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Bryce Hunter? Can you spot all the errors in this brutal MLB graphic

Bryce Hunter graphic

In the realm of broadcasting graphic fails, this one comes out on top.

This graphic was shown during the middle of the Kansas City Royals telecast on Thursday, and it is full of an absurd amount of errors.

The question: “Which young player would you like to start a franchise with?” is posed to viewers. Putting aside that they end their question with a preposition, it’s embarrassing how badly they bungled this image.

Let’s list all the mistakes.

1) Bryce Harper is erroneously called “Bryce Hunter”
2) Harper is shown as a Detroit Tigers player, not a Washington National
3) Matt Harvey is erroneously called “Matt Jones”
4) Harvey pitches for the New York Mets, not the Baltimore Orioles
5) Manny Machado plays for the Baltimore Orioles, not the Chicago White Sox
6) Mike Trout plays for the Angels, not the New York Yankees

If we missed any other errors in the graphic, please let us know. There has to be more.

Image via Mock Session

Fan runs onto field at Royals-Angels game, steals rosin bag, makes cop eat dirt (Video)

A fan ran onto the field at Kauffman Stadium during the middle of the eighth inning in a game between the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals, providing some of the best excitement of the night.

Angels reliever Michael Kohn had an 0-2 count on Alcides Escobar in the bottom of the eighth when a fan wearing a Royals jersey ran onto the field. The fan ran right behind the pitching mound, slid onto the dirt, snagged the rosin bag, got up, and scampered away.

The dude had a police officer on his tail and managed to shake the cop with a surprise slide onto the mound. The unsuspecting cop tripped and ate it on the mound, allowing the fan to momentarily break free while waving around his prized souvenir. The guy was just absolutely playing to the crowd, too. He was showboating and everything after flying through the field capture-the-flag-style.

Alas, the fan was eventually tackled and handcuffed by police, but not before taking them on a wild ride.

Let’s relive the fan’s glory.

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Mike Trout hits 463-foot home run, longest of his career (Video)

Mike Trout absolutely crushed a home run off Ervin Santana in the first inning of the Los Angeles Angels-Kansas City Royals game on Thursday night.

The home run came on a 93-mph 0-1 fastball from Santana, his former teammate. The pitch was low in the zone and Trout just golfed it out of the park to dead center, where it cleared the green hitters’ screen and hit off the base of the scoreboard.

The homer was originally estimated to have gone 433 feet, but that seemed conservative considering the ball cleared the green area above the fence. The Royals later said the home run traveled 463 feet, which seemed much more accurate.

Trout’s previous career longest home run was 445 feet last August, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Trout has heated up after having just an average first month of the season. He entered Thursday’s game batting .351/.437/.770 for May, with seven home runs and five stolen bases. He added a homer and stolen base in the game.

Two days after hitting for the cycle, Trout recorded the longest home run of his career. I’d say he’s getting right back to his MVP form.

If you look at the screen shot, you can see the pitch was right around Trout’s knees and he still took it deep:

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John Tortorella in F-bomb exchange with official (Video)

John TortorellaJohn Tortorella got into it with an official towards the end of the third period of Game 4 between the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, and there were audible F-bombs exchanged.

Torts could be seen on NBC cameras dropping F-bombs at the official, who also responded with some choice language.

“That’s enough,” the official yelled back at Tortorella.

“F–k you!” he told the Rangers coach.

It was so bad the announcers apologized for the language.

So what was Tortorella so upset about?

The Bruins had a line change and were able to get the puck down by the net with about three minutes left in regulation and the game tied at three. They were trying to push in the puck but were unable to. It looked like Tortorella wanted the officials to blow the whistle because he felt goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was controlling the puck (he wasn’t), and there was a delay in the officials’ call, which allowed the Bruins an extra chance to push in a goal.

Tortorella is one of the most brash coaches in the league, so it was no surprise to hear him go off like that. I’m also guessing this is not what NBC had in mind when they installed microphones near the ice.

Video via @CJZero

Jennie Finch threw a ‘Duck Dynasty’ party, likes Oklahoma in WCWS

Jennie FinchThe Women’s College World Series is entering the super regional stage, meaning there are only 16 schools remaining in the tournament. LBS had the chance to speak with former national champion Jennie Finch last week before the tournament began. Finch, a two-time gold medalist, is currently an Advisory Board member for the Capital One Cup, which awards a combined $400,000 in scholarships to the schools that win the competition.

I talked to Finch about this year’s tournament, whether softball will make it back into the Olympics, and about her personal life. Yes, Finch is living the country life and even threw a “Duck Dynasty” party recently. More on that later.

I asked Finch what she thought of No. 1 Oklahoma, which lost last year in the championship to Alabama.

“I expect to see them there at the end,” said Finch. “They have three of their players in the top-10 finalists for Player of the Year. It’s pretty amazing to have one person on that list, let alone three. It shows you the depth of talent of their program.”

Sooners Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts were announced on Thursday as two of the three finalists. Michelle Gascoigne was their other player who was a top-10 finalist.

“They’re playing with a little chip on their shoulder having come up short last year,” Finch said of Oklahoma. “So they have the pitching and the incredible offense to go along with it.”

Finch believes there is a strong competitive balance in the sport, which is different from how things were in the past.

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This Gordon Bombay 30 for 30 needs to happen (Video)

Gordon BombayWhat if I told you ESPN 30 for 30 was considering making a documentary on legendary coach of “The Mighty Ducks,” Gordon Bombay? You’d totally watch it, right? Well this trailer was put together by a dude named Colin Stanton last year, and it teases what would possibly be the greatest 30 for 30 episode ever. The triumph, the tragedy, the highs, the lows, Charlie, Hans, Ducksworth, the Hawks, the Ducks. We’re all dying for more. We want the untold story. Get on this, ESPN. Get on it now.

Via Bro Bible
Thanks to LBS cousins A and C Singer for the tips

Is Evelyn Lozada dating Carl Crawford?

Carl Crawford Evelyn Lozada

Are Evelyn Lozada and Carl Crawford dating? That’s the rumor.

Hip Hollywood reported this week that sources and eyewitnesses told them the reality TV star and ex-wife of Chad Johnson is dating the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. They also say Lozada was in New York last month at the same time as the Dodgers.

Bossip countered the report, saying Lozada was in New York at that time for personal and business purposes. They also say Lozada is single, not dating anyone, and isn’t even friends with Crawford.

So, whom do you believe?

In December, Lozada made a public appearance with Johnson. The two are no longer on good terms, so we know she’s done with him. But Lozada has dated former NBA player Antoine Walker in addition to Johnson, a former NFL player. It’s only natural that she would move on to an MLB player.

Let’s just hope Crawford is not involved with her. Things have not ended well when it came to Lozada’s last two relationships.

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Helio Castroneves: I’d give up sex for a year to win Indy 500 again

Helio-Castroneves-Adriana-HenaoHelio Castroneves is one of the most popular drivers in IndyCar history. He has won the Indianapolis 500 three times in his career, but that does not mean his passion for the race has waned.

Castroneves would love to capture his fourth Indy 500 title by winning the 97th running of the race this Sunday. How badly does he want it? During an interview with “Stoney and Bill” on 97.1 The Ticket on Thursday, Castroneves was asked if he would give up sex with his girlfriend Adriana Henao for an entire year to win the Indy 500 again. Weird question? You bet, and the legendary driver’s initial response may get him into trouble with his better half.

“So that means I can have sex someplace else?” Castroneves asked.

Oh no he didn’t. Castroneves was joking of course (we think), but the hosts clarified that he would have to give up sex altogether — not just with his girlfriend.

“I would not give up Indy, my friend, I’ll tell you that,” he continued. “I think I can handle one year without sex because Indy is Indy.”

Given some of the horrendous sex injuries we have heard about over the past year or so, giving up sex probably wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Fortunately, that’s the point of a hypothetical question. You don’t actually have to follow through with it.

H/T SbB Live

Roy Hibbert on sitting at end of Game 1 against Heat: ‘I need to speak up’

Roy Hibbert benchIndiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel made one of the most inexplicable decisions of the 2013 NBA playoffs on Wednesday night when he had Roy Hibbert, his best post defender, sitting on the bench for the Miami Heat’s final two possessions of the game. LeBron James took full advantage, taking the ball right to the hoop each time and leading Miami to a 103-102 overtime victory.

After the game, Vogel literally had no explanation for why Hibbert wasn’t on the floor.

“I would say we’ll probably have him in next time,” he said.

Naturally, Hibbert was also asked for his thoughts on watching the final seconds of the game from the bench as his team let what could have been a tone-setting win slip away. Next time, he says he’ll let it be known that he feels he should be in the game.

“I’ve grown as a player, this is my fifth year and maybe I need to start talking up more,” Hibbert told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night. “They pay me [max-contract money] for a reason.

“I didn’t say anything, and I wish I did. From now on, I need to speak up.”

They don’t pay Hibbert max contract money to make coaching decisions. Those are left to Vogel, but it’s probably not a bad idea for Hibbert to put up a fuss next time if Vogel can’t properly do his job in such a crucial situation.

Who are we kidding — there won’t be a next time. Hibbert is going to be on the floor in any tight games going forward, as he should be. The problem is Vogel’s epic screw-up allowed Miami to steal a game, and the defending champs don’t exactly need any help. The man calling the shots let one get away, and it could cost his team a shot at a championship.

Ryan Newman looking to make a run at Charlotte; will Kasey Kahne repeat?

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Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, is gearing up for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6:00 p.m. ET on FOX). Newman is coming off a 13th-place finish at last week’s All-Star Race in Charlotte and currently 17th in the Sprint Cup standings. He’s 147 points behind Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson and has recorded one top-five, five top-10 and three DNFs in 11 races this season.

Oral-B, which is sponsoring this post, has partnered with Newman and will be at the race giving away product samples and hosting contests and giveaways. Oral-B builds approximately one million manual toothbrushes in the U.S. every day, so the company believes Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to remind you to celebrate U.S.-built products that are engineered to perform.

Newman has had some success at Charlotte during his career. He had three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes at Charlotte during his time with Penske Racing. Since switching to Stewart-Haas Racing, Newman has three top-10 finishes at Charlotte, per Racing Reference. Newman has averaged a 6.9th starting position and 20.1 finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway (not including the All-Star Race).

So who else should we expect to contend for the checkered flag on Sunday?

Kasey Kahne figures to be top competition at the Coca-Cola 600. Kahne finished fourth in the All-Star Race last weekend, won the Coca-Cola 600 last year, and has recorded a top-10 finish in his last five races at Charlotte. Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson will also likely be a favorite to win. He won the All-Star Race for the second year in a row and has been particularly dominant at intermediate tracks over the past year. Denny Hamlin has been a model of consistency at Charlotte posting top-10s in his last four races there, while leading 73 laps. Greg Biffle should be considered a threat this weekend; he has had two top-five finishes at Charlotte and led 393 laps there in the four non-All-Star races there the last two years.

In addition to appearing at Charlotte for Memorial Day weekend, Oral-B will also be at Daytona for July 4th weekend, Atlanta for Labor Day weekend, and Phoenix for Veterans Day weekend, so look out for more posts from us ahead of each of those races.

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