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Cincinnati Bengals free agency 2017: Top 5 targets

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The Cincinnati Bengals look to bounce back from their dreadful 2016 NFL campaign. Here are five players they need to target in NFL free agency this spring.The Cincinnati Bengals had one of their worst seasons in recent memory. For the first time since A.J. Green and Andy Dalton earned their tiger …

What Had Happened Was: 2/13/17 Oh, you don’t know? We got you.

Originally posted at the undefeated https://theundefeated.com/features/what-had-happened-was-21317/

GAME. BLOUSES.

In a 130-114 blowout win for the Golden State Warriors over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, the victory played second fiddle to the return of former Thunder forward Kevin Durant to the franchise that drafted him in 2007. After all of the hype and buildup, Durant had another stellar night, scoring 34 points in the third matchup of the season between the two teams. Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson chipped in 26 apiece.

Russell Westbrook lit up the stat sheet for 47 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, but all was for naught, as the Thunder were outplayed the majority of the game.

The most exciting part of the lopsided contest was in the third quarter, when Westbrook and Durant traded barbs, and then Thunder forward Andre Roberson decided to jump in moments later after fouling Durant hard on a drive. Both players were called for technical fouls for the verbal altercation.

Russell Westbrook pushed Kevin Durant the way you push your big brother when mom ain't looking.

pic.twitter.com/PhDB37iWgC

— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) February 12, 2017

Reminder: Russell westbrook laughed at Steph and hasn't beaten him since.

— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) February 12, 2017

Kevin Durant reportedly hired extra security for his return to Oklahoma City https://t.co/4HVDbrlXW4 pic.twitter.com/rNsQzRMsqO

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 11, 2017

Durant versus Roberson. pic.twitter.com/RJKuod1k6u

— RealGM (@RealGM) February 12, 2017

Draymond Green & Stephen Curry wearing cupcake t-shirts. pic.twitter.com/UUg4UTkEr1

— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 12, 2017

Draymond Green says: "This ain't ancient times. Slave days are over," in regard to rowdy fan behind Warriors bench calling KD "p-word" & boy pic.twitter.com/7LJbtzKSgD

— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 12, 2017

BLESSINGS

Can we add uno mas https://t.co/5O82rA2CCW

— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) February 13, 2017

That multiple Grammy winning feeling. pic.twitter.com/rDWZVK58Hs

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 13, 2017

Chance rn #GRAMMYspic.twitter.com/pXAghnMx4f

— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) February 13, 2017

❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/7bCxZuq07s

— MTV (@MTV) February 13, 2017

Chance The Rapper is 23 years old and just won two #GRAMMYs off a mixtape that was free .99. If that isn't an inspiration, idk what is.

— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 13, 2017

SOCIAL STATUS

Need this framed. Right now. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/zZT2BFUw52

— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) February 13, 2017

#GRAMMYs

Dr: Beyoncé you're pregnant, don't do too much..

Beyoncé: pic.twitter.com/hgtQ8kX8aq

— The Root (@TheRoot) February 13, 2017

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today…"

Rest in peace, Prince. 💜 #Grammys pic.twitter.com/hkmBrhxdmu

— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 13, 2017

Here are the 2017 Grammy winners so far https://t.co/MUPGKqipiS

— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 13, 2017

ultimate flex: beyonce wrote a whole album about jay cheating and then made him sit there and hold her child while she won a grammy for it

— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) February 13, 2017

Congratulations to @solangeknowles for winning her first Grammy for "Best R&B Performance" #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/rpBDsdK2VR

— The Root (@TheRoot) February 13, 2017

.@BustaRhymes: "I want to thank President Agent Orange for your unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/Te7f4bZrGh

— Variety (@Variety) February 13, 2017

Rest in Peace Phife Dawg forever pic.twitter.com/yQSGPyCmGG

— XXL Magazine (@XXL) February 13, 2017

When all of the other artists wanted to play it safe, hip-hop will always speak truth to power. Thank you Tribe!

Resist!#GRAMMYs

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 13, 2017

Hip hop has been resisting for a long time. But y'all called that gangsta rap, threw parental advisory labels on them & disregarded them.

— bad thang (@kiaspeaks) February 13, 2017

When you realize that Prince, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Kanye West have never won an album of the year Grammy but Taylor Swift has 2. pic.twitter.com/pt7kgR4LTy

— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 12, 2017

Rihanna at the #GRAMMYs. pic.twitter.com/QYF39g289l

— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 13, 2017

Hip-hop has been fighting for respect at the #Grammys for 28 years. pic.twitter.com/tCoSw9TT0D

— Cycle (@bycycle) February 13, 2017

FOR THE CULTURE

Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states.

Former Boston Celtics center Fab Melo dies at 26.

The New Edition Story broke records and was the highest-rated telecast on BET in the last five years.

The Department of Education misspells apology for misspelling W.E.B. Du Bois’ name.

A Tribe Called Quest delivers the most political performance at the Grammys.

TOP THREE TWEETS

1. FANCY FOOTWORK

my baby cousin eating them platanos, look at the footwork coñooooooo😭💜 pic.twitter.com/imsdgV5FUe

— Beyoncé Knowles (@AbreuJasmine_) February 12, 2017

2. IF THEY DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY

LMAOOOO. I'm crying at these teams social media after the NBA said no more hateful back and forth conversations. pic.twitter.com/EmhAwvujed

— Aaron. (@aaron_est_laced) February 11, 2017

3. THAT’S HOW YOU SCAM THE DAY

You don't need a Grammy If you are a Grammy pic.twitter.com/cFuuzmUiiF

— ▲▲ike (@ThatBlackMike) February 13, 2017

ICYMI

Issa Rae at the 48th NAACP #ImageAwards. pic.twitter.com/PsGa43wBCz

— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 12, 2017

"Without commitment, you'll never start. But without consistency, you'll never finish." – Denzel Washington at the #ImageAwards pic.twitter.com/bPQQeJDCT2

— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 12, 2017

Do you think they're excited to have won Oustanding Drama Series?! #ImageAwards #ATT #QueenSugar #OWN pic.twitter.com/sGxYmNaFH2

— NAACP Image Awards (@naacpimageaward) February 12, 2017

PICTURE PERFECT

UR MANS SCHOOLBOY Q
CAME WITH HIS DAUGHTER
HAD HER IN A PINK GUCCI SUIT
AND HIS HOODIE
BEST DRESSED CONTENDER #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/vW4otiDFLm

— Morris Yay &do lines (@dances) February 13, 2017

Pots & pans: Are we in the greatest era of championship sports? The world’s most iconic athletes are all playing at the top of their game

Originally posted at the undefeated https://theundefeated.com/features/pots-pans-are-we-in-the-greatest-era-of-championship-sports/

In January in the Land Down Under, Roger Federer and Serena Williams returned to the top of pro tennis. They won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the Australian Open, respectively. On Feb. 5, the NFL football season ended with quarterback Tom Brady leading his New England Patriots to a miraculous overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Houston. It was the latest big-time sports season to be punctuated by a storybook ending.

This upcoming weekend, the NBA will present its All-Star Game and Rising Stars Challenge, the latter a showcase of the NBA’s rising stars. And, you have young stars shining bright across the sports universe, from the NBA’s Anthony Davis to the NFL’s Dak Prescott, from the WNBA’s Breanna Stewart to the NHL’s Wayne Simmonds and baseball’s Mike Trout.

Some of the greatest and most iconic athletes of all time are playing now at championship levels, too, from Brady to Sid Crosby to LeBron James to Serena Williams. In the coaching ranks, Geno Auriemma, Gregg Popovich, Nick Saban and Bill Belichick, some of the all-time greatest coaches, are chiseling their faces on the Mount Rushmore of their sports.

And some of the most compelling sports storylines have unfolded in recent years: In the MLB, for example, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans, the ultimate true believers, have been delivered from decades in the championship desert by the intelligent design of Theo Epstein, who put together World Series winning teams in both cities.

This is a golden age, with players performing in glittering sports palaces. The sports gods have given fans a cornucopia of sports delights, a valentine to all those who would believe against the odds. Further, because of technology, sports can be followed anytime, from anywhere. The big-time sports are year ’round; fans can get information that cheers or saddens them 24/7. And fans can enter their sports worlds from many different doors and windows, including those framed by cold hard statistics, and those splattered by the mush of sports talk shows that often bring the sensibility and clarity of a middle school food fight to their explorations of the games.

Even if the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus weren’t playing its final shows, it would be clear that big-time sports had long ago replaced the big top as a diversion from the trouble the world is in. Indeed, many decry the nation’s obsession with sports as a waste of economic, intellectual and emotional capital that could be used to address our most enduring problems. Yet, if you look closely, the world’s many challenges parade through our games, like sauntering elephants connected trunk to tail.

Everything that happens in the world resounds in sports, including our nation’s continuing struggles with racism, sexism and anti-gay prejudice and our triumphs over them, like Jackie Robinson breaking the MLB’s color line to Elena Della Donne, a former WNBA MVP coming out as a lesbian.

Come Sunday, NBA fans will be treated to the All-Star Game, which is stylistically rooted in the East-West All-Star Game of the Negro (baseball) Leagues during the 1930s and 1940s: The NBA All-Star Game is almost incidental to the parties that surround it and the style of the fans rivals the style among the players.

The beauty and meanings of contemporary sports are left to the beholders: Those who use sports as a refuge from the world’s problems can use the games and their many splendors as an escape. But others see big-time sports as providing examples of our bridging the things that separate us to achieve victories rooted in teamwork and comity.

No matter what fans seek from the games, they are a gift from the sports gods, a valentine for the true believers and the cynics, a valentine for the champions who swing through the air between defeat and victory for us all.

Bengals Need To Find An 'Edge' In The Draft

Originally posted at Fox Sports http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/bengals-need-to-find-an-edge-in-the-draft-021317?cmpid=feed:-sports-CQ-RSS-Feed

The Cincinnati Bengals have two Pro Bowl pass rushers in Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins. A deep draft class of defensive ends offers them more help to dominate the AFC North.Bengals fans have officially made it to draft season. If you look at the many “mock” draft’s posted, you might…

Brooklyn Nets Week 17 Outlook: Losing Streak Hits Double-Digits

Originally posted at Foxsports http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/brooklyn-nets-week-17-outlook-losing-streak-hits-double-digits-021317?cmpid=feed:-sports-CQ-RSS-Feed

This has to be the stake in the coffin now. After dropping all three games this week, the Brooklyn Nets now have dropped their last 12 games and have proven to everyone that they might never find their tenth win.With the potential the Brooklyn Nets have, you’d expect them to have at the very …