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  • Dennis Rodman Plans to Invite Kanye West to North Korea

    07/19/2018 8:01:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Hypebeast ^ | July 19, 2018 | Keith Estiler
    On July 10, Kanye West shared a photo on Twitter portraying a Chicago Bulls jersey signed by Dennis Rodman. In the tweet, West proclaimed that Rodman is “one of my biggest inspirations…always breaking barriers with independent thought.” The NBA star expressed his gratitude to ‘Ye in a recent interview with US Weekly and also told the publication that he plans to invite the rapper to North Korea. “Kanye, he’s doing amazing work around the world so I respect him too,” he told Us Weekly. “So hopefully one day we’ll get together and collaborate on certain things. Guess what, I’ll take...
  • Ugly tweets from Brewers’ Josh Hader surface during MLB All-Star Game

    07/18/2018 10:52:56 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2018 | Adam Kilgore
    Racist, homophobic and misogynistic tweets that Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader sent in 2011 and 2012 surfaced as he pitched in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park, turning his appearance into an embarrassing stain for Hader and a public-relations nightmare for Major League Baseball. After Hader surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth inning, several Twitter users — starting, it seems, with an account named MLB Insider Dinger — found and retweeted messages Hader sent as a 17-year-old. The tweets included numerous uses of the n-word and an allusion to “white power” next to an emoji of a closed...
  • The scene of Josh Hader's apology just after racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic tweets surfaced

    07/18/2018 9:38:40 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | July 18, 2018 | Jeff Passan
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the small lobby at the entrance of the home clubhouse at Nationals Park, Josh Hader, still in his All-Star Game uniform, sat in a puffy chair, his head tilted down, his eyes fixed on his phone’s screen, his thumbs the only thing moving. They swiped up, left thumb then right thumb, left then right, left then right, for a minute, then two, then three, before a security guard closed the door and cocooned Hader from the throng waiting outside to ask if he was a racist, sexist, bigoted homophobe. Outside the clubhouse, about 15 feet away,...
  • Will Melania Trump let Barron keep Vladimir Putin’s soccer ball? Can she?

    07/17/2018 11:10:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Martha Ross
    Under normal circumstances, the gift would delight any 12-year-old soccer fan: A ball used in the recent World Cup final. But these were not normal circumstances. And the ball in question was presented by Russian President Vladimir Putin to President Donald Trump during a bizarre moment in what has been widely condemned as an embarrassing and diplomatically disastrous moment for Trump’s White House and for the United States. Following a high-stakes summit in Helsinki Monday, Putin brought out a special red-and-white ball at his joint press conference with Trump. Putin handed the ball to his American counterpart, seemingly as a...
  • Dems Assail Court Nominee [semi-satire]

    07/15/2018 10:35:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 July 2018 | John Semmens
    Some opponents of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have latched onto revelations of his heavy spending on Washington Nationals baseball tickets as “the smoking gun” that will derail his appointment. It appears that Kavanaugh maxed out his credit card purchasing the tickets. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn) called the revelation “very suspicious. Normally, lobbyists provide these kinds of perks to members of government. For Judge Kavanaugh to reach into his own pocket to buy something that others of us obtain gratis from grateful constituents raises a ‘red flag.’ What’s wrong with him that those who routinely pick up these sorts of...
  • Preview: France v Croatia

    07/15/2018 2:44:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 160 replies ^ | July 14, 2018 | FIFA
    And then there were two. 63 games filled with drama, intrigue, set-piece goals and surprise results have determined our finalists: France and Croatia. There is a distinctly 1998 feel to this World Cup Final, evoking more than a few memories of the global finals which saw France emerge victorious on home soil two decades ago. Vatreni will be out for revenge from their final four defeat against Les Bleus back in 1998, with the then debutants denied a place in a maiden Final by Lilian Thuram's only international goals. France will be hoping their captain in the Final that followed...
  • Royals have suspended their Papa John’s promotional deal (Kansas City MLB)

    07/14/2018 4:43:35 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 23 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | July 12, 2018 | PETE GRATHOFF
    Papa John’s pizza founder John Schnatter resigned Wednesday as chairman of the board after he apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May. After news of Schnatter’s use of the N-word during a training call, Major League Baseball indefinitely suspended its Papa Slam promotion with Papa John’s, Yahoo Sports reported.
  • Yankees suspend relationship with Papa John's after founder uses N-word

    07/13/2018 5:34:41 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 38 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | July 13, 2018 | Mike Rosenstein
    The New York Yankees have joined the growing list of businesses which are distancing themselves from Papa John's. The club released this statement Friday afternoon: "In response to the reprehensible remarks made by Papa John's founder and owner, the New York Yankees are suspending their relationship with the company." Papa John's founder John Schnatter resigned as chairman of the board on Wednesday, hours after Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur during a conference call in May.
  • Most Unusual Over/Under Shotgun I've Seen

    07/13/2018 9:04:27 AM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies
    Forgotten Weapons ^ | Ian McCollum
    Really neat shotgun. One I've never seen. The stamp on it is Paris, France and no there is no white flag with it and it does not come with a beret.
  • Them Too

    07/13/2018 8:44:55 AM PDT · by buckalfa
    Eleven Warriors ^ | July 12, 2018 | Ramzy Nasarallah
    Michael DiSabato says he knows where all of the bodies are buried. Just ask him. You won't have to slowly pull the names or locations out of a riddle, follow breadcrumbs or solve a cryptic puzzle only to discover clues that lead to other clues. He'll just tell you, straight up. However direct he may be, DiSabato still does not draw a clean map, and his landscapes switch without warning from actual physical spaces to terrain in his mind. You'll come to realize you're in for more than you expected or probably wanted. The former Ohio State wrestler has the...
  • Derek Jeter's Marlins cut ties with Papa John's

    07/12/2018 7:57:16 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 37 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 12, 2018 | Scott Chiusano
    Major League Baseball is doing its best to cut all ties with Papa John’s and its racist founder, with Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins leading the charge. A recording of John Schnatter using the N-word was uncovered by Forbes on Wednesday, and the ex-CEO stepped down shortly after.
  • Report: Red Sox in contact with O's for Machado

    07/11/2018 7:36:29 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies ^ | July 11, 2018 | Manny Randhawa
    With the Yankees reportedly having "increased interest" in trading for Orioles All-Star Manny Machado as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, the Red Sox have also been in contact with Baltimore about the slugging shortstop, according to the Baltimore Sun. Machado, a free agent this offseason, is in the midst of his best season in the Majors, entering Tuesday hitting .309/.379/.555 before belting two home runs against the Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Per the Baltimore Sun report, a Red Sox scout was in attendance.
  • Yankees have made 'strong offer' for Machado

    07/11/2018 7:34:24 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 1 replies ^ | July 11, 2018 | Jason Catonia
    There seems to be no stopping the rumors linking the New York Yankees to Manny Machado. The Yanks have made a "strong offer" to the Baltimore Orioles for the star infielder, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, who suggests that while the Bronx Bombers may not be the favorite, they clearly are a player in this sweepstakes.
  • Preview: Croatia v England

    07/11/2018 9:43:01 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 129 replies ^ | July 10, 2018 | FIFA
    This is a FIFA World Cup™ semi-final decades in the making. Both sides have waited patiently for their turn, each experiencing heartbreak in prior editions since they last appeared in the final four. Croatia have 'only' had to wait 20 years (semi-finalists at France 1998), while England last reached the semi-final stage 28 years ago at Italy 1990. Indeed, this first World Cup meeting between the pair will have a historic outcome. Croatia were defeated by hosts France back in 1998, meaning they have never reached a World Cup Final, while the Three Lions have only reached the Final once...
  • Previews and predictions for the World Cup semi-finals

    07/10/2018 9:16:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 47 replies ^ | July 10, 2018 | Martin Laurence
    Will Belgium beat favourites France and reach their first World Cup final? And will England’s fresher legs tell against Croatia?
  • New York Yankees called out as only MLB team that hasn’t held or announced an LGBTQ Pride Night

    07/09/2018 2:41:21 PM PDT · by TBP · 79 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 9, 2018 | Dave Urbanski
    One might assume that hailing from New York City — the undisputed bastion of diversity and lifestyle acceptance — a world-famous sports franchise such as the Yankees long ago would’ve sponsored an LGBTQ Pride Night at its iconic stadium. But it hasn’t. And since Forbes reported that the Los Angeles Angels will hold a Pride Night next June, the Yankees are now the only Major League Baseball team that hasn’t sponsored such an event or announced its intention of doing so. According to Outsports, 24 of the 30 MLB teams have Pride events on this season’s calendars. The Chicago Cubs...
  • Outrage and support as NBA rookie won’t celebrate 4th of July

    07/06/2018 8:13:54 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 6, 2018 | Jake Nisse
    Lonnie Walker IV made a different kind of fireworks on his Fourth of July. The Spurs rookie drew a lot of attention when he tweeted Wednesday that he did not celebrate the holiday. Walker’s implication, it seems, is the holiday does not observe independence for all Americans. “Will never celebrate the 4th of July,” he wrote. “Know your history and stay woke.”
  • Previews and predictions for the World Cup quarter-finals

    07/06/2018 1:02:19 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 170 replies ^ | July 5, 2018 | Martin Laurence
    All the facts and figures for France v Uruguay, Belgium v Brazil, England v Sweden and Croatia v Russia
  • Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Boone think best is yet to come

    07/04/2018 9:06:01 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 4, 2018 | Howie Kussoy
    Giancarlo Stanton has struck out more than ever, and thus, heard more boos than ever. But with roughly half the regular season remaining, the reigning NL MVP is right where he wants to be — and in position for another historic tear. Homering on back-to-back days for the third time this season, Stanton powered the Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Braves with his three-run shot Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
  • LeBron James leaves Cleveland again, agrees to join Los Angeles Lakers

    07/01/2018 5:38:43 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 73 replies ^ | July 1, 2018 | Joe Vardon
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- LeBron James agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, ending his second run as the face of his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. James, born in Akron and drafted No. 1 by the Cavs in 2003, is leaving the Cavs for the second time in eight seasons. But this time, it's two-years removed from bringing the organization its first title. James' agreement with the Lakers was announced through a simple press release sent by his agent, Rich Paul, which says James, a 14-time All-Star, three-time Finals MVP, and two-time Olympic...