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Bulls reportedly interested in signing Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh

Chris Bosh may never play in the NBA again due to his recurring blood clotting condition, but at least one NBA team is interested in hiring him if and when he does hit the free agent market.

Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting that the Chicago Bulls are “already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line” to try to sign Bosh when he inevitably parts ways with the Miami Heat. Stein notes that any roster move for the Heat likely won’t come until after March 1, which would ensure Bosh could not participate in the playoffs for another team.

The Heat are going to have to pay Bosh no matter what, but they can exclude his contract from their salary cap situation if a doctor agreed upon by the NBA and NBA Players Union determines Bosh should not play with his condition. Doctors have already said it would be unsafe for Bosh to play basketball while taking blood thinners, as it would make the 32-year-old susceptible to serious injuries.

Judging by what he said recently, it sounds like Bosh is already starting to accept that his basketball career is over. But if he is cleared to play, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a team that is close to being a contender bring him in.

Caroline Wozniacki fires back at Rory McIlroy, tells him to ‘move on’

Rory McIlroy Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki was surprised to hear Rory McIlroy talking about the former couple’s relationship in a recent interview, and the tennis star has a very simple message for McIlroy in response.

Get over it.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror on Thursday, Wozniacki at first claimed to have nothing to say about McIlroy’s comments.

“I saw it alright, but I do not really have anything to say,” Wozniacki said. “Was I surprised? Yes.”

Woz then got a bit more personal.

“It’s a little dead by now. It is three years ago, so I don’t understand why he keeps bringing it up,” she added. “I don’t think there is any reason to. He looks like he is a good place in his life, so he surely he must move on.”

McIlroy is now happily engaged to former PGA employee Erica Stoll. He insisted he holds no ill will toward Wozniacki, but some of the things he said were unflattering, to say the least. You can read McIlroy’s comments here.

McIlroy won two majors and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in the months after he abruptly split with Wozniacki, so it seems like not dating her has been good for his career. As Woz said, the two broke up a long time ago. You can’t blame her for being annoyed that she still has to answer questions about her ex.

Johnny Manziel will charge for autographs, not selfies at Super Bowl

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel is once again trying to clean up his image, and the first stop on his latest redemption tour will be Houston for Super Bowl LI. And don’t worry, if you happen to run into Johnny Football and want to take a selfie with him, he is not going to charge you money.

Earlier this month, memorabilia stores Stadium Signatures announced a location where fans can meet Manziel on Feb. 2 and pay $99 for an autograph, $99 for a professional photo with the former Cleveland Browns quarterback and $50 for a selfie. Personalized inscriptions will cost fans $29 extra.

Wait, $50 just to take a selfie? On your own mobile device? Manziel tweeted Thursday that he has no plans to charge for that.

You will, however, still have to pay for autographs, as Manziel mentioned in a brief chat with TMZ later in the day.

“It’s all set up through my signing company so I’m sure they’ll still charge,” he said. “Nevertheless, I’m gonna stay longer. I’ll stay there as long as I can, as long as they’ll let me, to sign. I’ll sign everything for everybody there. Nobody will go home without an autograph from me at least, so I’ll be there as long as they let me.”

What a guy.

Manziel’s chances of making an NFL comeback are incredibly slim, especially if teams ask him to show off his new tattoos. That said, the former Texas A&M star is only 24 and was very critical of himself in a series of tweets this week. Even if he doesn’t have a future in the NFL, it certainly isn’t too late for Manziel to get his life on track.

Report: Zach Orr retiring due to serious injury

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is reportedly retiring from football after just three seasons in the NFL.

Orr, who had a breakout season in 2016 and was named a second-team All-Pro, dealt with a shoulder injury late in the year. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, the injury has forced Orr into retiring at age 24.

Orr ranked in the top 10 among defenders this season with 132 tackles, 91 of which were solo. He and former Alabama star C.J. Mosely looked like one of the best linebacker duos in the what was the third NFL season for both.

We have seen a number of NFL players retire early in recent years, mostly due to head injury concerns. Orr looked like he was just coming into his own, so it’s a shame we won’t get to watch him in the coming years.

Aaron Rodgers cracks ‘size matters’ joke when asked about not fumbling

Aaron Rodgers

One of the most underrated plays of last weekend’s playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys was Aaron Rodgers somehow not fumbling when he was leveled by safety Jeff Heath on a blitz with 18 seconds remaining. Rodgers has a very simple explanation for the play.

“Size matters.”

Earlier this week, Rodgers was asked how he hung onto the ball. He simply held his hands up and looked around the room for a few seconds before making the above remark.

The Packers were at their own 32-yard line in a 31-31 game when Rodgers was popped. Had he fumbled, the Cowboys could have recovered and had the ball in field goal range with a chance to do what Green Bay did. Instead, Rodgers somehow maintained possession and hit Jared Cook on this incredible play shortly thereafter.

Size matters, indeed.

Stanley Wilson arrested again while naked, crying in mug shot

Former NFL cornerback Stanley Wilson II was arrested earlier this month for the second time since June. He was naked both times.

According to a police report obtained by The Oregonian, Wilson was found “running around” in the nude outside the home of a person he did not know on Jan. 10. He told police he lived nearby, but the address he gave did not check out.

Wilson was already facing charges of first-degree burglary, attempted first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree disorderly conduct and aggravated harassment stemming from an incident in June where he tried to break into someone’s home. The 34-year-old, who was naked while breaking and entering, was shot in the abdomen by the homeowner and treated at a hospital.

No new charges were filed against Wilson this time, but he has now violated the terms of his pretrial release on multiple occasions. He remained in the Multnomah County Detention Center on $160,000 bail as of Wednesday. Wilson was in tears when his latest mug shot was taken.

As Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post reminds us, Wilson’s father Stanley Wilson was banned from the NFL for life for violating the league’s substance abuse policy multiple times. The elder Wilson played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1983-1988 but was banned for the entire 1985 and 1987 seasons for failing drug tests.

Wilson II is clearly in need of help.

Emmanuel Mudiay apologizes for mocking Gregg Popovich ejection

Emmanuel Mudiay Gregg Popovich

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay had a funny moment during Thursday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, but he ended up apologizing for it later.

Popovich was ejected from the game late in the second quarter, and Mudiay was right there working alongside the referee to give Pop the heave-ho:

Mudiay was told after the game about his actions getting a lot of attention and seemed to already know that.

Mudiay clearly felt he was getting attention for the wrong reasons and decided to apologize.

The Nuggets guard obviously has a lot of respect for Pop. The Spurs still won the game 118-104 even without their coach. Mudiay had 12 points in the loss, but one memorable gesture.

Pau Gasol out indefinitely after fracturing hand in warmups

The San Antonio Spurs are humming along once again with 33 wins in their first 42 games to start to the season, but the job may be considerably more difficult from here on out.

The Spurs announced that six-time All-Star center Pau Gasol fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand warming up before Thursday’s 118-104 win over the Denver Nuggets. There is currently no timetable for his return.

Gasol, 36, holds averages of 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game in 2016-17. Dewayne Dedmon figures to start at the 5 while Gasol is sidelined, which could be a net positive for the Spurs on the defensive end (Dedmon ranks fifth among centers in defensive real plus-minus this season as opposed to 14th for Gasol, per ESPN). But San Antonio will have to recreate Gasol’s ability to score on the block, run pick-and-pops with their guards, and make good reads, which could mean that David Lee is an option to start as well.

Image via Pau Gasol on Instagram

Courtney Lee accuses Wizards coach Sidney Lowe of foul play

Courtney Lee Sidney Lowe

New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee wants the league to investigate the conduct of Washington Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe at the end of Thursday’s game between the teams.

The Knicks lost 113-110 and didn’t get a shot off on their final possession. Lee had the best look at the basket, but he passed up a shot because he heard someone yell “I’m here” just as he got the ball.

It turns out that person was Lowe, who could be seen rising up from the Wizards’ bench behind Lee and standing on the court.

“If that was their tactic, their defensive scheme, it worked,” Lee said after the game via the New York Daily News. “Because I thought that was a defensive player.”

Here’s a look at the play:

And here’s Lee talking about it after the game:

This time if Lee posts some cryptic pictures on Instagram, we’ll probably have a better idea of what he’s talking about. It will be interesting to see what the league does.

Police investigating LeMoyne-Owen and Lane College fight

LeMoyne Owen Lane fight

Memphis police are investigating a massive brawl that occurred during a game on Saturday between DII programs LeMoyne-Owen and Lane College that led to the postponement of the game.

The fight broke out during the first quarter after a player was tripped. That was preceded by many fouls being traded.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal shared video of the fight, which shows a player being struck by a chair:

School officials say they have identified the individual who used the chair as a weapon and he is not a student.

The conference is investigating the brawl.

“Such behavior will not be tolerated in our league under any circumstances,” SIAC Commissioner Greg Moore said in a release. “As a consequence, and at the conclusion of our internal investigation, all responsible parties in connection with this incident shall be subject to the most severe sanctions authorized by the conference rules and bylaws.”

LeMoyne-Owen is working with Memphis police to make sure all suspects are charged for their crimes.

“We’re working with MPD, and we’re going to press charges to the fullest extent of the law because we are not going to tolerate this type of activity,” a LeMoyne-Owen spokeswoman said. “When people attend the game, it is a safe atmosphere. We believe in the spirit of competition and sportsmanship, but come to enjoy the games, have a safe time and go home.”

The game was postponed after the fight and no makeup date has been set.

H/T Deadspin

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