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Robinson Cano reportedly agrees to 10-year, $240 million deal with Mariners

Robinson Cano YankeesIn the span of a few hours, Jay-Z has gone from an idiot who may have screwed Robinson Cano out of $50 million to a genius who has reportedly landed his client an absurd contract. According to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, the Seattle Mariners and Cano have agreed to a 10-year contract worth $240 million. A physical is schedule for next Monday.

On Thursday, a report indicated that the Mariners were willing to pay Cano somewhere in the range of $230-$240 million. Talks then heated up between the two sides on Thursday night when Cano’s camp and the Mariners were reportedly close on a nine-year, $225 million contract. Things hit a snag when Jay-Z supposedly asked for a 10-year, $250 million deal at the last second and caused Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln to “explode” with anger.

The internet buzzed all morning on Friday about how Cano was an idiot for getting rid of Scott Boras because Jay-Z is in way over his head. Next thing we knew, the Mariners caved and gave Cano almost every penny that he was seeking. If all the reports are true, Jay-Z couldn’t have handled the negotiations any better.

Chris Casher affidavit: Jameis Winston accuser was ‘more than willing participant’

The signed affidavits from witnesses Chris Casher and Ronald Darby heavily support the notion that Jameis Winston did not sexually assault his accuser.

Casher, a defensive end on the Florida State football team, and Darby, a defensive back, both provided signed affidavits declaring their side of what they saw the night the woman says she was raped.

Both men said the accuser was not intoxicated. Both said the accuser appeared to be a willing participant. They both said that due to Winston’s door to his bedroom being broken, they could look inside the room and see what was going on.

Chris CasherIn his affidavit, Casher (pictured right) depicts the accuser as a jersey chaser who was interested in football players, followed them out of the club, virtually invited herself over to their place, and had sex with Jameis. He even says after they were done having sex, they were talking in a friendly manner.

You can read his affidavit below:

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LeBron James to star in basketball comedy movie with Kevin Hart

LeBron JamesLeBron James is officially going Hollywood.

Deadline reports that James will star in a basketball comedy movie called “Ballers” along with actor/comedian Kevin Hart. Deadline says Hart will co-write the script and then a director will be picked out for the Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment project.

According to Deadline, the movie is about a brother (Hart) who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets the chance to prove himself when he attends a basketball fantasy camp.

The plan is to begin filming next summer when James is in the middle of his offseason.

Ethan J. Skolnick reports that James’ involvement in the project is being spearheaded by Maverick Carter, James’ high school pal and longtime manager. Skolnick says the project is still in development and that no shooting dates have been set yet.

James can become a free agent next summer if he opts out of his contract with the Miami Heat.

If James stars in the movie, he’ll be making the same transition to film as many other NBA superstars. Michael Jordan starred in “Space Jam,” Shaq acted in “Kazaam,” Kevin Durant starred “Thunderstruck,” and Ray Allen was superb in “He Got Game.” Hopefully James’ performance will go down in the Allen category more than the Shaq one.

H/T Ethan J. Skolnick

Major broadcast networks reportedly prepared for Tim Tebow bidding war

Tim TebowThe more time that passes, the less likely it seems that Tim Tebow is ever going to play in the NFL again. While the former Florida star has made it clear that he refuses to give up on his dream of playing quarterback, it might be wise to start considering some career alternatives. Last month, Tebow reportedly hired a well-known broadcasting agent and began considering a career in television.

On Wednesday, The Big Lead reported that it is a virtual certainty that Tebow will be working as a college football analyst next season. Multiple sources reportedly told The Big Lead that ESPN, CBS, and FOX are all vying for his services.

ESPN is said to be interested in having Tebow join its SEC Network, which will debut in August 2014. ESPN is aiming to recreate a version of “College Gameday” for the SEC Network, and the network reportedly wants Tebow to join the panel and play the role of Kirk Herbstreit. CBS, which airs the top SEC games each week, is also interested in bringing Tebow on board given his status as an SEC legend. And FOX, which could be looking for a big draw for its new FOX Sports 1 network, supposedly wants to hire Tebow as an analyst.

The network that wants Tebow the most could be CBS, as The Big Lead is reporting executives are willing to “blow up” their pregame show if they have to in order to get Tebow to join.

While we are unaware of how much truth there is to any of the speculation, it seems fairly obvious that Tebow would have little trouble finding a job working as a television analyst. It’s all about ratings, and we know how much of a ratings machine he can be.

Seattle Mariners reportedly major players for Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees seem to be increasingly far apart in their contract negotiations, and the Seattle Mariners could be emerging as a contender to step in and sign the free agent second baseman.

We told you on Monday that Cano and the Yankees are nearly $100 million apart in negotiations. The Yankees are offering around seven years for $160 million, while Cano wants around $252 million for nine years. The Yankees reportedly will not go over $200 million to sign him.

While the Yankees are taking a harsh stance towards Cano in negotiations, the Mariners could be willing to give him closer to what he wants.

ESPN New York says the Yankees believe the Mariners might be willing to go over $200 million for eight years for Cano. Wallace Matthews quoted a source as saying “it doesn’t look good right now” for the Yankees to re-sign Cano. They put the Yankees’ chances of retaining the All-Star second baseman at “less than 50-50.”

The Mariners have frequently been cited as a team that could be a player in signing free agent hitters, but the rumors turned out to be false, or the Mariners never came through with a deal. They were said to be the runners-up for Josh Hamilton last year, and they have been cited as a possible team for free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Could this be the time they finally open the vault and bring in a big-time player? I don’t see the Yankees acquiescing on Cano’s wishes for a huge contract. Unless he agrees to sign for less than he wants, he might end up elsewhere.

Woman killed for not being upset enough over Alabama’s Iron Bowl loss

Adrian Laroze Briskey mug shot

A woman was killed after Alabama’s loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Saturday because she wasn’t upset enough about the Crimson Tide’s defeat, one witness says.

Michelle Shepherd, 36, was murdered on Saturday at an Iron Bowl viewing party, and 28-year-old Adrian Laroze Briskey has been charged in the killing. Shepherd’s sister said she witnessed the killing and has no doubt it was about the game, according to The Associated Press.

Nekesa Sheperd says Briskey became enraged when the sisters joked that the Alabama loss wasn’t as bad as the Miami Heat losing.

“She said we weren’t real Alabama fans because it didn’t bother us that they lost. And then she started shooting,” Shepherd told The Associated Press.

The AP reports that Shepherd said Briskey drank multiple shots of alcohol during the game and “went crazy” when she heard people joking after ‘Bama lost.

“It was over a football game,” said Shepherd. “I’m never going to forget it because she died in my arms.”

Friends told My Fox Alabama that Michelle Sheperd was a neutral fan when it came to the Iron Bowl, but was an avid Miami Heat fan. She was shot three times and died. A murder warrant was issued for Briskey, whose bond was set at $75,000. She was moved from a city to county jail.

The Sheperds were invited to the Hoover party and attended with about two dozen others. They did not know Briskey prior to the evening.

Sheperd leaves behind three young children.

This is obviously a sickening and disturbing story but, unfortunately, it’s not too surprising. This is the same fanbase that has produced the likes of Toomer’s Corner tree poisoner Harvey Updyke, so nothing seems out of the ordinary now. But this is a horrific story and we feel terribly for Sheperd and her family, and we hope that Briskey is brought to justice.

Here is WBRC’s report on the subject:

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Houston Texans DE Antonio Smith thinks Patriots might have been spying on them

Antonio Smith TexansHouston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith said after Sunday’s 34-31 home loss to the New England Patriots that his opponents seem to know all the Texans’ defensive plays, and he found that suspicious. Smith even went so far as to suggest the Patriots may have been spying on them.

Smith says the Texans introduced new elements to their defense this week that they had never previously shown in games, therefore he believes no team would have been prepared for the new plays. But the Patriots were.

“I’m very suspicious,” Smith said via ESPN’s Tania Ganguli. “I just think it will be a big coincidence if that just happened by chance. I don’t know for sure, but I just know it was something that we practiced this week.”

The Pats scored 27 second half points against the Texans.

“I can’t tell you an example because it’s G15 classified,” Smith said. “It’s a defensive thing that we might continue to use. … The way, I’m trying to say it without giving it away. When you watch film of the team do something a certain way all the time no matter what team they play — it’s been 12 games played and they always did it — and then all of a sudden it’s changed? It was pretty clever and pretty suspicious.”

Smith went on to say that you can never be sure about cheating or spying accusations, but “it seemed like” the Pats knew what the Texans were going to be doing.

Two weeks ago Robert Griffin III said the Philadelphia Eagles defense knew exactly what the Redskins were doing on offense, but that seemed like a matter of the offense being predictable. The implication from Smith here is that the Patriots were possibly cheating to gain an edge, which would not be new for Bill Belichick. But it really could just be that the Texans have a predictable defense — even with their changes — which might be part of why they’re 2-10.