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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.

Nick Young says what he’ll do to Iggy Azalea ‘shouldn’t be legal,’ possibly leaks Mike D’Antoni’s firing

Nick-Young-drunkThe NBA regular season has ended, and the Los Angeles Lakers are not in the playoffs. That means it’s party time for Nick Young. On Wednesday night, TMZ caught up with Young and it appeared as though he had just enjoyed several cocktails. He was heading home with his girlfriend Iggy Azalea, and all indications were that s— was about to get weird.

The interview started out fantastically when Young was asked about people saying Pau Gasol should have addressed the fans before the Lakers’ last home game instead of him.

“I am the star,” Young said. “I’m Swaggy P.”

He then turned the discussion to Azalea.

“You see what I’m going in this car with?” Swaggy P asked. “What I’m gonna do with this shouldn’t be legal.”

And before he got in the car and drove away, TMZ’s reporter was able to ask one more basketball question. He asked Young what he thinks about people calling for Mike D’Antoni’s job.

“Damn man, that’s a shame what happened to D’Antoni,” Young said.

Granted, Young appeared to be completely wasted. He might have just been saying D’Antoni has been put in a bad situation, but he spoke in the past tense and made it sound like D’Antoni is out. Of course, that wouldn’t surprise anyone.

All in all, we give Swaggy P’s interview an enthusiastic A+.

Ultimate Warrior’s wife Dana writes heartfelt letter thanking fans, WWE

Ultimate Warrior HallDana A. Warrior, the wife of The Ultimate Warrior, wrote a heartfelt letter thanking wrestling fans and the WWE for their support in the wake of her husband’s death.

The Ultimate Warrior died at the age of 54 last week after suffering a massive heart attack. He left behind his wife and their two daughters.

In her letter, Dana explained how the fan and WWE support made a huge difference for her and her family during their difficult coping period.

Below are the contents of the letter via Jimmy Traina at Fox Sports:

Dearest Warriors,

It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.

I was told it was reported WWE was ‘there’ for us. ‘There’ is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.

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Aldon Smith reportedly will not play for 49ers next season

Aldon Smith 49ersAldon Smith is awaiting a hearing relating to his arrest at LAX over the weekend and the San Francisco 49ers are so frustrated with him, they may not have him on the team next season.

San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami says that after speaking to several sources within the organization, he does not think Smith will play for the team this season.

Kawakami says everyone in the organization is embarrassed over Smith’s behavior, which includes DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013, and felony weapons charges relating to an incident at a 2012 party, in addition to the airport arrest. He says there is “weariness and frustration” unlike any other he has seen before.

Smith’s arrest is the latest negative incident involving a 49ers player this offseason. Colin Kaepernick has been mentioned in connection with a potential sexual assault case, while Chris Culliver was arrested for an alleged hit and run incident late last month. The team supposedly supports Kaepernick and is not planning to release Culliver, but their feelings are different with Smith.

Kawakami says the Niners likely will wait through the legal and NFL process before making any decision on Smith, who will likely be disciplined by the league for his off-field problems.

San Francisco owes Smiths over $3 million guaranteed and have a May 3 deadline to pick up his $9.75 million option for 2015. Smith has recorded 42 sacks since being drafted in 2011.

Ultimate Warrior died of massive heart attack, autopsy shows

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The Ultimate Warrior died last week after suffering a massive heart attack, the autopsy for the 54-year-old deceased wrestling icon showed.

Warrior was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday April 5 and appeared on RAW Monday April 7 as part of the huge weekend at WrestleMania 30. Fans and observers were stunned to learn that less than 24 hours after his appearance on RAW, Warrior — real name James Hellwig — had died.

Warrior’s death was classified as “natural,” with neither drugs nor alcohol directly involved.

Warrior was seen clutching his chest last Tuesday as he was walking in an Arizona hotel to his car. He collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he died.