Simpson may have made $600K from NFL pension while in prison

Former NFL MVP O.J. Simpson will come out of prison richer than when he entered.

Simpson, who was granted parole Thursday after serving almost nine years in jail on robbery charges, could have made just over $ 600,000 while in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, ESPN's Darren Rovell reports. The money comes from his NFL pension. While he owes roughly $ 40 million to the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman via a civil suit, his pension income is protected by state law.

There's some uncertainty about Simpson's earnings because it's not clear when he started collecting his pension. He'd have made $ 423,570 if he started at age 55, according to Rovell, but if Simpson waited until age 65, the pension formula would have paid him $ 602,205.

Simpson won't be released until October at the earliest.

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Redick admits to spurning larger offer from Rockets to join 76ers

The Houston Rockets will be in title contention next season, have a stronger roster led by All-Stars Chris Paul and James Harden, and were able to offer more money than the Philadelphia 76ers.

So why did J.J. Redick elect to take his talents to The City of Brotherly Love and join the Sixers?

It’s all about playing time.

“It wasn’t about the money. Houston offered me more money than Philly. Total money,” Redick said during the inaugural edition of his new podcast, “The Chronicles of Redick.” I knew in Houston, I was going to come off the bench. Me and Eric Gordon do a lot of the same things … It wasn’t necessarily going to be what I wanted at this point in my career for the court part of it.”

Philadelphia needed a proven shooter to slot into its inexperienced lineup that includes two No. 1 overall picks in Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons, as well as the often-injured Joel Embiid. Redick certainly isn't getting shafted salary-wise either, making a cool $ 23 million for just one year's work.

It's hard to fault Redick for wanting to continue being a starter, as he came off the pine just once in his 266 appearances for the Los Angeles Clippers. He's 33 years old, and working under a one-year contract with a slew of young talent surrounding him, he'll be able to maximize his value as best he can with the 76ers and potentially cash in again next summer.

– With h/t to NBC Sports

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7 Things We Learned From Issa Rae On The Breakfast Club

Issa Rae’s hit HBO show Insecure had the whole culture captivated for 8 hilarious and emotional episodes.

With season 2 about to get underway the show’s star and creator Issa Rae stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk about the direction of the second season and how the success of season 1 impacted her life.

Speaking on her opinion on a woman’s “hoe phase” to her cheating ways, Issa Rae once again proves she is as lovable as she is insightful.

Here are the 7 things we learned from Issa Rae on The Breakfast Club.

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From The Labor Table To The Studio: Sources Say Bey Is Already Preparing Her Next Album

Beyonce Rumored To Be Readying New Music

If you’re a member of the horde of hive members anxiously awaiting Beyonce’s next move…it may be coming sooner than later.

Reports are rolling in that Bey is already back in the studio and working with her team on the latest direction she plans to take with her new project.

As B. Scott spilled on his podcast on Tuesday, Bey has already gotten the ball rolling for her big post-twin comeback.

“I’ve been hearing that Beyoncé is currently working on her next album. She is, in fact, trying to gather different producers and stuff to work with. She’s already having discussions about what her look is going to be for the next album. She already has a direction in mind and she’s been bouncing images around to people about what she would like to do or what she thinks the next look should be. Which makes sense — because Coachella will be here before you know it!”

Hmm. What do you think Bey will do with her look this time around? Will the Mom of three keep it “Drunk In Love” sexy, or keep her whole “Venus, earth mother” vibe going for her new material??



Yankees acquire Frazier, Robertson, Kahnle from White Sox in 7-player deal

As the clock struck midnight in New York on Tuesday, the Yankees pulled off a blockbuster deal and the Chicago White Sox strengthened an already magnificent prospect pool.

Following hours of speculation, the Yankees officially acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox in exchange for Tyler Clippard and prospects Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, and Tito Polo.

"We made the determination that bundling these three players together was the best way to maximize our return on any transaction," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said after the trade was made official, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

"We felt this trade with the Yankees brought back the most quality as opposed to spreading our assets across multiple deals."

Trade rumors began to swirl when Frazier was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup, though there was early speculation that the third baseman was involved in a deal with Boston, a club that showed steady interest in the veteran.

Instead, the Yankees swooped in to steal a player the Red Sox coveted, and added two solid pieces to a bullpen in need of support.

The trade reunites Robertson with New York, as the closer spent seven years in pinstripes before joining the White Sox as a free agent in 2015. He’ll earn $ 13 million next season before becoming a free agent in 2019. He’s performed to a 2.70 ERA this season with 13 saves and 47 strikeouts.

Kahnle, a Yankees draft pick from 2010, was Chicago’s most efficient and surprisingly valuable reliever this season. In 37 games, he’s racked up an impressive 60 strikeouts, placing him fourth in the league among qualified relievers with a K/9 rate of 15. The 27-year-old is under team control until 2021.

The reliever headed the other way, Clippard – a free agent at season’s end – has combined to a 4.95 ERA in 40 games this year.

As for the prospects headed to the White Sox, Blake Rutherford is ranked by MLB as the club’s third-best prospect and No. 30 among the top 100, Clarkin was a first-round pick in 2013 and is ranked the Yankees’ No. 19 prospect, and Polo, a 22-year-old outfielder, is hitting .307/.369/.455 combined across stints with the Yankees’ Single-A and Double-A affiliates.

Following the club’s flurry of moves dating back to the offseason, the White Sox now have 10 prospects ranked among MLB Pipeline’s top 100.

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Baylor’s Rhule: ‘We’re not running from the past, we’re learning from it’

Before he took a single question Tuesday, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule addressed the large, dark cloud that may never cease to hang over the university's football program.

“We’re not running from the past, we’re learning from it,” Rhule said in an opening statement at Big 12 Media Days, according to USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken. “We’re committed to getting the wrongs of the past corrected.”

The Bears have been bogged down for more than a year by a sexual assault scandal that exploded last summer and resulted in sweeping changes across the school's athletic department.

Rhule came aboard this year after a successful four-year tenure at Temple, and has vowed to restore the program’s reputation as best he can.

“We’re trying to make sure our kids know what it means to be a man,” he said, according to Adam Grosbard of the Dallas Morning News.

Rhule added that he’s been open and honest with prospective recruits about the progress Baylor has made in recent months.

The Bears lost their last six regular-season games in 2016 before picking up a Cactus Bowl win over Boise State to finish the year with a 7-6 record. They played the season under interim coach Jim Grobe, who was brought in on a one-year contract following the dismissal of Art Briles.

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Hero Dog Leaps Into Water, Saves Deer from Drowining

Dogs are generally considered Man's Best Friend.

For good reason: they are as loyal as it gets when it comes to their human owners.

But the following photos, video and explanation describes a situation in which one canine in particular is loyal to a deer it had never met before… so much so that it jumps into a lake and rescues its fellow animal from drowning.


Scroll down to learn more…

1. This is Storm

This is storm
He’s an English golden retriever who lives in Long Island.

2. There’s Trouble Out There!

Theres trouble out there
He was out for a walk with his owner and his fellow dog, Sara, when he noticed something in the water and just jumped in. It was a baby deer.

3. Got It!

Got it
“Storm plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck, and started swimming to shore,” said owner Mark Freeley, who grabbed his phone and started filming.

4. Is He Okay?!?

Is he okay
As you’ll see in the amazing video below, Storm didn’t merely rescue the fawn. He was clearly agitated over its state, crying until it showed signs of life.

5. Yikes!

Storm’s show of concern actually scared the young animal, which shot up and ran back out into the water. Thankfully, by now, others had arrived on scene and one man swam out to make a second rescue.

6. Got Him! Again!

Got him again
Frank Floridia of Strong Island Rescue said it took about eight minutes and a rope to get a hold of the deer. He understood what Storm went through, first during the rescue and then afterward, making sure the fawn was unharmed.

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