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Kevin Durant makes ridiculous 4-point play (Video)

Kevin Durant continues to make the impossible possible.

Durant completed an absurd 4-point play in the final 20 seconds of Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff game with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night by throwing up a wild 3-pointer as he was falling out of bounds and drawing a foul on the play.

Not only did KD make the three, but he also made the free throw.

Look at him – his body was like “The Matrix” on the shot:

Kevin Durant shot

Russell Martin wants to fight Martin Maldonado for charity following weekend brawl

russell-martin-brawlIf you missed it, the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates got into a bit of a brawl on Easter Sunday.

Carlos Gomez, who admired a triple he thought was a home run, was ejected. So was Travis Snider, who now has a black eye after receiving a punch from Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado. We know Maldonado has some strength because he knocked the cover off of a baseball last Friday.

Maldonado’s punch to Snider’s face isn’t sitting well with teammate Russell Martin, as the veteran would apparently like to deliver a blow or two so Maldonado knows how it feels to be on the other end.

Good luck with that, Russell.

We’ve seen Martin’s temper before, so there probably aren’t too many surprised he isn’t quick to let the situation blow over. Martin can throw the idea out there all he wants. Since the fight isn’t happening, it’s just hot air.

The Brewers and Pirates next meet May 13-15. Mark your calendars.

Travis Snider has huge black eye after punch from Martin Maldonado

Travis Snider black eye Pirates

Travis Snider was sporting a big black eye on Monday, a day after he was ejected for his role in the bench-clearing brawl between his Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.

The brawl started when Pirates pitcher (and ex-UCLA Bruin) Gerrit Cole barked at Carlos Gomez for admiring what turned out to be a deep fly ball to center field that went off the wall for a triple instead of a home run.

Snider came off the Pirates’ bench and was the guy who got Gomez to the ground during the fight, but it looks like he took his lumps. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado decked Snider with a pretty massive punch:

Snider was wearing sunglasses and they probably broke, because he was definitely bleeding afterwards:

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Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny together for the same picture

Mark Mangino Easter Bunny

Former Kansas football coach Mark Mangino shared this great picture of him in a pink shirt posing with the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday, and how can you not love it?

Look at those warm smiles. Arms around each other. Mangino single-fisting drinks. And how perfect is it that they’re matching colors?

I’m just trying to figure out which was better: this one, or the pic of Mangino posing with the Orange Bowl mascot:

Mark Mangino Orange Bowl

Twinsies!

And while we’re on the subject of Santa and the Easter Bunny together in the same photo, I’m reminded of this great clip from “Chasing Amy.” (beware: some of the language is inappropriate)

Photo via Mark Mangino
H/T Extra Mustard

Jon Jones not interested in move up to heavyweight

Jon Jones

UFC champion Jon Jones is no longer interested in moving up to the heavyweight division because he believes there are plenty of challenges for him at light heavyweight.

Jones (19-1) is set to face Glover Teixeira (22-2) Saturday at UFC 172 in Dallas, which could be a challenge even if Jones is listed as a heavy favorite. Beyond that, he has a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson to take care of and then some other potential fights. He says that has his attention more than heavyweight matchups.

“I have no interest [in fighting Cain Velasquez] at this point,” Jones said during Monday’s UFC 172 conference call via 5th Round. “There’s a lot of great competition for me to test myself against [at light heavyweight].

“Glover Teixeira, obviously, being first on the agenda. What a great challenge that will be. People are interested in rematches [with Alexander Gustafsson]. Phil Davis said he’s going to crumble me like a cookie. Lots of competition left for me and I’m excited to meet them all.”

I used to feel like Bones had to move up to heavyweight to really be tested, but his close fight with Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September changed my mind. I’m very intrigued to see the fights with Teixeira and Gustafsson for now and think that Jones definitely has a lot on the line against them. If he’s able to win a few of these tough ones, then maybe heavyweight might be the way to go. But for now, he definitely has some interesting competition ahead of him.

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Brooke Hogan’s ex-boyfriend Phil Costa retires from NFL

Phil Costa Colts

It’s been a rough six months for Phil Costa.

The guy broke up with Brooke Hogan, barely played last season, and now he’s retiring from the NFL.

The Indianapolis Colts announced on Monday that they are placing the center on the reserve-retired list.

“Phil feels it’s in his best interest to retire from the game,” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “We certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best.”

Costa was with the Cowboys from 2010-2013, but he only played in six games over the past two seasons. He signed a two-year, $2.7 million deal with the Colts in March, so it’s strange that he’s decided to quit a month later. This is entirely personal speculation, but maybe he’s dealing with some medical issues that are making it tough for him to play, so he’s decided to retire.

Costa really didn’t come on our radar until last year when we saw that he became engaged to Hulk Hogan’s famous, attractive daughter. The two broke up in November after Brooke realized they had moved too fast too soon. Hulk actually seemed pretty pleased over that development. Rough year for Phil.

Photo: Twitter/Colts

Rolando McClain quits football, ends comeback attempt

Rolando McClain

Rolando McClain’s football comeback is pretty much dead on arrival.

The Baltimore Ravens signed the troubled linebacker last year after the Oakland Raiders released him following multiple arrests/off-field incidents. The Ravens placed him on the reserve-retired list, and he did not play last season.

Baltimore activated McClain last week, and the former first-round pick had a workout with the team, but it did not go well.

McClain reportedly showed up late for the workout and then failed his conditioning test. He was supposed to show up Monday for the first day of the team’s offseason workouts, but he decided to call it a career instead.

“I gotta follow my heart. It ain’t football. If football made me complete I would play. But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason. … This means I’m done,” McClain said over text message to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham.

McClain also sent the following tweets, which shows where his head is:

He may not be playing football, but as long as he’s staying out of trouble, that’s definitely progress.

Evan Mathis pranked Eagles reporter Paul Domowitch

Evan-MathisPhiladelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis has been the center of trade rumors this offseason. He is scheduled to make roughly $5 million per season over the next three years, and he apparently believes he is worth more. The 32-year-old wants a new contract but Chip Kelly doesn’t seem concerned if he has to replace him. As a result, there has been speculation that Mathis would skip some offseason workouts.

On Sunday, Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Mathis would not be present when the Eagles began their voluntary workout program on Monday. Domowitch knew that because Mathis texted him the following map when he asked the veteran guard if he would be attending OTAs.

Evan-Mathis-Turks-and-Caicos

Domowitch later told Deadspin that Mathis apologized to him, saying that he was just having a little fun and that he can be taken at his word but “never for my pics, pins, [and] emoticons.” Mathis even retweeted Domowitch’s report just to make him look bad.

That’s pretty cold. Sarcasm can be impossible to detect via text, so you can’t blame Domowitch for taking Mathis’ Turks and Caicos message at face value. Having said that, Mathis is a known jokester who once pretended he was peeing on an IRS building sign. We should probably always be a little skeptical of stuff he says.

Billy Hamilton beats out ground ball to FIRST BASE for infield single (Video)

Billy Hamilton firstBilly Hamilton continues to amaze us with some of his incredible actions on the field.

Two days after embarrassing himself with one of the worst swings we’ve ever seen a major leaguer take, Hamilton pulled off one of the most amazing plays we’ve seen this season.

Hamilton was batting with one out in the top of the third Sunday against the Chicago Cubs and hit a simple ground ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo fielded it cleanly and then was deciding whether he was going to take it to the bag himself or flip to pitcher Carlos Villanueva. In the time he was waiting for Villanueva, Hamilton, who is one of the fastest players in history, beat it out to the bag for an infield single.

Yes, Billy Hamilton got a hit on a routine ground ball to first. FIRST.

Who does that? Seriously, who the eff does that?

I thought it was pretty awesome when Hamilton scored on a routine popup to shallow right field, but this definitely topped it. This guy has insane wheels.

Tip via Mr. H

Phil Jackson reportedly disappointed with Knicks’ conditioning

Phil Jackson KnicksThe New York Knicks fired Mike Woodson on Monday and are prepared to begin rebuilding the team under new team president Phil Jackson. One of Jackson’s priorities may be whipping the Knicks into shape — literally.

According to ESPN New York’s Ian Begley, Jackson has “talked recently about his disappointment in some of the Knicks’ conditioning” this season.

Two of the players Begley mentioned as ones who may have been out of shape are JR Smith and Iman Shumpert, who were both coming off offseason surgeries. Players who had offseason operations generally fall out of shape because they’re unable to exercise, so that’s completely understandable. But what’s the excuse for the rest of the team?

One of the big takeaways is that some people could lose jobs over the issue; Begley says Jackson’s unhappiness over the conditioning could lead to changes with the team’s medical and training staff next season.

Phil’s biggest task will be bringing in better talent on the team, but he might as well begin working on full changes that he believes are necessary.

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