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Raiders’ Carl Nassib comes out as gay

Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib made a big announcement on his Instagram page on Monday. Nassib publicly revealed that he is gay. He said in his Instagram message that it being Pride Month moved him to make the announcement now. He also said he received tremendous support from his family, team, coaches and… Read More

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Video: Suns, Clippers fans get in big fight at Game 1

Suns Clippers fan fight

You would think after watching the “Suns in 4” fan do his thing that people would avoid starting fights with Phoenix Suns fans, but some folks haven’t learned their lessons.

A video went viral on Sunday that shows a pair of Los Angeles Clippers fans getting into it with some Suns fans at Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. A fan in a Kawhi Leonard jersey was talking trash with a Suns fan wearing an orange jersey. The Clippers fan took a shot at the Suns fan, and then other people joined in.

One of the Clippers fans ended up getting punched and kicked on the ground by multiple people:

It doesn’t look like any security showed up to address the situation. It was left up to those involved to police things.

Thankfully it didn’t seem like anyone was seriously hurt. But we’re not expecting anyone to go viral from this fight unlike the last one with a Suns fan.

Shaq says he would have knocked out Ben Simmons

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal has no tolerance for the sort of poor play Ben Simmons displayed for the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs.

Simmons took responsibility after the Sixers’ Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night for his poor play in the series. Simmons answered all the tough questions despite being completely gun shy on the court and costing his team.

Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith complimented Simmons on facing the tough questions. Shaq acknowledged he liked what Simmons had to say, but said he would have been fed up with an important teammate not producing.

“If I play Game 1 and 2 and I know I’m not helping my team, what do you think I’m going to do in Game 3? I like what he said, but it don’t take seven games to know you’re not playing right. Get right. Be aggressive. I don’t want to hear all that,” Shaq said.

Then O’Neal got down to business.

“If he was in my locker room, I would have knocked his a– out,” Shaq said.

Now that is a threat. Some people probably don’t like hearing that, but that might help explain why Shaq won four championships during his career.

Vikings rookie Jaylen Twyman shot four times in triple-shooting

Jaylen Twyman

Minnesota Vikings rookie Jaylen Twyman is recovering after being shot four times as part of a triple-shooting in Washington D.C. on Monday.

There were a few street closures in the D.C. area on Monday evening as police investigated the situation. The three shooting victims were all adult males who were conscious and breathing.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on the situation and quoted Twyman’s agent Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus says Twyman was visiting an aunt and in the “wrong place” at the “wrong time.”

Twyman was in a car when he was shot but is expected to make a full recovery.

Twyman played defensive tackle at Pitt before being drafted in the sixth round by the Vikings in April. The 21-year-old is from D.C.

Jacob deGrom admits to changing hitting approach due to injury concerns

Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom has been one of the league’s best hitting pitchers this year, but it sounds like that might have to change going forward.

deGrom admitted that a swing in his last start aggravated his shoulder issue, and it informed his thinking in his first start since on Monday. deGrom initially planned not to swing at all, but was put in an awkward situation when he came to the plate in the second inning with runners at second and third and two out. deGrom explained that he opted to take a more conservative swing, and he ended up flying out.

deGrom had been hitting .423 on the season, so he was more than holding his own at the plate. However, this was something the Mets wanted. deGrom wants to be healthy enough to keep pitching, so he has every reason to follow that advice.

Like it or not, deGrom’s comments are another indication of why this rule is inevitably on its way to MLB at some point.

Wild Dodgers streak finally broken for first time since 2019

Dave Roberts

A crazy streak involving the Los Angeles Dodgers is finally coming to an end.

Dating back to Oct. 2019, the Dodgers have been favored in every single game they have played. That is a streak of 150 straight games. But that streak came to an end on Monday.

The Dodgers are beginning a three-game series at the San Diego Padres. Monday night’s game features Julio Urias against Yu Darvish.

The Dodgers have been listed as anywhere from a +105 to +125 underdog for the game.

The last time the Dodgers were underdogs came in the 2019 NL playoffs against Max Scherzer. Interestingly, Urias was the starting pitcher for that game too.

The Dodgers have the second-best record in MLB behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants. The Padres are a top team too and only 3.5 games behind them in the standings. Plus, they have Darvish going in the game.

Ben Simmons reportedly considering this big change to his shot

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons had a disastrous playoff series for the Philadelphia 76ers against the Atlanta Hawks, and now he is considering making a big change.

NBA reporter Brian Windhorst was on “SportsCenter” on Monday. He said he has heard Simmons is considering switching from shooting with his left hand to his right hand.

“One of the things I’ve been told is on the table, hasn’t been decided but is on the table, is examining whether he changes his dominant shooting hand from left to right,” Windhorst said.

This sort of conversation is not new for Simmons. There was talk three years ago about the ambidextrous guard switching to his right hand.

Simmons basically refused to shoot in Game 7 against Atlanta, leading Joel Embiid to throw him under the bus. Doc Rivers also had an extremely harsh assessment of Simmons as well.

After such a terrible postseason, it’s something worth considering. Simmons is a career 59.7 percent shooter on free throws and 30.0 percent shooter on threes.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. not interested in Home Run Derby return

Vladimir Guerrero Jr

Fans hoping to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr. return to the Home Run Derby in 2021 are going to be left disappointed.

The Toronto Blue Jays star revealed Monday that he would not be participating in the derby despite his almost certain inclusion on the American League All-Star team. Guerrero told Hazel Mae of Sportsnet that he would rather devote the time to mentally preparing for the second half of the season.

Guerrero famously broke records by hitting 69 home runs in the first two rounds of the 2019 Home Run Derby, though he ultimately lost in the finals to Pete Alonso of the Mets. He joins another of the game’s premiere power hitters in passing on the event after doing it once.

The good news for MLB is it will have at least one huge name in the field for the event. Ultimately, the game’s top power hitters are still reluctant to take part, and those that do tend to pass on doing it more than once.

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