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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

Former Boston Celtics Greg Monroe To Sign With Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal with former Boston Celtics player Greg Monroe. The deal is for the veteran’s minimum of one year, $2.2 million. Monroe last played for the Boston Celtics after getting traded from the Phoenix Suns, getting sparse minutes off the bench in the playoffs. He has previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. Monore has career averages of 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.  Monroe will more then likely come off the bench and play a role similar to the one he had on the Celtics, as the Raptors still have Jonas Valanciunas as their starting center. ...Read more

NASCAR CEO Brian France To Take Leave Of Absence After DUI And Drug Charges

Nascar chairman and CEO Brian France announced Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence, this coming a day after his arrest in New York’s Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit, smelled of alcohol and slurred his words after he was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag Harbor on Sunday, police said. “I apologize to our fans, our industry and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” France said in a statement Monday. “Effective immediately, I will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from my position to focus on my personal affairs.” France has been NASCAR’s chairman and CEO since 2003. His uncle, Jim France, a vice chairman and executive vice president, will take over those roles on an interim basis. France, 56, was arraigned at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court after spending the night in jail. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept 14. ...Read more

Mike Scioscia Denies Report He’s Planning To Resign As L.A. Angels Manager After Current Season

Mike Scioscia, MLB’s longest-tenured manager, denied a report that he is planning to make the 2018 season his last as leader of the Los Angeles Angels. Scioscia’s 10-year, $50 million contract is expiring and reports stated that he is not seeking a new deal, but instead is planning to step down upon the completion of the season. However, the 59-year-old said he would talk to general manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno after the season about his status.  “Nothing has changed since we talked last October,” Scioscia said Sunday morning. The Angels are in the middle of a disappointing season, sitting in fourth place in the American League West. The Angels have not made the playoffs since 2014, and have not won a playoff game since 2009. ...Read more

LA Clippers Trade Sam Dekker To Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Clippers have agreed to a deal that would send 24-year old forward Sam Dekker to the Cavs. The Clippers will get a trade exception from the Cavs out of this trade and trim their current roster down to 16 players. Dekker, entering his third season, had a disappointing year with the Clippers. Dekker averaged just 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in 12 minutes of action. He shot just 16.7 percent from beyond the arc; this coming after a year where he made 60 threes on 32.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. ...Read more