Russell Westbrook signs record 5-year, $205M deal with Thunder

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder won the NBA's Most Valuable Player AWard last season.
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Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder won the NBA's Most Valuable Player AWard last season.(Steven Freeman/NBAE/Getty Images)

Russell Westbrook signed the richest contract in NBA history on Friday, agreeing to a five-year, $205 million extension from the Oklahoma City Thunder, ESPN reported.

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Westbrook had until Oct. 16 to extend his existing contract, which had one season and a player option remaining. 

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there is no place I would rather be than Oklahoma City,” the 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward said. “I am so honored to have the opportunity to continue my career here with the Thunder.”

Westbrook signed an extension last summer with the Thunder and responded by averaging a triple-double during the 2016-2017 season -- 31.6 point, 10.3 rebounds and 10.4 assists. He was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for 2016-2017.

Gordon Hayward diagnosed with ankle fracture in Celtics opener

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Boston Celtics' Gordon Hayward grimaces in pain in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Cleveland. Just five minutes into his Boston career, new Celtics star forward Gordon Hayward gruesomely broke his left ankle, an injury that may end his season. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Tony Dejak/AP)

The Boston Celtics opened the NBA season Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in his first game with the Celtics, small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury.

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The broadcast noted Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle.

Hayward was cutting along the baseline when he jumped for an alley-oop and fell to the floor with his leg bent underneath him.

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Hayward’s leg was stabilized and he was carted off the floor. LeBron James, Cavaliers players and Celtics teammates shook Hayward’s hand before he left the court.

Hayward, the former No. 9 overall selection, visited the Miami Heat, Celtics and Utah Jazz before making his free agency decision, eventually landing with Boston. He spent seven years with the Jazz.

Hayward, who is coming off an All-Star year for the Jazz and made it to the second round of the NBA playoffs, shook up the power in the Eastern Conference by adding a legitimate second offensive weapon to a Celtics team lacking one in last year’s playoffs.

He averaged a career-best 21 points and five rebounds per game last season.

Colin Kaepernick not invited to annual owners and NFLPA meeting

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 9:06 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 24: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)(Harry How/Getty Images)

NFL owners and the NFL Players Association met in New York Tuesday for a regularly scheduled meeting with the topic of the national anthem protests in mind. Knowing this, many players were expecting one important free agent to be invited in Colin Kaepernick considering he was the person who got it all started. However, it was made clear that he was not invited, according to his attorney.

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That apparently didn’t sit well with players that were invited to the meetings.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman made his displeasure pretty clear, telling ESPN’s Brady Henderson, “You’ve heard every excuse in the book for why he doesn’t have a job, but you see what it is. They’ve agreed not to give him a job.”

Related: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants players to stand during national anthem, memo says

Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL alleging that there has been collusion in not signing him. A case can certainly be made that there’s a concerted effort to not sign Kaepernick to some team as there are several backups and even starting QBs in the league who are not better than him, but to prove actual collusion is going to be pretty tough.

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National anthem protests: Jaguars apologize for 'not comprehending effect' of demonstration

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel down during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
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Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel down during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)(Tim Ireland/AP)

The president of the Jacksonville Jaguars sent a letter this month to city officials, apologizing for the team’s kneeling during the national anthem during their Sept. 24 game in London. 

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The letter, dated Oct. 6, said the team was "remiss in not fully comprehending the effect of the national anthem demonstration on foreign soil has on the men and women who continue to serve our country." 

Written by Mark Lamping and addressed to Bill Spann, the director of military affairs for Jacksonville, the letter goes on to say, "Today, we can understand how the events in London could have been viewed or misinterpreted. We owe you an apology and hope you will accept it."

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Before their game against the Baltimore Ravens last month, about a dozen Jaguars players kneeled during the national anthem. The move came days after President Donald Trump suggested that players who knelt during the national anthem should be cut from the team.

WATCH: Trump Says NFL Owners Should 'Fire' Players Protesting the National Anthem

Some Jaguars fans were angered over the move, with one fan man destroying his Jaguars gear and another flying a plane above EverBank Field asking fans to boycott the Jaguars and the NFL. 

The Jaguars, 3-3 on the season, have a game at division rival Indianapolis on Sunday. Their next home game is Nov. 5 vs. Cincinnati.

Dale Jr., Amy Earnhardt expecting baby girl

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:46 PM

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Earnhardt announced they are expecting a baby girl.
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NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Earnhardt announced they are expecting a baby girl.(Ethan Miller/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is going to be a dad.

The NASCAR driver and his wife, Amy Earnhardt, made Instagram posts announcing they are expecting a baby girl, according to NASCAR.com.

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“Excited to share the wonderful news that @mrsamyearnhardt and I are expecting our first child. A little girl!!!! We are both thrilled and can’t wait to meet her,” Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, captioned his post Monday. Amy Earnhardt reposted the same image with his message and heart-eyed emojis.

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The couple got married in a New Year’s Eve ceremony in 2016.

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