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CBS LA shows wrong Kings mascot (Video)

At first it was NBC LA botching the Kings’ logo, then it was FOX’s Liz Habib butchering some highlights, and now it’s CBS’ turn to screw up something LA Kings-related.

CBS rolled some Kings mascot footage before showing Kings-Coyotes highlights from Game 4, but they used the Sacramento Kings mascot.

Disappointingly, the blunder gives CBS LA into repeat offender status.

H/T Marcus Vanderberg

Metta World Peace gets controversial flagrant foul for shove (Video)

Metta World Peace received a controversial flagrant foul at the end of the first half of Game 5 between the Lakers and Thunder on Monday night. Metta went for the block on Thabo Sefolosha with his right arm, but with his left he shoved the Thunder guard. After hearing that he was called for a flagrant, he exploded on the ref and yelled in his face “That is bull___!” netting him a technical foul for berating a ref.

GIF of Metta cussing is below:

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London uses GPS transmitters to trick IOC over traffic congestion

With the Olympics fast approaching, longstanding concerns over London’s ability to handle the influx of traffic gridlock still aren’t dying down.

But, according to the Daily Mail, the city’s Olympic organizers were able to overcome the congestion hurdle during the bid review process by tricking International Olympic Committee delegates.

London officials created the illusion that traffic would not be an issue by equipping the delegates’ cars with GPS transmitters that would initiate green lights whenever their convoy approached intersections.

“We had to demonstrate that we were competent, that we knew what we were doing and that our plans for London would work,” Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of London’s Olympic committee, said.

But! Transport experts believe that there will actually be less traffic during the Games compared to an ordinary summer. Reasons being that they anticipate congestion fears will cause more regular visitors to keep clear of the city than the number of tourists coming in for the Olympics.

So it looks like London organizers should have just deferred to the experts rather than, um, well, cheating.

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Medal Detector
Photo credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

OKC company pulls Seattle-taunting Thunder shirt after receiving death threats

An Oklahoma City apparel company says it has pulled a Thunder T-shirt from its website after receiving death threats from angry SuperSonics fans.

The insensitive shirt (seen above) features the Seattle Supersonics logo and says “OKC Thunder” on the front. The back taunts Thunder fans with a mean-spirited message: “Thank you Seattle – Okc.”

The shirt apparently has been around for a few years but didn’t receive much attention until it was mentioned on Twitter by New York Times NBA writer Howard Beck and then highly publicized by Yahoo! NBA blog Ball Don’t Lie.

The shirt’s maker, Warpaint Clothing Co., says it began receiving hate mail on Monday and initially laughed about rubbing it in for Sonics fans. They expressed a more conciliatory tone several hours later:

They also reportedly announced they were removing the shirt from their site because of death threats, but that tweet has been deleted. A different version of the shirt seems to be available on the site.

I’m glad the company received some backlash and decided to pull the shirt. Tasteful taunting is fair game when your team beats another city’s, but mocking fans for their owner selling to another who moved the team out of the city is overboard.

Giancarlo Stanton’s grand slam broke the Marlins’ LF stadium scoreboard (Pictures)

Giancarlo Stanton is only 22 years old, but he already has accounted for four career grand slams and one broken scoreboard. The slugging outfielder, who is recognized as one of baseball’s most powerful hitters, bashed a grand slam off Jamie Moyer on Monday that sailed beyond the left field foul pole and broke the scoreboard at Marlins Park. The homer was Stanton’s ninth of the season and gave him 28 RBIs on the year. Its estimated length was 438 feet.

It didn’t take long for the team to fix the board; less than a half hour later it was all patched up:

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Adam Morrison has hair below his shoulder, long goatee now (Picture)

Adam Morrison showed up for a workout with the Nets on Monday sporting an interesting look. And by interesting, we mean he likely had to remove a trench coat before changing into his basketball clothes.

The former Gonzaga star and third overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats hasn’t played in the NBA since spending the 2008-2009 season with the Lakers. Morrison has been playing in Europe since then and parted ways with his Turkish team Besiktas in April. He and 20 other players were working out at a Nets free agent mini-camp.

Best part of all, a picture from the Nets PR Twitter account shows Morrison was playing with a headband too.

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Mike D’Antoni says he didn’t get out of his pajamas for a month after resigning

Mike D’Antoni was so distraught by the way things worked out with the Knicks this season that he ended up resigning in March. D’Antoni spoke with SI’s Jack McCallum for his first interview since resigning, and he talked about how devastated he was after stepping down.

“I got into my pajamas and didn’t get out of them for a month. You know those people who deliver the food from Meals on Wheels? They were the only ones who saw me,” he said.

D’Antoni was sure to specify that resigning was his idea and not one pushed on him by the Knicks. He also bristled at the suggestion that he quit the job, correcting McCallum to point out that he resigned.

D’Antoni said he’ll likely sit out the upcoming season, and he called the report that he wanted the Magic coaching job “bull****.” He also offered an interesting perspective on Jeremy Lin, who shocked everyone with his rise from benchwarmer to All-Star-caliber starter.

“Anyone who claims they saw this in Jeremy is kidding himself. But we liked him. We thought he could be good. And, then, when he started to be real good … of course it was surprising … but it somehow made sense. The things he does — he can get into the lane, he can shoot, he’s tough, he’s athletic, his confidence was growing and growing. It became almost logical that he was that good during that time.”

At least we know D’Antoni hasn’t lost his sense of humor since stepping down. Can you just picture D’Antoni in a matching striped PJ set, hair all long and uncombed, just shuffling around his house all depressed? He probably had a glass of OJ in one hand, and the remote control in the other to alternate between Jerry Springer and cartoons. Such a depressing image.

Pat Burrell supposedly agreed to take picture with girl only if he could grab her boob (Photo)

Pat Burrell made a valiant return to Philadelphia over the weekend to be honored by his former franchise. By the looks of things, he had plenty of fun doing so.

Known as a ladies’ man throughout his MLB career, the former slugger hit the bar scene pretty hard and apparently got touchy feely in one pic. According to Crossing Broad, the woman who shared this picture on Twitter says Burrell would only take the picture if he could grab the girl’s boob. Naturally, she relented. It’s not quite as awesome as the Brian Urlacher boob grab photo, but it’s still pretty good.

Just a reminder: Pat Burrell was the machine.

H/T Busted Coverage

Erin Andrews, Chace Crawford not dating

Earlier on Monday we shared a report from US Weekly saying ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was dating actor Chace Crawford. The dating report was based on the two being spotted out together a few times. LBS writer Steve DelVecchio decided the report was based on “loose information,” and it looks like his skepticism was warranted.

SI’s Jimmy Traina, who is friendly with Andrews, wrote on Twitter that the rumor is “not true.”

He later wrote on his PM Hot Clicks that “Andrews told me the story is false and they are not dating.”

Either Andrews is downplaying the report because she does not want her love life to be the source of scrutiny in gossip mags, or the magazine took a piece of information and made a big leap with it. If the latter occurred, it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve done something like that.

Livan Hernandez showers ball boy with sunflower seeds after he boots ball (Video)

If you think Major League Baseball players are under a lot of pressure, trying being the ball boy or ball girl. These club employees have balls ripped at them just as hard — sometimes harder — than the players themselves and they still have to try and make the play. In ballparks where the bullpens are in the outfield, the ball boys and ball girls are under less pressure. As you can see from the video above, the job is probably even harder when they have the opposing team’s relievers breathing down your neck when a foul ball comes their way.

When the Rays ball boy was unable to come up with a fairly routine grounder during a game against the Braves on Sunday, Tampa’s Livan Hernandez decided to shower him in sunflower seeds. Nobody enjoys booting a grounder, but this poor fella had to deal with harassment from the opponent after his miscue. Hopefully the team pays him overtime after witnessing the sunflower shower. Yes, we know Hernandez was just messing around.

Thanks to SI Hot Clicks for pointing the video out

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