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Wednesday, October 17, 2018



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Watch: Manny Machado commits dirty play at first base

Manny Machado’s dirty play at first base during the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night led benches to clear between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. Machado grounded out against Junior Guerra for the second out of the inning. As he was running to first, he…Read More

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Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler don’t want to team with LeBron on Lakers?

The Los Angeles Lakers have long been considered the favorite to land Kawhi Leonard when he opts out of his contract after the season, but those things seem to have a way of not working out as anticipated in the NBA. The more we hear, the more it sounds like that could be the case with Leonard.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer wrote this week that there are “whispers” around the NBA that neither Leonard nor Jimmy Butler — who is also set to become a free agent next summer — want to join LeBron James with the Lakers. Like we saw with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, it’s possible that Leonard and Butler are two more star players who do not want to be overshadowed by LeBron.

The 2019 free agent class is a loaded one, and the assumption has been that the Lakers will sign at least one other star player. They already missed out on Paul George, however, and there have been mixed reports about whether Butler and Leonard have interest in the purple and gold.

In fact, one recent report indicated the Los Angeles Clippers are operating as though they can sign both Leonard and Butler next summer. The Lakers are a playoff team as long as they have LeBron, but they need another star player to contend with teams like the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. If they can’t convince Butler or Leonard to join them, they will have to get more creative.

Manny Machado responds to Brewers calling him ‘dirty player’

Manny Machado

Manny Machado caused the benches to clear in Game 4 of the NLCS Tuesday night with a play that had Brewers players seeing red, but the Dodgers star does not seem concerned about the opinion of his opponents.

Machado clipped Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the leg while running out a routine ground ball in the bottom of the 10th inning. The way he dragged his foot made it obvious it was intentional, and he was fortunate to not have injured Aguilar.

After the game, Brewers star Christian Yelich called Machado’s antics a “dirty play from a dirty player” who has “a history of those types of incidents.” Yelich said if a play like that happened one time from Machado it might be considered an accident, but he sees it as a pattern. He then became more animated before he stopped answering questions about it.

When asked about Yelich ripping him, Machado did not seem concerned.

Between the dirty play on Tuesday and the remarks he made about not hustling, Machado is hardly the most well-liked player in baseball this postseason. It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers retaliate in Game 5.

Watch: Cody Bellinger delivers walk-off hit to beat Brewers in 13th inning

Cody Bellinger hit

Cody Bellinger delivered a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 13th inning on Tuesday night to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 4 of the NLCS after five hours and 15 minutes of play.

Manny Machado singled with one out in the 13th against Junior Guerra and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs and a full count, Bellinger ripped a single to right field to score Machado and win the game.

That was the Dodgers’ first run since the first inning. Milwaukee scored in the fifth and was held scoreless for the next eight frames.

Bellinger entered the game as a pinch hitter and replaced Enrique Hernandez in center. He ended up going 2-for-4 with the biggest RBI of the game. What’s most important is how badly Bellinger needed the hit amid his slump; he had been 1-for-21 in the postseason prior to Tuesday night. The Dodgers will hope that hit will get Bellinger going.

Ex-MLB player slams Manny Machado after dirty play

Manny Machado Jesus Aguilar

Former MLB player and current analyst Eric Byrnes was one of the most vocal parties to criticize Manny Machado over the shortstop’s actions during Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night.

Machado dragged his leg while running to first base on a groundout in the bottom of the 10th inning in what clearly was a dirty play. He ended up clipping Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the leg and was lucky not to have done more damage.

Machado’s dirty play came the same day he said that hustling is not his cup of tea. The two items happening within the same day led to a major reputation hit for Machado.

Byrnes, who was known for running hard and hustling during his MLB career from 2000-2010, slammed Machado, calling him “an absolute embarrassment.”

Byrnes wasn’t alone in being critical of Machado. Former All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder said the play was why Machado has a poor reputation.

Current pitcher Brett Anderson called Machado’s actions “absolutely unnecessary.”

Machado is talented, but his attitude towards hustling and the way he expresses frustrations on the field are less than ideal, to say the least. This sort of behavior may give teams pause when they consider signing him in free agency after the season.

Twitter reacts to Cody Bellinger’s airplane gliding catch

Cody Bellinger dive

Cody Bellinger robbed Lorenzo Cain of a hit in the top of the 10th inning during Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, and the Twitter reactions were spectacular.

Cain led off the top of the 10th with a flare into right-center field off Kenley Jansen that looked like it would fall for a hit. Bellinger came flying in out of nowhere to make a diving catch and went gliding across the grass afterwards. Take a look:

The Twitter reactions and captions were strong:

Not bad for a guy who has hardly played right field this season for the Dodgers. Not bad at all.

Watch: Manny Machado commits dirty play at first base

Manny Machado Jesus Aguilar

Manny Machado’s dirty play at first base during the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 4 of the NLCS on Tuesday night led benches to clear between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.

Machado grounded out against Junior Guerra for the second out of the inning. As he was running to first, he headed towards the inside of the baseline and then dragged his left leg to clip Jesus Aguilar by the bag.

Machado’s actions led to a strong response from Aguilar and the other players on the field:

The Brewers already had strong feelings towards Machado after his slide to break up a double play the night before drew some attention. But make no mistake about it: this was a dirty play by Machado, and Milwaukee had every right to be upset. That’s a garbage, bush league play.

Machado said earlier that he doesn’t like to hustle. Now we can see that he prefers to play dirty instead.

Bradley Beal sees female head coach in NBA before long

Bradley Beal

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal thinks it won’t be long before we see a woman land a head coaching position in the NBA.

On Tuesday, the Wizards announced Washington Mystics guard Kristi Toliver will join the coaching staff. She becomes the first active WNBA player to be on an NBA coaching staff.

We are progressing towards a day when women aren’t just assistant coaches, but leading the coaching staff. Beal sees that time coming “sooner rather than later.”

Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Bucks interviewed San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon for their vacant head coaching position. Hammon was hired by Greg Popovich in 2014 to become the first female full-time assistant in the NBA.

The Spurs, Wizards, Mavericks and Bucks have taken steps to help pave the way for a woman to one day be a head coach for an NBA franchise. What seemed impossible not too long ago now seems like it could happen in the future.

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