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Fun Fact of the Day: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton could be the first person to win the trifecta of football awards:  a college football championship (at Auburn), a Heisman trophy, and the Super Bowl.


Today's Rundown

NBA

Can’t touch thisThe Houston Rockets beat the Miami Heat (115-102) last night.  But the big story was that Rockets center Dwight Howard was suspended for the gameHow come?  Howard was ejected during this past weekend’s game against the Washington Wizards for swiping away a referee’s arm.  He leads the league with 12 technical fouls this season.  Woe is me, it’s not fair!  Part of Dwight’s complaint is that refs treat him differently from other players.  He’s so physically imposing that refs often turn a blind eye when he is the victim of rough plays.  You know who won’t be throwing a pity party for Dwight?  Other physically dominant players like LeBron James and former player Shaquille O’Neal who also had to deal with being the victim of rough fouls.

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Some upsetting upsets.  Last night #20 Kentucky squandered a 21-point lead to lose to unranked Tennessee (84-77).  Why is another renowned basketball team falling apart?  This year’s recruits weren’t all they were cracked up to be.  This is really surprising because Kentucky usually gets some of the top talent in the country.  Heard of NBA stars John Wall, Anthony Davis, or DeMarcus Cousins?  All of them are Kentucky alumni.  Who should they call for moral support?  There were two other big upsets last night.  #13 Iowa State lost to #14 West Virginia (81-76) and #11 Providence lost to unranked DePaul (70-77).


Spotlight on Super Bowl 50

This Sunday marks Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.  Get ready to watch the Panthers #1 scoring offense go up against the Broncos #1 defense.  But the major storyline everyone will be talking about is the matchup between skilled but aging Broncos QB Peyton Manning and athletic but controversial Panthers QB Cam Newton.

Have no clue what I’m talking about?  No worries, we've got you covered!  This primer is all you need to know to get ready for this weekend's big game.


Seen and Heard

NBA

Eeny Meeny Miny Mo!  Oklahoma City (“OKC”) Thunder power forward Kevin Durant is one of the best players in the league and he becomes a free agent this summer.  Cue the rampant speculation over where he might go next!  Why would he leave?  It’s far from certain that Durant will leave OKC.  After all, he’s played for the Thunder his entire career and he has a good thing going with partner in crime Russell Westbrook.  But at 27 years old, he’s really hungry to win a championship and OKC may not be the best opportunity for him to do that.  Basically everybody and their mom has been linked to Durant at this point, but the latest rumor is that he will join the Golden State Warriors, i.e., last year’s NBA Finals champions and everybody’s favorite to win this year.  You know what they say: If you can’t beat them, join them!

 

NFL

Time to explore other options? Yesterday, the Cleveland Browns released a statement that QB Johnny Manziel has continuously run afoul of their rules and that they will decide whether to keep him in March when the salary cap increases.  In other words, they are trying to give him a big *Hint hint* that it may be time to look for another job. What’s Johnny done wrong?  Johnny has a history of alcohol abuse, bizarre behavior, and alleged domestic violence incidents.  Despite all that, Cowboys Owner/GM Jerry Jones thinks Johnny is the bee’s knees and may still be interested in acquiring him as a backup QB.  Definitely try and lock that up if you can Johnny.


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Sign on the dotted line.  Today is national signing day for college football!  It’s the day when the top high school football players declare where they will go next season.  Everyone is looking to see where #1 recruit defensive lineman Rashan Gary ends up.  Rumor has it he’s been swayed by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s tactics.  Who doesn’t love a good sleepover in your jammies? Find out what happens in tomorrow’s Rundown!