Derrick Rose reportedly has torn meniscus, will need surgery

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee when he injured it during the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Rose’s knee appeared to give out when he made a cut after having the ball stolen from him, and he later needed to be helped to the locker room. He was seen leaving the arena on crutches after the game and had an MRI on Saturday.

According to Johnson, Rose’s latest knee injury will require surgery and keep him out indefinitely. He will return to Chicago for the surgery in the near future, and the team will determine how long he will be out after it has been completed.

I don’t know if we can say Bulls fans’ worst fears have been realized, but it is pretty close. Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season while recovering from a torn ACL in his life knee. As someone whose game relies on thrashing to the hoop, the 25-year-old has to be concerned about having surgery on both of his knees after being in the NBA for just five seasons.

Derrick Rose leaves game with right knee injury (Video)

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose left Friday night’s Chicago Bulls-Portland Trail Blazers game with a right knee injury, leaving Bulls fans in a state of panic.

Rose’s knee appeared to give out after he made a cut. He went to the bench before being helped to the locker room. Bulls reporter K.C. Johnson says Rose did not put any weight on his leg as he was helped off.

Here’s a photo of Rose being helped to the locker room:

The Bulls later announced that Rose had a right knee injury and that he would not return to the game. The torn ACL injury Rose has come back from was in his left knee, so this injury is to his other knee.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau expressed concern over Rose after the game.

“He has pain and he said he feels like he can’t push off it. I’m concerned. Anytime anyone goes down you’re concerned. I don’t want to speculate.”

Thibodeau also said Rose will have an MRI on his right knee on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Here is the former league MVP leaving the arena on crutches:

Video via BeyondtheBuzzer

Dwight Howard really is money from the free throw line in warmups (Video)

Dwight-Howard-RocketdsHouston Rockets center Dwight Howard is shooting just 54% from the free throw line this year, which is lower than his career mark of 58%. When discussing his free throw woes, Howard has always insisted that the problems are strictly between his ears. In fact, various reports have indicated that Howard will hit as many as 90% of his free throws during a typical practice day.

Now, we have proof that he’s not lying. For those of you who are counting at home, the video above that The Starters passed along shows Howard draining 18 of 20 free throw attempts in warmups before a recent home game. He even hit 10-straight at one point.

With Shaquille O’Neal, it was obvious his problems at the charity stripe were a mechanical issue. The way Shaq leaned over the free throw line and snapped the ball at the rim was always uncomfortable to watch. With Howard, it’s all mental. If he could simply stop worrying so much, it would make him that much more dangerous.

H/T Deadspin

Jameis Winston accuser reportedly has left school

Jameis-Winston-Florida-StateThe woman accusing Jameis Winston of sexual assault has left school at Florida State University, per a report.

TMZ says the accuser had been attending school at FSU until last week, when word of the investigation emerged. She left school after deciding it wasn’t in her best interest to be around campus.

Winston’s attorney said Thursday that the Seminoles quarterback had sex with the woman, but he said it was consensual.

“We are not surprised with the results of the DNA,” Winston’s attorney said at a press conference Thursday, per USA Today. “We voluntarily submitted to a DNA. The only thing we are surprised by is it was leaked out by law enforcement. The question the people should ask is, why is it being leaked? For what purpose?”

[Previously: DNA from accuser’s underwear reportedly matches Jameis Winston’s]

The attorney for the accuser released a statement on Wednesday in which she said local police warned her against accusing Winston of rape because Tallahassee is a big football town.

Nick Saban irritated by question about AJ McCarron on cover of SI (Video)

Nick-SabanAlabama head coach Nick Saban has not won three of the past four BCS National Championship Games by paying attention to distractions. Anything that is not directly related to football is a distraction, including AJ McCarron’s all-American smile on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated.

On Wednesday, a reporter made the mistake of asking Saban how he thinks McCarron “looks as a cover boy” and if Saban keeps copies of those types of magazines at home.

“First of all, you think I sit around all day looking at magazines or what?” Saban replied. “I don’t even know what you’re talking about. You ask a question every week that I don’t know anything about. You need to come here and walk around and follow me around for like a week.”

Those who cover the Alabama football team know that Saban always refuses to discuss stuff that is printed and said in the media — whether he is lying about having heard it or not.

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Officials differ on explanation for why there was no penalty on final play

Rob Gronkowski Luke Kuechly

More confusion has been added to the controversial ending in the New England Patriots-Carolina Panthers game on Monday night now that there are differing explanations for why there was no penalty on the final play of the game.

The Pats had the ball on the Panthers 18 for the last play of the game. Tom Brady threw a pass to the end zone that would have been difficult for Rob Gronkowski to catch. Gronk was interfered with on the play by Luke Kuechly, and the pass was intercepted by Robert Lester. A penalty flag was thrown, but after the officials met for a conversation, Clete Blakeman announced there was no foul on the play and that the game was over with the Panthers winning 24-20.

Brady went berserk and cursed at Blakeman, but that didn’t matter.

Blakeman said after the game that the penalty was rescinded because the pass from Brady to Gronkowski was not catchable. Dean Blandino, the NFL head of officiating, explained that the penalty was called off because the contact occurred after the ball was touched.

Here was the explanation from Blakeman:

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Patriots-Panthers game ends with referees picking up penalty flag (GIF)

The Carolina Panthers-New England Patriots game ended in controversy on Monday night after the referees decided to pick up a penalty flag thrown on the final play of the game and walk off without explaining why they weren’t calling a penalty.

The Patriots were down 24-20 and had a 2nd-and-3 from the Carolina 18 with three seconds left. Tom Brady was pressured, stepped up in the pocket, and threw to the end zone for Rob Gronkowski. The ball was underthrown based on where Gronk was, but what didn’t help was that Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was holding Gronk, preventing the tight end from making a play on the ball.

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Robert Lester intercepted the pass.

Though the back judge threw a flag on the play, he picked it up after conferring with the other referees. Head referee Clete Blakeman said there was no foul on the play and that the game was over. He left most people wondering why they had picked up the flag.

My analysis is that Gronk probably would not have made the catch, but he could have at least made a play on the ball if he weren’t interfered with. Therefore it was a bad call to pick up the flag and rescind the penalty. And my goodness, at least explain to us why you’re picking up the flag!

Here’s another look at the play:

GIFs via BuzzFeedSports, Twitter/_MarcusD_