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Baker Mayfield Gives An Amazing Heisman Speech

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the 2017 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Stanford running back Bryce Love and last year’s winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, finished second and third in the voting, respectively

Mayfield went from a walk-on to the best college football player in 3 years. Minus his antics off the field, there is something to say about his unexpected journey and his belief in himself. During his speech, Mayfield thanked everyone for helped him reached this point in his life.

The 22-year-old QB thanked the coaches that impacted his career.  “Coach Stoops (former head coach), you welcomed a chubby, unathletic kid into the program with open arms. I wouldn’t say that many would do that, but thank you. The thing that I’m most thankful for is hiring coach Riley. The day you did that changed my life.” Mayfield continued “Coach Riley, you’ve been a great mentor to me. We’ve been through a lot together, so I appreciate you.”

“To my family, love you guys. There were times that I had to move. You guys have made sacrifice after sacrifice just so I could chase my dreams, wouldn’t be here without you. Love you.–Sacrifice after sacrifice you guys have instilled a mentality in me of loyalty and how to have a family that’s second to none, and I appreciate that.”

Mayfield finished his speech with a message for the kids: “To the kids out there, don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

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Carmelo Anthony Will Sign With The Houston Rockets

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Carmelo Anthony will be an official free agent once he is waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to trade Anthony and a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal that netted them point guard Dennis Schroder, per ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hawks intend to pay Anthony his entire $27.9 million salary for next season as part of the buyout.

According to Turner Sports’ David Aldridge, Anthony “has been telling people for more than a week that he’ll ultimately wind up with the Rockets.”

Anthony will join Chris Paul and James Harden with the Houston Rockets. The Miami Heat and Los Angles Lakers were among the teams that were also interested in Melo.

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NFL Halts Policy To Penalize Players For Kneeling During The Anthem

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The NFL and NFLPA have come to an agreement to not to enforce the rule change to penalize players for taking a knee.

In May, the NFL unilaterally instituted a new policy surrounding the national anthem that would punish players and teams for kneeling as away to protest police brutality against people of color.  Which was a complete change in direction from their stance in October 2017.

The league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement Thursday that said “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks” while both sides continue to hold discussions to figure out how to move forward.

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” the joint statement said. “In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy.

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

Players around the league were not happy with the leagues’ policy change. At least this move allows more discussions and won’t allow teams to suspend players.

 

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Kawhi Leonard Traded To The Raptors

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The Kawhi Leonard era in San Antonio is officially over.

The San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors agreed to a deal in principle that would involve a swap of All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday.

Wojnarowski reported Leonard and Danny Green will head to Toronto in exchange for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. Toronto’s first-round pick to San Antonio is a protected 1-20 selection. After one year, it becomes two second-round picks.

Per Wojnarowski, the first-round pick is protected for the 20th overall selection and above, and after a year, it will turn into two second-round draft choices.

Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

Kawhi has already made his intentions known to head back to Cali when he hits free agency. So this move is likely only stop gap.

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