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Posted at 11:59 PM ET, 07/31/2014

Landon Donovan performs puppet show for sick kids

Landon Donovan, showing some heart. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Some members of the Galaxy, including Landon Donovan, visited Los Angeles Children’s Hospital today. They took a tour of the facilities and met with some of the patients.

The visit included a puppet show, in which Donovan performed as “Mr. Zebra” alongside a four-year-old girl.

A nice moment shared by the Galaxy’s official blog. Donovan, the all-time scoring leader for the Galaxy (not to mention the U.S. national team), also took a moment to pose for a photo in front of one of him already adorning a hospital wall.

By Des Bieler  |  11:59 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 07/31/2014

The Spurs win everything, including NBA Mascot of the Year

San Antonio’s relentless, remorseless march to ultimate victory shows no sign of abating. (Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

It’s just been that kind of 2014 for the Spurs. They crushed LeBron James and his the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, along the way winning Coach of the Year honors for Gregg Popovich and Executive of the Year honors for R.C. Buford.

Now the Spurs have walked away with an even more coveted award: Mascot of the Year. Well, it’s more coveted among NBA mascots. Yeah, probably not even among them.

Nevertheless, a hearty round of applause goes to Spurs Coyote. The award may actually have come as news to him, literally, to judge from his Facebook page:

The Coyote, as his nba.com page calls him, has been around since 1982, and has won this award at least once previously. He might have clinched this year’s honors in a March game when he took a basketball to his face, lost his eyeballs and kept on working the crowd. Here’s video of that feat of mascotting excellence (warning: for a moment, the Coyote’s eyes are stacked vertically, and it’s a little disturbing).

By Des Bieler  |  10:10 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 PM ET, 07/31/2014

Price trade causes Twitter shots to be fired between Tampa and Detroit TV stations

It was briefly raining mean tweets in the wake of the David Price trade. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

It’s been a tough season for Rays fans. After cheering for one of the American League’s most consistent winners over the past six seasons, they have had to watch this year’s version struggle to stay relevant. Today, the team more or less waved the white flag on its season by trading away ace David Price.

But, not to worry, because a Tampa television station had just the elixir for its baseball team’s disheartened partisans: Point out that Detroit is a terrible, terrible place. That’ll show ‘em!

Turns out, not everyone thought this was all that hilarious, or at least in the best of taste. So the station deleted it, leaving this reference to the mini-brouhaha on its Twitter page:

However, Fox 13′s sibling station in Detroit wasn’t going to take the initial provocation lying down. Fox 2 News responded with a  reminder that Tampa attracts crowds to its beaches, but not so much to its baseball games:  

Well played, Fox 2 News. To its credit, the Tampa station re-tweeted this pointed rebuttal with the comment, “Fair enough.”

By Des Bieler  |  09:32 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Price

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 07/31/2014

Marshawn Lynch ends holdout, reports to Seahawks

For the past three seasons, Marshawn Lynch has been the centerpiece of Seattle’s offense. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Beast Mode is back. Marshawn Lynch sat out the first week of Seahawks training camp while demanding that his contract be renegotiated, but he essentially conceded defeat and showed up today at the team’s facility in Renton, Wash.

Lynch was subject to $30,000 in fines for every day of camp, which started on Friday, that he missed. There is some speculation that the team may waive those fines and/or add some money to his existing deal, which has two years left on it for a total value of $31 million. But Seattle made it clear that it was not inclined to give Lynch a new contract, and eventually the running back blinked.

Lynch is a four-time Pro Bowler, including the past three years. Last season he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns, ranked second in attempts and sixth in yards.

No word yet on whether Lynch parked his Lamborghini at the facility, and if so, whether he surrounded it with velvet ropes.

UPDATE (9:58 p.m.): nfl.com provided some details of Lynch’s new arrangement with the Seahawks:

Lynch had been set to make $5 million this year with $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses and another $500,000 in incentives. The Seahawks rolled that $1 million bonus and incentive money into his base salary and added $500,000 that had been bookmarked to Lynch for 2015. All told, Lynch’s base has been bumped from $5 million to $6.5 million.

By Des Bieler  |  09:25 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 07/31/2014

Johnny Manziel says it’s the Browns’ playbook standing between him and the starting lineup

(Aaron Josefczyk/Associated Press)

Johnny Manziel celebrates by rubbing his fingers together to signify getting money. Johnny Manziel’s best friend Drake made him a special Cleveland Browns jersey. Johnny Manziel parties in Vegas on inflatable swans. Johnny Manziel is Johnny Manziel. So when he told the Associated Press, “It’s really me versus the playbook right now,” when talking about his competition to become Cleveland’s starting quarterback this season, it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

According to Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, though, Manziel has yet to surpass Brian Hoyer as the favorite to start. The AP writes:

“Shanahan said there is no clear leader between Hoyer and Manziel. Shanahan is hoping one of the QBs takes off and makes the decision easier for Cleveland’s coaching staff.”

As for Hoyer, he seems to have nothing but great things to say about his young and popular rival. He told Sports Illustrated:

“All I can say about the kid is when he’s in the building, he does everything the right way. He’s in meetings, he’s asking questions, he’s working hard. I got asked the other day about his offseason. I don’t know anything about that. I have no idea. But there are no rules about what you can and can’t do when you’re away from the building. He’s definitely a talented kid and he is who he is, a guy who won the Heisman Trophy.”

Hoyer stopped short of calling Manziel a guy who’s an NFL starting quarterback, though.

By Marissa Payne  |  06:57 PM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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