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Blue-collar Taj Gibson delivering for Thunder

Apr 22, 2017 | by Berry Tramel, newsok.com

Russell Westbrook couldn't believe his eyes when he looked at Taj Gibson and saw him headed to the Thunder interview room wearing an Oklahoma City Basketball T-shirt. “Come on, man!,” Westbrook said in the locker room Friday night. Westbrook, perhaps you've heard, takes wardrobe quite seriously.

The Thunder brass had summoned Gibson to chat with the media, a notable initiation considering ...

Gordon Hayward's career-high 40 points not enough to lead Jazz past Clippers

Apr 22, 2017 | by Dirk Facer, deseretnews.com
Gordon Hayward's career-high 40 points not enough to lead Jazz past Clippers

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward looked pretty dapper as he made his way to the locker room at Vivint Smart Home Arena. He arrived at Friday night’s NBA playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers wearing a well-tailored suit.

It paled in comparison, however, to how sharp he was when play got underway.

Arizona Wildcat-turned-agent Kenny Zuckerman is the man of reason on NFL's craziest day

Apr 22, 2017 | by Jon Gold, Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Wildcat-turned-agent Kenny Zuckerman is the man of reason on NFL's craziest day

An NFL agent is part financial adviser and part mouthpiece, part negotiator and part hurdle-jumper.

But on draft day, there may be no bigger role for an agent than psychologist.

Fortunes are made on this day, lives are changed. Children get to buy their parents houses because of this day. Third cousins get new rides. Generations upon generations can be affected.

I'Tavius Mathers has been in contact with NFL teams

Apr 21, 2017 | by Aldo Giovanni Amato, Daily News Journal

MURFREESBORO — One of the greatest running backs to step foot on MTSU's campus is hoping to hear his name called during the NFL draft.

Murfreesboro native I'Tavius Mathers is one of MTSU's top NFL draft prospects and, after a pro day that caught the eyes of NFL scouts, Mathers is optimistic he'll hear his name called.

The former Blackman and MTSU ...

Northwest’s Bevins keeping a cool head as NFL draft nears

Apr 21, 2017 | by David Merrill, Maryville Daily Forum
Northwest’s Bevins keeping a cool head as NFL draft nears

Former Northwest Missouri State University football defensive lineman Collin Bevins finds himself counting down the days.

“I’ve been pretty nervous and anxious,” said the Creston, Iowa, native. “I guess it just comes with the territory.”

The NFL draft starts Thursday and Bevins has had recent workouts with the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Chargers leading up to it.

A.J. Hawk leaves a legacy of dependability

Apr 19, 2017 | by Wes Hodkiewicz, packers.com

GREEN BAY – Few players in Packers history entered the NFL with higher expectations than A.J. Hawk.

The fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hawk remains tied with Terrell Buckley as the Packers’ highest draft choice in the past 25 years.

All of that extra attention creates lofty, sometimes unattainable, expectations. It’s enough pressure to crush the will power of ...

How Advanced Teaching—From His NBA Father to a Special Ops Trainer—Led to Tim Hardaway Jr.’s Emergence

Apr 19, 2017 | by NBPA
How Advanced Teaching—From His NBA Father to a Special Ops Trainer—Led to Tim Hardaway Jr.’s Emergence

Tim Hardaway Jr. had a basketball routine before he even had a full set of teeth.

Three months after NBA great Tim Hardaway had Junior in 1992, while he was playing for the Warriors, he would regularly take him to the practice center when he was still sucking a bottle. As Hardaway remembers it, crying turned to calmness when his infant ...

Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles is annoyingly good at what he does

Apr 17, 2017 | by Jody Genessy,deseretnews.com
Utah Jazz: Joe Ingles is annoyingly good at what he does

LOS ANGELES — Simply put, Joe Ingles isn’t fun to play against.

He’s a (bleep) and has a way of getting under your skin, according to one player.

He grabs you, pesters you and loves to annoyingly straddle the line between what’s a foul and what’s not a foul while guarding you, another player admitted.

And he loves to talk smack, as every ...

BOBBY PORTIS - CONFIDENCE, SWAGGER, EFFORT AND TENACITY

Apr 17, 2017 | by Sam Smith, nba.com
BOBBY PORTIS - CONFIDENCE, SWAGGER, EFFORT AND TENACITY

Bobby Portis never lost confidence, never doubted. And as a result, the Bulls suddenly are in position with a 1-0 series lead to shock the Boston Celtics in their first round playoff series.

Josh Dobbs: The Rocket Scientist QB Who Could Be the Next NFL Draft Steal

Apr 17, 2017 | by Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report
Josh Dobbs: The Rocket Scientist QB Who Could Be the Next NFL Draft Steal

Josh Dobbs will spend the weekend before the NFL draft flying hockey pucks across the desert.

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