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The NFL has officially passed a new ban that penalizes players for lowering their helmet to initiate contact. The ban officially states “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent…The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field,” according to the NFL.
Playing Rule Article 8: It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field. The player may be disqualified.
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) March 27, 2018
In 2017, roughly 291 concussions were recorded which is the highest ever recorded on NFL history. One out of every two helmet to helmet collisions resulted in these concussions making this a point of concern for NFL’s chairman of the Competition Committee Rich McKay.
“This is a pretty significant change,” said McKay. “We felt it was time for a change of this magnitude.
A 15-yard penalty will be enforced for this offense in an effort to reduce head injuries in 2018.
This change comes after last season with players such as Steeler’s linebacker Ryan Shazier suffering career-changing injuries. Shazier suffered a severe spinal injury during a head to head collision in a game against the Bengals and is still recovering in a wheelchair.
Ryan Shazier injury…… players saying a prayer and taking a knee pic.twitter.com/0sVHlRcGg5
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 5, 2017
The specifics regarding this new change are still under review for the coming months and are expected to be finalized by May.
Trae Young, who has been compared to a young Stephen Curry, has officially announced that he is leaving the University of Oklahoma for the NBA Draft in June.
I will enter the June NBA Draft!!
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 20, 2018
Young has made a name for himself as a freshman guard with excellent passes and an impressive 3-point shot. During Young’s first and only season the Sooner’s made the #4 ranking in the national polls and are 18-14 overall this season.
The first team All-American is currently averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game making him the first college basketball player in history to lead in both categories. He previously shattered the Big 12 conference freshman scoring record with over 800 points beating out runner up Devonté Graham by over 250 points. Averaging 9.9 points per game more than any other player in the league, Young is the first to lead by such a gap in 20 years.
Trae Young has come a long way since the YMCA days. pic.twitter.com/WO2c81XhZe
— ESPN (@espn) March 20, 2018
Young is already predicted to be the lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft. He tells ESPN “I’ve been preparing most of my life to join the NBA. That time has come for me now.”
Earlier this season the Sooners held a 10-game winning streak before their NCAA dreams were dashed in the first round of the tournament against Rhode Island. The second half of their season has been rough and given the OU history before Young’s appearance they will have to overcompensate for the loss of this star player and his impressive stats.
Brittney Sykes and Elizabeth Williams Added to USA National Team Pool
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) March 14, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 14, 2018) – A trio of talented and successful women’s basketball head coaches – Dan Hughes (Seattle Storm), Cheryl Reeve (Minnesota Lynx) and Jennifer Rizzotti (George Washington) – have been selected to serve as assistant coaches for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s National Team. The coaches will begin working with the USA National Team during its April 24-26 training camp in Seattle and return in September to aide USA head coach Dawn Staley (South Carolina) through the 2018 FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Hughes, Reeve and Rizzotti were selected by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Steering Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
The North Star State might have a new star quarterback. Kirk Cousins likely to sign a blockbuster deal that sends him to Minnesota—3 year, $86 Million fully guaranteed according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Once the deal becomes official, Cousins will be the first QB in NFL history to change teams after putting up 4000+ passing yards in each of the last 3 seasons.
Betting against the house, Kirk Cousins opted to be franchise tagged back-to-back years rather than signing a long-term deal to keep him in Washington. The 29-year-old veteran rolled the dice and is set to cash out as the highest paid player in the league…. I think he likes that. And so does Doug Baldwin. Seahawks Pro Bowl wide receiver tweeted out his appreciation to Cousins calling him a “hero.”
Kirk Cousins is a hero for all the young players that will follow after him. Now we need more players to bet on themselves until fully guaranteed contracts are the norm and not the exception.
— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) March 13, 2018
Kirk is not only a hero but also a game-changer when it comes to NFL deals. Unlike the NBA or MLB, there has never been a fully-guaranteed contract in the NFL… until now. Of course, it is not a done deal but Cousins is expected to have dinner with Vikings coaches and decision makers tonight before visiting the brand-new team facility on Thursday.
Big contracts mean big expectations. After reaching the NFC Title game last year, Vikings fans are hoping to “skol” all the way to a Super Bowl with Cousins in the purple and gold.
Free agency officially begins at 4PM today but teams are wasting no time on swooping up some of the biggest names on the market. Thankfully, this chart from CBSSports.com lists the top 50 free agents, their current team and where we can expect to see them next year (unofficially, of course).
2018 NFL FREE AGENT TRACKER:
|RANK||PLAYER||POS||LAST TEAM||NEW TEAM||STATUS|
|1||Drew Brees (39)||QB||Saints||Saints||2 years|
|2||Kirk Cousins (29)||QB||Redskins||Vikings||3 years|
|3||Andrew Norwell (26)||G||Panthers||Jaguars||5 years|
|4||Trumaine Johnson (28)||CB||Rams||Jets||Agreed|
|5||Nate Solder (29)||OT||Patriots||Unrestricted|
|6||Kyle Fuller (26)||CB||Bears||Restricted|
|7||Case Keenum (30)||QB||Vikings||Broncos||2 years|
|8||Trey Burton (26)||TE||Eagles||Bears||4 years|
|9||Malcolm Butler (28)||CB||Patriots||Titans||5 years|
|10||Star Lotulelei (28)||DT||Panthers||Bills||5 years|
|11||Sheldon Richardson (27)||DT||Seahawks||Unrestricted|
|12||Sammy Watkins (24)||WR||Rams||Chiefs||3 years|
|13||Dontari Poe (27)||DT||Falcons||Unrestricted|
|14||Jimmy Graham (31)||TE||Seahawks||Packers||3 years|
|15||Allen Robinson (24)||WR||Jaguars||Bears||3 years|
|16||Justin Pugh (27)||OT/G||Giants||Unrestricted|
|17||Austin Seferian-Jenkins (25)||TE||Jets||Unrestricted|
|18||Rashaan Melvin (28)||CB||Colts||Unrestricted|
|19||Morgan Burnett (29)||S||Packers||Unrestricted|
|20||Muhammad Wilkerson (28)||DE||Jets||Packers||Agreed|
|21||Paul Richardson (25)||WR||Seahawks||Redskins||5 years|
|22||Avery Williamson (26)||LB||Titans||Unrestricted|
|23||Tyler Eifert (27)||TE||Bengals||Unrestricted|
|24||Bashaud Breeland (26)||CB||Redskins||Panthers||3 years|
|25||Ryan Jensen (26)||C||Ravens||Unrestricted|
|26||NaVorro Bowman (29)||LB||Raiders||Unrestricted|
|27||Kenny Vaccaro (27)||S||Saints||Unrestricted|
|28||Eric Reid (26)||S||49ers||Unrestricted|
|29||T.J. Carrie (27)||CB||Raiders||Unrestricted|
|30||Jack Mewhort (26)||G||Colts||Unrestricted|
|31||Beau Allen (26)||DT||Eagles||Unrestricted|
|32||Tre Boston (25)||CB||Chargers||Unrestricted|
|33||Nigel Bradham (28)||LB||Eagles||Unrestricted|
|34||Weston Richburg (26)||C/G||Giants||49ers||5 years|
|35||Marqise Lee (26)||WR||Jaguars||Jaguars||4 years|
|36||E.J. Gaines (26)||CB||Bills||Unrestricted|
|37||Patrick Robinson (30)||CB||Eagles||Unrestricted|
|38||Teddy Bridgewater (25)||QB||Vikings||Jets||1 year|
|39||Chris Hubbard (26)||OT||Steelers||Browns||5 years|
|40||Justin Ellis (27)||DT||Raiders||Unrestricted|
|41||Josh Sitton (31)||G||Bears||Unrestricted|
|42||Anthony Hitchens (25)||LB||Cowboys||Chiefs||Agreed|
|43||AJ McCarron (27)||QB||Bengals||Unrestricted|
|44||Trent Murphy (27)||LB||Redskins||Unrestricted|
|45||Dion Lewis (27)||RB||Patriots||Titans||4 years|
|46||Aaron Colvin (26)||CB||Jaguars||Texans||4 years|
|47||Albert Wilson (25)||WR||Chiefs||Dolphins||3 years|
|48||Carlos Hyde (27)||RB||49ers||Unrestricted|
|49||Demario Davis (29)||LB||Jets||Unrestricted|
|50||Jerick McKinnon (25)||RB||Vikings||Unrestricted|
Here are some initial thoughts about a few moves thus far:
Once you beat them, join them? Malcolm Butler heading to Tennessee despite trouncing them with his former team during the AFC divisional game last season. With a chip on his shoulder after the Super Bowl benching, Bulter might be having the last laugh becoming one of the highest paid defensive stars in free agency to the tune of $61 million with over $30 million guaranteed.
Jimmy Graham is making Aaron Rodgers a very happy QB. However, Rodgers will need to (discount) double check when he looks to throw downfield because unlike a good neighbor, Jordy Nelson, his favorite target will not be there. The quarterback-WR duo hold the Packers’ record for most touchdowns with 65. Despite voicing his desire to finish his career in Green Bay Nelson was cut from the roster, saving the Packers $10,218,750 in cap space. To borrow words from Drake: business is business, its strictly financial.
Run-first no more. The Bears addressed the glaring need for a wide-receiver by snagging No.1 Allen Robinson early. With the addition of Robinson followed by TE Tre Burton, Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky should have a better chance of using the middle of the field and running Matt Nagy’s up-tempo spread offense.
One team that has been very quiet throughout free agency have been the Atlanta Falcons… Comment or tweet us at @chicksintosports who you would like to see come to ATL!
For the first time in nearly four years, Venus Williams beat out her sister Serena Williams in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This was their 29th meeting after last years Australian Open.
Venus Williams now has her first victory over Serena since 2014 https://t.co/nMiDMGWOJ6
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 13, 2018
Venus came out strong in the 1 ½ hour match, breaking Serena at love in the sixth game. With a 6-3 6-4 game she took the lead with back-to-back aces clocking in at over 100 miles per hour. She definitely caught her groove breaking 4-2 after her first two service games. Venus now ranks as one of the top 10 players in the world and was seeded eighth in the event.
Serena faced 41 unforced errors several of which were on her forehand side. The new mother has mentioned in previous interviews that it will take time to return to her Grand Slam championship status. She does still hold a 17-12 advantage over her sister and she did score a winning backhand shot down the line for a deuce in the second set.
Game, set and match, Venus Williams: 6-3, 6-4.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 13, 2018
The sisters have boycotted the Indian Wells for 14 years after their last match when Venus pulled out of the semi-finals with a knee injury.
As Venus moves forward in the Indian Wells, Serena will be preparing for her next tournament in the Miami Open.
The 2018 WNBA Draft To Be Held On April 12.
We hold the No. 16 overall pick.
— Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) March 12, 2018
NEW YORK, March 12, 2018 – The WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, April 12 at the Nike New York Headquarters. ESPN2 will air the first round beginning at 7 p.m. ET, followed by coverage of rounds two and three on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET. The draft will also stream live on the ESPN app.
The Atlanta Dream hold two picks in the upcoming draft, including the No. 16 overall pick. Last year, the Dream selected Brittney Sykes with the No. 7 overall pick.
“We are thrilled that the WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will take place at the recently opened Nike New York Headquarters,” said WNBA President Lisa Borders. “This is all part of our newly expanded partnership with Nike, a brand that believes in equality and the empowerment of women. The draft is a pivotal moment for the players who will be selected. For basketball fans, it is that moment when they see their favorite team’s roster taking shape with the tip-off of the new season right around the corner.”
Several top draft prospects and invited guests will be on hand for WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm at the Nike New York Headquarters, where they will be immersed in an interactive, experiential atmosphere. The 150,000-square-foot venue, which opened last June, features a 4,000-square-foot indoor basketball court that will serve as the broadcast hub for the draft. The event is not open to the public.
He might be retired but Kobe continues winning. On March 4th at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, Kobe Bryant took home an Oscar for Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball.
“This feels better than winning the championship, to be honest with you,” Bryant said. “Growing up as a kid, I dreamed of winning championships and working really hard to make that dream come true, but then you have something like this seemingly come out of left field.”
Inspired by his retirement poem published in 2015 by The Players’ Tribune, Kobe Bryant traded in 20 years of basketball for a career as a storyteller. Dear Basketball is a six minute film written and narrated by Bryant and directed and animated by the legendary Glen Keane. An all-star collaboration, Keane is responsible for classic Disney characters like Ariel from The Little Mermaid and The Beast from Beauty and the Beast.
During his acceptance speech, Kobe Bryant threw shade at Fox New’s Laura Ingraham who recently told LeBron James to “Shut up and dribble” after making political statements. Bryant said, “As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble but I’m glad we do a little more than that.”
Kobe is tied with Leonardo Dicaprio and now has more Oscars than Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Amy Adams, Will Smith, Michelle Williams, and Matt Damon… combined.
Backstage, Kobe credited Oprah and Shonda Rhimes for mentoring him and sharing their expertise of the entertainment industry. “When you have mentors like that in your life, everything tends to work itself out,” he explained.
Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, LeBron James and former teammate Shaquille O’Neal took to twitter to congratulate Bryant.
Congratulations to my good friend @kobebryant for winning the Oscar for best animated short film. Well deserved!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 5, 2018
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2018
Congrats to KOBE first Oscar that’s big bro #dearbasketball. Proud of you, Big honor for you and your family. I’m jealous lol
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) March 5, 2018
Not everyone is celebrating Kobe’s Oscar win. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a petition was started demanding the academy rescind Kobe’s nomination because of a rape charge dating back to 2003. The petition of course is referencing Bryant’s arrest after the alleged rape of 19-year old hotel worker in Colorado. Despite overwhelming evidence (blood in the victim’s underwear and on Bryant’s shirt), the situation was settled outside of court in a civil suit. Kobe described the encounter as consensual but later apologized for the “pain she has had to endure.”
Is Kobe Bryant, a charged rapist who paid millions of dollars to his alleged victim for her to drop charges, winning an Oscar at #metoo Oscars evidence of Hollywood hypocrisy?
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 5, 2018
With his Oscar win Kobe Bryant joins the historic ranks of Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, stop me if you see where I am going with this
— Jack Hamilton (@jack_hamilton) March 5, 2018
Hollywood: Times Up
[cut to Kobe Bryant on stage]
— #TeamKillmonger. (@thewayoftheid) March 5, 2018
Kobe can now add an Oscar to his collection of 5 NBA championships, 2 Olympic gold metals, an NBA MVP, 2 NBA Finals MVP, and 4 All-Star game MVPs.
You can watch Dear Basketball here: https://www.go90.com/videos/261MflWkD3N
Do you think Kobe should have won the Oscar? We will be discussing that and more tomorrow on Chicks Into Sports from 1-2PM on 1100AM. Call in and give us your opinion!!