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Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman B.J. Thompson was released from the hospital on Monday following a cardiac arrest and seizure at workouts last week, his agent said.

Thompson suffered the medical scare on Thursday morning but was making progress by Friday.

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive end BJ Thompson, #53, looks on during the first half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Jan. 7, 2024. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

“The family thanks everyone for their prayers and wants to especially thank the Chiefs medical and training staff for their rapid response and professionalism throughout this situation,” Chris Turnage, of United Athlete Sports Agency, said in a statement to the NFL Network.

Thompson was immediately attended to by medical staff on site and reportedly taken away in an ambulance. Harrison Butker was said to have been one of the first people to attend to Thompson.

HARRISON BUTKER PLAYED VITAL ROLE IN SAVING BJ THOMPSON DURING SEIZURE AND CARDIAC ARREST, CHIEFS STAFFER SAYS

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Easton Stick, #2, gets away from the pressure of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker B.J. Thompson, #53, in the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

According to ESPN, the Chiefs canceled Thursday’s practice session and rescheduled it for the following day. 

“I was able to be right there, I jumped in there just from my office, so I came down and popped in. Now, I’m not much help, they had it under control, but that’s tough, that’s a tough situation,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Friday. “We’ve been through a couple of those in my time, and it’s never fun. 

“Thank goodness though, I mean if it had to happen, no better place than right here where you have the support unit that knows what to do.”

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B.J. Thompson, #53 of the Kansas City Chiefs, walks off the field during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on Aug. 19, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Ric Tapia/Getty Images)

Thompson is entering his second season with the Chiefs after being selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. He appeared in one game during his rookie season against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18, when he registered two tackles.

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Fox News’ Ryan Morik contributed to this report.

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'Super underrated' Evan Rodrigues' record-tying Stanley Cup start is no surprise to past, present teammates

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'Super underrated' Evan Rodrigues' record-tying Stanley Cup start is no surprise to past, present teammates

SUNRISE, Fla. — Evan Rodrigues smiled wide Monday night when a Toronto columnist asked what he would have said before the Stanley Cup Final had he been told two games in that he’d be outscoring Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman, who combined for 127 regular-season goals.

“It’s pretty cool,” the Florida Panthers forward said, then shifting into wise-veteran mode and showing some humility in not giving the Edmonton Oilers, down 0-2 in the best-of-seven championship series, extra motivation going back home.

“I’m not too worried about the point totals or goals. At the end of the day, we’re looking for wins here and, yeah, that’s all I care about. It’s nice to contribute. It’s nice to contribute to a win.”

The 30-year-old Rodrigues isn’t only outscoring those three talents 3-0 on the goal blotter two games into the Final. He’s outscoring the 13 Oilers forwards who have dressed by the same margin.

An undrafted player out of Boston University playing on his fourth team in five years, Rodrigues’ three goals are tied for the most in NHL history through a player’s first two Cup Final games. On Monday night, in a 4-1 Florida victory during which Rodrigues scored a pair of third-period goals, he became the first player in Panthers history with a multi-goal game in the Final. His three goals in two games this series have matched his total from Florida’s 17 games in the first three rounds.

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Rodrigues’ first goal — a snapshot after an Evan Bouchard turnover — came three minutes into the third period, breaking a 1-1 tie. It stood as Rodrigues’ first game-winning goal in 35 career playoff games. His second goal snapped Edmonton’s run of 34 consecutive penalty kills over 12 games.

“So happy for him, proud of him,” said Matthew Tkachuk, whose line Rodrigues joined during the Eastern Conference final series against the New York Rangers. “Playing with him the last few games, he reads the game so well. That’s two games in a row scoring some big goals for us. He’s a super smart player and I’m really happy to see him get rewarded right now.”

Tkachuk believed Rodrigues’s impact in Game 2 went beyond his goals. He played steady hockey, moved his feet well and forechecked. The Panthers had more than 70 percent of the expected goal share with him on the ice at five-on-five, according to Natural Stat Trick.

Rodrigues signed with the Buffalo Sabres out of college, but his breakout didn’t come until after the Pittsburgh Penguins traded for him. The Penguins dealt with early-season injuries in 2021-22, which led to Rodrigues getting more opportunity. He capitalized, scoring a career-high 19 goals and 43 points. Still, he didn’t land a long-term contract in free agency, so he went to the Colorado Avalanche, then the defending champions, on a one-year, $2 million deal. He continued to prove his worth with the Avalanche, averaging a career high in ice time (17:51 per game) and playing in the Avalanche’s top six.

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“He’s super underrated and can do a lot of different things in a lot of situations,” said Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel, who played with Rodrigues at Boston University and in Buffalo.

“The more opportunity he’s gotten over his career, the better he’s done,” said Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, who credited Rodrigues with being able to play alongside top players. “I think he’s really comfortable in his own skin, knows what his strengths are.”

But a long playoff run eluded Rodrigues before this season. He was on the ice when Artemi Panarin eliminated the Penguins with a Round 1, Game 7 overtime winner in 2022. He was on the ice again the next year as Colorado couldn’t find an equalizer in the dying seconds of its Round 1, Game 7 loss to Seattle.

Rodrigues had never made it out of the first round until joining the Panthers. He was so excited for the Stanley Cup Final to start, he said, that he wished Game 1 could have been a 1 p.m. start.

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Florida general manager Bill Zito signed Rodrigues to a four-year, $3 million average annual value contract last summer — the longest, most lucrative contract of the forward’s career. He’s proven to be worth the commitment. After a 39-point regular season — his third year in a row with more than 35 — he’s given the Panthers six goals and 11 points in 19 playoff games.

“He’s a bit of a chameleon,” said Kyle Okposo, who also played with Rodrigues in Buffalo. “If you look at the teams that he’s played on and who he’s played with, it’s not an easy thing to go play with some of the top players in the world.

“He has a unique confidence about him where at times when guys are playing with those top guys, they just want to give him the puck and get out of their way, and Evan is a guy that he makes a lot of plays and he has the confidence to keep it on a stick and make the right play at the right time. And I think that that’s why he’s had so much success everywhere he’s gone.”

Monday night was an example of that. He started on the second line with Sam Bennett and Tkachuk, then was elevated to the top line in the third period with Aleksander Barkov and Sam Reinhart until Barkov got hurt midway through the period.

Coach Paul Maurice has said this postseason that he likes to play Carter Verhaeghe next to Barkov in short spurts of games, but they usually have an expiration date. Maurice saw something during Game 2 that made him elevate Rodrigues.

Rodrigues went on what Maurice called “a world tour of our lineup” throughout the regular season. Early on, the coach had him on Barkov’s line but thought he, understandably, was too deferential to his linemates. Now he’s found his game and can fit in wherever Florida needs.

“It’s something I’ve taken pride in my whole career, being able to play up and down the lineup, power play, penalty kill,” Rodrigues said. “It’s nice to contribute to wins. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who it is. … We’re looking for wins here, and we’re happy with the results.”

When Rodrigues was on the Avalanche in 2022-23, he watched the team raise its 2022 Stanley Cup banner ahead of the season opener. Though Rodrigues wasn’t part of the championship-winning team, he felt chills as tribute videos played and the banner rose into the rafters.

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Now, in large part thanks to his early series heroics, he’s two wins away from another banner night — this time one where he’d be fully a part of the celebration.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

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Donald Trump confirms appearance on upcoming episode of Logan Paul's podcast

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YouTuber sensation-turned professional wrestler Logan Paul teased a special guest for an upcoming episode of his popular podcast.

On Wednesday, former president Donald Trump confirmed he will make an appearance on the June 13 episode of Paul’s “Impaulsive” podcast. Trump will celebrate his 78th birthday the day after the podcast airs.

In a video posted to TikTok on Wednesday, Trump and Paul appeared to engage in a face off before they both broke out in laughter. 

Logan Paul is seen in the ring as his brother Jake Paul takes on Andre August during the Jake Paul v Andre August at the Caribe Royale Orlando on December 15, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.  (Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

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“Face off with @LoganPaul drops tomorrow,” the video caption reads.

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In a series of photos posted to Paul’s Instagram account, the WWE star is seen posing for a photo as Trump stood next to him while he held a championship wrestling belt. 

“From interviewing for a college scholarship at 18 years old (which: I didn’t get) to interviewing the president at 29. The glow up is real,” Paul’s caption read.

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In one of the photos, “Impaulsive” co-host Mike Majlak was seen sitting next to Paul as the pair conducted the interview with Trump.

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Logan Paul enters the ring for a match against Randy Orton and Kevin Owens during Night Two at Lincoln Financial Field on April 07, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

In April, Logan’s brother Jake stopped by Fox News Channel’s “Jesse Watters Primetime” where he told host Jesse Waters that he extended an invitation to his fight against Mike Tyson to the former president.

“Trump, if you’re watching this, this is an invite. I know you used to promote Tyson, so I’d love to have you at the fight,” Paul said. “Donny, pull up, we’ve got tickets for you.”

According to Wired, an unnamed person with the Trump campaign responded to the YouTuber-turned boxer’s offer, saying the former president was “seriously considering” attending the event.

Trump has made numerous appearances at UFC fights in recent years. His walkouts at UFC events have garnered millions of views on multiple occasions.

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In April 2023, he arrived at a fight in Miami and sat next to Tyson. Then in November, Trump left a UFC event with an entourage that included musician Kid Rock.

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Former President Trump is seen in attendance at UFC 302, June 1, 2024, in Newark, New Jersey. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Earlier this month and just two days after his felony conviction in New York City, Trump made his way across the Hudson River to Newark, New Jersey, and received a raucous greeting from the nearly 18,000 fans inside the Prudential Center for UFC 302.

Trump also used the event to launch his TikTok account. UFC President Dana White stood alongside Trump in the launch video.

But fans will have to wait a little while longer to see the younger Paul brother take on Tyson, as the upcoming bout has been put on hold.

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The boxing match was originally scheduled to take place on July 20 in Arlington, Texas. But Tyson recently experienced health complications, which forced the postponement.

Despite the delay, Jake maintains that he will be ready to go whenever the fight happens.

“I’m ready whenever you are. This is too big of an opportunity. This fight is going to change the world,” Paul said in a video posted to X, formerly Twitter, on May 31.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Donald Trump is scheduled to appear on Logan Paul’s “Impaulsive” podcast.

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Plaschke: Laker legend Jerry West's final legacy sadly includes estrangement from Lakers

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The sadness was compounded by the strangeness.

The announcement of the death of the greatest Laker was made by the Clippers.

“Jerry West, the personification of basketball excellence and a friend to all who knew him, passed away peacefully this morning at the age of 86,” read the Wednesday morning release from the Clippers’ communications department.

The Clippers loved Jerry West, and were loved by him, and he was treated with the utmost dignity and respect during his seven years as their adviser.

But he will forever be a Laker.

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He built the Lakers into a Southern California institution as a player. He constructed and nurtured the Lakers’ greatness as a general manager.

Sankara XT pauses to photograph a statue of Jerry West at Crypto.Com Arena after hearing the news of his death Wednesday.

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He was their conscience. He was their heartbeat. He was their soul. He was the most important person to ever walk through their gym doors.

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But in the end, for a variety of reasons, the basketball genius and his creation were estranged.

West walked away from the Lakers 24 years ago and never returned.

It was always so bizarre, the best executive in the history of sports living down the street from an organization he helped build into the most celebrated in sports … and yet they didn’t talk.

The Lakers struggled after the trade of Shaquille O’Neal while West watched from Memphis. The Lakers were adrift in the final years of Kobe Bryant while West watched from Golden State. The Lakers were buckling in the early years of LeBron James while West watched from the Clippers.

He was so close, yet so far.

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The Lakers honored him with a statue in 2011 in an event attended by owner Jerry Buss and all sorts of Lakers royalty. But they continued along separate paths until his death Wednesday poignantly reminded everyone of their divorce.

The Clippers were the first to issue a statement early Wednesday morning, reading, “The Clippers have lost a mentor, a confidant and a friend.”

At the same time, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer issued his own statement, writing, “From the first day I met Jerry seven years ago, he inspired me with his intellect, honesty and enthusiasm. He never stopped. I spent a lot of time with him, some of the best times of my life. He always lent an ear, and he always had a quip. He always left me laughing. I will miss him.”

The Lakers’ statement came later, reading, in part, “Jerry West is forever a basketball icon … Jerry West will always be a Lakers legend.”

It was nice, but it was four sentences and there was no personalized tribute from a Lakers official until Jeanie Buss issued a short statement on Instagram in the early afternoon.

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“Today is a difficult day for all Laker fans. I know that if my father were here, he would say that Jerry West was at the heart of all that made the Lakers great. He was an icon to all — but he was also a hero to our family. We all send our sympathies to Karen and the West family.”

Again, it was nice, but compared to past Lakers’ tributes for fallen stars such as Elgin Baylor and Tex Winter, the team’s response was underwhelming for a man who deserved so much more.

Jerry West was essentially the first Los Angeles Lakers draft pick, as he was the first-round selection of the Minnesota Lakers shortly before they moved to Los Angeles.

It was West and Elgin Baylor who became this city’s first professional basketball stars. It was West’s 63-foot overtime-forcing basket in the 1970 Finals against the New York Knicks that became one of this city’s first great sports moments.

He had this city’s first great sports nickname — “Mr. Clutch.” He garnered arguably the highest honor of any athlete in this city’s history — his silhouette is the NBA logo.

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Lakers star Jerry West shoots a free throw during a 1973 game against the Chicago Bulls.

Lakers star Jerry West shoots a free throw during a 1973 game against the Chicago Bulls.

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Then, after 15 years as a star Lakers player, he became this city’s first dynasty builder, nurturing the “Showtime” era, then personally building the Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant era by signing Shaq and trading for Kobe.

Tweeted Byron Scott: “It’s because of Jerry West that there was even ‘Showtime.’”

Tweeted Magic Johnson: “Laker Nation, the only reason we have 17 championships is because of Jerry West and his expertise drafting players, trading for players, and hiring the right coaches.”

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That expertise has been sorely missing from the Lakers in recent years. In fact, it is one of two occurrences that have led to the current struggles of the once-strong front office.

One could say the slow slide began with the departure of Jerry West and the death of Jerry Buss.

When West abruptly left the organization after the 2000 championship, he said his body could no longer take the stress.

“Everything around here has taken its toll,” he told me at the time. “You see my outside, but you don’t see my inside, and it’s just awful in there. This compulsion with winning, it’s a sickness.”

But it was about more than winning, it was about how they were winning. Coach Phil Jackson was being given more power. He was also dating the owner’s daughter, giving Jackson more perceived stature. West was increasingly uncomfortable with dynamics that seemed to be marginalizing his presence.

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When West talked of, “Everything around here … ,” much of that was centered on Jackson and Buss.

As the years passed, West became more bitter, and the Lakers became more resentful of his bitterness, and, once Jerry Buss died in 2013, West’s connections to the club were seemingly gone forever.

Jerry West speaks during news conference while Clippers coach Doc Rivers sits beside him and laughs in 2017.

Jerry West, right, speaks during a news conference as Clippers coach Doc Rivers laughs during a 2017 news conference.

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One of the final breaking points occurred in 2017, when Jeanie Buss cleared out the front office and hired Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson to run the team. West had publicly said he would be interested in returning home to join them, but nothing was offered, and so he joined the Clippers.

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In his introductory Clippers news conference, he took a veiled shot at the Lakers, saying,“My last stop along the way, [I want] to be associated with people who are really basketball people, people I have respect for and, more importantly, I think, an incredible owner.”

Four years later, the relationship was ruined forever when, on a podcast, Jeanie Buss named her five most important Lakers ever.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, LeBron James and Phil Jackson.

West, unarguably the most important Laker ever, wasn’t even on the list, and he was furious. He was so insulted, he told one media organization that he sometimes wished he had never even played with the Lakers.

“One disappointing thing [about my career] is that my relationship with the Lakers is horrible,” West said in a 2022 interview with The Athletic. “I still don’t know why. And at the end of the day, when I look back, I say, ‘Well, maybe I should have played somewhere else instead of with the Lakers, where someone would have at least appreciated how much you give, how much you cared.’”

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To all this animosity, add the fact that in 2019, the Lakers parted ways with West’s son Ryan, who was their director of player personnel. Then there was Jerry West’s claim that the Lakers took away his season tickets, further annoying him.

Amid Wednesday‘s gloom, it was inspirational to see how the Clippers supported Jerry West, with lengthy tributes not only from Ballmer, but also team president Lawrence Frank and Coach Tyronn Lue.

But it was equally sad to see how detached West appeared from the organization he built.

The Lakers still have room on their jerseys for a patch, right? Next year they should wear a JW in his honor.

The Lakers have never dedicated their hardwood, right? Next year they could name it, “Jerry West Court.”

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The greatest Laker is gone, but his legacy must not be forgotten.

Especially by the Lakers.

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