Fortnite Is Now A High School & College Sport

Fortnite is ficially set to become a high school and collegiate sport, according to Tech Crunch.

LA-based startup PlayVS has partnered with Epic Games to start competitive league play within the collegiate and high school level. High schools will be able to pay $64 per player to enter into a league where they can compete with other local schools. 

While the format is duos, schools can submit as many teams two as they like. The top-performing team will be put into a playf with a chance to play in a championship game in May: “A season is divided into a one-week long preseason, an eight-week long regular season, followed by the playfs. A champion is crowned at the end each season,” reads PlayVS’s website.

The site allows users to use “comprehensive Match Data & Statistics” to analyze performance and scout opposing teams. 

“We provide a robust online platform that enables schools to easily build and manage teams, check schedules, and track stats, all with real-time support,” the company says.

PlayVS was founded in April 2018 by Delane Parnell with the mission bringing competitive esports to the high school level. The company has raised $96 million since launch. 

The season begins on March 2nd.

Kyrie Irving Challenges Nets Players Amid Recent Struggles

For the past month or so, the Brooklyn Nets have been struggling on the court. The team is 18-24 and are barely hanging onto the last playf spot in the Eastern Conference. The addition Kyrie Irving hasn’t helped the team gain any sort momentum as they have lost four games in a row. It’s clear things aren’t going well right now and the NBA Champion is looking to give his team a boost in order to get back in the win column.

Irving recently admitted that he thinks the team could be a lot better and even wants them to aspire to more. As far as Irving is concerned, the team’s goal should be to win a championship and not just to squeak into the playfs as the 7th or 8th seed.

Kyrie Irving Challenges Nets Players Amid Recent Struggles

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“When we have championship aspirations — that’s where we want to be — how do we get there? Do we want to be the eighth seed? The seventh seed?” Irving said, according to Brian Lewis The New York Post. “But you’re able to be real with the team you have here, and to collectively, cohesively come together as a group. That’s what you figure out. But the goals are still to win a championship. I don’t come in every day to frickin’ be mediocre or to be in the middle the standings. No.”

It remains to be seen whether or not the Nets will be able to turn things around in the second half the season. With Kevin Durant on the bench, it’s certainly been a big struggle for the squad. When KD comes back next season, the Nets will certainly be a contender. 

Lakers And Sixers Reportedly Interested In Trade For Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has been playing quite well for the Detroit Pistons this season and teams have taken notice. In the fseason, some franchises weren’t sure if they wanted to take a risk on Rose and opted to leave him be in free agency. Now, some squads are regretting that decision and are hoping to snag Rose closer to the trade deadline. According to Chris Haynes Yahoo! Sports, two the teams that are particularly interesting in Rose are the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Pistons are a few games out the playf race right now and have Rose left under contract for just one more year. Rose could be a solid rental player for a team that feels like they are a piece away from winning a championship. The Lakers and Sixers are two teams that fit the bill perfectly.

Lakers And Sixers Reportedly Interested In Trade For Derrick Rose

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Rose was known for being injury-prone during his days with the Chicago Bulls but now, he is considered to be a solid player who can give you timely scoring. If the Lakers or Sixers were able to land him, they would certainly be entering the playfs at an advantage.

Stay tuned for updates surrounding the NBA trade deadline as we will be sure to bring them to you.

Chandler Parsons Suffers Potentially Career-Ending Injuries In Car Crash: Report

Atlanta Hawks’ veteran forward Chandler Parsons reportedly suffered potentially career-ending injuries in a car crash caused by a drunk driver, according to the law firm representing Parsons (H/T ESPN). The Hawks placed Parsons in the NBA’s concussion protocol last week after suffering a concussion and whiplash in the crash, but his law firm, Morgan & Morgan, painted a much more severe picture on Monday.

According to the firm, Parsons “suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum.” 

The statement released by Morgan & Morgan reads: 

“Chandler was seriously injured in this crash, which never should have occurred.”

“The at-fault driver created utter chaos on the roadway, needlessly endangering the lives countless motorists; he now stands charged with DUI, admitted drinking, had alcohol in the car with him, passed out after causing a three-car crash at 2:00PM on a Wednesday in a busy intersection, seriously injuring and potentially ending Mr. Parsons’ career as a pressional athlete.”

The 31-year old forward has had his fair share injuries over the years that have significantly impacted his ability to live up to his four-year, $94.8 million deal. Parsons appeared in just five games for the Hawks this season.

According to Morgan & Morgan, his ability to return to play is unclear.

Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves Trade Details Announced

Former Hawks point guard Jeff Teague is heading back to Atlanta as part a three-player trade announced on Thursday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Atlanta acquired the 31-year old veteran, as well as 26-year old guard Treveon Graham, from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Allen Crabbe. The move opens up an extra roster spot for Minnesota which could come in to play as part a bigger deal ahead the league’s February 6 trade deadline.

The Hawks drafted Jeff Teague 19th overall out Wake Forest in the 2009 NBA Draft, and he spent his first seven seasons with the team. During that time, Teague averaged 12.1 points and 5.2 assists per game while helping the Hawks reach the post-season in each season.

According to ESPN, the Atlanta has an fensive rating 108.2 with Trae Young on the floor, and 90.7 f it, so they were clearly in need a back-up point guard. In 34 appearances with the Wolves this season, Teague is averaging 13.2 points and 6.1 assists per game.

As Thursday, the Hawks (9-32) are just percentage points behind the Golden State Warriors for the worst record in the NBA. Minnesota, meanwhile, is sitting at 15-25, just 3.5 games back the eighth seed Memphis Grizzlies.

Carmelo Anthony Comments On His Feelings Towards The Rockets

Carmelo Anthony had a very small stint in Houston at the beginning last season as he got to play a grand total just 10 games with the Rockets. The Rockets realized Anthony didn’t fit in their system and he was eventually released and traded to the Chicago Bulls. Now, Anthony is seeing a bit a career resurgence while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. Melo has been quite good in his role with the team and fans are excited to see him back in a thriving situation.

Last night, the Trail Blazers defeated the Rockets in Houston in what was Melo’s first game back in the city. He put up 18 points and 12 rebounds in what turned out to be a 117-107 win. After the game, Anthony spoke about his feelings towards the Rockets.

Carmelo Anthony Comments On His Feelings Towards The Rockets

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“I honestly don’t have any feelings about going back,” Melo said according to Jonathan Feigen The Houston Chronicle. “I was only there a couple weeks. I don’t really have any type feelings going back.”

With Melo’s comeback in full gear, we’re sure the Rockets wish they had given Melo a bit more a chance to succeed. 

Atlanta Falcons Announce New Uniforms For 2020 Season

The Atlanta Falcons are kicking f the 2020s with some brand new uniforms, marking the team’s first full-scale change in 17 years. The team announced on Tuesday that the new Nike jerseys, which have been in the works for years now, will ficially be unveiled in April.

“Time and again, we’ve heard you ask for new uniforms over the years,” Falcons owner and CEO Arthur Blank wrote in a letter sent to season ticket holders. “We’ve listened to your feedback and worked closely with Nike and the NFL over the past two years to create a look that represents you and reflects Atlanta’s culture, pride and unity.”

The Falcons struggled through the first three quarters  the 2019 season but finished strong, winning their last four games, en route to a 7-9 record. As a result, Atlanta holds the 16th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

At this point, it’s anybody’s guess what the new uniforms will look like. Adding a new color to the familiar red and black? Tweaking the logo? Bringing back the silver pants? 

Scroll through the tweets embedded below to see what some fans are hoping for.

Zion Williamson Expected To Make NBA Debut This Week: Report

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has reportedly fully recovered from surgery on a torn meniscus and is therefore finally ready to make his long-awaited NBA debut.

According to SiriusXM NBA Radio host Mitch Lawrence, the Pelicans are now targeting Thursday night’s home game against the Utah Jazz for Zion’s first NBA game. The knee certainly looked well enough during recent pre-game workouts in New Orleans and at Madison Square Garden.

Williamson told reporters at the top the month that he would have been playing already if it were up to him, and it appears as though the team is finally prepared to give him clearance. The 19-year old phenom, who averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game during the preseason, was awarded the AP Player the Year in a landslide after posting 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game in his freshman season at Duke.

The Pelicans are currently sitting in 14th place in the West with a record 14-26 but they are just four games behind the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies. This week’s slate includes a road game against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, followed by home games against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers.

Worth noting, that Clippers game will air on ABC at 3:30pm ET so plan accordingly.

Zion Williamson Expected To Make NBA Debut This Week: Report

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Patrick Mahomes GF Goes Insane After Chiefs Mount Huge Comeback

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs looked down and out against the Houston Texans on Sunday afternoon. They were down 24-0 early in the second quarter and they looked like they had absolutely no chance coming back. Eventually, Patrick Mahomes and company turned on the jets and scored six straight touchdowns before winning the game 51-31. It was an incredible game that no one was expecting. Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium were treated to an absolute clinic that they will remember for a very long time.

According to TMZ, Mahomes’ girlfriend Brittany Mathews was at the game watching from above in a suite. Her and her friends went berzerk at the sight the Chiefs comeback and Mathews was leading the charge. She could be seen screaming while running across the room as her boyfriend put on a show for the Kansas City crowd.

Next Sunday, the Chiefs will be taking on the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. With a huge home game on the horizon, we’re sure Mathews will be on tap to give her man even more encouragement. She has been a fixture at Chiefs games for a while now and we’re sure she’ll be excited for a potential Super Bowl appearance.

Report: Kyrie Irving Expected To Return To Nets’ Lineup Sunday

The Brooklyn Nets expect Kyrie Irving to return to the lineup on Sunday night against the Atlanta Hawks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Irving has been nursing a right shoulder injury since mid-November. During his absence, the Nets have put together a 13-13 record, landing them at 17-20 overall, and in 8th place in the conference standings.

During his 11 games on the court this season, Irving has averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds.

“Hopefully I get some game reps in addition to practice probably in the next week or so,” Irving told reporters recently. “It could be less than that, but I’ll give myself a week.”

Irving also admitted that he did consider surgery: “Yeah, it’s definitely crossed my mind. I wouldn’t be honest with you if I didn’t tell you that, but I felt that the next step in the progression is to get the cortisone and see how it responds and then move on from that point… You either continue to get cortisone shots, which is obviously detrimental to your health in your muscles, or you go get arthroscopic surgery. For me, it’s just about being able to go back out there after the right amount rehab, the right amount rest, recovery, and see what we can do for the rest the season and then reevaluate after a few months.” 

Thursday morning, Irving participated in his first full practice with the team, including 5-on-5 contact drills, since the injury.

Robert Downey Jr. On Returning To MCU: "Yeah, Anything Could Happen"

Robert Downey Jr. isn’t ruling out the possibility that fans may see the 54-year-old actor suit up as Iron Man once again.

“Yeah, anything could happen,” Downey told Extra, as noticed by GamesRadar, when asked about returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the future.

Downey also added, “As far as I’m concerned I’ve hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go. I also think that Marvel is on this journey now where they’re trying a bunch other stuff. I’m excited for them to see how all that goes. It’s hard to project, but we got a lot other stuff we want to do.”

Downey began working with Marvel in 2008, taking on the titular role in Iron Man. In total, he has appeared in ten films within the MCU, with his last expected to be an appearance in 2020’s Black Widow.

Downey’s newest film, Dolittle, is scheduled to release for January 17, 2020. He will star as Doctor Dolittle, who has the ability to speak to animals, as he sets sail on an epic adventure. Downey is also expected to star in a third film in the Sherlock Holmes series, which began in 2009.

Black Widow is set to release on May 1, 2020.

Anthony Davis’ Injury Status Updated Following Awkward Fall: Report

Anthony Davis has been LeBron James’ rock this season and has consistently been one the best players on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers. On any given night, you can see Davis pulling f some incredible defensive plays while pitching in on fense. Overall, Davis has been the perfect addition to this Lakers roster and is exactly what the team needed after missing the playfs. 

Unfortunately, last night was a scary sight for Lakers fans as Davis went down with a back injury. After an awkward fall, Davis was seen clutching his back and grimacing in pain. It was a horrible sight to see and fans were anxiously awaiting an update. According to Shams Charania The Athletic, Davis underwent an MRI that came back negative. 

Davis simply has a bruise on his tailbone which means he will be able to travel with the team on their upcoming two-game road trip to Dallas and Oklahoma City. It remains to be seen whether or not he will be able to play in those matches although for now, it appears as if the Lakers have already prepared themselves for a couple games without AD in the lineup.

Stay tuned for updates on Davis’ condition as we will be sure to bring them to you.

LeBron James Pretends To Block Alex Caruso’s Scintillating Dunk: Watch

This season has been a fruitful one for the Los Angeles Lakers. They currently sit atop the Western Conference standings with a formidable record 29-7. Every single night, they appear as though they are having the most fun in the league and on Sunday, their passion was on full display. The team squeaked out a win against the Detroit Pistons while improving their winning streak to five games. The whole team got involved when it came to scoring and internet sensation Alex Caruso was no different. 

Perhaps the best highlight the game came in the fourth quarter when Kyle Kuzma recorded a steal and immediately passed the ball to Caruso who was in all alone. Caruso came through with a monster dunk as LeBron James chased him down and even pretended to block him. The went nuts and the whole scene was just another example how much chemistry this team has. 

Every single night, the Lakers come through with brand new highlights. Even if you’re not a fan the team, there is no denying how well they’ve been playing as late. They are exciting to watch on any given night and as fans, that’s all we can really ask for. Not to mention, LeBron is 35 years old and is still pulling f unbelievable feats human strength. We’re not even halfway through the season although it’s clear as day that the Lakers are a contender to win it all. 

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa Announces NFL Draft Decision

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has decided to forego his senior season and will enter the 2020 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa, who suffered a hip injury late in the 2019 season, is still expected to be a top selection in April’s draft with many mock drafts projecting him to be drafted fifth overall by the Miami Dolphins. And if the Dolphins pass on Tua, the Los Angeles Chargers, slotted sixth, are seen as another likely landing spot.

Tagovailoa made his decision known during a press conference on Monday.

“It was a hard decision all around: taking into consideration the pros and cons from both sides the situation and the decision. I got to seek guidance from my family; we prayed a lot about it. This is a decision I’m going to have to live with. I made it, and I’m good with it,” Tagovailoa said.

“I’m just focusing on my rehab, as far as now, with all the teams. Deciding if i’m going to do anything physically in the pre-draft process], we’ll decide that with our athletic training staff and see what the doctors have to say about that.”

The 21-year old QB made a name for himself during the 2018 national title game, as he took over for starting QB Jalen Hurts and led the Crimson Tide to a come from behind victory over the Georgia Bulldogs.

He threw for 2,840 yards, 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions in nine games for Bama this season before suffering a dislocated hip and a posterior wall fracture during a November 16th game against Mississippi State. In his three seasons at Alabama, Tua compiled 7,442 passing yards with 87 passing TDs and nine rushing scores.

Isaiah Thomas Ejected Less Than 2 Minutes Into Game For Shoving Ref

Friday night, Wizards’ point guard Isaiah Thomas was ejected within the first two minutes the game against the Trail Blazers for shoving an ficial. 

During a tie-up with Carmelo Anthony, Thomas put his hand on referee Marat Kogut, perhaps incidentally, and was subsequently ejected. After review, the call was upheld.

ESPN reports that crew chief Mark Ayotte explained the decision in a pool report saying, “He made physical contact with the referee. It was definitely just a push during the dead ball contact with the referee.”

“I mean I had a different view it obviously,” Wizards Coach Scott Brooks explained, according to ESPN. “They were in a scrum and they were fighting for the ball, a jump ball. I had a view that it looked like he lost his balance but Kogut] had a better view and then they looked at it. They looked at it so you would hope they made the right call.”

The Wizards lost to the Trail Blazers 122-103

This ejection contributes to a shakey few weeks for Thomas. The point guard was suspended for 2 games after going into the stands to confront a fan on Dec. 21. 

The Wizards’ next game is against the Nuggets on Saturday.