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Chris Sale tried to get into Royals’ clubhouse after ejection

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Chris Sale really wanted a piece of the Kansas City Royals after being ejected following a benches-clearing brawl on Thursday. Reports said he tried to get into the Royals’ clubhouse after being ejected, and the White Sox pitcher did not deny the accusation.

“There’s really nothing to talk about. It is what it is. What’s done is done,” Sale said Friday when asked about the report via CSN Chicago’s Dan Haynes.

Sports Radio 810 in KC’s Nate Bukaty reported that Sale wanted a piece of Yordano Ventura, who sparked the brawl by cursing at Adam Eaton.

Though reports say he wanted to fight Ventura, the more likely scenario is that he wanted a piece of Lorenzo Cain. Sale threw at Cain’s legs during the game, and the two got into it during the fight. He probably wanted things to continue.

This is nothing new. Several years ago we saw Prince Fielder try to get into the Dodgers’ clubhouse after an incident because he was ticked off. Just don’t expect matters between the Royals and White Sox to end after what happened Thursday. This will continue throughout the season.

Cal fires recruiting coordinator Pierre Ingram after prostitution arrest

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Cal fired assistant football coach Pierre Ingram on Friday, eight days after he was arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

“As you are aware, Assistant Football Coach Ingram was placed on paid administrative leave following his recent arrest for solicitation. We are not renewing his contract and he will no longer represent or act on behalf of this University in any capacity,” the school said in a statement.

The Contra Costa Times reported that police say Ingram “solicited an undercover officer online and then showed up April 16 at the Motel 6 on Embarcadero.”

Ingram spent three years under Sonny Dykes at Louisiana Tech before making the move with the coach to Cal. After spending his first two seasons in the Bay Area as running backs coach, he was promoted to recruiting coordinator, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Ingram, 30, has a wife and two young children.

Photo: Pierre Ingram on Twitter

Steve Kerr caught checking out Warriors sideline reporter Ros Gold-Onwude?

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There is a reporter roaming NBA sidelines who seems to be catching the eye of many people around the league.

During Game 3 between the Warriors and Pelicans Thursday night, CSN Bay Area reporter Ros Gold-Onwude was spotted behind the Warriors’ bench, and she seemed to be pretty popular. The image above shows Golden State head coach Steve Kerr possibly trying to catch a glimpse of her.

Of course, if Kerr was checking out Gold-Onwude, he was at least doing it more subtly than this referee.

Ros Gold Onwude referee

Gold-Onwude played basketball at Stanford and also has played for the Nigerian national team. A former Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Gold-Onwude has worked for MSG, ESPN and FOX Sports in addition to CSN.

Head to Page 2 to see many more Ros Gold-Onwude photos.

Rob Gronkowski girlfriend is Camille Kostek?

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Rob Gronkowski and the term “off the market” just don’t seem to go together, but the New England Patriots tight end is supposedly going steady with one of his team’s former cheerleaders.

According to TMZ, Gronkowski and former Pats cheerleader Camille Kostek are officially an item. They have been seen together in public and are reportedly “not trying to hide anything,” though there are no pictures of Gronk on Kostek’s Instagram page.

Kostek, a bikini model and aspiring sports reporter, was spotted in line at an ice cream stand with Gronk earlier this week.

Could Gronk really have an “official” girlfriend? We have our doubts. This is the same guy who denied rumors that he was dating someone less than two months ago because “sometimes chicks are crazy.” He’s also more likely to hang out with porn stars than he is to go out for a nice quiet dinner. If Kostek really has turned Gronk into a one-woman man, we’d be stunned.

Head over to Page 2 for more photos of Kostek.

Photo: Instagram/Camille Kostek

Report: Warriors were told foul would have been called if Steph Curry missed

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The Golden State Warriors on Thursday night completed one of the greatest fourth-quarter comebacks you will ever see, and they sent the game to overtime on an incredible 3-pointer from Stephen Curry with seconds left in regulation. Curry was also fouled.

As LB mentioned previously, the Warriors were reportedly told that a foul would have been called if Curry’s shot did not go in.

Is that supposed to make the Warriors feel that the game was officiated fairly? Had they not gone on to win in overtime, would the league admit that Golden State got cheated out of a chance to end the game in regulation with a four-point play? I highly doubt it.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams tried to get his team to foul Curry before he put the shot up, but they fouled him on the shot instead. They were fortunate it wasn’t called, or there probably would have been no overtime. Curry is 90 percent from the line in his career.

Assuming Thompson’s sources are correct, the NBA needs to address this. Waiting to see if a shot goes in before deciding to call a foul is not a good look for the league. It can still very much affect the outcome of a game.

Report: Josh Hamilton could be gone from Angels in ‘matter of days’

Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton could have very little time left as a member of the Los Angeles Angels organization.

Sports Illustrated’s Michael McCann reports that it may only be a “matter of days” before the Angels part ways with Hamilton.

There has been conflicting information regarding Hamilton’s future with the team since he reportedly confessed to a drug relapse during a meeting with Major League Baseball earlier this year. One recent report indicated that he is expected to report to the Angels’ training complex in Arizona in the near future for extended spring training. That led to speculation that Hamilton could either be traded or rejoin the Angels at some point in June, but perhaps the team has found another solution.

Angels owner Arte Moreno has basically admitted that the team is looking for a way to void Hamilton’s contract. If there is language in Hamilton’s deal that prevents the use of drugs or alcohol, the Angels might have an argument. However, McCann is reporting that no language that would make it easy for the team to void the contract exists. The SI report digs deeper into some of the legal language that is typical with MLB contracts.

One solution would be the Angels and Hamilton reaching a mutual buyout agreement, which is rare but not unprecedented. You can read about two instances where teams reached a buyout agreement with players because of off-field issues here.

The Angels would likely have to pay a large portion of the $83 million remaining on Hamilton’s contract if a buyout agreement was reached.

Hamilton, who has now admitted to multiple relapses, filed for a divorce from his wife Katie back in February, which was around the same time his most recent relapse occurred. He is currently rehabbing after having offseason shoulder surgery.

Kevin Love was ‘stroking it’ again last night (Video)

Kevin Love helped the Cleveland Cavaliers take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night with some great shooting from the field. You might even say Love was stroking it, but just be careful how you phrase that.

Love’s performance has resulted in an older video from Busted Coverage resurfacing, in which Mike Cairns of WEWS in Cleveland asked Kyrie Irving a very awkward question about Love’s performance after a game in February.

“Kevin Love in that 14-2 run hit four straight threes,” Cairns said. “You’re a part of that, obviously, but how much fun (was it) to sit back and just watch that guy stroke it?”

Irving paused for about three seconds before giving his response, and his reaction was perfect.

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When Dwight Howard gave a “pause” a few years back because of his own comment, he sounded like a 12-year-old. The fact that Irving was able to hold it together amazes me. That was hilarious.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this post indicated that the interview with Irving took place after Thursday night’s playoff game. We apologize for the oversight.

Russell Wilson taking grandmother, not Ciara, to White House dinner

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson may be dating singer Ciara, but she is not going to be his date to the White House Correspondents Dinner this weekend.

On Thursday, Wilson shared a video on Facebook of himself dancing with his grandmother and said he can’t wait for her to accompany him to the big event.

“Can’t wait to dance with my beautiful date at the WHCD this weekend!” Wilson wrote. “‪#‎shesgotmoves‬ ‪#‎loveugrandma‬.”

Can't wait to dance with my beautiful date at the WHCD this weekend! #shesgotmoves #loveugrandma

Posted by Russell Wilson on Thursday, April 23, 2015

One of the reasons rumors have been swirling that Wilson is dating Ciara had to do with a report that she was listed as his date on a partial guest list from the White House Correspondents Dinner. Unless Wilson plans to have a woman on each arm, it sounds like grandma — not Ciara — will have that honor.

Of course, there’s still a chance Ciara and Wilson are a thing. They reportedly went to a Texas Rangers game together last weekend. We can’t rule it out just yet.

Jimmy Butler drops F-bomb in postgame press conference (Video)

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose continued to run wild over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, combining for 58 points and giving the Chicago Bulls a commanding 3-0 series lead. And after the game, Butler couldn’t resist dropping an F-bomb.

According to The Cauldron, Butler was joking with a reporter when he told him to “put your f—ing hand down.” He must not have realized his microphone was hot.

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Whether you approve of his language or not, Butler has emerged as an incredibly important player for the Bulls this season. He’s the running mate Chicago needs to take pressure off of Rose, and he has shown he can handle the postseason spotlight by averaging 26.7 points per game so far this series.

We wouldn’t exactly call Butler’s F-bomb the best one we have heard this month, but his play has been stellar. The Bulls will be a tough out if Butler and Rose continue playing like they have this series.

LA stadium would shoot lightning bolts when Chargers score

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The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have big plans for a $1.7 billion football stadium in Los Angeles. How big? We’re talking lightning bolts and fire.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the two teams presented a concept to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the Committee on Los Angeles Opportunities — which is comprised of six NFL team owners — earlier this week. The modern-looking design includes a number of jaw-dropping features, one of which involves lightning bolts for the Chargers and fire for the Raiders.

A signature element of the design is a 115- to 120-foot tower that rises through and extends above the main concourse. It would serve as a pedestal for a cauldron that would change depending on the team. When the Chargers play, simulated lightning bolts would swirl behind glass encasing the tower and, if the team were to score a touchdown, a bolt would shoot out of the top. For Raiders games, a flame would burn in the cauldron in honor of legendary team owner Al Davis.

The proposal also notes that the tower could be turned into a giant Lombardi Trophy if the stadium hosted a Super Bowl, which I’m sure appeals to the NFL. The LA Times article features several photos that are worth checking out, but this will give you an idea of the lightning concept.

If lightning bolts aren’t enough to make Philip Rivers’ reconsider his alleged stance, I’m not sure anything will be.

Photo: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

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