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Kiké Hernandez told his mom he would hit a home run in Game 5

Kiké Hernandez predicted he would hit a home run in Game 5. He just didn’t know he would hit three of them. Hernandez tied a postseason record by belting three home runs in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday to help send the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series. His three homers in…Read More

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Brandon Browner was reportedly arrested for cocaine in May

Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner was unable to find any NFL teams that were interested in signing him this past offseason, and it probably didn’t help that the veteran cornerback was reportedly arrested for a drug-related offense.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Browner was arrested for being under the influence and in possession of cocaine in Los Angeles back in May. The 33-year-old was taken into custody, where he posed for his mugshot without a shirt on. He was reportedly released a few hours later.

If you remember, Browner was also arrested last month for allegedly making criminal threats against a woman.

Browner, an undrafted free agent, was part of the original “Legion of Boom” with the Seattle Seahawks from 2011-2013. After winning a Super Bowl in Seattle, he was part of a championship team with the New England Patriots in 2014 and spent a season with the New Orleans Saints in 2015. Browner re-signed with the Seahawks last offseason but did not make the final roster. He appeared to announce his retirement back in January, but he is still technically a free agent.

It’s safe to say Browner is not going to find work anytime soon.

Luke Walton: Lakers deserved to be booed in season opener

Luke Walton

The Los Angeles Lakers were a major disappointment on Thursday night in their most highly-anticipated season opener in years, and head coach Luke Walton felt the fans reacted accordingly.

During their 108-92 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers heard some boos. Considering how poorly his team played, Walton was not surprised.

“I wasn’t happy with what we gave our fans tonight,” he said, via Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register. “Obviously, I heard there were some boos going around on. You know, we deserved it at those times.”

The biggest story of the night, obviously, was Lonzo Ball. The rookie was shut down by Clippers guard Patrick Beverley. Ball shot just 1-of-6 from the field and finished with three points, four assists and nine rebounds. Beverley taunted him on the court numerous times and took shots at him after the game, too.

“Overall, it was a decent game for him,” Walton said of Ball.

It sure didn’t feel that way. Lakers fans are expecting huge things from Ball. Magic Johnson comparisons have already been thrown around, though Ball’s father LaVar is responsible for much of the anticipation surrounding his son. Johnson, the new president of basketball operations for the Lakers, said situations like the one on Thursday night are the reason the team drafted Ball.

“This is why you lace ’em up,” Johnson said. “This is why he wanted to get drafted to the Lakers. This is why we picked him, so we could put him in those types of games and those situations.”

Of course, LaVar Ball had to make headlines after the game by blasting Beverley. You have to wonder if that will get old, especially if the Lakers continue to struggle. You also have to wonder if it will result in fans booing louder if Lonzo doesn’t play like the Rookie of the Year many expect him to be. Walton is almost certainly prepared for that in the back of his mind.

Marshawn Lynch took public transit home from Raiders game

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Marshawn Lynch was ejected from Thursday night’s game between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, but fans saw plenty of him even after he departed for good in the second quarter.

Amid reports that Lynch was heading to his car to leave the stadium, a photo began making the rounds on Twitter that showed the star running back watching the game from the stands at The Coliseum.

And apparently Lynch didn’t drive his own car to the stadium. We can assume this because Beast Mode was spotted in the same get-up after the game taking public transportation home. For those who are unfamiliar with the area, BART is the Bay Area Rapid Transit.

No wonder Raiders fans love this guy.

Lynch was fortunate that the Raiders pulled out a 31-30 win. Had Oakland lost, there would have been a lot of people wondering if he would have been the difference in the game if he didn’t sprint onto the field and make contact with an official.

LaVar Ball fires back at Patrick Beverley: ‘He didn’t do nothing’

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley made life very difficult for Lonzo Ball in the rookie’s first NBA game Thursday night, but Lonzo’s father is not going to let that deter him from continuing to talk endless amounts of trash.

With Beverley covering him most of the night, Lonzo Ball was just 1-of-6 from the field and finished with three points, four assists and nine rebounds. Beverley got in Ball’s face all night and threw some shots at him after the Clippers’ 108-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, but LaVar Ball was not impressed.

“Yeah, you shut the m—–f—– down,” the elder Ball told ESPN. “And your check still ain’t going to go no higher than what it is. Yeah, you shut him down. OK … Who is Patrick Beverley? He played all last year and nobody said nothing about him. Now we are looking at your first game. Why? Because Lonzo’s name is attached to it.

“So you got to be [all hard]. Let’s see what you do the next five games, if you are going to be pumped up towards everybody like that and go back to your 0-for-5 shooting and your two or three rebounds. Nobody is going to care about you. But you put my son’s name in it and you put my name in it, now you got some action and you got some people talking.”

To his credit, Lonzo praised Beverley after the game, saying the veteran “knows his job” and “does it very well.” Those comments came after Beverley blatantly taunted him on one or two plays.

But, as has always been the case, LaVar Ball refused to give credit where credit was due.

“Beverley is going to test [people],” he said. “He didn’t do nothing. But it is a better story. Lonzo don’t even care about Beverley. You never care about Lonzo versus Westbrook, Lonzo versus Harden, Lonzo versus Beverley. Who cares? It is a team game.”

Lonzo knows he is going to have a target on his back all year, and his father has a lot to do with that. He’s going to bring out the best in opposing defenders most nights, which won’t make life easy for him as a rookie in the NBA.

Patrick Beverley blasted Lonzo Ball after season opener

Lonzo Ball Patrick Beverley

Patrick Beverley had no chill before, during and after his match with Lonzo Ball on Thursday night.

Beverley was making his Los Angeles Clippers debut, while Ball was making his hyped NBA debut. Beverley and his Clippers got the best end of the deal without a doubt.

Beverley scored 10 points in the Clippers’ 108-92 win over the Lakers, while Ball had just three points on 1-for-6 shooting and four assists for the Lakers.

The game went pretty much how Beverley predicted it would last month:

Beverley, who is notorious for being a pest, was all in Ball’s grill from the first quarter:

Then he taunted Ball after making a shot:

The harsh words didn’t end after the game.

Beverley was still hot afterwards and appeared to shade Ball some more.

“Weak a** m****** f******. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his a** up,” Beverley said after the game, likely talking about Ball.

When it comes to NBA debuts, Ball certainly got a rough draw in having to go up against Beverley. It’s going to be a long first few months for the Big Baller.

Kiké Hernandez told his mom he would hit a home run in Game 5

Kike Hernandez

Kiké Hernandez predicted he would hit a home run in Game 5. He just didn’t know he would hit three of them.

Hernandez tied a postseason record by belting three home runs in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday to help send the Los Angeles Dodgers to the World Series. His three homers in the 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs set a postseaso record for the Dodgers.

During an interview with MLB Network after the game, Hernandez says he told his mom he would hit a home run in the game.

“Like three minutes before I came down to the cage to get ready for the game, I texted [my mom] and said, ‘Hey, where are you going to be watching the game?’ And she said, ‘I’m going to go to your grandparents. They’ve got the generator on and we’re going to power on the TV and watch the game there. I saw the game at home last night, and you guys lost. The games I’ve watched at your grandparents, you guys have won, so I’m going to watch it there,'” Hernandez recalled.

Hernandez then broke out a fateful promise.

“I was like, ‘Alright, just make sure you get there before the game starts because I’m going to hit a homer.’ She goes, ‘Well, don’t think about hitting a homer; just think about putting the ball in play.'”

Hernandez then said that he was trying to put the ball in play the first two games and that didn’t work, so he decided he would just try and hit homers.

“I hit more homers in the game than I did in (batting practice),” he joked.

His prediction certainly proved to be prescient. Maybe he had the right mindset entering the game, and that’s what helped him come up huge in Game 5.

Aaron Rodgers says on Instagram ‘surgery went well’

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers gave his fans some positive news on Thursday night.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback posted a photo on Instagram of him recovering from surgery in a hospital bed:

Surgery went well. Thanks for all the love, support, thoughts and prayers. #comebackstartsnow #riseagain #

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“Surgery went well. Thanks for all the love, support, thoughts and prayers. #comebackstartsnow #riseagain” Rodgers wrote as his caption.

The Packers QB suffered a broken collarbone last weekend in the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers have acknowledged that Rodgers may miss the rest of the season, though one report says there is a chance he returns late in the season.

Green Bay is 4-2 and will turn to Brett Hundley at quarterback moving forward.

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