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Weekly Replay for February 8 – 13

What a week for sports – everything from football (naturally, after Super Bowl wrap-ups), baseball and basketball to golf, skiing, gymnastics and the Olympics. Enjoy!

Transgender man makes cover of Men’s Health
Benjamin Melzer, transgender fitness model, won the 2016 Men’s Health cover model contest photoshoot. He’ll appear on the April issue of German’s Men’s Health.
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MLB outfielder Delmon Young arrested for battery
Free agent and veteran MLB outfielder Delmon Young was arrested in Miami this past Sunday and charged with one count of battery for allegedly choking and threatening to kill a valet employee at the Viceroy Hotel.
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Mudcat Grant receives honorary doctorate from Whittier College
Former MLB pitcher James “Mudcat” Grant is being honored with an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Whittier College for his athletic accomplishments and dedication to researching the history of blacks in baseball.
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MLB, Union planning to change rule for sliding into 2nd base
Severe leg injuries to New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada and Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang last season have prompted Major League Baseball and the players union to consider changing the rules for sliding into second base. It’s possible a rule change could be in place by the start of the 2016 season.
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Top 20 NBA players of last 20 years
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History,” Sports Illustrated’s Jack McCallum (an original panelist who helped created the list in 1996) has re-ranked the NBA’s “50 Greatest.”
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LeBron James passes Paul Pierce for 15th on all-time NBA scoring list.
During Wednesday’s game between the winning Cleveland Cavaliers over the LA Lakers by 120-111, LeBron James made history by passing Paul Pierce to gain the 15th spot on the NBA’s al-time scoring list.
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Phoenix Suns Markieff Morris shoves teammate Archie Goodwin
Malcontent Suns player Markieff Morris’ latest incident is shoving teammate Archie Goodwin in the huddle on the bench during a timeout in Wednesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Morris needed to be restrained. It remains to be seen whether or not the Suns will keep Morris going forward.
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Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside sent home after being ejected for elbowing a Spurs player in the face
During the fourth quarter of the Heat’s loss on Tuesday to San Antonio Spurs, Heat player Hassan Whiteside was ejected for an elbow to Spurs center Boban Marjanovic in apparent frustration. Whiteside left the arena before the game end and players returning to the locker room.
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Snowboarder Shaun White snubbed by X Games Aspen considers competing in Oslo X
Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, said that ESPN, owner of the X Games, didn’t invite him to the event he’s dominated for over 10 years. He has 15 X Games gold medals and says if he’s allowed to help X Games launch a first event in Norway but not invited to Aspen, “It’s a peculiar situation to be in, I guess.”
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Boxer Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test
Heavyweight boxer Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver has reportedly tested positive for synthetic testosterone prior to his fight with Steve Cunningham last summer in New Jersey. According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports also reports Tarver has been suspended six months and fined $50,000. The suspension won’t be lifted until the fine is paid – a problem for Tarver since he’s also in hot water for unpaid child support.
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2016 NFL Honors winners list
On Saturday night prior to last week’s Super Bowl, the “NFL Honors” award program not only honored current players, it also was the time the members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class were announced. It included Cam Newton winning both the AP Offensive Player of the Year and the AP Most Valuable Player; Jameis Winston taking the 2016 NFL Rookie of the Year and Eric Berry accepting the AP Comeback Player of the Year from Leah Still, both of whom are cancer survivors.
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cam-newton-gold-cleats-1_o26olxUnder Armour now selling gold cleats signed by Cam Newton to celebrate his MVP award
The Under Armour C1N “MVP” is all gold, has many of Newton’s accolades in bold letters on the upper part of the cleat with black accents on the Under Armour and C1N logos. Fans can order signed pairs of these cleats for $500 by calling 888-266-4630. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Cam Newton Foundation.
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Broncos win Super Bowl 50 with Peyton Manning as QB
In spite of being the oldest quarterback to start in a Super Bowl, 39-year-old Peyton Manning guided his Denver Broncos to a win in what is most often being referred to as an ugly win or the worst Super Bowl ever. While most people expected Manning to announce his retirement, he refused to say one way or another at this time.
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Panthers Cam Newton walks out of post-game press conference
Here’s the video of Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton showing his curt answers, ignoring some questions and finally his abrupt walking out.
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Deion Sanders chides Cam Newton for walking out of presser
After Panthers QB Cam Newton walked out of his post-Super Bowl loss, Deion Sanders says “You are the face of our brand right now, you can’t do that.”
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Broncos fan charged $21,000 on Super Bowl tickets without telling his wife
A Broncos fan charged $21,000 for four Super Bowl 50 tickets for him and three buddies … without telling his wife!
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Pictures of the extravagant rings given to Super Bowl champs over the years
WOW – this is an impressive group of rings!
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Manziel allegedly showed up drunk to a practice and the Browns lied about it saying he was in concussion protocol
According to Mike Silver of the NFL Network, a Browns player told him Johnny Manziel showed up drunk at a Wednesday practice late in the season and the Browns “lied” and said he was in concussion protocol. Mike Pettine, the former coach denied the charge.
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Browns deny covering up for Johnny Manziel who came to practice drunk
The Cleveland Browns denied a report Tuesday from Mike Silver of the NFL Network that the organization lied to cover up Manziel coming to practice while drunk. Silver later tweeted he regretted saying the Browns lied about the concussion but still maintains Manziel was drunk.
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Marshawn Lynch tweetMarshawn Lynch hanging up his cleats
In the middle of the Super Bowl, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, aka “Beastmode,” apparently retired in what is typical Lynch fashion – just a picture of his cleats hanging from a power line – no words. He has told friends he intends to retire.
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Marshawn Lynch has saved entire $49.7 million of his NFL salary
Don’t worry about Marshawn Lynch being able to make it after retiring from the NFL since he hasn’t spent one penny of his $49.7 million in salary from the NFL. He’s been living the past nine years from his income from endorsement deals and other business ventures estimated at about $5 million a year.
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NFL bans players convicted of sexual assault, domestic violence from Combine
According to Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today, “The NFL will no longer allow players with convictions for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses to attend the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. Invited prospects would be barred from ‘any league-related event’ if a background check turns up a felony or misdemeanor conviction,” Jones noted. “Players that refuse to submit to a background check will also be uninvited.”
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Roger Goodell proposes ejecting players who commit two personal fouls in the same NFL game
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has recommended to the league’s competition committee that any player who is penalized for two personal fouls in the same game should be automatically ejected. The issue will be further discussed with the NFL Players Association and the competition committee.
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NFL considering eliminating the Pro Bowl
Much to the delight of any number of NFL players, the league is again considering eliminating the annual Pro Bowl if the quality of play doesn’t improve. Many top players withdrew before the game and TV ratings were down.
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Police recommend charges against Bills running back LeSean McCoy
Philadelphia police recommend criminal charges against Bills running back LeSean McCoy stemming from an alleged assault on two off-duty police officers in a club early Sunday morning. The NFL has begun its own investigation although McCoy likely won’t be placed on paid leave because he’s not currently with his team.
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Skier gets incredible footage by attaching his iPhone to a string for 360-degree vie
Swiss skier Nicolas Vuignier tried to capture his skiing runs for two years before figuring out how to attach his iPhone to a string and spinning it around. This footage is amazing.
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Bubba Watson talks about Phoenix Open
Two-time Masters champion golfer Bubba Watson said of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, “I don’t like it,” Watson said. “I’m not going to PC it. I don’t like it at all. Obviously, I’m here because of my sponsors and everything.” Later he said, “I have to apologize. I used the wrong words. I have nothing against the fans and the tournament. … It was about the golf course,” Watson said. “I’m not a fan of the golf course. I’ve said that for the last, this would make 10 years, but I’m here for the excitement. How would you not be here to support the tournament that brings out the most people out of any tournament we play around the world?”
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UCLA gymnast performs flawless floor routine with hip-hop moves
Sophina DeJesus, a UCLA gymnast performs a flawless floor routine that combined flips and tumbling runs along with her hot dance moves.
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Brain of deceased hockey enforcer Todd Ewen didn’t show signs of CTE
According to the Canadian Concussion Centre, the brain of deceased NHL enforcer Todd Ewen didn’t show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in spite of suffering several concussions during his playing career. He died at age 49 on September 19 of a reported self-inflicted gunshot.
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UFC donates $1M, pledges ongoing support for fighter brain health study
UFC officials have announced a $1 million to the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas as part of a continuing commitment to supporting the center’s Professional Fighters Brain Health Study.
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WWE’s Daniel Bryan retires from pro wrestling due to concussions
Following his Monday announcement that concussions had forced him to retire from pro wrestling, Daniel Bryan gave an emotional farewell to WWE fans during an appearance RAW. He said, “A week and a half ago I took a test that said maybe my brain wasn’t as OK as I thought it was.”
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Due to Zika virus, USOC says athletes should decide if they feel safe going to Rio Olympic
The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) told U.S. sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. The USOC added it “will not prevent athletes from competing for their country should they qualify.”
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Hope Solo may not attend Olympics due to Zika virus
With the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil and its possible link to microcephaly in babies born to mothers who contracted the virus while pregnant, Hope Solo, goalie for the U.S. women’s national team said, “If I had to make the choice today, I wouldn’t go” to the Olympics.
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USOC hires infectious disease specialists due to Zika fears ahead of 2016 Olympic Games in Rio
The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has hired infectious disease specialists as concerns over the Zika virus continue to grow ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio this August. USOC chief executive Scott Blackmun said, “We have been in close contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as infectious disease specialists with expertise regarding the Zika virus. … We want to be a resource for you and provide you with relevant information from reputable sources like the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the WHO [World Health Organization].”
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University of Tennessee charged in sweeping sex assault sui
Six women filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the University of Tennessee (UT) claiming that it has created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student-athletes, especially football players, then uses “an unusual legalistic adjudication process” that’s biased against those making the claims. UT is the latest major university sued under federal Title IX rules.
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