Eagles fans have been overly critical of Nelson Agholor this season, and it may have led to the receiver using a burner account on Twitter to defend his name.
If you aren't aware, a burner account is when a public figure (like an athlete) will create a separate, anonymous social media account that seemingly has no connection to them, and is often used to respond to others. Since responding publicly would usually result in more public shaming, some like to respond anonymously through burners.
But, as we've seen with Kevin Durant and former 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo, sometimes you get caught. And that may be the case with Agholor.
Speculation about Agholor's potential burner, @efam33, began early Thursday after Eagles fans noticed it was oddly supporting the receiver. Upon further investigation, every tweet from the account had language supporting Agholor.
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The responses from the account ranged from criticizing Carson Wentz, supporting former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, and criticizing Eagles fans themselves.
"Maybe it's because Wentz doesn't throw a better ball than Foles, making it harder for us to catch," one tweet said. "Foles threw a better ball," another tweet read.
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NFL Vikings v Packers Packers Vikings American Football
The Green Bay Packers (11-3) can wrap up the NFC North with a win over the Minnesota Vikings (10-4) on Monday night. Green Bay beat Minnesota earlier this season and has a better division record to have a leg up in the race for the division title, but the Vikings are playing at home where they are 6-0 thus far in 2019.
Both teams have already clinched a spot in the postseason, yet we all know how important home field is in the postseason so Green Bay and Minnesota are both feeling the pressure tonight.
Here's everything to know about betting on Vikings vs. Packers in Week 16, including updated odds, trends and our expert's prediction for "Monday Night Football."
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Packers vs. Vikings odds for 'Monday Night Football'
Minnesota Vikings -5 vs. Green Bay Packers, O/U 47
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This line has remained steady all week after an initial move in favor of the Vikings. The NFL betting odds initially listed Minnesota as a four-point favorite over Green Bay i[......]
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There's more to Richard Sherman than his fiery personality.
Indelibly, the lasting image most have of the 49ers cornerback is his viral outburst aimed at Michael Crabtree after the 2013 NFC Championship game. That competitive spirit, displayed in full that night, is merely one facet of the nine-year NFL veteran's personality — not, as some have erroneously assumed, its entirety.
Sherman is one of the league's most intelligent and independent players — not that he needs anyone to vouch for him. He has achieved a level of success rarely enjoyed in the NFL, even brokering his own contract with the 49ers after finishing his Seattle stint in 2018. He has, of course, been more than willing to defend that approach on Twitter.
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Here's everything you need to know about Sherman's high school and Stanford careers — both on the gridiron and in the classroom — and how it led him to the NFL:
Richard Sherman boasted a 4.2 GPA
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Former Calgary Stampeder Mike Labinjo's death has been ruled as "suspicious" by Calgary Police on Monday. Labinjo was found dead in his home on Sept. 21, 2018, with the cause of death not immediately known at the time. Police did not believe his death was criminal in nature.
However, Calgary Police said they received new information as family members reported many of Labinjo's personal belongings were missing from his home. The police department conducted a theft investigation which concluded that numerous items and sports memorabilia were stolen from his home immediately following his death.
Among the items stolen from Labinjo's home were two championship rings with his name inscribed on them — one from the Philadelphia Eagles's 2005 NFC Championship victory and the other from his 2008 Grey Cup win with the Stampeders. Police said the rings have not been recovered and there are four suspects believed to be involved with the crime.
"We are asking for the public's help to identify four suspects believed to be responsible for the[......]
NFL Eagles v Seahawks Seahawks Eagles American Football
The Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks at the usual "Monday Night Football" start time of 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN in Week 12.
The Eagles (3-6-1) will be looking to get back into first place in the NFC East after Thanksgiving's results knocked Philadelphia off its perch. The Seahawks (7-3) will look to maintain their edge in the NFC West, as well, giving this game huge NFL playoff implications.
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On paper, it shapes up as a great quarterback matchup between Russell Wilson and Carson Wentz, but neither has been at their best through the middle portion of this season. Wilson is throwing a few too many interceptions, while there are calls for Wentz's job in Philadelphia.
Below is more about the start times for the "Monday Night Football" game in Week 12, plus everything you need to know to watch Eagles vs. Seahawks on ESPN.
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Mr. Smith is leaving Washington.
Per NFL Network's Kim Jones and Ian Rapoport, the Washington Football Team is reportedly moving on from quarterback Alex Smith, planning to release him and "upgrade" at quarterback this offseason.
The Washington Football Team is expected to part ways with QB Alex Smith in the coming days, sources tell me and @KimJonesSports. The AP Comeback Player of the Year has said he still wants to play, and at age 36 may have a chance to do so.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2021
Rapoport says that Smith plans to play at least one more season at Age 36, and a team looking for a stopgap starter or quality backup may be in the market for Smith's services.
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Smith won the AP Comeback Player of the Year award, after almost two years away from the field recovering and rehabbing from a devastating leg injury that almost cost him his life; Smith tossed for 1,582 yards and six touchdowns with eight interceptions last season.
Smith recently said that his miraculous comeback threw a "wrench" into Washington's plans at quarterback, given that the team has been dealing with QB controversies after former first-round pick Dwayn[......]
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is listed as day to day after suffering a left knee contusion, according to an ESPN.com report.
Irving was hurt Tuesday in the third quarter of the Cavaliers' game against the Indiana Pacers. Irving, who said he "felt a pop," returned to play after suffering the injury but said the left knee felt weak.
The next day Irving underwent a precautionary MRI, at which point it was determined there was no damange to the structure of his left knee.
Scary moment but I'll be good, thanks for everyone's support and concern.
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) January 1, 2014
Cleveland would have little places to turn for production if Irving were to miss extended time for the injury. He leads the team in two critical categories with a scoring averages of 22.2 points and 6.1 assists.
Irving has yearned to prove that he is durable after suffering several serious injuries in his young NBA career. He has endured a broken nose, broken jaw bone and broken finger, among other injuries, since entering the league in 2011.
If you aren’t up on your superheroes, then the most important thing to know about the Marvel character Wolverine is this: He is a mutant who has a freakish ability to recover from wounds quickly.
And so when Rockets guard Patrick Beverley noticed this image — his head photo-shopped onto Wolverine’s body, by the website RocketsSocial.com — making the rounds on social media this week, he had a good chuckle and fully embraced the new nickname.
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“I like it, the Wolverine” he told Sporting News by phone on Thursday afternoon. “I am starting to believe it a little bit.”
Beverley has dealt with a laundry list of injuries this year, going back to the broken hand he suffered on Dec. 21. He was expected to miss up to six weeks with that injury, but wound up back on the floor in just four weeks. In March, he broke his nose in a game against the Magic, but missed no time.
This week, after the Rockets appeared to take a serious blow when they learned that Beverley would miss the rest of the season with a torn meniscus in his knee, a second opinion revealed that Beverley actually could get by with just some rehab, and that he would play again this year. He is officially week-to-week, but he is likely to play before the postseason begins.
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DALLAS — The Mavericks have signed former All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson as a free agent.
Terms of the deal announced Thursday weren't released, but it is reportedly a one-year contract for the team's salary cap exception of $2.7 million.
Nelson spent his first 10 seasons with Orlando after the Magic acquired his rights from Denver, which took him with the 20th overall pick in 2004. The 32-year-old has career averages of 12.6 points and 5.4 assists.
Orlando waived its career leader in assists on June 30.
Nelson was an All-Star in 2009, when he averaged 16.7 points and shot 50 percent from the field, including 45 percent from 3-point range.
He joins a crowded list at point guard alongside Devin Harris and Raymond Felton.
Nobody likes playing on a losing team, even if they’re making $23 million to do it.
Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is in the final year of his five-year, $100 million deal in New York, but might ask the team for a buyout after the All-Star break with hopes of signing with a contender, according to to Yahoo! Sports.
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"All possibilities at this point are still open," Stoudemire said. "The door is still open for that. But at the same time, I am with the Knicks now. I got to stay optimistic about things and what we are doing here. I can't really focus on the future because it's not here.
"We still have a couple weeks left before it's all said and done. It's a decision I have to make with my family to figure out the best scenario for the near future."
Stoudemire, 32, has been nursing a sprained right ankle, but hopes to return to the court Friday night against the Nets. At 10-39, the Knicks have the second worst record in the NBA, ahead of just the Timberwolves (9-40).
The Clippers, Trail Blazers and Mavericks may be interested in Stoudemire if the Knicks buy out his contract, but the team is reportedly more interested in buying out Andrea Bargnani, who has played in just two games this season.
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For the first time in NBA history, Pelicans are in the playoffs.
The New Orleans Pelicans, in their second year under the moniker, held off a late Spurs rally to come away with a 108-103 victory Wednesday, securing their playoff spot and knocking the Thunder out of playoff contention.
The Thunder beat the Timberwolves 138-113 behind 37 points from Russell Westbrook, who locked up the league's scoring title but was unable to get his team to the postseason. Both teams finished 45-37, but the Pelicans won the head-to-head tiebreaker by beating the Thunder in three of four matchups.
Anthony Davis scored 29 points and added 12 rebounds with three blocks for New Orleans, which picked up its first playoff bid since the New Orleans Hornets made the playoffs in 2011.
The win for New Orleans also saved the job of general manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams, according to Yahoo Sports.
Ownership gave GM Dell Demps and Monty Williams preseason mandate to make playoffs to keep jobs, w/ no allowance for injuries. They made it.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 16, 2015
Davis showed his coach some love after the game, telling Fox Sports New Orleans, "I love him, man. I love him. He's done a lot for this team. He takes a lot of criticism and he deals with it."
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The Warriors have secured the first of what they hope will be several banners for Oracle Arena by season's end.
Golden State defeated the Trail Blazers, 122-108, in Portland on Tuesday night to clinch its first Pacific Division title in 39 years. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 33 points for the Warriors, who had six players score in double figures.
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Dubs goin' UP 👐 #DubNation pic.twitter.com/HoI118GxBH
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) March 25, 2015
Before Tuesday's victory, the Warriors had only won their division twice. The franchise took home back-to-back titles in the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons, the first of which ended with a NBA championship.
Each team in the Pacific Division's history — including Trail Blazers and the Thunder, who moved to the Northwest Division in 2004 when the franchise was still in Seattle — had won at least two division titles during the Warriors' championship drought of almost four decades.
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala added 21 points off the bench on 9-for-11 shooting. Golden State had 37 assists on its 50 made field goals.
Damian Lillard recorded 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Trail Blazers, who have now lost five straight games. Portland was without LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Chris Kaman due to injuries.
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The Clippers opened their monstrous first-round series against the defending champion Spurs with about as positive a start as they could have hoped for Sunday. They won by 15, held San Antonio to 36.6 percent shooting, outran the Spurs (23-12 in fast-break points) and got 17 points (on 7-for-10 shooting) from bench sparkplug Jamal Crawford, his best game since February.
The Game 1 performance was especially encouraging because there has been much hand-wringing in Clipperland about the importance of this postseason. Players are asked, repeatedly, about extra pressure and senses of urgency. Rightly, they shrug.
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Blake Griffin said he really does not think about it until someone with a tape recorder asks. Team leader Chris Paul said, “It’s not about my sense of urgency. I think we as a team have a sense of urgency. It isn’t just my fourth year with the team, it’s me, Blake and (DeAndre Jordan)’s fourth year together. Our team last year went through a lot together, so right now we are just trying to take one game at a time.”
In three playoffs of Griffin-Paul-Jordan, the Clippers have had two trips to the second round and one first-round ouster. If this one does not work out, if they are wiped out by the Spurs, the thinking goes, something has got to change. As TNT analyst Charles Barkley put it, “They’ll have to blow that thing up.”
ATLANTA — Lamar Patterson’s mother watches his pet alligator, in case you were wondering. “She’s cool with it,” he explained. “He’s her little buddy now.”
OK, let’s backtrack: Patterson, a 2014 second-round NBA Draft pick by the Hawks who hopes to make the roster this year after spending last season in Turkey, owns a pet alligator. The alligator’s name is Pharaoh, and Pharaoh (nicknamed “Raoh”) is about 3 feet long.
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So what makes an aspiring basketball player choose a pet alligator?
“I used to watch this show on Discovery where they would hunt and kill alligators,” Patterson told Sporting News on Monday at Hawks media day. “That had me kind of upset, but I was fascinated by the fun facts they’d tell you about them, how their eyelids switch in light and dark and stuff like that. So then I went to Gatorland in Florida. It’s a petting zoo for alligators. And I was like, ‘I’ve got to get one.' ”
The Pittsburgh alumnus bought the alligator last year. He’s even joked in the past about having it join the team on the bench.
Mostly, he wants people to recognize how awesome alligators can be.
“They’re just like anything else,” Patterson said. “You agitate a dog, what’s it going to do? You agitate a cat, it’s going to scratch you. You just have to be smart. Alligators, they’re not pets — you can’t train an alligator. But you can be smart about how you handle[......]
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian is on his way back to the United States after spending 544 days detained in Iran for perceived espionage and "propaganda against the establishment."
The longtime journalist wants to assume his normal life as soon as possible, which means catching up what he has missed. In a statement published in the Post on Wednesday, Rezaian, a native of Marin County, California, revealed that normal life for him includes catching up on the Warriors.
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"I want to get back to writing the U.S.-Iran story at some point in the future. But I won’t be saying anything further for awhile. I hope everyone will respect my need for privacy as I take some time for myself and for my family. For now, I want to catch up with what’s been going on in the world, watch a Warriors game or two, and see the Star Wars movie.”
And really, if you were given the task of informing someone who had been out of the loop for the past six to twelve months — for whatever reason — of the biggest pop-culture and sports-related stories, the Warriors and Star Wars would be a great place to start.