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Sports world reacts to tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay hotel

At least 50 people were killed and more than 200 are wounded following a mass shooting in Las Vegas that was the deadliest in United States history.

The shooting took place at a country music festival. A man, believed to be 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, committed suicide after he repeatedly opened fire on a crowd of concert-goers for what witnesses described as a period of 10 minutes. He fired the shots from his 32nd floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. Horrifying doesn’t begin to describe the scene, and already we are seeing reactions from cross the sports world.

Former MLB pitcher Mike Timlin was at the event, but fortunately he tweeted that he and the group of people he was with were not harmed:

British tennis star Laura Robson also attended the concert. She confirmed to the Irish Independent that she was safe and well on Monday morning.

On days like these, sports seem so trivial. Our thoughts are with any and all who have been affected by this unthinkable tragedy.

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Snoop Dogg’s son wants to work for Big Baller Brand

Snoop Cordell Broadus UCLA

If LaVar Ball ever needs help designing new shoes for Big Baller Brand, he can look no further than the son of famous rapper Snoop Dogg.

After enrolling at UCLA with the intention of playing football, Cordell Broadus has since turned his attention to the world of fashion. From afar, Broadus appears to be a fan of what LaVar Ball is doing with his Big Baller Brand and even offered his services to the family-owned company.

“I love the Big Baller Brand, but I think they can use some of my help,” Broadus told TMZ Sports. “I want to help design some stuff for them,” he continued.

Big Baller Brand has been churning out products and probably won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Lonzo has is own signature shoe. So does his younger brother LaMelo, who is still in high school. An edition for LaVar can’t be far off.

The collaboration with Cordell Broadus may not materialize, but the relationship between LaVar Ball and Snoop Dogg looks to be just fine.

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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn get website to remove nude photos

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Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn and other celebrities have scored a minor victory as they seek justice against those responsible for the hacking, leaking, and publishing of their intimate nude photos online.

On Tuesday, a website posted numerous personal photos of celebrities that appear to have been obtained via hacking. The photos were all intimate in nature, many of which showed the celebrities in various states of nudity. The leaking of these hacked photos was similar to the infamous 2014 hacking that saw multiple celebrities have their privacy violated as nude photos were posted of them on the internet.

Outraged after having their personal photos hacked and published online, many of the celebrities, including Vonn and Woods, hired a legal team to represent them. The legal team succeeded in getting the photos removed from the website that initially published the pictures.

Attorney Andrew Brettler of Lavely & Singer is seeking more accountability for the hackers and websites that obtained and posted the photos.

“The hackers responsible for these despicable invasions of privacy should be prosecuted, and the websites that post the stolen photographs and videos should be held accountable, too, because they provide a platform for these lowlifes to showcase their ‘work,’” Brettler told Variety.

The website that removed the photos has since added in written commentary in which they were unapologetic, rude and crude and made themselves out to seem like the victims.

Two men received prison sentences (of 18 and nine months in length) in 2016 for the 2014 celebrity hacking case.

Jordan Leandre sends funny tweets after botching first pitch (Video)

Jordan Leandre pitch

Boston Red Sox fan Jordan Leandre sent some really funny tweets after his botched ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday’s Red Sox-Cardinals game went viral.

Leandre, a Ewing’s sarcoma survivor who sang the national anthem and ran the bases around Fenway Park as a kid, threw out the first pitch while surrounded by the 1967 Red Sox. He sailed his pitch over his catcher, and it hit a photographer in the nuggets.

Leandre maintained his sense of humor despite the embarrassing throw,

You have to appreciate someone who’s able to laugh at himself.

Athletes speak out against Charlottesville rally

LeBron James

The rally in Charlottesville by many white nationalists carrying tiki torches and Nazi paraphernalia over the weekend has been the biggest topic of conversation nationally since Friday night. One person died and many others have been injured during the rally. A state of emergency was declared in Virginia, and many are speaking out against what’s happening. That even includes many figures in sports.

LeBron James sent a few tweets on Saturday expressing his disappointment with President Donald Trump’s leadership in light of the rally:

NBA player Enes Kanter, who is from Turkey and whose family has dealt with government corruption, sent these tweets about those not protesting the Nazi symbols from the rally:

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Steve Scalise, others shot in ‘deliberate attack’ at congressional baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was among at least five people who were shot in what appears to have been an attack Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia.

Fox News is reporting that five people were transported medically to a local hospital, including the gunman after he was shot by U.S. Capitol Police. Scalise was said to be in stable condition.

Two law enforcement officials were among those injured. Rep. Mo Brooks said there was a shootout that ended when the alleged attacker was shot near home plate. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News that the gunman had been killed.

“Finally the shooter was shot behind home plate as he was circling around to the first base dugout where there were a number of us congressmen and other folks,” Brooks told FMTALK1065. “Our security detail was able to incapacitate him at that point. I don’t know if he [shooter] was dead. He was wounded. I don’t know how many times he was wounded.”

Brooks said he heard Scalise scream and saw him dragging himself toward right field, leaving a trail of blood.

“Behind third base, I see a rifle…I hear Steve Scalise over near 2nd base scream,” Brooks described. “…While all of this is going on, Steve Scalise our whip was lying on the ground near the second base position crawling into right field, leaving a trail of blood.”

Fox News was told by a source that Scalise had been shot in the hip.

CNN is describing the shooting as a “deliberate attack.” Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, told Fox News he left just before the shooting. While walking to his car, DeSantis said he was asked by a man if it was Republicans or Democrats on the baseball field. Roughly three minutes later, gunfire broke out.

The GOP had been practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition in which Republican and Democratic members of the Senate and House square off on the diamond. The event has been held since 1909 and is scheduled to take place on June 15 at Nationals Park.

Glory to take legal action against fans for assaulting kickboxer after fight

Murthel Groenhart Glory 42

GLORY Kickboxing intends to take legal action against the fans who entered the ring after a fight concluded on Saturday and proceeded to assault the victorious fighter.

Murthel Groenhart knocked out Harut Grigorian in the second round of their Glory 42 fight on Saturday in Paris. The knockout came in controversial fashion, as the knockout blow was seen by many as a sucker punch.

Here’s a look:

And here’s a better angle of the two fans assaulting Groenhart:

GLORY has acknowledged that while Groenhart’s knockout of Grigorian can be considered unsportsmanlike, it was not illegal. The organization also sent out a statement on Sunday in which they shared their intent to prosecute the fans.

From their statement:

We are shocked and appalled by the behavior of these two individuals. Investigation into the identities of the assailants is ongoing, as we consider appropriate action organizationally.

GLORY takes the welfare of its athletes very seriously. As such, we intend to pursue the prosecution of these individuals – and any individuals who enter the ring without authorization and/or compromise the safety of our athletes in any fashion – to the fullest extent of the law. On Monday, our legal representation in France will officially lodge a complaint to the Paris prosecutor.

GLORY says Greonhart was not seriously injured during the attack. The 30-year-old is now 65-23-3 in his kickboxing career.

H/T Big Daddy

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