Review Category : National Sports

LeBron James Advocates for Diversity, Slams Trump’s Travel Ban

G Fiume/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron James spoke out about the importance of diversity and voiced his opinion on President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

“Diversity is what makes this country so great,” the basketball star told The Hollywood Reporter. “We should all continue to speak up and fight for ideas that bring people together regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or any other differences.”

He directly addressed Trump’s controversial travel ban, which indefinitely bans Syrian refugees, as well as halts immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. The ban was temporarily blocked Friday by a restraining order.

“I am not in favor of this policy or any policy that divides and excludes people,” he said. “I stand with the many, many Americans who believe this does not represent what the United States is all about. And we should continue to speak out about it.”

James is just one of many celebrities who have spoken out since the ban was announced.

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Retired NFL Players Could Get $1B Payout from Concussion Settlement

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Retirees from the NFL are being urged to register for a concussion settlement that could cost the NFL $1 billion over six decades.

The approved settlement would resolve thousands of lawsuits accusing the NFL of hiding what it new about the risks of concussions.

Christopher Seegar, the players’ lawyer, says everyone who gets a qualifying diagnosis and is entitled to compensation will get it.

“No player will be required to prove causation in the settlement,” he said.

Seegar added that it was “critical” that every retired player be tested, but they must meet the Aug. 7 deadline.

“If you don’t get registered by August — and God forbid — somebody comes down with an illness that’s compensable under the settlement 20 years from now, you’ll be out.”

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Atlanta Falcons Shake Up Defensive Staff

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(ATLANTA) — Following their loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this past Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons are shaking up their defensive staff.

Sources confirmed to ESPN that neither Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith nor defensive line coach Bryan Cox would be returning to their positions. Smith, the team said, may instead assist Atlanta in an advisory role.

In Smith’s place, the Falcons are considering bumping up secondary coach Marquand Manuel. The 37-year-old former safety has been with Atlanta since 2015.

The changes come after the Falcons blew a 25-point lead to lose Super Bowl LI to the Patriots in overtime, 34-28.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/7/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 111, Brooklyn 107
Houston 128, Orlando 104
Portland 114, Dallas 113

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Calgary 3, Pittsburgh 2 (SO)
Washington 5, Carolina 0
NY Rangers 4, Anaheim 1
Buffalo 5, San Jose 4 (OT)
St. Louis 6, Ottawa 0
Toronto 3, Dallas 1
Columbus 3, Detroit 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5, LA Kings 0
Minnesota 4, Winnipeg 2
Nashville 4, Vancouver 2
Colorado 4, Montreal 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(2) Villanova 75, Georgetown 64
(15) Kentucky 92, LSU 85
(17) Florida 72, Georgia 60
Alabama 90, (19) South Carolina 86 (4OT)
Penn St. 70, (21) Maryland 64
(22) Butler 68, Marquette 65

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360 Video: New England Patriots Fans Celebrate Historic Super Bowl Win With Parade

Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Snow and rain didn’t stop hundreds of thousands New England Patriots fans from celebrating the team’s Super Bowl victory.

Joyous fans flocked to Boston for Tuesday’s Super Bowl parade, two days after the Pats’ historic win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Star quarterback Tom Brady and his teammates rode on duck boats through downtown Boston, taking turns lifting the Lombardi Trophy into the air.

The awaiting fans, many wearings Patriots hats, screamed and cheered as the players rode by, and red, white and blue confetti fell over the crowd.

Sunday’s game marked the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history as the Patriots erased a 25-point deficit, beating the Falcons 34-28 in overtime.

It was also a record fifth Super Bowl win for Brady, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl for the fourth time.

Click HERE to see a 360-degree view of the parade.

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Sunday’s Super Bowl Was Historic, but the Ratings Weren’t

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The final audience figures for Sunday’s Super Bowl are in, and while the New England Patriots turned in a spectacular performance, the broadcast didn’t.

Fox’s broadcast of Super Bowl LI, in which the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in dramatic fashion with a last-minute 34-28 overtime victory — the first in Super Bowl History — was seen by an average of 111.3 million viewers, another 650,000 people on Fox Deportes, and an average streaming audience of 1.7 million.

But while the victory was historic, the ratings failed to match the 111.9 million people who watched last year’s game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

Even so, Sunday’s game was reportedly the fifth most-watched program in television history and Fox’s second most-watched event, behind 2014’s Super Bowl game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, which drew 122.2 million viewers.

Lady Gaga’s halftime show drew even more viewers than the game itself: 117.5 million, making it the second most-watched halftime show in Super Bowl history, behind Katy Perry’s 2015 performance, which nabbed 120.7 million viewers.

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Report: Pelicans in Trade Talks with Sixers over Jahlil Okafor

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) — The New Orleans Pelicans are said to be working on a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire center Jahlil Okafor.

Sources tell ESPN the two teams are in advanced talks and are still negotiating in an effort to finalize the deal.

Should the trade be agreed upon, the Pelicans would likely send center Alexis Ajinca along with a future first-round pick to Philadelphia, sources tell ESPN.

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Bruins Fire Head Coach Claude Julien After 10 Seasons

Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — After 10 seasons together, the Boston Bruins have parted ways with head coach Claude Julien.

The team announced on Tuesday it had relieved Julien, 56, of his duties.

#NHLBruins relieve Claude Julien of coaching duties: https://t.co/t6zczxyE0X

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 7, 2017

Assistant coach Bruce Cassidy will step in and serve as the interim head coach, the Bruins said.

Since being named Boston’s head coach in June 2007, Julien has gone on to become the team’s all-time coaching wins leader with a 419-246-94 record and .614 winning percentage in 759 games.

In 2011, he led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup Championship against the Vancouver Canucks, followed by another appearance in the Stanley Cup finals in 2013. That year, the team lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

So far this season, Boston has a 26-23-6 record under Julien’s leadership.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/6/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Indiana 93, Oklahoma City 90
LA Lakers 121, NY Knicks 107
Cleveland 140, Washington 135 (OT)
Utah 120, Atlanta 95
Toronto 118, LA Clippers 109
Detroit 113, Philadelphia 96
New Orleans 111, Phoenix 106
Miami 115, Minnesota 113
Denver 110, Dallas 87
Memphis 89, San Antonio 74
Chicago 112, Sacramento 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

St. Louis 2, Philadelphia 0
NY Islanders 6, Toronto 5 (OT)
New Jersey 2, Buffalo 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) Kansas 74, Kansas St. 71
(12) Virginia 71, (4) Louisville 55

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Texas High School Coach Attends Super Bowl LI After Winning Surprise Trip

ABCNews.com(HOUSTON) — Phillip Rhodes, the inspirational coach who was surprised with a trip to Super Bowl LI, had the time of his life yesterday thanks to the students and athletes whose lives he’s changed.

“I appreciate everything they did for me,” Rhodes said on Good Morning America Monday. “It wouldn’t have been possible without them. I did a lot of things for them and they’re doing it for me so it works hand in hand.”

Rhodes, who has been teaching for 33 years, is also a junior varsity head football coach, assistant varsity football coach and head boy’s track coach at Childress High School in Childress, Texas.

The world geography teacher was chosen for GMA’s Super Coach Surprise on Feb. 1 after responses poured in from Rhodes’ students. Rhodes learned about his surprise trip inside the school’s gymnasium surrounded by students and colleagues.

On Feb. 5, Rhodes walked around the field at NRG Stadium in Houston and participated in meet-and-greets with football stars Marcus Allen, Jerry Rice and his favorite player, Deion Sanders.

“Oh man, we were talking about ball, we were talking about life,” Rhodes said of his chat with Sanders. “He’s [an] awesome guy. He’s real humble and everything. He’s not what you see on TV. He’s a real good guy, big heart.”

As for the Patriots’ comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, Rhodes said he wasn’t surprised.

“They started coming back and they couldn’t stop the Patriots,” he said. “I said, ‘I told you. You got to play the whole ball game. No matter how bad things are going, you got to hang in there.'”

Rhodes was also on the field for the post-game celebration. His ticket gave him VIP access to parties featuring performances by Lady Antebellum and Bruno Mars, thanks to NFL On Location Experiences.

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