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Rex Chapman enters substance abuse program

Rex Chapman

Rex Chapman has entered a substance abuse treatment program, according to a report.

WDRB in Louisville’s Rick Bozich reports that Chapman, who was a star basketball player in college at Kentucky, began a 28-day program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville on Monday.

Bozich says Chapman has a reliance on suboxone. Suboxone can be used as a pain medication and also can be used by those addicted to opioids like heroin and oxycodone.

Chapman was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly shoplifting $14,000 in goods from an Apple store in Arizona and selling the merchandise at a pawn shop. He is facing 9 felony counts for stealing the goods and 5 felony counts for selling them.

[Watch: Alleged thefts caught on video]

Chapman played 12 seasons in the NBA but never played more than 75 games in a season because of multiple injuries.

Kobe Bryant wore ‘Ringsssss’ shirt to practice

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Kobe Bryant has a near countless amount of accolades worthy of bragging about from what will be a Hall of Fame career when he calls it quits. Among them are the five NBA championships he’s won.

With this in mind, it’s fitting (and pretty fantastic) that Bryant showed up to Lakers practice on Tuesday wearing a Nike shirt with “RINGSSSSS” on the front. There’s, of course, one S for each Larry O’Brien Trophy he’s hoisted. Add the Black Mamba logo that appears on his signature sneakers and you have brilliance.

Oh, and could Kobe’s pose and facial expression be more perfect while wearing that shirt? I mean, just look at him.

Photo: Instagram/lakersscene

Billy Butler picked off to kill rally in first (Video)

Billy Butler came through with an RBI single to drive in the Royals’ first run of their wild card playoff game on Tuesday, but he also ended the inning with a blunder on the bases.

Butler hit a single to left field to drive in a run and make it 2-1 Oakland with two outs in the first. A’s pitcher Jon Lester got ahead 0-2 on Alex Gordon, and before the third pitch of the at-bat, he caught Butler snoozing off the first base bag.

The A’s got Butler in a rundown and threw home to tag out Eric Hosmer, who figured he might as well try to score while his teammate was in a pickle.

Royals manager Ned Yost said in an in-game interview that the team was trying to run a first-and-third play, but they executed it poorly.

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Michigan students hold ‘Fire Dave Brandon’ rally, protest on campus (Video)

Michigan students rallied on campus Tuesday to protest the athletic department’s handling of quarterback Shane Morris, who was sent back into the game Saturday despite showing obvious signs of a concussion.

According to MLive.com, the idea for the rally was started on fan site MGoBlog.com Tuesday morning. The idea culminated with a few hundred students convening on campus in the afternoon to protest the football team’s handling of Morris and subsequent statements by coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon on the matter.

[Related: AD Dave Brandon says Morris has probable mild concussion]

The students called for the athletic director’s head, repeating chants of “Fire Dave Brandon.” They then marched to the home of president Mark Schlissel.

Schilissel issued a statement on Tuesday to express his “extreme disappointment” with the program for mishandling Morris and allowing him to play in his condition.

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You can see more photos of the march below:

Detroit Free Press reporter David Jesse covered the rally from start to finish. Below is his account of the events:

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Could Jon Gruden return to Raiders as head coach?

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The Oakland Raiders have not had a winning season since 2002 and are still searching for a head coach who can help them return to the success they had in the early-2000s. Might they consider hiring the man who is responsible for those successful seasons as their next head coach?

After firing Dennis Allen on Monday night following an 0-4 start, Raiders owner Mark Davis said at a press conference Tuesday that Jon Gruden will be in the mix for the team’s head coaching job.

Here’s how the exchange went between Davis and reporters:

-Q: Do you plan on reaching out to Jon Gruden to coach this team?

-DAVIS: I don’t know. He may reach out to me, I may reach out to him. I may reach out to anybody. That’s the future and I’m not going to talk about future coaches.

-Q: Does Reggie [McKenzie] have the ability to reach out to a Jon Gruden or whoever?

-DAVIS: He has the ability to reach out to people–he’s the general manager of the Raiders and he’s able to do that.

Davis could have outright dismissed the possibility, but it’s telling that he will consider it.

The Raiders already have Tony Sparano as their interim head coach, and Davis told the media that the team’s next head coach could already be in the organization, but you have to figure that they will go for a home run this time. They’re on their ninth coach! Ninth! since trading Gruden to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They can’t afford to screw it up again.

The obvious question becomes: would Gruden be interested in the position?

Though his name has come up in connection with multiple college and NFL coaching jobs since being fired after the 2008 season, Gruden has remained out of the coaching profession and instead insists he enjoys his position as a broadcaster for ESPN. However, Gruden, 51, is still young and could probably be one of the better coaches in the league if he ever took a job.

Also take this into consideration, via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

NFL Network also reports that Davis is willing to pay Gruden a lot of money to get him out of the broadcast booth.

And here’s reporter Jim Trotter, who closely profiled the Raiders for SI a few years ago:

It sounds like this is a legitimate possibility, though we wouldn’t say it seems likely to happen.

Geno Smith reportedly got into ‘altercations’ at bars during offseason

Geno Smith JetsGeno Smith has struggled on the field since the New York Jets named him their starting quarterback last season. In 20 career games, Smith has just 16 touchdown passes and a whopping 26 interceptions. He has also fumbled six times and has a career passer rating of 68.5. Believe it or not, the Jets may be more concerned with Smith’s behavior off the field than they are with his performance on it.

According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, questions about Smith’s character arose long before he shouted an F-bomb at a heckling fan on Sunday.

“One of the things that happened during the offseason is Geno Smith got into scuffles at bars,” Cole reported on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t say they were physical altercations, but verbal altercations at minimum. It makes people wonder what kind of patience he has.

“Now with the incident that happened (on Sunday), the Jets are wondering does Geno Smith have the patience, does he have the personality to handle the pressure of playing in New York. This goes beyond playing.”

[WATCH: Geno Smith curses at heckling fan after loss]

Cole also pointed out how Smith left the NFL Draft last year and was initially not planning to come back for the second round after he was crushed that he didn’t get drafted in the first. If he can’t handle the disappointment of slipping down a draft board, is he capable of handling the criticism that goes along with being an NFL quarterback in a major city?

While Rex Ryan has continuously shown support for Smith (like he did with Mark Sanchez), there’s a reason the Jets signed Michael Vick this past offseason. In addition to being a veteran backup, Vick also has starting experience and has won at the NFL level. If Smith continues to struggle on the field and/or makes any other poor decisions off of it, we could see Vick sooner rather than later.

Tom Brady among most-dropped quarterbacks in fantasy football

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What do Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins, E.J. Manuel, Derek Carr and Blake Bortles all have in common? They were among the most-dropped quarterbacks in Yahoo! Fantasy Football this week.

Andy Behrens, who is a fantasy sports analyst for Yahoo, tweeted a screenshot of the image seen above that shows the transaction trends for fantasy quarterbacks.

The most action has involved Cousins, who replaced the injured Robert Griffin III, put up big numbers against the Jags and Eagles, and then had a stinker on Thursday night against the Giants. Second on the list is Brady, who has been one of the most added/dropped/traded quarterbacks.

It’s hard to see this as anything other than shocking.

From 2007-2013 (excluding the 2008 knee injury season), Brady was a fantasy stud and the kind of quarterback who could anchor a championship team. There were signs of a statistical drop-off last year, but he still threw for 4,343 yards and 25 touchdowns. Through four games this season, Brady has thrown for just 791 yards and four touchdowns, which sets him on pace for a pedestrian 3,164 yards and 16 touchdowns. Even Mark Sanchez put up better numbers than that when he was the Jets’ starting quarterback.

We fully expect Brady to get better, but there are still plenty of other more appealing fantasy options at quarterback. The drops are surprising but justifiable.