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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.

Guy misses out on $100,000 because he forgot to save his final bracket

Think you were having a bad day or week? I’m sure it was nothing compared to what Corey Johnson was going through.

Johnson, 28, picked one of the best brackets among all entrants on Yahoo! Sports. Even though nobody won the Perfect Bracket Challenge — no surprise — Yahoo! was still going to give away $100,000 to the top 20 brackets.

Entering Monday’s title game, Johnson was tied for fourth among all entrants. That’s impressive. He had 11 of the Sweet 16 teams, three Final Four teams and correctly predicted UConn and Kentucky would reach the title game.

Corey Johnson bracket

Prior to the game, Johnson said he had UConn winning it all but, because of some error, his pick didn’t save on Yahoo! That means he had one of the best brackets in the world, but a computer error kept him from winning $100,000.

Johnson joked to Deadspin that he would be watching the game “from a rope hanging from a tree” after his blunder, but we don’t think he should be so hard on himself. In fact, we think Yahoo! should make it up to him, especially since he correctly picked the title game before it was played.

I posted my brackets on LBS days before the NCAA Tournament began, so it was obvious I had completed my picks. But when I went to check the standings, I had a zero score. Yahoo! didn’t save my picks, possibly because I didn’t fill out the final score. It was a crappy and lame technicality, especially since I filled everything else out.

Yahoo! should apologize to the kid, who says he clicked UConn and hit save. Their system really was screwy this year.

And how hard is that going to be to get over? Ouch.

Guy who got Kentucky 2014 National Champions tattoo gets free tickets to game

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Remember that Kentucky fan who got a 2014 National Champions tattoo before the NCAA Tournament began? He’s one win away from looking like Nostradamus.

The No. 8 seed Wildcats have become one of the lowest seeds to ever reach an NCAA men’s basketball national championship game. For about two hours, that honor belonged to No. 7 seed UConn. Tyler probably wasn’t surprised to see Kentucky defy the odds, but I’m sure he never imagined his decision to get a tattoo would lead to free tickets for the biggest game of the year.

Because of the success John Calipari’s team has enjoyed, Tyler’s ink has officially became a national story.

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Gene Chizik does not look happy about his daughter’s prom date

Gene Chizik prom picture

Greatest picture ever or greatest picture ever?

Former Auburn football coach and Florida Gator player Gene Chizik acted exactly how you’d expect any father to act about his daughter going to prom with an athlete. Look at him all tucked away in the corner, the look of suspicion and disapproval plastered across his frown. He even has his UnderArmour shirt on and long sleeves as if he’s going to run an Auburn practice in a few minutes.

The person who posted the photo that has now gone viral is Jeri Dickey, the mother of the boy in the picture, Jerod Dickey. She actually says Gene likes her son and guessed that he may have just been photobombing.

Dickey is a senior and pitcher on Auburn High’s baseball team. According to this article, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was two years old.

Maybe ol’ Gene should cut the kid a little slack! Doesn’t he remember what it was like to be a young kid taking a girl to prom? After all, he married his coach’s daughter!

H/T Deadspin

LPGA golfers ‘frustrated’ over Paulina Gretzky making Golf Digest cover

Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest

Paulina Gretzky is on the cover of the May 2014 issue of “Golf Digest,” and that has left some LPGA golfers frustrated.

Gretzky is only tangentially linked to golf through her fiancee, Dustin Johnson, so the selection of her to appear on the cover as opposed to other women who actually play on tour and win events is troubling for some.

Stacy Lewis, who has won two majors, expressed frustration to The New York Times.

“It’s frustrating for female golfers,” Lewis said via The Times. “It’s the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get the respect for being the golfers we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines, but at the same time you like to see a little respect for the women’s game.”

Golfer Juli Inkster is similarly frustrated.

“It’s frustrating because it’s Golf Digest, it’s not Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue,” Inkster told the New York Times. “I think they should maybe recognize some of the great women golfers that we have. It’s like, what do you have to do to get a little respect? I’m guaranteeing you right now, it was not a woman editor who chose that cover.”

She’s right — Jerry Tarde is the magazine’s editor in chief. He explained the decision to put The Little Great One on the cover.

“Sports figures, celebrities and models have appeared on Golf Digest covers since the magazine’s beginning. Paulina ranks at the high end of the golf celebrity scene today, and she has a compelling story to tell. She also might get some new people interested in the game.”

The Times notes that Golf Channel personality Holly Saunders and supermodel Kate Upton (who posed alongside Arnold Palmer) were the last two women to appear on the cover. The last LPGA tour winner to appear on the cover was Lorena Ochoa in 2008.

Look, they can be frustrated over the decision and everyone understands why. Putting Paulina on the cover of “Golf Digest” is a stretch. But they’re a media company and in the business of selling magazines and attracting eyeballs. Putting Paulina on the cover accomplishes that. End of story.

At least Paulina does have some support:

H/T Sportress of Blogitude, Puck Daddy

Matt Adams nudges fan after having foul ball stolen from him, gets middle finger in return (GIF)

Matt Adams learned the hard way Thursday that opposing fans can be an unforgiving bunch. And sometimes they can be downright rude.

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman tried tracking a foul ball down the line hit by Chris Heisey in the third inning, but a darn Cincinnati Reds fan reached up and snatched the ball before it could fall into his glove. The best part was the way the fan immediately taunted Adams with the glove wave.

But what that camera angle did not catch is that the fan also flipped Adams the bird:

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