Ray Rice Wins Appeal: Now Eligible for Immediate NFL Return

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Multiple outlets are reporting that former BALTIMORE RAVENS running back Ray Rice has won his appeal of an indefinite suspension and has been reinstated to the NFL. He’s now eligible to sign with any NFL team.

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a VIDEO of him hitting his then-fiancée was released publicly.

Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome testified under oath Nov. 6 in Rice’s appeal hearing that he heard the former Baltimore running back tell Goodell during his June 16 disciplinary hearing that he had hit his then-fiancée in a casino HOTEL elevator, sources told “Outside the Lines.”

Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension ended Nov. 6 in the OFFICES of Judge Barbara Jones, who decided the appeal outcome. Rice also testified, as did his wife, Janay.

DETAILS of what Rice and his wife testified to Nov. 6 and what Goodell said Nov. 5 were not released because of a gag order that Jones imposed. But sources said Newsome backed Rice’s previous accounts of what he told Goodell. Goodell spent the majority of his time testifying under cross-examination by outside union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, sources said.

Rice, 27, is a three-time Pro Bowler and helped the Ravens WIN Super Bowl XLVII. He rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns in six seasons with Baltimore.

 

Ray Rice to Break Silence with ‘Today Show’s’ Matt Lauer (Report)

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Ray Rice will reportedly sit down with Matt Lauer for his first television interview since the elevator footage of his domestic incident rocked the NFL and caused his suspension.

According to TMZ, the interview is expected to air sometime between now and Nov. 26, and it’s unclear if Ray’s wife Janay Rice will participate in the interview.

Rice hasn’t spoken publically since the video was released but did appear at a New Rochelle, N.Y. HIGH SCHOOL football game in September. Janay Rice has used social media to express herself, posting pleas for privacy on Instagram after the video surfaced and tweeting about offensive Ray Rice Halloween costumes.

 

Carmelo Anthony Pops Up on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (Watch)

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NEW YORK KNICKS star Carmelo Anthony had somewhat of an opening act to tonight’s season opener against the Chicago Bulls.

On Tuesday night, he popped up unexpectedly on an episode of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.”

He had one line in his one scene, but his “assist” in handing a knife to his crew member ended up with another character’s fingers being cut off.

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LeBron James Featured in ‘First Home Game’ Sprite Commercial (Watch)

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LEBRON JAMES wanted to show how ready he is to come back home for the first CLEVELAND CAVALIERS home game since he left in 2010.

He is the star of the “First Home Game” Sprite commercial — playing homage to the city that raised him by visiting Patterson Park in Akron, OH.

The commercial is getting fans fired up about the Cleveland Cavaliers going up against the NEW YORK KNICKS on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Quicken Loans Arena in Akron.

The commercial was shot when james returned home last month where he spent his childhood learning the ropes of basketball.

He shared how excited he is Sprite revamped two community basketball courts in Akron on social media. Also, he’s clearly excited for his grand return home, according to YBF.

“Made a lot of great memories at Patterson Park as a kid shooting hoops and running up THAT HILL!” he said. “Feels great to give back to the kids in North Hill who use it today.”

He added, “I hope you guys enjoy these courts and make your own great memories. You can be whatever you want to be… doctor, janitor, lawyer, teacher, police officer, football player, bus DRIVER, etc. as long as you keep your PROMISES and work hard. Special s/o to Sprite and Futura for making this happen. #IPROMISE #StriveForGreatness”

Watch the commercial below:

 

Ray Rice Files Grievance Against The Baltimore Ravens

Ray RiceRay Rice CONTINUES to put the legal hand up against the NFL.

Media sources report that Rice has filed a grievance against the Baltimore Ravens to challenge the team’s decision to terminate his contract on Sept. 8.

Rice argues that the Collective Bargaining Agreement permits one punishment for infraction. In July, the NFL suspended Rice two games after a video surfaced of him assaulting his then-fiancée in the head in an Atlantic City elevator. immediately after the video came to light, the Ravens cut Rice, who was also suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

If he is successful with the grievances, Rice stands to collect a sizeable payday with him being eligible to receive $3.52 million from the Ravens. The amount is what he would have earned if he were reinstated as of Week Three of the regular season.

According to reports, Rice’s grievance against the NFL is set for Nov. 5 and 6. At this time, it is not known when his grievance against the Ravens will be resolved.

 

LeBron James Steps Up For NBA Players With A Warning For Owners

LeBron James Warns NBA Owners Over New League TV ContractNBA team owners may have set themselves up with a big payday, but if LeBron James has anything to do with it, the players will get their fair share of the pie.

Multiple reports note that the athlete had a message for owners, who just signed an agreement with ESPN/ABC and TNT on Monday that will bring in $2.66 billion in annual revenue to the league. The new deal, which will go into effect and run through the 2024-25 season, is an extension of the current agreement, which has the NBA making $930 million annually.

Aware of what just happened, James had this to say later that day, according to reports:

“I am kind of the guy that has the power, I guess, without even having to put a name on it. … I’m very educated and I will use what I have to make sure our players are taken care of.

“At the end of the day, we will negotiate. We know it’s going to happen at some point because our deal is ending soon. We would love to do it sooner than later. We don’t want to it to happen like it happened last time when we went into a lockout.

“The whole thing that went on with the last negotiation process was the owners were telling us they were losing money. There’s no way they can sit in front of us and tell us that right now. After we CONTINUE to see teams selling for billions of dollars, being purchased for $200 million, signing for $550, $750 and $2 billion and now (Mikhail) Prokhorov is possibly selling his majority stake in the Nets for over $1 billion. That will not fly with us this time.”

As it stands now, either side can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement that was agreed on in December 2011 after a 161-day lockout, after the 2016-17 season.

With James’ two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers set to expire the same time as the existing TV deal (not to mention him being the most popular and high-profile player in the NBA), his comments carry a lot of weight.

Media sources note that there was definitely some thought put into having the end of James’ contract come at the same time as the existing TV deal did not happen by accident.

“It was being a businessman,” James told ESPN of his decision to sign a two-year deal in July rather than a max four-year deal. “I understand the business of this sport. It had a lot to do with it.”

According to Bloomberg, James has put himself in a good position as the shortened deal could result in him making an extra $50 million when he signs his next contract.

Speaking at a news conference announcing the new TV deal, NBA commissioner Adam Silver confessed that James has followed the example of with agreeing to contracts that would expire at the same time with the current TV deal and BANKING on the fact that more money can be made with being going into free agency again.

“Certain agents and players have been timing their contracts,” Silver said.

As for whether James’ strategy will come at the expense of another lockout, the all-star didn’t seem worried about what some feel is the next issue the mind every person with a vested interest in the NBA?

“Clock ticking? The clock never stopped,” James told ESPN regarding the countdown to the summer of 2017. “Even after we came out of the lockout and signed a new deal, the clock never stopped.”

 

Derek Jeter’s Last Home Game: Too Perfect to Be Believed (Watch)

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates after a game winning RBI hit in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles in his last game ever at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

The game wasn’t even supposed to happen.

Rain had threatened the final home stand of New York Yankees star player Derek Jeter. But miraculously, the skies dried up enough for the future Hall of Famer to make his final appearance before the fans at Yankee Stadium Thursday night – and his final at bat was so perfect and befitting of his 20 year career that both fans and foes were left in awe, if not tears. [Scroll down to watch.]

When the beloved team captain stepped to the plate at the bottom of the ninth against the Baltimore Orioles, the score was tied 5-5, with pinch runner Antoan Richardson on second base.

Jeter hit a perfect single base to right field, allowing Richardson to run home and win the game. The crowd went nuts, and Jeter was embraced by his teammates before being greeted by fellow retired Yankees Mariano Rivera, Tino Martinez, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada, and his former manager Joe Torre.

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Joe Torre following a walk-off victory against the Baltimore Orioles during a game at Yankee Stadium on September 25, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City

Nearly 50,000 fans, many wearing Yankees hats – including Jeter’s young nephew Jalen – that said “Re2pect”, gave Jeter a standing ovation, chanting Jeter’s name as he tipped his cap to them.

“It almost seemed like it was pre-destined,” said the announcer.

There was ample star power in the bleachers as well: Celebs like Jimmy Fallon, Chris Pratt and Jay Z were among the fans who turned up for the historic game.

Among those still reliving the moment may be Jeter himself, who said at a post-game press conference: “I need to get a tape of the game. It was a like an out-of-body experience.”

Watch below:

 

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