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Cincinnati Bengals players react to Whitworth departure

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals jogs off the field after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 to win an AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals jogs off the field after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 to win an AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Andrew Whitworth’s value to the Cincinnati Bengals went well beyond the playing field, with the team captain being one of the most respected players in the locker room for much of his 11-year tenure with the team.

So it’s no surprise that his decision to leave the Bengals and sign a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams elicited responses from his teammates on Twitter, including one from the man who is stepping into Whitworth’s role as starting left tackle, Cedric Ogbuehi.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who went to the Pro Bowl with Whitworth the last two years, also weighed in:

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WATCH: Miami defeats Boston College on Lonnie Walker step-back

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:19 AM

The Miami Hurricanes basketball program finds itself on the bubble after losing three games in an eight-day span earlier this month, but freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV gave them a major boost against Boston College on Saturday.

On the game’s penultimate possession with Miami trailing Boston college 78-76, Walker isolated an Eagles defender and created separation with a step-back to knock down a long three-pointer with just 2.3 seconds remaining to give Miami the lead and eventual victory.

It was as clutch a shot as you’ll see and it gives Miami two consecutive victories after their win over Notre Dame on Monday. And it puts the Hurricanes at 20-8 on the season and 9-7 in the ACC, which gives Miami two critical benchmarks for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee after hitting 20 wins and guaranteeing at least a .500 record in regular-season conference play.

Walker finished with 14 points on the night and that’s certainly the biggest shot of his young career. However, it’s looking again as if Miami will be tournament bound and he’ll definitely have opportunities to best that effort with a big shot once he gets there.

Miami finishes the regular season with a road matchup against North Carolina on Tuesday and then a home game against Virginia Tech next Saturday.

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North Carolina guard Joel Berry II gets engaged to girlfriend Kelsey Porter

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

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Joel Berry II has been enjoying a career season on the basketball court. Off the court, the North Carolina guard’s life just became a great deal better.

The senior, who is averaging 17.7 points a game with the Tar Heels this season, proposed to his girlfriend, Kelsey Porter, over the weekend. Fortunately, Porter said yes.

Porter is a member of the cheerleading squad and dance team at North Carolina. Porter posted the announcement on her own Instagram page on Saturday:

Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you! I love you with all my heart!! 😍😍😍

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There’s no word yet on when the wedding will take place, but needless to say, things might be put on hold until after the basketball season ends. Hopefully for Joel, that’s on April 2 with his team hoisting the trophy for the second straight year.

Congratulations, Joel and Kelsey!

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster demands apology from Missouri and the SEC, defends Dawn Staley

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

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Another prominent names has gotten involved in the ever growing beef between the South Carolina and Missouri women’s basketball programs. And this time, it is the Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster.

The South Carolina Governor took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon demanding an apology.

“Anything short of a full retraction & apology from @SEC and @Mizzou is an insult to every South Carolinian,” McMAster tweeted. “@Dawnstaley is GOLD MEDAL role model for our daughters and sons. We stand with Dawn. #TeamSC.”

Earlier this week, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley filed a defamation lawsuit against Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk, after Sterk claimed that Staley “promoted” an atmosphere that reportedly led to Tigers players being spit on by fans during a game between Missouri and South Carolina on Jan. 28 in Columbia, S.C.

After the lawsuit had been reported, Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright and University of Missouri System President Mun Y. Cho rerleased a joint statement defending Sterk, who was hired in 2016.

“We remain confident in University of Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk. Since he came here in August 2016, Jim has exhibited a passion for our student athletes and their success and safety both on and off the court. He has proven himself to be an excellent administrator,” the statement said.

Sterk was also fined $25,000 by the SEC for his comments. Per a report from Aaron Reiss of the Kansas City Star, Staley is seeking $75,000 in damages from the lawsuit. South Carolina and Missouri split the regular season meetings, but the two teams could meet a third time in the SEC Tournament. The Gamecocks are in second in the SEC and Missouri is tied for third. Both teams have one regular season game remaining.

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Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal to re-open recruitment after FBI investigation hits Arizona

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Elite forward prospect Shareef O’Neal has de-committed from Arizona in the wake of reports that Arizona’s Sean Miller was caught on tape discussing a $100,000 payment with an agent.

Miller hasn’t yet been fired, but it may only be a matter of time before the school takes action. He will not coach Saturday’s game against Oregon.

O’Neal, son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, signed financial aid papers with the Wildcats back in November, but that agreement is non-binding.

Kentucky was recruiting O’Neal hard before he opted to go with Miller. It would make sense for John Calipari to get back in the race for the talented big man, as the Wildcats do not currently have a big in the 2018 class.

Back in 2016, Shaq said publicly that he wanted his son to play for Kentucky, Michigan State or LSU. The Spartans are in middle of their own troubles right now, and LSU is still in a rebuilding stage under Will Wade.

“My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky,” Shareef said told 247Sports in 2016.”He has a good friendship with the coach there. I know a lot about that school because a lot of kids dream about going there. I like their style of play.”

According to 247Sports composite, O’Neal is the No. 9 power forward and the No. 33 overall player in the class of 2018. He’s currently a 4-star prospect and is listed at 6-foot-9, 204 pounds.

Expect Kentucky to stay in this battle until the very end.

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