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Manziel Police Report Released by Fort Worth Police Department

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A full report released by the Fort Worth Police Department in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday provides details on the alleged altercation between Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his girlfriend.

The first police report from the January 30 incident indicates that a woman was with Manziel. That woman has now been identified as Colleen Crowley.

In the police report, Colleen Crowley “tells police that Browns Manziel struck her several times and seemed to be on drugs.”

The report also provides further details and says that she was “struck several times by Johnathan including a strike to her left ear.”

The incident occurred at Hotel Zaza in Dallas. Crowley alleged that it was “as if he were on some kind of drugs.”

The Dallas Police Department was also investigating the incident. The Dallas Police Department released a statement on Thursday saying that the department, “has conducted the appropriate investigative follow-up to the report forwarded to use by the Ft. Worth Police Department regarding an alleged incident involving Johnny Manziel. Investigative efforts to date have not resulted in the filing of a criminal complaint and the incident is determined to be closed.”

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2015 NBA Champs, Golden State Warriors Visit the White House

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The 2015 NBA champions, Golden State Warriors went to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama Thursday.

The Oakland, California team, is coming off of their 134-121 win Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Before the official visit in front of the cameras, the Warriors met privately with students from the White House mentoring program, My Brother’s Keeper.

Gifting President Obama, an avid basketball player and fan, with a jersey.

Team coach, Steve Kerr even extending the gift as a future job offer.

“You’re going to be a free agent at the end of this year. So we don’t know if you have anything lined up yet, but you can consider this a symbol of an offer that’s coming. We want you,” Kerr said. “As soon as your duties are done here in the White House, we’d like you to be the leader of Dub Nation.”

Special delivery. #DubNation pic.twitter.com/QSewGlVt2K

— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) February 4, 2016

Obama responding “I’m ready to go.”

Obama signed a basketball for point guard, Stephen Curry, who had 51 shots in last night’s Wizard’s game. Almost beating out his own record of 54.

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Meet Denver Broncos Mascot ‘Thunder’

Willard/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Thunder, the beloved mascot for the Denver Broncos, is making his third trip to Super Bowl Sunday. Every time the Broncos score a touchdown, Thunder will celebrate with fans by galloping across the gridiron.

The purebred Arabian gelding is also part of a good luck ritual for the Broncos. Intentionally putting on Thunder’s coat inside-out with the tags showing has helped the team win games before, according to his trainer and rider, Ann Judge.

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Tony Stewart Recovering from Fractured Vertebra

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(NEW YORK) — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his last Sprint Cup season after suffering from a broken back Sunday while riding a dune buggy in California.

This means that Stewart will not win a Daytona 500 during his Sprint Cup career.

Stewart had surgery Wednesday in North Carolina to treat a burst fracture in his L1 vertebra. The 44-year-old is expected to make a full recovery at some point this year, according to a statement from Stewart-Haas Racing.

At this point, there has been no interim driver selected to take Stewart’s place.

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US Soccer Sues Women’s National Team to Prevent Possible Strike

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) sued the union of its women’s soccer team over fears that players may go on strike before the summer 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The USSF filed the lawsuit in Chicago federal court Wednesday, saying in a statement it “reluctantly” filed the suit to “confirm the existence” of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the union that represents the World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team.

The USSF believes that the executive director of the Women’s National Team Players Association, Richard Nichols, is skeptical about there being a current CBA for the team.

However, the federation claims that an agreement over the CBA took effect in 2013 and is still effective until Dec. 31, 2016.

Nichols told ESPN that he was upset that U.S. soccer brought the matter to court.

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Peyton Manning Explains Why He Shouts ‘Omaha’ All the Time

Harry How/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — Long before anyone declares that they’re going to Disney World, there’s one word that Super Bowl viewers will be sure to hear on Sunday: Omaha.

Even though the big game isn’t being played in Nebraska and neither of the teams hail from the Cornhusker state, the city’s name will almost certainly be shouted repeatedly by Bronco’s quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning is known for using the city’s name as a call during games, including the last time his team was headed to the Super Bowl in 2014.

ICYMI: How many times did Peyton Manning yell Omaha on Sunday?

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— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2014

After those 2014 playoff games when he was heard shouting “Omaha” dozens of times, Manning explained himself. Sort of.

“I know a lot of people ask what Omaha means,” he said at a news conference at the time.

“Omaha is a run play, but it could be a pass play or a play-action pass, depending on a couple things: the wind, which way we’re going, the quarter, and the jerseys that we’re wearing. It varies, really play to play. So, there’s your answer to that one.”

Well, that clears that up.

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High School Football Star Rejects Full Scholarships Amid Health Concerns

iStock/Thinkstock(MARS, Pa.) — A high school football star in Pennsylvania got what most players dream of: several scholarships to Division I schools. But after 18-year-old John Castello saw the movie Concussion, he decided the potential health risks the game poses isn’t worth the free ride to college, so he turned them all down.

Castello had been offered full scholarships to seven Division I AA schools, including the University of Delaware and James Madison University, he told ABC News Wednesday. Watching the movie Concussion over the Christmas holiday, which stars Will Smith as Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu and his findings on the impact of concussions on NFL players, significantly altered how he thought about his future.

“I thought it would shed some light and help me make a decision on whether I should play football or not,” he said.

Castello was “taken aback” by the movie, he said, adding that watching the health of Pittsburgh Steelers center “Iron Mike” Webster deteriorate made him think twice about the sport he loved so much growing up.

“Growing up a Steelers fan, everyone loved Mike Webster,” he said. “To see what he went through, because of football, that really hit me hard.”

Castello said witnessing the misfortunes of former football players, from the high school to the professional level, has served as a cautionary tale and aided in his resolution to stop playing.

“They’ve attempted suicide, gone bankrupt, broke,homeless — and at a young age — not older, but in their 40s and 50s,” he said. “That’s very concerning to me.”

The high school senior has received some flack from fellow students and recruiting coaches who have called him “soft” or “too scared” to play.

“They didn’t understand where I’m coming from,” he said.

His high school football coach called him a “great football player.”

“I don’t think there’s any doubt about that,” Mars Area High School head football coach and athletic director Scott Heinauer told ABC News Wednesday, citing the level of recruitment Castello experienced.

“He’s a great kid,” Heinauer said. “No matter what he does in life, John will be successful.”

Castello said the thing he’ll miss most about football is the brotherhood, but the 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound tight end and defensive end decided to focus on another sport he’s been playing for almost 10 years: basketball. But the decision was made even more difficult by the fact that he hadn’t yet been offered any basketball scholarships.

“It was very, very hard to choose,” Castello said, but added that it’s “probably the right choice” for the future.

Castello’s basketball coach, Rob Carmody, said the “prominent” athlete isn’t trying to make “a statement for everybody else.”

“This was a very personal decision that John made, Carmody said. “It’s not easy to walk away from a free education when the opportunity may not be there in basketball.”

He already has a partial scholarship offer from Shippensburg University and a full scholarship offer from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and more offers are continuing to trickle in, Carmody said.

Wednesday was National Signing Day, when high school students sign a binding letter of intent for college football. Castello said he has “no regrets” about not participating in it.

“I’m very happy for all the guys who signed today. That’s great for them,” he said. “But, I’m very happy with choosing basketball. I really love basketball.”

The Mars Area High School student still has several friends and teammates who plan to further their football career, he said, and some have even been offered scholarships to play. He said that he “respects” their decision and will be praying for them.

“That’s their decision, and they know the consequences that can come with playing college football, Castello told ABC News affiliate WTAE in Pittsburgh. “But, they’re tough kids and they really love the game, so I think they’re going to do it.”

The director of “Concussion,” Peter Landesman, reached out to Castello through WTAE after hearing about his story.

“[Landesman] just said he wanted to commend me for what I’m doing,” Castello said. “He said, ‘Sometimes you’re going to face difficulties like this in life.'”

Castello achieved his 1,000th rebound in Tuesday’s game, Carmody said. He will spend the rest of the school year trying to win a basketball state championship alongside his twin brother, Steven. He said, they will graduate from high school in June.

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Life Was Much Different Last Time the San Francisco Area Hosted the Super Bowl

Focus on Sport/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The last time the Super Bowl was played in the San Francisco area, in 1985, life was extremely different.

Super Bowl 50 won’t actually be played in the Golden Gate City, but neither was Super Bowl XIX, when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins 38-16 on Jan. 20, 1985 in Palo Alto, California at Stanford University’s stadium, about 35 miles south.

Football fans anticipated an exciting matchup between two NFL quarterback greats: Dan Marino with the Dolphins and the 49ers’ Joe Montana, who was named the game’s MVP.

Frank Gifford announced the game, which was broadcast by ABC, along with Joe Theismann and Don Meredith.

Here is what life was like the last time the Super Bowl was played in the Bay Area:

1. The number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 list was Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.” The number one album was Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen.

2. VH1, originally short for Video Hits One, launched on New Year’s Day that year.

3. Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy, was in the middle of a 12-week streak at the top of the box office.

4. Dynasty, starring John Forsythe and Linda Evans, was the highest-rated television show in the 1984-1985 season, with an estimated audience of more than 21 million.

5. Ronald Reagan was privately sworn into his second term of office on game day and was publicly sworn into office the next day. George H.W. Bush was vice president.

6. The cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial spot was about $525,000, compared to $5 million today.

7. The night of the game, a blistering arctic front hit the U.S. from the Midwest to the Gulf coast, bringing record-low temperatures in at least 58 cities, the Los Angeles Times reported in 1985. The temperature in Chicago hit 27 degrees below zero and felt like -80 with the windchill.

8. Children were playing with Cabbage Patch Kids, Trivial Pursuit and Transformers, G.I. Joe and Master of the Universe action figures, the most popular toys of Christmas 1984.

9. In 1985, average gas prices were about $1.09 per gallon, average movie tickets were $2.75 and it cost $.22 to mail a standard-sized letter. The average-priced home was $40,169.

10. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was only 4 days old when Super Bowl XIX aired. He was named MVP for Super Bowl XLVII, when the Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31 on Feb. 3, 2013 in New Orleans.

11. The first-ever mandatory seat belt law went into full effect at the beginning of the year.

12. The halftime show wasn’t as big as a spectacle as it is now. In 1985, an elite performing ensemble named Tops in Blue, made up of active duty members from the U.S. Air Force, performed a show themed “World of Children’s Dreams.” In 2011, the group performed “America the Beautiful” alongside Glee star Lea Michele at the pregame show for Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.

13. Kids weren’t playing Super Mario Bros. or Duck Hunt during the game because the Nintendo gaming system hadn’t been released in the U.S. until October of that year. It was released in Japan two years earlier.

14. Non-football fans weren’t watching movies rented by Blockbuster during the game, either. The first store wouldn’t pop up until October in Dallas.

15. In 1985, the college football national champions were the Brigham Young University Cougars, who were undefeated in the 1984 season. They beat the University of Michigan Wolverines in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 21, 1984.

Fun fact: In 1994, The NFL voted for the city of San Francisco to host Super Bowl XXXIII, given that renovations would be made at Candlestick Park. When that didn’t happen, the NFL named Miami as the host city. The Denver Broncos won that game, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-19 on Jan. 31, 1999 in Pro Player Stadium.

Had San Francisco hosted that game, this list would have turned out much differently.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/3/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Atlanta 124, Philadelphia 86
Charlotte 106, Cleveland 97
Boston 102, Detroit 95
Indiana 114, Brooklyn 100
Golden State 134, Washington 121
Oklahoma City 117, Orlando 114
Miami 93, Dallas 90
San Antonio 110, New Orleans 97
Utah 85, Denver 81
Chicago 107, Sacramento 102
Minnesota 108, L-A Clippers 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Buffalo 4, Montreal 2
Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 1
Calgary 4, Carolina 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) Villanova 83, Creighton 58
(4) Maryland 70, Nebraska 65
(5) Iowa 73, Penn St. 49
(6) Xavier 90, St. John’s 83
(7) Kansas 77, Kansas St. 59
(9) Virginia 61, Boston College 47
(17) Miami 79, Notre Dame 70
(21) Wichita St. 76, S. Illinois 55
(23) Arizona 79, Washington St. 64

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Calgary Flames’ Dennis Wideman Suspended for 20 Games

Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended for 20 games for the crosscheck of a linesman that he insisted was accidental.

According to NHL.com, the suspension will be “without pay, for conduct violative of Rule 40 (Physical Abuse of Officials).”

An appeal was filed to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman by the NHL Players Association. Wideman will be able to appeal to a neutral arbitrator, says ESPN, “if the suspension is still six or more games after Bettman rules.”

Wideman “will forfeit $564,516.20,” from the suspension.

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