Mitchell Trubisky motivated by Bears bringing in Nick Foles: 'It's a business decision'

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    Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky said he initially was not happy when the team brought in Nick Foles, but he has since embraced the idea of competition.

    Trubisky's comments on a conference call with reporters on Friday were his first since the Bears traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Jaguars for Foles.

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    "I was kind of pissed off, in a good way. I've been motivated ever since," Trubisky said. "It's a business decision. I'm all for the Bears getting better and winning games."

    The Bears traded up one slot in the 2017 NFL Draft to select Trubisky second overall out of North Carolina, though he struggled in 12 games during his rookie season. There was also regression last year in nearly every statistical category after a promising Pro Bowl campaign in 2018.

    "I'm very confident about where I'm at right now and what I can do for this team," Trubisky said. "I feel like I'm in a good mental space. I'm motivated and driven to do more than I did last year. I'm very locked into what I've got to do."

    Texans' Kenny Stills has felony charges dropped 'in the interest of justice' after protest arrest

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    Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills won't face felony charges for his participation in a Louisville protest against police, district attorney Mike O’Connell announced Friday afternoon.

    Stills had been arrested on July 14 and charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process, a felony, as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.

    The non-felony charges have not been lifted. O'Connell wrote his office would “continue to review the misdemeanors and violations for prosecution at a later date.”

    Stills has been an active participant in protests against the killing of Breonna Taylor by members of the Louisville police department, who have not been charged following her death. Stills, who was part of a group protesting at the home of Kentucky's attorney general, said he and the 86 others arrested July 14 were peacefully assembled in the streets and should not have been reprimanded.

    "While we do believe the LMPD had probable cause for the (felony) charge, in the interest of justice and the promotion of the free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss that charge for each protestor arrested this past Tuesday," wrote O'Connell.

    What channel is Steelers vs. Ravens on today? Time, TV schedule for Week 8 NFL game

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    Arguably the best rivalry in the NFL kicks off this weekend with Pittsburgh traveling to Baltimore for a battle of AFC North supremacy that can be seen on CBS.

    Pittsburgh (6-0) is the last remaining undefeated team after Seattle lost to Arizona in Week 7, and the Steelers knocked off the previously unbeaten Titans. Key to the Steelers success has been another edition of the NFL's best defense, holding opponents to 286.3 yards per game and constantly pressuring quarterbacks to the tune of 26 sacks. Pair a resurgent Ben Roethlisberger with three young wideouts — Chase Claypool, Juju Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson — who each have over 225 yards receiving, and Pittsburgh is in position to win the division title for the first time in three years.

    The Ravens are 5-1 for the third time in franchise history. Both other seasons Baltimore started with that record, it went on the win the Super Bowl. Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson has gotten the job done with his legs this year, but the Ravens rank 31st in passing averaging[......]

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    Steelers must break from Ben Roethlisberger after AFC playoffs bust vs. Browns

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    Ben Roethlisberger failed to erase lingering concerns about his quarterback play in the host Steelers' shocking 48-37 AFC wild-card playoff loss to the rival Browns on Sunday night. Let's hope that's enough for the Steelers to seek out his immediate successor in the 2021 offseason, regardless of whether he chooses to retire.

    Before Christmas, before he led a successful second-half comeback in Week 16 against Colts to help the Steelers win the AFC North, Sporting News detailed Roethlisberger's physical limitations tied to his arm strength — plus wear and tear — at age 38. With no solid running game on which to lean and struggles to push the ball downfield all season resulting in poor air yardage, Pittsburgh tried to win as many games as it could by being short-to-intermediate pass-happy.

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    But that put Roethlisberger in a position of needing to avoid big mistakes in big games, knowing the big plays were harder to get. That didn't happen vs. Cleveland, as Big Ben's four interceptions among five team turnovers ultimately cost Pittsburgh in a high-sco[......]

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    Rams' Jared Goff must reverse rough playoff, cold-weather stats to upset Packers

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    Rams quarterback Jared Goff will start Saturday agai夜网论坛nst the Packers despite undergoing thumb surgery on Dec. 28.  

    Goff suffered that injury in Week 16 against Seattle. He replaced John Wolford, who suffered a neck injury, in the NFC wild card victory against the Seahawks last week. Goff faces an even tougher challenge and will have to buck some postseason trends in order to defeat the Packers, who have the top seed in the NFC playoffs.  

    Goff will have to reverse a few trends in order to get the Rams back to the NFC championship game:  

    MORE: Jared Goff's thumb injury creates big QB mismatch for Rams vs. Packers

    Jared Goff's playoff record

    Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is 2-2 in four career playoff starts. He led the Rams to an appearance in Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3, 2019.  

    Goff lost to the Falcons in his first playoff start in the 2018 NFL playoffs. He led the Rams to victories against the Cowboys and Saints in 2019 before the loss to the Patriots.  

    Goff replaced Wolford in last week's playoff victory against Seattle. The Rams won 30-23.  

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    Chandler Parsons stars in racy clothing advertisement (VIDEO)

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    This post is for the ladies (And the fashion-conscious sports fans).

    Why Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons is appearing in an advertisement for the high-end clothing company Buffalo David Bitton is anyone's guess, but, well, he gets to roll around on the beach with a very attractive model, so good for him.

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    Parsons isn't likely to make the All-Star Game this season, but based on the above video, he's alre夜网论坛ady a winner. 

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    Corporate sponsors cut ties with Clippers in response to owner's comments

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    Donald Sterling's racially charged comments have caused two major sponsors to rethink their relationship with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    CarMax, the largest used car retailer in the country, decided to terminate its relationship with the team on Monday after nine years of working together, according to TMZSports.com. 

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    "These views directly conflict with CarMax’s culture of respect for all individuals. While we have been a proud Clippers sponsor for 9 years and support the team, fans and community, these statements necessitate that CarMax end its sponsorship."

    Joining CarMax is State Farm, which on Monday afternoon announced it would be hitting the "pause" button on its relationship with the team in light of the recent events.

    Although the insurance company is pausing its relationship with the team, this will not affect the ad campaign State Farm has with Clippers guard Chris Paul. 

    NBA Finals: Spurs' Kawhi Leonard named Finals MVP

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    Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, becoming the youngest player to win the award since Tim Duncan won his first title at 20 years old. 

    Leonard, 22, turned his series around after playing through foul trouble in the first two games of the Finals. Leonard scored nine points in each of the first two games, but averaged 23.6 points over the final three games as the Spurs defeated the Heat in five games. 

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    Leonard, who also anchored the Spurs' defense, finished the series with average夜网论坛s of 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. 

    Most important was Leonard's effort on defense against LeBron James and Co., and he posted 1.2 blocks and 1.6 steals.

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    Lakers bypass chance to waive Steve Nash through stretch provision

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    Steve Nash has not played much for the Los Angeles Lakers over the first two years of his contract, but his eyes have been set squarely on changing that in the third and final year. 

    Nash is sure to have a chance at that now, with the deadline for the "stretch" provision passing over the weekend, as Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times noted. 

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    Over the summer, Grantland produced a documentary with Nash and broached the subject. Nash, as frank as ever, said he didn't want to retire and he wanted the money. 

    He will now be paid $9.7 million over the 2014-15 season to play another season for the Lakers. If the Lakers waived Nash, they could have stretched his salary over three seasons, paying him $3.2 million per year and receiving salary cap relief for the upcoming season. 

    The Lakers went under the salary cap for the first time since 1996 this offseason, with a total of $63.1 million to pay out. They are now over the cap at $67.9 million with 13 players under contract. 

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    If traded, where could Lance Stephenson end up?

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    Lance Stephenson has been rumored to be on the trading block since early December. News broke Sunday that the Hornets have intensified their search for a partner, with the Clippers, Nets and Pacers all reportedly involved in preliminary talks.

    It won't be easy to move the heady young guard from Brooklyn, who became trade-eligible on Dec. 15. Stephenson, already known for his on-court antics, has been disastrous in Charlotte this season. He's scoring just 10 points per game on 39 percent shooting, including a laughable 16 percent from three.

    MORE: Hornets want to trade Stephenson | Charlotte fielding offers | Hornets' struggles could mean trade for shooter

    A lack of shooting has hurt the Hornets this season and Stephenson's skillset just doesn't seem to mesh with the talent on the rest of the roster. Charlotte needs another shooter and their defense — which was in the top 5 last year — is now in the bottom third.

    The Hornets are looking to make a move and as such, it's time to dig into what trade might make the most sense. Swapping Stephenson to another team is sure to be an issue, as his personality will make him hands-off for many teams.

    With that in mind, let's take a look at the categories of teams that might be in line to land Stephenson — with a grain of salt, of course.

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    J.R. Smith makes Brandon Knight fall down with nasty behind-the-back move

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    J.R. Smith may have failed badly on a reverse alley-oop dunk attempt, but he still didn't look as silly as Brandon Knight.

    Smith hit Knight with a step back move that sent the Suns夜网论坛 guard falling all over the place. Kevin Love finished off the possession with a three-pointer to add insult to injury.

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    The Cavs cruised to an easy 89-79 victory after leading by nearly 30 points at the end of the third quarter. Hopefully Knight can come back stronger the next game and oh come on DeAndre! Now is not a good time!

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    Joel Embiid to undergo surgery and is likely to miss second straight season

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    Joel Embiid's season will likely end before it starts for the second year in a row. 

    The 76ers center and third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft will reportedly undergo a second surgery on his right foot, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and will likely miss the entire season.

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    “I would say there’s a great possibility that Embiid won’t play next year,” a source told Philly.com. “Just think how long they sat him when they thought he was healthy.”

    The source tells the paper that team is concerned that the former Kansas' star夜网论坛's injury could be career threatening. Embiid has yet to suit up for the Sixers since being drafted.

    The team announced last month that Embiid's recovery from his previous surgery had experienced a setback. But as of Thursday, Sixers GM Sam Hinike said he didn't have an update on his status. 

    "No change as of yet,"  Hinkie said Thursday. "A number of meetings are happening about that, even one today. But we have meetings almost every day about that. We don't have anything ready to announce."

    The silver lining for the 76ers is the presence of Nerlens Noel as well as their selection of Jahlil Okafor third overall in last month's NBA Draft means the team still has two dynamic talents up front, despite Embiid's injury. 

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    Blake Griffin takes on Marvin the Martian in dunk contest

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    We seem to be getting daily hints that a sequel to Space Jam is happening sometime soon, and this is the latest wink from what might be the worst kept secret ever. 

    Though rumors about LeBron James starring in 'Space Jam 2' got a boost from his deal with Warner Brothers Studios and were further stirred when he addressed the rumors with a definite 'maybe,' Blake Griffin has nothing to hide with his affiliation with Looney Tunes.

    Fresh off unveilng his new Marvin the Martian-inspired Nike Super.Fly 4 shoes, Griff夜网论坛in battles said martian from Planet X in a new video called "The Dunk to End All Dunks." When Marvin gets ready to zap Griffin with his laser, Griffin challenges him to a dunk contest at the urging of Griffin's sidekick, Dr. Drain. 

    MORE: Ranking the NBA's new uniforms | Is Blake Griffin's new show another 'Space Jam 2' hint?

    Griffin is no match for Marvin's intergalactic skills until he slips on the new kicks, courtesy of delivery rabbit Bugs Bunny. Watch to see what happens when Griffin evens the playing field. 

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    Adam Silver's next task: Figure out how to end intentional fouling

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    TORONTO — No, we’re not going to see any changes on the NBA’s rules about intentional fouling this season — though perhaps for next year — despite growing impatience with the unsightliness of the increasing game stoppages. And we’re certainly not going to see any changes in the way the postseason is set up for the foreseeable future.

    “Change will not be enacted this season,” Silver said of the Hack-a-Shaq situation here at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. “But it’s an issue we have been studying for a long time now. As I said, this past summer, we had a competition committee that met at the end of the season to talk about the so-called Hack-a-Shaq issue and whether we should propose changing any rules. At that time, the determination was that we should continue to monitor it. The competition committee said to the league office, we’d like to see data from an additional season before we’re ready to make a recommendation.”

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    There’s no doubt that the issue of intentional fouling is a growing one, and Silver cited statistics that show 5.5 times more intentional fouling this season from last. That’s caused a spike in free-throw attempts from poor foul shooters like DeAndre Jordan (5.7 free throws per 36 minutes to 8.0) and Andre Drummond (5.3 attempts to 8.2) and has led Silver to evolve on the issue. He said he was on the fence about changing the intentional f[......]

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    Kyle Lowry may have given LeBron James a little extra motivation

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    The Raptors will face a Cavs team in the Eastern Conference finals that has been firing on all cylinders through a perfect 8-0 stretch this postseason. Now they might have to deal with an angry LeBron James, too.

    After Toronto's Game 7 victory over the Heat on Sunday afternoon, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry may have thrown a subtle shot toward James in his postgame interview with ESPN's Doris Burke.

    MORE: Curry joins elite company | LeBron, master of mind games

    "LeBron’s probably one of the best players in the league, besides Steph (Curry)," Lowry said. "Kyrie (Irving)’s a tough matchup, and Kevin Love’s always a tough matchup. But we’re going to go in there and play our game and try to go out there and do our job and see what happens."

    (Burke's question about James and the Cavs comes around the 1:05 mark in the video below.)

    There's a very good chance Lowry didn't mean anything negative toward James when he said "besides Steph." But given LeBron's comments about "MVP" not necessarily meaning "best in the league," James may not take it that way.

    If James didn't want to make a big deal about Curry winning his second straight MVP, he would have hit the usual platitudes. "Amazing player, incredible season, love watching him play, good for the game, blah blah blah." By adding the bit about what valuable really means, King James showed he is not ready to relinquish his throne夜网论坛, and he wants another shot at the Warriors.

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    Kevin Durant apologizes for criticism of officiating: 'I was being an a—hole'

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    Kevin Durant was ejected for a league-leading fourth time late in the Warriors’ 123-112 victory over the Knicks on Tuesday night. Prior to the 2017-18 season, Durant had onl夜网论坛y been ejected once in 10 years. Durant did not hold back when asked about official James Williams’ role in his ejection.

    This incident highlights a year-long narrative of escalating tensions between NBA players and officials. During post-practice media availability Wednesday, Durant recanted his statements about officiating, perhaps in an attempt to save face and ease tensions among the two groups.

    MORE: Westbrook throws shade at Durant after All-Star announcement

    Durant told reporters that upon reviewing his actions he “was being an a—hole last night, I was being a jerk… I shouldn’t have slammed the ball like I did.”

    "I can go back and say I was being a jerk last night and I deserve whatever the league is going to throw at me," an apologetic Durant added.

    Durant will likely face a fine for his statements. With 11 technical fouls on the season, Durant should be concerned that he is only five techs away from receiving a one-game suspension.

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