Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Josh Hamilton is a good sport, happily eats candy bars Athletics fans throw at him

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton took the high road when dealing with a group of hecklers at Oakland Coliseum Monday night.

The Athletics held "Josh Hamilton Appreciation Night" Monday in reference to the fly ball Hamilton dropped in the final regular season game of 2012 to help the A's win the American League West Division. Of course, Hamilton was a member of the Texas Rangers then, but the A's still wanted to show their gratitude for the costly error with the Angels in town this week.

Furthermore, fans also chose to show their appreciation by chucking Butterfingers at Hamilton (get it?) during batting practice as he shagged balls in right field. Some players may have quipped back with some nasty comment or even called for security, but not Hamilton. Instead, the former MVP decided to be a good sport and devour the tasty treats which rained down upon him.

Those extra calories probably turned out to be beneficial for Hamilton after the A's and Angels engaged in a 19-inning contest later on in the evening. Hamilton was 0-for-8 at the plate, though.

Via Big League Stew

Video: Home plate umpire tries to ring up Lonnie Chisenhall on two strikes

Home plate umpire Paul Emmel tried to ring up Cleveland Indians hitter Lonne Chisenhall on two strikes Monday night.

The dubious moment came in the top of the fifth inning when Kansas City Royals hurler Luke Hochevar delivered a 3-1 strike right down the heart of the plate. This is when Emmel apparently loses track of the actual count and proceeds to call strike three on Chisenhall without hesitation.

Chisenhall backs away from the plate in disbelief before the situation gets resolved and Chisenhall is allowed to step back up to the dish. Naturally, the left-handed swinger wound up striking out anyway to end a six-run barrage by the Tribe in the frame.

Chisenhall went on to go 0-for-4 in the game.

Video: Brewers hit back-to-back home runs twice against Pirates

The Milwaukee Brewers put on an impressive power display in their 10-4 route over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates Monday night at Miller Park.

All in all, the Brewers smashed five home runs in the game, with four of those coming in the fourth and fifth innings alone.

Milwaukee pitcher Yovani Gallardo got it all started when he launched his second home run of the season with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki then followed with a home run of his own to make it back-to-back blasts.

Then, in the fifth inning the Brewers went back-to-back again when Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt decided to jump in on the action. As you can see, Betancourt puts an exclamation mark on the offensive assault by whacking his home run high off the foul pole in left field.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Photo: San Diego newspaper pokes fun at Manti Te'o

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A San Diego newspaper wasted no time at all to poke fun at one of the newest Chargers.

On Friday, the Chargers moved up the board in the second round of the draft to select maligned Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, and all the baggage that comes along with him.

The image you see above is U-T San Diego making light of the humiliating fake-girlfriend hoax that appears to be following Te'o from South Bend to the West Coast. It shows Te'o putting his arm around Lennay Kukua, who of course doesn't exist, as the two stroll down a sandy beach.

Via For the Win

Video: Peyton Manning sings Johnny Cash for hospital fundraiser

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning spent part of last weekend in his old stomping grounds by singing a riveting rendition of Johnny Cash's "Folson Prison Blues."

Manning electrified the Indianapolis crowd by teaming up with country music star Luke Bryan for a fundraiser for a local hospital. I guess you could say it was a huge success.

As you can see, Manning performs the song while decked out in a full suit and tie, and with one hand firmly in his pocket, but the end result is still pretty decent. The only thing missing is some all-black attire and a much deeper voice.

Via For the Win

Video: 'Chunky' Thunder cheerleader receives animation treatment

A controversial blog post asking whether or not an Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader was "too chunky" to cheer came under intense scrutiny recently after it somehow managed to make its way on CBS Houston's website.

Now, the folks over at NMA.TV have decided to bring the story to life via animated form, which you can view by playing the video above.

The link to the story is no longer active and the Twitter account for the author has since been deactivated, as well. It sounds like CBS Houston would really appreciate a mulligan on this piece right about now.

Shouldn't we be talking about the NBA playoffs, instead?

Colts offering $15,000 reward for information involving fatal hit-and-run incident

Indianapolis Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay, along with punter Pat McAfee, are offering a $15,000 reward for anyone who has information regarding a hit-and-run incident which killed an elderly woman last November.

The police investigation has hit a snag and the duo is hoping that the allure of reward money will lead to further details in the search to find who is responsible.

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Video: Jeremy Hermida extends entire arm over wall to rob a home run

Columbus Clippers outfielder Jeremy Hermida made a remarkable catch to rob a home run Sunday against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The fantastic play came in the bottom of the sixth inning when a Pawtucket batter lifted a long fly ball toward the right field fence. Watch as Hermida slowly backtracks, extends his arm well over the wall, and then proceeds to haul in the ball in jaw-dropping fashion.

His momentum immediately sends him spiraling down onto the warning track, but after a brief moment of catching his breath, his teammates in the bullpen rush to the fence to greet him with cheers and applause.

High school baseball game gets called off after every single player gets ejected

Who knew a missed suicide-squeeze attempt in a high school baseball game could lead to 36 ejections and one arrest for assault?

Such was the case on Saturday, when things got super heated between Rumson-Fair Haven Regional (NJ) and Red Bank Regional (NJ), which eventually turned into a bench-clearing brawl.

From Asbury Park Press:
Red Bank Regional coach/athletic director Del Dal Pra said the brawl occurred after a Red Bank batter missed a suicide squeeze bunt attempt with a runner on third base. Dal Pra said the runner coming home from third collided with the Rumson-Fair Haven catcher. (Umpire Vinny) Smith said the runner coming home “came in with a shoulder block on the catcher and was called out and ejected. The catcher retaliated by fighting.” 
Both benches emptied at that point, Smith said. He said 22 players from Rumson-Fair Haven and 14 from Red Bank Regional were ejected. No coaches were ejected, Smith said.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Scoreboard fire delays Columbus Crew game

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The start of the Columbus Crew's match against DC United was delayed for 50 minutes Saturday after the scoreboard at Crew Stadium caught on fire.

As you can see, the spectacle was a scary sight to behold until the Columbus Fire Department was called in to extinguish the flames.

Eventually, the two teams did get to resume the game, with the Crew using the fire to help spark a 3-0 victory over their rivals to help secure their first home win of the season.

Via Deadspin

Saturday, April 27, 2013

LSU running back Jeremy Hill arrested for helping knock a man unconscious

Louisiana State running back Jeremy Hill was arrested early Saturday after allegedly delivering a swift punch to another man's head.

The incident occurred at a Baton Rouge area bar and the junior-to-be has been charged with battery.

More from NBC 33:

The Baton Rouge Police Department has confirmed to NBC33 News that Hill, 20, was arrested in the early morning on Saturday, April 27. Police were called to the scene of a disturbance at Reggie's Bar in Tigerland shortly after 2:00 a.m.

Photo: Bulls fans put Michael Jordan jersey on statue

Chicago Bulls fans tried to pull out some voodoo magic on the Brooklyn Nets Saturday by placing a road jersey on the Michael Jordan statue which sits outside the United Center.

Via Deadspin

Video: Nate Robinson gets leveled by screen

When you are the smallest guy on the court, something like this is bound to happen every now and then.

Seen here is Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson, all 5-foot-9 of him, running full speed into a screen set by Brooklyn Nets big man Gerald Wallace. As you can see, Robinson never sees Wallace coming, which results in a brutal ending for the diminutive veteran.


Via The Big Lead

Video: Paper airplane gracefully flies onto field at Dodger Stadium

A paper airplane took flight at Dodger Stadium Friday evening.

The moment of landing, though, came in the bottom of the seventh, when the winged aircraft gracefully soared by Milwaukee Brewers southpaw Mike Gonzalez, and subsequently landed to the right side of the pitcher's mound.

It was quickly removed by the home plate umpire before play resumed. But let us all stop and take a moment of silence to observe the beautiful flight of the airplane. It was truly a sight to behold for the brief time in which it lasted.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Three Pittsburgh Panthers football players suspended after being arrested for drug paraphernalia


Three members of the Pittsburgh Panthers football team were arrested late Thursday night for use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

As if that alone wasn't enough, the three players have since been suspended from the program indefinitely. These players include linebacker Eric Williams, tight end Andrew Carswell, and defensive lineman Khaynin Mosley-Smith.

From CBS Pittsburgh:
Police, undercover officers, and SWAT members were all called to the home in the 3300 block of Juliet Street about 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. 
As part of an ongoing investigation, narcotics detectives say they bought drugs from, and arrested 22-year-old Darnell Reed-Young. 

Photo: Metta World Peace shares fluid drained from knee


Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is a go for Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs after having fluid drained from his knee Friday morning.

World Peace has been battling a Bakers Cyst for the first two games of the playoff series, but as you can see, he is very pleased with having all that yucky stuff removed. And he wanted all of his Twitter followers to get a visual image, as well.

Tigers minor league team will wear Chewbacca jerseys for Star Wars promotion

The Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, will wear special jerseys to commemorate their special Star Wars weekend. The above jersey will be donned on May 4th and 5th when they take on the Charlotte (Jedi?) Knights.

I must admit those things are kind of hideous, but the Star Wars nerd inside me thinks they are awesome. They should have gone full-on hair and mask for these games. That might be hard to play in though.

They aren't just doing this for fun either. It's for a good cause. According to the official story on MiLB.com:
The jerseys will be available for purchase during the games via a silent auction. Proceeds from Saturday's jersey auction will benefit Read for Literacy. Sunday's proceeds will go to the Spina Bifida Association of Northwest Ohio.
That's pretty awesome of them. May the force be with you.

*Edit (6:51pm): As the anonymous commenter pointed out, MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. Good call, anonymous person.

via MiLB.com

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Manti Te'o gives odd explanation for skipping girlfriend's funeral

The scandal involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is expected to follow him for the rest of his life. And being that the NFL Draft is upon us this weekend, it was only natural for journalists to delve back into what exactly happened.

In January, Deadspin broke a story claiming that Te'o's girlfriend, who he believed died of cancer during the season, never existed. The story included detailed information behind the story of the ficticious woman known as Lennay Kekua. Now, Te'o offered up an odd explanation as to why he skipped her funeral, when in fact he claims he still didn't know the whole thing was fabricated.

From Vanity Fair:

Photo: Troy Tulowitzki used to have an awesome mullet

Behold, and feast your eyes on an old yearbook photo of Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

The Rockies uploaded it to their Instagram account Thursday and the feedback has been awesome.

As you can see below, the 28-year-old is rocking a much more clean-cut look nowadays, but that doesn't erase the hair styles he used to sport in the past, thanks to the internet.

Video: Dodgers have major trouble using bullpen phone

Let's just say the Los Angeles Dodgers had plenty of trouble trying to communicate with their bullpen at Citi Field Wednesday evening.

As you can see from the video above, the Dodgers ran into major complications when trying to phone down to the 'pen in the fifth inning of their game against the New York Mets. Los Angeles wanted to get a reliever ready in case southpaw starter Ted Lilly ran into a jam, but their attempt to do so was thwarted by faulty communication lines.

At one point, Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly even has to go out and explain the situation to the home plate umpire before the situation is finally resolved. So, essentially Los Angeles had four phones in their dugout and not one of them was working, and if they were working, it appears nobody in their bullpen wanted in part in answering the ring on the other end.

Could this all have been plotted by the Mets in an effort to gain an edge on the visitors from the west? Or was it just simply an honest mistake? I suggest getting Sherlock Holmes on this case immediately.

Video: Jordany Valdespin smacks walkoff grand slam

Jordany Valdespin said 10 innings was quite enough Wednesday night.

The New York Mets outfielder sent the Citi Field crowd home happy when he promptly delivered a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th to push the Mets past the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3.

It marked the first grand slam in Valdespin's MLB career and the first walk-off grand slam by a Met since Kevin McReynolds accomplished the feat in 1991.

That is going out with a bang, indeed.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Controversy brewing in vote for college football playoff logo


It appears as though a controversy is already brewing in regards to voting for the new "College Football Playoff" logo.

Officials said their website was hacked less than 24 hours after opening up an online vote allowing fans to decide which one of four potential logos they liked best.

Given that it's a competition, it was only natural for someone to try and cheat, because we all know the old adage of "if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying." Unfortunately, the cheater's plot at doctoring the vote count was quickly spotted and sniffed out.

"Our contracture running the logo vote has informed us that it has caught a cheater," according to release from playoff officials.

Photo: Barry Sanders to grace cover of 'Madden'

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For the second year in a row, a Detroit Lion will grace the cover of EA Sports' Madden NFL video game.

Retired running back Barry Sanders won the vote after beating out Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in the final round. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson appeared on the 2013 edition.

More than 40 million fans voted for this year's cover athlete.

The game, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is set to hit shelves August 27.

Video: Dominic Brown lays out to make amazing catch

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown had a web gem of epic proportion Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The defensive gem came in the top of the fifth inning, when Phillies hurler Roy Halladay delivered a 2-1 offering to Bucs hitter John McDonald, who turned on the pitch to lift a deep line drive to left field.

It initially appeared as if the ball would go to the wall and allow McDonald the chance for extra bases. However, Brown is able to track it down, and extend his arm just enough to make the incredible snag, much to the delight of the Citizens Bank Park crowd.

Browns linebacker Quentin Groves arrested in prostitution sting

Cleveland Browns linebacker Quentin Groves, who the team just signed in March, was reportedly arrested last week after getting busted trying to solicit he who believed was a prostitute.

In reality, the prostitute turned out to be an undercover police officer.

From the Scene and Heard:
On April 17, according to the police report, Groves arrived at Room 231 of the Homestead Guest Studios. He had responded to an ad and requested “full service” from an officer posing as a prostitute offering sex for hire, according to records. A price was agreed upon during the call before he arrived. 
His court date is May 10. 
$195.70 and a box of Magnum condoms were seized as evidence.

Photo: Tyrann Mathieu is throwing a first round draft party

By most accounts, former LSU Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, best known as the Honey Badger, is expected to be a second round pick at best in this weekend's NFL Draft.

However, that hasn't stopped the troubled yet talented athlete from throwing a draft party Thursday night to celebrate a first-round selection which isn't likely to happen.

Matheiu tweeted out a link to the party's invitation flier Wednesday morning.

This is pretty brass for a guy who is allegedly working on cleaning up his image after being dismissed from the LSU football program last season. Dubbing yourself as a first round selection when you are actually considered first round worthy is one thing, but doing so when you are not is entirely another.

Via For the Win

Video: Brothers Justin, B.J. Upton hit back-to-back home runs

Justin Upton and B.J. Upton did something on Tuesday that hadn't previously been accomplished since Sept. 15, 1938 when brothers Lloyd Waner and Paul Waner also did it.

The Uptons smacked back-to-back home runs to become the first brother combo to do that in 75 years in a Major League Baseball game.

It all went down in the top of the fifth inning at Coors Field when B.J. walloped a solo blast for his third home run of the season. Justin followed with his 11th home run of 2013 moments later.

Their performances helped lead the Braves over the Rockies, 10-2, to take both games of a doubleheader. Atlanta also won earlier in the day, 4-3.

Via Big League Stew

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Plaque honoring Barry Bonds stolen from AT&T Park

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A plaque commemorating the record-setting 756th home run hit by Barry Bonds has disappeared from AT&T Park.

The 6-foot-high artifact was previously bolted and glued to the bricks located beyond the right center field wall. Now, team and stadium officials are launching an investigation to find out where it went. This includes reviewing surveillance video from the past week.

More from the San Francisco Chronicle:
Bonds was one of the franchise’s greatest players. The team and its marketing were built around him for more than a decade. On the other hand, Bonds is a felon appealing his federal obstruction-of-justice conviction related to the BALCO drug case.

Brett Favre wishes good luck to draft hopefuls, includes photo of himself getting call in 1991

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With the 2013 NFL Draft just a couple of days away, retired quarterback Brett Favre sent out a tweet wishing good luck to all of the draft hopefuls.

He also included a picture of himself lying in bed while receiving the call from the Atlanta Falcons informing him that he had been drafted (2nd round-33rd overall). Does anyone else think the people in the background look eerily similar to wall posters? Nonetheless, the image is a candid photo of one of the most decorated signal callers in professional football history.

Video: Evan Gattis homers, fans in bear costumes react

So, Tuesday's matinee affair between the Rockies and Braves at Coors Field was interesting.

It featured freezing temperatures, frosty fingers, and a group of fans decked out in white bear costumes.

Those fans, presumably of the Braves, can be seen in the video above cheering loudly and proudly to a solo home run by Evan Gattis in the fourth inning to put the visitors on top, 4-3. Gattis' blast proved to be the decisive blow as the Braves wound up winning the game by the same score.

Upon further review, those fans may have actually been polar bears in disguise. According to the official box score, the game time temperature was 23 degrees. That is really, really tough weather to watch a baseball game, folks. Despite the cold, nearly 20,000 fans reportedly walked through the turnstiles for game one of the doubleheader.

The two teams are currently laboring through game two as we speak.

Video: Duke track team channels Backstreet Boys in mock music video

Say hello to the five members of the Duke track team who are featured in this video singing and dancing along to the 1999 hit single "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys.

What do these guys call themselves? Well, the Trackstreet Boys of course.

Watch and you will notice their rendition is actually pretty solid. They have clearly done their research and have all the key moves down pat. And one of the athletes even looks eerily similar to the original lead singer of the band, Nick Carter.

Let's watch the real music video of the song and compare, shall we?

Luke Hancock to shave beard to raise money for cancer research

Louisville guard Luke Hancock, who was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player three weeks ago after leading the school to a national title, is scheduled to have his postseason beard shaved off on Wednesday to help raise money for cancer research.

Hancock's facial hair became a symbol of Louisville's success during the NCAA Tournament as the junior refused to shave his beard as long as the top-seeded Cardinals continued winning.
“Wednesday we’re are going to do a little event at 5 ‘clock, trying to raise a little money for cancer,” Hancock told Wave3. “I’m obviously going to get this shaved off finally, I think Stephan (Van Treese) is going be there, Mike’s (Marra) going to be there, all the guys are pretty much going to go.”
The spectacle will take place on the University of Louisville's campus.

Also of note is the fact that Hancock's father is currently battling a crippling disease himself. So, the motivation for one of Louisville's most beloved players to do this hits close to home.

Via NBC Sports

Video: Manny Ramirez takes sweet time rounding the bases on home run

Former MLB outfielder Manny Ramirez appears to be enjoying his time in Taiwan. However, the Dominican native may be enjoying it too much.

Seen here is the colorful Ramirez taking an eternity to trot around the bases after belting his third home run of the season for the EDA Rhinos. Okay, so his trip around around the bases didn't quite take an eternity, but it sure felt like it.

All in all, it took Ramirez 30 seconds to cross home plate from the point of contact. For the record, the longest home-run trot recorded in the 2013 MLB season so far is 28.36 seconds by Ian Kinsler, which is a relatively lengthy amount of time to make the rounds around the bases in and of itself.

Hey, it's just Manny being Manny.

Video: Bud Light delivered truckload of beer to Shane Battier for free

Bud Light is the adult beverage of choice for Miami Heat veteran Shane Battier. In fact, he even gave partial credit to the drink for playing a role in the Heat's recent 27-game winning streak. Batter told NBA.com he had only one superstition during the historic streak and that was to drink one Bud Light a day.

"Well, I try to drink the same beer -- Bud Light -- but that's about it," he said. "You never know. I don't want to chance luck and switch up brands, so I'm staying loyal to Bud Light."
As you can see, his loyalty to the brand was rewarded handsomely. All in all, he received 18 pallets of Bud Light, which amounts to over 26,000 cans of brew.

If Miami wins the title again this year, it's safe to say all celebratory drinks are on Battier.

Via The Big Lead

Video: Dad protects daughter from being hit by foul ball

Quick reflexes and quick thinking helped this family avoid major disaster during Monday's game between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

In the bottom of the first, Baltimore's Matt Wieters sent a screaming line drive off to the first base side and into the first row of the stands. That is when fatherly instincts kicked in as this man's fast reaction helped protect his young daughter from being plunked by a ball. He explains how he did it in the video above.

Monday also marked the first Orioles game of the adorable toddler's lifetime. Thankfully, she came away unharmed and happy as her O's edged out Toronto for a 2-1 victory.

She wasn't the only one who suffered a scare from a foul ball during the game. Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista nearly had his head taken off in the dugout by another errant liner.

Via MLB Cut4

Video: Fan falls backwards to catch home run ball

On Monday, one San Diego Padres fan made such a great catch that the Chargers may be calling the guy up to ask him to play wide receiver.

The moment came in the top of the first inning when Milwaukee Brewers hitter Yuniesky Betancourt launched a deep home run to left field. The blast by Betancourt is impressive in and of itself, but it's not nearly as good as the leaping catch made by this fan.

Watch as the guy sizes the ball and up and proceeds to launch himself backwards in order to snag the ball with two hands. He gets up and proudly displays his souvenir for all to see at PETCO Park.

Well done, sir. Well done.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Video: Jose Bautista ducks for cover in dugout to avoid foul ball

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista had a scary brush with potential injury Monday night in Baltimore.

The incident came in the third inning when teammate Munenori Kawasaki fouled a pitch off into the Blue Jays dugout. This wasn't just any foul ball, though. It was a screaming missile that sent many players scattering in the dugout.

Good thing Bautista kept his head on a swivel, because it might just have saved him a huge headache, or perhaps something far worse.

Via MLB.com

Video: Tony Siragusa promoting adult diapers for men

Here is a video (seen above) of former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Tony Siragusa serving as the face of new Depend Shields and Guards. It's all part of a marketing campaign called "Guard Your Manhood," which is set to debut on channels such as ESPN and USA on May 1.

What exactly is Depend Shields and Guards? Well, they are diapers specifically designed for grown men who may or may not be able to make it to the restroom in time, of course.

"I'm Tony Siragusa, and I've been around the toughest guys in football," opens the 30-second ad. "And now I'm training guys who leak a little to guard their manhood with man-style protection."

Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez sees snow for first time in life

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Seeing snow in Minnesota during the month of April isn't all that unusual. In fact, folks around the state are pretty accustomed to it.

What is unusual, though, is seeing snow at all for Miami Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez. Apparently, the 20-year-old had never seen snow flakes until Monday when Miami's game against the Twins was postponed due to inclement weather.

“I just want to see it,’’ he said Monday afternoon shortly before going shopping for a winter coat. 

“There’s stuff piled up but I want to see it coming down.’’
How could this be, you ask? Well, Fernandez has spent majority of his lifetime residing in places near the Equator. He defected from his home country of Cuba in 2008 and attended high school in Tampa Bay, Fla. Then, he was drafted by the Marlins and sent to the Gulf Coast League, where he pitched in cities which rarely see any snow.

So, as weird as it may sound to hear that a grown man has never seen snow before, it makes more sense knowing Fernandez's background.

Via Eye on Baseball

Kenyan soccer referee says assault by coach left him impotent

Another day, another crazy soccer story.

A referee from Kenya is suing the national football federation after claiming that a coach grabbed and squeezed his testicles so hard that left him impotent.

The referee, Martin Wekesa, is seeking to net $240,000 as compensation for the incident which allegedly occurred last September. According to the report, Wekesa says he was attacked in his "private parts" by Sparki Youth coach Daudi Kajembe after Wekesa ejected one of Kajembe's players.

"He pulled my testicles. He actually pressed them and I was hanging on him when he was pulling me. I was crying and could not get myself out from his hands,'' Wekesa said. "I remember Kajembe told me, raising his hand, `I can kill you in a minute,' and came directly to my testicles.''

Video: Shane Larkin airmails first pitch at Miami baseball game

University of Miami point guard Shane Larkin comes from a rather athletic family. His dad, Barry, starred for the Cincinnati Reds and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last year after a terrific MLB career.

Naturally, the youngest Larkin has been given some of his dad's good genes, but those genes haven't exactly led to the excellence you might be thinking of.

The Hurricanes baseball team hosted the Clemson Tigers over the weekend and trotted out Shane, the ACC Player of the Year, to throw out the first pitch.

As you can see, the toss didn't go so well, as Larkin delivered the ball well out of the reach of his catcher. He even lets out a little sound of frustration while delivering the pitch. My guess is that he was already thinking about the ribbing he is bound to receive from his father.

Photo: Man gets horrid tattoo of Nate Robinson

Not all tattoos turn out as masterpieces.

Take this guy for example, who decided he wanted an image of diminutive Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson stamped on the left side of his back. Not just any image, though. He got an image of the 5-foot-9 player about to throw down a between-the-legs dunk.

There are three things (maybe more) that make this tattoo less than stellar.

First, the tattoo depicts Robinson wearing a New York Knicks jersey. Robinson last played for the Knicks in 2010 after spending six seasons with the franchise. He has bounced around with four others NBA teams since then.

Second, the ball he is holding appears to be massively deflated. I mean, what is that?

Photo: A dad and his sons wore orange and white suits for Tennessee spring game


Attending a college football game in the southern portion of the United States is probably the greatest sports spectacle a man could ever see.

Southerners really, really love their pigskin. How else can you explain why over 100,000 people spend their fall Saturdays crammed into one stadium to watch a group of 18-24 year-old men play football?

Well, Neyland Stadium in Knoxville wasn't quite as packed as that on Saturday, but Tennessee's annual Orange and White spring game did manage to bring several Volunteer fans out of the deep freeze of winter.

Seen here is a trio of sharp-dressed gentleman donning orange and white suits in honor of the glorified scrimmage. The father decided to go with an all-orange look complete with a feather sticking out of his hat, while his two sons went with the clean-cut look by wearing white. 

Tennessee is coming off a 2012 season in which saw them go 1-7 in the SEC. So, no matter how good or bad they look on the field in 2013, take solace in knowing that they will look darn good in the stands.

Video: Girl asks Dwyane Wade to go to prom with her

Using YouTube to send a prom invitation to a celebrity isn't anything new, but here is one sent by a Nicole Muxo, a senior at Archbishop Carroll High School (Miami, Fla.) to Heat star Dwayne Wade, anyway.

As you can see, her proposal is actually pretty good.

But is it good enough to convince Wade to commit?

Time will tell.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Photo: Rays hire magician to entertain in locker room

A day removed from hiring the services of a disc jockey to jazz up its players before a game, the Tampa Bay Rays employed a similar strategy on Sunday by allowing a magician to marvel the team.

Just look at the level of captivation pitching coach Don Zimmer and southpaw David Price are engulfed in during the amazing display of magical wonder.

The Rays may want to make this recent trend of hosting pre-game activities a permanent ritual. They dispatched the Oakland A's, 8-1, Sunday to cap off a three-game sweep of the visitors.

Via MLB Cut4

Video: Les Miles answers reporter's phone during press conference

LSU football coach Les Miles was fielding questions and phone calls after the Tigers' annual spring game on Saturday.

Apparently, one of the members of the media left their cell phone near the podium and it just so happened to ring/vibrate when Miles was standing closest to it. So, the colorful coach decided to see who was on the other line.

Miles carries on a conversation with the person for about half of a minute before tossing the phone back to its right owner.

The spectacle was good, but was it better than this moment Miles provided us during a post-game press conference last season?

Via The Big Lead

Photo: David Ortiz's emotional speech inspires t-shirt

On Saturday, longtime Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz addressed the Fenway Park crowd with an emotional speech. It came on the heels of arguably the toughest week any Boston citizen has ever experienced.

Ortiz uttered several hearfelt and colorful words during the FCC approved speech, but the most memorable line came when he proudly exclaimed "This is our f*****g city," which was received very well from the fans in attendance.

Now, less than a full day later, that phrase has already inspired its own t-shirt (seen above).

The shirt was put up for sale on teespring.com and is going for a relatively reasonable price tag of $19.99. The available sizes range from small to 3XL.

Via Big League Stew

Legendary sportscaster Al Michaels arrested, charged with DUI

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Al Michaels, the current play-by-play announcer for NBC's Sunday Night Football, was arrested Friday night and charged with driving under the influence.

He was brought into custody shortly before 10:00 p.m. and reportedly spent five hours in Santa Monica City Jail before being released on his recognizance Saturday morning.

Police said Michaels was extremely cooperative during the process and he is scheduled to appear at Los Angeles Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. on June 26.

Michaels, 68, is widely regarded as one of the best sports broadcasters of his time. His most notable calls include the "Miracle on Ice" game at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.

Additionally, Michaels has called numerous National Football League games over the past four decades, and spent nearly two decades serving as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Photo: Joe Maddon, Rays hire disc jockey to play jams in clubhouse

There is nothing better than a little pre-game music to jazz up the mood.

Just ask the Tampa Bay Rays, who hired a disc jockey, DJ Fresh to be precise, to crank up the jams prior to their game against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. The photo (seen above) shows him spinning tracks in the middle of the Rays' locker room.

Right on, Tampa.

"Whatever allows these guys to relax and permits them to play to the best of their abilities…I'm for it," said Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Apparently, the use of motivational melodies worked. It wasn't pretty, and it wasn't exciting, but Maddon's bunch pulled out an old fashioned, 1-0, victory over the A's at Tropicana Field. Rays pitchers allowed just three hits and one walk in the affair.

Via MLB Cut4

Video: JaVale McGee posterizes Andrew Bogut

The NBA playoffs officially commenced Saturday night and the Warriors-Nuggets series has already brought us at least one memorable moment.

In the closing seconds of the first half, Nuggets big man JaVale McGee took a pass and proceeded to dunk all over his Warriors counterpart, Andrew Bogut. It's a thunderous dunk which is likely to show up on many highlight reels in the coming days. It's also likely to appear on a poster at some point.

Seriously, somebody get Bogut an ice pack or something. The Australian native just got absolutely bruised and battered on that one.

McGee's two-point bucket proved to be pivotal as Denver went on to win the game by a tally of 97-95.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Red Sox fan makes great snag

It was a day full of smiles for folks in Boston.

Fans flocked to Fenway Park to watch their beloved Red Sox for the first time since Monday's tragic bombings. Bostonians could also rest easy knowing one of the suspects responsible for the explosions was captured the night before.

So, Saturday was truly a great day to watch a baseball game. And it was also a great day to grab a souvenir, as this fan can certainly attest to. Seen here is the lucky guy making a nice grab after Royals hitter Chris Getz rips a line drive into the stands.

Good thing he snagged it, because that ball was on pace to do some serious damage to someone or something. Luckily, it just met a good portion of leather, instead.

Lucas Oil chief not happy with Colts regular season schedule

The National Football League released its 2013 regular season schedule earlier this week.

As always, the schedule drew plenty of praise and criticism. Some were elated by the slate of games on their team's respective schedule. Still others were not too happy at all.

Count Lucas Oil CEO Forrest Lucas as one who isn't a fan of the 2013 schedule for the Indianapolis Colts. Why is this relevant? Well, because his company has paid over $120 million to have the naming rights attached to the Colts' stadium for the next 20 years.
“I was surprised by the schedule,” Lucas said. “I would have thought after last year, the Colts would be off the bottom of the totem pole and we’d have gotten a few more prime-time home dates. Those prime-time [home] games are huge for us.”

Video: Javier Fortuna delivers wicked knockout blow

The match between Javier Fortuna and Miguel Zamudio didn't last long on Friday.

Fortuna improved his lifetime mark to 22-0 after dropping Zamudio with a devastating left-handed blow in the first round at Tropicana Casino and Resort. It marked the 15th career knockout for the Dominican Republic native.

Fortuna swarmed all over Zamudio early and often in the lopsided affair. He initially sent Zamudio to the ground with a swift left hand within seconds of the opening bell. Zamudio eventually rose back to his feet, but didn't stay there for long as Fortuna delivered another definitive punch moments later. However, this time the Mexico native didn't recover.

Video: A pair of ducks hang out with B.J. Upton during Braves-Pirates game

The Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Atlanta Braves, 6-0, at PNC Park on Friday thanks to a little help from their feathered friends.

Seen here is a pair of adorable ducks hanging out with Braves center fielder B.J. Upton during the bottom of the fifth. As you can see, Upton appears to be both amused and fascinated by the winged creatures. And who wouldn't be, though? Who honestly doesn't like cute, little ducks?

Ironically, the Buccos also boasted "ducks on a pond" in the frame by loading up the bases at one point.

No word yet on whether the birds were just a ploy for the Pirates to help distract and slow down the surging Braves. Atlanta still sports a league-leading 13-3 record in spite of Friday's defeat.

Via MLB.com

Video: Fan leans over rail, makes great catch on home run ball

This guy probably made the greatest catch of his life Friday night.

It came at Miller Park when Brewers slugger Carlos Gomez launched a high drive to right center field off Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. The ball sailed over the outfield wall for a home run and miraculously landed in the outstretched glove of this sure-handed fellow.

Just look how excited he gets while high-fiving everyone around him in celebration. And for a good reason. Instant replay confirms that the guy made one heck of a snag to haul in that homer.

Gomez's blast gave Milwaukee a two-run cushion heading into the final two innings. His run proved to be the difference as the Brewers pulled out a 5-4 win.

Robert Griffin involved in trademark dispute over 'RG3'


According to the Washington Post, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, better known as RG3, is currently in a trademark dispute with another organization who is known as RG3 (Research Group 3).

Research Group 3 is a company that makes motorcycle suspension parts and has been in existence long before Griffin garnered the RG3 nickname. In fact, the company was founded when Griffin was just eight years old in 1998.

A couple of years ago, as Robert Griffin III transitioned from a promising college prospect into an established professional star, he took steps to protect his brand, filing paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the phrases “RGIII” and “RG3,” for use on “shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shorts, footwear, hats, caps, [and] athletic uniforms.”

Video: Jean Segura steals first base?

A wacky series of events unfolded Friday evening at Miller Park.

It all began in the bottom of the eighth when Milwaukee's Jean Segura swiped second base. That's no big deal by itself. Players steal bases every night in Major League Baseball.

One pitch later, teammate Ryan Braun draws a walk to put runners on first and second, with no outs. That brings Rickie Weeks to the dish. Three pitches later, the Brewers apparently put on the double steal, but their attempt at thievery is quickly sniffed out by the Cubs.

Segura gets caught in a rundown, so he retreats back to second, only to wind up all the way back on first base after Braun is tagged out at second.

One out later, Segura tries the unthinkable by trying to steal second base, again! However, this time his attempt proves futile as he is tagged out by Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney to end the inning.

Fortunately for Milwaukee, the baserunning blunder didn't cost them the game. They edged out Chicago by a tally of 5-4. Additionally, Cubs manager Dale Sveum was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth.

Video: Paper airplane stops play during Yankees-Blue Jays game

A paper airplane temporarily stopped play between the Yankees and Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre Friday night.

It appears as if one mischievous fan (or fans) attempted to delay the Blue Jays' inevitable defeat just a little while longer with the shenanigan.

The incident occurred in the bottom of the ninth inning with Jose Bautista at the plate and Toronto trailing, 9-3.

The Jays did push one run across the board after the airplane landing, though. J.P. Arencibia smacked a solo home run to pull Toronto within five, but in the end it was New York who prevailed.

Toronto's record now stands at 0-1 this season when a paper airplane interrupts the action. Maybe upcoming opponents should make a note.

Video: Fan unintentionally catches foul ball in lap

Sometimes good fortune just lands in your lap.

This woman is certainly evidence of that as a foul ball literally fell into her possession Friday night at Coors Field. The attempt at snatching the souvenir was completely unintentional.

The amazing spectacle occurred in the top of the third inning when Diamondbacks hitter Didi Gregorius fouled a pitch off to the third base side of the stands. As you can see, the woman has no idea the ball is coming her way, but she lucks out as it lands safe and sound in her welcoming lap.

Her fortuitous grab drew a round of applause from the pro-Rockies crowd, as well as high praise from the broadcasters. And they were both well deserved.

Via MLB.com

Friday, April 19, 2013

Buck Showalter to Rex Ryan: 'Stay out of things you don't know about'

On Thursday, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan made some rather odd comments regarding scheduling for the upcoming NFL season. Basically, Ryan was upset that the Baltimore Ravens, the reigning Super Bowl champs, would not be able to open the regular season at home because of a conflict with the Orioles.
“Well, who really cares, you've got 81 at home, maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and then played 82 on the road and then 80 at home. I really don't think people are going to care about that game.
On Friday, Orioles skipper Buck Showalter fired back at Ryan.

From Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly:

Photo: Tim Tebow's college car gets a major makeover

Believe it or not, Heisman Award winner and two-time national champion Tim Tebow drove quite a clunker during his illustrious college career at Florida.

Some folks may have been led to believe that the southpaw rolled around in Gainesville in a super luxurious vehicle. However, it turns out that Tebow's ride was none other than a black 1995 Ford Thunderbird, which Tebow jokingly said only "started when it felt like it."

A standard photo of the model can be seen above. As you can see, there is nothing too fancy about it.

Now, the folks at Richard Petty's garage have turned the old car into one tricked-out ride, which not only looks pretty good, but could probably blow the doors of just about anyone else on the road, as well.

Tebow's Foundation tweeted out an image of the updated car via Twitter on Friday.


Soccer fans break into dressing room, attack players in the showers following loss

Riot police take action over supporters

Here is a crazy story about a group of fans taking a loss way too hard.

On Thursday, Huracan dropped a tightly contested Copa Argentina match to Godoy Cruz by way of penalty kicks. This didn't go over too well with fans of Huracan, as tempers flared after the final whistle blew.

So, some of the fans decided to show their displeasure by breaking into the team's dressing room after the game, and then proceeded to attack and rob some of the players.

According to a report, the fans bursted into the dressing room donning ski masks. While there, they ambushed players who were in the showers, then attacked them and threatened to use further violence. They eventually left and made off with several of the players' possessions in the process.

The incident was confirmed by head coach Josa Maria Llop.

Kevin Ware invited to attend prestigious White House dinner

Nearly every college basketball fan in the country knows who Kevin Ware is at this point.

For those who may not, Ware is the Louisville guard who suffered a gruesome leg injury while trying to block a shot during an Elite Eight game against Duke. Despite the injury, Ware's Cardinals went on to capture the national championship behind some heavy cheerleading and inspiration from their fallen teammate.

Ware's heart-warming story extends well beyond just his teammates, fans, and coaches, though. The entire college basketball community is rooting for Ware's full recovery, which is expected to be 6-8 months. In the meantime, the school has confirmed that Ware has been invited to attend the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 27.

Rex Ryan rips Orioles for scheduling conflict with Ravens

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On Thursday, the National Football League released 2013 schedules for all 32 teams.

The slate is filled with great games from top-to-bottom, but New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is not happy about one game in particular. And what makes it odd is the fact that the game doesn't even involve his own team.

No, Ryan is steamed that the defending champion Baltimore Ravens will be opening up the regular season on the road against the Denver Broncos because of a scheduling conflict with Baltimore's MLB team, the Orioles.

He went on a mini-rant Thursday to help prove his point.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Marcin Gortat rips into younger teammates, calls them 'mentally weak'

On Thursday, Phoenix Suns big mag Marcin Gortat held nothing back when talking to reporters about what wrong in the team's disappointing 2013 campaign. The Suns finished with a 25-57 record and appear to be heading toward a major rebuilding effort in the future.

And thanks to Gortat, we may now have some insight on the issues that plagued the Suns this year.

“I think we need some changes,” he said. “We need some serious conversations. We need to look in the mirror and each one of us has got to ask if we did everything that was necessary to win, or if we did everything that was necessary to perform at 100 percent."

Basically, Gortat called out his teammates for showing a lack of character throughout the season. But he wasn't done slamming them just yet.

“Well, I would say we are missing character,” he said. “We are missing just strong minds on the team. We are just weak, mentally weak, basically. I would say that we just need more talent. We need more talent, we need more athletic, energetic guys, and people that want to compete and fight. That’s it."

Names of the two draft hopefuls who left urine and feces in hotel room identified

The names of the two players who reportedly trashed an Indianapolis hotel room during February's NFL Combine have been identified as Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison.

This is according to a tweet sent out by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

However, Schefter has since tweeted that NFL sources are convinced Harrison was not responsible for the trashed room.

Video: FBI releases images of two suspects linked to Boston Marathon bombing

Thursday evening, the FBI released video footage (seen above) of two suspects involved in Monday's twin bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Investigators are hoping the images will help lead to the identification of the individuals at large. Subsequently, they are also hoping the images help lead to their arrest.

President Barack Obama has issued a stern warning directed toward the person(s) behind the tragic act of evil. Obama promises that "we will find you" and "we will bring you to justice."

The explosions killed three people and injured more than 180 others.

Metta World Peace says Gregg Popovich could coach 'five old ladies' to victories


Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace paid the head coach of his team's upcoming playoff opponent quite the complement on Thursday.

The seventh-seeded Lakers are set to battle the second-seeded San Antonio Spurs on Sunday in Game 1 of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. And as always, the man formerly known as Ron Artest wasn't afraid to speak his mind.

World Peace acknowledged how tough a matchup the Spurs were for Los Angeles without the services of injured teammate and perennial scoring machine Kobe Bryant. World Peace also raved about the coaching ability of San Antonio's Gregg Popovich to anyone who cared to listen. And the latter part was pretty good.
"No, no no no no no," World Peace blubbered, his head shaking and eyebrows raised. "Not when you've got (Spurs coach Gregg) Popovich – uh uh uh uh uh. He's amazing. That coach is something else. I just know he draws up plays where he could have five old ladies after they eat 14 boxes of chocolate chip cookies. He'll put them on the court, and they'll win. That's how good Popovich is."

NFL players knew teammate was gay, didn't care

There has been a lot of talk lately about the possibility of gay NFL players coming out publicly. However, there seems to be a general fear that their open expression of their sexual orientation will draw negative feedback from coaches, teammates, and fans.

Well, a report by Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com might just help alleviate some of the worries of those particular athletes.

The report states that a "dozen" players on an NFL team knew one of their teammates was gay last year, but didn't hold that against him. In fact, the player's teammates even went as far as saying it didn't bother them at all.

The players were fully aware that their teammate dated men and called the fact that he did the "worst kept secret on the team."

CBSSports.com claims to know the identity of the player, but did not release his name since the player has not yet openly declared himself as homosexual.

Photo: Carlos Gomez avoids water cooler splash

Associated Press photographer Morry Gash captured one of the best celebratory sports photos of the year Wednesday night.

It came immediately following Milwaukee's walk-off victory over San Francisco at Miller Park.

Brewers star Ryan Braun attempted to congratulate teammate Carlos Gomez on a job well done by dumping a cooler full of water on him, but as you can see, Gomez wasn't having it.

The end result is an amazing photo courtesy of Gash.

Via Deadspin

Bryce Harper has huge game despite vomiting, battling flu

Bryce Harper helped guide the Washington Nationals to a 6-1 win over the Miami Marlins Wednesday night despite feeling incredibly ill.

Harper required intravenous fluids before the game, vomited once between innings, and repeatedly bent over in discomfort in between pitches before he stepped back in the batter's box.

"I didn't feel very good at all," Harper said. "Getting in the box and swinging made my head spin a little bit."

The phenom missed Tuesday's game, an 8-2 defeat to the Marlins, because of flu-like symptoms, but he said he didn't want to miss again in the series finale.

"I wanted to play," he said. "My team needed me out there. I thought I could help the team win. I didn't really care if I was sick or not."

Photo: Britney Spears takes in Dodgers game

The San Diego Padres cruised past the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night, 7-2, to complete a sweep over their arch rival. And a pop music icon was there at Dodger Stadium to take it all in.

Seen here is Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier posing for pictures in the dugout before the game with none other than Britney Spears. It's not clear who asked whom for the picture, but judging by Ethier's facial expression we can probably assume it was him.

The "Oops!...I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" singer and her two baseball-loving sons apparently enjoyed their visit...

Video: Brayan Pena hangs on to record final out in scary collision at home plate

Wednesday was a tough night for Detroit Tigers catcher Brayan Pena.

Not only did he have to play 14 innings behind the dish, but he also received a crushing blow from Seattle Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak in a scary collision at home plate. Seriously, take a look and see for yourself.

Watch as Pena holds on to apply the tag despite being absolutely leveled by Smoak as the latter attempted to score the game-tying run in the bottom of the 14th. Lying face down in the dirt, Pena held up the ball in his bare hand to show plate umpire Bob Davidson, then shook his fist in triumph before teammates helped him up.

"I got dizzy," Pena said after the game. "I think he hit me in the chin as he was running toward me. I wanted [the umpire] to see it because I don't know his view.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Video: Giants reliever breaks wind in bullpen

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Giants promoted reliever Jean Machi from Triple-A Fresno before their game in Milwaukee.

Machi was able to arrive at Miller Park in time to be available to pitch. While waiting for his chance to enter the game, Machi apparently greeted his new teammates by unleashing a gassy odor in the bullpen.

Watch as fellow reliever Jose Mijares gets a whiff of Machi's stench and immediately transitions into a disbelieved facial expression. Seriously, Mijares' reaction is priceless.

But so is Machi's, who tries to play off the embarrassing incident as calmly as possible by looking casual, with a straight face.

For the record, neither one made an appearance in the game, so they had plenty of time to clear the air afterward (pardon the pun).


Video: Mo Williams hits absolute circus shot

Wednesday night's game between the Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies produced one heck of a circus shot from Utah's Mo Williams.

Watch as Williams drives the lane late in the second quarter, draws contact from Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph, and proceeds to chuck a prayer up toward the basket.

The one-handed, no-look shot manages to somehow find the bottom of the net after caroming high off the backboard. Not too shabby at all.

Photo: Marlins mascot rides elephant?

Billy the Marlin riding a giant elephant on the beach?

Billy the Marlin riding a giant elephant on the beach.

It appears as if the Miami Marlins will do anything these days to get the attention of their fans. Yes, even resorting to mounting their beloved mascot on top of an elephant's back.

Via MLB.com

Video: Man's iPad gets smashed by softball

This man just wanted to film the action taking place during a recent Northern Iowa softball game.

But his film session was briefly interrupted when an opposing hitter fouled a pitch straight back and nailed the guy's iPad, thus causing the device to flip out of his hands.

Luckily, the ball caught his iPad and not his face, which may have resulted in far greater pain.

It doesn't appear the incident shook him up very much, though. He goes right back to filming just moments later.

Oh, and if you are wondering why the field looks so strange, it's because NIU plays in a multi-purpose dome.

Via Busted Coverage

Photo: Kevin Durant uses Instagram to inform fans he won't go for scoring title

Kevin Durant needed to score 70 points tonight in order to win the NBA scoring title, but it will not happen as Durant has posted on his Instagram account @sniperjones35 that he will sit out the season finale tonight against Milwaukee.

As you can read, Durant isn't too worried about it giving a simple "oh well" as he and the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare for a playoff run. This will end a string of three straight scoring titles for Durant, as he will defer to the Knicks Carmelo Anthony who will claim the award for 2013.

via USA Today

Photo: Jay Bilas photobombs Kevin Durant

Okay, so there are three main things to know about this picture (seen above).

1) That is indeed Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant in the middle.

2) The man taking the picture is none other than Hall of Famer George Gervin.

3) The man making the surprised look in the background is college basketball analyst and broadcaster Jay Bilas.

People claim that a picture says a thousand words. This is definitely the case with this one.

I'm not sure why that kid on the right is glaring down at his phone instead of posing for the camera, but I guess having his picture taken with Durant doesn't excite him too much. The same certainly can't be said about Bilas, though. He has become quite the photobomber lately.