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Jay-Z Reveals Brooklyn Nets Name, Concerts to Celebrate New Barclays Center

Rapper and businessman Jay-Z has announced that he’ll be doing a series of concerts next fall at the new arena where the NBA’s Nets will soon call home. Jay-Z, of course, is part owner of the team.

An all-access pass to events at The Barclays Center will go for up to $15,400 per season. It’s set to open on Sept. 28, 2012.

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Texas A&M Will Join the SEC in 2012

After weeks of rumors, Texas A&M is set to leave the Big 12 and to join the SEC, the league said on Sunday. The move will go into effect next July.

“We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s premier athletic conference,” Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin said in a statement.

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Fox Sports Admits Making Up Headlines Questioning Jay Cutler’s Toughness

Wanting to stress that some people have questioned Jay Cutler’s toughness, Fox Sports ran a graphic on air of a series of headlines — including “Cutler Lacks Courage” — during the Chicago Bears season opener that criticized Cutler in Chicago for leaving last season’s NFC Championship game last season with an injury.

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Deion Sanders to Open Charter School in Texas

Deion Sanders, one of the most notorious NFL defensive backs of all-time, is entering a new field. Sanders was granted a charter by the Texas State Board of Education to develop and open PrimeU Prep Academy, a school that will combine academic pursuits with athletic aspirations, according to reports.

“It was pretty much one of the best moments of my life because it’s not about you,” Sanders said. “It’s about the countless number of kids that will be blessed from this school.”

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Plaxico Burress Trashes Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin in Men’s Journal Interview

Plaxico Burress may have a fresh start with the Jets, but bygones may not be bygones.

In excerpts from an interview in this month’s Men’s Journal, the former Giants star has some harsh words for former teammate Eli Manning and former coach Tom Coughlin.

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Will the NBA Draft Be Expanded to Three Rounds?

The NBA may be in lockout mode, but that doesn’t mean league activities have stopped. Owners have proposed adding a third round to the annual draft, which could lead to even more sweeping changes to the annual event, according to SheridanHoops.com. The goal is to create a more competitive balance of power across the league.

One proposal would keep the entire first round to the league’s bottom half of teams, pushing the better franchises into the second round. Another proposal would give the league’s worst eight teams additional first round picks.

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EX-NHL Enforcer Wade Belak Found Dead — Third NHL Death in Three Months

For the third time this summer, the NHL community is reeling from the tragic loss of a current or former player.

This time it was 35-year-old former Nashville Predator Wade Belak, who was found dead on Wednesday.

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Why Doesn’t Yao Ming Want to Be in the Hall of Fame Yet?

Thanks to his stellar career in both China and the US, Yao Ming is a surefire Hall of Famer. But the former center isn’t ready to be inducted just yet.

Ordinarily, NBA players must wait five years after their retirement to be eligible for induction. However, since Yao was nominated by a member of the Chinese media as a “contributor” to the game, he could go in as early as next year. The eight-time All-Star reportedly felt it was too soon to be elected, though, and asked that it be pushed off for a later year.

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Tennessee’s Pat Summitt Reveals She Has Dementia, Will Continue Coaching [VIDEO]

Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt announced on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, but that the condition won’t hold her back from the coaching.

The 59-year-old legend, who has more wins than any other coach in NCAA history, eight national championships, and an Olympic gold medal, was diagnosed in May.

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49ers-Raiders Preseason Game Marred By Shootings, Leaving Two Wounded

Two fans were shot in a Candlestick Park parking lot fight after the 49ers beat the Raiders 17-3 in a preseason game on Saturday. One of the men was seriously wounded. A suspect has been arrested in the attack.

The incident should remind some fans of the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten up by two Dodgers’ fans back in March. And, separately, during Saturday’s football game, 26-year-old man was assaulted and knocked unconscious in a bathroom.

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Michael Vick Talks About His Second Chance, Why He Chose the Eagles

A lengthy piece in the upcoming issue of GQ highlights Michael Vick’s mindset past and present and the aftermath of the dogfighting scandal that sent him to prison for two years. How’d he handle the sentencing and subsequent backlash?

“For a while, it was all ‘Scold Mike Vick, scold Mike Vick, just talk bad about him, like he’s not a person,’” he said. “It’s almost as if everyone wanted to hate me. But what have I done to anybody? It was something that happened, and it was people trying to make some money.”

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