Team USA Women’s Basketball Win 5th Straight Gold Medal

Big shout out to the Team USA Women’s Basketball Team for achieving that coveted gold medal for the 5th straight Olympics, yesterday!

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Garrett Reid, Son Of Andy Reid [Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach] Found Dead This Morning

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.

The police chief at Lehigh, Edward Shupp, said a 911 call was made at 7:20 a.m., and that Garrett Reid was dead when a policeman arrived at the campus dormitory. A cause of death has not been determined.

“There were no suspicious activities,” Shupp said.

The 29-year-old Reid struggled with drug abuse for years and was imprisoned for a 2007 high-speed car crash in which another driver was injured. Police found heroin, which Reid admitted to using, and more than 200 pills in his car. When he surrendered to begin serving his sentence in that case, prison guards found Reid had tried to smuggle prescription pills into jail.

Reid seemed to have rebounded from his problems in recent times and was assisting the Eagles’ strength coaches at camp in an unofficial capacity, a not-uncommon sort of role for NFL coaches’ sons. Many of the coaches and staff stay in the Lehigh dorms.

In the midst of his legal troubles in his early 20s, Reid said he “got a thrill” out of being a drug dealer in a lower-income neighborhood just a few miles from his parents’ suburban Villanova mansion.

“I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high-status life,” Reid told a probation officer, according to court testimony in November 2007. “I could go anywhere in the ‘hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer.”

At his sentencing hearing, Reid told the judge: “I don’t want to die doing drugs. I don’t want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD’d and just faded into oblivion.”

His younger brother, Britt, also had problems with drug use and was arrested on the same day as Garrett in 2007 for a road-rage encounter. Police discovered weapons and drugs in Britt Reid’s vehicle.

“ We’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us; we’re going to be strong for him right now.
” — Eagles GM Howie Roseman

The Eagles practiced Sunday morning after gathering for a team prayer, but Andy Reid was not present. Assistants Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo ran the team’s walk-through and will oversee the Eagles until Reid returns. Owner Jeffery Lurie said he expected Reid back this week.

The afternoon session Sunday went on, but Lurie canceled his annual state of the team address.

“Today is one of life’s tough days,” Lurie said. “Andy is a rock-solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. And today, he exhibited it all. It’s unimaginable. We’ve all suffered — most of us have suffered tragedy in our lives. Losing a son is unimaginable. Losing a child is unimaginable — the pain. Again, he is rock solid.”

Expressions of sympathy came from everywhere around the league.

“My condolences go out to Coach Reid and his family,” quarterback Michael Vick tweeted. “Stay strong and we LOVE you coach.”

Said commissioner Roger Goodell: “We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time.”

Dallas coach Jason Garrett said Sunday that he sent Reid a text message offering his support and the Cowboys as an organization are expected to reach out to the veteran coach.

“Andy is a great guy, he’s an outstanding football coach, but he’s a great guy,” Garrett said. “He’s been really good to me and so good to so many people in the NFL for a long, long time. He’s part of our fraternity and this is really, really sad day for their family and really for everybody in the NFL. We wanted to express our condolences to them and just wanted to let them know we’re for them if they need any help from me or the Dallas Cowboys organization.”

Authorities had few details about Garrett Reid’s death.

“What I can tell you is this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh campus police department and (were) requested to respond for the discovery of a deceased male,” said Northampton County coroner Zachary Lysek. “We are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Lehigh campus police department and I personally pronounced Mr. Reid deceased at the scene.”

Andy Reid, a father of five, took a leave of absence from the Eagles during the 2007 offseason to spend more time with his family.

Reid is in his 14th season in Philadelphia. He’s led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six NFC East titles, five conference championship games and one Super Bowl loss.

“We’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us; we’re going to be strong for him right now,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting.”

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Philadelphia Phillies Trade Shane Victorino To Dodgers, Hunter Pence To Giants

The Philadelphia Phillies made the big moves before today’s MLB trade deadline. First, the Phillies traded outfielder Shane Victorino to the LA Dodgers, and then outfielder Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants. What do you think of these moves.

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2012-2013 NBA Regular Season Schedule Released

VIA ESPN

Miami’s championship defense will begin where they won last season’s title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at home against their now-crosstown rival.

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat will raise their title banner at home on Oct. 30 against the Boston Celtics as part of an opening-night tripleheader, meaning Ray Allen’s first game with Miami will come against his former club and in a rematch of last season’s seven-game Eastern Conference finals.

Also on opening night, Washington visits Cleveland (technically the season’s first game, starting an hour earlier than the Boston-Miami matchup) and Dallas plays at the Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash’s debut as Kobe Bryant’s teammate.

“We all know this season is a very important one. We’d like to get back on top as a team,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said Thursday in London, where he and the Spanish national team were wrapping up preparations for the start of the Olympics.

The Nets, having now moved from New Jersey, will open the year Nov. 1 at home against the New York Knicks — whose Manhattan home is about six miles north of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. And NBA finalist Oklahoma City starts the season that same night, playing at San Antonio in a Western Conference finals rematch.

A dozen games are on the first Friday night of the season, including ESPN’s opening doubleheader — Miami at New York (8 p.m. ET), followed by the Clippers against the Lakers (10:30 p.m. ET).

Jeremy Lin won’t be in that Knicks-Nets opener — his return to Madison Square Garden comes Dec. 17. The Knicks play in Houston on Nov. 23.

As for the NBA Finals rematches, both will get national-television treatment. The Thunder visit the Heat as part of a five-game slate on Christmas Day (to be aired on ABC), and the Heat will head to Oklahoma City on Feb. 14, a game to be shown on TNT.

The All-Star Game is in Houston on Feb. 17. The regular season ends April 17.

The Christmas Day schedule features five games — all on ESPN or ABC. Boston visits Brooklyn at noon ET on ESPN, followed by an ABC doubleheader — New York at the Lakers (3 p.m. ET) and Oklahoma City at Miami (5:30 p.m. ET) in the first meeting of last year’s Finals participants. Later, Houston visits Chicago (8 p.m. ET) and Denver is at the Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET) — both games on ESPN.

James, the NBA’s reigning MVP, spent seven seasons chasing a title in Cleveland, then finally won one in his second season with Miami. But the season will be winding down by the time he and the Heat head to Cleveland again: Miami is set to play there on March 20, and then again on April 15 in the regular-season road finale for the champions.

Wade will be spending his birthday in Los Angeles, a secret he tipped his Twitter followers off to earlier this week: The Heat wrap up a six-game road trip against the Lakers on Jan. 17, the day Wade turns 31.

The NBA has an eight-game schedule on Jan. 21, commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with four national TV matchups — Indiana at Memphis, the Nets at the Knicks, the Spurs at Philadelphia and the Lakers at Chicago.

Maybe the game’s most storied rivalry resumes in February: The Lakers are in Boston on Feb. 7, and the Celtics go to Los Angeles on Feb. 20.

Top draft pick Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Hornets start their season at home on Oct. 31 against San Antonio. Another Hornets game that will almost certainly get some attention is scheduled for Jan. 16 in Boston — where New Orleans rookie Austin Rivers would be facing a Celtics team coached by his father, Boston’s Doc Rivers.

Meanwhile, one NBA star who was widely expected to change teams and still has not — Dwight Howard — would have his season-opener with the Orlando Magic on Nov. 2 at home against Denver.

Among other matchups of note involving players who changed teams in recent weeks:

• Nash will play in Phoenix, the city where he won two MVP awards, as a visitor again on Jan. 30.

• Joe Johnson returns to Atlanta for the first time with the Nets on Jan. 16.

• Brandon Roy joined Minnesota this offseason, so he’ll get his first view of the visiting bench in Portland on Nov. 23.

• Jason Terry’s return to Dallas would be March 22, when the Celtics make their trip to play the Mavericks.

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NCAA Places HUGE Punishment On Penn State Football Program

After removing the Joe Paterno statue from the university, Penn State got a huge punishment placed on them. A $60 million fine, 4-year bowl ban, vacated wins from 1998-2011, and loss of 20 football scholarships for 4 seasons.

The vacated wins now puts Joe Paterno in 12th place in all-time wins as coach, dropping him from 1st place.

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Danny Garcia Defeats Amir Khan In 4th Round TKO

Danny “Swift” Garcia represented for Philly last night in his battle with Amir Khan. The build up leading to the fight got interesting after Amir Khan didn’t like what Danny’s dad, Angel Garcia, had to say about him before the fight. Danny backed it up last night as he knocked down Khan in the 3rd round, and then got a TKO in the 4th to win the bout. Garcia retained his WBA super lightweight title and added a vacant WBC super lightweight title to his reign. Congrats goes out to Danny who is still undefeated 24-0, with 15 knockouts.

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Men’s TEAM USA Basketball Roster Final

Today was the last day where the Men’s Team USA basketball roster was finalized. Andre Iguodala, James Harden, and Blake Griffin filled the final 3 roster spots on TEAM USA.

The rest of the team consist of: KOBE BRYANT, CHRIS PAUL, RUSSELL WESTBROOK, DERON WILLIAMS, CARMELO ANTHONY, KEVIN DURANT, LEBRON JAMES, KEVIN LOVE, AND TYSON CHANDLER.

Men’s Preliminary’s begin on July 29.

Now it’s time to get GOLD!!!

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MIAMI HEAT Win 2012 NBA Finals Championship

To all the critics, Lebron James was on his game throughout the playoffs, especially during the finals. He has finally won his first title. The HEAT dominated all game as James led the team with a triple-double in a 121-106 victory. Mike Miller had a big game as well with 7 3-pointers. Congrats to the OKC Thunder as well as Kevin Durant has a very promising career ahead of him. Lebron James was named finals MVP.

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