Category Archives: Sports

Jaguars’ Ramsey, Bengals’ Green Ejected For Altercation

(SL) – Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green were both ejected in the final seconds of the first half on Sunday following an
altercation.

The two could clearly be seen talking to each other throughout the game. Finally, tensions hit a boiling point. Ramsey shoved Green after the whistle blew on a 1-yard run by Cincinnati running back Joe Mixon.

636454893636167792-Greenpunch

Green lost it. The seventh-year veteran grabbed Ramsey by the neck from behind him
and slammed him to the ground. Green then delivered several punches to the second-year defensive back until a group of players jumped into the fray.

Benches cleared and it took minutes before order was restored. The Bengals took a knee to end the first half, down 13-7. Green finished with one catch for 6 yards on two targets. Ramsey was credited with one tackle.

Advertisements

Astros Win First World Series Title And Correa Proposes To Girlfriend

(SL) – The Houston Astros are World Series champions for the first time in their history. They defeated the Dodgers 5-1 in Game Seven of the Fall Classic in Los Angeles. Houston scored twice in the first inning and added three more in the second to lead 5-0 and cruise from there.

George Springer’s two-run homer capped the second-inning outburst. Charlie Morton allowed two hits and one run over the final four innings to get credit for the win. Yu  Darvish failed to get out of the second inning for the second time in the series and took the loss. Andre Ethier  singled in the only Los Angeles run in the sixth inning. The Dodgers were denied their first World Series title since 1988.

1024x1024Astros outfielder George Springer is the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player. Over seven games, Springer was 11-of-29 for a .379 batting average and pounded five home runs and seven RBI.  Springer joins Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley as the only player to hit five home runs in a single World Series. Springer set the World Series record for most extra base hits with seven and total bases with 29.  The 28-year-old homered in each of the final four games of the series.

 2594584_630x354

However, the real MVP was Astros shortstop Carlos Correa  the World Series champion and is now a husband-to-be. Correa proposed to his girlfriend on the field just moments after the Astros beat the Dodgers 5-1 in Game Seven of the Fall Classic. She said yes, capping an exciting night for the 23-year-old Correa. He finished 7-for-25 during the World Series with two home runs and five RBI.

Yuli Gurriel Avoids World Series Ban But Gets Suspended For 5 Games For Racist Gesture

By Kennan Johnson

(SL) – Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will be suspended for without pay for the first 5 games of the 2018 season after he was caught on camera making a racially insensitive gesture towards Yu Darvish in the dugout following his homerun in the 2nd inning.

Gurriel was caught on national television pulling the corners of his eyes in an offense way attempting to joke about Darvish’s Japanese heritage.

YuliGurrielSlantEye.0
He was also mouthing the word “chinito,” Spanish for “Chinese boy.” Darvish, who was born in Japan, is of Japanese and Iranian descent.
Of the act, Darvish said, “It just felt like, ‘Man, again?’ Like, we’re so used to this,” said Chu. “People don’t even pause. They think that this is acceptable, socially, to target Asian Americans in this way, or Asians in general.”
This was an extremely childish act by Gurriel, and it went on to over shadow the fact that his team had just went up 2-1 in the biggest series of his life.
5 games without pay could be enough to teach the 33-year-old from Cuba a lesson, but in my honest opinion he deserves to sit Game 4 and possibly Game 5 for being so inconsiderate in a World Series game in front of a nationally televised audience consisting of people from every ethnic group you could possibly think of.

Bradley Beal Apologizes To Team For Getting Into Scrap With Draymond Green

(SL) – The Warriors erased an 18-point second-half deficit and rallied fora 120-117 victory over the Wizards in a game marred by a fight between Golden State’s Draymond Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal. The Warriors missed on 17 of 20 3-point attempts in the first half then lost Green when he and Beal were both ejected after getting into a fight with 19.5 seconds left in the first half.

Golden State erupted for 33 points in the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good on an Andre Iguodala layup with 3:13 to go. Warriors went on to win 120-117

Beal says, “Soon as it happened at halftime I apologized and I apologized again after the game. That’s unacceptable by me, for sure. I’ve got to show better leadership and better control.”

No word yet on if any suspensions will be handed down

Texans Owner Bob McNair Apologizes For “Inmates Running The Prison” Comment

(SL) – Texans owner Bob McNair apologized for saying the league should avoid having “inmates running the prison,” regarding player protests during the national anthem.

Some Texans players reportedly considered staging a walkout Friday in response to McNair’s comment, and star receiver DeAndre Hopkins was absent from practice as a direct result.

ESPN The Magazine reported McNair made the remark after other owners in an Oct. 18 meeting spoke about business concerns surrounding the anthem protests.

That came a day after owners and players had met to discuss social reform. “I regret that I used that expression,” McNair said in a statement. “I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players.

I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”

 

Bullpen Issues Could Surface For Dodgers In Game 4

(SL) – After burning through eight relief pitchers in Game 2and sending five more to the mound on Friday night at Minute MaidPark in Game 3 of the World Series, Los Angeles manager DaveRoberts faced the inevitable questions regarding the state of his bullpen after a 5-3 loss dropped the Dodgers into a 2-1 hole against the Houston Astros.
With left-hander Alex Wood scheduled to get the start on Saturday, the concerns are valid. Wood has made just one start this postseason, allowing three runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings of Game 4 in the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
usa_today_10270305.0
The Dodgers dropped that game 3-2,their lone loss of that series.Excluding right-hander Kenta Maeda, who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 3, Roberts declared each member of his bullpen available for action in what will be a pivotal Game 4.”Well, we just had an off-day yesterday,” Roberts said. “And when your starter (right-hander Yu Darvish) goes five outs, you’ve got to find a way to cover some innings.
Everyone tomorrow is available, outside of Kenta. And Alex is going to have to go deep.”But I think, like I said, everyone is available, and we’ve go tKersh (ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw) going Game 5. They’ll be available. They’ll be fine.”Wood will face a pressure-packed outing but is equipped for the challenge. He paced the majors in winning percentage after finishing 16-3 with a career-best 2.72 ERA in 27 appearances (25 starts). His 3.3 WAR represented the second-best mark of his career, trailing the 3.7 WAR he produced with the Atlanta Braves while finishing 11-11 with a 2.78 ERA in 2014.
Relative postseason inexperience aside, Wood gets the ball with the Dodgers on the brink of a daunting deficit should they lose, yet buoyed by the opportunity to start instead of relieve.”I feel fortunate that I’m finally getting to start in the postseason,” Wood said. “My three previous postseason experiences have all been out of the bullpen. So really my first start against the Cubs in the postseason, I felt way more comfortable, not really much nerves. Just seemed like another game with a little bit of higher expectations for yourself and a little bit more pressure.”But I felt really comfortable in Chicago.

Continue reading Bullpen Issues Could Surface For Dodgers In Game 4

Around Florida: Chief Reluctant To Use Phrase ‘Serial Killer’ In Tampa Killings, Tallahassee Mayor’s Idea For Fighting Violent Crime Rejected, Death Threats For UF Head Coach And More…

(SL) –As police look for suspects in three recent murders in a Tampa neighborhood, there’s one phrase the city’s police chief refuses to use. Interim Chief Brian Dugan said at a public meeting last night in Seminole Heights that he does not want to use the term “serial killer.”

He told hundreds at Edison Elementary School there’s a stereotype associated with that word, and he cited Ted Bundy as an example.

Bundy was a white male who acted alone, but Dugan says this killer could be black or a female or even more than one person.

holy-land-experience

(Orlando, FL )– Get away from all the bad. At least one day a year, Central Florida’s biblical-based theme park welcomes all, free of charge. The Holy Land Experience is required to offer the free day in order to keep its property-tax exemption as a religious entity.

This year, that day is tomorrow. It will be first come, first served from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and parking is also free. You can find out more at HolyLandExperience.com.

jim-mcelwain-arms-crossed-angry-florida

(Gainesville, FL) — It’s been a tough football season at the University of Florida so far, even including death threats from fans. That’s what Jim McElwain head coach of the three-and-three Gators, told the media yesterday.

McElwain did not go into specifics regarding the threats with the media and, apparently, not with the school.

Senior Associate Athletic Director Steve McClain issued a statement saying that the UF administration met with the coach yesterday afternoon and he offered no additional details.

Gillum+Storm+Press+Conf

(Tallahassee, FL) — Another day, another shooting in Tallahassee. Early yesterday morning, police got a call from a McDonald’s on South Monroe Street where a man had walked in with a gunshot wound.

The call was from the victim himself, who was taken to a hospital for treatment. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum wants to respond to the rash of recent violence in the state capital by activating the Leon County Emergency Operations Center. But at a meeting yesterday, County Commission Chairman John Dailey rejected the proposal, saying the center is not designed for a law enforcement operation.

Sheriff Walt McNeil doesn’t like the idea, either. But Gillum isn’t giving up and plans to present it to city commissioners tomorrow.

 

 

Justin Timberlake Will Headline Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show On NBC

(SL) – Global superstar JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the PEPSI SUPER BOWL LII HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, it was confirmed tonight.

A multi-talented actor and musician, Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he rapidly became a highly respected musician, winning two Grammys for his debut solo album, “Justified.” He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award® for the song “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” from the film TROLLS for which he won his 10th Grammy.

Justin TimberlakeA gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including: ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN, SHREK THE THIRD and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. He has also won four Emmys for his appearances on “Saturday Night Live.” Timberlake is a co-star of the upcoming film WONDER WHEEL, which opens later this year.

This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVII.

This announcement is just the beginning. Leading up to Super Bowl LII, fans may visit Pepsi.com for behind-the-scenes looks into Timberlake’s journey to the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, as well as other surprises along the way.

160208123056-super-bowl-halftime-2016-super-169

Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

Continue reading Justin Timberlake Will Headline Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show On NBC

Aaron Hernandez’ Lawyers File Another Lawsuit Against NFL

(SL) – Lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are filing another lawsuit against the NFL.
 
They filed suit in a Massachusetts state court yesterday against the league and against the company that makes their helmets, alleging they didn’t appropriately handle Hernandez’ brain injuries.
 
Unlike the Hernandez family’s lawsuits in federal court, this one doesn’t name the Patriots organization.
 

Hernandez was still serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, but his suicide made Hernandez a legally innocent man as he died during an appeal process.

aaron-hernandez-t1

In September, the former New England Patriot player’s lawyer Jose Baez announced brain scans by the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center found Hernandez had advanced stage 3 CTE, otherwise known as the degenerative brain disease common in retired football players and linked to suicide and depression.

The lawyers’ case against the state alleges the NFL hid knowledge on the true dangers of football, naming Illinois-based helmet maker Riddell.

The company, founded in 1929, told the Associated Press it plans to vigorously defend its products and reputation in wake of the new lawsuit, as well as any other concussion-related lawsuits.