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LeSean McCoy takes funny shot at ‘little short coach’ Chip Kelly

LeSean McCoy Bills

LeSean McCoy has never tried to convince anyone that he got along with Chip Kelly when he played under the former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, but the star running back had a hilarious way of reminding everyone of his thoughts about Kelly on Sunday.

Appearing as a guest analyst on NFL Network, McCoy spoke about Nick Foles and said he has grown fond of Philadelphia again “now that the little short coach is with the kids where he belongs.”

McCoy, of course, was referring to Kelly taking another job at the collegiate level with UCLA.

If you remember, McCoy implied back in 2015 that Kelly had racially motivated reasons for trading him and other players. He also implied that he has no interest in ever speaking with Kelly again. It does not appear that has changed.

Tom Brady hides right hand while walking into Gillette Stadium

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is going to play in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday barring some catastrophic event leading up to kickoff, but the star quarterback is very clearly doing all he can to keep his injured right hand hidden.

Brady arrived at Gillette Stadium about six hours before kickoff on Sunday, and he kept his right hand in his pocket the entire time he was on camera. As Rich Eisen of NFL Network noted, Brady almost always carries a briefcase or some sort of bag in his right hand when he shows up on game day.

Again, Brady is going to play. We’re not implying that his status for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars is in danger, but you’re crazy if you think it’s a coincidence that Brady’s hand never left his pocket.

The Patriots love keeping their opponents guessing about injuries, and Brady’s hand injury has been no different. Reports have indicated that Brady suffered a nasty cut in practice earlier in the week, and it remains to be seen if his play will be impacted.

Luke Falk will wear No. 3 at Senior Bowl to honor late teammate Tyler Hilinski

Tyler Hilinski

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk will be taking part in the senior bowl next weekend, but he will not be wearing the jersey number he has worn with the Cougars all year. Instead, Falk has chosen to honor his late teammate Tyler Hilinski.

Falk has announced that he will wear No. 3 as a tribute to Hilinski, a Wazzu quarterback who took his own life earlier this month.

After news surfaced that Hilinski had committed suicide, Falk shared a heartfelt message about how close he was with Hilinski:

Another Washington State player, offensive lineman Cole Madison, plans to wear a No. 3 sticker on his helmet and bring extras in case anyone else wants to pay tribute to Hilinski.

Hilinkski’s death shocked the Washington State community. He was 21.

Rich Rodriguez accuser files new $8.5 million claim against Arizona

Rich Rodriguez Arizona

The woman who claims Rich Rodriguez sexually harassed her when she worked as his assistant at Arizona has filed a new $8.5 million claim against the university.

Melissa Wilhelmsen, who filed a $7.5 million sexual harassment claim against Rodriguez last month, filed an additional claim on Friday with the Arizona Board of Regents. According to Caitlin Schmidt of the Arizona Daily Star, the documents state that Wilhelmson and her husband have accused Rodriguez of slander, defamation and false light, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress in the wake of his firing as the head football coach at Arizona. The claim said that includes “statements to football players at a team meeting on January 9, 2018.”

Wilhelmson’s original claim stated that Rodriguez sexually harassed her for over a year and forced her to lie to his wife to cover up an affair the coach had with another woman. The newer claim accuses the University of Arizona of being “vicariously liable” for Rodriguez’s behavior while he was in charge the football program. It also lists Rodriguez’s wife and several Arizona athletic department employees as defendants in addition to Rodriguez. Wilhelmson said she informed several school employees of Rodriguez’s behavior and was ignored, including when assistant athletic director Mike Parrish allegedly told her “we can’t afford those kinds of problems right now.”

Rodriguez was fired by Arizona on Jan. 2, with the school admitting it had received a sexual misconduct complaint about Rodriguez in October and hired an outside firm to investigate it. Rodriguez called the investigation “thorough” and claimed Wilhelmson refused to cooperate, though he admitted to not being faithful to his wife.

Rory MacDonald taken to hospital after Bellator 192 win

Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald was taken to the hospital after his win over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

MacDonald won the fight by unanimous decision to capture the Bellator Welterweight Championship. He suffered a massive hematoma on his left shin that was visible and clearly bothering him in the fourth round.

Before the fifth round began, MacDonald was checked by a cageside doctor who forced him to stand on his leg to prove he could continue. He was able to pass the test, and then he was able to score a takedown on Lima in the final round, which helped him get the victory.

After the fight, MacDonald’s leg was so bad that he had to be carried into the locker room. He joked in his postfight interview that it felt like he had another person growing inside his leg.

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Report: Tom Brady will probably wear glove against Jaguars

Tom Brady will probably wear a glove on his throwing hand in Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a report.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that a source told him they expect Brady to wear a glove to protect the stitches on his hand.

Brady hurt his hand during the New England Patriots’ practice on Wednesday. There have been varying reports about the extent of the injury. Some reports have said it is significant, while others do not think it will impact him much.

Brady reportedly had four stitches on his knuckle to close a cut. Schefter’s tweet seems to confirm that Brady did have stitches on his hand. The quarterback is officially listed as questionable for the game.

Joel Embiid trolls Bucks after win

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid has a truly incredible memory.

Embiid scored 29 points and added nine rebounds in his Philadelphia 76ers’ 116-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. After the win, Embiid was quick to troll the Bucks on social media.

First, recall this comment made by Bucks owner Wes Edens last June:

Now take a look at Embiid’s post, and specifically note the hashtag he used:

Does Embiid ever forget? I think not. He is the undisputed king of all NBA social media. And now you have a better understanding for why Kevin Durant said this after beating the 76ers in November.

Aly Raisman’s mother blasts Tom Izzo over Nassar comments

Tom Izzo

Lynn Raisman, the mother of Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, blasted Tom Izzo over his comments about Larry Nassar and Michigan State’s president.

After Michigan State’s 85-57 win over Indiana on Friday, Izzo faced questions about school president Lou Anna K. Simon. Simon has come under heat for the way she and the school handled accusations of sexual abuse by Nassar, a former osteopathic physician at the school who worked as an athletic trainer. Nassar is accused of sexually abusing over 100 athletes at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, including Raisman.

In his comments on the matter, Izzo expressed empathy towards the victims, but also said he hoped the right person was convicted, indicating he wasn’t completely sold on Nassar being a serial child abuser. He also expressed support for Simon.

Izzo has been a coach at Michigan State since 1983 and became the Spartans’ head basketball coach in 1995. He is one of the most respected figures in athletics in the state, as well as one of the most respected college basketball coaches in the country.

Izzo’s comment that he hoped they got the right guy did not sit well at all with Raisman, who blasted the coach on Twitter Saturday.

Raisman has a good reason for the tweet. Izzo’s comment about hoping they got the right person could not be worse. Nassar already has pleaded guilty to felony child pornography charges and several sexual assault charges. Over 100 people have come forward to share their stories of how Nassar abused them.

Aly Raisman, who has won six Olympic medals in gymnastics for the USA, was one of the victims to speak in court on Friday and address Nassar.

Several other USA Gymnastics national team members have accused Nassar of sexually abusing them, including McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas. Biles and Douglas, teammates on the “Final Five” gymnastics team, had previously gotten into a social media tiff over victim shaming. Douglas was among those who later stepped forward as one of Nassar’s victims.

Twitter reacts to Aaron Pico’s vicious knockout of Shane Krutchen

aaron Pico

Aaron Pico is quickly establishing himself as a fighter to watch in Bellator.

The 21-year-old world-class wrestler defeated Shane Krutchen in 37 seconds at Bellator 192 in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday night. Pico needed only a few seconds to show his dominance of Krutchen. He quickly dropped his opponent with some vicious body punches that had fans buzzing.

The win helped Pico improve to 2-1.

Twitter was incredibly impressed by the knockout. Take a look at the great reactions:

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Chris Paul does a hilarious fake laugh (Video)

Chris Paul

Just in case you couldn’t tell based on his commercials, Chris Paul is a great actor.

During the second quarter of Saturday’s Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors game on ABC, TV cameras caught CP3 doing a great fake laugh:

It’s unclear to whom that was directed. Paul was talking with one of the officials, but he was also looking in the direction of where some of the Warriors were heading.

Regardless, that was awesome.

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