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Brandon Browner calls Kanye West ‘sucka’ in Twitter rant

Brandon Browner

After Sunday’s Grammy Awards show, Kanye West was a topic of discussion for interrupting Beck when he was on stage to receive his honor for album of the year. Kanye later went on a rant, suggesting Beck should’ve handed his award over to Beyonce.

Kanye’s actions rubbed more than few people the wrong way. Among them is Brandon Browner of the Super Bowl champion Patriots. Browner chose not to keep his feelings inside at let a few tweets fly Tuesday evening, calling Kanye out for his behavior.

Well, alright then.

Brandon Browner certainly isn’t the only one who has grown tired of Kanye’s antics. From calling him a “sucka” to a fake tough guy, Browner came out throwing haymakers in a 140-character or less format. He also gets bonus points for dropping the “rapping thru the wire” line in the final tweet.

James Harden dating Amber Rose?

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James Harden may be moving on up in the dating world. According to a few reports, the Houston Rockets star is dating model Amber Rose.

Rose, who is known for her past relationships with Kanye West and rapper Wiz Khalifa, was spotted at a recent Rockets game. Reports said she was there for Harden.

Here is what MediaTakeOut said:

Amber Rose was spotted FRONT ROW at the Houson Rockets game . . . she’s been dating James Harden ever since she broke up with Wiz. And some say even BEFORE THAT. She gave Wiz their son for the weekend, and is enjoying her freedom with her new MONEY MAN.

Here are a few photos of Rose at Sunday’s Rockets-Blazers game:

Bossip also said Harden has “been after her for a minute,” regarding Rose.

It is unclear whether they are dating, though we’re guessing she probably is not his official girlfriend yet. What we do know is that is good news for Harden, who has been caught up in a few scandals with models/strippers in the past. That’s not to say that Rose is any different; she brings a ton of media attention and is a former stripper, too. But Rose is one heck of a head-turner, and we have nothing but compliments for anyone who dates that show-stopper. Plus, it’s always a good sign if Reggie Bush has dated the girl too.

Wes Welker pondering retirement amid concussions, dropoff

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Another Bronco may be riding off into the sunset. Not only is Wes Welker unsure if he’ll be back in Denver, he is now thinking of calling it a career.

Welker, slated to become a free agent next month, has told those close to him that he is considering retirement, according to a report from FOXSports.com’s Mike Garafolo. No final decision has been made, but Welker is at least giving it serious thought after numerous concussions and a dropoff in production in 2014.

The 33-year-old receiver is coming off his worst season since his rookie year in 2005, having caught just 49 balls for 464 yards. He was suspended for the first two games of the season because of a positive drug test and also suffered his third concussion in two years with Denver during the preseason.

The Broncos are also awaiting word on whether Peyton Manning will return to Denver, although speculation emerged Tuesday that the decision might not be all Manning’s. With a new head coach and big contract decisions looming for Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas, the potent Broncos offense could be in for a major makeover this summer.

Sports reporter Kyle Kraska shot outside his home, taken to hospital

Kyle Kraska

San Diego sports reporter Kyle Kraska was shot outside his home multiple times on Tuesday and was taken to a hospital, where he is said to be alert and talking.

Many of Kraska’s co-workers at KFMB-TV CBS 8 in San Diego reported the news about the anchor/sports director, who reportedly suffered multiple wounds.

CBS 8 reporter Marcella Lee posted the following update about her co-worker:

Kyle Kraska is in surgery- doctors were waiting for him as he arrived after being shot at his home. He has more than one gunshot wound. The encouraging news is that he was alert and talking during transport to the hospital. We will have the latest at 5pm on CBS8. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers

Rather than reporting about a shooting involving other people, members of CBS 8’s staff found themselves in the unusual position of reporting about an incident involving one of their own.

FOX 5 in San Diego provided some details about the incident:

A neighbor told police that someone shot the rear window out of Kraska’s silver Mercedes-Benz, firing as many as 10 shots, then fled in an older-model white minivan.

Another neighbor told Fox 5 that she heard an argument between Kraska and a man who had been working on his house. Then, she heard several gunshots.

You can see a photo of his vehicle:

Police are looking for a suspect — someone in a white van:

San Diego police later released this regarding the suspect:

DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I don’t fire coaches or hire them’

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George Karl is expected to be named the head coach of the Sacramento Kings after the All-Star break, and DeMarcus Cousins does not seem thrilled about it.

After an ESPN.com report on Tuesday indicated that the Kings are already operating as if Karl will take over the team, Cousins spoke to Marc Stein about the coaching situation.

“I don’t fire coaches or hire them,” Cousins said. “Everyone knows I liked and respected Coach [Mike] Malone. I didn’t want [Malone’s firing in December] to happen. I’m not involved in any coaching decisions right now. I’ve heard that George Karl is a great coach. If that is the direction that the organization chooses, I’ll support it.

“Out of respect for Coach [Tyrone] Corbin, I hadn’t planned on making any comments about what is rumored out there. But at this point I felt some things needed to be clarified.”

The Kings are 7-19 since Corbin took over for Malone, who had a strong relationship with Cousins. Earlier this week, Cousins went off in a bizarre postgame rant that made it clear he is unhappy with the direction of the team.

Cousins has had some problems with coaches in the past. We know Karl is not a huge fan of the superstar mentality, as evidenced by some remarks he made after the two parted ways a few years back. The situation will certainly be worth monitoring.

Alex Rodriguez meets with Yankees to apologize

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez met with the New York Yankees on Tuesday in an attempt to clear the air.

A-Rod and the team released a joint statement about the meeting.

“Today we held a meeting at Yankee Stadium between Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine, Brian Cashman, Jean Afterman, Alex Rodriguez and Jim Sharp,” the statement read, via For the Win. “Alex initiated the meeting and apologized to the organization for his actions over the past several years.

“There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”

Last month, the Yankees reportedly turned down A-Rod’s request for a clear-the-air meeting and told him they would speak to him when spring training began. Based on the way Rodriguez’s relationship with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has gone south in recent years, that wasn’t really a surprise.

There must have been a change of heart at some point. With rumors like this one swirling, the Yankees’ brass are probably trying to keep the distractions at a minimum heading into the season.

Vince Wilfork wears hilarious shirt about going bald

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Over the weekend, New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork rolled up on a fan who was wearing his jersey in the Bahamas. It took the guy a second to realize that he was staring big Vince himself in the face. Or, on second thought, maybe the fan was just in awe of Wilfork’s shirt.

The original clip that went viral was posted on Instagram by Wilfork’s wife, Bianca.

You couldn’t really make out the shirt Wilfork was wearing. Fortunately, he shared it with us on Tuesday.

Awesome. LB would probably argue that Wilfork’s shirt was nothing compared to the shirt Rex Ryan was spotted in public wearing a few years ago, but I think it’s close. Four-time Super Bowl champions can wear whatever they want.

Aaron Hernandez’s girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins granted immunity

Aaron Hernandez

The prosecution in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial may have scored its biggest victory to date this week, as the former New England Patriots tight end’s girlfriend has been granted immunity and will testify against him.

Shayanna Jenkins, who is the mother of Hernandez’s child, had been charged with perjury on allegations she lied to the grand jury when evidence related to the murder of Odin Lloyd was being presented. Jenkins’ sister, Shanea, was in a romantic relationship with Lloyd.

As part of her plea agreement, prosecutors can now force Jenkins to testify against Hernandez. If she has a change of heart and refuses, she could be held in contempt of court and sent to jail.

Obviously, Jenkins may have a ton of information regarding Hernandez’s relationship with Lloyd, where he was the night Lloyd was murdered, and what Hernandez did and said before and after Lloyd was killed. Hernandez’s legal team will try to attack Jenkins’ credibility by saying she is simply testifying against their client to keep herself out of prison, but the jury will undoubtedly be interested in hearing what Jenkins has to say.

Hernandez’s lawyer was in a joking mood last week, and the judge didn’t appreciate it. Now that Jenkins is set to testify against the 25-year-old, Hernandez’s lawyers are probably feeling a little less relaxed.

Broncos reportedly undecided on Peyton Manning’s future

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Peyton Manning is currently working out near his home in New Orleans to prepare for the 2015 season. While he has yet to have his annual physical with the Denver Broncos, all indications are that Manning will play at least another season.

According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, John Elway and the Broncos have yet to decide if they want Manning back. In fact, Cole isn’t ruling out the possibility of the team failing Peyton when he takes his physical.

“At this point in his career, the Broncos could fail Peyton Manning for any reason, including the four neck surgeries that he has already had,” Cole reported Tuesday. “In talking to sources close to the team, there’s a big question here about whether the Broncos want to bring him back for one more year. They’re going to have to feel very comfortable about this.”

Manning has reportedly been convinced that he can work well with Gary Kubiak, who has replaced John Fox as Denver’s head coach. That said, Kubiak has always employed a run-first system and the Broncos might feel that they don’t need to spend $19 million on a quarterback in that type of offense.

“John Elway said at his end of the year press conference that he thinks Manning has one more year left,” Cole added. “He’s probably going to stand by that, but I will say this — it is probably only one more year.”

It should be noted that Manning still threw 39 touchdown passes and racked up nearly 5,000 yards in 2014, so his sharp decline down the stretch likely had more to do with this injury than anything else. Still, he is 39 and his best days are behind him. We cant rule anything out until an official announcement is made.

Landon Donovan engaged to girlfriend Hannah Bartell

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Landon Donovan is beginning his post-playing career by planning a wedding.

On Monday, Donovan announced that he recently got engaged to longtime girlfriend Hannah Bartell. The former LA Galaxy star wrote on Facebook that he has been traveling a lot since he retired and is in the process of enrolling in college.

“Lastly, and most importantly, I recently got engaged to the love of my life, Hannah,” Donovan revealed. “I have never been this happy and I’m excited for our future together!”

Donovan retired in December after leading the Galaxy to an MLS Cup win. It would be hilarious if we could hear what these people think of his engagement.

While it certainly feels like Donovan has been around forever, he’s just 32. The best is yet to come for him and his soon-to-be wife.

Photo: Facebook/Landon Donovan

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