Blazers' Aldridge To Have An MRI On His Left ThumbTrail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge won't play in Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns because of a left thumb injury. Aldridge hurt his thumb in the second quarter of the Blazers' 98-95 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. X-rays following the game were negative. The Blazers said that the 6-foot-11 power forward was evaluated by a specialist on Tuesday and an MRI is scheduled for later in the week. There is no timetable for his return, the team said. Aldridge leads the Blazers (31-11) with averages of 23.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Portland's front line is already depleted, with centers Robin Lopez (wrist) and Joel Freeland (shoulder) out for extended periods. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – January 21, 2015
Pats Brush Off Talk Of Deflated Footballs As NFL ReviewsThe New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl. The NFL hasn't indicated how long its investigation will last. That raises the possibility that it could extend into next week when the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be in Arizona preparing for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. The league has said it is reviewing whether the Patriots used under-inflated footballs during their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game Sunday night. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says the investigation is the least of his worries. And tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking the ball with the words: "WARNING GRONKING MAY CAUSE DEFLATION." FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – January 21, 2015
NFL Prospects Line Up To Be Weighed, Measure At Senior BowlMore than 100 NFL prospects are going through a week of evaluation at the Senior Bowl. That includes getting weighed and measured in their underwear before hundreds of onlookers from the NFL on Tuesday morning. The rest of the week is packed with interviews, meetings and practices under the scrutiny of NFL coaches, scouts and executives. The potential reward: Improved draft stock and a bigger payday. Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL general manager Phil Savage calls it "the greatest job fair in the football world." Top prospects playing in Saturday's game include LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings and Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Other prolific college stars trying to boost their stock include Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – January 21, 2015
Character, Heart lead Hawks To Super Bowl
Sports are a great way for us to express the passions that exist within us all into a healthy outlet and experience a sense of community as we root our teams to victory. Sometimes, however, sports can transcend this purpose and teach us lessons about our own lives; sometimes even changing our overall perspective.