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Peyton Manning goes Rocky Top shelf with Tennessee bourbon whiskey at $200 a bottle

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    For Tennesseans who need their spirits raised by Peyton Manning again, he's there for them by helping to raise a spirit.

    Manning is the headline big-name investor in a new high-end Tennessee-made bourbon whiskey which will be available for purchase exclusively in the Volunteer State starting next Tuesday. For $200 a bottle, one can put Sweetens Cove — named after a beloved golf course in South Pittsburg, Tenn. — on his or her (Rocky) top shelf.

    Manning's recently retired brother Eli is also financially backing the Nashville-based product, which will be available for purchase at first online at 9 a.m. May 26 before being distributed throughout the state. CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, retired tennis champion Andy Roddick and singer-s夜网论坛ongwriter Drew Holcomb are among the other investors.

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    According to the Tenneseean, Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey will eventually make its way to nearby states, although in limited supply. Before any bottles are sold to the public, however, Manning and company are trying to reserve 20 bottles from the first barrel to donate to charities, including those focused on COVID-19 relief.

    Manning has shown a magic touch off the field with his business and commercial ventures, from Papa John's franchisee to DirecTV (with Eli)[......]

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    AOC, others demand Redskins change name following Blackout Tuesday post

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    Many NFL teams participated in Blackout Tuesday, a display of solidarity by businesses and individuals who silenced their social media pages to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

    However, not every team was praised for taking part. The 49ers' posts were met with responses about Colin Kaepernick, but perhaps no team was hit harder than the Washington Redskins. Their tweet currently stands at 1,100 retweets, but 14,000 retweets with comments, most of which were highly critical of the franchise.

    And the responses exceeded your typical Twitter trolls just looking to make a quick joke. U.S. congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of the thousands who chimed in, claiming if the Redskins really wanted to make a change they should start with their name.

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    Redskin is a slang term for Native Americans and, as defined by Merriam-Webster, "usually offensive."

    The name has been dropped by some high schools across the United States, including one in Idaho in 2019. According to a December 2017 article, the number of high schools using Redskins as a nickname had declined from 93 before 1990 to 49 (and that number is lower now)[......]

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    Why did Drew Brees retire from NFL? Saints QB trades Hall of Fame career for NBC's broadcast booth

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    Drew Brees, as expected, ended his NFL career after 20 seasons, deciding to retire from the Saints on Sunday — 15 years to the date after he signed in New Orleans. The future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, who turned 42 in January, fought through a second consecutive injury-riddled year with New Orleans and fell short of another Super Bowl for a four straight postseason.

    Brees did win one ring, in Super Bowl 44 over the Colts in 2010, along with posting a career regular-season winning percentage of .601, which includes his first five NFL seasons with the Chargers. Brees holds the record for most career passing yards (80,358), just ahead of Tom Brady, and ends with 571 passing touchdowns, behind only Brady. Brees is the fifth most-efficient passer of all time (98.7 rating).

    After seeing Brady lead the NFC South rival Buccaneers to victory in Super Bowl 55, Brees walks away after a rough game in the NFC divisional playoff loss to Tampa Bay. After missing five games with a thumb injury in 2019, Brady missed four more games with battered ribs in 2019.

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    Madden 22 franchise mode reviews: Did EA Sports finally get it right?

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    The franchise in the franchise is on the up-and-up.

    The "Madden" franchise mode has been under fire in recent — many recent — years, with the stripped-down management mode drawing the ire of fans and reviewers alike. With Madden Ultimate Team getting a fair amount of the love, attention and resources from EA Sports, Franchise mode has been kicked to the curb and disregarded, the Josh Rosen of game modes.

    With EA Sports opting to strip down key features of franchise mode for years, fans have been clamoring for the long-dormant and overlooked mode to get expanded upon once again.  In "Madden 22," it seems as though the developer is taking steps to help alleviate some of the pains and complaints of longtime fans.

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    Here's what reviewers are saying ab夜网论坛out the game mode:

    'Madden 22' franchise mode reviews

    The general consensus: "Madden 22's" franchise mode is much improved from its predecessor, with more RPG-type skill tree elements, added cinematics and weekly goals to help advance players and more.

    Here's what the experts are saying: 

    Brian Mazique, Forbes: "It feels good to see layers added to franchise mode. Teams now have offensive and defensive coordinators with skill trees. The coordinators' abilities can be felt across the roster, and the[......]

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    Kyle Korver ties NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer at 89

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    ATLANTA — Kyle Korver was just ready to get out of the house and return to what he does best — shoot 3-pointers.

    Missing four games with a rib injury caused Korver to delay his quest of tying the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3.

    "I'm glad it's done," he said. "It was a long period of time. I think the happiest person was probably my wife. I was just not fun to be around the last five days at the house."

    Korver scored a season-high 23 points and tied the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer in the Atlanta Hawks' 107-97 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.

    Korver tied Dana Barros' 18-year-old record by hitting a 3-pointer in his 89th straight game. Barros set the mark during stints with Philadelphia and Boston from Dec. 23, 1994, to Jan. 10, 1996.

    Korver began his streak last season in Atlanta's second game — a win at Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, he made his first attempt in the first minute and finished 6 for 9 beyond the arc.

    "The first play of the game, Korver got a 3, and that was indicative of our defense all night," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We had chances to get back in the game."

    With 5:06 remaining, Korver drew a foul from Paul as he hit a 3 from the right corner and finished the four-point play to make it 96-83.

    A little over a minute lat夜网论坛er, Horford fed Korver on the left wing for a 3 that gave the Hawks a 99-88 lead.

    "We're all just happy to see Kyle healt[......]

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    WATCH: Blake Griffin has serious handles for a big man

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    Blake Griffin is capable of some pretty insane feats of athleticism.

    You may recall the time he dunked over a car at the 2011 All-Star Game's Slam Dunk Contest.

    Saturday, against the Nuggets, Griffin showed off a different kind of athleticism — his ball-handling skills.

    A couple of behind-the-back dribble夜网论坛s, a few spin moves and then an impressive lay-in, and Griffin looks more like a point guard than a big man.

    [GIF via SB Nation]

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    Pelicans waive recently acquired guard Tyshawn Taylor

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    METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans general manager Dell Demps says the Pelicans have waived guard Tyshawn Taylor.

    Taylor was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets earlier this week, along with unspecified cash considerations, in exchange for the rights to the 6-foot-10 Edin Bavcic, who is currently playing professionally in Europe.

    Taylor was selected by the Nets out of Kansas in second round of the 2012 NBA draft. He has appeared in 29 games this season for Brooklyn, averaging 3.9 points and 1.6 assists in 11.7 minutes per game.

    The Pelicans roster stands at 14, following Taylor's release.

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    Mike Scott baptizes Ian Mahinmi with massive dunk (VIDEO)

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    The Atlanta Hawks are trying to put the finishing touches on the Indiana Pacers in their Eastern Conference first round series.

    The No. 8-seed Hawks we're not expected to give the top-seeded Pacers any trouble, but a late-season meltdown has carried over into the playoffs, and the best team in the East found themselves on the brink of elimination on Thursday night.

    Atlanta forward Mike Scott, aka "The Regional Manager," made matters worse for the Pacers, as he dunk all over Ian Mahinmi later in the third quarter.

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    The following is a breif summation of how the internet responded to said dunk.

     

     

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    Spurs' reaction to possible Serge Ibaka return? Mock shock

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    Given word Serge Ibaka might play Sunday against his team, San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich provided his best Capt. Renault impersonation.

    "I'm shocked. I'm so surprised," Popovich said, a deadpan response from a man who has seen about everything the NBA playoffs can deliver.

    Sunday's Game 3 of the Western Conference finals is a time for desperate measures, and down 0-2 at home in the series means the Oklahoma City Thunder must dig deep for inspiration.

    Ibaka, initially reported to be out for the rest of the series, if not for the remainder of the playoffs, is now day-to-day, according to general manager Sam Presti. No one questions the change in Ibaka's status or whether a miracle cure has been discovered for his leg injury.

    Least of all Popovich.

    "I told you from the beginning I know Sammy and we knew he would be back, and that's good," he told reporters, via the San Antonio Express-News .

    "Nobody would wish that on anybody to miss the playoffs. We've had guys miss the playoffs before and it's obviously a downer. If he gets back in and I'm sure he will, as I've said from the beginning, I think it's great."

    Not that Popovich was the only one channeling a scene from the legendary movie Casablanca.

    "It doesn't change anything," Spurs center Tim Duncan said. "We're going to play the same way and act the same way, and hopefully have the same results."

    Spurs players had for days expressed doubt tha夜网论坛t Ibaka was done[......]

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    LeBron James co-stars in 'Trainwreck' trailer with Amy Schumer, Bill Hader

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    LeBron James has a new role, and it's not 夜网论坛coming off the Cavaliers bench.

    Cleveland's leading man is trading in hang time for camera time as he's set to co-star in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy "Trainwreck" with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. The trailer released on Wednesday gives a sneak peak into James' acting chops.

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    In the preview, Schumer conducts an interview with Hader, who plays a sports doctor that watches "Downton Abbey" with James. LeBron also talks about sexual intercourse, so yeah.

    There's a John Cena siting, too. Or is it Mark Wahlberg?

    I wonder if Amy can get LeBron to sign with the Orlando Blooms.

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