Former NFL star Andre Johnson treats needy kids to a $20K Christmas shopping spree

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Andre Johnson retired from the NFL on Oct. 31 after a legendary career as a wide receiver, but his many accomplishments on the field are nothing compared to this. 

Johnson took a dozen children on a Wednesday morning holiday shopping spree in the Houston area, footing a bill that came out to nearly $20,000. 

Johnson played most of his career with the Houston Texans. He worked with Child Protective Services to find a dozen kids who could use a boost this holiday season, according to Houston’s ABC News affiliate. He then gave the kids 80 seconds to run wild at a Toys “R” Us, promising to foot the bill for all the toys they could grab.  Read more…

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The delightful arrogance of college basketball’s leading scorer

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Locked in a close college basketball game with under three minutes to play, should you: (A) Launch a 25-footer midway through the shot clock; (B) Precede that three-pointer with a pointless spin move; or (C) Saunter back on defense soaking up the fan love?

The answer is (D), all of the above. At least if you’re Central Michigan guard Marcus Keene, that is. 

Keene pulled off the cheekiest college hoops shot in recent memory Tuesday night when he dribbled behind his back while executing a reverse spin move way out behind the three-point line before pulling a very deep jumper that found the bottom of the net.  Read more…

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Larry Bird just turned 60, so let’s talk about his iconic 60-point game in 1985

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There’s a weirdly introspective aspect to seeing your sports heroes age, and it hit again Wednesday. 

Make no mistake, Larry Bird was always old to most of us of a certain age — but he was never that old. If you’re in your 20s or 30s today, he was the guy who came right before Jordan and Shaq and the other hoops heroes who hooked us as kids and made us sports fans for life. Bird was the just over the horizon in the rearview mirror — but still within signal range. 

Now he’s old old, which has unfortunate implications for the rest of us as well. Yup, Bird turned 60 on WednesdaySixty! Where do the years go? But enough sentimental rumination. This is also a time to look back.  Read more…

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A tragic end for Rashaan Salaam, Heisman Trophy winner and former college football star

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In the early ’90s, Rashaan Salaam was a college football superstar, combining grace and power to rumble for yard after yard after yard for the Colorado Buffaloes. 

On Monday night, Salaam was found dead at 42 years old in a park in Boulder, Colorado, less than two miles from the stadium where he became a legend. 

Salaam’s body was found at Eben G. Fine Park. Police told the Associated Press that foul play is not suspected in the former running back’s death. But Salaam’s mother, Khalada, told USA Today that police suspect her son committed suicide.  Read more…

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A tragic end for Rashaan Salaam, Heisman Trophy winner and former college football star

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In the early ’90s, Rashaan Salaam was a college football superstar, combining grace and power to rumble for yard after yard after yard for the Colorado Buffaloes. 

On Monday night, Salaam was found dead at 42 years old in a park in Boulder, Colorado, less than two miles from the stadium where he became a legend. 

Salaam’s body was found at Eben G. Fine Park. Police told the Associated Press that foul play is not suspected in the former running back’s death. But Salaam’s mother, Khalada, told USA Today that police suspect her son committed suicide.  Read more…

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The Golden State Warriors just aren’t fair

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The Golden State Warriors just aren’t fair. They aren’t fair because they have a player who can score 60 points in 29 minutes. 

The Warriors aren’t fair because that player — Klay Thompson — is their purported third option on offense. 

And the Warriors aren’t fair because Thompson, even though he was erupting for 60 points, had nothing to do with Golden State’s most jaw-dropping highlight on Monday.

The highlight in question started when Zaza Pachulia won a jump a ball, then tipped it back to Draymond Green. Green threw a football-style bomb downcourt to a streaking Steph Curry. Curry touched the ball for just the briefest moment while going airborne and flicking a blind alley-oop backwards over his head. Kevin Durant soared in to flush it home. The ball didn’t touch the floor once. The crowd, as they say, went wild.  Read more…

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Marshawn Lynch narrating the ‘Planet Earth II’ iguana chase is just so perfect

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White-knuckle footage of an iguana running away from snakes on Planet Earth II became an internet sensation last month. But it turns out that was just the prequel.

Finally, Marshawn Lynch is here to give the clip the treatment it deserves. 

What we have below is a bona fide piece of internet gold. Some diabolical genius took that Planet Earth II footage, then overlaid audio of Lynch describing his famous “Beast Quake” run from 2011. Turns out the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. 

Our only quibble: The iguana should have grabbed its crotch, in true Lynch fashion, after getting away.  Read more…

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Sheriff gets profane over why it took so long to arrest Joe McKnight’s alleged killer

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Ronald Gasser, the man suspected of killing former NFL and college football star Joe McKnight, was arrested on Monday and charged with manslaughter. 

After Gasser allegedly fired three shots in a road rage incident in New Orleans on Thursday, authorities released the 54-year-old without charges on Friday night, citing Louisiana’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which states that a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations.

Gasser’s release led to protests from NAACP representatives and an outcry on social media, as people criticized the slow-moving justice system. At a press conference on Tuesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand defended his department’s investigation and scolded those who doubted it.  Read more…

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These were the world’s 10 most popular sports tweets of 2016

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Twitter is still the place sports fans go for up-to-the-minute news and analysis about the teams, players and games they love. 

Below, check out the 10 most popular sports tweets of 2016 according to Twitter, which allow us to relive a year that provided no shortage of spectacle and entertainment. 

Soccer reigned supreme in these worldwide rankings, but there’s much more to this list. 

10. Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Portugal’s Euro 2016 win

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This dunk is absolutely brutal, and you’ll never guess who threw it down

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What we have here, folks, is a late contender for 2016’s dunk of the year, thanks to Derrick Jones Jr. of the NBA D-League. 

Jones is currently a rookie for the Northern Arizona Suns in the NBA’s minor league after playing one season of college hoops for UNLV. But never mind all that — let’s get to the glorious dunk. 

It happened over the weekend, so we’ll forgive you if it was lost amid football, the last of Thanksgiving leftovers and — well, let’s face it, not many people watch the D-League. 

Maybe we all should, though, after viewing this clip. Here’s Jones catching the one-handed alley-oop about two counties away from the rim before somehow slamming it home over a hapless defender.  Read more…

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