Rant Sports' 5 Things You Need To Know: February 9th, 2014

By Devin O'Barr
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The month of February is slowly but surely scooting right along as we have already made it to the second Sunday of the month. With that being said, the sports landscape is as hectic as ever with the 2014 Winter Olympics set to takeover the headlines in the coming weeks. However, right now we will keep the Olympics action on the back-burner as we run down five other big stories for February 9th, 2014:

Marcus Smart made a pretty dumb decision on Saturday night. The Oklahoma State Cowboys‘ point guard took to the stands with just 6.1 seconds left in the game and proceeded to shove a Texas Tech Raiders fan into next week. Here’s the scoop and why NBA scouts are likely shaking their head:

Marcus Smart’s Shove Of Texas Tech Fan Will Put Ding In NBA Draft Stock

With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training within a few days, one pitcher remains a complete mystery. A.J. Burnett is still on the open market, and here’s why the Washington Nationals should take a chance on the hard-throwing right-hander as soon as possible:

Washington Nationals Rumors: Team’s Pursuit of A.J. Burnett Makes Perfect Sense

One of the few unfortunate parts about the 2014 Winter Olympics is that they put a hold on the NHL season. The Chicago Blackhawks really limped into this break, but here’s how the games over in Sochi could really help Joel Quenneville‘s club:

Olympic Break Could Help the Chicago Blackhawks

It’s cutting season for NBA head coaches, but these five mediocre leaders still have a job for some odd reason. Take one look at this list and you will soon see just how bad these five head coaches deserve the hook:

5 NBA Head Coaches Who Need To Be Fired Already

The 2014 NFL Draft might have been pushed back to May, but it’s slowly starting to dominate in the minds of football fans across the globe. Everyone loves the first-round, so here’s a quick rundown of the draft’s upper-echelon players and which teams could be trading for their services:

2014 NFL Draft Prospects Worth Trading Up For and the Teams That Could Target Them

Those are the top stories for February 9th, but there’s no telling what will happen tomorrow or even later tonight so don’t forget to check back in with Rant Sports on Monday, February 10th for another stellar list of must-see stories.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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