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HS football player Hunter Osborn arrested over indecent yearbook photo

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An Arizona high school football player was arrested over the weekend after a prank went way, way too far.

Hunter Osborn, a 19-year-old student athlete at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, was taken into custody over the weekend after a photo of him exposing himself in the school’s yearbook was discovered. The photo went unnoticed by school officials and was also printed in the football program and sold at games to students and their families.

Osborn has been charged with 69 counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure and one felony count of providing obscene material to a minor. He was released from jail and ordered to wear an electric monitor for the time being.

According to court documents obtained by KNXV, Osborn told police he “was dared by a football teammate” to expose himself during the team photo and is “disgusted” by what he did. He was 18 at the time it was taken.

If convicted, Osborn could be forced to register as a sex offender.

“The school and district are conducting an investigation to determine what actions might have prevented the publication of the photograph, so appropriate safeguards can be put in place going forward,” Red Mountain High School said in a statement. “While the small size of the photograph as published makes the details difficult to discern, the yearbook has been recalled so the school can make a minor but critical edit for the inappropriate content.”

That’s not nearly as bad as some of the other things we have seen high school football players arrested for, but there’s no denying it is a decision that could haunt Osborn for the rest of his life.

Stephen Curry wife Ayesha rejected him first time he went for a kiss

Stephen Curry wife Ayesha

Stephen Curry has always been smooth on the basketball court, but there have been times where he can’t find the same kind of rhythm off of it.

Just ask his wife.

In an entertaining interview with Alan Shipnuck of Parents Magazine, Curry and his wife Ayesha opened up about their personal life and how their marriage came about. The two were in the same church group together as teenagers, but it wasn’t until Curry was a junior at Davidson that he reconnected with Ayesha on Facebook and asked her out.

At first, Ayesha thought Stephen had asked her to hang out as friends. But when he tried to plant one on her, things got awkward in a hurry:

Fast-forward a few years. Stephen is a rising junior at Davidson College [in North Carolina], you’re pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles, and he comes to town for the ESPYS sports awards show. He found you on Facebook, and you spent a day hanging out—does that count as your first date?

AC: I mean, it was friend vibes … until I dodged his first kiss.

SC: Yep. I struck out.

We need the play-by-play.

AC: He was in mid-conversation and came flying at my face like a thief in the night. So I was like, No. Then I thought, “Oh, I didn’t know this is what was happening.”

How about that — Stephen Curry got SHUT DOWN the first time he tried to kiss his own wife. Who woulda thunk it?

Nowadays, Stephen has a tattoo honoring his wife since he can’t wear his wedding ring while he plays. The couple has two children, Riley and Ryan, together. And have you seen the way Ayesha goes nuts celebrating Steph’s big plays? I guess you could say they have come a long, long way.

H/T Bleacher Report

Billy Donovan hilariously plays dumb about final play (Video)

Billy Donovan

If postgame press conferences were a game of poker, the chips would have been pushed all-in on Billy Donovan because the OKC Thunder head coach was so clearly bluffing with one of his answers.

All anyone could talk about after the Oklahoma City Thunder escaped with a 98-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs was the incredibly wild ending, which included Dion Waiters pushing Manu Ginobili; Ginobili stepping on the out of bounds line; Russell Westbrook having his jersey grabbed; and a Spurs fan holding Steven Adams’ arm. There were so many angles to that nutty play there’s no way someone who watched the game — much less coached in it — wouldn’t know what you were talking about.

Yet that’s exactly what Donovan tried to convince the media of:

C’mon, Donovan. Who do you think is actually buying that?

Referees miss critical Dion Waiters push on inbounds play

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Referees missed a critical call on the final possession of Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs Monday.

Dion Waiters was looking to inbound the ball with the Thunder up 98-97 and 13.5 seconds left. Struggling to find someone to pass to, he pushed defender Manu Ginobili in what many thought was a foul:

Those who subscribe to the “ball don’t lie” notion would feel vindicated as the Spurs came up with the ball on a turnover and had a chance to win it. Unfortunately, Patty Mills’ shot at the buzzer to give the Spurs the win was short of the basket, giving the Thunder the win.

Though San Antonio did end up with the ball and a chance at winning the game, the argument is that if a foul were called, they would have been able to set up a play, which might have been more effective. Some also feel a technical foul should have been called. But those people should also be made aware that it looked like Ginobili was out of bounds:

Waiters also noted this after the game.

Oh, and if all that weren’t enough, a Spurs fan grabbed Steven Adams and held him by his arm:

The end result is that the Thunder have evened the series at 1-1 after being blitzed by 32 points in a Game 1 defeat. And with their victory, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant can put this incident behind them.

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook argue during Game 2

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Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook got in a tense sideline argument during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of their playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

Durant had just missed a shot after Westbrook gave him the ball in a mismatch, but he may have wanted Westbrook to help him by setting a screen. That never came. Then in transition, Danny Green hit a 3-pointer that went undefended by the Thunder.

Perhaps the defensive lapse led to this exchange on the sidelines:

If you say this is a sign that Durant is likely leaving the Thunder as a free agent, that would be a stretch. He and Westbrook get along well. This is just part of what happens during the heat of battle.

Larry Bird noncommittal on return of Frank Vogel

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The Pacers surprised some by pushing the Raptors to seven games in their first round playoff series. Unfortunately, they fell short, leaving questions to be asked heading into the offseason. Among them is whether or not Frank Vogel will be back on the bench next season.

Vogel was named the interim head coach after Jim O’Brien was fired during the 2010-2011 season. Since then, he’s guided the Pacers to 250-181 record during the regular season and 31-30 in the playoffs, including appearances in the postseason in five of the past six seasons.

Like many teams in the NBA, Indiana wanted to play at a more uptempo pace this season. Changes were made to the roster, including trading Roy Hibbert to the Lakers and experimenting with Paul George at power forward. After mixed results to start the season, Vogel changed course, often using Ian Mahinmi and Myles Turner together in the front court which moved George back to his more familiar small forward position.

The Pacers ultimately made the playoffs, but scoring points was an issue. As Larry Bird has stated on a few occasions, he wants Indiana to score more, which may lead to him bringing in a new head coach.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Bird told the Indianapolis Star. “What I don’t want to do is leave Frank hanging. There’s other jobs out there he could get.”

Perhaps the Pacers come to the conclusion they have reached their ceiling under Vogel, and that’s certainly within their right. His place among coaches in the NBA can be debated and would likely elicit varied responses. However, as is generally the case when replacing coaches, who could Indiana get that’s decidedly better and is currently looking to get back into coaching? That’s what Bird and the Pacers organization is tasked with trying to determine.

H/T NBC Sports

Dana Stubblefield charged with raping woman who interviewed for babysitter job

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Former All-Pro defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield is being charged for allegedly raping a woman who came to his home last year to interview for a babysitter job.

Stubblefield, 45, is best known for his seven NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He is being charged with five felony counts related to assault, according to the San Jose Mercury News, and he was in custody as of Monday night, with an arraignment set for Wednesday. His bail is set at $250,000.

Stubblefield is accused of communicating with a woman through a babysitter website and inviting her over to his home for an interview. After she left following the interview, Stubblefield allegedly sent her a text message telling her to come back to get paid. She claims he then carried her into a room and raped her and forced her to orally copulate him.

Stubblefield allegedly then paid the woman $80. She immediately drove to a police station and reported she was raped by a man named “Dana.” DNA matched that of Stubblefield.

The woman is said to be developmentally delayed and is described as having a severe speech impediment.

Stubblefield’s attorney says the accusations are “false.” Stubblefield reportedly says the sex was consensual and that the woman asked him for a job and money afterwards. He says he only learned of the allegations in February after the incident took place last April, while prosecutors say they took their time to ensure they got things right with the case.

The former NFL DT has faced legal problems since his career ended in 2003. He was involved in the BALCO performance-enhancing drugs scandal in 2008; he was sentenced to jail not long after for stealing an ex-girlfriend’s mail; and he resigned from a coaching job after accusations emerged that he was harassing an ex-girlfriend.

Kevin Love hurts shoulder after Kent Bazemore lands on it

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Kevin Love gave Cleveland Cavaliers fans a scare when he hurt his shoulder after Kent Bazemore landed on it in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of his team’s Eastern Conference semifinals game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

Love tried leaning into Bazemore to draw a foul but ended up taking the brunt of some serious contact:

Keep in mind that Love dislocated his left shoulder last year in the first round of the playoffs. The last thing the Cavs need to see is him hurt his other shoulder in the playoffs this year.

Later in the game Love was hobbling after hurting his leg. LeBron meanwhile took an arm to the face trying to finish a layup in the fourth.

If the Hawks can’t beat ’em, at least they can beat ’em up!

Justin Verlander, Kate Upton are engaged

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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander are finally going to be tying the knot after a few years of dating.

Upton and Verlander got engaged recently, and the supermodel showed off her diamond engagement ring at the 2016 Met Gala in New York City on Monday night.

She also confirmed the engagement in a statement.

“I’m really excited, he asked me right before season started so we’ve been keeping it on the down low for quite a while,” she told E! News exclusively. “So I’m excited to finally be able to share it with the world!”

Upton and Verlander have been dating since 2012 after meeting on the set of an MLB2K12 commercial shoot. Upton was deliberately coy about matters and said in 2013 that she did not have a boyfriend, which was during a time they had briefly split. However, they later got back together and have really been going strong since early 2014, with the two even enduring a nude photo scandal.

One report last year said that Verlander proposed to Upton multiple times but was rebuffed. Perhaps Upton, 23, did not yet feel ready for marriage. Apparently that has changed.

JJ Hardy reportedly out 6-8 weeks with fractured left foot

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After a 2015 campaign in which they fell short of the postseason, the Baltimore Orioles are looking to return to contention out in the AL East. While they’ve gotten off to a respectable 14-10 start to the 2016 season, it may become more of an uphill climb from here.

According to a report by Roch Kubatko of MASN on Monday, two-time All-Star shortstop J.J. Hardy has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left foot and is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks of action.

The 33-year-old Hardy fouled a ball off his foot in the fourth inning of Sunday’s 7-1 loss to the White Sox and was forced to exit the game.

While he is only batting .244/.291/.410 with two home runs and eight RBIs so far this season, the three-time Gold Glove winner has always set the tone for the Orioles’ defense, teaming up with third baseman Manny Machado to form a fearsome duo on the left side of the infield.

With Hardy out, Baltimore has some options in-house. Kubatko also notes that the club could recall infielders Ryan Flaherty and Paul Janish. Meanwhile, Machado actually came up through the minor leagues as a shortstop, and a shift back to the position could help the O’s get more playing time for Pedro Alvarez to recoup some of the value lost from Hardy’s bat.

Image Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

H/T theScore

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