Oladipo touts Rockets' potential after debut

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Guard Victor Oladipo exuded optimism about the Houston Rockets after his franchise debut, presenting quite a contrast to James Harden‘s final comments as a member of the franchise.

“I know that better days are ahead for the Houston Rockets, and I’m looking forward to being a part of those special days,” Oladipo said after his 32-point, nine-assist performance in a 125-120 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday.

It was the second-highest-scoring debut in franchise history, behind Harden’s 37-point performance in the 2012-13 season opener.

Oladipo, a two-time All-Star for the Indiana Pacers whose career was interrupted by a ruptured quadriceps tendon suffered in January 2019, was acquired by the Rockets in last week’s four-team blockbuster trade that sent Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. Harden was aware that a deal was likely near when he declared that the Rockets “just aren’t good enough” and could not

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.

The team picked up an option in

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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Here's how Tom Brady and the Buccaneers could make NFL playoff history if they beat Packers in NFC title game

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Tom Brady and the Buccaneers could make NFL history this year if they can beat the Packers on Sunday. If that happens, the Buccaneers would become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium. 

The Super Bowl has existed for 54 years and in that time, no team has ever gotten to play the game in their home stadium. The fact that the Buccaneers are even in the NFC title game is notable because that’s something that almost never happens. You can call it a Super Bowl hosting jinx or just bad luck, but teams almost never make the playoffs in a season where they’re hosting the Super Bowl. Including the Buccaneers, there have only been nine instances in NFL history where a team made the playoffs in a season where their

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