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Witness says Aaron Hernandez called repairman when his car ran out of gas 03.10.17 at 3:45 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA Today Sports)

Aaron Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence for Odin Lloyd’s murder. (The Sun Chronicle/Pool Photo via USA Today Sports)

Aaron Hernandez doesn’t appear to be a car aficionado.

During his double murder trial Friday, the former president of Fox Toyota was called to the witness stand. Jack Fox leased the Toyota 4Runner to Hernandez that authorities say he was driving when he shot and killed Daniel Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28, in the South End in 2012.

During one exchange, Fox was asked about his relationship with the former Patriots tight end. He said he entered a promo agreement with Hernandez, and would regularly service the vehicle free of charge. In exchange, Hernandez would give Fox tickets and other perks.

About three or four weeks into the lease, Fox said Hernandez told him the car wouldn’t start. He went to Hernandez’s house, only to find that the 4Runner didn’t have any gas in it.

The 4Runner has been off the road for over three years, as authorities seized it around the time Hernandez was arrested for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in June 2013. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder the following year.

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Tom Brady’s 2020 presidential election odds are better than Donald Trump’s three years ago 03.10.17 at 1:58 pm ET
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Tom Brady has a better chance to be president than Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady has a better chance to be president than Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Three years ago, Donald Trump’s odds to be elected president were 150/1. Tom Brady’s chances to be sworn into the Oval Office in 2020 are better than that.

According to Bovada, Brady’s chances to be the next President of the United States sit at 125/1. That puts him in line with U.S. senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chris Murphy (D-CT). Leonardo DiCaprio, Chelsea Clinton, George Clooney, Kanye West and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have 125/1 odds as well. Johnson is the only person in that group who’s hinted at making a presidential run, telling reporters last year he “wouldn’t rule it out.”

In an interview with GQ in 2015, Brady said he doesn’t have any desire to seek higher office.

“There is a 0.000 chance of me ever wanting to do that,” he said. “I just think that no matter what you’d say or what you’d do, you’d be in a position where –– you know, you’re politicking. You know? Like, I think the great part about what I do is that there’s a scoreboard. At the end of every week, you know how you did. You know how well you prepared. You know whether you executed your game plan. There’s a tangible score.”

While Brady expressed support for Trump during the campaign, he never explicitly revealed his political views. Earlier this year, Brady implied on Kirk & Callahan he might disagree with some of Trump’s policies.

“If you know someone, it doesn’t mean you agree with everything they say or they do,” he said. “You have a lot of friends in your life. I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.”

Thanks to Trump’s improbable rise, the next presidential race will likely feature some unorthodox candidates. Oprah Winfrey, who Bovada says has 66/1 odds of winning in 2020, signaled last week she might be warming up to the idea of giving it a shot.

Currently, Trump has 9/4 odds at being reelected. The person most likely to unseat him is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who’s chances of winning are 8/1.

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Stephen A. Smith: Jimmy Garoppolo’s Instagram post wasn’t a hoax 03.10.17 at 12:40 pm ET
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Stephen A. Smith says he thinks Jimmy Garoppolo wants out of New England. (Brett Davis/USA Today Sports)

Stephen A. Smith says he thinks Jimmy Garoppolo wants out of New England. (Brett Davis/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo says his now-deleted Instagram post with a “peace out Boston” captain was a hoax. Stephen A. Smith ain’t buying it.

On ESPN’s First Take Friday, Smith said he thinks Garoppolo knew about the post when it appeared on his account.

“I think it’s indicative of what Garoppolo actually wants to happen. I don’t believe it was a hoax,” he explained. “I think he had everything to do with that post. I don’t care what anybody says.”

While ESPN’s Adam Schefter is adamant the Patriots will keep Garoppolo, trade rumors continue to swirl. Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reports the Browns intend to make a strong run at the highly coveted backup, freshly armed with a 2018 second-round pick they received from the Texans in exchange for taking on Brock Osweiler’s entire salary.

If Garoppolo stays in New England, he’ll almost certainly sit behind Tom Brady in 2017. Though his rookie contract expires at the end of the season, the Patriots can franchise him, keeping Garoppolo under their control for an additional year. Smith said he thinks Garoppolo is anxious to start after spending the first three years of his career on the bench.

“Garoppolo is feeling himself a little bit. He knows that at no time the market is going to be as high as it is appears to be for him right now,” Smith said. “He senses a prime opportunity for himself to land someplace else, be a starting quarterback in the NFL and get some shine. And I think he wants to capitalize on it.”

In a statement Friday, Garoppolo’s agent Don Yee said the quarterback’s Instagram account was hacked. Hours before the cryptic post, Garoppolo took a Snapchat video from the Blackhawks game Thursday night. If he was hacked, perhaps responsibility lies with somebody who was with him.

Regardless, Garoppolo’s future with the Patriots will likely remain a major topic for the foreseeable future. Since there’s no timetable on a trade, the drama could even extend well into training camp.

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Bill O’Reilly agrees with Mike Francesa about women not being able to coach men’s teams 03.10.17 at 11:41 am ET
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Bill O'Reilly, pictured here with President Donald Trump, has Mike Francesa's back. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Bill O’Reilly, pictured here with President Donald Trump, has Mike Francesa’s back. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

On his radio show last week, WFAN host Mike Francesa said it would be “impossible” for a woman to coach a men’s sports team. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly agrees.

In a segment Thursday with HBO “Real Sports” contributor Bernard Goldberg, O’Reilly defended Francesa’s logic –– though he slightly misconstrued the Sports Pope’s words.

“I don’t disagree that women can coach a men’s basketball team. Twelve players … it could happen. He was talking about baseball and football and I agree with Francesa, it would be almost impossible on a number of different levels for that to happen,” he said.

Francesa wasn’t just talking about baseball and football, however. He made a blanket statement about women coaching all men’s sports teams.

“Do you know how difficult it would be on a female to have to manage 25 men? Or 50 men? Do you know how impossible that would be?,” he asked. “It wouldn’t be tough, it would be impossible. You’re gonna tell me that you would think a woman would walk into an NFL team and coach as a head coach 15 assistants and 50-60 men?”

A caller pressed Francesa on whether he thinks former Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, who won eight champions with the Lady Volunteers, could’ve coached men. He said no.

“NBA? No,” he said. “She would have said, ‘I don’t belong there.’ But she could not coach an NBA team, nor would she even wanna try.”

This week, Francesa expounded on his take, saying he thinks it would be a publicity stunt if a men’s team hired a female coach. That’s an asinine statement to make, considering there’s nothing worse for a franchise’s publicity than a losing season. Seemingly no club would sacrifice on-field or on-court success for the sake of a short-term PR boost.

That’s not to say Francesa’s argument doesn’t have a kernel of truth to it. It probably would be difficult for an accomplished female coach to be in charge of a men’s team –– just because of its unprecedented nature. There isn’t a single woman coaching men at the collegiate level, and in the NBA, there are only two female assistants: WNBA great Becky Hammon with the Spurs and two-time Olympian Nancy Lieberman with the Kings. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Women have risen to the highest levels in other male-dominated fields. Why not sports?

Naturally, after briefly addressing Francesa’s claims, O’Reilly and Goldberg turned their attention to a familiar target: the liberal PC police.

“(They) will punish you if you’re not PC enough and that’s what’s happening here,” Goldberg said.

Francesa, who reportedly makes $5 million per year, is almost certainly not being punished. In fact, his ratings have probably increased as a result of this episode.

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Adam Schefter is staking his reputation on the Patriots keeping Jimmy Garoppolo 03.10.17 at 10:28 am ET
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Adam Schefter (left) is the most trusted NFL reporter in the country. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Adam Schefter (light) is the most trusted NFL reporter in the country. (Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Adam Schefter is adamant the Patriots will keep Jimmy Garoppolo. If he’s wrong, it will cost him his reputation.

This all started back in December, when Schefter said on Kirk & Callahan the Patriots expect to receive at least a first- and fourth-round pick in return for the backup quarterback. That statement prompted Trent Dilfer to call his co-worker a pawn during an appearance with Dale & Holley, which resulted in Schefter firing back.

“I can tell you that nobody in New England has ever told me a certain price that they want or are expecting on Jimmy Garoppolo. I can promise you that,” he said on K&C earlier this year. “The New England brass is not using me to get a price out on Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s a fact we can dispel right there. That’s incorrect.”

Then last week, Schefter dropped another bombshell: the Patriots aren’t expected to trade Garoppolo at all. The acclaimed NFL Insider doubled-down on his assertion with OM&F later that day, saying he guaranteed Garoppolo would stay in New England.

It’s not unusual for Schefter, or any journalist, to defend their reporting. But Schefter has gone beyond that in recent days. He’s launched a full-blown PR campaign, bristling at anybody who dares to suggest the Patriots may still make Garoppolo available.

When members of an ESPN NFL panel brought up the topic Thursday, Schefter appeared agitated.

“You guys want to keep talking about this,?” he muttered.

Despite Schefter’s guarantees, there are still murmurs about Garoppolo heading elsewhere. Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot reports the Browns intend to make a strong run at Garoppolo, freshly armed with a 2018 second-round pick they received from the Texans in exchange for taking on Brock Osweiler’s entire salary. But on “SportsCenter” Friday morning, Schefter said the Patriots have no intention of trading Garoppolo to Cleveland, even if they were offered several first-round selections.

“The facts are the facts: Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be on the Patriots, but we can continue to talk about [it], he explained. One person there said, ‘If they get four [first-round picks], they wouldn’t trade him.”

That seems a tad hyperbolic, which might be why Schefter didn’t repeat the claim afterwards on K&C. But he channeled his inner-Skip Bayless once again, declaring the Patriots would be destined for futility if Tom Brady were to get hurt and Garoppolo wasn’t on the roster to take his place.

“If they traded Jimmy Garoppolo and something were to happen to Tom Brady next season, the year after, they would be the Cleveland Browns,” he said. “It would the Cleveland Browns. What would they be doing at quarterback? What was it like for that franchise before Tom Brady came along?”

To make matters even more bizarre, while Schefter was making these grand proclamations, Garoppolo’s Instagram account posted a goodbye message to New England. The reported hoax was deleted at 9:30 a.m.

There’s no doubting Schefter’s flawless reputation in NFL circles. According to a Washington Post profile, he often swaps information with teams, exchanging scoops for scoops. But his steadfast denial about the Patriots even entertaining a Garoppolo trade flies in the face of conventional wisdom, and frankly, common sense. Though quarterback is the most important position in sports, it seems unfathomable to suggest the Patriots would never consider trading Garoppolo –– even for multiple first-rounders. Every player is believed to have a price, especially considering Brady played arguably the best football of his career last season. In February, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who used to cover the Patriots for the Boston Herald, reported the team wants to extend Brady’s contract past 2019. Considering Garoppolo’s rookie deal is up after this season, it’s difficult to imagine why the Patriots would want to re-sign Brady if they’re planning on handing the reigns over to him. It’s also hard to see why Garoppolo would want to stay and back up, when he could be a starter elsewhere.

Due to his refusal to cede any ground, Schefter is at odds with many of his colleagues in the NFL media. He better be right, or else his word will no longer take precedent over theirs.

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Damien Woody burns Bill Simmons on Twitter over cancellation of his HBO talk show 03.09.17 at 2:21 pm ET
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Bill Simmons, like many Patriots fans, seems to be salivating over the prospect of Jay Cutler joining the Jets. The Bears released the embattled quarterback Thursday, and the Gang Green have reportedly emerged as one of his top suitors.

For a multitude of reasons, Cutler and the Jets would be the perfect marriage. Placing perhaps the most polarizing and error-prone quarterback in the league under center for one of the most dysfunctional franchises in sports would likely further turn the Jets into a soap opera. There would almost never be a dull moment.

Simmons tweeted about how “Jetsy” the move would be, only to get shot down by ex-Patriots and Jets offensive lineman, Damien Woody. Apparently, Simmons’ former ESPN colleague doesn’t have a lot of patience for those who take shots at his former team.

This isn’t the first time another media member has insulted Simmons with a reference to his short-lived HBO talk show, which was cancelled last year after just 25 episodes. In November, NBC’s lead NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth brought up Simmons’ failed TV endeavor in a tweet after Simmons had critiqued his on-air performance during a game broadcast.

“Somebody needs to gently break the news to Collinsworth that the Pats have a weak front 7 and that’s why Seattle’s o-line looks so good,” Simmons wrote.

Collinsworth responded by saying, “Thanks Bill, we’ll look for you ‘gently’ breaking it down on that hit show of yours.”

In a matter of hours, Collinsworth deleted the tweet. As of publication, Woody’s diss remains up.

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Conspiracy theorist says Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are ‘transgender illuminati’ 03.09.17 at 12:26 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have been dating since December 2006. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have been dating since December 2006. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen are one of the most powerful couples in the world. But one conspiracy theorist says they’re living a lie.

In a YouTube video viewed nearly 33,000 times, a blogger named “MrE3000″ makes an outlandish claim: Brady and Bündchen are ‘transgender illuminati.’ Let’s unpack this declaration step-by-step:

Illuminati (secret organization of the most powerful elite in the world):

At the start of the video, a couple pictures of Brady and Bündchen show up on the screen. In all of them, they’re photographed sticking up their pinky, index finger and thumb. According to Illuminati Rex, this gesture is called the “El Diablo” –– otherwise known as the University of Texas’ ‘Hook ’em Horns’ hand signal. Other notable people who have flashed this supposed Illuminati symbol are President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and Rihanna.

Transgender:

For the duration of the commentary, “MrE3000″ analyzes pictures of Brady’s and Bündchen’s abdomens. On men, he says the belly button should be above the smallest part of the waist. But that’s not the case with Brady.

“Tom Brady has an indentation above the belly button. Is Tom Brady a woman – a female-to-male Illuminati [transgender]?,” he asks.

He says Bündchen, meanwhile, has masculine features.

“She has a little indentation here [below the belly button] – that’s a masculine feature – then it goes straight up from there,” the conspiracy theorist says. “Some photos are Photoshopped and in others she’s bending her back to give the illusion of an hour glass figure – but it’s an illusion.”

“MrE3000″ isn’t just singling out Brady and Bündchen. He’s also recently released videos theorizing Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Miley Cyrus are transgender as well.

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Poll shows majority of sportswriters are opposed to Donald Trump 03.09.17 at 10:17 am ET
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Most sportswriters are opposed to Donald Trump. (Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool Photo/USA Today Sports)

Most sportswriters are opposed to Donald Trump. (Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool Photo/USA Today Sports)

In a feature story last month, the Ringer’s Bryan Curtis said sportswriting is now a liberal profession. Now there are numbers that back up his claim.

The Big Lead recently conducted a sports media political survey, polling 51 industry professionals. A whopping 80.4 percent of respondents say they voted for Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election, with only two people expressing support for Donald Trump. Those numbers show how far to the left members of the sports media stand in comparison to the general population, especially considering the vast majority of people polled were male (76.5 percent) and white (82.4 percent). According to exit poll data, 63 percent of white men cast their ballots for Trump in November.

Given those findings, it’s unsurprising most sportswriters identify as Democrats (58 percent). More than one-third said they’re political independents and only three people called themselves Republicans (six percent).

Ever since Trump took office, an increasing number of sports media members have used their Twitter feeds to condemn his policies, lashing out against the travel ban and other controversial initiatives. It doesn’t seem like this trend will stop any time soon.

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TMZ founder reportedly asked Donald Trump to help him book Tom Brady for an interview 03.08.17 at 4:38 pm ET
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Tom Brady hasn't said whether he's visiting the White House with the Patriots this year. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady hasn’t said whether he’s visiting the White House with the Patriots this year. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

President Donald Trump often boasts about his friendship with Tom Brady. TMZ founder Harvey Levin is reportedly looking to parlay that into an interview with the Patriots’ quarterback.

According to the New York Times, Trump granted an unannounced White House meeting to Levin last week. Sources say the topic of their conversation largely focused on securing Trump’s participation for Levin’s new Fox News series, “Objectified.” The President sat down with Levin for a softball Fox News interview last fall.

But apparently, the tabloid tycoon’s guest wish list extends beyond Trump. The Times reports Levin wants Brady to appear on the show, and planned to ask Trump if he could help the two connect with each other.

Though the extent of Trump and Brady’s friendship remains uncertain, they do seem to keep in touch. At a celebratory dinner before the inauguration, Trump said Brady called him to send his well wishes. In an interview with Kirk & Callahan last November, Brady declined to say whether he had voted for his pal.

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Don’t mock Tim Tebow for playing baseball 03.08.17 at 1:07 pm ET
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Don’t mock Tim Tebow for pursuing a career in baseball.

Tebow will make his Spring Training debut against the Red Sox Wednesday, starting at DH for the Mets in a split-squad game in Port St. Lucia, Fla. It’s the most relevant game of the Grapefruit League calendar, but yet, some of the beat writers seem less than enthused about all of the hoopla at the ballpark.

Ten years after Tebowmania first entered our lives, ridiculing the former Heisman trophy winner is passé and stale. While Tebow’s pious public persona may first come across as self-indulgent, it’s apparent his charitable efforts are genuine. This year, his foundation is planning 375 proms across the country for special needs kids. He also says he wants to adopt at least one child from every continent, in order to embrace diversity.

“I think when you look at God’s family, it’s not about color,” he said, via PEOPLE. “Love knows no color. I want my kids to grow up with an appreciation for every single person, no matter what they look like. That’s what unity looks like to me: knowing that you can love people who aren’t the same as you are. I want to teach that message to my kids; I want them to live it.”

Does that sound like a phony to you?

Tebow never asked for all of this attention. When he held a workout last year, not a single MLB team was obligated to show up. But almost all of them did, sending nearly 40 scouts in total. The Mets eventually signed Tebow to a minor league contract and dispatched him to the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .194 in 71 plate appearances with 20 strikeouts. But apparently, they thought highly enough of his performance to invite him to Major League camp.

Make no mistake: there’s probably a marketing component here as well. But that’s not Tebow’s problem. After flaming out in the NFL, he wants to try his hand at baseball. He’s not responsible for the circus he attracts.

Assuming Tebow makes it out of Spring Training, he’ll probably start the season in the lower levels of the minor leagues. That means there’s a chance he’ll be sent to either Kingsport, Tenn. (Rookie League Mets) or Columbia, South Carolina (Low-A Columbia Fireflies). If Tebow is just looking for publicity, there are easier ways to attain it than riding buses throughout the Southeast during the hot summer months.

During the sleepy months of Spring Training, there are few stories more intriguing than a former Heisman trophy winner and first-round NFL pick trying his hand at baseball. Anybody who doesn’t recognize that is being obtuse.

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