing several sports news publications, Southern Cuisine confirmed the name change on Monday (July 25th).

A major stake of Southern Cuisine is owned by Hal Smith Restaurants and in their released statement, the company expressed honor towards their partnership with Kevin Durant and wished him the best in his new endeavor.

"It has been an honor -- and a lot of fun -- to partner with Kevin at KD's these last few years," Hal Smith disclosed. 

"We wish him the very best as he takes a new direction in his career."

Its unsure what the new name of the restaurant will be, the name change takes effect in August. Revision of Southern Cuisine will also be implemented, although a majority of the menu will remain, including their famous fried chicken.

As far as Kevin Durant's stake in the restaurant, well that remains unknown for now if he still owns it or sold his stake to the highest bidder.


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NFL Top 100 List Failed To Recognize Some Steelers

Posted On: July 26, 2016

The 2016 NFL Top 100 list done by the NFL Network was unveiled last week, and as expected, there were some players that fans felt were ranked too high or too low, and others they believed were snubbed. While this list has nothing to do with the NFL odds for next season, the football season is still a couple of months away, and fans need something to keep them busy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers had four players named on the list, but as expected, Steelers fans feel there were a few players that should have been on the list but were not. Since the list is done by players, it is hard to blame the NFL Network for not having more Steelers on the list.

Antonio Brown was the top ranked Steelers player at number four, behind Cam Newton, Tom Brady, and J.J. Watt. For Brown, who was a sixth round pick, it shows how far he has come and how much work he has put into his craft.

Despite dealing with injuries all year long, Brown finished with 136 catches for 1,834 and 10 touchdowns, and was the best receiver in the game last year.

The second highest ranked Steeler was Ben Roethlisberger, who came in at 21. Big Ben has been one of the top quarterbacks in the league for some time, and is usually ranked higher than 21 on the list. However, he was forced to miss a few games last year, which caused his drop in the list.

The next Pittsburgh player on the list is LeVeon Bell, who came in at 46. Like Roethlisberger, Bell did not play in all 16 games because of injury issues. When he was healthy, Bell showed he was one of the best running backs in the NFL, but he has been unlucky with injuries in the past couple of seasons. If Bell is healthy this year, look for him to be ranked much higher than 46 when the list comes out next year.

The last Pittsburgh player on the list is Cam Heyward, who came in at 88. Heyward is considered by a lot of people to be one of the best defensive ends in the league, but he hasn’t been getting as much recognition because players like J.J. Watt are doing some unreal things at the position.

Heyward finally got some recognition for his hard work by being included in the list, and look for him to improve his ranking next season.

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Now it’s time to take a look at some of the snubs. David DeCastro is one of the best guards in the NFL, but since guards rarely get the recognition they deserve, it isn’t that big of a surprise that he was left off the list. DeCastro was an All-Pro guard this year, so hopefully his peers recognize his talent next year.

Marcus Gilbert is another player that should have been recognized, but since he is an offensive lineman like DeCastro, it’s not surprising that he isn’t.

Kelvin Beachum is another offensive lineman that was snubbed, which brings the total to three. Beachum is considered the best lineman the Steelers have, and should receive credit for his skills. Even Madden has him rated at 94, so the players need to start showing the big men some love when they vote next year.

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Cleveland Browns' Wide Receiver Josh Gordon Reinstated by The NFL

Posted On: July 26, 2016

After being suspended by the NFL indefinitely for drug violations, Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has been reinstated.

The reinstatement comes with a few stipulations of the NFL involvement of guiding the wide receiver in making a full comeback. Part of the plan will be a suspension of a few games at the start of the season, however Josh Gordon will participate in the Cleveland Browns' training camp, activities; and must attend all meetings.

Browns EVP of Football Operations, Sashi Brown expressed in a statement, the goal of relinquishing Josh back into the NFL.

"With the league's decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp."

The statement continued about a a support system to assist Gordon in reaching his full potential and the NFL requirements.

"At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and a plan to support him on and off the field."

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Following his reinstatement, Josh Gordon expressed on his Twitter his anticipation of getting back on the field and gratitude about the NFL reinstating him.




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C.J. McCollum Inks Extension Deal With The Portland Trail Blazers

Posted On: July 26, 2016

Referencing an article from ESPN, C.J. McCollum and the Portland Trail Blazers agreed to an extension deal.

The extension deal is valued at $106 million dollars and will allow McCollum to remain with the Trail Blazers. C.J. McCollum recently became the NBA's Most Improved Player and stats such as: 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 80 games. For the third season, C.J. also became a full time starter and will continue towards the next season of the NBA.

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Stephen Curry and Under Armour Reveal Upcoming Sneakers, 'Curry Lux'

Posted On: July 26, 2016

Revamping the Curry One, Under Armour and Stephen Curry revealed the latest sneaker collaboration called, the 'Curry Lux.'

Curry Lux sports an all black, sleek leather colorway. The outsole is constructed in a gummy material and the midsole is in white. The sneakers were constructed in mid and low cut styles to gives consumers variety or the option of coppin' them both. Curry Lux hits the market on August 5th.


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Olympic History Made by U.S. Swimmers Simone Manuel and Lia Neal

Posted On: July 26, 2016

After making history back in 2012 as the second melanated woman to be qualified in the Olympic swimming team and winning the Bronze medal in the 2012 games, Lia Neal has returned to claim the throne once again. This time, she's brought a friend, Simone Manuel who also competed in the 2012 games and swam alongside Neal.

Landing a spot on the 4 x 100 freestyle team, both Lia Neal and Simone Manuel will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Olympic Games in August. In doing so, they will become the first melanated swimmers to synchronize and contend for the prize. Lia Neal expressed gratitude towards her support system who never gave up on her, which empowered her to achieve her goals.

"I’m a two-time Olympian and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family, coaches, and friends. I am thankful beyond words."

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Last year in 2015, Simone Manuel and Neal competed in the Women’s NCAA swimming championships with Neal in second and Manuel leading in first. The two were among three melanated swimmers to hold the top three spots during the 100-yard freestyle with Natalie Hinds, who came in third. In an interview with NBC, Simone Neal revealed going to Rio as a dream come true.

"Just making the team in itself is a great accomplishment."

And her anticipation of wanting to compete with other swimmers from all over the world. Manuel also noted, her nervousness will rescind once she gets to Brazil and her willingness to push herself.

"Just getting to Rio, all the nerves will be gone and I think I’ll be able to swim a little bit faster."

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Thirty NFL Players Graduate & Earn Degrees from an Executive MBA Program at the University of Miami

Posted On: July 25, 2016

Showcasing that it is never too late to be all that you can be but most of all, to become all that God created you to be, thirty NFL players made a touchdown in their education and scored to earn themselves degrees.


Despite already being NFL players who signed on to multi-million dollar contracts and became sports role models, thirty former and present NFL players somehow knew there was more to them which needed to be withdrawn and applied. In order for them to continue on enriching their lives.

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Utilizing the knowledge and wisdom gained from experiences, plays they made on the football field and overall lessons in life, the NFL players enrolled to be a part of an Executive MBA Program for Artists and Athletes at the University of Miami in Florida. The graduating class of thirty completed the program and graduated with full honors earlier this month on July 1st.

The vision for some of the NFL players who enlisted in the MBA program, consisted of becoming businessman during and after their professional run with football. Some of them have goals and desires of opening up their own businesses, going into real estate and building their own realtor companies. Others have aspirations of owning restaurants, investing in residential/commercial land to build hotels and apartment buildings, create and develop non-profit organizations to empower their communities and the world; and so much more.

But the road to victory and the glory of their degrees wasn't all sugar and spice, Some faced obstacles during their educational pilgrimage, long nights and early mornings, and personal struggles. For many of the graduating class, it was the reflection of football athletes that went bankrupt after playing in NFL, that motivated and inspired them to continue the long haul and despite the odds, to not give up. Indeed it was an empowering reflection which manifested the visions of their goals.

Chimdi Chekwa (pictured above) who plays for the Miami Dolphins, plans on paying it forward with his newfound knowledge, skills and educational aptitude with his leadership role of his non-profit organization. Also, to be an innovative leader in technology with launching an upcoming app. Futhermore, Chekwa's leadership involvement abides in him displaying role modeling skills for his new employees, with the opening of a new restaurant in Ohio.

Congrats to the NFL graduates and Godspeed!


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David Johnson Ready for a Bigger Role In Cardinals Offense This Season

Posted On: July 14, 2016

Last season, the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent running back Chris Johnson to be their feature running back after a lack of a consistent running game the previous season made the team one dimensional. The addition of Johnson made the Cardinals NFL odds favorites in most of their games because they now had a balanced attack to go with their stingy defense.

 

In the second half of the season, the Cardinals lost Johnson to an injury, which forced the team to turn to David Johnson as their feature back for the rest of the season. David Johnson was a rookie selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and he wasn’t even the team’s first choice. Bruce Arians and his coaching staff had been hoping to select Ameer Abdullah, but the Detroit Lions selected him in the second round of the draft. In an episode of the Amazon series All or Nothing, a reality show that followed the Cardinals throughout the 2015 season, the Cardinals coaches and general manager were clearly disappointed that the Lions picked Abdullah before they could. Despite not being the team’s first choice, David Johnson was determined to prove that he belonged in the NFL and took advantage of the opportunity that was presented to him.

Johnson scored 13 touchdowns as a rookie on 161 touches, which is incredible because some running backs that play the full 16 games don’t score 13 touchdowns in a season. Johnson was spectacular once he was given the chance, despite not getting his first start of the season until week 12, the running back finished with 581 rushing yards, which included an impressive 187 rushing yard game and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Johnson displayed great speed and vision, and hit the holes very hard, so the Cardinals offense didn’t skip a beat. The fact that he was great at catching the ball was an extra bonus Carson Palmer was happy about because it provided the quarterback with someone to check down to and also throw deep to. In addition to his running and passing, Johnson is also a great kick returner. The Cardinals are probably thanking their stars that they ended up with Johnson instead of Abdullah, who also ran for over 500 yards, but only had two rushing touchdowns for the Lions.


 

Johnson, who was considered a project when he was drafted, quickly proved to be one of the best young runners in the league. Going into next season, the Cardinals have what people in sports call a good problem, because Chris Johnson should be back healthy from his injury, and will give the Cardinals two very good running backs that will cause problems for opposing defenses. Since Bruce Arians is an offensive coach, he shouldn’t have a difficult time figuring out the best ways to use his two running backs and help the team make it to the Super Bowl.

 The best thing about having two great running backs in the backfield is if one of them gets injured, the other is capable of handling the full load by himself. After coming so close to making the Super Bowl last season, the Cardinals look like they will be the best team in the NFC this year.

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