Denard Span is on fire, here’s a breakdown

August 11, 2014 – 5:56 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Denard Span

One of the most under-the-radar stories of the 2014 Major League Baseball season has been Denard Span’s ridiculous turnaround. The Washington Nationals outfielder has been on fire for the past two months after a disappointing start to the season.

After going 2-for-4 against Atlanta on Sunday, Span has now reached base in 36 consecutive games, and his batting average has jumped from .264 to .306 in that stretch. He is also in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak. The numbers are even more remarkable when you take a deeper look. A breakdown follows.

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Video: Steve Sarkisian calls out Pete Carroll for Ice Bucket Challenge

August 11, 2014 – 4:28 am by Ryan Phillips
    Steve Sarkisian

USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian was called out for the Ice Bucket Challenge by Trojans athletic director Pat Haden. Sarkisian upheld his end of the bargain on Sunday after USC’s practice, then issued his customary challenge to his mentor and good friend Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

According to the challenge’s “rules,” Carroll now has 24 hours to undertake the challenge himself. Video of Sark’s challenge after the jump.

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Female pitcher leads Philly team to Little League World Series

August 10, 2014 – 11:18 pm by Hickey
    Mo'Ne Davis

My athletic career did not get off to an auspicious start.

See, as per the rules of the 1988 Mundelein Little League, every t-ball team had to have at least one girl on it. My team, the White Sox, did not fit that particular rule and stood the risk of forfeiture if it played without one.

So on the eve of the season, the coach took a look down the roster to find the most expendable player who could be traded to one of the teams with two girls on the roster. That, of course, being me.

And thus before even playing the first Little League game of my career, I was traded for a girl.

But thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, I can feel a lot better about being the youngest player traded in the history of organized baseball. For now I can tell everyone “Oh yeah, that girl they traded for me was good, like Mo’Ne Davis.”

The 13-year-old Davis pitched Philadelphia’s Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League to the Little League World Series on Sunday afternoon, tossing a three-hit shutout while striking out six in her team’s 8-0 regional win over Newark, Delaware.

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Kevin Durant withdraws from FIBA World Cup

August 7, 2014 – 6:24 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Kevin Durant

News is breaking on Thursday that Oklahoma City Thunder forward and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant has withdrawn from Team USA’s FIBA World Cup team. Apparently Durant contacted head coach Mike Krzyzewski Thursday afternoon and told him he was physically and mentally drained from the season and needed a break.

The 25-year-old was one of the cornerstones of the team and will leave Team USA without its best player. That said, his exhaustion makes sense, given that over the past four seasons he has led the NBA in minutes played with 11,825. That’s an insane amount of wear and tear on a guy who also has a top five usage rate.

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Ex-NFLers Scott Mitchell, Damien Woody to be on ‘Biggest Loser’

August 6, 2014 – 5:33 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Scott Mitchell

Damien Woody and Scott Mitchell have been announced as cast members on the upcoming season of “The Biggest Loser.” I’m sure this isn’t how two former NFL players thought they would be making headlines after their playing days, but when life hands you lemons…I guess you squeeze them over pork rinds and eat those damn things.

Woody played guard for the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and New York Jets, made the Pro Bowl in 2002 and won two Super Bowls with the Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII). He played 173 games over 12 seasons before retiring after the 2010 campaign. The 36-year-old is listed at 6-3 and has already ballooned up to 388 pounds. His final listed playing weight was 330.

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Report: San Diego Padres to hire A.J. Preller as general manager

August 5, 2014 – 11:04 pm by Ryan Phillips
    A.J. Preller

The San Diego Padres are currently without a general manager after firing Josh Byrnes in the middle of the season. A report emerging Tuesday night claims they have finally made a decision on a new GM.

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Padres will hire Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller as the team’s new general manager. Rumors had persisted that San Diego was on the verge of hiring Yankees executive Billy Eppler, but they switched courses and decided on Preller.

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Report: Kevin Love trade to Cleveland is done

August 5, 2014 – 12:43 am by Ryan Phillips
    Kevin Love

On Monday night Brian Windhorst reported that a trade that will send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers has essentially been completed. Windhorst claims it is a “handshake agreement” at this point, as the Cavs have to wait a few weeks to trade No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wiggins can’t be shipped out of town until 30 days after he signed his rookie contract.

Windhorst claims it could actually wind up being a be a three-way trade that will send Love to the Cavs, with Wiggins and Thaddeus Young going to the Wolves and Anthony Bennett going to the Philadelphia 76ers. So yeah, I’d say that qualifies as a blockbuster deal. A team could still come in and blow the Timberwolves away with another offer since the deal is not official yet, but that’s unlikely at this point.

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Matt Cain to have elbow surgery, done for season

August 4, 2014 – 5:27 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Matt Cain

The San Francisco Giants just took a gut-punch on Monday as they announced that ace Matt Cain will have surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. The 29-year-old will miss the rest of the season and his recovery will likely be at least three months.

After winning on Monday afternoon, the Giants are currently two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West. They are also in command of the first wild card spot with a 61-51 record. With an offense struggling mightily to score runs, the Giants need as much pitching as they can get. Losing Cain is a huge blow.

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