Defense Wins Championships As Broncos Dominate Super Bowl 50

Denver Broncos defense led by Von Miller shutdown the Carolina Panthers & MVP Cam Newton to win Super Bowl 50:


Via Yahoo Sports:

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Across a season where his team won 17 times and he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, Cam Newton appeared invincible.

Then along came Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Wade Phillips and the entire Denver Broncos defense that bruised, battered and eventually beat him in the biggest game of them all.

Denver 24, Carolina 10 in a defense-delivered upset in Super Bowl 50.

It was the Broncos’ defense, not the Peyton Manning offense that was most responsible for Denver’s points. A Miller sack and strip of Newton in the first quarter was recovered in the end zone by Jackson to give Denver a 10-0 lead and set the tone that this was a different level than Carolina had seen.

The game was capped by another Miller strip of Newton that set the Broncos up on Carolina’s 4-yard line. C.J. Anderson scored a few plays later to put it out of reach. Newton was sacked six times, tossed around like rag doll.

Miller was named Super Bowl 50 MVP.

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NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Head Coach David Blatt; Ty Lue Appointed

Cleveland Cavs fire coach David Blatt midseason and name Tyronn Lue new head coach in effort to change team culture:


Via the Associated Press: 

CLEVELAND (AP) — David Blatt’s second NBA season seemed to be going better than his first. Now, it’s over.

Blatt was fired Friday by the title-chasing Cavaliers, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Blatt, who led the team to the NBA Finals last season, will be replaced by top assistant Tyronn Lue, according to the person, who spoke to on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move.

Lue is to make his debut Saturday night when the Cavs host the Chicago Bulls.

Cavs general manager David Griffin was expected to speak with reporters at a news conference Friday evening at the team’s training facility in Independence, Ohio.

Blatt’s firing came one day after the coach was defensive before and after the Cavs beat the Los Angeles Clippers. Blatt had been bothered by criticism that his team — led by superstar LeBron James — received after a 34-point loss to the defending champion Golden State Warriors earlier this week.

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Eagles Fire Chip Kelly After Ruining Roster In Dual Role As Coach/GM

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fires Chip Kelly in less than 3 years as the Ex-Oregon coach loses big after his misguided moves as GM: 


Via NFL dot com:

In the wake of the firings of Chip Kelly and personnel man Ed Marynowitz, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will wrestle with the question of why he chose to invest so much power in the coach who had just two years of NFL coaching experience. And then Lurie will have to answer why he decided to blow it up after just one season — one season in which Kelly made profound changes to the team’s roster to suit the style of play he preferred and in which they failed.

When the Eagles made their shocking announcement Tuesday, it was fair to wonder what had precipitated the unusual timing. The Eagles get a jump on looking at future candidates — and Howie Roseman, who had wielded personnel power until Kelly’s palace coup last offseason, will be involved in the search for Kelly’s replacement. Read the rest of this entry

Alabama Running Back Derrick Henry Wins 2015 Heisman Trophy Award

College Football: In a close vote, Alabama’s Derrick Henry edges out Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey to win 2015 Heisman Trophy:


Via NY Times:

Derrick Henry, the workhorse Alabama running back, caught his breath at the podium Saturday night after winning the Heisman Trophy as he began to thank his mother, whom he would awaken with late-night calls when he struggled; his father, “my No. 1 fan”; and his grandmother, “who made me what I am today.”

He added: “If you have dreams, chase them. If you believe it, you can achieve it.” He was the second player from Alabama to win the Heisman, joining Mark Ingram, who received the trophy in 2009.

During the season, Henry gained 1,986 yards on 339 carries, breaking Herschel Walker’s Southeastern Conference record. Later, at a news conference, he said, “I was hoping to meet him tonight, but he wasn’t here tonight,” he said of Walker, the 1982 Heisman winner from Georgia. “I hope to meet him sometime.”

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Warriors Set New NBA Record With The Most Consecutive Wins To Begin Season

NBA: The Defending Champion Warriors remain unbeaten setting a new NBA record with the most wins to start the new season:


Via NBA dot com’s Scott Howard Cooper:

Now what?

Will it be 34 wins in a row, in any stretch of the schedule?
Seventy wins in all in 2015-16, maybe even 73 for the full-season record?

Or this NBA stuff has become too easy and the Warriors will search for outside challenges? Stephen Curry will break 18 at Pebble Beach. The San Francisco 49ers will name Luke Walton coach — interim coach — and win the Super Bowl. Suddenly, nothing seems impossible.

They play without coach Steve Kerr nearly the first quarter of the season and minus center Andrew Bogut for six games, and wins pile up in historic ways. They fall behind the Clippers by 23 points on the road and not only rally to win late, but then play a good team — the Bulls — on the second night of the back-to-back in Oakland and win that too.

The Warriors let the possibility of the best start ever in the NBA build for several days … and then quickly end the suspense Tuesday night, letting the Los Angeles Lakers hang around Oracle Arena to watch the show. Read the rest of this entry

MLB: The Kansas City Royals Win The World Series By Trusting The Process

Kansas City Royals win the World Series defeating the NY Mets as patience and building through the draft finally pay off:


Via: Yahoo Sports

It took nine seasons, but Dayton Moore’s “process” finally worked. The Kansas City Royals have won the 2015 World Series.

Early in his tenure, Moore told fans to “trust the process,” referring to the way in which he was building the team. It took years, but eventually that process produced a championship.

That means, in the coming days, weeks and months, there will be a number of articles suggesting other teams should emulate the Royals. This isn’t a new development, these types of pieces always get published shortly after a team wins a World Series. Just ask Theo Epstein.

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LSU’s Leonard Fournette: One Of The Nation’s Best College Football Players

College Football: LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette, a Heisman Trophy candidate, is having a season for the ages:   


Via Ivan Maisel of ESPN:

BATON ROUGE, La. — Forgive me for what I am about to write. In the age of hyperbole, when social and traditional media combine to whip you into a frenzy over what once barely merited a headline, what I am about to say might sound devalued. If everything is the Greatest or the Most or All-Time, then nothing is. A new television show is called “Best Time Ever,” which, for most of us, I’m pretty sure would not include a television show.

Leonard Fournette is a running back, an LSU sophomore, and he leads the FBS in rushing and in Heisman votes in October. He has started the season well. With most running backs, that description would suffice.

So forgive me for writing a story that reads like just got T-boned by Buzzfeed. Forgive me for preaching gospel sourced in feel and potential and wonder and three football games. In each of them, Fournette has rushed for more than 200 yards. No one in the history of the Southeastern Conference — neither Herschel nor Bo nor running backs with last names — had ever done that.

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NBA: Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler’s New SLAM Magazine Feature

SLAM Magazine Issue 191 profiles the hard work and fast rise of Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler: “I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind”


Via SLAM’s Christopher Cason:

Confidence in one’s self is essentially the biggest asset a successful athlete can have.

And that power of self-belief is the exact reason that by the time you’re reading this, the ink of Jimmy Butler’s signature will be dry and affixed to a new (5 year $95M) max contract.

From an early age, the Tomball, TX, native learned to trust and rely on himself due in large part to spending some of his teenage years without a place to call home. Those experiences from those tough times, along with a Texas-sized work ethic, became pillars of his character. Those pillars are why it wasn’t that difficult for him to turn down an estimated four-year, $44 million offer from the Chicago Bulls prior to the beginning of the regular season.

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Team USA Basketball’s Exhibition Game Wraps Up Latest Vegas Training Camp

Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins leads White Team to victory in Team USA’s training camp tuneup in advance of 2016 Olympics:


Via The Associated Press:

LAS VEGAS — There was no LeBron James or Stephen Curry.

Nor were there any signs of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant or James Harden.

Most important, there weren’t any injuries.

The U.S. men’s basketball team ended its minicamp with an exhibition that felt like a light-hearted pickup game, a much smoother ending than last summer, when Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George broke his leg after crashing into a backboard stanchion.

Sacramento Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the White team to a 134-128 victory over the Blue team.

“I feel so good about these four days. … I thought our guys really responded tonight (with) a lot of effort (and) enthusiasm, they had fun,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “They all want to be a part of USA Basketball. Read the rest of this entry