Look: Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love were close friends, AAU teammates as teens

Long before they were going up against each other in the NBA — and as of Tuesday’s blockbuster trade — Kevin Love and Isaiah Thomas were on the same AAU team. One of the crazier pictures I’ve seen of Kevin Love and Isaiah Thomas when they were both 16 pic.twitter.com/vL1WKRPYd0 — Bryan Weber (@Coach_Weber) February 15, 2017 The picture above, as pointed out by Uproxx, is a photo from the 2005 ABCD Camp — which included Brandon Jennings, Renardo Sidney, Mike Conley, OJ Mayo and Greg Oden. Thomas spoke more about their relationship in a much-circulated interview with The Vertical (via MassLive) early last year: Years ago, Love and Thomas… Read More

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. spends an enormous amount of time playing Madden Mobile

For as hectic as NASCAR drivers’ schedules are, there’s a little bit of down time almost guaranteed when they travel during the week. It makes sense that some of them turn to games on their phones to pass the time, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. admitted he spends a ridiculous amount of time playing EA Sports’ Madden Mobile. “Boy, am I having fun,” the No. 88 Chevrolet driver said this week on his Dale Jr. Download podcast, while talking with co-host Tyler Overstreet, who also plays the game. More from the podcast: “New season just started, so I’m spending roughly half of my waking hours on Madden Mobile. Yeah, I know… Read More

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Giants waive OL Bowie days after domestic charges disclosed

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have waived Michael Bowie days after finding out that the offensive lineman had been charged with assault and battery in Oklahoma. The Giants announced the decision Wednesday along with three moves. The team learned of the charges on Saturday and did not allow the 25-year-old free agent to make the trip to Cleveland for a preseason game against the Browns on Monday night. Bowie is accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the neck during a fight at her home in Bixby, Oklahoma, then broke two televisions and punched a hole in the wall. The Tulsa resident was charged with misdemeanour domestic assault… Read More

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Anthony Rizzo joined Don Mattingly in an odd, exclusive club

Kris Bryant left Tuesday night’s game against the Reds in the ninth inning after taking a Drew Storen pitch to the left hand. Bryant’s departure forced Cubs manager Joe Maddon to get creative with his defensive alignment, moving left-handed throwing first baseman Anthony Rizzo across the diamond to replace Bryant for the bottom of the ninth. Pretty wacky stuff: ANTHONY RIZZO IS PLAYING THIRD BASE pic.twitter.com/rkNmia8UbF — nolan (@anthonybryzzo) August 23, 2017 Rizzo got no chances at the hot corner, but adding a single defensive inning at third base to his ledger puts him in an odd and exclusive club: Rizzo and Don Mattingly are the only two lefty-throwing MLB… Read More

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2-way time: Josh McKenzie ready for next step at Bergen Catholic football

Josh McKenzie is ready to take the next step in his progression as a Bergen Catholic football star. ORADELL – Josh McKenzie is ready to take the next step in his progression as a Bergen Catholic football star. After focusing predominantly on offense over his first two seasons, the junior is set to see major time on both sides of the ball this season. “He’s the most athletically capable kid on the team, he’s definitely the best athlete that we have,” Bergen Catholic quarterback Johnny Langan said. “If he’s not playing both ways it’s a sin.” On top of his already entrenched role as a running back – he’s posted… Read More

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