Former Minnesota OL Nick Connelly dead at 22 after battle with Burkitt's lymphoma

Former Minnesota offensive lineman Nick Connelly died on Wednesday at age 22 because of complications from Burkitt’s lymphoma.

The native of Red Wing, Minnesota, redshirted in 2015, and started 14 games during his career. An injury forced him to retire midway through the 2017 season after he started the first five games for the Gophers. 

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Nick Connelly,” coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement. “He was an amazing young man who took exceptional pride in playing for his hometown Gophers and loved wearing the maroon and gold. Nick’s family and friends are in our thoughts and we will honor him this Saturday at Maryland.”

Connelly’s father, Chuck Connelly, posted this message on Twitter Wednesday evening.

He was diagnosed with Burkitt’s lymphoma — a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma —

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino joins Twitter and immediately gets crushed after name is misspelled

The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino — who was fired last year in the fallout of a massive scandal — has finally joined Twitter, and it definitely has nothing to do with his new tell-all book

However, apparently he didn’t read the starter packet for new Twitter users. No. 1: Make sure that any graphics that are promoting something have that thing spelled correctly and No. 2: Make sure that all facts about you are accurate.

I’m sure “The Pitno Podcast” is a fascinating listen.

OK, so that’s not the ideal start to your Twitter account, but he figured it out. His bio now addresses that he’s one of two coaches to lead three teams to the Final Four and the graphic says “The Pitino Podcast,” although he does still seem to have himself

Colin Kaepernick's lawyer hints that two teams might be interested in adding the free-agent QB

For the second year in a row, Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, is predicting that his client could soon be back in the NFL

During a recent interview with TMZ, Geragos was asked if he thought Kaepernick would be making a return to the NFL in 2018, and he gave a very interesting answer. 

“This is what I’m going to predict,” Geragos said. “I would just say stay tuned, that next week there may be some news.”

So is Geragos predicting that he’s going to sign with someone? 

“That’s as far as I’m going to go,” Geragos said, before going farther. 

At that point in the conversation, Geragos was asked if Kaepernick had been watching any football this season and the lawyer revealed that Kaepernick had been watching the Dolphins in order to support Kenny Stills, who has taken

The Rangers are reportedly contemplating replacing manager Jeff Banister after the season

With less than two weeks to go in the 2018 regular season, the Texas Rangers have been eliminated from postseason contention, and they sit in last place in the AL West at 64-88. General manager Jon Daniels admitted the team is in rebuilding mode earlier this year, when Cole Hamels and Keone Kela were traded away at the deadline.

The rebuild may involve more than roster changes, as it turns out. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers are “contemplating” replacing manager Jeff Banister following the season. From Wilson:

Multiple sources confirmed that the Rangers are contemplating replacing Jeff Banister after the season even though he is under contract for 2019. The Rangers exercised the option they held on him for next season shortly after the 2017 season ended.

The Rangers’ second consecutive

Stanley Cup playoffs odds: Each NHL team's chances of making the postseason

The 2018-19 NHL season is right around the corner, and while there are many questions surrounding each team, it’s clear that only a couple of contenders are considered serious Stanley Cup Final material. What about the playoff picture as a whole, though? Which teams are locks to at least be in the postseason, and which ones are destined to be sitting at home during the race for the Cup?

According to Bovada‘s latest playoff odds, there’s quite a bit of flexibility when it comes to the 16-team postseason, and the NHL‘s yearly parity supports that. There are, however, some standouts on both ends of the spectrum.

The Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning, for example, are far and above the safest bets to return to the playoffs in 2018-19. Their -1800 (1/18) odds are unmatched, with only the Winnipeg

FOX Sports Southeast to televise every Hawks regular-season game during 2018-19 Season

ATLANTA – FOX Sports Southeast, exclusive regional home of the Atlanta Hawks, will televise three preseason games and all 82 regular season games during the 2018-19 NBA season. Regular season games will be anchored by Hawks LIVE pregame show, presented by Ford, and Hawks LIVE postgame show, presented by Nissan.

The Hawks will open the regular season at the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET with Hawks LIVE pregame show. This season marks the 50th anniversary of the team’s move to Atlanta and in conjunction with FOX Sports Southeast, the Hawks will pay homage to their history with a season-long campaign.

The network will televise the Hawks’ home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 24, versus the Dallas Mavericks, which will be the first NBA game at the team’s newly transformed State Farm Arena. The event will be commemorated with a special one-hour Hawks

On Basketball: Butler made his move _ now it's Wolves' turn

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler knows that NBA players can force their way into trades.

Forcing their way into a trade that suits the player, that’s an entirely different story.

Butler has told the Minnesota Timberwolves that he has no intentions of re-signing with the club next summer, his way of saying “trade me now” or “lose me for nothing later.” The Athletic first reported Butler’s decision.

It’s a power move that players can make.

Thing is, it comes with risk — because what happens next is not up to Butler.

This was the lesson learned from the Kawhi Leonard situation, from the Kyrie Irving situation, from the Paul George situation. Leonard supposedly was hoping for a trade from San Antonio to the Los Angeles Clippers. Irving wanted to be sent by Cleveland to either San Antonio and Miami. George was widely assumed to leave Indiana for the Los Angeles

From G League to GM, 76ers turn franchise over to Brand

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Only two years out of the NBA, Elton Brand is set to return to the league as a 39-year-old general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.

For a franchise that underwent the painful “Process” for a few seasons and had its last GM caught up in a Twitter scandal, a youth movement in the front office could be what the Sixers need to take the next step into Eastern Conference contention.

Brand is ready to help lead the way.

“I’m going to rely on my team,” Brand said. “Not just on the court, but the off-the-court team. I can’t keep saying it enough. In my opinion, we are one of the top groups in the NBA.”

Brand was introduced Thursday at the Sixers complex as the new GM, and it was made clear the two-time All-Star will not yield the power to make the final decisions, but

Colin Cowherd thinks less of Jimmy Butler today

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