Florida Finds Title IX Official Had Conflict Of Interest; Won't Say How, Why

The University of Florida released its investigative report today into a fired Title IX official, Chris Loschiavo, who was last known for being removed from the Antonio Callaway student-conduct case and replaced by a lawyer and football booster (who found him not responsible for sexual assault). The investigative report said that Loschiavo had “both a conflict of interest and a lack of independence” in a certain Title IX case—but did not say which one. The problems brought up in the document, though, mirror those brought up by the wide receiver’s lawyers, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times: Loschiavo had a conflict of interest because of his outside consulting work and he held an inappropriate role in the case.

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Curt Schilling Should Be In The Hall Of Fame

As of this morning, Ryan Thibodaux’s invaluable Hall of Fame election tracker has the results of 44 ballots up, representing about a tenth the total number of ballots expected to be cast by veteran baseball writers this year. It’s a skewed and self-selecting sample—writers who make their ballot public and do so early tend as a group to have opinions closer to those of the average Deadspin reader than those of the average Hall voter—but one thing is very clear: Curt Schilling won’t be voted into Cooperstown this year, and probably never will be.

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Tonight On ESPN Classic

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Rogue One Is A Refreshing Dive Into The Muck Of The Star Wars Universe

A good proxy test for the tone of a Star Wars movie is the demeanor of the featured droids. R2-D2 and C-3PO carry out a cheerful buddy comedy in a movie that is about friendship and hope triumphing over evil. BB-8 is a version of R2-D2 that’s been multiplied by itself several times over until it’s nothing but a roly-poly kids toy, there to enhance the “Holy shit, I’m watching a Star Wars movie again!” high of Force Awakens. The soldier droids from the prequels were pointless and stupid, and, well, you get the idea.

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Holiday Guests Incoming? This Discounted Air Mattress Keeps Itself Fully Inflated Overnight.

Insta-Bed Queen Air Mattress With Never-Flat Pump, $88

Casper might be the best mattress for everyone, but not for your houseguests. Put them on this discounted Insta-Bed air mattress, marked down to an all-time low $88, today only.

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Nothing About This Went Well For Jon Ryan

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Steve Kerr Leads Warriors Fans In “Moment Of Joy” Sager Tribute

Golden State coach Steve Kerr spoke to fans in attendance for tonight’s Knicks-Warriors game to recognize Craig Sager, who died earlier today—but instead of a moment of silence, Kerr found it more appropriate to lead the crowd in a standing ovation as a “moment of joy.”

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Jared Goff Forced To Leave Game After Massive Hit From Richard Sherman

Rams QB Jared Goff’s lackluster night in Seattle ended early after Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman leveled him in the fourth quarter when Goff was breaking for the end zone. Goff hesitated for a moment before getting steamrolled by Sherman, and the hit was not ruled to be an illegal one. Cruelly, Goff’s run was wiped out due to a holding penalty.

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Henrik Lundqvist Got His Mask Knocked Off By This Bone-Rattling Hit

Henrik Lundqvist got the Lund Qvisted right out of him by Cody Eakin in the first period of the Rangers’ game against the Stars tonight, losing his mask in the process. Eakin received a ten-minute penalty for his trouble, and Lundqvist was examined by a team doctor.

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The Inside The NBA Crew Remembers Craig Sager

Before the start of tonight’s Bucks-Bulls game on TNT, the Inside The NBA crew reminisced about their years working with the late Craig Sager. Ernie Johnson was off tonight due to an illness in the family, but he produced a video tribute for Sager, after which Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Shaq, and Johnson’s replacement Casey Stern spoke about their memories of Sager. Smith said that he wouldn’t be a broadcaster if not for Sager’s influence.

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Kevin Garnett Playfully Roasting Craig Sager's Suits Will Never Not Be The Best

Craig Sager is most fondly remembered for his back-and-forth routine with Gregg Popovich, in which Sager would play the earnest sideline reporter and Popovich a sort of caricature of a surly coach who has no time for the manufactured pleasantries of a scheduled television interview. But for my money, Sager’s best foil was Kevin Garnett, who, over the years, would almost always end an interview with him by going in on whatever Willy Wonka-esque suit Sager happened to be wearing that night.

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Sage Northcutt Is Running Wild In Sacramento

It’s a dull, dreary day here in Northern California, as long-awaited rainstorms are replenishing the state’s meager water supplies and keeping citizens indoors sulking. That, however, is not nearly enough to dampen the spirits of the UFC’s premier Ken doll/golden retriever, Sage Northcutt, who is in Sacramento preparing for his fight with Mickey Gall on Saturday. Let’s see how our old friend is doing.

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