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Cam Newton Defends Decision to Walk Out of Press Conference

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton defended his decision to walk out of the Super Bowl’s post-game press conference after his team’s loss to the Denver Broncos.

“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser,” he said Tuesday as players cleaned out their lockers.

“I’ve got no more tears to cry,” Newton said, according to ESPN. “I’ve obviously had a lot of time to think about it. I’ve seen so much blown out of proportion.”

A Broncos player could be heard boasting about his team’s win as Newton was answering questions from reporters.

For his part, Chris Harris Jr., the Broncos player in question, said that he did not intentionally try to interrupt Newton.

“I would have been mad, too, if I was Cam,” Harris told ESPN on Monday. “To be able to hear your opponent right behind you talking, nobody wants to hear that. So I think that was a bad setup, but things happen. But you have to deal with it and approach things like a man, and we’ve been in that situation where we lost a Super Bowl and be able to take things as they come. I’m just happy we were on the good side of things this time.”

Newton said “that’s cool” if he offended anyone by walking out, but he won’t change his personality.

“At the end of the day, when you invest so much time and sacrifice so much and things don’t go as planned, the emotions take over. That’s what happens. As far as trying to be like this person, trying to be like that person … the truth of the matter is I’m not trying to be like this person,” Newton said Tuesday, according to ESPN.

He continued: “This is a great league with or without me. I am my own person. I said it since day one. I am who I am. I know what I’m capable of and I know where I’m going. I don’t have to conform to anybody else’s wants for me to do. I’m not that guy.”

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Senators Acquire Maple Leafs Captain Dion Phaneuf in Nine-Player Trade

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — The Toronto Maple Leafs has finalized a nine-player trade with provincial rival Ottawa Senators, both teams announced on Tuesday.

The focus of the trade is on Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf being dealt to the Senators.

Ottawa will also get forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, and Ryan Rupert, and defenseman Cody Donaghey from Toronto. In return, Toronto will get defenseman Jared Cowen, forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek, and Tobias Lindberg, as well as Ottawa’s second-round 2017 NHL draft pick.

Phaneuf, 30, is a three-time All-Star, and has three goals and 21 assists in his 51 games for Toronto in the 2015-2016 season. He was named the 18th captain for the Maple Leafs in June 2010.

The All-Star defenseman still has five more years on his $7-million contract with the Maple Leafs after this season.

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UCLA Gymnast’s Floor Routine Goes Viral with Dab, Nae Nae Moves

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — One gymnast is tumbling into Facebook glory with more than 22 million views on her epic hip-hop-themed floor routine.

Sophina DeJesus, a senior at UCLA, nailed her floor routine versus Utah with moves that would make even Beyoncé proud. She struts, she dabs and she Nae Naes in her shiny silver and blue uniform with matching black and blue ponytail.

She perfectly sticks all her landings, pulls off an unbelievable triple flip into a split and caps it off with a salute like it’s no big deal.

The officials at the meet gave DeJesus a 9.925, helping earn UCLA the overall victory.

The routine has been shared on Facebook by ESPN and gymnastic groups from as far away as Australia.

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Report: Josh Donaldson and Jays Agree to 2-Year, $29M Contract

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(TORONTO) – The Toronto Blue Jays and star third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to a two-year, $29 million contract, according to a Sportsnet Canada report released Monday.

The contract deal cancels the salary arbitration hearing for Donaldson that was set for Feb. 15.

The 2015 American League MVP took to Twitter prior to the Sportsnet report:

Mood right now. pic.twitter.com/QCJBAcc0GW

— Josh Donaldson (@BringerOfRain20) February 9, 2016

The deal has not yet been confirmed by either side.

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Sources: Sacramento Kings to Fire Head Coach George Karl

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO) — With a subpar record more than halfway through the season, the Sacramento Kings feel they need a coaching change — so they’re planning to fire head coach George Karl in the next few days, league sources told ESPN.

The Kings made the decision internally that Karl will be fired after Sacramento’s last game before the All-Star Break Wednesday in Philadelphia, the sources said.

Final details are still being worked out, but NBA sources said former Kings forward Corliss Williamson remains the favorite to become the interim coach.

So far this season, the Kings are 21-31, putting them in 10th place in the Western Conference.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/8/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 108, Chicago 91
Indiana 89, L-A Lakers 87
OT L-A Clippers 98, Philadelphia 92
Cleveland 120, Sacramento 100
Brooklyn 105, Denver 104
Toronto 103, Detroit 89
New Orleans 116, Minnesota 102
OT Orlando 117, Atlanta 110
OT Portland 112, Memphis 106
Oklahoma City 122, Phoenix 106

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 6, Anaheim 2
N-Y Rangers 2, New Jersey 1
Detroit 3, Florida 0
Ottawa 5, Tampa Bay 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) Oklahoma 63, (24) Texas 60
Duke 72, (13) Louisville 65

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Colleen Crowley’s Lawyer Says Johnny Manziel Ruptured Her Eardrum

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(DALLAS) — More details are coming out of the Dallas criminal investigation into an alleged assault involving Johnny Manziel and his former girlfriend.

Kathy Kinser, the attorney for Manziel’s ex-girfriend Colleen Crowley, told Dallas-Fort Worth television station NBC5 on Monday that the quarterback hit her so hard he ruptured her left eardrum, ESPN reports.

Dallas police opened the investigation into the Cleveland Browns quarterback on Friday after they “received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016.”

A protective order was signed by a judge on that day that ordered the quarterback to stay away from his ex-girlfriend for two years.

According to ESPN, Dallas police said Monday they had no new information in the investigation.

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Super Bowl MVP Von Miller Offers Advice to Former Teammate Johnny Manziel

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Von Miller is rooting for Johnny Manziel.

After the game on Sunday night, the Super Bowl 50 MVP posted a message on Instagram along with a photo of former Texas A&M teammate Manziel.

“I Love you fam! Grind, get back to Johnny all the ags know and love, Grind bro, 2yrs ago they counted me out, 2yrs frm now you can do the same!! Support no matter what! #love @jmanziel2,” the message said.

Manziel, the Cleveland Browns quarterback who has been involved in a number of domestic abuse allegations and is currently being investigated by Dallas police, posted his own message for Miller– a picture of Miller from Sunday night’s win with the message “Champ.”

According to ESPN, Miller also told TV cameras after the game, “Hey, Johnny Man, I know it’s a hard time. I’ve been in the same situation. I’m here with you, buddy. Keep grinding, and you, too, can be here in two more years. I love you.”

Miller was referring to his NFL six-game suspension in 2013 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

ESPN reports that Manziel could be released from the Browns in March after two rocky seasons both on the field and off.

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WWE Wrestler Daniel Bryan to Retire

Valerie Macon/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — Former WWE champion and professional wrestling star Daniel Bryan is retiring.

“Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude,” he tweeted on Monday.

Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I’ll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude

— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 8, 2016

The 34-year-old, born Bryan Lloyd Danielson, is a former heavyweight champion who got his big break on the WWE show “NXT.” He first won the U.S. Championship in 2010, followed by other belts and honors, including the 2013 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award.

Bryan was also known for his relationship and marriage to fellow WWE star Brie Bella, which was featured on the show “Total Divas.” Bryan started to withdraw from matches in 2014 due to injury.

According to WWE.com, Bryan is retiring from “in-ring competition.”

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Knicks Fire Head Coach Derek Fisher

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Derek Fisher is only in his second season as the New York Knicks’ head coach but already, the team has seen enough.

The Knicks announced on Monday that Fisher has been relieved of his coaching duties with just 28 games remaining in the season.

So far this year, New York is 23-31. Coupled with the team’s record last season, Fisher ends his coaching career with the Knicks at 40-96.

While his overall losing record with the team didn’t help, sources tell ESPN that the Knicks decided to fire Fisher because the team felt he was not transitioning well from his role as a former NBA player to a coach.

Associate head coach Kurt Rambis will step in for Fisher until a new coach is hired. ESPN reports Brian Shaw and Luke Walton are in contention for the job.

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