Pacers’ Chris Copeland Stabbed; 2 Hawks Players Arrested (Video)

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Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and two women were stabbed outside a Manhattan nightclub early Wednesday following an argument on the street near a Chelsea club that also led to the arrest of two Atlanta Hawks players, authorities said.

According to reports, Copeland and his former fiancée Katrine Saltara were talking outside of 1Oak nightclub on W. 17th St. when they were approached by a stranger. A source says Copeland told the person he had to leave, and the person took it the wrong way, then pulled out his knife and stabbed the athlete in the stomach.

Saltara then jumped on the attacker’s back and tried to put him in a chokehold, but she got slashed. Police say she was struck in the arm and across the breast.

Earlier reports Wednesday said Saltara is Copeland’s wife. A source, however, said they were engaged last year but are no longer, labeling their relationship as “good friends” who were hanging out at the club early Wednesday.

A third woman, who was believed to be with the attacker, also was slashed in the abdomen during the incident. She was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital and is in stable condition, according to the New York Daily News.

The suspect, Shezoy Bleary, was in custody, authorities said. Police said charges were pending, and it wasn’t clear whether Bleary had an attorney who could comment on the charges. The knife was recovered at the scene.

Hawks players Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha were arrested on charges of obstructing the crime scene, after police said they blocked officers from trying to start their investigation. The players were in town to play the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Wednesday night and had arrived late Tuesday after playing a night game in Atlanta.

A source said the Hawks players were not in Copeland’s party at 1Oak Club.

A cellphone video of the bloody aftermath posted on TMZ.com showed the wounded Copeland lying against a wall as Saltara sat alongside him.

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Garin Narain, the Hawks vice president of public relations, said in a statement Wednesday morning that the team is investigating the matter.

“We are aware of the situation involving Pero Antic and Thabo Sefolosha this morning,” Narain said. “We are in the process of gathering more information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

In a statement, the club disputed that the altercation occurred near the venue, and said it was cooperative with the NYPD. “A review of the video footage seems to reveal the incident did not originate from or surrounding the venue,” the statement said.

The Pacers were in town to play the Knicks on Wednesday night. Coach Frank Vogel said he planned to visit Copeland in the hospital.

 

Record Setting $89.95 Charged For Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

Floyd Mayweather (L) and Manny Pacquiao pose together at the end of their Press Conference promoting their upcoming fight on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

The Pay-Per-View price for Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s May 2nd fight against Manny Pacquiao has officially been set at $89.95 — the highest in PPV history.

If you want it in high definition, it’s another $10.

Showtime and HBO’s price tag is 40% more than the previous PPV high-water mark of $64.95 for Mayweather’s fight against Canelo Alverez in September 2013 and the undefeated champ’s two subsequent bouts against Marcos Maidana.

 

Derek Fisher Files for Divorce from Wife of 10 Years

Derek Fisher and his wife Candace Fisher arrive at the 2008 Sports Spectacular VIP After Party on June 1, 2008 at the X-Bar at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California.

Former Los Angeles Lakers great and current New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife Candace, just one month after they celebrated their 10 year anniversary, reports TMZ.

Fisher filed in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences, according to the website.

The couple has twin children together, including a daughter who suffered from a rare form of eye cancer. Fisher was famously allowed to break his contract with the Utah Jazz in 2007 so he could spend more time with her and help her with treatment.

Fisher is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the children. He also wants to split the legal costs.

Fisher issued a statement saying, “This is a difficult time for me personally. For the sake of our children, I ask that everyone respects our privacy during this process.”

 

LeBron James Makes National News by Not Wearing Headband

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes a shot against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on March 10, 2015 in Dallas, Texas

Stop everything. LeBron James started a game without his headband for possibly the first time in his professional basketball career.

History happened Tuesday in Cleveland’s game against Dallas, and James managed to score 27 points without it.

Of course, he has played without his headband before. Just earlier in the week, he returned to the court in the second quarter of Sunday’s game versus the Phoenix Suns without his headband. He later told reporters it, “just happened, spur (of the moment), just took it off,” according to Cleveland.com.

But according to ESPN, this appears to be the first time Bron’s started a game without the accessory.

Without James sporting the headband, Cleveland has come out on top, beating Phoenix 89-79, and Dallas 127-94.

Cleveland’s next game is Thursday against the Spurs. The world will be watching.

 

Watch Chris Paul Scream at DeAndre Jordan to Shoot the Ball (Video)

 

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Video of Chris Paul screaming at Los Angeles Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan to shoot the ball as time runs out has gone viral.

With seconds left, Paul took — and missed — a shot. Jordan, although he snagged the rebound with 0.7 seconds left, thought time had run out and the game was over. So instead of going for the putback, he just stood there, holding onto the ball…as Chris Paul loses his mind.

What could’ve been a game-winning shot — as both teams were tied 87 — instead went to overtime.

The Clippers went on to lose, 93-98.

 

Ray Rice Awarded $1.588M in Wrongful Termination Settlement

Ray Rice

Ray Rice received $1.588 million from the Baltimore Ravens as part of the settlement in his wrongful-termination grievance hearing in January, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

As a result of the settlement, the Ravens will carry an additional $177,000 against the 2015 salary cap. The NFL had placed a $1.411 million cap charge against the Ravens’ 2014 cap when Rice filed his grievance. So, the additional $177,000 will carry over into 2015.

Rice was seeking $3.529 million, the amount he would have earned had he played the remaining 14 games of the regular season after being suspended for two games.

He was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting Janay, his then-fiancée, emerged and began widely circulating. The Ravens released Rice that day, and his contract was terminated. The incident occurred in February 2014 inside an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino.

Rice was reinstated in December after a neutral arbitrator overturned his NFL suspension on appeal. Commissioner Roger Goodell had initially suspended Rice for two games before increasing the punishment to an indefinite ban after the video surfaced.

Rice, who did not play last season, has repeatedly apologized for his actions.

 

Michael Jordan Now Officially a Billionaire

Michael Jordan watches the Morning Fourballs of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at the Gleneagles Hotel on September 27, 2014 in Auchterarder, Scotland

Michael Jordan’s bank account just surpassed the $1 billion mark.

The NBA legend is now the 513th-richest person in the United States with a net worth of an even $1.0 billion, according to reports.

The skyrocketing values of NBA franchises is the main reason for his new billionaire status. He owns the Charlotte Hornets, which saw its value increase from $410 million last year to $725 million this year in the wake of the Los Angeles Clippers’ $2 billion sale to Steve Ballmer.

Jordan’s stake in the team is worth $500 million, according to Forbes.

The rest of Jordan’s worth comes from his Nike deal, which earned him $90 million in 2013 alone.

 

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