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Albany Rides Gallup & Morris to Blow Out All-Stars

Anthony DiMoro



Albany, NY – This one was over before the fat lady even had a chance to do a sound check.

Albany Legends' Damone Morris dunks on a fast break (Photo by Anthony DiMoro)

The Legends used a 37 point 1st quarter and the hot-shooting of Guard Ej Gallup to easily dismantle the Lake County All-Stars Friday night at CBA 141-89.

Gallup paced the Legends with 22 points on solid outside shooting and Damone Morris scored 20 points rebounding from a sub-par performance in Sunday’s loss to the Edmonton Energy. Albany was also sparked by the bench play of returning Lloyd Clinton who had 15 points.

The Legends were without starting guard Emanuel Mayben who was serving a one game suspension for last Sunday’s ejection.

Lake County came out slow and unorganized from the tip off and could not find an answer for the up-tempo Legends. They only scored 32 points in the 1st half. The Legends scored 32 points in the 2nd quarter alone to build a 37 point halftime lead.

Albany's Ej Gallup drives to the basket against the Lake County defense (Photo by Anthony DiMoro)

Fast breaks, runs and dunks were the theme of the night for the Albany Legends who are in a dog fight with the Kankakee County Soldiers for first place in the International Division and are on a 8 game winning streak.

Will Harris chipped in 14 points off the bench for the Legends. Starter Lloyd Johnson scored 11 points, Deandre Thomas 13 and Damone Morris has 20 in the rout.

Clinton had an instant energy boost to provide for the Legends. “It felt great being back out there. I just love to hustle and play defense. Bring that energy” Clinton said.

Clinton is sure to help the Legends out in a long road trip to close out the 2011 IBL season.”We need guys not just for scoring but for defense All of us can score but we need an anchor on defense and I think I can help with that. We need to work on running our sets and locking down on defense to the best of our abilities.”

Albany Legends Coach Ben Smith was pleased to get some of his bench players more playing time and is anxious to use this series to prepare for the grind of the road. “The All-Stars played hard but we played great. It was good to get some of our guys more minutes and we’ll try and do it again tomorrow” Coach Smith said.

Albany's Deandre Thomas takes it strong to the Lake County interior defense for 2 points (Photo by Anthony DiMoro)

But the work never stops and Coach Smith sees an opportunity to use this series to work out some kinks in his Press Defense. “I like to keep games a little close earlier in the game so I can throw a press in. We’re working on the press, the backside of it. The top side of our press is really good and we’re getting across the middle taking passes away but it’s too easily going over the top of us. So if I can just work on that a little bit in this series that’s going to be our main goal.

Lake County was led by Brandon Stephens who had 19 points and the shooting of Chris Williams who chipped in 18. The All-Stars are still looking for their first win of the season.



Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. Anthony DiMoro is a Contributor for 'Forbes' where he talks Sports, SEO, Social Media and Internet Marketing. Anthony also hosts the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast' and is a Contributor to the Huffington Post where he covers sports

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Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin Dead at 23

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Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who competed in the 2016 Rio Janeiro Games, was found dead in her California home this past Friday due to an apparent suicide, according to an announcement from her father, according to Reuters.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” her father, Mark Catlin said, according to VeloNews. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

Catlin, 23, took the silver medal in Rio and was part of the teams who took home the gold in 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Championships.

Catlin had reportedly struggled with mental health in the past and her sister, Christine Catlin, said that Catlin was “a really special person – kind, funny, empathetic, and talented at literally everything she did, per the Washington Post. She just felt like she couldn’t say no to everything that was asked of her and this was her only escape.”

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Kansas City Chiefs

Tom Brady And Pats Play Record 8th AFC Championship Game, Seek 6th Superbowl




It’s Championship Sunday and one of the NFL staples remain atop the league. The New England Patriots are appearing in their record 8th AFC title game in hopes of competing for a sixth title.

A season that most organizations would be happy with, was one of challenge for the Patriots. Usually a top tier team, they suffered bad losses to the Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins. However, in Patriot fashion along a weak AFC East, the Patriots finished 11-5, won a 10th straight conference title and secured a first round bye.

Kansas City will host New England in the AFC Championship game in what is a rematch from week six. That game featured an offensive clinic ,  As reported by CBS Boston, Brady went 24-35 passing for 340 yards and touchdown in that game; Mahomes went 23-36 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns. The AFC Championship could very well play out the same way.

The Chiefs will be a tough out, They won their first home playoff game in 25 years last week against the Colts and are riding one of the most prolific offenses in history behind quarterback whisperer Andy Reid and phenome Patrick Mahomes who is arguably the NFLs best young QB.

In what is a David and Goliath matchup, Brady seems to imply they are the underdog. As he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, cant win games,”.  Will the dynasty continue? Or will Reid and Mahomes hoist the Lombardi?

I’m leaning towards the game plan of Bill Belichick and veteran experience of Tom Brady in this one. I think a Patriot/Saints matchup is in order. Either way, it will undoubtedly be one for the ages.

Game Time: Sunday January 20th at 6:40ET/5:40CT on CBS.

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An Agency Changing the Sponsorship Game for Athletes

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The following is an official press release from Eight Seven Media

Sponsorships and endorsements have changed significantly over the past few years. Historically, we know them as mainstream commercials and endorsements by top apparel and shoe brands with professional athletes and celebrities at the forefront. Until recently, the huge rise of influencer marketing has changed brands perspective and they have gravitated towards using social media stars as their advocates. Influencers are compensated with hundreds of thousands of dollars and brands have turned away from the traditional celebrity or professional athlete. Eight Seven Media is looking to turn that model on its head and bring sponsorship dollars back to professional athletes.

Founded by Dylan Scance and Derek Flodmand, Eight Seven Media creates social media content for professional athletes. Working on the talent buying side, they noticed that brands were only picking talent based on either their audience or their content. When they would pitch athletes to certain brands, they knew they were a perfect fit for the brand from a personality and lifestyle perspective, but the athletes had a tough time getting deals from brands. Aside from the lack of resources these agencies provided, the number one reason was their lack of content. Most athletes understand that having a social media presence is crucial in today’s market, but they don’t necessarily understand exactly how to leverage their channels to their maximum potential.

We’ve outlined Eight Seven’s process below:

Step 1: Identification

Along with a data-backed strategy, their team works hand-in-hand with both the athlete and agent to understand what types of brands they are interested in partnering with.

Step 2: Content Creation

Their team then works directly with the athlete to create rich, bespoke lifestyle social media content, specific to the verticals they have identified. They will meet directly with the athlete to bring this content to life.

Step 3: Amplification

As the athlete pushes out bespoke content via their social channels, their team leverages a specialized software called Social Ads to amplify top-performing content to target audience(s) based on the verticals we have identified. This provides the athlete with increased reach and exposure within the right audience segments- thus increasing their potential value to identified brands.

Step 4: Reporting

Via the Social Ads software, their team provides intuitive reporting on content performance, inclusive of demographic and geographic data which highlights the extended audience that has been exposed to the athlete’s content.

Athletes are a perfect fit for brands for many reasons. They have a highly engaged audience that’s not filled with bot accounts (something that’s been plaguing the influencer industry for years). They are inspirational, motivational, and have overcome many challenges and hardships in life that inspire generations of fans. They are the perfect example of a true “influencer”, but they are still getting overlooked for sponsorship deals.

Eight Seven Media also offers their “Athlete Incubator”, a service where they work with newly signed athletes that are being developed by agents and teams and completely rebrand their social channels out of college. These athletes go through a 12-month process with Eight Seven where they advise them on best practices for their social channels, how to create and leverage high-quality content on their own, what brands look for from a social media perspective, and how to engage with their audience. Along with content creation, Eight Seven Media provides its clients with an analysis of how well their athletes social channels are performing.

The content being created is leveraged by agents when they’re pitching an athlete for sponsorships or endorsements. With the huge rise in lifestyle and fashion brands, non-traditional endorsements are something that’s taking the industry by storm. Kyle Kuzma signing with the GOAT app is a perfect example of how optimizing your content to fit the brands you want to work with pays off in the long-term. Brands not only want to partner with athletes that they can trust to produce high-quality content, but they want to ensure that this can be pushed out to their brands owned and operated social channels by repurposing these assets.

Learn more about Eight Seven Media here or reach out to

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