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Friday, February 15, 2019

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Watch: John Beilein gets ejected from Michigan-Penn State game

John Beilein

Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein was ejected from Tuesday night’s game at Penn State after getting two technical fouls just after the first half ended.

Nittany Lions guard Rasir Bolton made a shot just before the half ended to put Penn State up 40-27. Beilein may have been protesting not whether the shot should have counted, but a harsh screen on Zavier Simpson. He talked with an official on the sideline and was given one technical, grew even more upset and kept at it, and then was called for a second technical.

Here’s the screen that likely had Beilein upset:

Penn State got four free throws to start the second half due to the double techs.

Beilein is usually one of the more composed coaches in college basketball, so seeing him get tossed was a big surprise, almost as big as seeing his Wolverines down 13 at the half to woeful Penn State.

Report: Pelicans were ‘livid’ with Anthony Davis for leaving arena after injury

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis was spotted leaving the Smoothie King Arena on Thursday night after he suffered a shoulder injury in the team’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, and that may have indirectly contributed to general manager Dell Demps losing his job.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Pelicans’ ownership group was “livid” over Davis walking out. They feel the situation with the star big man has gotten out of hand, and they want a new general manager who can take back control.

Interestingly enough, Wojnarowski added that Gayle Benson and the Pelicans’ owners have been pleased with the way head coach Alvin Gentry and his staff have handled the team in the wake of Davis’ public trade request.

Davis appeared to suffer the shoulder injury just before halftime while attempting to block a Nerlens Noel shot. The Pelicans quickly announced him as out for the remainder of the game. Davis also recently suffered a finger injury and wanted to play through it, and the Pelicans reportedly wanted to sit him but faced fines from the NBA if they went that route. Since he returned from the finger injury, Davis has not played his usual amount of minutes or been as effective.

It’s no surprise that the Pelicans are trying to make organizational changes, especially when you consider the way Gentry described the team’s current situation on Thursday.

Zion Williamson shares simple reason for Duke’s historic comeback

Zion Williamson

Duke put together a historic comeback in their 71-69 win at Louisville on Tuesday night, and Zion Williamson had a very simple explanation for the effort.

According to the freshman phenom, all it took was Duke playing harder than Louisville to pull off the comeback.

“It just took us playing hard. They were playing harder than us — Louisville’s a very great team — we just had to play harder than them,” Williamson told ESPN after the game.

Williamson also shared the message that Coach K gave the team while they were trailing: “I don’t coach losers.” That was enough to rally Duke to a comeback.

The Blue Devils were down 59-36 with 9:13 left in the game and stormed back by closing on a 35-10 run. They made 10/17 shots compared to 2/10 for Louisville to end the game. The Blue Devils also went 11/13 at the line. This was their largest second-half comeback in program history.

Williamson had 27 points and 12 rebounds in the game. Between his effort in the comeback and his spectacular highlight on Saturday, Williamson has shown us that he has much more than physical tools — he has incredible heart and effort as well.

Antonio Brown ‘likes’ tweets about Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault allegations

Ben Roethlisberger

Antonio Brown may have given a sign on Friday that he is open to smoothing things over with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his social media activity still says otherwise.

When Brown essentially abandoned the Steelers during the final week of the regular season, a report claimed he had an ugly altercation with Ben Roethlisberger before he left the team. If that wasn’t evidence enough that the relationship between Brown and Roethlisberger is strained, perhaps Brown “liking” two tweets about the sexual assault allegations against Big Ben will be.

It seems like Brown was just trying to point out that there is a double standard with how Steelers fans view players, but it says a lot that he called attention to the allegations against Roethlisberger. Though Roethlisberger has tried to downplay the issues between the two recently, he can’t be happy about that.

Brown has reportedly agreed to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, but it still seems unlikely that he will remain with the team in 2019. The tweet he sent earlier in the week was fairly straightforward, and subtly calling out Roethlisberger is just further evidence that he’s not on good terms with his teammates.

Odds reveal which team is favorite to land Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown made it clear this week that he has no intention of playing for the Steelers in 2019, but the team will first need to find a trade partner that is willing to offer fair value for the star receiver. Las Vegas oddsmakers expect that to happen at some point this offseason.

Sports gambling website BetOnline.AG has released odds for which team Brown will be with to start next season, and a handful of teams are believed to be in the running for him. Topping the list is the Cardinals, followed closely by the Packers, Dolphins, Raiders and 49ers.

The Cardinals have a new offensive-minded coach in place in Kliff Kingsbury, and one of the best players in franchise history has already begun recruiting Brown. That could help explain why they are currently considered the favorite.

It could be a while before Pittsburgh finds a suitable deal for Brown, as the All-Pro has probably decreased his own trade value by publicly bidding farewell to the team. Interested teams know Brown could refuse to play for the Steelers in 2019, so they may try to low-ball them with offers.

The Steelers have apparently already decided which teams they will not trade Brown to, but they are definitely fielding offers.

Report: Anthony Davis, Pelicans re-evaluating plan for playing time

Anthony Davis wingspan

The saga over Anthony Davis’s playing time may not be over yet.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Davis and the Pelicans are re-evaluating the best way to handle the center’s playing time following the All-Star break. This comes in light of the fact that the Pelicans have been limiting his minutes and sitting him late in games after being admonished by the NBA over the possibility of sitting him completely to protect him.

The situation has been exacerbated after Davis walked out of Thursday’s game early after suffering a shoulder injury, which angered and embarrassed ownership.

It is unclear what changes, if any, the Pelicans and Davis will opt to make to his minutes. Neither side can really be enjoying the current situation, but the threat of potential punishment looms if the Pelicans opt to bench Davis for an extended period of time.

Giants could trade Odell Beckham this offseason?

The New York Giants put their faith in Odell Beckham Jr. last offseason when they signed the star wide receiver to a massive contract extension, but one prominent reporter believes they have already changed their mind about wanting Beckham to be with the team for the long haul.

In his weekly mailbag, Jay Glazer of The Athletic said he expects the trade market to be very active across the NFL this offseason, the same way it has been over the past year with players like Jimmy Garoppolo, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper changing teams. He mentioned how some teams tried to trade for Beckham at the trade deadline this past season, and he predicted that the Giants will pull the trigger on moving OBJ in the coming months.

Beckham racked up 1,052 receiving yards in just 12 games last season. Questions about him potentially being traded first surfaced when he was openly critical of the Giants’ coaching and quarterback play. While the contract he signed could be worth as much as $95 million, Beckham is still just 26 and is one of the best receivers in football. Contending teams looking for an impact player might be willing to part with a high draft pick for him.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has already addressed the Beckham trade rumors this offseason, but we know how quickly things can change in the NFL.