Apr 23, 2014
Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson sank an amazing backwards flip circus shot during the third quarter of Tuesday night's Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against Brooklyn.
Johnson drove to the lane and tried to draw a foul on Garnett. Johnson failed to get the foul call, but did manage to make the basket off the glass as he threw the ball up over his head with his back to the basket.
Johnson finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds as the Raptors beat the Nets 100-95 to tie the series at 1 game apiece.
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Apr 22, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was fortunate that he was wearing a cup during Tuesday night's start against Minnesota, as it likely saved him from serious injury after being hit in the groin with a line drive.
In the top of the fourth inning, Twins batter Joe Mauer reached first base on an infield single after hitting Price in the groin with a line drive. However, Price was wearing the proper protection, and was able to smile afterwards and stay in the game. Price did give up a home run two batters later, but was able to get out of the inning.
Heading into the bottom of the fifth, Price is in position to earn the win as the Rays hold a 7-3 lead.
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Tuesday night's Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and the visiting Atlanta Hawks was briefly interrupted in the first quarter when a young child's ball rolled onto the court.
Play was stopped with 2:21 remaining in the first as one of the referees picked up the yellow ball, which fit in the palm of his hand. The ref gave it back to the boy in the front row and gave him a pat on the head, while the boy's father, likely a bit embarrassed, put the ball away for the rest of the game.
Video via @CJZero.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards threw a high pitch that hit the back wall and came right back to him without the catcher touching it during Monday night's game in Washington.
In the bottom of the fourth, Richards threw a high pitch to Nationals batter Denard Span that went over the glove of catcher Chris Iannetta into the backstop. However, the pitch hit the top of the back wall in just the right spot that it ricocheted high over the plate towards the mound, allowing Richards to pick it up on a bounce without having to move.
Span walked on the pitch and came around to score, but it was the only run of the game for the Nationals. Richards pitched six innings but did not get the win, as the Angels were held scoreless until the eighth. However, the Angels scored four runs in the eighth inning on the way to a 4-2 victory.
Video via MLB.
The boy was given the ball by a gentleman sitting in front of him who was nice enough to give up the foul ball that he came up with. Based on the boy's reaction, we'll go out on a limb and say that the kind gesture made the boy's night.
To top things off, the Rockies beat the Giants 8-2, so the boy likely went home very happy.
Video via MLB.
Apr 21, 2014
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.
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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.
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Apr 20, 2014
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.
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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:
Haha I'm good ;) “@TaylorTwellman: I know people are joking about @KelliTennant but are you ok girl?! headache/dizzy?! Let me know #VANvLA”
— Kelli Tennant (@KelliTennant) April 20, 2014
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"
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.