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Posted at 11:36 PM ET, 04/27/2015

Indians’ Trevor Bauer wore boxing gloves in the dugout during a game against the Royals

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday because of a stomach virus. He has recovered in time for a scheduled Tuesday start, and on Monday, Bauer proved that not only was he ready to pitch, he was ready for a possible fight.

And that possibility certainly seemed to exist, because Cleveland’s opponent was that band of ruffians from Kansas City.

The Royals’ most pugnacious player, pitcher Yordano Ventura, is currently serving a seven-game suspension for inciting a brawl with the White Sox on Thursday, but Bauer was clearly taking no chances. Here is a video clip:

The announcer seemed to think that Bauer’s intention was to merely “keep the hands warm,” but we know better, right? The only question is whether Bauer, who is a right-handed pitcher, would have also boxed that way, or if he would have been inclined to mix it up and fight southpaw.

As it turned out, the only blows the Royals landed came at the plate, where they clubbed Indians ace Cory Kluber, last year’s AL Cy Young winner, for 10 hits and six runs, four earned, in a 6-2 win over Cleveland.

By Des Bieler  |  11:36 PM ET, 04/27/2015 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cleveland Indians, Trevor Bauer

Posted at 09:38 PM ET, 04/27/2015

NFL draft prospect Shane Ray reportedly busted for marijuana

This year’s NFL draft, which kicks off Thursday, is supposed to be deep in pass rushers, but those ranks may be thinning at the top. Or, to put it another way, a pair of highly regarded defensive prospects may have weeded themselves out of the top 10, and possibly out of the first round altogether.

Monday brought reports that Missouri defensive end Shane Ray was busted for marijuana possession after getting pulled over for a traffic violation. Brandon Kiley of KTGR was first to pass along an arrest report by the Missouri State Police, in which a 21-year-old male named Shane M. Ray was cited for “1) possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana 2) fail to drive in the right lane of the highway with two or more lanes.”

In March, it was revealed that Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory had failed a test for marijuana at February’s NFL draft combine. At the time, Gregory had been projected as a top-10 pick, and many mock drafts had the Redskins selecting him with their No. 5 pick.

In the wake of his admission of marijuana use, many subsequent mock drafts had Gregory sliding out of the top 10, and Ray was among the beneficiaries. Last week, The Post’s Mark Maske projected the Redskins to take Florida pass-rusher Dante Fowler, with Ray to the Jets at No. 6 and Gregory to the Saints at No. 13.

In 2014, the 6-3, 245-pound Ray notched 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for a loss with Missouri, and he had scouts raving about his strength, motor and explosion off the line of scrimmage. However, the news of marijuana possession, just three days before the start of the draft, clouds his status.

In addition, Ray is recovering from a foot injury that reportedly does not require surgery, but that could also cause teams to pass on him with a high pick. In addition to Fowler, Clemson defensive lineman Vic Beasley might be climbing up the draft boards of teams looking for help in getting to opposing quarterbacks.

Ray had accepted an invitation to attend the NFL draft in Chicago, such was his and league officials’ confidence that he would be an early selection. The defensive end may want to re-think those plans now, although he could give new meaning to the concept of a draft prospect spending far too much time in the “green room.”

By Des Bieler  |  09:38 PM ET, 04/27/2015 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Missouri Tigers, Shane Ray

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 04/27/2015

Lightning Coach Jon Cooper accuses Red Wings of ‘cheating’

The Lightning earned the third seed in the East by putting the NHL’s best offense on the ice, one that accounted for a league-leading 3.16 goals per game and a plus-51 goal differential, second-best in the league. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, that No. 3 seed also earned it a first-round playoff date with the No. 6 Red Wings, and Detroit went into Monday night with a 3-2 series lead and a chance to close things out at home.

Perhaps seeking to influence the officials for the do-or-die contest, Lightning Coach Jon Cooper came out with guns blazing on Sunday. He accused the Red Wings of “cheating,” saying that they were getting away with mugging his squad.

“There are 30 teams in the league and nobody does [interference] more than the Detroit Red Wings, hands down,” Cooper told the Tampa Bay Times. “The old saying is, ‘If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.’ They do it to a ‘T.’

The Lightning were held to 10 goals through the first five games of the series, including two shutouts. The team’s biggest star, Steven Stamkos, had yet to score a goal against Detroit, as had two other high-scoring forwards, Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov.

For his part, Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock responded (via the team’s Web site), “I don’t know, I just think at playoff time there’s no room. The most determined team fights through. If you’re not determined, you can’t fight through. I don’t know.”

Red Wings forward Drew Miller told CBS Detroit, “They might not be happy with what we’re doing, but usually when things make someone not happy they’re effective, so I don’t know if that’s a penalty or what they’re thinking it is, but it’s the way we play, and I don’t see if changing.”

Detroit was called for six interference penalties through the first four games of the series, but had none in Saturday’s Game 5, a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Update, 9:50 p.m.: Cooper and the Lightning live to fight (and possibly gripe) another day! Tampa Bay defeated Detroit on Monday, 5-2, to force a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday. In Game 6, the only interference penalty called was on Stamkos, for interfering with Detroit’s goalie.

By Des Bieler  |  08:05 PM ET, 04/27/2015 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Detroit Red Wings, Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 04/27/2015

UFC champ Jon Jones reportedly in police custody on possible felony charge for hit-and-run (updated)

Update, 11 p.m.: Jones is now in police custody.

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UFC fighter Jon Jones ran a red light and caused an accident that injured a pregnant woman in Albuquerque, N.M., shortly before noon on Sunday, according to police. Jones is alleged to have fled the scene on foot, then quickly returned to grab “a large handful of cash” from the car before fleeing again.

The woman was taken to the hospital with a broken arm, which could lead to a felony charge for Jones. The light heavyweight champion, who is scheduled to defend his title against Anthony Jonson at UFC 187 next month, was identified by an off-duty officer as he fled a rented Buick SUV.

A report by the Albuquerque police cites a search of the abandoned vehicle, which revealed “a marijuana pipe, with marijuana inside of it.” Officers “located paperwork belonging to Jonathan Jones, which had MMA information on it.”

On Monday, Albuquerque police tweeted that “arrangements have been made for Mr. Jones to turn himself in,” and an arrest warrant was issued for the fighter.

On Sunday, the UFC issued this statement:

“We are aware that the Albuquerque Police Department is interested in speaking to Jon Jones regarding his possible involvement in a motor vehicle accident. We are in the process of gathering facts and will reserve further comment until more information is available.”

The 27-year-old Jones became the youngest champ in UFC history in 2011, but since then he has also been embroiled in several controversial episodes. He was named in a 2011 Albuquerque police report after an officer saw him driving erratically, then learned Jones had a suspended license, but no charges were brought.

In 2012, Jones was fined $1,000 and had his license suspended for six months after he was charged with DWI in Binghamton, N.Y. In that incident, Jones drove his Bentley into a utility pole.

After Jones defeated Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 in January, the UFC revealed that he had failed a December test for traces of cocaine. That test was classified as out-of-competition, so Jones’s victory was allowed to stand, but the fighter subsequently checked into a rehab facility, only to reportedly check out the next day.

Jones, whose brothers Chandler and Arthur Jones play in the NFL, is a New York state native who trains in the Albuquerque area. He has successfully defended his title eight times since 2011, and he is considered by many to be the top pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world.

By Des Bieler  |  07:15 PM ET, 04/27/2015 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/27/2015

Jamie Foxx will sing national anthem before Mayweather-Pacquiao bout

A big fight needs a big name to perform the national anthem.

Enter Jamie Foxx.

The Oscar- and Grammy actor will do the honors Saturday night before Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in Las Vegas, TMZ reports. Foxx, who is starring as Mike Tyson in an upcoming movie that he says will be Martin Scorsese’s first boxing movie since “Raging Bull,” played Bundini Brown, Muhammad Ali’s longtime cornerman, in “Ali.”

He memorably performed “America the Beautiful” before one of Pacquiao’s fights a few years back.

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