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Yasiel Puig reportedly called team meeting to ask how he can improve

Yasiel PuigThe 2014 MLB season is barely underway, and already we have heard complaints about Yasiel Puig. The 23-year-old outfielder is playing in his first full season with the Los Angeles Dodgers this year after struggling in spring training and supposedly putting on a bunch of weight. According to general manager Ned Colletti, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

There have been several reports over the past few days that the Dodgers reportedly held a meeting with Puig to clear the air. The news came in the wake of manager Don Mattingly voicing his frustrations with his young star after Puig struggled with a number of injuries — which may have been real or fake — during the team’s trip to Australia.

On Sunday, Colletti told MLB Network Radio that Puig is the one who called the meeting.

“He called it,” Colletti said, via the Orange County Register. “He wanted to know how he can get better and some of our veteran guys stood up and told him. And they told him how much they love him and how much they want him on the team and like having him here. But here are a couple of things … that we’d like you to be more focused on, get better at.”

Mattingly has not gone into detail about the meeting but described it as “a good meeting.” Colletti admitted that there is a maturation process with Puig but praised him for his enthusiasm.

“But he sought (the meeting) out the other day,” Colletti added. “He asked the question. He was searching for his peers to tell him what they thought he needed to do to get better and they did. So I see that as a good sign.”

If Colletti is telling the truth, that certainly is a positive sign from Puig. The media has painted him as a kid who does what he wants and follows his own set of rules, so seeking advice from teammates and coaches could show he is ready to grow up. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.

Johnny Manziel puts Charlie Strong in check for doing Topszn handshake

Charlie Strong Johnny Manziel Topszn

Ohhh Charlie. For a guy who apparently treats hand symbols pretty seriously, Charlie Strong really screwed up on this one.

Strong, the new Texas Longhorns coach, was photographed doing the Topszn regime handshake. The handshake was popularized recently by Johnny Manziel and his crew (read the full history of the Topszn handshake here), as Manziel did it throughout the past two seasons. The photo of Strong doing the Topszn shake didn’t escape Manziel — a noted Longhorns fan — who posted the picture on Instagram along with the caption:

“Sorry Charlie…you’re not a part of the regime #SawEmOff”

Ouch. Nothing like being put in check by a college kid!

How did Strong not know better?

Photo: Instagram/JManziel2

Glen Davis sent to locker room with team security after exchanging words with Doc Rivers

glen-davis-clippersAfter beginning the season with the Orlando Magic and appearing in 45 games, Glen Davis agreed to a contract buyout in February.

In a move that didn’t come as a surprise to many, Davis signed with the Los Angeles Clippers a few days later. The veteran played under head coach Doc Rivers as a member of the Boston Celtics from 2007-2011.

On Saturday against the Houston Rockets, Davis was removed from the game and apparently didn’t take it well. After an exchange of words with Rivers, the coach had Davis escorted to the locker room by team security, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Those who have followed Davis throughout his career know he’s no stranger to a tantrum. We can go ahead and add this one to the list.

Brandon Spikes blasts Ray Rice for allegedly assaulting wife Janay Palmer

Brandon-Spikes-PatriotsRay Rice married his fiancee Janay Palmer on Friday night — just one day after his indictment for allegedly assaulting her last month. Rice has been charged with third degree aggravated assault and could face three to five years if found guilty. If Brandon Spikes was allowed to attend the ceremony, let’s just say he would have spoken up rather than forever holding his peace.

After word surfaced that Rice and Palmer had gotten married in a private ceremony, Spikes took to Twitter to unload on the Ravens running back.

I’m sure a lot of people felt the same way as Spikes after seeing that video of Rice dragging Palmer’s unconscious body out of an elevator. Many people are shocked that they got married so quickly given the circumstances, but I guess that’s their business. Leave it to Spikes to speak about it so eloquently.

H/T Black Sports Online

Ray Rice marries fiancee Janay Palmer day after indictment

Ray Rice girlfriend fiancee Janay Palmer

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was formally indicted in a New Jersey court on Thursday. He will face on count of third degree aggravated assault for an incident that took place last month where he allegedly struck his fiancee Janay Palmer and was later seen dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. Or, should we say, his wife Janay Palmer.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Rice and Palmer got married Friday night in a private ceremony. Apparently the two have patched things up, and the fact that police allegedly have a video that shows Rice knocking Palmer unconscious could not keep them from continuing their life together.

Police originally charged both Rice and Palmer with simple assault, but the charges against Palmer have been dropped. John Harbaugh said earlier this month that the two were working through their issues and were attending a couples seminar together.

Rice could face three to five years in prison if he is found guilty of third degree aggravated assault. Between winning the Super Bowl, being arrested and getting married, the 27-year-old veteran has had an action-packed last year or so.

Photo: Instagram/Janay Palmer

Chris Culliver arrested for alleged hit and run, possession of brass knuckles

Chris CulliverPerhaps it should come as no surprise that the same dude who got in big trouble Super Bowl week for his homophobic remarks also got arrested for an alleged hit and run and … to top it all off, possession of some brass knuckles.

Chris Culliver, a fourth-year defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested on Friday on felony charges of alleged hit and run and possession of the brass knuckles. Culliver allegedly hit a bicyclist and fled the scene. He was followed by a witness who saw him flee, and the witness cornered him in with his car. Culliver allegedly got out of his car, threatened the witness with brass knuckles, and hit the witness’ car as he left.

Police arrived on the scene and found the brass knuckles in Culliver’s car and arrested him. He was arrested for the two felonies and a misdemeanor for hitting the witness’ car.

Culliver was booked into jail and bailed out, according to KTVU.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver,” the 49ers said in a statement released to KTVU. “We will remain in contact with Chris and the local authorities as we continue to gather the facts regarding this situation. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will reserve further comment at this time.”

Culliver was drafted by the Niners out of South Carolina in 2011. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL.

The week of the Super Bowl in 2013, Culliver made headlines for his anti-gay remarks, for which he later apologized. He also made headlines in April for his offensive comments about women.

Tennessee F Jarnell Stokes called for controversial charge (Video)

Tennessee’s stunning comeback against Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Friday fell short after forward Jarnell Stokes was called for a controversial charge with six seconds left in the game.

The Vols were down by 10 with under four minutes to play and rallied to make it a 1-point game with 13 seconds left. They had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the game when they took the ball out from under Michigan’s basket with 9.6 seconds left.

Stokes came around a screen set by Jordan McRae and made a move to the basket, but there was contact and he was called for a charge. The charge gave the Wolverines the ball, and they held on for the 73-71 win.

Jarnell Stokes charge

Though many people will complain about the referees deciding the game, I thought that was actually the correct call. And so did everyone who had Michigan -2.