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Brian Orakpo on Johnny Manziel middle finger: ‘It was hilarious’

Johnny Manziel flips the bird

The Washington Redskins seemed to have a lot of fun with Johnny Manziel on Monday night. At one point, they were having so much fun with Johnny Football that they inspired the rookie to flip the bird to the entire Redskins sideline. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo thought the gesture was entertaining.

“It was hilarious,” Orakpo said, per John Keim of ESPN.com. “We were messing with him a little bit, just saying this ain’t college and stuff like that. We were having a little fun. Manziel flipped us off. It was something funny. We were all laughing on the sidelines.”

[Related: Brian Orakpo does Johnny Manziel hand gesture after sack]

Redskins safety Ryan Clark agreed that Manziel flipping the bird was “funny” and that “nobody cares.” DeSean Jackson, who for some reason thinks he has the right to get on a high horse despite some of the controversial hand gestures he has flashed in the past, sounded a bit more offended.

“Being young, things happen sometimes [and] you don’t know better,” Jackson said. “It’s unfortunate he did get caught, but he’ll learn from it. It’s nothing too nice to do. We’re out here competing with each other.”

The real reason the Redskins didn’t care about Manziel flipping them off? The Heisman Trophy winner completed just 44% of his passes (6-of-17) and was sacked three times. He did not look sharp at all, which is probably why he was frustrated enough to flip the bird. The learning curve continues for Johnny Football.

Also see: Johnny Manziel middle finger memes are fantastic

Tony Dungy, Phil Simms will try not to use word ‘Redskins’

Washington Redskins helmetMost major television networks have left it up to their television personalities on whether they want to use the term “Redskins” this season or not. With increasing pressure from politicians and other influential groups, the Washington Redskins seem destined to change their nickname at some point. The process might be accelerated if people just stop using it.

“My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game,” Simms told The Associated Press, via NBC 4 Washington. “I never really thought about it, and then it came up and it made me think about it. There are a lot of things that can come up in a broadcast, and I am sensitive to this.”

Dungy, who is a major staple of the NBC Sunday Night Football telecast, agrees.

“I will personally try not to use Redskins and refer to them as Washington,” Dungy said. “Personal opinion for me, not the network.”

But for every Simms and Dungy, there are plenty of broadcasters and analysts who say they will commit to using the term Redskins as long as that is the name of the team.

“There are so many Redskins fans that take great pride in the name,” CBS’ Rich Gannon, who spent a season playing in Washington, said. “(Owner) Daniel Snyder has said he’s talked and visited with (many) American Indian nations who are supportive of the name. And there are those who oppose it who are being heard. It’s an important topic.”

Jim Nantz, Boomer Esiason, Solomon Wilcots and Troy Aikman also said they will continue to call the Redskins by name until it is no longer their name.

There are even some prominent former Redskins players who believe owner Daniel Snyder should change the name of his franchise, but Snyder has refused to back down. In fact, Snyder recently bought some “Keep the Name” T-shirts from a street vendor. Still, I believe it is only a matter of time before he is forced to fold.

Chandler Parsons called out for hitting on dancer Mariah Corpus over Twitter DMs

Mariah Corpus

Looks like Chandler Parsons is the latest athlete caught up in a “when hitting on girls with social media goes wrong” story.

Some wanna-be model type girl named Mariah Corpus took to Twitter over the weekend to expose Parsons for hitting on her via Twitter’s direct messages.

Corpus, who lives in Houston and describes herself on Twitter as a go-go dancer and fitness junkie, decided to share a screenshot of some DMs Parsons sent her.

Parsons sent Corpus a few direct messages including his phone number and told her to text him. That was at the end of June. A week later he apparently followed up to indicate he was still waiting to hear from her.

Here’s the screenshot Corpus shared on Twitter Saturday:

Chandler Parsons Mariah Corpus Twitter

The DM exchange took place at the end of June, so we’re not sure why Corpus decided to release it and expose Parsons almost two months later. Whatever the case, Parsons wasn’t about to take the embarrassment quietly.

He responded by referring to Corpus as a “THOT” which stands for “that hoe over there.”

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Mo’Ne Davis shares how she got started in baseball

Mo'Ne Davis Taney

Mo’Ne Davis has become the sensation at the Little League World Series this year after pitching a 2-hit shutout in her Philadelphia-based team’s opening game win at Williamsport last week.

Davis is the star pitcher on her Taney Little League team, which is 2-0 through two games and will face Las Vegas on Wednesday with a trip to the US championship game on the line. Davis, 13, has been playing baseball less than six years. She was the subject of ESPN’s Sunday Conversation and was asked by Karl Ravech how she got started playing baseball.

“I actually started playing baseball at seven. I wasn’t really a big baseball fan but I had a strong arm, so then I knew I had to practice more,” Davis said.

“I was playing football and I was tackling the boys and I was throwing spirals, so coach Steve (Bandura) came up to me and said you have to play baseball. So I played baseball and I was an outfielder and that was kind of how it went.

“I started pitching at like the of age 8 or 9. I wasn’t the best, but I threw strikes so I would start a lot. And then my arm started getting stronger and stronger, so then I started throwing gas — like my fastball started speeding up. So that’s how I got started.”

In an interview with CSN Philly prior to the start of the LLWS, Bandura recalled how he discovered Davis.

“A lot of our kids were still hanging around, they were out in left field throwing a football around,” he said. “There was this little girl in the group with them, and I’m watching her throw perfect spirals every single time, and throwing them a good distance. I was like, ‘What is that?’”

Bandura is the coach of a youth travel team called the Anderson Monarchs. It was after one of his Monarchs practices that he spotted Davis. He also had great praise for her.

“At this age, she’s the best pitcher I’ve ever had,” Bandura told CSN Philly. “I’ve had pitchers that are now in the minor leagues, but at this age, no one’s had the control to go with the velocity that she has and the command.”

Even though Davis is 13, she says her teammates view her more as like a mother rather than sister. She believes a lot of that has to do with her calm attitude on the field.

Davis is not just comfortable on the field but also off of it. She shows some charm and humor in interviews. When asked what are some things people don’t know about her, she gave a typical 13-year-old answer.

“I laugh a lot and I joke around a lot, too. I also eat and sleep a lot.”

According to ESPNW, Davis dreams of playing point guard for UConn’s women’s basketball and has no desire to switch to softball. Why should she? The way she’s going, she can continue to excel at baseball.

Antone Smith on Jadeveon Clowney: “I don’t see anything special”

Jadeveon Clowney hitDuring Saturday’s preseason game between the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons, the No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL Draft announced his presence during the first quarter with impressive displays on back-to-back plays.

First, Jadeveon Clowney darted into the Falcons’ backfield and dropped running back Antone Smith. He followed that up with a sack of Matt Ryan.

While many watching at home were impressed with Clowney’s efforts, one of his victims was not.

During an interview with Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Antone Smith downplayed the hit and hype surround Jadeveon Clowney.

“Just a guy,” Smith said of Clowney. “I don’t see anything special. He’s just a guy. He’s a guy who plays defensive end. He plays pretty good. Made a good play.”

Tell us how you really feel, Antone.

For those wondering who Antone Smith is, he was undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft and spent some time on the Houston Texans practice squad before signing with the Atlanta Falcons. He appeared in 15 games for the Falcons last season and rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

H/T ProFootballTalk

Report: War Machine had Taser used on him during arrest

War Machine mug shot

When War Machine was arrested on Friday in Simi Valley after evading the police for several days, an official statement from the Simi Valley Police Department indicated that the former Bellator MMA fighter was taken into custody “without incident.” I don’t know about you, but to me the use of a Taser indicates there was some sort of incident.

KTLA News reports that authorities used a Taser to subdue War Machine, whose real name is Jon Koppenhaven, and may have thought he was wielding a gun.

“And they were like banging on the door, trying to get it open, and they’re like, ‘Open the door, open the door,” Nicolle Blankenship, a guest who was staying at the same hotel, explained. “Finally when they got it open they yelled, ‘Gun,’ and then all of a sudden you see them shoot him with a Taser. And he got shot with a Taser and he went down to the floor, and then they handcuffed him.”

[GRAPHIC: Christy Mack posts photos injury photos after alleged War Machine attack]

Another guest who was staying at the Extended Stay America in Simi Valley said she called police after she saw a “big dude” yelling at and getting physical with a small woman. War Machine reportedly grabbed the woman by the hair while she was attempting to calm him down.

Given what we already know about War Machine, we would be surprised if he simply put his hands on his head and went quietly. This is the same guy who allegedly beat Christy Mack and the man she was with. He also ran from the police for days while there were seven warrants out for his arrest. A Taser sounds pretty believable to me.

Mike Scioscia: Josh Hamilton not the same player he was with Rangers

Josh HamiltonMike Scioscia isn’t exactly thrilled with the type of production — or lack thereof — he’s received from Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton is only hitting .216 with a .630 OPS since the All-Star break and went 1-for-5 with 4 strikeouts Friday against the Rangers. That prompted Scioscia to say Saturday that Hamilton isn’t the player he was with Texas when he was a 5-time All-Star, won the 2009 AL MVP and commanded a 5-year, $125 million contract from the Angels.

“Josh is not the same that we saw when we were looking at the other dugout,” Scioscia said via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s not in the batter’s box with the confidence we know he has. He’s not attacking the ball like he can. He’s working hard to try to find it …but we need him to do what he’s capable of doing, or close to that.”

Despite being exasperated with Hamilton, Scioscia says he is not moving the outfielder from the cleanup spot in the lineup.

Though Hamilton has struggled lately, his regular season numbers could be worse. He’s batting .266/.339/.414 this season and was really scorching before going down with a thumb injury. Sometimes that’s all it takes to take a player out of his rhythm.

If Scioscia maintains confidence in Hamilton, I’m sure the outfielder will come around. He’s always been a streak hitter and will likely get hot again before too long. Maybe Scioscia is trying to motivate Hamilton by talking him down.