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Monday, July 16, 2018

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Tim Tebow confirms relationship with reigning Miss Universe

Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow has a new woman in his life.

In an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, Tebow confirmed that he is dating South African model Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the reigning Miss Universe.

“She is a really special girl and I am very lucky and blessed for her coming into my life,” Tebow said, via ESPN producer Charles Moynihan. “I am usually very private with these things but I am very thankful.”

Rumors that the two were an item spread in recent days after Tebow’s sister Katie shared a picture of them together on her Instagram account.

Fun hanging on the set of the heisman shoot! @timtebow @robbytebow @demileighnp

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This is not even the first time Tebow has dated a Miss Universe winner, though the last time didn’t work out so well. The former quarterback seems to be in a good place right now, with a happy personal life and some success professionally as well.

Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas recruiting Jimmy Butler to Denver

If Jimmy Butler leaves the Minnesota Timberwolves next summer, one of his famous friends has a suggestion for where he should take his talents instead.

On Friday, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas posted a picture of him and Butler working out and included a caption recruiting the NBA All-Star swingman to the Denver Nuggets. The caption read, “We working… working to see both of us playing for Denver sports teams.”

The timing here is no coincidence — Butler can become a free agent after the 2018-19 season and just rejected a large long-term extension from the Wolves.

As for the Nuggets, they won 46 games last season and figure to have a max contract slot available to potentially offer Butler. Their young core (featuring Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr, and others) should also be able to compete for years to come in the Western Conference. If you believe Butler’s own Instagram activity though, he may have another team in mind.

Todd Gurley: NFL players are ‘mad’ about NBA contracts

Todd Gurley

NBA players are making a lot of guaranteed money, and their NFL counterparts are taking notice.

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley admitted that NFL players are a bit jealous over the “crazy” money being handed out in NBA free agency.

“Us NFL players, we’re just mad about NBA contracts right now, that’s all,” Gurley said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. “I just want like $80 million. Those guys are getting like $150 [million]. It’s crazy. It’s insane.”

Gurley’s comments were a follow-up to when he told TMZ earlier in the month that it would take a lockout for NFL players to start getting guaranteed money.

Whereas the NBA and MLB both have widespread guaranteed contracts, it’s far less common in the NFL. There was some thought that one major free agent signing this summer may be a sign of that changing, but you can bet it’s something that players will want brought up in the next labor negotiations.

Kellen Winslow released from jail despite multiple rape charges

Kellen Winslow II is facing charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault of multiple women, but the former NFL tight end was released from jail this week.

According to a report from TMZ, Winslow posted $2 million bail and has been granted his release while his charges are pending. He has been ordered to remain on house arrest and must wear a GPS device at all times.

Winslow was initially arrested on suspicion of raping two women in the San Diego area earlier this year, but prosecutors said Thursday they believe he is guilty of raping a third woman, described as a 17-year-old female who was unconscious at the time Winslow allegedly sexually assaulted her. Winslow is also accused of breaking into a mobile home park on two separate occasions with the intent to rape an elderly woman.

Winslow’s alleged victims were in court to testify this week, and the allegations against the 34-year-old are very disturbing. However, the case took an interesting turn on Wednesday when three women were unable to identify Winslow as the man who committed crimes against them.

Due to the long list of charges he is facing, Winslow was initially being held without bail. It’s unclear why the judge had a change of heart.

DeMarco Murray announces he is retiring

DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray has not received a lot of interest on the free agent market this offseason, and the star running back has decided that his playing days are over.

In an appearance on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Friday, Murray announced that he is retiring.

“I still got it,” Murray said. “I can still play this game, but I think maybe it’s time to move on.”

Murray has two children, and he said he wants to move on to “bigger and better things.” It should be noted that he made the announcement as part of the panel on the show and not via a guest interview, so it’s possible he will be working with ESPN going forward.

After he rushed for just 659 yards and six touchdowns on 184 attempts last season, Murray reportedly turned down at least one invitation to work out for a team. It seemed like he was aiming high and looking for a starting job at first, but perhaps he realized his expectations were unrealistic.

Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo critical of Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold USC

Ben McAdoo was fired as the head coach of the New York Giants last year and did not land a job with any team for the 2018 season, but he apparently still spent time evaluating incoming rookies. If the New York Jets value the offensive-minded coach’s opinion, they aren’t going to be happy to hear how he views their first-round pick.

McAdoo discussed this year’s rookie QB class in an interview with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, and he was critical of Sam Darnold. While he said Darnold is “special,” he questioned the former USC star’s mechanics and indicated he would not have drafted him.

“I think the kid the Jets drafted has a lot of magic in his game,” McAdoo said. “I think he’s special. He’s obviously a talented guy, he can make plays with his feet. I’d just have a hard time drafting a guy in the first round where you don’t necessarily like the way he throws.

“He can overcome it, guys have, but that’s something that’s a challenge for me. I’m gonna be looking at that, trying to fix it, because it’s a fundamental flaw, and I believe in the fundamentals. The quarterback, his No. 1 job is to pass the football. If I don’t like the way he throws the ball, I have a hard time picking him, right?”

McAdoo said there was no can’t-miss prospect like Andrew Luck in this year’s draft, but he saw the board a lot differently than most teams. He said he had Josh Allen, who was taken by the Buffalo Bills at No. 7 behind both Darnold and Baker Mayfield, as his top-ranked quarterback. McAdoo had LaMar Jackson, who was the last pick in the first round, rated as the second-best QB.

Most people would agree that there was no QB as good as Luck in the draft, which is why there was very little consensus. While we have heard plenty of encouraging things about Darnold this offseason, the Jets seem to have no intention of rushing him. Perhaps that has something to do with those mechanics McAdoo referred to.

Audio from LeSean McCoy ex-girlfriend’s 911 call released

LeSean McCoy

Audio from a 911 call made by LeSean McCoy’s ex-girlfriend surrounding the home invasion where she was allegedly attacked this week has been released.

McCoy’s ex-girlfriend calls into 911 describing an invasion at her home in Georgia.

“Someone broke into my house … with a gun, was looking for money and jewelry, and my son is missing,” the ex-girlfriend said.

The woman said that the man had left the house by the time she made the call.

“He took my diamond bracelet off my wrist, and he just kept asking for jewelry. I think it has something to do with my ex-boyfriend,” she said in the call.

“My face is demolished right now,” the woman said.

McCoy’s ex-girlfriend told police she felt she had been set up in the attack. Police also believe it was a targeted attack.

A report has said that McCoy previously attempted to have her evicted from the home. The Buffalo Bills running back has proclaimed his innocence and hired an attorney for defense.

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