Manny Pacquiao’s mom puts hex on Timothy Bradley (Video)

Manny Pacquiao is a very religious and spiritual man, and it’s no surprise he got it all from his mom, Dionesia.

In fact, if you watched the rematch between Pac-Man and Timothy Bradley on Saturday night in Las Vegas, there’s no way you missed Pacquiao’s mom seemingly placing a hex on Bradley.

HBO cameras flashed to Dionesia during the fight and showed her holding a cross in her hand and reciting what appeared to be some sort of prayer while also pointing a finger towards the ring.

Was she putting a curse on Bradley? Praying for her son? Who knows? But I do know that was some interesting placement with her middle finger, I’ll tell you that much:

Manny Pacquiao mom

Regardless of whatever she may have been doing during the fight, it was nice to see Dionesia go up to Bradley and give him a hug after the fight.

Though she probably was praying for her son to win, she most likely wanted to see both fighters escape without suffering an injury. Her son ended up with a cut above his left eye from a headbutt, but that was about it. It was probably the exact outcome she wanted.

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Video via @bubbaprog; GIF via GIFD Sports

Timothy Bradley was seriously depressed after beating Manny Pacquiao

Timothy Bradley wheelchair

Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao by a controversial split decision in June 2012. You would have thought that he would have been thrilled after the win. After all, he remained undefeated, beat a high-profile opponent, and he was going to command some respect finally.

But none of that happened.

Instead, Bradley was harassed about how he didn’t really win the fight and received insults and death threats over social media. He felt embarrassed over being in a wheelchair to let his hurt feet recover from the fight.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix described the depression he fell into after the fight:

Members of his team describe a man in the throes of a deep depression. After he recovered, Bradley showed little interest in going to the gym. He ballooned to 185 pounds, a staggering weight for a fighter who routinely keeps himself in top shape. He didn’t return phone calls or text messages.

Bradley snapped out of it and got back in the gym. He’s fought twice since then, defeating Ruslan Provodnikov by unanimous decision and Juan Manuel Marquez in another split decision. He still has a lot to prove when he fights Pacquiao a second time.

I’m sure most people can relate to Bradley and have been in his position before. The thing is you usually don’t feel that way after reaching such a high accomplishment in your field. But with Bradley, the accomplishment was not at all how he would have hoped it would have gone, which probably explains why he felt badly.

Bradley still doesn’t have all the respect in the sport that you would figure someone who is 31-0 would receive. To me there’s a whole bunch of reasons to explain that: he’s not a fun and exciting fighter, he used to headbutt opponents too much, and he lost the fight to Pacquiao. About the only thing that could really turn around his reputation is if he destroys Manny with a knockout punch the way Marquez did. And I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Colin Kaepernick rips TMZ sexual assault report

Colin-Kaepernick-flexingTMZ was the first to report on Thursday that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for sexual assault over an alleged incident that took place in Miami. When the actual police report was later shared by The Sacramento Bee, nothing was mentioned about sexual assault. Instead, police said they were investigating a “suspicious incident.”

TMZ later clarified their report by acknowledging that police used the term “suspicious incident” but noted that it is clear an alleged sex crime is being investigated because the case was referred to the Special Victim’s Office. On Friday morning, Kaepernick took to Twitter to blast TMZ.

Kaepernick and two other NFL players, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette, reportedly hung out at Lockette’s apartment with a woman who claims she had a previous sexual relationship with Kaepernick. She claimed she had a few drinks and felt lightheaded, so she went to a bedroom with Kaepernick. While she said she did not have sex with Kaepernick, the woman woke up in a hospital bed the next morning and claimed she did not remember how she got there.

Kaepernick’s agent Scott Smith also addressed the allegations on Friday.

“We stand by Colin 100% and are fully confident that the truth will be evident once the facts come to light regarding this matter,” Smith said, via Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. “Thank you for supporting Colin.”

H/T Pro Football Talk

Michael Pineda appears to have pine tar on his pitching hand

Michael Pineda pine tar hand

Michael Pineda will be under scrutiny when he pitches in the future after cameras caught him with a foreign substance on his hand Thursday that sure as heck appeared to be pine tar.

Pineda, who went six-plus innings of 1-run ball for the New York Yankees to pick up his first win of the season, had a dark substance on his hand for the first four innings of the game against the Boston Red Sox.

Michael Pineda pine tar

Michael Pineda pine tar

As MLB Network showed, by the fifth inning, he had cleaned up his hand. He didn’t allow a hit in the first four innings but allowed four after that, though he only let up one run.

Pineda was acquired by the Yankees from the Seattle Mariners over two years ago and was making his first start at Yankee Stadium.

Pineda also appeared to have the same substance on his hand during his first start of the season where he allowed just one run over six innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on April 5:

And here’s how his pants looked from the substance:

Michael Pineda pants

The substance clearly appeared to be pine tar. Pine tar is a sticky substance used by batters to get a better grip on the bat. Some pitchers have also been known to use it — especially on cold days — because it helps them get a better grip on the ball.

The Red Sox probably can’t make much of a fuss about things because their pitcher who was opposing Pineda is Clay Buchholz, who was accused last year of doctoring the ball.

David Ortiz said after the game that it wasn’t a big deal because everyone uses pine tar.

Adreian Payne’s friend Lacey Holsworth dies of cancer

Adreian Payne Lacey Holsworth

If you’re a college basketball fan, you probably are familiar with the story of Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth.

The 8-year-old girl and Michigan State senior met over a year ago when the Spartans basketball team visited Sparrow Hospital. Holsworth was being treated for neuroblastoma, a form of child cancer that had been threatening her life since she was diagnosed in 2011.

Holsworth and Payne connected during the visit, and they formed a friendship. They traded inspirational text messages and tweets.

Adreian Payne Lacey Holsworth senior night

Holsworth was Payne’s escort on Senior Night, she cut down the net with the team after they won the Big Ten title, she traveled with the team to the East Regional in New York, and she was there when Payne won the dunk contest in Dallas last week.

Adreian Payne Lacey Holsworth

A week later, the young girl has passed away.

“Princess Lacey has achieved the ultimate victory,” Lacey’s family posted on her Instagram account. “She now dances among angels.”

Payne released this statement after learning about the death of his young friend.

“Words can’t express how much I already miss Lacey. She is my sister, and will always be a part of my life. She taught me how to fight through everything with a smile on my face even when things were going wrong. I’m a better man because of her. She said she first liked me because of my smile, but it’s her smile that made America fall in love with her. I know she’s smiling and dancing in heaven right now. My princess is now an angel.”

Payne called her his “special friend” and says she’s like a sister. This video produced by Big Ten Network last month shows more on the relationship between the two:

Photos: Twitter/adorablelacey, Instagram 1, 2

Ultimate Warrior is dead – WWE, Triple H announce news

Ultimate Warrior

There have been recent rumors about The Ultimate Warrior dying which ultimately proved to be false, but the WWE announced on Tuesday night that the wrestling icon has actually died.

The Ultimate Warrior took part in RAW on Monday night and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania, but he died just after receiveing his glory. Triple H announced via Twitter Tuesday night that the Warrior passed away:

Just a day ago Ultimate Warrior posed with Vince McMahon for a picture and looked like this:

And here he was on RAW Monday night:

Ultimate Warrior RAW

And if you really want your mind blown, here’s a fan who says he posed with Warrior for a picture at the airport on Tuesday morning:

This is a crushing blow to wrestling fans everywhere. Warrior, whose real name was James “Brian” Hellwig, was 54 years old.

Between his cool face paint, arm bands and neon colors, he could pump anyone up. I know I’m not alone in saying that he was my favorite wrestler growing up.

Here is what the WWE said in its announcement:

WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

He’s the latest pro wrestler to die young. Warrior just signed a legends contract with WWE and was set to start cashing in through the company.

Hulk Hogan shared his sympathies over Twitter:

And Jake the Snake Roberts said he and Warrior buried he hatchet:

Also see: Ultimate Warrior’s speeches at RAW and Hall of Fame are chilling in light of death

MLB executive thinks games should be shortened to seven innings

Matt Harvey MetsCritics of Major League Baseball have long complained that the games are too long. Between batters stepping out of the box when they’re uncomfortable and pitchers strolling around the mound between pitches, an MLB game almost always lasts more than three hours. Now that instant replay is being utilized, they will take even longer. One MLB executive thinks he knows how to fix that.

ESPN’s Buster Olney spoke with a high-ranking official on Monday who suggested MLB games should be shortened from nine innings to seven.

“I think they ought to change the games to seven innings,” he reportedly said emphatically.

The conversation started with a discussion about injuries. Pitchers seem to be suffering more and more injuries as the years pass, and apparently this particular MLB exec thinks they are throwing too much. Based on his theory, starters would probably go about five innings and then the bullpen would follow the same formula.

As Craig Calcaterra of Hardball Talk noted, NFL games usually take around three hours or more. There are commercial breaks after almost every punt, turnover, kickoff, timeout and score, and the NFL product remains stronger than ever. If someone isn’t going to watch a baseball game, they’re still not going to watch a seven-inning baseball game.

As for the injuries, one of the reasons we see more in the modern game than we did 50 years ago is because everything is diagnosed as an injury these days. A sore muscle sounds worse when you call it a strained oblique. I’m not saying an injury that requires Tommy John surgery isn’t significant, but I don’t think the number of innings pitched matters that much.

Shorter MLB games is not likely to be something we’ll see in our lifetime.