Dwight Howard has finally found a new home. Whether you’re a fan of any team that was involved in the trade that sent him to the Lakers or not, you have to be relieved that we no longer have to hear speculation about his future. As expected, Dwight was visibly excited during his introductory press conference on Friday night. As you can see from the clip above, he even treated us to a pretty solid Kobe Bryant impression.
I laughed. It’s okay to admit if you did, too. Most of us have grown sick of “Superman” and his missed youth camp appearances and complaining on Twitter over the past few months. At least it’s over. Whether he makes the Lakers a championship team or not remains to be seen.
If you were looking for tee times for Saturday’s third round of the PGA Championship and had trouble finding them, there’s a good reason why. One golfer’s decision not to complete his second round because of darkness prevented tee times for Saturday from being posted.
Dutch golfer Joost Luiten chose not to play the 18th hole of his second round on Friday after play was suspended because of darkness. The other golfers in his trio played 18, but they missed the cut, so they had very little to lose.
Luiten was tied for 15th at one-over par when he decided to call it a night and return in the morning. Luiten shot a four-under 68 on Thursday, and he was five over through 17 holes on Friday.
Luiten was scheduled to play the 18th hole and finish his second round at 7:30 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. Tee times for the rest of the field were set to begin at 8:40 a.m. ET.
Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, and Carl Pettersson entered the third round in a three-way tie for the lead at four-under par.
Golf clap to SB Nation
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NBC removed a video from its website after receiving criticism for the way the video appears to objectify women.
The video (seen above) is entitled “Bodies in Motion,” and it mostly focuses on specific female body parts. Unsuspecting viewers are greeted with a compilation of clips depicting female athletes often bouncing around in slow motion, with the shots frequently focusing on the women’s backsides and chests.
The tone for the video is set in the first few seconds when a track and field athlete (believed to be Jessica Ennis) is shown stripping off her pants. Couple that with a musical bed in the background more suited for a soft-core adult movie, and the result is a video that seems designed to leave males with their tongues wagging rather than celebrate the athletic prowess of women at the Olympics.
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The Philadelphia 76ers sure are excited to have Andrew Bynum on the team.
The organization didn’t even need a day to create a billboard welcoming the former Lakers center to town. The billboard seen above was set up by the team’s marketing department the day the four-team trade involving the Sixers, Lakers, Nuggets, and Magic was announced.
Bynum was sent to Philadelphia along with Jason Richardson as part of the trade. He hasn’t spoken publicly about the trade yet, but Sixers president and GM Rod Thorn says the center is excited about it.
“Andrew was very happy about being traded to us. He thinks we have a good team,” Thorn told CSN Phily.
Thorn also thinks the Sixers have a good chance of signing Bynum, who is entering the final year of his contract, to a long-term deal.
“He is from New Jersey and he is more of an East Coast guy than a West Coast type of guy and we think he will be very happy here. You never know until it happens, but I feel he’ll like it here and want to continue his career here.”
I know Philly is excited to have him and all, but I think that will wear off quickly once they get a taste of the youngster’s problematic behavior. He’s talented, but he’s a pain in the butt, and he’s been clear that he’s there for the money. The only good news is that they have a no-nonsense coach like Doug Collins, but I don’t think he’ll be enough to keep Bynum in check.
Many fighters refuse to have sex leading up to fights believing that it will make them angrier and therefore tougher in the ring. Manny Pacquiao says he doesn’t have sex for three weeks leading up to his bouts. Several other notable fighters claim they abstain. Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey does not.
“It’s actually the opposite for women; if you have sex it raises your testosterone,” she explained during an interview with Conan O’Brien. “So it kind of sucks that I don’t have a boyfriend right now, but I’m sure my Twitter’s blowing up with offers.”
Glad to know the woman who is so concerned with making sure her little sister has an excellent role model has no problem telling the world that she loves to bang before bouts.
And by the way, did you notice how yoked Rousey looked? Her arms are huge. Good luck getting out of an arm bar from her with those pythons, Sarah Kaufman.
And why is it that Conan O’Brien interviews with female fighters always seem to become about sex?
Glove touch to Guyism
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Dwight Howard was officially introduced as a member of the Lakers on Friday. He talked about his love of LA and how excited he was to be with his new team. He was all smiles and joking around like the way he used to be before he became stressed out over his attempts to leave the Magic.
The press conference represented a new start for Howard. Now that he’s with the Lakers, many people are focused on how good the team will be rather than how irritating his strained situation with Orlando was. He also talked about the pressure on him to accomplish as much as past Lakers legends, which seemed to be part of the reason he didn’t want to join the team.
“I want to be great in my own right, I want to write my own history, and I get a clean slate and an opportunity to start over,” said Howard.
He also said he dreamed about being a Laker.
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A.W. went on a massive Twitter rant on Friday after learning that he was released by the WWE. His release comes less than two weeks after he made a joke alluding to Kobe Bryant’s infamous alleged sexual assault case during Episode 101 of “Monday Night Raw,” which aired on July 30.
A.W.’s wrestler Titus O’Neil was facing Kofi Kingston when the manager said, “Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel (room) in Colorado. He’s unstoppable!!”
The WWE issued an apology later that night, as did A.W., but the apologies apparently weren’t enough; he was released on Friday.
A.W. complained over Twitter that the WWE has become too politically correct after previously encouraging its personalities to be brash. His tweets are below:
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Up to this point, Robert Griffin III has been everything the Redskins could ask for in a first-round draft pick. He is respectful to the media and fans and has never come off as cocky or arrogant. Like the rest of us, Griffin knows he could be a superstar in the NFL sooner rather than later. His preseason debut on Thursday night against Buffalo reaffirmed that, as RG3 looked impressive on an eight-play, 80-year touchdown drive in the first quarter. He also reminded us that rookies are going to make mistakes, both on the field and off of it.
During his post game press conference, Griffin talked about learning from his veteran teammates during these preseason games. His word choice was a bit unfortunate.
“It’s a great part of this team,” he said according to DC Sports Bog. “There’s a lot of guys that try to help me out. I was being quiet ‘cause Pierre (Garcon), he’s a type of veteran player, and he was trying to give me little pointers on what to do in pre-season games, you know, what to pay attention to in the games. Because a lot of times once you do get out, you can get completely out of the game and just start doing retarded or ridiculous things.”
It probably would have been best if he stuck with “ridiculous.” As John Lackey learned a few months ago, using a word like that in an insensitive context is not a great idea. I’m sure an apology is on its way and Griffin regrets having said it. He has been a humble rookie so far and has carried the veterans’ helmets and everything. His slip-up will likely serve as a useful learning experience.
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“This is a very difficult day for our team,” Miles said, per Scout.com. “We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences.”
The Times-Picayune reports that Mathieu failed a drug test recently, leading to his dismissal. The “Honey Badger” was also suspended a game last season after testing positive for synthetic marijuana, making him a repeat offender.
Mathieu emerged as a top cornerback and kick/punt returner for the Tigers last season. He scored four touchdowns, had two interceptions, and forced six fumbles, leading to an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York. Now he’ll take his talents and trash talking ways to another school.
LSU kicker Josh Jasper says his ex-teammate is transferring to McNeese State in Louisiana:
— Josh Jasper (@JoshJasper30) August 10, 2012
Nothing is official, but it was reported earlier that McNeese State was one of the schools he was considering. If he transfers there, he wouldn’t have to sit out the upcoming season. He still has two years of eligibility left and will likely leave for the NFL draft after the season.
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Kobe Bryant blew up in the second half of the US’s quarterfinals win over Australia on Wednesday scoring all 20 points after intermission. What was his reward for the stellar performance? A drug test.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Friday morning that Bryant was chosen to take the mandatory random drug test after the game and was unable to ride back to the hotel with his teammates.
Bryant confirmed after the US’s semifinals win over Argentina that he was selected for the drug test the previous game.
“That was not cool,” Bryant told NBC’s Craig Sager. “I didn’t have to go, so I had to sit around for a couple hours until I had to go. I probably drank about 10 bottles of water.”
The good news is that after Wednesday’s drug test, Bryant may be off the hook for future tests.
“It’s not my test tonight,” said Bryant, “so I’m good.”
Before the Olympics began, Grant Hill said the members of 1996 Olympics team tried avoiding being the leading scorer so they wouldn’t have to be drug tested. Now we understand why. But as we’ve learned, the real enemy at the Olympics in terms of drug tests aren’t PEDs, but this.