Aaron Rodgers becomes fastest QB to hit 300 career TD passes

Aaron Rodgers etched his name in the record books Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers quarterback became the fastest in NFL history to reach 300 career touchdown passes.

The veteran pivot hit the mark in his 144th game, connecting with Ty Montgomery on a shovel pass in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.

Rodgers reached the milestone 13 games before legends Peyton Manning and Dan Marino, who both hit 300 touchdowns in their 157th career contest.

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Clemson’s Bryant passes 1st test in replacing Deshaun Watson

Once the dust settled on Clemson’s national title win this offseason, Tigers fans began collectively holding their breath, while waiting to see who would replace Deshaun Watson behind center.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney gave Kelly Bryant that opportunity and so far the junior looks up to the task.

Bryant wasn’t spectacular, but a performance of 236 yards through the air and 77 yards on the ground to go along with two total touchdowns, was more than enough to power Clemson to an easy victory over Kent State.

Perhaps what was more important than what Bryant did, was what he didn't do. The signal caller didn't force many throws and was content spreading the ball around to several different receivers, while letting Clemson's tremendous athletes on offense make plays. A total of 15 Tigers players posted at least one reception in the victory.

Bryant didn’t try and do too much, which can often lead to mistakes for a young quarterback. He did what he said he would do last month when he was asked how he’s going to replace Watson.

“It’s about every question, and I answer it to the best of my ability,” Bryant told David Hale of ESPN in August. “But I don’t try to be Deshaun Watson.”

Bryant may not be Watson, but he has a chance to execute the offense like his predecessor. The two possess a similar skill set and although Bryant is very much inexperienced, he’s had the benefit of learning the offense behind Watson through two runs to the national title game and one championship.

Filling in for a legendary quarterback is never easy and thinking you can exceed who came before almost always ends in disappointment, so Bryant’s toughest challenge all year may be managing his expectations.

One victory over Kent State doesn’t constitute a reason for the Tigers to start planning another parade, but this start from Bryant will at least help fans breathe a little easier.

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Dick Gregory Passes Away At 84, Twitter Reacts

Renowned comedian and Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory has passed away. He was 84. 

My father, Dick Gregory remains hospitalized with a serious but stable medical condition. His prognosis is excellent and he should be released within the next few days. After feeling ill last Wednesday (August 9th) Mr. Gregory was taken to the hospital. He was evaluated, treated and released. Showing only minimal improvement we returned him to the hospital Saturday (August 12) he was evaluated and admitted. Balancing a fine line between privacy and his friends and fans (who are his extended family) right to know. We have and will always gladly and freely share this gift with the world. When it comes to sickness and disease one's age is highly significant. There is no such thing as a "simple" condition. In advanced age a simple cold or a simple infection could be catastrophic. At soon to be chronologically 85, my father's true age far exceeds that. A life well-lived but heavily sacrificed, has definitively taken its toll. Laughter is truly good medicine. I've watched my father for a lifetime heal the world. Today he is in need of your healing. We are truly grateful for the phenomenal care he has been receiving. My family and I remain thankful for all of the prayers, positive thoughts, messages and good energy. Most appreciatively, Christian Gregory

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Gregory had recently fallen ill, but it was thought he would make a recovery.

However, Roland S. Martin took to Twitter to offer his condolences.

Many notables and fans immediately took to social media to express their sympathies and tributes.

The family has confirmed the icon’s passing.

Rest in power Dick Gregory. See the social media reactions below and on the following pages.

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Watch: Ichiro passes Biggio with career hit No. 3,061

Ichiro Suzuki is still adding to his surefire Hall of Fame resume.

The Miami Marlins' iconic outfielder slapped a pinch-hit, eighth-inning single to the gap in right-center field Friday off Atlanta Braves pitcher Jim Johnson for the 3,061st hit of his career. That nudged him past Houston Astros legend Craig Biggio for 22nd in hits all time.

Ichiro could be eyeing a spot in the top 20 by the end of the season. In his way are both Dave Winfield and Alex Rodriguez, who smacked 3,110 and 3,115 hits in their careers, respectively.

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Franchise tag deadline passes with no long-term deals for Bell, Cousins

Le'Veon Bell, Kirk Cousins and Trumaine Johnson will all play under the stipulations of the franchise tag for the upcoming season after failing to reach long-term extensions with their clubs before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

All three players are slated to become unrestricted free agents in 2018.

Bell, Cousins and Johnson will earn $ 12.1 million, $ 23.93 million, and $ 16.74 million respectively under the terms of their franchise tags for the upcoming season.

All three players now pose significant questions for their individual teams.

Bell will be the highest-paid running back in the NFL next year by a wide margin, but he's a genuine superstar who can make a strong case for a more lucrative deal.

Cousins faces the unfathomable proposition of being franchise tagged for the third consecutive year in 2018 and will likely be paid exorbitantly next year, barring a disaster.

Meanwhile, Johnson will be the NFL's highest-paid cornerback, although many would hesitate to rank him among the top 15 players at his position.

Bell earned Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors despite missing four games last season, rushing for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 75 receptions for 616 yards and two more scores for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cousins completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. The 28-year-old was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time and the Washington Redskins elected to make him the first quarterback to receive the franchise tag in consecutive years this offseason.

Johnson recorded 57 tackles and an interception in 14 games with the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. The cornerback also received the franchise tag for the second consecutive year.

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Mobb Deep Rapper Prodigy Passes Away At 42 #RIP

This is the type of news you hate to report. Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, has passed away. He was just 42.

Nas seems to be the first to have broken this heartbreaking news with an Instagram nod to his fallen friend.

“🙏🏾 QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever,” was the caption of a photo of Prodigy. The cause of death is not yet precisely known, but is likely due to complications of his sickle cell anemia.

The rapper’s press rep confirmed his death and issued the following statement.

It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep. Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined. We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.

During a recent event with Premium Pete, the HNIC talked optimistically about future solo projects and new Mobb Deep music.

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New York City Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop in general, has lost a true legend.

Rest in Power Prodigy. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.


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Jets’ Hackenberg drills reporters in practice with errant passes

The New York Jets are approaching their nadir this summer.

Christian Hackenberg, the Jets’ second-round selection from the 2016 NFL Draft is off to a miserable start to his professional career. Hackenberg didn’t receive a single snap during the 2016 campaign and his bid for the team’s open starting quarterback position appears to be going miserably.

Reporters aren’t safe when Hackenberg is around, and it’s not because of his temperament.

Connor Hughes of NJ.com offered a bleak appraisal of Hackenberg’s miserable showing during organized team activities.

When Hackenberg misses … he really misses. He threw just two interceptions in team drills, but nearly tossed six others. And I'm not talking about a receiver falling down. I'm saying the defender just dropped the ball.

It may be time for reporters to take their usual seats in media row.

Other times, the wideout/running back/tight end was wide open, and Hackenberg sailed it over his head or bounced it to him. That can’t happen. In the three media-open OTAs, Hackenberg hit reporters with passes twice.

The Jets appear to be positioned to bottom out during the 2016 campaign and Hackenberg’s struggles are indicative of the club’s trajectory during the past 12 months.

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Beloved Atlanta Rapper Grip Plyaz Passes Away, Killer Mike, Phonte And More React

Beloved Atlanta Hip-Hop artist Grip Plyaz has passed away after a years-long fight against a rare form of cancer.

Grip Plyaz may not have been well-known outside of Atlanta, but many of your favorite Atlantans knew exactly who he was. Hailing from Atlanta’s “Old 4th Ward,” which is often recognized as one of the birthplaces of Atlanta’s trap sound, Grip was known his unique blend trap and underground Hip-Hop that allowed him to move in many circles. While he was a fixture and icon in Atlanta’s underground Hip-Hop scene mentoring the likes of KEY!, Two-9 and Trinidad James he also worked with Dungeon Family members Killer Mike and Backbone. He was also an associate of Yelawolf‘s SLUMERICAN collective and recorded songs Strange Music artist Rittz.

Throughout the mid and late 2000s Grip rocked stages at many festivals including A3C, SXSW and Leaders of the New Cool. He released three projects, 2005’s CUMGITSLUM, 2008’s GRIP HOP and his final release, 2012’s Purp, Wind, And Fire. Known for a style that was one-part Too Short and one-part Blowfly, Grip won fans over with audacious songs like “Ray Lewis,” “Died In Yo P*ssy” and perhaps his most known song “F*ck That Hipster Sh*t” that was featured on Killer Mike’s 2009 compilation, Underground Atlanta.

Grip’s musical output slowed in recent years due to life events including a house fire that left him homeless and ultimately being diagnosed with stage three pleomorphic sarcoma in June 2015 that prevented him from holding down a job. The aggressive rare form of cancer also came with a “five years to live” diagnosis. Upon the diagnosis, a GoFundMe Page was set up by close friend Larry Baker and was supported by the local Hip-Hop community. The initial goal was $ 2,500 but it wound up getting donations exceeding $ 17,000.

After a nearly two-year fight against the disease, the cancer spread to other parts of his body, resulting in him suffering cardiac arrest earlier this week and falling into a coma. He passed away early Thursday afternoon.

Journalist Gavin Godfrey wrote an expansive piece on Grip’s life and career for Atlanta alt-paper Creative Loafing that covered the many ups, downs and impacts of his career ranging from being managed by Coack K [Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Migos, Lil Yachty] to giving Yelawolf a place to stay.

“I know some real niggas,” Grip said in the piece, pondering his situation. “It’s like why couldn’t this sh*t happen to them? I’m out here trying to make ends meet and pay child support every month. These n*ggas knocking people over the head, stealing vans, and going to the strip club blowing money fast, but they still live another day healthy as f*ck. Maybe God got they karma coming to them. I question that sh*t like, ‘Damn, what the f*ck? Why me?’ But then again, why not me?”

Grip is survived by his teenaged son Zaid. Peep the some of reactions and celebrations of Grip’s life below.

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