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Rick Pitino says Louisville should be a No. 1 seed

Rick PitinoLouisville is ranked No. 5 in the country and just ran through the American Athletic Conference Tournament, but they’re not in strong consideration to receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament this year. Coach Rick Pitino thinks that should change.

Pitino believes the Cardinals deserve a 1 seed rather than the 2 or 3 they’re projected to get.

“I judge it from the eye test,” Pitino said after Saturday’s win over UConn via WDRB. “Now understand something, every analyst has an agenda, every coach has an agenda.

“Do I think we should be? Yes. Do I think we will be? No.”

Maybe Louisville’s strength of schedule is keeping them from receiving a higher seed, but it’s hard to argue against what they’ve accomplished.

They destroyed competition in the AAC Tournament. They’ve beaten UConn three times. They won 12 of their last 13 games. But they did lose non-conference games to Kentucky and North Carolina, and their conference blemishes include losses to Cincinnati and two to Memphis. Ultimately, the seed they receive may not matter if they’re as good as Pitino believes they are.

Emmanuel Sanders’ agent Steve Weinberg allegedly broke ‘every rule in negotiations’

Emmanuel Sanders SteelersEmmanuel Sanders agreeing to a deal with the Denver Broncos might not be the biggest NFL news around, but at least one team appears to be extremely upset over what happened.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, one team executive claims that Sanders’ agent, Steve Weinberg, agreed to a deal in principle with the Kansas City Chiefs and still shopped his client around to other teams. Weinberg supposedly shopped the offer from the Chiefs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before eventually agreeing to a deal with KC’s AFC West rival. Rapoport also says Sanders and Weinberg irritated the 49ers by cancelling a visit with them.

An agent has the right to shop his client to whomever he wants, but it is considered poor form to agree to a deal with a team and then continue to shop around your client, which is what it sounds like Weinberg did.

Rapoport says Weinberg was recently reinstated by the NFLPA after being barred and decertified in 2003.

If Sanders blows out for the Broncos, expect Chiefs fans to be peeved. If he gets hurt or doesn’t play well, they’ll probably be happy that the deal never went through.

CSUN screwed on charge call in final seconds (Video)

Cal State Northridge lost to Cal Poly 61-59 on Saturday night in the finals of the Big West Tournament, and a bad call in the final seconds of the game did not help their cause.

With the Matadors down 60-59 following a Mustangs 3-pointer, Tre Hale-Edmerson took a pass on a pick and roll, cut into the paint and made 10-foot jump shot. Unfortunately, Hale-Edmerson was called for a charge, which nullified the basket and gave the ball back to Cal Poly. The Mustangs were fouled, made 1-of-2 at the line, and won 61-59 to earn the automatic berth from the conference.

Cal Poly (13-17) became the lowest seed to win the conference tourney (they were the seven seed) and will almost certainly be headed to Dayton for the play-in game.

Cal Poly CSUN charge

But about that call. That was just brutal. Zach Gordon wasn’t even set when the two collided, yet he got the call. Man, that’s some bad luck for CSUN.

Video via @cjzero

Providence reporter does not realize he’s on TV, gives us great blooper (Video)

Frank CarpanoA miscommunication between the studio anchor and field reporter led to a great blooper on WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, on Saturday night.

Based on the video, it seems like there was an issue that prevented reporter Frank Carpano from going on-air for his initial report following Providence’s win over Creighton at the Big East tournament, so the host tried to kick it back to him again. Even though Carpano was giving a thumbs up, he apparently could not hear his cue, and therefore did not realize he was on air. He kept futzing with his earpiece the entire time.

The pinnacle was when Carpano, not realizing he was on live TV, launched himself at the camera with the thumbs up and said, “I gave you a thumbs up!”

Dude, if you couldn’t hear, then why did you give a thumbs up?

H/T Deadspin

Carlos Condit suffers major knee injury at UFC 171 (GIF)

Carlos Condit kneeCarlos Condit lost to Tyron Woodley at UFC 171 by TKO on Saturday night after being unable to continue following a major knee injury.

Condit was kicked by the Woodley in the left knee, then spun back to remain standing, but his right knee gave out. The right knee is where he reportedly suffered a torn ACL.

Most people had Woodley winning the first round, so he definitely deserves credit for getting the win in their fight and forcing the stoppage in the second.

Here’s another look at the knee injury:

GIF via GIFD Sports

DeAngelo Williams jokes about becoming more useful fantasy option

DeAngelo Williams Jonathan Stewart

Apparently members of the Carolina Panthers have taken note of the team’s depleted wide receiver group.

Shortly after reports said free agent wide receiver Brandon LaFell agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams tweeted this:

As we noted, the Panthers have now lost their top three wide receivers from last season. Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and now LaFell are gone. That leaves tight end Greg Olsen and receiver Marvin McNutt.

Yup, as of now, the offense may be going run-heavy with Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert.

Patriots to sign Brandon LaFell, leave Panthers with like no wide receivers

Brandon LaFell PanthersThe New England Patriots keep working to maintain a balanced team despite the difficulties of free agency, and they did so by reaching agreement with Brandon LaFell on a three-year deal Saturday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported news of the agreement. The move was reported hours after the Denver Broncos reportedly reached agreement with Emmanuel Sanders on a contract.

It’s a good move for the Patriots and will give them another option on the outside.

The other big part of this signing is what it does to Carolina. The Panthers already cut and lost Steve Smith. Ted Ginn Jr. left Carolina for the Arizona Cardinals. And now LaFell is signing with New England. The Panthers have Marvin McNutt as one of their lone receivers left, and all three of their top receiving guys from last year are gone (not counting tight end Greg Olsen).

Think we know what they’ll be targeting in the draft?

Donte’ Stallworth marks 5-year anniversary of DUI accident with heartfelt message

donte-stallworthFive years ago, former NFL wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth made a decision he will remember for the rest of his life.

Stallworth got behind the wheel of his vehicle, while impaired from the effects of alcohol, and struck 59-year-old Mario Reyes as he attempted to cross a Miami street. Reyes lost his life. Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. He was released after serving 24 days.

The former first round draft pick was suspended for the 2009 season, but returned to play for the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, and New England Patriots after being reinstated by the NFL.

Friday was the five-year anniversary of the tragic incident and Donte’ Stallworth took to his Instagram account to reflect on the events of March 14, 2009.

In the caption, Stallworth wrote:

“5 years ago today, I left my home driving across the I-395/MacArthur Causeway for breakfast… and that decision turned out to be one I could never undo. Mr. Mario Reyes lost his life and his teenage daughter lost her father. It’s never acceptable to drive under the influence. You put others and yourself at great, perilous risk… It’s a lose-lose situation that too many of us in society gamble with far too often… And it’s 100% preventable. Take care of your people when you know they shouldn’t be driving. Plan ahead and be responsible. There’s nothing I can do to reverse that day, but hopefully you guys will think of me and make better decisions than I did that morning. You don’t want to live with these regrets I have from my irrevocable decision… Trust me. #BeSmarter”

Dana White knows for a fact GSP will be back in UFC

Georges St-Pierre UFC 167Georges St-Pierre is currently on a break from fighting, but UFC boss Dana White says he knows for a fact that the welterweight champion will be back.

Speaking with the media Friday ahead of UFC 171 in Dallas, White talked about GSP returning after being asked if it is fun to have the Canadian fighter out.

“Is it fun for Georges St-Pierre to be gone?” White said. “I wouldn’€™t say it’s fun. But the welterweight division is exciting right now. When Georges does come back, whoever is standing there will be a fun fight.

“I know for a fact he will [come back].”

GSP has been less certain about his future. The 32-year-old left the UFC after barely beating Johny Hendricks by split decision in November. There were rumors that an unplanned pregnancy and family illness played a role in his departure from the sport. Then there were all the comments GSP made about the UFC’s lax stance against drug testing that made it sound like that was another reason he soured on the sport.

Most recently, though, St-Pierre said his OCD was the main reason why he left. GSP said he would obsess over his fights and opponents and admitted that practice was not healthy, so he wanted to give himself a break. That explanation made it seem much more likely that he would make a return when he’s ready.

GSP is one of the most popular fighters in the organization and one of the most highly-paid. He doesn’t exactly need the money, but when he grows tired of his break, he’ll probably want back in like White says.

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Ronda Rousey would move up to 145 to fight Gina Carano

Ronda RouseyRumors have been floating about a potential Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano fight ever since UFC commentator Joe Rogan went on the radio and teased a big announcement involving Rousey.

While we have no idea if Carano, who last fought in 2009 before pursuing an acting career, would have any interest in returning to the fight game, we do know that Rousey would be willing to make a special weight concession for Carano that she would not make for anyone else.

“To fight her would be a real honor and I think that’d be a milestone for the sport. But, I mean, you can’t fight for anyone but yourself. I wouldn’t want her to fight for any other reason than if she wants to fight. It’s a personal decision for everyone,” Rousey said Friday in Dallas via MMA Fighting.com.

“There are exceptions that I would make for Gina that I wouldn’t make for anyone else,” Rousey said.

The implication is that she would move up to 145 to fight Carano. Rousey normally fights at 135 and has said that she would not go to 145 even to fight Cristiane Justos, who is coming off a steroids suspension and considered to be the top other women’s fighter.

If Rousey does not end up fighting Carano, a possible match with Cyborg looms. Cyborg has been dying for the fight and even cut ties with former manager Tito Ortiz in order to increase the likelihood of a match happening; UFC boss Dana White does not get along with Ortiz, so his involvement with Cyborg was an impediment.

The other strong possibility for Rousey’s next fight would be Cat Zingano. Rousey was originally slated to face Zingano, but Cat injured her knee and had to pull out of their fight. Instead, a rematch between Rousey and Miesha Tate was arranged. Zingano had previously beaten Tate to earn the shot at Rousey, so most believe she would give Rousey more of a challenge.

White has recently said that Rousey will not be fighting again until the fall.

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