The All-Star weekend is one of the biggest dates in the NBA calendar, and the Celebrity Game kick-starts proceedings. Founded in 2003, the game acts as the opening ceremony for the All-Star weekend - and can prove to be a tough act to follow. In previous years, the likes of comedian Kevin Hart, actor Caleb McLaughlin and Justin Bieber have graced the court to show their skills, or lack thereof. This year sees actors, comedians and sports stars alike don the jerseys for a one-off evening. Here’s all you need to know about one of the most meaningless, but brilliant, sporting events of the year. When is it? The game will take place on Friday February 15. Local time it gets going at 7pm, meaning UK fans will have to wait up until midnight to catch the action. Where is it? The game takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Spectrum Center, which opened in 2005 and is the home to the Charlotte Hornets. Where can I watch it? Announced in October, Sky Sports is now the … [Read more...] about Full team lists for NBA All-Star celebrity game 2019
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Brent Schrotenboer USA TODAY Published 8:17 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 SAN DIEGO — The longtime agent for NFL quarterback Tom Brady is starting a new pro football league next year in Southern California called Pacific Pro Football. His name is Don Yee. And it might not be long before his league and other new pro football ventures disrupt and influence the lucrative worlds of college and pro football. Take the case of Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The rising sophomore is not eligible to play in the NFL until 2021, according to NFL rules that require first-year players to be at least three years removed from high school. But Yee’s new league won’t be bound by such rules. Asked how much his league would be able to offer Lawrence, Yee told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday that “it would be a compelling and significant proposal.” “He is a unique talent, and we'd simply want to give him a choice." This is new territory for the elite levels of … [Read more...] about Pro football: Will new leagues like AAF, XFL change NFL, college game?
Nancy Armour USA TODAY Published 7:29 AM EST Jan 24, 2019 When you think of the New England Patriots’ offense, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman are the first names to come to mind. A running back? Not so much. No big surprise, considering the running game has always been something of an afterthought in the Brady-Bill Belichick era. Corey Dillon and LeGarrette Blount had some fine years, but most seasons New England preferred to let Brady do the heavy lifting and use a rotation of backs to keep defenses honest. But whether it’s by design, necessity or a little bit of both, there’s been a shift this year. More: With Todd Gurley, Sony Michel in Super Bowl, who is all-time greatest Georgia running back? The Patriots ground down Kansas City in the AFC Championship, running the ball a whopping 48 times. Their opening drive alone, they ran it 10 times. Most other years, that would have been considered a good half for a New England team. Running … [Read more...] about Super Bowl: Patriots’ new, surprise strength: a running game
Shawn Windsor Detroit Free Press Published 9:46 AM EST Nov 23, 2018 Shea Patterson didn’t have to listen hard to hear the gunfire. Semi-automatics blasting in the distance. Bap. Bap. Bap. Bap. Bap. Almost every afternoon, the drug cartels sprayed bullets on the other side of the Rio Grande River. It got worse after dark. When the time changed in the fall, and the sun fell off the horizon an hour earlier, Patterson’s football coach sent the players who lived among the cartels home early. It was easier to avoid stray bullets in the light. Patterson learned to think of the gunfire as normal, part of the aural backdrop to football practice in Hidalgo, Texas, during his freshman year of high school. He'd moved to the U.S.-Mexico border from Toledo, Ohio, where he’d spent the first 11 years of his life. Everything was different in south Texas. Many of his classmates barely spoke … [Read more...] about Michigan football: Star Shea Patterson’s rise began at Mexico border
Kelly Lyell Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 11:41 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 EATON – Harvested fields of corn surround the town. Downtown is a stretch of two blocks just west of the former Western Sugar factory whose giant towers now hold fine silica sand used in the region’s rapidly growing hydraulic fracking industry. Children ride bicycles after school down the middle of the wide, tree-lined streets with wood and brick houses in the older parts of town surrounded by new subdivisions cropping up between cornfields. Welcome to Eaton, Colorado, home to a population of 5,224 and one operational stoplight. The town 20 miles east of Fort Collins is known for its baseball, with the high school claiming 11 state titles. That only adds to the surprise that the town is home to three current NFL players — Mitch Unrein, a defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Austin Ekeler, a running back for the Los Angeles Chargers; and Trent Sieg, the … [Read more...] about How did tiny Eaton, Colorado, turn out 3 current NFL football players?