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Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:47 AM
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Consider the 2017 NCAA Tournament party crashed after South Carolina’s upset win on Sunday night.
The Gamecocks took down No. 2 seed Duke in a game that many pundits had all but given the Blue Devils prior the the meeting in Greenville. After all, the South Carolina program had just won its first NCAA tournament game in 44 years and had never visited the Sweet 16. They’d be happy with just one win against Marquette, right? Wrong.
In fact, USA Today was so confident that the Gamecocks would fold on Sunday that its sports account tweeted out a message after No. 1 seed Villanova fell to Wisconsin on Saturday, proclaiming: “Duke’s path to the Final Four looks ridiculously clear with Villanova’s loss.”
Let’s just say the fine folks at South Carolina bookmarked that tweet for future reference.
On Sunday night, in the moments following the Gamecocks’ historic victory, the school’s official Twitter account sent out this zinger to the news publication:
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:23 AM
— The Jacksonville Jaguars have complained this season about not receiving any respect. They reached the AFC playoffs but were written off as losers, but Jacksonville defeated Buffalo and then stunned Pittsburgh during the first two rounds of the postseason.
The Jaguars are decided underdogs against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship game, which is not surprising. But the Jaguars believe they have a chance to win, even if it appears like the NFL does not share that sentiment.
The NFL’s official Facebook page began touting Super Bowl LII, which will be held Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, with a teaser noting that “your team is headed to Super Bowl LII.” The promo was adorned with photos of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, with no mention of the Jaguars or the Philadelphia Eagles, who are the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Well, the NFL had to pick someone, and Brady, who has played in seven Super Bowls already, is a natural candidate.
It makes for great bulletin board material for the Jaguars and Eagles. Whether that translates into victories on Sunday remains to be seen.
Apparently Google can predict the future? pic.twitter.com/RBWELxhon0— 12up (@12upSport) January 19, 2018
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:58 AM
— New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady deflected questions about why he wore gloves to an indoor media conference Friday, but Under Armour answered a simple question about them.
An attempt to locate the gloves on the Under Armour website proved fruitless, and a query to the athletic apparel company revealed why.
The brand Brady wears is not available to the general public.
“Thank you for reaching out,” Under Armour said in an email. “The exact glove that Tom is wearing in the picture is a glove that is only offered to Under Armour's NFL players.”
The company explained a similar glove available for purchase contains “HeatGear back of hand for moisture management and a compression like feel.”
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:26 AM
— New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke to the media Friday amid wild speculation about his status after a hand injury was listed earlier in the week.
“We'll see,” he said when asked about his status for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Brady was spotted at practice Friday wearing red gloves on both of his hands, but it wasn't clear if he worked out with the team.
The issues began Wednesday when Brady was included on the Patriots injury report. He met with medical staff while his teammates and coach Bill Belichick spoke with the media.
When asked why he was wearing gloves, he responded, “I've worn them before.”
He declined to discuss his injury or anything about practice.
“Why are you wearing gloves inside?” one reporter asked.
“She (reporter) already asked that,” Brady said.
Brady’s teammates, including center David Andrews and backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, avoided the issue.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported Brady jammed his hand during practice and X-rays showed no structural damage.
Brady was listed on the Patriots’ injury report as non-participant at practice Thursday and canceled a second media availability later that day.
Brady has missed practices this season due to various minor injuries, but has not missed any games due to injury since 2008.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
— USA Gymnastics said Tuesday evening it will not fine gymnast McKayla Maroney if she speaks publicly about the alleged abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar.
Maroney, who signed a nondisclosure agreement for $1.25 million with USA Gymnastics in in December 2016 in exchange for her silence, is currently suing USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University with the claim that the nondisclosure agreement she signed after claiming Nassar molested her was illegal.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement it has not and will not seek retribution if Maroney speaks about alleged abuse by Nassar during his four-day sentencing.
As of Wednesday morning, Maroney was not expected to speak at Nassar’s sentencing.
"USA Gymnastics has not sought and will not seek any money from McKayla Maroney for her brave statements made in describing her victimization and abuse by Larry Nassar, nor for any victim impact statements she wants to make to Larry Nassar at this hearing or at any subsequent hearings related to his sentencing,” the statement to USA TODAY read. “This has been her right and USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority — the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them."
In response to reports Tuesday that USA Gymnastics could fine Maroney up to $100,000 if she spoke out against Nassar at his sentencing like nearly 100 other alleged victims, model Chrissy Teigen offered to pay the fine.
“The entire principle of this should be fought – an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla,” Teigen wrote.
The entire principle of this should be fought - an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla. pic.twitter.com/lsBEgEqZpD— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 16, 2018
After Nassar pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct in November, his sentencing on seven sexual assault charges began Tuesday.