What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): As far as baseball goes, you've got Diamondbacks-Phillies or Giants-Braves on MLB Network at 7, plus Cubs-Astros on WGN at 8. The semifinals of Little League Softball are on ESPN2, with games at 7 and 9:30. And FOX Sports Net has Champions League Soccer (albeit in tape-delay), with Arsenal taking on Udinese. That's on at 8.
Kevin Durant, the NBA lockout's anti-LeBron: "Kevin Durant is everywhere. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward has lately been burning up the interwebs with his appearances-all recorded and YouTube'd by someone or other-at a regularly-scheduled summer league near you. These aren't YMCA rec tournaments, but venerable streetball spots like the Rucker and Dyckman in New York; the Drew League in Los Angeles, and Barry Farms in D.C. He also made a trip to China, and played in an exhibition game in Manila with a host of other NBA All-Stars. But the centerpiece has undoubtedly been his guerrilla city court campaign. It's a reminder not only of Durant's appeal-a polite, friendly, baby-faced young man who plays the game with a Bronson-like determination-but also, as they say, even further ups his street cred. Kevin Durant is around because he refuses to lose touch with basketball." [GQ]
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Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• Vermont Discovers The Joy Of Low-Flying Basketball
• Football Back! Rex Ryan Smash!
• FBI Investigating Obese Santa Claus Look-Alike And FIFA "Whistleblower" Chuck Blazer
• The Hidden Message Of Some Girl In A Royals Visor Giving A Ball To Some Kid In A Jeter Shirtsey
• Roger Clemens Handed Out Some Souvenirs At His Trial
Maybe it's best not to take photos of Kobe Bryant in church: "Police told 10News Bryant and his wife were attending St. Therese of Carmel in Carmel Valley Sunday when he thought 21-year-old Tomas Hagos was taking pictures of him with a cellphone. According to police, Bryant took the phone from Hagos, did not see any pictures on the phone and then left the church. Hagos claims he injured his wrist in the incident and had to go to the hospital for treatment. In a police report he filed, Hagos said he suffered a sprained wrist." [10news.com]
Guessing we'll hear more about Corwin Brown in the near future: "Indiana prosecutors have charged former NFL player Corwin Brown with three felonies after a seven-hour standoff with police last week. St. Joseph County authorities said Tuesday that Brown had been charged with domestic battery for bruising his wife during the disturbance and two counts of confinement for allegedly holding her hostage with a handgun. … Brown's family says they believe he may suffer from the same type of brain trauma as former Irish and NFL player Dave Duerson, who committed suicide in February." [ESPN]
Wonder if he listed LeBron's mom as a reference?: "It's official.. Pride 2 the side.. just filled out a application at Home Depot.. Lockout aint a game.." [@CharleeRedz13]
Al Golden never had these kinds of problems at Temple: "Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden says some of his player may have made mistakes that prompted an NCAA investigation into convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro's role with the program. Golden, preparing for his first season with the Hurricanes, said he just became aware of the investigation into allegations that Shapiro gave more than a dozen former or current players gifts and services." [AP]
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We knew Jermaine Lewis could run, but...: "Former Baltimore Ravens wide-receiver Jermaine Lewis, who returned a kickoff in the team's 2001 Super Bowl victory, was arrested Monday and charged early Tuesday with resisting arrest after a hit-and-run accident in Baltimore County, according to police." [Baltimore Sun]
David Akers lost a lot of money in a Ponzi scheme: "San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers testified in front of a federal jury on Monday about losing $3.7 million investing with Triton Financial of Austin, Texas, from 2007 to 2009. Akers claims he got some bad advice from Kurt Barton, the former chief executive of the company. ‘I've had a lot of sleepless nights,' Akers told the Austin American-Statesman. ‘This is my family's future. I said that to Kurt a lot of times. I said, 'Man I'm trusting in you.'' Prosecuters say Barton regularly lied to investors about where their money actually ended up; instead he built up a $50 million Ponzi scheme." [The Post Game]
When the beautiful game gets shitty—and pissy: "The police confirmed on Tuesday that at least one person in the Köln fan block had been seen ‘placing' faeces into a plastic beer glass and then throwing it at his rivals. The solid organic missile was followed by at least two urine-filled plastic beer glasses." [The Local]
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