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Apr 30, 2012

Rajon Rondo ejected for bumping referee (Video)

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was ejected in the final minute of Sunday night's NBA playoff Game 1 in Atlanta for bumping into the referee after arguing over a call, and he may be suspended for the next game in the series against the Hawks.

It happened with under 45 seconds left as players on the Celtics and Hawks were diving on the floor for a loose ball. Referee Marc Davis blew the whistle and Rondo was expecting a jump ball, but instead Davis called a personal foul on Celtics forward Brandon Bass.

Rondo got right into Davis' face and screamed at him, smacking his hands for emphasis, which prompted Davis to turn towards the scorers' table and call a technical foul call on Rondo. As Davis' back was turned, Rondo bumped Davis from behind, prompting a quick second technical foul call from Davis, resulting in an immediate ejection from the game.

The Celtics did not score another point as the Hawks closed out the game to earn the 83-74 victory and take a 1-0 series lead. If Rondo is suspended for Game 2 against the Hawks, the Celtics could be in real trouble.

NBA/TNT video via.

Apr 29, 2012

Italian soccer player Lorenzo Insigne delivers worst missed goal ever (Video)

On Saturday in a Serie B soccer match from Italy between Pescara and Gubbio, Pescara's Lorenzo Insigne may have delivered not only the worst missed goal in recent memory, but a miss that is so impossible to imagine that it has to be seen to be believed.

Insigne received a perfect pass from a Pescara teammate directly in front of the Gubbio goal line with the goalkeeper out of position. All Insigne had to do was tap in the ball from less than two feet away, but somehow he kicked the ball straight up in the air and over the net.

To the 20-year-old's credit, Insigne did score a goal later in the match to help Pescara to a 2-0 victory, so that should make it easier for Insigne to forget about this disastrous miss.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Kobe Bryant caught cursing after missing free throw against Nuggets (Video)

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was caught cursing after missing a first quarter free throw during Sunday's NBA playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.

(Warning: NSFW language - not for the kids).

It happened with 1.3 seconds left in the quarter after Kobe made his first free throw. Kobe immediately knew that his second free throw was off and was caught saying a word that rhymes with "spit". The network censors immediately cut the sound for a brief second, but it was too little, too late. They need to be a little quicker on that.

The missed free throw had no impact on the final outcome of the game. Bryant led all scorers with 31 points to lead the Lakers to a 103-88 win over the Nuggets and take a 1-0 series lead.

NBA/ESPN video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Delonte West gets sick after loss to Thunder, shares picture of it on Twitter (Photo)

Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West was sick after Saturday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder...literally. Apparently West wanted everyone to know just how sick he was, because he posted a photo of what his bathroom looked like after he threw up, but before he cleaned up the mess, on his Twitter account.

Delonte West was sick after Saturday's Game 1 loss to OKC.
OK, we really didn't need to see this. Next time, Delonte, you can spare us the graphic detail and we'll just take your word for it.

Photo via Delonte West's Twitter account. H/T Sports Grid.

Apr 27, 2012

Cincinnati Reds fans bring their dogs to the park (Video)

On Tuesday night, the Cincinnati Reds held "Bark in the Park" night, setting aside a special section for fans who wanted to bring their dog with them to the game against the San Francisco Giants.

Fans had to buy a seat for the dog in addition to themselves. However, the dog package entitled those Reds fans to take part in a pre-game dog parade and other special activities.

If you missed it, the Reds plan to hold another Bark in the Park night on September 10th.

Video via MLB.com.

A'mare Stoudemire throws down one-handed dunk over Tyrus Thomas (Video)

New York Knicks forward A'mare Stoudemire threw down a powerful one-handed dunk over the top of Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas during the third quarter of Thursday night's game.

The dunk got the Knicks bench players, and even some of the hometown Bobcats fans, out of their seats.

Stoudemire scored 21 points to help the Knicks to a 104-84 win.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Panthers Tomas Kopecky and John Madden collide head-to-head (Video)

Florida Panthers teammates Tomas Kopecky and John Madden suffered a head-to-head collision with each other less than two minutes into Thursday night's NHL playoff game against the New Jersey Devils.

Madden had his head down and didn't see Kopecky change direction, while Kopesky switched from defense to offense and was starting to chase the puck and not looking at Madden.

Madden took the worst of the collision, as he had to be taken to the locker room with a bloody nose, although he did return before the end of the period.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Apr 26, 2012

Rangers fans taunt Daniel Alfredsson with "Alfie Sucks" chant (Video)

During the first period of Thursday night's deciding NHL playoff game in Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers fans taunted Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson with "Alfie Sucks!" chants.

Alfredsson responded by scoring a power play goal in the second period for the Senators. However, the Rangers won the game 2-1 to win the series.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Warriors season ticket holder makes half-court shot for $25K (Video)

Golden State Warriors season ticket holder Kevin Cronin made a half-court shot for $25,000 at the end of the third quarter of Tuesday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets.

According to the Warriors' Youtube channel, Cronin is the third season ticket holder in the last month to make the half court shot and win $25K. I guess that's one way that the fans can make the Warriors owners pay for tanking the season.

ITV blunder interrupts extra time of Real Madrid-Bayern Munich soccer match (Video)

UK television network ITV had an embarrassing blunder during Wednesday's broadcast of the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich when the network cut away from the game to a news studio for no apparent reason.

It happened in the fourth minute of the first extra time period when ITV interrupted the match for a shot of the news studio. Journalist Mark Austin was standing there buttoning his jacket and making some awkward faces, but clearly did not realize that he was on the air. After about 15 seconds, ITV returned to the match, and fortunately viewers did not miss a goal being scored.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time ITV has screwed up a soccer broadcast. A goofup in 2010 caused ITV viewers to miss Steven Gerrard’s goal for England against USA in the World Cup. Even worse, ITV viewers missed Dan Gosling’s extra-time winner for Everton against Liverpool in the 2009 FA Cup. It's a rather disturbing pattern which really calls into question why this keeps happening.

H/T 101GreatGoals.

Reds fan makes barehanded grab of foul ball (Video)

A Cincinnati Reds fan made a barehanded catch of a foul line drive during the first inning of Wednesday night's game.

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey got a late swing and hit a line drive into foul territory on the third base side. The ball headed into the stands about four rows back behind third base, and the alert Reds fan stood up and caught the ball barehanded with his right hand. Heck of a play.

Video via MLB.com.

Apr 25, 2012

Andruw Jones plays catch with Rangers fan between innings (Video)

During Monday night's game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, New York Yankees left fielder Andruw Jones kept himself loose between innings by playing catch with a Texas Rangers fan in the stands. The Yankees outfielders have ballboys to toss the ball to between innings at Yankee Stadium. Apparently Jones couldn't find anyone on the field to throw the ball with in Texas, so he found a fan in the stands with a glove. It's not every day a fan gets to play catch with a major league baseball player. Video via MLB.com.

Apr 24, 2012

Rays grounds crew does 'Apache' dance (Video)

During Sunday's MLB game in Tampa with the Rays hosting the Minnesota Twins, one of the Rays grounds crew members was working between innings when he stopped raking the field and started dancing to the Sugarhill Gang classic "Apache".

The grounds crew member was able to get one of his fellow crew members to join him briefly before finishing his routine with a split and getting back to work.

Video via MLB.com.

Rangers fan misspells Texas on sign (Photo)

A Texas Rangers fan brought a sign to Monday's game to show appreciation for Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, who retired earlier in the day, but somehow managed to misspell the name of their home state.

Naturally, the sign was shown on television: "Teexas Loves Pudge".

Texas Rangers fan misspells Texas as "Teexas"

Obviously this Rangers fan forgot to run a spellcheck on the sign. The state flag is all over the sign, so the fan would appear to be from Texas. How do you misspell the name of your home state? That is really, really, really sad - almost worthy of being ejected from the stadium.

UPDATE: One of our readers has informed us that the misspelling was likely intentional, as "...Texans, when saying the word will sometimes emphasize it. Aka draw the letter E, out. This pronunciation has been made more famous by Mike Rhyner of the Hardline on 1310 the Ticket sports radio."

OK, fair enough. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite come across that way in the sign. By spelling Texas with two 'E's, it ends up looking like it could be pronounced with the long E sound, like in "teeth", which doesn't sound like the intent here. Maybe the sign needed more 'E's in it. For example, if it was spelled like "TEEEEEEEXAS", at least it would be obvious that the extra 'E's were there for a reason and not a spelling mistake.

UPDATE 4/25/12: A couple of other commenters have written in to say that there may be a more negative connotation to the misspelling. We won't get into specifics here, except to say that Holdout Sports does not support any of that, and we would hope that the Rangers would eject the fan from the stadium if there was any inappropriate meaning behind that sign.

Photo via Reddit.

Apr 23, 2012

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez throws out first pitch at Rangers game from behind the plate (Video)

The Texas Rangers honored the retirement of longtime catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez with a pregame ceremony before Monday's game against the New York Yankees. Rodriguez threw out a unique ceremonial first pitch, as he ran back behind home plate and fired the ball one more time down to second base to former Rangers teammate Michael Young.

Rodriguez played most of his career for the Texas Rangers (12 of his 21 seasons), so it was only fitting that he retired as a Ranger.

H/T Sports Grid.

Tongue-wagging Rangers fan crashes Tigers live broadcast (Video)

FOX Sports reporter Shannon Hogan was videobombed during a live segment at Sunday's Detroit Tigers game by a Texas Rangers fan who stood right behind her wagging his tongue.

The Rangers fan started out innocently enough, showing off his jersey and walking away. However, a few seconds later, the Rangers fan came back and started wagging his tongue like a crazed maniac.

Ironically, the main topic of Hogan's segment was to encourage Tigers fans at home to share one of their special memories from a Tigers game. For the viewers at home, the lasting memory from Sunday's game will certainly be this tongue-wagging Rangers fan.

H/T Sports Grid.

Fans dress up as Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum at Citi Field (Video)

A father and son watched the San Francisco Giants take on the New York Mets at Citi Field while dressed as Giants pitchers Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum.

The father was wearing a Brian Wilson jersey with a fake Wilson mustache and beard, while the son wore a Tim Lincecum jersey with a matching hair wig.

The Giants fans went home happy, especially the younger fan, as Lincecum got credit for his first victory of the season as the Giants beat the Mets 6-1.

Video via MLB.com.

Matt Barkley and Troy Polamalu hang with Snoop Dogg at Coachella (Photo)

Rap star Snoop Doggy Dogg performed at Coachella Sunday night in southern California, and he posted a photo of himself hanging out with USC quarterback Matt Barkley and former USC star (and current Pittsburgh Steeler) Troy Polamalu on his Instagram account.

Snoop Dogg hangs out with Matt Barkley, Troy Polamalu and others at Coachella

Barkley is just enjoying the perks of being a college quarterback, while Polamalu stands to the side and lets the other players have their moment with Snoop.

Photo via Snoop Dogg's Instagram account.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Kobe Bryant messes with ESPN cameraman for laughs (Video)

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant gave himself (and home television viewers) some laughs at the expense of an ESPN cameraperson while walking through the tunnels of the Staples Center before Sunday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As the cameraperson was following Kobe down the hallway, Kobe decided to casually walk around the other side of a pillar so that it blocked him from view. Kobe caught the cameraperson off guard by not coming out on the other side, completely disappearing for about 5 seconds. The camera stayed on the pillar until Kobe popped out with a smirk on his face and continued his walk to the locker room.

Can't wait to see what other jokes Kobe might attempt during the upcoming NBA playoffs.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin provide more Lob City specials (Video)

The Los Angeles Clippers beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-98 at home Sunday night and gave their fans their money's worth with some more Lob City highlights from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

In the second quarter, CP3 threw up a perfectly timed alley-oop pass from beyond the three-point line to Griffin for the two-handed slam dunk.

In the fourth quarter, Paul dribbled down the lane and threw a one-handed lob pass over his head to Griffin for the monster slam dunk.

Chris Paul had 33 points and 13 assists, while Griffin finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

H/T Sports Grid.

Young Royals fan throws foul ball back onto field (Video)

A young Kansas City Royals fan threw a foul ball back onto the field at Kaufmann Stadium, apparently not understanding the concept of keeping the baseball as a souvenir.

It happend in the top of the seventh inning when Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion hit a foul ball into the stands on the third base side, about ten rows back. A man got the foul ball and gave it to his young son, but instead of holding on to it, the boy decided to throw the ball back onto the field, to the shock and dismay of all the nearby fans.

The ball boy in right field picked up the ball and gave it to a woman in the front row who would actually keep the baseball.

Video via MLB.com.

Cardinals' World Series trophy nearly smashed by foul ball at minor league game (Video)

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 World Series trophy was nearly smashed by a foul ball on Saturday as it was being displayed in the right field bullpen during a game of their minor league affiliate Springfield Cardinals.

It happened in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Tulsa Drillers. The Springfield batter hit a foul ball down the right field line, right towards a man holding the World Series trophy as he was being interviewed. Fortunately, the man was alert and ducked down behind the short wall in front of the bullpen and kept the trophy out of harm's way.

H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Reggie Evans makes NBA flop of the year (Video)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans made the flop of the year in the NBA during Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets, drawing a personal foul and nearly a flagrant foul on Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez.

It happened in the fourth quarter with under two minutes left in the game. Evans set a pick at halfcourt for Vasquez as he was running backwards on defense. Vasquez did not appreciate the hard foul and elbowed Evans in the chest. To make sure he got the foul call, Evans threw his hands up in the air and fell down on the court as if he had been shot.

The referee blew the whistle and called a flagrant foul on Vasquez. However, after reviewing a replay of Evans' flop, the call was reduced to a personal foul.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Apr 22, 2012

So much for World Peace: Metta ejected for elbow to James Harden's head (Video)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace will probably have to change his name back to Ron Artest after he was ejected from Sunday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It happened in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Metta was celebrating after scoring a basket when he felt James Harden bump into him and impulsively threw an elbow in that direction. Metta's elbow nailed Harden in the back of the head and knocked him to the floor, earning Metta the flagrant foul and the ejection. A suspension will likely follow for World Peace. So much for the name change.

Harden was checked out in the locker room and returned to the bench, but did not play the rest of the game.

UPDATE: The man formerly known as Ron Artest has been suspended 7 games for the elbow.

NBA/ABC video via.

Kobe Bryant takes out front row fan at Lakers game

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant accidentally took out a fan in the front row while hustling for a loose ball during Sunday afternoon's game at the Staples Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As the Thunder had an 87-82 lead with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Bryant and Serge Ibaka went hustling towards the sideline for a loose ball. Ibaka managed to dive over an empty seat in the front row where an alert fan was able to move out of the way. Bryant, on the other hand, ran over a man sitting in the front row and knocked him over while sitting in his seat.

Fortunately the fan who took the charge from Bryant appeared to be OK, as he was all smiles afterwards.

The Lakers were given possession of the ball and able to rally for a 114-106 win in double overtime, with Bryant leading the way for the Lakers with 26 points.

NBA/ABC video via @jose3030.

Denard Span breaks his bat by tapping home plate (Video)

On Thursday night, Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span broke his bat in the middle of his first inning at-bat against the New York Yankees...by tapping home plate.

The count was 2-1 to Span when he got back into the batter's box and tapped home plate with the bat. Surprisingly, the bat cracked and nearly broke in two, and the umpire had to call time as Span went to get a new bat while wondering how he managed to break the old one.

Not sure if this was a reflection of an extremely weak wooden bat or whether Span has some super strength that no one knew about, but a strange sight nonetheless.

Video via MLB.com.

Apr 20, 2012

Chris Paul throws half court alley-oop to Blake Griffin in transition (Video)

In Thursday night "Lob City" highlights, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul throws an alley-oop pass from half court to Blake Griffin, who catches it and throws down the two-handed slam dunk in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns.

However, despite making plays like this, Paul (19 points, 10 assists) and Griffin (16 points, 11 rebounds) couldn't seal the deal. The Suns defeated the Clippers 93-90 to end the Clippers' five-game winning streak.

H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Boston Bruins get five extra seconds to score tying goal (Video)

The final faceoff of Thursday night's NHL playoff game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals took place with 9.5 seconds left on the clock in the Capitals end of the ice. However, the final sequence of the game took 14.8 seconds to play out before the buzzer sounded, as the clock did not start until 5 seconds after the puck dropped.

The Capitals were able to stave off the late flurry of shots by the Bruins to win the game 2-1 and tie the series at two games apiece. However, the clock malfunction could have led to an unbelievable controversy if the Bruins had scored with less than 5.3 seconds left, as it would have been disallowed. That would have been a nightmare for the NHL to deal with.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Who farted on the Miami Heat bench? (Video)

During TNT's halftime studio coverage of Thursday's Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat game, NBA analyst Shaquille O'Neal was not afraid to ask the tough question: Who farted on the Miami Heat bench?

Ernie Johnson was trying to point out the intensity that the Bulls and Heat were playing with during the first half of the game, but Shaq took things in a different direction. It's not clear who farted, but the video shows four Miami Heat bench players covering their mouth and nose during a first half timeout, with Shaq pointed out the smell went "four deep". Sure, that smell could be classified as "playoff intensity".

So which Heat player farted? Unless one of them confesses, this may forever be a mystery. More importantly, however, the Heat beat the Bulls 83-72.

H/T Sports Grid.

Yankees to wear retro uniforms to celebrate Fenway's 100th Anniversary (Video)

On Friday, April 20th, the Boston Red Sox will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park. As part of the celebration, the visiting New York Yankees will wear retro New York Highlanders uniforms to honor the Highlanders being the first opponent to play the Red Sox in Fenway back in 1912. (The Highlanders would rename themselves the Yankees the following year).

Earlier this week, YES network broadcaster Michael Kay showed the throwback Highlanders uniform that the Yankees will be wearing during Friday's game.

The uniform features a white hat with a navy blue bill, grey jersey, and the old-time stirrups.

Video via MLB.com.

Apr 19, 2012

Alex Ovechkin falls over boards into Capitals bench (Video)

During Thursday night's NHL playoff game in Washington between the Capitals and Boston Bruins, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin fell into the team bench while trying to climb over the boards as he came off the ice during a line change.

Ovechkin should have used the door instead.

In the end, the Capitals defeated the Bruins 2-1 to tie the playoff series at two games apiece.

NHL/NBC Sports video via. H/T Puck Daddy.

Young boy runs onto field at White Sox game (Video)

A young boy found his way onto the field during Thursday's Chicago White Sox home game against the Baltimore Orioles.

(DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior. Kids, running onto the field is not allowed. Parents, don't let your kids do this).

It happened in the top of the seventh inning. White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo gently picked up the boy, who appeared to be between 5 and 8 years old, and handed him over to stadium security personnel, who returned him to his seat. According to ESPN reports, the child and his family were asked to leave the park after the incident.

The kid may be the youngest person ever to run onto a field at a professional sporting event during a game. Hopefully other kids will not follow his example.

Video via MLB.com.

Nationals fan attempts to apply eye drops...while wearing sunglasses (Video)

During Thursday's Washington Nationals game, Blues Traveler lead singer John Popper played God Bless America on the harmonica during the seventh-inning stretch. While Popper was playing, FOX Sports cut to a camera shot of the crowd which perfectly captured one Nationals fan who tried to put eye drops in his eyes, but forgot he was wearing sunglasses.

Now that's embarrassing.

Video via MLB.com.

Rangers reliever Robbie Ross dresses as cowboy before game (Video)

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Robbie Ross underwent some friendly rookie hazing before Tuesday's game in Boston as he walked to the bullpen dressed as a cowboy.

Robbie Ross cowboy outfit

Ross wore a cowboy hat over his regular baseball cap and a vest over his jersey. He also wore a pink cowgirl backpack with a pony hanging off of it and a rifle sticking out. Nothing wrong with a little harmless fun.

Watch the video here via MLB.com.

Carmelo Anthony inspires Lionel Richie parody song (Video)

New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has inspired a parody song called "Melo (Is It 3 You're Looking For?)", inspired by the classic Lionel Richie song "Hello".

Not sure where they come up with this stuff, but it's not bad. The voice sounds a little like Joaquin on the Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show.

H/T Ball Don't Lie.

Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis takes shot in the groin from soccer ball (Video)

Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis took an accidental shot in the groin from a soccer ball kicked by a teammate before Wednesday night's playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The incident was aired on CBC network's Hockey Night In Canada pregame coverage of the Predators-Red Wings game, with Ron MacLean describing it as Ellis getting "ping-ponged in the ding-dong". Classic.

Something tells me Ellis should stick to hockey from now on. Sorry, couldn't resist.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Twin sisters watch Minnesota Twins play the Yankees (Video)

On Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees hosted the Minnesota Twins, and ironically enough, YES network broadcasters found a set of twin sisters watching the game from the front row.

Not sure which team they were rooting for, but they were dressed in matching outfits, and one of them was able to get their hands on a baseball. The twins watched the Twins beat the Yankees 6-5.

Video via MLB.com.

LaVar Arrington delivers weak ceremonial first pitch at Nationals game (Video)

Before Tuesday's Washington Nationals game against the Houston Astros, retired Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington threw out a very weak ceremonial first pitch.

Arrington tried to ham it up a bit as he pretended to check the runner at first base and wound up his arm as if he was going to throw it really hard. However, the end result was really weak as Arrington's pitch bounced twice before reaching the catcher.

In Arrington's defense, at least he got it across home plate. The ceremonial first pitch that Wizards guard John Wall threw out at a Nationals game last June was nowhere close to home plate and may have been one of the worst ever.

Fortunately, the Nationals themselves were able to deliver some good pitching themselves as they won the game 1-0.

H/T Sports Pickle.

Fan texting in front row of Knicks-Nets game gets hit in head with ball (Video)

A fan sitting in the first row of Tuesday night's New Jersey Nets game against their rival New York Knicks was texting as live action was taking place on the court. He paid for it dearly as an errant bounce pass by Knicks center Tyson Chandler caused the fan to get hit right in the head with the ball.

It happened in the third quarter, and afterwards the fan didn't appear to learn anything from the experience as he went right back to texting.

Those front row seats cost a lot of money. If you're going to spend that kind of money on tickets, the least you could do is pay attention to the action on the court. Let that be today's lesson for the kids at home.

H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Apr 18, 2012

Raffi Torres knocks out Marian Hossa, receives no penalty (Video)

Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres delivered a bone-crushing hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marion Hossa, knocking him unconscious during Tuesday night's NHL playoff game in Chicago.

Hossa had to be taken off the ice in a stretcher and left the rink in an ambulance. However, Hossa underwent some tests at the hospital and was released.

Although Torres appeared to leave his feet and launch himself into Hossa, he did not receive a penalty, but probably should have. We shall see if a suspension from the NHL is in order.

Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

Apr 17, 2012

Left-handed Diamondbacks fan makes a great catch with his glove (Video)

On Monday night, another Arizona Diamondbacks fan made a great catch with his glove during their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In the top of the second inning, Pirates outfielder Alex Presley hit a sharp line drive into the stands on the third base side. The left-handed fan reached out with his right hand and made a nice catch with his glove (and may have prevented someone from being seriously injured).

The Diamondbacks broadcast team decided to award that fan a "contract", which meant the fan won a prize of 4 free tickets to an upcoming game plus a big discount at the team store. The broadcasters mentioned that this was the first "contract" prize that they awarded this year, which means that the Diamondbacks fan who made last week's great catch didn't get a prize but probably should have.

Later in this game, another Diamondbacks fan won a "contract" by catching the ball barehanded with one hand over his girlfriend's head while holding a pizza in the other hand. So Diamondbacks fans are really on a roll so far this season with noteworthy foul ball catches.

On another note, another interesting catch of an Alex Presley foul ball was made in San Francisco over the weekend by a fan who caught the ball barehanded while holding his daughter in his lap.

Video via MLB.com.

Diamondbacks fan catches foul ball, saves his pizza and his girlfriend (Video)

An Arizona Diamondbacks fan caught a foul ball with his bare hand while holding a pizza in the other hand during Monday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It happened in the bottom of the fourth inning as Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel hit a foul ball behind home plate. The fan held his box of pizza with his left hand while reaching up with his right bare hand and catching it.

Catching the ball without dropping his pizza was impressive, but more importantly, he saved his girlfriend from being hit in the head with the baseball. Moments like that are what strong relationships are built on.

Video via MLB.com.

Turkish soccer player scores own goal from midfield line (Video)

In a recent soccer match from Turkey, Genclerbirligi's Ante Kulusic managed to score an own goal from the midfield line while trying to pass it back to his goalkeeper during a match against Gaziantepsor.

Obviously the goalkeeper was not ready for that one, and that will probably be the last time Kulusic tries to do that.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Jason Chimera spears Brad Marchand in the groin (Video)

Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera speared Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the groin during Monday night's NHL playoff game in Washington.

It happened in the third period as the video clearly shows Chimera using the blade of his stick to spear Marchand right in front of the referee.

Chimera only got 2 minutes for slashing. However, the Bruins got the last laugh as they won the game 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in the best of 7 series.

NHL video via TheScore.com. H/T Puck Daddy.

Apr 16, 2012

David Murphy takes tumble in left field while making throw (Video)

Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy had a bit of an embarrassing moment Saturday when he took a tumble while making a throw back into the field.

It happened in the bottom of the fifth inning with Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer up at the plate with one out and a runner on third base. Mauer hit a fly ball to short left field. Murphy caught the ball and threw it right away, but slipped as he threw the ball, which took a bounce before reaching the cutoff man.

However, the Twins runner did not make it home, so Murphy did his job, even though he may not have looked good doing it.

Video via MLB.com.

Giants fan catches foul ball while holding daughter (Video)

At Saturday's Giants baseball game in San Francisco, a man in the stands caught a foul ball with his bare hand while holding his daughter in his lap with his other hand.

It happened in the top of the fifth inning when Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Alex Presley hit a foul ball down the third base side. The man was able to hold his daughter in his lap with his left hand while standing up and reaching for the ball with his right hand (and no glove), bobbling it for a second before catching it.

Great catch by the father, but most importantly, he never let go of his daughter. Because as we've seen in recent incidents like this Dodger fan and this baseball fan in Taiwan, going after a foul ball while holding onto your daughter can lead to disaster if you don't have your priorities straight.

Video via MLB.com.

Dodgers turn controversial triple play against Padres (Video)

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned a triple play against the San Diego Padres, but not without controversy as the home plate umpire appeared to call time before the Dodgers recorded the three outs.

It happened in the top of the ninth inning with Padres runners on first and second. Padres batter Jesus Guzman squared to bunt, and Dodgers pitcher Javy Guerra pitched it high and inside towards his head. Guzman tried to get out of the way, but the ball hit his bat and bounced in front of the plate. Home plate umpire Dale Scott held his arms up as if to call the play dead, but catcher A.J. Ellis played the ball and threw it to Juan Uribe at third base for the first out. As the Padres runners did not advance, thinking the umpire called the play dead, Uribe tossed it to shortstop Dee Gordon at second base for the second out, who tossed it to first baseman James Loney for the third out to complete the 2-5-6-3 triple play.

Padres manager Bud Black came out to argue the decision by the home plate umpire to let the play stand and was ejected.

The Dodgers scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game 5-4, so the confusion caused by the home plate umpire may well have decided this game.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

Apr 15, 2012

Miguel Cabrera gets batter's boxes redrawn in Chicago (Video)

A very strange incident occured Friday in Chicago as Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera noticed that the batter's boxes were out of position during his first at-bat and convinced the home plate umpire that they needed to be redrawn.

Cabrera showed that the batter's box did not seem to be aligned with home plate, as his back foot was outside the box when he was in his stance when normally it is not. The game was delayed for 10 minutes while the grounds crew came out and had to redraw the batter's boxes.

In the end, Cabrera flew out to right field after the delay. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 5-2.

Video via MLB.com.

Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac collide while attempting to catch foul ball (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays infielders Evan Longoria and Reid Brignac collided when trying to catch a foul ball down the third base side of Fenway Park during Friday's game in Boston against the Red Sox.

It happened in the bottom of the first inning on a foul ball hit by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Longoria seemed to be in position to catch it near the stands, but Brignac came over from shortstop to chase it and ran into Longoria. Both players fell into the first row, but neither one came up with the ball.

The play foreshadowed how things were going to go for the Rays that day, as the Rays lost to the Red Sox 12-2.

MLB/NESN video via MLB.com.

Rangers and Senators play with two pucks on the ice (Video)

A funny thing happened near the end of the second period of Saturday night's NHL playoff game between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers as there were two pucks on the ice at the same time.

Game commentators picked up on a stray puck sitting on the back of the Rangers net with 2:08 remaining in the second period. After a faceoff in the Rangers end, the real puck landed in the back of the Rangers net and dislodged the stray puck. This naturally led to some confusion as players started playing with the stray puck while the real puck was still sitting on the back of the net.

Now there's something you don't see every day. Fortunately, there was no goal score involved on the play, or else that could have been a nightmare to sort out. However, there's no word as to where the stray puck came from.

NHL/NBC Sports video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

Apr 14, 2012

Brandon Dubinsky throws water cooler after being ejected (Video)

New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky was so upset with being ejected in the first period of Saturday's playoff game against the Ottawa Senators that he tossed a water cooler onto the ground on the way to the locker room.

Senators defenseman Matt Carkner attacked Rangers center Brian Boyle with a flurry of punches. Boyle did not retaliate, but Dubinsky came in to help his teammate. In the end, Carkner was tossed for being the instigator of the fight with Boyle, and Dubinsky was ejected for being the third man in.

NHL/NBC Sports video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic knocks puck into his own net (Video)

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a bad start to Saturday's playoff game against the St. Louis Blues when he accidentally put the puck in his own net, giving the Blues the first goal of the game.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi stopped a shot on goal from Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka, but the puck trickled behind him into the goal crease. Vlasic was merely trying to clear the puck from the crease, but Vlasic ended up tapping the puck right into the net.

Vlasic must have been feeling a little sour after that one. Sorry, couldn't resist.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Seattle Mariners help Army Sergeant set up surprise reunion with family (Video)

An Army Sergeant home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan had some help with the Seattle Mariners in planning a surprise reunion with his family at Friday night's game.

13-year-old Kyle Smerer, who is a huge Mariners fan, was invited by the team to run out onto the field before the game and "steal second base". What Kyle didn't know was that the umpire who would run out to stop him was actually his dad, U.S. Army First Sergeant Steven Smerer, who Kyle and his family had not seen in four months. Steven gave Kyle a big hug, and they ran back to the outfield together where Steven met his wife Trina and his other two children for a really special welcome home.

Video via MLB.com.

Kelly Shoppach makes worst stolen base slide ever (Video)

Boston Red Sox catcher Kelly Stoppach made what may have been the worst stolen base slide in major league baseball history during Friday's home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.

It happened in the bottom of the sixth inning with Stoppach on first base with two outs. Stoppach made a delayed steal attempt on an 0-2 pitch that was outside to batter Ryan Sweeney. Stoppach began his feet-first slide a little early, and then realizing that he was still about 6 feet from the bag, Stoppach had to get back up and flop head-first into second base.

This was the first MLB stolen base for Stoppach, and after seeing that, it will almost certainly be his last.

MLB/NESN video via Yahoo! Sports.  H/T Big League Stew.

Scottie Upshall's check attempt throws him head over heels into Panthers bench (Video)

Florida Panthers right winger Scottie Upshall missed on a check attempt and went head over heels into the Panthers bench during Friday night's NHL playoff game against the New Jersey Devils.

It happened in the third period when Upshall made a leaping attempt to check Devils right winger Stephen Gionta in front of the Panthers bench. Gionta was able to dodge out of the way, and Upshall ended up throwing himself over the wall and upside down into the bench.

The Devils won Game 1 of their playoff series with the Panthers 3-2.

NHL/MSG video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

Apr 13, 2012

Chris Young loses glove over wall after chasing home run ball (Video)

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Chris Young lost his glove over the wall as he failed to catch a Padres home run ball Wednesday in San Diego.

It happened in the bottom of the eighth inning as Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia hit a fly ball to deep center field. Young ran back to the wall and timed his leap well, but his glove fell off on the way up. It would have been a close play had Young not lost his glove.

Denorfia's home run was a 2-run homer which accounted for the only Padres runs of the game. However, that was all that the Padres needed as they defeated the Diamondbacks 2-1, giving Arizona their first loss of the season.

Video via MLB.com.

YES network has fun with Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay (Video)

YES network staffers put New York Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay's face on the body of Jim Palmer during Wednesday night's game in Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.

It was in reference to a compliment that Kay recently received from Orioles broadcaster (and Baseball Hall of Famer) Jim Palmer, who said that with all the weight that Kay had recently lost, he might be able to do some underwear ads like Jim Palmer did back in the 1970s. To get a full picture of what that might look like, they showed a picture of one of Palmer's original ads, and then placed a photo of Kay's face on it. Hilarity ensued.

The YES network came up with some gems this week. On Tuesday night, they showed how Orioles second baseman Robert Andino has lost his smile over the years.

So start watching the YES network, because you never know what they'll come up with next. I'll be waiting for them to send me a check.

Video via MLB.com.

Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby plays with bubble gum containers during rain delay (Video)

Baltimore Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby was caught on camera playing with bubble gum containers in the dugout during a rain delay before Wednesday night's game at Camden Yards against the New York Yankees.

Kirby took two containers of Dubble Bubble gum, which still had gum in them, and held them up to his ears like an elephant. Apparently Kirby was trying to make someone laugh, but we really don't know why he was doing this. Very strange.

Video via MLB.com.

Daric Barton loses bat, accidentally hits cameraman (Video)

Oakland Athletics first baseman Daric Barton lost his bat on a swing and accidentally hit a cameraman during Wednesday's game in Oakland against the Kansas City Royals.

It happened in the bottom of the seventh inning as Barton swung at a 1-0 pitch and accidentally let go of his bat, which went flying to the right side of home plate. Fortunately for the still photographer who was hit, the bat hit some netting, which absorbed most of the momentum, before lightly bouncing off of his back.

The photographer was OK, but a scary moment nonetheless.

Video via MLB.com.

Oakland Coliseum vendor catches foul ball in cap, gives it to young fan (Video)

An Oakland Coliseum drink vendor caught a foul ball with his cap during Wednesday's Athletics game against the Kansas City Royals.

It happened in the bottom of the fifth inning as A's outfielder Josh Reddick hit a foul ball in the stands on the third base side. An alert vendor gave his drink tray to a nearby security guard and made a nice catch of the foul ball with his cap.

In the end, he didn't keep the ball, but he gave it to a young fan and then went right back to work. Classy move.

Video via MLB.com.

Blue Jays grounds crew enters field too early (Video)

The grounds crew at the Rogers Centre in Toronto got caught in a bit of a mixup during Wednesday's Blue Jays game as they came out onto the field too early and had to turn back around until the inning was over.

It happened in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox, with two outs and a 1-1 count on Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis. Davis hit a sharp grounder down the third base line, and Kevin Youkilis played the ball and threw it to first. However, the home plate umpire called the ball foul as soon as Youkilis touched it.

Chaos ensued because of the late foul call as everyone thought the play was the final out of the inning. Not only did the Red Sox infielder take a few steps toward the dugout before they realized that the putout didn't count, but the outfield wall opened up and Rogers Centre grounds crew started running out onto the field, along with Blue Jays mascot Ace. They sprinted about 15 yards towards the infield before they had to turn around and head back.

The grounds crew was able to get to work after the third out was recorded, which came on the very next pitch as Davis struck out. The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 3-1.

Video via MLB.com.

Dallas Zoo animals visit the Texas Rangers

On Thursday, the Texas Rangers hosted Wildlife Education Day in conjunction with the Dallas Zoo, which brought some animals to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Fans attending the Rangers game were able to show up a few hours early and meet a variety of zoo animals, including snakes, alligators, porcupines, and penguins. Yes, penguins. It's not every day you see a couple of penguins strolling around on a baseball field.

After meeting the animals, the fans got to watch the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3, so everyone went home happy.

Video via MLB.com.

Man in reporters booth catches foul ball at Padres game (Video)

A man in the front row of the reporters booth behind home plate at Petco Park caught a foul ball Tuesday night as the San Diego Padres hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It happened in the top of the fourth inning as Diamondbacks third baseman Ryan Roberts hit a high foul ball behind home plate. The man, with an MLB.com laptop, stood up to make a barehanded grab, acknowledged the crowd, and went right back to work.

Video via MLB.com.

Blake Griffin blows uncontested dunk (Video)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin missed an uncontested dunk Thursday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Initially, Griffin went up with one hand, but he ended up trying to throw it down with two hands, which may have contributed to the blown dunk.

In the end, however, it didn't matter much. Griffin led all scorers in the game with 19 points and also led the game with 13 rebounds in a 95-82 Clippers win.

Young Yankee fan dances in blue bodysuit at Camden Yards (Video)

A young New York Yankees fan dressed in a blue bodysuit was seen dancing it up Tuesday night in the stands of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

The young fan went home happy that night as the Yankees won the game 5-4. However, the game went 12 innings, so hopefully the game didn't end too far past his bedtime.

Video via MLB.com.

Dennis Seidenberg decks Alex Ovechkin, but takes the worst of the hit (Video)

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg delivered a huge hit on Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin during last night's NHL first round playoff game in Boston, but Seidenberg himself may have taken the worst of it.

It happened in the second period when Seidenberg came across the center line and found himself in perfect position to deliver the hit on Ovechkin coming up the wing. It was a huge collision, and Ovechkin was knocked off balance and, after a few steps, fell to his knees before getting back up. However, Seidenberg was knocked onto his back from the force of the hit.

Now this is what NHL playoff hockey is all about.

NHL/NBC Sports video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Soccer defender in Japan trips himself while running backwards (Video)

In a recent pro soccer match from Japan, Yokohama F. Marinos defender Naoaki Aoyama tripped and fell while running backwards in the middle of the field trying to slow Sapporo striker Hideo Oshima. As a result, Oshima was given a free path to the net where he shot one past the goalkeeper to score the first goal of the match.

Sapporo won the match 2-1, and Aoyama will probably never use that defensive technique ever again.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Apr 12, 2012

Peter Bourjos hits inside-the-park home run (Video)

Los Angeles Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos hit an inside-the-park home run in Wednesday night's game at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins.

It happened in the top of the fifth inning with two men on base. Bourjos hit a deep fly ball to left field. Twins left fielder Josh Willingham looked to be in position to make the catch, but the ball was just over the outstretched glove of Willingham as he reached the wall. Willingham crashed into the wall as the ball bounced off the wall and back onto the grass.

That was all that Bourjos needed, because by the time that center fielder Denard Span came over to help and threw the ball to the cutoff man, Bourjos had already rounded third and was on his way home.

The home run gave the Angels a 4-3 lead. Unfortunately, the Angels were not able to hold the lead as the Twins were able to rally to win the game 6-5, their first win of the season.

MLB/FOX Sports video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Oakland scoreboard confuses Royals outfielder Alex Gordon with Jeff Gordon (Video)

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was mistakenly referred to as Jeff Gordon by the Oakland Coliseum scoreboard during Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.

It was caught on television during the top of the ninth inning. No indication if the scoreboard goof was occurring throughout the game, as Gordon came to the plate four times in the game.

Jeff Gordon, of course, is not a baseball player, but a race car driver, so they are definitely not the same person. No word if they mistakenly referred to A's left fielder Coco Crisp as Frosted Flakes.

Video via MLB.com.

Blake Griffin throws down monster dunk over Serge Ibaka (Video)

Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin added to his collection of monster dunks Wednesday night by posterizing Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.

It happened in the third quarter as Griffin received a pass in the lane from teammate Chris Paul, jumped up and threw it down over Ibaka with his right hand.

Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Clippers' 100-98 win over the Thunder.

H/T Ball Don't Lie.

Apr 11, 2012

Ump calls time on account of swirling dust (Video)

A strange moment occured during Monday's game in Philadelphia with the Phillies hosting the Miami Marlins when the home plate umpire had to call time out just as Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was about to throw a pitch. The reason: a sudden gust of wind kicked up some dust behind the plate.

It happened in the top of the ninth inning with Marlins catcher John Buck at the plate. Papelbon had started his delivery when home plate umpire Chris Guccione called time on account of the dust that was swirling in front of home plate. Papelbon turned his pitch into an underhand lob that went straight up in the air.

Papelbon was able to strike out Buck, but the Phillies could not rally in the bottom of the ninth and lost to the Marlins 6-2.

Video via MLB.com.

Evidence that playing for the Orioles has wiped the smile from Robert Andino's face (Photo)

During Tuesday night's YES network broadcast of the New York Yankees game against the Baltimore Orioles, they stumbled onto something interesting pertaining to Orioles second baseman Robert Andino. When comparing profile photos of Andino over the last three years, it's clear that the smile has gradually disappeared from Andino's face.

At least in 2011 he tried to force a smile, but this year, Andino didn't even try. Maybe some more winning by the Orioles would cheer him up.

Photo via Reddit. H/T Big League Stew.

Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler catches foul ball during game (Video)

Kansas City Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler caught a foul ball while sitting in the broadcast booth during Sunday's game in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels.

It happened in the bottom of the second inning as Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit a foul ball behind home plate. Hudler made a two-handed catch and made a "raise the roof" gesture as he accepted the applause from the crowd.

Video via MLB.com.

Iranian stretcher carrier hurts himself while carrying injured soccer player (Video)

During a recent lower league soccer match in Iran, a player was down on the ground in obvious pain, and two people came out with a stretcher to help the injured player off the field. However, as the player was being carried off the field, the lead stretcher carrier tripped and fell to the ground.

Not only did the fallen carrier cause further injury to the player, who got up grabbing his elbow and needed to walk the rest of the way off the field himself, but the carrier injured himself so badly that he could not walk and needed someone to help him get off the field.

Come to think about it, with the injured player being able to walk the rest of the way off the field, did he really need the stretcher to begin with?

This would seem to be a more miserable stretcher fail than the one from a junior soccer match in Brazil that we brought you a few months back.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Apr 10, 2012

Diamondbacks fan snags foul line drive with his glove (Video)

An Arizona Diamondbacks fan leaned over a railing with his glove to make a nice snag a line drive foul ball during Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

It happened in the top of the fourth inning as Giants second baseman Emmanuel Burriss hit a line drive foul down the first base side.

Burriss ended up grounding out to the pitcher.

Video via MLB.com.

Nyjer Morgan completely loses a fly ball at Wrigley Field (Video)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan completely lost track of a fly ball during Monday's early evening game at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

It happened in the bottom of the fifth inning as Cubs catcher Geovany Soto hit a high fly ball into the twilight sky to left-center field. Morgan lost the ball almost immediately and outstretched his arms to indicate that he had no idea where the ball was. The ball landed about 10 feet behind Morgan, and left fielder Ryan Braun came over to help him out, but Soto made it all the way to third base on the play and was credited with a triple.

Soto scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly. However, the Brewers got the last laugh as they won the game 7-5.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

Did Utah Jazz fans set world record with this silly string fight? (Video)

On Monday night in Salt Lake City, Utah Jazz fans had a giant silly string fight at the end of the third quarter of their game against the San Antonio Spurs, led by Jazz mascot Bear.

The fight was held between a few sections of the lower bowl of the EnergySolutions Arena, where 300 cans of silly strings were given out to the fans. Although the video claims that this is a "world record silly string fight", there is no official confirmation of this. In reality, the fight lasted less than 30 seconds, and afterwards there was a giant mess that we would imagine someone would be responsible for cleaning up after everyone went home.

Most importantly, the fans looked like they had fun, and to top it off, they got to see their hometown Jazz defeat the San Antonio Spurs 91-84.

H/T Sports Grid.

Luis Scola's dunk attempt fails miserably (Video)

Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola recently tried to do something that he had not done all season: he attempted a dunk.

During Sunday night's game against the Sacramento Kings, the Rockets found themselves on a 4-on-1 fast break near the end of the first half. Rockets guard Courtney Lee passed it to Scola, who decided to attempt a one-handed dunk over Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

Unfortunately for Scola, things did not end well.

Scola was too far from the rim, and Cousins committed a light foul to keep Scola away from the basket. The ball bounced off the rim and Scola fell to the floor, but got up with a big smile on his face and had the Rockets bench players laughing. Good thing Scola didn't hurt himself. Something tells me Scola won't be attempting another dunk for a while.

The Rockets were all smiles Sunday night as they won the game comfortably by a 104-87 margin.

Video via clutchfans.net. H/T Ball Don't Lie.

Astros fan makes great barehanded catch of foul ball (Video)

A Houston Astros fan made a great catch of a foul ball with two bare hands while near the right field foul pole during Saturday night's game at Minute Maid Park against the Colorado Rockies.

It happened in the top of the eight inning when Rockies infielder Tyler Colvin hit a ball towards the right field corner that hooked foul. An older Astros fan stood up and caught the ball with his two bare hands. Nice catch by the fan.

Video via MLB.com.

O.J. Mayo runs to wrong basket after jump ball (Video)

Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo was caught running down the court the wrong way after a jump ball during Saturday's NBA game at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

It happened in the third quarter on a jump ball in the Mavericks end of the court. Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph won the tip, and teammate Quincy Poindexter gained possession of the ball. However, O.J. Mayo appeared to be leading a fast break towards his own basket until he realized his mistake a second or two later.

This is reminiscent of a play a couple of months ago when JaVale McGee ran down the court to play defense without realizing that his teammate got the offensive rebound.

Video via. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Metta World Peace makes dumbest inbounds pass ever, nearly costs Lakers game (Video)

In New Orleans, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace made what could possibly be the dumbest inbounds pass ever at the end of Monday night's NBA game against the New Orleans Hornets, nearly costing them the game.

The Lakers had a 93-91 lead over the Hornets with 1.2 seconds left, and Peace was given the task of inbounding the ball from half court. For some inexplicable reason, instead of passing to one of his teammates in the frontcourt and allowing the clock to run out, Peace passed the ball back towards his own basket. Not only was it a terrible pass, but Lakers forward Matt Barnes naturally wasn't expecting the ball to be passed to him. Hornets center Aaron Grady had a chance to steal the ball and would have been able to make an easy layup just feet from the basket and send the game into overtime. Luckily, Barnes was able to react quickly to grab the ball and avoid a near disaster for the Lakers.

ESPN2 video via. H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Yu Darvish fan goes wild at Texas Rangers game (Video)

In Monday night MLB action, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish got credit for the 11-5 win over the Seattle Mariners in his American debut, and one of his fans was awarded "Fan of the Game" by the local broadcast team.

The fan brought family and friends in from Japan to watch Darvish pitch and was given a bag and a hat as part of his "Fan of the Game" award. However, the Yu Darvish fan appeared to be completely oblivious to his surroundings, as he seemed content to shout at the top of his lungs "I LOVE YU!". Good thing for this fan's sake that Darvish got the win.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

Apr 9, 2012

Orioles fan celebrates Matt Wieters HR by flipping the bird (Video)

A Baltimore Orioles fan was caught flipping the bird with both hands to no one in particular (but presumably towards the visiting Minnesota Twins) after catcher Matt Wieters hit a home run in Saturday night's game in Camden Yards.

(Disclaimer: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior.)

It happened in the bottom of the seventh inning as Wieters' home run extended the Orioles lead to 8-0. As Wieters rounded third, the network coverage decided to cut to a camera shot of the crowd, but the timing was unfortunate as a fan with a bright orange Orioles shirt was holding out both hands and making an inappropriate gesture. The camera slowly moved away until the fan was out of view, but it was too little, too late for the viewers at home. Where is that seven second delay when we need it?

MASN-HD video via. H/T Sports Grid.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes epic dive (Video)

During the second half of Sunday's scoreless draw between Real Madrid and Valencia, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo failed to draw a penalty after taking a dive in the box when he was barely touched by Valencia’s Victor Ruiz.

Ronaldo was ahead of all the Valencia defenders, with Ruiz being the closest one behind him. Ruiz's foot may have barely grazed Ronaldo's foot, but hardly slowed him down. However, rather than taking the wide open shot on the Valencia goalkeeper, he chose to dive and trick the referee into calling a penalty shot. Fortunately, the referee didn't fall for it.

Interestingly enough, the commentator had this to say: “Had it been Lionel Messi, and had he been fouled, he still would have stayed on his feet. He wouldn’t have been looking for a penalty kick - he'd have been looking to score a goal.”

This game also featured Pepe kicking his own teammate Alvaro Arbeola after failing to draw a penalty after being taken down by Valencia's Pablo Piatti.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Spanish soccer player hugs referee after teammate scores winning goal (Video)

In a recent Segunda Division B soccer match from Spain, Toledo's Encinas hugged a referee after teammate David Sanz knocked in a header late in the game against Rayo Vallecano B to give his team a 2-1 victory.

Maybe Encinas was so excited he experienced a temporary case of color blindness, and just grabbed the first person he saw? Normally we don't condone any physical contact with referees, but given the circumstances, we can let this one slide.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Real Madrid's Pepe tackled by opposing player, kicks his teammate (Video)

During Sunday's scoreless draw between Real Madrid and Valencia, Real Madrid defender Pepe kicked teammate Alvaro Arbeola while down on the ground after being tackled by Valencia's Pablo Piatti.

Pepe seemed to be exaggerating his pain a little bit to try to draw a penalty on Arbeola as he rolled on the ground trying to figure out which part of his leg he should be grabbing. At that point, Arbeola came over to check on him to make sure he was OK, and Pepe kicked him with his "good leg". Pepe rolled around a bit more, but once he realized that no penalty was going to be called, he got up from the ground, still angry, but physically seemed to be fine.

Nothing good can come from kicking another player, whether a teammate or an opposing player. Let that be today's lesson for the kids at home.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Apr 8, 2012

Louis Oosthuizen makes double-eagle in final round of Masters (Video)

Louis Oosthuizen made history in the final round of the Masters golf tournament when he became the first person ever to make a double-eagle on the second hole of the course.

Oosthuizen had the lead for a good portion of Sunday's final round but ended up tied with Bubba Watson after the 18th hole and lost to Watson on the second playoff hole.

Texas Rangers fan gives son chewing tobacco...or did he? (Video + UPDATE)

A Texas Rangers fan was caught on television giving what appeared to be chewing tobacco to his son during Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Ironically, just before it happened, the game commentators happened to be commenting on the special moment they were capturing on camera: "Dad and son at the ball game. That's great.". The commentators also threw out some cliches such as "spitting image" and "chip off the old block" to make the point on how alike the father and son looked.

However, the commentators fell uncomfortably silent when the dad handed the bag of what appeared to be tobacco to his son, who proceeded to put some in his mouth. That's probably one habit that we would prefer that the father would not pass down to his son. One way or another, this dad will probably have some explaining to do.

UPDATE: We did check multiple sources like this one and this one to confirm whether the substance that the father gave the son was chewing tobacco before moving forward with this story. However, a commenter has alerted us that the bag that the father handed to the son was not tobacco, but a package of David's sunflower seeds. It's difficult for us to tell what it is from the video shown, although it does appear to be a labeled, packaged plastic bag, based on the higher quality video of this scene available on some other sites.

It looks like we're not the only ones who are backtracking on this one. If it's the case that we were wrong, that is certainly reassuring, and apologies to the father and his family.

H/T Sports Grid.

Apr 7, 2012

Andrew Bynum tossed for senseless taunting of Rockets bench (Video)

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum was ejected early in the fourth quarter of Friday night's NBA game at the Staples Center after making a left-handed hook shot and taunting the Houston Rockets bench. It was Bynum's second technical foul of the game, leading to the automatic ejection.

Bynum's basket cut the lead to one, and Rockets guard Earl Boykins missed the technical free throw. However, Bynum's absense made it easier for the Rockets down the stretch as they defeated the Lakers 112-107.

Bynum's ejection continues his recent pattern of senseless, selfish behavior that is hurting his team. It's a shame that a player as talented as Bynum can't seem to get his head straight.

Video via @jose3030.

Apr 6, 2012

Brazilian soccer player arrested for attacking referee on the field (Video)

In a lower league soccer match from Brazil this past Wednesday, Iranduba midfielder Volante Derlan was arrested on the pitch after attacking a referee who had just shown him a red card.

It happened in the first half of the match against Sao Raimundo-AM after referee Joao Batista Cunha Brito pulled the red card out of his pocket to send Derlan out of the game. Derlan reacted like a bull being shown the red cape by a bullfighter and immediately charged Brito and threw a few punches at his head. Fortunately one of the other referees and some of Derlan's teammates were able to intervene, and police were on hand to arrest Derlan on the spot.

Iranduba won the match 2-1, and they will have to get used to playing without Derlan, who has been suspended for a minimum of 30 days. After a review, Derlan's suspension could be extended to 2 years, which would certainly give him plenty of time to deal with his anger management issues.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Yapavai CC baseball player takes unbelievable cheap shot at opposing runner (Video + UPDATE)

In a community college baseball game last week pitting Scottsdale (AZ) Community College against Yapavai CC (Prescott, AZ), a Yapavai left fielder took an unbelievable cheap shot at a Scottsdale runner on second base while running off the field.

It's unclear why players from both teams nearly came to blows after a Scottsdale player dropped a bunt down the first base line in the top of the ninth inning, as that part of the play happens off camera. What is clearly visible on camera is the Yapavai left fielder running full speed towards the Scottsdale runner at second base with his back to him and using his shoulder to take him out. The Scottsdale player was down for almost a minute before getting back up.

Since this cheap shot has clearly been caught on video and has now gone viral, Yapavai will have to do something based on the negative publicity that this gives the school. If that left fielder isn't kicked off the team for the rest of the season (at a minimum), or banned for life, there's something wrong.

UPDATE 4/10/12: The Yapavai player has been identified as Austin O'Such, and he was suspended for the rest of the season, as would seem to be appropriate punishment for his actions. He has apologized and is writing a letter of apology to the Scottsdale baseball team.

However, O'Such has now been forced to leave school, upon recommendation from school administrators, based on the physical threats he has been receiving.

People, let's please take this down a notch. The kid made a mistake and he is paying for it. Let the school handle this.

H/T Off the Bench.

Tiger Woods kicks his club after bad tee shot at Masters (Video)

During Friday's second round of the Masters golf tournament, Tiger Woods was so disgusted with himself after hitting a bad tee shot on the 16th hole that he promptly dropped his club and kicked it backwards about 10 yards without even waiting to see where the ball would land.

CBS golf analyst Nick Faldo said "I think we can officially say that Tiger has lost his game...and his mind."

Woods made bogey on the 16th hole and finished the round at 3 over par, 8 shots out of the overall lead. After today's meltdown, however, Woods is going to have his work cut out for him.

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