Newton embracing new challenge, fresh start with Patriots

Cam Newton is the first to admit he’s still getting used to his new life as a member of the New England Patriots. Everything feels strange, from his morning ride to the stadium, to just putting on gear with different colors and insignia for the first time in nine NFL seasons. ”I don’t have to prove nothing,” Newton said in a conference call with reporters Friday.

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Giants' Baker charged in robbery; Dunbar won't be prosecuted

New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker was formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm in connection with a fight at a cookout in May, a prosecutor said Friday. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence, Broward County State Attorney Mike Satz said. Baker is accused of stealing cash and watches from four men.

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Chris Broussard: Clippers put the clamps on the Mavericks, and they haven’t even peaked yet

After their buzzer-beater loss to the Suns, Kawhi and the Clippers bounced back yesterday with a win over the Mavericks. The Clippers saw Kawhi, Paul George, and Zubac all go for over 20 points in the 126-to-111 victory. After the game, when asked where the Clippers are on a scale of 1-to-10, Doc Rivers said his team is still at a 6 or 7 due to the fact that Montrezl Harrell is still missing, and starting point guard Patrick Beverly is battling a calf injury. Hear why Chris Broussard believes the Clippers are going to be dangerous down the stretch once they have their full team back.

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Shannon Sharpe: If Portland keeps shooting the ball this way, they can beat anybody

The Lakers’ shooting woes continued last night against the Rockets. With no LeBron, LA was just under 45 percent from the floor and shot a season-worst 10 percent from 3. Meanwhile the Blazers have remained hot, knocking off the Nuggets last night behind Damian Lillard’s 45 points on 11-for-18 shooting from beyond the arc. As we know, Charles Barkley is on record predicting that if Portland makes the playoffs, they’ll knock off the Lakers. Hear what Shannon Sharpe has to say about Charles Barkley’s prediction.

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Shannon Sharpe defends LeBron James for sitting out against Rockets: ‘It makes sense’

Last night LeBron James chose to take the night off as the Los Angeles Lakers took on the Houston Rockets due to pain in his groin. Skip Bayless asks Shannon Sharpe what he thinks of LeBron possibly load managing before the playoffs. Shannon explains why it makes perfect sense for the star player to sit out with the Lakers already the No. 1 seed, though he does believe if LeBron had been performing better in the bubble, he doesn’t know if he would have sat out.

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Chris Broussard: The problem with the Blazers is they have absolutely no one to guard LeBron James

Chris Broussard discusses the Blazers’ recent dominance as they now stand only half a game back from the Lakers. That being said, Broussard still believes the Lakers have nothing to worry about because the Blazers don’t have anyone to successfully guard LeBron James.

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