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Louisiana Budget Crisis Threatens Future of State College Sports

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a statewide televised address Thursday that a looming budget crisis could affect Louisiana’s higher education, including its popular college athletics programs.

Edwards said that if state campuses run out of money, they could potentially shut down in April. This means the LSU football team’s 2016 season is on the line.

“If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate, and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to pay next semester,” Edwards said, according to The Times-Picayune newspaper. “This means you can say farewell to college football next fall.”

The Times-Picayune indicates that even if lawmakers find a solution to keep colleges open and save the LSU Tigers’ 2016 season, there will still be a problem in the following fiscal year, when Louisiana is projected to face a $2 billion budget shortfall.

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Are Houston Rockets Looking to Trade Dwight Howard?

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Rockets have reportedly begun contacting teams about trading veteran Dwight Howard, a league source told ESPN.

The source told ESPN that the Rockets, who enter the All-Star break with a dismal 27-28 record, are doing their “due diligence,” since Howard’s future with Houston is tentative.

According to the report, the eight-time All-Star should bypass the $23.3 million he is scheduled to earn in the 2016-2017 season in order to become an unrestricted free agent by July 2016.

However, in a statement to ESPN on Thursday, Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, denied any reports that he and the Rockets are working together to determine potential destinations for Howard: “I’m not privy to what the Rockets are doing or not doing with respect to Dwight Howard. What I can say with 100 percent certainty is that Dwight has not and has never asked the Rockets for a trade, and neither have I.”

The trade deadline is Feb. 18.

The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/11/2016

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


Oklahoma City 121, New Orleans 95

Milwaukee 99, Washington 92


2 OT Columbus 4, Anaheim 3 (SO Columbus 2-0)

Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 1

NY Islanders 5, Los Angeles 2

Colorado 4, Ottawa 3

Boston 6, Winnipeg 2

Washington 4, Minnesota 3

Dallas 4, Chicago 2

Edmonton 5, Toronto 2

2 OT Calgary 6, San Jose 5 (SO Calgary 2-1)


Indiana 85, (4) Iowa 78

California 83 (11), Oregon 63


(2) South Carolina 86, (16) Florida 71

(5) Maryland 73, Purdue 59

(7) Ohio State 98, Iowa 81

(10) Florida State 69, Duke 53

(15) Texas A&M 64, (11) Mississippi State 58

(12) Louisville 84, Pittsburgh 61

Penn State 65, (17) Michigan State 61

(19) Miami 58, Georgia Tech 55

(25) Tennessee 69, Vanderbilt 51

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Oakland Raiders Sign New Lease to Stay Coliseum

iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Oakland Raiders announced Thursday that they will continue to play home games at their current Coliseum in Oakland, California, ESPN reports.

The team announced that their lease was extended to include the 2016 season, with options for 2017 and 2018.

“My heart is here in Oakland, and if we can get something done, that’s what we’re going to do,” team owner Mark Davis said.

The Raiders have called the Coliseum home since the 1995 season. The team had been on a year-to-year lease as they looked into a possible move to Los Angeles.

The Raiders would also have the option to relocate to Los Angeles in 2017 if the San Diego Chargers decide to remain in San Diego rather than share a stadium with the Rams in Inglewood, according to ESPN.

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Ciara Teases Possible V-Day Engagement to Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Ciara is opening up about the next step in her and Russell Wilson’s relationship.

In an interview with E! News, Ciara stayed tight-lipped about her Valentine’s Day plans with the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, laughing off questions about a possible engagement occurring on the romantic holiday.

“You have to ask the guy that,” Ciara said when the idea of Wilson proposing to her on Valentine’s Day was brought up. “Let me tell you, no pressure. One day at a time.”

Ciara and Wilson started dating in April 2015 and have been head-over-heels for each other ever since.

The “Goodies” singer may have stayed quiet about her Valentine’s Day plans, but Ciara did reveal a number of reasons why she enamored with the football player.

“He’s one of those guys that’s super ambitious and always has something to do,” Ciara said. “He doesn’t like to sit still, I can tell you that. He’s a go-getter, he’s a hard worker.”

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Buffalo Bills’ LeSean McCoy Involved in Alleged Assault at Nightclub, Police Say

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was allegedly involved in an assault at a nightclub on Sunday, ESPN reports.

Philadelphia police captain Frank Banford told ESPN that McCoy may face charges.

The alleged assault was againt off-duty police officers. The investigation is ongoing.

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Former NBA Star Lamar Odom Makes First Public Appearance Since Hospitalization

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Lamar Odom has made a “milestone” step in his recovery.

The former NBA star attended Kanye West’s ‘Yeezy Season 3’ fashion show and album release party at Madison Square Garden in New York Thursday with estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, marking Odom’s first public appearance since he was hospitalized after being found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada last October.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kris Jenner explained why Odom wanted to attend West’s fashion show, and why this is such a major step in his recovery.

“Kanye invited him to come, and it’s a big deal for him to be able to come,” Jenner said. “I’m excited. For him to have this, you know, this is a milestone for him to be able to travel. So, baby steps. But this is a big one. This is a huge step for him.”

Jenner revealed that Odom was particularly interested in traveling to New York to attend the fashion show because West had been “instrumental” in his recovery.

“I think it’s a great thing for him to be with the family and come out and do something that we’re all a part of, and he really wanted to support Kanye,” Jenner said. “He really wanted to be here for him, because Kanye was very instrumental in part of his recovery.”

“Kanye would go to the hospital and play him music and that’s what he really, really responded to,” she continued. “He was amazing. Lamar started rapping again before he could talk. Isn’t that wild?”

Odom was released from the hospital last month, and Khloe recently revealed that he was walking and talking again, calling his recovery “literally a miracle.”

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Cavs Forward Kevin Love Suffers Left Shoulder Contusion

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love had to leave Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers after injuring his shoulder late in the second quarter.

After being evaluated by the team’s medical staff, the Cavaliers said Love suffered a contusion on his left shoulder — the same shoulder he dislocated during the playoffs last year. That injury forced him to miss the rest of the postseason but this time around, Love said he didn’t expect to be sidelined.

“Just a stinger, and doctors decided we’ll be cautious and use the break for it to feel better, but it actually feels OK right now,” he said after the game, which the Cavs won 120-111.

Cleveland’s next game will be on Feb. 18, and with the All-Star game this weekend, which Love will not be a part of, he will have several days to rest his shoulder before returning to practice.

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Wife of Thunder’s Assistant Coach Dies at 44

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams has passed away after being involved in a car accident, the team announced on Wednesday. Ingrid Williams was 44 years old.

“The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid’s passing,” the team said in a statement Wednesday. “Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife.”

The statement continued: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.”

According to ESPN, Ingrid Williams was hit head-on by another car while driving in Oklahoma City Tuesday night. She died in the hospital the following night from her injuries. The other driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ingrid and Monty, who came to Oklahoma City in 2015 after serving as the head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans for five years, have five children together.

Pelicans forward Anthony Davis and guard Eric Gordon, whom Monty Williams both coached, sent their condolences to his family on Twitter.

Completely devastated. Ingrid Williams was like a 2nd mother to me when I got to NOLA. My thoughts & prayers are with Monty & the family

— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) February 11, 2016

Saddened to hear about the passing of Ingrid Williams. Condolences to Coach Monty Williams and his entire family.

— Eric Gordon (@TheofficialEG10) February 11, 2016

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WWE Star Daniel Bryan Cites Concussions as Reason for Retirement

Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The debate over concussions in professional sports is now turning to wrestling after a big announcement from WWE star Daniel Bryan, who says he’s retiring because of repeated head injuries.

“I took a test that said that maybe my brain wasn’t as okay as I thought it was,” the 34-year-old wrestling champion said, announcing his retirement in front of fans.

Bryan said he had already suffered three concussions within the first five months of his wrestling career.

“It’s gets to a point where, after 16 years, that adds up to a lot of concussions,” he said.

Unlike many professional athletes in sports where concussions are a constant danger, Bryan is now one of the first to walk away before too much damage is done — something he’s now encouraging other athletes to consider.

“You have a responsibility to yourself, to your family, to your friends just to protect yourself,” Bryan told ESPN.

Bryan has also made clear that he does not blame the sport or the WWE. In fact, it was the WWE that wouldn’t clear Bryan to return to the ring after his last concussion, despite several doctors giving the wrestler the green light.

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