Sunday, March 31, 2013

Photo: Chane Behanan wears Kevin Ware's jersey at end of game

In case you missed it, Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered one of the most gruesome injuries you are ever likely to see on a basketball court during Sunday's Elite Eight game against Duke.

Ware sustained the injury with just over six minutes to play in the first half while attempting to block a three-point shot attempt by the Blue Devils. As Ware was coming down to land from his jump, his ankle gives way and results in a terrifying spectacle. 

After an emotional delay, the Cardinals rallied to storm past Duke en route to its second consecutive trip to the Final Four. 

With the game well in hand in the closing seconds, Louisville forward Chane Behanan paid tribute to his fallen teammate by wearing Ware's No. 5 jersey for all to see.

The Cards, led by electrifying guard Russ Smith and legendary coach Rick Pitino, are heavily favored to cut down the nets in Atlanta and bring home the school's third national championship. 

Video: Louisville's Kevin Ware suffers gruesome leg injury

Louisville's Kevin Ware suffered a horrendous injury during his team's Elite Eight victory over the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday.

With just over six minutes to play until halftime, the top seeded Cardinals found themselves clinging to a one-point lead on defense. That's when Ware attempted to block a three-point shot attempt, but on the way down, he landed awkwardly on his ankle, which resulted in one of the most gruesome basketball injuries anyone has ever seen.

As you can see, the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium went deathly silent, while players and coaches from both sides looked on in disbelief and agony. A few of Ware's teammates and head coach Rick Pitino even shed tears of sympathy for their fallen brother.

Despite the excruciating pain, Ware reportedly told his teammates to "win the game" and kept reassuring them that he would be okay. He was taken to a local hospital for further medical treatment.

The emotional Cardinals took Ware's advice and proceeded to dismantle No. 2 seed Duke en route to a second straight Final Four appearance.

Brewers not allowing fans to bring own portable potties this season

Milwaukee Brewers fans who wanted to bring their own potty to games this season will have to leave it at home.

In the past, fans have been known to bring their own portable bathrooms with them for convenience sake. But because of the team's contract with a sanitation company, that practice will no longer be allowed.

It seems Waste Management, which has the sanitation contract with the Brewers, has the stranglehold on the outdoor potty market at Miller Park.

Normally, there are in excess of 100 portable bathrooms in the parking lots around Miller Park. There are also bathroom facilities at the Klement's Sausage Haus and at Helfaer Field. If you have to go, there's somewhere to go.

But when large crowds show up for Brewers baseball, and that has been the norm more often than not in past seasons, long lines near the portable bathrooms are sure to follow.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Video: Joba Chamberlain signs autographs for Army cadets

Army played host to the storied Yankees Saturday afternoon in what was essentially a final tuneup for New York before they open their regular season on Monday.

All in all, it was a patriotic affair in West Point. The game combined America's national pastime and its bravest men and women, with arguably the greatest sports franchise in history.

As you can see from the video above, Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain felt compelled to join some of the Cadets in the crowd in between the second and third innings, and even took time to sign some autographs and snap some candid photos.

Well done, sir. On a side note, how awesome is that mustache Chamberlain is sporting these days?

As for the game itself, the Bronx Bombers went on to double up the Black Knights, 10-5.

New York plays host to bitter rival Boston at Yankee Stadium Monday afternoon for Opening Day. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.

Via MLB Cut 4

Suns forward Michael Beasley eats insane amount of candy per day

This just in, folks. Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley really, really loves Skittles.

In a recent interview with Paul Coro of, the 24-year-old revealed his love for the fruit-flavored candy, and also how much of it he consumes on a daily basis.

Q: Is Skittles still your favorite candy? How often do you have them?

A: By far. I have them every day. Not as much as I used to. Probably like six or seven packs a day.

Q: Really? Fun-size or regular-sized bags?

A: The regular ones.

Q: Are the athletic trainers and team dieticians good with that?

Video: Welsh man has incredible ability to juggle a soccer ball

Andrew Cassidy has some major skills when it comes to juggling a soccer ball.

The 50-year-old native of Wales has gained instant internet fame after the above video of him cleverly manipulating a ball has went viral.

Cassidy, a former fisherman, said he took up his soccer skill as a way to lose weight and to take his mind off the death of a close friend.

Despite his new found stardom, Cassidy has continued to remain humble.

“All the kids come up to me and say 'Oh that's amazing' but as far as I'm concerned it's just repetition of kicking a ball."

Cassidy also added that he's a bit overwhelmed by the attention and that he has yet to actually see the video of himself on YouTube.

Basketball business man William Wesley escorted out of Lucas Oil Stadium by security

The man known as William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley was escorted out of Lucas Oil Stadium Friday night after security was given specific instructions not to let the man in the venue.

According to Kent Taylor of WAVE-TV, Wesley escorted out of the stadium by security right before tip-off of the Louisville-Oregon game.

So, who exactly is the Worldwide Wes guy? Well, he currently works as a consultant for Creative Artists Agency, and has a reputation for gaining close relationships with numerous high profile NBA players, owners, coaches, and agents. He is considered to be one of the most influential men in the business side of basketball.

Dan Wolken has more on the story...

Video: NBA legends star in funny new AT&T commercial

It's not complicated.

Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Bill Russell are four of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen.

Also, AT&T has the nation's largest 4G network in the world.

Watch as the four NBA legends prove that bigger is indeed better by making the AT&T guy struggle to land some high fives.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Video: J.J. Watt takes batting practice with the Astros

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is known as one of the best pass rushing lineman in the National Football League.

But how does his skills on the gridiron translate to the diamond?

Watch as Watt tries his hand at baseball as he takes batting practice with the Astros before their game against the Cubs at Minute Maid Park on Friday.

As you can see, Watt actually holds his own in the batter's box. 

Via MLB Cut 4

Video: Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee help Phillie Phanatic with hot dog cannon

Friday night was a festive occasion at Citizens Bank Park.

The stadium played host to some spring training action as the Phillies and Blue Jays did battle in a friendly exhibition affair. Ultimately, the Blue Jays emerged victorious with a 1-0 win, but that isn't what this post is about.

No, this post is about the fact that Phillies starting pitchers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels helped the Phillie Phanatic ride around and distribute hot dogs to hungry fans by wielding a powerful hot dog cannon.

Look how much fun those guys appear to be having. Isn't baseball great?

Opening Day is on Monday, folks.

Louisville pushes past Oregon despite most of team feeling ill

Top seeded Louisville punched their ticket to the Elite Eight by disposing of No. 12 seed Oregon, 77-69, Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Louisville's Russ Smith led all scorers with 31 points, which tied his career high, but was he and the rest of Big East champion Cardinals playing under the weather?

The answer is yes, according to quotes provided via Twitter by Louisville beat writers after the game.

Smith, starting point guard Peyton Siva, and starting power forward Chane Behanan are among the notable Cardinals who are allegedly battling illnesses.

Japanese teenager throws 232 pitches in tournament game

A 16-year old Japenese pitcher is probably still recovering after tossing a whopping 232 pitches during a national invitational tournament game Tuesday.

Tomohiro Anraku, a right-handed sophomore in high school, was pushed to the limit during his team's 4-3 extra-inning win. Anraku pitched all 13 innings and allowed 10 hits, five walks, and struck out 13.

Anraku isn't your average amateur baseball player. No, scouts are salivating over his incredible potential. His fastball ranged from 88-94 MPH over the course of the game and he also mixed in a sharp breaking ball from time-to-time. Additionally, he has drawn comparisons to current big league pitcher Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

But the fact that he threw 232 pitches in a matter of hours isn't sitting too well with medical specialists. Especially not here in the United States, where it's become common practice to monitor pitch count and inning totals of young hurlers.

Penn State recruit facing felony charges for trying to use fake money at McDonalds

Central Daupin star Zayd Issah, PSU recruit and alleged bill forger —

A key recruit from Penn State's incoming recruiting class is facing felony charges after he and two others reportedly tried using fake money at multiple fast food restaurants.

Harrisburg Central Dauphin High (Pa.) senior linebacker Zayd Issah was among three others arrested on March 9 after an alleged attempt to pass counterfeit money at McDonald's.

According to the report, Issah and two other suspects fled the scene when police were summoned. The other two suspects were later identified and apprehended and both of them implicated Issah in the alleged scheme.

Facebook messages obtained by authorities proved that Issah knew the money was counterfeit and that he intended to solicit a plan to "clean" it. The fake cash was previously used successfully to buy food at three other fast food eateries in the area, according to police.

On March 10, Issah was charged with two felony counts of forgery and conspiracy to forgery, as well as four misdemeanor charges of theft by deception.

Former Syracuse assistant suing ESPN for defamation

A former Syracuse assistant basketball coach has filed a defamation lawsuit against ESPN for reporting that he sexually abused two former ball boys.

Bernie Fine, who served as an assistant under Jim Boeheim for 35 years, was fired 10 days later after the claims were made. ESPN broke the news on Nov. 17, 2011.

However, a yearlong federal investigation into the accusations produced no charges against Fine.

Fine filed initial paperwork for the suit back in November in state Supreme Court, but it had gone previously unreported until the Associated Press broke the story on Thursday.

Fine intends to sue for defamation and is seeking undefined damages.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rob Gronkowski would accept openly gay teammate

A report from this week stated that a current NFL player is "strongly considering" coming out publicly as being gay.

This has sparked several players from around the league to chime in with their thoughts on the matter. One of those players include Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who spoke to Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN Radio New York Wednesday.

When asked if he would be okay with having a gay teammate, Gronkowski had this to say:

"I got this question before, about a year ago, and I basically will say the same answer that I did a year ago. You've got to accept the player. Everyone has their own ways to live their life and as long as he's respecting me, keeping distance, respecting myself, I'll respect him back.

Gronkowski was also asked if he believes other NFL players would welcome a gay teammate.

Video: Shirtless fan gets icy cold drink poured over him during spring game

The Cubs and Mariners played a spring training game in Mesa, Ari. Thursday afternoon.

As you can imagine, it gets pretty warm under the desert sun. And the heat was apparently so much for one fan at Hohokam Stadium during the game that he decided to shed his shirt to keep cool.

But one stadium vendor didn't believe that was enough to keep the fan properly cooled. So, he decided to dump an icy cold beverage over the fan's head during the eighth inning.

"I'm going to pretend I didn't see that," said one broadcaster.

Oh, but you did. There is no turning back, sir.

It's good to know at least one fan enjoyed watching the Cubs play this season. The prospects of another losing campaign look imminent for Chicago.

Video: Melky Cabrera strikes out, gets hits by pitch at same time

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera suffered a painful strikeout during Thursday's spring affair against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The scene took place in the third inning when Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay threw a wicked cutter to Cabrera on a 1-2 count. Cabrera swung right through the pitch, which ended up plunking the left-hander on his knee.

He walked back to the dugout with a sore knee and a bruised ego. Oh, and one heck of a strikeout on the stat sheet.

Photo: Fan gets slick Florida Gulf Coast haircut

Florida Golf Coast University is America's favorite college basketball team at the moment.

Hey, why not? They are the ultimate definition of an underdog, they are fun to watch, and they have sparked a new trend of coolness unmatched by any other school left in the tournament.

In fact, you may say the Eagles are the best thing since sliced bread. This guy seems to think so.

He decided to show his support by carving the school's logo and mascot onto the back and sides of his head. Do you think he's ready for their showdown against Florida Friday night?

This comes after a fan got a "Dunk City" tattoo earlier in the week.

It will be interesting to see if this "Dunk City" trend has staying power. Will it fade away once the Eagles get bounced from the tournament (or win it)? We shall see.


Video: Boxer Adrien Broner gives woman $200 for her spot in line at DMV

Nobody enjoys waiting in a long line. This is especially true for folks wishing to renew their drivers licenses at the DMV.

These dreaded trips often involve taking time off work and sitting in a boring waiting area for an extended period of time. People are lucky if they can get in and out within a reasonable amount of time.

On Tuesday, WBC lightweight boxing champion Adrien Broner and his crew made their way to the Cincinnati-area DMV to renew his license. But the 23-year-old has better things to do with his time other than wait. So, he pulled out his wallet and began to negotiate with people for their spot in line.

At first, nobody is willing to take Broner up on his offer of $150. Maybe it's because his presentation technique needs some work? When he bumps it up to $200, a woman finally decides that the extra wait is well worth the extra cash, and agrees to trade her spot in line.

Ultimately, $200 earned Broner nine spots up in line.

Via Total Pro Sports

Video: 76ers guard Royal Ivey runs into fan, knocks wine everywhere

The Philadelphia 76ers squeaked out a 100-92 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night.
Philadelphia reserve Royal Ivey pitched in two points, two rebounds, and one assist for the winning cause.
At some point during his 16 minutes on the floor, he also managed to ruin one fan's evening.
Watch as Ivey's momentum carries him into the front row of the crowd, thus causing him to bump into an unsuspecting fan, which sends dark-colored wine all over the guy and a few people sitting in the area.
It appears as though Ivey somehow escaped without getting a drop on his white uniform. The folks sitting beside and behind the point of impact weren't so lucky.
Via Deadspin

Video: Florida Gulf Coast equipment manager busts some moves on SportsCenter

When Florida Gulf Coast punched their ticket to the Sweet 16, their equipment manager stole the show during post-game celebrations. You don't believe me? Do yourself a favor and watch for yourself.
On Thursday, ESPN paid a visit to the Fort Myers school and managed to capture the equipment manager breaking it down yet again.
The Eagles are set to tangle with instate rival Florida on Friday for the right to go to the Elite 8. I can bet you that nearly all of America is hoping FGCU can come away with a win, because who wants this Cinderella story to end?

Former college athletic director admits affair with assistant basketball coach


College athletics deparments are often known as being close knit communities. But the athletic department at Detroit Mercy may be a little too close.

According to the USA TODAY, former athletic director Keri Gather admitted to having an extramarital affair with an assistant coach on the men’s basketball team, and then partnered with school officials to file a legal response on March 13 requesting that a lawsuit be dropped from another assistant coach who claims he was fired for being the whistleblower.

Gaither admitted that she and assistant coach Derek Thomas engaged in the affair dating as far back as the 2009-10 season. Both Gaither and Thomas were forced to resign on Oct. 31 last year.

Meanwhile, another assistant coach, Carlos Briggs, alleges he was fired on Nov. 1 because he had knowledge of the extramarital affair. Briggs filed a suit on Jan. 29 that contends he was defamed and fired for filing a whistleblower report in August. The school contends he was fired for "legitimate" and "nondiscriminatory reason", however, they would not elaborate on the details of his termination.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert fires back at critics

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has garnered plenty of criticism in his brief NFL career.

Some of this criticism has been warranted, though. The former Missouri Tiger has tossed 17 interceptions against only 21 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Furthermore, he has completed just 53.8 percent of his passes in 25 career games. This while the Jags have compiled a lowly 7-25 record since he was drafted.

The most recent criticism of Gabbert came when a former assistant made disparaging remarks about the 23-year-old earlier this month. The anonymous coach slammed Gabbert for his lack of intangibles and said the quarterback would get "scared" under pressure, among other things.

Now, Gabbert is firing back by saying the criticism isn't fair, and adding that he wishes those who speak out against him would speak up.
“It pissed me off quite a bit, just because you learn to trust your coaches because you spend so much time with them. That’s starting now. April 2 through whenever your last game is, you’re with them countless hours every day, six or seven days a week,” Gabbert said to “You learn to value their opinion, trust it. It’s a close-knit grip. When you have an anonymous source saying something that couldn’t be further from the truth, it pisses me off. Like I always said, ‘Put your name on it.’”

Photo: Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins rocks tiger shirt

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins shared a picture of himself wearing "quite the t-shirt" on Wednesday.

Seen here is the former Michigan State Spartan donning a fierce, tiger-print shirt, and he seems pretty darn proud of it, too.

Why is he wearing such an exotic shirt? We don't know. But we do know he wore it, thanks to Twitter.

Police have arrested Ravens fan who scammed $5,900 worth of Super Bowl tickets from 49ers fan

Sharon Osgood, a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan, wanted to see her team play in the Super Bowl so bad that she agreed to send $5,900 to a random person on Craigslist for tickets. Unfortunately, the whole deal turned out be a scam, as they never received the tickets they were promised, just any empty box. And to add insult to injury, the perpetrator even had the nerve to send a message that read "GO RAVENS! LOL!".

It turns out this story has a good ending after all.

Police have tracked down and arrested the man who they believe was the mastermind behind the scam. His name is Robert Pham, a 37-year-old who boasts 15 different addresses from around the country, in addition to multiple bank accounts.

The Mercury News details how authorities finally brought Pham to justice.

Nelson said the sheriff’s property crimes unit tracked the original email used on the Craigslist ad. Then, the FedEx tracking number on the package sent to Osgood led them to a facility in Miami.

Photo: MLB teams to wear camouflage hats on Memorial Day

Take a gander at an example of what MLB teams will be donning in honor of veterans this Memorial Day.

Yes, Major League Baseball has decided to go completely camouflage this time around. They have been migrating this way for the last of couple of years, though. Last year, they scrapped the red, white, and blue logos in favor of using camo logos.

Now, it appears MLB is all in on their incognito look.

Of course, the San Diego Padres have virtually led this movement, as they have been sporting camo-themed uniforms for several years now.

A look at bonuses awarded to coaches for making Sweet 16

Arizona's Sean Miller was rewarded
handsomely for a Sweet 16 berth
How much does a Sweet 16 appearance cost college programs?

Well, according to information obtained by the USA TODAY, it varies. But empirical evidence suggests that advancing this far is extra sweet for head coaches.

College basketball coaches are often eligible to receive a plethora of various incentive bonuses, depending on the details of their contract. These include conference championships, tournament bids, regular season win totals, and tournament performance, among others.

With that in mind, here is a look at what 11 of the 16 remaining NCAA Tournament coaches received as compensation for advancing this far.

Note: Contract information from Duke, La Salle, Marquette, Syracuse and Miami (Fla.) were unavailable, as each is a private school.

Photo: Florida Gulf Coast fan gets first 'Dunk City' tattoo

Florida Gulf Coast University is now officially on the map after stealing the hearts of hoops fans across the nation with their high-flying style of play in the NCAA Tournament.

That style of play led to history last weekend, as the Eagles became the first 15 seed to ever reach the Sweet 16. They dunked all over in No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State in the process.

So, their ability to play above the rim has earned them the nickname of 'Dunk City', although the university technically resides in Fort Myers.

Nonetheless, B103.9, a radio station in southwest Florida, claims to have shared the first ever tattoo in homage of FGCU's new Dunk City moniker.

There will be more to come, likely.

Milwaukee Brewers offering fans creative ticket package

The Milwaukee Brewers have come up with a creative multi-game ticket plan for its fans.

While the Miami Marlins are busy tinkering with Groupon, the Brewers are offering fans the chance to buy tickets in which can be improved based on the success of the team. The team is calling it their "Chance 2 Advance" plan and here is a further explanation as to what it entails.
For just $99, we'll give you a Bernie's Terrace ticket to 9 select Tuesday games at Miller Park. And, on Tuesday, April 30, you'll sit in Bernie's Terrace for the first game of the plan. When the Brewers win, you advance! 
Every time the Brewers win, you exchange your Bernie's Terrace ticket for the next game in the plan for just $2 to the next best seating area. You remain in that seat location until the Brewers win the next game in the plan. If the Brewers don't win, you simply exchange your Bernie's Terrace ticket at no cost for a seat in the same section where you last advanced — no backsliding. 
If the Brewers win the first 8 games in the plan, the 9th game would enable you the opportunity to sit in the Field Diamond Box!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Video: Jamie McBain scores unfortunate own goal

Tuesday night, the Winnipeg Jets sent the Carolina Hurricanes to their sixth consecutive defeat. They did so by effectively outscoring Carolina by a tally of 4-1. But one of those goals credit to the Jets came courtesy of Hurricanes defenseman Jamie McBain.

The incident occurred as McBain was trying to clear the puck after Winnipeg forward Evander Kane forced a pass into the goal area.

However, McBain completely missed, and knocked the puck backwards into his own net when he brought his stick back.

The same thing happened to the slumping Hurricanes last Thursday when Jordan Staal fired a shot into an empty net against New Jersey.

Rough week for Carolina.

Video: Phil Mickelson nearly hits man with shot

Don't try this at home, kids.

Seen here is PGA star Phil Mickelson flirting with disaster by slapping a flop shot over the head of Callaway's Roger Cleveland.

As you can see, Mickleson stands within a club's length away from Cleveland before taking a full swing at the ball.

A little too close for comfort if you ask me, but all is well that ends well, as they say.

Via CBS Sports

Photo: Chris Paul has a massive shoe collection

Apparently, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul really likes shoes. Well, Jordans to be exact.

Jada Paul uploaded the above photo of her husband's shoe shrine via Instagram on Tuesday. It is certainly a sight to behold.

According to his wife, who refers to this spectacle as "the museum," the six-time All-Star dedicates an entire bedroom of the couple's home to his impressive kicks collection.

Essentially, one of the NBA's premier point guards possesses a greater shoe collection than his spouse. Oh, the irony.

But if anyone should be allowed to boast that many shoes, it is Paul. After all, he does dish out his fair share of assists. He entered Tuesday's game against Dallas averaging 9.7 per game.

Video: Florida Gulf Coast commit likes to play above the rim

North Cobb High School (Kennesaw, Ga.) power forward Jordan Neff had never heard of Florida Gulf Coast University before head coach Andy Enfield offered him a scholarship two years ago.

"The day he got the job, he emailed me and offered me a scholarship, and I wasn't too interested at first it was so far away and I never heard of it before," Neff said.

Now, Neff is well aware of who the high-flying Eagles are, and the rest of America for that matter, thanks to FGCU's improbable run to the Sweet 16. Neff eventually became so impressed by the Eagles' high-flying style of play that the senior signed a letter of intent in November. Not too many people knew what the letters "FGCU" stood for on his hooded sweatshirt back then. That all changed last Friday when the Eagles pulled off the upset of the tournament.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs to install urinal gaming system?

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, is set to change the way male fans relieve themselves in the restroom, at least while attending one of their home games.

The IronPigs are teaming up with a group called Captive Media to install a gaming system above all urinals at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. Because guys, we all know how boring taking a leak can be.
When a user approaches the urinal, the video console flips into gaming mode, using patented technology that detects both his presence and stream. Algorithms then allow the user to engage with the screen by aiming in different directions to test their agility and knowledge. The games are 100% intuitive and custom-built to provide a unique user interface along with an easy and seamless experience.
Upon completion, which is an average of around 55 seconds according to research, users will be able to know their score. Then, they can view the leader board and see how they compare to the rest of the evening's players. The highest scores will be displayed in real-time on various electronic displays throughout the ballpark.

Video: Guy proposes to girlfriend during halftime of Orlando Magic game

Although the Orlando Magic fell victim to the surging Miami Heat on Monday, helping the Heat cruise to their 27th straight win, fans in attendance at the Amway Center did have something to cheer about.

They got to see a man carry out an elaborate proposal during halftime.

Somehow, the guy manages to arrange for his girlfriend to participate in a half-court shot contest. As you can see, that portion of the video clip didn't go so well. However, look who was cleverly waiting to comfort his lady after she miserably failed in front of 20,000 semi-sober fans.

The Orlando guy was kneeling behind her, ready and waiting to pop the question, and the whole scene was narrated by some Magic employee with a microphone.

She says yes, they embrace, the rest is history.

Via Total Pro Sports

Roger Goodell reportedly spoofed Super Bowl blackout during owners meeting

Maybe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn't such a stiff after all.

Last week, Goodell pulled a prank on league owners during his opening remarks at the annual meetings by spoofing a power outage reminiscent of the one that occurred during the Super Bowl.

From Sports Business Daily:
Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his opening remarks to owners last week on a stage designed to look like a stadium. In the middle of those remarks, the lights went out.
It was all planned, but not everyone was in on the joke. Frank Supovitz, the NFL's senior vice president of events, who recently was profiled on "60 Minutes Sports" where he was seen asking questions in the middle of the Super Bowl blackout, said he was stunned when the lights went off — but then he heard people laughing, including the commissioner, and realized it was a gag.

Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers has $500,000 worth of jewelry stolen

New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers reportedly had around $500,000 worth of jewelry stolen from him while staying at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami.

Rogers and a group of his friends went out to the hotel's nightclub when they met a woman who eventually accompanied them back to the hotel room around 7 a.m. At that point, Rogers said he stashed his jewelry away in the room's safe and the party continued until he fell asleep. When he awoke around 12:30 p.m., the woman was no longer there.

Once he realized the woman was gone, he immediately became concerned with his jewelry. Rogers tried unsuccessfully to access the same safe in which he had put his valuables in just hours before, so he alerted hotel security. Hotel security then came into the room and was able to pry open the safe and found Rogers’ valuables were missing.
Among the notable items that Rogers claims were stolen include diamond earrings worth $100,000, two wristwatches worth a combined $160,000, and a diamond Cuban necklace with a gold pendant worth $70,000.

Red Sox offering discounted beer in April to boost ticket sales

Boston Red Sox fans may have a new reason to pile into Fenway Park this April.

The team is attempting to lure in more customers by slashing concession prices for the upcoming month. The team says it's in an effort to thank fans for an incredible streak of support.
Kids under 14 will eat free — well, before the third inning, provided they go to specially designated concession stands to pick up their Fenway Frank, Goldfish, and carton of juice. Around the park, buy one hot dog, get a second for free. Hot chocolate will be sold for half-price. And beer, which flows from the Fenway taps like liquid gold and costs almost as much, will be sold for $5 per 12-ounce cup, down from between $7.50-$8.50. 
“We recognize that the sellout streak is likely going to be coming to an end in early April, and we’re looking for ways to thank our fans for their incredible support and commitment,” Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy said.
The move may be necessary to keep the stadium full for several reasons.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Video: Streaker interrupts Ski Jumping World Cup final

Feast your eyes on this streaker who decided to crash the Ski Jumping World Cup final in Planica, Slovenia.

What could go wrong with the combination of snow, freezing temperatures, a naked Polish man, and a plethora of onlookers? Well, nothing for those of us who want to be temporarily entertained.

Watch as the man amuses the fans, officials, and athletes by running around in the white blanket of snow, before taking a nasty spill, and subsequently being led off by security.


Via Huffington Post

Major League Baseball now using glass bottles to collect urine samples because of Ryan Braun

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has initiated a change to Major League Baseball's drug testing program.

Last spring, Braun successfully appealed a 50-game suspension stemming from a failed drug test in Oct. 2011. The perennial All-Star failed the test after an analysis concluded that his testerone levels were "insanely high."

Braun challenged the results saying that his urine sample was mishandled, and subsequently compromised once it left Milwaukee's clubhouse. It reportedly sat in the home of one of a drug collector for two days before being shipped to the World Anti-Doping Laboratory in Montreal for testing.

In an effort to avoid such a situation from happening again, MLB has opted to change the instrument used to collect urine samples.

Troubling allegations against Mets legend Lenny Dykstra revealed in book written by former employee

The reputation and character of former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra is hit hard in a new book written by one of his former employees, as detailed by the New York Post.

Dykstra, who helped lead the Mets to a World Series title in 1986, has suffered a huge fall from grace since retiring from baseball in 1996. In a 1993 interview with Sports Illustrated, he vowed to build a "financial empire" once his playing days were over. He did eventually achieve significant wealth, but he didn't do it the right way, and was head over heels with debt by the late 2000s.

He is currently in prison on multiple charges including grand theft auto and bankruptcy fraud.

The book, written by former employee Christopher Frankie, who served as the editor of a financial newsletter called The Player's Club, reveals several disturbing, disgusting, and otherwise troubling allegations against Dykstra.

Among the more notable ones include:

+ Dykstra had a terrible track record for paying his employees on time. He owed so much back pay that employees were relucatant to quit for fear that they would never see their earnings. At one point, Frankie claims that he received just one check in three months.

Group of girls basketball players disciplined after disgusting urine prank

Here is a disgusting example of how some basketball rivalries go too far.

Four members of the Cassville High School (MO) ladies team are finding themselves on the hot seat for a prank they pulled on a Feb. 4 game against Monett High School.

According to the report, the mischievous players urinated in a cup and poured their liquid waste into the Monett drinking water cooler, which was used frequently by members of the Monett squad throughout the game.

Officials at Cassvile reportedly learned of the incident last Tuesday. They then notified Monett officials, who in turn mailed a letter out to parents of the Monett team. The letter contained an apology and noted that Cassville was in the process of determining appropriate punishment for the players in question.

Cassville Superintendent Jill LeCompte has since noted that the four teens have each been disciplined, but didn't provide details as to how.

Andy Enfield landed supermodel wife with Taco Bell, Krispy Kreme

The longer upstart Florida Gulf Coast continues to play in the NCAA Tournament, the more we hear about the backstory of Eagles head coach Andy Enfield and his supermodel wife, Amanda Marcum. I would say America is totally okay with that.

The latest details of their fairy tale romance involve a proposal using Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a trip to Taco Bell for their first date.

For the couple's first official date, which came 10 years ago, Enfield decided to woo Marcum by treating her to a St. John's NIT game. Oh, and dinner at good old Taco Bell afterward, too. So, why did Enfield opt for the fast food establishment? Well, because he wasn't familiar with the eateries in Queens, and Taco Bell was the only restaurant still open that late.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Video: Thunder fan gets tackled by Kevin Durant after nailing halfcourt shot

Sunday will go down as a great day in the life of Springfield, Miss. Justin Doughtery.

First, Doughtery decided to celebrate his birthday by watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play host to the Portland Trail Blazers. Next, he nailed a halfcourt shot during a timeout in the third quarter to pocket $20,000.

Finally, he received a massive hug/tackle from Thunder superstar Kevin Durant while celebrating his magnificent shot and new found wealth.

I believe this birthday is going to be hard to top in future years.

Durant's mauling of a fan is similar to the display put on by LeBron James recently. He also tackled a fan after a halfcourt shot. Could this become a trend around the league?


Serena Williams resorts to bicycling to match to beat traffic jam

Serena Williams survived her third round match in the Sony Open Saturday night by beating more than just Japan's Ayumi Morita.

With traffic snarled from her hotel to the stadium, and limited time before the beginning of her match, Williams had to think of an alternative way to transport herself to the venue.

So, she ultimately decided to borrow a bike from the hotel she was staying at and peddle her way to the stadium.
‘The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, ”I have been here for an hour, and I’m staying like eight minutes away”,’ Williams said. ‘I’m like, ”OK, I’m not going to make my match. 
‘So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn’t have a golf cart. Then they were like, ”We have a motor bike.”. ‘I’m like, ”I don’t do motor bikes.” They said, ”We have a bicycle.”. ‘I said, ‘I really don’t do bicycles, but I will today.’"

Girl whose boyfriend denied her ice cream at Pacers game gets free ice cream for a year

Earlier this week, a video featuring a couple attending an Indiana Pacers game went viral.

The boyfriend, Jake Moran, had a delicious mint chocolate chip waffle cone that he was munching on during halftime. His girlfriend, Georgia Arnett, wanted to share, but Moran wasn't having it.

Furthermore, TNT analyst Chris Webber decided to break down the incident via the use of a telestrator. As you can see in the video below, Moran rejects his girlfriend's attempt at getting some of his ice cream not once, but twice.

In an effort to make the situation all better, a local news station brought the pair in to talk about what happened. Then something amazing happened, a representative from Blue Bell ice cream surprised Arnett with free cream for a year!

Any ending which involves free ice cream is a good ending, indeed.

For the record, the couple has has been dating for about two years now.

Via FOX 59

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Photo: Rays teammates make Joel Peralta a funny display on his birthday

Saturday marked the 37th birthday for Tampa Bay Rays veteran reliever Joel Peralta. And you can bet that every member of the Tampa Bay organization knew about it.

Peralta entered the clubhouse this morning to find a colorful display around his locker in celebration of his big day. He can thank his younger teammates and clubhouse staff for the big surprise.

The theme for Peralta's birthday display seemed to revolve around him being "over the hill" by baseball standards. It included a sign that warned nearby onlookers that they were entering a "slow & old zone." The display also included an inflatable walker, and a cane which had an inscription that read "tease me about my age, I'll beat you with my cane."

Apparently, the right-hander promised to follow through on the threat if anyone ever does.

Via MLB Cut4

Video: Harvard player receives elbow to face, chipped tooth

The Harvard Crimson shocked the New Mexico Lobos in the Round of 64 for the right to play the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday. Their game against the Wildcats didn't go so well, though.

Harvard freshman Siyani Chambers can attest to this after receiving an elbow to the face from Arizona's Kevin Parrom early on in the second half. The incidental contact resulted in plenty of pain and even chipped off part of one of Chambers' front teeth.

The point guard immediately fell to his knees in agony while putting his hands over his mouth. Teammate Christian Webster eventually assisted Chambers by finding the missing fragment of his tooth and picking it up off of the court.

Video of the incident can be seen in a GIF below.

Video: Mark Reynolds crushes homer over scoreboard

New Cleveland Indians slugger Mark Reynolds put his tremendous power on full display Friday night at Goodyear Ballpark against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With two outs and a man on board during the bottom of the sixth inning, Reynolds proceeds to absolutely unload on a 1-0 offering from D'backs pitcher David Hernandez, lifting the ball high and deep over the left field wall, over the scoreboard, and out of the stadium.

Rumor has it that the ball wound up in a suburban neighborhood in Phoenix.

It marked the third homer of the spring for the Pikeville, Ky. native. He has 181 in his 6-year MLB career.

Costa Rica to file protest after losing game to United States in blizzard

The U.S. men's national team topped Costa Rica 1-0 in a vital World Cup qualifier Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Here,Herculez Gomez looks for the ball as Costa Rica defender Juan Diego Madrigal falls in the snow.

The United States edged out a crucial 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. on Friday.

The match was played in the most wintry conditions imaginable for a soccer game. A blizzard-like snow pelted players, coaches, and fans all evening long, prompting officials to delay the match 10 minutes after halftime.

Afterward, Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto wasn't pleased with his team having to endure such foreign conditions. Pinto called the game an "embarrassment to futbol" and "disrespectful." He also vowed to file an official protest to FIFA.

Costa Rican midfielder Cristian Bolando echoed his coach's statement.

Adrian Wilson offering teammate year's supply of diapers in exchange for number

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New England Patriots safety Adrian Wilson really wants the No. 24.

Wilson, 33, signed a free agent deal with the Patriots last week after spending the previous 12 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

Wilson's old number with Arizona was already taken by New England cornerback Kyle Arrington, who recently became a first-time father. So, in an effort to get his beloved number back, Wilson decided to offer his new teammate a year's supply of diapers in exchange for the No. 24.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt placed on administrative leave amid NCAA allegations

University of Louisville assistant football coach Clint Hurtt has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of violations the NCAA claims he committed while previously serving as an assistant at Miami.

Louisville head coach Charlie Strong confirmed Hurtt's absence on Friday.

Strong, who is handling Hurtt's defensive line coaching duties this spring, added that Hurtt is being given time away from the program so that he can focus on his pending case.

Hurtt received a letter last month from the NCAA claiming that he received and provided impermissible benefits while at Miami. The letter alleges that the 34-year-old received a $2,500 loan and provided "perks" to players who the Hurricanes were recruiting.

Furthermore, the NCAA also said Hurtt provided false and misleading information during the investigation.

Video: Florida Gulf Coast throws down sick alley oop

Florida Gulf Coast pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament Friday night when they knocked off the  2nd-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in Philadelphia. Their win ultimately wrecked a countless number of brackets across of America, but who's bracket isn't screwed up at this point?

The Atlantic Sun Conference champions put on an impressive display of athleticism in the 78-68 victory, including this beautiful alley oop dunk by Chase Fieler from teammate Brett Comer.

Welcome to March Madness, folks.

The upstart Eagles will play the winner of the Oklahoma-San Diego State game on Sunday.

Via Deadspin

Longtime Lobos beat writer quitting because of upset loss to Harvard

The 3rd-seeded New Mexico Lobos were upset by the 14th-seeded Harvard Crimson Thursday night in what may go down as the biggest upset in the Round of 64. The defeat left many Lobos fans scratching their heads and wondering what went wrong, while the rest of America joined in celebration because the underdog emerged victorious.

For longtime beat writer and fan Dennis Latta, the loss meant the end of his reign of covering the team.

Latta, who claims to have covered New Mexico basketball for the last 33 years, is calling it quits after the champions of the Mountain West Conference bowed out much earlier than anticipated in the NCAA Tournament. In his farewell piece, the frustrated Latta admits he was wrong about a lot of things, but he vows that he won't ever be wrong again.

Here is an excerpt:

Video: Nate Robinson throws down monster slam

Most people who stand 5-foot-9 can only dream of dunking a basketball. For Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson, it's a reality.

The diminutive Robinson was clearly frustrated by his team trailing big to the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter Thursday night. So, without about 9:40 to go, he decides to take action by dribbling between his legs to split the defenders, and then charging toward the basket to throw down a vicious one-handed dunk.

His teammates are clearly impressed.

The Bulls managed to make the score more respectable, but wound up losing anyway, 99-89.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez arrested after car crash incident

Chicago Bears fullback Evan Rodriguez was arrested in Miami early Thursday after allegedly refusing to cooperate with officers when a car he was riding in wrecked.

The 24-year-old is facing charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer. He was booked into the Miami Dade County Jail at 5:32 a.m. and released several hours later after posting $1,500 bail.

Here's more on the story, courtesy of the USA TODAY:
Rodriguez was riding with another man when they got into a crash around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. An officer asked Rodriguez for his identification for the crash report, and Rodriguez reportedly responded, "For what, I don't need this, I'm an NFL player. I don't need all that media stuff."

Video: Cal's Allen Crabbe takes basketball in the groin

California's Allen Crabbe was on the wrong end of a pass by UNLV's Bryce Dejean-Jones during Thursday's second round tournament action.

Dejean-Jones was trying to save the ball from going out bounds and proceeded to whip the basketball right into the groin area of Crabbe. There appeared to be no hard feelings, though, as the two played it off as they walked down to the other end of the floor.

As painful as that probably was for Crabbe, the joy of victory should help ease the pain as the 12th-seeded Golden Bears pulled off an upset over 5th-seeded UNLV, 64-61.

Former Miami Dolphins receiver arrested and charged with child abuse

A former Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins has been arrested and accused of child abuse after allegedly choking, punching, and body slamming a teenage boy.

Mark Duper, 54, is accused of physically harming a teenage boy over an incident involving video games. Duper also allegedly threatened to end the child's life.

According to the arrest report, the incident occurred when Duper was playing video games with the children of a friend in a residence in Jacksonville, Fla. An argument started when the victim threw his hat to the floor and refused to pick it up.

Duper, according to the report, proceeded to punch the boy and slam him into the floor until the victim lost consciousness. The fight allegedly continued outside the home, where the victim's father attempted to break the two apart.

Video: Dante Bichette teaches Rockies how to rock the mullet

Dante Bichette spent seven seasons of his 14-year MLB career with the Colorado Rockies. He earned four All-Star selections and a Silver Slugger Award during his stint with the franchise. Now, he serves as their hitting coach.

Bichette was known for two things during his playing career: the ability to hit and the ability to rock a pretty awesome-looking mullet.

Seen here is the 49-year-old teaching the fundamentals of hitting and hairstyle to some of the Rockies players. Because we all know that chicks dig the mullet, not the longball.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a couple of photos from Bichette's playing days.

Former Titans cheerleader facing sex charges after allegedly fondling young boy

A former Tennessee Titans cheerleader has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and solicitation of a minor after an incident involving a 12-year-old boy.

Elizabeth Leigh Garner, who cheered for the Titans until 2009, is in trouble with the law after allegedly fondling the son of one of her friends, during a party in which the two recently attended.

During an interview with police at his school, the boy said Garner was at his home drinking, and at some point late in the evening he went to use the restroom when Garner followed him, according to police.

“He stated she was asking him if he had ever been with a woman,” Roberts reported, adding the boy disclosed she then touched him inappropriately on the outside of his pants. “He also said she was making an attempt to take his shorts off ...” and told the boy she would perform oral sex on him.

Chris Johnson on Shonn Greene: Why do we need him?

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Shonn Greene is the newest member of the Tennessee Titans backfield after inking a multi-year deal with them last week.

Greene is expected to come in and compete with Titans starting running back Chris Johnson for carries. After all, you don't pay someone $10 million to come ride the bench.

However, Johnson doesn't seem too enamored about the possibility of having to share playing time with his new teammate. In fact, he doesn't seem enamored at all.

"I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don't know how we plan on using him," Johnson told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm not afraid of competition, but I was thinking we'd maybe get a draft pick for the other back. And you don't give a guy that kind of money to be just a goal-line guy and in tough-yardage situations. So we'll see what happens.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Video: Umpire makes Angels reliever Matt Oye color fingernail

For the second day in a row, umpire Tim McClelland found himself in an unusual situation during a spring game.

On Tuesday, McClelland was forced into calling pitches from behind the pitcher's mound after one of his colleagues was hit by a pitch.

On Wednesday, McClelland was in the middle of a predicament again when Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Oye began warming up in the seventh inning. Someone from the Cleveland Indians dugout alerted McClelland that Oye had a distracting white fingernail on his pitching hand. That's when McClelland jumped into action and made an Angels trainer come out to the mound and cover up the blemish using a black Sharpie.

Los Angeles skipper Mike Scioscia came out to receive an explanation and McClelland was happy to oblige.

Video: Fan runs onto floor during game between Cavaliers and Heat

LeBron James made his return to Cleveland on Wednesday as his Heat squad took on the Cavaliers.

The Heat were in the midst of a massive comeback during the fourth quarter when a fan donning a shirt that read "We miss you, 2014 come back" ran onto the court and interrupted the game. The shirt's message is in reference to the clause that allows James to opt out of his current contract and become a free agent after next season.

The fan was detained by arena security shortly after he crept onto the floor, but not before he managed to make his way toward James, who patted the intruder on the head as security took him away.

Miami eventually capped off an incredible 27-point comeback to extend their winning streak to 24 games.

Michigan State fans buying gear from South Dakota State to root against arch rival

It's no secret that fans of Michigan State and Michigan don't like each other.

The latest example of their bitter rivalry comes on the eve of the NCAA Tournament, which both schools will be participating in. And as fate would have it, the selection committee has placed them in the same venue for their opening game, The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit.

The Wolverines are set to meet the South Dakota State Jackrabbits Thursday night, while the Spartans will tangle with the Valparaiso Crusaders earlier in the day, beginning at 12:15 PM.

The excitement of the Big Dance often spurs fans to buy up a ton of merchandise in support of their favorite school. Fans of the Jackrabbits are no different.

Photo: Shaun Marcum has one terrifying bowling ball

New York Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum isn't known to be an intimidating guy, but his bowling ball sure is.

Apparently, the 31-year-old is an avid bowler, who uses a terrifying ball that is sure to put the fear of God in any pin which stands in its way.

As Jay Horwitz of the Mets' public relations department notes, Marcum only uses this ball in particular for spare situations. He uses a different ball, one that creates more spin, on his first throw of each frame.

Via MLB Cut 4

Gay Jacksonville Jaguars fan petitions for team to nix 'Kiss Cam'

The "Kiss Cam" has been a sacred tradition during sporting events for many years. We all know how the routine goes. It consists of putting an unsuspecting couple up on the jumbotron or scoreboard, with the expectation that the pair will kiss in front of the entire crowd. Those who don't are chastised, while those who do are often cheered.

Well, one Jacksonville Jaguars fan has had decided that enough is enough.

Dave Uible, an openly gay man, recently sent a letter to team owner Shad Khan, alleging that the way the Kiss Cam is operated at EverBank Field is homophobic.

Here is Uible's entire letter via Outsports:

Video: Umpire calls balls and strikes behind the mound

An unusual circumstance took place during Tuesday's spring training game between the Angels and Brewers.

Home plate umpire Seth Buckminster exited the game with two outs in the first inning after being struck on the hand by an errant pitch. This forced the rest of the umpire crew to improvise.

Base umpire Anthony Johnson then left the game so that he could suit up to replace Buckminster behind the plate. This left Tim McClelland and Jim Joyce as the two remaining umpires of the field. To prevent a delay of the game, McClelland positioned himself behind the pitcher's mound and proceeded to call balls and strikes for the next three hitters.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Photo: Craig Sager wears bracket tie in honor of tournament

Is there a more eccentric sideline reporter in basketball than Craig Sager?

The sharp-dressed veteran has been a sight to behold for years because of his unique wardrobe, and he added another notch to his resume on Tuesday by donning a tie that featured brackets in honor of March Madness.

Apparently, Sager pulled the same shenanigan for last year's tournament, as well.

"To be honest, last year, I had one made," Sager said. "It was black with white lines for the bracket. People kept asking what it was. I liked the idea so well I wanted to give it another try."

Sager claims the tie is made from pure silk and that he bought a new pocket square to go along with it. Because what good is a tie without a matching pocket square?

Marlins threaten lawsuit against own fans amid obstructed seat dispute

The Miami Marlins have become the poster child for bad public relations in professional sports.

Owner Jeff Loria has basically swindled money from taxpayers to help buy for a new stadium, compiled a formidable roster full of big name free agents, and then imploded the aforementioned roster in less than two years. Now, here comes another example of bad relations with its fans.

According to a report from the Miami New Times, the team has threatened to file a lawsuit against season-ticket holders, who complained the view from their seats was obstructed by a billboard advertisement.

Season ticket holders Bill and Jan Leon said they paid over $25,000 for two seats along the third-base line for the inaugural season at Marlins Park last year. Things were all fine and dandy (except for the Marlins' performance on the field) until Miami put up a billboard during midseason that the Leons allege blocked part of their view and put the couple at a greater risk for being struck by a foul ball.

Video: Coach tries to steal ball in closing seconds of French basketball game

There is the intent to cheat, and then there is this.

In a France Ligue Nationale de Basket game between Rouen and Boulogne Sur Mer over the weekend, the head coach of Rouen tried to literally steal the game away from the opposition.

With just 17.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and with the score tied at 84, Rouen found itself in a precarious position on defense. It desperately needed a stop to send the game into overtime. This is when Coach Laurent Sciarra decided it was time to insert a sixth man.

The guard for Boulogne dribbled the ball toward the elbow and then backed out after Rouen’s defense collapsed on him. The guard then dribbled back towards Sciarra and that’s when the coach made a mistake that cost his team the game.

Texas athletic director on Texas A&M: 'We decide when we play again'

Texas and Texas A&M have one of the more storied rivalries in college football history. The two have met 118 times over the years, but due to the Aggies' recent move from the Big 12 to the SEC, it may be awhile before they meet again.

Furthermore, the next meeting between the two football-crazed schools will allegedly come on the Longhorns watch.

From The Daily Texan:

"They left," Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said of A&M. "They're the ones that decided not to play us. We get to decide when we play again. I think that's fair.

"If you did a survey of our fans about playing A&M, they don't want to. It's overwhelming. I know. I hear it. Our fans are important to us. I think there's got to be a period where things get different. I think there's too many hard feelings."

Video: Tom Thibodeau goes irate after call goes against Bulls

The Chicago Bulls thought they had taken a lead over the Denver Nuggets thanks to a tip-in by Joakim Noah during the closing seconds in overtime Monday night, but the basket was wiped off when it was ruled offensive interference.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who has a reputation for being a fiery guy, proceeded to rip into the officials once the call was made. The bucket was originally ruled good before the officials gathered, consulted the video monitor, and determined Noah was guilty of offensive interference.

Kevin Fehr, Ken Mauer, and Kane Fitzgerald were among the refs who received an ear full from Thibodeau. Bulls forward Luol Deng eventually restrained his head coach before things escalated any more.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Photo: Fernando Rodney whipped out plantain from pants during pregame introductions

AT&T Park was the host for the World Baseball Classic semifinal game between the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic Monday night. 

It was also the host of a rather bizarre spectacle from D.R. pitcher Fernando Rodney. The Tampa Bay Rays closer decided to whip out a giant plantain from his pants and wield it like a gun during pregame introductions.

Why? I don't really know. But the important thing is that he did and the above photo serves as everlasting evidence.

We can now officially file this image away in the "what was that all about" folder.

Chris Carpenter doesn't think he can ever pitch again

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter missed most of the 2012 campaign due to thoracic outlet syndrome injury. In February, it was announced that he will miss the entire 2013 season, as well.

This has some people around the baseball world wondering if the 37-year-old All-Star has thrown his last pitch in the big leagues. One of those people is injury-prone Carpenter, himself.

The right-hander made a trip to Jupiter, Fla. on Monday to pay a surprise visit to some of his teammates at the Cardinals spring training facility. When asked if he thought he might be able to play again, Carpenter didn't sound too confident.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Bryce Harper uses sledgehammer, bucket of water to break in glove

There are a countless number of ways to break in a baseball glove. Some of the more notable things involved in this process can include any combination of the following: baby oil, an oven, a microwave, a rubber band, shaving cream, and a mattress, just to name a few.

But for reigning National League Rookie of the Year winner Bryce Harper, breaking in a new mitt involves a bucket of water and the use of a sledgehammer. Yes, a sledgehammer.

The Washington Post details how Harper turned to his father, an iron worker, to help him mold his outfielder's glove upon learning that he had been drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2010.