An ugly scene unfolded during today’s European Championship qualifying match between Russia and Montenegro in Podgorica , when play had to be suspended in the first minute after Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev was struck in the back of the head by a flare.
The culprit was one of the home team’s supporters and reports indicate that police were able to track down the Montenegro fan and arrest him shortly after.
As for Akinfeev, he was stretchered off the pitch and taken to a local hospital where he is said to be conscious.
Here’s a look at the incident that forced Akinfeev to exit the game:
Play resumed after a 35 minute delay and fans were warned that any other incidents would result in an abandoned match and a Russian victory—although I’m sure Russia will protest the outcome if they fail to emerge victorious (currently 0-0 at the half).
Wisconsin’s royal couple, Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn, earned themselves some more love from the Cheesehead State last night when they were spotted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, watching the No. 1 Badgers beat the No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels in Sweet 16 action.
Here they are looking on nervously during what was a close game from start to finish:
And below you’ll see Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn celebrating Wisconsin’s 79-72 victory during the dying seconds of the game:
Here’s the point where we remind you that Aaron and Olivia are not actually from Wisconsin, nor did they attend university there. They went to the University of California-Berkley and the University of Oklahoma, respectively, and they’re both from California—which probably explains why they had no trouble making the trip to the Staples Center for the game.
What I’m trying to say is that these two probably aren’t real Badgers fans. But with the Sooners and Golden Bears out of this year’s tournament, don’t be surprised to see Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn supporting Wisconsin basketball for at least a few more weeks.
Timofey Mozgov will probably never be a spokesperson for Nike, adidas, Gatorade, Under Armour, or any other big company who is known to hire big-name athletes to big-money endorsement deals. But that doesn’t mean he’ll never get his very own commercial deal—which is exactly what happened, obviously.
The establishment who was kind enough to award the Cleveland Cavaliers center with an advertising spot is Brew Garden, a pub-style bar located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
At first it was nothing crazy. Just Mozgov in a backwards jersey (probably so we’d know who he was), swatting away the competitor’s food and struggling to act. Check it out:
Was that the best take they could find? Everything about it was awkward, especially when Timofey’s eyes start to veer off the screen while he’s reading the cue cards.
So how do you top that? Add Mozgov’s favorite busty blonde waitress into the mix!
Did any of you catch her name? Alice? It sounded like he said “Alice”….or “Hey Lisa.” Who the f*ck knows.
These commercials are absolutely horrible, which is probably a good thing because it has us talking about them. And any publicity is good publicity, right?
What would cause a fan of a team to cheer against that very team he roots for? The answer to that question is Connor McDavid, the most highly-touted NHL prospect since Sidney Crosby.
In 2012, McDavid was granted Exceptional Player status by Hockey Canada, allowing him to begin his OHL career at the age of 15 (joining John Tavares and Aaron Ekblad as the only players to be granted that status). In his rookie season with the Erie Otters, he recorded 66 points in 63 games. The following year, as a 16-year-old, he raised the bar to 99 points in 57 games. And this past season, he was virtually unstoppable, recording an incredible 120 points in just 47 games. Among those 120 points were 44 goals, many of which featured ridiculous individual efforts, like this one, this one, and this one.
Simply put, the kid is a phenom. He has the speed, skills, size, and hockey sense to turn any franchise around, and Sabres fans are hoping it’s their team that McDavid is coming to rescue.
In order to improve their chances of having that happen, the Sabres need to lose games. They currently sit in last place in the entire NHL, with 48 points in 74 games. That gives them a 20% chance of landing the first-overall pick and a shot at Connor McDavid in the NHL draft lottery. The next worse team is the Arizona Coyotes, who now have 54 points in 75 games and a 13.5% shot at McDavid.
All of this should help explain why fans in Buffalo were cheering on the Coyotes during their overtime victory versus the Sabres at the First Niagara Center last night—the loss moved their team six points back of Arizona with only 8 games remaining, essentially guaranteeing themselves a 20% chance at landing the NHL’s ‘next big thing.’
Just watch how the Sabres fans behind the glass jump for joy after Sam Gagner‘s overtime winner for Arizona:
The Sabres fans sure do seem to be enjoying the tanking, but you know who isn’t enjoying it one bit? Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber, who voiced his displeasure regarding the fans’ negativity during his post-game media scrum:
Cheer up, Mike. Just eight more games until this nightmare of a season is over.
Having a rough start to your Friday? This should brighten it up.
It’s footage of a young Kentucky high school basketball fan breaking it down to Pharrell’s “Happy” during the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Sweet 16 tournament, which took place this past weekend at Rupp Arena.
It really is awesome to see a young kid like this who isn’t afraid to bust a move in front of an arena full of people. Although, it probably helps when you have moves like he does.
I personally couldn’t stop smiling while watching this young fan dance to Pharrell. I hope it has the same effect on you:
We’ve heard plenty of great Michael Jordan trash-talking stories over the years. Just a few weeks ago Reggie Miller sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and told him a story about the time during his rookie year when MJ outscored him 40-2 in a half before referring to himself as “Black Jesus.”
Today, we add another story to the growing legend of Michael Jordan’s trash-talking game. It comes from Keith Gibbs, who played college basketball at Cal State Northridge before becoming a successful movie extra in basketball flicks. During his time in Hollywood he’s been fortunate enough to cross paths with Michael Jordan on the sets of Space Jam and Nike Commercials.
Gibbs recently spoke with Grantland about his career, and when the topic of Jordan’s trash-talking prowess came up, here’s what he had to say:
He didn’t give a shit who you were. When I was doing Space Jam, we played three days. I thought it was over. I had to go out of town. I get a phone call, they’re like, “Why aren’t you here?” I was like, “Oh, they’re still playing?” I had no idea.
I walk in, and it’s Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Oakley. Grant Hill shows up. Jerry Stackhouse shows up. Now, all of a sudden it’s an NBA All-Star pickup game. Every night. I did that for about a month and a half, two months. Then the UCLA kids came in, and they had just won a national title — Ed O’Bannon and those guys. Just phenomenal. Best pickup games I’ve ever been a part of. It was unreal.
Yeah, so Jordan … I had to guard Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan in back-to-back games. It was so bad. I was friends with Chris Mills and Tracy Murray — we had been to some camps together. One play, I got switched onto Jordan, because Chris was like, “Keith, you take him.” Jordan hit a 35-footer on me. I mean, it was ridiculous: leg out, tongue out, all that stuff … hit a 35-footer on me and goes, “GET THE F*CK OFF THE COURT.”
In instances where the strength and will of an individual is put to the test, most of us tend to enjoy seeing the smaller person prevail over the larger person.
You probably enjoyed it when that smaller high school kid knocked out the larger bully who wouldn’t stop picking on him a few weeks ago. And today we have another example of David defeating Goliath, thanks to this viral vine of a smaller dude trucking a much larger dude during their own modified version of the Oklahoma drill.
Best of all, it’s edited to the tune of Ludacris’ “Move B*tch.”
A no-look, backwards, buzzer-beating 3-pointer is impressive, no matter who hits it. But it’s especially impressive when a third-grader hits it—which is what happened during the AAA County Championship Game in Maryland.
With time winding down in the first half, young Tyrik Petway set up to take the last shot of the frame. It seemed like your average basketball play, until he did this:
Crazy, isn’t it? I mean, who sets up for a final shot by turning their back to the basket and heaving up a no-look prayer from well beyond the three-point arc?
Perhaps the only thing crazier than this shot is the fact that someone has actually ranked the nation’s third-grade basketball players, and Tyrik Petway is ranked second on that list.
Many ladies walk around in high heels all the time. Few of them actually run in them.
That is why these high heels races are never really a good idea. You just know that someone is bound to fall and hurt themselves. But that didn’t stop these ladies from strapping on the stilettos and sprinting for the finish line. And the result was…well, just watch…
How many ladies must faceplant before we ban these dangerous high heels races across America?
Toronto Raptors fans probably wish they had Joakim Noah on their team. As a Raps fan myself, I know I do. And it seems like Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan does too, because late in the fourth quarter of last night’s game against the Chicago Bulls, he tossed a perfect pass to Noah who was standing on the Bulls bench at the time.
Check it out:
In all fairness to DeRozan, Noah was standing with his warmup shirt on at the time, which just so happens to be the same color as the Raptors’ jerseys. It almost makes you wonder whether Noah was purposely trying to trick DeRozan into passing him the ball on the sideline.
During last year’s AFC Divisional Round match-up between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, the Pats resorted to all sorts of crazy offensive formations that confused the Ravens and helped them earn a 35-31 victory. Should they run into John Harbaugh‘s club again next season, New England is going to have to find another way to confuse the Baltimore defense.
That’s because the NFL instituted a rule earlier today that would make it illegal for any player wearing an eligible receiver number (any number from 1-49 and from 80-89) to report as ineligible and line up outside the box. Doing so will result in a 5-yard penalty for illegal substitution.
The Baltimore Ravens sure seem to be pleased with the alterations to the ineligible receiver rule, although they’re still probably thinking it came one year too late.
NFL owners have passed the rule proposal banning the use of ineligible receivers like the Patriots did in the AFC divisional playoffs.
Today we received another Leah Still update from her father, Devon Still. And the news is great: Her cancer is officially in remission!!!
Here’s what Devon had to say via Instagram after hearing about the news from Leah’s oncologist earlier today:
June 2, 2014 and March 25, 2015 are days I will remember for the rest of my life. As everyone probably knows, June 2nd was the day doctors walked into the waiting room to tell me my daughter had cancer. It was the most devastating day of my life. March 25th , however, is feeling like the best day of my life. Today we received news from Leah’s oncologist that her cancer, stage four neuroblastoma, is officially in REMISSION! After 296 days of day dreaming about what it would feel like to hear the doctors say my daughter is in remission, I finally know the feeling. Funny thing is there is really no way of describing it because I never knew this feeling existed. When I look at my daughter all I can do is smile and hug her. It was not easy but every day, and every treatment Leah fought like hell and kicked cancers butt! I’m so proud and blessed to call her my daughter. She has made an impact on me and on the world, at the age of four, that I can only wish to make in a lifetime. Thank you to my family and friends for the support through all those tough days. Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter to give Leah and our family motivation to keep fighting, a toy that helped Leah get through her days in the hospital, and more importantly a prayer that helped God hear our cries for healing. Thank you to the doctors at CHOP for putting together the best plan of action for my daughter. Thank you to Child Life members Sarah, Laura, and Lindsey for really turning what could be a scary place into a place where Leah would enjoy going because she knew she would have fun with you guys. Thank you to the Bengals for taking on my situation and standing by me and my family and for helping to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. To every media outlet and persons that helped raise much needed awareness, thank you. Leah is not done with treatments yet. She still needs more to make sure the cancer cells do not return and to build back up her immune system and other damage from the chemo but I know my little warrior will get through it! #FistBump #LeahStrong #BeatCancer #TheFightAgainstChildhoodCancerIsFarFromOver #ThrowingTheBiggestKidPartyEver #WaitForIt