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Derrick Rose and girlfriend Mieka Reese break up

Derrick Rose girlfriend Mieka Reese

Derrick Rose and longtime girlfriend/fiancee Mieka Reese have broken up.

Reese announced the news in a message posted on Instagram Sunday in which she mentioned their son, PJ.

“PJ is the center of my life now and Derrick and I work together to co-parent for him. No Derrick and I are not in a relationship anymore but our friendship has always been there and will continue to grow. Even if our only purpose in life was to create our son, I’m fine with that.. My son is the greatest gift I could’ve asked for… Happy Sunday,” Reese wrote in the note.

Reese posted a photo of her and Rose holding their son, indicating that PJ is what is shared between them and the center of their focus now:

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Report: Jets fan who punched female Patriots fan is convicted killer Kurt Paschke

The New York Jets fan who punched a female New England Patriots fan in a video that went viral is a convicted killer, according to a report.

Video of Jets and Patriots fans fighting outside MetLife Stadium after the Jets beat the Pats 30-27 in overtime Sunday was first posted by Deadspin. Reports later indicated that police were investigating the incident. Apparently they questioned Kurt Paschke, who has been identified as the Jets fan in the video who punched the female Pats fan.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Paschke’s mother, who attended the game with her son, says her son was defending her when he punched the fan. But the big bomb dropped by the News is that Paschke did time in the 1990s after being convicted for fatally stabbing a man in a fight behind a pizza parlor.

Based on these photos, it looks like the same fan (the one on the left is from 2009, the one on the right is from Sunday):

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Pat McAfee drug tested day after his monster hit on Trindon Holliday

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee was the talk of Twitter and NFL fans for his massive hit on Trindon Holliday on a kick return on Sunday night. But not all of the aftereffects of the hit were positive. McAfee may have caught the attention of the league and its drug testers with his big hit.

On Monday, McAfee tweeted to say he received a note in his locker telling him he had been selected for random drug testing:

Pat McAfee drug test

Coincidence? I think not. Any time you have a punter laying fools out like that, red flags are raised. It’s like a puny dude with 20 career home runs bashing 8 bombs in a 2-week span. Drug tests are bound to happen.

Also see: Ndamukong Suh wonders if Pat McAfee will be fined for hit

Pat McAfee hit

Photo: Twitter/PatMcAfeeShow

Rory McIlroy calls Caroline Wozniacki ‘my girl’ in tweet

Caroline Wozniacki notched the 21st victory of her career at the Luxembourg Open on Sunday. If you believe one of the latest gossip reports from the Irish Independent, she did so as a devastated, recently-single young woman. A tweet Rory McIlroy sent out after the victory threw more water on that fire.

rory-mcilroy-caroline-wozniackiYou don’t have to be an FBI agent to connect those dots. While Wozniacki firmly denied the recent breakup rumors, McIlroy dodged questions about it and said he is planning to keep his private life private from now on. He was probably better off not answering the questions, since nothing the couple does or says is going to stop bogus reports from surfacing.

When Caroline and Rory go a couple months without smooching in front of an entire football team or exchanging corny gifts, speculation runs wild. You’d think media outlets would give up on the whole breakup thing unless the quote comes directly from one of the two lovebirds, but I doubt that’s going to happen any time soon.

Cierre Wood no longer fantasy football option after being cut for violating team rules

Cierre-Wood-TexansHouston Texans running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate were among the many casualties across the National Football League on an injury-ridden Sunday. As a result, there was speculation that former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood could be in for an increased role when the team returned from its Week 8 bye. That will not be happening, as Wood and two other Texans players — defensive end Sam Montgomery and linebacker Willie Jefferson — have been cut for violating team rules.

All three rookies were declared inactive before Houston’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. According to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain, the team gave no explanation for releasing the three players but a source claims they violated unspecified team rules at their hotel on Saturday.

Jefferson had shown potential as a pass rusher after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He played at Stephen F. Austin last year after he was kicked out of Baylor for failing multiple drug tests for marijuana. Montgomery was a third-round pick out of LSU who was a disappointing inactive for every game this season.

You could make the argument that Wood is the team’s most significant loss. The undrafted rookie easily won the No. 3 job at running back during the preseason when he rushed for 132 yards on 25 carries and added 35 yards on four receptions. The Texans are now dangerously thin at running back, unless both Foster and Tate can heal quickly during their two weeks off.

H/T Rotoworld

Jermichael Finley reportedly recovering in ICU after Tashaun Gipson hit

Jermichael-Finley-hitGreen Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finely is reportedly recovering in the intensive care unit at a Cleveland hospital and has regained almost all movement. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, tests have all come back negative with more scheduled this week. Ian Rapoport of the NFL.com added even better news, reporting that Finley is expected to be released on Monday.

During a win over the Cleveland Browns on sunday, Finley was hit by safety Tashaun Gipson and had to be carted off the field. It sounded like he initially lost movement in some of his extremities, though the team later announced that he was able to move. Packers tight end Andrew Quarless described the frightening scene.

“He couldn’t move at the time,” Quarless said. “So I just told him, ‘Just stay here, just lay here, don’t move.’ That look he had in his eyes, that was something that stuck with me. It really hurt me just to see him like that. My brother was out there on the ground.”

Neck injuries are always particularly concerning, so it’s good to hear that Finley’s tests have come back negative. Gipson was flagged for helmet-to-helmet contact on the play, although he appeared to lead with his shoulder.

“[It was] all shoulder,” Gipson said. “The crown of my head did not go down whatsoever. It was a shoulder hit. I don’t know the place where it hit him exactly. I just know I saw him break out of the middle. He was running a slant. I’m driving on the ball. There’s a collision, and he’s down. I really haven’t watched the play, so I can’t really tell you what happened. I was just going out there playing physical.”

To me, it did not appear that Gipson had any malicious intent. Serious injuries aren’t always caused by head hunting. Here’s hoping Finley makes a full recovery.

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Nick Young: Clippers would be ‘disrespectful’ to cover up Lakers’ banners

Nick-Young-Wizards-Not-Top-10Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young may be new to the team, but he is already publicly displaying his Laker pride. Doc Rivers recently revealed that he intends to cover up the Lakers’ banners inside the Staples Center on nights when the Clippers have a home game there. Young doesn’t think he should be allowed to do that.

Young, a former Clipper, apparently doesn’t care that Rivers noted that he isn’t try to be disrespectful toward the Lakers. Instead, Doc said he wants to have more banners of his own players hanging from the rafters on game nights. Young is against it.

“We got to talk to Doc,” Young told reporters on Sunday, via Inside the Lakers. “He can’t have that. We have to do something about that .That’s a lot of pull ya’ll are giving Doc. He shouldn’t come and have that much pull. He should come and earn his keep.”

While Rivers has earned respect as an NBA head coach for his title run with the Boston Celtics in 2008, Young feels he is asking an awful lot for a coach who has yet to win anything in LA.

“But he didn’t win no title in L.A,” Young added. “That’s where it’s at. Look at all these banners in here. You can’t shadow those up.”

In Doc’s defense, Young’s opinion is not one that is shared among his teammates. Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and even Mike D’Antoni all said they felt Rivers should be able to do what he wants with the arena on nights where the Clippers are the home team. They even admitted that they would not want to look at another team’s accomplishments during their games, either.

Personally, I don’t feel that it’s disrespectful at all. Fans who go to see the Clippers play probably don’t want to look at Lakers championship banners. They deserve some true home games, as do the Lakers. If it’s something that’s doable, it should be done.

Adam Schefter’s Twitter hacked by Tim Hasselbeck in prank?

Adam SchefterSomeone may have been having some fun with ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter on Monday, and it looks like Tim Hasselbeck was responsible.

Sandwiched between tweets about Brandon Meriweather likely being suspended by the league, Lance Briggs’ shoulder injury, and the news of Bud Adams’ death, were what appeared to be some prank tweets.

It looks like some interaction over fantasy football was the impetus for the series of tweets.

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Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams dies at 90

Bud Adams TitansThis has not been a good week for aging, prominent Houston football figures. Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has died at the age of 90, the team is now saying, per Tennesseean reporter Jim Wyatt.

Adams was one of the original AFL co-founders. He owned the Houston Oilers, which he controversially moved to Tennessee in 1997, making him a disliked figure in Houston.

Adams made most of his fortune in petroleum. He was a huge Vince Young proponent, calling for the team to draft the former University of Texas star and demanding that Titans head coach Jeff Fisher play him over Kerry Collins. Adams signed Warren Moon from the CFL after no NFL teams initially expressed interest in him. He also drafted Steve NcNair at a time when black quarterbacks were still questioned.

Knowing his health was failing, he reportedly instructed his front office to spend money in the offseason to put a more competitive team on the field.

Adams remained an ornery, demanding figure in his later years. He put the entire Titans organization on notice last year amid a poor season. He also had an infamous incident in 2009 when he flipped off Buffalo Bills fans and was fined $250,000 by the league.

Adams’ teams appeared in the playoffs 21 times in 50 seasons, though they never won a Super Bowl. His team was the first to play indoors — they played at the Astrodome — but he moved to Tennessee when he decided the Astrodome was no longer a suitable home.

Adams founded the Titans-Oilers organization in 1959. His death comes three days after Bum Phillips passed, the man who coached his franchise from 1975-1980 until being fired by Adams.

The Tennessean has a full obituary on Adams.

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