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Anthony Rizzo’s incredible catch may have cost Cubs the game (Video)

Anthony-Rizzo-catchChicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made an amazing catch on Sunday that may have cost his team the game. Yes, you read that correctly. How often does it happen? Hardly ever.

With runners on the corners and one out in the sixth inning, Rizzo leaned over the railing into the photographers well to make a phenomenal play on Aaron Hill’s foul popup. Rizzo’s momentum took him out of the field of play after he made the catch, which resulted in the runners automatically advancing.

Because of the bizarre rule, David Peralta scored from third to give Arizona a 2-1 lead. The Diamondbacks went on to win 3-2.

Had Rizzo not caught the ball, perhaps Hill would have grounded into a double play or the Cubs would have gotten out of the inning and kept the score tied. Are we saying Rizzo should have let the ball drop? Of course not. That’s just plain bad luck.

Tony Dungy: I would not have drafted Michael Sam

Michael Sam RamsMichael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams more than two months ago, and we have heard very little about his sexual preference since then. With the exception of his touching speech at the ESPYs, the fact that Sam is gay has seemingly been a nonissue. Tony Dungy must not have taken note of that.

Dungy recently said he would not have drafted Michael Sam if he was still an NFL head coach.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,” the former Indianapolis Colts coach and current NBC analyst said, via Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it.”

Not wanting to “deal with all of it” is undoubtedly the reason several teams passed on Sam. While all has been quiet to this point, Dungy doesn’t believe it will stay that way.

“It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen,” he added.

The most interesting thing about Dungy’s stance is that he tried to go down the politically correct road when asked about Sam back in February.

“The NFL has always been based on merit and I think that will continue to be the case whether it’s Michael Sam and the issue of homosexuality or anything else,” Dungy said at the time. “Guys who produce and play well will be welcome in the league.”

I guess what he meant was Sam will be welcome in the NFL, but he wouldn’t be welcomed by me.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and Dungy’s is one that is shared by many but bottled up by most. Fortunately, the Rams were willing to deal with whatever distractions might come with drafting Sam if it means potentially improving their football team. If everyone felt the same way Dungy feels about Sam, an openly gay player would never be drafted.

H/T The Big Lead

Coach K would trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love without hesitation

Kevin LoveOpinions on whether the Cleveland Cavaliers should trade Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love have been split. On one side, you have the people who believe Wiggins is a rare prospect who could eventually be one of the best players in the NBA. On the other, the argument is that Love is already an All-Star and you know what you are getting with him. Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski belongs to the latter group.

During an interview with John Feinstein on CBS Sports Radio Monday, Coach K said he would make the trade “right away” if he was running the Cavs.

“I think there’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy,” Coach K said. “I’d trade for Kevin Love. That’s not saying anything about any of the other (players involved in the deal). Love’s an All-Star. He’s a double-double guy, but he’s a double-double guy that can spread the court. There aren’t many double-double guys, if any, who spread the court. He can go inside and outside.”

Krzyzewski, who has coached Love with Team USA, also brought up a point that I agree with — LeBron is pushing 30 and isn’t exactly a young player anymore.

“You look at LeBron and you have the best player in the world,” Coach K added. “He’s 29. I’m not saying he’s at the end of his career, but he’s in the second half of his career, let’s put it that way. And in the first half of his career, he was becoming a great player. He was a great talent becoming a great player. That takes time – just like if Wiggins or (Anthony) Bennett are going to be great, it’s not going to happen right now. They’re great talents. LeBron is a great player right now. You do not want to waste any year of a great player’s career.”

As I mentioned before, the Cavs would only regret dealing Wiggins for Love if it didn’t turn into a championship. If Cleveland wins one or two titles with LeBron and Love and Wiggins becomes Kobe Bryant, there would be no regrets. The Cavs have never won an NBA championship, so any trade they make that helps them win one is worthwhile.

Assuming the Cavs are willing to include Wiggins in a potential Love trade, it is probably the Timberwolves that are holding up the deal. Now that they have gotten the offer they want from Cleveland, an even more aggressive bidding war for Love is taking place.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Maria Kirilenko breaks off engagement with Alex Ovechkin

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Alexander Ovechkin and women’s tennis star Maria Kirilenko got engaged over a year ago. The two had been dating for three years and seemed very happy together, but the relationship apparently did not work out. On Monday, Kirilenko released a statement through the Russian Tennis Federation announcing that she has called off the engagement.

“I have made a decision to break up our engagement,” Kirilenko said, as translated by For the Win. “There are a lot of reasons, but I wouldn’t want to go in detail. I’ll say just that our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha as a person and an athlete and sincerely wish him athletic success in the future.”

Largely because of injuries, Kirilenko has fallen to No. 92 in the World Tennis Association rankings from her peak position of No. 10 last year. Ovechkin, who usually travels to Maria’s tennis tournaments when possible, was not at Wimbledon this year like he was in 2012.

Now we know why.

Also see: Maria Kirilenko shows off engagement ring on request after match

Rory McIlroy’s friend fills Claret Jug with Jagermeister

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Rory McIlroy said after winning the 2014 Open Championship on Sunday that he was going to follow in the footsteps of Phil Mickelson by filling the Claret Jug with some nice wine. Mickelson revelaed last week that he drank a $40,000 bottle of wine out of the trophy when he won the tournament in 2013, so that kind of set the standard. Phil mentioned nothing about Jagermeister.

We’re not sure if Rory followed through with the wine promise or not, but we do know that one of his buddies poured Jagermeister into the Claret Jug at one point while McIlroy’s mom watched. That was either before or after the whole gang posed for a photo.

As Eye on Golf pointed out, McIlroy also celebrated the big victory with fellow major winner Justin Rose.

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Andrei Kirilenko: Jason Kidd couldn’t handle pressure of New York

Andrei-Kirilenko-NetsAndrei Kirilenko played 19 minutes per game with the Brooklyn Nets last season, which was by far the lowest total of his career. It was hardly a secret that Kirilenko was not Jason Kidd’s favorite player, so AK47 must have been glad when Kidd forced his way to Milwaukee. A recent interview he gave with SovSport in Russia sure made it sound that way.

Kirilenko, whose wife called out Kidd when Andrei didn’t play in Game 1 of the Nets’ series against the Toronto Raptors back in April, wondered out loud if Kidd was unable to handle the pressure of coaching in New York.

“So the pressure is huge,” he said, per a translation from Nets Daily. “And Kidd couldn’t handle it. Or maybe didn’t want to.”

“Basically he was not able to do much of anything, if you look at the big picture — we have to admit that fact. There were objective reasons. Our starting center, Brook Lopez, injured himself early and was out for the whole season. There were health problems with other players. But the serious goals set before the club were not cancelled. We were serious about fighting for the title.”

Kirilenko was injured for a good portion of the 2013-2014 season, so he was able to gain an outsider’s prospective while the Nets struggled out of the gate.

“At the beginning it was difficult,” he said. “What else could it be when you’re losing more games than you’re winning? Things were a bit easier for me as I was injured at the time and couldn’t be on the court and do anything about it, no matter how much I wanted to. So, inside, I was calm.”

Personally, I think the Nets rushed into making Kidd an NBA coach. Trying to become a head coach the second you retire from playing is an incredibly difficult transition. I don’t expect things to go much better for Kidd with the Bucks.

Steven Adams had to wish himself a happy birthday

Steven-AdamsOne of the best (or most annoying) things about having a Facebook or Twitter account is getting dozens of birthday wishes from people you have never spoken to. Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was deprived of that joy over the weekend.

Adams, a first-round pick out of Pittsburgh, turned 21 on Sunday. You would think his friends and followers would go out of their way to acknowledge the milestone, but it doesn’t appear that they did.

What is it with Thunder big men not getting enough attention? Kendrick Perkins is always getting left out when the team hangs out together and now Adams had to feel lonely on his birthday. The nerve on these people.

H/T For the Win