22 Jul 2014 01:14:01 -0400
Mike Pettine: Browns won't cut Josh Gordon despite issues
With the pending playing status of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon up in the air, head coach Mike Pettine says the team has no plans to cut the troubled receiver. Speaking with the Akron Beacon-Journal Pettine had plenty to say about Gordon, insisting that the team will stand behind Gordon as he faces a year-long ban. […]
22 Jul 2014 00:20:41 -0400
LSU freshman suffers gruesome injury in team weight room
Twitter/Lealaimatafao We’ve got some unfortunate news tonight out of LSU. Freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao suffered a gruesome arm injury after punching a window in the team’s weight room after he was reportedly upset about a disagreement with his girlfriend. It was originally reported by NOLA.com that Lealaimatafao might have to have his arm amputated – thankfully, that does not appear to be the case. NOLA.com recently received an update from LSU SID Michael Bonnette. The sources said the glass “tore through” Lealaimatafao’s bicep and they could see the bone underneath. He was immediately taken to an area hospital and is being treated for the injury, Bonnette said. Bonnette said there was no danger of amputation as previously reported. Here’s a bit more on the situation, from The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger: #LSU had to call 911 bc of loss of blood to Lealaimatafao. Injury tore muscle in his arm. Source: "He's not going to lose his arm." — Ross Dellenger (...
22 Jul 2014 00:09:19 -0400
WATCH: CM Punk says he's 'never, ever' going back to WWE
Via YouTube If you watched Monday’s episode of Raw, you’ll know that Paul Heyman’s Plan C for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at SummerSlam was … not CM Punk. I mean, nobody thought it would be, but in the back of our heads, wrestling fans are still doing that maybe now’s the time Punk comes back thing. Any and every excuse. That is never, ever going to happen. Take it from Punk itself. CM Punk talked to Chris Van Vliet from CBS-19 on the red carpet at the AP Music Awards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and after a brief conversation about music, marriage and fashion, the talk turned to wrestling. Punk clarifies that he’s neither a WWE Superstar nor a former WWE Superstar (he’s just a “superstar”) and real talks the wrestling world. Tell me a lie, brother. He’ll be back as a special guest entrant in the Royal Rumble, don’t sweat it. h/t Cory BarkerFiled under: Media, ProWrestling, Sports, Web Culture Tagged: ALT PRESS, CM PUNK, PRO WRESTLING, WWE
21 Jul 2014 21:16:22 -0400
Favre says he's not afraid of being booed at Lambeau
It had been rumored that former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre was staying away from Lambeau Field for fear of being booed by his old fans. Favre’s exit from Green Bay was less than memorable. He was eventually shunned by his team for the younger Aaron Rodgers and eventually ended up playing for their arch rivals Minnesota Vikings. The news of Favre’s fear came from his long time friend and former teammate, Mark Chmura, so you would think that it would be good information. However, Favre is ready to set the record straight. “I’ve heard that was a concern of mine, and I’m here to tell you I’m not,” Favre said Monday. “I’m not worried about that. I’m well aware that you can’t please everyone. Not everyone’s going to like you regardless, and you know what, so be it. But I think the 16 years that I had in Green Bay speaks for itself. “Yeah, you’re right, I have played with other teams, but I will be remembered as a Packer. I feel that. I think the true Packer backers, which there a
21 Jul 2014 22:21:15 -0400
Source: Giants interested in Red Sox' Jake Peavy
The San Francisco Giants lost starting pitcher Matt Cain to the 15-day disabled list earlier today due to right elbow inflammation. Before they placed him on the DL, the Giants were already on the lookout for another starting pitcher.As I reported late last week on Twitter, the Giants are interested in acquiring Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox, a league source said.#452071106 / gettyimages.comTheir level of interest in Peavy is unclear, but the fit makes sense. Peavy's former manager with the Padres, Bruce Bochy, is the current manager of the Giants. The two are very familiar with one another and with the Giants needing another starting pitcher, there appears to be a really good match here.Someone close to Peavy informed me that the 33-year-old right-hander would be interested in reuniting with Bochy and that the two had a "great relationship" when they were in San Diego, but it would be tough for him to leave Boston.In 19 starts so far this season with the Red Sox,...
21 Jul 2014 22:14:30 -0400
Police: Eagles' Keelan Johnson shoved cop into a tree
Police arrested Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson after he allegedly shoved an officer into a tree outside a Tempe, Ariz., bar.
A probable cause statement said Johnson “violently pushed” an officer in the chest, causing him to strike his head against a tree,” according to Philly.com.
Police say the officer tried to prevent Johnson from interfering with an investigation into a bar fight.
21 Jul 2014 21:21:52 -0400
Lakers great Michael Cooper diagnosed with cancer
Marc Gasol’s 2013 Defensive Player of the Year award has been hailed as a breakthrough for advanced ways of thinking about basketball. Gasol averaged just 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game that season – hardly the typical per-game defensive numbers that catch the eye of award voters. But Gasol impressed so much through his subtle contributions, he won the award anyway. However, Gasol wasn’t actually the first player to win Defensive Player of the Year that way. In 1987, Michael Cooper averaged even fewer rebounds, blocks and steals per game and took the honor. In an era when traditional stats more accurately predicted award voting, Cooper’s lockdown defense couldn’t be overlooked. His impact on the game was truly special. Cooper, who won five championships in 12 years with the Lakers, now coaches the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
21 Jul 2014 18:52:41 -0400
Celtics take flyer on former #2 overall pick Evan Turner
Celtics finishing deal for FA Evan Turner, sources tell Herald. He will get a portion of their mid-level exception. — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 21, 2014 Well, I’ll be damned. A week ago when Jeff Goodman first reported the Celtics interest in Turner, I didn’t think there was room on the roster for another wing. While we await specifics on Turner’s salary, we know the Celtics are currently about $2 million over the luxury tax threshold. They can easily slice $7 million by releasing the non-guaranteed deals belonging to Keith Bogans, Chris Johnson and Chris Babb. I was hoping Bogans’ $5 million would come in handy in a bigger deal. Here’s some reaction from NBA writers: Turner was bad last year, but his name still has some intrigue. Not much risk for rebuilding team to sign cheap + try to rehab trade value. — Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 21, 2014 Evan Turner is a terrific low-risk/high-reward signing by Boston. The irrational criticism he receives is unfounded: http://t.co/o...
21 Jul 2014 18:43:38 -0400
It’s time for the Royals to trade James Shields
On June 17th, the Royals took sole possession of first place in the American League Central, as they stood a half game up on Detroit in the division race. Since that date, the Royals have gone 10-17, while the Tigers have gone 18-10, and Kansas City now finds themselves in third place, seven games behind […]
21 Jul 2014 16:12:19 -0400
Former LSU QB allegedly sucker punched by Alabama fan
Zach Mettenberger is no longer the starting quarterback at LSU, but that does not mean he is free from the psychotic nature with which some SEC fans worship their football teams. Over the weekend, Mettenberger was reportedly sucker punched by an Alabama fan at a bar in Nashville. Steve Ford, the owner of Losers Most […]
21 Jul 2014 14:19:28 -0400
WATCH: WWE's questionable reference during PPV
As you can imagine this isn’t going over too well. Lana (played by American actress C.J. Perry) is the Russian manager of WWE wrestler Rusev. The gimmick is fairly simple and one the WWE has used for years, they are anti-USA. But at Battleground PPV they went a little bit overboard with it, by referencing a real life tragedy into the sports entertainment world of wrestling. Nothing funny about what happened to flight MH17 and that shouldn’t have been used. Lana is taking most of the heat, but remember most of the promos are scripted by WWE writers beforehand, so she was just doing as instructed. It is just shocking that someone didn’t think this was a bad idea.
21 Jul 2014 12:54:59 -0400
Tony Dungy: I wouldn't have taken Michael Sam
Tony Dungy is no longer a head coach in the NFL, but if he was, he would have been one of the many who passed on Michael Sam at the 2014 NFL draft. Sam originally was projected as a mid-round draft pick, but he coincidentally fell all the way to the seventh round where the St. Louis Rams picked him up shortly before the draft ended. The reason for the fall, in the eyes of many, coincided with the fact that Sam announced he was gay ahead of the draft. The prevailing thought is that Sam fell so far in the draft because teams didn’t want to deal with the distractions that would come with the league’s first openly gay player. Dungy, who is no longer in the league as a head coach but still has a powerful voice in NFL circles, says he would have avoided taking Sam, too. “I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tampa Tribune, according to ProFootballTalk.com. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. “It’s not goin...
21 Jul 2014 12:54:17 -0400
Jameis Winston has interesting take on paying college athletes
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is going to earn millions of dollars in the National Football League at some point in the not-so-distant future. For now, he’s nothing more than an unpaid student athlete at a university that makes millions simply due to his own existence on its football team. Winston doesn’t seem too worried about this, as he indicated in an interview with NFL.com (h/t College Football Talk). We’re blessed to get a free education… and that’s enough for me. This is not a popular stance around the college and professional football worlds. Considering that the NCAA and universities around the United States combine to earn billions annually from these student-athletes, some have drawn the conclusion that they should get paid. Winston continued… I think that’s the main purpose in college. Some athletes lose that perspective. It’s about being a student-athlete, and not just getting that easy money and going to the league. Even if kids leave early, I would want t...
21 Jul 2014 12:23:11 -0400
Report: Matt Harvey spotted with new model on good arm
Matt Harvey — who already has been seen with an unending stream of super models while going through rehab following Tommy John surgery last year — was recently spotted at a Manhattan hotspot with another piece of arm candy on his good wing.The Mets pitcher hit the Meatpacking District nightclub Up & Down, where the hard-throwing righty got cozy with Shannon Rusbuldt, according to Confidenti@l of the NY Daily News.“After a night of lounging around inside the club, the pair was getting close outside on 14th St.,” one tipster told the gossip site.The Mets star and the 29-year-old American model reportedly did some snuggling outside before heading their separate ways shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday morning.Harvey is clearly sticking to his rehabbing program — at least when it comes to his model type. Rusbuldt is a statuesque blond who closely resembles his ex-girlfriend Anne Vyalitsyna, a Victoria’s Secret regular. Rusbuldt is a New York-based runway and print model who has strutted for designers G
21 Jul 2014 11:24:58 -0400
Report: Knicks open to trading J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert
The New York Knicks have a surplus in the backcourt and are looking to make a trade to balance the roster, reports Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com. Working to clear the logjam in the backcourt, the Knicks are discussing their potential trade options with guards J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Shane Larkin, a league source said Sunday. “They’re working on trying to make a move in the backcourt,” the NBA source familiar with the Knicks’ thinking said Sunday. The idea that the Knicks are trying to make a trade to balance the roster isn’t earth-shattering. President Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills have mentioned the Knicks have a surplus in the backcourt, with Mills saying last week the Knicks are “heavy” at shooting guard. The Knicks have four shooting guards on the roster but only Tim Hardaway Jr. was mentioned as “untouchable” in the report. Smith, the 2012-13 Sixth Man Award winner, is coming off what he called the worst season of his NBA career. Shumpert is considered a strong defender, bu