Saturday, August 31, 2013

Video: Alabama fan stunned by defense giving up long touchdown

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Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide have become spoiled at the program's success over the past handful of years.

This much was evident when Virginia Tech running back Trey Edmunds broke loose and ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run on the Tide's heralded defense.

Naturally, Alabama fans were stunned. Perhaps no fan was more dumbfounded by what he witnessed than this guy, though.

Please, someone comfort this man and quick!

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Notre Dame souvenir cups contain glaring spelling error

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Notre Dame is widely considered one of the premier academic institutions in the United States and deservedly so. However, that doesn't mean they aren't susceptible to a spelling error every now and then.

It appears as though there is a glaring spelling error on plastic souvenir cups being sold at Notre Dame's game against the Temple Owls on Saturday.

Uh oh.

The cups read "FIGTHING IRISH" and are apparently misspelled on every cup in the stadium.

Photo: Georgia fan trolls Clemson with sign

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There are several marquee college football games this weekend around the country. But the biggest of them all is a top 10 matchup between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers.

Naturally, ESPN's College GameDay decided to set up shop in Clemson on Saturday in anticipation of the primetime game.

One Georgia fan made the trip to Memorial Stadium and proceeded to use the show as a platform to troll Clemson with a bold and courageous sign.

The sign's message is in reference to an incident where Clemson's iconic Howard's Rock was vandalized over the summer by a group of its own fans.

It will be a miracle of this sign makes it into the stadium, though.

Via The Big Lead

Video: Villanova runs fake punt to perfection for touchdown


Not all fake punts are created equal.

Take this one perfectly executed by the Villanova Wildcats, for example.

Watch as Villanova starts its season out right by pulling off a fake punt so convincing that even the cameraman had no idea what was really going on. All in all, the play resulted in a 47-yard touchdown run by Jamal Abdur-Rahman, and put the Wildcats on the board early on the road at Boston College.

Fantastic.

Via For the Win

80-year-old weightlifter suspended after busted for doping

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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has busted another individual for steroids and his name is not Lance Armstrong.

His name is Don Ramos of Colorado Springs, Colo. and the 80-year-old was caught cheating after attempting to set a new world record in his age group at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in June.

On Friday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Ramos had failed a urine test given at the event in Chicago and subsequently handed the man a two-year suspension, thus barring him from competition until July 2015.

This is obviously a huge blow to Ramos and his weightlifting career as the window of time is already closing on him.

This isn't the first time USADA has cracked down on elderly men doping. In 2011, the agency suspended nine masters athletes for positive tests, including one in his 50s an three in their 60s.

Via ESPN

Nationals bench coach criticizes Bryce Harper for lack of hustle


This season hasn't exactly gone as planned for the Washington Nationals.

In 2012, the Nationals finished the regular season with the best record in baseball. With nearly every key piece returning from that squad, the Nationals were expected to post a similar record in 2013.

Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case, and part of the blame has been directed toward young outfielder Bryce Harper.

For example, bench coach Randy Knorr called out the 20-year-old phenom following Washington's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets Friday night by questioning his hustle, or lack thereof.

Knorr was referring to a play in the bottom of the eight inning when Harper hit a weak grounder to second base and failed to run out the ball at full speed. Instead, Harper put his head down in disgust while jogging lightly toward first, only to have second basemen Daniel Murphy bobble the ball, and recover just in time to nip Harper at first base for the out.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Video: Redskins linebacker tackles two Buccaneers at the same time

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It's hard enough to tackle anyone in the National Football League. The average American could only dream of bringing down a ball carrier.

But what about the thought of bringing two guys to the ground?

Well, Washington Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson did exactly that Thursday night when he took down Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon and offensive lineman Mike Remmers at the same time. Pretty impressive, right?

It's a shame the play only counts for one sack, though.

Via For the Win

Tom Seaver says modern day pitchers are babied

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Pitch counts and inning limits have become the standard Major League Baseball teams use when trying to keep their young pitchers from getting injured.

However, it is tough to say with certainty that this approach is working, and the latest example is New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, who is done for the season after sustaining a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Harvey's injury sparked Hall of Fame pitcher and Mets legend Tom Seaver to sound off on his opinion about the way teams handle pitchers nowadays. In short, Seaver believes modern day hurlers are "babied" too much.

“These kids today, they want to be men, they want to be foxhole guys, but they’re not being allowed to do that,” Seaver said. “Imagine if these computer geeks who are running baseball now were allowed to run a war? They’d be telling our soldiers: ‘That’s enough. You’ve fired too many bullets from your rifle this week!’ ”

Pair of autographed underwear by Jim Palmer up for sale on eBay


If you are in the market for a pair of tighty-whities autographed by a Hall of Fame pitcher than I have just the thing for you!

There is a pair of underwear signed by Baltimore Orioles legend Jim Palmer up for auction on eBay at the moment.

Palmer was a six-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner who also modeled underwear for Jockey back in the late 1970s.

This pair for sale isn't of the Jockey variety, but I have got to believe it's a rarity. Who else would put their John Hancock on someone else's underoos?

The best part of it all is the fact that the piece of memorabilia has a Certificate of Authenticity sticker placed right there on the front for all to see. Thus, confirming that Palmer did indeed agree to place his signature upon one of the most unusual things imaginable.

Update: The item has sold for a thrifty $62.99 plus $6.95 for standard shippping.

Via Big League Stew

Photo: Vanderbilt player sports terrifying contacts

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Vanderbilt Commodores defensive end Caleb Azubike was psyched for his team's season opener against conference foe Ole Miss on Thursday.

Seen here Azubike sporting some terrifying yellow contacts in an effort to strike fear in the hearts of the Rebels.

Another theory could be that Azubike was simply trying to mimic one of the dancers from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.

Nonetheless, the Commodores lost the game, 39-35.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Grand Valley State football player to miss 4-6 weeks after being hit by a truck driven by teammate


If you are looking for the weirdest injury in college football this season, you have to at least consider the one that transpired at Grand Valley State, a D-II school in the state of Michigan.

The Lakers are expected to be without starting defensive lineman Isiah Dunning for four to six weeks after he was accidentally hit by a pickup truck driven by a teammate.

The accident occurred after an early morning workout as team members headed to eat breakfast at a campus cafeteria.

“Isiah was walking along the grass, stepped out from the curb and Zach Jolly, one of our guys, struck him with a pickup truck,” head coach Matt Mitchell said. “EMS was called and, it was kind of bad at the time, but after the X-rays and CAT scans, it was nothing life-threatening. But he will be out four to six weeks and that’s very tough.”

Zach Mettenberger has extremely light course load this semester

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Louisiana State starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be enjoying a lighter course load than most of his teammates and fellow college students this fall.

Mettenberger is taking just one three-hour English course this semester and he can theoretically ace the class without ever stepping inside an actual classroom. This is because the entire class is taught online.

More from the USA TODAY:

Mettenberger, who will start for the second consecutive season, is a fifth-year senior and needs only three hours to graduate in General Studies. According to NCAA rules, an athlete must take at least 12 hours and pass at least nine. However, if the athlete needs only three more hours of course credit to graduate in his or her major, he or she can take as few as three hours in a semester.

Mettenberger's only hourly concern as far as the NCAA is to not exceed the governing body's 20-hour rule, which limits the number of hours an athlete can spend on his or her particular sport in a given week. Enforcement of that rule, though, has always been iffy. And in "the league," no such rule exists.

Jay Gruden goes on epic rant on 'Hard Knocks'

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It's hard to imagine too many other rants this season surpassing the greatness of the one Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden dropped in an episode of HBO's Hard Knocks show on Wednesday.

Gruden was clearly not happy at the way his offense practiced at a local high school and went on an epic rant to voice his displeasure.

From Cincinnati.com:

“Some of the (bleep) that happened yesterday you wouldn’t expect on the first day of rookie OTAs. We had three dropped snaps and a couple things that were my fault. That is Mickey Mouse (bleep) football right there and we all had our hand in it. Everybody had their hand in it and it can’t happen for us to be as good as we want to be. Ever.

“I can handle a drop every now and then. I can handle a guy beating you with a good pass rush move. I can handle certain things, but I can’t handle mental (bleep) time and time again.

Video: Two Marlins runners slide into base at same time



The Miami Marlins were up to their old tricks Wednesday night in Washington.

In the top of the sixth, the Marlins managed to get themselves in a situation that saw two of their players slide into the same base at the same time.

As you can see in the video above, the play stems from a routine groundball to third base, which Logan Morrison attempts to score on before retreating back to third. The only problem is that teammate Donovan Solano tries to slide into third safely, as well.

Morrison gets called out on a tag applied by Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, while Solano slides in safely to take the bag.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Photo: David Price throws off mound wearing Vanderbilt football uniform

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Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price is a proud product of Vanderbilt University.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native spent three seasons as a member of the Commodores baseball squad before eventually being taken first overall in the 2007 MLB Draft.

Price has garnered three All-Star appearances and a Cy Young Award since his time in Nashville, but that doesn't mean he has forgotten his roots.

On Wednesday, the folks at MLB Cut4 snagged this photo of the 28-year-old paying homage to his alma mater by working out in full Vanderbilt football attire. As you can see, Price wore everything from the tight fitting pants, black and gold jersey, and the star-studded helmet.

Do you think he's ready for college football season to start?

Photo: Minnesota's Jerry Kill writes excuse note for fans to miss work


If you're a fan of the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team, and you're looking for an excuse to leave work early on Thursday to catch the team's season opener, head coach Jerry Kill has the solution!

The Gophers are set to play host to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels Thursday night beginning at 6:00 PM and Coach Kill wants to ensure that everyone who wishes to tailgate beforehand can do so without fear of reprimand from work.

That is why he penned this unofficial hooky note that fans can print off and give to their boss in an effort to seek permission to bounce from the office early.

Andrew Luck surprises injured high school football player in hospital

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Edinburgh High School (Ind.) football player Steven Bailey has had a rough go of it over the past several days.

On Friday, the sophomore was the recipient of a crushing tackle just before halftime of Edinburgh's game at Manual High. The force of the hit was so significant that it caused Bailey to collapse in the locker room and require an urgent trip to a local hospital by his parents.

Once her arrived, doctors discovered that Bailey was bleeding internally, and had lost about a quart of blood. The 15-year-old received an emergency blood transfusion and was airlifted to another Indianapolis-area hospital.

All in all, Bailey sustained a ruptured spleen, a lacerated kidney, and a punctured lung from the incident. Doctors believe Bailey could leave the hospital as soon as Thursday, however, he won't be returning to the field anytime this season.

Photo: Tennessee Volunteers erect creepy billboard

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Let us all put our hands together (literally) and applaude the Tennessee Volunteers for erecting a new 3D billboard that may just haunt some people's dreams.

Seen here is the billboard standing just outside downtown Knoxville off of I-40 and features a giant hand coming out of it with a message that reads, "I will give my all for Tennessee today!"

The visual display is undoubtedly an effort to unite fans toward a common cause as the Vols prepare to take on Austin Peay at home this weekend. As For the Win points out, if the Governors drive to the game, which we can all assume they will, they will be forced to ride by this new sign.

Louisville's starting defensive end hospitalized after moped accident

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A starting defensive end for the University of Louisville football team is "alert and responsive" after he was hit by a car Tuesday morning while riding his moped back to his dorm room following a visit to the team's practice facility.

Witnesses say Junior Lorenzo Mauldin was the victim of a hit-and-run accident after reportedly being struck by a champagne-colored sedan or compact car.

The Atlanta native was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was held overnight for observation and precautionary reasons. The extent of his injuries have not been revealed.

Mauldin, who is listed as a starter on the team's depth chart, recorded a team-high 4.5 sacks for the Cardinals last season and 6.5 tackles for loss.

His status for No. 9 Louisville's season opener against Ohio University on Sunday is unknown.

Ryan Clark is 'so disgusted' with the NFL

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The National Football League has attempted to make the game safer for its players in recent years and this includes protecting offensive players from low hits.

Although the intentions are good, this had led many defensive players to express their displeasure publicly for what they deem as making their jobs harder. Add Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark to that list, too.

“I’m so disgusted with the NFL right now about those situations,” Clark said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If an offensive player makes enough of a stink, they’ll change it. I know Tony Gonzalez was extremely upset about the hit on Dustin Keller.”

Clark referenced a play last season when he claims he gave up a touchdown to New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz because he couldn't take the angle toward Cruz that he wanted.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Video: Eagles security guards hold drills to practice chasing streakers



Football season is nearly upon us, folks. And that means final preparations for players, coaches, and fans alike are nearing the end.

Let's not forget about the stadium security guards, either.

On Monday, security personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles engaged in one of the most comical yet practical drills in the history of drills. Seen here are fleet-footed security guards running around Lincoln Financial Field to prepare for any fan who attempts to go streaking on the field this season.

No, seriously. This really happened, guys.

Patriots owner: I'm rooting for Tim Tebow big time


New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made it completely clear where he stands regarding quarterback Tim Tebow's chances of making the final roster.

On Tuesday, Kraft told reporters that he is a big fan of Tebow, and that he would love to see the former Heisman winner latch onto a roster spot with the Patriots this season.

“I’m rooting for him big-time. He’s been real joy to have around. I see why he has such a strong national following,” Kraft said, via Mike Reiss ‏of ESPNBoston.com.

Kraft won't have the final input as to whether or not Tebow suits up for New England beyond this preseason, though. That decision will fall on the capable shoulders of head coach Bill Belichick. Kraft said he will support Belichick's decision regardless.

Photo: Louisville fan uses lawn to smack talk rival



It's no secret that University of Louisville and University of Kentucky fans don't like each other.

The two fanbases are always trying to find ways to outdo the other and this is the latest example by Louisville fan and resident Charles Blair.

Seen here is Blair using his lawn to throw a little smack talk toward those Wildcats in Lexington.

The Louisville-themed design features Cardinals starting quarterback and Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater marking the city's geographic spot on an outline of Kentucky and declaring the Bluegrass the "State of Louisville" rather than the state of Kentucky.

For the record, the two rivals meet Sept. 14 on the football field.

Via Eye on College Football

Video: Dirk Nowitzki plays role of camel in 'Hump Day' parody



Is there anything better than the Geico "Hump Day" commercial on television right now?

The answer is no. Absolutely not.

Well, the Dallas Mavericks decided to cash in on the success of America's unofficial favorite commercial by making a parody of their own. The spot features star forward Dirk Nowitzki portraying the role of the camel and urging fans to buy season tickets.

It's not as great as the original, of course. But it's definitely worth 30 seconds of your time on this pleasant Tuesday.

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Kate Upton receives golf lesson from Arnold Palmer

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On Tuesday, model and actress Kate Upton hit the course with golf legend Arnold Palmer and this photo above taken from Upton's Twitter account serves as proof.

Apparently, Palmer volunteered his time to impart some wisdom and knowledge on the lovely young lady, free of charge. How generous of him, right?

Well played, Palmer. Well played.

Via Eye on Golf

Mets trade Marlon Byrd on same day of his promotional giveaway



On Tuesday, it became known that an unknown National League team claimed New York Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd off waivers. It turns out that the team was none other than the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two clubs eventually worked out a trade sending Byrd and catcher John Buck to the Steel City in exchange for a minor league prospect and player to be named later, instead.

The timing of the deal couldn't be worse, or perhaps better, depending on how you look at it. The reason for this being the fact that the Mets are giving away t-shirts at Citi Field Tuesday night in honor of their departed outfielder.

The shirts feature a baseball with wings on the front with a message reading "Let It Fly" and Byrd's name and No. 6 on the back.

Oh, well. Souvenirs, anyone?

Via Eye on Baseball

Report: Lamar Odom used drugs with Mavericks, Lakers


NBA big man Lamar Odom is fighting for his marriage, his career, and arguably his life after a recent report by TMZ claims that he used drugs while playing for both the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

A source told the celebrity gossip site that Odom left plenty of evidence of heavy drug use during a stay in a Memphis hotel in March 2012. Odom was in town with the Mavericks to play the Grizzlies.

More on the story from TMZ:

Our sources say when Lamar left, hotel employees found major carpet damage ... including quarter-sized burn marks. The damage was so bad, the hotel had to replace the carpeting in the room. 

Our sources say hotel employees also found white powder on the desk blotter and the room reeked of noxious smoke.  Our sources say it was obvious there was serious drug use going on in the hotel room.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Video: Colorado State student nails half-court shot for free tuition



The cost of tuition at universities across the United States has been on the rise in recent years and has led many students to seek out creative ways to try and pay for it.

Well, it appears the new way to pay for college is sinking half-court shots in exchange for free tuition.

Andrew Schneeweis can certainly testify to this as the Colorado State freshman drilled an improbable shot during a recent pep rally. His incredible effort earned him a year's worth of tuition paid for by men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy, football coach Jim McElwain, women's basketball coach Ryun Williams, and volleyball coach Tom Hilbert.

Last week, a student at Ball State also won free tuition from his respective school after sinking a half court shot of his own on his very first day of college.

Via Eye on College Basketball

Father of Texas A&M receiver says son was offered $600k for commitment


Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones is expected to make a huge impact with the Aggies this season. After all, Seals-Jones was listed as the 25th-best player nationally in the 2013 class, and the second-best player in the state of Texas.

However, Seals-Jones allegedly turned down a huge monetary offer by another collegiate powerhouse in favor of Texas A&M.

According to his father, Chester Jones, the prized recruit allegedly spurned a $600,000 deal to sign a letter of intent with an unidentified school. Furthermore, one ACC and one SEC school even offered to double any monetary figure the Seals-Jones family was weighing from another program in order to sign their son.

Wait, what?

Farmers' Almanac predicts big snow storm could effect Super Bowl

The Famers' Almanac is predicting that a huge storm could hit during the Super Bowl. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

One of the most trusted publications for predicting weather has projected that a major snow storm could hit the Northeast of the United States between Feb. 1 and Feb. 3. This is significant because the Super Bowl is set to be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

“It really looks like the Super Bowl may be the Storm Bowl,” Sandi Duncan, the managing editor of the Farmers’ Almanac, told The Associated Press.

The game will mark the first time in history that a Super Bowl will be held outdoors in a cold weather climate. Extremely cold temperatures and large snowfall totals were exactly what some organizers feared when initially planning the game.

Overall, the publication is predicting a colder-than-normal winter for most of the country, and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes, and New England.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Video: Pirate ship spotted outside stadium at Giants game



You just never know what you're going to see outside of AT&T Park these days, especially when it comes in the area of McCovey Cove.

On Sunday, a pirate ship was spotted in the waters, apparently being towed around by a boat not too much bigger than itself. And sources confirm that Jack Sparrow wasn't the one manning the vessel.

Coincidentally, or perhaps ironically, the Giants played host to the Pirates this weekend, and did well to proverbially sink the swashbucklers from Pittsburgh, 4-0, in Sunday's matinee.

The ship's sighting trails only the sighting of a UFO earlier this season as the most peculiar object floating around McCovey cave recently.

Video: Chris Johnson falls for bubble gum on hat routine



The Major League Baseball regular season is a long one. A 162-game slate can become a grind unrivaled by any other sporting league in the world.

So, players often need some things to keep them occupied beyond just participating in the games. This is when practical jokes come into play and Atlanta Braves third basemen Chris Johnson was the victim of one during Sunday's game in St. Louis.

Seen here is Johnson getting fooled by teammate Reed Johnson as the latter somehow manages to stick a wad of bubble gum atop the former's hat without him noticing.

Chris Johnson eventually realizes what is going on by catching his reflection in the sunglasses of his mischievous teammate.

Well played.

Video: Australian boxer knocks out opponent with two blows



It didn't take long for Australian boxer Craig Vitale to dispose of Joe "Massacre" Muir at a recent bout at the Grand Star Receptions in Altona North, Victoria.

Vitale landed two swift blows to the head and knocked Muir out in Round 2. And showed no sliver of humility immediately following the decisive punches, either.

Via Bleacher Report

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Photo: Eagles fan selling ultimate tailgate machine on Craigslist

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Tailgate season is quickly approaching and what better way to get geared up for it than purchasing the ultimate tailgate machine in the National Football League.

With this being said, a Philadelphia Eagles fan has put "The Beast" up for sale on Craigslist for a reasonable $2,500. And it sounds like a steal for that price.

Here is the description from the official post:

This vehicle has a 454 4bbl engine with under 43,600 miles. It is a 1978 Itasca (Winnebago's cheaper brother). It runs like a champ. All 6 tires have minimal wear and it was recently inspected. It is a tailgate RV. Toilet facilities are in good working order. We removed the compartment Heater and Refrigerator to create more seating. Electric is in good working order. Two new batteries. The rear of the RV seats 10-12 and has a removable table. There is also a booth that seats 4 in addition to the driver and passenger seats.

Via For the Win

Video: Chris Sale takes out frustrations of bad start on ice chest


Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was not in a good mood after Friday's start versus the Texas Rangers.

The southpaw suffered arguably his worst outing of the year en route to giving up eight runs in an 11-5 loss.

Sale also surrendered four home runs in his seven innings of work.

Naturally, Sale was quite angry with himself afterward, and decided to take out some of his frustrations on an innocent ice chest in the dugout. 

“When you don’t do your best and, quite honestly, get your rear end kicked around for seven innings, you’re going to get frustrated,” Sale said afterwards.

That poor ice chest never had a chance.

Video: Arizona Wildcats football team has dance off



College football is nearly upon us, folks.

This means that majority of teams across the country are finishing up with their training camps and rewarding players for their hard work with ice cream, movie nights, and dance offs!

Arizona Wildcats head football coach Rich Rodriguez decided to let his players blow off his steam by having the first annual dance off, which judging by the video, was a huge hit with the squad.

Rodriguez even gets in on the action near the end of the video, too.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Report: Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols nearly got into fight last season


Things haven't exactly gone as the Los Angeles Angels hoped they would over the past couple of seasons. The high price Angels have failed to put together a contending team despite signing several players to big time contracts and part of the reason might be because of a lack of team chemistry.

One of the players who was signed to a massive deal and has failed to live up to expectations is first basemen Albert Pujols. And it appears as though Pujols was involved in an altercation with teammate Torii Hunter last season that nearly led the two to come to blows.

From Scott Miller of CBS Sports:

Officer who escorted LeBron James to concert to be disciplined


The officer who provided Miami Heat star LeBron James a police escort to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert last week has been disciplined by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Controversy ensued after James posted a live video of the escort on social media sites over the weekend. It showed James weaving through traffic and going the wrong way as police vehicles flashed their emergency lights.

In a statement released Thursday, the department said it had opted to give the officer "informal counseling" after completing a brief investigation into the escort. Apparently, the escort did not follow proper procedures and policies.

No further action is expected to be taken against the officer.

Texas A&M chancellor insists Johnny Manziel is innocent

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has a big defender in the school's chancellor, John Sharp. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The whirlwind surrounding controversial Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel continues to produce its fair share of defenders and accusers.

On Thursday, Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp backed the reigning Heisman winner, telling a local television station that he believes Manziel is innocent.

“I know he’s innocent,” Sharp told College Station news station KBTX. “I know that he didn’t do what they accused him of doing.”

Manziel allegedly participated in autograph sessions in exchange for compensation, which is prohibited by his amateur status, and a major violation in the eyes of the NCAA. All in all, he reportedly took part in a total of six such sessions.

The NCAA is currently undergoing its own investigation in connection with the alleged signings. 

The Aggies open their season Aug. 31 against Rice.


Photo: Braves reveal results of fantasy football draft

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No division leader in Major League Baseball is enjoying a larger lead in the standings right now than the Atlanta Braves. They entered Friday with a huge 14 game lead over second-place Washington.

So, you could definitely say the Braves currently have very little pressure on them, and apparently a whole lot of free time, too.

With this being said, seen here is the results of the first 16 rounds of their fantasy football draft tweeted out by third basemen Chris Johnson on Thursday.

Who do you think has the strongest team?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pete Rose says Ichiro Suzuki will never be true hit king


On Wednesday, New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki joined an elite club by notching his 4,000th career hit in professional baseball.

It is certainly no small feat to record that many hits over a career even if about one-third of them were amassed while playing in Japan.

In fact, Ichiro recorded 1,278 hits in Japan's top baseball league, with the other 2,722 coming while playing in Major League Baseball.

Could Ichiro ever catch up to baseball's all-time hit king Pete Rose? Rose doesn't think so and became somewhat dismissive when discussing the matter on Thursday.

"He's still 600 hits away from catching [teammate] Derek Jeter,'' Rose told USA TODAY Sports, "so how can he catch me?''

Video: Hanley Ramirez tries to intentionally drop line drive



Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez attempted to pull off a clever double play during Wednesday's game against the Miami Marlins.

The moment came in the bottom of the seventh inning with a Marlins runner on first base. A line drive is then smacked toward the direction of Ramirez at shortstop, which he clearly intentionally drops in order to start a 6-4-3 double play.

However, the umpires see his intent, and award just one out on the play.

It was a slick try nonetheless.

Video: Jayson Werth freezes up on 57 MPH breaking ball



Washington Nationals slugger Jayson Werth never had a chance on this pitch from Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva Wednesday night.

Villanueva entered the game in the top of the fifth in relief and proceeded to uncork a slow breaking ball to Werth: 57 MPH to be exact.

As you can see, Werth never expected anything quite like that, and freezes up as the pitch eventually drops in for a strike.

Werth maintains the pose for a couple of seconds after the pitch is delivered, too, almost as if he was still trying to comprehend what he had just seen.

Werth eventually flied out to right field in the at-bat.

Video: Dude Perfect makes basketball stereotype compilation



The Dude Perfect guys are at it, again.

Seen here is a hilarious compilation of typical stereotypes seen in pickup basketball games.

Strangely, majority of them are completely accurate. They include "Looks Can Be Deceiving Guy," "My Bad Guy," "The Rage Monster," and "The Old Guy," among many others.

Solid gold, folks. Solid gold.

Via Bleacher Report

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Photo: Fan creates corn maze with Blue Jays logo

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It's that time of year, again.

The next several weeks are certain to produce no shortage of team-inspired corn mazes across the great land of North America.

Take this maze created by a Toronto Blue Jays fan, for example.

Pretty neat, huh?

Now, if only the Jays can somehow manage to climb out of the division cellar. With 10.5 games separating them from fourth place, and with only six weeks to go in the season, it's unlikely that happens, though. Oh, well. There is always next year.

Davey Johnson gives great explanation for why Nationals can't date porn stars


On Wednesday, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson went on the air with 106.7 The Fan to talk about a variety of topics pertaining to the team and baseball in general.

One of the topics which came up during the conversation involved a rumor that Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli might be dating a porn star named Rachel Starr. Johnson then took the liberty to jokingly proclaim why none of his players could date similar women.

“Well, none of my guys could cause we can’t score,” Johnson zinged.

Game. Set. Match.

Washington may be 9.5 games back in the Wild Card standings, owner of the third-fewest runs scored in the league, and arguably the biggest disappointment of any team in Major League Baseball this season, but it's nice to see Johnson still has a sense of humor.

Via For the Win

David Ortiz voices disapproval of A-Rod beaning

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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz doesn't approve of the fact that teammate Ryan Dempster decided to hit troubled New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez with a fastball in Sunday's game between the two bitter rivals.

It took Dempster four pitches before he was finally able to nail Rodriguez in his midsection. And it led to both benches clearing once the dirty deed was finally done.

Ortiz said he wasn't too fond of Dempster's actions.

"I didn't like it. I don't think it was the right thing to do,'' Ortiz told USA TODAY Sports. "But we don't all think alike, and the guy who did it, Dempster, is a great guy. It's not that I didn't think it was right because Alex and I are friends, because once you cross the white lines, everyone's on their own.

Maria Sharapova no longer plans to change name to 'Sugarpova'


Upon further review, tennis star Maria Sharapova has decided against changing her name to 'Sugarpova' for the duration of the U.S. Open, thus letting common sense prevail.

It had been previously reported that Sharapova planned to change her last name in an effort to help advertise her line of premium candy, appropriately named Sugarpova. But ultimately the Russian native opted to scrap the unorthodox idea altogether. 

In hindsight, the whole ordeal looks like a marketing ploy from the get-go, and it probably achieved exactly what Sharapova was hoping for. People are now buzzing about both her and her candy on the one-year anniversary of its launch. 

Plus, it helped take some of the attention away from Sharapova firing tennis coach Jimmy Connors after just one match, a match in which Sharapova lost.

Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to teach coaching class at Akron

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Former Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel has traded in his whistle in favor of some chalk.

Tressel will teach a course at the University of Akron this fall called "General Principles of Coaching" alongside former Zips coach Jim Dennison. Dennison was the one who gave Tressel his start in coaching after hiring the latter as an assistant at the school in 1974.

"He gave me my first opportunity to coach," Tressel said, "and he provided guidance that has lasted me a lifetime."

The course will be open to Akron students and the general public. It is worth three credits and will be held once a week until December.

Tressel has spent the last two years in an administration role at Akron after he was forced to resign at Ohio State in 2011 amid scandal. He won a national title in 2002 during his 10-year run with the Buckeyes.

Tressel plans to have current Akron football coach Terry Bowden and men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot as guest lecturers for the course.

Via USA TODAY

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Photo: Alabama football fan trolls everyone with custom shirt

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Alabama Crimson Tide football fans have a reputation for being some of the most loyal and diehard fans in any sport and in any country.

The latest example comes courtesy of this custom-made shirt, which takes a swipe at Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Auburn fans, rival LSU, and Manti Te'o.

It's trolling at it's best.

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Yasiel Puig fined for showing up late

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Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig has found himself in a bit of trouble yet again.

The Cuban native has been fined an undisclosed amount for showing up to Marlins Park late for Tuesday's game against Miami.

According to Orange County Register reporter Bill Plunkett, Puig was staying in his family's home in Miami rather than the team hotel Tuesday afternoon, and got stuck in traffic on the way to the stadium.

Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly then pulled Puig into his office for a chat that lasted no longer than 10 minutes and resulted in a fine of "more than a dollar," according to Mattingly.

College baseball player shot and killed by three 'bored' teenagers in Oklahoma

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An unspeakable tragedy occurred in a small town in Oklahoma over the weekend as an Australian man attending a nearby college on a baseball scholarship was shot shot and killed in what police can only describe as a random killing by a trio of three "bored" teenagers who claimed to have killed the man just for the fun of it.

Christopher Lane, 22, was found dead Friday while visiting his girlfriend in the town of Duncan. Autopsy reports are still pending and it is unclear how many times Lane was shot.

Lane had reportedly gone for a jog and just so happened to pass by the home where the three boys were staying. It was then when the teens decided to target Lane as their victim and allegedly did so out of boredom.

Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said a woman called police after she witnessed Lane stagger across the road and fall to the ground.

Yasiel Puig yells hateful message directed toward media

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Los Angeles Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig is really good at baseball. One thing he appears to be not good at, however, is dealing with the press.

On Monday, Puig evidenced his deficiency and disdain with the media yet again by delivering a short and sweet message before his game in Miami.

Video: Giants ball girl goofs and tries to catch foul ball



San Francisco Giants third basemen Joaquin Arias found himself in an odd position Monday night at AT&T Park when he had to compete with his team's own ball girl to catch a foul ball.

The moment came with two outs in the top of the ninth inning against the visiting Red Sox, when hitter Stephen Drew fouled an 0-2 pitch high in the air and off near the third base side of the stands.

It was here when the ball girl suddenly had a lapse of judgement and attempted to flag down the foul pop for herself. Fortunately for here, Arias wound up making the catch instead, thus saving her a whole lot of grief from fans.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Video: Jose Canseco posts bizarre video for Twitter haters



Former MLB slugger Jose Canseco is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Canseco's latest shenanigan came Monday night when he proceeded to post this bizarre video for all of his "haters" on Twitter.

As you can see, the video is every bit as weird as it looks. It features a talking dinosaur which impersonates Canseco and vows to eat all of his haters.

We can all blame Canseco's newest squeeze for this.
If you're not following the admitted steroid user on Twitter, please do yourself a favor and go hit the follow button right now, or else you might miss the next crazy video.

Via @JoseCanseco

Video: Andy Dalton plugs unisex fragrance in new Pepsi commercial



Are you fan enough?

This is the precise question posed by Pepsi in its new advertisement starring Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

In the one and a half minute spot, Dalton stops by the home of a pair of affluent Bengals fans and proceeds to offer them a new unisex fragrance, which is designed for true fans.

The gullible yet loyal fans take the bait and give themselves a healthy spray of the concoction, which allegedly smells like a tiger, naturally.

Look for the fragrance at your local department store soon.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Brother nails sister's phone with foul ball while she's filming



By all accounts, the cameraman was just trying to be a good sister by filming her brother take an at-bat when disaster struck.

The scary incident ensues when the brother tips a pitch foul and backwards. Amazingly, it heads right toward his sister, who is filming it all on her phone, and the impact is so abrupt that it knocks the poor girl on her backside.

Luckily, the phone and the bill of her hat provided a shield of sort and may have saved her a trip to the emergency room.

No word yet on how she plans to retaliate against her sibling.

Via Deadspin

Video: Actress throws acrobatic first pitch in Korea



The Korean Baseball Organization continues to make ceremonial first pitches in Major League Baseball look like child's play.

Before a recent Doosan Bears game, taekwondoist and actress Tae Mi took the mound and threw out one of the most acrobatic pitches you are ever likely to see.

One thing that is strange about this first pitch, other than the way Mi contorts her body while delivering it, is the fact that a batter is standing in the batter's box.

But that pales in comparison to what Mi does.

Via Bleacher Report

Sunday, August 18, 2013

New book reveals sentiments of Penn State players about Joe Paterno


Penn State football players say they "were protecting an image" under head coach Joe Paterno in the latter stages of his career and convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky was an "old guy who worked out here once in a while" in an upcoming book entitled Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football.

The book, written by author John U. Bacon, details four Big Ten football programs during the 2012 season, and the portion dedicated to Penn State reveals that Sandusky had left the program when players were in elementary school, but retained access to university property, and that Paterno served more as a figurehead for much of the last 15 years of his coaching career.

Here is an excerpt taken from the book that examines Paterno's relationship to his team in the recent years leading up to the scandal:

Philadelphia Flyers asking fans to help set ridiculous world record


It's that time of year, again.

It's time for NHL teams to start prepping for training camp by laying down their ice and painting the lines and various sponsorship logos for the upcoming season.

With this being said, the Philadelphia Flyers are calling on the assistance of fans to help set one of the most ridiculous world records imaginable.

On Monday, the Flyers are inviting fans to show up at the Wells Fargo Center to set a Guinness record for the "most people to simultaneously watch paint dry."

No, seriously. This is a real goal.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jose Canseco goes on Twitter tirade against Little League World Series umpires


The Little League World Series is arguably the pinnacle of amateur baseball at its finest. In fact, the event is one of the most enjoyable sporting tournaments of the year and it's really hard to find anything major to complain about it.

Well, unless your former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco.

Apparently, Canseco just couldn't hold his tongue while tuning in to some LLWS action. And the controversial figure took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to voice his discontent with the umpires.

Here are some of his tweets...

Photo: Kids toilet paper Mario Balotelli's sports car after he refuses to sign autographs


AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli wasn't in the mood to sign autographs or pose for pictures in Lugano Switzerland on Thursday night, which is totally understandable, because he gets hounded nearly everywhere he goes. However, his refusal to do so cost him this time.

Once Balotelli declined the requests of a group of nearby fans, he went on his merry way, but left his cherry red Ferrari behind in a parking spot. Apparently, that was a mistake, as the fans decided to show their displeasure by wrapping Balotelli's sports car in toilet paper.

All in all, it was a relatively harmful prank, and a somewhat comical one at that. It pales in comparison to the time a Manchester United fan urinated on Balotelli's Bentley back in January, though.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Video: Guy picks up a 7-10 bowling split with a baseball



This is a video you have to see to believe.

What you see here is a man by the name of Scott Wearne of the Australian Baseball League's Melbourne Aces picking up a spare at the bowling alley by using a baseball. Yes, that's right. A baseball.

As you can see, his first throw is right down the middle, and it mows down eight pins in its path, leaving just two left to knock down, which he does on his second throw.

Wearne's spare wasn't any ordinary spare, either. No, it was the virtually impossible 7-10 split, which has been giving bowlers fits for years in trying to convert.

Well done.

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Audio: Reds broadcast goes silent on Jonathan Lucroy's walk-off homer


Reds television broadcasters Jim Kelch and Chris Welsh definitely did not expect to see what they saw at Miller Park on Friday night when Jonathan Lucroy smacked a two-run walk-off home run off dominant Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. How else can you explain the deathly silence from them immediately following Lucroy's decisive swing?

Take a listen and hear for yourself...



Video: Umpire's throw to the mound nails unprepared Astros pitcher



It's not too often a pitcher gets hits with a throw, this is usually reserved for the hitters in the batter's box, but such was the case for Houston Astros hurler Brad Peacock on Friday.

With a man on base and two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Peacock uncorked a pitch to Angels hitter Peter Bourjos, who squirted the ball foul after attempting to bunt his way on base.

This is when home plate umpire Paul Schrieber reaches into his ball pouch and proceeds to whip one back in the direction of Peacock. The only problem with this is that Peacock is totally unprepared and the ball nails him squarely in the left shoulder.

The look on Peacock's face is priceless immediately after the deed is done.

The right-hander would be okay, though. He stayed in the game until the bottom of the seventh and wound up recording the win to improve to 2-4 on the year.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Eagles will blare music while offense is on field at home games


It's no secret that first-year coach Chip Kelly is shaking things up with the Philadelphia Eagles this season. The most notable change will be the fast paced offense Kelly is implementing with the Eagles after running it successfully for years at the helm of the Oregon Ducks.

Now, the latest innovation by Kelly was put on display in Philadelphia's preseason clash with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. Music blared from the speaker system as Kelly's offense marched down the field. Apparently, the loud music during live game action isn't going anywhere, either.

According to a report from CBS Philly, the Eagles are planning to continue to play music in the regular season while their offense is on the field, and prior to the snap of the football. Oddly enough, this won't necessarily break any NFL rules.

Report: Ryan Braun plans to admit to using PEDs and lying

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Milwaukee Brewers maligned slugger Ryan Braun plans to set the record straight regarding his link to performance-enhancing drugs.

According to his friends, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity, said Braun is expected to make a public announcement soon, which he plans to admit using performance-enhancing drugs in parts of the 2011 season, as well as the reason for doing so.

Braun will also allegedly issue an apology to everyone from Commissioner Bud Selig to urine collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. to his teammates and fellow players for lying and deceiving.

One of the motives for Braun's confession is said to be in an effort to distance himself from embattled New York Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez has come under intense heat over the last few weeks in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal. Naturally, he has become public enemy number one for majority of baseball fans.

Video: Streaker at Browns game gets leveled by security


So, a streaker made his way onto the field of play during Thursday night's preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns. His reign of terror and embarrassment didn't last too long, though.

As he was heading toward the back corner of the end zone, one security officer decided to give the streaker a good swift kick to the leg, and another decides to lower his shoulder and plow the go over, right after the streaker decided to pull his shorts down for all to see.

The streaker tried to get up and flee the scene, however, he was quickly reprimanded by several more security officers.

Video: Minor league pitcher nearly decapitated by line drive



Minor league pitcher Daniel Norris lived through a scary encounter Thursday night after a line drive up the middle nearly took off his head.

The play occurred when the Lansing Lugnuts southpaw delivered a pitch to David Gonzalez of the West Michigan White caps. As you can see, Gonzalez rips the pitch right back up the middle, and in the direction of Norris' head. Fortunately, Norris was able to snap his glove in front of his face while falling to the ground in time to avoid a disastrous situation.

It all happens so fast, obviously. Gonzalez reacts with a frightened gesture as he walks back to the dugout and Norris takes a huge sigh of relief as he lays on the ground with the baseball.

Via Big League Stew

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Video: Matt Joyce wraps caution tape around Wil Myers' hot bat



Tampa Bay Rays rookie Wil Myers has been nothing short of amazing since getting the call up to the big leagues earlier in the year.

On Thursday, the 22-year-old continued his hot hitting at the plate, going 3-for-4 with four RBI, two doubles, and two runs scored in a win over the Mariners.

Teammate Matt Joyce took notice of Myers' offensive contribution during the affair and decided to take action by wrapping some yellow caution tape around the barrel of the youngster's bat.

Beware, American League pitchers. You've been warned.

Photo: Rays bring giant snake into clubhouse

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A 20-foot reticulated python named Asia paid a visit to the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse Thursday afternoon.

Manager Joe Maddon said he chose the slithering creature to mingle with his players because, "the snake is representative of risk-taking and creativity in the Chinese culture."

As you might imagine, some players were freaking out over the mere sight of the snake.

“I don’t do snakes,” said outfielder Wil Myers, from the comfort of a card table across the clubhouse from the python.

“It eats people, you know,” Longoria yelled across the room.

No worries, though. The snake's handlers said the only known instances of a reticulated python eating people are in remotes areas of Southeast Asia.

Thankfully, the Rays are thousands of miles away in Florida.

Via For the Win