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Nastia Liukin embracing ‘puffy shirt’ look for Olympics coverage

Nastia Liukin puffy shirt

Nastia Liukin is part of NBC’s Olympics coverage, and she went viral on Saturday for her outfit.

Liukin was wearing a very puffy formal button down shirt when calling the gymnastics action for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The shirt reminded many of Jerry Seinfeld’s infamous “puffy shirt.”

Others said the shirt was similar to something Prince would wear.

Perhaps this is a part of a plan from Liukin, who has been making some bold fashion choices.

Liukin, 31, won five medals in gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, including gold in the all-around. The accomplished former gymnast retired in 2012 and has provided Olympics analysis for NBC since then.

Girlfriend Anna Monroe done with Floyd Mayweather after photos with another woman?

Anna Monroe

Floyd Mayweather Jr. stepping out with one of his girlfriends apparently caused some friction for another one of his girlfriends.

Mayweather was photographed with Gallienne Nabila last week. She was wearing a large ring that had some thinking it may have been for an engagement.

Mayweather insists he is not engaged, but the photos alone were enough to bother one of his other girlfriends.

According to The Sun, Anna Monroe, who thought she was Floyd’s fiancee, was “devastated” by the photos. She reportedly is telling friends that she is “done” with him. The Sun claimed in January that Mayweather proposed to Monroe, but he recently denied the engagement.

Something may have turned for Mayweather though. He asked Monroe to move out while he prepared for his June boxing exhibition match against Logan Paul. She does not have any references to Mayweather on her Instagram profile. She also has moved back into her old apartment, according to the report.

Mayweather has four children by two women and has never been married. The 44-year-old retired from professional boxing with an undefeated 50-0 record. He continues to fight in lucrative exhibitions here and there.

Draymond Green calls out Warriors social media for leaving him out of Instagram post

Draymond Green

Draymond Green basically runs on a lack of respect. Sometimes, he even finds it from his team’s social media folks.

The Golden State Warriors posted a slideshow of notable shots from rookie photoshoots over the years. The images included those of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, as well as more recent rookie portraits from Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall. Notably missing was Green — notably to him, anyway, because he called it out in the comments.

Green is definitely among the core members of the Golden State dynasty who, like Curry and Thompson, has been with the team since entering the NBA. This clearly wasn’t about that, though. They were trying to spotlight some cool pictures. It’s why Curry and Thompson were featured alongside the likes of Jordan Bell.

Hey, whatever motivates Green, the Warriors are probably fine with it. That said, Green’s mood seems like it might be dictated more based on what the Warriors do with their roster this offseason.

Adam Frazier traded from Pirates to Padres

Adam Frazier

The San Diego Padres are making a significant move to bolster their offense ahead of the trade deadline.

As first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Padres are acquiring second baseman Adam Frazier from the Pittsburgh Pirates. There was no immediate word on who the Pirates would receive in return.

Though not a household name, the 29-year-old Frazier has been having a breakout year for the Pirates. He’s hitting .327, leads the league with 125 hits, and was named to his first career All-Star team earlier this month. Though primarily a second baseman, he also has the versatility to play a capable left field if needed.

The Padres have been hunting for another bat for a while now as they try to bolster their offense. It’s not clear where they’ll fit Frazier into their lineup, but one possibility includes moving second baseman Jake Cronenworth over to first, likely costing the struggling Eric Hosmer playing time.

Though the Padres possess the fourth-best record in the National League, they still sit third in the NL West, five games behind the first-place San Francisco Giants.

Video: Genesis Cabrera laughs at umpire Chad Fairchild following ejection

Genesis Cabrera trolling umpire

St. Louis Cardinals reliever Genesis Cabrera was none too happy with home plate umpire Chad Fairchild’s strike zone on Sunday, and he wasn’t too impressed when Fairchild ejected him, either.

Cabrera issued a walk to Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker on a borderline 3-2 pitch to start the 8th inning of Sunday’s game. Cabrera clearly felt the pitch was a strike, and as he was walking back to the dugout following a pitching change, gestured repeatedly toward Fairchild as if diagramming the strike zone. Fairchild’s response was to eject Cabrera, even though the pitcher had already been pulled from the game.

How unimpressed was Cabrera? His first reaction was to openly laugh at Fairchild. He followed that up by sticking his tongue out at the umpire, a la Joe Kelly against the Houston Astros.

Cabrera was already out of the game. He knew that he couldn’t face any more consequences for his actions, at least not on Sunday. So he decided to live it up a little.

The only question is whether Cabrera was actually trying to make the famous Joe Kelly face or whether it just worked out that way. Either way, fans probably won’t feel too bad for an umpire getting trolled like that, deserved or not.

Warriors only willing to trade draft picks for Bradley Beal?

Bradley Beal

The Golden State Warriors are not opposed to trading their two first-round picks to acquire a star player, but it sounds like they may only have one specific star player in mind.

Bradley Beal has publicly pledged his allegiance to the Washington Wizards on multiple occasions, but there have been signs recently that the three-time All-Star could ask for a trade. The Warriors are said to have interest, and they may be able to use their two lottery picks — No. 7 and No. 14 overall — to swing a trade for Beal. If they cannot, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says they are content to use the picks.

During his NBA Draft special with Zach Lowe on Sunday, Wojnarowski indicated that Beal is the only star player the Warriors plan to pursue.

“Golden State’s going to wait and see how it goes with Bradley Beal,” Woj said. “But short of Bradley Beal being available, I expect Golden State to use those picks at No. 7 and No. 14 this week.”

Lowe added that the Warriors using their two first-round picks on players that will be on their roster next season is the “likeliest scenario.”

Of course, that could be posturing. The Warriors don’t want to look desperate leading up to the draft, especially with one report already claiming their star players want them to make a big trade.

Beal, 28, averaged 31.3 points per game this season and narrowly lost the scoring title to Stephen Curry. He may have a specific team in mind that he would like to play for, but we’d guess he would welcome a trade to Golden State.

Twins open to Byron Buxton trade after extension talks stall

Byron Buxton

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton may be on the trade market after efforts to reach a contract extension failed.

Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic were first to report that Buxton and the Twins failed to agree on a new contract. The Twins maxed their offer at seven years and $80 million, but Buxton’s camp was not satisfied.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network suggested the Twins would at least listen to trade offers for Buxton, with the Philadelphia Phillies named as one potential destination.

A trade before the July 30 deadline is still unrealistic. Part of that is because Buxton is on the IL, and he’s also under team control for 2022. The Twins could probably do better trading Buxton in the offseason, which looks to be a more likely scenario.

Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been one of the most exciting and dynamic players in baseball, at least when he’s on the field. The 27-year-old has struggled to stay healthy during his career, and has only played more than 100 games in a season once in his MLB career. Part of that is due to his willingness to sacrifice his body on awesome plays like this. It’s why he’ll always be an injury risk, but it also figures to make him a lot of money in free agency.

Damian Lillard explains how facing foreign NBA players internationally is ‘completely different’

Damian Lillard

The USA men’s basketball team is expected to win every game it plays in the Olympics, which is why Sunday’s loss to France in the opening game was so jarring. The talent gap is clear, even though France has solid NBA players in its own right.

USA guard Damian Lillard pointed out after the game, however, that playing these players internationally is very different than facing them in the NBA. Lillard said these international players have more freedom and comfort playing internationally, and seem to raise their game at that level.

“And you know who we see each night sometimes in the NBA, they are completely different when they play for their countries,” Lillard said, via Eurohoops. “They got more freedom, and the comfort level is obvious. So we put ourselves in a dogfight, and they made plays to win it.”

The French have one of the NBA’s best defenders in Rudy Gobert, as well as a solid starter in Evan Fournier. Still, few are going to feel that even playing at a higher level, players like that should be able to lead their team to a win over the Americans. Everyone knows that. So do the players, some of whom apparently feel that the coach isn’t getting the most out of them.

Team USA can still advance to the knockout stage with wins over Iran and the Czech Republic, two teams they are expected to beat handily. Still, the questions are mounting at this stage, and even if Lillard is right, it hardly explains everything.

Alex Cora had funny reason for being relieved after huge comeback

Alex Cora

The Boston Red Sox came from behind to pull off a stunning comeback against the New York Yankees on Sunday, and Alex Cora was quick to remind everyone that it could not have come at a better time.

Yankees starter Domingo German took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before giving up a leadoff double to Alex Verdugo. German had been virtually untouchable to that point, but Aaron Boone felt 93 pitches was enough for the right-hander with New York holding a comfortable 4-0 lead. The Yankees then went into full meltdown mode.

After German was pulled, Boston had four consecutive hits, a groundout that drove in a run, and a sacrifice fly. Before you knew it, the Red Sox were leading 5-4. Matt Barnes came on for the save in the ninth on what happened to be “Family Day” at Fenway Park. That was not lost on Cora.

“I was just thinking about our Family Day today. It was going to be suck, to be honest with you, if we got shut out and they threw a no-hitter,” Cora told reporters after the game. “That’s all I was thinking about. I was like, ‘Man, this is gonna be a weird one.’ But now it’s gonna be a fun one.”

The Red Sox have won more games this season when they were trailing than when they have led wire-to-wire. That’s hardly a fluke. In what many expected to be a rebuilding year, Cora has pulled all the right strings and has the team looking like a legitimate World Series contender.

Boston improved to 61-39 with Sunday’s win and has the best record in the American League.

Here is how much money Aaron Rodgers reportedly wants from Packers

Aaron Rodgers

The issues Aaron Rodgers has with the Green Bay Packers are supposedly not about money, but that does not necessarily mean money can’t fix them.

A recent report claimed Rodgers turned down a multi-year contract extension from the Packers this offseason that would have made him the highest-paid player in football. Of course, all that matters with NFL contracts is guaranteed money, and there were no details about the structure of the supposed offer.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was told by a source that Rodgers is open to committing to the Packers beyond the 2021 season. What the reigning MVP wants is a contract that is structured in a way that proves the team isn’t going to replace him with Jordan Love in the near future. According to Florio, one team that has or had interest in Rodgers believes he is looking for $90 million guaranteed over the next two seasons.

An average salary of $45 million would put Rodgers on the same level as Patrick Mahomes. The guaranteed aspect of the contract would obviously prove Green Bay is committed to Rodgers for at least two more years. It might also influence the Packers to go all-in to build the best roster possible in 2021 and 2022, though they have generally always taken a long-term approach to roster construction.

History tells us that offer is not coming, even for Rodgers. There’s a reason the Packers traded up last year to draft Love. They believe he can be their quarterback of the future, and showing Brett Favre the door to turn things over to Rodgers certainly worked out for them. Why would they change their approach?

There have been indications recently that Rodgers will play this season. The most likely scenario could be an agreement between the two sides that essentially assures they make one more run at a title before parting ways. Rodgers and Davante Adams may have hinted at that with their recent social media activity.