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Elizabeth Ruiz ordered by judge to turn over Von Miller sex tape

Elizabeth Ruiz

Elizabeth Ruiz, the Instagram sensation who filmed a sex tape with Von Miller during a vacation in Mexico several months ago, has been ordered by a judge to turn over her copy of the video.

TMZ caught up with Ruiz as she was leaving a courthouse in Los Angeles this week, and the aspiring model/actress said she is extremely frustrated with the court’s decision.

“It was consensual,” Ruiz said. “I own 50 percent of the rights to it. It’s just not fair. I already complied to not releasing or duplicating or showing it to anybody. I want to keep my copy.”

A judge gave Ruiz three days to turn the tape over, but she said she wants to get an attorney before then to see if anything can be done.

Miller’s camp has claimed Ruiz tried to extort the reigning Super Bowl MVP for $2.5 million, but Ruiz claims that is not the case. In fact, she says Miller is the one who pressured her into recording the sex act, and now she wants to keep her copy for personal use.

Ruiz is very popular on social media and has nearly 400,000 Instagram followers. You can see more photos of her here.

Robert Griffin III will reportedly start for Browns barring health setback

Robert Griffin

Assuming he does not suffer any health setbacks with his previously injured shoulder, Robert Griffin III is expected to be under center for the Cleveland Browns this weekend.

Dan Graziano of ESPN reports that Griffin is expected to start against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14.

With the Browns having been on a bye last week, Griffin has had extra time to practice and get back up to speed. He suffered a fractured shoulder in a Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Browns have yet to win a game this season, and RG3 could end up being their best option at starting quarterback in 2017. He also could give them their best chance at fulfilling the promise made by one of his teammates.

John Wall questions Wizards’ effort after loss to Orlando

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Nobody could question Washington Wizards guard John Wall’s effort after he scored a career-high 52 points against Orlando on Tuesday. Wall himself, however, was left questioning the effort his teammates were giving, because the team lost the game.

“Our job is to wake up and just play hard,” Wall told reporters Tuesday, via ESPN. “Before you made it to the NBA or got a college scholarship, you played hard every day to get to where you wanted to.

“To still be talking about playing hard, that’s something that you should be able to do after just waking up. Everybody has a job and they have to go work hard. Our job is to come here and play hard and compete. That’s the easiest thing that you should do without any contracts or any money, just come in and play basketball. … If I had the answer we wouldn’t be in this situation.”

The Wizards are just 7-13, and between this and previous comments made by another player, there’s clearly some frustration building in the locker room. It’s easy to understand. Wall scored 52 points. When you do that, you expect to get enough help from your teammates to win the game.

Report: Dodgers have talked to White Sox about possible Todd Frazier trade

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The Los Angeles Dodgers won’t be caught with their pants down in the event that free agent third baseman Justin Turner decides to leave the team.

According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Wednesday, the Dodgers have talked to the Chicago White Sox about a possible trade for slugger Todd Frazier, but their preference remains to keep Turner. Heyman also adds however that the Dodgers have no plans to give in to Turner’s desire for a five-year deal.

Frazier, the two-time All-Star, slashed .225/.302/.464 for Chicago in 2016 with 40 home runs, 98 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases in 158 appearances. He’s also two years younger than Turner and isn’t the first big bat the Dodgers have been linked to in recent days.

The White Sox are showing an increased willingness to sell this offseason, as evidenced by the blockbuster trade of ace lefty Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. But it sounds like the Dodgers will wait to see what happens with Turner before pursuing anything further on the Frazier front.

Image via Todd Frazier on Twitter

Nationals, Rays have reportedly discussed Alex Colome trade

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Still very much in need of a closer, the Washington Nationals may be turning their attention towards the trade market in an effort to land one.

According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Wednesday, the Nationals have discussed a trade for righty reliever Alex Colome with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Colome, 27, made the AL All-Star team in 2016 with a 1.91 ERA and 37 saves in 40 opportunities. He is under club control through 2020 and doesn’t even becoming arbitration-eligible until 2018.

The Nationals seem to believe that the top free agent closers on the market are too pricey for them and just witnessed Mark Melancon, their ninth-inning guy last year, sign with an NL rival.

A quality talent on a highly agreeable contract like Colome will probably cost a pretty penny, but it may represent Washington’s best option at this juncture of the offseason.

Image via Alex Colome on Twitter

Steve Smith wears Yoda costume to press conference

Steve Smith

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith seems to have taken on a new identity, and it is one that may have him asking opponents something like this:

“Judge me by my size, do you?”

If you’re a “Star Wars” fan, you immediately recognized that as a famous Yoda quote. Now have a look at what Smith showed up to his press conference wearing on Wednesday:

For those of you who don’t know your Star Wars history, Yoda is the oldest and most powerful of the Jedi Masters. It’s not hard to see why Smith relates to him. Smith also wore the costume during a charity event with the Ravens earlier in the week.

Gotta test the merchandise for yourself! 12th annual Holiday Helpers was a success! #RavensFlock

A photo posted by Baltimore Ravens (@ravens) on

Like Yoda, Smith simply doesn’t seem to age. He is once again having an effective season and has not slipped at all in the trash talking department. It’s never too late for a new nickname.

Hue Jackson: If Joe Thomas is traded I’m leaving with him

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Joe Thomas is one of the few star players the Cleveland Browns have on their roster, which is why his name seems to come up in trade rumors year after year. But the Browns held onto Thomas through the trade deadline, and head coach Hue Jackson insists they will do the same going forward.

On Wednesday, Jackson denied that there were ever any serious trade talks involving Thomas this season. The first-year Browns coach also said Thomas won’t be dangled during the upcoming NFL Draft.

Earlier in the day, a feature from Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN the Magazine was published in which Thomas said he genuinely wants to stay in Cleveland.

“I’m a Clevelander,” Thomas said. “I’ve spent the majority of my adult life here. Every day when I come to work, it’s ‘Let’s turn this team into a consistent winner.’ Because it would be such a special story. It would be like when the Cubs won the World Series. Everybody in the country has probably been cheering for them for so long because they’ve been suffering for so long. And you want to cheer for teams like the Browns.

“It’s so important for me to be here for the turnaround. I don’t want to just get a Super Bowl ring [by] being traded to a dream team. It would feel unsatisfying. Unfulfilling.”

It goes without saying, but that type of loyalty is incredibly rare in professional sports today. If it actually came down to it, we doubt Jackson would resign from his job just because the front office wanted to trade Thomas. Still, you can tell by some of the comments Jackson made in the past that he truly appreciates having the veteran around.

Cubs reportedly finalize deal for Wade Davis

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One of the biggest names on the trade market is headed to the World Series champions.

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly finalized a deal to acquire reliever Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Jorge Soler.

This may turn out to be the rare trade that is hugely beneficial to both teams. Davis effectively replaces Aroldis Chapman as Chicago’s closer, and they don’t come much better than he is. Davis’s ERA over his past three seasons is a remarkable 1.18, with a WHIP of 0.892. For the Royals, they likely weren’t going to be able to afford Davis, who is entering the last year of his deal. Thus, they decided to get something for him while they could, and they get a fairly young corner outfielder with lots of power who will be under contract affordably through 2020, his age 28 season. Soler will also help the Royals recover some of the pop they lost when Kendrys Morales departed for Toronto

The Cubs fended off interest from a number of other teams to get Davis, including this fellow contender. It’s a great deal for them as they try to defend their title, and it makes sense for Kansas City as well.

Report: ‘Well has been poisoned’ for Lane Kiffin as USF candidate

Lane Kiffin

It doesn’t sound as if Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will be a candidate for the vacant USF coaching job. It’s not necessarily because of lack of interest, but rather something significantly more personal.

With Willie Taggart leaving the Bulls to take the Oregon job, there was some talk that Kiffin might be a fit to replace him. ESPN reported Wednesday that Kiffin is a candidate for the opening.

One big problem, however, is family ties. USF associate head coach David Reaves is the brother of Kiffin’s wife, Layla, who filed for divorce in March. A source told Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports “that well has been poisoned” for Kiffin at USF.

Kiffin does have a strong endorsement he can tout to any program looking for a coach, but this situation may make things a bit too awkward for this particular school.

Adrian Peterson plans to return this season if Vikings remain in playoff hunt

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Adrian Peterson is planning to return at some point during the 2016 season, as long as the Minnesota Vikings remain in contention in the NFC.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Peterson said he has felt good while running and cutting and is planning to be available sooner rather than later. If the Vikings are eliminated from playoff contention, however, he will not be back.

The Vikings are 6-6 and two games behind the Detroit Lions for the lead in the NFC North. They are currently the No. 8 seed in the NFC, meaning they would be on the outside looking in if the playoffs started today.

Minnesota can’t really be eliminated from playoff contention in the next week or two, so Peterson must not be planning to come back before then. You can understand why he wouldn’t want to risk injuring his knee further if the postseason is not within reach.

Peterson has been out since he suffered an MCL injury in Week 2 (video here), and there have been rumblings that he could return to the team in December.

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