Jim Parsons at Eugenie Bouchard’s Wimbledon matches – they’re friends

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Eugenie Bouchard has a celebrity fan who is probably cooler than most tennis players’ fans.

The emerging Canadian tennis star is friends with actor Jim Parsons, who is best known for playing Sheldon on “The Big Bang Theory.” The actor even spent time at Wimbledon watching her play.

In a recent feature for New York Magazine, Parsons says the two came in touch because Bouchard is a fan of his show. They began emailing after her matches and have developed a pen pals sort of relationship.

“She played her first professional Wimbledon last year, and her manager contacted my manager, and apparently she watches Big Bang, and he knew I was a fan of tennis and he said, ‘Is there any chance Jim could come to Wimbledon? He could sit in the players’ box with us,’ ” Parsons recalled of the friendship during an interview with ESPN.

Parsons has been at Wimbledon for over a week watching Bouchard play and has even sat in her box for her matches.

“It was really beyond my expectations the chance to sit in the player’s box. She is a cold-hearted killer out there,” Parsons said.

The 20-year-old has reached the finals of the tournament, meaning Parsons’ stay at the All England Club has probably gone longer than he anticipated. Parsons shouldn’t mind; not only is he on vacation, but he enjoys sports. He describes himself as a sports fan who watches the Rockets, plays fantasy football and loves watching the Masters golf tournament.

While taking in Wimbledon, Parsons has been living it up. He took selfies with Chris Evert and Hannah Storm:

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Rapper Black Rob performed ‘Whoa!’ at Derek Jeter’s birthday party

Derek JeterDerek Jeter is at that level of stardom where he has famous people attending and performing at his birthday party because, you know, he’s Derek Jeter.

Jetes turned 40 on Thursday and went out to dinner with a group and then a club to celebrate the big day. Page Six reports that folks like Michael Strahan, Tino Martinez, Jorge Posada and music moguls P. Diddy, LL Cool J, and rapper Timbaland were all there.

And you know how awesome Jeter is? Rapper Black Rob came to perform his hit single “Whoa!,” which Jeter uses as his at-bat song. That’s pretty cool. I wish Black Rob would come perform at my birthday party.

Oh, and I’m sure it comes as no surprise, but girlfriend Hannah Davis was also there for the celebrations and cozy with Jeter. That’s what we like to hear.

The song was made in 2000 and it’s still awesome.

Tip via David B.

Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel from ‘Girl Meets World’ take on Dodgers game

The stars from upcoming TV show “Girl Meets World” were at Dodger Stadium Wednesday to partake in pregame festivities. For many of us, that means seeing the familiar faces of Cory and Topanga.

Tell me this doesn’t bring you back to childhood:

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Yup, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, who will be parents in the new series, were joined by Rowan Blanchard and Sabrina Carpenter at Dodger Stadium. Blanchard will play their daughter in the new show, which is a spinoff of TGIF favorite “Boy Meets World.”

All that was missing was Mr. Feeny.

The series debuts June 27 on Disney Channel. Will you be watching?

Photo: Twitter/Dodgers

Rob Gronkowski danced up a storm on ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ (Video)

Rob-Gronkowski-DancingNew England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski appears to be recovering well from a torn ACL he suffered last season. If his knee was still bothering him, you’d have to assume the 25-year-old wouldn’t have dominated the scene on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Monday night.

Gronk was a special guest on the popular improv show, and he didn’t disappoint. As you can see, there was a few-minute segment where he danced around while Wayne Brady and company sang a song about him. He also took part in a skit with “personal trainer” Ryan Stiles that included a lot of boob jokes.

This guy needs to be a guest on more shows. The world needs more Gronk.

GIFs via Guyism

Was 50 Cent’s horrible first pitch a publicity stunt?

50 Cent first pitchAs you have probably seen through every major media outlet in America by now, 50 Cent threw out arguably the worst first pitch of all time before the New York Mets game on Tuesday. Can anyone who has a functioning arm really miss home plate that badly? According to one report, the rapper intentionally botched it.

“He did it so he would get all the press,” a source reportedly told Stephanie Smith of the New York Post’s Page Six. “He’s got a new album coming out, a new TV show on Starz and he wants to launch a tour.”

A graphic that has gone viral shows that 50’s first pitch may have actually been the worst ever.

The rapper’s people say it was excitement that caused the horrendous throw, not a thirst for publicity.

“It’s apparent in his excitement on the mound that he released the ball too early, clearly not a stunt,” one of 50 Cent’s reps said.

To be honest, I had this in the back of my mind from the start. No one can be that bad. It just doesn’t make sense.

Thanks to LBS tipster David

‘Million Dollar Arm’ pitcher Rinku Singh recovering from Tommy John surgery

rinku-singh-2Last Friday, “Million Dollar Arm” hit movie theaters and Craig Gillespie’s movie received generally strong rviews.

The film chronicles the life and journey of Rinku Singh, who came to the United States from India after winning a contest and the opportunity at a professional baseball career, and his friend Dinesh Patel.

Singh and Patel both earned places within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Patel’s career came to an end in 2010. Singh’s career is ongoing, most recently spending two seasons with the West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League. In 2012, Singh went 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 72 innings (39 games) as a relief pitcher.

Since then, Singh has battled elbow problems and eventually experienced a fate becoming all too common with pitchers today. As ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick points out, Singh underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow and will miss the 2014 season.

Like Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez and so many other All-Stars/household names, Singh is dealing with the emotional and physical fallout of an ulnar collateral ligament tear. He’ll spend this summer rehabbing in an effort to return to the playing field in 2015. That’s his ultimate goal, even as he attends movie screenings, fields interview requests and hangs out with Jon Hamm, the Hollywood star and devout St. Louis Cardinals fan.

In 84 games, throughout various levels of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, the 25-year-old Singh has compiled a 10-6 record with a 2.99 ERA and 126 strikeouts over 147.1 innings. His friend and fellow competition winner Patel allowed 19 hits and 9 runs in 13.2 innings over two seasons before being released.

H/T Eye on Baseball

Colts once had interest in signing ‘Game of Thrones’ giant Hafthor Bjornsson

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Did you watch “Game of Thrones” Sunday and notice a new character named Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane? If you took one look at him and thought that massive being could easily play in the NFL, you’re not alone.

The actor who plays “The Mountain” on the popular HBO show is a champion weightlifter from Iceland named Hafthor Bjornsson. Bjornsson finished third in the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2012 and 2013 and second in 2014. For some reason this string bean hasn’t been able to finish first — pathetic, right?

After Bjornsson appeared on the show Sunday, a few sports sites reminded us that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay talked last year about the possibility of signing the massive man.

Yes, Bjornsson checks in at a ridiculous 6-foot-9 and 419 pounds.

What’s that? You want more stats? How’s this:

Bjornsson’s highest weightlifting marks include:

Squat – 350 kg (794 lbs.) raw
Bench press – 230 kg (507 lbs.) raw
Strongman Deadlift – 420 kg (924 lbs.) raw with wrist straps
Loglift – 192.5 kg (424 lbs.)

Not bad. Frankly, I was expecting about 600 on the bench and at least 800 on the squat, but we’ll give him a pass. I’m not sure why things didn’t work out with the Colts, but I have to imagine the league’s PED policy might have presented a challenge.