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Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler walk out on Lakers (Video)

jack nicholson wavesHow bad are the Los Angeles Lakers? So bad that actor Jack Nicholson decided to walk out of a game with over seven minutes left.

Nicholson is one of the franchise’s most notable fans. He has been a Lakers season ticket holder since 1970 and a fixture sitting courtside at the team’s home games for years.

On Friday night, he appeared to be so disgusted with the Lakers’ play that he left the game with the team down 103-81 and 7:31 remaining. But that’s not all — Nicholson also took actor Adam Sandler with him.

The Lakers lost 116-101 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They have now lost six in a row and are 15-21.

On the bright side, at least Nicholson wasn’t caught sleeping during the game this time.

Video via CJ Fogler

Mike Stoops takes a shot at Johnny Manziel, regrets comments

johnny manziel cashOklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops‘s unit was embarrassed by Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl last week, and the coach seems to still be bitter about it.

During a radio interview on WWLS The Sports Animal in Tulsa Friday, Stoops took a shot at Johnny Football while complimenting the Heisman Trophy winner.

The Tulsa World provides a transcript of Stoops’ exchange with host Al Eschbach:

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Jeff Van Gundy calls out Dwight Howard

While many media members buddy up with Dwight Howard because of his outgoing personality, Jeff Van Gundy is not falling for the act. Van Gundy believes that Howard got his brother, former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, fired in Orlando, and he’s not afraid to call out Howard when he feels it is necessary.

During the second quarter of Friday’s Oklahoma City Thunder-Los Angeles Lakers game, Van Gundy called out Howard on several accounts. His criticism was inspired by a possession in which the Lakers’ reserves shared the ball on an offensive possession, which is different from the way the starters operate.

“Did you see how the ball moved?” Van Gundy asked rhetorically. “There was no agenda. There was no pouting if they didn’t touch it. The ball just moved freely. And when the ball moves freely, everyone feels good.

“And let’s face it, let’s not beat around the bush: Some of Dwight Howard’s comments about having to play together? Those are veiled shots at Kobe Bryant,” said Van Gundy. “And to me, I would have much rather seen Howard go into the locker room and say, ‘Hey, listen, I think we need to do this, this, and this.’

“You don’t go in the media and take veiled shots at Kobe Bryant! I guarantee he thought the grass was greener other than Orlando. Now he’s disenchanted with his offensive role [on the Lakers] it seems. When’s the guy going to be happy?”

The “veiled shots” to which Van Gundy is referring came after the Lakers lost to the Clippers earlier this month.

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Vanessa Bryant calls off divorce from Kobe

Vanessa Bryant has called off her divorce from Kobe a little over a year after initiating the process.

Vanessa initiated the divorce in Dec. 2011, but she announced on her new Instagram account Friday that the two have reconciled and that they are no longer divorcing.

“We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled,” she wrote on Instagram on behalf of her and Kobe. “Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together.”

Kobe was working hard to try to preserve the marriage after Vanessa initiated the divorce. Not only did he sign the couple’s three mansions over to her (Vanessa recently sold one for $3.22 million), but he also continued trying to be a good family man.

The two were spotted kissing on Valentine’s Day, and they attended a Los Angeles Kings playoff game together with their children a few months later.

It was reported in June that they were working on an official reconciliation. Several months later, that has come through.

Here’s Vanessa’s Instagram posting on the matter:

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Maryland high schooler Matt DeMember hits crazy buzzer-beater (Video)

matt dememberYou ever hear of a baseball player saying he closed his eyes, swung his hardest, and hit a home run? Yeah, well Maryland high school freshman Matt DeMember did the equivalent in basketball.

DeMember, who attends Frederick’s Liganore High, was playing in a church league game last weekend when he heaved up an amazing no-look, over-the-head shot at the buzzer that went in.

“The crowd was yelling, ‘Shoot! Shoot!'” his mom, Diane DeMember, told the New York Daily News. “So he said, ‘Well, I’m going to shoot it.”

“I didn’t have time to turn around, so i just kind of threw it up,” Matt, 14, added.

The shot was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Thursday.

DeMember’s team lost, but all that anyone will remember is that incredible shot.

Oregon basketball has Nike shoes with customized Jumpman Duck logo

oregon nike basketball shoes

Oregon doesn’t keep its incredible fashion statements limited to the football team; the basketball team is also getting in on the fun.

Oregon unveiled the shoes you see above for their game against Arizona on Thursday. They’re fresh from the Nike factory, and they’re the new version of the Jordans but with a unique Duck logo replacing the Michael Jordan Jumpman silhouette.

In addition to the customized Duck logo, the shoes also feature an Oregon “O” on the tongue.

Given that the members of the student “Pit Crew” fan group got special shoes a few years ago, it was only time before the players got something even better.

Wearing the sick shoes, Oregon beat No. 4 Arizona 70-66.

Also see: Oregon’s amazing football locker room

Photo credit: Twitter/Arik Armstead

Milton Bradley charged with domestic abuse, facing 13 years in prison

milton bradley marinersMilton Bradley has been charged with domestic abuse against his estranged wife and reportedly is facing up to 13 years in prison if convicted on all 13 charges.

You may recall that Bradley was arrested in Sept. 2011 for allegedly swinging a bat at his wife. A month later it was revealed that his wife says Bradley threatened to kill her during that incident.

Bradley was also charged with domestic violence in Jan. 2011. His wife filed a domestic violence last Nov., claiming that Milton tried choking her.

According to TMZ, the city has filed charges against Bradley related to five separate incidents. These are the charges he’s reportedly facing:

    – 4 counts of spousal battery
    – 4 counts of criminal threats
    – 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon
    – 2 counts of vandalism
    – 1 count of dissuading a witness from making a report

The only good news is that both parties have filed for divorce, so hopefully they will avoid future incidents. Though, if Bradley ends up in jail, the only incidents he’ll be dealing with will be in prison.

Cincinnati commits say Tommy Tuberville pulled their offers without telling them

Tommy-Tuberville-Texas-TechEver since he shocked the college football world by abruptly leaving Texas Tech to accept the head coaching position at Cincinnati, stories have surfaced about Tommy Tuberville that paint him as cold and heartless. That theme continued earlier this week when two Cincinnati recruits claimed Tuberville pulled their scholarship offers without informing them.

Demetrius Monday, a three-star cornerback who verbally committed to the Bearcats last summer, said he has begun exploring other options after not hearing from Tuberville for a month. Monday’s father, Bryant, said he contacted the university this week to find out what was going on and was told to “look other places.”

“I think it’s messed up,” Bryant Monday told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday. “You wait until a few weeks before signing day to say something? They could have told us a month ago. Now we’re left with less than a month until signing day to figure something out. He had other scholarship offers but he hasn’t talked to those coaches in six months since he committed to Cincinnati on July 25. It’s really disappointing.”

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Adam Scott and Ana Ivanovic have reportedly split up

Pro golfer Adam Scott and tennis star Ana Ivanovic have reportedly broken up — again. The couple, which is frequently recognized as one of the best-looking duos in sports, has had an off-and-on relationship for the past several years. According to The Telegraph, it was turned off again toward the end of last year.

Scott typically traveled to watch Ivanovic compete when she was in his native country of Australia, but he was reportedly absent while she was competing in the Hopman Cup in Perth last week. One of Scott’s reps declined to comment on the status of his relationship with the Serbian beauty, but The Telegraph cited a source who said the split has to do with the struggles of maintaining a long-distance relationship.

“They are both constantly travelling … it was just a matter of geography in the end, really,” the source said.

Scott and Ivanovic got together several years ago before splitting in 2010. A little over a year ago, Scott admitted that the two had begun seeing each other again and said they could make their relationship work if they wanted it to. Now, he’ll likely have even more fans asking him for his number during golf tournaments this year.

J.J. Hickson had one of the worst passes you will ever see (Video)

JJ-Hickson-passOftentimes when a team loses a close game, there are one or two plays you can point to that may have been the difference in the game. Fortunately for J.J. Hickson, the Portland Trail Blazers came away with a 92-90 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday night. For that reason, we’re able to simply classify the pass he made in the second quarter as a laugher.

Hickson was attempting to pass the ball to Sasha Pavlovic in the corner and it wound up several rows deep in the stands. No one was really pressuring him at the time, so it appeared the ball simply just got away from the big man. As Carlos Boozer could tell Hickson, these things happen when passing isn’t your specialty.

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