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Dodgers owner Mark Walter talks trash after sweeping Giants

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The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a crucial sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, and one of their owners clearly understood the importance.

After Clayton Kershaw lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 win with a 15-strikeout complete game, team owner Mark Walter couldn’t contain his excitement.

Because of the sweep, the Dodgers now lead the Giants by 6.5 games in the NL West division. Had the sweep gone the other way, the pennant race would have become much more interesting heading into the final 30 games of the season.

For what it’s worth, Walter should probably try not to get ahead of himself. The Dodgers haven’t won a championship since 1988. The Giants have won three since 2010.

For more analysis on where the Dodgers currently stand, let’s ask fellow team owner Magic Johnson.

Floyd Mayweather receiving ‘major’ movie offers

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears to have a nice career lined up for after he’s done boxing.

Mayweather reiterated on a conference call Wednesday that his Sept. 12 fight against Andre Berto will be his last. He and his manager also say that a movie career could be calling.

Mayweather’s manager Leonard Ellerbe said on the call that Mayweather has received three “major” movie offers in the last week. It’s unclear if each of those offers are for him to act or be behind the scenes, but Mayweather shared his preference.

“I’ve been approached on numerous occasions (to act) but I’d rather be behind the scenes. I’ve had my time to shine,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather can improve to 49-0 with a victory. He would go down as the second major fighter in history to retire with a perfect record if he is able to beat Berto and walk away from the sport. And if he transitions into showbiz after his fight career, then that would be another arena where he could compete with Ronda Rousey.

Cardale Jones reportedly rushed to hospital with severe head pain

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Cardale Jones was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after experiencing severe head pain, according to a report.

Tony Zarrella of 19 News in Cleveland reported the news:

Jones’ brother Devonte also wrote the following on Facebook. He said Cardale couldn’t move:

And there was also a post by Jones’ sister:

A further report says Jones has a migraine and “should be good.”

Jones is currently competing with JT Barrett for the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback job. The junior from Cleveland helped lead Ohio State to the national championship last season by winning three straight games. His Buckeyes open the season on Monday at Virginia Tech.

Boston host Kirk Minihane jokes Roger Goodell should be bumped off (Video)

Kirk Minihane WEEIThere’s joking and then there’s taking things too far. WEEI radio host Kirk Minihane certainly crossed the line Wednesday when he said that someone should bump Roger Goodell off in order to get him out as commissioner of the NFL.

Take a look at the video, which was circulated by the New York Post’s Bart Hubbuch:

Minihane’s comments made on CSN New England quickly went viral as many were shocked by just how far he went.

Though Minihane is the one who went too far, he blamed the “pathetic a–hole” Hubbuch for getting him in trouble and not recognizing his sarcasm.

Keep in mind that this is the same guy who called Erin Andrews a “gutless b—-” on air, so his current controversy should not surprise you.

Wife of Redskins GM Scot McCloughan apologizes for disparaging ESPN reporter

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The wife of Redskins GM Scot McCloughan apologized Wednesday for sending nasty tweets about an ESPN reporter from a private account.

Tweets from a now-deleted account showed Jessica McCloughan accusing ESPN reporter Dianna Marie Russini of having an affair with her husband in exchange for scoops about the Redskins.

“I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account,” McCloughan said in a statement. “The comment was unfounded and inappropriate, and I have the utmost respect for both the reporter and ESPN. I regret that my actions have brought undeserved negative attention to the Redskins organization and its leadership. My comments in no way reflect the opinions or attitudes of the organization and I regret that my behavior has in any way negatively impacted the team and its loyal fan base.”

McCloughan’s account was private at the time she sent the tweets. She has deleted the account, but you can see the tweets here.

What’s interesting to note is that a Redskins spokesman initially denied that McCloughan sent the tweets. He claimed it was the work of an impostor.

After McCloughan came clean, ESPN sent a statement backing Russini, who was caught up in the mess.

“Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments. We are obviously extremely disappointed by today’s developments,” ESPN said.

As we previously noted, Russini had long made her mark covering the Redskins prior to McCloughan’s arrival as the team’s GM in January. She was reporting excellent scoops last year and even has had exclusive information on opposing teams, showing her range as a reporter.

Between this and what happened with Robert Griffin III, this has been a horrible week for the Redskins on social media.

Phil Taylor visits Steelers day after being cut by Browns

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Phil Taylor may be on his way to playing for a rival.

A day after the former first-round pick was cut by the Cleveland Browns, Taylor visited with the Pittsburgh Steelers. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that as many as eight teams have interest in the Baylor product.

Taylor was the No. 21 overall pick in 2011 and signed for a $4.38 million bonus. His base salary of $5.47 million this season became guaranteed in March, and the Browns owe him that despite making him part of their first round of cuts.

Cleveland feels like they have enough depth at DT to let Taylor go. They now have No. 12 overall pick Danny Shelton at nose tackle and felt comfortable cutting Taylor, who is coming off multiple knee surgeries.

Photo: Phil Taylor/Twitter

Keegan Bradley engaged to girlfriend Jillian Stacey

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Congratulations to Keegan Bradley! The 29-year-old golfer got engaged to girlfriend Jillian Stacey over the weekend, Stacey announced on Twitter Wednesday.

Bradley and Stacey have been dating since at least 2012. They are both from New England and fans of the local sports teams.

Stacey has been traveling to events with Bradley for the past few years and caddied for him at the Masters Par-3 event:

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Join the 4th annual LBS Pick ‘Em Pool

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It’s a tradition unlike any other. The fourth annual LBS Pick ‘Em Pool has returned and you are invited to join the private league!

We pick NFL games weekly against the spread through a Yahoo league. The rules are simple: Predict each NFL game each week. Your two lowest weekly scores will be dropped (giving you a mulligan for a bad week or if you forget to do your picks). You have up to five minutes before kickoff to pick each game. The pool runs from Week 1-17.

To sign up for the league, go to Yahoo! Sports Pro Football Pick’em. League ID: 32449. Password: bradyscellphone

Here is the link to the pool.

Season Prizes:
1st place – $100 gift card
2nd place – $50 gift card
3rd place – $30 gift card

There will also be occasional prizes to winners of individual weeks.

NOTE: Please make your email address visible to the commissioner so we can contact you in case you win a prize!

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Adam Reed: American Heritage has a 4-foot-5, 95-pound running back (Video)

One of the most fascinating high school football players in the country is not a five-star recruit. He’s not a four-star recruit, either, or even a guy who has seen any action in a game this season. He’s actually an undersized 4-foot-5, 95-pound running back who plays for one of the best high school teams in the country.

Adam Reed plays for American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) High School, which is considered one of the top 20 programs in the country. The Miami Herald published a feature on Reed, who at 4-foot-5, is believed to be the shortest varsity football player to see game action when that does happen.

Reed, a 17-year-old senior, has been playing football at American Heritage since sixth grade. He started off on middle school teams and then played junior varsity the past three years. But as he entered his senior year, he was out of options because he was too old and experienced to play on JV again.

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Report: Dwight Howard brought loaded gun to airport, won’t be charged

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Many a center today draws inspiration from the great Bill Russell, one of the most dominant big men in National Basketball Association history. However, that inspiration should probably only apply to on-court greatness. You know, rebounding, outlet passes, rim protection, jump hooks, unselfishness, intangibles, winning team basketball. And the like. It definitely shouldn’t extend to bringing a loaded firearm to a busy local airport.

That’s exactly what Rockets center Dwight Howard reportedly did late last month, getting busted for having a loaded handgun in a carry-on bag at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, some two years after Russell was arrested at a Seattle airport for a similar incident.

Calvin Watkins of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the incident in question took place on August 28. TSA agents discovered the weapon at the bottom of the eight-time All Star’s carry-on bag, and Howard was detained by law enforcement officials.

The good news is that the 29-year-old Howard appears to have dodged a major bullet here (no pun intended) as the Houston District Attorney’s office declined to press charges for the incident. Howard also may have benefited from more lenient gun laws in the state of Texas compared with other states.

Watkins goes onto say that Howard was allowed to release the gun to an associate and proceeded to board a later flight.

The former Defensive Player of the Year struggled with persistent knee injuries in 2014-15 averaging 15.8 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game in just 41 regular season appearances. As he looks to bounce back next to a revamped roster bolstered by the addition of former Nugget Ty Lawson, Howard incredibly fortunate that his foul-up (which looks like a simple lapse in judgment) happened in favorable circumstances where the authorities were fairly quick to forgive.

Best save that target practice for the free throw line, Dwight.

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