Donald Trump is good at many things: Making money, grabbing news headlines, and combing his hair in such a way that you can't tell where each follicle starts or ends.

And if you didn't know any better, you'd be tempted to credit Trump as the originator of the bitter breakup. After losing a bidding war for the Buffalo Bills earlier this month, Trump ran to Twitter and launched an "I'm not sad, I'm happy!" defenses for the ages.

Trump was outbid by a group led by Terry Pegula, who purchased the Bills franchise for $1.4 billion. Trump's highest bid, meanwhile, reportedly topped out around $1 billion.

And that's bad news for Bills fans, apparently.




If you're Trump, of course, it helps to have a selective memory. That makes it easy to forget your prominent role in running the United States Football League into the ground in the 1980s:

As a part-owner of the Sacramento Kings, Shaquille O'Neal was sent to China to take part in the NBA Global Games. During his visit, Shaq had the chance to sit down with Yao Ming, who for a few short years was seen as O'Neal's top big man rival.

While it took Yao several years to get into top form, he became a dominant big man that had a lean build and a unique skill set that could cause trouble for Shaq. The two stars met in the postseason on many occasions. But according to Shaq, it was years before the two ever spoke -- mostly because he never knew Yao could.

"One time I shot a shot on you baseline, you said 'nice shot' in perfect English," Shaq says in the video conversation. "I look at you and I say, 'You speak English?' and you say, 'Yeah, you never asked me.'"

In fairness to Shaq, Yao may have been deliberately deceiving his opponents. The former Rockets big man said he used players' assumption that he didn't know English to his advantage.

"Maybe sometimes you talk to a teammates about a game plan, I can sneak around and listen a little bit," Yao says.

Check out the full video below:

While a handful of NFL quarterbacks are doing better statistically than Brian Hoyer, all things considered the Cleveland Browns signal caller may be having the most surprising season.

Hoyer, who had started four games in his career before this season, was not the clear-cut starter coming into training camp (the Browns actually drafted another quarterback, whom you may have heard about). The Browns have a new head coach and offensive coordinator, and their Pro Bowl wide receiver was suspended for the entire season.

Yet Hoyer has a 99.5 QB rating on ESPN (seventh best among quarterbacks with more than 100 passes attempted), and he's averaging 8.22 yards-per-attempt, which is fourth best in the league. Among quarterbacks with more than 100 passes attempted, only Hoyer and Aaron Rodgers have thrown less than two interceptions.

Behind Hoyer's strong start, the Browns are on pace for their most wins since 2007, when they finished 10-6.

As Hoyer was a little-known player coming into the season, he wasn't exactly coveted by advertisers. In fact, Darren Rovell writes on ESPN.com that when Hoyer's agent inquired about an endorsement opportunity before the season, one company told him to call back when his client was named the starting quarterback.

But one business did roll the dice on Hoyer, and the investment is paying off.

The Ohio sandwich chain Mr. Hero inked Hoyer to a modest deal in the spring. Dan Traci, owner of All Media Design Group that has the Mr. Hero ad account, told Rovell that the deal is for less than six figures but includes plenty of free food.

"We gave him some gift cards with this deal," Traci told Rovell. "And let's put it this way: He could eat Mr. Hero every day of the season and would still have money left on those cards."

Mr. Hero has 95 stores, all in Ohio, and is perhaps most known for its Romanburger, a sandwich that includes two patties, Swiss cheese, salami and vegetables. Customers can get a 7-inch Romanburger along with french fries and a drink for $5.55.

Hoyer has done radio and TV spots for Mr. Hero and is featured prominently in billboards and on buses.

Because his backup, Johnny Manziel, has signed deals with Nike, Nissan and MusclePharm, Hoyer may be the only quarterback in the league earning less in endorsement money than the man behind him. But if Hoyer keeps winning (the Browns have won six of his eight starts), that may soon change.

While Hoyer is most likely not too concerned with his sponsorship potential -- the Browns are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002 -- he's got to be satisfied with how his deal is turning out. And Mr. Hero is too:

"Let's just say, as Brian and the Browns continue to do well, the deal gets better for us and perhaps less so for him," Traci told Rovell.

With the New York Knicks prepping to unveil the triangle offense this season, Spike Lee thought it was important to make documentary that explains the complex offensive system to fans.

But if you ask Phil Jackson, Lee could use a crash course himself. The Knicks team president slammed Lee's basketball IQ in response to questions regarding the famed director's upcoming documentary.

Jackson, who hired Knicks coach Derek Fisher with the presumed expectation that the team run the triangle, is arguably the most accomplished coach in NBA history, with 11 championship rings between the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

He's also known for speaking his mind without much reluctance. So when questioned about Lee's new film, Jackson didn't mince words.



As the premiere date for Lee's documentary approaches on the MSG Network, which funded the film, it sounds like a safe bet that Jackson won't be tuning in.

It remains to be seen how New York's most visible fan will respond. One safe bet: Whatever he does or says, Phil Jackson will not care.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are living the good life right now. LeBron James is back, the team traded for Kevin Love, and since the season hasn't started, there's nothing for media pundits to criticize.

On top of that, the Cavs were sent to Brazil to partake in a little preaseason action in Rio de Janiero. The players are clearly taking advantage of the opportunity: After playing an exhibition against the Miami Heat, the team stuck around in Brazil and held a casual workout session at Copacabana beach.

Fans and passersby were able to stop and watch the workout, which featured everything from LeBron doing lunges in the sand to Kevin Love smoking a cigar.

It's the most buzz a beach workout has caused since Kiana was on ESPN.

Rick Carlisle will think twice before he comments on the weight of another one of his players.

The Dallas Mavericks coach told reporters last week that he thought Chandler Parsons, who recently signed a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas, may have put on a little too much weight over the offseason. Parsons, who stands 6-foot-9 and played at about 215 pounds while on the Rockets, focused on bulking up over the summer. He reported to training camp at 235 pounds, and Carlisle immediately noticed the difference in his game.

Parsons had six rebounds, six assists and nine points on 4-of-12 shooting Friday in the Mavs' loss to the Thunder.

"He looked tired out there tonight to me, and his shot is short," Carlisle said after the game. "He's working on losing some weight. He's a little bit heavier than he's been. He's up over 230, and we want to see him get down to at least 225. That's a work in progress, and tonight's one of those nights where I think the extra weight was a hindrance."

Asked about his new coach's comments, Parsons didn't appear fazed.

"His opinion of heavy is different than mine," Parsons said. "We kind of go at it every day about it. At the end of the day, I respect his opinion. After training camp, my weight fluctuates. I'll get it down."

But Parsons didn't stop there. He took to Instagram, where he has more than 300,000 followers, and posted this photo in response to Carlisle's criticism:


Parsons, 25, isn't exactly uncomfortable without his shirt. During the past year he's modeled for Buffalo David Britton and beach label OP. Here are some of his best shots:




Sensing the building drama, Carlisle moved quickly to put out the fire. He issued a statement apologizing to Parsons and the team. Carlisle's rapid response may or may not have been related to the fact that after Parsons posted the photo, Carlisle's daughter and wife started following him.

“It’s closed,” Carlisle said of what owner Mark Cuban called "Chubby-gate." “I’ve received my punishment. My wife and daughter became full-time Chandler Parsons Twitter and Instagram followers.”

But before letting it go, Carlisle had to admit he saw Parsons' photo and approved.

“Oh yeah," Carlisle said when asked whether he looked at the image, "it’s great.”

Seventeen-year-old Simone Biles has put together an impressive gymnastics career. With her win at this year's World Gymnastics Championships in China on Friday, she's the first female in 11 years to win back-to-back all-around titles.

She would appear to be untouchable if not for a surprise bee that floated out of her flower bouquet.

The bee was first noticed after arena loudspeakers played "The Star Spangled Banner." The silver medalist noticed the bug first and pointed it out to Biles, who plans to attend UCLA after the 2016 Olympics. Chaos immediately ensued:

Fortunately, everyone escaped the bee without harm. Asked about her dramatic reaction to the bee, Biles -- the first American to win two straight world titles since Shannon Miller in 1993-94 -- had a simple explanation:


They could break their neck at any point, and they spend half of their routines upside down. But bugs? No thanks.

He played one on the big screen, but Bradley Cooper's real-life Eagles fanship is no impersonation. He's a Philly football fan who takes the team's successes and failures personally.

Cooper also isn't afraid to align himself along NFC East divisional lines. The Eagles organization has been going back-and-forth with the Giants all week long leading up to Sunday night's key game between the two division foes, and Cooper's appearance in a new hype video is the latest highlight of that heated relationship.

Cooper, who fakes a decent New York accent in mocking the Giants, takes several shots at the Eagles' rivals while emphasizing the importance of the game.

"This is more than a midseason matchup," Cooper says. "This is a street fight -- Wall Street against Broad Street."

Later, Cooper offers some reflection on how Eagles fans should handle New Yorkers.

"You want to know the best way to shut a loudmouth up?" he says. "Is to shut it for them."

This is the second time Cooper has appeared in an Eagles promotional video this season. After playing an Eagles fan in the award-winning sports drama, "Silver Linings Playbook," he's often associated with the franchise.

It's an association he relishes in real life. It's hard to see Eagles fans needing extra incentive to get riled up, but the video does give the game some added gravitas.

Here's another video featuring Cooper from earlier in the season.

Derrick Gordon almost quit basketball because he was miserable living with his secret.

Instead, he came out to his teammates and the world, and the experience has been better than he ever envisioned.

In an interview with ESPN, the UMass guard said that he had reached a point where he was either going to come out to his teammates or quit basketball altogether. Despite being a key player for a Division I team that made the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Gordon was miserable before coming out last April.

Gordon said he told his parents, brother and the UMass basketball team days before making his announcement to the public on ESPN. When that happened, Gordon became the first openly gay basketball player in Division I history.

Despite fears of how his announcement might be received, Gordon reports that the support he's received from his family and even strangers has been beyond expectations.

"At the end of the day, I'm happy," Gordon said. "Everyone knows I'm gay. You can sit up there and call me whatever you want. It's not going to affect me. I'm happy."

Gordon's teammates have also noticed the guard being more comfortable around the team. For the first time, he's hanging out with the other players regularly.

The experience has been so positive, Gordon said he would have come out sooner had he known what awaited him.

Now, the senior is focused on basketball. Over the summer, Gordon worked on his perimeter shot and is preparing to take on a stronger leadership role with the team. Gordon also worked to develop his physical strength, which will help him drive to the hoop and draw fouls.

Gordon knows negative fan reactions will inevitably find him when they play road games, but he's ready to accept that challenge as it comes. The alternative -- keeping quiet and dropping the sport he loves -- was much worse.

With its lease in Oakland running out after this season, the Raiders franchise is quietly exploring relocation to other cities.

San Antonio is one of them. And the Raiders' interest is very much reciprocated -- so much so that the city is going halfsies on a $50,000 bill for an expansive fan survey.

According to News Radio 1200 WOAI, the Raiders and San Antonio are mailing out surveys to city residents to gauge the local interest and support in moving the NFL franchise.

The questions cover a number of points, including whether fans would generally support such a move, whether they would be interested in purchasing season tickets, and what price levels they would be comfortable paying.

The paid survey follows a summer visit to San Antonio from Raiders owner Mark Davis, who was scouting out the city as a possible new home for the team.

The fact that San Antonio is sinking its own money into a potential move is significant, although it's not the first time the Raiders have been courted financially.

In reality, the city's $25,000 investment in survey distribution is pennies compared to the $10 million "deposit" paid to the Raiders in 1987 by the hopeful California city of Irwindale.

Back then, Irwindale was a small community pocked with rock quarries. When rumors started flying that the Raiders were going to leave L.A., Irwindale had handed over a $10 million check to then-owner Al Davis. It was going to be an unprecedented acquisition, with a rumored deal in place that would give free season tickets to all of the city's 1,100 residents.

But a mess of lawsuits and political quarrels brought Irwindale's dream to a grinding halt. The worst of it was, their $10 million deposit was nonrefundable.

Add to that bill an extra $10 million the city spent on various studies and legal fees, and you have a $20 million cautionary tale for any city trying to bring in an existing sports franchise.

Twenty-seven years later, however, the sports market has changed drastically. All too often, sports franchises are used as leverage to force cities into using public funds to build new stadiums and arenas.

San Antonio has probably heard of Irwindale, but it also has to realize that a potential Raiders move isn't permanent -- it's just the best option at that time.

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