One would think that proper nourishment would be crucial for any professional athlete, given the number of calories they burn on a given night. However, Carmelo Anthony spends a short stretch each season looking to gain “clarity” in his life, as he calls it. That clarity comes in the form of fasting.
“Physically, I’ve been fasting a little bit,” Anthony told the NY Post after the New York Knicks’ 100-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. “I haven’t been eating, but I’m done with it. I’m back eating. I usually do it to get clarity in my life. I’m done now. I can’t do it no more.”
Eating is probably a good thing when you spend 40-plus minutes a night running up and down a basketball court. Aside from the game he missed against the Indiana Pacers last week, Anthony’s play hasn’t seemed to suffer all that much during the fast. He has scored at least 20 points in every contest he’s played in during the month of January, and even topped 38 points three times. Although there was the whole Cheerios incident with Kevin Garnett, so perhaps a lacking diet can help explain Anthony’s lack of patience.
The points have been there, but the shooting has not. Anthony has shot only 34% from the field over his last three games, and he hinted that his inaccuracy could have to do with his energy level.
“It’s a long story, man,” Anthony explained. “I haven’t had a good meal in about two and half weeks. No meats No carbs. So competing at a high level, the body feels depleted. Im going to get some food tonight. I’m going to get the biggest steak I can find.”
If a malnourished Anthony can maintain his scoring average of around 30 points per game, Knicks fans can only hope a proper meal makes their star forward even better. After all, look what eating pizza did for Kobe Bryant’s game.
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For a team that is missing its biggest star, the Chicago Bulls have certainly held their own this season. They have a record of 20-15 overall and are sixth in the Eastern Conference, but their 10-10 record at home leaves plenty of room for improvement. After a 97-81 loss to the Phoenix Suns at the United Center on Saturday, Joakim Noah tried to put his finger on what the problem could be.
“We’re 10-10 at home. That’s not very good, that’s very average,” Noah said according to ESPNChicago.com. “I think it’s OK to be wrapped up in big wins. I think you’re supposed to be happy after you win, but I think that when it’s the big game we come ready to play. I think we have to make a conscious effort as players and as coaches — everybody. I feel like we complain way too much. When things aren’t going our way we have to find a way to stick together more.”
In other words, it’s great to beat elite teams like the New York Knicks on the road, but losing to the 13-26 Suns on your own court can’t happen.
“It’s just too negative,” Noah continued. “We have to support one another when things aren’t going well because right now it’s just, when things aren’t going our way, it’s the end of the world. You have to move on to the next play and unite together because I don’t feel like we’re doing that right now.”
Derrick Rose could return as early as the All-Star break, which would give the Bulls a major boost both physically and emotionally. It’s incredibly tough to win basketball games without your best player and proven leader, which is why beating lousy teams at home is even more crucial for Chicago while Rose remains out. As for the negativity, I think any team would have a tough time remaining positive if their MVP was out for this long. For the Bulls, it’s all about continuing to weather the storm.
H/T Pro Basketball Talk
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So much for a lengthy layoff to recover from his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December. According to various reports, Manny Pacquiao is planning to return to the ring in April for a tune-up fight before facing Marquez for a fifth time in September.
Boxing Scene first reported on Friday that Pacquiao’s team was strongly considering an April fight in Asia. They and others say Pacquiao’s team is looking to book a fight outside the US for two reasons.
Pacquiao was initially under a 120-day suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his knockout loss to Marquez on Dec. 8, and a 90-day no contact suspension from the commission (the suspensions may have been reduced to 90/60 by a doctor). In order to begin training in time to fight in April, Pacquiao would have to find a country where the suspensions would not be enforced.
The Philippine Star also reports that Pacquiao’s manager, Michael Koncz, says they are targeting an Asian venue for “tax reasons.” The taxes in other countries might not be as high as they would be for Pacquiao to fight in the US.
“We’re not interested in the US for this fight,” Koncz told the Star.
Pacquiao’s last 14 fights have either taken place in Las Vegas or Texas. His last fight outside the US was a July 2006 bout against Oscar Larios in the Philippines.
Koncz reportedly mentioned three potential locations for the April fight to the Star — Singapore, Abu Dhabi or Macau, which is the gambling center in China.
Brandon Rios, Vyacheslav Senchenko, and Jessie Vargas have been mentioned as potential opponents. Koncz says they will focus on finding a venue before looking at opponents.
Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, reportedly told the Manila Bulletin last week that he was interested in having Pacquiao and Marquez on the same April card, just not fighting against each other. The thinking is the card would build up to a September fight between Pacquiao and Marquez over Mexican Indepence Day weekend.
Having Pacquiao fight in April is a gross departure from what his team initially planned. Arum was so concerned about Pacquiao’s health following the knockout loss he had his fighter undergo extensive brain testing. There was talk that Pacquiao’s planned April fight date would be postponed and that he wouldn’t return until September. That’s what Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, initially said would be the best plan.
Roach still prefers for Pacquiao to wait until September before fighting.
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Lance Armstrong is scheduled to record an interview with Oprah on Monday where he reportedly will confess to doping and using other performance-enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career. Armstrong spent the past several years vigorously defending his reputation against all cheating allegations. At one point a few years ago, Armstrong was so intent on proving he was clean that he and his Astana racing team planned to hire Dr. Don Catlin’s Anti-Doping Research lab to constantly test him. Armstrong’s team was planning to post all the testing results on the Internet for transparency purposes. The deal fell through for several reasons — logistics and financial issues are a few of them — and Armstrong’s plan was abandoned.
On Saturday, Larry Brown Sports spoke with Dr. Catlin about Armstrong’s impending confession. Catlin, who is one of the founders of modern drug testing in sports and has provided testing for the NFL, NCAA, MLB, and Olympics, said he’s not surprised to learn of Armstrong’s usage and planned confession.
Armstrong used to boast that he had never failed a drug test. Catlin says he still had some suspicion about Lance as he would with any top cyclist.
“You can’t help but have suspicion when somebody is so accomplished and so over-the-top as one of the key members of the sport of cycling. Cycling and doping go together and they have for 40 years,” Catlin said. “You have to think very seriously about [whether a cyclist is cheating].
“You don’t like to think that way; you’d like to think that Lance and others are clean, but in reality, that’s not the case.”
Catlin believes Armstrong is only confessing as a last option.
“I think he’s cornered. He can’t go anywhere now. I always advise athletes — particularly ones I test and caught and if I get to know them — get it out fast, confess, turn the page and go on. If you try to fight it, you’re almost certainly not going to win. Fighting a drug test and trying to show that it’s not a positive doesn’t work.”
When asked how Armstrong got away with doping for so long, Catlin indicated it’s not that difficult.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick set records in his team’s 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs on Saturday, and he also inspired a social media trend.
The second-year player has been celebrating his touchdowns with a kiss on his biceps (seen above). After his outstanding performance Saturday — he rushed for 181 yards (a quarterback record), two touchdowns, and threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns — many Niners fans began following his lead by imitating the celebration.
See some fans “Kaepernicking” below:
The special teams master was critical of the Patriots’ offense while watching them against the Houston Texans in the playoffs Sunday. He called the Pats out for what he felt was shady play.
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Rob Gronkowski broke his forearm again and is out for the rest of the postseason, according to multiple reports.
Pro Football Talk first reported that Gronk would be out the rest of the playoffs and would need surgery after re-injuring his forearm in the first quarter of the Patriots’ division-round playoff game against the Texans on Sunday. Several other Patriots reporters confirmed the report and said that Gronk broke his forearm again.
Gronkowski was injured in Week 11 against the Indianapolis Colts. His forearm was broken on a fluke play while he was protecting on a routine extra point during a blowout win.
Gronk returned in Week 17 and caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Dolphins. Sunday’s playoff game was his second contest since returning from his injury. He hurt his arm diving for a pass in the first quarter and landing on it. He was in obvious pain, left the game, and did not return.
The injury is a major blow to the Patriots, who will attempt to win the Super Bowl without a healthy Gronk for the second year in a row. Last season, Gronk hurt his ankle in the AFC Championship Game and was nowhere near full-strength during the Super Bowl. You can’t help but think that the Patriots brought Gronk back before he was fully healed.
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Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw a pass to Owen Daniels who had the ball knocked out of his hands by Jerod Mayo on a second-and-four play. The Patriots recovered the ball, and Spikes used a creative dance to make sure everyone knew who had possession. He went all electric boogaloo on all of us.
Unfortunately the referees botched the call and ruled that the play was dead before the fumble because of forward progress. The ruling made little sense to me; Daniels was still fighting forward when he fumbled.
The Texans ended up punting on the possession, but they turned the ball back over on their next one. Ball don’t lie.
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According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, the Titans wide receiver dropped off his brother at a hospital Sunday morning but was uncooperative with police. Police believe Britt was at the scene where his brother was stabbed.
The stab wound reportedly is on his brother’s back by his left arm and not considered a life-threatening injury.
According to The Tennessean, police were called to a party in Jersey City at 3:28 a.m. because of a reported stabbing that occurred during a fight. When police arrived, they found nothing wrong. They were later informed that Britt brought his brother into the hospital with a stab wound, leading them to believe Britt was involved. Police also say a gun shot rang out from the same place where the stabbing took place. The shot reportedly was fired after Britt went back to the house to pick up his girlfriend.
“They were all involved in an altercation. So they all knew each other and what was going on,’’ Jersey City Police Capt. Edgar Martinez told The Tennessean. “That’s why we want to talk to him. He was involved in the incident, both incidents. He was there during that time period. So we are looking to speak to him.”
Britt shared a photo of his brother on his Instagram account Sunday:
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The Atlanta Falcons escaped with a 30-28 win over Seattle in their divisional-round playoff game after nearly blowing a 20-0 lead. Sherman was taunting the Falcons every time they threw at him early in the game. He would put his hand to his head as if to say “you’re crazy” for trying to throw on me.
Falcons receiver Roddy White burned Sherman late in the second quarter for a 47-yard touchdown and raced out of the end zone to show Sherman what’s up. Sherman seemed to be a good sport and mockingly gave him an applause: