Novak Djokovic had an impressive show of sportsmanship during his second-round match against Radek Stepanek at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Djokovic had the advantage and was serving to go up 6-5 in the fourth set of their match. Stepanek hit a shot that clipped the baseline, and Djokovic returned it into the net. Stepanek’s shot was called out, so he requested a challenge.
The challenge showed that the ball touched the line and was therefore in, so the chair umpire wanted the two to replay the point. Stepanek thought he should get credit for the point since Djokovic’s return went into the net, but the umpire’s judgment would dictate a full replay since Djokovic’s return could theoretically have been influenced by the out call.
Instead of replaying the point, Djokovic conceded it to Stepanek. Nole went on to win the set 7-6 in a tiebreak to capture the match.
He and Stepanek are good friends off the court and even practiced with each other a week earlier. Stepanek sent this tweet hours after losing:
And thanks to @DjokerNole for being a class act, a true champion and a friend
— stepec78 (@stepec78) June 25, 2014
Their friendship probably was a big reason why Djokovic decided to concede the point. At least he was rewarded for his good sportsmanship.
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Tim Lincecum just owns the Padres.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday no-hit the Padres for the second time in his career. Lincecum struck out six and walked one while getting the win in the Giants’ 4-0 victory. A walk to Chase Headley’ in the second inning was his only blemish of the game.
Lincecum made some history with his feat. He became just the second pitcher in history to no-hit the same team twice. The last pitcher to do it was Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps, who no-hit the White Sox in 1908 and 1910. He also joins Christy Mathewson as the second pitcher in franchise history to toss two no-hitters.
Lincecum’s no-hitter came less than a year after his last one, as his previous no-hitter against the Padres was on July 13, 2013. Big Time Timmy Jim walked four, hit a batter, and struck out 13 in the 9-0 win last year.
This time around he wasn’t quite as nasty, but he was much more efficient.
“It’s hard enough to do one,” said manager Bruce Bochy, “to do two, that puts you in a different class.”
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The Washington Redskins have been under attack for their team nickname, and now the Cleveland Indians are finding themselves in a similar position.
Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache and director of the American Indian Education Center, is planning to file a federal lawsuit in late July against the Cleveland Indians organization. Roche leads the People Not Mascots activist group and says the lawsuit will challenge the team’s name and Chief Wahoo logo for being racist.
“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” Roche told ABC 5 in Cleveland.
The Indians have drifted from using the Chief Wahoo logo to the block C, but Roche still sees problems.
“What they’re doing is using the C, but for the most part, they’re still selling it. It’s still the Cleveland Indians. It’s still using the racist logo, and they’re making well over $200 million a year,” Roche says.
The Indians had no comment on the story at the time.
If Cleveland wants to maintain the feel of their nickname, they should probably just call themselves the Cleveland Tribe. That’s a general enough nickname that should not be considered offensive, and it still would have ties to the old nickname.
Like Washington, they probably will end up changing things.
H/T Eye on Baseball
Joseph Patterson, the man accused of killing Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son last year, has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and attacking the mother of the deceased child.
According to Keloland.com, Patterson was arrested Wednesday on charges of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, and strangulation.
TMZ says Sioux Falls police responded to a call Tuesday morning and were able to apprehend Patterson. Patterson had been free on $750,000 bond and ordered not to contact the mother of the child or anyone else in the family.
Patterson, 28, who allegedly beat Peterson’s son Tyrese to death, allegedly knocked the victim unconscious and held her captive for more than an hour. The woman allegedly had visible injuries on her neck.
Bond reportedly has been set at $1 million cash only this time. Peterson had only recently found out that the child was his son.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reports news of the trade talks, which would see the Knicks send Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Mavericks. The Knicks would receive Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and a second-round pick, according to reports.
Chandler was one of the key players on the Mavs’ championship team in 2011. Though owner Mark Cuban wanted to retain him, the team decided to let him go because of tight financial restrictions. Chandler then signed a 4-year, $60 million deal with the Knicks and has one season remaining on the deal.
Felton had a terrible season with the Knicks and has one year and a player option remaining on his contract. In order to shed the Chandler and Felton contracts, the Knicks would be taking back Calderon, who is set to make over $7 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17 after signing a four-year extension with the Mavs last year.
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Belgian tennis player Alison Van Uytvanck lost to Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 in the second round at Wimbledon Wednesday, and a terrible penalty called by the chair umpire really hurt her chances of winning the match.
Van Uytanck was serving up 5-3 in the third set. She had just won a point to make it deuce, and the chair umpire called a time violation on her as she was preparing to serve. The umpire’s decision to call the time violation took away Van Uytvanck’s first serve and forced her to hit a second serve. She spun in a weak serve and Cibulkova pulverized the return up the line to win the point and get the advantage. Cibulkova won the next point to make it 4-5 in the third, then she held serve to make it 5-5. Cibulkova eventually won the set 8-6 to give her the match.
ESPN went to a commercial after the game ended, but when they returned, the announcers said Van Uytvanck dropped an F-bomb after losing the game. Tennis writer Chris Goldsmith says Van Uytvanck also threw her racquet:
Cibulkova breaks.. the umpire awful decision. that would not have happened if it was Domi.. Van Uytvanck shouts "f**king" and throws racquet
— Chris Goldsmith (@TheTennisTalker) June 25, 2014
I just can’t believe an umpire would choose to call that violation at that time in the match, especially considering that Van Uytanck was readying to serve. It’s not like she was just hanging out behind the baseline toweling off and taking her sweet time as she rested and planned out her next point. She was just about to serve when the violation was called. Just terrible timing.
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The Miami Heat are reportedly making an “aggressive attempt” to move up in the NBA Draft to put themselves in position to draft Shabazz Napier, according to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford. That should not come as a surprise.
As you know, LeBron James recently informed the Heat that he will opt out of the final year of his contract. It’s not a coincidence that he made his decision before the draft when he had had several more days to decide. LeBron wants Pat Riley to improve his supporting cast, and one of the ways to do that will be through the draft or through trades involving draft picks.
LeBron doesn’t tweet very often, but he took to social media back in April to praise Napier and the way he led UConn to an improbable national championship.
Napier and Boatright controls both ends of the floor. Reminders of Bibby and Simon. That good!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 8, 2014
No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 8, 2014
We wouldn’t be surprised if LeBron is intrigued by the possibility of playing with a young dynamic point guard like Napier, especially after the way Mario Chalmers struggled throughout the playoffs. However, it is highly unlikely that Napier will fall to the Heat at No. 26.
LeBron isn’t the only one who likes Napier. Ford also reports that Riley flew Napier out to Miami for a workout after the NBA Finals and tried to convince the former Huskies star to stop working out for teams so that he would slip through the cracks and down to No. 26. Unsurprisingly, Napier was not interested. Being drafted higher means more money.
Napier has drawn interest from teams as high as the Orlando Magic at No. 12, so the Heat know they will have to move if they want him. The problem for Riley is he doesn’t have much to offer besides a player like Norris Cole and Miami’s pick. The Heat don’t have another first-round pick until 2016.
While we’re not saying Napier is a deal-breaker in LeBron’s decision-making process, you better believe Riley is going to do everything he can to make the best player on the planet happy. I wouldn’t read too much into the whole “stay together if you have the guts” thing. Riley has to do some ass kissing whether he likes it or not.
Despite not having scored a goal yet in the 2014 World Cup, Iran can remain alive in the tournament with a win over Boznia and Herzegovina, a Nigeria win over Argentina, and a lot of help with tiebreakers. The Iranians did not get off to the best start on Wednesday.
For a brief moment in the first half, it looked like Iran had finally gotten on the board. However, the World Cup’s computer review system determined that a shot hit the cross bar and bounced straight down, never crossing the goal line. Bosnia-Herzegovina went on to take an early 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
NO GOAL! (actually, it wasnt close. Hit bottom-front of crossbar and bounced back) pic.twitter.com/wHrOh2J83d
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) June 25, 2014
Oh, and the video you see above? That was just Muhamed Besic accidentally socking an Iranian player in the face. We realize it was an accident, but it’s just another example of the type of day Iran was having.
GIF via SB Nation
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Lionel Messi scored two goals in the first half against Nigeria on Wednesday, and the second was a thing of beauty. Argentina were awarded a free kick in stoppage time just before the first-half whistle sounded and Messi did what he does best.
Messi, who was celebrating his 27th birthday, struck a perfectly-placed ball with his left foot that gave Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama no chance. There’s simply no way to line up in a position that allows you to stop that shot.
With that, Messi brought his 2014 World Cup goal total to four in less than three games. There’s a reason many people consider him to be the best player on the planet.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez had what will likely be the most bizarre strikeout of his career on Tuesday night. Likewise, Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton probably won’t ever catch a foul tip on a two-strike count the way he did.
Gomez struck out in the bottom of the second after a foul tip got stuck in Lobaton’s mask. While there was some confusion initially, the umpire eventually ruled — correctly — that Gomez was out. There is no rule that states you have to catch the ball in your mitt, and it clearly never touched the ground.
Would that be considered squeezing a foul tip the hard way or the easy way? Lobaton didn’t really have to try, but his ears were probably ringing for the rest of the night. We’ll categorize it somewhere in between.
H/T Cork Gaines
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