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Mavs' Parsons: Harden is MVP at this point

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:22
If Chandler Parsons had a midseason MVP vote, it'd go to former teammate James Harden.
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LeBron out against Blazers for sprained wrist

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:01
Cavaliers forward LeBron James sat out Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers with a sprained right wrist.
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Kobe has shoulder surgery, out 9 months

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 17:54
Kobe Bryant underwent surgery Wednesday morning to repair the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the Los Angeles Lakers announced.
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Ex-QB Blake: Deflating footballs common

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 17:00
Former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake says he oversaw the deflation of footballs on the sideline right before games during his career. Speaking on "The Midday 180" out of Nashville, Blake said the practice was common.
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Study: Youth football may add to cognition loss

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:37
Researchers tested 42 retired players between the ages of 40 and 69 and found that those who started playing football prior to age 12 performed "significantly worse" on three cognitive measures.
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Super week: Sherman awaiting son's birth

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:36
Richard Sherman isn't just preparing for the New England Patriots this week. He's getting ready for the birth of his son.
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Local bartender identified as 'Boston Shoveler'

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:19
Less than a day after the image of him clearing off the Boston Marathon finish line during this week's blizzard took social media by storm, the mystery man known previously as "The Boston Shoveler" has been identified.
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Pats' Wilfork: Belichick has 'soft heart' now

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:43
Vince Wilfork said Wednesday that coach Bill Belichick is different for his sixth Super Bowl trip -- the defensive tackle used used words like "more understanding" and "soft heart" to describe the coach.
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OC McDaniels: Nothing deceptive about Pats

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:51
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels defended the team's usage of ineligible receivers in its two playoff games, a hot-button topic that has led to some former coaches, such as Tony Dungy, to call for the tactic to be stopped.
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Lynch to media: 'You know why I'm here'

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:00
Marshawn Lynch, facing a potential fine for violating the NFL's media policy as well as apparel policy, turned in a repeat performance at the Seattle Seahawks' league-mandated media availability Wednesday, saying, "You know why I'm here" 14 times.
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Report: EKU player hurt in fight with Wildcats

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:56
An Eastern Kentucky offensive lineman suffered multiple facial fractures during a fight that allegedly involved three Kentucky football players over the weekend, according to a report.
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NBA: Barnes fine not for Sarver interaction

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:48
An NBA spokesman told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the league's review of the incident "confirmed that it was not an interaction with Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver" that led to the Los Angeles Clippers forward's fine.
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Mayweather, Pacquiao meet again privately

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:59
Hours after a public meeting and brief discussion during halftime of Tuesday night's Heat-Bucks game in Miami, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. met privately for more than an hour to continue discussing terms for their proposed May 2 mega fight.
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Brady has cold, says 'not worried about it'

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:49
Tom Brady sniffled through his 45-minute Super Bowl XLIX media availability Wednesday morning, at times wiping his nose with his sleeve of his shirt, as he confirmed he's battling a cold.
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NFL mulls fine for Lynch's hat, sources say

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:58
Marshawn Lynch might get fined after all. Sources tell ESPN that, after the Super Bowl, the league will review whether the hat Lynch wore during Media Day was permissible.
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“Deflategate” and Sports

NASC - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:08

While we are heading into Super Bowl weekend, we should be talking about the game—instead, we’re talking about under inflated footballs, and who’s to blame.

We’re acting as if playing fast and loose with the rules is something new in sports. The old saying, “if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’” is said mostly in jest, but for some it’s too often a stain on their sports record.

In 2001 Danny Almonte was probably the most famous Little League pitcher in the country, throwing a solid 76 miles an hour and tossing a no-hitter in the Regional Finals to send his team from the Bronx to the Little League World Series. He then threw a perfect game during the Series and ended the series striking out 62 of the 72 batters he faced. Problem was, he was found to be 14-years-old during the Series, not the 12-years-old he was supposed to be.

Youth football isn’t immune to cheating allegations. A Tennessee youth football team was suspended, along with five coaches, for misreporting player’s weight before games. A certain weight means the player can’t run the ball or play certain positions so he doesn’t hurt smaller players. Once home video showed the coaches, still on the sidelines, the team was suspended from the league.

In fact, type in the name of just about any youth sport and add “cheating” to the search and you’re bound to find examples of bad behavior among players and/or coaches.

This controversy will be resolved, one way or the other, and the game will be played. But it shows you that no matter what the age or the sport, teams are always walking the edge, trying to get an advantage in the biggest games of the season.

Will it spoil your Super Bowl viewing? Let us know what you think on the NASC Facebook page.


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NASCAR's Stewart buys sprint car series tour

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:54
Tony Stewart has purchased the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series, one of the oldest, traveling winged sprint car tours in the country.
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Report: 'Deflategate' probe seeks Ivy consult

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:22
Bill Belichick admittedly isn't a scientist, so an independent investigator hired by the NFL reportedly has attempted to contact someone who actually is in its attempt to get to the bottom of "Deflategate."
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Bulls stop Warriors in OT; home streak over

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:56
Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State's franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.
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Pierce laments injury to Kobe: 'He's an icon'

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 23:55
Paul Pierce lamented Kobe Bryant's latest injury Tuesday, saying "it always saddens me, knowing that Kobe, who is one of my NBA brothers, we lose [him] due to injury."
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