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Former NBA Commissioner David Stern Dies At 77

The former commissioner of the NBA, David Stern, has died at 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in December, the league announced Wednesday.  Stern was the commissioner of the NBA from 1984 through 2014. Among his most important accomplishments was turning the NBA into a television powerhouse and a global brand. Stern brokered several enormous broadcasting deals — with NBC, then ESPN and TNT — that helped popularize the sport nationwide. Viewing numbers peaked in the 1990s, at the height of Michael Jordan’s popularity, which Stern used to help make the NBA a global sport.  By the time he stepped down, the league had become a financial powerhouse and one of the most widely viewed sports in the world.   ...Read more

New York Giants Fire Coach Pat Shurmur After Two Seasons

The New York Giants have fired Pat Shurmur after two seasons. Giants president and co-owner John Mara said in a statement: “This morning, we made the very difficult decision that it would be in the best interest of the franchise that we relieve Pat of his duties. The last three seasons have been extremely disappointing for the organization and our fans. Pat has been a successful and highly-respected NFL coach for 21 years and he is not solely responsible for our record. But we came to the conclusion it is best to have a fresh start with the coaching staff. We very much appreciate how much Pat has done for this franchise. He is a man of character and integrity and the team has conducted itself with pride and professionalism.” ...Read more

Miami Dolphins Xavien Howard Arrested For Domestic Violence

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard was arrested by the Davie Police Department for domestic battery against his fiancée, according to ESPN. After being processed, Howard, 26, was transported to a local hospital when he complained of knee pain from a recent surgery, then transferred to Broward County Jail. He paid $3,000 bond on Monday. Police said the altercation started over a recent purchase of a purse. Howard and his fiancée live together and share three children. ...Read more