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Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones: I like his heel persona

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Jon Jones has engaged in a trash talking game with Daniel Cormier leading up to their Sept. 27 fight, which is something unusual for the champ.

Jones doesn’t typically talk before a fight, instead leaving most of that to his opponents (think Chael Sonnen). Cormier thinks that’s a sign that the champ is a little rattled.

“I like his heel persona. But for me, it just tells me that he’s a bit uncomfortable because this is out of character for Jon Jones. He doesn’t directly go at his opponents like he has with me. This is out of character a little bit,” Cormier said Monday as a guest on “The MMA Hour” via MMAFighting.com.

“I’m not in his mind or under his skin,” Cormier added. “But I know that he knows that he has a real fight ahead of him September 27th, so maybe he’s trying to use mind tricks on me to affect me. But, I mean, oh my goodness that is just so petty and childish. He can’t use mind games on me. I’ve deal with all this stuff for so long in my life that mind tricks don’t work. They won’t. They won’t ever work.”

Cormier also said he’s pleased Jones gave up the goody two-shoes act he tried to put on early in his career. Between the DUI and clash with Dana White, it didn’t take long for that image to dissipate. This Jones persona is much better. Now he just needs to leave his tweets up rather than delete them.

Japanese actress Rina Takeda breaks 10 blocks with head before first pitch (Video)

Rina TakedaTwo of the greatest things in this world are baseball and “The Karate Kid.” What could be better than combining the two?

Prior to Sunday’s game between the Chiba Lotte Marines and Seibu Lions in Japan, martial arts actress Rina Takeda broke 10 stone blocks with her head and then threw out the first pitch.

Shockingly, the block breaking went much better than the pitch, but who’s complaining? `

Oh, and I guess that all the research on concussion effects hasn’t made it to Japan yet. People still think breaking things with your head for entertainment purposes is a good idea?

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Peyton Manning dancing to ‘Rocky Top’ will never not be awesome (Video)

Peyton Manning danced to “Rocky Top” to start Denver Broncos practice Monday, and thankfully 9 News Denver got it on tape for us.

No. 83 dancing in the foreground of the video was of course Wes Welker, who never misses out on a chance to have a little fun. And the other guy getting down was Britton Colquitt, another Tennessee alum.

This video shows Colquitt doing a jig:

If that dancing looks familiar, it’s because it should. This was Peyton getting down on “Saturday Night Live” in 2008:

Safe to say his go-to move on the dance floor is the salt shaker?

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Charles Barkley offers to pay for funeral of young church volunteers

Charles BarkleyCharles Barkley is known for being a goofball, but the man is also a humanitarian who uses his wealth for good causes.

The NBA legend and media personality offered to pay the funeral for three siblings who were killed Friday when a carjacking in the Tioga section of Philly went wrong, Philadelphia DA Seth Williams said, according to CSN Philly.

Here are the details on the victims of the crime:

Ten-year-old Joseph Thomas Reed, his 15-year-old sister Keiearra Williams and their 7-year-old brother Terrence Moore were struck and killed Friday when a carjacked SUV plowed into the church-run fruit stand where they were volunteering on a street corner in the Tioga section of the city.

The children’s mother, 34-year-old Keisha Williams, was critically injured, and their 65-year-old neighbor Thelma Brown broke an ankle.

The children were selling fruit as volunteers to raise money for a community park.

The only shred of positive news in the horrible story is that at least the suspects are in custody. Cornelius Crawford, 23, and Jonathan Rosa, 19, were charged Monday with second-degree murder, robbery, carjacking, sexual assault and other counts. Rosa’s attorney apparently said his client wanted to atone for his crimes.

We’ve seen superstars like Derrick Rose and Floyd Mayweather Jr. offer to pay for funerals in the past, and now it’s Barkley doing the same. It’s never not a nice thing to see someone like that offer to use their fortunes for good reasons.

Derrick Rose ‘disappointed’ Carmelo Anthony chose Knicks

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose does not like putting himself out there and recruiting players to the Chicago Bulls, but that does not mean he does not want superstars joining him on the team.

Rose was hoping the Bulls would be able to sign Carmelo Anthony in free agency and admitted he was disappointed they didn’t.

“I mean, who wouldn’t be disappointed?’’ Rose said Monday via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Of course. But at the same time, you can’t be mad at the decision he made. If you put yourself in that decision, that’s a hard decision. You got your family to think about. You got money to think about. Not to say you should think about money. But when you’re talking about millions and millions of dollars, you can’t just put that behind you. So I’m not mad with the decision that he made and I wish him nothing but the best.’’

‘Melo chose to re-sign with the Knicks and got an extra year and about $40 million guaranteed compared to the offer he had from the Bulls. He recently admitted that his decision came down to returning to New York or going to Chicago.

The response from Rose is notable because his attitude makes it seem like he doesn’t care about free agents even though he does. It’s just not in his personality to be a recruiter.

At least the Bulls weren’t totally left out in free agency; they signed Pau Gasol, but they did release Carlos Boozer. Their success next season, as usual, depends on Rose’s health.

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant now on groomsmen level of friendship

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Everyone knows that Tony Romo and Jason Witten are best buds, but has Dez Bryant now made a spot in Romo’s tight circle of friends? It appears so.

While doing an interview with NFL Network from training camp Sunday in Oxnard, Romo was asked about his relationship with Dez. Romo glowed about their relationship and even said they’re so tight Dez would have a place in his wedding were he getting married.

“Oh man if I was getting married this year, he’d be in my wedding,” Romo said via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s like a little brother to me. I’ve been able to kind of, as he came in, been able to kind of see him start off and mold himself into the player that he’s become. I try to help him. Every once in awhile when he gets going and stuff, he knows when I say something stern to him, it’s important. He knows his position, but he also has clout, he has a lot of credibility in that locker room so he’s able to do some things that he wasn’t able to do three or four years ago and that’s reward for being a guy who brings it and plays well.”

Romo is already married to his very fine wife Candice, so this was just a hypothetical intended to show how close they’ve become.

That comment about Dez having credibility in the locker room is also significant; Dez’s leadership has been questioned many times. From walking off the field with time left in the game to seemingly having a meltdown on the sidelines, Bryant hasn’t seemed to be a model citizen. Maybe these are signs that he is maturing. And this is also strong proof that the chemistry on the Cowboys isn’t as bad as it often seems.

H/T Rotoworld

Jerry Jones shares how close Cowboys were to drafting Johnny Manziel

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The Dallas Cowboys passing on Johnny Manziel was one of the biggest disappointments of the NFL Draft.

Dallas was sitting there at No. 16 with Manziel still on the board. Everyone knew that the team liked him and that they were strongly considering him. Everyone knows that Jerry Jones loves publicity and making the splashy/risky pick. It would only have been too perfect for Manziel to go to America’s Team.

But the Cowboys didn’t bite and instead selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin.

Jones shared in an interview with NFL Network how close he was to making the pick.

“I want you to know almost as I was handing in the card it was that close to putting the Manziel card in,” Jones told Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.

Jones then explained that he wanted to do what he did when he bought the team — gamble.

“Nobody thought it would work. The Cowboys were busted. Broke. Make a more of an unconventional decision here and basically take the risk.”

Jones resisted his instinct to make the risky pick. He says he had to consider Tony Romo’s feelings when making the pick and that he felt Romo could handle the distraction of having Manziel around.

“Well first of all I feel so strongly about Tony Romo. But Tony Romo could have handled being on the same team with Johnny Manziel. Both quarterbacks. He could have handled that,” Jones said when talking about how Romo would have dealt with the Manziel distraction.

Though he passed on Manziel, Jones believes the Heisman Trophy winner will be a great pro.

“Manziel’s special. I know him personally. I know he’s going to be a success in the National Football League. And it was a hard decision. It was probably one the rest of my career I will think about.”

Jones also says Manziel was the top player on the Cowboys’ draft board by three players.

After the Cowboys passed on him, Manziel texted the Browns and told them to draft him. They did and the city went nuts.

Manziel’s had an offseason of partying and has disappointed the Browns so far, and he appears likely to open the season as a second-stringer. We’ll see whether the Cowboys made the right pick. What we do know is that nothing would have been more exciting than Johnny Football.

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