Look: Cavs’ Love bids farewell to former teammate Jefferson

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Richard Jefferson was universally liked by his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates during his two-year tenure with the franchise that came to an end Friday when he was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks.

Kevin Love showed love to the departing veteran Saturday with an Instagram post of the two during the Cavaliers' 2016 NBA championship parade. He even went as far as calling Jefferson a "f—ing idiot," although it's clear he was being playful.

Related – Report: Jefferson intends to continue NBA career once waived by Hawks

Jefferson started a pair of games in the Finals that year, as the Cavs overcame a 3-1 series deficit against the Golden State Warriors to capture their first-ever title.

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Former Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy: NFL players don’t know about CTE research

DeAndre Levy spoke in front of the Democratic members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee Friday and voiced frustration over a "football culture" which prevents NFL players from taking head injuries seriously.

"It bothered me that not one player knew anything about the CTE research. We see the headlines, but unless we're cued in and paying attention to it, I don't think a lot of guys will be able to link them," Levy said.

"I think we're aware that we'll have bad shoulders, we'll have bad backs, we'll have bad knees, I think a lot of us kind of know that that's par for the course.

"For the longest (time), a concussion to us was just a headache. A headache that if you could play through, you're good, once it's gone, it's gone. I think a lot of guys still have that mentality and still think about it. And I think there's still a good portion of guys that don't want to think about it, because honestly, it's frightening."

Levy said players "think it's normal" and would often joke in locker rooms about how forgetful they all are at home with their partners. He would often notice his mood change for reasons he couldn't explain, but it would feel like he was in a "fog" or a "funk."

“It’s frightening to consider that in five or ten years down the line, you could become a completely different person,” said Levy.

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Auburn: Academic fraud investigation is about former player

In response to an investigative report from ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Auburn said in a statement Wednesday the academic fraud probe involving its football program revolves around a former player.

Earlier, ESPN reported the student-athlete involved in the investigation played for the team in 2016, but later corrected the story to say the player was on the 2015 team. The report alleges an academic support staffer wrote a final exam for at least one member of the team.

Auburn’s full statement reads as follows, via Josh Vitale of The Opelika-Auburn News:

The player for which we are conducting an investigation is not a member of the current team and was not a member of the team at the time of the allegation. He is a former player who came back to school to complete his degree. As you know from our statement he categorically denies the claim.

The allegation made in the ESPN story is false based on our review to date. The person making the accusation was a part-time employee placed on administrative leave in late August. She is making claims not supported by facts, and based on what ESPN told us this morning, before the story came out, she keeps changing her story. Neither she, her attorney, nor our investigation have produced anything to support her claims. Neither has ESPN.

It should also be noted that the accuser has signed 38 bi-monthly time sheets during her part-time employment stating that she has no knowledge or has not witnessed or assisted a student-athlete in participating in academic dishonesty. She has also signed compliance forms indicating no knowledge of wrongdoing.

We have no reason to think the allegation about the former student is true.

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Meet Siberia’s Jesus: Former Traffic Cop Turned Cult Leader

Thousands of Russians have flocked to southern Siberia to follow a man who claims to be Jesus Christ reincarnated. Sergey Anatolyevitch Toro, 56, was once a traffic policeman and a Red Army soldier before the collapse of the Soviet Union. He is not that man anymore. Now, the man formally known as Sergey calls himself […]
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Report: Former All-Star Jamison joining Lakers scouting department

The Lakers are adding some more star power to their front office.

Sixteen-year NBA veteran Antawn Jamison will reportedly join general manager Rob Pelinka's scouting department in Los Angeles this season, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Jamison made two All-Star appearances as a key component of the memorable mid-2000s Washington Wizards alongside Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler. He was also named Sixth Man of the Year in 2002-03 in his lone season with the Mavericks.

In his second-last season, Jamison averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game off the bench for the ill-fated Lakers squad featuring Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, and Steve Nash. Since retiring from the NBA in 2014, Jamison has worked as an analyst on Lakers broadcasts.

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Former FBI Director James Comey Howard University Speech Shut Down By Protestors

James Comey was the featured speaker for Howard University‘s convocation address on Friday, and the former FBI director was met with a chilly welcome. Protesters at the event interrupted Comey’s speech, chanting in unison while raising the Black Power salute.

CNN reports:

As Comey, making a rare public appearance since leaving the FBI, began his speech welcoming new students at Howard University, protesters could be heard yelling from the back of the room, raising their fists and shouting. Some of the slogans included “No justice, no peace, “We shall not be moved” and “white supremacy is not a debate.”

Standing before a packed auditorium, Comey stood silently for over 15 minutes as the students yelled, “I love beihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5PD2yeMyRsng black” and “Get out James Comey — you’re not our homey.”

“I love the enthusiasm of young folks, but I wish they understood what a conversation is,” Comey said as the students continued to chant, sing and clap throughout his entire prepared remarks. He said that he had received a number of invitations to speak over the place several months, but “chose to come here.”

It was announced last month that Comey would be leading a lecture series at the famed HBCU which has been met with loud criticism from several student groups on campus and abroad.

Watch the James Comey speech courtesy of PBS NewsHour below.

Photo: screen cap/PBS Newshour/YouTube

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Former All-Star Raul Mondesi sentenced to 8 years in prison

Former All-Star and National League Rookie of the Year Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 60 million pesos for corruption and embezzlement of public funds while serving as mayor in the Dominican Republic, Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101 reports.

Mondesi was elected mayor of his hometown, San Cristobal, in 2010 and served until 2016.

The 46-year-old spent 13 years in the majors, winning two Gold Gloves, before retiring in 2005. He spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while also seeing time with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Angels.

Mondesi’s son, Raul Mondesi Jr., currently is a member of the Kansas City Royals.

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Porzingis: Former NBAer Randolph played dirty at EuroBasket

For those unaware, former NBA player Anthony Randolph is playing for Slovenia in EuroBasket, the result of obtaining a Slovenian passport earlier this year.

During Slovenia's loss to Latvia Wednesday, Randolph had words with Kristaps Porzingis, and both players ended up being ejected.

“He was playing dirty from the beginning,” Porzingis said of Randolph afterward, according to Eurohoops.net. “He was trash talking. What happened in the end was natural.”

Randolph, who holds the distinction of being the last player the Golden State Warriors drafted before Stephen Curry, last played an NBA game in 2014 with the Denver Nuggets.

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Former Google Execs Hope To Replace Bodegas With An App, The Culture Ain’t Havin’ It

Just when it seemed like gentrification and technology couldn’t take anything else from the culture, Fast Company is reporting that two former Google executives are looking to replace our beloved neighborhood bodegas with 5-foot-wide pantry boxes laced with non-perishable items in building lobbies, offices, and gyms.

What are they calling this new witchcraft? Bodega! The nerve of some people.

Photo: Courtesy of Bodega

And by some people, we mean Bodega creators Paul McDonald and his Bodega co-founder Ashwath Rajan (did they even grow up in a barrio?).

Bodega is an app controlled pantry box which will be stationed at locations around the west coast beginning today (September 13) with computer powered cameras to keep track of what you pick up and automatically charge your credit card.

The culture vulture duo don’t just plan on stopping with the current 50 locations they’ve already set up,though. According to McDonald, “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary, because there will be 100,000 Bodegas spread out, with one always 100 feet away from you.”

While we’re sure some of the more high maintenance of customers will love the new app, the ground troops who grew up on 25¢ juices and chopped cheese sandwiches have already taken to social media to voice their displeasure at the notion of bodegas being obsolete.

Well, at least McDonald and Rajan decided to make the Bodega logo a cat, right? Nah.

We don’t know how well the trial run has gone over in the Bay Area where some 30 Bodegas have been posted up at various locations, but while the product stocked is based on the 100 most used items in each community you can bet it’s not going to live up to the magic of our favorite bodegas.

Whether it’s loose cigarettes, 50¢ styrofoam cups filled with ice or that backroom where heads get together to play some pool or watch the fight, “Bodega” just won’t be able to replace, well, bodegas.

The chairman of the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Frank Garcia peeped game and was quick to call out the inventors intentions saying, “To me, it is offensive for people who are not Hispanic to use the name ‘bodega,’ to make a quick buck… It’s disrespecting all the mom-and-pop bodega owners that started these businesses in the ’60s and ’70s.”

Needless to say the culture took to social media to ride on the new app and it was glorious. Check out some of the most impressive tweets below.

Photo: Getty

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Former Mexican President Calls Out Donald Trump Over The DACA Program! "You Have Failed America"

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox had some strong words for President Donald Trump and his decision to end the DACA program. In a tweet sent Tuesday night, Sept. 5, Fox called out Trump’s manhood in saying “he didn’t even” have “the balls to say it himself.” Fox was referring to the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was the one to make the announcement on Tuesday. Posted By Persist

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