Mets GM Jared Porter acknowledges sending explicit, unsolicited images to female reporter

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Jared Porter, recently hired as the general manager of the New York Mets, has acknowledged sending unsolicited sexually explicit images to a female reporter while employed by the Chicago Cubs as their director of pro scouting in 2016, report ESPN’s Mina Kimes and Jeff Passan. An explicit image was the final message in a string of 62 consecutive unanswered texts.

According to Kimes and Passan, Porter met the woman in a Yankee Stadium elevator in June 2016 and asked her three times to get a drink before the day was over. She eventually stopped responding to his text messages, but Porter continued to text her anyway, including sending images. Here’s more from Kimes and Passan, who obtained screenshots of the messages:

Reached by ESPN on Monday evening, Porter acknowledged texting with the woman. He initially said

Reports: Baltimore Ravens to release veteran running back Mark Ingram II

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The Baltimore Ravens will be releasing veteran running back Mark Ingram II on Tuesday, according to multiple reports

It is not a particularly surprising move. Ingram saw his playing time reduced throughout the year and was even scratched from a number of games, including both playoff contests, as the Ravens began leaning on the tandem of rookie J.K. Dobbins and third-year back Gus Edwards more and more throughout the season. Ingram appeared in 11 games for Baltimore this past season, posting career lows for both carries (72) and yards (299).

Before reports of his impending release even went public, Ingram took to Twitter and Instagram to thank the Ravens organization, his teammates and the fans. 

“Baltimore!!! I’d like to thank Mr. Steve Bisciotti and the Ravens for being a first class organization and welcoming my family and I to the city. I love all the real ones in flock nation that supported me unconditionally and showed love to the boy these last 2 years,” Ingram wrote in his extended post on Instagram. “To my blood brothers, what’s understood Ain gotta be explained!! Call on 21 I got ya back forever y’all already know!! I’m looking forward to my next opportunity because the best is still ahead. Watch how God write this story! BIG TRUSS FOREVER!!” 

Ingram, 31, had one more year on his deal at $5 million

Though Ingram became the odd man out in 2020 in a young running back room, his 2019 season with the Ravens was one of the best of his career. He earned Pro Bowl honors for the third time in rushing for 1,018 yards and he had a career-high 15 total touchdowns. The Heisman Trophy winner who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints also proved to be an incredible locker room presence, his leadership and infectious energy – see: “Big Truss” – a constant throughout the Ravens’ 14-2 season. By most accounts, Ingram remained a consummate teammate in 2020 despite his lack of playing time and career-low production. 

Ingram has rushed for 7,324 yards and 62 touchdowns in 10 seasons. 

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Sources: Cavs look to trade Porter after outburst

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to trade or waive 2019 first-round pick Kevin Porter Jr., sources confirmed to ESPN.

Porter hasn’t played and has largely been away from the team this season for what has been termed personal reasons. He was working his way back and attended his first game Friday night when the Cavs beat the New York Knicks.

That night, however, he had a screaming match with team officials after his locker was moved to an auxiliary area to accommodate new teammate Taurean Prince, who arrived from the Brooklyn Nets with Jarrett Allen in a trade last week. After the episode, Porter was told to clean out his locker and other members of the roster were informed he’d no longer be on the team, sources said.

The Athletic first reported the incident with Porter.

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Nets' Irving to miss seventh consecutive game

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NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving will not play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night, marking the seventh consecutive game he will miss as he continues to ramp up his on-court activity.

As Irving inches closer to returning to game action, his debut alongside James Harden and Kevin Durant could come on the Nets’ upcoming two-game road trip. The Nets are scheduled to play the Cavaliers on Jan. 20 and 22. Irving has played in Cleveland just once since his trade from the Cavs to the Celtics in 2017 — on opening night of the 2017-18 season.

Irving, who had been listed as questionable on Sunday night’s injury report, has not played in a game since Jan. 5.

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Jarrett Allen reflects on the James Harden trade: ‘I would do it. I’m not going to lie.’

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Jarrett Allen was en route to Madison Square Garden to face the Knicks when Nets general manager Sean Marks called. As he looked down at his phone, Allen knew what was happening. His time in Brooklyn was over.

“It was definitely rough on me,” Allen said. “Even though you say it’s the business of basketball, it never makes it easier. But at the end of the day, it’s the business, and you have to move on.”

Allen was selected 22nd overall in the 2017 draft as a 19-year-old out of Texas. After growing up in Texas and playing high school and college ball there, Allen called his time in Brooklyn a “growing stepping stone” after basking in the bright lights of New York. Allen and Caris LeVert were considered members of Brooklyn’s long-term core before

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Butch Harmon clears up Jordan Spieth rumors after famed instructor was recently seen working with star

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Rumors began circulating a few months ago that the 86th-ranked player in the world had hired a very famous swing coach, which seems odd until you remember that it’s Jordan Spieth that is now the 86th-ranked player in the world. The whispers were that he and Butch Harmon were a pair because, in golf circles, golfers and their swing coaches get talked about like the latest, hottest name-melding couples in famous people circles.

The rumor intensified earlier this month when tweets started going out that the two were in fact working together following this report in Golf Digest.

Somewhat recently there have been rumblings that Spieth, 27, has sought direction from Butch Harmon on his full swing, which Golf Digest now has confirmed. Apparently, Spieth wanted validation from Harmon that he is on the right path

CJ McCollum injury update: Trail Blazers star to have left foot re-evaluated in a week

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The Portland Trail Blazers will be without one of their leading scorers for at least a week. Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters on Monday that CJ McCollum will have his foot injury re-evaluated in a week’s time. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to return at that time, but Stotts said imaging ruled out a more serious injury.

Over the weekend McCollum suffered a sprained left foot during the Blazers’ 112-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks. He left the game at halftime as a precaution, and later underwent X-rays and an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. McCollum has broken that foot twice during his career, so it makes sense that the Blazers want to be as cautious as possible, especially considering how well McCollum has been playing this season. 

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Ohio State star WR Chris Olave spurns the NFL to return for senior season

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Ohio State said goodbye to Justin Fields on Monday, but the future of the Buckeyes offense got a huge boost late in the day when wide receiver Chris Olave announced his intention to return to Columbus for his senior season.

Olave made the announcement on Twitter, with a statement thanking God, Ohio State’s coaches and staff and the Ohio State fans for their support with the caption “One more.” 

Olave led the Buckeyes in receptions (50), receiving yards (729), touchdown receptions (7) and ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 12 nationally averaging 104.1 receiving yards per game. He’ll enter the 2021 season not only as one of the top wide receivers in college football but as the leader of one of the deepest collections of pass catchers around. Olave and Garrett Wilson, who will