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- WE LEARNED…REUBEN FOSTER IS ALMOST OUT OF CHANCES
FOR the second time in less than a month 49er LB Reuben Foster found himself in handcuffs. According to reports Foster was arrested on domestic abuse charges after being taken into custody in January with second-degree possession of marijuana. Foster’s solid rookie season for San Fran has been overshadowed by a string of off-field headlines and it could spell doom for his football career.
- WE LEARNED…THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN IN THE AP RANKS
SINCE we last checked in the No. 1, 2 and 3 teams in college basketball all lost with a lot of other big programs suffering L’s too. Villanova (23-2), Virginia (23-2) and Purdue (23-4) all still remain near the top of the rankings, but they could slide with no clear dominant team this year.
- WE LEARNED…PAUL PIERCE BECOMES #22
ON Wednesday Paul Pierce, one of the greatest Boston Celtics ever raised his jersey to the rafters. He is the 22nd Celtic to have his jersey retired and despite Cleveland blowing the Celtics out before the ceremony, Pierce had a night to remember at the TD Garden.
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- WE LEARNED…DON’T DRAW A LINE THROUGH MICHAEL PORTER JR RETURNING THIS SEASON
WHETHER it is a good or a bad idea for his future pro prospects Michael Porter Jr spoke to the media on Friday stating he could potentially return to the court this year. After undergoing back surgery in November, Porter is a projected top-5 pick in next years draft. Returning to the court could see him push to be a No. 1 pick or it could backfire if he suffers another injury.
- WE LEARNED…INDIANAPOLIS HAS A NEW COACH
FOLLOWING Josh McDaniels’ controversial 180 last week the Colts have found a new man to run the team in 2018. Frank Reich, who most recently ran the Eagles offensive coordinator, was promoted to the role of head coach on Sunday. Reich actually spent time coaching a number of positions in Indianapolis between 2008 and 2011.
- WE LEARNED…UFC 221 WAS A GREAT EXHIBITION FOR THE SPORT
IT’S always exciting when a UFC card travels to a different place for the first time. Even though we weren’t treated to as many headline names in Perth there was still plenty of intriguing action in the octagon. Curtis Blaydes continued his ascension in the heavyweight rankings with the biggest W of his career and Yoel Romero confirmed his status as the No. 1 contender in the middleweight division.
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- WE LEARNED…THE TRADE DEADLINE DELIVERED
FOLLOWING the usual annual tradition the trade deadline exploded in the final hours as plenty of players changed teams in a flurry of moves. Cleveland was the busiest team, but players like Emmanuel Mudiay (Knicks) and Elfrid Payton (Suns) were moved as bigger names (DeAndre Jordan, Kemba Walker and Tyreke Evans) went untraded.
- WE LEARNED…A NEW CREW MIGHT REVIVE THE CAVS
ADDING four new guys and subtracting six helped Cleveland become younger, better defensively and, if early signs are anything to go off, they are having fun again. Wins over Boston and OKC on the road heading into All-Star break has everyone thinking the Cavs are still the ones to beat out East.