Here is a wrestler shooting fireworks off his own body on top of a car

If you saw WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic last year, you’ve seen Kota Ibushi showcase his in-ring skills. Or maybe you’ve seen him in New Japan Pro Wrestling before that.

But Ibushi has an absurd side that casual wrestling fans haven’t seen much of. He has wrestled a blow up doll and barely won. Ibushi has also channeled his inner BMX rider in a match and launched himself at his opponent.

But yo, Ibushi is playing with fireworks on top of a car now. Not only that, but he’s bold enough to direct them towards himself and then jump off the car for a moonsault.

You should never try wrestling moves at home, but never in a million years should you try doing what Ibushi just did. This is awesome (please don’t do this).

Had the Wildcats defeated West Virginia in Friday’s Big 12 Tournament semifinals, they probably wouldn’t be on this list. As it stands now they are, and their dreadful non-conference schedule might not give them much hope in the Committee room. The Wildcats’ best non-Big 12 performance came in a loss to Maryland in Brooklyn, while their best actual win, over Colorado State in Denver, pales in comparison. January’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge didn’t help matters — K-State lost its game at Tennessee by 12.

Three Top-25 wins, with two over Baylor coming away from Manhattan, might be enough. But K-State’s inability to schedule decent games in November and December look likely to be its undoing.

Saturday’s loss to Arkansas in the SEC Tournament semifinals means the Commodores are likely to be the NCAA tournament’s first-ever 15-loss at-large entrant. Rhode Island’s win in Sunday afternoon’s Atlantic 10 final means Vanderbilt might be headed to Dayton for the second consecutive March.1

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Would Romo want to walk into that rebuilding effort? Doubtful.

Just like the Bears, the 49ers can afford Romo. But just like the Bears, the 49ers are far from being a winner.

Colin Kaepernick didn’t even play too poorly for San Francisco and it wasn’t nearly enough to make up for the NFL’s worst defense and an offense that was severely lacking in weapons to work with.

Would Romo want to walk into that rebuilding effort? Doubtful.

Seconds before the final buzzer had even sounded in Miami, Nowitzki is running off the floor. His 10 fourth-quarter points had made sure Dallas was crowned 2011 champion, but before the trophy is presented, Nowitzki needs a moment. He isn’t going to let the world see him cry.

A Mavericks public relations official follows him into the locker room. We have to go, he tells Nowitzki, knowing the television cameras could only wait so long. You have to receive the Finals MVP trophy, he continued.

“Give it to somebody else,” Nowitzki remembers replying.

By 2005, a 26-year-old Nowitzki had already tallied 11,106 career points. That season brought his epochal game-tying layup in Game 7 against the Spurs, as well as heartbreak in the 2006 finals. But it starts on a lighter note that preseason, when Knicks rookie David Lee is convinced he needed to show something against the established Nowitzki.

“David Lee just thought it was the most important thing to guard Dirk, and Dirk just torched him,” Cuban says.

Nowitzki’s reaction, in Cuban’s recollection, is, “Who the fuck is David Lee Roth, and what’s he doing here?”

For what it’s worth, Lee remembered this game well but says that Cuban has embellished it a bit — in classic Cuban fashion.2

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NHL Mad On-Line: Josh Ho-Sang deserves respect for wearing Mario Lemieux’s number

Welcome to SB Nation NHL’s new “Mad On-Line” series, where we find something trivial the hockey world is mad about and tell you whether you should be, too. Usually the answer is no. Spoiler alert.

Josh Ho-Sang was controversial before his NHL career even began. At one point in the Arizona State game, he tried a nifty but ill-advised behind the back pass to save the ball underneath his own basket, and it led to a pair of Sun Devil free throws. Seconds later, he stood with his foot over the lane line, daring an official to call a lane violation.

He gets away with these things because he’s Lonzo Ball, the best player on one of the best teams in the country. You may have seen him pulling up from 30 feet to hit a dagger three-pointer, or flying high for alley-oops once not thought to be possible.

He was widely considered one of the best players in the 2014 NHL entry draft. And yet, 27 teams passed on him before the New York Islanders took him at 28th overall. Why?

Because he’s flashy … to the point that his maturity came into question. The NHL’s culture is sort of archaic. The NBA and NFL are wildly popular because they embrace the personalities of their star players. Hockey people boast about it being the ultimate team sport. Which might be true. But that doesn’t sell tickets.

Bill Daly says the NHL has learned about not marketing individual rivalry since Sid/Ovi: “Our sport is the ultimate team sport.”、

The city of Los Angeles loves a winner, and the legendary Pauley Pavilion — notoriously tough to fill when the home team is struggling — has been hopping since December.

The Bruins are averaging more than 10,000 fans a game at home, and the fact that they lead the conference in road attendance is evidence that their brand is just as strong as it used to be.

To watch a UCLA game now is to watch any UCLA game ever. The Bruins play in the same arena, in the same neighborhood, wearing the same uniforms they have since the 1960s.2

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That’s an explosive recipe for megadeals that will have agents and players smiling wide.

The most common question I heard in Indianapolis from executives: What will teams do with all of this cap space?

One theory: All of the cap space will encourage more trading. There aren’t great free agents available, but teams should have more salary flexibility to take on big contracts in trades, or deal for players wanting new contracts.

According to OvertheCap.com, 12 teams have more than $40 million in cap space. Even after applying franchise tags, just nine teams have less than $20 million to spend. In short: the salary cap shouldn’t get in the way of teams accomplishing their goals this offseason. This is a dramatic change from where the league was just a few years ago. But will teams be willing to rewrite the pay scales on these players?

There are fewer quality players about to hit free agency than ever before because teams have done a better job re-signing their own talent. All this cap space with so few top-level players available will test the discipline of general managers. That’s an explosive recipe for megadeals that will have agents and players smiling wide.

But 99 percent of the defenders Shaheen faced at the college level won’t spend time in a NFL training camp. So scouts were eager to see him in the context of this tight-end group, which is one of the most athletic and talented crops of tight ends the combine has ever seen.

And Shaheen worked out like he belonged.

At 278 pounds, the Ashland product ran a 4.79 40-yard dash with impressive results in the vertical (32.5 inches) and broad jump (10-foot-2).

And even more impressive, Shaheen was clean and efficient during the positional drills, especially the gauntlet, where he snatched the football and stayed controlled down the line.

Already considered a top-100 draft pick, Shaheen only helped himself in the eyes of NFL teams and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he finds his way into the top 50 picks.2

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Lane Kiffin reportedly hiring his father, Monte, after their USC split

Lane Kiffin has been at his new FAU job for a new months now, and his staff has come together, featuring offensive coordinator Kendall Briles, the son of fired Baylor head coach Art Briles, and his brother Chris as defensive coordinator, who was a longtime defensive assistant at Ole Miss with Hugh Freeze.

Now, it looks like Kiffin has added yet another family member to his staff, and it’s one that he’s worked with before. On Friday, ESPN reported that Monte Kiffin would be joining FAU’s staff, but what his job title will be is still unclear.

Kiffin’s exact role is not yet known. His hiring was first reported by Sporting News.

But it was March 15, 1994, and he had already picked up 25 league goals, as well as three in the cups. By this point he was just shy of 100 career goals for Southampton and Blackburn across all competitions, and was 41 goals into his eventual Premier League record of 260.

Now, at the age of 23 years, seven months and two days, Harry Kane has played across League One and the Championship, but mostly in the Premier League. He’s played and scored for Tottenham Hotspur, Leyton Orient, Leicester City, and Millwall, as well as failing to score for Norwich City. And thanks to his hat-trick against Stoke City last weekend, he’s scored 102 goals so far, including 66 in the Premier League.

We’ve dealt with Curry slumping this season, and it looked like he had broken out if it just fine over the past month. In fact, Kevin Durant helped facilitate Curry getting his magic back by taking on a slightly lesser role. But that was all last month — now, it seems, Curry and Thompson are stacking up bricks faster than any terrible cliche I could finish this sentence with.

So what’s our conclusion — that the Warriors are bad, overrated and should blow the team up to tank while there’s still time left to do so? Well, no, that’s not it. Let’s remember how talented Golden State actually is for a moment here.2

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Bears vs. Jets 2017 final score: 3 things we learned in the Bears’ 27-19 victory

Last week, the Chicago Bears waited until the fourth quarter to put everything together. Monday night, Chicago came out firing right away and had to hold on as things got tight late.

Capitalizing on a number of early New York Jets miscues, the Bears dispatched the Jets 27-19 as Jay Cutler improved to 7-1 as Chicago’s quarterback on Monday Night Football.

The Bears (2-1) didn’t blow the Jets’ (1-2) doors off, and New York was able to move the ball on Chicago, especially as the Bears’ defense was once again decimated by injuries. The Bears simply took advantage of the opportunities the Jets gave them by scoring touchdowns, and that wound end up being the difference.

New York had a chance on its last drive, taking the ball to the Bears’ 9-yard line, but Chicago’s pieced-together defense held up.

The Bears’ injuries continue to mount, but Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall prove just how tough they are. Though both are dealing with injuries, the Bears’ wide receivers continue to play through pain. Jeffery (hamstring) was targeted often Monday night, and was able to catch eight passes for 105 yards.

Marshall actually left in the second quarter when he aggravated his right ankle injury, but returned in the second half and caught a touchdown pass that was called back by a Bears penalty.

Now we all know that Condoleeza Rice is also a member of Augusta National which makes you wonder if there are may be some backchannel meetings going on just in case the shit hits the fan and Rice herself will be named the next office secretary to Roger Goodell.2

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NFL picks and predictions, Titans vs. Colts: Indianapolis appears a safe bet

The Indianapolis Colts(1-2) enter Week 4 with few doubters for Sunday’s home game against the Tennessee Titans (1-2), as many are predicting the Colts to come out victorious. The Colts began the season with two consecutive losses but bounced back last Sunday with a resounding win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Meanwhile, the Titans looked fantastic in their season opener, pounding the Kansas City Chiefs 26-10 before dropping ugly games to the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals.

Indianapolis was expected by most pundits to win the AFC South for the second straight year, but it has suffered a bevy of injuries. Middle linebacker Jerrell Freeman has missed time with a hamstring injury, while outside linebacker Robert Mathis is out for the season after tearing his Achilles tendon.

“I really hope someone calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell. If one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner is a liar, and I get to talk about that on my podcast. Please, call me and say I’m in trouble, I dare you.”

The suspension given to Simmons by ESPN for criticizing Goodell is actually one week longer than the original suspension given to Rice for knocking out his girlfriend in an Atlantic City elevator. Simmons’ rant happened after ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” released a report on how the Ravens and NFL attempted to cover up the incident.

ESPN has issued a statement on Simmons’ suspension:

“Every employee must be accountable to ESPN and those engaged in our editorial operations must also operate within ESPN’s journalistic standards. We have worked hard to ensure that our recent NFL coverage has met that criteria. Bill Simmons did not meet those obligations in a recent podcast, and as a result we have suspended him for three weeks.”

The Ravens have since released Rice after the video of him striking his now-wife was circulated by TMZ.2

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The Pacers lost six straight games entering the All-Star break.

Brooks Orpik, D, Washington Capitals: “I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a place that has good ice. I think Pittsburgh actually has good ice, after years of Sidney [Crosby] going over … it started with all of us bitching about it. It finally got to the point where Sid would go every day and constructively sit down with the guys who ran the rink and tell them exactly what he felt was wrong with it. It was good dialogue between them, and the ice started getting better and better. That’s the one place I think is consistently pretty good.

David Perron, LW, St. Louis Blues: “I think we all understand the business. There’s concerts, there’s different things. I don’t think it’s great. I think there’s different things in between periods. There are shows. There are so many people skating on the ice. … The temperature when [the stands are] filled up is hot. I wouldn’t want to be the guy trying to fix it because I’m not sure where to start, but it’s definitely something we have to look at.”

The Pacers lost six straight games entering the All-Star break. They sit sixth in the Eastern Conference at 29-28.

ESPN first reported earlier this week that the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor was among the targets Bird has pursued to fortify the roster around George, Myles Turner and Jeff Teague.

Indiana can’t offer George one of the league’s new designated player extensions — in excess of $200 million, in this case — unless he makes one of the league’s three All-NBA teams this season. The 26-year-old, having recovered admirably from the gruesome leg fracture he suffered on Team USA duty in the summer of 2014, is averaging 22.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season.

In his first full day in charge, after Tuesday’s stunning promotion from an advisory role in the wake of the twin dismissals of longtime Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss, Johnson arrived at the Lakers’ offices early Wednesday to work the trade phones and, yes, throw in a call to Bird.235000253135345325-C201-2

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NFL Combine 2016: Wide receiver drills

The NFL Combine will feature a host of top collegiate wide receivers in the country starting on Feb. 17, one year after standout NFL rookies Odell Beckham, Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin took center stage in Indianapolis to showcase their talents before scouts and coaches.

The highlight of the event for the wide receivers is The Gauntlet, a turn-and-catch drill combined with a 53-yard sprint across the field where each player will have to catch seven passes from coaches and five different quarterbacks. All of this is done while they run at full speed in a straight line.

It’s the ultimate test of coordination and vision for these prospects, and it simulates game-like conditions by requiring a high amount of concentration. Running routes with precise timing is key at the next level, and the prospects will have an opportunity to prove they can make the adjustment.

Receivers can also improve their draft stock in the combine’s main events:

For wideouts, the 40-yard dash can mean the difference between being a first-round selection or late-round flier. Past players such as Arizona Cardinals wideout John Brown, who recorded a 4.34-second 40 last year, used a fast time to vault their status. This time around will be no different in the marquee event.

Of course, not all of those teams need a center. And the trick is that while playing with those elite power forwards might maximize Okafor’s skills, it’s probably not the best complement for the existing star. The Kings aren’t likely to kick Cousins out of the post for Okafor, for example.

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Carson Palmer is back, but he thought long and hard about retiring

Philip Rivers seems to be reluctantly embracing the team’s move from San Diego to Los Angeles, but it’ll be interesting to see how he feels after a full season there. At 35 years old and with his fortune made, he has to be thinking about when it’s time to wrap it up and go home to all those kids.

Carson Palmer is back, but he thought long and hard about retiring. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said last August, “That’s all I think about,” when asked whether he ponders life after Palmer. That pondering should ramp up this offseason.

Eli Manning and the Giants’ offense had issues in 2016, averaging only 19.4 points per game (26th in the league).

“The players are going to be pushed by him daily, and he’s going to push us to another level to be great,” Allen said. “I think he’s a good person for the job because he’ll put the work in.”

Manuel will have to deal with scrutiny, of course, but expect him to be unfazed. Folks will bring up the story of him asking then-draft prospect Eli Apple, now with New York Giants, if he liked men during an interview at the NFL combine. Manuel was publicly reprimanded by the organization and required to go through sensitivity training; he apologized for the embarrassment he caused.

If Manuel’s defense falters in matchups against Drew Brees, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton next season, he’ll certainly hear criticism. But again, it’s not his personality to be rattled, no matter the situation.

“All of these things I don’t have an answer to — we just have to work through it.”

Jared Goff threw five touchdown passes and seven interceptions as a rookie.

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