Saturday, May 31, 2014

Photo: Clippers superfan gets new team owner's name shaved into head



Los Angeles Clippers superfan, who goes by the name of Clipper Darrell on social media, is really excited about ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer buying his beloved NBA team.

How else can you explain getting Ballmer's name shaved into the back of his head? Well, I suppose that could be because Clipper Darrell loves attention. But it's also well known that Clipper Darrell loves the Clippers. So we'll give him the benefit of the doubt here.

Via The Big Lead

Video: Gym member eats pizza during workout at Planet Fitness



This is what you call multi-tasking.

Seen here is a Planet Fitness gym member curbing his hunger and sculpting his body at the very same time. Efficient? Yes. Questionable? Maybe.

Unfortunately, a fellow gym member nearby noticed and captured the scene on video. So we can expect this guy featured in the clip to receive plenty of judgement in the coming days.

White Goodman would totally disapprove.

Via The Big Lead

Photo: Serena Williams crashes wedding after getting booted from French Open

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Serena Williams wasn't expecting to have so much free time this weekend. But an early exit from the 2014 French Open freed up her schedule.

So how did Williams decide to spend her leisure time in Miami on Saturday? By hitting the beach and crashing a wedding of course.

On Friday, Williams also enjoyed herself by watching the Heat eliminate the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Perhaps losing early on in the French Open isn't so bad after all.

Via Bleacher Report (Photo: Instagram)

Audio: V. Stiviano caught on tape mocking black people



If this isn't a classic example of irony, I don't know what is.

The woman responsible for publicly humiliating Donald Sterling by recording the ex-Clippers owner making racist comments can now be heard in an audio clip making racist comments of her own.

TMZ Sports was able to get the clip which features some of the following remarks by V. Stiviano:

"I don't understand black people. You give them a little bit of money, they don't know what to do with it."

"[Black people] just act crazy ... they're like, 'Yo, I wanna put extra rims on top of my rims. And my rims are gonna turn around. I'm gonna call them spinners.'"

The footage was reportedly recorded in 2011 as a part of a reality show pilot about, wait for it, gold diggers. As fate would have it, V. Stiviano would eventually go on to achieve her goal of finding a mega-rich man and milk him for all he is worth

Video: Florida uses hidden ball trick against College of Charleston

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The Florida Gators employed the use of trickery in Friday night's bout against the College of Charleston.

The moment came in the top of the first inning when Florida shortstop Richie Martin concealed the baseball in his glove while pitcher Logan Shore tied his cleats off the mound. Eventually, the time came when College of Charleston's Nick Pappas wandered ever so slightly off second base and the rest is history.

The Gators were able to pull off the old hidden ball trick.

Via The Big Lead

Lance Stephenson posts heartfelt message for LeBron James and Heat



Although the series ended in defeat, Lance Stephenson had himself a memorable Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat. In the span of six games, Stephenson was fined for flopping on two seperate occasions, snuck into Miami's huddle, committed a flagrant foul, blew air into LeBron James' ear, was called out by Larry Bird, and tried to get inside James' head by saying he has a weakness.

After the conclusion of the decisive Game 6, Stephenson posted the following message on his Instagram account, which was surprisingly complentary to the Heat and James.

I have much respect for LeBron and the heat. This was a great series they deserve it all love to Heat. Want to say that I’m so proud of my teammates we work so hard all year to get to point, Everything is a learning experience and getting better every year love u guys Pacer nation and thanks to all of our Pacer fans love y’all too
Via For the Win

Friday, May 30, 2014

Michigan State commit gets 60 days in jail for slamming security officer


Michigan State football commit Jayru Campbell was forced to face the proverbial music on Friday when a judge sentenced him to 60 days in jail for slamming a school security guard to the ground in January.

The incident was caught on video and immediately went viral when it hit the web. The Spartans have yet to comment specifically on the status of Campbell's scholarship offer. The senior-to-be is ranked as a three-star dual-threat quarterback by most recruiting services.

Here's more on the story from the Detroit Free Press:

The 17-year-old must turn himself in July 28, which gives him time to complete summer school, then he will begin serving his time in the Wayne County Jail. Campbell has been credited for three days already spent in custody, said Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny, who presides over the criminal division.

“Mr. Campbell's regrettable lack of self-control and his violent response to legitimate school authority has to be sanctioned,” Kenny said.

Johnny Damon claims he got 'booted out of the game' for being clean

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Johnny Damon played 18 seasons in the major leagues and boasts numbers that some may suggest earn him consideration for Cooperstown. However, Damon believes he could have played even longer after telling an Orlando radio station during a recent interview that he was ousted from baseball because he refused to take PEDs.

“I played it clean,” Damon said. “I think I’m one of the only players to come out and say, ‘I guarantee you there is nothing I’ve done that enhanced my baseball career.’”

Damon then went on to say:

“You can’t fault someone who has a chance to make $20 million, $50 million, $100 million for going against the system to get to where they are,” Damon said. “You can’t fault them, but I’m as clean as they came and I got booted out of the game because I’m clean.”

Video: Pau Gasol visits with Sesame Street gang



Pau Gasol is not participating in the NBA postseason at the moment. So the next best thing to playing for a title is obviously hanging out with the gang from Sesame Street.

Seen here is the Los Angeles Lakers center conversing with Elmo and the rest of the crew. In the clip, Gasol calls the experience an "honor" and reminisces about the times when he used to watch Sesame Street as a child.

Good times all around.

Via For the Win

Photo: Prospect's face back to normal after getting pelted with fastball

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Delino DeShields Jr. is in much better shape now than he was a few weeks ago after recovering from a brutal face injury caused by a 90 mph fastball.

On April 18, the Houston Astros prospect was hospitalized after taking a pitch directly in the face during a minor league game. As you can see from the photo above on the right, DeShields' face swelled up like a balloon in the aftermath. Fortunately, the son of former MLB player Delino DeShields Sr. is back to full strength.

"Everything is pretty much back to normal. I feel good," he said. "I don't have any lingering effects. Nothing bothers me."

In case you're curious, the first solid food DeShields ate in his recovery was boneless chicken wings, because who doesn't like that?

Via TMZ Sports

Report: Floyd Mayweather paid Nicki Minaj $50k to appear at daughter's birthday party

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It's no secret Floyd Mayweather has money to burn. After all, Forbes recently pegged Mayweather as one of the world's highest-paid athletes. 

With this in mind, Mayweather spared no expenses for his daughter's (Iyanna) 14th birthday party. The boxer rented out the entire MGM ballroom in Las Vegas and even paid rapper Nicki Minaj a sum of $50,000 to make an appearance at the party.

According to TMZ Sports, Minaj stayed for roughly an hour to hang out with Iyanna and snap a few photos. And that was pretty much it. Easiest $50,000 ever made?

Last year, Justin Bieber showed his face at Iyanna's birthday party. So it's anyone's guess which celebrity shows up for her party next time around.

Kliff Kingsbury wants to have bottle service at Texas Tech practices



No college football coach boasts a cooler image right now than Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech. Seriously, the 34-year-old can do no wrong.

In an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show this week, Kingsbury only grew his coaching legend by revealing how he wishes Texas Tech practices included bottle service. This coming after Kingsbury gave some background on the idea by referring to how Kevin Sumlin once ran practices at the University of Houston. And those practices featured ice cream trucks. But not any ice cream trucks.

“We filled it with some girls from one of the clubs, the bottle girls,” he said. “That was impressive. That was a good practice.”

Photo: Incoming Kentucky basketball freshman has biggest feet in school history

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The Kentucky Wildcats have had some outstanding players come through the basketball program over the years. But no player has ever possessed a shoe size as big as Karl-Anthony Towns.

According to the UK equipment staff's official Twitter account, the size 20 shoes ordered for Towns is the largest pair ever required from a student athlete. Well, at least since the school has been sponsored by Nike.

More on the story from the Courier-Journal:

Towns’ shoes are the largest the Wildcats’ staff has ever had to order, at least in the Nike era, for summer practices. And that minuscule shoe next to the 20? Just your average 10 1/2.
The New Jersey native Towns is just one piece of a team guaranteed to be the biggest in college basketball next season. Along with Towns, who stands at 7-feet, the Wildcats have seven players in all 6-8 or taller and three 7-footers — he, Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein.

To put Towns' feet into perspective, Shaq reportedly wears a size 22 while Robin and Brook Lopez are believed to have the biggest shoe size in the NBA at the moment with both wearing size 20.

Via For the Win

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Photo: Craigslist ad surfaces to find new owner of Clippers



The Los Angeles Clippers are currently looking for a new owner thanks to pressure from the NBA to sell. And it appears the search for a new ownership group has made its way onto Craigslist.

The comical listing can be seen in its entirety at this link. However, a screenshot of the ad can be seen above and you can rest assured very few people fit the profile.

A few of the requirements wanted from the new owner include having "over $1 billion in liquid assets" and "if you have a mistress, she must be kept off social media." Oh, additional traits desired include honesty, discretion and "at least 53% mental acuity," which obviously eliminates current owner Donald Sterling from the mix.

How much do you think the Clippers will sell for and who do you believe will step up and ultimately buy the NBA franchise?

Group of Connecticut graduates cash in $60k winnings on championship futures bet

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Who could have envisioned the Connecticut Huskies making a run to the title like they did in this year's NCAA Tournament? The answer is probably very few people did. But that didn't stop a group of 12 recent UConn graduates from laying down $100 each on the Huskies to win the national championship at 50-1 odds last November in Las Vegas. And they had themselves a pretty awesome Memorial Day weekend to celebrate.

“The plan was if we won, we’d come back to Vegas to pick up the money and have a ridiculous Memorial Day weekend,” said Harrison Fuchs, the de facto leader of the big winners. “We all thought it was a long shot, but here we are.”

The idea started last fall when Fuchs decided to make a trip to the Sin City with his sister's boyfriend and then invited his closest fraternity friends to come along. After persuading his friends to lay down $100 on the Huskies to win it all, the group started shopping for the best odds in order to make their wager. They eventually arrived at Cantor Gaming's sports book inside the Hard Rock Hotel.

Manny Ramirez apologizes to secretary for ugly 2008 incident with Red Sox

While back in Boston, Manny Ramirez saw to some unfinished business. (USATSI)

On Wednesday, Manny Ramirez made his triumphant return to Fenway Park as part of a 10-year gathering for the 2004 Red Sox championship team. For the most part, the moment was all celebratory in nature as Ramirez threw out the first pitch and answered questions about his new job as a minor league player/coach for the Chicago Cubs.

However, Ramirez also took some time during the trip to apologize to a Red Sox employee he admittedly wrong during his playing days in Boston. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston explains:

[Ramirez] sought out Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick and apologized for the 2008 incident in Houston in which he flung the much older McCormick to the clubhouse floor in a dispute over tickets for that night's game.

Video: California high school wins playoff game with walk-off triple play



It's been said before that no victory in baseball is as exciting as a walk-off victory. That might very well be true. But it's tough to envision a more exciting (and improbable) walk-off win than the one Menlo High School (CA) pulled out over Capuchino High School (CA) in a recent playoff game.

Watch and see for yourself as Menlo secures a 2-1 triumph with a 6-3 triple play.

Via Eye on Baseball

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason boasts business cards made of gold

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It remains to be seen how new Vanderbilt Commodores football coach Derek Mason fares in Nashville. But it has become extremely clear that Mason boasts the best business cards in all of college football.

Take a look at the card the first-year coach is showing off to explain his credentials. Yes, you guessed it. That card is made of pure gold.

Mason has his work cut out for him to fill the shoes James Franklin left behind for Penn State. But I would venture to say he is off to a great start with this flashy card.

Via For the Win

Photo: Max Scherzer fastball leaves giant welt on John Jaso's arm


Being hit by a pitch is probably the greatest fear of anyone who quits little league baseball before the age of 13. Heck, even big league hitters likely worry about being nailed by a 95 mph pitch every now and then. And after seeing what a Max Scherzer fastball did to the left forearm of John Jason it is not hard to understand why.

Seen here is a screenshot taken of the massive welt on Jaso's arm after being plunked by Scherzer's heater. Don't let that smile fool you. That hurts a little bit. The painful result came following an epic 11-pitch plate appearance for Jaso against the All-Star right-hander.

Amazingly, Jaso would get revenge in his next at-bat by smacking a home run off Scherzer. So it looks like Jaso is going to be just fine.

Via Eye on Baseball

Shane Battier was recently offered a shot to run for senate in Michigan?

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At 35-years-old, Shane Battier's professional basketball career is likely coming to an end soon. And that means it's time for the Michigan native to start thinking about post-basketball plans.

According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, part of Battier's future plans might be to dabble in politics. Battier told Lowe that he was recently approached about running for senate in his home state, but he turned the offer down to focus on basketball.

Battier is nearing retirement now, and he can no longer shoot, dribble, or defend like he once did. The Michigan Democratic Party recently called him to see if he might consider running to replace U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Battier said. He declined, but he’s closer to retirement than he is to the player who helped Miami unlock its identity.

Battier has expressed interest in public service before and his education from Duke University certainly does nothing to hurt his cause either.

Via For the Win

Matt Barkley burns trolling UCLA fan account on Twitter

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Matt Barkley didn't hesitate to fire back at a UCLA fan account who compared 50 Cent's horrible first pitch at a Mets game with Barkley's ability to throw a football.
Barkley, a former USC Trojan and current backup quarterback for the Eagles, responded to the trolling UCLA fan with the following tweet.

Video: Rapping grandpa pleads for LeBron James to return to Cleveland



It's no secret how desperately Cleveland Cavaliers fans want LeBron James to return to the franchise he began his career with. If you don't believe me, just check out this music video of a rapping grandpa (Grandpa M) alongside J. Money and Young Scoob, who created it in hopes of convincing James to return to Cleveland.

I could be wrong, but I'm not sure this video is going to seal the deal.

Via Bleacher Report

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Video: Chris Sale breaks a move at wedding to 'Call Me Maybe'



Do you know that insanely popular music hit by Carly Rae Jepsen entitled "Call Me Maybe?"

Well, apparently Chris Sale is a huge fan of it just like most of the rest of us. And he earned his stripes recently by breaking a move to the song at a wedding.

Yes, Sale proves in this video that is he more than the ace of the White Sox. He can entertain crowds just as well with his feet as his left arm too.

Via TMZ Sports

Mark Cuban: I want Spurs to win title so Tim Duncan retires

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Mark Cuban knows all too well how Tim Duncan has terrorized the Western Conference since Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks in 2000. After all, Duncan has helped guide the Spurs to four NBA titles en route to earning 14 trips to the All-Star Game in his storied career.

Now, Cuban is pulling for Duncan and San Antonio to win yet another championship, which may sound odd to Mavs fans considering the Spurs were responsible for eliminating Cuban's team in the first round. But Cuban's reasoning seems to justify it.

“I want San Antonio to win,” Cuban said on a Dallas radio station last Friday. “I want Tim Duncan to hit a game-winning shot to win Game 7 (in the Western Conference Finals), then go to the Finals, do the exact same thing, hit a game-winning shot in Game 7, run down the tunnel, never to be seen from again.

Photo: Pair of dolphins photobomb Redskins cheerleader's swimsuit shoot

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A pair of playful dolphins decided to photobomb the swimsuit shoot of a Washington Redskins cheerleader on Monday.

In related news, their bold move could cause the first time in history that an average viewer notices the background of a swimsuit photo rather than the model.

Good work, dolphins. We see you stealing the spotlight.

Via SportsbyBrooks

Monday, May 26, 2014

Georgia football recruited future wrestling superstar with a bottle of bourbon

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College football recruiting can be a tricky game. But sometimes all it takes to seal the deal is a good old fashioned bottle of bourbon.

In a recent interview with legendary commentator Jim Ross, wrestling superstar and former Georgia Bulldogs football player Bill Goldberg revealed why he chose to attend UGA.

Goldberg's explanation goes as follows:

“What solidified my trip was a bottle of Wild Turkey that was handed to me as I was standing on top of a bar during my recruiting trip. You know, I had a great time at Georgia, great memories. It will always be that one thing in my life that I’ll want to re-enact again.”

So, there you have it. Although Goldberg's football career didn't quite pan out, playing for the Bulldogs did lead to an opportunity in the WCW and WWE, which turned out to be an excellent choice for him.

Via For the Win

Photo: Sporting goods store discounting all Landon Donovan gear

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The value of Landon Donovan merchandise seems to be taking a hit following the announcement that the 32-year-old won't be included on the United States roster for the 2014 World Cup roster.

This photo uploaded by @alewisPKP and reposted by @darrenrovell serves as evidence. It comes courtesy of a Dick's Sporting Goods store that is obviously trying to move inventory sooner rather than later.

Hey, 25 percent off isn't bad.

Photo: Kent State baseball player's celebratory leap is amazing

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For the fifth time in six seasons, the Kent State Golden Flashes baseball team is heading to the NCAA tournament after capturing the Mid-American Conference tournament championship over the weekend.

Kent State blanked Akron, 3-0, to punch its ticket to the promised land, leading to this remarkable photo of the post-game celebration.

Seen most notably here is right fielder T.J. Sutton leaping in the air onto the dogpile in pure joy. The timing of this photo posted by @MACinFocus couldn't be better.

Via Bleacher Report

ACC uses bat dogs instead of bat boys for conference tournament



In an effort to presumably cut down on costs and increase efficiency, the Atlantic Coast Conference decided to use bat dogs throughout the conference baseball tournament instead of bat boys.

The canine seen above is Miss LouLou Gehrig and can regularly be seen serving as ba dog of the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers.

This is pretty awesome.

Via Bleacher Report

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ryne Sandberg confesses he ate cat food for year as a child

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Ryne Sandberg is a Hall of Fame second basemen who made 10 All-Star Game appearances and is currently the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. A natural question to ask is what exactly led Sandberg to be so successful in professional baseball. Well, a quick look into his childhood diet may present the answer.

Apparently, Sandberg used to munch on Friskies cat food like it was Chex Mix as a kid. And not just a few times either. Sandberg revealed on a morning radio show in Philly that he Incorporated cat food into his diet for "about a year."

"I did that as a youngster, maybe four or five-years-old, maybe six-years-old. I don't know. I guess I was hungry. I still remember the crunchiness of it was the biggest thing. This wasn't a one time thing either. This went on for about a year as a little snack," he confessed.

You can find the full audio clip at this link. But perhaps you agree with my assessment that no further investigation is needed. Sandberg slammed cat food as a kid and doesn't care who knows about it. Furthermore, it appears Sandberg turned out alright.

Via MLB Cut 4

Reds serve 'smoked cardinal' while hosting St. Louis for series

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This weekend's homestand in Cincinnati is an important one between two division foes as the Reds play host to the St. Louis Cardinals.

It also marks the opportunity for fans at Great American Ball Park to indulge in some "Smoked Cardinal." However, it should be noted that the dish is actually quail.

The Cards and Reds are slated to play the rubber match of their series Sunday night on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Smoked Cardinal is optional.

Browns fan creates own beer inspired by Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel fever is sweeping across the nation of Cleveland Browns fans and it has apparently found its way to Chris Slavin.

Slavin recently made a trip to Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio, which allows a customer to choose a recipe and make a specific style of beer within a matter of hours, to create a beer inspired by the newest quarterback for the Browns.

"It's 8 percent alcohol, according to the recipe. And I followed the recipe exactly. It's sweet. It tastes a little like banana and it's really smooth. It's got a cool color, too, the color of banana, and I'm allergic to banana," said Slavin of the Belgian golden ale.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chris Johnson removed from Braves game after throwing temper tantrum

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Atlanta Braves third basemen Chris Johnson let anger get the best of him Friday night when he was removed from the game by manager Fredi Gonzalez due to throwing a temper tantrum.

The incident which sparked the outburst occurred in the second inning when Johnson went down on strikes to Rockies hurler Jordan Lyles. This fueled Johnson to go crazy in the tunnel leading to Atlanta's clubhouse.

To his credit, Johnson apologized for his behavior after the game.

"I apologized to the team about that after the game and to Pena for having to pick me up," Johnson told reporters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm sorry to the fans, people who came out to watch me play today. That's just one of my demons. That's one of those things I've got to try to get through and get better at.

Photo: Minnesota Wild allow fans to paint ice with messages



The Minnesota Wild allowed season ticket holders to do something pretty unique and interesting recently.

If you cannot tell by the photo already, the Wild gave fans the chance to paint the ice at Xcel Energy Center with messages and pictures. And amazingly the fans kept the message fairly clean!

Pretty cool concept, eh?

Via Deadspin

Yasiel Puig sounds off on playing style criticism

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Yasiel Puig has been no stranger to criticism since making his major league debut last season.

The Cuban native has been criticized for flipping bats, making fundamental errors on defense and the bases, and just generally playing baseball in a way that rubs some folks the wrong way. Despite this, Puig continues to be one of the most productive players in the league and he has a message for anyone who doesn't enjoy his style of play.

From Paul Hagen of MLB.com:

Video: Adrien Broner gives homeless man $1,000



Professional boxer Adrien Broner made this panhandler extremely happy when he decided to give the stranger a whopping $1,000 in cash.

As to be expected, the panhandler was in utter disbelief at Broner's generosity (Warning: NSFW language) and repeatedly let that be known.

All told, his reaction is priceless.

Via Bleacher Report

Friday, May 23, 2014

Video: Diamondbacks minor leaguer slugs five home runs consecutively



On Thursday, Arizona Diamondbacks minor league slugger Jon Griffin did something that had never been done before. And that is hit five home runs in five consecutive at-bats.

The crazy streak began Wednesday night when he blasted four as a member of the Double-A Mobile BayBears. On Thursday, Griffin ripped another blast in his first at-bat to make it five in a row.

The previous record for home runs hit in consecutive at-bats in a major or minor league game was held by Carlos Gonzalez (2012) and Carlos Delgado (2003).

Jurgen Klinsmann's son laughs off Landon Donovan's exclusion from national team

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In a shocking move, Landon Donovan was not included among the 23-man United States Men's Soccer Team roster for the World Cup.

This brought great sadness to many soccer-loving fans in America. However, the son of head coach Jurgen Klinsmann didn't appear to be fazed by the exclusion at all.

As you can see from his deleted tweet, he decided to laugh off the Donovan news. But the tweet was quickly deleted before issuing the following apology: “Yes, I deleted the tweet, Yes, I realize it was VERY classless. But again, My sincerest apologies to everyone who was offended.”

The 32-year-old Donovan was expected to not only make the roster, but be a key contributor as well. Unfortunately, neither is going to happen obviously, as Klinsmann opted to leave out arguably the most decorated soccer play in U.S. history for this go around in the World Cup.

Via For the Win

Magic offering $100,000 prize to anyone who can correctly pick draft lottery

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Do you think you have the knowledge to correctly pick every lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft? If so, you could soon net yourself $100,000 from the Orlando Magic.

Apparently, the Magic are willing to give out the money to anyone who can peg the first 14 selections in the draft. If more than one person correctly picks the lottery than the money is split evenly. If nobody wins, which is a great possibility, one fan will be chosen at random to receive two season tickets valued at roughly $6,000.

Okay, here are the rules. First, all contestants must be at least 18 years of age. Second, all contestants must also live within 75-mile radius of Orlando. Lastly, all entries must be submitted by June 22.

For those unaware, the 2014 NBA Draft takes place on June 26.

Via Bleacher Report

Horse dies in freak accident at Churchill Downs


The new sound system at Churchill Downs is being blamed by the trainer of a racehorse that died on Thursday after suffering a freak accident.

The 5-year-old named Never Tell Lynda was walking toward the paddock area on the track when she reared, twisted and fell, hitting her head and dying. The incident came before the first race of the day at the Louisville, Ky. track.

The horse's trainer, Kenneth Wirth, believes Never Tell Lynda was startled by the sound of a starting gate bell coming from a commercial on the historic track's gigantic new video board.

"We teach horses to break from that," he said. "And you've got it on a loud speaker that everybody in a two-city block can hear. Well, what's she going to do? She thinks she's supposed to take off. And that's what she did. And when she did, she lunged and she lost her balance and went down.

It was quickly evident that this horse was in the process of expiring," he said. "To ease her suffering, one of our veterinarians euthanized her."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Indians minor league team to give away Jobu bobbleheads

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On August 1, the first 1,500 fans through the gates to watch the Lake County Captains, Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians are in for a treat.

This is because these lucky fans will get their hands on a genuine bobblehead of Jobu from "Major League." You know, the figurine made famous by the immortal Pedro Cerrano.

This might be the greatest giveaway in the history of giveaways.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Restaurant congratulates Lakers on 'amazing playoff run' in newspaper ad

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At 27-55, this season will go down as one of the worst in the storied history of the Los Angeles Lakers. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers prospered to win the Pacific Division and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

Despite the Clippers making the playoffs and the Lakers not, Santa Monica restaurant Upper West mistakenly congratulated the wrong team in Wednesday's edition of the Los Angeles Times.

The Clippers can't seem to catch a break.

Via For the Win

Video: Giants relief pitcher injures himself while trying for infield hit

Giants Pitcher Santiago Casilla Hurts Himself On Meaningless Groundout

Despite popular opinion, sometimes hustling is not always the best policy.

Take this example of San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla for example. Last night, Casilla injured himself trying to beat out a groundball with his team up four runs in the ninth inning. The pitcher had to be carried off the field and a trip to the disabled list seems imminent.

After the game, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said he told Casilla not to swing at all in his plate appearance and was in "shock" when he saw Casilla busting it down the line like that.

"I don't know what got into him," said Bochy.

Via Deadspin 

Mexico's soccer coach prohibits player from having sex during World Cup


The only kind of scoring Mexico will be allowed to do at the World Cup involves a net.

Mexico's head coach Miguel Herrera has put a ban on sexual intercourse (and booze) when the team stays in Brazil for the international tournament. Yes, Herrera's all about business and no screwing around of any kind will be tolerated.

“If a player can not endure a month or 20 days without having intercourse, then you are not prepared to be a professional,” Herrera told Mexican newspaper Reforma. “Let’s play a World Cup, we’re not going to a party.”

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blind man set to play football at Tulane as preferred walk-on



The Tulane Green Wave will welcome Aaron Golub to campus this fall as a preferred walk-on football player. This in and of itself isn't news. But the fact that Golub is legally blind sure is.

The incoming freshman, who was a two-year starter at Newtown South High School in Boston, has no vision in his right eye and only limited sight out of his left. Naturally, it begs the question: How will Golub be able to play college football?

As fate would have it, Golub has developed himself into a pretty solid long snapper, which is arguably the most underappreciated position on the football field. Golub was ranked by 247 Sports as the 12th best long snapper in America and the 19th overall prospect in the state of Massuchusetts.

Louisville basketball player: ''Our fans are more mature' than Kentucky fans

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Louisville Cardinals forward Akoy Agau is sure to draw the ire of some Kentucky fans after a subtle jab he took at Big Blue Nation during a recent radio interview.

Last month, the seldom-used sophomore went on the radio with "Sharp and Benning in the morning" in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska to discuss, among other things, the rivarly between the Cardinals and the Wildcats.

Agau said a lot of non-controversial things throughout the interview. But it's this line that folks around the Bluegrass will remember.

“I personally feel like our fans are more mature,” Agau said with a laugh. “I hope there’s not any Kentucky fans listening."

Who does Johnny Manziel think the Cavaliers should take with first overall pick?


There is a new opinion setter in Cleveland and his name is Johnny Manziel.

After reportedly convincing the Browns to pick him 22nd overall in the NFL Draft, Manziel has now turned his draft recommendation efforts to the upcoming NBA Draft. Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers earned the number one overall pick in the draft for the third time in four years and Manziel already knows who he thinks the Cavs should take.

Video: Hero cat throws out first pitch at minor league baseball game



After saving a little boy from a vicious dog last week, Tara, who is affectionately known as the Hero Cat, threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game on Tuesday.

Seen here is the feline delivering the ceremonial ball with an assist from the boy (Jeremy) who she saved. 

The scene took place at the home stadium of the Bakersfield Blaze which is the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Amazingly, the scene where the cat's brave heroics were caught on video occurred just a few miles from the stadium.

Not surprisingly, the crowd cheered like crazy when Tara was introduced.

Former teammate creates phone app inspired by Peyton Manning's Super Bowl meltdown

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It goes without saying, but Peyton Manning did not have a good showing in the most recent Super Bowl. And now one of his former teammates has immortalized the performance by creating an iPhone app inspired by Manning's woeful game.

Brandon King, a defensive back who played with Manning in 2010, is the mastermind behind a new smart phone game called "Smashman," where a quarterback gets suffocated by the opposing defense. As you can see from the photo above, the quarterback looks very similar to Manning.

The idea for the game came while King was watching the Super Bowl.

"It was the most embarrassing game I ever saw him play. I was like let me make an app where it’s almost impossible to score on a defense."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Video: Quite possibly the hardest rugby hit you will ever see



While the NFL continues to take measures to make the sport safer, rugby is having none of that as evidenced by this wicked hit during a recent NRL game.

The man doing the punishing is John Wesley Tauti and the man on the receiving end of the lung collapsing hit is Kyle Krisanski-Kennedy. As you can see, Tauti absolutely obliterates Kennedy, making the latter's head snap back in a way that may cause the squeamish to cringe.

There's only word that can describe this hit: Ouch.

Via The Big Lead

$60 million high school stadium in Texas still ruled unsafe

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Only in the state of Texas could a $60 million stadium be approved and built for high school football. And as it turns out the stadium, which was approved for construction in 2009 and briefly opened in 2012, is still deemed unsafe for use.

Apparently, an analysis conducted by a team of engineers ruled that support structures underneath the concourse level were deemed unable to handle a suitable weight capacity. In other words, the engineers believe the stadium is at risk of collapsing if fans pack the stands.

Repairing the stadium is estimated to take 6-8 months and an additional chunk of change on top of the $60 million budget. So instead of going that route the high school has decided to pay $5,300 per game to play its home schedule at a nearby venue.

Video: Bowler drills strike from entrance of building



So, this is pretty impressive.

Seen here is a bold bowler upping the ante for trying to drill a strike by uncorking a throw from the entrance of the building. That's right. This guy was apparently bored of tossing balls down the regulation lane so he decided to increase the distance by roughly two and a half times.

And he was able to come through in the clutch too.

Via Bleacher Report

Was original Charlotte Hornets designer compensated with barbecue?


After a brief hiatus, the franchise formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats have now reverted back to its old name in the likes of the Charlotte Hornets.

There is an excellent article on BuzzFeed detailing the massive merchandise success of Charlotte's uniform design in the 1990s. The team's bold clash of teal and purple made it a fashion icon and the designer in charge of the phenomenon was North Carolina native and New York fashion designer Alexander Julian.

Given the wild success of the design, one might be led to believe that Julian made a fortune off his innovative combination of colors. That's apparently not true. In fact, Julian received no monetary compensation to speak of at all. Instead, he was paid in the form of some old fashioned comfort food.

Former Buccaneers cheerleader suing team for violating wage laws


A former cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is suing the team alleging that it violated federal wage laws while she was employed with the franchise.

According to Deadspin, Manouchar Pierre-Val is claiming the Buccaneers forced her into making several unpaid promotional appearances, participating in multiple practices per week, and enduring several hundred hours worked for a flat per-game wage.

Here is more on the story from the Tampa Bay Times:

Video: Braves-Brewers game delayed due to video board malfunction

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Play between the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers was halted for a few minutes Monday night after the huge video board at Turner Field decided to go crazy.

Seen above is a photo capturing the scene which shows the board in complete and utter disarray. This was problematic due to the board's position in dead center field and right in the line of sight for hitters.

It was eventually turned off so play could resume. A few innings later, the video board came back up and was working just fine.

Via Eye on Baseball

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mike Trout helps high school student land a prom date

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The power of social media has helped at least one high school student land a prom date thanks to the magical powers of Mike Trout.

Trout, who at 22-years-old isn't too far removed from prom himself, was able to step up for shy New Jersey prep student Tim Moraski when asked for a request by the latter to secure a prom date.

And here is how the proverbial cookie crumbled, folks:

Notre Dame selling pieces of stadium grass for big money


Beginning this upcoming season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ridding themselves of a traditional grass field and are replacing the surface with an artificial surface instead.

This means the existing field has to be ripped up and disposed of. But this grass isn't your ordinary grass. No, it's the grass that took the punishment of numerous Notre Dame football games over the years in South Bend. And that's definitely worth something.

With that being said, fans wishing to get their hands on a piece of this turf can do so for the thrifty price of $149.95. Each piece of sod measures 5 feet by 2 feet and is available for purchase through the official athletics website of the Catholic university.

Here are some more FAQs about the grass:

Video: Stephen Strasburg stars in hilarious 'SportsCenter' ad



Stephen Strasburg is proving he can do more than simply pitch. He can act too.

Appearing in a new "This is SportsCenter" commercial for ESPN, the Washington Nationals right-hander puts his acting skills on full display when Bram Weinstein anxiously searches for his missing Lean Cuisine meal.

As fate would have it, Strasburg knows exactly where it is, but keeps a straight face until Weinstein exits the room promising to send a nasty email about the theft.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Algerian runner loses race after celebrating too early



It's not over until it's over. This is a phrase any sports fan has heard too many times. However, Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi was reminded of it once again on Sunday after losing a race in the most embarrassing way imaginable.

The scene came during the 800 meter dash in the Diamond League competition in Shangahi. As you can see, Makhloufi held a narrow lead down the stretch before beginning to wave his arms and wag his tongue in premature victory. This is when 18-year-old Kenyan runner Robert Biwott emerged from behind to snatch the first place finish away from Makhloufi. Oh, and also the $10,000 grand prize.

Amazingly, Makhloufi did not learn of his demise until several minutes after the end of the race. Instead, he kept raising his arms and posing for the cameras before a meet official finally came over and sent Makhloufi tumbling back to Earth from cloud nine.

Via Deadspin

Legal battle rages on between transgender athlete and CrossFit

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The debate over whether a transgender athlete was wrongfully denied the chance to compete with the ladies in CrossFit competitions continues.

In March, TMZ Sports broke the story where a transgender woman by the name of Chloie Jonnson is suing CrossFit for $2.5 million because she claims the fitness giant denied her request to compete in the CrossFit Games against the ladies. At the time, CrossFit countered by saying natural-born males have a distinct physical advantage over natural-born females.

Now there is a new twist in the legal battle between CrossFit and Jonsson. Namely, the fact that CrossFit claims Jonsson did in fact compete with the women in a competition in 2013. And that they never suspected Jonsson of being born a man until Jonsson blew the proverbial whistle on herself.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Photo: Tony Stewart takes a nap alongside pet pig

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The life of a professional race car driver can often leave one tired and weary. Such was the case the other day when Tony Stewart decided to catch some sleep alongside his pet pig affectionaly named Porkchop.

Seen here is the duo taking a nap on a couch. The photo was posted to Stewart's newly created Twitter account late Friday night.

I'm stating the obvious here, but there figures to be more golden nuggets like this one from Stewart now that the NASCAR star is on Twitter.

Via @TonyStewart

'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek doesn't believe Redskins should change name


By now, you have probably heard about the growing consensus that the Washington Redskins should change their nickname because of its negative connotations associated with Native Americans. Simply put, many more people seem to support a name change than those who wish to keep the Redskins name as it is.

Count "Jeopardy" host and longtime Redskins fan Alex Trebek among the contingent of people who don't believe the team should cave in and change its name. In a recent feature in the New Republic, Trebek had this to say about the issue.

Mostly, he unwinds by watching television. “Breaking Bad” and “Deadwood” are recent favorites; the Lakers a constant. During football season, he follows the Redskins, whom he doesn’t think should change their name.

Photo: Mike Tyson, Tom Brady strike hilarious pose at Preakness

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Like many celebrities, Mike Tyson, Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Kliff Kingsbury were on hand to watch the Preakness on Saturday. And like many others they wanted to capture the moment through the majesty of photography.

Fortunately for us, the end result is this epic and hilarious photo posted by Tyson on his Twitter account. As you can see, it appears everyone is having a great time at the track.

It's a photo that even Ellen Degeneres can be impressed with.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Harrison Barnes announces free autograph policy for fans


Harrison Barnes is giving fans the chance to score his autograph for free this offseason.

"Since I get so many requests for autographs, I bought a P.O. Box for all of you to send items for me to sign," Barnes wrote in an announcement on his Facebook page.

"I'm really excited to sign for everyone who's ever asked me for an autograph. I appreciate all the messages and replies I get on social media. This is my thank you to all of you and a token of my appreciation for not only supporting me as a player but as a person as well."

Report: Woman hospitalized after elevator accident at Fenway Park

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A 22-year-old woman remains hospitalized after falling two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park following Friday night's Red Sox-Tigers game.

It is unclear what caused the elevator door to prematurely open.

Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com sheds more insight on the scary story:

Video: Penn State turns two triple plays in one game



The Penn State baseball team managed to do something extremely rare not once but twice in the first game of a doubleheader against Michigan State on Friday.

This is because the Nittany Lions turned two triple plays! The first came in the fourth inning and the second came in the eighth frame. Both triple plays were turned in similar fashion as a sharp line drive left runners on first and second hanging out to dry.

According to the Associated Press, it marks only the second time in NCAA Division I history that a team turned two triple plays in a single game. The only other team to do it was Gonzaga against Washington State in 2006.

Via Eye on Baseball

Les Miles pokes fun at Texas for not having any players picked in draft

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Les Miles just couldn't resist harping on the fact that the Texas Longhorns did not have a single football player picked in the recent NFL Draft. For the record, it marked the first time since 1937 that the Longhorns have not had a student-athlete selected in the annual event.

During a Tiger Tour stop in Houston this week, Miles made light of this oddity by having some fun at the expense of Texas.

“Some schools in this state didn’t have any,” Miles said, according to Nola.com

On the flip side, the Tigers had a school record nine players pegged in the draft this year, obviously giving Miles plenty of ammunition when hitting the recruiting trail in the Lonestar State.

Via For the Win

Friday, May 16, 2014

Photo: Abandoned home of Lions, Pistons now in shambles

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Seen here is a photo taken by Curbed Detroit and DetroitUrbex of the abandoned Pontiac Silverdome. For those who aren't aware, the stadium was once home to the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons and Wrestlemania III.

The last major event held in the venue was 2001 before the Lions moved to Ford Field for the 2002 season. In 2009, the city of Pontiac put the Silverdome up for sale amid crippling maintanence costs. The 80,000-seat stadium sold at auction for $583,000. For comparison, it cost $55.7 million for the stadium to be completed in 1975.

Anyways, a strong wind storm permanently deflated the iconic roof in 2012 and nobody has since bothered to make repairs. Naturally, things have become a little ruined inside including the playing surface, which now sits under pools of water.

The owner is prepared to auction off everything to salvage what little profit he can at this point. The photos found at DetroitUrbex stand to be the last glimpse into a venue that housed professional sporting events over four decades. They are both depressing and surreal.

Via Deadspin

Western Kentucky linebacker ends up with black eye after resisting arrest

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers linebacker Nick Holt will be a donning a black eye for awhile after allegedly getting roughed up by cops while resisting an arrest.

The 21-year-old was reportedly drunk and rowdy at a local house party Wednesday morning when officers arrived to diffuse the situation. When the cops asked him to leave, Holt adamantly denied their request and began threatening them and screaming at party guests. Then, when Bowling Green police officers tried to take Holt into custody, TMZ Sports reports that the linebacker threw his back into one of the cops, propelling the aforementioned cop into some nearby landscaping.

This is when another officer jumped into action and tackled Holt to the ground face first. He was eventually handcuffed and booked for public intoxication, resisting arrest and second degree disorderly conduct.

The Seattle native is heading into his senior season after transferring from the City College of San Francisco prior to 2013.