Fernando Torres is OK after an extremely scary head injury

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That moment looked a lot like Nick Young‘s celebration of a missed three-pointer years ago:

It also looked like Kemba Walker‘s mini-Harlem shake during a shot that rimmed out:

Phoenix went on to win, 120-103, and Barbosa finished with 16 points off the bench. But the Brazilian Blur recorded just one assist and could have had another one had Dudley made the open shot.

His teammate apologized on Twitter after the game:

For one, Alabama has signed the No. 1 class for seven straight seasons. For another, there probably aren’t enough five-star-type targets who are legitimately considering the Hurricanes. But this class does have a different feel, and a top-10 class for the first time in years is certainly possible. And Miami’s schedule is forgiving, with Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and Georgia Tech all coming to Coral Gables. It could have its best season since 2003 if it finds a replacement for QB Brad Kaaya.

Bill C’s team of the day Thursday was FIU! It’s the most experienced team in the country. I also really like how FIU is recruiting. While FAU gets all the headlines for its recruiting and Lane Kiffin, FIU is actually doing a better job recruiting high school players, which makes sense given the presumptions of how long the respective coaches will be at their programs.

An emerging name to know is Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic runner Lavonte Valentine, who has picked up his first five offers in the last five days: from Kentucky, USC, Southern Miss, Oregon, and Akron. That’s a great way to start a recruitment.

Valentine’s team won the state title, and I would have likely seen him had the FHSAA’s credential policy not been archaic, banning media members who cover recruiting. Valentine has excellent size, at 6’2 and 190 pounds, and this spring he ran the fastest 60-meter time in the U.S. at 6.77. I’ll have more on Valentine soon.6

Vikings decline option to pick up Adrian Peterson’s contract for 2017

The Minnesota Vikings will not pick up their option on Adrian Peterson’s contract for the 2017 season, the team announced Tuesday.

Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9.

Adrian Peterson has the reputation of a workhorse back with big-play speed, but his past three seasons offer a sobering glimpse at a star in decline.

With the Vikings declining Adrian Peterson’s option, Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher is likely to explore offers from other teams as a free agent.
Peterson, who restructured his deal with the team before the 2015 season, had an option for 2017 that would have paid him $18 million, including a $6 million roster bonus had he been on the roster on the third day of the new league year. The Vikings had until the start of the league year on March 9 to inform Peterson whether they would exercise the option.

There’s no telling what Charles could have accomplished if his career wasn’t interrupted by ACL injuries in 2011 and 2015. He missed 14 games in 2011 and 24 games in 2015 and ’16 combined.

Charles bounced back nicely the first time, setting his career high with 1,509 rushing yards in 2012. In 2013 he set his career high in touchdowns with 19 (12 rushing and seven receiving).

“I’ve been privileged to work with a lot of talented players over the years, and Jamaal Charles ranks up there with the great ones,” Reid said. “I appreciate the way he came to work every day, he gave us everything he had day in and day out. I’ve said it before, I think he’s a future Hall of Famer.”4