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Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard sends hilarious tweet about Frank Vogel’s job status

Frank-Vogel-Heat-floppersEarlier this week, a report surfaced indicating that Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel could be coaching for his job even if his team defeats the Atlanta Hawks in the opening round of the playoffs. The dysfunction going on within the Pacers’ locker room has been well documented over the past month or so, which has led to speculation that Vogel is on the hot seat.

On Thursday, Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard informed the public that Vogel’s job is safe with a hilarious tweet.

Bird, as you know, is the Pacers’ president. He is the one who will ultimately decide if Vogel stays or goes, and it sounds like the Hall of Famer has already made his decision. Larry Legend’s sources are probably a bit more informed than ESPN.com’s.

Having said that, you don’t want your coach thinking he’s coaching for his job while he’s trying to win a championship. Pritchard and Bird kind of had to say something in a way. If the Pacers get bounced early and players keep fighting each other, it wouldn’t shock us to see Vogel lose his job.

H/T @cjzero

Michael Pineda ejected for having pine tar on his neck

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Leave it to Michael Pineda to keep pushing the envelope.

Earlier this month, Pineda was found to have dirt pine tar on his pitching hand during the fourth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox. By the fifth inning it had magically disappeared. After the game, Pineda declared the substance to be dirt. No one believed him.

On Wednesday, Pineda took the mound to face the Boston Red Sox once again. Like before, he had dirt pine tar on his body. Tonight, his neck was the preferred area, because that’s more discreet.

And this time Pineda was ejected for it.

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The way things are going, this is how Michael Pineda may look for his next start.

Albert Pujols becomes first ever to homer twice to get to 500 (Video)

Albert Pujols home runAlbert Pujols became the 26th player in baseball history to hit 500 career home runs, and he was the first to ever do so by homering twice in the same game.

Pujols went deep off Washington Nationals starter Taylor Jordan twice Tuesday, once in the first for a 3-run shot and then a 2-run blast in the sixth to give him number 500. The second home run was a massive shot measured at 430 feet.

Pujols is off to a torrid start for the Angels and tied for the league lead with seven home runs.

Pujols also hit his 400th career home run at Nationals Park. According to MLB, he has now homered off 316 pitchers in 36 different ballparks and against 29 of the 30 teams (he hasn’t homered against the Cardinals).

Albert is the third-youngest player to reach 500 home runs behind A-Rod and Jimmie Foxx, though many have questions about Pujols’ age (he’s 34 years and 96 days old). He’s the second player to hit his 500th home run as a member of the Angels, joining Reggie Jackson.

DeSean Jackson hollers at Rihanna outside club (Video)


DeSean JacksonThis is video of what appears to be a drunk DeSean Jackson hollering at Rihanna outside of a club over the weekend with absolutely no shame. It’s brilliant.

TMZ grabbed the footage and says this took place outside Lure nightclub in Hollywood. They also say rapper The Game was acting as DeSean’s wingman on the operation. Chilling combination.

Seriously, does it get any better than watching DeSean try to put the moves on Rihanna, who’s in her car and therefore pretty inaccessible? And is there anything better than DeSean wearing a blue bandanna, wife beater and having his pants sagging so low that his whole butt was showing?

I think not.

Videos like this do not make Chantel Jeffries jealous, DeSean.

Travis Snider has huge black eye after punch from Martin Maldonado

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Travis Snider was sporting a big black eye on Monday, a day after he was ejected for his role in the bench-clearing brawl between his Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers.

The brawl started when Pirates pitcher (and ex-UCLA Bruin) Gerrit Cole barked at Carlos Gomez for admiring what turned out to be a deep fly ball to center field that went off the wall for a triple instead of a home run.

Snider came off the Pirates’ bench and was the guy who got Gomez to the ground during the fight, but it looks like he took his lumps. Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado decked Snider with a pretty massive punch:

Snider was wearing sunglasses and they probably broke, because he was definitely bleeding afterwards:

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Keyshawn Johnson reportedly arrested for domestic violence

Keyshawn-JohnsonKeyshawn Johnson was reportedly arrested on Monday morning for domestic violence. According to a TMZ report, Johnson was involved in a fight with his ex-girlfriend in his hometown of Calabasas, Calif. when things allegedly got physical.

Sources reportedly told TMZ that Johnson smashed his ex’s phone and caused her to gash her hand. Johnson, who has apparently had a rocky relationship with the woman and was said to be arguing with her over marriage, was booked on charges of misdemeanor domestic battery. He was reportedly released after posting $20,000 bail.

While we need to wait for more details to pass judgment, people will undoubtedly point out the irony in Johnson getting arrested after he has been so vocal about Justin Bieber causing trouble in his neighborhood. The ESPN analyst and former NFL wide receiver once chased after Bieber and confronted him when the pop star was allegedly speeding through their gated community. Johnson has also supposedly reached out to Bieber and tried to offer him advice.

We’ll share more details as they become available.

Gregg Popovich’s interview with Craig Sager’s son might make you cry (Video)

Gregg Popovich Craig Sager JrGregg Popovich loves to give sideline reporters a hard time for in-game interviews, but he seems to take particular pleasure in hassling TNT’s Craig Sager.

Pop has been so hard on Sager in the past that there’s been a compilation video of all the times the Spurs coach messed with the reporter.

But Sager’s son, Craig Sager Jr., announced during the week that his dad is battling leukemia. So TNT had the younger Sager fill in for his dad during Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks playoff series, and junior asked the coach a few questions. He got two answers, then Pop complimented him on the questions, and then Sager Jr. asked if Pop had anything he wanted to say to the elder Sager.

And, boy, did Pop come through. He delivered a really endearing message to Sager and told him how much he was missed. He even promised to be nice to him in the future!

“I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here.”

And how’s this? Pop specifically asked for Sager Jr. to interview him after the third quarter:

And if that wasn’t enough …

I guess it was all in love all along. Maybe Pop isn’t so bad after all.