Atlanta Falcons Devin Hester Record 20th Career Return Touchdown

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Yeah, the Atlanta Falcons completely annihilated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Thursday night’s matchup, but it was no contest for Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester. The 31-year-old Hester set an NFL record with his 20th career return touchdown, surpassing the previously record held by Hall of Famer and former Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders. It was such an epic moment as the three-time Pro-Bowler made history by taking a punt 62 yards for a score while displaying celebratory moves of Deion Sanders. Prior to signing with the Atlanta Falcons, Hester spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Chicago Bears.   

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Report: Former NBA player Rex Chapman arrested for stealing product from Apple store

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Rex Chapman had an NBA career that spanned 12 seasons, including from 1997-2000 as a member of the Phoenix Suns.

It’s never pleasant to hear that things have gone south for a former player who had amassed more than $22 million in career earnings, but evidently, here we are.

From ABC15 in Arizona:

A former Phoenix Suns player was arrested Friday, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a Scottsdale Apple store.

Sgt. Mark Clark said Rex Chapman is alleged to have picked up items in the store, located near Scottsdale Road and Greenway,  and made it appear that he was paying for the items through the store’s self-checkout. He would then leave the store without actually paying for the items. …

Chapman is facing nine counts of organized retail theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen property.

The report goes on to say that there have…

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Tony Parker hits likely fake but still awesome trick shots (VIDEO)

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No. I don’t think so.

But I still loved the video.

I would love to believe that these trick shots by Tony Parker and French YouTube star Rémi Gaillard are real, because they are awesome… but I just can’t. Not a back heel flick that flies that far with that little windup. Not the last one. Plus Gaillard is known as a prankster.

To be fair, Gaillard is known for soccer trick shots — watch the World Cup one, which is fantastic. Still, I just don’t buy it.

But I’ll watch it again.

(Hat tip to Lang “trick shot” Whitaker at NBA.com’s All Ball and r/NBA.)

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Huh? NFL Fined Seahawks $300K For Being Rough!

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Apparently, the National Football League (NFL), a playground where hard hits are relatively common occurrences, has fined head coach Pete Carroll and team for a combined total of $300,000 for violating no-contact rules. Yup, Seahawks were penalized for being too rough in practice. According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, “…the violation was for permitting the club’s players to engage in excessive levels of on-field physical contact during the team’s 2014 mandatory mini-camp for veteran players.” In 2012, the Seahawks had been fined an undisclosed amount by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for similar violations. In recent years, unsettling reports about concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) among current and former players have been a serious issue in football; especially in the NFLIn all fairness it is about accountability and the NFL has an obligation to warrant the safety and health of their players. 

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Former NFL Heavy Hitter Falls Into Homelessness

The former UCLA Bruin, Terry Tautolo who has played 9 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), but spent majority of his retirement in homelessness. For some former players life after the stadium tunnels is glamorous fill with luxury vacations, guest appearances, and pensions; however, life for Tautolo has been a downward spiral. From living in abandon houses, animal shelters to tunnels under Los Angeles freeways. The once fearsome Linebacker who is now 58 live a life battling drug abuse, alcoholism, and depression as a result of multiple concussions he sustained over his 9-year NFL career.

After a long battle with depression and addiction to methamphetamine and alcoholism, Tautolo is turning his life around with the help from the Pain Alternatives, Solutions and Treatment or P.A.S.T. medical group and the Sierra Tucson Treatment Center. P.A.S.T. is providing hope to a number of former retired NFL, NBA, NHL players and others who suffer from the symptoms known to be related to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) and head trauma.

To understand Tautolo’s journey to homelessness, we need to make a journey to understand the determinants of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its long-term effects. “We’ve known for a long time traumatic brain injury is associated with drug abuse, alcoholism, depression, suicide, panic attacks, not sleeping, homelessness, trouble with your marriage and trouble with your job,” said Dr. Daniel Amen.

Currently, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NFL involving upwards of 3,500 former players who allege the NFL for the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury.

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NBA considering charity All-Star game in South Africa

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Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan, Tyson Chandler and Brandon Jennings wanted to participate in a basketball clinic in the Philippines, but the NBA kyboshed that plan.

But when the league wants players to play in an offseason All-Star game in a foreign country, the stance might be different.

Adam Silver has been a proponent of expanding the NBA worldwide, and this could further that objective – while potentially helping a good cause.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Collective Bargaining Agreement specifies rules for offseason charity games, including:

The game is played in the United States or Canada

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Dion Waiters explains tweet saying he wouldn’t accept bench role

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Dion Waiters wants to start for the Cavaliers next season, and he made that clear in a recent tweet:

http://twitter.com/#!/dionwaiters3/status/488967142470348800

Case closed?

Not exactly.

The Cleveland guard expanded on his one-word (albeit elongated) response to a question on Twitter.

Waiters, via Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest:

“I want to start and I believe that I should at the two,” Waiters told CSNNW.com.

“I just say how I feel,” he said. “I’m going to do whatever is best for the team, of course, but at the end of the day, I’m a man and I’m confident in myself. I’ve always been a guy that gives it right to you. I’ve never been a guy that plays that political stuff. I was brought up that way. I’m straightforward. I give my honest opinion. I’m not going to sit here and hide. They asked a question and I tell you.”

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