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Stephen A. Smith says he is happy for Carmelo Anthony’s NBA resurgence and is proud of the strides he has made with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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  1. Square Bidnez

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Proud of Melo💯

  2. Julian

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    glad he getting his respect

  3. J ROW

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Nah Max you said Melo was washed and he’ll never start again

  4. B Mello

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    GTFOH max you told him to go to China STOP IT!!!!

  5. Pound That Pavement

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    I guess I can gi e Max a little credit being able to admit he was wrong. Melo just wants to play ball. Max is the type that once you turn 25 he looks at you like your about to jump over a cliff. I think Max thinks this way because he is an analytic type person. Heart has nothing to do with analytics though!

  6. Rodney Mack

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Shut your hatin a** up Steve

  7. Rodness _

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    lol SAS taking credit for Melo's success.

  8. UNDERACHIEVAZ

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    i love Carmelo but this is why i dont like him..

  9. Flooded

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    I feel like they gave it to melo because they fele sorry for him

  10. KZD8000

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Drummond for Mvp

  11. kiyan west

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    I knew Houston wasn’t a fit for Melo idk why he went there

  12. ajedi 07

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    All the sorry players in the league,he should've never been let go ,the hate is real !

  13. Eliè Laurent

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Let’s keep in mind two of those was against my bulls who’s defense is run and jump on close outs which makes blowbys easy and they have terrible switching. But I hope he can continue tho

  14. Jay Williamson

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    It’s hilarious when Molly is always tryna move onto to the next topic at the end of every video😂😂

  15. fadethechannel

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Molly “OK…OK..ALRIGHT ALRIGHT…OK, ALRIGHT” Rose

  16. Robert Moss

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    He was made the scapegoat in Houston.

  17. Tk Hannibal

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Yall said he was done…

  18. Tk Hannibal

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Apologize to Melo. We don't care who proud of him…

  19. Andreas T

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Max: He's not washed!
    2018 Max: He looks washed!

  20. 2Muchpjp

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    I believed melo was washed. Im glad hes making me look dumb.

  21. Metatron Don

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Max shut the fook up

  22. Keenan McKinnie

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Jalen get your wife bruh lol

  23. Jordan joseph

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Let go of Molly!

  24. wohnungsnomade

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    I m a Portland fan. To be honest I wish we had Carmelo allready during the playoffs. In the conference final our attacks been way to predictable, and Dame couldn`t carry if too many bodies been thrown at him..

  25. iamYt 414

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Melo was always my favorite player. New York put a nasty stain on him n I commend Portland for giving him the chance to do wat he loves but……. luka should've got that award dude is killin it

  26. Mr. Get It Done

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Why is nobody considering he was the 3rd option and averaged 22 and 7 and 2 ALL THE WHILE his fg % and 3pt fg% were better than his whole team and anybody else worthy of player of the week consideration???

  27. iamlamonte

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Max a real one

  28. The Ladies Man

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    💯‼️

  29. Jiang Guan

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Who cares if he stalls james harden does it my man melo been doing that his whole career and hes good at it

  30. iBlaZe

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    First

    Take

  31. There's still space on the shaft/bandwagon if anyone else wants to hop on.

  32. Tourus Stanley

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Molly acts like she's talking to children about which one of them spilled the juice all over the floor…"ok… alright alright alright ok!!!".

  33. Matthew Sawczyn

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    SAS: I'm proud of Melo, but he's also wrong and here's why!

  34. Corderro Faulkner

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Max let it go you were wrong and last year AP rushed for 1,000

  35. Jeremiah Davis

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Max feel hurt did Melo sleep with his girl or something smh 🤦🏾‍♂️

  36. 2Xs Sports Gaming

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    I know Max feeling so stupid now all that faking he did on Melo name smh lol

  37. Mean 15

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Molly…. just go … just leave please

  38. Saturius Robertson

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Max is Not About Scoring. Its About Plus Minus When Melo Is Out There!

  39. Anfernee Tomlinson

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Harden averaged 42 points in the week, had 60 in 3quarters! How the f*ck Carmelo win player of the week!!?? This ish a joke

  40. strangewayshere

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    JESUS MOLLY! Stop butting in and go to the kitchen, men are talking about sports something that is too complex for your pea sized girlish brain.

  41. tweek 3531

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    What if melo wins the MVP 😲

  42. Nishan Bilazarian

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    No one:

    molly: Ok! Ok!!!

  43. mostmost1

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Houston released him because of the media hate.

  44. Eddie Bitar

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    The show isn't that great at all. Stephen a talks too much, rambling on unnecessarily, and Max gets bullied. Then Molly screaches here and there. Skip is invaluable, he controls every shows he's on.

  45. Stephan Williams

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Keyword in this argument is "slept".

  46. David K

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Just wait till this ex star reverts back to his old ways and starts thinking that he's the man over there now. He's never been humble and he's still not humble, he's just waiting to be himself again. It won't be pretty.

  47. CryBabyCholo 13

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    MELO IS A VIRUS

    u guys memeber that?

    I was riding shotgun on that no lie

    Honestly were all proud of melo, never was a fan

    Im rootin for em now

  48. Jonathan Hagan

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    I miss the ballstopper era bring it back!

  49. Se Vang

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Yes melo an cancer effect jus like dwight's, too early to say the left their eagle goes, I believe that award is ganna end his common sense

  50. monblanc noland

    03.12.2019 at 23:28

    Melo would've been a bad fit in l.a they wouldn't let him cook I'm sure kuz wouldve got his minutes and he is a rithym player he is in a great position I'm happy for him

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Apple’s iCloud security comes under scrutiny, as data merchants lose their grip on iPhones’ location data

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Apple faced intense scrutiny this week on topics as far-ranging as security to iPhones.

This week started with talk of Apple’s security efforts on iCloud backups—digital repositories for text messages, app data, and other information that iPhone users store in the cloud—and whether the company can hand over unencrypted user data to the FBI. The quick answer: It can. And in interviews with Fortune, security experts said Apple should do better.

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Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is in talks to acquire English Premier League football club Newcastle United for just under £350m, becoming the latest Middle Eastern investor to seek entry into the world’s most popular sport. 

The deal is being brokered by British financier Amanda Staveley with almost all of the funding coming from the Public Investment Fund, controlled by Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, according to people familiar with the discussions. 

The club is owned by UK retail magnate Mike Ashley, who was asking as much as £400m from potential buyers earlier this month, according to a person familiar with the talks. 

People close to the talks added that the PIF-backed investment group was seeking to acquire Newcastle for between £340m-£350m. The group has earmarked a further £200m for investment in the club.

There is no certainty a deal will be reached. One person close to the talks said they had been on and off for months, with discussions heating up again in recent weeks. An earlier iteration of talks between Mr Ashley and Ms Staveley collapsed in acrimony two years ago after a cash offer of £250m was rejected. 

If the deal is completed, the Saudi-led group would become the latest Gulf investor in football. Ms Staveley brokered the deal for Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the billionaire businessman and member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, to acquire Manchester City in 2008. 

In 2011, state-backed Qatar Sports Investment acquired France’s Paris Saint-Germain. Earlier this year, Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, a Saudi prince and grandson of the late King Abdulaziz, secured full control of Premier League side Sheffield United. 

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Mr Ashley, the founder of the Sports Direct retail chain, put the club up for sale in 2017. Since then, Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the United Arab Emirates’ ruling family, and an investment group led by former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon made unsuccessful approaches over an acquisition. 

The PIF has more than $300bn in assets under management and has been earmarked by Prince Mohammed as the key vehicle for diversifying the Saudi economy and making foreign investments, such as taking stakes in Tesla and Uber. 

The Wall Street Journal was first to report talks between PIF and Mr Ashley on Saturday. Newcastle declined to comment. A spokesperson for Mr Ashley did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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