Michael Irvin Will Not Face Charges for Alleged Sexual Assault in Florida

The Broward County State Attorney’s Office in South Florida announced Monday that Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin will not face sexual assault charges stemming from a March allegation, according to Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram.

Per TMZ, a 27-year-old woman filed a police report in March and alleged that Irvin sexually assaulted her at a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, hotel.

The woman told police she feared she was drugged and raped, but Irvin denied the allegations and said he had no sexual contact with the woman. Irvin said he was only in the room for 15 minutes prior to leaving in order to catch a flight.

During a press conference in June, Irvin said “nothing happened that night” and urged prosecutors to make a decision and move on, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Irvin’s lawyer, Ken Padowitz, said Irvin and the woman knew each other prior to the allegation and added, “This person was treated like a member of the [Irvin] family.”

The 51-year-old Irvin played 12 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, registering 750 receptions for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns.

He was named to the Pro Bowl on five occasions and won three Super Bowl titles.

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British Open Tee Times 2017: Pairings and Predictions for Friday Schedule

The order is reversed for Round 2 of the 2017 British Open, meaning Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will be among the early tee times at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, Merseyside, on Friday.

McIlroy and Johnson both finished on one over par after the opening day, leaving them trailing leading trio Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Matt Kuchar by six shots.

Johnson and McIlroy will be paired together with Charl Schwartzel and begin their round at 9:47 a.m. BST/ 4:47 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, Spieth will get started at 14:48 p.m. BST/9:48 a.m. ET and be joined by Henrik Stenson and Kim Si-woo.

The full list of tee times and pairings for the Open’s second day is available at the tournament’s official website.

Action can be viewed on Sky Sports in the UK and streamed on Sky Go. NBC’s Golf Channel will broadcast the round in the U.S. and provide live streaming.

A live stream is also available at the tournament’s official website.

McIlroy just about stayed in touch after recovering from five bogeys over the first six holes. Yet the 28-year-old was bogey free on the back nine, per the tournament’s official Twitter account:

Finishing on 71 was a terrific achievement after the way he had begun, but McIlroy still has it all to do in the second round. The same is true of Johnson, who managed just one birdie on the opening day.

Fortunately, both players are capable of turning on the style and making up the difference with strong rounds.

Expect McIlroy to put his early sluggishness behind him and settle on Day 2. He needs a low round but still hasn’t quite returned to his peak form, so a score of 68 seems the best he can hope for.

While a lot of attention will focus on McIlroy, Johnson and Spieth, one player who could again snatch the headlines is U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka. He will be paired with Hideki Matsuyama and Tommy Fleetwood.

Koepka got his tournament started in style with an opening round score of 65. He was superb on the back nine, rolling in this trio of birdies:

Koepka also produced this outstanding shot at the 17th, relayed by the European Tour official Twitter feed:

Of the leading three, Koepka is playing well enough to keep his place. A round of 65-7 is well within the range of a player still riding the momentum and confidence earned at the U.S. Open.

While Koepka ended the day in fine fashion, Ian Poulter had started well. The 41-year-old shot a 67, a new standard for him, per Justin Ray of the Golf Channel:

Poulter will tee off in the afternoon, alongside Swede Alex Noren and Scotland’s Russell Knox. He took to Twitter to express his hope the weather will be on his side:

Although he usually prefers the one against one nature of the Ryder Cup to playing the course in an Open, expect a typically fired-up Poulter to post a similar score in the high 60s in the second round.

Poulter will keep the chase on the front trio, but Koepka in particular looks in fine form after Day 1. However, don’t count out McIlroy just yet, especially after his strong recovery on the back nine.

He will put himself in a strong position ahead of the third round.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2722827-british-open-tee-times-2017-pairings-and-predictions-for-friday-schedule

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Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Thunder, Knicks Star ‘Circling’ Each Other

HBO’s Bill Simmons reported Monday that there may be some mutual interest between New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Simmons said the two sides are “circling each other,” and that the presence of OKC assistant general manager Troy Weaver could play a role since he helped recruit Melo to Syracuse in college.

Anthony has been linked to both the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on July 3 that Melo was willing to waive his no-trade clause for a move to either team.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Saturday, however, that Anthony is solely focused on facilitating a deal to Houston with Kyrie Irving reportedly requesting a trade from the Cavs.

The Thunder have been active this offseason in an effort to surround reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook with elite talent, as they traded guard Victor Oladipo and big man Domantas Sabonis to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

Getting the salaries to work in a trade for Melo could be an issue for Oklahoma City, as it would likely need to include either center Steven Adams or power forward Enes Kanter.

The Thunder are lacking in terms of quality depth, and trading for Anthony would almost certainly make a negative impact in that regard.

If OKC can pry him away from the Knicks, though, it will create a legitimate “Big Three” potentially capable of making some noise in the Western Conference.

Melo’s production has been down in recent years, but the 10-time All-Star averaged 22.4 points per game last season, and he is the type of offensive threat the Thunder need to take further pressure off Westbrook.

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Bradley Lowery Charity Match to Be Hosted by Everton at Goodison Park

Everton will host a charity match to celebrate Bradley Lowery, a six-year-old football fan who died from a rare form of cancer earlier this month. 

The club announced the news via their official website:

“In celebration of the life of Bradley Lowery, Everton Football Club is hosting a charity football match at Goodison Park on Sunday 3 September. 

“The charity game has been arranged in conjunction with the Lowery family and the Bradley Lowery Foundation and, with the assistance of celebrity football organiser Sellebrity Soccer, will see a host of celebrities lace up their boots for the match which will benefit the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community.”

Lowery, a Sunderland fan, became a public figure during the 2016-17 Premier League season. Everton invited him to Goodison Park on several occasions, and he even stood in as the Black Cats’ team mascot when Sunderland played Everton in February.

Sadly, his parents announced he had died as a result of neuroblastoma earlier this month, leading to an outpouring of sympathy from the football world. 

Per the Toffees’ report, tickets for the charity match will be made available from the week of July 31, ranging from £5 for youngsters to £10 for adults. 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723519-bradley-lowery-charity-match-to-be-hosted-by-everton-at-goodison-park

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Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Naby Keita and Emre Can

RB Leipzig reportedly won’t sell Liverpool target Naby Keita in this summer’s transfer window. The Bundesliga club has turned down multiple bids from the Reds and isn’t planning on parting ways with the midfield talisman just yet.

A senior official has revealed Keita won’t be sold this summer, according to Sky Sports News. The report also detailed how Leipzig said they had “rejected a bid of over £67 million from an unnamed club” earlier this week.

It’s not the first offer the club has received for Keita, per the report: “Sky sources understand Liverpool have had three bids rejected for the midfielder.”

As Sky pointed out, Keita’s £48 million release clause won’t be active until next summer. It means Liverpool will have to wait before having a chance to land one of their top targets.

Such strong interest in Keita makes sense since the 22-year-old Guinea international has a game perfect for Liverpool’s style of play. The Reds favour a pressing style, one based on winning the ball high up the pitch and making rapid exchanges of passes in the final third.

Keita would be comfortable in this style thanks to his physical power, energy and underrated technique. The gifted No. 8 scored eight times and provided seven assists in Germany’s top flight last season, per WhoScored.com, as he helped Leipzig qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool also gained entry to Europe’s premier club competition and could use Keita’s combination of strength and skill. He would be an upgrade over Jordan Henderson and Emre Can.

Speaking of Can, manager Jurgen Klopp has played down talk the 23-year-old will move to Serie A powerhouse Juventus.

In fact, the Reds boss has said Liverpool are discussing a new deal for the player, whose contract expires in 12 months, per James Cambridge of the Daily Express: “Emre is a very important player for us. We don’t want to sell or lose players who are in our first lineup or close to it. Emre is certainly one of them. We want to keep him and we’re having good talks.”

Can’s links to Juventus have been growing stronger recently. Italian source Tuttosport (h/t MailOnline’s Luke Augustus) reported the Bianconeri were planning a bid between £27 million-£31 million for the midfielder, who they see as the “heir of Sami Khedira.”

However, Klopp sounds determined to keep this powerful runner at Anfield a little longer.

Keeping Can is one thing, but his place in the Liverpool starting XI would surely be under serious threat if the club convince Leipzig to soften their stance on Keita.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723342-liverpool-transfer-news-latest-rumours-on-naby-keita-and-emre-can

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Best Candidates to Replace Hugh Freeze as Ole Miss’ Next Head Football Coach

With Thursday night’s bombshell news that Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has resigned, the Rebels are suddenly in need of a long-term coach. 

Convincing somebody to come to Oxford in the wake of an NCAA investigation and a self-imposed bowl ban for the 2017 season with potential other sanctions to come won’t be easy.

The Rebels may not even try; they’ve already named co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke the interim coach, and that tag could stick throughout this season.

According to ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork told ESPN that “school officials found a pattern of phone calls to a number associated with a female escort service,” leading to the departure from Freeze’s tenure.

That’s yet another black eye for a football program that has been in constant turmoil for more than a year, and it will also turn up the heat on Bjork, who stood by Freeze throughout the NCAA’s investigation of recruiting violations. 

For that reason, Bjork will swing for the fences to find Freeze’s replacement. Whether he connects with a big name remains to be seen. So, while Rebels fans everywhere will have visions of Chip Kelly and Bob Stoops dancing in their heads, we’re here to bring you realistic possibilities who may replace Freeze.

Here are eight coaches who could supplant Luke as the full-time Ole Miss coach.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2722907-best-candidates-to-replace-hugh-freeze-as-ole-miss-next-head-football-coach

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NBA Twitter Reacts to Report That Kyrie Irving Wants Out of Cleveland

On Friday afternoon, ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst reported that star point guard Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The most jaw-dropping part of the report? Uncle Drew no longer wants to play with LeBron James; per Windhorst, Irving wants to be a “focal point.”

Fans on Twitter went into a frenzy, and rightfully so (warning: NSFW language):

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Barcelona Transfer News: Neymar Confusion, Latest Sergi Roberto Rumours

The transfer saga surrounding Barcelona star Neymar and his potential move to Paris Saint-Germain continues to twist and turn, as reports have emerged saying Gerard Pique’s tweet on the subject completely surprised and confused the Brazilian’s camp. Meanwhile, Sergi Roberto has been linked with Chelsea.

Neymar and PSG have dominated the football headlines for days now, with numerous contradicting reports surfacing daily. Pique became the first player to publicly speak up on Sunday, tweeting this picture along with a caption that translated as “he stays”:

ESPN (via AS) reported sources close to the former Santos man say Neymar was left confused by the tweet, however, and the plan is still to move to France, if PSG are willing to trigger his massive buyout clause, worth well over €200 million.

As shared by ESPN FC’s Samuel Marsden, team-mate Jordi Alba commented on the tweet, and while he’s hopeful the Brazil international is staying, he didn’t sound like a player who had been told that’s the case:

Carlos Carpio of Marca previously reported the 25-year-old had agreed to a contract with Les Parisiens, and all that’s left is for the French giants to trigger his clause or negotiate a fee with Barcelona.

His colleague Ramiro Aldunate (via Tim Hanlon) disagreed, however, reporting instead Neymar had talked to some of his team-mates and had since decided to stay in Catalonia.

This saga―and the steady stream of contradicting reports that comes with it―won’t end until the man himself makes his intentions clear, and there are no indications Neymar will do so anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Catalan outlet Sport (h/t Joe Miles of The Sun) reported Chelsea will turn to Roberto in their quest to add defensive depth, as the Premier League champions are ready to pay his €40 million buyout clause.

The Blues have been linked with a host of full-backs but lost out on Danilo, who instead joined rivals Manchester City. With options quickly dwindling, Roberto could become an alternative.

The Spaniard is a more natural fit in midfield but filled in admirably as a right-back last year, especially after Aleix Vidal went down with an injury. The Catalans have since signed Nelson Semedo, however, and he’s expected to become their new starter.

His versatility would be a big benefit for the Blues, but the fact he isn’t a natural at full-back―something that was painfully clear at times last year―and should stick in the centre of the pitch to reach his full potential would make him an odd target for the Blues.

As a depth option, he could be a good addition, but it’s hard to see the native from Catalonia leave his boyhood club for anything but a starring role.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723541-barcelona-transfer-news-neymar-confusion-latest-sergi-roberto-rumours

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Richard Jefferson Talks Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors, Cavaliers Team Chemistry

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson doesn’t begrudge Kyrie Irving for his desire to leave the team this summer.

Jefferson addressed Irving’s situation on the most recent edition of his Road Trippin’ podcast with teammate Channing Frye (via ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin):

“I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid. Really, really smart. Doesn’t get enough credit for how smart he is, and I think seeing that the franchise is in flux, I think seeing [general manager David Griffin] leave and the amount of coaches … I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone ever wants to ever really fully [recognize].

“He’s the No. 1 pick right after [LeBron James left for Miami in 2010], then he has three different coaches, then LeBron comes back, now there’s trade rumors, now it’s ‘LeBron’s leaving.’ It’s like at some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability.”

ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst detailed the series of events leading to Irving’s trade request. They reported that Irving ultimately desires to play for a team where he can be the biggest star and that he’s “tired of being Robin to James’ Batman.”

While some have seen Irving’s demand as a sign of discord in the Cavaliers’ locker room, Jefferson said that he doesn’t believe there to be “a power struggle, like with LeBron and Kyrie and [Kevin Love].”

It’s easy to view Irving’s decision resulting directly from the general sense of dysfunction surrounding the Cavaliers this summer, but that may not be the case. According to Windhorst, Irving had considered asking for a trade last summer, after the Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

On one hand, it seems absurd that Irving would willingly want to leave a team where he can consistently contend for NBA titles and play alongside one of the best players in the sport’s history.

However, Irving agreed to his max extension with Cleveland in July 2014 with the expectation he’d be the focal point for the future. James’ return changed all of that, so it’s understandable why he’d want to finally receive that opportunity elsewhere.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723584-richard-jefferson-talks-kyrie-irving-trade-rumors-cavaliers-team-chemistry

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Bradley Lowery Charity Match to Be Hosted by Everton at Goodison Park

Everton will host a charity match to celebrate Bradley Lowery, a six-year-old football fan who died from a rare form of cancer earlier this month. 

The club announced the news via their official website:

“In celebration of the life of Bradley Lowery, Everton Football Club is hosting a charity football match at Goodison Park on Sunday 3 September. 

“The charity game has been arranged in conjunction with the Lowery family and the Bradley Lowery Foundation and, with the assistance of celebrity football organiser Sellebrity Soccer, will see a host of celebrities lace up their boots for the match which will benefit the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community.”

Lowery, a Sunderland fan, became a public figure during the 2016-17 Premier League season. Everton invited him to Goodison Park on several occasions, and he even stood in as the Black Cats’ team mascot when Sunderland played Everton in February.

Sadly, his parents announced he had died as a result of neuroblastoma earlier this month, leading to an outpouring of sympathy from the football world. 

Per the Toffees’ report, tickets for the charity match will be made available from the week of July 31, ranging from £5 for youngsters to £10 for adults. 

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723519-bradley-lowery-charity-match-to-be-hosted-by-everton-at-goodison-park

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