(New York, NY) – Legendary former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is calling for kids to not play tackle football until they’re at least 16. On NBC’s “Megyn Kelly TODAY,” Favre said he probably suffered thousands of concussions throughout his life playing football, though he had only three or four that were officially diagnosed.
“As we’relearning about concussions there’s a term we use in football and maybe other sports, that I got `dinged.’ If that’s a concussion,then I’ve had hundreds, probably thousands, throughout my career,which is frightening.”
He was on the program along with fellow NFL great Kurt Warner, former pro baseball player David Ross and retired women’s soccer player Abby Wambach talking about a concussion-treatment drug being tested. All four are investors in the drug maker.
(Tuscaloosa, AL) – Alabama coach Nick Saban isn’t scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.And James isn’t backing down, either.On Monday, a representative for James sent a letter on his behalf to Alabama, claiming the Crimson Tide’s ”Shop Talk” trailer uses”ideas, concepts and format” from a program on the digital media platform the Cavaliers’ superstar co-founded.Last year, James’ ”Uninterrupted” aired ”The Shop,” where the three-time NBA champion, Golden State forward Draymond Green and others talk in a barber shop.Saban said he didn’t know about James’ show, and contends the concept isn’t new.”I think LeBron James is a great player,” Saban said. ‘‘There’s been at least 20 barbershop-type things I’ve seen. I didn’t even know he had one. I’m sorry anybody could be offended by something we were just trying to have fun with. I enjoyed it and we’re going to continue to do it.”Alabama released a trailer on Twitter for ”Shop Talk” showing Saban and NFL receiver Julio Jones in a barber shop setting.”Uninterrupted” sent a letter to Alabama, citing concerns over copyright infringement and intellectual property.
Following Tuesday’s win over Toronto in Cleveland, James was told about Saban’s stance.”That’s exactly what I would think he would say,” James said. ”I built ”Uninterrupted” for a reason and for us athletes to have a platform to be able to speak about whatever we want to talk about.I respect him as a coach, but I’ll be damned if I’ll allow someone to use our platform or try to do the same thing we’re doing and just think it’s OK.”The lawyers will figure it out.”
(San Antonio, TX) – Sister Jean is taking a break from the media. The 98-year-old nun became a sensation during Loyola-Chicago’s run through the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, praying for the Ramblers as team chaplain throughout their Cinderella run.That run ended Saturday with a 69-57 Final Four loss to Michigan and Jean left the Alamodome without giving an interview. Loyola assistant athletic communications director said she’s done for awhile so she can catch her breath. After the loss, Loyola players each came up to hug the nun, thanking her for everything.
(Sacramento, CA) – Warriors guard Patrick McCaw was taken away on a stretcher after he fell hard to the floor following a foul by Sacramento’s Vince Carter during a 112-96 Golden State win Saturday night. McCaw was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, the team said. It announced late Saturday that a chest X-ray and CT scan came back clear and that McCaw would undergo an MRI.’‘I just hope he’s OK,” a visibly distraught Carter said after McCaw fell. ”I play this game because I love it and enjoy it, not to see young guys get hurt. He has a bright future. You can tell me whatever, it was an accident. … I don’t like to see him sitting there in pain saying he can’t feel his lower half.”
McCaw drove the baseline and went down with a thud at the 41.8-second mark of the third quarter, hit in the lower body by Carter. McCaw lay in agony for about 10 minutes as the arena silenced. Carter, who was given a flagrant-one foul, knelt nearby as medical personnel from both teams along with Warriors coach Steve Kerr rushed out to the baseline beneath Golden State’s basket.”Vince is not that type of guy, he’s never been that type of guy,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. ”Freak accidents,things happen. A guy jumps and he didn’t touch him much if you’re as high as you can jump you lose your balance easier. I know that was tough on Vince.”
Players for both teams eventually came to the floor as McCaw was placed on a stretcher and wheeled away with his neck stabilized. McCaw, who appeared to be trying to dunk, did a scissor kick in the air over Carter’s right shoulder before landing hard on his troublesome back.Kerr swore and was visibly frustrated and hollered ‘‘He knows better,” referring to Carter, before going out to the court to check on his second-year guard.
Carter got close to McCaw and offered some words just before the stretcher was pulled away. The two teams then gathered in a huddle before the game resumed after about a 10-minute delay.”I remember his foot hitting the side of my leg, that’s it,”Carter said. ”I’m not going to sit here and complain about a flagrant when a man can’t feel his legs.”Carter said he approached members of the Warriors after the game and apologized. He appreciated the kind words from the Warriors but couldn’t get his mind off seeing McCaw on the floor.’‘It’s all well and good but still a young man is trying to get his feeling back and that’s my concern,” Carter said. ”Regardless of how it happened, accident, all of the things that they were telling me, you still want to see him OK.”
(Mansfield, TX) – (AP) Former TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested Wednesday at his North Texas home and charged with aggravated assault after his girlfriend accused him of beating her severely at his home. Boykin was arrested at his Mansfield, Texas, home after Mansfield police reviewed footage of a March 21 incident captured by Boykin’s security video system, according to a police statement.He’s been booked into the Mansfield city jail and remains without bond, pending arraignment.
The Seattle Seahawks released Boykin from its practice squad Tuesday after WFAA-TV in Dallas posted an interview with Boykin’s girlfriend in which she alleged he broke her jaw. Boykin, 24, has denied the allegations, and his agent Drew Pittman told the station the allegations are false. Calls to Pittman by The Associated Press went unanswered Wednesday.
The assault allegation is the latest off-field issue for Boykin,who has spent his NFL career with Seattle.He was arrested in Dallas last year when a vehicle he was a passenger in hit several people on a sidewalk. He fled the scene on foot but was later arrested on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and possession of marijuana.In 2015, Boykin was arrested for assaulting a police officer and public intoxication shortly before the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio during his senior season at TCU. Boykin, who was the team’s quarterback, was suspended for the bowl game.
(SL) – A medical examiner has determined G-Leaguer Zeke Upshaw suffered a ”sudden cardiac death” after collapsing on the court over the weekend.
Medical examiner Dr. Stephen Cohle says he observed some ”cardiac abnormalities” during his autopsy and he’s working to determine the exact type of heart disease.
The 26-year-old Upshaw collapsed during a game for Grand Rapids on Saturday and died two days later.
(SL) – The Final Four teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament are set and fans are making their travel plans to San Antonio, Texas this weekend to see their favorite team play. Travel experts say tickets to go to the Final Four are down 16-percent year-over-year with an average ticket price of 413-dollars.
Tickets to the Championship game are down 26-percent to around 290-dollars. Flying into San Antonio will be very expensive, as plane tickets are currently ranging between 600-dollars and one-thousand-dollars.
Hotels in downtown San Antonio are already sold out, but travelers can still find hotels in the outlying areas of the city, with an average price of about 158-dollars.
(Grand Rapids, MI) – The NBA community is mourning the loss of player Zeke Upshaw, who is dead at the age of 26. Upshaw died Monday, two days after collapsing during an NBA G-League game for the Grand Rapids Drive. Upshaw suddenly collapsed in the game’s final minute and had to be stretchered off the court Saturday night.
The Drive are the minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, and they clinched a playoff spot with a win in the game Saturday. The NBA G-League is postponing the conference quarterfinals until March 30th and 31st due to Upshaw’s death.
The Chicago native played three seasons at Illinois State before transferring to Hofstra for the 2013-2014 season. He joined the Grand Rapids Drive in 2016 and averaged 7.6 points per game in 75 appearances over the past two seasons.
(Metarie, LA) – A former cheerleader with the New Orleans Saints says she was fired because of outdated and discriminatory fraternization policies. Bailey Davis explained how the teams intimidate their cheerleaders on NBC’s “Today” show.
Davis was fired in January after she posted a picture on her private Instagram of her wearing a swimsuit the team decided was against policy. She also said she was accused of attending a party with a player, something that’s not allowed and that she says never actually happened. Davis has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asking for arbitration with the NFL. She argues that male players on the team aren’t held to the same standards.
(Sacramento, CA) – The Sacramento Kings are remembering an unarmed black man shot to death by police. The Kings wore black warm-up t-shirts with Stephon Clark’s name on the back before last night’s game against the Boston Celtics.
The front of the shirts was inscribed with “Accountability. We Are One.” A PSA video against gun violence the teams made played during the first quarter of the game. Last night’s expressions came three nights after a huge protest blocked the Golden 1 Center arena where the Kings play their home games.
The shirts were the idea of Kings guard Garrett Temple.Clark was in his grandmother’s backyard the night of March 18th when Sacramento Police officers shot him 20 times. Police were looking for a man reported to be breaking car windows. The officers who shot the 22-year-old Clark said he pointed a gun at them. It turned out he had a cell phone in his hand.