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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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Foot Locker Releases Ad Video Starring Sixers #1 Draft Pick, Ben Simmons, D'Angelo Russell, & More

Posted On: June 23, 2016

For their newest advertisement commercial, Foot Locker enlisted a few basketball players to court the camera for 'It's Real Now.' Starring Sixers' number one draft pick, Ben Simmons who learns a few things from a prior rookie, D'Angelo Russell about electronic security. 

Despite the Nick Young controversy a couple months ago, derived from a video that surfaced, D'Angelo shares some of his wisdom about being a rookie to Simmons, teaches Ben the hazardous potential of smartphones and how somehow, they lead people to do dumb things. The ad video also features Devin Booker and Karl Anthony Town. 

Check out the realness below. 


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Cleveland Cavaliers' Championship Collection & Collectibles Released by NBA for Sale

Posted On: June 21, 2016

To franchise on the Cleveland Cavaliers' win, the NBA released the collection of the championship, along with collectibles for sale.  

You can own a piece of history by acquiring the Cavs 2016 Adidas locker room tee shirt and flex hat that was the players displayed during their win. The tee is a heather grey with the graphic designs of the Larry O'Brien Trophy printed on it in gold and red lining. The hat is the championship hat LeBron James wore when he gave his victory speech. Engrossed with the wording 2016 NBA Champs in different font sizes in white and outlined with the Cavaliers trademark symbol (pictured below). 

The tee shirts, including sweatshirt hoodies range in colors from light grey black, burgundy red, navy and etc for men women and children. As well as the hat that comes in heather grey and burgundy. The collection of apparel are in different designs from v-neck, crew-neck, tank tops, long sleeves and etc. Cavaliers' Championship collection contain of other products such as: keychains, towels, watches, different sized and patterned banners, cups, mugs, phone cases, signed framed posters (pictured below) and etc. 

For more information and to purchase, click on the following link: Cavaliers' Championship Collection

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UFC Secures Bidding Sale of $4.2 Billion Dollars

Posted On: June 21, 2016

Some major investors such as: the Dailan Wanda Group, WME-IMG, Tencent Holdings and The Kraft Group came to the table with Zuffa, to offer the wrestling corporation and management, UFC a deal all parties involved came to terms with.

It has been reported that UFC was sold for an estimate of $4.2 billion dollars in a bidding sale. Confirmation of the report came from FloCombat yesterday (June 20th). Referencing the article, as of now the whole company of UFC have not been sold but will come into full completion of sale. 

This story is still developing, in spite of information about the process of the sale being published. 

To read more, click on the following link: UFC 's Bidding Sale

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Article Reference: FloCombat

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Minnesota Timberwolves Show Interest of Deal With Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler

Posted On: June 18, 2016

In the world of basketball, trading can be a good or bad thing. If a basketball player's skills are out of this world, then yeah, major deals will be put on the table to incoporate and franchise that player. Basically, skills in basketball is the hustle. A player has to have some type of fire (passion) which limits them from becoming benchwarmers. 

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But anyhow, lets find out about this Jimmy Butler trading deal. Is he hot, is he cold? I don't know but if you keep reading, you'll find the answer

The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in a trading deal for Jimmy Butler and has expressed strong interest in retrieving Butler from the Chicago Bulls. As of now, the Bulls have not decided to trade Butler nor will take any trading negotiations for him. This has yet to be reported or confirmed. However, Darren Wolfson  a reporter from Minneapolis, disclosed that the Chicago Bulls are interested in a trading deal for Andrew Wiggins from the Timberwolves, if any kind of deals are done involving Butler. In addition, the Bulls' want a front-line player and a top lottery pick for any kind of trade for Jimmy Butler. 

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Butler's current deal with the Chicago Bulls is estimated at $90 millions for a span of five years. Are the Timberwolves offering more? in topping his Bulls' deal? That has not been disclosed yet. The Boston Celtics are also interested in Butler, he has several options, hopefully he picks the best one that's suitable for him. 

 

 

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Stephen Curry's Mouthguard To Be Auctioned In August

Posted On: June 18, 2016

SCP Auctions from California got Stephen Curry's mouthguard/mouthpiece during this season, at one of the Golden State Warriors games. This might not be the first time they've put something like this up for auction because in a statement, the VP of SCP Auctions, Dan Imler estimated Stephen Curry's mouthguard will bid for $5,000 and up. 

Imler stated, the mouthguard has become part of his character in basketball, while watching the games.

"The way he flips it in and out of his mouth has become part of watching him during a game."

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Hmmm, sounds a little fetish or some type of infatuation. Curry has that type of effect. Anyhow, the mouthguard has the Warriors logo on it, stamped with Curry's name and jersey number. Starting on August 3rd, Stephen Curry's mouthguard will go on auction, including Larry Bird's warm-up uniform from Indiana State, John Wooden's UCLA coach's jacket and; a few other sports items. 



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Giants Sign B.J. Goodson from the 2016 Draft Class to a Four Year Deal

Posted On: June 18, 2016

This past Thurday (June 16th), the Giants announced inking a four year deal with B.J. Goodson from the 2016 Draft Class.

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Goodson was selected from the draft on the helm of the Giants needing an inside linebacker for a few season. 

B.J. Goodson has an extensive resume that qualifies him for the position, based on documents from his overall performance in football. This includes 138 tackles, three pass defenses, five recoveries, two interceptions; and more during a span of four years in college football.

According to Over the Cap, the calculations of the contract are stated below, 

"Goodson receives a four-year contract worth $3,196,176 to go along with a signing bonus of $856,176."

During that four year, the Giants expressed even if Goodson does not start, he'll have a strong finish and solidify the role of a linebacker. 


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