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Hunter Pence throws bat at ball, hits single (Video)

The San Francisco Giants, winners of 14 of their past 20 games, have been on a roll over the last few weeks. So is right fielder Hunter Pence, who’s hitting .360 over that span.

hunter-penceWhen things are going well, being fortunate is often part of the formula. That was the case during the first inning of Thursday’s game between the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.

A pitch low and away by Randall Delgado started the series of events, which continued with Hunter Pence throwing his bat at the ball. The ball goes behind Delgado up the middle, towards second baseman Chris Owings. However, Owings was unable to field the ball because it hit second base and bounced past him, allowing Angel Pagan to score the first run of the game.

Of course the Giants went on to win 6-2, because scoring your first run in that fashion is probably a good omen.

Doug McDermott’s college roommate selling his old clothes

doug-mcdermott-creightonPrior to being selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 11th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft (and later traded to the Chicago Bulls), Doug McDermott’s name gained legendary status around Omaha, Nebraska as a star for the Creighton Bluejays.

McDermott was a three-time First Team All-American, three-time conference player of the year, and left Creighton having scored the fifth most points in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history.

As one of the more accomplished players to the leave the program, we can expect to see McDermott back for various celebratory events. However, McDermott probably won’t be returning for the clothes he left in the closet of an apartment shared by a roommate.

So, Michael Vandevoort has decided to sell Doug McDermott’s threads, with the proceeds going to a good cause.

Sometimes you’re in the right place at the right time. For Michael Vandevoort, that time was spent sharing a living space with a college basketball star and one of the greatest scorers in the sports history. Now, the Northstar Youth Basketball Program get to benefit from that.

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Legends Football League invites Ray Rice to ‘get his ass handed to him’

carmen-bourseauWith Ray Rice suspended indefinitely by the NFL, it’s highly unlikely we will see him suiting up for another team in the league anytime soon. The chances of Rice in the Legends Football League (formerly Lingerie Football League) is even smaller, but that didn’t stop the ladies from sending a message to the former Ravens running back.

Los Angeles Temptation running back Carmen Bourseau threw down the gauntlet and challenged Rice to play one down so he can get his ass handed to him by one of their female athletes. She then closed by calling Rice a “f***ing coward.”

From a league full of women, it’s hardly surprising to see them take such a stance on Rice’s situation, even if publicity is also a factor. I’m pretty sure there are quite a few women around the country who feel the same as Carmen and the Legends Football League.

Baltimore restaurant offering free pizza for Ray Rice jerseys

Ray-Rice-Ravens-Patriots-PreviewMany around the country woke up Monday to mine to news the video of Ray Rice knocking out wife Janay Palmer had been released by TMZ. A few hours later, Rice found himself released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended by the NFL indefinitely.

Between the video going viral and subsequent decisions by the Ravens and NFL, there was no shortage of reactions by current and former players. Most of the words were harsh and strong.

In Baltimore, a restaurant is making a statement of its own. Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks has decided to give away free pizzas in exchange for Ray Rice jerseys.

“It’s kind of like a gun buyback,” co-owner Stephanie Hershkovitz said via the Baltimore Business Journal. “We thought it would be a great way to express our disgust at the whole thing.”

Hersh’s will also donate $2.70 for each jersey received to the House Of Ruth MD, one of the nation’s leading domestic violence centers.

As ESPN’s Darren Rovell shared, atleast 40 jerseys have already been received.

Johnny Manziel dummy hung in effigy at Steelers tailgate

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The Cleveland Browns headed to Pittsburgh to get their 2014 season underway against the Steelers. For Johnny Manziel, it’s an introduction to the AFC North right off the bat.

The rivalry between the two franchises goes back to the 1950s and is among the more storied in the NFL. Combine that with a lightning rod of a figure in Johnny Manziel and you have the ingredients for, well, just about anything at a Steelers tailgate.

And that brings us to the above picture, taken by Instagram user Chase Stewart, who posted it with the caption “Welcome to Pittsburgh.”

Johnny Manziel’s NFL career is now officially underway.

Photo: Instagram/cstewy

DeAngelo Williams dyes hair and toenails pink in honor of late mother

deangelo-williamsThe first Sunday of the NFL season is an exciting one around the NFL, but for the Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams it’s a also a time to reflect.

In May, Williams’ mother lost a decade-long batter with breast cancer. In addition to his mother, the 31-year-old has also lost four aunts to the disease.

As Williams prepares to begin his ninth season season in the NFL, he has decided to do his part to help spread breast cancer awareness in his own way. The color pink can be seen throughout the month of October as the league celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On Sunday, it can be seen on DeAngelo Williams’ hair and toes.

Leonard Fournette struck Heisman pose after first collegiate touchdown (Video)

leonard-fournette-heisman-poseLSU running back Leonard Fournette was among the more sought-after recruits from the 2014 class and No. 1 on ESPN’s top 300 list.

Fournette’s college career got off to a slow start with just 18 yards on eight carries last week against Wisconsin.

On Saturday, the freshman found yards easier to come by with Sam Houston State as the opposition. In the first quarter alone, Fournette registered 47 yards on six carries and found the end zone for the first time as an LSU Tiger.

After crossing the goal line, Fournette struck a pose resembling that of the Heisman Trophy, which apparently didn’t go over well with head coach Les Miles.

Brent Musburger was right in saying it’s probably a little early to be striking a Heisman pose, but sometimes youthful exuberance takes over.