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Cubs raise World Series banners

A two-hour rain delay for stalled the Chicago Cubs opening game pregame World Series Champion ceremony, but it seemed fitting. A rain delay spun the momentum to the Cubs’ in Game 7 last year.

When the rain finally subsided, Chicago celebrated their first championship ceremony in 108 years by raising banners commemorating winning the 2016 World Series, the National League pennant and just for throwback purposes, the 1907 and ’08 World Series.

Doing the honors were current player Anthony Rizzo and three Cubs legends, Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams. Sandberg started the ceremony hoisting the throwback 1907 World Series flag, followed by Jenkins with the 1908 World Series banner then Williams with the 2016 National League Championship flag.

After that, the Cubs turned to Rizzo to raise the 2016 World Series flag to a packed house. Rizzo then led the team from the outfield to the infield where he handed the trophy to owner Tom Ricketts. Ricketts and his two siblings threw out the first pitches and the game finally got under way.

BTW, Rizzo will be mentioned in any of the game write-ups as well. In the bottom of the 9th inning, Rizzo ripped an opposite field walk-off single to left to send the Cubs’ fans in a frenzy and earn an opening day 3-2 win over the rival Dodgers.

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Former Lions WR Titus Young gets four years

After a slew of arrests over the years, former Detroit Lions player Titus Young finally landed a long-term prison sentence. Young, one of GM Martin Mayhew’s 2nd round draft busts was given four years behind bars for his participation in a 2016 street fight.

Titus Young mugshot

Now that sentence may sound severe but when you look at Young’s history, it’s easier to see where the judge’s head was at when he slammed the gavel on Young.

Young has been busted a bunch of times. One of the more recent was in January 2016 in Los Angeles after he bolted out of a court-ordered mental facility and was involved in a fight with a neighbor. That altercation is said to have involved a deadly weapon.

According to sources, Young has been in jail since August but will now be able to unpack his bags for a much longer stay.

Since Young left the NFL, he’s had a laundry list of legal issues that include several arrests. In 2013, he was busted twice in one day in 2013, once being cited for DUI then later in the day he was caught trying to trespass to break his car out of the impound lot. He was arrested yet again that same week on charges of assaulting an officer during a home break-in. Then of course, we should also mention his arrest on five counts of battery in 2014.

We included one of Young’s mugshots. For more NFL mugshots check out our Mugshot Gallery here.

More NFL news:

Phil Simms out, Tony Romo in – Sports Climax

Raiders Move to Vegas Leaves Fans and City Shocked – Sports Climax

Two NFL players arrested for interference – Sports Climax

 

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Phil Simms out, Tony Romo in at CBS

The rumors became true and CBS has demoted Phil Simms from his spot as lead NFL game analyst to “upgrade” to Tony Romo?

Simms Wiki Photo

Time will tell if CBS jumped the gun by putting a novice with little to no experience in a pressure spot like this. Remember when other former NFL players with little or no experience got in front of the camera?

Players like, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana, Joe Namath and O.J. Simpson left a mark of failure after hanging up their spikes.

Now the argument from football fans will be, ‘Why not Romo? He’s gotta be better than Simms.’ and when you look at the list of Simms’ WTF-did-he-just-say gaffes, they do have a point.

I have to wonder if the nuns at his St. Rita Catholic school feel like whacking him on the knuckles with a ruler whenever they hear him spout out one of his keen observations like:

“For it to be a forward pass, it’s got to go… forward!”

Or the much much loved:

“When things go bad, it’s not going to look good.”

And of course the famous deep analysis regarding what happens when a team calls time out in a game:

“That’s a good timeout by the Denver Broncos, because the clock stops.”

Well the clock just stopped on Simms this week and it’s not because of Father Time. It’s because there is a likable younger former player named Romo anxious to fill his shoes and the network must feel like it’s time for a change.

Romo has a pretty sharp wit at times and has always been a stand up dude, win or lose. But it takes a lot more than that to entertain millions of fans during pregame, four quarters of football and postgame. There is no sitting on the bench between series for Romo now and this new venture may feel like an all-out blitz Week One next season.

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Pistons Kentavious Caldwell-Pope arrested

Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested Wednesday morning for suspicion of DUI, just hours after a game against the Miami Heat.

KCP mugshot

According to the Detroit Free Press, Auburn Hills police pulled over the 24-year-old NBA player after he was clocked driving his 2015 Jeep Wrangler about 45 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The cop on the scene reported smelling alcohol and ran KCP through sobriety tests. According to the police report, when KCP was asked to say the alphabet from B to N, he sang the alphabet and kept going far past N.

The breathalyzer test he took was said to show a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 so he was written a ticket and posed for the mugshot shown here.

KCP, who is in his 4th and final season of his rookie contract, will be a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason.

The NBA said they will run a separate investigation and wait for the legal case to run its course.

 

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Two NFL players arrested for “interference”

Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre Hall and Green Bay Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant were arrested for “interference” over the weekend near a place called Sharky’s in Cedar Falls.

L: Deiondre Hall R: Makinton Dorleant

Yep, they were cuffed, cheesed for mugshots and one of them even tasered for the alleged infraction — but we should point out, this infraction didn’t include a zebra tossing a yellow flag. This infraction involves an alleged disorderly incident and alleged fight.

Police say the NFL players were taken to jail after the incident occurred and according to the Black Hawk County Sheriff, Hall was cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and interference while Dorleant was cited for interference.

The bouncer at Sharky’s, told police he was assaulted so authorities are expecting surveillance video to provide info regarding that accusation. If tape shows the assault occurred, there may be an assault charge added.

The cops also said, while they were trying to bring order back, a crowd gathered and started getting aggressive and recording the incident. One Cedar Falls police officer was allegedly hit in the head with a beer bottle but not hurt. We have to assume that Jay Cutler wasn’t with his former teammate Hall because that throw hit its mark.

We mentioned, taser. Hall was said to be the victim of that because police say he wasn’t cooperating when they were trying to bust him.

Can you blame him? Cuffed and arrested for “interference”?!

More NFL:

Cowboys Elliott exposes woman’s breast in public – Sports Climax

San Fran 49ers icon Dwight Clark has ALS – Sports Climax

Former Raiders and USC star pleads guilty – Sport Climax

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Suns’ Booker scores 70 points against Celtics

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was on fire Friday night and dropped 70 points against the Boston Celtics in a 130-120 loss.

At 20 years old, Booker is the youngest player to accomplish the feat and only the 6th player in NBA history to hit the 70 mark. Crazy thing is, he only hit four from behind the arc! Hitting the 70 mark, you would expect a player to hit a ton of threes but what made up for lack of threes was the fact Booker was sent to the line a lot – a WHOLE lot.

Booker ended the game with 28 points in the first half and 51 in the second half while ending 24-of-26 from the free throw line. Yep, the youngster was granted 26 attempts from the line and this total number of attempts is matched his attempts in his previous six games combined.

Okay, it sounds like the zebras may have been a little extra generous to Booker but nonetheless hitting 70 is a historic moment and no matter how you get there, it’s worthy of humungous kudos.

And kudos came pouring in through social media as the event was unfolding. Even former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, one of the past six NBA players to score 70 in one game jumped on board with a congratulatory Tweet.

Booker joins the league’s elite 70 list of Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and David Robinson. He finished the game hitting 21-of-40 shots (4-of-11 were 3-pointers) and 24-of-26 from the line while adding 6 assists and 8 rebounds.

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Shaq statue arrives outside Staples Center

Shaquille O’Neal is getting his statue outside Los Angeles Lakers’ Staples Center. The former Lakers’ star revealed a sneak peek look of the piece that will be installed and dedicated on Friday before the Lakers game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The statue certainly fits this beast’s style of play and when installed will show the seven-footer hanging ten feet above the ground, doing one of his patented two-handed dunks. Shaq posted this photo of the statue on his Twitter account as it was being moved with a message:

“Thank You Buss Family! #speechless”

Over the years, the design of basketball rims was forced to change after many failed the “Shaq Test”. He started his personal fad of destroying rims when he was a youngster playing for LSU and ripped a few rims right off the glass. In one incident at LSU, he came crashing to the ground flat on his back.

Here’s a video of some of those dunks:

Shaq’s statue will join a row of others outside Staples Center that represents a variety of sports. That existing list includes Lakers’ stars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Magic Johnson; Los Angeles Kings’ Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille; boxer Oscar De La Hoya and legend announcer Chick Hearn.

Shaq first heard about the statue while being a guest on the late night Jimmy Kimmel show more than a year ago. With Kimmel known as being a prankster, Shaq didn’t believe he was getting a statue and kept asking Kimmel if it were really true.

Some Lakers’ legends are expected to attend the ceremony on Friday, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant, who may be thinking, “I better be getting one of these.”

Kobe may be waiting a while because the team still hasn’t retired his jersey number and that seems to be the order of business in the past. All the other Lakers’ statues are of players with retired jerseys with Shaq’s of course being the most recent when the team retired his No. 34.

BTW, in addition to the long trail of broken rims, Shaq has also left a trail of retired jerseys. Earlier this season the Miami Heat retired Shaq’s No. 32 and years ago LSU and his high school did as well.

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Mets demote Tim Tebow to Class A

Tim Tebow has been demoted to the Mets’ Class A team today so it looks like the former football player will have several rungs of the ladder to climb before making back into a Mets uniform.

Mets manager Terry Collins made the announcement Monday saying Tebow was heading to the Class A Columbia Fireflies. The former NFL QB and Heisman Trophy winner is expected to continue training with the Mets Spring Training team in Port St. Lucie, Florida but Collins’ presser indicated Tebow may not see any playing time until the first week of April during the Fireflies’ opening weekend April 6-9.

The Mets inked Tebow to a contract back in September 2016 and since that time the outfielder has batted only .194 with two RBIs in the Arizona Fall League. He did have one, two-hit game against the Marlins when he hit singles in back-to-back at bats. But his first game was as horrible of a day at the plate as one could have. His overall performance is far from earning a spot on the Mets, or even a spot on their AAA or AA teams.

Fireflies president John Katz seems pumped up to have Tebow on the way and how can he not. Tebow just put the Fireflies on baseball’s national map. Katz said:

“Tim Tebow will bring major excitement and national attention to the Fireflies and city of Columbia. Baseball fans, sports fans and Tim Tebow fans will likely come from around the southeast to see him play.”

That’s hard to argue with, John. All eyes, including ours will be on Tebow as we watch his progress, or regress, in these upcoming months.

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Capitals first NHL team to clinch playoff spot

The Washington Capitals became the first NHL team to clinch a spot in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs after they skated to a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. T.J Oshie dominated the stat sheet with three goals and an assist.

Okay, that’s great, the Caps are having another great regular season, but what about that King Kong sized monkey that’s been Super Glued to their backs for almost ten seasons.

This franchise has been on an impressive roll regarding having winning seasons. In fact, they’ve made the playoffs nine of the last ten seasons with six of those sitting at the top of their division.

With today’s win, the Caps improved their record to 46-17-8 with 100 points and own the best record in the NHL, sitting on top of the Eastern Conference and their Metropolitan Division.

But teams earn respect with championships and NHL’s Holy Grail has eluded team captain Ovechkin and his Capitals for far too long. In the NHL almost every team makes the playoffs and it’s anyone’s title once the puck is dropped in the postseason.

After the Capitals won the Presidents Trophy with the best record in the league last season, the Penguins eliminated them in six games in the Eastern Conference second round. BOOM! Just like that. Players were again cleaning out their lockers and setting up tee times.

With the Caps finding it so difficult to get over the final hump, makes you think of the Buffalo Bills when they lost four Super Bowl games in a row.

On the opposite end of the stick, the Detroit Red Wings will break their streak of making the playoffs 25 straight years. To add some salt into that wound, the team is also just three points from the bottom of the league. If that happened last season, there would be a nice reward in the form of a guaranteed super star draft pick, Toronto Maple Leafs’ rookie sensation Auston Matthews, who went No. 1 overall in the draft.

Getting back to the Capitals, time will tell if Ovechkin finally gets to hoist hockey’s Holy Grail. A player so talented and dedicated to one team his entire career sure deserves it. But first they’ll need to get past the King Kong sized monkey that’s sitting on their backs. Will this finally be the season that Alex Ovechkin has his name engraved on the Stanley Cup?

 

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Marlins’ Mattingly takes sledgehammer hit

Don Mattingly sledgehammer

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, with the use of a sledgehammer, just invented another way to try to motivate his players but we’ll need to wait it out to see what type, if any, impact it has.

During MLB Spring Training, Mattingly gathered his players in the locker room and took a break from talking, instead, laying supine on a bench and allowing a big dude to lay a cinder block on his chest. Then the guy takes a swing, smashing it to pieces.

Okay, now this isn’t a conventional method of motivating people. But the guy who set this up is a motivational speaker named Donnie Moore, a member of a religious group that spreads inspirational messages.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen an image depicting Jesus with a sledgehammer, but hey, when you’re coming off a season as bad as the Marlins finishing 15 ½ games behind their division leader, I’d say try anything.

If the Marlins make the playoffs, I see a new logo in the works showing Jesus protruding out of the “M” holding a sledgehammer.

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