Phil Mickelson, 3 Other LIV Golfers Drop Out of Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson, 3 Other LIV Golfers Drop Out of Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

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Phil Mickelson is among four LIV golfers who have dropped out of a lawsuit against the PGA Tour, according to a court filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California obtained by CNBC on Tuesday.

Mickelson, along with fellow golfers Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and Ian Poulter, all dismissed their claims against the PGA Tour as part of an antitrust lawsuit initially that included a total of 11 LIV-affiliated players claiming the PGA Tour's suspensions were anti-competitive.

Jonathan Grella, a representative for the recently launched league, said LIV Golf still planned to pursue its case against the PGA Tour even after the four golfers' decision to dismiss their claims, CNBC reports.

“With LIV’s involvement in these issues, the players’ rights will be protected, and I no longer feel it is necessary for me to be part of the proceedings,” Mickelson said in a statement obtained by CNBC provided by LIV Golf, a sentiment that was echoed by Gooch, Swafford, and Poulter as well.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California on August 3.

Other plaintiffs identified in the lawsuit include Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones, Carlos Ortiz, Peter Uihlein, Jason Kokrak, Pat Perez, and Abraham Ancer.

Several of golf's biggest names, including Mickelson, DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka, have signed multiyear deals with LIV Golf, which has controversial ties to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and is reported to be offering guaranteed contracts ranging between $100 million and $200 million.

In June, the PGA Tour suspended all 17 members who competed in the inaugural LIV Golf event, according to a copy of a memo announcing the punishment to players shared by Front Office Sports ahead of the event on June 9.

The announced disciplinary action came just as the 17 PGA members and former members hit their opening tee shots in the inaugural event, which was held at Centurion Club outside of London.

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Celtics Players Were Blindsided By Ime Udoka Scandal and Suspension

Celtics Players Were Blindsided By Ime Udoka Scandal and Suspension

Several Boston Celtics players said they were blindsided by head coach Ime Udoka's scandal and suspension during the team's media day on Monday.

Guard Marcus Smart, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year and longest-tenured Celtics player, said he "a couple" of teammates recently met with Udoka to discuss the team's championship pursuit in Los Angeles during the offseason, having been unaware that the Celtics had already launched an investigation into the coach, which was not made public until last week.

"That's why it seems so off guard to us because everything seemed so normal," Smart said via Yahoo Sports.

The Celtics announced Udoka's suspension for the entirety of the upcoming 2022-23 last Thursday (September 22).

"A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date," the team said in a news release. "The suspension takes effect immediately."

Adrian Wojnarowski, who initially reported that Udoka was "facing possible disciplinary action," which included "a significant suspension" in relation to what was, at the time, described as "an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines," last Wednesday (September 21) night.

Celtics All-Star forward Jayson Tatum told reporters that he found out about Udoka's possible suspension "on Twitter like everybody else," a sentiment that was echoed by forward Grant Williams.

"I found out the same as everyone else," Williams said.

The Athletic's Shams Charania initially reported that Udoka "had an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff," which led to the franchise looking into potential disciplinary action, following Wojnarowski's initial report.

Charania has since removed "consensual" from his description of the relationship and has since cited sources who claimed that "the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her."

Udoka was hired as the Celtics' head coach last offseason, replacing Brad Stevens, who was promoted to president of basketball operations following longtime team president Danny Ainge's retirement.

Boston went 51-31 during the 2021-22 regular season and defeated the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat to win the Eastern Conference title before being eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Udoka, a former NBA player, had previously worked as an assistant with the Nets prior to the 2021-22 season, as well as the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019-20 and the San Antonio Spurs from 2012-19.

The Celtics coach has been in a relationship with actress Nia Long since 2010 and the couple became engaged in 2015.

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Browns Reveal Myles Garrett's Injury Status After His Car Crash

Browns Reveal Myles Garrett's Injury Status After His Car Crash

Cleveland Browns All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett suffered a "shoulder sprain, biceps strain, minor lacerations and bruises" during a one-vehicle crash on Monday, Browns Executive Vice President and General Manager Andrew Berry announced in an official statement on behalf of the team on Tuesday.

Berry confirmed that Garrett "didn't suffer any fractures and has also cleared concussion protocol" after being evaluated by team doctors, but his status for the Browns' next game has not been determined.

"Currently, our focus is on providing Myles the medical care needed for him to return to football activity," Berry said. "Although we hope to have him back soon, his availability for Sunday's game in Atlanta will be evaluated by team doctors throughout the week."

Garrett was reportedly discharged from the hospital Monday night following a car accident, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.

Garrett reportedly "swerved to avoid an animal on a wet road and overcorrected," which caused his car to flip "multiple times," according to Pelissero, who reiterated previous reports that the defensive end suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Garrett's agent, Nicole Lynn, issued a statement Monday night confirming the accident.

"Myles Garrett was involved in a one-car accident this afternoon and was transported to a local hospital to be medically evaluated," Lynn said. "While we are waiting to learn the extent of his injuries, he has been alert and responsive. The Garrett family would like to thank the medical personnel that got Myles and his passenger out of the vehicle and safely transported to the hospital.

Garrett was reported to have received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries after his Porsche flipped during the accident prior to Lynn's confirmation, according to the Associated Press.

The Browns confirmed that Garrett was taken for emergency care but didn't provide specific details about his injuries or condition as of Monday evening, adding that they were gathering more information.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it received a report of a rollover crash at around 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Responding troopers found a gray Porsche 911 Turbo S with rollover damage on the right side of the road upon arriving at the scene.

An unidentified female was also transported to a hospital, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol via the AP.

The crash is currently under investigation, but highway patrol officials said "impairment from alcohol/or drugs is not suspected" and added that Garrett and the female passenger were both wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

The Browns returned to their Berea, Ohio practice facility on Monday for the first time since their win against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers last Thursday (September 22).

Garrett was reportedly seen in the locker room following the team's morning workout on Monday.

The former Texas A&M standout was selected by the Browns at No. 1 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Jason Whitlock: The Real Reason Why the NFL Has So Few Black Head Coaches

Jason Whitlock: The Real Reason Why the NFL Has So Few Black Head Coaches

Jason Whitlock: “We never have a legitimate conversation about ‘Black head coaches.’ Everything in the NFL is: ‘IT’S GOTTA BE RACISM!’, ‘THE OWNERS ARE RACIST!’, ‘IT’S THE ONLY REASON WHY THEY DON’T GET THE JOB!’ There’s more to it than that. The entry gate into coaching is the Graduate Assistant job, and Black dudes in mass aren’t raising their hands right after college to go ‘I’m going to make $15,000 a year!’ Many of the former players have got babies, and if you’ve got babies it’s hard to take a job that’s going to pay you $12,000-$15,000 a year the first year or two out of college. So we’re not entering the starting gate at the same time. Then, many Black players are so committed to playing the game and becoming professionals that they don’t really think about transitioning into coaching until they’ve exhausted every avenue of their playing career. I’ve seen guys that I played with at the mid-major level that chased the NFL dream for 6 and 7 years and they weren’t even All-MAC [Mid-American Conference]. They’re playing Arena ball, they’re playing semi-pro, they're playing this and that… Whereas a Sean McVay will go to Miami of Ohio with the game plan of ‘I’m just walking on and playing here so I can learn how to coach.’ You gotta get to the starting gate at the same rate as everybody else if you want the end result to be as good as everybody else. I just don’t think we can chalk this up to ‘THESE WHITE OWNERS DON’T WANT BLACK HEAD COACHES!’ If they’re willing to pay Pat Mahomes a half billion dollars you really think they care who they pay to coach their team for $5-$6 million dollars a year? I just don’t think they do. I get tired of ‘IT CAN ALL BE CHALKED UP TO RACISM!’ – they got rosters 75% Black paying them millions of dollars, but the one position ‘OH, NO, NO, NO, NO…’ Nah, Eric Bieniemy, he’s got dirt on his jacket from the silly stuff he did at Colorado. If he was a White coach, everybody in the media would be lighting him up for the issues he had at Colorado, but since he’s Black -- ‘let’s don’t talk about it.’ Are there a bunch of Black dudes out here who have done the work to be play-callers on the offensive side of the game? Really??” (Full Segment Above)

Watch Jason Whitlock of ‘Fearless’ explain the real reason why the NFL has had so few Black head coaches over the years, as Jason doesn’t believe the common storyline of ‘racist’ NFL owners refusing to promote Black assistant coaches simply because of their skin color.

Check the segment above as Whitlock details his theory on why there are many other factors at hand when it comes to the NFL's coaching demographics.

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South Carolina Football Moves Game Due to Threat of Hurricane Ian

South Carolina Football Moves Game Due to Threat of Hurricane Ian

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The South Carolina Gamecocks have moved Saturday's game against South Carolina State to Thursday due to the threat of Hurricane Ian, the athletic program announced in a news release shared on Tuesday.

“Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Thursday rather than Saturday afternoon,” South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner said. “I appreciate the cooperation of South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough, the South Carolina State administration, and the Southeastern Conference officials who worked closely to make the appropriate operational adjustments in order to accommodate this change in the schedule.

All tickets will be honored during Thursday night's game, according to the school. The Gamecocks had previously moved games due to weather concerns in recent years, which included their 2016 matchup against Georgia being shifted to a Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew and the 2015 game against LSU, which was shifted due to flooding in the area.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is scheduled to give an update on hurricane orders from the Emergency Management Operation Center Tuesday afternoon, WYFF reports.

The state is expected to get rain and wind associated with Hurricane Ian on Friday and Saturday, according to WIS News.

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The Giants Need to Hit the Reset Button and Ditch Danny Dimes

The Giants Need to Hit the Reset Button and Ditch Danny Dimes

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The Giants dropped their first game of the season last night to a depleted Dallas Cowboys team and Dan Patrick is not impressed with their squad. He thinks they’ll need to completely reset after this season and wonders who, if anyone on the current team, will be worth keeping. It certainly isn’t going to be QB Daniel Jones who consistently turns the ball over.

Dan Patrick: “The Giants have some real decisions to make...Danny Dimes, is he your future? No...They got to hit the reset button after this year. Are you going to keep Saquon Barkley; you going to keep Daniel Jones? They know who Daniel Jones is. They know what he is. He throws interceptions and he fumbles.”

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Deion Sanders Would Turn Georgia Tech into Real Contenders

Deion Sanders Would Turn Georgia Tech into Real Contenders

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Tuesday on 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe, Deion Sanders is rumored to be in the running for the head coaching job at Georgia Tech. Jonas Knox, Brady Quinn and LaVar Arrington believe the move makes all the sense in the world and would shake up the college football landscape.

Brady Quinn: "I bet there's a lot of people, whether it's Georgia, whether it's Nick Saban at Alabama, who would hate to see this move. Because there's some players they're not going to get now from Georgia. They're gonna go to Georgia Tech, and they're gonna want to go play for Prime."

LaVar Arrington: "He's put together quite the coaching staff too. His sell has always been he prepares his guys for the league. Not to mention the NIL play that he's incorporated in his ability to recruit."

Brady Quinn: "Honestly, [Georgia Tech] would it would be a contender in two, three years?

Jonas Knox: "Really?

Brady Quinn: "Yes, you have the transfer portal. You have all these different things to be able to recruit guys and be able to build that roster backup. They could turn that thing around in a heartbeat if they hire Prime."

LaVar Arrington: "He makes it fun to want to be a part of it and he's one of the best salesmen you've ever come across. He's a master brander."

Original author: Lee

LaVar Arrington Loses His Koi Fish in a Hurricane

LaVar Arrington Loses His Koi Fish in a Hurricane

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Tuesday on 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe, Jonas Knox, Brady Quinn and LaVar Arrington play a game of "Would You Rather" face an earthquake or a hurricane, which brings up bad memories for LaVar of when he lost all his Koi fish due to a hurricane.

LaVar Arrington: "I lost all my Koi fish. I had a pond in my house and our power was out for like six days."

Brady Quinn: "Your pond was inside your house, not outside?"

LaVar Arrington: "Correct."

Brady Quinn: "Did it smell bad?"

LaVar Arrington: "It was bad when they died!"

Roberto Flores: "Did you have white tiger in your backyard?"

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Cam Newton Is NOT the Answer for New England

Cam Newton Is NOT the Answer for New England

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With Mac Jones expected to be out several weeks with an ankle injury, there are many out there that are calling for the Patriots to turn to former MVP Cam Newton to step in at QB. Ben Maller says this is an awful idea.

Ben Maller: "Anyone who knows football and has been paying attention to football in recent years knows that Cam Newton is not a reasonable option. In fact, it makes no sense. The Patriots already had Cam Newton. They had their fill of Cam Newton. To bring him back would be a sign: 'Hey, we're waving the white flag!'"

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Watch Brittney Griner's College Coach's Reaction When Asked About Griner

Watch Brittney Griner's College Coach's Reaction When Asked About Griner

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Basketball Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey, who coached Brittney Griner to an NCAA national championship during a decorated collegiate career at Baylor University, declined to comment on her former player's Russian prison sentence when asked about it on Monday.

Mulkey, who is in her second season at LSU, was asked by the Daily Advertiser's Cory Diaz to address Griner's nine-year Russian sentence in relation to drug charges while addressing reporters on Monday (September 26), which Diaz acknowledged he hadn't heard her do publicly.

"And you won't," Mulkey responded sharply before answering a separate question.

Griner played for Mulkey at Baylor from 2009-13, which included an undefeated 40-0 national championship season in 2011-12, which saw the Houston native win the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player award.

The two have, however, had an estranged relationship since the end of Griner's collegiate career in 2013.

Griner, who publicly came out as a lesbian in February 2013, said she felt discouraged to disclose her sexual orientation during her time at Baylor, claiming that coaches "thought that if it seemed like they condoned it, people wouldn't let their kids come play for Baylor" in a May 2013 interview with ESPN.

Mulkey spent 21 seasons at Baylor before taking over as the LSU women's basketball team's head coach in April 2021.

Griner, who was playing overseas for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia during the WNBA offseason, was arrested at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport airport in February after the Russian Federal Customs Service found vape cartridges containing hashish oil inside her luggage, which she reportedly uses for medicinal purposes.

The eight-time All-Star pleaded guilty to the drug charges in July, acknowledging that she'd unintentionally put the hashish oil inside her luggage because she was in a hurry and was sentenced to nine years in prison on August 4, as well as fined $1 million rubles ($16,301 USD) by the Russian court.

Griner was selected by the Mercury at No. 1 overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft and is one of the league's top stars, leading the franchise to a WNBA championship.

The 31-year-old is an eight-time WNBA All-Star, two-time scoring champion, eight-time blocks leader, and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award winner, among numerous other accolades.

News of Griner's arrest was made public in March, just days after Russia launched its ongoing invasion of Ukraine following President Vladimir Putin's announcement that his country planned to conduct military operations in the neighboring country on February 24.

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