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Stuart Scott’s moving ESPYs speech might make you cry (Video)

Stuart Scott ESPYsLongtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott delivered an incredibly moving speech at the 2014 ESPYs upon receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. The speech was powerful enough to make most people cry.

Stu has been fighting cancer since 2007 and said in his speech that he was in the hospital as of Friday following four surgeries in seven days. He had liver complications and kidney failure. He wasn’t even sure he would be able to make it to LA Wednesday to receive his award. But he did, making his speech all that more awesome.

Scott’s main message came in these powerful words: “You beat cancer by HOW you live, WHY you live, and in the manner in WHICH you live.”

He stressed the importance of having people around you who support you and care enough to help you beat cancer. He talked about how having a positive and determined attitude helps him win the fight. He also gave a lot of love to his daughters — Taelor and Sydni — describing them as his “heartbeat” and the reason he fights to live. His daughter Sydni was in attendance and teared up while watching her father’s video and speech.

To close out the speech, Stu called his daughter up to the stage for a hug.

The video shows the prepackaged piece on Scott as well as his speech. To go straight to his speech, jump to the 6:45 mark.

Earl Thomas walks out of interview with me after getting upset with question (Video)

Earl Thomas is arguably the best safety in the NFL and top player on the Seattle Seahawks’ stellar defense, but there’s a reason why he’s one of the quiet members of the Legion of Boom — especially compared to Richard Sherman.

Thomas doesn’t quite have that same media savvy as his outspoken teammate.

LBS attended the red carpet event for the 9th annual All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party at the Montrian Hotel on Monday and had the chance to interview Thomas. The only problem is the interview didn’t last very long; Thomas got upset with one of my questions and walked away.

Earl ThomasThe nature of the questions were pretty simple: Thomas is in line to return punts this season for the Seahawks, so I asked him if he was looking forward to the extra responsibility. He got excited and said he was looking forward to scoring some touchdowns, which led to a natural follow-up — does he have any TD celebrations planned?

Thomas is also competing with Sherman for punt returning duties on the team, so I asked who the better punt returner is. Based on how Thomas was acting at the beginning of the interview — talking about us filming his good side and being excited about scoring touchdowns — I thought he would give a playful answer. Instead, he got upset, accused me of trying to start some drama, and walked away.

Sorry, Earl, I was just trying to have some fun, not start trouble.

Texas reportedly was prepared to offer Nick Saban $100 million

Nick SabanNick Saban took some time waffling between Texas and Alabama last year, and now we have a better understanding of what may have made the choice so difficult.

According to radio/TV host Paul Finebaum, Texas was prepared to give Saban a $100 million offer to coach the Longhorns football team.

Below is an excerpt from Finebaum’s upcoming book “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” which was co-written by ESPN’s Gene Wojchiechowski. According to AL.com, which received an advance copy of the book, Finebaum says Texas going to offer Saban a $15 million signing bonus and total package that would pay him $100 million-plus.

Here’s what AL.com says:

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum and Wojchiechowski write. “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”

Saban instead signed a contract extension with Alabama in December which pays him at least $6.9 million per year through 2022.

What do you make of this Texas offer? Did the Longhorns actually give him this offer and did he turn it down? Or did talks never get to that stage? If Saban were really told by Texas he could get $100 million, that would have to have commanded his attention and caused him to consider the job, which he did. Who can blame him for that?

Saban ultimately said he was too old to start over somewhere else, and that does make sense. How long would he have had to stay at Texas to see all of that money? 10 years? At this point for Saban it probably is not about the cash but about maintaining his dynasty and building a legacy of one of the greatest college football coaches ever.

Mark Calcavecchia missing British Open after flight is cancelled

Mark-CalcavecchiaMark Calcavecchia had an an automatic spot in the 2014 Open Championship field as a past winner who is less than 60 years old. Unfortunately, the 1989 champion was unable to make the trip to Royal Liverpool Golf Club in the United Kingdom. You can blame American Airlines for that.

On Tuesday, Calcavecchia revealed on Twitter that he would be unable to make it to Hoylake in time because his flight had been cancelled.

Calcavecchia was forced to withdraw from the major because of the change in flight schedule. While he was clearly unhappy with American Airlines, he did take the time to congratulate first alternate David Hearn for earning a spot in the field.

At age 54, Calcavecchia was not going to win the Open Championship. That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have liked to compete, and he did finish in the top 10 back in 2012. Golfers having problems with airlines is nothing new — just ask Rory McIlroy.

H/T Eye on Golf

Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Ronda Rousey: ‘I don’t know who he is’ (Video)

Ronda-RouseyFloyd Mayweather Jr. and Ronda Rousey will never fight each other, which is probably for the best. For starters, one is a male and the other is a female. They also compete in very different sports, so someone would probably get hurt. But don’t worry, Mayweather has no idea who Rousey is, anyway.

On Tuesday, USA Today’s Bob Velin jokingly asked Mayweather how he thinks Rousey would do in a fight against him.

“Actually, I don’t know who he is,” Mayweather said while shrugging.

If Floyd was messing around he did a great job of selling it. He legitimately looked confused, though it is hard to believe that anyone who fights for a living has not heard of the most popular female fighter in the UFC. Maybe that was just Mayweather’s way of fluffing off people like Joe Rogan who say Rousey could take him.

Either way, that reaction was pretty damn funny.

Video via The Big Lead

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.

Chandler Parsons ‘offended’ by way Rockets treated him in free agency

Chandler-Parsons-RocketsChandler Parsons is glad that the Houston Rockets ultimately chose to not match the offer he received from the Dallas Mavericks. While Mark Cuban was partying with Parsons and treating him like a top priority, the Rockets were out looking to see if they could do better. That did not sit well with the former Florida star.

On Monday, Parsons told Yahoo Sports that he was “offended” by the way the Rockets treated him in free agency.

“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” he said. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.”

The Rockets were looking to shed the salary cap space needed to sign Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. They would not have been able to keep Parsons if they signed one of the aforementioned superstars, which means Parsons wasn’t their first, second, or third option.

Rather than matching the Mavericks’ offer of three years and $46 million, Houston let Parsons walk and signed Trevor Ariza to a three-year, $32 million deal.

“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better,” Parsons added. “[Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”

On one hand, you could argue that the Rockets did Parsons a favor by opting out of the final year of his contract, which would have paid him south of $1 million. That allowed the 25-year-old, who averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, to make more money now. Despite that, Parsons said he is upset he was misled.

“Throughout the whole process they pretty much told me they were going to match everything,” he said. “I understand it’s a business. I understand they had to do what they thought was best for their organization. It definitely caught me off-guard a little bit.”

In the end, it probably worked out. Parsons should want to play where he is wanted more, which is obviously in Dallas. An average annual salary of $15 million is just fine for a player of his caliber.