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Jacksonville shooter had reportedly lost in Madden tournament

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The person who opened fired at a Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville on Sunday did so after competing in the event and losing, according to a report.

Steven Javaruski, one of the gamers in the tournament, told the Los Angeles Times that the shooter opened fire after losing a game. Javaruski said the shooter “targeted a few people” and shot at least five people before turning the gun on himself. Javaruski estimated that he saw the shooter kill two or three people.

Javaruski sent several tweets after the shooting, including one where he said police escorted him out of the building.

Recent reports indicated that three people were killed and 11 others wounded. Jacksonville police urged everyone to stay away from the area and said they were unsure if there were any additional suspects. A horrifying livestream that was taken during the tournament captured the audio from the incident.

Jacksonville mass shooting reportedly takes place at Madden tournament

A shooting that took place in Jacksonville at the site of a video game tournament on Sunday has reportedly left at least four people dead and 11 wounded.

WJXT-TV in Jacksonville reports that a gunman opened fire inside a game room in an area known as Jacksonville Landing. A Madden tournament was being hosted at the site.

Officials confirmed that there were multiple people killed and urged everyone to stay as far away from the area as possible.

Goldberg from ‘The Mighty Ducks’ looks horrendous in latest mug shot

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The actor who played Goldberg in “The Mighty Ducks” was arrested recently, and based on his mug shot, he really could use some help.

According to TMZ Sports, actor Shaun Weiss was arrested early Sunday morning on public intoxication charges in Oroville, Calif. They say he was released and not cited after being held in the drunk tank for a few hours.

In his mug shot, Weiss looks aged, sleepy, and malnourished.

Weiss has been going through a rough stretch. Last year he was sentenced to 150 days in jail for his second petty theft arrest. He only spent 12 days in jail due to overcrowding. He was then arrested less than a week after his release from jail due to possession of meth.

In addition to his role as Goldberg in “The Mighty Ducks,” Weiss starred in “Heavy Weights” in the 1990s. He also appeared in TV shows such as “Freaks and Geeks,” “Boy Meets World,” “The Tony Danza Show,” “Mr. Rhodes,” “Here and Now,” and “The King of Queens.” His most recent acting credits came in 2016, according to his IMDB page.

Watch: Goose flies into scoreboard at Angels-Tigers game

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The Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers were visited by a feathered friend during their game in Detroit on Wednesday.

During the top of the sixth inning, a goose (yes a goose) made its way into Comerica Park. It landed on the infield near second base momentarily before returning to flight. It landed in the outfield and took off again, all while being chased by a stadium employee. The goose took flight again and appeared to be in “cruise control” before colliding with a video scoreboard before falling down into a row of seats.

Hopefully the goose was okay after the collision. At least it didn’t interfere with any players unlike the rogue eagle in Minnesota.

Watch: Johns Hopkins, Ohio State lacrosse teams get into huge brawl

Tempers flared during the fourth period of a semifinal of the Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday.

No. 2 Johns Hopkins met No. 3 Ohio State in the second semifinal of the day. With Ohio State up 5-4 and a little over nine minutes remaining in regulation, a scuffle broke out on the sideline after a hard check.

According to Clay Hall of WSYX in Columbus, two players were ejected for their roles in the brawl.

Hopkins went on to win the game by a score of 6-5 and will meet No. 1 Maryland in the championship game on Saturday.

Sports world reacts to Meek Mill’s release from prison

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Meek Mill being released from prison on Tuesday was big news, and it made major waves in the sports world. Not only did Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin say he was heading to prison to pick up Meek and bring the Philly-based rapper to the team’s playoff game, but several other notable athletes were pleased to see Meek released.

Here’s a roundup of some of the Twitter reactions from notable athletes to Meek’s release.

Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns:

Eagles’ Jalen Mills:

The New England Patriots, which included a photo of owner Robert Kraft with Meek, saying “justice for our friend.”

Georgia running back D’Andre Dwift:

Blazers’ CJ McCollum:

Ravens safety Tony Jefferson:

Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma added some social commentary:

The 76ers are going to have even more motivation to try and close out their series with the Miami Heat on Tuesday night now that Meek’s been released.

Watch: College Jeopardy! contestants coordinate basketball intros

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The three finalists for the “Jeopardy!” College Championship coordinated some basketball-themed motions during their introductions on Thursday’s show.

Take a look as the three contestants all pretend to play basketball during their intros:

Brown University freshman Dhruv Gaur seemed to be the one who coordinated the effort.

As awesome as those intros were, it’s even better with the NBA on NBC theme song in the background.

We’re just pleased to see some sports effort on Jeopardy!, especially after a previous NFL disaster on the show.

Denver lacrosse team clowns local newspaper over Coors Field error

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The Denver Post is getting hit with some friendly fire over a recent error that they made in a feature about Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies.

The feature, which was printed in the Friday edition of the paper, went viral after readers noticed that an image of Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, was incorrectly used instead of the actual Coors Field.

On Saturday, the University of Denver’s men’s lacrosse team jumped at their opportunity to tweet a funny reference to the error. The team was actually in Pennsylvania for a match against Villanova over the weekend (which they won 22-6) and passed by Citizens Bank Park on the way back to the airport. You can probably guess where they went with the reference.

Granted, this wasn’t the most savage shot that the paper took over the error. But the fact that it came from a fellow Denver enterprise probably stings a bit.

UCF building evacuated after man’s LeBron James-like powder toss

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A stunt by a UCF student led to the evacuation of a building on the university’s campus on Wednesday, and of course, there is a tie-in to LeBron James.

During a class held in the UCF Business Administration building on Wednesday, a man stood up and tossed powder into the air. The man was replicating LeBron James’ pregame chalk powder toss, and also yelled one of James’ infamous lines. “I’m taking my talents elsewhere. I’m going to Miami,” the man said, according to witnesses.

Not knowing the nature of the substance, UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said the matter was treated as a hazardous materials situation.

“We had an individual throw powder in one of the classrooms. We think it was going to be some type of stunt, like a LeBron James stunt, but unfortunately with the current threat situation the way it is our fire partners said we needed to treat it as a hazmat situation,” UCF Police Chief Richard Beary told News 6.

The UCF Police Department said the suspect was wearing a white LeBron James No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. UCF Police put out this tweet about the suspect:

Thankfully, the substance was later determined to be baby formula and not something dangerous. However, exercising caution was the right decision, which included evacuating the building.

Though the chalk toss was a famous part of LeBron’s pregame routine, he stopped doing it in late 2014. Apparently the tradition is still alive for some.

Britt McHenry, golfer Paige Spiranac get into it over SI Swimsuit photos

Pro golfer Paige Spiranac is one of several athletes who are appearing in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and former ESPN reporter Britt McHenry does not agree with the message Spiranac, gymnast Aly Raisman and other women are sending.

In advance of the magazine being released on Wednesday, Spiranac shared some photos from her shoot on social media.

After seeing those and some other photos from SI, McHenry decided that she needed to be heard.

While the tweets were not sent directly to Spiranac, the former San Diego State star took them personally and responded. That led to some back and forth between her and McHenry.

Spiranac is an ambassador for the anti-bullying organization CyberSmile, and she broke down crying in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated when discussing how she has been bullied and considered suicide. She credited SI for giving her a platform where she “took back my body and took back my sexuality.”

Ironically, McHenry infamously went off on a parking lot attendant nearly three years ago and berated her about her body. She probably shouldn’t be handing out advice to women about what empowerment is.