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Clay Buchholz accused of doctoring baseball, denies he is cheating

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Clay Buchholz has been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, and some think he is cheating to gain an unfair advantage.

After the Red Sox pitcher improved to 6-0 on the season following Boston’s 10-1 win in Toronto on Wednesday night, accusations came from Blue Jays broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst that Buchholz was doctoring the baseball with a substance he kept on his forearm (seen above).

“This was substantial. You could see it slathered on there,” Hayhurst wrote in another tweet.

Then on his radio show on Fan 590 in Toronto (listen here at the 11:00 mark), Hayhurst said that Buchholz “absolutely” is cheating.

Hayhurst is a former MLB pitcher and seems to be an expert on the subject. Hayhurst wrote a column for Yahoo! Sports last year in which he said the art of doctoring the baseball is alive and well.

Buchholz has gone at least seven innings in each of his starts this year. He has allowed just 27 hits, five runs, and 16 walks in 44.2 innings while striking out 47. He responded to the accusation by saying the substance on his forearm was rosin.

“There’s a rosin bag behind the mound and it’s there for everybody to use every inning after our warm-up,” Buchholz told MassLive.com on Thursday. “Put rosin on my arm throughout the game. Sweat, water, whatever. … Sometimes I put a little thing of water on my hip just to get moisture on your hands ‘cause sometimes the balls that they throw to you feel like cue balls off a pool table. Got to find a way to get grip. But yeah, I mean, definitely no foreign objects or substances on my arm.”

So what do you think? Based on the screenshot shown by SportsNet Canada, it doesn’t look like Buchholz was using rosin. Maybe Buchholz partially owes his Pitcher of the Month award for April to Eddie Harris.

H/T CBS Boston

Dustin Penner doesn’t care if teammates are gay so long as they don’t listen to Nickelback

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Many athletes shared their reactions to Jason Collins coming out on Monday. Most sports figures were supportive of Collins, while some others were not.

The best reaction of all may have come from Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Penner:

It’s hard to beat that tweet. Well played, Penner.

And why is it that everyone hates Nickelback so much?

Photo: Twitter/Nickelback

Julio Borbon fakes being hit by pitch in hilarious fashion

Julio Borbon flopJulio Borbon tried to pull off the baseball equivalent of a flop on Thursday, and it did not go well. Borbon entered the San Diego Padres-Chicago Cubs game as a defensive replacement in the 8th inning with the Cubs down 4-2. He was facing Padres reliever Luke Gregerson in the bottom of the inning and had a 1-2 count. Gregerson threw a breaking ball in the dirt that seemed to bounce between Borbon’s feet. After a delayed reaction, Borbon began hopping around as if he had been hit by the pitch. The umpire didn’t buy it. Borbon grounded out two pitches later to end the inning.

Here’s another look at the acting job:

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Mario Lopez the rare celebrity picking Robert Guerrero to win

Mario LopezWhen Floyd Mayweather fights, his PR team likes to get athletes and celebrities to make predictions on the outcome in order to generate more buzz and interest for the fight. It’s no different this week with Mayweather facing Robert Guerrero on Saturday.

Mayweather’s PR team sent out an email Thursday showing the predictions of 19 athletes and 14 entertainers (and various media members). Shockingly, all 19 athletes are picking Mayweather to win. Of the 14 entertainers, only three are picking Guerrero. The best part is who one of the few entertainers picking Guerrero to win is … Mario Lopez.

Below are the predictions of 19 athletes.

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Kendrick Perkins says Thunder aren’t stressed, tweets picture of Celtics ring

kendrick-perkins-kevin-durantThe Oklahoma City Thunder are heading in the wrong direction since Russell Westbrook went down with a knee injury. After putting the Houston Rockets in a 3-0 hole, the Thunder now find themselves preparing for Game 6 on the road. Kendrick Perkins is not concerned.

No team has ever come back to win an NBA playoff series after being down 0-3, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation. Some people feel as though the Thunder could be in trouble now that they have to adjust on the fly without their floor general, and there is certainly some truth to that. However, Perkins wanted his nearly 50,000 Twitter followers to know that the team is not panicking. He just had an interesting way of showing it.

That’s great, but that would be a Boston Celtics championship ring. Perkins may have championship experience, but he is not going to carry the team to an NBA title. In my opinion, tweeting a picture of a Celtics ring doesn’t exactly help him prove his point.

H/T Black Sports Online

La La Anthony appears to take shot at Jordan Crawford: ‘You’re on the bench for a reason’

Jordan-Crawford-Carmelo-AnthonyTensions between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are really beginning to run high heading into Game 6 of their opening round playoff series. After Boston beat New York at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, Carmelo Anthony and Jordan Crawford got into it near the bench and had to be separated by teammates.

It is unclear exactly what Crawford was saying to Anthony, but a number of self-proclaimed lip readers insist he was saying some not-so-nice stuff about ‘Melo’s wife, La La Anthony. On Thursday, it appeared that La La fired back on her Instagram account.

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If you can’t make it out, La La wrote, “Try again. You on the bench for a reason,” which seems to be an obvious shot at Crawford. If you remember the whole Honey Nut Cheerios incident, you know that this is not the first time La La has been at the center of trash talk between the Celtics and Knicks.

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Michael Vick reportedly torches LeSean McCoy in 40-yard race

Michael Vick may have had an incredibly disappointing season with the Philadelphia Eagles last year, but that does not necessarily mean he has lost a step. On Tuesday, Vick and running back LeSean McCoy reportedly raced during practice. Guess who won.

Michael-Vick-LeSean-McCoyAccording to Pro Football Talk, the friendly sprint had been a long time coming. A league source told PFT that McCoy had been hounding Vick for weeks and calling him an “old man.” Vick finally agreed to race him and supposedly beat him by about five yards, much to the enjoyment of their Eagles teammates.

McCoy is by no means slow. He’s one of the most athletic running backs in the league and has good breakaway speed. He’s also 24 years old and Vick is 32, which explains the whole “old man” thing. Vick later taunted the former Pitt Panther on Twitter.

Chip Kelly has yet to make a decision on who his starting quarterback will be in 2013, but it has to be a good sign that Vick still has the explosiveness that has made him one of the most dangerous playmakers in the league. That speed could turn out to be a valuable weapon in Kelly’s spread offense.

Russell Westbrook wears ‘Let’s Go Thunder’ T-shirt, cheers team on (Picture)

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Russell Westbrook is stuck with the role of cheerleader for the Oklahoma City Thunder while he is out recovering from a knee injury. On Wednesday night, he was in attendance rooting for his teammates while wearing a “Let’s Go Thunder” shirt. Yes, THE Russell Westbrook.

Many of you are probably thinking to yourselves, “So what?” Let us not forget that this is the same Westbrook who wears cutoff sleeves and a gold chain to his postgame press conferences. This is the same guy who had the stones to wear this outfit during All-Star weekend earlier this year.

Seeing Westbrook wearing something we can’t make fun of is like seeing Superman without his cape. Something just isn’t right.

Photo via @cjzero

Mike Napoli hit two monster home runs that totaled 939 feet (Video)

Mike-Napoli-home-runOne of the main reasons the Boston Red Sox signed Mike Napoli was his ability to hit at Fenway Park and use the Green Monster to his advantage. With the way the first baseman is hitting right now, he doesn’t need a thirty-seven foot wall to help him succeed.

After his two-home run performance on Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, Napoli is leading the majors in RBI and extra-base hits. And those two homers were a sight to behold. They were estimated at 472 and 467 feet, but they had to have gone farther than that.

To give you some perspective, this monster home run that Giancarlo Stanton cleared the scoreboard with earlier this week traveled an estimated 440 feet. The fact that Blue Jays reliever Esmil Rogers threw Napoli that much of a meatball on a 3-0 count for his second home run with the Red Sox leading by five amazed me. Did something make him think the green light would not apply?

Robert Guerrero’s father goes off on Floyd Mayweather, calls him ‘woman beater’ (Video)

Ruben-Guerrero-Floyd-Mayweather-woman-beaterFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero are set to square off in the ring on Saturday night, and there has been no shortage of drama leading up to the fight. Guerrero has been given the chance of a lifetime, but at Wednesday’s pre-fight news conference it seemed like his father was more anxious for the fight than he was.

Ruben Guerrero, who is also Robert’s trainer, took the podium very briefly before he was basically pried away by Oscar de la Hoya.

“May 4th, baby, you guys are gonna find out,” Ruben began. […]”My son’s blessed. I’m blessed, no matter what I am. I am what I am. I’m the real deal. I don’t talk s***, man. I back it up. I back it up, baby. Anytime, anywhere, like I said.

“And we’re gonna beat up that woman beater. The one that beat up his wife, man — his wife in front of his kids! You guys like that s***? You like this guy, (the) woman beater? He must have learned that from his dad. Woman beater, baby. We’re gonna beat that woman beater! See how he’s gonna like it. He’s gonna get it from a real man! Damn woman beaters. We’re gonna beat that woman beater down!”

Mayweather simply kept his head buried in his cell phone and chuckled most of the time, although his face did turn a bit serious when Ruben first brought up his checkered past. Mayweather has been in trouble with the law several times regarding instances of domestic violence. He served a county jail sentence from June 1, 2012, until August of 2012 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery.

Earlier this week, Robert Guerrero released a video stating he is going to pull a Buster Douglas on Mayweather. If Floyd doesn’t watch his back, Ruben may try to Buster Douglas him before Saturday night even rolls around.

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