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Today’s Sports Pages: College Football Hall of Fame, Brain Injuries, New College Hoops No. 1

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Associated Press: Peyton Manning, Steve Spurrier among names which will be inducted into the 2017 Class of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Kirk Gibson, yes of Detroit Tigers and 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers fame is also on the list, for his time as Michigan State wide receiver.

Nancy Armour, USA TODAY: Rodgers, Packers serve playoff notice to rest of NFL

Associated Press: Rory Mcllroy, honest to a fault, states Olympic golf is not worth the hassle.

ESPN: Baylor is the new No. 1 in College Basketball with a perfect 15-0 record.

Marc Stein of ESPN: Anthony Bennett, former No. 1 pick, has been waived by the Brooklyn Nets.

New York Times: Sam Borden, Mika Grondahl and Joe Ward have an interactive visual showing what happened to the brain of a Stanford University football player when he was leveled by a helmet-to-helmet hit.

NBC Sports: Murray Chass of NY Times fame turned in a blank Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

*You can read Chass’ comments on the HoF ballot at http://www.murraychass.com/?p=10495

Sports Business Daily: NFL Wildcard Weekend TV ratings down slightly from ’16.

 

Today’s Sports Pages: Jon Gruden, Rashaan Salaam, Cubs National Anthem Singer

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A collection of the top stories from the Nation’s newspapers. Have a submission? Send to editor@digitalsportsdaily.com. Click the newspaper title to read the full story. 

 

Los Angeles Times: Jon Gruden states he’s not interested in the Los Angeles Rams jobs, per Chuck Shilken. “Right now I have no intentions of coaching,” Gruden said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike.” I really enjoy what I’m doing, and I feel like I’m really close to the fire and I’m getting plenty of satisfaction out of doing what I’m doing.”

Chicago Tribune:  Remember the National Anthem singer for the Cubs during the World Series? Turns out a bullet nearly killed him 22-years ago. Wayne Messmer tells his story to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune. “Without walking a mile in Messmer’s shoes, as they say, it seems easy to understand why this was not your ordinary fashion statement. The near-death experience more than two decades ago still frames every day for Messmer, 66, best known for the baritone voice that made Anthem Singer a brand in Chicago. Around 1:50 a.m. after a Blackhawks victory that April night, Messmer walked the block-and-a-half to his car after leaving Hawkeye’s Bar and Grill on 1458 W. Taylor St. When Messmer attempted to drive away, two men approached the vehicle and one, a 15-year-old, shot him in the neck from point-blank range with a 9 mm pistol.”

Washington Post: A pro poker player by the name of Phil Ivey, self-dubbed the Tiger Woods of Poker is ordered to repay $9.6 million to a casino.

New York Times Rashaan Salaam, the 1994 trophy winner, was found dead this month. Now, many wonder if brain damage and the pressure of living up to Heisman hopes contributed to his end.

New York Daily News: Andrew McCutchen to the Mets does not have a lot of traction.

National

Yahoo Sports: Micheal Lee of The Vertical writes the Clippers still aren’t ready for the Warriors.

CBS Sports: Micheal Floyd could face jail time for “super-extreme” DUI.

USA TODAY: Dan Wolken writes Alabama has good reason to fear Washington.

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