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Vladimir Guerrero has 8 kids by 5 women

Vladimir Guerrero was busy being more than just a hit factory during his Major League career … he apparently was also building a ball team off of it.

TMZ obtained a paternity suit filed against Guerrero, and the documents state that the former AL MVP has 8 kids with 5 different women. Not only does that seem irresponsible, but it’s also a financial strain; documents state that Guerrero pays over $25k a month in child support spread out to the five mothers.

If you do the math, Guerrero pays just over $300,000 a year in child support, which means he needs to earn nearly the league minimum just to pay for his kids.

I think we know why he’s so desperate to stay in the bigs.

This really isn’t a laughing matter. Between guys like him, Travis Henry, and Antonio Cromartie, it’s sickening to see such irresponsibility when it comes to parenting a child.

Timothy Bradley wasn’t convinced he won ‘I got to view the tape’

Saturday’s split decision victory for Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao was one of the worst decisions boxing has seen in a long time. The stats, the viewers, and the damage all told the same story: Pac Man beat Bradley convincingly. Sure, there were plenty of rounds that were close, but there weren’t enough for Manny to have lost. Heck, even Bradley seemed surprised he had won.

Asked after the fight if he felt he won, Bradley expressed skepticism.

“Every round was pretty close. I got to go home and view the tape and see if I really won,” he said.

He apparently wasn’t the only one from his corner who was stunned. According to SI’s Chris Mannix, promoter Bob Arum said that Bradley’s manager had it 8 rounds to 4 in favor of Pacquiao.

Let’s add things up for a second: Pacquiao felt he won, everyone watching thought Pacquiao won, Bradley’s manager thought Pacquiao won, and Bradley wasn’t even convinced he had won the fight. That all being the case, how on earth could Bradley have won the fight? You know the answer, so I don’t even have to say it.

Timothy Bradley in wheelchair at post-fight press conference (Picture)

Timothy Bradley rolled his way to victory over Manny Pacquiao on the judges’ scorecards, and then he rolled his way into his post-fight press conference.

There were a few reports during the fight that Bradley hurt his foot in the early rounds. After the fight, Jaime Motta of Univision reported that Bradley fractured his left foot and sprained his right foot. That explains the wheelchair.

According to fight promoter Top Rank Boxing, Bradley hurt his left foot stepping on the referee’s foot in the second round.

I’m not sure what was more improbable: that Bradley showed up to the presser in a wheelchair, or that he WON A FIGHT WITH A BROKEN FOOT. You make the call.

Photo credit: Bryan A. Graham

SportsCenter anchor says Manny Pacquiao lost to Avery Bradley (Video)

Kevin Connors and Adnan Virk were hosting ESPN’s SportsCenter on Saturday night following the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, and one of them screwed up big time during the intros. Whomever was voicing over the intro before the show began said that Manny Pacquiao was upset by Avery Bradley. I guess the anchor had basketball on the mind, because Avery Bradley is a Celtics player. Pacquiao fought and lost to Timothy Bradley. But hey, who’s keeping track?

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Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo didn’t shake hands after Game 7 (Video)

The Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 101-88 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday, and there was plenty of respect exchanged between the teams after the game. Well, except for the two Celtics who skipped out early.

Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo left the floor before the game ended and could be seen walking through the tunnel to their locker room, just like Paul Pierce did during Game 2. Coach Doc Rivers had subbed out his starters in the final minute when it was clear the team would not manage a comeback, and neither player stuck around to exchange handshakes and hugs like the rest of the team.

KG and Rondo are known as two of the more competitive players in the league, so it’s no surprise that they would be ticked off after seeing their season end. Still, it’s proper sportsmanship to congratulate the opposing team when you have been outplayed. LeBron James learned that lesson the hard way when he was criticized for walking off the floor after losing to the Magic in 2009.

Brock Lesnar’s meeting with Dana White ‘couldn’t have gone worse’

Fans of Brock Lesnar may have to postpone their hopes of seeing the former UFC heavyweight champion return to the Octagon. According to UFC President Dana White, a recent meeting between the two did not go well.

“The meeting we had didn’t go really well,” he told Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting. “It wasn’t a great meeting. It probably one of the worst meetings we’ve ever had with Brock Lesnar, and I honestly have not talked him since, so I don’t know where we are at.

“All the stuff you’re seeing on the Internet is typical Internet bull****,” he said.

“It was really bad. It was the worst meeting I’ve ever had with Brock Lesnar. In my opinion, it couldn’t have gone worse.”

White expressed similar disappointment to MMA Junkie.

“It’s one of those things (where) it’s not worth getting into it publicly,” he said. “It’s not worth getting into the B.S. over it.”

Lesnar retired following a loss against Alistair Overeem at UFC 141, but he sparked speculation about a potential comeback when he traveled to Las Vegas to attend the main event at UFC 146. For now, it looks like Lesnar will be sticking to wrestling.

Video of White’s interview with Helwani is below:

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Union Rags wins Belmont Stakes in photo finish (Video)

There was no Triple Crown bid at the Belmont Stakes, but the finish to the race was as thrilling as it gets.

Race favorite Union Rags came from behind to beat Paynter by a neck. Even though I’ll Have Another pulled out of the race because of an injury, Union Rags did exactly what the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had down — he came back to beat a Bob Baffert-trained horse.

Here’s a look at the photo finish to see just how close it was:

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Former Colts DL Quinn Pitcock overcomes video game addiction, returns to football

When most people think about video game addiction, they have a tendency to envision young children or teenagers in high school. Many refuse to believe that it is an actual problem or addiction. In realty, it is. Video game addiction is a mental condition that can affect the lives of adults just as easily as children. Former Colts defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock is a walking example of that.

In 2008, Pitcock retired from the NFL after an addiction to the video game “Call of Duty” took control of his life. The addiction was related to depression and ADHD, and Pitcock says he planned his entire life around playing.

“I couldn’t put it down,” he said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “If I visited family or friends, I timed it down to the last second where I could still play another game. I’d go to McDonald’s for breakfast, order a bunch of food, come home and play for 18 hours into the next day, then crash, sleep for seven hours and do it all over again.”

Now, Pitcock has overcome his condition and is playing for the AFL’s Orlando Predators. The former third-round pick says he left the game of football because he had no motivation to play, but that frustrated him. His awareness of the game having a hold on his life was evident, as he says he destroyed several games but ended up buying replacement copies.

“I broke about four games in half, burned them, microwaved them, put a torch to them, letting my aggression out to get rid of them,” Pitcock explained. “But the next day, I was at Target buying another game.”

Pitcock has made a few unsuccessful attempts to rejoin NFL teams over the last couple years. Even if he is never able to return to the NFL, his story can provide inspiration for kids who can’t put down their Xbox controllers. The problem is real, and it’s one that full-grown adults with legitimate fulltime jobs also struggle with on a daily basis.

H/T Pro Football Talk
Photo credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Metta World Peace gets acting role in Lifetime movie

From promoting rap albums to doing weather reports on Canadian TV, Metta World Peace is always broadening his sports horizons. Now it looks like he’ll be venturing into a completely new realm — movies.

TV Guide reports that the wacky Lakers forward has scored a role in a movie adaptation of Nancy Grace’s first novel, “The Eleventh Victim,” which is set to premiere in the fall on Lifetime Movie Network.

World Peace will play a Georgia detective who works alongside Atlanta’s District Attorney (played by former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Jennie Garth), as she pursues the conviction of a serial killer.

If you’re wondering how World Peace scored the role, it’s apparently thanks to a friendship that developed between him and Grace when the two were contestants on Season 13 of “Dancing With the Stars” (though Grace never wore her hair as crazy as World Peace did). In fact, it seems like the whole thing is a Dancing With the Stars connection; Garth was also a former contestant on the show.

You might question if World Peace has any acting chops, but as this video showed us, the guy can be pretty funny on camera. We think he’ll do great and, at the least, he should give Lifetime a boost in male viewers.

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Dee Gordon appears to have beaten throw in Mariners’ no-hitter (Picture)

The Mariners used six pitchers to no-hit the Dodgers in Seattle on Friday for the 10th combined no-hitter in MLB history. Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelm came in to pitch the 9th to save the 1-0 game, and his inning involved a controversy.

Dodgers shortstop and leadoff hitter Dee Gordon was the first batter of the inning, and he was called out on a close play at first. Gordon was jammed and hit a broken-bat flare to shortstop Brendan Ryan who threw onto first. It was a bang-bang play at the bag, the kind where the “tie goes to the runner” rule generally applies, but Gordon was called out.

In the screencap above, it appears as if Gordon’s foot touched the bag just before the ball arrived in first baseman Justin Smoak’s mitt.

While I don’t believe in rules being bent or favors being done so pitchers can achieve milestones like no-hitters and perfect games, I will say that if the Dodgers needed a broken-bat infield flare to get their first hit, they deserved to be embarrassed.

The no-hitter was the third in Mariners’ history, and first time the Dodgers were no-hit since 1994.

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