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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/20/2014

Stephen Curry wants to introduce NFL-style challenge flags to the NBA


“NBA 2K15 Uncensored” featured NBA stars Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant. (Brad Barket/Getty Images for 2K)

Stephen Curry wants to bring more fairness to the basketball court by adding a few extra pieces of flair to the sidelines. The Golden State Warriors guard suggested coaches should have red flags to throw, just like they do in the NFL, when they want to challenge a call.

“Obviously refs are human and they miss calls,” he Curry said at a roundtable discussion called “NBA 2K15 Unsensored” on Tuesday. “To be able to make sure they got the right one — maybe give the coach a little flag like they do in football and he gets two or three challenges a game to make sure they get the right call, especially in pivotal situations.”

His “NBA 2K15″ co-stars/real-life opponent Kevin Durant doesn’t agree with him, though, mostly because he thinks it would unnecessarily complicate the game.

“I wouldn’t like to see anything changed because I like how the game is played,” the Oklahoma City Thunder star said. “I think it’s perfect how it is. … If you give coach the right to challenge calls … it would take some purity out of the game, I think.”

James Harden’s views on coach flags fall somewhere in between Curry’s and Durant’s.

“I think maybe two or three challenges a game, depending on if you get the first two correct, then you get the third,” the Houston Rockets player suggested. “That would probably change the game…especially late in the game.”

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By Marissa Payne  |  03:35 PM ET, 08/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 08/20/2014

Kelly Slater surfs with ‘hands up’ for Michael Brown, Ferguson


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Surfer Kelly Slater is in Tahiti, thousands of miles from Ferguson, Mo., but the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing unrest there have been on his mind.

Slater, who is competing in the Billabong Pro Tahiti competition, used his sport to make a statement about Brown, who was shot to death by a St. Louis County police officer. Slater posted the image to Instagram, with the words “”One for #MikeBrown, #DontShoot #Ferguson #HandsUp.”

Slater isn’t the only athlete who has memorialized Brown. Members of the Washington Redskins defensive secondary came onto the field for a preseason game Monday night with their hands up and earlier this week Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon posted an Instagram photo of teammates with the message: “#HandsUpDontShoot We are all #MikeBrown.”

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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 08/20/2014

Tony Gonzalez predicts Broncos will go 16-0 and get Super Bowl revenge over Seahawks


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The Denver Broncos were last seen getting routed by the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Tony Gonzalez, the now-retired NFL tight end who will work for CBS this season, thinks there won’t be a repeat in 2014.

Newsday’s Bob Glauber has more about his conversation with the 14-time Pro Bowl selection.

“Right now, Denver has a team built just like the New England Patriots back when they went undefeated [in the 2007 regular season],” said Gonzalez, the former All-Pro tight end who retired after last season and is an NFL analyst for CBS.

Gonzalez added that NFL teams have asked him to consider one more year in the league but that he’s “happily retired,” even though it would be nice to get that elusive Super Bowl ring:

“The temptation would be there, but I don’t know what the gain would be,” he said. “I’ve always wanted a ring. That’s been my main goal as a player over the last 15 years of my career. You’re really trying to get that ultimate goal.

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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 08/20/2014

Man United’s Antonio Valencia threatens to sue ESPN’s Jorge Ramos over allegations that he and five others got 50 percent of Ecuador’s World Cup money


Ecuador’s captain Antonio Valencia, left, and Switzerland’s defender Ricardo Rodriguez vie for the ball. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

ESPN’s World Cup commentator Jorge Ramos may have gotten himself into some legal trouble Monday when he reported that Ecuador team captain Antonio Valencia and five other players received 50 percent of the squad’s total tournament prize money, according to Ecuador’s La Hora newspaper. He made his remarks on his ESPN radio program “Jorge Ramos y Su Banda.”

Ecuador failed to make it out of the group rounds at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but for even getting to the tournament the team received roughly $8 million, of which 60 percent, or $4.8 million, was distributed to the players, according to La Hora. Valencia denies that he along with teammates Walter Ayovi, Christian Noboa, Felipe Caicedo, Jefferson Montero and Jorge Guagua, were getting more than their fair share of the winnings, which the Manchester United player told FutbolEcuador.com was being dispersed according the contributions each player made on the pitch.

“We decided to split the money — from prizes — for minutes played in the qualifiers,” Valencia said in an interview on Ecuador’s Radio La Red (via Ecuador’s Hoy.com). “I am outraged… I will initiate legal action against [Ramos],” he added.

Luis Chiriboga, president of the Ecuadorian Football Federation (FEF), supported Valencia, noting he would produce documentation confirming who got what.

“Jorge Ramos’s assertion is untrue,” Chiriboga said at a press conference on Tuesday (via Futbol.com). “I spoke to the captain [Valencia] and told him that if they decide to initiate legal action against the journalist and ESPN, the FEF shall be with them.”

Ramos, meanwhile, stood by his story, referring to his source, who he identifies as an Ecuadorian delegation member, as “reliable,” Ecuador’s Radio La Deportiva (via FutbolEcuador.com) reports. Ramos did, however, note his surprise at how much of a stir the report created. He said on the La Deportiva:

“I do not like this kind of limelight. We did not discuss what we discussed with the intention of of causing this revolution you’re telling me is happening in Ecuador. I have the greatest respect for the players of the Ecuadorian national team. My informant has my full support and that’s why I dared to give the names, without imagining that this would create this situation.”

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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 08/20/2014

Dallas Cowboys remain NFL’s most valuable franchise at $3.2 billion, according to Forbes


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Over the last eight years, the Dallas Cowboys have made the playoffs all of three times, with zero postseason appearances since 2009. Yet for each of those eight years, Forbes magazine has dubbed Dallas the most valuable franchise in the NFL, including this year in rankings that were released Wednesday.

Forbes pegged the Cowboys’ value at $3.2 billion after the team took in $560 million in revenue in 2013.

The Patriots ($2.6 billion), Redskins ($2.4 billion) and New York Giants ($2.1 billion) followed the Cowboys atop the rankings for the following reason:

Short explanation: the Cowboys, Patriots, Redskins and Giants were the only NFL teams that were among the league’s top five in both premium seating revenue (at least $55 million) and stadium sponsorship revenue (over $40 million) in 2013. Each of these four teams also saw their values climb by 39% or more the past year.

Despite what Forbes called a “a widening wealth gap in the NFL due to the piles of cash big market teams generate from modern stadiums and the premium a buyer would be willing to pay for entry into the most elite U.S. sports league in a big city,” team owners of all stripes still have it pretty good, Forbes writes:

For the 2013 season, the average NFL team generated record revenue (net of proceeds used to pay off stadium debt) and record operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $299 million and $53 million, respectively. Each of the NFL’s 32 teams took in a record $170 million of national revenue, mainly  from league-wide broadcasting  and licensing fees.

Forbes reporter Mike Ozanzian also reports that several unnamed NFL owners have told him that two NFL teams would be moving to Los Angeles “within two years.” Those two teams — Ozanian thinks it will be the Rams and the Raiders (the latter being wholly unsurprising) — would share a new stadium.

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