A promising season for the Chicago Bears has grown troubled down the stretch as coach Lovie Smith’s team has lost four of their last five. Now it’s unsure whether he will keep his job with the team.
The late-season swoon has negatively impacted contract talks between the team and its coach, according CBSSports.com’s Jason La Canfora, who cited sources to report that discussions over an extension have “dried up.” That might force Smith — who signed a two-year extension before last season — into lame-duck status entering 2013.
First-year general manager Phil Emery has been given authority to evaluate the coaching staff, which might loom as a troubling sign for Smith if he fails to take the Bears somewhere special. La Canfora hinted that Emery might pluck fruit off the Bill Belichick tree for the next Bears coach.
Smith isn’t about to be fired. As it stands, the long-time coach has the rest of this campaign and another full season to shape perceptions in Chicago, but it’s far from a vote of confidence.
There’s seems to be some growing animosity between the Minnesota Timberwolves and forward Kevin Love. There’s a chance they may say goodbye to Mr. Double-Double.
Love is currently in the first year of a $60 million contract but can opt out after the 2014-15 season.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, in an interview with NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, Love recently questioned the direction of the franchise under owner Glen Taylor and general manager David Kahn. Love isn’t happy about not getting a five-year maximum contract, and some teams might try to explore acquiring him from Minnesota.
“I don’t think that’s a match that is permanent in Minnesota,” a rival assistant GM said. “I’m not saying they’re shopping, but if they can get the right deal they would look at it. And I don’t think he wants to be there.”
Love has an extremely high trade value and is still producing at an astonishing rate despite just coming back from a broken hand. If he is moved, it’ll be interesting to see where he lands.
Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice was suspended for 3 games and fined $50K by the University Thursday. This is coming directly from the school and not the NCAA itself. The school said the fine and suspension were due to a violation by the coach of the athletic department policy. After a little more digging it appears it has to do with the way he may of been talking and acting towards players in practice.
Kevin Durant paid a small tribute to the tragedy that happened in Newtown Connecticut earlier today by writing the town on his sneakers for tonight’s game. Now I realize it is a very small gesture, and I am not giving him so much credit for doing so, but it is nice to know that some of these athletes that we idolize also feel the same things we feel. I am sure more athletes in the next couple days will pay tributes as well.
What initially appeared to be a snoozer turned out to be an exciting game as the Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons went into double overtime. Shockingly they weren’t saved by superstar point guard Deron Williams who in fact has been struggling offensively this season. Williams actually is shooting 38% from the field and wasn’t much of a factor during the overtime periods. Who did finally step up was their big acquisition Joe Johnson formerly known as “Average Joe” and “Ski Mask Joe” for obvious reasons. He finished with 28 points for the night including this game winner.
Two of the best teams in the country are meeting for the 2013 Outback Bowl, and fans of the Michigan Wolverines and the South Carolina Gamecocks can’t wait to see them clash at Raymond James Stadium this New Year’s Day at 1:00pm! It’s old-school SEC defense meets a Big Ten-style grinding offense.
Tajh Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins should play one more season for the Clemson Tigers, according to ESPN’s draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr.
Kiper, Jr. said during a conference call on Tuesday the two juniors would benefit from staying with the Tigers for the 2013 season rather than taking their chances in the 2013 NFL Draft.
“You’re not a guaranteed first round pick. You should go back,” said Kiper, Jr. “Boyd’s not. Certainly Hopkins is probably more of a two [second round] that a one [first rounder].”
Staying in college until a player’s senior year has several benefits, said Kiper, Jr. He noted that only seniors can play in collegiate all-star games and in the Senior Bowl. Only seniors can take part in the NFL Combine and pro days. Those experiences allow a player to show off his talent to interested teams.
Kiper, Jr. said both Hopkins and Boyd would benefit from an extra year of playing with a talented team like the Tigers.
Neither player has announced his intent.
Boyd told reporters in November that his decision was up in the air. His coach Dabo Swinney said he’d be surprised if his quarterback applied to enter the draft this time around.
After 10 years in the league, you probably think you know LeBron James. But you don’t know him like this. In SWAG16, Complex make LeBron choose between his all-time favorite things, tournament-style, to find out the one thing he can’t live without. Is it Madden or Martin? Oatmeal or Boardwalk Empire? Only one thing can survive. Watch SWAG16 to find out what wins out.
50 Cent made his promoting debut with his fighter Yuriorkis Gamboa this past Saturday on the undercard of the 4th Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez fight. Gamboa who was out of the ring for 15 months, made a successful comeback against Michael Farenas. He won by unanimous decision (scores of 118-108, 117-109, 117-108).
No one expected what happened Saturday night to happen…Manny Pacquiao getting rocked to sleep. Manny took a different type of L! Some fans are saying he should retire, some think they should fight again and some (many have now changed their minds though) think that Pac should still fight Floyd Mayweather.
“Manny was given a CT scan and the results were negative,” said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor. “We were in and out in just over an hour and Manny was in excellent spirits.”
Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), who was ahead 47-46 on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the knockout, also congratulated Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs).
“First and foremost I would like to thank God for keeping Juan Manuel Marquez and me safe during our fight on Saturday night,” Pacquiao said in a statement. “I want to congratulate Juan Manuel. I have no excuses. It was a good fight and he deserved the victory. I think boxing fans who watched us were winners, too.
“To all my fans, I would like to thank you for your prayers and assure you that I am fine. I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight. On behalf of (my wife) Jinkee and our family we would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.”