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Carlos Gomez and Gerrit Cole exchange words leading to bench-clearing fight (Video)

During Sunday’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, the scene turned ugly in the top of the third inning.

pirates-brewers-brawlBrewers center fielder Carlos Gomez hit what he apparently thought would be a solo home run. That ended up not being the case as the ball stayed in the field of play, hitting off the wall just out of the reach of Andrew McCutchen. Gomez wound up on third base with a triple.

That’s when Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole had a few words with Gomez and the situation escalated.

Punches were thrown and both Gomez and Travis Snider of the Pirates were ejected for their roles in the brawl.

Carlos Gomez has been known to admire his home runs in the past and on one occasion it led to a confrontation with Brian McCann. This time around, Gomez ended up on the ground thanks to Travis Snider.

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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.

Billy Hamilton took one of the worst swings by a major leaguer you’ll ever see (Video)

Billy Hamilton swingBilly Hamilton has some of the best wheels of any player in the history of baseball, but the young pup definitely has a lot to work on when it comes to his bat.

Thanks to a 3-for-5 game on Saturday, Hamilton is over the Mendoza Line for the first time all season. He’s now batting .214 with 3 strikeouts, 13 walks and a .540 OPS. After watching the at-bat he took against Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija on Friday, it’s no wonder why.

Hamilton led off the game and worked it to a full count. Clearly he was expecting some off speed on the next pitch, because when Samardzija threw a 91-mph fastball on the outer half, Hamilton could only wave at it with a last-ditch slap as the ball was already in the mitt.

Someone remind Hamilton that this is baseball, not softball, and that slap-hitting is not a preferred technique. And guessing off speed with a full count probably isn’t going to work out too well most of the time.

He’s definitely much better off making it into LBS for his baserunning highlights.

Adrien Broner looking like Rick Ross but with more jewelry

Adrien Broner jewelry

Showtime favorite child Adrien Broner was in the house in DC Saturday night to provide some commentary for the fight card headlined by Bernard Hopkins.

Broner shared his thoughts on the Hopkins fight, and of course he was iced out like a margarita. He had a diamond grill, diamond earring, diamond ring, diamond watch, diamond bracelet, and about five huge chains around his neck. When you add in the beard and sunglasses, the dude strongly resembled Rick Ross.

In the shot below, you can see the diamond bracelet and a hint of the diamond watch:

Adrien Broner diamond bracelet

None of this should surprise you; Broner is the same guy who put on a double gold grill in the ring after beating Paulie Malignaggi last year. He always keeps it a maximum swag levels (except for when he’s getting KTFO).

I have to admit, that Rick Ross look does work for him though.

Jeff Teague loses Evan Turner by about three steps on wicked crossover (Video)

The Indiana Pacers are a hot mess right now, and this play is just an illustration of their struggles.

During the third quarter of the Atlanta Hawks’ 101-93 win over the Pacers Saturday, Jeff Teague fooled Evan Turner with a sweet crossover.

Maybe Turner’s defensive assignment was to make sure he didn’t get beat to the baseline and that could be why he went so hard, but he was so faked out it was embarrassing. He was so lost his back ended up facing Teague:

Evan Turner Jeff Teague

Teague led the Hawks with 28 points in the game. Roy Hibbert continued to struggle for Indiana, posting just 8 points and 8 rebounds. They’re looking terrible.

Arian Foster hooks up duped female fan

Arian Foster fan

Arian Foster came through for a female fan who had a social media mishap involving the Houston Texans running back.

Two weeks ago, a Texans fan named Jenni Bazard posted a photo on Twitter of her and a man who she thought was Foster, boasting that she had met and taken a picture with one of her favorite football players:

As you can see, though the man in the photo looks like Foster, he clearly was not Arian Foster. Foster even responded to the woman over Twitter to inform her that she had been duped.

Fast forward nearly two weeks, and the real Foster got together with Bazard to make sure she could get a picture with the actual Texans running back:

Perfect ending. And I’ll tell you this: one look at that photo and I’m pretty sure I know why Foster didn’t mind getting together.

H/T State of the Texans