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Brock Lesnar throws car door into crowd, allegedly hits kid (Video)

Brock Lesnar went wild while putting on a show at “RAW” on Monday Night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., and his actions may have had some consequences.

Lesnar decided to destroy a car on the show — a new Cadillac Seth Rollins gave to J&J Security last week — and he went to work on it with a sledgehammer like he was going for bonus points on Street Fighter II. At one point, he ripped off a rear door and heaved it into the crowd, where it reportedly hit a kid.

If you look at the bottom right of this video, you can see someone hit the ground:

And here is video of Lesnar going to town on the thing like he was trying to beat up one of his opponents in the UFC:

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A report says the fan was examined by paramedics and taken backstage before being brought back to his seat. He reportedly was fine.

Here’s hoping nobody was injured from that awesome display of rage by Lesnar. That’s the best thing we’ve seen him do since his suplex streak against John Cena at SummerSlam last year.

H/T R/Squared Circle

Carli Lloyd had vision she would score four goals in World Cup Final

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Carli Lloyd captured the hearts of America by recording a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of Sunday’s World Cup Final against Japan. Lloyd’s four-goal performance helped the U.S. women to their third World Cup title and led to her getting a host of awards, so many she needed help from her teammates to carry them all.

While Lloyd’s day is the stuff dreams (and legends) are made of, it was something she had a feeling would happen. A couple of months ago, during a training session, the 32-year-old had a vision of sorts. In it, Lloyd saw herself having just the success in the World Cup Final that ended up becoming reality.

“It’s kind of funny,” Lloyd said Sunday night, via USA Today. “I’m running and I’m doing sprints and it’s hard, it’s burning, and I just completely zoned out. I dreamed of and visualized playing in the World Cup final and visualized scoring four goals.

So, not only is Lloyd really good at soccer, she’s a bit of a prophet too. If she saw the goals coming in the fashion they did, hats of to her because I’m pretty sure no one else did. Lloyd became the first to score a hat trick in a Women’s World Cup Final and her first goal (scored in the third minute) was the fastest in a Women’s World Cup Final.

Needless to say, it was quite the day for Carli Lloyd, who was named President of the United States on Wikipedia and also received a shoutout from the real POTUS.

H/T For The Win

Rob Konrad turned down movie offer based on swimming ordeal

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Back in January, former NFL player Rob Konrad swam nine miles to safety after falling from his boat off the coast of Florida and was eventually rescued by the Coast Guard. The ordeal, as Konrad recounted, involved being stung by jellyfish and circled by a shark.

If you think Konrad’s tale of survival sounds like something that should be in a movie, you’re not alone. In fact, not only was the former second round draft pick approached with a movie offer, but book deals as well.

“There were some big name folks involved,” Konrad told the Miami Herald. “But I made the decision I wasn’t going to go that route.”

“It’s nothing I want to capitalize on. I don’t have the time and desire. I’m running three financial companies in Florida and one in Chicago.”

While many in the same situation would use the opportunity to benefit monetarily from an experience that seems to strange too be true, Konrad is proving to not be like those with intentions on making the most of their fifteen minutes of fame. The list of people who would choose to do the same is probably quite short, especially considering the circumstances overcome in this instance.

Konrad did say he is composing a “memo” of what happened for members of his family. For now, that will be the only written account of his harrowing tale.

H/T Eye On Football

Carli Lloyd needed teammates to carry all her World Cup awards

Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd had such an incredible World Cup that she needed the help of her teammates to carry all her awards at the airport.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, who only allowed three goals in the entire tournament, tweeted out this great image of her and Alyssa Naeher holding all of Lloyd’s goodies:

Lloyd won the Golden Ball as the MVP of the event. It looks like she picked up multiple trophies as well as framed photos and posters at the World Cup.

She’ll have plenty of good stuff to fill her trophy room with in the near future. We also expect to see her all over the place in commercials. With that hat trick in the final against Japan, she certainly earned those endorsement dollars.

Matt Bonner blames iPhone 6 for causing elbow injury

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Everybody loves the Red Mamba. Except the Red Mamba’s iPhone, apparently.

Free agent forward Matt Bonner just took weird sports injuries to the next level, blaming his iPhone 6 for causing an elbow injury that hindered his shooting last season with the San Antonio Spurs.

Bonner spoke with The Concord Monitor over the weekend:

“You’re about to get an exclusive here. I hate to make excuses, I was raised to never make excuses, but I went through a two-and-a-half month stretch where I had really bad tennis elbow, and during that stretch it made it so painful for me to shoot I’d almost be cringing before I even caught the ball like, ‘Oh, this is going to kill.’

“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it. When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”

The best part is that this doesn’t even seem too farfetched. The iPhone 6 was definitely a behemoth on the level of George Costanza’s wallet compared to its predecessors. And Bonner seems like the type to spend hours on it, either playing Clash of Clans or scouring the Web for the best local sandwich joints.

A known 3-point sniper for much his career, something was certainly off with Bonner’s shot last season. He shot 36.5 percent from deep in 2014-15, well below his career average of 41.4 percent. His 46.2 percent conversion rate on two-pointers also marked a career low. Bonner was a complete non-factor in the Spurs’ first-round defeat to the Clippers, averaging a pitiful 0.9 points per game and 0.9 rebounds per game in just 5.1 minutes per game.

Congratulations, Apple. You ruined the Red Mamba. Great job.

The good news is that the supposed injury was to Bonner’s left (non-shooting) elbow. He remains optimistic that it won’t becoming a lingering problem, telling The Concord Monitor, “I’m not too worried about it. I know I can still shoot.”

Bonner still has yet to sign with a team this offseason. With the Spurs bolstering their power forward rotation with the signings of LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, Bonner’s San Antonio future is completely up in the air. I know a team though with a pressing need in the frontcourt and an owner with a well-known distaste for Apple products. Maybe the Los Angeles Clippers ought to dial the Red Mamba’s number.

All in all, Matt Bonner’s “iPhone elbow” is definitely one of the more humerus sports injuries we’ve seen in a while. Take a look at all the other ones we’ve covered here at LBS.

H/T Rolling Stone

Juan Manuel Marquez may be coming back – a fight with Kell Brook next?

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The last we saw of Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez, he was dominating journeyman Mike Alvarado in a lopsided unanimous decision.

That was over a year ago, in May 2014. The 41-year-old has been out of commission since then with a troublesome right knee injury. Marquez’s absence has led to widespread speculation that we may have seen the last of the rugged counterpuncher in the ring.

But as it turns out, Marquez might not be finished just yet.

According to longtime trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, the four-division world champion could be fighting for a title again as soon as this September.

“I could see [Marquez coming back] in September,” Beristain told BoxingScene.com.

“He looks forward to working in the gym. We have a singular joy whenever he steps in the gym. He works very hard.”

As for who Marquez’s opponent might be, Beristain remained uncertain.

“I don’t know the opponent. I think a world title fight, a title in his fifth division, would be something he’d like. Maybe the British fighter [Kell Brook] or one of the other champions.”

Fighting for a fifth world title might be an intriguing proposal for Marquez, particularly if current WBO welterweight title holder Floyd Mayweather Jr. is forced to vacate.

A Marquez-Kell Brook fight would definitely generate a lot of interest as an new-school/old-school, offensive/defensive clash of styles. But Brook is undefeated at 35-0 and might not want to risk a future shot at the big-time against a formidable opponent in Marquez.

Marquez could be similarly apprehensive as he would likely have to move up in weight class to 147 pounds in order to make the fight happen. He has a career record of 1-3 at that weight, though the one victory was his vicious one-punch KO of Manny Pacquiao in 2012.

JMM’s classic style of precision and power counterpunching is a lost art in today’s era. It will certainly be nice to see him get in the ring for another hurrah, no matter the opponent.

H/T Sky Sports

Mario Hezonja putting on show for Magic in Summer League (Video)

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Choosing flashy Croatian forward Mario Hezonja fifth overall in last month’s NBA Draft was a risk. But if the opening days of Summer League are any indication, it’s a risk the Orlando Magic were completely justified in taking.

Hezonja is already building his campaign for Rookie of the Year in early July. In the Magic’s Summer League game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Super Mario rose up for a massive tomahawk jam that sent shockwaves all the way to Zagreb.

Here is another angle of the stuff:

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Russell Wilson abstaining from sex with girlfriend Ciara

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Russell Wilson has been dating new girlfriend Ciara for the past few months and, as surprising as it is to believe, the two are practicing abstinence.

Wilson is a religious man and spoke with The Rock Church on Sunday. The topic of his girlfriend, singer Ciara, whom he met earlier this year, came up. During the interview, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback said he felt the word of God, and it inspired him to abstain from sex with his girlfriend.

“I met this girl named Ciara, who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She’s the most kind person, the most engaging person. I could probably learn more from her … everything that I could ever want,” Wilson said.

“And so I’ll never forget: She was on tour, she was traveling, and I was looking at her in the mirror. I was sitting in the dressing room, and she was getting ready to go, about 15 minutes before she went on stage. And she was sitting there, and God spoke to me and said, ‘I need you to lead her.’ And I was like, ‘Really? Right now?’

“He goes, ‘I want you and need you to lead her.’

“So I told her right then and there, what would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus’ way?”

Wilson was then asked to clarify that he was talking about abstaining from sex.

“Yeah, we’re talking about sex,” he said.

“For me, I knew that God had brought me into her life to bless her and for her to bless me and to bless so many people with the impact that she has, that I have. We’re not gonna be perfect, by any means. Life’s not perfect. Nobody’s perfect, but he’s anointed both of us, and I know that he’s calling for us to do something miraculous, something special.

“I said to her, and she completely agreed: ‘Could we love each other without that?’ If you can really love somebody without that, then you can really love somebody.”

If you’re a religious person, you might be moved by Wilson’s comments. If not, you might be nauseated by what you consider to be a bunch of hooey. You can guess where I fit in.

Also: None of this means the two haven’t ever had sex; it just means that they haven’t since Wilson proposed the abstinence (which many are guessing means they didn’t prior to the talk).

H/T Jimmy Traina
Photo: Ciara on Instagram

David West takes massive pay cut to sign with Spurs

David West PacersIn an era where professional athletes are constantly criticized for chasing dollar signs, NBA veteran forward David West did the exact opposite when he agreed to sign with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that West has agreed to a one-year deal with the Spurs at the league’s veteran minimum salary. West will earn $1.4 million next season after making $24 million over the past two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, so we’re not saying you should feel badly for him. Still, it’s hard not to respect how much he left on the table.

As Aldridge notes, West played two years of a three-year, $36 million deal he had signed with the Pacers. He opted out of the remaining one year and $12 million left on the contract to take more than a $10 million pay cut with the Spurs.

West, who has spent his 12-year career with the Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans, wants to win a championship. He obviously feels that the Spurs give him a chance to accomplish that goal, and for good reason. San Antonio landed the top free agent prize on the market this offseason in LaMarcus Aldridge. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have also announced that they will return for the 2014-2015 season.

For some people, it’s not all about the money.

Jason Pierre-Paul could miss training camp, start of regular season

Jason Pierre-Paul

The injuries to Jason Pierre-Paul as a result of his fireworks accident may not be life-threatening, but they may have some serious consequences.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that JPP could miss training camp and even the start of the regular season:

The original reports said Pierre-Paul “severely” injured his hand in the fireworks accident, though later reports refuted that. We’re guessing JPP’s agent is the one who tried to quell the concern because he wants to ensure his client gets the big-money deal he was seeking.

The Giants can rescind their franchise tender offer to Pierre-Paul in light of the injuries, and they may consider doing so if they know he will miss some time.

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