NFL Draft 2011: How Will Aqib Talib’s Arrest Affect the Buccaneers’ Draft?

The Buccaneers were already looking for help at corner with Ronde Barber as a 35-year-old stud in his waning years. Then there was the Aqib Talib arrest. On Tuesday, Talib an arrest warrant was issued for Talib and his mother for allegedly shooting a gun at Talib’s sister’s boyfriend.
Talib turned himself in on Wednesday, posted bail and denied firing a gun at the man. However, he likely has a long and arduous trial ahead of him, not to mention potential time behind bars. At a minimum, the Bucs have to worry about a suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell has said that player behavior during the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations will be subject to review.
With the 20th overall pick in the draft, the Bucs will miss out on top cornerback prospects Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara. They could reach for Colorado’s Jimmy Smith, but Clifton Brown of Sporting News thinks Tampa Bay is best served by looking to the second round.
Several quality prospects, such as Virginia’s Ras-I Dowling or Texas’ Aaron Williams, will slip to the second round. Tampa Bay will surely look to pick one up 51st overall.
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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Washington Takes Their Luck with Cam Newton

There isn’t much that can be said about Cam Newton that hasn’t already been said. He had one of the most incredible seasons in college football history. His numbers were astronomical and he helped lead Auburn to a BCS Championship in his first and only year on campus.
People often bring up his off-field antics while at Florida and the possibility of taking illegal benefits while at Auburn but that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of his on field skills.
Now Newton did struggle at the combine and that is going to call his place into question. Not only did fail to impress with his accuracy throwing the ball but he also apparently didn’t impress with his interviews.
However the Washington Redskins aren’t the type of organization to shy away from a guy because of a few character defects.
After the snafu surrounding Donovan McNabb this year the Redskins will need a quarterback and Newton is the type of guy that Mike Shanahan likes to gave running his offense.

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Cord Cutters: A First Look At MLB & NBA On Apple TV

With the latest software update to the Apple TV set-top box, sports fans will finally be able to stream live baseball and basketball games on the device.

For sports fans and cord cutters like me, that gives us another way to keep track of our favorite teams without having to pay for a cable subscription.We took a first look at the new sports apps available on the Apple TV for this special episode of Cord Cutters:

I’m a Phillies fan and subscriber to, so I was curious to see how the service looks on the Apple TV. Unfortunately, it’s still spring training, so the number of games that are available for streaming are relatively limited. Also, the games aren’t being streamed in HD yet, but MLB says that should be corrected once the MLB season officially starts.

While the MLB app is a nice feature right now, after Opening Day it could be a must-have for cord-cutting baseball fans, or even those that live outside the home area of their favorite team.I also have access to NBA League Pass Broadband — provided to us free by Turner so we could test out the service — so we took a look at that as well. The verdict? Games streamed on Apple TV look really good.

While the quality is not quite true HD, on a big screen TV the NBA streams will look nearly as good as those displayed through your local sports network’s standard definition stream.Altogether, the new apps available through Apple TV are great news for sports fans that don’t pay for cable, and great news for people that don’t live in the home market of their favorite baseball or basketball team.

Unfortunately for those that live in their favorite team’s home market, games won’t be available due to local blackout restrictions. But for the rest of us, and NBA League Pass are great ways to watch all the games, now on TV.

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Celtics Break Up Their Fantastic Five by Sending Perkins to the Thunder

When the Celtics lost to the Orlando Magic two seasons ago in the Eastern Conference semifinals, their coach, Doc Rivers took comfort in a convenient yet accurate statement: no team had beaten Boston in the playoffs when its starting five — Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins — was healthy. Garnett missed that series with a knee injury. The previous year, the Celtics won their 17th N.B.A. title.

Rivers said the same thing last year when Perkins blew out his right knee in Game 6 of the finals and the Lakers prevailed in Game 7.

Now, the Celtics will try to win a championship without the familiar five. On Thursday, the Celtics’ director of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, traded Perkins to the Oklahoma City, along with the reserve guard Nate Robinson, for the young forward Jeff Green and the veteran center Nenad Krstic.
“They go down as never having lost a playoff series,” a tongue-in-cheek Phil Jackson said Thursday.
The trade was the most significant deal engineered before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. It was first reported by Yahoo Sports and confirmed by two executives briefed on the trade.
Many league executives took a cautious approach in the days leading to the deadline, with the uncertainty of the league’s expiring labor agreement and how consummated trades would affect payrolls. Some teams sought financial flexibility while others tried to strengthen themselves for the playoffs.
The Houston Rockets were among the most active teams. They made a point-guard switch — dealing Aaron Brooks for Phoenix’s Goran Dragic — and traded the defensive specialist Shane Battier to the Memphis Grizzlies for a former second overall pick, Hasheem Thabeet, and a first-round draft pick, The Houston Chronicle reported.
Brooks will play behind the All-Star point guard Steve Nash. Some had speculated that Phoenix, struggling to integrate new players, might trade Nash before the deadline.
“I’ll wait in line,” Brooks told The Chronicle. “That dude is a legend, M.V.P and a Hall of Famer. I’m ready to go be behind him and learn from him, just come in and help team. It offers me a fresh start. I’m ready to go.”
The Clippers and the Cavaliers exchanged former All-Star point guards — Baron Davis and Mo Williams. The Clippers also received Jamario Moon in the deal and sent Cleveland what will most likely be a top selection in next year’s draft for taking on Davis’s salary.
In other moves, Portland acquired the former All-Star forward Gerald Wallace from the Charlotte Bobcats for Joel Przybilla, Dante Cunningham and two first-round picks.
The Celtics-Thunder deal could have the most impact on the playoffs. Perkins is a bullying center, an enforcer who started alongside four All-Stars. Now, he will be asked to perform the same tasks alongside the young All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Many considered the absence of a quality center like Perkins a hindrance to the Thunder’s truly challenging the Lakers in the Western Conference.
Perkins has played in 12 games after extensive rehab and will be out at least another week after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
The Celtics will gamble that their interior will get healthy. Shaquille O’Neal has been out with a strained Achilles’ tendon and Jermaine O’Neal has been sidelined most of the season(knee). Boston sought perimeter help in Green, a forward with inside-outside skills. They also sent Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for a second-round pick 2017. Boston made the move as a salary dump and because Daniels could miss the rest of the season with a bruised spinal cord. Sacramento needed to add salary because they were below the league’s minimum payroll.
Boston also dealt Semih Erden and Luke Harangody to Cleveland for a 2012 second-round puck.
Green is averaging 15.6 points and 5.6 rebounds and will be a restricted free agent after the season
Oklahoma City further solidified its frontcourt by adding Nazr Mohammed in a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats for D.J. White and Morris Peterson.
In a twist, Green played a side role in Boston’s re-emergence. The Celtics drafted Green with the fifth overall selection in the 2007 draft and then traded him, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to the Seattle SuperSonics, which became the Thunder, for Allen and Glen Davis.

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