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Photos: 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics - Day 10

Check out the latest action from the 2018 Pyeongchang games.

SEC assistant coach takes shot at Big 12 program on Twitter

Relatively new Texas A&M Aggies assistant Tim Brewster took to the mean streets of Twitter to take a shot at the Texas Longhorns.

Some schools just follow…the leader in the State of Texas is Texas A&M and the ballers know! #Facts — Tim Brewster (@TimBrewster) February 18, 2018

For context: The Aggies recently offered a scholarship to three-star prospect Baylor Cupp. Shortly after A&M made the move, the Texas Longhorns followed suit by offering the tight end a scholarship.

Basically, Brewster is beefing with the Longhorns over a three-star tight end and we have reached peak petty recruiting battles.

For what it is worth, Brewster was previously an assistant coach for Texas. Despite that, even with that school giving him money for some period of time, it didn’t prevent him from going after the Longhorns by way of 280 characters or less (here being less).

Considering that this tweet is starting to gain traction, do not be shocked if Brewster ends up deleting it at some point. While the tweet was not directed at the athlete, it isn’t a great look for an adult who is employed by one university to use social media to attack another — even if in jest.

Worth noting, while Jimbo Fisher has done an excellent job in his first offseason with the Aggies, the Longhorns currently have the better incoming group of freshmen. As for the 2019 recruiting class, only time will tell.

Former NBA Champion calling it a career at age 33

Former San Antonio Spurs big man and NBA champion Tiago Splitter is calling it a career at age 33. He made a statement via SuperDeportes:

“It’s a decision I’ve made these past few months, it’s not something I want, but my hip injury is more troublesome than we thought,” he said. “You stop doing something that you’ve been doing all your life. I’ve talked to my family, my wife, everyone, and it’s really time to hang it up,” he said.

Splitter has been battling through injuries the last few years after leaving San Antonio and he has just not been able to get past his most recent hip injury. He was originally drafted in 2007 by the Spurs, but he did not come over until the 2010-11 season. He would average 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds during his time with them.

Of course, he is fondly remembered by Spurs fans as the center who helped the team get revenge on the Miami Heat in the 2014 Finals after losing in 2013. He then signed with the Atlanta Hawks and only appeared in 36 games for them. He was then traded to the 76ers before the trade deadline last year and has appeared in eight games for them.

[h/t News 4 SA]

WWE talent takes aim at creative, claims they’re overlooking “pure talent”

WWE talent Dana Brooke is back at it, calling out the organization’s disrespect of the former bodybuilder and fitness competitor.

Ahead of the final Monday Night Raw before the Elimination Chamber, Brooke called out how the men will field a historic 7-man chamber match, but the women will stick with six.

HELLO! ACCORDING 2 MY NUMBERS, the men have 7 superstars in their chamber; therefore I should be included! 7 WOMEN! Oh wait, invisible woman again?, or just overlooking PURE TALENT!? #numbersdontlie #wwe #raw #TitusWorldwide @WWE pic.twitter.com/UApYAiwYEv — Dana Brooke WWE (@DanaBrookeWWE) February 19, 2018

This isn’t the first time Brooke has called out WWE while she gets left in the shadows of the women’s revolution, or stuck alongside Titus Worldwide as the numbers guru.

She previously tweeted criticism of a WWE poster which left her out of the picture of the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble.

Brooke has worked in a managerial role with Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews over the last month or so, and has actually had more onscreen time than before. If her calling is stepping inside the squared circle though, she has every right to be frustrated as Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville have leapfrogged her for wrestling time, and that’s even before Ronda Rousey really gets going.

Pro wrestling legend, former NWA champion shares injury news that may end his in-ring career

Legendary pro wrestler Great Muta admits that his career might be finally coming to an end. Muta, 55 , announced on Monday that he would be undergoing a double knee replacement surgery next month.

本日の会見で一大決心を発表させて頂いた。両膝を人工関節にする。果たしてプロレスラーとしてリングに戻ってこれるのか不安と恐怖だが頑張って打ち勝ってみせる。 pic.twitter.com/g329iwOlPT — 武藤 敬司 (@muto_keiji) February 19, 2018

Muta is a former NWA champion, IWGP Heavyweight champion, All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown champion and NWA TV champion — among about a billion other accomplishments.

From a domestic point of view, he is likely known as not only the former NWA champion, but one of the first performers to popularize the moonsault.

Muta’s reach is largely international, however. So much so, in fact, he’s gotten work as an actor.

In 1995, the Great Muta (using his real name for the credits) starred in the Japanese thriller Yajuu Densetsu: Dragon Blue, as Ryusaki. In 2004, he played the role of Harold Sakata in the movie Rikidōzan, a film based on the real-life story of a wrestler.

He’s also made countless television spots and been in various video games.

Obviously, we won’t know if he’s actually done as an in-ring performer until after he has surgery. As it often is in the pro wrestling business, never say never and all that jazz.

ESPN analyst says former Heisman winner should make position change at the next level

Former NFL executive and current ESPN talker Bill Polian said top quarterback prospect Lamar Jackson is better suited as a wide receiver.

Again.

This time it happened on Golic and Wingo.

I’m tired pic.twitter.com/bRIe9CTz6Z — Brandon Howard (@bhoward_81) February 19, 2018 “I think wide receiver,” Polian said. “Exceptional athlete. Exceptional ability to make you miss. Exceptional acceleration. Exceptional instinct with the ball in your hand – and that’s rare for a wide receiver.” “This guy is incredible in the open field…and again, short, and kind of slight, and clearly not the thrower that the other guys are,” Polian added. “So I would say, don’t wait to make that change. Don’t wait to be like that kid from Ohio State (Terrelle Pryor) and wait until you’re 29 to make the change.”

On ESPN LA back in September, Polian said nearly the same thing:

“I don’t think that Lamar, the Louisville kid’s in that discussion, in fact there’s a question that he may be, he might be a receiver.” Polian said, as transcribed by The Big Lead. [loud yelling from the hosts, including “are you kidding me?”] “No, I’m not kidding you. And that has to do with girth and skill set as well.”

In that ESPN LA spot, Polian also said, despite Drew Brees being physically smaller than Lamar Jackson, that comparing the two’s frames isn’t a good idea. You know, even though he brought up the issue of Jackson’s frame.

Lamar Jackson is 6-foot-3.

It appears Polian had his mind made up about Jackson well before the college football season even really got going since he first made the WR comments back in September, a full college football season happened, and he’s still singing the same tune.

Lamar Jackson, a former Heisman Trophy winner, had a higher competition percentage than presumed top pick Josh Allen last season. He also threw for nearly double the amount of yardage, had 11 more touchdown passes and only threw for four more interceptions despite 160 more pass attempts.

But yeah, he’s totally a wide receiver, Bill. No code here.

Five-star OT Darnell Wright has three schools recruiting him the hardest right now

Five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright is going to have many suitors when it comes to his college recruitment as he’s a 6-foot-6, 290-pound beast. He spoke to SEC Country about his recruitment and he named Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio State as the schools recruiting him the hardest. He spoke a lot about Alabama in particular.

“I talk to Coach Key regularly,” Wright said. “Coach Key is really funny. We’re on really good terms. I talk to Coach Saban sometimes. It’s cool talking to Coach Saban. I know he’s busy because he does a lot for the program. When I talk to him, I try to not act like I’m talking to Jesus.  “They just tell me that I’m one of their top guys in this class. They’re looking forward to getting me back on campus sometime soon.”

Wright currently lives in West Virginia, but did spend some time in Dayton, Ohio which is why some people that the Buckeyes are the ones to beat in his recruitment. However, Wright shot down those rumors.

“I wouldn’t say they’re the top team right now,” Wright said. “Ohio State is definitely one of the top teams I’m considering, but I wouldn’t say they’re pulling away.”

Wright is the No. 3 recruit at his position, top recruit in the state and the No. 19 overall recruit in the class of 2019 according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He also has offers from Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida and Georgia among others.

Here are some highlights:

J.J. Redick issues a second, more detailed apology after using racial slur

Following an incident in which J.J. Redick appeared to use a racial slur while wishing fans a happy Chinese New Year, he’s since apologized after originally tweeting out that he was just tongue-tied.

Wow! JJ Reddick used a racial slur when congratulating Chinese fans on the Year of Dog pic.twitter.com/DGx2wny8P9 — Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) February 18, 2018

Here is Redick’s original tweet in which he didn’t actually apologize:

Just saw a video that is being circulated of me wishing a happy new year to NBA fans in China.Clearly I was tongue tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word. I love & respect our friends in China. — JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 18, 2018

Basically, he’s disappointed in people who believe he used a slur — a rather weird defense of iffy actions.

Since then, however, Redick has actually released a more detailed statement explaining what happened.

Please read. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/phL6v7Voeb — JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 19, 2018

At the very least, at least that helps explain how the NBA released that video without the apparent slur being edited out. If no one heard it, or believed what Redick said was a slur but something else, that weird part of the story ends. Whether or not you believe how he landed on many hearing a slur is up to you.

This story is not over, as Jeremy Lin has also released a statement backing Redick.

wanted to address this… pic.twitter.com/3oB2mUvQpc — Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 19, 2018

People are likely going to hear what they want to hear out of the video. How they feel about the apology, which some might feel comes a tweet too late, might fall in that same category of predetermined mindsets not letting a normal conversation be had.

Either way, Redick’s initial defiance, instead of just releasing an actual explanation, likely did him no favors on the mean streets of social media.

One team “willing to pay whatever it takes” to land Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins is set to become a free agent this summer and in addition to the New York Jets willingness to hand over guaranteed money to the signal-caller, they apparently will do whatever it takes to land him, per ESPN.

Apparently going more than 10 years without a true franchise quarterback will make you that desperate to land one. After going through the tailend of Brett Favre’s career, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown, the Jets are apparently ready to hand over anything, including what could be close to $32 million annually.

Cousins in a one-time Pro Bowler with more than 16,000 yards thrown over six seasons in Washington. He didn’t take over as full-time starter until 2015, where he led the Redskins to a 9-7 record. Over his career, he’s tossed 99 touchdowns to 55 interceptions.

He’s 26-30-1 over his tenure after being drafted as a fourth-round pick.

Cousins is expected to be the premier free agent this summer, with the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and others are expected to toss their hat into the running.

Alabama reportedly has two coaches in the mix for crucial open position

Alabama is in need of a defensive line coach after Karl Dunbar left for the pros and there are two men reportedly in the mix for the job, according to AL.com. One is a pretty familiar face in Lance Thompson who has had three stints with the Crimson Tide while the other is Charlie Partridge who has experience in the SEC with a stop at Arkansas.

Thompson is currently the defensive line coach for South Carolina and assistant head coach of defense for the Gamecocks. He was actually Alabama’s defensive line coach in 1999 and 2000 and has had stops at Georgia Tech, LSU, UCF, Tennessee and Auburn. He made his way back to Tuscaloosa in 2007 to become linebackers coach after leaving the next season and was back from 2012 to 2014 in the same capacity.

Partridge was the head coach at FAU before Lane Kiffin got there and has had stops at Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Arkansas. He was defensive line and associate head coach for the Razorbacks in 2013 before taking the FAU job.

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