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Kobe Bryant expected to miss six weeks with a knee fracture

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant returned to the Los Angeles Lakers from a torn Achilles’ less than two weeks ago, and he is already going back on the shelf. On Thursday, the Lakers announced that Kobe is expected to miss six weeks with a fracture in his left knee.

It’s obviously a horrible break for Bryant, who spent months rehabbing from an extremely challenging injury. It was initially reported that Kobe “twisted” his knee during Tuesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but it was obviously much more serious than that.

After his first game back this season, Kobe was hard on himself and critical of the way he played. Now, he’ll have to spend more time rehabbing after he had turned his focus toward finding his stoke again and regaining confidence.

Fortunately, the injury doesn’t appear to have anything to do with knee ligaments and is not expected to require surgery. Either way, the 12-13 Lakers may not survive another six weeks without their best player.

Andrea Bargnani takes dumbest shot you will see (Video)

Andrea Bargnani took one of the dumbest, most inexplicable shots you could ever possibly see in an NBA game.

The New York Knicks were (shockingly) up by two points 94-92 on the Milwaukee Bucks with less than 20 seconds remaining in overtime Wednesday night. Carmelo Anthony missed a shot as the shot clock was winding down, but the Knicks got the offensive rebound which would have effectively sealed the game. Only one problem: after Tyson Chandler got the rebound and passed it out to Bargnani, the Italian jacked up a 3-pointer immediately as if his team were down by two.

Bargnani, of course, missed, and that gave the ball back to the Bucks. John Henson made a shot to tie the game and send it to double-overtime, where the Knicks eventually won 107-101.

The reaction on the Knicks bench was outstanding:

Knicks reaction

What was going through Bargnani’s head at that time? Was he just going on instinct and treating it like a shooting drill? Catch the ball and fire it back? Did he think his team was down?? Did he have money on the Bucks? Someone explain this one to me!

Oh, and if that’s not great enough, take a look at this shot chart of Bargnani that further shows how dumb of a shot choice it was:

Maybe he’s just trying to play himself out of the lineup. Knicks fan David is not impressed.

Video via GIFD Sports

SIU coach Barry Hinson goes on must-hear rant (Video)

Barry Hinson rantSouthern Illinois coach Barry Hinson went on a coaching rant for the ages following his team’s 73-65 loss to Murray State on Tuesday night. In the epic rant, Hinson compared his team to a bunch of puppies and said his wife could do better than his players.

The Salukis shot 38.5 percent from the field and had 13 turnovers in the loss, which drops them to 2-8.

“We’re soft. We’ve been enabled. I’ve got a bunch of mama’s boys right now,” Hinson said.

Hinson continued to unapologetically rip his team. Here were some of the other highlights (via Awful Announcing):

“Marcus was absolutely awful, that’s about as PG rated as I can say it. He was awful. Our guards are awful. Our three starting guards had 1 assist and 7 turnovers. They must think it’s a tax credit.”

“My wife, MY WIFE, can score more than 2 buckets on 11 shots because I know my wife will AT LEAST shot fake one time.”

“When you’ve got a young team it’s a lot like house training a puppy dog. When the dog does something wrong [smack] bad dog! I’m not gonna hit ‘em, I’m not gonna swat ‘em, but bad dog.”

H/T Awful Announcing

Justin Tucker shouts out his fantasy owners in postgame interview after making six field goals

Justin TuckerJustin Tucker not only had the game of the year for a placekicker, he also had the postgame interview of the season.

The Baltimore Ravens kicker accounted for all 18 of his team’s points in an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night. He made kicks from 29, 24, 32, 49, 53 … and from 61 yards out with 38 seconds left to lift his team to victory.

In his postgame interview with ESPN, Tucker admitted he owns himself in fantasy football and gave a shoutout to all the other people who own him.

“We kick six field goals and win the game. I’m happy to do it — don’t get me wrong — and my fantasy team is benefiting from it as well. So I’m happy about that. Fantasy owners around the world, I hope you appreciate the points as well. To sum it up in one word: pandemonium.”

To sum it up even better: guy kicks six field goals to score all his team’s points, makes the game-winning kick from 61, helps his team in real life, helps himself in fantasy, and hopes all his other fantasy owners appreciated it. This guy is awesome.

Below is a look at his 61-yard field goal to win the game:

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Dez Bryant walks off field with 1:21 left in game

Dez Bryant walks off

Dez Bryant, being the great team leader that he is, skipped out on his teammates and walked off the field with 1:21 left in the game during the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Bryant was justifiably upset after Tony Romo was intercepted for the second possession in a row, but he cleared off the field and went into the tunnel before the game officially ended.

[Related: Jason Garrett says Tony Romo changed the play on final interception]

Everyone on Dallas’ sidelines had to be upset with the team for blowing a 26-3 halftime lead and 36-24 lead with under eight minutes left, but only Dez walked off early. I’m not sure why he can’t stick around with the rest of his guys until the end.

Shortly after the game ended, Bryant sent a tweet to address his actions:

There really is no excuse for this from Bryant. You win as a team, you lose as a team. And if you’re a team player, you don’t walk off the field because you’re disgusted.

Also see: Dez Bryant’s ridiculous touchdown catch earlier in the game

Image via Twitter/SeanWedding

Nick Saban agrees to extension with Alabama

The Nick Saban saga has finally reached a conclusion. Alabama announced on its official Twitter account that they agreed to a contract extension with their head football coach.

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit first reported news of Saban’s extension with Alabama.

Nick SabanRumors about Saban potentially leaving Alabama to coach Texas have been swirling for months, but the speculation was taken to the next level when a report surfaced earlier this week indicating Mack Brown will be stepping down as Longhorns coach. Alabama is said to have presented Saban with a contract extension proposal last week, and reports claimed school officials were growing uneasy as it sat on his desk.

Shortly after news of Saban’s extension was reported, it was also reported that Mack Brown would not be stepping down at Texas.

Georges St-Pierre taking indefinite leave from UFC, vacating title belt

Georges St-PierreGeorges St-Pierre announced on Friday that he will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the UFC and vacating his welterweight championship belt, according to various media outlets.

St-Pierre won a controversial split decision over Johnny Hendricks at UFC 167 last month. He then caused panic and speculation among fans when he said that he needed to take a break from fighting to deal with personal issues.

“I have a bunch of stuff in my life happening,” St-Pierre said at the time. “I need to hang up my gloves for a little bit.”

UFC president Dana White later insisted that St-Pierre was simply “in a rage” when he made his comments and that a rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks would be announced in the near future.

The 32-year-old gave no indication of when he might return.