The Greatest of All Time passes away at 74

RIP Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, the charismatic three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world, who declared himself “the greatest” and proved it with his fists, the force of his personality and his magnetic charisma, and who transcended the world of sports to become a symbol of the antiwar movement of the 1960s and a global ambassador for cross-cultural understanding, died June 3 at a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was living. He was 74.

His family released a statement confirming his death. The boxer had been hospitalized with respiratory problems related to Parkinson’s disease, which had been diagnosed in the 1980s.

He was a truly great boxer, lightning fast hands, knockout power, and tremendous stamina. He was also a complex person, some idolized him, some despised him, and likely both camps had their reasons.

Your Daley Gator NFL Draft 2016 Update (Rounds 4 – 7)


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ROUND FOUR (2015 PLAYOFF TEAMS ONLY)

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – PARKER EHINGER – OG – 6’6″ – 310 LBS – CINCINNATI BEARCATS

GRADE: C

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – ERIC MURRAY – CB – 5’11” – 199 LBS – MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS

GRADE: C-

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – MALCOLM MITCHELL – WR – 6’0″ – 198 LBS – GEORGIA BULLDOGS

GRADE: B

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HOUSTON TEXANS – TYLER ERVIN – RB – 5’10” – 192 LBS – SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS

GRADE: C

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS – WILLIE BEAVERS – OT – 6’5″ – 321 LBS – WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS

GRADE: B-

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CINCINNATI BENGALS – ANDREW BILLINGS – DT – 6’1″ – 311 LBS – BAYLOR BEARS

GRADE: A+

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS – JERALD HAWKINS – OT – 6’6″ – 305 LBS – LSU TIGERS

GRADE: B-

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – DEMARCUS ROBINSON – WR – 6’1″ – 203 LBS – FLORIDA GATORS

GRADE: B-

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ARIZONA CARDINALS – EVAN BOEHM – C – 6’2″ – 302 LBS – MISSOURI TIGERS

GRADE: A-

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GREEN BAY PACKERS – BLAKE MARTINEZ – ILB – 6’2″ – 237 LBS – STANFORD CARDINAL

GRADE: B+

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DENVER BRONCOS – DEVONTAE BOOKER – RB – 5’11” – 219 LBS – UTAH UTES

GRADE: A-

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GREEN BAY PACKERS – DEAN LOWRY – DE – 6’6″ – 296 LBS – NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS

GRADE: C

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ROUND FIVE (2015 PLAYOFF TEAMS ONLY)

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CAROLINA PANTHERS – ZACK SANCHEZ – CB – 5’11” – 185 LBS – OKLAHOMA SOONERS

GRADE: C-

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DENVER BRONCOS – CONNOR MCGOVERN – OG – 6’4″ – 306 LBS – MISSOURI TIGERS

GRADE: B+

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – QUINTON JEFFERSON – DT – 6’4″ – 291 LBS – MARYLAND TERRAPINS

GRADE: C-

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS – MATT LOANNIDIS – DT – 6’3″ – 299 LBS – TEMPLE OWLS

GRADE: A-

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HOUSTON TEXANS – K.J. DILLON – SS – 6’0″ – 210 LBS – WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

GRADE: A-

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS – KENTRELL BROTHERS – ILB – 6’0″ – 245 LBS – MISSOURI TIGERS

GRADE: A-

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CINCINNATI BENGALS – CHRISTIAN WESTERMAN – OG – 6’3″ – 298 LBS – ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS

GRADE: A-

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – KEVIN HOGAN – QB – 6’3″ – 218 LBS – STANFORD CARDINAL

GRADE: D

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GREEN BAY PACKERS – TREVOR DAVIS – WR – 6’1″ – 188 LBS – CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

GRADE: C

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – TYREEK HILL – WR – 5’8″ – 185 LBS – WEST ALABAMA TIGERS

GRADE: F

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HOUSTON TEXANS – D.J. READER – DT – 6’3″ – 327 LBS – CLEMSON TIGERS

GRADE: B+

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ARIZONA CARDINALS – MARQUI CHRISTIAN – SS – 6’1″ – 200 LBS – MIDWESTERN STATE MUSTANGS

GRADE: C-

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ARIZONA CARDINALS – COLE TONER – OT – 6’5″ – 306 LBS – HARVARD CRIMSON

GRADE: C

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – ALEX COLLINS – RB – 5’10” – 217 LBS – ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

GRADE: C-

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ROUND SIX (2015 PLAYOFF TEAMS ONLY)

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DENVER BRONCOS – ANDY JANOVICH – RB – 6’1″ – 238 LBS – NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

GRADE: B-

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – D.J. WHITE – CB – 5’11” – 193 LBS – GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

GRADE: C+

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS – MORITZ BOEHRINGER – WR – 6’4″ – 227 LBS – SCHWABISCH HALL UNICORNS

GRADE: C

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS – NATE SUDFELD – QB – 6’6″ – 234 LBS – INDIANA HOOSIERS

GRADE: C-

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS – DAVID MORGAN II – TE – 6’4″ – 262 LBS – UTSA ROADRUNNERS

GRADE: B-

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CINCINNATI BENGALS – CODY CORE – WR – 6’3″ – 205 LBS – OLE MISS REBELS

GRADE: C-

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GREEN BAY PACKERS – KYLE MURPHY – OT – 6’7″ – 295 LBS – STANFORD CARDINAL

GRADE: B

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – DADI LHOMME NICOLAS – OLB – 6’3″ – 235 LBS – VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES

GRADE: B+

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ARIZONA CARDINALS – HARLAN MILLER – CB – 6’0″ – 182 LBS – SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA LIONS

GRADE: B

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – JAMU GRUGIER-HILL – SS – 6’2″ – 208 LBS – EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS

GRADE: D

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – ELANDON ROBERTS – ILB – 5’11” – 234 LBS – HOUSTON COUGARS

GRADE: B

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – JOEY HUNT – C – 6’3″ – 295 LBS – TCU HORNED FROGS

GRADE: B

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DENVER BRONCOS – WILL PARKS – SS – 6’0″ – 204 LBS – ARIZONA WILDCATS

GRADE: C+

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS – TRAVIS FEENEY – OLB – 6’4″ – 230 LBS – WASHINGTON HUSKIES

GRADE: B+

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – TED KARRAS – OG – 6’4″ – 307 LBS – ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI

GRADE: C

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ROUND SEVEN (2015 PLAYOFF TEAMS ONLY)

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – DEVIN LUCIEN – WR – 6’2″ – 195 LBS – ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS

GRADE: B

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS – STEPHEN WEATHERLY – DE – 6’4″ – 267 LBS – VANDERBILT COMMODORES

GRADE: C

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DENVER BRONCOS – RILEY DIXON – P – 6’4″ – 221 LBS – SYRACUSE ORANGE

GRADE: C-

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS – DEMARCUS AYERS – WR – 5’9″ – 182 LBS – HOUSTON COUGARS

GRADE: C

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS – STEVEN DANIELS – ILB – 5’11” – 243 LBS – BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

GRADE: B-

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS – KEITH MARSHALL – RB – 5’11” – 219 LBS – GEORGIA BULLDOGS

GRADE: C

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – KENNY LAWLER – WR – 6’2″ – 203 LBS – CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS

GRADE: C+

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS – JAYRON KEARSE – SS – 6’4″ – 216 LBS – CLEMSON TIGERS

GRADE: B-

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CINCINNATI BENGALS – CLAYTON FEJEDELEM – SS – 6’0″ – 204 LBS – ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI

GRADE: C+

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS – TYLER MATAKEVICH – ILB – 6’0″ – 238 LBS – TEMPLE OWLS

GRADE: A

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – ZAC BROOKS – RB – 6’0″ – 199 LBS – CLEMSON TIGERS

GRADE: D

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CAROLINA PANTHERS – BEAU SANDLAND – TE – 6’4″ – 253 LBS – MONTANA STATE BOBCATS

GRADE: C

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Your Daley Gator NFL Draft 2016 Update (Rounds 2 & 3)


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ROUND TWO

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CLEVELAND BROWNS – EMMANUEL OGBAH – DE – 6’4″ – 273 LBS – OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

GRADE: B

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TENNESSEE TITANS – KEVIN DODD – DE – 6’5″ – 277 LBS – CLEMSON TIGERS

GRADE: C

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DALLAS COWBOYS – JAYLON SMITH -OLB – 6’2″ – 223 LBS – NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

GRADE: C

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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – HUNTER HENRY – TE – 6’5″ – 250 LBS – ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

GRADE: B+

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – MYLES JACK – OLB – 6’1″ – 245 LBS – UCLA BRUINS

GRADE: A

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – CHRIS JONES – DT – 6’6″ – 310 LBS – MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLSDOGS

GRADE: A

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MIAMI DOLPHINS – XAVIEN HOWARD – CB – 6’0″ – 201 LBS – BAYLOR BEARS

GRADE: B-

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – NOAH SPENCE – DE – 6’2″ – 251 LBS – EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS

GRADE: A-

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NEW YORK GIANTS – STERLING SHEPARD – WR – 5’10” – 194 LBS – OKLAHOMA SOONERS

GRADE: A

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BUFFALO BILLS – REGGIE RAGLAND – ILB – 6’1″ – 247 LBS – ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

GRADE: B

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BALTIMORE RAVENS – KAMALEI CORREA – OLB – 6’3″ – 243 LBS – BOISE STATE BRONCOS

GRADE: B-

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TENNESSEE TITANS – AUSTIN JOHNSON – DT – 6’4″ – 314 LBS – PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

GRADE: C+

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OAKLAND RAIDERS – JIHAD WARD – DT – 6’5″ – 297 LBS – ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI

GRADE: B-

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TENNESSEE TITANS – DERRICK HENRY – RB – 6’3″ – 247 LBS – ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

GRADE: C

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DETROIT LIONS – A’SHAWN ROBINSON – DT – 6’4″ – 307 LBS – ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

GRADE: A-

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NEW ORLEAN SAINTS – MICHAEL THOMAS – WR – 6’3″ – 212 LBS – OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

GRADE: C

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GREEN BAY PACKERS – JASON SPRIGGS – OT – 6’6″ – 301 LBS – INDIANA HOOSIERS

GRADE: A

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – JARRAN REED – DT – 6’3″ – 307 LBS – ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

GRADE: B

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HOUSTON TEXANS – NICK MARTIN – C – 6’4″ – 299 LBS – NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

GRADE: B+

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NEW YORK JETS – CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG – QB – 6’4″ – 223 LBS – PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

GRADE: C

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ATLANTA FALCONS – DEION JONES – OLB – 6’1″ – 222 LBS – LSU TIGERS

GRADE: B+

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS – SU’A CRAVENS – OLB – 6’1″ – 226 LBS – USC TROJANS

GRADE: A-

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS – MACKENSIE ALEXANDER – CB – 5’10” – 190 LBS – CLEMSON TIGERS

GRADE: A-

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CINCINNATI BENGALS – TYLER BOYD – WR – 6’1″ – 197 LBS – PITTSBURGH PANTHERS

GRADE: B-

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CHICAGO BEARS – CODY WHITEHAIR – OG – 6’4″ – 301 LBS – KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

GRADE: B+

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – T.J. GREEN – FS – 6’3″ – 205 LBS – CLEMSON TIGERS

GRADE: B-

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS – SEAN DAVIS – CB – 6’1″ – 201 LBS – MARYLAND TERRAPINS

GRADE: A

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – ROBERTO AGUAYO – K – 6’0″ – 207 LBS – FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES

GRADE: F

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – CYRUS JONES – CB – 5’10” – 197 LBS – ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

GRADE: B+

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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – VONN BELL – SS – 5’11” – 199 LBS – OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

GRADE: B

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CAROLINA PANTHERS – JAMES BRADBERRY – CB – 6’1″ – 211 LBS – SAMFORD BULLDOGS

GRADE: C+

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DENVER BRONCOS – ADAM GOTSIS – DT – 6’4″ – 287 LBS – GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

GRADE: C

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ROUND THREE

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TENNESSEE TITANS – KEVIN BYARD – SS – 5’11” – 216 LBS – MIDDLE TENNESSEE BLUE RAIDERS

GRADE: B-

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CLEVELAND BROWNS – CARL NASSIB – DE – 6’7″ – 277 LBS – PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS

GRADE: B+

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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – MAX TUERK – C – 6’5″ – 298 LBS – USC TROJANS

GRADE: B+

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DALLAS COWBOYS – MALIEK COLLINS – DT – 6’2″ – 311 LBS – NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

GRADE: B

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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS – WILL REDMOND – CB – 5’11” – 182 LBS – MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS

GRADE: C

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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – YANNICK NGAKOUE – OLB – 6’2″ – 252 LBS – MARYLAND TERRAPINS

GRADE: B-

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BALTIMORE RAVENS – BRONSON KAUFUSI – DE – 6’6″ – 285 LBS – BYU COUGARS

GRADE: A-

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NEW YORK GIANTS – DARIAN THOMPSON – FS – 6’2″ – 208 LBS – BOISE STATE BRONCOS

GRADE: B+

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CHICAGO BEARS – JONATHAN BULLARD – DE – 6’3″ – 285 LBS – FLORIDA GATORS

GRADE: A

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MIAMI DOLPHINS – KENYAN DRAKE – RB – 6’1″ – 210 LBS – ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

GRADE: A-

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – KEIVARAE RUSSELL – CB – 5’11” – 192 LBS – NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

GRADE: B-

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OAKLAND RAIDERS – SHILIQUE CALHOUN – DE – 6’4″ – 251 LBS – MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS

GRADE: B+

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CLEVELAND BROWNS – SHON COLEMAN – OT – 6’5″ – 307 LBS – AUBURN TIGERS

GRADE: A-

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CAROLINA PANTHERS – DARYL WORLEY – CB – 6’1″ – 204 LBS – WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

GRADE: C

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – JOE THUNEY – OG – 6’5″ – 304 LBS – NC STATE WOLFPACK

GRADE: C+

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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – ISAAC SEUMALO – OG – 6’4″ – 303 LBS – OREGON STATE BEAVERS

GRADE: B

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BUFFALO BILLS – ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON – DT – 6’3″ – 301 LBS – OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

GRADE: C+

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ATLANTA FALCONS – AUSTIN HOOPER – TE – 6’4″ – 254 LBS – STANFORD CARDINAL

GRADE: B

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS – LE’RAVEN CLARK – OT – 6’5″ – 316 LBS – TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

GRADE: B

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NEW YORK JETS – JORDAN JENKINS – OLB – 6’3″ – 259 LBS – GEORGIA BULLDOGS

GRADE: B-

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS – KENDALL FULLER – CB – 5’11” – 187 LBS – VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES

GRADE: A-

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HOUSTON TEXANS – BRAXTON MILLER – WR – 6’1″ – 201 LBS – OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

GRADE: A-

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MIAMI DOLPHINS – LEONTE CARROO – WR – 6’0″ – 211 LBS – RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS

GRADE: B-

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CINCINNATI BENGALS – NICK VIGIL – ILB – 6’2″ – 239 LBS – UTAH STATE AGGIES

GRADE: B

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GREEN BAY PACKERS – KYLER FACKRELL – OLB – 6’5″ – 245 LBS – UTAH STATE AGGIES

GRADE: B+

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS – JAVON HARGRAVE – DT – 6’1″ – 309 LBS – SOUTH CAROLINA STATE BULLDOGS

GRADE: B+

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – C.J. PROSISE – RB – 6’0″ – 220 LBS – NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

GRADE: B-

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – JACOBY BRISSETT – QB – 6’4″ – 231 LBS – NC STATE WOLFPACK

GRADE: C+

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ARIZONA CARDINALS – BRANDON WILLIAMS – CB – 5’11” – 197 LBS – TEXAS A&M AGGIES

GRADE: C+

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CLEVELAND BROWNS – CODY KESSLER – QB – 6’1″ – 220 LBS – USC TROJANS

GRADE: D

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – NICK VANNETT – TE – 6’6″ – 257 LBS – OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

GRADE: B-

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DETROIT LIONS – GRAHAM GLASGOW – OG – 6’6″ – 307 LBS – MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

GRADE: B

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – VINCENT VALENTINE – DT – 6’4″ – 329 LBS – NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

GRADE: B-

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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – REES ODHIAMBO – OG – 6’4″ – 314 LBS – BOISE STATE BRONCOS

GRADE: B

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DENVER BRONCOS – JUSTIN SIMMONS – FS – 6’2″ – 202 LBS – BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

GRADE: B-

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Leftist Louisiana Governor: No More LSU Football If Budget Isn’t Balanced – His Solution? More Taxes

Louisiana Gov. Edwards: Balance Budget Or No LSU Football Next Year – CNS

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In a televised address to the state Thursday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said that “you can say farewell to college football next fall” if the state doesn’t fix a near $2 billion budget deficit for the next fiscal year.

“If the legislature fails to act and we are forced to proceed with these cuts the LSU Ag Center and parish extension offices in every parish, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center will close by April 1st and the LSU main campus in Baton Rouge will run out of money after April 30th,” Edwards said. “Many students will not be able to graduate, and student athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester. That means you can say farewell to college football next fall.”

Edwards noted in his speech, as found on NOLA.com, that the LSU system is not the only one in danger. Thanks to the $940 million budget deficit that Louisiana faces this fiscal year and the $2 billion budget deficit for the next fiscal year, the Southern University System, University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System are in the same boat.

“Without legislators approving new revenue this special session, some campuses will be forced to declare financial bankruptcy, which would include massive layoffs and the cancellation of classes,” stated Edwards.

According to Edwards, the budget deficit threatens other universities the state’s healthcare system and the New Opportunity Waiver program, a program for families with developmental disabilities.

To help bridge the gap Edwards said he plans to increase alcohol and cigarette taxes and also intends to add an extra penny to the state’s four cent sales tax, which he claimed isn’t permanent.

“I am proposing this penny as a bridge that will give us time to stabilize and restructure our state’s tax code,” remarked Edwards. “When that restructuring is complete, this penny sales tax will be removed.”

Alongside tax increases, Edwards called for reducing tax credits, suspending corporate tax deductions and making further cuts in an effort to stabilize the budget. Edwards said this would include a hiring freeze and more than $160 million in cuts in government spending.

He also proposed using $128 million from the rainy day fund and $200 million from non-coastal BP payments.

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Cleveland Browns To Cut Johnny Football ASAP

Browns Blast Johnny Manziel, Will Cut Him ASAP – New York Post

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Now, it’s just a matter of time before Johnny Manziel is an ex-Brown.

Johnny Football is almost officially a cautionary tale after the Browns released a harsh statement Tuesday condemning the troubled quarterback’s recent actions – and making clear their intention.

“We’ve been clear about expectations for our players on the field. Johnny’s continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization,” Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown said in the statement.

“His status with our team will be addressed when permitted by league rules. We will have no further comment at this time.”

Under league rules, Manziel cannot be cut until Feb. 8, the day following the Super Bowl. However, according to ESPN, salary cap math means the Browns will wait until March 9, when the NFL calendar flips to a new year and the cap goes up. Releasing Manziel will count $4.6 million against the cap.

Manziel has spent most of the offseason being documented at various parties in cellphone videos, but the final straw came over the weekend. Manziel is being investigated by police in Fort Worth and Dallas for potentially assaulting ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in an incident early Saturday. The police used a helicopter to search for the former Heisman Trophy winner until he was found.

The league is now investigating the incident. Crowley was uncooperative with officers, but said she was involved in a disturbance with an ex-boyfriend.

The Browns gave Manziel multiple chances over his first two seasons in the league, but he wasted them all. Manziel entered rehab last offseason, following a wasted rookie season, and earned the respect of his teammates even as he was named the backup behind Josh McCown.

Manziel was on the field intermittently throughout the 2015 season as McCown battled injuries, and was given a four-game audition to end the season and prove he should be the starter heading into the 2016 season. On the field, he showed sparks of the playmaker that made him a first-round by the Browns. Off the field, he showed why he was a risky first-round pick.

After suffering a concussion in Week 16 against the Chiefs, Manziel went AWOL and missed a checkup with Browns doctors, earning him a fine. He was reportedly wearing a disguise and going under the alias “Billy” while clubbing in Las Vegas.

Since that time, he has been partying in Texas amid reports new Browns coach Hue Jackson only accepted the position on the condition the team would part ways with Manziel.

There is no doubt that will happen now.

This weekend’s alarming report was not the only time Manziel and Crowley were allegedly involved in a domestic dispute. When the two were still dating in October, police in Avon, Ohio, received an emergency call after she and Manziel were spotted fighting as they drove near the quarterback’s home on the west side of Cleveland. Manziel was not arrested, but the matter prompted an NFL investigation into whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

If Manziel can clear his legal hurdles, the question will then become: Is another team willing to take a risk on him?

Manziel has been linked to the Cowboys since owner Jerry Jones had to be talked out of drafting him to be Tony Romo’s predecessor. But even Jones must be wary of giving Manziel a second chance after he so badly screwed up his first.

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Sometimes, we need to pause, and applaud classy people

Tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is a class act

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came to the aid of a ball girl in distress and won accolades on social media from fans who called him a gentleman.

The No. 9-seeded Frenchman said he noticed the ball girl was unwell during the third set of his match Wednesday, so he paused before serving and walked over to see what was wrong.

He put his hand on her back, and the ball girl handed Tsonga a ball she was holding. He then looped his arm through hers and escorted the ball girl off the court.

“I saw she was in trouble,” Tsonga said. “It was normal to help her out of the stadium. I hope she’s OK.”

The ball girl was fine, just feeling under the weather, according to tournament organizers. And Tsonga is through to the third round after beating Omar Jasika of Australia, 7-5, 6-1, 6-4.

You are a gentleman sir hats off

TCU Overcomes 31-Point Deficit To Win Alamo Bowl In Triple-Overtime (Video)

TCU Completes 31-Point Comeback In 3OT Alamo Bowl Win Over Oregon – Sports Illustrated

After trailing Oregon 31-0 at halftime of the Alamo Bowl, the TCU Horned Frogs staged an incredible rally, scoring 31 unanswered points of their own to match the largest comeback in bowl-game history, force overtime, and eventually go on to win a 47-41 thriller.

Trailing by three late in the fourth and looking to cap off an incredible second half performance, the Horned Frogs drove the field effectively but were stopped at Oregon’s five yard-line and forced to kick a field goal. The kick tied the game at 31, and more chaos ensued.

TCU’s Bram Kohlhausen found Emanuel Porter in the back of the end zone on the first drive of overtime, followed by an extra point for a 37-31 lead. The Ducks responded on the following drive, with Jeff Lockie finding Royce Freeman on a critical fourth-and-four for a first down. The play set up Freeman’s third rushing touchdown and tied the game.

Oregon received the ball next, but was unable to gain positive yardage on their first set of downs. Aidan Schneider kicked a 44-yard field goal for the 41-38 lead, positioning TCU to win it with a touchdown. Two incomplete passes and a big stop by the Ducks forced a 46-yard attempt by TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom to tie things at 41.

In the third overtime, TCU ran the ball successfully with Aaron Green on its first two plays and scored a touchdown on an option-style run by Kohlhausen along the right side of the field to take a 47-41 lead. But the Horned Frogs could not convert the two-point try that followed, leaving the door open for Oregon.

And that was where it ended, with the Ducks coming up incomplete on fourth-and-eight, following a muffed snap on third down by Lockie.

Kohlhausen, quarterbacking the Horned Frogs in place of suspended Trevone Boykin, completed 28 of 45 passes for 351 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for two scores and added 45 yards on the ground. Aaron Green led TCU with 101 rushing yards and a touchdown.

After a strong start, Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams was injured in the second quarter and replaced by Lockie, who completed 7 of 16 passes for 36 yards. Freeman carried 26 times for 130 yards and three scores for the Ducks.

The Horned Frogs at one point scored 37 unanswered points, and with the win completed the largest comeback in FBS play this season, surpassing Rutgers’ 25-point comeback win over Indiana. It was the first triple-overtime bowl game since Penn State’s 26-23 win over Florida State in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
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Ed’s List Of The College Football Bowl Games That Probably Won’t Suck (2015-2016)


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
3:30 pm
BYU Cougars vs. Utah Utes

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28
Military Bowl
2:30 pm
Navy Midshipmen vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
Russell Athletic Bowl
5:30 pm
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Baylor Bears

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
12:00 pm
Florida State Seminoles vs. Houston Cougars

Capital One Orange Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)
4:00 pm
Clemson Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Goodyear Cotton Bowl (Playoff Semifinal)
8:00 pm
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan State Spartans

FRIDAY, JANUARY 1
Outback Bowl
12:00 pm
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
1:00 pm
Michigan Wolverines vs. Florida Gators

Fiesta Bowl
1:00 pm
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Rose Bowl
5:00 pm
Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Stanford Cardinal

Allstate Sugar Bowl
8:30 pm
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Ole Miss Rebels

SATURDAY, JANUARY 2
Valero Alamo Bowl
6:45 pm
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Oregon Ducks

MONDAY, JANUARY 11
CFP National Championship
8:30 pm
Orange Bowl Winner vs. Cotton Bowl Winner

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NCAA Football: Top 20 Teams After Week 14


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Clemson Tigers – 13-0
Alabama Crimson Tide – 12-1
Michigan State Spartans – 12-1
Iowa Hawkeyes – 12-1
Houston Cougars – 12-1
Oklahoma Sooners – 11-1
Ohio State Buckeyes – 11-1
North Carolina Tar Heels – 11-2
Stanford Cardinal – 11-2
Notre Dame Fighting Irish – 10-2
Florida State Seminoles – 10-2
TCU Horned Frogs – 10-2
Northwestern Wildcats – 10-2
Oklahoma State Cowboys – 10-2
Temple Owls – 10-2
Florida Gators – 10-3
Navy Midshipmen – 9-2
Toledo Rockets – 9-2
Oregon Ducks – 9-3
Baylor Bears – 9-3

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Christian NFL Star Benjamin Watson: Black Lives Don’t Matter When ‘Politicians Enable Generational Dependency’

NFL Star: Black Lives Don’t Matter When ‘Politicians Enable Generational Dependency’ – CNS

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New Orleans Saints’ tight end Benjamin Watson used his Facebook account Tuesday to call attention to his views on the Black Lives Matter movement. A view that is critical of abortion, fathers who abandon their children and politicians who “enable generational dependency.”

Watson, the author of “Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race – And Getting Free From The Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us,” is using social media to link people to a blog post where he discusses his thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Some contention is with the very phrase itself. This is problematic, though, because ‘black lives matter’ in context is clearly comparative to them not mattering. It obviously does not exist in a vacuum thus a response of ‘all lives matter’ is disingenuous at best and outright insulting at worst,” Watson’s blog post from late August reads. “It SHOULD go without saying that ‘all lives matter,’ including black lives, unborn lives, elderly lives, affluent and poor lives, Christian and atheist lives. But, today, in light of our present societal struggles and racial tension the question is worth addressing. As Americans, do black lives matter to us?”

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Later in the post, the outspoken Christian athlete focuses on some of the ways he feels Black lives don’t and do matter in this country. Here are some selected excerpts:
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“Black lives don’t matter when neighbors, black neighbors, kill each other. It’s no surprise that people generally commit crimes against the people they live nearest to. Even so, the truth is that we treat people no better than the value we place on them and the dignity we have in ourselves.”

“Black lives don’t matter when some politicians enable generational dependency, stifling individual responsibility while others completely deny the importance of programs that are needed to help the marginalized. A crutch is the vital friend of the injured, it’s ultimate purpose to one day be laid aside as it’s former dependent walks on their own. If it oversteps its purpose the user will no longer feel the need to walk. Erroneously, they may not even think they can ever do so. Consequently, a stagnant, hopeless life seems to matter less.”

“Black lives don’t matter when we support and engage in the termination of our most important resource and our hope for a brighter future, our unborn children.”

“Black lives don’t matter when their very real and documented negative experiences with law enforcement, employment opportunities, and educational funding is belittled and dismissed. Compassion for another’s experience, even if foreign to us is paramount when encountering situations we can’t understand.”

“Black lives don’t matter when fathers selfishly abandon their children and their children’s mothers, teaching them that family is not a priority, and almost ensuring the cycle will repeat itself. A strong foundation gives children the fortitude to weather the storms they are sure to face throughout their lives.”

“But BLACK LIVES MATTER, when we look at our black children and imperfectly strive to show them the compassion, love, leadership, hard work and sacrifice a man should exhibit in hopes that our sons will carry the banner further and our daughters will set the bar high for their future spouses.”

“BLACK LIVES MATTER when we understand that the black community can not be characterized by headlines of a single story, because it is filled with multiple stories from millions of contrasting individuals.”

“BLACK LIVES MATTER when we look at our white children, and realize that they are internalizing and will imitate every attitude, action, comment, and expression we make when the next racially charged incident occurs or when we engage with others on a daily basis, who don’t look like us. They are future change agents as well. Some of the largest victories in through abolition and civil rights came because of the compassion and activism of our white brothers and sisters.”

“BLACK LIVES MATTER when we are willing to stand up to our friends and family when they make racist comments and jokes that are dead wrong. AND they matter when we refuse to flippantly use words created to demean and degrade even if we feel we have a right to.”

“The attitudes inherited by our different heritages can breed in us unhealthy attitudes if left unchecked, including the foolishness of supremacy and the myth of inferiority. The cross bridges the gap, the power of the blood penetrating deep into our wickedness, convicting us, forgiving us, and reconciling us to God and subsequently reconciling us to each other. Only in Christ do the temporal distinctions between us fade, as our oneness in him takes precedence over our color creed and culture and our allegiance to Him compels us to make those who matter to Him matter most to us.”

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For the complete blog post from Benjamin Watson click here.

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*VIDEO* Your Daley Gator HOLY CRAP College Football Play O’ The Week

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*VIDEO* Indianapolis Colts Attempt Dumbest Trick Play In History Of NFL… Fail Miserably

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Rangers pluck Blue Jays 5-3 take Game 1 of ALDS

Keep it up Texas!

The Texas Rangers lost 95 games and finished in last place in 2014. They lost ace Yu Darvish for this season when he underwent Tommy John surgery. And they were two games under .500 and eight games back on Aug. 2. Yet they not only rallied to win the AL West, they won the first game of their division series 5-3 over the heavily favoredToronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

The victory came at a price: Third baseman Adrian Beltre was forced to leave in the third inning with a back injury so painful that he had tears in his eyes when he left the field. Just how high a price that injury was will not be fully known until the Rangers determine when he can return to play.

In the meantime, the rest of the Rangers more than compensated by beating up Cy Young candidate David Price. Texas scored five runs off Price, with Robinson Chirinos hitting a two-run home run in the fourth and Rougned Odor adding a solo homer in the seventh.

Game 2 is tomorrow!

*VIDEO* Your Daley Gator NFL Game O’ The Week: Indianapolis Colts Vs. Tennessee Titans (Full Game)

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*VIDEOS* NCAA Football Week 4 Highlights


Utah Bitchslaps Oregon

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Florida Squeaks By Tennessee

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TCU Wins Shootout With Texas Tech

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UCLA Crushes Arizona

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*VIDEOS* NCAA Football Week 3 Highlights


LSU Pounds Auburn

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Georgia Tech Falls To Notre Dame

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Clemson Holds Off Louisville

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Ole Miss Shocks Alabama

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Sad news, NBA legend Moses Malone gone at 60

Awful news. He was one of the very very best to ever play basketball

Three-time NBA MVP and Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Moses Malone died Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia, at the age of 60.

Det. Jeffrey Scott of the Norfolk Police Department confirmed that Malone died in a Norfolk hotel room. He said there was no indication of foul play. Malone’s body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play.

“… He was among the most dominant centers ever to play the game and one of the best players in the history of the NBA and the ABA. Even more than his prodigious talent, we will miss his friendship, his generosity, his exuberant personality, and the extraordinary work ethic he brought to the game throughout his 21-year pro career. Our thoughts are with Moses’ family and friends during this difficult time.”

Malone, named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, was the Finals MVP in 1983, as he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the title.

“Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most storied era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball,” the 76ers said in a statement Sunday.

The 6-foot-10 center averaged a double-double — 20.6 points per game and 12.2 rebounds — while playing for eight teams over 20 NBA seasons and led the league in rebounding six times — including five straight seasons from 1980-85.

His 16,212 rebounds still rank fifth on the NBA’s all-time list, while his 27,409 career points rank eighth. The 12-time All-Star also holds NBA records for offensive rebounds in a career (6,731), season (587) and game (21).

RIP

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