Video: Dave Belisle gives amazing speech to Little League team

August 19, 2014 – 12:19 am by Ryan Phillips
    Dave Belisle

I don’t know about you, but I love the Little League World Series. Seeing those kids getting a chance to shine in the national spotlight is always really fun for me. Occasionally during the tournament we get a moment of beauty between the players and their adult coaches, and that happened Monday night.

New England’s representative in the 2014 LLWS was Cumberland American Little League from Cumberland, Rhode Island. On Monday night CLL was eliminated from the competition by an 8-7 loss to the Great Lakes representative out of Chicago, Illinois in a thrilling, back-and-forth contest. After the game Rhode Island’s coach, Dave Belisle sat his team down in the outfield and gave a speech that I won’t soon forget.

It is posted after the jump.

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Cleveland Browns to announce starting quarterback on Tuesday

August 15, 2014 – 5:05 pm by Ryan Phillips
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In case you hadn’t had enough “Johnny Football” news, we’ve got some more for you. On Friday, Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said that Tuesday is his target date to name his team’s starting quarterback for Week 1. Pettine says a group consisting of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and general manager Ray Farmer will have the final say in who wins the team’s starting job.

Johnny Manziel is battling incumbent starter Brian Hoyer for the job and most seem to feel that Hoyer will get the nod.¬†Mike Florio believes¬†owner Jimmy Haslam will also have a say in who starts Week 1, and Florio thinks that favors Manziel. Pettine downplayed the possible influence Haslam would have, but there is no way it won’t be in the back of his mind.

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Tebow gets birthday cake in SEC Network debut

August 14, 2014 – 9:03 pm by Hickey

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ESPN was madly in love with Tim Tebow before he ever became a network property. And now that he’s working for them, one cannot measure the how deeply their relationship will blossom.

Or maybe we can.

We got a good idea that the infatuation is still running strong on Tebow’s 27th birthday, which coincided with the launch of the SEC Network. (Or is it a coincidence?). Florida mascot Albert the Alligator was on hand to present the new face of the fledgling network with a birthday cake on-air.

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Appeals Court denies Sterling’s attempt to block Clippers sale

August 13, 2014 – 7:20 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Donald Sterling

On Wednesday the 2nd Court of Appeal rejected Donald Sterling’s petition to halt the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. That decision means Sterling has virtually no chance of getting the team back and that Ballmer’s purchase of the Clippers has been validated.

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Video: San Diego Padres make catches in stands on back-to-back plays

August 12, 2014 – 11:52 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The San Diego Padres have had a largely miserable season. But things are looking up in the second half, as the Friars currently have one of baseball’s best winning percentages since the All-Star break. At least they are giving San Diego’s fans something to cheer for. They did that again on Tuesday night.

While a home series against the last place Colorado Rockies might not seem exciting, in the top of the 8th inning the Padres made back-to-back spectacular plays.

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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
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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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