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Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 09/16/2014

Arkansas State had someone play dead during hilarious fake-punt attempt against Miami

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Arkansas State probably didn’t have much of a chance to beat Miami on Saturday. The Red Wolves’ lone win this season came against FCS Montana State, and Vegas had installed the Hurricanes as a two-touchdown favorite.

So sure, why not try a fake punt that involves someone playing dead.

Laken Litman of For the Win got Red Wolves Coach Blake Anderson on the horn to explain himself. Turns out the play went exactly as scripted (except for the whole getting-intercepted part). But the part about Arkansas State’s Booker Mays playing dead? All part of the plan:

“We were just having a little bit of fun to be honest with you,” Anderson told For The Win.

The Red Wolves ended up losing, 41-20.

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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 09/16/2014

Watch Matt Kemp give Yasiel Puig a piece of his mind…loudly.

Matt Kemp celebrated a home run Monday. (Chris Humphreys / USA Today)

Maybe it was the altitude. Maybe they were just tired of being so quiet. Whatever the reason, the Los Angeles Dodgers got back to their feudin’ ways Monday night, when Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig got into a verbal spat that required the intervention of Manager Don Mattingly.

In the sixth inning of the Dogers’ 11-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies in Denver, Kemp, who had struck out earlier in sixth inning, followed Puig, who had walked in the inning, the length of the dugout, yelling all the way, before Dad Mattingly stepped in. Kemp then headed for the clubhouse.

No one was talking about the incident, but it appeared to stem from the fact that Puig didn’t go from first to third when Adrian Gonzalez singled to right in the at-bat preceding Kemp’s. Mattingly downplayed the incident.

“Oh, just talking in the dugout, same old things,” Mattingly said (via “We’re like the [Oakland] A’s, the ’72 A’s.”

Mattingly wishes. Those A’s battled all the way to three straight World Series titles.

Mattingly called the dustup “just family stuff, family business” and Kemp wasn’t any more forthcoming.

“A good game we played today, huh?” he said in a deft pivot. “Good game Go Dodgers!”

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Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/16/2014

Longwood’s Shaq Johnson steps up, gets arrested after dance-off

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Thanks to movies such as “You Got Served,” “Stomp the Yard” and the “Step Up” films, plus television shows such as “Dancing With the Stars,” we inarguably are in the golden age of dance-offs. But sometimes people go too far, forgetting that it’s supposed to be about the dancing.

Longwood basketball player Shaq Johnson is one of those people, apparently. The Rotunda has more:

Longwood junior basketball player Shaquille Johnson has been charged with a felony of malicious wounding after an incident that occurred at a party on Buffalo St. in Farmville, VA around 1 a.m. on August 31.

Johnson started his college career at Auburn but was kicked off the team after he was charged with marijuana possession. He played one year at a junior college in Florida before landing at Longwood, which told the Rotunda that it will wait until Johnson’s case plays out before deciding on his future at the school. He is still on the basketball team.

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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 09/16/2014

Bryan Cranston is so not playing Walter White in new MLB ad

Bryan Cranston. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

If you still think of actor Bryan Cranston as Walter White from “Breaking Bad,” it’s time to move on. That role was great, but Cranston’s latest — as himself in an ad for the upcoming MLB playoffs on TBS — is nothing short of outstanding.

In it, the award-winning actor describes his ambition to put on a one-man show that dramatizes the entire baseball postseason. At one point, Cranston teams up with ballerina Misty Copeland to learn how to move, while retired pitcher Pedro Martinez looks on in disbelief.

“Oh my goodness, this is a joke,” Martinez says, while watching Cranston leap with the coordination of a baby gazelle with vertigo. “I can’t believe we’re seeing this.”

The best part, however, might be Cranston talking very seriously about his acting inspirations.

“The Bugster, Mr. B… Any actor who tells you that he’s not inspired by Bugs Bunny is a liar, frankly, or just a hack.”

Bravo, Mr. Cranston, bravo.

(H/t: Bleacher Report)

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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 09/16/2014

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says his WWE beef with John Cena was real

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays Hercules in “Hercules.” (Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures)

Whenever something happens in the WWE, it’s safe to assume it’s not real. That’s because, as everyone above the age of 12 knows, pro wrestling is sports entertainment — it’s scripted. However, just because it’s the most action-packed soap opera on television, doesn’t necessarily mean real emotions don’t get involved between the athletes who entertain the masses.

According to a new interview in Muscle And Fitness magazine, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson really, truly, 100 percent in real life was beefing with John Cena in the run-ups to WrestleMania 28 and 29, the same year he was show-beefing with him in the ring.

“John had said some things in an interview that I took exception to,” The Rock said in the interview. “He felt they were okay, I felt that they weren’t okay.”

Essentially, Cena had called out The Rock — most likely in kayfabe, the industry term meaning keeping in character outside of the ring — for abandoning the WWE to become a Hollywood actor instead.

Of course, Dwayne Johnson, being the, um, Hollywood actor who occasionally returns to the WWE to play The Rock, used that real-life animosity to further his in-ring feud with Cena. In Hollywood, it’s called method acting.

“It got really uncomfortable for a lot of people. And it gets uncomfortable for the fans — that they sense something. But then when it gets uncomfortable for the wrestlers and to the executives and the company, then it’s something special,” Johnson/The Rock/the Marlon Brando of the squared circle said.

The Rock even admitted the duo’s real-life rivalry got so intense that they almost engaged in fisticuffs backstage, which he said ended up fueling an unlikely bond between the two former frenemies.

“[T]hrough all that edge and attitude and bite that we had and nearly coming to blows backstage and one night in the ring — literally we were nose-to-nose, it was any second. And through that in a crazy, weird completely unexplained way, we became great buds,” The Rock said.

Alas, that means even if you listen closely, you probably won’t hear The Rock’s voice joining the cacophony of “Cena sucks!” chants. Today, he’s got nothing but love for the man he used to hate.

“Now looking back, I have nothing but respect for John. He is an animal, in terms of his discipline, in terms of his focus, and I always tell people: You know you’re looking at John, you’re looking at a guy who’s been doing it for over a decade, consistently,” The Rock said, adding that as far as future WWE beef goes, he’s open to more.

“We just have to figure out … what the most ideal matchup would be, and who it would be with,” The Rock said. “Because I always feel like if I go back to the WWE, then it has to be bigger and greater than what I’ve done in the past, and I don’t know what could be bigger in terms of marquee value — in terms of value across the board — and to me it has to surpass what we’ve done.”


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