Jackie Robinson Day is among the more special dates on Major League Baseball’s calendar.
Each player wearing uniform No. 42 has become synonymous with April 15. So have special patches on the sleeves of jerseys and ceremonies held at ballparks across the country.
On the day set aside to celebrate the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, many players honor the man who broke baseball’s color barrier in their own way. Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets is among them.
Granderson, who left Monday’s game early after colliding with the outfield wall, is not in the team’s lineup on Tuesday. He will, however, be wearing the above pictured shoes with a message that will be a shared sentiment throughout the day.
Photo via Twitter/MarcCarig
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San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami says that after speaking to several sources within the organization, he does not think Smith will play for the team this season.
Kawakami says everyone in the organization is embarrassed over Smith’s behavior, which includes DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013, and felony weapons charges relating to an incident at a 2012 party, in addition to the airport arrest. He says there is “weariness and frustration” unlike any other he has seen before.
Smith’s arrest is the latest negative incident involving a 49ers player this offseason. Colin Kaepernick has been mentioned in connection with a potential sexual assault case, while Chris Culliver was arrested for an alleged hit and run incident late last month. The team supposedly supports Kaepernick and is not planning to release Culliver, but their feelings are different with Smith.
Kawakami says the Niners likely will wait through the legal and NFL process before making any decision on Smith, who will likely be disciplined by the league for his off-field problems.
San Francisco owes Smiths over $3 million guaranteed and have a May 3 deadline to pick up his $9.75 million option for 2015. Smith has recorded 42 sacks since being drafted in 2011.
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During an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday, former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings, defended Jackson and described his former teammate as a “good guy” in the locker room.
“I’m very surprised and I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time,” Coleman said of Jackson. “I find it troubling to hear some of the stories — and I don’t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone that I could talk to and could relate to.”
Coleman’s comments are particularly noteworthy because a CBS Philly report that said Jackson threw tantrums on coach Chip Kelly also quoted a source who pointed out that none of Jackson’s teammates came out to defend him. Now we have an official source on record defending Jackson.
“Did he at times kind of do his own thing? Yeah. But we kind of all do our own thing in our own way. But when it came game time, I would talk to him every game and I would ask him, ‘Is 10-mode on?’ And there was no question. He would give 100 percent. He would take those big hits for the team. And he was one of those guys that you wanted to play every single Sunday because the explosiveness, the X-factor that he brought to a team is [unmatched]. I think Philadelphia is going to miss him.”
“I appreciate him as a teammate and I can’t say anything bad about him,” said Coleman. “I think it’s unfortunate the rap that he got. He is a good person.”
Few teams wouldn’t miss Jackson’s playmaking ability, but it’s everything else about him that has been an issue. Also keep in mind that at least one current Eagle was happy with the decision to cut him, and that was Jason Kelce, who played on the same side of the ball. Maybe Coleman would feel differently if he were an offensive player dealing with Jackson more frequently.
H/T Philly Mag
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Shantel Jackson and Floyd Mayweather were on the rocks in their relationship several times last year, but the two have officially broken up.
Floyd and Miss Jackson were together for around four years and even engaged to be married. The first report about their separation came last June, and several other reports followed. But Miss Jackson attended Floyd’s September fight with Canelo Alvarez, and a few days later Floyd told Howard Stern the engagement was still on. Floyd was probably just trying to save face at that point.
In February we shared that the relationship had been over for a few months, and just a few days ago TMZ confirmed that the relationship is definitely over. But there was some drama in between, which seems to be the pattern for Floyd.
Last week, MediaTakeOut reported that Floyd shut down Miss Jackson’s Instagram account. Apparently Floyd owned the account as part of his business dealings and had her sign an agreement under those pretenses. He let her keep the account after the breakup, but he supposedly repossessed it after she was using it to promote club appearances. Jackson’s rep confirmed that the account was mysteriously shut down for a few days.
I didn’t really notice much with her Instagram account, except she did go silent on April 9 and 10 — right before MTO published their story — despite previously posting things to her account on almost a daily basis. So that definitely seemed to explain things. Whatever the case, Miss Jackson definitely got her Instagram account back.
Since April 11, Miss Jackson has been uploading pictures to her account every day. She’s even promoted club appearances she’s making. And it’s definitely the same Instagram account where she had over 200,000 followers, so Floyd obviously let her keep it.
Below are a few of the pictures she has been sharing on her Instagram:
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When Aaron Hernandez was first sent to the Bristol County House of Corrections and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, we heard nothing but positive stories about the way he had been behaving. That hasn’t been the case lately.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that Hernandez is being investigated for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a Bristol County jail officer late last year. An ex-inmate who used to share a cell near the former New England Patriots tight end was recently asked about an alleged incident during which Hernandez tried to score some extra food.
According to the report, investigators asked the ex-inmate if Hernandez threatened to kill the guard, said anything about shooting his family, or ever made a noise like a “machine gun round” toward the guard. The ex-inmate allegedly said Hernandez did not threaten the guard but did call him a “bitch” during one heated argument.
In addition, the ex-inmate said that Hernandez was losing a lot of weight in jail and would often try to pull off schemes to get extra food. For example, he said the 24-year-old would eat half of his meal and then put an insect on his plate in an attempt to get a fresh serving. The ex-inmate said Hernandez angered officers by trying to pull the stunts “one too many times.”
Less than two months ago, Hernandez allegedly beat up an inmate who was wearing handcuffs. He was scheduled to be placed in solitary confinement for 30 days after that incident. It’s starting to sound more and more like the former NFL star has not been the model inmate.
Phil Jackson could be on the verge of making his first roster move since taking over as president of the New York Knicks, and it involves a familiar face. According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Lamar Odom is expected to sign with the Knicks this week.
By signing Odom before the 2013-2014 season officially ends, the Knicks would be able to make the second year of his contract and non-guaranteed year. Of course, that would really be the first year he is with the team. It would also allow Odom, who has not appeared in an NBA game in a year, to begin working with the Knicks immediately.
Odom will turn 35 next season. He is still recovering from a back injury that cut his basketball career in Spain short earlier this year.
Sources told Stein that the Knicks are banking on Jackson being able to steer Odom’s career and life in the right direction. We all know the rumors that have surrounded Odom’s personal life over the last year. We also know how highly he thinks of Jackson and how depressed he was when Jackson retired and the Lakers traded him. If Odom is unable to revive his career in Jackson’s familiar triangle offense, he probably won’t get a shot anywhere else.
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Calvin College is a liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, Mich. that is made up of roughly 4,000 students and just over 300 faculty members. You have probably never heard of it, and neither had I before today. But walking off with a win by stealing home will always get you some quality publicity.
According to MLB Fan Cave, Calvin College’s Grant VanPutten was on third base in the bottom of the seventh (final) inning on Sunday when he decided to take a huge chance. VanPutten waited for Albion’s catcher to throw the ball back to the pitcher’s mound and took off for home. By the time the pitcher and catcher could figure out what had happened, VanPutten scored the game-winning run.
This isn’t the first time we have seen a player steal home, but I don’t remember us ever featuring a video of a walk-off steal of home plate. That takes some serious marbles.
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Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Josh Samuda suffered an ankle injury during practice on Tuesday that you do not want to see if you have a weak stomach. The Vikings were going through some basic agility drills when Samuda’s ankle bent the wrong way. Ben Garvin of the Pioneer Press was there to capture the aftermath.
Soccer fans really do know all the tricks. They may take it too far at times, but they get results. On Sunday, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa blew a great opportunity when he telegraphed his penalty kick and the keeper made the save. Did Costa miss because of the full moon?
As you can see, a fan pulled his pants down and mooned Costa as he lined up for the kick. Atletico Madrid went on to win 2-0, but you have to wonder if the ass of a full-grown man was enough to distract Costa at that particular moment. If it was, that Getafe fan should give himself a pat on the back.
H/T 101 Great Goals
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Chandler Parsons was able to play on Monday night despite recovering from minor injuries he suffered last week and getting into a car accident on his way to the game. The Houston Rockets forward, who ended up scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a win over the San Antonio Spurs, was reportedly struck by a woman who ran a red light.
Parsons told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle that the collision happened outside the Toyota Center. He also said the woman asked for a souvenir.
“She said she ran a red light and it was her fault,” Parsons explained. “She had a little car so it kind of messed up the front bumper of my car. She was OK. Asked me to sign her insurance card.”
The woman was apparently not rattled to the point where she didn’t know who Chandler Parsons is, so she must be a pretty big Rockets fan. It takes guts to ask for someone’s autograph after running a red light and crashing into them. I can’t figure out if I respect that move or not. Yeah, I think it’s a power move.
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