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Caitlin Clark Close To Signing Big Deal With Nike, Including Her Own Shoe

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Photo: Instagram/Caitlin Clark Caitlin Clark, the former Iowa basketball star and the top pick in this year's WNBA draft by the Indiana Fever, is on the verge of signing a huge deal with Nike. According to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the deal could be worth eight figures and will even feature a signature shoe for Clark.  Clark's impact on the league is already evident, even before she has played her first WNBA game.  Her selection as the number one draft pick by the Fever led to a surge in interest , with ESPN's coverage of the 2024 WNBA draft attracting the largest TV audience since the year 2000.  Photo: Instagram/Caitlin Clark The draft drew in 2.45 million viewers, which is four times more than the previous year.   Given her rising star and influence, it's no surprise that Nike is eager to partner with Clark.  Her previous deal with the company ended after the recent college basketball season, allowing her to explore offers from Nike,

NBA Names Ashley Moyer-Gleich As First Woman Playoff Referee Since 2012

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Photo: Instagram/Ashley Moyer-Gleich Ashley Moyer-Gleich got a big surprise in her email before leaving for a game last Saturday. Instead of wrapping up her season, she found out she had more games ahead. The NBA picked Moyer-Gleich to be a referee for the playoffs, making her only the second woman ever chosen for this role. She joins Violet Palmer, who refereed nine playoff games from 2006 to 2012. "It's surreal," said Moyer-Gleich about the news. She played basketball at Millersville University and became an NBA referee full-time in 2018. She has worked over 200 regular-season games in six seasons. Photo: Instagram/Ashley Moyer-Gleich Moyer-Gleich was one of three new referees picked for the playoffs this year. She was aiming to be an alternate again after working four games last year. "To see my name on the list of working floor officials... it was really quite amazing," she shared. The NBA announced a total of 36 referees for the first round of the playoffs.

Albany Football Star AJ Simon Passes Away at Age 25, Just A Week Before NFL Draft

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Photo: Instagram/AJ Simon Albany is mourning the loss of former University of Albany defensive lineman Amitral “AJ” Simon, who passed away at the age of 25. This sad news comes just a week before the 2024 NFL Draft, which Simon had hoped to join after announcing his entry last December. The University of Albany football team shared the heartbreaking news on their official social media account on Wednesday, April 17. They remembered Simon as a fantastic young man and an outstanding teammate during his time at the university. "He was a role model both on and off the field and served as a pillar to this program over the last two years," the team said in their statement. "He will be profoundly missed." Photo: Instagram/AJ Simon Head football coach Greg Gattuso also paid tribute to Simon, sharing his memories of the two "joyous years coaching and becoming friends" with him. "My prayers are dedicated to the Simon family. I love you AJ and will always have a

Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler Injures Knee In Play-In Loss

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Photo: Instagram/Jimmy Butler Miami Heat faced a setback in their Play-In Tournament game against the 76ers when guard Jimmy Butler injured his right knee.  Butler, who led the Heat to the NBA Finals last season, hurt his knee in the first half while trying to make a move against Kelly Oubre Jr. He fell to the court, with Oubre landing on him. "I fell, he landed, and my knee just didn’t do well, I guess," Butler said. Despite the injury, Butler continued to play, scoring 19 points in the game. However, the Heat fell short, losing 105-104 to the 76ers. Photo: Instagram/Jimmy Butler Butler mentioned that he would need an MRI to assess the extent of his injury. "It felt like I couldn’t do too much, which sucks with the timing of the game and everything," he added. The team is uncertain about his availability for their next Play-In Tournament game against either Chicago or Atlanta. "It just wasn’t the case," Butler reflected on his performance. "I wasn’

Woman Who Accused Trevor Bauer of Assault Now Faces Fraud Charges

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Photo: Instagram/Trevor Bauer An Arizona woman who previously accused former MLB pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault has been charged with defrauding him. The indictment revealed on Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court accuses the woman of fraud and theft by extortion. It suggests that Bauer and another person were targeted in a scheme that may have lasted several years. The Associated Press typically doesn't name individuals who claim to be sexual assault victims unless they go public. The woman filed a lawsuit against Bauer in December 2022, alleging rape in late 2020 that resulted in a pregnancy. Photo: Instagram/Trevor Bauer As of Tuesday afternoon, there was no listed attorney for the woman in the fraud case. The lawyer representing her in the assault lawsuit didn't respond immediately to a request for comment. Bauer was never arrested or charged with a crime. He filed a countersuit, stating that he had a consensual encounter with the woman in 2020 and accused her o

Zion Williamson Injured In Playoff Opener: Hamstring Issue Under Review

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Photo: Instagram/Zion Williamson The NBA Playoffs kicked off with a bang, but not without its first major setback. In a nail-biting Play-In game between the Pelicans and Lakers for the West's No. 7 seed, Zion Williamson hit the 40-point mark but left the game with a concerning injury. With only three minutes left on the clock and the game tied, Williamson appeared to hurt his leg and quickly signaled to the bench. He left the game angrily and headed to the locker room during the next timeout. The Pelicans ended up losing 110-106 to the Lakers. After the game, Pelicans coach Willie Green described Williamson's injury as "left leg soreness." However, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that it's likely a hamstring issue. Williamson will have more tests on Wednesday to determine the severity of the injury and when he might return to play. Photo: Instagram/Zion Williamson His availability for Friday's crucial game against the Kings, who beat the Warriors on T

Jontay Porter Faces Lifetime NBA Ban For Gambling Violations

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Photo: Instagram/Jontay Porter Jontay Porter , a player with the Toronto Raptors, has been handed a lifetime ban from the NBA.  The decision comes after the league found that Porter had violated its rules on gambling. The NBA made the announcement on Wednesday, confirming that they had been investigating Porter's betting activities since late March.  The league takes gambling violations seriously to protect the integrity of the game. The NBA's rules prohibit players, coaches, and referees from betting on basketball games, including their own matches. Photo: Instagram/Jontay Porter Violating these rules can result in severe penalties , as demonstrated by Porter's lifetime ban.   Porter, once considered a promising talent in the NBA, now faces a career-ending setback due to his actions. The Toronto Raptors have not yet commented on the league's decision or Porter's future with the team.  This incident serves as a reminder to all NBA personnel about the importance of a

Klay Thompson's Future With The Warriors Uncertain After Playoff Exit

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Photo: Instagram/Klay Thompson In a surprising turn of events, the Sacramento Kings ended the Golden State Warriors' postseason hopes for 2024. Once considered an easy win for the Warriors, the Kings have improved over the years and pushed the Warriors to their limits this season. The Warriors' long-standing dominance in the NBA is showing cracks, with their future now uncertain. The team's core of star players might be on the verge of splitting up. Klay Thompson , one half of the famous Splash Brothers, is set to become a free agent. His recent performance has declined, and he even lost his starting spot for a while this season. Despite an offer from the Warriors last year, negotiations for his next contract remain unclear. Photo: Instagram/Klay Thompson With other shooters like Grayson Allen getting big contracts, Thompson could command a substantial deal in free agency. Several teams with cap space are looking for sharpshooters, making Thompson a hot commodity. The Orlan

LeBron James And Zion Williamson's Collision Raises Concerns In Lakers' Win

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Photo: Instagram/LeBron James In a thrilling Play-In Tournament game, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to secure a 110-106 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans. This win also helped the Lakers claim the #7 seed in the Western Conference. However, the game wasn't without its worrying moments. The highlight of the match was a collision between the Lakers' LeBron James and the Pelicans' Zion Williamson . During the first half, James tried to take a charge from Williamson, leading to a heavy collision between the two giants of the game. Photo: Instagram/LeBron James While James, being 6'9'' and 250 pounds, can handle a fair amount of physical play, Williamson, at 6'6'' and 284 pounds, is even bigger. The collision sent James tumbling to the floor. Fortunately, both players were able to continue playing. However, Williamson left the game early due to "left leg soreness" after an impressive performance with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and five ass

Kawhi Leonard Joins Team USA For 2024 Olympics

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Photo: Instagram/Kawhi Leonard Kawhi Leonard has been confirmed as the final member of Team USA's basketball roster for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris. The  LA Clippers star completes the 12-man squad, joining basketball legends like LeBron James , Steph Curry , and Kevin Durant . The news was finalized less than 24 hours after ESPN reported that 11 spots had been filled. According to sources from The Athletic, Leonard's inclusion was confirmed after a meeting with USA Basketball Managing Director Grant Hill. Photo: Instagram/Kawhi Leonard Leonard will team up with other NBA stars, including guards Jayson Tatum , Devin Booker , Jrue Holiday , Tyrese Haliburton , and Anthony Edwards . For the frontcourt, big men Bam Adebayo and Anthony Davis will join forces with Leonard and James. Despite not playing since March 31 due to a knee issue, Leonard's selection has surprised some fans. Meanwhile, Jalen Brunson , who had a standout season with the New York Knicks, missed