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Ex-MLB pitcher is now a massive bodybuilder

Kyle Farnsworth takes a selfie

Kyle Farnsworth has not played for an MLB team since 2014, but we now have a good idea of what the former reliever has been doing with his time — getting jacked.

Farnsworth revealed on Twitter this week that he is entering his first bodybuilding competition on Saturday. The 46-year-old certainly looks ready for the event.

For those of you who don’t remember, here is what Farnsworth looked like less than a decade ago:

Farnsworth pitched for nine different teams across 16 MLB seasons. The right-hander finished his career with a 4.26 ERA. There were plenty of moments where he showed his temper, and it appears he has found a way to harness that energy in retirement.

Tony Romo goes viral for stretching during golf tournament

Tony Romo in a suit

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Television announcer Tony Romo following the AFC championship game between the New England Patriots against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo retired from the NFL due to back issues that still seem to bother him even today.

While playing in the Match Play Championship Tuesday in Wisconsin, Romo’s back was bothering him enough that he was captured on video performing stretches on all-fours. He did so while his opponent, Sam Cianciolo, was putting on the 14th hole. Talk about a distraction.

Cianciolo missed the putt.

After the match, Romo was asked by WisDotGolf’s Rob Hernandez about how he deals with back pain.

“My back, it definitely pops up more often than I’d like,” Romo said. “But I played 36 holes yesterday. I do this whole routine beforehand. I can’t just show up and play.”

The 42-year-old was shooting 1-under par after the 14th hole and wound up with a 1-up win to improve to 3-0.

Romo missed 10 games during 2016 with a broken vertebrae that he suffered during the preseason. Dak Prescott took over the starting quarterback job for the Dallas Cowboys in Romo’s absence, and remained the starter even when Romo returned. The four-time Pro Bowler wound up retiring that offseason and joined Jim Nantz in the CBS broadcast booth soon thereafter.

Romo’s quarterfinal match is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ndamukong Suh interested in signing with 1 AFC team

Ndamukong Suh looks on

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Ndamukong Suh’s time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is likely over, but he apparently has interest in signing with another team.

In an appearance Monday on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” Suh confirmed that he would like to continue playing. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Monday about what Suh said during his appearance. On Tuesday, Suh quote-tweeted Schefter’s tweet with a message that indicated Suh’s interest in an AFC West team.

“Raiders could be fun,” Suh wrote.

The three-time All-Pro joined “SportsCenter” Tuesday to clarify his tweet. He was asked if he and his representatives have been in talks with the Raiders about a deal.

“There’s always talks,” Suh said. “[They’ve] been going on for a little bit. I’ve actually been courted by [the Raiders] in the previous and the past free agencies. [The Raiders are] the team I’ve always had an eye on, and they’ve got some great talent.”

The 35-year-old also cited the team’s proximity to Portland, Ore., where he trains during the offseason, and the chance to win as reasons for his interest in joining Las Vegas.

In his last three seasons with the Bucs, Suh had 112 tackles and 14.5 sacks in 49 games. The Raiders have already added a talented Pro Bowler to their defense this offseason in defensive end Chandler Jones. Suh could further bolster a Raiders defensive front that will have to try to contain Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Justin Herbert in their division.

Agent makes interesting prediction about Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski in a Bucs uniform

Nov 15, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) on the sidelines in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski announced on Tuesday that he is retiring from the NFL once again. But his agent offered an interesting prediction on the subject.

Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Gronk, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Gronk unretires again at some point in the future. Rosenhaus thinks Gronk would show reciprocal interest if Tom Brady were to reach out to him during the season.

Gronk, 33, retired after the 2018 season and did not play in 2019. Brady left the Patriots after the 2019 season and signed with Tampa Bay. The veteran quarterback convinced Gronk to unretire and join him on the Bucs. The two won a Super Bowl in their first season together in Tampa Bay. Last year, Gronk had 55 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.

Gronk is notorious for disliking training camp and the offseason grind. He might just want to avoid all the offseason work and come back on his time … if he decides to do so.

What’s interesting is a report earlier in June said the Bucs were expecting Gronk to return this season. Maybe that report is further proof that Gronk wants to play but just wants to skip the offseason and preseason.

Report: Hornets pivot to ex-Coach of the Year after losing Kenny Atkinson

Michael Jordan in a suit

Dec 21, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan unveils the new Charlotte Hornets logo at halftime during the game against the Utah Jazz at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets had narrowed their search down to two candidates before they offered their head coaching job to Kenny Atkinson. Now that Atkinson has had a change of heart, they have turned their attention toward the other finalist.

Mike D’Antoni was scheduled to meet with Hornets owner Michael Jordan on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Atkinson verbally agreed to a deal with the Hornets before changing his mind. The Golden State Warriors assistant reportedly had second thoughts after discussing the job with his family.

D’Antoni was once viewed as the front-runner for the Charlotte job. Some believe he could help turn LaMelo Ball into an elite point guard. D’Antoni is known in part for getting the most out of Steve Nash in Phoenix and James Harden in Houston. That is likely what makes him an appealing candidate to the Hornets.

One big knock on D’Antoni is that he is 71 and has never won an NBA title, though he has had a total of 10 playoff appearances and three conference finals berths. A former Hornets star may not be pleased if the Hornets hire D’Antoni.

Report: Kyrie Irving had disrespectful act after Steve Nash practices

Kyrie Irving looks on during a game

Mar 15, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are said to be torn on whether they should sign Kyrie Irving to a long-term extension, and the star point guard’s relationship with head coach Steve Nash may have something to do with that.

Stephen A. Smith said on ESPN’s “First Take” Monday that there were times last season when Irving undermined Nash, whether he intended to or not. Irving reportedly sometimes held his own practices with Nets teammates after their regular practices ended. Smith viewed that as a sign of disrespect.

“Did you know that this brother Kyrie Irving last season would conduct his own practices?” Smith said, via Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp. “So when Steve Nash had the team on the floor, and they practiced, they would finish and he’d go and get five guys and conduct his own practice. … Do you have any idea how disrespectful that is to Steve Nash? He conducted his own practices after Steve Nash conducted a practice. I mean, he’s driving him crazy.”

The context of Irving’s players-only practices would be important. If he was holding his own workouts because he felt Nash’s were ineffective, that is a huge problem. On the flip side, it’s possible Irving was just trying to be a leader and put in extra work with his teammates. Smith obviously got the impression it was the former.

Irving has until June 29 to decide if he wants to exercise his $36.9 million player option for next season. Teams around the NBA reportedly believe there is a chance he could leave Brooklyn. Irving had a cryptic response on Twitter after the latest batch of rumors about him surfaced.

Heat ‘cornerstone’ makes decision on his contract option

PJ Tucker looking on

Dec 21, 2019; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (17) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

P.J. Tucker has made a decision on his contract for next season.

Tucker signed a 2-year, $14.35 million contract last year with the Miami Heat. The deal contained a player option for $7.35 million for next season.

The 37-year-old apparently will opt out of his contract in order to become a free agent.

Tucker averaged 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game with the Heat last season. Though Tucker’s stats don’t jump out, he brings a lot to the table defensively. Team executive Pat Riley recently described Tucker as a “cornerstone.”

Numerous teams will likely have interest in signing Tucker, including the Heat, who would like to have him back.

Report reveals when Odell Beckham Jr will return from knee injury

Odell Beckham Jr. in a blue jersey

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) reacts before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr. remains a free agent in part because he is still recovering from a major injury, and the star wide receiver is expected to miss a significant portion of the 2022 season.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “Get Up” Monday that the Los Angeles Rams remain optimistic they can sign Beckham to a new deal. Beckham is not in a huge rush to make a decision, however, likely because he could miss the first two months of the season while rehabbing his torn ACL.

“But Beckham could take his time here because talking to teams, they don’t expect Beckham to be healthy until October or maybe even November, as far as ‘full-go’ back from that ACL,” Fowler said, via Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp. “So Beckham can take his time, maybe even wait until the first couple of weeks of the season, see who’s hot, who needs a receiver. He will likely go to a contender.”

Beckham tore the ACL in his right knee the Super Bowl. He tore the same ACL in 2020. The 29-year-old has suffered numerous significant injuries during his career, which has undoubtedly impacted the market for his services.

The Rams have been open about wanting to re-sign Beckham. Even if OBJ is weighing all options, he has indicated that the feeling is mutual. The two sides need to agree on money and obviously have not yet.

Beckham took a while to get going with the Rams, but he had 21 receptions and two touchdown catches during the playoffs. The Rams signed Allen Robinson this offseason and still have Cooper Kupp, but Beckham could be a dangerous No. 3 option for them if they bring him back.

Brian Urlacher campaigning for 1 player’s Hall of Fame election

Brian Urlacher giving his Hall of Fame induction speech

Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 enshrinee Brian Urlacher during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Bensen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, and believes that another linebacker who has yet to be voted in deserves the honor.

Urlacher appeared on “The Pat McAfee Show” Wednesday and questioned why Zach Thomas has been denied entry into the Hall of Fame.

“How the f— is Zach Thomas not in the Hall of Fame,” Urlacher said (edited by LBS for profanity). “Put his stats up with mine, Ray [Lewis], any other linebacker who’s either close to the Hall of Fame or been in the Hall of Fame. He’s right there with us if not better.

“Every year I advocate for him to get in, but they don’t put him in and I don’t understand it.”

Thomas was a Hall of Fame finalist for the first time in 2022 in what was his ninth year of eligibility. During his 13 NFL seasons with both the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys, Thomas made a strong case as to why he should be elected. A five-time first-team All-Pro selection and member of the all-decade team for the 2000s, Thomas had 1,734 total tackles, 20.5 sacks, 17 interceptions and 16 forced fumbles during his career.

While Thomas’ stats don’t quite measure up to those of an all-time great like Lewis, they do line up favorably when compared to Urlacher. In 17 seasons, Lewis had 2,059 total tackles, 41.5 sacks, 19 forced fumbles and 31 interceptions. Urlacher had 1,361 total tackles, 41.5 sacks, 22 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles during his 13-year career.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Draymond Green’s Game 7 tweet goes viral

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors wrapped up the NBA Finals in six games, but that didn’t stop Draymond Green from making a joke about Game 7.

Game 7 of the NBA Finals, had the Celtics won Thursday, would’ve been scheduled for Sunday. On Sunday, Green jokingly said on social media that he was preparing for the non-existent winner-take-all contest.

“Getting ready for Game 7 tonight,” Green wrote on Twitter. “Happy Father’s Day.”

Green’s tweet was just the latest example of his outspokenness following the Warriors’ fourth championship in the last eight years. He’s been involved in a Twitter feud with Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant over the past few days. Morant claimed that the Grizzlies occupy real estate in the Warriors’ minds after Klay Thompson called out Memphis’ Jaren Jackson Jr. for a tweet Jackson wrote during the regular season. Green responded, saying that the Warriors were only concerned with Boston real estate after winning the NBA title at TD Garden. Morant then replied that he wants the Warriors to come to Memphis for a Christmas Day matchup next season.

While the NBA season is now over, it doesn’t seem like Green will stop trolling his and the Warriors’ critics anytime soon. If the trash talk between the two teams continues into next season, it will make their first matchup — whether on Christmas Day or beforehand — must-see television.