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Report: Celtics to go after Kevin Love, Greg Monroe

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The Boston Celtics were supposed to be one of those teams that tanks it during the 2014-2015 season, but it does not appear that is the plan. Instead, Brad Stevens has found ways to win enough games to remain in the playoff hunt very little talent and experience. Will that mean a lot to someone like Kevin Love?

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports that the Celtics are planning to make a push for Love if and when he opts out of his current deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. If that doesn’t work, Danny Ainge could turn his attention to Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe.

The Celtics have a good core of young players led by Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Marcus Smart and the newly-acquired Isaiah Thomas, who is under contract for three more seasons and has looked completely revitalized since being traded to Boston. That young nucleus combined with the Celtics’ plethora of draft picks could make them intriguing for big-name free agents.

Kyler notes that the Celtics will also be interested in Marc Gasol, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler. Simply put, they will not be settling for another bridge season.

Of course, the Cavs have been on fire as of late and Love looks much more comfortable than he did at the start of the season. He is almost certain to opt out of his deal, but the most likely reason for that would be to get more money from Cleveland.

Ever since LeBron sub-tweeted Love and seemingly took a shot at him, the Cavs have won a whole bunch of games. They’re starting to look like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Cubs raffling off actual ‘Back to the Future’ car if they win World Series

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If the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2015 (we know, we know), one lucky fan could have the chance to own the actual DeLorean time machine that was featured in the film “Back to the Future II.”

In that movie, the Cubs were crowned world champions in 2015. According to ABC News, the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois is hosting a giveaway for the 1981 vehicle if the Cubs win it all as the movie predicted.

“The car is fully functional. It’s a running and driving car,” museum director Brian Grams explained. “Though we don’t guarantee time travel with the car, its flux capacitor and other board lights light up just like the movie’s car.”

As we all know, the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908. That would be pretty cool if the movie predicted their next championship, and particularly awesome for one fan would would be the proud owner of the DeLorean.

And if the Cubs come up short once again, the winner of the raffle will still get a prize.

“We keep the car, but the giveaway winner will win the museum’s hover board prop,” Grams said.

Maybe there’s a reason this baseball cap was never needed more than a decade ago. The Cubs were destined to win the World Series in 2015. It could happen, right?

50 Cent bets $1.6 million on Floyd Mayweather beating Manny Pacquiao

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a heavy betting favorite for his highly-anticipated bout against Manny Pacquiao, and 50 Cent believes the oddsmakers know what they’re doing.

During an appearance on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club, 50 Cent revealed that he is planning to place a wager of $1.6 million on Mayweather to win the fight. The rapper said he believes Floyd “can’t lose.”

“I got champ,” 50 Cent said, referring to Mayweather. “He gonna smoke him. It’s gonna look like it was pumped up for no reason.”

If you have followed the ongoing social media war between 50 Cent and Mayweather over the past several months, this may come as a surprise. 50 has publicly mocked Floyd for his reading ability and taunted him with Pacquiao memes like this one.

Less than a month ago, 50 Cent said he didn’t think Mayweather would ever fight Pacquiao because Floyd is “scared to death.” Now, 50 is so confident in Mayweather winning that he is slapping down well over $1 million on it.

Mayweather and 50 Cent used to be close friends, but they had a falling out somewhere along the line. 50 later started buddying up with Pacquiao after him and Floyd went their separate ways. It sounds like the rapper is trying to squeeze his way back onto The Money Team before the biggest fight of the century.

Coach Robb Tallas suits up for Panthers in emergency situation (Video)

Florida Panthers goaltending coach Robb Tallas signed a 1-day contract and suited up to play Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an emergency situation.

Starting goalie Roberto Luongo was hit by a puck in the neck area in the first period and did not come out after the first intermission. Backup Al Montoya took his place and allowed three goals on 15 shots before leaving in the third period with an injury. That led center Derek McKenzie to leave the ice and dress as the team’s emergency goalie. Montoya re-entered the game, but this is where things got interesting.

Rather than have McKenzie serve as emergency goalie, the team decided to have Tallas sign a contract to serve as the emergency goalie.

Keep in mind that Tallas last played goalie in an NHL game over 14 years ago. But this situation wasn’t foreign to Tallas; two years ago — also on March 3 — he suited up as the team’s emergency goalie, leading him to send this funny tweet after the 3-2 loss:

Luongo, who changed into street clothes during the game, changed back into his uniform and actually finished the game in net. Between this story and this crazy one in 2011, we’ve seen it all when it comes to emergency goalies.

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Stick tap to Deadspin

This Murray State pitcher’s leg kick is entirely out of hand

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A photo of Murray State pitcher John Lollar in his absurdly high leg kick made the rounds on Twitter Tuesday for obvious reasons.

This dude appears to have his leg kicked up higher than his head, which makes it surprising that he’s able to maintain his balance. Someone might have to remind him that he is playing baseball and not training for the hurdles.

The leg kick did make for some funny tweets at least, ones that Lollar appreciated:

Lollar pitched five innings during the first game of Tuesday’s double header against Kentucky, giving up eight hits, three walks and four runs while taking the loss. He is now 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA this season. Unfortunately his old-timer leg kick is producing juiced-era results.

Photo: Twitter/John Lollar

Otto Porter hilariously loses Tony Snell on defense (Video)

Otto Porter hit the snooze button while playing defense on Tony Snell at the end of the Wizards-Bulls game Tuesday and completely embarrassed himself in the process.

Porter was assigned to Snell but was also on alert in case he needed to play help defense against Aaron Brooks. Porter tried to keep one eye on Brooks and one eye on Snell, but Snell caught him in the middle of a look at Brooks and zoomed around to the other wing.

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By the time Porter noticed that he’d lost Snell, the Bulls guard had a wide open look at a 3-pointer that he clanked off the iron. The Wizards were down 95-92 at that point and still had a shot at winning. Unfortunately for them, a foul put Pau Gasol on the line, and he made two free throws to give Chicago a 97-92 win.

Video via The Cauldron

LeSean McCoy reportedly will want Bills to give him new contract

LeSean-McCoy-Fires-Drew-RosenhausWhy was Drew Rosenhaus so adamant on Twitter Tuesday that a trade of his client LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills was not finalized? Perhaps because McCoy is not happy about the deal.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that “McCoy is not going to be a happy camper about this trade” and that the Bills would have some bridge building to do. La Canfora also says McCoy and Rosenhaus will make noise about wanting a new contract and potentially holding out to get one.

Eagles beat reporter Jeff McLane reports the same thing and says the Bills might have to step up financially to woo McCoy:

McCoy signed a new contract in 2012 that pays him $9.75 million in 2015, $6.9 million in 2016, and $7.6 million the year after that. That is pretty good money for a running back but maybe not quite enough for what they want.

McCoy will be 27 this season and has already played six years in the NFL. He knows this will probably be his last time to make good money, so he’s looking to capitalize. We’re guessing the trade goes through regardless of what Rosenhaus says and that the Bills won’t have to do much more financially for McCoy.

Side note: It’s nice to see McCoy and Rosenhaus working hand-in-hand again after the running back fired his agent two times in the past!

Adrian Peterson reportedly has trade list of five teams, would restructure contract

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Adrian Peterson has a list of five teams to whom he would like to be traded, and he would be willing to renegotiate his contract if need be, according to a report.

Yahoo’s Charles Robinson reported Tuesday that the Cowboys, Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, and Buccaneers are on Peterson’s list of preferred destinations. He says Peterson would consider restructuring his contract if it becomes necessary.

Peterson’s father, Nelson, told Robinson that Peterson’s future will be determined by a “business decision” his son makes. Peterson reportedly is also considering a return to the Vikings, who owe him $12.75 million next season.

Though Peterson has expressed an interest in playing for a new team and getting a fresh start because he feels some within the Vikings organization did not support him during his legal controversy, a return to the Vikings is not out of the cards.

“Adrian has never requested a trade and has never said he wouldn’t return to the Vikings,” Nelson Peterson told Yahoo.

However, Nelson also pointed out that even if the Vikings were open to trading Peterson, they might not say so publicly in order to keep the running back’s trade value high. Nelson Peterson previously told another media outlet that the Cardinals, Cowboys and Colts all have interest in his son.

Daniel Murphy disagrees with Billy Bean’s homosexual ‘lifestyle’

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New York Mets infielder Daniel Murphy was open to interacting with Billy Bean when the former MLB player came to Mets camp on Tuesday, but he said afterwards that he does not agree with the homosexual man’s “lifestyle.”

Bean, who played with three teams during his six-year career, publicly announced he was gay in 1999, four years after he was done playing ball. He spoke at the GM meetings in November, which gave Mets GM Sandy Alderson the idea to bring him in for a day to have Mets players see what it was like to have a gay player around.

NJ.com says Bean was welcomed by Mets players, including Michael Cuddyer, who spoke positively about having a gay player around. Murphy, who has played his entire career with the Mets — mostly as a second baseman — had some mixed views about Bean.

Murphy is a devout Christian who said he would accept Bean as a teammate. However, he seems conflicted about how to deal with homosexuality.

“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said via NJ.com. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”

Many other devout Christians have expressed views against homosexuality when the subject has come up in sports. Torii Hunter was quoted as saying that having a gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable.” He later backtracked.

Murphy tried to explain his conflicted views.

“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality,” he said. “We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”

Though calling homosexuality a lifestyle is an inaccurate way of describing one’s sexual orientation, at least Murphy is not shunning Bean/gay people and realizing that loving someone is more important. But he still has a way to go in terms of completely embracing gay people.

Trent Cole has ‘no respect’ for Eagles after release from team

trent-coleTrent Cole was drafted by the Eagles in 2005 and spent the last 10 seasons with the club. On Tuesday, his tenure in Philadelphia came to an end and the two-time Pro Bowler was none to happy about it.

Cole was set to make $10 million the upcoming season and had a salary cap number near $12 million. There was hope he and the team would be able to restructure his contract but, ultimately, the Eagles opted to release the veteran linebacker.

Understandably, Cole was not happy about the news, which isn’t at all surprising considering the Eagles are the only NFL franchise he’s known. Cole let some of his frustrations out via his Twitter account and delivered a parting shot on the way out the door.

While football is indeed a game, it’s also a business and NFL teams have the challenge of working with a salary cap, which Cole became a casualty of. However, Trent Cole wasn’t the only member of the Eagles to find out he would not be with the team next season. LeSean McCoy was traded to the Bills for Kiko Alonso.

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