Metta World Peace joins BIG3; Iverson returns

NEW YORK, NY – November 13, 2017 – The Killers 3s have made the first major move of the BIG3 off season with the signing of their new co-captain: Ron Artest aka Metta World Peace.  The announcement marks the first of eight anticipated co-captain signings, as the league previously announced expanded rosters in 2018 with each team adding an additional co-captain.  Artest, who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace will play under his former moniker, a name with a storied NBA history including a Championship title, an All-Star nod, and a Defensive Player of the Year Award.  He joins Chauncey Billups and former Indiana Pacers teammate Stephen Jackson on the Killer 3s.

Per league rules, Trilogy, the 2017 BIG3 Champions will return with their full inaugural season roster intact for 2018.  With Captain Kenyon Martin, Co-Captain Al Harrington and Coach Rick Mahorn signed to two year deals, the team has re-signed Rashad McCants, James White and Dion Glover.  Trilogy finished 2017 with a perfect 10-0 record and will seek to defend their championship title when the 2018 BIG3 season tips off next summer.  Trilogy will also add one new co-captain to their roster this offseason.

3 Headed Monsters, the 2017 runner-up, had the option to keep two of their original roster players, or release them all and fully redraft.  Captain Rashard Lewis and Coach Gary Payton opted to retain Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Kwame Brown.  They will also add an additional co-captain this off season.

Additionally, 25 players from the inaugural BIG3 season have already signed to the 2018 Draft Pool.  Among those eligible players are: Eddie Basden, Kareem Rush, Hakim Warrick, Ivan Johnson, Marcus Banks, Mo Evans, Paul McPherson, Rasual Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, Kendall Gill, Moochie Norris, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Al Thornton, Ruben Patterson, David Hawkins, Lee Nailon, Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Xavier Silas, Derrick Byars, Desmon Farmer, Brian Cook, Eddie Robinson, and Larry Hughes.  Each team will fill their three remaining roster spots at the 2018 Draft.

The BIG3 earlier announced two-year agreements with 21 Player Captains, Co-captains and Coaches from the inaugural season including 2017 BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis, 2017 BIG3 Champions Trilogy’s Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington and coach Rick Mahorn, Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Jermaine O’Neal, Charles Oakley, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Ricky Davis, Josh Childress, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, Bonzi Wells, George “The Iceman” Gervin, and Rick Barry.

The league has also announced Allen Iverson will return as coach of 3’s Company and Mike Bibby has re-signed as captain of Ghost Ballers

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Deontay Wilder on Joshua: ‘I think he fears me'(WATCH)

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is riding high after stopping Bermane Stiverne in round one last weekend in Brooklyn.

Now, Wilder wants the other king of the heavyweight division, WBA/IBF champion Anthony Joshua.

While Wilder believes that Joshua is not scared of him, he believes Joshua “fears him.”

Here is what Wilder told TMZ Sports:

“Rampage” Jackson signs multi-fight deal with Bellator

Bellator announced today that they have reached a multi-fight deal with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-12), exclusively securing the talents of one of the most well-known and fan-favorite competitors in MMA history. This multi-fight deal was the result of a lengthy negotiation with Jackson’s manager Tiki Ghosn from Arsenal Sports Agency, and it promises to deliver to the Bellator fans more of the signature MMA action “Rampage” is known for.

“Rampage” is expected to return to the Bellator cage in early 2018.

Fighting out of Irvine, Calif., “Rampage” has made five appearances with Bellator, accruing an impressive mark of 4-1. His legendary career has seen him compete against some of the top names in the sport, generating a loyal army of fans along the way due to his exciting fighting style and unique personality. The former PRIDE star and UFC champion is the proud owner of epic highlight-reel slams and knockouts earned throughout his epic battles with the likes of Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson, “King Mo,” Kevin Randleman and, perhaps most-notably, his trilogy with fellow Bellator athlete Wanderlei Silva.

The Memphis, Tenn.-native was also a coach on one of the most memorable and successful seasons of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike in 2010. Coaching opposite Rashad Evans, the season featured multiple future Bellator stars, including Matt MitrioneRoy Nelson and the late Kimbo Slice.

“I am excited for this new beginning and looking forward to an action packed 2018,” Jackson said. “I can’t wait to get back in the cage and put on exciting fights for both the ‘Rampage’ and Bellator fans.”

“With ‘Rampage’ Jackson, you know what you’re going to get every time he steps inside the Bellator cage – an exciting fight and interest from fans all over the world,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “I knew that keeping ‘Rampage’ with Bellator was integral to our continued growth as a promotion and I’m pleased that we were able to come to an agreement that allows us to plan some great future matchups for him.”

An avid user of the video platform and community for gamers, Twitch, via his channel “RampageIsHuman,” Jackson has managed to connect with his fans in a yet another unique way. Whether on the silver screen, in the Bellator cage or the pro wrestling ring, the 39-year-old remains one of the most-recognized stars in the sport’s history.

The addition of Jackson adds depth to an ever-growing Bellator roster, which has recently seen free agents Gegard Mousasi, Rory MacDonaldFrank Mir, Roy Nelson, Michael McDonald and current Bellator light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader join the Viacom-owned promotion.

Check out this highlight-reel featuring some of “Rampage’s” top Bellator moments:https://youtu.be/0eSzSVe8q2g

 

 

 

 

“If Loving You is Wrong” Kerry Rhodes(Officer Rick) discusses near fight because of his character(LISTEN)

Former NFL star turned actor Kerry Rhodes is making a name for himself in Hollywood. Rhodes, who last played in the NFL in 2012, plays Officer Rick on Tyler Perry’s hit show “If Loving You is Wrong.”

Rhodes is getting recognized by fans for his role as Officer Rick.

Rhodes tells a story to the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant about how being Officer Rick almost got him into a fight.

“Funny story, I almost got into a little shouting match with some guy. Dude was like, ‘man, you a cop ain’t you? You that cop.’  I was like ‘Do I look like a cop to you?’ I wasn’t catching the reference,” Rhodes said.  “So, I was like ‘what are you saying?’ He was like ‘you look like a cop.’ I’m like ‘I don’t know what you are talking about.’  He was like ‘a cop from the show.’ I was like ‘oh, I was about to fight you, man. You better be correct with that.’   It’s been fun to get the recognition from that for sure.”

Make sure you check out Rhodes on “If Loving You is Wrong” on OWN, and his new movie ‘Tragedy Girls” in theaters now!

Listen to the story below:

 

Shawne Merriman: ’85 to 90 percent chance Colin(Kaepernick) will be in Houston’

Free agent QB Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned, and at this point, might be unsigned forever. Kaepernick, who has accused the NFL of collusion, is still looking for an opportunity after opting out his contract with the 49ers.

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has been on record in saying that Houston had discussed signing Kaepernick after losing their QB Deshaun Watson last week.

Former NFL player Shawne Merriman, who was coached by O’Brien in college, believes Kaepernick and the Texans would be a good match.

Listen to what Merriman told TMZ Sports:

 

 

Mike Evans suspended one game by NFL

MIKE EVANS of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been suspended without pay for one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 – which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct, including “any act which is contrary to the generally understood principles of sportsmanship,” such as (a) “throwing a punch, or a forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even though no contact is made” – as well as Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 (g) which states that “there shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to: (g) unnecessarily running, diving into, cutting or throwing the body against or on a player who (1) is out of the play or (2) should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead;”

In his letter to Evans, Runyan wrote:

“During the third quarter, after a play had ended, you struck an unsuspecting opponent in the back, knocking him to the ground. Your conduct clearly did not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

Evans will be eligible to return to the Buccaneers’ active roster on Monday, November 13 following the team’s November 12 game against the New York Jets.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.

Seven stats from Week 9 in the NFL

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 5, the ninth week of the 2017 season.​

  • Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF and Philadelphia quarterbackCARSON WENTZ each threw four touchdown passes in their teams’ victories today. Goff, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, threw four touchdown passes in the Rams’ 51-17 win at the New York Giants. Wentz, who was selected No. 2 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, threw four touchdown passes in the Eagles’ 51-23 win against Denver.

Today marks the first time in NFL history in which quarterbacks selected No. 1 and 2 overall in the same NFL Draft each threw four touchdown passes on the same day.

  • The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES defeated Denver 51-23 to improve to 8-1. It marks the fifth time in franchise history the Eagles have started a season 8-1 or better (1949, 1960, 1980 and 2004) and the team advanced to the NFL Championship/Super Bowl in each of the previous four instances.

In the Super Bowl era, 91 teams have previously started 8-1 or better through the first nine games and 88 made the playoffs (96.7 percent). Of those 91 teams, 40 reached the Super Bowl (44 percent) and 22 won the Super Bowl (24.2 percent).

Eagles quarterback CARSON WENTZ threw four touchdown passes in today’s win and leads the league with 23 touchdown passes. Wentz’s 23 touchdown passes are the most by an Eagles quarterback through the team’s first nine games of a season, passing the mark set by Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN (20) in 1960.

  • The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS defeated Tampa Bay 30-10 to improve to 6-2. The Saints, who have won six consecutive games after starting 0-2, are thethird team in the Super Bowl era to win its next six games immediately following an 0-2 start. The other two teams to accomplish the feat – 1993 Dallas Cowboys and 2007 New York Giants – both won the Super Bowl in that season.

Saints quarterback DREW BREES completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 263 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brees has 225 career passing touchdowns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the most in NFL history by a quarterback at a single stadium.

  • The LOS ANGELES RAMS defeated the New York Giants 51-17 and recorded the team’s third victory of at least 30 points this season. The Rams are the 11th team in the Super Bowl era to post at least three wins with a margin of victory of 30+ points in the team’s first eight games of a season. Of the previous 10 teams in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat, seven advanced to the Super Bowl (70 percent).

  • Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing touchdown in the Cowboys’ 28-17 win over Kansas City. Prescott has 39 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in his career and joined CAM NEWTON as the only players in NFL history to have at least 35 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in their first two seasons.

Kansas City’s TYREEK HILL had a 56-yard touchdown reception against Dallas, his ninth career touchdown of at least 50 yards. Hill, who was playing in his 25th career game, trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (10) for the most 50+ yard touchdowns in a player’s first 25 games to begin a career.

  • Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. HILTON had five catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts’ 20-14 win at Houston. Hilton has 10 career games with at least 150 receiving yards, tied with JULIO JONES for the fourth-most 150-yard receiving games in a player’s first six seasons. The only players with more such games in their first six seasons are Pro Football Hall of Famers LANCE ALWORTH (13) and JERRY RICE (13) andRANDY MOSS (12).

  • Tennessee safety KEVIN BYARD had two interceptions in the Titans’ 23-20 win over Baltimore. Byard, who had three interceptions in the team’s last game (Week 7 at Cleveland), has recorded five interceptions in his past two games, tied for the most by an NFL player in consecutive games since the 1970 merger. The other four players to accomplish the feat since 1970 are Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE HAYNES (1976), WILLIE BUCHANON (1978), ALBERT LEWIS (1985) and DE ANGELO HALL(2010).

Gilbert Arenas on Okafor: ‘He’s not a bust’

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers declined the fourth-year option on Jahlil Okafor’s rookie contract. Okafor, 21, can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Now, Okafor wants out of Philly. “It could be a buyout, it could be a trade. I just want something to happen rather quickly.” Okafor said on Wednesday.

Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas is still high on Okafor. He believes Okafor’s issues are not his play, but that Okafor is playing behind a superior talent in Joel Embiid.

“He’s not a bust. It’s just that there’s a better player in front of him. That’s all it is. There’s a better player in front of you,” Arenas explained to TMZ Sports. “You have to understand and know that you have to move on. It’s between you two. They picked their guy, so you have to take your talents somewhere else, and hopefully, your career can start over there. As a bust? He’s not a bust. He’s not a (Hasheem)Thabeet, he’s not an (Michael) Olowokandi. He’s better than those guys.”

Okafor, who averaged 11.8 PPG and 4.5 RPG last season, has played in only one of the 76ers’ nine games this season.

In reality, what Arenas said is true. Okafor has some skills, but Embiid has more skills and is a better player. This might be a case of wrong place, wrong time for Okafor.

Wilder stops Stiverne in Round one(WATCH)

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder retained his belt on Saturday night after stopping Bermane Stiverne in Round one at Barclays Center.

Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly Stiverne.

Here’s how it looked:

Photos from Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME