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    The investigation was opened just one day after police in Texas said they would not file charges related to a domestic violence investigation reported on Jan. 30. It was unclear if the new investigation was related to that incident.

    Johnny Manziel watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 27, 2015.

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    The Dallas Police Department announced that they had received a complaint about an incident that allegedly happened on Jan. 30, the same day of a previous domestic violence investigation that they had closed on Thursday.

    Police did not provide details about the alleged assault and charges have not been filed.

    According to police documents released to BuzzFeed News, Manziel, 23, had been accused of repeatedly hitting a woman at a Dallas hotel and in his car.

    A neighbor at the woman's apartment complex later called 911 after hearing screaming, according to the police report.

    It was unclear Friday if the new investigation was related to that alleged assault, or if it was connected to another incident.

    KXAS also reported that Manziel's former girlfriend also obtained a restraining order against him Wednesday.

    Dallas police did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

    The Browns previously released a statement noting that Manziel's "continual involvement in incidents that run counter to those expectations undermines the hard work of his teammates and the reputation of our organization."

    ESPN has also reported that Manziel could be cut from the team in March.

    Friday morning, Manziel's agent dropped him. His father also spoke to The Dallas Morning News about unsuccessfully trying to get Manziel to stay at an addiction recovery facility.

    "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel added to Morning News.


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    A real challenge for those of us who know less about sports.


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    HOW MUCH?!?

    It's Super Bowl Sunday and fans of the Broncos and Panthers have started pouring into Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

    It's Super Bowl Sunday and fans of the Broncos and Panthers have started pouring into Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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    All the fun and excitement is enough to make any football fan thirsty, so let's take a quick trip to the concession stand to grab a drink.

    All the fun and excitement is enough to make any football fan thirsty, so let's take a quick trip to the concession stand to grab a drink.

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    WAIT, WHAT?! A GLASS OF WINE COSTS $25?!

    WAIT, WHAT?! A GLASS OF WINE COSTS $25?!

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    TWENTY...

    TWENTY...

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    Even Beast Mode can’t last forever.

    The 29-year-old's retirement had been rumored following an injury to his hamstring early in the season.

    Lynch led the NFL in 2014 for rushing touchdowns. The five-time Pro Bowler was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2007, and then joined the Seahawks in 2010, playing in their Super Bowl championship in 2013.

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    “For the record, Budweiser did not pay Peyton Manning to mention Budweiser tonight. We were surprised and delighted that he did.”

    After quarterback Peyton Manning helped the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50, everyone wanted to know what he was going to do next.

    After quarterback Peyton Manning helped the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50, everyone wanted to know what he was going to do next.

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    There's been a lot of speculation that he would retire after the game, because he's already had such a long career at age 39.

    Apparently, Manning just wants to relax with a Budweiser. ?

    "I'm going to take some time to reflect," Manning said to CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson. "I got a couple priorities first. I want to go kiss my wife and my kids, I want to go hug my family. I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser."

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    SANTA CLARA, California — The day after being named 2015 NFL MVP, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had his worst game of the season on the biggest night of his career.

    Following the game, the Panthers' locker room was nearly silent — the televisions were off as Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller accepted his MVP award on the field — and players spoke only cordially to media, barely to each other.

    Newton's pads were tossed in front of his locker, but the quarterback was nowhere to be found for nearly 20 minutes after locker rooms opened to media. He walked out of the shower room still in his grass-stained pants, shirtless and silent. He looked dejected, maybe embarrassed.

    As reporters followed, Newton took a lap around the locker room, head down, shoulders slumped, appearing to hope that he could be left alone. But for a quarterback whose team went 17–1 before the Super Bowl, only to be upset spectacularly in the ultimate game, there is no option to hide. Newton took a second lap, put on his hoodie, and headed out to the podium to face the rest of the expectant media.

    In Super Bowl 50, Newton completed just 18 of 41 passing attempts for 265 yards. The quarterback was sacked six times for a loss of 62 yards. Newton was no match for the Broncos defense and spent most of the Sunday afternoon game looking lost and overwhelmed. It was about as distant as one could imagine from the dancing, confident, take-no-prisoners Newton who'd helmed the Panthers through the regular season and first two games of the playoffs. The momentum was never in the Panthers' favor. With a few minutes left of game time, the Panthers were down only 6 points — a touchdown without an extra point — but it was clear the game was over and the Broncos would go home with the Lombardi.

    With four minutes left in the game, Newton was sacked at Carolina's 16 yard line by Von Miller and fumbled to put the ball back in the Broncos' hands on the four yard line. Fourth turnover for Carolina, their highest of the 2015–2016 season and the most under Newton since Week 1 of 2013.

    Newton said nearly nothing at the podium when asked about his team's loss.

    "They just played better than us. I don't know what you want me to say. They made more plays than us, and that's what it came down to. We had our opportunities. [...] They scored more points than we did."

    His first answer was the only answer that would extend beyond seven words.

    "We'll be back," Newton said to Panthers fans.

    Panthers head coach Ron Rivera "told us a lot of things," after the game.

    "We lost," Newton said when asked about his disappointment.

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    A reporter then asked Newton why he hadn't "hit the deck" to cover the late-game fumble, a presumption that Newton had consciously given up a still-winnable game on the Carolina 9 yard line. He shrugged, rolled his eyes, and soon after walked silently away from the podium.

    What wasn't captured in a transcript was the audio coming over the loudspeaker of a Broncos player talking about their victory. "All week we heard about Cam Newton," the Broncos player said before rightfully praising his own team's defense. If it was audible to the press corps, it was audible to Newton, as he sat on the podium taking questions about his biggest defeat to date.

    What Newton showed post–Super Bowl is seen as bad sportsmanship or understandable dejection, depending on who you ask. Newton makes known his highest highs, but sports etiquette asks for grace amid the lowest lows.

    It wasn't Newton's finest moment, brushing off an obligation while his teammates listened to their share of questions. But as Newton waits for the next meaningful game to come in September, it won't be what happened after the game that will be weighing on his mind.

    LINK: Broncos Beat Panthers 24-10 In Super Bowl 50


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    The yellow shorts still have Gary O’Sullivan’s blood on them.

    It’s mid-January, exactly a month since 26-year-old Chris Eubank Jr defeated the Irish boxer in the final for the WBA middleweight title. O’Sullivan’s corner pulled their fighter out of the ring after the seventh round.

    Jr didn’t bleed that night.

    In their high-speed back-and-forth, the Sky Sports commentators said that Eubank Jr had “that thing that his father had – you just can’t ignore him”. “There’s substance behind the hype,” they said, “just as it was with his father, of course.” “Shipped off to Vegas at 16,” says another. “His father said, 'If you wanna do this — go and prove it.'”

    His father, his father, his father.

    As the victorious Eubank Jr posed in the middle of the ring – flexing his sweaty biceps, holding his gloves aloft, staring down the cameras with a snarl – his father ducked through the ropes. He planted his feet wide and spread the union jack behind his son as the flashes popped below, hiding himself. In the papers the next day, at the top corners of every photograph, you could just make out the fingers of the old boxer curled around the top.

    Today, Jr is shirtless and holding the yellow shorts up under the fluorescent lights of the gym, inspecting the damage. The dots of blood are fractionally smaller than the decorative red beads they surround in a radial spray. There’s a nickname on the back, also embroidered in red: “Next Gen”.

    Jr’s trainer, Ronnie Davies, rubs him down in baby oil for a photo – glistening now, he looks like a textbook diagram of where muscles should go. Davies is almost 70, bald and thickset. After a lifetime of punches his hands, craggy and swollen, won’t hold the pads any more. He’s gentle and methodical as he laces up Jr’s red gloves; a dad fixing his kid’s shoes at the school gate.

    Red on yellow, over and over. They’re the same colours Jr’s father wore to defeat Michael Watson in their first controversial fight, in 1991. He wore them again two years later in his super-hyped grudge match against Nigel Benn that ended in a draw watched by more than 16 million people on national TV. In Creed, Adonis wore red, white, and blue – the same ones his father, Apollo, collapsed on the mat and died in. But not everything is Hollywood-significant: Eubank Sr wore many colours over a boxing career that won him 45 bouts out of 52.

    He is legendary, and he is alive.

    In the UK, Eubank Sr is more than a sportsman. He’s an eccentric in winkle pickers with an affected, lisped upper-class English accent, a bankable caricature of himself. He’s a retired pro boxer, not an untouchable god like Apollo Creed. He is real and human and makes mistakes on the scale of both bankruptcy and bad shirts. His legacy casts a big shadow, but it still moves.

    I’m in Hove to watch Jr train and to do what every jerk does: to ask him about his father, and what it's like having everyone ask about his father.

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    It’s the day after the premiere of Creed in the London. Jr sits beside me and dabs Second Skin from a glass dropper on to a circle of pink broken flesh on his left knuckle. Last night, Warner Bros PRs made him punch a bag as many times as he could in 60 seconds – impromptu, without wraps, in the middle of Leicester Square.

    He blows on his knuckle to dry it.

    Jr finishes wrapping his hands in tape and foam and puts "Jumpman" by Drake on the stereo. Constantly audible over the bass is the steady toc-toc-toc of someone jumping an old rope in the corner.

    Inspirational quotes crawl along the brick walls in red and black spray paint: “Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream,” and “It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” The first is Muhammed Ali. The second, Rocky Balboa. He’s as real as anything in the room.

    Other fighters stay to watch Jr train. They’ve grown up together in this gym. Tom Welch, a 20-year-old amateur boxer (and son of former pro heavyweight Scott “The Brighton Rock” Welch) assumes control of Jr’s phone, filming him shadowbox for Snapchat.

    The gym sits beneath King Alfred Leisure Centre, a 1930s relic that “no longer meets modern expectations and service requirements” according to city planners. Across a narrow street is the sea – when it swells and invades this basement, the boxers just step over it. Go left down the pebble beach and you’ll reach the point where the burned-out skeleton that was West Pier once touched land. Today on the edge of England it’s freezing, and the heater in the gym has died.

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    There’s a primal, desperate romance in boxing. It’s why training montages are the beating heart of a Rocky movie, why watching Stallone sneer through sit-ups and sweaty drills will give the true believer a lump in their throat and a buzz in their veins.

    In the gym, in the flesh, you see human bodies being trained and conditioned for the sole purpose of being ruined. When a boxer steps through those ropes, they know they will leave that ring somewhere on the scale of bruised to dead. That’s what they signed up for. In gyms like this, they learn how not to die.

    This is the week David Bowie died, and it’s hard to have a conversation without talking about what we leave behind. Our bodies are weak: Why build them up just to smash them down? In the words of Rocky, standing in a restaurant named after his dead wife, looking at a framed photo of his dead friend – why choose a fighter’s life when you don’t have to?

    I never get a straight answer. We’re sitting in the middle of the ring and every four minutes or so the interval timer screams five short beeps. Welch passes by with an iPhone recording video. I ask Jr if it bothers him having people watching him work. “Don't look at them,” he says, looking at me, seeing that it bothers me. “Get in the zone.”

    When Jr talks about “the zone” he means the place where emotions don’t exist. Fights are business, they are strategy, they are in the mind. Boxing is the art of mental exclusion.

    Jr says he feels no nerves when he’s walking up to the ring. For the O’Sullivan fight, he emerged between the two lit screens, draped in a union jack, "Still D.R.E." blasting from the speakers, and stood stock still while his dad swayed to the beat behind him. Everything around him is white noise.

    What is going on in his mind at that moment, if not fear? “I’m ready to cause mayhem — calmly,” he says. “But you’re getting ready to do the least calm thing you can possibly imagine.”

    Viewers see the fights, not the slump in the dressing room, nor the quiet drive home. Jr remembers his dad arriving home with huge black eyes, with bumps all over his head. The son of a boxer is more equipped to deal with the reality of it than another kid coming at it cold. Even so, Jr’s father didn’t want him in the ring. For years he said no, do something else.

    “I don’t know whether he thought I didn’t have that toughness in me to be able to do that, or just if he didn’t want me to go through it,” he says.

    Eubank Sr’s last fight was in July 1998 when Jr was 8 years old, and he never saw any of the fights live. He and his siblings (a younger sister and two brothers) were kept away from the ring, and weren’t allowed to watch them on TV either. At a friend’s sleepover he watched a VHS tape that had his dad’s face on the cover. “And there he was, boxing. I thought, this was why every time we go out people are running up to him and taking pictures and screaming and signing autographs. This is what he’s been doing.”

    Jr had no idea.

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    A fighter’s origin story makes and shapes them – and above all, it endures – and everyone knows the silver spoon tale won’t win any easy points. But Eubank Jr says the name is anything but a burden. He uses it to push himself further, training and fighting more intensely than he otherwise would.

    From the age of 16, he spent four years in Las Vegas training under the radar with Mike “The Bodysnatcher” McCallum, and later Floyd Mayweather Jr and his father – former pro boxer “Big” Floyd Mayweather Sr, who stood in his son’s corner for the Fight of the Century, wearing his TMT cap.

    Watch Jr fight now and it’s clearly a different style to his father’s: He’s faster, he’s cleaner, he’s more textbook than pure instinct. Davies says he’s more Sugar Ray Robinson than Eubank Sr.

    When he started his professional career four and a half years ago, not many people knew or cared that he’d put the time in.

    “Even after winning 21 fights, I still have people say, ‘You’re only where you are because of the things that he did, and if it wasn’t for him you never would have made it.'”

    He’s rolling his eyes: as if it’s that easy. “It doesn’t matter what your name is — if you don’t have any talent, then you can be Muhammad A-Bruce-Lee and you’re not going to be able to win fights, which I have. You’re not going to be able to win titles, which I have. And you’re not going to be able to inspire the public and get people talking about you, or make headlines, which are things that I have done already.”

    Jr doesn’t believe the cliche that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but he says in this case it’s true. The people who want to see him fail are vocal about it, and build his profile. Right now, Eubank Jr has 140,000 followers on Instagram and 186,000 followers on Twitter, where he follows just one account: his father’s.

    White noise.

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    In September 1991, 14 million viewers watched Eubank Sr face Michael Watson again, defending his WBO super-middleweight title. In the last 20 seconds of the 11th round, Eubank swung a surprise right uppercut to Watson’s chin. It connected with such force that Watson’s feet left the mat and he fell backwards, straight and limp, on a course no one could stop. He landed neck-first on the unusually slack ropes. Watson got to his feet, but something was wrong. When the referee stopped the fight minutes later, Watson collapsed in his corner.

    While Watson lay in the ring, his brain starved of oxygen, the two oblivious commentators began discussing his legacy – wondering if Michael Watson would be remembered as a “nearly man”. When he awoke from his coma 40 days later, his muscles had withered and he couldn’t hear, nor speak, nor move.

    Boxing is safer now because of what happened – new rules and regulations were introduced: It’s a requirement to have an anaesthetist and two teams of trauma paramedics at the ringside, among other things. Fighters have died since Watson, but others who probably would have died have lived.

    For years afterward, Eubank Sr struggled to finish a fight. If your fist started the fall that nearly ended a man, wouldn’t you be afraid to swing it? Does it get to Jr? He pauses and looks at the floor.

    “It might sound a bit cold, but I don’t really have that,” he says. “If I see an opportunity, I’m gonna take the guy out. And I’m not going to feel any way about it. It’s nothing personal. It’s me or you. And it’s definitely not going to be me.

    “Not in front of all these people.”

    James Hole for BuzzFeed

    In March Jr will fight Nick Blackwell for the British title. Even when he doesn’t have a fight coming up, Jr trains like he does – a perpetually loaded gun. Strength and conditioning training is at midday, boxing in the afternoon.

    He runs at dawn. Just like in Creed, like in Rocky II, like Ali in Zaire for real, the neighbourhood kids follow behind on foot and bike. Sometimes they try and talk to him, but Eubank can’t hear them over his headphones. He sprints on a track, he runs through the valleys and hills of the South Downs, through the cows and sheep, and he runs on the stones by the sea because it’s good for the legs.

    Brighton is in his blood, like Philadelphia is in Rocky’s.

    In the whole time I talked to Eubank Jr, the only thing that seemed to intimidate him was the unpredictable nature of the cows. Not his dad’s legacy, not his opponents, not the risk of injury in front of millions: just sleepy cows on a hillside in Sussex.

    It’s 5pm and Eubank Jr is getting tired. He's stifling yawns with a taped fist.



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    Oh no.

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    Hot damn!!!

    This past weekend while MOST of us were being collectively blown away by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, UCLA senior Sophina DeJesus delivered a BREATHTAKING floor routine in a meet against Utah that you need to see to believe:

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    She does some pretty insane gymnastics stuff, like this flippy-dippy thing that probably should have been in the Super Bowl halftime show...

    She does some pretty insane gymnastics stuff, like this flippy-dippy thing that probably should have been in the Super Bowl halftime show...

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    ...this split that makes us all collectively go, "WTF!!!"...

    ...this split that makes us all collectively go, "WTF!!!"...

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    ...and ALSO some LIT dance moves, like this Nae Nae...

    ...and ALSO some LIT dance moves, like this Nae Nae...

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    “I think Eli was analyzing the game.”

    At Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos became Super Bowl champions after defeating the Carolina Panthers 24–10.

    At Super Bowl 50, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos became Super Bowl champions after defeating the Carolina Panthers 24–10.

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    While everyone else in the Manning family rejoiced and celebrated, Eli didn't look all that thrilled.

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    And everyone on the internet made fun of his super-serious face.

    And everyone on the internet made fun of his super-serious face.

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    So when Peyton Manning stopped by The Tonight Show last night, Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to ask him about it.

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    New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was issued a lifetime ban by MLB Friday after failing his third drug test in a year.

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    New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia was hit with a lifetime ban from baseball Friday after failing his third test for performance enhancing drugs in a year. Mejia is the first player ever to be get lifetime ban for steroid use.

    Mejia was given an 80-game suspension in April 2015 after a failed test for performance enhancing drugs. His suspension ended July 7, 2015 and he made seven appearances for the Mets before failing a second test and receiving a 162-game suspension.

    The right-handed pitcher made his MLB debut with the Mets in 2010. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012. Mejia became the Mets' designated closer in 2014.

    In a statement, the Mets said they were "deeply disappointed" to hear of Mejia's third failed test. The Mets are the reigning National League champions and pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 18.


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    Each year, a group of brave surfers ride the huge swells off Half Moon Bay, California, for what’s considered one of the most hazardous competitions in the world.

    A brave group of surfers attempted to claim top spot Friday at the Titans of Mavericks big wave surf contest in California.

    A brave group of surfers attempted to claim top spot Friday at the Titans of Mavericks big wave surf contest in California.

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    Some of the waves were reported to be as high as 35 feet, creating dangerous conditions for surfers and thrills for onlookers, who have faced danger themselves in the past.

    Spectators have been banned from watching the competition from the beach or adjacent bluff after 13 people were injured by a rogue wave during the 2010 Mavericks competition.

    The winner of Friday's contest was Nic Lamb, of nearby Santa Cruz.

    The winner of Friday's contest was Nic Lamb, of nearby Santa Cruz.

    Nic Lamb on Friday.

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    The contest, which has a $125,000 prize pool, is made up of heats, during which surfers try to ride the large waves.

    The contest, which has a $125,000 prize pool, is made up of heats, during which surfers try to ride the large waves.

    Ken Collins, left, and Tyler Fox surf a giant wave during the second heat.

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    What is gravity really anyway?

    The NBA All-Star Game on Saturday night in Toronto also featured a slam dunk contest FOR THE AGES.

    The NBA All-Star Game on Saturday night in Toronto also featured a slam dunk contest FOR THE AGES.

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    Very quickly, though, the competition came down to just two players: Aaron Gordon with the Orlando Magic...

    Very quickly, though, the competition came down to just two players: Aaron Gordon with the Orlando Magic...

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    And Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine.

    And Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine.

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    NBA All Star Weekend in Toronto was lit despite being ignorantly cold.

    If you didn't see any of the NBA All-Star festivities, you missed Aaron Gordon doing this:

    He jumped over a mascot and put the ball under both legs. What?!?!

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    People basically consider this to have been the second best dunk contest of all time.

    The final between Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon is second only to the legendary battle between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins in 1988.

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    But like, Jordan dunked from the freethrow line. Zach LaVine went under the leg from the freethrow line.

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    And Aaron Gordon showed everyone what a perfect double-clutch dunk looks like.

    He went behind the head, then all the way down, then back up into a reverse dunk. Go try that on your 8-foot hoop if you think it's easy.

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    The UFC star also added that being “undefeated” is a state of mind.

    UFC fighter Ronda Rousey appeared on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday to talk about how she felt after her loss to Holly Holm.

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    Rousey suffered her first, and only, professional loss to Holm at UFC 193 in November.

    Rousey suffered her first, and only, professional loss to Holm at UFC 193 in November.

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    "I got clipped in the first exchange, so I was knocked out on my feet the first time I got hit," Rousey said.

    "I got clipped in the first exchange, so I was knocked out on my feet the first time I got hit," Rousey said.

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    Rousey then went on to describe how she felt immediately after the fight.

    Rousey then went on to describe how she felt immediately after the fight.

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    Sports brand Nike ended its sponsorship deal with Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday after the Filipino boxer said people who are attracted to the same sex are "worse than animals."

    Pacquiao, a member of the Philippines House of Representatives who is currently running for a Senate seat, made the controversial comments in a local television interview released Monday.

    "It's common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex?" he said. "Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female … If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals."

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    In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the conservative Christian initially defended the comments: "I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says."

    However, just seven hours later, the former world champion made a follow-up post in which he apologized for hurting the LGBT community.

    "I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals," he wrote. "Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you."

    On Wednesday, Pacquiao sponsor Nike announced it "no longer [has] a relationship" with the boxer.

    "We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News in an emailed statement. "Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community."

    Forbes lists Nestlé and Foot Locker as the boxer's other major sponsors. Foot Locker representatives did not return a request for comment from BuzzFeed News, while a Nestlé spokesperson said the company is not a current sponsor, having sponsored him briefly in 2015.

    Pacquiao's initial comments drew support from many in the Catholic-dominated country, but LGBT political party Ladlad condemned the remarks.

    "To say that animals are better because males of the species sniff and have sex only with females of the species is to be ignorant of the fact that homosexuality is also found in all forms of creation — from plants to animals, and yes, even to people," party chairman Danton Remoto said in a statement. "This fact just goes to show that homosexuality is part of nature, and not some repulsive idea that the fundamentalist mind of Pacquiao finds perverse."

    This isn't the first time Pacquiao has drawn the ire of the LGBT community by making anti-gay comments.

    In 2012, he gave an interview with the National Conservative Examiner in which he spoke out against same-sex marriage. The interview included a reference to a biblical chapter about gays being put to death, but Pacquiao later denied he specifically quoted the verse.

    LINK: 22 Incredibly Touching Reactions To Manny Pacquiao’s Comments On Homosexuality


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    All hail Coach K.

    Let's start with the obvious: Coach K... the man, the legend, and our fearless leader to five NCAA championships.

    Let's start with the obvious: Coach K... the man, the legend, and our fearless leader to five NCAA championships.

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    DUKE FANS ARE A FAMILY.

    DUKE FANS ARE A FAMILY.

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    And you're proud to be among the most loyal and intense fanbase in the entire world.

    And you're proud to be among the most loyal and intense fanbase in the entire world.

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    We call one of the greatest and most competitive stadiums home.

    We call one of the greatest and most competitive stadiums home.

    CAMERON FOR LIFE.

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    The former NFL star is accused of assaulting up to 16 women in four states over four years.

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    A federal judge in Louisiana has rejected a global plea deal that would have given former NFL player Darren Sharper a prison sentence of 9 years for serial rapes he allegedly committed in multiple states.

    U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo called the sentence "inappropriate" in court Thursday, according to the Advocate.

    Sharper entered a guilty plea in 2015 to charges that he committed nine rapes in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Louisiana over the course of 4 years. As part of a proposed plea deal, the football star was to receive a sentence of 10 years in federal prison with credit for more than a year of time already served and a concurrent 10-year sentence in a California state prison. Prior to the plea, Sharper was facing life in prison.

    Sharper played in the NFL for 14 seasons and won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in 2010. He was working as an analyst for NFL Network at the time he was charged.

    Judge Milazzo said Thursday that sentence guidelines in Sharper's case called for 15-20 years in prison, up to twice as long as the proposed 9-year sentence deal. The judge allowed Sharper and his attorney until March 3 — the day of Sharper's sentencing — to revoke his guilty plea.

    Sharper also has the option to negotiate a new plea deal that imposes a longer prison sentence, more consistent with sentencing guidelines. If the original plea is not withdrawn or a new plea is not reached, Sharper could be tried in court for his alleged crimes and information he gave during plea discussions could be used against him.

    Sharper's 9-year sentence deal, announced in 2015, was heavily criticized for appearing too lenient for a man accused of up to 16 sexual assaults during a 4-year span. Judge Milazzo's ruling reflects that sentiment: "This court cannot accept this plea agreement," Milazzo said, according to the AP.


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    The investigation into a domestic assault allegedly involving Cleveland Browns Quarterback Johnny Manziel has been sent to a grand jury for review, Dallas Police said Thursday.

    The incident allegedly occurred on Jan. 30, when Manziel's girlfriend accused him of physically assaulting her at a Dallas hotel and in his car.

    In a statement Thursday, the police department said a "Class A misdemeanor Assault/Domestic Violence case" had been referred to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to present to the grand jury. No details on the investigation would be released in the meantime, police added.

    The case has already had personal consequences for the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. ESPN has reported that Manziel could be cut from the Browns next month and his agent has already dropped him.

    His father also spoke to The Dallas Morning News about unsuccessfully trying to get Manziel to stay at an addiction recovery facility.

    LINK: Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel Back Under Investigation For Domestic Violence


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