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Kevin Durant earns $1 million bonus without even playing in a game

Kevin Durant scored a sweet bonus without actually playing in a game this season. Durant’s Brooklyn Nets beat the Sacramento Kings 119-106 to clinch a playoff spot on Friday. Clinching the spot meant that Durant was able to secure a $1 million bonus as part of the terms of his contract, according to Bobby Marks…. Read More

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Report: Rival Western Conference teams angry with Jazz for sitting starters against Spurs

The Utah Jazz made the decision to sit their regular starters due to injury and rest in Friday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and that apparently hasn’t sat well with some of their Western Conference rivals.

Utah’s decision was particularly beneficial to the Spurs, who are chasing the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The teams competing with them are apparently less than thrilled with how the Jazz handled things.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Spurs’ rivals for the eighth spot were “somewhere between displeased and livid” the Jazz sat starters in the game.

Utah broke no rules, as Wojnarowski notes. Four starters were injured, and those injuries were properly documented. In addition, the decision to rest Rudy Gobert was in full compliance with NBA rules. This is more an optics issue than anything else, but it’s understandable why teams would be angry given the advantage the Spurs got a result. They’ll likely be even more angry if Utah does something similar in the team’s next meeting with San Antonio on Thursday, which the Jazz have good reasons to do.

The Spurs are now lurking in tenth in the West, one game behind ninth-placed Portland and two behind the Memphis Grizzlies in eighth.

Report: Captain Munnerlyn arrested at airport for allegedly writing bad checks

Captain Munnerlyn

Former NFL player Captain Munnerlyn was arrested at an airport for allegedly writing bad checks.

Andy Slater, a radio host at 640 AM in South Florida, reported on Friday that Munnerlyn was arrested at Miami International Airport. Slater says Munnerlyn was headed from Miami to Cancun but was pulled off his flight. There is a fugitive warrant for him in Las Vegas as he is accused of writing bad checks, Slater says.

Munnerlyn’s attorney says the whole this is a misunderstanding.

Munnerlyn, 32, was a 7th-round pick by Carolina in 2009. The former cornerback had 12 interceptions and 10 sacks over 10 seasons. He has not played in an NFL regular season game since the 2018 season.

Kevin Durant earns $1 million bonus without even playing in a game

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant scored a sweet bonus without actually playing in a game this season.

Durant’s Brooklyn Nets beat the Sacramento Kings 119-106 to clinch a playoff spot on Friday. Clinching the spot meant that Durant was able to secure a $1 million bonus as part of the terms of his contract, according to Bobby Marks.

Durant ended up making $38,199,000 for the 2019-2020 season even though he did not play due to his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon. Brooklyn signed him knowing he would miss the year, so paying out the bonus might be a pleasant surprise about the team’s season, especially when you consider Kyrie Irving has also been out due to injury.

The Nets clinching wasn’t the only move regarding the playoff scene.

The Washington Wizards on Friday became the first team part of the NBA restart in Orlando to be eliminated from playoff contention. Their loss to Memphis meant the Orlando Magic clinched one of the final two playoff spots in the East.

Rickie Fowler misses cut after putt flub at PGA Championship

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler missed a cut at a major for the first time since 2016, and an error he made on the course was a factor in his fate.

Fowler was putting for par on the sixth hole of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday when his putt lipped out. Then, Fowler went to tape the ball in like so many people do, and his putter grazed the ball, causing it to barely move. Then he tapped the ball a second time to get it into the hole.

Fowler was charged with a stroke for that shot and ended up double-bogeying the hole.

The 31-year-old golfer was two over par for the first two rounds and missed the cut by a stroke.

Prior to this week, Fowler had made the cut in 14 straight majors. He hadn’t missed a cut at the PGA Championship since 2012.

That’s a bummer for Fowler, but at least he will have a good way to spend his time.

Brooks Koepka trolled Bryson DeChambeau yet again

Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka couldn’t resist trolling Bryson DeChambeau this week.

Koepka and DeChambeau have had a lengthy back-and-forth, with most of it centering around criticism of how much time DeChambeau takes between shots. Things even got personal with a few jabs traded earlier this year.

On Thursday at the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif., Koepka had some fun with his nemesis.

“There’s no reason to be scientific with all the numbers and stuff like that on TrackMan, just go out and go play,” Koepka said in an interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.

Just in case you aren’t sure whether Koepka was trolling DeChambeau, keep in mind that he couldn’t resist smiling as he made his remark.

Koepka is known for his relaxed and carefree attitude, while DeChambeau is viewed as much more focused as a golf junkie, so their personality styles are in contrast.

Koepka has the edge at the PGA Championship so far. He is six under through two rounds, which is two back of the lead. DeChambeau is two under and tied for 25th.

Nate McMillan on hot seat for Pacers?

The Indiana Pacers are hanging around in the Eastern Conference, but there may be some uncertainty over head coach Nate McMillan’s job security.

Appearing this week on ESPN’s “The Lowe Post” with Zach Lowe, Jeff Van Gundy said that he has had multiple people tell him in the Orlando bubble that McMillan is in trouble, per Alex Golden of PacersTalk. Lowe added that McMillan firing buzz has been “the hottest rumor of the season” in the NBA.

While Van Gundy did also say that he “chuckle[d]” at the rumors, McMillan poses an interesting case. The Pacers are 3-1 in bubble play despite being without Domantas Sabonis and having Victor Oladipo at essentially half-speed. They may not hang around for very long in the playoffs, but they are currently No. 5 in the Eastern Conference and seem to be maximizing the talent on their roster.

McMillan, who is in his fourth season with the team and is under contract through 2020-21, still admittedly has yet to make it out of the first round as Pacers coach. But he generally seems to be well-liked and appears to be doing the best he can despite having no true superstars on his team.

Astros trolled with funny ‘Asterisks’ banner in Oakland

The Houston Astros are getting a rather icy welcome for their weekend series against the Athletics in Oakland.

While the Astros were taking batting practice ahead of Friday’s opener, a funny “Houston Asterisks” banner was flying in the sky above the Oakland Coliseum, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

Here is a look at the banner in action:

The Astros and the Athletics are AL West rivals, and the latter lost the division to the former when they were confirmed to have cheated during their 2017 title year. This is the first time the two sides have met this season.

Indeed, the Astros are being shamed up and down the league this year, and they can expect plenty more of it to come, even in a shortened season.

The Houston Astros are confirmed cheaters and deserve an asterisk. Send that message by wearing our Houston Asterisks T-shirt! You can buy it here:

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