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Carmelo Anthony Signs One-Year, $2.4 Million Deal With The Houston Rockets

Carmelo Anthony has signed a one-year, $2.4 million contract with the Houston Rockets on Monday. Anthony’s move to Houston has been rumored for weeks, but the veteran first had to finalize a buyout with the Hawks before signing with the Rockets. Now that Anthony officially cleared waivers earlier this month, he’s now ready to sign Houston. The 34-year-old, who averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game with the Thunder in 2017-18, will likely slot in as the Rockets’ starting power forward during the upcoming campaign. ...Read more

WWE Legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Dies At 63

WWE tag team champion Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart has passed away at 63. Neidhart first tried his hand at making a career in the NFL, briefly playing for both the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys, before heading to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to train as a pro wrestler. Neidhart later ended up marrying into the Hart family – essentially wrestling industry royalty – in 1985. 1985 also saw Neidhart make his WWE debut, after Stu Hart sold off his Stampede Wrestling promotion to Vince McMahon. Neidhart formed a tag team with Stu’s son Bret “The Hitman” Hart, dubbed The Hart Foundation. The duo would go on to become one of the most popular tag teams in WWE history, winning the WWE tag team titles twice. Neidhart passed away early Monday morning, at his home in Florida. According to police sources: “Preliminary information indicates that [Neidhart] fell at home, hit his head, and succumbed to his injury.” His daughter Natalya, a former WWE women’s champion, is a current member of the WWE Monday Night Raw roster. ...Read more

Denver Nuggets’ Isaiah Thomas Apologizes For Comments Criticizing Cleveland

Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas quickly apologized Saturday night after a video posted on social media surfaced in which he called the city of Cleveland “as—h—.”  Thomas later posted an apology on Twitter, and then posted an additional video on Instagram saying, “Cleveland wasn’t that bad. … The situation just wasn’t the best.”  Thomas also tweeted, “I apologize for my choice of words about Cleveland. I was on my live playing around. They don’t show you everything for a reason smh. Right after that I clarified what I said…. All love to everybody who had love for me in Cleveland.”  Thomas was traded last offseason to the Cavaliers in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. However, he was recovering from a hip injury and did not play for the Cavaliers until Jan. 2. In February, the Cavaliers traded Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers, and just last month Thomas signed a minimum contract with the Nuggets. ...Read more

Tom Brady And New England Patriots To Add Performance-Based Incentives To Contract

The New England Patriots reportedly will add a number of performance-related incentives into his contract for the 2018 and 2019 seasons; the incentives will allow the five-time Super Bowl winner to earn up to $5 million more this season. According to reports, Brady’s base salary of $14 million for the 2018 season puts him fifth in the NFL among quarterbacks behind Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins ($22.5 million), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($19.8 million), Seattle’s Russell Wilson ($15.5 million) and Carolina’s Cam Newton ($14.5 million). Thus Brady’s contract represents a bargain for the Patriots, considering that the 41-year-old was the league’s MVP last season—the third time he’s won the award.   ...Read more

New Toronto Raptors Forward Kawhi Leonard Breaks Silence To Thank San Antonio Spurs And Gregg Popovich

New Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard said farewell to San Antonio and the Spurs into two words: “Thank you.” In a letter submitted to the San Antonio Express-News, Leonard thanked the Spurs organization, his former teammates, coach Gregg Popovich and the team’s fans. “I have been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say, and it comes down to two simple words: THANK YOU!” Leonard wrote. Leonard’s exit from San Antonio had been tumultuous. He appeared in nine games for the Spurs in 2017-18, last playing on Jan. 13 before sitting out the rest of the season with a quad injury. Leonard was traded to the Raptors in July, along with Danny Green, in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. ...Read more

New York Knicks To Part Ways With Joakim Noah

According to multiple reports, the New York Knicks are preparing to part ways with center Joakim Noah. The Knicks new regime led by Scott Perry and David Fizdale will use the waive-and-stretch provision on their veteran sometime after Sept. 1. Perry has been trying to move Noah since the Feb. trade deadline but has been unwilling to part with the first-round pick or young prospect that it would cost to unload the veteran. Noah abruptly left the team last season due to issues with then head coach Jeff Hornacek. Noah has appeared in just 53 games in two seasons following his infamous $72 million contract in the summer of 2016. ...Read more

NCAA Announces New College Basketball Policies

The NCAA adopted a sweeping series of policy and rules changes Wednesday that it hopes will clean up college basketball, which has been engulfed by controversy the past few years. Among the significant changes that were adopted by the NCAA’s board of governors and Division I board of directors are allowing elite high school basketball recruits and college players to be represented by agents who are certified by the NCAA; allowing eligible underclassmen to enter the NBA draft and return to school if undrafted; introducing more rigorous certification requirements for summer amateur basketball events; and imposing longer postseason bans, suspensions and increased recruiting restrictions for coaches who break rules.  ...Read more

Cleveland Indians Unveil 2019 MLB All-Star Game Logo

The Cleveland Indians went the rock ‘n’ roll route with a logo for the 2019 All-Star Game. Inspired by the city’s deep musical roots, the team on Tuesday unveiled its logo for next year’s game; a guitar outlined with red baseball stitches. The Indians are hosting the Midsummer Classic for the sixth time, and next year’s game coincides with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field. Cleveland hosted the 1997 game at its downtown ballpark, just a short drive from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  ...Read more

Browns Rookie Antonio Callaway Cited For Marijuana Possession

Cleveland Browns rookie Antonio Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license on Sunday, according to reports.  Callaway was pulled over by Strongsville police at 2:59 a.m. on Sunday after “failing to yield for oncoming traffic,” the report states. “A small amount of suspected marijuana” was located under Callaway’s seat. The wide receiver is scheduled to appear in Court on Thursday morning, according to the report. The Browns promoted Callaway to the starting offense on Monday. Cleveland selected Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL draft, following a string of off-the-field issues during his college career. Callaway tested positive for a diluted drug test sample at the NFL combine in April. ...Read more