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Video: Young Yankees fan robbed of foul ball from Aaron Judge

A Yankees fan complains

A young New York Yankees fan was robbed of receiving a foul ball from Aaron Judge on Tuesday night and was extremely distraught.

Judge was attempting to give the young fan a foul ball and seemed to try and place it in the fan’s glove. But there were about three people competing for the ball, and another fan grabbed it instead.

“That’s grand theft!”

Yes, it surely was some grand theft.

This goes directly in contrast with what happened at a Blue Jays game on a ball hit by Judge.

How can the one fan feel good about the ball knowing he stole it from the intended recipient?

Steve Kerr explains where Warriors’ defense went wrong in Game 4 loss

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors allowed a series-high 119 points in their Game 4 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

The Warriors gave up 28, 34 and 37 points in each of the first three quarters, but only 20 in the fourth. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shared why his team struggled defensively through most of their 119-109 defeat.

Speaking to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater after the game, Kerr cited early defensive breakdowns.

“We weren’t alert tonight defensively,” Kerr said. “We weren’t sharp. I thought we let them get into a groove, and once a team like that gets into a three-point groove, it’s tough to get them out of it.”

The Mavericks were successful shooting from three-point range for a majority of the game.

The team shot 46.5 percent from behind the arc (20-for-43). Mavericks guard Reggie Bullock and forward Dorian Finney-Smith combined for half of their team’s 3-pointers, shooting 10-for-17.

Luka Doncic led both teams with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in 38 minutes.

The Mavericks averaged the 10th-most 3-pointers made per game during the regular season (13.1), and their shots were finally falling on Tuesday. They’ll need to continue to make those shots at a steady rate to keep the series going past Game 5 on Thursday.

Cardinals reportedly sign ex-Chiefs RB

Kliff Kingsbury looking ahead

Aug 8, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury against the Los Angeles Chargers during a preseason game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals scored the third-most rushing touchdowns (23) in the NFL last season, and have added another quality running back to their roster.

Jordan Schultz reported Tuesday on Twitter that the Cardinals are signing former Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams.

Williams, signed by the Chiefs as an un-drafted free agent out of LSU in 2018, had a breakout season in 2021.

He ran for 558 yards and scored six touchdowns on 144 carries in 17 games. Williams also caught 47 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns, and didn’t fumble the football once.

According to Schultz, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes vouched for Williams, informing Arizona that he was a back that Mahomes trusted.

The 27-year-old will team up with James Conner to form one of the league’s top backfield duos. Conner, like Williams, showed versatility in both the running and passing game for the Cardinals in 2021.

Conner ran for 752 yards and 15 touchdowns on 202 carries in 15 games, and caught 37 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns.

Williams won’t have to wait long to face his former team, as the Cardinals host the Chiefs in the season opener on September 11.

Video: Draymond Green’s free throw gets stuck on rim

Draymond Green's foul shot lands on the back of the rim

The second half of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday between the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks was an eventful one.

The start of the half was delayed due to a leak in the roof at American Airlines Center. Another brief pause in the action came with Draymond Green shooting two shots at the foul line.

With the Mavericks up 81-56 just under halfway through the third quarter, Green shot the first of his two free throws. The ball hit the front of the rim, went up onto the back of the rim and bounced until it came to a rest.

The missed shot didn’t have much of an effect on the outcome of the game, as the Mavericks were up big and won 119-109 to avoid the sweep.

Green shot 65.9 percent from the free throw line this season and is a career 71.2 percent shooter from the charity stripe. He had 10 points, six assists and six rebounds in Game 4.

The Warriors have another chance to reach the NBA Finals in Game 5 on Thursday.

Umpire caught cursing on hot mic during Royals-Diamondbacks game

Split screen of a Royals player and an umpire

One MLB umpire reminded us of the joys of live television on Tuesday.

Home plate umpire Tom Hallion went to replay review during the fourth inning of the Kansas City Royals-Arizona Diamondbacks game. The Royals had made the decision to challenge an out call made at first base. As Hallion unsuccessfully tried to put his earpiece in, he let out a curse word that was picked up by the hot mic he was wired into.

Here is the video (but obviously beware of the foul language).

The call was ultimately overturned, and the runner, Royals slugger Carlos Santana, was ruled safe at first base. That means Hallion at least got his money’s worth for the replay review.

Hallion is 29-year MLB umpiring veteran, and he certainly curses like one as well. But this is far from the biggest controversy involving an umpire in a Diamondbacks game this season.

Mark Cuban gets meme treatment over leak at American Airlines Center

Mark Cuban with angry look

Mark Cuban gave a new meaning to the phrase “if looks could kill” during Tuesday’s Western Conference Finals game.

The Dallas Mavericks’ Game 4 battle against the Golden State Warriors was briefly delayed before the start of the second half due to a leak in the roof of American Airlines Center. You can see the video of the leak here.

The delay lasted for about 16 minutes before the third quarter got underway. But the real star of the show was the ticked-off reaction of the Mavs owner Cuban. The TNT broadcast aired Cuban in his courtside seat looking very unhappy about the leak. Even funnier was that Cuban had on one of the Mavericks giveaway shirts while he was quietly seething.

The image of a stewing Cuban absolutely sent many people on Twitter. Here were some of the best memes and reactions about Cuban, who looked ready to fire absolutely everybody.

The leak was obviously a very poor look for Cuban and the Mavs. It was the team’s most important game of the year (as they needed a win to avoid elimination), only for them to get hit with this unexpected and totally avoidable distraction.

Fortunately for the Mavs, they did not appear to be at all affected by the delay, outscoring the Warriors by 14 points in the third quarter to extend their 15-point halftime lead to 29. But Cuban will probably still have some angry phone calls to make after the game, especially since this is apparently not the first time that this has happened at AAC this season.

Report: Steelers have decided on a new GM

The Pittsburgh Steelers logo

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly found their replacement for longtime general manager Kevin Colbert.

After a lengthy offseason search, the team opted to go with a trusted name who has been with the team for decades.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that Steelers’ vice president Omar Khan is expected to be named the Steelers’ next general manager.

Along with Khan, Steelers’ director of pro scouting Brandon Hunt was also considered a favorite. Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vice president of player personnel John Spytek and former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley were also in the running.

Khan first joined the Steelers as a football operations coordinator in 2001, and spent the last six seasons as the vice president of football and business administration.

He reportedly already has one position on his staff filled out.

According to a Tuesday report from CBS Sports Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, Philadelphia Eagles executive Andy Wiedl will reportedly be named the Steelers’ assistant general manager.

Khan takes over a Steelers roster that hasn’t finished under .500 since 2003. But he and Wiedl have their work cut out for them to get the Steelers back to the Super Bowl for the first time in over a decade.

Mavericks-Warriors game delayed due to leak at American Airlines Center

Towels cover the floor

The start of the second half for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night in Dallas was delayed due to a leak at American Airlines Center.

Water was coming through the roof at the arena and leaking onto the court. Arena officials were using towels to try and soak up the water.

“It’s a mix of liquid and debris coming from the ceiling,” TNT’s Allie LaForce reported.

The Mavericks’ tunnel also had a leak.

This is the second time this season that AAC has had a leak during a game.

Game 4 was delayed about 16 minutes due to the leak. The Mavericks entered the game trailing 3-0 in the series but led by 15 at the half.

Jalen Green’s comments on city of Houston go viral

Jalen Green smiling

Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Jalen Green (G League Ignite) arrives on the red carpet before the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Green’s comments about the city of Houston are going viral.

Green joined “The Bill Simmons Podcast” for an interview that resolved an outstanding issue. You may recall that Simmons drew attention for saying “f— Jalen Green” on a previous podcast. Simmons wasn’t making the remark because he has a personal issue with Green, but to buttress his point that Green’s achievements weren’t very meaningful because he was playing for a bad Rockets team.

Not only did the two men sort things out on the podcast, but they discussed other subjects as well. Green shared why he loves Houston so much: the food.

“The food is crazy. They got the best food out here. I swear. It’s where you put the weight on for sure. They got all types of different food out here. I love it,” Green said.

Green also shared that he was happy to have been drafted by the Rockets No. 2 overall in 2021.

The 20-year-old guard is listed at 6-foot-4 and 178 pounds. At that weight, it probably wouldn’t hurt him too much to endulge in some of Houston’s finest cuisine.

Green averaged 17.3 points per game as as rookie and made the All-Rookie team.

Panthers reportedly willing to bring back Cam Newton under 2 conditions

Cam Newton throws in warmups

Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton has struggled over his last two seasons, but the Carolina Panthers aren’t closing the door on bringing him back for 2022.

On Monday, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Charlotte Observer reported that the Panthers are open to signing Newton. Alexander says there are two conditions under which Carolina would sign Newton: he would not enter camp as the starter, and he would need to agree to a smaller salary.

Bringing in Newton on these terms could make sense for both parties. The former MVP’s best days seem to be behind him, but he’s familiar with the organization. Newton could also serve as a mentor to rookie quarterback Matt Corral.

The Panthers’ quarterback room of Sam Darnold, Corral and P.J. Walker is unproven. Newton could replace any of the three if they got hurt.

While Darnold is listed as the starter on the team’s current depth chart, the Panthers do have reported interest in two other quarterbacks. If the Panthers pick up either of them, Newton will likely need to look elsewhere for a job in 2022.

In eight games with the Panthers in 2021, Newton completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 4 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and 684 yards. He also rushed for 230 yards and 5 scores.