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50 Cent throws out worst first pitch of all time (Video)

50 Cent first pitchMove over, President Obama. You’re off the hook, John Wall. Rapper 50 Cent has now taken the top spot for worst first pitch thrown out at a baseball game of all time.

50 Cent was throwing out the first pitch before Tuesday’s Mets-Pirates game, and his pitch was so bad that Bob Uecker’s “Juuuuuust a bit outside” line wouldn’t even apply.

The ball must have slipped out of the southpaw’s hand, because it went about a third of the way up the first base line instead of towards the catcher.

Seriously, that was as atrocious as it gets. He definitely needs a makeup pitch. Like tomorrow.

Here’s another look at it

For reference, here is a video compilation of the worst first pitches of all time:

Video via @ForbesToFederal

Erik Spoelstra defends Chris Bosh against criticism

Chris BoshThe Miami Heat players made a conscious effort to get Chris Bosh involved early on in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference finals game with the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, and it paid off.

Bosh was 7-of-12, made 3-of-5 3-pointers and went 8-for-10 on free throws while scoring 25 points, which was second on the team. He scored the first eight points of the game for the Heat, which nearly matched his total of scoring exactly 9 points in each of the first three games of the series.

Though it looked from the outside like Bosh wasn’t doing much in the first three games, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after Game 4 that that wasn’t the case.

“I hate the storylines of the last few days because Chris has to do a lot of those things that people don’t understand for our game to work and he gets criticized for that,” Spoelstra said in defense of his forward. “But he impacts the game in so many winning ways that the average guy doesn’t necessarily see.”

Though Spo says Bosh impacted those other games in various ways, he still recognized that it was good for the team to get Bosh going early on because that helped instill confidence in the squad.

Spoelstra also singled out the game Rashard Lewis had. Though Lewis didn’t score any points and missed all five 3-pointers he attempted, he was still a +14 on the stat sheet. To Spoelstra, that was a sign that Lewis impacted the game in many other ways to help the team get a win.

Spoelstra may say that Bosh did a lot to help the team in the first three games, but there’s no doubt that Bosh did much more to help the team win in Game 4 than he did in the other games. If they get this from him again, they’ll close out the Pacers in Game 5 with ease.

Josh Beckett throws no-hitter against Phillies

Josh Beckett no-hitter

Josh Beckett has been pretty sharp for the Dodgers this season, but he really had his best stuff working on Sunday when he no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 6-0 win to give the Dodgers a series win.

Beckett walked three and struck out six and had plenty of suspense while getting the no-hitter. He had two strikes on Jimmy Rollins but walked the shortstop on a full count to bring up Chase Utley. Utley worked the count to 3-1 and thought a curveball outside was out of the zone for ball four, but it was called a strike. Beckett then froze Utley on a 3-2 fastball at the knees for strike three, giving him the no-hitter.

The no-hitter was the 21st in Dodger history and first for the team since Hideo Nomo’s improbable no-no at Coors Field in 1996. It was the first time the Phillies had been no-hit in 36 years.

Beckett is now 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA this season.

LeBron James on Heat: We’re not ‘that’ talented

LeBron James chest poundLeBron James gave a fairly honest assessment of his Miami Heat and conceded that they aren’t that talented as a squad. Yes, of course he knows they are talented, but James believes there are other factors that have led to the team’s complete success.

“We’re talented, but we’re not that talented,” James said during the week via the AP. ”We have a really, really good team. We have some very talented guys. We’re not the most talented team, I don’t think, in the NBA. There’s a lot of other talented teams. We have some very, very high-IQ basketball players. And I think IQ is more important than talent.”

James has long been lauded for having an incredible basketball IQ. Guys like Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade are generally smart on the court, and Shane Battier, who has played limited minutes in the postseason, is consistently mentioned as one of the smarter players around.

James’ admission that the team isn’t that talented is something basketball fans can see. The Heat just aren’t looking like a dominant team that will curb-stomp everyone on the way to the title. In fact, at this point, the San Antonio Spurs look like the favorite to win it all. We’ll see if a clutch 3-pointer bails the Heat out this team.

Ray Rice, Ravens use poor ‘knocked down’ analogy in apology

Ray Rice apologyRay Rice and the Baltimore Ravens are being criticized by the overly-critical Internet crowd for a poor choice of words used during his apology on Friday for the assault he committed on his wife in February.

In his public apology, Rice used an analogy about bouncing back from being knocked down when issuing a statement.

“I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down. It’s not getting up,” he said.

Then the Ravens Twitter account chose to tweet that quote, too, which left them open to criticism:

Given that police reportedly had video of Rice knocking out his wife, Janay Palmer, talking about “not getting knocked down” and “not getting up” is just a poor choice of words. But that’s all it is — a poor choice of words. I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean it to come off as badly as it did. And the person running the Ravens’ Twitter account probably should have used better judgment and not chosen to highlight that specific quote. I mean that part was definitely pretty dumb.

Mark Cuban: I’m ‘prejudiced’ and ‘bigoted’ in different ways

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Mark-Cuban-Blasts-NBA-for-Chris-Paul-TradeDallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban held a very honest Q&A session at Inc. Magazine’s GROWCO 2014 conference, a collection of small business owners, entrepreneurs and CEOs, in Nashville on Wednesday. His honesty when answering questions about the Donald Sterling situation has led to some criticism.

When the Sterling audio tape was first released, Cuban called the content of the tape “abhorrent” but also noted that kicking Sterling out of the NBA would be a “slippery slope.” On Wednesday, he admitted that he has his own personal prejudices like anyone else that he is constantly trying to fight.

“I also try not to be a hypocrite. I know I’m prejudiced. I know I’m bigoted in a lot of different ways,” Cuban said, per Mark Burns of The Sporting News. “I’ve said this before. If I see a black kid in a hoodie at night on the same side of the street, I’m probably going to walk to other side of the street. If I see a white guy with a shaved head and lots of tattoos, I’m going back to the other side of the street.”

[Related: Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin's family]

Cuban has already been labeled a racist by some, but we can’t really fault him for being honest. If you describe a person as a “scary looking dude” based on the way he looks, you’re being prejudiced. Some people don’t have enough self awareness to realize that.

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NBA: Donald Sterling tried to pay off V. Stiviano; Shelly Sterling is not his estranged wife

Donald SterlingThe NBA has submitted its formal written case against Donald Sterling, a 30-page report, as part of the league’s attempt to force the 81-year-old to sell the Los Angeles Clippers. The documents, which contain a number of serious allegations against Sterling, were reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.

One of the claims made by NBA investigator and former US attorney David Anders is that Sterling tried to pay off V. Stiviano to claim the audio recording had been altered. Sterling allegedly met with Stiviano on May 2 and offered to reimburse her for the embezzlement lawsuit his estranged wife Shelly Sterling filed against Stiviano several months ago if she said she had altered the tape.

“Mr. Sterling said that he would return the value of that payment to Ms. Stiviano through back channels,” Anders wrote in his report.

While Sterling eventually admitted it was his voice on the recording, the NBA claims he first told a league investigator he never said certain things that were featured in the recording. For example, Sterling allegedly tried to say he never asked Stiviano to stop posing for photos with black people and never told her not to bring Magic Johnson to games. The comments he later made about Magic make that harder to believe.

Perhaps more surprising is the NBA’s claim that Sterling and his wife Shelly are “not in any sense estranged.” Shelly has tried to separate herself from Donald since the audio was released by hiring a prominent divorce attorney and speaking out against the racist comments that were made. The NBA seems to think that is all a front.

Investigators stated that “significant evidence exists in the public record and otherwise that Mr. and Mrs. Sterling are not in any sense estranged.” The document said the couple attended nearly every home game this season together and were seen together in New Orleans for February’s All-Star Game.

The case also noted that the couple spent two days together immediately after the Stiviano recording went public, once emerging from a downtown restaurant where she appeared to answer “of course not” when a reporter asked if Donald Sterling was a racist.

Shelly and Donald are clearly viewed by the league as part of the same entity, and taking the team away from Donald and allowing Shelly to retain ownership is not the outcome the NBA is seeking. Sterling has until May 27 to respond to the NBA’s findings in writing.

Thanks to Deadspin for the breakdown