Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata did more than just raise money for local educational groups and teachers at his foundation's function. The big man put on a dancing show.

The third annual Haloti Ngata Family Foundation Luau pulled in $50,000, according to TMZ, and the highlight of the night was Ngata doing the Kailao, a traditional Tongan warrior dance. Here's video via TMZ:

Ngata's parents were from Tonga. He was born in California, attended high school in Utah and played college football at Oregon. A first-round pick of the Ravens in 2006, Ngata has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

Mark Cuban seems to have Los Angeles on his mind these days.

In one interview with AdWeek, the Dallas Mavericks owner offered some sage advice to new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

Shortly thereafter, Cuban went on the The Beast 980 in L.A. and trashed the Lakers, saying, "I just hope they suck forever."

It's all par for the course for Cuban: A brilliant business mind with a brash edge to him.

Of course, that's why Cuban has become one of the most influential owners in the NBA. Cuban's passion for his team is often cited as one of the great influences coming down from NBA ownership, which all too often features rich white men staring down stoically from their luxury boxes.

Cuban isn't like that at all. He sits down close to the court, wears T-shirts to games and gets into it like any other fan. He sees similar behaviors in new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, and he offered several tips to succeeding as an NBA owner.

The bulk of those tips revolved around the fan experience: Making games affordable, building an experience, and investing in the product -- not focusing on bottom-lines. Cuban encouraged Ballmer to respect the relationship fans have with sports teams -- a dynamic that does not exist with branded corporations.

"Leading Microsoft is nothing like owning a major sports team," Cuban told AdWeek. "You don't own the team; Clippers fans everywhere do."

Meanwhile, Cuban took time to assess the Lakers' current rebuilding task. Despite preseason optimism, the Lakers are off to a 2-9 start and appear to be one of the worst teams in the league.

Cuban started to evaluate their path back to relevance, but then admitted that he didn't care one way or another: "I don't know, I don't care, I just hope they suck. You know, like any other team."

The frozen-over version of hell descended upon upstate New York, and Buffalo Bills players woke up to find their backyards transformed.

The current snowstorm raking across the region is expected to drop a total of five to six feet on the area, and three of those feet had arrived by Tuesday morning.

While such a massive dump of precipitation comes with various problems and complications, several Bills players were able to see the silver lining. They posted photos of the madness to Twitter, which the team's official account was happy to share.





Last but not least, here's a time-lapse video of the massive snow storm coming off Lake Erie:

Remember how casual Steve Ballmer seemed about spending $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers -- almost three time the previous record sale for any NBA team?

It's probably because he knew a hidden discount was waiting for him.

A new report in the Los Angeles Times reveals that various provisions in tax law will allow Ballmer to deduct huge portions of the cost of the team as a tax write-off -- amounts that could cover almost half of the cost of the purchase, according to experts.

Ballmer was well aware of that potential, having exercised the benefit of tax deductions through several acquisitions at Microsoft.

Estimating the exact amount of the tax write-off will be difficult because the tax laws in question are open to interpretation, meaning Ballmer's representatives will likely negotiate for the largest write-off they can swing.

Some of the most inventive write-offs will be for the contracts of players like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. According to the Times, Ballmer will likely try to write off amounts much larger than their considerable salaries and argue that the value of the players is much larger than their base incomes because of the revenues they generate for the team, including merchandise sales and game tickets.

Ballmer's strategy is not unique to professional sports -- such deductions have been taken for decades. But in setting the record for the highest purchase price for a sports franchise, Ballmer does stand to inherit the largest tax write-off for such a splurge.

In other words, the rich get richer.

But it will be interesting to see how the Clippers' sunny financial situation impacts the NBA's collective bargaining negotiations in 2016.

The players' representation has already pointed to the massive valuation of the Clippers -- and, by extension, every other NBA team -- as evidence that league owners are in great financial shape.

Players want a bigger cut of the profits, especially with a multi-billion dollar television contract recently signed. In the last collective bargaining process, NBA owners cried poor and pointed to distorted accounting work as evidence. Now, everyone knows that was a crock.

When that time comes, will Ballmer be so eager to open his checkbook?

One youngster in Montana had her heart set on high-fiving with Monte, the Grizziles mascot, at the homecoming parade. Although Monte tried to accommodate all the kids, somehow he managed to miss a certain 2-year-old. Berkley Smith was crushed and a clip of her tear-filled disappointment hit YouTube. The Grizzlies athletic department responded to the video. After tracking her down, it arranged for Monte to give Berkley a big hug at a football game. Here's how it unfolded:

Like many sports fans, Chris Pratt has some strong opinions about Adrian Peterson. Unlike most sports fans, Pratt was named one of GQ's Men of the Year for 2014, giving him an enormous platform to express his thoughts.

Drew Magary interviewed Pratt for the GQ cover story and published some extra tidbits from the interview on The Concourse. Pratt, who was born in Minnesota, is incensed with Peterson after it was revealed that the former NFL MVP abused his young children:

"F-----' Adrian Peterson, man. Yeah, that's f----- up, especially when you have f------ seven kids. And they don't live with you—they just come visit you sometimes. It's good, I guess, that he's being punished the way he is, which is probably the way that people should think about punishing their own kids, which is like, 'When you f--- up, I'm going to take something away from you that you really like. And then maybe you won't do it again.'"

It's unclear when the interview took place, so perhaps Pratt's heated response to a question about Peterson came closer to the time the abuse was uncovered. A few weeks ago Peterson avoided jail time by reaching a plea deal and pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault. Depending on how the NFL handles the case, Peterson may be cleared to return to the field before the end of this season.

It's been a big year for Pratt, who rose to prominence thanks to a memorable role on the sitcom Parks and Recreation. In 2014 Pratt starred in The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. He's the lead in the 2015 Jurassic Park revamp Jurassic World.

Here are some of the images from Pratt's photoshoot with the magazine:




For the full Pratt profile, see here.

Pratt is one of six people featured on the cover of GQ, with one of the others being free agent defensive end Michael Sam.


The Beer Mile has come a long way from its days as a fringe event organized by college and high school runners in Canada.

Now there are world championships, and everyone from 44-year-old mothers of six to Olympians are trying out the race. But as you can imagine, the event is not for everyone. Take Lance Armstrong, the disgraced former cyclist, who could not get through one-fourth of the race.

Even without the seven Tour de France titles of which he was stripped for admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs, Armstrong is still an incredibly accomplished athlete. A former standout triathlete, Armstrong has completed the New York City Marathon twice in under three hours.

But the beer mile -- in which participants must drink one beer, run a lap on the quarter-mile track, and then repeat the sequence three times -- was too much for Armstrong. In fact, the 43-year-old dropped out after one lap.

"That was way different than I thought," Armstrong said after the race.

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Because he's older than 40, Armstrong would be competing in the "super masters" group and would have to run the race in 5:51 to set a world record. By comparison, 44-year-old mother of six Chris Kimbrough recently set a women's world record of 6:28 in her first attempt.

The overall men's world record in the beer mile is 4:57.1, set by James Nielsen on April 27.

In case you think you've got what it takes to compete in this grueling event, the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships will be held in Austin, Texas, next month.

Don't expect to see Armstrong in the field.

"One and done," he said after his failed attempt.

Marshawn Lynch could be on his way to one of the largest fines in NFL history.

The Seattle Seahawks running back refused to speak with the media on Sunday after his team's 24-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the third time he has avoided the press in the last three seasons. The first time, in 2012, he was fined $20,000. The second time, last year, he was fined $50,000. But he appealed that fine and the NFL upheld the appeal but told Lynch it would collect that $50,000 and another $50,000 if he avoided the media again.

In fairness, Lynch did call two NFL Network reporters after the loss -- the Mike Silver and former teammate Michael Robinson. But, as MMQB's Peter King writes, that may not be enough for Lynch to avoid a $100,000 fine.

Lynch has made it clear he detests speaking with the media, and during the 2014 Super Bowl media day he cut short his podium session and agreed to this bizarre interview with Deion Sanders of the NFL Network:

If the NFL does dock Lynch $100,000, it will be one of the largest fines in recent years that is not tied to a suspension or legal misconduct. The largest punishments the NFL has dished out this year for on-the-field issues have been $30,000 fines to New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham for a touchdown celebration and Tennessee Titans tight end Chase Coffman for a hit on a Baltimore Ravens assistant coach.

Lynch had a solid game against the Chiefs -- he ran 24 times for 124 yards. But the loss puts the Seahawks in a perilous playoff position and his bizarre halftime antics make his status with the team even murkier. In an interview with Silver, Lynch expressed frustration but would not speculate on his status following the year.

"Do I think I'll be gone after this season?" Lynch asked rhetorically. "I don't know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don't talk too much. I just play the game."

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DeMarcus Cousins used to look up to Charles Barkley. Coming from Alabama, he wanted to follow Barkley's path out of the deep South and into the NBA -- a journey few athletes are able to complete.

When Cousins heard Barkley criticizing him on televising, saying he was immature and a bad influence on his teammates, he turned cold.

That was years ago, but Cousins is nowhere close to forgiving his childhood legend. When asked about the feud, Cousins turned to a reporter and spoke to him as if Barkley was standing right in front of him.

"I have no respect for you and I never will," he said to Bleacher Report. "We have nothing to talk about. So, yes, every time we see each other, there will never be words."

Tempting as it might be to write this off as a silly sports-fueled clash of personalities, the Cousins-Barkley saga is more complex than that. Cousins grew up wanting to be just like Barkley. And Barkley took an interest in Cousins, even attending one of his high school games when he was a standout on his way to play college ball at Kentucky.

But the Sacramento Kings center took great offense to criticisms Barkley has made in public forums. Barkley, for his part, doesn't understand why Cousins remains so angry at him. The TNT commentator and NBA Hall of Famer felt that he was being careful about the things he said -- but that tough love is important to maturing in the NBA.

Barkley speaks from personal experience. As a young player in Philadelphia in the 1980s, Barkley said veterans like Moses Malone called him fat and told him to lose weight, while guys like Julius Erving said he needed to dress better.

While hurtful at the time, Barkley now sees that influence as critical to his career.

Cousins, meanwhile, wants nothing to do with the negative comments.

And, for what it's worth, Cousins is having a breakout season. He's well on his way to his first All-Star Game appearance and is even in early conversation for the MVP award. The Kings, meanwhile, have gotten off to a blistering start and appear determined to make the NBA Playoffs.

Barkley may want to congratulate Cousins for those achievements, but the fifth-year center won't have any of it. He's written Charles Barkley off.

Head coach Ajani Sanders just wants an opportunity for his football team to win a game this year. The first 10 tries haven't worked out as he would have liked, but the team has one more shot ahead -- in the playoffs.

So what if the team is 0-10?

While some scoff at the notion, that's precisely Houston Scarborough's fortune. Thanks to a quirk in how playoff spots are awarded in Texas high school football, the Spartans were guaranteed a playoff shot no matter how bad they were during the regular season.

And not to pile on the program, which was only started a few years ago and is still in development, but Houston Scarborough was bad this season. The Spartans have a 57-game losing streak and lost their 10 games this season by an average margin of 53-8.

Houston Scarborough's playoff spot was guaranteed earlier this year, when the state's governing body for high school sports placed the Spartans in a five-team district. The top four of those teams would be given playoff berths.

But one of those schools then faced the risk of being closed, and was only able to stay open by dramatically cutting its spending. That meant the football team had to be scrapped.

When that happened, Scarborough was effectively penciled into the playoffs.

Although an early-season visit from NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice failed to inspire the team to a win, the school's head coach remains upbeat and believes that opportunity will eventually offer its rewards.

And if that doesn't come this season, next season is a possibility: Because district assignments are structured for two-year cycles, Houston Scarborough may have its ticket already punched to next year's playoff, too.

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