The NBA schedules were released last night and we'll be treated to two rematches of the Heat-Spurs final. They'll meet on Jan 26th, the first Sunday there isn't any NFL football, which will also feature Melo vs. Kobe and KG and Paul Pierce heading back to Boston with the Nets. Here is a complete team-by-team look.

 

The Atlanta Braves won their 12th game in a row, beating the Nationals 2-1, and extending their lead in the division to 14.5 games. Washington's only run came on a Bryce Harper home run, which he admired for a second, and he was promptly drilled with the first pitch in his next at-bat. He wasn't too pleased. 

 

Chris Paul says the LA Clippers will go as far as Blake Griffin takes them.

 

Michael Beasley was arrested for pot, completing what is becoming an annual rite of summer for the former lottery pick.

 

Brandon Jennings is excited to play for the Detroit Pistons, and says he and Josh Smith can create another Lob City.

 

Former MLB player Magglio Ordonez is running for Mayor in Puerto La Cruz, Venezeula. 

 

Venus Williams lost in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. On a related note, John Isner's loss last week means there won't be an American male in the top 20 for the first time in 40 years.

 

Phil Mickelson calls Tiger Woods a "great motivator."

 

Eagles WR Arrelious Benn tore his ACL in practice, the second Eagles WR to do so this training camp.

 

Jared Allen walked off the practice field with an injured ankle yesterday in Minnesota.

 

Another NCAA investigator left the NCAA just ahead of the investigation on Johnny Manziel. Manziel reportedly took $7,500 from a broker.

 

Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard is considering joining the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA.

 

The Knight Commission put together several recommended changes for the NCAA to govern itself. 

 

 

FLASHING LIGHTS

 

Ja Rule compares his two-year stint in prison to high school.

 

Stalley discusses his mixtape Honest Cowboy, set to drop tomorrow, and kicks a freestyle on Sway in the Morning.

 

Ab-Soul goes militaristic in his latest release, "Christopher DRONEr."

 

 

DID YOU REALIZE?

 

President Obama will appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and will probably cause everyone in LA to vote Republican in 2014 because traffic is going to be insane.

 

Newark Mayor and Senate candidate Cory Booker has an internet startup company that has $1-5 million invested by major tech groups, including Google. The venture, Waywire, has a chance to make Booker extremely rich.

 

Drone strikes killed six more people in Yemen. Meanwhile, an American journalist in Yemen says that drones are feared more than al-Qaeda by locals because al-Qaeda only attacks militants, whereas drones are killing civilians. 

 

Mitt Romney warns the GOP against advocating a government shutdown. 

 

 

GOTTA HAVE IT

 

Here's the rap debut for a new rap duo, Peyton and Eli Manning, dropping a video for "Football On Your Phone," produced by DirecTV.