James Franklin, Penn State reaffirm commitment amid Texas A&M rumors

It doesn’t appear that James Franklin is going anywhere, as Penn State and its head coach reaffirmed their commitment towards each other on Friday.

This comes a day after a report from CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd stated that Penn State was preparing for Texas A&M to make a run at Franklin should Kevin Sumlin be fired.

“Nothing has changed from the commitment we made to Coach Franklin and the commitment James made to Penn State just before this season started,” Penn State said in a statement obtained by Tom VanHaaren of ESPN on Friday.

While there may be multiple reasons for the Texas A&M interest, Franklin appeared to float his theory of it being an attempt to slow the Nittany Lions' recruiting efforts down.

The Pennsylvania native is currently leading the No. 3 team in the country and the No. 3 recruiting class for 2018 having pulled in top-level names from around the United States.

Franklin recently inked an extension that will keep him with Penn State through 2022 should he so choose, and the way things are currently going, he'd be crazy to leave for the Aggies or any other program.

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Ex-Rockets coach McHale: James Harden ‘is not a leader’

Kevin McHale has played under and alongside some of the very best leaders in NBA history, and doesn't think those traits are present in Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden, who he coached in Houston from 2012-15.

Discussing the Rockets and the difference new acquisition Chris Paul will make during a recent appearance on NBA TV's "Open Court," McHale threw shade at Harden by pointing out his supposed leadership intangibles – or lack thereof.

"I think it (adding Paul) makes them a much better team because you had James Harden with the ball, he’s fantastic with the ball – the guys got phenomenal vision, James can see all the passes and do everything but James is not a leader," McHale said, as transcribed by Rocketswire.com's Rahul Lal.

"He tried being a leader last year and doing that stuff, I think Chris Paul is going to help him do that stuff and get back to just hoop and play. On every team you need to have a voice, you have to have somebody that when he says something, everybody listens. Look, if James tells you ‘Chuck (Barkley), you’ve got to play better (defense).’ Are you going to listen to him? You’re kidding me. I lived through it, everybody in the locker room (shook their head)."

McHale was relieved of his duties as Rockets coach in November 2015 after the team opened the season with a 4-7 record.

With Mike D'Antoni manning the sidelines in 2016-17, Harden found a perfect balance between his scoring and passing, finishing second in points (29.1) and first in assists (11.2) per game while making the transition from shooting guard to point guard for the 55-win Rockets.

All McHale knows is the Harden he seemingly had the displeasure of coaching, though, so any changes the five-time All-Star has made behind closed doors are unbeknownst to him. Nonetheless, the Boston Celtics legend feels Paul's presence will be beneficial for Harden, as the new addition can take on leadership responsibilities.

"Chris Paul is going to push him, too. When (Harden) does that stab in the back after he doesn’t get a foul looking at the referee, Chris Paul is going to jump his butt and that’s going to make him a better player," McHale added. "I just think that Chris Paul will be good for James Harden. It will allow him to be what he is which is a phenomenal basketball player – not trying to lead a team, that’s just not his personality."

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Waka Flocka Flame “Big Dawg,” Trinidad James “Riker$” & More | Daily Visuals 10.5.17

It’s been a hot minute since Waka Flocka Flame’s dropped any new material so we were pleasantly surprised that he finally came through with something new.

For his visuals to “Big Dawg” the Brick Squad rapper surrounds himself with a bevy of attractive young ladies that ultimately kept their distance from Tammy Rivera’s hubby throughout the video.

And after making some controversial comments about the Hip-Hop scene in New York a few years back, Trinidad James heads back to the city that never sleeps and shows some love for his clip to “Big Dawg.” We wonder how Mysonne will feel about this.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Yelawolf featuring Juicy J and Travis Barker, Audio Push, and more.

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME – “BIG DAWG”

TRINIDAD JAMES – “RIKER$ ”

YELAWOLF FT. JUICY J & TRAVIS BARKER – “PUNK”

AUDIO PUSH – “GRITS”

CHUCK STRANGERS – “FRESH”

DON MYKEL – “HELL ON EARTH”

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Roast That Corn: LeBron James Flambe’s Candy Corn-In-Chief In Steph Curry’s Defense And Explodes Twitter

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LeBron James Roasts Trump On Twitter

LeBron James is FINISHED with Trump and his shenanigans. The NBA superstar took to twitter to defend Steph Curry after Habanero Hitler publicly rescinded his White House invitation to Steph, after the baller clearly declined. They don’t f-ck with you, Trump! Get over it.

And in case you needed a reminder, LeBron swooped right in to put Trump in his place.

U bum already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!

Well gah-damn!! Let’s see how orange POTUS claps back to THAT. Twitter exploded with reactions after LeBron roasted Trump’s corn-nuts. Hit the flip.


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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.

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Charles Oakley Goes On The Offensive, Sues Knicks Owner James Dolan

Months after being publicly embarrassed by Knicks owner James Dolan by being manhandled out of Madison Square Garden, ex-Knicks enforcer Charles Oakley has decided to file a lawsuit against the embattled club owner/struggle blues bander.

According to the Gothamist, Charles Oakley is alleging that Dolan had his security team “forcibly remove [Oakley] from the Garden and publicly embarrass him on live television.”

The incident in question took place back this past February when Charles Oakley attended a Knicks game and sat a bit too close to James Dolan for his own comfort. Dolan swiftly had security attempt to escort Oakley out the building only to have Oak remind them why Charles Barkley wanted no parts of Oak in his heyday.

A scuffle ensued and a few security guards caught them hands before eventually pinning Oak to the floor and having him arrested on three counts of assault.

Though Oakley maintains he was minding his own business before being approached by security, Dolan claimed Oak was behaving in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner.”

Though he was banned from MSG for the televised incident, fans and NBA players rallied around OG NBA power forward while calling out Dolan for his cowardice in dealing with the situation.

Not only did Dolan try to justify his actions but also attempted to smear Charle’s good name by insinuating that Oakley had a substance abuse problem. While Oak disputed the allegations he agreed to a one-year ban in exchange for having the charges against him dropped.

Now Oakley has decided to fight back and get some compensation for “emotional distress and/or mental anguish” and even took some well-deserved pot-shots at the Knicks Owner stating that “Since Defendant Dolan became chairman of the Knicks, they almost immediately relinquished their status as one of the NBA’s premiere teams, winning only a single lone playoff series since the turn of the century.”

Knicks fans see no lies in that statement. None.

Reps for Madison Square Garden have yet to respond to requests for comment.

Photo: Instagram

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Lookin’ Fresh, G: LeBron James Walked In KITH’s NYFW Show To Debut His New Sneakers

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LeBron Was The Last Model In KITH’s NYFW Show

LeBron James has been teasing his upcoming collaboration with KITH and their founder Ronnie Fieg for a while now–and this is just the latest on their work together. Though these sneakers aren’t KITH-related, the debut of his new LeBron 15s has everybody talking. James came out at the end of the runway show with his head down, then revealed his identity and continued to mouth the words to Kanye’s verse on “H.A.M.”

Scottie Pippen was also in KITH’s fashion week show, modeling actual clothes from their collection and keeping a stern face down the runway. Fellow baller fashion killas Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony were in the building for NYFW as well and showed love to Bron after his runway performance.

After the debut of the bright floral colorway for his new LeBron 15s, he also took to Instagram to snap a picture of another “ghost” version that will be coming out in the near future as well.

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LeBron James & Scottie Pippen Walk Runway For KITH At NYFW

Ronny Fieg is on a rare wave. LeBron James and Scottie Pippen recently walked the runway for KITH during New York Fashion Week.

Showcasing streetwear collaborations with Nike, adidas, Moncler, Champion and OFF WHITE, the fashion show had both NBA champions in the house to launch their upcoming collection.

‘Bron was the show’s star as the Cleveland Cavalier flossed to the beat of The Throne’s “H.A.M.” in some fall ready KITH branded wears and floral embroidered Nike LeBron Soldier 10’s.

Pippen on the other hand took it back with a throwback pre-grame Nike warm up suit that featured both zebra and cheetah print; all paired nicely with some custom Pippen 1’s.

The show drew a star studded audience with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, Victor Cruz, Teyana Taylor and more. You can view photos of the show on the flip.

Photo: Getty

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Throwback Of The Week: James "Lights Out" Toney (One Of The Greatest Defensive Boxers Of All Time)

James Nathaniel Toney is Known for his slick, defensively orientated style of boxing, Toney is a former three-weight world champion, having held the IBF and lineal middleweight titles from 1991 to 1993; the IBF super middleweight title from 1993 to 1994; and the IBF cruiserweight title in 2003. Additionally he challenged twice for a world heavyweight title, and was victorious the first time but was later stripped due to a failed drugs test. In 1991 and 2003, Toney was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He has also made a one-time appearance in mixed martial arts, losing to Randy Couture at UFC 118 in 2010. Outside of sports, Toney played the role of Joe Frazier in the 2001 film Ali. Toney is well known for his “Old School” or “Throwback” style of fighting, consisting of his head and shoulder rolls (used to avoid punches), his ability to fight off the ropes, his slick body movements, and his infighting. By DiminikosBoxingProd.

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