Hunter Mahan broke The Barclays trophy


Hunter Mahan capped off an exciting final round at The Barclays on Sunday when he rattled off three straight birdies on the back nine en route to a victory. His day ended with a broken trophy.

Mahan may have broken the crystal trophy at some point while celebrating with his wife Kandi and adorable daughter Zoe. When he posed with 21-year-old David Finn — a fan who struggles with muscular dystrophy — after the tournament, Mahan placed the trophy down emphatically and noticed that it was in two separate pieces.

“David did it!” Mahan joked, according to John Munson of The-Star Ledger.

You can see more photos of the broken chalice here.

Mahan later joked that he had “no idea” what people were talking about when he was asked about the mishap in the media tent. While Mahan may be atop the FedEx Cup standings for the time being, he clearly isn’t as smooth as Rory McIlroy. Our boy Rory would have saved the trophy.

H/T Eye on Golf

Peyton Manning gets penalty for taunting DJ Swearinger after Wes Welker hit

Peyton-Manning-DJ-Swearinger-penaltyPeyton Manning was assessed a 15-yard penalty for taunting in the Denver Broncos’ preseason loss to the Houston Texas on Saturday. Yes, that Peyton Manning, and he had a pretty good reason.

Wes Welker suffered yet another concussion after he was drilled over the middle of the field by DJ Swearinger. The Texans safety led with his shoulder, but he made direct contact with Welker’s head and drew a penalty for unneccessary roughness. Manning got in Swearinger’s face shortly after the hit when he tossed a touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders in Swearinger’s direction.

“I’m obviously concerned about Wes and never like seeing him come out of the game with a potential blow to the head,” Manning said when asked about his penalty, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “He had one of those last year that kept him out a while. Fifteen yards with five seconds left in the half — it can’t hurt you that much, right?

“I think if you’re going to get one, that’s a good time to get one.”

We’d be willing to bet Manning won’t get another one for the rest of the season, and probably even his career.

Welker suffered two concussions last season, so any head injury for the 33-year-old is very frightening. He’ll be evaluated by the Broncos medical staff and could wind up missing some time in the regular season, even with two weeks to recover before Week 1. We don’t blame Manning for being upset.

GIFs via Bro Bible, Cork Gaines

Michael Sam sacks Johnny Manziel, does money sign (Video)

The two biggest stories in the NFL leading up to the draft and throughout training camp were Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam.

Would Manziel ascend to the starting quarterback position on the Browns? Would Sam make the Rams’ roster and become the first active gay player in the NFL? The hype and questions surrounding the two players were endless.

But those two mega-stories converged at the exact same moment at the exact same time when Sam sacked Manziel in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s preseason game between the teams.

Oh, and as if that weren’t already enough, Sam brought down the house by taunting Manziel with the money celebration like a boss:

Michael Sam money gesture

Nothing Sam has done so far has cemented him as a legitimate NFL player as mocking Manziel’s celebration. Here’s another look at it:

GIF: Michael Sam sacks Johnny Manziel, does money celebration... on Twitpic

Sam’s not the first NFL player to mock Manziel’s money celebration — Brian Orakpo did it on Monday night, too.

Maurice Jones-Drew makes ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture after scoring touchdown (Video)

In the wake of the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, numerous protests have been staged. The incident has become front-page news, drawing attention from across the United States and other parts of the world.

mjd-hands-up-celebrationIn the sports world, we have seen the St. Louis Rams provide free tickets to the football teams at three Ferguson area high schools for the Rams’ second preseason game. Washington Redskins players have also shown support, making the now famous “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that has become synonymous with protests in around Ferguson, Mo., during introductions.

On Friday, Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew took the opportunity to make the same gesture after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers, shown in the above video.

As seen over the years, sports continues to be a powerful medium for the support of social causes.

H/T BlackSportsOnline

Jets QB Matt Simms does salsa dance and ref loves it (Video)

Matt Simms was playing the New York Giants in a preseason game on Friday night, so he figured that would be the perfect time to do his best impression of Victor Cruz’s salsa dance.

After throwing a touchdown pass to give the Jets the lead in the fourth quarter, Simms broke out his salsa dance.

Simms’ salsa dance was in clear view of the referee who was staring and later dropped his head and whistle because he couldn’t contain his smiling/laughter:

Matt Simms salsa ref

Mike Evans gets in big fight outside club (Video)

Mike EvansMike Evans’ NFL career is not getting off to the greatest start, and you know the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cannot be happy with their rookie after this.

TMZ released video Friday of a fight Evans was a part of that they say took place outside a nightclub on Saturday night.

Evans, who turned 21 on Thursday, supposedly was inside the 21-and-over club last weekend despite being 20 years old. The video shows Evans upset and yelling while seemingly in a dispute with some of the club’s staffers. He throws some punches and darts around during the fight.

No arrests were made despite the obvious assaults.

Evans was an All-American and voted first-team All-SEC last season. He left for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season at Texas A&M and was drafted No. 7 overall by Tampa Bay.

Bryce Harper used Yasiel Puig’s bat


Bryce Harper has finally started to produce at the plate, and the 21-year-old’s .361 batting average over the last 10 games is one of the reasons the Washington Nationals are currently riding a 10-game winning streak. Does he have Yasiel Puig to thank?

For whatever reason, Harper was using a bat with Puig’s name and number on it Thursday night. While we don’t know how long Harper has been using Puig’s lumber, we do know that he was in such a slump recently that Nationals manager Matt Williams had to answer questions about possibly sending Harper to the minors.

Whatever Bryce is doing now is working. If the Nationals and Dodgers square off in the postseason, Dodgers fans might start to get a little irritated by Harper’s choice in equipment.

H/T Cut 4