Angels go Little League, commit 3 errors on one play (Video)

The Angels went full-on Little League mode on Sunday, and it cost them in a series-ending 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Ian Kinsler walked as the second better in the bottom of the first, and Miguel Cabrera followed with a walk. Just in case the 3-2 pitch from Hector Santiago to Cabrera was called a strike, catcher Hank Conger threw down to second to try to get out Kinsler in what he hoped would be an inning-ending double play. Instead, the pitch was called ball four, meaning Kinsler was given second automatically. But he advanced to third because Conger’s throw went into center field, and he came home to score after both Mike Trout and Santiago made throwing errors.

Three throwing errors on one darn play. And a play where a throw wasn’t even necessary at that.

So the Angels gave the Tigers a run in the first, and then another error in the sixth gave them the winning run.

Conger was at it again, this time throwing a ball into right field while trying to pick off Austin Jackson at first. The Angels thought Jackson would be running with two outs and did a pitch out, but Jackson didn’t go. Instead of holding the ball, Conger tried back-picking him and threw the ball into right field. Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to make it 2-1.

Knowing Mike Scioscia, Conger’s playing time behind the dish just shrunk immensely.

Mike Scioscia stare

Hurricane Carter dead at 76 after battle with prostate cancer

Hurricane CarterFormer boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter died at his home in Toronto on Sunday morning at the age of 76. He died during his sleep and the cause of death is said to be prostate cancer.

Carter was 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts in his fighting career. He fought for world titles twice but lost both bouts.

Carter is most well known for being wrongly incarcerated for a triple homicide he did not commit. He was tried in 1967 and ’76 and convicted both times. He was freed after 19 years in jail when the second conviction was overturned.

Carter’s story was captured in the 1999 movie “The Hurricane,” where Denzel Washington played the lead role.

Photo: Flickr/Michael Borkson

Ronda Rousey rips Cyborg, calls her an ‘it’

Ronda Rousey Cyborg Santos

Ronda Rousey has made it clear over the past few years that she does not like Cris Cyborg Justino, and in case you weren’t aware, she cemented that point a few days ago.

Rousey talked with Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole Friday about some of her potential opponents. Rousey is scheduled to fight Alexis Davis on July 5, but the her potential fights are much more intriguing. Those would be against three people who aren’t even in the UFC — Cyborg, Gina Carano and Holly Holm.

Though Rousey had praise for Carano and showed interest in facing Holm, she ripped Cyborg. Rousey also said that while she is willing to face Cyborg, she does not agree with the steroids cheat being promoted by the organization.

“I’ve said before, I don’t care if she’s injecting horse semen into her eyeballs, I’ll fight her, but that’s just my personal decision,” Rousey told Iole. “But I can’t make a decision for the whole division. I can’t say it’s the right thing. This girl has been on steroids for so long and [has been] injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. She’s an ‘it.’ It’s not good for the women’s division. It’s not good at all.

“If she comes in the UFC and I beat the [expletive] out of her and then I retire and become an action movie star, then the UFC is still going to be stuck with her. The division could die. She could ruin the whole sport. Even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if I beat the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.

“I really think with Cyborg taking all of those steroids and hormones and then going into the cage, it’s like going in with a weapon. It’s certainly very negligent, but it’s also criminal. I believe, it really is. Promoting her would be promoting that act and I think it would be wrong in every way.”

Cyborg was busted for using stanozolol prior to her Dec. 2011 fight with Hiroko Yamanaka. She’s defended herself by saying that she is naturally muscular and that’s it, if you can believe that.

Rousey says the UFC should have a zero-tolerance policy for cheaters like the Olympics.

And here’s another interesting tidbit from Rousey: not only does she say it would be an honor to fight Carano, but she and her coach also believe the actress would be a tougher opponent than Cyborg. I definitely disagree with that notion.

I do have to say that it’s pretty darn awesome that Rousey is willing to fight Cyborg even though she believes the woman is on steroids. It truly shows how confident and fearless she is, and that’s awesome. That’s exactly why fans love her. In many ways, she embodies the spirit of a true champion.

Previously: Rousey to Cyborg – you don’t just have a dick, you are a dick!

Glove touch to Bloody Elbow

Andrei Kirilenko’s wife upset over husband’s benching

Andrei Kirilenko bench

Were you watching Game 1 between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors on Saturday and wondering where the heck Andrei Kirilenko was? I sure did. And so did his wife.

AK47 averaged 19 minutes per game during the regular season and played at least 24 minutes in each of the team’s final five regular season games, but Nets coach Jason Kidd decided to keep him on the bench during Game 1 in Toronto.

Kirilenko, along with Jason Collins and Jorge Gutierrez, received DNP – coach’s decisions for the game.

Safe to say that Kirilenko’s wife, Masha Lopatova, was not thrilled to see her husband planted on the bench all game. She shared the photo seen above on her Instagram account along with the caption:

“And you are Kidding like Jason…..”

That “kidding like Jason” is a line from a Nelly song. Masha wrote a comment to someone on Instagram saying it hurt not seeing her husband in there.

“I don’t want to say anything bad but just think about 350 million Russian fans back in Russia cheering for the one Russian player in the playoffs ( not to mention Russian community and Russian ownership ) that hurts!!!”

She did maintain some perspective, writing to another fan that “W – is all that matters!”

Well that’s good. At least she’s still a team-first wife. And who can’t understand her disappointment?

According to the NY Post, this is what Kidd had to say about AK47′s absence.

“Ten other guys played,” Kidd said. “I can’t play ’em all. He’s healthy.”

Maybe we’ll see AK in there for Game 2. If not, Masha will probably have some words for Mikhail.

Tip via David B.

Mark Cuban gives great SMH look during Spurs run (Video)

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, and the game was actually very close until the end.

The Mavs were up 81-73 with seven minutes left in the game, but San Antonio went on a 15-0 run to take a commanding lead that they would not relinquish. It was during that run when cameras caught the priceless reaction from Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who clearly was not impressed by his team’s performance.

Mark Cuban SMH

If there is a better SMH moment during these playoffs, you’ll have to let me know.

Gregg Popovich’s interview with Craig Sager’s son might make you cry (Video)

Gregg Popovich Craig Sager JrGregg Popovich loves to give sideline reporters a hard time for in-game interviews, but he seems to take particular pleasure in hassling TNT’s Craig Sager.

Pop has been so hard on Sager in the past that there’s been a compilation video of all the times the Spurs coach messed with the reporter.

But Sager’s son, Craig Sager Jr., announced during the week that his dad is battling leukemia. So TNT had the younger Sager fill in for his dad during Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks playoff series, and junior asked the coach a few questions. He got two answers, then Pop complimented him on the questions, and then Sager Jr. asked if Pop had anything he wanted to say to the elder Sager.

And, boy, did Pop come through. He delivered a really endearing message to Sager and told him how much he was missed. He even promised to be nice to him in the future!

“I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here.”

And how’s this? Pop specifically asked for Sager Jr. to interview him after the third quarter:

And if that wasn’t enough …

I guess it was all in love all along. Maybe Pop isn’t so bad after all.

Paulie Malignaggi talks retirement after loss to Shawn Porter

Paulie MalignaggiPaulie Malignaggi was demolished by Shawn Porter during their welterweight fight on Saturday in D.C., and the 33-year-old fighter began talking retirement after his defeat.

Paulie went down twice in the fourth — the first time looked like a potential slip after a punch to the back of the head — but the second was indisputable. Malignaggi was throttled by Porter, who belted him several times and knocked him out to the point that the ropes could no longer keep him up.

Referee Sam Williams called an end to the fight when Paulie went down, marking the sixth defeat of the Magic Man’s career.

In his postfight interview with Showtime’s Jim Gray, Malignaggi talked like a man who was seriously considering calling it a career.

“I told [Porter] to go be great so if I do retire right now — I’m not sure I don’t want to make emotional decisions — I don’t want to do it all by losing to an average champion, I want to do it losing to a great champion, so I can say if this is my last fight, I lost to a great champion,” Malignaggi said of what he told Porter after the fight.

Gray then asked a follow-up question about whether Malignaggi is going to retire.

“I dunno, I can’t really think about that right now. If I give you an answer right now, I’ll tell you I’ll stop fighting, but maybe I’ll change my mind. I’m going to go home and think about it.”

That’s usually the case. Whether it’s boxing or MMA, most fighters who make impetuous decisions after getting the crud kicked out of them end up changing their minds. When a bad loss is fresh in your mind, you don’t want to experience it again. But a few months down the road when you’re all healed, bored, and looking for something to get your juices going again, your mind usually changes. I’m guessing that will happen with Malignaggi, who also enjoys the payday fights bring.