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Jaylen Brown goes viral for vulgar comment after Game 3 comeback win

Jaylen Brown in his Celtics uniform

May 19, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) brings the ball up court during the first half of game two of the 2022 eastern conference finals against the Miami Heat at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown went viral for a funny comment he made following his team’s comeback win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night.

Brown scored 24 points as the Celtics beat the Pacers 114-111 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Pacers were missing their best player, as Tyrese Haliburton was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Even without Haliburton, Indiana led by double-digits for much of the game. When asked about Pacers players stepping up in Haliburton’s absence, Brown dropped an F-bomb while delivering a great quote.

“I think Indiana played well. We can say that we didn’t play as well tonight, but I felt like you just had to be out there to kind of feel it,” Brown said. “They was just flying around and then they were shooting the ball well. Some of those guys turned into f—ing Michael Jordan or whatever. It was like, what is going on? We couldn’t figure it out.”

The Pacers dominated much of the game. There were times when it felt like they couldn’t miss. Brown was likely referring to players like Andrew Nembhard, who scored 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting in Game 3, and T.J. McConnell, who had 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Nembhard averaged just 9.2 points per game during the regular season. McConnell averaged 10.2.

Somehow, it was not enough for the Pacers. They blew a late lead and fell victim to yet another questionable decision from head coach Rick Carlisle. Indiana is now down 3-0 in the series and on the verge of being swept.

College baseball player hits home run immediately after being taunted

Tennessee slugger Blake Burke got the last laugh after being heckled by a young fan during Saturday night’s game against Mississippi State.

Burke came to the plate in the top of the eighth inning with the score tied 5-5 in the Volunteers’ SEC Tournament game at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala. After Burke swung and missed at a 1-0 pitch, a fan (who sounded like a child) could be heard yelling, “You suck, 25!”

Burke took a walk around the plate and then stared toward the stands for a few seconds. He then stepped back into the box and blasted a solo home run on the very next pitch.

The home run proved to be the difference in the game, as the Vols won 6-5 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals. They will face Vanderbilt on Sunday.

Burke now has 17 homers on the season. Taunting a player of his caliber is always a risky proposition, and it looks like one young fan learned that the hard way.

Stan Van Gundy opens up about his late wife’s death

Jan 30, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy during the second half of the Boston Celtics 113-109 win over the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Van Gundy’s wife died unexpectedly last summer, and the former NBA coach recently opened up about the family tragedy.

Van Gundy’s wife Kimberly died on Aug. 16, 2023 at the age of 61. No cause of death was given at the time, with the obituary only stating that it was unexpected. In an interview with “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” that was published on Saturday, Van Gundy revealed that Kimberly committed suicide.

“She took her own life, Dan,” Van Gundy said. “I’ll never … I don’t care how long it goes, I can’t imagine that I’ll ever get over that … it was devastating. We’d been married for 35 years, and had been together for close to 40 years — since I was 24 years old. … I knew she was going through a tough time, but I still never envisioned that happening. Even now, it’s been eight months, and I struggle to come to grips with the fact that I’m never gonna see her again.”

Van Gundy said he will never get over Kimberly’s death and that he feels a great deal of guilt over it because “my responsibility was to take care of her and to give her a great life.”

Stan and Kimberly got married on May 28, 1998. Van Gundy told Le Batard that the four children he and Kimberly have together is “what’s keeping me going.”

Van Gundy, 64, was a head coach in the NBA for 13 seasons with four different teams (making the Finals with the Orlando Magic in 2009). Since his last coaching job, he has become a successful analyst for TNT and CBS.

Former Magic star Dwight Howard was one of the people who had a nice gesture for Van Gundy after Kimberly died last year.

Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong hit the best home run of the season

Pete Crow-Armstrong hit what has to be the most satisfying home run of the season.

On Friday, Crow-Armstrong was facing former MLB pitcher Wily Peralta in a Triple-A game between PCA’s Iowa Cubs and Peralta’s Indianapolis Indians. Crow-Armstrong, who was a first-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2020, had been having a big series against Indianapolis with six hits and two home runs in the prior three games. Perhaps Peralta wanted to send a message to Crow-Armstrong, because he threw at the 22-year-old outfielder twice.

Crow-Armstrong’s manager Marty Pevey was ejected for defending his player. Then on the next pitch, Crow-Armstrong blasted a home run to right field.

Crow-Armstrong sure enjoyed his trip around the bases — for a good reason.

PCA played in 13 games for the Cubs last season and 23 this season, but he has spent equal time in Triple-A with the Iowa Cubs this year. He’s showing the kind of power — and grit — that the Cubs probably love to see.

East Carolina wins tournament game on thrilling steal of home

The East Carolina men’s baseball team kept their AAC Tournament hopes alive Saturday in the most thrilling way imaginable.

East Carolina and Wichita State were tied 4-4 with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning. With the game on the line, ECU batter Cam Clonch quickly fell behind in the count 0-2.

The Wichita State battery appeared completely locked in on getting the strikeout and forcing extra innings. East Carolina third baseman Dixon Williams, who was at third base, took advantage by easily swiping home to win the game 5-4.

ECU announcer Scott Rogers perfectly captured the excitement of the moment with an incredible call of the game-winning play.

“Two strikes. Dixon Williams trying to steal home! He steals home! Pirates win it! Oh my goodness! What a finish! The catcher was not paying attention! They sent Dixon Williams home and the Pirates walk it off!” exclaimed Rogers.

East Carolina got the storybook ending they wanted. But their supporters probably didn’t imagine the victory to come by way of a game-winning steal of home plate.

Did Rich Paul accidentally spill LeBron James’ offseason plans?

May 20, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Rich Paul and Adele watch during the second quarter in game two of the 2022 western conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul may have inadvertently revealed what the Los Angeles Lakers star plans to do this offseason.

James has a $51.4 million player option for next season. If James opts out of the final year of his deal, he would become a free agent. Earlier this month, the Lakers forward expressed that he still wasn’t sure about what he plans to do this offseason. But James’ agent Paul may have mistakenly tipped off James’ plans.

On Friday, Paul appeared on TNT’s alternative broadcast of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. Paul was asked about the Lakers’ head coaching vacancy and dropped an interesting tidbit.

“Look, LeBron’s a free agent. I’ve got to be focused on his business. And he should be focused on his business. And let the Lakers hire whoever they want to hire,” said Paul.

Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes, who was also on the broadcast, tried to confirm if Paul meant that James was declining his player option to become a free agent. Paul quickly backtracked and said he “doesn’t know” what James plans to do.

There have been rumblings about LeBron potentially leaving the Lakers to play for whatever team drafts his son Bronny.

Whether or not LeBron James stays with the Lakers could be the most interesting storyline of the offseason.

Twins’ Max Kepler had funny uniform mistake during game

Max Kepler apparently did not get the memo on Saturday.

The Minnesota Twins outfielder Kepler showed up to the second game of his team’s weekend series against the Texas Rangers looking … a little different from the rest of his teammates. While all the other Twins in the field were wearing the hat featuring the team’s “T” logo, for some reason, Kepler was wearing the hat featuring Minnesota’s “M” logo instead.

Take a look below.

The Twins later posted a picture of Kepler posing with his teammates, all of whom were wearing the correct hat.

At least the shades on his hat were able to cover up Kepler’s mistake for the most part. Coincidentally, Saturday was also Kepler’s 1,000th career game as a Twin, so perhaps he earned the right to look a little different for a day.

Kepler would end up going 1-for-4 with a run scored on the afternoon as the Twins topped the Rangers 5-3. Maybe that will spark a new superstition for him (which would sure beat the one the Twins were using earlier this year).

Rick Carlisle clowned for questionable decision in Pacers’ Game 3 loss

The Indiana Pacers let another win slip away on Saturday in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics. Some fans pinned the blame on Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle.

The Pacers trailed 112-111 with under 10 seconds left at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard grabbed a defensive rebound and pushed the ball up the floor.

Carlisle made the bold decision to let the play unfold without calling a timeout. Nembhard ended up getting stripped by Jrue Holiday, who put the game away at the line to seal a 114-111 Celtics win.

Several fans on X were baffled by Carlisle’s decision not to call a timeout.

Nembhard was having the game of his life before the turnover. In the absence of the injured Tyrese Haliburton, Nembhard scored a career-high 32 points on 12/21 shooting.

But the Celtics appeared to have their defense set with Holiday, who has 6-time All-Defensive team nods, hounding Nembhard.

Saturday’s loss was the second game in the series in which the Pacers committed a costly turnover in the closing moments of the contest.

With the Pacers up 117-114 in the fourth quarter of Game 1, Nembhard threw an errant inbound pass that went out of bounds. The Celtics forced overtime and won 133-128.

Pelicans reportedly decide on next GM after Trajan Langdon’s departure

Apr 12, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Detailed view of the New Orleans Pelicans logo at mid court before the Play-In game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans appear to have already had their contingency plan in place.

Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 reported on Saturday that the Pelicans are promoting Bryson Graham to their general manager position. Graham had been serving as the team’s assistant GM since 2019.

The news comes after the departure of New Orleans GM Trajan Langdon, who had also held his position since 2019, to an Eastern Conference team.

Spolane notes that Graham, 37, has worked in the Pelicans front office since 2010. He has been in numerous roles for the team over the years, including scouting director, player development director, and video coordinator.

Graham will immediately become one of the youngest GMs in the NBA. New Orleans has some other big names atop their front office, but they have reportedly found their new No. 1 man in Graham.

High school baseball player makes ridiculous defensive play

A high school baseball player in Ohio made a ridiculous play in the field on Friday.

Marion Local was facing Fort Recovery High School during an Ohio High School Athletic Association Division IV baseball playoff game. Fort Recovery was leading 11-3 with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Batter Caden Grisez blooped a single into shallow center field. He realized nobody was covering second, so he headed to second base. Then Grisez realized nobody was covering third, so he headed there too. Grisez saw home plate open as well, so he tried to score, but that’s when Griffin Bruns took over.

Yes, Bruns, the centerfielder, chased down Grisez and tagged him out before Grisez could score.

Bruns has some serious wheels, which he also showed off on the football field.

Yep, that kid is fast. And you have to respect his hustle and awareness.

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