Kevin Love and Flip
Saunders hitting it off
NEW YORK – Kevin Love and Flip Saunders shared lunch yesterday, as
both were headed to the NBA Draft lottery that night. They talk
about the same issues that dominate their bi-daily conversations –
leadership, expectations, workouts and, as Saunders put it, “more
than anything, just about the vision that we have and how we feel
we’ve got to get there to reach that vision.”
For the Timberwolves to reach any vision, Saunders will need Love
on board. So far, the team’s new general manager has that.
“He’s very hopeful that I’ll be part of the team, a big part of
the team, for many years to come,” Love said. “And I don’t see why
he should think otherwise.”
An inability to foster that type of relationship with Love was a
large part of previous general manager David Kahn’s undoing.
Whereas Kahn frustrated Love by saving the Timberwolves’ five-year
extension for Ricky Rubio, Saunders understands which player makes
“He’s the only player that’s been an All-Star on that team since
Kevin Garnett,” Saunders said. “So, because of that, what you want
to do is you want make sure that he’s part of your foundation. And
I’ve talked a lot with Ricky, but Ricky, of course, is overseas, is
not quite as easy.”
Saunders said he’d meet with Rubio early next month, proving that
not only is he directing his primary attention to the right
Minnesota star, Saunders isn’t making the Kahn-like mistake of
alienating the other.
Now, Love is optimistic, even using some of the wacky math many use
at the lottery to show much.
“I never expected that I was going to have two broken hands,”
Love said. “But they always say two negative make a positive, so
maybe that will be the case in my regard, but more importantly, our
Chandler Parson’s goes to the Billboard Awards to watch Miguel
kick a fan in the head
The Houston Rocket’s Chandler Parson’s and his (to be honest) not
so cool looking entourage attended the 2013 Billboard Awards. I
don’t know where his seat was but i’m glad he wasn’t standing near
the stage where Miguel was trying to show off his hops by jumping
over a bunch of fans. He cleared everbody except for 1 women that
he drop kicked. The lady was all smiles at the concert but I’m sure
she will have a bigger smile when she contacts a lawyer this
What gave me a big smile was listening to this awesome commentary
by this guy watching Miguel showing his Parson’s hops.
“He didn’t have to hit her with the big ass boots. He aint got on
no Jordans, no Nikes, no LeBrons, no KDs, no Barkleys, no Shaq. He
got on man heels”
Chris Jericho, Jake 'The Snake' Roberts Take over MLB
The WWE is all about getting as much positive mainstream publicity
as possible, and one of the best ways to do that is by having
current or former superstars appear at sporting events.
With former undisputed world champion Chris Jericho throwing out
the first pitch at Sunday’s St. Louis Cardinals game and retired
legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts singing "Take Me out to the Ball
Game" at a recent Atlanta Braves game, the WWE is all over Major
After two very interesting performances, let’s break down exactly
how Jericho and Roberts did during their outings at the old
ballgame this weekend.
Chris Jericho’s Pitch Is Just a Bit Outside
The first observation worth noting about Jericho’s ceremonial first
pitch before the Cardinals took on the Brewers in St. Louis (h/t
MLB.com)—the home of Sunday’s Extreme Rules PPV, hence the reason
he was out there—is what he was wearing.
Not only was Jericho sporting the frosted tips and faux hawk,
but the tight jeans also scream rock-and-roll star through and
through. Despite his appearance, Y2J played up to the crowd and
shook off a few imaginary calls before launching the ball toward
At least the WWE Superstar was making the players laugh with his
jokes and not just his throw (h/t the St. Louis Cardinals'
While I couldn’t quite find the words to describe Jericho’s pitch,
legendary announcer Bob Uecker’s "Just a bit outside" quote in the
movie Major League is as accurate a description as anyone could
At least Jericho looked cool while he showed just how erratic his
ability to throw a baseball really has become. Take a practice
Jake "The Snake" Roberts Is a Changed Man
The sad tale of Jake Roberts is one that many wrestlers have seen
in the past, but unlike those facing addiction before him that
weren't lucky enough to find help, the WWE legend showed with his
rendition of "Take Me out to the Ball Game" that he is on the road
Would you like to see Jake Roberts wrestle one more match?
Yes, he deserves it for his hard work. No, I wish him the best, but
he shouldn't get in the ring again. Submit Vote vote to see
Roberts has Diamond Dallas Page to thank for his success.
While it’s clear that years of abuse have taken their toll on the
wrestling star, a new outlook on life has led him to clean up his
act and participate in fun events like he did when he belted out a
tune at the Braves game.
It’s wonderful to see a man that was in a very dark place before
utterly change the way he lives his life, and with the MLB helping
to show the world just how much work Roberts has done to himself,
Atlanta and the league deserve credit as well.
This is an inspirational story that the WWE should be contributing
to even more.
For more wrestling talk, listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the
hot topics or catch the latest episode in the player below (some
Game of Swings Ends as James Deals
MIAMI — It took four-tenths of a second to catch the ball at the
arc, pivot right and slip past a defender. It took one dribble, two
steps and eight-tenths of a second to close the distance from the
foul line to the restricted area. It took two-tenths of a second to
flip the ball off the backboard, letting gravity and physics do the
From Anthony to James, George’s Life Doesn’t Get Easier (May 23,
The Miami Heat were given 2.2 seconds to avert a stunning defeat in
the opener of the Eastern Conference finals, so they handed the
responsibility, naturally, to the one man in the N.B.A. who can
bend time and scientific principles to his will.
LeBron James even had a few tenths of a second to spare late
Wednesday night, after driving for the winning layup in a 103-102
victory over the Indiana Pacers. The buzzer sounded with the ball
still passing through the middle of the net.
“I just made a layup,” James said later, unimpressed with his own
work. He smiled. “I been doing that since I was 8 years old.”
Few players can do it so effortlessly or with as much power and
grace. It took an extraordinary player making an extraordinary play
for the defending champions to hold off the young Pacers, who
seemed wholly undaunted by their first trip to the conference
finals for this group.
David West had been relentless, scoring 26 points for Indiana. Roy
Hibbert had been sturdy, with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.
And Paul George had been steady and occasionally brilliant, scoring
27 points and forcing overtime with a deep 3-pointer over James
with less than a second left in regulation.
In overtime, George fouled out Dwyane Wade on a play 26 feet from
the basket, then calmly hit three free throws to give the Pacers
their final lead, 102-101, with 2.2 seconds to play.
James would need 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to
manufacture the victory. The last 4 points came on two powerful
driving layups, each time with little resistance.
Shane Battier threw the inbounds pass on the final play, and James
caught it with his back turned to the basket. He spied George over
his right shoulder and a clear path. There was no hesitation in the
“Two-plus seconds is plenty of time,” he said. “I only need one
dribble to get to the rim.”
Every member of the Miami bench, and 19,679 in the stands, leapt in
elation as the buzzer sounded, signaling the Heat’s 46th win in
their last 49 games, dating to Feb. 1. They are 9-1 in these
It was a devastating finish for the Pacers, who lack the Heat’s
firepower, star power and championship rings and entered this
series as heavy underdogs. They never trailed by more than 7 points
in the game and surely played well enough to steal the game and
“This one might be the toughest one to swallow,” said George,
the third-year forward. “Talk about having an opportunity to take
the first game and kind of be in the lead of the series and not
being able to do it because of a last possession, that one hurts.
By the time James turned with the ball, George could only stick an
arm in front of him, which was more useless than trying to stop a
charging bull with a cape.
“I slipped up,” George said. “Just slipped up at the
Seemingly, so did Frank Vogel, the Pacers’ young coach. He had
pulled Hibbert, his 7-foot-2-inch center, from the game, fearing
that the Heat would draw him away from the basket with Chris Bosh
anyway. So on the play that mattered most, one of the game’s
fiercest rim protectors was on the bench.
“It’s the dilemma that they present,” Vogel said, referring to
the Heat’s versatile lineup and Bosh’s ability to shoot from the
perimeter. “Obviously, with the way it worked out, you know, it
would have been better to have Roy in the game. But you don’t know.
If that happens, maybe Bosh is making the jump shot, and we’re
talking about that.”
Wade added 19 points and Bosh had 17. Chris Andersen, the energetic
reserve center, had 16 points and was a perfect 7 for 7 from the
Game 2 is Friday.
Roma given partial stadium closure after
Mario Balotelli chants
Roma will have to shut down part of their stadium for one game next
season after the club's supporters repeated racist chants about
The Serie A side reacted by vowing to ban anyone identified with
Roma were fined £42,400 after the game against Balotelli's AC Milan
was halted and restarted on 12 May.
Recent racism in football
After the striker was the target of more racial abuse in Sunday's
game with Napoli, the south stand of Roma's ground will be
"What occurred Sunday night is appalling and unacceptable. AS
Roma does not want those individuals [who are] responsible as
fans," the club said in a statement.
"The actions of this small group are hateful and also hurt our
club and our loyal law-abiding supporters.
"We have not yet received a detailed report from the league or
federation but will continue to work with them and law enforcement
to ensure that everything possible is done to identify and ban
those involved from football stadia."
As well as having to shut the Curva Sud section for one game at the
start of next season, Roma have been issued with another 50,000
euros (£42,400) fine.
That 8,486-capacity Curva Sud part of Stadio Olimpico houses the
club's most hardcore fans - called 'Ultras'.
Roma's partial stadium closure does not apply to Sunday's Coppa
Italia derby at the ground with neighbours Lazio.
Balotelli's former club Inter Milan was also punished with a 50,000
euros fine - but no stadium ban - after their fans abused him in
their 5-2 defeat at Udinese on Sunday.
In February, Inter were fined the same amount for singing offensive
songs about the Italy international during the Milan derby.
Balotelli was one of three black players the Italian football
authorities declared had been victimised after play in the 0-0 draw
between Milan and Roma was stopped for about two minutes.
Despite both Roma and Napoli players wearing anti-racism T-shirts
while warming up before last weekend's 2-1 win for the hosts, the
chants reoccurred after news filtered through to the Olimpico crowd
that Balotelli had scored a late penalty in Milan's 2-1 victory at
Siena which helped secure the club's Champions League qualifying
Sack racist players - Boateng
Last week, Balotelli - who has scored 12 goals in 13 appearances
since joining from Manchester City in January - threatened to walk
off the pitch if he is ever again subjected to racist abuse from
"If it happens one more time, I'm going to leave the pitch,
because it's so stupid," the Italy international told CNN.
"I always said if it happens in the stadium, I would just behave as
if nobody had done anything and that I don't care, but now I think
I've changed my mind a bit."
There have been a number of other incidents this season involving
racial abuse of AC Milan's players.
A January friendly between Milan and Pro Patria was suspended
because of racist chants aimed at Kevin-Prince Boateng.
And in April, champions Juventus were fined 30,000 euros (£25,000)
after their supporters racially abused AC Milan players.
Michael Phelps will be back for Rio Olympics, says Ryan
Michael Phelps will be back for Rio Olympics, says Ryan Lochte
Lochte, winner of 11 Olympic medals and holder of three world
records in the individual medley, told media it's not a question of
if the 27-year-old Phelps will return but when, reports Xinhua.
Vancouver: US Olympic swimming star Ryan Lochte says he has no
doubt superstar Michael Phelps will end his retirement and return
to the pool for another shot at Olympic glory at the 2016 Rio
Speaking in Vancouver on Wednesday where he is swimming in a local
meet this weekend, the 28-year-old Lochte, winner of 11 Olympic
medals and holder of three world records in the individual medley,
told media it's not a question of if the 27-year-old Phelps will
return but when, reports Xinhua.
"Michael Phelps is the hardest racer I ever went up against, and
what he's done for this sport of swimming is tremendous," he said.
"I hope he comes back in. I think he will. I know he will. It's
just a matter of time and when. I know he will."
Lochte wouldn't say if he had talked to the winner of a record 22
Olympic medals who announced his retirement last year following the
London Olympic Games.
"I can't say. I just have a feeling. I'll just leave it at that.
I have a feeling he'll come back," he said, adding that the sport
would be better with Phelps's return.
"Racing him (Phelps) was one of the biggest challenges in my
swimming career and I loved it. I've gotten to the point where it
was one of his biggest challenges too and just the friendship that
we've developed throughout the years of racing each other and the
rivalry it's one of the biggest in the sport and we had a lot of
fun doing it. So I definitely hope he comes back because in a way
he pushed me and I pushed him. So it was definitely great for the
sport," he said.
Chris Kreider boosts NY Rangers with overtime goal in 4-3 Game
For Chris Kreider, it may have seemed like an eternity since his
incredible playoff run just a year ago, in which he scored five
goals as a rookie after entering the NHL right after winning a
national championship at Boston College.
After a 2013 season in which he was shuttled up and down between
the AHL and NHL, Kreider played hero in the Rangers' 4-3 Game 4 win
at Madison Square Garden. Not only did he help keep the Blueshirts
alive against the Bruins, but he quieted the talk about the
Rangers' struggles in overtime during postseason.
Ample credit should go to Derek Stepan for winning the most
important faceoff of the year and to Rick Nash for a perfect pass
that was right on the tape for Kreider to tip the puck past
Tuukka Rask. And the headlines should also focus on Brian Boyle
scoring a power play goal right at the moment they needed one the
most midway through the third period. But there's something that
feels more significant in Kreider notching the game-winner. After
all, he was the sparkplug that helped them reach the Eastern
Conference Finals last year with hopes he'd continue that
performance in the shortened season. And though he couldn't produce
the kind of year that was expected of him in 2013, the overtime
goal is a reminder that he's a big part of the Rangers'
But the future can wait for New York. Kreider kept them alive in
the present, with Game 5 coming up on Saturday. The Rangers showed
in the third period of Game 4 that they can fight back against the
Bruins, even when Boston keeps the pressure on. Could Kreider's
goal be the start of an epic, historic comeback from a 0-3 start to
the series? It's more than possible, given that it's happened
recently -- there are Bruins players who experienced the sting of
that situation in 2010, eventually falling to the Flyers after
Before tonight's Game 4 win, there were plenty of distractions
floating around the Blueshirts as they prepared to fight off a
sweep -- the healthy scratch of Brad Richards, power play woes and
the struggles on offense to stay in the Bruins' zone more
consistently. With their last two periods tonight, they erased some
of those concerns and bought into John Tortorella's talk about the
focus on winning just one game. The next challenge is building off
that momentum with a win on the road, something that hasn't come
easy to the Rangers this postseason except for their 5-0 Game 7 win
And is it the start of another run for Kreider? All it takes is one
goal to inject confidence, something the Rangers proved in their
subsequent power play attempt after Boyle's tying tally. Or perhaps
he's the ideal inspiration that kick-starts a comeback: even after
a rough stretch, perseverance wins games.
Mickie James Talks Trish Stratus' Influence, Facing Velvet Sky
Tonight, Dixie Carter, More
Former two-time TNA Knockouts Champion and recording artist, Mickie
James, was the featured guest on this week's edition of Monday
Night Mayhem, hosted by The Big Mosh & "The Chairman of the
Board" Todd Vincent. Here are interview highlights, courtesy of
WWEDVDNews.com's Aaron Carnevale:
How the release of her new album is being received by her peers and
by TNA: "They have been really accommodating. TNA got the album a
couple days prior to the official release date, and Dixie (Carter)
has been totally cool since Day 1. She already knew this is what I
wanted to do. They have been amazing."
Why she wants Velvet Sky at 100% for their TNA Knockouts
Championship Match this Thursday night: "I a little bit worried
because I'm worried about her knee. She wasn't 100% last time, and
I really want to get in there and go. Even if I do win it, I will
know that she wasn't at 100%."
The influence of Trish Stratus on her career: "She taught me so
many little things. She is an amazing individual. The fact that she
took time out of her moment at her (WWE) Hall of Fame speech to
recognize so many women that have been a part of that along the way
just shows what kind of person she is."
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