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Kelly Shoppach reportedly sent text message to Red Sox owners from Adrian Gonzalez’s phone

Adrian Gonzalez denied the information in a Yahoo! Sports report that said he and other prominent Red Sox players blasted manager Bobby Valentine to the owners, and it looks like he was partially truthful.

Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan reported that some Red Sox players met with the owners on July 26 to complain about Bobby Valentine after Adrian Gonzalez sent a text message on behalf of the team. Gonzalez admitted a meeting took place, but he denied the information in the report.

“The source is inaccurate,” Gonzalez said on Wednesday. “It says that I was animated and one of the most vocal guys in the meeting, and that’s false. I had a discussion with Bobby about that today. He knows exactly what happened. He knows the truth. I don’t know why this all of a sudden becomes something because this happened a month ago. So it’s all been cleared, and now somebody decides to write it. It’s already old.”

Gonzalez may have been partially telling the truth when he said the source was inaccurate. A report from the New York Daily News says that though the text message came from his phone, he was not the one who composed it.

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Barry Zito pitches 30-foot curveball (Video)

Add this one to the blooper reel. Barry Zito reached back to throw a curveball to Carlos Quentin in the bottom of the second between the Giants and Padres on Saturday, but the southpaw lost his grip. The ball went flying into the air and only went about halfway to home.

Zito, who’s sporting a 4.42 ERA this season, didn’t seem at all amused. I’d say that pitch pretty well encapsulates his disappointing career with the Giants. For what it’s worth, Zito gave up 4 runs over 4 innings in the Giants’ 8-7 win.

Kevin Kolb responds to Tommy Kelly calling him ‘scared’

Kevin Kolb’s preseason struggles continued on Friday night against the Raiders, and the Cardinals quarterback even had to respond to accusations that he’s playing “scared.”

Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly ran off the field after tackling Kolb in the second quarter and said, “That boy’s scared,” according to Pro Football Talk.

Kelly elaborated after the game.

“He is skittish. He is scared back there,” Kelly told the Associated Press. “Anytime anybody gets close to him he starts looking at the refs. As a defensive lineman you love a quarterback like that. He ain’t even trying to look at the routes no more. He is playing attention to us and you ain’t going to get nothing done like that.”

Kolb, who has gone 5/15 for 47 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and four sacks this preseason, didn’t appreciate being called scared.

“Scared? Scared of what?” Kolb said, according to the Cardinals website. “Taking a hit? I have never been afraid of anyone on the field and that will never change. That includes Number 93 (Kelly). There’s a fine line between holding in the pocket and trying to escape to make a play. Tommy Kelly is too clueless to know the difference. I don’t mind people criticizing my play. Don’t ever question my toughness.”

I don’t think Kelly was questioning Kolb’s toughness so much as he was saying the quarterback was too preoccupied with the Raiders defense to worry about anything else. That’s what happens when the pass rush overwhelms the offensive line — the quarterback becomes more focused on what’s coming after him rather than what passes he can complete. He’s probably right. Kolb has been a mess with Arizona and will likely lose the quarterback job to John Skelton. Arizona still needs a franchise QB.

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley throws up during preseason game

Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley let loose during Dallas’ preseason game against the Chargers on Saturday night. And by let loose, we mean he vomited all over as he was coming off the field in the fourth quarter.

Beasley had a monster game for the ‘Boys with 7 catches for 104 yards. He says he threw up after landing on a ball.

“I was tired,” he said, per ESPN Dallas. “But the reason I came off was because I landed on the ball and the ball knocked the wind out of me and made me have to throw up a little bit. Being tired had a little bit to do wit hit, but it was more the ball knocking the air out of me. You’ll probably see me throw up a lot more than just then. I throw up a lot before the games, too. I’m not ashamed of it at all. I just happened to land on the ball and it made some stuff come out of me.”

It was nice of Dez Bryant to offer him a helping hand, but we can’t blame him for backing away. Nobody wants a piece of that. And we’re surprised it wasn’t a comparison to Wes Welker that made him yack.

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Ozzie Guillen: Hanley Ramirez would pimp a home run down 30

Hanley Ramirez ticked off A.J. Burnett when he showboated after hitting a home run on Thursday, and Ozzie Guillen isn’t surprised by his former player’s antics.

“That’s Hanley,” Guillen said of Ramirez, according to The Miami Herald. “[If] Hanley hit a home run down by 30 runs, he would pimp it. That’s the way he is.

“There’s so much [garbage],” Guillen said. “Somebody hits a home run, they put on a show. Somebody strikes out, they put on a show. That’s the way the game is right now.”

Though Guillen isn’t a fan of the celebrations, he can’t really complain.

“I cannot say [anything] because my players do a stupid show,” Guillen said. “They’re a last-place team. They score one run and they [act] like we score 100.”

Though Hanley’s home run on Thursday was crucial because it gave the Dodgers the lead, we wouldn’t put it past him to celebrate up or down by 15. The guy has been guilty of plenty of stupid behavior in the past. This is only part of it.

Between the Marlins’ lo viste, the Brewers’ beast mode, and the Rangers’ antlers, many teams are participating in this trend of celebrating hits. I don’t mind it too much if it’s between teammates, but if you’re directing it at the pitcher the way Hanley did, then it’s disrespectful and a problem.

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg Santos after beating Sarah Kaufman in 54 seconds

Ronda Rousey submitted Sarah Kaufman in 54 seconds to retain her Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship on Saturday, and she called Cyborg Santos after the win.

“First of all, I need to send out a challenge to miss Cy-roid out there,” said Rousey, who began ranting instead of answering a question about arm bars from Mauro Ranallo. “People want to see you have the first fair fight of your life. I’m the champion. The champion doesn’t go to you, you come to the champion. Come down to 135 (pounds) and let’s settle this!” Rousey demanded.

The arm bar specialist then challenged Santos to a parking lot fight.

“If you still want to go out in the parking lot, my friend brought my gloves and I’m going to be right there!”

Cyborg is the former Strikeforce featherweight champion (145 pounds), so Rousey wants her to drop weight 10 pounds for their match. I think a bout at 140 pounds would be the best solution, and I would love to see it. Even if Cyborg is still on steroids, Rousey could take her.

Rousey is the Mariano Rivera of women’s MMA. Instead of a cutter, she just beats everyone with an arm bar. And you know what? She’s so darn strong she just overpowers all her opponents to victory, and she would do the same with Cyborg. You know she certainly has the motivation to do so.

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Danica Patrick runs into shoe, finishes 27th (Video)

Danica Patrick was leading the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal on Saturday until encountering a most unusual obstacle. Someone actually threw a shoe onto the track from the infield, and Patrick, who led 20 laps and was leading at the time, ran into it.

Patrick knew immediately that her steering was off, but her problems didn’t truly set in until she broke an axle later in the race.

“How disappointing! What can I say?” Patrick said after the race, according to the Associated Press. “We’ve got to get some luck sometime. At the end of the day, I just can’t believe how unlucky we’ve been. It’s got to come.”

Patrick finished 27th while Justin Allgaier claimed victory. But a shoe is what threw her off? A shoe? Seriously? I’m just glad she managed to avoid the banana peels and Koopa shells.

Ryan Lochte on not swimming with Michael Phelps: ‘I’m definitely going to miss him’

Now that Michael Phelps has announced he will officially retire from swimming, Ryan Lochte will be the star of the show for Team USA in the pool. Anytime the most decorated Olympian of all time is not competing, other swimmers have a better chance to take home a medal. While no Phelps could mean a better shot at a gold for Lochte and others in 2016, Ryan says he is going to miss the rivalry and camaraderie.

“I’ve been racing against him for eight years, and every time I go up on the blocks he’s right there next to me, so I’m used to it,” Lochte said on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno Thursday according to US Weekly. “He’s one of the hardest racers I’ve ever had to come across so I’m definitely going to miss him.”

When asked about the rivalry between the two, Lochte said that only exists in the water.

“We kind of leave everything in the pool,” he explained.

Outside of the pool, Phelps and Lochte appear to get along. They have been known to compliment each other on Twitter and can often be seen joking around with one another. The good news for Lochte is that he might have a little less competition now when trying to sell his lame apparel and promote his bizarre catchphrase. The good news for Phelps is that he no longer has to be in the pool next to Lochte when he pees in it.

Thunder agree to four-year contract extension with Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement on a four-year, $40 million contract extension, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Ibaka was scheduled to be a restricted free agent next summer, but instead he’ll likely be with the Thunder for the next few years.

The 22-year-old big man has emerged as one of the league’s top defenders since being drafted by the organization No. 24 overall in 2008. Ibaka led the league with 3.7 blocks per game last season while averaging 9.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. He also has not missed a game in the last two seasons.

The extension means that the Thunder will now have Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Ibaka locked up for the foreseeable future. Durant and Westbrook, the team’s two top players, were already signed through the 2015-2016 season. But the contract puts the future of James Harden in question.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year will be a restricted free agent after next season and will almost assuredly receive a max contract offer. The defending Western Conference champions already have around $50 million in salary committed for the 2013-2014 season (not including Ibaka’s new salary), so they would have to get creative in order to afford Harden. One option could be releasing center Kendrick Perkins through the amnesty provision after next season. Perkins has three years and $25.4 million remaining on his deal.

Whatever Oklahoma City decides to do, the choice to extend Ibaka shows how much they value his presence on the team.

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Ex-UFC fighter James McSweeney thwarts armed robbery attempt

James McSweeney may only be slightly above average as an MMA fighter, but he’s a superstar when it comes to stopping robberies.

The 31-year-old Muay Thai expert thwarted an armed robbery attempt at a convenience store in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and even tweeted about the incident (presumably using the hand that wasn’t holding down the thief):

McSweeney spoke with MMA Weekly a day later to provide more details about the incident.

McSweeney says he was showing his family members, who were visiting from England, around Fremont Street in Las Vegas and they went to a store to pick up souvenirs.

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