Genie Bouchard has been one of the biggest stories at this year’s Australian Open. The 19-year-old women’s tennis star beat Ana Ivanovic in three sets on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals of the tournament. After the match, she fielded a question from a reporter about which celebrity she’d like to date. Bouchard confessed that it was Justin Bieber.
The crowd gave a collective grumble and moan that Bouchard is interesting in going on a date with this guy, but she should be glad she said something. According to TMZ, Bieber has watched the video and is flattered. He supposedly told his friends that he wants to get in touch with Genie as soon as possible.
Of course, Bieber could simply be being a nice guy. Although given some of the ridiculous trouble he has gotten into lately, we’re pretty confident saying the Biebs spends most of his time looking out for himself. Maybe he really does want to date Genie. We still think she can do better.
New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson could be losing control of his team, and he may wind up losing his job as a result. The Knicks have lost four straight since somehow stringing together five wins in a row earlier this month. If a report from the NY Daily News about Tyson Chandler is true, JR Smith is not the only player Woodson is having problems with.
Sometime over the last week or so, Woodson reportedly confronted Chandler about comments the 31-year-old made that could be seen as negative toward the head coach. Frank Isola of the NY Daily News speculated that the conversation may have taken place after a loss to the Indiana Pacers last week, when Chandler said the Knicks “didn’t make adjustments.” Woodson had previously said that New York was simply outworked.
After the Brooklyn Nets beat the Knicks 103-80 at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Chandler told reporters that Brooklyn “out-schemed” the Knicks. He also said he did not agree with Woodson’s strategy of constantly switching on defense.
“I don’t want to switch,” Chandler said. “I personally don’t like it. You come with a defensive plan and then every guy kind of mans up and takes his responsibility. I think switching should always be your last resort. That’s me, personally.”
Chandler said on Tuesday that his comments were not directed toward Woodson. If Woodson had his little chat with Chandler prior to Monday, it obviously didn’t work. If something Chandler said did in fact bother him, Woodson isn’t admitting it publicly.
“If they want to lash out at me that’s fine,” he said Tuesday. “I’m not a coach that takes things personally. Players get upset. Coaches get upset… Sometimes it’s healthy when players get upset like that.”
Here’s how it’s gone lately for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony sits on the bench shaking his head, JR Smith gets benched every now and then and claims he has no idea why, and backup point guard Beno Udrih wants to be traded because he’s not getting enough minutes. If New York can’t find a way to start winning on a consistent basis, Woodson will likely be out by season’s end.
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Nathaniel Wentz is a 17-year-old Denver Broncos fan who lives in Washington. With Peyton Manning and company set to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII, Wentz has been put in an awkward spot. He probably didn’t think it would cost him his job.
Wentz used to be the manager at Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma. On Sunday, employees were supposedly told that they were welcome to wear football jerseys to work to show off their team spirit on the day of the NFC and AFC Championship games. When Wentz showed up wearing a Broncos jersey, he was sent home.
“I thought, wow. Really?” Nathaniel’s father Randall told King 5 News.
Randall said he called and asked to speak to the store’s owner but never received a call back. The next day, Nathaniel was informed that he had been fired. Apparently the store owner only meant that his employees could wear Seahawks jerseys to work, though Nathaniel said he did not specify.
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A Duracell commercial featuring Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman went viral last week, and for good reason. The commercial is about Coleman’s ability to overcome being deaf and make it to the NFL. He is believed to be the first legally deaf offensive football player in NFL history. And he has clearly inspired people.
A young hearing impaired girl who has a twin sister that is also hearing impaired recently wrote Coleman an adorable letter. The father of the girls shared it on Twitter and thanked Coleman.
— jake kovalcik (@JakeIsMobile) January 21, 2014
That, in itself, makes the Duracell commercial worthwhile. I’m sure there are plenty of young children and adults out there who draw inspiration from Coleman. They’d just have trouble expressing it in a cuter way.
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In a move that was probably long overdue, former NFL quarterback Vince Young has reportedly filed for bankruptcy. According to the Houston Chronicle, Young filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in a Houston court. His estimated assets were listed between $500,001 and $1 million and his liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million.
Young’s financial struggles throughout his disappointing NFL career have been well-documented. He reportedly blew about $60 million in career earnings and ended up suing his financial adviser. The adviser, Ronnie Peoples, claimed Young took out an extremely high-interest loan during the NFL lockout because he needed finances. Young claims he was misled and did not know what he was signing.
Peoples said that Young took out the seven-figure loan in part because he had committed roughly $300,000 to throwing himself a 28th birthday party. At the time he turned 28, Young had gone several months without receiving a paycheck from the NFL.
As we mentioned before, we don’t doubt that Young didn’t fully understand the loan that he was signing for. He probably felt that he had unlimited funds and would never get into financial trouble, as evidenced by the thousands of dollars a week he supposedly spent at TGI Fridays and other places.
Young was released by the Green Bay Packers before the start of the season and said in October that he was shocked an NFL team hadn’t come calling. He was never able to fulfill the potential he displayed during his incredible career at Texas, yet he still spent money like he was Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. It’s a story we have heard all too often with professional athletes.
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John Daly is known for many things. His long drive and love for partying are two of them. His wacky wardrobe selections are another, and the 47-year-old may have outdone himself this week on the European Tour.
Daly is playing in the Qatar Masters, where he has decided to redefine the pants game. During the pro-am event on Tuesday prior to the start of the tournament, he wore slacks with “SpongeBob SquarePants” plastered all over them. On Wednesday, he went with a sunflower theme for the first round of play.
I think I speak for all of us when I say I can’t wait to see what Daly has in store for the second round. And hopefully he makes the cut, because who knows what might be waiting in his closet for the weekend. It’s outfits like the ones you see above that inspire reporters like this.
H/T Eye on Golf
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A goalie from an amateur hockey league in the Czech Republic appeared to take the term “beer league” way too literally before a recent game. According to the person who posted these videos on Reddit, the goaltender was drunk while playing. We can’t confirm that, but we can confirm that he had something seriously wrong with him and did not belong in net.
Amazingly enough, the goalie was able to make a save at one point. In fact, the Reddit user even claimed his team ended up winning the game. We find that almost impossible to believe.
A few weeks ago, LeBron James celebrated his 29th birthday and decided he needs an official WWE championship belt. He took to Twitter to ask where he can get one, and WWE stars John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson both offered to take care of the two-time NBA champion. The Rock came through.
After the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, LeBron took to Instagram to show off his new hardware.
“Special thanks to @therock for making my childhood dream come true!” he wrote. “U have no idea how many couches and old mattresses I jumped off thinking I was one of y’all! U, Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Legion of Doom, Goldberg and The Undertaker I could watch all day plus many more! I feel like a little kid again. Thanks again Champ! #CanUSmell#StriveForGreatness.”
It must be a pretty humbling feeling for The Rock to know that he can give something to someone like LeBron James that he doesn’t already have.
As a whole, WWE belts have become very popular across sports over the past year or so. LeSean McCoy draped one over his shoulder after winning the rushing title this season. Last season, the Phoenix Coyotes began handing out a championship belt to their player of the game. In December, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr put on a belt after his team won the Mountain West Conference. I’m surprised it took LeBron this long to get in on it.
H/T SI Hot Clicks
Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has never thrown a pitch in an MLB game, but he is already the fifth-highest paid starting pitcher in league history. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Tanaka has signed a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees.
A report last week indicated that the Chicago Cubs were prepared to “blow away the field” to sign Tanaka, but that was apparently not the case. Tanaka’s contract with the Yankees also reportedly includes an opt-out after the fourth year, similar to the deal they worked out with CC Sabathia. New York will also have to pay a $20 million posting fee.
Tanaka’s contract is the fifth richest for a pitcher in MLB history, behind only Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez and Sabathia.
The Yankees are in need of starting pitching and obviously decided to make Tanaka a priority. We knew they had extra money to spend after letting Robinson Cano leave, and — while risky — Tanaka makes sense. He posted a 24-0 record and a 1.27 ERA in Japan last season. While former Rakuten Golden Eagles teammate Andruw Jones said Tanaka does not have the same arsenal as Yu Darvish, he is obviously very effective at getting hitters out.
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Speaking at a Baseball Assistance Team charity event in Manhattan on Tuesday, the 86-year-old Hall of Famer said he believes the 162-game suspension Rodriguez ultimately got was not enough.
“He should have gotten more,” Lasorda said, via ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin. “What he’s done? He’s trying to ruin the game. You can’t do that. He’s going to keep on trying to do something, but he’s got a suspension. He should just sit back and fill it out.”
The last thing A-Rod is going to do is quietly sit back and serve his suspension, as evidenced by the fact that he reportedly turned down a deal to serve a 50-game suspension at the beginning of last season.
“I was thinking, ‘At least this guy is doing it legitimately,’ and then find out he wasn’t,” Lasorda added. “That really turned my opinion of him.”
Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series championships in the 1980s, also took a strong stance against known performance-enhancing drug users being elected to the Hall of Fame.
“When someone breaks the rules, they don’t belong in there,” he said. “Would you have your son get A-Rod’s autograph? Would you like to have that?”
A-Rod has very few supporters remaining, but he doesn’t seem to care. Even members of the MLB Players Association have turned against him, with one player reportedly saying he hopes Rodriguez gets thrown at if he ever returns to the diamond. A-Rod cares about money and his personal legacy. He’s got plenty of the former. The latter will always be tarnished.
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