Roundup: Putin Orders Troops Into Ukraine; Juwan Howard Suspended; Britney Spears Lands Huge Book Deal

Putin Attends Concert For 7th Anniversary Of Crimea Annexation
Putin Attends Concert For 7th Anniversary Of Crimea Annexation / Mikhail Svetlov/GettyImages

Deshaun Watson's legal troubles continue: On Monday, a judge in Houston ruled Deshaun Watson can be deposed in nine of the 22 civil cases filed against him. That's bad news for Watson who sat out the 2021 NFL season after nearly two dozen women accused him of multiple inappropriate actions during massage sessions. The charges range from from harassment to sexual assault. A potential criminal case is also pending.

Most in NFL circles believed Watson would be traded by the Texans this offseason and play again in 2022. If these kinds of legal issues persist, no team will trade for him. The PR hit and ongoing headache will be too much to deal with. Not to mention the massive character concerns Watson will bring with him. Watson is a Pro Bowler with tremendous upside. A true franchise quarterback. But where he'll be playing football in the future is the least of his worries.

He might never play another down the the NFL.

And now, the Roundup...

Putin recognizes breakaway Ukraine regions ... He then ordered troops into eastern Ukraine ... U.S. slaps sanctions on Russia in response ... Jury begins deliberations in Ahmaud Arbery hate crimes trial ... Dow futures dropped 500 points ... Alexa Philippou joins ESPN ... MLB owners are extremely unsympathetic figures ... Mock draft SZN is here to stay ... Malakai Fekitoa on the tsunami that hit his home ... The "Tinder Swindler" speaks out ... Britney Spears lands massive deal for tell-all book ... Juwan Howard suspended for rest of season ... Medina Spirit stripped of Kentucky Derby title ... Goran Dragic is signing with the Nets ... Novak Djokovic won his first match of the year ...

Thirty years after Cedric Ceballos' blindfolded dunk, Stephen Curry rained down threes while facing the crowd. On the transformation of imagination and the basketball Babe Ruth. [The Big Lead]

When prominent women of color are misidentified, it’s a reminder: We don’t all look alike. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Fun's "Some Nights" album turns 10 [Variety]

The latest 2022 NBA Mock Draft [Yahoo Sports]

Landing spots for free agent quarterbacks [CBS Sports]

Very few players should ever attend the NFL combine [Sports Illustrated]

Kyle Koster and Stephen Douglas broke down the Juwan Howard media cycle and the NBA All-Star Game.

Marques Johnson can still get up.

Mike Camerlengo broke down Dalton vs. Brad Wesley's crew from Road House.

Sebastian Stan breaks down his career.

Fun. -- "Some Nights"