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    by Published on 11-13-2013 02:02 PM  Number of Views: 1745 

    Today, I finished negotiating a consulting agreement between SportsTwo and the Portland Trail Blazers where our Trail Blazers forum is going to become the official message board of the Portland Trail Blazers. This is a done deal.

    I want to congratulate you all. I merely represented us, as a group we made this worthwhile.

    What this means:

    1) The skin of the Blazers forum is going to be changed to match the official trailblazers.com WWW site. Similar to http://forwardcenter.net

    2) We do not have to change our site rules in any way. They are perfectly satisfied with the way we run the site in every respect - that we don't edit profanity or say rude things and so on. They do not have editorial control over the site. However:

    3) It is in our own best interests to edit profanity in thread titles. If we do, we can have a display of recent threads on the trailblazers.com home page (or elsewhere). If the titles have profanity in them, we will effectively be defacing their site.

    4) We do not have to filter what we or any poster says about the Blazers.

    5) The ads on the site will be replaced with ads provided by the NBA. This is in line with any sort of site sponsorship deal we'd make, regardless of it being the Blazers. I think we should expect some very nice ads to be shown.

    6) We will have a prominent link to the forum placed on trailblazers.com, and they will help promote the site through other means (mentions on TV, game programs, scoreboard, radio, etc.).

    7) We will have access to some goodies as part of the Blazers family. If you have a request that is reasonable to pass on to the brass in the Trail Blazers front office, I'll be happy to make it happen.

    If you have any questions, ask in this thread.

    Many thanks to SlyPokerDog and Natebishop3 for helping me get this done.
    by Published on 11-10-2013 09:55 AM  Number of Views: 865 

    Unbeaten Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KO’s) remained unbeaten with a 12 round split decision victory over previously undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KO’s) to capture the vacant WBO junior middleweight title. The final judges scores were 114-113, 117-111 for Andrade, and 115-112 for Martirosyan. Andrade was dropped by a hard left hook to the head from Martirosyan in the 1st round. Many of the other rounds were close with the exception of the 6th, which Andrade totally dominated. Martirosyan fought well for most of the fight, but he definitely faded from the 8th round on, as he left Andrade control the action. When Martirosyan was pressing the fight, he did very well. But unfortunately for him, he just wasn’t consistent enough and he ended up giving away the fight.

    Read more at http://www.boxingnews24.com/2013/11/...bzDUsVjA7AV.99
    by Published on 11-10-2013 09:50 AM  Number of Views: 714 

    Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) was forced to rally tonight to stop 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KO’s) in the 9th round tonight at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. Donaire looked like a shell of himself tonight in taking a real pounding from Darchinyan. It wasn’t just that Donaire didn’t look confident. His reflexes don’t seem to be there anymore from where he was in 2012, and he looks like he’s aged.

    Donaire looked bad for 8 rounds and was taking a beating from Darchinyan. However, in the 9th he caught Darchinyan down with a left hand to put him on the canvas. After Darchinyan got back to his feet, Donaire landed at will with pot shots until referee Lawrence Cole stepped in to halt the bout at 2:05 of the round.

    Read more at http://www.boxingnews24.com/2013/11/...17mXIti4y3U.99
    by Published on 11-10-2013 09:44 AM  Number of Views: 663 

    Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) had to get up off the deck in the 2nd round to come back to stop WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KO’s) with a left to the body in the 8th round to capture his WBO title on Saturday night at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    Garcia was knocked down by a right hand to the head in the 2nd round. But from 3rd round on, Garcia dominated the action with his hard shot. Martinez might have had a better chance to win the fight if he had a little bit of power and if he had left his hands go. Garcia did look vulnerable when he was getting hit, but Martinez didn’t have the power or the work rate to win.

    Read more at http://www.boxingnews24.com/2013/11/...17mXIti4y3U.99
    by Published on 11-09-2013 04:27 PM  Number of Views: 807 

    Former Miami Dolphins All-Pro wide receiver Mark Duper is the ninth living former NFL player to be diagnosed with signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease many scientists say is caused by head trauma and linked to depression and dementia. Duper told "Outside the Lines" he learned of his diagnosis Friday from researchers involved with the testing.

    The conclusions regarding the former players, according to the researchers, are based on a brain scan that uses a radioactive marker to detect accumulations of abnormal tau, a protein that damages brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions. The researchers say the diagnoses also are based on symptoms reported by the former players and on clinical evaluations.

    "It was shocking," Duper told OTL about his reaction to hearing that he had signs of CTE. "I hoped nothing was wrong.

    "I've had memory things where I would go to the store and forget what I went for. And I have emotional swings and panic attacks."

    Read more http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/...hows-signs-cte
    by Published on 11-09-2013 04:22 PM  Number of Views: 4744 

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of drunken driving, and was booked into a Hennepin County jail.

    Simpson, who is in his second year with the Vikings, was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol and booked at 5:39 on Saturday morning, according to the Hennepin County Sherriff's jail roster.

    According to a Minnesota State Patrol arrest report, a state trooper responded to a report of a stalled vehicle on Interstate-394 leaving Minneapolis.

    Simpson, who had blurry eyes and slurred speech, said he was coming from the Pour House in downtown Minneapolis, but denied having been drinking. He failed a field sobriety test, was arrested and transported to the jail, where he refused a breath test.

    He posted bail of $12,000 on Saturday afternoon, though formal charges from prosecutors are still pending.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/99...s-arrested-dwi
    by Published on 11-09-2013 04:06 PM  Number of Views: 610 

    In Kevin Dineen's first season with the Florida Panthers, the team won its first division title and ended a playoff skid that had lasted more than a decade. A year and a half removed from one of the franchise's highest points, Dineen was fired as coach.

    The Panthers dismissed him Friday, with the team off to a start that mirrored last season when Florida finished at the bottom of the NHL. The move comes one day after a 4-1 loss at Boston extended the Panthers' losing streak to seven games and left them 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.

    General manager Dale Tallon called it the "first of many changes," adding "it's easier to fire a coach than it is to fire 23 players."

    Tallon also said he has not given up hope for the team to make a playoff run this season.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/99...p-2-assistants
    by Published on 11-09-2013 03:47 PM  Number of Views: 4673 

    Matt Crafton took all the drama out of the Truck Series championship Friday night with a solid finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

    He left the hard racing to kids at the front of the pack.

    Erik Jones became the youngest winner in series history, racing to his first win on NASCAR's national level, at 17 years and 4 months. He broke the mark set in September by Chase Elliott, who was five months older when he won in September in Bowmanville, Ontario.

    "It's everything I want, just to be a winner in NASCAR," Jones said. "I'm not sure what I'm doing next year, hopefully we know in the next few months, and hopefully this helps me."

    It was Jones' fifth start for Kyle Busch Motorsports, and he got his shot in the Toyota when he caught Busch's eye by beating him last December in the Snowball Derby.

    "When you are driving Kyle Busch's stuff, there's a lot of pressure on you," said third-place finisher Brendan Gaughan. "Kid looked like Kyle Busch tonight."

    Read more http://espn.go.com/racing/nascar/tru...r-truck-series
    by Published on 11-07-2013 04:44 PM  Number of Views: 1772 

    New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on weapons charges stemming from his May 17 arrest.

    The Morris County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office announced that Goodson was indicted on second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon after he was found in a car with a Taurus .45-caliber handgun loaded with an illegal hollow-point bullet. Goodson, 26, was also indicted with possessing the bullet, commonly known as a "cop killer" because it can penetrate body armor, which is a serious offense in New Jersey.

    Goodson's attorney, Anthony Fusco, said the next step is an arraignment, during which the indictment will be read and Goodson will have to enter a plea.

    "Mike's not going to plead guilty to a gun charge," Fusco said. "The bottom line is that it's not his gun."

    Fusco said Goodson faces a maximum of 10 years if he is convicted of current charges. The Jets, through a team spokesperson, declined to comment on the matter.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...eapons-charges
    by Published on 11-07-2013 10:38 AM

    This post is inspired by Chuck Mindenhall's 20-years of the UFC article which can be found here.

    by Published on 11-06-2013 04:05 PM  Number of Views: 598 

    Clarence "Ace" Parker, the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 101.

    Parker died Wednesday, according to Bryan Johnson of B.W. Foster Funeral Home in Portsmouth.

    A Portsmouth native, Parker played football, basketball and baseball at Duke, then was a first-round draft choice of the National Football League's Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937. Instead of pursuing a career on the gridiron, Parker opted to play baseball for Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics.

    In his first at-bat, the shortstop hit a home run at Fenway Park, becoming the third player in major league history to homer in his first at-bat.

    He later traded baseball for football, starring for the Dodgers from 1937-41, and winning the most valuable player award in 1940.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/99...ce-parker-dies
    by Published on 11-06-2013 03:59 PM  Number of Views: 690 

    Each time Wade Phillips has been an interim head coach, it has happened unexpectedly.

    The Houston Texans named Phillips their interim coach Wednesday while Gary Kubiak recovers from the transient ischemic attack he suffered at halftime of Sunday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

    Phillips will lead the Texans, who are mired in a six-game losing streak, until Kubiak can return -- although when that will be is still unclear.

    "We've lost some games, but there are tougher things than losing some ballgames that people have overcome," said Phillips, whose father, former coach Bum Phillips, died three weeks ago. "So we can overcome losing ballgames if people can overcome some of the things that happened."

    Phillips took over head-coaching duties for Kubiak in the second half of the Texans' 27-24 loss to the Colts. Houston led 21-3 at halftime.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/99...ubiak-recovers
    by Published on 11-06-2013 03:48 PM  Number of Views: 2315 

    Colorado Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort was arrested late Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    Monfort was arrested in Windsor, about 60 miles north of Denver. Police Sgt. Gerald Beers said he had no details.

    Monfort issued a statement apologizing to the team, fans and his family.

    "I'm extremely disappointed in myself for the decision I made to drink and drive and the potential risk I caused to other innocent people," he said.

    "I do understand the seriousness of my behavior and the issues that I am facing and I'm committed to do what's necessary to deal with my problem."

    Read more http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/99...ted-dui-charge
    by Published on 11-03-2013 04:48 PM  Number of Views: 585 

    Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday. He was 74.

    The Atlanta Hawks confirmed the death, but didn't provide details. The Hawks said Bellamy attended the team's home opener Friday night.

    "Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. "Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt's family."

    Read more http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/99...t-bellamy-dies
    by Published on 11-03-2013 04:24 PM  Number of Views: 5029 

    The Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus as their new manager Sunday, turning to a 44-year-old former catcher with almost no managerial experience to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending AL Central champions.

    Ausmus, who worked most recently in the San Diego Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager, emerged as Detroit's pick less than two weeks after Leyland stepped down. Ausmus takes over a team that has reached the AL Championship Series three straight years and should be well positioned for another big season in 2014.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/99...eyland-manager
    by Published on 11-03-2013 04:12 PM  Number of Views: 531 

    The No. 52 jersey of former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote has been retired in a ceremony before Colorado's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

    A banner with Foote's name and number was raised to the rafters at the Pepsi Center at the conclusion of the ceremony on Saturday night.

    Foote joins Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Borque (77) in having his jersey retired by the Avalanche. Sakic is a team executive and Roy is in his first season as its coach.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/99...e-no-52-jersey
    by Published on 11-03-2013 04:04 PM  Number of Views: 545 

    For a few moments, Pavel Bure traveled back in time with the Vancouver Canucks.

    One of the most exciting players to ever dress for the team admitted Saturday night that it was an emotional experience to have his No. 10 retired in Vancouver.

    "It was a great feeling," said Bure, nicknamed the Russian Rocket, after his jersey was raised to the rafters at Rogers Arena before the Canucks beat the Maple Leafs, 4-0.

    "It brings back lots of great memories," he said. "With the fans cheering and everybody happy, it was like you scored a goal. I felt like I had to play again. I was in the middle of the ice and 20,000 people were cheering for me."

    The crowd, many wearing Maple Leafs jerseys, chanted "Bure, Bure."

    Read more http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/99...vel-bure-no-10
    by Published on 11-03-2013 03:07 PM  Number of Views: 481 

    It only took four holes over two days for Dustin Johnson to lose a six-shot lead in the HSBC Champions.

    All that mattered was the high-powered kick down the stretch Sunday at Sheshan International that brought him the biggest win of his career.

    In what felt like the end of a long year and beginning of a new season, Johnson broke loose from a three-way challenge on the back nine by playing a five-hole stretch in 5-under par.

    He closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot win over Ian Poulter to capture his first World Golf Championship title.

    "It's the biggest win I've had in my career so far," he said. "Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. I'm really proud of the way I handled myself."

    This one required a little bit of everything.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/9...hsbc-champions
    by Published on 11-03-2013 03:02 PM  Number of Views: 425 

    Simona Halep of Romania won the season-ending Tournament of Champions on Sunday, defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 for her sixth career title.

    The top-seeded Halep, who went unbeaten through the group stage, played with a muscle strain in her left leg but still managed to win the last five games of the third set to close out the victory. Halep won 20 of the last 26 points, finishing it off with a forehand winner down the line.

    Halep enjoyed a majority of the crowd support, with a large contingent of supporters from neighboring Romania.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id...ampions-finale
    by Published on 11-03-2013 02:57 PM  Number of Views: 445 

    Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan beat Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-3, 6-3 Sunday in the final of the Paris Masters to win their 11th title this season.

    The American twins, who also won the Paris Masters in 2005 and 2007, have already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.

    "It's definitely our best season," Bob Bryan said. "The most titles, most money, most points, and the most fun we've had. Being able to play on big courts like this and to hold the trophy is why we're still here playing and we've done that a lot this year, which has really put a smile on our face."

    The Bryans' season includes titles at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. They have won a record 15 Grand Slam titles together.

    Read more http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id...1th-title-2013

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