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Von Miller denies committing lewd act on Tom Brady

Von Miller

Von Miller says he was not the Denver Broncos player who tried to commit a lewd act on Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game.

Miller was a star for the Broncos in their 20-18 win over the New England Patriots as he recorded 2.5 sacks and multiple hits on the quarterback.

After the game, a report quoted a Broncos player as saying he tried to rub his junk on Brady while laying on the quarterback. During Super Bowl Opening Night Monday in San Jose, Larry Brown Sports caught up with Miller and asked if he was the player in question.

“It wasn’t me. If it was me, I would have said it,” Miller told Larry Brown Sports. “I don’t have a problem saying how I feel to the media or whoever I’m playing. But it wasn’t me. I was just going to the game, just trying to have a great day, trying to rush with DeMarcus (Ware), trying to have a historical day. It wasn’t me though.”

Miller would be hard pressed to improve upon his 2.5-sack game against the Patriots, but he’ll try to do so against the Panthers in the Super Bowl.

“Every week I hope to get better and better.”

Miller may deny being the one trying to get in Brady’s face, but based on this video it sure seemed like he was.

Ken Stabler found to have suffered from C.T.E.

Ken Stabler Raiders

Legendary NFL quarterback Ken Stabler suffered from CTE, according to researchers.

Stabler had stage 3 CTE, according to Boston University researchers who studied his brain.

“He had moderately severe disease,” said Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System and conductor of the examination, via John Branch of the New York Times. “Pretty classic. It may be surprising since he was a quarterback, but certainly the lesions were widespread, and they were quite severe, affecting many regions of the brain.”

Stabler’s partner, Kim Bush, confirmed that the former Raider had dealt with many of the symptoms of the disease late in life.

“On some days, when he wasn’t feeling extremely bad, things were kind of normal,” Bush said. “But on other days it was intense. I think Kenny’s head rattled for about 10 years.

“There were days when I walked in the door and looked at his face, and I could tell,” Bush continued. “He was sitting in his chair, because he was always waiting for me, and the news was on and whatnot, and he had his head laid back, and his eyes just scrunched up so tight that I used to think that would give you a headache in itself, just the pure pressure of squinting like that.”

Stabler also experienced sensitivity to noise and bright light, repeated himself, and lost his sense of direction. He was also very aware of the danger of concussions, and committed to donating his brain to science upon learning of Junior Seau’s death.

Stabler is just another in a long line of players to be diagnosed with CTE, and that doesn’t even include the high-profile former players who some doctors believe suffer from it.

Rams have talked about signing Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

If Peyton Manning decides he wants to continue his career beyond this season, at least one team reportedly will have interest in him.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Los Angeles Rams have had talks about signing the future Hall of Famer if Manning decides to play again next season.

Manning has not said whether he plans to retire after the Super Bowl. The 39-year-old is under contract with the Broncos for next season, but many do not expect him to return to the team.

Manning was criticized for having a poor season as he threw just nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Still, the Rams struggled at the quarterback spot, alternating between Case Keenum and Nick Foles. Neither is a great option, which makes the team’s interest in Manning understandable.

Though Manning’s plans for the future are unclear, he did hint in this video that he might retire after the Super Bowl.

Greg Olsen shuts down question about 7th Floor Crew reunion (Video)

Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen does not want anything to do with questions about the 7th Floor Crew.

Larry Brown Sports is in San Francisco this week covering the Super Bowl, and at Opening Night on Monday, I interviewed many players. I tried to ask the Carolina Panthers star tight end if there were any plans for a 7th Floor Crew reunion, but he wasn’t having any of it!

It’s a true shame that Olsen didn’t want any part of that. He was easily the best part of the Miami Hurricanes’ infamous rap song that went viral after it was leaked onto the internet in 2006. The song was heavily criticized for its content (you can listen to it here) and was used as another example of the seemingly uncontrollable nature of the Miami Hurricanes football program, but the song has built a cult following and was highly acclaimed by critics.

Floyd Mayweather has turned down ‘crazy’ money offers to fight again

Floyd Mayweather smiling

Floyd Mayweather is so committed to retirement he says he has turned down “crazy” monetary offers to return to fighting.

Mayweather, 38, last fought in September, quietly beating Andre Berto following a heavily-hyped bout with Manny Pacquiao that turned out to be a dud. The win over Berto put Mayweather at 49-0 for his career and ended his six-fight contract with Showtime.

Since retiring, Mayweather told BBC Sport he has had “crazy numbers” thrown at him as offers to get back in the ring.

And what qualifies as “crazy numbers” when you’re Floyd Mayweather? Try nine-figure payouts.

For now Mayweather says he is not interested in a comeback, but if he were, it would have to be for a lot of money.

“As of right now, I am out completely,” Mayweather told BBC Sport.

“If I do get the itch to come back, it really won’t be for the money but I have to get paid. That’s why the nickname is Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”

Mayweather is worth so much money — he reportedly banked well over $200 million from the Pacquiao fight alone — that he shouldn’t ever have to step back into the ring again for financial reasons. If he did return to fight, it might be to reclaim the spotlight or to go for a 50-0 record, which would be a really nice number to retire on.

But while he’s turning down nine-figure offers, he’s in the UK charging fans up to four figure sums for meet-and-greets. They don’t call him “Money” for nothing.

Report: Celtics have talked with Rockets about Dwight Howard trade

Dwight Howard

The Boston Celtics have talked with the Houston Rockets about a potential Dwight Howard trade, according to a report.

The New York Daily News’ Frank Isola reports that the C’s have “engaged” the Rockets in talks about a possible deal, though nothing has materialized yet.

Howard, 30, has a $23.2 million player option for next season which he can decline in favor of a larger long-term deal. That seems likely for the big man, who has been troubled by back problems in the past.

Knowing that Howard has a strong likelihood of opting out after the season, trading for him would be a big gamble. Would a team be willing to give up assets for someone who will only be around to help them for a few months?

The Celtics are currently the fourth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, so maybe they feel getting a difference-maker like Howard could potentially propel them to the conference finals or further. They would have to weigh whether giving up assets would be worth renting a player like that. It’s also possible that GM Danny Ainge, known for being quite a wheeler and dealer, was just trying to check and see what the asking price for Howard is.

A report in December said Howard was unhappy with his role in Houston, which he of course denied. That alone is enough reason for a savvy GM to send out a feeler, which it sounds like Ainge has done.

Sam Mitchell can’t wait for Kobe to be out of the NBA

Kobe Bryant five

If there’s one person in the NBA who’s seen far too much of Kobe Bryant throughout the Lakers star’s 19-season career, it’s Sam Mitchell. In 2006, Mitchell was the coach of the Toronto Raptors when the Black Mamba slithered his way to an 81-point game. As if that weren’t enough, on Tuesday, Kobe lit up Mitchell’s T-Wolves for a season-high 38 points as part of a 119-115 Lakers win.

Bryant’s 38-point game, which included 7-of-11 on threes, has Mitchell waving the white flag.

“I hate him!” Mitchell respectfully said of Kobe to the media. “If I don’t ever see him again, it won’t be too soon.”

Bryant appreciated the complimentary nature of Mitchell’s comments.

“Thank you for the hate,” Kobe responded. “I appreciate that, truly.”

Mitchell’s words are the highest of compliments. Like Reggie Jackson said, they don’t boo nobodies, and they have no reason to hate nobodies either.

But something tells us based on this previous report that Mitchell has bigger things to worry about than Kobe.

H/T Hoops Hype

Brock Osweiler: Being on bench is ‘difficult’

Brock Osweiler

Even though he is happy his team has reached the Super Bowl, Brock Osweiler acknowledges that it is difficult being on the bench in favor of Peyton Manning.

Osweiler took over as the Denver Broncos’ starter in mid-November after Manning got hurt. The team went 5-2 under his watch, which means he had a big role in earning them the top seed in the AFC, and therefore a spot in the Super Bowl. As such, Osweiler says he can’t lie and say it’s easy being the backup.

“If I said it was easy these two games to sit back and watch, I’d completely be lying,” Osweiler said, via the New York Post. “So it is difficult to sit back and watch. As a competitor you want to be out there in the fire with your teammates.

“You want to be in the huddle,” Osweiler added. “You want to have your hand on the ball every single play. But the bottom line is, coach Kubiak is doing what he believes is best for the football team, and I fully support that and support the team 100 percent.”

Beyond having the difficulty of being on the bench, Osweiler has a tough situation to endure regarding his future. A former second-round pick in 2012, the Arizona State product will be a free agent after the season. He will have to wait on Manning to make a decision about retirement before knowing if he might have a crack at being the starter. And, after all, we know from this great video how important that is to him.

J.J. Watt defends Cam Newton’s dancing

Cam Newton

The last time we checked in J.J. Watt and his interaction on Twitter, he was responding to a critic who called him a “try hard.” This time around, he’s defending Cam Newton.

Cam Newton has been squarely in the cross hairs of many this season because of his dances after scoring touchdowns, which he did a lot of so there were plenty of opportunities to celebrate them. Among those who don’t have a problem with what Newton does is J.J. Watt.

Watt was engaged by a Twitter user, whose account is no longer active, on Tuesday. While we do not know what was originally said to the All-Pro defensive end, we do know how he feels about celebrating a big play.

The fun police were out in full force this season, but they never phased Newton, nor should they. Part of what makes him so likable is the joy and passion he plays the game with. On the other hand, the exuberance is also what leads to Newton being disliked.

Cam Newton may have his fair share of detractors, but if you’re going to have someone on your side, J.J. Watt is certainly a good one.

Broncos safety Ryan Murphy questioned in prostitution sting, sent home

Ryan Murphy Broncos

Denver Broncos rookie safety Ryan Murphy was questioned and released in a prostitution sting in San Jose and was sent home from the Super Bowl.

CBS says Murphy, a member of the Broncos’ practice squad, was in a car with his brother, who ended up being cited along with the suspected prostitute.

The sting operation came from Santa Clara County’s human trafficking task force. They were targeting an area of San Jose known for prostitution.

From CBS’ report:

According to sources, police detained a suspected prostitute in the area of a Motel 6 at North First Street and Brokaw Road. The woman told task force members that she had to go to a car to retrieve some property.

The car the woman went to was one Murphy and his brother were in. The woman and Murphy’s brother were both cited. NBC says police determined Murphy was not involved in anything illegal and released him. Still, head coach Gary Kubiak announced he was sending Murphy home from Super Bowl week.

“Although practice-squad safety Ryan Murphy was not cited by police, we decided it was best for the team if we continued our preparations for Super Bowl 50 without him,” coach Gary Kubiak said via a statement Tuesday night. “Ryan is returning to Denver, but his status as a practice-squad player has not changed at this time.”

Murphy was a 7th-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks out of Oregon State but was cut before the season began. He has been with Denver’s practice squad but has not registered any official stats in the NFL. Murphy is a Bay Area native and attended Oakland Technical High School.

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