Sunday, July 6, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 7.6.14

-OH MY JOSH! Browns receiver Josh Gordon was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, North Carolina for driving while impaired. Gordon was driving 50 MPH in a 35 MPH speed zone. Upon being pulled over, the officer detected the smell of alcohol coming from Gordon's person. Gordon admitted to having 3 mixed drinks and the breathalyzer was givin. Gordon blew a .09, the legal limit as in most states is a .08. Gordon was released after a $500 bond. The bond was posted by a convicted felon Haydn "Fats" Thomas. Gordon is due in court on August 28th. Now a lot of people are saying trade him. Josh has "NO" trade value at this time. Some people are saying cut him. Why cut him if he is going to face a suspension in the first place? It's not like you have to pay him. I'm saying help him! Say he is suspended for one year for example, he can return in the 2015-16 season and he will only be 25 years old. Why cut him and run the risk he cleans up his act signs with another team and dominates the league as he did in 2013-14? I mean he "only" led the NFL in receiving yards last year and was voted the number 16 best player by his NFL peers for the NFL's top 100 players.

-The Cleveland Cavs are looking to clear cap room so they can offer a max contract to sign LeBron James and another max player. Cavs swing man Jarrett Jack is on the trading block along with a 2015 draft pick to sweeten the pot. The Cavs signed Jack to a 4 year $25 million dollar contract last summer.

-The LA Lakers are prepared to offer Carmelo Anthony a 4-year $97 million dollar contract. But it appears that Melo will stay in New York as they can offer him a 5-year $129 million dollar contract. Both are max contracts that are available to Anthony as per the NBA collective bargaining agreement.

-Elyria, Ohio native, former Elyria High School Pioneer, and current Ohio State red shirt freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle was arrested early Saturday morning for drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and rioting at a bar in Lorain, Ohio. As of 10:00 pm Saturday night, Sprinkle was still being held in Lorain City jail. With Urban Meyer on vacation, it is not known if Sprinkle has been suspended or otherwise punished. An Ohio State spokesperson has told the Columbus Dispatch that the university is aware of the situation. Tracy Sprinkle was a 3 star defensive end and early enrollee in OSU's class of 2013 before red shirting last year. A new report from the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram states that "information provided by police incorrectly stated that he [Sprinkle] was found with heroin."
Per the latest report from Chronicle-Telegram, Sprinkle was arrested and charged with possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and rioting/failure to disperse. Sources close to the Sprinkle family expect the drug charges to be dropped stemming from this incident. According to The Lantern, Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Ohio State has not yet commented publicly on the situation.

-The Indians improved their record to 42-44 with a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals yesterday at Progressive field. TJ House had a great outing pitching 7 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 9 hits striking out 3 and no walks. Michael Bourn left the game in the 9th he felt his hamstring tighten up. The Tribe will know more about his status today but I expect them to scratch him from Sunday's lineup to allow him to rest his hamstring. Corey Kluber, 7-6 on the season with a 2.99 ERA, will start for the Tribe today as they face Danny Duffy, who is 5-7 with a 2.60 ERA. First pitch is at 1:05 today at the "Pro" as the Indians look to win the series.

-At UFC 175, "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey defended her undisputed UFC women's bantamweight championship, getting a TKO versus Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds in the first round!

Chris Weidman also defended his UFC middleweight championship, besting Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision. Both men put it all out there, having a great fight, an all out brawl that lasted the full 5 rounds.

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