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Oscar Pistorius reportedly involved in altercation at a bar

Reeva Steenkamp Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius was involved in an altercation with another man at a bar in South Africa over the weekend. According to Pistorius, clothing company big wig Jared Mortimer aggressively accosted him and started the dust-up. Mortimer claims Pistorius was drunk and sparked the exchange by insulting his friends and South African President Jacob Zuma.

As the Los Angeles Times noted, Pistorius’ spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said in a statement that Pistorius was minding his business at the VIP Room in Johannesburg when Mortimer approached him and started talking about the Reeva Steenkamp trial.

“The individual in question, according to our client, started to aggressively engage him on matters relating to the trial,” Burgess said. “An argument ensued during which our client asked to be left alone. Oscar left soon thereafter with his cousin.”

Mortimer had a much different story for South African media outlets, claiming that Pistorius was drunk and being aggressive. Pistorius and Mortimer allegedly know each other through some of Oscar’s former friends.

“Oscar said to me, ‘Oh, you are the notorious Jared Mortimer,’” Mortimer told the Star. “Then he started talking about some of my friends, and he said he had statements and evidence that would get my friends into trouble. But he wouldn’t use it because he wasn’t that kind of person.

“He was drunk, but not bad. We were drinking tequila, and I still remember putting down my drink and thinking I couldn’t drink it while my friends were being spoken of like that.”

Mortimer says Pistorius then aggressively jabbed a finger into his chest, so Mortimer responded by shoving him. Pistorius reportedly fell backwards over a chair.

“He was poking me and saying that I would never get the better of him,” Mortimer explained. “He was close to my face and at that point I pushed him to get him away from me. A chair was behind his legs and he fell to the ground.”

Regardless of who is telling the truth, this is not the type of publicity Pistorius needs with his trial set to conclude later this month. Prosecutors have already attempted to prove that he has a temper and that Steenkamp admitted she was afraid of him at times. Bar fights certainly won’t improve the Paralympian’s image.

Jennie Finch blew fastballs by Adrian Peterson (GIF)

Adrian Peterson is a tremendous competitor, but even NFL superstars have to be careful what they wish for sometimes. During Sunday’s All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, Peterson challenged softball star Jennie Finch to throw the whole slow-pitch softball thing out the window and bring the heat.

Finch threw Peterson three straight fastballs during his second at-bat of the game. His reaction was priceless:

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After whiffing on the first, AP got credit for fouling off the next two. It’s unclear if he actually made contact, as he later said “it’s possible” and Finch jokingly replied that he’s “full of it.”

“I said, ‘Don’t take it easy on me. I want you to come with a fastball,'” Peterson explained, via ESPN.com. “She said, ‘What else?’ I said, ‘Changeup.’ Initially, I thought she was going to continue to throw them underhand, but she saw I was serious.”

Peterson also said he probably hasn’t swung a bat in 15 years, and it showed. Finch is a master of her trade. We all know what Peterson can do on the gridiron, but he’s clearly no match for Jennie.

GIFs via The Big Lead and @cjzero

Surfer gets nasty shark bite on his hand

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Carson Jewell was body surfing off the coast of North Carolina on Saturday when he felt some pressure on his hand. Thankfully, it didn’t hurt when a shark was mangling the 32-year-old’s flipper.

As Jewell told WWAY, he saw a fin sticking out of the water 30 minutes before he was attacked. Rather than taking that as a sign that he should get out of the water, he ignored it and kept catching waves.

“My hand was out, and the next thing I know there was pressure and really rough,” Jewell explained. “It didn’t feel rough. Just felt like I knew exactly what was happening. It didn’t hurt. When I stood up I could feel the body of the shark hitting my legs. It had me no more than two seconds, and there was no time to react, to think about it, or to do anything heroic.”

Jewell remained calm and had some of his friends use a surfboard leash to tie a tourniquet around his hand and slow the bleeding. He was then able to walk to the backside of Masonboro Island, where the attack took place, and was later treated and released from the hospital.

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Axelle Despiegelaere loses modeling contract over hunting photo?

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You know that 17-year-old Belgium fan that landed a modeling contract with L’Oreal after she was photographed at the World Cup? Axelle Despiegelaere worked with L’Oreal to create one social media video before her contract was terminated. A hunting photo that she posted on Facebook may explain why her gig was so short-lived.

Axelle’s Facebook page, which had nearly 30,000 likes but has since been deleted, featured several photos of her wearing Belgium colors and cheering on her team. There was also one photo that showed her holding a rifle and posing with a dead gazelle. It sparked outrage, as did the caption that went along with it.

Despiegelaere posted the photo before Belgium’s win over the United States. Here’s what she wrote, according to Business Insider:

“Hunting is not a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that…this was about 1 year ago. Ready to hunt Americans today haha.”

After reading all the backlash from fans, Axelle changed the caption to simply read “this was about 1 year ago.” She also apologized to anyone she might have offended.

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Warrior lacrosse company upset with Title IX, favoritism to softball over lacrosse

Warrior lacrosseWarrior, a sporting goods company specializing mostly in lacrosse (and hockey) apparel and equipment, came out firing on Thursday night after seeing softball televised on ESPN while lacrosse was on ESPN2.

Here is the tweet sent from the official Warrior account:

That’s pretty harsh.

A pool play game of the World Cup of Softball between Team USA and Canada was being televised on ESPN, while the USA-Canada lacrosse game at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships was on ESPN2.

Just in case you got the wrong message here, Warrior wanted to clarify that it wasn’t an anti-softball thing so much as a Title IX problem.

Way to clear things up there, Warrior. We weren’t expecting a PC apology, anyway.

(Update: shortly after we published, they deleted the tweets)

You can take an anti-Title IX stance if you want — and I’m not sure why you would — but once you have a friend or family member get the opportunity to receive a free education at a school they otherwise would be unable to attend thanks to the benefits of Title IX, you’ll never have a bad thing to say about it again.

And, seriously, is lacrosse really that much more popular than softball? Doubtful.

Oh yeah, genius move by Warrior. If there are 375 women’s lacrosse teams in the NCAA, surely someone of them need apparel and equipment, right? Guess Warrior doesn’t want that business …

Tip via B Foley

Ketchup and mustard girl is all the rage right now (Video)

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Every once and a while we like to take a short break from sports to make sure you don’t miss out on some of the best viral videos that are going around the internet. And trust me, you don’t want to miss the speeches that “ketchup and mustard girl” has taken the time to lay out for us.

The videos you see below contain a lot of NSFW language. We’re not really sure what’s going on, but the people recording ketchup and mustard girl imply several different times that she uses drugs by saying stuff like “say no to crack.” Other than that, we really don’t have anything else to add. Enjoy your day.




Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands modeling contract after World Cup

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Belgium may have been disappointed by its loss to Argentina in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but at least the team helped make a star out of one of its nation’s own. Axelle Despiegelaere, a 17-year-old fan who was shown on television during Belgium’s match against Russia in group play, has landed a modeling gig.

Despiegelaere proudly wore a horned hat and face paint featuring the colors of Belgium’s flag. It sounds like she had multiple modeling offers, as she announced on Facebook Tuesday that she has signed a contract with L’Oreal.

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