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DeAngelo Williams dyes hair and toenails pink in honor of late mother

deangelo-williamsThe first Sunday of the NFL season is an exciting one around the NFL, but for the Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams it’s a also a time to reflect.

In May, Williams’ mother lost a decade-long batter with breast cancer. In addition to his mother, the 31-year-old has also lost four aunts to the disease.

As Williams prepares to begin his ninth season season in the NFL, he has decided to do his part to help spread breast cancer awareness in his own way. The color pink can be seen throughout the month of October as the league celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Sunday, it can be seen on DeAngelo Williams’ hair and toes.

Leonard Fournette struck Heisman pose after first collegiate touchdown (Video)

leonard-fournette-heisman-poseLSU running back Leonard Fournette was among the more sought-after recruits from the 2014 class and No. 1 on ESPN’s top 300 list.

Fournette’s college career got off to a slow start with just 18 yards on eight carries last week against Wisconsin.

On Saturday, the freshman found yards easier to come by with Sam Houston State as the opposition. In the first quarter alone, Fournette registered 47 yards on six carries and found the end zone for the first time as an LSU Tiger.

After crossing the goal line, Fournette struck a pose resembling that of the Heisman Trophy, which apparently didn’t go over well with head coach Les Miles.

Brent Musburger was right in saying it’s probably a little early to be striking a Heisman pose, but sometimes youthful exuberance takes over.

Julian Wilson destroys Tulsa’s Derek Patterson with huge hit (Video)

The Oklahoma Sooners cruised to their second win of the season on Saturday via a 52-7 beat down of Tulsa.

julian-wilson-tackle-1It didn’t take long for the game to get out of hand as Oklahoma raced out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.

As if the tone hadn’t already been set for what type of day it would be for the Golden Hurricane, Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson absolutely destroyed Tulsa wide receiver Derek Patterson with this huge hit early in the second quarter.

That’s what John Madden would call “decleater.”

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Arkansas Razorbacks will enter field through hog pen for home opener

The first home game of the new college football season is always exciting for the host school. Players and coaches are pumped to take the field in front of their loyal supporters. Optimism is high as fans get their initial up close look at their favorite team in a game that matters. And, of course, there is the emotional stadium entrance.

razorbacks-hog-penSome stadium entrances in college football are iconic.

Ralphie leads the Colorado Buffaloes onto the field. Auburn’s War Eagle is released prior to the Tigers entering. Chief Osceola charges into Doak Campbell on Renegade prior to Florida State home games. The Clemson Tigers touch Howard’s Rock and run down The Hill into Death Valley.

On Saturday, when the Arkansas Razorbacks take the field at Frank Broyles Field for their game against Nicholls State, they will do so through a hog pen.

Gotta go big for the home opener, right?

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David Ortiz fakes bunt, hits home run on next pitch (Video)

In baseball today, shifting infielders based on tendencies of the batter has become common place. Sometime it’s more exaggerated than others and certain players see them routinely, like David Ortiz.

david-ortiz-buntEarlier this season, Ortiz hit a fly ball into a shift employed by the Texas Rangers that brought to an end a perfect game bid by Yu Darvish.

On Thursday, the New York Yankees used one and David Ortiz decided to fake a bunt attempt. Derek Jeter reacted by scampering in and a good laugh was had by he and Ortiz. Then, on the very next pitch, Ortiz hit a home run to right field.

Because it’s David Ortiz, and he’s tormented the Yankees over the years, that was bound to be the end result. However, the bunt attempt did provide us with this, so it wasn’t for naught.

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Business opportunities factor in Carmelo Anthony’s return to Knicks

Carmelo Anthony KnicksWhen Carmelo Antony opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks, many expected him to return to the Big Apple after testing the free agent waters. That’s exactly what happened when Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract to return to stay in New York after visits with the Bulls and Lakers.

Anthony mentioned his desire to win and belief in Phil Jackson among the reasons he decided to remain with the Knicks. The first part of that was met with sentence was met with laughs and snickers considering the Bulls presented a better opportunity to be successful in the immediate future.

The money Anthony will make over the life of his new contract was obviously played a part in re-signing, but so did interests outside of Madison Square Garden. Speaking a business summit in Manhattan, Anthony talked about business interests in New York and how they weren’t ignored during decision making process.

“I just couldn’t leave from that perspective,” he said at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in Manhattan via Newsday. “There were so many opportunities that I started to build upon here in New York City, business opportunities, different situations.

“I just felt if I was to leave, I would have to start all over in the next place, meet new people, build that foundation up once again, and it took me a lot to build that foundation and get it up and going to where it’s at right now.”

If you want to build yourself into a brand, there aren’t many better places to do so than in New York City. Those ventures will be of use when Anthony’s playing days are over and it’s never to early to start thinking about life after basketball.

As for the winning part, Anthony may have to wait a bit for that. Derek Fisher will be in his first year as head coach during the upcoming season so we will have to see how that works out and the team will gain salary cap space in 2015, but what they do with it is yet to be determined.

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Eric Wood blames ESPN for Michael Sam not signing with team after release from Rams

eric-woodFrom the time Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday as part of their final cuts, speculation began about what would be next for last year’s SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Sam recorded 11 tackles and three sacks during the preseason, including this memorable one of Johnny Manziel. Despite showing perhaps more than some expected, Sam didn’t make the Rams’ 53-man roster.

After clearing waivers, Sam is now a free agent. However, the seventh round has yet to receive any offers. Why is up for debate. Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood has a theory and it involves the network that reported on Sam’s showering habits.

Certainly ESPN isn’t the only culprit of the massive amount of coverage Michael Sam has received since being drafted, but the point made by Wood is a valid one. Any team that signs Sam will obviously not only be signing a defensive player, but the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.

It would be premature to say Michael Sam’s professional football career is over after just beginning. The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League have reached out to him, although they have yet to hear back. Whether it’s the Alouettes or someone else, the next team Michael Sam suits up for should be prepared to deal with the media attention that comes with it, fair or not.