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Louisville Basketball coach Rick Pitino relieved of duty due to a Federal sports bribery case….

College Basketball player hustling hits the spotlight again….

This time it’s coach’s being charged by the Fed’s for acceptempting bride money for steering players  to certain schools from ‘financial managers’…..

Money also went players and their parents….

Addas staff where involved….

The most prominate named person is the coach of the Louisville Nationally ranked basketball team, which is under NCAA suspesion for other stuff….Rick Pitino…..(Pitino has NOT been charged with a crime , but several staffers have been involved)

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These kinda things have been going on for a long time and it is doubtful it will stop ….There is a YUGE amount of money in the college sports that  the athletes are working but NOT getting paid for…..

Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Interim university President Greg Postel said at a news conference Wednesday that Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Multiple outlets have reported that both Pitino and Jurich were fired pending a final decision by the school’s board of trustees. According to Pitino’s contract, he must be given 10 days’ notice before any firing can be official, according to ESPN.

Neither Pitino nor Jurich attended the news conference.

“I’m more angry than embarrassed,” Postel said. “We will be looking for someone [to replace Pitino] with integrity. There’s no reason this team can’t have a good season…..

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Lamont Evans, an Oklahoma State assistant coach

Evans allegedly accepted $22,000 in bribes to steer current athletes to the University of South Carolina. He also allegedly did the same while at Oklahoma State with Dawkins and Sood.

Emanuel Richardson, an Arizona assistant coach

Richardson allegedly accepted bribes from UC-1 (an undercover agent), Dawkins, and Sood. Some of the money was retained by Richardson, and some was given to a recruit named in documents as “Player-5” with the intention for Richardson to steer Arizona players to retain Dawkins and Sood as a manager and financial advisor, respectively.

Anthony Bland, a USC assistant coach

Bland allegedly took $13,000 in bribes from Dawkins, Sood, and UC-1 to steer USC players to retain Dawkins and Sood as their manager and financial advisor, respectively. Bland also directed Dawkins and Sood to pay $9,000 to the families of two student athletes at the university.

Chuck Person, associate head coach at Auburn

Rashan Michel, a founder of a clothing company based in Atlanta and former NBA and college referee introduced Person to “CW-1” (a cooperating witness), who had a financial advisory/business management service. Then $91,000 in bribes were allegedly given for Person to influence Auburn players to use CW-1’s service along with Michel’s suit business…..

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Anthem Protests Grow to a Nationwide Rebuke of Trump on Football Fields….

They were peaceful on the pro-football sidelines ….

And none supportered Donald Trump’s point of view…

And then the guys went out and played ball….

On three teams, nearly all the football players skipped the national anthem altogether. Dozens of others, from London to Los Angeles, knelt or locked arms on the sidelines, joined by several team owners in a league normally friendly to President Trump. Some of the sport’s biggest stars joined the kind of demonstration they have steadfastly avoided.

It was an unusual, sweeping wave of protest and defiance on the sidelines of the country’s most popular game, generated by Mr. Trump’s stream of calls to fire players who have declined to stand for the national anthem in order to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.

What had been a modest round of anthem demonstrations this season led by a handful of African-American players mushroomed and morphed into a nationwide, diverse rebuke to Mr. Trump, with even some of his staunchest supporters in the N.F.L., including several owners, joining in or condemning Mr. Trump for divisiveness.

Julius Thomas, a Miami Dolphins tight end who had previously stood for the anthem, knelt for it on Sunday with several players.

“To have the president trying to intimidate people — I wanted to send a message that I don’t condone that,” Thomas said, echoing the opinion of most N.F.L. players. “I’m not O.K. with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important.”

But the acts of defiance received a far more mixed reception from fans, both in the stadiums and on social media, suggesting that what were promoted as acts of unity might have exacerbated a divide and dragged yet another of the country’s institutions into the turbulent cross currents of race and politics…..

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Is the Trump’s Sports throw down cover fire for his upcoming Repeal and Alabama loses ?

Mike Allen over at Axios gives a look at how Trump’s people think his stirring the pot about sports teams will steal the spotlight and focus from Trump’s guy losing in the Tuesday specail US Senate election in Alabama AND the second US Senate failed attempt to repeal Obamacare….

Yes, there WILL BE silent protestactions before most of today’s NFL football games and yes the media IS gonna run with these protest vidio’s….

But Trump IS STILL gonna take two loses this week…..

And Robert Mueller is busy these days….

Mike Allen quoted former Clinton advisor Doug Sosnik on what President Trump is trying to accomplish by attacking professional athletes who protest during the national anthem: “One of Trump’s typical moves is to toss a bomb out of nowhere to deflect what is really bothering him, in the hopes that the press will be distracted.”

He added: “There is a good chance that the candidate he endorsed and campaigned for will lose in the Alabama Senate primary. On top of that, it looks like … another failed Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. So he figures that the shows on Sunday focusing on his fights with professional athletes is more appealing than a discussion about how he is becoming a loser.”

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Trump goes after Pro Football players….

Of which a good amount happen to be black and brown in addition to being white…..(Yes I’m going THERE)

The NFL is getting too soft for the President.

Lost in the outrage over Donald Trump calling for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem, was his take that protecting player safety is ruining the game.

“Today, if you hit too hard, 15 yards, throw him out of the game,” Trump said while throwing a pretend penalty flag during his campaign-style rally in Alabama Friday night. “They’re ruining the game, right? They’re ruining the game. It’s hurting the game.”

In his rambling speech, Trump said he watched the NFL “for a couple of minutes” and said he saw a “beautiful tackle” that resulted in a flag.

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Trump also took credit for the NFL’s TV ratings being down “massively.”

“Now the No. 1 reason happens to be, they like watching what’s happening with your truly.”….

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Steph Curry won’t go to Trump’s White House…

The Golden State basketball team star point guard has made it known that he disagree’s with Donald Trump’s actions as President….

So when the customary invitation was extended to the Golden State Warriors NBA Basketball team to visit the President in the White House?…..Curry declined and said the whole team shouldn’t either….

Trump promptly got annoyed and pulled the invite.. …..

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Golden State Warriors guard Curry said this week he didn’t want the team to visit the White House to celebrate their NBA championship title.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry told reporters on Friday. He said in June he “probably” wouldn’t go to the White House, and this week said he didn’t think the team should go either.

Managers said they will discuss the decision as a team in an open forum. It was unclear whether the president would bar the entire team from the White House, or just Curry. A formal White House invitation has not been issued, but the NBA has been communicating with the White House about a visit, according to ESPN.

Curry said his reasons for not wanting to visit the White House were “that we basically don’t stand for what our president has said, and the things he hasn’t said at the right time,” according to SF Gate.

“By not going, hopefully it will inspire some change for what we tolerate in this country and what we stand for, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward,” he said….

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Ezekiel Elliott eligible to play Week 1 vs. Giants despite six-game suspension being upheld

…from the NY Daily News….

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Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play against the Giants on Sunday night despite having his six-game suspension upheld by NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson. And now a federal judge in Texas will determine whether Elliott must begin serving his sentence in Week 2 or if the NFL’s form of justice deserves more scrutiny in court.

And it doesn’t sound as if court went well for the NFL on Tuesday night.

League attorneys acknowledged to presiding Judge Amos Mazzant in federal court on Tuesday night that Elliott’s suspension cannot begin this weekend because NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson had not ruled on Elliott’s appeal of Roger Goodell’s decision by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Cowboys announced on Twitter Elliott will play Week 1 against the Giants….

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The Hyped fight of the Decade has the Boxer Mayweather winning….

The winner in the REAL?

Money….

LOTS of Money…..

Floyd Mayweather also moves to 50 – 0 in the boxing ring….

It was closer than many thought it would be…But the result was no surprise….

Floyd Mayweather Jr. lands a hit against Conor McGregor during the 10th round at T-Mobile Arena. The fight was later stopped in that round and Mayweather was declared the victor by TKO.

In the end, the equation we all knew coming in turned out to be true: The best boxer in the world beat one of the best mixed martial artists in a boxing match.

How we got there, however, was completely surprising.

In his return from a two-year retirement, Floyd Mayweather improved to 50-0 with a 10th-round TKO over an incredibly game Conor McGregor in their pay-per-view superfight at T-Mobile Arena. But the storyline was just as much about McGregor, the UFC lightweight champion, in defeat than it was about the 40-year-old Mayweather in victory.

McGregor, 29, who was making his debut as a boxer, never fought recklessly or overly aggressively, in contrast to his prediction of a first-round knockout. What he did was present Mayweather with a poised and credible challenge, teasing a bright future in the boxing game should he consider it.

“He’s a lot better than I thought he was,” Mayweather said. “He used different angles. He was a tough competitor, but I was the better man tonight.

“We talked about how he’s a tough competitor, and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I chose a hell of a dance partner to dance with. Conor McGregor, you are a hell of a champion.”

Mayweather, who officially announced his retirement after the fight, was true to his prediction throughout the fight’s build when he promised it wouldn’t go the distance. He also stuck to his guns about standing in front of McGregor looking for a finish.

After a slow start in which Mayweather gave away the first three rounds in order to pick up McGregor’s rhythms, the former pound-for-pound king began his attack…..

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Kids’ sports are no joke these days…

A  look at how some parents spend their money pushing their kids to excel in sports…

The U.S. youth-sports economy–which includes everything from travel to private coaching to apps that organize leagues and livestream games–is now a $15.3 billion market, according to WinterGreen Research, a private firm that tracks the industry. And the pot is rapidly getting bigger. According to figures that WinterGreen provided exclusively to TIME, the nation’s youth-sports industry has grown by 55% since 2010.

The numbers have been catnip for investors. A top NBA star and the billionaire owner of the NFL’s most valuable team own equity in youth-sports startups. Major media and retail companies are investing in technology that manages peewee schedules. And municipalities that once vied for minor-league teams are now banking on youth sports to boost local economies, issuing bonds for lavish complexes that they hope will lure glove-toting tykes and their families.

There are upsides to the frenzy. Some kids thrive off intense competition, and the best players receive an unprecedented level of coaching and training. The travel circuit can also bring people of different backgrounds together in a way that local leagues by definition do not.

But as community-based teams give way to a more mercenary approach, it’s worth asking what’s lost in the process….

There may be no single factor driving the professionalization of youth sports more than the dream of free college. With the cost of higher education skyrocketing–and athletic-department budgets swelling–NCAA schools now hand out $3 billion in scholarships a year. “That’s a lot of chum to throw into youth sports,” says Tom Farrey, executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society program. “It makes the fish a little bit crazy.”

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Michael Bennett sits during the National Anthem one day after ex-Seahawks teammate Marshawn Lynch did the same

QB  Colin Kaepernick gets company …..

Not surprising in lieu of the action’s in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend…

Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ preseason game Sunday.

Michael Bennett sat during the National Anthem prior to the Seahawks’ preseason game Sunday.

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Michael Bennett is taking a stand, by sitting down.

The Seattle Seahawks defensive end followed Colin Kaepernick’s and Marshawn Lynch’s lead by sitting on the Seahawks’ bench during the National Anthem prior to the team’s preseason game Sunday night.

Bennett sat down with a towel over his shoulders while the rest of the team stood up in front of the team’s bench. A number of Seahawks players also locked arms.

Bennett said while he has respect for the military, he wants to raise awareness of social injustice and racism that is still prevalent in the United States, he told reporters after the Seahawks’ preseason win over the Chargers.

Marshawn Lynch sits during National Anthem before preseason game

“First of all I want people to understand that I love the military,” Bennett said, via ESPN. “My father’s in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American. But I don’t love segregation. I don’t love riots or oppression…..

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Pro Soccer’s appeal grows in America….

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Soccer was always a good sport for kids in that it requires just a ball and and  a field, and its supposed to be a contact sport….Any kid can play…Doesn’t matter what size, shape or even sex….

But as the sport is featured more on TV and cable?

And more people from other places move to America and keep their interest for the sport?

It’s allure moves up in America….

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was having a moment.

On a sunny morning in mid-July, Garber arrived in Nashville to meet with politicians, business leaders and sports executives eager to bring an M.L.S. team to the city. The two-day fact-finding mission was part of a 12-city tour being conducted by Garber and his deputy, Mark Abbott, to determine which of the dozen cities will be chosen as home to the two expansion teams M.L.S. plans to approve this year.

Already Garber had been greeted by a marching band in Cincinnati and by fans waving giant cardboard cutouts of his face in Sacramento.

So for Garber, who stood at the lectern in Nashville, the latest warm reception seemed as much a validation as an opportunity. He had taken over a struggling 12-team league in 1999 and contracted it to 10 clubs two years later to stave off its collapse. Now, the league is executing a plan to grow to 28 clubs by 2020, and interest in professional soccer in the United States — in M.L.S. and far beyond it — has surged.

Instead of seeing teams fold or move, the league has investors ready to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expansion fees and stadium construction. The new stadiums, the new sponsors, the new players emerging from the league’s new academy programs “empower anyone running a sports league,” Garber said.

“But really my favorite part of the job,” he added, “are days like this.”

Days like this have become a big part of Garber’s job in recent years. The pace of M.L.S. expansion has been dizzying; the league added at least one team a year from 2007 to 2012, and with the next round, it will have doubled in size in a decade. The league’s 23rd team, Los Angeles F.C., will begin play next season, and, after years of delays, the former star player David Beckham and a group of investors look set to receive approval for another one in Miami…..

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NFL wives bond to help each other after the crowds are gone…

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The spotlight and marketing of the National Football League action is what we all see…

But the game , that gives fame and fortune exacts its toll on the players and Yes…Their wives and families….

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The wives have begun to use social media to reach out to comfort , support and educated each other…

The women’s hunger for information is a sign of their husbands’ uncertain journey into retirement, when players are left to deal with injuries, depression and a lack of structure.

The conversations may not be easy, but many women on the page are reassured when they find out they are not alone.

“I didn’t even know what was wrong with my husband, and I didn’t know any wives,” said Janet McCoy, whose husband, Mike, played eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers and died in February 2016 after battling dementia. “What is fantastic about this site is that now I have been able to help other wives and validate what they were going through.”

Lately, one of the most frequent topics is the N.F.L. settlement with players who sued the league for concealing the dangers of concussions. Players started registering in February for the settlement, which will pay players with severe cognitive and neurological problems up to $5 million each, and the pace of questions about the deal has quickened with the approach of the registration deadline on Monday.

More than 18,000 of the estimated 21,000 retired N.F.L. players or their representatives have registered, and tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to players so far. Nesbit has posted many notices encouraging women to sign up their husbands, and given the page’s wide access, she may have ultimately prompted hundreds of players to register.

The wives and partners, then, are critical in these cases because they can help players overcome their fears. More broadly, they are a crucial link to players who sometimes vanish as they move to new cities, get busy with their families and start new careers.

“I said if we get the information to the wives, we can get to the husbands,” Nesbit said, as her cellphone pinged with alerts. “It was long, long overdue.”…

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Did Trump just call his home a “DUMP”?

Yea , he DID,…. according to a Golf Magazine  piece on the guy and his Golf game….

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During election season, Bedminster morphed into a kind of permanent campaign rally site. Trump posters and bumper stickers were plastered across the property, and an anti-Hillary shrine was built in a bar in the men’s locker room. The club held a Ryder Cup–style competition in which the teams wore either red or black Make America Great Again hats. At most other golf courses in America the TV is tuned to Golf Channel, on mute, but throughout last summer and fall, the television in Trump Bedminster’s shop was on Fox News, with the sound blaring. As President, Trump has already made four visits to the club. He has his own cottage adjacent to the pool; it was recently given a secure perimeter by the Secret Service, leading to the inevitable joke that it’s the only wall Trump has successfully built. Chatting with some members before a recent round of golf, he explained his frequent appearances: “That White House is a real dump.” (A White House spokesperson denies this occurred.) Trump is often at his most unguarded among the people who pay for their proximity to him. Last November, the President-elect hosted a cocktail reception and dinner at Bedminster on the same weekend that he was holding interviews at the club with candidates for his Cabinet. At the dinner, Trump addressed the members of the club by saying, “This is my real group. You are the special people. I see all of you. I recognize, like, 100% of you, just about.” Then he issued an open invitation to drop in on his Cabinet interviews the next day….

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Anytime Donald Trump plays Golf at HIS Golf course?

He makes money from the American taxpayers who pay for his security and support efforts….

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Los Angles will get the 2028 Summer Olympics….

…from the LA Times….

After weeks of negotiations with the International Olympic Committee, Los Angeles officials have reached a deal to host the 2028 Summer Games under terms they hope will generate hundreds of millions in savings and additional revenues.

The agreement will bring the Olympics back to Southern California for a third time, after Los Angeles hosted in 1984 and 1932. It also opens the door for the 2024 Games to be held in Paris.

“It has been certainly a roller coaster,” L.A. bid chairman Casey Wasserman told The Times, adding that IOC officials “showed a real willingness to be thoughtful and creative.”

Initial reactions to the revised contract between the city and the IOC were mixed.

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What is up with Kyrie Irving?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers basket ball player wants out from the NBA winning team that stars Lebron James?

Please understand….

Lebron James IS the franchise….

Every player in the NBA would do just about anything to play alongside LeBron James and experience the accompanying trips deep into the playoffs.

Every player, that is, except for Kyrie Irving.

News broke Friday — first reported by ESPN.com and later confirmed by The Washington Post and others — that Irving has demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and, in doing so, is willing to step away from that coveted role of playing next to LeBron.

So what gives? First, it should be noted that this isn’t exactly a surprise. There has been tension among the Cavaliers since James returned to Cleveland — a move that came less than two weeks after Irving committed to a five-year max contract extension on the opening night of free agency in 2014. When Irving signed that deal, both he and the Cavaliers envisioned him being the face of the franchise.

Then James decided he wanted to go back to Northeast Ohio, and the plans to feature  Irving understandably were set aside. It has worked out beautifully — Irving has thrived playing next to James, winning a championship, becoming a shoe-selling star and being the face of the upcoming version of NBA 2K.

But what’s clear now is that Irving’s desire to be the face of a franchise has never gone away, and after three years biding his time, he doesn’t want to wait any longer……

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Will the Knicks Anthony end up playing with Lebron in Cleveland?

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According to ESPN, Anthony has told the New York Knicks he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause to go to northeast Ohio.

Anthony, the ten-time All Star, found himself the target of ex-Knicks President Phil Jackson’s frustrations. Jackson said in April that the Knicks had been unable to win with the 33-year-old and that Anthony would be “better off somewhere else.”

Anthony is reportedly keen on joining James, in a move that would make the Cavaliers even more of an overwhelming favorite to advance out of the East.

But it may not be as easy as James clicking his fingers. The Rockets’ bold move for Paul has put the NBA on notice and Anthony would also be interested in joining Paul and James Harden….

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Phil Jackson leaves the NY Knicks….

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The thrill is gone from Jackson’s Rep….

The New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson announced Wednesday morning that they mutually agreed to part ways.

“After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction,” Knicks owner James Dolan said via statement. “Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.”

Conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Dolan accelerated this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony, sources said.

Jackson, 71, had made it well known that he felt it was best for Anthony and the organization to part ways, both publicly and privately, but Anthony refused to waive his no-trade clause, and the Knicks were determined not to accommodate any request for a buyout. Anthony has two years worth more than $54 million remaining on his deal…..

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