By Sam Page
February 18, 2016

NBA trade deadline madness

NBA trades are only allowed until today at the time this post is usually published (3 p.m. ET). Here are the boring moves that happened today:

If you're a basketball trivia whiz, try this quiz of obscure knowledge about past trade deadlines.

T-Rex on a horse kicking a soccer ball? T-Rex on a horse kicking a soccer ball!

Duke upsets North Carolina

College basketball's most storied rivalry added another great chapter last night when No. 20 Duke upset No. 5 North Carolina, 74–73. Duke guards Grayson Allen and Brandon Ingram combined for 43 points, while senior forward Brice Johnson lead the Tar Heels with 29. North Carolina coach Roy Williams controversially opted not to call a timeout when his team got the ball back with 20 seconds left to win the game, for which he apologized after the game

Crying Jordan face

The best sports meme going is undoubtedly the crying Michael Jordan face. has a list of the best ever. This one speaks to me:

Jared Allen's awesome retirement video

Girls basketball blowout

Yes, this score is real.

Today's Peanuts

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Detroit Lions president Ron Wood says that Calvin Johnson's decision to retire remains in the wide receiver's hands, he told the “Ryan & Rico” in Detroit.

“Well, it’s still in Calvin’s camp,” Wood said. “We’re staying in touch with him. I talked to him Monday, and Bob Quinn talked to him, so get that out there: Bob has spoken to Calvin. Calvin has not made a decision. We’re going to give him time to think about what he wants to do. If he wants to come back, we’d, obviously, love to have him back. If he decides to retire, we’re going to support that decision.”

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Johnson, 30, has spent his entire nine-year career in Detroit, leading the league in receiving twice and earning six trips to the Pro Bowl. He set the NFL’s single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards in 2012. In 135 NFL games, Johnson has compiled 11,619 receiving yards and 84 touchdowns.

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Wood also said that the Lions have not given Johnson a deadline to make his decision on whether or not to return next year. If Johnson were to retire, Golden Tate would be the lone remaining wide receiver under contract with the team.

- Christopher Chavez

The Brooklyn Nets have hired Sean Marks as their new general manager, the team announced Thursday.

Marks’s contract is reportedly for four years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

“After an exhaustive vetting process, we are delighted to have Sean as our general manager,” owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. “His experience on the court, in coaching and management gives him a 360 degree view of the job at hand.” 

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Marks replaces Billy King, who was reassigned from the general manager role last month when the Nets also fired head coach Lionel Hollins.

Marks, 40, ended his 12-year NBA playing career after the 2010–11 season, and joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2013, serving as an assistant coach and most recently as assistant general manager. 

“His background helping to build one of the greatest teams in the NBA gives him an unparalleled frame of reference,” Prokhorov said. “And he impressed us all with his vision, his values, his personality and his enthusiasm for the club. The vote to select him from an incredible list of talent was unanimous.”

The Nets chose Marks over former NBA executive of the year Bryan Colangelo and Houston Rockets vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, reports Wojnarowski. ESPN reported Denver Nuggets executive Arturas Karnisovas was also a finalist for the position.

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Just Wednesday, Prokhorov denied knowing who Marks was when he was questioned about a report naming Marks as one of the final candidates for the general manager job.

The Nets are currently 14–40, the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

- Erin Flynn

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