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Mercedes Dollson the woman in car with LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell

Mercedes Dollson

Mercedes Dollson is the woman who was in the car with running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount when they were pulled over and arrested for marijuana possession Wednesday.

Dollson tried to downplay what happened and blame the media.

Mercedes Dollson tweet

She later deleted the tweet.

Unsurprisingly, Dollson, who is from California, is a model.

Here is Dollson’s ModelMayhem page:

“Im from Sacramento Ca, moved down to Los Angeles in September of 2012.
Just another girl trying to make something of herself.”

Dollson lists herself at 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds, with measurements of 32-26-36. She was charged with marijuana possession.

Below are more pictures of Miss Mercedes Dollson, aspiring model:

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Japanese catcher at LLWS not even setting up for a strike

Japan catcher

There’s a trend among the Japanese catchers at the Little League World Series, and it’s one that I don’t completely understand.

Sometimes Japan’s catchers are instructed to set up off the plate to receive a pitch. I mean well off the plate. We’re talking like if the pitcher throws it to any part of the catcher’s body, it’s out of the zone and should be called a ball.

During an elimination game Thursday against Mexico, Japan’s catcher set up where a left-handed hitter would stand in the batter’s box (as seen above). The pitcher hit his target perfectly and was disappointed he didn’t get the call:

Japan catcher LLWS

Sure, bro, that would be a strike … if your goal were to hit the batter.

I don’t understand why the coaches instruct their players to set up so far off the plate. Maybe it’s because the umpires are idiots and call pitches for strikes when they’re a foot off the plate. Or maybe their objective with a pitch is to try to get a player to chase. I just know I wouldn’t ever instruct my players to do that.

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Doug Marrone blows up on Bills for practice fights

Doug Marrone BillsBuffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone went off on his players on Thursday following a series of fights and shoving matches during practice. After Wednesday’s practice had ended with a spirited fight, Marrone was in no mood to tolerate unnecessary scuffles.

When things got heated on Thursday, Marrone lined his players up like high schoolers and made them run sprints. When defensive end Jerry Hughes talked back to Marrone, the head coach started slinging profanity that appeared to be directed toward the fifth year veteran.

“Why can’t you handle it as players?” Marrone yelled while motioning toward the locker room, according to ESPN.com. “Do you want to play on this team?”

Marrone, who spent some time chatting with Hughes after practice, said his rant was not directed at one player in particular.

“That’s directed at anyone who doesn’t want to be part of the team,” he explained. “I told Jerry that I love the way he practices and I love the way he plays special teams and how he goes about it. And we’ve got to get some other guys who are starters to do that.”

Fights are very common for NFL teams during training camp, but the Bills seem to have had quite a few this offseason. On Wednesday, rookie defensive end Bryan Johnson ripped off offensive lineman Eric Wood’s helmet and several veterans jumped in to defend Wood. The center ended up with a cut on his nose.

“Figure it out. We’re responsible for the integrity of the game,” Marrone said. “There is no use for fighting in the game of football. Period. End of discussion.”

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was suspended earlier this month for slamming a rookie down during practice, so, again, this stuff is not exclusive to the Bills. That said, we usually don’t coaches handle the disciplinary action in front of the media. Marrone had obviously seen enough.

Mike Pettine: Johnny Manziel not guaranteed to play this season

Johnny-ManzielThe Cleveland Browns are setting Brian Hoyer up for disaster, right? Many believe that Hoyer has been given the Week 1 starting job so that Johnny Manziel will be protected from playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road followed by tough home games against the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. Head coach Mike Pettine insists that had nothing to do with the decision.

“This is Brian’s job,” Pettine told reporters on Wednesday, via Jim Trotter of ESPN.com. “I never think of it as it’s a leash or we want a guy to be a game manager. We want him to be confident and go out and play. … The season is long. So much can happen, and we don’t want Brian looking over his shoulder thinking, ‘Hey, I make one bad throw and I’m out.'”

Hoyer knows the Browns drafted Manziel to be their quarterback of the future, so he is going to feel pressure no matter what Pettine says. That said, Manziel hasn’t done himself any favors by flipping opponents the middle finger and struggling to learn the playbook.

What if Hoyer plays well enough to keep his job? Could Johnny Football really hold a clipboard throughout his entire rookie season?

“You could see a scenario where he doesn’t play this year, and then there are other scenarios that are absolutely possible as well,” Pettine said. “It’s hard to tell.”

Ownership and fans are going to want to see Manziel. Hoyer knows that. In many ways, the sixth-year veteran is a lame duck. Unless, of course, Johnny Football keeps using poor judgment and has trouble adjusting to life in the NFL. If that happens, Hoyer could be here a while.

50 Cent will donate $750K to charity if Floyd Mayweather can read one page of Harry Potter book

50-Cent50 Cent brought us his own version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. probably isn’t going to appreciate it. Rather than dumping a bucket of ice water over his head, 50 has offered to donate $750,000 to the charitable organization of Mayweather’s choice if Floyd can read one page of a “Harry Potter” book without messing up.

“Floyd will you except my ALS/ESL CHALLENGE: I will donate $750k to a charity of your choice, If you can read a full page out of a Harry Potter book out loud without starting and stopping or f—ing up. lmao,” he wrote on Instagram along with the video you see above.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with their history, Mayweather and 50 Cent used to be best friends until they had a falling out. They have been cordial toward one another in the past, but 50 seems to be determined to get under Mayweather’s skin lately. The rapper was one of the people who called out Mayweather after Floyd shouted at T.I.’s wife on the red carpet at the BET Awards.

It should be noted that the Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media movement that has helped raise money and awareness for ALS, which is also known as Lou Gherig’s Disease. If 50 is willing to pay Floyd $750,000 if Mayweather proves he can read, we’re hoping he at least donates some money to the ALS Foundation.

Neil Everett angry with ESPN over lack of Jason Bitsko death coverage (Video)

ESPN on-air personality Neil Everett took a very brief but very blatant shot at his employer during Thursday morning’s edition of SportsCenter. Everett was clearly upset over the lack of coverage ESPN gave to Jason Bitsko, the 21-year-old Kent State football player who was found dead in his off-campus apartment on Wednesday.

Bitsko, who received an award during this year’s spring game for “exemplifying hard work and dedication,” passed away from an undetermined medical condition. His death has already had a huge impact on the Kent State community, but ESPN dedicated just 30 seconds of coverage to Bitsko. This did not sit well with Everett.

“You know, guys like Bitsko don’t get headlines,” Everett quipped. “Those go to (Johnny) Manziel not starting in Cleveland and (Braxton) Miller unable to play in Ohio.

Point taken. Everett has been with ESPN for nearly 15 years, but I’m sure the World Wide Leader is not going to appreciate him basically bashing the network to its own audience. That doesn’t mean he was wrong.

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Video via Cork Gaines

John Calipari calls into Mike Francesa’s show after Francesa criticizes him (Audio)

John CalipariJohn Calipari was a guest on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Wednesday. Calipari joined Francesa in his studio, and Francesa waited until after Calipari left to give his honest opinion of the Kentucky coach. In short, Francesa said that Calipari is one of the best recruiters and motivators in college basketball but that he is not one of the top “X’s and O’s guys.”

Since Calipari was no longer in-studio to defend himself, he decided to call into Francesa’s show and argue with him. The exchange was fantastic.

“This is John Calipari. What are you saying, I can’t coach,” Calipari asked. “Are you saying I can’t coach? Why didn’t you say that when I was sitting there next to you? … You changed your tune.”

[Related: John Calipari goes on Colbert Report and things get funny (Video)]

“You know what you’re like — you’re like a caller who doesn’t listen,” Francesa fired back. “What I said to (the caller) is you’re a master recruiter, you’re a master motivator and you’re not a great X’s and O’s guy, which you’re not. … Are there better X’s and O’s guys than you?”

“You think I believe that?” Calipari said. “I will pass a lie detector test and say no. What are you talking about?”

Francesa then dumped Calipari like he would any other caller. And that, my friends, is exactly what you get when you take two self-absorbed, opinionated middle-aged men and put them in a classic sports talk radio setting. Fantastic.

Related: Mike Francesa shocked soccer players kick with both legs (Video)
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H/T College Basketball Talk

Giants win protest, will finish tarp malfunction game against Cubs

Cubs tarp

The Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants in less than five innings on Tuesday night after the grounds crew was unable to cover the infield with a tarp during a torrential downpour. But after winning their appeal on Wednesday, the Giants are now technically trailing the Cubs 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

The game will resume at 4:05 p.m. CT on Thursday before the teams play the final game of their series later that night. Prior to San Francisco’s protest being upheld, no MLB team had won a protest since 1986.

“I thought we had a strong case,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, via ESPN.com. “I’m just thankful and grateful that they [MLB] were open minded. They listened and they looked at it, and I think it’s the fair thing to do.”

The Cubs grounds crew tried for several hours to dry up the infield and make the field playable after their tarp malfunction, but there was nothing that could be done. Cubs president Theo Epstein said he was told by MLB officials that the game could only be suspended if it was a mechanical issue, not human error.

The Giants filed their protest based on Rule 4.12 (a) (3), which states that a game can be suspended if there is a “malfunction of a mechanical field device under control of the home club.” The league ruled that the tarp constitutes a mechanical device in this situation.

While the Cubs are in last place, the Giants are battling for a playoff spot. They are currently three games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and tied for first with the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card standings. Every game is important at this stage of the season.

Rex Ryan, Andre Williams exchange trash talk

Rex Ryan weight lossAndre Williams has been in the NFL for exactly 104 days, yet the New York Giants rookie running back has already learned how to stoke the rivalry fire. The Giants play the New York Jets in their annual preseason showdown on Friday night, so Williams decided to toss the first grenade to make things interesting.

“I think the Giants are the real New York team,” he said Tuesday, per George Willis of the New York Post.

When a reporter asked Rex Ryan about the remark on Wednesday, he brought up one of Williams’ losses at Boston College.

“Last time I saw him he was getting smoked by Clemson,” Ryan said.

The Eagles lost to Clemson 24-14 last October, which wasn’t bad considering the difference in skill levels between the two teams. Williams has held to just 70 yards rushing in the game.

Of course, Rex’s son Seth plays for Clemson.

After the jabs were out of the way, Ryan did praise Williams.

“I will say that kid’s a good back, though. He is,” Rex said. “I was like, ‘Is anybody going to tackle him?’ It’s great. I have a funny feeling he’s going to get some Riddells [helmets] on him, but we’ll see. I have a feeling he’s going to be pumped up and trust me, our guys are going to be pumped up, too.”

Williams has rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries in the preseason and is making a solid case for a time share with Rashad Jennings. He said his comment about the Giants being New York’s real team was more about supporting Big Blue than ripping on the Jets.

“This is my first year and I’m not too sure about what’s going on with the rivalry thing,” Williams explained. “But there’s definitely a different feeling this week than last week. I’m just trying to buy into it.”

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Vince Young: I would have stayed at Texas if I knew Texans weren’t picking me

Vince YoungVince Young chose to forego his senior year at Texas after having one of the greatest seasons of any player in college football history. In 2005, Young threw for 3,036 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,050 yards and 12 scores before setting his sights on the NFL.

Had Vince known where he would be drafted, he claims he would have stayed at Texas for his senior season.

During an interview with Alex Loeb on 104.9 FM in Austin on Wednesday, Young was asked how close he was to staying with the Longhorns in 2006.

“It was very close,” he said. “The Texans had the No. 1 pick, that was the place I wanted to play at. I wish they would’ve told me that they weren’t picking me because I would’ve stayed for my senior year. But it didn’t happen like that.”

[Related: Vince Young takes job at Texas]

While he was crossing his fingers that the Texans would draft him, Young admitted he was excited to be drafted by the franchise he grew up rooting for.

“Being a kid watching the Oilers all my life, I had the opportunity to play for them, it was a dream come true as well,” he added.

The Texans took Mario Williams with the top overall pick in 2006. Young went on to have a strong rookie season and lead the Titans to a playoff berth before butting heads with Jeff Fisher. It’s easy to look back on his career and say he wishes he remained at Texas, but he would not feel that way if he had a successful career in Tennessee.

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