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Basketball Player Mo Creek Escaped Ukraine: ‘We Were Just Terrified’

“Coach Terry… picked me up to go to his apartment building which has a bomb shelter in it and that’s when I started the bomb shelter experience.”

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The crisis in Ukraine has captured the world’s attention, and we’re hearing more and more stories of people escaping the chaos ensuing throughout the country.

Former Indiana University basketball standout Mo Creek talked to Fran Fraschilla for the SiriusXM podcast World of Basketball and talked about how he was one of many who had to flee the nation. Creek had been playing basketball in the Ukranian Basketball SuperLeague for MBC Mykolaiv.

It was a difficult situation for Creek to be in, who told Fraschilla he had nothing but love for the people of Ukraine.

“It’s always been love, even if they couldn’t speak my language and I definitely can’t speak theirs, we found a way to communicate with each other, and that just made it so special,” Creek said. “The people are always going to be good in Ukraine.”

Creek shared his experience from living in the country currently being sieged by the Russian military, having to hunker down for several hours at a time in a bomb shelter.

“We were just terrified and when we heard that the siren went off and you know when that siren goes off that means a war has started,” he said. He was living at the time in a city along the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. “Coach Terry… picked me up to go to his apartment building which has a bomb shelter in it and that’s when I started the bomb shelter experience.”

Creek said once he knew he had to get to the shelter, he texted his family members in case something happened.

“You really learn a lot about yourself when you go in a type of situation like that because, one, I did not know if I was going to survive so the first thing I did before I got in the bomb shelter was I texted my mother, ‘I love you. Tell my family I love them,'” he explained. “Because if something does happen that’s the worst thing that could possibly happen to you, you don’t want to not say nothing. At least they have a memory of your last message to them before you pass.”

Creek had to go through a whole process to get out of his basketball contract so he could leave the country. He was a short distance from the Ukraine/Moldova border. Once he did get out of his contract, his primary focus was getting on an airplane in Romania so he could get back to the U.S.

He said leaving Odessa provided a view of what had been going on in the city.

“You had to see the soldiers with guns. You had to see the tanks,” he said. “See everybody going in the same direction as you so now there’s traffic. So I was scared to death about that because something may have happened. I didn’t want the car to stop moving because I felt like if the car stops we’re stopping our progress, that gives them the opportunity to do whatever they need to do.”

It took several hours of standing in line before he eventually crossed in to Moldova. His first stop back in the States was JFK Airport.

“I got on that U.S. soil, and it felt like a weight was off my shoulders,” Creek said.

It wasn’t until he touched down at Dulles Airport and saw his mom that it really hit him.

“That hug was everything,” he said. “That’s when I knew I was home.”

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Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022

“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”

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Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.

The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.

Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.

It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.

The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.

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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM

“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”

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A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.

“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”

The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.

The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports. 

“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts.  “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team.  They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.” 

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