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Roy Williams could have had a Duke killer, but turned him away as a recruit

South Carolina might be everyone’s favorite team left in the NCAA Tournament thanks to their stunning 88-81 upset victory over Duke in the second round. That win came courtesy of 24 points, six rebounds and five assists from guard Sindarius Thornwell. The ultimate win came back in 2012 when he committed to South Carolina, but it wasn’t all Frank Martin who convinced Thornwell to get to campus. Rather, it was North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

RELATED: Coach K had a classy response after Duke’s loss to South Carolina

Here’s an excerpt from the Bleacher Report story about Thornwell and his rise from Lancaster, S.C.:

UNC coach Roy Williams was visiting [Nate] Britt at Oak Hill at the same time [Frank] Martin was in town to see Thornwell. As he was leaving, Williams popped into the room and interrupted the conversation. “Young man,” Williams said as he shook Thornwell’s hand, “I don’t know where you’re going to school, but I can tell you this: There’s not going to be a finer human being to coach you than this man right here.” Williams pointed at Martin and then walked away. “It was an amazing moment,” Martin says. “He committed to us shortly after that.”

Thornwell really wanted to be a Tar Heel, but it might have worked out for the better that that didn’t happen. He got to destroy Duke after winning SEC Player of the Year honors and did something that UNC only did one out of threes times this year. The Gamecocks will face Baylor on Friday at 7:29 in the Sweet 16.

One analysis predicts a wild NFL draft featuring two blockbuster trades

The NFL Draft is still over a month away, but new mock drafts are released frequently, and CBS NFL analyst Will Brinson’s latest mock draft includes two blockbuster trades occurring in the first round.

Related: ESPN’s latest mock draft pairs Dalvin Cook with one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL 

The first big trade Brinson predicted was the Cleveland Browns trading from No. 12 to No. 4 with the Jacksonville Jaguars to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

“The Browns wanted to stay put and take the best player available to them at No. 12, but then Trubisky slid through the top three. They dialed up Jacksonville, offered a second-round pick and No. 12 for the No. 4 and made the move,” Brinson wrote.

For the next pick, Brinson has the Buffalo Bills trading up to No. 5 with the Tennessee Titans to draft Deshaun Watson.

“Fearing that the Jets might want to nab Watson, the Bills make a bold, Doug Whaley-style move to go up and grab another ACC quarterback who was highly productive but has issues about the system. (Gulp.) The Bills give up a third-round pick to the Titans and swap fourth-round picks to make things more or less even,” he wrote.

The Browns trading up for Trubisky would make sense. Cleveland needs a QB, and Trubisky wants to play for the Browns.

The Bills recently re-signed Tyrod Taylor, but if they don’t anticipate him being a franchise QB, they could make the move for Watson—especially if they don’t want the Jets to draft Watson.

With several quarterback-needy teams and plenty of quality QBs in this draft, Brinson’s predictions of some teams moving into the top 10 for a QB could come to fruition during the draft.

(h/t CBS Sports)

NFL makes announcement on rule that screwed the Cowboys in the playoffs

During the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs, receiver Brice Butler was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for illegally entering the huddle.

Related: NFL reportedly considering changing rule that completely screwed Cowboys in playoff game 

It was a controversial call at the time, especially because the Cowboys were in scoring range before the penalty.

This is apparently an unsportsmanlike penalty on Brice Butler: https://t.co/zceAkuw2zT pic.twitter.com/AOI7lLWyxf SB Nation (@SBNation) January 15, 2017

The NFL decided to make amends to the rule, so now officials have the option to not throw a flag during that particular circumstance.

Dean Blandino said officials are being given more leeway not to penalize a team 15 yards under the "Brice Butler rule." They will be warned. Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) March 23, 2017

The rule was designed to prevent offenses from attempting to trick defenses with personnel changes, though it’s clear that wasn’t the case with the Butler incident.

Thankfully, the NFL made a change to the rule, but the Cowboys are still probably bitter about the flag being called on Butler.

(h/t 247Sports)

Landing spot reportedly emerging for Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis is a free agent after being cut by the New York Jets, and CBS writer Jason La Canfora thinks Revis will re-join the New England Patriots if he decides to play again.

Related: One of the best cornerbacks of his generation may have an option for a new home 

La Canfora said numerous executives told him they believe Revis will reunite with the Patriots next season. One personnel man said while Revis isn’t an elite corner, he can still cover and contribute for someone.

“We did our work on him,” the personnel man told La Canfora. “He can still play. He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”

The Patriots signed Stephon Gilmore as their top CB for next year, and while they still have Malcolm Butler, there’s a chance Butler could be traded before next season.

The Jets still owe Revis $6 million for next season, so he will be paid no matter what. If he’s willing to do a team-friendly deal with the Patriots, the chances of a reunion seem likely. Revis won a Super Bowl with the Patriots during the 2014 season.

(h/t NESN)

Troubled former Florida DB officially handed down prison sentence

Former Florida Gators cornerback Deiondre Porter was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery.

Porter was arrested in April after the robbery of a T-Mobile store in Jacksonville, Florida. The 20-year-old Porter was sentenced to state prison as a youthful offender according to TampaBay.com and Duval County court records.

Related: The troubling saga of Deiondre Porter continues with another arrest 

Porter was a member of Florida’s 2014 signing class as a three-star recruit. He redshirted his freshman year before contributing on special teams during the 2015 season.

In October of 2015, Porter was arrested after he was accused of firing a handgun around his pregnant girlfriend in Gainesville. He was then dismissed from the football team. Porter also faces felony charges of armed robbery and kidnapping to commit or facilitate commission of a felony.

Porter’s next court date is scheduled for April 13.

(h/t TampaBay.com)

WATCH: Iguana stops tennis match at Miami Open

An iguana, later named Iggy, wanted to join the fun at the Miami Open Wednesday, but instead brought a match to a halt. 

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Iggy perched itself on the scoreboard during a match between Tommy Haas and Jiri Vesley, according to Sports Illustrated

Maybe the iguana just wanted a better view of the game? 

Or maybe Iggy wanted a selfie with Haas? 

Either way, Iggy wasn’t happy when officials tried to remove it from the court. 

The Iguana thought his new selfie friend, Haas, would let it stay and watch. But, instead, Haas quickly jumped out of the way. 

Eventually officials got the iguana off the court, but Iggy might have won this match. 

Potential first-round draft pick undergoes surgery following pro day injury

UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau wasn’t a lock to land within the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft before taking part in the school’s Pro Day this week, but he certainly was seen as a possibility to fall within the first 32 selections. However, the talented defensive back suffered a torn pectoral muscle during the bench-press exercise at UCLA’s Pro Day and that issue could affect his draft stock considerably.

Before word broke of Moreau’s actual injury, UCLA head coach Jim Mora took a rather positive tact on Moreau’s status:

“It’s being evaluated. I don’t think it’s anything serious. I know he’s back out here now. He’s not working out. He did everything at the combine and had good numbers. A lot of guys decide to stand on what they did at the combine. Some guys come out and try to improve it. Fabian, I think his numbers were good enough at the combine that for him to come out here and work out today isn’t that important. And all these teams that are really interested in him will be back to see him in an individual workout as well. So anything that happened to him I believe is minor and nothing to worry about.”

Since that time, though, Moreau’s agent confirmed to NFL.com that the issue required a surgery that was performed on Wednesday evening. With that knowledge, it is now thought that Moreau could miss four to six months.

Recovery time: 4-6 months, though source says there's a hope he's back by camp. https://t.co/IjTg0Z7GEa Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 23, 2017

Just how much this affects Moreau’s draft stock remains to be seen, especially when considering other prospects like Michigan’s Jake Butt are navigating the process at less than full health. Still, it is definitely not a positive thing for a top-flight prospect to be dealing with a lengthy injury recovery just weeks before the NFL Draft arrives.

The original plans for AJ Styles at WrestleMania 33 included facing off against an all-time great

AJ Styles may be facing Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 33, but prior to WWE electing to go in that direction, Styles taking on the legendary “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels was where the company wanted to go.

Michaels spilled the beans on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast about the proposed match.

Via IWnerd:

“I could’ve had that match, they did not have an opponent for AJ at Wrestlemania,” “Shawn would go on to say that he was approached to take on AJ because fans wanted to see the match. It also had to do with them not having any other plans for AJ at the time. Michaels declined, wanting to stay retired. “I wish that man was here 10 years ago man, I really do,”

With the direction of Styles’ character since losing the belt to John Cena, you could get the sense that WWE wasn’t sure what to do with Styles at WrestleMania 33. And as good as the buildup has been for Styles vs. McMahon, Styles getting Michaels out of retirement for one more match would have been insane.

Michaels does point out, though, that timing was the biggest roadblock to the proposed match. Styles made the jump to the WWE too late for Michaels, but that doesn’t mean Michaels doesn’t wish he could’ve torn the house down with Styles.

The Michaels vs. Styles dream match looks like it will stay that way.

Georgetown makes surprising move few saw coming

The Georgetown Hoyas have not had the most pleasant last two years with losing records coming in both seasons. However, most people didn’t believe that was going to be enough to oust coach John Thompson III as the coach who has served in the position since the 2004-05 season. Apparently, it was:

Georgetown has parted ways with John Thompson III, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/w0OkCCVJQ6 Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 23, 2017

Despite taking the Big East Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007 and making the NCAA Tournament eight times in his tenure, it seems that those making firing decisions believed it wasn’t enough. Thompson III has over 325 wins including his time at Princeton and there are some rumblings that Georgetown may already have its next head coach lined up:

One thing I will say: If Georgetown is getting rid of JT3, I would imagine they have a pretty heavy hitter lined up. Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 23, 2017

That heavy hitter might be school legend Patrick Ewing who has been an assistant coach for several NBA teams the last few years. He is currently an assistant with the Hornets and also worked with the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic (when they made a run to the Finals).

Adrian Peterson still looking for a new home with one team reportedly having “some interest”

Adrian Peterson is still searching for his future home, and he has expressed interest in several teams. However, that interest has not been reciprocated, and his free agency might linger into the future.

As he turns 32 today, RB Adrian Peterson remains unsigned, looking for a new team. Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2017

Related: An NFL team would rather take a chance on a guy who hasn’t played football in more than a year rather than Adrian Peterson 

The Minnesota Vikings signed Latavius Murray to replace Peterson, and the Oakland Raiders seemingly have more interest in retired RB Marshawn Lynch than they do in Peterson.

Peterson had some interest in the New York Giants, but they recently signed Shaun Draughn. According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Green Bay Packers have “some interest” in Peterson, but they want to wait until after the upcoming draft to evaluate team needs.

“Although Peterson would undoubtedly like to know where he’ll spend the 2017 season, there’s an argument to be made for him waiting things out,” Goessling wrote. “A deep running back class could mean more teams head into OTAs with their running back situation settled, but an untimely injury could create an opening for a veteran like Peterson. As the three-time rushing champion switches teams for the first time in his career, it behooves him to find the right fit as much as it does to find the best price.”

The Packers would make sense for both the team and Peterson, and the Raiders could still be an option if Lynch decides to remain retired. Either way, the market isn’t exactly great at the moment for Peterson.

(h/t ESPN)

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