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Tennis Player Elise Tamaela Reportedly Beaten Up by Player’s Father

We’ve heard of crazy parents in sports doing some wild things, but this may top the list. Dutch tennis player Elise Tamaela (pictured) says she was assaulted by Mihai Barbat, the father of another tennis player, Karen Barbat.

Tamaela was supporting countrywoman Danielle Harmsen who was playing Karen Barbat (a Danish player) in a qualifying match in Germany. Karen Barbat told a Danish newspaper that Harmsen’s supporters were being rowdy and she asked them to quiet down a bit. She says one of the fans provoked her father who responded with a few punches.

The punches to Tamaela’s temple reportedly were enough to knock her unconscious for a few minutes. Her brother says they went to a police station to file a report and then the hospital for treatment.

The match ended after the alleged assault and Harmsen won by default. Karen Barbat also defaulted her doubles match. Sadly, Tamaela had to default her match as well.

SB Nation says that Mihai Barbat has a long history of questionable behavior around the courts which should not come as a surprise.

Why does it seem like tennis parents are some of the worst? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Just read this and this.

Thanks to Sports Grid and SB Nation for the story

A.J. Pierzynski is Rocking an Anchorman-Style Mustache (Picture)

If you’re going to grow a mustache then grow a mustache.  Some people can’t grow a good stache, and that’s perfectly fine.  However, you should know if you are one of those people by the time you’re 34 years old.  A.J. Pierzynski has improved his play lately and the White Sox desperately needed him to, but his mustache is more suited for the set of Anchorman or a 1970s porno than the baseball diamond.  Check out the A.J. Pierzynski mustache picture, courtesy of Big League Stew:

You want to see a mustache?  This right here is a mustache.  In fact, even this is a great mustache.  And this could be the best mustache modern-era sports have ever seen.  If A.J.’s mustache is responsible for his high-quality play as of late, more power to him — as long as he knows how ridiculous he looks.

LeBron James Working with Hakeem Olajuwon to Develop Post Game

LeBron James was criticized for his lack of post game during the playoffs. While LeBron has shown he can play in the post (and has been ranked as a top five post player), there’s always room for improvement, especially if you’re working with one of the best post players of all time.

Just like Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, LeBron James has been practicing with Hakeem Olajuwon.

“I look at what he was able to do throughout his career,” James told the AP. “Unbelievable talent. Multiple champion. Just to see how he was able to dominate in the low post, for me as an individual, I just try to look at some of the things I feel I need to get better at and hit home at it. Our team becomes better if I continue to get better and that’s what it’s about.”

“I’m doing whatever it takes just to become a better basketball player,” he told ESPN.

So what we have here is some talk from LeBron. It sounds great, and working with Hakeem can never be a bad thing, but the real test will be if LeBron utilizes his new skills during games. As mentioned before, it’s not as if LeBron doesn’t have a post game, it’s that he doesn’t utilize it frequently enough. If he can start taking advantage of opponents by using it during games, the Heat will be much more difficult.

British Beach Volleyball Players Wearing Bar Codes on Their Bikini Bottoms

The 2012 London Olympics will be remembered as the games in which the beach volleyball players put their backsides into it. At least that’s how it will be for one U.K. team.

The beach volleyball team of Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin has sold advertising space on their bikini bottoms that will encourage fans to take pictures of their rear ends. Their bottoms will feature a quick response code. When users take a picture of the code on their smart phone, they’ll be taken to the Betfair website.

The London Daily Mail guesses the team was paid a five-figure sum for the advertising deal. The women plan to try out the barcode bikinis during a tournament this week, but they’re not allowed to wear them during the actual Olympics because of sponsorship rules.

Dampney and Mullin are currently ranked 26th in the world and hope to move up 10 ranking spots by the time the Summer Games begin.

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Olympics blog

Serena Williams’ Nail Salon TV Show Pilot Reportedly Nixed by Lifetime

Serena Williams has a few interests outside of tennis. Two of the notable ones are fashion and nails (and to a lesser extent, karaoke). She apparently made a TV show that revolved around her time at a nail salon and pitched it to Lifetime Networks — you know, television for women. According to the New York Daily News, they took a pass.

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Michael Irvin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Making Brothers Look Bad by Ducking Pacquiao

We’ve been talking about a potential dream fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao for two years. In our first mention of the fight, it was Manny Pacquiao who said he had no interest in the bout. That was a long time ago, because things have changed since then.

Floyd said he had nothing to gain from the fight and demanded Manny Pacquaio take extra drug testing. Pacquiao initially refused, later acquiesced, but he’s always wanted a cutoff date for the testing. Because of his demands, it’s appeared as if Mayweather was ducking the fight. It’s so bad that he’s even been called out by Michael Irvin. Check out this interview the Playmaker gave to Elie Seckbach:

“I like both fighters but I’m telling you right now, I wish Mayweather would go ahead and fight the guy. It makes brothers look bad with all of this running. You know we’re not into the running.”

That’s a pretty funny line, but I back Floyd on this. He’s the one who looks bad because he doesn’t have a loudmouth promoter like Bob Arum controlling the press. If Pacquiao would agree to complete drug testing, this would be on. As it is, it looks like the fight will finally go down early next year.

David Ortiz’s Blow-Up Over Scoring Change Was Result of Dustin Pedroia Prank

When David Ortiz barged into the interview room and interrupted Terry Francona’s press conference last week, it left us all slightly confused.  There was no denying the spaz attack was real.  Ortiz, Francona, and the young lady who was trying to stop Big Papi are not good enough actors to pull off a prank like that.  Now that the real story has surfaced, we realize Ortiz was not playing a prank but had, in fact, been pranked.

According to Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com, Dustin Pedroia played a prank on Ortiz after Boston’s win over the Indians that worked to perfection.  Ortiz was probably heated about the official scorer taking an RBI away from him to begin with, but the reason he thought the change was made is what really set him through the roof.

Haggerty informed us that Pedroia told Ortiz Red Sox owners John Henry and Larry Lucchino had ordered the official scorer to take Ortiz’s RBI away.  By doing this, the ownership group could in theory keep Ortiz’s stats lower in a contract year.  If I thought my boss had done that, I would be pissed too.

Don’t get me wrong, the way Ortiz went about it is still extremely selfish.  Players aren’t supposed to show the public that they are stat-hungry or money-hungry, let alone interrupt an official press conference to settle a personal issue.  However, the Laser Show’s prank makes it a tiny bit more reasonable. Now the question is, how does this compare to other baseball pranks we’ve featured here at LBS.

Worse Back Tattoo: Chris Bosh or Andre Kirilenko?

Sorry people, more bad tattoos.  Considering Chris Bosh and Andre Kirilenko are both big names in the NBA, we thought it would be appropriate to compare their ridiculously large back tattoos.  Which one do you think is worse?  Check them out:

Bosh’s is definitely more all over the place, but Kirilenko’s is a lot more World of Warcraft.  The strangeness and intrigue factor goes to Bosh, but the “what in God’s name am I looking at” factor definitely belongs to Kirilenko.  Personally, I think both suck.  Just be thankful artwork like this, Monta Ellis’ family tree tattoo, and A.J. McCarron’s brutal chest tattoo stay covered up most of the time.

H/T to Black Sports Online for the Bosh tattoo picture.

Jerry Rice: Randy Moss was Lazy and Hard for Me to Watch

Why is it that Jerry Rice is considered the greatest receiver of all time?  Is it because he had the best quarterbacks?  They were pretty good.  Is it because he has the most natural-born talent?  He has quite a bit of that, too.  Or is it just because he wanted it more than everyone else?  According to Rice, that’s the thing that separates him from a guy like Randy Moss.

As Pro Football Talk pointed out, Rice joined ESPN Radio Tuesday morning and shared some thoughts about the recently-retired Moss.  Rice said he believes Moss could have been one of the greatest receivers in football history had he just tried harder.

“It was hard for me to swallow because I was not as talented and I had to work harder,” he said. “To see a guy with that much talent not give it 100 percent, it was almost like a little slap in the face. But Randy was Randy.

“He could have been one of the greatest if he had worked just a little bit harder. I don’t think he wanted to give it 100 percent. You never knew what you were going to get with Randy. Sometimes you’d get the unbelievable guy, the amazing guy. Other times you’d get the guy that took a couple plays off.”

For many of us, Rice is simply stating the obvious.  Moss was accused of quitting when Matt Cassel took over for New England and has given up various times throughout his career.  Members of the media have always criticized Moss for being a quitter, but it sounds a little better coming from the greatest receiver in NFL history.  Moss had the tools to be even better than Rice, but he always lacked the heart.

Bucky Dent: Yankees-Red Sox Games Go Too Long, Supports Instant Replay

LBS spoke with former Yankees All-Star shortstop Bucky Dent Monday. We talked with the 1978 World Series MVP about the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, his infamous home run to beat the Sox, and if he has any desire to get back into coaching. We also discussed some of the issues in Major League Baseball including instant replay and playoff expansion.

Dent spoke with us after he participated in an autograph session for the SUBWAY® Baseball DeSIGNS tour, a unique traveling national tour of more than 40 baseballs designed by kids and autographed by celebrities. You can see some of the autographed balls at Subwaykids.com. The balls will be auctioned off from August 19th-28th with proceeds going to help Little League baseball.

Our interview follows.

LBS: Were you surprised that the Red Sox got to Mariano Rivera Sunday night?

Dent: I’ve seen a stat where Boston’s been one of the teams that’s given him the most trouble. Anything can happen in Boston — they have a good team, they have a good offensive team. Mo’s been a tremendous closer — a Hall of Fame guy — sometimes that happens. Sometimes you have a team that you just struggle with and it seems like Boston’s the one that gives him the most trouble.

LBS: The Red Sox used to be a team that never could get over the hump. Is it surprising to see them as a team that can win big games?

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