By now you’ve probably already seen the Al Horford elbow to the back of Matthew Dellavedova, which resulted in a flagrant 2 and an ejection for the Atlanta Hawks center during his team’s Game 3 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. But, in case you haven’t, here it is:
For the second time in three nights, a Major League pitcher was ejected for having a foreign substance on his arm.
The latest pitcher to get busted for cheating on the mound is the Orioles’ Brian Matusz, who was tossed during the bottom of the 12th inning of last night’s game against the Miami Marlins when the umpires caught wind of some strange substance on his right, non-throwing arm that they eventually deemed to be illegal.
Just under a month ago, Daniel Cormier was chosen to take the place of Jon “Bones” Jones in the main event of UFC 187 after the UFC light-heavyweight champion was stripped of his belt and suspended indefinitely for a felony hit-and-run incident. Last night, Cormier made the most of his opportunity by beating his opponent, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, and becoming the new UFC light-heavyweight champ.
And after earning his victory over Johnson via a third-round submission, Cormier had some words of advice for Jones:
Of course, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have a long-standing feud with one another, which includes a fight during a press-conference prior to their only other bout (which Jones won via unanimous decision back in January of this year).
Let’s hope Jones takes the advice of Cormier. It sure would be nice to see these two heated rivals do battle once again.
The Chicago Blackhawks had a 3-1 lead with under 12 minutes remaining in regulation during Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals series against the Anaheim Ducks. That was before the Ducks notched three goals in 37 seconds to take a 4-3 lead:
However, the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane was able to tie things up at 4-4 and send the game to overtime, where teammate Antoine Vermette did this (during double-OT) to give the Hawks the 5-4 win, tying the series up at 2-2:
The Hawks have now earned each of their two victories in this series well into extra time, with their first win, in Game 2, coming in triple-overtime.
Don’t be surprised to see them playing for overtime when they travel back to Anaheim on Monday for a pivotal Game 5 match-up.
With less than ten seconds remaining in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals and the Golden State Warriors leading by one, James Harden had the ball and a chance to win the game for the Houston Rockets…and he blew it (with some help from Dwight Howard).
You can watch the Rockets’ disastrous final possession in the video below:
Not even an attempt at the basket!
That’s enough to make any player mad, especially one as competitive as James Harden. And when “The Beard” is mad, no curtain is safe:
Dwight Howard didn’t feel like being put on a poster during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday, so he stood by and watched as this vicious Andre Iguodala dunk took place right in front of him, rather than trying to prevent it from happening.
Despite that lackluster effort, the hobbled Rockets center still finished the game with a solid 19 points and 17 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as Houston fell one point short of stealing a game at Oracle Arena, losing to the Warriors by a score of 99-98.
For the third time this season, 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and 2014 NL MVP Clayton Kershaw squared off against one another, and for the third time it was the Giants ace emerging victorious over the Dodgers ace.
But what made today’s victory even more special for Bumgarner was the fact that he didn’t just out-pitch Kershaw—he out-hit him too, smacking a 415-foot solo shot off the lefty in the bottom of the third inning.
That was the first home run Clayton Kershaw had ever given up to an opposing pitcher:
Madison Bumgarner’s HR off Clayton Kershaw was the first one Kershaw has ever allowed to an opposing pitcher.
Aaron Hernandez is already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder, but today he was back in court on charges of witness intimidation from a separate shooting incident. And during his appearance in a Boston courtroom, the former Patriots tight end was showing off the new neck tattoo that he got while in jail…which reads, “LIFETIME.”
Make what you will of this Aaron Hernandez neck tattoo:
Last night marked the final episode in the 22-years history of the Late Show With David Letterman. And with it came the final edition of his patented Top 10 lists.
For his last list, Letterman enlisted the services of 10 popular celebrities to tell us the top then things they’ve always wanted to say to Dave. There was Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, and Jerry Seinfeld, among others. And to read the No. 3 response on his list, the 68-year-old late night television host called upon none other than Peyton Manning.
Wondering what the Denver Broncos quarterback has always wanted to say to David Letterman? You can find out by watching the Vine below:
And for those who’d like to see the last ever David Letterman Top 10 list in its entirety, you can do so below:
For the second consecutive night, the NHL Playoffs delivered some overtime magic. This time it was the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning who needed extra time after the two teams remained deadlocked at 5-5 after 60 minutes of play.
With 10 goals being scored during regulation, another triple-overtime thriller seemed highly unlikely. And it was, as the Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov ended it less than four minutes into overtime when he beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a wrist shot from the top of the slot.
Here’s a look at the goal that has given the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 series lead over the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals:
What would you do if you found yourself in the way of a LeBron James dunk? Would you stand there and take the foul? Would you attempt to make a steal or block on the play? Would you deliver a hard foul on the NBA’s most explosive player?
Those are all good options. Or, if you’re Kyle Korver or Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks, you just get the heck out of the way as fast as possible. Like this:
If anyone can explain the reasoning behind this Bryce Harper ejection, please do fill me in, because I still can’t figure it out.
During the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees, Harper took a pitch that was well below his knees, but it was still called a strike by home plate umpire Marvin Hudson. Harper was clearly displeased with the call, and so was Nats manager Matt Williams.
While Harper didn’t say much, he did step out of the batter’s box as Williams engaged in a yelling match with Hudson from the dugout. Hudson then told Harper to get back in the batter’s box (despite the fact that he was still arguing with Williams), and after Harper responded, Hudson immediately tossed the Nationals’ slugger—along with Williams moments later.
Here’s an explanation of the incident from Bryce Harper himself:
Marcus Kruger was the overtime hero of last night’s epic Game 2 battle between the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Finals, but had it not been for the NHL’s reluctance to allow players to score with their head (intentionally), this Andrew Shaw headbutt goal would have ended things one overtime period earlier.
I’m willing to bet that at least 80% of the players, coaches, and fans inside the Honda Center for last night’s game had no clue about the rules regarding goals that are intentionally headed into the net. I guess that’s why we have referees, as they provided an explanation for the disallowed goal, and we were all treated to another 27 minutes of thrilling overtime action before Kruger ended it in triple-OT.
The Chicago Blackhawks did not want to return home to the United Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals facing a 2-0 deficit against the Anaheim Ducks. And they won’t have to, thanks to some overtime magic from Marcus Krüger with under four minutes remaining in the third overtime of Game 2 last night.
Here’s a look at the goal:
Marcus Krüger may be the overtime hero of Game 2, but anyone who stuck around to watch the game from start to finish knows that the Hawks forward was lucky to still be playing after taking this nasty cross-check to the back from the Ducks’ Clayton Stoner early in the first period:
Stoner was assessed just a two-minute penalty for cross-checking, which hardly seemed fair at the time. But in the end, Krüger would get his revenge—even if it took him nearly 110 minutes of game-time to exact it.
As for the game itself, it was the longest in Chicago’s 89-year history, and it was also the longest game of the playoffs this season. In fact, at 116 minutes and 12 seconds, Game 2 between the Hawks and Ducks on Tuesday night was the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when the Dallas Stars needed four overtime periods to dispose of the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of their Western Conference semi-final series.
Game 3 between the Hawks and Ducks is set for Thursday in Chicago. Which team will be able to recover from last night’s marathon first? Tune in to find out.
The Golden State Warriors are on the verge of taking Game One of the “Battle of MVPs”—also known as the Western Conference Finals between 2014-15 NBA MVP Steph Curry‘s Golden State Warriors and 2014-15 MVP runner-up James Harden‘s Houston Rockets.
While Harden has done all that he can to keep his team in it against the top-seeded Warriors, he hasn’t been able to stop Steph Curry from doing things like this—a buzzer-beater to put G-State up by three at the half: