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Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway facing drunk driving charge

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Detroit Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway is facing drunk driving charges stemming from an incident last April.

According to a report by Jermont Terry and Derick Hutchinson of Local 4 News in Detroit, Hardaway was pulled over near his Beverly Hills home, and court records show that his BAC was .17. It’s unclear based on the report if the UTEP product was arrested during the incident.

The 49-year-old Hardaway, who was a five-time All-Star and a five-time All-NBA selection during his 13-season playing career, was charged with “operating with high blood alcohol content.” He is said to be fighting the charges but will have limited driving privileges for the time being.

A Pistons spokesperson has confirmed that the team “is aware of the situation” but has no further comment at the moment. Meanwhile, Hardaway’s attorney says that the case is still pending but that they are “working towards a resolution” to avoid a possible trial.

Hardaway is about to enter his third season as an assistant for Detroit under head coach Stan Van Gundy. Hardaway’s son, Tim Jr., is a guard for the Atlanta Hawks.

Image via UTEP Miners on YouTube

H/T ProBasketballTalk

Derrick Rose: Knicks have chance to win every game

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Derrick Rose has a tremendous amount of confidence in the New York Knicks heading into next season. Some would even say he is delusional, and the point guard’s latest remarks will do nothing to quiet those critics.

In a recent feature promoting his new adidas shoes, Rose told Nick DePaula of The Vertical he is thrilled to have been traded to a city where “they love basketball and basketball is a culture there.” The 27-year-old believes he has been given an opportunity to prove he has plenty of great basketball left. But does he really think the Knicks can go undefeated?

“I feel like I’m not done. It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect,” Rose said. “What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare.”

In fairness, Rose had to have meant the Knicks have a chance to win each individual game, not every game. Of course you want to feel like you have a chance to win every time you step on the court. That doesn’t mean he believes 72-0 is a possibility.

Then again, remember what Rose said a few weeks back about the expectations he has for his new team? Perhaps he really is reaching for the sky.

H/T The Big Lead

Report: Blue Jays, Reds discussed Joey Votto trade last season

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Former NL MVP Joey Votto has been a Cincinnati Red for his entire 10-season MLB career. But was he actually close to becoming a Toronto Blue Jay last season?

According to a report by Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star on Monday, the Blue Jays and the Reds “were beginning serious discussions” at last year’s trade deadline about a Votto trade. However, talks were said to have “never gained momentum” as Toronto pursued (and pulled off) deals for Troy Tulowitzki and David Price instead.

The 32-year-old Votto was actually born in Toronto and grew up in Etobicoke, an administrative district within the Toronto metropolitan area. Griffin also notes that Votto is under contract through 2023 and is still owed approximately $182 million guaranteed with a $7 million buyout for 2024, thanks to a 10-year, $225 million extension he signed with the Reds in 2012.

The Blue Jays didn’t (and still don’t) have many lefty bats outside of Michael Saunders and the switch-hitting Justin Smoak. With the Reds seemingly tearing down their core by trading away the likes of Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, and Todd Frazier in just the last eight months alone, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the two sides pick Votto talks up again some time in the future. The four-time All-Star has already looked the part in the past after all.

H/T theScore

Report: Carson Wentz unlikely to see any playing time this season

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We all know how Sam Bradford felt about the Philadelphia Eagles trading up to draft Carson Wentz, but it sounds like the veteran does not have to worry about losing his job to the rookie this year.

In his lengthy report from Eagles training camp, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com predicted that Wentz, who is dealing with a rib fracture, won’t see the field at all during the regular season.

I can’t imagine he plays this week and we’ll see if he can do anything in the fourth preseason game (though with starting linemen likely to play so little, that might not make sense). This is looking like a redshirt year for him (unless the Eagles fall way out of contention quickly. In the meantime the rookie is trying to absorb as much as he can. “It’s just one of those things that takes some time (to heal),” he said.

The Eagles were in no rush with Wentz, anyway. They signed Bradford to a two-year contract this past offseason for a reason. Although he doesn’t like it, Bradford is likely a temporary bridge to Wentz. For the time being, it sounds as though even Chase Daniel is ahead of Wentz on the depth chart.

We heard some reports about Wentz’s development earlier this month that made it seem like the rookie could have a big role, but it would likely take a disaster of a season in Philly for that to happen.

Gabby Douglas to judge Miss America pageant

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Gabby Douglas is used to judges determining her fate in competitions, and now the 20-year-old gymnast will get an opportunity to see what it feels like to be on the other side.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas has joined the panel of judges for the upcoming 2017 Miss America pageant, which will take place on Sept. 11. The three-time gold medalist’s fellow judges will include singer-actress Laura Marano from the Disney Channel, Sara Foster of VH1’s “Barely Famous,” singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes among others who will be named later.

“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas said. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent.”

Douglas, 20, won two gold medals at the London Olympics in 2012 and another earlier this month in Rio. Hopefully she is a lot easier on the Miss America contestants than these social media trolls were on her during the Summer Games.

Tom Brady thumb injury appears to be very minor

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Tom Brady returned to practice on Tuesday after missing the previous two days to tend to a personal matter. The last time he was seen at the New England Patriots’ facility was on Thursday, when he missed his team’s preseason game after he cut his thumb with scissors.

While the extent of the injury was unknown at the time, it’s probably now safe to say it won’t prevent the 39-year-old from being ready when he returns from suspension in Week 5.

I think he’ll live.

When the mishap occurred, Brady said he yelled out a word he “wouldn’t repeat in front of my kids.”

“I was ready to go, had everything on, and I was just trying to get something out of my shoe,” he said, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “The scissors slipped. Just a silly accident.

“It’s a crappy way to not be out there, because it’s a silly mistake. I’m glad it wasn’t in the regular season. I learned from it and hopefully won’t be operating any more scissors for a while.”

The Patriots aren’t taking any chances with Brady. Not only that, but they want to make sure Jimmy Garoppolo is as prepared as he can be to lead the team in the first four weeks of the season. New England has already had multiple injury scares (they can’t lose this guy) during training camp, but it seems safe to say Brady will be just fine.

Aubrey Solomon decommits from Michigan after embarrassing mail mistake

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Michigan lost a four-star defensive tackle recruit this week because somebody wasn’t paying attention.

Aubrey Solomon, a U.S. Army All-American from Leesburg, Ga., announced on Twitter Monday that he is re-opening his recruitment after previously committing to the Wolverines.

Solomon, who has not completely ruled out Michigan but is now strongly considering in-state Georgia, later revealed more details of what happened. Apparently someone from Michigan sent Solomon a letter in the mail thanking him and his mother for attending a barbecue at the school. That would have been a nice gesture if they actually attended.

“A day or two ago, they sent my mom a card thanking us for going to the Michigan bbq, but we never went,” Solomon said, via Kipp Adams of 247Sports.com. “I do not know which recruit they were talking to, but it was not me. It was just a little heartbreaking, for me to supposedly be so high on their list, for them to confuse me with someone else. Plus they spelled both of my names wrong after I told them, but that was not the main issue. I guess they do not have tabs on me.”

You can’t blame Solomon for being offended. Top recruits hear what they believe are heartfelt pitches from several schools and try to make a decision based on the situation that feels the most comfortable. Like this former North Carolina star, Solomon simply felt he wasn’t being shown the love. Michigan will have to do a lot to get him to change his mind.

H/T The Big Lead

Jason Pierre-Paul on Josh Brown domestic violence: ‘It doesn’t matter’

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is not concerned about the disturbing domestic violence allegations against his teammate Josh Brown.

On Monday, Pierre-Paul told reporters the Giants have not discussed Brown’s situation in the locker room. JPP actually took it a step further, saying the domestic violence allegations don’t matter.

“Nothing has been talked about. It is what it is. I think he’s suspended one game,” Pierre-Paul said, per James Kratch of NJ.com. “It doesn’t matter, we’re all family around here. People have their own problems to handle. He’s still our brother and we look past it. We going to need him. Every player, we’re going to need them.”

When asked if the Giants should consider releasing Brown, Pierre-Paul gave an even more animated defense of the kicker.

“No. Why should we cut him?” he replied. “Every guy needs a chance.”

JPP probably doesn’t want to pass judgment on a teammate, especially after all he went through over the past year or so with his embarrassing fireworks mishap. Still, he needs to be more careful when supporting someone who is facing the accusations Brown is facing.

While Brown has not been charged with a crime, his ex-wife told police he became physically violent with her on more than 20 occasions while the couple was still married. You can read more about the disturbing allegations here.

Chris Jericho reportedly confronted Brock Lesnar over bloodying Randy Orton

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Like many others, Chris Jericho reportedly felt that Brock Lesnar went too far at the end of his match against Randy Orton at SummerSlam on Sunday.

After Orton and Lesnar traded patented moves, Brock hit Orton with a series of elbows. At least one of them left Orton with a gash on his forehead, and there was some speculation that a razor — the standard way to open a cut — caused it. Others believed Lesnar simply took things too far.

According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, Jericho confronted Lesnar immediately after the match. After checking to see if Orton was OK, Jericho reportedly asked WWE producer Michael Haynes if the finish was planned. When Haynes wouldn’t answer him, Jericho became furious. Here’s more:

Jericho said [that’s bulls—] just as Lesnar came back from the ring. Lesnar thought he was talking about his match, and called Jericho a p—y according to one version, or “shut up” according to another, and to mind his own business. The two got face-to-face and started exchanging words, with one version saying they were shouting at each other the whole time.

Lesnar pushed Jericho with his fingers, and Jericho did what was described as the “Rousey-Tate” forehead press. One version also had Jericho shoving Lesnar to the wall at one point.

They got tangled up against the wall and Lesnar told Jericho to punch him or kiss him. Paul “HHH” Levesque jumped in quickly and broke it up. It was heated enough that they went back at it at which time Vince McMahon broke it up. Jericho started yelling about Lesnar and McMahon told Jericho that it was all a work and to be professional.

The report goes on to say that Orton informed Jericho he knew everything was coming, but a close look at the gash (photo here) makes it seem like the wound was caused by Lesnar’s elbow and not a razor. That’s probably what Jericho was so heated about.

H/T Black Sports Online

Tre Mason’s mother: Head injuries have RB in 10-year-old’s mindset

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Returning to the football field does not appear to be in the near future for Tre Mason, and you’ll understand why when you hear what his mother told police after one of the Los Angeles Rams running back’s many run-ins with the law back in July.

TMZ obtained footage that shows some of the July 27 ATV chase Mason led Palm Beach Police on, and it features a conversation between Mason’s mom and two officers. When police told Mason’s mother Tre should be playing football, she disagreed and noted that head injuries have left her son with a “10-year-old’s mindset.”

“No, actually, he shouldn’t, because this is the football that drives everybody that nobody even knows about,” she said. “He gets knocked around and everything else. There’s CTE and this head injury thing. You can say he should be playing football, but this is not what it is. After the offseason we could clearly see the change. Like, completely.”

Mason’s mother also said Tre isn’t even aware of what is going on with his career.

“As much as he’s accomplished, as hard as he’s worked, as much as he’s built his character, in record-breaking time it’s going downhill because of what’s going on,” she said. “He doesn’t even know. He’s not conscious enough.”

Mason is obviously going through a tough time, as police have been called to his home somewhere around six times in the past five months. During one of those incidents, he allegedly made some incredibly bizarre statements and punched a hole in a wall. If head injuries are the reason for the concerning behavior, not reporting to training camp is probably the best thing for Mason.

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