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Anderson Silva already back hitting pads (Video)

Anderson Silva working outAnderson Silva appears to be making excellent progress in his return from a broken leg.

Silva, who broke his left leg kicking Chris Weidman during a TKO loss at UFC 168 in December (watch video here), is back in the gym and hitting pads. His manager, Ed Soares, posted video on Tuesday of Silva working out with coach Marco Morales.

Silva isn’t exactly bouncing around on the floor nor his he hitting with ferociousness, but that’s still a great sign.

UFC boss Dana White has said that Silva could fight by the end of the year.

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Jose Reyes shows off skills as a rapper (Video)

jose-reyes-rapThere are a couple of things about Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes that are fairly well known.

A National League batting title in 2011 shows Reyes is a more than capable hitter. Most are also aware of his prowess as a base stealer, thanks to him leading the league in that category for three consecutive seasons while with the New York Mets.

We’ve also seen Jose Reyes show off his skills on the microphone in the past. The 30-year-old recently stopped by Sportsnet’s Connected AM and blessed us again, this time with some help from James Cybulski on the beat box.

H/T Cut 4

Cristiano Ronaldo jukes Joel Matip, scores amazing goal (Video)

Cristiano-Ronaldo-goalReal Madrid put a beating on Schalke in Germany on Wednesday, and no one will be surprised to hear that Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show. Ronaldo scored two goals and assisted on two more during the blowout. His first goal, which gave Real Madrid a 4-0 lead just over 51 minutes into the game, included some of the best footwork you’ll ever see.

Schalke defender Joel Matip was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and Ronaldo undressed him before netting a beautiful shot with his left foot. His second goal was more of a footrace.

No wonder that guy was so desperate to get a huge from Ronaldo during a game last summer. Dude makes magic.

H/T The Score

Report: Inmate Aaron Hernandez beat up was in handcuffs

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez reportedly got into a fight with another inmate on Tuesday and beat him up “pretty badly.” It is unclear what started the fight, though TMZ reported that the guy Hernandez attacked was harassing him nonstop. He also may have been unable to defend himself.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that the inmate Hernandez attacked was wearing handcuffs at the time of the altercation. Sources reportedly told TMZ that the victim, who had been talking smack to Hernandez, could “barely defend himself” from Hernandez’s “brutal” assault.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said the fight — if you can call it that with one dude in handcuffs — lasted less than a minute.

Jail officials are still investigating how Hernandez even got to the point where he was allegedly walking down a hallway and able to go after another inmate. Hernandez has been kept away from the general prison population since he got to Bristol County House of Corrections because of his high-profile status. After what happened on Wednesday, he’s probably going to remain in solitary confinement for a long time.

Blake Bortles says NFL teams asked about girlfriend Lindsey Duke

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Former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles probably has the most attractive significant other of any player in in the 2014 NFL Draft. Lindsey Duke was introduced to the sports world last season and she changed the WAG game forever. Naturally, Bortles was forced to answer a couple of questions about the lovely Ms. Duke during his chats with NFL teams at the Combine.

“Nothing was really that bad,” Bortles said during an interview with Dan Patrick on Wednesday. “I got a couple of girlfriend questions but besides that it was all pretty normal.”

Bortles went on to say that some teams asked him “awkward” questions about Duke.

“If we come to town will she be there for dinner and stuff like that,” he said. “They knew (who she was) going into the meeting and I think that was kind of their angle to see how I reacted to that. It was alright. It was all stuff I had heard before.”

I’m not going to lie — I’d probably ask if I was going to get a peek at Lindsey too. There’s nothing wrong with looking, and she’s easily one of the best looking athlete girlfriends we have ever seen.

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LeBron James gives Heat teammates WWE championship belts

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WWE championship belts are all the rage among professional athletes these days. While millions of young kids around the world are idolizing NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB players, it seems like all of the idols are looking up to the stars of wrestling. LeBron James was given an official WWE championship belt by The Rock last month, and he has apparently decided to pay it forward.

“Always wanted to be the WWE Heavyweight World Champion so today I surprised my teammates with their own for their collection,” LeBron wrote on Instagram Wednesday. “And by the way it’s a Great time to be a @WWE fan with the launch of #WWENetwork #LoveMyTeammates #WWEStandOutAsAKid #StriveForGreatness.”

If you’re like me and thought the championship belt thing was getting out of hand when LeSean McCoy draped one over his shoulder and the Phoenix Coyotes began giving one to their player of the game, you’ll probably think this is a little much. This has to be the most rapidly-growing fad I’ve seen since pogs swept the nation in the 1990s.

Photo: Instagram/Chris Bosh

Barry Switzer: Johnny Manziel is an ‘arrogant little prick’ with ‘staggering’ ability

Johnny ManzielLegendary Oklahoma Sooners coach Barry Switzer has never been shy when sharing his opinion on Johnny Manziel or anything else related to football. The three-time national champion coach loves Manziel’s game, but he hates his attitude. He reiterated that during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Morning After” show in St. Louis on Wednesday.

“I don’t like Johnny Manziel’s antics,” Switzer said, according to host Tim McKernan. “He’s an arrogant little prick.”

Back in September, Switzer said he wanted to jerk Manziel’s facemask after the way he dismissed Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin on the sidelines. But once he was done insulting Manziel for the way he carries himself, Switzer offered some of the highest praise of Johnny Football’s game that we have heard.

“I’ve never seen a college football quarterback do what he does,” he said. “It’s staggering … he’s the most dominant college football quarterback I’ve seen in a long time.I ‘ve compared Manziel to Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. He takes over a game like those guys did.”

Having won three championships at the college level and a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, Switzer has certainly earned the right to share his opinion. While Ron Jaworski does not think any team should draft Manziel within the first three rounds, Switzer said the Rams would be silly to pass on him at No. 2 overall.

In some cases, arrogance can work in a player’s favor. As long as Manziel continues to show that he is more focused on improving his game living it up, he’s a risk worth taking for several NFL teams.

H/T SI Wire

Anti-gay law could cost Arizona next year’s Super Bowl

NFL-logoA controversial bill that was recently passed in Arizona that would allow businesses to refuse service to people based on their sexual preference could wind up costing the state roughly $500 million next year. That financial loss would come in the form of the NFL moving Super Bowl XLIX to another location.

In a written statement on Monday, the Super Bowl host committee made it clear that it does not support the recent anti-gay law passed in Arizona, which could be vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

“We share the NFL’s core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination. In addition, a key part of the mission for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is to promote the economic vitality of Arizona. On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state’s economic growth potential.”

“We do not support this legislation.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello later released a similar statement.

“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” he said, per the Washington Post. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”

Think the league is bluffing? Think again. The NFL already took one Super Bowl away from Arizona in 1993 after the state refused to create a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Given the fact that Michael Sam could become the first openly gay player in the NFL in less than three months, the legislation could not have come at a worse time for Arizona.

Henderson Alvarez sidelined by infected shin caused by ingrown hair

Henderson-Alvarez-MarlinsMiami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez has been scratched from his first spring training start on Sunday because of an infection in his right shin. In typical spring training MLB fashion, the injury is one we have never heard of before and will likely never happen again.

Alvarez left training camp early Wednesday morning after reporters noticed him walking with a limp. Marlins manager Mike Redmond later said that the 23-year-old righthander had to be hospitalized after treatment from the team was not effective enough. What started the problem? An ingrown hair, of course.

“I think it started as an ingrown hair and got infected,” Redmond told the Miami Herald. “We were treating it, the infection. It just wasn’t getting better. We wanted to be proactive and make sure it was getting taken care of. We got in there, got it cleaned out.

“It shouldn’t affect him. He obviously won’t make the start on Sunday, but he’s pitched quite a bit. It shouldn’t affect him and his ability to bounce back. He still has plenty of time to get his pitches in and get him ramped up for Opening Day.”

Don’t you hate it when that happens? Ingrown hairs are the worst. The Marlins are lucky this didn’t happen during the regular season, otherwise the pitcher who threw a no-hitter with a walk-off wild pitch last season may not have been able to help the team on its way to not making the playoffs. They dodged a bullet there.

If incredibly bizarre injuries are your thing, we have plenty to read about here.

H/T Hardball Talk

Jan Vesely up-faked the s— out of nobody last night (GIF)

Jan-Vesely-up-fakeDenver Nuggets forward Jan Vesely put on a clinic against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. He may have only scored five points and grabbed three rebounds in 12 minutes of action, but Vesely wowed the crowd when he broke no one’s ankles with a sick up-fake early in the second quarter.

No Blazers defender was playing Vesely close, so he decided it was the perfect moment to bust out the up-fake, step-back jump shot. It would have been even nastier if he drained the shot, but the move in itself was worth the price of admission.

Remember when Ray Allen said Vesely doesn’t know how to play basketball and I accused old man Ray of being grumpy? Ehh…

GIF via Twitter/Mike Prada

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