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Apr 21, 2014

Andrelton Simmons grounds out on pitch in the dirt (Video)




Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons grounded out in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the New York Mets after managing to make contact with his swing despite the pitch bouncing in the dirt.

Simmons swung at an 0-2 pitch from Mets reliever Carlos Torres that bounced about a foot in front of home plate, but managed to make solid contact, hitting a grounder to first base.

Simmons had a rough day batting, going 0-for-6 in the 14-inning loss to the Mets.

Video via MLB.

Jeremy Lin shoots jumper over backboard vs Blazers (Video)


Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin took an embarrassingly bad shot during the second quarter of Sunday night's Western Conference playoff series opener against Portland when his 9-foot jump shot went over the backboard.



Lin may have rushed his jumper to beat the shot clock, but the Rockets ended up with a violation anyway after his shot went WAY off target.

Despite the miss, Lin finished the game with a respectable 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. However, the Rockets lost home court advantage in the series with a 122-120 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Vine via CJZero.

Apr 20, 2014

Did Mike Trout let 'Iron Man' get into his head? (Video)




Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout grounded out in the eighth inning of Sunday's game in Detroit after a fan dressed in an Iron Man costume gave him some trash talk while he warmed up in the on-deck circle.

Not sure of the significance of the Iron Man costume, or what he said to Trout. However, if "Iron Man" was trying to get into Trout's head, it apparently worked.

Trout was 0-for-3 in the game as the Angels lost to the Tigers 2-1.

Video via MLB.

MLS reporter hit in head with stray ball before Whitecaps game (Video)


MLS sideline reporter Kelli Tennant was hit in the back of the head with a stray soccer ball during pregame warmups before Saturday's Vancouver Whitecaps game against the L.A. Galaxy.

Tennant was doing a remote segment for Time Warner Cable (TWC) SportsNet when she was hit, despite the best efforts of a colleague who was unable to stop the ball from hitting her:



The scene was reminiscent of an incident that occurred with Jessica Kastrop in Germany last month. However, Tennant proved herself to be a true professional as she continued on with her report as if nothing happened. She confirmed later via Twitter that she was doing fine:



We're glad to hear that Tennant is OK. Maybe the Whitecaps should warn their fans about flying soccer balls. Oh, wait:



Tennant's comment after stumbling upon the sign: "And where was this an hour ago? HAHAHAHH #headache"

H/T 101gg.

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BREAKING NEWS: Russell Westbrook likes the color red (Photo)


On Saturday, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook posted an Instagram photo of himself wearing red clothes from head to toe, featuring a red T-shirt, red pants and red sneakers.



Not sure what Westbrook is going for here, but the Thunder won their Western Conference playoff series opener against Memphis, so whatever works.

H/T LBS.

Paul Pierce after clutch jumper: 'That's what I do' (Video)




Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce hit a clutch jumper in the late stages of the fourth quarter in Saturday's Eastern Conference playoff series opener in Toronto and, not surprisingly, had some things to say about it.

After hitting an outside jumper to give the Nets an 88-81 lead, microphones near the court could pick up Pierce screaming "That's why they got me here! That's why I'm in here!"

As a timeout was taken by the Raptors, Pierce was congratulated by his Nets teammates, and was clearly pumped up as he went on to say "That's what I do. Best in the business [at] what I do. That's what I do."

Pierce had 15 points as the Nets beat the Raptors in Game 1 with a 94-87 victory.

Video via NBA.

Apr 19, 2014

Pirates prank Gerrit Cole with bubblegum-on-the-hat routine (Video)




Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole fell victim to the bubblegum-on-the-hat prank by his teammates during Friday night's game against Milwaukee. Cameras captured Cole in the dugout during the third inning having no idea about the gum (with a huge bubble) attached to his cap. No word as to how long it took for Cole to catch on.

Video via MLB.

Rays fan faceplants on field reaching for foul ball (GIF)




A Tampa Bay Rays fan faceplanted onto the field while reaching for a foul ball during Friday night's game against the New York Yankees.

The unidentified fan reached over the railing in the 7th inning as the foul ball rolled into the corner, and he totally went for it. The fan lost his balance as he left his feet and reached for the ball with both hands, faceplanting and landing on his back. The fan did get the ball, but according to LBS, he was ejected from the stadium, as is standard procedure for pro sporting events.

DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone fans going onto the field during sporting events. You will be ejected.

GIF via @CorkGaines. H/T LBS.

Dodgers pitcher Chris Withrow throws wild pitch on intentional walk (Video)




Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chris Withrow gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning of Friday night's game at Dodger Stadium against Arizona with a wild pitch...on an intentional walk.

In the top of the ninth with one out and a Diamondbacks pinch runner Tony Campana on third, Withrow had a 2-0 count on Martin Prado when the decision was made to intentionally walk him. Catcher Tim Federowics stood up and called for the ball to be thrown way outside, but Withrow managed to throw it high over his outstretched glove. The ball rolled into the backstop and Campana came home to give the D-backs a 2-1 lead. After Withrow walked another batter (which included a second wild pitch), he was taken out of the game.

Fortunately for Withrow, the Dodgers were able to bail him out by preventing the D-backs from scoring any more runs in the top of the ninth and tying the game in the bottom of the ninth. However, the D-backs won the game 4-2 in 12 innings.

Video via MLB.

Apr 18, 2014

Erik Johnson races back to save empty net goal (Video)




Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson racing back and made an incredible play to stop an empty net goal and save the game in the late stages of the third period during Thursday night's Western Conference playoff series opener against Minnesota.

The Avalanche were down 4-3 when they pulled their goalie for an extra skater with three minutes left in regulation. With the Avalanche pressing on the offensive end, Wild forward Jason Pominville backhanded the puck out of the zone towards the Avalanche empty net. Johnson scrambled back and initially appeared to have no chance to stop it, but somehow the puck slowed down enough that Johnson was able to knock it away just before it crossed the goal line.

Johnson's incredible save allowed Paul Stastny to score the tying goal with 13.4 seconds left and the game-winner for the Avalanche with 7:27 into overtime to stun the Wild with a 5-4 win.

Although Stastny was given the #1 star of the game, Johnson should be considered the hero for his unbelievable hustle play.

Video via NHL.