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Ronda Rousey begins working with new nutrition specialist

Ronda Rousey

We haven’t heard much regarding the future of Ronda Rousey since her loss to Amanda Nunes on Dec. 30, but she has made one recent move.

Rousey has begun working with a new nutrition specialist, according to an Instagram post by nutrition specialist Dan Garner.

Here’s the post, which was published on Tuesday:

“Wanted to give a good welcoming post to Ronda Rousey who has just recently joined the team, and is all set for the comprehensive nutritional programming process with myself. Excited to have her on board and to accomplish some great things with her this year,” Garner says in his post.

The part about looking forward to accomplishing great things with her this year will cause some speculation that Rousey may be gearing up for an MMA comeback.

She lost her perceived invincibility when she lost to Holly Holm in Nov. 2015, and then her aura was completely shattered with the following loss to Nunes. Rousey hasn’t commented one way or another about a potential comeback, though this Instagram post from January caused a stir.

Rousey, who previously was a vegan and has been diet-conscious for years, is 30 and has an acting career she has been pursuing the past few years. It’s unclear whether this new diet plan is intended to get her ready for MMA or more movie roles.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Raiders reportedly not welcome in Oakland for 2019 season

Raiders fans

It sounds as though as the Raiders will need a temporary home prior to their new stadium opening in Las Vegas for the 2020 season.

The Raiders have lease options to continue playing at the Oakland Coliseum for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. While playing in Oakland for the upcoming season seems like a safe bet, it’s not a certainty. The following year is even less of a sure thing, especially if things don’t go well this year.

As it stands, the Raiders don’t have a home for 2019, although owner Mark Davis didn’t rule out the possibility of trying to extend their departure one more year. That, however, does not appear likely, according to Scott McKibben, director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority.

“I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season in Oakland,” McKibben told USA Today.

That would, of course, create the problem of where the Raiders would play in 2019. Among the options could be San Antonio, which Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News says shouldn’t be ruled out.

San Antonio is home to the Alamodome, which seats 65,000 for football and annually hosts the Valero Alamo Bowl. The stadium also hosted Saints games while the team was forced to play away from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina.

San Antonio may not end up being where the Raiders play prior to moving to Las Vegas. However, it doesn’t sound like the Oakland Coliseum will be there home for three more seasons.

Browns WR Corey Coleman viewed as ‘the guy’

Corey Coleman

The Cleveland Browns are expecting big things from Corey Coleman next season.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson referred to Coleman as “the guy” when talking about expectations the team has for the 2016 first-round pick next season.

“He’s got to go do it now, because he’s now seen as the ‘the guy,’ so he needs to go play and play well,” Jackson said of Coleman, via ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi.

Coleman started off the season well with 7 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns before breaking his hand. He returned in November but never really got it going after that.

The Browns lost last season’s leading receiver Terrelle Pryor in free agency, though they did sign Kenny Britt.

Based on the way he looked to start the season, plus his high expectations from being a No. 15 overall pick, it’s no surprise the Browns will be banking on Coleman entering next season. The big question is who will be throwing passes to him.

Lamar Odom: Cocaine helped end my NBA career

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom says that cocaine helped end his NBA career.

Odom “cheated death” in his words by recovering from 12 strokes and two heart attacks suffered in 2015 after a drug overdose. Now that he’s recovered, he is opening up about his issues and looking to make a docuseries and sell an autobiography. That’s why he opened up to US Weekly for an interview in which he talked about many of his issues over the past several years.

Odom said of the infamous Oct. 2015 brothel incident that left him in a coma, “I cheated death. The line between life and death is really thin.”

He credits ex-wife Khloe Kardashian for helping him to recover from the medical scare, saying she helped him get his memory back.

Odom says he doesn’t regret getting involved with the Kardashians, even though his life seemed to spiral negatively after his marriage to Khloe. He does say he regrets having multiple affairs while married.

After Khloe filed for divorce in 2013 for the first time, Odom says he kicked his drug use up to an alarming level. He believes that killed his NBA career, which ended after the 2012-2013 season he spent with the Clippers.

“I was in a very dark place and very confrontational. I wasn’t trying to repair my marriage; I was just trying to get high. My life was all about drugs at that point. It probably helped the end of my career come along a little faster because drugs killed my drive to want to train and be in shape,” Odom told US.

Odom says he went to rehab in January after his daughter gave him an ultimatum. He says he has been clean and drug-free since.

Giants handing out golden urinal trophy to reward hydration

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The San Francisco Giants are emphasizing hydration as part of a new approach this season, and they have decided to turn it into a fun game that even includes an amusing trophy.

The San Jose Mercury News’ Daniel Brown wrote about the Giants’ new approach to sports science in a story published on Wednesday, and he says that the most hydrated player for each series gets the golden urinal trophy.

That’s pretty awesome.

There is no guarantee that being incredibly well hydrated will translate into more wins on the field, but you can’t blame the Giants for at least trying to encourage their players to be healthy. And this symbol is certainly much better than another item one of their players used to enhance performance.

H/T CBS Sports

Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until age 50

Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki doesn’t see retirement happening until 2023 at the earliest.

In an interview with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that ran on Wednesday, Suzuki said that he would like to play until the age of 50.

“I’m not joking when I say it,” said the 10-time MLB All-Star.

“Nobody knows what the future holds,” he continued. “But the way I feel, how I’m thinking, I feel like nothing can stop me from doing it.”

The 43-year-old Suzuki is the oldest position player in the MLB and only trails Atlanta Braves right-hander Bartolo Colon by a matter of months as the oldest player altogether. While he will be entering his 17th season in the league after nine seasons playing professionally in Japan, Suzuki still produced well in 2016, batting .291 with a .354 on-base percentage.

Suzuki recently reached a major milestone in his MLB career, and plenty more are sure to follow if he indeed sticks around for another seven seasons.

Image via FOX Sports Florida on YouTube

Kris Bryant’s father criticizes conduct of LaVar Ball

LaVar Ball

Much like LaVar Ball, Mike Bryant — the father of Chicago Cubs MVP third baseman Kris — has been his son’s biggest fan from day one.

Bryant, too, has been a bit too outspoken in the past, but seeing how Ball behaves around his son Lonzo has not met his approval.

“The guy is going to ruin it for his kids,” Mike Bryant told ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday, via Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “I mean that in a sympathetic/empathetic way. Let his kids go out there and play and let the rest happen. But to compare him to Michael Jordan and better than Steph Curry, c’mon, that’s disrespecting those guys. If I had five minutes with him and I could get him to listen for two of them I think I could get him to think a little bit.”

Mike was concerned that LaVar Ball’s comments would make it harder for Lonzo to enjoy himself while playing.

“How can you have fun when you’re worried about your old man making a fool of himself,” Bryant said. “There’s ways to do it. I’m not trying to be judgmental. I feel for the kid in this situation. There are too many stories out there that don’t turn out well because of stuff like this.”

Mike’s advice for LaVar would be to cut it out and enjoy how good his son is.

“Just let your kid play and enjoy it,” Bryant said. “You have to enjoy it. If you sit back and zip it, don’t run your mouth and watch him do what he does you will be amazed at how good he is. If you’re too busy talking you’re going to miss the moments.

“The spotlight is on him and all for the wrong reasons. It’s too bad. I wonder if it’s a tragedy waiting to happen or if something good can come out of it. It makes my skin crawl. My wife would smack me upside the head if I acted like that.”

We know that a lot of people — including some in the media — have had it with LaVar’s antics, but it’s interesting to hear the perspective of another father of a high-profile athlete.

James Michael McAdoo shares photo of stitched-up face after collision with Trevor Ariza

James Michael McAdoo took one heck of a shot on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets, and the aftermath wasn’t much prettier either.

The Golden State Warriors forward was injured late in the first quarter of the 113-106 win over Houston when Rockets forward Trevor Ariza fell on his head in a fight for a loose ball. He was forced to leave the game and did not return.

On Wednesday, McAdoo shared a photo of his stitched-up face to Twitter.

The 24-year-old has been seeing some slightly increased playing time lately with the continued absence of Kevin Durant but is still at just 8.6 minutes per game on the season. That being said, McAdoo is actually listed as probable for Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, so it sounds like he’s determined to get his money’s worth no matter what.

Image via Golden State Warriors on YouTube

Kyrie Irving takes blame for Cavs’ recent skid: ‘I need to demand more out of myself’

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving think it’s his fault that the team has been playing rather flat lately.

Addressing the media after practice on Wednesday, Irving took responsibility for the recent stretch that has seen the Cavs drop four of their last six games.

“I had to face it, had to face the music,” said the former No. 1 overall pick, per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “I think we all had to do it. But me more importantly, I had to look in the mirror and just wasn’t doing enough. I need to demand more out of myself and do it at a high level.

“I have to do my best as a point guard to integrate J.R. [Smith] and [Kevin] Love and get our starting five back to having the continuity. It hasn’t been perfect, to say the least,” Irving continued. “There’s definitely been some ups and downs and disagreements. But as adults and professionals we just have to figure it out. I think it just starts with our practice habits and what we demand out of each other. Just holding each other accountable.”

Irving was singing a different tune just this past weekend, but consecutive losses to the Washington Wizards and the San Antonio Spurs by a combined 41 points (with the latter seeing Irving go 4-of-13 for eight points, tying a season-low) likely changed his perspective. Some of his teammates have been expressing similar frustration lately, so urgency beckons, especially now that the Cavs have fallen to second in the East behind the Boston Celtics.

Fan-run indoor league football team considering signing Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy may have a new job soon — if one team’s fans consent to it.

The Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, an indoor football franchise where major decisions are decided by fan vote, are looking at signing Hardy, but are leaving it to their supporters.

In a posting on the team’s website, the Screaming Eagles, who call themselves a “FANchise,” say Hardy wants to play for the team. Ownership and coaches agree that they’re willing to give Hardy a chance if the fans are as well.

“On the field, Greg would be a no-questions-asked signee for just about any coach in any league,” Screaming Eagles head coach Matthew Sauk said. “Greg is human and made some mistakes in his life and is paying for those mistakes. We want the fans to make the call.”

Hardy has been exiled from the NFL over repeated legal trouble, including domestic violence. He’s been looking to get involved in a league like this, but he may have a tough time winning over the fans.

H/T Crabman

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