Former San Francisco 49ers safety and current NFL free agent, Eric Reid, has reportedly filed a collusion grievance against the NFL over his employment status. Reid, who was one of the first players to join Kaepernick two years ago in kneeling during the national anthem, remains unsigned after becoming a free agent in March when his rookie contract with the 49ers expired. Reid believes that he hasn’t received interest from teams this off season due to his protests, though multiple executives, including Niners GM John Lynch, have cited a “slow” market at safety.
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Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed on Wednesday that head coach Billy Donovan will return for the 2018-19 season. The Thunder were eliminated by the Utah Jazz in six games in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Presti did say, however, he wasn’t pleased with how the season ended: “48 wins, one of 3 or 4 teams in top 10 in offense and defense, 7th best net rating in the league, 9th best record and we’re disappointed and we should be. We expected more out of the team.”
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The Golden State Warriors used their sixth and final gear late on Tuesday to win Game 2, 121-116 — taking the series 2-0 in their favor as they headed back to Louisiana for Game 3 against the New Orleans Pelicans. White the Pelicans in the game in the first half, the reigning NBA Champions clamped down on New Orleans at the 3-point line, forcing them to shoot a combined 20 percent from beyond the arc in the first two periods. For the Warriors, the story was also about the return of Stephen Curry, who had 12 points off the bench in the first half alone and scored 28 total before the game ended.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady confirmed his plans to play in 2018 and repeated his goal to extend his career into his mid-40s during an appearance Monday at the Milken Institute Global Conference in California. He also detailed why he’s taking a different approach this offseason and decided on staying away from the team’s voluntary offseason program. Brady said, “I have personal goals. I want to keep playing. I’ve said for a long time I want to play to my mid-40s. I was told three years, when I was 36-37, ‘You can’t keep playing; no one wins Super Bowls [at that age].’ It’s a great challenge for me. I think I’ve been challenged my whole life. I feel like I can do it.”
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On Monday the Minnesota Vikings announced it re-signed 15-year NFL veteran cornerback Terence Newman. Newman will play his fourth season in Minneapolis; and 16th overall. In his three seasons with the Vikings, Newman has compiled 110 tackles, 25 passes defensed and five interceptions. Newman, who will turn 40 in September, has only missed one game during his stint with Minnesota. Newman will also reunite with head coach Mike Zimmer. Newman will now be coached by Zimmer in 10 of his 16 professional seasons, going back to his rookie year in Dallas where Zimmer served as the defensive coordinator. Newman will also be the oldest active defensive player in the NFL and ranks second among all active players with 42 career interceptions.
Los Angeles police are investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving Raiders left tackle Donald Penn. No charges have been filed in the incident and no arrests have been made, police said. LAPD spokesperson Detective Meghan Aguilar said officers responded at about 9 p.m. Sunday to a radio call of a domestic violence incident. Officers met with a victim upon arrival and completed a domestic violence report that listed Penn as the suspect. Penn and his wife, Dominique, had issued the following statement: “There was a verbal disagreement, there was NO physical altercation. The two are in the middle of a divorce and it is a hard time for both parties.” Penn signed a two-year extension with the Raiders last September that runs through the 2019 season. He started 14 games last season and made the Pro Bowl despite finishing the season on injured reserve and is returning from foot surgery.
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LeBron James scored 45 points in Game 7 leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers. The Cavs will open the conference semifinals on Tuesday at Toronto. James played 43 minutes, leaving late in the third quarter to be treated for cramps. Tristan Thompson made a rare start for the Cavs and added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love made four 3-pointers, and George Hill returned after missing three games with back spasms to score 11 in 19 second-half minutes.
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UCF star Shaquem Griffin was selected with pick No. 141, early in the fifth round, to the Seattle Seahawks – where he will play with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin. Griffin said that he was speechless when he was called by the Seahawks. “I couldn’t breathe,” said Griffin, who played outside linebacker at UCF. “I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk.” Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. A two-year starter at UCF and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection both seasons, he was the AAC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was named the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl, which completed UCF’s 13-0 2017 season. Griffin was a late addition to the list of NFL scouting combine invitees, getting his formal invitation on Jan. 30.
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On Thursday, the NBA acknowledged that LeBron James’s crucial block of Victor Oladipo’s layup in the last few seconds of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA playoff win over the Indiana Pacers was illegal goaltending. The NBA said video taken from above the basket “shows that James blocks Oladipo’s shot attempt after it makes contact with the backboard”– which is an illegal block, and had it been called the basket would have given the Pacers a 97-95 lead. Instead, Cleveland gained the ball, called a timeout and inbounded the ball to James, who made the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Cavs up 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.
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Stephen Curry has resumed full practice and it is hopeful he will play for the defending champion Golden State Warriors as soon as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night against New Orleans. Curry practiced Thursday wearing a protective black brace over his sprained left knee. Curry has been sidelined since the injury occurred on March 23; which was also the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.Coach Steve Kerr is calling Curry questionable for Saturday, but that could change if he responds well Friday and is fine after one more day of full practice before the Pelicans visit Oracle Arena to begin the series.
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