Friday, May 31, 2013

Photo: Family of ducks nearly run over during IndyCar practice


A mother duck and her four ducklings found themselves in a precarious position on Friday. They were to blame for a delay in an IndyCar practice session when they waddled onto the track at Belles Isle.

Their presence triggered a yellow caution flag and forced the drivers to abort the racing surface temporarily.

Fortunately, none of the ducks were injured as a safety crew was called upon to carry the birds away to safety. However, the feathered locals didn't go easily as they gave the crew fits trying to corral them.

Eventually, the ducks were deposited gently over the concrete walls surrounding the track and continued their business in a nearby river bank.

Via For the Win

Video: Watch the Vanderbilt baseball team do elaborate flips and handshakes



The Vanderbilt baseball team just wrapped up one of the most successful regular seasons in school history after ripping off 51 wins. The Commodores were immediately rewarded with the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and will be entertaining the likes of Georgia Tech, Illinois, and East Tennessee State this weekend in regional action.

However, Vandy also hopes to entertain the masses with this newly released highlight video featuring the "Best of Vanderbilt Baseball Shenanigans 2013." The clip includes plenty of interesting stretching routines, pranks, acrobatics, and handshakes that are sure to knock your socks off.

Via SportsGrid

Report: Advisors for Tim Tebow privately believe NFL career is finished

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Here we are knocking on the door of June and former Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow is still without an NFL job. Tebow was let go by the New York Jets earlier this offseason and has yet to find another NFL team willing to give him a shot.

Now, it appears as though members of his own advising team are privately admitting that his run in the NFL is probably over. This is according to ESPN the Magazine's David Fleming.

“He’s not a quarterback,” the scout said. “When you look at his run two years ago, when you watch the tape and break it down, he wasn’t really doing anything that impressive. He’s a tough guy, a great leader, a great person. But he isn’t a good enough quarterback to have all the distractions that come with him.”

Photo: Infamous barrel worn by late Broncos fan up for sale on eBay


An infamous game-worn barrel sported by devoted Denver Broncos fan Tim KcKernan during the 2001 season is currently up for auction on eBay.

McKernan, a.k.a. The Barrel Man, donned the trademark costume at home games, regardless of the weather, for over 30 years. His outfit also featured a cowboy hat and boots as seen in the photo above.

The authentic item had an initial listing price of $300 with a "buy it now" offer of $500. However, the bidding had already reached $1,925.00 at the time of this writing. The auction is set to end late Sunday evening.

The barrel also comes with a signed letter of authenticity from widow Becky McKernan.

Photos leaked of Oscar Pistorius crime scene

Oscar Pistorius bail hearing on charge of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

In February, Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after mistaking her for an intruder. Pistorius, also known as the "Blade Runner" for his custom-made prosthetic legs, allegedly shot Steenkamp four times through the other side of a bathroom door.

On Friday, several photos of the horrific murder scene were leaked to Sky News for the public to see.

WARNING: THESE ARE EXTREMELY GRAPHIC.

George Brett once gave bathroom attendant limo, tickets, and cash in classy gesture


Here is heart-warming story about how new Kansas City Royals interim hitting coach and Hall of Famer George Brett hooked up a strip club bathroom attendant from Cleveland back in 1987.

The story ran earlier this week on CleveScene.com about a man known as "Door George" describing a time in which he took care of Brett and Brett then took total care of him in return.

Prepare to be amazed.

Photo: Arkansas reaches out to wrong Jamal Anderson


A new regime has taken over the Arkansas Razorbacks football program. And head coach Bret Bielema wants former players to play an active role in getting the Razorbacks back to prominence.

Namely, Bielema wants to get ex-Razorbacks who also played in the National Football League involved. Here is an example of a message Arkansas intended to send former defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson.

VIdeo: Jeremy Guthrie helps Cardinals ground crew during rain delay



The Royals and Cardinals were up "burning the midnight oil" Thursday night.

The intrastate rivals played deep into the early morning hours of Friday after a pair of lengthy rain delays pushed the game's ending to around three o'clock local time.

The game itself took just 2 hours and 27 minutes while the two delays combined to take 5 hours and 32 minutes.

As you might imagine, both sides were ready to go home before too long. So, in an effort to speed up the process, Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie decided to lend a helping hand to the Cardinals ground crew after his team took a 4-2 lead before a ninth inning rain delay.

"Got swag?" Apparently, Guthrie does when it comes to battling Mother Nature.

Photo: Tony Kanaan bleaches hair after winning Indy 500 bet


Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan bleached his hair blonde this week after winning a bet with former Formula 1 driver Dubens Barrichello. Yes, this isn't a typo. Kanaan bleached his hair after winning the bet.

The hair — well, that was a bet between me and Rubens Barrichello. Being a good friend in the series — he’s going bald, you know — the bet was if I win the 500, he has to shave his head because I know he’s not going to grow it back up. He fired back at me, ‘I will do it, but you have to dye your hair blond (if you win).’ I think I’m getting the best of it.

Kanaan added further justification for his stance on the golden locks when explaining that he "always" shaves his head and the look won't last for too long.

“I always shave my head,” said Kanaan. “But he (Barrichello) will be bald for another 40 years. I’ll be blond for two days.”

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Video: Lightning strikes St. Louis arch during Cardinals rain delay



On Thursday, the Royals and Cardinals were forced to sit through a lengthy delay as rain swept through the St. Louis area.

In fact, the game was delayed on two different occasions totaling 5 hours and 32 minutes, according to the box score.

At one point, the television broadcast crew for the Royals caught an amazing spectacle on camera, as they were able to capture lightning striking the Gateway Arch, which stands tall in the skyline beyond the corridors of Busch Stadium. Check it out for yourself in the video above.

Kansas City eventually wound up winning the game, 4-2, after plating three runs in the top of the ninth.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Video: Russell Martin gets pied in the face after walk-off hit



Russell Martin's RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday night.

His reward? A shaving cream pie in the face courtesy of teammate A.J. Burnett.

"I saw it coming and couldn't do anything about it," confessed Martin.

Don't look now but the upstart Pirates now boast the second-best record in baseball at 34-20. The team is looking to post its first winning season in over 20 years. Will they do it?

Via MLB.com

NASCAR's Mike Harmon found with stolen vehicles of rival after denying accusation

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NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Mike Harmon is apparently both a thief and a liar.

Earlier this month, Harmon was accused by fellow driver Jennifer Jo Cobb of stealing Cobb's hauler shortly before a race. The accusation isn't too surprising considering the two drivers have been caught up in a legal dispute for awhile now. However, Harmon quickly denied the allegation, but was arrested May 15 on felony larceny and breaking and entering charges, anyway.

"The truth has got to come out (on who stole it)," Harmon said. "It's not me."

“I want it known that I have never stolen so much as a piece of bubble gum in my life,” he wrote. “I did not take JJC hauler, there is no video of me anywhere near her shop. Today she was the windshield & I was the bug, but when we get in FEDERAL court in a couple wks there’s a boulder coming.”

Photo: Pittsburgh bar will not sell Boston beer during series against Bruins


Customers who frequent the Pittsburgh bar "Howlers" and also drink Sam Adams may need to visit sooner rather than later.

This is because the bar will not be serving the Boston brew (or any beer from Boston) anytime during the duration of the Eastern Conference finals, which pits the hometown Penguins against the Bruins.

The establishment let their patrons know ahead of time via this awesome neon sign seen above.

You better hurry if you are planning on getting down to Howlers and wetting your whistle with some Sam Adams. The first game of the series begins Saturday night.

Via Eye on Hockey 

Photo: American Athletic Conference unveils logo

American Athletic Conference unveiled its primary logo.  (Courtesy of AAC/USA Today)

The American Athletic Conference, the league formerly known as the Big East, unveiled its primary logo to the masses late Wednesday. It features a blue "A" with a red star in the middle.

“It’s a bold look,” AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said to USA Today. “Obviously this is a media world we live in, and we wanted to make sure we had the kind of mark that would be distinctive and would make an impact when people saw it. We wanted it to be something people would like and remember, but the notion really was to make it as simple as possible but also strong.”

The league will also use an alternative logo featuring a horizontal "American" in blue letters with the words "Athletic Conference" in black underneath.

In 2013, the conference will be comprised of Big East holdovers Louisville, Rutgers, UConn, South Florida, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and Temple along with newcomers from Conference USA in Houston, SMU, Central Florida, and Memphis. In 2014, the conference will lose Louisville to the ACC and Rutgers to the Big Ten. However, it will add East Carolina, Tulsa, and Tulane.

Via USA TODAY

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Video: Dioner Navarro clubs three home runs in one game



Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro woke up Wednesday with three home runs to his credit for the 2013 season. By nightfall, the 29-year-old catcher had doubled his season output.

Navarro had the game of his professional career by going a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three homers, four runs scored, and six runs batted in against the rival White Sox.

On paper, the feat seems to be an incredibly improbable occurrence, as Navarro entered the game with 44 career home runs in 2,298 plate appearances. In other words, Navarro was averaging one home run per for every 52 trips to the plate he made. This trend obviously didn't hold true on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. And that is why you have to love the game of baseball.

Video: Skunk delays minor league baseball game


A minor league baseball game between the Jackson Generals and Hunstville Stars was temporarily delayed in the top of the sixth inning when a mischievous skunk found his way onto the field and started scurrying around the outfield wall.

Fortunately, the skunk's visit didn't last long as the smelly creature escaped under the fence and disappeared into the night moments later.

As Big League Stew points out, the most amusing part of the video may not be the skunk itself, but rather the fact that the announcers spend the next few minutes talking about skunks!

Via Big League Stew

Indians prospect Trevor Bauer records rap song for fan podcast



Hightly touted Cleveland Indians prospect Trevor Bauer is no stranger to laying down hip hop tracks. The pitcher made headlines this offseason when he released a rap song targeted at former teammate and current Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero. Now, the right-hander is dropping beats in a more positive way by recording an intro for an Indians fan podcast.

WahoosOnFirst.com gives us the scoop:

It came to be when our very own Ed Carroll (@edtherevelator) reached out to Trevor on Twitter following the very first episode of Wahoo’s on the Mic to see if he would be interested in throwing something together for us. As you may or may not already know, in Trevor Bauer’s free time he enjoys writing and recording rap music so it seemed like a really good idea at the time. Surprisingly, he responded and after a couple of weeks of writing and recording in the lab, Trevor sent us this musical masterpiece. We couldn’t have been anymore excited and grateful for him taking the time to contribute to Wahoo’s on First and we hope you all enjoy this as much as the rest of us.

Study finds Louisville has best college basketball fans


On Wednesday, Emory Sports Marketing Analytics released the results of a study declaring that the best fans in college basketball belong to none other than Rick Pitino and the reigning national champion Louisville Cardinals. This comes after Forbes recently tabbed Louisville as the most valuable college basketball program in America.

You may be wondering, though, how does one go about determining which fanbase is the best? Well, it's quite simple, actually. Here are the basics:

We use a statistical model that predicts team revenues as a function of the team’s performance, as measured by winning rates and post season success.  The key insight is that when a team achieves revenues that greatly exceed what would be expected based on team performance, it is an indication of significant brand equity.

So, essentially this study is aiming to find which fans continue to spend dollars regardless of how their team is performing. It is not a study to determine which fans are the most passionate. Supporters of the Kentucky Wildcats would likely take the cake for the latter.

For the record, here is a list of the top ten:

NCAA athlete punished for using university water to wash car


The NCAA shows no mercy when it comes to student athletes washing their cars.

According to The Dagger, a female student athlete from the West Coast Conference landed her university in some hot water by washing her car with water and a hose from the school. Yes, apparently borrowing an ordinary garden hose and bumming a few gallons of water is a crime.

A WCC school self-reported an extra benefits violation to the NCAA when university officials caught one of their women's golfers washing her car on campus, according to the source. The NCAA ruled a secondary violation had occurred because the water and hose were not available to regular students and requested the golfer pay back $20, which was deemed to be the value of the water and use of the hose.

Photo: Brittney Griner poses with snake on 'ESPN Magazine' cover

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Phoenix Mercury rookie Brittney Griner graces the cover of the latest edition of ESPN Magazine.

It should also be noted that Griner strikes the pose using a giant snake as a prop.

Griner recently made headlines when she publicly announced she was gay in a story with USA TODAY. She later revealed to ESPN that the reason she kept her sexual orientation a secret while in college was because Baylor, and specifically Bears head coach Kim Mulkey, discouraged her from doing so in fear of how it may reflect on the school in regards to recruiting.

In this ESPN issue, Griner says: “I am 100 percent happy. When I was at Baylor, I wasn’t fully happy because I couldn’t be all the way out. It feels so good saying it: I am a strong, black lesbian woman. Every single time I say it, I feel so much better.”

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Ned Yost almost got arrested for spying on Chiefs


Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost ran into trouble earlier this week when he stopped to watch the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp.

Yost said he just wanted to stop by and send his greetings to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid when he found the team was practicing. He was immediately surrounded by team security before he was able to retreat back to where he came from.

“I almost got arrested, for taking a peek at the Chiefs doing their minicamp. They surrounded me with security. I’m not going to sell any secrets. They were fine once they figured out who I was.”

"Hey, I just wanted to see what was going on," Yost told the security guards. "They said, 'Well, you can't be here, it's closed.'"

Usain Bolt is a big fan of Kevin Garnett


Jamaican track star Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man in the world. The Olympian is also an avid basketball fan.

Bolt recently competed in the 2013 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and electrified the crowd with his unparalleled speed, signature lighting-bolt pose, and a wicked two-handed slam dunk. SLAM had the chance to catch up with Bolt about that experience and also how he became a die-hard Boston Celtics fan.

Apparently, his love for the Celtics grew from his love for Kevin Garnett.

I’m a Boston Celtics fan. I’ve been a Celtics fan since Kevin Garnett got there. I was a Timberwolves fan and then became a Boston fan when KG came. I’m a KG fan. Everywhere KG goes, I support.

SLAM then asked why Bolt liked KG so much.

Twins outfielder Chris Colabello wore wrong jersey


On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins paid a visit to Miller Park to take on the Milwaukee Brewers in an Interleague clash.

Naturally, the Twins wore their jerseys with "Minnesota" appearing on the front. However, outfielder Chris Colabello didn't get the memo, and wore is alternate "Twins" jersey, instead.

Colabello's mistake became apparent when he appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Oops. Chalk this one up as a rookie mistake.

Minnesota eventually snuck past the Brewers, 6-5, in 14 innings.

Video: Andrew McCutchen does amusing spin on base


Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen is a joy to watch on the baseball field.

He can throw, he can hit, he can field, and he can run. But apparently, he can also execute amusing yet graceful spins while standing on base, as well.

Seen here is McCutchen pulling off an impressive spin move as he decides against trying to take second after a ball gets away from Detroit Tigers first basemen Prince Fielder. Seriously, has McCutchen been taking ballet lessons recently?

Hopefully McCutchen saved some energy, though. The two teams played deep into the night after an initial delay of nearly an hour and half to start the game. Pittsburgh eventually pulled off a 1-0 victory in 11 innings thanks to Neil Walker's solo home run.

Video: Marcell Ozuna trips over bullpen mound while chasing foul ball


This play epitomizes the current state of the Miami Marlins.

It came in the bottom of the fifth inning in Miami's game at Tampa Bay Tuesday night as Marlins right right fielder Marcell Ozuna attempted to flag down a foul pop hit by Rays slugger Evan Longoria. His pursuit of the ball carries him all the way over near the mounds in the bullpen. The rest is history.

Ozuna gets within inches of catching the baseball before getting tripped up by one of the mounds. Thus, causing him to wipe out and crash into the wall. Marcell would be okay, but the Marlins eventually surrendered the lead and the game, to drop to 13-39 on the year.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Video: Woman collapses in praise after Lance Stephenson buzzer beater



So, here is what you need to know about this video clip.

Pacers forward Lance Stephenson hit a huge three-point shot as time expired in the third quarter of Tuesday's Game 4 Eastern Conference Final clash versus the Heat.

Naturally, it sent the home crowd into a frenzy. And it sent this woman in particular onto the playing floor, as she just couldn't keep herself standing after the ball went it.

What a great series thus far.

Via Eye on Basketball

Video: Mariano Rivers throws out first pitch at Mets game



The farewell tour continues for MLB's all-time saves leader.

On Tuesday, Hall of Fame-bound Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was asked by the Mets to throw out the first pitch before the game. The Panama native obliged and the end result is what you see in the video above.

Rivera was applauded by nearly every fan in the stands at Citi Field. And deservedly so. The 43-year-old is pitching in his 19th big league season and has accumulated 12 trips to the All-Star game, 5 World Series titles, 5 Rolaids Relief Man Awards, and 1 World Series MVP Award (1999).

Via ESPN

Photo: Metta World Peace releases children's book


Metta World Peace can do far more than play basketball.

Seen here is the Los Angeles Laker proudly beaming at the camera with his recently released children's book entitled "Metta's Bedtime Stories."

What is the book about? Well, in case you are wondering, here is a description from Amazon.com:

Metta's Bedtime Stories is dedicated to ALL Children, Families, and Educators. Metta's Bedtime Stories was written to help children think about daily events in a positive light. These stories will show everyone that you can always have a better day tomorrow, if you have a hopeful heart and keep positive thoughts. Five stories are featured in this book: I’m afraid of the dark, Mud in my bed, One wish, Reach for the sky, and Tomorrow.

The 34-page masterpiece, written by World Peace and co-authored by Heddrick McBride, is sure to be a best seller.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Shaquille O'Neal launches own brand of soda

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Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal has a new way to satisfy your thirst this summer.

On Tuesday, the four-time NBA champion made it known to the masses via Twitter that his very own brand of soda, "Soda Shaq," will be hitting shelves across the country "very soon." 

The concoction is being produced by the AriZona Beverage Company and will be available in four different flavors: Strawberry Cream, Orange Cream, Vanilla Cream and Blueberry Cream. Sounds delicious.

The 23.5 ounce products are all-natural and carry a suggested retail price of $0.99. And at just 90 calories per serving, drinkers need not worry too much.

Photo: Parents trying to sway baby to be Giants, Athletics fan


Baby Manny has a tough decision to make as he enters childhood.

Should he side with his mother and be a San Francisco Giants fan? Or should he play it cool with dad and be an Oakland Athletics fan?

Manny got a taste of both Monday night as he watched them take the field in his first ever Major League Baseball game. The A's pulled out a 4-1 victory at O.Co Coliseum, so one can only assume that Oakland now has the edge.

However, who really knows? In the picture seen above, baby Manny seems more interested in looking at something else (a girl baby? snowcone? flashing lights?) than he does in posing for the camera. Maybe he could really throw his proud parents a curveball by becoming a Marlins fan or something, though.

No, on second thought. Don't do it, Manny!

Via MLB Cut 4

Eric Wedge blames sabermetrics for Ackley's woes

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Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge believes "sabermetrics" is to blame for the struggles of recently demoted second basemen Dustin Ackley.

Ackley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft, was sent down to Triple-A on Monday amid a horrific offensive start to the season. Wedge thinks Ackley's woes can more or less be blamed on the specialized analysis known as sabermetrics. In simple terms, Wedge believes Ackley is too worried about the stat sheet.

Wedge was talking about Ackley’s demotion to Triple-A and his mental approach, and he intimated that Ackley might have been too concerned with pitch selectivity and high on-base percentage, leading to a one-liner that hit on one of baseball’s most intriguing ongoing philosophical battles.

Video: Brett Gardner leaps, robs home run


New York Mets second basemen Daniel Murphy got robbed Monday night.

The robbery came in the bottom of the sixth inning when he lifted a fly ball deep to center field. The ball kept drifting, and at one point, appeared as if it would clear the wall.

However, New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner had other ideas. Watch as Gardner times his leap perfectly, extends his arm as far as possible, and brings back a potential home run.

Gardner's nice grab preserved a one-run lead for the Yankees at the time. However, Murphy and the Mets eventually plated two runs to score a win in the annual Subway Series.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Photo: Buzz Aldrin on hand for Dodgers game


On Monday, former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was in attendance at Dodger Stadium to watch the Dodgers and Angels partake in a crosstown Memorial Day clash.

In case you didn't pay attention in history class, Aldrin is most notably known for being the second man to ever walk on the moon. The Air Force veteran set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday night.

"Memorial Day is very important to me, because I'm a military person," Aldrin said. "I had some very close friends who were POWs. I think veterans should be very proud."

Photo: Tar Heels baseball players wears 14 rally caps


It took more than six hours on Saturday, but the North Carolina Tar Heels eventually snuck past North Carolina State, 2-1, in a game that went 18 innings.

Yeah, the Tar Heels received great pitching and great defense, obviously, but they also received a ton of support from the dugout by way of hats. Fourteen hats to be exact.

Seen above is one member of the UNC baseball squad willing his team to victory through the superstitious act of yielding rally caps. Well done, sir.

For the record, UNC went on to capture the ACC tournament title Sunday by defeating Virginia Tech, 4-1, as well.

Via MLB Cut 4

Video: George Kottaras spikes ball into ground


There wasn't a lot to smile about for the Kansas City Royals this weekend. Namely, they were swept by the Los Angeles Angeles in their home park in a four-game series.

However, this play by Royals catcher George Kottaras served as some comic relief in the midst of an otherwise disappointing weekend.

The play came in the top of the fourth inning when Kottaras tried to stop himself from throwing out a potential base stealer at second base. But he ends up spiking the ball into the ground during his follow through, instead.

The baseball rolls harmlessly toward toward shortstop as Kottaras stands behind the plate in humble fashion.

Don't look now but the Halos have now won eighth straight games.

Video: Tommy Hunter makes barehanded grab on sharp comebacker



Pitchers often get blamed for not fielding their position viligantly. But that certainly can't be said for Baltimore Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter.

Hunter managed to escape a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning Sunday after fielding a sharp comebacker hit by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista with his bare hand. You don't believe me? Check out the video clip above that shows Hunter making the jaw-dropping snag.

Hunter appeared to be in some discomfort as he walked off the field, but X-rays after the game proved to be negative. However, the reliever did experience considerable swelling.

"Hopefully the swelling goes down and stays down," Hunter said. "I think I'll be all right."

Although his grab helped secure the lead, the Orioles wound up falling, 6-5, as Toronto staged a four-run rally in the ninth to steal the win.

Senator: Rutgers is 'becoming comedy central'


Two New Jersey senators have voiced their opinion about the latest controversy swirling around the Rutgers University athletic department.

Senators Ray J. Lesniak and Richard Codey have expressed a desire to see newly-hired AD Julie Hermann get fired after troubling allegations surfaced about her past. And the duo also wants to see university president Robert Barchi get fired, too. Furthermore, they want the school to bring back recently departed Tim Pernetti as athletic director.

“(Pernetti) is a decent guy,’’ Lesniak told the Post. “Look, would I have done things differently? Yes; but I’m a maverick. He was in a situation and followed legal procedures laid out before him. And because (Barchi) didn’t have the courage to stand up, he was made a scapegoat.

Joe Theismann believes LeBron James could play quarterback in NFL

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Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann believes LeBron James could play quarterback in the NFL.

Theismann, 63, who played in the league from 1974-1985, doesn't think the Miami Heat star should abort basketball in favor of football just yet, but rather when the perennial All-Star gets into his late-30s, instead.

“I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent,” Theismann said.  “I’ll go wherever he wants this summer.  He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. . . .  There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39-year-old quarterbacks, so there’s always time for him.”

Many have wondered whether James could have had a successful career in the NFL.

Video: Bees swarm Royals dugout



A swarm of bees decided to visit Kauffman Stadium prior to the Angels-Royals game on Sunday.

Experts had to be brought in to eradicate the problem as the bees were especially fond of the Royals dugout.

In the end, the bees weren't the only ones who wreaked havoc, as the Angels escaped with another win and ultimately a four-game sweep over Kansas City in their home park.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Photo: Indianapolis 500 milk preference list


So, the Indianapolis 500 is being run today. And as most of you may already know, it's a tradition for the winner of the race to chug some celebratory milk in victory lane.

This is where the dubious list (seen above) chalked full of milk preferences for all the drivers comes into play. Apparently, there is actually someone in charge of making sure the winner of the race receives the dairy beverage that their heart truly desires.

Hats off to the handful of drivers who listed "no preference" on their milk. I'm sure whoever is in charge of handling the milk duties sincerely appreciates that.

Video: Brewers reporter drops microphone after getting hit with foul ball



Milwaukee Brewers reporter Sophia Minnaert is either really lucky or really unlucky depending on how you look at what happened during the third inning of Saturday's game.

Minnaert was in the process of telling viewers how well the Brewers defense played Friday night when her microphone gets knocked out of her hand by an errant foul ball. It appears as though the ball ricochets off the ledge she is standing behind and promptly uppercuts her microphone. What are the chances of that?

Kudos to Minnaert for not skipping a beat in the video clip, though. After briefly collecting herself and the mic, she proceeds to go on to deliver the information she was destined to do.

Video: A.J. Pierzynski gets thrown out, tumbles down stairs


The second inning of Saturday's game was a mess for Texas Ranger A.J. Pierzynski.

Not only did the veteran get thrown out at home plate trying to score on a ball that didn't leave the infield, but while throwing his helmet in the dugout in anger, he also lost his footing and wound up tumbling down the stairs.

Humble pie doesn't taste so good.

New Rutgers athletic director accused of 'mental cruelty' by former players

Rutgers' Julie Hermann

The Rutgers University athletic department continues to be marred by controversy and scandal.

On May 15, the school announced the hiring of Julie Hermann as its new athletic director to replace Tim Pernetti, who quit in April after firing men's basketball coach Mike Rice. However, Hermann is already facing some heat because of claims made by former players alleging they were faced with "mental cruelty" while Hermann was coaching Tennessee's women's volleyball team in 1997.

All 15 players on that team were united together by a letter submitted to the administration claiming their coach ruled over them through humiliation, fear, and emotional abuse.

From the The Star-Ledger:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Photo: Evolution of Chris 'Birdman' Andersen in 36 images

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What you see above is a chronological collection of photos detailing the evolution of NBA journeyman and current Miami Heat forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen into the player he is today.

The end result is pretty amazing. Andersen started as a clean cut prospect in the NBDL and morphed both physically and emotionally into one of the NBA's most colorful and valuable role players.

Anderson's mohawk is something else isn't it?

Video: UFO spotted at Giants game


An unidentified floating object was spotted outside of AT&T Park Friday night while the Giants played host to the Rockies.

The amazing motor craft dazzled with its plentiful bells, whistles, and lights as it glided across the legendary waters of McCovey Cove.

Strangely, this isn't the first time this thing has made an appearance at a Giants game. In fact, the locals have seemingly become rather accustomed to its presence. So, if there was ever an alien invasion on Earth, San Francisco would probably be a prime spot for those guys to hit.

Video: Colby Rasmus rips ball through umpire's legs


The manhood of first base umpire Manny Gonzalez was put into jeopardy Saturday afternoon as he just narrowly managed to avoid a ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays batter Colby Rasmus.

The brush with pain came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Rasmus pulled a 2-2 pitch foul off to the first base side where Gonzalez was standing. This is when Gonzalez's cat-like reflexes kick in to avoid being smacked in the groin by the sizzling baseball. As you can see, he jumps sideways and spreads his legs in a way that I'm not sure many umpires in Major League Baseball can.

Pacers announcer calls Heat fans 'losers' for leaving early


As if the Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat didn't already have enough sizzle, Pacers radio announcer Mark Boyle may added a little more.

After nearly stealing a victory in Game 1 in Miami, the Pacers effectively tied the series at one a piece after scoring a 97-93 victory in Game 2 on Friday. The contest came right down to the wire and had basketball fans on the edge of their seats for much of the evening. Well, except for a select number of Heat fans who left the American Airlines Arena late in the fourth quarter.

Pacers play-by-play radio announcer Mark Boyle took notice and proceeded to rip those fans on air by calling them "losers" and declaring that Miami was undeserving of an NBA franchise.

Video: Rich Rodriguez surprised with mariachi band for birthday



Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez received a musical surprise for his 50th birthday.

On Friday, Rodriguez walked into work and found a real life mariachi band playing in his honor. He even tried his hand at strumming on the guitar at one point.

Oh, and then the former Michigan and West Virginia coach also received a delicious-looking cake, as well as a piece of luggage with the Arizona logo on it.

Rodriguez went 8-5 in his first season at the helm of the Wildcats program, including a win over the Nevada Wolfpack in the New Mexico Bowl. It appears as though the folks at Arizona love the guy. I'm not sure the same can be said in Morgantown or Ann Arbor, though.

Via Eye on College Football

Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia insists he didn't know spitballs were illegal


Miami Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia claims that he didn't know spitballs were banned from Major League Baseball.

His confession comes just days after cameras caught the right-hander spitting on a baseball after surrendering a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. That run proved to be the only one Sanabia allowed en route to earning the victory. Perhaps his illegal use of the spitball is a reason why?

Sanabia said Friday he spit on a baseball earlier in the week to get a better grip, not to get more movement on his pitches. He also repeated he didn't know it was illegal.

"I didn't know. I was in my zone and just grooving. It's something you live and learn from. I didn't mean anything bad by it or I didn't mean to do anything more," Sanabia said. "It's something that showed up that way and people all of a sudden just create their own perception of."

Video: John Clayton had hilarious training montage before throwing first pitch at Mariners game



Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch has become a trendy tradition these days.

It allows people who would never ordinarily find themselves on the pitching mound to receive 15 seconds of fame. Take ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton for example.

Clayton tossed out the first pitch before the Seattle Mariners game Friday night. Click here to see how it went.

However, the real treat to behold is the hilarious training routine Clayton underwent in order to whip himself into shape. The video (seen above) was shot at the Seattle Seahawks facility and is sure to be good for a laugh or two.

Thank you John Clayton for being who you are.

Via SportsGrid

Video: Umpire blows double play call in Mariners game


Well, it's safe to say first base umpire Jeff Nelson blew this call.

The moment came in the bottom of the second inning as Seattle Mariners hitter Jesus Sucre hit a sharp grounder at Texas Rangers first basemen Mitch Moreland with a man on first. At first glance, the ball appeared to be tailor made for a double play.

Moreland quickly rifled the ball to shortstop Elvis Andrus covering the bag at second and then Andrus fired back toward first base to try and complete the twin killing. However, the controversy ensues when both Moreland and pitcher Rick Grimm attempt to cover the bag, with Grimm eventually catching the return throw. The umpire calls Sucre out and the rest is history.

Photo: Lil John throws out first pitch at Dodgers game


Rapper and Celebrity Apprentice star Lil' John was on hand to toss out the first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers game Friday night.

It was a glorious sight to behold, folks. If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself.

Video: Scary collision at home plate during Phillies game



Football season doesn't begin for another four months, but this collision at home plate during the Nationals-Phillies game may have you wondering if it's already here.

Watch as Washington's Tyler Moore absolutely lowers the boom on Philadelphia catcher Erik Kratz in the fourth inning on Friday. As you can see, Phillies center fielder Ben Revere guns down Moore thanks to a fantastic play by Kratz. Kratz is able to hang on to the baseball despite getting leveled by a runner barrelling down at full speed.

That is impressive. And also pretty dangerous.

Via Eye on Baseball

Friday, May 24, 2013

Video: Terry Francona roughs up Red Sox broadcaster in dugout


Terry Francona was back on his old stomping grounds Friday night as his Cleveland Indians took on his former team at Fenway Park.

Francona served as manager of the Boston Red Sox for eight seasons and produced two World Series championships while he was there. However, he was given his pink slip at the conclusion of the 2011 season, and after joining ESPN as an analyst for the 2012 campaign, the 54-year-old is now back in the league.

Seen here is video shot before the game of Francona greeting Red Sox play-by-play man Don Orsillo in the dugout. As you can see, the meeting turns into a wrestling match of sorts for a bit before Orsillo is finally able to escape. Hey, easy on the suit, Tito.

The whole thing was all in good fun, though. So, for those of you who can't distinguish between reality and fake, let it be known that they were just fooling around.

Via Eye on Baseball

Titus Young refuses to speak to judge in court appearance


The outlook for former Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young keeps looking worse and worse.

Young appeared in Orange County Superior Court Friday after having been arrested three times this month and faces multiple charges including burglary, battery, and drunk driving, among others. Those are serious offenses no matter who you are. But Young, who has been in jail since May 11, doesn't appear to be too worried about the current situation he is in.

According to the USA Today, Young refused to address the judge in his court appearance. In fact, the maligned individual refused to speak at all.

Here is how his exchange with the judge went:

Ray Lewis plans to climb tallest mountain in world


Retired NFL linebacker Ray Lewis has tackled a lot of obstacles throughout his career and life. But his newest obstacle may be the tallest of them all.

In June, the former Baltimore Raven will attempt to scale 19,341 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the tallest freestanding mountain on the planet. Lewis is doing so in an effort to raise money and awareness for clean water projects in the needy areas of Africa.

"In one month, I will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money and awareness for clean water projects in East Africa," Lewis wrote on his Lockerdome page. "I am so FIRED UP for this adventure, but until then, I need your help to bring clean water wells to thousands of children and families. Show your support by following my TackleKili journey, spreading the word, and donating to TackleKili."

Former Bronco admits trying to purposefully injure player


People don't refer to football fields as war zones for no reason.

Playing in the NFL is a brutal, aggressive, and risky endeavor by its very nature, which often leads to gruesome injuries. However, majority of players will be willing to admit that they wish no will ill on any of their opponents.

Well, unless you are former Denver Broncos offensive lineman Tom Nalen. During a press conference to introduce him as a member of the "Broncos Ring of Fame," Nalen admitted that in 2006 he intentionally tried to injure San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky. And Nalen didn't want to inflict just any kind of injury. No, he claims he wanted to blow out Olshanky's knee.

Royals employee revives 14-year-old girl after collapse


Kansas City Royals employee Sam Sapernaro is receiving showers of praise after being at the right place at the right time Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Sapernaro, a pediatric nurse, may have saved the life of a 14-year-old girl who collapsed in the upper deck while dancing during the Angels-Royals game. Luckily Sapernaro, who works as a member of the "K-Crew" as her second job, was nearby and rushed to the young girl's aid.

Sapenaro found the girl unresponsive and with no pulse before beginning to perform CPR. The attempt to resuscitate the girl proved to be successful.

"We were on her in the first 15-20 seconds of her going down," Sapenaro said. "Timing is everything when something like this happens."

Photo: Orioles rookie receives locker full of donuts from team

Baltimore Orioles rookie pitcher Kevin Gausman really loves donuts.

In fact, Gausman loves them so much that they have even become a part of his pitching routine. The LSU product has a ritual of eating the powdered treats before each game he pitches. He claims the tradition dates back to seventh grade. Sounds like a great way to get ready for a baseball game, huh?

On Thursday, Gausman got the call up to the major leagues and was welcomed to the clubhouse by a locker full of powdered donuts, courtesy of the team. The youngster probably thought he was in heaven. But perhaps he indulged a little too much, though. His first big league start against the Blue Jays didn't go so well, as he surrendered seven hits and four runs in five innings of work. He took the loss in the affair. However, he can take solace in knowing that his addiction can be fed for quite some time now.

Via MLB Cut4

Video: Nate McLouth goes into stands to make catch, gets beer thrown on him


Playing on the road isn't easy.

Different cities, different clubhouses, and opposing fans all factor into the equation. And for Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth, so does getting doused with beer after making a fine catch.

As you can see in the video, McLouth made a terrific grab during the sixth inning of Thursday's Orioles-Blue Jays game that led him tumbling into the stands. Luckily, he was able to bounce back up after falling over the wall, but does so without the help of any of the fans around him.

Then, as McLouth is tossing the ball back into the infield, one fan from the upper deck decided to throw a full can of beer in his direction. Orioles broadcaster Jim Palmer is quick to quip "no class whatsoever" immediately following the spectacle.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt. But the gesture wasn't well received by the Orioles nor should it be. Keep it classy, Toronto.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Photo: Broadcast crew terribly goofs graphic


Hats off to the Fox Sports Kansas City crew. They may have pulled off the worst broadcast graphic of all-time during Thursday's Royals-Angels game.

There are a couple of screwups with the screenshot seen above. First, the crew somehow manages to produce wrong last names for the likes of Bryce HARPER and Matt HARVEY, arguably two of the sport's biggest young stars.

Second, the team logos are all misplaced, and in fact, all but one of them isn't relevant to the graphic at all.

Epic fail, guys. I think an intern is taking the axe after this one.

Via Eye on Baseball

Video: Pirates fan looks like Hulk Hogan



Hulk Hogan was on hand to watch the series finale between the Cubs and Pirates Thursday.

Well, a lookalike at least.

This Buccos fan has the Hogan routine down pat. He has the shades, the mannerisms, and even the arm motions.

What do you think about that, brother?

Jeremy Affeldt reveals he once had homophobia of San Francisco


San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt admits that he had negative feelings toward the gay population when he moved to the Bay Area in 2009.

Affeldt, who is in his fifth season with the Giants, reveals his battle with homophobia in his recently released book entitled "To Stir a Movement:" Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball." Affeldt also details the story of how he returned $500,000 to the Giants after noticing an error in his contract in 2010.

The southpaw and father of three youngs boys acknowledged in his book that he felt super uncomfortable when joining the Giants organization. Affeldt said he refused to leave his hotel room when he visited San Francisco as an opposing player, citing the city's reputable gay community, and his homophobia, as the primary reason.

However, once he signed a free agent contract with the Giants prior to the '09 season, the 33-year-old made an effort to transform his feelings toward the gay population, and now says he believes he was wrong to judge a city based solely on sexual orientation.

Photo: Phillies fan sits front row with MacBook, iPad, and iPhone


For some reason, this Philadelphia Phillies fan made the trek to Miami to watch his team take on the Marlins Wednesday night.

But it looks like he had no interest in watching the actual game being played on the field, though. A person sitting behind this man sent in the photo to Deadspin with the following details:

This guy has his MacBook, iPad, and iPhone in the front row at the Marlins game. When security asked him to put it away he demanded that he had a Constitutional right to free speech that protected him. After arguing for a full inning with security, they relented. Then he gloated by waving his laptop around with the phone still attached, which could have been painful if anyone attended Marlins games.

Okay, so no one can blame him for not wanting to watch the Marlins play baseball. The Fish are absolutely horrid. With that being said, you got to leave the technology at home, man. You are making the rest of us sports lovers look bad.

Photo: Orioles wear 'Canadian tuxedos' for road trip



The Baltimore Orioles are dressing to the nines for their trip north of the border.

Seen here are several members of the team decked out in "Canadian tuxedos" ahead of their series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, I know what you are thinking: that is a whole lot of denim in one photo.

The cotton industry is arguably the biggest winner here. Well, other than the folks like us who are able to witness the blue-dominant spectacle.

Hey, is that Manny Machado wearing overalls?

Via MLB Cut4

Photo: Bills fan has huge tattoo of O.J. Simpson on thigh


The legend of O.J. Simpson continues to live on in Buffalo despite the fact that the former running back is locked away behind bars.

Here is a picture of some ink that one Buffalo Bills fan decided to get of Simpson striking a rather appropriate pose. It depicts the 65-year-old in a textbook example of a mugshot.

Why the fan decided to get such a huge tattoo on such an awkward place on his body remains a mystery.

Video: Michael Bourn's hilarious blooper allows Miguel Cabrera to hit home run


Someone cue the Yakety Sax music.

Cleveland Indians center fielder Michael Bourn committed a baseball folly Wednesday night that even former MLBer Jose Canseco is laughing at.

Bourn's embarrassing play came with one out and a runner aboard in the eighth inning of Cleveland's game against the Detroit Tigers. The man at the plate was none other than Miguel Cabrera, which judging by the stats, doesn't need any extra help from the defense. But that's exactly what Cabrera got from Bourn Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Video: Astros vendor fired for bringing snow cones into restroom

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The Houston Astros continue to set a new standard for futility.  However, this time it has nothing to do with its players, but everything to do with one of its stadium vendors. 

On Monday, the video you see above was shot during the Royals-Astros game by a fan, who became concerned when seeing a snow cone vendor carry his tray into a Minute Maid restroom stall. You can probably put the clues together as to what he was doing while taking a break on the clock.

Said the unnamed fan who turned in the vendor: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This guy is taking a dump. There’s no doubt about it. What sane person could possibly think, yeah this is a good idea. I’ll just put the food that I’m about to sell on the floor.”

ARAMARK, the company who runs concession operations for the Astros, fired the man immediately upon learning of the incident. And they provided the following statement on the matter, as well:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Video: Miguel Cabrera narrowly avoids screaming foul ball


Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera suffered a scary brush Tuesday night.

The moment came in the top of the fifth inning when teammate Matt Tuiasosopo ripped a sharp line drive in the direction of Cabrera, who was sitting attentively at the end of the visiting dugout. It was a good thing the reigning Triple Crown winner was paying attention, because Tuiasosopo's screaming foul ball nearly proved painful. Just watch and see for yourself.

Cabrera's reaction during and after is priceless, too.

Video: Ryan Braun robs Adrian Gonzalez of a home run


Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is known more for his hitting prowess rather than his ability to patrol the outfield. But on this play, it was his glove that stole the show.

Check out his defensive wizardry as he pulls back a potential home run from Los Angeles Dodgers first basemen Adrian Gonzalez in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's game.

As you can see, Braun has to go a long way to track down this baseball. But the manner in which he does so is simply textbook. He gets a good jump, strides toward the potential landing spot, feels for the wall, and then times his jump perfectly to make the snag.

It all adds up to a beautiful and legal robbery.

Chuck Norris wants Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow


According to Forbes, Tim Tebow is the most influential athlete in American sports. However, the former Heisman winner still finds himself unemployed after getting cut by the New York Jets this offseason.

There has certainly been no shortage of opinion as to where people think he ends up. Some folks are hoping he winds up in the NFL again, while others are hoping he falls flat on his face. On Tuesday, arguably the biggest badass in the universe chimed in with his opinion on the matter, and he desperately wants to see Tebow land in Jacksonsville.

That person is none other than the legendary Chuck Norris. Norris believes the native Floridian can turn the Jaguars around from a "mediocre team into a championship one," citing the fact that the spiritual Tebow works miracles on the football field. Here is a snippet of what he had to say:

Former UFC fighter suing sex shop after gel left his privates disfigured

Mixed-martial artist Michael Waylon Lowe says a "Pleasure Balm" he bought in a South Street sex shop has left him with penile scars that keep him from performing properly in the bedroom.

Former UFC fighter Waylon Lowe is suing a sex shop in Philadelphia after he claims a gel he bought from it left his genitals burned and scarred last year.

Lowe is suing "The Mood" for more than $50,000 alleging that a gel called Prolongs Men's Pleasure left his private area permanently disfigured and dysfunctional. Yikes.

From Philly.com:

“This is a very private, but very significant loss for a man who is very vital in so many other aspects,” said Lowe’s attorney, Thomas R. Kline. “This is a man who literally makes his living avoiding injury; he knows how to protect himself. Yet he wasn’t provided with the most basic, simple instructions to protect himself from this product. If it could happen to him, it could happen to anyone.”

Ron Jaworski doesn't believe Chip Kelly's high octane offense will work in NFL


Chip Kelly's success at Oregon eventually helped him land the head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles in January.

While at Oregon, Kelly's high octane offense shredded numerous Pac 12 defenses, lit up countless scoreboards, and marveled Ducks fans for years. Now, Kelly looks to bring his innovative offensive attack to the National Football League.

However, some are skeptical that his up-tempo offense can succeed in the NFL. Namely, ESPN analyst and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski.

Twins own Braves on Twitter after getting swept

  

The Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday afternoon with an 8-3 victory at Turner Field.

Although the Twins may have lost the battle on the diamond, they may have won the war on Twitter.

It appears as though the two teams carried the hostilities from the field over into the social media world immediately after the contest. The Braves took the first shot, but Minnesota then delivered a knockout blow.

Video: Spurs fan yells 'we did it' after huge overtime victory




This San Antonio Spurs fan was very excited to see his Spurs pull out a 93-89 victory over Memphis in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night.

It didn't come easy, though. The Grizzlies roared back from a 17-point deficit to force overtime and subsequently put a scare into the Spurs faithful.

However, every fan in the building took a big breath of relief as the final horn sounded. Well, except for this guy, who screamed "We did it! WE DID IT!" so loudly that the camera picked up his audio and broadcasts for the entire viewing audience to hear.

Yes, they did it. San Antonio now has a 2-0 series lead heading back to Tennessee.

Via Bleacher Report 

Rafael Soriano criticizes Bryce Harper after blown save

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The Washington Nationals have hit a rough patch as of late.

The reigning National League East champs are now just 23-23 after suffering their fourth straight defeat Tuesday night at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. However, the Nats were certainly in position to win the game before Giants hitter Gregor Blanco laced a two-strike, two-out triple off Nats closer Rafael Soriano to send the game into extras. Pablo Sandoval gave San Francisco a walk-off win in the very next inning when smacking a two-run homer.

Afterward, Soriano wasn't too pleased about blowing the save, and even called out teammate Bryce Harper to vent his frustration. Blanco's triple to right-center field sailed over the head of Harper after the latter flinched in pursuit of the ball even though he was several feet short of the brick wall.

Video: Casper Wells makes nice catch in pouring rain


It was a wet and soggy one in Chicago Tuesday night as the White Sox upended Boston, 3-1.

A downpour of rain doused players in the ninth inning as the home squad tried to seal the victory. Naturally, it caused some issues.

With one out, Red Sox hitter Daniel Nava lifted a fly ball toward the warning track in left field. Normally, the batted ball would be a relatively simply play to make. However, given the rainy conditions, Casper Wells had a little more difficulty making the catch.

Watch as the young outfielder loses his footing, but still manages to make the catch as he is falling to the ground. His effort is applauded by the few folks in the crowd who decided to stick out the rain.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

West Virginia baseball team goes on Walmart shopping spree to help tornado victims


The West Virginia baseball team is lending a big hand to help in the relief efforts of the Oklahoma tornado that has left many in desperate need of life's basic necessities.

Normally, the Mountaineers would be a long ways away from Oklahoma, tucked in the hills of Morgantown. However, the squad is preparing for the Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma City this week, and just happened to be near the twister when it touched down on Monday.

Once the storm had passed over, and once head coach Randy Mazey knew his team was safe, he put in a call to the Oklahoma City and Moore police departments to offer assistance. His original idea was to load up the team's bus and travel to Moore, but he also didn't want to create more traffic while victims continued to look for lost loved ones.

Photo: Kevin Durant jersey hangs over rubble in Oklahoma

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A No. 35 jersey of Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant hangs over the rubble in Oklahoma after a powerful tornado leveled parts of the state on Monday.

The image above was captured by Fox25 News reporter Christine VanTimmeren as she made her way through what was left of a torn apart town on Tuesday.

Durant, who was already one of the most beloved people in the state of Oklahoma before the tragedy, has agreed to donate $1 million of his personal money to help in the relief efforts. Now, that's a hero.

Photo: Monsters University stars attend Giants game


On Monday, the San Francisco Giants held Pixar Night at AT&T Field.

The stars of the show were undoubtedly Mike and Sulley from the upcoming movie Monsters University. Seen here are the creatures hamming it up on the field before the game.

The sequel to Monsters Inc. is slated to come out June 21. Mark your calendars now.

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Did Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia throw illegal spitball?


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Miami Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia improved to 3-6 on the season after helping lead his team past the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1, Monday night.

However, did he do so with the aide of an illegal pitch? According to these images you see above, it sure looks like it.

Sanabia surrendered just one run in 6.1 innings of work, which came courtesy of a solo home run by Domonic Brown in the second inning. Sanabia was caught on camera immediately following the homer hocking up a big wad of spit on the baseball, which is completely illegal for a pitcher to do. None of the umpires, opposing players, or opposing coaches caught it, though, and it was smooth sailing after that for the 24-year-old.

But a suspension could follow given the visual evidence MLB now has. You can check out the video of the illegal act on MLB.com.

Via Hardball Talk