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Things are starting to heat up on the cricket field between Australia and South Africa, literally.
Cricketer Aaron Finch had a close call with a flamethrower during Australia's Twenty20 match against South Africa last night.
Finch was chasing after the ball before it hit the boundary.
Finch knew the flames usually shoot out if the ball hits the boundary, but they didn't.
When he went to pick up the ball, the flamethrowers went off dangerously close to him.
The ESPN personality fired back at being called “ridiculous.”
On Wednesday, Bill Simmons appeared on ESPN Radio's The Herd, where he likened LeBron James' slow start in Cleveland to Albert Pujols' start in Anaheim.
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"That's what I'll say about Bill Simmons. So, you know, he grabbed a headline, which is something I know he loves — and that's one of the most ridiculous lines I've ever heard in any sport in my life. Four games into a season. I don't even … that's ridiculous."
The Sacramento Kings’ Omri Casspi fixing teammate DeMarcus Cousins’ headband during a game is the true definition of “hold it down.”
Omri Casspi took a few moments during a game versus the Denver Nuggets to make sure teammate DeMarcus Cousins' headband was on point, effectively crushing the internet beneath the weight of their cuteness.
There was a gag order on the two-day hearing, in which Rice, his wife, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell all testified. The hearing will decide if Rice should be reinstated to the NFL following his indefinite suspension for punching his wife.
The hearing to determine if Ray Rice should be reinstated to the NFL concluded Thursday afternoon, according to reports.
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The hearing isn't a criminal case, but Jones was jointly chosen as a third-party arbitrator by the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to hear testimony under oath.
On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly testified for "over two hours" about what he knew about the elevator video, and when he knew it.
Goodell and the league have maintained that they were unable to obtain the video from the New Jersey hotel.
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He has represented the brand since 2011.
ESPN reports Nike has dropped Vikings running back Adrian Peterson as a sponsor.
Nike had suspended his sponsorship in September. At the time, Nike told ESPN they were concerned about the child abuse allegations surrounding Peterson and was monitoring the situation. The company pulled some of Peterson's Vikings jerseys out of some of its stores in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
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He is currently on the Exempt/Commissioner's List, and has been getting paid during his eight weeks of inactivity, but the NFL does not consider it a formal discipline. NFL reporter Ian Rapoport warns, "Suspension looms."
The San Antonio Express-News reports the city will attempt to sell the team on relocating to Texas.
The Oakland Raiders need a new home, and San Antonio is ready to present their case.
The San Antonio Express-News reports "governmental and civic leaders headed by former Mayor Henry Cisneros" will travel to the Bay Area Friday to give the Oakland-based team their best sales pitch.
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The A's have signed a 10-year deal at the Coliseum while they work out their battles for rights to market space with the San Francisco Giants. If the Raiders do decide to build a new stadium on the land that currently houses O.co Coliseum, the A's would also have to find a new home.
The San Antonio Express-News reports the Raiders have visited the Alamodome and "have deemed [it] as an NFL-ready facility."
Richard Perez, head of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce said in September: "They've seen the crowds, they've seen the tailgating, they have seen the operations and they have been completely taken aback at how well everything is run."
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The Raiders ranked last in fan attendance during the 2013 season, with an average 50,000 attendees. Average stadium capacity was 80%.
At least we know where he got his gimmick from.
Um...that's an unfortunate last name.
"Where you guys from?"
"Perfect, we have a name for you!"
Swag out the ass.
The Santa Clara, California District Attorney’s Office said there’s insufficient evidence to charge the defensive end.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald will not get felony domestic violence charges for an incident that allegedly took place at his home in August.
In a memo released by the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office on Monday, the decision was explained as "conflicting versions of the incident, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses, and a significant lack of cooperation by [McDonald's fiancée], left investigators uncertain exactly what happened."
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The incident began when one of McDonald's guests reportedly told his fiancée that there were women getting "too friendly" with McDonald, according to the memo. The fiancée confronted the women, and McDonald then "called her names, indicated that she was an unfit mother, and threatened to take her baby."
The fiancée was 10 weeks pregnant at the time.
There's conflicting accounts about what happened next , according to the DA memo:
At some point they ended up on the couch. Jane Doe said McDonald threw her on the couch. McDonald said they fell on the couch. McDonald tried to remove Jane Doe from the home forcibly. At one point he grabbed her neck, resulting in visible injury. Jane Doe said she was "fighting back," physically resisting McDonald's efforts to pull her out of the house. Jane Doe said she tried to push McDonald off of her. Jane Doe was able to free herself. McDonald said he let go.
McDonald called Sgt. Sean Pritchard, a San Jose Police Department officer who at the time worked security for 49ers home games in nearby Santa Clara. McDonald's fiancée called 911.
When the cops arrived, the fiancée told officers she did not want McDonald to be arrested, but they "[determined] that probable cause existed to believe that McDonald was the dominant aggressor and that his conduct had resulted in visible injury to Jane Doe."
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The man does love his commemorative novelty vehicles.
In 2013, Jake Peavy bought a duck boat to celebrate the Red Sox winning the World Series.
Peavy apparently has not done anything with the boat, which his son says is now parked in Alabama and covered in mildew.
Peavy will continue the tradition by purchasing a cable car to celebrate his 2014 World Series win with the Giants. After shipping it to Alabama, Peavy will turn it into a mobile bar, TMZ reports.
FYI, a standard cable car interior is approximately 12 ft x 6 ft.
Peavy is now a free agent, so if he wins a third consecutive World Series with a new team, he might be able to start a novelty vehicle franchise.
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The Game of Thrones writer is a dedicated fan of the game of throws.
If you've ever shielded your eyes while watching Game of Thrones and cursed the man who created the show, just know that he, too, is shielding his eyes every Sunday while watching another onscreen struggle: The New York Jets attempting to play football.
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Even a man who’s built a career on imagining the unimaginable was shocked by the Jets’ 20-13 win over the Steelers last Sunday. Here’s a couple highlights from this week’s recap:
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"I woke up this morning expecting a long day of pain in front of the television. The Jets were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and their red-hot quaterback, Big Ben, and the Giants were facing the world champion Seattle Seahawks."
But in the grand tradition of being a Jets fan, Martin went quickly back to cynicism:
For the moment, I will enjoy the win, and wonder what might have happened if Rex had only benched Geno Smith earlier. (I was distressed to see Geno back as second string, and Matt Simms inactive. Simms showed more in his brief appearance last week than Geno has all season). Some good play there by Percy Harvin, Erik Decker, and Chris Ivory. And the D line. Gang Green DOES have some good players, if only they could get a quarterback.
The bird took to bird-based microblogging platform Twitter to offer his or her apologies.
Before Sunday's Giants–Seahawks game, Taima, the Augur Hawk who represents the Seahawks, diverted off the intended flight plan and landed on the head of a fan.
You can watch the incident here.
The four-season process began at the end of the 2014 regular season.
Nick Ulivieri is a Chicago-based photographer with a lifelong love for the Cubs. But Wrigley Field is undergoing a four season renovation and Nick realized to his dismay that he didn't get many photos of the legendary Chicago institution.
On his website, he explains his current project: "Despite being a fan all my life, I’m sad to say I have very few photographs of Wrigley ‘the way it was’. Now, my goal is to capture ‘how it will be."
So Nick got in touch with a Chicago helicopter tourism company and proceeded to document the transformation from above.
The bleachers have been removed as a part of the first phase of renovations.
Hugs for u, extra-terrestrials.
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An attempt to thank their fans with an online jersey for being “the 1st NFL team with 1 million Twitter followers,” failed miserably when a user created a custom shirt displaying a racial slur.
Everything appeared to be going fine on their Twitter feed...
...until this Tweet showed up:
The reports that he’ll get the massive payout over 13 years would mean Giancarlo is pretty dang blessed.
Jon Heyman of CBS reports that the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton have agreed to a 13-year deal for $325 million.
The deal is said to include an option to opt out, along with a no-trade clause.
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However, his $25 million yearly salary falls (considerably) short of the record.
The league and the NFL Player’s Association seem to have different understandings of how punishment should be determined.
Nearly two weeks ago, Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge.
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The settlement effectively resolved the legal matters surrounding Peterson leaving lacerations and marks on his 4-year-old son by hitting him with a "switch."
Though the legal issues have been resolved, Peterson has yet to return to playing football. He was not immediately removed from the Commissioner's Exempt List, the NFL's "purgatory" list that bans the player from participating in team activities, but the league still pays him his full salary.
On Nov. 10, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released a statement stating that they had "filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner's Exempt list based on explicit language in a signed agreement dated Sept. 18, 2014."
As of Nov. 16, Peterson remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List, collecting his full salary of $700,000 per week.
On Saturday, it was reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN that Peterson had "declined to attend" Friday's meeting with the NFL. During that hearing, Peterson would have had the opportunity to present information for the NFL to consider while determining an appropriate punishment for him.
An NFL spokesperson told Schefter, "We will have to address this based on the information currently available to us." But the NFLPA said the NFL had ignored an important detail: it would have been illegal under Texas law for Peterson to turn over documents the NFL had requested.
On Sunday, the NFLPA released a statement on behalf of Adrian Peterson, explaining why he had declined to attend the meeting:
After consulting with the union, I told the NFL that I will attend the standard meeting with the Commissioner prior to possible imposition of discipline, as has been the long-term practice under the [collective bargaining agreement], but I wouldn't participate in a newly created and non-collectively bargained pre-discipline "hearing" that would include outside people I don't know and who would have roles in the process that the NFL wouldn't disclose. [...] The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent, and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.
On Sunday, DEA agents checked in with the medical staffs of two NFL teams. The visits come as a result of an ongoing lawsuit involving former players and the NFL.
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The players are not allowed to practice in the meanwhile, per team coach Butch Jones.
University of Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams are being investigated in relation to two incidents of sexual assault and rape that allegedly took place over the weekend, according to The Tennessean.
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The incidents allegedly occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning. One 19-year-old victim — a current University of Tennessee student — told police she was raped by two male students.
A second 19-year-old female victim — a student visiting from an out-of-state college — told police she was a victim of sexual assault.
It's unknown if the incidents are related.
The book, to be released by Harper Collins Children’s Books, aims to “encourage young readers to reach for their dreams.”
Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old girl who made history as the first girl to pitch a shutout game in the Little League World Series, is taking her inspirational story from the plate to the page.
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Harper Collins Children's Books will release Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name on March 17, 2015.
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An inspiring story of a courageous young girl who learned to play ball with the boys, only to outshine them on the national stage in the most watched Little League World Series of game of all time. Mo'ne Davis's story is one that will encourage readers to reach for their dreams no matter the odds, young girls to play ball with anyone, and add a new chapter to the rich history of women in baseball.
In October, Davis starred in a commercial for Chevrolet, in which she proudly says, "I throw 70 miles per hour. That's throwing like a girl."
He says he was just trying to get a souvenir for his grandson.
The New Orleans Saints fan who on Sunday intercepted a football from Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham addressed the incident on Monday.
Tony Williams, a 70-year-old Saints season ticket holder, says he was thinking only of his grandson and that he did not mean to misrepresent New Orleans and "Saints Nation."
The Saints fans that were around me, and know me... they were all saying, "keep the ball." But the other people, where the lady was, was saying give her the ball. I caught it fair.
The good news is that the Saints made sure the blindsided Bengals fan got a game ball of her own.