Monday, June 30, 2014

Video: Angry South Korean fan insults players by throwing taffy at them as they return home

It was a disappointing finish for South Korea in the World Cup as the country was eliminated in group play after earning just one point.

To make matters worse, fans were still angry about the club's performance and one fan in particular decided to express their displeasure by throwing taffy at the players when they arrived home from Brazil. Please note the phrase "eat taffy" is sometimes used as an insult in South Korea.

By the looks of it, the players did not appreciate the gesture much.

Via For the Win

Video: Watch Rafael Nadal juggle a tennis ball on his racket 406 times

If you ever wanted to see Rafael Nadal juggle a tennis ball on his racket frame an astounding 406 times, this is the video for you!

In a feat aptly called Wimbjuggledon, Nadal executes the challenge with one important task in mind: don't let the tennis ball touch the ground.

His bid to bounce the ball for eternity is squashed after 406 successful bounces.

Via For the Win

Photo: Akron minor league team introduces hot dog inspired by Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel has often been referred to as a "hot dog" for his on and off the field antics. And now his status as a hot dog has been immortalized by the Akron Rubber Ducks after the minor league club introduced "Johnny Footlong" to their stadium menu last weekend.

The Johnny Footlong features an eight-ounce hot dog with Texas Jack chili, shredded pepper jack cheese and Sriracha sauce, all squeezed into a footlong bun. If that doesn't sound like a recipe for heartburn, I don't know what does. Additionally, this sounds like one messy dish to devour within the narrow spaces of a minor league stadium seat. Nonetheless, it still probably tastes awesome.

“Johnny Football mania is in full swing at Canal Park, and we are excited to have a food & beverage offering dedicated to the new Browns Quarterback. It’s an exciting time for the Akron and Cleveland area,” RubberDucks’ General Manager Jim Pfander said in a press release.

Via For the Win

Jurgen Klinsmann told families to change flight plans to after World Cup final

Jurgen Klinsmann has designs on taking the USA further than expected. (USATSI)

After being criticized before the tournament for proclaiming it was "unrealistic" for the United States to win the 2014 World Cup, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann appears to be signing a different tune these days, advising the players' families to change their flight plans until after the final.

“J├╝rgen has been nothing but positive," U.S. defender Omar Gonzalez said. "He's telling us, he's telling our families to change our flights to July 14, 15, because we're going to be here until the very end.

“So that just speaks volumes to how positive he is, how much he believes in this team, and obviously it trickles down to all of us...We plan on being here a few more weeks.”

Video: Brazil fan celebrates win over Chile by smashing television?

Sunday's heart-pounding victory over Chile in the World Cup led many Brazil fans to lose their minds in collective joy.

Take this fan, for example, who was so excited when the Brazilians held off Chile in penalty kicks that he (accidentally) smashed his television screen.

Fortunately, losing his functioning television was a much easier pill to stomach thanks to Brazil's late-game heroics. But it still sucks to break his viewing device because he will need one to watch his country's next match in the quarterfinals.

Via Bleacher Report

Waffle House: Americans should boycott Belgian waffles in support of U.S. soccer

On Tuesday, the United States will match up against Belgium in the Round of 16 in the World Cup. The winner of the contest will move on to the quarterfinals while the loser will quite literally go home.

As a show of support for the Americans, Waffle House is urging supporters of the United States men's soccer team to boycott Belgian waffles leading up to the pivotal match.

"We support a boycott on Belgian waffles," a representative for the All-American restaurant chain told TMZ Sports. The rep added, "We support America. We don't support Belgian waffles."

Well, there you have it. If you want to show your patriotism for the stars and stripes, hold off on dousing syrup on those Belgian waffles for the next couple of days.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Photo: Brad Keselowski slices hand while celebrating victory

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Brad Keselowski had a memorable night at Kentucky Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Not only did he manage to take the checkered flag in the Quaker State 400, but he also managed to require four stitches in his hand after accidentally cutting himself with a broken champagne bottle in Victory Lane. Fortunately, the track's medical team was nearby to immediately bandage Keselowski up.

So, how exactly did it happen though?

“I don’t know, I was trying to get the top off and shaking [the bottle] at the same time,” he told reporters afterward. “People were spraying me and I couldn’t really see all that well. It was just one of those deals....I should have stuck with beer."

Despite the gash on his right hand, Keselowski vows that it won't limit his ability to steer the wheel in next weekend's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.

Via Motor Sports Talk

Report: Texas Tech football recruit punched female basketball star in face

The Texas Tech Red Raiders were looking forward to having incoming football recruit Nigel Bethel suit up in their secondary this season. However, that plan may be in jeopardy after the three-star recruit reportedly slugged a fellow student-athlete in the face.

According to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Bethel punched Texas Tech women's basketball star Amber Battle in the face on Saturday during an incident at the school's recreation center. The blow was severe enough to break a bone in Battle's face and thus require immediate surgery to repair.

A spokesman for the school told the paper that they were aware of the incident and were currently in the process of gathering information. The spokesman also said that a full report "likely won't be ready" until Monday at the earliest.

Dallas police falsely report they arrested Aqib Talib, arrested brother instead

The Dallas Police Department is undoubtedly feeling a little embarrassed after falsely reporting that they arrested Aqib Talib, defensive back for the Denver Broncos, for public intoxication and for throwing bottles in a local club.

According to a series of tweets my police officer Max Geron, who is in charge of media relations, Talib was booked at approximately 1:45 am after causing a disturbance at the Dallas club called Club Syn.

Video: Phillie Phanatic crushes Braves helmet with help from Benjamin Franklin

Your eyes don't deceive you: You did in fact read that headline correctly.

The Philadelphia Phillies played host to the Atlanta Braves last night and this spurred the Phillie Phanatic to destroy a Braves helmet for some reason.

But the Phanatic couldn't have done it without the help of the man who discovered electricity and helped create our great country: Benjamin Franklin.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Joe Gibbs defends use of Redskins nickname

There are those who are in favor of changing the Washington Redskins name and then there are others who are just fine with it. Count former head coach Joe Gibbs as one who supports the use of the Redskins name.

“I grew up in North Carolina and the only games we could get on TV in the late ’40s was the Redskins,” he said Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, where he was preparing to watch his Joe Gibbs Racing team compete. “I pulled for them my whole life. The whole time I was there — 15 years — never once did I hear anybody say anything negative about the name Redskins.”

In case you weren't aware, the discontent over the Redskins name has reached an all-time high over the last year. One of the most notable events to transpire came last week when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademark registrations owned by the franchise.

Auburn football player arrested for marijuana two days after speaking at D.A.R.E event

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On Wednesday, Auburn Tigers defensive back Jonathon Mincy spoke in front of a large group of kids for a D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) event. On Friday, irony kicked in when the senior football player was arrested and charged with second degree marijuana possession.

Here's more on the story courtesy of

"It was a routine stop on 431 near Great Southern Wood in Abbeville of a car doing 92 in a 65," Henry County Sheriff William Maddox told The Dothan Eagle. "The officer went to the car and smelled marijuana. There were two males and two females in the car and one of the males had shake all over his shirt sitting in the car in the back and there was a bag of marijuana near him. That person happened to be Jonathon Mincy of the Auburn football team."


Video: Memphis Grizzlies owner can dunk a basketball

There aren't too many owners in professional sports who can probably throw down a dunk. But Robert Pera, the 36-year-old owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, apparently can do just that.

Pera uploaded this video of himself dunking a basketball to his Instagram account Friday.

Pretty impressive, eh? But can we confirm that the goal was set at regulation height?

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Dallas Cowboys players read mean tweets about themselves

Over time, the power of Twitter and Jimmy Kimmel has led to some pretty comical segments featuring celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves. And now the Dallas Cowboys, also unofficially known as "America's Team," is getting in on the fun.

Watch as several Cowboys players read some relatively harsh tweets about themselves and the team as a whole. Some are comedic gold. Some are downright hateful.

Nonetheless, the video clip is still good for a laugh or two.

Via Bleacher Report

Friday, June 27, 2014

Video: Cavaliers introduce Andrew Wiggins as 'Mitchell' at press conference

Let's hope Andrew Wiggins' time with the Cleveland Cavaliers goes much smoother than his introductory press conference did on Friday.

As you can see from the video, Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod accidentally announced the No. 1 overall pick as "Mitchell Wiggins."

Fortunately, McLeod caught the mistake (or was tipped off by someone in the crowd) and quickly corrected himself. But the damage was already done.

Via Bleacher Report

Report: Fan breaks into Ronaldo's room at World Cup

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As if being eliminated before the knockout stage wasn't already enough, Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his hotel room at Portugal's World Cup base in Brasilia, Brazil to find a 15-year-old boy had broken in.

According to the report, Ronaldo was shocked to find a teenager by the name of Yago Leal had managed to sneak past security and enter his room with relative ease. The photo seen above was allegedly snapped by the boy from the balcony of Ronaldo's room.

Instead of freaking out, Ronaldo reportedly remained calm and allowed the boy to escape freely without involving the police, which the boy happily did. And the rest of the story is internet history.

Ronaldo is back home in Portugal now after Portugal was bounced from the tournament on Thursday despite a victory over Ghana.

Via Bleacher Report

Wimbledon making women play bra-less to adhere to dress code?

Officials at Wimbledon are apparently giving zero slack on the all-white dress code required by all players competing in the tournament. This is because some women have allegedly been told to play bra-less after their undergarments were deemed too colorful to adhere to the strict dress policy.

“One of the players was called into the referees’ office because he had blue underwear that showed through when he got sweaty, so he was told not to wear dark underwear,” said former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, via The Daily Mail. “Some of the girls have been told to go back and change their bras and tops because they had slight colour on them. I believe some of the girls didn’t have suitable sports bras and had to go without them. It has absolutely gone ridiculous.”

A spokesperson for Wimbledon claims the athletes were notified of the rules before the tournament began and failed to deny that women have been forced to play without bras due to the all-white dress code.

If Wimbledon is looking to suck in more male viewers, creating a bra-less publicity stunt is certainly a clever way to do so. Well played, Wimbledon.

Via The Big Lead

Former Georgia Tech linebacker allegedly locked oldest son in room for two years

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Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets linebacker Recardo Wimbush is facing some serious legal trouble after being accused of locking his oldest son in the basement of their home for two years. Wimbush and his wife have been charged with "cruelty to children" and are expected to turn themselves into authorities on Friday.

The following is an excerpt from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“The victim had been confined to the room for most of the past two years and a lock had been added to the victim’s room in January 2013,” Smith said. “The victim had no access to books, toys, entertainment devices, or his siblings.”

Social workers discovered the boy was being confined to a small room that locked from the outside; it contained a bare box springs and mattress and “a large plastic jar, which was apparently used as a toilet.”

Senator reiterates that he would 'probably' change Redskins name

On Thursday, Arizona Senator John McCain reiterated that he believes the Washington Redskins should "probably" change their nickname due to its offensive nature among Native Americans. McCain made the comments while speaking at the Associated Press Sports Editors conference.

“We have many local tribes in my state of Arizona, and they come to me and tell me its offensive,” McCain said, via USA Today.  “So if its offensive, then why don’t we take that into consideration?  One of the most darkest chapters in American history is our relations with the Native Americans.  When an advanced civilization collides with a less advanced one, really terrible things happen.  And it’s probably the worst chapter in American history, as we went west and became the nation that we are, we really did some terrible things.  And many of our Native Americans are very sensitive because of our history.

“So my view, if I were the owner of the team, I’d call them together and have a dialogue with them and I would probably change the name.”

Adam Sandler sent Michelle Wie flowers for U.S. Open victory

Michelle Wie hit the jackpot in more ways than one following her victory at the U.S. Women's Open.

In addition to receiving a monstrous trophy, Wie also received a bouqet of flowers from the one and only golf legend Happy Gilmore, otherwise known as actor Adam Sandler.

“I feel like that’s the biggest prize in golf, getting flowers from Happy Gilmore,” Wie said in her pretournament news conference Thursday at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark.

So what's the connection between Wie and Sandler? Well, the two played golf together in Hawaii when Wie was a teenager. And they apparently became good enough friends to warrant sending congratulatory flowers to one another.

Wie said she also received a congratulatory letter from Arnold Palmer and text messages from Condoleezza Rice and Nike's Phil Knight.

Not bad for a day at the office!

Via Golf Channel (Photo: Golf Channel)

Dr. Andrews releases app to help reduce elbow injuries among youth baseball players

Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has teamed up with Dr. Kevin Wilk to release the "Throw Like A Pro" app designed to help reduce the number of elbow injuries among youth baseball playrs.

If the app is used properly, the doctors estimate a 60 percent reduction in related baseball injuries in the coming years. The most notable anticipated reduction caused by the app is in Tommy John surgeries.

“For the people who think famous, major league pitchers are the only ones undergoing Tommy John surgery, we have news for you," said Dr. Wilk in the release. "We have seen countless youth and teenage baseball players with elbow injuries ... It's very unfortunate, sad, and in many cases, probably avoidable.”

The app is currently listed for $9.99 on iTunes and includes four different features: recommendations, a preseason preparation guide, a pregame warm-up routine, and a pitch counter/rest calculator.

Via Eye on Baseball

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sports Illustrated predicts Astros will win 2017 World Series

No team in professional sports has lost more games over the last few years than the Houston Astros. After all, the slumping franchise has lost at least 106 games in each of the last three seasons. But this fact hasn't prevented the fine folks at Sports Illustrated from projecting the Astros to win the 2017 World Series.

What's that? You don't believe me? Just check out the latest cover of its magazine. SI boldly makes the prediction right there in large font.

To be fair, no MLB franchise boasts the wealth of talent at the minor league level than Houston does. Plus, prospects like George Springer and Jon Singleton are already making their presence felt in the big leagues. So perhaps the future is bright for the lowly Astros? But it won't be easy getting out of the American League West basement against the likes of Oakland, Los Angeles, Seattle and Texas.

Via Eye on Baseball

Andrew Wiggins on LeBron James: We'd be good together

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After being selected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins is already campaigning for LeBron James to team up with him in Cleveland.

The former Kansas star joins All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving on what is becoming an exciting and young Cavaliers roster. But Wiggins couldn't help but think of the prospect of luring King James back to his home state after shaking NBA commissioner Adam Silver's hand on the draft stage.

“I want to win. If he wants to win, we’d be good together," Wiggins said. 

Your move, LeBron.

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German tabloid gives Jurgen Klinsmann black eye on eve of World Cup battle

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Well, this isn't very nice.

Check out the most recent cover of German tabloid called Bild, a daily circulation of 2.5 million readers, which had some fun at the expense of Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of Germany's showdown against the United States on Thursday.

Klinsmann, a German native, has a long history with the national team the Americans will oppose next. In 1990, Klinsmann led the Germany to the 1990 World Cup by scording 38 goals for his country in 80 caps. In 2006, he managed the German national team at the World Cup.

Both clubs simply need a draw on Thursday to advance to the Round of 16. However, a win for either would give that club the top seed in Group G.

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Video: Carlos Pena's first home run of the season lands in beef brisket tray

Carlos Pena smashed his first home run of the regular season Wednesday night and you won't believe where the ball ended up.

As the headline probably gives away, the baseball landed in a tray of beef brisket before ultimately ending up in the hands of the lady in the video.

Hey, it's not everyday you see a home run land in food.

Neymar under investigation by FIFA for his underwear?

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Brazilian striker Neymar is reportedly under investigation after FIFA discovered he might have wore non-sponsored underpants during a World Cup match against Cameroon.

In the aftermath of Brazil's 4-1 win over Cameroon, images emerged (similar to the one seen above) showing Neymar with his underpants slightly exposed. All was well until FIFA noticed the underoos weren't the sponsored brand.

Neymar is now facing a hefty fine for his refusal to don appropriate underwear. The only question is how much will FIFA ultimately decide to dock the free-spirited futbol star?

Via Bleacher Report 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cleveland Indians could face $9 billion lawsuit over nickname

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It was only a matter of time before the Cleveland Indians took heat over their Native American nickname.

According to USA TODAY Sports, the MLB franchise could be facing a $9 billion lawsuit over its name. You may recall this photo (seen above) of a genuine American Indian confronting a fake one before Cleveland's home opener this season. It turns out that this man just so happens to be Robert Roche, who is executive director of the American Indian Education Center in Parma, Ohio.

Roche is reportedly planning to sue the club in federal court for a century of "racism and profiteering" since the nickname was first used in 1915. Furthermore, he said all money awarded from the case would go toward the People Not Mascots group.

Video: Watch Hulk Hogan's pep speech for U.S. soccer team

There are few Americans more appropriate to deliver a pep talk than Hulk Hogan.

With that being said, the wrestling icon did not disappoint when it came to delivering a message to the USMNT on the eve of their crucial World Cup match against Germany.

If this doesn't get you jacked for the match, nothing will, BROTHER!

Via For the Win

Photo: Your official 'get out of work' excuse note from Jurgen Klinsmann

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The United States is set to battle Germany in a pivotal World Cup match Thursday afternoon. And Jurgen Klinsmann has any of you having to work during the game covered with this excuse note.

In case you didn't know, the contest is set to begin at noon eastern standard time, which is problematic for the average-working American.

There is no guarantee the note from Klinsmann will work. But it's worth a try.

Via Bleacher Report

Cincinnati Reds to hold on-field mass wedding before August game

Church bells will be ringing and champagne will be flowing on August 22 when the Cincinnati Reds host their festive "I Do's On The Diamond" event at Great American Ball Park.

For the second consecutive year, the Reds will allow numerous couples to exchange vows on the field in front of thousands of fans before the home team hosts the Atlanta Braves. The wedding package includes a congratulatory scoreboard message, Reds favors and decor, an exclusive reception, and photo opportunities with Reds mascots. I mean, because who doesn't want Mr. Redlegs in their wedding album?

For those who only want to participate in the on-field ceremony, but would like to bypass the post-ceremony reception (which includes an upscale dinner and open bar), the wedding package also includes the option to score two tickets for the game. If couples choose the reception over the tickets, however, they get to bring 12 of their closest family and friends to party the night away.

Video: Florida high school football player jukes defenders out of their shoes

Meet 15-year-old wide receiver Emmanuel Greene.

The Coconut Creek, Florida native turned heads this weekend at a Miami Hurricanes camp hosted by Al Golden by pulling off three ridiculous juke moves after catching a pass. The feat is even more impressive when you consider it occurred during a simple touch drill. And apparently nobody could lay a hand on Greene.

The sophomore-to-be already possesses an impressive offer sheet and it's easy to see why.

Via The Big Lead

NCAA president Mark Emmert backpedals on comments made against minor league baseball

NCAA president Mark Emmert is backing down on comments he made against minor league sports. The remark that really got minor league baseball officials up in arms was when Emmert alleged that "minor league sports aren't successful either for fan support or for the fan experience."

On Tuesday, Emmert published a letter explaining that his comments were meant to have a more narrow focus. Here is what he said in part:

"For context, the O'Bannon case is focused on television rights and whether men's basketball and football student-athletes should be paid to play because their games are televised," Emmert wrote. "We strongly believe that the principles of amateurism prohibit payment. My responses at trial were intended to suggest [that] our nation's colleges and universities should not be used as minor league teams for professional men's basketball and football."

Gamblers made money on Luis Suarez's infamous bite against Italy

Who could have foreseen Luis Suarez taking a bite out of an Italian opponent during Tuesday's 1-0 World Cup victory for Uruguay?

Well, apparently at least 167 people did after laying down bets that Suarez would bite during the Group D match. This is according to Darren Rovell who references online gambling site Betsson.

According to Rovell, the pre-match odds for Suarez to bite an opponent was at 175/1. The biggest winner took home $3,300 after Suarez made the infamous bite in the 79th minute of action.

FIFA has vowed to investigate the matter and Suarez could face a suspension and/or fine. This isn't the first time Suarez has used his teeth against the opposition either. In 2013, he was banned for 10 matches for biting a Chelsea player. In 2010, he was given a 7-game ban for biting a PSV Eindhoven player.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Southern California will now offer four-year scholarships to student athletes

In an effort to set themselves apart from the rest, the Southern California Trojans are set to do something no other school will do, which is award four-year scholarships to football and men's and women's basketball players.

The current system typically involves student athletes being on one-year scholarships that are either renewed or not on a year-to-year basis. But USC is aiming to change this exercise by giving full rides for four years. This is acceptable after the NCAA changed the bylaw in 2011 to allow for multi-year scholarships.

USC's new policy will commence on July 1 and will apply to all current and future players in the three aforementioned sports.

Oregon bans three student athletes from campus for up to 10 years over sexual misconduct

The trio of Dominic Artis, Brandon Austin and Damyean Dotson could face a campus ban of up to 10 years after the University of Oregon found them responsible for sexual misconduct.

The former men's basketball players allegedly sexually assaulted a female classmate on the night of March 8 at multiple off-campus locations. However, local prosecutors opted to drop the case after deeming there was insufficient evidence to prove the allegations beyond a resonable doubt.

All three players had already been dismissed from the basketball program as of May 9. But this latest ruling ensures that they won't set foot on campus for at least four years. And could be banned from the Eugene campus for up to 10.

Artis and Dotson were allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament even while the case was ongoing. Meanwhile, Austin was redshirting after transferring from Providence midway through the regular season.

Via College Basketball Talk

Former NFL wide receiver survives plane crashing into house

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Former NFL wide receiver Kole Heckendorf spent time with the Lions, Packers, Seahawks, Chargers and Colts over his handful of years in the league. But I would imagine he encountered nothing close to as scary as what happened to him last Friday.

According to the Dickinson Press, Heckendorf and his brother-in-law Jeff Hill had just returned home to Hille's residence from a golf outing when a small plane crashed into the house and caught fire. Heckendorf was upstairs in a bedroom at the time of the crash.

“I didn’t really have time to do anything,” Heckendorf said.

Photo: Fan creates World Cup logo out of bacon

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This is likely the tastiest World Cup logo you will see.

It's made entirely of delicious bacon and love.

And that's about all that needs to be said.

Via @darrenrovell

Monday, June 23, 2014

Photo: NC State's new court design features giant wolf head at center court

The new court design with a large wolf head at center court and the new ACC logo. (NC State Athletics)

Little Red Robin Hood would be absolutely terrified of the new court design unveiled by the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Monday.

As you can see from the photo above, the new design inside PNC Arena features a ginormous wolf head stretching from sideline-to-sideline, which is a change from the block "S" that previously occupied the area.

To say that wolf head is large and menacing would a vast understatement.

Via Eye on College Basketball

Video: Heineken executive tempts bosses to let employees off for Germany game with free beer

Thursday's World Cup Group G match between the United States and Germany poses a problem for many traditional workers in America. This is because the pivotal contest is slated to begin smack dab in the middle of a work day.

To prevent having employees find ways to be sneaky to watch the game, Heineken's chief marketing officer is featured in this video encouraging bosses to simply give employees the day off instead. And the Dutch beer company is hoping to do so with the possibility of free beer.

Not the worst idea in the world.

Via @darrenrovell

World Cup fan calls police after receiving noise complaints from NASCAR-watching neighbor

This story proves that not everyone is a fan of the World Cup.

On Sunday, a Massachusetts woman called police after she herself got an earful from a phone call by her neighbor as well. According to the police report, the neighbor berated the woman for not being able to watch NASCAR and listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd due to the woman's noisy celebrations over the World Cup.

The neighbor also called the woman, who hails from South America, a derogotary name and accused her of taking legitimate jobs away from fellow Americans. The woman called the police in order to document the neighbor's call. You know, to stand as evidence if her NASCAR-loving neighbor decides to take more drastic measures next time.

File this one away in the "Only in America" file.

Via Motor Sports Talk

Photo: Reds place 'shoulder work ahead' sign in front of Sean Marshall's locker

With Sean Marshall set to undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday, his Reds teammates decided to give him some moral support by setting up a "Shoulder Work Ahead" construction sign in front of his locker before Sunday's game against Toronto.

The southpaw is having surgery for the first time in his career to debride his left shoulder. For those of you unaware of the medical term, it basically means to clean it out.

"I think in the long run it will help this team," the 32-year-old said. "The doctors are confident with what they can do and how they can make me feel. I'm ready to start this journey.

"I'll work as hard as I can to get back."

Cincinnati placed the ailing hurler on the 60-day disabled list last week so Marshall's recovery isn't expected to be a speedy one.

Via Cincinnati Enquirer

Video: Watch Heat fans struggle to name former players

Well, this video isn't likely to help the stereotype surrounding Miami Heat fans.

Watch as "fans" struggle mightily to correctly identify some of the team's former stars in a segment featuring ESPN's First Take host Cari Champion.

Fans are asked to name players from photos consisting of such ones as Glen Rice, Eddie Jones, and Tim Hardaway. And the results are probably what you would expect from such a bandwagon fan base.

Via Bleacher Report

Michael Bennett forced to pay $10k in puppy abandonment case

Michael Bennett's beef with a dog boarding facility is now over after the defensive lineman agreed to pay five figures to settle some debt for abandoning his puppy last year.

According to TMZ Sports, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer ditched his 4-month-old boxer puppy named Koa at the Lucky Dog Boarding Facility when he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. And then failed to return despite repeated attempts by the facility to get ahold of Bennett.

Not only did Bennett ignore picking Koa up, but he also refused to pay the bill. After months of trying to chase Bennett down, the facility finally received a check from Bennett for $10,000, thus putting an end to the madness.

As for Koa, the dog now has a new home and a new name. The new owners are calling him Quigley.