Tuesday, April 30, 2013

0 Dutch soccer player has worst miss I've ever seen

I have no idea what this woman's name is or who she plays for, but she is Dutch I have gathered. Wherever she is from, she misses a wide open goal probably two feet from the goal line. It is so bad that the opposing team is upset she missed it.

0 Brandon Moss ends 19-inning win for Oakland

It took until 1:41 a.m. Pacific time, but Brandon Moss ended a win against the Angels in the 19th with a two-run home run. The game lasted over six hours.

Monday, April 29, 2013

0 Curry scores 22 points in just over six minutes

Golden State's Stephen Curry could do no wrong in the third quarter yesterday, scoring 22 points in just over six minutes to help the Warriors to a 3-1 lead over the Nuggets. Curry finished with 31 points and seven assists in the game. 

0 Nava closes out sweep of Astros with diving catch

Daniel Nava took care of the Astros Sunday as his terrific diving catch closed out a sweep for the Red Sox.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

0 Minor league goalie makes behind the back save

Drew MacIntyre of the Toronto Marlies made a case to be called up to the NHL with this ridiculous behind the back glove save. He probably would never be able to do that again, but it worked this time, so that is all that mattered.

[via Deadspin]

0 Giancarlo Stanton murders baseball, scoreboard

Giancarlo Stanton drilled a homer Saturday that tagged the scoreboard in left. It was his first blast of the year. 

0 Nate Robinson's 20-foot runner at the end of OT weird, effective

Nate Robinson couldn't miss a thing in the fourth quarter, and it went over to the first overtime frame. Robinson had 23 points in the fourth, then at the end of the first overtime, nailed this 20-foot runner off the glass. I say first overtime because Joe Johnson matched Robinson's bucket at the other end. The Bulls eventually won in three overtimes.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

0 Volleyball to the face

It's a rainy boring Saturday where I am, so I was happy to see this video at Deadspin of a volleyball player at Carl Sandburg High School getting drilled in the face with a volleyball spike. Makes the day a little more entertaining.

0 HS baseball player avoids tag by falling down

A baseball player from Ferris High School in Texas was trying to score on a squeeze play. But when the batter doesn't make contact on the bunt, the runner is left with one option - fall down, let the catcher fall over you, then score. Just like they drew it up. 

[via Clip Nation]

0 Anibal Sanchez sets Tigers record with 17 Ks

Anibal Sanchez was dealing last night, striking out 17 in a win. And it wasn't against the Marlins or anything, Sanchez was punching out the best team in baseball, the Atlanta Braves.

Friday, April 26, 2013

0 Reaction to the first day of the NFL Draft

By Kenny Howell

Just a few thoughts on the first round of the NFL Draft.

1. It's almost if Manti Te'o was overrated all last season

NFL owners decided that at least four linebackers were better than the king of the clean up tackle Thursday as the man with the hottest imaginary friends didn't get drafted. 

Te'o wasn't in the top 100 last year in solo tackles, tackles for loss, sacks or fumbles recovered. He was 57th in total tackles, so you know, the best linebacker and defensive player in football. His one good stat was interceptions, which he was third in the nation, so I will give him credit for that. 

But anyone who watched the national title game knows this guy isn't as good as advertised. He repeatedly got victimized by the Alabama offense, manhandled by the Bama offensive line, and got run over by Eddie Lacy.

I imagine that Te'o will get drafted early Friday. Or at least everyone seems to think so. If I was a NFL owner, I would let him sit a little longer. 

2. Vikings done good

After finishing a good 10-6 last season, the Vikings went for broke and picked up some good picks. Shariff Floyd dropping to them at 23 was a steal, but it may have been a reach to take Xavier Rhodes. Not a crazy reach, he's good, but a bit. Then getting a playmaker to replace Percy Harvin in Cordarelle Patterson was also a good get. With the ball in his hands, Patterson could be the most electric player in the NFL. It's how to get the ball in his hands that has been a problem. He didn't seem to know what he was doing a lot of the time at Tennessee last year. 

3. The Jets made great picks for a different team

When you think of the Jets, defense didn't seem to be the problem last year. It was Mark Sanchez butt fumbling. The Jets had two first round picks and used both on high quality defensive players in Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson. They didn't really need those picks. They needed playmakers. 

4. Tavon Austin to the Rams is good

Austin is an electric player, and it will definitely help Sam Bradford. 

5. E.J. Manuel to the Bills isn't that terrible

Everyone was shocked and dismayed when the Bills grabbed Manuel at 16. Twitter was blowing up. How could they draft a pretty talented quarterback when they needed a quarterback? I mean, a lot of people had them taking Ryan Nassib at No. 8. That was OK, but Manuel, who is probably better and has a bigger upside, was bad eight picks later? Was it a little high, yeah, but Manuel is a pretty good quarterback. He's going to need a little help, but there is potential there. 

6. Jarvis Jones at 17 is a steal and perfect fit

How Jarvis Jones slipped to 17th, I don't know. He is a playmaking machine on defense and led the nation in a couple of categories. He's going to perfectly fit that nasty Steelers defense image. 

7. Belichick, please pick the Honey Badger

Tyrann Mathieu seems perfect for Bill Belichick. He is undervalued by other teams because he isn't good at physicals. But he can play some football. Losing Wes Welker leaves a hole in the return game. What he lacks in size, he makes up for being a ball hawk and forcing turnovers. Doubt he will ever be an all pro, but he's going to make some plays. Crap, put him in there on the offensive side and just let him get his hands on the ball. 

0 No shifts, no timeouts, no plus/minus

By Justin Koehn

Away from the usual videos and highlights reels of players, you never get to see behind the scenes stuff the NHL referees go through each game. This video shows just that. With playoffs right around the corner, these are the guys that will make sure each game is played fair and officiate them accordingly.

from NHL.com

Thursday, April 25, 2013

0 All out hockey brawl

There was an all out hockey brawl in what I am assuming is France because of the two teams, Blainville-Boisbriand vs. Baie-Comeau and the French commentary going on in the background. The more important part is there was a lot of fighting. 

[via Deadspin]

0 Valdespin hits walk off grand slam

Walk off home runs are pretty great, but walk of grand slams are even better. Well, not really, you win either way, but the Mets' Jordany Valdespin gave the Mets the win last night on the bases clearing, game ending blast.

0 Domonic Brown makes ridiculous diving catch

The Phillies aren't very good this year, but their outfield is making some amazing diving catches. Last night, it was Domonic Brown's turn in left as he snagged a John McDonald potential base hit.

0 Michigan's Nik Stauskas hits 46 3-pointers in a row

Michigan Nik Stauskas got done with the school, and the first thing he did when he got home was shoot a ton of three-pointers in the rain in five minutes, nailing 46 in a row at one point.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

0 Rockies, Braves play coldest game on record

It's been a snowy, cold April in Denver and the Rockies haven't had the ideal conditions to play in. Tuesday, it was 23 degrees at the opening pitch. Needless to say, attendance was a bit sparse.

0 Gareth Maybin's golf trick shots are pretty impressive

I don't know much about golf, but I know what I likes to see, and it is golf trick shots. Gareth Maybin may have put out the best one I have seen.

[via With Leather]

0 MLB Power Rankings, April 24

By Kenny Howell

Some drastic moves in the power rankings this week, but the Braves still sit on the top. After the team name will be their record and what they were in last week's rankings.

1. Atlanta Braves (15-5) (1) - Still better than everyone. First in winning percentage and WHIP, second in OPS and third in defensive efficiency. That's a recipe for good baseball.

2. Texas Rangers (13-7) (3) - Rangers still chugging right along. Strength is their pitching, which is third in the majors.

3. Cincinnati Reds (12-9) (8) - After a slow start, the Reds are picking up steam and turning into the team people thought they would be. 7-3 in their last 10. Second in the majors in pitching.

4. Baltimore Orioles (12-8) (4) - The best defense in baseball and good bats have the Orioles looking for a return trip to the playoffs.

5. Boston Red Sox (13-7) (2) - Red Sox still keeping pace despite all that the city had going through.

6. San Francisco Giants (13-8) (7) - Pitching and defense are keeping the Giants close to the top.

7. Colorado Rockies (13-7) (10) - Despite the cold temperatures, the Rockies are playing good baseball, particularly at the plate. They have the best offense in baseball.

8. Kansas City Royals (10-7) (9) - Not sure how long it will last, but the Royals are first in the AL Central right now. Pitching is top five in the MLB. 

9. Oakland As (13-8) (6) - Slipped a bit this week because they have just won four of their last 10. Still really good at the plate. 

10. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-9) (18) - Pirates have won seven out of their last 10, and are second in defensive efficiency and top 10 in pitching. 

11. Arizona Diamondbacks (11-9) (13) - Diamondbacks are just above average at the plate and on the mound and keep winning more games than not. 

12. New York Yankees (11-8) (19) - Yankees are still winning enough despite being last in the MLB in defensive efficiency, and bottom 10 in pitching. Top five in hitting helps that. 

13. St. Louis Cardinals (12-8) (11) - Cardinals are just doing what they do, win ball games. 

14. Milwaukee Brewers (11-8) (28) - The Brewers are on fire, winning nine in a row. They were one of the worst in baseball last week, and this week they are half a game out of first place. 

15 Tampa Bay Rays (9-11) (23) - The Rays didn't exactly do anything in the win loss column to rocket up seven spots this week, but they did improve their pitching and fielding. Top five in the MLB in defensive efficiency. Top 10 in pitching. Just need to get the bats going, which they will. 

16. Cleveland Indians (8-10) (15) - Indians have won three in a row, albeit against the Astros. They are still killing it at the plate, and Terry Francona will get this team going. 

17. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) (12) - Dodgers slip a bit this week after winning just three of their last 10. 

18. Minnesota Twins (9-8) (22) - Twins are actually above .500 somehow. 

19. Detroit Tigers (9-9) (5) - Tigers were the big dropper this week as they fell 14 spots, and have lost four in a row. 

20. Washington Nationals (10-10) (17) - Nationals have lost seven of their last 10 and don't look like the team many people thought they would be. 

21. Chicago Cubs (6-13) (27) - Going out on a huge limb on this one, but I see promise here. Well promise enough to keep them out of the bottom third of the league. They are eighth in the MLB in pitching, and 11th in defense, so things are coming a bit together. The plate is still a bit stagnant, which is holding them back. But a good series or two will keep them out of the cellar. 

22. Chicago White Sox (7-12) (20) - White Sox are slipping a bit, losing four in a row. They are top 10 in pitching and defense, just awful at the plate.

23. New York Mets (9-9) (14) - Mets have slipped down after winning just four of their last 10. 

24. Los Angeles Angels (8-11) (25) - Angels are getting a bit going and have won six out of their last 10. 

25. Philadelphia Phillies (9-12) (16) - Phillies are far from their best losing six of their last 10. 

26. Seattle Mariners (8-14) (21) - Mariners are top 10 in defense and above average pitching, but second to last at the plate. 

27. Houston Astros (6-14) (24) - Worst pitching in baseball keeps them close to the bottom. 

28. Toronto Blue Jays (8-13) (26) - So much talent, so little winning. 

29. San Diego Padres (5-15) (29) - As long as the Marlins are around, they won't be the worst. 

30. Miami Marlins (5-16) (30) - Worst at the plate, bottom five in everything else. Maybe they can hope for No. 1 in your heart. 

0 Howie Kendrick's walk off homer lifts Angels

The Angels are surging a bit and Howie Kendrick helped keep that going Tuesday with a walk off homer in the 11th against the Rangers.

0 Upton brothers go back-to-back

B.J. and Justin Upton hit back-to-back home runs last night. It was the first time that siblings had done that since 1938.

0 High school senior in wheelchair gets first at bat

Drew Bonner of Fairfax High School has been a manager for the baseball team for four years, and for Drew Bonner day, they let him get an at bat. Bonner took a four pitch walk and got to get on first base. Great sportsmanship by the other team, and terrific job for Fairfax getting Mr. Bonner into the game. 

[via With Leather]

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

0 Padres' fan makes diving catch on Brewers home run

A Padres fan forgot team allegiance Monday, he just wanted a freaking ball. He dives backwards into some steps to snag a Yuniesky Betancourt home run.

0 Chris Paul buzzer beater lifts Clippers to 2-0 lead

Chris Paul moved the Clippers to a 2-0 lead over the Grizzlies with this terrific buzzer beater. The Grizzlies actually got another chance, but it wasn't long enough to do anything. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

0 The Top 10 Dunks of the NBA season

The NBA's YouTube page has released the top 10 dunks of the NBA season. Enjoy.

[via Deadspin]

0 Wheelchair basketball player hits amazing layup

Brian Bell of the NWBA's RHI Indiana Pacers hit an unbelievable layup in the National Championship against the Mavs recently. The Mavs won, but Bell definitely stole the show with that one. 

[via ClipNation]

0 Fan tries to catch HR ball with popcorn

We have had fans catch baseballs with their beer and laps the last few weeks, so it was only a matter of time before someone used their popcorn. This guy tried that and it ended up losing the $14 he probably paid for the little container of popcorn.

0 Trumbo walks off against Tigers

The Angels were a little slow out of the gate this year, but they capped off a sweep of the defending AL champ Tigers with a Mark Trumbo walk-off homer Sunday.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

0 Grandma catches foul ball while not looking

A grandma at a Colorado Rockies game got a foul ball by doing nothing. She was just there minding her own business when the ball fell right into her lap. Luckily, in the shot, there was no grandpa jumping out of the way so she could get hit.

[via Deadspin]

0 Bryce Harper is only 20, how good is going to get?

Bryce Harper is not of legal drinking age, but he may be the leader for the MVP in the National League. He hit home run No. 6 and 7 yesterday against the Mets with two violent swings. And he is just going to get better.

0 Boston needed this

After a horrible week, the Red Sox helped Boston get back to their old selves Saturday. David Ortiz started by dropping the F-bomb in the pregame, and Daniel Nava put the exclamation point on it with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, which proved good enough for the win.

0 Notre Dame 340-pound QB scores 2-pt conversion

Notre Dame showed in the title game that their defense is not that strong at stopping the power running game, so Brian Kelly thought he would take advantage of that in the spring game by putting 340-pound nose tackle Louis Nix at quarterback to run a QB draw. To be fair, he didn't run over anyone, because the Notre Dame didn't really lay a hand on him. 

[via Deadspin]

0 ECU lets 8-year old cancer patient score TD

I am glad this is becoming a thing now. Following Nebraska's spring game where 7-year old cancer patient Jack Hoffman scored a TD at the spring game, East Carolina thought they would let a little boy have his moment. East Carolina let 8-year old Noah Roberts get in on the final play in he goes over 40 yards for the score.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

0 NBA Playoffs first round predictions

By Shaee Flatt

Eastern Conference 

Heat vs. Bucks – Heat in 5

The Heat are the far better team, but I expect Brandon Jennings and Monte Ellis to avoid a sweep, and get one in Milwaukee.

Knicks vs. Celtics – Celtics in 7 

The Knicks had a terrific year, and unfortunately for them, got a very tough draw. The Celtics are so experienced, and won’t feel pressured at all and that is when they’re at their best. This series will go down the wire, and I expect the Celtics to win game 7 in New York when all the pressure is on the Knicks.

Pacers vs. Hawks – Pacers in 5

The Hawks just aren’t deep enough to contend in this series. The Pacers defense will suffocate them in each and every game. No problem for Indiana here.

Nets vs. Bulls – Nets in 6

The big question here is Derrick Rose, and if he will be able to play at all. Right now it clearly looks like that answer is no, and without him, the Bulls aren’t going anywhere this postseason.

Western Conference 

Thunder vs. Rockets – Thunder in 7

I think Oklahoma City will really be tested by Houston. I expect Harden to play out of his mind, and give the Thunder all they want, but in the end, Durant and Westbrook are too much.

Spurs vs. Lakers – Spurs in 6

The Lakers will put up a fight, even without Kobe, but they don’t have enough firepower to win a seven game series against Gregg Popovich and his Spurs. I expect San Antonio to limp into round two.

Nuggets vs. Warriors – Warriors in 6

I’m going with the upset here, and the sole reason is Steph Curry. Denver had a great year, but they lack the star player that is so desperately needed in the playoffs. I think Curry can step up and be that player for Golden State. 

Clippers vs. Grizzlies – Clippers in 7

Just like last year in the first round, this is going to be a battle. I wouldn’t be surprised with either team winning this series, but my gut is going with Lob City.

0 Pagan gets the walk off in Giants win

Angel Pagan laced a double to right field to lift the Giants over the Padres Friday.

Friday, April 19, 2013

0 Apparently Serbians are crazy clutch

Sloboda and Radnicki played a game at some point, who knows if this is a new. But the last couple of possessions, nobody could freaking miss, and it ends on a buzzer beater from half court.

0 Runner slides through catcher's legs

Tyler Splichal of University of Nebraska-Omaha had run out of options on getting home. So, he decided to go under the catcher, who never laid the tag on him.

[via Clip Nation]

0 Batboy with down syndrome requests home run, Todd Frazier delivers

Reds batboy Teddy Kremer is a 30-year old man with down syndrome. Last night, he told Todd Frazier to hit a home run, and Frazier got it done. It's a nice moment to see them meet at the plate, and then share a hug in the dugout. Good stuff. 

[via Deadspin]

0 The best 14-year old basketball player in the country, Seventh Woods

When I saw the same Seventh Woods, I immediately thought it could be George Costanza's kid, who wanted his kid to be named Seven. I wondered if he had a brother named Soda. Obscure Seinfeld reference aside, Seventh Woods is an eighth grader who plays for Hammond High School in Columbia, SC. He is freakishly good at such a young age. Besides all the obvious athleticism, he moves very smooth and fluid for a 14-year old. Usually there is still a bit of awkwardness in there, but he's the real deal.

0 Worst NBA flops of the year

I have stated several times that I hate flopping more than anything, but when it is put to opera music and put in slow motion, it is quite entertaining. Slate compiled this year's best of worst depending on how you look at it. It is quite entertaining.

[via Slate]

Thursday, April 18, 2013

0 Seriously soccer

I am not got even going to waste my time finding out who these guys are, especially the goalie. One of the players from the other team kicks a ball at him, and he crumbles like he had been hit with a sledgehammer. He's a freaking goalie. I am pretty sure he has been hit with a ball before. So you mean I can watch something that takes over 2 hours, nobody scores, and they cheat every time they get a chance? Sign me up.

[via With Leather]

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

0 MLB power rankings, April 17

By Kenny Howell

We are a little bit into the season, so it is time for our first MLB power rankings of the season. It is pretty much the Braves and everyone else at this point, but we will go through. Rankings are based on winning percentage, hitting, pitching and defensive statistics.

1. Atlanta Braves (12-2) - Their 10-game win streak came to an end just before I started typing this, but they have undoubtedly been the best team so far. First in the MLB in winning percentage, team WHIP, team defensive efficiency, and second in the NL in OPS.

2. Boston Red Sox (9-4) - Surprising that the Red Sox have been this good, this fast after the cluster that was last season, but they are playing well. They are top five in the MLB in winning percentage, team WHIP and team defensive efficiency.

3. Texas Rangers (9-5) - Known for their bats in the past, this team is built around pitching and defense, and they are top five in both team WHIP and defensive efficiency, as well as winning percentage.

4. Baltimore Orioles (7-6) - They're record may not be great so far, but they are top 10 in OPS, WHIP and defensive efficiency, so the wins will start coming along with that.

5. Detroit Tigers (8-5) - Solid start for the defending AL champs, as they are top 10 in winning percentage, OPS, WHIP and defensive efficiency.

6. Oakland As (11-4) - The bats are definitely popping right now for the As (3rd in OPS), but pitching and defense is middle of the pack.

7. San Francisco (9-5) - Defending world champs are winning games, but are just below the top in offense, pitching and defense.

8. Cincinnati (6-7) - The wins haven't been there yet, but they will come. Once the bats start matching their pitching and defense, they will be at the top of the NL Central

9. Kansas City (8-6) - The Royals squashed the Braves 10-game win streak today, and have been quite surprising. They are close to the bottom in hitting, but pitching and defense has been key.

10. Colorado Rockies (10-4) - Rockies have the best offense in baseball right now, but pitching and defense are in the lower half.

11. St. Louis (8-5) - The Cards have been doing just what they do - win more than they lose. Pretty much middle of the pack in everything but winning percentage.

12. Los Angeles Dodgers (7-7) - Dodgers have been great on the mound, but not really anywhere else yet.

13. Arizona Diamondbacks (8-5) - Bats been looking good for the Diamondbacks, but the defense is near the bottom of the league.

14. New York Mets (7-6) - The Mets are hitting well, but pitching and defense needs to improve to make a good run.

15. Cleveland Indians (5-7) - The Indians are in the basement of the AL Central right now, but they play good defense. Just need to improve on the hitting and pitching.

16. Philadelphia Phillies (6-7) - Phillies are top 10 in pitching, but close to the bottom in hitting.

17. Washington Nationals (8-6) - Bryce Harper is leading a dominant offense right now, but pitching and especially defense needs to drastically improve to make a real run.

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (6-7) - Pirates are top five in defense. Bottom five in hitting.

19. New York Yankees (7-5) - Yankees knew they were going to have a little bit of a down season, but they have managed well so far all things considered. They are dead last in defensive efficiency, and in the bottom five in WHIP. However, they are second in the league at the plate, so that has kept them afloat.

20. Chicago White Sox (6-8) - Good pitching has kept the south siders around in the early part of the season.

21. Seattle Mariners (6-9) - Mariners are bottom five in hitting. Obviously, needs to improve.

22. Minnesota Twins (6-7) - The Twins used to be near the top every year, but they have faltered as of late. Need to  improve all over.

23. Tampa Bay (4-9) - This team is way more talented than they have been so far this year. Top 10 in defense, but second to last at the plate.

24. Houston Astros (4-10) - Believe it or not, this is progress for the Astros. Maybe the change of scenery in the AL has them headed in the right direction.

25. Los Angeles Angels (4-10) - Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton have this as a top 10 team at the plate, but they are second to last in WHIP.

26. Toronto Blue Jays (6-8) - Many people had the Blue Jays competing for a World Series title at the start of the season, but they have a lot of work to do. Close to the bottom in pitching and defense.

27. Chicago Cubs (4-9) - Well, at least they aren't last. Cubs still rebuilding with Theo at the helm, but at least it looks like they have an ace in Jeff Samardzija.

28. Milwaukee Brewers (4-8) - Second to last in defense and in the bottom five in pitching.

29. San Diego Padres (4-10) - Dead last in WHIP and near the bottom in everything else.

30. Miami Marlins (3-11) - Looks like Jeff Loria has successfully destroyed this team.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

0 Napoli walks off Tampa Bay with RBI double

Mike Napoli got the surprising Red Sox a win Monday with a double off the green monster, driving in Dustin Pedroia.

0 Williams nearly murders basketball goal

Derrick Williams threw down a vicious alley oop last night. Thankfully no one was hurt.

0 Ben Revere nabs catch of the year

If this isn't the catch of the year, I don't know what is. The Phillies Ben Revere laid out for this one and snagged away a RBI base hit.

Monday, April 15, 2013

0 Tiny A's fan doesn't want a Tigers foul ball

We've seen this before, but a very young A's fan was generously given a foul ball by a nice man close by, and he did what little boys do, throw a baseball when you get your hands on it. Which starts a fight with big brother.

0 Beckett pitches stellar complete game, loses on walk off

Josh Beckett pitched a heck of a game Sunday. He went all nine innings, and didn't give up a run in more than eight innings. But the Dodgers didn't help him out, and Paul Goldschmitt got a RBI single to end it in the bottom of the ninth.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

0 Stephen Drew snags line drive off of Will Middlebrooks

A Desmond Jennings line drive deflected off Will Middlebrooks and was snagged by Stephen Drew in the Red Sox win Saturday. Pretty impressive reflexes.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

0 KC ball boy tries to give the Royals a chance

Down 8-4, the Kansas City Royals' ball boy decided it was his time to shine so he tried to snag a fly ball that was easily playable by the the Blue Jays Rajai Davis. Neither Davis or the ball boy were able to make the catch, but it didn't matter because the Blue Jays held on to the 8-4 win.

0 Swisher's walk off single lifts Indians

Nick Swisher provided the only RBI for the game Friday as his RBI single lifted the Indians to a 1-0 victory over the White Sox.

0 Josh Donaldson walks off A's over Tigers

Josh Donaldson put an end to the Tigers Friday night as he sliced a solo homer over the right field fence to lift the A's to victory.

0 Yankees turn first 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play

The Yankees made MLB history last night when they were the first team to turn a 4-6-5-6-5-3-4 triple play. It was mostly helped by terrible base running by the Orioles, but I guess it counts nonetheless.

Friday, April 12, 2013

0 Iannetta snags foul ball after Pujols doinks it

Chris Iannetta was in the right place at the right time Thursday as Albert Pujols tracked a fly ball, it bounced off his glove, and Iannetta was there to clean it up.

0 WTH is Steve Ott doing?

To win a faceoff Thursday, Steve Ott reverted to trying to lick his opponent. Not sure what advantage that gives other than creeping the other dude out and everyone else. 

[via Deadspin]

0 Westbrook block, Durant slam

The Oklahoma City Thunder exhibited great basketball on both sides of the ball in about 30 seconds last night as Russell Westbrook came up with a huge block, and Kevin Durant took it to the other end and slammed on about four guys standing around watching him.

[via Deadspin]

0 Dodgers, Padres clear benches, Greinke breaks collarbone

Zac Greinke got a bit too high and tight on Carlos Quentin Thursday night and plunked him in the shoulder. Quentin paid him back by charging the mound like a bull and breaking Greinke's collarbone. Both benches cleared and apparently after the game Kemp confronted Quentin and they had to be separated by San Diego Police. I am sure this will probably come up again.

0 The Daily Show pretty much destroys NCAA

The NCAA's ridiculous rules and regulations that do anything but protect the student athletes have been something that has been under scrutiny for quite some time. The Daily Show took them on last night and showed what a piece of crap organization they really are. So much so that they wouldn't even talk to them. Making them look more crappy.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

0 Manny Machado homers Os past Sox

Manny Machado came up big in the ninth for the Orioles last night as he blasted a three-run homer over the Green Monster to give the Orioles a 8-5 win. The Orioles are still a game behind the Sox in the AL East.

0 Caroline Wozniacki pretty good at tennis, not so much golf

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki caddied for her boyfriend Rory McIlroy at the Masters Wednesday, and thought she might take shot at this whole golf game. It didn't go so well.

[via Tennis-X.com]

0 Mariners fan catches ball in beer, chugs

A Mariners fan last night used his beer as a glove and caught a foul ball, then proceeded to chug the beer with the ball still in it. Not sure if it was some sort of drinking game, but it was pretty smooth all around. 

[via Deadspin]

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

0 Lebron James assists self on dunk

Lebron James threw an assist to himself Tuesday, going off the backboard then throwing it down against the Bucks. 

[via Deadspin]

0 Shin-Soo Choo throws strike to get runner at home

Shin-Soo Choo threw an absolute strike Tuesday to get Matt Holliday trying to score.

0 Rockets get buzzer beater on goal tend

Jermaine O'Neal handed the James Harden and the Rockets a gift Tuesday when he got called for goal tending on a buzzer beating 3-point attempt by Harden. Time had run out, so there is no reason you would want to grab a rebound. He obviously didn't want a second shot attempt, but the buzzer had obviously sounded. Don't think I have ever seen that. 

[via Deadspin]

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

0 Denard Robinson can't throw a baseball either

If you ever watched Denard Robinson play quarterback at Michigan your impressions probably were, "man that dude can fly," and then,"man that dude can't throw a forward pass." Apparently Robinson can't throw a baseball either, as he one hopped the first pitch in the Tigers game Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

[via Deadspin]

2 Greg Zatzkis most exciting last man off the bench

I saw this on Reddit this morning. Apparently, Greg Zatzkis made a little recruiting video of himself. Zatzkis apparently was the last man off the bench for Harvard-Westlake (Calif.). He appears to not be very good at basketball, and he made a silly video showing that. What he is good at is filming silly things, which I hear they do a lot of in the Los Angeles area.

0 Joey Votto ends win by throwing out runner while lying down

Joey Votto ended the 13-4 Reds win over the Cardinals by throwing out a runner while lying down to take a nap.

0 Trey Burke's amazing block called foul

As the game was winding down last night and Michigan was still fighting, Trey Burke got an amazing block on Peyton Siva, but it was called a foul. What irks me about basketball. It's such a beautiful game if you just let them play, especially late in the second half. It wasn't obvious, obviously, so don't call it. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

0 Will Middlebrooks goes deep three times on Jays

The Red Sox' Will Middlebrooks had a day yesterday against the Blue Jays and Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Middlebrooks blasted three home runs and hit a double in the 13-0 win versus the Blue Jays Sunday.

0 Brutus gets destroyed in Ohio State spring game

I have no idea why Brutus was in the spring game, but he was, and he was destroyed by a Buckeye defender. 

[via Deadspin]

0 Jankovic and Serena get in a little spat

In the WTA Charleston final Sunday, Jelena Jankovic went to serve, and Serena Williams decided she wasn't ready, starting a little jawing between the two. 

If you watch the video, the serve is about at the 45 second mark, and the verbal spat follows. I believe that Jankovic has a beef here. Serena was set and you are supposed to play at the pace of the server. Serena came back with that she is not a slow player, which is true. She wasn't holding up the game in anyway. 

Whatever it was, it royally ticked off Serena, and she blitzed through the final two sets for the win. 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

0 SNL parodies Mike Rice with great sketch

Saturday Night Live took it to the Mike Rice controversy last night by having Melissa McCarthy play a Division III women's coach who is a billion times worse. McCarthy kills it.

0 Man catches Jayson Werth home run while holding baby

Jayson Werth went deep Saturday, but that wasn't the big story. That was the fan who snagged the ball with one hand while holding a baby.

0 7-year old cancer patient scores TD in Nebraska spring game

Jack Hoffman is a 7-year old young man that has been battling brain cancer since 2011. Saturday, he ran for a 69-yard touchdown run in the Nebraska spring game, taking the handoff to the left, then redirected by Taylor Martinez back to the right and he was off to the races. Great moment for a very brave young man.

0 Upton brothers homer in the 9th, lead Braves to victory

It didn't take the Braves long to get what they wanted out of the Upton brothers. B.J. homered in the ninth to tie it against the Cubs, and Justin finished the game with another homer to lead the Braves to the come from behind victory.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

0 Prince Fielder tees off on Yankees

Prince Fielder got his first two home runs of the season Friday to drop the Yankees to 1-3 on the season and make nearly everyone happy.

Friday, April 5, 2013

0 Final Four Predictions

By Shaee Flatt

Without bragging, I’d just like to say my bracket is better than 91 percent of the peoples’ reading this. (Or 91 percent of people who used ESPN). That being said, I missed a crap load of games, and only correctly picked two of the final four teams. However, I am restarting with only three games left! Let’s hope I nail this one.

Louisville vs. Wichita State
In my original bracket, I had Louisville losing in the National Championship game to Indiana, now I have them losing to Wichita State in the Final Four. I originally had Wichita in the Elite 8, but watching them in the tournament, they have a very good basketball team. While “Play for Ware” story is great and all, it has to be pretty tough for the Cardinals to play with. I don’t think Louisville brings their A game on Saturday, and I expect Wichita State to “shock” everyone and earn a berth in the National Championship game.

Michigan vs. Syracuse
Syracuse has dismantled everyone with their devastating 2-3 zone thus far, including the team I thought would win it all, Indiana. Meanwhile, Michigan, and National Player of the Year, Trey Burke, have done the same to their opponents. They’ve crushed everyone they’ve played, with the exception of top seeded Kansas, who they defeated in what was probably the game of the tournament so far. This one is very tough for me to call, but I like Michigan to move on here. I think they find a way to beat the zone, and move on to play Shockers in the National Championship.

National Championship
Michigan vs. Wichita State
Like Butler two years ago, I think Wichita State's Cinderella run ends in the National Title game. In the end, I think Burke and the rest of the Wolverines are too much for the Shockers in the tournaments’ final game and I expect Michigan to be cutting down the nets when everything is all said and done. 

0 Francisco Cervelli gets great stop at the plate, homers

The Yankees' Francisco Cervelli got the stupid Bronx Bombers in the win column Thursday thanks to two big plays. One, he stopped Shane Victorino who was trying to get home on a passed ball, and then homered to help seal the victory.

0 Detroit's Doug Anderson 360, between the legs dunk

I hate dunk contests more than anything because people get really excited even when the dunk isn't that impressive. I mean, it is impressive compared to me, but compared to most basketball players, it's not that great. 

Detroit's Doug Anderson did do something impressive at the 2013 State Farm Dunk Contest, going 360 and between his legs. I will let this pass. 

0 Oklahoma City should lose now, win later

By Shaee Flatt

With last night’s win over the Spurs, the Thunder are just 0.5 games from the top seed in the West. While it 
sounds great, that is far from great for the Thunder. Why? The Los Angeles Lakers are why. 

Los Angeles is likely going to be the eighth and final seed in the West, and for this reason the Thunder should do everything they can to make sure that they finish second in the west, to avoid playing the Lakers. 

While the Thunder have been a far better team than the Lakers during the regular season, a playoff series with LA, would wear the Thunder out, even if they ended up advancing. 

For the past few weeks, the Lakers have been much better, and it seems for now, that Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have put their differences aside and started focusing on winning. 

A focused Lakers team would be a tough matchup for Oklahoma City. With Howard and Gasol down low, the Lakers have a clear advantage on Oklahoma City in the post, no matter who is down low for the Thunder. 

Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant is capable, even at his age, of containing Kevin Durant defensively. 

Durant has the height advantage and could shoot over Kobe at times, but Kobe has the metal fortitude to really break down Durant if he tries. He is also stronger,and could keep Durant out of the paint pretty well, especially if he only has to defend him in stretches.

The difference maker would be Russell Westbrook. Outside of Kobe, LA doesn’t have anyone that can 
match up well with Westbrook, and Kobe can’t guard both Westbrook and Durant at the same time.

Westbrook gives Oklahoma City a great advantage. Either way, the Thunder would have a big advantage 
with Westbrook but the Lakers would have an even bigger one in the post. 

Win or lose, playing the Lakers in the first round would be exhausting for the Thunder. 

It’s a series that could go seven games, and wear the Thunder out before the real challenges start. Grabbing the one seed in the West could mean facing the Lakers, followed by the Clippers, followed by the Spurs, and finally the Miami Heat.

That’s just brutal. Meanwhile the number two seed could mean facing the Golden State Warriors, 
Denver Nuggets, Spurs and Heat. 

Still difficult, but not nearly as brutal. 

No to mention, KD and Westbrook would ensure they were 100 percent heading into the playoffs, just like Miami is doing with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. 

It’s the smart play for any team who is serious about winning a championship and no longer has anything to play for. 

The Thunder have no benefit of winning the rest of the regular season. 

They’d be better off losing. Lose now, and win later, OKC.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

0 Carlos Gomez takes away a homer

Carlos Gomez made a beautiful leaping catch at the wall Wednesday to rob the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez of a home run.

0 MLB has a walk-off Wednesday

The MLB had a walk-off Wednesday which is good for journalists because walk-off and Wednesday both start with "W." But it's also good for baseball. The Twins, Rays, Reds and Diamondbacks all got walk-off wins.

0 First video of NCAA Football 14 released

EA Sports released some footage of the new gameplay engine for NCAA Football 14, which is apparently the same one they used on Madden 13. Which is awful because the gameplay on Madden this past year was terrible. When people would get hit, their body would flop like a fish, before spinning and falling. It wasn't every time of course, but a lot of the time. 

This video shows the new stop on a dime running game, which seems cool, but maybe a bit much. There are just a few running backs that can really just change directions so seamlessly. But, if I get really good at it, the gameplay is awesome, and I never said any of this. 

[via FanSided]

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

0 Andrew Wiggins is still unreal

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 high school recruit in the nation, is a freak of a player. He can do just about anything, but one thing he does really well is pull off unbelievable dunks. Like this between the legs, reverse dunk he did at the McDonald's All-American Dunk Contest. 

0 NBA trying everything to get Lakers into the playoffs?

I have covered a ton of basketball games in my short journalism career, and I don't believe I have ever seen a ref call a game in favor of one team or another. I know that it seems that way every game to both sets of fans, but I have never seen it. I have seen refs change the outcome of a game because they call every tick tack thing and turn it into a free throw contest, but never in favor of one team over another. All my experience is at the high school level, but still. 

This video above posted by YouTube user LongBeachJ sure makes it look like the Lakers are getting some help into the playoffs. I wouldn't put it past the NBA. I am not sure what to think, but they potentially make more money with the Lakers in the playoffs, so who knows. I don't watch enough NBA to say either way, but the video has some pretty decent evidence that the Lakers are getting all the help they can get. 

0 Pete Kozma homers off girl's face, boyfriend jumps out of the way

This is starting to become a thing now. Boyfriends getting out of the way ending up with their girlfriends getting hit by foul balls or home runs. That happened on a Pete Kozma home run Tuesday, so this will be the poster guy until it happens again.

0 Yu Darvish was oh so close to being perfect

Yu Darvish took a perfect game into the final inning, all the way down to the final out, but Marwin Gonzalez broke it up with a single up the middle. Darvish was still ridiculous, going 8.2 innings and striking out 14.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

0 NBA ref gets face smashed

NBA referee Bill Kennedy had an unfortunate start to the Bucks and Bobcats game last night. On the tipoff, Larry Sanders came down with his elbow right on Kennedy's face. 

[via Deadspin]

0 Rutgers coach Mike Rice is the worst

ESPN's Outside the Lines obtained a video of Rutgers Head Men's Basketball Coach Mike Rice abusing his players in so many ways. He is seen hurling basketballs at players, kicking them, pushing them, hitting them and cussing at them. But how can you argue with his results, with his 44-51 record at Rutgers and all.

I'm all for coaches getting aggressive with players and motivate them with words, but when a dude starts hurling basketballs at people, kicking and hitting them, he needs to lose his job. Or at least, get like R. Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket to follow him around and tell him what a worthless piece of crap he is. Because he is. He is abusing his power as an educator and coach to pick on people. He knows these kids won't hit him back, so he kept doing it. Need to send him packing.

0 Matt Martin obliterates Tom Kostopoulos

The Islanders Matt Martin and Devils Tom Kostopoulos got in a little bit of a kerffufle last night, but it didn't last very long. Martin floored Kostopoulos with a right then got worried, immediately motioning for the bench to come help him. It's like he didn't know fighting could result in someone getting knocked the freak out, and it scared him. 

[via Deadspin]

0 Bryce Harper homers twice on opening day

Bryce Harper is good at baseball. Just 20 years old, this dude has the skills to be a hall of famer. He got 2013 off in good fashion yesterday, homering in his first two at bats. He is now on pace for 324 home runs this season. That's just science. 

0 Clayton Kershaw was just showing off

Clayton Kershaw did just about everything yesterday for the Dodgers in their opening day win over Giants. Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout against the defending world champions, and put the Dodgers ahead in the eighth inning with a solo home run. The Dodgers would eventually win, 4-0. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

0 Carlos Boozer almost punches ref's groin on accident

This could have gone much worse because Carlos Boozer is a pretty big dude, but one ref was at the unfortunate end of Boozer's fist pump celebration. 

[via FanSided]

0 Kevin Ware's gruesome leg break

If you didn't catch it live, and are into seeing Louisville's Kevin Ware's leg break, click above. Luckily, the camera is from a distance, but you can tell by the reaction of the Louisville bench and the players on the court, it wasn't pretty up close. It's not pretty from any distance. Glad Louisville could regroup and get the win and hope Mr. Ware gets back to full strength for next season. 

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