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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Sports world reacts to Meek Mill’s release from prison

Meek Mill

Meek Mill being released from prison on Tuesday was big news, and it made major waves in the sports world. Not only did Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin say he was heading to prison to pick up Meek and bring the Philly-based rapper to the team’s playoff game, but several other notable athletes were pleased to see Meek released.

Here’s a roundup of some of the Twitter reactions from notable athletes to Meek’s release.

Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns:

Eagles’ Jalen Mills:

The New England Patriots, which included a photo of owner Robert Kraft with Meek, saying “justice for our friend.”

Georgia running back D’Andre Dwift:

Blazers’ CJ McCollum:

Ravens safety Tony Jefferson:

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma added some social commentary:

The 76ers are going to have even more motivation to try and close out their series with the Miami Heat on Tuesday night now that Meek’s been released.

Watch: College Jeopardy! contestants coordinate basketball intros

Jeopardy basketball

The three finalists for the “Jeopardy!” College Championship coordinated some basketball-themed motions during their introductions on Thursday’s show.

Take a look as the three contestants all pretend to play basketball during their intros:

Brown University freshman Dhruv Gaur seemed to be the one who coordinated the effort.

As awesome as those intros were, it’s even better with the NBA on NBC theme song in the background.

We’re just pleased to see some sports effort on Jeopardy!, especially after a previous NFL disaster on the show.

Denver lacrosse team clowns local newspaper over Coors Field error

Coors Field snow

The Denver Post is getting hit with some friendly fire over a recent error that they made in a feature about Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies.

The feature, which was printed in the Friday edition of the paper, went viral after readers noticed that an image of Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, was incorrectly used instead of the actual Coors Field.

On Saturday, the University of Denver’s men’s lacrosse team jumped at their opportunity to tweet a funny reference to the error. The team was actually in Pennsylvania for a match against Villanova over the weekend (which they won 22-6) and passed by Citizens Bank Park on the way back to the airport. You can probably guess where they went with the reference.

Granted, this wasn’t the most savage shot that the paper took over the error. But the fact that it came from a fellow Denver enterprise probably stings a bit.

UCF building evacuated after man’s LeBron James-like powder toss

UCF Knights

A stunt by a UCF student led to the evacuation of a building on the university’s campus on Wednesday, and of course, there is a tie-in to LeBron James.

During a class held in the UCF Business Administration building on Wednesday, a man stood up and tossed powder into the air. The man was replicating LeBron James’ pregame chalk powder toss, and also yelled one of James’ infamous lines. “I’m taking my talents elsewhere. I’m going to Miami,” the man said, according to witnesses.

Not knowing the nature of the substance, UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said the matter was treated as a hazardous materials situation.

“We had an individual throw powder in one of the classrooms. We think it was going to be some type of stunt, like a LeBron James stunt, but unfortunately with the current threat situation the way it is our fire partners said we needed to treat it as a hazmat situation,” UCF Police Chief Richard Beary told News 6.

The UCF Police Department said the suspect was wearing a white LeBron James No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. UCF Police put out this tweet about the suspect:

Thankfully, the substance was later determined to be baby formula and not something dangerous. However, exercising caution was the right decision, which included evacuating the building.

Though the chalk toss was a famous part of LeBron’s pregame routine, he stopped doing it in late 2014. Apparently the tradition is still alive for some.

Britt McHenry, golfer Paige Spiranac get into it over SI Swimsuit photos

Pro golfer Paige Spiranac is one of several athletes who are appearing in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry does not agree with the message Spiranac, gymnast Aly Raisman and other women are sending.

In advance of the magazine being released on Wednesday, Spiranac shared some photos from her shoot on social media.

After seeing those and some other photos from SI, McHenry decided that she needed to be heard.

While the tweets were not sent directly to Spiranac, the former San Diego State star took them personally and responded. That led to some back and forth between her and McHenry.

Spiranac is an ambassador for the anti-bullying organization CyberSmile, and she broke down crying in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated when discussing how she has been bullied and considered suicide. She credited SI for giving her a platform where she “took back my body and took back my sexuality.”

Ironically, McHenry infamously went off on a parking lot attendant nearly three years ago and berated her about her body. She probably shouldn’t be handing out advice to women about what empowerment is.

Super Bowl selfie kid already set for interview on GMA

Super Bowl selfie Timberlake

When Justin Timberlake decided it was selfie time at the end of his halftime show at the Super Bowl, he turned one teenager into a viral sensation.

Ryan McKenna, a 7th-grader from Hingham, Mass, saw Timberlake coming and got his phone ready for a once-in-a-lifetime moment and snapped a selfie with the performer:

McKenna spoke with the St. Paul Pioneer Press after his viral moment and says his phone is nearly dead from all the attention.

“It’s been so crazy,” McKenna said. “I don’t even know what to think. All my friends have been texting me and stuff. It’s insane.”

“My phone is almost dead,” McKenna added. “I’ve gotten so many notifications. I’ve got like 36 Snapchats, like 21 DMs, and like 150 follower requests on Instagram.”

McKenna is already set for an appearance on “Good Morning America,” which could delay his return home and back to school. That’s a pretty cool reason for missing class.

Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon announces resignation

Michigan State

Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon announced her resignation on Wednesday amid pressure over the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

In a statement about her resignation, Simon expressed regret that she trusted Larry Nassar and sorrow over what happened to the victims.

“The last year and a half has been very difficult for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community, and for me personally. To the survivors, I can never say enough that I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician was really such an evil, evil person who inflicted such harm under the guise of medical treatment. I know that we all share the same resolve to do whatever it takes to avert such tragedies here and elsewhere.

“As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger. I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements. Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to put Team MSU first. Throughout my career, I have consistently and persistently spoken and worked on behalf of Team MSU. I have tried to make it not about me. I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now. Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement.”

Simon also made clear in her statement that there was no cover-up from Michigan State’s leadership. The school had been presented with allegations of sexual misconduct by Nassar, a physician at the school who was treating athletes, and did not respond to them adequately.

Simon’s resignation comes the same day that Michigan’s House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on her to resign. It also comes the same day that Nassar was sentenced by a judge to 175 years in prison.

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