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Justin Timberlake Will Headline Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show On NBC

(SL) – Global superstar JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the PEPSI SUPER BOWL LII HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, it was confirmed tonight.

A multi-talented actor and musician, Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he rapidly became a highly respected musician, winning two Grammys for his debut solo album, “Justified.” He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award® for the song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film TROLLS for which he won his 10th Grammy.

Justin TimberlakeA gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including: ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, SHREK THE THIRD and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. He has also won four Emmys for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” Timberlake is a co-star of the upcoming film WONDER WHEEL, which opens later this year.

This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVII.

This announcement is just the beginning. Leading up to Super Bowl LII, fans may visit Pepsi.com for behind-the-scenes looks into Timberlake’s journey to the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, as well as other surprises along the way.

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Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

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Aaron Hernandez’ Lawyers File Another Lawsuit Against NFL

(SL) – Lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are filing another lawsuit against the NFL.
 
They filed suit in a Massachusetts state court yesterday against the league and against the company that makes their helmets, alleging they didn’t appropriately handle Hernandez’ brain injuries.
 
Unlike the Hernandez family’s lawsuits in federal court, this one doesn’t name the Patriots organization.
 

Hernandez was still serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, but his suicide made Hernandez a legally innocent man as he died during an appeal process.

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In September, the former New England Patriot player’s lawyer Jose Baez announced brain scans by the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center found Hernandez had advanced stage 3 CTE, otherwise known as the degenerative brain disease common in retired football players and linked to suicide and depression.

The lawyers’ case against the state alleges the NFL hid knowledge on the true dangers of football, naming Illinois-based helmet maker Riddell.

The company, founded in 1929, told the Associated Press it plans to vigorously defend its products and reputation in wake of the new lawsuit, as well as any other concussion-related lawsuits.

Colin Kaepernick Files Collusion Grievance

(SL) – Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the 32 owners of collusion, according to multiple reports on Sunday.

Kaepernick has remained unemployed through the first six weeks of the NFL season, even when injuries to other quarterbacks created job openings. He retained attorney Mark Geragos to represent him.

The 29-year-old quarterback said his agent reached out to all 32 teams to make sure they were aware of his interest in playing this season. He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason.

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Kaepernick has been a controversial figure since he first sat and then knelt during the national anthem before games with the 49ers in the 2016 season. The move was the beginning of what turned into league-wide protests earlier this season after President Donald Trump made critical comments of players who don’t stand for the national anthem.

Kaepernick is claiming the owners violated terms of the collective bargaining agreement, specifically a clause that prohibits teams from acting together in regards to a player’s employments status.

“No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making,” the CBA states, adding that the clause applies to “whether to
negotiate or not to negotiate with any player” and “whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player.”

roger-goodell-012615-getty-ftr-usjpg_2injpggbta2k17v2aq1e6hgxqNFL commissioner Roger Goodell has stated on multiple occasions this season that Kaepernick is not being blackballed.

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Miami Takes Advantage Of Undisciplined Plays To Comeback From 17 And Beat The Falcons

(SL) – What the heck happened? The Atlanta Falcons have some tweaking to do after blowing a 17 pt lead and losing to the Dolphins.
Atlanta got off to a quick start with its usual performance from Devonta Freeman. His speed was hard to contain and he was able to burst through gaining yards and adding to easy field position as the Falcons dominated and shutdown Miami’s run game all together in the first half.
Matt Ryan even connected with Marvin Hall for a beautiful 40-yard Touchdown pass that pretty much made fans wonder where he’s been all this time. Answer: The practice squad and he was promoted a day earlier because of an injury to starting receiver Mohamed Sanu.
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Miami was struggling and Jay Cutler (who put off retirement)  failed to connect any pass longer than 12 yards and was even picked off by Deion Jones late in the first half. The Falcons would return for the 3rd quarter up 17-0 and then somebody left the gate open.
It was as if they switched roles. Miami came out blazing with 15-plays that moved the ball 75 yards and then Cutler connected with Sills for the 11-yard TD.

Ryan would be haunted by interceptions once again. (He’s thrown 6 in the past 3 games) And undisciplined play would be costly.

22448317_1697220863634966_5097774583085108295_nCutler hit Jarvis  Landry for a 7-yard TD after a roughing-the-quarterback penalty on Grady Jarrett killed an interception by Jones deep in Atlanta territory and set the Dolphins up nicely.

The Falcons also botched a punt. The punter tried to picked it up and run but was tackled short of the first down. The Dolphins were set to move and capitalize on a 49-yard field goal which tied the game at 17.

Cody Parkey kicked a 39-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining and just like the Dolphins led 20-17.  Then…safety Reshad Jones intercepted Matt Ryan at the 6-yard line with 39 seconds left and that was all she wrote.

Jay Cutler was 19 of 32 for 151 yards while Matt Ryan finished 24 of 35 for 248 yards.

As Cam Newton Apologizes For Sexist Remark, Jourdan Rodrigue Says Sorry For Racist Tweets

(SL) – Well…this certainly took a turn. I personally don’t think Cam Newton meant any harm when he commented that it’s funny to hear women talk about routes etc. in football.

“I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well. Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards. Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him truck-sticking people?”

In an odd way, it was borderline complimentary with the acknowledgment that females are front and center with the guys asking good questions. Most men are taken off-guard when women step into a guy’s arena and know their stuff.

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I’m sure most people find it quite interesting that the NFL now has a female coach. Shout out to Jen Welter of the Arizona Cardinals. But as the world turns, most took offense and it resulted with Dannon hijacking their endorsement with Cam.

What we didn’t expect was for racists tweets to hit the surface sent by the reporter who asked Cam the question, Jourdan Rodrigue.

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After the offensive tweets were circulated, Rodrigue posted one apologizing for them. The Charlotte Observer also posted the statement.

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Jourdan issued a statement saying , “I apologize for the offensive tweets from my twitter account 4/5 years ago. There is no excuse for these tweets or the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize. “

Falcons Lose To The Bills 23-17, Loss Of Jones and Sanu Costly

(SL) – One could say that the Falcons got going late, putting their first set of points on the board with a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. But others would say the Bills just came to play. After a scoreless first quarter, both the Falcons and the Bills turned the heat up inside Mercedes Benz Stadium in the second qtr.

After the Falcons put up 3, the Bills would make good use of their next possession on a pass from Tyrod Taylor to Jordan Matthews and take the lead 7-3. Not to be outdone, Devonta Freeman ended the first half with a short TD and it was 7-10.

Second half, there would be an absolute shift in energy and ball control. The Bills opened the scoring in the second half when Tre’davious White scooped up a Matt Ryan fumble and took it in for a touchdown (14-10). This would be the start of several fumbles and bad ball control. And did I mention that two people were noticeably absent.  Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu were out. Jones with a hip injury and Sanu’s hamstring would put them both on the sideline.

The Bills made good on an interception in the third after Matt Ryan attempted to go long and Micah Hyde foiled his plan. Heading into the 4th, the Bills worked their way down to 3rd and 1 inches away from the goal line, but instead of just going for it, they try to apparently pull the Falcons offside a suffered from a delay of game; forcing them to settle for a field goal 17-10.

But all hope was not lost for Atlanta.  After WR Justin Hardy dropped a beautiful pass from Ryan, he would make up for it with 7 minutes left.  Ryan led his team down the field with an impressive drive and Hardy caught a 3-yard TD tying it up 17-17. It was also Hardy’s first TD catch of the season.

Tyrod Taylor, however, continued to blast through, putting the Bills in field goal position and the 56-yard kick was good. 20-17.

But we didn’t dare blink, this was a good one. The Falcons turned right around and off of a monstrous return from Andre Roberts, Atlanta found themselves at the BUF 42 yard line. The celebration would be short lived though, when Matt Ryan threw another interception. The result…. another field goal (55-yards with 3:06 left) by Buffalo and it’s 23-17 with a little less than 3 minutes to go. The Falcons drive but Matt Ryan is unable to connect with anybody and with that fourth and one stop the Bills hand the Falcons their first loss of the season.

Player of the game: Tyrod Taylor 12-20,182 yards and 1 TD

Jags and Ravens #TakeAKnee And Lock Arms While Steelers Plan To Skip The National Anthem Today In Protest Against Donald Trump

(SL) – Donald Trump may have lit a fire of unity across major league sports with his comments urging team officials to kick ‘SOBs’ that kneel during the anthem off of the field and fire them. The NFL and several teams have responded to Trump’s comments commending their players for their contribution to the game and their communities.

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And today, it looks like a number a teams will stand or kneel in solidarity to push back against Trump’s attack that seems to be largely directed towards black athletes. Many wonder how he could call athletes exercising their 1st amendment rights as ‘SOBs’ but the racists that caused havoc in Charlottesville were very fine people.

It started early this morning while the Jags were playing the Ravens in London at Wembley Stadium. Jags owner Shadid Khan locked arms during the national anthem while dozens of players on both teams took a knee.

jagsAll eyes will now be on the Pittsburgh Steelers who reportedly will skip the national anthem all together in protest. Coach Tomlin says, “We’re not participating [in the national anthem] today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 percent.

miketomlin-getty-ftr-122716jpg_m2g1hj7ntzmm1mb97yvejohs0 We came here to play a football game and that’s our intentions, and we’re going to play and play to win,” They play the Bears at 1pm.

Colin Kaepernick’s Mom Responds To Donald Trump’s ‘Son Of A Bitch’ Comment

(SL) – Puerto Rico is in complete devastation, Mexico has been hit with three earthquakes in two weeks and North Korea wants to blow up the capitol and Donald Trump is picking on black athletes.

During a rally in Alabama, Trump, once again, left the topic to attack NFL players who choose to kneel during the National Anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired,’” Trump said. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”

Trump is out of line for many reasons and most importantly Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who choose to kneel are well withing their first amendment rights. Colin’s mom’s response has been liked over 100 thousand times and the retweets are vast as well.

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Former Dallas Cowboys QB Troy Aikman Marries Sweetheart In California

(SL) – Troy Aikman tied the knot with ‘the love of his life’ over the weekend. And the football legend couldn’t be more happier.

Aikman has been dating Catherine (Capa) Mooty since Feb. 2016 and proposed while on vacation in Lake Como, Italy back in June.
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The Dallas Morning News reports the pair exchanged vows in a small ceremony on the beach, followed by a reception at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara. The affair was low-key enough that the newlyweds were already back home in Dallas on Sunday.
The 50-year-old Dallas Cowboys veteran turned Fox TV game analyst looked dapper in a white jacket and black tie as his new wife stunned in a strapless satin gown that hugged her curves.
The wedding took place at the famous Biltmore Four Seasons Hotel in Montecito near Santa Barbara. Popular among the who’s who, it’s the same Biltmore  where Kim Kardashian stayed with basketball star Kris Humphries after their 2011 nuptials.
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This is Troy’s second marriage. His first wife was Cowboys publicist Rhonda Worthey. Together, they had daughters Alexa Marie, 15, and Jordan Ashley, 16.  Mooty has two sons from a previous relationship.
Aikman is a football legend with an impressive career. He was the number one overall draft pick in 1989 and he played twelve consecutive seasons as quarterback with the Cowboys. During his career he was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, led the team to three Super Bowl victories, and was the Super Bowl XXVII MVP.

Aikman was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 in New York City.

Patriots Kickoff 2017 Season Against Chiefs

(SL) – The 2017 season kicks off on Thursday, September 7 (8:30 PM ET, NBC) when the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in a battle of 2016 AFC playoff teams.

The Chiefs and Patriots meet for the 35th time in series history – including a 2015 AFC Divisional contest (New England, 27-20) – with Kansas City holding a 17-14-3 advantage. The Patriots have won their past eight home openers played on Kickoff Weekend and 12 of their past 13 overall in Week 1. The Patriots have one the last 2 out of 3.

New England QB TOM BRADY passed for 28 touchdowns with two interceptions last year and led the NFL with a 14.0 touchdown/interception ratio, the highest single-season ratio in league history.

Kansas City opened the 2016 season by overcoming a 21-point second-half deficit to defeat the Chargers 33-27 in overtime on Kickoff Weekend. Chiefs TE TRAVIS KELCE led all NFL tight ends with 1,125 receiving yards and ranked second with 85 catches in 2016.