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NFL Star Michael Bennett Indicted On Charge Of Injury To Elderly At Super Bowl

NFL defensive end Michael Bennett was indicted Friday in Houston on a charge of injury to the elderly in connection with an incident that occurred when he was a spectator at the 2017 Super Bowl. The Harris County district attorney’s office said Bennett rushed the field when the game ended to congratulate his brother Martellus Bennett, who played for the winning New England Patriots.  Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference that Bennett was told to use a different field entrance, but he pushed through the security detail, which included a 66-year-old paraplegic woman in a wheelchair. The woman suffered a sprained shoulder in the February 5, 2017, incident, Acevedo said.  Bennett’s legal team does not have a comment at this time.  Harris County said the felony charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. ...Read more

New York Giants Trade Jason Pierre-Paul To The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New York Giants on Thursday announced that they have traded long-time defensive end and two-time Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move sends JPP along with a fourth-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for a third-round pick and fourth-round selection. Pierre-Paul earned two Pro Bowl appearances in his eight seasons with the team. His best performance came back in 2011 when the South Florida product recorded 16.5 sacks en route to earning All-Pro honors. The move saves New York north of $12 million against this year’s cap.  ...Read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Leaves Manchester United To Sign With LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his move from Manchester United to MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy, signing a contract through until the end of the 2019 season.  Sources had suggested Ibrahimovic’s time at Old Trafford was coming to an end, and Sports Illustrated confirmed that he has followed in the footsteps of former Premier League stars David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole by signing for the Galaxy. Ibrahimovic has not featured for the Red Devils since he was substituted in the Boxing Day draw against Burnley, with Jose Mourinho subsequently granting him permission to leave. ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Zay Jones Arrested For Vandalism After Fight With Brother

Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones was arrested Monday in Los Angeles after a bizarre incident involving his brother, Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones. Zay was arrested at an apartment building naked and bloody after attempting to smash through a glass window on the 30th floor. Video obtained by TMZ Sports shows Zay shoving Cayleb in a hallway and shouting he is going to “fight for Jesus.” The clip later shows what appears to be Zay’s blood on the walls of the apartment building where Cayleb’s girlfriend is a resident. Reports are that Cayleb restrained Zay as he was attempting to squeeze through a hole in the 30th floor window he previously kicked his foot through.  The Bills said in a statement “We are aware of the incident involving Zay Jones.  We are still in the process of gathering more information on the matter. At this point, we will have no further comment.” ...Read more

Cleveland Cavaliers Guard Kyle Korver Excused After Brother’s Death

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced in a statement that guard Kyle Korver has been excused from Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors to be with his family after his brother Kirk died on Tuesday.  Kirk Korver, 27, was the youngest of four Korver brothers, all of whom played basketball at the college level or above. Kirk finished his career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2013-14, amassing 597 points and 267 rebounds in four seasons as a forward for the Kangaroos. Kyle Korver missed the Cavs’ victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to attend to what was termed a family medical emergency. “We extend our deepest condolences and heartfelt best to Kyle and his entire family as they go through this very difficult time,” the Cavaliers said in a statement. ...Read more

Oklahoma Guard Trae Young Leaves OU To Enter NBA Draft

On Twitter this Tuesday, Freshman guard Trae Young posted that he will be leaving the University of Oklahoma to enter the NBA draft in June.  Young, 19, delivered a first-team All-America season and has elevated himself into comparisons with a young Stephen Curry. Young and his family, including his father, Ray, will soon start meeting with prospective agents for representation. Young is expected to start training for the pre-draft process with a trainer in California. Young had 28 points and eight assists in the Sooners’ season-ending loss to Rhode Island in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday. For the season, Young led Division I players in scoring (27.4 points per game) and assists (8.7 per game).  ...Read more

Tyronn Lue Temporarily Stepping Down As Cavaliers Coach Due To Illness

Tyronn Lue is stepping down as head coach of the Cavaliers temporarily to deal with his ongoing illness, which has caused him to miss three games and impacted him for virtually the entire season. Chief assistant Larry Drew will take over for Lue, beginning with Monday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. In a statement released Monday morning by the Cavs, Lue, 40, made it clear that he intends to return this season. He said he has “had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year.” Lue also said in the statement  “After many conversations with our doctors and Koby (Altman) and much thought given to what is best for the team and my health, I need to step back from coaching for the time being and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation from which to coach for the rest of the season.” Lue has been examined repeatedly by Cleveland Clinic doctors for months and undergone a battery of tests, but there is still no diagnosis. He did not return for the second half of Saturday’s win over the Bulls; previously he missed the second half of a loss to Orlando on Feb. 6 and the entire game against the Bulls on Dec. 21. ...Read more

Memphis Hires Penny Hardaway As Tigers’ New Head Coach

Rumors of Penny Hardaway returning home to the Memphis Tigers have proven true; the school has announced they have reached a deal with their former star player to become the new head coach of their men’s basketball team.  Hardaway replaces former coach Tubby Smith, who was fired last week. Penny was the third overall pick in 1993 and played in the NBA from 1993 to 2008 with four different teams including Orlando, Phoenix, New York and Miami. The 46-year-old, four-time NBA All-Star will be officially announced as head coach on Tuesday when a formal press conference is scheduled to be held.  ...Read more

Loyola Chicago Knocks Off Third-Seeded Tennessee In NCAA Tournament

The Loyola Chicago Ramblers are headed to the Sweet 16 after beating Tennessee in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Saturday in Dallas. No. 11 Loyola pulled off the 63-62 upset against No. 3 Tennessee at the American Airlines Center. The Ramblers were coming off of a first round victory against No. 6 Miami. Loyola faces No. 7 Nevada or No. 2 Cincinnati on Thursday in the Sweet 16 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. ...Read more