UFC’s Ben Askren Announces Retirement From MMA

Ben Askren has unexpectedly announced that his MMA career is over, following back-to-back losses to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia. During an appearance on the Helwani Show on Monday, Askren explained to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he has been dealing with hip issues for years and he is finally prepared to undergo hip replacement surgery.

“I’m retiring from the sport MMA,” Askren said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Frankly, I’m retiring from everything.”

The 35-year old wrestler made his UFC debut on March 2, following his reign as Bellator’s welterweight champion from 2010 to 2013 and ONE’s welterweight title holder from 2014 to 2017. He picked up a controversial first-round submission victory over UFC veteran Robbie Lawler at UFC 235, but was KO’d in just five seconds when he got in the octagon with Jorge Masvidal. Askren suffered his second loss at UFC Fight Night 162 on October 26, as he tapped out in the third round against Demian Maia.

Although the hip has been nagging him for years, Askren made it clear that it is not the reason for his losses in UFC. Says Askren (H/T ESPN’s Marc Raimondi), “I’ve never brought these hip issues up. I don’t want people to think that was the reason I lost. I lost because I wasn’t good enough. My opponents were better. I don’t want these to be viewed as excuses.”

Askren boasts a 19-2 record for his MMA career, and he holds the Bellator record for most successful and consecutive title defenses at four.

LeBron Praises Kobe Bryant For Attending Lakers Games With Daughter GiGi

The stars were out at Staples Center on Sunday night, as LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers took care business against Trae Young’s Atlanta Hawks. Among those in attendance was none other than Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who attended the game with his daughter GiGi.

Following the Lakers’ 122-101 win, LeBron praised the Black Mamba and explained how he was motivated to “put on a show” for the future Hall Famer.

“That’s one the greatest players to ever play this game, taking time out his day on a Sunday,” James told reporters. “So I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason, like, ‘OK, we might come to another game.'”

LeBron, who finished with a game-high 33 points to go along with 12 assists and seven rebounds, added:

“Just having him in the building and knowing what he meant to this franchise and L.A. for me and my teammates, what it means to be a part this Laker Nation and Laker family, it’s a beautiful thing. And for me, I grew up watching, admiring. I was one the kids, obviously, who had a chance to come out straight out high school, so he did it, and I was just watching him.

“It’s just dope. It’s just so surreal for me, just a kid from Akron, to be able to have a guy like Kobe just take time out his day. Even at this point in my career, it’s still special.”

“He’s got one the greatest female players that’s about to come up sitting next to him in Gigi,” James said the 13-year-old.

As a result Sunday’s victory, the Lakers improved to 11-2 on the season. Up next is a Tuesday night home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, followed by a four-game road trip/

Mark Ruffalo Unsure If He’ll Reprise Role As Hulk In Future Marvel Films

Mark Ruffalo stars in the new drama/thriller Dark Waters alongside Anne Hataway, William Jackson Harper and many more. In light the film’s promotion, Mark paid a visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss other roles he’s known for, such as playing the Hulk AKA Bruce Banner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Mark Ruffalo Unsure If He'll Reprise Role As Hulk In Future Marvel Films
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When asked if fans will get to see him as the green superhero again, he replied right away with an “I don’t know,” later explaining his uncertainties. 

“I do know that I did give Kevin Feige the Blockbuster Award at the Hollywood Film Awards the other day, to a smattering applause… And he did say, ‘Hey, do you think there is anymore story left here?’ And I said, ‘I could probably come up with a few storylines.’ And he said, ‘Well maybe you should come in and we’ll have a talk,'” he explained. 

Elsewhere in Mark’s visit, he opened up about politics and how he’s excited about the Democratic party. 

“But, for me, I started with Bernie on this trip… And when I think about it, what I see is he led,” he said. “He led then, and he’s leading now. He’s been consistent his whole life. …] The rest the United States has finally caught up to what this cat’s been doing already for his entire career. And you know that when he does get into fice, he is going to be fighting for us.”

Lebron Throws Down Monstrous Dunk Against The Kings

“How that air @ 10,000 ft feel?” Kyle Kuzma asked Lebron on Twitter after last night’s game. It was a reaction to the monstrous dunk the King threw down during the second quarter the Lakers game against the Kings last night.

Lebron beat Bogdan Bogdanović f the dribble and drove to the paint like the freight train old to put Nemanja Bjelica on a poster. There’s been a narrative floating around the Lakers this year that Lebron isn’t quite as athletic as he once was. He clearly looks to put those rumors to bed after a performance like this. When asked about the end his career, he compared himself to NFL quarterback Tom Brady saying, “Me and Tom Brady are one in the same. We’re going to play until we can’t walk no more.”

Lebron eventually responded to Kuzma’s tweet writing, “Like a pair fresh kicks that you always wanted! 🤣.” He also participated in a back and forth with Tom Brady on Twitter. Brady wrote “I’m playing until I can’t dunk anymore! @KingJames,” to which Lebron responded, “Well I’m playing until I can’t throw TD passes anymore! @TomBrady.”

The Lakers’ next game is tomorrow, November 17th, against the Atlanta Hawks. 

Ray Lewis Dreaming Of NFL Comeback To Play With Ravens’ Lamar Jackson

Two-time Super Bowl champion and Hall Famer Ray Lewis walked away from the NFL in 2012, but the stellar play Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has Lewis dreaming a comeback. 

During a recent appearance on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” the Ravens legend explained how he told Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti that he still has a little gas left in the tank.

“I told Steve Bisciotti] the other night in the box, ‘You know I still got two quarters in me. I can come play with LJ Lamar Jackson],’” Lewis said. “If you all are holding the ball for seven minutes on a drive, and then nine minutes on a drive, I’m like ‘Man, I’ve never had that in my career.’”

“L.J., the next time I text you, you better text me back,” Lewis added. “Your texts are flooded, but when the general calls, I need you to answer.”

Jackson, 22, has established himself as an MVP candidate in just his second season in the league and the stats through his first 16 NFL starts are absolutely jaw-dropping.

As first pointed out by ESPN “Get Up” producer Paul Hembekides, through their 16 NFL starts, Jackson has more wins than Patrick Mahomes, more rushing yards than LaDainian Tomlinson, more yards per attempt than Aaron Rodgers, a higher passer rating than Tom Brady, and a better completion percentage than Drew Brees. 

In his lating outing against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson completed 15–17 passes for 223 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also rushed for 65 yards, including the Michael Vick-esque TD scamper shown below.

The Ravens (8-2) have a bye this weekend and they’ll host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night when they return to the field in Week 12.

AD Comments On How Derrick Rose Kept Him From Quitting Basketball

Anthony Davis is one the best basketball players on the planet but his journey wasn’t always easy. At this point, Davis is widely regarded as one the best bigs in the NBA but during his high school days, he was barely good enough to be a top tier recruit. Eventually, he was able to go through a huge growth spurt that gave him the length needed to be a dominant player. Eventually, Davis played for Kentucky and was drafted first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.

In a brand new interview with Shams Charania Stadium, Davis spoke out about his high school days and how he was actually close to quitting the sport altogether. What kept him going was the play Derrick Rose who was becoming a rising star on the Chicago Bulls. Seeing Rose play made AD want to keep pushing and eventually, it all worked out for him.

The exact moment where AD starts talking about Rose can be found around the 6:35 mark. Davis explained how he and Rose are actually good friends but doesn’t know exactly how much he inspired him. Considering what Davis has done throughout his career, it’s good to see he stuck with it because if not, the league would be worse f. 

This story should also serve as a way to give Rose his due respect.

Lance Stephenson Embraces Chinese Culture With His “Dragon Milly Rock”: Watch

Lance Stephenson, aka Dragonfly Lance, seems to be thoroughly enjoying his time in China thus far, both on and f the court. 

In September, the veteran swingman led the Liaoning Flying Leopards to victory in the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 Tournament, while earning MVP honors. As seen in the footage he posted on Thursday, Lance has also fully immersed himself in the Chinese culture while maintaining his milly rockin’ roots.

Stephenson, 29, broke into the NBA in 2010 following one season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Indiana Pacers selected the Brooklyn-native with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and he spent his first four seasons with the club. Since then, he has bounced around the league including stints with the Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, the Pacers again, and the Lakers. Stephenson signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Liaoning Flying Leopards this past summer.

For his NBA career, Stephenson boasts averages 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists. His best statistical season came as a member the Pacers in the 2013-14 season, where he posted 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 78 games. 

LeBron James Explains Mindset Behind Career-High Assist Totals

LeBron James is in his 17th season in the NBA but that isn’t stopping him from putting up some impressive numbers. For example, The King is averaging 23.9 points this season and a career-high 11.1 assists. The Lakers have only played 11 games so far this season so it’s not exactly a great sample size but regardless, it’s still impressive. Of course, one the big differences this year is that James has Anthony Davis by his side who can easily provide some buckets when needed.

During a recent report from Dave McMenamin ESPN, James spoke about his assist totals this season and explained that it’s not something he really thinks about. In fact, being the best at getting assists is something James has never really wanted to.

LeBron James Explains Mindset Behind Career-High Assist Totals

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“I don’t know,” James said. “That’s never been a goal mine. … The assist has always been my favorite because it gives my teammates an opportunity to score. And that’s what’s always mattered to me.”

If you’re a Lakers fan this season, you have to be happy with what the team has accomplished. They currently sit at a record 9-2 and are the first team in the league to hit that win total. If they keep this up, they’ll be a frontrunner for the title.

Former Detroit Lions WR Charles Rogers Dies At Age 38: Report

Former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers has reportedly passed away at the age 38, according to his high school coach and former teammates. The cause Rogers’ death has not yet been revealed. 

Chris Baker, who played alongside Rogers at MSU, issued the following statement on twitter Monday morning:

Rogers won the Biletnikf Award as college football’s top receiver in 2002, which led to him being selected second overall by the Lions in the 2003 NFL Draft. Despite his dominant collegiate career, things never panned out for Rogers in the NFL after he suffered a broken collarbone just five games into his rookie season.

In his three seasons with the Lions, Rogers played in just 15 games and was ultimately cut in 2006. We’ll keep you updated with any developments on his passing. 

Lakers’ Anthony Davis Hints That He’s Suffering Through Lingering Injury

Anthony Davis has been making a huge impact with the Los Angeles Lakers this season and when paired up with LeBron James, they are deadly out on the court. The Lakers have jumped out to a 7-2 record this season and are at the top the Western Conference. It remains to be seen whether or not they will maintain that success this season although they will certainly need Davis to keep up his pace.

AD has been notorious for suffering through a plethora injuries during his career and coming into this season, some people were concerned over whether or not he’d be able to play a full 82-game campaign. In a report from The Athletic’s Bill Oram, it was revealed that Davis is still suffering from some lingering pain but has been playing through it all season.

Lakers' Anthony Davis Hints That He's Suffering Through Lingering Injury

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“There’s really never a play I don’t feel it,” Davis said. “But I’m going to go out there and play, I try not to let it affect my game. I just play through it and then worry about taking care it after the game.”

If you’re the Lakers, this certainly has to be cause for concern although Davis seems to know his body quite well at this point. It would be unfortunate for him to go down this season by pushing his body too hard and we’re sure load management will set in sometime soon. Either way, you have to admire AD’s perseverance.

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Gilbert Arenas Spends Appearance On "The Jump" Roasting Richard Jefferson

Yesterday, Gilbert Arenas came on ESPN’s The Jump with former college teammate at the University Arizona Richard Jefferson and the two spent a chunk the segment constantly roasting each other. 

“He was a douche,” Arenas says, describing Jefferson as a teammate. “He was sarcastic, but if you had the fire, he pushed it out you.” 

Arizona made it to the final four with Arenas and Jefferson on the team in 2001 but lost to Duke in the National Championship game.

“We went to the final four because me,” Arenas says. “We lost in the final four because him. He’s the reason why we might have got there, but he’s the reason why we lost,” Jefferson responds.

The two both entered the NBA draft afterward. Arenas was selected in the second round, while Jefferson was a lottery pick.

“Yes he was athletic, but that shouldn’t get you drafted 13th or 14th,” Arenas says. “This is the thing: Gilbert has court-ordered therapy everybody, so this right here is him getting out all those demons that he has,” Jefferson adds in response.

Arenas goes on to discuss his tumultuous time with the Wizards which he refers to as a “frat house,” and if he has any regrets for his career.

Cris Carter Let Go From FOX Sports Amid Rumors Of Building Tension

Cris Carter is a legend when it comes to being a receiver in the National Football League and in terms broadcasting, he has had a pretty fruitful career as well. A few years ago, Carter lost his gig with ESPN after telling a group NFL rookies that they should have a “fall guy” if they get into trouble. It was a pretty egregious comment that had fans, players, and pundits pretty upset with Carter’s honesty. From there, Carter was able to move on to FOX Sports where has hosted the morning show First Things First on FS1 for two years.

According to Pro Football Talk, it appears things have taken a turn as FOX announced they were parting ways with Carter. Based on the report, it seems like this all stems from a beef Carter had with the higher-ups as they weren’t placing him on the Thursday night football pre-game broadcasts. 

Cris Carter Let Go From FOX Sports Amid Rumors Of Building Tension

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These broadcasts are hosted in Manhattan which is exactly where First Things First films their show. Instead, the network was flying Tony Gonzalez cross-country which, course, costs way more money. Carter reportedly took this as disrespect and last Wednesday, he was suspended from First Things First. His firing confirms that neither side was able to come to a compromise.

Carter has yet to comment on his departure.

Michael Vick Explains What’s Gone Wrong With Mitch Trubisky: Watch

Michael Vick is one the most iconic quarterbacks to ever play the game thanks to his unique blend running and passing the football. Due to legal reasons that are well-publicized at this point, Vick lost touch with his career and when he came back to the NFL, he wasn’t able to reclaim his status as one the best in the league. Despite this, Vick still knows a ton about the game and when it comes to the topic quarterbacks, he is exceptionally knowledgeable.

During a recent appearance on FS1’s Speak For Yourself, Vick spoke about the struggles Bears QB Mitch Trubisky who has been awful this season. As Vick explains, the team should think about changing the fensive playbook because it’s obvious that Trubisky doesn’t feel comfortable out there.

“I think the worst thing for Mitch right now is to be benched,” Vick said. “He’s in his third year, and he’s an investment. For some quarterbacks it takes time. But I’ll say this, it’s Matt Nagy’s decision, and Matt Nagy is responsible for Mitch Trubisky. He’s responsible for making sure that this guy can go out and play better than what he played (vs. Eagles).”

Whether Trubisky is able to regain his confidence remains to be seen although it will certainly be one the biggest storylines as the season rolls on. The team is at 3-5 and their chances making the playfs continue to get slimmer.

Panthers Reveal Cam Newton’s Status For The Remainder Of The Season

The Carolina Panthers have placed veteran quarterback Cam Newton on the injured reserve list, ending his season.

Newton, 30, suffered a Lisfranc injury during the preseason and aggravated it further during Carolina’s Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team announced on Tuesday that Newton is still experiencing pain and that it will take “significant time” for the foot to heal.

Cam has one year left on his contract and is scheduled to count $21.1 million against the 2020 salary cap. However, if the team decides to move forward with second-year QB Kyle Allen, they can release Newton and clear $19.1M in cap space, according to ESPN.

“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.

“We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam.”

Newton, who leads the Panthers in all-time career touchdown passes (182) and rushing touchdowns (58), has lost his last eight games as a starter dating back to last season. In his absence, the undrafted Kyle Allen has led Carolina to a 5-3 record, winning five his six starts thus far.

The Panthers will do battle with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday.

Antonio Brown Ponders What Could Have Been With Tom Brady & The Patriots

Antonio Brown was the center attention for the first part the NFL season thanks to his antics that got him promptly kicked f the Oakland Raiders. Brown is one the best wide receivers in the league so it wasn’t exactly a surprise when Bill Belichick swooped in and signed him to the New England Patriots. After signing with the team, he was immediately accused ual assault in a recent lawsuit and was released from the team after just one game and countless other f-the-field antics. 

Since his release from the Patriots, Brown has been jonesing around for his money and is trying to recoup all the guaranteed dollars he lost. Now that he is without a team, he is looking back fondly on his career and recently, he retweeted Skip Bayless all people, who pondered what it would be like if Brown was still on the Patriots.

Based on AB’s interaction with the post, it’s clear that he is feeling the same way about his partnership with TB12. It appears as though Brown and Brady were already good friends, with the six-time Super Bowl champion going to bat for AB countless times. If it weren’t for the wishes Robert Kraft, Brown would probably still be on the Patriots right now so the wide receiver must be feeling a little nostalgic.

Perhaps once the investigation against Brown is complete, he can come back and help the Patriots win yet another Super Bowl.