The Philadelphia 76ers’ search for a new general manager began with one of the most stunning front-office episodes in recent NBA history, the scandal involving former president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo, his wife and several anonymous Twitter accounts that flattered Colangelo, disparaged some Philadelphia players and revealed sensitive team information. In a statement of findings at the time, the firm described Colangelo as “careless and in some instances reckless” in his handling of “sensitive, non-public, club-related information.” The 76ers are entrusting Brand with a team in one of the NBA’s most enviable situations, with two budding superstar players in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and the salary-cap space and other assets to acquire more top-tier talent. Whether related to the front-office turmoil or not, Philadelphia is coming off a summer in which it failed to land an elite free agent, and Brand will have to make some pivotal personnel decisions as the team eyes a jump to genuine championship-contender status. The 76ers may have factored in the potential of the former Duke star and No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft to be a successful recruiter in free agency. Brand, who began his career with the Bulls, had two stints with the 76ers and also played for the Clippers, Hawks and Mavericks in a 17-year career, was thought to be widely respected by his fellow players. In addition to Brown, who reiterated earlier this week that he didn’t want the jobs of both head coach and general manager, Brand will have on hand two 76ers executives who also reportedly interviewed for the position, assistant GM Ned Cohen and senior vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley. That would have represented a shift back to the analytics-driven approach favored by former Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie, a longtime Morey assistant who became famous for his “Trust the Process” mantra while masterminding an extensive rebuilding project with the Sixers. Even though the plan essentially called for the team to lose copious numbers of games for several seasons while accumulating young talent, high draft picks and salary-cap space, Hinkie eventually found himself being overseen by USA Basketball executive Jerry Colangelo, and he resigned in April 2016. Thus, having gone from a numbers wonk to a consummate league insider, the 76ers have moved to another GM archetype, the former player.
21 and the Cowgirls stayed put at No. 26 in the third rendition of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Coaches’ Poll, the organization announced Tuesday. The Oklahoma State men’s squad moved up two places from the poll released a week ago. The Cowboys are one of two Big 12 teams to be ranked. 26, where they’ve been comfortably since the preseason rankings. The Cowgirls finished second as a team and Sinclaire Johnson won the individual race. As was the case in the Week 1 rankings, Iowa State leads the Big 12 at No. 18 and Texas rounds out the trio of ranked Big 12 teams at No. The Cowgirls also came in this week’s Midwest Regional rankings at No. The trip north will give OSU a chance to preview this season’s national championship course.
NORMAN, Okla. — If you read my update earlier, I hinted about some good news coming in regards to four-star Butler CC defensive end Jacoby Jones. Well, that good news is here, as Jones announced via Twitter that he is committing to OU. This by far has been the biggest decision of my life. I would like for everyone to please respect my decisions at this time. Listed at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds out of Florissant, Mo., Jones is the country's No. 23 player, No. He holds an 87 rating. Jones is likely to play 4i/5-tech at OU and will add more depth to an already talented and deep defensive line that Sooners D-line coaches Calvin Thibodeaux and Ruffin McNeill have built with excellent recruiting. He becomes the 18th overall commit for the 2019 class, #NewWave19, which ranks sixth nationally. He's the fifth defensive line commit, joining the likes of Joseph Wete, Marcus Hicks, Kori Roberson and Derek Green.
Thus it was all the more noteworthy when “Black-ish” actress Jennifer Lewis showed off a relatively casual ensemble featuring a Nike sweater, but it was in the name of making a statement important to her. “I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” Lewis, 61, told Variety. What can I do that’s meaningful? I’ll wear Nike,” she said of making that fashion choice. Thank you for leading the resistance! We need more corporate America to stand up also.” Earlier this month, Nike unveiled a major new ad campaign pegged to the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” slogan, with Kaepernick as its centerpiece. The former 49ers quarterback has been a polarizing national figure since August 2016, when he became the first NFL player to stage protests by kneeling during pregame renditions of the national anthem. While Kaepernick quickly inspired other football players and athletes in different sports to emulate his example, the demonstrations drew sharp criticism from President Trump, beginning when Trump was still campaigning for the White House. Following the 2016 season, Kaepernick was unable to latch on with an NFL team in free agency, and he is pursuing a grievance filing against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to punish him for his social activism. “However, on this episode, there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.” On Monday, after noting that she had her Nike sweater enhanced by adding beads to the “swoosh” logo, Lewis said: “These are not dark times, these are awakening times.
Shocking news broke this past Saturday night as the Cleveland Browns have announced that they will attempt to trade wide receiver Josh Gordon away as he could miss some time due to a hamstring injury. If the Browns struggle to get something in return for Gordon, they still plan to release him at some point on Monday. It didn’t take long for tons of speculation to build up about where Gordon could potentially land. So, before any teams worked on their offers early on Sunday morning, Gordon made it clear that his ideal landing spots would be the San Francisco 49ers or the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN Insider, Adam Schefter. No place for Gordon in Dallas: Dallas News reporter Jon Machota got the inside scoop regarding the Cowboys’ interest in the 27-year-old vet. This comes as quite a surprise considering the Cowboys passing game struggles from last year have rolled over into the 2018 season as well. Even after Cowboys receiver, Tavon Austin reeled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott early on Sunday night, it sure looks like the team could use another playmaker in the mix for their franchise quarterback. Prescott ended the game with only 16 completions for 160-yards. That makes it now nine games out of his last 12 where he failed to exceed 200-yards in the passing game, according to Trey Wingo. But as of right now, the Cowboys may feel a lot more confident in their offense after a commanding win over their division rival, the New York Giants.
What to Expect From Giants-Cowboys Tonight Dak Prescott threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin on the third play of the game and the Dallas Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times in a 20-13 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night. The Dallas defense was strong again, just as in an opening loss at Carolina, as the Cowboys (1-1) avoided the first 0-2 start in seven seasons under coach Jason Garrett. Manning and the Giants have started 0-2 for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott outgained Saquon Barkley in the first meeting in the pros between the former college rivals and high NFL draft picks. Elliott, who starred at Ohio State, rushed for 78 yards with a touchdown. Barkley, from Penn State, had just 28. Even Prescott outrushed Barkley, finishing with a career-high 45 yards on the ground while throwing for 160. The former Baylor basketball player missed all of last season after getting a concussion in training camp. Cowboys safety Xavier Woods (hamstring) and Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon (ankle) had already been ruled out for the second straight week. Gregory had played just two of 32 games over the previous two seasons because of substance-abuse suspensions before playing in last week's 16-8 loss to Carolina.
The rest of the AFC is finally closing the gap the New England Patriots created over 17 dominant seasons. Instead, the passing offense is built around five-time Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk shined against the Houston Texans with seven receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown, but the Jaguars took him out of the game by lining All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey or one of their standout safeties on the big target. Bortles played arguably the best game of his career with 377 passing yards, four touchdowns and only one turnover. The Patriots struggled to handle Jacksonville's underappreciated set of wide receivers and tight ends as they relied on their Cover 1 defense (man-to-man with a single safety over the top). If the injury keeps him out, Belichick will have even less talent with which to work. No one has ever started a season as well as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Even Pittsburgh in a losing effort showed a certain level of resiliency and offensive explosiveness to worry the Patriots. Pittsburgh can score points on any opponent. Both are off to tremendous starts, but their play may not be sustainable.
“That’s the big, kind of glaring disappointment from today,” OU coach Lincoln Riley said after the Sooners held off Iowa State 37-27 . Iowa State tarnished that theory, gaining 447 yards of total offense after mustering just 188 yards against Iowa a week earlier. OU cornerback Parnell Motley was asked how the Sooners did in that area Saturday. Noland leaned on Hakeem Butler’s 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame for long pickups of 25, 51, 57 and 30 yards. “They were throwing 50-50 balls, and we didn't ... it really wasn't 50-50 today,” OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. That was tough.” OU’s young secondary took the brunt of the criticism, though Iowa State often picked on Motley, who is a junior. “I thought as a whole we didn’t do a good job of wrapping up and finishing our tackles. “When you keep the tight end, the back and five linemen, that’s seven guys. That’s insanity.” Stoops and Riley slept better after the defense made the stop it needed, with the Sooners pressuring Noland into a pass attempt Motley picked off in the final minutes. “Far and away,” Stoops said, “the most disappointing part was the tackling.” Army at No.