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Massive Russian youth hockey brawl turns into scene from ‘Slap Shot’

Massive brawls breaking out during games is nothing new, but it sure is different when it’s a bunch of peewees going at it. That’s what happened in this all-out fight between a couple of youth teams at a tournament in Novokuznetsk, Russia, according to Puck Daddy. These kids are all less than 12 years old, yet they’re absolutely beating on each other like they’re on “The Ultimate Fighter” trying for a spot in the UFC. We don’t ordinarily promote violence at LBS, but when there’s a 20-on-20 fight breaking out and everyone has a man like that playground scene in “Good Will Hunting,” we can’t pass up sharing it with you.

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Titus Young’s father says son has brain disorder

Titus Young mug shot tank

Titus Young’s father shed some light on what is going on mentally with his son that led to the troubled former Detroit Lions wide receiver being arrested three times in less than a week.

Young’s father, Richard, told The Detroit News that his son has a brain disorder and that the young man has not been taking his prescription medication.

Richard Young told The News that his son “suffers from a disorder caused by his brain being compressed into the front of his skull,” but he couldn’t remember the disorder’s name at the time.

Richard Young told both The News and the Detroit Free Press that the issue is related to a concussion Young supposedly suffered during his rookie season. The News points out that the Lions never listed that as an injury for Young.

Young’s father told the Free Press his son has sought treatment in Texas and in Newport Beach and Malibu. He says his son was prescribed Seroquel but wasn’t taking it regularly. Seroquel is used to treat depression and bipolar disorder.

Richard says he and his son went to get coffee and doughnuts on Friday and had a good conversation. When they got back home, Titus said he left something in the car and never returned. He was arrested later that night for allegedly breaking into a home and then assaulting a police officer.

Before he was arrested, police were called twice because Young allegedly exhibited odd behavior in the San Clemente area. The owner of the home where Young broke in told KTLA he loaded his shotgun and was threatening to shoot Young if he did not leave.

Manny Ramirez’s feeble attempt to break up a double play was pretty comical (Video)

Manny Ramirez slideAhh, it’s good to see that Manny is still being Manny even in Taiwan.

During a recent game with his EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Manny gave a lesson in “How Not to Break Up a Double Play.”

Manny was on first with no out in the sixth when a teammate grounded a ball to the first baseman. Ramirez went in for his slide a good 15 feet before the bag and was tagged out with minimal effort. He proceeded to trot off the field like it was no big deal. I don’t speak whatever language the announcers were speaking, but they seemed to be loving it.

Not that Manny’s actions on the field really need any explaining, but I think I understand what was going on here. Oftentimes a player will just get down when they know they’re going to be out by a mile at second in order to avoid getting hit in the face on the throw from the guy attempting to turn two. The only problem is that strategy doesn’t work too well when the throw to second is way offline.

H/T Busted Coverage

Dwyane Wade wears Capri pants to Game 4

Dwyane Wade Capri pants

Yes, Dwyane Wade really showed up to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls wearing that outfit. Wade certainly pushes the limits when it comes to his postseason fashion choices, and this was no different. Capri pants, loafers, a double-breasted jacket, patterned suit, and some phony glasses. I think he forgot his ascot and pipe at home.

In the image below, you can get a closer look at his sockless, short pants look:

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Kobe Bryant’s parents say son lied about memorabilia

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant and his parents are in a nasty dispute over some of the All-Star’s basketball memorabilia, and Bryant’s parents say their son is lying.

To recap, Bryant’s mother, Pamela, agreed to sell some of her son’s memorabilia to an auction house for $450,000 up front. Kobe was trying to stop the sale — and had it temporarily blocked — because he claims he owns the memorabilia and that his mother is selling it without his permission.

Bryant’s mother is likely attempting to sell the memorabilia because she wants to buy a new home. Kobe was willing to buy his parents a home, but they wanted something more expensive than he was willing to buy.

Goldin Auctions filed a lawsuit to determine who owns the memorabilia.

According to TMZ, Kobe’s father stated in his declaration that Kobe gave the items to his mom over the years, telling her, “Here mom, these are for you.” Kobe’s grandmother reportedly has filed a declaration in support of his parents.

Making matters worse in the dispute is that family members are taking sides; Kobe’s sister reportedly filed a declaration claiming that Kobe’s mom has said for years that they could sell the stuff and profit greatly.

I’m guessing that Kobe probably gave the memorabilia to his parents, but not with the intent for them to sell it.

In cases like this, nobody wins. Well, nobody except for maybe the lawyers.

Ron Jaworski offered Tim Tebow backup QB job in Arena League

Tim Tebow JetsTim Tebow may be short on interest from NFL teams at the moment, but at least he has plenty of other job offers.

Ron Jaworski, a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst, says he offered Tebow a job to play for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. Jaws is one of the team’s co-owners.

Jaworski told the Philadelphia Daily News that he and the Soul’s coach drew up some plays they sent to Tebow as part of their offer. Most of the plays they had in mind for him reportedly were around the goal line. Jaws says the team was not planning to give Tebow the starting quarterback job, but Jaws thinks some time in the league could be beneficial to the former Jets and Broncos QB.

“One [criticism] of Tebow is that he is slow and methodical,” Jaworski told the Daily News. “He would be forced to quicken it up in this league and it would be good training for him. You can learn a lot in this league. It’s about processing information and getting the ball out . . . or you get whacked.”

No surprise, Tebow has not responded to the offer. The former Heisman Trophy winner is looking to stay in the NFL.

Tebow is good enough to be a backup quarterback in the league, but teams don’t want a backup who’s going to invite a media circus. His chances of getting a gig in the league might be improved if he switched positions, but he does not seem ready to do that. In the meantime, Tebow can continue working with his quarterback coach while contemplating offers from the AFL and Lingerie Football League.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

LeSean McCoy thought Matt Barkley was named ‘Mark’

Matt-Barkley-USCMatt Barkley is already receiving some rookie disrespect at Philadelphia Eagles camp. The only good news is at least the disrespect was unintentional.

According to The Philly Inquirer’s Zach Berman, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was calling Barkley “Mark” throughout the entire day during the team’s first workout on Monday. Berman says that McCoy legitimately thought Barkley’s name was “Mark.”

Matt Barkley/Mark Sanchez/Matt Leinart. All those USC quarterbacks are the same. Yeah, it’s easy to see how someone who doesn’t pay too close attention to college football could get that confused. It’s not like Barkley’s been on national TV or the cover of sports magazines in the past few years. Why would McCoy know his first name?

Sergio Garcia still thinks he was the ‘victim’ of Tiger Woods’ distraction

Sergio Garcia collapseSergio Garcia refuses to let go of the Saturday incident between him and Tiger Woods.

Garcia blamed Woods for causing a distraction among fans while he was attempting to hit a shot on the second hole at The Players Championship on Saturday. Garcia said that Woods brought out his 5-wood while Garcia was getting ready to hit, leading to cheers from the fans. Tiger defended himself by saying after the round that he had been cleared to hit and that he wasn’t surprised Sergio was complaining.

Garcia choked at the end of the tournament by hitting three balls into the water over the final two holes. He finishing tied for eighth while Tiger won the tournament, even though the two were tied entering the 17th hole on Sunday.

After the tournament ended, Garcia was asked again about the incident.

“It sounds like I was the bad guy here. I was the victim,” Garcia insisted. “I don’t have any regrets of anything.”

Yes, Garcia insisted he was a “victim” for what happened on Saturday. Is there any surprise that people dislike him?

Here is a video recapping what each golfer said on Saturday about the incident:

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Floyd Mayweather’s ex Josie Harris still sleeping in bed with him

Josie Harris Floyd Mayweather bed

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Josie Harris apparently still have a pretty good relationship despite their tumultuous past.

Harris and Mayweather have three children together. A domestic violence incident between them in 2010 led to Mayweather being sentenced to jail for 90 days last year. Despite that charge and a nasty custody battle, the two are still intimate.

Harris told Yahoo! Sports earlier this month that the two have re-established closeness and have had an intimate encounter since he was released from jail. In case you missed that comment from her earlier this month, Harris shared the above photo of her and Mayweather in bed over Instagram on Sunday to seemingly prove her point.

This is just the latest example of the wild personal life of Mayweather. The guy not only had a domestic dispute (and reconciliation) with Harris, but he’s also had an issue with the other mother of his child. In addition to the issues with his baby mamas, Floyd also seems to have a very attractive personal staff. Despite all the women and issues, Floyd is actually engaged to Shantel Jackson. So how does he get away with having so many different women? Mayweather said on TV last month that he thinks men can have multiple women so long as they’re able to take care of them all.

Don’t think that Jackson didn’t take notice of Harris’ photo, either. As Jocks and Stiletto Jill pointed out, she shared photos of her amazing closet and possessions as if to remind Harris who has the real queen setup inside the Mayweather mansion:

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Tavon Austin: Everyone is trying to get at my money

Tavon Austin RamsTavon Austin was selected eighth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft last month, and the St. Louis Rams rookie says everyone is trying to get at his money now that he’s going to be a millionaire. In fact, the former West Virginia star says he is already being hit up even though he hasn’t received his first NFL paycheck.

“Everybody expects a lot of things from you as far as money,” Austin told the Rams’ website when asked about changes in his life. “Everybody wants to be around you. My phone doesn’t stop ringing now. It feels like they’re counting my bank account now. So that’s probably the hardest thing for me right now, just people.

“I’ve got a lot of cousins now. The whole (city of) Baltimore is my cousin now. We’re going to just try to keep focused and let my mother and all of them handle it.”

Austin is from a tough area in Baltimore, and SI’s Peter King even says some teams were afraid of drafting him because of his past. King says that “some around the league think acquaintances from Austin’s past … could follow him into the NFL.”

We don’t know how all the moochers will affect Austin, but we do know that that is one of the common pitfalls that throws off athletes or causes them to go broke. Hopefully he’ll handle it well. Although based on the way he handled his Twitter upon entering the league, I have my concerns.

Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

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