Sunday, January 31, 2016

Leadoff with Lee 1.30.16 #Manziel #Browns #Indians #NBAAllStarTO

By @cleeverizon

The Cleveland Indians have announced their 2016 Hall of Fame Class of Jim Thome, Frank Robinson, Albert Belle and Charlie Jamieson. 

Thome, a 5-time All-Star is the home run franchise leader with 337. In 1995, Belle had his became the first player to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in a single season. Frank Robinson played in Cleveland at the end of his career, 1974-76 and then became the first African-American manager in baseball in 1975-77 for the team. Jamieson was a member of the 1920 World Series championship team that defeated the Brooklyn Robins, who would later become the Dodgers. 

The ceremony will be held before the July 30th game, against the Oakland Athletics.

Kansas City Chiefs tight end, and Cleveland Heights native, Travis Kelce became the NFL's second highest paid tight end Friday after signing a 5-year, $46M extension, with around $20M guaranteed. Kelce will receive a signing bonus just under $10M. The new deal has a max value of $50M including incentives. Along with the new deal, E! Entertainment Television is developing an eight episode reality TV dating series for Kelce, titled "Catching Kelce".

In addition to the $31 million the Panthers will pay Cam Newton this season, he now makes $11 million annually from deals with companies including PepsiCo's Gatorade, Microsoft, General Motors, and Under Armour. “Last Friday, it was $10 million” said his agent, Carlos Fleming of WME/IMG, declining to say which deals include bonuses for reaching the Feb. 7 Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif. Newton trails Denver Broncos quarterback -- and Super Bowl opponent -- Peyton Manning.

According to Forbes, Manning earns $12 million from contracts with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Papa John’s International Inc., DirecTV and others.

In case you missed it, the 2016 NBA All-Star Reserves were announced. While the fans selected the starters for the East and West, the coaches around the league select the reserves.

For the East:

Jimmy Butler
DeMar DeRozan
Paul Millsap
Andre Drummond
Chris Bosh
John Wall
Isaiah Thomas

For the West:

Draymond Green 
James Harden 
Chris Paul 
Klay Thompson 
Anthony Davis
DeMarcus Cousins
LaMarcus Aldridge

Maty Mauk, quarterback of the Missouri Tigers, has been dismissed from the team. His dismissal comes a week after a video appeared on social media of Mauk snorting a white substance, believed to be cocaine. Coach Barry Odom said in a statement "After gathering evidence and speaking with a number of individuals this week, it is clear Maty has failed to live up to those expectations by violating team rules in recent weeks."

This is the third suspension for Mauk since September. The university has said they remain committed to helping him work through his challenges and earn his degree.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is being investigated by police in Texas following a disturbance during which he may have assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

Manziel, who has had two tumultuous seasons in the NFL, was identified by Forth Worth, Texas, police after they were called at about 2 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a possible assault at an apartment complex. The officers didn't find the person who called, but they spoke to an unidentified 23-year-old woman who said she was "involved in a disturbance with her ex-boyfriend" earlier that night in Dallas. Police later identified him as Manziel. There were no arrests, and it's not clear if Manziel has yet been questioned.
 The police report said the woman was uncooperative with officers, who were unable to locate a crime scene. The woman raised concerns about her ex-boyfriend's well-being. Police tried calling Manziel's cell phone and searching for him before determining he was safe.

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