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NBA GM makes notable prediction about upcoming season

Victor Wembanyama holds the ball

Oct 4, 2022; Henderson, NV, USA; Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 forward Victor Wembanyama (1) shoots from the free-throw line against NBA G League Ignite center Eric Mika (12) during the third quarter at The Dollar Loan Center. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

One NBA general manager made a notable prediction about the upcoming season.

There will obviously be debates about who will win the NBA championship. But there will also be a lot of talk about who finishes towards the bottom of the league. In fact, there is a belief that there will be a big reward for the team that gets the No. 1 overall draft pick.

Victor Wembanyama on Tuesday night played in an exhibition with his French team against the G League Ignite. The game marked Wembanyama’s debut in America, and it couldn’t have gone better. The 7-foot-3 18-year-old scored 37 points, blocked 5 shots, and showed great touch and range on his shooting.

Everyone said the same thing after watching Wembanyama play. Apparently NBA executives were all thinking the same thing too.

“It feels like last night will start a race to the bottom like we’ve never seen,” one NBA GM told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In other words, the movement to tank for Victor is on.

At a time when stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are aging into their 30s, many look at Wembanyama and see the future of the NBA. Teams are really hoping to land Wembanyama in hopes of turning around their franchise.

Terry Bradshaw selling his massive Oklahoma ranch for $22.5 million

Terry Bradshaw before a game

Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, CA USA; Terry Bradshaw before the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Levin’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Bradshaw is selling his massive Oklahoma ranch for a huge price.

TopTenRealEstateDeals.com shared that Bradshaw has listed his Quarter Horses Ranch property for $22.5 million. The property sits on 744 acres and is a full equestrian and cattle ranch.

The massive estate includes a “six-bedroom 8,600 square foot home, 2,600 square foot manager’s home, four-bedroom bunk house, multiple barns including a show-pig and 50-stall mare barn, a two-story doghouse, a 1,000 square foot entertainment patio, and several stocked fishing lakes and ponds.”

Terry Bradshaw Quarter Horses Ranch from ICON GLOBAL on Vimeo.

Here are a few photos of the massive property:

Bradshaw and his wife have relocated to a smaller property while they list the Quarter Horses Ranch for sale.

The 74-year-old disclosed on Sunday that he has battle skin and bladder cancer recently, though he is now cancer-free.

Bradshaw was the No. 1 draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970. He won four Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and is a member of the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame. Bradshaw has been a FOX NFL analyst since 1994.

Mike Leach has radical solution to fix NIL issues

Mike Leach on the sidelines

Oct 2, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach argues a call while playing against the Texas A&M Aggies in the third quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Leach is known for being a bold thinker, both as a coach and as a personality. It’s no surprise then that the Mississippi State coach has a bold plan for how to address the current mess facing college football due to new transfer and Name, Image and Likeness rules.

Leach spoke with SI’s Ross Dellenger about his solution. He thinks the sport needs to differentiate between amateur and professional college athletes. He thinks players should choose which categorization they want, and they will be treated under different rules.

“This should not be a masquerade party of professionals. Are you a professional or are you not?” Leach told Ross Dellenger of SI. “Instead of sitting here and having 17-year-olds lecture everybody that they are professionals, well, let them be professionals. It’s one [amateur] or the other [professional]. Right now, we’ve got this whole mysterious stratosphere of people wiggling all over back and forth.”

For players who categorize themselves as pros, Leach is proposing systems similar to those used by the NFL. That means a player draft, salary cap, trades, and free agency. For those who are amateurs, they can choose where they want to go to school, and they would be eligible to receive a $100,000 bonus upon graduating from the school where they originally signed. These amateurs could transfer, but they would forfeit the bonus.

Both groups of players would have to attend school.

Leach’s proposal is nothing if not creative. A lot of other coaches are forecasting some sort of breakaway division as a result of the changes to the sport. Leach is proposing a solution that would allow both an amateur and professional model.

Activist files police report after getting nailed by Bobby Wagner

Bobby Wagner hits a fan

The activist who ran onto the field during Monday night’s Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco 49ers game has taken legal action against the players who knocked him down.

About a minute before halftime of the Rams-Niners game, the activist ran onto the field during a break in the action. The man eluded security and was running near the Rams’ sideline when a few Rams players decided to end the spectacle.

Bobby Wagner and Takk McKinley combined to take down the activist, with Wagner delivering a big hit (video here).

Security got a hold of the person then detained, cited and released the man plus another activist whose run onto the field didn’t go as well.

According to TMZ Sports, the activist filed a police report on Tuesday with the Santa Clara Police Department.

Neither Rams player has been arrested or charged with a crime. It’s unclear if the activist filed the police report in hopes of receiving more publicity for the organization he was representing.

Von Miller recruiting 1 ex-teammate to join Bills

Von Miller at training camp

Jul 27, 2022; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) motions to the fans after a training camp session at St. John Fisher University. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Von Miller is recruiting one of his former teammates to join his new team.

Miller told reporters on Wednesday that he has kept in touch with Odell Beckham Jr., with whom he was teammates on the Los Angeles Rams last season.

Miller shared that Beckham is going on a free agency tour, visiting with numerous teams as he prepares to make a decision about his future.

Beckham is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Rams’ Super Bowl win in February. He should be ready to join a team in Week 10 or 11 and is beginning the process of deciding where to sign.

Numerous teams are in pursuit of Beckham. The New York Giants have entertained the idea of a reunion with Beckham. The Rams want to bring him back. And another star quarterback recently said he hopes to team with the former Pro Bowl receiver.

The Bills are 3-1 and look like a Super Bowl contender, which would make them attractive to any free agent looking to win. Beckham, who turns 30 in November, had 5 touchdowns in 8 regular season games with the Rams last season.

Dusty Baker responds to Aaron Judge home run mark

Dusty Baker smiling

Jan 30, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Dusty Baker speaks after being announced as the Houston Astros manager during a press conference at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge set a new American League record with his 62nd home run of the season on Wednesday night. It is an accomplishment that Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker respects, but Baker had a message for anyone treating it like the legitimate MLB record.

Baker managed Barry Bonds for 10 of Bonds’ 15 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, including the 2001 season which saw Bonds hit 73 home runs. While Bonds’ records have come under scrutiny due to his alleged PED use, Baker made clear that in his view, Bonds remains the legitimate single-season recordholder.

Baker may not manage Bonds anymore, but he is not going to throw his former player under the bus. Plus, he has the record book on his side, since Bonds’ mark is recognized without any sort of asterisk.

Obviously, a lot of people are not going to agree with Baker here. Perception matters, but ultimately, Bonds can still claim the record.

Angels make decision on interim manager Phil Nevin

Phil Nevin points to his head

The Los Angeles Angels have made a decision about the future of interim manager Phil Nevin.

The Angels announced Wednesday that they have signed Nevin to a one-year deal to remain as manager, removing the interim tag in the process.

Nevin took over as interim manager on June 7 after the firing of Joe Maddon. Entering play Wednesday, he had guided the team to a 46-59 record since taking over. His highest-profile incident was arguably his involvement in the team’s big brawl with the Seattle Mariners shortly after he took over.

The Angels do not appear to have taken much of an extensive search for a new manager, and giving Nevin a one-year deal certainly does not offer much job security. The reality is, with the franchise apparently up for sale, the team probably did not want to commit long-term to any manager at this point.

Tulane pokes fun at Aaron Judge with uniform reveal

Aaron Judge looking on

Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) goes to the dugout between innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Tulane Green Wave had a pretty hilarious way of revealing their uniforms for this week’s game.

Tulane poked fun at the recent coverage of Aaron Judge’s chase for the American League home run record in a video posted to social media Wednesday. ESPN has spent the last two weekends interrupting college football telecasts whenever Judge stepped to the plate, and Tulane had some fun with that.

At least Tulane used footage of Judge’s 62nd home run in their video. The New York Yankees star did not do nearly as well during the actual cut-ins in each of the last two Saturdays.

ESPN’s decision to show Judge’s plate appearances at the expense of its college football telecasts was met with widespread derision, and some of the network’s own talent seemed displeased with it. Fortunately, Judge hit his milestone home run on Tuesday, and the regular season ends Wednesday anyway, so college games should air without interruption on Saturday.

Reporter offers update on Mac Jones’ ankle injury

Mac Jones warms up before a game

Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones missed Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with an ankle injury, and his status for Week 5 sounds very much up in the air.

Mike Giardi of NFL Network shared a video of Jones throwing passes at practice on Wednesday. He said Jones still has “instability” in his ankle and has been walking with a limp. Though, the former Alabama star is said to be “moving considerably better” than he was last week.

There were conflicting reports about Jones’ status leading up to the Packers game, which is not unusual for the Patriots. Bill Belichick is known for keeping injury information close to the vest. It is believed that Jones is dealing with a high ankle sprain, which usually results in a multi-week absence for players.

The Patriots are down to third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe after Brian Hoyer suffered a concussion on Sunday. Unless Jones makes a huge amount of progress over the next few days, Zappe is likely to start for New England against the Detroit Lions in Week 5.

One of Tom Brady’s newest teammates announces retirement

Tom Brady puts up his hand

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently signed Cole Beasley to help them deal with a rash of injuries, but the veteran wide receiver’s stint with the team was very brief.

Beasley has announced his retirement from the NFL. The 33-year-old says he made the decision so he can spend more time with his family.

Beasley first signed with the Bucs’ practice squad after Chris Godwin and Julio Jones both suffered injuries. Mike Evans was also serving a one-week suspension at the time Beasley joined the team. All three wide receivers have since returned, so Beasley probably was not going to play a significant role going forward, anyway.

Though he caught just four passes in two games with the Buccaneers, Beasley had some productive seasons recently with the Buffalo Bills. His best year was in 2020, when he caught 82 passes for 967 yards and four touchdowns. Beasley finishes his career with 554 catches for 5,726 yards and 34 touchdown receptions.